Coming Up In Our Next Audio: Luke 3 – John’s Exhortation to Those in a State of Readiness

1. The Word of God Came To John – How?
2. Baptism: The water act and the deeper meaning.
3. Water never “forgives” sins.
4. Repentance Is a Submissive State of Readiness, That’s How The Way of the Lord Is Prepared.
5. All Flesh Shall See God’s Saving Work.
6. Abraham and Good Fruit.
7. John’s Response to Those Who Ask: “What Shall We Do Then?”
8. Baptism With The Holy Ghost Isn’t An Exciting Feeling Or Something You Get In A Meeting.
9. Nobody Has This Baptism Today – Nobody!
10. Identified with God’s Spirit Or Identified With Corrective Judgment.
11. Herod’s Greatest Sin.
12. The Genealogy of Christ: The Luke and Paul Connection – Adam!

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Mercy and Truth: The Perfect Blend Which Finds Favor With God And Men

“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.” Proverbs 3:3-4

“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” Luke 2:52

Our Lord found favor with man. The common people heard Him gladly. Our Lord didn’t just proclaim truth, He practiced Mercy. Some people overemphasize one at the expense of the other. Mercy and Truth must be blended.

It’s very easy to emphasize truth while forgetting mercy. The Lord found favor with man not merely for proclaiming truth, but by the WAY He presented it.

Truth is important. But we should be conscious that we don’t have all the truth. God doesn’t speak to us the way he spoke to the Apostles of old. We have copies of the Scripture, translation issues to deal with, historical customs to consider, and figures of speech to grapple with. That means we are learning and growing as we go.

We believe Scripture. However, since God doesn’t speak to us directly from heaven today, we should hold many of our interpretations loosely. There are some things we are still ignorant of that will be uncovered as we “search and see.” That means we will have to revise our previous interpretations.

Hold the truth. Don’t let it forsake thee. But hold mercy too – especially mercy. After all, as I said before, we haven’t received direct communication from God, so we’re all on equal footing. Believers are to search and see, discuss Scripture, and rejoice in God together. Speak the truth in love. This is how we will find favor in the sight of God and men – AND MEN!

Some people think that they are God’s chosen to “defend” His truth. They think the only way that can be done is by calling others out and offending people. Those who act this way aren’t God’s champions; they are only over-emphasizing their own importance. They are “proclaiming themselves, not Christ Jesus the Lord.” As the Proverb says, “Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?”

God doesn’t consider self-appointed men faithful. These merciless men are only faithful to themselves.

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Luke 2:21-52 My Eyes Have Seen Thy Saving Work

A Family That Keeps God’s Law; What was Simeon waiting for?; The Owner and Master of All Providing Salvation; Anna’s message; There were many believers in Israel; The boy Jesus at 12; The natural growth of Jesus to manhood; Jesus had favor with God and men; Let not Mercy and Truth forsake thee.

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Thank God It’s Monday!

Have a great week. Remember that God worked six days and rested on the seventh. Our work should in a measure imitate His. Work is good. Work is a demonstration of our character. Work has a goal. Demonstrate to those around you the reality of your faith through your hard work.

The life of a believer is played out in the “mundane.” The hand of the Savior held the carpenters tool, Paul weaved tents, and David held the shepherds staff.

Work like a champion!

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Luke 2:1-20 Good Tidings of Great Joy to All People

God’s sovereignty and a kings decree; Godly couple submits to a tax without revolting; Mary had more than one baby; Over-dramatizing the manger scene; Inconvenience isn’t suffering – unless you have a persecution complex; Christ wasn’t born on December 25th; Good tidings of great joy to all people! Unless you have a warped dispensational view; Glory to God, Peace on Earth, Men With Changed Hearts; Never confuse the manger/Joseph/shepherd scene with the house/no-Joseph/Magi scene.

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Coming up in the next audio: Luke 2:1-20 Good Tidings of Great Joy to All People.

The audio will discuss:

1. God’s sovereignty and a kings decree.
2. Godly couple submits to a tax without revolting.
3. Mary had more than one baby.
4. Over-dramatizing the manger scene.
5. Inconvenience isn’t suffering – unless you have a persecution complex.
6. Christ wasn’t born on December 25th.
7. Good tidings of great joy to all people! Unless you have a warped dispensational view.
8. Glory to God, Peace on Earth, Men With Changed Hearts.
9. Never confuse the manger/Joseph/shepherd scene with the house/no-Joseph/Magi scene.

