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15 Aug 2018 Song of Songs (Program #2)

Song of Songs (Program #2) – Drawn to Pursue Christ for Satisfaction (1)

“Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
For your love is better than wine.” (Song of Songs 1:2)

This intimate and tender language might be thought to be from a great love sonnet from Shakespeare or Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Yet it’s actually from the opening lines of the book Song of Songs in the Old Testament. Why is a love poem given precious space in the pages of the Bible? There seems to be no way to understand such a book by studying in a doctrinal or theological perspective. It is purely a book of experience and to understand it properly we must learn to interpret the types and figures.

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21 Jul 2018 2 Corinthians (Program #48)

2 Corinthians (Program #48) – Paul’s Vindication of His Apostolic Authority (3)

There were many problems in the church in Corinth, but through Paul’s first epistle most of the believers were brought back to the Lord and experience a further reconciliation.  One of the lingering problems, however he left it to be dealt with in his second epistle; this was the problem of his own apostleship.  When the authority of the teaching is in question in a local church, this can be a serious problem.  It’s interesting that Paul saved this problem for last to deal with.  We look at why as we explore Paul’s vindication of his apostolic authority on today’s program.

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06 Feb 2018 Romans (Program #9)

Romans (Program#9) – The Subjective Experience of Justification (2)

The matter of justification should bring us all the way back to God’s eternal purpose to enjoying the Tree of Life and fulfilling the desire God had for man.

There’s a wonderful realization about Romans that Paul seems to be gazing at many of the major items of the Old Testament as he composed the book of Romans. We have the blessing of having a book written by a man who was very knowledgeable concerning the Old Testament through his experience in Judaism and his much learning – he certainly knew the Old Testament. Then as he wrote this letter to the Romans, he brought those images, those illusions, and even examples to enrich the teaching that he was doing with the truth from the Old Testament. And it makes it very rich and very clear and we have said here many times that what is said in plain words in the New Testament is often said in pictures, examples, stories in the Old Testament which help us to know in more details what those plain words refer to. This is certainly the case in the matter of Abraham.

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05 Feb 2018 Romans (Program #8)

Romans (Program #8) – The Subjective Experience of Justification (1)

Faith is not separated from Christ.  It is actually Christ Himself transfusing Himself into us and producing a reaction within us.  And this is our believing, our saving faith.

What is faith?  We know we are saved by it.  Oh how elusive it becomes when we look for it in the wrong place.  Today’s life study is from Roman chapter 4.  We come to a study that has the potential to be a life-changing revelation for many of the Lord’s children regarding faith.  We will see today faith is probably not what most of us supposed.

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30 Nov 2017 Leviticus (Program #5)

Leviticus (Program #5) – The Burnt Offering – Christ for God’s Satisfaction (3)

The book of Leviticus is comprised of two main sections: the first ten chapters cover the offerings and the priesthood; chapters 11 to 27 cover the holy living of God’s holy people. Today, we’re covering the offerings which are the picture of Christ – the Lamb of God, the fulfillment of all the offerings. These pictures from the Old Testament are a great enlightenment and inspiration for us today.

1 Corinthians 14:26 says, “…Whenever you come together, each one has a psalm, has a teaching, has a revelation, has a tongue, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for building up.” The apostle Paul was saying that when believers come to the church meetings, they should have something of the Lord to share with others but what a contrast to the situation we see in church meetings today. more…

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