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The Sleeping Servant, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Acts 20:7–9, “7 And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached to them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight. 8 And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together. And there sat in a window a certain young man named Eutychus, being fallen into a deep sleep: and as Paul was long preaching, he sunk down with sleep, and fell down from the third loft, and was taken up dead”

Perhaps you are all too familiar with this famous American nursery rhythm:

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses,
And all the king’s men,
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
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Take The Land Now, Part 1of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Numbers 13,1-2, 17-20 “16 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the children of Israel; from each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, everyone a leader among them.” 17 Then Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan, and said to them, “Go up this way into the South, and go up to the mountains, 18 and see what the land is like: whether the people who dwell in it are strong or weak, few or many; 19 whether the land they dwell in is good or bad; whether the cities they inhabit are like camps or strongholds; 20 whether the land is rich or poor; and whether there are forests there or not. Be of good courage. And bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes”

The Battle of Hamburger Hill was a battle of the Vietnam War which was fought between the United States and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam from May 10May 20, 1969. Read the rest of this entry »

Preach The Word In Season Or Out Of Season, Part 2of3, 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”

The pride of an empire before a fall. Recall the prideful puffed out chest of the land of Egypt during the time of the exodus. God would reign down his judgments on this idolatrous land. What causes the demise or end of an empire. What brings about something as great and magnificent, as wealthy and as far reaching, as militarily mighty as the Babylonian Empire to fall? This is a crucial question to ask, God stands sovereign over nations. I think of the United States with its idolatry, celebrating ungodly lifestyles and calling it diversity, murdering children in its “abortuaries” and calling it choice, a place of wealth and military power, and raising up heretical preachers (false prophets) which simply “Christianize” the American dream. It looks like there are many comparisons between the heart of Babylon and the heart of America. Will God bring this nation to its knees (like a repentant Nineveh) or to its destruction like fallen prideful Babylon? Read the rest of this entry »

When He Calls Me, Part 5of5, Evans Olang

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Jonah 1-4, "And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice"

Chapter 2:1, "Then Jonah prayed to the Lord His God from the fish’s belly. And he said:, "I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice". Amen, out of the belly of the fish cried I to the Lord. Out of the mess I got myself into cried I unto the Lord and He heard me and answered me. God had every right to reject Jonah’s prayers but His love is an everlasting love and if we call on Him, He will answer us. Read the rest of this entry »

When He Calls Me, Part 4of5, Evans Olang

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Jonah 1-4, "And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice"

Let’s now see God’s act of mercy in preserving Jonah, Vs. 17, "Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights". I have met people who blame God for what they brought upon themselves. People who did terrible things that landed them even in jail and yet they stood to blame God. They cry, "why did God do this to me or why did God allow this to happen to me?" It’s the choice made by an individual that will cause them to either suffer or be safe. In this case, though Jonah brings all the calamities upon himself and deserves to die, in the midst of his foolishness God was still gracious to him and showed him mercy. Read the rest of this entry »

When He Calls Me, 2of5, Evans Olang

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Jonah 1-4, “And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice”, KJV

We looked at the first verse of the first chapter of the book of Jonah. We looked at three important keys Word, Arise and Go. Like I mentioned, there are times where God will give us a certain assignment to accomplish and if you know about assignments, they can be short term or long term but the key word to accomplishing the assignment is being faithful till the end. Read the rest of this entry »

The Lord Is With Us, Part 3of5, Evans Olang

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2Kings 6:8-23, “And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them”

To add to the last previous part, let me add in Mark 4:35-38, vs. 35, Jesus had been teaching on parables, He then told His disciples to cross with Him to the other side. As they sailed by boat, “…a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. 38 But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow”

Comparable to Elisha, Jesus was aware that the moment they began crossing to the other side there was going to be a great windstorm. And knowing life threatening experience awaited them, He went down at the bottom of the boat and fell fast asleep. In the midst of the storm beating the boat and the water beginning to fill the boat, He was very comfortable in the storm and slept through it. Instead of His disciples remaining encouraged by the presence of the creator (Jesus) in the boat, they panicked and became hysterical. Read the rest of this entry »