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Proverbs 22:9-16

9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend. 12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless. 13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” 14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the Lord will fall there. 15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him. 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.

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  • 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend. 12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless. 13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!” 14 The mouth of an immoral woman is a deep pit; He who is abhorred by the Lord will fall there. 15 Foolishness is bound up in the heart of a child; The rod of correction will drive it far from him. 16 He who oppresses the poor to increase his riches, And he who gives to the rich, will surely come to poverty.

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:9-16
  • Sowing and Reaping the Wisdom of God (II)

    6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend. 12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless. 13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:6-13
  • Sowing and Reaping the Wisdom of God (III)

    6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend. 12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless. 13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:6-13
  • Sowing and Reaping the Wisdom of God (I)

    6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend. 12 The eyes of the Lord preserve knowledge, But He overthrows the words of the faithless. 13 The lazy man says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be slain in the streets!”

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:6-13
  • Seek to Believe You May Understand (II)

    3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:3-11
  • Seek to Believe You May Understand (III)

    3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:3-11
  • Seek to Believe You May Understand (I)

    3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has a generous eye will be blessed, For he gives of his bread to the poor. 10 Cast out the scoffer, and contention will leave; Yes, strife and reproach will cease. 11 He who loves purity of heart And has grace on his lips, The king will be his friend.

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:3-11
  • The Words of Christ Are Spiritual and Life-giving (II)

    35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” 41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. 60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? ...

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 6:35-65
  • The Words of Christ Are Spiritual and Life-giving (III)

    35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” 41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. 60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? ...

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 6:35-65
  • Preparation and Deliverance; becoming faithful stewards of the powerful grace of God (III)

    1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. 3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:1-5
  • The Words of Christ Are Spiritual and Life-giving (I)

    35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.” 41 The Jews then complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” 42 And they said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, “Do not murmur among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ Therefore everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me has everlasting life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. 50 This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.” 52 The Jews therefore quarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?” 53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. 54 Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. 55 For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him. 57 As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me. 58 This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.” 59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum. 60 Therefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a hard saying; who can understand it?” 61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples complained about this, He said to them, “Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before? ...

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 6:35-65
  • Preparation and Deliverance; becoming faithful stewards of the powerful grace of God (II)

    1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. 3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:1-5
  • Preparation and Deliverance; becoming faithful stewards of the powerful grace of God (I)

    1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. 3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them.

    PROVERBSProverbs 22:1-5
  • No Counsel Against God Will Stand (II)

    30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord. 31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord. 1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. 3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:30-31...
  • No Counsel Against God Will Stand (I)

    30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord. 31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord. 1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. 3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:30-31...
  • False Witnesses Will Perish (II)

    28 A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly. 29 A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way. 30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord. 31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:28-31
  • False Witnesses Will Perish (I)

    28 A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly. 29 A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way. 30 There is no wisdom or understanding Or counsel against the Lord. 31 The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:28-31
  • Faith, Truth and Freedom: Seeing the Glory of God Through Christ’s Suffering (II)

    28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” 30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 8:28-36
  • Fear versus Freedom: Living in the Unshakable Promises of God (II)

    22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold. 23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. 24 A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride. 25 The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. 26 He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; How much more when he brings it with wicked intent! 28 A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly. 29 A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:22-29
  • Faith, Truth and Freedom: Seeing the Glory of God Through Christ’s Suffering (I)

    28 Then Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 29 And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” 30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him. 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, ‘You will be made free’?” 34 Jesus answered them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 8:28-36
  • Fear versus Freedom: Living in the Unshakable Promises of God (I)

    22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold. 23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. 24 A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride. 25 The desire of the lazy man kills him, For his hands refuse to labor. 26 He covets greedily all day long, But the righteous gives and does not spare. 27 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination; How much more when he brings it with wicked intent! 28 A false witness shall perish, But the man who hears him will speak endlessly. 29 A wicked man hardens his face, But as for the upright, he establishes his way.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:22-29
  • The Fruit of Following Righteousness and Mercy (I)

    21 He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness, and honor. 22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold. 23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. 24 A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:21-24
  • The Fruit of Following Righteousness and Mercy (II)

    21 He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness, and honor. 22 A wise man scales the city of the mighty, And brings down the trusted stronghold. 23 Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles. 24 A proud and haughty man—“Scoffer” is his name; He acts with arrogant pride.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:21-24
  • Eternal Rewards and Our Responsibilities (I)

    17 He who loves pleasure will be a poor man; He who loves wine and oil will not be rich. 18 The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous, And the unfaithful for the upright. 19 Better to dwell in the wilderness, Than with a contentious and angry woman. 20 There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it. 21 He who follows righteousness and mercy Finds life, righteousness, and honor.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:17-21
  • The Sufferings of Christ: Five Points of Identification (I)

    11 Now Jesus stood before the governor. And the governor asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” Jesus said to him, “It is as you say.” 12 And while He was being accused by the chief priests and elders, He answered nothing. 13 Then Pilate said to Him, “Do You not hear how many things they testify against You?” 14 But He answered him not one word, so that the governor marveled greatly. 15 Now at the feast the governor was accustomed to releasing to the multitude one prisoner whom they wished. 16 And at that time they had a notorious prisoner called Barabbas. 17 Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” 18 For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy. 19 While he was sitting on the judgment seat, his wife sent to him, saying, “Have nothing to do with that just Man, for I have suffered many things today in a dream because of Him.” 20 But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitudes that they should ask for Barabbas and destroy Jesus. 21 The governor answered and said to them, “Which of the two do you want me to release to you?” They said, “Barabbas!” 22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be crucified!” 23 Then the governor said, “Why, what evil has He done?” But they cried out all the more, saying, “Let Him be crucified!” 24 When Pilate saw that he could not prevail at all, but rather that a tumult was rising, he took water and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, “I am innocent of the blood of this just Person. You see to it.” 25 And all the people answered and said, “His blood be on us and on our children.” 26 Then he released Barabbas to them; and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered Him to be crucified. 27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole garrison around Him. 28 And they stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. 29 When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 30 Then they spat on Him, and took the reed and struck Him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked Him, they took the robe off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him away to be crucified.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEMatthew 27:11-31
  • Holiness and Love: the Essential Attributes of God's Nature (I)

    13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard. 14 A gift in secret pacifies anger, And a bribe behind the back, strong wrath. 15 It is a joy for the just to do justice, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity. 16 A man who wanders from the way of understanding Will rest in the assembly of the dead.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:13-16
  • Holiness and Love: Godly Sorrow Leads to Repentance(III)

    8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right. 9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes 11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. 12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:8-12
  • The Straight Line of Truth versus the Bent Way of Wickedness (I)

    10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes 11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. 12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness. 13 Whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor Will also cry himself and not be heard.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:10-13
  • Holiness and Love: Godly Sorrow Leads to Repentance (II)

    8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right. 9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes 11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. 12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:8-12
  • Holiness and Love: Godly Sorrow Leads to Repentance (I)

    8 The way of a guilty man is perverse; But as for the pure, his work is right. 9 Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman. 10 The soul of the wicked desires evil; His neighbor finds no favor in his eyes 11 When the scoffer is punished, the simple is made wise; But when the wise is instructed, he receives knowledge. 12 The righteous God wisely considers the house of the wicked, Overthrowing the wicked for their wickedness.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:8-12
  • Faith, Virtue and Peace: Maturing in the Grace of God (I)

    4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. 6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. 7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:4-7
  • Faith, Virtue and Peace: Maturing in the Grace of God (II)

    4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. 6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. 7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:4-7
  • Faith, Virtue and Peace: Maturing in the Grace of God (III)

    4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 5 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, But those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. 6 Getting treasures by a lying tongue Is the fleeting fantasy of those who seek death. 7 The violence of the wicked will destroy them, Because they refuse to do justice.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:4-7
  • Faith, Justification and Reconciliation (III)

    17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    COMMUNION MESSAGERomans 5:17-21
  • Faith, Justification and Reconciliation (II)

    17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    COMMUNION MESSAGERomans 5:17-21
  • To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice: Heart Faith vs Outward Mannerism (II)

    3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:3-4
  • To Obey is Better Than Sacrifice: Heart Faith vs Outward Mannerism (II)

    3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. 4 A haughty look, a proud heart, And the plowing of the wicked are sin.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:3-4
  • The Word of God is the Antidote to Our Lives (III)

    2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. 3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:2-3
  • The Word of God is the Antidote to Our Lives (II)

    2 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts. 3 To do righteousness and justice Is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:2-3
  • The King's Heart is in the Hand of the LORD (II)

    1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:1
  • The King's Heart is in the Hand of the LORD (I)

    1 The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

    PROVERBSProverbs 21:1
  • God's Puzzle Pieces (I)

    1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

    COMMUNION MESSAGEEphesians 4:1-13
  • God's Puzzle Pieces (I)

    1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this, “He ascended”—what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.) 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

    COMMUNION MESSAGEEphesians 4:1-13
  • Strength, Wisdom, Chastening and Holiness (II)

    29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of old men is their gray head. 30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:29-30
  • Strength, Wisdom, Chastening and Holiness (I)

    29 The glory of young men is their strength, And the splendor of old men is their gray head. 30 Blows that hurt cleanse away evil, As do stripes the inner depths of the heart.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:29-30
  • Mercy and Truth Preserve the King (II)

    28 Mercy and truth preserve the king, And by lovingkindness he upholds his throne.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:28
  • The Spirit of Man is the Lamp of the LORD (II)

    27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:27
  • The Spirit of Man is the Lamp of the LORD (I)

    27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, Searching all the inner depths of his heart.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:27
  • Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility: Joyfully Embracing the Direction and Purposes of God (I)

    24 A man’s steps are of the Lord; How then can a man understand his own way?

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:24
  • The Patience and Wisdom of Christ Revealed through Godly Forbearance (II)

    4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” 7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

    COMMUNION MESSAGE1Peter 2:4-8
  • The Patience and Wisdom of Christ Revealed through Godly Forbearance (I)

    4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” 7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,” 8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.

    COMMUNION MESSAGE1 Peter 2:4-8
  • Faith in Eternal Justice: Steadfastly Hoping in God (II)

    22 Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. 23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, And dishonest scales are not good.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:22-23
  • Faith in Eternal Justice: Steadfastly Hoping in God (I)

    22 Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. 23 Diverse weights are an abomination to the Lord, And dishonest scales are not good.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:22-23
  • Authority, Inheritance and Covering: The Blessedness of Respecting God (II)

    20 Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness. 21 An inheritance gained hastily at the beginning Will not be blessed at the end.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:20-21
  • Heavenly Purpose and Earthly Process: the Establishment of Wise Counsel (I)

    18 Plans are established by counsel; By wise counsel wage war.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:18
  • Integrity and the Power of Commitment: Beware of Foolish Vows (II)

    16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress. 17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:16-17
  • Integrity and the Power of Commitment: Beware of Foolish Vows (I)

    16 Take the garment of one who is surety for a stranger, And hold it as a pledge when it is for a seductress. 17 Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:16-17
  • Appearance Versus Substance: The Priceless Value of Inner Virtue (II)

    14 “It is good for nothing,” cries the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts. 15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:14-15
  • Jesus Christ, Our Living Hope (II)

    1 Peter 1:3-9 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. Hebrews 12:25-29 25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

    COMMUNION MESSAGE1 Peter 1:3-9, He...
  • Appearance Versus Substance: The Priceless Value of Inner Virtue (I)

    14 “It is good for nothing,” cries the buyer; But when he has gone his way, then he boasts. 15 There is gold and a multitude of rubies, But the lips of knowledge are a precious jewel.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:14-15
  • Jesus Christ, Our Living Hope (I)

    1 Peter 1:3-9 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls. Hebrews 12:25-29 25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, 26 whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” 27 Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.

    COMMUNION MESSAGE1 Peter 1:3-9, He...
  • A Well-Designed, Well-Ordered Life: the Wisdom of God’s Preordained Balance (II)

    12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made them both. 13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:12-13
  • A Well-Designed, Well-Ordered Life: the Wisdom of God’s Preordained Balance (I)

    12 The hearing ear and the seeing eye, The Lord has made them both. 13 Do not love sleep, lest you come to poverty; Open your eyes, and you will be satisfied with bread.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:12-13
  • Justice, Mercy and Justification: the Wisdom and Power of Moral Reconciliation (II)

    10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:10-11
  • Salvation and My Will (II)

    9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”? 10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:9-11
  • Salvation and My Will (I)

    9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”? 10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:9-11
  • Jesus Christ, Our Compassionate High Priest (II)

    14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and rel ease those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted

    COMMUNION MESSAGEHebrews 2:14-18
  • Jesus Christ, Our Compassionate High Priest (I)

    14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and rel ease those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted

    COMMUNION MESSAGEHebrews 2:14-18
  • 1 He also said to His disciples: “There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. 2 So he called him and said to him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.’ 3 “Then the steward said within himself, ‘What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.’ 5 “So he called every one of his master’s debtors to him, and said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 And he said, ‘A hundred measures of oil.’ So he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ So he said, ‘A hundred measures of wheat.’ And he said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. 9 “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. 10 He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own? 13 “No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

    PROVERBSLuke 16:1-13
  • 9 Who can say, “I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin”? 10 Diverse weights and diverse measures, They are both alike, an abomination to the Lord. 11 Even a child is known by his deeds, Whether what he does is pure and right.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:9-11
  • The Blessings of Faithful Integrity (I)

    6 Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, But who can find a faithful man? 7 The righteous man walks in his integrity; His children are blessed after him. 8 A king who sits on the throne of judgment Scatters all evil with his eyes.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:6-8
  • The Gospel: The Purpose of Christ’s Incarnation (II)

    Luke 19:10 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. John 10:10 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 1 John 3:8 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. Luke 5:32 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

    COMMUNION MESSAGELuke 19:10,John 1...
  • The Gospel: The Purpose of Christ’s Incarnation (I)

    Luke 19:10 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. John 10:10 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 1 John 3:8 8 The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. Luke 5:32 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

    COMMUNION MESSAGELuke 19:10,John 1...
  • Love What You Do: The Goal of Spiritual Discipleship (I)

    3 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel. 4 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:3-4
  • The Wisdom of Moderation and Godly Self-Control (II)

    1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:1-2
  • The Wisdom of Moderation and Godly Self-Control (I)

    1 Wine is a mocker, Strong drink is a brawler, And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 2 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life.

    PROVERBSProverbs 20:1-2
  • The Wisdom and Blessings of a Teachable Spirit (II)

    26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach. 27 Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28 A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. 29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:26-29
  • The Wisdom and Blessings of a Teachable Spirit (I)

    26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach. 27 Cease listening to instruction, my son, And you will stray from the words of knowledge. 28 A disreputable witness scorns justice, And the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity. 29 Judgments are prepared for scoffers, And beatings for the backs of fools.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:26-29
  • Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection (II)

    21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEMatthew 16:21-27
  • Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection (I)

    21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEMatthew 16:21-27
  • The Reciprocal Blessings of Respect (II)

    24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge. 26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:24-26
  • The Reciprocal Blessings of Respect (I)

    24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again. 25 Strike a scoffer, and the simple will become wary; Rebuke one who has understanding, and he will discern knowledge. 26 He who mistreats his father and chases away his mother Is a son who causes shame and brings reproach.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:24-26
  • The Sure Foundation of God’s Counsel Part 2 (II)

    22 What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar. 23 The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. 24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:22-24
  • The Sure Foundation of God’s Counsel Part 2 (I)

    22 What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar. 23 The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil. 24 A lazy man buries his hand in the bowl, And will not so much as bring it to his mouth again.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:22-24
  • The Sure Foundation of God’s Counsel (II)

    20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. 22 What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar. 23 The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:20-23
  • The Sure Foundation of God’s Counsel (I)

    20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days. 21 There are many plans in a man’s heart, Nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand. 22 What is desired in a man is kindness, And a poor man is better than a liar. 23 The fear of the Lord leads to life, And he who has it will abide in satisfaction; He will not be visited with evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:20-23
  • The Beautiful Humility of Christ (II)

    5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEPhilippians 2:5-11
  • The Beautiful Humility of Christ (I)

    5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: 6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; 7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature[b] of a servant, being made in human likeness. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-even death on a cross! 9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEPhilippians 2:5-11
  • The Wisdom of a Teachable Spirit (II)

    18 Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction. 19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. 20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:18-20
  • The Wisdom of a Teachable Spirit (I)

    18 Chasten your son while there is hope, And do not set your heart on his destruction. 19 A man of great wrath will suffer punishment; For if you rescue him, you will have to do it again. 20 Listen to counsel and receive instruction, That you may be wise in your latter days.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:18-20
  • Diligence, Carefulness and Compassion: Three Keys to Virtue (II)

    15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger. 16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. 17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:15-17
  • Diligence, Carefulness and Compassion: Three Keys to Virtue (I)

    15 Laziness casts one into a deep sleep, And an idle person will suffer hunger. 16 He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. 17 He who has pity on the poor lends to the Lord, And He will pay back what he has given.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:15-17
  • Wisdom, Integrity and Blessing within the Family (II)

    13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping. 14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:13-14
  • Wisdom, Integrity and Blessing within the Family (I)

    13 A foolish son is the ruin of his father, And the contentions of a wife are a continual dripping. 14 Houses and riches are an inheritance from fathers, But a prudent wife is from the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:13-14
  • The Glory of the Cross (II)

    23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. 27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 12:23-33
  • The Glory of the Cross (I)

    23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. 27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 12:23-33
  • God's Promotion vs Self-Promotion (II)

    12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:12
  • God's Promotion vs Self-Promotion (I)

    12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:12
  • Authority and Favor: the Wisdom of Humility (II)

    10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule over princes. 11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression. 12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:10-12
  • Authority and Favor: the Wisdom of Humility (I)

    10 Luxury is not fitting for a fool, Much less for a servant to rule over princes. 11 The discretion of a man makes him slow to anger, And his glory is to overlook a transgression. 12 The king’s wrath is like the roaring of a lion, But his favor is like dew on the grass.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:10-12
  • Wellbeing and Wisdom: the Blessing of Understanding (II)

    5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape. 6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility, And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts. 7 All the brothers of the poor hate him; How much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:5-9
  • Wellbeing and Wisdom: the Blessing of Understanding (I)

    5 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies will not escape. 6 Many entreat the favor of the nobility, And every man is a friend to one who gives gifts. 7 All the brothers of the poor hate him; How much more do his friends go far from him! He may pursue them with words, yet they abandon him. 8 He who gets wisdom loves his own soul; He who keeps understanding will find good. 9 A false witness will not go unpunished, And he who speaks lies shall perish.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:5-9
  • The Wisdom of Integrity and the Foolishness of Ignorance (II)

    1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet. 3 The foolishness of a man twists his way, And his heart frets against the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:1-3
  • The Wisdom of Integrity and the Foolishness of Ignorance (I)

    1 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 2 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, And he sins who hastens with his feet. 3 The foolishness of a man twists his way, And his heart frets against the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 19:1-3
  • The Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of this World? (II)

    28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. 29 Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” 30 They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.” 31 Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.” Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” 32 that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die. 33 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all. 39 “But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. 1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. 4 Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” 5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” 6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.” 8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” ...

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 18:28-19:22
  • The Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of this World? (I)

    28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover. 29 Pilate then went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” 30 They answered and said to him, “If He were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him up to you.” 31 Then Pilate said to them, “You take Him and judge Him according to your law.” Therefore the Jews said to him, “It is not lawful for us to put anyone to death,” 32 that the saying of Jesus might be fulfilled which He spoke, signifying by what death He would die. 33 Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.” 37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are You a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had said this, he went out again to the Jews, and said to them, “I find no fault in Him at all. 39 “But you have a custom that I should release someone to you at the Passover. Do you therefore want me to release to you the King of the Jews?” 40 Then they all cried again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas!” Now Barabbas was a robber. 1 So then Pilate took Jesus and scourged Him. 2 And the soldiers twisted a crown of thorns and put it on His head, and they put on Him a purple robe. 3 Then they said, “Hail, King of the Jews!” And they struck Him with their hands. 4 Pilate then went out again, and said to them, “Behold, I am bringing Him out to you, that you may know that I find no fault in Him.” 5 Then Jesus came out, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. And Pilate said to them, “Behold the Man!” 6 Therefore, when the chief priests and officers saw Him, they cried out, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “You take Him and crucify Him, for I find no fault in Him.” 7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and according to our law He ought to die, because He made Himself the Son of God.” 8 Therefore, when Pilate heard that saying, he was the more afraid, 9 and went again into the Praetorium, and said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” ...

