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May 21, 2020

In Revelation chapter three, the church at Philadelphia was highly commended by Jesus. He encouraged them to hold fast through their persecution. Jesus is the one who sets open doors that no one can close. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter three, verse...

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May 20, 2020

Be watchful! Pay attention! Redeem the time! These are Jesus’ words to the church at Sardis. He instructed them to strengthen the things that remain. What are the things in your life that need strengthening? Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter three, and...

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May 19, 2020

The church at Sardis was once alive and well-known for their godliness. However, within a generation or two, Jesus declared that they had become like a spiritual corpse. What happened? We need to hear what Jesus said to the church at Sardis so that we do not become...

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May 18, 2020

In Revelation chapter three, Jesus addressed the church at Sardis. Sardis was a church of past splendor and luxury. They promoted a life of ease, but their laziness ultimately lead to decay. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter three, and listen as Pastor Ray...

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May 15, 2020

As Jesus continued to speak to the church at Thyatira, He encouraged them to be good stewards of the gifts that God has given them. What gifts has God given to us? Are we being responsible stewards of these gifts? Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter two, and...

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May 14, 2020

In the book of Revelation, Thyatira was a church that Jesus commended for their perseverance and faithful service. Any church should seek to excel in these things. In His exhortation, Jesus probed deeper than that He is the God who sees. There is nothing too little...

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May 13, 2020

In the second half of Revelation chapter two, Jesus addressed the church at Thyatira. He told them that He saw their good works, but there was also something that they needed to take care of. He also made incredible promises to those who remained faithful to the...

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May 12, 2020

In Jesus’ seven letters to the seven churches, He told all but two of them that they needed to repent of something. Thyatira was one of them that needed to repent. Though they were hard working and loving, they did nothing to address false doctrine taught by a...

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May 11, 2020

In the second half of Revelation chapter two, Jesus spoke to the church at Thyatira. He had severe warnings for those who followed the evil teachings of a false prophet named Jezebel. He also had amazing promises for those who held fast to the end. Please open your...

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May 8, 2020

In Revelation chapter two, Jesus addressed the church at Pergamos. In his words of correction, He used some very strong language. He even told them that God hated some of their teachings. If Jesus is talking about something God hates, then we should listen to Him....

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May 7, 2020

In Revelation chapter two, Jesus addressed the church at Pergamos. The name Pergamos means married to more than one. The church there had become married to the world while pretending to be part of the Bride of Christ. Jesus’ letter to Pergamos contained many words of...

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May 6, 2020

In Revelation chapter two, Jesus addressed the church of Smyrna. This was a persecuted church, and He encouraged them to be faithful to the end. What does it mean to be faithful to the end? Can Jesus count on you to be faithful to the end? Please open your Bible to...

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May 5, 2020

In the book of Revelation, Jesus tells the church of Smyrna that He has seen their faithfulness through all their troubles. Is this something that Jesus sees in us? Are we faithful in our trials? Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter two, and listen as Pastor...

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May 4, 2020

As Jesus spoke to the church of Ephesus, He called them to return to their first love. In our relationships, the attitude of our hearts is more important than any action. What is the attitude of your heart? Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter two, and listen...

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May 1, 2020

When you serve the Lord, is it out of a sense of obligation, or do you do serve Jesus because you love Him? Unfortunately, for the ancient church at Ephesus, the former had become the norm, because their love for Jesus had grown cold. As He lovingly rebuked that...

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April 30, 2020

The church in Ephesus was doing a lot of things right, nevertheless they had abandoned their first love. In our text today, Jesus calls us to return to Him, the One who first loved us. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter two, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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April 29, 2020

In the book of Revelation, Jesus encouraged the Ephesians to be zealous with the motive of bringing glory to God. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter two, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola continues his study of verses one through seven.

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April 28, 2020

In the book of Revelation, Jesus speaks to seven churches with encouragement and correction. Today we will hear what the Lord had to say to the church of Ephesus. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter two, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his study of...

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April 27, 2020

Jesus is pure and holy. He is the only One that can purify us. In John’s vision of the Son of man, Jesus reminded him that He is the First and the Last. Please open your Bible to Revelation, chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his study of verses...

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April 24, 2020

Church history tells us that John, the writer of Revelation, was boiled in oil, but he miraculously lived. This man, who walked with Jesus, recorded a vision that he had on the island of Patmos where He saw the matchless and beautiful Son of man in His full glory....

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April 23, 2020

Sometimes it’s easy for Christians to live incognito when they should be drawing a line in the sand and taking a stand for Jesus. He hung on the cross for us, so we must stand for Him. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola...

