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Sermon Audio: The Certainty Of The Resurrection

Scripture Reference:  1 Corinthians 15:3-23

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.

Sermon Audio: The Ministry Of The Gideon’s

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Sermon Audio: I Can Do No Other

Scripture Reference:  2 Timothy 4:1-5  and  1 John 1:1-7
2 Timothy 4:1-5

1 I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;
2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4 And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.

1 John 1:1-7

1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life;
2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;)
3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Sermon Audio: Let It Shine

 Scripture Reference:  2 Corinthians 4:1-11

1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.


Sermon Audio: “Do You REALLY Love Them?

Scripture Reference: 1 Thessalonians 2:4-13

4 But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.
5 For neither at any time used we flattering words, as ye know, nor a cloke of covetousness; God is witness:
6 Nor of men sought we glory, neither of you, nor yet of others, when we might have been burdensome, as the apostles of Christ.
7 But we were gentle among you, even as a nurse cherisheth her children:
8 So being affectionately desirous of you, we were willing to have imparted unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were dear unto us.
9 For ye remember, brethren, our labour and travail: for labouring night and day, because we would not be chargeable unto any of you, we preached unto you the gospel of God.
10 Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe:
11 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a father doth his children,
12 That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

Sermon Audio: What Is MOST Important?

Scripture Reference:  Mark 12:28-34

  28   And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?
  29   And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
  30   And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
  31   And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
  32   And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he:
  33   And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.
  34   And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. And no man after that durst ask him any question.

Sermon Audio: The Keys To Our Victory Over Satan

Scripture Reference:  Revelation 12:7-12

7   And there was war in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon fought and his angels,
8   And prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven.
9   And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.
10   And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
11   And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
12   Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #28 – Rhoda, Prominent Women, Lydia, The Philippian Slave Girl


Scripture reference:  Acts 12:13–16

In Jerusalem, houses were set side by side with their outside walls facing the street. The doors in these walls were kept closed, ensuring the family’s privacy and safety. The door had no windows or peepholes. Instead the doorkeeper was expected to recognize the voice of family friends and open the door only for friends.

These verses in Acts accurately depict this situation. Rhoda, the servant girl, answered a knock on the door and was stunned to recognize Peter’s voice.

One other element of this description is worth noting. The company inside suggested that what Rhoda really heard was Peter’s “angel.” First-century Jews believed that each person’s guardian angel closely resembled him or her. If Rhoda really heard Peter’s voice, perhaps it was Peter’s angel speaking rather than Peter himself! Continue Reading Here

Women of The Bible: Lesson #14 – Wise Women, David’s Concubines, Queen of Sheba

Women of The Bible  -  Lesson  14


Scripture reference:  2 Samuel 14:2–22

After Absalom had murdered Amnon, Absalom fled the country. Joab, the commanding general of David’s army, sensed that David loved Absalom and wanted to bring him back home. So Joab enlisted the aid of a “wise woman” from Tekoa, who told a story that could by analogy be applied to Absalom’s case.

The descriptive term “wise woman” is found three times in the Old Testament (2 Sam 14:2; 20:16; Prov. 14:1). In 2 Samuel the phrase suggests an older woman who is notable for giving good counsel and thus has gained influence with others.

The wise woman let herself be used by Joab for his own purposes. Let’s be careful not to let others use our reputation or us for their own purposes unless we fully understand and agree with those purposes.

We have a responsibility to those who see us as wise and understanding to pray for discernment that we may help others and not harm them. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #13 – The Witch of En Dor, Bathsheba and Tamar

Women of The Bible  -  Lesson  13


Scripture references:  1 Samuel 28:5–25

We know little of the “witch of En Dor,” who was a medium, a woman who had contact with a familiar spirit. It is not at all certain that this woman was a Hebrew. During the conquest, En Dor was a Canaanite stronghold that the Israelites had not been able to possess (Josh. 17:11). The city did lie in Israelite-controlled territory, however, and Saul, in obedience to Deuteronomy 18’s condemnation of occult practices of every kind, had set out to exterminate all mediums and spiritists (1 Sam. 28:9).

However, when the Philistines invaded Israel, and every attempt of Saul to seek counsel from the Lord was refused, the desperate king demanded that his servants find him a medium. When one was located at En Dor, Saul went there in disguise to consult with the demon that was her spirit contact.

