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Post  Admin on Thu 20 Dec 2018, 11:29 pm

Hey Elaine,

If you haven't signed up for tonight's online Bible study, there's still time.

VICTORY OVER DEATH AND HELL (1 Cor. 15, Part 3)
Thursday, December 20, 2018
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When the last enemy is defeated, the prisoners will be released.

That's Good News!


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Post  Admin on Tue 18 Dec 2018, 11:09 pm

Hey Elaine,

Our little cocker spaniel rescue dog, Cody, has been yelping in pain with a bad back this week.

We immediately took him to the vet and put him on some meds.

He's doing better now but still taking it easy.

It got me thinking about PAIN.

This whole creation "groans and travails in pain" for now, but God is working through Christ (and us!) to deliver all creation from the curse (Rom. 8:22).

God does not inflict pain; He delivers us from pain.

God is not a destroyer or a tormentor; it's the devil who deceives, devours, and destroys.

Pain is not part of God's original purpose.

Neither is death and hell.

As proof of this, in the age to come, God is going to hit the "reset" button on All Creation and deliver ALL from sin, self, and satan.

We can start a nice, long list of things that will be "no more" during Creation's Jubilee:

- No more tears!

- No more death!

- No more hell!

- No more sickness!

- No more sorrow!

- No more crying!

- No more pain!

All these are part of "the former things" that will pass away after God makes "all things new" (Rev. 21:4,5).

And it's all possible because of the great victory over death and hell that Jesus won on behalf of all who are slaves of sin (as we all are or have been).

Aren't you thankful?

Whatever pain you're experiencing now will not be forever.

Here's the point:

Even animals deserve a pain-free existence; how much more the children of Adam, made in the image of God?

Join us this week as we consider the promises together:

VICTORY OVER DEATH AND HELL (1 Cor. 15, Part 3)
Thursday, December 20, 2018
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Post  Admin on Sun 16 Dec 2018, 8:24 pm

The Goal of This Age
by Chip Brogden
I came to the realization one day that I will not be perfected in this lifetime.
 
My wife has known this for years, but as a perfectionist the news hit me hard.
It should have been reassuring!  That there are “ages to come” where God will continue to demonstrate His grace and kindness to all (Eph. 2:7) – particularly to those who didn’t fully grasp it in this age – is very, very good news!
 
That means people are a work in progress. What then is God’s goal for this age? If not spiritual perfection, then perhaps it is something more attainable...
READ THIS ARTICLE
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Post  Admin on Sat 15 Dec 2018, 8:48 pm

Sharing my heart with you...
WATCH NOW
https://www.chipbrogden.com/about/
The Harvest is truly plentiful...
but the laborers are few. 
 
Since 1995 we have gone in many different directions - Watchman.Net, The School television ministry, The School of Christ, etc.
 
The methods and ministries may have changed over the years, but at the core of it all is: "Preserving a Christ-Centered Faith that is based on Relationship, Not Religion."
 
Today, we're not building a ministry organization - we're building people.
 
Watch the video to learn more...
https://ChipBrogden.com/about
 
I am your brother,
 
 
Chip Brogden
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Will you help me preserve a Christ-centered Faith for the next generation?
For many years I was a pastor, teacher and worship leader in the church system. One day, “Jesus ruined my life” by revealing Himself to me in a profound way. And I’m so glad that He did! That was the end of my career as a preacher for Organized Religion – but the beginning of an exciting journey into the depths of Christ “outside the camp.”

Since 1995, I’ve shared my unique perspective with people all over the world who are sick and tired of “Churchianity” and want to get back to their First Love – or even find Him for the first time.

1 Tim. 2:2 says, “Teach these things to faithful people who can teach others.” If Christ-centered teaching is not preserved and handed down to the next generation, it will be lost in the milieu of liberalism, atheism, Churchianity, and false religions. It is very nearly lost already. We must do what the Institutional Church has failed to do: we must teach these things to faithful people who can teach others to ensure the continuity of the Testimony of Jesus until He returns.



