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Bethesda Shalom, "House of Mercy and Peace". A small independent Bible believing Church located in Wolverhampton, England; endeavouring to hold fast to truth and stand fast in love by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Bethesda Shalom


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    Let Him That Hath an Ear – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2022 71:27

    Mark 4:23 Four pastors were discussing the merits of the various translations of the Bible. One liked a particular version best because of its simple, beautiful English. Another preferred a more scholarly edition because it was closer to the original Hebrew and Greek. Still another liked a contemporary version because of its up-to-date vocabulary. The fourth minister was silent for a moment, then said, “I like my mother's translation best.” Surprised, the other three men said they didn't know his mother had translated the Bible. “Yes,” he replied. “She translated it into life, and it was the most convincing translation I ever saw. Let him that has an ear to hear, hear.

    Let Us Go Up at Once – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2022 68:50

    Numbers 13:26-33 How many know that the God of history, is the same God of the present?  God is known by His attributes - those characteristics and qualities which define His person and nature.  For some, studying these divine attributes is nothing more than an academic exercise. Instead of the knowledge of the Holy impacting the life, for many, it merely impacts the head.  Friends, God reveals Himself to us, not because He has an inferiority complex, but in order that we might know Him and in so doing draw near to Him in full assurance of faith. In this featured sermon, we look at two of God's attributes, namely, His omnipotence and His faithfulness.  Please rest assured, this shall be no dull exercise.  As we turn to look at the account of the twelve spies and the bringing up of their report to the people, we shall see that while the overwhelming majority saw only danger; two were able by faith to see past the danger unto the promised blessing because they were fully persuaded in the nature of the God who had said go up!  May this sermon both challenged and encouraged you to trust the Lord so as never to retreat.

    When Mercy Gives Way to Wrath – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2022 81:06

    2 Chronicles 36:14-20 One of the fundamental ways by which we can know the nature and the character of God is by the attributes which He has chosen to reveal about Himself in Holy Scripture.  These attributes define His person —His eternality, his sovereignty, his omnipotence and omniscience, and His spiritual and triune nature. These very attributes define His character —His love, His grace, His holiness; His justice and righteousness; His faithfulness and mercy. In this sermon, we look at two cardinal attributes of God, namely His mercy and His wrath.  May the Lord be pleased to open the understanding of our eyes to see Him in His true glory and majesty.      

    The Deceitfulness of Sin – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later May 2, 2022 61:04

    Hebrews 3:12-13 The little phrase, “take heed”, appears more than 50 times in the Word of God.  It may only be a tiny phrase consisting of two words but boy does it pack a punch and fire a shot across the bows. It is a phrase of warning; a sound of alarm; like a bell ringing or the town crier heralding FIRE!!, so the words “take heed” call immediately to arrest one's attention. When one sees the words BEWARE, DANGER AHEAD, it is only a fool who chooses to ignore them to his own destruction. In this sermon, a strong warning goes forth to those who name the name of Jesus Christ.  Play with sin to your ruin! God is calling, today, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts!   

    Leaving Your First Love – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2022 59:38

    Revelation 2:1-7 The Church in Ephesus was a Church that was in declension in regards to love.  They had departed from that they once knew in glowing fervour and had grown cold in that most vital of areas.  The heat of the battle had done something to them.  All that contention against the false had jaded their glow of love.  Simply put, their love had grown cold in Jesus because they had lost that vital love relation with Him!!  Oh, Brethren, if this can happen in a marriage, it can happen with the Lord.  We grow estranged.  Other things come in, we stop spending devotional time with Him and before we know it, we're going through the religious motions.  What effect do you think it will have on other relationships?  Cold here...cold everywhere!!!!  Brethren, it is our God-given responsibility to love others, but we can't love as we ought without the Lord!!   

