It's the Betrayal, Stupid

 
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Sermon notes of Pastor Mark Downey

April 23, 2017

Scripure Reading:  Luke 21:15-19

The assassination of the Roman emperor, Julius Caesar, and a betrayal by an entrusted friend.Et tu, Brute?” from Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare. Just seconds before the assassination of the Roman emperor and being stabbed to death, Caesar sees one of the young Senators with knife in hand and exclaims “you also?” Imagine the last words out of your mouth is the surprising question to someone you thought was a loyal friend, but instead your executioner. To live by the sword is to die by the sword has become a common refrain for pacifism, but Jesus' admonition to Peter lobbing off the ear of the high priest's SWAT team member was not anti-sword; it was protecting Peter from being arrested himself, even though Peter was just trying to protect his Master. After Jesus was betrayed by Judas, the cops moved in to make the arrest. In hindsight, Peter should have aimed his sword at Judas, but this was a perfect moment of predestination as Jesus told him, “Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me?" John 18:11. The metaphor of a cup often signifies a measure of divine affliction, possibly derived from the custom of some nations putting someone to death with a cup of poison. Jesus had come to die as a sacrifice for sin and betrayal was a necessary ingredient to teach us many lessons which we'll explore today.

Is Martin Luther King Day Christian?

By Jim Jester

The national holiday honoring the civil rights activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (not the name at his birth), is a national disgrace. It is the only holiday that bears the name of a man who had nothing to do with the founding of America. This alone could qualify it as a racist holiday. Most Americans will respond that we have Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays honored. But the fact is, these names have been dropped from the calendar in lieu of the generic “Presidents Day.” Those not born in America or immigrants coming in could rightly ask, “Which presidents?” Dead presidents, living presidents, presidents of debating societies? To be fair and equal, MLK Day should actually be called Civil Rights Day. Instead, the Negro, Mr. King, is honored simply because of his race, not because of his character. This is hypocritical, because I recall that he spoke about a person being judged by his character, not by the color of his skin. American’s should ask, is this holiday a Christian observance worthy of honor and was Mr. King a Christian?

Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 4

 
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PSALM 60

by Pastor Jim Jester

January 10, 2021

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25:8-22

Psalm 25 David’s Lament

Our Scripture reading (Ps. 25:8-22), begins with the statement, “He will teach sinners in the way.” In this, King David is acknowledging his past and his many sins, and perhaps even present shortcomings and/or sins; but David’s heart is not as a rebellious type of “sinner”, but as a sinner who is humble enough to be taught by the Spirit of God. Thus, the next verse confirms this by saying, “The meek [humble] will He guide in judgment: and the meek will He teach His way” (v. 9). As people, we have not always been perfect, but we are learning; and we are humble enough to keep on learning of God’s perfect ways for us. These verses are not speaking of habitually sinful or rebellious people who reject God’s ways, or His forgiveness. God’s faithfulness and Covenant love are available for those who take seriously their Covenant relationship as expressed in the Law: “All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such as [those who] keep His covenant and His testimonies” (v. 10).

Four Hundred Year Argument - Part 1

 
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Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

January 3, 2021

Scripture Reading: Acts 26:6, 7

6) “And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers:

7) Unto which promise our twelve tribes, instantly serving God day and night, hope to come. For which hope’s sake, king Agrippa, I am accused of the Jews.

The apostle Paul makes his defensive argument in the court in which he states that he is “judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto our fathers.” What promise was that? What promise was “made of God unto our fathers?” And if the promise was made unto our fathers, that would make it a racial promise because it is made with a family!

It is this racial promise that the Apostle Paul is said to be “accused of [by] the Jews.” It is this racial promise that “our twelve tribes” hope to take part in.

Righteousness or Self-Righteousness?

 
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by Brian Jones

December 27, 2020

Scripture Reading: Psalm 1:1-6

Available in Audio only. The following verses are explored:

Twins - Part 1

 
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by Walter Giddings

December 20, 2020

Scripture Reading:  Jeremiah 10-1-3

Greetings Kindred. We are on a first name basis here. My name is walter. This lesson comprises Scriptures that have puzzled me for a long time.