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Post  Admin on Wed 12 Dec 2018, 12:00 am

Hey Elaine,

We had a wee snowstorm over the weekend that knocked out our power and telephone.

We got the power back... but no telephone, so no Internet.

I made a special trip to the library so I can send you this invitation!

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Jesus came to destroy death and to deliver those who were bound by the fear of death (Heb. 2).

"Death and hell" are not part of God's wonderful plan, no more than sickness, suffering, pain, and sorry are part of His plan - all of these things are the consequences of sin and satan, and all of them will be removed in the New Heaven and Earth.

But RIGHT NOW, in Christ, God has already shown His intention: to destroy death and hell and to set the captives free.

When that happens, Scripture declares that ALL will be submitted to Christ and "God will be ALL IN ALL."

What a great day that will be!

The Old Testament even has a word for it: JUBILEE!

In the year of JUBILEE, All debts are forgiven, all slaves are released, and everything lost is restored again.

Obviously, we aren't there yet.

But Love never fails, and God will continue to work until:

All enemies are defeated...

All obstacles are removed...

All hindrances are eliminated...

EVERY knee bows...

EVERY tongue confesses...

And Jesus is truly LORD OF ALL!

God is able and willing.

The question is: do we believe Him?

Join us this week as we consider the Scriptures together:

VICTORY OVER DEATH AND HELL (1 Cor. 15, Part 2)
Thursday, December 13, 2018
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)

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Post  Admin on Sun 09 Dec 2018, 11:53 pm

Adjustment to the Government of the Holy Spirit
​​​​​​​by Chip Brogden
The purpose of revelation is not to SUBSTANTIATE your illusions, but to ELIMINATE them. 
 
Now I just love that word adjustment. Adjustment. I know it is uncomfortable and disconcerting to have the sense that everything you thought you knew is wrong (or at best, incomplete), and God shows you a different way, a more excellent way, and usually that “way” is not a way that you would have chosen or come to on your own. It is not a process that anyone particularly enjoys going through.

Even so, we are all in need of a major adjustment...
READ THIS ARTICLE https://www.chipbrogden.com/adjustment-to-the-government-of-the-holy-spirit/
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Post  Admin on Fri 07 Dec 2018, 12:29 am

Hey Elaine,

We still have room for you at tonight's online Bible study:

ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET (1 Cor. 15)
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Prepare to open your heart (and your mind) as we explore something that seems almost too good to be true!


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Post  Admin on Tue 04 Dec 2018, 9:53 pm

Hey Elaine,

One of the most powerful verses of Scripture is something few people want to talk about.

"For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive" (1 Cor. 15:22).

Depending on how you read this, you can either respond to it as:

"I know that already."

Or...

"What an awesomely terrific promise that blows my mind!"

I choose the latter. :-)

But I'm a little bit biased because I've studied this chapter already in preparation for what I will share with you this week.

I invite you to come experience how GOOD the GOOD NEWS really is!

ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET (1 Cor. 15)
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Post  Admin on Sun 02 Dec 2018, 9:03 pm

One Flock, One Shepherd
By Chip Brogden
We must see before God that He has already made us One Flock under One Shepherd. This is not some future event, but a spiritual reality, waiting for us to enter into.
 
Jesus plainly said, “I am the Good Shepherd.” In John 10 He tells us the difference between the Good Shepherd and the hireling. He even says that ALL who came before Him were thieves and robbers. That’s why God sent the Son to Shepherd the flock for Him. No one else is worthy. Apart from Him we are all hirelings. We just love ourselves too much.

In the same way that no one is worthy to open the seal and read the contents of the scroll except for Christ, so no one is worthy to shepherd the flock of God but Christ. The Lord declared that He would tend the flock Himself, and so He has done so and is doing so through the Lord Jesus Christ...
 
