Good morning. We’ll continue the series we started several sessions ago on the book of Joshua. I mentioned in a previous session that we would see how Israel is treated as a nation and many times if one person or a small group within Israel sins and walks against God, the whole group takes the brunt of it. Which is so different than today, where in the age of grace and each one of us that is born again, and at least as far as God is concerned it is the individual that believes God. Now obviously, any individual in any country can do something that effects everybody, but as far as God is concerned we’re the body of Christ. That has nothing to do with governments.
You know there are those who want to say that America must be a Christian land and America is different than other countries and that is OK to have those opinions about our history and about our politics, but don’t blame it on God. Because God will answer the prayers of anybody. They could be in a country that is 99% non-Christian, and that 1% that is Christian, God will bless them if they believe God. And if you happen to be in a country that is 80 or 90% Christian, God will bless you. But not because of the country like it was with Israel, it is because of the individuals in the body of Christ who choose to trust Christ; trust God through His son Jesus Christ. So, at any rate is is a big difference and much of the talk you hear in the modern Christian world, especially here in the United States is frankly based on old testament records, where the whole country was either believing God or they weren’t.
Just one example: when the children of Israel first left Egypt and they sent twelve spies into the promised land, to check it out, the land of Canaan, ten of them came back and said the Anakim are too scary, we should not go in. And the whole group believed those ten guys, and God got fed up and said: ‘OK, you guys are just going to stay in the wilderness until you die.’ So, that whole group turned their back on God, so God had to turn His back on them. But then that group died, and their children led by Joshua after Moses died, followed the word of the Lord very well. And they crossed the Jordan on dry ground and as we read last time, they Marched around Jericho for seven days and then the walls came a tumbling down. And they went in and claimed the city. So, its much more a matter of what does the group as a whole do. Individuals obviously affect that. But, for the most part it is as individuals as a whole do things. So, let’s got to Joshua 7…
As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20201018. All rights reserved.
Good morning. We’re going to continue the series we started a few sessions ago, looking at the book of Joshua, and following on to Judges and Ruth eventually. Last week we got through Joshua chapter four, where they actually crossed the Jordan and setup a monument of twelve stones to remind themselves that God had brought them safely across the river on dry ground. Now we’ll pickup at chapter five…
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Verse Listing and Notes
Joshua 5 Circumcision, eating the fruit of the land, holy ground
Joshua 6 Circling Jericho for seven days, the walls came tumbling down
Good morning! We’re going to continue our theme that we started last time, looking at the books of Joshua, Judges and Ruth. I’m not sure at this point whether we’ll read them entirely or just highlights, but last time we read Joshua one and two. Talking about when Moses died and God telling them to pick up and get ready to cross the Jordan and all the people said: “Joshua, we’re with you, 100%.” And they got ready and they got all packed up and organized and now in Joshua chapter three, we’ll see them actually cross the Jordan and in Joshua four, we’ll she them make preparations on how they are going to settle in and how they are going to remember that great day when God brought them deliverance. So, let’s start in Joshua chapter three…
As taught by Bruce Mahone 20200920. All rights reserved.
Good morning! Delighted to be here with you again, on the phone. Today we’re going to take a little different approach in our teachings than we’ve had in the last many months. In the last few months, we’ve looked at patience and perseverance and prayer and trusting God and where we’ve looked at sorts of doctrinal teachings where we look at verses on the same topic throughout the Bible. And, I think we’ve learned a lot and today we’re going to obviously look at similar because they are throughout the Bible, but we’re going to do what is called a textual teaching where you pick a text, a section of scripture and stick with it. In this case we’re going to start focusing on the three books of Joshua, Judges, and Ruth. As you know, they come after the original five books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy, which takes us all the way from Adam and Eve, all the way to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to where the children of Israel under Joseph end up being in Egypt and wind up going into slavery. To where God, through many miracles, gets them out Egypt and into the wilderness and God would have gotten them across the Jordan river into the land of Canaan, called the promised land, now called the country of Israel. He would have done that very early in that 40 years journey across the desert, probably within a few months, definitely within a year, but the children of Israel were too scared to cross the Jordan.
