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Podcast 301:  How Can We Know the All-Knowing One?

Podcast 301: How Can We Know the All-Knowing One?

Paul’s prayer for the church at Colosse was that they would be “filled with the knowledge of His will” and they would “increase in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:9-10).

How is that even possible?
How do we increase in the knowledge of God?
How do we grow closer to Him?
How can we learn to hear His voice?
And how can we live in the center of His will?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  If so, keep listening for the answers.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:9-11.

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Podcast 299:  How Can God Love Us as Much as He Says He Does?

Podcast 299: How Can God Love Us as Much as He Says He Does?

The truth found in the Scriptures is that God loves us with an everlasting love, even when we don’t love Him.  In fact, at the point of our deepest sin and rebellion, at the time of our greatest rejection of Him, at the very moment of our disdain for the sacrifice of His Son, “God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8).  And He expects, even commands, us to love each other with the kind of love He has for us.

Which leads us to ask a couple of questions.

How can we love others with God’s love when we find it so hard to feel loved by God ourselves?
Does God sometimes hide from us and our pain?
And, if not, why does He allow pain and suffering to happen to me and my family?
Where is His love during those bad times?

Troubling questions.  Do you want to know the answers?  If so, keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:3-5.

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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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