2022 Sermons

Juneteenth

 
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by Pastor Don Elmore

June 19, 2022

When I accepted my school position this summer, I was informed that there would be two holidays in the summer that there would be no school.  I wasn’t told what they were…I was just given the dates.  One was Monday, July 4th which I immediately recognized as a holiday.  The other one was Monday, June 20th.  I had no idea what holiday this was, but I knew that we had that day off.

Reading the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper after church last Sunday (6/12), I came upon an article entitled, “What to know about Juneteenth.”

Partakers

 
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THE PARTAKER DOCTRINE

by Walter Giddings

June 19, 2022

The Partaker Doctrine is not often preached.  It is quite near non-existent in Churchianity!  Would that make our children believe it is not in The Bible? The English translation “partakers” from the Koine Greek, appears 22 times; “partaker”, in the singular appears 8 times. 

This is a followup to the message "Koinonia" given on March 20, 2022.  In today's message, Walter discusses that while the unleavened bread and the fruit of the vine, symbols of the Lord's Supper. have no intrinsic power of themselves, it is his belief that there is power generated by our choice to show Christ’s death through the observance of the Lord's Supper. Walter also admonishes that we should be careful in what and who we partake with.  

R U Woke? Part 10

 
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DEUTERONOMY

Sermon notes by Jim Jester

June 12, 2022

SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 7:7-8

THE THEME

The theme of the book of Deuteronomy, racial identity, begins in chapter two:

Ye are to pass through the coast of your brethren the children of Esau, which dwell in Seir; and they shall be afraid of you. (Deut. 2:4)

Esau was the twin brother of Jacob who became Israel. This account is found in Genesis 25:21-34. Esau married an Ishmaelite woman whose descendants had come from Abraham and Hagar. Hagar was the Egyptian handmaiden of Sarah, wife of Abraham, who was given to Abraham to conceive a child because of Sarah’s old age (q.v., Gen. 16). When Sarah finally had a son, Isaac, Hagar and her son, Ishmael, were forced to leave. It was from the Ishmaelites that Esau first took a wife. It is clear then, why the Lord referred to “your brothers, the children of Esau,” for all had come from Abraham, though some were tarnished by the Egyptian blood of Hagar.

Great Britain's Chaos - Part 2

 
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PRESBYTERIANISM VS. EPISCOPACY

Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

June 5, 2022

Scripture Reading:  Deuteronomy 28:48

This is part 2 of the four-part series on the conditions of Great Britain while America was a colony.  If you think that things are bad in America today, they will have to get a lot worse, and I think that they will, to surpass what happened in Great Britain.  Great Britain had:

  • Three civil wars in ten years;
  • Wars between the Church of England and the Presbyterians of Scotland;
  • Wars between the Puritan Parliament and the Catholics of Ireland;
  • Wars between the Puritan Parliament and the Protestant/Catholic Royalty; and
  • The Jews were readmitted back into their country; after being absent for almost 400 years, and started issuing usury loan debt to the kings, nation and citizens.

America hasn't Learned from Great Britain's Chaos

 
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A short lesson by Pastor Don Elmore

May 29, 2022

In the Sunday Cincinnati Enquirer of May 22, 2022, there was a one-half page article entitled, “Jewish group criticizes [Some one’s] vote [in the House of Representatives].”  The vote was 420 to 1.  The vote was a week-and-a-half ago on Wednesday May 18th.  There were eight other members of the House that abstained from voting on this bill. 

What bill was this?  Who voted against it? 

R U Woke? Part 9

 
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Numbers

Sermon notes by Pastor Jim Jester

May 29, 2022

SCRIPTURE READING: Numbers 31:1-4

INTRODUCTION

The book of Numbers is not concerned so much with narrating the history of the Hebrew people, but rather to emphasize the faithfulness of the God of their fathers. Despite the failures of everyone, from the least of the people to Moses himself, God was faithful to His original promise to Abraham and his descendants. This does not mean that individuals do not experience the consequences of their sin. But it does mean that God’s redemptive purposes cannot be thwarted.

