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Anchor of Truth

There have always been many voices saying “This is the way to know God.” Today’s media explosion has created more voices and more confusion. Why then another? Personal connection with other believers cannot be replaced by the mass media. It is much more satisfying to have a deep spiritual relationship with ten believers than to be in a crowd of ten thousand. Every individual is important to God, and His plan involves each one in a very real way. There are things that are important to God that can only take place in close personal relationships. Our purpose is to share truth to help strengthen your relationship with God and with other believers in your locality. The goal of God is to build a family of His children together in love, walking in truth. Personal submission and obedience to Christ will bring conformity of each member to Christ, and a growing expression of the nature of God in a local gathering. The testimony going out to the world around will be as a “light set on a hill that cannot be hidden” and “the pillar and ground of the truth.”
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Dec 14, 2017

Episode 104 The Battle for Life

When Adam sinned, he took himself and the human race that followed into death. When Christ came He conquered Satan and his host of evil forces and opened the door for us to partake of God’s life. But if the victory has been won, why is there still a battle in this world between God and Satan? I think this is a very real question to many of us. We hear that Christ won the victory at Calvary, but yet our experience is that we are in a warfare. And Paul says that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against a host of wickedness in heavenly places. If this is true, then what did happen at Calvary and how does that relate to our experience today?

  • Sin brought death
    • Spiritual death (separation from God)
    • Physical death (the process of death begins early in our bodies)
    • Sin reigned in death (Romans 5)
  • Christ came that we may have life (John 10:10)
    • He took on human flesh
    • He became sin for us at Calvary (2 Cor. 5:21)
    • He died (physically)
    • He rose from the dead thus conquering death (I Cor. 15)
    • He is seated at the right hand of God in heaven (authority)
    • Christ gives life to those who come to Him (John 5:39,40; John 20:31)
    • The risen Christ dwells within us by the Holy Spirit (life)
  • We are called to possess what God has given
    • Israel was given the land but they had to possess (Deut. Ch. 1 & 7)
    • We have been given all spiritual blessing in Christ but we must possess (Eph. 1)
    • We would like to “overcome” without a fight, but that would leave us weaklings
  • Spiritual ascendency comes through spiritual enlargement
  • Spiritual enlargement comes through faith and obedience
  • Spiritual territory can only be taken with spiritual weapons (Eph. 6)
  • Spiritualty (God’s life) is revealed in and through physical vessels
  • Prayer (intercession) is a critical part of spiritual warfare

 A very good booklet that expands on the subject today

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/battle_for_life_the.html

 

 

Dec 7, 2017

Episode 103 The place of Godly wives

After God had created Adam, He said it is not good for man to be alone so He created Eve as a suitable helper. God’s plan is for a husband and wife to function as one in the family for His purpose and glory. It is a perfect plan but requires each to take their place. Today we focus on the place of the wife. When God created woman, he took something out of the man. God views the husband and wife as one, so what was taken out of Adam is brought back together in a relationship. Thus the challenge in the marriage is to see a harmonious relationship where each member is able to contribute their part. Neither man nor woman is superior to the other, but there is a God-ordained place for each. To accept the place that God has created and function in that place is the key to a harmonious marriage and a fulfilment of God’s ordained purpose in the family.

  • As a child of God
    • Created by God (taken from Adam) as a suitable helper
    • Has her own relationship with God (no male or female, Gal 3:28)
    • Has a unique place in God’s creation but not “second class” (I Cor. 11:3)
    • Is different from a man in her makeup (disposition)
  • As a wife and mother
    • One with her husband (union, Eph. 5:31)
    • Functions in a place of submission as unto God (I Peter 3:1-3)
    • As a helper to her husband (in his vision and calling, Prov. 31)
    • A household in which the life of God is seen (I Tim. 5:14)
    • To teach the children (Prov. 1:8-9, 6:20-21)
    • To teach in their households (Priscilla, Acts 18:26)
  • As a sister in the Family of God
    • A member of the Body of Christ with a God-given function (I Cor. 12)
    • An adornment that glorifies God (I Peter 3:3-6)
    • A quiet and meek spirit that is precious to God (I Peter 3:4)
    • To adorn the gospel with good works (I Tim. 5:9-10)
    • Older sisters have a unique ministry to younger sisters (Titus 2:3-5)
    • A ministry of power in weakness (John 13:14-15, I Cor. 1:27, 2 Cor. 12:9)

 Two good resources on this subject:

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-godly-woman/

 http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/woman-an-honored-vessel/

 

 

Nov 30, 2017

Episode 102 Fathers lead the family

The family unit is God’s basic structure for the human race. To achieve God’s purpose, the family must function as one. The Father is given the privilege and responsibility to lead in that purpose under the direction of God with His unlimited grace. To realize God’s great purpose in the family takes God. So many families, even Christian families, so often fall short of what they can be. Yet God has made full provision for the family to be the most precious place on earth for all the members. To experience the riches of love and achieve the end goals that we and God desire we must follow God’s order and draw upon the grace of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Today we focus on the Father’s place in giving leadership in the family.

