February 15 2019

Contrary to worldly philosophies that advocate for strong independence and self reliance, it is the poor in spirit, not the proud in spirit, not the self sufficient, not those with good self esteem that are the spiritually prosperous. Our Lord’s opening words in the Sermon on the Mount were not, “Blessed are the rich in substance,” but,“Blessed are the poor in spirit.” Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter five, verse three, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his discussion of the Sermon on the Mount while also preparing his congregation to take the Lord’s Supper.

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February 15 2019

Contrary to worldly philosophies that advocate for strong independence and self reliance, it is the poor in spirit, not the proud in spirit, not the self sufficient, not those with good self esteem that are the spiritually prosperous. Our Lord’s opening words in the...

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February 14, 2019

The Sermon on the Mount begins with the Beatitudes, which describe nine ways that followers of Christ will be blessed in this life and the next. People with a carnal attitudes will not enjoy these blessings. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter five, and listen...

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February 13, 2019

A disciple is a follower, learner, or pupil of someone, some philosophy, or some set of rules. By studying The Sermon on the Mount, we hope that we all can become better disciples of Jesus Christ. Please open your Bible to Matthew chapter five, and listen as Pastor...

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February 12, 2019

The Sermon on the Mount is a truly powerful, rubber-meets-the-road section of Scripture. This sermon reveals the characteristics of a godly life. It unfolds the pathway to discipleship. And Jesus’ words describe the characteristics of citizens of God’s Kingdom. Please...

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February 11, 2019

When is it appropriate to bear another person’s burden, and when is it appropriate to insist that the other person bear their own burden? Clearly, we must establish boundaries in our relationships with one another. Please open your Bible to Galatians chapter six, and...

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February 8, 2019

Everyone has burdens, which comprise failures, temptations, testings, and trials. Paul admonished Christians to bear one another’s burdens. However, a few verses later, Paul said that every person should bear their own burden. Did Paul contradict himself? After the...

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February 7, 2019

Growth in grace and the knowledge of Jesus Christ requires community effort. You cannot fulfill God’s design for your life if you only watch church services on a video screen. The divine purpose behind having personal contact with other believers during the week is so...

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February 6, 2019

An exhortation is an address or other form of communication that emphatically urges someone to do something. While an exhortation can be used as a warning or a rebuke, it can also be a word of comfort or encouragment. After the reading of verses twenty-four and...

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February 5, 2019

Jesus designed His Church to be prayer driven, not program driven. For the Church to effectively stand, serve, and evangelize, Christians must pray with and for one another. Prayer is a gift from God that creates a spiritual union that binds us together in our...

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February 4, 2019

In “The Lord’s Prayer,” Jesus mentioned forgiveness twice: Forgive us as we forgive our debtors, and if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your...

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February 1, 2019

The Bible tells us of two types of forgiveness: God forgiving us and us forgiving others. It is God’s grace and faith in Jesus Christ that makes both types of forgiveness possible. Jesus is our example for forgiving others, and we must recognize that the Father...

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January 31, 2019

Anyone that is paying attention realizes that we live in a politically and spiritually polarized world. When we encounter people with different views on abortion, homosexuality, or Jesus, we must be careful that we love the disagreeing person more than our position on...

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January 30, 2019

Many people like to quote the Scripture that says, “Judge not lest you be judged.” They mistakenly believe that this verse insulates them from criticism for any aberrant behavior that they practice. However, Jesus often addressed the sinful behaviors of others, but He...

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January 29, 2019

Actions speak louder than words. Listening to and understanding a sermon is not the same thing as putting its key elements into practice in one’s own life. Jesus likened hearing His word but not doing it, to building a house on sand. Forebearing one another in love...

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January 28, 2019

Biblical Christianity is a relationship that is first and foremost vertical between us and God, and then secondarily horizontal among one another. Over the next several broadcasts our pastors from Koinonia Fellowship will be leading us through a series of divine...

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January 25, 2019

Jesus is coming back for His Bride. This event, sometimes called the Rapture, is a certain future event, but no one knows when it will happen. Are you excited about this? More importantly, are you ready for Jesus to return? Please open your Bible to Second Peter...

