Sunday, July 31, 2011

2 Corinthians 3

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Mark Stevenson. His message was based on 2 Corinthians 3:18 --
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
Mr Stevenson's message is on how Believers are transformed (changed) into becoming more and more like Christ. The Old Testament was an external code that didn't deal with man's heart. The letter killeth, but the Spirit giveth life. What was written on stone was glorious; but how much more glorious is the New Covenant, as the Holy Spirit works on men's hearts. Mr Stevenson's message, in full and in context, discusses the work of the Holy Spirit in transforming Believers to be more and more like Christ.  It is available on DVD. Please see Romy.

A hearty welcome to our visitors and guests:

Cindy + Dan

Baby Easton

Baby Asher

Karen + Jeff

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Matthew 13

 Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Bill Coyle. His message was based on Matthew 13:1-23 (Parable of the Sower) --
...3And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;
 4And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
 5Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
 6And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
 7And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:
 8But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold.
 9Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
 10And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables?
 11He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
 12For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath.
 13Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.
 14And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:
 15For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
 16But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
 17For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
 18Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
 19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
 20But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
 21Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
 22He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
 23But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Doctrinal points on the above:
  • There are different results to the Word of God
  • As as Believer, what  type of yield are we returning to the seed of the Word of God in us?
Mr Coyle's message, in full and in context, is available on DVD. Please see Romy

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Luke 17: 7-10

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Stefan Johnson, who is pictured with his wife, Linda. His message was based on Luke 17:7-10 --

7But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
Mr Johnson gave us several verses to indicate that all Believers are Christ's slaves or servants. From the above verses in Luke, we learn of the mindset of the servant of the Lord.  A servant/slave of the Lord:

  • has needs that must come last
  • is  available for the Master
  • does not expect praise
  • is expected to do his/her duty
  • serves the Lord in humility 
And what of the servant's reward? We have a Master who will reward us. We will hear praise from our Master, the Lord Jesus, as written in 1 Corinthians 4:5, and in other verses:
5Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.
Mr Johnson's message, in full and in context, is available on DVD. Please see Romy.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

1 Timothy 2

Our speaker during Family Bible Hour was Mr Stefan Johnson of Emmaus Bible School . His message was based on 1 Timothy 2: 1-6 --

I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  2For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  3For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  4Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.  5For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;  6Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
In today's political climate, one may feel a certain amount of distress or worry. The above Bible verses is the answer --- as Believers who are created in Christ to do good works and to be His servants, we are reminded and commanded to PRAY for those in leadership. Mr Johnson's message, in full and in context is available on DVD. Please see Romy.