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 18:28-19:22
  • The Blessing of True Friendship (II)

    23 The poor man uses entreaties, But the rich answers roughly. 24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 4 Wealth makes many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:23-24...
  • The Blessing of True Friendship (I)

    23 The poor man uses entreaties, But the rich answers roughly. 24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. 4 Wealth makes many friends, But the poor is separated from his friend.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:23-24...
  • Blessing & the Power of the Tongue (II)

    20 A man's stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth, From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. 22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the LORD.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:20-22
  • Blessing & the Power of the Tongue (I)

    20 A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; From the produce of his lips he shall be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. 22 He who finds a wife finds a good thing, And obtains favor from the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:20-22
  • Conflict and Resolution: Justice and Mercy in Reconciliation (II)

    17 The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him. 18 Casting lots causes contentions to cease, And keeps the mighty apart. 19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:17-19
  • Conflict and Resolution: Justice and Mercy in Reconciliation (I)

    17 The first one to plead his cause seems right, Until his neighbor comes and examines him. 18 Casting lots causes contentions to cease, And keeps the mighty apart. 19 A brother offended is harder to win than a strong city, And contentions are like the bars of a castle.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:17-19
  • Worship and Atonement: Reconciled Unto Intimacy (II)

    1 “You shall make an altar to burn incense on; you shall make it of acacia wood. 2 A cubit shall be its length and a cubit its width—it shall be square—and two cubits shall be its height. Its horns shall be of one piece with it. 3 And you shall overlay its top, its sides all around, and its horns with pure gold; and you shall make for it a molding of gold all around. 4 Two gold rings you shall make for it, under the molding on both its sides. You shall place them on its two sides, and they will be holders for the poles with which to bear it. 5 You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. 6 And you shall put it before the veil that is before the ark of the Testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the Testimony, where I will meet with you. 7 “Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it. 8 And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations. 9 You shall not offer strange incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; nor shall you pour a drink offering on it. 10 And Aaron shall make atonement upon its horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonement; once a year he shall make atonement upon it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.” 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

    COMMUNION MESSAGERomans 5:6-11, Ex...
  • Worship and Atonement: Reconciled Unto Intimacy (I)

    1 “You shall make an altar to burn incense on; you shall make it of acacia wood. 2 A cubit shall be its length and a cubit its width—it shall be square—and two cubits shall be its height. Its horns shall be of one piece with it. 3 And you shall overlay its top, its sides all around, and its horns with pure gold; and you shall make for it a molding of gold all around. 4 Two gold rings you shall make for it, under the molding on both its sides. You shall place them on its two sides, and they will be holders for the poles with which to bear it. 5 You shall make the poles of acacia wood, and overlay them with gold. 6 And you shall put it before the veil that is before the ark of the Testimony, before the mercy seat that is over the Testimony, where I will meet with you. 7 “Aaron shall burn on it sweet incense every morning; when he tends the lamps, he shall burn incense on it. 8 And when Aaron lights the lamps at twilight, he shall burn incense on it, a perpetual incense before the Lord throughout your generations. 9 You shall not offer strange incense on it, or a burnt offering, or a grain offering; nor shall you pour a drink offering on it. 10 And Aaron shall make atonement upon its horns once a year with the blood of the sin offering of atonement; once a year he shall make atonement upon it throughout your generations. It is most holy to the Lord.” 6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.

    COMMUNION MESSAGERomans 5:6-11, Ex...
  • Expectation and Achievement: Cultivating Intentional Vision Leads to Consistent Action (I)

    14 The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit? 15 The heart of the prudent acquires knowledge, And the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. 16 A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:14-16
  • Rooted and Grounded in Love: Receiving Our Identity from God (II)

    13 He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:13
  • Rooted and Grounded in Love: Receiving Our Identity from God (I)

    13 He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:13
  • The Spirit of Pride Deceives and Destroys (II)

    11 The rich man's wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem. 12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:11-12
  • The Spirit of Pride Deceives and Destroys (I)

    11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem. 12 Before destruction the heart of a man is haughty, And before honor is humility.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:11-12
  • The Glory of the Cross (II)

    23 But Jesus answered them, saying, "The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 "He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 "If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. 27 "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 "Father, glorify Your name." Then a voice came from heaven, saying, "I have both glorified it and will glorify it again." 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to Him." 30 Jesus answered and said, "This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31 "Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 "And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself." 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. 34 The people answered Him, "We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?" 35 Then Jesus said to them, "A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 36 "While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 12:23-36
  • The Glory of the Cross (I)

    23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. 27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.”Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. 34 The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 12:23-36
  • A Healthy God Focus (II)

    9 He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. 11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:9-11
  • A Healthy God Focus (I)

    9 He who is slothful in his work Is a brother to him who is a great destroyer. 10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe. 11 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city, And like a high wall in his own esteem.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:9-11
  • A Fool’s Mouth Is His Destruction

    6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, And his mouth calls for blows. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, And his lips are the snare of his soul.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:6-7
  • The Wellspring of Wisdom Leads to Life

    5 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:5
  • The Wellspring of Wisdom is Life-Giving

    4 The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:4
  • Suffering and the Redemptive Purposes of Jesus (II)

    1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: "Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 "as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 "I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. 6 "I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 "Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 "For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9 "I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 "And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 "Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 "While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 "But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 "I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 "I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 "They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 "Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 17:1-17
  • Suffering and the Redemptive Purposes of Jesus (I)

    1 Jesus spoke these words, lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said: “Father, the hour has come. Glorify Your Son, that Your Son also may glorify You, 2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. 4 I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was. 6 “I have manifested Your name to the men whom You have given Me out of the world. They were Yours, You gave them to Me, and they have kept Your word. 7 Now they have known that all things which You have given Me are from You. 8 For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me. 9 “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours. 10 And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 17:1-17
  • The Humility of Wisdom and The Pride of Selfseeking (II)

    1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. 2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart. 3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:1-3
  • The Humility of Wisdom and The Pride of Selfseeking (I)

    1 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment. 2 A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart. 3 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; And with dishonor comes reproach.

    PROVERBSProverbs 18:1-3
  • The Basis of the Authority

    26 Also, to punish the righteous is not good, Nor to strike princes for their uprightness. 27 He who has knowledge spares his words, And a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. 28 Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; When he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:26-28
  • Wisdom Produces Joy, But Foolishness Yields Sorrow (II)

    21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back To pervert the ways of justice. 24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:21-25
  • Wisdom Produces Joy, But Foolishness Yields Sorrow (I)

    21 He who begets a scoffer does so to his sorrow, And the father of a fool has no joy. 22 A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones. 23 A wicked man accepts a bribe behind the back To pervert the ways of justice. 24 Wisdom is in the sight of him who has understanding, But the eyes of a fool are on the ends of the earth. 25 A foolish son is a grief to his father, And bitterness to her who bore him.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:21-25
  • Jesus, the Captain of Our Salvation (II)

    5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? 7 You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. 8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” 13 And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEHebrews 2:5-18
  • Jesus, the Captain of Our Salvation (I)

    5 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. 6 But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him? 7 You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. 8 You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him. 9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying: “I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You.” 13 And again: “I will put My trust in Him.” And again: “Here am I and the children whom God has given Me.” 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEHebrews 2:5-18
  • A Twisted Heart Can Never Find Happiness (II)

    20 He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:20
  • A Twisted Heart Can Never Find Happiness (I)

    20 He who has a deceitful heart finds no good, And he who has a perverse tongue falls into evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:20
  • The Testimony of The Resurrection (II)

    19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 "For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 "For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 "For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 "that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 "Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 "For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 "and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 "Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 "and come forth--those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

    EASTER SUNDAYJohn 5:19- 30
  • The Testimony of The Resurrection (I)

    19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20 For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him. 24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life. 25 Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in Himself, 27 and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29 and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30 I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

    EASTER SUNDAYJohn 5:19-30
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Evil Fruit of Strife (II)

    19 He who loves transgression loves strife, And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:19
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Evil Fruit of Strife (I)

    19 He who loves transgression loves strife, And he who exalts his gate seeks destruction.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:19
  • Grace: The Hope of the Gospel (II)

    1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    COMMUNION MESSAGERomans 5:1-5
  • Grace: The Hope of the Gospel (I)

    1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    COMMUNION MESSAGERomans 5:1-5
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Test of Friendship (II)

    17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:17-18
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Test of Friendship (I)

    17 A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. 18 A man devoid of understanding shakes hands in a pledge, And becomes surety for his friend.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:17-18
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Price of Wisdom (II)

    14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts. 15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the LORD. 16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it?

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:14-16
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Price of Wisdom (I)

    14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts. 15 He who justifies the wicked, and he who condemns the just, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord. 16 Why is there in the hand of a fool the purchase price of wisdom, Since he has no heart for it?

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:14-16
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Motive and Fruit of Evil [Part 2] (II)

    12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly. 13 Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:12-14
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Motive and Fruit of Evil [Part 2] (I)

    12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly. 13 Whoever rewards evil for good, Evil will not depart from his house. 14 The beginning of strife is like releasing water; Therefore stop contention before a quarrel starts.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:12-14
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Motive and Fruit of Evil [Part 1] (II)

    11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:11-12
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Motive and Fruit of Evil [Part 1] (I)

    11 An evil man seeks only rebellion; Therefore a cruel messenger will be sent against him. 12 Let a man meet a bear robbed of her cubs, Rather than a fool in his folly.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:11-12
  • Christ was Numbered with the Transgressors (II)

    12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEIsaiah 53:12
  • Christ was Numbered with the Transgressors (I)

    12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEIsaiah 53:12
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: Confrontation and Covering (II)

    8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; Wherever he turns, he prospers. 9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends. 10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man Than a hundred blows on a fool.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:8-10
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: Confrontation and Covering (I)

    8 A present is a precious stone in the eyes of its possessor; Wherever he turns, he prospers. 9 He who covers a transgression seeks love, But he who repeats a matter separates friends. 10 Rebuke is more effective for a wise man Than a hundred blows on a fool.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:8-10
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Power of the Tongue (II)

    4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Children's children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father. 7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:4-7
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: The Power of the Tongue (I)

    4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Children’s children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father. 7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:4-7
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: Refinement and Fruitfulness (II)

    1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:1-3
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: Refinement and Fruitfulness (I)

    1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:1-3
  • Three Types of Suffering (II)

    10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEPhilippians 3:10-11
  • Virtue and Blessing: the Straight Path of Freedom (II)

    1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the LORD tests the hearts. 4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Children's children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father. 7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:1-7
  • Virtue and Blessing: the Straight Path of Freedom (I)

    1 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, Than a house full of feasting with strife. 2 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 3 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, But the Lord tests the hearts. 4 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 5 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; He who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished. 6 Children’s children are the crown of old men, And the glory of children is their father. 7 Excellent speech is not becoming to a fool, Much less lying lips to a prince.

    PROVERBSProverbs 17:1-7
  • Three Types of Suffering (I)

    10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEPhilippians 3:10-11
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: Ruling One’s Spirit (II)

    25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 26 The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on. 27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil. 31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness. 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:25-33
  • Self-Governance & the New Nature: Ruling One’s Spirit (I)

    25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 26 The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on. 27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil. 31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness. 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:25-33
  • Authority and Virtue: Growing in the Grace of God (II)

    27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil. 31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness. 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the LORD.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:27-33
  • Authority and Virtue: Growing in the Grace of God (I)

    27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil. 31 The silver-haired head is a crown of glory, If it is found in the way of righteousness. 32 He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city. 33 The lot is cast into the lap, But its every decision is from the Lord.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:27-33
  • There is a Way That Seems Right (II)

    25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 26 The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on. 27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:25-30
  • There is a Way That Seems Right (I)

    25 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. 26 The person who labors, labors for himself, For his hungry mouth drives him on. 27 An ungodly man digs up evil, And it is on his lips like a burning fire. 28 A perverse man sows strife, And a whisperer separates the best of friends. 29 A violent man entices his neighbor, And leads him in a way that is not good. 30 He winks his eye to devise perverse things; He purses his lips and brings about evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:25-30
  • Unity, Diversity and the Gospel

    20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he. 21 The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning. 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. 23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. 24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:20-24
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  • Principle, Well-Being and the Gospel

    20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. 22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools. 23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. 24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:20-24
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  • Restored to Trust

    17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. 18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud. 20 He who heeds the word wisely will find good, And whoever trusts in the LORD, happy is he. 21 The wise in heart will be called prudent, And sweetness of the lips increases learning. 22 Understanding is a wellspring of life to him who has it. But the correction of fools is folly. 23 The heart of the wise teaches his mouth, And adds learning to his lips. 24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:17-24
  • Take the High Road (II)

    16 How much better to get wisdom than gold! And to get understanding is to be chosen rather than silver. 17 The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; He who keeps his way preserves his soul. 18 Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be of a humble spirit with the lowly, Than to divide the spoil with the proud.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:16-19
  • Trusting God’s Authority

    17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud. 20 Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord. 21 The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. 22 Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent, but folly brings punishment to fools. 23 The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent, and their lips promote instruction. 24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:17-24
  • Take the High Road (I)

    16 How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! 17 The highway of the upright avoids evil; those who guard their ways preserve their lives. 18 Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall. 19 Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed than to share plunder with the proud.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:16-19
  • Freedom and Authority (II)

    12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right. 14 As messengers of death is the king's wrath, But a wise man will appease it. 15 In the light of the king's face is life, And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:12-15
  • Freedom and Authority (I)

    12 It is an abomination for kings to commit wickedness, For a throne is established by righteousness. 13 Righteous lips are the delight of kings, And they love him who speaks what is right. 14 As messengers of death is the king’s wrath, But a wise man will appease it. 15 In the light of the king’s face is life, And his favor is like a cloud of the latter rain.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:12-15
  • Reconciliation: the Goal of Grace

    10 Divination is on the lips of the king; His mouth must not transgress in judgment. 11 Honest weights and scales are the LORD'S; All the weights in the bag are His work.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:10-11
  • The Foundation of Authority and Spiritual Discernment

    10 Divination is on the lips of the king; His mouth must not transgress in judgment. 11 Honest weights and scales are the Lord’s; All the weights in the bag are His work.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:10-11
  • God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Freedom

    9 A man's heart plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:9
  • Recognizing Jesus Inwardly

    13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men; 15 So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEIsaiah 52:13-15
  • God’s Sovereignty and Man’s Freedom

    9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:9
  • Recognizing Jesus Inwardly

    13 Behold, My Servant shall deal prudently; He shall be exalted and extolled and be very high. 14 Just as many were astonished at you, So His visage was marred more than any man, And His form more than the sons of men; 15 So shall He sprinkle many nations. Kings shall shut their mouths at Him; For what had not been told them they shall see, And what they had not heard they shall consider.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEIsaiah 52:13-15
  • When Less is More: the Futility of Blessing Without Justice

    8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:8
  • Justice, Righteousness and Blessing

    8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:8
  • Thanksgiving and Peace

    7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. 9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:7-9
  • Thanksgiving and Peace

    7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. 9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:7-9
  • Reconciliation, Freedom, Responsibility and Happiness

    6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. 7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. 9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:6-9
  • “At-One-Ment”: The Goal of Justification

    6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil. 7 When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him. 8 Better is a little with righteousness, Than vast revenues without justice. 9 A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:6-9
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  • God Has Made All For Himself

    4 The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join forces, none will go unpunished. 6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:4-6
  • Works and Thoughts

    3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established. 4 The Lord has made all for Himself, Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 5 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the Lord; Though they join [d]forces, none will go unpunished. 6 In mercy and truth Atonement is provided for iniquity; And by the fear of the Lord one departs from evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:3-6
  • Being Honest with God

    2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. 3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:2-3
  • Preparation and Answers

    1 The preparations of the heart belong to man, But the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. 2 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the spirits. 3 Commit your works to the Lord, And your thoughts will be established.

    PROVERBSProverbs 16:1-3
  • Communion

    1 Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. 3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, ...

    COMMUNION MESSAGEPhilippians 2:1-30
  • Desire and Virtue, Humility and Honor

    27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live. 28 The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, But the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil. 29 The Lord is far from the wicked, But He hears the prayer of the righteous. 30 The light of the eyes rejoices the heart, And a good report makes the bones healthy. 31 The ear that hears the rebukes of life Will abide among the wise. 32 He who disdains instruction despises his own soul, But he who heeds rebuke gets understanding. 33 The fear of the Lord is the instruction of wisdom, And before honor is humility.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:27-33
  • The Way of Life Leads Upward

    24 The way of life winds upward for the wise, That he may turn away from hell below. 25 The Lord will destroy the house of the proud, But He will establish the boundary of the widow. 26 The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, But the words of the pure are pleasant. 27 He who is greedy for gain troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:24-27
  • The Beauty of The Maturity in Wisdom

    21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly. 22 Without counsel, plans go awry, But in the multitude of counselors they are established. 23 A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, And a word spoken in due season, how good it is!

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:21-23
  • Faith: Overcoming Spiritual Inertia

    19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway. 20 A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother. 21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:19-21
  • The Grace of God; Our Solid Foundation

    19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway. 20 A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother. 21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:19-21
  • Becoming Spiritually Mature

    18 A wrathful man stirs up strife, But he who is slow to anger allays contention. 19 The way of the lazy man is like a hedge of thorns, But the way of the upright is a highway. 20 A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despises his mother. 21 Folly is joy to him who is destitute of discernment, But a man of understanding walks uprightly.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:18-21
  • Communion

    1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 15:9-17
  • Spiritual Blessings Are Eternal

    15 All the days of the afflicted are evil, But he who is of a merry heart has a continual feast. 16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, Than great treasure with trouble. 17 Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, Than a fatted calf with hatred.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:15-17
  • What Makes You Happy?

    13 A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, But by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. 14 The heart of him who has understanding seeks knowledge, But the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:13-14
  • Harsh Discipline Is For Him Who Forsakes the Way

    9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But He loves him who follows righteousness. 10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die. 11 Hell and Destruction are before the Lord; So how much more the hearts of the sons of men. 12 A scoffer does not love one who corrects him, Nor will he go to the wise.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:9-12
  • Ask the Right Question

    9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But He loves him who follows righteousness.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:9
  • Communion

    1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function,

    COMMUNION MESSAGERomans 12:1-4
  • True and False Worship

    7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight. 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But He loves him who follows righteousness. 10 Harsh discipline is for him who forsakes the way, And he who hates correction will die.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:7-10
  • In the House of the Righteous is Much Treasure

    6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, But in the revenue of the wicked is trouble. 7 The lips of the wise disperse knowledge, But the heart of the fool does not do so. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, But the prayer of the upright is His delight.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:6-8
  • A Wholesome Tongue is A Tree of Life

    4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, But perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:4
  • Reconciliation with God: the Goal of Repentance

    1 A soft answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, Keeping watch on the evil and the good.

    PROVERBSProverbs 15:1-3
  • Communion

    4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

    COMMUNION MESSAGEIsaiah 53:4-5
  • Great Awakening

    34 Righteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people. 35 The king’s favor is toward a wise servant, But his wrath is against him who causes shame.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:34-35
  • Consecrated Compassion

    31 He who oppresses the poor reproaches his Maker, But he who honors Him has mercy on the needy. 32 The wicked is banished in his wickedness, But the righteous has a refuge in his death. 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of him who has understanding, But what is in the heart of fools is made known.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:31-33
  • Receive the Grace of God and Bear Fruit of Forgiveness

    30 A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:30
  • The Church Must Be the Watchman of Society

    29 He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly. 30 A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:29-30
  • Communion

    COMMUNION MESSAGE
  • The True Meaning of Life

    28 In a multitude of people is a king’s honor, But in the lack of people is the downfall of a prince. 29 He who is slow to wrath has great understanding, But he who is impulsive exalts folly. 30 A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:28-30
  • Blessings of Those Who Fear the LORD

    26 In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:26-27
  • God's Wisdom Gives Us Life

    25 A true witness delivers souls, But a deceitful witness speaks lies. 26 In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And His children will have a place of refuge. 27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:25-27
  • Mercy and Truth Belong to Those Who Desire Good

    22 Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good. 23 In all labor there is profit, But idle chatter leads only to poverty. 24 The crown of the wise is their riches, But the foolishness of fools is folly.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:22-24
  • Economics and the Christian Worldview

    20 The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, But the rich has many friends. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins; But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he. 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:20-22
  • Security Through Sacrificial Love Unto Death

    1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Now early in the morning He came again into the temple, and all the people came to Him; and He sat down and taught them. 3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?” 6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first.” 8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning with the oldest even to the last. And Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. 10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.”

