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Listen to weekly sermons from the United Church of God congregation in Raleigh NC. We observe the 4th commandment to conduct a sacred assembly on the 7th day of the week to worship God and receive instruction in the word of God.

Listen to weekly sermons from the United Church of God congregation in Raleigh NC. We observe the 4th commandment to conduct a sacred assembly on the 7th day of the week to worship God and receive instruction in the word of God.
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Listen to weekly sermons from the United Church of God congregation in Raleigh NC. We observe the 4th commandment to conduct a sacred assembly on the 7th day of the week to worship God and receive instruction in the word of God.








Passing on the Covenant to the Next Generation

Passing on the Covenant to the Next Generation Action & Events (Genesis 23 - 25) · Sarah dies, Abraham purchases a tomb for her in Canaan · Abraham plans for family succession. He arranges for a suitable wife for the son who will carry forward the covenant. He does not want him to marry into the Canaanite people. He understands that God wants the descendants of the covenant to remain separate. · Abraham's servant goes back to the land they came from to find a wife from among the extended...


God's Covenant With Abraham

As followers of Christ we know we are in the midst of a new covenant... we entered into it at baptism... we reconfirm/renew it each year at the Passover. Each year we grow in our understanding of what that covenant means... our growth and expansion of understanding is pleasing to God. Today we will look at how God used the process of covenant review in the life of Abraham. God’s Covenant With Abraham Genesis 12:1-3 this is the covenant Paul refers to in Galatians 3. It is a covenant...


Jesus Teaches About Greatness in the Kingdom of God

In a previous post we took a look at Jesus instructions to the disciples about the establishment of the church. The bedrock and foundation of faith…. that Jesus is the son of the living God His coming death and resurrection… which meant He would soon be leaving them They would receive the keys of administration to manage the functions of the church… with authority to make decision about applying the law etc. They too must take up their cross putting to death the old person and becoming a...


Jesus Teaches in Parables

Over the past several months we have taken a look at segments of the book of Matthew and today I would like to take a look at another section. The focus of the past 4 sermons from Matthew has been the ministry of Jesus… Jesus ministry of teaching – Matthew 5-7 which we dealt with in 2 parts. Matthew provides us with an example of how Jesus taught about the law of God, standards personal behavior, thoughts & actions, as well as good works. Jesus ministry of healing – Matthew 8-9. Matthew...


Jesus Sends Forth The Church Matt 10:1-42

Matt 9:35-38 A Message of Truth & Hope Jesus heart went out to the people He encountered. Without the truth of God their lives and minds were filled with all sorts of false ideas that gave them little hope and little purpose in their lives… mostly just burdens and fears. Jesus responded emotionally. He wants people to hear the truth, He wants people to have hope, and He wants His disciples to continue His ministry after He is gone and feel about it the way He did. This introduction to...


The Healing Ministry of Jesus Christ

A couple a months ago we reviewed the Sermon On The Mount which is Matthew’s overview of a typical sermon from Jesus on ethics and behavior. Yet there was more to Jesus ministry just words about how we ought to live, or prophecy or judgment. A large part of His ministry involved walking among people like you and me… healing the sick, casting out demons, restoring eyesight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. In chapters 8 & 9 Matthew has grouped together a number of examples of Jesus...


Lazarus & The Rich Man - What Happens When You Die

Lazarus & The Rich Man You may have gone through all the verses proving humans do not possess an immortal soul. You may have gone through all the scriptures that clearly show that after death humans don't resume conscious life until they are resurrected... either in the resurrection of the just at the return of Christ... or in the resurrection for the rest of the dead who do not come to life until the 1,000 rule of Christ on earth are ended. At the end of all that sound biblical teaching...


The Second Commandment - A True Image Of God

The 2nd Commandment: How Do We Perceive God? Exodus 20:4-6 lHow do we perceive God? Is it through our senses... eyes, ears, fingertips, etc.? lHow do we explain Him to ourselves and/or to others? We commonly think of the 2nd commandment as a prohibition of strange carvings of Dagon (the fish god), or Molech, or a human figurines with the head of a wolf. But the prohibition of false deities is already covered in the first commandment... "have no other gods besides me". If you obey that...


The Third Commandment - Show Some Respect

The Third Commandment: Show Some Respect Exodus 20:7 The third commandment addresses how we communicate our feelings and thoughts about our Creator to others... and how we communicate those things to Him. It warns about our speech, behavior, and attitudes regarding the Father of all life... The 3rd commandment says: show some respect! Respect Definition: to feel admiration for (someone or something) : to regard (someone or something) as being worthy of admiration because of good qualities...


