11/5/17
Kurt Ruhland
"Love"
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Ramazani Emena
"My Report Will Be Required"
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12/3/17
Robert Marzoughi
"The Feast Of Reconciliation"
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Marc Williams
"Opposition"
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Ramazani Emena
"Don't Forsake The Lord"
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Marc Williams
"What's On Your Mind?"
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7/9/16
Llewellyn Scheepers
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3/19/17
Mike Stull
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2/19/17
Ebengo Isaya
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2/5/17
Milad Bahadorzadeh
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1/15/17
Dan Richard
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1/1/17
Matthew Williams
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12/25/16
Ramazani Emena
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12/18/16
Marc Williams
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12/4/16
Oliver Ruboneza
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11/20/16
Milad Bahadorzadeh
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10/30/16
Marc Williams
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October 23, 2016
Dan Richard
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October 16, 2016
Matthew Williams
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October 9, 2016
Ramazani Emena
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October 2, 2016
Trent Johnson
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September 25, 2016
Masih Bahador
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August 28, 2016
Dan Richard
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July 24, 2016
Ramazani Emena
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Brother Ramazani recounted the circumstances of how he learned the Truth from brothers who were persistent in sharing the Bible's message with him.  He shared in some of the obstacles and concern he has experienced even after becoming a brother in Christ, such as praying in English, and becoming a speaking brother in our ecclesia.  He loves his wife, Sister Sangani, because she encourages him not to worry. Likewise, we should not worry about preaching and teaching the Bible's message to others.  Like Peter, James and John, we are to be fishers of men. For our homework this week, brother Ramazani, admonished us to "make sure you change the world".
July 17, 2016
Trent Johnson
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July 10, 2016
Karam Ram
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July 3, 2016
Chuck Runge
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June 26, 2016
Russ Johnson
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June 12, 2016
Oliver Ruboneza
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May 22, 2016
Marc WIlliams
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May 15, 2016
Jamil Itani
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May 8, 2016
Dan Richard
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May 1, 2016
Ramazani Emena
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Bro. Ramazani talked about being ready for Jesus return - at any time.  He looked at the following verses:  1 Pet 3:18; Matthew 25, Rev 3:15-16; Luke 17:28-30; Luke 12:35-40; Matthew 16:24-27; Eccl 12:1; Matt 24:44; Luke 12:4-5.
April 3, 2016
Oliver Ruboneza
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Bro. Oliver presented us with 5 challenges in life: Freedom (to serve God), Excellence (to  better ourselves), Opportunity (to help someone in need), Leadership (by example in action), the Future (our example to our children).

March 13, 2016
Matthew Wiliams
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Bro. Matthew Williams spoke about being prepared.  He referenced the parable concerning the seven virgins, the parable of the wedding feast and the parable of the lost sheep in the gospel of Matthew.  Our brother emphasized the importance of being prepared and also noted the kingdom would be coming quickly (flash of lightening) as the flood in the days of Noah.  Our bro. also noted importance child like qualities needed to develop our faith as brought out by Jesus in Matthew chapter 18.


March 6, 2016
Ramazani Emena
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Bro. Ramazani spoke today about opposing God was similar to opposing our neighbor, and how we should try to avoid opposing others. We need to repent whenever we have those doubts in our hearts about our Father, because we all need Him on our side.


February 28, 2016
Adam Richard
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February 14, 2016
Horst Truestedt
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February 7, 2016
Masih Bahadorzeda
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November 23, 2015
Russ Johnson
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Bro. Russ examined how Saul responded after he went astray with how David repented before God.  We need to follow the positive example, and stay close to God in constant prayer.  We were not saved without cost, that price having been borne by Jesus, the greater David.


November 15, 2015
Oliver Ruboneza
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Bro. Oliver reminded us that Jesus prophesied about the events of the last days and we see most of these events taking place now (false teachers, wars, love of many waxing cold, etc.). Therefore, we should not be surprised or disappointed by the problems we see in the world today. But rather, we should hold on to faith and watch for his coming and the Kingdom he will establish.


November 8, 2015
Matthew Williams
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November 1, 2015
Marc Williams
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Bro. Marc spoke to us today about different short stories, such as Bezalel, Jotham, Mary, and the centurion. These people were not mentioned very much, but when they were, they were told to have great faith. When God looks back at your lives, how will He view you as? 


October 18, 2015
Dan Richard
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Bro. Dan discussed the book of Jeremiah, focusing on the lessons found in the first chapter. 


October 4, 2015
Ramazani Emena
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Bro. Ramazani talked about how our faith is a strong feeling of trust, or assurances of things hoped for.  He described faith as "like a root in a plant" or "an engine in a car".  He read Rom 10:17; Matt 9:20-22; 2 Cor 5:7-10; Eph 6:14-18.  Jesus had the ultimate faith as he prepared for his death, and warned his disciples.


September 27, 2015
Matthew Williams
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Matthew talked about how important it is to have zeal for God's work.


September 19-20, 2015
Steve Davis
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Classes from the Chicago Fall Gathering, on the topic "Gleanings From The Book Of Ruth".
 


August 23, 2015
Dan Richard
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Dan used the historical figure of Isaac Newton to show true Biblical doctrines and how these remain true today.



August 9, 2015
Marc Williams
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Bro. Marc began with the falling asleep of his great great grandmother in 1904 due to the flu and her hope in the kingdom to be established in the future and how that same hope is alive and valid today as it was in the early 20th century.  Marc discussed the reading in 2Peter stating the patience the LORD and his SON have that none should perish.  Marc highlighted how Psalm 90 was similar to Peter’s words in theme and emphasis.  We must continue to have our lights burning and be vigilant like the 10 virgins since Peter tells us our Lord’s coming will be as a thief in the night.  Even though many obstacles exist as Peter points out in the 3rd chapter, we must continue to hold fast to our faith despite the challenges in our lives.  


July 26, 2015
Ramazani Emena
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Bro. Ramazani spoke about how we are personally driven by God and how it is good for us to do God's will.


June 21, 2015
Nathan Richard
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Our requirement as believers in believing and sharing the gospel. The exhortation was encouraging and challenging at the same time to live up to the calling God requires from us as children in the faith.

May 31, 2015
Marc WIlliams
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Very simply, if God says something, it is truth. If something is against what God has said, it is false. Falsehood is the opposite of the truth. 

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May 24, 2015
Mike Stull
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Mike used examples of a compass, paper map, Google map and phone apps to find our direction, leading to the Holy Way.  Mike used the following verses and ended with how we should follow Jesus, as the Way, the Truth and the Life.  Deut 1:33-34; John 14:6; Psalm 23; Jer 6:16; Is 30:19-22; Prov 4:10-15; Is 35:8-10



May 17, 2015
Dan Richard
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You're invited! Jesus is the Lamb of God - "worthy is the Lamb". We want to be in the Kingdom of God, at the marriage supper of the lamb
(Eph 5:31, Matt 22:2-8, Matt 25: 1-10, Luke 14: 7-11, Luke 12: John 12:1-8, Rev 5: 12-14)


May 10, 2015
Trent Johnson
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Bro. Trent used an interesting object lesson of a box of his memorable things.  He gave thoughts and reasons why we should all turn aside and look for our own burning bush today.  Verses discussed included:  Ex 24:1-2, John 14:1,6, Deut 29:29



April 26, 2015
Chuck Runge
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Bro. Chuck reminded us Jesus was a man and not a god. He was related to the son of Jesse (David) who was a man. Paul in his letters to the Romans and Timothy also remind us he was a man, not deity. Jesus prayed to his almighty Father and worshipped his Father in heaven.  Matt: 6 tells us he was on earth to reconcile us to our heavenly Father.  Jesus stated he was not to be worshipped, but only his Father was to be worshipped who was greater than himself.  Jesus is the perfect high priest the law of Moses pointed to and the perfect son and sacrifice without blemish. Jesus inherited flesh and blood,  and in that state could not inherit the Kingdom of GOD without being changed from mortal to immortal. He (Jesus) is the first born of the dead, which implies there will be many born after him into that changed state for which Paul tells us this mortal will be made incorruptible. A most beautiful outcome for the saints who sojourn in a desperate sinful world and long to meet their savior and worship their creator in the Kingdom to be established on earth.  



