Br. Peter Mora gives an excellent discourse on temptations and trials that we have as Christians. What is God trying to tell us? Why do we keep having the same trial over and over and over and over again?
Study on Laodicea part 1 In in-depth look at the conditions of the Church of Laodicea in the book of Revelation and how it relates to Christians today. Br. Russell Shallieu leads the study at our Prophetic Study Weekend. Message to Laodicea Pt 1
When discussing the first question we see the proper understanding of the statement and how it harmonizes with being “wise as a serpent and harmless as a dove.” We come to realize our role and how we must have and deal with others with love and respect.
Grieving the holy Spirit is a very comprehensive study of which this meeting only touches the surface. We can grieve the Spirit by willfully putting ourselves in situations that would be harmful to the New Creature, or to avoid a situation or confrontation with another Christian because of fear of man, fear of losing that fellowship instead of fear of losing God’s fellowship. Compromising on principle will grieve the holy Spirit as will procrastination and foolish speaking, or any violation of our conscience.
Satan is a master at deceiving and his goal is to frustrate the Plan of God. He hates God and those that God loves, namely the Christian. He will use all deceivableness of unrighteousness to deceive and destroy the Christian. It is our job to understand God’s Word and Plan so that we will not be taken unawares. We are to understand God’s standards of right from wrong, so that we don’t condone sin or sinful behaviors. Satan is a roaring lion who is stalking his prey and his determination is to take us down. Beware! Be ready!
To Judge or not to judge, that is the question? You will hear many quote the Word of God, “Judge not!” Then you will hear others quote the Word of God, “Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?”
So do we judge or don’t we? This discourse should clear up any problems understanding what, when, and whom we are to judge. “Just as there is a time for every purpose under heaven,” there is a time to judge, and as Christians it is our duty to understand these things and not be lazy when it comes to the Word of God and our understanding of it.
This discourse covers the book of Esther in a very broad sense. It does not go into the nitty gritty detail. In looking at the book as an overview one is able to take the Spiritual antitypical lessons. When we look at history we find that King Ahasuerus in the Bible is Xerxes in secular history, but in this typical picture he pictures Jesus who is quite dissatisfied with his espoused (Christendom) and is looking for a new Bride. The significance of the 7 princes and 7 chamberlains, the 6 months of Myrrh and 6 months of Fragrant odours, the 2 houses and Esther coming in the 7th year fit nicely with other scriptures that pertain to this end of the age and the Church, the Bride of Christ.
Br. Frank gives a New Years’ discourse in 1995, where he first gives Christian lessons on the Hymn “As with Gladness Men of Old”. He takes lessons from the 3 wise men and their journey and hope centered in finding the Messiah as the end of the Star.
Then the discourse turns to Deuteronomy the account of the Ox. He likens the Ox (as the Apostle Paul did to the Christian), and the ramifications and implications of the behavioral problems that the ox in the account exhibits and how it relates to the Christian as New Creatures and with their “Old Man.” God is the same yesterday and today, His laws do not change. Though the Christian is not under the Mosaic Law, there is still a great benefit for the Christian to understand God’s thinking and lessons on these matters.
Sermon: God gave Israel a recipe for a special incense that was only to be used in the Tabernacle. The penalty for making this for private use or curiosity was death! What was so special about this incense that God wanted it all for Himself? We are given four ingredients: stacte, onycha, galbanum; and frankincense. All four are a resin or gum, and all four involve the “bleeding” or “wounding” of the plant, something of a sacrifice, and all four have very special spiritual significance for the Christian. Find out the spiritual meanings of these “sweet perfumes” that the Lord is pleased with and wants offered to Him.
This Bible study on the Golden Prayer and Incense altar goes into great detail on its construction and purpose. The more we understand the literal details the more we are able to understand and see the spiritual significance. The Altar was situated right before the 2nd veil, the spiritual reason for that is to show the importance to prayer. God’s presence is in the Most Holy and the smoke from the incense would go over the veil and into the Most Holy, the presence of God Himself. Also brought out in this study is how we as Christians can offer strange incense like Nadab and Abihu. We are told elsewhere that God will not accept our prayers if we have aught with our brother until we first go and rectify things, or if we are living in a sinful way, our prayers can become sin if we are unrepentant and unchanging.
Sermon–Frank Shallieu–This sermon discusses Baptism from various aspects. First by looking at the Christian character, then by looking at different examples of baptism given in the Scriptures, beginning with the Flood in Noah’s day. We then see how Jesus expanded the meaning of baptism. It wasn’t only for the remission of sins anymore, which is why Jesus suffered it to be so that he was baptised, since he had nothing to repent of. Consider under the “new and living way” which Jesus opened up, the other significances of baptism. 1) Water, 2) Holy Spirit and 3) Blood.