Nicodemus

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John 3:1-2 His Desire for the Lord
John 7:50-51 His Defense for the Lord
John 19:39-40 His Devotion for the Lord

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Brief Outline of Acts 9

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Acts 9:1-9 Conversion of Saul
Acts 9:10-16 Concern of Ananias
Acts 9:17-22 Confession of Faith
Acts 9:23-26 Counsel of the Jews
Acts 9:27-30 Confidence of Barnabas
Acts 9:31 Comfort of the Holy Spirit - Churches in Peace
Acts 9:32-35 Command to AEneas
Acts 9:36-43 Crisis of Dorcas

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Barnabas and His Character

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"And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus" Acts 4:36

Joses - Generous, Good and Gifted

Barnabas - Ability of the Man
Son of Consolation - Affirmation of His Manners
Levite - Attestation by His Ministry
Country of Cyprus - Area of His Mission

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Angelic, Antediluvian and Ancient Judgement

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"For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment; And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly; And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly;" 2 Peter 2:4-6

Their Cases
Angels that Sinned - Contravention (Spiritual Sin)
Old World - Cruelty (Physical Sin)
Sodom and Gomorrha - Corruption (Moral Sin)

Their Condemnation
Angels that Sinned - Confinement
Old World - Cataclysm
Sodom and Gomorrha - Cineration

See also Three Descriptions of Apostasy.

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Via Veritas Vita Part 11

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Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10.

I am
the Way - to be saved
the Truth - to be sure
the Life - to be satisfied

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Come unto Me

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"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matt 11:28

Call - Come unto Me
Company - all ye
Concern - that labour
Cares - and are heavy laden
Comfort - and I will give
Consolation - you rest.

Adapted from an outline preached by Roland Pickering

Read Part 1, Part 2.

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Passed from Death to Life

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"Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth My Word, and believeth on Him that sent Me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life." John 5:24

Pledge - Verily, verily,
Person - I say unto you,
Privilege - he that heareth My Word,
Pattern - and believeth on Him that sent Me,
Possession - hath everlasting life,
Promise - and shall not come into condemnation;
Passage - but is passed from death unto life.

An outline preached by Roland Pickering

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Seek and Save the Lost

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"For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:10

Dignity - For the Son of man
Descent -  is come
Desire - to seek
Deliverance - and to save
Despair - that which was lost

Adapted from an outline preached by Roland Pickering

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Devotion of Christ

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"For I came down from heaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Him that sent Me." John 6:38

Direction - For I came down
Distance - from heaven
Deference - not to do Mine own will
Devotion - but the will of Him that sent Me

An outline preached by Roland Pickering

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If Any Man Thirst

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"In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto Me, and drink.  He that believeth on Me, as the Scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water." John 7:37-38

Access - if any man
Anxiety - thirst
Appeal - let him come
Answer - unto Me
Act - and drink
Acceptance - he that believeth on Me
Assurance - as the Scripture hath said
Abundance - out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water

Adapted from an outline preached by Roland Pickering

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Seven Woes of Isaiah

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Isa 5:8 Woe unto them - Selfish and Covetous
Isa 5:11 Woe unto them - Self-indulgent
Isa 5:18 Woe unto them - Scoffers
Isa 5:20 Woe unto them - Subverters of Truth
Isa 5:21 Woe unto them - Self-complacent
Isa 5:22-23 Woe unto them - Scandalous Judges
Isa 6:5 Woe unto me - Sullied Prophet

Adapted from A. J. Higgins' Monday Meditation

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Brief Outline of James

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James 1 - Stand with Confidence
James 2 - Serve with Compassion
James 3 - Speak with Care
James 4 - Submit with Contrition
James 5 - Share with Concern

Read Part 1, Part 2.

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The Lord's Prayer Part 5

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A Our Father which art in heaven,
B  Hallowed be Thy Name.
C   Thy kingdom come.
D    Thy Will be done in earth,
E     As it is in heaven.
F      Give us this day our daily bread.
X        And forgive us our debts,
F'      As we forgive our debtors.
E'     And lead us not into temptation,
D'    But deliver us from evil:
C'   For Thine is the kingdom,
B'  And the power,
A' And glory forever, Amen

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Mount Up, Run and Walk

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"But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isa 40:31

In times of
- Tragedy and Disaster - walk 
- Turbulence and Difficulty - run 
- Tranquility and Delights - mount up

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The Risen Christ Part 2

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The Risen Christ
- In the garden : Comforter
- In the way : Companion
- In the upper room : Centre
- In the mountain : Commissioner
- In the sea side : Consolidator

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The First Commandment

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"And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment." Mark 12:30

Decree thou shalt love 
Dignity the Lord 
Deity thy God 
Decisions with all thy heart
Desires with all thy soul
Deliberations with all thy mind
Doings with all thy strength
Distinction this is the first commandment

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Chiastic Outline of Philemon

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A Grace to you  (Philemon 1-3)
B  Prayers and Communication (Philemon 4-6)
C   Refreshment and Joy (Philemon 7)
D    Request by Paul the Aged, a prisoner (Philemon 8-9)
E     Onesimus, Begotten in my bonds (Philemon 10)
F      Unprofitable Servant in time past  (Philemon 11)
G       Sent again, receive him (Philemon 12)
H        Not retained with Paul (Philemon 13)
X          Divine Goodness flowing from a Willing Mind (Philemon 14)
H'        Departed from Philemon (Philemon 15)
G'       Receive him forever (Philemon 15)
F'      Above a Servant now (Philemon 16)
E'     Onesimus, Beloved as a brother (Philemon 16)
D'    Repayment on Account of Paul, a partner (Philemon 17-19)
C'   Refreshment and Joy (Philemon 20)
B'  Confidence & Prayers (Philemon 21-22)
A' Grace with your spirit (Philemon 23-25)

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Chiastic Structure of the Head Covering Passage

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The Order and the Occasion - Christ, Man and God
A But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man;
B  And the head of Christ is God.
C   Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.
D    But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head:
E      For that is even all one as if she were shaven.
X        For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn:
E'      But if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven,
D'    Let her be covered.
C'   For a man indeed ought not to cover his head,
B'  Forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God:
A' But the woman is the glory of the man.

