Pastor Gene Eberhardy

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November 18th, 2012 ~ Joel 1:1-5

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Last week we started with the message of God by the Holy Spirit to the people of God from the message of Joel. The first thing the LORD wanted to speak to us about was in verse 3. This was what is called the “Oral Tradition” that the LORD had established from scripture, Exodus 13:6-14, 18:20, Deuteronomy 6:7, 2 Chronicles 17:7 and Psalm 145:4-12, a few to show the will of the LORD. The LORD spoke to us that in these modern times, the Oral Tradition has all but disappeared today because of radio, and television, computers and I-Phones, etc. The parent is first line of defense from the false teachings of the world. They are to teach their children the Laws of God’s Word so the children will not receive the Laws of men which seem right unto them but are the ways of death, Proverbs 14:12. This is one thing that I have endeavored to teach this congregation that they would learn the Ten Commandments, the Apostles Creed and the Lord’s Prayer. Teach them to their children and their grandchildren. This is a small thing but I believe it has fallen on deaf ears. Jesus said over and over again, “If you have ears hear, HEAR what the LAW says . . . . .” Please repent and continue the “Oral Tradition and learn these three things. Communicate them to others as well as the gospel. Next, the LORD spoke to us from verse 4 concerning the locusts. Although, in Joel’s time the plagues of locusts did come, he was not speaking about a real plague that had come. He was using the imagery of the damage of their past plagues to speak to specifically Judah, the southern kingdom of Israel. The four images used are all in the Hebrew different stages of the locusts. Each stage gets worse as the plague grows until the land is destroyed. Using this image, the LORD took us to James 1:14-15. He showed us the damage of the plague of sin that has fallen on mankind. Using the idea of locusts from Joel chapter one to illustrate, first we have the locust of the lust that is in every living human being since the Garden of Eden. The second locust is temptation which is the free choice that God has given us. We know what the Law of God says because it is in our conscious Romans 2:14-15. But, we are like Eve to whom the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil looks good. We have listened to the tempting words of the devil, which are continually living in the words that the world speaks to us today and we are tempted too. We are weak through our flesh, Romans 8:3. The next locust is the tempter, the devil, Ephesians 6:10-12. Then and now, he and his demons draw us away to lusts. When that locust has finished drawing us, the last locust, sin, brings death. Joel had used this analogy to show Judah the damage of their sin and to warn them of the coming plague that would be the mighty army of Babylon, described in Jude chapter two, that will come upon them because of their sin. It is the same way today. The sin of the Church and the nation has brought on us the plague of sin, rejecting God’s ways and taking the way that seems right to men bringing death. This is happening today and the end of it will be death to the wonderful nation of America. God allowed this to come upon His precious Israel many times because they turned away from Him. God is no respecter of persons. What He did to His own precious Israel, He will do to us the nation called “one nation under God.” If you have ears to hear,...

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November 11th, 2012 ~ John 21:1-25

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Last Sunday the LORD spoke to us from the last chapter of John, chapter 21. I was led of the LORD in December of 2010 to begin preaching through the gospel of John. I had said, “LORD I have read and studied this so much and the people had heard preaching by me and other preachers from this gospel so much it would be nothing new”. My arguments with the LORD were to no avail. I must say that I learned a new level and understanding of the work of God in Jesus Christ, my own salvation and calling into the ministry of Christ through this most wonderful gospel the “Book of John.” Now let us review what the LORD said to us last week. He spoke to us first from verse three, the event of Peter and other disciples going fishing. What was wrong with this picture? There is nothing wrong with fishing if that is what the LORD has told you to do. But, this happened right after Jesus had revealed Himself to the disciples and given them the new birth of the Holy Spirit and commissioned them to the ministry of doing what the Father had sent Him into the world to accomplish. They were commissioned to carry on the Ministry that Jesus had begun. He told them in Luke 24:49 that they were to wait in Jerusalem to receive that power of God in the Holy Spirit that would enable them to minister the gospel as He had. They did not wait. They left the Upper Room and went out of Jerusalem to the Sea of Tiberius in Galilee a good distance from Jerusalem. Jesus had told them to wait but they left to do their own thing and forgot about doing God’s thing the spreading of the gospel. In this the LORD spoke to us about being out of place, out of God’s place, in His will and in His Word. Most of the time Christians don’t know what God’s NOW word is for them. As the Word of God says, “acknowledge Him in all your ways” but we often don’t ask Him. In this we commit the sin of presumption, Psalm 19:13. The LORD calls us to come to Him in the morning as we begin our day, Psalm 5:1-8, to get His agenda for the day. We are like the disciples. We get up and do what we want to do. We are not available at the place the LORD has called us to be to receive the power needed to accomplish the task of our life for Christ Jesus. This is why we seem to live powerless lives because of our disobedience to the command of our LORD. Do we believe that Jesus is our LORD and Savior? If we say yes, then we need to be obedient to our Master and “WAIT” in prayer in the morning. Next, in verse four we find that the disciples did not have any fish after fishing all night because they were out of place out of obedience. Jesus told them to cast the net on the other side and believe His Word. They obeyed and caught a huge catch. Is there any question in your mind what Jesus is saying to us? What will happen if we start “Waiting” in obedience for His Word instead of taking off because of the words of someone else? The last point was Jesus asked Peter three times if he loved Him more than these, meaning the fish. Each time Peter said, “Yes.” We have heard many sermons on the three meanings of love but the LORD spoke to us that He hears all the time that we love Him but look at what Jesus said in John...

