Sunday, November 27, 2016
Well, is everyone as sick of cooking and eating as I am? However, this has not stopped me from continuing to overeat as I slowly make these lovely leftovers disappear. I need to continually remind myself that overeating is a....yes....sin. Darn it! I trust you all had great family time in fellowship over the holiday.
Today's Bible lesson was from Acts Chapter 5, where we find God very strict with the first church about lying to God for personal gain, along with explosive church growth. A couple tried to make themselves 'look better' than they were, more generous, and this lie was followed by death for both of them. Yes they were saved, and yes, God hates hypocrisy in His church- God had to put a stop to this by example. This caused great 'reverent fear' to come upon them and to cause the church to grow. God gifted the apostles with signs and wonders, and this drew in the multitudes along with the attention of the Jewish leaders. The apostles were hauled into judgement but professed Jesus and the gospel message ignoring what they were instructed.... to NOT preach His name. The Jewish council was about to plot to have them killed..by some infraction of their lifeless law...when an elder spoke up with words from God, warning them not to interfere with the apostles because if this 'way' was of God, they could not fight against Him. The apostles were beaten (just to show their power over the early church) but the apostles counted it a blessing to be shamed (beaten) in Jesus' name. You have to love these guys! And, because of their witness to Jesus and their devotion, many were added to the church. We too must witness in power and love in Jesus' name.
The sermon was on John Chapter 5- it starts of with a healing by a man who was waiting for God's healing mercy....he found it when Jesus walked up to him (AKA Jesus, the walking pool of Bethesda- which is translated as 'mercy') and asked if he wanted to be made well. This lame man (38 years of infirmity) was waiting for an angel sent by God to 'trouble the water', and when that happened the first in the water was made well. This is a picture of us, blind, lame, and paralyzed, waiting for 'healing' by the great healer, as He saves our souls. This healing lead to a confrontation with the Jewish leaders where Jesus supports his claim as doing the work of the Father, which meant that He was equal with God the Father- said another way that He was the Son of God. Jesus then went on to prove this by giving three witnesses to this: John the Baptist and his mission, the signs and wonders Jesus did as instructed by the Father, and the fact that since He was doing this in the Father's name and not his own, that the Father was his witness since the Father sent him. This was a legal, Jewish argument or case where Jesus proved himself to the Jews. Of course they didn't buy it and He told them that they didn't accept Him because they didn't have the love of God in them. Jesus said that they knew scripture but scripture does not save....salvation is only found in Jesus. Scripture is a presentation of the Savior; it's about him, but you cannot be saved by scripture. You can feel the heart of Jesus as he tried to reach them. He has done the same for us and for all people, and because we have listened to 'his words' and accepted Him, we now have the 'love of God'....in us! Amen Lord!
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):
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.
Thank you for visiting this website; we pray that it is a blessing to you.