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January 24, 2019

When the day of the Lord does come, it will be unexpected like a thief in the night. A mighty conflagration will dissolve the heavens and the earth with all its works. In anticipation of such things, Peter wanted Christians to focus on holy conduct and godliness,...

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January 23, 2019

Peter reminded his readers to heed God’s word, especially as it relates to the promise of Jesus’ coming. Scoffers forget that God’s word, which tells of a future judgment by fire, is the same word that warned about the flood that destroyed the world. Any delay should...

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January 22, 2019

Most false teachers resemble Balaam, whom the king of Midian hired to curse Israel. They falsely pose as spokesmen for God, and they often induce others to sin. However, it is their use of the ministry to enrich themselves that motivates most false teachers. Please...

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January 21, 2019

According to Scripture, there are only two kinds of people: just or unjust, righteous or unrighteous, or, using animals as examples, sheep and pigs. It is only when a person gives their heart to God and allows Him to guide our actions and decisions can a person become...

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January 18, 2019

The Old Testament contains examples of God judging men and angels for falling away from Him. God wanted his judgments on fallen angels, antedilivian people, and the residents of Sodom and Gomorrah to discourage others from living ungodly lifestyles. Fortunately,...

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January 17, 2019

False teachers tend to be greedy. Many have chosen the ministry as a lucrative profession, seeking to build a large following so that they could become wealthy. Camouflaging heretical teachings and corrupt morals by lifting words of Scripture out of context, they...

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January 16, 2019

Using a pretense of broadening the appeal of the Gospel, false teachers downplay biblical standards of morality and make things like health, wealth, and prosperity more important to their followers than holiness, obedience, and service to God. Such behaviors by...

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January 15, 2019

After Peter wrote of prophets of the Old Testament that spoke and wrote as the Holy Spirit moved them, he then began to discuss false prophets and false teachers that had already begun to plague the Church. These masters of deception use biblical terms and orthodox...

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January 14, 2019

What Peter, James, and John saw on the Mount of Transfiguration did not set aside the prophecies of the Old Testament, rather, it confirmed them. All Scripture originated with God, not man. As such, the word of the prophets, inspired by the Holy Spirit, is sure and...

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January 11, 2019

When Peter wrote his second epistle, he knew that his death was near. This gave him added impetus to care for the spiritual needs of God’s people with his remaining time. He described his imminent death as laying aside his earthly tent. Since we do not know when Jesus...

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January 10, 2019

As Christians, we know that it is only by faith in Jesus that we gain entrance into His everlasting kingdom. Nevertheless, even though we are established in the truth, it is important that the truth be constantly repeated and reinforced by our pastors and teachers,...

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January 9, 2019

For a fruitful Christian life, saving faith must be supplemented with holiness. Peter described seven elements of holiness that must simultaneously accompany one’s faith. Please open your Bible to Second Peter chapter one, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola completes his...

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January 8, 2019

Walking in the grace of God, and walking in the power of the Holy Spirit is not a passive endeavor, nor is it easy. Though God has given us everything that we need for godly living, it requires diligence on our part to cultivate it. Please open your Bible to Second...

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January 7, 2019

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is not a self-improvement plan. The Bible is not a self-help text. When a person is born again, God transforms them into new creatures; He does not merely patch up the damaged goods. God does everything for us; all we can do is agree with...

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January 4, 2019

True Christians should have a desire to spend time with Jesus, reading His word, praying, and fellowshipping with other believers. As we do, we should begin to take on His characteristics. As Peter wrote, we should become partakers of His divine nature. Please open...

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January 3, 2019

Peter opened his second general epistle by first stating that he was a bondservant of Jesus Christ before mentioning his apostleship. He humbly recognized that he was first and foremost a servant by choice and an Apostle by divine appointment. We too must recognize...

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January 2, 2019

“Repent” is a verb, and change begins at the top. Parents, if you want your children to follow the Lord, you must follow the Lord. When one repents, and puts the Lord ahead of your own desires, God will give you this assurance: I will be with you. Please open your...