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April 22, 2020

God’s perspective is completely different from man’s perspective. He is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. This world will not last forever, and we need to face the reality of future judgment. Please open your Bible to Revelation chapter one, verse seven,...

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April 21, 2020

When we are washed in the blood of Christ our spiritual eyes are opened, and we see Jesus for Who He really is. When we see God in Christ, we are compelled to sing praises to Him. The book of Revelation begins with a greeting that exalts the name of Jesus. Please open...

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April 20, 2020

Jesus, the One who loves us and washes us in His blood, is the One about Whom the Apostle John wrote in his book called The Revelation of Jesus Christ. While God reveals Himself throughout all of Scripture, it is especially true in the last book of the New Testament....

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April 17, 2020

When you are on a road trip, you encounter street signs and exit signs that point you in the direction you should go. As you near your destination, you see signs that confirm that you are getting closer. How are we to interpret signs that we’re seeing in the world...

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April 16, 2020

In His Olivet Discourse, Jesus said that there would be signs in the earth leading up to His return: wars, rumors of wars, false teachers, diseases, famines, and earthquakes. He likened these signs to birth pangs: The closer to the time one gets, the more frequent and...

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April 15, 2020

There are dozens of interpretations for a book with as much complexity as Revelation. We hope that you will join us regularly as Pastor Ray Viola carefully unpacks the only primarily prophetic book of the New Testament over the next few months. Please open your Bible...

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April 14, 2020

The cross is the lynchpin of our salvation, but false teachers have undermined its true meaning. For example, the cross of old slew men; today it entertains them. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh, but the new cross encourages it. The message of the old...

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April 13, 2020

The Old Rugged Cross is one of the most-loved hymns of the church. Its chorus says, “. . . I'll cherish the old rugged cross, ’til my trophies at last I lay down. I will cling to the old rugged cross, and exchange it someday for a crown.” The cross meant everything to...

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April 10, 2020

To drive home the point of the importance of personal responsibility, Paul used an example from agriculture: What you sow will determine what you reap. It is easy to ignore this principle in our daily lives, because the consequences are seldom noticed immediately....

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April 9, 2020

As Christians, we are free to live in the fullness of life. Our love for God frees us to love others truly and happily. Let us freely sow love that we, and all the world, may harvest that true and bounteous life which is God’s gift in Jesus. Please open your Bible to...

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April 8, 2020

A person that has their roots in the world will yield a destructive type of fruit. However, a person that walks by the power of the Holy Spirit is rooted and grounded in the Gospel, and yields fruit that loves and edifies others and which glories God. What kind of a...

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April 7, 2020

Christians are tempted constantly. We are living in a world system that contradicts the things of God, and we are under constant pressure to compromise with it and to conform to it. To fight such a formidable foe, we need the Holy Spirit’s grace, power, and presence...

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April 6, 2020

Legalism will eventually produce one of two things: self-glorification or self condemnation. Neither comes from the inner working of the Holy Spirit in the life of the believer. Whenever you mix Jesus with any -ism, the -ism becomes the measuring stick of orthodoxy,...

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April 3, 2020

The liberty that we have in Jesus is a liberty to love one another with a love that is gracious, forgiving, and sacrificial. It is an unnatural love that requires the death of self. In one sense, the Gospel calls us to come and die that we might live. As sheep in the...

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April 2, 2020

Paul exhibited righteous anger in his letter to the Galatians. This reflected not only the seriousness with which God regards the task of contending for the faith but also the love which he had for his children in Christ. His desire (as should be the desire of every...

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April 1, 2020

Because of Christ, we now relate to God our Father on a whole new basis: Through our faith in the risen and exalted Lord Jesus Christ. Our righteousness is not of works, not based on obedience, nor based on how well we abide by a set of rules and regulations....

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March 31, 2020

A stunning consequence of the Gospel is that anyone in Christ shares in the promises that God made to Abraham. To become a joint-heir with Christ, one must be in Christ. To be in Christ, one must be born again. Are you in Christ? Have you been born of God? Please open...

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March 30, 2020

In today’s passage, the Apostle Paul provides a logical explanatation for the purpose of the Mosaic law. His argument reveals our need for God’s grace and the perfect sacrificial Lamb Who fulfilled the judgment of Law. Therefore, the true purpose of the Law is to...

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March 27, 2020

A covenant, or agreement, between men, after it is ratified, cannot be annulled or altered without the consent of both parties. The covenant God made with Abraham was based on faith, not works. So when the law was added 430 years later, it didn’t annul the covenant...

