Good morning and I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful Sunday. Leanna and I want to welcome everyone who has joined us on Paltalk. Also, for those that read or now listen and watch these sermons on the J and L Ministries site, both Cross Roads Fellowships sites, Google +, Utube, Mylook online, and because brother Marshall has been sharing, Twitter and Facebook also.
I want to say this before we get into this message, God gets all the glory for whatever He has me do with the prayers I share, these sermons, when Leanna does her devotions, and everything through this ministry. I love doing this, but the praises go to Him, as without Him all this would not be possible. Praise the Lord.
Last week we started this sermon series with more of an introduction, if you will. We looked at Saul's life before he became Paul from the book of Acts, then what happened to him on the way to Damascus. To me, when witnessing to someone, I often use Paul as an example of how God can miraculously change someone's life. Glory to God.
So let's dive right into today's study. If you can all open your Bibles to 1 Corinthians chapter 1, and we'll pick up where we left off with verse 10.
Last week we noticed that Paul dictated this epistle, but it was not penned by him, other than his signature. Paul also opened this message to the Corinthians much like all the others epistles. Uplifting, and always giving thanks to Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:10 KJV Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
I often use this verse when commenting to those who have twisted scriptures. Actually, there are many that I use, but this one fits when speaking to the many, many denominational differences.
Why do you suppose Paul said this to the people in Corinth? Anyone?
Paul, I believe loved Jesus at this point in his life with all his heart, mind and strength,and he was doing what Jesus commanded you and me to do in Mark 16:15-19.
Mark 16:15-19 KJV And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (19) So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
How many of us are sharing the Gospel with the world? To our unsaved loved ones? Sharing our faith with ones we work with, or our best friends? Does their eternity matter? God says He wishes no man perish, shouldn't we?
So friends, I ask you again. Why this verse? Why was Paul being led by the Holy Spirit making this statement? "Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment."
Let's see if the next verse gives us a clue.
1 Corinthians 1:11 KJV For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
As I mentioned last week, the believers at that time were not meeting in big congregations. The only large meeting place was in Jerusalem, and the ones there who followed Jesus were meeting in the temple courts. Now in other places like Corinth, they met in homes just like Leanna and I lead services here in our home. I think that we'll see more of this right here in the US.
As I also mentioned last week, Corinth was a major trading port and there were ones coming from all over. It was a wealthy city. There had been pagan worship. Sexual sin and drunkenness was the norm, much like this area I live in and most of the US. You don't have to look far to see it.
In these houses, there would be ones who led these services, and as we will see, there were all kinds of stray things being preached and there seemed to be a competition amongst the congregations. All this stuff was being allowed into these congregations, just like it is in our time.
"Wow brother Jim, how can you say that?" Well, let's see. Not so long ago, there was a type of church, if you want to call it that, that if a young girl or a unwed woman was found to be pregnant, an abortion was performed. With all the states voting for same sex marriage, you have denominations welcoming them in not to teach them the word, but to perform these marriages. Not sure how your Bible reads, but mine says love the sinner, hate the sin. That doesn't mean to perform this abomination. To me that's like embracing that sin. Amen someone?
We're going to look at many of these things that Paul warned the Corinthians about. If it was against God's will then, isn't against His will now. Again, my Bible tells me that God is the same today as He was back then. Amen?
Please turn to 2 Peter 3:16. Try this on for size my friends. If you go out and ask people randomly in a mall or the park, or if you dare, on a busy sidewalk if they are saved, and then out of 100 of the so-called believers, I'll bet you at least half would say that abortion isn't really that bad. Same-sex marriage should be up to the individuals. Drugs really aren't that bad are they. Really?
Church, I know you've heard this passage many times in my messages, but my brothers and sisters in Christ, we need to get this.
2 Peter 3:16-18 KJV As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, (friends what he is saying here is they are graduating from milk to meat.) which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
Don't post the next verse yet, Leanna.
Church, get this. Speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood. (The Meat) which they that are unlearned and unstable (Church, who are these people?)wrest, (Wrestle) as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. Am I painting a picture here? This was the same thing that was happening in Corinth. The same thing that was happening in Colosse. The same thing that's happening in many churches today. These false teachers were and are teaching themselves into the pit. But let's see what the next verse says.
(17) Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, (He is now talking about the believers. The saved) beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. (18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
My dear friends, you and I need to cling to this verse. We won't go there today, but in 2 Timothy 2:15-16 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (16) But shun (Hear that my friends? Shun. stay away from). profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.
I'm not sure about you, but there's enough ungodliness in my community. Why be around anymore? Amen? Are we getting this, church? Preaching Christ, the Anointed One crucified is more powerful than all the oratory and philosophy of an unbelieving world. Glory to God.
