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    Mon, Jul 30th - 5:40PM

    Matthew 26:55,56

    Matthew 26:55 In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes, Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. 56But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

    A lot of people on the theological liberal side of the house like to paint Jesus as a great moral teacher who happened to get on the bad side of the political powers of the time and it cost Him His life.  This is very far from the truth.  The death of Christ fulfilled Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah. 

    Jesus had to die on the cross because only He as the sinless Son of God could take away our sins by dying on the cross as a sin sacrifice for us that whosoever believes on Him and accepts Him as their Lord and Savior can have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Him. 

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    Sun, Jul 29th - 8:29AM

    Matthew 26:52-54

    Matthew 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

    Jesus was God in the flesh.  No one forced Him unto the cross.  He gave His life freely as a sacrifice for our sins that all who believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior can have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Him.  The fact that Jesus would die for our sins was prophesied in the Old Testament most notably Isaiah chapter 53.  It wasn’t an accident of circumstances as many of our more liberal friends want to claim. 

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    Thu, Jul 26th - 10:07PM

    Matthew 26:40,41

    Matthew 26:40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? 41Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

    The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.  We can resist the temptation to sin when we are in tuned with the Spirit of God but it is when we listen to the flesh we are tempted to sin.  We get in tune with the Spirit through prayer and reading the Word of God.  Remember what Jesus used to rebuke Satan when tempted?  He used the Word of God, scripture.  Every time Satan tempted Christ He responded with the Word of God but of course that only works if you know the Word of God. 

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    Wed, Jul 25th - 9:24PM

    Matthew 26:39

    Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

    Was Jesus praying to get out of what laid ahead?  Of course not.  This was the very reason Christ came to the earth.  He was fulfilling perfectly the will of the Father.

    There are a couple points made in this prayer.  First it was not possible for Christ not to die on the cross.  He had to die on the cross because Christ was the only one that met the qualifications to take away the sins of the world through His sacrifice on the cross. 

    Second we see the Son of God submitting perfectly to the will of God.  Just as in the Lord’s Prayer He prayed the Father’s will be done not His.  This is a concept that is lost on many Christians and that is submitting totally to the will of God.  To many times we put our will ahead of the Father’s.  Being a true disciple means submitting our total being to fulfilling the will of God in all aspects of our lives.  That means in our professional life, our spiritual life, our personal life, and in our family life.  That means putting God first in all things no matter the cost and that is what gets most Christians, the cost.  The sacrifice it takes to do this. 

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    Sun, Jul 22nd - 9:18PM

    Matthew 26:27-29

    Matthew 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; 28For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. 29But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom.

    Verse 28 is the very reason Christ died on the cross for us.  That through His blood all that believe in Him and accept Him as their Lord and Savior can have the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life through Him.  This was not an accident.  Jesus wasn’t some great teacher whose teachings led Him to be executed.  Jesus was God in the flesh and He died so that we can have eternal life through Him.  God Himself died for us, won’t you live for Him? 

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    Fri, Jul 20th - 11:06PM

    Matthew 26:24,25

    Matthew 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. 25Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said, Master, is it I? He said unto him, Thou hast said.

    Christ came to earth for one purpose and that is to die for our sins on the cross that through His blood we can have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life.  Jesus death on the cross wasn’t an accident nor was it something that just happened it was the very plan of God.  A lot of people who see Jesus as nothing more than a great teacher or just a very wise man try to say Jesus died because He crossed paths with the rulers and it caused Him His life and it had nothing to do with a divine plan but this is complete falsehood.  The very way Christ would die for us was prophesied in the Old Testament most notably Isaiah chapter 53.  Christ died on the cross that through Him all that believe and accept Him as their Lord and Savior can have the forgiveness of sins and eternal life. 

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    Sun, Jul 15th - 9:50PM

    Matthew 25:31-46

    Matthew 25:31-46

    The judgment of God isn’t a very popular subject with most people.  It is a subject most choose to ignore or they choose to reject the fact that someday we will all stand before the judgment seat of God.  If you are a Christian you have nothing to fear.  Your sins have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus.  If you are not a Christian you will answer for your rejection of the free gift of salvation in Christ and your destiny is eternal punishment in hell. 

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    Sat, Jul 14th - 11:34PM

    Matthew 25:14-30

    Matthew 25:14-30

    These verses cover the parable of the talents.  In these verses a man (Christ) has went on a journey and left His servants (us) with talents to be used until He returns.  He gave each according to His ability.  Two of the servants used their talents wisely and one did not actually he did nothing with the talent he was given.

    God has given all believers gifts to be used for His kingdom until the return of Christ and has given us each to our ability.  God knows what we are capable of and has not given any person more than he can handle.  And He has given every believer a gift to use for the spreading of the Kingdom of God and setting on a pew bench every Sunday is not one of them.  See that is what the lazy servant did, he did nothing with what he was given.  God expects every believer to use what He has been given to help spread the Word of God.  And if you think you have no role in this you are wrong.  The Great Commission was a commandment to all believers to go out into the world and make Disciples of Christ. 

