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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, November 12, 2017

 

Hi Everyone-

Just a quick note to share with you our lessons today in church.  Sharing the gospel message was, in fact, part of the lesson!

We started a new book of the Bible today in Bible study- I Peter, Chapter 1.  How great it is to study Peter's letters; he is so well grounded in faith and appreciative of his salvation.  I think the overriding comment I have from this first chapter is that Peter says three times....this wonderful gospel message from Christ and salvation by the blood of Jesus on the cross....is 'for you'.  Peter says that he realized what the prophets of old could only talk about and search for...the forgiveness of sins and salvation.  But Peter WALKED with Grace!  He was the most joyful of sinners save by grace.  And he tells us that all this was done by God, this plan or mystery of salvation was done for you and me.  He then reminds us that since God is holy...we too should be holy, especially in what we do and say.  Lastly, he reminds us that the 'words' of God are....everlasting.  Just like His love for us!  Peter in effect, marvels at us who have not seen Jesus but yet love Him and believe in Him.  Stay tuned, this little letter rocks!

The sermon today was on Luke Chapter 2.  We all know the first 20 verses of this great Chapter- the Christmas story of Jesus' birth.  But the 'rest of the story' includes two witnesses that show up by the Holy Spirit for the circumcision rite at the temple who confirm the birth of the Savior of the world (two witness legally required by God).  The next thing we hear about is Jesus remaining in the temple to teach the leaders of Israel as his family  heads for home after the Passover festival.  The chapter takes us from Jesus' birth to 12 years old.  And it's all we need to believe in His blessed birth, confirmation, and young life.  We all know the details of the birth...no room in the inn, born in a stable, laid in a manger (animal feeding trough), shepherds receiving and spreading the 'good news' from God via angels, but what strikes us here is the importance that we have in the gospel coming to earth, salvation through Jesus and His sacrifice; our role in all this.  Why are we reading the Christmas story now?  Simple.  So that we can prepare our hearts for being witness for Jesus this Christmas holiday.  We spend some time at this time of year, every year, with friends and relatives that celebrate the holiday but not His birth, life, death, resurrection, and gift giving of grace.  We need to be appointed witness of Jesus- who He is and what He has done, and to spread the gospel message as the shepherds did that faithful night, to a world that is without hope.  The greatest gift we can give to the Great Gift Giver this holiday, is our witness and servant-hood to the most High King.  We have plenty of time to prepare through prayer and make arrangements in all of our holiday 'doings', to serve 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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