PA233 Things That Differ 1 – Leadership mp3

In this message, we begin a study considering the things that differed (Philippians 1:10) in the Acts period from the way God is working today. First of all, there were then sights and sounds from heaven, whereas now there is silence. Then, there were leaders chosen and marked out by God, whereas now our leaders are chosen by men. Then, Divine punishment was active for inexcusable acts, but today God deals graciously with us. Then, they received whatever they asked, but now we are only promised the peace of God when we make our requests to Him.

PSA222 Amos 4 – The Terrible Calamity, The Glorious Kingdom mp3

In this message, we conclude our series on Amos. Amos sees a basket of ripe fruit, symbolizing the fact that Israel was ripe for punishment. Their feasts will become mourning, and their music will be replaced by howling. At that time, there would be a famine, not of food, but of hearing the words of the LORD. There will be no escape from the coming calamity: not in Sheol, nor in heaven, nor on top of Mount Carmel, nor at the bottom of the sea. Yet there is an ultimate solution: The Kingdom of God, when they will all be planted in the land.

PSA221 Amos 4 – Nobles, Priests, and Punishments mp3

In this message, we consider the messenger who prepares the way before the LORD. He urges Israel to return to Him. They have robbed Him in tithes and offerings. Does this mean we should give 10% of our income to a church? They have spoken harshly against God, claiming it is useless to serve Him. Those who feared the LORD discussed what He had said among themselves, and the LORD promised that someday He would make them His jewels.

PA232 Malachi 4:1-6 mp3

In this message, Malachi discusses the day when the proud and the wicked will be burned up like stubble. Yet the Sun of righteousness will arise on those who fear His name. He will send Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. What does this mean? When will this take place? Could this possibly be referring to John the Baptist, or not?

PA231 Malachi 3:1-18 mp3

In this message, we consider the messenger who prepares the way before the LORD. He urges Israel to return to Him. They have robbed Him in tithes and offerings. Does this mean we should give 10% of our income to a church? They have spoken harshly against God, claiming it is useless to serve Him. Those who feared the LORD discussed what He had said among themselves, and the LORD promised that someday He would make them His jewels.

PSA220 Amos 2 – Punishment and Woe mp3

In this message, Amos speaks against the noblewomen of Israel who encouraged their husbands in the wicked things they did. He speaks against the hypocritical actions of the people of Israel. He has brought five punishments on them for their sin, yet they have not submitted, so He is preparing one, final punishment. Amos makes a lamentation for Israel. The population of the land is going to be decreased by 90%. To seek the LORD would be to live, to seek the golden calves leads to captivity and destruction. They love oppression, and hate righteous judges. They desired the day of the LORD, but they did not seem to realize that that day would bring punishment on all of them.

PA230 Malachi 2:1-17 mp3

In this message, the Lord speaks to the priests. They are to hear His commandment to them, or He will curse them. He speaks of Levi when He first set them up as His special tribe. He describes His ideal for His priests, and then contrasts this with how they are acting. He is angry with those in Israel and Judah who have married foreign women who serve other gods. He is also angry with those who were divorcing the wives of their youth. He hates divorce, and will not hear their prayers because of this. He is frustrated with them because they say that He loves those who do evil and does not do justice.

PSA219 – Amos 1 – Before the Earthquake mp3

In this message, the prophet Amos warns all the nations, especially Israel and Judah, of the coming punishment of an earthquake, as well as the subsequent Assyrian invasion. Israel had forgotten God’s laws and worshiped idols, and so earned for themselves God’s punishment and wrath. They had grieved God by their actions.

PA229 Malachi 1v1-14 mp3

In this message, we begin a study of the book of Malachi, the messenger. This prophet was one of the final voices (if not the final voice) between the Old and New Testaments. Worship at the new temple has gone on long enough for it to devolve into ceremonial formalism. What does it mean that the LORD loved Jacob and hated Esau? His word against Edom. The priests are despising the LORD’s reputation. They find His sacrifices a weariness, and bring the blind and lame as offerings. We should watch our own attitudes about the LORD’s altar.

PSA218 A Slave or a Son mp3

In this message, we consider Galatians 4 and the matter of slaves and sons. the heir is like a slave, under tutors and governors, until the time he is adopted as the son. So the believing Galatians were now sons through faith in Jesus Christ. Yet they sadly could return to slavery to the sinful things they used to obey. Paul wants them to be like he is, not trusting in the law. They are acting like Paul is now their enemy for telling them the truth about grace! Hagar and Sarah are examples of the children of bondage and of freedom.

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