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The Assurance of Hope

In Articlesby Aaron Cozort

Titus 1:1-2 Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.  Paul opens this letter to Titus and reminds him of the acknowledgment of what God has promised in the hope of eternal life.  This hope is grounded in the assurance of God’s nature.  The certainty that God cannot lie.  God is not like the Devil, a liar from the beginning, for the Devil brought forth a message from himself.  Instead, Paul writes of eternal life that is assured because God cannot lie.   Hebrews 6:10-12  For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.  And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.  God knows what each individual does on behalf of the Kingdom.  He knows the things that we suffer, the endeavors of labor, and love for the Christians and congregations. He knows those who have served and continue to serve.   The Hebrew writer desires his readers continue on this path of diligent service until this guaranteed time when the promise is fulfilled.  There is a …

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Blessings and Cursing (Part 2 – Leviticus 26:9-13)

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Aaron Cozort A Covenant Kept In Abraham’s day, God said, “And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly… And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee” (Genesis 17:2, 7). Multiplication. “For I will look on you favorably and make you fruitful, multiply you and confirm My covenant with you.”  There is addition.  Numbers added to another number.  There is subtraction, numbers removed from another number.  But nothing grows a number’s size like multiplication.  God doesn’t promise to add to Abraham’s descendants, but to multiply them. Blessings Abound. The active servant of God in Israel had a promise to Him.  It was a definite promise, but it demanded faith and obedience.  If they would obey God, if they would walk in His statutes, then… “…I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.” – You will have blessings of the land. “Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing” – You will have sufficiency – not a claim for riches, but needs supplied. “you shall eat your bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely.” – There are provisions and security and an opportunity for contentment. “I will give peace …

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What Is Jesus’ Law?

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What Is Jesus’ Law? “Behold! My Servant whom I uphold, My Elect One in whom My soul delights! I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles. He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench; He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, Till He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands shall wait for His law” (Isaiah 42:1-4). Isaiah prophesies concerning the Messiah and states emphatically that the Messiah will deliver a law.   The law is the foundation for the justice that He brings.  The law is the foundation of the hope of the “coastlands” that are waiting for his arrival. The law would be the truth that He delivers when He comes.  John wrote, “For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ” (John 1:17).   Jesus said we would be judged by His words (John 12:48).  We need to understand that Jesus came to deliver a law, not a law like Moses’ law, but a perfect law (James 1:25).  A better law (cf. Hebrews) and a better covenant. Jesus law, His covenant, is the New Testament and we are responsible for obeying that law. If we do not, we will be judged by the One who gave the law.  Are you obedient to …

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Blessings and Cursings (Part 1 – Leviticus 26:1-8)

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God Alone. God speaks to Israel and encourages them to worship Him exclusively and prioritize Him alone in their lives. Dedication to God involves worshipping as He has commands and reverence for what is holy and sanctified for His purposes. Service Active. When God calls you to His service – which He does all people – and you respond by making a covenant with Him, and you agree to serve Him, you should understand that service is active.  God promises blessings to those who serve Him faithfully. There is a critical term in the previous statement, “serve.”  No servant serves by idleness.  No servant serves his master by not obeying his instructions.  God says, “…walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them.”  Three words, all active, all demanding action.  Examine your life – is there action on behalf of God?  Are you actively working as a servant, or have you become idle? Blessings Abound. The active servant of God in Israel had a promise to Him.  It was a definite promise, but it demanded faith and obedience.  If they would obey God, if they would walk in His statutes, then… “…I will give you rain in its season, the land shall yield its produce, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.” – You will have blessings of the land. “Your threshing shall last till the time of vintage, and the vintage shall last till the time of sowing” – You will have sufficiency – …

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God’s Chosen Path For You

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[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” hundred_percent_height=”no” hundred_percent_height_scroll=”no” hundred_percent_height_center_content=”yes” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” status=”published” publish_date=”” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” link=”” target=”_self” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_image_id=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” hover_type=”none” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_soundcloud url=”https://soundcloud.com/cozort/gods-chosen-path-for-you” layout=”classic” comments=”no” show_related=”no” show_user=”yes” auto_play=”no” color=”#03a9f4″ width=”” height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” /][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=””] Your path is dark. Your hope is almost gone. You look ahead and see only blackness. You struggle with making the right choices. You consider giving up. It’s not easy. Is this all you have to look forward to?  Is the life of a Christian a bleak, dark walk through a world of despair never knowing the right way to go? [/fusion_text][fusion_builder_row_inner][fusion_builder_column_inner type=”1_4″ layout=”1_4″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no” border_position=”all” element_content=””][/fusion_builder_column_inner][fusion_builder_column_inner type=”1_2″ layout=”1_2″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” hover_type=”none” link=”” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no” border_position=”all”][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=””] Ex 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to …

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Let Me Offer You Peace

In Articles, Bulletinsby Aaron Cozort

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” hundred_percent_height=”no” hundred_percent_height_scroll=”no” hundred_percent_height_center_content=”yes” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” padding_top=”” padding_right=”20%” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”20%”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” link=”” target=”_self” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” hover_type=”none” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding=”undefined” dimension_margin=”undefined” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” class=”” id=””] Paul wrote to the assembly at Ephesus and wrote six times concerning peace. He desired that they have peace (1:2). He wants these Christians to know that the peace of God is real. It is available to a Christian, but it is not the world’s kind of peace. The world desires to have peace, meaning a lack of struggle, a lack of war, and the absence of difficulties in life. “I am at peace” we are told when a person is calm their mind or when they sit in the right yoga pose or when they breathe the right way. [/fusion_text][fusion_title margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” size=”2″ content_align=”left” style_type=”default” sep_color=””] Peace is tied directly to sanctification and faithfulness.  [/fusion_title][fusion_text columns=”” column_min_width=”” column_spacing=”” rule_style=”default” rule_size=”” rule_color=”” class=”” id=””] “To the saints who are in Ephesus, and faithful in Christ Jesus: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Ephesians 1:1-2). This understanding that our peace originates with God, and more specifically, Christ, is valid for more than Christians individually. It is true for Christians collectively …