    COMMUNION MESSAGEJohn 8:1-11
  • The Evil Will Bow Before the Good

    19 The evil will bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous. 20 The poor man is hated even by his own neighbor, But the rich has many friends. 21 He who despises his neighbor sins; But he who has mercy on the poor, happy is he. 22 Do they not go astray who devise evil? But mercy and truth belong to those who devise good.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:19-22
  • Obey God's Truth in Humility

    15 The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps. 16 A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident. 17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil will bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:15-19
  • Storing Up Treasure in Heaven

    15 The simple believes every word, But the prudent considers well his steps. 16 A wise man fears and departs from evil, But a fool rages and is self-confident. 17 A quick-tempered man acts foolishly, And a man of wicked intentions is hated. 18 The simple inherit folly, But the prudent are crowned with knowledge. 19 The evil will bow before the good, And the wicked at the gates of the righteous.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:15-19
  • If I Fall a Thousand Times

    14 The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:14
  • The Authority to Forgive Our Sins

    COMMUNION MESSAGECommunion
  • The Importance of the Christian Worldview

    John 20:19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you." 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Luke 24:36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” 37 But they were terrified and frightened, and supposed they had seen a spirit. 38 And He said to them, “Why are you troubled? And why do doubts arise in your hearts? 39 Behold My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself. Handle Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see I have.” 40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet. 41 But while they still did not believe for joy, and marveled, He said to them, “Have you any food here?” 42 So they gave Him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb. 43 And He took it and ate in their presence. 44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. 46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things. 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”

    SUNDAY SERVICEJohn 20:19-23, Lu...
  • Hosanna! 'Blessed is He Who Comes In The Name of The Lord!' The King of Israel!

    12 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: "Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!' The King of Israel!” 14 Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written: 15 "Fear not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt. 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him. 17 Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. 18 For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. 19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!” 20 Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. 21 Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 23 But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25 He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. 27 “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name.”Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” 29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die. 34 The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them. 37 But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?" 39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again: 40 "He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them." 41 These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him. 42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43 for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.

    SUNDAY SERVICEJohn 12:12-43
  • Resolving Spiritual Dilemmas

    13 Even in laughter the heart may sorrow, And the end of mirth may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways, But a good man will be satisfied from above.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:13-14
  • Viewing Truth Through the Lens of God's Authority

    11 The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:11-12
  • Let Christ Be My Heart's Desire

    10 The heart knows its own bitterness, And a stranger does not share its joy.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:10
  • Home Is Where the Heart Is

    7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit. 9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:7-9
  • The Scoffer Who Seeks Wisdom

    6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands. 7 Go from the presence of a foolish man, When you do not perceive in him the lips of knowledge. 8 The wisdom of the prudent is to understand his way, But the folly of fools is deceit. 9 Fools mock at sin, But among the upright there is favor.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:6-9
  • A Faithful Witness

    4 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 5 A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:4-6
  • A Lifestyle of Excellence

    3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 4 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 5 A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:3-6
  • Reason and Experience Submitted to God

    2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 4 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 5 A faithful witness does not lie, But a false witness will utter lies. 6 A scoffer seeks wisdom and does not find it, But knowledge is easy to him who understands.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:2-6
  • Aligning Our Values With God's Character

    1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

    PROVERBSProverbs 14:1-3
  • The Disciplines of Discipleship

    13:24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. 25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want. 14:1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 2 He who walks in his uprightness fears the Lord, But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 3 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, But the lips of the wise will preserve them.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:24-14:3
  • Accountabilty Before God

    22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. 23 Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste. 24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. 25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:22-25
  • Loving What Is Right

    21 Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid. 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. 23 Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste. 24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. 25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:21-25
  • Faith Is More Precious Than Gold

    20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. 21 Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid. 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous. 23 Much food is in the fallow ground of the poor, And for lack of justice there is waste. 24 He who spares his rod hates his son, But he who loves him disciplines him promptly. 25 The righteous eats to the satisfying of his soul, But the stomach of the wicked shall be in want.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:20-25
  • What Do You Want in Life?

    19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. 20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. 21 Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid. 22 A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, But the wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:19-22
  • Do I Have a Teachable Spirit?

    18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored. 19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. 20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed. 21 Evil pursues sinners, But to the righteous, good shall be repaid.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:18-21
  • The Faithful Messenger

    17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health. 18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored. 19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil. 20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, But the companion of fools will be destroyed.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:17-20
  • Grace Produces a Life of Wisdom

    15 But the way of the unfaithful is hard. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health. 18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored. 19 A desire accomplished is sweet to the soul, But it is an abomination to fools to depart from evil.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:15-19
  • The Priority of Gratitude

    4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    SUNDAY SERVICEPhilippians 4:4-7
  • The Inestimable Value of God's Grace

    14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. 15 Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health. 18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:14-18
  • Whom Will You Follow?

    13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. 15 Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health. 18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:13-18
  • God is Our Only Unfailing Hope

    12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. 13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. 15 Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:12-16
  • The Commandments of God Lead to the Blessed Life

    11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. 13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death. 15 Good understanding gains favor, But the way of the unfaithful is hard. 16 Every prudent man acts with knowledge, But a fool lays open his folly. 17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble, But a faithful ambassador brings health. 18 Poverty and shame will come to him who disdains correction, But he who regards a rebuke will be honored.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:11-18
  • Root Causes for Life Struggles

    10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom. 11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. 13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded. 14 The law of the wise is a fountain of life, To turn one away from the snares of death.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:10-14
  • What is My Price?

    8 The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke. 9 The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom. 11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. 13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:8-13
  • God's Grace Calls Us into Community

    7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches. 8 The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke. 9 The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom. 11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. 12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life. 13 He who despises the word will be destroyed, But he who fears the commandment will be rewarded.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:7-13
  • Seeking the Wisdom of God

    5 A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame. 6 Righteousness guards him whose way is blameless, But wickedness overthrows the sinner. 7 There is one who makes himself rich, yet has nothing; And one who makes himself poor, yet has great riches. 8 The ransom of a man’s life is his riches, But the poor does not hear rebuke. 9 The light of the righteous rejoices, But the lamp of the wicked will be put out. 10 By pride comes nothing but strife, But with the well-advised is wisdom. 11 Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase.

    PROVERBSProverbs 13:5-11
  • Even When I Cannot Understand

    24 The hand of the diligent will rule, But the lazy man will be put to forced labor. 25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad. 26 The righteous should choose his friends carefully, For the way of the wicked leads them astray. 27 The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, But diligence is man’s precious possession. 28 In the way of righteousness is life, And in its pathway there is no death.

    PROVERBSProverbs 12:24-28
  • Keys to Spiritual Growth

    16 A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame. 17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. 18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. 19 The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. 21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, But the wicked shall be filled with evil. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

    PROVERBSProverbs 12:16-23
  • The Gardener

    11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding. 12 The wicked covet the catch of evil men, But the root of the righteous yields fruit. 13 The wicked is ensnared by the transgression of his lips, But the righteous will come through trouble. 14 A man will be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth, And the recompense of a man’s hands will be rendered to him. 15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise. 16 A fool’s wrath is known at once, But a prudent man covers shame. 17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness, But a false witness, deceit. 18 There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. 19 The truthful lip shall be established forever, But a lying tongue is but for a moment. 20 Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy. 21 No grave trouble will overtake the righteous, But the wicked shall be filled with evil. 22 Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, But those who deal truthfully are His delight. 23 A prudent man conceals knowledge, But the heart of fools proclaims foolishness.

    PROVERBSProverbs 12:11-23
  • Jesus is the Basis of Morality

    5 The thoughts of the righteous are right, But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. 6 The words of the wicked are, “Lie in wait for blood,” But the mouth of the upright will deliver them. 7 The wicked are overthrown and are no more, But the house of the righteous will stand. 8 A man will be commended according to his wisdom, But he who is of a perverse heart will be despised. 9 Better is the one who is slighted but has a servant, Than he who honors himself but lacks bread. 10 A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. 11 He who tills his land will be satisfied with bread, But he who follows frivolity is devoid of understanding.

    PROVERBSProverbs 12:5-11
  • Wisdom to Obey the Truth

    11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage. 29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise. 31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, How much more the ungodly and the sinner. 12:1 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, But he who hates correction is stupid. 2 A good man obtains favor from the Lord, But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. 3 A man is not established by wickedness, But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. 4 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones.

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:28-12:4
  • Sowing and Reaping: the Principle of Faith

    24 There is one who scatters, yet increases more; And there is one who withholds more than is right, But it leads to poverty. 25 The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself. 26 The people will curse him who withholds grain, But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it. 27 He who earnestly seeks good finds favor, But trouble will come to him who seeks evil. 28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage. 29 He who troubles his own house will inherit the wind, And the fool will be servant to the wise of heart. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise. 31 If the righteous will be recompensed on the earth, How much more the ungodly and the sinner.

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:24-31
  • The Redemption of Work from the Curse

    17 The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh 18 The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward 19 As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death 20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord, But the blameless in their ways are His delight 21 Though they join forces, the wicked will not go unpunished; But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:17-21
  • Humility

    16 A gracious woman retains honor, But ruthless men retain riches 17 The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh 18 The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward 19 As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death 20 Those who are of a perverse heart are an abomination to the Lord, But the blameless in their ways are His delight 21 Though they join forces,[b] the wicked will not go unpunished; But the posterity of the righteous will be delivered 22 As a ring of gold in a swine’s snout, So is a lovely woman who lacks discretion 23 The desire of the righteous is only good, But the expectation of the wicked is wrath

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:16-23
  • Following God's Wise Advice

    14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety 15 He who is surety for a stranger will suffer, But one who hates being surety is secure 16 A gracious woman retains honor, But ruthless men retain riches 17 The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh 18 The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward 19 As righteousness leads to life, So he who pursues evil pursues it to his own death

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:14-19
  • Grace Makes Us Wise

    12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his peace 13 A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter 14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety 15 He who is surety for a stranger will suffer, But one who hates being surety is secure 16 A gracious woman retains honor, But ruthless men retain riches 17 The merciful man does good for his own soul, But he who is cruel troubles his own flesh

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:12-17
  • Integrity over Honor, Honor over Abundance

    8 The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead 9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered 10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked 12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his peace 13 A talebearer reveals secrets, But he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter 14 Where there is no counsel, the people fall; But in the multitude of counselors there is safety

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:8-14
  • The Eternal Hope

    7 When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of the unjust perishes 8 The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead 9 The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered 10 When it goes well with the righteous, the city rejoices; And when the wicked perish, there is jubilation 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, But it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked 12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, But a man of understanding holds his peace

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:7-12
  • You Shall Know God

    1 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the Lord, But a just weight is His delight 2 When pride comes, then comes shame; But with the humble is wisdom 3 The integrity of the upright will guide them, But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them 4 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death 5 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness 6 The righteousness of the upright will deliver them, But the unfaithful will be caught by their lust

    PROVERBSProverbs 11:1-6
  • God Is Always Working

    26 As vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes, So is the lazy man to those who send him 27 The fear of the Lord prolongs days, But the years of the wicked will be shortened 28 The hope of the righteous will be gladness, But the expectation of the wicked will perish 29 The way of the Lord is strength for the upright, But destruction will come to the workers of iniquity 30 The righteous will never be removed, But the wicked will not inhabit the earth 31 The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom, But the perverse tongue will be cut out 32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable, But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse

    PROVERBSProverbs 10:26-32
  • Sowing and Reaping Grace

    18 Whoever hides hatred has lying lips, And whoever spreads slander is a fool 19 In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise 20 The tongue of the righteous is choice silver; The heart of the wicked is worth little 21 The lips of the righteous feed many, But fools die for lack of wisdom 22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich, And He adds no sorrow with it 23 To do evil is like sport to a fool, But a man of understanding has wisdom 24 The fear of the wicked will come upon him, And the desire of the righteous will be granted 25 When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation

    PROVERBSProverbs 10:18-25
  • Instructions and Corrections from the Word of God

    12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins 13 Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding, But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding 14 Wise people store up knowledge, But the mouth of the foolish is near destruction 15 The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; The destruction of the poor is their poverty 16 The labor of the righteous leads to life, The wages of the wicked to sin 17 He who keeps instruction is in the way of life, But he who refuses correction goes astray

    PROVERBSProverbs 10:12-17
  • The Blessing of Obedience

    4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich 5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame 6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked 7 The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot 8 The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall 9 He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known 10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool will fall 11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked 12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins

    PROVERBSProverbs 10:4-12
  • Treasures of Righteousness

    1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, But righteousness delivers from death 3 The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked 4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich 5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame 6 Blessings are on the head of the righteous, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked 7 The memory of the righteous is blessed, But the name of the wicked will rot 8 The wise in heart will receive commands, But a prating fool will fall 9 He who walks with integrity walks securely, But he who perverts his ways will become known 10 He who winks with the eye causes trouble, But a prating fool will fall 11 The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked 12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins

    PROVERBSProverbs 10:1-12
  • Godly Wisdom as Life's Guide

    13 A foolish woman is clamorous; She is simple, and knows nothing 14 For she sits at the door of her house, On a seat by the highest places of the city, 15 To call to those who pass by, Who go straight on their way: 16 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here”; And as for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 17 “Stolen water is sweet, And bread eaten in secret is pleasant.” 18 But he does not know that the dead are there, That her guests are in the depths of hell 1 The proverbs of Solomon: A wise son makes a glad father, But a foolish son is the grief of his mother 2 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing, But righteousness delivers from death 3 The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish, But He casts away the desire of the wicked 4 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 5 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; He who sleeps in harvest is a son who causes shame

    PROVERBSProverbs 9:13-10:5
  • Receiving Instruction in Humility

    1 Wisdom has built her house, She has hewn out her seven pillars; 2 She has slaughtered her meat, She has mixed her wine, She has also furnished her table. 3 She has sent out her maidens, She cries out from the highest places of the city, 4 “Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!” As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 5 “Come, eat of my bread And drink of the wine I have mixed. 6 Forsake foolishness and live, And go in the way of understanding. 7 “He who corrects a scoffer gets shame for himself, And he who rebukes a wicked man only harms himself. 8 Do not correct a scoffer, lest he hate you; Rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. 9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; Teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. 10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding. 11 For by me your days will be multiplied, And years of life will be added to you. 12 If you are wise, you are wise for yourself, And if you scoff, you will bear it alone.”

    PROVERBSProverbs 9:1-12
  • The Wisdom From the Beginning

    22“The Lord possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old 23 I have been established from everlasting, From the beginning, before there was ever an earth 24 When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no fountains abounding with water 25 Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills, I was brought forth; 26 While as yet He had not made the earth or the fields, Or the primal dust of the world 27 When He prepared the heavens, I was there, When He drew a circle on the face of the deep, 28 When He established the clouds above, When He strengthened the fountains of the deep, 29 When He assigned to the sea its limit, So that the waters would not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth, 30 Then I was beside Him as a master craftsman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, 31 Rejoicing in His inhabited world, And my delight was with the sons of men 32 “Now therefore, listen to me, my children, For blessed are those who keep my ways 33 Hear instruction and be wise, And do not disdain it 34 Blessed is the man who listens to me, Watching daily at my gates, Waiting at the posts of my doors 35 For whoever finds me finds life, And obtains favor from the Lord; 36 But he who sins against me wrongs his own soul; All those who hate me love death.”

    PROVERBSProverbs 8:22-36
  • The Diligent Seeker

    12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, And find out knowledge and discretion 13 The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way And the perverse mouth I hate 14 Counsel is mine, and sound wisdom; I am understanding, I have strength 15 By me kings reign, And rulers decree justice 16 By me princes rule, and nobles, All the judges of the earth 17 I love those who love me, And those who seek me diligently will find me 18 Riches and honor are with me, Enduring riches and righteousness 19 My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver 20 I traverse the way of righteousness, In the midst of the paths of justice, 21 That I may cause those who love me to inherit wealth, That I may fill their treasuries

    PROVERBSProverbs 8:12-21
  • The Cry of Wisdom

    1 Does not wisdom cry out, And understanding lift up her voice? 2 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, Beside the way, where the paths meet 3 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, At the entrance of the doors: 4 “To you, O men, I call, And my voice is to the sons of men 5 O you simple ones, understand prudence, And you fools, be of an understanding heart 6 Listen, for I will speak of excellent things, And from the opening of my lips will come right things; 7 For my mouth will speak truth; Wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are with righteousness; Nothing crooked or perverse is in them 9 They are all plain to him who understands, And right to those who find knowledge. 10 Receive my instruction, and not silver, And knowledge rather than choice gold; 11 For wisdom is better than rubies, And all the things one may desire cannot be compared with her

    PROVERBSProverbs 8:1-11
  • Living in the Path of God

    1 My son, keep my words, And treasure my commands within you 2 Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye 3 Bind them on your fingers; Write them on the tablet of your heart. 4 Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,” And call understanding your nearest kin, 5 That they may keep you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words. 6 For at the window of my house I looked through my lattice, 7 And saw among the simple, I perceived among the youths, A young man devoid of understanding, 8 Passing along the street near her corner; And he took the path to her house 9 In the twilight, in the evening, In the black and dark night 10 And there a woman met him, With the attire of a harlot, and a crafty heart. 11 She was loud and rebellious, Her feet would not stay at home 12 At times she was outside, at times in the open square, Lurking at every corner 13 So she caught him and kissed him; With an impudent face she said to him: 14 “I have peace offerings with me; Today I have paid my vows 15 So I came out to meet you, Diligently to seek your face, And I have found you 16 I have spread my bed with tapestry, Colored coverings of Egyptian linen 17 I have perfumed my bed With myrrh, aloes, and cinnamon 18 Come, let us take our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves with love 19 For my husband is not at home; He has gone on a long journey; 20 He has taken a bag of money with him, And will come home on the appointed day.” 21 With her enticing speech she caused him to yield, With her flattering lips she seduced him 22 Immediately he went after her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, Or as a fool to the correction of the stocks, 23 Till an arrow struck his liver As a bird hastens to the snare, He did not know it would cost his life 24 Now therefore, listen to me, my children; Pay attention to the words of my mouth: 25 Do not let your heart turn aside to her ways, Do not stray into her paths; 26 For she has cast down many wounded, And all who were slain by her were strong men 27 Her house is the way to hell, Descending to the chambers of death

    PROVERBSProverbs 7:1-27
  • Listen to the Instruction of a Father

    20 My son, keep your father’s command, And do not forsake the law of your mother. 21 Bind them continually upon your heart; Tie them around your neck 22 When you roam, they[b] will lead you; When you sleep, they will keep you; And when you awake, they will speak with you. 23 For the commandment is a lamp, And the law a light; Reproofs of instruction are the way of life, 24 To keep you from the evil woman, From the flattering tongue of a seductress. 25 Do not lust after her beauty in your heart, Nor let her allure you with her eyelids. 26 For by means of a harlot A man is reduced to a crust of bread; And an adulteress will prey upon his precious life 27 Can a man take fire to his bosom, And his clothes not be burned? 28 Can one walk on hot coals, And his feet not be seared? 29 So is he who goes in to his neighbor’s wife; Whoever touches her shall not be innocent. 30 People do not despise a thief If he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. 31 Yet when he is found, he must restore sevenfold; He may have to give up all the substance of his house 32 Whoever commits adultery with a woman lacks understanding; He who does so destroys his own soul 33 Wounds and dishonor he will get, And his reproach will not be wiped away 34 For jealousy is a husband’s fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance 35 He will accept no recompense, Nor will he be appeased though you give many gifts

    PROVERBSProverbs 6:20-35
  • The Character of God

    16 These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren

    PROVERBSProverbs 6:16-19
  • All Things are Possible in God

    12 A worthless person, a wicked man, Walks with a perverse mouth; 13 He winks with his eyes, He shuffles his feet, He points with his fingers; 14 Perversity is in his heart, He devises evil continually, He sows discord 15 Therefore his calamity shall come suddenly; Suddenly he shall be broken without remedy 16 These six things the Lord hates, Yes, seven are an abomination to Him: 17 A proud look, A lying tongue, Hands that shed innocent blood, 18 A heart that devises wicked plans, Feet that are swift in running to evil, 19 A false witness who speaks lies, And one who sows discord among brethren

    PROVERBSProverbs 6:12-19
  • Becoming a Humble Learner

    1 My son, if you become surety for your friend, If you have shaken hands in pledge for a stranger, 2 You are snared by the words of your mouth; You are taken by the words of your mouth 3 So do this, my son, and deliver yourself; For you have come into the hand of your friend: Go and humble yourself; Plead with your friend 4 Give no sleep to your eyes, Nor slumber to your eyelids 5 Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, And like a bird from the hand of the fowler The Folly of Indolence 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise, 7 Which, having no captain, Overseer or ruler, 8 Provides her supplies in the summer, And gathers her food in the harvest 9 How long will you slumber, O sluggard? When will you rise from your sleep? 10 A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to sleep— 11 So shall your poverty come on you like a prowler, And your need like an armed man

    PROVERBSProverbs 6:1-11
  • What is the Foundation of Your Life?

