Zechariah : Teaching when Ecclesiastical Confusion Abounds (Morning Bible Readings)
Zechariah 1 - Divine Presence Recognized (BC)
Zechariah 2 - Divine Protection Reaffirm (HB)
Zechariah 3 - Divine Priesthood Restored (WM)
Zechariah 4 - Divine Privilege Revealed (JS)
Zechariah 5 - Divine Principles Restated (BC)
Zechariah 6 - Divine Pre-eminence Re-established (WM)
Zechariah 7 - Divine Pronouncements Received (JS)
Zechariah 8 - Divine Promises Reassured  (HB)

Ministries on the House in Paul's Ministries (Afternoon Ministries)
God's Building in 1 Corinthians (WM)
God's Temple in 1 Corinthians (HB)
God's Temple in 2 Corinthians (JS)
God's House in 1 Timothy (BC)

Ministries on the House (Evening Ministries)
Daniel's Confession - Daniel 9  (HB)
Ezra's Consolidation - Ezra 8 (WM)
Nehemiah's Confirmation -Nehemiah 8 (BC)
Haggai's Construction - Haggai 1-2 (JS)
Malachi's Concern - Malachi 3 (HB)

Speakers :
BC - Mr Brian Currie
HB - Dr Howard Barnes
JS - Mr John See
WM - Mr Wesley Martin

Recordings can be downloaded from here.

Conference Hymn
St. Theodulph 7.6.7.6.D.

Our Father we would bless Thee
For Thine exceeding grace.
As sons we now address Thee
Brought now before Thy face;
The Son of God most glorious
Came from those heights above,
Thy family to gather,
Thou God of light and love.


Our sins are all forgiven
Lord Jesus for Thy sake,
Through Thee we know the Father
And of Thy love partake;
We now are God's dear children,
And we have found in Thee,
Our satisfying portion
For all eternity.

Strong in the strength Thou givest,
We overcome the foe,
Thy Word our daily manna
As on by faith we go;
The world and its temptations
From henceforth we would flee,
Our inmost soul's affections,
Are set, O Lord on Thee.

So with our eyes, Lord Jesus,
More fully fixed on Thee,
We lean upon Thy bosom,
And still would following be,
Till in the Father's presence,
The family complete,
Shall see Thee, and be like Thee,
And sing Thy praises sweet.

Then shall God's loving purpose
Through Thee be gratified,
Then shall Thy heart, Lord Jesus,
Be fully satisfied;
And we in that bright glory
Shall see Thee face to face,
The objects there forever,
Of rich unchanging grace.

~ Thomas Bentley ~

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Outline of Haggai

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Haggai 1:1-11 Reproof of Procrastination
Haggai 1:12-15 Revival of the People
Haggai 2:1-9 Return of God's Presence
Haggai 2:10-14 Rebuke of the Polluted
Haggai 2:15-19 Restoration to Prosperity
Haggai 2:20-23 Reward for the Pioneer

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Brief Outline of Revelation

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Rev 1:1-8 - Christ Communicating
Rev 1:9-3:22 - Christ in the Church
Rev 4:1-16:21 - Christ in the Cosmos
Rev 17:1-21:8 -  Christ in Conquest
Rev 21:9-22:5 - Christ in Consummation
Rev 22:6-21 - Christ Challenging

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The Feasts in 1 Corinthians

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"Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year. Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD."  Exodus 23:14-17

"Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which He shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the LORD empty" Deuteronomy 16:16

Feast of Unleavened Bread
"For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth." 1 Cor 5:7-8

Feast of Weeks (Harvest)
"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." 1 Cor 12:13

Feast of Tabernacles (Ingathering)
"In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Cor 15:52

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The Poetical Books Part 4

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Job - anguish of Woe
Psalms - aspects of Walk
Proverbs - application of Wisdom
Ecclesiastes - apprehension of the World
Song of Songs - anticipation of a Wedding

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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The Poetical Books Part 3

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Job - wisdom for suffering
Psalms - wisdom for singing
Proverbs - wisdom for society
Ecclesiastes - wisdom for the searcher
Song of Songs - wisdom for the suitor

AJH

Read Part 1, Part 2.

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The Poetical Books and our Five Senses

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Job - The Sense of Touch (Job 1:11, 2:5, 4:5, 5:19, 6:7, 19:21, 37:23)
Psalms - The Sense of Taste (Ps 34:8, 119:103)
Proverbs - The Sense of Hearing (Prov 1:5,8, 4:1,10, 5:7, 8:6,33, 13:1, 19:20,27, 28:9)
Ecclesiastes - The Sense of Sight (Eccl 1:10,14, 2:3,16, 3:10,18,22, 4:3, 5:8,13,18, 6:1,5,6,11, 7:15, 8:9,16, 9:13, 10:5,7)
Song of Songs - The Sense of Smell (Song 1:3,12, 2:13, 4:10,11, 5:5,13, 7:8,13)

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Aspects of Propitiation

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The Sacrifice of Propitiation
"Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God"   Romans 3:25

The Sufficiency of Propitiation
"And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world." 1 John 2:2

The Source of Propitiation
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." 1 John 4:10

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Pentateuchal Outline of Hebrews

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Hebrews 1-2 : Genesis (Christ greater than angels and Adam)
Hebrews 3-5 : Exodus (Christ greater than Moses and Aaron)
Hebrews 6-8 : Leviticus (Christ's priesthood supersedes Aaronic Priesthood)
Hebrews 9-10 : Numbers (Christ's passion supersedes Israel's Sacrifices)
Hebrews 11-13 - Deuteronomy (Christ, Author and Finisher of Faith)

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Pentateuchal Outline of Romans

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Romans 1-2 : Genesis (Ruin)
Romans 3-5 : Exodus (Redemption)
Romans 6-8 : Leviticus (Relationship)
Romans 9-11 : Numbers (Reorganization)
Romans 12-16 : Deuteronomy (Responsibility and Review)

