Gospel Mark

The Pillar And Ground Of The Truth, 2of2, Evans Olang

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1Timothy 3:14-16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on in the world, Received up in glory.”

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Having discussed the pillar and ground of the truth in Part 1, Paul further presses upon Timothy to be constant in regard to the greatest diligence, faithfulness, and zeal in handling God’s word. Teaching among other things 6 pillars of the truth that must remain pure and be preached. 1.God was manifested in the flesh, 2. Justified in the Spirit, 3.Seen by angels, 4. Preached among the Gentiles, 5.Believed on in the world, 6. Received up in glory. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is God Fair Or Is He Just? Lisette Rivera & Phil Sessa

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Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose”, NJKV

Many times when “bad” things happen to “good” people, the first thing that is said about the situation is “That’s just not fair!” or “Such and Such was a good person.” But you know what? We won’t get it. It’s not our place to try and figure out God’s reasoning behind letting something “bad” happen to a “good” person. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways”, says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts”, Isaiah 55:8-9 NJKV I don’t know about you but the last time I checked the earth was pretty far from heaven. Since this is the case, we cannot possibly completely understand God’s thoughts. And you’ll just get a headache trying to force the issue. Read the rest of this entry »

Always Be Ready, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

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1Peter 3:15, says “15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, AND ALWAYS BE READY to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;”

One day, two JW’s (Jehovah witnesses) visited our home. My wife and I  gave them an opportunity to share about their faith and why they believe what they believe. After they were done, having known some of their positions especially on who Jesus is, we took time to ask them tough questions about their worldview and in that process also shared the gospel with them. We now pray that the Holy Spirit will awaken them, convict them and lead them to the true light. Read the rest of this entry »

Always Be Ready, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

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Daniel 3:17&18, “If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up”.

There is an ongoing war between Relative and Absolute statements. We get caught up in the middle many times. Let’s tackle a few questions.

First question, “What do you believe?” This question is broad until you add more words to it to identify what the question is specifically targeting. Can we say that facts can negate beliefs? of course we can. If I was to say that trucks don’t kill, I would have to be 100% sure as a fact, that would be considered an absolute statement, in this case this statement is not true. We all know that trucks can kill so my belief that it cannot will not affect or change facts. Read the rest of this entry »

What Are Signs For? Evans Olang

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Mark 16:16-18,” … And these signs shall follow them that believe…”

We as believers have been privileged to be part of things the Lord is doing partially because we are His children and He desires to let us in on what He is doing. He may never explain the process but definitely we will know the outcome. Because He is the reason for the outcome, we understand that He is not a man that He should lie neither is He a son of man that He should repent, if He has said it, surely enough, He will do it. Read the rest of this entry »

Visual Faith, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Mark 2:1-5, “So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them. Some men came, bringing to him a paralytic, carried by four of them. Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”

Have you ever been in a situation where you can see a possibility of something happening in your favor, but the circumstances seemed to create an obstacle? For example you would go outside, but it’s raining. Five men found themselves in such a situation. Jesus was in town and was preaching, and multitudes no doubt flocked to him because they wanted to see him perform more miracles (like the healing of the leper). However, Jesus was preaching not working miracles inside the house. These men wanted to get their paralytic friend to Jesus.

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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 »