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Lighten Up (#1088)

Lighten Up (#1088)

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20240414. All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Genesis 1:3,14-18            God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

Exodus 10:23-24              The Israelites had light in their dwellings

Exodus 13:21                    God led them by a pillar of fire at night

Psalms 27:1-5                   The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?

Psalms 36:7-9                   In thy light shall we see light.

Psalms 112:1-4                 Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness

Psalms 119:105, 130       Thy word is a lamp unto my feet; giveth understanding

Proverbs 6:20-23             The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light

Ecclesiastes 2:13              Wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness

(Micah 7:7-8                      The Lord shall be a light unto me)

Matthew 4:12-16              The people which sat in darkness saw great light

Luke 2:29-32                     A light to lighten the gentiles

John 12:46                         I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.

I Peter 2:9                          God has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light


Lighten Up (#1088)

He is Risen (#1087)

He is Risen (#1087)


As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20240331.  All rights reserved.


Verse Listing and Notes

Matthew 28:5-6         He is risen

Luke 24:5-7                Why seek ye the living among the dead?

Acts 1:22                    A witness of his resurrection
Cross – not used in Acts (tree: three times)
Resurrection – 10 times in Acts

Spirit – 68-70 times in Acts

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

Hebrews 2:14-15       Deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage (He himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil – NASB, vs. 14)

Job 19:25-27:             25 But as for me I know that my Redeemer liveth, And at last he will stand up upon the earth:

                                                26 And after my skin, even this body, is destroyed, Then without my flesh shall I see God;

                                                27 Whom I, even I, shall see, on my side, And mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. My heart is consumed within me.  (ASV)

I Peter 1:13                Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind and be strong


He is Risen (#1087)

Keep Loving God (#1086)

Keep Loving God (#1086)

As taught by Bruce Mahone 20240317, All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

I John 1:3-4                                 That your joy may be full

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  30:15-20            Life and good

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

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

Romans 8:28                              All things work together for good

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


Keep Loving God (#1086)

Baptism (#1085)

Baptism (#1085)

As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20240303.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Two churches, two administrations:

John 3:29; 14:1-4 – bride; Ephesians 1:22, 23; Col. 1:18 – body

Galatians 2:11-3:14, Romans 10:4 – Christ is the end of the law.

This never quite sunk in to the first century church.  As in the days of Jesus Christ, there were always those who wanted to promote legalism at the expense of the truth of God’s Word.  Matthew 15:1-9.

Baptism: ceremonial washing.

Mark 7:3, 4 – vs. 4: wash, washing – baptize; Luke 11:38 – wash – baptize

Church of the bride: water

Matthew 3:5, 6        in Jordan

Something greater soon to come:

Matthew 3:11          but in contrast, baptism of holy spirit is to come later.

Matthew 28:19        baptize in my name (earliest quotations of this verse): no water is mentioned.  Water has been read in by those who want to promote legalistic practices, just as others wanted to promote circumcision in the early church.  This phrase used throughout Acts (check in homework assignment!)

The coming of Pentecost:

Acts 1:4-8                   talking about the gift of holy spirit (no water!)  They already had water from the time of John — something greater was about to come.

Acts 2:1-4                   Pentecost: no water.

So where do people get water in Acts?

Acts 10:47; 11:16       Peter was about to follow his legalistic habits, until he remembered the Word of the Lord.

Acts 19:2, 3                 Two baptisms: they had only heard of John’s (water).

Acts 8:38                      Philip: early in Acts, grace not fully revealed.

Acts 21:20                    Zealous for the law: still true today.

Baptism in holy spirit occurred on the day of Pentecost.  Since then, the gift of holy spirit has been available for anyone to receive by getting born again — being baptized in the name of the Lord, cleansed in everything that name represents. Gal. 3:27, 28; I John 1:7.

Homework: look up every place the word baptize is used in the book of Acts.


Baptism (#1085)


Synchronized Believing (#1084)

Synchronized Believing (#1084)


As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20240218.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Mark 9:14-27                     If you can believe.

Matthew 15:22-28            Canaanite woman believed for daughter.

Demented persons:
Luke 4:33-36                      Man with unclean spirit in synagogue.

Dead people:
Acts 9:36-42                       Peter prayed, Dorcas raised.

Two types of believing:
Matthew 9:22                    Woman with issue of blood healed.
Job 3:25                              Fear (negative believing) did not help. Later, believing restored all.

Synchronized life:
Mark 11:23-24                  Do not doubt in heart.
(Matthew 12:34  – out of the abundance of the heart.)
Romans 8:35-39               Persuaded – confession (practical key).
Hebrews 4:2                     Mixed with believing.
II Corinthians 10:3-5        Every thought to the obedience of Christ – Synchronized with  God’s Word.

What we confess with our mouths will eventually make it into our hearts. What we believe in our hearts determines what we receive in our daily living. We need to synchronize our words, our actions, and our thoughts with God’s Word in order to walk in the deliverance to which God has called us


Synchronized Believing (#1084)

Fellowship with God (#1083)

Fellowship with God (#1083)


As taught by Bruce Mahone 20240204.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

The principal key in a successful Christian life is fellowship with the heavenly Father. Christians manifest the more abundant life in direct proportion to the fellowship they keep with Him. We receive sonship when we are born again. But sustained fellowship depends upon the renewing of our minds according to His Word.

II Corinthians 5:21           Through the new birth, we are righteous.

John 5:24                           We have eternal life – no waiting to find out!

Romans 8:1a                     No condemnation.

I John 1:7                           Walk in the light.

Fellowship is the one thing that makes for a happy situation both in a human and in a spiritual family.

