Sunday, October 31, 2010

2 Peter 3: 1-18

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Steve Modrzejewski. Please pray for him and his family as he will be traveling overseas till the 13th.
His message today was based on 2 Peter 3: 1-18:  

 1This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance:
 2That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour:
 3Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,
 4And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.
 5For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:
 6Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:
 7But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.
 8But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
 9The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
 10But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
 11Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,
 12Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
 13Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.
 14Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.
 15And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;
 16As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
 17Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own stedfastness.
 18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen. (
2 Peter 3, King James Version)
The above passage was a reminder from Peter to all Believers that the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, though there are scoffers.  It is of the Lord's will that many, many people be saved; thus, He is patient, but know for a certainty that justice is sure. God's patience should also temper our hearts and attitudes as we are faced with the seeming success of un-believers. Mr Modrzejewski's excellent message, in full and in context, is available on DVD.  Please see Romy.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ephesians 5:18 to Ephesians 6:1-9

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Warren Hagey.  Shown in the picture is Mr Hagey with his wife, Pam, and their two beautiful daughters.  God has been truly gracious to this family for the past couple of years, and we are pleased that He has brought them back for a visit.  Mr Hagey spoke from Ephesians 5: 18-33 through Ephesians 6: 1-9, on the marks of a Spirit-filled Christian:

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
 Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.
 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.
 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the saviour of the body.
 Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in every thing.
 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;
 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,
 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
 So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself.
 For no man ever yet hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, even as the Lord the church:
 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
Nevertheless let every one of you in particular so love his wife even as himself; and the wife see that she reverence her husband.
Chapter 6
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.
Honour thy father and mother; which is the first commandment with promise;
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth....

In summary,  a Spirit-filled Christian is one who: 
- is filled with singing and praise to the Lord (vs 19)
- has a thankful attitude  (vs 20)
-is in submission to God-appointed authority (vs 21)

Someone trully filled with the Holy Spirit will make it evident in their daily lives, and in their closest human relationships.  Mr Hagey's excellent message, in full and in context, is available on DVD.  See Romy.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

John 9: Jesus Heals the Man Born Blind

 Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Ben Matthew. Shown in the picture is Ben with his wife, Jenna; and their children, Elias, Zachary, and Ainsley.
Mr Matthew's message was based on John 9:  
 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing...35 Jesus heard that they had cast him out; and when he had found him, he said unto him, Dost thou believe on the Son of God? 36 He answered and said, Who is he, Lord, that I might believe on him? 37 And Jesus said unto him, Thou hast both seen him, and it is he that talketh with thee. 38 And he said, Lord, I believe. And he worshipped him. 39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40 And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41 Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth.
A wonderful miracle occurred in this chapter -- a man born blind was healed.  The greater miracle, however, was the man believing on the Son of God (unlike the Pharisees).  Mr Matthew's excellent message, in full and in context, is available on DVD.

Our Guests today:

Lysle & Heidi Carter
shown with Heidi's Mom, Helen

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2 Peter 2

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Steve Modrzejewski. His message was based on 2 Peter 2: 1-10

Be careful of false prophets: "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.  And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.  And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.  For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;

God's judgement is sure: And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;  And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;  And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:  (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds;)  The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished:  10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, selfwilled, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities. " 

Mr Modrzejewski was without his notes, but was still  able to give an excellent message.  It is available, in full and in context, through DVD.  Please see Romy.

Pictures from Sunday, October 3, 2010; including our Fellowship Dinner / Bible study: