The Holy Spirit – Restrainer of Evil

This the the 4th sermon preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco in “Ther Person and Gifts of the Holy Spirit” series. We see the Holy Spirit today in the world as the restraining force against evil.   The Bible tells us that there is one final, great battle to be fought before Satan is forced to…

Ruth, the Romance of Redemption

When Benjamin Franklin was United States Ambassador to France, he occasionally attended the Infidels Club – a group that spent most of its time searching for and reading literary masterpieces. On one occasion Franklin read the book of Ruth to the club when it was gathered together, but changed the names in it so it would…

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A Vision for the Church

Over the years, as I read and studied the Bible certain verses of Scriptures have had a great impact on my life: “Enoch walked with God.” (Genesis 5:24) This verse put a great desire in my heart to want to please God in all my ways.   “Wealth and honor come from you; you are…

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East, West, and the True God

There Is One God The God of the whole earth, the God of the Bible, is not the God only of the West. As a matter of fact, people in the West have not usually had a true picture of God because they have not read and obeyed the Bible. And the God of the…

Can You Spot the Real Christians?

“The unsaved see believers as hypocritical and no different than themselves.” (Glen Berteau) Someone said: “I hesitated to accept the Gospel in College because of the behavior of people who claimed they were Christians. There were no different than me… why would I want that they had?” When it comes to our culture, it’s more of the…

The Glory of His Return

Acts 1:1-11 (NLT) “In my first book I told you, Theophilus, about everything Jesus began to do and teach until the day he was taken up to heaven after giving his chosen apostles further instructions through the Holy Spirit. During the forty days after his crucifixion, he appeared to the apostles from time to time,…

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The Foundation for No-Fear Living

Ephesians 3:12 ‘In Christ we can come before God with freedom and without fear. We can do this through faith in Christ.’ What were the first words the angels said after Jesus rose from the dead? “Don’t be afraid!” What were the first words Jesus said after He rose from the dead? “Don’t be afraid!”…

Evangelism Bearing Fruit

Matthew 28:19-20 ‘Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded…

Did You Receive the Holy Spirit?

Acts 19:1-7 So Paul comes in the region of Ephesus and he finds these 12 men, plus women and children. Paul sensed that although they were believers there was something missing in their life. Now, we do not know why he sensed that, or what it was that caused him to think that. So Paul…

Life After Life

Ecclesiastes 3:11, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” There is more to life that what we see in the here and now. There is life beyond the grave. If you were…