Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
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Sun, Nov 25, 2018
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1 hr 2 mins 40 secs
The propensity to think only of ourselves is one of the causes of conflicts at family, church, and societal levels. It destroys the unity of the family, the body of Christ, and the nation. Realizing the contention that selfish attitudes cause within the church, Paul writes from prison exhorting the Philippians believers on how to combat their selfishness. In the first place, to repel a selfish spirit, we must remember the blessings we have received because of our union in Christ. One, we are to remember how Christ encourages us. Two, we are to remember how Christ embraces us. Three, we are to remember how Christ includes us. Four, we are to remember how Christ enhances us.
Sun, Nov 18, 2018
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51 mins 46 secs
Last week, we saw how Haman’s extreme prejudice, hatred, and discrimination against the Jews led him to influence King Xerxes to accede to his request to destroy them. To that end, the king authorized him to issue a Decree of Extermination, and send it to all the provinces, for their destruction. However, the Jews avoided the fate that had been decreed for them. We can draw biblical principles from the way it happened that could guide us today. In the first place, the selfless and courageous action of some people from the persecuted group is required. God met the Jews’ desperate need for an intercessor, a deliverer, and a savior through the obedience and courage of Esther. God has a way of preparing people ahead of time to play the role of saviours or deliverers of their people from the hands of their enemies. Such people often occupy positions that give them the opportunity to know what is being planned against their people, and to do something about it. Unfortunately, some of them are more concerned about themselves than their people that they fail to do anything to prevent the destruction of their own people. Not so Mordecai and Esther.
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
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46 mins 52 secs
Prejudice and discrimination are serious problems within every society. The attempt by Haman, a man filled with extreme prejudice and bitter hatred toward the Jewish race, to exterminate the Jews is the basic plot of the book of Esther. This event is recorded in the Bible for all generations to remember and guard against.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
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1 hr 14 mins 19 secs
The fourth major concern of society is the appointment of kings or rulers (Deut. 17:14-20). These are the only laws dealing with kings in the first five books of the Bible. Moses predicted that someday lying out in the future Israel would desire a king (Deut. 17:14). The people would approach their leaders, requesting a king to rule over them like all the nations that surrounded them. They would desire the royal pomp and power, the authority and rule of a king. Moses declared the establishment of the law: the king must be appointed by God Himself (Deut. 17:15). It is important to note a significant fact: God does not tie His people to one form of government.
Sun, Sep 02, 2018
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1 hr 1 mins 34 secs
God delivered the Israelites from the enslavement of Egypt (a symbol of the world), and He led them through forty years of wilderness wanderings. At last, they are poised to enter the Promised Land of God. But before they can cross the Jordan to lay claim to their promised inheritance, they must be prepared—spiritually prepared. To prepare the people, Moses preached a series of messages that were grouped under three basic subjects: First, the need to remember the lessons from history (Deut. 1:6-4:43). Second, the need to remember the Ten Commandments and the laws that are to govern man and society (Deut. 4:44-26:19).
Sun, Aug 26, 2018
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36 mins 33 secs
For several weeks, we had the privilege of hearing sermons that showed us the will of God for our lives and families, particularly in the areas of marriage and parenting. The question that we need to ask ourselves is this: “What am I going to do about all that has been revealed to me as the will of God for my life?” Contrary to what most people think, it is not enough to hear and know the Word of God; we must live and do the Word of God. The Lord Jesus expects everyone who hears His Word to do it (Matthew 12:50; Luke 6: 46 – 49).
Sun, Aug 12, 2018
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1 hr 8 mins 30 secs
There is a desperate need within every generation: the need for parents to counsel and guide their children in dating and marriage. The severe pain, trouble, and devastation that falls upon broken marriages and families cries out for the godly counsel and guidance of parents. From the Bible, we can learn that parents have a responsibility to help their children to set up homes of their own. In the passage we read this morning, we saw that when Isaac was forty years old, though he was quite capable of choosing his own wife (Gen. 25:20); yet Abraham sent his servant to Haran to seek a wife for Isaac (Gen. 24). What, then, are parents to do to help their children set up their own homes? In the first place, parents must realize that the goal of all the efforts they make in training and disciplining of their children is that they will be able to set up homes of their own in the fullness of time.
Sun, Aug 05, 2018
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1 hr 1 mins 36 secs
There is no greater task given to men and women on earth by God than parenting. By parenting or child rearing, we mean the process of promoting and supporting the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child from infancy to adulthood. Unfortunately, despite its importance, parenting is hardly taught as a subject in school or even in church to everyone that may be entrusted with the task of parenting. The Bible is full of information about parenting, and in fact, God uses the imagery of parenting to describe His relationship with His people. What, then, are the principles of parenting that we can discover in the Bible? The first is the Principle of Ownership. God is the Owner of the children that are born into our families.
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