Archive for ◊ September, 2016 ◊

30 Sep 2016 James (Program #2)

James (Program #2) – Practical Virtues of Christian Perfection (2)

Perhaps the most important contribution that the Epistle of James makes to the New Testament is in the area of practical Christian perfection. Some people may not understand the usage of the word “perfection” in this context. James actually uses it in verse 4 of chapter 1. Let me read beginning at verse 2 to give it its proper context, “Count it all joy, my brothers, whenever you fall into various trials, knowing that the proving of your faith works out endurance. And let endurance have its perfect work that you may be perfect and entire, lacking in nothing.” What is it to let endurance have its perfect work that we may be perfect?

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30 Sep 2016 Jeremiah (Program #1)

Jeremiah (Program #1) – An Introductory Word

The prophet Jeremiah in the Old Testament was raised up by the Lord during a particularly difficult time in Israel’s history.  During the forty one years during Jeremiah’s ministry, Israel was carried away into exile at least three times. Certainly, this negative history is an important part of the book of Jeremiah but there also is a marvelous aspect to this book as it unveils the restoration of Israel as well as God’s tenderheartedness and righteousness in His care for His chosen people even in the midst of their frequent rebellion. And of course, as it’s always the case in this life study of the Bible, we will see Christ revealed in the context of His divine economy today and throughout this new life study of Jeremiah.

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29 Sep 2016 James (Program #1)

James (Program #1) – Introduction and Practical Virtues of Christian Perfection (1)

One of last books to be added to the canon of the New Testament was the Epistle of James. Throughout the centuries, believers have had very different attitudes towards this book. Some believers treasure it to the uttermost, granting it a status of being among the very top books in the bible. Others, drawing a comparison between James and Proverbs, may feel that it would better fit in the Old Testament. While some have question whether it belongs in the Bible at all. Why would such a book give rise to these varied opinions? The message of the book is very clear and straightforward. The language is lovely even poetic in places. And the author had great creditability because scholars agreed that this was the James that was the Lord Jesus’ flesh brother and he was also the leading elder in the first church, the Church in Jerusalem.  We believe that the life study we begin today will give us a very solid answer to this intriguing question.

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29 Sep 2016 Isaiah (Program #47)

Isaiah (Program #47) – The Servant of Jehovah as the Anointed of Jehovah…

Isaiah, unlike nearly any other book of Scripture captures the most beautiful and compelling images of Christ.  Listen to these lovely poetic utterance from the final chapters.  in chapter 61 “The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is upon Me, Because Jehovah has anointed Me To bring good news to the afflicted… To grant to those….the oil of gladness instead of mourning, The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of heaviness;” and also chapter 63 “In all their affliction He was afflicted, And the Angel of His presence saved them; In His love and in His mercy He redeemed them, And He bore them up and carried them All the days of old.”  Today is our final program from this beautiful and majestic book of Isaiah.  Please stay with us for today’s life study of the Bible.

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28 Sep 2016 Hebrews (Program #69)

Hebrews (Program #69) – The Function of the Law of Life

The Captain of Salvation, the Author of our Faith, the Great High Priest, the Pioneer, and the Forerunner. This is the Christ that we have seen in Hebrews.

This life study of Hebrews took place in 1975 and 76.  It was unquestionably one of the real gems of the entire life study.  Today brings us to our 69th and final program from the book of Hebrews.   As we like to do in our wrap-up programs as we finish a book of the Bible, we break form a bit and spend more time reviewing and discussing the high points that have marked our journey along the way.  Hebrew is certainly a book that has many of these high points.  A point was made in our first broadcast that Hebrews is a book that is not that well-know among a lot of Christians.

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28 Sep 2016 Isaiah (Program #46)

Isaiah (Program #46) – The Servant of Jehovah as the Sure Mercies of David…

Isaiah 55 reveals that Jesus, the very Christ of God became mercies to the mighty King David.  We usually think of mercy something to be shown to a poor person, even a destitute person like a beggar.  Why would a great and mighty king like David need mercy?  How about you?  Do you need His mercies? or are you already rich and in need of only His grace and blessing?

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27 Sep 2016 Hebrews (Program #68)

Hebrews (Program #68) – Living According to the Nature of God

Today in Hebrews, we will see once again that it is normal for man to live not by outward regulations, but by the very life of God within him.

As Christians, we often speak of how much God needs us. And it’s true. God does need us for His purpose and His plan. But, what is it that He needs from us? Does He really need us to do things for Him? or is He more concerned not for what we do for Him, but what we are in Him? Living by God’s own nature is once again our focus of today’s life study of the Bible.

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27 Sep 2016 Isaiah (Program #45)

Isaiah (Program #45) – The All-Inclusive Christ in His Four Stages (3)

Isaiah 53 is one of the best known chapter in the Bible.  Its detailed account of the crucifixion of Christ given seven centuries before the actual event has captivated believers and historians throughout history.  Yet the short chapter end somewhat curiously.  Its final verse says “Therefore I will divide to Him a portion with the Great, And He will divide the spoil with the Strong”.  This imagery speaks of victory in warfare, the conquers dividing up the spoils of battle.  How does this fit with the striking account of Christ’s suffering and humiliating death on the cross?  Don’t miss today’s life study of the Bible.

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26 Sep 2016 Hebrews (Program #67)

Hebrews (Program #67) – The Completion of Sonship

Salvation is God’s promise to man by believing faith. But, is salvation God’s goal for man? Or, is rather a process for the accomplishment of God’s goal? God’s goal of sonship is our topic today on the life study of the Bible.

On one hand, at the moment we receive the redeeming Christ as our Savior, we become sons of God. But in another sense, the process of sonship has just begun. How do we know from the Scripture that sonship can properly be described as a process?

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26 Sep 2016 Isaiah (Program #44)

Isaiah (Program #44) – The All-Inclusive Christ in His Four Stages (2)

When we read the account of Christ’s crucifixion, whether in the New Testament gospel or in a rich prophetic passage such as Isaiah 53, we are elated and comforted with the fresh realization that Christ was resurrected.  That means our salvation is secured.  But Isaiah 53 goes on to show us the issue or the result of His resurrection.  The issue is a seed, a seed that satisfies God.  Stay with us today as we explores the riches in Isaiah 53 as Christ is revealed from the pages of the Old Testament prophet Isaiah on life study of the Bible.

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