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March 26, 2020

When we carefully consider the finished work of Christ on the cross, it should leave us speechless. We, who are sinful, full of pride, and condemned by the Law, can be, through Jesus Christ, ransomed, redeemed, righteous, and justified. The cross of Christ destroys...

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March 25, 2020

Paul wanted the Galatians to understand that they were saved by what they believed and not by the works that they did. God wants us to believe in Him more. When we believe in Him more, and submit to His will, it will, by necessity, change what we do. But if we focus...

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March 24, 2020

The Gospel is the way that we enter the kingdom of God. However, in today’s passage, the Apostle Paul will show us that the Gospel is much more than that: We are not only saved by the Gospel, but it is also the Gospel that enables us to grow spiritually. That is, we...

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March 23, 2020

Paul essentially described himself as a dead man walking. He declared that he was crucified with Christ. He meant that, after being born again, it was no longer his old self that lived, but, as a new creature in Christ, it was now Jesus that lived in and through him...

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March 20, 2020

The proof of God’s love for us is the sacrifice of Jesus on Calvary whereby He willingly paid the just penalty for our sins. In so doing, He delivered all that have faith in His complete and all-sufficient work of salvation from the power of darkness and translated us...

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March 19, 2020

No one can be justified by keeping the Law of God. Said another way, God’s Law is only a diagnostic tool that reveals our sinfulness and our need of a Savior. God’s grace is the only thing that saves us. Through grace, God changes our hearts, and it reveals that...

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March 18, 2020

When Paul went to visit the Apostles concerning the push by many Jews to require Gentile Christians to also follow the Mosaic Law, Paul did not give into the Judeaizers for a moment so that the truth of the Gospel might remain uncompromised. Please open your Bible to...

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March 17, 2020

Jesus plus nothing equals everything. Jesus plus anything else is slavery, and it will kill you. The Gospel is the perfect infusion of Law and Grace, and it is the same Gospel for both Jews and Gentiles. Please open your Bible to Galatians chapter two, and listen as...

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March 16, 2020

We should never write a person off as someone who will never come to the saving knowledge of Jesus, because he or she presently is vocally opposed to the Gospel. Paul was once an archenemy of the Gospel, but he was saved and converted by God’s grace to proclaim very...

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March 13, 2020

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a revelation message. It is not a message of human origin. It is not a message that can be understood by the natural man. It’s origin and reception is via the revelation of God. Please open your Bible to Galatians chapter one, and listen...

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March 12, 2020

The foundation of all true preaching, teaching, and worship is the proclamation that Jesus was crucified for our deliverance according to God’s will. The Gospel gives grace to man and glory to God, because it by God’s grace, through faith in Christ’s perfect...

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March 11, 2020

Today we begin a study of Paul’s epistle to the Galatians. When Paul wrote this epistle, the credibility of Paul’s apostleship was under attack. The legalists and the ritualists of the day were also attacking the very Gospel of God’s grace. Please open your Bible to...

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March 10, 2020

Contentment is not a buzz word in our society, but Biblically there is a connection between godliness and contentment. From a prison cell, the Apostle Paul in his closing comments addressed the need for our hearts to be focused above, on others, and on eternity, not...

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March 9, 2020

Contentment is not a buzz word in our society, but Biblically there is a connection between godliness and contentment. From a prison cell, the Apostle Paul in his closing comments addressed the need for our hearts to be focused above, on others, and on eternity, not...

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March 6, 2020

Worry literally strangles a person: It chokes out their joy and can ruin their health. In today’s passage, the Apostle Paul tells us that prayer is the medicine that will cure worry. Prayer is fellowshipping with God, and it presumes that God is near listening to you....

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March 5, 2020

Christian joy is not dependent upon life’s circumstances. The only true source of joy in a Christian’s life is the awareness of Christ’s constant presence. We can’t always rejoice in our circumstances, but we can always rejoice in the Lord. Please open your Bible to...

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March 4, 2020

Paul persecuted followers of Christ, but he was able to put his violent past behind him, because Christ made him His own. This is the power of the Gospel. Give your life to Christ today, and, regardless of your past or what you are going through now, Jesus will make...

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March 3. 2020

Following Christ is not a hobby or a lifestyle supplement. Following Jesus requires complete commitment to the high calling that we have in Him. Our efforts do not save us, but, like an athlete training to win a race, it does take effort to mature and to deepen our...

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March 2, 2020

Today’s passage can be summarized in one sentence: The most valuable thing in life is knowing Christ and becoming like Him. As the imprisoned Apostle Paul knew all to well, knowing Christ and becoming like Him involves self sacrifice, personal pain, and rejection by...