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January 1, 2019

Jesus came to pay our sin debt, but He also came to set us free from bondage to the things of this world. The most frustrated person in the world is the person that is living for themself. They work longer and harder to get more, but it is as if they are putting all...

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December 31, 2018

The start of a new year causes many people to begin a new diet, start a new exercise program, or commit to being more financially responsible by creating a budget. These changes ususally result from the realization that something has got to change after reflecting on...

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December 28, 2018

Why did our Heavenly Father send His Son to earth? The short answer is this: He loves the people that He created. Please open your Bible to John chapter three, verse sixteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola discusses eleven aspects of God’s redeeming love.

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December 27, 2018

Why did our Heavenly Father send His Son to earth? The short answer is this: He loves the people that He created. Please open your Bible to John chapter three, verse sixteen, and listen as Pastor Ray Viola begins his discussion of eleven aspects of God's redeeming love.

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December 26, 2018

Until the day that the Lord takes His people home, He knows that Satan will be hurling darts of discouragement at them. That is why Jesus gave us His promise that He would never leave us nor forsake us. Christians today have His Holy Spirit dwelling in them, but even...

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December 25, 2018

Emmanuel is a Strong and Mighty Tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. Emmanuel is hope to the hopeless and strength to the weak and weary. Emmanuel means “God is With Us”, because when Jesus was born of a virgin, God came down to live among mortal men and to...

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December 24, 2018

Because of what Jesus did on the cross, believers can have a personal relationship with the God and King of the universe. Jesus fulfilled the requirements of the Law so that we would not have to. Therefore,we should not focus on vain religious rituals, but on getting...

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December 21, 2018

Today’s passage looks ahead to the first New Year’s celebration of Christ’s millennial kingdom. The people of Israel will greet the beginning of that Golden Age with clapping, singing, and shouts of triumph. At that time, all nations will recognize God’s kingship, and...

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December 20, 2018

Man, and all the powers of darkness, oppose what God plans to do on earth and in heaven. What effect does all this opposition have on God and His plans: absolutely nothing! Not only is God at perfect peace on His heavenly throne, He laughs at their vain effots to stop...

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December 19, 2018

Today’s passage declares that, despite what the nations may say, the Father has set His Son Jesus Christ as King upon Mount Zion, which is His holy hill. He is a king, Whom we should cherish. A king, Whom we shoud adore. A king, Who is our Redeemer. Please open your...

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December 18, 2018

Jesus is the King of Glory, and one day the redeemed will stand before Him in His eternal kingdom, not because we have resumes of good deeds, but because He has made us clean by His shed blood. Nevertheless, when Christ saves us, our hands do not do the things that...

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December 17, 2018

Psalms twenty-two through twenty-four form a messianic triad in Scripture. Psalm twenty-two concerns Christ the Savior. Psalm twenty-three reveals Christ the Shepherd, and Psalm twenty-four describes the entrance of Christ, the Sovereign King, into the city of...

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December 14, 2018

The holiday season can be a stressful and even depressing time for many people. However, the Father sent Jesus into this world so that everyone could experience true joy. One can only know true joy and peace by being reconciled unto God through faith in Jesus Christ....

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December 13, 2018

Overwhelmed by holiday preparations? We invite you pause for a moment to refocus on the true meaning and significance of Christmas. For the next two weeks, we will broadcast a series of messages entitled “All Hail, King Jesus”. Most of these studies will focus on...

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December 12, 2018

At the conclusion of his first epistle to the saints at Corinth, Paul admonished those saints to be in love with Jesus. Why? He used one Greek word as the reason, “Maranatha,” which means our Lord is coming. Are you in love with Jesus? Please listen as Pastor Ray...

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December 11. 2018

After more than a thousand years of prophets speaking to Israel of a coming Messiah and several hundred more years of prophetic silence, Jesus was born in Bethelem, as the prophets foretold. He went on to preach, prophesy, and die on a cross. After rising from the...

