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Christian Wilderness Press - a word:  Dear reader, these sermons are neither "teachings" nor "doctrines". You are welcome to go through them for anything beneficial. Like our many short Bible studies, these are "off the cuff", if you will, and are quickly typed and gone through again to lessen mistakes. They do not reflect on the quality of my books which have had many years work expended upon them. This series of short Bible sermons is just beginning (November, 2011) and will proceed as the Lord wills it.

        The many short Bible studies essentially are each of a single main passage, sometimes with a few supporting passages, and I go through each verse by verse sharing the meanings of some Greek words as I go along... and trying not to "sermonize" much.
        On the other hand these short Bible
sermons are similar to the studies (i.e. in the use of scripture), but I allow myself to "sermonize"... and use supporting passages.
        Even so, in both
studies and in sermons my goal is to focus on what the writer of a passage is telling me. In other words, I do not typically choose a "topic" to write about (though a few exceptions may occur from time to time). As I study for myself (often by opening the Bible at random) I allow scripture to gain my attention (or not), which sometimes draws me in and then I am off and running digging deeper.

You need not be a regular Bible reader, yet my underlying purpose is to motivate you to become one even as the Lord might gain your attention by emphasizing something to you. So, if you want to get into the Bible more (and not just into "specialized" scriptures) then here is your chance. I do all of the work for you verse by verse. Essentially, then, you shall be looking over my shoulder as I study for myself. Yet, when these "sermons" appear on this website essentially they have become a "discourse" as such.
         In going through with me you will catch on to my process. My years of study have resulted in Biblical knowledge and ancient history (and perhaps you will gain some little from that), but I trust that your primary purpose shall be to see if the Lord has something for you ... even in our troubling times.

Therefore, the way to read along is simply to take in verse by verse and think about each, and then perhaps think about what I might have said (agreement with me is unessential) and then let these things gather in your brain like marbles. When you are through, you can disregard the marbles or allow them to rattle around for awhile. Hopefully you might be spurred on to do more marble collecting on your own. For know that the Great Helper is the One who honors His child as the child pokes through and around in the Precious Word.

I do not have the time to both study, do my other work, and at the same time make these sermons clear, concise, and organized into a teaching upon a particular subject so that the reader may then completely wrap his mind around it. In fact these sermons are not meant to create mental or doctrinal concepts. They are for storing away God's words in the inner-man so that later He might bring them up for His purpose in you and in me. I do what I do because I love my Bible, and even more I love the Author of my Bible.
sermons can be read on the website pages or downloaded as pdf files. In either case they can be printed for studying later and sharing with others.

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Moreover, my two books God's Hook, a book about Biblical faith, and God's Rock, the story of Moses and the Exodus Epoch can be downloaded free as pdf e-books.

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Volume 1 -

Volume 1, Sermon 1   1Corthians 11:10  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
Volume 1, Sermon 2  John 8:6-8,20  But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground... I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
Volume 1, Sermon 3  1 Peter 1:4,5inheritance - reserved for you – who kept by power of God through faith - a salvation - to be revealed in the last time.

Sermons 4-23 (and perhaps ongoing) form a series regarding 'The Whole Christ'. 

Volume 1, Sermon 4  Romans 14:9,11  For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived (i.e. 'lived again'), that he might be Lord both of the dead and living...   For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me (i.e. the Lord), and every tongue shall confess to God.
Volume 1, Sermon 5  2Corinthians 4:6  ... the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.  This is a follow-on of the above sermon.
Volume 1, Sermon 6  1Peter 3:18-20  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the (i.e. his) flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which (Spirit) also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;
Volume 1, Sermon 7  Hebrews 1:2  (God) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Volume 1, Sermon 8  Hebrews 1:2  (God) Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
Volume 1, Sermon 9  2Peter 1:1  Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ:
Volume 1, Sermon 10  Hebrews 8:1,2  Now of the things which we have spoken this is the sum /
Philippians 2:12  If there be therefore any consolation (i.e. 'imploring, exhortation') in Christ,
Volume 1, Sermon 11  Exodus 12:1-51  And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD'S passover. Luke 22:1,2  Now the feast of unleavened bread drew nigh, which is called the Passover. And the chief priests and scribes sought how they might kill him; for they feared the people.  This Sermon is in Part 1 and Part 2.
Volume 1, Sermon 12   Jeremiah 23:5  Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth. Isaiah  53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed? John 12:23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
Volume 1, Sermon 13   John 1:1,2  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God.  Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Volume 1, Sermon 14  Psalms 104:1  Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honour and majesty. David's Psalms express that the Lord is God and is Creator and that he will arrive to earth to establish his own far more glorious kingdom.
Volume 1, Sermon 15  Isa 53:1  Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?
    Subject: What did Isaiah hear directly (revealed) from the Lord? This Sermon deals with this question and how did it become reflected into the New Testament?
Volume 1, Sermon 16  Hebrews 5:8-10  Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him; Called of God an high priest after the order of Melchisedec.
    Subject" This Sermon is about the body of Christ before and after descended to earth, using Hebrews, Genesis, Exodus, Joshua, and John.
Volume 1, Sermon 17  Isaiah 7:14  Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.  Colossians 2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Volume 1, Sermon 18  1Corinthians 15:45-47  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. The first man is of the earth, earthy: ... the second man is the Lord from heaven.   Perhaps we need to ask the Spirit in the Gospels to open to us the wonders of Jesus Christ. 
Volume 1, Sermon 19  1Peter 3:18-20,22  For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, ... being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison;   We are going to consider the period of days and nights which passed between the time (on the cross) when Jesus dismissed his Spirit and when Jesus Resurrected ... the Christ 'Who (now) is gone into heaven'.
Volume 1, Sermon 20  Luke 2:40-42  And the child (Jesus) grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him. Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.  And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
Volume 1, Sermon 21  A study of Word and Truth ... Psalm 138:1,2  I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.  I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
Volume 1, Sermon 22  Paul and Jesus teach of 'heavenly things' - 1Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some of you that there is no resurrection of the dead? //  John 3:1 There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews:
Volume 1, Sermon 23  Luke 8:25  What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him. "Mary, Did You Know?"     With the song's significant words in our minds, we now join Jesus on his final journey to Jerusalem accompanied by the Twelve.

Volume 1, Sermon 24  Matthew  1:1  The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.  The arrival of Christ to Israel in the City of David ... Bethlehem.

C. Ronald Johnson at Christian Wilderness Press