Be Initiative, Evans Olang

Genesis 39:1-23, “And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand.” 

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What would you do if what you always dreamed for wasn’t coming to pass?  instead of things getting better, you got  further and further away from it. Joseph is a good example, he had a dream at the age of 17 and his dream was not that one day he would fail but that one day he will be great and that his family and many people would bow to him. Talk to any teenagers today and hear all their dreams and desires of success. You must have had dreams at that age too. Joseph had a good dream but he was naive, boastful and insensitive towards his brothers. He did not even realize that the dream was not about him but a picture of Christ. In his case, a lot of character building was needed before God fulfilled all that He planned. Continue reading “Be Initiative, Evans Olang”

Biblical Manhood – Consistency In The Faith, Evans Olang

James 1:2-8, “…a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.,”2a497106249d2950116dfb3b0a6d0bf0

In continuing to deal with the word consistency, faith is another aspect that requires consistency. The disciples in a number of times lacked consistency to the point you read of the Lord asking them, “where is your faith”, Luke 8:25. Several instances he called them “O you of little faith”, Matthew 6:30, 8:26,14:31, 16:8, Luke 12:28. Unique challenges and length of time posed a threat to their faith often throwing them to doubting mode. Continue reading “Biblical Manhood – Consistency In The Faith, Evans Olang”

Are You Fit For The Kingdom? Part 4of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

In Star Wars Episode 1, George Lucas did something phenomenal with his Star Wars films. He went back to the beginning and helped all those that did not read the books to understand how the whole Star War movies began. However, before George Lucas did this with film, Jesus did this sort of thing when he said “Remember Lot’s wife.” Continue reading “Are You Fit For The Kingdom? Part 4of4, Pastor Phil Sessa”

Are You Fit for the Kingdom? Part 3of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

Luke 9:62 , “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Have you ever taken a fitness test? I can remember in school having to do a certain amount of push-ups, sit-ups, and various other exercises as part of testing to see if I was physically fit or not. Obviously all people are not physically fit, and in light of this all, are not spiritually fit either. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy these words, “For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.” The Apostle was not saying that physical fitness had NO value, but rather it did not have the same value as godliness (spiritual fitness). Continue reading “Are You Fit for the Kingdom? Part 3of4, Pastor Phil Sessa”

Are You Fit For The Kingdom, Part 2of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Around the time of the Revolutionary War, in the United States of America, a group of men existed, called minute-men. The terms “minutemen” and “militia” are often thought of as one and the same. However, in early America– especially in the 18th century– there was a distinct difference. Minute-men represented a small hand-picked force selected from the ranks of local militia companies and regiments. Approximately one-third of the men in each militia unit were chosen “to be ready to march or fight at a minute’s notice.” Continue reading “Are You Fit For The Kingdom, Part 2of4, Pastor Phil Sessa”

Are You Fit For The Kingdom, Part 1of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

Luke 9:62, “And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”

Jesus Christ calls people to follow Him amidst various scenarios. When Christ calls someone, he or she may be “on top of the world” or “in the depths of despair,” or “anywhere in between”. Think for a moment of where you were when Christ called you to follow Him? I can recall that I was a young teen, an average student, heavily involved in sports, and religiously attending the Roman Catholic Church at the time. Continue reading “Are You Fit For The Kingdom, Part 1of4, Pastor Phil Sessa”

Why We Serve Christ, Evans Olang

1Peter 3:15, “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense (reason) to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear”

We appreciate messages on life enhancements, steps to happiness, how to live a successful life, how to prosper and the like. These messages are good and we should love them but the messages on holiness, righteousness, purity, sanctification, concentration, servant hood should have a greater impact in a life of a believer. The Benefactor ought to be greater than the benefits. Christ is the PRIME product so to speak, not the by product. We serve Him because He is worthy of our service. Continue reading “Why We Serve Christ, Evans Olang”

Giving Back To The Lord, Pastor Phil Sessa

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. Continue reading “Giving Back To The Lord, Pastor Phil Sessa”

Learning To Be In His Will, 2of2, Evans Olang

Romans 12:2, “do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”

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We looked at “conformed” and “transformed”, two key things to lead us to know the will of God. In this session let’s look at the last part of vs. 2, “…that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God”. From the beginning of this verse, I see a wide angle and the more you read and study it word by word, the more you can see how it’s being condensed to a common denominator “…perfect will of God“.

While I was in school in my math class, I was taught about the common denominator which means a quantity into which all the denominators of a set of fractions may be divided without a remainder. Continue reading “Learning To Be In His Will, 2of2, Evans Olang”