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Let Go (#974)

Let Go (#974)

Good morning. Today we’re going to get into a topic we touch on a lot. We mention this topic about every time we meet, but I’m going to focus on just this one topic from a number of different points of view. And, you may recall we have a couple of sayings, which aren’t in the Bible, but they’re very clearly documented in the Bible. One of them is: “Let go and let God.” Meaning, that there are times when you can’t do anymore, so you should just let go and not worry about it: “I’ve done what I can, so I’m going to let go.” And a similar phrase we often use is: “You do your best and God will do the rest.” Again, a very true statement in the scriptures, because there is so much we can do and once we’ve done what we can do, and we should do what we can do, but once we’ve done all we can do, we have to just let go and let God. So that is the name of today’s topic: “Let Go.” And again, we’ll read it from many different approaches in the Bible. Let’s go to Genesis 39…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190811.  All rights reserved

Verse Listing and Notes

Genesis 39:1-5                  Joseph prospered in the house of Potiphar

Genesis 39:21-23              Joseph prospered in prison

Exodus 3:1-10                   I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt

Ruth 3:18                           Sit still my daughter until thou know how the matter will fall

II Kings 4:32-37                 Elisha walked in the house to and fro

II Chronicles 20:12            Neither know we what to do, but our eyes are upon thee

Jeremiah 42:5-7                It came to pass after ten days that the word of the Lord came

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

Acts 16:6-10                       There stood a man of Macedonia and prayed him Come help us

Acts 21:1-4                         Said to Paul through the Spirit that he should not go up to Jerusalem

Colossians 1:9-11             Strengthened unto all patience with joyfulness

1Thessolonians 1:3          Patience of (proceeding from) hope

Hebrews 12:1                    Let us run with patience [patient endurance] the race before us

Teaching

Let God (#974)

 

Quietly Confident (#973)

Quietly Confident (#973)

Good morning! Today we’re going to talk about being quietly confident. This is a unique concept sometimes in our society. Many times when you think of someone who is confident, you think of someone who is loud and brash and likes to start fights. And, that is a type of confidence and there are times that type of confidence is needed, but yet what the scriptures talk about to us, both in the Old Testament and in the New, is being so confident in God’s strength in our lives, that we can about life quietly and peacefully. Just knowing God’s going to be there. Even so, in movies they’re always having fight scenes, and sometimes you have the guy with the big old guns going around and stuff and then you have other times you have this quiet little oriental guy, who doesn’t say a word, and just waits and when nobody is looking he goes pow! And that is the end of the fight. I think our Christian walk is more like that, then a guy walking around with eighteen guns and three knives (growling). It is more like: you pray, you wait your time, and when God says move, you move. It is a lot more of that. There we we go. So, let’s read; let’s start in Psalm 118…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190728.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Psalm 118:1-9         It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man (vs. 8) or princes (vs. 9)

Proverbs 1:33         Whoso hearkeneth unto wisdom shall be quiet from fear of evil

Proverbs 3:13-26    The Lord shall be thy confidence (vs 26) and shall keep thy foot from being taken (caught)

Proverbs 14:26-27  In the fear (reverence) of the Lord is strong confidence

Proverbs 17:1         Better is a dry morsel with quietness

Isaiah 7:1-4              Be quiet and fear not

Isaiah 30:15             In quietness and confidence shall be your strength

Isaiah 32:17, 18       The effect of righteousness quietness and assurance forever

Isaiah 36:1-10           What confidence is this wherein thou trustest? (vs. 4)

Lamentations 3:26   It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD

Acts 28:30-31             Teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Ephesians 3:12          In whom we have boldness and access with confidence (confident access) by the faith of him. Or: we may approach God with freedom and confidence.

Philippians 1:1-6        Being confident that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ (vs. 6)

Philippians 3               We are the circumcision, which have no confidence in the flesh (vss 3-4)

I Thessalonians 4:11   And that ye study (endeavor, be ambitious, make it your ambition, let it be a point of honor with you) to be quiet.