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Parables about Prayers in Luke's Gospel

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A. The Plea of a Friend (Luke 11:5-13)
B. The Plea of a Widow (Luke 18:1-8)
C. The Plea of a Sinner (Luke 18:9-14)

See About Parables
A. Parable of Comparison
B. Parable of Contrast
C. Parable of Co-incidence

A. Persistence in Prayer (contrast procrastination)
B. Perseverance in Prayer (contrast passivity)
C. Penitence in Prayer (contrast pride)

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About Parables

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Parables of Comparison
There is a strong allegorical sense of things like sowing seeds, looking for sheep, etc

Parables of Contrast
Selfish human characters in contrast with the essential goodness of God

Parables of Co-incidence
The actual scene itself with real characters representing different traits

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From the Perspective of the Principal Offerings Part 4

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Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

The Principal Offerings with regard to the first chapter of 1 John
The Burnt Offering aspect - 1 John 1:1-2 "Life was manifested"
The Peace Offering aspect - 1 John 1:3-4 "fellowship with the Father and with His Son
The Meal Offering aspect - 1 John 1: 5-6 "God is light...no darkness...truth"
The Sin Offering aspect - 1 John 1:7 "cleanseth us from all sin"
The Trespass Offering aspect - 1 John 1:8-9 "confess our sins"

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Five Principal Offerings Part 2

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Trespass Offering - Remission of Sin
Sin Offering - Redemption of Soul
Peace Offering - Reconciliation to God
Meal Offering - Righteousness of Christ
Burnt Offering - Resplendence of Christ

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John Nelson Darby in English Literature

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Taken from "Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes" by Robert Louis Stevenson.
(Highlights in bold are mine)

A step or two farther I was overtaken by an old man in a brown nightcap, clear-eyed, weather-beaten, with a faint excited smile. A little girl followed him, driving two sheep and a goat; but she kept in our wake, while the old man walked beside me and talked about the morning and the valley. It was not much past six; and for healthy people who have slept enough, that is an hour of expansion and of open and trustful talk.

‘Connaissez-vous le Seigneur?’ he said at length.

I asked him what Seigneur he meant; but he only repeated the question with more emphasis and a look in his eyes denoting hope and interest.

‘Ah,’ said I, pointing upwards, ‘I understand you now. Yes, I know Him; He is the best of acquaintances.’

The old man said he was delighted. ‘Hold,’ he added, striking his bosom; ‘it makes me happy here.’ There were a few who knew the Lord in these valleys, he went on to tell me; not many, but a few. ‘Many are called,’ he quoted, ‘and few chosen.’

‘My father,’ said I, ‘it is not easy to say who know the Lord; and it is none of our business. Protestants and Catholics, and even those who worship stones, may know Him and be known by Him; for He has made all.’

I did not know I was so good a preacher.

The old man assured me he thought as I did, and repeated his expressions of pleasure at meeting me. ‘We are so few,’ he said. ‘They call us Moravians here; but down in the Department of Gard, where there are also a good number, they are called Derbists, after an English pastor.’

I began to understand that I was figuring, in questionable taste, as a member of some sect to me unknown; but I was more pleased with the pleasure of my companion than embarrassed by my own equivocal position. Indeed, I can see no dishonesty in not avowing a difference; and especially in these high matters, where we have all a sufficient assurance that, whoever may be in the wrong, we ourselves are not completely in the right. The truth is much talked about; but this old man in a brown nightcap showed himself so simple, sweet, and friendly, that I am not unwilling to profess myself his convert. He was, as a matter of fact, a Plymouth Brother. Of what that involves in the way of doctrine I have no idea nor the time to inform myself; but I know right well that we are all embarked upon a troublesome world, the children of one Father, striving in many essential points to do and to become the same. And although it was somewhat in a mistake that he shook hands with me so often and showed himself so ready to receive my words, that was a mistake of the truth-finding sort. For charity begins blindfold; and only through a series of similar misapprehensions rises at length into a settled principle of love and patience, and a firm belief in all our fellow-men. If I deceived this good old man, in the like manner I would willingly go on to deceive others. And if ever at length, out of our separate and sad ways, we should all come together into one common house, I have a hope, to which I cling dearly, that my mountain Plymouth Brother will hasten to shake hands with me again.

Thus, talking like Christian and Faithful by the way, he and I came down upon a hamlet by the Tarn. It was but a humble place, called La Vernède, with less than a dozen houses, and a Protestant chapel on a knoll. Here he dwelt; and here, at the inn, I ordered my breakfast. The inn was kept by an agreeable young man, a stone-breaker on the road, and his sister, a pretty and engaging girl. The village schoolmaster dropped in to speak with the stranger. And these were all Protestants—a fact which pleased me more than I should have expected; and, what pleased me still more, they seemed all upright and simple people. The Plymouth Brother hung round me with a sort of yearning interest, and returned at least thrice to make sure I was enjoying my meal. His behaviour touched me deeply at the time, and even now moves me in recollection. He feared to intrude, but he would not willingly forego one moment of my society; and he seemed never weary of shaking me by the hand.
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There was something in this landscape, smiling although wild, that explained to me the spirit of the Southern Covenanters. Those who took to the hills for conscience’ sake in Scotland had all gloomy and bedevilled thoughts; for once that they received God’s comfort they would be twice engaged with Satan; but the Camisards had only bright and supporting visions. They dealt much more in blood, both given and taken; yet I find no obsession of the Evil One in their records. With a light conscience, they pursued their life in these rough times and circumstances. The soul of Séguier, let us not forget, was like a garden. They knew they were on God’s side, with a knowledge that has no parallel among the Scots; for the Scots, although they might be certain of the cause, could never rest confident of the person.

‘We flew,’ says one old Camisard, ‘when we heard the sound of psalm-singing, we flew as if with wings. We felt within us an animating ardour, a transporting desire. The feeling cannot be expressed in words. It is a thing that must have been experienced to be understood. However weary we might be, we thought no more of our weariness, and grew light so soon as the psalms fell upon our ears.

