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Always Ask (#984)

Always Ask (#984)

Welcome! Our first fellowship of the new year, and as we were kidding each other before I turned the recorder on, 2020 is the year for great vision. And we’re glad we can have such great vision and what we are going to talk about today is something we touch on now and then, but we haven’t had a whole session on it for quite awhile. About the importance of asking. We all know people who like to ask for stuff; I know people that ask me for so many things that frankly they become very annoying. Even if they know I’m not going to give it to them, they will ask me for silly things just to be annoying. So it has its limits, but in general, you have to ask for stuff. ‘You, need help; you ask for help. You’re at the store and can’t find something you ask somebody. If there is something you want to accomplish, some project; and you can’t figure it all out, you ask somebody that knows more than you do. And asking is important. And we know it works with people, we know it works when you want to order a a sandwich at a restaurant, we know it works in many, many categories of life; it also works with God. And some want to people say: God just knows; He’ll just give you stuff, why should you bother. And there are verses that talk about how God knows, the hairs of your head are numbered and God knows what you need. And that is absolutely true, but He also tells us to ask. You go into a restaurant and they may have a hundred things on the menu, but unless you are somebody like me or my parents that always order the same thing, and you got the same waiter every time, they’re generally not just going to put the food down in front of you — you have to ask. And the only reason they do that is because twenty times you did ask for the same thing and they sort of got used to you. But you have to ask and God wants us to ask. We have the freedom of will to ask and He wants us to. God is not going to control your life and decide everything you should have and just throw it in front of you. There are a lot of things He will do for you, but they’re generally because we ask. OK, let’s start in Judges…

As taught by Bruce Mahone.  20200112.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Judges 3:9, 15          When the children of Israel cried unto the Lord (asked), God raised them up a deliverer

I Kings 3:5, 9-10      Solomon asked for an understanding heart (vs. 9)

II Chronicles 20:1-4 All Judah gathered to ask help of the Lord

Psalms 105:40        The people asked, and he brought quails, and satisfied them with the bread of heaven

aiteo – ask, request, require, demand

Matthew 6:1-8        Your father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him (vs. 8)

Matthew 7:7-11      Ask and it shall be given unto you (Luke 11:9-13 – holy spirit)

Matthew 21:22       And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive

John 14:12-14         If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it

John 15:16               Whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name

John 16:23               We can go right to the source when we ask!

Ephesians 3:20       He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think

James 1:5-6             If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God

I John 3:22               Whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments

I John 5:13-15         If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth…we have the petitions [requests] that we desired


Always Ask (#984)

Look Out! (#983)

Look Out! (#983)

This morning we’re going to talk about what to look out for. Sometimes you’re crossing the street, or you’re about to bump your head like I did twice yesterday getting in and out of the crawl space under my house. And somebody says: Look out! And sometimes it is a quick look-out, like: “Duck!” Other times it is looking forward more, like we’re up to New Year’s resolution time and people look forward and say: “well know last year I didn’t do so well in this part of my life so in this coming year I’m determined to do better.” And they talk about New Year’s resolutions. And we kid about it at the Gym because in January there are about twice as many people as the rest of the year. But, by the time to you get to February/March, the New Year’s resolutions have often worn off and it is back to the normal group. And that’s often the case there and I’m sure we’ve all looked forward where we have intentions to do things and sometimes we do them and sometimes we don’t. But we’re all looking out for something, whether it’s not bumping your head, whether its a study project, a work project, an exercise project; we all have things we are looking forward to.

So, we’ll talk about looking out, but not in terms of New Year’s resolutions. But, looking for what God can do for us. So, when we look at the coming year, because we are starting a new year in just a few days as you know, we’re looking forward to the great things God can and will for us. We’re not saying: “oh my gosh, another year where I have to deal with this;” or “another year where I have to wrestle with this problem;” “another year where I have to put up with that person again.” No, no, we do have to address those things, but those should be small noise in the background. The big things in the front of our mind, should; be God will take care of you this year. God will do mighty, wonderful things for me; this will be my best year ever; because God will do such great things for us. That is what we should be looking for. So, we’ll read a few very familiar verses that we’ve read in the last few months and we’ll some that we haven’t read for quite a while. A nice combination of them; something old, something new; it will be very fun. So let’s start in Psalms 27…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20191229.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Psalms 27:14      Wait (qawah – expect, look for) on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.

