Florida Mens Bible Study

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The Florida Mens Bible Study is a time of rigorous Bible study ideally suited for serious minded brethren. This annual Bible study comes highly rated by prior participants. If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of God’s word this event is for you.

Who: Serious minded men
What: Intensive Bible study
Topic: The Book of Isaiah (first half)
Teachers: Randy Amos, Keith Keyser, Larry Price, Henry Sardiña
Where: Camp Horizon, Leesburg FL, USA
Why: To gain insight into God’s Word and increase our appreciation of God’s Son and God’s mind as revealed in Scripture.
When: January 4-8, 2016

Conference website: Florida Mens Bible Study

 

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Jottings – If We Desire to Walk with God Let us Never Forget to Watch and Pray

“Jottings“

Commenting on Matthew 26:41:

 

If we desire to walk with God comfortably, and not fall, like David or Peter, let us never forget to watch and pray. Let us live like men on enemy’s ground, and be always on our guard. We cannot walk too carefully. We cannot be too jealous over our souls. The world is very ensnaring. The devil is very busy. Let our Lord’s words ring in our ears daily like a trumpet. Our spirits may sometimes be very willing. But our flesh is always very weak. Then let us always watch and always pray.

 
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J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on Matthew. (New York: Robert Carter & Brothers, 1860), p. 366.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – The Secret to Effective Ministry

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Commenting on Ezekiel 1:4-28:

 

The foundation for an effective ministry is understanding who God is. If we have a concept of the awesome holiness of God, we will see ourselves and others in a true light– as sinful people– and this will have a profound effect on our ministry.

 
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Enns, Paul P. Ezekiel. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1998. 8. Print. Shepherd’s Notes.

 

 

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Jottings – Are You an Overcomer?

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Commenting on Micah 2:

 

It is the will of God that those whom He has taken into covenant relationship with Himself should ever be overcomers. If it is otherwise, the fault is in them— not in Him. He has abundant resources for the believer to draw upon. But where unbelief and disobedience hold sway, spiritual paralysis must necessarily ensue.

 

Ironside, H. A. Notes on the Minor Prophets. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1909. Print.

 

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Devotional – Peace in Times of Turmoil

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“Am I a God at hand, declares the Lord, and not a God far away?  Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him?” declares the Lord. “Do I not fill heaven and earth?” declares the Lord.  Jeremiah 23:23-24

There is nowhere you can go where God is not.  There is nowhere you can go where God cannot see you.  There is nowhere you can go where God cannot hear you.

If you are a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ, the truth of God’s all-presence brings inner peace in times of turmoil, confidence in the face of opposition, and strength in times of weakness.

Today you can face all of the difficulties of life knowing that He is right there with you. You can be comforted to know that He hears your prayers.

Father, You are omnipresent. There is nowhere I can go where you are not.  May I rest fully in the peace, confidence and strength that only your presence can bring.

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Editorial note: Originally published February 4, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Jottings – God’s Ways are Behind the Scenes but He Moves All the Scenes Which He is Behind


Speaking of John’s exile on Patmos, Revelation 1:

 

“The persecuting emperor little thought what he was giving to us when he banished the apostle; no more than Augustus, in his political plans as to the census of the empire, knew he was sending a poor carpenter to Bethlehem, with his espoused wife, that Christ might be born there; or the Jews and Pilate’s soldiers, that they were sending the thief to heaven, when they broke his legs in heartless respect for their own superstitions or ordinances. God’s ways are behind the scenes; but He moves all the scenes which He is behind. We have to learn this, and let Him work, and not think much of man’s busy movements: they will accomplish God’s. The rest of them all perish and disappear. We have only peacefully to do His will.”

 

Darby, John N., Synopsis of the Books of the Bible: Colossians to Revelation. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software, 2008), 566.

 

Also available at STEM Publishing here.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – I Have A Need For Christ, I Have A Great Christ For My Need

I Have A Need For Christ, I Have A Great Christ For My Need

“I have a need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.”

