The Sufferings of the Apostle Paul

Paul had to endure much hardship, but he never gave up. This sermon discusses many of his trials, including his unjust arrests and illegal imprisonments; several attempts to murder him; numerous false accusations against him by Jews and Greeks; and many conspiracies by unbelieving Jews with the declared goal of assassinating him. But Paul knew that his trials served a godly purpose. And we will see how he received strength to endure victoriously, becoming worthy for the Kingdom of God.

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666–The Number of the Beast

In this first installment of our three-part series on biblical prophecy, we are discussing the famous number of the beast’s name, which is mentioned in Revelation 13. Many have tried unsuccessfully to identify the beast and to calculate its number. But who or what is the beast, and why is it described with seven heads and ten horns? Is the beast a kingdom, a human leader, or both? Is its number 666 or 616? Will the end-time beast receive a deadly wound, which will be healed? Could the beast be a woman? Is the beast the Antichrist?

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The Number of the Beast in Revelation

Many have attempted to calculate the famous number of the beast’s name, as mentioned in chapter 13 of the book of Revelation. Who or what is the beast, and why does it have seven heads and ten horns? Is its number 666 or 616? How are we to calculate or count the number? Are we to use the Greek, Hebrew or Latin language? Is the beast an Empire, a leader or both? If a leader, will he receive a deadly wound which will be healed? Could the beast be a woman? Do the beast’s identity, name and number have a special meaning for us today?

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Does Sin Lead To Success?

Does sin pay? Are sinners happy people? Are they more successful and blessed than others? Can they look with confidence at a peaceful future? The Bible shows us that none of this is true. Sin leads to disaster. It sets in motion an automatic chain of events. There is a cause for every effect. There is a fundamental difference between the righteous and the wicked. We will reap what we sow. Our sin will find us out.

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The Life of Samson

We all have heard of Samson and Delilah. Hollywood has had a field day with producing movies and TV shows, capitalizing on each imaginable or inventive aspect of “that” spicy episode. To blatantly falsify and rewrite Samson’s story is called “poetic ” or “dramaturgical” license. But what is the REAL story of Samson? What can his life teach us today? After all, the book of Hebrews strongly suggests that Samson will be in the First Resurrection–in spite of all his weaknesses and problems. But his ultimate fate does not annul the fact that Samson, because of his repeated failings, had to face many devastating physical consequences, and his physical life was not easy by any stretch of the imagination.
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