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The Word of God from Scripture preached at the Venice church of Christ, Los Angeles, California.

All lessons by Ethan R. Longhenry unless otherwise noted.
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The Work of Evangelism

The Work of Evangelism

2020-08-0928:40

God has called us to participate in the work of the Kingdom of Jesus to embody the Lord and proclaim the Gospel. Join us as we explore the work of evangelism. The Work of Evangelism | Thoughts on Evangelism | Outline | Video
Preaching the Gospel

Preaching the Gospel

2020-08-0230:00

Christians have been called upon to proclaim the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. Join us as we talk about many important principles regarding telling others about Jesus. Preaching the Gospel | Thoughts on Preaching | Outline | Video
Kindness

Kindness

2020-07-2621:03

We depend on God's kindness and mercy toward us. If we refuse to be kind and merciful, we should expect nothing but merciless judgment. Kindness | Fruit of the Spirit | Righteousness | Outline | Video
Do You Trust in God?

Do You Trust in God?

2020-07-1940:39

Do you trust in God? Christians will invariably answer that they do. But what happens in the difficult moments? Do you still trust in God when His will proves hard to understand, trying to accomplish, countercultural and counterintuitive? Or will you turn aside to follow your own ways, the ways of culture, the idols of the heart, or a false picture of God in Christ? Do You Trust in God? | Trust in Difficult Times | Outline | Video
Elijah endured difficult days. Even after great success, a setback sent him into despair. In his flight to the desert he learned much regarding God and His purposes. We do well to learn from his experience. Elijah's Flight | Trust in Difficult Times | 1 Kings 19:1-21 | Outline | Video
Conspiracy

Conspiracy

2020-07-0532:48

The fear was palpable. Conspiracy theories blossomed. Ahaz would make a fateful short-term decision with a lot of long-term consequences for Judah. So it always goes when a people falls prey to conspiracy theories and fear. Conspiracy! | Trust in Difficult Times | Outline | Video For YHWH spake thus to me with a strong hand, and instructed me not to walk in the way of this people, saying, "Say ye not, 'A conspiracy', concerning all whereof this people shall say, 'A conspiracy'; neither fear ye their fear, nor be in dread thereof. YHWH of hosts, him shall ye sanctify; and let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he shall be for a sanctuary; but for a stone of stumbling and for a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel, for a gin and for a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem. And many shall stumble thereon, and fall, and be broken, and be snared, and be taken" (Isaiah 8:11-15).
Longsuffering

Longsuffering

2020-06-2818:09

Patience, or longsuffering, is a rare virtue in the 21st century. We all seek it from others; we should show it as well. Longsuffering | Fruit of the Spirit | Righteousness | Outline
All of us learn from sources we trust. Thus, the quality of what we know is dependent on the quality of our sources. Thus, when it comes to what God has made known in Christ, to whom are you listening? To Whom Are You Listening? | Trust in Difficult Times | Outline | Video Beloved, believe not every spirit, but prove the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: and every spirit that confesseth not Jesus is not of God: and this is the spirit of the antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it cometh; and now it is in the world already. Ye are of God, my little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world. They are of the world: therefore speak they as of the world, and the world heareth them. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he who is not of God heareth us not. By this we know the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error (1 John 4:1-6).
Knowledge and Trust

Knowledge and Trust

2020-06-1439:17

How do we know anything, and how can we have any confidence that what we think we know is true? The study of epistemology is important yet involved. Challenges abound; and yet, after all has been pursued, we end up in a place of trust. God is trustworthy, and we ought to trust in Him. Knowledge and Trust | Trust in Difficult Times | Outline | Video
Hurricane Katrina in 2005; the Great Recession of 2008: a natural and an artificial calamity which shook many Americans to their core. We can learn much from these events and what came after them as it relates to our lives before God in Christ. Security Amidst the Tempest | Trust in Difficult Times | Outline | Video
The question regarding how you will respond to Jesus of Nazareth comes to each and every one of us, believer or unbeliever. Join Gerald as he explores this very important question.
Peace

