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Evidences that Jesus is the Son of God

Evidences that Jesus is the Son of God

March 25, 2020

John in 1 John 5:6-13 reveals to us that Jesus is the Son of God.  He does so by providing "Witnesses" to this fact.

Two Messages for the People - Isaiah 3:10-15

Two Messages for the People - Isaiah 3:10-15

March 19, 2020

God Has Two Messages

Isaiah 3:10-15

God had two messages for His people in Isaiah's ministry.  He has for us a timely message which is still valid today.  God has two messages for us today.

Sermon on Acts 9 by Geran Maples

Sermon on Acts 9 by Geran Maples

October 1, 2018

Not the best of recordings but a good sermon by Bro. Geran

Sermon by Rev. Geran Maples from Matthew 28

Sermon by Rev. Geran Maples from Matthew 28

October 1, 2018

Keep on preaching Brother.

Sermon by Rev. Geran Maples from Luke 16

Sermon by Rev. Geran Maples from Luke 16

October 1, 2018

Thank you Bro. Geran for filling in.

Freedom from the Fear of Failure

Freedom from the Fear of Failure

October 1, 2018

By Geran Maples

Many thanks to Bro. Geran for filling in for me during my absence due to surgery.  He brings a splendid message on how to be free from the fear of failure from Romans 8.

Revelation - What Does It Mean To Me?  Chapters 10 - 11

Revelation - What Does It Mean To Me? Chapters 10 - 11

July 23, 2018

Chapter 10:1 – 11:19

What does Revelation mean to me?

 

Here is another pause.  A time to give mankind a chance to regroup and rethink their plight.  The main question being, “Will they turn to Christ?”

 

The Lord never leaves the earth without a consistent witness of Him.

Here a “strong angel” (Revelation 10:1-11) stands with one foot on the sea and one on the earth (dominion, power over) and declares a clear message of God.

            The seven peals of thunder reveal the totality of God’s Word.  It is finished! (Rev. 10:7)

            We hear the message but not the time.

            No one knows the time of Christ’s return.

John is told to go to the angel and the “Book of Judgment” (Book of Revelation) take and eat it.

            It was sweet but turned a sickening bitterness.

            John is to tell the message to the world.  This is our purpose as well.

The Word of God is sweet to hear but turns bitter as you realize the cost

            Just as John had to endure the bitterness so we must endure it as well.

 

In Chapter 11 we are most certainly in the Great Tribulation Days.  It appears that these 2 Witnesses are the only witness to Christ on the earth.  These two witnesses have the power of the Old Testament prophets.  Their message is backed up by their powers and works.  Whether we realize it or not God’s people have power

 

John is told to measure the Temple in Jerusalem.  Today there is a Mosque there.  John is told to measure the Temple complex not the outer court.  Regardless who occupies the land the Temple ground is “Holy to the Lord”.  It also strongly implies that God’s people are under His divine protection.  This is clearly illustrated in the 2 Witnesses.

  • They have God’s authority.
  • They will witness to Jerusalem for 3 ½ years.
  • They cannot be killed. Those who try to kill them will be killed.
  • They have authority over the air, water and weather.
  • They witness to Jerusalem (and by proxy the earth) of Christ.
  • After 3 ½ years God will remove His protection and they will be killed.
  • The world will celebrate and leave their bodies defiled in the street for 3 ½ days.
  • After 3 ½ days they will be resurrected and rise to heaven.
  • A great earthquake will destroy a 1/10 of Jerusalem and kill 7,000 people.

Much Symbolism

  • They have the power of Moses and the prophets.
  • 3 ½ days for 3 ½ years. (A year for a day – i.e. Israel’s wanderings in the desert)
  • The earthquake will give a “tithe” of Jerusalem to the Lord.
  • 7,000 is a symbolic number indicating, a complete myriad of people will be killed. This is not a literal number.
  • Like Nebuchadnezzar, he (and now Jerusalem) give glory to the Lord but do not turn to Him.
  • The world will recognize God’s awesome power but will not repent and turn to Him.
  • These 2 men are representative of the Old Testament (Olive Trees) and the New Testament (Two lampstands). God verifies the validity of both Testaments – the totality of His Word.

 

This is the second “Woe”. One more “Woe” is to come.

 

The fourth “shofar” (trumpet) sounds. (This is still future to us and reflect a future look at the end of time and the reign of God over His creation)  “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.”  God will reign.  He does reign now in the hearts and lives of His people.  God’s people will worship Him.  We worship Him because of His power and His reign.

 

The world will hate this proclamation.  This is not what they want.  Because now the time of wrath begins.  Their attempts rule and reign over God’s creation have failed.  This time will bring two events which are unavoidable.

  1. The judgment of the wicked.
  2. The reward of the bond-servants of God.

 

This event will bring about 2 wonderous times:

  1. The opening of the Temple in heaven.
  2. The ark of the covenant will appear in the Temple in heaven.

 

The Temple represents God’s presence among His people.

 

Now God will dwell with His people for eternity.

 

The Ark of the Covenant contained the Torah, some manna and the budded rod of Moses’ staff.  God fulfills His Word and His promises.

 

Above the Ark of the Covenant was the “Mercy Seat” which promised “Atonement” to God’s people.  His mercies now endure forever.

How To Stand

How To Stand

July 23, 2018

How To Stand

Colossians 2:6-7

 

Learn to live with Christ as Lord

            Lord means He controls your life

            There is a command – “so walk in Him”.

 

Keep yourself rooted in Christ

            “Persistent embedded”

            How much of what you do is rooted in Christ?

 

Grow stronger in faith

            Feeble faith vs. established faith

            Faith is intended to grow to mature

 

Be Thankful in all things

            Even adversity

            Overflow in thankfulness

Revelation 8 - 9

Revelation 8 - 9

July 17, 2018

What does the book of Revelation mean to me?

Revelation 8 - 9

Reach Out - Fulfilling the Great Commission

Reach Out - Fulfilling the Great Commission

July 17, 2018

Reaching Out

Matthew 38:18-20

 

Our command is unmistakable

            4 verbs

                        Go

                        Teach (Make – movement of the heart)

                        Baptize

                        Teach (movement of the mind)

            Numerical plan

                        One win one

                                    12 month 32

                                    24 months 512

                        Discipling plan

 

Unconcern is inexcusable

            Implies three things

                        Absence of God’s love in the heart

                        Disrespect of the Word of God

                        Disregard for one’s fellow man

            Parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10)

 

All resources should be available

            Church should stretch the limits of its capabilities

            Church’s main purpose is evangelism

            Church’s plan should be Christ’s plan

                        Win the lost to Jesus

                        Train the save to serve