    Lord, Is It I? – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2022 64:21

    Matthew 26:17-25 Imagine being seated around the table on the night of the Last Supper with the twelve.  As you're enjoying some last and final moments together with the Lord, Jesus suddenly turns and interjects these words, “...Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me”. You try to compose yourself — who's He talking to?  Has an unwanted guest snuck in among us?  Looking around, you realise, no, it's only us—the twelve.  We who have been His companions for the last 3½ years.  We ate together, drank together, and slept together under the same canopy of night.  We seldom ever left his side, how could it be that one of us should now betray him? Having no idea or suspicion as to who the Lord could possibly be pointing to, they began each of them to point the finger at themselves!  Oh, Brethren, we have a great need in this deceitful and perilous hour, to put the spotlight on ourselves and to ask the Lord this question in earnest. “Lord, is it I?”  

    Brethren, Pray for Us – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2022 66:32

    1 Thessalonians 5:25 Some of the most profound and sublime truths in life are not found in the abundance of paragraphs, but in the trimmed leanness of a single sentence.  Take for instance the sentence, “I love you” — it's not rocket science, you don't need a degree to understand its meaning, and yet it speaks a thousand words. How about, “I'm sorry” — two words strung together in three syllables, taking a single second to say, and yet how much irreversible damage could have been prevented if someone would only have stood up to say these elementary words, “I'm sorry”.  How many wars could have been averted? How many innocent lives could have been saved from premature death? In this sermon, we take just four words at the close of Paul's letter to the Thessalonians as the subject matter for consideration. Four words, don't seem like a lot, but as we shall see, the strength and power of these words are life-changing! 

    Comfort Ye My People - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2022 66:06

    Isaiah 40:1-2 Isaiah is the most quoted prophet in the New Testament Scriptures, and one of the most quoted books, second only to that of Psalms. It has been referred to by scholars as a miniature Bible. There are 66 Books in the Bible, and there are 66 chapters in the Book of Isaiah. There are two divisions in the Bible, and there are two divisions in the Book of Isaiah. The first part of the Bible (OT) is comprised of 39 Books, and the second (NT) is comprised of 27 Books.  The Book of Isaiah? Ditto...39 chapters in the first division (1-39), 27 chapters in the second (40-66).  It is my heart to walk you through just one chapter — the first of the second great division, Isaiah chapter 40.  As we walk together through this chapter, you will see that the central theme so prevalent in the second half of this Book —hope, the future restoration of Israel, salvation through her Messiah, is here found in this single opening chapter.  It is my hope that we might fix our eyes on God so as to be encouraged. 

    Opposition to the Work of God – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2022 72:47

    Nehemiah 4:1-6 When God begins to stir the hearts of His people to a work that He has determined to do, you can be sure of one thing; the devil will also stir the hearts of his own subjects to rise up in opposition against it.  There's scarcely a work that God has ever set about to do, that has not gone without such opposition.  In the days of Nehemiah, God was at work in the rebuilding of the city walls and sure to form, Sanballat and his men opposed the work with one objective in mind, the hinder the work and to cause it to stop.  This sermon is an encouragement to all who are part of living work in this last hour.  The work of God shall be opposed, and you too shall suffer blows from the enemy, but be of good courage, the Lord is with you in the work for good, and he shall bring it to completion!! 

    Kicking the Habit – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2022 65:22

    Hebrews 12:1-2 A man's sickness is known by his symptoms.  The symptom is not the sickness, but rather, the symptom is the indicator of the sickness present.  As I look around at the Church of Jesus Christ in the West, I don't know any other way to say it, I see a sick Church.  You say, Brother, judge not, and I say, Brother, how can I not when the symptoms are staring me in the face!!  When a man's temperature is registering 42 degrees C on the thermometer and his face as pale as a sheet, I'm not waiting to ask him how he feels, I'm calling the doctor!!  In like manner, when you see a Church that has lost its appetite for doctrine/teaching, it is symptomatic of a Church that is sick with sin!!  This sermon is a call for the purity of the Body of Christ.

