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Child of the King, husband to Alice, father to Sarah and Douglas, grand father to Samuel, Avery, Stevie, Eloise, Reed, Madeline and Margaret, pastor to the Vineyard in Big Pine Key, sometime writer and blogger, jogger, kayaker and founder of the Jesus Moment Bible Institute and Seminary (onlinebibleinstitute.org).

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Living Invitations Part 13 Ministry Chat

July 20, 20170 Comments

Our Online Ministry Training ministry chat continues with the thirteenth installment in our Living Invitations Series. This week we will focus deeper on our mission. We will be using 2 Corinthians 5:11-21 as the foundation for this discussion. As we talk about being ambassadors, we want to look at the message we are to deliver. We are the bearers of the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul shares the gospel with us in 1 Corinthians 5:1-6:

1 Corinthians 15:1-6 (NIV)
1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.

As a follower of Christ, this is the message of reconciliation that we are to offer to the world. It is the message we are looking to share by being living invitations. Christ died for our sins, He was buried, and He rose on the third day. He also appeared to hundreds of people who were living witnesses that the resurrection took place. This is the message by which people are saved!

Leviticus Study Chapter 23

July 20, 20170 Comments

Our study of Leviticus continues on Online Ministry Training as we dig into Chapter 23. This chapter was extremely important to the life of the children of Israel. It sets apart the dates and times for the seven appointed feasts that they were to observe each year. One of those feasts is “Atonement” which could not be missed at the sake of being outcast from the people of Israel. For us, as followers of Christ, these seven feasts paint an amazing prophetic picture of salvation. The seven feasts are: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Atonement and Tabernacles. Jesus has perfectly fulfilled the first three, the Holy Spirit fulfilled the fourth one, and we are currently waiting for trumpet sound to see number five fulfilled.

Living Invitations 12

July 18, 20170 Comments

This weeks Living Invitations message is being posted here on Online Ministry Training as well as our Preaching in Shorts website. In this message we talked about the older brother in the parable of the Prodigal Son. We focused on the older brothers reaction to the amazing love and grace that the father had shown to his lost son. Grace is more than unmerited favor, it is something that brings joy and thankfulness. The older brother missed the grace of God entirely. The writer of Hebrews tells us to make sure that no one misses the grace of God so that they don’t become bitter. This parable is a great illustration of that verse as well!

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