    1 My son, pay attention to my wisdom; Lend your ear to my understanding, 2 That you may preserve discretion, And your lips may keep knowledge 3 For the lips of an immoral woman drip honey, And her mouth is smoother than oil; 4 But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, Sharp as a two-edged sword 5 Her feet go down to death, Her steps lay hold of hell 6 Lest you ponder her path of life— Her ways are unstable; You do not know them 7 Therefore hear me now, my children, And do not depart from the words of my mouth. 8 Remove your way far from her, And do not go near the door of her house, 9 Lest you give your honor to others, And your years to the cruel one; 10 Lest aliens be filled with your wealth, And your labors go to the house of a foreigner; 11 And you mourn at last, When your flesh and your body are consumed, 12 And say: “How I have hated instruction, And my heart despised correction! 13 I have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, Nor inclined my ear to those who instructed me! 14 I was on the verge of total ruin, In the midst of the assembly and congregation.” 15 Drink water from your own cistern, And running water from your own well 16 Should your fountains be dispersed abroad, Streams of water in the streets? 17 Let them be only your own, And not for strangers with you 18 Let your fountain be blessed, And rejoice with the wife of your youth 19 As a loving deer and a graceful doe, Let her breasts satisfy you at all times; And always be enraptured with her love 20 For why should you, my son, be enraptured by an immoral woman, And be embraced in the arms of a seductress? 21 For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, And He ponders all his paths 22 His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, And he is caught in the cords of his sin 23 He shall die for lack of instruction, And in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray

    PROVERBSProverbs 5:1-23
  • Choose the Path of Light

    14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on 16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence 18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble 20 My son, give attention to my words; Incline your ear to my sayings 21 Do not let them depart from your eyes; Keep them in the midst of your heart; 22 For they are life to those who find them, And health to all their flesh 23 Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life 24 Put away from you a deceitful mouth, And put perverse lips far from you 25 Let your eyes look straight ahead, And your eyelids look right before you 26 Ponder the path of your feet, And let all your ways be established 27 Do not turn to the right or the left; Remove your foot from evil

    PROVERBSProverbs 4:14-27
  • Hear, My Children, the Instruction of a Father

    3:31 Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways; 32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, But His secret counsel is with the upright 33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just 34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble 35 The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools 4:1 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, And give attention to know understanding; 2 For I give you good doctrine: Do not forsake my law 3 When I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, 4 He also taught me, and said to me: “Let your heart retain my words; Keep my commands, and live 5 Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth 6 Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; Love her, and she will keep you 7 Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom And in all your getting, get understanding 8 Exalt her, and she will promote you; She will bring you honor, when you embrace her 9 She will place on your head an ornament of grace; A crown of glory she will deliver to you.” 10 Hear, my son, and receive my sayings, And the years of your life will be many. 11 I have taught you in the way of wisdom; I have led you in right paths 12 When you walk, your steps will not be hindered, And when you run, you will not stumble 13 Take firm hold of instruction, do not let go; Keep her, for she is your life 14 Do not enter the path of the wicked, And do not walk in the way of evil 15 Avoid it, do not travel on it; Turn away from it and pass on 16 For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; And their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall 17 For they eat the bread of wickedness, And drink the wine of violence. 18 But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day 19 The way of the wicked is like darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble ...

    PROVERBSProverbs 3:31-4:19
  • Trusting God with Gratitude

    27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back, And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you 29 Do not devise evil against your neighbor, For he dwells by you for safety’s sake 30 Do not strive with a man without cause, If he has done you no harm 31 Do not envy the oppressor, And choose none of his ways; 32 For the perverse person is an abomination to the Lord, But His secret counsel is with the upright 33 The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, But He blesses the home of the just 34 Surely He scorns the scornful, But gives grace to the humble 35 The wise shall inherit glory, But shame shall be the legacy of fools

    PROVERBSProverbs 3:27-35
  • The Ultimate Value

    13 Happy is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding; 14 For her proceeds are better than the profits of silver, And her gain than fine gold 15 She is more precious than rubies, And all the things you may desire cannot compare with her 16 Length of days is in her right hand, In her left hand riches and honor 17 Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all her paths are peace 18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who retain her 19 The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; By understanding He established the heavens; 20 By His knowledge the depths were broken up, And clouds drop down the dew 21 My son, let them not depart from your eyes— Keep sound wisdom and discretion; 22 So they will be life to your soul And grace to your neck 23 Then you will walk safely in your way, And your foot will not stumble 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet 25 Do not be afraid of sudden terror, Nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; 26 For the Lord will be your confidence, And will keep your foot from being caught

    PROVERBSProverbs 3:13-26
  • Trust in the Lord With All Your Heart

    1 My son, do not forget my law, But let your heart keep my commands; 2 For length of days and long life And peace they will add to you 3 Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, Write them on the tablet of your heart, 4 And so find favor and high esteem In the sight of God and man 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 shall direct your paths 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones 9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase; 10 So your barns will be filled with plenty, And your vats will overflow with new wine 11 My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor detest His correction; 12 For whom the Lord loves He corrects, Just as a father the son in whom he delights

    PROVERBSProverbs 3:1-12
  • Let Wisdom Guide You in the Path of Righteousness

    10 When wisdom enters your heart, And knowledge is pleasant to your soul, 11 Discretion will preserve you; Understanding will keep you, 12 To deliver you from the way of evil, From the man who speaks perverse things, 13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness To walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who rejoice in doing evil, And delight in the perversity of the wicked; 15 Whose ways are crooked, And who are devious in their paths; 16 To deliver you from the immoral woman, From the seductress who flatters with her words, 17 Who forsakes the companion of her youth, And forgets the covenant of her God 18 For her house leads down to death, And her paths to the dead; 19 None who go to her return, Nor do they regain the paths of life— 20 So you may walk in the way of goodness, And keep to the paths of righteousness 21 For the upright will dwell in the land, And the blameless will remain in it; 22 But the wicked will be cut off from the earth, And the unfaithful will be uprooted from it

    PROVERBSProverbs 2:10-22
  • The Call of Wisdom

    20 Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares. 21 She cries out in the chief concourses, At the openings of the gates in the city She speaks her words: 22“How long, you simple ones, will you love simplicity? For scorners delight in their scorning, And fools hate knowledge. 23 Turn at my rebuke; Surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. 24 Because I have called and you refused, I have stretched out my hand and no one regarded, 25 Because you disdained all my counsel, And would have none of my rebuke, 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your terror comes, 27 When your terror comes like a storm, And your destruction comes like a whirlwind, When distress and anguish come upon you. 28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. 29 Because they hated knowledge And did not choose the fear of the Lord, 30 They would have none of my counsel And despised my every rebuke. 31 Therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way, And be filled to the full with their own fancies. 32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil.”

    PROVERBSProverbs 1:20-33
  • God Teaches Us

    9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head, And chains about your neck 10 My son, if sinners entice you, Do not consent 11 If they say, “Come with us, Let us lie in wait to shed blood; Let us lurk secretly for the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol, And whole, like those who go down to the Pit; 13 We shall find all kinds of precious possessions, We shall fill our houses with spoil; 14 Cast in your lot among us, Let us all have one purse”— 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them, Keep your foot from their path; 16 For their feet run to evil, And they make haste to shed blood 17 Surely, in vain the net is spread In the sight of any bird; 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood, They lurk secretly for their own lives 19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain; It takes away the life of its owners

    PROVERBSProverbs 1:8-19
  • The Wisdom of God

    1 The proverbs of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel: 2 To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, 3 To receive the instruction of wisdom, Justice, judgment, and equity; 4 To give prudence to the simple, To the young man knowledge and discretion— 5 A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel, 6 To understand a proverb and an enigma, The words of the wise and their riddles 7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction

    PROVERBSProverbs 1:1-7
  • Be Wise in What Is Good, and Simple Concerning Evil

    17 Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them 18 For those who are such do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly, and by smooth words and flattering speech deceive the hearts of the simple 19 For your obedience has become known to all. Therefore I am glad on your behalf; but I want you to be wise in what is good, and simple concerning evil 20 And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen 21 Timothy, my fellow worker, and Lucius, Jason, and Sosipater, my countrymen, greet you 22 I, Tertius, who wrote this epistle, greet you in the Lord. 23 Gaius, my host and the host of the whole church, greets you. Erastus, the treasurer of the city, greets you, and Quartus, a brother 24 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen 25 Now to Him who is able to establish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery kept secret since the world began 26 but now made manifest, and by the prophetic Scriptures made known to all nations, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, for obedience to the faith— 27 to God, alone wise, be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 16:17-27
  • Church, the Community of True Love and Forgiveness

    1 I commend to you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant of the church in Cenchrea, 2 that you may receive her in the Lord in a manner worthy of the saints, and assist her in whatever business she has need of you; for indeed she has been a helper of many and of myself also 3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, 4 who risked their own necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles 5 Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia[a] to Christ. 6 Greet Mary, who labored much for us 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my countrymen and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me 8 Greet Amplias, my beloved in the Lord 9 Greet Urbanus, our fellow worker in Christ, and Stachys, my beloved 10 Greet Apelles, approved in Christ. Greet those who are of the household of Aristobulus. 11 Greet Herodion, my countryman. Greet those who are of the household of Narcissus who are in the Lord 12 Greet Tryphena and Tryphosa, who have labored in the Lord. Greet the beloved Persis, who labored much in the Lord 13 Greet Rufus, chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine 14 Greet Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren who are with them. 15 Greet Philologus and Julia, Nereus and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints who are with them 16 Greet one another with a holy kiss. The churches of Christ greet you

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 16:1-16
  • A Life That Follows God's Guidance

    22 For this reason I also have been much hindered from coming to you 23 But now no longer having a place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come to you, 24 whenever I journey to Spain, I shall come to you. For I hope to see you on my journey, and to be helped on my way there by you, if first I may enjoy your company for a while 25 But now I am going to Jerusalem to minister to the saints 26 For it pleased those from Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor among the saints who are in Jerusalem. 27 It pleased them indeed, and they are their debtors. For if the Gentiles have been partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister to them in material things 28 Therefore, when I have performed this and have sealed to them this fruit, I shall go by way of you to Spain 29 But I know that when I come to you, I shall come in the fullness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ 30 Now I beg you, brethren, through the Lord Jesus Christ, and through the love of the Spirit, that you strive together with me in prayers to God for me, 31 that I may be delivered from those in Judea who do not believe, and that my service for Jerusalem may be acceptable to the saints, 32 that I may come to you with joy by the will of God, and may be refreshed together with you 33 Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 15:22-33
  • The Secret to True Peace

    14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another. 15 Nevertheless, brethren, I have written more boldly to you on some points, as reminding you, because of the grace given to me by God, 16 that I might be a minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering of the Gentiles might be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit 17 Therefore I have reason to glory in Christ Jesus in the things which pertain to God 18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ has not accomplished through me, in word and deed, to make the Gentiles obedient— 19 in mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God, so that from Jerusalem and round about to Illyricum I have fully preached the gospel of Christ 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man’s foundation, 21 but as it is written: “To whom He was not announced, they shall see; And those who have not heard shall understand.”

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 15:14-21
  • Church, True Unity in Christ

    7 Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God 8 Now I say that Jesus Christ has become a servant to the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made to the fathers, 9 and that the Gentiles might glorify God for His mercy, as it is written: “For this reason I will confess to You among the Gentiles, And sing to Your name.” 10 And again he says:“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people!” 11 And again: “Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles! Laud Him, all you peoples!” 12 And again, Isaiah says:“There shall be a root of Jesse; And He who shall rise to reign over the Gentiles,In Him the Gentiles shall hope.” 13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 15:7-13
  • We Have This Treasure in Jars of Clay

    1 We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” 4 For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope 5 Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, 6 that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 15:1-6
  • In Essentials Unity, in Non-Essentials Liberty

    14 I know and am convinced by the Lord Jesus that there is nothing unclean of itself; but to him who considers anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean 15 Yet if your brother is grieved because of your food, you are no longer walking in love. Do not destroy with your food the one for whom Christ died 16 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men 19 Therefore let us pursue the things which make for peace and the things by which one may edify another 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are pure, but it is evil for the man who eats with offense 21 It is good neither to eat meat nor drink wine nor do anything by which your brother stumbles or is offended or is made weak 22 Do you have faith?[g] Have it to yourself before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves 23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 14:14-23
  • Why Do You Look Down on Your Brother?

    1 Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things 2 For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables 3 Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him 4 Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. 5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind 6 He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks 7 For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself 8 For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s 9 For to this end Christ died and rose and lived again, that He might be Lord of both the dead and the living 10 But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ 11 For it is written: “As I live, says the Lord, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God.” 12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God 13 Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 14:1-13
  • Love Fulfills the Law

    8 we no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law 9 For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not bear false witness,” “You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 13:8-10
  • Submit to the Governing Authorities

    1 Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God 2 Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves 3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same 4 For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil 5 Therefore you must be subject, not only because of wrath but also for conscience’ sake 6 For because of this you also pay taxes, for they are God’s ministers attending continually to this very thing 7 Render therefore to all their due: taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honor to whom honor

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 13:1-7
  • Let Love Be without Hypocrisy

    9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality 14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep 16 Be of the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble. Do not be wise in your own opinion 17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,”says the Lord 20 Therefore “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.” 21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 12:9-21
  • The Church as God's Dwelling Place

    9 Let love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is evil. Cling to what is good 10 Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another; 11 not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; 12 rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer; 13 distributing to the needs of the saints, given to hospitality

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 12:9-12
  • Presenting Your Bodies as Living Sacrifices to God

    1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 12:1-2
  • God's Gifts and Callings Are Irrevocable

    25 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in 26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:“The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; 27 For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.” 28 Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers 29 For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable 30 For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, 31 even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy 32 For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all 33 Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 34 “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor?” 35 “Or who has first given to Him And it shall be repaid to him?” 36 For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 11:25-36
  • Responding to God's Call

    11 I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles 12 Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! 13 For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them 15 For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” 20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear 21 For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either 22 Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off 23 And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again 24 For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 11:11-24
  • The Necessity of God's Grace (II)

    1 I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin 2 God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, 3 “Lord, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? 4 But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” 5 Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace 6 And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace.But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. 7 What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded 8 Just as it is written:“God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.” 9 And David says:“Let their table become a snare and a trap, A stumbling block and a recompense to them 10 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, And bow down their back always.”

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 11:1-10
  • The Necessity of God's Grace (I)

    14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God 18 But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, And their words to the ends of the world.” 19 But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: “I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.” 20 But Isaiah is very bold and says: “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” 21 But to Israel he says: “All day long I have stretched out My hands To a disobedient and contrary people.”

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 10:14-21
  • Real Faith

    1 Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they may be saved 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge 3 For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God 4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes about the righteousness which is of the law, “The man who does those things shall live by them.” 6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’”(that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, “‘Who will descend into the abyss?’”(that is, to bring Christ up from the dead) 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart”(that is, the word of faith which we preach): 9 that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation 11 For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him 13 For “whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 10:1-13
  • Whoever Calls on the Name of the Lord Will Be Saved

    14 What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! 15 For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” 16 So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy 17 For the Scripture says to the Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I may show My power in you, and that My name may be declared in all the earth.” 18 Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens 19 You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” 20 But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” 21 Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? 22 What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, 23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, 24 even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? 25 As He says also in Hosea: “I will call them My people, who were not My people, And her beloved, who was not beloved.” 26 “And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them,‘You are not My people,’There they shall be called sons of the living God.” 27 Isaiah also cries out concerning Israel:“Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, The remnant will be saved 28 For He will finish the work and cut it short in righteousness, Because the Lord will make a short work upon the earth.” 29 And as Isaiah said before:“Unless the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, We would have become like Sodom,And we would have been made like Gomorrah.”

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 9:14-29
  • Physical Descendants vs. Spiritual Heirs

    6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, “In Isaac your seed shall be called.” 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed 9 For this is the word of promise: “At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.” 10 And not only this, but when Rebecca also had conceived by one man, even by our father Isaac 11 (for the children not yet being born, nor having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works but of Him who calls), 12 it was said to her, “The older shall serve the younger.” 13 As it is written, “Jacob I have loved, but Esau I have hated.”

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 9:6-13
  • God's Big Picture

    1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 9:1-5
  • The Step of Faith

    1 I tell the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and continual grief in my heart 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; 5 of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 9:1-5
  • What Can Separate Us?

    31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:31-39
  • The Biblical Worldview

    29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:29-39
  • Who Have Been Called According to His Purpose

    26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:26-30
  • I Want to Know You More

    21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:21-28
  • We Live to Know You

    18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:18-25
  • Live Your Life with Heaven in Mind

    16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:14-21
  • Methods of Increase

    15 For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:15-17
  • The Race of Faith

    8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His 10 And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you 12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors—not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh 13 For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:8-14
  • The Mind Controlled by the Spirit Is Life and Peace

    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit 5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit 6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace 7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be 8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God 9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:1-9
  • There Is No Condemnation for Those Who Are in Christ Jesus

    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:1-4
  • The Gospel Is the Best News Ever

    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:1-4
  • What the Law Could Not Do

    1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death 3 For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 8:1-4
  • True Freedom in Christ

    14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin 15 For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do 16 If, then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good 17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me. 21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, with the mind I myself serve the law of God, but with the flesh the law of sin

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 7:14-25
  • God's Law of Love

    1 Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man. 4 So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God 5 For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death 6 But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code 7 What shall we say, then? Is the law sinful? Certainly not! Nevertheless, I would not have known what sin was had it not been for the law. For I would not have known what coveting really was if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, produced in me every kind of coveting. For apart from the law, sin was dead 9 Once I was alive apart from the law; but when the commandment came, sin sprang to life and I died 10 I found that the very commandment that was intended to bring life actually brought death 11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death 12 So then, the law is holy, and the commandment is holy, righteous and good 13 Did that which is good, then, become death to me? By no means! Nevertheless, in order that sin might be recognized as sin, it used what is good to bring about my death, so that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 7:1-13
  • The Purpose of God's Grace

    15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not! 16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness 19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness 20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness 21 What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death 22 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 6:15-23
  • But We Also Glory in Tribulations

    1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have[a] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 5:1-5
  • God's Master Plan

    6 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 5:6-11
  • Restoring Relationship with God

    13 For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 14 For if those who are of the law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise made of no effect, 15 because the law brings about wrath; for where there is no law there is no transgression. 16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”[d]) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 4:13-25
  • Only Grace

    9 Does this blessedness then come upon the circumcised only, or upon the uncircumcised also? For we say that faith was accounted to Abraham for righteousness 10 How then was it accounted? While he was circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised 11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had while still uncircumcised, that he might be the father of all those who believe, though they are uncircumcised, that righteousness might be imputed to them also, 12 and the father of circumcision to those who not only are of the circumcision, but who also walk in the steps of the faith which our father Abraham had while still uncircumcised

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 4:9-12
  • The Christ-Centered Life

    1 What then shall we say that Abraham our father has found according to the flesh? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God 3 For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” 4 Now to him who works, the wages are not counted as grace but as debt. 5 But to him who does not work but believes on Him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is accounted for righteousness, 6 just as David also describes the blessedness of the man to whom God imputes righteousness apart from works: 7 “Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, And whose sins are covered; 8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord shall not impute sin.”

