Christian Living

Giving Back To The Lord, Pastor Phil Sessa

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1Samuel 1:10 , “10 In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “O LORD Almighty , if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Our society is one that thrives on ownership. There are copyright laws on movies, songs, books, and deeds for houses, and titles for cars, etc… all showing owner of things. However when one has a child to
whom does that child belong? The Psalmist wrote, Psalm 127:3, “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from Him.” In the book of Samuel we are met by a woman in bitterness of soul because she was barren. In those days to be barren was considered to be cursed by God. Hannah would weep and fast from food because she wanted a son so bad and her heart was in deep anguish. 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 4of5, Pastor Phil Sessa

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2Timothy 2:3–4 , “3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.”

Servant of the Commander’s will
What types of events or activities do people train or practice for? I have had to train for sports, competitions, tournaments in order to prepare myself to compete against my opponents. How would our spiritual life change if we took our approach to practicing for sport or musical instrument and applied it to being trained in our faith? 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 2of5, 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”

We live in a world that tells us to serve the society that we live in. It’s been said that the world is discipling the church rather than the church going into all the world and making disciples.

In the book of Daniel, we are introduced to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah which are Hebrew young men exiled into idolatrous nation of Babylon which served false gods. These four Hebrew boys would have to find a way to serve God in a culture, among a people that did not normally serve Him. 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 »

We Have Wings, Pastor Kerry Nelson

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Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

Life’s problems can be difficult for some Christians. We believe that because we are Christians that no bad thing can happen to us. When unpleasant things do happen to us – they can challenge our faith. We forget that God has not promised to keep us away from harm, but God has promised to keep us through harm. This lesson is hardest for those of us who are still just barely starting out on our Christian journey – or those of us who are restarting our Christian journey for the thousandth time. Read the rest of this entry »