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Welcome to Light on the Rock

We’ve marveled at our Savior through the Passover season and now count the days to Pentecost – which means “count 50”. Yes, the early believers kept the Feasts of Yah (Leviticus 23) and the new covenant “ekklesia” actually started on Pentecost, one of those divine appointments and received the gift of the Holy Spirit. The word for “Feast” in Hebrew (moed) actually means “appointed time” or appointment. We think of “feasts” as a time of plenty of food and drink – and that’s part of the meaning but the usual word used for that is “chag” (silent c) – meaning a feast day as we think of the word.

In the coming weeks we’ll focus on the first of the divine appointments – the holy weekly sabbath, instituted by God himself resting on the 7th day of the week (Genesis 2:1-3). We’ll be covering other topics as well. Please also look at the blogs for interesting and educative topics. I welcome your comments and feedback. May our loving Father bless you all. Thank you for coming to this free site. Please let others know about this website if it is blessing you.

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07-07-2008
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 56 secs
New Testament writers speak of being "in Christ, in God, in Him, in whom" in practically every chapter of the epistles. This message explains why we need to understand this vital topic of becoming one Spirit with Christ. We cover how closely Yahweh is to His chosen people, how we come to be in Christ, how men and women with God's Spirit can right now be in our heavenly Father - and much more. We conclude by introducing the topic of our personal "one-on-One" with the Almighty, as part of being In Him.
04-20-2008
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 44 secs
You know we are the dwelling place of God by His Spirit. Are you as conscious about how we now must also abide and dwell in God and Christ? This sermon reveals how that must be the case for us to have a future, to know God, and to be His children. Appreciate Passover more deeply than you may have before as you grasp the many wondrous rewards, privileges, opportunities and gifts we have if we are "in Christ" - and even "in GOD", as we'll rehearse in this sermon.
04-15-2008
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 10 secs
(Originally given March 2004) Any Bible student knows that to receive God's forgiveness, we must forgive others. Have you really forgiven EVERYONE? We're told to forgive "AS" God has forgiven us, in the same manner and attitude, from the heart. This message challenges its listeners to understand how difficult it is to truly forgive the way God wants us to. Hear moving examples of the incredibly forgiving hearts of our spiritual forefathers, and lessons we can learn from them. There are rewards we'll experience here and now, as well as in the life to come, by practicing this vitally wonderful act and trait.
04-10-2008
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 35 secs
Have you ever met God, had your personal encounter with the Highest -- and come to know Him and know that He knows you? We are often challenged by the question if we know God. Paul said his greatest aim was to know God (Phil 3:8-10). Listen how Scripture makes it clear that the Creator says He also wants to intimately know each of us. Find out why, and how He defines knowing you. This is sobering, frightening and yet also inspiring and heart-warming to learn the Highest says He really needs to, and wants to, get to know you.
12-17-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 24 secs
Many will ignore God's command to come out of Babylon - to their peril -- on the assumption they are not IN Babylon. But why would God command His people to come out of her, if they were not in Babylon? Listen carefully. This message could spare you from sharing in Babylon's horrific plagues and curses from God. Learn who modern Babylon is, who "My people" are, and most importantly - ways you and I may be part of Babylon without realizing it.
12-07-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 54 secs
There's a movement to "put Christ back into Christmas". Was Jesus ever in Christmas in the first place? Someone was born on December 25th, but was it Christ? Why would two gospels- Mark and John - totally omit Christ's birth? What do Christmas trees, Yule logs and mistletoe have to do with Jesus? Are traditional beliefs about the "manger scene" even correct? What was the meaning of the three gifts? You'll never think the same way about Jesus' birth - or of Christmas -after this message.
09-10-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 12 secs
God's holydays are like a key that unlocks His plan of salvation for mankind. This message gives a thorough overview of each of 7 holydays, with emphasis on the final 4 holydays of God in the Fall starting Sept 13 this year. Listening to this message will help you get geared up and ready for the Feasts that are almost here and excited about what lies ahead of us.
07-10-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 46 secs
Openly acknowledging Christ in our lives. Have you ever had a "Matthew Party"? Is it time to "come out of the Christian closet"? How we must proclaim Christ by our changed lives as well as by our words. Scripture requires both. Making Christianity attractive without obnoxiously parading our beliefs.
06-10-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 51 secs
Unlock the most awesome power in all the universe: the very faith of the Son of God Himself, now available to live in you and me, if we ask, believe and receive. Learn how, in this message that can profoundly change our lives if we would just believe and practice it.
05-15-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 33 secs
First we must be crucified with Christ. Only then can He live in us, and for the first time we can say we have true LIFE. Why salvation must be Christ's work, and not our own. Why He must live in us, and not our own life. How Christ comes to live in us. Also: He must increase, but we must decrease. Signs we are letting Christ live in us. How in our weakness, Christ's strength is magnified.
