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The Breastplate of Righteousness – Sermon – September 28 2008

The Breastplate of Righteousness – Sermon – September 28 2008

What does this whole Armor of God thing mean in Scripture?  Are Christians Violent people?

Why are we worried about Armor, and the different pieces of a soldiers armor back during Bible times, like during the Apostle Paul’s day?  Why does Paul bring Armor up in the New Testament?

Who are we supposed to be fighting or prepared to fight?  Where does Paul get this idea about the different pieces of Armor?  Where was Apostle Paul, when he wrote down his message about the Armor of God?  For this Sermon, what is a Breastplate?  What is it used for?  How does the Breastplate of Righteousness protect us, and from what does it protect us from?

Listen for these questions and answers about “The Breastplate of Righteousness”, in the 1-part MP3 Audio Sermon below.

Scriptures below are from the church bulletin used in the Sermon:

Psalm 5,  1 Samuel 26:3-9,  12-14, 17, 21-24,  2 Corinthians 6: 1-10,  Matthew 5: 14-20

Keywords:  fighting against Principalities, Princedoms, Satan, Invisible warfare, not a worldly war, divine power to destroy strongholds, 10 Commandments and how they can strike us down like 10 silver bullets, the Gift of Righteousness was from Jesus, David was hunted by Saul but was protected by the Breastplate, Daniel, Job, Paul, seeking Righteousness, the whole Armor of God, the Belt of Truth,  the Breastplate of Righteousness,  the Shoes of the Gospel of Peace, Ephesians 6: 13-17    “13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God”

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MP3 Player - The Breastplate of Righteousness - Sermon - September 28 2008

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The Purpose of Suffering – Sermon – January 30 2011

The Purpose of Suffering – Sermon – January 30 2011

Would it help all of us, to gain a Godly perspective on suffering, to understand it, how to endure it, how not to be afraid of it, and yes even to rejoice in it?  Was the story of Job in the Old Testament a rather extreme example of Suffering for a Man, and how can we learn from what happened to Job?  What are God’s purposes for us in suffering, in the trials of a Christian?  When we get hit by despair and tribulation we often ask, Why is God letting this happen to me?  Does he still love me?  Why has he cast me off so?  Am I forgotten or abandoned by God?

Listen for these questions and answers about “The Purpose of Suffering”, in the 1-part MP3 Audio Sermon below.

Scriptures below from the church bulletin used in the Sermon:

Psalm 107: 1-3, 17-22,  Job 9: 25-35,  1 Peter 4: 1-6,  Matthew 16: 21-28

Keywords: sufferng, tribulation, rejoice in suffering, rejoicing, despair in suffering, God’s purpose in suffering, Paul’s thorn in the flesh with suffering, C.S. Lewis and suffering, Helen Keller and suffering, overcoming suffering, refining you through suffering, Shadrach, Meshack and Abednego in the fires of the burning furnace,

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MP3 Player - The Purpose of Suffering - Sermon - January 30 2011

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A Thorn In The Flesh – Sermon – March 20 2011

A Thorn In The Flesh – Sermon – March 20 2011

What was the Apostle Paul’s thorn in the flesh?   What is a thorn in the flesh?  If ever you do have a thorn in the flesh, how ought you react to it?

Listen for these questions and answers about “A Thorn In The Flesh”, in the 1-part MP3 Audio Sermon below.

Scriptures below from the church bulletin used in the Sermon:

Psalm 118: 10-24,  Isaiah 5: 1-7,  2 Corinthians 12: 1-10,  Mark 4: 1-9

Keywords: not infirmity, the work of the messenger of satan, stammering tongue,  bad eyesight,  lust, thorns in Bible are associated with sin and wickedness, thorns are associated with what is cursed of God, enemies of God’s people, not epileptic, thorn in the flesh, Pauls thorn in the flesh, Paul’s thorn

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MP3 Player - A Thorn In The Flesh - Sermon - March 20 2011

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The Lord Loves Righteous Deeds – Renewing Your Life By Service – Sermon – August 21 2011

The Lord Loves Righteous Deeds – Renewing Your Life By Service – Sermon – August 21 2011

What does it mean, when scripture, Jesus says we are not saved by works, but we are saved for works?  How do our works bear witness to our Faith?  Does God condemn no works?  What does service look like?  How does God renew us by Service?  Why has God not saved all the Jews?  Are his promises to Israel void, since many have rejected the Gospel?

Listen for these questions and answers about “The Lord Loves Righteous Deeds – Renewing Your Life By Service”, below in the 1-part MP3 Audio Sermon below.

Scriptures below from the church bulletin used in the Sermon:

Psalm 11,  Isaiah 1: 14-20,  Titus 2: 1-8, 11-15,  Matthew 12: 9-21

Keywords: saved for works,  grace verses works, feel unqualifed for works and witnessing,

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MP3 Player - The Lord Loves Righteous Deeds – Renewing Your Life By Service - Sermon - August 21 2011

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Gods Love For Sinners – Sermon – February 12 2012

Gods Love For Sinners – Sermon – February 12 2012

If the Holy Spirit inspired the Saints/Authors of the Bible to write the scriptures, why did God see fit ro record so carefully for us in the scriptures the many sins of the saints, even the all-star famous saints of the Bible?   If mere men wrote the Bible, and tried to put forth a religion of their own making, they’d have wanted to share only the good points and highlights of their heroes, right?  How does God seek to grow our faith and encourage us by this sharing of the Sins of the Great Saints of the Bible?

Listen for these questions and answers about “Gods Love For Sinners”, below in the 1-part MP3 Audio Sermon below.

Scriptures will be listed below from the church bulletin used in the Sermon:

Psalm 65: 1-7,  Judges 8: 22-28,  1 Timothy 1: 8-17,  Luke 7: 36-50

Keywords: God’s patience, drunkeness of Noah and Lot, Caved in to fear of Abraham, Lies of Jacob, Sexual Immorality of Rahab, Adultery and Murder of David, Denial and Cowardice of Peter, Raging and Persecuting against the church of Paul, Thomas doubted it was Jesus which was weak faith, forgiven because of their faith, conviction, great saints of the Bible

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MP3 Player - Gods Love For Sinners - Sermon - February 12 2012

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