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Lesson of the Hour
A Message of God's Word
Category: Christianity
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
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September 18, 2017 12:21 PM PDT

The Gospel restores peace, hope, and love to all of life’s problems from marriage and family to work and finances. Many people continue to follow their broken ways, and things get worse and worse. Everyone’s personal short cuts never really accomplish anything. Only the Gospel can restore God’s design to each person’s broken ways. The apostle Paul helped a deserted bondservant, Onesimus, restore this relationship to his master, Philemon. Paul’s intervention helped Onesimus as a new Christian to restore better things through the forgiveness of the Gospel. Christians can help restore peace and unity among brethren in the church. This message observes how Christians can help restore peace, hope, and love among one another.

Scripture Reading: Philemon 11-20 (read by Barry Rutkowski)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded September 17, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

September 11, 2017 04:49 AM PDT

While at a great feast in Levi’s house, Jesus revealed, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Jesus’s mission included calling sinners to repentance. Biblical repentance is the change of one’s mind against sinning. Christ came proclaiming the Gospel, “repent and believe in the gospel.” The Gospel contains the plea to repent for the forgiveness of sins. Many people do not come to Christ because they do not want to repent. This message examines what is behind the refusal to repent. However, the call to repent is an act of love according to Jesus. The world hears judgment from the call to repent and rightly so. How can Christians encourage friends, family, and ourselves to repent? What can Christians gain from understanding how the lack of faith hinders repentance and how rejecting repentance hinders faith?

Scripture Reading: Acts 2:38-41 (read by Gene Bryant)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded September 10, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

September 07, 2017 10:21 AM PDT

Christians are to forgive as God forgives in Christ (Eph 4:32; Col 3:13). How does God forgive sins? Does God forgive sins for any reason? Can Christians forgive sins for any reason? God forgives those who repent or commit unintentional sins (Luke 23:34; 24:46–47). Jesus teaches the same forgiveness for repentance (Luke 17:3–4). Jesus revealed that no one would receive forgiveness sins unless they forgive the debt of trespasses from others. Much of the misunderstanding of forgiveness is the difference between the biblical definition and the secular definition of forgiveness. Secular forgiveness is moving past people who have offended or hurt oneself, family, or friends. However, biblical forgiveness is the release of sins. This message addresses the necessity and condition of forgiving the sins of others as God forgives Christians.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:14-15 (read by David Johnson)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded September 3, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

August 28, 2017 04:20 PM PDT

A person’s prayer life reveals a lot about their relationship with God. “I prayed for my marriage and my spouse, yet my spouse left me.” “I asked God to heal my best friend, but my friend died.” This message is a plea not to lose faith over “unanswered prayers.” God works all things together for good for those who love Him. God certainly answers the prayers of the righteous who pray according to His will. Some have thought, “A good God should fulfill my requests for good things.” However, the believer must think deeper and recognize that God is able to do and think far beyond what each person is able. God is not a man that anyone may judge Him or think that His actions are arbitrary or matters of opinion. Many lose their faith because God did not grant their request as that expected. This message explores the Bible concerning God’s condition for giving “whatever” a faithful Christian requests.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 7:7-11 (read by David Johnson)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded August 27, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

August 22, 2017 07:34 PM PDT

At what age are Christians done with Christ’s commission? When Jesus finished when he declared, “It is finished.” Christ accomplished his suffering on the cross when he said, “It is finished.” However, Luke reported that his Gospel was of what Jesus began to teach and do. Christ did more. He added to his church. Jesus revealed that he would build his church. Paul professed that all that he did was Christ working through him. This message examines these passages that compel Christians to continue the mission of making disciples. Jesus revealed himself to his apostles with many proofs. Do Christians have the same or similar blessings that the apostles had to spread the Gospel? This message presents Christ’s proofs that remain evidence today.

Scripture Reading: Acts 1:1-3 (read by David Johnson)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded August 20, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

August 14, 2017 07:57 AM PDT

Does your focus clothe your appearance? Paul instructed disciples to put on the qualities of God’s chosen, holy, and beloved people. These faithful followers clothed themselves in Christian virtues. Where do we begin? In Colossians 3, Paul also exhorted Christians to look to things above and not earthly things. Paul even specified that the earthly things were sexually immoral and prideful speech. How do people lose their focus on what really matters? Everyone faces death and yet many try to distract themselves from reality. The hope of change begins in the Gospel message of Jesus’s death, burial, and resurrection. In this process, Christians mature and put on the Christian virtues like compassion. Those qualities are what unite Christians and cross racial and social divides. May God bless those who consider this biblical message from the Holy Spirit.

Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17 (read by Gene Bryant)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded August 13, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

August 07, 2017 01:32 PM PDT

The world wants everyone to accept them as they identify themselves, but they refuse to accept how God made them in His image. They refuse to accept the identity of Christ. They want others to accept their way of life while they reject the Christian’s way of life. People are confused. If we look, one thing that all people can see is that no one can keep their own moral code perfectly. Most people rationalize immoral behaviors. Immorality increases to more immorality. People corrupt their own morality. That morality they have invented comes selfishly for themselves. Humanity is guilty and needs a Savior. However, God loved humanity while yet sinners and sent Jesus Christ. God’s grace has come through Christ. However, God’s grace does not permit that we continue to do wrong but that we are saved from evil, sin, and lawlessness to turn from such evil. This message presents that God forgives us of all sins as long as we walk in the light. How do we walk in the light?

Scripture reading: 1 John 1:5-10 (read by Gerrit Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded August 6, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

August 01, 2017 05:28 AM PDT

What is so amazing about God's grace? Humanity does not deserve grace. No one can earn salvation from the guilt and eternal consequences of sins. However, while dead in sins, God demonstrated His love and mercy to all in grace giving salvation through Christ. This message presents a concise definition of God’s forgiving grace. God’s grace works through the Gospel — the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. The Scriptures are clear about the devastating state of humanity. All by nature were children of wrath. “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” God’s grace compels the believer to live godly and upright. By grace, God has purified for Himself a people of His own possession. Grace changes believers.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 2:1-10 (read by David Johnson)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded July 30, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

July 27, 2017 02:57 AM PDT

God regards the righteous offering of faith. Contention and anger grows among those who argue how to worship God. The Bible teaches that worship must come from faith as Abel offered a more acceptable sacrifice by faith than Cain. This message explores that faith. Acting on doubt instead of faith is sin (Rom 14:23). Faith comes from the Word of Christ. Christians must return to the faith that is an assurance of things hoped for, a presentation of things not seen, and knowing that God’s Word created the universe. No one can please God without this faith. This message focuses on true faith and supplementing a growing faith.

Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded June 25, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

July 24, 2017 10:34 AM PDT

Where is God’s grace? This message presents the broadness of God’s grace often known as God’s providence. God blesses people through hard times. Paul prayed three times for God to remove a thorn in the flesh, and God responded that His grace is sufficient. God’s power is complete through human weakness. At Corinth, the apostle Paul faced slanderers. His reaction was to boast of his weaknesses so that the power of Christ rested upon him. Paul’s concern was not so much about the slander than the false apostles who would lead the congregation astray. Paul’s approach remained the same. He boasted in his weaknesses. Paul’s weaknesses included insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. Let this message encourage you to better address life’s struggles and further trust in God.

Scripture Reading: II Corinthians 12:7-12 (read by Gerrit Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded July 23, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

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