Getting back to verse 11 in 1 Corinthians. Messengers had reported to Paul what was happening. As I said, it was a very busy, filthy with sin place. You had Greeks who have always been known for their intellect, and they were very prideful of their knowledge. You had other groups with their strange ways of inter-operations and there was division. Again, just like the churches today. I praise God He led me away from organized religion.
1 Corinthians 1:12 KJV Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
Paul mentions parties, Paul, or Pauline parties, clinging to the founder of their church; a party of Apollos, who were probably carried away by their admiration of his Alexandrian philosophy; a party of Judaizer, who claimed to be following Peter, called here by his Hebrew name of Cephas; and a fourth party, who claimed to turn away from all these human leaders, and to be only of Christ.
Sound kind of familiar in our age? Oh my, I don't know if I could count all the denominations and then their splits and then the break offs from that split. And that, my friends, is not counting all the cults and new cults that seem to arise every day. Want to know the will of you Father in Heaven? It's the book that I hope each of you have right in front of you. Glory to God. Right from Genesis to Revelation.
1 Corinthians 1:13 KJV Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?
I think Paul's getting his point across in this verse. I don't think he was happy at all. He shows his bitterness by first rebuking those who had used his own name as one of the groups. I think often that happens in churches today. So many put the pastor on such a high pedestal, it's like the congregation is worshiping him instead of the Savoir, Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:14-16 KJV I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.
I think these two verses speaks for themselves.
1 Corinthians 1:16 KJV And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.
Now some may look at this verse and say, "He doesn't remember who else he baptized?" As we'll see in the next verse, Chris didn't call Paul to baptize, but to preach the gospel message. Think about this, do we have anywhere in the Bible saying that Jesus performed water baptisms?
1 Corinthians 1:17 KJV For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
What does this verse say to you my friends? I think it's very important. Paul wasn't preaching from his head. It was his own understanding. God living in him gave him the words.
Again, for those who are reading this or hearing this and it is your first time hearing from this ministry, I share often that if a preacher isn't preaching about the innocent blood of Jesus Christ, the spotless Lamb, if they don't preach about the Cross that my Savior died on and shed His innocent blood for you and me, if they don't bring up His resurrection and hell, I think it might be time to find a new church home. To some that may sound harsh, but friend, without the cross, blood and His resurrection, there would be no salvation. I would be wasting my words. Amen someone?
He did die on an old rugged cross, and there were witnesses. He was that sinless man who came, just how the prophet Isaiah said He would In that same chapter, it was foretold how He would be rejected and died just like it was said some 700 years before his birth. Praise God. He shed His innocent blood so that you and I may be saved.
For those who say there is no hell. I'm not sure where you got your Bible, but it sure isn't the same one I read. And then there are those doubters, just like Thomas. How can someone die and then come to life again three days later? I won't believe it unless I can put my hand on the wounds. But He did. Glory to God.
John 20:27-29 KJV Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. (28) And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. (29) Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
Jesus was also seen many times by many before He ascended to Heaven. Glory to God.
1 Corinthians 1:18 KJV For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. Glory! Hallelujah for us that are saved.
Now my question for you, my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, the Anointed Ones. We saw what the first part of this verse said. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness.
Does knowing that you have loved ones who don't know the preaching of the cross bother you? Does it bother you that they will perish? I know it bothers me. It bothers me because I know that they won't just spend eternity in hell where they will suffer for all of eternity, but they also will be separated from God. It bothers me because they will thirst forever and not one drop of water will touch their tongue.
Friends, what about that best friend you know that you know that God has been tugging on your heart for you to share the gospel message with? Does it not bother you that they will be separated forever?
So many say that they want all that God has for them, yet when it comes to being in obedience to Him, we choke. "Oh but brother Jim, I don't have the guts to share my faith with my parents. My friends at work will laugh at me. I won't be the cool guy any more." Really? Maybe you should check your own priorities.
"Brother Jim, I admit it, I'm scared to share my faith. I've tried so many times and I just can't get the words out of my mouth." Maybe it's the same at work with a continuous customer or patient. You want to say something, but your heart pounds so hard and you get all sweaty and then you choke. 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Friends, I once was there too. I tell you that if you lean on God to give you the utterance, you can do it. I always pray first. Greater is He that is in you that he that is in the world. You can do all things through Him that strengthens you.
For those because of strict rules at school or at a work place where you can't share your faith, make a friend and maybe go to lunch or coffee. Pray on it my friend and God will open the doors for you.
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Good morning my friends and family. What a glorious day to be alive. To be able to see prophecy come to pass. To witness the things written thousands of years ago that we read in our Bibles unfold before our very eyes. Praise God!
Leanna and I want to thank all of you that have joined us here on Paltalk. We thank those members on Cross Roads Fellowship, Lokey Sisters and Mylook Online that take the time to read these sermons each week, and also we thank all of those who have read these on secular sites.