Psalms 37:1-9, 34-37 Vs. 5:  Commit thy way – “roll thy way upon” the Lord (vss. 9, 34: qawah – wait with expectation) The end of the perfect man is peace.

Psalms 40:1         I waited (qawah – with expectation) [patiently and expectantly] and he heard

Psalms 62:5-8      My expectation [tiqvah] is from him (God), vs. 5

Psalms 71:1-6      Thou art my hope [tiqvah]

(Psalms 130)        There is forgiveness with God (vs. 4), that he may be feared (revered). I wait (qawah) for the Lord (vs. 5). Watch for the morning – would include guards, keepers

Proverbs 23:17-18 Surely there is an end [reward]; and thine expectation [tiqvah] shall not be cut off

Isaiah 40:28-31   They that wait (qawah – with expectation) upon the LORD shall renew their strength (vs. 31)

Jeremiah 29:10-11 To give you an expected [tiqvah] end [an expectation and an end; a future and a hope]

Ephesians 2:4-8    That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus (vs. 7)

Colossians 1:3-5   For the hope which is laid up (NIV: stored up) for you in heaven – vs. 5

I Timothy 1:1         Lord Jesus Christ which is our hope

Titus 1:2                 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised

Titus 3:5-7             Heirs according to the hope of eternal life

I Peter 1:3-5          Begotten (born into it!) us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead – vs. 3. Big S – vs. 5

I John 3:1-2           And we are!


Look Out! (#983)

Every Morning is a New Day (#982)

Every Morning is a New Day (#982)

Good morning.  We’re going to talk today about how every morning is a new day.  Some days we have so much fun we wish they’d never quit.  Other days we can’t wait for them to be over.  Everyday is a new day and the focus we’re going to have today is that we get a fresh start every day.  You can wake up in the morning and be worrying about what happened yesterday or be worried about what is going to happen tomorrow.  But, what we ought to do is realize everyday is a new day, everyday is a new opportunity.  I remember this with babies, they may scream and yell at night, but boy they wake up in the morning and they’re happy and it is a new day and they’re excited about what’s going to happen.  Well, its that type of child like believing that God wants us to have too.  Everyday is a new day.  It doesn’t matter what happened yesterday; we put the past behind and move ahead.  Let’s go to a very familiar section about this in Leviticus three…

As taught by Brice Mahone, 20191201.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Psalms 59:16-17          I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning

Psalms 5:1-3                 In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee

Psalms 55:16-17           Evening, morning, and noon will I pray – he shall hear my voice

Psalms 92:1-5               To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning

Psalms 119:145-152    I prevented (preceded) the dawning of the morning – I hoped in thy word

Psalms 143:7-12           Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning

Lamentations 3:21-26 The Lord’s compassions are new every morning

Jeremiah 42                   God provided a new way to live, but they rejected it

Mark 1:35                       In the morning, rising up a great while before day

Philemon 3:13-16         Reaching forth unto those things which are before


Every Morning is a New Day (#982)

Delightful Direction (#981)

Delightful Direction (#981)

Good morning. We’re going to talk today about — it is called Delightful Direction. We are going to focus on God directing our paths and some aspects of it and what a delightful life that gives us when we look to God and allow Him to direct our paths. And we’ll start with a very well known verse, and of course this is a something we look at from time to time. But I checked the notes, but we’ve not looked at it for quite a while, so it is about time we went back and took a look at this. Here in Proverbs chapter three…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20191117.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Proverbs 3:5,6      He shall direct thy paths

Philippians 4:19    My God shall supply all your needs

Psalms 37:3,4        He shall give thee the desires of thine heart

Proverbs 16:3        Thy thoughts shall be established

James 1:5                It (wisdom) shall be given him

Psalms 1                  His leaf also shall not whither

Malachi 3:11            He will rebuke the devourer for your sakes

Psalms 5:1-3            In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee

Psalms 27:7-14        Lead me in a plain path (vs. 11), wait with expectation on the Lord (vs. 14).

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

Psalms 139:1-6        Thou compassest my path (vs. 3). Beset: surround, enclose, secure.

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

Isaiah 30:1-17           In quietness and confidence shall be your strength (vs. 15)

John 16:23-24            In that day ye shall ask me nothing…Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.

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 (NIV).

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

I John 5:13-15            This is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us (vs. 14).