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November 4th, 2012 ~ John 20:26-31

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The lord spoke to us from John 20:26-31 addressing first the account of the apostle Thomas missing the first Sunday assembly, verse 19. In verse 26 we begin with “after eight days again” which would be one week or the next Sunday Jesus appeared again to meet with the disciples. This time the apostle Thomas was there and the first thing that Jesus spoke to was the fact that Thomas was not in the assembly. The fact that Jesus waited till the next Sunday was that He was establishing the day of assembly for the new covenant Church. Jesus spoke to Thomas about his absence from the meeting. Missing the weekly assembly causes you to miss the manifestation of Christ to minister to His children; we also miss the evidence of the resurrection that we continually need to keep our faith up. Imagine if a husband never meet with his wife or a father with his children. There would be no relationship; no acknowledging that the wife had a husband or the children had a father. Also, there would be no assurance of peace with God, no learning of our purpose and mandate. These are the most important matters of the life of a disciple. The LORD explained to us that when He was saying, “Reach here with thy finger,” and touch here where the nails were and the sword went in and be not faithless. In this the LORD was telling us that He is always aware of what we are doing though. We are not always aware of Him. When we have not been with Him we have no fear or reverence of Him and we go our own way. When we are in His presence or have been in His presence, we are careful to act and do what He does, Daniel 10:9, Matthew 7:1-6 and Proverbs 16:6. When the apostle Thomas saw the LORD and experienced Him, he cried out from his soul, “My Lord and my God.” Thomas realized his error and repented. The LORD declared to us the absolute meaning of His heart about the Sunday assembly. It is what the LORD wants all Christians to know that He wants all to come, saint and sinner alike to hear the gospel preached because He is manifested and the sinner will behold and cry out He is surly in this place 1 Corinthians 14:25. The saint will be strengthen and empowered to live the life of His witness, His servant. Last of all, we learned from Him in verse 31 that the Word of God is given to be preached, declared to every age, down through the centuries to this very day. We need to be at the assembly of the LORD to hear the Word of God proclaimed by the anointing that is given to the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher to edify the saints and to save the...

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October 7th, 2012 ~ John 19:38-42

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Last week the LORD spoke to us from John 19:38-42. In this scripture we see two disciples, Joseph of Arimathaea and Nicodemus. Both were Pharisees of the religious party that counted the scripture to be without error but also believed the Talmud. The Talmud was the oral transmission of God’s Law given the Elders, fathers and the Rabbinical writings of the what they reported. Both of these men were members of Israel’s religious court called the Sanhedrin, something like our congress, having councilors representing each city or district. Both had been secretive about their belief that Jesus was the Messiah because the Chief rulers had declared that anyone that believed in Christ Jesus would be put out of the temple. This reminds me that all around the world there are many disciples in the same situation and worse, in Iran, Sudan, many other Muslin nations, Africa, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and many parts of India and North Korea. As I look at these two disciples taking the body of Jesus to bury Him, the Spirit of the LORD brings to my remembrance what Jesus said in John 12:24, “unless a corn of wheat fall into the earth and die it abides alone.” Here we see the dead body of Jesus, that Joseph of Arimathaea has gone boldly to Pilate to ask for, being taken to be put it into his own newly prepared tomb. Just as a seed corn is planted and becomes a stalk of many seeds of corn the body of Jesus will be buried but will rise and become Christ like people called Christians. But, it must be planted. These two disciples risked their lives and their livelihood to bury Jesus. The LORD speaks to me that each Christians carries the body of Christ Jesus that must be buried into the ground or heart of every soul in the world Mark 16:15. The LORD had us look at Luke 8:4-15 which is the parable of the sower, planter. In this parable we are the sowers and the seed is the gospel we are to sow or plant into the heart of everyone. Some will have hearts that will not receive. Some will appear to receive with joy but will not take the Gospel story and study it to cause it to take root. Some will receive it, but will soon forget it as they are more concerned about riches, pleasures and the cares of this world. But, there will be some that have hearts that are looking for Christ Jesus and they will receive the seed planted into their hearts by a disciple and become a new creation, II Corinthians 5:17, a resurrection from a life of sin to a life of righteousness. We are the sowers of the Gospel. The life and death of Jesus is the seed. There are a great many with hearts that are good ground that are waiting for the seed, the Gospel that only we as disciples have. Let’s be like...

