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Video Blog - Regeneration Before Faith - The Doctrine is in the Grammar

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Regeneration Before Faith - The Doctrine is in the Grammar

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Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 05) - Bible Interpretation (Part 2)

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3. The rules of Bible interpretation.
A. There are no contradictions in the Bible.
i. When prophets prophesied, they had to do it according to the proportion of faith (Rom 12:6).
a. According adv. - According to. a. In a manner agreeing with, consistent with, or answering to; agreeably to.
b. Proportion - 1. A portion or part in its relation to the whole; a comparative part, a share; sometimes simply, a portion, division, part.

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 4) - The Principles of Non-intervention and Non-aggression

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4. Nonintervention is not isolationism.
A. Isolationism - 1. The policy of seeking (political or national) isolation: with special reference to the U.S.A.
B. Isolation - 1. a. The action of isolating; the fact or condition of being isolated or standing alone; separation from other things or persons; solitariness.
C. Isolate v. - 1. trans. To place or set apart or alone; to cause to stand alone, detached, separate, or unconnected with other things or persons; to insulate.

Blog - Spiritual Chickens and Eggs

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Which came first, the chicken or the egg? - that is the age-old question. For Bible believers the answer to this philosophical perplexity is simple: the chicken came first, because God created the birds (Gen 1:20) before He told them to multiply in the earth (Gen 1:22), which requires laying eggs. Let's see if there can be a spiritual parallel drawn from this chicken and egg illustration?

Video Blog - The KJV vs. the NIV (Non-Inspired Version)

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 04) - Bible Interpretation (Part 1)

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63:29 minutes (13.18 MB)

I. Bible Interpretation (hermeneutics)
1. The origin of sound Bible interpretation.
A. Man is supposed to live by every word of God (Mat 4:4).
i. It is by God's word that we get understanding (Psa 119:104).
ii. The Bible is a light and a lamp to show us the way (Psa 119:105; Pro 6:23).
B. Therefore it would make sense that the Bible would tell us how to interpret itself, which it does.
2. Some prerequisites for understanding the Bible.
A. The Bible can be understood; it is not some dark book shrouded in mystery.

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When Do We Resist Evil and Defend Ourselves?

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When Do We Resist Evil and Defend Ourselves?

I. When should we not resist evil?
1. It is acceptable with God when we suffer for doing well (1Pe 2:20).
2. We are called to suffer for righteousness as Christ did, whose example we are to follow (1Pe 2:21).
3. Jesus did not resist the government when they came to arrest Him (Joh 18:1-9).
A. They came for him with weapons (Joh 18:3).
B. Jesus had easy access to a weapon with which to defend Himself (Luk 22:38; Joh 18:10).
C. Jesus could have destroyed them (Mat 26:53).

Blog - Faint, Yet Pursuing

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After Gideon and his little army of 300 men had watched the LORD deliver the army of the Midianites into their hands by causing them to turn on themselves and kill each other (Jdg 7:22), Gideon and his men went after Zebah and Zalmunna, the two kings of Midian, faint, yet pursuing them (Jdg 8:4).

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 03) - God's Word (Part 2)

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5. The means of the preservation of the scriptures.
A. Some say that God only inspired His word in the original autographs.
B. The original autographs no longer exist, therefore either 1) God lied when he said His words would be preserved forever, or 2) He preserved them in copies and/or translations.
C. God is well able to, and has, preserved His scriptures in copies.
i. Moses and the stone tablets.
a. God gave Moses the "original autographs" which He personally wrote (Exo 31:18).
b. Moses destroyed the "original autographs" (Exo 32:19).

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 3) - The Right to Self Defense

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VI. We have discarded and forgotten the biblical position of nonintervention and nonaggression.
1. Proponents of an interventionist and imperialist foreign policy will cite O.T. examples of where God commanded Israel to utterly destroy wicked nations and possess them (Jos 6:17-21; 1Sa 15:2-3).
A. They will say that God hasn't changed (Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8) and therefore a Christian nation such as the USA still has such a mandate.
B. While God hasn't changed, His law has (Heb 7:12; Heb 8:13; 2Co 3:6-13).