As we start this brand new series, I think some, if they are honest and let the Holy Spirit work in us as we go along, are going to see some things in a different way. For some, there may be verses we look at that pop out like never before. For some during this series, you may end up breaking down in tears, as there are going to be some things that we've been doing unknowing that is unpleasing to God. If this happens, don't tune me out. Don't leave and say to yourself, "Brother Jim's picking on me. Why is he bringing things up about me? There are others listening and reading this. Why me?" That, my friend, is the Word of God speaking to you.
As many who have followed this ministry for the past three years can testify, I use a lot of scripture. I would rather let the Word of God speak to you rather than me. I'm human, but the Word of God, every word of it, was inspired by the Holy Spirit. Praise God. It's true. W can see in Hebrews 4:12 KJV For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Amen! Thank You Jesus.
Please turn to 1 Corinthians. As you can see from the title, it may look like I made a mistake. "Who Are We In Christ?" is what the Colossian's study was titled. I felt because that's what we're learning, who are we in Christ, who is this living in me, who is this that changes my life, that we would call it the same, but add from The Book of 1 Corinthians.
A little history before we dive in. We all know who Apostle Paul is, right? For those who don't know, you can find out who Paul is in the book of Acts. Just a quick description. We know that he was a Roman citizen. Before he was saved, he was known as Saul of Tarsus and was a member of the Sanhedrin.
We can see in the book of Acts chapter 7, Saul was present when the religious leaders stoned Stephen to death for preaching.
Acts 7:57-60 KJV Then they cried out with a loud voice, and stopped their ears, and ran upon him with one accord, (58) And cast him out of the city, and stoned him: and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man's feet, whose name was Saul. (59) And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. (60) And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
Acts 8:1-3 KJV And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. (2) And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. (3) As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison.
Please turn to Acts 26:1 We see that looking at it through the eyes of a follower of Jesus, Saul was not a good person, yet he, I am very sure had a firm foundation of the Old testament. Church, do we get this?
Just so you know, I'm not making this up.
Acts 26:1-6 KJV Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Thou art permitted to speak for thyself. Then Paul stretched forth the hand, and answered for himself: (2) I think myself happy, king Agrippa, because I shall answer for myself this day before thee touching all the things whereof I am accused of the Jews: (3) Especially because I know thee to be expert in all customs and questions which are among the Jews: wherefore I beseech thee to hear me patiently. (4) My manner of life from my youth, which was at the first among mine own nation at Jerusalem, know all the Jews; (5) Which knew me from the beginning, if they would testify, that after the most straitest sect of our religion I lived a Pharisee. (6) And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers: (7) Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope's sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews. (8) Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead? (9) I verily thought with myself, that I ought to do many things contrary to the name of Jesus of Nazareth. (10) Which thing I also did in Jerusalem: and many of the saints did I shut up in prison, having received authority from the chief priests; and when they were put to death, I gave my voice against them. (11) And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
Church, you get the gist of what I'm trying to share here? Why the sudden heart, you might ask, to turn to a godly man? How did he do that? It wasn't what he did, but what Christ did while Saul was on the road to Damascus to threaten more of the followers of Jesus.
Acts 9:1-9 KJV And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, (2) And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem. (3) And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: (4) And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? (5) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks. (6) And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do. (7) And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. (8) And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. (9) And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.
Acts 13:9 KJV Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him.
So let's turn to 1st Corinthians and see what this letter is all about.
1 Corinthians 1:1-2 KJV (1) Paul, called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother, (2) Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours.
I first noticed that this letter starts out much like all of Paul's letters. While we studied the book of Colossians, remember I showed you, because of the ending of the epistle, we knew it was penned down by Paul. This letter was not, but it was signed by Paul. I'm guessing that Paul was probably the one that dictated the message.
1 Corinthians 16:24 KJV (24) My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen. The first epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi by Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus and Timotheus.
Why this letter? As we will see, there were issues within the circle of believers in Corinth, like there were in Colosse and Ephesus, and like we have right here today. Another thing I'll show you later in this study, we'll find this wasn't the first epistle written to the Corinthian church. We know that there is 2nd Corinthians, but there was another before the one we are studying from now.
1 Corinthians 1:3-4 KJV (3) Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. (4) I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ.
Again, like we saw in the Colossian's study, Paul opens this letter in the same way. Everything is centered and based around God and our Savior, Christ Jesus. Paul is also showing and praising God for their salvation and their faith. Amen someone?
Now we'll start reading the very things that you and I and the believers all over the world need to read, understand and act upon. Glory to God.
