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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, October 21, 2018

 

Hi Everyone!

Well, we went down some 'dark alleys' today in Bible Study. We studied a book that is often misunderstood and dismissed because it's 'too graphic'. But, it's the perfect picture of God's heart for unfaithful people whom He loves.

The Bible study today was on Hosea Chapters 1 and 2 were God anoints Hosea as a prophet and then, right out of the box, He tells him to go marry a whore! Many say that this book is fiction because a 'holy' God would not ask a 'holy' prophet to do an 'unholy' thing and marry a sinner such as Gomer. Hey, guess what- first off everything is true in the Bible, and secondly....God will stop at nothing to reach His people. Who are His people....EVERY ONE! I got one better. I heard tell that a 'holy' God sent His 'holy' Son to die on the cross for all sinners. If you can get over that, nothing in the Word should upset or surprise you. Anyway, God shows us His heart, how He feels when we reject Him as we 'go a whoring' as He puts it in the Bible. It's like our spouse cheating on us and being unfaithful in adultery to our holy God. So He had Hosea marry a whore and have children of 'whoredome' to make a point, an object lesson to His people as they were unfaithful to Him by worshiping idols. He also prophesies about the wrath of God to come, and the restoration. He is a God of wrath, mercy, and grace. Stay tuned....the story gets better!

The sermon today was on Matthew Chapter 20, where the theme of the chapter this week is the last line of the Chapter 19 last week- the last will be first and the first last. Jesus tells a parable about the owner of a vineyard that hires laborers throughout the day, but pays them all the same reward, a full days' wage. The guys that worked an hour and got paid a days' wage were very happy but the ones that worked all day, not so much. They felt like they should have gotten more than they were promised given that they worked more than the other guys. They complained to the owner and he said the money or reward was His property and he could do with it what he liked. I the story, the vineyard is the earth, Jesus is the owner, and we are the laborers and the reward is grace. The lesson is about folks saved young that have served Jesus all their lives compared to those saved by the bell on their death bed, both receiving the same reward...salvation. There is all kinds of flesh in the church that should not be, like folks begrudging those saved last who will be first...the lost sheep Jesus goes out after! There is also petty rankings that should not be as the chapter includes- some asking for more honor in heaven than others. The topper of the chapter is that ....of all the folks that walked and met Jesus, few called Him Lord and Son of David (Messiah), except these two blind dudes that shouted for Jesus asking for mercy. They called Him by His proper name, they professed Him and were most certainly saved. They could not see Him with their eyes, only their heart. For their faithfulness, they were healed by Jesus. Many have sight in this world, but few can ...see....Jesus.

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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