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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, September 17, 2017

 

Hi Everyone!
 
Fall!  Cooler weather, some clouds in the sky, even a few raindrops, football....did I mention cooler weather?  The changing of the seasons is such a gift, even if it gets hot again which it likely will, thank you Lord for this new season.  We tend to forget that we live in the 'now' with God, just like heaven will be.
 
Today's Bible lessons was from Galatians Chapter 4.  Wow, what a sleeper.  In fact, the small letter is not studied as much as other epistles, yet it has some blockbuster teaching.  Like today, Paul shows us how Ishmael, the son of the bondservant is a child of the flesh, where Isaac is a son of the free woman and a child of promise, like us!  Agar is Mount Sinai and the covenant of the law, where Abram/Sarah/Isaac are Jerusalem and the covenant of promise and eternal life in Christ!  What a revelation this must have been to Paul.  Totally cool!  Paul used this lesson to call back the back-sliding Christians from bondage under the law to grace and freedom in Christ.  Like the Galatians, we too have that same problem.  We don't backslide to the law, for us it's the flesh and the world.  We must work daily to NOT BE those people we were before grace.  We too were slaves to this world and the flesh, but now.....we are bondservants to Christ, heirs to the throne of grace, and we are children of the free woman.  Note- Paul also tips his hand here regarding his 'thorn in the flesh'- he calls it his 'temptation', I suppose because his pain and suffering tried to 'tempt' him to not serve the Lord.   Something that sounds debilitating having to do with his eyes.  Paul serves in spite of or perhaps because of his 'thorn in the flesh'.  What's our 'temptation'?
 
The sermon today took snips of Genesis Chapter 10 and all of Chapter 11.  We follow the lineage of Shem  to Abraham and Ham to Nimrod (mighty hunter, leader, city builder apart from God), Sodom and Gomorra, and Babel.  The focus of the lesson was on people wanting to make a name of themselves, accomplish a tower to heaven and not needing God.  God watched all this and decided, as an action of love, to give them different 'languages', scatter the peoples to the different areas of Pangea (one world land mass), and the part the land into the continents we now have today.  And he put some significant 'barriers' between these different peoples or nations....like great seas and mountain ranges.  Why did He do that.  Given the text and his description of the ambition of men without God, it sounds like a plan way better than another worldwide, catastrophic do-over.  He did it out of mercy and grace.  And when you look at it, this is what the world is today, different continents, nations, languages, and the world looking like it did from this time of land parting to today....which it will remain as such until world-reshaping happens for Christ's 1,000 year reign.  Wow, we have learned so much from these few chapters in Genesis.  And the most reviling is what we have learned about us.  The heart is desperately wicked, who can know it....except God that is.   The lesson of the tower of Babel for us is this....God is God, we are not, and we were made by Him for His pleasure!
 
Have a listen if you have the time (www.hiswayonline.org)

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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