The King Will Have His Day
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Old Testment lesson Zephaniah 3:14-20 where we find the prophet Zephaniah telling people about the day of the Lord. The old testiment lesson listed below: 14 Sing, O Daughter of Zion; shout aloud, O Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, O Daughter of Jerusalem! 15 The Lord has taken away your punishment, he has turned back your enemy. The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you; never again will you fear any harm. 16 On that day they will say to Jerusalem, “Do not fear, O Zion; do not let your hands hang limp. 17 The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.” 18 “The sorrows for the appointed feasts I will remove from you; they are a burden and a reproach to you. 19 At that time I will deal with all who oppressed you; I will rescue the lame and gather those who have been scattered. I will give them praise and honor in every land where they were put to shame. 20 At that time I will gather you; at that time I will bring you home. I will give you honor and praise among all the peoples of the earth when I restore your fortunes before your very eyes,” says the Lord.
The King's Herald: Announcing the King
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Old Testiment Malachi 3:1-7b where the prophecies of the coming of the King (lesson listed below). “See, I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the Lord Almighty. 2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For he will be like a refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; he will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness, 4 and the offerings of Judah and Jerusalem will be acceptable to the Lord, as in days gone by, as in former years. 5 “So I will come near to you for judgment. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive aliens of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty. 6 “I the Lord do not change. So you, O descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed. 7 Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you,” says the Lord Almighty. Are you prepared for the coming of the King?
The King's City: Safe and Secure
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the prophetic Old Testiment lesson Jeremiah 33:14-16 which is listed below: 14 “ ‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the gracious promise I made to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. 15 “ ‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it will be called: The Lord Our Righteousness.
Ready ia as Rready Does
Reverend Ralph Hough Talks about the Gospel lesson Mark 13:24-37 which tells us to stay awake and prepare for Christ's coming. We only have a given amount of time to ready ourselves for Christ's return. Jesus left the church in charge to manage His purpose. If you died tonight, do you know where you would go? Stay awake!
Shining Like Stars
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Bible lesson of Daniel 12:1-3 where we find the prophet Daniel telling us there will be a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until then. In light of these prophesies in Daniel what is the church's responsibilities and individual's responsibilities as these days approach as prophesied in Daniel?
Giving Out of Your Poverty
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson from Mark 12:38-44 where Jesus honors the great gift of the poor widow. In this lesson the poor widow gave her all. Is giving your all which is provided by your Lord and Savior part of your christian life?
It's About the Name
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the New Testament lesson 1John 3:1-3 where God the Father lavishes love on his people that we should be called children of God. His gift of Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection is our living hope. Everyone who has this hope in Jesus purifies himself, just as He is pure. Is there any other name (Jesus Christ) in the universe by which man can be saved??
You Lack One Thing
Reverened Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson from Mark 10:17-22 where Jesus responds to a man seeking to inherit eternal life. This man had great wealth and followed the commandments but, he needed validation he was good to go to inherit eternal life. Is your life lacking anything for you to inherit eternal life?
Marriage is By God's Desighn or Receiving the Gift as God has Give
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel Lesson Mark 10:2-16 which is partially printed below: 2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied. 4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.” 5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. 6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ 7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, 8 and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one. 9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” If sin is the root, are sins the fruit?
It's Hard to Sin When You are Praying for Others
Reverend Ralph Hough delivers the Bible lesson message of James 5:13-20. Prayer keeps you focused on the right and true. Also, prayer is as much for your good as it is seeking the good of others. Is prayer part of your christian life?
Encountering Jesus Daily
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the gospel lesson Mark 9:30-37 where the disciples are arguing about who was the greatest amoung them. Jesus tells them "if anyone wants to be first, he (she) must be the very last, and a servant to all". What are we consumed with, serving others or serving ourselves?
Only by Prayer
Reverend Ralph Hough talks on the Gospel Lesson Mark 9:14-29 where Jesus casts out a spirit while the disciples were not able to drive out the spirit. The disiples came to Jesus privately and asked why they were not able to drive the sprit away. Jesus replied "this kind can come out only by prayer". Can evil forces in our lives be dealt with any other way than prayer?
