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SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE LESSONS
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?
Well, I tried to look it up online at a gazillion sites. I finally decided it wasn’t worth the effort. Nobody, but nobody, knows for sure where it came from! Here’s a couple of explanations that sort of stood out from the rest. One is that it was originally a “Hilaria” Festival in ancient Rome, which evolved to our present “Hilarity Day” of April 1.
Another is that April Fools’ Day began in the 1500s when the Gregorian calendar replaced the Julian. Folks who kept on celebrating the old calendar’s New Year, which was April 1, were ridiculed as “April Fools” because they forgot or just ignored the fact that the world had now been handed a brand new calendar, with January 1 as New Year’s Day.
03/23 LIKE A BRIDEGROOM COMING OUT OF HIS CHAMBER… Audio
(The picture illustration is from a “Sonrise Service" overlooking the lake at Fontana Dam, NC)
I have been mulling over how to start today’s lesson for a long time. Where does one begin when sharing the breathtaking physical majesty and utter brilliance of the handiwork of God Almighty! The subject is so absolutely limitless! He’s God!!!! And, oh, the multitude and magnitude of the lessons yet to be learned! It’s absolutely incredible how our physical world and our spiritual world resonate together, totally in sync!
Well, I am at a loss no more. I just watched a video, that I will call “Play Me, I’m Yours” on Facebook. (http://youtu.be/rRfxDj-R1kc) That phrase “Play Me, I’m Yours” was plastered across a piano just sitting in the middle of a busy airport. A little boy sat down and began to play. And I mean, play. He was tearing that piano apart! But folks just kept walking by, dragging their luggage, intent on their schedule and final destination. More...
03/16/2014 When Their Sadness Was Turned Into Joy Audio
(This image of the aftermath of 9/11 is in the public domain in the US because it is a work prepared by an officer or employee of the US Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code. So it can be used to illustrate our lesson today)
As a nation, we should have learned our lesson ...by now. When faced with national disaster, like this fireman in the picture, we should have thrown up our hands, looked toward heaven and yelled for the help of God Almighty! We haven't. But God is giving us yet another chance through His timeless Word.
03/09 ONE GREATER THAN THE TEMPLE IS HERE Audio
(The picture illustration is around 1956 at my Dad's first fulltime church in Slayden, Mississippi. I am the little girl in the front left, dressed in pink. The church behind us stands out in my memory as one of several I was mistakenly locked in, alone, at night.)
“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 sacrificial concept they had of their temple and their Sabbath, what we call today our “church” and our “Sunday”.
03/02 IN HIM WAS LIFE AND THAT LIFE IS THE LIGHT OF MEN Audio
02/23 ESCAPE, YOU WHO LIVE IN THE DAUGHTER OF BABYLON! Audio
02/16 INSTEAD HE WITHDREW… Audio
Well, here’s a picture of our latest round of winter storms in the mountains of western North Carolina. All week long, I’ve read Facebook posts from folks who were just plain bored or decided to party their way through it all. Of course, everyone does have a choice in how they respond. When Je...sus faced some rough times, He chose to withdraw from the craziness of life, and ponder what His Father had in store for Him in the future. In His case, this period of retreat would keep Him on The Almighty’s timeline, focused on God’s appointments in the closing days of His life. Perhaps we need to concede that God has appointments for us, too. It’s also true that we could be in the closing days of our lives and just don’t know it. More...
02/09 DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? Audio
Winters around here can be agonizingly long and just plain hard. Our little church closes for the winter season, and many times I find that I have to talk to myself just to stay focused.
02/02 YOU HAVE STAYED LONG ENOUGH AT THIS MOUNTAIN… Audio
(Today's lesson is illustrated by a picture that I took from the top of Cheoah Bald in Graham County, NC. At 5,062 feet it is known as the “Grandstand of the Appalachians” along the Appalachian Trail)
You don’t get very far in the Bible before you find this earth shaking statement of the Lord God to Abraham 4000 years ago. It is still in effect today. And it affects each and every one of us in every single nation who has lived or will ever live on the planet Earth since Abraham.
