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WE WILL BE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER SEASON BEGINNING JANUARY 11, 2015
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SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE LESSONS
03/01 WHO KNOWS... Audio
Billowing fire as ancient Jerusalem is laid waste and burnt to the ground by marauding enemies. Ominous plumes of smoke just minutes before the 220 floors of the Twin Towers implode following a terrorist attack. What could they possibly have in common?
More than you think!
02/22 ONE GREATER THAN THE TEMPLE IS HERE Audio
“I tell you that one greater than the temple is here.” Matthew 12:6.
When Jesus said this in reply to the Pharisees who were accusing Him of doing something unlawful on the Sabbath, His reply rocked their religious world. He blew apart every worship concept they had of their temple and their Sabbath, what we call today our “church” and our “Sunday”.
And He wasn’t even standing in a pulpit when He nailed Israel for their “religiousness”. He and his disciples were walking through a field of grain, on their way to the temple in Jerusalem. The disciples were hungry, so they began plucking some of the grains of wheat and eating them. More...
2/15 ESCAPE, YOU WHO LIVE IN THE DAUGHTER OF BABYLON! Audio
2/8 INSTEAD HE WITHDREW… TO A VILLAGE CALLED EPHRAIM Audio
2/1 DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? Audio
Jesus Christ spent the last winter of His life comforting those He loved by speaking eternal words of promise and hope. “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” John 11:25-26.
We can trace the footsteps of Jesus during the winter months by referring back to John 10:22. “Then came the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem. It was winter and Jesus was in the temple area…” More...
1/25 BREAK CAMP AND ADVANCE… Audio
Moses proceeded to deliver a stern, yet impassioned accounting of the Israelite journey of the last 40 years. He pointed out that if the nation had followed God’s perfect roadmap instead of their own, and set aside their fears, needs and wants, they could have avoided generations of heartache and struggle. More...
01/18 $3 WORTH OF GOD: I AM THE LORD Audio
"I would like to buy three dollars' worth of God, please. Not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk, or a snooze in the sunshine...I want ecstasy, not transformation. I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy three dollars’ worth of God, please" by Wilbur Reese.
1/11 Then They Will Know That I Am The Lord Audio
01/04 PUT THE POT ON THE FIRE Audio
God begins our nation's calendar year perfectly with a parable given to another mighty nation over 2600 years ago. Appointed on God’s calendar for the 10th day of the 10th month, it falls exactly on New Year’s Day, 2015, on our Gregorian calendar. And it all has to do with a pot and a bunch of comfortable religious folks. This image is an ancient cooking pot from Megidd...o, from around 600 BC, about the time of today’s lesson. (Photo by Ferrell Jenkins, used with permission.) More...
12/28 WITH THEIR MOUTHS THEY EXPRESS DEVOTION, BUT THEIR HEARTS ARE GREEDY… Audio
12/21 IT WAS WINTER... Audio
12/07 YOU HAVE BEEN UNFAITHFUL Audio
11/23-30 FEASTING FOR YOURSELVES Audio
Our designated national holiday of Thanksgiving is undeniably THE Feast day of the entire year! This monumental mealtime will feature 46 million turkeys. That’s about 736 million pounds of bird: roasted, grilled or deep-fried.
But hey, one of those turkeys just might get a Presidential pardon! Isn't it all great fun! But turkey-day smiles don't last long. Pictured here is Present John F. Kennedy on November 19, 1963, just 3 days before he was assassinated. (Photo is public domain from Wikipedia Commons) More...
11/09 NOW THIS THING BECAME A SIN… Audio
Today, November 9, 2014, is the anniversary date on God’s calendar of the 15th day of the 8th month. And here’s what happened on that day and shortly after. It’s a tale of 2 men who lived 2950 years ago. Both were called by God to give counsel to His chosen people. Jeroboam was a King of the nation of Israel. The other man was nameless, referred to simply as “the man o...f God from Judah”. This little known historical record, appointed on God’s calendar for this very week, delivers a stern warning for any nation who calls on the Almighty as their God, but then decides to add their own politics into the mix. More...
