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Audio: The Temple – Choosing The Place


Howbeit the most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands; as saith the prophet Acts 7:48 KJV


This is the first of a series of nine messages regarding the history of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem entitled ‘The Temple: The Biography of a Place.’ The series of messages, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, were originally presented by Brother Tom Schetelich at the Forge Road Bible Chapel of Perry Hall, MD in late 2010 and early 2011.

Lord willing the series of messages will be posted on Fridays beginning today and ending on Friday, March 8th.



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Tom SchetelichAbout the author: Thomas J. Schetelich is an attorney with the law firm of Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. in Baltimore, MD where he represents many Christians in business and ministry. Tom is also the President of the Christian Professional Network, a leading national organization of Christian businesses, professionals, and ministries.

Mr. Schetelich is an elder at Forge Road Bible Chapel in Perry Hall, MD. He also serves at Christian Missions in Many Lands, The Maryland Bible Society, The Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, and The Baltimore School of the Bible among other ministries.


Editor’s Note: Thank you brother Tom for sharing this series with Digital Sojourner ~~ Scott

The Temple: The Biography of a Place
Series Directory

Part 1 The Temple: Choosing the Place
Part 2 The Temple: David Prepares the Materials
Part 3 The Temple: Solomon’s Dedication
Part 4 The Temple: Ahaz and Hezekiah
Part 5 The Temple: The Glory Departs
Part 6 The Temple: Haggai and the Second Temple
Part 7 The Temple: Herod’s Temple
Part 8 The Temple: Jesus at the Temple
Part 9 The Temple: Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple


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Audio: Luke 2 Christmas Musings

“And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. Luke 2:6-7 ESV

The Greatest Story Ever ToldLuke 2 gives us the wonderful account of our Lord’s birth. This wonderfully beautiful account is often read and enjoyed by during the Christmas season.

Although the events in this chapter occurred some two thousand years ago, a thoughtful reading of the passage will show that our modern world is very much like the world that our Lord Jesus Christ was born into.

“There was no place for them in the inn” then and there is still no place for Him today. He was rejected then, and He is still rejected now.

There were a few exceptions though: Anna was among those “waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem” Luke 2:38 and Simeon was “waiting for the consolation of Israel” Luke 2:25.

There were exceptions then, and there are exceptions now! How about you? Have you room for Jesus?

Recorded: Sunday December 23, 2012 at the North York Gospel Chapel in York, PA.


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Audio: Biblical Thoughts on the Newtown CT Shootings

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Brother Larry Price has graciously shared with Digital Sojourner the recording of the sermon he preached yesterday (Sunday Dec. 16, 2012) regarding the Newtown, CT massacre.

While brother Larry readily admits that he does not have all of the answers, he does share some very helpful thoughts from God’s Word.




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Audio: Ecclesiastes Chapter Seven

Vintage Railroad TracksIn the first 14 verses of Ecclesiastes chapter seven King Solomon lists 12 different comparisons.

Some of the comparisons are rather surprising, such as “the day of death [is better] than the day of one’s birth” Ecclesiastes 7:1 NKJV. Other comparisons are downright shocking… “Better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting” Ecclesiastes 7:2 NKJV.

How can this be?

What is King Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, saying? In this message we take a look at the life lessons that Solomon has for us in the first 14 verses of Ecclesiastes 7.



Recorded: Sunday November 25, 2012 at the Central Bible Chapel, Millbrook, AL.


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Audio: Renew Your Mind

Romans 12 2 Renew Your Mind

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:1-2 NJKV

Paul describes the all out, full on Christian life as a “living sacrifice.” How is this even possible? The answer to this question involves several aspects, however one of those aspects is the renewing of the mind.

How is this even possible? I hope that this sermon will be of help to you in answering this question….

Recorded: Sunday May 27, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.


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Audio: Equipping The Next Generation

“And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ…” Ephesians 4:11-12a ESV

Every generation of God’s people have the solemn responsibility to effectively pass along God’s truth to the next generation. We are told in Ephesians 4:12 ESV to “equip” the next generation.

This goes way beyond simply teaching the next generation! Yes, we do have a responsibility to teach the next generation, but we must also go beyond this by equipping them to carry on the work.

Are you up to the task?

Recorded: Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.


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Audio: The Intergenerational Transfer of Truth

“When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.” Judges 2:10

Every generation of God’s people have the solemn responsibility to effectively pass along God’s truth to the next generation.

When Joshua was given the responsibility to lead the Nation of Israel “something went right”— After the death of Moses, Joshua and his generation successfully stood up and took on the reigns of godly leadership. Joshua 1:1ff.

Unfortunately, when Joshua’s generation passed away and another generation arose “something went wrong.” Judges 2:7-13 and following. What went wrong? And what can we learn from those failures?

Recorded: Saturday May 26, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.


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Audio: Be Strong and Courageous

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“Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9

Three times in the opening verses of the Book of Joshua God tells His servant Joshua to be strong and of good courage (Joshua 1:6,7,9). Many Christians have come to love this phrase. Many have memorized these words and will recite them during difficult times.

Yet, it is important NOT to overlook the context of the verses. When we study the context of Joshua chapter one the significance of these verses only increase.

Recorded: Friday May 25, 2012 at the Memorial Day Weekend Conference convened at the Bethany Gospel Chapel in Worcester, MA.


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Audio: Discipleship & The Seeker Friendly Church

Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple… So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:25-27 ESV, Luke 14:33 ESV

In the four Gospels our Lord Jesus Christ spoke often about the terms of discipleship.

When we honestly examine His teaching on this very important subject we will probably arrive at the same conclusion as many of His disciples came to: “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” John 6:60 ESV. In fact, His teaching was so difficult that “many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with Him.” John 6:66 ESV.

What about us? After we have evaluated His teachings will we continue with Him or will we be like the “many” who “turned back and no longer walked with him”?

Recorded: Sunday September 30, 2012 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA





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Audio: Jesus Curses a Fig Tree

“On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.” Mark 11:12-14 ESV

In Mark 11 we are presented with a very curious scene… because of its lack of fruit the Lord Jesus Christ curses a fig tree. How strange! The next day His disciples noticed that the fig tree had, in fact, withered.

Why would the Lord Jesus do such a thing? What is the lesson? If you dig deeper into the passage I believe you will discover a very important lesson regarding fruitfulness.

Recorded: Sunday November 6, 2011 at the North York Gospel Chapel, York, PA


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