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Weekly Lesson Mailout

WEEKLY LESSON MAIL-OUT...OR.....GREETING WITH A 'HOLY KISS'

Sunday, December 10, 2017

 

Hi Everyone!

Just 14 more shopping days before Christmas.  Aside from worshiping Christ and how He came to us, one of the things I like best about Christmas is showing how Christmas gifts are like the grace God has offered to us.  First of all it's free!  Then, you must accept, open, and use the gift.  St. John says...that Jesus says....'grace for grace'.  Receive the grace of God and share grace, especially at times when folks may be receptive...like now.

The Bible study was on the last chapter of I Peter (Chapter 5).  Here, our first pastor of Jesus' church exhorts us, leaders, and reminds us that we have responsibilities in His church- like pastors feed and tend the flock, and elders teach and protect, and servants serve.  He reminds us that we all share in the sufferings of Christ because we all share in the gifts of Christ, especially our salvation.  We must share the love of God with our family, friends, neighbors and even our enemies.  Remember, we were once the 'outsiders' living in darkness, but now, we live in His marvelous light!

The sermon today was on Luke Chapter 6- Discipleship '101'.  Jesus teaches us that He is the Lord of the Sabbath (greater than the laws of the Jewish leadership), He picked the 12 and taught them first in what they have given up for Him (food, money, prior life, social acceptance) and what they will receive in return (spiritual wealth, filling, joy, and God's love).  These five 'beatitudes' and four 'woes' are different than the 10 beatitudes or blessings from God in Matthew Chapter 5- those are all about our spirit-life  where here Jesus is talking about what it costs to be a disciple (follower) of Jesus. Today, it costs us time, talent, and treasures to serve Jesus....and all of our heart.  Jesus then goes on to talk about 'right living' in Him as a Christian, and building our life of the 'solid rock' of Jesus himself.  This is the life of a follower of Jesus!  And....we are to go into the world and make disciples for Him!

Blessings!

Chuck

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Christmas Declaration Cross Building Outreach

Chuck Schmidt leads an adult Bible study on Sunday morning at a retirement home in the Red Bluff area, followed by two church services.  Since November, 2011, Chuck has been recording the messages and sending them out to friends that are interested in them.

These teachings are presented online on this website in the form of Streaming MP3 audio. 

How to navigate this web site

  • If you are on a laptop or desktop computer:  Links to Bible studies are listed in the left column of each page, while the sermons are listed on the right side of the page.

  • If you are on a tablet or smart phone: Links to Bible studies are listed near the top of the page, and the sermons are listed near the bottom of the page.

Simply click the title of the lesson or sermon you would like to listen to.

How to listen to the studies and sermons:

After clicking the title of the lesson or sermon you would like to listen to, the page for that lesson or sermon will open.

Near the top of the page that opens, you will find icons for the MP3 audio player below the title of the lesson or sermon. The MP3 audio player icons look like this (non-functional example shown):

Example of mp3 player

Click the Play arrow on the MP3 player icon on the lesson or sermon page to begin listening to the message. After it begins playing, the arrow turns to a "pause button" ( || ); if you click this you will be able to pause the audio at any time.  As the message plays, a white circle travels along with the message on the Progress Bar.  You may click and drag this white circle back to the left if you want to hear a portion of the message again, or forward to the right if you want to skip ahead.  You may adjust the volume by clicking and dragging the Volume Slider. 

Written notes appear below the player so that you may follow along with the message.

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Thank you for visiting this website; we pray that it is a blessing to you.

Chuck Schmidt

 

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