Luke 9:28-50 The Glory of Christ and the Distortions of His Disiples

The Transfiguration; The Law and the Prophets testify to Christ’s accomplishments; A Father and Son restored; Faithless and distorted believers; God didn’t “ordain” the ignorance of His disciples, they chose ignorance; Jockeying for political positions; Characteristics of God’s rulers; He that is not against us is for us.

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Luke 9:1-27 The Nature of God’s Government

The Apostles on active duty; Power and Authority; An unjust King gets nervous; The feeding of the 5000; The dog-eat-dog “free market” vs. God’s government; Different accounts mean different events; The common people in Israel have been given bad press; Saving Soul vs. Losing Soul; Seeing the Government of God.

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The Bible Student’s Progression: What Stage Are You In?

The Bible Student’s Progression: What Stage Are You In?

1. You’re on fire!
2. You Read and Study the Bible and Books
3. You admire teachers as a fan admires athletes
4. You come to see flaws in your teachers
5. You become arrogant and think you’re smarter and than your teachers
6. You become an “I only read the Bible” kind of guy and are proud of it
7. You think you’re good enough to solve all problems your teachers were “too stupid” to solve
8. You walk around for a few years in arrogance thinking you are Divinely Chosen
9. You fail
10. You come to realize you’re not better or more devoted than your teachers
11. You realize you’re not the brains and problem solver you thought you were
12. You realize how arrogant you became
13. You’re humbled.
14. You doubt your infallibility
15. You get back to the book more earnestly than ever
16. You become smarter with the combination of humility and mercy
17. You listen to your brethren and long for their input
18. Now you’re ready for effective service

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Walking At Liberty

Paul said to “walk” worthy of our calling. The Greek word for “walk” means to “tread all around.” This has to do with your whole life – how you think, what you do, what you say, where you go.

The Psalmist said, “I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.” Walking requires thinking and adjusting.

As we study God’s word, we are instructed. As we are instructed, we are corrected. As we are corrected, we make adjustments. This is true freedom.

“And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.” Psalm 119:45.

There’s no liberty for those who are careless and apathetic. Freedom isn’t a theory, it’s a reality that’s worked out by those who long for it.

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The Word “Church.”

“Upon this rock I will build my church.”

The Greek word for “Church” is “ecclesia.” In the Gospels it only occurs on two occasions, only two. The occurrences are in Matthew 16 and 18.

The term has nothing to do with any building people “worship” in on Sundays. Neither does the term apply to all believers everywhere.

The word “ecclesia” means “out-called.” It is political in nature. It’s associated with government. The ancient Greeks had their ecclesia which met in the agora. The Romans, who were taught by the people they conquered, had their comita in the forum. They were political gatherings.

Matthew 16 and 18 are referring to political gatherings. The twelve Apostles are the “out-called.” They were given divine authority. They were God’s “selectmen.” The Lord Jesus is the Universal Emperor; He elected twelve Apostles to be under Him; He delegated authority to them. They had the power to bind and loose (Matthew 16:19, 18:18); and where they were “gathered together” in Christ’s name their actions were sanctioned. The “out-called” and the official “gathering together” of Matthew 18:20 have nothing to do with any organization that CLAIMS to be a “Church.”

These Apostles had authority and the power to back it up. They were the “superior authorities” that Paul spoke about in Romans 13. Nobody, I say nobody has this authority today.

Let’s make sure we don’t exalt ourselves to positions we haven’t been given.

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Luke 8:26-56 More Of Christ’s Government Platform: Demons Locked Up, Women and Girls Restored to Health

The Gadarine illegal trade; Demon possession; Demons recognize Jesus as the Universal Emperor; Jesus never tortured anyone, but He does apply the touch-stone; How Jesus calms the fears of the Gadarines; A good ruler; Jesus knows the difference between those who bump into Him and those who purposely reach out to Him; Should women keep quiet?; Salvation includes man and all his activities; The little girl’s healing; How to deal with scorners.

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How’s Work Going?

“Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening…O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom thou has made them all: the earth is full of thy riches…thou takest away their breath, they die… and return unto their dust. Thou sendest forth thy spirit, they are created: and thou renewest the face of the earth.” Excerpts from the 104th Psalm.

This Psalm is about life on this earth. God created the earth and everything in it. The earth is full of riches which provide for the daily needs of man and beast. All they have to do is search for them and find them. This searching process is called “work,” or “labor.”

What’s fascinating is that the Psalmist calls the activity of work “HIS WORK.” The daily routine is God’s work. Bible teaching doesn’t separate us from life or cause us to despise life. Good Bible teaching should elevate normal living. Good Bible teaching should make us better Fathers, Mothers, Children, and Workers.

Things aren’t perfect yet. We are going to die according to verse 29. However in verse 30 we are promised a resurrection. This resurrection is a renewal. That means in resurrection we will still be occupied with work.

We have work to do! Let’s work hard now. What we do now will matter then. “He that is faithful in little is faithful in much” is a universal truth.

Let’s not say with fatalists, “This life stinks. I can’t wait till it’s over.”

Let’s say with the Psalmist, “Bless the LORD O My Soul…thou art very great…O LORD, how manifold are they works! In wisdom thou hast made them all.”

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The Days of our Years are Threescore Years and Ten – Or is the Bible Inaccurate?

Western eyes are detrimental to reading the Bible correctly; especially religious eyes which filter the Bible through false morality and creeds. God’s word has been evil spoken of throughout history because of the eternal torment doctrines, the anti-science flat and young earthers, the Calvinistic stake burners, to name a few.

Here’s an example of a tortured passage:

Psalm 90 says that “the days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years…”

Total depravity theologians love this passage. This verse has led many to say that man has lived out his days when he hits his 70s. They use verse 7 and 10 to promote the idea that God is angry with everyone and therefore has limited the days of the “totally depraved” human race to 80 years.

There’s a problem with this interpretation. First, it ignores the context. The author is Moses. Second, the context is the wilderness experience. Verse 7 reads, “For we are consumed by thy anger, and by the wrath we are troubled.” This is referring to Israel’s wanderings. When the spies brought back an evil report about the Promised Land the LORD judged them. The LORD said they’d die in the wilderness as a result of their unbelief.

The LORD said those under twenty years old could enter the land; those over twenty are going to drop dead in the wilderness. God said they’d wander for 40 years.

Now do the math. That means it would be rare for people to make it to 70 or 80 because of DIVINE JUDGMENT for a SPECIFIC sin. Remember this too – Moses died at 120 years old. That means that the 70-80 age statement is a general statement pointing out the solemnity of the judgment which would surely come to pass.

So Psalm 90:10 has to be kept in the wilderness period and applied to Israel alone.

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What Happened When Christianity Spread From Greece to America

Here’s a “Sunday Sermon” for you. No music needed to get you in the mood and no “offerings” required.

Christianity began with individuals who believed in Jesus Christ; this faith inspired them to work for the good of all mankind. They weren’t nationalists, they weren’t revolutionaries, and they weren’t violent. Their message and their hearts transcended borders.

Traces of this purity can still be found among individuals throughout the world. Don’t look for pure Christianity among large movements and institutions. True Christianity doesn’t make the news.

At Athens it became a philosophy (natural law, Plato, etc…). When it arrived in Rome it became an organization (Clergy, Buildings, etc…). When it came to Europe it became a culture (The so-called “Christian” nations at constant war with each other). When it came to America it became a business (No explanation needed).

Have a great Sunday!

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Luke 8:1-25 Hearing and Doing God’s Will – Honest and Good Hearts Hear, Keep, and Stick With It.

Proclaiming the the good news of God’s government; Showing the good news of God’s government; Mary Magdalene was no “harlot”; Women who did what they could; The Parable of the Sower; The Disciples were given more truth because they WANTED more truth; The Adversary is only involved in one of the four types of hearers; Some can’t handle adversity, others can’t handle riches; Honest and Good Heart – Hear, Keep, and Stick With It; Take heed HOW you hear; The Lord’s true family; Faith and Adversity.

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