A Labor of Love for Mankind
Reverend Ralph speaks about the Bible lesson Psalm 119:129-136 where we find the Psalmist long to obey God's Word because it is good for him. Do you long for God's Word to bring you to eternal life? Or do you want to do it your way which always leads to eternal death?
God Looks Down or When Fools Are Found Out
Reverend Ralph Hough speaks on the Bible Lesson Psalm 14 where we find the Psalmist is saying "the fool says in his heart there is no God". Being surounded by notable people publicly stating there is no God, how do we keep our hearts and minds from the "no God" mantra and from destroying life with Jesus?
The State of God's Children Pt2
Reverend Ralph Hough continues to speak on the Bible lesson Psalm 34:12-22 (last week was Pt 1) where we find the Psalmist saying God does deliver those who put their trust in Him in good times and troubled times. Are you living in the profound strength of God's Word?
The State of God's Children Pt 1
Reverend Ralph Hough speaks on Psalm 34 where the Psalmist extols the Lord for delivering him from all fears and life's issues. Christ is always doing active work in the hearts of His people. Everyday is a day we choose who to serve. Is your choice your Lord and Savior or something else?
Fashioned By God For God
Reverend Ralph Hough speaks on the Bible lesson Psalm 139 where the Psalmist praises God for knowing every detail about his physical abilities and mental thoughts. Today is no different, God knows all about you He was forming you in your mother's womb. Our relationship with God is one of the most important relationships you will ever have. Do you want a relationship with your Lord and Savior?
Pastures of Grace Green
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the "Shepherd's Psalm" (Psalm 23) where we find the Psalmist calling God his Shepherd. By following the Shepherd goodness and love will follow me. In this world there are a lot of helpful people and not so helpful people, the real question is who will you follow through this life and into eternity.
Righteousness in Our Footsteps
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Bible lesson Psalm 85:1-13, where we find the psalmist asking God to forgive His people, set aside His wrath, and restore His people. Do our sins require us to daily be restored?
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Bible Lesson Psalm 30 where we find David giving God high praise for not putting him down into the grave for disobedence. Have you ever escaped a close call which could have resulted in death? What should your respone be to God?
From the Gracious Hand of God
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about Psalm 33 where we find the psalmist praising God for unfailing love of the earth. The nation Seeking to know God in every way will be blessed. How are the nations of the world doing?
Summer of Good News
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Bible lesson Psalm 124 where we find the Psalmist telling Israel God is on our side otherwise Israel would have been swept away. In our own lives, if God is not on our side we would be swept away from the trials of life. Are you a builder or a wrecker of your faith which wil last to eternity or not?
Planted by Grace to Prosper in Grace
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about Psalm 1 where the Psalmist is telling us "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, but his delight is in the law of the Lord. All that he does, he prospers". Can any man or woman do anything worth while without God's help?
With Forgiveneness There is Hope
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Bible lesson Psalm 130 where we find David asking us that if God kept a record of our sins who could stand? But, with with God there is forgiveness and hope. Can forgivness draw you closer to God?
God's Gifts in Worship
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Bible lesson of Psalm 81 where worship and deliverance for Israel is set out by God. When we come to church and worship what should be in our hearts and minds?
The One-der of God's Love in Full Diisplay!
Reverend Ralph Hough speaking about the Gospel lesson John 3:1-17 where we find Jesus telling Nicodemus he must be born again. No one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he (she) is born of water and the Spirit. Is this possible?
The Work of the Holy Spirit
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about the Gospel lesson John 15:26-27; 16:7-15 where we find Jesus saying the Counselor sent by the Father will testify about me. Ths is the first promise of the Holy Spirit being sent. There are more promises made about the Holy Spirit, what are they?
Before the Blessing Comes
Reverend Ralph Hough talks about what we should be doing while we wait for God's promises to come pass.
Talk About Great!
Reverend Ralph Hough discusses the Gospel Lesson John 15:9-17. Jesus reminds us He calls us friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. Also, he gives the command "love each other". There is no greater love than to lay down your life for his friends as Jesus has done for us. Are you His friend?
Christ is Seen in Our Fruits
Reverend @Ralph Hough discusses the Gospel lesson John 15:1-8 where Jesus is telling us "if a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing". How are we connected to Jesus?