Captivity Names - Part 2

 
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By Walter Giddings

November 26, 2023

Scripture Reading: Genesis 34:20-23

We began our 1st Lesson on Captivity Names with this question:  where in our Bibles do we find the histories of our People Israel in Captivity?  In that lesson we began with Daniel 1, and reviewed the history of the four Hebrew children, Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah.  All four Hebrews were better known in the Chaldean language of Babylon as Belteshazzar, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  The King found the four Hebrew sons “ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in his realm”. The Scriptures put us in remembrance that Daniel’s request of the King, concerning the dream he could not remember, prevented the slaughter of all the palace advisors who failed to help the King recall his awesome dream and interpret it!  (Daniel 1:17).  How did the four Hebrew sons become “ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in his realm”? 

A Parable of Zacchaeus

 
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The Gospel According to Zacchaeus

by Pastor Jim Jester

November 19, 2023

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 19:1-9

INTRODUCTION

This sermon will be a little different for me. I do not consider myself a story teller. But Jesus told stories: we call them Parables, and He used them to illustrate something or teach a lesson.

Someone has said that a parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. At first glance of my subtitle, one might wonder if there is such a book as the Gospel According to Zacchaeus. Perhaps among the lost books of the Bible? No, there isn’t! But if there were, the narrative would probably go something like the following.

A parable may or may not be true.  But in the case of Zacchaeus, I believe it is true. Now, what I’m about to tell you is pure speculation, but not without historical evidence from the Gospels.

Loving Your Neighbor: Listening

 
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By: Garry Maddux

November 12, 2023

Scripture Reading: Acts 17:11 (KJV) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

How much time do you personally spend daily on your phone? How can you love your neighbor if you are filled with the world’s ideas? How much time do you spend daily listening to subjects related to God?

We learn to love our neighbor by listening to God and godly men.

Who Was the Father of Cain? Part 1

 
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Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

November 5, 2023

Scripture Reading: John 10:26:

If the Jews are not one of Jesus’ sheep, then what does today's scripture reading mean? Doesn’t that mean that they have another different father than the Sheep have?  Didn’t Jesus tell them that: “I [Jesus] speak that which I [Jesus] have seen with My Father; and ye [Jews, verse 31] do that which ye [Jews] have seen with your father.”  John 8:38

The Jews have a different father than Jesus had!  What father is that?

Captivity Names - Part 1

 
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by Walter Giddings

October 29, 2023

Scripture Study: Daniel 1 

Where in our Bibles do we find the histories of Israel in Captivity?

In a previous lesson “Captivity Captive” we were led to realize Israel is always in Captivity!  Israel, the Only People in Scripture that are called a Flock of Sheep, are always in Captivity!  (Matthew 7:15).  We are in Captivity, in due course, to The Good Shepherd of the Sheep, Jesus Christ the Righteous.  And we are in Captivity, out of due course, to The Great I Am God of Israel’s Enemies, Wolves in sheep’s clothing! 

Ichabod

 
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by Pastor Jim Jester

October 22, 2023

SCRIPTURE READING: I Samuel 4:15-21

The verses just before the Scripture reading reveal a little more of the context of this narrative:

And there ran a man of Benjamin out of the army, and came to Shiloh the same day with his clothes rent, and with earth upon his head. 13 And when he came, lo, Eli sat upon a seat by the wayside watching: for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city, and told it, all the city cried out. 14 And when Eli heard the noise of the crying, he said, "What meaneth the noise of this tumult? And the man came in hastily, and told Eli." (I Sa. 4:12-14)

Eli was a judge of Israel at this time. He was now blind because of his age; but he could hear. When the messenger came, Eli asks, “What is there done, my son?” (I Sa. 4:16) Literally, “What happened, my son?” Eli must have gathered from the words of the messenger that Israel had been defeated; for he had said, he “fled from the army that day,” and “came in hastily and told Eli what had taken place. He revealed that the defeat was a severe one. The answer piles misery upon misery — four crushing catastrophes:1. Israel had fled before the Philistines; 2. there had been a great slaughter; 3. among the slain were Eli s two sons; and (worst of all), 4. the ark of God was taken.

Five Objections to Calvinism

 
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Sermon notes from Pastor Don Elmore

October 15, 2023

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 1:4-6

I was brought up as an Arminian; that is the belief that a man chooses God.  Briefly said, in our church when the children reached the age of twelve or thirteen, they took a few classes and then went to the front of the church and said that they wanted Jesus to come into their hearts.  After doing this, the future new church members were candidates for baptism and their first Lord’s Supper.

