Podcast 298:  Pray Until You Pray!

Podcast 298: Pray Until You Pray!

What is the most urgent need in the church today?

The need for purity in sexual matters.
To end abortion and homosexuality in our nation.
Financial integrity in all matters and generosity to others.
Greater evangelism and church planting.
Disciplined, Biblical thinking— a Christian worldview.
To end the plague of divorce in the church.

No, the most urgent need in the church is for a deeper knowledge of God (Col. 1:10).  And how do we go about meeting that need?  Just keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:3 and prayer.

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Podcast 297:  Living in Christian Community

Podcast 297: Living in Christian Community

We have unfortunately let the emerging church people hijack the term community, or fellowship, or koinōnia, and turn it into something orthodox Christianity now rejects.  And that is a shame.  Nevertheless, community is how the Lord intended us to live.  Not convinced?  Then read the first few chapters in the book of Acts.

But a few questions remain.

How can we “esteem others better than ourselves”? (Phil. 2:3).
How can we “love (agape) one another as Christ has loved (agape) us”? (John 13:34).
How can we live in fellowship (koinōnia) together, “bearing each other’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ?” (Gal. 6:2).
How can we live in Christian community with each other, as a loving family, as part of His body functioning together as one?
Do we even want to live that way?
And, if we do, what would motivate us to love each other more than we love ourselves and to forgive each other— no matter what?
Is that even possible today?

Want to know more? Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:2 and grace and peace.

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Podcast 296:  Could You be Called a Faithful Brethren?

Podcast 296: Could You be Called a Faithful Brethren?

Those in the church in Colosse were called by two names: (1) saints, or holy ones, and (2) faithful brethren.  This profound designation by Paul raises a few troubling questions.

What does it mean to be a faithful brethren?
How do you become a faithful brethren?
What does a faithful brethren look like?
And how does the Holy Spirit fit into any of this?

Especially, when we discover the word faithful means: “those worthy of trust, belief, confidence, and duty; those steadfast, sure, truthful, firm; those who do not waver, unmovable.”

Does any of this describe you?  Does it describe anyone you personally know?  And, if not, why?  What does that say about the church of today, or about you and me personally?

To find out how to become a faithful brethren, keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:2 and becoming a faithful brethren.

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Podcast 295:  Just How Holy is Holy?

Podcast 295: Just How Holy is Holy?

When the Scriptures speak of you and I being called “saints” (Col. 1:2), and when we later discover that the word “saint” actually means “holy” or “holy ones”— the question that screams to be answered is this:  Just how holy is holy?  Or, just how holy does the Lord see us as His “saints” and how holy does He expect us to live?

The answer will shock you.

Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:13-16).

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:1-2 and the meaning of being called a saint.

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Podcast 294:  Could We Be Wrong?

Podcast 294: Could We Be Wrong?

Could the default setting in the life of a Christian be one of expecting the Lord to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20), or is it simply living in the doldrums, in the muck and mire of a lukewarm, ordinary, less-than-average life?  What do you think?

And regardless of what you think, how do you live your life in Christ?  Do you live your life spiritually powerless?  Or, like the words of William Carey, do you “expect great things from God, attempt great things for God?”

The answer to this vital question is found in the reaction of Martha and Mary when Jesus came to the tomb of Lazarus.  Remember?  Their words may reflect your words and point to the cause of the impotence in the church today.

Want to find out more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on John 11:17-27.

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