    You can read in 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4 the gifts that are given to believers to use for the Kingdom of God. 

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    Tue, Jul 10th - 9:57PM

    Matthew 24:37-39

    Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

    In the days of Noah mankind had become some so corrupt, so wicked that God felt He had no choice but to start over with the family of Noah.  I believe God is a loving and patient God.  He has held off His coming judgment on the world for 2000 years but He won’t remain patient forever.  He has been patient to give man every chance to repent of their sins and to become a child of God through Jesus Christ.  I believe just as in the days of Noah mankind will reach a point of rebellion to God that God feels He has no choice but to end it all.  It is debatable if we are heading that way now.  In some parts of the world such as in Africa and Asia we are seeing amazing numbers of people turning to Christ while in the West we are seeing the opposite.  In the West we are seeing society becoming more and more secular every year.  Often the church seems just as worldly as the secular world.  Just today the U.S. Episcopal Church voted to bless gay unions.  It as if we have just said we don’t care what the Word of God says we are going to do our own thing.  But just as in the days of Noah mankind is going to head down this road until God says enough.

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    Mon, Jul 9th - 11:21PM

    Matthew 24:36

    Matthew 24:36 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

    Throughout history people have come forward with claims that God has given them a special revelation and revealed to them the date of His return and of course they always prove to be false.  Most of us in the U.S. will remember we just went through this last year when a certain Christian radio host with a large following made a claim that the world would end on May 21, 2011 only to make Christians look foolish when this didn’t happen.  I say Christians because the world sees all Christians as the same and look for opportunities like this to mock Christianity.  They could care less that most Christians rejected this man’s teaching and identified him as a false teacher.  And this is how to identify a false teacher 101.  Does the teaching contradict the Word of God?  Yes, then it is false teaching because God would never contradict His written word.

    A lot of preachers spend a lot of time and energy trying to figure out the end time prophecies.  My attitude has always been while the end time prophecies are important the most important thing believers could be doing is reaching the lost until Christ returns.  The end time events are out of our control, they are completely in the hand of God.  What we can control is how many people we tell the Gospel to. 

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    Sun, Jul 8th - 11:14PM

    Matthew 24:35

    Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

    The Word of God is eternal; the Word of God is everlasting.  What is written in the Bible will happen.  What is written in the Bible is just as relevant to our world today as when it was written.  We often hear people say the Bible is out of date or it isn’t relevant to our world today.  None of this is true.  What is true either people don’t know how to make the Bible relevant to their lives or they choose not to.  But the most important thing to remember is what is written in the Bible will happen including all of the events written in Revelation.  No one has the power to keep God’s word from coming true, no one. 

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    Sat, Jul 7th - 9:42PM

    Matthew 24:32-34

    Matthew 24:32 Now learn a parable of the fig tree; When his branch is yet tender, and putteth forth leaves, ye know that summer is nigh: 33So likewise ye, when ye shall see all these things, know that it is near, even at the doors. 34Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.

    What is these things in verse 33?  It is all the signs mentioned earlier in the chapter.  In verse 36 Jesus says no one knows when Christ will return but the Father but in the verses preceding these verses He gives us some sings to look out for to know the time is near.  I know a lot of people spend a lot of time trying to decode the end time prophecies but I think the most important thing to do as a Christian is first to remain always ready for His return and then try to tell as many people as possible about salvation in Christ before it is too late to do so.  We have no control over the end time events they are all in the hands of God but we can control how many people we tell about salvation Christ. 

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    Fri, Jul 6th - 10:15PM

    Matthew 24:29-31

    Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

    After the rapture and the seven years of tribulation Christ will return to begin His 1000 year reign on earth an event which is described in more detail in Revelation 19 and 20.  In verse 30 the tribes of the earth shall mourn because when Christ returns it will be to render justice on the wicked and on those who continued in their rejection of God’s offer of salvation through Jesus Christ. 

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    Wed, Jul 4th - 4:29PM

    Matthew 24:21

    Matthew 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

    After the rapture of the church the world is going to go through seven years of pure hell.  The world will experience the wrath of God.  It is a time that Satan will reign on earth through the Anti-Christ.  It is a time you won’t want to go through but if you are a saved you don’t have to worry about it because Christ will take His church out of the world before this happens but if you are not a Christian you will literally experience hell on earth before you experience hell itself.  

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    Mon, Jul 2nd - 9:34PM

    Matthew 24:15

    Matthew 24:15 Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let the reader understand), (NASB)

    This verse is in reference to Daniel 12:11

    From the time that the regular sacrifice is abolished and the abomination of desolation is set up, there will be 1,290 days

    Chapter 12 of Daniel is a prophecy of the end times.

    Now look at 2 Thessalonians 2:3,4

    Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.

    I believe this is in reference to the Anti-Christ who will establish himself in the Jewish temple in Jerusalem and declare himself god.  And if you say there is no temple in Jerusalem just be aware there are already plans to rebuild the temple if the whole issue with the Dome of the Rock is worked out.  Which we know it will since it has to for prophecy to be fulfilled.

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