The Gospel According To Superman, Pastor Phil Sessa

Judges 6 “12 When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, The Lord is With You Mighty Warrior.” …Vs. 25 That same night the LORD said to him, “Take the second bull from your father’s herd, the one seven years old. Tear down your father’s altar to Baal and cut down the Asherah pole beside it. 26 Then build a proper kind of altar to the LORD your God on the top of this height. Using the wood of the Asherah pole that you cut down, offer the second bull as a burnt offering.”

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What was the Lord doing here? The Lord first dealt with Gideon’s identity, then he spoke of the promise of His presence with Gideon, and now God is helping him to begin to make practical changes in his life so that he can be displayed as the mighty warrior that God called him to be. God first instructs Gideon to tear down his father’s altar to Baal. Baal worship was popular, however, Gideon knew he was risking his life by obeying the Lord. Gideon was pulling down strongholds and dealing with the influence of idolatry in his life. 2Corinthians 10:4 states, “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds” This was a stronghold in his life, even though there is no mention that he himself worshipped this idol, I imagine that he did as his father’s idol.  He had heard stories about the power of God, but most likely really worshipped Baal as was taught to him. Yet God was not going to allow him to continue to magnify, promote, and worship this idol. Continue reading “The Gospel According To Superman, Pastor Phil Sessa”

The Effects Of False Teaching, Benjamen Leahey

2Timothy 3:5, “having a form of godliness, but denying its power. And from such people turn away.”

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One of the effects of false teaching is false religion, a false security based upon a merely outward religion. Paul here speaks of a people who are laden with sinful practice, yet falsely profess to be in Christ. Last week, Brother Evans shared on the toxic gospel, I see this to be one of the results of that gospel, and something that largely plagues what calls itself the church today. Let he who has an ear to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

The form of godliness spoken of here refers to a merely ornamental religion, a dressed up outward religion that does not touch the heart. One of pomp and ceremony, tradition and idol worship, not one of love birthed in the heart. Continue reading “The Effects Of False Teaching, Benjamen Leahey”

Does God Have a Need? Pastor Phil Sessa

Psalm 145:16, “You open Your hand, And satisfy the desire of every living thing”

As a science teacher I have taught my students that all life has basic needs. Most living things need food, water, air, and living space (shelter). I’ve heard it said in the context of marriage that man has a need for respect that can be satisfied by a man’s wife. Similarly, women have a need for emotional love that can be fulfilled by her husband (see Ephesians 5). Continue reading “Does God Have a Need? Pastor Phil Sessa”

Our God Is Powerful, Evans Olang

Romans 8:31, “What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

There is nothing exciting as seeing God display His power in situations we have no control over. In the process of God displaying His power, the old silly devil does the same. We often get terrified of his power and find that we are not progressing. I want us to understand that the devil is powerful, no doubt. He has his way of performing magic tricks, no doubt. We cannot render him powerless but we sure can render powerless what he sends our way because of who is for us. God is amazing, He is not going about rendering the enemy powerless, He goes about showing greater power than the devil’s. Continue reading “Our God Is Powerful, Evans Olang”

Power To Save, Evans Olang

Romans 1:16, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes …”

Since last week, the Lord has been dealing with me concerning the power that ought to be present in my life, and in other people as well, and I have found myself meditating heavily on this word “power.” Many people know about God’s power. The question is this; is it present in our lives and are we craving to see it at work, or is it possible that the Lord has shut down his power in our lives because we are not hungry enough to actually cry out to Him for it?

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Righteousness Of God Revealed For Our Sanctification, Evans Olang

Romans 1:16-17, “16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith;…”

This is a continuation of “Power of the gospel” message. Two things I see on vs. 16&17 that are vital, 1). In vs. 16, the gospel is the power of God to salvation, and 2.). in vs. 17 the power of the Gospel reveals the righteousness of God from faith to faith. The first one is for justification, the second is for sanctification. Continue reading “Righteousness Of God Revealed For Our Sanctification, Evans Olang”

Identified With Despised Christ, Part 2of3, Evans Olang

Acts 4:1-22, “13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus”

In the book of Acts we see a huge difference in the lives of the disciples compared to their time with Christ, crucifixion period in particular. It was Peter in Matthew 26:69 and 71 who denied Christ when a servant girl and another girl identified him with the condemned despised Christ. Peter who would not stand the pressure denied Him. In Acts we see a different Peter, the Peter who had seen the cross had a different perspective of Christ. This is the Christ he also tried to stop from going to the cross. Peter had now learnt what it meant to pick up his cross and follow Christ, and be identified with Him. Anyone who carried the cross knew it was a one way ticket. The cross you carried you would be crucified and die upon it. Continue reading “Identified With Despised Christ, Part 2of3, Evans Olang”

Power To Overcome, Evans Olang

1John 5:4, “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith”

The battle every believer faces is the world, the flesh and the devil. And the more you walk with the Lord the more the battle intensifies and the more you ought to crave to be an overcomer. If you are born of God, your walk with the Lord will continue to reveal things you are vulnerable to, things you may have never thought to be sin and conviction will bring you to your knees. Why?, because the more you walk with the Lord, the more His righteousness is revealed and the more you see yourself in your true state leaving you helpless in need of God’s power to overcome. Who in their right mind wants to live a defeated life? I don’t, I want to live a victorious life under the power of God present. Continue reading “Power To Overcome, Evans Olang”

Asleep On Delilah’s Lap, Evans Olang

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. Continue reading “Asleep On Delilah’s Lap, Evans Olang”