The valley of the Tarn and the people whom I met at La Vernède not only explain to me this passage, but the twenty years of suffering which those, who were so stiff and so bloody when once they betook themselves to war, endured with the meekness of children and the constancy of saints and peasants.
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Like my mountain Plymouth Brother, he knows the Lord. His religion does not repose upon a choice of logic; it is the poetry of the man’s experience, the philosophy of the history of his life. God, like a great power, like a great shining sun, has appeared to this simple fellow in the course of years, and become the ground and essence of his least reflections; and you may change creeds and dogmas by authority, or proclaim a new religion with the sound of trumpets, if you will; but here is a man who has his own thoughts, and will stubbornly adhere to them in good and evil.
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Only one, on the other hand, professed much delight in the idea; and that was my Plymouth Brother, who cried out, when I told him I sometimes preferred sleeping under the stars to a close and noisy ale-house, ‘Now I see that you know the Lord!’

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From the Perspective of the Principal Offerings Part 3

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Read Part 1, Part 2.

The Principal Offerings with regard to the Lord's Supper
The Burnt Offering aspect - "My body which is given for you" Luke 22:19
The Meal Offering aspect - "in remembrance of Me" Luke 22:19, 1 Cor 11:24
The Peace Offering aspect - "the new testament in My blood which is shed for you" Luke 22:20
The Sin Offering aspect - "which is shed for many" Mark 14:24, Matt 26:28
The Trespass Offering aspect - "for the remission of sins" Matt 26:28

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Afar Off

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The demoniac man (Mark 5:6)
The prodigal son (Luke 15:20)
The rich man (Luke 16:23)
The ten lepers (Luke 17:12)
The publican (Luke 18:13)
Peter (Matt 26:58, Mark 14:54, Luke 22:54)
The women (Matt 27:55, Mark 15:40, Luke 23:49)

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Widows in Luke's Gospel

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Luke 2:37 - Widow who served God, compensated
Luke 4:26 - Widow who supported Elijah, catered
Luke 7:12 - Widow who sorrowed, comforted
Luke 18:3 - Widow who supplicated, contented
Luke 21:3 - Widow who surrendered all she has, commended

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Who can be Against Us?

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1. God for us (Rom 8:31)
2. God with us (Matt 1:23)
3. God in us (1 John 4:16)

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Be Ye Therefore

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From the Lord
- Be ye therefore perfect (Matt 5:48)
- Be ye therefore wise (Matt 10:16)
- Be ye therefore ready (Luke 12:40, Matt 24:44)
- Be ye therefore merciful (Luke 6:36)

From the Apostles
- Be ye transformed (Rom 12:2)
- Be ye steadfast, unmoveable (1 Cor 15:58)
- Be ye reconciled to God (2 Cor 5:20)
- Be ye enlarged (2 Cor 6:13)
- Be ye separate (2 Cor 6:17)
- Be ye kind (Eph 4:32)
- Be ye thankful (Col 3:15)
- Be ye doers of the Word (James 1:22)
- Be ye patient (James 5:8)
- Be ye holy (1 Peter 1:15-16)
- Be ye sober (1 Peter 4:7)

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Scripture Enclosures

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1. Humanity in Adam (1 Cor 15:22)
2. Nationality in Isaac (Heb 11:18)
3. Carnality in the Flesh (Rom 8:8)
4. Depravity in Sin (Rom 6:1)
5. Enmity in the World (John 16:33)
6. Spirituality in the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:9)
7. Christianity in Christ Jesus (Eph 1:6)
8. Divinity in God (1 Thess 1:1)

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Repentance

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1. Goodness of God leads to it (Rom 2:4)
2. Authority of God commands it (Acts 17:30)
3. Compassion of God waits for it (2 Peter 3:9)
4. Grace of God grants it (Acts 11:18)
5. Love of God rejoices over it (Luke 15:7)

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From the Perspective of the Principal Offerings Part 2

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The Principal Offerings in the Messianic Psalms
Psalm 40 - The Burnt Offering aspect
Psalm 16 - The Meal Offering aspect
Psalm 118 - The Peace Offering aspect
Psalm 22 - The Sin Offering aspect
Psalm 69 - The Trespass Offering aspect

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Contents of the Ark

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"The ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant" Hebrews 9:4

The Way - Aaron's rod that budded (Ps 23:4)
The Truth tables of the covenant
The Life - golden pot that had manna

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me" John 14:6

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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John Three Sixteen Part 4

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"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." John 3:16

For God so loved the world - the vastness of love
that He gave His only begotten Son - the virtue of light
that whosoever believeth in Him  - the validity of faith
should not perish - the vigor of  hope
but have everlasting life - the vitality of life

Hence, in this verse we not only have faith, hope and love but also light, love and life.

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Christian Service

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"And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ." Colossians 3:23-24

Duty - Serve as bond servants (Luke 17:10)
Dignity - Serve as ministers (John 12:26)
Devotion - Serve as sons (Hebrews 12:6-7,28)

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Effective Ministry Part 2

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"For of Him, and through Him, and to Him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen." Romans 11:36

The Message of Him
The Means through Him
The Majesty to Him

Read Part 1.

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Eight Visions of Zechariah Part 2

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Read Part 1.

