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Weekly Lesson Mailout

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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Hi Everyone!

What weather we are having here in California.  First, no rain to speak of for five years...we all pray for rain, now we have more water than we know what to do with!  Now we are praying for those folks who are flooded-out and who will be flooded by tomorrow this time, as a big storm approaches.  God is in control, however, and He uses everything for His purpose (which may have nothing to do with our comfort).  Tribulation.

Today's lessons were on witnessing lead by the Holy Spirit, and Jesus' final hours of teaching before the cross.

The Bible study in Acts Chapter 17 is just about the best chapter in the book of Acts you could read in pursuit of learning how to witness in the name of Jesus!  Paul does everything as instructed by the Holy Spirit, picking up converts along the way as the Lord directs his path....ending him up in the epicenter of pagan worship- Mars Hill in Athens, Greece!  As he walks with these curious, pagan philosophers, he notices a temple to honor 'The Unknown God'.  This was pretty clever since the Greeks didn't want to get in trouble my missing one of their 'made-up' gods.....(little 'g').  So Paul uses that and he introduces them to this God, who is creator of all and in Him, we live and move and breath!  The Holy Spirit will direct each of us as we witness using anything that might open a mind, a heart, and allow for the opportunity for salvation.  The response to Paul's wonderful sermon on Mar's Hill is the same for us as we witness in His name.....some believe, some start thinking about it, and some call us 'babblers' and want to run us out of town.  Hey...we are in good company as we serve our Lord by giving our testimonies to a dark and dying world.  Focus on Jesus, what He has to do for us in His name, and be in the world but not of the world.

 

The sermon text today, John 16, is part of the final lessons Jesus is teaching the disciples before going to the cross.  He spells it out plainly to them....they are going to be killed after service to Him, He has to go away but will come back and fill them with joy as He demonstrates resurrection, they will be sad but when He goes up to the Father to reign He will send the Holy Spirit and then their joy will then remain, He gives them and us His peace, and then He gives us a clear statement of our life and times......"In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."  The tribulation, or trials, or challenges of our life on earth are meant for a purpose.  And that purpose if fulfilled as we meet each of these with the love of God and the help and comfort of the Holy Spirit in us.  We can have abundant living through and in Christ because He as 'overcome the world ....FOR us'.  Our best worship I think, happens when we trust Him through the storms of life, and look forward to the promises of God eternal.

 

Blessings!

 

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