They sent spies over, twelve of them, one from each tribe. Two of them, Joshua and Celeb, said: “hey, there are a lot of guys there and they’re pretty big, but God will give us the victory, but let go in.” But the other ten were all scared, those others said: “those guys are much bigger and tougher than us and they’ll destroy us if we go in.” So, the children of Israel decided they were all too scared to go in God said: “Phooey, you think you’re going to die in the wilderness, go ahead and die in the wilderness.” So, they spent forty-years wandering around what we now think of the Sinai Peninsula and some adjacent areas. They spent forty-years wandering around until all the adults that had left Egypt died. So, the group that we’re left with at the beginning of the book of Joshua are either people that were very young children when they left Egypt or people that had been born during the forty-years in the wilderness. And this group is who we’ll see when we read through Joshua 1…
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Good morning! Today we’re going to touch on a topic we hit from time to time, but from a little different point of view. We’ve had a variety of teachings this year on patience and perseverance and waiting on the lord. And we’re going to review some of those verses, but we’re going to have an emphasis on patience with joyfulness. That is a great thing. Some people can do that, other people just get too jumpy and nervous. I think about my dog here, every dog is a little different and every way you take care of a dog is a little different. I have a dog that can run around the yard like you guys have in Falmouth. But I do take him on a walk most days. And when I mention walk, he gets very excited and I have to put his harness on. And then I have to often run around and get three other things because I like to listen to audio books and things like that when I’m walking. So, I have to get my ear-buds in and I got to get all organized. But he’s pretty patient about it, because he knows he gets to go on a walk and he knows it takes me a while to get ready. So, he just sort of sits there patiently looking at me, until I snap on his leash and take him out the door. And there are some things in life where I’m like that where I can very easily look forward to our fellowship times.
There are other things sometimes I get a little jumpy because I don’t want to wait. It has been said that there are three aspects to any event in your life: there is the anticipation, the realization, and the recollection. So, you look forward to something happening, and it happens. And, sometimes it happens better than you plan and sometimes it happens worse than you plan. And then there is the recollection, you get to look back and remember what happened. And all three are important for any event in our lives. And I was actually talking to somebody the other day, who was planning some kind of thing to do and were just very happy to have something to look forward to. That was the words I heard about it and it good to have that, it is good if you are working, you look forward to five o’clock when you quit working. Or, if you planned a vacation or a trip like Mary-Rose is on, I’m sure she had great anticipation about seeing the grand kids, about seeing Peter, and see her mother and her sister and that is wonderful. It is wonderful to have that anticipation to look forward to. And the more we can do that with patience when we are praying to God the better off we are. And it is great to do it with joyfulness.
There is the old saying that God is never late, but often He’s not very early. So, we just have to joyfully pray, joyfully look to God, and joyfully expect Him to bless us and provide for us. And the more we can do that with joy the better off we are. I can remember times, even going to back when I was in Connecticut in college, running all over the state teaching in a bunch of Fellowships. Looking back, and day to day it doesn’t seem like much has happened, but six-months later to you look back and realize you actually accomplished quite a bit. And I remember thinking: that was great. I’m happy that this six months was as worth while as it was , I just wish I hadn’t been so nervous about so many things. Because being nervous about several things I was working on really didn’t help. And I lost out on some of that joy of life by being nervous about stuff.
So, a better way to live is to pray and ask God for His help and being very patient about waiting to see those answers to prayer. And be very joyful that you know God is going to take care of you. Again, we do it if we have a wonderful event in life we’re looking forward to, we have to be patient because maybe it won’t happen for two weeks, or two days, or a month, or however long it is for that event happens. But if we can be joyful in the waiting and patient, then we enjoy the anticipation of waiting for it instead of waiting two weeks being grumpy because you have to wait two weeks.
