Gethsemane

The Cup Bearer Part 2of2, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Mark 10:38 –40, “38 But Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?”39 They said to Him, “We are able.” So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; 40 but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared.”

Have you ever asked a question to someone, but because of your lack of maturity and understanding, you came to receive an answer which exhibited, you really did not think through the whole question itself? Read the rest of this entry »

The Cup Bearer, Part 1of2, Pastor Phil Sessa

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“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done”, (Matthew 22:40-46, Matthew 26:36-46; Mark 14:32-42)

Can you imagine having a job of tasting wine for a king? This was actually a very high profile job in biblical times. The cupbearer was one who tasted and served wine to the king. Ancient kings had to be very cautious about what they ate and drank. They used trusted servants to taste everything before they consumed it. Read the rest of this entry »

Hands Of War, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Psalm 18:34, “He teaches my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms”.

My dad was one you would call a handy man. If it was broken then my dad would fix it. As a matter of fact he had been known to create very unique ways of fixing things or building things. I recall that he always tried to build things strong and solid to keep things lasting long. However when he was a young boy he didn’t know how to use his hands in this regards, he had to learn it. One moves from not knowing to knowing through learning, and he learned to use his hands from his dad.
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Asleep On Delilah’s Lap, Evans Olang

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Judges 16:19, “Then she lulled him to sleep on her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his head. Then she began to torment him, and his strength left him”

The enemy has a mission to put believers to sleep and I believe he has been successful in so many levels. The lost are asleep in the dark (sin), believers are asleep in the light. Many believers in the church have been lulled to sleep while the enemy is cutting off their seven locks symbolizing strength, leaving believers with no strength to fight back. He knows he cannot knock you out by a blow, so he tries to find ways to put you to sleep. He knows in your sleep you will yield your strength to him, leaving you dormant and inactive. Read the rest of this entry »

Standing Strong On Bended Knees, Part 1of3, Evans Olang

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Mark 6:30-32, vs. “30, Then the apostles gathered to Jesus and told Him all things, both what they had done and what they had taught. 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. 32 So they departed to a deserted place in the boat by themselves”

To be used of God in my judgment is one of the most exciting things, however I believe the greatest of all is learning to slip away to a deserted place and spend time with Him in prayers. God’s work must be done by God’s Spirit which is not in active operation unless prayer power is activated. The point is, it is not if you are doing God’s work that matters, but how you are doing God’s work, and by what means you are doing it. Read the rest of this entry »

We Give Ourselves To Prayer, Part 2of4, Evans Olang

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Luke 22:39-45, “41 And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, 42 saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” 43 Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. 44 And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground”

“For bodily exercise profits a little…”, 1Timothy 4:8, BUT “…The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much”, James 5:16. One profits a little, the other avails much, I choose the one that avails much however hard it is.

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We Give Ourselves To Prayer, Part 4of4, Evans Olang

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Acts 6:4, “But we will give ourselves to prayer, and to the ministry of the word

Desperate people do desperate things. I have come to learn that God answers desperate prayers. Those who do not treat prayers as secondary, what you do when it is convenient or only when there is a need; but you put it as priority because your life depends on it. Those who have learnt the secret prep themselves daily through it. Martin Luther said, “I have so much to do today that I shall spend the first three hours in prayer” (paraphrased). In our time we say, “we are are too busy today to pray”

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