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Can you hear me now?

He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches;

(Revelation 2:7)

This phrase “If any man have ears to hear, let him Hear” is only spoken eight times by the Lord Jesus Christ during his earthly ministry.  This phrase is also used eight times in the book of Revelation, Seven times by Jesus and once by the Apostle John.  All seven times, Jesus says “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the spirit saith, unto the churches”..

We should pay attention to what the Spirit says to us; according to John 14:16-26, the Spirit will teach us all things, and bring to remembrance the Lord’s Words.

But we have to listen!  Jesus often spoke and taught using parables, using what they knew, to explain to explain what they did not know.  For instance, Jesus taught his disciples with 7 different parables in Matthew chapter 13:

  1. The Parable of the Sower

  2. The Parable of The Wheat and the Tares

  3. The Parable of The Mustard Seed

  4. The Parable of The Leaven

  5. The Parable of The Hidden Treasure

  6. The Parable of The Pearl of Great Price

  7. The Parable of The Drag Net.

In this podcast, we are going to take a look at the parable of the sower as found in Luke 8:5-15.  We will take notice of the Four Continue reading Can you hear me now?

A Mothers Love

Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall
drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.

And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

                                                   – Matthew 20:20-23

In this Podcast:

We will look at the Three things that every Mother can learn from the mother of James and John Zebedee:

  • She wanted her children to be part of the Kingdom of God
  • She wanted her children to be actively involved in the work of the Lord
  • She had big expections for her children

What are Mothers?

What is keeping you from Jesus today?

Many times in life we find ourselves in situations that we didn’t foresee that keep us from fulfilling our objectives.  Sometimes the most routine of agendas turns out to be difficult if not impossible to accomplish.  We can feel trapped in our circumstances and need help to escape.  At other times we may be the help that someone else desperately needs.

When I was young we used to take our annual vacations at Cave City Ky and explored mammoth cave.  One year I couldn’t go, but my Dad and Brother decided to take a spelunking tour.  Complete with knee pads and hard hats.  They had to crawl through some very tight passageways and in one of them my Dad got stuck when he was about half way through.  He said that it was one of the scariest events of his life.  This brings to mind the story of a man by the name of Floyd Collins.

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Where is the good way?

Shew me thy ways, O LORD; teach me thy paths.
Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day. 

Psalm 25:4-5

Have you ever attempted to give someone driving directions?  Especially someone who is “directionally challenged”?  GPS technology has come a long way, but so many people rely completely on these things.

In this podcast we are going to see how to find the right path:

The Who, What, Where and When of Nahum 1:7

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

Nahum 1:7

In this Podcast:

  • The Lord is good
  • The Lord is a Strong Hold
    • In the day of trouble
  • To those who put their trust in Him

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The Hope of Easter

Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them.
And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. Irvington Bible Baptist Church
And they entered in, and found not the body of the
Lord Jesus.

And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments:
And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living1 among the dead?
He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee,
Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.

Luke 24:1-7

 

With everything that is going on in the world to
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The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 2

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, scalebut Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Galatians 2:20

Navigating between Christian Liberty and Legalism

We are Saved by Faith in the Son of God; therefore we now live for him and not for ourselves  (Romans 12:1-2).

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The Due Order

 For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

1Chronicles 15:3

How the people of God were revived one day!

 

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How to encourage others

Acts 9:27

“But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus. “

In Acts 9 we see Barnabas stepping up to be an encouragement to the Apostle Paul at the beginning of his ministry.  Let’s face it; Paul did not have a good testimony in the local church up to this point.  In fact, Paul himself said that he had persecuted the Church and wasted it (Galatians 1:13).  Barnabas could have avoided Paul or kicked him while he was down, but instead, he decided to be an encouragement and help to him.  We too have this option when it comes to new believers or even those who have been “in the faith” for quite some time  but have fallen back into the “old nature”.  We can decide to pile on and discourage them in their walk with the Lord; or we can be like Barnabas and encourage them as we are commanded to do in Galatians 6:1-3. 

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3 Marks of a Growing Church

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A church that is growing will have some distinct characteristics.  As we read in Acts 9:26-31.  The book of Acts is generally not a good place for the local church to build doctrine; since it is a transitional book; however, we can glean some good lessons from the book of Acts. “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” (Romans 15:4)  Especially in the subject of growing a local church, since that is exactly what is going on in the latter part of Acts 9.  In our previous article (Are you a destroyer or a restorer) we looked at some things that the Church should not do. Now I would like to turn our attention towards some things that we should do in the Local Church.

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