Delightful Direction (#981)

Love God with Thanksgiving (#980)

Love God with Thanksgiving (#980)

Good morning! Here we are, another wonderful morning in God’s word with wonderful saints; and today we’re going to look at the importance of Loving God. In the manifestations we just heard, God told us over and over again how much He loves us, and that is wonderful to remember that. Because as we all know, sometimes people love us, sometimes they don’t care about us at all. But whether people love us or are on our side or not, God is always there. What a great treat that is. So we’ll talk about the importance of loving God and doing so with wonderful thanksgiving. Because the more thankful we are; and to me thankfulness is very simple, it is just a matter of remembering what God has done for us. Because we always have good things happening to us, we always have things that are sort of moderate and neutral, and occasionally we have bad things happening to us. And we can sometimes forget what God has done, so thanksgiving is so important. So, Loving God with Thanksgiving, let’s start in Deuteronomy chapter six.

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20191103.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Deuteronomy 6:4-5          Love the Lord thy God

Deuteronomy 7:7-9          Them that love him

Deuteronomy 10:12-16    Love him and serve

Deuteronomy 11:1-25      Love the Lord

Deuteronomy 13:1-3        To know whether you love the Lord your God (vs. 3)

Deuteronomy 30:15-20    Life and good

Joshua 22:1-5                     Be diligent to love the Lord your God

Psalms 59:16-17                I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning

Psalms 119:97, 113, 163, 165 Thy law do I love

Ecclesiastes 12:13              Whole duty of man: fear God and keep his commandments

Matthew 22:34-40              First and great commandment: love God

John 15:9-12                        If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love

Romans 8:28                       All things work together for good

I John 4:19                           We love him, because he first loved us

I John 5:2-3                          For this is the love of God

Colossians 3:15-17             Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, and be ye thankful

I Thessalonians 5:16-18     Rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks


Love God with Thanksgiving (#980)

Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

Good morning. This is Brian Dundon and Bruce asked me to fill in for him and teach this morning since he is on the road giving another teaching, someplace in this wonderful country of ours.

[Here is a link to Bruce’s teaching: One Lord; Access to God (#979) ]

So I’ll be teaching this morning, and the subject I’m going to be covering is on receiving and acting on instruction from God. So, there are basically three steps for receiving and acting on information from God. Pretty obvious, and I had some training way back when in my military days that introduced us to two concepts; one was called the OODA loop and the other was the general description of communication.

So, first I’ll go over the OODA loop, which was developed during the Korean war shortly after the engagements with the North Korean and possibly the Chinese; or perhaps it was the Vietnam war, I’m not sure? I think it was the Korean war, but I don’t know who they were coming up against. But the American pilots seemed to be a slight disadvantage to the Russian provided MIGs in air-to-air combat, so a study was conducted and what they discovered was that the North Korean or North Vietnamese pilots, I don’t recall which it was, were better trained and equipped than the Americans and they came up with a concept called the OODA loop, which is O, O, D, A and they discovered if they could train the American pilots to get through the OODA loop faster than their opponents they would be more competitive and have a better survivability rate in the air and this was a great accomplishment because it was successful. And what it stands for is Observation, Orientation, Decision and Action. And that is the kind of process that we go through as we take in information in this world: we observe something, we may hear it, we may see it, we may feel it; we experience it in some way. We observe it, we orient it with our understanding and our learning; and for a fighter pilot, where they are spatially in space, coupled with their training. Then they make a decision, they decide how they are going to act on that information that came in, given their experiences and training. And then they act. So, Observation, Orientation, Decision, and Action.

And another concept that I mentioned earlier was the definition of communication. Communication has sender, there is a receiver, there is a medium, and there is a message. Those are the four basic concepts. So the sender is somebody that is sending the message; the message obviously is the content of the message trying to be delivered to the receiver and of course there may be more than one receiver; and the medium is how that message is being conveyed. It may be spoken, it may be written, it may be displayed in way. But those are the four basic components: you have a sender, a receiver, the message and medium. And then you can have some other things that come into play like interference: something may obstruct somebody’s vision; they may have a learning disability that hinders their ability to read or understand complex or even simple concepts, there is all sorts of things; there may be prejudices that come into play, preconceived connotations. We are experience this everyday; we have somebody that says something that may not mean any offense at all, but the receiver takes offense, because, based on their understanding its offensive.