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October 14th, 2012 ~ John 20:1-18

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The LORD spoke to us from John 20:1-18 on three specific thoughts from His heart. First in verses 1-7 the LORD wanted us to think on something that we might have not considered in all the facts of the gospel. The open/empty grave is extremely important because there is no rational explanation as to how the grave was opened and the body of Jesus was supposedly taken. The seal had been put on the grave and the detachment of armed guards were placed there to stop this very thing. There were some explanations but they all break down when considering the evidence. We looked at the action of the Jews to try to cover up this, Matthew 28:11-15. Even today if you look on Jewish web sites they will still be saying what the Jews had devised that the guards had fallen asleep. This argument is beyond belief. The whole attachment, estimated to be at least twenty men, would have had to fall asleep when there was a penalty of death for doing so. Also, the possibility of the disciples overwhelming the guard and/or rolling the stone away without waking the guard is beyond belief. The reason this is important is because as we are entering into the time of apostasy, the great deception and turning away from the truth, where Jesus said, “if it were possible the very elect might be deceived.” In II Thessalonians 2:10-12, we see that there will be a time of great deception and delusion that will come. This time is now, we must have powerful evidence to secure our faith that we will endure until the end. Second the LORD spoke to us from verse nine pointing out that His disciples were not aware of the scriptures that spoke of the resurrection even though we can look at the numerous times He had told them and pointed to the old testament scriptures. From this point, the LORD speaks to us as disciples. He implores us to have ears and use them to hear. As we enter this time of great deception and delusion will it be said of you that you were not aware of the scriptures? The LORD calls us to “study, hear and listen with the ears that we have, II Timothy...

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October 21st, 2012 ~ John 20:19-23

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The LORD spoke to us last Sunday from John 20:19-23. John shows that on the first day of the week, Sunday, the day we celebrate the resurrection of the LORD Jesus, Jesus enters into this first assembly of the Church of Jesus Christ, the first worship service. This is why we gather together on Sunday to worship. There were at least one hundred and twenty believers behind those closed doors praying and I would imagine singing songs of worship to the LORD. They were assembled there for fear of the Jews. They assembled to hear the apostles speak of what the LORD had said to them, John chapters 14-16. Also, they traded what each had heard the LORD speak to be encouraged and to strengthen each other to deal with those that are unbelievers and scoffers outside the doors. This is one of the purposes for which Jesus formed the church. Scripture reveals this was to exhort and encourage each other, Hebrews 10:24 25. The LORD declares in Matthew 8:18-19 that wherever two or three are gathered together in His name, the LORD Jesus is in the midst of them. Jesus is present. What commander or CEO would call a meeting and then not show up? The answer of course is none. When they a call a meeting it is to speak to their people of their vision, their will, their exhortations, their encouragements, their warnings and their love. When two or three believers are gathered together in the name of Jesus, the LORD is in the midst of them. He is there on that set day to speak to us through the man He has appointed and empowered or anointed to speak on His behalf by His Spirit. We see that His message was first of all to give peace to the assembled believers. This is why we need to assemble together as the LORD calls us to do. It is true we can pray and worship the LORD by ourselves but when we come together and see the other believers also worshipping there is a strength that comes to us from being together. Psalms 133 says when we dwell together in unity the LORD gives anointing and peace and life. Peace is given to us through the message of the gospel. To have peace with God is to know that your sins have been forgiven and you are reconciled back to the Father. In John 20:20, we see that Jesus gave evidence of His resurrection as He showed the disciples His hands and side. As we meet every Sunday, the LORD, through the preaching of the gospel, gives us the evidence of His resurrection as we hear His Word preached by the Spirit of God and know it is from Him. It is in the Sunday meeting that we learn what we as disciples are to be doing. The LORD told the disciples in vs. 21 “As the Father has sent me so send I you.” This is also our mandate. The LORD Jesus saved us to serve Him in His mission. The Father sent Him into the world to bring His children back to Him. Jesus tells us in this verse and in the message of the LORD that we are to go and take what we have learned and tell others to bring them out of the world and into the kingdom of...

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