  • The father leads by example
    • Alive unto God
    • A disciple of Jesus Christ
    • Demonstrates the character of God
    • Walk in truth and love in humility
    • Maintain active fellowship with other brothers
  • The father is responsible to impart vision to his wife
    • Must see all things through God’s eyes
    • Bring his wife into God’s vision
    • Enable his wife to fulfil her place in the family
    • Always consider husband and wife as one
  • The father is responsible for the training of the children
    • Needs a clear goal in mind
    • Continuously evaluate the family as a whole
    • Bring light for each child to walk in according to maturity
    • Encouragement and challenge held in proper place
  • Authority is often the point of conflict
    • Respect must be earned
    • Always with a servant’s heart
    • Never shifting blame to his wife
    • Make difficult decisions when necessary

 

 

Nov 23, 2017

Episode 101 God’s Order in the Family

God’s plan in the family is under great attack today in the world. Along with that, God’s order concerning man and woman are equally under attack. When families depart from God’s original plan, the end result is failure in so many ways. God is the One who designed the family, and if we want to achieve God’s result then we must understand His design and order our family accordingly. With the pressures that are all around us to change as a result of our shifting culture, this is not easy. Today we go back to look at God’s plan that we may see more clearly how to walk in truth for His purpose and glory.

  • God instituted the family
    • He created man and woman
    • He stated the purpose of the family
    • He gave husband and wife each their roles in the family
  • Men and women are different
    • Physically
    • In their natural capabilities and instincts
    • In their God given roles in the family
  • Husbands
    • Are responsible as “head” or for leadership
    • Loving as Christ does the church (Eph. 5:25)
    • Laying down his life (not living for self)
    • Lifting his wife up as one with him
    • Modeling our heavenly Father (example)
  • Wives are responsible as a “helper” (Gen. 2:18)
    • Taken from the side of the man (heart)
    • In submission as church is to Christ (Eph. 5:24)
    • Lifting her husband up by honor and respect (Eph. 5:33)
  • God sees the husband and wife as one
    • The woman was taken from the man
    • The man and woman are united in relationship
    • True oneness is only possible in the life of God

 

 

Nov 16, 2017

Episode 100 Encouragement in our walk with Jesus

Christianity can be complicated. How many Bible Schools are there that seek to teach the proper doctrines, yet there are many differences that divide and often in a very deep way. Why is that? Is there an answer? Is unity in Christ Jesus possible? Jesus prayed that we may be one, even as the Father and He were one. Yet if we look around us at the general world of Christianity, oneness does not seem to be the characteristic. If it is, it is often on the surface level. The oneness of the Father and Son is not superficial. They are one in life, in very essence. Today I want to share some simple encouragement with us that I trust will be of help in our walk with Jesus.

  • Be faithful to your relationship with Jesus in the truth that He has made real to you.
  • Be faithful to the brothers and sisters God has put in your life
  • Be content with the “ones and twos”. God will take care of the multitudes
  • All truth is important when God brings it to you (don’t evade)
  • There will be opposition
  • There will be failure (not all will go on with Jesus)
  • There will be cost that will require sacrifice
  • There will be emotionally challenging times
  • Truth does take time to assimilate and walk in
  • God is in charge
  • It is a spiritual battle
  • We must avail of spiritual weapons
  • Focus on knowing God—That will overflow in our whole life
  • There will be times of failure in our lives—get up and keep going
  • The battle was won at Calvary. Our victory is to stand in His victory
  • Our passion is to know Him (Phil 3)

 

 

Nov 9, 2017

Episode 99 Christianity or Christ?