The American Baptist Church that I went to with my parents never explained what the word “election” meant in the Bible.  The word was in the Bible, but the church basically ignored it.  They did the same thing with similar words/phrases that are also in the Holy Scriptures: “predestination”, “God chose their seed”, “God elected” and “foreknowledge of God”.   The Arminian church that I grew up in never talked about these terms.  They just continued to invite people up to the front of the church every Sunday service to make their decision.

The Fallacy of Foreign Missions

 
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By Pastor Jim Jester

October 8, 2023

SCRIPTURE READING: Matthew 28:18-20

Missions are traditionally regarded as the heart of the church, but most churches’ foreign mission programs are misguided because of their belief in universalism. All of Judeo-Christianity thinks that they must “convert the whole world to Jesus Christ” regardless of race. This is their concept of the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, it is a grave error.

Lying Evangelicals

 
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Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

October 1, 2023

Scripture Reading: Galatians 3:28, 29

What is one of the reasons for people to study history?  Is it not to see what happened to major powers that are no longer major powers?  What occurred to cause them to lose their power and how can we use that knowledge to prevent that from happening to our nation?  What happened to Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Assyria, Media-Persia, Greece, Rome, Great Britain, Germany, United States, Russia, China, etc.?

Choose to Suffer

 
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by Brian Jones

September 24, 2024

Scripture Reading:  Matthew 5:10-12

When you choose to suffer because you stand for God's word in an ungodly world, the enemies of God will hate you and Satan will be defeated.

Available in audio only.

Run to the Rock

by Alan Breitenstein

September 17, 2023

Was there a time that God gave a commandment that His children could disobey and be rewarded for doing so? Could it be that what we think is a punishment could actually be a reward? In the Word of God very few things seem as they appear.

Determine for yourself the answer to these questions after this message.

Captivity Captive

 
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by Walter Giddings

September 17, 2023

Scripture Reading: Judges 5:12; Psalm 68:18; Ephesians 4:8

Greetings kindred and fellow sheep, outright rescues of the Good Shepherd, and fellow captives of Mystery Babylon.  How did you like that last part: “fellow captives of Mystery Babylon”?  How many people do we know who insist, in spite of America’s Problems, that we live in the freest country on the face of the earth?  How many point to the invasion across our borders as people who seek our freedom.  At the risk of being spiritually tarred and feathered, and rode out of town on a rail, or, God forbid, worse (!), I must “for His Name’s Sake” arm you with “The Truth”!  The Invaders care Nothing (!) for Christian Liberty, period, end of argument, exclamation point!  They come to plunder, destroy the Caucasian Race, and will never pledge to us their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to maintain Christian Liberty! 

Why would The Great I Am God of Israel allow this?  Could we be under Judgment?!

Two Peoples

 
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by Pastor Jim Jester

September 10, 2023

SCRIPTURE READING: Genesis 25:20-23

INTRODUCTION

The seed for this sermon was planted in my mind with a recent book on the history of Christian Identity messengers. A very interesting book, but it began my mind brainstorming along the topic of Two Seedline.

This topic greatly concerns me because there are those in Christian Identity and Christian Israelism who deny the Dual Seedline doctrine. I have always sought to find unity within the church, for we have far too many things that divide us already. Most prominently, what has divided the Christian world, has been the controversies from the Reformation period, which were seeded by the debates between Calvinism and Arminianism. For most of us in C. I., this conflict has been resolved by Covenant Theology. Anyway, it did not make sense to me that many pastors in our movement are divided on this point; but maybe I can help to resolve the situation. And more importantly, the main point of the seedlines is that we can identify our enemy.

Who Financed the American Revolution?

 
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Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

September 3, 2023

Scripture Reading: Proverbs 22:7

There were three main financers of the American Revolution which was fought against Great Britain.  You can’t fight a war if there is no money to pay the soldiers, pay for the ammunition, the guns, the swords, horses, food, clothing, etc.  Without these three financers there would be no Unites States of America, for there would have been no revolution or it would have ended very quickly.

Does America Deserve God's Blessing?

 
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by Pastor James Jester

August 27, 2023

SCRIPTURE: My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Hosea 4:6

Was America ever great in the first place? Well, since no one person or group of people can be perfect and great, at least within reason, there was a time when America was great and far more perfect than she is now. It is not my purpose to prove that our country was great at one time because most historians would agree this is true. One historian who came to America to find out why we were great said:

I sought for the greatness and genius of America in her commodious harbors and her ample rivers – and it was not there . . . in her fertile fields and boundless forests and it was not there . . . in her rich mines and her vast world commerce – and it was not there . . . in her democratic Congress and her matchless Constitution – and it was not there. Not until I went into the churches of America and heard her pulpits aflame with righteousness did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because she is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, she will cease to be great. (Alexis deTocqueville)

What happened to America?

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