1 Corinthians 1:5 KJV That in everything ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge.
Here again, Apostle Paul is giving thanks to God for those certain ones who are strong in their faith in Christ and who have stayed clear of the vain babblings of other beliefs that were entering in. He's praising God for the ones who teach only the gospel message, not watered down. No words added, or taken away.
1 Corinthians 1:6-7 KJV (6) Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: (7) So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I love these two verses. Glory to God!
The testimony of Christ. Whew! Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you: Church, get this. So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Now there are some preachers who will take verse 7 to be only monetary gifts. New cars and houses and jets and so on. Is that what you think this is talking about? Wow, looking at these 2 verses, we could do a whole day Bible study on it. Praise God.
Let's look at the word gift, shown in verse 7.
From G5483; a (divine) gratuity, that is, deliverance (from danger or passion); (specifically) a (spiritual) endowment, that is, (subjectively) religious qualification, or (objectively) miraculous faculty: - (free) gift. Used as a noun. To show favor. A gift of grace, an undeserved benefit. We find in the New Testament it is only used of gifts and graces imparted from God.
1 Corinthians 1:8 KJV Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Friends, who is Christ in you? Does He know you? Do you know Him? A question that was brought up by a pastor in a Bible study that Leanna and I attended a couple nights ago was, "Where is Jesus?" Anyone want to share where you think Christ the anointed one is? Most will say He's in heaven. Others say He's sitting at the right hand of God the Father. For those who think that, you're partially correct. He is, but for those who are saved, He is living in you. When this reply was brought up, there were ones who said, "I thought the Holy Spirit lives in me when I was saved?" They were right, but what does scriptures say about, God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit? They are 3 in One. Jesus said, "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father."
So what does verse 8 say to you? Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit, Jesus, is living in you, friends. He's your guider and comforter. When you are truly saved, He guides you to do right. As we'll see as we continue into this study, the Holy Spirit gives you discernment whether a false doctrine is being taught or not, but you do have to read it. Amen someone? This is a big part of why Paul wrote this letter.
As we will see, Paul brings up several issues that were brought to his attention. As I mention some of these things, think about churches in today's time. Division among church members. Immorality. Legal issues among each other. This one I had to snicker over, and when we get there I'll explain. Inappropriate practice of the Lord's Supper (taking communion). We'll see that there was false teaching about the resurrection. There are many other things that we'll look at, and as I mentioned a few minutes ago, we'll see the same things happening right now in today's churches.
One thing that I think needs to be made clear is, yes, Paul dictated these words and they were penned down, but we have to remember that every word came from God.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 KJV And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. (16) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
One last verse and we'll close for today.
1 Corinthians 1:9 KJV God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
As you notice in all that we've read today from this epistle, Paul puts all the focus on Christ. I think that's a very important thing for us to get. It wasn't about Paul. Another thing about the church of Corinth, and I'll bring this up again as we get further in this study, is that it was a very busy trading port. There we people coming from everywhere and with all kinds of beliefs. That again is very important for us to understand. Also, there wasn't a huge building there where they met like many do today. No, they were meeting in homes, just like Leanna and I open our home.
The only place that there was a huge meeting place was in Jerusalem and people got together in the temple courts. If you were to study on your own, you'd find that church buildings didn't start to be built until 200 years later. Think about it. The teachings that Jesus shared were not taken very well and just like today in many areas of the world, to speak of Jesus brought consequences. Christians were being persecuted, so it would have been senseless to build buildings to have believers come, just to have them attacked and the buildings be destroyed. Amen?
Leanna and I want to thank you for joining us this morning and for those who read this online, or heard the audio version of this on another site. We pray that it's been a inspiration to you and encourage you to share this with friends and families. Next week we'll get into more of the meat of this epistle.
We love you and hope that this week will blessed.
Good morning friends and family. I'm so thankful for Paltalk, this new platform we're airing these sermons on. For those who have been following us for the past three years, we thank you. It's been 3 years March 4th that we opened our home for people to attend our church services. There have been times that we've had a house full, and I believe very shortly that will happen again. Praise God.
We also want to thank so many of you for sharing these messages on other sites, for the Pastors from all over the world that have asked to use the same messages in their congregations. I praise God that He has given us the tools to allow us to preach the Gospel throughout the world. I praise Him for the brothers and sister that He has brought together to make this work. Praise Jesus!
Please turn to Colossians 4:7. I was in hopes to have finished this series, "Who Are We In Christ", studying from the book of Colossians last week, but that was not in the plan, as I felt led to go on a different path.
Colossians 4:7 KJV All my state shall Tychicus (too-khee-kos') declare unto you, who is a beloved brother, and a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord
Tychicus was the one who carried this letter from Paul who was in Rome in prison, to the church in Colosse. He was also traveling with Sobater of Berea and also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonian church; and Gaius of Derbe.