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December 10, 2018

The name Onesimus means profitable. However, when he ran away, Philemon might have been tempted to call him worthless. Fortunately, God’s grace transformed this worthless slave into someone that was indeed profitable, not only to Paul, but he would also become...

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December 7, 2018

Paul wrote a personal letter to Philemon on behalf of his runaway slave Onesimus. Just as Jesus pleads our case before His Father, Paul intereceded on behalf of Onesimus. Paul told Philemon to charge him personally for any debt that Onesimus owed him, just as Jesus...

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December 6, 2018

If you don’t know the Lord, don’t presume on God’s patience. One day your life will come to an end and the day of salvation will be over for you. Today He holds back judgment so you can run to the cross and be saved. But one day, God’s patience will come to an end....

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December 5, 2018

Because we live in a fallen world, everyone is in a trial, coming out of a trial, or about to go into another season of adversity. Peter tells us that God uses these trials to accompish four things in the life of a Christian: Trials perfect us; they help to establish...

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December 4, 2018

Because we live in a fallen world, everyone is in a trial, coming out of a trial, or about to go into another season of adversity. Peter tells us that God uses these trials to accompish four things in the life of a Christian: Trials perfect us; they help to establish...

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December 3, 2018

The Bible tells us that the devil is not merely a symbol of evil. He is real, alive, and dangerous. To successfully fend off Satan’s attacks, we must be sober and vigilant in the way that we think, in the way that we pray, and we must purpose in our hearts to resist...

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November 30, 2018

Humility, unlike pride, is not self willed. Jesus gave us many examples of humility. Perhaps His most powerful example came in the Garden of Gethsemane when He prayed to His Father, “. . . not my will, but Thine be done,” the night before He was crucified. Apart from...

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November 29, 2018

Humility is the key to teamwork and unity within the Body of Christ. Pride, on the other hand, is that poisonous attitude of the heart that is the root of all discord and division. In all of heaven and earth, pride and self exaltation or self promotion is the gate and...

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November 28, 2018

Jesus wants us to be godly examples to one another. To do this, we must have and hold a proper focus on God, allowing Him to bear all our anxieties. We must also be clothed with humility and subject to one another. These attitudes will strengthen and encourage us so...

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November 27, 2018

God does not like it when leaders within His Church misrepresent Him, especially when they do it for personal gain. Sound doctrine and spiritual discernment are vital defenses against these charlatans. Most of a Christian’s rewards are yet future and eternal. Jesus...

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November 26, 2018

Church leaders are like shepherds. As such, they are to watch over and protect their congregations from those that would do them harm. Feeding them sound doctrine is an important component of that protection. Sadly, many leaders within today’s churches are hirelings...

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November 23, 2018

In his first epistle, Peter had an exhortation for elders. In the Church, an elder is not necessarily an elderly person in age, but he is a spiritually mature person, who has a true relationship with Jesus Christ. The Lord raises up such people to oversee the...

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November 22, 2018

If you don’t know the Lord, don’t presume on God’s patience. One day your life will come to an end and the day of salvation will be over for you. Today He holds back judgment so you can run to the cross and be saved. But one day, God’s patience will come to an end....

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November 21, 2018

Scripture tells us not to be ashamed of the Gospel. Whenever we are persecuted for sharing the Gospel or a biblical truth we are not doing anything wrong. Said another way, do not do anything to dishonor the name of the Lord. Speak to the truth in love, for we are His...

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November 20, 2018

Why would a person, who loves Jesus and seeks to live a life that pleases Him, be reproached or even suffer for His Name’s sake? The answer is simple. The Master’s message is not one that the world wants to hear: The Gospel narrows the idea that all roads lead to...

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November 19, 2018

Fervant love covers a multitude of sins. Covering sin does not mean that we are blind and deliberately overlook sin that needs to be addressed. It means that, when it is necessary to address an issue of sin, we do it in love, not out of anger, not in pride and not in...

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November 16, 2018

In today’s passage from Peter’s first epistle, the soon return of Jesus Christ dominated Peter’s thoughts. Therefore, he wanted his readers to know above all things that Jesus wants His followers to have a fervent love for Him and for one another. This cannot happen...