April 19, 2015
Oliver Toy
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April 12, 2015
Russ Johnson
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Bro. Russ led us through Judges 17-20, starting with Micah of Ephraim, and how his mother came to have silver cast into an idol which came to be worshiped. As the story unfolded, Israel went from bad to worse. We were reminded that the human heart is deceitful, but today we have Jesus, a true King like David, but one who committed no sin.



April 5, 2015
Adam Richard
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​March 28, 2015
Mike Stull
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​March 22, 2015
Marc Williams
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​March 15, 2015
Nathan Richard
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March 8, 2015
Trent Johnson
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March 1, 2015
Dan Richard
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Are we prepared for the soon return of Christ? Bro. Dan brought out lessons from the parable Jesus taught about the ten virgins waiting for the bridegroom to arrive, and compared it to our lives today. 



February 22, 2015
Matthew Williams
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Sometimes it can be just as difficult to create good habits as it is to break bad habits, but Bro. Matthew suggested a few simple ways to get started.



January 11, 2015
Dan Richard
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Bro. Dan explained how Babel equates to Babylon, and confusion.  The men of old in Genesis 11 wanted to rely on a tower as their refuge, but we rely on God  - who is our spiritual tower, strength and refuge.



January 4, 2015
Marc Williams
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Bro. Marc exhorted us that we need resolutions and goals to get things done. He talked about our typical new year's resolutions such as diet, exercise, job changes and relationship changes.  He listed common spiritual resolutions such as:  Daily Bible Readings, better attendance at church or bible class, more effective prayer, preaching, helping others and being more giving. He then looked at Galatians 5:22-23 for the 9 Fruits of the Spirit and Marc suggested we all embrace one of these as a goal, or resolution for 2015.



November 16, 2014
Matthew Williams
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Bro. Matthew discussed how many people in the Bible have felt discouraged and abandoned by God, and related this to personal circumstances in his recent life. Ultimately, we can draw comfort from the fact that God truly is always present with us.



November 2, 2014
Nathan Richard
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Bro. Nathan mentioned the book of Revelation was his favorite when he was younger, stating that perhaps the reason is Revelation is a complete story – there are characters with good character development, along with a plot that leads to a resolution.



October 19, 2014
Dan Richard
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Bro. Dan discussed how we can be better disciples of Christ, and better serve our brothers and sisters.



October 12, 2014
Trent Johnson
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Bro. Trent detailed David's encounter with the Philistine giant Goliath, and described David's attitude in this confrontation. David knew that one who publicly defied the Living God of Israel could not live regardless of the weapons used. David's act of faith helped to make atonement for the lack of faith in Israel at this encounter. Jesus defeated His own Goliath at the cross, and Jesus commands us to take up our own cross and follow Him.



October 5, 2014
Chuck Runge
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Bro. Chuck reminded us that we are seeking a better country, just like Abraham was when he left his home to follow God.



August 24, 2014
Mike Stull
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Bro. Mike discussed faith, and how everyone can show it - no matter what their age, status or situation.


 


July 13, 2014
Marc Williams
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God knows all our needs. If we focus on God, He can give us the Kingdom, too! It is important to hunger and thirst after righteousness, not just wealth and riches.



July 6, 2014
Mike Stull
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Bro. Mike explains how there's no "grey area" in between right and wrong. God has laid out two ways to go - the only question left is what will you choose? 



June 22, 2014
Oliver Museremu
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Bro. Oliver gave an encouraging reminder that God's love is what changes people's lives, and that we have the opportunity to show that same love to others in the world. 



June 15, 2014
Nathan Richard
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Bro. Nathan spoke about Simon the Sorcerer in Acts 8, a man with good intentions. With his misdirected ambition, he thought he could buy the gift of God with money.  Bro. Nathan told us that even though we are ambitious and have good intentions, we may not necessarily be where God wants us.  There are dangers in trying to do your best when you are too ambitious.  It’s good to be motivated but don’t let it consume you.

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June 8, 2014
Dan Richard
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Bro. Dan started with a 16 question quiz to test our memories. He then touched on short-term and long-term memory, as well as good and bad memories. His main theme is that repetition helps us remember.



June 1, 2014
Trent Johnson
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Bro. Trent exhorted us that prophecy was not revealed so that we can tell the future, but so that our faith will increase in the time of trial as we approach the day of Jesus' return.



May 25, 2014
Chuck Runge
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Bro. Chuck provides a thorough examination of Colossians 3, and how it applies to daily living.


 


May 17, 2014
Ramazani Emena

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Bro. Ramazani (with Bawili translating) delivers a powerful message in Swahili and English. Are we prepared to enter the Kingdom of God?
 


May 11, 2014
Matthew Williams

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Choices!
 

May 4, 2014
John Pople

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Bro. John Pople posed the questions, "Do we want to meet Jesus, is our desire strong enough and are we excited about it?"  He used the example of the paralytic who did whatever he had to, to meet Jesus.  He showed that the paralytic wanted his sins forgiven, not healed from his paralysis.   Even with his sins forgiven, he was not healed yet because that was not the reason he was paralyzed.  Jesus healed him to show the large crowd God's power.   But like the blind man in the New Testament, (John 9:2), His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" (John 9:3) "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.  Bro. John pointed out that we must change our worldly heart to be like Christ's heart.  We must urgently desire to be with Jesus because it is good and right.  Bringing forth fruit is measured by our desire.  Jesus' desire is to be with us.  What does a man gain when his sins are forgiven?  More than anything, the hope for eternal life with God and Christ.


April 27, 2014
Marc Williams
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Bro. Marc used the arrival of Spring here in Chicago (finally!) to reinforce the themes of rebirth, renewal and cleansing. Marc also mentioned resurrection - in terms of Easter being celebrated the previous Sunday, and Adam Richard becoming a Brother on Thursday evening.

Spring is an opportune time to check the direction of our life, and take “a fresh start” in the right direction, or, to use Bro. Marc’s words (reference to Information Technology) – a “reboot”.

Bro. Marc mentioned 11 people in the Bible who underwent a reboot, or fresh start: Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Ruth, Job, David, Hezekiah, the woman caught in adultery (John 8:3-11), the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4) and Paul, as well as some of our newest members of the Ecclesia.  Many left their homeland to go to a new place. Marc focused on Paul, who underwent great change – from accuser of Jesus’ followers, having them imprisoned or put to death; to, after his Damascus Road conversion, to one of the greatest defenders of the Gospel message.

Bro. Marc mentioned four points for the “Spring Cleaning” – A “Fresh Start”

1)      Cleansing of the heart (Psalm 51:10, Hebrews 10:22)

2)      Clean Speech (Luke 6:45, Philippians 2:14)

3)      Cleanse the mind (Romans 12:2, 2nd Corinthians 10:5)

4)      Repent from hidden sin (Psalm 32:3-5)

Other support verses were 2nd Corinthians 4:15-18 and Colossians 3:10-15


April 20, 2014
Chuck Runge

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Chuck provided an excellent exhortation concerning all aspects of resurrection.  Bro. Chuck outlined those in covenant relationship to GOD and the promise of their resurrection.  He stated GOD can raise rebels to judgment.  He discussed the second resurrection and those who will be involved.  We as a community of believers focus on the resurrection each week because of the power of the resurrection of GOD’S son and his elevation to power at the right hand of his FATHER.


April 13, 2014
Dan Richard

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The adage "No pain, no gain" is true when considering the spiritual life. Sometimes, we choose to take on additional pain in the hopes of receiving a greater reward. 


March 30, 2014
Dan Richard

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Bro. Dan exhorted us on the difference between "tolerance" as practiced in the world, and tolerance in the scriptures. We are to be patient, kind, and merciful, but we need to take a stand where sin is concerned, especially in the ecclesia and within ourselves.


March 23, 2014
Bruce Parker

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The Jews accused Jesus of three things before Pilate.
1.     They said that if he was not guilty they wouldn't have been brought him before Pilate.
2.     They said that it was Blasphemy to claim that he was the Son of God.
3.     Jesus claimed that he was a King.  Anyone who claimed he was a king was opposing Caesar and should be put to death.