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February 28, 2020

Salvation costs us nothing, because Jesus paid the price for our sins. However, if you are going to be a follower of Christ, eventually it will cost you something, because He is your Lord, and the world opposes Him. Therefore, to be a follower of Christ, we have to...

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February 27, 2020

It has been said that God does not look at a person’s ability or inability but their availability. Timothy and Epaphroditus were available to the Lord, and they also made themselves available to Paul, the Lord’s servant. Following their example, we, as Christians,...

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February 26, 2020

Have you ever thought of walking away from Jesus? Many have, but, when facing that choice, Peter asked Jesus a very important question and made a critical observation: “To whom should we go? You have the words of life.” Timothy and Epaphroditus were two other faithful...

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February 25, 2020

God is working in each and every one of us both to will and to do of His good pleasure with the ultimate goal of conforming us into the image of Jesus. People and circumstances are His two most effective tools to accomplish this. Therefore, when we murmur and complain...

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February 24, 2020

Paul encouraged the Philippians to be united in the Spirit; but what do you do when you run into or are the subject of strife or Spirit-quenching drama within the church? Too often we murmur, complain, retaliate, or run away to another church. Jesus wants us to come...

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February 21, 2020

Lowliness of mind is the submissive mind that thinks not of itself but of Christ and others. The natural, carnal mind does not do that. The carnal mind is critical, catty, fault-finding, and proud to the core. To be united in the Spirit, we must put away selfishness,...

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February 20, 2020

Paul wrote to the church at Philippi, because they were under enemy attack in the form of bad attitudes, bad motives, and selfishness. These attitudes are like spiritual termites that eat away at relationships within the body of Christ. They so distract and divert the...

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February 19, 2020

Joy is elusive to many people. Wrong choices lead to depression. However, living for Christ yields much joy, even in the midst of suffering. The secret to a truly joyful life is living for the spiritual benefit of others rather than living to please yourself. A...

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February 18, 2020

Most people that believe in heaven intend to go there when they die. However, unless they are on the right road, they will not get there, regardless of their intentions. The Bible says that there are only two spiritual roads that one can travel in life. A popular road...

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February 17, 2020

Like politicians, some wrongly motivated pastors or evangelists canvas the multitudes to gain followers of themselves rather than to make disciples of Jesus. As believers, we must be very careful not to become followers of men. We are to follow Jesus, according to the...

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February 14, 2020

Why do we serve Jesus? Is it for recognition or the fame of the Lord? The way we react to being noticed or unnoticed is a great indicator. God’s refinement has a way of showing us our hearts, may all that is seen be for the glory of His great Name! Please open your...

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February 13, 2020

According to Scripture, the opposite of love is not hate. The opposite of love is selfishness. Our text for today begins with Paul’s prayer that the believers in Philippi would abound in love. As believers, it is our responsibility and mission to speak the truth in...

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February 12, 2020

Today’s passage contains one of the most precious promises of Scripture: He that began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. If you have repented of your sins and trusted in Christ alone for your salvation, but feel like you’re floundering, be...

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February 11, 2020

Although Paul addressed his epistle to the Christians at Colossae, its doctrines and admonitions were not intended for the Colossians alone. Paul expressly tells them that, after they have finished reading the letter, that they should share it with the saints at...

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February 10, 2020

The final verses of many of Paul’s epistles are filled with greetings and expressions of gratitude to specific people that were supporitive of Paul’s ministry and his co-laborers in spreading the Gospel. These passages are a testimony to the strong bond shared by...

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February 7, 2020

Though he was incarcerated for proclaiming the Gospel, Paul requested prayer for an open door and for boldness to speak the truth. An open door from God does not always mean smooth sailing and absence of opposition. Rather than keep quiet, which would have made life...

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February 14, 2020

Why do we serve Jesus? Is it for recognition or the fame of the Lord? The way we react to being noticed or unnoticed is a great indicator. God’s refinement has a way of showing us our hearts, may all that is seen be for the glory of His great Name! Please open your...

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February 5, 3020

A healthy marriage requires mutual love and godly submission. Praying together nurtures these positive actions. While half of all worldly marriages end in divorce, only about one marriage in ten thousand ends in divorce when the married couple routinely prays out loud...

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February 4, 2020

Enduring relationships are becoming increasingly rare in today’s world. A key foundational element required to build or repair a marriage or family is personal commitment to Jesus and submission to His word. Today’s message explains God’s design for a healthy marriage...

