Sunday, August 29, 2010

The Good Samaritan

  Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Dale Schreiber.  Mr Schreiber's message was based on Luke 10: 25-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan.  The beaten man was an image of you and me in our sin and helplessness; the Samaritan is a type of the Lord Jesus Christ, who was compassionate towards us by His great sacrifice on our  behalf:
And behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
He said unto him, what is written in the law?  how readest thou?
And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all they strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.  
And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right:  this do, and thou shalt live.
But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 
And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
And by chance there came down a certain priest that way:  and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.
And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was:  and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,
And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him.
And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves?
And he said, He that shewed mercy on him.  Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Mr Schreiber's full message, in context, is available on DVD.  Please see Romy.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

 Our Speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Jon Glock, Dean of Student Affairs at Emmaus Bible College. His message was from 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-10

...Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;
Knowing brethren beloved, your election of God.
For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake.
And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost:
So that ye were ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia.
For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not speak any thing.
For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God;
And to wait for his son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

In the passage above, Paul addressed his concern/care over these new converts in Christ.  He encouraged them by reminding them of the following:
 Their ...
  •  work of faith when they turned to God from idols; and they became examples to all
  •  labour of love as they serve the living and true God, motivated by their love for Him
  • patience of hope (or, steadfastness of hope) as they trust in God who will not disappoint them; and as they await the return from heaven of Jesus the Son
Mr Glock's excellent message, in context, is available on DVD.  Please see Romy.  Mr Glock will return next Sunday, Lord willing. lso a 

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Ryan Alderson.  His message was based on Hebrews 12: 1-11.  From this passage, we learn about the two things needed to run the the race of faith --- endurance & discipline:
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence:  shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous:  nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
Mr Aldersons' full message, in context is available on DVD.  Please see Romy.

A hearty "Welcome Back!!" to  Bob, Sherrin, and Baby Riya:

We're always happy to see Mark, shown in the picture below with his son, Micah:

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Steve Modrzejewski.  His message was based on 2 Peter 1: 5-21:
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.  
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 
 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.  
Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure:  for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: 
 For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 
 Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. 
 Yeah, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance;
  Knowing that shortly I must put off this tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. 
 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. 
 For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of  our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty...
In summary, the above passage shows us that we must be  mindful and careful to be diligent in our Christian walk; being purposeful to be more like Christ.  Scripture is not an invention of man or a product of his imagination.  Thus, we must let the truth of God's Word make us and shape us into who we are ( more Chirst-like).

Mr Modrzejewski's full message, in context, is available on DVD.  Please see Romy.
Today's special Guests:
Dale's brother, Jack (from Florida)


Brian & Kristi