Bro. Bruce Parker showed that Pilate might not have been as evil as he appeared to most people.  He tried to set Jesus free many times but the crowd wouldn't have it.  They cried, "Crucify, Crucify".  Pilate pointed out to the crowd that Jesus did not do anything deserving death.  Our Brother explains that under the Mosaic law, that if a dead man's body was found near a village, they could show that they were innocent of the slain man's death.  Deut 21:6-7

"All the elders of that city which is nearest to the slain man shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley; 7and they shall answer and say, 'Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it....

Washing the hands was anciently a symbolical action, denoting that the person was innocent of the crime in question.  When Pilate washed his hands, he wanted to show that he would not be guilty of putting an innocent man to death.

Pilate may have realized what the truth was.  He had a notice prepared and fastened to the cross.  "Jesus of Nazareth -- King of the Jews".  When Jews objected, Pilate told them, "What I have written, I have written".


March 2, 2014
Marc Williams

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Through examining the story of Jonah, Bro. Marc reinforced the simple, relatable message to "do the right thing".


March 2, 2014
Marc Williams

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Bro. Marc used Psalm 145 in conjunction with the old children's mealtime prayer, "God is great, God is good, let us thank him for our food -- Amen" to examine the three separate parts of the prayer, with a warning against vain repetitions (Matthew 6:7), but also instructing us that prayer is vitally important (Philippians 4:6 and James 5:15).


February 23, 2014
Mike Stull

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God has many names such as Jehovah,  El Shaddai, Yehwah, I AM, Eloihim and Addonai.  These names show who God is.  He his God most High, Master, Sovereign ruler, God Almighty and God-The all powerful one.  God is more than enough God.  Mike gave us an example of Israelite slaves in Egypt as having barely enough, the Israelites in the desert having just enough and those that entered the promised land of having more than enough.  God looks out for us and with Him all things are possible.


February 16, 2014
Trent Johnson

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Trent examined the life of Samson in Judges and how he is often judged perhaps more harshly than he should be.  Hebrews says that Samson is one of the faithful men of old and will be in the Kingdom, so we should learn from the good that he did in standing alone and seeking to save his country from the Philistines.


February 9, 2014
Chuck Runge

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Bro. Chuck gave him commentary on Acts, the story of Paul's conversion. The lessons Chuck expound on are reflected in many of Paul's writings, such as Romans 8, that then take on deeper meaning.


 

January 26, 2014
Nathan Richard

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Bro. Nathan spoke on the story of Jesus walking on the water and drew conclusions about God from it. Jesus perfectly reflects God, therefore we are able to glimpse a better picture of God by examining Jesus's life, actions, and thoughts.


January 19, 2014
Horst Truestedt

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Bro. Horst used the 2nd chapter of the 1st letter to the brethren scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia to impart three important themes:
1.      The need to grow spiritually (1 Peter 2:1-3)
2.      The need to reflect on the role as “living stones” and as people of God (1 Peter 2:4-10). It is no mere coincidence that Peter speaks of living stones and a cornerstone. Peter’s name means rock, and Jesus makes mention of this in Matthew 16:18.
3.      Need to think as sojourners and submit to rulers, masters and rules (1 Peter 2:11-25). With respect to rules, we are to follow them, unless they conflict with God’s laws.
Support verses were: Exodus 19:5-6, Deuteronomy 7:6, Psalm 118:22, Daniel 2:45, Isaiah 8:14, Isaiah 28:16, Acts 4:18-20 and 1st Corinthians 10:4.


 

January 6, 2014
Nathan Richard

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On a dangerously cold morning, Nathan gave an exhortation using one from a few years ago.  He said that his main spiritual goal has changed from wanting to be in the Kingdom, to now glorifying God.  He talked about overcoming distractions and busyness of life and making a goal to get the prize.  We looked at Matt13:1-9, 1 Cor 9 & Luke 5:1-10.  We follow Jesus and his mission - to fix our eyes on Jesus (Heb 12:2)


December 29, 2013
Marc Williams

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Bro. Marc used the passage of Jacob preparing and going out to meet his brother Esau to instruct us, that, even though we love to receive gifts, there is fulfillment in giving gifts as well. However, the spirit in which the gift is given must also be brought into account. In the case of Jacob, he knew he obtained his father Isaac’s blessing by less than honorable means, and was worried Esau might very well kill him (Jacob). Jacob was motivated by appeasement (and self-preservation) rather than love for his brother.

Marc gave examples from Matthew 5:40-42, Luke 3:11, Hebrews 13:16 and 2nd Corinthians 9:7 as examples of proper giving. He contrasted that with warnings about giving: Matthew 6:1-4, Proverbs 25:14 and Ephesians4:28. Marc ended with John 3:16 (“The Most Precious Verse”) and Matthew 25:44+45 (Jesus’ warning to his disciples that all people are God’s children, and not tending to them is not attending to Jesus).

Other support verses were: Luke 2, Matthew 2:11 and Acts 20:35.


December 22, 2013
Mike Stull

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Brother Mike spoke of the Old Testament fulfilled prophecies.  The prophecy of Jesus is still waiting to be fulfilled when he returns to earth to set up the everlasting Kingdom.  The Son of God has all the promises of God in Him.  We believe that through him we can be saved from our sins as we have been told in the scriptures.  Jesus was prophesied, born, baptized, lived his life to God and was crucified and resurrected.  Let us treasure these things as we spend time with our family and remember it is through Christ that we have the great hope of the kingdom.


December 15, 2013
Russ Johnson

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"The Spiritual Phoenix". Bro. Russ favored us with a wonderful exhortation building from 1 Corinthians 15. People and events mentioned in Corinthians are from events recorded in Genesis. God created the first man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into him the breath of life. But when sin crept in, the very good order of things in the garden was shattered, and death came into the world. Jesus also was created in the image and likeness of God, but Jesus manifested the character of God, and the problem of sinfulness in mankind was resolved in Him. Because of His holiness and His separateness from sin, death could not hold Him. And God has promised a similar resurrected life for us
 


December 8, 2013
Nathan Richard

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Bro. Nathan followed the following direction, all tied under the concept of shame in the Christian life.
1. Defined the current situation
2. Drew theological implications and applications from it
3. Discovered practical applications


December 1, 2013
Chuck Runge

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Bro. Chuck discussed how sin entered the world through one man and with sin came death to all men.  But life came through the one man, Jesus Christ. Jesus was the one to defeat the serpent who represents sin.  Jesus compared himself to the serpent that was raised up on the cross in Moses’ time.  Bro. Chuck pointed out that we need to build on a strong foundation, Jesus Christ.


November 24, 2013
Dan Richard

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Bro. Dan used the passage of the healing of the invalid at the pool at Bethesda as well as John 8:1-11 (Jesus not condemning the woman caught in the act of adultery) as examples to us that even though (by nature) we are sinners, we can (with a conscious effort) put our sinful past behind (with confession and repentance) and move forward, focusing on the present and future. Jesus never excused sin as recorded in the two passages, but focused on the confession, repentance and moving forward aspects. Bro. Dan concluded by reading several passages focusing on the memorials, while the congregation completed a self-examination form, concluding with Jeremiah 31:33 and Romans 5:5-8. Other support verses were: John 1:29, John 8:34, Romans 7:15-25 and Galatians 5:19-21.


 

 

October 6, 2013
Chuck Runge

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Bro. Chuck used the passages of the election of a new (12th) apostle (to replace Judas) and the 41st Psalm to draw parallels between Ahithophel and Judas, as well as the men they served (Ahithophel served King David as an advisor, and Judas as an apostle of Jesus). Ahithophel had a "falling out" with David because David slept with his granddaughter, Bathsheba; and Judas "sold out" Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Chuck's main points were: 1) Never give up on God; 2) Trust in God's grace; 3) Don't trust in yourself -- trust in God, and 4) Pray for deliverance.   Some of the support verses/passages were: John 13:18 (which referenced Psalm 41:9), 2nd Samuel 15, 16, 17 and 23 and Hebrews 12:15.


September 29, 2013
Nathan Badger

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Visiting Bro. Nathan Badger discussed the story of Nehemiah rebuilding the temple and looked at the different groups' attitude towards it. He also drew comparisons as to how we should be in the ecclesia.