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November 15, 2018

Jesus’ disciples asked Him to teach them how to pray rather than how to do miracles. They made the connection between Jesus’ powerful ministry and His prayer life. Besdies teaching them what we know as The Lord’s Prayer, Jesus also used parables to enhance their...

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November 14, 2018

The Church began in a prayer meeting, and it is by the prayers of the saints that the Church continues, because we need continually need the Lord’s help. Scripture also teaches us to persist in prayer, even when the answer is long in coming. These delays exercise our...

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November 13, 2018

People in the body of Christ have diverse gifts, talents, and ministries. However, there is one ministry to which each and every believer is called: Prayer. We will devote the next few broadcasts to this vital subject. Please open your Bible to First Peter chapter...

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November 12, 2018

Many people in these last days may think that they are Christians, because they have jumped through some religious hoops, or they have done charitable works. However, if they have never been truly transformed by God’s power, that is, if they have never been born...

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November 8, 2018

Peter, who was once a fisherman that was probably prone to excessive drinking, exhorted his readers to be spiritually sober. Why? Because the coming of Jesus Christ is at hand or imminent. This means that Jesus may come for His Bride (the Church) at any moment to take...

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November 7, 2018

Peter admonished his readers to no longer walk in the old ways, which often included drinking, sexual immorality, and idolatry. Though the blood of Jesus protects us from the wrath of God’s judgment, we will have to stand before Jesus one day and make an account of...

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November 9, 2018

The word sober means, “A life that is free from intoxicants or artificial stimulation. A life that is marked by thoughtful character and self control.” If we are to keep our wedding garments pure and white as the Bride of Christ, we must be Spirit filled, sober...

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November 6, 2018

Peter told Christians that, when we decide to follow Jesus, we should expect to suffer in the flesh, even as Jesus determined to suffer for us when He went to the cross. Besides suffering when we resist our own fleshly desires, we could also suffer from false...

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November 5, 2018

Peter used the story of Noah and the ark to explain the great salvation that Jesus has brought into the world. Noah was a preacher of righteousness. While he built that massive vessel, he continually preached repentance to his contemporaries for one hundred twenty...

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November 2, 2018

Jesus’ death on the cross was an unrepeatable death. That is, He died “once and for all.” This means that Jesus Christ’s death is sufficient to cover the sins of anyone repenting of their sin and looking to Him today for forgiveness of sin. What the blood of...

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November 1, 2018

Though people can hurt us, the pain is only temporary, because Christians are heaven bound. Therefore, we should live our lives with eternity in mind, and not invest so much of our time and money in things that will burn. Please open your Bible to First Peter chapter...

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October 31, 2018

The world says, “Don’t get mad; get even!” However, if we want to be like Jesus, then we must love our enemies the way Christ loved us when we were His enemies. The only way that this is possible is to yield to the Holy Spirit, and to do it in His strength, not our...

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October 30, 2018

One of a husband’s key responsibilities in the home is to sanctify his wife and his children. That means that it should be the husband that sets the moral compass for the home. All too often husbands neglect or abdicate this responsibility altogether, forcing the...

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October 29, 2018

God’s word tells husbands to treasure their wives far above any earthly treasure, even as Christ was willing to lay down His life for His Bride. One look at our culture today, and we see that this is not the norm. Too many marriages and families have been destroyed,...

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October 26, 2018

Any Christian in a position of authority should adhere to what Jesus said: “If any man desires to be first, then let him be a servant of all.” This message is especially important for husbands, who have been given God-ordained authority in their homes. Please open...

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October 25, 2018

A woman’s apparel should never send a message that would cause her devotion to Jesus Christ or her pursuit of holiness to be questioned. Women of the world emphasize the external, because they are empty inside. The way that they dress is a testimony to their bankrupt...

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October 24, 2018

Just as there are limits to submission when it comes to employers or governing authorities, submission also has its limits within marriage, especially when it comes to physical abuse, worshiping false gods, or compromising behaviors that are immoral or illegal. God...