Colossians 4:8 KJV Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that he might know your estate, and comfort your hearts
Please turn to Acts, Chapter 28. What is the message that Apostle Paul wanted to get across to the Colosse church? It's what we've been studying for the past 19 weeks, but I also think that he wanted to share with the Colossians that he was ok. I urge you all to read more of this chapter, as we are going to start at the end, so I can give you a picture of where and what time frame we're in.
Acts 28:30-31 KJV And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, (31) Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.
We know from when we first started this series that there were other epistles that were delivered at the same time. The epistle to Emphasis and also to Philemon.
Colossians 4:9 KJV With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They shall make known unto you all things which are done here.
Now, who is Onesimus on-ay'-sim-os? I had to do some studying. Some of you may find this interesting and some may find it boring, but because it's part of our Bible, and I think it's best to study this out. Praise God!
From what I can find, Onesimus was a slave who belonged to Philemon. It's quite possible that he was a very smart and talented man. Here's a bit of history. Often when the Roman armies went on a campaign, they would take the smartest, most talented young women from wherever they had just conquered and bring them back to Rome to be sold as slaves.
It seems that Onesimus had stolen money from Philemon and ran away to Rome. Thoughts are that this money had run out and it was in Rome that he connected with Paul. Imagine that, with a city of over a million people. My thoughts are, Only God. During this time he became a Christian and Apostle Paul sent him back with the epistle to Philemon. Read this beautiful short letter at some point soon.
Colossians 4:10 KJV Aristarchus my fellow prisoner saluteth you, and Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, (touching whom ye received commandments: if he come unto you, receive him;)
I love how we can figure certain things out by going to another part of the Bible. As I have always said, it's all neatly woven together. Let's turn to Acts 19:29 and then to 27. We can find that Aristarchus was a Thessalonian who was with Paul on his third missionary journey and is apparently in prison with Paul.
Acts 19:29 KJV And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.
Now let's go to Acts 27.
Acts 27:1-2 KJV And when it was determined that we should sail into Italy, they delivered Paul and certain other prisoners unto one named Julius, a centurion of Augustus' band. (2) And entering into a ship of Adramyttium, we launched, meaning to sail by the coasts of Asia; one Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, being with us.
Now let's look at Acts chapter 12:25. We'll see that Mark was a companion with Paul on his first missionary journey. If we were to look at Acts 13:13, we see that Mark was not with them on the next journey. What happened? It appears that Mark abandoned Paul on this journey
Acts 12:25 KJV And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark.
Now let's move to Acts 15:36. Next we will see a meltdown between Paul and Mark. Why do I bring this up? Because even Paul was human, and this does have a good ending. Actually, we read it a few minutes ago in Colossians 4:10, but we'll also see in another verse, in another book in the Bible. Who Are We In Christ?
Acts 15:36-39 KJV And some days after Paul said unto Barnabas, Let us go again and visit our brethren in every city where we have preached the word of the Lord, and see how they do. (37) And Barnabas determined to take with them John, whose surname was Mark. (38) But Paul thought not good to take him with them, who departed from them from Pamphylia, and went not with them to the work. (39) And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus
You don't have to turn there, but we can see that Paul mentions Mark favorably in 2 Timothy 4:11. We can see that there must have been forgiveness.
2 Timothy 4:11 KJV Only Luke is with me. Take Mark, and bring him with thee: for he is profitable to me for the ministry.
Okay, back to Colossians. Now this, when someone first sees it, is going to think, Jesus already assedended to heaven. Didn't He? Yes He did, but I guess it was a popular name back then. And we can also notice because of the reference that they were circumcised. Aristarchus, Mark, and Justus were Jews.
Colossians 4:12 KJV Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.
We read of Epapharas in the first part of this series. Epaphras was also a Colossian and Paul graciously mentions him in his Ministry of prayer for them. Paul mentions that he desires to stand perfect and assured and in the will of God. That, my friends is for us today, or should be.
Colossians 4:13 KJV For I bear him record, that he hath a great zeal for you, and them that are in Laodicea, and them in Hierapolis. 14 Luke, the beloved physician, and Demas, greet you.
This is the same Luke who wrote the gospel and Acts, who was a doctor and may very well have attended to Paul during all the sickness that he had in Galatia. That's just a guess, and because it's not found here, don't take it as the Gospel truth, but where Paul mentions him, he very well could be.
Colossians 4:15 KJV Salute the brethren which are in Laodicea, and Nymphas, and the church which is in his house.
Friends, many at that time met in homes for learning and for prayer and for the taking of communion. I can find several verses showing me this. Synagogues were run by the Jews, but those teaching and following the ways of Jesus could only meet in people's houses. I also think that we will very shortly see more and more breaking away from organized churches here in the United States and doing the same as Leanna and I are doing, holding services in our house. It's part of what my prayer for each of you is. That you become equipped to share the Gospel in your communities. Praise God!
