Christian Living

May 2004 - Aug 2015
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?
06-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 20 secs
Yahweh's Pentecost 2012 may be past now, but don't miss this teaching. If you ever feel like you're in a kind of wilderness, take heart from this message. Father often puts His children into a wilderness for His divine reasons and revelations. Find out more here in this Pentecost-related teaching. The wilderness you may be in may be for your good, by Yahweh's providence.
04-05-2012
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 9 secs
How effective could we be as the Body of the Messiah, if more of us had powerful, effective, answered prayer - and less of us had "hindered prayer"? Discover 7 things God's Word tells us hinder prayer.
09-02-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 39 secs
Without being a partaker of God's own holiness we won't see God (Heb. 12:10, 14). There are many misconceptions about holiness. What does "holy" mean? Why is it important? Whose holiness counts? How does one become holy? Were there more than one messiah? Can someone unconverted be holy? Is God still filling His temple on earth with His glory? What's the meaning of the two kingdoms at war in Rebekah and what that means for us? Why Samson lost his strength when he broke one Nazirite vow but not when he broke the other Nazirite vows. Guarding and cherishing the holiness we've been given is the focus of the last third of the sermon.
07-02-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 9 mins 28 secs
Though Jesus himself said "the poor you have with you always", the Eternal God has a plan that if followed, would result - in his own words - with nobody being poor. Listen to Father's loving words on how He views the poor. We also discuss "third tithe" briefly. Father provides clear opportunities for us to help the needy. How would you like to lend to God? Hear what He promises, when we help poor folks. This is not a "redistribution of wealth" sermon imposed by big government - but a sermon about what God in heaven says He will do for us if we follow His directions, especially when it comes to poor people.
04-19-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 52 secs
(From March, 2009) By sundown of Passover day we may have our homes deleavened - but could we have missed the most important leavening still in our homes? Could we be entering the Feast of Unleavened Bread full of leavening? This is a timely and important topic about the most important deleavening we can do before the Passover.
04-17-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 13 mins 52 secs
(From March, 2009) One of my favorite heart-felt messages, delivered to a live audience in CA in 1989 but as current as ever. Use this as part of a pre-baptism or pre-Passover examination of how far we have truly overcome or changed since God called us. We explain how we do what we do because of what we are. We have to acknowledge what we are, repent and have God give us His new nature before real and permanent change occurs. Why does this make any difference? Repentance will take on a much more personal and much deeper meaning after this message.
04-10-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 42 secs
(From March, 2009) A helpful message for anyone contemplating baptism or wishing to review and recommit before Passover. Baptism is so much more than a ritual we go through. Why do we immerse people? How many types of baptisms are there? Also: "baptism of fire" and how that differs from the baptism of the Holy Spirit, overview of repentance, counting the cost, the Jewish mikvahs, who should baptize, and into what name are we baptized and much more.
03-05-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 46 secs
We examine many scriptures showing God regards sins of knowledge (knowing what we're doing is wrong) far more seriously than sins of ignorance, or unintentional sins. A good Pre-Passover examination. We discuss: how often in fact we sin with full knowledge of what we're doing; how to put the real leaven of sin out of our lives. Really overcoming sin, really changing. "Casual sin", sins done in defiance. We hope Passover means more after this message.
02-05-2011
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 50 secs
You may realize that the Holy Spirit is called a "parakletos" four times in scripture. Plus, Jesus is called our "Advocate" in 1 John 2:1, which is also from the word "parakletos." But how about you and me? Be motivated, inspired and moved as you hear how we are also called to be a parakletos, if we are part of the body of Christ.
10-15-2010
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
We see environmental extremes: corporations exploiting God's creation-and then others practically worshiping the earth and its creatures. As a child of the Eternal God, what are our responsibilities to God's earth, the environment and to His creation? What does Yahweh have to say about animals, land, seas and rivers, and His earth? We pray this message will make the rounds among children of God and help us all be better stewards over His creation without going to the extremes of some environmental activists. We end with tips on what we can be doing now.
03-05-2009
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 53 secs
The real answer to the question of "who, to you, is the 'least of these My brethren'", will stagger you when you understand it in its fullness. How we respond to this knowledge will affect tremendously what our Master says to each of us when we meet face to face. It will also affect our eternity. There's also the reminder of how this topic figures in to the Passover foot-washing.
10-10-2008
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins
We hope this message will lift you up, in Messiah, to plant new seed in your life, to end up right. This message is tied in to the 8th day of the Feast, after the Feast of Tabernacles. It pictures the time when the Eternal resurrects the dead and gives them the opportunity to have a new life. Our opportunity is to change course now in Him, plant new seed and have a new, good harvest.
08-10-2008
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 44 secs
There's been a lot of attention lately on wealth -- the stock market, retirement security and having it all, or losing it all. How rich are you? Did you know God wants us to be fabulously rich with "true riches"? How does one become "spiritually rich"? The Eternal God, richest of all, explains how the world may think of you as being poor, but He sees you as rich, and vice versa. Are you spiritually rich? Is God against the rich and does He favor the poor? Find out in this message.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
12-09-2004
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins
Don't miss this stirring and thought provoking conclusion to this series of living by godly faith. This session gives tangible points on how to grow in godly faith; how to overcome the devastation of doubt; and the joy and awe we experience when we really do start living by faith. Our prayer is for this message to inspire and encourage you to live a life of trust in your Maker as never before.
11-09-2004
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 18 secs
If you want to quit worrying, and want to trust God in godly faith, this three part series is a must. This message finishes "WHY" we need godly faith and the first three of seven points on HOW TO grow in faith. Also: why faith and love are linked; the shield of faith. You'll identify with Philip's transparency about his own struggles with worry and desire to grow in faith.
10-09-2004
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 56 secs
The early Christians were known as "believers". Are you a "believer" who lives by faith? If you worry and fret, or one who needs to control every step of your life, you'll want to hear this thought-provoking 3 part message. Part 1 defines faith, reasons why we must live by faith as well as why we're not seeing many great signs and wonders today, and how boldly we can come before God, and more.
08-09-2004
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
You probably want to love God, especially since Jesus called it "The Greatest Commandment". But its one thing to think we love someone, and another for that person or Being to FEEL loved by us. This message describes 10 steps to developing a rich, full, deep loving relationship with our Creator. Put these points into practice and your life will change forever.
06-04-2004
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 52 secs
2 Corinthians 5:17 says if we are "in Christ", we are a new creation. What does that mean ? Do you feel new? Can you stumble spiritually with old sins and old habits from time to time and still be "a new creation"? WHAT is the "new nature" we have? How do we receive it? Where does it come from? Is our new nature something we can call "good" -- or is it bad? Experience new hope and joy as you discover the depths of "being new" in Christ.
05-09-2004
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 10 secs
The early disciples of Jesus Christ changed the world. How would you - male or female-- like to be a disciple, or was that only for people like Peter, James and John? Learn the 5 signs Jesus gave to clearly identify His true disciples from false ones. Also learn the responsibilities, opportunities and rewards of this high calling.
05-01-2004
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 58 secs
Do you realize God provides us with daily Manna and like the Israelites of old, we must pick it up each day and feed ourselves and our family? In this message, Philip Shields draws many thought-provoking parallels between the daily manna and our Bible Study (Deut. 8:2-3). You'll never think of manna, or Bible study, the same way again. If you know you need to do more Bible study on a consistent daily basis, this message may provide the motivation you need.

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