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  1. SIGNS OF THE TIMES
    18 Feb, 2019
    SIGNS OF THE TIMES
    The Word of God specifically gives us several “signs” of the end times. This has been a common question throughout the ages: As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, "Tell us, when will these things happen, and what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?" Matthew 24:3 Some translations have used the word “world” instead of “age.”  That is a poor translation because Jesus was not speaking about the end of the planet, but the end
  2. As in the Days.....
    11 Feb, 2019
    As in the Days.....
    One of the most burning questions in the Church today is “Will Christians go through the Tribulation?”   There are many theories (all use scripture for their basis).  However, one common argument used by those who believe the Church will go through the Tribulation is the fact that during the time of Daniel his three friends (Shadrach, Meschach and Abed-nego) went through the fiery furnace and were not spared from it.  Likewise, Daniel was thrown into the lion’s den.  So it would seem that God
  3. Will There Be a Tribulation?
    04 Feb, 2019
    Will There Be a Tribulation?
    There has been a great deal of confusion regarding the Bible and the topic of tribulation.  The Greek word for tribulation is thilipsis. It literally means “to press down or press together.  It metaphorically refers to oppression, affliction and distress. We face many kinds of “pressure” in life all of which are types of affliction or distress. This can be personal tribulation such as the loss of a loved one, a job layoff, financial ruin, wayward children, health concerns, political oppression
  4. WHAT IS THE RAPTURE?
    28 Jan, 2019
    WHAT IS THE RAPTURE?
    There is a great deal of interest in end-times. Everyone seems to want to know about the future.  Non-Christians might seek out psychics or fortunetellers.  As Christians, we trust God with our future. However, God has given us glimpses of coming events in His Word.  This article is the first in a series which will explore what the Scriptures tell us about these events. This week we want to discover what the Rapture is. The term “rapture” comes from the Greek word harpadzo which means “to seize
  5. THE BLOWING WIND
    21 Jan, 2019
    THE BLOWING WIND
    Today was one of the windiest I have ever recalled.  The effects of the wind were dramatic and it made wind chill dip into sub-zero temps.  All this made me think about how often wind is mentioned in scripture.   Just like the wind, the symbolism can be either positive or negative; it can represent the absence of substance as well as the presence of the Almighty. I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.  Ecc. 1:14.  In this
  6. BATTLEFIELD OF THE SOUL
    14 Jan, 2019
    BATTLEFIELD OF THE SOUL
    In some Christian circles, the idea that the Christian walk is a battlefield has been abandoned.  New Christians are led to believe that once they become a disciple of Christ, somehow all their struggles will go away.  This is not only misleading, but unfair.  In many ways, this is when our true battle begins! Certain Christian churches have eliminated all teaching about spiritual warfare, even to the extent that they remove certain hymns from their hymnals (e.g. “Onward Christian Soldiers”).
  7. SELAH?
    07 Jan, 2019
    SELAH?
    One of the most mysterious words in the bible is the word “Selah.”It is found 71 times in the book of Psalms and 3 times in the book of Habakkuk.Its meaning has been debated throughout the centuries.Some bible translations actually remove this word and replace it with footnotes instead. If some do not even want to use the word in their translation, why is this little word so important to us today? Let’s look at what the word many mean.Many believe that it is a musical term which means “to
  8. CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
    03 Dec, 2018
    CELEBRATION OF LIGHT
    December is such a dark time of the year.  It is when the time of daylight is the shortest.  That is why all the lights we see this time of year are such a comfort.  We see all kinds of lights – icicle lights, colored lights large and small and even candles in the windows.  Some of you may even have Jewish neighbors who place a nine-branched menorah (candelabra) in their windows instead of decorating their homes with traditional Christmas lights and Christmas trees. They do this in celebration
  9. Five Kernels of Corn
    19 Nov, 2018
    Five Kernels of Corn
    Thanksgiving is a time when we can remember the sacrifices and hardships of our Pilgrim fathers who landed at Plymouth Rock over 300 years ago.  As hard as times are today, they are nothing in comparison to what the Pilgrims endured. In that first long winter at Plymouth Colony they buried seven people for every one person who was alive.  The ship that was supposed to bring food and relief brought them nothing but 35 more mouths to feed and NO provisions. William Brewster, rose from his plate
  10. Why Walls?
    05 Nov, 2018
    Why Walls?
