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A Memory of Eden

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September 11, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • 2 Corinthians 12

Not many of us would boast about our weaknesses, shortcomings, or mistakes and failures. Yet, this is the very thing the apostle Paul learned to do. Paul (formerly Saul of Tarsus) in his younger years, persecuted Christians. In his own words, he violently opposed anyone who followed the way (Acts 26:9-11). But one day, on his way to persecute believers in Damascus, the risen Christ intervened and confronted Paul: “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” (Acts 9:3-4). Blinded by the glorious light of God’s Son, Paul was led by the hand into the city and sat in darkness three days before a man named Ananias was sent by God to pray for Paul, and something like scales fell from his eyes. Paul became a new man. No longer was this former Pharisee a violent enemy of the church, he became a most effective proclaimer of Truth.

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Overcoming Fear

October 23, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • 2 Timothy 1

In life, sometimes fear can paralyze us. Think of a time you were given a thumbs up – your turn to go – and fear simply immobilized you from the next step. Fear comes in many different ways. There is fear of being rejected, not fitting it or being accepted. There is fear of being hurt, not measuring up, or being mocked. To be sure, there is one fear that is not bad. The Bible says: “Fear of the Lord is the foundation of true wisdom (Psalm 111:10a), because there are times the Lord keeps us from certain things. Yet, the Lord does not want us to live in fear of fear. We are to live in wisdom, faith and love. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:7). God wants you, His child, to take a step of faith into the adventure, the purpose and call He has for you.

Navigating Past a Shipwrecked Life

October 16, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • 1 Timothy 1, Jonah 1

Many shipwrecks that have happened throughout history are because captains and even crewmen ignored the warnings. We think of the Titanic going down on April 14, 1912 hitting an iceberg in the north Atlantic; there was a time in Scripture when the apostle Paul (as a prisoner) was being transported to Rome to stand trial. He spoke to the officers of the ship: “Men,” he said, “I believe there is trouble ahead if we go on—shipwreck, loss of cargo, and danger to our lives as well” (Acts 27:10). But Paul’s words were ignored, and the ship did, in fact, finally wreck on the island of Malta (Acts 28:1). Rewind further in the Bible, and we read the account of Jonah attempting to run away from the Lord, and the near-disaster brought upon the ship he was on – headed for Tarshish instead of Nineveh, where God asked him to go.

When God-Pleasers Walk the Earth

October 9, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • 1 Thessalonians 2

Think about the different creatures that have walked planet earth – dinosaurs, Behemoth (Job 40:15-24), Leviathan (Job 41:1,31). The Bible speaks of some of these creatures. Perhaps there are sea creatures living in the great depths of the ocean that the human eye has yet to see. Think about remarkable human beings who have walked the earth. We read about when giant Nephilim lived on earth (Genesis 6:4) and men of supernatural strength like Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth—“Since he was the greatest hunter in the world, his name became proverbial (see Genesis 10:8-12). What about ordinary men, like Noah, who walked the earth? In his natural ordinary life, God asked him to build an ark, something no one had ever seen. Rain had not been seen yet. Yet, Noah was faithful and the Bible speaks of Noah favorably because he obeyed the Lord (Genesis 6:8-9). God-pleasers are all through the Scriptures.