Dec 2009

7544 - A Command

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Let’s look at a command from God in the First Letter of John.

1 John 4: 21 tells us, “And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother.”

To many this seems like an impossible command. In our human resources this really is an impossible command. Love is not an emotion we can produce by self-effort, particularly the kind of love, which is mentioned here.
Rest assured if God gives a command to His children He is the one who supplies all the resources to bring the action about.
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7543 - Greg Queen - Reaching People Groups in West Africa

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An interview with Greg Queen, Sub Sahara Africa Connector for the IMB (International Mission Board). He and his family formerly served in Dakar, Senegal, as career missionaries heading up an engagement team that assisted churches in partnering with unreached people groups.

Greg discusses his new role in coordinating church involvement with unreached people groups in West Africa.

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The IMB is moving towards transforming from just sending out individuals to facilitating churches reaching out themselves. Greg shares that there are over 1600 unreached people groups in West Africa, and that it is one of the most diverse areas of the world, with over 1100 languages spoken. 80% of the unreached people groups in this area are categorized as “micro people groups”, having less than 100,000 members.

The end-vision is to get churches involved in starting churches among the unreached people groups. Greg facilitates churches using their specific skills to reach these people in West Africa. He works with two levels of church involvement: engaging and partnering churches. The partnering churches will work with other churches to reach a people group in a collaborative way.

Greg also shares the exciting story of a convert from the very first trip a church made to West Africa.

To learn more about Greg Queen and the opportunities available to churches of many denominations, read Churches Reaching the Unreached in our Interview section.
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7542 - Jesus, Son of God

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Lets look in scripture and understand more clearly what the timeline for the existence of Jesus Christ looks like.

Our first mention will be the eternity before the creation started the time clock of humanity. In this distant past the Son of God was present. “In the beginning…the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” [Jn.1:1-2]. Consider also that the night before His crucifixion, Jesus asked the Father to glorify him in the Father’s presence with the glory which he had with the Father before the world began [Jn.17:5]. So the Son of God – the man called Jesus – was a living part of existence long before Creation.

The next link we notice is that the Son of God was the very One who brought creation into being. In Genesis 1:1 it says: “In the beginning God created…” The word ‘God’ here is the Hebrew word ‘Elohim’ which is plural, so the God-head is clearly involved. John’s Gospel [1:3] tells us: “Through [Jesus] all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. Colossians [1:16] says about Jesus; “For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible…all things were created by him and for him.”
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7541 - False Claim

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1 John 4:20 says, “If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen.”

God says that the person who says with his mouth, “I love God,” and holds bitterness and hate in his heart toward a brother in the body of Christ, simply is lying. These two emotions are not compatible. Let’s look at the inconsistency.

The spotlight is on a person who openly declares “I love God.” We may understand better if we know that the word ‘love’ comes from the concept of “agape” love, godlike love. In other words this person is saying that I have received God’s supernatural, sacrificial, unselfish love into my heart, and it forms a reservoir, which flows out through me and from me to others. The totality of this description is wrapped up in “agape” love. God’s love is a life-changing experience. It becomes ours when the indwelling Holy Spirit takes up residence in the heart of a person as a part of the salvation experience.

Anyone who walks in the Spirit in daily life is a living dispenser of this love from God, which, is meant to be poured out on others.
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7540 - Praise for the Gospel

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In this program we will be reviewing the gospel message together.

We will be breaking this message down into 4 points.

Point one: God desires for you to have a personal, trusting relationship with Him.

Point two: The reason why many people in the world are missing this great relationship.

Point three: Jesus, God’s divine Son, came to earth in the form of man, lived a perfect, sinless life, and paid the penalty for sin on the cross of Calvary.

Point four: Man must again exercise his will and accept the rescue from sin.

If you are already a believer then you have the joy of being able to share the good news with people with whom you rub shoulders.
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7539 - God Loved First

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In this study we will be looking at God’s love.

In the past weeks we have enjoyed several studies regarding the subject of love — both God’s and ours. Today we focus on 1 John 4, verse 19. It says, “We love because he first loved us.”