I Timothy 2:1-4            Quiet and peacable life in all godliness

Hebrew 10:35-36        Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great reward.

I John 3:18-24               If our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God (vs. 21)

Teaching

Quietly Confident (#973)

God is Faithful (#972)

God is Faithful (#972)

God bless you wonderful saints. Today we’re going to read about how faithful God is. This is something we do every year, and it is a great topic and every time we read it, we see something new, it hits us a little differently because different things are going on in our lives. And there are so many thing in life that are fickle and change; it’s nice that God is faithful. And we know it all the time: every time you turn on the news, you find world affairs are changing, things you used to rely on in the financial markets or in the political sphere are all of the sudden all different. People that you’ve come to rely on all of the sudden get busy and have no time for you, or move away or get mad at one little thing you said or did, and things change in the world. But then when you find a person, or a situation, or an organization, or even a piece of equipment like a toaster, or a car, that doesn’t break down on you, you go: “hallelujah, that thing still works!” So we love it when things are consistent and keep working. And, many things in the world are ultimately all going to change. It may surprise you to know that right around the year 1900, one of the companies in the Dow Jones index of thirty industrial companies made buggy whips. Well, they’re out of business now. There was also a time in New York City shortly before that where their biggest problem was how to deal with all the horse manure. There were so many horse-driven carriages that they couldn’t dispose of the horse manure quickly enough. And that went away. These are just a few silly examples of how things change in life. But there’s one thing for sure that will always stay the same and that is God’s faithfulness to us. He will never let down, He will never leave us. I will try to be a good brother and friend in Christ to you and I hope I am, but I’m not perfect. And, I can’t promise I’ll always do the best job and I’ll always be there when you need me; I will try. But God is better than me. He can do much, much, much more for you and He is much, much, much more reliable than I am. So as much as I will try to be a faithful, reliable friend, brother in Christ; I may or may not succeed. But God always will. And that is why we love each other and prayer for each other, we work together, we thank God for having bothers and sisters in Christ that love us, and we do all we can to help them. But at the end of the day, we realize the faithful one we can always count on is God. So, we’re going to have a wonderful, wonderful time today reading these scriptures and we’ve read many of them before, but they will simply be a wonderful, wonderful reminder of how faithful God is and that God wants us to do, He wants us not just to intellectually be aware of what His word says, but He wants it to be actively in our minds. I mean, think about the difference of the football player who once read a playbook ten years ago and knew there was a certain play and the one that is on the field who is actively thinking that I’m going to run down ten yards and then cut to the right and then turn around and catch the pass. It’s a lot better to be actively aware of it then to just to intellectually know it is in the playbook. That doesn’t help when you are on the field, you have to be actively be thinking. Well, that is the same with God’s word, that is why we read many of these same scriptures every year because they have to be actively in our minds day by day, not just something: oh yeah, I know that verse is in Deuteronomy, I read in five years ago. That’s good you know that, but you need to be actively thinking about it when you get in certain difficult situations, then you actively need to be aware of it just like that football player has to actively know what the play is and run accordingly. So Deuteronomy chapter seven, if you please…

As taught by Bruce Mahone 2019070714.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Deuteronomy 7:7-9        The LORD God is the faithful God

I Kings 17:1-16                 The ravens, then the barrel of meal fed Elijah.