Colossians 4:16 KJV And when this epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans; and that ye likewise read the epistle from Laodicea.
I find this verse interesting and I'm going to share it reading from the Amplified.
Colossians 4:16 AMP And when this epistle has been read before you, [see] that it is read also in the assembly (the church) of the Laodiceans, and also [see] that you yourselves in turn read the [letter that comes to you] from Laodicea.
Did Paul consider his writing to the Colossians to be inspired scripture? We don't know, but he surely must have considered it authoritative since he instructed that it be read in the church at Laodicea. The letter from Laodicea might be the epistle of Ephesians. As we read chapters 2 and 3, we found that there were some very strange teachings entering into the church and maybe Paul felt that each church needed to see this.
Bare with me church, we're almost done with this series.
Colossians 4:17 KJV And say to Archippus, Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfill it.
Another strange verse. When I came across this, I looked in several places to see who this man was and why this mention of him alone. I just noted that there were some strange teachings going on at that time, just like today.
Most believe that this person was the Archippus spoken of Philemon 1:2, where he's called Paul’s fellow-labourer and fellow-soldier. It seems he was one of the pastors of the church at Colosse; and many think that he had failed in the duties of his office, and that the apostle, in what he here says ordered the Colossians to rebuke him publicly for his negligence: but others, perhaps with more truth, and certainly with more charity, as Macknight observes, “are of opinion that the apostle, in this direction, meant that the Colossians should encourage Archippus to diligence, because the false teachers at Colosse were very active in spreading their errors. And their opinion derives probability from the respectful manner in which Archippus is addressed in the epistle to Philemon, which was written about this time, and sent with the epistle to the Colossians.” Take heed — It's the duty of the flock to try those who say they're apostles; to reject the false; and to warn, as well as to receive, the true to the ministry.
And the final verse. As I mentioned in the first segment of this series, there are those who say that Paul did not write this book, but this final verse says differently. You tell me.
Colossians 4:18 KJV The salutation by the hand of me Paul. Remember my bonds. Grace be with you. Amen. Written from Rome to Colossians by Tychicus and Onesimus.
Glory be to God!!
I want you to notice something in a couple other books. Please turn to 1 Corinthians 16:21. Paul usually wrote his letters with his own hand.
1 Corinthians 16:21 KJV (21) The salutation of me Paul with mine own hand.
You don't have to turn there, but notice this next verse in Galatians 6.
Galatians 6:11 KJV Ye see how large a letter I have written unto you with mine own hand.
Some have wondered because of this verse that Paul's thorn in the flesh might have been a vision problem due to his encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus in Acts 9, where he was blinded. I don't believe it, but gets too deep for the remainder of our time here.
We've looked at so much in the past 19 weeks. Things warned to the Colossian church that is a big warning for this day and age. Let's recap some of these things.
Probably where God has really spoke to me is found in the second chapter. Let us recap these verses and I will share with you why. When we read them, I think you will notice right off why.
Colossians 2:6-8 KJV As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: (7) Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving. (8) Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
Skip down to verse 16.
Colossians 2:16-19 KJV Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the sabbath days: (17) Which are a shadow of things to come; but the body is of Christ. (18) Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind, (19) And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
My brothers and sisters, there are numerous gospel messages being taught out there. Before you get all excited about this new church belief coming down the pike, I ask you to be in prayer, but then look at their beliefs. Does it line up 100 percent to that which we find in our Bibles?
Please turn to 2 Timothy 2:15. Before we close today, I need you to read a couple passages and church, I truly hope you get this. It's absolutely that important that we fully understand these things. There was a false doctrine that started entering into the Colossian church and there are hundreds being taught now.
2 Timothy 2:15-18 KJV Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (16) But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness. (17) And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus; (18) Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Not my words my friends. Let's look at what it says in 2 Peter 3:16-18.
2 Peter 3:16-18 KJV As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. (17) Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness. (18) But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
Church, do we get this? Do we see that we need to be very careful of what and whom we listen to? Leanna and I listened to a documentary last night on a type of church that's so popular, and it 's leading people strait to hell.
Let me ask you this. What does the Bible say about a false prophet? Anyone? Let's look.
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 KJV (20) But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. (21) And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? (22) When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, but the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.
So my friends, if we look around at all the cults out there I ask you to remember this, have there been ones of these faiths who have claimed something would happen in the name of God and not happened? For instance, Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon church said that there would be a house built in the 18th century by god. I use little g, because I'm not sure what god he was referring to. It did not come to pass, and yet there are somewhere around 15 million Mormons as of 2010. Guess they know there scriptures on false prophets?
