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Generosity Knows No Bound, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 30:1-31, “26 Now when David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the spoil to the elders of Judah, to his friends, saying, “Here is a present for you from the spoil of the enemies of the LORD”

The story of David always fascinates me; he was no strangers to hardship. He had a call of God in his life; it took years of learning experience in the sea of life as he waited for the promise. He depended on God, knowing God was in control in good and bad times. His experience shaped his character, kept him humble, and taught him how to be generous. Read the rest of this entry »

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Biblical Manhood, Part 3of4, Pastor Phil Sessa

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2Samuel 10:11-12, “11 And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me, then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for thee, then I will come and help thee. 12 Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: may the Lord do what seems good to him” (KJV and ESV combined).

When David heard of the ensuing battle this he sent Joab and all the mighty men against the Ammonites. John Piper shares, “As it developed, the Ammonites were arrayed at the walled city to protect it, the Syrians were gathered in the open field, and Joab, with the Israelites, were sandwiched in the middle. So Joab took charge of one group of men and set himself against the Syrians, and the rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai, his brother, and set them against the Ammonites. In verses 11 and 12 Joab gives this great word of challenge and faith to Abishai…If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. Be of good courage, and let us play the man for our people and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to Him” Read the rest of this entry »

Here I Am Send Me, Part 3of3, Evans Olang

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Isaiah 6:1-8, vs. “8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?”Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Who is the man of unclean lips, it is one who has given the Lord the lip service but the heart is far away. We Sang songs with our lips but did not honor the Lord with our actions making our lips unworthy. If the angels who I would consider more holy than man could gaze upon the Lord and cover their faces because of His holiness, how much more should we fear God and reverence in His presence? None of us comes even close. At least those who are saved are better off yet we still fall short of God’s glory. What about the lost souls? To quote Matthew Henry, ” Those who are to teach others the knowledge of God ought to be well acquainted with Him themselvesRead the rest of this entry »

Here I Am Send Me, 2of3, Evans Olang

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Isaiah 6:1-8, vs. “8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go or Us?”Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

In preparation for calling Isaiah to be the prophet, he would proclaim the coming judgment. God gave him a vision of His majestic holiness so overwhelming that it devastated him and made him realize his own sinfulness. Read the rest of this entry »

Here I Am Send Me, Part 1of3, Evans Olang

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Isaiah 6:1-8, “8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: ” Whom shall I send, And who will go or Us?”Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Isaiah 6 is one of my favorite passages. In the early chapters of the book of Isaiah, we see him having a vision from the Lord concerning the wickedness of Judah. He goes into lengthy detail to address its condition based on the vision. He talks about the future house of God, the day of the Lord, judgment on Judah and Jerusalem, oppression, the renewal of Zion and then in chapter 6 we see dramatic experience that changes him forever.

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Come to Christ, Part 1of2, by Pastor Phil Sessa

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1 Peter 2:4-7, vs. 7 “As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,…The stone that the builders rejected…”

How does a moth end up getting burned by a flame. If you ever heard the expression, “like a moth to a flame,” you will know that the moth is drawn to the flame, but “The phrase is a simple allusion to the well-known attraction that moths have to bright lights. The word moth was used in the 17th century to mean someone who was apt to be tempted by something that would lead to their downfall”. Some are, “Irresistibly and dangerously attracted to something or someone.” (The phrase finder). God’s children are drawn to Him (while we were yet sinners (Romans 5:8), He did the irresistible drawing of us to Himself.

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Romans Chapter 1 Study, Part 8of12, Evans Olang

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Romans 1:1-31, “16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel a righteousness from God is revealed, a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”

To pick up from where we left, let’s go back to Romans 1:21 and continue address the word “GLORY”. We sing and talk about the glory of God however I wonder what we know about it and if we have studied it.

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