Psalms  36:5-9                  Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds

Psalms 92:1-5                   To show forth thy faithfulness every night

Psalms 108:1-6                 Your mercy (steadfast love, lovingkindness) is great above (higher than) the heavens and thy truth (faithfulness) reaches to the clouds (skies) (vs. 4)

Psalms 119:86                   All thy commandments are faithful

Psalms 119:90                   Thy faithfulness is unto all generations

Psalms 119:138                 Thy testimonies are very faithful

Lamentations 3:22-23      Great is thy faithfulness

Romans 8:35-39                Nothing can separate us from the love of God

Romans 12:10-14              Patient in mental pressure, continuing instant [steadfastly, faithful, persevering, be constant] in prayer (vs. 12)

I Corinthians 10:13           God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what ye are able

II Thessalonians 3:3          The Lord is faithful, who will stablish you and keep you from evil

II Timothy 4:16-18             The Lord stood with me, and strengthened me

Titus 1:9                              Holding fast the faithful word

Teaching

God is Faithful (#972)

Relax! (#971)

Relax! (#971)

Good morning. We’re going to read about a topic very simple today, just simply titled: Relax! With an exclamation point. I think too many of us spend too much time and too much energy being too concerned about way too much. It’s good to think, it’s good to be concerned, it’s good to do what they call “your due-diligence” you know where you do your homework carry out the details of whatever responsibilities you may have. But there is a point where you have done everything you can and you’re still worried about everything. And, we’ve got to stop.

We’ve just got to do the best we can and then let it go. But people will say: how do I know that this business deal, or this job or this relationship, or this thing I’m buying, or this whatever, is going to work out? Well, the truth is unless God tells you have no idea if it is going to work out. But it doesn’t matter because God promises to take care of you. So let’s say you get all wrapped up in some new project, where you are going to make some money and you get all wrapped up in it, you get nervous about it, you don’t know if it is going to come to pass, so you get more nervous and try harder and harder. Whereas you know that there are only three steps you can do: A, B, and C; and then you know you just got to wait and see if the deal comes through or not. But you want to keep dreaming up parts: D, E, and F, where you just keep working and working and working where it is counter-productive. It is the law of diminishing returns kicking in, you are actually shooting yourself in the foot by getting so wrapped up in it. We’ll what we ought to do is do the A, B, and C; do the parts you know you can do, and then pray and let is go. And either that project will come to pass or God will show you something else to do.

Same thing with a relationship; you really want to witness to somebody, or you really want to have a friend, go on a date, or anything with or having to do with a person. Or getting along with a coworker. You can only do so much. And then you just have to let it go. And, if it doesn’t work out with that person; there’s a few other billion people in the world. God will find another person for you to work out what you need to work out with. God’s very good like that. So, in everything in life we’ve just got to do what the Word says and then relax. And, just quit worrying about it. Because continuing to fret about it is going to be counterproductive. It will wear you out, it will distract you from trusting God, and it will just make your life miserable. So, I encourage you to be very diligent in whatever you do, but once you’ve done that: stop! Relax. You’ve done what you could.

Everybody has their way of handling that, I remember being in college and it getting to be ten or eleven at night and I had a big exam in the morning, and I thought: now I could say up all night studying or I could just get a good night’s sleep and get in fresh and relaxed in the morning. And, that is what I always did; I always found it was better to study to…pick a time: ten, eleven at night and I would study until I was done and I would pray and go to bed. And I’d show up all relaxed and rested. And, because I was relaxed and rested, so much of what I studied came back to me easily. Whereas, if I’d stayed up all night Like some of my classmates and been fried. I probably would have studied more, but done worse. And that is just one example from my life; we all have examples like that where we’ve stopped and relaxed and we have examples where we’ve gone way, way too far and it’s been counterproductive. Salesmen even know this; you sell a product or service, but once you got the buy-in from the customer, you shut-up, because if you keep talking, they’ll start to get nervous and wonder, what is this guy talking about? Why is he trying so hard to sell it, is it a bad product that he is trying to convince himself it’s a good one? And again, these are just some simple examples; the broader thing in life is you just trust God. And, you don’t worry about it beyond that.

