Wisdom

Do You “Know” God? 2of3, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Romans 1:21-23, For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to Him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.” 

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We looked at Romans 1:19 and how Paul spoke about those who “knew” God by Creation, and how this alone leaves the relationship with Him at the level of what we may refer to as an acquaintance.  This level of knowing God is sufficient to make man responsible, but is not by itself sufficient to accomplish His salvation.

Paul continues in Romans 1, about knowing God where he spoke about those that “knew God.” If these people knew God, why did they display a lack of thanks to Him, and why foolish, darkened hearts that worshipped idols? The Greek word used here for “know” is “Ginosko” which means to allow, be aware of, feel, or perceive, etc… Read the rest of this entry »

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Oil In The Lamp, Sarah Susan

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Leviticus 24:1-2, “The Lord said to Moses “Command the Israelites to bring you clear oil of pressed olives for the light so that the lamps may be kept burning continually” images

What is clear oil? From is it derived from -olives? Olive has a special significance in the Bible. The oil can be extracted only if olive is pressed rather crushed /squeezed. This olive undergoes painful treatment for the core essence to get extracted, which in turn becomes the source of nourishment for many. This oil has to be used in the lamps so that they give light and can be kept burning continually. Read the rest of this entry »

The Providence Of God, Evans Olang

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imageJeremiah 32:6-8, “6 And Jeremiah said, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying, 7 ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it. ” 8 ’ Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the LORD, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.”

In our times many people equate God’s invention in lives by great signs, wonders and miracles. If God is not perfoming these things then perhaps we are not experiencing God’s abundant blessing as some may want us to believe. Read the rest of this entry »

Does God Have a Need? Pastor Phil Sessa

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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). Read the rest of this entry »

Singleness Of Heart, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Psalm 86:11, “Teach me Your way, O Lord; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.”

When a lion tamer goes into a cage with a lion, he brings his trusty stool with him. Most think of the whip in hand and forget about the importance of the stool. Why a stool, good question. When the stool is extended toward the lion with the legs facing the lion, the lion tries to look intently at all four legs of the stool at once and it causes the lion to become dizzy and therefore tames it. Perhaps it would be more fitting to call the stool the lion tamer than the man holding the stool. Read the rest of this entry »

Put On Hold Position, Evans Olang

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James 1:4&5, “But let patience have it’s perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him”

Nearly everyone struggles with patience. The more I walk with the Lord the more I learn that God is not in a hurry. Read about delivering the Israelites, raising David, Joseph, Paul, Abraham etc. and you will see this trend with God. If God was not patient with us, we would all be gone tomorrow. Read the rest of this entry »

Wisdom Is My Defense, Evans Olang

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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. Read the rest of this entry »