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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, August 2, 2020

 

Hi Everyone!

Great day in the Lord! We all sense that our Lord is moving these days and we are moving right along with Him. What is the move? Closer to Him! Have a listen if you have the time (www.hiswayonline.org), or if you prefer, view similar messages on our church web site (www.theconnectionrb.org) or the church Facebook site (The Connection His Way Church).

The Bible study today in 1 Corinthians Chapters 4 and 5 was an amazing lesson of church discipline and love by Paul to a church that has allowed flesh to rule in the place of Jesus, our foundation of all Christian churches. Paul continues to encourage them to not be 'puffed up', cause divisions, and leave the teachings of Jesus for the following of men. He describes the life of an apostle in an attempt to show them what true stewardship is all about. He then goes on to call out sin the congregation- a sin that is horrible and has not been addressed for whatever reason. Seems that a prominent man in the church was sleeping with his step-Mom. A compromise in morals and leadership like this can corrupt the whole church. Paul says that we must judge ourselves in the church with the Word of God and address it. He said in this case, the congregation needs to confront in love hoping for repentance and restoration, or turn this one over to Satan! Yikes! Paul says he will return when he can, but then asks them how they would like him to do so...with a rod of iron (God's discipline) or in meekness, or in love. Maintaining God's standards in our church, families and in our lives is challenging at times but critical if we are to be named Christians, representatives of Christ.

The sermon today was on Hebrews Chapter 4 where Paul approaches his Hebrew audience on the issue of seeking and finding God's rest. His example in Chapter 3 last week was the Jews wandering in the desert who did not enter God's rest, which is exactly what is happening today with unbelievers. Unbelievers wander through this life, essentially lifeless, then do not have entrance into God's rest or heaven, except for judgment. How sad and horrible is that. Paul goes on to talk about the Word of God, a sharp two-edged sword that divides even our hearts (discerns our thoughts and intents of the heart) and knows if we love Him. Jesus is our High Priest and since He was tempted by Satan (all manor of temptation), He can relate to our struggles with temptation and sin. Jesus has shown us the way to defeat temptation, avoid sin, and cast or cares on Him. Jesus truly loves us and has given us the Holy Spirit to help and comfort us. We must learn to trust and rely on the Holy Spirit for all things and walk in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessings!

Chuck



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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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