These Signs

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"And these signs shall follow them that believe; in My Name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover." Mark 16:17-18

Satan - shall they cast out devils
Speech - they shall speak with new tongues
Sting - they shall take up serpents
Spoilage - and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them
Sicknessthey shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

Spiritual - shall they cast out devils
Linguistical - they shall speak with new tongues
External - they shall take up serpents
Internal - and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them
Physical - they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

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Works of the Flesh

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"Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God." Gal 5:19-21

Sensual Sins
- Infidelity "adultery"
- Immorality "fornication"
- Impurity "uncleanness"
- Indecency "lasciviousness"

Spiritual Sins
- Idolatry "idolatry"
- Incantations  "witchcraft"

Social Sins
- Disaffection "hatred"
- Discord  "variance"
- Desire  "emulations"
- Disgruntlement "wrath"
- Disrespect "strife"
- Dissensions "seditions"
- Divisions "heresies"
- Discredit "envyings"
- Death "murders"

Substance Sins
- Intoxication "drunkenness"
- Indulgence "revellings"


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Hannah Part 2

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Song of Hannah
1Sam 2:1 Salvation of God
1Sam 2:2 Singularity of God
1Sam 2:3 Sensibility of God
1Sam 2:4 Strength of God
1Sam 2:5 Satire of God
1Sam 2:6 Severity of God
1Sam 2:7 Sovereignty of God
1Sam 2:8 Sustenance of God
1Sam 2:9 Security of God
1Sam 2:10 Supremacy of God

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Sins of the Sons of Eli

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1Sam 2:17 - Sacrilegious sins
1Sam 2:22 - Sensual sins
1Sam 2:25 - Spiritual sins

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Brief Outline of 1 Thessalonians 4

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1Th 4:1-8 Sanctification - Call unto Holiness
1Th 4:9-12 Steadfastness - Charity and Honesty
1Th 4:13-18 Security - Comfort in Hope

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The Lord Reigneth Part 2

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Psalm 93 - The Reign with regard to the World (Ps 93:1,4)
Psalm 97 - The Reign with regard to the Wicked (Ps 97:3,7)
Psalm 99 - The Reign with regard to the Worshipper (Ps 99:3,5,9)

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Ruth in Relation with Other Books

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Judges : Battle Field - Gross immorality
Ruth : Barley Field - Great purity

Judges : Power of Satan (iniquity)
Ruth : Persuasion of the World (influence)
Samuel : Power of Flesh (impotence, inclination)

Judges : National Disorder
Ruth - Individual Departure
Samuel : Spiritual Decline

Judges : No king
Ruth : King was born
Samuel : King was established

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Brief Outline of Ruth Part 4

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Perspective from the Lord
Ruth 1 : Returning, the Lord's Government
Ruth 2 : Reaping, the Lord's Grace
Ruth 3 : Resting, the Lord's Goodness
Ruth 4 : Redeeming, the Lord's Glory

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Comfort in Thessalonica

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1Th 2:11 Manner of Comfort
1Th 3:2 Minister of Comfort
1Th 3:7 Means of Comfort
1Th 4:18 Message of Comfort
1Th 5:11 Motivation of Comfort
1Th 5:14 Ministry of Comfort
2Th 2:17 Master of Comfort

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Regarding Overseers

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"And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. And be at peace among yourselves." 1 Th 5:12-13

Admonition - And we beseech you, brethren
Acknowledgement - to know them
Activity - which labour among you
Authority - and are over you in the Lord
Advice - and admonish you
Attitude - and to esteem them very highly
Appreciation - in love for their work's sake
Agreement - and be at peace among yourselves.

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Brief Outline of 1 Thessalonians 3

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1Th 3:1-5 Paul's Concern - Endorsement of Timothy
1Th 3:6-10 Paul's Comfort - Encouragement by Timothy
1Th 3:11-13 Paul's Confidence - Establishment by God

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Tones of Teaching

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"we beseech you"
1Th 4:1 Living
1Th 4:10 Love
1Th 5:12 Leaders
2Th 2:1 Learning

"we command you"
1Th 4:11 Laziness
2Th 3:6 Lawlessness

"we exhort you"
1Th 5:14 Labour

"we command and exhort"
2Th 3:12 Livelihood

"I charge you"
1Th 5:27 Letter

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Joo Chiat Easter Conference 2013

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Speaker: Mr Ian Steele

Ministry:
1. Removing in the Famine (Ruth 1:1-5)
2. Returning in Faith (Ruth 1:6-22)
3. Reaping in the Field (Ruth 2)
4. Resting in the Floor (Ruth 3)
5. Redeeming in Full (Ruth 4)

Bible Readings:
1. Their Conversion and Consolidation (1Th 1:1-2:20)
2. Paul's Cares and their Consecration (1Th 3:1-4:12)
3. The Lord's Coming and our Character (1Th 4:13-5:28)

MP3 recordings can be download here.

