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Welcome to Light on the Rock

Welcome once again, my brothers and sisters in Christ to our free website where you can learn how to have a closer relationship with our heavenly Father, with our Savior, and with one another.  The spring time is always such a wondrous time of renewal, new life, and a new start.  It is in the spring when we’re reminded of Christ our Passover and what He did to reconcile us to God.  This reconciliation also then progresses to our forgiving and accepting one another in Christ, as washed by Him also – and so we see one another as forgiven and washed as well.

Enjoy our 120+ sermons, dozens of short “blogs” -- as this is all timeless material. Use the Search bar to find topics, or scroll down by year or even by topic.  You can also go back to March-April of previous years to find Passover-type sermons.  Enjoy. 

 - Philip    

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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.
10-16-2015
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.
10-10-2015
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.
05-16-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 33 secs
Yeshua came as a Jew. But Jews for the most part reject him as the Messiah. Why? Don’t be so hard on the Jews. There are strong reasons why they find it hard to receive him as their Savior or Messiah. We WILL see more and more Jews come to recognize and accept their Jewish Savior. This sermon will help you understand where they’re coming from. If you’re a Jew listening to this, I’d love your comments and feedback.
05-02-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Eph 4:32; Col 3:13 Key to Our Own Forgiveness This is a new and updated version of the sermon on the same topic, but different material today, than the one I gave in 2008. Salvation at its core is about forgiveness and the new life we have in Christ. True forgiveness – at least the way Christ forgives us – is very hard. Truly forgiving others gives the forgiven one and the one doing the forgiving a new lease on life plus many blessings. But without it, we’re not going to be forgiven either. We can’t forgive the consequences of sin, but we can release any resentment, hate, bitterness and lack of love for what others have done to us or we to them. This is a very, very important topic
03-30-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 7 secs
This is the Passover service for those of you wishing to have one conducted for you, or if you need some notes to guide you. You will find the transcript and summary here. The first 2 pages are the instructions of how to set up a local Passover service. Then pages 3-12 are the actual transcript of the service in case the local host would like to read and conduct the service himself. Have a solemnly joyful and meaningful Passover and may our Father's Spirit be with you. And praise the love of our father and of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (or Yeshua, his Hebrew name). This is not a traditional Jewish Seder service, but a Christian Passover using footwashing and the emblems of the matzah and wine, and Yeshua's last words.
03-14-2015
by Philip Shields
As we come to Passover, it is appropriate we examine why Christ had to die by the intensely painful death of being crucified for our sins and why Paul says HE was crucified with Christ. (This is a mostly new sermon, though I’ve spoken on this topic many years ago.) God’s plan of redemption begins with crucifixion. So Passover and the crucifixion go hand in hand. Yeshua tells his followers they must take up their cross daily and follow him. Are YOU crucified with Christ? What does that mean? This has everything to do with being “in Christ”.
02-28-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Passover will be here soon. In Luke 22:20 Yeshua (Jesus) said the cup was the New Covenant in His blood. This sermon will help you make a more conscious connection between the New Covenant and the Passover emblems. What makes the New Covenant “new” or “better”? Is it really just the same as the Old Covenant minus the Aaronic priesthood, sacrifices and temple? Learn how it’s much, much more than that. Can we be saying we’re in the New Covenant and yet be acting like we’re still in the Old Covenant?
02-07-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
One of the main reasons people divide and separate is over doctrinal differences. This teaching goes into: what is doctrine? Where does true doctrine come from? How does scripture say we should handle doctrinal disagreements? Which doctrines are crucial to salvation and which ones are not – or are all doctrines crucial? How did Yeshua and Paul handle doctrinal disputes? What’s the balance? I hope this teaching will speak to each one’s heart.
01-24-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
Part 2. Please listen to Part 1 first. Yeshua (Jesus) promised to build his one church (ekklesia) and it would survive the ages (Matthew 16:18). So where is it? Are all Christians automatically a part of that body? Is it a particular group you can go worship with? WHAT is the true church? WHERE are all its people? Is it any one organization led by a man or woman someplace? Can we meet with others if our doctrines don’t fit 100% with each other? Can a group be part of the true church – but be having some real spiritual problems? WHO does God refer to as “My people”? You might be surprised. Should God’s children become friends with people of the world? Find out! All this and more.
01-17-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Yeshua (Jesus) said he would build his one church (ekklesia) and it would survive the ages. So where is it? Are all Christians a part of that body? Is it a particular group you can go worship with? WHAT is the true church? WHERE are its people? Is it any one organization led by a man or woman someplace? Who has God called “My people”? HOW does one become a part of this true church? You might be surprised.
