PAUL EVANGELIZES IN ROME PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Wednesday, 14 November 2012 00:00

Acts 28:11-31


 It is important for us to make plans.  However, since we do not have a clear picture of the outcome, these “visions of the future” must always be submitted before the “throne of grace”.  Hebrews 4:16.  Our Heavenly Father--the Creator of the universe--is the One who is “Declaring the end from the beginning”.  Isaiah 46:10a.  King Solomon wrote, “A man’s heart deviseth (designs; plaits; weaves) his way: but the Lord directeth his steps”.  Proverbs 16:9.

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BLESSED IN CHRIST PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Friday, 23 November 2012 00:00

Ephesians 1


 The Apostle Paul was a prisoner in Rome because of his application of the Old Testament promises that had been ignored by the religious leaders of his day.  While in Jerusalem, he had a series of civil hearings.  At the provincial capitol of that area, he made his appeal to Caesar.  Acts 25:10.  After eventually reaching Rome, he was allowed “to dwell by himself with a soldier that kept (guarded) him”.  Acts 28:16b.  This was a prolonged situation--“And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him (i. e., unhindered)”.  Acts 28:30, 31.

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PAUL MINISTERS ON MELITA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Thursday, 08 November 2012 00:00

Acts 28:1-10


 It is easy for one to endeavor to “compartmentalize” life.  This attempt would allow one to form such categories as secular or sacred; spiritual or natural; mental or physical, or any number of “artificial” groupings.  This concept is foreign in the writings of Scripture.  The believer is under the total control of the Good Shepherd--Jesus Christ of Nazareth--or, he or she is rebelling against the Divine plan of our Heavenly Father--the Creator of the universe.

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PAUL SURVIVES A SHIPWRECK PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Thursday, 01 November 2012 00:00

Acts 27


 As we read the book of the Acts of the Apostles, it becomes obvious that few of the accounts would have been called “Headline Material”.  The events that unfolded were of little or no significance to the “general population”.  However, the Divine plan--the eternal plan of God--is the underlying feature of the events that the Holy Spirit (II Timothy 3:16; II Peter 2:21) allowed Luke (Acts 1:1; Luke 1:1-4) to record for all mankind.

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PAUL TESTIFIES BEFORE KING AGRIPPA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Wednesday, 24 October 2012 00:00

Acts 25, 26


 The old adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover” has some usefulness in human activity.  However, this proverb must be judged in a general manner, not is specific details.  If one would have been assigned the task of looking for a the person who would be must active in the establishment of the early Church (Acts 2:1-4), the witness at the scene of the murder of Stephen would not be considered (Acts 7:58; 8:1).

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PHILIP BAPTIZES A MAN FROM ETHIOPIA PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Tuesday, 23 October 2012 00:00

Acts 8:26-39


 The disciples of Jesus Christ of Nazareth were--and are--not following a religion--a man-made system of human attempts to reach God.  They followed a Man, the Son of God sent into the world to provide salvation for the lost human race.  As disciples--learners--they were with Him, hearing the many lessons that he taught and listening to His great words of Divine wisdom.  These men saw themselves as “servants” of this One whom the Heavenly Father--the Creator of the universe--had sent into the world. 

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FAITH INSPIRES GRATITUDE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Thursday, 13 September 2012 00:00

Hebrews 12:14-29


 In a society that is guided by the idea of “self-actualization”--which translates into “self-centeredness”--the idea of gratitude is not “top priority” in the scheme of life.  This attitude has no place in the life of the person who has accepted Jesus Christ of Nazareth as his or her personal Savior.  To live our lives in conformity to the desire of our Heavenly Father--the Creator of the universe--we must look at the life of His Only Begotten Son as our Example.  I Peter 2:21.  The Record is clear concerning the purpose of His coming into the World.  “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will (desire), but the will of him that sent me”.  John 6:38.  Earlier in His earthly ministry, He told the man, Nicodemus, “For God so loved the world (order; system), that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in his should not perish, but have everlasting life”.  John 3:16.  These declarations and Divine principles are enough to cause any seeking heart to overflow with gratitude for this blessing.

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FAITH GIVES ASSURANCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Thursday, 30 August 2012 00:00

Hebrews 11; Psalm 46


 The writer to the Hebrews--most probably the Apostle Paul--focused the attention of the ancient readers on the deity, person and work of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.  By the time this letter was written, many weird ideas concerning the Messiah had been put forth.  Some of these philosophies had reduced the Son of God to the level of some special “souped-up angel”.  This and other ideas turned the attention from the real purpose of our Lord coming into the world--to reveal the Heavenly Father, the Creator of the universe--to the fallen human race.

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FAITH EMPOWERS ENDURANCE PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. James C. Temples   
Thursday, 06 September 2012 00:00

Hebrews 12:1-13


 In the New Testament, there are many illusion to athletic events--specifically races.  Those who participated in these events had one goal in mind--to cross the finish line of their “big race”.  This goal caused these individuals to spend days, months, and even years in preparation.  The participants in those games had little or nothing to gain, except momentary recognition.  Yet, many were willing to make the personal sacrifice for their “big moment“.

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Religion or Relationship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rev. Bobby Henigsmith   
Saturday, 30 October 2010 14:06

So many people are so bound by their religion that they hinder their relationship with Jesus. Being so caught up in rules and regulations and trying to keep the letter of the law that relationship is no where in their existence. II Timothy 3:1-5, Paul writes to a young up and coming preacher some words that gives us insight that this is not just a modern day problem. Scripture says, "But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come. For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power, and from such people turn away."

Godliness is to be devout, characterized by a Godward attitude, does that which is well pleasing to God. Many refuse to allow the true power of God to exert any influence in their lives. Many have no restraints on their worldly passions. There is no evidence that Christ has truly made a difference in their life and heart. You can tell because, people when put under pressure will always show what they have, "Religion or Relationship". 

Paul refers to "a form of godliness" which means can be lead astray by all sorts of teachings, and chasing after every wind that comes along. True Godliness is nourished in the words of faith, trust in the living God. Godliness refuses to sit down and watch people go to hell. Godliness is a life of true commitment to the things of God. Commitment to make a difference in the world. Commitment to a life style of Godliness so that everything I say and do brings glory to God. Commitment to find my part in the overall purpose of God and go for it. Refuse to allow any influences in my life that would draw me or anyone else away from God.

Anyone can be religious. It takes a life consecrated to the things of God to have relationship. Build on that relationship today. It will benefit you for ever and ever. 

 
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