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04 May 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #46)

2 Corinthians (Program #46) – Paul’s Vindication of His Apostolic Authority (1)

The last section of 2 Corinthians beginning at chapter 10, marks a strong contrast to the first nine chapters of this book.  The apostle Paul throughout most of the book was pleasant, intimate and very tender  with the Corinthians believers.  But in this final segment, he is forced to vindicate his own apostolic authority, because both he himself personally as well as his ministry and work had been severely undermined by other so call Christian workers who had come in to distract, damage  and confuse the Corinthians.  Just how does Paul approach this delicate and difficult situation?  Actually seeing the apostle dealing with such a problem is a marvelous window for all of us to see what it is to be a person one with  and living Christ.

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04 May 2021 Genesis (Program #59)

Genesis (Program #59) – God’s Covenant Confirmed with Circumcision

Genesis chapter 17 is a record of more of God’s crucial dealings with Abraham.  God has had a lot of dealings with Abraham already.   What makes ones in this portion of Genesis even more crucial?

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03 May 2021 Genesis (Program #58)

Genesis (Program #58) – The Allegory of the Two Women

Today we come to chapter 16 of Genesis and another story.  This one of two women that reappear in the New Testament.

Before we begin, it would be helpful to elaborate how pivotal all these allegories from Genesis are to our apprehending the depth of the divine revelation…

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03 May 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #45)

2 Corinthians (Program #45) – The Apostle’s Fellowship Concerning the Needy Saints (4)

2 Corinthians chapters 8 and 9 are often used in campaigns for money-raising for various Christian causes or ministries.  But it’s interesting, although they both deal with the matter of giving, they don’t focus on the word “giving”.  In chapter 8, Paul refers to our giving as a kind of gathering, as the children of Israel gathered manna each day for their daily supply.   In chapter 9, our giving is called sowing, as a farmer sow seeds in order to produce a crop, in order to meet his family’s daily need.  Gathering and sowing, this is the renewed thought concerning the offering of material items to meet the needs in the Body of Christ.

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02 May 2021 Genesis (Program #57)

Genesis (Program #57) – God’s Covenant with Abraham

We are at a transition point today in Abraham’s experience.  Up until this time, God has blessed Abraham very much in the matters related to his existence.  But from this point on, God has more in mind for His called ones than just the physical blessings for their good living.

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02 May 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #44)

2 Corinthians (Program #44) – The Apostle’s Fellowship Concerning the Needy Saints (3)

The apostle Paul devoted two chapters in 2 Corinthians to  the matter of taking collections for the needy saints in Judea.  It must have been something weighing heavily upon him to devote the better part of two whole chapters.  But actually these two chapters present all believers with some very profound principles that should guide and direct the matter of giving.

In chapter 8, Paul liken our giving to the gathering of manna in Exodus 16.  In chapter 8 verse 15 he writes “..He who gathered much had no excess, and he who gathered little had no lack.”  Then in chapter 9, our giving is liken a farmer, sowing seeds to produce a crop.  Chapter 9 verse 6, “now this I say, He who sows sparingly shall also reap sparingly; and he who sows bountifully shall also reap bountifully;”  But the verse that follows is the concluding word for both of these portions; chapter 9 verse 7, “Each one as he has purposed in his heart, not out of sorrow or out of necessity, for God loves a cheerful giver.”

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01 May 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #43)

2 Corinthians (Program #43) – The Apostle’s Fellowship Concerning the Needy Saints (2)

2 Corinthians chapter 8 and 9 deal with one of the most treacherous of all topics in the Bible – money.  These are chapters that can be very helpful in seeing what the Bible has to say about the principle of giving.  But if we read carefully we will also see that they can be a marvelous window into the way to handle the whole issue of money and finance.

We all know that money, to a believer represents the most evil, corrupt and sinful elements of the world.  Yet God’s people have to deal with money and financial matters continually.  Therefore the rare opportunity that 2 Corinthian 8 gives us should indeed attract our full attention.  For here we see apostle Paul himself not teaching us but as our living pattern, on the proper way to handle money and the proper attitude that we all should have towards it.

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01 May 2021 Genesis (Program #56)

Genesis (Program #56) – The Seed and the Land (2)

Today we are going to pick up part two of the message entitled “The Seed and the Land” for the fulfillment of God’s purpose.  We saw previously that Abraham was called by God out of his land and out of his kindred,  his family and into a new land that God might fulfill His eternal purpose.  What are the main aspects of this purpose that God begin with His calling of Abraham?

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30 Apr 2021 2 Corinthians (Program #42)

2 Corinthians (Program #42) – The Apostle’s Fellowship Concerning the Needy Saints (1)

Fund raising is apparently the subject of 2 Corinthians chapter 8 and 9.  Many preachers today use these verses for their campaigns to raise money.   But we will see in today’s life study from 2 Corinthians that there is much more going on in the apostle Paul’s heart.

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30 Apr 2021 Genesis (Program #55)

Genesis (Program #55) – The Seed and the Land (1)

Today we are going to come to chapter 15 of Genesis and a life study entitled “The Seed and the Land” for the fulfillment of God’s purpose. Related to God’s purpose, two promises were given concerning the seed and the land.

The promises that the Lord gave Abraham in His calling him, was not just really some things. In the Old Testament He mentioned the seed and the land, but as we see in this message we will see the intrinsic promise was that He will give Abraham and a seed, Himself. We have been called to enjoy Christ as a seed and Christ as the land. Both the seed and the land are just Christ.

It is quite something to see that these are just Christ Himself and not just something from Him or even about Him.

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