12-27-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Summary: We may study and pray daily, but does that make us “seekers” after God? WHY is it crucially important to seek our Maker? What does “seeking” mean? If you would like to seek HIM, and feel His presence in your life, you’ll benefit from this message. What does “seeking God diligently and first” – look like? What is promised for those who are diligent seekers? This is one of the most important concepts we can possibly cover.
11-29-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Jesus said, “My Father gives you the Bread from Heaven”. At least for Believers, spiritual Manna has not stopped coming from heaven. Find out WHO the manna represents. How can we eat of the Bread of Life that gives us eternal life? What habits must be engrained if we are to live the parallels between ancient manna and our lives today as Believers? Manna is so much more than just being a picture of the Bible or Bible study. Learn how – and so much more – in this message. Certainly if you want to grow deeper in your love for your Savior and His Word, hear this heartfelt sermon.
11-02-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
You know we’re called a “living stone”, but why not a “living brick”? Have you ever thought about that? The differences between stones and bricks explains what our Father is doing in preparing us for eternity. We hope you are encouraged and blessed by this message.
10-15-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
Biblical information is timeless. We are re-posting sermons given previously for your enjoyment. Have a wonderful feast. God's final holyday each year after the seven day feast of Tabernacles is simply called "the 8th Day" in Scripture. Jews call it "Shemini Atzeret" - which also points to 8th. Hear how "8" points to new beginnings, new starts. So the 8th Day Festival can't be about a "LAST Great Day" at all, but about an incredible FIRST NEW DAY - when all things will be made NEW. This sermon is not what Jews are teaching. Nor is it entirely like what is being taught in most Church of God sermons about this day. Find out what it really is all about. Discover Yeshua's tie to Adam and Eve. We hope you will be thrilled as Father lets us catch just a glimpse of what is coming for all who now love Him or will come to love Him and His beloved Son. We're re-running the 2012 sermons as the information is timeless, just the dates have changed.
10-14-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 46 secs
Biblical information is timeless. We are re-posting sermons given previously for your enjoyment. Have a wonderful feast. The 7th day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the last day of the feast, is a very meaningful day. There's more information than I've shared before about this day. Jews have called this day, "Hoshana Rabbah" for millennia - meaning the "Great Salvation" or "Save us, O Great One". Even in the days of Yeshua (Jesus) it was the Great Day of the Feast. Find out why. Find out why water was poured out and why "the Pierced One" led priests around the altar 7 times on this day. Discover the correction for God's people from the prophet Haggai on this very day. Why were there 7 final bulls sacrificed? Read John 7:37-39 and why Yeshua said what He said on this day at the precise moment He did. Find out why humanity will be crying out for King Yeshua (Jesus) to save them this late in the Millennium...and much more.
10-09-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 32 secs
Biblical information is timeless. We are re-posting sermons given previously for your enjoyment. Have a wonderful feast. Learn all about the main points concerning the Feast of Tabernacles as we celebrate the reign of our beloved King Yeshua. Why we dwell in booths. Do Christians have to keep the Feast? What is the Feast pointing to? What was to be done every 7 years at the Feast? How can you and I have a most wonderful Feast of Tabernacles? And - Happy Feast to all of you. I'll try to have more messages later.
10-09-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 23 secs
Biblical information is timeless. We are re-posting sermons given previously for your enjoyment. Have a wonderful feast. Though Philip originally preached this in 2009, it never got posted on the website though the material is timeless. Is YHVH's kingdom - our kingdom - real to you? Is it truly the center of your hopes and dreams? Can you "see" it, can you feel it? Are you practically there, in it, because the Kingdom is so real to you? As we end the Feast of Tabernacles picturing the Millennial rule of our King, let this message inspire you for another year. There will not be a transcript for this message so you'll have to hear the audio.
10-04-2014
by Philip Shields
(No Audio available; need some repairs. Use the notes) This day is the holiest and most solemn day in Judaism. But I ask, is the apprehension associated with this day really what the Bible teaches? It’s vital to get the truth about the meaning of this spectacular day and all that it points to. Some groups spend a lot of time talking about sin, what the human high priest did, or man-made traditions. Others focus on Satan on this day. In the New Covenant, and Hebrews 8-10 etc., our focus must be on our victory in Christ. We focus on the POINT of Lev 16, on our victory, our reconciliation, and on Yeshua (Jesus) who makes it all possible. To him be all glory.
09-25-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 5 secs
I preached this message about Yom Teruah, Feast of Trumpets, in 2013. The dates are different from 2014, but the message is timeless. This year, if you keep the rabbinic calendar, you’re keeping this holyday Sept 25. If you are basing it on seeing the moon in Jerusalem, you’ll likely be keeping it on Sabbath 9/27. Hear this message to learn the next steps leading up to the coming of Yeshua. Does the 7th trumpet sound on the Feast of Trumpets? You might be surprised. Do the saints hover over Jerusalem for a day or two and then land on the Mount of Olives? Learn all about the ram’s horn “shofar”/trumpet. What does it mean for us today? Why is it called a Memorial day? Why is it called “Yom Teruah” in scripture but Jews call it Rosh Hashanah? This and more… be sure to hear this sermon. And be checking the blogs too. I might have a brand new message this year 2014 also.

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