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February 3, 2020

Whatever we say and do should be in harmony with us setting our affections on things above. If our minds are set on things above, then it should be reflected in what we say and do. Every day our Christian life is on display; whether we like it or not. Please open your...

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January 31, 2020

Having told his readers things that needed to be put off once they became new creatures in Christ (such as anger, covetousness, and fornication), Paul then admonished the people of Colosse to put on several things like mercy, humility, and agape love. Please open your...

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January 30, 2020

Sin marred the image of God in man. However, Christ Jesus made it possible for that godly image to be renewed and restored when He died on the cross and rose again. This new image is renewed in the knowledge that God provides through His Word. God’s Holy Spirit, Who...

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January 29, 2020

Walking in holiness is an ongoing process of repentance and sanctification. Holiness is choosing to put on the new man in Christ and leave the old life behind. If we are truly raised with Jesus Christ, then it will be evident in our lives, our attitudes, and our...

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January 28, 2020

After Jesus had raised Lazarus from the dead, he got a new perspective on life. In a very tangible way, he saw that his God was much bigger than anything in this world. Pastor Ben Hiwale used Lazarus’ example to emphasize our need to align ourselves with God’s...

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January 27, 2020

Do you want to know God’s will for your life? Today we will hear about three aspects of God’s will: His sovereign will, His moral will, and His specific will. Please open your Bible to Colossians Chapter three, verse one, and listen as Pastor Ben Hiwale shows us that...

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January 24, 2020

When Jesus died on the cross, He blotted out our bill of debt that we owed because of our sins. That means that Christ not only paid our sin debt in full, He literally erased any record that our sin debt ever even existed! What a great and merciful God we serve!...

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January 23, 2020

The circumcision of Christ is the supernatural work of God made without human hands, and it is superior to physical circumcision. Judaizers tried to convince Gentile Christians that they also needed to be circumcised to be saved. In other words, as some erroneously...

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January 22, 2020

Secular and worldly philosophies comprise the efforts of fallen men to determine, apart from the Scriptures, the ultimate causes in the earth and the universe. They seek to answer questions like, how did the universe come about? Why was I born? What is my purpose in...

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January 21, 2020

Paul was a man that had a shepherd’s heart. He was driven by the love of Christ, as well as a God-given concern for the spiritual welfare of the saints in Colossae, Laodicea and for those who had never met him. Paul prayed that these believers would be knit together...

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January 20, 2020

Paul wrote about a mystery that was once concealed, but has been revealed as part of the New Covenant that Christ established after His death and resurrection and after the Holy Spirit was poured out on all flesh on the day of Pentecost. The mystery was not that...

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January 17, 2020

The perfect will of God for each and every one of His children is that we be grounded in His love, and settled in the faith. Our hope is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every single saint must fight the good fight of faith while weathering the storms of opposition and...

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January 16, 2020

Before receiving Christ, we were alienated and enemies of King Jesus, but now, having been forgiven, we are blameless, cleansed, justified, and made holy. If Jesus is really supreme in your life, then you will understand that He has the power to free you from...

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January 15, 2020

Too often in the modern Church, Christians only see God as a means to a better life. Such thinking treats God as if He exists for our benefit instead of us existing to please Him. Therefore, too many Christians merely add Jesus to their list of activities to enhance...

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January 14, 2020

Religions say, “Forgive your brother, feed the poor, and be a better person, then maybe you and God can talk.” The Gospel says, “Come to Me, all you who are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” It’s not, “Clean up, then come,” but rather, “Come when...

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January 13, 2020

God is not honored by ignorance of Him. We are living in an age of spiritual deception and blurred biblical truth. Many are being deceived by the religious rhetoric that comes from world religions and pseudo-Christian cults who masquerade as followers of Jesus Christ....

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January 10, 2020

Christians have overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Christians have been delivered from Satan’s domain. The key verbs are in the past tense, because it is a fact that your salvation has already been accomplished if you have...

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January 9, 2019

Today’s section of Scripture gives us a glimpse into the prayer life of Paul and Timothy. These Spirit-inspired passages provide us some wonderful things that we can be praying for one another. Whenever we pray for another person, we are making a divine deposit into...

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January 8, 2019

People are not saved by faith in faith. A modern cult of believism promotes a faith that has little to do with Jesus Christ. Saving faith involves the mind, the emotions, and the will. Only when we, by the power of the Holy Spirit, exercise our will and commit...

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January 7, 2020

Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians while he was imprisoned in Rome waiting for his trial before Caesar. He wrote this epistle to combat heretical teachings that had crept into the church, many of which persist in the church today. Please open your Bible to...

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