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Welcome to Light on the Rock

This month we focus on seeking our Father’s will in our lives and how our lives must be changing if we are “in Christ”. In spite of our sins, Messiah took all the wrath and condemnation on himself that we might be free to move forward.  Then He gave us His Spirit so we can be begotten of God, overcome sin with Christ in us and grow in the mind of our dear Abba by His power and might. We hope our site will bless each of you. 
 

We’ve kept the Feast of Pentecost (Shavuot) and now we look forward to the Fall Feasts this year in September-October. There are some “blood-red moons” and eclipses associated with these festivals this year and last year. Use the Search feature to find sermons. Just type in a key word or two. And be sure to check out the dozens of thought-provoking blogs as well and even comment on them please. I’d love to hear from you.  Comments? Suggestions?  Questions?  Let me know. And may Abba and Yeshua bless you immensely.     

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06-20-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
What is our Father’s will for us? How do we discover what it is? Does our Father really reveal his specific will for each of us? Is He really that involved in our lives? How are we sure that we’re doing His will? How important is it that we be doing HIS will and not our will? This is a very, very important sermon and I hope each of you will get a lot out of it.
05-24-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 32 secs
God loves to give gifts and He gives many. Pentecost is the anniversary of the giving of the Holy Spirit as God’s gift. It’s easy to ignore gifts or not use them. This gift is so precious and powerful, we must be certain we have received it and are using it to the full. Are you confident you have received God’s Holy Spirit? How would you know? Do you value and cherish it? Would you like to have more of it? Is it growing inside you? Is it a rushing river of life – or a stagnant pond? We’ll cover all that plus an overview of the Day of Pentecost. You’ll better appreciate and value the gift of God’s Holy Spirit with this sermon.
05-24-2015
by Jeff Niccum
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 22 secs
Jeff Niccum explores various exciting aspects of Pentecost in a way few others do. We don’t have the audio available for now but his notes will enthrall you. Highly recommended reading for this Pentecost, originally given a few years ago.
05-23-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 56 secs
On the Day of Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given. What do you think of when someone says “Holy Spirit”? How do we receive it? What does the Spirit do? I’ve prepared a list of 22 things the Spirit is doing to help us appreciate our great God’s gift even more. There are 3x that many more points about the Spirit so use this as a launching pad for more study on your own.
05-16-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 33 secs
Yeshua came as a Jew. But Jews for the most part reject him as the Messiah. Why? Don’t be so hard on the Jews. There are strong reasons why they find it hard to receive him as their Savior or Messiah. We WILL see more and more Jews come to recognize and accept their Jewish Savior. This sermon will help you understand where they’re coming from. If you’re a Jew listening to this, I’d love your comments and feedback.
05-02-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Eph 4:32; Col 3:13 Key to Our Own Forgiveness This is a new and updated version of the sermon on the same topic, but different material today, than the one I gave in 2008. Salvation at its core is about forgiveness and the new life we have in Christ. True forgiveness – at least the way Christ forgives us – is very hard. Truly forgiving others gives the forgiven one and the one doing the forgiving a new lease on life plus many blessings. But without it, we’re not going to be forgiven either. We can’t forgive the consequences of sin, but we can release any resentment, hate, bitterness and lack of love for what others have done to us or we to them. This is a very, very important topic
03-30-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 6 mins 7 secs
This is the Passover service for those of you wishing to have one conducted for you, or if you need some notes to guide you. You will find the transcript and summary here. The first 2 pages are the instructions of how to set up a local Passover service. Then pages 3-12 are the actual transcript of the service in case the local host would like to read and conduct the service himself. Have a solemnly joyful and meaningful Passover and may our Father's Spirit be with you. And praise the love of our father and of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (or Yeshua, his Hebrew name). This is not a traditional Jewish Seder service, but a Christian Passover using footwashing and the emblems of the matzah and wine, and Yeshua's last words.
03-14-2015
by Philip Shields
As we come to Passover, it is appropriate we examine why Christ had to die by the intensely painful death of being crucified for our sins and why Paul says HE was crucified with Christ. (This is a mostly new sermon, though I’ve spoken on this topic many years ago.) God’s plan of redemption begins with crucifixion. So Passover and the crucifixion go hand in hand. Yeshua tells his followers they must take up their cross daily and follow him. Are YOU crucified with Christ? What does that mean? This has everything to do with being “in Christ”.