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Revelation 17

In Articlesby Aaron Cozort

The Harlot and Her Judgment A Look Back: The plagues (bowls) bring destruction to the armies of humanity that fight against God and the Lamb.  The kings of the earth have joined forces with the Beast and they are not willing to repent.  Every judgment causes greater blasphemy and rebellion.  Is there hope?  Will the Beast continue to dominate the earth? Babylon — The Great Harlot John hears the angel call to him.  The angel beckons him to witness the judgment of the “great harlot.” This harlot is the primary cause of sin and wickedness among the kings of the Earth.  The people of Earth are “drunk” on the influence of the harlot and her wickedness. John sees the harlot, arrayed in rich fabrics and jewellery. She drinks from a cup filled with sin. The sins of the harlot include the murder of saints and martyrs of Jesus.  Her appearance causes John to marvel.  There doesn’t appear to be any chance to defeat the great harlot. She is allied with the Beast which carries her and has ten horns on seven heads.  The Beast represents Rome and the heads and horns her Caesars and their continuing opposition to the Bride.  The text calls them “kings.” A False Resurrection The people of Earth marvel at the majesty of the beast and its supposed “resurrection.”  The beast himself is the eighth king. The ten horns are ten kings who recieve their power and ability to rule from the Beast.  They supply the Beast …

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144,000 and a Lamb – Revelation 14 (Part 1)

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144,000 and a Lamb A Look Back:  The Third Woe is coming.   It is going to be pronounced, but before that happens, we see the “Lamb” using his power as King to reign.  We also see the Beast working in opposition to the Lamb by attacking the church, giving life to the Land Beast, the Sea Beast, and their blasphemy. Is Victory Ever Going to Come? True devastation realizes itself in the lives of Christians.  Persecution wreaks havoc upon the early Church.  In chapter 6, the question is “who could stand in the day of the wrath of the Lamb?” Right now, it looks like the Christians are the ones who will be unable to withstand the beast!   Will God allow this?  Will the Church be brought to its knees by the Dragon and his crowd? 144,000 Hope in a New Song John looks to Mount Zion and hope is found.  A New Day is dawning in the sunlight of the Lamb of God.  Standing on Mount Zion: The Lamb and 12,000 from each tribe of the true Israel (the obedient of God marked by the angels). He hears a voice that sounds like rushing water, loud as thunder. He hears harps.  He hears a song.  A new song.  A song that only the redeemed of earth could learn–the 144,000 represent those redeemed from the Earth.  This song is not the song of Angels, sung at Jesus’ birth.  It is the song of those who have suffered, lived, overcome, and …

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The Sea Beast and the Dragon make War Against the Church

In Articlesby Aaron Cozort

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The Dragon, The Woman, and A Victorious Child – Revelation 12

In Articlesby Aaron Cozort

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”no” hundred_percent_height=”no” hundred_percent_height_scroll=”no” hundred_percent_height_center_content=”yes” equal_height_columns=”no” menu_anchor=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”center center” background_repeat=”no-repeat” fade=”no” background_parallax=”none” enable_mobile=”no” parallax_speed=”0.3″ video_mp4=”” video_webm=”” video_ogv=”” video_url=”” video_aspect_ratio=”16:9″ video_loop=”yes” video_mute=”yes” video_preview_image=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ layout=”1_1″ spacing=”” center_content=”no” link=”” target=”_self” min_height=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” background_color=”” background_image=”” background_position=”left top” background_repeat=”no-repeat” hover_type=”none” border_size=”0″ border_color=”” border_style=”solid” border_position=”all” padding_top=”” padding_right=”” padding_bottom=”” padding_left=”” dimension_margin=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=”” last=”no”][fusion_tagline_box backgroundcolor=”” shadow=”no” shadowopacity=”0.7″ border=”1″ bordercolor=”” highlightposition=”left” content_alignment=”left” link=”” button=”” linktarget=”_self” modal=”” button_size=”” button_type=”” button_shape=”” buttoncolor=”default” title=”SatanThe Dragon, The Woman, and A Victorious Child” description=”” margin_top=”” margin_bottom=”” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=””] The Dragon loses. [/fusion_tagline_box][fusion_imageframe image_id=”954″ style_type=”none” stylecolor=”” hover_type=”none” bordersize=”” bordercolor=”” borderradius=”” align=”none” lightbox=”no” gallery_id=”” lightbox_image=”” alt=”the dragon the woman and the child” link=”” linktarget=”_self” hide_on_mobile=”small-visibility,medium-visibility,large-visibility” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_direction=”left” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_offset=””]https://colliervillecoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/woman-child-dragon-revelation-12-1200w-600×338.jpg[/fusion_imageframe][fusion_text] A fierce dragon seeks the life of the child, but Heaven’s deliverance intercedes. A LOOK BACK: Chapter 11 concluded the second Woe, part of the sixth trumpet.   Now the third woe approaches.  Before it arrives, we receive visions that reassure the faithful of God’s protection and deliverance from persecution. The Child and the Dragon A vision of a woman clothed with the Sun and the moon under her feet.   She is pregnant, travailing in birthing pains, and wearing a crown with twelve stars. The dragon appears in heaven (where the woman is) and is magnificent in size and red.  He has seven heads each with a crown and ten horns.  The tail of the dragon will knock one-third of the …