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50 minutes | Oct 13, 2021
Romans 13 Controversy
Rom 13:1-5 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. (2) Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. (3) For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: (4) For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. (5) Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.Don’t let that government, twist the word of God and try to tell YOU, what YOU must do “if you are a good Christian.”
41 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
What kind of work do you do?
We will stand before God and we will be judged according to our works - how we lived / what we did.Mat 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.Joh 14:10-12 Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. (11) Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works' sake. (12) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.Jas 2:14-18 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (15) If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, (16) And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (17) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.Rev 20:11-13 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. (13) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
34 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Targeted for Destruction
The enemy of the church is never satisfied.The devil always wants more. As you start getting closer to God - it often causes the enemy of our souls to be more active in trying to draw us away, lead us astray, and cause us to fall.Luk 22:31-32 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:Let’s look at a few things the enemy might use to get an advantage over us and how we as Christians should win the victory.
48 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Signs are Everywhere
Mat 24:32-36 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: (33) So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. (34) Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled. (35) Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. (36) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.Mat 24:37-39 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. (38) For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, (39) And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.
30 minutes | Sep 8, 2021
Jesus Name Baptism - From the Archives
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.Luk 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.Joh 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.Act 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.
48 minutes | Sep 1, 2021
The Lion, the Bear, and the Mark of the Beast
Luk 9:23-25 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (24) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it. (25) For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?We all should be: Training on purpose!Read the word of God!Spend Time in PrayerSpend time FastingSpend time being LED BY GODArchilochos (a greek poet) once said: “We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training.”Rev 13:15-17 And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed. (16) And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: (17) And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.Rev 14:9-11 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, (10) The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: (11) And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
62 minutes | Aug 25, 2021
Four Horses of Rev 6
White Horse(Rev 6:1)And I saw when the Lamb opened one of the seals, and I heard, as it were the noise of thunder, one of the four beasts saying, Come and see.(Rev 6:2)And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.Bow - TOXON = Google - “etymology toxon greek”Word History The Greek word toxon means "bow" or "arrow." From this came the Greek toxikon, meaning "a poison in which arrows are dipped." Toxikon was borrowed into Latin as toxicum, which gave rise to the Latin verb intoxicare, "to poison."Do we have anything in the world today associated with WHITE - that John may have looked at and thought we was seeing an archer dipping his arrow tip in poison?Red Horse(Rev 6:3)And when he had opened the second seal, I heard the second beast say, Come and see.(Rev 6:4)And there went out another horse that was red: and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another: and there was given unto him a great sword.Do we have anything in the world today associated withRED - that John may have looked at and saw it taking peace from the earth?Black Horse(Rev 6:5)And when he had opened the third seal, I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand.(Rev 6:6)And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine.Balance are used to weigh things - or to BALANCE things on one side with what is on the other side. You could say - they are used to make things equal.Do we have anything in the world today associated withBLACK - that is seeking balance. Pale Horse (green)(Rev 6:7)And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see.(Rev 6:8)And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.Pale - chlōros = greenish (maybe pale green)Every other translation is JUST green.Mark 6:39 - Green grassRev 8:7 - green grassRev 9:4 any green thing75% of the earth is covered in water - leaving 25% for where people live.I do NOT think that this “horse” will only impact ¼ of the population. I do not know if the “THEM” was in reference ot JUST Death and Hell - it sounds like it was talking about ALL of the four that were mentioned.Do we have anything in the world today associated withGREEN - that threatens tyranny? FIFTH SEAL(Rev 6:9)And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:(Rev 6:10)And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?(Rev 6:11)And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.
43 minutes | Aug 18, 2021
Expository Teaching: Eph 5
Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour. But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.(Eph 5:1-17)
30 minutes | Aug 11, 2021
God Expects Commitment to Truth
Luk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.Mat 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.2Th 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. (11) And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: (12) That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.God expects this people to be committed to Him and to truth above all other relationships.
