Christian Growth

Do You “Know” God? 2of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Romans 1:21-23, For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” 


We looked at Romans 1:19 and how Paul spoke about those who “knew” God by Creation, and how this alone leaves the relationship with Him at the level of what we may refer to as an acquaintance.  This level of knowing God is sufficient to make man responsible, but is not by itself sufficient to accomplish His salvation.

Paul continues in Romans 1, about knowing God where he spoke about those that “knew God.” If these people knew God, why did they display a lack of thanks to Him, and why foolish, darkened hearts that worshipped idols? The Greek word used here for “know” is “Ginosko” which means to allow, be aware of, feel, or perceive, etc… Read the rest of this entry »

Do You “Know” God? 1of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Romans 1:19 “Because that which be made known about God is manifest [plain] in them, for God hath shewed it unto them (KJV).”

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Friends come on various levels.  So of us have friends that we refer to as acquaintances, other friends are casual friends, then we have our lose friends, and lastly our intimate friends.  Just as we have different levels of friendships with others, so too are there various relationship levels when it comes to knowing God.  In Romans 1:19-32, knowing God is a key word that is repeated in the passage and its interesting to see that each of the “knows” refers to one of those relationship levels with God.

The Greek word for “know” in verse 19, is the word Gnostos which means to be an acquaintance, literally “the knowable God.”  Read the rest of this entry »

Daniel: A Man Of True Desire, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.” 


As a Christian we certainly want to live in victory, but as you have found out there are times of temptations which test your resolve in the Lord. From the moment Daniel and his friends are taken captive and exiled, they are required to immerse themselves in the language and literature of the Babylonians (1:4), with its focus on sorcery, astrology and polytheism. This was an alien atmosphere and culture to these displaced Hebrew boys.

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Evidence Of Growth, Evans Olang

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Proverbs 12:12, “…the root of the righteous yields fruit” 


There are about 269 verses in the bible that talks about fruit. Fruits have always been known as the result of what was done before. If you plant an orange tree, your aim is to get orange fruits when the time is right and so is any other tree that you plant expecting fruits. In the garden of Eden, God had planted trees and they had fruits on them. Adam and Eve were told of the trees they could eat fruits from and the one they could not eat from. God did not just tell them not to eat from it but also gave them the reasons why. Read the rest of this entry »

Serving Jesus on His Terms, Part 5of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Joshua 24:14-15,”14“Now therefore,fear the Lord, serve Him in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River and in Egypt.Serve the Lord!15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord,choose for yourselves this day whom you willserve, whetherthe gods which your fathers served thatwere on the other side ofthe River, orthe gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. Butas for me and my house, we willserve the Lord”

Serving Jesus with your talents. Read the rest of this entry »

Serving Jesus on His Terms, Part 3of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 6:10 , “Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem,he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.

Serving the Lord on His terms (According to Daniel 6)

And then there is the famous story of Daniel and the Lion’s Den. Here is what the Scriptures tell us what led Daniel to a lion’s den. Read the rest of this entry »

Serving Jesus on His Terms, Part 1of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Luke 10:41–42, “41 Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Perhaps you’ve heard the old adage, “if the devil can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” I talk to many people that profess that Jesus is their Lord and Savior, yet many of these same folks don’t seem to have or better yet make time to spend with Jesus? Many people have jobs, families, hobbies, school, homes, and a plethora of responsibilities, so since God knows our heart, He should understand right? Read the rest of this entry »