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Deuteronomy Part 1

 
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Copied from the Sermon Notes of Pastor Don Elmore

December 10, 2017

Scripture Reading:  Deuteronomy 1:1-5

First, this week has seen over ¼ of a million-people evacuated from their homes in the western part of America. Where and why? It is in southern California near Los Angeles that wild fires, spread by high winds, up to 70 mph, are devastating neighborhoods, practically without any warning. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed, with the threat of many more. A quote from a resident: “I have lived in this area for 30 years and I have never seen anything like this.” Guess what city Meghan Markle was reared in. We have raised the ire of our LORD God.

Second, President Trump agreed with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel that the United States will recognize Jerusalem, the main city of the three major religions, as the capital of Israel. Mr. Trump, officials said, would make clear that the United States is not taking a position on whether, or how, Jerusalem is divided between Israel and the Palestinians. He will also not take a position on who will control a disputed area of the Old City, known as the Temple Mount to Jews and Haram al-Sharif to Muslims, which has been a flash point for tensions.

President Trump plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the American Embassy there, upending nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and potentially destroying his efforts to broker peace between Israel and the Palestinians. The very pro-Jewishness of our government should be very evident. They put fake-Israel first. Palestinians as well as many of our allies decry this position. We have raised the ire of our LORD God.

Mount Gerizim Temple Worship - Part 2

 
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Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

December 3, 2017

Scripture Reading:  John 4:22

The last week of November saw Prince Harry of England announce his engagement to the biracial American actress, Meghan Markle. The 35-year-old actress has a white father and a black mother who were divorced when she was just 6-years-old. That would make Meghan a mongrel, but as the world says, she is biracial. Meghan herself is once divorced. Does anyone feel like they would like to tear their clothes and pull the hair off their head and beard?

But Meghan’s background is more than a white/black mixture. Her ancestry is an unusual combination of a Black/White/Protestant/Roman Catholic/Jewish blend with ancient beliefs of the Edomite/Samaritan religious systems. She was married to Jewish producer Trevor Engleson from 2011 to 2013. The pair had a Jewish wedding in Jamaica, complete with a “Jewish chair dance.”

Mount Gerizim Temple Worship - Part 1

 
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Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

November 26, 2017

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 27:11-13

Galilee to the North, Judah on the South and in the middle, was Samaria; three different areas of the former kingdom of Israel. And they were populated by very different individuals after Israel was deported because they broke God’s laws. The punishment, which they must have forgotten, was captivity by a foreign power; as the six tribes on Mt. Ebal read exactly what would happen to the Israel people if they disobeyed their God. The six tribes who read the curses consisted of the oldest and youngest sons of Leah: Reuben and Zebulon, and the two sons of Rachel’s handmaid and the two sons of the Leah’s handmaid. All the children of Rachel and four of the sons of Leah were assigned to read the blessings on Mt. Gerizim.

What a day that must have been. The Israelites were instructed to gather stones and put plaster over them. The Israelites were to write the laws of God on these stones that were located on either Mt. Gerizim or Mt. Ebal (there is confusion on which mountain, depending on what source you read). In addition, they were to build an altar unto the LORD their God, on which they were to offer burnt and peace offerings.

Mount Gerizim Temple Worship

Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

Part 1:  What happened during the reigns of Ahaziah and Jehoram of the House of Israel along with Jehoram and Ahaziah of the House of Judah?  What happened? Why were the kings from both houses--Israel and Judah--both murdered in the same day!

Part 2: There have been rival competing temples in the history of God's holy people. Also a discussion of the world-wide epidemic of interracial marriages.

Eyes That See - Part 2

 
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Sermon Notes by Pastor Mark Downey

November 19, 2017

Scripture Reading:  Isaiah 44:9 “They that make a graven image are all of them vanity; and their delectable things shall not profit; and they are their own witnesses; they see not, nor know; that they may be ashamed.

“Oh say can you see” is the first line in The Star Spangled Banner, and Francis Scott Key meant for it to mean patriotic pride after a ferocious all-night battle in the War of 1812, their flag was still visible “by the dawn's early light.” The Spirit of 1776, in the form of a flag, reflected what White Christian Americans were willing to die for, namely our freedom to worship Jesus and not be ruled by tyrants. “And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon His head, and a reed in His right hand: and they bowed the knee before Him, and mocked Him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!” Mt. 17:29. When Jesus was abducted in the middle of the night by a mob of shameless hypocrites, the Cross of Calvary is still seen by those who have eyes to see its glory after the dawn of 2000 years. This translation of the KJV is a mockery as well, in that Jesus was not king of the jews, that is, the non-Israelite Edomite Pharisees, but rather King of the Judahites and thus Israel.