We many times like to read that great example of Paul when he up in what we now call Turkey or Asia-minor. He wanted to go to Phrygia, he wanted to go to Troas, he wanted to go to Bithynia; and God said: don’t go there. But finally, he got the vision of the man in Macedonia, and they went up there to Philippi and Macedonia in Northern Greece and there were all kinds of people wanting to hear the word of God. But, if he continued to sweat and worry about why God said don’t go to Bithynia, it would have been terrible, so he just let it go. And, we need to be willing to diligently work on what we need to work on, and then pray and then either the doors open and we walk right through or the door slams shut and God opens a new one. But we don’t fret about the door that shut, that door is shut and we let it go. And, we look forward to the door that God will open.

I think a lot of the great misery in life comes from people fretting over doors that have shut and they just can’t get over it. I sometimes talk to people that are still mad about something that happened a long time ago, and I basically say something along the lines of: you need a reality check; because the reality is that door closed a long time ago. And, unless God tells you to pursue that or the door radically blows open in your face, its closed, its over. Whether it is a job, whether it is moving somewhere, whether it is getting a deal on something you wanted to buy, whether it is a relationship with a person or a company or an organization. If it is closed, it is closed. And, we can move on and God will provide something better and more appropriate for us.

So relaxing is a great key in life. Just think about maybe your three big, and this will be a good little homework assignment for you after we’re done. Get a piece of paper, or a sheet on your computer if you’d prefer, and write down your three biggest challenges in life. Maybe one’s a job, one’s a health issue, and one’s a relationship with a person; it doesn’t matter. Maybe all three are related to a job, maybe they’re all three related to finances, it doesn’t matter, whatever your three biggest challenges are, write them down. And then, under each one, write three things you can do about it. Because, in most cases there are about three, there might be two, are might be five, but pick a small number of things you can actually get done — you can make a difference. Write them down.

So, now you have three of your biggest challenges in life, and you have somewhere around three positive steps you can make in those. So that is your first part of the assignment, make the list. The next part of the assignment is, take the most urgent one; do those three things. And you know what the next step is? Relax. Stop. Pray. Go about your life. Take a walk. Make a cup of coffee. Read a book. Whatever it is that you find relaxing, go do that. And then, when that is settled down, when emotions have quit bubbling so much, go on to point number two. And again, do the three or so things and then relax. And so on. And it’s just sort of a simple way of disciplining yourself to clarify what your challenges are, clarify the steps you can take, take them, and then stop. Just relax, quit fretting about it. Pray that God will either open that door and make that situation work or if that situation is hopeless, and the main reason it will be hopeless is because there are other people who chose to make it hopeless, because God does not control people’s freedom of will.

So, you may have the great intention to make it work, but if other people are around it trying to make it not work, God’s not going to passion them and make them. You may just have to let that situation go, because those people don’t want to help it work. But God knows other people who do want to help you, who do want to cooperate with you, and God can open the door for that to work. So, make your list, do your three steps for each of your three challenges, then let them go and pray that God will either find a way to open the doors for those three things to prosper and succeed, or He’ll show you what to do instead. Like when Paul didn’t get to go to Bithinia, he got to go to Macedonia. And in the same way, God will open doors for you.

So, although the theme of our teaching today is relax, its first get your work done. You know, you may have a job where you work until five o’clock; well you work very hard until five o’clock, but at five o’clock: clock-out, turn off the computer, leave the office, hang up the car keys if you’re driving — whatever it is, stop. You’ve done your job, now relax and pray that God will proper your efforts and let it go. We know how to do that when it comes to clocking-out from a job, now you have to clock your brain out for situations in life where you’ve done your due-diligence, you’ve gone through the steps you can do, and now you just have to let it go. And if you can done that, you can have a nice relaxed, peaceful life with more success, because instead of trying to hang on to situations in life that aren’t working; for those that aren’t going to work, you let them go and pray that God will open other situations for you. And we all have these, in every area of life, I’ve had stuff that works for decades and still works, I’ve had stuff that worked for a week and then it didn’t work, I’ve had stuff that worked for ten years, twenty years, thirty years, and then it didn’t work. And, you have to be willing to let it go and move on.