Therefore, the events of the forty years of Israel’s wandering were not important to the book’s purpose. All that the people needed to know in order to obey God and enter the land had already been given to them. The only issue was whether the new generation would believe, after their fathers had not. Israel was going to war.

Militant

 
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THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST MILITANT

By Walter Giddings

May 22, 2022

“The Church of Jesus Christ Militant”. Is that some kind of military organization? What is the need for that? Have “the weapons of our warfare” become “carnal”?  The first problem we encounter with this Lesson is the word “militant”. It does not appear in the King James English of 1611. What word or words can we find in The Scriptures that have a meaning similar to “militant”? We better put our “Thinking Caps” on. Should we first establish the meaning of militant?

MIL’ITANT, a. [L. militans, milito, to fight.]

1. Fighting; combating; serving as a soldier.

2. The church militant is the christian church on earth, which is supposed to be engaged in a constant warfare against its enemies; thus distinguished from the church triumphant, or in heaven.

MIL’ITARY, n. The whole body of soldiers; soldiery; militia; an army.

U. States. Mitford.1828 Webster. Vol II. page 15

Great Britain's Chaos - Part 1

 
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THE COVENANTERS

Copied from the sermon notes of Pastor Don Elmore

May 15, 2022

Scripture Reading:  Deuteronomy 28:48

Oliver Cromwell was a Protestant Puritan Calvinist, but the crimes which he committed were many.  A few of his major atrocities were:

  • He replaced Parliament with his own people

--Puritans.

  • He confiscated the lands of his one-time friends, then declared them his enemies, and gave their lands to his close followers.
  • He killed thousands of non-Puritan Christians who surrendered to his armies.
  • His armies looted cities, killed his opponents and their wives and children.
  • Ships were loaded with tens of thousands of Catholic captives from Ireland to be sold into slavery in Virginia and elsewhere in the Caribbean.
  • In the 1650’s, against public outcry, he opened England’s gates to international Jewish bankers, thereby infecting England with usury for the first time in almost 400 years.

This last crime committed by Cromwell is not well known to the world.  It is left out of many history books.  But it is written in enough books that it is well-known among true historians.

Truth

 
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By Alan Breitenstein

May 8, 2022

Scripture Reading:  John 18:37-38

What is truth?  There are 224 verses in Scripture with the mention of truth. Jim had 119 in the New Testament. Search these verses out and you will find that you can replace the word truth with Yahweh, the words of Yahweh and the works of Yahweh.

Trouble and suffering often trickles down to the grassroots level — the people. And, it is often left to the people to remedy such situations. But how can the people act unless they truly know what is happening in their nation? This is the main reason for the church, to keep their people informed with the truth. “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32) Further, the church is not just the source of theological truth, but of all truth. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13) The word truth appears 119 times in the New Testament alone. We instinctively know the importance of truth. We also have the most powerful weapon in the world — prayer. But if we do not know the truth, then how can we direct our prayers and exploits to the source? We must know the truth and we must know our enemy. Duty is ours — the results are up to God.

R U Woke? Part 8

 
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Exodus

Sermon notes by Jim Jester

May 1, 2022

SCRIPTURE READING: Exodus 15:11-13 & 17-18

INTRODUCTION

Of all the books in the Bible, the book of Exodus ought to be the simplest book to recognize the racial implications contained therein. The message of identity is obvious in the language of Scripture, even though the judeo-Christian world refuses to acknowledge it. All we can say is “come now, let us reason together.”

In the “burning bush” experience, Moses meets the God of his fathers; and God says to him; “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.” (Ex. 3:10)

The Israelites had been in Egypt 215 years (most say over 400 years); the twelve sons of Jacob/Israel had long passed on. Now the Israelites were a multitudinous number, feared by the Egyptians, and made slaves to Pharaoh. God spoke to Moses with the promise of deliverance for His people, the progeny of Israel. The deliverance (the salvation), was not for the Egyptians, but for the covenant people of God. “My people” denotes possession.

