Archive for the ‘Religion’ Category

“Thankful For What?” Nov. 22, 2017

November 19, 2017

“Thankful For What?” < Click here to listen!

“The biblical nation of Israel entered into the Promised Land in spite of 40 years of rebellion and disobedience. Their Promised Land was not their reward for religious performance anymore than God’s heaven is ours. May we never forget that it is God’s grace that allows us to receive physical and spiritual blessings.”
Keynote Scripture: Deuteronomy 8, John 6

“Always Giving Thanks” < Click here to listen!

“In his Thanksgiving message Greg talks about a heart of gratitude. Being thankful is one of God’s gifts that separates us from neurotic, self-centered, spiritually unhealthful lives.”
Keynote Scripture: Philippians 4

“The Gift of Giving” < Click here to listen!

“As we approach Thanksgiving, our sermon shows that God’s grace working in and through us will lead us to give generously and cheerfully without compulsion. You might say that God’s grace gives us an incredible insider trading tip — enabling us to invest in the eternal kingdom of God!”

Keynote Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9 

“It is one thing to give expecting a return, while “Giving Without Expectations” in exact proportion to the gift given, or even without the expectation of any return whatsoever is closer to the heart of God.”

Keynote Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:10-15
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“Giving Thanks to the Master” Nov. 17, 2017

November 16, 2017

“Giving Thanks to the Master” < Click here to listen!

“In the final analysis, we are thankful not for things or a “what”-but a Who. In the ultimate and final sense, our thanksgiving is for the immeasurable grace of our Master.”

Keynote Scripture: Luke 17

“Renewal for the Weary” < Click here to listen!

“The Bible tells us God not only created the universe, he manages and maintains it with what we would describe as effortless ease. But many of us find ourselves perpetually tired. We are reminded we can exchange our weakness for God’s eternal strength.”
Keynote Scripture: Isaiah 40, Matthew 11

Isaiah 40 audio < Click here to listen!

Matthew 11 audio < Click here to listen!

“Meals on Wheels” Nov. 15, 2017

November 14, 2017

“Meals on Wheels” < Click here to listen!

“It’s amazing how much of Jesus’ time was spent talking about food, and in preparing, creating and consuming it – not to mention attending banquets. And he himself is the Bread of life – a completely different kind of food, not found in restaurants or even some establishments that promise spiritual food in his name.”

Keynote Scripture: John 6

 

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“Are You a Believer?” < Click here to listen!

“Find out how replacement beliefs like dish towel religion can insidiously diminish and devalue God’s love.”

Keynote Scripture: John 20: 30-31

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“The Universal Body of Christ” Nov. 13, 2017

November 10, 2017

“The Universal Body of Christ” < Click here to listen!

“Paul’s letter to the Ephesians offers incredible insights into the nature of the church – the body of Christ. Join us for this fascinating study.”

Keynote Scripture: Ephesians 1-6 

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Matthew 12:32 “Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”

“Dr. Brad Jersak continues and completes a sweeping and glorious survey of unparalleled hope, given by the grace of God.”

Keynote Scripture: Hebrews 1

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blasphemy “1 a :the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God ·accused of blasphemy”

Matthew 7  21 ““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”

 

Revelation 11 18 “The nations were angry, and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your people who revere your name, both great and small— and for destroying those who destroy the earth.””

“Conversion – Getting Saved or Being Reconciled?” < Click here to listen!

“When giving their “testimonies” some talk about “getting” saved – is that what happens? Can anyone actually “get” saved?”
Keynote Scripture: John 10, Ephesians 4, Colossians 1 , 2 peter 3, Revelation 21

“Them vs Us”

November 9, 2017

“Them vs Us” < Click here to listen!