The woman was reluctant to conduct a seance for the disguised Saul. When promised immunity, however, she did as asked. Even then, when Samuel actually appeared, the woman “cried out with a loud voice” (v. 12). Her reaction showed that the spirit that appeared was not the familiar spirit she had called upon, but Samuel himself, who then informed Saul that he was destined to die in the coming battle with the Philistines.  Her reaction shows the true “happening” of séance’s; namely, that the so-called “loved one” who appears is actually a demon in disguise.  The voluntary acceptance of demonic presence opens a person up to spiritual deception and destruction. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #12 – Ahinoam (The Wife of Saul), Michal (Saul’s Daughter) and Abigail


Scripture reference:  1 Samuel 14:50

Date:  About 1025 b.c.

Name:  Ahinoam [uh-HIN-oh-am: brother is delight]

The Ahinoam to whom Saul was married is mentioned only one time in the Old Testament: Sauls wife was Ahinoam the daughter of Ahimaaz. David married a woman of the same name, of whom we also know little except that she gave David his firstborn son, Amnon. Yet Davids Ahinoam is mentioned no less than six times in Scripture.

We might account for the difference by the fact that David is far more significant in sacred history than Saul. Yet the single brief mention of Sauls Ahinoam seems somehow suggestive. Her name is never associated with the names of Sauls sons or daughters, although as Sauls sole wife she must have borne them. It is almost as if Ahinoam were a ghost, so insubstantial a presence in the royal household that no one took notice of her.

This impression is strengthened when we recall the experience of Michal, Sauls daughter. Where was Ahinoam when Saul chose to use Michals innocent love to ensnare David? Where was Ahinoam when Saul tried to kill David and Michal bravely stood by her husband? Where was Ahinoam when Saul pronounced Michals marriage to David to be over, and gave his daughter to another man? Perhaps by then Ahinoam had died. Or, perhaps, Ahinoam was one of those well-meaning but ineffective individuals who wanted the best for her daughter, but was too fearful to intercede on her behalf. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #11 – The Levite’s Concubine, Ruth and Naomi, Hannah


Scripture reference:   Judges 19

Date:  About 1200 b.c.?

Main contribution:  She shows the depths to which a society that does not value women as persons can fall.

The story of the Levite’s concubine is found in the concluding chapters of Judges. These chapters, out of chronological order, show in three vivid pictures what can happen in a society that loses its spiritual and moral bearings.

Judges 18 tells the story of an Israelite who set up an idol and hired a Levite to serve as his family priest. The story reveals how pervasive the influence of pagan religions had become during this era, and how the knowledge of God and His ways had been corrupted. Judges 19 then tells a shocking story that illustrates the moral decline that followed.

The Levite’s concubine (a secondary wife) ran away and returned to her father’s house. The Levite went to get her and bring her home. On the journey the Levite refused to stop in a town inhabited by a Canaanite people, going on instead to Gibeah, a town populated by fellow Israelites.

But the men of that town gathered to gang rape the Levite. When they pounded on the door of the house where he was staying, the Levite pushed his concubine outside. The text says that “they raped and abused her throughout the night” (Judg. 19:25 niv). The next morning, when the Levite arose to continue his journey, he found her dead beside the door. Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: The Book of Malachi


Malachi (My messenger, a shortened form of Malā’k-îyyāh, messenger of Jehovah) has the distinction of being the last of the prophets and the bridge between the two Testaments, looking forward both to John the Baptist and the Lord Jesus Himself.

Malachi has a special question and answer style that has caused some to call him “the Hebrew Socrates.” We know nothing definite about the prophet apart from his book. There is every reason to accept him as a bold, often severe writer, who with Haggai and Zechariah called the post-exilic Jews back to their covenantal relationship with God.
It is clear that Malachi wrote after 538 b.c., since he used an almost exclusively post-exilic word for governor. It is also obvious that he wrote later than the other two post-exilic “minor” prophets, Haggai and Zechariah, since in Malachi the temple is finished, the rituals have been re-instituted, and in fact, enough time had elapsed for spiritual decline to set in. Also, the walls of Jerusalem had been rebuilt. Malachi probably should be dated between about 470 and 460 b.c. Continue Reading Here

Commentary: Are You Walking The Walk?

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

Are You Walking The Walk? (Galatians 5:13-25)  Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon on this subject here!