1. The Man among the Myrtle Trees - Divine Sympathy
2. The Four Horns and the Four Carpenters - Divine Safety
3. The Man with the Measuring Line - Divine Security
4. Joshua, Satan and Angel of the Lord - Divine Salvation & Suitability
5. The Lampstand and Two Olive Trees - Divine Sufficiency in Service
6. The Flying Roll - Divine Scrutiny
7. The Ephah - Divine Severity
8. The Four Chariots - Divine Sovereignty

J. B. Hewitt

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Love and Hate

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"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Matthew 6:24

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple." Luke 14:26

While to many of us love and hate are manifestations of the emotions, the Jewish idiom of love and hate is quite different.  In the above verses, these refer to a decision of the will.  To love is to choose or to submit to, and to hate is to reject or to refuse to submit.  This idiom is clearly illustrated in Malachi 1:2 which is quoted in the same sense in Romans 9:13.  The prophet declared God's love for Israel, but Israel responded by questioning what demonstration they had had of God's love.  The response was "I have loved Jacob; but Esau I have hated".  God's love for Jacob was demonstrated in His choice of him to be the heir to the Abrahamic promise, and God showed His hatred of Esau in setting him aside from the line of promise.  Thus loving and hating were manifestations of God's choice.  When Christ demanded that one hates those to whom he is bound by the closest of blood ties, He was not speaking in the area of emotions but in the area of will.  A disciple must make a choice and submit to the authority of Christ rather than to the authority of the family headship.

J. D. Pentecost (Edited)

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From the Perspective of the Principal Offerings

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The Fourth Servant Song in Isaiah 52:13-53:12
1. The Burnt Offering aspect (Isa 52:13-15)
2. The Meal Offering aspect (Isa 53:1-3)
3. The Peace Offering aspect (Isa 53:4-6)
4. The Sin Offering aspect (Isa 53:7-9)
5. The Trespass Offering aspect (Isa 53:10-12)

Not every Bible teacher will see the same way and it certainly requires imagination.  I will be posting a series of posts using the principal offerings as a perspective to analyze portions of the Scripture. I do not necessarily endorse the outlines but I find it interestingly and imaginative.

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Make Your Calling Sure

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"Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall" 2 Peter 1:10

Your calling is
- heavenly (Heb 3:1)
- holy (2 Tim 1:9)
- high (Phil 3:14)

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Faith, Hope and Love Part 8

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Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.

"And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace." John 1:16
"Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks" 1 Thess 5:16-18

The Believer's Fullness in Christ
- Joyfulness - fullness of hope
- Prayerfulness - fullness of faith
- Thankfulness - fullness of love

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Eternal Life in 1 John

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1 John 1:2 - The Person of Eternal Life
1 John 2:25 - The Promise of Eternal Life
1 John 3:15 - The Preclusion of Eternal Life
1 John 5:11 - The Prerequisite of Eternal Life
1 John 5:13 - The Possession of Eternal Life
1 John 5:20 - The Perception of Eternal Life

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Effective Ministry

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The following characteristics can be found in John the Baptist's ministry and serves as a pattern for our preaching.
1. Educate the mind
2. Examine the heart
3. Exercise the conscience
4. Enrich the soul
5. Empower the spirit
6. Exhort the believers
7. Exalt Christ

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

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Names of Satan

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"And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night." Rev 12:9-10

Dragon - Beware of his cruelty
Serpent - Beware of his craftiness
Devil - Beware of his corruption
Satan - Beware of his contention
Deceiver (RV) - Beware of his cunning
Accuser - Beware of his complaint

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Scenes of Stoning

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1. An Israelite (Num 15:36) - stoned because of profaning the Sabbath
2. Achan (Jos 7:25) - stoned because of  propensity (greed)
3. Adoram (1 Kgs 12:18, 2 Chr 10:18) - stoned because of politics
4. Naboth (1 Kgs 21:13) - stoned because of his vineyard possession
5. Zechariah (2 Chr 24:21) - stoned because of his prophecy
6. Lord Jesus  (John 8:59) - the Jews attempted to stone Him because His Pre-existence (Before Abraham was, I Am)
7. Lord Jesus (John 10:31) - the Jews attempted to stone Him because His Person (He claimed to be God)
8. Stephen (Acts 7:58) - stoned because their heart was pierced
9. Paul (Acts 14:19) - stoned because of the preaching of the Gospel

They spoke of stoning David but they did not do it.

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Eight Visions of Zechariah

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1. The Man among the Myrtle Trees - Divine Presence
2. The Four Horns and the Four Carpenters - Divine  Power
3. The Man with the Measuring Line - Divine Protection
4. Joshua, Satan and Angel of the Lord - Divine Pardon
5. The Lampstand and Two Olive Trees - Divine Privilege
6. The Flying Roll - Divine Precepts
7. The Ephah - Divine Prophecy
8. The Four Chariots - Divine Providence

J. J. Stubbs

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The Four Hallelujahs

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Rev 19:1 - Hallelujah of Redemption and Righteousness
Rev 19:3 - Hallelujah of Retribution
Rev 19:4 - Hallelujah of His Resplendence
Rev 19:6 - Hallelujah of His Reign

Read Part 1, Part 2.

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My Beloved

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"My Beloved is mine, and I am His" Song 2:16

My Beloved - Precious Possession (1 Pet 2:7, Ps 73:25)
is - Present Possession (Ps 16:5, Heb 13:6)
mine - Personal Possession (Luke 1:47, John 20:28)
I - Prized Possession (Isa 43:4, Eph 5:25)
am  - Permanent Possession (John 6:39, 10:28)
His - Purchased Possession (1 Cor 6:20, Titus 2:14)

David Ward

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Thunderings, Voices and Lightnings

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"And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." Rev 4:5

William R. Newell described "thunderings, voices and lightnings" as powers of nature made intelligent to man in judgment.  He further expounded that "the seven lamps of fire ... which are the seven Spirits of God" as the complete active discernment of all matters and affairs in judgment.  Hence, the Holy Spirit then is taking the role in governmental administration and not as the Comforter of saints and as the Revealer of Christ to sinners as of now.