“Accusations and condemnations continue among competing churches and denominations – as do church splits and divisions. And then there’s the seemingly endless, strident messages from many pulpits about non-Christians. What is a Christ-centered perspective about all of this angry rhetoric?”
Keynote Scripture: Luke 18

“Faith Alone, Grace Alone and CHRIST ALONE – Pt. 3”

November 8, 2017

“Faith Alone, Grace Alone and CHRIST ALONE – Pt. 3” < Click here to listen!
“When all is said and done, our relationship with God all comes down to CHRIST ALONE – faith and grace are themselves rooted and grounded in Christ, who is the very center of all that we are.”
Keynote Scripture:   2 Corinthians 5

2 Corinthians 5 New International Version (NIV)…”16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” – John 15New International Version (NIV) ““I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” – Proverbs 3 New International Version (NIV)…”5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Isaiah 55 New International Version (NIV)…”6 Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake their ways and the unrighteous their thoughts. Let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.” – Colossians 1New International Version (NIV)…”15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. 19 For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”

Listen to this minister who escaped from a legalistic religious cult!

November 7, 2017

“Faith Alone, GRACE ALONE and Christ Alone – Pt. 2” < Click here to listen!

“Join us for GRACE ALONE, the second message in this three part series, as Greg considers the much misunderstood, mis-used and abused topic of God’s amazing grace.”

Keynote Scripture: Ephesians 2 …”4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” New International Version (NIV)

 

“FAITH ALONE, Grace Alone and Christ Alone – Pt. 1” Nov. 06, 2017

November 5, 2017

“FAITH ALONE, Grace Alone and Christ Alone – Pt. 1” < Click here to listen!

“We begin a three parts series which will carefully consider this phrase, so often used here at CWR. This week, we’ll the teaching given to us in Romans 4:13-25 about FAITH ALONE.”

Keynote Scripture: Romans 4, Hebrews 11, 1 Corinthians 15, 2 Corinthians 5

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“Christ Our Universal Hope – Part 1” < Click here to listen!

“In this first sermon of a two part series Brad Jersak introduces the beautiful and majestic, Christ-centered hope we are given in the gospel.”
Keynote Scripture: Titus 2

Eternal Sin

November 5, 2017

Eternal sin
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
“In Christian hamartiology, eternal sins, unforgivable sins, or unpardonable sins are sins which will not be forgiven by God. One eternal or unforgivable sin is specified in several passages of the synoptic gospels. Mark 3:28-29, Matthew 12:31-32, and Luke 12:10 state that there is one sin considered eternal and that is “blasphemy against the Holy Spirit”.
Several passages in the Bible are frequently interpreted as referring to the unforgivable sin:
Matthew 12:30-32: “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell you, people will be forgiven every sin and blasphemy. But the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.”
Mark 3:28-30: “Truly I tell you, all sins and blasphemes will be forgiven for the sons of men. But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven, but is guilty of an eternal sin. He said this because they [the Pharisees] were saying, ‘He has an evil spirit’.”
Luke 12:8-10: “I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge him before the angels of God. But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.””

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https://www.biblegateway.com/
“Matthew 12:31 And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.
Matthew 12:32 Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.
Mark 3:28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter,
Mark 3:29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”
Luke 12:10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
Jesus Appears to His Disciples
John 20:19 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”
Acts 2:38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 26:18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’”

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Universalism
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Christian Universalism is focused around the idea of universal reconciliation, also known as universal salvation — the doctrine that every human soul will ultimately be reconciled to God because of divine love and mercy.[2]”Otis Ainsworth Skinner (1807-1861), A Series of Sermons in Defense of the Doctrine of Universal Salvation, Page 209, It is not part of mainline Christian doctrine either Catholic or Protestant. “Repentance is a means by which all men are brought into the enjoyment of religion, and we do not expect any man will be saved while he continues in sin. However, Unitarian Universalism holds a universal salvation, because is, “we expect all men will repent.”” – See also > https://www.goodreads.com/author/list/680884.Otis_Ainsworth_Skinner

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COMMENT: Leez Blog does not believe in “universal salvation”, but that known spiritual irreverance is unforgiven. Matthew 12:30-32

 

 

 

 

“The Already Here Kingdom – Pt 1”

November 2, 2017

“The Already Here Kingdom – Pt 1” < Click here to listen!

“This first of a two part series examines the present reality of the kingdom of God – Jesus said that it is here, now!”
Keynote Scripture: Matthew 13 & 18, Mark 1, Luke 17, 1 Corinthians 1