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The Four Incredible Hidden Treasures

The subject of hidden treasure is fascinating; it has prompted numerous books, movies, theories and actual treasure hunting expeditions.  Two of the most popular hidden treasures are:

  1. The Knights Templar Treasure
  2. Captain Kidd’s Buried Treasure

The Knights Templar’s have been surrounded by a shroud of mystery for years.  The were founded in 1118 during the Crusades state of Jerusalem by a French Knight by the name of Hugues De Payne.  De Payne started the order with eight fellow Knights.  They were quartered at the Temple Mount by King Baldwin II.  The original function of the Knights Templar was to protect pilgrims as they traveled the dangerous road from the Port of Jaffa to Jerusalem.  They were the most formidable fighting force in “Christendom”, and they also possessed immense wealth and political power.

On October 13, 1307 (Friday the 13th) the King of France, Phillip the Fair, along with the Pope, Clement V conspired to destroy the Templars.  Theories for their reasoning abounds; however, three stand out: Continue reading The Four Incredible Hidden Treasures

A Mothers Love

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall
drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

                                                   – Matthew 20:20-23

In this Podcast:

We will look at the Three things that every Mother can learn from the mother of James and John Zebedee:

  • She wanted her children to be part of the Kingdom of God
  • She wanted her children to be actively involved in the work of the Lord
  • She had big expections for her children

What are Mothers?

God Meant it for Good: Episode 5

” And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.Prison Light
And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.
And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward. -Genesis 40:1-4

 

In this Podcast:

  • The 4 C’s of Circumstance: First Two C’s
  • Blessings aren’t constrained by your circumstances
  • Circumstances don’t change your commission
Continue reading God Meant it for Good: Episode 5

The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 4

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For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

In this Podcast, we discuss the fact that:
  • We don’t live under the Bondage of an external system of rules or codes.
  • We live under the Internal restraints of the Holy Spirit.

Continue reading The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 4

How to encourage others

Acts 9:27

“But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. “

In Acts 9 we see Barnabas stepping up to be an encouragement to the Apostle Paul at the beginning of his ministry.  Let’s face it; Paul did not have a good testimony in the local church up to this point.  In fact, Paul himself said that he had persecuted the Church and wasted it (Galatians 1:13).  Barnabas could have avoided Paul or kicked him while he was down, but instead, he decided to be an encouragement and help to him.  We too have this option when it comes to new believers or even those who have been “in the faith” for quite some time  but have fallen back into the “old nature”.  We can decide to pile on and discourage them in their walk with the Lord; or we can be like Barnabas and encourage them as we are commanded to do in Galatians 6:1-3. 

Continue reading How to encourage others

Are you a destroyer or a restorer?

In Acts 9:26-31,  we see how the “church” originally reacted to Paul after his conversion.  In this passage, he hasn’t yet taken the name of Paul (the first time Saul is called Paul is found Restore-Mein Acts 13:9, which shows us that Saul took upon himself the name of his first convert Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:7)).  The Disciples were afraid of Paul at the first and did not believe that he was a fellow believer.  They were ready to discount Paul because of his past. They were all too eager to hold his past sins against him while at the same time enjoying forgiveness for their own Sin.  We as Christians are called to ” be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:32).

Are you helping to restore others to the LORD or are you in the business of destroying those who need our help the most?

Continue reading Are you a destroyer or a restorer?

Finish Strong

Irvington Bible Baptist ChurchWhen running a race (which is what this life is) most athletes want the best starting position possible. Whether it is a foot race or an auto race, all the competitors do their level best to qualify at the front.  Starting in the front doesn’t guarantee a win; however starting in a good position increases your chances of having a strong finish.  It is easier to stay in the front rather than starting in the rear and needing to overcome all the obstacles required to get to the front. In Matthew 21:28-32 Jesus tells us a parable that shows this reality.

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Get Serious About Prayer

Read Genesis 32:9-12

Here we find the 1st recorded prayer in the Bible. Sure we have instances where Adam, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and others have spoken to God, but this is the first recorded prayer, which makes this passage significant.

Any time in your Bible study that you come across the 1st instance of something; you should take note. Continue reading Get Serious About Prayer

Another Blank Check

What would you do if someone offered you limitless resources?  In “The Blank Check” we looked at a man named Lot, and what he did with his “Blank Check”, and how it did not turn out very well for him.  Now I would like to look at a man named Balaam who was offered “Another Blank Check”. balaam_y_el_burro Continue reading Another Blank Check

The Blank Check

What would you do if you were given a blank check that had no limits put upon it? For Irvington Bible Baptist Churchmost of us, the thought of having limitless resources or options is unfathomable. Just for a moment; however just imagine what you would do if you were given this opportunity. A person could do a lot of good if they had limitless resources couldn’t they?

I suppose that if I were given this opportunity, I would first pay off all my bills. I can think of a lot of things that I could accomplish if I were given a blank check. Just think of how many missionaries you could support, or what local ministries you could support or even start if you had a blank check. Such as a bus ministry to transport local kids to church services, and activities; or Continue reading The Blank Check