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Sun, Jul 26, 2015
They Have Stars in California!! When we moved from Louisiana to California (1967) the smog was so thick that we could not see the stars at night. We were camping out one evening – far from the smog – and my youngest daughter went outside of the tent late that evening. She looked up and was thrilled to see that “They have stars in California!” The beauty and tranquility of the stars quietly declare the glory of God. Paul tells us that some Christians in Philippi were so busy complaining that others could not see the beauty of God shinning in their lives.
Sun, Jul 26, 2015
Some of Life’s Toughest Questions Whether it is theology, civil law, home rules, or society’s customs the questions concerning “the letter of the law” or “the spirit of the law” seem to surface with great frequency. Jesus used a couple of the Ten Commandments to show us some of the underlying principles which must guide us in observing God’s laws. It is wrong to murder but it is the underlying principle against anger and hatred which must be considered first.
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
The Mind of Christ. It is really impossible to capture the mind of Christ in pictures. None adequately express the length, the breadth, and the depth of the mind of our Lord. Ministry might be one key but there is also that mindset which involved compassion, joy, sadness, success, failure, and a host of other characteristics. When we look at the mind of Christ we are reminded that Paul tells us to develop this mind in ourselves. Literally, the Greek text says, “Think this in you” (Phil. 2:5). How do we change our thinking? How do we develop the mind of Christ in our own lives?
Sun, Jul 19, 2015
Passage: Matthew 5:3
Poverty of spirit is humility. It is not necessarily the exact opposite of pride – which can be a good thing – but it really is the opposite of arrogance of spirit. There is a significant difference between pride and arrogance. But let’s forget about arrogance for a while and think of the grace of humility – that’s a truly admirable quality for a Christian. There are so many vivid stories in the Bible about this great quality we call humility.
Sun, Jul 12, 2015
Duration: 25 mins 30 secs
Message or Messenger -- Which is most important? That is an easy but difficult question. Contradiction? Not really. We constantly get those confused in religion, in politics, in friendships, in business, and in other things. “I really like him” may get in the way of “What is the source and truth of the message he brings?” Demosthenes, pictured above, was a great orator and statesman who brought his wisdom and concepts to the ancient Greeks. Some Corinthians thought that Paul was not so eloquent but they had lost sight of the fact that he brought God’s message of salvation. The truth and eternal value of the message must always outweigh the likability of the messenger. In this lesson we will look at: “The Message and the Messenger” I Cor. 3:1-7
Sun, Jul 12, 2015
Duration: 33 mins 11 secs
Give Us a King! Can’t you just hear that chant ringing out over the land of Israel? “We Want a King--We Want a King--We Want a King” “All the other nations have a king to lead them in battle. Why can’t we have one too?” When Israel demanded a king, God told Samuel, “They have not rejected you; they have rejected me as their king.” Signs and posters could have read: SAMUEL IS NOT OUR RULER GIVE US A KING GET WITH IT In this lesson we will look at Israel’s demands: “Give Us a King” I Sam. 8:1-5 Sunday Evening Sermon “Give Us a King” I Sam. 8:1-5
Sun, Jul 05, 2015
The Gift of Giving The root meaning of the word grace is “gift.” Grace is the gift of God and the ability to give is also a gift from God. Let’s learn to give out of gratitude to God for his unspeakable gift of Christ. Let’s learn to give “as we have prospered” (I Cor. 16:2) and give as we have purposed in our hearts (II Cor. 9:7).
Sun, Jun 28, 2015
Profit and Loss Statements The business world operates on financial profit and loss statements. Paul told the Philippians that he operated on a spiritual profit and loss statement. But where do I fit in this matrix of assets vs. liabilities, profits vs. losses, income vs. expenses? The perfect answer comes in our lesson on: “Paul’s Profit and Loss Statement” Phil. 3:7-11 Morning Sermon “Paul’s Profit and Loss Statement” Phil. 3:7-11
Sun, Jun 28, 2015
Sophia was a Greek goddess of wisdom. Athena was another such goddess. The Greeks believed that the wisdom of their deities and philosophers was the key to life, but the book of Proverbs surpasses the wisdom of the Greeks. In this lesson we will take a brief look at some ancient Hebrew proverbs. Join us as we look at: “A Little Wisdom from Solomon” Proverbs 1:1-7
Sun, Jun 21, 2015
(ekklēsia) The word in the title above is the original New Testament word translated “church.” Its literal meaning is “a gathering or assembly of people.” The Biblical concept of the church is the gathering or assembly of people who belong to Christ. It is not a building or an organization in the contemporary sense. Instead, it is the gathering of God’s people. Paul tells us that Christ died for the church (Eph. 5:25). “Christ and the Church”
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