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24 Feb 2020 Mark (Program #12)

Mark (Program #12) – The Parables of the Kingdom (2)

All genuine Christian believers love to hear the preaching of the gospel. We admire greatly those whom the Lord had raised up with the gift of evangelism and most of us prayed fervently for the spread of the gospel.  But as such believers we should also asked ourselves a couple of basic questions regarding the gospel.

First, what is the gospel?  Then, what is the goal of the gospel?  If our answer to the first question did not incorporated the realization that the gospel really is just Christ Himself then we need some further enlightenment.  And if our answer to the question in regarding to the goal of the gospel was something along the line that the goal of the gospel is to save sinners so that they can go to heaven then we should pray as Paul the apostle prayed that the Father in His mercy would grant us a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the full knowledge of Him.

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23 Feb 2020 Mark (Program #11)

Mark (Program #11) – The Parables of the Kingdom (1)

The true gospel of God always issues in the kingdom of God. In the gospel of Mark chapter 4 there are 4 parables of the kingdom of God.

Prior to chapter 4 we had seen the beginning with its contents in Mark chapter 1 and the ways of carrying out the gospel service with the auxiliary acts in chapter 2 and 3.  So the simple message here is that the gospel issues in the kingdom of God.

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05 Feb 2020 Matthew (Program #68)

Matthew (Program #68) – Prophecy of the Kingdom (7)

The parables in Matthew chapters 24 and 25 are the Lord’s clear word to us regarding His second coming and many of the things that happened at that time. Interestingly, all three categories of people on the earth are covered in these parables. The Jews in Israel, the believers in the Church, and the unsaved, the gentiles, the nations.  If we know these parables, we have a very good picture of what’s ahead.  And what’s ahead for the believers, the Christians, is something that every saved one should know.

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02 Feb 2020 Matthew (Program #65)

Matthew (Program #65) – Prophecy of the Kingdom (4)

Of all the parables in the final chapters of Matthew, none is more striking and sobering than the parable of the ten virgins in chapter 25. Coupled with the other parables around it, we can clearly see that at His Coming, the Lord will judge and examine His people, the believing and saved ones. This judgment will not be concerning sin or our eternal salvation, of that we have been assured. But in the matters of watchfulness and faithfulness we will be examined. Not at the risk of our salvation, but at the potential risk of the reward of the enjoyment of the kingdom.

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01 Feb 2020 Numbers (Program #22)

Numbers (Program #22) – Fighting (3)

In the Old Testament book of Numbers there is the story of a gentile prophet named Balaam.  The Moabite king Balak had hired him to curse and prophesy against God’s people Israel, who Balak the king greatly feared.  Yet at each instance, as much as Balaam desire to please the king, whatever he spoke concerning Israel turned out not to be a curse but a blessing.  These parables recorded in Numbers 22 through 24 had a greater impact than just the Lord’s frustration of a heathen king with an evil intention towards God’s people.  These parables actually revealed how God views His people, whether the nation of Israel in the Old Testament or the church in this age despite the failures and weaknesses.  God sees the church as glorious, victorious and beautiful.  How can this be?  it’s because He sees the church, the believers, in Christ.

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27 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #59)

Matthew (Program #59) – The Heavenly King Being Tested (2)

The final chapter of Matthew presents a series of parables that are often referred to and even quoted but seldom understood or explained in a full and complete way.  These parables all deal not with going to heavens but with the coming kingdom to be established on earth with Christ Himself reigning in righteousness as the King of kings.  And they also deal with our participation and enjoyment in this coming kingdom age.  One of these well-known parables is the story of the marriage feast.  In particularly, one who is called but then expelled for not being dressed in proper wedding garment.

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10 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #42)

Matthew (Program #42) – The Treasure and the Pearl

6 parables that unlock the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens are presented by the Lord Jesus Himself in Matthew 13.  Four of these parables depict the visible, outward appearance of God’s kingdom today.  But the last two are much more hidden even difficult to see.  But it is these two that we should focus on most closely because these two are parables of God’s overcoming believers, a treasure hidden in the field, a pearl of immense value.

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09 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #41)

Matthew (Program #41) – The Establishment of the King’s Rejection (9)

To outward observation, the kingdom of God today appears as a great an imposing tree.  It also appears as a field with both wheat and tares sown together.   And further, it is as a loaf composed of fine flour but leavened to make it light and airy.  This picture of how God’s kingdom would appear in the future was presented by Christ Himself in Matthew chapter 13.

Today we have not just this prophesy or the doctrine of this kingdom, but we have the practical fulfillment of this word, easily seen before our eyes.  But the question we have to consider is does this practical appearance of the kingdom also match what God’s word reveals of His desire for the kingdom?   We continue to explore this meaningful question for all of God’s people…

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07 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #39)

Matthew (Program #39) – The Establishment of the King’s Rejection (7)

After revealing Himself in Matthew 13 as the sower of the seeds of the kingdom, the Lord Jesus then goes on to give 3 parables that together paint a remarkable clear picture of the situation today and the sphere of Christendom.  These 3 parables all point to outward characteristics that seem at first glance to be something positive to help God’s kingdom to grow.  But a closer examination reveals aspects of corruption and abominable practices that have infiltrated God’s kingdom.  Don’t miss this critical, even crucial word today.

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06 Jan 2020 Matthew (Program #38)

Matthew (Program #38) – The Establishment of the King’s Rejection (6)

Christian workers are almost universally driven, even compelled by the ambition to make their church or their ministry bigger and bigger.  But the parable of the kingdom in Matthew 13 don’t put such positive emphasis on bigger.  There all the values is placed on that which is genuine and growing and healthy in a proper fashion.  Don’t miss our life study today from Matthew 13 and the parable of the tares.

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