John 15:5                          Renewing the mind brings much fruit.

When a son is out of fellowship with God, he is not able to get prayers answered. God is not unwilling to answer His son’s request, but the broken fellowship on the part of the son leaves his confidence in God shaky and uncertain.

I John 3:21,22                  Confidence toward God.

Whenever and wherever sons fail to get prayers answered the cause is broken fellowship, either from not knowing or not living The Word. God is faithful who has promised and He will bring it to pass; thus, if it does not come to pass it is due to a flaw on the man’s part.

When a son of God is out of fellowship with his heavenly Father, nothing will work; but when fellowship is restored, things begin to operate.

I John 1:3-2:2,2:6             For born again ones, sin is broken fellowship.

Sonship is God’s permanent relationship with us.
Fellowship is our continued relationship with God.

Romans 12:2                    Not conformed to this world.

Philippians 2:5                 Put on the thoughts of Christ.

Col. 3:16                            Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

To the extent that The Word richly dwells in us we have fellowship with God. To the extent that we believe and act according to God’s Word, our lives will be full, rich and fruitful because our fellowship with God is strong. We then have confidence toward God. When we know and live His Word we are doing His will.


Fellowship with God (#1083)

Your Power of Attorney (#1082)

Your Power of Attorney (#1082)


As taught by Bruce Mahone on  20240121.  All rights reserved.

Verse Lising and Notes

“The legal right to use the name of the person who has given you the power.”

Ephesians 1:17-23. Exceeding greatness of power in Christ.

Three reasons for the power in the name of Jesus Christ:

  1. Jesus inherited a more excellent name than any other in heaven and in earth: he was the only begotten of the Father. Heb. 1:4,5. Romans 8:17 – Heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.
  2. God gave Jesus a name which is above every name.  Philippians 2:9,10.
  3. Jesus acquired for himself a name above every name.  Ephesians 4:8.  Col. 2:15.

The power which Jesus acquired is the legal right of every born-again believer.  But for a believer to manifest Christ’s power in his life, he must renew his mind according to the Word of God.  Rom. 12:2.

Matthew 1:21.       Jesus: savior.

Acts 4:12.               No salvation in any other.

Acts 2:38.               In the name of Jesus Christ, gift of holy spirit.

John 14:13, 14.      Whatsoever you shall ask in my name.

Acts 3:6,7.              Rise up and walk.  Acts 3:16.

Acts 16:16-18.        Spirit cast out.

Colossians 3:17.    Do all in the name of the Lord Jesus.

Ephesians 5:20.     Giving thanks in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philippians 4:19.    All needs supplied by way of Christ Jesus.


Your Power of Attorney (#1082)

Righteous Now (#1081)

Righteous Now (#1081)


As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20240107. All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

Righteousness is the God-given justification (freedom from the penalties of sin) whereby a person stands in the presence of God without any consciousness of sin, guilt, or shortcomings.

Because we have been justified, we are righteous.

Romans 10:9, 10      Believeth unto righteousness.

Philippians. 3:9         Righteousness through the believing of Jesus Christ.

II Corinthians 5:21    That we might be made the righteousness of God.

Romans 3:22-25        Righteousness by the believing of Jesus Christ.

I Corinthians 1:30     Christ Jesus is made unto us righteousness.

Romans 5:8,9            Saved from the wrath to come.

I John 3:20, 21           If our heart condemn us, God is greater.

Romans 8:26-39        More than conquerors.

The whole world is trying to earn righteousness by their own deeds, which they can never do. We have the joy of walking in the righteousness which he already accomplished for us, by his perfect, accomplished believing as our lord and savior.


Righteous Now (#1081)

HAPPY New Year (#1080)

HAPPY New Year (#1080)


As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20231224.  All rights reserved.

Verse Listing and Notes

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          They returned with joy, for the Lord had made them to rejoice

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

Psalms 16:11                    In thy presence is fulness of joy

Psalms 37:3-5                   Delight thyself in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart

Psalms 63:1-8                   Thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice (vs. 7)

Psalms119:162                  Rejoice at God’s Word

Jeremiah 15:16                  Thy word was the joy and rejoicing of mine heart

Luke 2:8-10                        Even at his birth, great rejoicing

Acts 8:5-8                           Christ preached, great joy

Romans 15:13                   Joy & peace in believing

Galatians 5:22                   Fruit of totality of having the spirit born within

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)

Colossians 1:9-11             Patience with joyfulness

I Thessalonians 5:16-18  Rejoice evermore (vs. 16)

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

I John 1:3-4                       Fulness of joy – fellowship


HAPPY New Year (#1080)



Pray Without Ceasing (#1079)

Pray Without Ceasing (#1079)


As taught by Bruce Mahone, 20231210.  All rights reserved.


Verse Listing and Notes

I Samuel 12                 God forbid that I should cease praying (vs. 23)

II Kings 18-19              Hezekiah

Psalms 42.8                 In the night his song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life

Psalms 63:5-6               I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches

Psalms 119:54-55         I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night

Daniel 6:10-11              He prayed and gave thanks before his God three times a day, as aforetime

Mark 1:35                      In the morning, he went out into a solitary place, and there prayed

Acts 12                           Prayer was made without ceasing for him (vs. 5)

Romans 1:7-17             Without ceasing I make mention of you (vs. 9)

I Thessalonians 1:1-3   In prayers, remembering without ceasing (vs. 3)

I Thessalonians 5:17    Pray without ceasing

II Timothy 1:1-5            Without ceasing I remember in prayer (vs. 3)


Pray Without Ceasing (#1079)