In our world today, there is a great religious system called Christianity. It varies in many details, but the one common feature is Christ. However the big question is what is the place of Christ? Is He only a historical figure, or is He given His place as Lord of Lords? Religion is one of the enemy’s greatest tools today, and Christian religion is probably the most dangerous because it is so close to the truth. It is based on the Bible and embraces so many things that are very good. Yet at the core of so much that goes in the name of Christianity, there is serious error and mixture that leads men astray. It leaves them with a form of godliness, but not in union with God. Today we want to try to show the difference, not just to be critical, but to avoid the snare of the enemy and be found in union with Christ both now and for eternity. (Philippians chapter 3)

  • Religion
    • A system of doctrines, practices, and rules of personal conduct
    • Christian religion, the above based on the Bible
  • Christ
    • A historical figure, a great teacher
    • The incarnation of God (Son of God)
    • The glorified Lord, reigning at the right hand of God
  • The Bible is a record of the expanding revelation of Christ
  • God’s purpose is now that Christ would be revealed in each person (Gal. 1:15-16)
  • True Christianity is Christ revealed in a collective gathering of believers
  • The Cross is the basis of everything God is doing today
  • God’s ultimate goal is that God may “be all” “in all” (I Cor. 15:20-28)

 

 

Oct 26, 2017

Episode 98 The Wiles of the Devil

Paul admonishes us in one place to put on the whole armor of God that we may stand against the wiles (or schemes) of the devil. What are those schemes? Do we know? Are we aware of his crafty and deceptive ways?  In warfare, military men study the enemy to know his tactics. Business men study their competition so they can know how to compete more effectively. God does not want us to be ignorant of our enemy’s ways either. We should not become “devil conscience” where we see a devil under every rock and behind every tree, but as wise stewards of the grace of God, we do need to know how the enemy is working against God and His purpose that we may not be taken unawares but rather stand unmoved in the full provision of God. (Eph. 6:10-20)

  • The devil is the enemy of God and seeks to destroy (John 10:10)
  • He is a murderer, a liar, and the father of lies (John 8:44)
  • He seeks to sow discord, bring division, and confusion  (James 3:13-15)
  • His angels are angels of light and ministers of righteousness (2 Cor. 11:14)
  • He is religious and promotes religious activity filled with compromise
  • He is deceptive, mixing truth with error (2 John 7, Matt. 24:24)
  • He counterfeits the Holy Spirit as much as possible (I John 4:1)
  • His access to men is to the soul (lust of the flesh, eyes, pride of life, I John 2:16)
  • His power over death was broken at Calvary (Heb. 2:14)
  • He has supernatural power, but not greater than Christ (Col. 1:13)
  • He performs lying wonders (2 Thes. 2:9-10, Matt. 24:24)
  • Our only power against Him is to stand in the victory of Christ  (I Cor. 15:57)
  • The warfare is spiritual and requires spiritual weapons (2 Cor. 10:4)
  • The full armor of God is collective (Eph. 6:10-20)

 

Oct 19, 2017

Episode 97 Spiritual Discernment

Jesus rebuked the religious leaders of his days for not discerning properly. Paul encouraged the Philippian church to abound in discernment. How do we discern what is of God and what is not? How do we properly discern without becoming critical? To properly discern a situation that is confronting us and still maintain a proper attitude is challenging. Some have resolved the issue by taking the position of “judge not.” Others have erred to the other side by becoming very critical and judgmental of situations and people that leaves them isolated and useless as a channel of God’s grace and love. We must not go to either side in this matter, but rather allow God to give us His discernment, seeking to move in wisdom and love towards every person and situation we face. (Matt. 6:3, Luke 12:56, Phil. 1:9, Heb. 5:14)

  • Love is the foundation
  • Spiritual issues are spiritually discerned
  • Godly care for each person is essential
  • Wisdom given by the Holy Spirit is our provision
  • Outwards signs reveal inward heart conditions
  • The plan and purpose of God is always in view
  • A quiet heart with no self-interest is a key factor
  • Recognizing the wiles of the devil comes with maturity
  • Input from mature brothers and sisters is a channel of grace
  • Obedience in the face of opposition is an expression of grace
  • Peace comes as we leave each person in the hands of God
  • God is the final judge in all things

 

Sep 28, 2017

Episode 96 Spiritual sensitivity

We know that God is Spirit, and those who worship God must do so in spirit and truth. We are also are to be led by the Spirit. How can our spiritual sensitivity be increased so that we can be sure we are truly knowing God in the spirit? It seems at times that so much comes at us that brings confusion so we hardly know which way to turn. How do we know that we are really sensing God in the spirit? Are there some basic principles that can help us? This arises not only in our daily lives, but also in spiritual gifts, ministry, and host of related areas. I believe that there are some guidelines in scripture that can help us.

