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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Hi Everyone!

We concluded the book of Esther today which had a great 'God' ending (of course) and then had some serious teachings from our Lord. Have a listen if you have the time! (www.hiswayonline.org)

The conclusion of the book of Esther was just wonderful! On the 13th day of the 12th month, the second decree gave the right to the Jews under the king's rule to defend themselves, which they did. All those that hated the Jews came against them and were killed by the sword- the enemies of the Jews had fear of them as they knew that God was on their side. Even the military and police sided with and helped the Jews. All of their enemies were killed but God did not want them to touch their possessions- He prospered them by His hand and not by the conquests of battle. So these two days after the decree and civil war were then set aside as the Jewish holiday Purim, which is still celebrated by some to this day. Mordecai grew in stature and lead the Jews as second in command for generations to come pursuing peace and truth for his people. We all love happy endings, but this is much more. God preserved his 'chosen people' and insured the coming of the Messiah. Esther was, like Moses, a deliverer of His people. We too now are God's chosen, and He has delivered us from our sin and the second death, and He protects us so that we can do His bidding here on earth. Let's all remember that we serve the King for His purpose and pleasure, every day.

The sermon was on Matthew 10. Jesus instructs then sends out the 12 disciples to witness in His name proclaiming that the kingdom of God is at hand. He has them rely on God for this mission, and then goes on to tell them that the world is against them, to avoid trouble, and to be wise as serpents but gentle as doves. Likewise He instructs us to rely on Him in all things, especially witnessing in His name. Jesus then goes on to tell us that if we deny Him before men, He will deny us before the Father. This is a clear message...check your heart! There are folks in our churches or those that don't attend that claim to be in prayer to God, but actually have never accepted Jesus as Lord. Friends, this is the most important thing in life for us personally, to find Jesus and accept grace. All of scripture speaks to this, and this is what we are to be about.....salvation. When He talks of loosing our lives in order to live (dying to flesh and living to Christ), He means it. And when He says that we must carry our cross daily (not His cross, our death to flesh and service to Him), He means that too. These are hard words from the Master; He is a hard man. But He is also...all love and truth, and He will not allow us to be deceived by the world, Satan or our flesh. Friends, make sure that you have a testimony of salvation, and that you continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ to all that you know, as lead by the Holy Spirit.

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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