01/26 $3 WORTH OF GOD: I AM THE LORD Audio
1/19/14 THEN THEY WILL KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD Audio
When the Almighty delivered the Israelites from Egypt in the Exodus, He repeated this same phrase over and over again. “I am the Lord your God.” And He set about teaching this to every generation of mankind through His powerful Word.
Ammon was a country to the north-east of Judah, on the edge of the desert that is east of the Jordan River. The chief city was Rabbath-Ammon, which is today’s modern city of Amman, Jordan.
1/12/14 PUT THE POT ON THE FIRE (Audio above)
“The word of the Lord came to me. This was on the tenth day of the tenth month in the ninth year of exile. He said, ‘Son of man, write today’s date and this note: ‘On this date the army of the king of Babylon surrounded Jerusalem.’” Ezekiel 24:1-2 ERV.
It was mid-January, probably around 588 BC when Ezekiel followed God’s command and wrote down these words. In fact, today, January 12, 2014, is the 2600th year or so anniversary date for the beginning of the siege of Jerusalem by Babylon.
1/5/14 You Are My Sheep, the Sheep of My Pasture (Audio above)
This year has been an absolutely amazing journey in God’s Word. There is never a question about where we need to be or what we need to see. Each month He refocuses us on scripture of His own perfect choosing. The lessons are always timely, prophetic and humbling. There is something bigger than our organized religion and church going on here. We are beginning to see the real Jesus.
12/29 I Am the Gate For The Sheep (Audio above)
His answer should “rattle our cage” for the rest of our days. Here’s what He said. “…I did tell you, but you do not believe. The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. More...
12/22 We Saw His Star When It Rose (Audio above)
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.’" Matthew 2:1-2.
12/15 If You Are the Christ, Tell Us Plainly (Audio Above)
12/8 We Have Heard That God Is With You (Audio above)
The time was December 7, 518 B.C. The scene was the decimated Holy City of Jerusalem and Solomon’s Temple, laying in burned out ruins for over 70 years. It had been a long two years since the reconstruction of the Temple had begun. All that remained of the nation of Israel was the previously exiled southern kingdom of Judah, allowed by the Babylonians to return home to Jerusalem and rebuild. The story begins as some of the returned exiles, now living in the neighboring city of Bethel, send a delegation to Jerusalem to ask the prophets and priests to ask an important question. “Should I mourn and fast in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” Zechariah 7:3.
12/1 Now One Greater Than Solomon Is Here
11/24 He Who Offers a Sacrifice of Thanksgiving Honors Me
11/17 Now This Thing Became A Sin…
11/10 Return To Me and I Will Return To You
11/3 Stand Up and Praise the LORD Your God!
“Stand up and praise the Lord your God, for he lives from everlasting to everlasting! …May your glorious name be praised! May it be exalted above all blessing and praise! You alone are the Lord. You made the skies and the heavens and all the stars. You made the earth and the seas and everything in them.”
What a praise to the Almighty is recorded here in this wonderful passage in Nehemiah 9! The longest recorded prayer in the Bible, it literally transcends time to minister to us at this appointed day and hour!
Two generations of the Southern Kingdom of Israel, known then as Judah, had been held in captivity in Babylon for 70 years. Their descendants have returned and are rebuilding Jerusalem.
10/27 The Right Time for Me Has Not Yet Come
As Christians, we cannot begin to fathom the depths of God’s perfect timing. Indeed, most of us do not have a clue that God has a time and place for everything, especially anything that has to do with Jesus on this earth.