Christian liberty does not permit sin. The Christian’s freedom is in Christ Jesus, and this excludes any possible thought that it might ever mean freedom to sin. We must never turn our freedom into a base of operations for the flesh. Just as an invading army will seek to gain a beachhead and use it as a base of operations for further conquest, so the flesh will utilize any opportunity to expand its territory

A. T. Pierson says: “True freedom is found only in obedience to proper restraint. A river finds liberty to flow, only between banks: without these it would only spread out into a slimy, stagnant pool. Planets, uncontrolled by law, would only bring wreck to themselves and to the universe. The same law which fences us in, fences others out; the restraints which regulate our liberty also insure and protect it. It is not control, but the right kind of control, and a cheerful obedience which make the free man.”

The believer should walk in the Spirit, not in the flesh. To walk in (or by) the Spirit is to allow Him to have His way. It is to remain in communion with Him. It is to make every decision in the light of His holiness. It is to be occupied with Christ, because the Spirit’s ministry is to engage the believer with the Lord Jesus. When we thus walk in the Spirit, the flesh, or self-life, is treated as dead. We cannot be occupied at the same time with Christ and with sin.

The Spirit and the flesh are in constant conflict. God could have removed the fleshly nature from believers at the time of their conversion, but He did not choose to do so. Why? He wanted to keep them continually reminded of their own weakness; to keep them continually dependent on Christ, their Priest and Advocate; and to cause them to praise unceasingly the One who saved such sinners. Instead of removing the old nature, God gave us His own Holy Spirit to dwell in us. God’s Spirit and our flesh are perpetually at war, and will continue to be at war until we are taken home to heaven. The believer’s part in the conflict is to yield to the Spirit.

We have mentioned before that the law appeals to the flesh. What kind of works does fallen human nature produce? There is no difficulty in identifying the works of the flesh. They are evident to all. Paul warns his readers, as he had told them before, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. The passage does not teach that a drunkard cannot be saved, but it does say that those whose lives are characterized by the above catalog of fleshly works are not saved. Why should Paul write in this manner to churches of Christians? The reason is that not all who profess to be saved are true children of God. Thus throughout the New Testament the Holy Spirit often follows the presentation of wonderful spiritual truths with the most solemn warnings to all who profess the name of Christ.

It is significant that the apostle distinguishes between the works of the flesh, and the fruit of the Spirit. Works are produced by human energy. Fruit is grown as a branch abides in the vine (John 15:5). They are as different as a factory and a garden. Note that fruit is singular, not plural. The Holy Spirit produces one kind of fruit, that is, Christlikeness.

Paul closes this list with the comment: “Against such there is no law.” Of course not! These virtues are pleasing to God, beneficial to others, and good for ourselves. But how is this fruit produced? Is it by man’s effort? Not at all. It is produced as Christians live in communion with the Lord. As they gaze upon the Savior in loving devotion, and obey Him in daily life, the Holy Spirit works a wonderful miracle. He transforms them into the likeness of Christ. They become like Him by beholding Him (2 Cor. 3:18). Just as the branch derives all its life and nourishment from the vine, so the believer in Christ derives his strength from the True Vine, and is thus able to live a fruitful life for God.
Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh. The verb tense here indicates something that happened decisively in the past. It actually occurred at the time of our conversion. When we repented, there was a sense in which we nailed the old, evil, corrupt nature to the cross with all its affections and lusts. We determined that we would no longer live to cater to our fallen nature, that it would no longer dominate us. Of course, this decision has to be renewed continually in our lives. We must constantly keep the flesh in the place of death.

Bible Study: The Book of Nahum

The Book Of Nahum

The prophecy of Nahum, written by a Hebrew against the capital of a Gentile world power (Nineveh), is a denunciation of rampant militarism and tyranny, especially as it affects God’s people. Although God uses pagans to punish His people’s apostasy and sin, the tool itself is also liable to punishment.

As R. K. Harrison puts it:
“In this small prophecy of doom the author demonstrated in vigorous and memorable language that the God of the nation whom the Assyrians had despised was in fact the controller of all human destiny. To His justice even the greatest world power must submit in humility and shame.” Continue Reading Here

Bible Study: Survey of the New Testament – Other Epistles

Survey Of The New Testament   -   Other Epistles

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Bible Study: Survey of the New Testament – The Epistles

Survey Of The New Testament  -  The Epistles

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