Acts 28:11 And after three months we departed in a ship of Alexandria, which had wintered in the isle, whose sign was Castor and Pollux.

This ship’s sign was Castor and Pollux. Ships have names. The most famous names for ships in elementary school in the 1950’s were the Nina, the Pinta, the Santa Maria, the ships of Columbus’ first voyage to the New World, and the Mayflower. The Mayflower was the place the Pilgrims composed their Deed of government, the Mayflower Compact. That solemn Christian Covenant of their formation into a Civil Body Politick, the Law of the Land, was drawn up on that ship in Cape Cod cove.

Scripture does not tell us the name of the ship that wintered at Malta. What is this ship’s “sign” in Acts 28:11? Is it the flag the ship sails under? We see from the Scriptures that it is “a ship of Alexandria”. Alexandria was the major Mediterranean port for Egypt. “Castor and Pollux” is not an Egyptian flag. What does it mean that the ship’s “sign was Castor and Pollux”?

Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 3

 
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PSALM 58

by Jim Jester

December 13, 2020

Scripture Reading: Psalm 13

What if America were a dictatorship, or perhaps a monarchy? A dictatorship usually has a negative connotation; and a monarchy, not as feared; but no matter what the case, it can be good or bad, depending upon the individual in charge. A dictatorship in America may sound preposterous and unthinkable because it is not a part of our constitution; but really, we have seen it before not too far back in our history; the prime example being the jew, Abraham Lincoln and the War Between the States.

Is it possible that America could come under a dictatorship? We wouldn’t think so; but this week I discovered something I had not previously known. It is a law revealed in the following post.

Let Us Worship

 
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December 6, 2020

Scripture Reading:  Psalm 15:1:   “LORD, who shall abide in Thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in the holy hill?

What great questions in today's scripture reading! These are some of the greatest questions that could be asked by man. What is your answer to these two questions that are asked by King David? What is the answer given by the God of David? The answer is given in the rest of the verses of this short Psalm.

The word abide means to dwell there continually. It does not mean to visit or to be a guest or spend a short time in worshipping there. The ungodly might worship in the earthly tabernacle, but would they abide in the city where God lives forever?

Road To Richmond

ROAD OF MEMORIES

By Richard Hoskins

Events are history. Most events revolve about wars and their aftermath. War winners write the history. If one does not have a reason to know better he must accept the victor’s version — there is nothing else he can do. The victor’s version is often twisted or downright wrong.

When a person has lived on the same land as his ancestors for ten generations, the history handed down to him is often different. He has a personal interest in it. A different history results in a different worldview. Not only is his worldview often different — it can be the correct one while the official version is not.

To many, the road to Richmond is just another Virginia two land back-road; trees, creeks, hills, an occasional unworked farm. I know the road and have had reason to travel it countless times. It crosses battlegrounds, a scalping place, a massacre, worked out coal mines, a canal — the list goes on. It seems that every rock and hill has a story. The road is a long memory trail.

Heresies

 
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For there must be also heresies among you ...”

by Walter Giddings

November 29, 2020

Scripture Reading:  Micah 6:6-8

What is heresy? Who among us are the heretics? Can we tell, or count, the Heretics among us, if we have little or no idea what Heresy is? We are 3 Questions into this Lesson. Have we even finished the 1st Paragraph? Are we belly up dead in the water already? If we have trouble with Investigation, shall we turn to Confession? Who, among us, is willing to have a good Confession before God “I am an Heretic!”? Volunteers, raise your right hand. Let the record of this proceeding show that we have one hand raised and it is mine. This is troublesome. At this point, let us ask, what does The LORD God require of us?

God requires us “to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.” Man translates H120 Adam, aw-dawm’. “He hath shewed thee, O Adam, what is good.” If we do justly, love mercy, as our Heavenly Father does, are we acting like Family? How important is it to know from God what is good? Do we know what is good apart from Him?

Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 2

 
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PSALM 44

Jim Jester

November 22, 2020

Scripture Reading: Psalm 5

“To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth [flute or wind instruments: perforated pipe], A Psalm of David.

1 Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.

2 Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will I pray. 3 My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.

4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee. 5 The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. 6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak lies: the LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man.

7 But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. 8 Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.

9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue. 10 Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against thee.

11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. 12 For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.” – Psalm 5

The personal prayer of King David (Ps. 5) and the national lament and prayer of Israel (Ps. 44).

Evil Good and Good Evil - Part 5

 
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WHITE SUPREMACY

Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

November 15, 2020

Scripture Reading:  Deuteronomy 7:6 “For thou art an holy people [Israel; with whom the everlasting covenant was made] unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.”

And now we come to the fifth part of this series. What other issue does neither party endorse? What issue do both parties condemn? Both parties are in total agreement that their view on white supremacy and white privilege is racist, and that it is an evil, horrible sin. They both agree that there should be no group of people who are somehow above all other groups. They totally ignore or explain away that Deuteronomy 7:6 and the many other verses in the Bible that teaches that the God of the Bible chose a racial people (not people out of all races) to be a special people to Himself! And they also totally ignore that there is another mongrel group who hates and wants to kill the people who the LORD God chose!

Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 1

 
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by Pastor Jim Jester

November 8, 2020

Scripture Reading: Psalm 3

The books of Isaiah and Psalms are the most often quoted by the writers of the New Testament. The hymn that Jesus sang with his Apostles at the Last Supper was likely the Egyptian Hallel (Pss. 113-118) or a part of it. In the agony of the cross, Jesus meditated upon Psalm 22:1, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matt. 27:46; Mk. 15:34). And, according to Luke 23:46, it was with the words from Psalm 31:5, “Into thine hand I commit my spirit…” that He died. The hymns that Paul and Silas sang in the Philippian jail (Acts 16:25) were probably some of the Psalms. Paul recommended the singing of Psalms to the congregations addressed in Ephesus (Eph. 5:19) and Colossae (Col.3:16).

Interesting facts about the Psalms ...

Evil Good and Good Evil - Part 4

 
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EDOMITE AND KHAZARIAN INFLUENCE

Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

November 1, 2020

Scripture Reading: Numbers 20:17-20

The above scripture teaches that a certain nation, Edom, prevented the nation of Israel from passing through their territory in a peaceful way; even after they had promised to pay for the water that their cattle and they would drink out of their streams. Seems like there was some hatred between these two groups of people! As a result, Israel started on their last phase of their journey to Canaan, going around both Edom and Moab, to come into the promised land from the east of the Jordan River.

This is the fourth part of the series, “Evil Good and Good Evil.” The series explains that there are many of our LORD God’s laws that He has given to us that are not in either the Republican or Democratic party platforms.

Indignation

 
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THE RAGE OF GOD'S DISPLEASURE WITH SIN

By Walt Giddings

October 25, 2020

Greetings Kindred and Fellow Sheep. We are on a First Name Basis here. My name is Walter. In the Roman Gregorian calendar Year of Our Lord, [Anno Domini in the Latin], Two thousand twenty, the greater number of State Governors declared Panic-demic Emergencies. They issued Emergency Orders forbidding Churchianity from assembling.

Isaiah 26:20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.

Hide thyself ... until the indignation be overpast.” What is “The Indignation?” In Greenville, Mississippi, the police interdicted an assembly of cars on a meetinghouse parking lot on “Palm Sunday” telling pastor and people the Governor’s Emergency Order cancels Constitutional Rights. They issued citations subjecting them to a potential fine of $500.00. The Governor of the State of Maryland issued a Proclamation declaring the Easter Bunny!! an Essential Industry! Is there any second witness to God decreeing His People to hide themselves? Do we have second witness to the end time Prophet Isaiah?

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