Anyways, thank you for joining in with us. I pray that you spend more time in the word of God, as we all need to have that discernment. For those who want to read through all of this series, you can find them at the J and L Ministries website and then go to the sermons tab. We love you and hope to hear from you on how these messages have touched your lives and do hope that you will continue in the following weeks to join us right here.
May the Lord bless you.
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I have to admit, hearing from God this week for this sermon was delayed. I felt I was supposed to continue this series, but what to share, well you will see. Talking to others sharing the Word this week, they seemed to be going through the same thing.
Friends, I believe there is going to be a major shift in the next months all over the world. What in particular? I don't know, but I do know that we need to be ready. Friends, if you've never been on your knees praying, this is the time to start. Be in prayer to God for yourselves. Be in prayer for your lost loved ones. Be in prayer for our nation's leaders and world leaders, because they need it.
Friends, as I said, I've been praying throughout the week for today's message. Thursday night it came strong, and some of you may not like what you're about to hear, but it's a message that needs to be heard.
Heavenly Father, I pray that You give me the boldness to share this message and I pray that You open the ears, eyes and hearts of all those listening and reading this message that they have a full understanding of what You need them to hear. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen
Please turn to Matthew 24 and then put a marker in Colossians 4, verse 5.
You may be thinking, "How does this scripture that we're about to read line up with what we've been studying?" Bare with me friends, because I think you're going to get a revelation. Praise God!
Here in Matthew, we're going to see what Jesus was saying to His followers on the Mount of Olives telling about the end times, and then the glorious hope of being called home to Heaven.
Titus 2:13 KJV Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ.
Matthew 24:4-15 KJV And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you. (5) For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. (6) And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. (7) For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows. (9) Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake. (10) And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another. (11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many. (12) And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. (13) But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. (14) And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come. (15) When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand).
Matthew 24:24-25 KJV For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. (25) Behold, I have told you before.
Church, it's getting harder and harder to believe anyone now. We have so many teaching a twisted gospel. Those who are looking for any kind of sign and wonder and calling it of God. This prosperity Gospel that's being taught is leading many strait to hell, and they don't even have a clue. It sounds awesome, but it doesn't line up with the truth of what my Bible says. We just read what Jesus said. There would be those proclaiming false prophecy. Jesus even said, "They shall deceive the very elect." Friends, not my words, but of the Master Himself.
Church, let's go to Colossians, but we will be referring back to what Jesus said in these verses.
Colossians 4:5-6 KJV Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. (6) Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Walk in wisdom. Wisdom to me isn't something I see much in this world anymore. We have a lot of knowledge about a lot of things, but we often fail when it comes to properly using that knowledge. Amen? James chapter 1 verse 5 tells us to pray for wisdom. Just because we have a right answer about something doesn't mean we need to beat someone over the head with it. Amen my friends?
Colossians 4:5 (AMP) Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.
The outsiders are the unbelievers and Paul is telling us that our conduct before them is very important. He's telling us to use wisdom so that every opportunity provided by God might be fully utilized.
Now my friends, I need to ask you this. Does this mean we take a watered down, ear tickling, make you feel all warm and fuzzy message to those who are lost? No, no and no. They need to hear the truth. When you read how John the Baptist was preparing the way, and saying "Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand." Do you think he spoke in a calm, soft manner? I don't think so. These were people just like you and me before we came to know Christ as our Lord and Savior. Prideful, full of lust and greed, not wanting to give up the things that we liked to do. Amen someone?
Now, does that mean we preach fire and brimstone every time we meet someone who is unsaved? I think we just read that answer. "Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man." But friends, that doesn't mean to share with them things that might lure them in that's not according to the truth.
Turn to Luke 17:20. Church, why this message today? Because there's an enemy out to lead you in a path against what the Bible tells us. Jesus is the truth and the way. Praise Jesus.
Luke 17:20-37 KJV And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: (21) Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. (22) And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. (23) And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. (24) For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. (25) But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. (26) And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. (28) Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; (29) But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. (30) Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. (31) In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. (32) Remember Lot's wife. (33) Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
What? Don't work? Don't Marry?
(26)And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. (27) They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
Friends, this doesn't mean that we're not to work, marry and be builders. The turning away from God. When we put jobs, family and things before God, this is what Jesus was warning us. Friends, that's what Satan tried to tempt Jesus with. All the things of this world. Church. I've heard from pastors that God wants you to have big fancy cars and big condos. It's okay to buy the latest fine jewelry and go out and flaunt it. Where, my friends, does the Word of God say that? Christ, my friends, needs to be the center of your life. Yet, so many just call on Him when they go through a trial. It's like they use Him as a crutch. Like He's some kind of Santa Claus.
I don't think the majority of this age even knows how close we are to the end times. Yes, we know there is danger around the world, and especially with this Isis group. Especially where we have greedy, lustful non-believers running our government. And that's as far as I'll go with that. What I want to get across to you friends, is that this generation has fallen so far from God. The majority don't know His heart and I know His heart is breaking. He wishes no man perish, but this age is living like heathens.