September 22, 2013
Bruce Parker

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Bro. Bruce examined the comparisons between Abraham's, Christ's, and our faith. Each needed to believe in two things: a miraculous birth and resurrection. For us, this manifests itself in baptism and resurrection after death. The bread and the wine embody these two
hallmarks of faith.


September 15, 2013
Chris Sales

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Concluding talk to the Chicago Gathering by Bro. Chris Sales from Ontario.  He continued his weekend of talks on parables from Luke and led us to better understand Jesus teaching.
 


September 8, 2013
Trent Johnson

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Bro. Trent adroitly used the illness he experienced/suffered through during the beginning of the year to draw parallels to the law of Moses and the intent of the Law to bring one to salvation.  Medical devices were extremely efficient in analyzing and identifying Trent's medical problem, but were unable to "cure" his illness.   The cure came through using appropriate medication based on correct analysis provided to him through medical equipment.  We know we are ill (sinful) and must do the analysis to determine how to forcefully address (medicine) our own sin.  We know we could never correct all of our sins related to the flesh, but we must address them and earnestly attempt to change our fleshly ways to a righteous spirit leading us to salvation through Jesus the Christ.


September 1, 2013
Mike Stull

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Bro. Mike followed the theme of work, starting with God's work at the creation, considered the abuses under Pharoah, and reviewed Jesus' instructions to put down our burdens and pick up His work. We were reminded not to labor for rewards that are perishing, but to let our light shine before men by our good works.  Let us work hard for Christ.


August 25, 2013
Matthew Williams

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Being brave can be hard.  The examples of Noah, Abraham and David show that you can be brave when you have faith in the Lord.  But the greatest example of being brave is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who was obedient and faithful to God as he faced his trials.


August 18, 2013
Phil Sweeney

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Bro. Phil used the passage of Paul's "calling out" the Jews for their seemingly duplicitous behavior to show that they (and those of us who are "Spiritual Jews") , in order to be truly a Jew, must be a Jew inwardly. That is, the circumcision spoken of in verses 25-28 (outward and physical) is not the only form of circumcision. The circumcision Paul stresses is circumcision of the heart, not by the written code (Law of Moses).
Support verses were: Romans 1:16+17, Genesis 29:35, Psalm 19:1-4, Romans 3:9 and Romans 11:32.


 

July 21, 2013
Nathan Richard

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We took a close look at the character of Job's wife. While Job overcame his trial, his wife did not. Still, as Christ treats us with love even though we fall short, Job also treated his wife with love and respect.


June 2, 2013
Mike Stull
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Bro. Mike examined many different examples of memorials in the Bible. Memorial Day should be a time when we can reflect on the greatest human who ever lived, Jesus Christ.


May 26, 2013
Chuck Runge

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Leading up to Jesus' last wek in Jerusalem, who was in control? Was it Herod, PIlate, or Caiaphas? Or was it Jesus, the son of God?


May 19, 2013
Aaron Stull

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Bro. Aaron used the passage near the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount to exhort us on not worrying about the daily needs of our everyday (earthly) life. Bro. Aaron asked us where we want to be in a week/month/year/5 years/10 years. Most us of think of the response to that question in terms of our career path (worldly problems), not our spiritual path.

Support verses were: Genesis 6:3, Genesis 6:18, Jeremiah 29:11-14, Proverbs 16:9, Proverbs 21:5, 1st Corinthians 9:24-27 and Philippians 4:6-7.


 

April 28, 2013
Chuck Runge

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If Paul says that it is by grace that we are saved, why do we feel compelled to become baptized? Bro. Chuck examined this question deeply. He also looked into how baptism should formatted, drawing from various bible characters, including our Lord Jesus Christ.


April 21, 2013
Russ Johnson

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We need not fear when we face the struggles of life, for our God never leave or forsake us.


 

March 31, 2013
Nathan Richard

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On this Resurrection Sunday, Nathan looked at how our joy at Jesus' resurrection is made fuller through a personal understanding of the despair of death.


March 24, 2013
Chuck Runge

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Bro. Chuck used the passage of Jesus predicting his own death to show that Jesus, even though he was the only man ever invited into heaven, was a man as we are, yet was victorious over sin. The “Two Natures” that Bro. Chuck talked about is NOT the “Dual Nature” belief that has been in existence for well over 1000 years (Jesus as wholly God and wholly man), which is in conflict with our core beliefs.

Bro. Chuck cited the following passages as main points: Psalm 8:4, Psalm 144:4, James 4:1, Galatians 5:22-24, 1st Peter 1:10-12, Hebrews 2:14, Colossians 2:13-15, Hebrews 2:16-18 and Matthew 26:39.  Supporting passages were from Genesis 2&3, Psalm 39, Matthew 15, Acts 4, Romans 7, 1st Corinthians 15, Galatians 5&6, 1st Peter 2 and 1st Timothy 2.


March 17, 2013
Dan Richard

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Bro. Dan gave a beautiful talk about refugees, and how we are all truly refugees. We also heard a firsthand account from our new refugees from South Africa.


March 10, 2013
Don Davies

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We examined the love of Christ this morning. Christ's love was shown by his dedication to his disciples. Though they occasionally failed him, he still loved them.


February 17, 2013
Nathan Richard

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Bro. Nathan examined how God views our life from 30,000 feet, knowing exactly where our paths lead. How exactly do we fit into God's bigger plan? What is the purpose of our life's path, and what is it defined by?


February 10, 2013
Matthew Williams

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Random Kindness: Matthew used the example of the Good Samaritan to show how we all need to show kindness to each other.


February 3, 2013
Mike Stull

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Bro. Mike provided examples of animal predators in animal kingdom.  He then gave us old testament examples of men being predators of other men and also of men being preyed upon by other men.   He then showed how Jesus was preyed upon by evil men and was able to thwart them through the word of his Father.  


January 27, 2013
Rick Hill

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Jesus is completely deserving of our honor and esteem. Without him, we have no hope. No other man could have done what Jesus did, and he is the reason why we are here (at church).


January 20, 2013
Dan Richard

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Our church has two main purposes:

1. To glorify God
2. To encourage each other

Various passages and strategies were discussed on how to better strive for and achieve these goals.


January 13, 2013
Chuck Runge

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Many people focus on the fact that Jesus is the Son of the Most High, but few dwell on the fact that he will bring his kingdom to earth, to reign forever.


January 6, 2013
Cec Treadway

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While one could reflect on the many negatives that 2012 contained, one could also dwell on the many blessings that God bestowed upon us in 2012, and hopefully in 2013.


 

November 25, 2012
Marc Williams

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“Choose your King” - Bro. Marc used the passage of the nation wanting a king to draw parallels between the issues of politics in the 11th century B.C. and the recently-concluded 2012 election season. What was interesting was the difference of what the audience said the qualities people look for in a leader (appeals to the ideas(s) of the masses, confidence, articulate, business acumen and aggressive) versus what should be in a leader (wisdom). Unfortunately, instead of people who exhibit wisdom taking leadership positions in government, the candidates (and those filling the positions in government) are career politicians.
In 1 Samuel 8:11-18, Samuel warned the people of what would happen if they were given a king. Samuel repeated this message in his “farewell speech” in 1st Samuel 12. Sadly, what Samuel predicted came to pass in 1st Samuel 15 – that included the nation being at war all 42 years of the reign of the anointed king (Saul).
Bro. Marc concluded by stating that we choose Jesus as our King. From the magi in Matthew 2 to Pontius Pilate in John 19:17 – they knew that Jesus was a King.


November 18, 2012
Mike Stull

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Are you tuned in to God? Can you hear Him?


November 11, 2012
Matthew Williams

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Do we have a "Power to Please"? How can we please God in our daily lives?


November 4, 2012
Dan Richard

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We looked at 2 Samuel 6, specifically regarding Obed-Edom the Gittite. We gleaned lessons from his life, such as how we strive to be "at the right place at the right time" to be chosen by our king. More importantly, we already have been chosen by our king!


October 28, 2012
Trent Johnson

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Trent exhorted us on "The Most High God" and used examples of Nebuchadnezzar and compared his rule to rulers today.  He talked about how God picks rulers today (Presidents) and how Jesus is our example for humility and godliness (Phil 2:5-11).


