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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Hi Everyone!
 
We had some great lessons in the Word today!  Have a listen if you have the time (www.hiswayonline.org), or if you would like to see a video format, check out the lessons on our church Facebook site (The Connection His Way Church), or the church web site (www.theconnectionrb.org) or even You Tube (The Connection Hisway Ministry).
 
The Bible study was on Romans Chapter 9, where Paul starts off sharing his heart for his fellow Jews- he says if he could trade his salvation so that the Jewish nation would be saved....he would.  He then goes on to say the Jews were given the adoption, glory, covenants, the law, services of God, and the promises of God!  But, not all Jews are really Jews in the spirit, just like all those that call themselves Christians are really Christians.  This is likely the biggest problem in our churches today; many are not born again!  Paul goes on to talk about 'God's ways' which are different than our ways.  He determines those He makes for 'destruction' and they do his work on earth.  Doesn't seem fare, but God is pretty smart about the things He uses to bring folks to salvation.  He gives mercy to whom He chooses and hardens those He chooses.  The clay pot cannot say to the Potter, 'well you made me this way!'.  We need to trust God that He is in control and that His ways are far beyond our understanding.  Brings to mind that old line from a favorite  hymn....trust and obey!
 
The sermon today was on Acts Chapter 22.  Paul is arrested by the Romans because of the angry mob of Jews and he asks to speak to the mob.  When they quiet down, he tells them all about himself, his training as a Jew and also his mission to wipe out 'the Way' by persecuting Christians.  Then he tells them his testimony- his salvation story.  The crowd was intently listening until he told them that God had sent him out to the Gentiles.  Yikes!  The crowd want to kill him and the Romans wanted to scourge him.  But when they found out he was a Roman citizen, he was spared that torture.  God had planned it out- Paul was born in a Roman territory making him a Roman with rights!  But the real message here, other than God is a real planner, was that Paul gave his testimony yet none listened and certainly none received grace that day.  That's how it is folks!  But remember, our testimony cannot be challenged and the Holy Spirit will tell  you when and to whom to share your testimony.  Your salvation story is the most powerful weapon in our arsenal for fighting darkness.  Use it for God's glory, and know that it may not hit home to those you witness to at that very moment.  That just means that person you are talking with is not yet ready to receive grace.  Don't lose heart.
 

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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