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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, May 19, 2019

 

Hi Everyone!

Today's lessons gave us many 'truths' about God, His love for us, and His plan of salvation. In Luke chapter 3, Luke gives genealogy of Jesus back to Adam along with other gems, and in Bible study, we see that spiritual account of the great spiritual conflict for all time! Have a listen if you have the time. (www.hiswayonline.org)

The Bible study today in Revelation Chapter 12 describes the great spiritual conflict between Satan and God. We know how it ends! What we learn in this short chapter is amazing. We are shown Israel as the woman who gave birth to Jesus, Savior of the world, and Satan trying to defeat God by killing baby Jesus. We see Satan and his angels kicked out of heaven for good, ruling the earth, and persecuting God' people, especially during the last half of the tribulation period. He knows that his time is short and he wars against God and all believers, both now and during the tribulation time period. Satan was made by God for God's purpose; to give us a choice between him, the world, and our flesh....or God. But know that our biggest enemy, even as believers, is our own flesh. We are tempted away from the 'path of righteousness' by the world, the lies of the world brought by Satan, and our own desires. And therein is our personal, 'spiritual battle'. We must always 'fight the good fight' against our worst enemy...ourselves! Thank God for the day when we will be all spirit and we will be in heaven where there is no temptation. Sounds like heaven to me!

The sermon today was on Luke chapter 3- the context and mission of John the Baptist, John's teaching of repentance and showing the fruit of repentance, the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan, and the lineage of Jesus by blood through Mary his Mom. Luke gives us the political and religious rulers of the day, then jumps right in to John's message and ministry of showing the way for the Messiah by the way of repentance. Repentance is the necessary first step prior to receiving grace, the forgiveness of sin. John showed this by the act of water baptism and he preached that the Christ would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. This is what has happened to each of us who have professed Jesus as Lord. Jesus asked John to baptize Him, not because Jesus needed to repent and prepare himself for salvation (He was and is a sinless, holy God), it was to show us the importance of repentance, something most of us still struggle with even though we have been saved and have God in us by the Holy Spirit. Luke goes on then to show the lineage of Jesus from God to Adam right up to his step-Dad Joseph. This is the blood line of Jesus through Mary showing that Jesus was qualified to be the Messiah; He is also the Messiah shown through the lineage of Joseph as a legal, adopted son of Joseph His step-Dad. Does all of this convince the world that Jesus is Lord and that is the reason why folks should accept Him and be saved? Unfortunately no. But is is supportive information just as is the knowledge that Jesus fulfilled all the other prophesies about His birth, life, and death. Jesus becomes real to us when we invite Him into our hearts to be our God, and we are born-again as He installed the Holy Spirit in us....as we receive the baptism of fire from God.

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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