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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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Apr 27, 2017

Episode 75 Love never fails


Love never fails. That is Paul’s statement in writing to the Corinthians. How can that be possible? Has our love failed at times? Why did it fail? How can we know God’s love that never fails? The subject of love is perhaps the most common subject among Christians, yet at the same time the reality of a love that never fails is probably a rarity. None of us want our love to fail, but the challenges of relationships seem to bring us to the very limit.


Today we share some ministry by Gordon Gentry on this subject. It was given in 1995 to a small home gathering. I pray that God will use this ministry to strengthen all of us in this very critical area of knowing the fullness of love that passes knowledge and never fails.


Some scriptures passages referenced are as follows:
Eph. 3:14-21
I Cor. 13:4-8
Eph. 4:1-6

• 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

Apr 20, 2017

Episode 74 First Love


When God addressed the Ephesian church in the book of Revelation, He said that they had lost their first love, and that if they did not recover that He would remove their candlestick. What is first love? How do we get that? I think that all would agree that love is the critical element in our relationship with God and with one another. The Ephesian church was commended for their love, yet by the time John wrote to the church it appears that they had lost that element God called “first love.” Is this also a danger to us? If so, what is our defense against that and if we are already in that position, how can it be regained?


• The truth in Revelation chapters 2 and 3 is for all ages
• The Ephesian church had a very good beginning (Acts 19-20)
o They began in the Holy Spirit
o Their faith was seen in deeds
o Their love for the truth and one another was very real
• God commended them for many things (Rev. 2:1-7)
o Works, labor, patience, against evil, identified false apostles, perseverance, patience,
o Hate the deeds of Nicolaitans (“it does not matter how you live”)
• What was included in the love they had in the beginning
o Love for all the saints (Ephesians 1:15)
o God’s great love for us (2:4)
o Rooted and grounded in love (3:17)
o Love which passes knowledge (3:19)
o Bearing with one another in love (4:2)
o Speaking the truth in love (4:15)
o Edifying of the body in love (4:16)
o Walking in love as Christ did (5:2)
• What was the answer?
o “Do the first works”
o What did we do when we first came to the Lord?
o Familiarity is a great danger to us all
o Are we continually in awe of God’s love for us in Christ? (I John 3:1)
o Does the love of God in the heart by the Holy Spirit move us to deeds of love?
• Deeds of love
o Purify yourself (keep yourself unspotted from the world) (I John 3:3)
o Setting an example (“follow me as I follow Christ”)
o Bringing refreshment to our brothers and sisters (fragrance of Christ)
o Maintaining a pure attitude towards others even when hurt
o Opening our lives and homes to others
o I Cor. 13:4-8
• He who has an ear, he who overcomes—the tree of life
o Love is of God (I John 4:7)
o Without love, nothing else is of value

• 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

Apr 13, 2017

Episode 73 The Revealing of God in Jesus Christ


The last book of the Bible is entitled “The Revelation of Jesus Christ.” Paul said that the gospel he preached did not come from man but from the revelation of Jesus Christ. What do we mean by “the revelation of Jesus Christ”? How does that come to us? When we use the term “revelation” many become reserved or even afraid. They begin to think of some strange supernatural appearance and associate the statement with the devil or deception. But the word “revelation” is very scriptural and we need not be afraid of using it in the right way. In fact, it speaks of something very critical that we need today concerning Christ our Lord. Let us come to the Lord and ask God to give us a proper understanding in this matter.


• Revelation means “unveiling something that was hidden”
o Christ was hidden (or veiled) to the natural man
o It required a supernatural act of God to reveal who He really was (Matt. 16:13-17)
• A foretaste of who Christ really was came on the mount of transfiguration (Matt: 17:1-8)
• A further unveiling of Christ came in all the events surrounding Calvary (Matt: 27:54)
• It was the revelation of the risen Christ that formed the foundation of the faith of the first Apostles
o Thomas (John 20:28)
o Peter (I Cor. 15:5, 2 Peter 1:16-18)
o Paul (Acts 9:1-9,Gal. 1:11-17)
• Paul is given as an example for us in many ways (I Tim. 1:12-16)
• Each one of us needs a personal “revelation” of who Christ is (God revealed in the flesh)
• That revelation is a critical part of bringing substance to our faith (Eph. 1:15-23)
o The hope of His calling
o His inheritance in us
o The power available to those who believe
• Christ is now the ascended Lord of all creation (Revelation chapter 1)
• The grace for the churches is in who He is (Revelation chapters 2 &3)
• It is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27-29)


• 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

Apr 6, 2017

Episode 72 The Message of the Cross


What is the message of the cross? Paul said it is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to those who are being saved it is the power of God. Do we know the fullness of the message or just a part? I think that all Christians know something of the cross of Jesus Christ. Perhaps some just know it as a symbol of their religion or maybe as some kind of “magic charm.” But most know that Christ died on the cross for their sins, and have believed that because of that they are forgiven and look forward to being in heaven one day. But the cross is so much more than that. I would go so far as to say that very few really know the cross as “the power of God” in experience in their daily lives. Let us ask God to give us a fresh vision of what Christ did at Calvary and how we enter into His provision in all things.


• The cross has two basic aspects
o Judicial (the foundation for redeeming mankind from sin)
o Practical (deliverance from the power of sin into the righteousness of God)
• The Judicial
o Mankind was dead in sin because of Adam (Rom. 5:12-14)
o Christ came to redeem mankind back to God (Rom. 5:6-8)
o At Calvary Christ took the sin of Adam’s race on Himself and accepted God’s judgment of death (2 Cor. 5:21)
o He then rose again, conquered death and became the victor, the “last Adam” (I Cor. 15:20-25, Heb. 2:14-15)
• The practical
o We come to Christ not just to know forgiveness of sins, but to enter into His death and resurrection (Rom. 6:1-14)
o We are baptized into His death and rise in newness of life (water and spirit)
o In this union with Christ, everything that He did becomes ours through faith in Him and what He did
o Christ died to sin, the law, the flesh, and the world
o Our death to all of these is possible because He died and we died in Him
o Our righteousness before God is the righteousness of Christ (1 Cor. 1:30, 2 Cor. 5:21)
o The experience of this comes as we believe God (in a life relationship of faith)
o God does not accept anything of the old (Adam) into the new (Christ)
 He does not accept our efforts
 He does not accept our natural abilities (from Adam)
o God only accepts what He has already done in Christ
o The Holy Spirit is sent to make the things of Christ real in us (John 16:12-15)

• 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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