Jesus answered him, "The first of all the commandments is: 'Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. 'And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:29-31; Deuteronomy 6:4-5; Leviticus 19:18)

 

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Holy Day Calendar

There was a difference in 2011. In 2016, there is a big difference... again. There have been many questions among the Churches of God regarding what calendar God wants us to use. Is it the Jewish calendar or the Roman calendar or some other calendar? This booklet examines the question, "Does it matter which calendar you use?"

An investigation of the Biblical High-Days and their meaning. Includes Passover, Days of Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Atonement, Feast of Tabernacles and more. The High Days reveal God's plan for all humanity.

Printable Holy Day Calendar 

Here is a copy of this year's Holy Day calendar based upon the clear signs in the heavens provided by God.

Sabbath

This sermon examines the Sabbath, its observance, history and place in Christian worship. God's Sabbath is more than just the weekly day of rest. It pictures the peace and safety that await all who voluntarily submit to God's sovereignty.

This booklet examines the question of the weekly Sabbath. Is it Saturday or Sunday... or even Friday?  What day did Jesus and the apostles keep and how did they observe the day? Does one day matter more to God than another? You need to know.

Passover and Unleavened Bread

Preparing ourselves for the Passover. Paul told us to examine ourselves before observing the Passover. This sermon provides seven different areas where we should examine ourselves.

Elements of the 2013 Passover Season  

The spring High Days is an important season for all Christians for they picture the meaning of Christís sacrifice. Do you understand when and how the Passover should be observed in 2013? This sermon describes Passover, the days of unleavened bread, and the Wavesheaf Offering.

Preparing For Passover  

What are you doing to prepare for Passover? What does God expect? This sermon tells you what instructions the Bible provides for your preparation and performance.

The history, meaning and observance as recorded in both the Old and New Testaments. Learn the deeper spiritual meanings established in the first Passover in Egypt and how they still apply in so many aspects of our lives today.

The Leavening of Pride and Vanity 

Each of Godís High Days listed in Leviticus 23 represents an important event in a Christianís growth. What is the significance of the First Day of Unleavened Bread as specified in Lev. 23:6-8? Paul answered that question in 1 Corinthians 5:6-8. This sermon further examines this theme.

Humility    
"...whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven." The Bible contains a lot of text about the necessity of replacing vanity with humility. This sermon gives us five steps toward achieving humility.

The Persecution and Trial of Christ  

On the 1982nd anniversary of the trial and crucifixion of our Messiah, at a time when the popular movie ďThe Passion of the ChristĒ has bee seen by so many people, we think it is important for people to also know and appreciate the attitudes and responses of our Messiah through His trial.

For seven days during the week of Unleavened Bread we keep leaven out of our homes. Are we as concerned about sin in our lives as we are about leaven in our homes? How can we put the lessons of the past week into practice all year long?
Wave Sheaf
What does this little-known observance really picture? Learn about its timing, its meaning and its role in the calculation for the date of Pentecost. Was it just an ancient observance in Old Testament Israel or does it picture something infinitely greater?
Pentecost

God's Holy Spirit 

What is God's Holy Spirit? Is it a person or is it the power of God used to do God's will? How does it differ from man's spirit? What must we do to receive God's Spirit? What does the Holy Spirit do in our lives?

Pentecost ... where it came from, why, and what it means to us today. Was it only an ancient historical event or is it a day we should be observing today. Does it foreshadow things to come for those who are the "first fruits of God?

Trumpets

According to the lunar calendar, August 7th is the first day of Elul, the sixth month on the Jewish calendar. Elul 1 marks the beginning of a month of personal preparation for the Feast of Trumpets which falls one lunar month later on September 5th. This sermon explains why and how we must prepare.

Feast of Trumpets - The Day of Acclamation 

The ancient shofar announced the coronation of the new king as well as the appointed times of God. The first day of the seventh month is both a new moon day as well as one of God's great Holy Days. Does it mean more for God's people today?

The Days of Awe, Yamin Noraim in Hebrew, are the ten days between Trumpets, also known as Rosh HaShanah or Yom Teruah, and Yom Kippur or the Day of Atonement. But there is much, much more to their significance.

Atonement

What is the meaning and purpose of the Day of Atonement; in Hebrew, it's Yom Kippur? It is specified in both the Old and New Testaments. Thereís much more to it than just fasting.

Feast of Tabernacles

Feast of Tabernacles  - Why Here, Why Now?    

This is the 15th day of the seventh month. We are assembled in obedience to God's command to celebrate the soon-coming return of God's righteous government to rule all nations of the world in peace. The rest of the Jews and Christians who keep this Feast at all will be celebrating it one or two days late. Does it make a difference to God?

Feast of Tabernacles - The Kingdom of God 

Today the world is full of troubles. The troubles are concentrated in the Middle East but the troubles in the Middle East involve nations of the entire world. This sermon describes these troubles but also describes the wonderful world tomorrow after the return of Christ.

Feast of Tabernacles - Why are We Here, Today? 

God commands his people to keep the Feast of Tabernacles on the fifteenth day of the seventh month. Most of the world doesn't keep it at all but, of those who do keep it, the vast majority keep it on the wrong day by following the postponements of the Hebrew calendar. What is the truth?

Feast of Tabernacles and the Kingdom of God

This sermon analyzes the makeup of the Kingdom of God, what it stands for,  and the righteousness of its leader. The rule of law is a subject sorely missing in many parts of the world today but it is the centerpiece of the righteousness of worldwide government in the world to come.

The Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth, Sukkot) pictures a time of abundance and rejoicing. Each year for seven days God's people celebrate the new age to come under the peaceful government of God. What do these days teach us about Jesus Christ's reign on earth?
Last Great Day

Satan's Demise 

Beyond the seven days of the Feast of Tabernacles, the 8th Day or Last Great Day pictures the fulfillment of prophecies uttered since man was created. The last of God's annual Holy Days is packed with meaning you need to know.

New Moons

Celebrating the New Moon 

Many would not even consider paying special observance to the monthly new moon. But many also consider Paulís instruction in Colossians 2:16 as justification for not keeping the Sabbath as well. Are Paul and others telling us to celebrate the day of the new moon and why?

 

Holidays

An investigation of the dates of the birth of John the Baptist, the birth of Jesus Christ, and the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. References are made to various scriptures including the seventy weeks prophesy of Daniel 9. Links are provided to appropriate calendars.

Is Christmas Christian?  

An investigation of the origin and meaning of Christmas. Why was December 25th celebrated throughout the ancient world many years before the birth of Christ? Does a winter birthdate for Jesus agree with the actual accounts in scripture?

What is the true meaning of Thanksgiving? How did Thanksgiving originate? What should we be thankful for? When and how and to whom should we express our thanks?

Spirit worship tries to make a connection between the dead and the living. Who is the real god honored on the day of evil spirits, ghosts and goblins and what does that god have to do with reality? Is the true God of the Bible anywhere to be found in the annual tradition of honoring the dead or does the celebration of Halloween twist the real story of the resurrection?
An investigation into the origins of Easter and its observance. What does a Sunday morning resurrection have to do with ancient pagan religious rites throughout the ancient Middle Eastern world?
 
 

 

 
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