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12 Dec 2018 Daniel (Program #9)

Daniel (Program #9) – The Visions of the Overcoming Daniel (1)

God’s faithful servant Daniel not only interpreted the dreams of kings but also saw visions directly from God himself. Visions revealing God’s economy. Today on this life study of the Bible from the book of Daniel, we have reached the halfway point of Daniel. We are now going to get into the final six chapters containing many of Daniel’s visions.

The first section of Daniel or the first six chapters really focuses on the victory in captivity for Daniel and his three companions over Satan’s schemes.  But today we start the second section of Daniel; chapters 7 to 12 with the visions of the overcoming Daniel.

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11 Dec 2018 Philippians (Program #31)

Philippians (Program #31) – Paul’s Greeting and Blessing

When you hear a word about offering a gift to the Lord are you full of joy and enlivened by the thought or you have the feeling similar to that of getting a tooth pulled?   We are going to talk about the matter of giving today but in a way that is much different that is how it is normally been presented in Christian circles.  But it is the way that the apostle Paul talks about it in Philippians chapter 4, an enlightening subject that the Body of Christ needs a good deal of enlightenment.

Giving and receiving in chapter 4, it is sad that such a precious and important matter among God’s people have been so spoiled and damaged today.  To many this matter of giving has become a deadening experience. But on today’s program we can say this is something full of life. The word, the term Paul used to see how this matter is really related to life.

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11 Dec 2018 Philippians (Program #30)

Philippians (Program #30) -The Believers Fellowship in the Apostle’s Need

If you owe a debt to someone would you ever have the boldness to say “My God will repay you?”  Most of us will stop short of such a declaration. Yet the apostle Paul because of his oneness with the Lord Can say to the Philippians believers “my God shall fill every need of yours.”  We have an enlightening even and uplifting portion of the ministry today.  When we come to the matter of giving, in the material realm as believers we need a good deal of enlightening and uplifting because this is a topic that has been contaminated to such an extend by religion that we almost dare not to talk about it. But the Bible talks about it so we would handle it faithfully and with much fearfulness of not adding that contamination.

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11 Dec 2018 Daniel (Porgram #8)

Daniel (Program #8) – The Victory of the Young Descendants of of God’s Degraded Elect (6)

The Old testament book of Daniel is of course one of the great story books in the Bible.  Children and adults alike love these stories and the inspiration that countless believers have derived from them from over the years. But much more than just wonderful and inspiring stories, these chapters convey tremendous insights into God’s move on this earth in His economy.  This deeper view not only inspires us but it can compel us to join with God.  Not just to live a proper christian life but to actually become engaged with Him for the accomplishment of His eternal purpose.

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10 Dec 2018 Philippians (Program #29)

Philippians (Program #29) -The Apostle’s Secret of Sufficiency in Christ

In Philippians 4:12 the apostle Paul said he had learned the secret more specifically he said in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to hunger, both to abound and to lack. This secret from Paul’s own experience is the secret of sufficiency or satisfaction and seeing how he wrote this word while in prison in Roman it carries even more weight.

This is indeed a marvelous portion in Philippians, showing that Christ is our secret to enable us to be content in every circumstances that God places us in in His sovereignty.

Paul is not writing from a doctrinal point of view, we may study the book of Philippians or other books in the Bible and have a kind of knowledge.  But really have we tab into the secret of experiencing Christ as his sufficiency puts it in a little different light.

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10 Dec 2018 Philippians (Program #28)

Philippians (Program #28) – Excellent Characteristics of the Christian Life (2)

As believers in Christ we are all motivated at least to some degree to try to live the Christian life. Well this is noble and worthy desire but the Bible presents to us even a higher aspiration and that’s is not just to live a Christian life but to live a life that is the expression of Christ Himself. If you think that these two things are the same, you’ve better think again and you better stay with us for this life study program from the book of Philippians.

We need to live a life that is the expression of Christ Himself. It seems like a tall order.  It’s impossible by a human effort.  So we want to get into this.   Paul unfolded a numbers of things for us that are going to bring to light how it can be possible, because it is impossible on one hand, so we have a divine paradox.  more…

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10 Dec 2018 Daniel (Program #7)

Daniel (Program #7) – The Victory of the Young Descendants of God’s Degraded Elect (5)

“The handwriting is on the wall.” Well nearly all of us have heard this phrase, but did you know that it comes from Daniel chapter 5?

The writing on the wall from a mysterious hand is the story here.  The main character today that Daniel encounters is this man, this king named Belshazzar.  Belshazzar is a descendant of Nebuchadnezzar.  To get the context of the handwriting on the wall we begin with the verses in chapter 5:1-4.  This was quite a  humiliation quite an insult to the God of heaven; to take the very items that have been used for the worship of the one True God and use them now for the worship and praise of these idols.  This really provides a setting for another victory of the young overcomers that the Lord has sovereignly arranged to be in the house of Belshazzar the king in Babylon.

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09 Dec 2018 Philippians (Program #27)

Philippians (Program #27) – Excellent Characteristics of the Christian Life (1)

Enjoying Christ or been an enjoyer of Christ these are not terms we commonly used. But we will see today in the life study of Philippians that enjoying Christ issues in a life full of forbearance and without anxiety. Philippians 4:5-6 ” Let your forbearance be known to all men. The Lord is near. In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”

There is an outward issue from this enjoyment of Christ. In these verse in chapter 4 we see the description of a glorious outward expression of the inward reality of a person who’s living and experiencing Christ. We can’t experience these excellent characteristics refer to apart from really enjoying and experiencing Christ, can we?

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09 Dec 2018 Philippians (Program #26)

Philippians (Program #26) – Thinking the Same Thing and Rejoicing in the Lord

“Rejoice in the Lord always, again I will say rejoice.” This wonderful short refrain is loved nearly by all believers.  We might use it to comfort  suffering friends or we may declare it or even sing it aloud to help ourselves and others be more joyful in the Lord. But have you ever examine this verse in its Biblical context. We will do just that today, I hope in so doing we all will be made more joyful in the process.

In a lot of his Epistles the apostle Paul mentioned various saints by name that were important to him and had really joined themselves to his ministry. In this letter to the Philippians he mentioned two sisters (Euodias and Syntyche) in chapter 4, and these two even had co-labored with him in the gospel but we are going to find out that he wasn’t singling these two out in particularly in a very positive way.

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09 Dec 2018 Daniel (Program #6)

Daniel (Program #6) – The Victory of the Young Descendants of of God’s Degraded Elect (4)

Daniel is a book of wonderful Bible stories but in reality these stories convey not just moral lessons for children. They convey the reality of God’s economy to us.

Daniel is a book that has a lot of dreams in it and we have another dream today that comes up in Daniel chapter 4.  In chapter 2 we have the dream of the great human image and really that is the central focus of this entire book. Now again today King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon has a second dream….

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