So, with those two things in mind, I want to go through some of the scriptures and take a look at some examples where believers received information from God, how they understood it, how they gained more information and what they did with that information; how they acted upon it. So, if you would, please take your Bibles and turn to II Timothy chapter 3.

Ad taught by Brian Dundon, 20191020.  All Rights Reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

II Timothy 3:16,17         All scripture given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:…

Exodus 3:1-                    Moses and the burning bush, God’s instructions, Moses’ questions, and his actions

Exodus 14:1 –                 Moses at the Red Sea, additional instructions and actions

Numbers 13 – 14           Moses and the 12 Scouting the Promised Land, going beyond the instructions and into rebellion

I Samuel 15:1 -35           Saul’s anointing, God’s directions, and Saul’s disobedience

I Samuel 16:1, 13           David’s anointing

I Samuel 17                     David and Goliath, David pulling from his experience and knowing what to do

I Samuel 24:1-12            David and Saul in a cave.  David’s decision

Matthew 11:1, 10:1-ff    Jesus’ instructions to the 12

John 14:26                       The comforter

I Cor 11:1                          We are to be imitators of Christ and Paul

Summary                          For instruction we have the Scriptures, Holy Spirit, and the examples of Christ and Paul.   God will instruct us, if we don’t understand, we can and should ask questions.  Waiting is an action.

Additional verses not use during the teaching:

Proverbs 1:1-9               Instruction and the respect (fear) of the Lord being the beginning of knowledge

Psalm 25:5, 12               God’s instruction and waiting on it


Receiving and Acting on Instruction From God (BD#1)

Always Rejoicing (#978)

Always Rejoicing (#978)

Good morning! We’re going to talk today about the importance of rejoicing in the Lord. Because whether the circumstances in our life are perfect, sort of good, or terrible; and we all have days with one of the other of those — we have much to rejoice about because of God’s faithfulness and love towards us.  And, we’re going to start by reading about Jethro, Moses’ Father-in-Law.  After the children of Israel had escaped from Egypt, they stopped and saw Jethro, Moses’ Father-in-Law. So, starting here in Exodus 18…

Verse Listing and Notes

Exodus 18:1-12                  Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness which the Lord had done to Israel
(vs 9)

Psalms 146                         Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help (vs. 5)

Proverbs 16:20                  Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he

Deuteronomy 16:13-17    The Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase…therefore thou shalt surely rejoice (vs. 15)

Deuteronomy 26:1-11      Thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given
unto thee (vs. 11)

I Chronicles 16:7-36          Let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord (vs. 10)

II Chronicles 20:27            The Lord had made them to rejoice over their enemies

Psalms 5:11-12                  Let those that trust thee rejoice, let them ever shout for joy

Psalms 16:11                      In thy presence is fullness of joy

Psalms 43:4                        God my exceeding joy (NLT: the source of all my joy; NIV: my joy and my delight; lit: gladness of my joy)

Proverbs 15:13-15             A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance (vs. 13)
He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast (vs. 15)

Romans 5:1-8                     Rejoice in hope of the glory of God (vs. 2)

Romans 12:9-21                 Rejoicing in hope (vs. 12)

Philippians 3:3                    Rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh

Philippians 4:4-9                 Rejoice in the Lord alway, and again I say, Rejoice (vs. 4)

I Timothy 6:17                      Trust in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy

Never give up on God – He has certainly not given up on you!


Always Rejoicing (#978)


What’s Available (#977)

What’s Available (#977)

Good morning! Wonderful to meet with you today. Today we’re going to focus on something we talk about every couple of years: we focus on what’s available from God. I thought about that today; I was helping a friend shop the other day and we had to start with what is available in the store and we found a lot of stuff right on the floor, but then we couldn’t find something, so we asked one of the staff there and sure enough, they found it. Way in the back corner where it wasn’t obvious. You’ve got to start with what is available; if you’re buying something online or out of a catalog, you have to look and see what they have. It is easy to find shoes at a shoe store, but it would be a very tough place to find electrical parts or plumbing supplies. Then again, if you go to a hardware store, you’d have plenty of electrical and plumbing supplies but you’d have a hard time finding a pair of shoes, unless you find maybe a pair of work boots. But, even that would be unlikely. So, you have to know what is available from God. There are people that think that nothing is available from God because people think God created the world and then retired or went on vacation and He won’t talk to people. So, some people think nothing is available from God. Some people go so extravagant, they think they can ask God for anything, but God hasn’t promised it. You know, people pray for bad things to happen to their enemies or stuff the God has never promised. So, we have to look in God’s word, that’s where we find out what is available. In I John chapter five….