October 21, 2012
Chuck Runge

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God has a magnificent plan for this earth. When Christ returns, God's will truly will "be done on earth, as it is in heaven".


October 14, 2012
Nathan Richard

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Contrary to first glance, Isaiah 58 is a powerful, life-changing chapter with direct implications on Christian living. Our hearts must be transformed with a love to obey the Spirit of God's Law. For, "Is this not the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke. Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter - when you see him naked, to clothe him, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?" (Is. 58:6-7)


October 7, 2012
Russ Johnson

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Bro. Russ spoke on the topic "Getting our mind focused". He talked about focusing our minds on Jesus, and he examined the last day of Jesus life on earth and the cruelties of the crucifixion. Heb 12:1-2, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."


September 30, 2012
Marc Williams

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Bro. Marc used the passage where the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Meunites came to make war on Jehosaphat to establish the fact that each and every one of us experiences uncertainty – that time when we are faced with a problem (or problems), when we “freeze up”; and, as the title says, don’t know what to do.
Uncertainty is all around us – problems in the Middle East (most recently the Iranian nuclear threat), the upcoming presidential election, violence in our society, the fragile economy, epidemics, the disparities is weather (U.S. in drought, U.K. dealing with too much rain).
Bro. Marc’s three main points were: 1) Seek the Lord; 2) Ask for help from the Lord; 3) Wait for the Lord.  These three things were what Jesus did as well.
Bro. Marc closed with these two thoughts: 1) Consider the role of fasting, prayer and praise in your own life; and, 2) Set yourself to seek the Lord.
Support verses were: James 5:14-16; Psalm 37:1-4, 12-15 and 34-40; Psalm 146:3+4; Proverbs 3:5 and Matthew 6:25-34.


September 16, 2012
John Perks

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Bro. John spent the weekend talking from 2 Timothy. He drew many lessons from the last letter that the Apostle Paul ever wrote in his life.


September 9, 2012
Dan Richard

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Bro. Dan talked about the fact that Jesus is our ultimate standard. We are not measured against anyone else by Jesus, who is the perfect reflection and image of God.


 

August 5, 2012
Mike Stull

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Bro. Mike used the passage where the hand wrote a message on the wall of King Belshazzar’s palace in conjunction with the title (the complete phrase usually credited to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (as part of his inauguration speech) to establish the fact that much of what we fear doesn’t come to fruition.
However, all of us experience fear at some level or another, from the fear we feel when someone jumps out of hiding to scare us, all the way to the fear we experience in a life-threatening situation. Fear can motivate us in both a negative or a positive way (the “fight or light” syndrome). Bro. Mike covered the spectrum of fear in selected passages from Genesis 3 & 45, Exodus 2 & 14, 1st Samuel 17, Daniel 4, Esther 7, Jonah 1, Matthew 14, 27 & 28, Mark 9, and Luke 2, 21 & 24.
Bro. Mike then wrapped up by posing the question – What do we do to not fear? This was answered with passages from Deut. 7, Joshua 1, Daniel 3, Luke 12, John 24, Philippians 5, Hebrews 13 and 1st Peter 3.


July 15, 2012
Tim Galbraith

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Bro. Tim discussed Jesus’ approach to Jerusalem, and how the city was central to prophecy and history in God’s plan for the Earth. He talked about the significance of baptism, sacrifice and overcoming sin, leading to Jesus’ death, resurrection and future return to Jerusalem in glory.


June 17, 2012
Nathan Richard

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Bro. Nathan started by relating the story of one John A. Roebling, who history recounts as the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the persistence and perseverance that John (and his eldest son, Washington) had to overcome to see the project through from conception to completion. The story also tells us that greatness is made, not conferred upon us at birth. The exhortation reading (the Parable of the Persistent Widow) tells us that God does listen to (and answers) prayer.
Bro. Nathan outlined three points as to why we need persistence: 1) To be in the Kingdom; 2) Setting of goals (both short-term and long-term); 3) The trials we encounter (which is where perseverance comes in).
Support verses were: Proverbs 10:4, Ruth 1:11-19, 1 Samuel 20:3, Romans 2:5-8 and Isaiah 50:5-7.


June 10, 2012
Mike Stull

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God speaks to those who listen.  Mike discussed a number of passages that showed how God speaks to people in the past and present.  Our job is to read God's word and listen!


 

April 29, 2012
Marc Williams

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Bro. Marc used the foretelling of the birth of John the Baptist, as well as the record of when John was in prison (Matthew 11:1-19) to drive home some points:
1)      Does your life have a point?
2)      Does your life have fulfillment?
3)      What is your impact?
Bro. Marc stated that we don’t measure up, especially against examples such as John the Baptist. Also, something is missing in our lives – we want more, we want to go on. Our lives can (and do) have a purpose – for we have the promise of the resurrection. The downside to that purpose is that sometimes we forget that purpose, and we stumble in our walk.

In Matthew 11, John must have been wondering if he performed his duty. Jesus answered that question in verses 10-14. Jesus speaks very highly of John -“Among those born of women, there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist”.

If there is any doubt that John’s purpose was fulfilled, read Luke 3:1-6. The current rulers of the Roman Empire are listed here – Tiberias Caesar, Pontius Pilate; Herod, Philip and Lysanias the tetrarchs, and Annas and Caiphas the High Priests. None of these were the ones chosen to prepare the Way for the Lord. That was performed by John. The fulfillment was beautifully described in Matthew 3:13-17, when John baptized Jesus; Jesus himself saying, “Let it be so now, it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”


April 15, 2012
Mike Stull

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Mike discussed the important role that our thoughts play in the actions of our lives. Evil thoughts precede every evil action, but righteous thoughts also precede righteous actions. Strive to have righteous, pure thoughts.


April 8, 2012
Dan Richard

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On Easter Sunday, Bro. Dan took us through a glimpse into the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is important to remember that she was just like any other human in history, albeit set apart by God.


April 1, 2012
Chuck Runge

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Today, we examined the blood of Christ, and its role in our salvation. We are redeemed and saved through Christ's blood, similar to how the blood of the sacrificial lamb saved the Israelites during Passover. We meet every Sunday to partake in the emblems, and in doing so, drink of Christ's blood.


March 25, 2012
Cec Treadway

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Brother Cec encouraged us with a "View from Above." As his 84th birthday is this week, he encouraged the youth to appreciate all that God has given them, and reminded us all that our life is given to us by God.


March 18, 2012
Nathan Richard

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Prophecy 101: a Do-it-Yourself Guide. Bro. Nathan looked at why prophecy is important to the everyday life of a Christian believer. He also examined the three big themes of prophecy: Israel, the End Days, and the Kingdom age. Finally, we looked at Messianic prophecies, and how they cement our faith in Jesus Christ as our Messiah. 


February 5, 2012
Chuck Runge

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Bro. Chuck looked at how Jesus "set his face like flint" throughout his journey to Jerusalem. Despite the knowledge that he was going to his death on a cross, he steadfastly carried on his journey, doing the Lord's will. Through this, we have the ultimate exhortation to "carry our own cross daily."


January 29, 2012
Dan Richard

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Bro. Dan used the following as a “jumping off” point for his remarks: 1) A letter from a supervisor at work that addressed his shortcomings, 2) His observations after visiting different churches while he was in Williamsburg, and 3) The exhortation reading (which contains letters to four of the seven Churches of Asia Minor).

Dan enumerated seven different points as to why he “Loves my Church” :
1)      Our Faith (doctrines and beliefs) (Deuteronomy 6:4, James 1)
2)      No paid ministry. This encourages more involvement (1 Corinthians 12:27-31)
3)      Fellowship practice. Dan cited the inclusion of the Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith into our fellowship.
4)      The book, The Bible Hope. Five thousand books have been distributed, with an additional 5000 copies to be printed.
5)      No collection at our Meeting. There is no basket passed around during Meeting. Those who donate seek out the Brother in charge of Ecclesial finances.
6)      The ability to use the word Church (Acts 19:30-41)
7)      The “little things”. The following list is not inclusive of what Bro. Dan mentioned:
-That we sit during our prayers.
-That Bro. Dan can stand at the podium and read from the Bible.
-Our building (size-wise)
-Our church music
-The role of women in the Ecclesia (1st Corinthians 11)
Dan concluded his remarks by saying that the church is not the four walls of a building (2nd Corinthians 3:2+3 – those that meet in isolation and strife), and that we need to keep on improving as servants, disciples and as a Church (1st Timothy 4:11-16).