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 4:1-8
  • But Now the Righteousness of God Apart from the Law is Revealed

    24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood—to be received by faith. He did this to demonstrate his righteousness, because in his forbearance he had left the sins committed beforehand unpunished— 26 he did it to demonstrate his righteousness at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus 27 Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. Because of what law? The law that requires works? No, because of the law that requires faith 28 For we maintain that a person is justified by faith apart from the works of the law 29 Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles too? Yes, of Gentiles too, 30 since there is only one God, who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through that same faith 31 Do we, then, nullify the law by this faith? Not at all! Rather, we uphold the law

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 3:24-31
  • Relationship with God as the Goal of Salvation

    21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? Of works? No, but by the law of faith 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law 29 Or is He the God of the Jews only? Is He not also the God of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also, 30 since there is one God who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith 31 Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 3:21-31
  • Begin Your New Life in Christ

    9 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. 10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.” 13 “Their throat is an open tomb; With their tongues they have practiced deceit”; “The poison of asps is under their lips”; 14 “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness.” 15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood; 16 Destruction and misery are in their ways; 17 And the way of peace they have not known.” 18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin 21 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all[h] who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 3:9-26
  • The Beauty of the Mind of God

    1 What advantage then has the Jew, or what is the profit of circumcision? 2 Much in every way! Chiefly because to them were committed the oracles of God 3 For what if some did not believe? Will their unbelief make the faithfulness of God without effect? 4 Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written: “That You may be justified in Your words,And may overcome when You are judged.” 5 But if our unrighteousness demonstrates the righteousness of God, what shall we say? Is God unjust who inflicts wrath? (I speak as a man.) 6 Certainly not! For then how will God judge the world? 7 For if the truth of God has increased through my lie to His glory, why am I also still judged as a sinner? 8 And why not say, “Let us do evil that good may come”?—as we are slanderously reported and as some affirm that we say. Their condemnation is just

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 3:1-8
  • Circumcision of the Heart

    17 Indeed you are called a Jew, and rest on the law, and make your boast in God, 18 and know His will, and approve the things that are excellent, being instructed out of the law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, having the form of knowledge and truth in the law 21 You, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that a man should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say, “Do not commit adultery,” do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who make your boast in the law, do you dishonor God through breaking the law? 24 For “the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you,”as it is written 25 For circumcision is indeed profitable if you keep the law; but if you are a breaker of the law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision 26 Therefore, if an uncircumcised man keeps the righteous requirements of the law, will not his uncircumcision be counted as circumcision? 27 And will not the physically uncircumcised, if he fulfills the law, judge you who, even with your written code and circumcision, are a transgressor of the law? 28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; 29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 2:17-29
  • God Directs Our Lives

    1 Therefore you are inexcusable, O man, whoever you are who judge, for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things 2 But we know that the judgment of God is according to truth against those who practice such things 3 And do you think this, O man, you who judge those practicing such things, and doing the same, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? 5 But in accordance with your hardness and your impenitent heart you are treasuring up for yourself wrath in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who “will render to each one according to his deeds”: 7 eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality; 8 but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness—indignation and wrath, 9 tribulation and anguish, on every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew first and also of the Greek; 10 but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good, to the Jew first and also to the Greek 11 For there is no partiality with God. 12 For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law 13 (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; 14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) 16 in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 2:1-16
  • Building on a Solid Foundation

    [1:18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, [1:19] because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them [1:20] For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, [1:21] because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened [1:22] Professing to be wise, they became fools, [1:23] and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things [1:24] Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, [1:25] who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen [1:26] For this reason God gave them up to vile passions For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature [1:27] Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. [1:28] And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; [1:29] being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, [1:30] backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, [1:31] undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; [1:32] who, knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only do the same but also approve of those who practice them

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 1:18-32
  • Give Thanks to the Lord

    [107:1] Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. [107:2] Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy, [107:3] And gathered out of the lands, From the east and from the west, From the north and from the south. [107:4] They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way; They found no city to dwell in. [107:5] Hungry and thirsty, Their soul fainted in them. [107:6] Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, And He delivered them out of their distresses. [107:7] And He led them forth by the right way, That they might go to a city for a dwelling place. [107:8] Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! [107:9] For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

    SUNDAY SERVICEPsalms 107:1-9
  • The Righteous Will Live by Faith

    [1:16] For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek [1:17] For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” [1:18] For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 1:16-18
  • Have You Received God's Gift?

    1 Paul, a bondservant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated to the gospel of God 2 which He promised before through His prophets in the Holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, 4 and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead 5 Through Him we have received grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations for His name, 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; 7 To all who are in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ 8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, that your faith is spoken of throughout the whole world 9 For God is my witness, whom I serve with my spirit in the gospel of His Son, that without ceasing I make mention of you always in my prayers, 10 making request if, by some means, now at last I may find a way in the will of God to come to you 11 For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift, so that you may be established— 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you by the mutual faith both of you and me 13 Now I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that I often planned to come to you (but was hindered until now), that I might have some fruit among you also, just as among the other Gentiles 14 I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and to unwise 15 So, as much as is in me, I am ready to preach the gospel to you who are in Rome also

    SUNDAY SERVICERomans 1:1-15
  • Through the New Nature

    18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him 19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one 20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life. 21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 5:18-21
  • If We Ask Anything According to His Will, He Hears Us

    14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him 16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 5:14-17
  • Discipleship and Intimacy with Jesus

    10 He who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; he who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed the testimony that God has given of His Son 11 And this is the testimony: that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life 13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 5:10-13
  • Knowing and Loving God

    6 This is He who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ; not only by water, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth 7 For there are three that bear witness in heaven: the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit; and these three are one 8 And there are three that bear witness on earth: the Spirit, the water, and the blood; and these three agree as one. 9 If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater; for this is the witness of God which[c] He has testified of His Son

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 5:6-9
  • Yielding a Harvest unto Eternal Life

    1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him 2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments 3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome 4 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith 5 Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 5:1-5
  • God's Call to Love

    17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love 19 We love Him because He first loved us 20 If someone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen? 21 And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 4:17-21
  • Rely on God's Love for Us

    14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and the who abides in love abides in God, and God in him

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 4:14-16
  • Knowing God's Will for Your Life

    1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 4:1-6
  • God Is Love

    7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 4:7-13
  • His Strength Is Made Perfect in Our Weakness

    18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth 19 And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things 21 Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God 22 And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight 23 And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment 24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 3:18-24
  • The Son of God Appeared to Destroy the Devil's Work

    11 For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another, 12 not as Cain who was of the wicked one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his works were evil and his brother’s righteous 13 Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love his brother abides in death 15 Whoever hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him 16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren 17 But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 3:11-18
  • The Holy Spirit Convicts the World of Sin, of Righteousness and of Judgment

    4 Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness 5 And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin 6 Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him 7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God The Imperative of Love 10 In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 3:4-10
  • Beloved, Now We Are Children of God"

    1 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him 2 Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is 3 And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 3:1-3
  • The Centrality of Jesus Christ in Our Lives

    18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he who denies that lJesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 2:18-25
  • Living the Christian Life

    15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever. 18 Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that the Antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come, by which we know that it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us; but they went out that they might be made manifest, that none of them were of us. 20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things. 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. 22 Who is a liar but he who denies that lJesus is the Christ? He is antichrist who denies the Father and the Son. 23 Whoever denies the Son does not have the Father either; he who acknowledges the Son has the Father also. 24 Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. 25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. 26 These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. 27 But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 2:15-27
  • Three Steps to Spritual Maturity

    12 I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. 13 I write to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, Because you have overcome the wicked one. I write to you, little children, Because you have known the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, Because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, Because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one. 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. 17 And the world is passing away, and the lust of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 2:12-17
  • Whatever a Man Sows, that He Will Also Reap

    7 Brethren, I write no new commandment to you, but an old commandment which you have had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word which you heard from the beginning. 8 Again, a new commandment I write to you, which thing is true in Him and in you, because the darkness is passing away, and the true light is already shining. 9 He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now. 10 He who loves his brother abides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him. 11 But he who hates his brother is in darkness and walks in darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 2:7-11
  • Obeying His Word

    1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world. 3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 2:1-6
  • Bearing Spiritual Fruit Through Personal Relationship with Jesus

    1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life-- 2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us-- 3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full. 5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. 6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

    SUNDAY SERVICE1 John 1:1-10
  • The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats

    31 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, "Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' 40 And the King will answer and say to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' 41 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, "Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' 44 "Then they also will answer Him, saying, "Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' 45 Then He will answer them, saying, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

    SUNDAY SERVICEMatthew 25:31-46
  • The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

    1 The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. 2 Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. 3 There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. 4 Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world. In them He has set a tabernacle for the sun, 5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race. 6 Its rising is from one end of heaven, And its circuit to the other end; And there is nothing hidden from its heat. 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward. 12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13 Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. 14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.

    SUNDAY SERVICEPsalms 19
  • God Will Keep Those Who Trusts in Him in Perfect Peace

    1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: "We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks. 2 Open the gates, That the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in. 3 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, For in Yah, the LORD, is everlasting strength. 5 For He brings down those who dwell on high, The lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust. 6 The foot shall tread it down-- The feet of the poor And the steps of the needy." 7 The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just. 8 Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name And for the remembrance of You. 9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, Yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, The inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10 Let grace be shown to the wicked, Yet he will not learn righteousness; In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, And will not behold the majesty of the LORD. 11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see. But they will see and be ashamed For their envy of people; Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them. 12 LORD, You will establish peace for us, For You have also done all our works in us.

    SUNDAY SERVICEIsaiah 26:1-12
  • The Community of Jesus

    9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. 10 For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. 11 For both He who sanctifies and those who are being sanctified are all of one, for which reason He is not ashamed to call them brethren, 12 saying: "I will declare Your name to My brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will sing praise to You." 13 And again: "I will put My trust in Him." And again: "Here am I and the children whom God has given Me." 14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. 16 For indeed He does not give aid to angels, but He does give aid to the seed of Abraham. 17 Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. 18 For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.

    SUNDAY SERVICEHebrews 2:9-18
  • The New Covenant: God's Word Engraved in Our Hearts

    6 But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises. 7 For if that first covenant had been faultless, then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah-- 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says the LORD. 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 11 None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, "Know the LORD,' for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. 12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more." 13 In that He says, "A new covenant," He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

    SUNDAY SERVICEHebrews 8:6-13
  • Seeing with Spiritual Eyes

    20 Then the multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. 21 But when His own people heard about this, they went out to lay hold of Him, for they said, "He is out of His mind." 22 And the scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, "He has Beelzebub," and, "By the ruler of the demons He casts out demons." 23 So He called them to Himself and said to them in parables: "How can Satan cast out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan has risen up against himself, and is divided, he cannot stand, but has an end. 27 No one can enter a strong man's house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man. And then he will plunder his house. 28 "Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; 29 but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation"-- 30 because they said, "He has an unclean spirit." 31 Then His brothers and His mother came, and standing outside they sent to Him, calling Him. 32 And a multitude was sitting around Him; and they said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside seeking You." 33 But He answered them, saying, "Who is My mother, or My brothers?" 34 And He looked around in a circle at those who sat about Him, and said, "Here are My mother and My brothers! 35 For whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother."

    SUNDAY SERVICEMark 3:20-35
  • Become a Fruit-Bearing Christian

    18 The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, "Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" 19 And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast. 20 But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days. 21 No one sews a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; or else the new piece pulls away from the old, and the tear is made worse. 22 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins." 23 Now it happened that He went through the grainfields on the Sabbath; and as they went His disciples began to pluck the heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees said to Him, "Look, why do they do what is not lawful on the Sabbath?" 25 But He said to them, "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and hungry, he and those with him: 26 how he went into the house of God in the days of Abiathar the high priest, and ate the showbread, which is not lawful to eat except for the priests, and also gave some to those who were with him?" 27 And He said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, and not man for the Sabbath. 28 Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath."

    SUNDAY SERVICEMark 2:18-28
  • The Cost of Following Jesus

    57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go." 58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head." 59 Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God." 61 And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house." 62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God."

    SUNDAY SERVICELuke 9:59-62
  • Spiritual Maturity

    12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. 18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: "And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow." 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I am exceedingly afraid and trembling." ) 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

    SUNDAY SERVICEHebrews 12:12:-24
  • Following Jesus

    2:23 But avoid foolish and ignorant disputes, knowing that they generate strife. 2:24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 2:25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 2:26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. 3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 3:2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 3:4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 3:6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 3:9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was.

    SUNDAY SERVICE2 Timothy 2:23-3:9
  • Blessed Is He Whose Transgressions Are Forgiven

    1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, Whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, And in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old Through my groaning all the day long. 4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; My vitality was turned into the drought of summer.Selah 5 I acknowledged my sin to You, And my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," And You forgave the iniquity of my sin.Selah 6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. 7 You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of deliverance.Selah 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye. 9 Do not be like the horse or like the mule, Which have no understanding, Which must be harnessed with bit and bridle, Else they will not come near you. 10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the LORD, mercy shall surround him. 11 Be glad in the LORD and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

    SUNDAY SERVICEPsalms 32
  • Drawn by God's Kindness into Discipleship

    23 Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. 25 But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. 26 The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, "Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' 27 Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. 28 "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, "Pay me what you owe!' 29 So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, "Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' 30 And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. 31 So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. 32 Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, "You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. 33 Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' 34 And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. 35 "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."

    SUNDAY SERVICEMatthew 18:23:35
  • The Fullness of His Grace

    9 As Jesus passed on from there, He saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax office. And He said to him, "Follow Me." So he arose and followed Him. 10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. 11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said to His disciples, "Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?" 12 When Jesus heard that, He said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: "I desire mercy and not sacrifice.' For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."

    SUNDAY SERVICEMatthew 9:9-13
  • The Loving Kindness of God

    1 Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey, to be ready for every good work, 2 to speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men. 3 For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. 4 But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, 5 not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, 6 whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, 7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life. 8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. 9 But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. 10 Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, 11 knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.

    SUNDAY SERVICETitus 3:1-11
  • Standing Firm in Spiritual Warfare

    16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

    SUNDAY SERVICEEphesians 6:16-20
  • Put on the Full Armor of God

    [6:10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. [6:11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [6:12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. [6:13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [6:14] Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [6:15] and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [6:16] above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. [6:17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; [6:18] praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-

    SUNDAY SERVICEEphesians 6:10-18
  • Be Strong in His Mighty Power

    [6:10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. [6:11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [6:12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. [6:13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [6:14] Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [6:15] and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [6:16] above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. [6:17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; [6:18] praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-

    SUNDAY SERVICEEphesians 6:10-18
  • Vessels for Noble Purposes

    [6:10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. [6:11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [6:12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. [6:13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [6:14] Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [6:15] and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [6:16] above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. [6:17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; [6:18] praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-

    SUNDAY SERVICEEphesians 6:10-18
  • We Do not Wrestle against Flesh and Blood

    [6:10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. [6:11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [6:12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. [6:13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [6:14] Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [6:15] and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [6:16] above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. [6:17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; [6:18] praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-

    SUNDAY SERVICEEphesians 6:10-18
  • The Armor of God

    [6:10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. [6:11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [6:12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. [6:13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [6:14] Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [6:15] and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [6:16] above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. [6:17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; [6:18] praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-

    SUNDAY SERVICEEphesians 6:10-18
  • Seated in Heavenly Places in Christ

    [6:10] Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. [6:11] Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. [6:12] For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. [6:13] Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. [6:14] Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, [6:15] and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; [6:16] above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. [6:17] And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; [6:18] praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-

    SUNDAY SERVICEEphesians 6:10-18
  • Christ-centered Relationships

    [6:1] Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. [6:2] "Honor your father and mother," which is the first commandment with promise: [6:3] "that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth." [6:4] And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord. [6:5] Bondservants, be obedient to those who are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in sincerity of heart, as to Christ; [6:6] not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as bondservants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, [6:7] with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, [6:8] knowing that whatever good anyone does, he will receive the same from the Lord, whether he is a slave or free. [6:9] And you, masters, do the same things to them, giving up threatening, knowing that your own Master also is in heaven, and there is no partiality with Him.

    Ephesians 6:1-9
  • The Marriage of Christ and His Church

    [5:22] Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. [5:23] For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. [5:24] Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. [5:25] Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, [5:26] that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, [5:27] that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. [5:28] So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. [5:29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. [5:30] For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. [5:31] "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." [5:32] This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. [5:33] Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

    Ephesians 5:22-33
  • The Fruit of Submission

    [5:22] Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. [5:23] For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. [5:24] Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. [5:25] Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, [5:26] that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, [5:27] that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish. [5:28] So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. [5:29] For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. [5:30] For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones. [5:31] "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." [5:32] This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. [5:33] Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

    Ephesians 5:22-33
  • The Spirit-Filled Life

    [5:22] 아내들이여 자기 남편에게 복종하기를 주께 하듯 하라 [5:23] 이는 남편이 아내의 머리 됨이 그리스도께서 교회의 머리 됨과 같음이니 그가 친히 몸의 구주시니라 [5:24] 그러나 교회가 그리스도에게 하듯 아내들도 범사에 그 남편에게 복종할지니라 [5:25] 남편들아 아내 사랑하기를 그리스도께서 교회를 사랑하시고 위하여 자신을 주심 같이 하라 [5:26] 이는 곧 물로 씻어 말씀으로 깨끗하게 하사 거룩하게 하시고 [5:27] 자기 앞에 영광스러운 교회로 세우사 티나 주름잡힌 것이나 이런 것들이 없이 거룩하고 흠이 없게 하려 하심이니라 [5:28] 이와 같이 남편들도 자기 아내 사랑하기를 제 몸 같이 할지니 자기 아내를 사랑하는 자는 자기를 사랑하는 것이라 [5:29] 누구든지 언제든지 제 육체를 미워하지 않고 오직 양육하여 보호하기를 그리스도께서 교회를 보양함과 같이 하나니 [5:30] 우리는 그 몸의 지체임이니라 [5:31] 이러므로 사람이 부모를 떠나 그 아내와 합하여 그 둘이 한 육체가 될지니 [5:32] 이 비밀이 크도다 내가 그리스도와 교회에 대하여 말하노라 [5:33] 그러나 너희도 각각 자기의 아내 사랑하기를 자기 같이 하고 아내도 그 남편을 경외하라

    Ephesians 5:22-33
  • Live in the Light

    [5:15] See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, [5:16] redeeming the time, because the days are evil. [5:17] Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is. [5:18] And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, [5:19] speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, [5:20] giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, [5:21] submitting to one another in the fear of God.

    Ephesians 5:15-21
  • Bearing the Fruit of God's Light

    [5:8] For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light [5:9] (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), [5:10] finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. [5:11] And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. [5:12] For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. [5:13] But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. [5:14] Therefore He says: "Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light."

    Ephesians 5:8-14
  • Gifts from God

    [5:1] Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. [5:2] And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma. [5:3] But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; [5:4] neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. [5:5] For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. [5:6] Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. [5:7] Therefore do not be partakers with them.

    Ephesians 5:1-7
  • How to Live the Christian Life

    [4:25] Therefore, putting away lying, "Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor," for we are members of one another. [4:26] "Be angry, and do not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, [4:27] nor give place to the devil. [4:28] Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. [4:29] Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. [4:30] And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. [4:31] Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. [4:32] And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you.

    Ephesians 4:25-32
  • Put on the New Man

    [4:17] This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, [4:18] having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; [4:19] who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. [4:20] But you have not so learned Christ, [4:21] if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: [4:22] that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, [4:23] and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, [4:24] and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

    Ephesians 4:17-24
  • Encountering Jesus in Everyday Life

    [4:11] And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, [4:12] for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, [4:13] till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; [4:14] that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, [4:15] but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ-- [4:16] from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

    Ephesians 4:11-16
  • Does Jesus Have Authority over Your Life?

    [4:1] I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, [4:2] with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, [4:3] endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. [4:4] There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; [4:5] one Lord, one faith, one baptism; [4:6] one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. [4:7] But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ's gift. [4:8] Therefore He says: "When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men." [4:9] (Now this, "He ascended"--what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? [4:10] He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

    Ephesians 4:1-10
  • Pursuing More of Jesus

    [3:14] For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, [3:15] from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, [3:16] that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, [3:17] that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, [3:18] may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height-- [3:19] to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. [3:20] Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, [3:21] to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

    Ephesians 3:14-21
  • The Unsearchable Riches of Christ

    Glory Choir / LOVE (1 Corinthians 13) [3:8] To me, who am less than the least of all the saints, this grace was given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, [3:9] and to make all see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the ages has been hidden in God who created all things through Jesus Christ; [3:10] to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, [3:11] according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, [3:12] in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him. [3:13] Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.

    Ephesians 3:8-13
  • The Administration of God's Grace

    [3:1] For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for you Gentiles-- [3:2] if indeed you have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which was given to me for you, [3:3] how that by revelation He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, [3:4] by which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ), [3:5] which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles and prophets: [3:6] that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel, [3:7] of which I became a minister according to the gift of the grace of God given to me by the effective working of His power.

    Ephesians 3:1-7
  • Being Built Together in Him

    [2:19] Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, [2:20] having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone, [2:21] in whom the whole building, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, [2:22] in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

    Ephesians 2:19-22
  • But Now in Christ Jesus You Have been Brought Near

    [2:11] Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh--who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands-- [2:12] that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. [2:13] But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. [2:14] For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, [2:15] having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, [2:16] and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. [2:17] And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. [2:18] For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

    Ephesians 2:11-18
  • And You He Made Alive

    Glory Choir - Have you been to Jesus [2:1] And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, [2:2] in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, [2:3] among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. [2:4] But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, [2:5] even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), [2:6] and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, [2:7] that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. [2:8] For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, [2:9] not of works, lest anyone should boast. [2:10] For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

    Ephesians 2:1-10
  • Man Shall Live by Every Word that Proceeds from the Mouth of God

    [1:15] Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, [1:16] do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: [1:17] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, [1:18] the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, [1:19] and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power [1:20] which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, [1:21] far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. [1:22] And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, [1:23] which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

    Ephesians 1:15-23
  • You Were Sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise

    [1:13] In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, [1:14] who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

    Ephesians 1:13-14
  • Read, Study, and Ponder the Scriptures

    [1:1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: [1:2] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [1:3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, [1:4] just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, [1:5] having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, [1:6] to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. [1:7] In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace [1:8] which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, [1:9] having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, [1:10] that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him. [1:11] In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, [1:12] that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

    Ephesians 1:1-12
  • This Is the Church God Blesses

    [1:1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: [1:2] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [1:3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, [1:4] just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, [1:5] having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, [1:6] to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. [1:7] In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace [1:8] which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, [1:9] having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, [1:10] that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him. [1:11] In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, [1:12] that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

    Ephesians 1:1-12
  • Having Predestined Us to Adoption

    [1:1] Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: [1:2] Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. [1:3] Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, [1:4] just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, [1:5] having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, [1:6] to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved. [1:7] In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace [1:8] which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, [1:9] having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, [1:10] that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him. [1:11] In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, [1:12] that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

    Ephesians 1:1-12
  • Is Jesus the Lord of Your Life?

