Archive for ◊ January, 2020 ◊

21 Jan 2020 Numbers (Program #11)

Numbers (Program #11) – Journeying (1)

Both Romans and Galatians in the New Testament talk about being led by the Spirit.  It is safe to say that all serious Christians desires the Lord’s leading.  But to be led by the Spirit is not that easy because the Spirit is abstract even obscure to us at times.  Most often we find ourselves not really under His leading at all but wondering somewhat aimlessly trying to find Him.  There is a wonderful picture of being led by the Spirit that we can learn something from in the Old Testament book of Numbers.  It’s here that the Lord led His people Israel through the wilderness by means of being a visible cloud to them during the day and by being a cloud of fire at night.  We will see just what this cloud and fire mean to us as believers on our program today.

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21 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #53)

Matthew (Program #53) – Relationships in the Kingdom (2)

Who can possibly describe the depth of God’s forgiveness of our debt to Him.  Yet we frequently find it very difficult even impossible to forgive others who would even slightly offended us.   Matthew 18 reveals that if we fail to forgive others after we have received God’s forgiveness of us, we are in serious jeopardy and we will face a very harsh reality when we meet Christ.  You may say as many do, “I don’t have to worry, I have been forgiven of everything and on my way to heaven”.  Well,  if this is your thought we hope, we even pray that you stay tune today because this chapter like much of Matthew is not dealing with our eternal destiny but rather our practical participation in the kingdom of the heavens.

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20 Jan 2020 Numbers (Program #10)

Numbers (Program #10) – Being Formed into an Army (11)

Inserted in the record of Numbers where Jehovah formed and set His army is the account of His divine provision for the people.  This was not the material provision of food and water.  That had already been accomplished.  This was the provision of two necessary items.  For the people to approach Him, God provided several different offerings.  But from God to His people, He provided the holy anointing oil.  A marvelous compound that was to be spread or painted to all of the holy utensils even onto the tabernacle itself.  This ointment is so rich in its symbolism yet it is nearly ignored completely by readers and even many ministers of God’s word.  We will spend the next half hour to see it, to appreciate it and by the Lord’s mercy even to experience it.

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20 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #52)

Matthew (Program #52) – Relationships in the Kingdom (1)

In Matthew 18 the disciples asked the Lord Jesus, “who is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens?”  What would we say?  The one with power to heal or the gifted preacher?  Well, the Lord Jesus answered the question in this way; “and He called a little child to Him and stood him in their midst.. He therefore who will humble himself like this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens.”

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19 Jan 2020 Numbers (Program #9)

Numbers (Program #9) – Being Formed into an Army (10)

If you ask most people, they will tell you that God dwells in heavens.  Well, while this is surely the case, the Bible tells us again and again that He is the God of heaven and earth.  So while from eternity, He has dwelt in heavens.  The Bible reveals His goal even His desire is to dwell on earth with man.  Old Testament books like Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers give us a very sweet picture of His earthly dwelling place, which at that time was in the tabernacle.

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19 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #51)

Matthew (Program #51) – Vision Concerning Christ

The gospel of Matthew is somewhat different than the other 3.  It chronicled many of the same events but the arrangement of these events in Matthew has little to do with the actual sequence in which they happened.  Rather Matthew presents these cases carefully and strategically and has ordered them to portrait a full revelation of God’s kingdom.  We will see the wonder of the divine arrangement in Matthew again today.

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18 Jan 2020 Numbers (Program #8)

Numbers (Program #8) – Being Formed into an Army (9)

Let me ask you.  How and with what does God bless His people?  A worldly song some years back that was actually mocking Christians said “God won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz?”  Well, may be we chuckled or perhaps we are little ashamed because those are often the kinds of blessing that we hope God sends us.  May be God’s blessing in our lives are associated with our families or our education or perhaps our career.  Well interestingly we can see the real and genuine blessing that God has for His people from the Old Testament book of Numbers.

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18 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #50)

Matthew (Program #50) – The Miniature and Manifestation of Kingdom

At the northern most tip of Israel, stands majestic Mount Herman.  This was most likely the spot where the Lord Jesus took His three disciples to witness one of the most incredible events ever seen by men’s eyes.  This was the transfiguration of the Man Jesus giving His chosen ones a brief glimpse of His glorious divinity as it was encased in His uplifted humanity.  Our words failed in any meaningful measure to convey the depth what Peter, James and John saw first hand that day.

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17 Jan 2020 Numbers (Program #7)

Numbers (Program #7) – Being Formed into an Army (8)

Most Christians live with the realization that the Christian life shall be a life that is separated unto God or sanctified.  But the full understanding of just what this sanctification means is not so generally well-known.  Numbers chapter 6 in the Old Testament gives us a marvelous picture in the vow of the Nazarite, a voluntarily vow that can be made by anyone among God’s people that desire to give themselves to the Lord absolutely, utterly and ultimately.

We come again for the second day in this life study of Numbers to consider the Nazarite vow and what a marvelous picture presents to us of the kind of life and living that God is looking for among His people.

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17 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #49)
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Matthew (Program #49) – The Pathway to Glory (7)

In one of the truly high point of the New Testament, the apostle Peter has the revelation of revelations, “You are the Christ”, he declares “the Son of the living God”.  But just moments later, after expressing his deep concern for the welfare of Christ, the Lord turns and calls Peter “Satan”.  What can possibly account for this dramatic reversal for our dear brother Peter?   We will find out as we return to the pathway of glory today in our life study of Matthew chapter 16.

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