 

C.H. Spurgeon, The Salt-cellars: Being a Collection of Proverbs, Together with Homely Notes Thereon, Volume 1. (London: Passmore & Alabaster, 1889), Page 291.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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Jottings – The Secret of Holiness

The Secret of Holiness

“The secret of Christian holiness is heart-occupation with Christ Himself. As we gaze upon Him we become like Him. Do you want to be holy? Spend much time in His presence. Let the loveliness of the risen Lord so fill the vision of your soul that all else is shut out. Then the things of the flesh will shrivel up and disappear and the things of the Spirit will become supreme in your life. We do not become holy by looking into our own hearts. There we only find corruption. Instead we must look away from ourselves and “unto Jesus,” contemplating His holiness, purity, love, compassion, and devotion to the Father’s will. Then we shall be transformed, imperceptibly to ourselves perhaps but none the less surely into His blessed image.”

 

H.A. Ironside, The Continual Burnt Offering: Daily Meditations on the Word of God. Neptune, NJ: Loizeaux Brothers, 1994.

 

Thanks Keith!

 

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The Dispensations – A Chart By R P Amos

Dispensations Chart

 

The Dispensations chart by Randy Amos (click the chart for full size) provides a helpful overview of the dispensations. Brother Amos provides the following explanation of his chart (emphasis mine):

Dispensation does not mean a ‘time period’ but it involves time. Just like the word ‘marriage’ does not mean a time period but it involves time. A dispensation is a new means for living that God, at various stages in human history, has entrusted to mankind to affect his life. Man however, eventually fails and God sends a special judgment, but yet in grace continues His eternal purpose. Dispensations will reveal the failure of man no matter what has been entrusted to him. It will leave him to glory in God alone.

Whatever God chooses to dispense to man does not disappear, as the chart will show. Its basic truth still will have a purpose now and in the kingdom. Even the law, though the church is not under law, still serves a purpose in giving the knowledge of sin. For example, when a man marries he is no longer under his father’s authority but his father can still serve a purpose for him. Dispensations will help one see what has been dispensed to them and therefore how to correctly serve God.

Dispensations is not an ‘ism’ or a system of interpretation but observation. It’s simply believing God’s recorded history, statements and prophecies as found in His Bible.

Some Scriptures for the chart on dispensations:

  • 1. Free Will – Gen. 1:26-28; 2:16,17; 3:21 / Rev. 22:17.
  • 2. Conscience – Gen. 3:7 / Rom. 2:14,15 / Gen. 6:7,12 / Gen. 6:8 / Rom 2:15
  • 3. Government – Gen. 9:6; 11:6-8 / Rom. 13:4.
  • 4. Promise – Gal. 3:18 / Gen. 12:1-3, 7/ Exodus 5:1-4; 12:12, 13/ Gal. 3:29.
  • 5. Law – Ex. 24:12; 19:8 / Deut. 28:15 / Jer. 36:4-27 / Matt. 27:22,23 / 2Chron. 36:12-21; 36:22-23 / Acts 13:46 / Rom. 3:20.
  • 6. Grace – Eph. 3:2 / Acts 2:38,47 / Heb. 10:29 / 1Tim. 4:1-3 / 2Tim. 3:1-5 / Rev. 6 & 7 / Eph. 2:8,9.
  • 7. Kingdom – Isaiah 11/ Matt. 25:31 / Rev. 5:10; 11:15; 20:4-9; 21:1.

 

Thanks Randy!

 

Links:
Videos of Randy Amos teaching the dispensations: God’s Plan For The Ages Note: the audio quality of the introduction video is poor. You may wish to skip to session 2. Also, session 14 is apparently missing.

Randy Amos’ website: Thinking 7

 

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Jottings – Where To Find Sanctuary

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Commenting on Jeremiah 17:12 “It was the conviction that the throne of God is a sanctuary, that if a man would find sanctuary he must find the throne; if a man would find the place of refuge, of quietness, of peace in the midst of trouble and turmoil and distress, he is not to seek it by the way of asking for a solution, but by putting his life into right relationship with the established throne of the abiding government of God.”

 

G. Campbell Morgan. Westminster Pulpit, Vol. I. Sermon 57 – Jeremiah 17:12 Sanctuary. Originally published 1915. Digital edition.

 

 

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