The throne then is no longer the throne of grace as of now, but of judgment
Thunderings - Awakening to Judgment
Voices - Attention on Judgment
Lightnings - Apprehension of Judgment

Seven Seals judgment - thunderings (Rev 6:1)
Seven Trumpets judgment - voices (Rev 8:5, 11:15)
Seven Vials judgment - lightnings (Rev 11:19)

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Hell and its Sadness

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The Condition and Condemnation of Hell
1. unbearable reality - in hell he lift up his eyes, being in tormented (Luke 16:23)
2. unquenchable fire -  I am tormented in this flame (Luke 16:24)
3. unsettled memory - remember ... in thy lifetime (Luke 16:25)
4. unremitting pain - and thou are tormented (Luke 16:25)
5. unbridgeable separation - a great gulf (Luke 16:26)
6. unanswered prayer - I pray thee (Luke 16:27)
7. utter hopelessness - lest they come into this place of torment  (Luke 16:27)

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We Preached Christ Crucified

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"We preached Christ crucified" 1 Cor 1:23

We - the messengers
Preached - the method
Christ - the Messiah
Crucified - the message

We preached - inform lives
We preached Christ - conform lives
We preached Christ Crucified - transform lives

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The Cross in Colossians

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Peace in the Cross (Col 1:20)
Pardon by the Cross (Col 2:14)
Preservation through the Cross (Col 3:3-4)
Preaching of the Cross (Col 4:3)

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The Hour of Finality

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The ninth hour of Darkness (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34)
The ninth hour of Deliverance (Acts 3:1-2)
The ninth hour of Devotion (Acts 10:2-3)

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A Message Never Delivered, Yet Recorded

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1. The Person who sent it - a rich man (Luke 16:22)
2. The Place from which it was sent - hell (Luke 16:23)
3. The Punishment that prompted it - I am tormented  (Luke 16:24)
4. The Prospect that necessitated it - a great gulf fixed (Luke 16:26)
5. The Petition contained in it - send to my father's house (Luke 16:27)
6. The People for whom it was intended - five brothers (Luke 16:28)
7. The Purpose in recording it - that men may repent (Acts 17:30-31)

The Message was
1. one of Concern - testify unto them
2. one of Caution - lest they also come into this place
3. one of Confession - if one went from the dead, they would repent

Archibald Naismith

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The Branch

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The Perfect Branch
"In that day shall the Branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel." Isaiah 4:2

The Prophetic Branch
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots." Isaiah 11:1

The Prosperous Branch
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth." Jeremiah 23:5

The Princely Branch
"In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land." Jeremiah 33:15

The Prominent Branch
"Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, thou, and thy fellows that sit before thee: for they are men wondered at: for, behold, I will bring forth My Servant the Branch." Zechariah 3:8

The Priestly Branch
"And speak unto him, saying, Thus speaketh the LORD of hosts, saying, Behold the Man whose name is the Branch; and He shall grow up out of His place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD." Zechariah 6:12

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Four None's in Romans 3

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"As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." Romans 3:10-12

1. Righteousness of God - there is none righteous
2. Revelation of God - there is none that understandeth
3. Repentance to God - there is none that seeketh after God
4. Responsibility to God - there is none that doeth good

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Faith, Hope and Love Part 7

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Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6.

Three Post-Exilic Prophets
Haggai - Prophet of Faith
Zechariah - Prophet of Hope
Malachi - Prophet of Love

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Brief Outline of Zechariah

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Zech 1-6 (Apocalyptical) - Visions of Israel's Foes
Zech 7-8 (Historical) - Voices of Israel's Fasts
Zech 9-14 (Prophetical) - Verities of Israel's Future

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The Lord's Prayer Part 4

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Person of God
Our Father which art in heaven,

Petitions God-ward
1. God's Prominence - Hallowed be Thy name
2. God's Power - Thy kingdom come
3. God's Purpose - Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven

Petitions Us-ward
1. Present Diet - Give us this day our daily bread
2. Past Debts - And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors
3. Future Direction - And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil

Praise of God
For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

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Principle of Non-Retaliation

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"Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: but I say unto you, that ye resist not evil" Matthew 5:38-29

Regarding
1. Social rights - insult: whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also
2. Legal rights - injustice: if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also
3. Political rights - inconvenience: whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain
4. Financial rights - indigence: give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away

David Gilliland

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The Restoration by the Father

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"But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry." Luke 15:22-23

The Father's
1. Announcement - but the father said to his servants
2. Apparel - bring forth the best robe, and put it on him
3. Authority - and put a ring on his hand
4. Advancement - and shoes on his feet
5. Atonement - and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it
6. Appreciation - and let us eat, and be merry
7. Applause - For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found

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Paramount Conference 2004 @ Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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Evening Sessions
1. Introduction - The Message of God's Startling Profile. Ex 25:1-9 (TB)
2. The Lampstand - The Manifestation of God's Shining Presence. Ex 25:31-40 (JG)
3. The Veil & The Screen - The Magnificence of God's Screening Preference. Ex 26:31-37 (DG)
4. The High Priest - The Majesty of God's Serving Priest. Ex 28-29 (WB)
5. The Cloud - The Magnanimity of God's Sanctioning Pleasure. Ex 35-40 (DG)

Morning Bible Readings
1. The Ark - The Meaning of God's Starting Point. Ex 25:10-22 (DG)
2. The Table - The Method of God's Sustaining Provision. Ex 25:23-30 (TB)
3. The Curtains & Coverings - The Might of God's Sheltering Protection. Ex 26:1-14 (WB)
4. The Boards - The Marvel of God's Standing Plan. Ex 26:1-14 (JG)
5. The Brazen Altar - The Mercy of God's Saving Purpose. Ex 27:1-8 (TB)
6. The Court - The Ministry of God's Separating Principles. Ex 27:9-21 (JG)
7. The Golden Altar - The Merit of God's Surpassing Plea. Ex 30:1-10 (DG)
8. The Laver - The Means of God's Sanctifying Power. Ex 30:17-21 (WB)

Afternoon Sessions
1. The Senseless Man & His Ignorance. (DG)
2. The Slothful Man & His Indolence. (TB)
3. The Simple Man & His Innocence. (JG)
4. The Scornful Man & His Impudence. (WB)

Recordings can be downloaded from here.

