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Sun, Jun 11, 2017
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1 hr 6 mins 31 secs
While many believers claim to believe that prayer works, that prayer changes things, that prayer has power, prayer is often treated as a last resort, a last option. It is something they hope can bail them out of tough times when nothing else seems to be working. But prayer is intended to be much more than that. After the death of King Ahab, in steps Ahaziah, King Ahab’s son. King Ahaziah reigned for only two years, not much time to do much of anything. But we do read about the end of his reign in 2 Kings chapter 1.
Sun, May 07, 2017
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1 hr 58 mins 41 secs
To some people, the story of David and Bathsheba is one of judgment and condemnation. Others see it as a story of grace, restoration, and hope. For those willing to admit their sin and accept God’s judgment, grace, and restoration, it is both. The realization that God’s agenda is one of healing and restoration will change our perspective on everything. This morning, we shall learn how we can experience divine restoration after a moral failure. First, we look at how David got into the mess in which he found himself (2 Samuel 11:1-5)
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
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2 hrs 27 mins 44 secs
One of the mysteries is that the saints living at our Lord's Second Coming will not die, but be changed, and that this change will be made in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, and at the sound of the last trump.
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
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45 mins 19 secs
In the story of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, there are drawn for us several beautiful pictures of submission—a quality highly valued by God. This morning, we shall consider three illustrations of submission that can be found in our text. First is the submission of Jesus to the will of the Father. According to Luke 19:28 – “And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.” Even though the phrase ascending up to Jerusalem is brief, yet it is pregnant with meaning. In it there was fulfillment of prophecy. Christ fulfilled Zechariah’s prophecy precisely by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey (Zech. 9:9). The phrase is also suggestive of danger that Jesus was deliberately walking into. He was ascending up to Jerusalem—knowing full well the danger this act placed Him in. Thirdly, the phrase is evidence of Jesus’ submission to the Father’s will. This act would lead to the cross—the whole reason for His coming. Ahead of Him in Jerusalem lay the cross, the agony, the suffering, the pain, the drink of vinegar and gall, the crowd’s mocking, the spear in His side. When Jesus ascended up to Jerusalem, He knew all that was before Him. And yet—He was still submissive to the will of His Father. But the submission of Christ was not the only example of submission in this story. The second is the submission of the disciples to the will of the Savior in verses 29-35 – The disciples were given strange instructions about the colt in Luke 19:30-31. The disciples willingly submitted to the command of their Master, Jesus Christ
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
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45 mins 11 secs
Every family faces challenges that, if care is not taken, can be used by the enemy to cause frustration, discouragement, separation, and even divorce. But whatever we may face as a couple or a family can be overcome if we will pray to God for His help. This can be illustrated by the account of the birth of Jacob and Esau, the twin sons of Isaac and Rebekah that we read earlier. Now concerning Jacob and Esau we are here told that they were prayed for. Their parents, after they had been long childless, obtained them by prayer (Gen. 25:20,21). Though God had promised to multiply his family, Isaac prayed for its increase; for God's promises, must not supersede, but encourage, our prayers, and be the ground of our faith. Though he had prayed for this mercy very often, and had continued his supplication many years, and it was not granted, yet he did not leave off praying for it; for men ought always to pray, and not to faint (Luke 18:1), to pray without ceasing, and knock till the door be opened, He prayed for his wife; some read it with his wife. From his example, we learn that husbands and wives should pray together. This is also explicitly stated in Apostle Peter's first epistle so that their prayers be not hindered (1 Peter 3:7). The result of his effort is that God heard his prayer. This buttresses the fact that children are the gift of God. Those that continue instant in prayer, as Isaac did, shall find, at last, that they did not seek God in vain (Isaiah 45:19). In answering their prayer, God did more than they could imagine—Rebecca became pregnant with a set of twins. God often does more than we ask for in our prayers, and gives more than we can ask or think (Eph. 3:20). But the pregnancy brought with it another challenge. The children struggled together within her. The commotion she felt was altogether extraordinary and made her very uneasy. Whether she was apprehensive that the birth would be her death, or whether she was weary of the intestine tumult, or whether she suspected it to be an ill omen, it seems she was ready to wish that either she had not been with child or that she might die immediately, and not bring forth such a struggling brood. Before, the want of children was her trouble, now, the struggle of the children is causing her a lot of worry, fear, and anxiety. From this experience of Rebecca’s, we can learn that the comforts we are most desirous of are sometimes found to bring along with them more occasion of trouble and uneasiness than what we thought of. We are too apt to be discontented with our comforts, because of the uneasiness that attends them. But how did she handle this unpleasant development? She went to enquire of the Lord. She did not depend on her own understanding or seek the counsel of those who never had a similar experience. Her reasoning was that if God could grant her the power to conceive these babies in her womb, He can be relied upon to guide the whole process leading to their birth. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) 5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Isaiah 66:9 (NIV) 9 Do I bring to the moment of birth and not give delivery?" says the LORD. "Do I close up the womb when I bring to delivery?" says your God. Philippians 1:6 (NIV) 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
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1 hr 31 mins 14 secs
Single parenthood is a condition that is very common in our world today and can be a very challenging experience for those who have it as their lot in life. The reality of single parenthood is acknowledged by the Bible where God reveals His love and concern for single parents. One notable single parent in the Bible is Hagar, the concubine of Abraham who had a son named Ishmael for him. Her story can be found in Genesis 16, 17, and 21. Hagar was rejected by her mistress, Sarah, and sent packing from the family of Abraham along with the son she had for Abraham at the instigation of Sarah. She, therefore, became a single parent to Ishmael and was saddled with the sole responsibility of taking care of him. She later found a wife for him from Egypt. A second notable single parent in the Bible is Eunice, the mother of Timothy. Eunice was a Jewess and a believer who got married to a Greek.
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