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23 Apr 2017 Matthew (Program #42)

Matthew (Program #42) – The Treasure and the Pearl

6 parables that unlock the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens are presented by the Lord Jesus Himself in Matthew 13.  Four of these parables depict the visible, outward appearance of God’s kingdom today.  But the last two are much more hidden even difficult to see.  But it is these two that we should focus on most closely because these two are parables of God’s overcoming believers, a treasure hidden in the field, a pearl of immense value.

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22 Apr 2017 Matthew (Program #41)

Matthew (Program #41) – The Establishment of the King’s Rejection (9)

To outward observation, the kingdom of God today appears as a great an imposing tree.  It also appears as a field with both wheat and tares sown together.   And further, it is as a loaf composed of fine flour but leavened to make it light and airy.  This picture of how God’s kingdom would appear in the future was presented by Christ Himself in Matthew chapter 13.

Today we have not just this prophesy or the doctrine of this kingdom, but we have the practical fulfillment of this word, easily seen before our eyes.  But the question we have to consider is does this practical appearance of the kingdom also match what God’s word reveals of His desire for the kingdom?   We continue to explore this meaningful question for all of God’s people…

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20 Apr 2017 Matthew (Program #39)

Matthew (Program #39) – The Establishment of the King’s Rejection (7)

After revealing Himself in Matthew 13 as the sower of the seeds of the kingdom, the Lord Jesus then goes on to give 3 parables that together paint a remarkable clear picture of the situation today and the sphere of Christendom.  These 3 parables all point to outward characteristics that seem at first glance to be something positive to help God’s kingdom to grow.  But a closer examination reveals aspects of corruption and abominable practices that have infiltrated God’s kingdom.  Don’t miss this critical, even crucial word today.

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19 Apr 2017 Matthew (Program #38)

Matthew (Program #38) – The Establishment of the King’s Rejection (6)

Christian workers are almost universally driven, even compelled by the ambition to make their church or their ministry bigger and bigger.  But the parable of the kingdom in Matthew 13 don’t put such positive emphasis on bigger.  There all the values is placed on that which is genuine and growing and healthy in a proper fashion.  Don’t miss our life study today from Matthew 13 and the parable of the tares.

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18 Apr 2017 Matthew (Program #37)

Matthew (Program #37) – The Establishment of the King’s Rejection (5)

One day Jesus opened up to His disciples and began to speak to them about the kingdom by way of parables.   These parables seems to be simple stories that convey basic aspects of the kingdom of God.  But in truth, they are profound to the uttermost and the truth that they convey are anything but simple.  The rich and deep features of the kingdom of the heavens await any blessed ones with eyes to see and ears to  hear.  As we look at the first of these great parables in Matthew chapter 13.

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17 Jan 2016 Numbers (Program #22)

Numbers (Program #22) – Fighting (3)

In the Old Testament book of Numbers there is the story of a gentile prophet named Balaam.  The Moabite king Balak had hired him to curse and prophesy against God’s people Israel, who Balak the king greatly feared.  Yet at each instance, as much as Balaam desire to please the king, whatever he spoke concerning Israel turned out not to be a curse but a blessing.  These parables recorded in Numbers 22 through 24 had a greater impact than just the Lord’s frustration of a heathen king with an evil intention towards God’s people.  These parables actually revealed how God views His people, whether the nation of Israel in the Old Testament or the church in this age despite the failures and weaknesses.  God sees the church as glorious, victorious and beautiful.  How can this be?  it’s because He sees the church, the believers, in Christ.

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19 Nov 2014 Luke (Program #40)

Luke (Program #40) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in His Human Virtues with His Divine Attributes from Galilee to Jerusalem (20)

The Bible is so marvelous.  Not only do the teachings convey truths to us, the parables and the stories illustrate those truths and even more marvelous, eventually we discover that even the arrangement and sequence of the story and accounts in the Bible help to underscore those truths. One example is found in Luke 18, where the Lord Jesus for the third time tries to unveil His coming death and resurrection to His disciples, but they simply do not have eyes to see or ears to hear. Then the Lord Jesus in a wonderful display of His sovereign arrangement heals a blind man. Who, in reality were the blind ones in this passage?

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17 Nov 2014 Luke (Program #38)

Luke (Program #38) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in His Human Virtues with His Divine Attributes from Galilee to Jerusalem (18)

Have you ever noticed how often the Lord Jesus spoke in parables to illustrate various aspects and great truths that He was presenting during His earthly ministry?   Parables are in effect pictures in words, pictures that can convey deep and profound truth with a simple story.  Some of the parables especially in Luke have a mysterious quality about them. Such as in Luke 16 when a story about an unrighteous steward who is praised for his unrighteous action was presented. This steward it turns out typifies us, servants of God, serving with Him to bring in His kingdom.
Now we come to Chapter 18, and a parable that represents God as an unrighteous judge.  Is He really unrighteous? and should we really serve Him unrighteously? well, surely not.  But the discovery of what this parable do depict is the focus of our life study today.

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13 Nov 2014 Luke (Program #34)

Luke (Program #34) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in His Human Virtues with His Divine Attributes from Galilee to Jerusalem (14)

Luke 15 is a chapter with three tremendous parables including one of the best known in the whole Bible, the parable of the prodigal son. When you take these three parable together, they reveal to us the three persons of the Godhead. The Son is seen the first parable, the Spirit in the second, and the Father in the third, and all three bring us to salvation. Then, we come to another parable at the beginning of chapter 16. At first, it seems terribly out of place. The story of a steward, who threatened with the loss of His position, unrighteously deals with his master’s assets only to gain His praise. But as we will see today, these parables fit very well together.

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27 Oct 2014 Luke (Program #17)

Luke (Program #17) – The Ministry of the Man-Savior in Galilee (8)

The progression in the gospel of Luke is truly marvelous. Chapter 7 concludes with several very touching stories of sinful people being forgiven and drawn to the Lord Jesus in love. Surely their cases match our own. Then after teaching His follower with parables we come to the most interesting passage in chapter 8, where the Man-Savior instead of acknowledging His flesh mother and brothers, identified His chosen ones, His believers as His real family members and relatives.

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