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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

 

Hi Everyone-

I don't think I have seen this many disasters, back to back...ever!  Now after the worst fires in California history, more, much more, loss of life from mudslides.  This is all likely 'earth groanings' God is talking about in the end times.  But make no mistake, through these 'natural' disasters, God is calling people to salvation.  Let's pray for that!

Today's Bible lesson from First John Chapter 2 was very much applied 'grace for grace'.  John, as he recounts the original message- Salvation through Jesus Christ- tells us that He is our propitiation or 'legal payment' for sin, and that we should not sin, and stay in the light. That we cannot hate anyone, especially fellow Christians and be in His light.  Further, we must keep Jesus' commandments (the Word itself) live as if we are His 'righteousness'; because we are!  We get that from Jesus!  We are saved, our sins covered, we are chosen, His holy nation of priests as Peter puts it, and as such, we need to 'walk in the anointing He has give us', and that anointing literally teaches us how to perfect our 'love' for God. John wants us to live for Christ bringing gospel light to the world, to avoid false teachers or antichrist teaching avoiding their seduction, and love Christ and not the world.  The world is at enmity with God and all it offers us is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.  We cannot love the Father and the world both.  We must follow the calling of God in us or the 'unction' of God, and serve Him.

The sermon was on the second half of Luke Chapter 9 from verse 36 to the end of the chapter.  Jesus takes the inner circle of disciples (Peter, James, John) from the mount of transfiguration (visually seeing the kingdom of God) to the valley of the shadow of death!  They are met with a series of challenges starting with a resistant demon and running through a list of 'fleshy' responses to the gospel.  The disciples encounter a demon they cannot cast out in Jesus name.  Why?  Because they lack faith.  Jesus tells them of his betrayal- they deny that information.  Why?  What they 'want' is more important to them than what God wants.  They want Jesus to take Jerusalem by storm and rule the earth, but His kingdom is not of this world.  Then they see someone casting out demons in Jesus name who is not one of their company.  They disallow this- Jesus supports it!  A village in Samaria rejects Jesus and John and James want to call down fire from heaven (as if they could on their own authority!)- Jesus tells them they are controlled by some other spirit and out of touch with the gospel.  Finally, three talk with Jesus who like the idea of being a disciple of Jesus, but after talking with Jesus, they decide that they like their comfort, traditions, and family life more than following Him.  Oh how we see our responses to Jesus and the gospel message in all of these examples.  Lord, help us to follow you and put you first in our lives.  Yes we live here and are in this world and responsibilities, but let us Lord LIVE for YOU....and not us.  We may be in this world, but we do not have to be 'of' this world.

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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