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17 Oct 2018 Jeremiah (Program #8)

Jeremiah (Program #8) – Israel’s Sin against Jehovah, Jehovah’s Punishment upon Israel (1)

The Lord told the prophet Jeremiah that He held two things against Israel above all else. First, they had forsaken Him, the fountain of living waters. And second, they had hewn out for themselves broken cisterns incapable of holding water. The context of this passage is in chapter 2 of Jeremiah. And in a way can be considered the conversation between a distraught husband and an unfaithful wife. Listen to this sweet and intimate way that Jehovah began His word to Israel, “I remember concerning you the kindness of your youth, The love of your bridal days, When you followed after Me in the wilderness, In a land that was not sown. Israel was holiness to Jehovah, The firstfruit of His increase;” (Jeremiah 2:2b-3a) As we consider these two great sins before Jehovah, sins that did not only plague Israel but also that we ourselves have to be constantly aware of.

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16 Oct 2018 Jeremiah (Program #7)

Jeremiah (Program #7) – Jeremiah’s Call and Commission

The Bible tells us that on earth there is always a battle raging between God and all those who oppose Him and fight against Him and His purpose. But God does not fight directly against such ones. His way of fighting is always in the principle of incarnation, involving His people, specifically those who are absolutely one with Him. Such was the case in the Old Testament with the prophet Jeremiah. In the degrading and shameful condition His people Israel were in, God called and sanctified the prophet while he was still in his mother’s womb. Listen to Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; And before you came forth from the womb, I sanctified you. I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

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11 Oct 2018 Jeremiah (Program #2)

Jeremiah (Program #2) – An Introductory Word

Much of the history in the Old Testament concerns the great failures and sins of the children of Israel. They were all the time disobedient to the Lord, transgressing His laws and straying far from Him in their deeds and actions. Yet in Jeremiah we get a clear window into how God interprets and evaluates the failures of His people. In chapter 2, He tells Jeremiah of the two great evils committed by Israel, His people. What would He enumerate above all the others? But the answer reveals much about God’s heart and about our own living before Him.

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30 Sep 2018 Isaiah (Program #38)

Isaiah (Program #38) – The Servant of Jehovah as Typified by Cyrus, Israel and Isaiah

On one hand, Christ and the church of God are uniquely New Testament.  The term and historical placement of Christ and His church fall beyond the scope of the Old Testament Scriptures.  Yet as surely as God is in Christ, Christ and the church are clearly seen in passage after passage of the Old Testament as well.  If not directly then how do we see Him and how do we know the church?  We have delighted in bringing you the Christ found in the writings of Isaiah.  We look forward to bringing you to another revelation from Isaiah today and that of His church, His House on this life study of the Bible.

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10 Sep 2018 Isaiah (Program #18)

Isaiah (Program #18) – Christ as the Servant of Jehovah (2 & 3)

The Bible in many places present Christ as a land to God’s people.  The Old Testament type of this good land is Israel.  But this land in the New Testament is our own experience of Christ.  God’s purpose for His people is not just to have the Bible and biblical knowledge but to experience and enjoy this Christ in an ever increasing measure.  Stay with us today as we pursue together the rich experience of Christ in the book of Isaiah on the life study of the Bible.

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08 Sep 2018 Galatians (Program #42)

Galatians (Program #42) – Walking by the Spirit According to to the Elementary Rule to Live

Galatians 3:26 identifies us as the very sons of God through faith in Christ. That means that we have become members of God’s household or His folks we could say. We could also say this is tremendous. But by chapter 6, these sons have now become God’s prince, the Israel of God. This goes beyond tremendous, and this is also the focus of today’s life study of the Bible.

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07 Sep 2018 Isaiah (Program #15)

Isaiah (Program #15) – An Example of Seeking after Jehovah and Trusting in Him

For the first 35 chapters of his book of poetry and prophecy, Isaiah focused on the nation of Israel and God’s dealing with them.  But then four entire chapters are devoted to the story of Hezekiah, King of Israel.  These chapters provide a striking portrait of a godly man, what most of us would love to emulate.  But if we look closely we will see signs in this man reveal a person occupied more with self than with God’s own interests.  Are we such a person?  Stay with us today and we may see much of our own life in the story of Hezekiah on today’s life study of the Bible.

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05 Sep 2018 Isaiah (Program #13)

Isaiah (Program #13) – Jehovah’s Dealing with Israel’s Reliance on Egypt

God’s plan relies on man’s full cooperation and involvement, but a pattern that has been repeated throughout the history of God’s move with His people is that His people repeatedly turned away from Him and allow their hearts to be fully occupied with everything but Him.   This was the case in the Old Testament time of Isaiah, just as it is frequently described our own condition as believers and followers of Christ today.  What is God’s way to bring us back to Himself? Stay with us for a truly enlightening word on our life study of the Bible.

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29 Jun 2018 2 Corinthians (Program #26)

2 Corinthians (Program #26) – The Ministry of the Spirit as the Life Supply, and of Righteousness as God’s Expression (1)

The Old Testament had one unique ministry beginning with Moses and his receiving and delivering to the children of Israel the law or commandments. The ministry of the law commands and continues until the coming of Christ. But the coming of Christ usher in another ministry, the ministry of the New Covenant. Actually these two are the only ministries spoken of in the Bible.

Acts chapter 1 makes it very clear that not withstanding the current situation, there is a reality of only one ministry. Listen to verse 17 and 25 of Acts chapter 1,

17 “For he was numbered among us and was allotted his portion of this ministry.
25 “To take the place of this ministry and apostleship, from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.”

The ministry of the New Covenant is a very great matter that we dare not take lightly, neither should we take it into our own hand to try to put it into practice.

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10 Jun 2018 2 Corinthians (Program #7)

2 Corinthians (Program #7) – The Ministry of the New Covenant (3)

You probably remember the story of Moses coming down from Mt.Sinai after having been in God’s presence when he received the ten commandments. His face was shining so brightly that he had to put a veil over it before he can encounter the rest of the children of Israel. That shining was the outward reflection of God’s glory. A shining reflected off of Moses face. But as marvelous as that shining was in 2 Corinthians Paul calls it a fading glory. And rightly so, because in a very short time it was gone from Moses face. Actually this shining represents the glory of the Old Testament ministry. A ministry of as Paul called it “death and condemnation”. No wonder this glory fades.

But the New Testament ministry that Paul declares to us in 2 Corinthians is more in glory, an unfading, eternal, surpassing glory, that shines not just upon us but even out from within us, as the New Testament ministers.

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