January 22, 2012
Nathan Richard

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What does God require of you? An examination of Micah 6:8 revealed the important of living wisely with justice and mercy, while remaining humble in everything.


January 15, 2012
Nicolas Pratt

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Through the example of the current stress that students are undergoing with finals, we discussed the tests that God gives to us, and how we can pass the tests. Nine steps were given for how to handle every kind of test: 

  1. Be willing
  2. Follow instructions
  3. Be Prepared
  4. Do not give up
  5. Stay Calm
  6. Have courage
  7. Encourage others
  8. Listen
  9. Honor God

December 25, 2011
Marc Williams

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Bro. Marc helped us to celebrate Christ's birth by remembering his birth. In particular, we looked at the lives of Joseph and Mary.


December 11, 2011
Trent Johnson

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Bro. Trent encouraged us by looking at 2 Cor. 4:18, "So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." Do you see what cannot be seen?


November 27, 2011
Nicolas Pratt

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From today's daily reading of Esther 2 we can see many examples of how we should be like Esther. She used her beauty to serve God and her people, risked her life, and was faithful to both God and Mordecai. We see how she is a good example of the Bride of Christ, she was orphaned and adopted, replaced the established queen, selected, purified, and finally accepted as the chosen one.


 

October 23, 2011
Marc Williams

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Bro. Marc explained the title of the exhortation came from a reading of the Beatitudes while reflecting on the recent passing of his mother, Sis. Rose Williams (who had been a member of the Chicago Ecclesia).
Bro. Marc said that, in our current society, we tend to dwell on the negative – going from one negative thing to the next. The tendency to dwell on the negative can lead to possible long-term side effects, such as depression. Despite the negative things that impact our lives, we need to look at the bright side of things; and not take positive things in our lives for granted (we want more, we want different, we want better, and we grumble when we don’t). Bro. Marc brought this point home by reading from Exodus 16 (the Lord providing manna and quail) and Numbers 20 (the Lord providing water from the rock in Kadesh, in the Desert of Zin). 


 

September 25, 2011
Ron Waye

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In light of the recent events regarding the vote betwen Palestine and Israel, Bro. Ron spoke on the future of Israel. It should be our hope and vision to look to Jerusalem, and ultimately "go up" to Jerusalem. 


 

August 28, 2011
Chuck Runge

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By going through 1 Samuel 15 (where the Lord rejected Saul as King), we were able to closely examine Saul's life, mindset, and characteristics.


 

July 10, 2011
Brian Ross

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"The Real Moses: Manna From Deuteronomy"
We examined lessons from the life of Moses, particululary in the book of Deuteronomy. We should strive to read ALL parts of our bibles to learn lessons from it.


June 5, 2011
Nicolas Pratt

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"A Spiritual Contract Reality"
We all abide by the Social Contract Theory, that we respect those around us and do not lie.
But do we abide by the Spiritual Contract Reality that God has established for us?
We must look at our lives and make sure that we love our neighbors as ourselves,
not judge if we do not wish to be judged, and spread the word of God. 


April 24, 2011
Nathan Richard

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On Resurrection Sunday, Nathan emphasized the need for an emotional connection to the resurrection. Being the centerpoint of our faith, Jesus' victory over death should be forefront in all of our minds.


March 20, 2011

Nicolas Pratt
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We must be prepared to face the coming return of Christ. 
Like athletes our preperation must be constant and rigorous.
Following the example of Christ we must continually look to scripture for guidance.


 

March 6, 2011
Dan Richard

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Four main points were examined:

  • We must be compelled
  • God is in control
  • Deny ourselves for Christ
  • Follow our Master
     

 

 

January 30, 2011
Nathan Richard

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The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. Don't be bogged down by distractions that the world throws at you, but instead remember our goal of reaching the Kingdom.


 

November 14, 2010
Marc Williams

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Football teams make plans for each game they play. A team never makes plans to lose. Some people make plans but fail to count the costs so are unable to complete projects as in the parable of building a tower. There are many things that we can't plan for and we need to always trust in God. Consider the story of Joseph and how he would have planned nothing the way it happened in his life, yet God had a plan that worked best for everyone. The parable from the reading (Matt. 21: 33-41) was discussed as what seemed like a strange plan which ended in the death of the landowner's son, but we know that in God's plan for the world it worked best for everyone to offer His son. We need to put our trust in God always because God knows what he is doing in our lives and in his plan for the earth.


November 7, 2010

Nathan Richard

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Using passages from Nehemiah 2 and 4, as well as select passages from the 1st book of the Psalms (tying those to Matthew 27:46-50 (and the corresponding passages, Mark 15:34-37 and Luke 23:46)), that Nehemiah prayed to God before he answered King Artaxerxes, which involved the application of thought. Jesus did the same before his encounters that are recorded in the Gospels. This includes the responses he gave to the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate, as well as his calling out to God while on the cross.


October 31, 2010
Chuck Runge

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Discipleship and Politics


October 24, 2010
Trent Johnson

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We must be careful not to look at the speck in others eye when we have a log in our own. We are called to help each other, but not force our help on anyone. Positive encouragement is better then negative reprimanding.


October 17, 2010
Dan Richard

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Hiram


Chicago Gathering 2010

Gathering Part 1(Saturday Morning)
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Horst Truestedt: "Israel, God Chosen People"
Steve Johnson: "Israel, God's Chosen Land"

Gathering Part 2 (Saturday Morning)
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Steve Johnson (Continued)
Mike Stull: "Running To & Fro, Knowledge Shall Increase"
Norm Fadelle: "Last Day Birth Pangs"

Gathering Part 3 (Saturday Morning)
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Norm Fadelle (Continued)

Gathering Part 4 (Saturday Night)
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Dean Brown: "All Nations Gathering Together Against Jerusalem"
Hymn Sing

Gathering Part 5 (Saturday Night)
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Hymn Sing (Continued)

Gathering Part 6 (Sunday Morning)
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Jared Johnson: "Falling Away From the Faith"

Gathering Part 7 (Sunday Morning)
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Bruce Parker: "Jesus is Coming to Set Up His Kingdom"
 


September 12, 2010
Marc Williams

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The question of materialism in our own lives was raised. Are our treasures here on earth, or do they lie in heaven? We should attempt to be like Jesus, and reduce the material possessions in our lives. Strive to imitate Jesus always!


September 5, 2010
Nicolas Pratt
 
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Comparisons between us and the lame beggar at the gate in Acts 3 were drawn. We are in need of mercy (alms), and God has given it to us, even though we don't deserve it.


August 29, 2010
Cec Treadway

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Following his previous exhortation on old age, Cec looked at the concept of remembrance. What should we remember, especially regarding Jesus at the memorial table?


August 22, 2010
Nathan Richard

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Lessons were drawn from a motorcyclist' eye glasses and helmet. Do you wear your spiritual helmet when you face trials in the world? Practical lessons were given as to how we can strengthen our helmet.


August 8, 2010
Alex Johnson

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A clear message was given as to the dangers of anger. We were advised to take steps to control our anger, and were shown the importance of doing so.


August 1, 2010
Chuck Runge
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David's words in Psalms 69 were closely examined, and parallels to Christ were drawn.


July 18, 2010
Cec Treadway

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Am I getting old? Brother Cec passes down wisdom he has gained from his long life, as well as expounding on the concept of aging. 


June 27, 2010
Nathan Richard

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The unique story of Shammah in 2 Samuel 23 was examined, and lessons and connections to Christ's sacrifice were drawn.


June 6, 2010
Dan Richard

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The origins of the doomsday clock, as well as its relevance to our spiritual lives was examined. We are ever nearing Christ's return.


May 30, 2010
Trent Johnson

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The meaning of an exhortation was given, as its purpose of encouragement was stressed. Exhortations from personal testimonials were also presented. 


May 23, 2010
Nathan Richard

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Our word choices were examined, and silence was stressed. We must think before we speak, and only speak when it is profitable.