    Let Me to Thy Bosom Fly – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2022 60:55

    Psalms 57:1 If I was to task a man with the arduous job of naming the greatest hymn ever written, I'm sure that opinions would abound.  Take, for instance, Charles Wesley; it has been calculated that he wrote no fewer than 6000 hymns during his lifetime. Of these 6000, many are in agreement in concluding that the greatest of these (and arguably they would say, the greatest hymn ever written) is the hymn, “Jesus, Lover of my Soul”.  No one is quite certain as to the events that led Charles to pen these words.  One story tells how that on one Atlantic crossing, as Charles returned to England, a frightening storm arose at sea.  Just as it seemed that the ship would go down, threatening to take all on board with it, a frightened bird flew into Wesley's cabin through an open window and sought safety and protection in the folds of his coat!     Jesus, Lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly, while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high: hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life be past; safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last.   Other refuge have I none, hangs my helpless soul on thee; leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me! All my trust on thee is stayed; all my help from thee I bring; cover my defenseless head with the shadow of thy wing.

    Two Indispensables for Christian Perseverance – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2022 76:33

    Matthew 24:3-14 Some view the Christian race as a 100 m dash.  On your marks…get set…go!!!  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, and it's over!  However, as one looks in the text of Holy Scripture, one quickly discovers that the Christian race is no 100m dash, but a marathon of lasting endurance!  In this sermon, we look at two indispensables that are necessary for Christian perseverance.  There's a race to run dear Christian; let us run the race with endurance so as to finish!     

    Going on to Spiritual Maturity – Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2022 69:15

    1 John 2:12-14 What man plants a sapling, who upon his return ten years later, does not expect to find a fruit-yielding tree?  Imagine the horror at discovering that the bendy sapling is no further on in its progression as in the day it was first planted.  If it is an apple tree or a pear tree, we'd expect that tree to have come to maturity, and the sign of its maturity would be the beautiful fruit hanging from every branch.  As it is in the natural, so it also ought to be in the spiritual!!  Tell me, is the maturing of your spiritual man in proportion to the length of years you've walked with the Lord?  It is the heart of our Lord to see His children go on to spiritual maturity, growing from little children to young men, to fathers.  Let us prepare our hearts as to what we will do with what is said in this heart-searching sermon.

    Walk as Children of the Light - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 21, 2022 65:56

    1 John 1:5-7 There's something about light — its piercing rays of glory, its all-pervading brilliance, is no match for the darkened shadows cast by nature's night.  I find that for so many, though they name the name of Christ, they are content to live in the bluey shades of the twilight hours when Christ is calling them into the brightness of daylight.  Neither hot nor cold, neither wicked nor good — they're content to pitch their tent in no man's land between the borders of heaven and hell.  As I look at the Bible, I don't see any shades of grey, just life, and death, light, and darkness, day and night. If this is so, why then do we allow for shades of grey in our lives?  This is a call to walk in the light!!

    Run That Ye May Obtain - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2022 69:38

    1 Corinthians 9:24-27 The athlete on the field of games is not passive.  There's no passivity about him — see him on the starting line, he's not passive; he is thinking through the race before him, he's focussed.  Everything about the life of an athlete is disciplined.  You name the sport, and I'll show you an Olympian that's under the rule of discipline.  What he eats, what he drinks, what time he lies down to sleep, what time he rises up again; the intense training schedule for the space of four years, in season and out of season. The Apostle Paul draws on this powerful and well-known imagery to make his point.  How run ye, O Christian?

    Remaining in the Place of Prayer - Paul M Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2022 78:37

    2 Chronicles 26:1-5 When God brings His people from one season into another, they must give careful attention and purposeful thought as to how they intend to meet this new environment.  I've come to learn over the years that change for some, while it ought to have been the best thing to have ever come their way; proved at last to be their undoing! A man can begin in the lowly shadows of obscurity, and behold as he rises through the ranks of success, he can find at last, he's not the man he was at the first.  Success has gotten to his head; prosperity has clouded his vision, fogged his thinking, and corrupted his mind.  I find that a man needs to be on guard at all times, but none more so than in the midst of blessing.

