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Don’t just sit there, Get Prepared!

If you don’t prepare, you will permit a pack of problems.

 

When Catherine and I were first married, we decided along with my brother to go on a canoeing/camping trip. It started as a canoeing trip, but we also wanted to camp. What we wanted was a two-day canoe trip where we could camp half way.  The issue that arose was that the canoe outfitter did not have any such trip.  So, we made our own; We received permission from the outfitter to pick a spot along the creek bank that we could camp.  It was accessible by car, so we set up camp first and then embarked on our canoe “adventure.”  We only canoed downstream for an hour or so, then set up camp.  We thought that we were prepared to camp, but as it turns out not so much.  It first became clear that we didn’t thoroughly prepare when we realized that we didn’t properly “prepare” the female portion of our trip that there would not be any facilities.  We had to make our own.  Next, we were confronted with the task of finding suitable wood to create a fire, so that we could keep warm and cook our meal.  David (my brother) found an area not too far away that we could get some firewood.  It was an area that had been cut down previously and had small twigs as well as some bigger pieces that we could burn.  We had prepared ourselves for the task of cutting wood, by bringing along a hatchet.  So, there we were, tents up, a fire started, all was going well.  Then, for a reason that I am still (26 yrs. later) not sure of, Catherine somehow stepped (barefooted) right into Continue reading Don’t just sit there, Get Prepared!

A New Hope

The title of the first Star Wars movie released in 1977.  It opens up with the “good guys” being overtaken by the Evil Empire.  The Empire had just developed a weapon that no one could combat.  There was No Hope of surviving the destruction that this weapon  (Death Star) would bring.

But then you see, that there is Hope. There is a way to defeat their adversary.  There was a plan delivered and a way to obtain the victory.  They now had:

A New Hope!

This film as all others is based on one of only a handful full of different themes that are found in the Bible:

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

In this podcast we are looking at one of these themes:

  • The Empire is represented by the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4).  The weapon is sin;  In the first four chapters of Romans, we see Man’s need for Salvation.  That man is a sinner and under the wrath of God.  We’ve Also seen that man can do nothing to battle this weapon.

Then God’s plan shows up!  In Romans 4 we see how that God will impute his righteousness onto us by Continue reading A New Hope

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?

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:

Houston, We have a problem!

The title of this podcast is taken from the popular, but incorrect quote from a phrase spoken by Astronaut Jack Swigert during the failed Appolo 13 mission. He actually said, “OK, Houston, we’ve had a problem.”  This phrase has become popular to describe an unforeseen problem.  We’ve all had our share of problems, some due to our bad decisions while others by no fault of our own.

In this Podcast:

we will look at the Four common responses to solve a problem:

  • Throw money at it
  • Turn to other people
  • Take it away
  • Turn to Jesus

We will see that these are the four responses that the Disciples had when confronted with the problem of feeding over 5000 people, which they had not planned to do.

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God Meant it for Good: Episode 4

“Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. life Lessons from the Life of Joseph
But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it.
The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.” 
-Genesis 39:20-23

 

In this Podcast:

  • Bad things happen to good people
  • Don’t worry about evil doers
  • Be patient in every circumstance
  • Trust in God’s Plan

 

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The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 6

This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. the-deadly-lures-of-legalism
Howbeit in vain do they worship me,  for
doctrines the commandments of men.

For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men…

In this Podcast, we discuss the fact that:
  • The Pharisees were concerned with outer cleanliness, to the exclusion of Inner Purity
  • Jesus taught that Inner Purity was more important than Ritual Washing
  • The Inner Person (of the Believer) needs to be purified

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The Wrong Arm of the Law: Episode 3

Christian-Liberty“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage..” 

In this Podcast we discuss the fact that we have been called to Christian Liberty, But what does that Mean?

 

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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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7 Keys to move the Christian from passive idleness to active readiness

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Ephesians 6:10-20

Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Once you know what the Armor of God is; What do you do with it?
The Christian has received the Armor of God to be Active in the service of the Lord, NOT Passive.    Don’t be Passive or Idle in your Christianity, but rather be active and ready to serve.
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