11/2 ONE GREATER THAN SOLOMON IS HERE… Audio
10/26 RETURN TO ME...AND I WILL RETURN TO YOU Audio
In the 6th century BC, a man named Zechariah declared the word of the Lord to the religious people around him. Well, 27 centuries later, on the exact anniversary date that it was delivered to the kingdom of Judah, the very same Word is being declared today to us religious folk in the 21st century AD.
10/19 “THE RIGHT TIME FOR ME HAS NOT YET COME; FOR YOU ANY TIME IS RIGHT” Audio
As Christians, we cannot begin to fathom the depths of God’s perfect timing. Indeed, most of us do not even have a clue that God has a time and place for everything, especially anything that has to do with Jesus on this earth. God has given His chosen people His calendar, and has placed Jesus appointments all over it! Because to God and His Son, Jesus, timing has always been, is, and will continue to be, EVERYTHING! More...
10/12 GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM Audio
In the 23rd chapter of the Old Testament book of Leviticus, God appointed Holy Festivals to share the plan of salvation through Jesus to the entire timeline of humanity. Through these festivals, we are able to see God’s plan beginning in the Exodus of the Israelites, knowing that the completion date on His calendar may occur during our lifetime. More...
10/05 EVERYONE HAS TO DIE ONCE (Video)
Sunday, October 5, 2014 is an important date on God’s calendar for the entire timeline of humanity. It’s God’s appointed “Day of Atonement”, the ancient shadow of Jesus Christ!
Given by God 3500 years ago in the days of Moses, its Hebrew name is Yom Kippur. “Yom” means day, from sunset to sunset, as spoken by God in Genesis. “Kippur” is from the Hebrew word “kaphar” meaning “to cover”. Atonement quite simply, means “covering”. Put the two words together: Day Of Covering! View Video
9/28 COME, I WILL SHOW YOU THE BRIDE… Audio
9/21 WATCH! Audio
Not only is this an absolutely stunning picture of the Almighty’s handiwork in the western North Carolina evening sky, it prophetically appoints unfolding events which will one day culminate in the return of Jesus Christ, Himself! It is the biblical epic appointment known as the Day of Trumpets! More...
9/14 IN CHRIST THE WHOLE BUILDING IS JOINED TOGETHER Audio
In Haggai 1:14-15 we find this scripture, “…The Lord made them and the rest of the people excited about working on the Temple of their God, the Lord All-Powerful. So they began this work on the 24th day of the sixth month in the second year Darius was the king.”
09/07 J E A L O U S Audio
Of all the words we Christians often use to describe God, “jealous” is certainly not one of them. Yet, 3500 years ago, God Almighty flamboyantly announced His jealousy, amidst fire and thunder, to His chosen people in Exodus 20:5. “I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God”. And would you believe He made this radical announcement as He spoke the Ten Commandments, in the middle of the Second Commandment, of all places! More...
8/31 Consider Your Ways Audio
(Photo illustration is a mid-1950’s photo of my grandfather Oliver Stiles laboring toward a farm harvest with his work horses Old Bob and Old Pearl.)
God has designated this month in His Word to be the sixth month of Elul (eh-LOOL) on His calendar. The Hebrew word "Elul" means to search out deeply, as in the heart. This is the month for “soul searching”, and turning back to God. More...
8/24 Dear Friend in Christ, Audio
8/17 "TRUST IN GOD; AND TRUST ALSO IN ME" Audio
Every single day we hold a covenant phrase made to the Almighty in our very hands, and we rarely even think about it. When our needs and wants are met on a daily basis by the exchange of currency or coin, boldly emblazoned on every single one of them is the phrase "In God We Trust".
8/3 THE TIME HAS COME Audio
7/20 IN DIRE STRAITS: WE HAVE HEARD THAT GOD IS WITH YOU Audio
"I lift up my eyes to the heavens and cry out with you: "Hear oh Israel the Lord our God the Lord is one." Adonai, the God of Israel, give us success as we are about to fight for your people Israel, against an enemy that defiles your name... please let that which is written: "for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you" be fulfilled in us and let us all say Amen." More...