Speakers :
TB - Mr Thomas Bentley
WB - Mr Walter Boyd
DG - Mr David Gilliland
JG - Mr John Grant

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The Reception by the Father

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"And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him." Luke 15:20

The Father's Reception
1. Attention - his father saw him
2. Attitude - and had compassion
3. Action - and ran
4. Acceptance - and fell on his neck
5. Affection - and kissed him

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The Prodigal Son Part 2

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1. Reflection - and when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare
2. Realization - and I perish with hunger
3. Resolution - I will arise and go to my father
4. Repentance - and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee
5. Recourse - and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants
6. Return - and he arose, and came to his father
7. Reception - but when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him
8. Remorse - and the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son
9. Restoration - but the father said to his servants, bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet
10. Rejoicing - and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry

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The Prodigal Son

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1. Demand - give me the portion of goods that falleth to me
2. Division - and not many days after the younger son gathered all together
3. Departure - and took his journey into a far country
4. Debauchery - and there wasted his substance with riotous living
5. Depletion - and when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land
6. Destitution - and he began to be in want
7. Desertion - and he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country
8. Degradation - and he sent him into his fields to feed swine
9. Depravity - and he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat
10. Devastation - and no man gave unto him

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The Very Heart of Luke's Gospel

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Luke 15

God is pictured in three ways
1. The Son - the Lord Jesus as the shepherd seeking the lost sinner
2. The Holy Spirit - the figure of the woman searching for souls
3. The Father - welcoming them home

The Son suffering; the Spirit seeking; the Father singing
The Saviour; the Seeker; the Satisfier

The sinner is picture in three ways also as
1. A silly sheep
2. A soiled piece of silver
3. A self-willed son

As a sheep in the distance; silver in the dust; son in disgrace
Lost to safety; lost to service; lost to sonship

August Van Ryn

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Hates His Brother

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He who hates his brother has
1. No divine Light (1 John 2:9,11), abides in Darkness
2. No divine Life (1 John 3:15), abides in Death
3. No divine Love (1 John 4:20), abides in Delusion

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Faith, Hope and Love Part 6

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Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

Hebrews 11 : Indispensability of Faith
Hebrews 12 : Importance of Hope
Hebrews 13 : Imperative of Love

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Paramount Conference 2002 @ Cameron Highlands, Malaysia

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The Features and Forecasts of the Feasts of the Lord (Morning Bible Readings)
The Feast of Passover (JG)
The Historical Passovers (DG)
The Feast of Unleavened Bread (TB)
The Feast of Firstfruits (WB)
The Feast of Weeks (DG)
The Feast of Trumpets (WB)
The Day of Atonement (JG)
The Feast of Tabernacles (TB)

Afternoon Ministries
The Evangelist's Responses to the Call
The Evangelist's Reports to the Church
The Evangelist's Resources in the Word
The Evangelist's Responsibilities in the Work

Evening Ministries
The Seasons in Sequence (DG)
The Feasts in Focus (TB)
The Convocations in Confusion
The Festivals in Fulfilment (JG)
The Titles in Turmoil (DG)

Speakers :
TB - Mr Thomas Bentley
WB - Mr Walter Boyd
DG - Mr David Gilliland
JG - Mr John Grant

Selected recordings can be downloaded from here.

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Kingdom of God in Matthew's Gospel

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"Matthew is the only one of the four Gospel narrators who uses 'kingdom of heaven', there are five places where he switches to 'kingdom of God'; and all five show that he uses the two terms convertibly, as practical equivalents." J. Sidlow Baxter

1. Requirement for Entrance
'Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven. And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." Matthew 19:23-24

2. Righteousness of its Subjects
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matthew 6:33
"Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:10
"For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matthew 5:20

3. Resistance by its Foes
"But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils. But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you." Matthew 12:24,28
"And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence. For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil." Matthew 11:12,18

4. Responses to its Invitations
"Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him" Matthew 21:31,32
"John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea, and saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" Matthew 3:1,2

5. Rejection to its Offer
"Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof" Matthew 21:43
"The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come" Matthew 22:1,2

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Some Aspects of the Kingdom

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The following list of references is set out for easy comparison. Every aspect of the kingdom suggested previously, is tabulated, first, with the expression, "Kingdom of the heavens" as found in Matthew; secondly, with the term "Kingdom of God" as given in the other Synoptic Gospels. This comparison will enable the reader to see that the terms are largely interchangeable.


1. Kingdom in Power (Partially)
"Repent for the kingdom of the heavens in at hand" Matt 4:17
"The kingdom of God is at hand: repent" Mark 1:15

2. Kingdom in Patience (The mystic rule)
"It is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens" Matt 13:11
"Unto you it is given to the mystery of the kingdom of God" Mark 4:11

3. Kingdom in Present Possession (Spiritual)
"A rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of the heavens" Matt 19:23
"How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God" Luke 18:24

4. Kingdom in Profession (a sphere of responsibility)
"The kingdom of the heavens is like unto leaven" Matt 13:33
"Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God. It is like leaven" Luke 13:20,21

5. Kingdom in Prospect (The material in manifest power)
"With Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of the heavens" Matt 8:11
"With Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God" Luke 13:28

Taken from the book The Kingdom in the Gospel of Matthew by Fred Cundick

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Eighteen Sins of the Perilous Times

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"This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God" 2 Timothy 3:1-4

1. Lovers of their own selves
2. Covetous
3. Boasters
4. Proud
5. Blasphemers
6. Disobedient to parents
7. Unthankful
8. Unholy
9. Without natural affection
10. Trucebreakers
11. False accusers
12. Incontinent
13. Fierce
14. Despisers of those that are good
15. Traitors
16. Heady
17. Highminded
18. Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God

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Four Phases of the Kingdom of God