10/20 The Season of Our Joy 2013
VIDEO LESSON: http://youtu.be/frq-pmXipng
10/13 Everyone Has To Die Once, Then Face The Consequences
VIDEO LESSON :https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=535770346503159&l=8208502422690401144
The awesome sound of the Shofar horn, or trumpet, is heard every day of the month of Elul concluding next month with the Feast of Trumpets, when the final Trumpet is sounded. The sound of the shofar is very unique, designed to wake us up! There is one long blast, representative of the King’s coronation. Then 3 medium blasts are delivered sounding repentance. 9 staccato blasts awaken the slumbering from complacency. The final sound is one, great big long, loud blast heralding the presence of God .
Listen to this recording by Hebrew 4Christians.http://l.b5z.net/i/u/6077426/m/shof2__1_.mp3
9/29 In Christ The Whole Building Is Joined Together
9/22 For I Am Going To Do Something in Your Days…
9/15 The King Is Coming!
9/8 BE STRONG AND TAKE HEART
9/1 Who Do You Say I Am?
8/25 If You Hear God’s Voice Today, Don’t Be Stubborn
8/18 I Will Not Listen To You
This is a picture from the Fontana Community Church’s history photo album. It was taken August 22, 1948 at a Sunday evening vesper service at the Fontana Dam. Worshipping together is a wonderful time for us Christians. So, most of us have rarely, if ever, considered that in the past, God has sometimes chosen not to be a part of the gathering of those seeking Him.
8/11 I Am the Lord Your God
God reigns supreme in the universe. He is calling all the shots. Everything is on His timetable and subject to His plans for mankind. It’s “high-time” we get that straight.
“So I beg you, brothers and sisters, because of the great mercy God has shown us, offer your lives as a living sacrifice to him—an offering that is only for God and pleasing to him. Considering what he has done, it is only right that you should worship him in this way. Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. More...
8/4 Give Ear Our God And Hear
7/28 The Fourth Month: The Anniversary of the Golden Calf
Knowing exactly where we are in the scheme of God’s appointments is pure wisdom. Using God’s created appointment of equal day and night in the Spring as a signal for His New Year to begi...n with the appearance of the next full moon, we can calculate that today is the 19th day of the 4th month on God’s calendar. So, where we are in God’s Word is appointed by God Himself just for today. Let’s study His Word and review a bit and see what He has appointed in this month, known simply as the Fourth Month or by its Babylonian name, Tammuz. More...
7/21 Like A Tree Planted By The Water
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. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 19:7-8. More...
Music Video to the song "Like A Tree" by Justin Rizzo
7/14 I See The Lord Seated On The Throne Exalted
7/7 Then You Will Know That I Am The Lord
The flags in this little church keep God’s word literally around us! “Gird thy sword on thy thigh, O Mighty One! In Thy Glory and in Thy Majesty, Ride on in Victory!” “Hallelujah! Our Lord God Almighty Reigns.” “Do Not Weep! The Lion of Judah, the Root of David, Has Triumphed! “IF my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray…” More...
7/1 And They Didn’t Even Know It
This coming Wednesday, on the day before our national Independence Day, the 23rd day of Sivan on God’s calendar, a major nation in the history of mankind was destined for future annihilation by their enemies. And they didn’t even know it.
God’s blessing had been upon them since the days of Abraham. “I will build a great nation from you. I will bless you and make your name famous. People will use your name to bless other people. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse those who curse you. I will use you to bless all the people on earth.” Genesis 12:2-3. More...
6/23 You Have Not Come To A Mountain That Can Be Touched
6/16 There’s Still One More Gift To Open
6/9 Start Counting the Days
6/2 The Lord Bless You and Keep You
5/26 If You Had Only Known What Would Bring You Peace
On our traditional Memorial Day, we remember those who have given their lives for our freedom. In this picture, Rev. Ernest A Stiles, former pastor of this church, kneels in honor of his fri...end and fellow soldier, Medic Alvin Holton, killed in the Philippines during World War II. We appreciate folks like Alvin, who lay down their lives for their country.
There is also a spiritual Memorial Day, and we celebrate it every week. We remember and honor one who laid down his life for not only His friends, but His enemies. Today we honor Jesus the Christ, Son of the Almighty God. more...