7/13 "I AM I " Audio
7/6 LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE WATER Audio
The trees look strong and content on this little memorial in the middle of Fontana Lake. Perched above the boat which can deliver souls to the shore, our national flag flies as a symbol of many blessings. The angel statue stands as a silent reminder of the continued presence of the Almighty in the midst of it all.
“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,... whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. More...
6/29 HE THAT BELIEVES ON HIM SHALL NOT BE CONFOUNDED Audio
(Engraved 1670 illustration, public domain, by unknown artist of the "chariot vision" of the Biblical book of Ezekiel, chapter 1, after an earlier illustration by Matthaeus Merian.)
"In my thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.” Ezekiel 1:1. More
(Pictured here is a 13th-14th century scroll of the Book of Esther. This is a file from Wikipedia Commons, printed here through the GNU Free Documentation License.)
6/22 IS THERE AN ESTHER IN THE HOUSE? AUDIO
The Word of God never ceases to amaze me. Though it's thousands of years old, it is always so right on target for today.
6/8 REPENT AND BE BAPTIZED... AUDIO
In 2005, in the midst of health struggles and personal emotional crisis, construction began on the house I now call home. We had been looking for a second home in this area for several months, and had more or less exhausted our search. As I was making the ret...urn trip from the church to my father’s home in Robbinsville where I was staying, I noticed a “House for Sale” sign I hadn’t seen before. More...
06/01 WE ARE SURROUNDED... Audio
This is a picture of the Great Smoky Mountains smokin'! Thick clouds hang over the mountains after a bit of thunder and lightning. Nothing like it!
This is the perfect picture illustration for today's lesson on faith. On God’s Calendar, today is the 3rd day of the third biblical month of Sivan. Here's what happened 3500 years ago on today's date.
05/25 I GO TO PROVIDE YOU A COUNTRY Audio
05/18 THE LORD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU Audio
This is the Lord’s Day. It’s also the Lord’s month, and the Lord’s year. Everything that has ever happened and will happen is designated on His calendar for the world He created. According to the Lord, today is the 18th day of the second month of Ziv. Numbers 10:11-36 records this time of the month beginning with Ziv 20th, our upcoming May 20. This is the time when the Israelites left the Desert of Sinai during the second year of their journey to the Promised Land. More...
05/11 THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE Audio
Do you know what day this really is? I know what my Mama would have said if she were still on this earth. “This is the day that the Lord has made.” Yep. Straight from the word of God, in Psalm 118: 21. She would have been jumping up and down at that one, bless her heart! Because that means something is going on out there that is bigger than you and me, and this crazy world we live in! Praise God, that’s a really, really GOOD thing! More...
05/04 START COUNTING... Audio
While going through some stored material during our renovation last year, I found the bulletin from the Sunday morning dedication service of the original building on September 30, 1951. The picture illustration here is a photocopy of that historical bulletin. The dedication words in the bulletin are prophetic and haunting. “After long waiting, we at last have a church home of our own. It is not an elaborate or expensive edifice... More...
4/27 On The Twenty-Fourth Day... Audio
4/20 AMEN. COME LORD JESUS! Audio
Welcome to this awesome place of fellowship. Just look around at the Creator’s magnificent beauty! Most of us weren’t even aware that the moon could set on one side of the street, just as the sun begins to rise on the other side. More...
4/13 PASSOVER: WORTHY IS THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN Audio
04/06 On The Jericho Road... Audio
03/30 APRIL FOOLS: THE WORLD DID NOT RECOGNIZE HIM Audio
Yes, April Fools’ Day is coming up this Tuesday. While it seems like just an innocent day to have a little fun, beware! The joke may be on us!
Day in and day out, week after week, month after month, year after year, we just seem to fall right in line with a lot of craziness created by the world. And we don’t even give it a second thought. For instance, who knows where April Fools’ Day came from in the first place? Or should I ask, who even cares? More...