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October 23, 2018

In today’s society we see nearly everyone fighting for their own rights. This makes submission an unpopular idea, because society views it from a horizontal perspective rather than a vertical one. The next several broadcasts will concern submission in marriage. Please...

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October 22, 2018

Submission is not an act of worship to the person in authority. We are worshiping and honoring God when we submit to His appointed leaders, whether they are in our family, our church, our place of employment, our government, or any other institution of which we are a...

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October 24, 2018

Just as there are limits to submission when it comes to employers or governing authorities, submission also has its limits within marriage, especially when it comes to physical abuse, worshiping false gods, or compromising behaviors that are immoral or illegal. God...

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October 19, 2018

Peter exhorted us to live lives of separation from carnal lusts and worldly systems. For example, we should not behave as worldly people that give more honor to the rich, beautiful, or educated than those who were endowed with less. However, we are oblidged to submit...

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October 18,2018

As Christians, we belong to Jesus, and we are His ambassadors to a lost and dying world. Therefore, our lifestyles should be easily distinguishable from the lifestyles of those that are dying around us. Not so that we can claim moral superiority, but so that we may...

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October 17, 2018

Life is so short, and we are citizens of heaven. We are here today and gone tomorrow. Therefore, try to spend the bulk of your time on things that matter. We should also heed Peter’s advice to abstain from fleshly lusts that war against our souls. This will either...

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October 16, 2018

In the Church, every believer is not only a saint, but a priest also. The Latin word for priest means bridge builder. Is your life building bridges that make it easy for others to see Christ and desire to know Him, or is your life turning people away from Jesus? A...

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October 15, 2018

The Church is an ever-growing collection of living stones surrounded by construction scaffolding. For these stones to be fitly joined together into a single, beautiful edifice, Jesus, the Master Builder, must knock off our rough edges as He shapes us into images of...

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October 12, 2018

Jesus is the Stone that saves some and causes others to stumble. To the Christian, He is the Precious Cornerstone of our faith, but to the world, Jesus is not precious at all. One cannot use popular opinion to judge something’s value. The world was wrong about Jesus...

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October 11, 2018

Hypocrisy literally describes someone who puts on a “false face.” They act one way when they are around other Christians in order to fit in, but in secular settings, they are just one of the gang. Scripture also describes them as wolves in sheep’s clothing. For those...

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October 9, 2018

Obeying the Holy Spirit develops purity in our lives that yields a fervent love for other believers. However, there are things that can cause this love to grow cold: malice, deceit, hypocrisy, and envy, to name a few. We should lay aside these attitudes so that our...

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October 8, 2018

When a person is going through hard times, they are vulnerable to the lies of the enemy. It is tempting to throw your hands up in the air, and say, “What’s the use?” Then run back to the former lusts, trying to comfort your flesh, rather than feeding your spirit....

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October 5, 2018

How do you show somebody that you love them? You spend time with them, and you do things that will bless them. By spending time in prayer, in God’s word, in fellowship with other believers, and living obedient, god-fearing lives, Christians show their love for Jesus....

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October 4, 2018

Scripture tells us that the ways of this world, many of which seem right to carnally-minded men, end in destruction. However, you can have living hope in Jesus Christ, because He rose from the dead. If you abide in Christ in this life, your eternal destiny is certain...

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October 10, 2018

Just as a malnourished, physical body will not develop properly, a person can inhibit their spiritual development by harboring toxic attitudes. Allowing God’s word to cleanse and nourish your soul can do wonders for your spiritual growth. Please open your Bible to...

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October 3, 2018

The Apostle Peter wrote two general epistles to Jewish believers that were dispersed throughout the known world. He reminded his scattered brethren that it is God’s power that keeps them, even in times of persecution. In truth, the only way that the devil can get a...

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October 2, 2018

There’s nothing wrong with meaningful tradition. You see, it is very easy it is for a new generation to come along and take for granted the blessings that previous generations struggled and sacrificed to attain! The Jews didn’t make that mistake: They established the...

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