    [19:16] Now behold, one came and said to Him, "Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life?" [19:17] So He said to him, "Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. But if you want to enter into life, keep the commandments." [19:18] He said to Him, "Which ones?" Jesus said, " 'You shall not murder,' 'You shall not commit adultery,' 'You shall not steal,' 'You shall not bear false witness,' [19:19] 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" [19:20] The young man said to Him, "All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack?" [19:21] Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me." [19:22] But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. [19:23] Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. [19:24] "And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." [19:25] When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?" [19:26] But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." [19:27] Then Peter answered and said to Him, "See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?" [19:28] So Jesus said to them, "Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. [19:29] "And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My name's sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and inherit eternal life. [19:30] "But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

    Matthew 19:16-30
  • You Are the Salt and the Light of the World

    [5:13] "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. [5:14] "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. [5:15] "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. [5:16] "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

    Matthew 5:13-16
  • Unshrunk Cloth on an Old Garment

    [9:14] Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?" [9:15] And Jesus said to them, "Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast. [9:16] "No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment; for the patch pulls away from the garment, and the tear is made worse. [9:17] "Nor do they put new wine into old wineskins, or else the wineskins break, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But they put new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."

    Matthew 9:14-17
  • Are You Following the Good Shepherd?

    Glory Choir - 1. Lead Me, Guide Me - 2. I have been Changed John 10:7-18 [10:7] Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. [10:8] "All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. [10:9] "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. [10:10] "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. [10:11] "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. [10:12] "But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. [10:13] "The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. [10:14] "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. [10:15] "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. [10:16] "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. [10:17] "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. [10:18] "No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."

    John 10:7-18
  • Are You Living for Jesus?

    [20:9] Then He began to tell the people this parable: "A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. [20:10] "Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. [20:11] "Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. [20:12] "And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out. [20:13] "Then the owner of the vineyard said, 'What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.' [20:14] "But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.' [20:15] "So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? [20:16] "He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others." And when they heard it they said, "Certainly not!" [20:17] Then He looked at them and said, "What then is this that is written: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone'? [20:18] "Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder."

    Luke 20:9-18
  • The Ten Minas, the Mustard Seed, and the Jars for the Oil

    [19:11] Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. [19:12] Therefore He said: "A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. [19:13] "So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, 'Do business till I come.' [19:14] "But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, 'We will not have this man to reign over us.' [19:15] "And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. [19:16] "Then came the first, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned ten minas.' [19:17] "And he said to him, 'Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.' [19:18] "And the second came, saying, 'Master, your mina has earned five minas.' [19:19] "Likewise he said to him, 'You also be over five cities.' [19:20] "Then another came, saying, 'Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. [19:21] 'For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.' [19:22] "And he said to him, 'Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. [19:23] 'Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?' [19:24] "And he said to those who stood by, 'Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.' [19:25] ("But they said to him, 'Master, he has ten minas.') [19:26] 'For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. [19:27] 'But bring here those enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.'"

    Luke 19:11-27
  • The Pharisee and the Tax Collector

    [18:9] Also He spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: [18:10] "Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. [18:11] "The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank You that I am not like other men--extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. [18:12] 'I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.' [18:13] "And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, 'God, be merciful to me a sinner!' [18:14] "I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted."

    Luke 18:9-14
  • The Persistent Widow

    [18:1] Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, [18:2] saying: "There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. [18:3] "Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, 'Get justice for me from my adversary.' [18:4] "And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I do not fear God nor regard man, [18:5] 'yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.'" [18:6] Then the Lord said, "Hear what the unjust judge said. [18:7] "And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? [18:8] "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"

    Luke 18:1-8
  • Are You Prepared for Eternity?

    [16:19] "There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. [16:20] "But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, [16:21] "desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. [16:22] "So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. [16:23] "And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. [16:24] "Then he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.' [16:25] "But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. [16:26] 'And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.' [16:27] "Then he said, 'I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father's house, [16:28] 'for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.' [16:29] "Abraham said to him, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' [16:30] "And he said, 'No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.' [16:31] "But he said to him, 'If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.'"

    Luke 16:19-31
  • God Values Relationships

    [16:1] He also said to His disciples: "There was a certain rich man who had a steward, and an accusation was brought to him that this man was wasting his goods. [16:2] "So he called him and said to him, 'What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your stewardship, for you can no longer be steward.' [16:3] "Then the steward said within himself, 'What shall I do? For my master is taking the stewardship away from me. I cannot dig; I am ashamed to beg. [16:4] 'I have resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship, they may receive me into their houses.' [16:5] "So he called every one of his master's debtors to him, and said to the first, 'How much do you owe my master?' [16:6] "And he said, 'A hundred measures of oil.' So he said to him, 'Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' [16:7] "Then he said to another, 'And how much do you owe?' So he said, 'A hundred measures of wheat.' And he said to him, 'Take your bill, and write eighty.' [16:8] "So the master commended the unjust steward because he had dealt shrewdly. For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light. [16:9] "And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home. [16:10] "He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. [16:11] "Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? [16:12] "And if you have not been faithful in what is another man's, who will give you what is your own? [16:13] "No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon."

    Luke 16:1-13
  • Having a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ

    [14:25] Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, [14:26] "If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. [14:27] "And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. [14:28] "For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it-- [14:29] "lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, [14:30] "saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.' [14:31] "Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? [14:32] "Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. [14:33] "So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple. [14:34] "Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? [14:35] "It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"

    Luke 14:25-35
  • Discover Your True Identity in Jesus Christ

    [14:7] So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: [14:8] "When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; [14:9] "and he who invited you and him come and say to you, 'Give place to this man,' and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. [14:10] "But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, 'Friend, go up higher.' Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. [14:11] "For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted." [14:12] Then He also said to him who invited Him, "When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. [14:13] "But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. [14:14] "And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just."

    Luke 14:7-14
  • Do You Struggle with Sin?

    [13:1] There were present at that season some who told Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. [13:2] And Jesus answered and said to them, "Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered such things? [13:3] "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. [13:4] "Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? [13:5] "I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." [13:6] He also spoke this parable: "A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. [13:7] "Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?' [13:8] "But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it. [13:9] 'And if it bears fruit, well. But if not, after that you can cut it down.'"

    Luke 13:1-9
  • How to Live a Fertile Life

    Luke 12:13-34 / Exodus 20:17 Luke 12:13-34 [12:13] Then one from the crowd said to Him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." [12:14] But He said to him, "Man, who made Me a judge or an arbitrator over you?" [12:15] And He said to them, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." [12:16] Then He spoke a parable to them, saying: "The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully. [12:17] "And he thought within himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no room to store my crops?' [12:18] "So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. [12:19] 'And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."' [12:20] "But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' [12:21] "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." [12:22] Then He said to His disciples, "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on. [12:23] "Life is more than food, and the body is more than clothing. [12:24] "Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? [12:25] "And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? [12:26] "If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? [12:27] "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [12:28] "If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith? [12:29] "And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. [12:30] "For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things. [12:31] "But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you. [12:32] "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. [12:33] "Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. [12:34] "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Exodus 20:17 "You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor's."

    Luke 12:13~34, E...
  • God Is Bigger than My Problems (Easter Sunday Sermon)

    [20:1] Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. [20:2] Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." [20:3] Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. [20:4] So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. [20:5] And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. [20:6] Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, [20:7] and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. [20:8] Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. [20:9] For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. [20:10] Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. [20:11] But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. [20:12] And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. [20:13] Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." [20:14] Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. [20:15] Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." [20:16] Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). [20:17] Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'" [20:18] Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. [20:19] Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." [20:20] When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. [20:21] So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." [20:22] And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. [20:23] "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained." [20:24] Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. [20:25] The other disciples therefore said to him, "We have seen the Lord." So he said to them, "Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe." [20:26] And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, "Peace to you!" [20:27] Then He said to Thomas, "Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing." [20:28] And Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!" [20:29] Jesus said to him, "Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." [20:30] And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; [20:31] but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.

    John 20:1-31
  • God's Grace Changes Our Lives

    [25:31] "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. [25:32] "All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. [25:33] "And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. [25:34] "Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: [25:35] 'for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; [25:36] 'I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' [25:37] "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? [25:38] 'When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? [25:39] 'Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?' [25:40] "And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' [25:41] "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: [25:42] 'for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; [25:43] 'I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' [25:44] "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' [25:45] "Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' [25:46] "And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."

    Matthew 25:31-46
  • Faithfulness Matters to God

    [25:14] "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. [25:15] "And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. [25:16] "Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. [25:17] "And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. [25:18] "But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. [25:19] "After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. [25:20] "So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' [25:21] "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' [25:22] "He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' [25:23] "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' [25:24] "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. [25:25] 'And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.' [25:26] "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. [25:27] 'So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. [25:28] 'Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. [25:29] 'For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. [25:30] 'And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

    Matthew 25:14-30
  • The Faithful Bridesmaids

    [1] "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. [2] "Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. [3] "Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, [4] "but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. [5] "But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. [6] "And at midnight a cry was heard: 'Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!' [7] "Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. [8] "And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' [9] "But the wise answered, saying, 'No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.' [10] "And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut. [11] "Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us!' [12] "But he answered and said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.' [13] "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.

    Matthew 25:1-13
  • Responding to God's Call

    [22:1] And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said: [22:2] "The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, [22:3] "and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. [22:4] "Again, he sent out other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding."' [22:5] "But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. [22:6] "And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them. [22:7] "But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. [22:8] "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. [22:9] 'Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.' [22:10] "So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests. [22:11] "But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. [22:12] "So he said to him, 'Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. [22:13] "Then the king said to the servants, 'Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' [22:14] "For many are called, but few are chosen."

    Matthew 22:1-14
  • How Can We Prepare for the Second Coming of Jesus Christ?

    [21:33] "Hear another parable: There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. [21:34] "Now when vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers, that they might receive its fruit. [21:35] "And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. [21:36] "Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. [21:37] "Then last of all he sent his son to them, saying, 'They will respect my son.' [21:38] "But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, 'This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.' [21:39] "So they took him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. [21:40] "Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?" [21:41] They said to Him, "He will destroy those wicked men miserably, and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons." [21:42] Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the Scriptures: 'The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone. This was the LORD'S doing, And it is marvelous in our eyes'? [21:43] "Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. [21:44] "And whoever falls on this stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder." [21:45] Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. [21:46] But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.

    Matthew 21:33-46
  • How do You Respond to God's Call?

    [21:21] So Jesus answered and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but also if you say to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' it will be done. [21:22] "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." [21:23] Now when He came into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people confronted Him as He was teaching, and said, "By what authority are You doing these things? And who gave You this authority?" [21:24] But Jesus answered and said to them, "I also will ask you one thing, which if you tell Me, I likewise will tell you by what authority I do these things: [21:25] "The baptism of John--where was it from? From heaven or from men?" And they reasoned among themselves, saying, "If we say, 'From heaven,' He will say to us, 'Why then did you not believe him?' [21:26] "But if we say, 'From men,' we fear the multitude, for all count John as a prophet." [21:27] So they answered Jesus and said, "We do not know." And He said to them, "Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things. [21:28] "But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, 'Son, go, work today in my vineyard.' [21:29] "He answered and said, 'I will not,' but afterward he regretted it and went. [21:30] "Then he came to the second and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir,' but he did not go. [21:31] "Which of the two did the will of his father?" They said to Him, "The first." Jesus said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that tax collectors and harlots enter the kingdom of God before you. [21:32] "For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him; but tax collectors and harlots believed him; and when you saw it, you did not afterward relent and believe him.

    Matthew 21:28-32
  • Come to Jesus Just as You Are

    [15:1] Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. [15:2] And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them." [15:3] So He spoke this parable to them, saying: [15:4] "What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? [15:5] "And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. [15:6] "And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' [15:7] "I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. [15:8] "Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it? [15:9] "And when she has found it, she calls her friends and neighbors together, saying, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I lost!' [15:10] "Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents." [15:11] Then He said: "A certain man had two sons. [15:12] "And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.' So he divided to them his livelihood. [15:13] "And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. [15:14] "But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. [15:15] "Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. [15:16] "And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything. [15:17] "But when he came to himself, he said, 'How many of my father's hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! [15:18] 'I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, [15:19] "and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants."' [15:20] "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. [15:21] "And the son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.' [15:22] "But the father said to his servants, 'Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. [15:23] 'And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; [15:24] 'for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' And they began to be merry. [15:25] "Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. [15:26] "So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. [15:27] "And he said to him, 'Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.' [15:28] "But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. [15:29] "So he answered and said to his father, 'Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. [15:30] 'But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.' [15:31] "And he said to him, 'Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. [15:32] 'It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.'"

    Luke 15:1-32
  • Trust in God's Faithfulness

    [18:12] "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? [18:13] "And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray. [18:14] "Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.

    Matthew 18:12-14
  • Forgiveness Is the Core of the Gospel

    [18:21] Then Peter came to Him and said, "Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?" [18:22] Jesus said to him, "I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. [18:23] "Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. [18:24] "And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. [18:25] "But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. [18:26] "The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, 'Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' [18:27] "Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt. [18:28] "But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, 'Pay me what you owe!' [18:29] "So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, 'Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.' [18:30] "And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. [18:31] "So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done. [18:32] "Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. [18:33] 'Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?' [18:34] "And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him. [18:35] "So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses."

    Matthew 18:21-35
  • Today is the Day of Salvation

    [20:1] "For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. [20:2] "Now when he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. [20:3] "And he went out about the third hour and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, [20:4] "and said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you.' So they went. [20:5] "Again he went out about the sixth and the ninth hour, and did likewise. [20:6] "And about the eleventh hour he went out and found others standing idle, and said to them, 'Why have you been standing here idle all day?' [20:7] "They said to him, 'Because no one hired us.' He said to them, 'You also go into the vineyard, and whatever is right you will receive.' [20:8] "So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, 'Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.' [20:9] "And when those came who were hired about the eleventh hour, they each received a denarius. [20:10] "But when the first came, they supposed that they would receive more; and they likewise received each a denarius. [20:11] "And when they had received it, they complained against the landowner, [20:12] "saying, 'These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day.' [20:13] "But he answered one of them and said, 'Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius? [20:14] 'Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you. [20:15] 'Is it not lawful for me to do what I wish with my own things? Or is your eye evil because I am good?' [20:16] "So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen."

    Matthew 20:1-16
  • Freedom from Spiritual Stubbornness

    [15:1] Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, [15:2] "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." [15:3] He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? [15:4] "For God commanded, saying, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' [15:5] "But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God"-- [15:6] 'then he need not honor his father or mother.' Thus you have made the commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. [15:7] "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying: [15:8] 'These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. [15:9] And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'" [15:10] When He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear and understand: [15:11] "Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man." [15:12] Then His disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?" [15:13] But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. [15:14] "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch." [15:15] Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain this parable to us." [15:16] So Jesus said, "Are you also still without understanding? [15:17] "Do you not yet understand that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated? [15:18] "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man. [15:19] "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. [15:20] "These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man."

    Matthew 15:1-20
  • How Valuable Is Jesus to You?

    [13:44] "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. [13:45] "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, [13:46] "who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it. [13:47] "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind, [13:48] "which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. [13:49] "So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, [13:50] "and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth." [13:51] Jesus said to them, "Have you understood all these things?" They said to Him, "Yes, Lord." [13:52] Then He said to them, "Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."

    Matthew 13:44-52
  • The Mustard Seed Kingdom

    Matthew 13:31~35 31 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32 "which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches." 33 Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened." 34 All these things Jesus spoke to the multitude in parables; and without a parable He did not speak to them, 35 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying: "I will open My mouth in parables; I will utter things kept secret from the foundation of the world." Mark 4:26~34 26 And He said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground, 27 "and should sleep by night and rise by day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he himself does not know how. 28 "For the earth yields crops by itself: first the blade, then the head, after that the full grain in the head. 29 "But when the grain ripens, immediately he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come." 30 Then He said, "To what shall we liken the kingdom of God? Or with what parable shall we picture it? 31 "It is like a mustard seed which, when it is sown on the ground, is smaller than all the seeds on earth; 32 "but when it is sown, it grows up and becomes greater than all herbs, and shoots out large branches, so that the birds of the air may nest under its shade." 33 And with many such parables He spoke the word to them as they were able to hear it. 34 But without a parable He did not speak to them. And when they were alone, He explained all things to His disciples. Luke 13:18~21 18 Then He said, "What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 "It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches." 20 And again He said, "To what shall I liken the kingdom of God? 21 "It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened."

    Matthew 13:31~35
  • Our Need for Spiritual Training

    Matthew 13:1~23 1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. 3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 "And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 "Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 "But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 "And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. 8 "But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!" 10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" 11 He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 "For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 13 "Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 "And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.' 16 "But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 "for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it. 18 "Therefore hear the parable of the sower: 19 "When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside. 20 "But he who received the seed on stony places, this is he who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; 21 "yet he has no root in himself, but endures only for a while. For when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he stumbles. 22 "Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful. 23 "But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty."

    Matthew 13:1~23
  • Save Us from the Hands of the Wicked

    Matthew 13:24~30 24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; 25 "but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. 26 "But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. 27 "So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?' 28 "He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' 29 "But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 30 'Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'"

    Matthew 13:24~30
  • Build on the Rock

    Matthew 7:24-29 [7:24] "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: [7:25] "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. [7:26] "But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: [7:27] "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." [7:28] And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, [7:29] for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

    Matthew 7:24-29
  • Loving God: the First and Greatest Commendment

    Matthew 7:21-23 [7:21] "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. [7:22] "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?' [7:23] "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!'

    Matthew 7:21-23
  • Bearing Good Fruit in the Lord

    [7:15] "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. [7:16] "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? [7:17] "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. [7:18] "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. [7:19] "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. [7:20] "Therefore by their fruits you will know them.

    Matthew 7:15-20
  • The Narrow Way

    [7:12] "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets. [7:13] "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. [7:14] "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

    Matthew 7:12-14
  • Desiring Holiness, Desiring God

    [7:6] "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. [7:7] "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. [7:8] "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. [7:9] "Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? [7:10] "Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? [7:11] "If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him! [7:12] "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

    Matthew 7:6-12
  • Having Grace for Others

    [7:1] "Judge not, that you be not judged. [7:2] "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. [7:3] "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? [7:4] "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye'; and look, a plank is in your own eye? [7:5] "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.

    Matthew 7:1-5
  • You Cannot Serve God and Riches

    Matthew 6:24-34 [6:24] "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. [6:25] "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? [6:26] "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? [6:27] "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? [6:28] "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; [6:29] "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. [6:30] "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? [6:31] "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' [6:32] "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. [6:33] "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. [6:34] "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

    Matthew 6:24~34
  • Living for Jesus, Our Eternal Treasure

    Matthew 6:19~24 [6:19] "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; [6:20] "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. [6:21] "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. [6:22] "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. [6:23] "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness! [6:24] "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

    Matthew 6:19-24
  • Seek God's Guidance in Avoiding Temptation

    Matthew 6:9-15 [6:9] "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. [6:10] Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. [6:11] Give us this day our daily bread. [6:12] And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. [6:13] And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. [6:14] "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [6:15] "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    Matthew 6:9-15
  • Give God Control of Your Life

    [6:9] "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. [6:10] Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. [6:11] Give us this day our daily bread. [6:12] And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. [6:13] And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. [6:14] "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [6:15] "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. [6:16] "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. [6:17] "But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, [6:18] "so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

    Matthew 6:9~18
  • Pray and Let God Have Control

    [6:9] "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. [6:10] Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. [6:11] Give us this day our daily bread. [6:12] And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. [6:13] And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. [6:14] "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [6:15] "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. [6:16] "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. [6:17] "But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, [6:18] "so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

    Matthew 6:9~18
  • Rest in the Lord, and Wait for Him

    [6:9] "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. [6:10] Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. [6:11] Give us this day our daily bread. [6:12] And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. [6:13] And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. [6:14] "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [6:15] "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    Matthew 6:9~15
  • Praying Like Jesus

    [6:9] "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. [6:10] Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. [6:11] Give us this day our daily bread. [6:12] And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. [6:13] And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. [6:14] "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. [6:15] "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    Matthew 6:9~15
  • Protocols in Prayer

    Matthew 6:5~8 [6:5] "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. [6:6] "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. [6:7] "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. [6:8] "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

    Matthew 6:5~8
  • Proper Motives Are Important

    [6:1] "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven. [6:2] "Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. [6:3] "But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, [6:4] "that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will Himself reward you openly.

    Matthew 6:1~4
  • Love Your Enemies

    [5:43] "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' [5:44] "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, [5:45] "that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. [5:46] "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? [5:47] "And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? [5:48] "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

    Matthew 5:43~48
  • Overcoming Evil with Good

    [5:38] "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' [5:39] "But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. [5:40] "If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also. [5:41] "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. [5:42] "Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.

