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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, April 15, 2018

 

Hi Everyone!

Things to get excited about....God's grace and mercy, His complete control over His creation, God's wisdom in the 'inner parts'.  He puts His wisdom in the inner parts of even inanimate objects?......Yes.

Today's Bible lesson was from chapters 38-41; the response by God to all of Job's belly-aching.  Job passed the test by not cursing God through his trials, but he slipped a bit by demanding an explanation of God, and accusing God of being unjust.  Yikes!  God spoke to Job out of a whirlwind (cool) and demanded answers from Job.  "Job, we you there when I made the universe?"  Job, who is the father of rain?"  "Job, did you know that I put my 'wisdom' in all things, even dust?"  God chose to answer Job with a presentation of God's majesty, power, and might- and let Job figure it out.  When God got through His rant back to Job, Job could only say...I am vile and I have no response God.  God humbled Job- attitude correction.  And in the process we learn all sorts of cool stuff about creation.  God put His wisdom in all thing, both inanimate and living creations.  When it comes to animals, we call that 'instinct'.  He calls it His wisdom.  But when it comes to inanimate things, He still programs all the physical makeup of the universe. How cool is that!  But the kicker comes when God tells Job, when you can cloth yourself with majesty and glory....and save yourself, then I will be subject to you.  Until then....you cannot claim that I am an unjust God.  Wow...what a response from God.  I have an even bigger and better appreciation for who God is, and His complete control of His creation.  More so, He loves us beyond our wildest imagination.

The sermon today was on Luke Chapter 21.  Jesus starts the chapter by commenting on the poor widow who gave to God all she had; two mites (0.2 cents).  Jesus said she gave all out of her need for the love of God where most of us give to God out of our abundance.  We know that we must and are happy to give to God 10% of our treasures, but also we must give out of our time and talent.  God put this passage in a chapter chocked with prophesy- prophesy about the destruction of Jerusalem that happened in 70 AD, and the end-times prophesy.  He wasn't really speaking about the future as much as the present, both then and now.  Those that took to heart Jesus' prophesy about Jerusalem knew to look for the signs that He spoke of and to get out of Dodge at the right time to save themselves.  He also told them to be prepared to witness to their enemies and He would give them the words to say as testimony.  Likewise, He spoke of end-times events and warned for all to pray and have no fear since we know what is coming.  He said all things will pass away, but His words will not- His word will last for eternity.  Serving God through the tough times now and the tough times to come, will be our greatest worship to our Master.  Remember we serve a key role in the mystery of salvation.  All of scripture speaks of God's great plan of salvation- it's most important to God, and to us.  He reminds us that no matter what will happen in that time, now in our time, and the time to come, our salvation cannot be taken from us.


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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