Exodus 29:19-20, “Take the other ram, and Aaron and his sons shall lay their hands on its head. Slaughter it, take some of its blood and put it on the lobes of the right ears of Aaron and his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and on the big toes of their right feet…”
Applying the blood to the ear, was about hearing only God’s Word, while applying it to the thumb was about rightly serving God and God’s people. Lastly, but equally important is the application of the blood covering to the “big toes of their right feet,” so that the sanctified walk of the priests would be examples to the people. What priest walked here on earth in perfect righteousness?
Continue reading “Leaders Covering Leaders 3of3, Pastor Phil Sessa”
Psalm 19:7, “The law of the Lord is perfect converting the soul”
Forsaking the use of Law in evangelism has made the Church think that apologetics are our great weapon in the battle for the salvation of the world. One could make a convincing case for that thought in what we call “the age of enlightenment,” when issues such as evolution and atheism have made these times unique in history. However, arguments come from the sinner’s intellect. The ungodly mind is like a brick wall. It has been built to keep God out. It is at enmity with Him. It refuses to bow to the Law of God–“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be” (Romans 8:7). The human mind lays up arguments against God, so if you stay in that area you can expect a vicious battle. It is the mind that the Bible sites as the place of hostility–“And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now has He reconciled” (Colossians 1:21, italics added). Continue reading “Avoiding The Wall Of Antagonism, Pastor Phil Sessa”
Revelation 3:18, “I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see”
By secular standards, true wealth is considered to be the accumulated gain one has horded to themselves. How sad though, that such a mindset has swept up the church, to the degree that many of today’s big name TV preachers tell the deceived masses that monetary gain is God’ s plan for them, and the surest sign of his blessing. Falsehood and lies I say. Look to our Lord, he had nowhere to lay His head, are we greater than Him? Here the inspired apostle pens the words of the glorified Christ, true counsel from Jesus’ heart. Here He gives us three things of value, three things that will truly enrich the life that is earnestly seeking after God. These are worth more than all this worlds riches combined. Continue reading “That You May Be Rich, Clothed, And See, Benjamen Leahey”
Psalm 51:1, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. PS 51:2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. PS 51:3 For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. PS 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,… PS 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. PS 51:13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
Yesterday we took a look at responding to confrontation. David pleaded for God’s mercy, cleansing, for God not to keep record (a heavenly rap sheet) He developed the godly sorrow he had of offending God personally. Continue reading “Responding To Confrontation (Repentance) Part 2of2, Pastor Phil Sessa”
Psalm 51:1 Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. PS 51:2 Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. PS 51:3 For I know my transgressions and my sin is always before me. PS 51:4 Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight,… PS 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. PS 51:13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.
Repentance is term widely neglected in our time in preaching or sharing the gospel. Continue reading “Responding To Confrontation (Repentance) Part 1of2, Pastor Phil Sessa”
Matthew 11:28, "Come to me, all ye, heavy laden and I will give you rest"
In today’s scenario, no one likes to meet any person, who is heavy laden or to help any such person or spend time with people who are very tensed, depressed or anxious for various reasons. Continue reading “I Will Give You Rest, Sarah Susan”
Luke 10:20, “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.”
There are certain expressions used to describe people who seem to listen to one’s good news, and then upon hearing it, they find a way to kill the mood. Some additional expressions are being a “party pooper,” “a kill joy,” “a wet blanket,” etc… These types of people seem to have a “gift” of discouraging people. Continue reading “Rejoice Not, Pastor Phil Sessa”
2Kings 5:1-19, “But Naaman became furious, and went away and said, “Indeed, I said to myself, ‘He will surely come out to me, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and heal the leprosy.’”
Worthiness is having adequate or great merit, character, or value. Worthy people command great attention and respect. In this passage we meet worthy Naaman but by his own standards.
To understand who Naaman was, we look to 2Kings 5:1 to get his resume, 1. He was commander of the army of the king of Syria, 2. He was a great and honorable man in the eyes of his master, and 3. He was also a mighty man of valor. He commanded attention because of who he was, however he had leprosy. Upon hearing that there was a prophet in Samaria who could heal him of his leprosy, he does not come humbly, no, he comes with great entourage for his healing service and a plan. Vs. 9, “Then Naaman went with his horses and chariot, and he stood at the door of Elisha’s house”. The worthy man as he thought came in style and others would recognize his position by his resume and surrounding. Continue reading “Lest We Think We Are Worthy, Evans Olang”
Isaiah 6:1-9, “In the year king Uzziah died, I saw the Lord…”
Vs. 5, “So I said: Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts”. As we said in part 1, you will never see who you really are until you see who He really is. His holiness raises a standard for us and not men. I know that when God is bringing you to a place where He can reveal to you who you really are, He will bring you to a place where it’s one on one. He did the same with Jacob, Moses, Abraham, Mary the mother of Jesus to mention a few. Over and over again I see the Lord eliminating everything that is distracting and letting you be in a place where you concentrate on what He is showing you. Continue reading “Are We There Yet? Part 2of2, Evans Olang”