The Origins and the Obligation - Man, Woman and Angels
A For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
B  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
X    For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
B'  Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
A' For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman; but all things of God.

The Observation and the Objection - Nature and the Churches
A Judge in yourselves:
B  Is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
C   Doth not even nature itself teach you, that,
X     If a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
X     But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her:
C'   For her hair is given her for a covering.
B'  But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom,
A' Neither the churches of God.

For a detailed exegesis on the head covering practice in the local assembly, please read this page.

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Ethopian Eunuch

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Scorned Seeker
- His condition (Deut 23:1)
- His consolation (Isa 56:3-5)
- His consecration (Acts 8:27)

Seeking Sinner
- The Word he read (Acts 8:28)
- The Work he relied on (Acts 8:32-33)

Satisfied Saint
- The Wish he recorded (Acts 8:36)
- The Way he rejoiced in (Acts 8:39)

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Chiastic Outline of Acts 8

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A  Persecution of Saul - Believers scattered (Acts 8:1-4)
B   Preaching of Philip (Christ) - Samaritans Saved & Baptized (Acts 8:5,12)
C    Power of the Signs - Great Joy (Acts 8:6-8)
D     Profession of Simon - Great One, Great Power (Acts 8:9-11,13)
E      Prayer of Peter & John - Gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:14-17)
X       Perversion of Simon - Baptized but not Saved (Acts 8:18-19)
E'     Perception of Peter - Gall of Bitterness (Acts 8:20-25)
D'    Problem of the Eunuch - Great Authority (Acts 8:26-31)
C'   Place of the Scripture - Great Sorrow (Acts 8:32-34)
B'  Preaching of Philip (Jesus) - Eunuch Saved & Baptized (Acts 8:35-39)
A' Propagation of the Gospel - Word spread (Acts 8:40)

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Brief Outline of Acts 8

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Acts 8:1-4 Persecution of the Church
Acts 8:5-8 Preaching in Samaria
Acts 8:9-13 Profession of Faith
Acts 8:14-17 Proof of Peter and John
Acts 8:18-25 Perversion of Simon
Acts 8:26-40 Pilgrimage of the Eunuch

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Two's in Acts 7

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Two Saviours - Joseph, Moses, Acts 7:9,20
Two Spaces - Egypt, Wilderness, Acts 7:34,36
Two Stops - Canaan, Babylon, Acts 7:43,45
Two Sovereigns - David, Solomon, Acts 7:45,47
Two Sanctuaries - Tabernacle, Temple, Acts 7:46-48
Two States - Stiffnecked, Uncircumcised, Acts 7:51
Two Sins - Betrayal, Murder, Acts 7:52
Two Supplications - "receive my spirit" Acts 7:59, "lay not this sin to their charge" Acts 7:60 

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Detailed Outline of Stephen's Defense

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Acts 7:2-8 Revelation to Abraham
- Call of Abraham (v2-4)
- Covenant of Circumcision (v5-8)

Acts 7:9-19 Rule of Joseph
- Promotion of Joseph (v9-10)
- Provision for the Famine (v11-13)
- Passage to Egypt  (v14-16)
- Persecution by Pharaoh (v17-19)

Acts 7:20-36 Record of Moses
- 1st 40 years: Moses was raised (v20-22)
- 2nd 40 years: Moses was rejected (v23-29)
- 3rd 40 years: Moses was ready (v30-36)

Acts 7:37-43 Rebellion against God
- Revelation of the Prophet (v37)
- Reception of the Lively Oracles (v38)
- Rejection of Moses (v39)
- Return to Egypt (v40-41)
- Relegation to Babylon (v42-43)

Acts 7:44-50 Residence of God
- Joshua brought in the Tabernacle (v44-45)
- David beget the Thought (v46)
- Solomon built the Temple (v47)
- God's being on His Throne (v48-50)

Acts 7:51-53 Resisting the Holy Spirit
- Defiance to the Holy Spirit (v51)
- Disdain of the Just One (v52)
- Disobedience to the Law (v53)

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Brief Outline of Acts 7

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Acts 6:9-15 - The Slander of the Libertines (defamation and malice)
Acts 7:1-53 - The Sermon of Stephen (defense and message)
Acts 7:54-60 - The Stoning of Stephen (death and  martyrdom)

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I am the Door

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"I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture." John 10:9

Sovereign - I am
Singularity - the Door
Secret - by Me
Scope - if any man
Simplicity - enter in
Security - he shall be saved
Strength - shall go in and out
Satisfaction - find pasture

Adapted from an outline preached by Roland Pickering

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Brief Outline of Acts 6

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Acts 6:1 - The Complaint of the Greeks (Family Difficulties)
Acts 6:2-4 - The Conference of the Twelve (Fruitful Decision)
Acts 6:5-8 - The Choice of the Seven (Faithful Deacons)

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The Manger of His Birth

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Luke 2:7 - The scene of humility
Luke 2:12 - The sign of identity
Luke 2:16 - The sight of reality

Roland Pickering 

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