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Thanks to all of you who have been visiting our free website with well over 100 sermons and endless blogs.  I hope you will visit the blogs as well. I’ve been away recently but am committed to posting many more new and inspiring sermons soon. I’ll start culling the sermons from 2004-2007, so visit them while you can. You can choose the year and review the sermons, or you can choose by topic. Simply write 1-2 words of the topic you wish (For example: prayer). Please feel free to comment on the blogs. We love courteous feedback. Let me know if there are topics you’d like to me address. May our God and Savior be with you all.  – Philip 

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11-20-2016
by Philip Shields
President Kennedy once famously said ‘Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country”. What CAN you and I do about our country and the perils it faces? What about the most recent US election? Should we just remain quiet and do nothing in such a time as this – or is our God looking for more from us? Or should we just say we are part of the heavenly city and just have nothing to do with our physical country? This message applies to people from anywhere in the world.
11-08-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 52 mins 21 secs
This message was recorded on Nov 6, a day and a half before the US elections. Holding any office of leadership is a huge responsibility, and especially if you’re President of the USA. This message speaks of God’s heart for our leaders and how He would like to our leader lead. The material here will apply equally to all of us who are being called to be part of the Royal Priesthood. Also: how should the people of the country view the new President, once we know who it is?
11-05-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Jeremiah 31:31-34 says “all will know Him, from the least to the greatest” when our King of kings returns to rule the earth with his Bride. Will that happen quickly and automatically? What role will the Bride of Christ play? Do you know him now intimately? How important is it to really know him? What kind of world will we inherit at first? As the Bride of Christ you will play a major role in leading the world to come to know their new King. In this sermon, you’ll hear some exciting examples of how you will help bring this about through the love of God exercised in your leadership as a spirit immortal leader. God speed this day.
10-29-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 41 mins 42 secs
What do children of Holy God have in common with vampires, witchcraft and the hooliganism often associated with Halloween? Find out about the pagan origins of this season and how God warns His children to have nothing to do with works of darkness, and to "Come out of her, My People".
10-21-2016
by Jeff Niccum
Series: Prophecy
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 3 secs
We know from Revelation 20:1-3 that Satan is bound and put away during the entirety of the 1000-year reign of Christ on the earth. But why does it say later in that chapter that after the 1000 years are up, Satan is released once more, and once again he deceives millions. WHY would God release this evil leader of demons? Find out why in this fascinating sermon by Jeff Niccum.
10-19-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 15 secs
God “used to” reveal himself to men and women “in Bible times” through angels, and even from Christ himself. Others had dreams and visions. These happened both in the Old and New Testament accounts and even after Christ’s resurrection. Has God quit revealing himself and His will? Peter says in Acts 2 that he believed the Joel 2 prophecy was happening; that men AND women were speaking as led by the Holy Spirit. This sermon shows that God has not retired, has not gone mute, but in fact reveals Himself in many ways to those who have ears to hear and eyes to see. Be sure to print out the notes but also hear the audio – as so much more is in the audio than just the notes.
10-12-2016
by Philip Shields
Series: Prophecy
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 52 secs
We know God is holy, righteous, perfect, majestic. Can God also be fun? What does He like to do, what IS He like? And when we are spirit like Him, what abilities and powers will we have? We hope this inspires especially young people to see your future with God in new light.
10-03-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 19 secs
This year’s Feast of Trumpets should be a time of great joy and jubilation for God’s children. Sound the alarm, blow the trumpet, listen to the shofar blasts. But why is it called a day of clouds and gloominess? Why don’t we call it Rosh Hashanah and what is the Bible name for this day? Does the first resurrection happen on this day – or earlier in the spring, picturing those being called out now? When does Yeshua/Jesus land on the Mt of Olives? WHY is this day called a “memorial”? A day of remembrance of what?
10-01-2016
by Philip Shields
Series: Prophecy
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 6 secs
Are you excited about eternity and life as a spirit being in the resurrection? Or are you not so sure you want to live forever? When we're changed to spirit, what will our lives be like? Will it be fun? We know God is holy - - but is God fun? Will we enjoy eternity with Him? What do spirit beings do? Whether you're a teenager or a 92 year old, this message can rekindle your excitement about what God is offering you - as we explore your soon-coming life in the SPIRIT world!
09-18-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 54 secs
Is the azazel about Christ – or about Satan’s work? I wanted to get this topic out before most of you keep Atonement. I know there are some keeping the fall holydays a month early. Is the goal azazel a picture of Christ – or Satan? Various ones say it is one or the other. You might be surprised and it might be a major shift for some of you. But I hope the scriptural backing in this teaching will bring you to the right conclusion. Yeshua and Yeshua (Jesus) alone is our Redeemer, Atonement, Savior and the One who reconciles us back to God. He shares those roles with no one else. May this teaching leave you praising Yeshua as you prepare for the Fall holydays. You’ll never think of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) as a dry or boring day ever again.
