James Chapter 3

        James 3, Verses 13 thru 18   Listen to  James 3, verse 13,  from the New American Standard version;  “Who is wise and understanding among you?  Let him show, by his good behavior, his deeds, in the gentleness of wisdom.”   Most versions use the word “works” instead of “deeds”, and I think that fits better in this verse.  But I also think that the wording…

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God’s Everlasting Covenants – Part 3, God’s Salvation

      God’s Covenants and God’s Salvation   Today I want to continue our study about God’s covenants.  And I want to show you how God’s covenants, are intertwined, with God’s eternal “purpose”, which is the salvation of man’s soul.  Often times, we refer to this “eternal purpose”, as God’s “plan of salvation”.   But in  Ephesians 3, verse 11,  God calls it His “purpose”.  Here’s what it says…

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Let Not Many Be Teachers

    James Chapter 3, Verse 1   Verse 1, of  James Chapter 3,  says;  “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing, that we will receive greater, judgment.”    A “teacher” in that verse, refers to someone who teaches God’s word.  And so it refers to..  someone who is “equipped” and “qualified”, to teach others, about God’s will, and about God’s plan of salvation, and about our…

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Jesus.. The Christ

    I Believe that Jesus is the Christ !    I believe that Jesus is the Christ, for just one reason.  And that one reason is, the bible.  I believe it, because of everything that’s written in the bible.  The prophecies, the fulfillment of those prophecies, the miracles, the testimonies;  Like this testimony from the apostle John, in  1 John 1, verse 1, and verse 3;   “That which…

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Knowledge, Rational Thinking, & Understanding

      Three Accounts of the Lord’s Supper   Mathew, Mark, and Luke, all give an account of the evening when Jesus gave His instructions about the Lord’s supper.  But they don’t all give exactly the same account.  And that’s where the problem begins.  People then claim that the bible contradicts itself, and therefore cannot be trusted.  How can the bible be the word of God, if it can’t…

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The Silence Of The Scriptures – Part 2, The Worship Assembly

    The Silence of the Scriptures, and Our Worship   Jesus said, in  Luke 4, verse 8;  “..It is written;  You shall worship the Lord thy God, and Him only, shall you serve.”  The bible isn’t silent about worshipping God.  “It is written;  You SHALL worship, the Lord thy God..”   And it’s also written, in  John 4:24;  “God is Spirit, an those who worship Him, MUST worship in…

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For You Are Not Under Law, But Under Grace

    Romans 6, Verse 14   A verse that causes some confusion, is  Romans 6:14,  which says;  “For sin shall not have dominion over you;  For you are not under law, but under grace.”  Obviously “law” and “grace” are being contrasted here;  But there are two specific things, concerning “law” and “grace”, which are being addressed, and we need to understand what those two things are.   The two…

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God’s Everlasting Covenants – Part 1

An Everlasting Covenant   Today I want to talk about the subject, of what the bible calls, an “everlasting covenant”.  The bible uses the phrase “everlasting covenant”, fifteen times, in the King James Version.  That phrase is used fourteen times in the old testament, and once in the new testament.  But the phrase doesn’t always refer to the same covenant.  That phrase is actually used in reference to four different…

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God’s Everlasting Covenants – Part 2

      God’s Covenants With Man   You’ll probably remember from last week, how I said that the bible uses the phrase “everlasting covenant”, in regards to four different covenants that He has made with man.  The first one was the covenant of the rainbow in the sky, and God’s promise to never again destroy the world with a flood of water.  That’s from  Genesis 9, 11 thru 17….

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The Silence Of The Scriptures – Part 1, The Lord’s Supper

      Does Silence Mean Liberty, or Constraint ?   There’s a lot of debate concerning the “silence of the scriptures”.  Some people say that what the bible is silent about, we have the freedom of choice over.  Others say that what the bible is silent about, is forbidden to us.  So, what’s the truth?  Well, in reality, both beliefs are correct.  So how could they both be correct,…

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Making Bible Study Fun

        Do You Think Bible Study Should Be Fun?     Here’s a question for you;  Do you think that bible study should be fun?  I do.  When we try to teach the bible to little children, it’s pretty much accepted, that you’ve got to find a way to make it fun for them.  Otherwise, they wouldn’t be interested, right?  Bible study would be completely boring for…

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There Goes My Life

      Christ Is My Life   Would you open your bibles to the book of Galatians, and follow along with me as I read just one verse.  I’d like you to be able to actually look at the verse, so that you can really think about what’s being said.  The verse is Galatians chapter 2, verse 20.   Here’s what the apostle Paul said in that verse;  “I…

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The Resurrection At The Last Day

        Thinking about the Resurrection   You like to think about nice things don’t you?  Well, this morning, I’d like us to think about the resurrection, unto eternal life.  It’s a lovely thought, and it’s a pure thought, and it’s a true thought.  Those who die in Christ, will indeed be resurrected unto eternal life.   1 Thessalonians 4, verse 14  says;  “For if we believe that…

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Separated Unto The Gospel

      Separated Unto the Gospel of God   The apostle Paul wrote, in  Romans 1, verse 1;  “Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God.”  You too, are called by God.  Not called to be an apostle, but to be a Christian.  And just like Paul, you are “separated unto the gospel”.   As a Christian, you are called…

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Unto This They Were Appointed

    We Are All Appointed For Something   1 Peter 2, verse 8  says that for some people, Jesus Christ has become “a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.  for they stumble at the word, being disobedient;  Wherein also they were appointed.” We are all appointed by God, for something.  We’re all “called” for a specific purpose.  But I’m not talking about being “called” by God, to…

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Separated Yet Joined Together

        Separate from the World, Joined to Christ   I want to begin by quoting a scripture, and I’d like you to hang onto this quote, and think about it as we go through this study this morning.  This is from  Psalm 116, verses 9 & 10;  “I will walk before Jehovah, in the land of the living.  I have believed, therefore I have spoken.”   There’s…

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1 Peter Chapter 2, Verses 4 Thru 8

    Living Stones   1 Peter 2, verse 4,  begins with the words;  “To whom coming..”  And the reference of course is to the Lord.   Verse 3,   had said;  “If you have tasted that the LORD is gracious;  To whom coming..”  And the meaning is..  “To whom YOU are coming;  A living stone, indeed rejected by men, but with God, elect, and precious.” With God, things are…

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How Dare You ! A Gospel Sermon – Part 1

    How Dare You Contradict God !   Have you ever heard someone say these words..  “How dare you!”  Why would someone say that?  Would it be because you questioned their truthfulness?  Would it be because you opposed their authority?  Would it be because someone openly defied what you had told them? Imagine this;  Imagine you have a child, who comes home from school, and asks if they can…

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1 Peter Chapter 2, Verses 1 Thru 3

    Putting Away Sin, And Longing for the Word   Verses 1 & 2;  “Putting away therefore, all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk, which is without guile, that you may grow thereby unto salvation..” Those verses remind me of  James 1, verse 21.  Listen to the similarity.  James says;  “Wherefore, putting away all filthiness,…

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