31 minutes | Aug 4, 2021
Don't Let Them Hide His Name
They tried to prevent His ministry, soil His reputation, take His life. When all this failed they tried to hide His name form history.Don't Let Them Hide His Name
31 minutes | Jul 28, 2021
We all have no doubt seen a rock or even a pebble dropped into water and watched the waves ripple out in all directions.Those Ripples come from the rock interacting with the water creating movement.Our physical lives can have a similar impact on the people around us.1Co 3:5-7 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? (6) I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. (7) So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.While he was saying the main part is Gods part. He did describe the part others play in this life changing process. He called it - planting and watering.You can touch other people in a way that creates positive spiritual ripples in their life.
50 minutes | Jul 21, 2021
Buy the Truth
Many things in our life are an exchange.We exchange grudges for peace.We exchange time (Sunday Morning) for learning, emotional support, and fellowship.We exchange energy for money.Pro 23:23 KJV Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.No matter what it cost you. It will be worth it.No matter what you go through in this life. It will be worth it.Your friends may reject you. Your heavenly father will not.Your family may push you away. God will draw you near.
50 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
The Hierarchy of Knowledge
Fresh Knowledge or Understanding – is NOT normally about the INTRODUCTION of something NEW but the revelation of something old.New Revelation, Knowledge, or Understanding of seems to be the biggest, most important, very influential, information in your life.The mind is a battlefield.2Co 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (5) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;1Co 13:11-12 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. (12) For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.As a man – I’m not going to speak, understand, or think – like a child. As a child – I thought I knew it all. As a man – I know – I don’t KNOW it all. I only KNOW in part.The obstacle of the Red sea can be intimidating when you only KNOW that you are trapped between the Red Sea and a hostile army. It is less threatening if you only KNEW that God plans to use the Red Sea to drown your enemies.So, don’t be intimidated by anything you KNOW that wants to exalt itself above the KNOWLEDGE of God!
38 minutes | Jun 23, 2021
Better Than Recovery
In the church we often talk about RECOVERY. Defined: Returning to a normal state of health, mind, or strength – the process of regaining control.While we don’t always use the word recovery and we may define it a bit different than a 12-step program might. The fact remains that many of the stories in the Bible have a theme or at least a thread of “recovery” mixed in. God has made a way for us – to recover – when we miss the mark, when we come up short, when we fall. But there is a better way for the Christian. Something Better Than Recovery (from a FALL).Jud 1:24-25 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, (25) To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.If you want something better than recovery - try this:· Seek Direction from God.· Seek a deeper relationship with God by following the direction.· Seek to maintain humility and submission – whenever you want to do something different.
37 minutes | Jun 16, 2021
Faith on Display
In a very simple definition.Faith is the: Conviction of the truth of anything.Conviction: Firmly held belief or opinion.While I say that faith should be on display – I am not saying that it should be on display – for the sake of it being on display.It should be on display because we are convicted of the truth of something. If we are convicted of the truth of something Godly and Right. We should be careful – to NOT let this world rob us of the blessing that comes from faith displayed.Jas 2:14-18 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? (15) If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, (16) And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? (17) Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. (18) Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
39 minutes | Jun 9, 2021
Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.
52 minutes | May 19, 2021
2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.The word study in 2Tim 2:15 means: make an effort or endeavor. This is a principle we should have in our spiritual walk: Rightly Dividing the word of truth and proper application of the word of God into our lives.We really should make an effort to make sure we are properly applying the word of God in our lives and into the lives of others.
46 minutes | May 12, 2021
Conviction and Understanding
We need conviction of Biblical truth – and we should be ready to as Jude stated: “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” Beyond Bible Truth: There might be times – because of your history, the way you were raised or the culture and age in which you minister that there my be convictions in your life that are not in black and white in the scripture.1Co 10:23 All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but all things edify not.In those areas of conviction – not bible truth convictions – but how I navigate life convictions. We need to be understanding and not EARNESTLY CONTEND for those convictions to be manifest in others.
27 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
Intervention by God
One of the definitions of the word intervention is: action taken to improve a situation.Psa 127:1 A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vainWe NEED an Intervention By God.
40 minutes | Apr 14, 2021
It's Just a Season
Very Rarely (in fact - only once in a lifetime) is the season we are currently in – the LAST season. So, be deliberate in how you progress through whatever season you are in.Phi 4:11-13 KJV 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
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