Like I say, when somebody comes to me with a problem and they hate their job, and that’s a lot of people, I tell them to do two things: do everything they can to make their current job work, but then keep their eyes open for other opportunities. And, if another opportunity comes along that’s better, not just a little more money, but maybe a better commute, maybe better coworkers, maybe a more cooperative boss, maybe more growth potential; then make the switch. But, until that day comes, do all you can to make your current situation work. Let’s go to Psalms 37…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190630.  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.

II Corinthians 6:1-10   In MUCH patience

II Corinthians 12:11-13 In ALL patience

Colossians 1:9-11        Strengthened unto all patience with joyfulness

I Thessalonians 1:3      Patience of (proceeding from) hope

I Thessalonians 5:14-15 Be patient toward all

II Thessalonians 1:3-4  We glory for your patience and believing

II 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

Teaching

Relax (#971)

A Fresh Start, Part 2 (#970)

A Fresh Start, Part 2 (#970)

Good morning. The last time we met on a Sunday morning, we had a topic called: “A Fresh Start,” where we read many wonderful records about how God helped people who were just in impossible situations, everybody would have said they were totally toast, as we’d say, or totally gone. Yet God helped them move along and go on to great victories. Well, we’re going to do Part Two of “A Fresh Start,” and then we are going to wrap it up about some wonderful verses about God, our heavenly Father, because today is Father’s Day. So, let’s go to Jeremiah 29…

Verse Listing and Notes

Jeremiah 29:1-11   “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (vs. 11 – NIV)

Johah 3                      Nineveh repented

Luke 1:26-33            Birth of Jesus Christ

Psalms 36:7             How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!

Jeremiah 31:3          With lovingkindness have I drawn thee

Romans 1:7              Grace to you and peace

Romans 3:20-26      Justified freely by his grace (vs. 24)

Romans 5:1-2          This grace wherein we stand

Romans 6:14           We are under grace

Romans 11:5-6        If by grace, then no more of works

Romans 16:24         The grace of our LJC be with you all

Matthew 7:7-11       How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (vs. 11)

Matthew 23:1-11     Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven (vs. 9)

I John 1:3-4               Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ (vs. 3)

I John 3:1-2               And we are!

Hebrews 4:14-16    We should come boldly unto the throne of grace

Jeremiah 29:1-11    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (vs. 11 – NIV)

Johah 3                      Nineveh repented

Luke 1:26-33             Birth of Jesus Christ

Psalms 36:7               How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God!

Jeremiah 31:3            With lovingkindness have I drawn thee

Romans 1:7               Grace to you and peace

Romans 3:20-26        Justified freely by his grace (vs. 24)

Romans 5:1-2            This grace wherein we stand

Romans 6:14             We are under grace

Romans 11:5-6          If by grace, then no more of works

Romans 16:24           The grace of our LJC be with you all

Matthew 7:7-11         How much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (vs. 11)

Matthew 23:1-11       Call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven (vs. 9)

I John 1:3-4                 Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ (vs. 3)

I John 3:1-2                 And we are!

Hebrews 4:14-16       We should come boldly unto the throne of grace

Teaching

A Fresh Start, Part 2 (#970)

Walking with God, A Biblical Studies Class

Walking with God, A Biblical Studies Class

Welcome to this biblical studies class on walking with God.  There have been many wonderful men and women through the centuries that have walked with God and many of them are recorded and and spoken of in the scriptures.  We are going to look at a sampling of them.  We’d have to read the entire Bible to read about everybody that walked with God.  And, that is another basic premise I’ve always had: people have different views of the Bible.  Some people use it to promote their political views; some people use it to promote their moral and ethical views; some people use it to promote their dietary restrictions; some people use it to promote their approach to business.  And, the Bible does talk about all of those, and many, many, other things.  But, I’ve always felt that the real purpose of the Bible is to show us how to walk with God.  Show us how to live God’s word, show us how to listen to God, show us how to operate the power of God.  That is the whole point, because otherwise it is a bunch of stories.  And the world is full of stories.  Popular fiction these days is full of super-heroes, running around with great powers, saving the universe.  And those can be fun movies to watch or fun books to read, but nobody pretends that their all of the sudden they are going to become Spiderman and crawl up the walls.  It is just a fun story.  Whereas, when we read about Moses parting the Red Sea, or Paul raising the dead, or Jesus Christ healing a leper, those are things we can actually do.

