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The Foolishness of God, Part 2of5, by Pastor Phil

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“23 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and to the Greeks foolishness; 24 But to them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God”. (1 Cor.1:23)

Let me ask you a question. How many hairs are on the back of a fully grown Tibetan yak? How many pieces of sand are on the combined islands of Hawaii? How many times did you turn over last night when you slept? There are many things that we don’t know. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Foolishness of God, Part 3of5, By Pastor Phil Sessa

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Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” (1 Cor.1:24)

I can understand how human beings can be foolish, because I interact with people every day. I can understand how I can be foolish because I have a long memory of many of the foolish things I’ve done. I can understand how politicians, athletes, teachers, scientists all sorts of people in this world can be foolish. Read the rest of this entry »

The Foolishness of God, Part 4of5, by Pastor Phil Sessa

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“26 For you see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, has God chosen, yes, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. (1 Corinthians 1:26 – 29)”

God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called. Read the rest of this entry »

The Foolishness of God, Part 5of5, by Pastor Phil Sessa

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“30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glories, let him glory in the Lord,”(1 Corinthians 1:30 – 31)

Many hold that the foolishness of God is an oxymoron. Two words that seemingly contradict each other, i.e. jumbo shrimp, honest politician, good devotional 😉 etc. When I read this oxymoron, “foolishness of God,” I thought, “now that is the ultimate oxymoron!” God being foolish — that is impossible! But as you look deeper into this and think through the Bible about all the seemingly foolish ways of God, the term takes on new meaning. Read the rest of this entry »

Justification By Faith, by Evans Olang

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Romans 4:25-Romans 5, Romans 5:1, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”

In this difficult walk in Christ, sometimes we need to be reminded and be encouraged of the salvation made possible by the Father, accomplished by the Son, effected by the Holy Spirit and is now ours by faith. Read the rest of this entry »

Faith That Works Is Faith At Work, Evans Olang

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Hebrews 11:31, “By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace”

One of the most challenging topics to tackle for many is “faith” and “works”. The question that always arises, are we justified by grace through faith ALONE or are we justified by works; or justified by both? To answer these questions we look at Rahab’s story and how the book of Hebrews and James address faith and works in light of her story. Read the rest of this entry »

Nothing Is Impossible…, Evans Olang

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Luke 18:27, But He said, “The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.”

We go through life evaluating and planning wisely. You calculate that if you do this for a period of time, you may have success (delayed gratification). Then you realize that even with wise planning things don’t turn out as you expected or planned. What gave you a fruitful promise is shattered before your eyes with no hope that anything good could ever come out of the failure. Read the rest of this entry »