 

May 16, 2010
Chuck Runge


We explored the book of Colossians, in particular the first two chapters. Here, Paul is giving us instruction on how to live holy, while always keeping the image of Christ forefront in our minds.


May 9, 2010
Marc Williams

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The concept of baptism was looked at. What is baptism? Is it really necessary? A beautiful example of Matthew account of the crucifixion was read to help us learn why we should want to become baptised. 


May 2, 2010
Dan Richard

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The hymn "To Be a Pilgrimn" was examined, as we learned new lessons from the true meaning of a pilgrim. We should follow Abraham's example of being a pilgrim in a strange world.


April 25, 2010
Trent Johnson

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The end days, and our participation in them were discussed. We are living in the Days of Noah, where immorality is becoming acceptable. 


April 18, 2010
Nathan Richard 
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Figurative meanings of lightness and darkness were examined in multiple stories. It was suggested that we wake up 30 minutes earlier than necessary every morning, so that we can start our day by reading and meditating on God's word. We concluded by examining light and dark in the context of Jesus' resurrection.


April 11, 2010
Jeff Maney

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The biblical definitions of light and dark were established, and we discovered how we need to live in the light, or in God's love.


April 4, 2010
Cec Treadway

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March 28, 2010
Alex Johnson

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March 21, 2010
Dan Richard

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The church has a problem with people who are lost at church. How do we correct this problem, and get everyone actively involved in service?


March 14, 2010
Chuck Runge

We examine Psalm 69, and draw many example and illustrations of Christ. Jesus is demonstrated in almost every verse, and we draw conclusions that help give us insight into Christ's life.


 

February 7, 2010
Nathan Richard

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New insights into the meaning of the Magi's gifts are shown. Who are the Magi, and why are they important? How does this relate to Jesus' walk through his life?


January 31, 2010
Nicolas Pratt

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Jesus' role as a Messiah is explored. What were some symbols that proved Jesus was our Messiah, and how does his role as a Messiah affect us?


 

January 3, 2010
Dan Richard

Almost half of all American adults make New Year's resolutions each year. While 75% succeed past the first week, only 12% accomplish their goal six months later. The odds are stacked against changing bad habits in the same way that gravity pulls our spiritual levels down. While we don't find "Resolutions" in the Bible, we do find people who "resolved" or "determined" to do certain things. Examples considered were from: Josh 24:15, Neh 2:17-18, Matt 26:35 (failure), 1 Cor 2:1-2, Luke 16:1-4, Luke 9:51-53 & Matt 26:41-46. We should all resolve to be more givers and less takers. We should resolve to be more like Jesus as found in Phil 3:10-14.
Let us resolve to remember Jesus daily.
Let us resolve to seek first His Kingdom.
Let us resolve to be born again, and again, and again.
Let us resolve to do His commandments.
Let us resolve to hear His voice as our Shepherd and do His will.
Let us resolve to give food, clothing & care to others.
Let us resolve to let our light shine thru good works.
Let us resolve to examine ourselves positively for what we can do better.
Let us resolve to watch and be ready for Jesus return to Jerusalem.


December 20, 2009
Jeff Maney

The original question was asked about God's control over the world. Why does he always seem to have to redo his work? We saw a diagram showing that God started on a universal scale with creation, then downscaled to a global scale with the flood, and then moved to the national scene with Moses and the children of israel. After this, God focused on the individual, Jesus Christ. After Jesus, he enlarged his view to the national scene, the Gentiles, the global scene, with knowledge of Jesus' resurrection spreading, and then finished it off with the universal view of a new creation. God's plan is well organized, and centered around Jesus.


December 13, 2009
Casey Opitz, "Mental Health" (Mark 5:1-20)

We looked at the story of Legion of an example of an obviously mentally ill human. However, the notion was put forth that we are all mentally ill. We all listen to voices like Legion, except our voices are voices of sin and temptation. We are the spirituall weak, the ill (Matthew 9:12), and the mentally ill. However, we know that Jesus will soon heal us of our infirmities, and our brain will function 100%, as we wholeheartedly serve Him.


December 6, 2009
Cec Treadway, "The Feeling of Our Infirmities" (1 Corinthians 1)

1 Corinthians 1 - Paul tells us that the gospel message was a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks (Gentiles). The Jews sought a messiah - a king that would come and immediately free them from the Roman rule - they could not accept a Christ that was humble and was crucified - hung on a tree. The Greeks were under the influence of the Stoic philosophy which meant that all should accept whatever befell without any emotion - joy or grief, happiness or sadness.
Jesus was in all points like we are - tempted and tried and he was the epitome of the "fruit of the spirit" - Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness & temperance. He did have the feelings we feel. When he saw the grief of Mary and Martha and the mourners at Lazurus' death - he wept and groaned within himself for their anguish even though he knew that he was to raise Lazarus to show the "glory of God".

Genesis records that God was grieved at his heart at the wickedness of mankind that he had created and found only Noah a righteous man. We need to follow the examples of God & Jesus in our daily walk with our brothers and sisters as well as the world with which we come in contact. The gospel message that proclaims the coming Kingdom of God and the salvation in Jesus Christ need to be proclaimed. to those we meet.. Paul's words to Timothy in 1 Tim 2:1-3 should be
our rule. " Prayers, intercession, and giving of thanks , be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all goodliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.


November 15, 2009
Bruce Parker
, (Genesis 19:1-29)
Lot and Abraham's lives were examined, including looking at Genesis chapter 20 from Sarah's point of view, and the trust she placed in God. Lessons were drawn from Job that often in life, we are going along great, but then something drastically changes, and we need to rely on God to strengthen us. Also with Lot, we need to ask ourselves, are we compromised with the world? Finally, these stories revealed a theme constant throughout the Bible: God is always at work.


November 1, 2009
Dan Richard
, "Religious Efficiency"
Warren Buffett and Bill Gates are two of the richest men in the world and extremely smart. Unfortunately, neither believes in God and Bill Gates said this about his religion: "Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient. There's a lot more I could be doing on Sunday morning." God's Word tells us the opposite. Through verses such as 1 Tim 6:17-19, Matt 11:25-26 & 1 Cor 1:26-27 we learn about being called to true service through Jesus Christ. The question for each of us to consider is: Are there better things we should be doing with our time? The difference between those who will be in God's Kingdom, and those who won't, will be in the way they spent their time on earth. God wants all of our time, not just one hour each week. He wants us to serve and glorify Him continually. Other verses considered were: Deut 6:4-9, Ps 119:44, Luke 2:36-38 & Eph 5:15-16. As the good hymn says, "Life is the time to serve the Lord, to do His will, to learn His Word."


October 25, 2009
Chuck Runge, "Apart From the Law" (Romans 3:1-8)

Romas 3:1-18 was closely examined, and various lessons were drawn. Everyone has the same problem against God: sin. Since we are all sinners, Romans 5:6 tells us that Christ died for us, and to save us from our sins. We need to present ourselves humbly, and we must be honest with ourselves.


October 4, 2009
Nicolas Pratt, "Can the Ends Justify the Means?"

Do we live our lives in a way that in all aspects glorifies God? Many lessons can be learned from the numerous Biblical characters who struggled with similar issues that face believers today. The hope for eternal life is the end goal, and while the path may be difficult, trusting that God knows what is right is always the best way.


September 13, 2009
Dan Richard
, "Entitled Like Jesus"
Entitlement is a word that was personified by Absalom, son of King David. He was very entitled as the son of the King, with royal blood on both sides of his family. Absalom had stunningly good looks, was wealthy and so confident from his experiences that he felt entitled to be the best judge in the land. Because of his entitlements, Absalom justified lies, sex, rebellion and murder, sometimes even in the name of serving his God. The lesson for us is that, unfortunately, we have much in common with Absalom. We also sin with the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. We think we're entitled to judge others and we often let our Father down when we sin. Contrasted to Absalom is Jesus, who though entitled (to have a title), he chose to deny himself and humbly offer himself as the ultimate sacrifice. We inherit Jesus' true entitlements: persecution, hardship, tribulation, betrayals, hatred, judgement and ultimately death. Our hope is to be entitled WITH Jesus as we embrace and live the title of our Master, Savior, and King Jesus.