    Matthew 5:38-~42
  • Do Not Swear at All

    [5:33] "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.' [5:34] "But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; [5:35] "nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. [5:36] "Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. [5:37] "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

    Matthew 5:33~37
  • Adultery in the Heart

    [5:27] "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit adultery.' [5:28] "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. [5:29] "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. [5:30] "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. [5:31] "Furthermore it has been said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' [5:32] "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

    Matthew 5:27~32
  • Murder Begins in the Heart

    [5:21] "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.' [5:22] "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of hell fire. [5:23] "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, [5:24] "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. [5:25] "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. [5:26] "Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

    Matthew 5:21~26
  • Are You a True Disciple?

    [5:13] "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. [5:14] "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. [5:15] "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. [5:16] "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

    Matthew 5:13~16
  • Christ Fulfills the Law

    [5:17] "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. [5:18] "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. [5:19] "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [5:20] "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 5:17~20
  • Blessed are Those who are Persecuted for Righteousness’ Sake

    [5:10] Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. [5:11] "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. [5:12] "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    Matthew 5:10~12
  • The Beatitudes

    5:1 And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated His disciples came to Him. 5:2 Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying: 5:3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, For they shall be comforted. 5:5 Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth. 5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled. 5:7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God. 5:10 Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 5:11 "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. 5:12 "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 5:13 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 5:15 "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 5:16 "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

    Matthew 5:1~16
  • 10:00AM 14th July, 2013

    2 Corinthians 11:2~6 11:2 For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 11:3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 11:4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted--you may well put up with it! 11:5 For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles. 11:6 Even though I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. But we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.

    2 Corinthians 11:2~6
  • [The Lord

    2 Timothy 2:24~3:15 2:24 And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, 2:25 in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, 2:26 and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. 3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 3:2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3:3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 3:4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 3:5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 3:6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres resisted Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, disapproved concerning the faith; 3:9 but they will progress no further, for their folly will be manifest to all, as theirs also was. 3:10 But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, 3:11 persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra--what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. 3:12 Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. 3:13 But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. 3:14 But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 3:15 and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

    2 Timothy 2:24~3:15
  • 12:00PM 30th June, 2013

    Psalms 112 112:1 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. 112:2 His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. 112:3 Wealth and riches will be in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. 112:4 Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. 112:5 A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. 112:6 Surely he will never be shaken; The righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. 112:7 He will not be afraid of evil tidings; His heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. 112:8 His heart is established; He will not be afraid, Until he sees his desire upon his enemies. 112:9 He has dispersed abroad, He has given to the poor; His righteousness endures forever; His horn will be exalted with honor. 112:10 The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.

    Psalms 112
  • 12:00PM 23rd June, 2013

    2 Samuel 6:11~23 6:11 The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household. 6:12 Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. 6:13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. 6:14 Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet. 6:16 Now as the ark of the LORD came into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart. 6:17 So they brought the ark of the LORD, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 6:18 And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts. 6:19 Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house. 6:20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How glorious was the king of Israel today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!" 6:21 So David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the LORD. 6:22 "And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor." 6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.

    2 Samuel 6:11~23
  • 10:00AM 16th June, 2013

    Numbers 21:4~9 21:4 Then they journeyed from Mount Hor by the Way of the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; and the soul of the people became very discouraged on the way. 21:5 And the people spoke against God and against Moses: "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? For there is no food and no water, and our soul loathes this worthless bread." 21:6 So the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and many of the people of Israel died. 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, "We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD and against you; pray to the LORD that He take away the serpents from us." So Moses prayed for the people. 21:8 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live." 21:9 So Moses made a bronze serpent, and put it on a pole; and so it was, if a serpent had bitten anyone, when he looked at the bronze serpent, he lived.

    Numbers 21:4~9
  • 12:00PM 9th June, 2013

    1 Corinthians 12:12~27 12:12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 12:13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body--whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free--and have all been made to drink into one Spirit. 12:14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 12:15 If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 12:16 And if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body," is it therefore not of the body? 12:17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 12:18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 12:19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 12:20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 12:21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, "I have no need of you"; nor again the head to the feet, "I have no need of you." 12:22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 12:23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 12:24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 12:25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 12:26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it. 12:27 Now you are the body of Christ, and members individually.

    1 Corinthians 12:...
  • 12:00PM 2nd June, 2013

    Mark 8:11~12 8:11 Then the Pharisees came out and began to dispute with Him, seeking from Him a sign from heaven, testing Him. 8:12 But He sighed deeply in His spirit, and said, "Why does this generation seek a sign? Assuredly, I say to you, no sign shall be given to this generation."

    Mark 8:11~12
  • 10:00AM 26th May, 2013

    Matthew 11:1~19 11:1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. 11:2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples 11:3 and said to Him, "Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?" 11:4 Jesus answered and said to them, "Go and tell John the things which you hear and see: 11:5 "The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them. 11:6 "And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me." 11:7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: "What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? 11:8 "But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings' houses. 11:9 "But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet. 11:10 "For this is he of whom it is written: 'Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.' 11:11 "Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. 11:12 "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. 11:13 "For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. 11:14 "And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come. 11:15 "He who has ears to hear, let him hear! 11:16 "But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions, 11:17 "and saying: 'We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.' 11:18 "For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' 11:19 "The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' But wisdom is justified by her children."

    Matthew 11:1~19
  • 12:00PM 19th May, 2013

    Acts 1:1~14 1:1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 1:2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 1:3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. 1:4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, "which," He said, "you have heard from Me; 1:5 "for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." 1:6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, "Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?" 1:7 And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." 1:9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 1:10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 1:11 who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." 1:12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey. 1:13 And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. 1:14 These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.

    Acts 1:1~14
  • 12:00PM 12th May, 2013

    Romans 13:8~10 13:8 Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. 13:9 For the commandments, "You shall not commit adultery," "You shall not murder," "You shall not steal," "You shall not bear false witness," "You shall not covet," and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 13:10 Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

    Romans 13:8~10
  • 12:00PM 5th May, 2013

    Luke 7:36~50 7:36 Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee's house, and sat down to eat. 7:37 And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, 7:38 and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. 7:39 Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, "This man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner." 7:40 And Jesus answered and said to him, "Simon, I have something to say to you." So he said, "Teacher, say it." 7:41 "There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. 7:42 "And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?" 7:43 Simon answered and said, "I suppose the one whom he forgave more." And He said to him, "You have rightly judged." 7:44 Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, "Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. 7:45 "You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. 7:46 "You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. 7:47 "Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little." 7:48 Then He said to her, "Your sins are forgiven." 7:49 And those who sat at the table with Him began to say to themselves, "Who is this who even forgives sins?" 7:50 Then He said to the woman, "Your faith has saved you. Go in peace."

    Luke 7:36~50
  • 12:00PM 28th April, 2013

    John 10:1~18 10:1 "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber. 10:2 "But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 10:3 "To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 10:4 "And when he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them; and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 10:5 "Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers." 10:6 Jesus used this illustration, but they did not understand the things which He spoke to them. 10:7 Then Jesus said to them again, "Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 10:8 "All who ever came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. 10:9 "I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10:10 "The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. 10:11 "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep. 10:12 "But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 "The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 10:14 "I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. 10:15 "As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 10:16 "And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 10:17 "Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 10:18 "No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father."

    John 10:1~18
  • 12:00PM 21st April, 2013

    Psalms 110:1~4 110:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD said to my Lord, "Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool." 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of Your strength out of Zion. Rule in the midst of Your enemies! 110:3 Your people shall be volunteers In the day of Your power; In the beauties of holiness, from the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth. 110:4 The LORD has sworn And will not relent, "You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek."

    Psalms 110:1~4
  • 12:00PM 14th April, 2013

    Matthew 25:14~30 25:14 "For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 25:15 "And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 25:16 "Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 25:17 "And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 25:18 "But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. 25:19 "After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 25:20 "So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, 'Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.' 25:21 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' 25:22 "He also who had received two talents came and said, 'Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.' 25:23 "His lord said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.' 25:24 "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25:25 'And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.' 25:26 "But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 25:27 'So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 25:28 'Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 25:29 'For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 25:30 'And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'

    Matthew 25:14~30
  • 12:00PM 7th April, 2013

    John 8:12~30 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life." 8:13 The Pharisees therefore said to Him, "You bear witness of Yourself; Your witness is not true." 8:14 Jesus answered and said to them, "Even if I bear witness of Myself, My witness is true, for I know where I came from and where I am going; but you do not know where I come from and where I am going. 8:15 "You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one. 8:16 "And yet if I do judge, My judgment is true; for I am not alone, but I am with the Father who sent Me. 8:17 "It is also written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 8:18 "I am One who bears witness of Myself, and the Father who sent Me bears witness of Me." 8:19 Then they said to Him, "Where is Your Father?" Jesus answered, "You know neither Me nor My Father. If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also." 8:20 These words Jesus spoke in the treasury, as He taught in the temple; and no one laid hands on Him, for His hour had not yet come. 8:21 Then Jesus said to them again, "I am going away, and you will seek Me, and will die in your sin. Where I go you cannot come." 8:22 So the Jews said, "Will He kill Himself, because He says, 'Where I go you cannot come'?" 8:23 And He said to them, "You are from beneath; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 8:24 "Therefore I said to you that you will die in your sins; for if you do not believe that I am He, you will die in your sins." 8:25 Then they said to Him, "Who are You?" And Jesus said to them, "Just what I have been saying to you from the beginning. 8:26 "I have many things to say and to judge concerning you, but He who sent Me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I heard from Him." 8:27 They did not understand that He spoke to them of the Father. 8:28 Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things. 8:29 "And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him." 8:30 As He spoke these words, many believed in Him.

    John 8:12~30
  • 12:00PM 31st March, 2013

    John 19:38~20:23 19:38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, being a disciple of Jesus, but secretly, for fear of the Jews, asked Pilate that he might take away the body of Jesus; and Pilate gave him permission. So he came and took the body of Jesus. 19:39 And Nicodemus, who at first came to Jesus by night, also came, bringing a mixture of myrrh and aloes, about a hundred pounds. 19:40 Then they took the body of Jesus, and bound it in strips of linen with the spices, as the custom of the Jews is to bury. 19:41 Now in the place where He was crucified there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb in which no one had yet been laid. 19:42 So there they laid Jesus, because of the Jews' Preparation Day, for the tomb was nearby. 20:1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 20:2 Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, "They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him." 20:3 Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. 20:4 So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 20:5 And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. 20:6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, 20:7 and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself. 20:8 Then the other disciple, who came to the tomb first, went in also; and he saw and believed. 20:9 For as yet they did not know the Scripture, that He must rise again from the dead. 20:10 Then the disciples went away again to their own homes. 20:11 But Mary stood outside by the tomb weeping, and as she wept she stooped down and looked into the tomb. 20:12 And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 20:13 Then they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him." 20:14 Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 20:15 Jesus said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, "Sir, if You have carried Him away, tell me where You have laid Him, and I will take Him away." 20:16 Jesus said to her, "Mary!" She turned and said to Him, "Rabboni!" (which is to say, Teacher). 20:17 Jesus said to her, "Do not cling to Me, for I have not yet ascended to My Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, 'I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.'" 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that He had spoken these things to her. 20:19 Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, "Peace be with you." 20:20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. 20:21 So Jesus said to them again, "Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you." 20:22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit. 20:23 "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained."

    John 19:38~20:23
  • 10:00AM 24th March, 2013

    Deuteronomy 28:1~20 28:1 "Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the LORD your God will set you high above all nations of the earth. 28:2 "And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, because you obey the voice of the LORD your God: 28:3 "Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country. 28:4 "Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 28:5 "Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 28:6 "Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out. 28:7 "The LORD will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before your face; they shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. 28:8 "The LORD will command the blessing on you in your storehouses and in all to which you set your hand, and He will bless you in the land which the LORD your God is giving you. 28:9 "The LORD will establish you as a holy people to Himself, just as He has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the LORD your God and walk in His ways. 28:10 "Then all peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the LORD, and they shall be afraid of you. 28:11 "And the LORD will grant you plenty of goods, in the fruit of your body, in the increase of your livestock, and in the produce of your ground, in the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers to give you. 28:12 "The LORD will open to you His good treasure, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season, and to bless all the work of your hand. You shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. 28:13 "And the LORD will make you the head and not the tail; you shall be above only, and not be beneath, if you heed the commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you today, and are careful to observe them. 28:14 "So you shall not turn aside from any of the words which I command you this day, to the right or the left, to go after other gods to serve them. 28:15 "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you: 28:16 "Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the country. 28:17 "Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 28:18 "Cursed shall be the fruit of your body and the produce of your land, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks. 28:19 "Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out. 28:20 "The LORD will send on you cursing, confusion, and rebuke in all that you set your hand to do, until you are destroyed and until you perish quickly, because of the wickedness of your doings in which you have forsaken Me.

    Deuteronomy 28:1~20
  • 10:00AM 17th March, 2013

    Revelation 15:3 15:3 They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!

    Revelation 15:3
  • 12:00PM 10th March, 2013

    1 Corinthians 13:4~7 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

    1 Corinthians 13:4~7
  • [The Lord

    Ephesians 1:3-6 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, 5 having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, 6 to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.

    Ephesians 1:3-6
  • 12:00PM 24th February, 2013 Teaching

    John 8:31~36 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 "And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." 33 They answered Him, "We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can you say, 'You will be made free'?" 34 Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 "And a slave does not abide in the house forever, but a son abides forever. 36 "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

    John 8:31~36
  • 12:00PM 17th February, 2013

    Galatians 5:22~6:5 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.

    Galatians 5:22~6:5
  • 12:00PM 10th February, 2013 Teaching (2부)

    Romans 5:1~5 1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4 and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

    Romans 5:1~5
  • 12:00PM 3rd February, 2013 Teaching

    Psalms 25 1 A Psalm of David. To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul. 2 O my God, I trust in You; Let me not be ashamed; Let not my enemies triumph over me. 3 Indeed, let no one who waits on You be ashamed; Let those be ashamed who deal treacherously without cause. 4 Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. 5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; On You I wait all the day. 6 Remember, O LORD, Your tender mercies and Your lovingkindnesses, For they are from of old. 7 Do not remember the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; According to Your mercy remember me, For Your goodness' sake, O LORD. 8 Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He teaches sinners in the way. 9 The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way. 10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth, To such as keep His covenant and His testimonies. 11 For Your name's sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great. 12 Who is the man that fears the LORD? Him shall He teach in the way He chooses. 13 He himself shall dwell in prosperity, And his descendants shall inherit the earth. 14 The secret of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant. 15 My eyes are ever toward the LORD, For He shall pluck my feet out of the net. 16 Turn Yourself to me, and have mercy on me, For I am desolate and afflicted. 17 The troubles of my heart have enlarged; Bring me out of my distresses! 18 Look on my affliction and my pain, And forgive all my sins. 19 Consider my enemies, for they are many; And they hate me with cruel hatred. 20 Keep my soul, and deliver me; Let me not be ashamed, for I put my trust in You. 21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You. 22 Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all their troubles!

    Psalms 25
  • 12:00PM 27th January, 2013 Teaching

    1 Peter 1:3~9 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith--the salvation of your souls.

    1 Peter 1:3~9
  • 12:00PM 20th January, 2013

    Hebrews 12:1~24 1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. 4 You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: "My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; 6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives." 7 If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. 12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed. 14 Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: 15 looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; 16 lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright. 17 For you know that afterward, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought it diligently with tears. 18 For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, 19 and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. 20 (For they could not endure what was commanded: "And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow." 21 And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, "I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.") 22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

    Hebrews 12:1~24
  • 12:00PM 13th January, 2013 Teaching

    Psalms 40:1~11 1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me, And heard my cry. 2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, Out of the miry clay, And set my feet upon a rock, And established my steps. 3 He has put a new song in my mouth--Praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, And will trust in the LORD. 4 Blessed is that man who makes the LORD his trust, And does not respect the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies. 5 Many, O LORD my God, are Your wonderful works Which You have done; And Your thoughts toward us Cannot be recounted to You in order; If I would declare and speak of them, They are more than can be numbered. 6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. 7 Then I said, "Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. 8 I delight to do Your will, O my God, And Your law is within my heart." 9 I have proclaimed the good news of righteousness In the great assembly; Indeed, I do not restrain my lips, O LORD, You Yourself know. 10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart; I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation; I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth From the great assembly. 11 Do not withhold Your tender mercies from me, O LORD; Let Your lovingkindness and Your truth continually preserve me.

    Psalms 40:1~11
  • 12:00PM 6th January, 2013 Teaching

    Luke 9:28~32 28 Now it came to pass, about eight days after these sayings, that He took Peter, John, and James and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 As He prayed, the appearance of His face was altered, and His robe became white and glistening. 30 And behold, two men talked with Him, who were Moses and Elijah, 31 who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem. 32 But Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep; and when they were fully awake, they saw His glory and the two men who stood with Him.

    Luke 9:28~32
  • 12:00PM 30th December, 2012

    Psalms 27 1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war should rise against me, In this I will be confident. 4 One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. 6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. 7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice! Have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When You said, "Seek My face," My heart said to You, "Your face, LORD, I will seek." 9 Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O God of my salvation. 10 When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me. 11 Teach me Your way, O LORD, And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies. 12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have risen against me, And such as breathe out violence. 13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed That I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living. 14 Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD

    Psalms 27
  • 10:00AM 23th December, 2012 Teaching

    2 Kings 6:1~7 1 And the sons of the prophets said to Elisha, "See now, the place where we dwell with you is too small for us. 2 "Please, let us go to the Jordan, and let every man take a beam from there, and let us make there a place where we may dwell." So he answered, "Go." 3 Then one said, "Please consent to go with your servants." And he answered, "I will go." 4 So he went with them. And when they came to the Jordan, they cut down trees. 5 But as one was cutting down a tree, the iron ax head fell into the water; and he cried out and said, "Alas, master! For it was borrowed." 6 So the man of God said, "Where did it fall?" And he showed him the place. So he cut off a stick, and threw it in there; and he made the iron float. 7 Therefore he said, "Pick it up for yourself." So he reached out his hand and took it.

    2 Kings 6:1~7
  • 12:00AM 16th December, 201

    Luke 19:1~9 1 Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house." 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. 7 But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner." 8 Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold." 9 And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham;

    Luke 19:1~9
  • The Supply of the Spirit

    [3:15] Brothers and sisters, let me take an example from everyday life. Just as no one can set aside or add to a human covenant that has been duly established, so it is in this case. [3:16] The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. Scripture does not say “and to seeds,” meaning many people, but “and to your seed,” meaning one person, who is Christ. [3:17] What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. [3:18] For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. [3:19] Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator. [3:20] A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one. [3:21] Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. [3:22] But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. [3:23] Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. [3:24] So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. [3:25] Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.

    Galatians 3:15-25
  • 10:00AM 9th December, 2012

    1 Corinthians 2:9~3:9 9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 11 For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God. 13 These things we also speak, not in words which man's wisdom teaches but which the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one. 16 For "who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?" But we have the mind of Christ. 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, "I am of Paul," and another, "I am of Apollos," are you not carnal? 5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor. 9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, you are God's building.

    1 Corinthians 2:9...
  • 2nd December, 2012 Teaching

    2 Samuel 6:1~15 1 Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called by the Name, the LORD of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim. 3 So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new cart. 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark. 5 Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the LORD on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals. 6 And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. 7 Then the anger of the LORD was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God. 8 And David became angry because of the LORD'S outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez Uzzah to this day. 9 David was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, "How can the ark of the LORD come to me?" 10 So David would not move the ark of the LORD with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11 The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household. 12 Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God." So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. 13 And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep. 14 Then David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

    2 Samuel 6:1~15
  • 10:00AM 25th November, 2012 Teaching

    Romans 5:17~21 17 For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    Romans 5:17~21
  • 10:00AM 18th November, 2012 Teaching

    Philippians 4:4~9 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

    Philippians 4:4~9
  • 11:00AM 11th November, 2012 Teaching

    ROMANS 8:18~30 18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. 24 For we were saved in this hope, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

    Romans 8:18~30
  • 4th November, 2012 Teaching

    Psalm 103:7~19 7 He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. 8 The Lord is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. 9 He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. 10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. 11 For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; 12 As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father pities his children, So the Lord pities those who fear Him. 14 For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust. 15 As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. 16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more.[a] 17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting On those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children’s children, 18 To such as keep His covenant, And to those who remember His commandments to do them. 19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.

    Psalms 103:7-19
  • 11:00AM 28th October, 2012 Teaching

    Psalm 29:1~2 1 A Psalm of David. Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, Give unto the LORD glory and strength. 2 Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.

    Psalms 29:1~2
  • 11:00AM 21st October, 2012 Teaching

    Matthew 12:33~37 33 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 "Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 "But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 "For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned."