Peace

2020-05-2421:16

God gives peace through Christ; it is far more profound than the pale imitation preferred in the world. Let us seek this peace and then manifest it! Peace | The Fruit of the Spirit | Righteousness | Outline | Video
Jesus concluded His teaching in Matthew's Gospel with a portrayal of the final judgment scene. How you treat the least among you would tell if you truly embodied God's purposes in Jesus or if you went your own way to perdition. Judgment Before the Throne of Glory | Matthew 25:31-46 | Jesus' Parables | Sermon Outline | Video "But when the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the angels with him, then shall he sit on the throne of his glory: and before him shall be gathered all the nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separateth the sheep from the goats; and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, 'Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry, and ye gave me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and ye clothed me; I was sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.' Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, 'Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or athirst, and gave thee drink? And when saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? And when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?' And the King shall answer and say unto them, 'Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me.' Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, 'Depart from me, ye cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry, and ye did not give me to eat; I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me not in; naked, and ye clothed me not; sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. ' Then shall they also answer, saying, 'Lord, when saw we thee hungry, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?' Then shall he answer them, saying, 'Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not unto one of these least, ye did it not unto me.' And these shall go away into eternal punishment: but the righteous into eternal life".
Jesus prepared His people to live in light of the judgment to come. They had received gifts; there would be an accounting regarding how they were used. We can trust in God and strive to bear fruit for Him or live in paralyzing fear. The judgment does not go well for those who bury what God gave them. The Parable of the Talents | Matthew 25:14-30 | Jesus' Parables | Outline | Video "For it is as when a man, going into another country, called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one; to each according to his several ability; and he went on his journey. Straightway he that received the five talents went and traded with them, and made other five talents. In like manner he also that received the two gained other two. But he that received the one went away and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. Now after a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and maketh a reckoning with them. And he that received the five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, 'Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: lo, I have gained other five talents.' His lord said unto him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.' And he also that received the two talents came and said, 'Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: lo, I have gained other two talents.' His lord said unto him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will set thee over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy lord.' And he also that had received the one talent came and said, 'Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou didst not sow, and gathering where thou didst not scatter; and I was afraid, and went away and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, thou hast thine own.' But his lord answered and said unto him, 'Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I did not scatter; thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back mine own with interest. Take ye away therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him that hath the ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not, even that which he hath shall be taken away. And cast ye out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.'"
Jesus wished to reinforce to His disciples the importance of being ready for the Lord to return at any time. He thus spoke the parable of the ten virgins. Faithfulness at the beginning is good; but will we continue to be prepared for the Lord's return after some time, or will we have empty lamps when the Lord returns? The Parable of the Ten Virgins | Matthew 25:1-13 | Jesus' Parables | Outline | Video "Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom. And five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For the foolish, when they took their lamps, took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. But at midnight there is a cry, 'Behold, the bridegroom! Come ye forth to meet him.' Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said unto the wise, 'Give us of your oil; for our lamps are going out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'Peradventure there will not be enough for us and you: go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.' And while they went away to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast: and the door was shut. Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, 'Lord, Lord, open to us.' But he answered and said, 'Verily I say unto you, I know you not.' Watch therefore, for ye know not the day nor the hour."
Rejoice!

Rejoice!

2020-04-2616:21

Christians are to rejoice in the Lord always: in the good times, and especially in the bad times. Rejoicing in the Lord doesn't demand plastic smiles. It's a disposition to be maintained no matter what the circumstances, for the Lord will strengthen and sustain us through all we must endure, and will glorify us beyond anything we can imagine in the end. Rejoice! | The Fruit of the Spirit | Righteousness | Outline | Video
The chief priests and elders had challenged Jesus. He would now thoroughly provoke and instigate them with the parable of the two sons. Which "son" will we prove to be? The Parable of the Two Sons | Matthew 21:28-32 | Jesus' Parables | Outline | Video "But what think ye? A man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, 'Son, go work to-day in the vineyard.' And he answered and said, 'I will not': but afterward he repented himself, and went. And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, 'I go, sir': and went not. Which of the two did the will of his father?" They say, "The first." Jesus saith unto them, "Verily I say unto you, that the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not; but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye saw it, did not even repent yourselves afterward, that ye might believe him."
Jesus knew that difficult days lay ahead for His disciples. They might well grow weary and lose spirit in praying for justice to come in the Lord's Kingdom. And so He proclaimed the parable of the persistent widow (or parable of the importunate widow, or parable of the unjust judge). God's purposes will be accomplished speedily. But will the Son of Man find faith on the Day on which He returns? The Parable of the Persistent Widow | Luke 18:1-8 | Jesus' Parables | Outline | Video And he spake a parable unto them to the end that they ought always to pray, and not to faint; saying, "There was in a city a judge, who feared not God, and regarded not man: and there was a widow in that city; and she came oft unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, 'Though I fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest she wear me out by her continual coming.'" And the Lord said, "Hear what the unrighteous judge saith. And shall not God avenge his elect, that cry to him day and night, and yet he is longsuffering over them? I say unto you, that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?"
The Pharisees loved money, trusted in their standing before God, and considered themselves holy. Jesus proclaimed to them the grand reversal in the story of the rich man and Lazarus. We do well to also heed His message. The Rich Man and Lazarus | Luke 16:19-31 | Jesus' Parables | Outline | Video "Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, faring sumptuously every day: and a certain beggar named Lazarus was laid at his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man's table; yea, even the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham's bosom: and the rich man also died, and was buried. And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am in anguish in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and Lazarus in like manner evil things: but now here he is comforted, and thou art in anguish. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, that they that would pass from hence to you may not be able, and that none may cross over from thence to us.' And he said, 'I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house; for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' But Abraham saith, 'They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.' And he said, 'Nay, father Abraham: but if one go to them from the dead, they will repent.' And he said unto him, 'If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, if one rise from the dead.'"
The Day of YHWH

The Day of YHWH

2020-03-2931:22

Days of YHWH have come before; they are dark days, full of judgment and wrath. They come from disasters natural and artificial, from internal and external threats. They were not the end of the world; but they were the end of a world. We have much to learn from them. The Day of YHWH | Outline | Video
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