02-28-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Passover will be here soon. In Luke 22:20 Yeshua (Jesus) said the cup was the New Covenant in His blood. This sermon will help you make a more conscious connection between the New Covenant and the Passover emblems. What makes the New Covenant “new” or “better”? Is it really just the same as the Old Covenant minus the Aaronic priesthood, sacrifices and temple? Learn how it’s much, much more than that. Can we be saying we’re in the New Covenant and yet be acting like we’re still in the Old Covenant?
02-07-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
One of the main reasons people divide and separate is over doctrinal differences. This teaching goes into: what is doctrine? Where does true doctrine come from? How does scripture say we should handle doctrinal disagreements? Which doctrines are crucial to salvation and which ones are not – or are all doctrines crucial? How did Yeshua and Paul handle doctrinal disputes? What’s the balance? I hope this teaching will speak to each one’s heart.
01-24-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
Part 2. Please listen to Part 1 first. Yeshua (Jesus) promised to build his one church (ekklesia) and it would survive the ages (Matthew 16:18). So where is it? Are all Christians automatically a part of that body? Is it a particular group you can go worship with? WHAT is the true church? WHERE are all its people? Is it any one organization led by a man or woman someplace? Can we meet with others if our doctrines don’t fit 100% with each other? Can a group be part of the true church – but be having some real spiritual problems? WHO does God refer to as “My people”? You might be surprised. Should God’s children become friends with people of the world? Find out! All this and more.
01-17-2015
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Yeshua (Jesus) said he would build his one church (ekklesia) and it would survive the ages. So where is it? Are all Christians a part of that body? Is it a particular group you can go worship with? WHAT is the true church? WHERE are its people? Is it any one organization led by a man or woman someplace? Who has God called “My people”? HOW does one become a part of this true church? You might be surprised.
12-27-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Summary: We may study and pray daily, but does that make us “seekers” after God? WHY is it crucially important to seek our Maker? What does “seeking” mean? If you would like to seek HIM, and feel His presence in your life, you’ll benefit from this message. What does “seeking God diligently and first” – look like? What is promised for those who are diligent seekers? This is one of the most important concepts we can possibly cover.
11-29-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Jesus said, “My Father gives you the Bread from Heaven”. At least for Believers, spiritual Manna has not stopped coming from heaven. Find out WHO the manna represents. How can we eat of the Bread of Life that gives us eternal life? What habits must be engrained if we are to live the parallels between ancient manna and our lives today as Believers? Manna is so much more than just being a picture of the Bible or Bible study. Learn how – and so much more – in this message. Certainly if you want to grow deeper in your love for your Savior and His Word, hear this heartfelt sermon.
11-02-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
You know we’re called a “living stone”, but why not a “living brick”? Have you ever thought about that? The differences between stones and bricks explains what our Father is doing in preparing us for eternity. We hope you are encouraged and blessed by this message.
10-15-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
Biblical information is timeless. We are re-posting sermons given previously for your enjoyment. Have a wonderful feast. God's final holyday each year after the seven day feast of Tabernacles is simply called "the 8th Day" in Scripture. Jews call it "Shemini Atzeret" - which also points to 8th. Hear how "8" points to new beginnings, new starts. So the 8th Day Festival can't be about a "LAST Great Day" at all, but about an incredible FIRST NEW DAY - when all things will be made NEW. This sermon is not what Jews are teaching. Nor is it entirely like what is being taught in most Church of God sermons about this day. Find out what it really is all about. Discover Yeshua's tie to Adam and Eve. We hope you will be thrilled as Father lets us catch just a glimpse of what is coming for all who now love Him or will come to love Him and His beloved Son. We're re-running the 2012 sermons as the information is timeless, just the dates have changed.