  • God is Spirit
  • Man is body, soul, and spirit (I Thes. 5:23)
  • Man connects with God in his spirit (I Cor. 2:10-12, 6:17)
  • Three possible sources of spiritual movement (God, Satan, man)
  • Significant areas to consider
    • Seeking God only by our mind (reasoning)
    • A defiled spirit (2 Cor. 7:1)
    • A motive to be somebody “special” in spirituals (Phil. 2:3)
    • A troubled heart, unrest (Isaiah 30:15)
    • Undisciplined desires (James 1:14,15)
    • Undisciplined emotions (2 Peter 1:5-9)
  • Consider the outcome of the leading
    • The Spirit leads in the purpose of God
    • The Spirit leads in unity (with God and one another)
    • The Spirit exalts Jesus Christ
    • The Spirit is the Spirit of truth
    • The Spirit is the Spirit of love
  • Praying in the Spirit (Jude 20)

 

Some good ministry concerning man as body, soul, and spirit

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/what_is_man.html

 

 

Sep 21, 2017

Episode 95 Tested by God

Are you being tested? Does God test His children? If so, why does He test us and how? So often when we face trials and testing we lose sight of what God is doing, what He is after in our lives. God is working for eternity, and so often we are just looking at temporal things. But we are told that one day everything that we see around us will be burned up, and only what is of God will last. Today we review some accounts in the scriptures where men were being tested by God, asking God for light on our own pathway that we may see clearly what God wants to teach us in our own testing.

  • Christ is our example (Mat. 4:1-10, Heb. 2:17-18, 4:15-16, 5:8-9)
  • God is not afraid to test what He has built in us
  • Testing reveals who we are:
    • What we have learned
    • Weakness where we need to be strengthened
  • Tests reveal hidden things
    • Hidden motives (pride, independence)
    • Un-crucified flesh (self)
  • Consider Abraham, the father of faith
  • Consider Israel (Deut. 8:2, Ex. 16:4)
  • Tests reveal if we are living by the faith of God or not (Heb. 12:2)
  • God’s testing gives opportunity for Him to be glorified in and through our lives
  • We are told to welcome tests (James 1:3-8)
Sep 7, 2017

Episode 94 The Cross and the way of Life

What is the way of life? How do we experience the fullness of God’s life in our daily lives? God’s way is the Cross of Christ. But that is not just what happened 2000 years ago. That is the foundation, but we need to know the application in our lives today.  When we think about the Cross, I think most of us just try to think back to what happened 2000 years ago. We try to envision the suffering of Jesus for our sin and also how His suffering opened the way for our sin to be forgiven. But while all of that is good and right, the Cross and what God did there also has real application in our daily lives. Today we explore that subject further.

  • The Cross is the foundation of everything God is doing today
  • The Cross is the way we partake of the life of God
  • The principle of the Cross applies to every aspect of our life
  • God is the One who will apply the Cross in the circumstances of our life
  • The Cross is the way we experience the fullness of God’s life
  • Our place is to:
    • Agree with God in that which He has brought judgment
    • Believe Him to take us through situations that are beyond us
    • Obey when He sheds light on our pathway
  • The power of an endless (resurrection life) is our experience (life out of death)

 

Some excellent ministry on this subject:

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/cross_and_the_way_of_life_the.html

 

Aug 31, 2017

Episode 93 Growing up in Christ

Before a baby is born, all focus is on the birth date. But after the birthday, the attention shifts to growing up. It is the same in the spiritual. Our spiritual birthday is a wonderful day, but now we need to grow up. What is God’s way for this to take place? Growth (both physical and spiritual) takes time and effort. God has given us very clear instructions on how this is to take place. The majority of the New Testament is focused on this subject. In order to be successful, we must follow God’s way and not create our own way. He is perfect and has designed the perfect way for us to grow up and become full-grown mature sons and daughters, able to bear further responsibility in His kingdom both now and for eternity.  Today we look again at God’s plan and ways for our spiritual growth.