09-09-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 4 secs
Whether you’re a man or woman, I promise you – you will gain some inspiring insights into man-woman by this sermon. We decided to start with Christ and how he treated women, rather than start with the traditional passages in Ephesians, etc. We are to have HIS mind and be more and more like Him – in all areas. Which social taboos and rules did He break and ignore to show the way women should be treated? How did He treat repentant women of ill repute? How did He use women to spread the gospel in their own unique way? What areas can we perhaps change and grow in – as we see our Example before us? There’s also a lot in here about being single – and what YHVH ways to single men and women. Enjoy!
09-03-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 48 mins 16 secs
The 7th day of the Feast, or the 8th day holyday? John 7:37-39 With the Feast of Tabernacles coming shortly, I thought it would be timely to cover this topic. Is the “Last Great Day” really about the 8th day, the holyday after the 7 day Feast of Tabernacles, or is the “Last Great Day” about events pictured on the 7th day, the last day of the Feast? What does the 7th day picture? What happened on the 7th Day of the Feast that related to Yeshua’s electrifying statement and plea to come to Him and drink of Him (John 7:37-39)? Why was there a “Pierced One” on this day? Why was the Pool of Siloam involved? Was there any water on the 8th day holyday? This message may change the way you think of “the Last Great Day”.
08-27-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 16 secs
FREE the Holy Spirit to work in your fellowship. Is the true living God in religion? Did He ever form a religion? Or is he after relationship? Is the Holy Spirit free-flowing and actively working in your fellowship group and in your life? Do you hear the Shepherd’s voice (John 10:27)? Are you and your group led by the Holy Spirit? Do you see the gifts of the spirit at work in every member? What are your gifts of the spirit and are you allowed to use your gifts to edify your fellowship – or is that role exclusive to ordained ministers? This and much more in this intriguing message.
08-06-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 38 secs
What is God’s greatest miracle? Amazingly enough, it includes you and me and many more. Are you a partner in God’s miracle? Do we have the mind of Christ in the various ways he demonstrates this miracle? What did Yeshua say brings him so much joy – and why? Do you experience the same joy for the same reasons? May this teaching bless you as our Father calls more and more to his family.
07-09-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 21 secs
This sermon will give great hope to those of you who have concluded you are beyond “change” – and that you’re incorrigible. This message will also challenge others of you and rock you to your core to check the amount of real love of God that flows in your heart and soul. This sermon is about the love of Christ and our Father for ALL humanity – and the same love that should be evident in the true family of God as well in simple and practical ways. Are some people too bad to ever truly change? And do some people have histories so bad – even if God is working with them – to ever accept them into the fellowship of the Body of Christ? Could God call, change and save anyone willing to heed His call to repentance? Or are there some people so bad that not even God will want to bother with them? But if HE bothers with them, shouldn’t we also? This message could change your life. If this message touches your heart – please pass it on to others you know who would benefit from the message.
06-18-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 29 secs
Galatians 5:22-23 God loves FRUIT. He gave us His Holy Spirit and expects us to have FRUIT of His Spirit. How would you define “the fruit of the Spirit” in its simplest terms? Can you strive to bear the fruit of the Spirit – or does it work differently than that? WHO produces the fruit? ARE we bearing much fruit or do we remain the same year after year? This message shows what Scripture says are the steps to producing and bearing more and more fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
06-11-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 14 secs
If you know someone going through fiery trials, or if you are, you can really benefit from this message. WHY do God’s children have so many tests of their faith? Why so many trials and tests? How do we defeat doubt, worry and anxiety? What are the biggest reasons for testing our faith? How do we come to a perfect peace in the storm? Are we sure we even have true faith? All this and more in this part 2 message. Please be sure to listen to part 1 first.
05-27-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 17 secs
Would you – and others – describe yourself as a person of great faith and peace? Have you learned what is God’s #1 end-goal reason for making so many go through prolonged pain, trials and testing? Find out in this message. Everything spiritual is by faith. Our salvation is by grace through faith. We are to live by faith, all the time. With the coming times of worst trouble the world has ever seen, our faith needs to be tested, refined and ready for the return of Christ
04-16-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 27 secs
What is the most important and critical time and place you have each day? Do you treat it as being so vital by giving it significant time and attention each day? This message may help you pray more. Do you have a regular private place of prayer? Does the evidence show God’s children are not praying enough?
03-31-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 2 secs
Luke 17:1-5 Seven times. What would you say is a central lesson of the Passover that we are to APPLY in our lives? What made the disciples exclaim “Lord, increase our faith” when they heard what Yeshua/Jesus said? You may think you’re good at this lesson – but you may find out there’s still room for lots of growth after hearing what God says in His word.
