2021 Sermons

Twins - Part 8

 
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CONDITIONAL DOMINION PART 2

by Walter Giddings

July 18, 2021

Greetings Kindred and fellow Sheep.  We are on a first name basis here.  My name is walter.  This Lesson comprises Scriptures that have puzzled me for a long time.  This Lesson is not possible without The First 7 Lessons!  The Subject is Twins by two different Fathers.  From Twins, Lessons 1 and 2, do we recall Two Interlopers into the ancient names of the stars :  Greek and Roman Mythology?  In Gemini the Greeks named the Twins Apollo and Hercules.  The Romans named them Castor and Pollux.  The Bible named them Abel and Cain.  The Roman names Castor and Pollux  identify the figurehead on the ship of Alexandria that carried Paul, his fellow prisoners, and Luke, the beloved physician, off the island of Malta.

Man Versus Human

 
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July 11, 2021

Deuteronomy 14:21a

There are three separate, diverse groups of people mentioned in verse 21:

  • “Ye”, “thou”, “thy” or “holy people”:  These are the seed of Jacob or the covenant people of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  They had the LORD God as their king, until they requested that one of their own people be king instead of Him.  They were forbidden to eat any animal that died of itself, but they were permitted to give the dead animal away or sell it.
  • “Stranger” [#1616, Strong’s]: sojourner.  To this group of people, the Israelites were told that they could give the animal that died of itself to them and then the people that they gave it to could eat it.
  • “Alien” [#5237, Strong’s]: alien, foreigner, outlandish. To this group of people, the Israelites were told that they could sell the animal that died of itself and then the individuals that bought it could eat it.

Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 12

 
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PSALM 106

by Jim Jester

July 4, 2021

Scripture Reading: Psalm 43:1-5

Psalm 43

The Scripture we read is actually a Part 2, or a continuation of Psalm 42, likely written by one of the sons of Korah (the Korahites accompanied David in his flight beyond the Jordan during Absalom’s rebellion). Psalm 43 is likely a supplementary stanza, added later by the same or a different author. The absence of a title for this psalm, and the recurrence of several phrases, especially the refrain, “Why art thou cast down, O my soul and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God” (v. 5), puts this beyond doubt, as the verse is repeated 3 times. The separation is old since it is found in the LXX (Septuagint). Whoever wrote this psalm (both Psalms 42 & 43), has given immortal form to the longings of the soul after God. He has fixed forever and made melodious the sigh: “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God” (Ps. 42:1).

The Importance of the Church in Today's World

 
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by Paster Everett Ramsey

June 27, 2021

1 Corinthians 12

Diversity of gifts - but the same Spirit; differences in administration, but the same Lord; diversities of operations, but the same God

The diversity of gifts in the church body:

  • Wisdom
  • Healing
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • Prophecy (preaching)

 As a body, we need the diversity of gifts.  The church is the only place that spiritual gifts will be blessed at their best ... within a group setting.

Twins - Part 7

 
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CONDITIONAL DOMINION

By Walter Giddings

June 20, 2021

We come to the most challenging part of these lessons on the twins by two different fathers.  When the doctrine of “the mother of all living” “who conceived by” [two] was first outlined to me I was struck numb.  For a year I was in doctrinal paralysis.  My ardent curiosity why someone would believe Cain’s father was Lucifer, not Adam, stirred me.  Why were men and women with quiet reputation and ordered lives convicted Adam’s father hood of Cain is a bad paternity rap?!  How to move forward I knew not, until I reviewed the nobility of the members of the Berean congregation in Acts 17:10-11.

Is White Supremacy a Sin?

 
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June 13, 2021

Scripture Reading: Deuteronomy 10:14, 15

Are these introductory verses correct or not?  Did God say that He chose the seed of His covenant people to be above all people. Or did He say that His people would be below all people?  Or did He say that they would be equal to all people?

If there is a group of people who are above all people; is that not supremacy?   Is this not white supremacy, if you believe that the white race is the “seed” of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob?  Or is it really the supremacy of Almighty God, for He is the one who makes His chosen ones supreme?

Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 11

 
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Psalm 94

By Jim Jester

June 6, 2021

Scripture Reading: Psalm 52:1-9

This lament of David is different than most. It does not start out with the usual appeal to God to hear the petition for deliverance; instead, the psalmist immediately launches into an attack on the wicked man whose only commitment is to his wealth, and then sets forth the happy status of the righteous whose ultimate commitment is to God. Yes, the steadfast love of our covenant God endures “like a green olive tree.”