  • Christ
    • He is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)
    • It is Christ formed in us that is our hope of glory (Col. 1:27)
  • Family of God (provision)
    • The presence of God (2 Cor. 6:17-18)
    • God’s provision of grace-elders, ministers, each member (Eph. 4:7)
    • Fellowship (Eph. 3:9)
  • Essential elements to benefit
    • Life (I Peter 2:5)
    • Right relationships with God and one another (Eph. 4:25-32)
    • Teachable spirit (2 Tim. 2:1-2)
    • Obedience to God when light comes (James 1:21-25)
  • The goal
    • Christ formed in us (Gal. 4:19)
    • Changed into His likeness-maturity (2 Cor. 3:18)
    • A body to do His will (Heb. 10:5-7)
    • God all in all (I Cor. 15:28)

 Some additional resources regarding God’s plan in His family:

http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/growing-up-together-into-christ/

 http://www.ntchurchsource.com/literature/read/the-family-of-god/

 

Aug 24, 2017

Episode 92 Working through conflicts

How do we work through conflicts? It seems that life is full of them. They can be conflicts in personalities, doctrines, family relationships, work relationships, with the world and with brothers and sisters in the Lord? Is it possible to dwell in peace with all men? If so how? Sometimes it seems like the conflicts come at us so fast we don’t know which way to turn. We don’t even understand how we got into the conflict. Yet God has called us to live at peace with all men as much as it lies with us. Today we want to look briefly at this subject asking God to shed light on our pathway that will allow us to know His grace and be at peace with all men.

  • Conflicts because of sin
    • Self-interests are the root of most conflicts (James 3:13-4:6)
    • Self is only dealt with at Calvary (crucified with Christ, Gal. 2:20)
    • When we are dead we cannot be touched
  • Conflicts because of personalities
    • Each person is unique
    • Love adjusts to another person (Eph. 4:25-31)
  • Conflicts in living together
    • Close living brings out differences in many ways
    • Walking in God’s order is essential to peace
  • Conflicts because of ideology
    • Unity is first in life (Eph. 4:3)
    • Unity in understanding takes time (Eph. 4:13)
  • Conflicts in laboring together with others
    • God has given different grace to each one (Eph.  4:7)
    • To labor together takes submitting to one another as unto the Lord
  • We are called to pursue peace with all men as much as possible (Rom. 12:18, Heb. 12:14)

 

Some good ministry on the practical working of the Cross of Christ in our daily lives

http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/cross_and_the_way_of_life_the.html

 

 

Aug 17, 2017

Episode 91 Led by the Spirit of God


Paul says that the sons of God are those who are led by the Spirit of God. How does the Spirit lead us? When someone says that God is leading them to do something should that ever be questioned? If so, how should that be done? Our topic today is a very sensitive issue and the answers are not always easy. Yet God has sent His Holy Spirit to dwell within us and to lead us in all aspects of life. There are examples in the scriptures and spiritual principles that can help us. Today we want to look at some of those.


• The foundation
o God is sovereign
o God’s purpose is that we may be one through Christ Jesus our Lord
o God has given the Holy Spirit to make Jesus real in us
• God chooses the perfect way to communicate with man. He may
o Speak in an audible voice from heaven
o Send an angel
o Speak in a dream or vision
o Send a man
o Speak in "a still small voice" (Spirit to spirit)
o Bring truth to us through a scripture verse (or passage)
o Bring an urging to the heart (our spirit)
o Bring a thought to our mind concerning a specific issue before us
o A spiritual gift (a strong sensing in the Spirit to meet a particular need).
o Circumstances (and giving insight into those circumstances)
o Probably other ways and combinations of all of these as God sees fit.
• All communication that we say is from God needs to be tested:
o By the scriptures (Old and New Testament)
o By a plurality of spiritual brothers
o By the peace of God ruling in our inner man (spirit) after waiting on God
• Some danger areas are as follows:
o Personalities often rule when looking for God's direction:
o An analytical mind puts heavy emphasis on the scriptures, examining the original, etc.
o An emotional person may put a heavy emphasis on "feeling"
o A person with undisciplined desires may find direction in their own desires
o A person attracted to the supernatural may be open to deceiving spirits
• A desire to "do something for God" (or be somebody) can overrule everything and lead into great deception
• A young Christian (or un-spiritual Christian) needs more input from spiritual brothers to help them be grounded

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Aug 10, 2017

Episode 90 The Outworking of Love


Speaking of faith, hope, and love, Paul said the greatest of these is love. One day faith will not be needed because we will see all things as they are. Our hope will have been fulfilled. But love will never pass away because that is the nature of God. How is this love expressed today? We often talk about love, but how much do we know of the practical expression of love? Much of the time (if not most of time) when love is mentioned in the scriptures it is not in reference to our love for God but rather our love for one another. Today we share some strong encouragement from Gordon Gentry on the expression of love towards others. This ministry was given in a home meeting in March 1999. May the Lord use this to stimulate us to a greater love towards all men for the glory of God.