By nature God is loving. He has always been loving. Even when mankind did not respond to His love.
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7538 - Julie Bannert - Life In Serbia

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An interview with Julie Bannert about her work as a missionary in Serbia.

Julia has served with her husband Karl as a missionary in Serbia for over 8 years. Julie has raised her two sons and one daughter from a young age in Serbia and sought to educate and teach the Bible to them with thoroughness.

Julie discusses the tough decisions they had to make for their oldest son’s education, and the sacrifices that were necessary as a result of their mission calling.

She describes how they run a house church on Sundays for Serbian people, and she also shares about her personal ministry with women in the area. For over 4 years they have been serving faithfully in Serbia and they are beginning to see the Lord moving within a number of people.

Serbia has roots in the orthodox church, and Julie and Karl Bannert are striving to get people to understand that a personal relationship with God is necessary. Join them in prayer for the people of Serbia to come to personal salvation through Jesus.

To read more about the ministry of Karl and Julie Bannert and their work in Serbia, read their short profile on IMB Europe or visit pray4serbs.org for more information about the Bannert’s mission to Serbia and how to get involved.
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7537 - No Fear In Love

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We’re so glad you’ve joined us today for a short study in God’s Word. Let’s talk about “No Fear In Love.”

This subject comes from 1 John 4:18, which reads, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in love.”

We need to get the picture in our mind of what the word ‘fear’ means. Fear comes from the Greek word ‘phobos’ which carries the picture of dread or terror.
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7536 - Scott Ullrich - Bulgaria

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An interview with Scott Ullrich about his work as a missionary in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Scott and his family have served as missionaries in Bulgaria for a number of years. Scott teaches college courses in Bulgaria and provides leadership training to future pastors and church leaders.

Only about 1% of the population of Bulgaria claim to be of an evangelical faith, and Scott and his wife are working hard to reach to more of the Bulgarian people. They are trying to expose the people to a biblical world view and to show that the Bible has answers for everyday problems, and is ultimately Jesus is the only one that can bring true satisfaction and peace.

Since Bulgaria joined the European Union in 2007, there are now more spiritual freedoms in the country, but that freedom has not yet brought about large spiritual growth.

To read more about the ministry of Scott and Robin Ullrich and their work in Bulgaria, view their profile page through Send International, where you can also view prayer requests and contact Scott and Robin.

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7535 - Our Confidence

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In this study we continue our study of 1 John, chapter 4. We’ll be learning about the character of the word ‘love.’

In verse 17 we read, “Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.”

Now, let’s focus on the concept of ‘our confidence’ as mentioned in this verse. Each of us who know and trust the Lord Jesus as Savior desire to stand before His seat of judgment without fear, but with confidence.
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138-11 Real Life

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This is a selection from our most recent 60-Second Evangelism spot CD. These CDs are sent throughout the year to over 1600 radio stations around the world. If you would like to participate with us in writing, recording, and producing these short messages, contact us.

“Real Life” is a dialogue between two men discussing the differences between an empty life and a full one.

Starring: Ted Sangalis and Jock Passalacqua
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7534 - Live In Love

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Join us as we talk about how to “Live In Love.”

We are engaged in a study of 1 John chapter 4, looking closely at the love of God and how that applies to us.

Today we’ll focus on 1 John 4:16. It says, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him.”
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7532 - God Lives Within

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Today let’s consider the statement: “God lives within us.”

Our consideration of this truth that God lives within each Christian comes from our study of 1 John, chapter 4, verse 15: “If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in Him and he in God.”

The statement that Jesus is the Son of God is a bold statement. Yet, declaring this truth, according to this verse, testifies that God dwells within that person, and that person dwells in God.

This is an underlying theme of the book of 1 John. The apostle John, writing under the inspiration of God begins this epistle with a declaration about the Father God and His Son Jesus Christ, and has throughout this book continued to press the issue that Jesus is the Christ and He truly is the Son of God. At least nineteen times direct or indirect reference is made to the Son of God in this letter and He is identified as Jesus.
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