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Sunday, 31 March 2019
Duration: 31 mins 14 secs
For meaningful communication to take place, it is important that we understand what words and phrases mean. In Exodus, God gives a "ton" of laws for the Israelites to follow. How do they apply to us today? Does the New Testament discart them as unnecessary? Does Jesus abolish or change them? The Pharisees try to trap Him with heracy in asking which of the many laws is most important. Jesus´ reply gives us some insight into the mind of God. It is called The Great Commandment - "Love the Lord your God..." To understand it and make an application for today, it is necessary to define what Jesus means with these words. How do we love God? A man can say he loves his wife and he also loves pizza. What do we mean when we say we love God? What does God mean when He says He loves us? What does it mean to say "God is love?" What is "love"? Pr. Nathanael continues a look at the laws of the Old Testament and how they fit into the life of the Christian today. Matthew 22:34-40
Sunday, 24 March 2019
Passage: Exodus 23:4-5
Duration: 39 mins 51 secs
When God gave His law to the Hebrew nation, at first glance some of them seem to pertain to a specific culture at a specific time. But, even though we might not have donkeys in our back yard, there are still principles to learn and we can better understand more about who God is. Pr. Nathanael Fawcett, in the continuing study of Exodus, examines how the laws were to help people live in a better relationship with God, with each other, and to represent God Almighty to others.
Sunday, 17 March 2019
Duration: 29 mins 7 secs
Do we force old Jewish laws into modern society and try to comply to identical obedience to these laws? Sacrifices and cattle aren´t the norm in urban settings. Do we deny all the laws and say none of it applies? Or, the most challenging, do we try and honor the law in the light of the grace from the cross and the Gospel? Pr. Nathanael Fawcett previews the next chapters in a study of the book of Exodus. It is an on-going challenge to understand how or what to apply of Old Testament law in the light of New Testament freedom of the cross. The laws of old, though, do reveal to us something about the character of God which we need to understand.
Sunday, 10 March 2019
Duration: 34 mins 34 secs
When God offered King Solomon anything, the answer was a request for wisdom. Where in our list of requests from God is wisdom? Pr. Bill looks at Scripture to help us know what wisdom is, how to attain it and how to put it into action in our lives. - Proverbs 1:1, Proverbs 4, James 1:5, Joshua 1:6-7
Sunday, 03 March 2019
Duration: 37 mins 51 secs
Where does obedience to God begin? In the list of commands and rules given to the Israelites, how does this playout for us today? What is the foundational reason behind the commands that God is trying to communicate? Continuing in Exodus 20, Pr. Nathanael Fawcett brings us around to evaluate God´s character and how He wants us to live.
Sunday, 24 February 2019
Duration: 36 mins 5 secs
To us humans, sometimes the character of God, some of His attributes, seems to be full of paradoxes. For example: love and wrath, justice and mercy, truth and grace. But only in God alone are these in perfect balance. Our human tendency is to over emphasize one over the other. As Pr. Nathanael continues to look at the book of Exodus, we need to evaluate both sides of each equation in order to truly understand God and how He wants us to live so that we do not live in either extreme.
Sunday, 17 February 2019
Iguaçu Falls, the Grand Canyon - these are nature´s beauties that can leave you breathless upon sight. They are so incredible. How do we respond when seeing something truly awesome? How do we react when being in the presence of God, the Almighty Creator? There are two basic ways that people react when experiencing God´s presence. Either we are afraid of God, or we have a fear of God. Pr. Nathanael continues to look at how God reveals Himself to us.
Sunday, 03 February 2019
Duration: 39 mins 29 secs
The jury is ready to pass judgement on a convicted felon. In Bible times, the word of an eye witness was of highest respect. Today we give more value to scientific or even of recorded evidence. What has happened to human character? What is our nature? God wanted His people to be of a higher standard - His own standard. He is a God of truth, and in His essence He cannot be contrary to that. Pr. Nathanael looks at the commandment in Exodus 20 many say is "Do Not Lie" to help understand more about God and how He wants Believers to live.
Sunday, 20 January 2019
Maybe one of the most accepted commandments people remember, along #6 "Do Not Murder," is #8 - that of "Do Not Steal." Everyone enjoys having and understands protection of their own property. But God doesn´t want us to just have control of our actions. He wants us to have control of our thoughts and attitudes. That is why He includes #10 - "No Coveting" and describes it in greater depth (Exodus 20:17). There are sideeffects of stealing and coveting: they lead to issolation, disunity, distrust, suspicion - not to mention the disciplinary side of being caught. Stealing and coveting share a root cause which show our relationship with God, our surrender to Him and our faith in God Himself. What is that root, and what is the remedy to avoid stealing and coveting? By going deeper into understanding these commandments, Pr. Nathanael Fawcett helps us know more about God and what He wants for us.
Sunday, 13 January 2019
Duration: 42 mins 37 secs
If we do not dig deeper to understand the attributes and character of God that underly this command, one might perceive a bit of flexibility with the definition of adultery in the historical context of the Ten Commandments. But this and other commandments that are expressed in a negative tense are actually meant to affirm the positive side and thus teach us more about God and how we should live. Pr. Nathanael Fawcett looks at Exodus 20:14 to show us how God is faithful.
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