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Are There Any “Men Of God” Today?

The term “Man of God” is used sparingly in the Bible. Unfortunately it’s been used loosely today. I’ve heard it applied by religious groupies to anybody that impresses them or appears “spiritual” in their estimation.

In 2 Kings 4-7 it’s used 19 times for Elisha. It’s also used for Moses, Elijah and a few others in the Old Testament. The only time it’s used in the New Testament is in 2 Tim. 3.

The term “Man of God” only applies to men who have been specially chosen by God to proclaim a message. These men not only proclaim a message, they also perform acts of power to authenticate the message.

THERE ARE NO “MEN OF GOD” TODAY!

A “Man of God” is chosen to represent God in a unique way. Powers that are exclusively attributed to God are performed by God’s man. That’s how people knew a man was a “Man of God.”

When the king of Syria sent Naaman to the king of Israel to be healed of his leprosy the king of Israel replied frustratingly, “Am I God, to kill and to make alive…?” The King of Israel knew that God alone can heal a leper. Elisha heard about the situation and sent a message to the king of Israel saying, “Send Naaman to me. I’ll heal him. Then the Syrians will know that there’s a Prophet in Israel.”

When the Lord (Mark 2) told the man sick of the palsy that his sins were forgiven some complained, “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Then our Lord healed the man to prove that He had the power to forgive sins. God delegated the authority to forgive sins to our Lord and it was verified when the man sick of the palsy was healed.

The point is this: A “Man of God” is a man who has been specially chosen by God and given authenticating signs. Nobody is a “Man of God” today.

Let’s not be loose with God’s word.

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Luke 1:57-80 The Lord Visits and Redeems His People

Empathy; Mercy; His name is John; Are there only five “ages?”; The prophecy of Zacharias; Abraham and David; Don’t segregate Paul; Twisting Paul’s message to our ruin; A Shining Forth!

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Luke 1:26-56 Mary and Elizabeth’s Insights Regarding Politics – A Borderless Kingdom Built on Humility

Why God chose Mary; Salvation vs. Service; The Virgin Birth; Great Women of the Bible; A Kingdom Without Borders; The Throne of David; Why Christ is Called “The Son of God”; Christ was never “begotten from eternity past”; With God nothing is impossible – IN CONTEXT!; Mary’s Incredible Insight Into God’s Ways; A Kingdom Where Arrogance and Corruption are Put Down and Peace and Humility are Exalted.

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Imagine a world like this…

“Glory, in the highest, unto God! And, on earth, peace, among men there will be delight and goodwill toward each other.” Expanded Translation.

Too good to be true? Sounds like it. However this is exactly what God has planned. Men have been trying to create these conditions ever since Cain killed Abel but they’ve never been able to accomplish them on national or international scales. Why? Because they have undertaken the peace plans apart from the first part of the statement – Glory to God! Men can’t find peace because they haven’t glorified God as God. But when God governs the earth these conditions will prevail.
Let’s break it down:

1. Glory, in the highest, unto God! This was accomplished by believers in the past. It was ultimately accomplished by the person and work of Christ. It is accomplished by believers today. It will be accomplished on a global scale when the Kingdom of God begins.

2. And, on earth, peace. This is the next thing on God’s agenda, peace. Wrath won’t take place until a rebellion on a Genesis 11 like scale takes place in the far future. People are obsessed with God’s wrath because of the influence of the horrible teaching of “hell.” Most don’t understand the nature of wrath, its extent, its scope, or its object. As a result most people can’t help reading it into Scripture everywhere. But wrath occurs in short intervals after large scale rebellious events.

3. Among men there will be delight and goodwill toward each other. Awesome! Imagine a world like that. These conditions will prevail when God’s Spirit is poured out in the Kingdom of God. At that time men will have an awe of God, as a result they will have an awe of man created in God’s image. These conditions will prevail until God becomes all in all. There will only be two short intervals of testing and rebellion during the thousands of years from when the Kingdom begins until the time God becomes all in all.

God hasten it in its day!

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