Eyes That See

by Pastor Mark Downey

An explanation showing the difference between one of our five senses (sight), and what Jesus meant by "eyes that see" spiritually.

Part 1: A number of examples are given to show what spiritual blindness is as it relates to the idols of the heart.

Adulterate

 
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Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

November 12, 2017

Scripture Reading: Ezra 10:10-11

10) “And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel.

11) Now therefore make confession unto the LORD God of your fathers, and do His pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.

Have you ever seen children of a mixed-race couple? Which race do they look like? The majority look like they are a blend of both races; they are what the Bible calls them: a “confusion of faces.” They have genes from both races, and they can usually be very confused as to what race they come from. The children are certainly not born in the image of either parent.

The Israelites had committed two main sins:

  1. They hadn’t separated themselves from the people of the land, and

  2. They hadn’t separated themselves from their strange wives.

Let’s go back into Chapter 9 and see if we can find what led up to the controversy in Chapter 10. Let us read verses 1-4:

The Church and The Kingdom

 
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by Dr. Everett Ramsay

November 5, 2017

Scripture Reading: Matthew 16:13-19

We all agree...

  • According to the Septuagint, God created Nephesh/man in Genesis 1
    • Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make (create) man(nephesh) ............
  • God formed white Spirit/Adam/Man in Genesis 2
    • Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man (Adam) of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath (spirit) of life; and man became a living (spirit) soul.

Bible about That Adam

  • Genesis 5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him;
  • Bible about Adam's descendants: Seth to Noah to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Israel

God made an exclusive covenant with Israel and no one else, no other race

Eyes That See - Part 1

 
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Sermon Notes by Pastor Mark Downey

October 29, 2017

Scripture Reading: Luke 10:21-24

From an anonymous quote I found years ago: “I see said the blind man as he opened his Bible.” A closed Bible availeth very little. The sights and sounds that Jesus spoke of in Luke were figures of speech. It was no more literal than Romans 11:25, “that blindness in part is happened to Israel.” The “blindness” was a hardening of the heart of which the good news of the Gospels could not enter a man. Thus, Jesus was speaking to His inner circle who would be receptive after being under the present influence of the Lord's teaching about Himself. Even though their faith was weak and wavering, they got a glimpse of His Divinity. It must have sunk so deep into their hearts, that they made the transition from physical sight to spiritual sight. They were blessed beyond measure. We find a lesson in Mark 8:24 in which a blind man, who was not born that way, was healed by Jesus. “Regaining his sight he said, I see people, but they look like trees walking." Interestingly, there are some who place more significance on the tree as “people”, than the knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden. If we were to point out a parallel of these trees, which not everyone will see, they represent a prejudice and presumption that prevents them from seeing the intents and purposes of God. The first sin and thus the Fall of man stems from the presumption that there would be no repercussions. Eve thought, 'well, this isn't going to kill me' (Gen. 3:4-5). God knew she would disobey Him and He said, “Your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods.” Is that a good thing? Small 'g' gods are never good and you can never mix good with evil. The Fall of man was a curse, a combination of positive and negative, which results in a spiritual short circuit, the loss of immortality. Likewise, the healed blind man saw walking trees as such, because the restoration of sight was not immediate; he was seeing things in a state of confusion; obscured yet with imperfection.

Christ Killers

 
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Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

October 22, 2017

Scripture Reading: Genesis 4:14

This verse tells us of the objection of Cain to the LORD God of his punishment after he committed the murder of his brother Abel. The descendants of Cain were to be fugitives and vagabonds in the earth. Are they still that way? Are they still wandering all over the earth?

And what group of people would ever be described by the name of “Christ-killers”? Who would be charged with the guilt of plotting, instigating, and executing the murder of someone who they felt was an enemy; a person who was so dangerous to them that He had to be eliminated. What group of people are described in the Holy Scriptures as the ones making the following accusations against Jesus the Christ?

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