Posts from November 2020 (Page 2)

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – The Glory of the Church of Christ, The Church of Christ Endures, Part 1

Having finished describing Jesus’ glorious life and ministry the author now focuses on the type of church that carries His glorious name. At this point of his letter the author will bring the lesson home to his readers. In the previous sections he has warned them about falling back and the terrible consequences for one who, after having known the Lord, abandons Him. Now, he exhorts them in a positive way by pointing out what they ought to be doing.…

Peak of the Week: Peter’s Struggle to Grow, Part 2 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis Today, we will look at several of the steps Peter took up until the time of the cross, noting both the good and the bad experiences that shaped him ultimately into the “rock” that Jesus envisioned. By revealing both the positive and negative experiences in his development, we will see quite clearly how human he was, how much like him we are at times, but also see the transforming power of Christ to use all kinds of experiences…

What if I die on the way to be baptized?

What if you died on the way to be baptized? You have learned the truth, repented of your sins, confessed your faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God, and you are ready to be baptized. But on the way to the water, your car is struck by a truck and you die….you pass into eternity? Listen as Don Blackwell examines the implications of such a tragedy.  

Recipe for a Successful Spiritual Life

Part 3 of a series looking at family, career and the way to experience a true spiritual regeneration in this life and an eternal existence in the next. I have given you two recipes for success: Family Stew (family success); Personal Pan Pizzaz (career success). Our last recipe is for spiritual success regardless of your family or career situation. In order to have success on a spiritual lever you have to drink the “living water.” 1. Water Who knew 25…

Hebrews: The Glorious Jesus – Greater than the Jewish Religion, Part 3

In the final part of the first section of Hebrews, the writer summarizes the reasons why Jesus’ ministry is superior to that of the Jewish High Priest but also that the results of the Lord’s ministry on behalf of all men yields a superior final result. In the book of Hebrews the author is showing Christ’s superiority over the entire system of religion as embodied by the Jewish priesthood and sacrificial rituals in the Old Testament. In this final section…

Recipe for a Successful Career

Part 2 of a 3 part series looking at the ingredients for success in the family as well as the pursuit of satisfying and rewarding careers. We are talking about Mazzalongo’s recipes for success. Yesterday I gave you the success recipe for family because it is the priority in our everyday lives. If our families do not succeed, it affects every other area of our lives. Today I want to give you the ingredients for a successful career. I call…

Is COVID-19 a sign of the end times?

In the midst of the coronavirus crisis, some have asked if it is a sign that the end of time is near. Is it an indicator that Jesus is coming soon, or is it related to plagues referenced in the book of Revelation? Please study along with Don Blackwell as he discusses what the Bible says about the end of time, emphasizing the current worldwide pandemic seen with COVID-19.

Peak of the Week: A Promising Beginning, Part 1 of 4

Peter’s Metamorphosis Peter is one of the great Bible heroes. Yet, he was very, very, very human – a guy many of us could easily relate to, due to the ups and downs of his spiritual struggle. We’re calling this series, “Peter’s Metamorphosis” as his development into a strong leader was not an immediate one. For him to blossom into the dynamic apostle who opened the gates of Christ’s kingdom on the day of Pentecost in Jerusalem, was the result…

Recipe for a Successful Family

The first of a 3 part series examining the qualities that promote harmony, joy, and intimacy in family settings. One of the best things at Christmas time is that we get to eat some of our favorite foods. Roast Chicken, mom’s fruit cake, ragout de boulettes, etc. So in keeping with the tradition, I thought that I would like to share with you some special recipes of my own. Three actually. I call them “Mazzalongo’s Recipes for Success”: 1. Families…

Pray for your Country

Many people spend a lot of time complaining about the government, but have you ever thought about the fact that God expects His people to pray for the government? Through the Old and New Testaments, we are shown by example and directed by command to pray for the leaders and authorities. Listen as Don Blackwell discusses the Bible’s view of praying for your country.