    Procrastinating in the Place of Prayer - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 31, 2022 59:34

    Luke 9:51 Many are waiting upon God in the place of prayer, and one day, God is going to answer.  On the day of His answering, the day of waiting has come to end, and the time for action has now come!  Play the man Christian soldier, God shall not fail thee!!  When God says GO, it's no time to procrastinate, it's time to act!

    When You Don't Know What to Do - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2022 83:46

    Proverbs 29:25 When you're standing at the crossroads of life and you don't know what to do.  Far from being at a place of loss, the child of God is afforded an opportunity to enquire of the Lord.  “If any man lacks wisdom (James says), let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him”.  Brothers and Sisters, in the presence of fear and uncertainty, will you enquire at the mouth of the Lord?  He has something to say about your circumstance if you would but seek Him, and when He speaks, be sure to obey, and He will lead you through!

    Short-Staffed - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 71:38

    Matthew 9:37-38 In November of last year, thousands of care workers up and down the UK were forced out of their jobs in a sector which as it stands is already facing a daunting shortage of more than 100,000 workers.  The care sector is not alone in this crisis.  The NHS is facing the same problem. According to the latest NHS figures, 85,000 of its staff have still not had a Covid vaccine and a further 40,000+ have only had the first of two required jabs.  All face immediate dismissal on 31st March on this year, from a sector which is also facing at present, a 100,000 staff shortfall.  But it's not just healthcare.  Last month, the Education Secretary, called for ex-teachers to come out of retirement to help bridge the gap of staff illnesses in schools across the UK.  Staff shortages are spreading to almost every part of the economy, ranging from haulage to hospitality.  While this world's workforce is in short supply, the Kingdom of Heaven's workforce is also in the same.  If God was to put out an advertisement, nailing it to every Church door across this land, do you want to know what it would say?  Two words; “SHORT STAFFED”. Underneath the headline caption, would be the reference Mt. 9:37-38.  “...The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest”. 

    Continuing in the Same - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 64:14

    Acts 2:41-47 We live in a world where we're continually told that change is good.  Whether it be the political sphere or the workplace environment; education or the arts — to remain constant and the same is deemed to be a failure. I remember as a teacher, working in secondary education, it was frowned upon if you stayed too long teaching in the same school.  It was an unspoken rule that every five years or so you were supposed to move on by means of promotion — climbing the career ladder of success, jumping from one school to another. I thank God Brethren, that some things in life are constant and never changing.  I thank God that He is unchanging in His nature and that His Holy Word is also unchanging.  In this sermon, we look at the four great unchanging pillars of the Church of Jesus Christ that ought to characterise its coming together in every generation – The Word of God, fellowship, breaking of bread, and prayers.    

    Crucified With Christ - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 72:12

    Romans 6:1-14 What soldier is armed with an ornamental sword, to take to the field of battle?  Outwardly, it appears shiny behold, but when drawn from its sheath the soldier finds the blade is blunt!  So many Christians, arm themselves with the great positional statements of Holy Scripture, and yet when asked to see the evidence of such truths in the life of their experience, they are unable to furnish the proof. This sermon is a challenge calling for the rubber of our theology to meet the road of our experience! 

    Experiencing the Presence of God - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 68:48

    2 Corinthians 12:1-10 Just this past week, I was enjoying a moment, reading a book when I came across a statement that beautifully ministered to my heart.  It involves a Pastor and a particular lady who came forward in one of his meetings.  I'll allow the Pastor to tell it in his own words: “She was somewhat timid and quiet, and she brought with her another lady for moral support. She said, “Brother...would you please pray that I will be bold and confident?  I answered her request by saying “No. I will not.”  Oh, I said it in a loving and gentle way, and then I explained why.  I said, “Listen, God has given you a gift, and you don't realize what that gift is.  The gift is weakness, and as long as you recognize your weakness, it will drive you to God.  But if I pray, and all of a sudden you have confidence and boldness in yourself, you will not need God's help anymore.”  Two days later she came to me in that conference, took me by the hand, and said, “Brother...thank you.  Nobody has ever told me that my weakness is a gift, and now that I understand it, I can honestly say it's driven me to God”. May God speak to your heart through this sermon!