The historical occasion (q.v., I Samuel 22) in the title of this psalm is important to its interpretation. In verses, 1-4 is the commitment of the wicked; verses 5-7 tell of his fate (Who’s fate?); and verses 8-9 reveals the resolve of the righteous.

Who is this evil “mighty man” spoken of in the first verse of the psalm?

Go To Hell

by Pastor Don Elmore

Part 1: This topic is very seldom preached in any of the many churches in our nation.  Would you be surprised as to who they say went to hell?  There are millions of Christians who say this, some every week, in  their church services.  What is meant by this?

Part 2: White people have forgotten their God. They have forgotten that a Christian must keep the laws that were given to him by His God, or they must accept His judgments against them. Look how many of the Laws of God have been discarded, and the laws of another god have been substituted in the United States. Then ask yourself if the blight of the large cities is a judgement against the acts of the White people of America?

Go To Hell - Part 2

 
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May 30, 2021

Scripture Reading  Psalm 16:10

“Systemic Racism in Chicago?

  1. 2,240 Shootings, 440 Homicides from January thru July 2020.  Almost every shooter and homicides were black -- 97.7%; but Black Lives Matter and Chicago’s Democratic Politicians blame police and systemic racism.
  2. The Chicago mayor is black.
  3. The Superintendent of Police is black.
  4. The Cook County State’s Attorney is black.
  5. The Chief Judge of Cook County Circuit Courts is black.
  6. The Illinois Attorney General is black.
  7. The Chicago Fire Department Commissioner is black.
  8. The Cook County Board President is black.
  9. The State Senate Majority Leader is black.
  10. The Illinois Lieutenant Governor is black.
  11. The Illinois Secretary of State is black.
  12. The Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County is black.
  13. The Cook County Clerk is black.
  14. The Chicago Treasurer is black.
  15. The Chicago Police Board President is black.
  16. The Chicago Transit Authority President is black.
  17. The CEO of Chicago Public Schools is black.
  18. The Commissioner of the Department of Water Management is black.
  19. 40% of the City Council belong to the Black Caucus.
    1. Their average pay is $122,304 annually each, PLUS $122,000 per year in expenses.  Their pension for life is 80% of last pay.
    2. Republican head count in the City Council is ZERO.
    3. William Hale Thompson was the last Republican Mayor of Chicago in 1931.
    4. For 90 years Democrats have controlled the Chicago Mayor’s Office.
    5. At the end of fiscal 2019 the Chicago deficit was $838,200,000! 

Can someone please explain how white people in general are responsible for Chicago’s horrendously dismal condition?”

This sermon will attempt to answer this question. 

Twins - Part 6

 
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PATERNITY RAP

by Walt Giddings

May 23, 2021

1 John 3:1-2

This lesson comprises Scriptures that have puzzled me for a long time.  Quick Review: the last time we met on the Bible subject matter of twins in the womb by two different fathers we asked a question.  That question sourced from a pejorative street question, a rude, in your face interrogatory.  That question is “Who’s your Daddy?”

To illustrate why we used such a street scandalous question, may we visit an earlier period of American history.  It is the time when the Republic functioned because men of God viewed their oaths of office as solemn and binding obligations, the forswearing of which could impact on their eternal destiny.  In short, we return to a time before the not-so-civil civil war. 

In 1843 John Bouvier published his 2nd Edition of A Law Dictionary adapted to the constitution and laws of the United States of America and of the several states of the American Union.  He dedicated each edition to Joseph Story, Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.  Bouvier’s is the only law dictionary to date to receive Congressional sanction.  On page 135, Volume II, let me read you the entry for Maternity.  Let us have ears to hear.  

Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 10

 
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Psalm 90

by Jim Jester

May 16, 2021

Scripture Reading: Psalm 31:14-19

In this portion of Psalm 31, David confesses his faith in God, seeks deliverance from enemy persecution, and prays for the premature death of these enemies. “My times are in Thy hand,” means that God controls the events in his life and that He determines his future. David is trusting his God. “Let Thy face shine on thy servant” is an expression for a favorable response to his prayer; and is often found in Scripture. “Make thy face to shine upon thy servant; and teach me thy statutes” (Ps. 119:135). David expresses his gratitude in verse 19, “Oh how great is Thy goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee.”

