Brother’s Keeper or Brother’s Killer? 2of2, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Genesis 4:10, “Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” And He said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground.”

John 3

The first sin committed horizontally (human to human) is the sin of murder. Cain and Abel both brought an offering to the Lord and the Lord respected Abel and his offering, but He did not respect Cain and his offering. And Cain was very angry, and his countenance fell. Cain instantly became upset because God did not respect what h he brought him. God knowing this didn’t try to boost his self-esteem, but rather asked him three questions. First God asked, “Why are you angry?” Secondly, “why has your countenance fallen?” Thirdly, “If you do well, will you not be accepted?” Now whenever God asks a question it is never because He doesn’t know the answer, because God is omniscient (all knowing).  Read the rest of this entry »

He Has You Covered, Part 3of3, Evans Olang

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Genesis 3:1-21, “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them”

We looked at God the Creator stepping in making Adam and Eve garments and not only making them garments, but He also clothed them. We also saw how the plans of God are executed in heaven to be performed and perfected here on earth. We pray “let Your will be done here on earth as it is done in heaven”, in other words, let you Your architectural plan for our lives be performed and perfected here on earth. Read the rest of this entry »

He Has You Covered, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

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Genesis 3:1-21, “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them”

A garment is a type of coat or robe especially used for official purposes. In Genesis after the fall of man, Adam and Eve having had knowledge of their nakedness moved to cover themselves by making for themselves clothing out of leaves. When men fell, 1. Immediately they knew they had failed God, 2. They discovered they were naked and 3. They developed a need to hide. We understand that there are things as human beings we can do on our own and might work but the truth is, it will not last for long. They had leaves covering them not realizing that leaves would soon dry up and fall off. So man tries so hard to cover his nakedness only for it to work but for a season. The bible tells me that there are things that if God does not do, anything someone else will do will be in vain. Psalm 127:1, “Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it: Except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain”. I would say that this verse means that anything you are going to do if the Lord is not involved in it, however hard you try and do it, it will never work. Read the rest of this entry »

Clothed In Spite Of, Evans Olang

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Genesis 3:21, “21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them,” (TRSV).

Adam and Eve disobeyed God, Eve was deceived and Adam listened to his wife and disobeyed God. Immediately they went into hiding because they were naked and a shamed of what they did. They tried to cover themselves with leaves, which did not do a good job as they were bound to dry and fall off. Read the rest of this entry »

His Righteousness Is Your Foundation, Evans Olang

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Romans 10:3, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God”.

The foundation of our salvation is crucial in the sense that, it defines it and sets in place everything that will be built on that foundation. If your understanding is that Christ died on the cross to make you happy, then all you will seek is ways to be happy and build your life on happiness. The message of the Gospel, Christ did not come to make us happy, He came to make us righteous, right with God. Everything else is filtered through the eyes of the gospel. 2Corinthians 5:21, “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”, not righteousness for a season but for a life time. The book of Proverbs tells us what does not profit in the day of wrath, Proverbs 11:4, “Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, But righteousness delivers from death”. Read the rest of this entry »

Clothed In Righteousness, Evans Olang

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Genesis 3:21, “The LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them”

God in all His wisdom created us beings with free will. He created us beings with the ability to make choices. Adam and Eve had been given that ability in the garden of Eden when God planted it with all trees and had all the fruits they needed. Genesis 2:9, “And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil“. The bible is full of dichotomies, life or death, sheep or goat, right or wrong, true or falls etc. and each of them have explanations as to what happens if you choose any of them. God gave the Israelites two choices and explained the outcome of each choice, Deuteronomy 30:19, “I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”. God in His sovereignty has allowed us to choose but not blindly. With this, every choice we make, we make it with understanding. Read the rest of this entry »

The Best Is Yet To Come, Part 3of3, Evans Olang

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John 2:1-10, “vs. 10 …but you have saved the best till now.” (NIV)

Vs. 8, “And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it”. Point to make, faith goes with humility. You can only bow when you are humbled. Humility is the act of submission or courtesy, submitting to what the Lord has said over what I might think. The servants had faith to pour water however do you not think they would look stupid giving water to the MC? Could not Jesus tell them to taste it first then give? This could have been a test to see if they would still have faith till the end. It is like first having faith for your miracle then having faith for someone’s miracle.

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