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19 Nov 2017 Acts (Program #2)

Acts (Program #1) – The Subject of the Book

All Christians have the idea that the Gospel needs to be preached and people need to be saved, but why is this important to God?  The book of Acts deals quite much with the spreading of the Gospel. But, a deeper investigation reveals something too marvelous and too profound; and, that is the increase for propagation of the very Christ.

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19 Nov 2017 Exodus (Program #169)

Exodus (Program #169) – Acts Program 6, Life-study of Acts 6

As we near the conclusion of our life study of Exodus, we come to a matter that seems to be just an Old Testament issue that is the keeping of feasts.  These feasts are presented in Exodus and several other Old Testament books.  But we would like to go back into our archives today and pick up a highlight program from the life study of Acts.  We are going to see that feasting is surely not just an Old Testament matter.

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18 Nov 2017 Acts (Program #1)

Acts (Program #1) – The Position of the Book

The New Testament is clearly divided into two primary sections. The gospels give us the details of the marvelous life and work of the God-man Jesus Christ in His incarnation. Then, the epistles reveal His continuing ministry in the heavens to build up the Church as the body of Christ. Between these two great sections is the unique and marvelous book of Acts. This book reveals far more than the miracles of the early stage of the Church. Join us today as we begin this most excellent investigation of Acts in the life study of the Bible.

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18 Nov 2017 Exodus (Program #168)

Exodus (Program #168) – Moses Stay With God – Recovery of a Broken Covenant, Warning Concerning Idolatry, The Lord’s Promise

Most of us know the story of the great sin of Israel at Mount Sinai as Moses is coming down the mountain with the tablets containing the ten commandments.  The people get fully caught in idolatry even gross sin.  Moses reflecting God’s own indignation smashes the tablets containing the law, deal sternly with the people.  What follows this well-known account is very fascinating, yet it’s usually overlooked when the story is told.

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17 Nov 2017 Exodus (Program #167)

Exodus (Program #167) – A Companion of God – Propitiating for the People, Interceding, Bargaining With God

In Genesis, Abraham is called the friend of God.  And in the New Testament, the Lord Jesus referred to His disciples with the same intimate expression.  But in Exodus, God called Moses not just His friend but His companion.  As a  companion, Moses became God’s associate, His partner in pursue of a single enterprise.  How can we become God’s partner?  We will look at this intriguing question today.

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16 Nov 2017 John (Program #51)

John (Program #51) – Life in Resurrection (2)

We should treasure the way the Lord has ordained to be present with us now. May the Lord really open our eyes: that what is precious to God, that is the invisible, indwelling, pneumatic Christ, would also become precious to us.

In John 20 as in the Gospel of John as a whole, we see the Trinity both in His essence and in His economy. The Divine Trinity is a trinity of essence eternally that is the Father, Son, and Spirit coexist and co-inhere in the Godhead eternally. This is the Trinity in essence. But in order to have the fulfillment of God’s economy, the essential Trinity must function as the economical Trinity to pass through the process in order to, on the one hand, enter into God’s people, and on the other to bring God’s people, now redeemed and regenerated, into God. By the time we reach chapter 20, we have at least the initial completion of this process in which the very God who became a man and died for our redemption, in resurrection became the Spirit, so that, economically speaking, the Father, Son, and Spirit may indwell us.

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16 Nov 2017 Exodus (Program #166)

Exodus (Program #166) – A Companion of God – Mediator, Knowing God’s Heart

Exodus reveals a tremendous breach between God and His people Israel, brought on by the sin of the golden calf.  At the very time God was giving the commandments to Moses, Israel was breaking several of them at the bottom of the mountain.  To rectify the situation more was needed than just God’s forgiveness;  God and man needed a mediator.

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15 Nov 2017 John (Program #50)

John (Program #50) – Life in Resurrection (1)

John 1:14 says, the Word became flesh. That means the Word, who was God, became something that He previous was not. When God came out of eternity into time to accomplish His plan, He became flesh. In this sense, God did change.

When we cover these two aspects (God being unchanging and God having changed), what we’re touching is the mystery of the Divine Trinity. So, what we need to do is look at the entire Bible and just say Amen to whatever the Bible says about the Triune God. On the one hand, you know people uses this verse Malachi 3:6, which says that God changes not. And, this is true. But of course, if you look at the context of Malachi 3:6, it’s talking about that God changes not in his principles, in the way that He deals with His people. But also, we know that the Bible shows that God in His eternal being is unchanging. The Bible reveals that the Triune God, the three of the Godhead. On the one hand, they are distinct. The Father, the Son, and the Spirit are eternally distinct, but they also co-inhere. That means that they mutually indwell one another. The Father is in the Son. The Son is in the Father. The Father is in the Spirit. more…

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15 Nov 2017 Exodus (Program #165)

Exodus (Program #165) – The Principle of the Golden Calf Idol – Moses’ Petition for the Idolatrous People, Jehovah’s Word

In one of the truly remarkable passages in the Bible, the very God and Creator of the universe is provoked beyond His patience by the idolatry of His people Israel.  In His anger He vowed to destroy them but in the midst of His righteous and holy indignation, He is persuaded not only to spare them but even to repent of His justifiable plan.  What is it or who is it that can change God’s mind?

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14 Nov 2017 John (Program #49)

John (Program #49) – Life Processed for Multiplication (4)

Let us all let the wind blow where it wills. And, instead of trying to systematize or schematize the experience of the Spirit, let’s experience the Spirit for the carrying out of God’s economy, letting God truly be God.

John 20 is in many respects, a chapter of realization or actualization. By using these terms, I’m trying to say, that in this chapter we have the reality in actual experience of what the Lord revealed concerning His process elsewhere in the Gospel. He made it emphatically clear in chapters 14 through 16 that He needed to go, that is, die on the cross, and come again, that is come into the disciples as the pneumatic Christ in order to indwell them. He had, as the first half of the Gospel emphasizes, become flesh and tabernacled among human kind. But, God’s goal is to be in His chosen and redeemed people, not merely among them.

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