So, it’s not just and interesting story: those are things that with the power of God, born within us, we can do.  So, that is the difference in reading the scriptures.  So, that is why I don’t spend a lot of time teaching the Bible in a way that I’m worried about your political views, your moral and ethical views, your dietary restrictions, your business practices, or a dozen other things.  And, I don’t spend a lot of time trying to find verses in the Bible to promote my point of view on those.  I could find some, but I, like most people, would probably be twisting the scriptures to what I already believe in those areas, which is what most people do.  And I’m not going to do that.  I’m going to make every effort to show you in the scriptures people that have walked with God and show you what I feel we can learn from their lives and from how they walked with God to help us walk with God.

Will I teach you everything there is to know about them? No, because I don’t know everything there is to know about them. I will simply teach you things I’ve seen in the scriptures and relate it to how I believe it can help us walk with God, and that is what you are going to get out of this class. I hope it does you some good, but I can’t promise you it will hit the nail on the head. But, my experience has been that as we look through these scriptures there will be something for everybody. Could be half of the class you relate to perfectly, the other half is either boring or doesn’t make sense. But, somebody else on the line; the part that you find boring or doesn’t make sense will hit the nail on the head for them. And, it will be exactly what they need to hear.

So, it will be a great weekend and I’m looking forward to it as a great adventure, where I’m honored and thankful to be able to read the scriptures to you, and my prayer is that they bless you as well.  So, let’s start in Session One, Page One: God With You and Now in You.  You’ll find as you read the scriptures, and you’ll see it here, when it says God is with somebody in the Old Testament, that generally means that they have the spirit of God placed upon them.  Not born-within, but placed upon them and they are walking with God.  That is saying that God is with you is the shortcut way of saying that, in most cases. So, let’s go to Judges chapter one…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190601 to 20190602.  All rights reserved.

Syllabus

Walking with God Class Syllabus

Teachings

Session One, Part 1

Walking with God, Session One, Part 1

 

Session One, Part 2

Walking with God, Session One, Part 2

 

Session Two, Part 1

Walking with God, Session Two, Part 1

 

Session Two, Part 2

Walking with God, Session Two, Part 2

 

Session Three, Part 1

Walking with God, Session Three, Part 1

 

Session Three, Part 2

Walking with God, Session Three, Part 2

 

Session Four, Part 1

Walking with God, Session Four, Part 1

 

Session Four, Part 2

Walking with God, Session Four, Part 2

A Fresh Start (#969)

A Fresh Start (#969)

Welcome! We’re going to have a fun time on a topic we touch every couple of years. And, always good to look into because we are always at different stages of our lives so it will hit us slightly differently. But this one is called A Fresh Start. So many people feel they are in a dead-end in life or their stuck somewhere and can’t move ahead and sometimes they feel it is because of something somebody else did, because of some circumstance; and those things can be very challenging to overcome, when you get used to your life going a certain way and all of the sudden there is some major change; you figure, how am I going to move forward. Well, God have lots of ways to move forward. And we’re going to read about a bunch of people who got a fresh start when it looked like they were totally going to be a mess. So let’s start in Deuteronomy chapter 23…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190519

Verse Listing and Notes

Deuteronomy 23:5  God turned the curse (of Balaam) into a blessing, because He loved you

Judges 6:11-16         God called Gideon to deliver Israel

I Samuel 3:1-18        God called Samuel

I Kings 21:20-29        Ahab humbled himself

Isaiah 38:1-8              Hezekiah healed

Teaching

A Fresh Start (#969)

Ephesians 1 (#968)

Ephesians 1 (#968)

Good morning. We’re going to take a break on our series on where to focus,but you can focus on this information though. We’re going to read Ephesians today.  Typically, I will teach a topic with verses from all over the Bible, but on occasions we just read one chapter at a time of a book in the Bible.

