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Lesson of the Hour
A Message of God's Word
Category: Christianity
Location: Jacksonville, Fl
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October 09, 2017 10:17 AM PDT

Blessed are those who know the power of the Gospel for they can destroy everything exalted against the knowledge of God (2 Cor 10:3–6). This message encourages Christians to approach boldly the world with the Gospel. Christians must understand the world through the cross of Christ. Paul revealed that he came proclaiming nothing except Christ crucified. The Gospel message undermines all other ideologies and supposed wisdom of men. The Bible reveals that God’s wisdom destroys the wisdom and power of men. For this reason, Christians must contemplate the implications of the Gospel and proclaim boldly the truth. Only with the Gospel on the heart can people reason truthfully. With Christ, science makes sense. The cause of the universe makes sense. The ultimate meaning of life makes sense. Moral absolutes make sense. The existence of laws of logic make sense. Think from the cross of Christ and the implications of God coming in the flesh. The Scriptures reveal that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are in Christ.

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 (read by Don Kovar)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded October 8, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

October 03, 2017 01:34 PM PDT

Can I truly love my neighbor before I learn to love and fear God? In response to a scribe’s request for the most important command, Christ quoted Moses’s words to love God first and then to love one’s neighbor second. Evidently, the love for God must come first. How does someone love God? The Scriptures reveal that one’s love for God is manifest in obeying God’s commands. What happens when people love their neighbors before they love God? This message will explore Christ’s words concerning the greatest commands and how the first is essential to the second.

Scripture Reading: Mark 12:28-34 (read by Gerrit Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded October 1, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

September 25, 2017 01:20 PM PDT

Almost every ideology began because someone told the world one’s own idea, epiphany, or dream. However, people heard Jesus’s teaching and saw him serve. Various people saw Jesus executed, knew his tomb, and experienced his bodily resurrection. Then, they told the world. The Christian faith is unique and unlike any other. The faith focuses on a historical figure whose life, death, and more changed the world. Jesus preached about why people should believe that he is the Christ, the Son of God. Jesus revealed that people can hear his teaching and know that his teaching is not his own but from God the Father (John 7:17). Jesus also pointed to his coming crucifixion for demonstrating that he is the Christ (John 8:28). This message will further examine Jesus's evidences that he is the Christ. This message will also consider some minimal facts for the reality of Jesus’s miracles today. May God bless those who hear.

Scripture Reading: John 5:36-38 (read by Gerrit Dekker)
Lesson by Scott Shifferd
Recorded September 24, 2017 at the Dean Road church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL

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

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