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Saturday, August 29, 2015

A Serving Servant Philippians 1: 1-11

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v.1 1. Promoting unity.
(to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are at Philippi, with the bishops and 
respects authority

v,2 2. Beseeching God’s favor.
(Grace be unto you, and peace, from God, our Father, and from the Lord Jesus

v.3 3. Being grateful for God’s accomplishment.
(I thank my God upon every remembrance of you,)

v.3,4 4. Being an example in prayer.
(always in every prayer of mine for you all)

v.5 5. Encouraging fellowship with Christ.
(for your fellowship in the gospel …)

v.6 6. Trusting God’s work.
(Being confident)

v.7 7. Affirming and partaking of the same grace.
(and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my

V.8 8. Loyal.
( For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus

v.9- 9. Seeking genuine Godly gain for God’s people.
   11 (and this I pray)

v.11 10. Desiring honor to Christ.
(which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.)

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

It Is as God Says Joshua 14: 12

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(Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day;
for thou headrest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities
were great and fenced: if so be that the Lord will be with me, then I shall be
able to drive them out, as the Lord said.)

1. The enemy is no problem to God.

2. The enemy is no problem to ones trusting in God.

3. The enemy cannot fence out God or God’s people.

4. God’s presence is with His people.

5. God’s promises do not expire before fulfillment.

6. A servant of God’s belief reveals God to be true.

7. The real reward is the reward to the heart that is trusting in God’s mighty
power and word.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Unforgettable Promise Genesis 50: 22-25

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vs.23 1) Though we are in a time of challenge, it is not time to let up on faithfulness. 
(And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: ..• )

vs.23 2) Though we are not in the land of freedom, we must still teach the truths of freedom. 
( ..• were brought up upon Joseph's knees.) 

vs.24 3) Though your own dreams and visions come to an end, hope and faith are not cut off. 
(And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die;) 
This is living the abiding life of Christ, tied to the eternal ‘vine’.
His life and purposes are timeless.

vs.24 4) Though we know not what is to come we know God will be with us.
 (And God will surely visit you) 

vs.24 5) Though we may not have present fulfilment of God's promises, fulfilment is to come. 
(and bring you out of this land ... ) 

vs.24 6) Though your spiritual fathers have partaken of God's promises, we must also partake. 
(which He swore to give to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.) 

vs.25 7) The promises of God are worth our tying our life to. 
(And Joseph took an oath •.• God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from here.) 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Worth Waiting On Joshua 14: 10-14

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V.10 1. The age of the believer or the time of trusting neither imperil the promise
of God.
(and now, lo, I am this day fourscore and five years old.)

v.10 2. The believer who is armed with God’s truth is sufficiently armed.

v.11 3. Disappointments are properly sealed in the abundant mercies of God.
(As yet I am as strong this day as I was in the day that Moses sent me: as my
strength was then, even so is my strength now,)

v.11 4. That which is given of God is sustained by God.
(as my strength was then, even so is my strength now,)

v.11 5. With God there is no doing without; God provides what is needed, fully.
(I am this day fourscore and five years old.)
(is my strength now, for war, both to go out, and to come in.)
Caleb could still go to war if needed.  While he waited on the promises of
God, God sustained him in every way.

v.12 6. The promise of God never loses its content or worth with the passage of
time; its basis is still the same, believing God.
(Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; how
the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the
Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.)

v.13, 7. The wait ends in God’s time; His promises are true and possessable and
   14 genuinely rewarding.
(And Joshua blessed him, and gave unto Caleb the son of Jephunneh Hebron for
an inheritance.)
(Hebron therefore became the inheritance of Caleb, the son of Jephunneh the
Kenezite unto this day, because that he wholly followed  the Lord God of Israel.)

