John 15 Study: Abiding In Christ, 3of10, Evans Olang

John 15:7-8, “7 If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. 8 By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples”

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I constantly run into believers seeking to know or discern the will of God. As I mentioned in part 1, John 15 is one of the most important passages in the bible because it helps us discern the will of God for believers. In this posting we will look at discerning perceptive or revealed will of God and in the next posting we will look at closely at God’s permissive or perfect will.

Before I address the two vs. above, we need to ask ourselves what does Mark 11:24 mean? It reads, “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”  Its one of the most quoted and also highly abused vs. From looking at the vs. it sounds like a blank check does it not? “God told me “…whatever things you ask…”? This needs to be looked at in the light of who we are in Christ. We should be driven to have the mind of Christ, be imitators of Christ, and be conformed to the image of Christ. Continue reading

Wisdom Is My Defense, Evans Olang

Ecclesiastes 7:12, “For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, But the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.”

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I have come to learn in my own life a huge difference between wisdom and knowledge. Knowledge is being aware, learning by teaching. Wisdom is having knowledge and applying it in different ways to produce a result that is even greater. Wisdom is well calculated options to make something better while knowledge may sometimes be one way in the sense that if you learned it this way, it’s got be done that way. Continue reading

Friends Indeed, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

1Kings 3:16-28, “So the king answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother”

1Kings 3:26, “Then the woman whose son was living spoke to the king, for she yearned with compassion for her son; and she said, “O my lord, give her the living child, and by no means kill him”. We looked at two friends with babies and David and Jonathan. We saw how one of the women was deceiving herself trying to live a life of her friend while Jonathan is out to do everything to protect his friend destined to take his position as king. A good friend will have your back, will care for you no matter what comes in your life that puts you in a higher position than them. A friend who will speak truth in love for he cares so much about your wellbeing. Continue reading

Friends Indeed, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

1Kings 3:16-28, “So the king answered and said, “Give the first woman the living child, and by no means kill him; she is his mother”

Friendships can be broken over different things in life. I’ve seen some broken over relationships, positions, and gifting etc. Good friends, I mean really good friends end their friendships over things that shouldn’t, things that don’t matter.

We meet two friends who came to king Solomon for judgment. It seems as if they were in the same level, both were prostitutes living in the same house. They must have been good friends to live together. They had a lot of things in common; same occupation (if I may call it that), both gave birth to babies three days apart, both were nurturing babies dear to them, the only thing (person) they can call their own. The bible gives details of these two women who are almost equal in all things. What really keeps two good friends together is it what they have or who they are to each other. Continue reading

Then Hear From Heaven, Pastor Phil Sessa

In 2Chronicles 6, Solomon began to lead the children of Israel in prayer. He would seek the Lord’s help in many areas that affected the people. 1) crime (vv. 22, 23); 2) enemy attacks (vv. 24, 25); 3) drought (vv. 26, 27); 4) famine (vv. 28–31); 5) foreigners (vv. 32, 33); 6) war (vv. 34, 35); and 7) sin (vv. 36–39). But there is one reoccurring phrase that appears, and that phrase is “THEN HEAR FROM HEAVEN.” When you and I pray in corporate settings such as Solomon did, do you lift your voice more to be heard by others or by the Lord? Let me say, it is not necessarily a bad thing if others are hearing you, and are encouraged by your prayer as long as you are not praying to make a showcase for this is not the purpose of prayer meetings. Many prayer meetings are more like town hall gossip sessions, where there is more talking to one another than to God. Jonathan Edwards preached a sermon titled The Most High God A Prayer – Hearing God in 1736. In it he spoke about the fact that it was God that instituted prayer and that the institution of prayer is not because God is ignorant of our wants or desires. “Rather prayer furthers the glorification of God, the goal of all creation. Prayer is but a sensible acknowledgment of our dependence on Him to His glory.” Continue reading

Be Careful Who You Take Counsel From, Pastor Phil Sessa

1Kings 12:6-16, “ Then King Rehoboam consulted the elders who had served his father Solomon during his lifetime. “How would you advise me to answer these people?” he asked. 7 They replied, “If today you will be a servant to these people and serve them and give them a favorable answer, they will always be your servants.” 8 But Rehoboam rejected the advice the elders gave him and consulted the young men who had grown up with him and were serving him. 9 He asked them, “What is your advice? How should we answer these people who say to me, `Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” 10 The young men who had grown up with him replied, “Tell these people who have said to you, `Your father put a heavy yoke on us, but make our yoke lighter’–tell them, `My little finger is thicker than my father’s waist. Continue reading

Balancing Grace And Truth, Part 2of2, Evans Olang

John 1:14, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth”

Living a lie as mentioned last time is very easy and we see this many times. When Solomon was faced with his first judgment, he encountered with two prostitutes who had both given birth. Two women, two babies the only difference at the time of this meeting with the king, one baby had died as the mother laid on him and she could not live with the reality that her baby was dead. So she took all her love, passion, desire and planted it on this other woman’s baby. She claimed that this other baby was hers. This is what deception is, trying to be what you are not. Trying to live a life God never designed for you. Deceiving yourself that everything is alright when in actuality it’s wrong. Continue reading

A Husband Enjoying His Wife’s Body, Pastor Phil Sessa

Song of Solomon 7:1–9, “How beautiful your sandaled feet, O prince’s daughter! Your graceful legs are like jewels, the work of a craftsman’s hands. Your navel is a rounded goblet that never lacks blended wine. Your waist is a mound of wheat encircled by lilies. Law-and-graceYour breasts are like two fawns, twins of a gazelle. Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus  Continue reading

When Ambitions Cloud Your Judgment, Part 1of2, Evans Olang

1Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil”, Ecclesiastes 10:19, “A feast is made for laughter, And wine makes merry; But money answers everything”

A message commonly preached especially on TV is the message on prosperity. Who doesn’t want to be blessed financially? Rarely do I share along these lines, it’s not my priority message but I believe God blesses His people and uses these blessing to further His kingdom too.

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