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Aug 3, 2017

Episode 89 The risen Christ within us


The symbol of Christianity is the Cross. Is that what it should be? Christ was crucified, but today He is alive. The Cross was necessary, but the empty tomb is the uniqueness of Christianity. It is the risen Christ in us that is the “Hope of Glory.” The Cross of Christ was the turning point in human history. Without the sacrifice of God in Christ, we would have no way that our past sins could be forgiven. While we were without hope, Christ died for us. But if Christ had remained in the grave, our faith would be futile and we would still be in sin. Many religions of the world can show you the tomb of their founder, but only Christianity has an empty tomb. Our hope is because Christ has risen from the dead, and the resurrected Christ in us is our hope of glory.


• The problem of mankind is death, not just sin (Rom. 5:12-14)
• The answer to death is not law but life.
• The gospel is based on Calvary, but our hope is in a living Christ (I Cor. 15)
• It is this living Christ within us that is our strength (Col. 1:24-29)
• Christ dwells within us by faith (Eph. 3:17)

Some excellent ministry pertaining to the resurrection of Christ
http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/horizoned_by_resurrection.html

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Jul 27, 2017

Episode 88 Add to your faith


Does spiritual progress take work? If so, what kind of work? Many today would say any mention of strenuous effort pertaining to our relationship with God is a “gospel of works” and is false doctrine. Is this true?

Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry from the first chapter of 2 Peter with a strong exhortation to diligence in our relationship with God. This ministry was given in a home meeting in August 1998. May the Lord stir each one of us deeply to give ourselves to the spiritual work that is needed to ground us firmly in Christ to be able to face the many trials of this life and finish the course before us triumphantly for His purpose and glory.


“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:5–11, NKJV)


Additional ministry by Gordon Gentry:
http://www.ntchurchsource.com/audio/


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jul 20, 2017

Episode 87 Ten Shekels and a Shirt


Why do we come to God? Why do we serve God? Is our focus on ourselves and what we can get from God, or do we care about God, His glory, and His purpose? This is a critical question that must be answered correctly if we are going to know God’s approval in our life and labor. Today we want to share a sermon with you by Paris Reidhead entitled “Ten Shekels and a Shirt.” This message was given at a conference in the mid 1960’s. It has been said by many to be perhaps the most important sermon ever preached. It addresses the question that we have posed in a very powerful way, and I believe the truth brought out is one we all need to hear and take to heart in a very deep way. May the Lord use this to feed each one of us today with Christ himself.


Message outline:
•INTRODUCTION
•THE LEVITE
•PRAGMATISM
•HUMANISM
•LIBERAL, FUNDAMENTAL or...NEITHER?
•REVERANCE FOR LIFE
•WHAT ABOUT YOU?
•THE PREACHERS
•THE DIFFERENCE!
•THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
•THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN

Link to message transcript:
http://truthinheart.com/EarlyOberlinCD/CD/5/shekels1.htm


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jul 20, 2017

Episode 87 Ten Shekels and a Shirt


Why do we come to God? Why do we serve God? Is our focus on ourselves and what we can get from God, or do we care about God, His glory, and His purpose? This is a critical question that must be answered correctly if we are going to know God’s approval in our life and labor. Today we want to share a sermon with you by Paris Reidhead entitled “Ten Shekels and a Shirt.” This message was given at a conference in the mid 1960’s. It has been said by many to be perhaps the most important sermon ever preached. It addresses the question that we have posed in a very powerful way, and I believe the truth brought out is one we all need to hear and take to heart in a very deep way. May the Lord use this to feed each one of us today with Christ himself.


Message outline:
•INTRODUCTION
•THE LEVITE
•PRAGMATISM
•HUMANISM
•LIBERAL, FUNDAMENTAL or...NEITHER?
•REVERANCE FOR LIFE
•WHAT ABOUT YOU?
•THE PREACHERS
•THE DIFFERENCE!
•THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT
•THE LAMB WHO WAS SLAIN

Link to message transcript:
http://truthinheart.com/EarlyOberlinCD/CD/5/shekels1.htm


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jul 13, 2017

Episode 86 How do we know the will of God?


