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Amos: The Universal Justice Of God

The primary theme of the Book of Amos is the universal justice of God.  The Israelites believed that their favored status as the people of God would spare them from His judgment—to the contrary, they would be held more accountable than their neighbors.

Before proclaiming God’s judgment against Judah and Israel, Amos speaks of judgment against six of their neighbors: Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, the Ammonites, and Moab.

The goal of this message is to study God’s judgment of His own people in this era.  Amos 2:6-16 Continue reading “Amos: The Universal Justice Of God” »

Weeping & Gnashing Of Teeth

Weeping & Gnashing of Teeth

The Lexham Figurative Language of the Bible Glossary:  Weeping and gnashing of teeth represents physical and spiritual torment in a place of judgment reserved for those who do not enter the kingdom of God.

Faith of the Centurion
Matthew 8:11-12I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, 12 while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

Parable of the Net
Matthew 13:49-50So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come out and separate the evil from the righteous 50 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Continue reading “Weeping & Gnashing Of Teeth” »

We All Worship Something

We all are created to worship.  Every person worships.  Worship defined, is the feeling or expression of reverence and adoration for a deity.  To worship means to ascribe great worth, or worth-ship.  The Bible instructs us that calamity and sorrow will fall upon all who worship and chase after false gods.  The Bible also assures us in Romans, Chapters One and Two, that unrighteous men and women suppress truth about God’s existence, though it is clearly known instinctively to all of us by two witnesses: Continue reading “We All Worship Something” »

Four Ways To View A Woman

Good morning brothers and sisters.  I’m going to share a testimony and a message about who God is, about who we are, and truth that sets us free.  I’m asking you to be transparent and examine your hearts.

The title of this message is, “Four Ways To View A Woman.”  In a sense I am directing this message specifically to the men, but quickly you will see that it applies to everyone.  Men, when a girl or woman crosses your path there are four ways in line with God’s heart to view her, to interact with her, to encourage her. Continue reading “Four Ways To View A Woman” »

Spiritual Oppression: Do Demonic Spirits Influence Believers?

Spirtitual Oppression Of Believers

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According to 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2, believers can be shaken or alarmed by spirits.  Here is the passage:  

Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come.” Continue reading “Spiritual Oppression: Do Demonic Spirits Influence Believers?” »

Concerning The Time Of Our Gathering To The Lord

Over the course of the last two nights I have tossed and turned, reading the Bible, listening to teachings, and pressing in to God about the time and season we are in.  I am experiencing an urgency from God to receive and share understanding about where we are at with regard to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, so that, with intentionality and a holy fervor, you and I walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which we have been called.

2 Thessalonians 2:1-3Now concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to him, we ask you, brothers, 2 not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word, or a letter seeming to be from us, to the effect that the day of the Lord has come. 3 Let no one deceive you in any way. For that day will not come, unless the rebellion comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction.” Continue reading “Concerning The Time Of Our Gathering To The Lord” »

The Fear Of God Is Directly Connected To Obedience

[Adapted from Joy Dawson’s “Intimate Friendship With God“]

It is the kindness of God that brings us to repentance.  The fear of God is directly connected to our obedience.

When Abraham was about to sacrifice his son, Isaac, in obedience to the voice of the LORD, the angel said to him, “Now I know that you fear God, seeing you have not withheld your son, your only son, from me.” (Genesis 22:12)

Many times we hear testimonies that go like this: “After arguing with God for a while I finally gave in.”  These testimonies reveal the lack of the fear of God. Continue reading “The Fear Of God Is Directly Connected To Obedience” »

Born-again To A Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

Brothers and sisters, before Christ came into your life, what did you put your hope in?  What did you pursue to give your life value?  What did you seek to make you happy?  What did you do to feel good about yourself?  What did you do to look good in front of others?  What did you put your faith and trust in?

I struggled with addiction my whole life.  Since the age of twenty-two, I completed seven treatment programs for alcohol and drugs in the states of New York, Minnesota, Illinois, and Arizona.  I spent twenty-three years in and out of 12-step programs like AA and NA.  Each time I was willing to surrender my addiction, but I didn’t know that I needed to surrender my pride, my lust, and my greed.  At the end of an AA meeting we would circle up and say the Lord’s prayer—but how can you have a Lord’s Prayer without a Lord? Continue reading “Born-again To A Living Hope” »

What Have You Been Delivered From?

What has the LORD delivered you from?  What have you been delivered to?

When the Holy Spirit made His home in me five years ago, I had a sudden awareness that Jesus is Lord; that Jesus is my Savior; that I was forgiven, and I had passed from death to life.  I grew in understanding and realized that the Holy Scriptures revealed to me the true condition of my heart in order for me to see my need for salvation.

I came to the knowledge that the cross of Christ wasn’t a revelation of my sin but a revelation of my value to my Father in heaven.  Jesus, the risen Christ, provided the ultimate act of love–one man dying for another; cleansing me and reconciling me back to my heavenly Father, that I may know Him and know life, destroying the works of the devil. Continue reading “What Have You Been Delivered From?” »