Sep 2009

7505 - Test the Spirits

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In our study of the first epistle of the Apostle John we have now completed the first three chapters. It is impressive to me that God waited until John was likely near 90 years old before the Holy Spirit inspired him to write his three epistles, the gospel of John and Revelation. Many people believe that all five books were written in the decade of the 90’s.

John’s concern was for the spiritual health and vitality of the Church. He was deeply concerned about false doctrines and beliefs which were luring many away from the sound foundation taught by Christ and then by those who knew Him.

Today let’s focus on 1 John 4, verse 1. It says:

“Dear friend, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.”
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7504 - The Pupose of Life

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Men and women of all positions of life are brought to those quiet moments of reflection in which they ask themselves, “What is the purpose of life?” “What am I supposed to accomplish in this life?”

Jesus was able to say to His Father on the night before His crucifixion, “I have brought you glory on earth by completing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:4).

Our creator, the God of Heaven and earth, had a purpose in mind when He fashioned mankind and breathed into Him the breath of life (Gen 2:7). He says (Psalm 139): "I created you, I knit you together ... You have never been hidden from me. I numbered your days even before you were born. I have known your actions, and your inner thoughts, since you were conceived. Even before you utter a word, I know what you're going to say."

Even though we are limited and He is infinite; even though we are creatures of flesh and He is Spirit; even though we have come out of sin and He is pure and holy; and even though we do not deserve this relationship, God makes it possible out of His grace and mercy.
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7503 - We Know

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In our study of God’s sacred & valuable Word we are now in 1 John 3, verse 24. Let me read it before our discussion:

“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.”

First let’s focus upon that last sentence. Did you notice that anyone can know beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are indeed the temple of Jesus Christ. That means that He abides in us – that He lives His supernatural life in and through us. How can we be so sure? It says, “we know it by the Spirit He gave us.”
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7502 - Who's in Control

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For a large number of people on earth there is one primary question which haunts their mind: Who’s in control? How many times have you heard someone ask, “Who’s in charge here?” Within the inner drive there is a great desire to know that things are in good hands.

On the spiritual level that same primary question haunts men’s mind for an answer to the meaning of life. In their hearts they are asking: “Who is going to protect my family?”; “Who is going to provide for us?”: Who is going to make us happy?”; or “Who is going to give fulfillment in my life?
God has already answered these questions, if we will but listen to Him. We find in Psalms (138:8): “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me...” and Jeremiah (10:23) states: “I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps.”
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7501 - Proof of Abiding

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In our study of 1 John we now are in 1 John 3:24. Today we want to focus upon only the first sentence, which reads:

“Those who obey his commands live in Him...”

Here we notice again that we are given proof that we have life in Trinity God. The proof given here is the fruit of obedience to God’s principles as found in His Word.
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7500 - Rodney Woo - Learning from Suffering

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An interview with Dr. Rodney Woo, the head pastor at Wilcrest Baptist Church and a New Testament professor at Houston Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Listen as Rodney shares his testimony of salvation as a child and about growing up in a racially divided area. Rodney was called in to the ministry at 15, and his father worked to getting involved in preaching in jails in Port Athur.

Through the racial tensions he was exposed to growing up, God worked to foster a passion for multi-cultural ministry. This was gradually impressed upon his heart more and more as he grew in understanding and maturity in college at ETBU.

Rodney also share about how the Lord has used pain to help mold him into the man of God he is today. A. W, Tozer said, “To use a man greatly, God must break him deeply.”
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7499 - God's Command

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In 1 John 3:23 we read, “And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.”

This is one of the important verses in the Bible. Young Christians sometimes voice the question, “What does God want me to do?”

In this verse we find two answers to this question.
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7498 - Obedience Rewarded

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Today we will look at 1 John 3; verses 21 and 22.

“Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God (22) and receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him.”

That phrase, “if our hearts do not condemn us,” does not mean that we have reached sinless perfection. Some people have interpreted those words in that manner; however, a better understanding could be that these words represent the attitude of the heart of a Christian who has diligently sought a pure heart and has confessed the known sins in his life. Following Scripture he has asked God to search his heart and reveal any obstacle between himself and God, so that it might be confessed and dealt with. The desire is to live habitually in an obedient, yielded fellowship with the Lord. When a Christian has this humble, yielded attitude then we have assurance and confidence before God.
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7497 - Bethany Kimbell - Preparing for Greece

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An interview with Bethany Kimbell about her testimony of how the Lord reached her as a child growing up in a Christian home. In 8th grade she came to understand that nothing she could do on her own was good enough for God.

The Lord moved in her life and moved from fear of what awaited her in the afterlife into a confidence in Jesus and a thirst to read scripture and follow the Lord. In college she got involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and found a mentor and a strong body of friends.

The Lord has been preparing Bethany for a trip to Athens, Greece to discuss the gospel with Greek students on college campuses. She will be engaging with a group of people who may identify themselves as Christian, but do not have an actual relationship with God.
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7496 - Following the Fall

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When Adam exercised his volition and ate the forbidden fruit, spiritual death entered the realm of human life. Since ‘the fall’ every person born on earth has faced the reality of spiritual death. There is no escaping this truth. Each person is dead in sin and must be born again if they are to experience spiritual life – to have a personal relationship with the Living God.

Each person must receive new spiritual life as a gift of grace through the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus tasted this death but won the victory over sin and death on the cross of Calvary. Now He offers new life to anyone who will receive it by faith. There is no other source, no other way. Salvation is found only in and through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12; John 14:7).

Sharing this gospel message is the primary ministry of SONlight. We prepare and send to radio stations short messages – seeds of the good news. These messages are shared in both the English and Spanish languages over about 1650 radio stations. About 85% of these stations have secular formats – country western, middle of the road, rock, all kinds – so we reach many people who never darken the door of a church.
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7495 - Heart at Rest

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Have you ever been troubled by guilt feelings or even a sense of uneasiness about your Christian life? Today we want to talk about setting our hearts at rest.

Our passage for consideration today comes from 1 John 3, verses 19 and 20:
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence (20) whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Notice these considerations about a restful heart follows thoughts about how Christians should be helpful to our brothers and sisters in Christ. The principle which precedes this passage states that our actions of help and support for those in need should go beyond words of encouragement or even prayer. We should enter into helpful support, even sharing what we have with those less fortunate.
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7494 - Love Expressed

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In 1 John we read about the love, which God has for people and how this was forcefully demonstrated through the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We also see the love Christians should have for God and how we demonstrate our love by being obedient to God’s commands and instructions.

But there is a third facet of love, which is clearly presented in 1 John also, and that is the love that a believer should have for his Christian brothers and sisters. This emphasis is the focus of today’s study.
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7493 - Love Demonstrated

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In this message we discuss how love was demonstrated to those on earth by God.

In 1 John 3:16 we can explore this idea: “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”

God is a loving God. He is patient & long-suffering with His creatures. You see, God created men & women in order that there could be a mutual loving, pleasing relationship between them. People would certainly benefit by coming under the authority of God. They would experience His protection, guidance and steadfast love. God would be pleased by the praise and delight which men and women, boys and girls would choose to express toward Him.
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