10-14-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 46 secs
Biblical information is timeless. We are re-posting sermons given previously for your enjoyment. Have a wonderful feast. The 7th day of the Feast of Tabernacles, the last day of the feast, is a very meaningful day. There's more information than I've shared before about this day. Jews have called this day, "Hoshana Rabbah" for millennia - meaning the "Great Salvation" or "Save us, O Great One". Even in the days of Yeshua (Jesus) it was the Great Day of the Feast. Find out why. Find out why water was poured out and why "the Pierced One" led priests around the altar 7 times on this day. Discover the correction for God's people from the prophet Haggai on this very day. Why were there 7 final bulls sacrificed? Read John 7:37-39 and why Yeshua said what He said on this day at the precise moment He did. Find out why humanity will be crying out for King Yeshua (Jesus) to save them this late in the Millennium...and much more.
10-09-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 12 mins 32 secs
Biblical information is timeless. We are re-posting sermons given previously for your enjoyment. Have a wonderful feast. Learn all about the main points concerning the Feast of Tabernacles as we celebrate the reign of our beloved King Yeshua. Why we dwell in booths. Do Christians have to keep the Feast? What is the Feast pointing to? What was to be done every 7 years at the Feast? How can you and I have a most wonderful Feast of Tabernacles? And - Happy Feast to all of you. I'll try to have more messages later.
10-09-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 20 mins 23 secs
Biblical information is timeless. We are re-posting sermons given previously for your enjoyment. Have a wonderful feast. Though Philip originally preached this in 2009, it never got posted on the website though the material is timeless. Is YHVH's kingdom - our kingdom - real to you? Is it truly the center of your hopes and dreams? Can you "see" it, can you feel it? Are you practically there, in it, because the Kingdom is so real to you? As we end the Feast of Tabernacles picturing the Millennial rule of our King, let this message inspire you for another year. There will not be a transcript for this message so you'll have to hear the audio.
10-04-2014
by Philip Shields
(No Audio available; need some repairs. Use the notes) This day is the holiest and most solemn day in Judaism. But I ask, is the apprehension associated with this day really what the Bible teaches? It’s vital to get the truth about the meaning of this spectacular day and all that it points to. Some groups spend a lot of time talking about sin, what the human high priest did, or man-made traditions. Others focus on Satan on this day. In the New Covenant, and Hebrews 8-10 etc., our focus must be on our victory in Christ. We focus on the POINT of Lev 16, on our victory, our reconciliation, and on Yeshua (Jesus) who makes it all possible. To him be all glory.
09-25-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 5 secs
I preached this message about Yom Teruah, Feast of Trumpets, in 2013. The dates are different from 2014, but the message is timeless. This year, if you keep the rabbinic calendar, you’re keeping this holyday Sept 25. If you are basing it on seeing the moon in Jerusalem, you’ll likely be keeping it on Sabbath 9/27. Hear this message to learn the next steps leading up to the coming of Yeshua. Does the 7th trumpet sound on the Feast of Trumpets? You might be surprised. Do the saints hover over Jerusalem for a day or two and then land on the Mount of Olives? Learn all about the ram’s horn “shofar”/trumpet. What does it mean for us today? Why is it called a Memorial day? Why is it called “Yom Teruah” in scripture but Jews call it Rosh Hashanah? This and more… be sure to hear this sermon. And be checking the blogs too. I might have a brand new message this year 2014 also.
09-14-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Paul told Timothy that the House of God, the Temple, is the church – the called-out ones. In this message learn what responsibilities and opportunities it brings to be the dwelling place of God’s presence. Are our lives His House of Prayer? Being dedicated and consecrated for sacrifice, prayer and worship. Temples and threshing floors. When God’s temple needs cleansing. All this and more.
08-23-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Why do we “go to church services” or to the Feast? This sermon explores the word “worship”. What did that word mean in the original Hebrew and Greek? Does our concept of “worship” in English match what the original Hebrew and Greek referred to? What did Yeshua mean when he said we would worship God “in spirit and truth”? Do you and I really worship? We could be worshiping in vain, according to our Savior. Let’s worship correctly. This message explains how and why.