05-10-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 53 secs
Message originally given June 2006. Why is Pentecost tied to the spring and early summer harvests? Is God trying to save everyone today? What earth shaking events happened on the first Pentecosts in both the Old and New Testament - and what do they mean? How does Pentecost help explain God's plan of salvation? You'll hear all this and more.
04-10-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 21 mins 31 secs
Why do so many celebrate the pagan Easter holiday instead of God's festival of the Wavesheaf, which celebrates Christ the Firstfruits and His resurrection the Biblical way? Without Wavesheaf Sunday, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, none of the other prophecies about God's kingdom would happen. Hear and read about this fascinating "forgotten festival".
03-10-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 10 secs
People love to quote Gal. 2:20, but do we know what we're committing to when we are "crucified with Christ"? For that matter, why did Jesus have to die by crucifixion? What is it we're crucifying? This is not an easy topic to accept and practice, but a huge key to Christian living.
02-10-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 21 mins 7 secs
Is the righteousness of God by faith alone - or does God call us to live and practice His righteousness every day? If so, how? If we have to practice it, how can it also be imputed to us? Hear scripture's answers of how we let Jesus live in us - and experience the resulting peace and joy.
01-10-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 52 secs
We continue from Philippians 3:9 and examine "the righteousness of God by faith". This alone is saving righteousness, for without holiness we shall not see God. Learn about "imputed" righteousness and the "GIFT of righteousness". Also, HOW we receive God's righteousness.
01-07-2007
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 53 secs
We know we must be righteous, but we must be sure we understand what it is, how we get it, and how the Bible describes 2 kinds of righteousness: our own from the law, and the righteousness of God by faith. Without the right kind of saving righteousness, we will not be in the kingdom! Topics: importance of the Law in defining righteousness and its place in our ultimate righteousness. Can obeying the law justify, save us, or make us righteous to inherit God's kingdom?
12-17-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 45 secs
"Religion". Many now distance themselves from religion because its given itself a bad name. But GOD says there is a true, right and pure religion that He describes and defines. It's different from what we often see practiced. Is your religion useful and pure? Why not find out?
12-07-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 47 secs
Peter was told to "launch into the deep" - Luke 5:4. Do we hear King Jesus asking each of us to also launch in His deep? What is "the deep" for you? What does it hold? Where can it take you?
11-07-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 8 secs
If you're in a "prayer slump" lately, this sermon can be a solid "pick-me-up" for you. Here we focus on scriptures that tell us clearly what to pray about. Then we take it up a notch and examine the depth of Paul's prayers and see what we can learn from his model.
10-25-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 9 secs
We long for the Millennial reign of our King. What will it be like? What will our resurrection bodies be like - physical or spirit? Hear who could be the leaders over the new world empire. We discuss technology - or not - in the new world. Finally, why is Satan released at the end of the Millennium and why millions listen to his deception? And then what?
10-20-2006
by Philip Shields
After the 7-day Feast of Tabernacles, is the exciting final holyday, "the 8th Day". Is this the same occasion as John 7:37-39 - or not? What God's special "8th day" holyday pictures. Eight and new beginnings. Covenant circumcision and this day; why no booths on the 8th day; how Jesus enacted the meaning of this day in John 8-10; why this day's so personal - and more!
10-17-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 12 secs
Part 1 of a 2-part message on what King Jesus' reign during the Millennium will be like. What lies ahead for you and me is far more exciting than traditional heaven is depicted. We cover: the biggest change of all to make the Millennium a reality. What kind of planet we inherit. Will we live in cities? Who the main servant leaders will be. How the world will respond to Jesus' rule.
10-07-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 8 secs
Learn how the large fall harvest pictures the time God sets His hand to bring all who will listen, to salvation. Why no booths on the 8th day. The biggest factor for a great feast - and an awesome Millennium. Why temporary dwellings (booths)? The most important factor to be restored. Why man was given 6,000 years. Will animals natures be changed? And more. To be continued.
09-17-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 14 mins 58 secs
This sermon continues where the last one left off: events leading to the return of King Jesus. The possible timetable after the 7th trumpet is blown. The 7 Last Plagues - in one day, or over months? When is the Marriage of the Lamb? Where will it be? Who performs the wedding? Will the world welcome Jesus' return? We explore prophecies about the coming captivity of end-time Israelites, including Americans, Britons, Canadians, Aussies, and Jews - and the good ending to that story.
09-07-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 30 secs
Feast of Trumpets sermon, part 1 (Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006). This begins God's Fall holydays and the final countdown in God's Plan of Salvation for mankind, and the 10 "Days of Awe" leading to Atonement. Find out why "Rosh Hashanah" is the wrong name. What is prophesied to happen before Jesus returns? How close are we to His return? Are we in "the Last Days"?
