Texts: Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Matthew 1:23 “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Introduction: The First Advent is the four Sundays preceding Christmas. Advent means the coming or arrival of an event. Many Christian Churches observe this period by lighting a colored candle each Sunday and on the fourth Sunday, a white candle is also lit representing Christ’s arrival.  Isaiah foretold ofRead More →

Text: Psalm 100:4 “Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” Introduction: Sometimes it is very hard to give thanks; when everything around us is going wrong. As a nation we have experienced Floods, Hurricanes, and massive Wild Fires. Gun violence and drug overdoses plague our country. We see personal tragedy almost every night on the news networks. There is Hope: 1 Corinthians 15:19 “If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” If you believe that Jesus Christ was just a good man andRead More →

Text: James 3:8 “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.” Introduction: Growing up I was taught this little verse: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Evidently the author had never had someone say something to them that hurt worse than sticks and stones. Words formed with the untamable tongue can cause damage beyond repair. Slow Down:  James 1:19 “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:” Many times we misunderstand others because we do not hear them; because we areRead More →

Text:  Proverbs 8: 35-36 “For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the Lord. But he that sinneth against me wrongeth his own soul: all they that hate me love death.” Introduction: Matthew 22:32 “I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.”  I have never seen so many “death lovers” in our world. As Veteran’s Day is being observed let us honor the brave men and women who gave their own lives to try and defeat the “death lovers” throughout the world.Read More →

Text: Luke 11:17 “But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth.” Introduction: The family unit in this nation has been dysfunctional now for many years. Children raised in that environment are now adults. Television was their babysitter and demonically violent video games have driven many of that generation to the verge of insanity. (Insanity: the inability to separate fantasy from reality.) Reaping the Harvest: Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” YouRead More →

Text: II Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” Introduction: Paul’s letters to the Church were given by the inspiration of God to Paul through the Holy Spirit. When we search the scriptures we can find pearls of wisdom that we may share with others that our faith might grow. When Christ said from the cross; “It is finished!” that is exactly what God meant. God had given His Covenants to mankind. He gave the Law to mankind. He gave the Word to mankind. Lastly He gave Grace andRead More →

Text: Matthew 18:3 “And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” Introduction:  There are two kinds of children. The children of the world and the children of the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus said that you must be converted (born again) and become babes in Christ. If we are to become as little children; let’s look at the qualities that we are to have: ObedientRead More →

“But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”  (I Corinthians 12:7)   All Gifts Are to Exalt Christ. (I Corinthians 12: 3 ). Christ is the centerpiece to all of Christianity. The book of Acts says, “In him we live, and move and have our being.”  (Acts 17:28).  All that Christians have and all they do is because Christ abides in them. Christ is the message of the New Testament.  All the messages and promises point either directly or indirectly to Christ; and all gifts should too. Christ is to be glorified by all the gifts of the HolyRead More →

Text: II Corinthians 5: “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” Introduction: The Bible states that our spirit will live forever and when we die here on earth that our spirit will return to God. Ecclesiastes 12:7 “Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” For Christians, that will be a joyful time; when we can rid ourselves of this imperfect body of flesh and receive a new body thatRead More →

Text: “Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection;” Hebrews 6:1. By Dr. Phil Dillingham   Introduction: Some Christians are satisfied to remain babes in Christ. They do not wish to continue to grow in the knowledge of the deeper things in scripture. Paul says that we need to leave the “milk of the Word “and mature so that we can eat the “meat of the Word”.  We will never be perfect, but we are to try to reach that goal. The saying to “try, try again.” is so true in this case. Paul’s Challenge-“let us go onRead More →