    Suddenly

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 59:48

    Acts 2:1-4 God's ways are never discernable by sight!  So many desire that God would speak while the conditions appear favourable.  But this is not how it works.  While Sarah was yet barren, God said to Abraham, “I will make of thee a great nation” (Gen. 12:2).  While Elizabeth was yet barren and past the age of childbearing, the angel said to Zachariah, “Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John” (Lk. 1:13).  This sermon is an encouragement and a call for the Body of Christ to place their trust in the God who cannot fail.  Delay is inevitable, but if God has spoken, He will surely bring it to pass.  Let us not lose heart, we serve a God of the suddenly.  Let us trust Him and as we trust Him, let us wait in hope for that which we do not yet see.  As we hope, let us also pray and prepare ourselves for the day of God's sudden visitation!

    Be Ye Thankful - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 54:26

    Colossians 3:15 We live in a generation where a growing disregard for basic manners is fast becoming the norm.  One can teach a youngster the practice of good etiquette — “Don't speak with your mouth full”, “Don't interrupt a conversation”, “Knock before you enter” — the P's and Q's — yes please, no thank you, excuse me.  All of these we can and should teach our children; yet I find, for all our instructing regarding the letter of etiquette, we cannot impart the spirit of it.     The children of God ought to be the most grateful people on planet earth; yet, if I was to ask how much time is spent, in us thanking God for the gracious benefits bestowed upon us, the answer would be sorrowful.  This sermon is a teaching and exhortation to thanksgiving.  May you be challenged, changed, and edified.

    The United Kingdom of Jesus Christ - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 46:28

    Ephesians 4:1-6 This world that we presently call home; this fading temporary abode, is a world that stands fiercely divided.  Now, of course, I don't refer to the physical landmass we call planet earth, I speak of the people who populate it.  On every hand as one beholds, one sees division and schism — person against person, tribe against tribe, kingdom against kingdom and, nation against nation.  Despite the efforts of global diplomacy and political treaties, there's one thing that man will never legislate, and that is true lasting peace. While a world stands divided, the Church of Jesus Christ is called to be united!!  For what did our Lord Jesus pray in that great high priestly prayer on the eve of His crucifixion?  “That they all may be divided?”  No!! “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me” (Jn. 17:21).    

    Running With the Footmen - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 59:59

    Jeremiah 12:1-5 The year was 1944 when the Communist party seized power in Romania.  Literally overnight, a million Russian troops poured onto the soil of Romania.  In what was heralded as the “freeing” of Romania, saw instead, women raped, shops looted, men robbed and murdered.  Christians were imprisoned, tortured, kidnapped, and murdered for possessing the same faith as you and I.  Romania, which had formerly been dubbed “the granary of Europe”, became a starvation camp.  Yet despite this, in the years leading up to this brutal persecution, God in His faithfulness had been preparing His people for the horrors of the Communist Regime through the afflictions of the Nazi backed “Iron Guard” who too persecuted Christians in the run-up to the Communist takeover of Romania.  A Christian Pastor, writing of his experiences during this said this: “My wife and I were arrested several times, beaten, and hauled before Nazi judges. The Nazi terror was great, but only a taste of what was to come under the Communists. My son, Mihai, had to assume a non-Jewish name to prevent his death. But these Nazi times had one great advantage. They taught us that physical beatings could be endured, and that the human spirit with God's help can survive horrible tortures. They taught us the technique of secret Christian work, which was a preparation for a far worse ordeal to come; an ordeal that was just before us”.  I want to tell you Brothers and Sisters; before God asks His people to sit the final exam, He first enters them for the mock.  God prepares His people Saints of God — He prepares us for battle in the school of His training. 