The Fourth Commandment: Face Time With God

Exodus 20:8-11 God’s 4th commandment presents us with a very tangible, task oriented way to express our love for Him: spending time together. Loving God implies some sort of relationship, and I think we can all agree; good relationships take time together to develop and grow. Our Father Creator’s 4th commandment sets apart a specific day of the week, so that we can spend time together, and develop our relationship. It is last of the first four commandments which offer us guidance on what it...


The First Commandment: Setting Right Priorities

Matthew 22:35-38 when Jesus was asked what is the most important thing in life He answered to “love God”. Jesus is quoting Deuteronomy 6:5. In Deuteronomy, the verse comes directly after the second proclamation of the 10 commandments in the 5th chapter. In its original context the verse served the same purpose Jesus used it for... establishing love towards God as your top priority. It is very common for folks to quickly jump to the second greatest command which is “love towards your fellow...

Does Tithing Only Apply To Agricultural Produce?

Tithing is a physical discipline intended to teach spiritual principles: one of these spiritual principles is understanding that our physical possessions are not our own. Every piece of land, every animal, every plant belongs to God who created them, Psalm 50:10-12. He has given human beings control over all the earth's resources [have dominion, rule over etc]... but God retains ownership [refer to handout] The handout referred to is a listing of scriptures. Here is a link to the sheet...


Sermon on the Mount: A Look Into The Ministry of Jesus Christ (Part 2)

In the previous portion of Jesus Sermon we discusses 6 illustrations of greater righteousness that showed Jesus teaching the spiritual application of laws, statutes, judgments etc. and showing how they were to be written upon our hearts and minds. I called this the sermon’s core… Sermon’s Core II: 3 Illustrations of Greater Righteousness in Good Works (done towards God) Jesus now teaches about good works… namely giving to the poor, prayer, and fasting. This is not meant to be a complete...


Sermon on the Mount: A Look Into The Ministry of Jesus Christ

The most well known sermon of all time… even those who deny Jesus was God in the flesh recognize the wisdom of His words here… 5 sermons in Matt on evangelism, the nature of the Kingdom, prophecy etc. this one is on ethics. Ethics in the purest sense of the word… how you think affects what you do. Matt 4:17 Prepare yourself for the coming kingdom... an overview of His message Calls disciples to train and prepare them to carry the message after He is gone Heals the sick… cast out spirits…...


Hospitality... A Way Of Life God Wants Us To Live

Hospitality is not just a nice idea… it’s actually a requirement 3 common approaches to interpreting scriptural requirement of hospitality: Hospitality was a reflection of middle-eastern culture of the day therefore not necessarily relevant for other cultures and other times. Hospitality was embedded in the culture, however, we shall wee that the hospitality commands are universal instructions related to Christ-like living not just an accommodation of Jewish, Semitic, Greek or Roman...

Clean And Unclean Meats - The Spiritual Principle Behind the Physical Discipline

Clean and Unclean Our Creator has given very specific written regulations regarding clean and unclean meat. He gives us His commandments, laws, statutes, and judgments with purpose. With regard to avoiding unclean meat, God is seeking much more than obedience. We start there but our Father Creator wants to change the way we think. He wants to be fundamentally change the way we assess, evaluate, and then act upon things. To distinguish good from evil... helpful from harmful... holy from...


How To Honor Your Parents & Why

God our Father has placed the principle of honoring our parents within His 10 commandments Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 5:15. So we know it’s a highly important matter to Him. Yet its sometimes hard to be certain of exactly what is expected in fulfilling God’s 5 commandment. We’re going to look at what is expected under ideal circumstances... and why. Also, we’ll look at what might be expected under less than ideal circumstances, even rotten circumstances… and why. If one’s parents are among...


Tithing is an Act of Worship

Our world has some serious problems. Humanity seek to solve them through better technology, better distribution of material goods… and lots of wishful thinking. The real answers to humanity’s quest for meaningful and joyful living are spiritual not material. Those answers are available within the message of the kingdom of God and Jesus Christ. The creator makes that knowledge available in a written document [bible]. Understanding of what that document is actually there to teach us is...


Grief is Part of the Human Experience

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 does this mean we should not allow ourselves to be sad when faced with the loss of a friend, comrade and brother? We know they have a future. We know they will be resurrected. We know we will see them again. Why are we still sad? Is our sadness a weakness of faith… a pull of doubt against our confidence? What is Grief? Grief can be hard to explain. It’s a powerful emotion – often it’s a set of emotions which can be simultaneous and conflicting. We may experience...


How to Love Fellow Members in God’s Church

Can one person make a difference in our congregation? Can one family make a difference in our congregation… setting an example that inspires others? The answer is yes. When a person begins really trying, and making an effort there may be some snags long the way: Also, a person’s enthusiasm might outweigh their wisdom [their efforts may be clumsy]… but if they are trying to please God He looks at their attitude more than on their accomplishments. We are pleasing to god when we are...