So, the same thing with praying to God, we pray and we expect His blessing and we’re very joyful because we know God is going to come through, so there is nothing really to worry about. OK, let’s get into some of these verses. Again, some of these are very familiar, but it won’t hurt us to read them again and they will, and again we’re going to focus on the joyful aspect of it, Psalm 37 in verse 7…
As taught by Bruce Mahone 20200823. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Psalms 37:7 Rest in the Lord [be still, silent before the Lord]; Wait patiently for him
Psalms 40:1 I waited (with expectation) [patiently and expectantly] and he heard
Ecclesiastes 7:8-10 Better is the patient than the proud in spirit (disposition). [patience is better than pride]
Luke 8:15 Fruit with patience (steadfast perseverance) [by persevering]
(Luke 21:5-19 In your patience possess ye your souls)
Romans 5:2-5 Patience leads to [brings about, produces] hope, which maketh not ashamed
Romans 12:10-14 Patient in mental pressure [continuing steadfast, faithful, persevering in prayer]
Romans 15:1-6 Patience and comfort of the scriptures [through patient endurance and the encouragement drawn from the scriptures]; the God of patience.
2 Corinthians 6:1-10 In MUCH patience
2 Corinthians 12:11-13 In ALL patience
Colossians 1:9-11 Strengthened unto all patience with joyfulness
1 Thessalonians 1:3 Patience of (proceeding from) hope
1 Thessolonians 5:14-15 Be patient toward all
2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 We glory for your patience and believing
2 Thessalonians 3:1-5 The Lord direct into patient waiting for [patience of] Christ
Hebrews 12:1 Let us run with patience [patient endurance] the race before us
Good morning! Today we’re going to talk about things you can count on. We all have various people and situations; people make promises to us and offer to do things for us or do things with us; sometimes they come through and sometimes they don’t. And it doesn’t take long to figure out who you can count on and who you can’t. But people as we know, even the best intentioned ones, often fall short and can’t do everything they’d like to. But we can always count on God. That is why and that is the reason. Oh, by-the-way, I realize there was a slight double ontondra in that title because you know I’ve been numbering these teachings for quite a few years and today, we’ve it teaching number 1,000. So that is a good thing to count. So we can count on God. It is wonderful when we are around people we can count on, I love it. But, I’ve just found that a lot of people you can’t count on at all, and even those that are generally very reliable, often run into circumstances they can’t deal with and can’t quite come through like they wanted to. But that is OK, because we can count on God. We only get depressed and discouraged if we put our confidence in man. What’s say in Philippians 3:3? We are the circumcision and worship God in the Spirit, rejoicing in Christ Jesus and have no confidence in the flesh. We just don’t put our confidence or trust in things in the material world, whether it is people of other stuff. I mean we can enjoy it and we’ve got to work with it, but our ultimate confidence is in God. So we’re going to read some records, some pretty familiar some may be not as familiar, but let’s start in II Chronicles chapter 13…
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Verse Listing and Notes
II Chronicles 13 The children of Judah prevailed, because they relied [Heb. Sha-an: to rest, rely, lean upon, support oneself] upon the LORD God (vs. 18)
II Chronicles 16 Thou hast relied on the king of Syria, and not relied [Heb. Sha-an] on the LORD thy God (vs. 7)
Psalms 34:22 None of them that trust [Heb. Chasa: seek refuge, flee for protection, put trust in, confide or hope in] in him shall be desolate
Psalms 118:5-9 It is better to trust [Heb. Chasa] in the Lord than to put confidence in man (vs. 8)
Proverbs 3:5 Lean [Heb. Sha-an] not unto thine own understanding
Daniel 3:28 God delivered his servants that trusted [Aram. rechats: set one’s trust on] in him
II Corinthians 1:8-10 We should trust in God which raiseth the dead
II Thessalonians 3:3 The Lord is faithful, who will stablish you and keep you from evil
Good morning. Today we’re going to talk about the synchronized life. The idea for this came to talking to Peter Lloyd several days ago. He told me he’d run into some teaching online about getting what you say inline with what you do and what you believe. And he was very excited about it, he had never heard anything like that. I told him that sounds like Dr. Wierwille’s teaching on the synchronized life, or he used to call it the synchronized confession. And it is something we’ve all known, he taught it many times, and it showed up in the blue book, The Bible Tells me So. But, he’d never heard it so I told him I would teach on it, and he is not with us today, but he said he would listen to the teaching on the website. So, I dug around my notes and usually I’ve taught on most of these topics and I have notes on them, but I couldn’t find any notes on when the last time I taught this was; so I pulled out Dr. Wierwille’s book on the topic and started looking through it and I realized it was so well said that that I’m actually going to read that chapter to you. I don’t usually do that, but why not? I realize I probably couldn’t say it any better that that Dr. Wierwille did, so I’ll read through that short chapter with you and then I’ll add a few other scriptures on the same topic to wrap up…