Blog - All By Himself

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"Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;" - Heb 1:3

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 02) - God's Word (Part 1)

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II. God's Word
1. Throughout time, God has spoken to men by various and different means (Heb 1:1).
A. Sundry - Having an existence, position, or status apart; separate, distinct.
B. Divers - Different or not alike in character or quality; not of the same kind.
2. God spoke by the prophets in the Old Testament times (Heb 1:1).
A. The law that God gave by the prophets was spoken by means of angels (Heb 2:2).
i. The law of Moses was ordained by angels (Gal 3:19).

Basic Bible Doctrine (Part 01) - Existence of God

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Basic Bible Doctrine

I. The Existence and Nature of God
1. The Bible declares that there is only one God (Isa 44:6-8; 1Co 8:6).
2. Even without the revelation of God, man can reason from the creation and know that there is an eternal and omnipotent God who created all things.
A. The visible things that are seen prove the existence of the invisible God who is not seen (Rom 1:20).
B. The heavens declare the glory of God (Psa 19:1).
C. The heavens declare His righteousness (Psa 50:6; Psa 97:6).
D. The creation teaches us that God created it (Job 12:7-10).

Blog - Does Believing in Evolution Lead to Sodomy?

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Have you ever wondered why our society has become such a debauched and depraved cesspool? If you haven't, it's probably time for some introspection and an appointment with the optometrist. The answer was written for us by the apostle Paul in the book of Romans nearly 2000 years ago. This is a case of history repeating itself and as George Santayana famously wrote: "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it".

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 2) - Why We Shouldn't Support Israel Politically or Militarily

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V. The false burden which is placed on us to support the nation of Israel.
1. Misguided people who don't understand who the real Israel is misuse Old Testament verses to convince people that we must support and defend the modern-day nation of Israel.
2. They cite verses that say that God will bless them that bless Israel and curse them that curse Israel such as (Gen 12:3; 27:29; Num 24:9).
A. This promise was made to Abraham and his seed (Gen 12:3 c/w Gen 22:17-18 c/w Gen 26:4 c/w Gen 28:14).
B. Jesus Christ was the seed to whom the promise was made (Gal 3:16).

The Kingdom of Heaven IS the Kingdom of God

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The Kingdom of Heaven IS the Kingdom of God

I. By simply comparing spiritual things with spiritual (1Co 2:13), it is irrefutable that the "kingdom of heaven" spoken of in Matthew is synonymous with the "kingdom of God" spoken of in Mark and Luke. (see attached spreadsheet)
II. The kingdom of heaven/God came and was a present reality at the first coming of Christ.
1. Jesus said the kingdom of heaven / kingdom of God was "at hand" (Mat 4:17; Mar 1:14-15).
A. At hand - a. Within easy reach; near; close by. - Oxford English Dictionary

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical? (Part 1) - A Wrong Understanding of Who the Real Israel Is

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US Foreign Policy in the Middle East - Is it Biblical?

I. The stated and commonly believed pillars of US foreign policy in the Middle East.
1. We are fighting terrorists on their own soil so they don't come here.
2. We are a righteous nation and we need rid the world of evil.
3. We are spreading freedom and democracy to the oppressed peoples abroad.
4. We must stand for and defend Israel.
II. Why US foreign policy in the Middle East is largely flawed and wrong from a biblical perspective.
1. Christians have a faulty understanding of who the real Israel is.

The Beginning of a Journey (Part 3)

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6. The LORD then gives Joshua the prescription for a prosperous and successful journey (Jos 1:8).
A. Joshua was to meditate in the book of the law.
i. Meditate - v. 1. trans. To muse over or reflect upon; to consider, study, ponder.
b. To fix one's attention upon; to observe with interest or intentness.
ii. Muse v. - 1. a. To be absorbed in thought; to meditate continuously in silence; to ponder.
iii. Consider v. - 1. To view or contemplate attentively, to survey, examine, inspect, scrutinize.

Divide and Conquer (Part 2)

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VI. Strategy #3: Divide and conquer; using your enemies' weakness against them.
1. Paul was brought before the council and once again tried to reason with them (Act 23:1).
A. He declared to them that he had lived in good conscience all his life.
a. Paul stated this fact more than once in his defense and in his letter to Timothy (Act 24:16; 2Ti 1:3).
b. Paul also impressed upon Timothy, the young preacher whom he had trained and ordained, the importance of maintaining a good conscience (1Ti 1:5,19).