    It Is Well With My Soul - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 69:23

    Deuteronomy 8:1-6 Horatio Spafford was a Presbyterian layman from Chicago and was a successful lawyer and businessman. Humanly speaking, this man had everything going for him.  He loved the Lord and was happily married with five beautiful children.  However, things were about to take a drastic and sudden turn, in a series of events reminiscent of the life of Job.  Spafford had heavily invested in real estate along Lake Michigan's shoreline but in the great Chicago Fire of 1871, he tragically lost everything!  If that wasn't bad enough, shortly before this, he lost his only son to scarlet fever at the tender age of four.  With a grieving wife, Horatio Spafford decided to send her and their four daughters across to England where he planned imminently to join them.  In 1873, his family boarded the S.S Ville du Havre and set sail for England; but as the ship crossed the Atlantic Ocean, tragedy struck when the ship collided with another sea vessel.  Within just 12 minutes the ship had sunk taking the lives of 226 of her passengers. When survivors finally reached dry land, Horatio Spafford received a telegram from Cardiff, Wales.  It was from his precious wife Anna; the first two words read; “Saved alone...”.  As Horatio journeyed to meet his grieving wife, the captain, aware of the tragedy, invited Spafford to join him in the cockpit, pointing out to him the location where he believed the ship had sunk.  With this, Horatio rushed off to his room where he penned the words to a poem by the name of “Ville du Havre”.  We know the name of that poem today as the hymn, “It Is Well With My Soul”.  So many I find are content to serve the Lord and to speak well in good times when the wind is blowing in a favourable direction.  But woe if that wind should suddenly change course; as changes the wind so changes their speech.  It is here perhaps most of us all, where the Lord wants to try the substance and quality of our hearts.  Will we still be a people of one voice speaking the same things out of season as in season?  Can we say in the midst of trial, it is well with my soul?

    The Weapons of Our Warfare - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 59:55

    2 Corinthians 10:3-5 There is a war that has been raging for the last two-thousand years.  On one side stand the Saints of God — the army of the Church of Jesus Christ; and on the other side, principalities, and powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, spiritual wickedness in high places.  If one was to stop the average person in the street and to tell them of this mighty conflict, they would most likely laugh you to scorn.  Yet the child of God knows all too well, the reality of this mighty conflict. In this sermon, we seek to expose the varying methods of the assaults of the devil, in particular, his lying slanders through which he wages war against our minds.  I pray that this sermon will be of help to you in this battle.

    Where Sin Abounded - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 66:12

    Romans 5:20-21 I find increasingly of late that cardinal and principal doctrines of the Christian faith are being called into question, not (I might add) from those outside the fold, but on the contrary, from those who claim to be inside the fold.  Long established doctrines of the most immanent importance are simply being brushed aside and labelled as questionable.  One such doctrine that is being brushed aside as take it or leave it, is the doctrine of original sin.  The increasing denial of this doctrine among professing Christians is increasing and as believers, we must be absolutely clear about what this doctrine is and why it is a fundamental and non-negotiable element to our faith.

    Being Found of Him in Peace - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 71:54

    2 Peter 3:1-15 From way back when and from days of old, there have been scoffers and mockers that have made it their duty of responsibility to poke fun at the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  “You Christians have been saying that Jesus is coming back since supposedly He left the first time!!” “Two thousand years have passed and where is the promise of His coming?”  “Grandad Mack said He was coming in his day and his relatives before him said exactly the same...where is He?  All things continue as they have from the beginning of time!!” You'd think that such people had read the Second Epistle of Peter for that's exactly what he said they'd say! This sermon is an urgent call for preparation.  Jesus is coming back.  When He comes, will you be found of Him in peace? 

    Walking Into the Wind – Jason Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 75:55

    Pastor Jason Wright brings a thought-provoking and sobering word.  Much to chew upon and to take heed.

