It is the last day of the month, and we are standing by faith that Jesus will cover the cost for Pilgrim’s Progress to be on the air. He pays for what He orders! Enjoy some hymns, and listen as Pastor Ray shares promises from the Scriptures.
Enjoy encouragements for Christians to grow in holiness interwoven with hymns in today’s offertory message. The high quality MP3 is now available!
The story of Rees Howells shows the necessity of entire sanctification after the new birth. In order for Jesus to live in our bodies, as he intends to do, we must give him complete control of our lives. Revival in America hinges on individuals who will make this total consecration to Jesus. Beloved, will you go on to perfection? Or will you refuse to submit completely and unconditionally to Jesus? This welcome and sermon were originally preached on October 23, 2016.
God’s warning in Genesis 6 was that “My spirit shall not always strive with man.” If you have not renounced and forsaken all the manifestations of the flesh, you are grieving the Spirit of God. You must go all the way through the crucifixion with Jesus and come through into the fulness and fruit of the Holy Spirit. Do not by your impenitence or simply your ignorance, force God to leave you!
Using the story of Paul’s imprisonment, Pastor Ray makes the case for being a Christian and then for being entirely sanctified. The Gospel is not a self-help, self-improvement program but does require a volitional submission to Jesus. Even with this awesome call, our heart cry must be, “Lord, Pull Me Through!”
Share this message with your friends, families, and co-workers, and don’t hold the position of King Agrippa, who accused Paul of madness, rather than surrendering his life into the hand of Jesus.
Today’s radio broadcast is the October 16 welcome and sermon. In the welcome, Sister Kathryn lays out the process that God used to change Jacob from a usurper to that of an overcomer. The sermon focuses on Jephthah and his precious daughter. Her walk at the end of her life describes the process we must go through as go as we are crucified with Christ. Where are you at in this process?
Today’s broadcast was the welcome and sermon from October 9. Have you honestly dealt with this scourge of pride that each of us must squarely deal with before a holy God? Do you see the evidence of enmity against God reflected by your behaviour and actions toward others? Allow the Holy Spirit to unveil your heart and remove this scourge before it kills you and infects those around you and defiles many. This will require much work in the prayer closet because Jesus wants and desires a complete work in your heart and mine.
The bride of Christ, the church, will overcome and be forever holy and wedded to Jesus! God has set His heart on the church and put her on display to the entire universe. This is the big picture of salvation. Will you choose to be part of that holy wife of God?
Are you ready to face death today? No one will get to heaven by accident, but many will end up in hell by accident. Are you conscious of the journey that you are on? Are you, like Abraham, facing decades of delay because you won’t wake up, walk in faith, and live for God? This sermon and Sister Kathryn’s welcome message were recorded on October 2, 2016.
The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ provides for a full reclamation of the human race from sin right now. In Christ, we are restored to the holy and blameless condition of Adam and Eve in the garden. The only reason the world is still in such a miserable condition is because sinners refuse to repent and believe in the full and present salvation of Christ. Beloved, it is time to cast out your love of sin and unbelief and to walk in holiness!
Jesus calls us to love and trust Him through all circumstances – to endure instead of complain or grumble. It’s not sin to admit difficulty – but we must choose to pray through it and not be swayed off course by it. This is how Jesus weaves himself into our lives!
Today’s encore sermon from 2008 is a very personal view of Pastor Ray’s battles against these monsters that come to destroy our soul and our heart for Jesus (in a similar way as they did for Job). The key thing to remember is that these inner monsters are derived either from our sin, which requires repentance or the sin of another, which requires forgiveness. Know today that the heart of Jesus is to heal the pains of your heart and this simply requires repentance and forgiveness, leading to full submission to Him.
Is being a Christian hard? This is true only if you’re trying in your own strength and power to be a Christian. The good news is that real righteousness, just like salvation, is a free gift from Jesus. The gospel doesn’t require you to white knuckle the monsters in your life. Power and victory come when we die to self, give Jesus total control, and endure all hardship and suffering as the necessary discipline from God to make us holy. There is no unnecessary suffering–God only allows exactly what is required to make you holy so that you can enter heaven. Won’t you give up the worry and complaint, and thank God and trust him, even in the midst of the crushing?
Repentance and righteousness are not God’s end for the Christian. Instead, they are stepping stones to intimacy and fellowship with Jesus. This intimacy comes at a high price: suffering, discipline, and consciously and deliberately giving up control of your life to Jesus. He will deal with the monsters in your life if you simply trust Him and not turn away. Have you given everything into the hand of Jesus or do you believe that you somehow can defeat these monsters in your life that come to ravage you?