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1. Past : Kingdom in Person (Mark 1:14-15) - Christ on earth
2. Present : Kingdom in Patience (Acts 14:22, Rev 1:9) - Christ on high
3. Millennium : Kingdom in Power (Rev 20:6) - Christ reigning
4. Perpetuity : Kingdom in Perfection (1 Cor 15:24-28) - God all in all

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Recurring Themes in Judges

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1. Rebellion
"forsook the Lord" Judges 2:12,13, 10:6
"the children of Israel did evil" Judges 2:11, 3:7, 3:12, 4:1, 6:1, 10:6, 13:1

2. Retribution
"He sold them" Judges 2:14, 3:8, 4:2, 10:7
"against Israel" Judges 2:14,20, 3:8,12, 6:2, 10:7, 11:4,5

3. Repentance
"the children of Israel cried unto the Lord" Judges 3:9,15, 4:3, 6:6,7, 10:10

4. Restoration
"the Lord raised up" Judges 2:16,18, 3:9,15
"the land had rest" Judges 3:11,30, 5:31

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Beloved's in 1 John

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1 John 3:2 – Coming of the Lord
1 John 3:21 – Confidence towards God
1 John 4:1 – Caution against false prophets
1 John 4:7 – Commencement of Love
1 John 4:11 – Conclusion of Love

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Seven Sayings of Christ on the Cross Part 2

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Remission - "Father, forgive them" (Luke 23:34)
Redemption - "With Me in Paradise" (Luke 23:43)
Regard - "Woman, behold thy son" (John 19:26)
Reproach - "Why hast Thou forsaken Me" (Matt 27:46, Mark 15:34)
Resolve - "I thirst" (John 19:28)
Realization - "It is finished" (John 19:30)
Release - "Into Thy hands I commend My Spirit" (Luke 23:46)

Read Part 1

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Marks of Borned Again Believers

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Six Marks of a Child of God in 1 John
1. Spiritual Conduct
"Every one that doeth righteousness is born of Him" 1 John 2:29

2. Spiritual Constitution
"He cannot sin, because he is born of God" 1 John 3:9

3. Spiritual Character
"Every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God" 1 John 4:7

4. Spiritual Conviction
"Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God" 1 John 5:1

5. Spiritual Conquest
"Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world" 1 John 5:4

6. Spiritual Control
"He that is begotten of God keepeth himself" 1 John 5:18

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Faith, Hope and Love Part 5

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Epistle of James - Action of Faith
Epistles of Peter - Assurance of Hope
Epistles of John - Affection of Love

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Truth of Resurrection

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1. Resurrection Denied (Matt 22:23, 31-32)
2. Resurrection Deplored (Acts 4:2)
3. Resurrection Derided (Acts 17:18)
4. Resurrection Despised (Acts 17:32)
5. Resurrection Disregarded (1 Cor 15:12)
6. Resurrection Displaced (2 Tim 2:18)

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Luke 15 - A Threefold Parable Part 2

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Lost Sheep - Lost and it was a scare
Lost Silver - Lost and not aware
Lost Son - Lost and did not care

Lost Sheep - Lost from the fold
Lost Silver - Lost at the fireside
Lost Son - Lost in a foreign land

Don Roberts

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Gideon and His Men Part 2

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Judges 7:3 - Men who were faithless (22,000).
Judges 7:4, 5 - Men who were careless (9,700).
Judges 7:6 - Men who were faithful, careful and fearless (300).

"And he (Gideon) divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers." Judges 7:16

Few Chosen Men
- bold (1 Thess 2:2) trumpet
- bright (Phil 2:15) lamp
- broken (2 Cor 4:7) pitcher

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The Poetical Books and Life's Experience

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Job - Life's mystery
Psalms - Life's music
Proverbs - Life's maxims
Ecclesiastes - Life's meaning
Songs - Life's marriage

David Gilliland

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Five Principal Wounds

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"But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

There are five principal wounds that the Lord bore on behalf of our sins.
1. Contusion (Matt 27:30)
2. Penetration (Luke 23:33)
3. Perforation (Mark 15:25, John 19:37)
4. Laceration (John 19:1)
5. Incision (John 19:34)

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Via Veritas Vita Part 10

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The Lost Sheep knew not the Way
The Lost Silver knew not the Truth
The Lost Son knew not the Life

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Faith, Hope and Love Part 4

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Faith rests in God
Hope rides on God
Love reaches God when it reaches our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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False Vocations

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1. False Prophets (Matt 7:15)
2. False Christs (Matt 24:24)
3. False Witnesses (Matt 26:59)
4. False Apostles (2 Cor 11:13)
5. False Brethren (2 Cor 11:26)
6. False Accusers (2 Tim 3:3)
7. False Teachers (2 Pet 2:1)

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A Wedding Sermon

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"Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned." Song 8:6-7

Place of Love - Set me as a seal upon thine heart
Protection of Love - as a seal upon thine arm
Power of Love - for love is strong as death
Persistence of Love - jealousy is cruel as the grave
Passion of Love - the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame
Proof of Love - Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it
Preciousness of Love - if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would utterly be contemned

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Cities of Refuge

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"And they appointed Kedesh in Galilee in mount Naphtali, and Shechem in mount Ephraim, and Kirjatharba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah. And on the other side Jordan by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh. These were the cities appointed for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them, that whosoever killeth any person at unawares might flee thither, and not die by the hand of the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation." Joshua 20:7-9

Christ Jesus, Our City of Refuge
1. Kedesh (holy place) - Christ our Sanctuary
2. Shechem (shoulder) - Christ our Strength
3. Hebron (fellowship) - Christ our Sustenance
4. Bezer (fortress) - Christ our Security
5. Ramoth (heights) - Christ our Supplicator
6. Golan (joy) - Christ our Satisfaction

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Luke 15 - A Threefold Parable

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A Lost Sheep
- 1% loss out of the flock
- Lost in a place of danger

A Lost Silver Coin
- 10% loss out of the funds
- Lost in a place of darkness

A Lost Son
- 50% loss out of the family
- Lost in a place of distance

Archibald Naismith

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The Face of the Lord in Luke's Gospel

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The Face of the Lord with regard to
1. Salvation (Luke 1:76)
2. Scripture (Luke 7:24)
3. Splendor (Luke 9:29)
4. Steadfastness (Luke 9:51)
5. Salutation (Luke 9:52)
6. Single-mindedness (Luke 9:53)
7. Sovereignty (Luke 10:1)
8. Suffering (Luke 22:64)

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Gideon and His Men

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Judges 7:3 - Men who were fearful (22,000).
Judges 7:4, 5 - Men who were forgetful (9,700).
Judges 7:6 - Men who were faithful (300).

