King of Kings

Preach The Word In Season Or Out Of Season, Part 3of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 5:26-27, “26This is the interpretation of the matter: Mene, God has numbered the days of your kingdom and brought it to an end; 27Tekel, you have been weighed in the balances and found wanting; Peres, your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians”

Proclamation of what was written. Daniel who had the spirit of God within, was the only one known to be able to interpret this “strange message”, foreign to the Babylonians, but not to the prophet Daniel. The Apostle Paul reminds us, “… the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.” This king could not understand the Word of God, but Daniel was a diligent able to rightly divide the word of truth. Daniel was always ready to preach the Word of God in season and about of season. He would preach the truth no matter the circumstances, later in in Daniel, the well-known lion’s Den episode would display how he would not forsake his regular and active prayer life, even though it was more than politically incorrect, it was against the law of the land. This is the type of follower of God that he was. Where are the Daniel’s of today? Read the rest of this entry »

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God’s Decrease, Your Increase (Sifting for Victory), Part 2of2, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Judges 7: 9 – 11, “During that night the LORD said to Gideon, “Get up, go down against the camp, because I am going to give it into your hands. If you are afraid to attack, go down to the camp with your servant Purah and listen to what they are saying. Afterward, you will be encouraged to attack the camp.” So he and Purah his servant went down to the outposts of the camp.”

Gideon’s army was less than 1 percent of its original size after the shifting took place, when God cut the majority of troops from the team through the leadership of Gideon. Gideon is resting at night, and God interrupts his rest with urgent orders to respond to divinely urgent news. Gideon is commanded to get up because God was going to give him victory if he would attack immediately. Read the rest of this entry »

God’s Decrease, Your Increase (Sifting for Victory), Part 1of2, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Judges 7:2, “The LORD said to Gideon, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands. In order that Israel may not boast against me that her own strength has saved her,”

When you are facing a difficult battle ahead does it make sense to decrease your weapons? Gideon was the leader of Israel’s army, and God would decrease the size of Gideon’s army with a battle just on the horizon. The Lord’s instructions probably came as a complete shock to Gideon. I can imagine the he was confused upon hearing, “You have too many men for me to deliver Midian into their hands.” That doesn’t sound very sensible to me; decrease your army size, because there are too many men for battle. Gideon’s army was already outnumbered four to one. Read the rest of this entry »

How Big is Your God? Pastor Phil Sessa

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Judges 6:16, “And the Lord said to him, “Surely I will be with you, and you shall defeat the Midianites as one man.”

I had a journal called Big Time Prayers for a Big time God. The title is so fitting for the character of God, yet it is not a character trait that most use to describe God, BIG. A little boy is told that the heater bars on a stove are hot and will burn his hand. He believes his parents cognitively. One day while mom is cooking, the little boy is enameled by the glowing colors of the stoves heater bars and reaches out to touch them, as something most little boys have done before. As soon as he touches the heater bars he no longer believes they are hot, HE now KNOWS they are hot. His experience brought him from the realm of cognitive belief, into experiential knowledge. With the pain of the burn, and the smell of his little burnt finger, this boy heard the echo of his parents loud and clear. Read the rest of this entry »

The Reason For The Season, Evans Olang

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Luke 2:11, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord”

People have different meanings as to what Christmas is all about or what it means to them. To some it is a time for family get together, to some it is a time to exchange gifts, sing Christmas carols etc. But what is Christmas? Christmas is a Christian feast commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ. When researching, I found that the word “Christmas” which is nowhere found in the Bible is an old English word that means “Christ’s Mass“. This refers to the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, i.e. the Mass. The earliest occurrence of the word on record is 1038 A.D. Christians at this time considered the Mass (Lord’s Supper) to be the most important part of the celebration of Christ’s birth, hence it came to be called Christmas (there could be more to it). During this time, we hear songs about Christmas being the most wonderful time of the year but the question is, is it about Christ? Read the rest of this entry »

Daniel: A Man Of True Desire, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 1:8, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.”

As a Christian we certainly want to live in victory, but as you have found out there are times of temptations which test your resolve in the Lord. From the moment Daniel and his friends are taken captive and exiled, they are required to immerse themselves in the language and literature of the Babylonians (1:4), with its focus on sorcery, astrology and polytheism. Read the rest of this entry »