Nov 2009

7531 - God's Promises To Me

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Scripture tells us in 2 Peter 1:4, “...He has given us His very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.”

Today let’s examine promises which God has given to us.
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7530 - God's Provision For Me

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In 1 John 3 we read: "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that’s what we are” Every person who has faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is a child of the King of kings.

To live as a child of the King we appropriate the provisions He has made available to us. Today let's examine five of His provisions for His children.
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7529 - God's Desire For Me

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One of the most fateful questions which can be considered in the heart of man is: "What is God's desire for Me?" We often phrase it in ways like, "What does He want me to do? “ or “What does He want from me?"

Let’s us look at five things which God specifically tells us He desires to see in our lives.
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7528 - Karl Bannert - Serbian Mission

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An interview with Karl Bannert about his work as a missionary in Serbia.

Karl and his family have served as missionaries in Serbia for over 8 years, and have raised their family there. Karl was formerly a general contractor building houses, and now he and his wife are daily trying to share God’s love to the Serbian’s through daily activities and witness.

He is now helping to pastor a small home church in Serbia, and in the summer of 2009 he ran a christian youth camp with almost 200 people over the course of 4 weeks, and out of those attending, over 20 turned their lives over to Christ. Rick teamed up with some local organizations and Child Evangelism Fellowship to put these camps together.

Serbia has roots in the orthodox church, and Karl is striving to get people to understand that a personal relationship with God is necessary. Join Karl and his wife Julie 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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7527 - Personal Testimony

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In 1 John, chapter 4, verse 4, God inspires the apostle John to give a short personal testimony which reads: “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world.”

Keep in mind the concern, which God has for the young church, now about 60 years of age. False teachers have invaded the church bringing false doctrines, which undermine the faith of some believers. So God has called upon the Apostle John, now perhaps approaching age 90, to write. John, who has not previously entered into writing, is called upon to share from the years of his personal relationship with Jesus and the apostles, his personal observations, which would expose and refute these false teachings.

Notice that John uses the word ‘we.’ This calls attention to the fact that all of the apostles have joined together in giving testimony to Jesus the Christ, the Savior sent from God. Remember also that John now joins Peter and Matthew, apostles who have previously given written record regarding Jesus the Christ, Son of God.
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7526 - Rick Leatherwood - Witchcraft

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An interview with Rick Leatherwood about his work as a missionary in Liberia, and the frequent obstacle of witchcraft.

Rick and his wife have been on the mission field for 25 years, and Rick shares that one of the great oppressions on the field in Africa is with witchcraft. He shares about how frequently the practice of this witchcraft activity will lead to the murder and mutilation of children.

As Rick states, “Africa is not going to move forward until this issue is dealt with, human sacrifice... What we’re looking at here is not just in Liberia... the center of the worldview of Africa is witchcraft, and until this is changed, Africa will not be able to move ahead.”

Rick share how he is working with the people to drive witchcraft out of the society by choosing righteousness instead of pursuing witchcraft practices.

You can read more about Rick Leatherwood, his testimony, and his work in our interview section here.
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7525 - Indwelling Spirit

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We’re so glad you’re with us today as we talk about; the “Indwelling Spirit.”

In our study of the First Letter of John we have come to chapter 4, verse 13, which says: “We know that we live in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.”

In this verse, once again, John circles back to a truth he has previously affirmed in the letter. In 1 John 3:24 John wrote: “Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them, and this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.”
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7524 - Jesus Christ - Disclosure of God

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Long ago God Himself laid the foundation for man’s life when He designated His only son, Jesus Christ, as the One in whom spiritual life is to be found. He is the figure oft prophesied in the Old Testament by the word Messiah. The one who fulfills these prophecies is found in the New Testament under the term Christ. Both words mean the "Anointed One."

In the coming of Jesus to dwell in the flesh, we have a revelation of God more perfect and glorious than any previous revelation through nature or prophecy. The Incarnation makes it possible for us to know what God is like, not in abstract ideas, but in tangible and understandable form, since the character and attributes of Jesus Christ are manifestations of God himself.
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7523 - Love Made Complete

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In 1 John 4 we have been learning about love — God’s and ours. Today let’s talk about “Love Made Complete.” This thought comes from verse 12. Listen:

“No one has ever seen God; but if we love each other, God lives in us and His love is made complete in us.”

Do you like to cook? Perhaps you like to eat? Well, neither the cook nor the gourmet is particularly blessed when a cake or a batch of cookies are removed from the oven before they are done. You know the scene. The cake is like a sponge and the middle is still uncooked dough. The process of cooking has not been finished. The goal has not been accomplished.

We might conclude in keeping with this illustration and from this verse that God often looks down upon His children and He sees that the process of maturity in Christ has not been completed in some of His children. His goal of bringing us to be like Jesus has not yet been accomplished in many lives. How can He tell? Because as He views us He sees that His love is not yet perfected or made complete in us.
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7522 - What We Ought To Do

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Let’s talk about “What We Ought To Do.” as we see in 1 John 4:11 which reads:
“Dear friends, since God so loved us, we ought to love one another.”

This command follows verses, which tell us about the ultimate love showered upon us by God. God’s love is an unselfish, sacrificial love, which is bestowed upon undeserving subjects. That’s what happened when God loved us by sending His Son Jesus to pay the penalty of death for our sins, even when we were alienated from Him, we were bitter enemies of His.

So this command is given upon the basis that we have accepted the gift of life offered by Jesus to all who would believe and trust Him. Keep in mind that when Jesus bestows this new life He enters our life to live His life in and through us. That’s the only way we can love as God loves — sacrifically.

When God says we ought to love one another he is not talking about being nice to one another or helping someone when we expect to get something in return. Previously in this book (1 John 3:18) we were told that we were not just to say encouraging words to someone who had a need, but we were to demonstrate love through our actions.

A story by Rebecca Pippert, which appears in Multnomah’s book Stories for the Heart Illustrates this principle. Its called “Lessons from a Young Nurse.”
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7521 - Ultimate Love

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We are now in 1 John, chapter 4 considering the subject of love. In this passage we repeatedly find reference to the Greek word, “Agape” love. It seems that the meaning of this word has been enhanced and elevated from its previous use in Greek writings. In fact, this word was infrequent in Greek usage, but when God poured out His love upon mankind through His Son Jesus, the word became the very description of the love of God.

Innately all people desire acceptance and love, and they seek it out. Many people go to great efforts to earn love.

To me it seems God placed verse 10 of 1 John 4 in this place, at this point in His discussion of this phenomenon called love, so as to raise our vision toward Him. Listen to 1 John 4:10:

“This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

In the lines just before this verse we have found the declarations “God is love” and “love comes from God.”
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7519 - A Prayer for Our Nation

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Join us as we open God’s Word and look at a prayer which could positively impact any nation.

Men and women who loved and revered God and His Son, Jesus Christ, were influential in founding America. These men and women who risked all, to found a nation where the Lord could be freely worshipped and honored without fear of persecution, scorn or ridicule; gave no apologies for their faith.

Isaac Potts, a Quaker, one day saw General George Washington on his knees at prayer in a grove of trees. Potts later told his wife that God would surely bring a great salvation for America because of godly men and women like Washington.

America has experienced some great highs as a nation; but apathy and spiritual rebellion is eroding the public attitude toward God.

Join with us in a prayer for our nation, which is adapted from Daniel’s prayer for Israel found in Daniel 9:4-19.
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