We must be made righteous and walk clean, like Job, or we will go to hell. Without suffering, we will not be made righteous. However, we must not mistake our righteousness as our own: righteousness is a gift from God that is infused into our soul. Perhaps you understand this intellectually, but do you still lament your inability to conquer the monsters in your life? If so, you must take the practical step to put your voluntary trust in Jesus Christ, and allow Him to heal and redeem all that is broken. Get out of yourself! Get a good look at Jesus, and you will know that all sin can be broken at the cross!
The battle is on for the soul of America. Morality is crashing in America as the pulpits no longer burn with righteousness and no longer directly confront sin. The seeds of destruction have created an “inclusive” gospel that no longer rebukes sin or legalistic righteousness that’s full of rigidity, with no underlying power. It’s time that these seeds of destruction be removed from the church through the power of the blood of Jesus Christ, so that a pure gospel can be proclaimed throughout the land! The heart of Jesus is that you and I be utterly transformed through a work of His amazing grace!
Jesus’ heart overflows with grief when he has to send sinners to hell. Will you compel Him to do so based on the choices you’re making? You may intellectually know the gospel, but choose things that “unsave” you, and will subsequently ruin your soul for eternity. Will you join John Bunyan’s Christian and run to the narrow gate today?
Welcome message by Sister Michelle
Sister Kathryn’s welcome message focuses on Psalm 37 and a God who acts, as we act in accord with His will.
Are you a Christian, or do you try to do Christian things? Your ability to listen to others and honestly consider their perspective, without getting angry, will shed great light on this question. You may say, “Irritability is a small sin. Everyone gets angry,” but will you be allowed to enter heaven like that? This distinction between gospel and legal religion will ultimately determine whether we obey God from hearts purified by faith and love, or whether we are hypocrites whom God will cut in half on the day of judgment.
Has satan wrecked your life and then blamed it on God? If so, it’s probably because you quit the rebellion against Christ and stopped tithing to darkness. Don’t despair! You are on the verge of victory! Instead of letting the devil grab you through circumstances, trust Jesus to annihilate his works!
God promises no mercy to those who are in sin and simply want to wallow in it. The wicked infuriate him; and if you are alive today, while yet being in sin, nothing but the longsuffering of God keeps you from dropping directly into hell. Think of what all those souls in hell would give for one day like you have today–and will you fritter away your day of grace? It’s time to get serious about following and seeking the face of Jesus or would you rather slip into the fires of hell?
Naomi’s two daughters both came to the border of Israel: Ruth went through, but Orpah turned back to Moab. It’s time for you to leave the border. Will you totally renounce Jesus Christ? Or will you renounce all other loves, and unite yourself to Jesus Christ? O beloved, won’t you come home?
God is exposing America’s moral corruption: our criminal wars in the Middle East, the sale of aborted children, and the moral failure of our government. What have you been doing during all this? You cannot blame the politicians (or the bureaucrats), God will hold you responsible for the wickedness wrought by your vote or your apathy. Wake up, get honest, and lay hold of God to save this nation with revival and righteousness! Without this, America is finished but the heart of Jesus is to rescue the church in its slumber.
Sister Kathryn’s welcome highlighted the most practical way to follow Jesus by standing on His promises and then allowing these promises to begin to stand on us, which then enable us to enter into God’s grief. Pastor Ray used to story of the birth of Samuel to detail the process of how God uses grief in our lives, as a gateway for Him to share his grief with us. As God was grieved over the Eli church, He is greatly grieved over the modern American Eli Church and the call is for us to enter His grief. As we do that, the call, just like Hannah, is to enter into a covenant with God to give Him the very thing we’re crying out for, so that He can began in earnest to share his grief with us for the wickedness in America.
Today’s classic sermon from 2008, melds portions of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 7) with Galatians 5 and 6 and James Chapter 4. It’s a call to confront darkness and lay down our expectations of others, and allow the love of Jesus to freely flow from our hearts to others. As we do that, many will separate from us but God in his great kindness will provide grace to the humble so that we may endure. Allow the Holy Spirit to etch his words on your heart, as you listen and cry out to Him today…
Although the focus this week has been on the study of James, this sermon fits in with the theme this week as Pastor Ray talks about the law of marriage, laid out in Matthew and the book of Romans. You cannot be married to Jesus and married to the devil at the same time, no more than you can be in New York City and Washington DC at the same time. Are you willing to end the wasted years you’ve spent being married to the devil or perhaps trying to be married to both at the same time? Since the devil will not leave nor forsake us, our only hope for deliverance is through being crucified with Christ.