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God And Sinners Reconciled, Pastor Phil Sessa

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2Corinthians 5:20, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”

Merry CHRISTmas! I love saying that. We live in an age where the world wants us to be culturally tolerant, and politically correct. All other religious “holidays” are not really holidays if we agree that the word holiday is really the word HOLY DAY. How is Kwanza, or Ramadan holy? Kwanza does not focus on Christ, because the focus is on culture and man not on Christ the Lord.

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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 »

Identified With Despised Christ, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

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Acts 4:1-22, “13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus”

In the book of Acts we see a huge difference in the lives of the disciples compared to their time with Christ, crucifixion period in particular. It was Peter in Matthew 26:69 and 71 who denied Christ when a servant girl and another girl identified him with the condemned despised Christ. Peter who would not stand the pressure denied Him. In Acts we see a different Peter, the Peter who had seen the cross had a different perspective of Christ. This is the Christ he also tried to stop from going to the cross. Peter had now learnt what it meant to pick up his cross and follow Christ, and be identified with Him. Anyone who carried the cross knew it was a one way ticket. The cross you carried you would be crucified and die upon it. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Lifted Up, Evans Olang

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John 12:32-33, “32 And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.” 33 This He said, signifying by what death He would die”

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Jesus thrice speaks of His death as a lifting up, a euphemism for being crucified. The lifting up meant being glorified, He says as recorded in John 12:23, “…“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified”. The cross was the means by which the Son of Man be glorified by men when He draws them to Himself. That is why we preach Christ crucified.

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The Authority Of The Scripture, Evans Olang

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Luke 4:8, “And Jesus answered and said to him, “Get behind Me, Satan! FOR IT IS WRITTEN, ‘You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’” Hebrews 10:7, “Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come—In the volume of the book it is written of Me—To do Your will, O God.’”

A police officer can only exercise authority because he has a badge that gives him that authority. As a Christian, we have the authority of the scripture to speak what it says rather than our own opinions and beliefs. Today people want to live by their own created beliefs, assumptions, ideas and the like.

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Abrasive or Anointed Relationship? Pastor Phil Sessa

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John 12:1-7, “Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odor of the ointment. Then said one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, which should betray him, Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying has she kept this. For the poor always you have with you; but me you have not always”

Jesus was getting closer toward the end when he would go to the cross. The relationships he made during his time would now begin to show their true colors, and some would be as precious oil, while others would be as abrasive sandpaper. Read the rest of this entry »