08-17-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 12 secs
In world full of negativity, fault-finding and gossip, God has called His children to be Encouragers. Learn about apostle Joseph and how he was renamed. Hear the life-changing and life-giving power behind passing on a compliment, becoming a "Good Finder", and the power of writing encouragement down. You have the power to change lives. Use it for good.
08-07-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 6 secs
The Good News! Don't miss this new angle on an old subject. You'll be surprised by many of the points. In Part 2, we discuss: what is the Kingdom; the Gospel must be believed and obeyed; followed by how the gospel is woven into everything God has done from the Garden of Eden to the Millennium and beyond! The Old Testament will ring with new clarity after you hear this message.
07-07-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 37 secs
The Good News! The Gospel of Christ, the gospel of God, the gospel of the kingdom. Much time and ink has been spent by some who insist the "gospel" is only about Jesus Christ or only about the Kingdom of God, and is not about Christ or His life. This first message of 2 parts shows the gospel is far bigger, more glorious and greater than many are preaching.
06-07-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins
Jesus came to reveal God our Father, whom Jesus says is greater than He is (John 14:28). In fact the Bible calls God the Father "the God of Jesus" (Eph. 1:3, 17). This sermon, originally preached in July 04, is as timely as ever as we observe "Father's day". Get excited again about God as your Ultimate Father and preview the greatest "Father's Day" of all time (it hasn't happened yet).
05-07-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 24 secs
This sermon's main point is how Jesus cannot be clearly seen (manifested) unless the parts of His Body (the members of His church) come together, work harmoniously and each one does his or her God-given role. We also peek in to early New Testament church services. Also: signs we know God; why God formed His church.
04-17-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 58 secs
We recently talked about our highest quest in life - to know God and Jesus. This message explains an often forgotten part of that picture: how Jesus takes so personally how we treat His Body. We pray this message will help you see other believers like you never have before - especially those NOT part of your congregation.
04-09-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 44 secs
God's family does what Jesus did: they break and eat unleavened bread, drink red wine, and wash feet at the Passover service. They do not celebrate the once-pagan holiday of Easter, but do rejoice in the resurrection of Jesus pictured by God's Festival of the Wavesheaf, the First Fruits of the harvest. This sermon also shows how God's feasts explain His Plan of Salvation.
04-05-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 10 mins 36 secs
How many times have you wondered why there seems to be less healing today? This sermon will give you one or two huge reasons why, and what we can do to receive God's healings more frequently. This is a timely message to hear before the Passover and the footwashing. (Given originally in 2004, its message is even more timely today.)
03-15-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 24 secs
What is your most important life goal? Jesus calls it the very definition of eternal life (John 17:3). Paul called it his life goal. Many speak of "knowing the Lord", and yet Jesus warned He may say He doesn't know them. Find out more about this topic, so timely with the Passover season.
03-05-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 57 secs
Psalm 22:3 says holy God inhabits, or is enthroned in, our praises. If so, what kind of throne of praises are we providing? Why does God want praise? What keeps us from praising? This sermon is all about praising God and why it's vital in our worship. What will God do in return, as we praise Him? Be forewarned: this is not just another sermon on Praise. Your status quo will be challenged!
02-15-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 48 secs
Listen to part 1 first. Last time we identified David's Tabernacle on Mt. Zion as distinct from the "other" Tabernacle at Gibeon. TWO tabernacles at the same time! What did Michal's reaction represent? How did the Tabernacle of David revolutionize worship on Mt. Zion? You'll never read the Psalms the same way again! Learn what this could mean to our New Covenant church services.
02-05-2006
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 57 secs
You've heard of "the" Tabernacle - but few have been taught about my favorite: the Tabernacle of David, which is vastly different from the Tabernacle Moses built. This fast paced part 1 message will inspire, excite and teach you about worshiping God in ways you may have never heard before.
01-05-2006
by Philip Shields
Series: Prayer
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 55 secs
This message concludes our "why pray" series with more points which should help motivate you to pray more often and with more fervency. This concluding message is packed with tips and ideas to help you make the heart-to-heart connection with God. Your praying can become more interesting, come to life more and have more meaning.
12-15-2005
by Philip Shields
Series: Prayer
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins
We know we should pray. But why? Knowing "why" may give more meaning to your prayers and more incentive to pray. Does God hear the prayers of sinners, or people who are not part of 'His' church? What God's word actually says may shock you. Also: what you alone can give God when you pray. Praying the scriptures, and more ideas that can energize your praying.
12-05-2005
by Philip Shields
Series: Prayer
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 39 secs
Jesus cleansed the temple, proclaiming it should be the House of Prayer. WE are now the temple of God's spirit but are we God's House of Prayer - or a "temple" that has closed its door and fallen into disrepair? Consecration and rededication of our "temple" may be in order if we want our lives - "God's House of Prayer"- to be to His glory.

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