03-19-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 4 mins 48 secs
This sermon is far deeper than the blog of the same title. You will be inspired by and appreciate your Savior, your Beloved Son of God and Brother, more than ever if you soak in the message of this sermon. See how EVERYTHING in the Passover pointed to Yeshua and how He fulfilled all of it – and more than you might have realized before.
03-04-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 3 secs
A “sermon” with few words! Some sermons are simply mind-gripping great! But there’s a better “sermon” you are a part of that has little to do with the sermons preached from behind a pulpit. And yes, you and I are “preaching” these sermons every day. Are yours great sermons, or ones you’d rather do over? In this teaching, I talk about our most effective way to confess Christ – and preach a great sermon while we’re at it. But it’s a “sermon” with few words.
02-20-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 58 mins 32 secs
Many claim to be followers of Christ but neighbors and work associates have no inkling you believe so strongly in Christ. Is openly confessing Christ an option? See how important this is according to Yeshua/Jesus himself. See and hear the examples of those who have gone before. And are we ready for the times of intense persecution coming in the years ahead that will hit all of us who do confess the Christ? But what happens if we don't confess him? You’ll want to find out.
01-30-2016
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 10 secs
2 Corinthians 5:17 says we are “a NEW creation”. But sometimes the evidence seems to say we’re just the same old person with little real change. What is a new creation? Who and what makes us new? How does it happen? Do we have a part in the process? And why do we so often fail to see the newness we’re supposed to be? Are we a new creation now – or do we have to wait for the resurrection for that? We hope you’ll find this motivating and encouraging.
12-29-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 19 secs
With everything good and bad that can be said about organized Christianity – do you want to be called a “Christian”? Several have said they prefer other labels so that they’re not lumped in with Christians who don’t keep the sabbath or who keep pagan holidays, etc., not to mention the sometimes violent and sordid historical record of traditional Christianity. So in this teaching we examine both sides of this discussion. What did the early followers of Christ call themselves? What did Paul and Peter have to say about being called a “Christian”? And what IS a true Christian or true follower of Christ? Wherever you are on this subject, I hope you will hear and study this vital message. It WILL make you think. I’d love your feedback.
12-19-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 6 secs
Or can we trash those in authority -- on social media? We’re coming into very dangerous times in the last days of this age. Those in leadership positions in the very last days are prophesied to do unspeakable things to God’s children especially. Do we have to respect leaders no matter what? What about the president, our governor, congressmen, the police, teachers, bosses and others in authority? Are we allowed by scripture to be rude to them or say disrespectful things on Facebook about them? What if they’re acting like criminally or dishonorably? What if we’re being wrongfully sued or attacked – what recourse do we have as Christians or believers? Do those in authority first have to EARN our respect before God requires us to give them honor and respect? What does God’s word say about all this?
11-21-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
1 John 4:17b (HOW we live by the faith of Yeshua) Last time we covered that we must not just live by our own faith, but by our Savior’s faith, HIS faith. How do we do that? How do we look to HIM as the Author and finisher of our faith? This sermon goes into HOW to live by His faith. What’s the KEY understanding we need in order to harness his faith? What does it mean to be “in him” and how does that help us live by and through HIS faith? Also: how focusing on our sins and weaknesses just makes them worse, and on what/whom we should be focusing instead to be victorious over self and sin.
10-30-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
We all know that faith is important and I know we all try to live by faith. But don’t we often feel something is missing? Don’t you sometimes feel your faith is not as powerful as you think it should be? This sermon covers what faith is, WHY we must have the right faith, whose faith we must have and why, and how to grow in this powerful faith. Our focus here is also on the fact that LIVING by faith is not just for the tough times of our lives – but 24/7, all the time. We also cover how to deal with those times when we don’t get the answers we were praying and hoping for. May you be blessed by this message.
10-10-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 37 mins 50 secs
We're back from the Feast of Tabernacles. Is it going to be business as usual, or will we have "post feast blues" - or will you let this period after the Feast be a springboard to a closer walk with God? This very practical sermon examines Nehemiah's Feast of Tabernacles and shows us what they did right after their powerful Feast (Nehemiah 7, 8, 9, 10), as an example for us to follow.
09-23-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 5 secs
And why must everyone else rest? Who was Azazel? The Day of Atonement(s) (Yom Kippurim) is a most solemn and sacred day on which NO work whatsoever is to be done. But one man worked, and worked hard. Who was he, and what does it mean? WHY was he exempted from “no work” rule? Why did everyone else have to REST on Atonement? And did we not have our sins atoned for at Passover? So why again? How does that apply to us today? And later on, a 2nd man did some work. It has everything to do with us today. And who did the Azazel (Scapegoat) point to? If you think Satan is depicted on this day… please definitely listen to this sermon.