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190922.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

I John 5:13-15            If we ask anything according to his will, he heareth us

Matthew 21:19-22    Whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive

Mark 11:13-24           When ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them

II Corinthians 9:8      God is able to provide sufficiency in all things

Philippians 4:19        My God shall supply all your need

III John 2                    God’s will is health and prosperity

Romans 8:37-39       In all these things we are more than conquerors

II Corinthians 2:14   God always causes us to triumph in Christ

II Kings 4:1-7             God provided through the vessels of oil.


What’s Available (#977)

Patient Expectation, Part 2 (#976)

Patient Expectation, Part 2 (#976)

Good morning! We’re going to continue today on what we started last session on Patient Expectation, where we simply have to expect God to bless us and we have to patient to see when He is going to open the doors and provide what we need, but He always does. Last time we ended with Isaiah chapter 40, where it says: “they that wait with expectation upon the Lord, shall renew their strength.” Now we’ll start this morning in Lamentations, so please go to Lamentations chapter three…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190908.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Lamentations 3:21-26     The Lord’s compassions and mercies (lovingkindness) are new every morning. portion (vs. 23: share, possession) wait (vs 25: qawah – wait with eager expectation)

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


Patient Expectation, Part 2 (#976)

Patient Expectation, Part 1 (#975)

Patient Expectation, Part 1 (#975)

Good morning. Over the last several last several sessions we’ve had a number of themes; I was checking the notes, one session was called: “Relax,” and quit worrying about stuff, God will take care of it. Then, last time we talked about ‘letting go and letting God’ and ‘you just do your best and God will do the rest’ and read a whole lot of records where people did what they could and then just had to stop and had to wait what God would do. We’re going to carry on the same basic theme today, looking at patient expectation. There is a Hebrew word I’ve spoken of many times, spelled q-a-w-a-h, qawah. And, it is usually translated ‘wait’ in an English Bible, but it has the added sense of waiting with expectation. You may be going on a vacation in two weeks and you may be twiddling your thumbs, saying I really want to go, I’m tired of going to work and I want to go on that vacation. But there is a level of expectation there, you’re looking forward to it, because probably if you’re taking all that time and money to go on a vacation, it is probably someplace you want to go. And you’re looking forward to whatever you’re going to do there. So, you are waiting, there is a time function, but the expectation is the clear point we want to make sure we get. So, we’ll be reading a lot of verses about patiently expecting God to take care of you. There are a lot of times we get very impatient and we don’t want to wait of stuff and we have a very negative expectation about what’s going to happen. And we’re much better off and much happier, and much more successful when we get very patient knowing God is going to come through, and we have a very positive expectation. You could really enjoy those last two weeks of work before the vacation because you’re looking forward to that fun place you are going, and to and those fun things you’re going to do. This is really fun, and I always look forward to having dogs around when I visit here. They’re very nice dogs; they settle down more as we get into the teaching. OK, here we go, let’s start in Psalms 27…

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20190825.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Psalms 27:14                 Wait (qawah – expect, look for) on the Lord, be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart.

Psalms 37:1-9, 34-37     Vs. 5: Commit thy way – “roll thy way upon” the Lord (vss. 9, 34: qawah – wait with expectation)The end of the perfect man is peace

Vs. 7: Rest in the Lord [be still, silent before the Lord];Wait patiently for him

Psalms 40                        I waited (qawah – vs. 1) patiently (intently – waiting I waited) for the Lord, and he heard

He brought me up also out of an horrible pit (vs. 2).

5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted. (NRSV)

Psalms 62:5-8                 My expectation is from him (God), vs. 5

(Psalms 130)                    Forgiveness with God (vs. 4), that he may be feared (revered). I wait (with expectation) for the Lord (vs. 5). Watch for the morning – includes guards, keepers

Ecclesiastes 7:8-10          Better is the patient than proud in spirit (disposition). [patience better than pride]

Isaiah 40:28-31                They that wait (with expectation) upon the LORD shall renew their strength


Patient Expectation, Part 1 (#975)