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Weekly Lesson Mailout

WEEKLY LESSON MAIL-OUT...OR.....GREETING WITH A 'HOLY KISS'

Sunday, August 21, 2016

 

Hi Friends!

Great day in the Lord today!  We had some friends graduate from nursing school yesterday and we went down to see them get their awards and to be pinned- recognized by the 'nursing community' as professionals...a sort of a 'welcome to the family' affair.  It's going to be like that when we get promoted to heaven!  God welcomes us himself, personally....says 'well done good and faithful servant', pins our wings on us (of sorts), and we become permanent members of the family of God in heaven.  Sign me up!
 
Today's Bible study was the most exciting and dramatic episode of the 'deliverance of the Hebrews' (Exodus Chapter 14), and we have Chuck Heston and Cecil B DeMill to thank for a great visual....Moses stretching out his arms OUT over the Red Sea and God parting the waters so the Hebrews could walk across on dry ground to escape the sword of Pharaoh.  God wiped out the entire Egyptian army, not to mention the first born of every house in Egypt, except the homes covered, literally, by the blood of the Lamb.  The chapter ends with the Hebrews believing....and fearing the Lord.  Is that our God?  Does He want us to 'fear' Him?  Ah....yea!  Now this isn't a 'boogie man' type of fear or a bad fear, or a fear of the unknown (He is very much known to us), it's respect, reverence, a humble heart kind of fear; a good fear.    It's like this....I fear my wife!  Not that I am a-fraid of her....I fear hurting her, I fear making her feel unloved, I fear doing or saying something to cause her to not love or even like me.  I have a cherished relationship with her and I do not want to negatively affect that.  When you think about it, fear is part of every 'love relationship'  in that way.  And more so with our love relationship with God.  Further, I want to please God!  So yes, God wants us fear Him in this way...He told Moses, the Hebrews, and the Egyptians about a million times in Exodus that 'I am the Lord'.  And because of that great, loving, protective, sacrificial love that He has for us....we have NOTHING and NO ONE to fear...in a bad way!
 
The sermon today was on Acts Chapter 5 starts off with God killing a lying couple in the first Church as they brought an offering and a lie to the Church.  Talk about fear.  And yes, everyone learned something about God that day.  He hates hypocrisy in His Church.  They lied about how much they sold property for and claimed to give it all to the church.  They kept some back.  Actually that would have been just fine if they would not have lied about it.  This doesn't sound like much, but they lied to boost themselves up in the church and certainly, their lie would have been discovered and the church tainted because of this...kind of like the Pharisees and what they did.   So God had to do it, and the result was that Christians and non-Christians alike....'feared the Lord'.  I will ask you to decide, is this a good fear or a bad fear.  Anyway, the chapter goes on to tell of bold teaching and preaching in the Word, the church growing, and the Jewish leaders upset and angry with the apostles, so much so that they began plotting to kill them.  But then, finally some wisdom.  One of the good ol' boys of the Jewish leaders says, if this movement is of man, it will fade away, but if it of God, you cannot stop it.  He gives wise council that if it is of God and you try and stop it, you will find yourself 'fighting' against God.  I sure hope you all have learned that lesson in life.....we cannot fight against God our maker.  Many of us have learned that lesson the hard way.
 
Blessings, and have a listen if you have the time!

Chuck


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Christmas Declaration Cross Building Outreach

Chuck Schmidt leads an adult Bible study on Sunday morning at a retirement home in the Red Bluff area, followed by two church services.  Since November, 2011, Chuck has been recording the messages and sending them out to friends that are interested in them.

These teachings are presented online on this website in the form of Streaming MP3 audio. 

How to navigate this web site

  • If you are on a laptop or desktop computer:  Links to Bible studies are listed in the left column of each page, while the sermons are listed on the right side of the page.

  • If you are on a tablet or smart phone: Links to Bible studies are listed near the top of the page, and the sermons are listed near the bottom of the page.

Simply click the title of the lesson or sermon you would like to listen to.

How to listen to the studies and sermons:

After clicking the title of the lesson or sermon you would like to listen to, the page for that lesson or sermon will open.

Near the top of the page that opens, you will find icons for the MP3 audio player below the title of the lesson or sermon. The MP3 audio player icons look like this (non-functional example shown):

Example of mp3 player

Click the Play arrow on the MP3 player icon on the lesson or sermon page to begin listening to the message. After it begins playing, the arrow turns to a "pause button" ( || ); if you click this you will be able to pause the audio at any time.  As the message plays, a white circle travels along with the message on the Progress Bar.  You may click and drag this white circle back to the left if you want to hear a portion of the message again, or forward to the right if you want to skip ahead.  You may adjust the volume by clicking and dragging the Volume Slider. 

Written notes appear below the player so that you may follow along with the message.

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Thank you for visiting this website; we pray that it is a blessing to you.

Chuck Schmidt