"And he (Gideon) divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet in every man's hand, with empty pitchers, and lamps within the pitchers." Judges 7:16

Faithful Men who are
- dauntless (trumpet)
- diligent (lamp)
- devoted (pitcher)

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Faith, Hope and Love Part 3

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Faith looks backward to the Cross and that saves
Hope looks onward to the Coming and that sanctifies
Love looks upward to the Christ and that satisfies

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Deterrents to Discipleship

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The expression "cannot be My disciple" occurs three times in

1. Luke 14:26 - Commitment, Surrender to Christ
2. Luke 14:27 - Cross, Suffering for Christ
3. Luke 14:33 - Cost, Substance for Christ

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The Lord in Houses of Mark's Gospel

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1. Mark 1:29 - The Servant over Diseases
2. Mark 2:1 - The Servant over Disabilities
3. Mark 2:15 - The Servant over Discrimination
4. Mark 3:19 - The Servant over Distraction
5. Mark 5:38 - The Servant over Death
6. Mark 7:17 - The Servant over Defilement
7. Mark 7:24 - The Servant over Demon
8. Mark 9:28 - The Servant over Disbelief
9. Mark 9:33 - The Servant over Dispute
10. Mark 10:10 - The Servant over Divorce
11. Mark 14:3 - The Servant over Devotion
12. Mark 14:14 - The Servant over His Departure and Decease

"But Christ as a Son over His own house; whose house are we, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end." Heb 3:6

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Themes in Nehemiah

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Neh 1 - His tears for Jerusalem
Neh 2 - His trust in God
Neh 3 - His team of builders
Neh 4 - His taunt by the adversaries
Neh 5 - His table of provision
Neh 6 - His temptation and triump
Neh 7 - His trusteeship of the genealogy
Neh 8 - His teaching to the people
Neh 9 - His tribute to God's greatness and goodness
Neh 10 - His timetable for the sanctuary
Neh 11 - His tithes to the temple
Neh 12 - His thanksgiving to God
Neh 13 - His testimony in reformation

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I have Sinned

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1. Pharaoh (Exodus 9:27, 10:16)
2. Balaam (Numbers 22:34)
3. Achan (Joshua 7:20)
4. Saul (1 Samuel 14:24, 30, 26:21)
5. David (2 Samuel 12:13, 24:10, 17, 1 Chronicles 21:8, Psalm 41:4)
6. Shimei (2 Samuel 19:20)
7. Job (Job 7:20)
8. Micah (Micah 7:9)
9. Judah Iscariot (Matthew 27:4)
10. The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:18, 21)

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Lions in the Scripture

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Judges 14:5 - Samson and the Lion (Defilement)
1 Samuel 17:36 - David and the Lion (Dauntlessness)
2 Samuel 23:20 - Benaiah and the Lion (Determination)
1 Kings 13:24 - Prophet and the Lion (Disobedience)
Daniel 6:22 - Daniel and the Lion (Dependence)
2 Timothy 4:17 - Paul and the Lion (Deliverance)
1 Peter 5:8 - Believers and the Lion (Discipline)

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Four Dangers in Colossians

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Col 2:8 - Gnosticism (theological error)
Col 2:16 - Legalism (practical error)
Col 2:18 - Mysticism (spiritual error)
Col 2:21 - Ascetism (material error)

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Faith, Hope and Love Part 2

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"Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father" 1 Thess 1:3

Faith works because it believes
Hope waits because it brightens
Love wills because it bears all things

Faith can be dampened
Hope can be dimmed
Love can be dulled

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Excuses for Not Accepting

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Luke 14:18 - His Land and its claims
Luke 14:19 - His Labour and its commitments
Luke 14:20 - His Lady and her company

Archibald Naismith

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Three Therefore's in Romans

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Romans 5:1 - Salvation, therefore of Justification
Romans 8:1 - Security, therefore of Sanctification
Romans 12:1 - Surrender, therefore of Consecration

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The Progress of the Blind Man in John 9

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"For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind." John 9:39

John 9:11 - A Man that is called Jesus
John 9:17 - He is a Prophet
John 9:33 - of God
John 9:35 - Son of God
John 9:38a - Lord
John 9:38b - he worshipped Him

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David

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David behaved himself
- wisely when Saul was appreciative (1 Sam 18:5, 14)
- very wisely when Saul was afraid (1 Sam 18:15)
- more wisely when Saul was apprehensive (1 Sam 18:30)

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Hannah

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1. Her Sorrow (1 Samuel 1:7)
2. Her Supplication (1 Samuel 1:10)
3. Her Son (1 Samuel 1:20)
4. Her Sacrifice (1 Samuel 1:24)
5. Her Song (1 Samuel 2:1)
6. Her Satisfaction (1 Samuel 2:21)

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Pyramids of the Scripture Part 3

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They rejoiced
They rejoiced with joy
They rejoiced with great joy
They rejoiced with exceeding great joy

Matthew 2:10

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Faith, Hope and Love

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"And now abideth faith, hope, love" 1 Cor 13:13

The enumeration of Faith - Hebrews 11
The elucidation of Hope - Romans 8
The exposition of Love - 1 Corinthians 13

Faith the strongest shield (Eph 6:16)
Hope the safest anchor (Heb 6:19)
Love the supreme thing (1 Cor 13:13)

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