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318:  We Are Not Alone… Even if it Feels Like it.

318: We Are Not Alone… Even if it Feels Like it.

Sometimes, when we look at how big the evil in the world is and how small we are in comparison, we tend to get defeated and depressed.  “After all,” we reason, “what can one man do?  I’m in this all alone.  The enemy is too big, too well funded, too powerful.  What can one man do?”

But we forget we are not alone.  We are part of the church, His church, the unified Body of Christ.  We are children of God. And, “if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ” (Rom. 8:17).

We can’t look at us and the enemy with our own eyes, we must look at things from the eyes of our Lord.  And when we do, everything changes.

Want to find out more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 2:1-3.

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Podcast 317:  How to Rejoice in Suffering

Podcast 317: How to Rejoice in Suffering

When Paul says, “I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ” (Col. 1:24), we scratch our heads and wonder how that could be?

How could a man, even the over-the-top Apostle Paul, actually rejoice in his sufferings?  Especially when we realize Paul was in prison when he wrote this letter to the church at Colossae.  How is that even possible?

And what is there to rejoice about?  We, in our culture, rejoice when our suffering is over.  Yet Paul rejoices in the midst of his suffering.

What can we learn from this?  Much.  So keep listening to find out more.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:24-29.

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Podcast 313:  “He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease”

Podcast 313: “He Must Increase, But I Must Decrease”

As we face coming persecution in this country, one of the most important preparations we can make is to totally commit our lives to the living Lord Jesus.  But that raises a few questions.

What does total commitment look like?
And what does total commitment really mean?

How can I be totally committed to Jesus?
Where do I start?
What do I do?

The answer is two-fold and is crystallized in the words of John the Baptist.  He said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).   Ah, that’s it.  First, Jesus must increase and, second, I must decrease.  Or is it the other way around?

These are vital questions that need to be answered, and answered now.  Keep listening to find out more.

The following is a study on Total Commitment.

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Podcast 312:  Why Should I Give My Life Totally to Jesus?

Podcast 312: Why Should I Give My Life Totally to Jesus?

With the winds of the coming persecution beginning to blow our way, we must ask ourselves this all important question:  Is there something we can do now, before the persecution begins in earnest, to prepare for what is soon to happen?

And we discovered the answer is, yes.  We can do the following:

One, we can totally commit our life to the living Lord Jesus.
Two, we can begin to disengage from the world’s system and begin to live in His kingdom.
Three, we can embrace persecution as a means of furthering the Gospel by looking beyond ourselves and looking only at Him.

Which sadly, leads to a few more questions that each of us struggle with.

How can I totally commit my life to the living Lord Jesus?  Is that even possible?
Is He trustworthy?
Will He keep His promises and  Word to me like He said?
Does He really love me that much?

To find out the answers to these question, keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:19-23.

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Podcast 302:  God’s Name = His Nature and Character

Podcast 302: God’s Name = His Nature and Character

Jesus said to pray in this manner: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed (or, sanctify, make holy) Your name” (Matt. 6:9).

But is there more to God’s name than just… God?  How can we make holy the name of God when we don’t really know what that name is and what His name reveals about the nature of God?

For example, in the Old Testament God our Father is also known as:

Jehovah-tsidkenu – Jehovah our Righteousness
Jehovah-m’kaddesh – Jehovah Who Sanctifies
Jehovah-shammah – Jehovah is There
Jehovah-shalom – Jehovah is Peace
Jehovah-rophe – Jehovah Heals
Jehovah-jireh – Jehovah Sees or His Provision Shall be Seen
Jehovah-nissi – Jehovah our Banner
Jehovah-rohi – Jehovah our Shepherd

Want to know more about God’s names and His nature?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:9-11 and the names of God.

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