Blog- Give Me This Mountain

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When Israel came out of Egypt and journeyed through the wilderness and came to the border of the land of Canaan, Moses sent in twelve men from the tribes of Israel to spy out the land and bring back a report. Of those twelve spies, only two (Caleb and Joshua) brought back a good report and encouraged the people to do as God had said and to take the land (Num 14:6-9); and because of that only the two of them out of their whole generation would come into the promised land (Num 14:30).

Sorrow

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Sorrow

I. Sorrow is painful.
1. Sorrow n.- 1. a. Distress of mind caused by loss, suffering, disappointment, etc.; grief, deep sadness or regret; also, that which causes grief or melancholy; affliction, trouble.
2. Sorrow v.- 1. intr. To feel sorrow or sadness; to regret or grieve; also, to exhibit signs of grief, to mourn.
3. Mourn v. - 1. To feel sorrow, grief, or regret (often with added notion of expressing one's grief); to sorrow, grieve, lament.
II. Sorrow was the result of sin and was multiplied by sin (Gen 3:16-17).

Blog - Foreseeing the Evil and Hiding Yourself

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During Israel's conquest into the land of Canaan under the leadership of Joshua, after having seen Israel destroy the cities of Jericho and Ai (Joshua 6 & 8), the kings of the surrounding lands of the Hittites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and the Jebusites "gathered themselves together, to fight with Joshua and with Israel, with one accord" (Jos 9:1-2). Can you imagine that?...united nations against the church of God! If you think for a minute that the purpose of nations uniting is for world peace, think again.

Divide and Conquer (Part 1)

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Divide and Conquer (Act 23:6-10)

I. This study should teach us:
1. to be wise unto the way this world works, but not to be of it.
2. how to use strategy when dealing with enemies.
3. how to use our opponents weakness against them.
4. how to use the mechanisms of this world to save us from the wicked intentions of the men of this world.
II. As Christians we should be wise unto that which is good, but simple concerning evil (Rom 16:19).
1. This doesn't mean that we should be ignorant of how the world works and should not use wisdom and strategy to get through this world.

The Beginning of a Journey (Part 2)

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III. The Lord's charge unto Joshua.
1. After the death of Moses, the LORD gave Joshua a charge to lead Israel into the promised land (Jos 1:1-2).
A. We are also heading to the promised land that God has waiting for us (1Pe 1:4; Joh 14:1-3).
B. We are looking for that same city and country that Abraham was (Heb 11:10,16; Heb 13:14).
2. God promised Joshua that he would be with him and not let his enemies stand before him as he did for Moses (Jos 1:5 c/w Deu 7:24).
A. God stands by his ministers in the N.T.

The Beginning of a Journey (Part 1)

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The Beginning of a Journey

I. The story of Joshua leading Israel into the promised land is instructive for us as we begin our journey together.
1. The things that are recorded in the Old Testament were written for our learning and admonition.
A. They were written for our learning and comfort (Strengthening; encouragement, incitement; aid, succour, support, countenance.), and to give us hope (Rom 15:4).
B. They were also written as examples to us for our admonition (The action of admonishing; authoritative counsel; warning, implied reproof.) (1Co 10:11).

Blog - Repentance Costs

During one his evangelistic trips to Asia, the apostle Paul spent two years in Ephesus preaching the word of God which had become so popular that "all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks" (Act 19:10). In accord with His promise to confirm the word of God spoken by the apostles with signs (Mar 16:15-20; Heb 2:3-4), "God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul" (Act 19:11) and enabled him to cast out evil spirits (Act 19:12).

History of the Minneapolis Church

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70:50 minutes (14.87 MB)

Pastor Mott gave a brief history of the Minneapolis Church and a short exhortation to the church as he resigned as pastor.

How to Relate to Your Pastor

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110:52 minutes (23.26 MB)

Pastor Ben Mott preached a sermon to the church on how to relate to their new pastor, Chad Wagner.

Ordination of Chad Wagner

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Ordination By The Laying On Of Hands
I. ordain: To appoint, decree, destine, order. To appoint (a person, etc.) to a charge, duty,
or office.
II. The ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ is perpetuated by one elder/bishop/pastor/minister/steward
instructing qualified able men and ordaining them. 2TI 2:2 c/w TIT 1:5-9.
A. The office of N.T. ministry began with Jesus Christ ordaining the apostles (MAR 3:14)
who were also elders (1PE 5:1) as well as seventy others. LUK 10:1.
B. The N.T. shows the apostles doing the work of elders, including ordaining others.