On Cross Roads Fellowship and Mylook, we've been doing a Bible reading challenge and we just finished up with the book of Numbers. While reading Exodus and Numbers, I see the US just like those stiff necked people. Spoiled brats. God miraculously led them out of Egypt and the Bible says that there were no feeble among them. Imagine that! Two to three million, babies to great-grandparents and not one sick or handicapped person among them. And church, they'd been been in horrible slavery conditions.
In the past 2 months, we've gone over so many scriptures warning us of how to be in God's will. We've learned that we shouldn't be listening to vain babblings, but I know there are those who have heard these messages that are still listening to the junk that some of the so-called men of God are teaching. I've shown you where the Bible says to study His Word that you stay strong in the faith and not be misled from false doctrine. How many can say they've been in the Word every day? At least a chapter a day? Faith comes from hearing and hearing from the Word of God. I have begged every Sunday for you all to be in His Word. I'll do it till I can't share these messages any longer.
Friends, I love you and I do care about your souls. Friends, because I love you, and because of the Holy Spirit living in me, I have compassion for you and your lives. Friends, our focus needs to be on Christ. There are so many who don't know how to be led by the Holy Spirit. There are so many who because of false doctrine being preached aren't saved. When you ask someone if they're saved and they say, "Yes, because I was baptized when I was 5 years old." There are those who have gone to church all their lives and are amazed when they hear the Gospel message.
There are groups out there sharing there's no such thing as hell. Really? So you're telling me that Jesus is a liar? There are those who say that all people are going to heaven. So that means the Bible is untrue?
My Bible tells me in Matthew 7:13-15 KJV (Jesus speaking) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Skip down to Matthew 7:21-23 KJV Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. (22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? (23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Yes church, you should be reading scriptures on a daily basis and in prayer asking the Holy Spirit to feed you and to help you understand what you're reading. Be in prayer asking for guidance throughout the day. Praising God for a job, a house, food on your table, for your husband, wife, children. Thank Him for your health, even when symptoms are attacking you.
Please turn to Mark 16:15. I bring this up often. Be a witness to those who don't know Jesus. Friends, that's where our focus should be. Church, there are those who want what we have. Some are afraid of what their friends or family would say. Others have been hurt by organized religion. Reach them before they get to those seeker-friendly churches which are synagogues of Satan. I used to belong to those places and I praise my God for leading me out.
Mark 16:15-18 KJV And He (Jesus) said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. (16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. (17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; (18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
We read this, but few will share their faith. This is where our focus should be. There are those congregations that won't bring up the blood of Jesus, refuse to bring up the cross, because it was it was bloody and might bother someone. Preachers are told by the ones who bring money into the church not to mention that hell word, because they may chase people away.
Who Are We In Christ? Church, a few months ago, I mentioned getting a notebook and to start writing a neighbor that by his lack of good fruit, you know he or she isn't saved and to be in prayer for that person. And then write another families name down and be in prayer for them. And then someone you meet at the store, then at work and then at school. I've given out almost 50 booklets on Praying Effectively For The Lost. I know of one person who has read it through and it has changed her prayer life and she's seeing results. Friends, it isn't about me, I'm just following what I've been led to do. I care so much for people, and because of what scripture has said to me, I know that when this world is through, there are family members and friends that I will never see again.
"Why such a hard message today, brother Jim?" Friends, you know who you are in Christ. There are those who claim to be Christ-like who have no more of Christ in them then Satan does. There are those who are so into doing wonderful works. Basing salvation on works will not save you.
We're entering into a terrible time here on earth and so many are sleeping. So many are just playing church. God has such a plan for you and yet there are those who are comfortable with childish things. I have ones telling me that they feel God is leading them into ministry, but they sit where they are. Ask the Lord. All we have to do is ask. Knock on His door. We find in Matthew, Jesus said, "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." Praise Jesus!
I'm about to close today, but there are a few more passages that we need to look at.
Revelation 3:19-22 KJV As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent. (20) Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. (21) To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne. (22) He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.
Is He knocking? Do you have spiritual ears to hear Him? I pray so, church.
Please turn to Romans 10. Yes, works are important, but salvation is having faith in Christ, His Word, and professing you're a sinner and turning away from that sin.
Romans 10:9-11 KJV That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. (10) For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (11) For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
Friends, I'm going to close this message now. Please, my brothers and my sisters, go through all the verses that we looked at today. Get them in your heart. Live those verses out. I love you and I thank you all for supporting this multi-part ministry. Please pray for Leanna and me and this ministry that we always follow what God has us to do and that He alone gets all the glory.
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May God bless you.