08-08-2014
by Philip Shields
Passage: Psalm 52:12
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
King David recorded his prayer of repentance for us and in Psalm 51:12 asks for “the joy of Your Salvation” to be restored to him, after he had killed Uriah and committed adultery with Uriah’s wife. Are you and I living in the sheer joy of our Father’s salvation? Why do so many of God’s children seem so dour and joyless about the Almighty’s salvation? What is robbing us of our joy of salvation? How do we get that joy in the first place, or have it restored – if we’ve lost it? Whose joy is it? But we all sin – so how can we have any joy of being saved? You’ll find all this and more keys in this latest message about experiencing the wonderful joy of our Creator’s salvation.
07-19-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 30 secs
We know Abba, our heavenly Father, is love personified. This sermon continues that theme (hear the previous sermon first) but now we focus on the question: when we sin, does God still love us? Or do we fall out of His love when we sin? Does God really not hear sinners? If not, how would they ever repent? Did Yeshua heal sinners? Can we come to God when we’ve failed to “measure up”? We hope this message gives you a lot to think about as we grow in our relationship with our Father and Savior.
06-21-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Most people would probably admit they think of Yeshua (Jesus) as the loving, kind, gentle part of the Godhead but that God the Father seems distant, harsh or unknowable. Learn the truth about Almighty God in the Highest who is also our dear heavenly Daddy – or Abba in Hebrew. Many of us had very imperfect human fathers and that may be affecting how we think of “God the Father”. Our prayer is that this sermon will help you begin to have great joy in Abba’s presence and begin to feel his love for you. God is love. He can’t stop being what He is. We love him because He first loved us. And perfect love casts out fear. Praise be to our Abba.
06-07-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 38 secs
Your eternity could rest on learning this topic well. It is more blessed to give than receive, but we’re also called to actively take hold of what our Father is sending us. Our Father is the greatest giver of all, but if we don’t learn to receive Him and His gifts, including the gift of His Son, the gift of the Holy Spirit and the dozens of other gifts he showers on us, we’re blocking His generosity and possibly even insulting Him. (Note: the last 3 minutes were cut off when my battery on the mic died. So please check the notes for the final page of what was cut off.) What are some of God’s “gifts” he wants us to receive? Why do some of us refuse to receive? How do we learn to become better at receiving the things from God?
05-18-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 11 mins 15 secs
In the time between the first Passover and Pentecost, YHVH gushed water from the Rock after it was smitten. Forty years later, He does it again but this time Moses is told to SPEAK to the Rock. Why the difference? Why were Israel’s elders on the rock with Moses the first time, and not the second time? Why did Moses’ disbelief in this instance keep him from entering the Promised Land? And what does all this have to do with us today?
04-25-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 1 sec
"On the first of the weeks" after Yeshua's crucifixion, He ascended as the Wavesheaf offering, sanctifying the rest of the harvest of souls so that WE could be accepted by Father. Wavesheaf day is not a holyday, but IS a significant day. Learn about the exciting meaning of Wavesheaf day. Also learn exactly when Yeshua's (Jesus) resurrection took place.
04-15-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
This message is not only about Yeshua's blood, but also about Father's love, whose idea it was to find a way to wash away ALL our sins in the blood of His Word, who became flesh - Yeshua (Jesus). You'll appreciate the crimson thread of the promise of the blood of Christ woven through scripture. You'll need the printed notes to see the diagrams, signs and photo as you hear the audio. I'm sorry I spoke so fast to get thru it all. See what the camp of Israel looked like from the air. Hear something intriguing about Golgotha. Be inspired by the "hidden-in-plain sight" message the pagan Pilate put over the head of our Messiah. . . and much, much more. Embrace Father's love. Receive our Savior's loving sacrifice, amen.
04-05-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
This 2-part sermon is to help us be mentally and spiritually ready to take the Passover service. We discuss the 2 sides of Passover: the incredible love of God as well as the incredible severity of God (Romans 11:22). Why does it take so much innocent blood to be shed in order to forgive sin? We explain. In Part 1 - we also introduce the beginning of "the crimson thread" throughout scripture pointing to the coming Messiah. For example, why did Isaac carry the wood to his own sacrifice? When was our Savior sacrificed - at least in God's mind? Also we go in depth into the many things our dear Father provides for us through the blood of His Son, the Christ (it's much, much more than just being forgiven of our sins). This sermon ends with us beginning to explore the nuances of Exodus 12. (To be continued in part 2).