09-14-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 9 secs
Day of Remembrance plus shofar blasts, shouts of joy and alarm. Usually called “Feast of Trumpets”, or “Yom Teruah” in the original Hebrew, which means “day of blasts, joyful shouts and acclamation”. Why it’s often called “Feast of TRUMPETS”. It is the first of the last four appointed times to meet with Yahweh in the Fall. It is called the Day of Remembrance and a memorial of “teruah”. Find out what else happened on this day and what this holyday could be picturing ahead for us. Why we don’t call it “Rosh Hashanah”. All this and more.
09-05-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 39 mins 31 secs
Our God’s politeness. Does Almighty God have to ever say “please”? Does he ever say “please” when speaking with mortals? This message will focus on a side of our God that you may not have heard much about – when even God says please. Yes, it’s in your Bible, though unfortunately camouflaged by most Bibles translated into English.
08-18-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 43 mins
We’ve started the 6th month of the Hebrew calendar called “Elul” – roughly mid-August to mid September on our western calendar this year 2015. It’s ripe with meaning. This sermon was first given in 2013. Though the dates are slightly different for this year 2015 than when I gave the sermon in 2013, the points remain the same. After Elul is the month of Tishri (or Tishrei), the Hebrew 7th month, in which all the final 4 holydays of Yahweh appear. But let’s first focus on the month we’re in now and it’s meanings. What happened in this vital month? What does it tell us prophetically? This short 43 minute message will help you be properly prepared for the Fall festivals – the Divine appointments -- coming up.
08-15-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 26 secs
Does it matter? When does human life begin? With the news of what Planned Parenthood is doing, and sonogram evidence now of human life active in the womb at earlier and earlier stages – it’s time to visit this topic. We believers must know what God’s word says on this. We must not remain silent. This message covers topics like “celebrities” who were almost aborted, what God says about the value of unborn babies, will aborted fetuses/babies have a future with God?, and what if YOU have had an abortion? All this and more. Spread the word about this message.
08-08-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 22 secs
(Originally given 11/2010; re-posted 8/2015) How do you view immigrants – whether they are here legally or illegally? How should you view them? America is a magnet for immigrants. Over 1 million legal immigrants are accepted into the USA each year. On top of that are millions more “undocumented workers or aliens” who cross our open borders each year. A couple Presidential candidates are making this a big issue. With all that going on, we felt this was a topic that deserves to be reposted on our site. What does God’s word say about borders, border guards, deportation, affirmative action and more? Does God favor the Jews? What color is God? How should we interact with people from other countries who speak other languages?
07-18-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
We love it when Yahweh gives us powerful and swift answers when we pray. We love it when things go smoothly. But what about those times when we pray and pray – and the pain gets worse, the healing doesn’t happen, loved ones suffer painful death, or times when we have disasters in our lives and our Father seems distant and uninvolved? It’s tempting to wonder why Yahweh doesn’t do more, when he has all power to do anything! Why doesn’t he intervene more? Why does he let his own children (true believers) go through long periods without apparently intervening? This message is about such times – when we feel let down by the Almighty. And yes, many prophets had these same thoughts. The notes will come shortly, but enjoy the audio. We also show how prophets and apostles worked through these difficult times of disappointment. May this message bless you and help you work through tough times in your life.
06-20-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
What is our Father’s will for us? How do we discover what it is? Does our Father really reveal his specific will for each of us? Is He really that involved in our lives? How are we sure that we’re doing His will? How important is it that we be doing HIS will and not our will? This is a very, very important sermon and I hope each of you will get a lot out of it.
05-24-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 32 secs
God loves to give gifts and He gives many. Pentecost is the anniversary of the giving of the Holy Spirit as God’s gift. It’s easy to ignore gifts or not use them. This gift is so precious and powerful, we must be certain we have received it and are using it to the full. Are you confident you have received God’s Holy Spirit? How would you know? Do you value and cherish it? Would you like to have more of it? Is it growing inside you? Is it a rushing river of life – or a stagnant pond? We’ll cover all that plus an overview of the Day of Pentecost. You’ll better appreciate and value the gift of God’s Holy Spirit with this sermon.
05-24-2015
by Jeff Niccum
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 22 secs
Jeff Niccum explores various exciting aspects of Pentecost in a way few others do. We don’t have the audio available for now but his notes will enthrall you. Highly recommended reading for this Pentecost, originally given a few years ago.
05-23-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 56 secs
On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given. What do you think of when someone says “Holy Spirit”? How do we receive it? What does the Spirit do? I’ve prepared a list of 22 things the Spirit is doing to help us appreciate our great God’s gift even more. There are 3x that many more points about the Spirit so use this as a launching pad for more study on your own.

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