How can we know the will of God? This is a question that is always before us. It is especially before us when faced with a big decision. But even in our daily lives, we want to do the will of God in all things. Today we look again at God’s provision in this matter. Perhaps the simple answer to this question is “to be led by His Spirit” and that is true. But for this to be real in our lives, we need to look more closely at some of the issues involved. Our concepts, desires, and emotions often get in the way and the pathway before us does not seem clear. We are complicated beings, made in the image of God. Discerning what is of God and what is not of God is often not easy. As we look at this subject and the scriptures, our prayer is that we may see the ways of God more clearly so that we may do the will of God in all things for His purpose and glory.


• God is sovereign over all—Trust Him
o Nothing happens without His direct command or permission
o God has sovereignly given us the ability to choose
o God wants us to move in faith and depend on Him in all things (John 15:5)
o God does not lead us into sin (James 1:12-18)
• Jesus Himself is the will of God (Eph. 1:9)
o Union with Christ by the Spirit is the foundation
o Our choice is to submit willing to His authority
o Our place is to lay down our life and to live His life by faith
• God’s ultimate purpose is always the guiding light
o To know God in all things (John 17:3)
o To be prepared to dwell with God for eternity
o To be changed into His likeness (Rom. 8:29)
o To be a vessel of grace with others
• The Scriptures serve as our foundation for understanding (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
• The Holy Spirit makes the truth in scriptures alive and applicable (John 14:26, 16:12-15)
• In the New Covenant He will write His word on our heart and mind (Heb. 8:7-13)
o Heart (spirit, conscience, knowing)-- does the burden persist
o Mind (intellect) , scriptures, thoughts in the particular situation
• Wisdom is from God as we see the need and ask (James 1:2-8)
o Counsel with others (Prov. 11:14, 15:22)
o Circumstances (discernment)
• Peace that passes all understanding (Phil. 4:6-7)
• Proving God in small things, leads to confidence in bigger things

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Jul 6, 2017

Episode 85 Christ in You


What is our salvation? Is it believing the Bible is the Word of God? Is it believing the right teaching? Is it an experience with God? Is it belonging to the right Church? All of these things have their place, but our salvation is not these but rather “Christ in you.” Today we continue the subject of our last program which was that “Christ may be fully formed in us.” We share some ministry on this subject by Gordon Gentry given in May 1998. He begins in Ephesians chapter 1 and seeks to show us how Christ Himself is our salvation.


Some of the key points are as follows:
• We are justified in Christ
• God is working all things to His end purpose in Christ
• Christ is the Living Word dwelling in us
• Christ brings us to the end of what we can do (death to self)
• Many of our problems are because we are consumed with “me”
• Growth is the increasing manifestation of His life in us
• We must not let this world and its philosophy control us
• Obedience is to what Christ is saying to us now in a living relationship

• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jun 27, 2017

Episode 84 Christ fully formed in you


What is the central message of the Gospel? Some may say “that we may be forgiven of our sin.” Some may say “that we may be with God in heaven.” While these are included, I think there is something more basic and central, and it is that Christ may be formed in us. Today we conclude our series from the ministry of T. Austin-Sparks on Galatians. Here is his introduction:


We come to this last morning of our consideration of this great question. That is, the great question as to the true nature of the dispensation which came in with the Lord Jesus. We have this morning therefore to gather up all that we have been saying into one matter. We have covered a lot of ground, but it all amounts to one issue. It is not a matter of one system over against another. That is, it is not a question of Judaism over against Christianity. It is not a question of legalism over against spirituality. It is not a question of the Old Testament over against the New Testament. And it is not a question of Paul over against his enemies. All these things have come into our consideration, but they are not the special issue. The great battle which began with the coming of the Lord Jesus, and for which the Apostle Paul was a chosen instrument, is not the battle for a special interpretation of Scripture. It is not the battle for a particular form of doctrine. And it is not the battle for a particular form of worship. It is a much bigger battle than all those things.


And so we have this whole letter to the Galatians which touches all these things gathered into one word. The whole letter, and all that has to do with it is gathered into one verse. It is, so far as words are concerned, a very short verse. But you see that it is a very big verse. It is in chapter four, verse nineteen, "My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be formed in you." One slight alteration or correction ought to be made in the translation. The word "formed" ought to be translated "fully formed." So that the verse should read, "My little children, of whom I am again in travail until Christ be fully formed in you."