    Casting All Your Care Upon Him - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 60:30

    1 Peter 5:7 In 1740, Charles Wesley penned the words to the timeless hymn, “Jesus, Lover of My Soul”. Without question, he had in his mind the words of the sweet psalmist David when he fled from Saul in the cave. “Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of thy wings will I make my refuge, until these calamities be overpast” (Ps. 57:1). The first two verses of Wesley's hymn read as follows: 1. Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to thy bosom fly, while the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high; hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past; safe into the haven guide, O receive my soul at last! 2. Other refuge have I none; hangs my helpless soul on thee; leave, ah! leave me not alone, still support and comfort me. All my trust on thee is stayed, all my help from thee I bring; cover my defenseless head with the shadow of thy wing. We are living in an age of mounting pressure, not least for the Christian. All around we are beset with many cares and vexing thoughts. How are we to bear up under this pressure? What are we to do with all our cares and anxieties? Peter instructs us: “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you”. I trust that this sermon will offer to you much comfort and encouragement, as you set your heart to serve the Lord amidst a troubled world.

    Desiring, Feeding, and Growing - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 57:49

    1 Peter 2:2-3 A lot can be gleaned from newborn babies that teach the children of God what it is to hunger and thirst. Peter, instructs believers, “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Pet. 2:2). In the natural, newborn babes have an insatiable thirst and hunger for milk. Peter is saying that this ought to characterise the appetite of the believer in Christ! Have you an appetite for the Word of God? Have you strong cravings, not only to behold it but also to consume it? May God bring each one of us onto higher ground and revive in us an insatiable hunger for His Word.

    Blind Bartimaeus - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 53:34

    Mark 10:46-52 Christianity is no passive religion.  You don't get to be an idle bystander while others around you participate.  Each and every one of us is called to step into this arena of faith personally, and to walk with God for ourselves; to experience His covenant blessings, to taste of His goodness such that we can appeal to others first-hand (not on the basis of hearsay or another man's testimony), and say, “O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him” (Ps. 34:8). 

    One Glad Morning - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 71:12

    Ephesians 1:13-14 Seldom does the child of God really ponder the eternal treasure laid up for them in heaven.  In this sermon, we endeavour to set forth this blessed hope and in so doing, call the Christian to take his eyes from off this world and to put them on the eternal glory to come!

    Give Me Your Heart - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 58:50

    Proverbs 23:22-26 If there's one Last Days characteristic that has come swiftly upon Western society over the last 60-70 years, it is the flippant and widespread rebellion of children against their parents.  It is almost an accepted norm that when children turn teenagers, the relationship between them and their parents breaks down.  It used to be that the most important unit in the life a young person was their family.  Families are God given institutions of grace.  Conduits of His love which provide for children safety and nurture.  As Christians, do we not endeavour to raise our children in the fear and discipline of the Lord and to communicate to them in word and deed, the love of Christ. Children are supposed to be among the happiest people on the earth and when they are in the confines of a loving family unit, they generally are!  Satan is well aware of this and seeks on every hand to destroy our young ones.  How does he do this?  He seeks to destroy the family unit!!  This sermon is a call to Fathers and mothers to gain the hearts of their children.  It is call by our heavenly Father also, to His children, saying, “Give me your heart”.

    The Spiritual Restoration of Israel - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 56:40

    Hosea 14 As one reads through the Prophets, whether Major or Minor, Pre-exilic or Post, one is met with a single voice that is unanimous in its cry, certain in its proclamation, and absolute in its conclusion. Though Israel lies presently in a state of unbelief, far away from their God on account of their iniquities; a cry sounds forth from the pages of this precious book that what is at present, shall not always be!!   We look in this sermon at God's promise of spiritual restoration for the Jewish people at the end of time when Messiah shall come the second time.