03-05-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
This sermon will change your life and the number of dramatically answered prayers you receive - if you practice the keys revealed from scripture in this message. Learn the lesson of the 10 lepers, the fig tree, the key from the resurrection of Lazarus, what David said to Goliath, and so much more.
02-05-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 56 secs
Yeshua is coming as "King of kings" but it's going to be a new order of governance. Only with this vital quality will we be chosen as leaders in the world to come. Learn how Yeshua serves and how He wants to continue serving through you. Learn why there are 4 gospels. What are the hallmarks of balanced service? Are YOU building the track record of a servant? Who's the greatest servant in your household?
01-15-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 58 secs
This brand new message is one of my most important ones I've ever done. After hearing it, you will feel profound joy and want to shout out praises to our High Priest and King for what He is doing. We go through key understandings from Hebrews and Exodus 28, the Priest chapter - but combine it with New Covenant understanding to bring glory to Yeshua, our High Priest. We also delve deeply into the profound concepts of being "in Him", which make the New Covenant possible. I highly recommend this study.
01-05-2014
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 17 mins 48 secs
This brand new message is one of my most important ones I've ever done. After hearing it, you will feel profound joy and want to shout out praises to our High Priest and King for what He is doing. We go through key understandings from Hebrews and Exodus 28, the Priest chapter - but combine it with New Covenant understanding to bring glory to Yeshua, our High Priest. We also delve deeply into the profound concepts of being "in Him", which make the New Covenant possible. I highly recommend this study.
12-15-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 16 mins 6 secs
When our beloved pet dies, will we ever see it again? Is it up in heaven, as some now believe? What is mankind? What is an animal? WHY does all this even matter? It matters a lot. Are animals and humans the same in God's eyes? And what's the place and future for man and animals in scripture? Are there animals in heaven? Does God care about animals? All this and much more...
12-05-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 41 secs
It's Christmas season again. Most of you who come to this site realize Christmas has very pagan roots, long before Christ was born. But is it OK with God for us to observe Christmas with its pagan roots, as long as we do it unto Christ, and in our hearts know we're worshiping HIM, and not the pagan gods? Does it matter, in that case? What does YHVH say about that? What did Paul and Yeshua teach about that? And how should we deal with all the issues that come up in this season - the issue of gift giving, Christmas parties and so on.
11-05-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 37 secs
Whether you're male or female being called by God, you need to hear this teaching. After hearing this message, we pray you'll profoundly appreciate more than you ever have before, your high calling to possibly be a part of the Bride of Christ. We answer: Does the Bible really mention a Bride for Christ? WHO is that Bride? Is it a group of people, or the city of Jerusalem, or both? Is it the nation of Israel or the church, or both? Will our Messiah have one wife, or several? Where is the wedding? How does Scripture describe the Bride? Are YOU confident about being the Bride of the Son of God? How do you think Christ feels about His Bride - and you? Where do Song of Solomon and Proverbs 31 fit in? You'll find all that and more in this message.
10-25-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 20 secs
Are you really a true disciple of Christ? How would you find others? The Bible gives at least 7 identifying signs. Yeshua came to live and die for all mankind, of course - but he also came to prepare disciples. Disciples who would be just like Him and change the world. Learn how Christ continues calling and grooming disciples - and how to identify who they are - in this 21st century. (This is a completely new sermon, though I gave one with a similar title in June 2004.)
09-15-2013
by Philip Shields
Duration: 1 hr 19 mins 36 secs
Note - this was originally given in 2012. I've updated the dates to 2013 dates, to make it more applicable to 2013. The main points are timeless. Learn all about Yom Kippur, The Day of Atonement from the perspective of a believer in Yeshua, or Jesus Christ. We'll distinguish between what the Word of God actually says about this day from the traditions associated with this day but which are not mentioned in scripture. You'll hear the shofar blown. We cover: why we fast on Yom Kippur (don't just fast, but fast for a reason), the 2 goats of Lev. 16, the year of Jubilee, why Jonah is read on this day, strange anomalies between 30 AD - 70 AD and the prophetic events tied to this awesome day and more!

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