Meeting 32 - The Matter Which is of Supreme Importance is: "Christ Fully Formed In You"
T. Austin Sparks, February 29, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001101.html


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jun 22, 2017

Episode 83 The Holy Spirit came to create a new order


Why did God send the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost? How did the working of God change on that day? Have we really comprehended the significance to us of the Promise of the Father that brought God within each believer? Today we continue with the ministry of T. Austin-Sparks from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. Here is his introduction:


This morning we come to what I feel to be one of the most important messages that we have been giving. We have been seeing that the Letter to the Galatians is a concentration of the great change which took place with the coming of the Lord Jesus. That is, that the coming of Christ into this world changed the dispensations, and changed the whole nature of things. So that Christ stands as the dividing of two whole systems. The whole system of Judaism which had existed up to the time of His coming was set aside when He came. From that time, as He said, a new order was introduced, and that is represented by His repeated phrase, "The hour cometh and now is." Now this morning, we are going to consider the essential nature of that great divide. How the new dispensation and the new order differs from the old. This is a matter of supreme importance for us here this morning, and for all Christians if only they would accept it, because Christianity as we know it has been largely constituted on the old dispensation. The great difference between the old and the new has not been fully recognized.


Meeting 31 - The Holy Spirit Came Especially for the Purpose of Creating a Spiritual Order of Things
T. Austin Sparks, February 28, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001100.html


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

Jun 15, 2017

Episode 82 Emancipation from Legalism is to see Christ


We often hear the term “legal” used when discussing some aspect of truth. What is meant by that? What is legalism? The only true emancipation from all forms of legalism is to see Christ. What does it mean to see Christ? Today we continue the ministry by T. Austin-Sparks from Paul’s letter to the Galatians where he addresses this subject of legalistic Christianity. Here is a quote from this ministry.


Legalism always crucifies Christ afresh BECAUSE legalism cuts out the greatest word in Christianity. The word over the door into true Christianity is the word:"GRACE." Legalism always wipes out "Grace," and puts in its place "LAW."
Grace is the chief word in the vocabulary of the Christian. Do you notice that where legalism reaches its fullest expression, it always puts the crucifix in the place of the empty tomb? The badge of the Christian is the empty tomb. That is 'Life from the dead.' The badge of legalism is a crucifix, 'a dead Christ.' Legalism always brings death, and the chief thing about Christ is resurrection. It is Life from the dead. This was something that Paul came to see when it pleased God to reveal His Son in him. And he said, let me get out of all this legalistic system. Jesus of Nazareth Whom we crucified is alive. He has been revealed alive in my heart.


Meeting 29—The Only True Emancipation from all Forms of Legalism is to See Christ (T. Austin-Sparks, February 27, 1964 A.M.)


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001098.html


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

 

Jun 8, 2017

Episode 81 Direct Revelation of Jesus Christ


Paul said that the gospel he preached did not come through any man, but by direct revelation of Jesus Christ. Is the experience of Paul unique to Him or is he an example of what each one of us should expect today? Today we continue the series by T. Austin-Sparks based on Paul’s letter to the Galatians. In this message, Sparks focuses on the subject of direct revelation of Christ to Paul and what we should expect in our relationship with God. Here is a short quote from this ministry:


How did we get what we got? That is going to decide everything for the future. Sooner or later the stresses of life will come upon our position. The Lord will allow our position to be tried in the fires. And His object in so doing will be to find out exactly what we are resting upon. So Paul said, "I received it not from men, nor from a man. Peter may have been a very important man, but I did not get it from Peter. James may have been the Lord's Own brother in the flesh, and he ought to know, but I did not receive it from James. John was a very loving devoted disciple, he was one of the first three, but I did not get it from John. These men gave me nothing. I RECEIVED IT BY DIRECT REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST. That is the basis of this dispensation. That is the basis of true spiritual Christianity. And that is the great distinguishing mark between a legal system and a spiritual life.


Meeting 28—The Great Distinguishing Mark Between a Legal system and a Spiritual Life is by Direct Revelation of Jesus Christ
T. Austin-Sparks, February 26, 1964 A.M.


http://www.austin-sparks.net/english/books/001097.html


• Additional resources at http://www.ntchurchsource.com/
• Theme song “Will Your Anchor Hold” sung by J. Ashley Milne
• Comments and questions welcome. Email David@AnchorOfTruth.com

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