June 7, 2009
Chuck Runge, "The Great Deception"

Life is too short to pick up narrow causes as our own. We cannot offer unswerving allegiance to human causes. Christians have a vision of their own – Jesus returning to set the world right. A vision of a world made perfect – and that is the Kingdom of God.


May 31, 2009
Dan Richard
, "Church, Life or Death"
Reading: 2 Chron 30 Christians in the Western world are shrinking and church attendance in the US is declining dramatically. What can we do? Here are 7 ideas to help:

  1. We must believe in our product (church/faith)

  2. We must believe that people NEED our product (church/faith)

  3. We must understand the needs of customers/potential members.

  4. We must offer an excellent product in our services.

  5. We ALL must embody our church - live & breath it!

  6. We must effectively market our church & faith.

  7. Perseverance & prayer are the keys to success.

We looked at the following verses in support of building God's church and our responsibilities: Matt 28:19-20; Acts 8:12; Jn 17:3; 2 Tim 3:16; 1 Cor 9:19-23


May 24, 2009
Brian Riley
Using the story of the woman at the feast at Bethany (Matthew 26) as a beginning point, Memorial Day is given a fresh look. Old Testament examples of memorials are used, as well as looking at the New Testament "Soldiers of Faith", to include Jesus, to draw the audience towards the emblems of memorial, the reason for meeting together every Sunday.


May 3, 2009
Cecil Treadway, "Christ In The Four Gospels"

Bible students sometimes wonder about the fact that the four Gospel writers do not always agree in their accounts of Jesus’ life. Matthew and Luke both have a genealogy of Jesus but they trace his ancestry from two different lines - Joseph, Mary’s husband and Mary. Some of the writers do not mention important aspects of Jesus’ life while others go into great detail causing Bible critics to doubt the authenticity. The gospels were written to different audiences and were written by holy men as God directed them through the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 1:21). The gospel writes each show a different aspect of Jesus ministry. The standards of the children of Israel in the wilderness point the way with their heraldic standards. Judah - a Lion, Ephraim - an Ox, Reuben - a Man and Dan - an Eagle. These same symbols are found in Ezekiel Chapter 1 and Revelation 4. The Lion Depicting Jesus kingship , The Ox - his service - they man - his humanity and the Eagle as the Son of God. Matthew addresses his kingship and coming Kingdom - tracing his genealogy back to David Abraham to who the promise was made of kingship and a kingdom. He speaks of the power of the King, mentioning the kingdom many times Matthew is the only gospel that speaks of wise men coming with gold, frankincense myrrh asking “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” Mark tells of Jesus as a a “servant - offering himself as a sacrifice. Luke addresses Jesus as the “son of Man” and traces his genealogy through Mary back to Adam. Luke speaks of an angel speaking to lowly shepherds - “I bring you good tidings of great joy - Unto you this day is born in the city of David, a savior which is Christ the Lord”: John speaks of Jesus as the “Son of God” - - the Eagle soaring in the heavens. There are no problems with the gospels when we realize the task that each writer was presenting as we wait his return to establish his kingdom once more here upon the earth.


April 26, 2009
Chuck Runge, "The Very Next Day"

As much as we desire to see the miracles witnessed by others, miracles were never enough. The people who left Jesus had heard the word of life and eaten the miraculous bread just the day before, but then fell away at the first difficulty. So God provided nourishment for us. He gave us the Lord Jesus. Jesus said “I am the bread of life”, and demonstrated that the eternal life He gives is better than the manna which perished and which could not offer eternal life.


 

April 5, 2009
Brian Riley

Using the story of Jesus' entry into Jerusalem from Matthew 21, the speaker uses this traditional Palm Sunday passage to examine the symbolism and lessons that can be learned by focusing on a study of the palm tree, the fig tree and the donkey on which Jesus rode.


March 29, 2009
Dan Richard, "No Turning Back"
Reading Genesis 19:12-26 The exhortation started with an example of driving a car through an intersection and how each person must decide whether to stop, and when there's no turning back. Spiritually, the Bible speaks about people who turn back on their faith, and turn back on God. Two key examples were considered. 1. A negative example cited was Lot's wife from Genesis 19. She was famous for turning back to Sodom Gomorrah and she paid for her error with her life. Key passages considered were: Luke 17:28-33, 2 Pet 2:7-8, and 1 Cor 7:14. We learned that believer's families are sanctified or set apart, but not saved - as Lot's wife proved. The lesson we learned was Don't turn back to Sodom. 2. Paul was a positive example as one who bounced back from many persecutions, including being stoned in Acts 14:4-6, 19-21. Paul knew a lot about stonings from his past at Stephen's stoning, including five reason's where the law prescribed stonings for specific sins. (Lev 20:2; 20:27; 24:14; Numb 15:36 Deut 21:21). We looked at Deut 13:6-10 for the Jews justification for stoning Paul and other verses which showed that Paul never turned back - despite intense troubles. Finally, we saw Jesus as our greatest example for never turning back. Verses included: Is 50:7; Luke 9:51; 9:62; Matt 16:24-25. The exhortation to all is: Don't turn back. Don't return to the sins of Sodom. Follow Jesus don't turn back!


March 22, 2009
Cecil Treadway, “It's Time To Clean House" (John 2)

The exhortation examined the account in John 2 of the “Cleansing of the Temple” by Jesus at the Passover feast. The incident is carried in all four Gospels (Matt 21:12-13; Mark 11: 15-17 Luke 19: 45-46) but only the account in John 2 seems to place the cleansing of the temple early in Jesus ministry. The other three gospels place it at his final trip to Jerusalem prior to his crucifixion suggesting that it was one of the first acts and one of the last acts that Jesus performed. In study, we find that he made a scourge with which he drove out the sellers of the cattle, sheep doves as well as the money changers who were making the Temple a market place where overcharging those who came was being done in an atmosphere of noise confusion. Jesus said “ make not my Father’s house a house of merchandise” and further recorded in the other gospels “ but you have made it a den of thieves”. The lesson for today comes from the words of the apostle Paul who points out in I Cor 3:16 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwells in you?” Also compare I Cor 6:19; 2 Cor. 6:16; and Eph 2:12-20 which point out our position as lively stones in the temple. Jesus in his sacrifice has cleansed our temple – making the way to salvation available to us and also giving us the example of “cleansing our temple” Reflecting on our actions and thoughts and seeking God’s mercy and grace as we daily repent and clean up our own lives. It’s time to clean house!


March 1, 2009
Dan Richard, "Judas Me"

Main points included:

  • We are naturally more like Judas than like Jesus

  • We need to overcome our spiritual weaknesses, just as Judas was challenged by his lust for money (John 12:6 as thief)

  • We shouldn't judge others as Judas did to Mary (Matt 26:13-16)

  • Like Judas, we too sometimes justify our sins wrongly

  • Ultimately, our life depends on our faith in Jesus, acceptance of His sacrifice and belief he will forgive me

Key verses we considered included: John 11:1-2, 12:1-8; Luke 7:37-39, Mak14:1-11; Ps 41:9, 55:12-13 Matt 27:1-5.


February 15, 2009
Cec Treadway, "Abraham - God's Friend"

The faith of Abraham is often taken for granted - that it was easy for him because God communed with him - but was it? Abraham faced many trials by God before he truly found the faith that allowed him to offer his son Isaac as a sacrificial burnt offering. He was told to Get out of his country - Ur of the Chaldees, from his kindred to a land that God would show him - the land of Caanan

  • He was tested in Haran - where his father Terah died.

  • Tested with famine when he reached Caanan

  • Tested in Egypt when he used lies and deceit with Sarai.

  • Tested when he separated from Lot - Tested with the decision to have Ishmael by Hagar,

  • Tested in believing that Sarah could provide a son in her old age.

He learned from each of these tests in his life which did develop his faith to the point that he believed that God would raise his son Isaac from the dead - his ultimate test of faith. We face trials in our own lives - We should not look at God through our difficulties but look at our difficulties through God. God's final promise to Abraham of an eternal possession of the land and a blessing to all nations includes us at Paul tells us in Galations 3:26-28 As many as have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ -- and if you are Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed and heirs according to the promise.