Episode 35 – Learning Humility

If we are to come into the presence of God, we must learn humility.

Learning humility
Learning humility

The scripture tells us that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. It is only the humble who will enter the kingdom of God.

This episode looks at the need for learning humility and how it contrasts with pride, and there is much to learn. Click to listen now.

Be filled with the Spirit

(Ephesians 5:18-20)

It never ceases to amaze me how some scriptures have been taken out of context or have been abused to uphold some position that they are not really supporting or even suggesting. This scripture today is one of those.

Be filled with the Spirit
Be filled with the Spirit

And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, always and for everything giving thanks in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father. (Ephesians 5:18-20)

Let’s have a quick look at this and then see what is the really important point in this section of scripture.

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Episode 34 – The Mercy of God

God is a God of mercy. He has shown great mercy to all who come to Him, and in the same way we are expected to be merciful to other.

The Mercy of God
The Mercy of God

Mercy is a powerful thing. We see in the scriptures that mercy triumphs over judgement and mercy overlooks many of the faults and failings in ourselves and others. We cannot be children of God without mercy being part of who we are. We receive mercy and we must be merciful for this is the nature of God.

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Making the most of your time

(Ephesians 5:15-17)

The days that we live in are fascinating for many reasons. We are beginning to see the fulfillment of the end time prophecies and there is evidence all around us that the days are short.

Making the most of your time
Making the most of your time

It is not inconceivable to expect to see the return of the Lord in our lifetimes. This is an exciting time for those who are in Jesus Christ and will be a terrifying time for those who are not.

Which is why Paul warns us in these scriptures that we must make to most of our time.

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Episode 33 – Salvation For All

God’s salvation for man through Jesus Christ is available to all mankind. His salvation is not just for one special group of people but is available to everyone who calls on the name of Jesus Christ.

Salvation for all
Salvation for all

And there are two aspects to salvation. First, it is a destination…when we are saved and have arrived in the kingdom of God. But secondly, it is a journey. Salvation is a process that is working in us by the power of God’s grace.

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Exposed by the Light

(Ephesians 5:11-14)

We live in dark times as Christians today. The darkness of sin and evil is possibly the worst it has ever been.

Exposed by the Light
Exposed by the Light

This is to be expected because we are told in the Bible that as the last days come, so too will the activity of Satan increase to try and overwhelm the people of the Lord.

We cannot be complacent. We cannot allow the influence of these things into our lives to pull us back into the world. Instead we need to expose this evil to the light of the truth and awaken ourselves and those around us to see the light of the truth of Jesus Christ.

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Episode 32 – Being Obedient

One of the things we as Christians are called to do is to be obedient to the word of God. Too many people want to seek God on their own terms. They want to have Him come to them according to their own will.

Being obedient to the word of God
Being obedient to the word of God

But it doesn’t work that way. If we are to live with God we must come to Him on HIS terms, and that means we must be obedient to His word and His truth.

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Learn what is pleasing to the Lord

(Ephesians 5:7-10)

Do you want to live with Christ in His eternal kingdom? I am sure the answer to this question is “Yes.”

Learn what is pleasing to the Lord
Learn what is pleasing to the Lord

If you want to live with Christ into eternity, then there is one thing that you and I and ALL Christians must learn to do. We must learn what is pleasing to the Lord. This is the focus of this scripture today.

7 Therefore do not associate with them, 8 for once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), 10 and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. (Ephesians 5:7-10)

Think about this for a minute. Would you spend time with people who are malcontents and opposed to you in s many ways? I think not. Then why would Christ be any different. God and Jesus Christ want to live together with people who like them and they like in return. Yes they love us, but they want to like us as well and that requires us to change.

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Episode 31 – Why Repentance?

The starting point for every Christian when they come to God is repentance.

Why repentance?
Why repentance?

Repentance was so important in the Christian gospel that John the Baptist, the Apostles and Jesus Christ all began their respective ministries preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Repentance serves many purposes and it is much more than just saying or feeling sorry. Listen to this podcast to find out what it is, why it is and how to live in repentance.

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Deception of Empty Words

(Ephesians 5:6)

The Apostle Paul was concerned for the Ephesian church that false teachers would come among them speaking many flowery things, but whose words would be empty of any truth.

Deception of empty words
Deception of empty words

6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for it is because of these things that the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. (Ephesians 5:6)

Today it is perhaps even more of a warning than in those early days of the church. Over the two millennia since the church began, there have been many men come into the church bringing deceptive and empty words that have no basis in the truth of the New Covenant. The church unfortunately is filled with these things, and it has emptied the truth of the gospel of it’s power.

So today let us consider how to identify these things and what we can do about them.

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