    One of the hot topics in the political world today is that of “walls.”Our study of the book of Nehemiah on Tuesday nights dove tail this topic nicely.Yes, God’s Word does approach the idea of walls. Nehemiah was not one of the first Jews to return to Jerusalem to help rebuild the Temple (cf. Ezra 1-6).This first return occurred in 538 B.C. under the leadership of Zerubbabel and Joshua.A second wave of return occurred in 458 B.C. under the direction of Ezra (cf. Ezra 7-10).It was at this time
  11. EFFECT OF WOUNDEDNESS
    22 Oct, 2018
    EFFECT OF WOUNDEDNESS
    Many times spectators in worship are those who have been extremely wounded by life.  We all have been wounded by life.  This woundedness can become a hindrance when it comes to intimacy in worship of God. Think about some devastating events in your own life:             - Parents or personal divorce             - Physical or sexual abuse             - Alcoholic parent(s)/spouse             - Abandonment or neglect either physical or emotional             - Conditional love based on performance
  12. MOTIVES AND WORSHIP
    15 Oct, 2018
    MOTIVES AND WORSHIP
    People like to place themselves in a position of judging others.  When we do this we are usurping God’s place and function.  And generally we make premature judgments. “So do not make any hasty or premature judgments before the time when the Lord comes, for He will both bring to light the secret things that are now hidden in darkness, and disclose and expose the secret aims, motives & purposes of hearts. Then every man will receive his due commendation from God.”  1 Corinthians 4:5 (AB)
  13. BECOMING A WORSHIPER
    07 Oct, 2018
    BECOMING A WORSHIPER
    This is the post content We have been examining ways we can actively worship God with our whole bodies.  Yet we can do all these things and never enter into worship.  True worship hinges on our heart attitude. The Pharisees thought they had a “corner” on the worship market.  Yet Jesus told his followers to guard against their leaven.  Their leaven was their heart attitude. The psalmist asks the Lord to test his heart:             “Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart.”
  14. WORSHIP WITH YOUR BODY
    01 Oct, 2018
    WORSHIP WITH YOUR BODY
    The one posture we seem to most comfortable with in the church is sitting.  Yet not once does the Bible tell us to sit before the Lord!  In fact there were many churches that had no pews or places to be seated.  As we studied the Tabernacle we found that there was only one seat – the Mercy Seat – and the only God was seated! Scripture gives us various ways to use our bodies as we worship our King!  Standing is a posture of praise: “Praise the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, all who stand
  15. USE YOUR HANDS!
    24 Sep, 2018
    USE YOUR HANDS!
    Last week we discovered that worship should be heard.  But worship should also be seen.  Our bodies should enter into worship as well as our mouths! Let’s consider what we can do with our hands.  We can lift them:  “So I will bless You as long as I live,; I will lift up my hands in Your name.” Psalm 63:4 We lift our hands because:             - it reaffirms my commitment to God             - it intensifies my prayers             - it signifies my surrender to God’s will             - it is a
  16. USE YOUR VOICE
    17 Sep, 2018
    USE YOUR VOICE
    As we began this series we noted that worship is not a passive activity, but worship is a verb!  Worship cannot be hidden or kept silent, it must be expressed.  This seemed easy for the Jewish people because they were emotional, expressive people.  They were not afraid to openly show how they felt about God.  So celebration and exhilaration were regularly part of their worship. Christians seem to prefer to sit and soak in church rather than to be active participants.  This means that we never
  17. NEW PATTERNS OF WORSHIP
    10 Sep, 2018
    NEW PATTERNS OF WORSHIP
    Remember how we looked at the Tabernacle of David which was the first place of worship which contained praise and celebration to God.  As we saw last week, that Tabernacle was replaced by the building of two Temples, both of which were destroyed.  Yet God gave the prophet Amos a promise for His people: In that day I will restore David’s fallen tent.  I will repair its broken places, restore its ruins and build it as it used to be.  Amos 9:11 Some are looking for David’s Tabernacle to literally
  18. BUILDING AND REBUILDING
    03 Sep, 2018
    BUILDING AND REBUILDING
    While David lived in a permanent residence, the Ark of the Covenant remained in a tent.  Therefore, David implored God to let him build a Temple for worship.  That privilege was not granted David, but was given to his son, Solomon.  (NOTE:  The Son of God is always the One who builds the Temple of God!) It was a grand monument with much gold, cedar and precious elements.  But the grandeur of the building did not prevent the people from corrupting the worship of God.  As a result, the Temple was
  19. DAVID'S TABERNACLE
    27 Aug, 2018
    DAVID'S TABERNACLE
    By the time of David, worship had been corrupted in the Tabernacle in the Wilderness.  As a result, the presence of God seen as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night was no longer at that place of worship. The ark had been carried into battle by Eli and was captured by Israel’s enemy, the Philistines.  The Philistine were plagued while the Ark was in their possession and so they returned it seven months later.  Transporting the Ark became a problem.  David designed a special

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