    The Flesh Profits Nothing - John Hayward

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 55:25

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    The Possibilities of Revival - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 71:46

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    The Lovingkindness of God - John Hayward

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 62:46

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    Revival's Prayer - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 54:52

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    Jacob Have I Loved - John Hayward

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 64:34

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    How Long Halt Ye? - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 65:28

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    If My People - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 64:21

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    The Burden of the Lord - John Hayward

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 60:21

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    God Will Make a Way of Escape - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 65:15

    1 Corinthians 10:13-14 On every hand, the Christian soldier wars and battles; seldom does he ever get to have a day off.  His prime enemies are really two-fold in number, the flesh, and the devil.  One must quickly learn to recognise both foes if one is to successfully stand against them so as to secure the victory.  God has promised His children that they are not alone in their hour of temptation.  He will not allow us to be tempted above that which we are able to bear, but will with the temptation make a way to escape.

    Faith That Moves the Heart of God - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 6, 2021 68:05

    Hebrews 11:6 The writer of Hebrews tells us that “…without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him”.   One writer, commentating upon this verse said this: “These two elements seem most simple, but, alas, how many professing Christians act as if God were not living; and how many others, though seeking after Him, are not expecting from Him as Rewarder!”.  This sermon is both an encouragement and a challenge.  There is simply no other way to walk with God so as to please Him than by faith.  The one approaching unto God must be fully persuaded that not only is God able to do what He said he would do; but that He is also willing.  We must be convinced not only of God's power but also of His goodness!

    Restoration as Divine Goodness – Pastor Jason Wright

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 58:31

    1 Kings 8:27-29          Pastor Jason Wright brings a very timely and relevant message to the Body of Christ.  So many are content to accept the status quo, but for those with eyes to see, God is at work in our day!  Pastor Jason endeavours to make the biblical link between God's restoration and His goodness!

    Lord, How Long? – Ryan Schiavo

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 84:57

    Isaiah 6:8-13 Brother Ryan brings a very strong word from the Lord.  May you be both challenged and encouraged!

    Wait Upon the Lord - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021 57:09

    Isaiah 40:31 As human beings, I've come to learn that we share a trait that's common to every one of us.  Some perhaps are a little better at this than others, but I've come to find at length that the proverb of Solomon is true: “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life” (Prov. 13:12).  Who likes to wait? Children I find are worse at this than adults, but then most adults never grow up from this childhood trait.  “Mommy, can I have...can I have!”  “Daddy, I want...I want!”  Have you noticed how closely behind each request, the other follows on its heels?  The little darlings try every which way possible to get our attention, and if persistent asking doesn't work, then there's always the waterworks!!  As believers in Jesus Christ, we must abandon “self-will” in favour of “God's will”.  This sermon is a strong call to the Body of Christ to learn what it means to wait upon the Lord and in waiting, to pray; not my will, but Thine be done! 

    Interpreting the Apocalyptic Literature - Paul M. Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2021 61:59

    Knowing the Bible for Yourself (Pt. 14) When one holds the Bible in their hand, one ought to have an immediate sense of feel for what he/she is reading.  The Book of Proverbs for instance, is immediately recognisable as being literature of wisdom. The Book of Psalms as poetry.  The Gospels as historical and biographical; the epistles as written letters.  The thundering “Thus saith the LORD's” mark out the books of prophecy and the “Thou shalt not's”, the books of Law.  Just as these books have distinguishing factors that serve to identify their type, so it is also when it comes to the Apocalyptic Books - they are instantly recognisable.  Both the Book of Daniel and the Book of Revelation carry the hallmarks of apocalyptic literature.  Imagery and symbolism pervade the books and the visions and dreams found within, concern themselves with the rise of fall of future empires, not least penultimately, the coming kingdom of the antichrist and the overthrow of this kingdom in the final coming kingdom of Messiah.  In this teaching, we endeavour to equip the student of Scripture with some helpful hints and tips that we trust will enable them to begin the process of interpreting the books of Daniel and Revelation.  If at first you don't succeed, keep trying and by the grace of God, light shall be shone into obscurity.         Download teaching notes (pdf) https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/bethesdashalom/10_Interpreting_the_Apocalyptic_Literature.pdf  

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