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6/8/2023 M210 Ephesians 5:18 What about alcohol?- Christians have varying convictions about alcohol consumption. The Bible clearly states that drunkenness is sin, and has some clear warnings about alcohol consumption. Pastor Joe gives a comprehensive overview of some of these warnings.
6/7/2023 WED478 Jude 1:12-25 Keep yourselves- Grumblers, complainers, smooth-talkers, causing division; these are some of the markers of ungodly men. Jude does not give strategies to attack these "certain men," but rather, he calls us to focus on our walk, focus on God, and to help others affected by these men.
6/6/2023 WED478 Jude 1:12-25 The future of certain men- Because of their depravity, these "certain men" would be destined for future judgment unless they repent of their ungodliness. We all have an appointment to appear in the heavenly court before God. Have you prepared yourself for that time of judgment?
6/5/2023 WED477 Jude 1:1-11 Beware of certain men- Jude used three examples of God's past judgment against "certain men" to remind his readers that God does not let evil go unpunished: The people of Israel, the angels who sinned, and Sodom and Gomorrah.
6/2/2023 WED477 Jude 1:1-11 The book of Jude- Jude, the brother of James, the brother of Jesus, wanted to write his letter about "our common salvation." But the Holy Spirit had other ideas. Jude's letter is an exhortation to be prepared to defend the faith against false teachers and false doctrines.
6/1/2023 SAM903 Ephesians 6:21-24 Parting words (part 2)- Paul's letter to the church at Ephesus is full of encouragement. That may have been an indication of their good spiritual health. However, the spiritual fire in the Ephesian church eventually cooled off. Are you praying for revival in your life and your church?
5/31/2023 SAM903 Ephesians 6:21-24 Parting words- Paul wanted the Ephesians to know that he was sending Tychicus to comfort them about his condition in prison. Tychicus was called "faithful" and "beloved" by Paul. What kind of words would your friends use to describe you?
5/30/2023 SAM902 Ephesians 6:18-20 Prayer on the battlefield (part 2)- If we are negligent in our prayer lives it affects the body of Christ, not just our own individual lives. Paul was not too proud or spiritual to ask the Ephesians that he would have the boldness to be a witness in prison.
5/29/2023 SAM902 Ephesians 6:18-20 Prayer on the battlefield- A prayerless Christian will have no hope of correctly utilizing the armor of God. What are the different ways a Christian should be practically participating in prayer? There are many different kinds of prayer.
5/26/2023 SAM901 Ephesians 6:13-17 The armor of God- Taking a closer look at each piece of the armor of God. Obviously, we are not putting on physical pieces of armor, so how is the armor of God applied and used in our spiritual battle?
5/25/2023 SAM901 Ephesians 6:13-17 Are you fit for battle?- As Christians, we are on active duty. We are soldiers in a battle whether we like it or not. Are you prepared for battle? Paul said the armor of God will be our help. What does it look like to take up the armor of God?
5/24/2023 SAM900 Ephesians 6:10-12 Spiritual warfare (part 4)- Our enemy is very familiar with us, but are we familiar with his tactics? Some of our enemies favorite strategies to cause us to stumble include contention, accusation, doubt, and discouragement.
5/23/2023 SAM900 Ephesians 6:10-12 Spiritual warfare (part 3)- How do we fight in a battle where our enemy is not made of flesh and blood? Paul said one word- stand. The church is called to stand and maintain the victory that Christ has already won.
5/22/2023 SAM899 Ephesians 6:10-12 Spiritual warfare (part 2)- Is there a difference between demons and fallen angels? Is Paul telling us there is a hierarchy of evil spiritual beings in this chapter? We can't blame every work of the flesh on our enemy, but we do need to remember that there is a spiritual reality around us.
5/19/2023 SAM899 Ephesians 6:10-12 Spiritual warfare- In our calling to live as Spirit filled husbands, wives, children, employees, and employers, there is going to be a battle. It's essential to remember that in that battle we are fighting from victory not for victory.
5/18/2023 SAM898 Ephesians 6:5-9 The Spirit filled employee (part 2)- Christian employees have to resist the idea of sacred and secular when it comes to the workplace. A pastor's job is not more holy than a plumber's job. No matter what your profession is, your motivation to go to work every day should be to serve Jesus.
5/17/2023 SAM898 Ephesians 6:5-9 The Spirit filled employee- It can be hard to maintain a Christian attitude at your job. Especially working with a boss and coworkers that are not believers. What should it look like for a Christian employee to honor and glorify Jesus at work?
5/16/2023 SAM897 Ephesians 6:4 Your parental responsibility- Parents are called to be diligently teaching and preparing their kids. Your kids are "on loan" from God, and He is calling you to be a faithful steward over them. Do you work to study their personality and intricacies?
5/15/2023 SAM896 Ephesians 6:4 Chastening not punishing- Is spanking biblical? God chastens those who He loves. Chastening is correction with loving intent. Punishing or beating a child is ungodly and not biblical.
5/12/2023 SAM896 Ephesians 6:4 A word to dads- What does a spirit filled father look like? What does the bible say about the practical things a Christian father should be doing? The missing influence of a good father in the home has caused a lot of problems in our society.
5/11/2023 SAM895 Ephesians 6:4 Parental stewardship (part 2)- There is the religion of Cain, and the religion of Abel. The work of the flesh, and the work of faith. Children will ultimately be responsible for what path they choose, but Christian parents are called to model what walking with Jesus looks like.
5/10/2023 SAM895 Ephesians 6:4 Parental stewardship- When children grow up and start going down the wrong path it is tempting for parents to blame themselves. Cain and Abel show us that two kids growing up under the same parents can make very different decisions about how they choose to live.
5/9/2023 SAM893 Ephesians 6:1-3 Instruction for children- There are only four places in the bible where exhortations are given to children. Honoring these commands can be tough for kids growing up in dysfunctional families. Pastor Joe shares a personal testimony of God's redeeming grace in his own family challenges growing up.
5/8/2023 SAM892 Ephesians 5:31-33 The Spirit filled marriage (part 2)- When a couple enters into marriage there is a separation that happens. That marriage relationship is to take priority over every other relationship, but Christ should still remain at the center of the husband and the wife's lives.