Revelation

Multitude of people wearing white robes come out of the Great Tribulation (Revelation 7:9 – 7:17)

After being told the number of those who were “sealed” (144,000 from the 12 tribes of Israel), John saw a great multitude of people – more than could be counted. Persons from every nation, tribe, people, and language stood before the throne and the Lamb. They were wearing white robes…
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Map of The Twelve Tribes of Israel

The Twelve Tribes of Israel descended from the patriarch Jacob (who was later named Israel). Jacob had 12 sons and at least one daughter (Dinah) by two wives, Leah and Rachel, and two concubines, Zilpah and Bilhah.  Joseph's tribe was split into two factions - Manasseh and Ephraim - in a process involving Isaac's adoption of Joseph's…
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Matthew

Jesus demonstrates his authority over nature by calming a furious storm on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23 – 8:27)

To escape the crowd and cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus and his disciples boarded a boat. As they travelled across the lake, a furious storm erupted. The wind was so great, waves swept over the boat. Jesus however, calmly slept through the squall. The…
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Ezekiel

God hardens Ezekiel’s heart, tasks him to deliver prophetic message to the house of Israel (Ezekiel 3:4 – 3:15)

After indicating his acceptance of God’s task by eating the scroll, Ezekiel is told to go to the people of Israel and tell them what he has seen. God emphasized that even though the message should be clear to the people, they would not be willing to listen because they…
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Christian News

Mainstream media flop – how media attempted to use science to disprove biblical “claim” that Canaanites were annihilated

Using science or history for support, media outlets relish the opportunity to prove the Bible wrong. The most recent case in point: widespread media assertions that a recent research paper, which concludes Canaanite descendants survived to modern-day, contradicts biblical scripture. In this case, it appears the science may be right…
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Genesis

God sends Jacob and his people to Bethel – without their foreign gods (Genesis 35:1 – 35:15)

God appeared to Jacob as he was fleeing from Esau and told him to go to Bethel and settle there. Jacob was instructed to build an altar to God when he arrived. Jacob told his family: “Get rid of your foreign gods, purify yourselves, and change your clothes. Then we…
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Historical Sermons

Sunday is Coming – William (Bill) Shilady (historic sermon 2016)

Rev. Dr. William (Bill) Shilady is the Executive Director of the United Methodist City Society in New York City.  He has an undergraduate degree in Religion and Business Administration from Lebanon Valley College and a Master of Divinity degree from Duke Divinity School.  Previously he was the senior pastor at…
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Revelation

144,000 sealed – God seals believers before opening of seventh seal (Revelation 7:1 – 7:8)

After the lamb opened the scroll sealed with seven seals, John saw four angels holding back the winds of the earth so no wind could blow on land, the sea, nor rustle the leaves on trees. A fifth angel, having the seal of the living God, descended from the east.…
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Matthew

The cost of following Jesus (let the dead bury their own) – Matthew 8:18 – 8:22

Jesus saw the crowds surrounding him had grown large so he gave orders to cross to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. A teacher of the law came to him and said, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have…
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Historical Sermons

The Six Sorrows of St. Paul – David James Burrell (historic sermon 1844-1926)

"If I must needs glory, I will glory of the things which concern my infirmities."  - I Cor. 11-30 The Sanhedrin was the governing body of Israel. It embraced within itself legislative, executive and judicial functions. It made the laws and enforced them and it was the court of last…
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