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Sermon Audio: Responding To The Word Of God

Scripture Reference:  Nehemiah 8:1-11

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #26

Lesson 26:  Genesis 44-46 

Read Genesis 44:1-13

When the brothers were leaving to return to Canaan, Joseph commanded his silver cup to be hidden in Benjamin’s sack. It was not only the cup from which he drank, but also the one which he used in divination—probably referring to his interpretation of dreams. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: LIFECHAIN Sunday 2012

Scripture Reference:  Psalm 106:36-38

Sermon Audio: First Things First

Scripture Reference:  Matthew 6:25-34

Sermon Audio: We Need Another Awakening

Scripture Reference:  Psalm 2

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #22

Lesson 22:  Genesis 33 and Genesis 34

Read Genesis 33:1-11

As Esau drew near, Jacob lapsed back into fearfulness and merely natural behavior, arranging his household in such a way as to afford maximum protection for those he loved most. Jacob bowed himself to the ground seven times as he approached his brother. Esau, by comparison, was relaxed, warm, and open as he met Jacob first, then Jacob’s wives and children. He protested mildly against the extravagant gift of livestock but finally agreed to accept it. Jacob seems to have shown extreme humility to his brother by speaking of himself as his servant. Some commentators think that he resorted to flattery and exaggeration in telling Esau that seeing his face was like seeing God. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Auio: Don’t Run With The Crowd

Scripture Reference:  1 Peter 4:1-11

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #19

Lesson 19:  Genesis 27 & Genesis 28

Read  Genesis 27:1-22

Approximately thirty-seven years have passed since the events of the previous chapter. Isaac is now 137, his sight has failed, and he thinks he is about to die, perhaps because his brother Ishmael had died at that age (Gen. 25:17). But he will live forty-three more years.

When Isaac craved some venison from Esau, promising a blessing in return, Rebekah plotted to deceive her husband and to get the blessing for Jacob, whom she loved. Her trickery was unnecessary because God had already promised the blessing to Jacob (Gen. 25:23b). She cooked goat’s meat so that it tasted like savory venison, and put the goat’s skins on Jacob’s arms to impersonate the hairy Esau. Isaac made the mistake of trusting his feelings; the hairy arm “felt” like Esau’s. We should not trust our emotional feelings in spiritual matters. As Martin Luther observed: Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: More Hard Sayings

Scripture Reference:  2 Thessalonians 1:3-12

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #18

Chapters 25 & 26

Read Genesis 25:1-18   

In 1 Chronicles 1:32 Keturah is called Abraham’s concubine. Verse 6 seems to confirm this. Thus she was a lesser wife, one who did not enjoy the full privileges of a wife in the home. Once again God records marital irregularities that He never approved.

Abraham breathed his last at one hundred and seventy-five years of age and became the second person to be buried in the cave at Hebron. The twelve sons of Ishmael listed in Gen. 25:12-16 fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham: “He shall beget twelve princes” (Gen. 17:20). With the death of Ishmael, Isaac moves to center stage in the narrative. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: I’d Rather Be A Fool

Scripture Reference:  1 Corinthians 1:18-31 <<< Hold your cursor over the reference!

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #16

Lesson 16:  Genesis  22-23    

Read Genesis   22  (Opens in new window)

Perhaps no scene in the Bible except Calvary itself is more poignant than this one, and none gives a clearer foreshadowing of the death of God’s only, well-beloved Son on the cross. The supreme test of Abraham’s faith came when God ordered him to offer up Isaac as a burnt offering in the land of Moriah. Actually God had no intention of allowing Abraham to go through with it; He has always been opposed to human sacrifice. Moriah is the mountain range where Jerusalem is situated (2 Chron. 3:1) and also where Calvary stood. The root meaning of the name “Moriah” is very interesting: From H7200 and H3050; seen of Jah; Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: Guilty Of The Blood

Scripture Reference:  1 Corinthians 11:23-32

23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.
27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.
31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

Sermon Audio: Trained To Run

Scripture Reference:  Hebrews 12:1-11

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #15

Lesson 15

Read Genesis 20 (opens in new window)

It seems incredible to us that Abraham would again try to pass off Sarah as his sister within twenty years of the same blunder with Pharaoh— incredible, that is, until we remember our own perpetual proneness to sin!  The incident with Abimelech in Gerar is almost a replay of Abraham’s duplicity in Egypt (Gen. 12:10-17). God intervened to work out His purposes in the birth of Isaac, which might otherwise have been frustrated. He threatened Abimelech with death. He is more than just a spectator on the sidelines of history. He can overrule the evil of His people, even through the lives of the unregenerate. Continue Reading Here

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #14

Read Genesis 19 (opens in new window)

The name of Sodom has become synonymous with the sin of homosexuality or sodomy. But sexual perversion was not the only cause of the city’s fall. In Ezekiel 16:49-50, the Lord describes the sin of Sodom as “pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness.” Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: The Gospel – Parts 1 & 2

Scripture References: 

1 Corinthians 15:1-6
1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
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.

Matthew 28:18-20
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Sermon Audio: The Masterpiece Of Grace

Scripture Reference:  Ephesians 2:1-10

    1   And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
    2   Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
    3   Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
    4   But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
    5   Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
    6   And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
    7   That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
    8   For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
    9   Not of works, lest any man should boast.
  10   For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Book Of Genesis – Lesson #10

Read Genesis   14

First of all, let me say that this is an historical document. In the first eleven verses, it is recorded that the kings of the east defeat the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah. For quite a few years, the critical, radical scholars rejected this, saying that these men’s names do not appear in secular history at all and that this is a rather ridiculous story. But did you know that the names of these kings have been found on monuments and tablets, showing that they did exist? In fact, Amraphel is now known to be the Hammurabi of other secular history. The record that we have here is tremendously significant. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: “You Fathers!” Father’s Day 2012

Scripture References:  Ephesians 6:1-4 and 1 John 2:13-14

Ephesians 6:1-4

1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
2 Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
3 That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
 
1 John 2:13-14

13 I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.
14 I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.