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Thessalonians, the Model Church

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An Elect People (1Th 1:1-4)
An Exemplary People, (1Th 1:5-7)
An Enthusiastic People, (1Th 1:8)
An Expectant People (1Th 1:9-10)

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Ten's in Ruth

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Ruth 1:4 Ten Years - Willfulness of Backsliding
Ruth 2:17 Ten Omers - Work of Belief
Ruth 4:2,11 Ten Elders - Witness of Bountifulness
Ruth 4:18-22 Ten Generations - Woman of Blessing

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The Gospel in Thessalonica Part 2

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Gospel (1Th 1:5, 2:4, 2Th 2:14)
- The substance and sense

Gospel of God (1Th 2:2,8,9)
- The source and start

Gospel of Christ (1Th 3:2)
- The subject

Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ (2Th 1:8)
- The significance and standard

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Brief Outline of 1 Thessalonians 2

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1Th 2:1-6 Transparency of the Apostles
1Th 2:7-9 Tenderness of a Mother
1Th 2:10-16 Tutelage of a Father
1Th 2:17-19 Thirst of the Brethren

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Love and Sign Gifts

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A Charity never faileth (1 Cor 13:8a)
B  but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail (1 Cor 13:8b)
B  whether there be tongues, they shall cease (1 Cor 13:8c)
B  whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away (1 Cor 13:8d)
C    for we know in part, and we prophesy in part (1 Cor 13:9)
D      but when that which is perfect is come (1 Cor 13:10a)
D      then that which is in part shall be done away (1 Cor 13:10b)
E        when I was a child (1 Cor 13:11a)
X          I spake as a child (1 Cor 13:11b) [cp. tongues]
X          I understood as a child (1 Cor 13:11c) [cp. prophecies]
X          I thought as a child (1 Cor 13:11d) [cp. knowledge]
X          I put away childish things (1 Cor 13:11f)
E'        but when I became a man (1 Cor 13:11e)
D'      for now we see through a glass, darkly (1 Cor 13:12a)
D'      but then face to face (1 Cor 13:12b)
C'    now I know in part; (1 Cor 13:12c)
C'    but then shall I know even as also I am known (1 Cor 13:12d)
B'  and now abideth faith (1 Cor 13:13a)
B'  hope (1 Cor 13:13b)
B'  charity these three (1 Cor 13:13c)
A' but the greatest of these is charity (1 Cor 13:13d)

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His Shadow

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1. The Shadow of His Wings — “Because Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of Thy wings will I rejoice.” (Ps 63:7) This shadow is for daily troubles.

2. The Shadow of His Almighty — “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High, shall abide (or pass the night) under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psa 91:1; cf Is 26:3) This shadow is for daily trust.

3. The Shadow of a Great Rock — “Behold a king shall reign in righteousness and princes shall rule in judgment, and a man shall be a hiding place from the wind, and a covet from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” (Is 32:1,2) This shadow is for daily thirst.

4. The Shadow of His Hand — “He hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of His hand hath He hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in His quiver hath He hid me; and said unto me, Thou art my servant.” (Is 49:2) This shadow is for daily tasks.

5. The Shadow of His Presence — “I sat down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit was sweet to my taste.” (Song 2:3) This shadow is for daily teaching.

6. The Shadow of His Tabernacle — “And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain.” (Is 4:6) This shadow is for daily trials.

7. The Shadow of His Bounty — “They that dwell under His shadow shall return, they shall revive as the corn and grow as the vine.” (Hos 14:7) This shadow is for daily triumph.

The seven combined cover the wide field of comfort, communion, confidence, competence, companionship, contentment and constraint.

C J Rolls

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Outline of Hosea

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Hosea 1-7 The Charges Laid
The Striking Illustration  (Hos 1-3)
- The Lord’s Integrity   
- Israel’s Insincerity
- Israel’s Impiety
- Israel’s Inconstancy
- Israel’s Impropriety
The Searching Investigation (Hos 4-7)
- The Lord’s Inquiry
- Israel’s Indecency
- Israel’s Idolatry
- Israel’s Impenitency
- Israel’s Iniquity

Hosea 8-14 The Changeless Love
The Stirring Invitation (Hos 8-11)
- The Lord’s Intreaty
- Israel’s Insolence
- Israel’s Intemperance
- Israel’s Irreverence
- Israel’s Indifference
The Saving Illumination (Hos 12–14)
- The Lord’s Intimacy
- Israel’s Resistance
- Israel’s Experience
- Israel’s Repentance
- Israel’s Acceptance

C J Rolls

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Holily, Justly and Unblameably

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"Ye are witnesses, and God also, how holily and justly and unblameably we behaved ourselves among you that believe" 1 Th 2:10

God-ward - holily
Self-ward - justly
Man-ward - unblameably

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The Gospel in Thessalonica

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"For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance" 1 Thess 1:5a

Sermonin word
Salvationin power
Sovereignty - in the Holy Ghost
Securityin much assurance

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Brief Outline of 1 Thessalonians 1

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1Th 1:1-4 Expression of Gratitude
1Th 1:5-7 Entrance of the Gospel
1Th 1:8-10 Expansion of the Gospel

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Faith, Hope and Love Part 9

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"For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come." 1 Th 1:9-10

Experience of Faith - turned to God from idols
Employment of Love - to serve the living and true God
Expectation of Hopeto wait for his Son from heaven

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God of Peace

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Rom 15:33 - Prospect of Elation
Rom 16:20 - Prevailing over the Enemy
Phil 4:9 - Power for Effectiveness
1Thess 5:23 - Preservation in Entirety
Heb 13:20-21 - Perfection through Engagement

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Supremacy of Christ Part 3

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"Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him, and for Him: And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist. And He is the head of the body, the church:  Who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell." Col 1:15-19

His Moral or Incarnate Glory (Col 1:15)
His Creatorial Glory (Col 1:16-17)
His Ecclesiastical Glory (Col 1:18)
His Essential and Eternal Glory (Col 1:19, 2:9)
His Millennial Glory (Col 1:20)
His Redemptive Glory (Col 1:21)
His Triumphal Glory (Col 1:22)

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