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Daniel: Name Change Not Nature Change, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Daniel 1:6-7, “6 Among these were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego”

William Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name is still a rose.” When it’s all said and done weather it’s a Hybrid Tea, a Grandiflora, a Floribunda, a Landscape rose, a Climbing rose, a Miniature rose, a Standard Tree Rose, a Patio Tree Roses, a Miniature Tree Rose, or an English rose, “A rose by any other name is still a rose.” Shakespeare’s words ring true in light of trying to change a name, does not equate to an identity change. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Captain Of The Host, Pastor Phil Sessa

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Joshua 5:13-15, “13 And it came to pass, when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, a Man stood opposite him with His sword drawn in His hand. And Joshua went to Him and said to Him, “ Are You for us or for our adversaries?” 14 So He said, “No, but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come.”And Joshua fell on his face to the earth and worshiped, and said to Him, “What does my Lord say to His servant?” 15 Then the Commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua, “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so.”

On the night of Israel’s attack on Jericho, Joshua personally surveyed the area surrounding the city, inspecting the fortress walls. As the military leader of Israel, Joshua was strategizing by examining up the situation set before him. The words “he looked up” convey that Joshua was surprised. “A man” is what Joshua thought he was seeing, but subsequent events reveal that it was no ordinary man. Read the rest of this entry »

Abigail, Blessed Are You, Part 1of4, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 25:2-42, “Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself”

A question often asked, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” (of course there is no one good by biblical definition). I have one of my own, “Why do some nice people find themselves in what I would call bad marriages?”. Read the rest of this entry »

Abigail, Blessed Are You, Part 2of4, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 25:2-42, “Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself”

What do you do when someone else mistakes is destined to affect you? Should you sit and wait for it or do something when there is still an opportunity? I’ve learned as I hope you too have learned, It’s not over until it’s over. Read the rest of this entry »

Abigail, Blessed Are You, Part 3of4, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 25:2-42, “Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself”

It’s interesting to note that God used this woman at a time she needed help the most. Have you realized how sometimes the Lord sends people your way who need your encouragement at the time you are very discouraged and need encouragement yourself? Read the rest of this entry »

Abigail, Blessed Are You, Part 4of4, Evans Olang

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1Samuel 25:2-42, “Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is the LORD God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! And blessed is your advice and blessed are you, because you have kept me this day from coming to bloodshed and from avenging myself”

As we have seen already, God knew this virtuous woman’s her dilemma and would not leave her in it forever. Read the rest of this entry »

Ordinary Man With Extra Ordinary Blessing, Evans Olang

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2 Samuel 6:11, “The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the LORD blessed Obed-Edom and all his household”

The ark that Noah built with direction from God saved a family of 8 humans, Noah and his wife with their three sons and their wives. Noah’s ark was a big ark that had it’s work for a season, when you talk about the Ark of God, though it appears small in size, it supersedes Noah’s ark by far that saved only 8 souls. God’s ark, the Ark of the Covenant saved and blessed the Israelites. Read the rest of this entry »