So we’ll start on Ephesians now and see how far we get. I thought about Ephesians being such a great book declaring the great relationship we have with God and what we have through Christ and much of what is available in the mystery of the One Body. And it is just so different than you hear in modern society and in some of the history of the church. I recently ran across some TV documentary that talked about the crusades in the early Middle-Ages, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th century and how the church leaders at the time were promising eternal life if you went and fought in the Middle East. And I thought: how silly that is; we have eternal life though what Christ did. Whether you go fight in the Middle-East is a whole different story; it has nothing to do with your eternal life. And then there are other people you see on the news that say if you don’t live the way we live or follow the moral code we’ve decided, then you’re going to go the hell. And again, whether or not you follow someone else’s moral code or do what some group says, may or may not have a positive effect on your life, but it has nothing to do with your eternal life.  Because that was paid for by Jesus Christ.

So as we go through Ephesians, not only will we learn a great deal about what God has provided for us through the wonderful work of our Lord Jesus Christ, but it will be a great myth-busting situation; where so many of the common myths, the common perceptions, so much of Christianity, just are not based on the scriptures. They’re based on some group, or some minister trying to basically scare people into behaving the way he wants by making all kinds of vain threats: “do what I say or you’ll go to hell.” Or: “If you do what I say, then you won’t go to hell.” Or: “you’ll go to heaven.”  And they have all of these threats and most of them are nothing but hot-air. Because the way we get eternal life, we know from Romans 10:9: ‘you confess with your mouth that Jesus is your lord and you believe that God raised him from the dead, and you have eternal life.’ Its that simple.

It is like there is a train and I’m at the train station, in Washington and there is a train ready to go to New York, and they’re handing out free tickets that somebody decided to donate. Well, somebody else paid for the tickets; I simply have to accept the ticket and get on the train. Then, I’m going.  Well, in the same way, because we have believed in Jesus Christ, we get the salvation he paid for with his blood. We simply accept it. And that is the only way to get eternal life. Picture there were this train going and they weren’t selling tickets, you couldn’t buy one; you either had to get a free one from this rich guy that bought a bunch of them and was handing them out or you couldn’t get on the train. Well, that is sort of the way we are: God is providing great eternal life to anybody who believes in Jesus Christ, and that is how you get it, you accept that or you don’t get it. It is very simple.

So for people to put all these other conditions on what you might have to door not do in order to get eternal life is just hot air. And people have come to believe that if a big enough group or a big enough following believe it, it must be true. Well, it is not true if the scriptures don’t say it is.

So let’s start in Ephesians chapter one…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190505.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Ephesians 1:1-23

Teaching

Ephesians 1 (#968)

 

Clear Focus, Part 10: Hope (#967)

Clear Focus, Part 10: Hope (#967)

Welcome. Today we’re going to continue the series we’ve been doing since the beginning of 2019 on having a clear focus. Where we talk about what things we can focus on in God’s word. ‘Cause there are so many different topics and today we’re going to focus on hope. Hope is something positive to look forward to; and the great hope we read about in the scriptures is the hope of Jesus Christ’s return. And for him to be able to return, he has to continue to be alive, and for that to happen, he has to have been resurrected. So we’re going to take some time read about his resurrection, which is a very important focus in the scriptures — that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. You know it is interesting, we’ve done a teaching in the past that I’m not going to go into any details on today, but a lot of people will say the most important aspect of Christianity is Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, and that is very, very important. Yet, in the book of Acts, the focus quickly moves from his death to his resurrection. Although his sacrifice and giving his blood for us, and dying on the cross is very big, what is even greater is that he was raised for the dead, and then after he was raised from the dead, of coarse, we got the gift of holy spirit. So let’s look here in Matthew chapter twenty-eight…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190421.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Matthew 28:1-10        He is risen

