Book of Luke

Don’t Choke On The Blessing, Part 4of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Luke 15:28–30 “28 The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’”

In Don’t Choke on the Blessing part 3, we looked at the younger son and how he choked on the blessing given to him. He eventually came to his senses, humbled himself, and repented to God and his father. However, another character in the same parable upon seeing the younger son repent also choked on the blessing. That’s right, the older son too choked on the blessing, Read the rest of this entry »

Give Me Or Make Me, Part 3of3, Evans Olang

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Luke 15:20-22, “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. 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.’ 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.”

This is the magnificent attribute of God that sets Him apart from all the false gods invented by men. He is not indifferent or hostile, but a Savior by nature, longing to see sinners repent and rejoicing when they do. We see this kind of love demonstrated by the father of the prodigal son, who when he saw his son coming he had compassion on him, ran, fell on his neck, kissed him. The son did not even finish his rehearsed words of repentance before the father intercepted to grant forgiveness. This is a picture of God’s eagerness to forgive. Read the rest of this entry »

Give Me Or Make Me, Part 1of3, Evans Olang

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Luke 15:11-31, “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… 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.”’

The parable of the prodigal son is the most familiar of all Christ’s parables. It has more than one lesson if you study it carefully. The prodigal son is an example of sound repentance having lived a life of self.

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Biblical Manhood, Part 1of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

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1Corinthians 16:13-14, “13 Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. 14 Let all that you do be done in love”

Society is ever so confused about the identity and the role of men in this day and age. At one time it would seem, they were to only provide for the family, and be strong and rugged individuals. Women were to be at home and submissive to their husbands. Now society seems to want to reverse the roles and identities of the two genders, and desires men to be more feminine, and women to be more masculine with the ungodly women’s liberation movement. In order to look at this issue through the lens of truth, one cannot look through the ever changing winds of this confused society, but rather to the unchanging truth of God’s Word. With that said look at the final instructions Paul wrote to the Corinthian church in his first letter to them. Read the rest of this entry »

Who Do We Thank? Evans Olang

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Luke 17:11-19, “And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks”

In January 2009, a miracle was witnessed in New York where an airbus flight 1549 carrying 155 passengers crashed into Hudson river with the plane remaining intact. All the passengers lived making it one of the greatest miracles I have witnessed reported on media. Read the rest of this entry »

Understanding Is Revelation, Evans Olang

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Luke 24:44-45, “44 He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.” 45 Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures” (NIV)

What troubled me for a while was listening to a very learned person misunderstand scriptures. I mean someone with more degrees than a thermometer read a scripture passage and miss the whole point of the passage. They get everything else but the scripture despite the fact they have read it over and over again. How many times have we also read verses after verses and it was plain, then one day as we were reading it again, it became alive. Anyone can read the scriptures, only God can give understanding to His Word. The devil knows the scriptures, he tempted Jesus with it, the only thing he does not understand it. Read the rest of this entry »

What Makes You Burn? Pastor Phil Sessa

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Luke 24:31-32, “And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. And they said one to another, ‘Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?’

What makes you burn inside and really come alive? What is that sporting event that you shout for your team? I can reference all the Yankee fans here in NYC that screams when the Yankees play and beat their rivals the Boston Red Sox. Read the rest of this entry »