To “fear” God is not necessarily a fear as we usually use the term, e.g., the fear of a fire or the fear of falling from a height. No doubt, God is to be feared by evildoers, for “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God” (Heb. 10:31). But, to fear God is to respect and reverence Him by living in a holy or pious manner. Some synonyms for “piety” are: religious, godliness, devoutness, spirituality, saintliness, and reverence. These things true Christians aspire to and live by as much as possible.

Go To Hell - Part 1

 
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May 9, 2021

First Half of the Apostle’s Creed:

“I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, Born of the Virgin Mary, Suffered under Pontius Pilate, Was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell …”

Was the Apostle’s Creed true or false regarding this four-worded phrase:  "He descended into hell"?  There have been millions of Christians who have repeated this Creed in unison in their congregations since it was first written over the last 1500 years.  Very few preachers ever preach on this subject. 

Modern liturgy and catechism of the Roman Catholic Church, Lutheranism, Anglicanism, Presbyterianism, the Moravian Church, the Methodist Church and the Congregational Church all participate in saying the Apostles’ Creed. What is meant by this phrase "He descended into hell"?

Psalms for Turbulent Times - Part 9

 
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Psalm 83

by Pastor Jim Jester

May 2, 2021

Scripture Reading: Psalm 64:1-10

Psalm 64

In the Scripture we read, David’s meditation or complaint, we see how evil loves to plot in secret against God and His people. Ever hear of “secret societies,” e.g., the Free Masons? What about government agencies, e.g., the CIA and NSA? Presidents like to speak about their “openness” before the public, while the complete opposite is true.

The Democrats secretly plotted a steal of the election. They were the real insurrectionists or revolutionaries, not the Trump supporters of January 6. And, where is the cry of “police brutality” over the death of, Ashli Babbit, who came through a window at the capitol and was shot? What is the name of the shooter who killed her? Why isn’t it made known? Ah, we have a new administration in Washington. And even if some Trump supporters exhibited limited violence, was it not justifiable under the present conditions of: clear vote manipulation, the refusal of the courts, and a vice-president who did not have the “guts” to have certain states re-certify their fraudulent elections. Knowing American history, wouldn’t our founding fathers have agreed and been very angry? Wasn’t it an insurrection when we broke away from king George? Besides, there were no guns at the so-called “Trump insurrection.” How can one have an insurrection without guns?

Verses 1-6 of this Psalm are David’s petition for preservation. His enemies (the wicked), “whet their tongues like swords” and “aim bitter words like arrows,” shooting suddenly in ambush at the blameless. Some interpret these words as references to the casting of curses or spells by those who practice black magic. Which reminds me, aren’t masks magic?

Acts 10

 
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April 25, 2021

Scripture Reading: Acts 10:1-2

By far the most important event on the Apostle Peter’s missionary journey was the conversion of Cornelius.  Cornelius was a Roman army officer, stationed in Caesarea.  This city had been rebuilt by Herod [an Edomite] and was named in honor of Caesar Augustus.  It was the chief port of Palestine and the official Roman capital of the provinces of Judea and Samaria.  There the Roman governor had his headquarters. 

He was in Jerusalem, usually, only during the feasts.  The Italian Cohort, made up largely of freedmen, was probably a special detachment of troops, to be used by the governor to put down disorders that might arise among the Judeans.

Cornelius, weary of Roman paganism, had been worshipping the God of Israel, but was missing something.  Verse two describes him as “devout”, a “God-fearer”, a “giver of alms”, and “prayerful” to Almighty God.  In fact, his whole house feared God.”  Who was this special man?  What race was he?  What was unusual about this situation?

Twins - Part 5

 
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WHO'S YOUR DADDY?

By Walter Giddings

April 18, 2021

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.  We meet again on the Bible subject matter:   twins in the womb by two different fathers. 

Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth. 

At the end of Twins, Lesson 4 we juxtaposed two family lines together, found  mentioned very close to each other in Genesis :  the family of WCain and the family of Seth.  We posed two questions :   how old was Cain when he begat his first born son; and, two, how old was Adam when he begat Seth?  We got one answer :   Adam was one hundred thirty years old when he begat Seth. 

Has anyone studied or even read a scripture from our Bibles indicating how old Cain was at the time he begat his first born son Enoch?  Has anyone studied or even read a scripture from our Bibles indicating Cain’s age at the time of his death?

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