Rebuke

 
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by Walt Giddings

April 24, 2022

Scripture Reading:  1 Timothy 5:20

Who among us has witnessed “rebuke before all” in any church assembly?  Who has witnessed someone in church assembly being rebuked “before all”?  Is this rare or nonexistent?  According to the verse above, when are we commanded to rebuke?  Are we commanded to rebuke when sin is in active commission?  Is watching the Stupid Bowl a sin? Greetings kindred and fellow sheep.  Who here does not see the need for this lesson?

Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves:   If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him;  and if he repent, forgive him. 

If Jesus was in this pulpit right now, and said “take heed to yourselves”, what would we do?  Does it sound very dangerous if we do not “take heed” to ourselves?  Is it unthinkable to mess this up?!  How difficult is it to think of ourselves being in law enforcement?  Does rebuking someone sound risky?  Before we try this risky rebuking stuff, would we want to know a lot more about it? 

What is “rebuke”?  Rebuke is translated from the Koine Greek word G2008 epitimao, ep-ee-tee-mah’-o, whose seed meaning is to censure.  Have we heard of legislative bodies censuring one or more of its members?  G2008 epitimaho is also translated elsewhere charge.  In two places in The Gospels Jesus charged the Apostles not to tell anyone he is The Christ, or Messiah.

FGCP Church Discussion on Communion

 
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Does the Scripture Sanction the Sacraments? by Pastor Jim Jester

April 10, 2022

The question before us as a church is, does the Bible demand that we observe the alleged sacraments of the historic Christian faith?

Holy Communion by Pastor Don Elmore

There are different ways and different formulas that every church uses.  Which one is correct or are several correct?  Which ones are wrong?  They all can’t be correct.  Maybe none are correct. What are we as a covenant church to believe and do?

Scriptural Events After the 1st Resurrection

 
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Presented by Garry Maddux

April 3, 2021

Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 23:3-8

My name is Garry, I am honored to be able to share today. The title of my message is Scriptural Events After the 1st Resurrection. I have enjoyed studying future events in the bible since I was in high school. I believe God has given us special areas to study. Some like bible history, some like current events as related to the Bible, some like mysteries of the bible. My passion is the future prophecy relating to the tribulation and future Kingdom here on the earth. So today, I will share a little about myself,  happenings shortly after the 1st resurrection, and experiences later in the Kingdom. 

Stranger Danger

 
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Notes of Pastor Matthew Dyer

March 27, 2021

Scrripture Reading Genesis 15:13

This is going to be more of a Bible word study than a sermon this morning, but I think the subject matter is very important, because if one reads the Old Testament and doesn’t understand this word we are going to talk about this morning, one can get rather confused, and also see what seem to be contradictions in the scriptures.

The word we are going to look at this morning is going to be the word Stranger, or what has been translated as Stranger in English from the Hebrew in the Old Testament. I think maybe a good title for this message would be Stranger Danger, like the Neighborhood Watch program’s slogan. Because if one does not understand what the Hebrew word is being used when Stranger is translated in to English in the Old Testament, this person is in for some dangerous theological errors.

Koinonia

 
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by Walter Giddings

March 20, 2022

Scripture Reading John 6:55 My flesh is meat indeed and my blood is drink indeed.”

How many believe the above quotation is from The Scriptures?  The quotation is from The Scriptures.  It is incomplete.

The first word “for” got left off.  “For” translates the Koine Greek word gar G1063 from the New Testament, a primary particle, assigning a reason. 

How could someone’s flesh being food, and blood being drink, be an assignable reason for anything?!Cannibal is a compound word composed of Cain and Baal.  Does that tell us something? Baal worship?

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