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The Word of Faith John 4: 46-51

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v.46 1. Gives His word in response to real need..
(...whose son was sick ...)

v.48 2. Gives His word to correct or to test us.
(...Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.)

v.50 3. Gives His word for us to place our trust in.
(Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth.  And the man believed the
                word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.)

v.50 4. Gives His word to instruct us.
(Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way;)

v.50 5. Gives His word to comfort us.
( thy son liveth.)

v.50 6. Gives His word to grow us.
(And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, …)

v.51 7. Gives His word as a reward.
(And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him
saying, thy son liveth.)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Christ's Teachings-The Lawyer's View Luke 11: 45-51

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v.45 1. Like application to Pharisees- same quality approach to life.
(Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto Him, Master, thus saying
thou reproachest us also.)
The view that truth tramples on someone’s views of life.
Truth always supports God’s view of life.

v.46 2. Hypocritical lading of complex burdens on men- dual standards.
(And He said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens
grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of 
your fingers.)

v.47 3. Openly aggressive, cooperate with those opposing Godly foundations, join
(Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchers of the prophets, and your
fathers killed them.)
Planning the demise of truth

v.48 4. Justify rebellions of past against God.
(Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they
indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchers.)

v.49 5. They have no interest in truth, see no relevancy.
(Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and
apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: )

v.50 6. Will be kept accountable for their unjust deeds.
(That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of 
the world, may be required of this generation;)

v.50 7. Cumulative transgression shall visit them.
   51 (From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished
between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required 
of this generation.)

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Successful Living 1 Peter 5: 10

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1. Receive God’s call.
(But the God of all grace, who hath called us)

2. Look beyond present circumstances.
(unto His)

3. Have an eternal perspective.
( unto His eternal glory)

4. Make Jesus your total source of life.
(by Christ Jesus)

5. Be willing to let suffering prepare you.
(after ye have suffered awhile,)

6. Believe God wants you to be complete.
(make you perfect)

7. Let God establish you.

8. Live by God’s strength throughout your life.

9. Be steadfast in your response to life.
(settle you)

10. Give Jesus glory.
(To Him b e glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.)

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Christ's Teachings-Pharisees' View Luke 11: 37-54

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                To the Pharisee:

v.37, 1. Life is only measured externally.
   39 (And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee besought Him to dine with him: and He
went in, and sat down to meat.)
(And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the
cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.)

v.34, 2. Attitudes of the heart are not seen as influential to action.
v.40 3. A very incomplete view of life is held, a sense life revolves around touch, see,
hear, feel ….
(Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within

v.41 4. Cleanness is an expression first of the heart; thus, it requires a clean heart-
cleaned by God.
(But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean
unto you.)

v.42 5. Great attention to religious details and no attention to God’s name nor
accountability to God lead to vain and irresponsible conclusions about life.
(But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs,
and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and
not to leave the other undone.)

v.43 6. Exaltation of man can never lead to Christ.
(Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues,
and  greetings in the markets,)

v.44 7. Man’s inherently held goodness is a lie, unacceptable to God.
(Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which
appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.)

v.44 8. True hypocrisy is to believe God will accept any uncleanness, unholiness

v.44 9. Such views are held by a dead man who denies he is already dead in his
trespass and sin.

v.44 10. That man may appear alive (men walk over them not aware) but is dead already.
v.52 11. They strip away truth by misrepresentation of man’s understanding.
(Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye 
entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.)

v.52 12. There is a direct hindrance to those interested in finding truth.

v.53 13. Their manner is to provoke truth, to bring it into question, to misrepresent truth
and bring an evil report regarding it.
(And as He said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge Him vehemently, and to provoke Him to speak of many things:)

v.54 14. They lurk ready to spring a trap and pounce on the victim of their false claim.
(Laying wait for Him, and seeking to catch something out of His mouth, that they
might accuse Him.)

v.54 15. They twist meaning of words (to catch something out of His mouth)

v.54 16. They are armed with false accusations.

17. They ever fail in their attempt to wrong truth.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Directed Prayer Ephesians 3: 14-21

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v.14, 1. To the Father of all.
   15 (I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,)
Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named,)

v.16 2. To the God of riches and might.
(That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory to be
                strengthened with might by His Spirit in the inner man;)

v.17, 3. To the God of unparalleled love.
(grounded in love ...)

v.19 4. To the God of all fullness.
(...that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.)

v.20 5. To the God of plenty.
(Now unto Him that is able to do ..…

v.20 6. To the God of power.
(...according to the power that worketh in us,)

v.21 7. To the God of all glory.
(Unto Him be glory ...)