'Colossians 1' Tagged Posts

'Colossians 1' Tagged Posts

Entering into the Sufferings of Christ

In this encore sermon from 2006, Pastor Ray describes voluntary self-denial for the sake of others in terms of Christian suffering. Ultimately, we’re to transition from suffering that results from living in a fallen world to suffering as we take on others’ burdens as our own.

I Am Not Ashamed of the Gospel (2004)

In today’s encore sermon, Pastor Ray contrasts the true versus the false gospel. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (i.e. the sin) in your life and mine. Have you allowed Him to do that by dying to your own life? Be encouraged to fully surrender and be transformed by the mighty power of the blood of Jesus. Victory in Jesus can be today, right now!

Entering the Suffering of Christ

All people experience suffering. But, only a Christian experiences suffering because of self-sacrifice for the sake of God’s kingdom. This suffering includes fasting, financial self-denial, and suffering so that others don’t have to. It also includes feelings of agony in prayer as one intercedes for souls and pleads God’s promises. But, the source of all these particular examples is that a true Christian has utterly given up his or her life to Jesus Christ. Ultimately, suffering shows that we’re serious…

The Cost of Revival

Does revival suddenly show up on God’s time, without Christians doing anything? No. For revival to come, Christians must pay the cost of revival. The book of Acts illustrates three responses to God’s attempt to bring revival. First, on the Day of Pentecost, the apostle Peter preached and confronted the Jews with their sin of crucifying the Messiah. They responded with repentance, and revival followed. Second, the deacon Stephen confronted the religious leaders with the same sin. However, they responded…

Putting Out the Fire of God

Is there a fire for God in your heart? A close look at Jesus’ parable of the sower sheds light on his message to the lukewarm church at Laodicea. Like these early Christians, many in the modern American church, as well as much of the western world, have had the fire of God in their hearts diluted by the ice water of the responsibilities of life and pursuit of prosperity. Indifference to this concept is a sure sign that you are…

Determined to Be a Doulos of Jesus

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…

A Gift from God (That Keeps God Talking!)

On today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray continues the study of Hebrews with a focus on what is real, which only comes from the hand of God.  He reviews both the “Logos” (the creative idea behind everything that is created, i.e. Jesus) and “Rhema”  (the breathed word of God). Listen closely to understand the difference between the offering made by Abel and Cain and determine in your heart to be an Abel and no longer to be a Cain (a wanderer). 

An Answer to Hard Times

Pastor Ray continues his exposition of Hebrews by finishing up Hebrews 10, and integrates it with some other scriptures. It’s time to cast off the cheap cultural Christianity and the cotton candy Jesus and to be fully crucified with Jesus. Come in power to rescue your people Lord Jesus!

The Joy of Sabbath Rest (Hebrews 1)

Many Christians have fallen into a snare of legalism due to misunderstandings about the Sabbath. On today’s broadcast, Pastor Ray provides a detailed Biblical explanation of entering into the Sabbath rest of Jesus–not just one day a week, but every day. Note that the Sabbath day rest was instituted before the fall of man. Its goal is not law-keeping, but rather intimacy with God. Listen to the message to fully understand that the Sabbath rest observance was broken by sin,…