5/12 This Was The Lord’s Doing; It Is Marvelous In Our Eyes
5/5 On The Twenty Fourth Day Of The First Month
A long time ago, an elderly man stood on the bank of a mighty, rushing river. He had been fasting, and no doubt was very broken and humbled. Being broken was probably nothing new for him. He had been a prisoner of war for most of his adult life. He had been forced to learn how to live in a nation that was not his own. But his faith in God always remained unshakable, even when he faced certain death at the hands of his enemies. For 60 some years, his testimony of faith and wisdom had influenced ruling kings as well as fellow prisoners in exile. Because of his witness, the current king had just given him and his fellow exiles permission to return to their homeland. More...
4/28 MY ANCESTOR WAS A WANDERING ARAMEAN
This picture brings back memories of my ancestry. My grandmother, Earie Stiles, loved showing off the firstfruits of her garden. She is pictured here with her grandson, Ernie Stiles, who still looks forward to fresh garden fruits every year. (But I think he likes them a whole lot more when they're from someone else's garden!)
4/21 Eat It With Your Cloak Tucked Into Your Belt...
3500 years ago, in the ancient land of Egypt, God gave detailed instructions for all those who trusted Him. Following His instructions would bring life. Ignoring them would guarantee death.
On the 10th day of the Hebrew month of Abib, also known as Nissan, each family was to select from their flock a year old lamb, without any flaw or defect. It was to be kept until the 14th day of the month, giving the family an opportunity to become personally attached to the lamb. It would not be just any lamb. It would be their lamb.. more...
4/14 In Sync With God’s Calendar
The month of Abib is designated by God Almighty as the first month of the year. "And the LORD spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it sh...all be the first month of the year to you." Exodus 12:1-2. The name of the month is given in Deuteronomy 16:1, where the Israelites are told to keep the Passover in the month of Abib, because they were delivered from the 10th death plague of Egypt on that very day by God Almighty. Along with all the wonderful pictures of Jesus as our Passover Lamb, our Unleavened Bread, and our Firstfruits, many other amazing anniversaries occur during this month.. more...
3/31 A FRONT ROW SEAT TO THE RESURRECTION
(Resurrection Sunday Morning "Sonrise" Service looked extremely doubtful as we battled dense fog and rain at 6:30 am this morning to make it to the top of the dam by 6:45am. We moved the service to a co...vered pavillion, and the rain just stopped! As we were singing and worshipping God, the clouds just seemed to part to let the "Son" thru! And receive Him, we did! This post is the message we shared together.) more...
March 25, 2013: Is There An Esther In The House?
On God's calendar, today is the 13th day of Adar, a memorable day in the history of the Bible. (Using the vernal equinox as a reference point, and the new moon following as the first month of God's year) On this day, about 2500 years ago, the Jewish nation, once a mighty and formidable nation serving one God, was destined for final annihilation by their enemies. more...
3/24 Palm Sunday?
When I was preparing to visit the Holy Land with my father in 1998, my excitement level was max. I could hardly believe I was making the trip. I literally pinched myself over and over again. When our plane touched down in Tel Aviv, my heart was thumping ninety miles a minute! Then, I began to observe some things I wasn't quite prepared for. There we sat in our plane, alone, in the middle of this huge expanse of concrete. I hardly had time to take it in before we clambored down dozens of tarmack steps, were whisked into vans, and quickly transported to the main airport building, surrounded by mounds of more steps. When I entered the airport, I was surprised to see guards and guns everywhere. Uh-oh, my excitement was fading fast. more...
The Story Behind "How Great Thou Art"
NEVER AGAIN CHRISTIANS! WHAT WE DO MATTERS
The United States Congress established April 7-14 of 2013 as Days of Remembrance to commemorate the memory of the victims of the Holocaust. April 8 is Holocaust Remembrance Day.
In 2009, the US Holocaust Memorial Museum designated "Never Again: What You Do Matters" as the focus. more...