    Matthew 12:33~37
  • 12:00AM 7th October, 2012 Teaching

    7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: "Today, if you will hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion, In the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me, And saw My works forty years. 10 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, 'They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.' 11 So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.'" 12 Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; 13 but exhort one another daily, while it is called "Today," lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end, 15 while it is said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion." 16 For who, having heard, rebelled? Indeed, was it not all who came out of Egypt, led by Moses? 17 Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? 19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief. 4:1 Therefore, since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it. 3 For we who have believed do enter that rest, as He has said: "So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest,'" although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has spoken in a certain place of the seventh day in this way: "And God rested on the seventh day from all His works"; 5 and again in this place: "They shall not enter My rest." 6 Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience, 7 again He designates a certain day, saying in David, "Today," after such a long time, as it has been said: "Today, if you will hear His voice, Do not harden your hearts."

    Hebrews 3:7~4:7
  • 12:00AM September 30th, 2012 Teaching

    1 Corinthians 10:12~14 12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

    1 Corinthians 10:...
  • 12:00AM September 23th, 2012 Teaching

    Philippians 3:7~16 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. 12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us be of the same mind.

    Philippians 3:7~16
  • 12:00AM September 16th, 2012 Teaching

    Matthew 5:7-9 (NKJV) 7 Blessed are the merciful, For they shall obtain mercy. 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God. 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.

    Matthew 5:7-9
  • 12:00 AM September 9th, 2012 Teaching

    John 13:31~35 31 So, when he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in Him. 32 "If God is glorified in Him, God will also glorify Him in Himself, and glorify Him immediately. 33 "Little children, I shall be with you a little while longer. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, 'Where I am going, you cannot come,' so now I say to you. 34 "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."

    John 13:31-13:35
  • 12:00AM September 2nd, 2012 Teaching

    Matthew 6:5~16 5 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. 6 "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. 7 "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 14 "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 16 "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

    Matthew 6:5~16
  • 11:00AM August 26th, 2012 Teaching

    Matthew 16:21~27 21 From that time Jesus began to show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day. 22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, "Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!" 23 But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men." 24 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. 25 "For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. 26 "For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul? 27 "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father with His angels, and then He will reward each according to his works.

    Matthew 16:21~27
  • Life in God

    7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. 17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us.

    1 John 4:7-19
  • 11:00AM August 12th, 2012 Teaching

    Genesis 17:15~19 (NKJV) 15 Then God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 "And I will bless her and also give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her." 17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, "Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?" 18 And Abraham said to God, "Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!" 19 Then God said: "No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him.

    Genesis 17:15~19
  • Are You Ready to Receive Jesus Rightly?

    1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. 4 "And where I go you know, and the way you know." 5 Thomas said to Him, "Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?" 6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. 7 "If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him."

    John 14:1-7
  • 11:00AM July 29th, 2012 Teaching

    Hebrews 11:1-6 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. 4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, "and was not found, because God had taken him"; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

    Hebrews 11:1~6
  • 11:00AM 22th, July , 2012 Teaching

    Colossians 2:6-10 6 As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, 7 rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving. 8 Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; 10 and you are complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power.

    Colossians 2:6~10
  • Pursue Intimacy with God

    13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

    Hebrews 5:13-14
  • 11:00 AM July 1st, 2012 Teaching

    Genesis 22:1~19 1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, "Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am." 2 Then He said, "Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you." 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off. 5 And Abraham said to his young men, "Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you." 6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together. 7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." Then he said, "Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?" 8 And Abraham said, "My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering." So the two of them went together. 9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood. 10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" So he said, "Here I am." 12 And He said, "Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me." 13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, "In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided." 15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, 16 and said: "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son-- 17 "blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. 18 "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice." 19 So Abraham returned to his young men, and they rose and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba.

    Genesis 22:1~19
  • 11:AM June 17th, 2012 Teaching

    John 13:1~17 (NKJV) 1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that His hour had come that He should depart from this world to the Father, having loved His own who were in the world, He loved them to the end. 2 And supper being ended, the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray Him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, 4 rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. 5 After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. 6 Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, "Lord, are You washing my feet?" 7 Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this." 8 Peter said to Him, "You shall never wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me." 9 Simon Peter said to Him, "Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!" 10 Jesus said to him, "He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you." 11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, "You are not all clean." 12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? 13 "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 "For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 "Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

    John 13:1-17
  • 11:00 AM March 25th 2012 Teaching

    Isaiah 55:8-9 8 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. 9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts. Jeremiah 33:3 3 ‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

    Isaiah 55:8-9
  • Devoutness Brings Intimacy with God

    1Timothy 6:6-12 6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain[c] we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 11 But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

    1 Timothy 6:6~12
  • Are You Spiritually Thirsty?

    John 6:35-40 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst. 36 But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet do not believe. 37 All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out. 38 For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. 39 This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day. 40 And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

    John 6:35~40
  • Life in God

    1Corinthians 13:1-13 1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part. 10 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. 11 When I was a child, I spoke 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 in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known. 13 And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.

    1 Corinthians 13:...
  • 11:00 AM February 26th 2012 Teaching

    Mark 10:17-31 17 Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” 18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’”[c] 20 And he answered and said to Him, “Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.” 21 Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.” 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. 23 Then Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for those who have riches to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were astonished at His words. But Jesus answered again and said to them, “Children, how hard it is for those who trust in riches[d] to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were greatly astonished, saying among themselves, “Who then can be saved?” 27 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.” 28 Then Peter began to say to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You.” 29 So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife[e] or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, 30 who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time—houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions—and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

    Mark 10:17-31
  • 11:00 AM February 19th, 2012 Teaching

    Luke 5:17-26 17 Now it happened on a certain day, as He was teaching, that there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting by, who had come out of every town of Galilee, Judea, and Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was present to heal them.[a] 18 Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. 19 And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. 20 When He saw their faith, He said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” 21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, He answered and said to them, “Why are you reasoning in your hearts? 23 Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Rise up and walk’? 24 But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—He said to the man who was paralyzed, “I say to you, arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.” 25 Immediately he rose up before them, took up what he had been lying on, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God and were filled with fear, saying, “We have seen strange things today!”

    Luke 5:17~26
  • February 12th 2012 Teaching

    Ephesians 4:1-6 1 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, 2 with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, 3 endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you[a] all.

    Ephesians 4:1~6
  • February 5th, 2012 Teaching

    2Corinthians 2:4-17 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you, with many tears, not that you should be grieved, but that you might know the love which I have so abundantly for you. 5 But if anyone has caused grief, he has not grieved me, but all of you to some extent—not to be too severe. 6 This punishment which was inflicted by the majority is sufficient for such a man, 7 so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow. 8 Therefore I urge you to reaffirm your love to him. 9 For to this end I also wrote, that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one[a] for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices. 12 Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened to me by the Lord, 13 I had no rest in my spirit, because I did not find Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I departed for Macedonia. 14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. 15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, as so many,[b] peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

    2 Corinthians 2:4~17
  • January 29th, 2012 Teaching

    John 15:9-17 9 “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11 “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. 17 These things I command you, that you love one another.

    John 15:9~17
  • January 22nd, 2012 Teaching

    Hosea 6:6 6 For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

    Hosea 6:6
  • Keep Forgiving

    Luke 6:27-46 27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise. 32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” 39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye. 43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart[g] brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. 46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?

    Luke 6:27-46
  • Freedom In Christ Episode 10. Living from the Source

    5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 6:3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 6:5 For each one shall bear his own load. 6:6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. 6:11 See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! 6:12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 6:13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 6:17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

    Galatians 5:16-6:18
  • Walking in the Spirit

    16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. 1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load. 6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. 11 See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! 12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. 16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

    Sunday ServiceGalatians 5:16-6:18
  • Freedom In Christ Episode 9. The Renovation of the Interior Life

    5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. 6:1 Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. 6:2 Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 6:3 For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 6:4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 6:5 For each one shall bear his own load. 6:6 Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. 6:7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 6:8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 6:9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. 6:11 See with what large letters I have written to you with my own hand! 6:12 As many as desire to make a good showing in the flesh, these would compel you to be circumcised, only that they may not suffer persecution for the cross of Christ. 6:13 For not even those who are circumcised keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 6:14 But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 6:15 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God. 6:17 From now on let no one trouble me, for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus. 6:18 Brethren, the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

    Galatians 5:16-6:18
  • Freedom In Christ Episode 8: The Flesh vs. The Spirit

    5:7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 5:8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 5:10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 5:11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 5:12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

    Galatians 5:7-26
  • Freedom in Christ Episode 7. Satisfied in God

    5:7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 5:8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 5:10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 5:11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 5:12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

    5:7-26
  • Freedom in Christ Episode 6 : Healthy Dependency on God

    5:7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 5:8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 5:10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 5:11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 5:12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

    Galatians 5:7-26
  • Freedom in Christ Episode 5 : Empowered by the Spirit

    5:7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 5:8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 5:10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 5:11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 5:12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! 5:13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 5:14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 5:15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 5:16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 5:17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 5:18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 5:19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 5:20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 5:23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 5:24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 5:25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 5:26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

    Galatians 5:7-26
  • Freedom In Christ Episode 4: Faith Working Through Love

    4:21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 4:24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar-- 4:25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children-- 4:26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 4:27 For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband." 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 4:29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 4:30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 5:2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 5:3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

    Galatians 4:21-5:6
  • January 1st, 2012 Teaching

    Luke 14:15-24 15 Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread[c] in the kingdom of God!” 16 Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18 But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23 Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’”

    Luke 14:15-24
  • Freedom In Christ Episode 3. True Spiritual Freedom

    4:21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 4:24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar-- 4:25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children-- 4:26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 4:27 For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband." 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 4:29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 4:30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 5:2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 5:3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

    Galatians 4:21-5:6
  • Love Fulfills the Law

    7 You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? 8 This persuasion does not come from Him who calls you. 9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in you, in the Lord, that you will have no other mind; but he who troubles you shall bear his judgment, whoever he is. 11 And I, brethren, if I still preach circumcision, why do I still suffer persecution? Then the offense of the cross has ceased. 12 I could wish that those who trouble you would even cut themselves off! 13 For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! 16 I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 17 For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ's have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

    Sunday ServiceGalatians 5:7-26
  • Freedom In Christ Episode 2. The Two Covenants

    4:21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 4:24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar-- 4:25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children-- 4:26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 4:27 For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband." 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 4:29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 4:30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 5:2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 5:3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

    Galatians 4:21-5:6
  • Freedom In Christ Episode 1. The True Children of Abraham

    4:21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 4:22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 4:23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 4:24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar-- 4:25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children-- 4:26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 4:27 For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband." 4:28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 4:29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 4:30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." 4:31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 5:2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 5:3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 5:4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5:5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 5:6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

    Galatians 4:21-5:6
  • Are You Truly Following Christ?

    2Corinthians 5:14-18 14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again. 16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation,

    2 Corinthians 5:1...
  • Two Covenants

    4:21 Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons: the one by a bondwoman, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and he of the freewoman through promise, 24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar-- 25 for this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children-- 26 but the Jerusalem above is free, which is the mother of us all. 27 For it is written: "Rejoice, O barren, You who do not bear! Break forth and shout, You who are not in labor! For the desolate has many more children Than she who has a husband." 28 Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are children of promise. 29 But, as he who was born according to the flesh then persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, even so it is now. 30 Nevertheless what does the Scripture say? "Cast out the bondwoman and her son, for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman." 31 So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free. 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. 2 Indeed I, Paul, say to you that if you become circumcised, Christ will profit you nothing. 3 And I testify again to every man who becomes circumcised that he is a debtor to keep the whole law. 4 You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. 5 For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. 6 For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.

    Sunday ServiceGalatians 4:21-5:6
  • Sons and Heirs

    3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. 4:1 Now I say that the heir, as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, 2 but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. 4 But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, "Abba, Father!" 7 Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. 8 But then, indeed, when you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not gods. 9 But now after you have known God, or rather are known by God, how is it that you turn again to the weak and beggarly elements, to which you desire again to be in bondage? 10 You observe days and months and seasons and years. 11 I am afraid for you, lest I have labored for you in vain. 12 Brethren, I urge you to become like me, for I became like you. You have not injured me at all. 13 You know that because of physical infirmity I preached the gospel to you at the first. 14 And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. 15 What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. 16 Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth? 17 They zealously court you, but for no good; yes, they want to exclude you, that you may be zealous for them. 18 But it is good to be zealous in a good thing always, and not only when I am present with you. 19 My little children, for whom I labor in birth again until Christ is formed in you, 20 I would like to be present with you now and to change my tone; for I have doubts about you.

    Sunday ServiceGalatians 3:26-4:20
  • Let God Work Through Your Life

    15 So when they had eaten breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of Jonah,[b] do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Feed My lambs.” 16 He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[c] do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah,[d] do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. 18 Most assuredly, I say to you, when you were younger, you girded yourself and walked where you wished; but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish.” 19 This He spoke, signifying by what death he would glorify God. And when He had spoken this, He said to him, “Follow Me.”

    John 21:15-19
  • Eternal Life: A Present Reality and a Future Inheritance

    15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. 16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. 18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

    Galatians 3:15-25
  • The Changeless Promise

    15 Brethren, I speak in the manner of men: Though it is only a man's covenant, yet if it is confirmed, no one annuls or adds to it. 16 Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, "And to seeds," as of many, but as of one, "And to your Seed," who is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the law, which was four hundred and thirty years later, cannot annul the covenant that was confirmed before by God in Christ, that it should make the promise of no effect. 18 For if the inheritance is of the law, it is no longer of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19 What purpose then does the law serve? It was added because of transgressions, till the Seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was appointed through angels by the hand of a mediator. 20 Now a mediator does not mediate for one only, but God is one. 21 Is the law then against the promises of God? Certainly not! For if there had been a law given which could have given life, truly righteousness would have been by the law. 22 But the Scripture has confined all under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe. 23 But before faith came, we were kept under guard by the law, kept for the faith which would afterward be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25 But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.

    Galatians 3:15-25
  • The Fulfillment of the Law

    17 “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

    Matthew 5:17-20
  • Justification by Faith

    1 O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? 2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3 Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh? 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain--if indeed it was in vain? 5 Therefore He who supplies the Spirit to you and works miracles among you, does He do it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?-- 6 just as Abraham "believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." 7 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. 8 And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, "In you all the nations shall be blessed." 9 So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham. 10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them." 11 But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith." 12 Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them." 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

    Sunday ServiceGalatians 3:1-14
  • What is the Great Commission of the Church?

    16 Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. 17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.[d]

    Matthew 28:16-20
  • Defending the Gospel

    1 Then after fourteen years I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and also took Titus with me. 2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to those who were of reputation, lest by any means I might run, or had run, in vain. 3 Yet not even Titus who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. 4 And this occurred because of false brethren secretly brought in (who came in by stealth to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage), 5 to whom we did not yield submission even for an hour, that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. 6 But from those who seemed to be something--whatever they were, it makes no difference to me; God shows personal favoritism to no man--for those who seemed to be something added nothing to me. 7 But on the contrary, when they saw that the gospel for the uncircumcised had been committed to me, as the gospel for the circumcised was to Peter 8 (for He who worked effectively in Peter for the apostleship to the circumcised also worked effectively in me toward the Gentiles), 9 and when James, Cephas, and John, who seemed to be pillars, perceived the grace that had been given to me, they gave me and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship, that we should go to the Gentiles and they to the circumcised. 10 They desired only that we should remember the poor, the very thing which I also was eager to do. 11 Now when Peter had come to Antioch, I withstood him to his face, because he was to be blamed; 12 for before certain men came from James, he would eat with the Gentiles; but when they came, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing those who were of the circumcision. 13 And the rest of the Jews also played the hypocrite with him, so that even Barnabas was carried away with their hypocrisy. 14 But when I saw that they were not straightforward about the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter before them all, "If you, being a Jew, live in the manner of Gentiles and not as the Jews, why do you compel Gentiles to live as Jews? 15 "We who are Jews by nature, and not sinners of the Gentiles, 16 "knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law but by faith in Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Christ Jesus, that we might be justified by faith in Christ and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law no flesh shall be justified. 17 "But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners, is Christ therefore a minister of sin? Certainly not! 18 "For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. 19 "For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. 20 "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 "I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain."

    Sunday ServiceGalatians 2:1-21
  • November 27th, 2011 Teaching

    31 “Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah— 32 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,[a] says the Lord. 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 34 No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”

    Jeremiah 31:31-34
  • Call to Apostleship

    11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. 14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers. 15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, 16 to reveal His Son in me, that I might preach Him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately confer with flesh and blood, 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me; but I went to Arabia, and returned again to Damascus. 18 Then after three years I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James, the Lord's brother. 20 (Now concerning the things which I write to you, indeed, before God, I do not lie.) 21 Afterward I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. 23 But they were hearing only, "He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy." 24 And they glorified God in me.

    SUNDAY SERVICEGalatians 1:11-24
  • November 20th, 2011 Teaching

    16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

    2 Corinthians 5:1...
  • Only One Gospel

    1 Paul, an apostle (not from men nor through man, but through Jesus Christ and God the Father who raised Him from the dead), 2 and all the brethren who are with me, To the churches of Galatia: 3 Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen. 6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, 7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. 9 As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. 10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ. 11 But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of my former conduct in Judaism, how I persecuted the church of God beyond measure and tried to destroy it. 14 And I advanced in Judaism beyond many of my contemporaries in my own nation, being more exceedingly zealous for the traditions of my fathers.

    Sunday ServiceGalatians 1:1-14
  • Novermber 13th, 2011 Teaching

    11 Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree which was in Ophrah, which belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, while his son Gideon threshed wheat in the winepress, in order to hide it from the Midianites. 12 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him, and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” 13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord,[a] if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.” 14 Then the Lord turned to him and said, “Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?” 15 So he said to Him, “O my Lord,[b] how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.” 16 And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

    Judges 6:11-16
  • The Prayer of Faith

    16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

    James 5:16-20
  • Effective, Fervent Prayer

    16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

    James 5:16-20
  • Many Are Called, But Few Are Chosen

    16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

    James 5:16-20
  • English Service Teaching By Pastor Scott Brenner (James 5:16~20)

    16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. 19 Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, 20 let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.

    James 5:16-20
  • November 6th, 2011 Teaching

    I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. 5 But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry.

    2 Timothy 4:1-5
  • Enduring and Overcoming Difficulty

    13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

    James 5:13-15
  • Living in the Secret Place

    13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

    James 5:13-15
  • Accessing God

    13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

    James 5:13-15
  • English Service Teaching By Pastor Scott Brenner (James 5:13~15)

    13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

    James 5:13-15
  • Patience in Suffering

    8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.

    James 5:8-12
  • Patience in Suffering

    8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.

    James 5:8-12
  • Overcoming Evil With Good

    8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near. 9 Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door! 10 Brothers and sisters, as an example of patience in the face of suffering, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy. 12 Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.

    James 5:8-12
  • English Service Teaching By Pastor Scott Brenner (James 5:8~11)

    8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

    James 5:8-11
  • What Are You Waiting For?

    7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

    James 5:7-11
  • Patience in Suffering

    7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.

    James 5:7-11
  • Patience in Suffering

    7 Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. 8 You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. 9 Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door! 10 My brethren, take the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord, as an example of suffering and patience. 11 Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord--that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. 12 But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes," be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.

    James 5:7-12
  • The Temporal Nature of Riches

    1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 4 Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

    James 5:1-6
  • October 9th, 2011 Teaching

    1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! 2 Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. 4 Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. 5 You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you.

    James 5:1-6
  • October 3rd, 2010 Teaching

    29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! 30 "This is He of whom I said, 'After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.' 31 "I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water." 32 And John bore witness, saying, "I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him. 33 "I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, 'Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.' 34 "And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God."

    John 1:29-34
  • Living for Heaven

    13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

    James 4:13-17
  • Let Your

    13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

    James 4:13-17
  • Becoming a Person of Integrity

    13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

    James 4:13-17
  • October 2nd, 2012 Teaching

    13 Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit"; 14 whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. 15 Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." 16 But now you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

    James 4:13-17
  • Speak the Truth in Love

    11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

    James 4:11-12
  • Costly Grace

    11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

    James 4:11-12
  • Receiving Grace Rightly

    11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

    James 4:11-12
  • Gold, Silver & Precious Stones

    11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

    James 4:11-12
  • September 25th, 2012 Teaching

    11 Do not speak evil of one another, brethren. He who speaks evil of a brother and judges his brother, speaks evil of the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is one Lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy. Who are you to judge another?

    James 4:11-12
  • Two Types of Desire

    1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

    James 4:1-10
  • The Value of God

    1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

    James 4:1-10
  • Friendship with the World

    1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

    James 4:1-10
  • How Pride Resists God

    1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? 6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: "God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble." 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

    James 4:1-10
  • September 18th, 2011 Teaching

    1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, "The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously"? 6 But He gives m