Luke 24:1-8                  Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Acts 1:22                       A witness of his resurrection

Acts 4:1-4                      Being grieved that they preached the resurrection

Acts 4:33                        And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus and great grace was upon them all

Acts 17:16-21                He preached unto them Jesus and the resurrection

Acts 17:31-32                He hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked

I Thessalonians 4:13-18    Wherefore comfort one another with these words

I Timothy 1:1                  Lord Jesus Christ our hope

Titus 1:2                          In hope of eternal life

Titus 3:7                          Hope of eternal life

Acts 23:6                         Hope & resurrection of the dead

Romans 5:1-5 vs. 2:       Rejoice in hope
glory of God: Rev. 21:23

Romans 12:12                 Rejoicing in hope

Hebrews 6:19                  Anchor of the soul

Hebrews 10:23                Confession of the hope

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 10: Hope (#967)

Clear Focus, Part 9: Steadfast (#966)

Clear Focus, Part 9: Steadfast (#966)

Good morning. Today we’ll continue our series on on having a clear focus, so we know where to focus our attention and our thinking for the upcoming couple of weeks. So many things to think about in God’s word, its nice to just pick one or two to focus on. And what we’re going to focus on is the concept of being steadfast. We see this in at least two areas; one, God is steadfast in His care for us and that was very clear in the manifestations; He said he would be the constant in our lives, He would always be here to take care of us, and we’ll read a number of versus about that and we’ll read a number of other versus about the importance of us being steadfast to trust God and believe His word and pray. So it will be a great session, I’m very excited about it. As with many of these teachings, we have read these verses before, but not for a couple of years. So, it will be great to look at them and consider them in light of our lives today. Let’s start in the book of Ruth, in the Old Testament…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190407.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Ruth                                   She was steadfastly minded (determined) [1:18]

Psalms 13:5-6                   I have trusted in thy steadfast love

Psalms 18:46-50               God shows steadfast love to his anointed, and to his seed forevermore

Psalms 23:6                       Surely goodness and steadfast love shall follow me

Psalms 107:1                     O give to the Lord, for he is good; his mercy (steadfast love) endures forever

Psalms 108:1-6, 12-13      Your mercy (steadfast love, lovingkindness) is great above (higher than) the heavens and thy truth (faithfulness) reaches to the clouds (skies) (vs. 4)

Psalms 136                         Mercy: love (NIV), lovingkindness (ASV), steadfast love (NRSV)

Psalms 112:1, 7-8              His heart is fixed (vs 7 – steadfast), his heart is established (vs 8 – steady)

Isaiah 26:3-4                       Stayed on thee – steadfast (Expositors Bible Commentary), well stayed, steady (ICC)

Daniel 6:26                          He is the living God, and steadfast for ever (vs. 26)

Luke 8:15                             Fruit with patience (steadfast perseverance) [by persevering]

Romans 12:10-14               Patient in mental pressure [continuing steadfast, faithful, persevering in prayer]

I Corinthians 15:58             Be ye steadfast unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord

I Peter 5:6-9                          Whom resist, steadfast in the faith

II Thessolians 3:5                 Love of God & Patient (steadfast) waiting

Additional Verses:

II Thessolians 3:3                  The Lord is faithful, who will stablish you and keep you from evil

II Timothy 2:13                       If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful

Titus 1:9                                  Holding fast the faithful word

I John 1:9                                 He is faithful and just to forgive

Teaching

Clear Focus, Part 9: Steadfast (#966)