As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20200726. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Psalms 18:33 Hinds’ feet
Romans 8:35-39 More than conquerors
Colossians 1:13 Delivered from the power of darkness
II Kings 4:8-37 The Shunammite confessed “It is well” (vs. 26)
Good morning! I was thinking this week about a variety of things, as we all do. And, I remembered the first time I went to the headquarters of the Way International in New Knoxville Ohio. I was just starting my junior year of high school. I’d been in the Word, as far as being involved with the Way, for about four months and there was a New Years advance. So a bunch of us in the New York subarbs rented a bus and went out there. And back then the whole Way International wasn’t that big, the crowd there I think was about the same or perhaps smaller that some of the Family Camps we’ve had here in Virginia through the years. So, you pretty much knew everybody. And it was really wonderful. And the theme of the advance was enthusiastic living. So, we had wonderful teachings about how great it is to be enthusiastic when we trust and believe God. And I thought we would talk about that. And the way we’re going to talk about it is we are going to read Romans 12:1, and about half-way through we’ll come across a term relating to being enthusiastic. So, here we are, we’ll spend the whole time in Romans 12 unless I diverge, which I might…
As taught by Bruce Mahone, 202007012. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Rom 12:1 reasonable – logical
Rom 12:6 gifts – in the context, refers to ways of serving, whether by operating the manifestations of holy spirit, operating a gift ministry, or some other act of service
Good morning. Today we’re on part two of Being Radiant Everyday. Last time we looked at a wonderful study, which was done years ago we just adapted it a little bit to daily life today. The main points of that teaching were if you look to yourself and focus on your own life too much, you’ll get miserable because you’ll see faults and shortcomings. If you look to others and see what they’re doing, it is just a distraction, because they have to live their lives and you have to live yours. If you spend your time looking at somebody else and wonder if they’re doing well or poorly, it doesn’t help that much. But if you look to God you become peacefully radiant. It says in Psalm 34, they looked onto Him and they were radiant. We all know Isaiah 26:3, those that stay their minds on God have perfect peace. So, what a treat. And now we’re going to look at the conclusion of that study, and we can call it Radiant Every Day, Part 2. And the conclusion of not focusing on yourself, not focusing on others, but looking to God is that we should love God. We should simple focus on loving God and as we do that everything in our life works wonderfully. So, let’s start today in Joshua chapter 22.
As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20200628. All rights reserved.
Verse Listing and Notes
Conclusion: Love God
Joshua 22:1-5 Be diligent to love the Lord your God
Psalms 62:7-8 Trust in the rock of my strength, my refuge, pour out your hearts before him
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Whole duty of man: fear God and keep his commandments
Matthew 22:34-40 First and great commandment: love God
Today we’re going to talk about being radiant. This is something we talk about, but I checked my notes and we haven’t talked about this for a couple of years. So, it will be fun to get into to it today. We’ll start in Psalm 77…
Verse Listing and Notes
Look to yourself -> miserable
Psalm 77 I have considered the days of old; commune with mine own heart (vss 5-6)
Proverbs 18:2 A fool hath no delight in understanding, but that his heart discover itself
Look to others -> distracted
Psalm 73 I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked(vs 3)
II Corinthians 10:12 They measuring themselves by themselves are not wise
Look to God -> peacefully radiant
Psalm 34 They looked unto him, and were radiant (vs 4 – ASV et al)
Isaiah 26:3 Perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee
Hebrews 12:2,3 Looking unto Jesus…consider him who endured
Hebrews 3:1 Consider the apostle and high priest…Christ Jesus
II Corinthians 4:18 We look not at the things which are seen, but not seen
Colossians 3:1-2 Set your affection (mind/thoughts) on things above