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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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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

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