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Sermon Audio: You Must Be Born Again

Scripture Reference: John 3:1-21

 

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

Bible Study: The Holy Spirit – The Person of the Holy Spirit – Lesson #2

Lesson 2:   The PERSON of the Holy Spirit    

The Holy Spirit is seemingly the least understood of the members of the Trinity.  Although many churches in the modern era TALK about the Spirit, the vast majority of them focus on the “power” and the “gifts”, rather than the Person and Ministry of the Spirit.  And even then, they produce a lot of unbiblical information on the “power” and “gifts” that leads to a very unbalanced understanding of what Christianity is really all about. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: The Winning Team

Scripture Reference:  1 John 5:1-5

Leviticus Bible Study – Lesson #7

Lesson 7:  Leviticus 16              

THE DAY OF ATONEMENT

This chapter holds the greatest spiritual lesson for us. The subjects treated so far in Leviticus have been offerings, priests, and sin. None of these have dealt finally and completely with sin. We now come to that which more completely than any other deals with the subject of sin. It at least points more specifically and adequately to the work of Christ in redemption. It is a shadow of His redemptive work. Continue Reading Here

Sermon Audio: Words Of Advent (Part 1)

Scripture Reference:  John 3:1-21

Sermon Audio: A Free Country July 1, 2012

Scripture References:

Isaiah 59:1-15
1 Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness. Continue Reading Here

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.

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #31 – Woman Who Births The Messiah, The Harlot, The Bride

THE WOMAN WHO BIRTHS THE MESSIAH

Revelation 12:1-6   Bible Search Tool

The woman is Israel. The sun, moon and stars depict glory and dominion, just as they pictured Joseph’s ultimate rule over his father, mother, and brothers (Gen. 37:9–11).

The woman is in labor, awaiting the birth of a baby. Much of the history of Israel is telescoped in these verses, with no indication that time gaps exist between events, or that the events are necessarily in chronological order.

A second sign in heaven is a fiery red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and a diadem on each head. The dragon is Satan, but since the description parallels that of the revived Roman Empire in 13:1, it may be Satan energizing that world power. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible – Lesson #25 – A Crippled Woman, An Anointing Woman, Salome the Mother of James and John

A CRIPPLED WOMAN

Scripture reference:  Luke 13:10–17   Bible Search Tool

As far as the woman was concerned, her need had been met, and God given the glory due to His name. But the ruler of the synagogue was indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath when people were not to work.

Jesus was scandalized by this man’s insensitivity. He called the man a hypocrite and said, “ ‘Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound; think of it; for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?’ ” (Luke 13:16).

Christ’s contemptu Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #22 – The Adulteress, The Widow Of Nain and The Anointing Woman

THE ADULTERESS

Scripture reference:  John 8:3–11 Bible Search Tool

The situation. One day some scribes and Pharisees brought to Jesus a woman who had been caught in adultery, “in the very act” (John 8:4). They quoted Moses’ Law, which called for stoning, and asked Jesus, “ ‘But what do You say?’ ”

Several things make this approach to Jesus unusual:

•     The woman was caught “in the very act.” Where was the man who was also subject to stoning?

•     Where would a person go to catch someone “in the very act”? How would the Pharisees, noted for their claim to holiness, have known where to go?

•     While Mosaic Law prescribed stoning for adultery, this penalty was not imposed in the first century. Rabbinic courts rigorously avoided imposing the death penalty.

•     A panel of rabbis, not an individual, would deal with such a case. Besides, the scribes and Pharisees did not recognize Jesus’ authority. Continue Reading Here

Women Of The Bible: Lesson #21 – Elizabeth, Peter’s Mother-In-Law + The Samaritan Woman

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ELIZABETH

Scripture references: Luke 1:5–7, 36–45, 57–61

Date:  5 b.c.

Name: Elizabeth [ee-LIZ-uh-buth: “God is my oath”].

Main contribution:  She gave birth to John the Baptist, whose prophetic ministry prepared for Jesus’ appearance.

Elizabeth was the wife of a priest named Zacharias. She was selected by God to give birth to John the Baptist whom Jesus called the greatest of the Old Testament prophets. John met the conditions necessary to be identified as the prophet whose appearance preceded the establishment of God’s earthly kingdom (Mal. 4:5, 6). Continue Reading Here

Commentary: The Divine Rule of Christian Faith and Practice

By: Pastor Roy L. Crane

Listen to Pastor Roy’s Sermon Audio regarding this commentary Here!

SCRIPTURE means the Old and New Testaments, which make up the Bible, God’s written Word. God gave to the world His living Word, Jesus Christ, and His written Word, the Scriptures. Although the Bible was written by prophets and apostles, the Bible originated not with their wills, but with God’s (2 Pet. 1:20–21). “All Scripture,” Paul wrote, “is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3:16).

After Jesus, God’s living Word, returned to heaven having accomplished the Great Work of salvation, the Bible, God’s written Word, remained on earth as God’s eternal guide for mankind. The written Word is durable and has remained  unchanged in its message since it was first inspired by God.

Because the Bible is God’s inspired Word, it is able to make us “wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus” (2 Tim. 3:15). The Scriptures testify of Christ (John 5:39) and are understood and received as He opens our understanding to the revealed will of His Father (Luke 24:27). Like the Berean Christians, we should search the Scriptures daily (Acts 17:11) to discover God’s message for our lives.

The realization of what an incomparable Treasure we have in the Lord should make us vow to keep His words. He is the All-sufficient One. To have Him is to be fabulously wealthy. Though He is All-sufficient, we are not. “Our sufficiency is from God” (2 Cor. 3:5). So we must be people of prayer, entreating God’s favor and claiming His promise of mercy.

Guidance is a perennial problem. Which way should we go? Frankly, we don’t have the wisdom in ourselves to know. All right, then. Let us turn our feet to the paths outlined in the Scriptures.  We live in a day of instant foods, instant service and instant this and that. Instant obedience to the revealed will of God is something to ponder—and to produce.

Wicked men may conspire to trip up the innocent believer, but that is all the more reason for him to remember the Word for guidance and protection.

“At midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God” (Acts 16:25). They were being unjustly treated by men but they could still sing about God’s righteous judgments.

Those who love God love His people. And those who love the Bible love all Bible-lovers. It is a worldwide fellowship that transcends national, social and racial distinctions.

God’s steadfast love can be found anywhere in the world, but more than that, the earth is full of it. Our grateful hearts respond by saying, “Lord, keep me teachable by Your Holy Spirit.”