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Post  Admin on Fri 30 Nov 2018, 11:50 pm

This Weekend Only!
Embrace the Cross is an online discipleship course for anyone who wants to know and follow Jesus in simplicity and truth. The goal is to introduce you to the basic principles of spiritual growth towards Christ-centered maturity. The course is free, but donations are welcome.
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Post  Admin on Thu 29 Nov 2018, 10:05 pm

Hey Elaine,

Tonight's online Bible study is filling up fast...

DECENTLY AND IN ORDER (1 Cor. 14)
Thursday, November 29, 2018
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)

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We'll discuss the purpose of speaking in tongues and the role of women.

Most importantly, I'll share three principles we can apply today that helps all of this make sense for the 21st century.

Hope to "see" you there!


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Post  Admin on Tue 27 Nov 2018, 3:01 pm

Hey Elaine,

I'm really excited to resume our online Bible study this week.

The more I study First and Second Corinthians, the more I see that things haven't changed that much in the last 2,000 years.

I mean they had problems and controversies, just like we do today.

Speaking in tongues is one of those controversies - some say it's the devil, some say it's the Holy Spirit.

Huh? That's a big discrepancy, isn't it?

Then there's the role of women in the church - a controversy still alive after two millennia.

This week we'll see what Scripture says, what it means, and how it applies to us today.

DECENTLY AND IN ORDER (1 Cor. 14)
Thursday, November 29, 2018
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Thank you for your support!

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Post  Admin on Sun 25 Nov 2018, 10:19 pm

Being Thankful in a World of Entitlement
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​by Chip Brogden
When we stop to reflect upon all that we have in Christ, it is natural and normal to respond with praise and thanks to God.
 
Scripture tells us that in the last days, perilous times will come as “men will become lovers of their own selves… unthankful” (2 Tim. 3:2). Unthankfulness is a symptom of this modern age. People in more prosperous areas of the world are not particularly thankful for their prosperity. Ironically, they have grown accustomed to thinking that the world (or God) owes them even more – a better job, a free or low-cost education, a nicer home, affordable health care, or an even higher standard of living. This entitlement mentality is unhealthy and leads to chronic discontentment and dissatisfaction.

On the other hand, followers of Jesus recognize that we are entitled to nothing. We also recognize that whatever we do have is the result of God’s blessing: “What do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (I Cor. 4:7). It is impossible for a person to be thankful and to be prideful at the same time...
 
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Post  Admin on Sat 17 Nov 2018, 5:52 pm

All the Parables of Jesus: Prophetic Declarations of Truth
Audio Teaching Series 
by Chip Brogden
The parables of Jesus are not just quaint little stories; they are prophetic declarations of spiritual truth, and they give us invaluable insight into what I call the Irresistible Kingdom of God.
 
“For people who are lost, or who have turned away from religion, this teaching is so full of hope, light, and inspiration to get on that path of relationship with Jesus. One thing is needful! But for the religious who listened in…there was some teeth gnashing I’m sure. :-)” – C.C., Canada
 
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Post  Admin on Thu 15 Nov 2018, 2:20 pm

Hey Elaine,

There's room for you at tonight's Bible study!

LOVE NEVER FAILS (1 Cor. 13)
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Sometimes we just need to take a step back, reset, and remember that "love never fails."



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Post  Admin on Tue 13 Nov 2018, 5:32 pm

Hey Elaine,

This week we come to that great love chapter - First Corinthians 13.

Karla and I were discussing this and she observed how all the attributes of love that Paul lists in this chapter - patience, kindness, not envious, not boastful, etc. - are all based on character and behavior; none of them are based on emotion.

Emotions and feelings are up, down, and all around.

Emotions and feelings cannot endure anything for very long.

This love of God is deeper, spiritual, and more tenacious that emotions and feelings.

It is also deeper than logic - love can make you do some crazy, irrational things!

Then Paul makes the astonishing statement that nothing matters without love.

Faith?

Spiritual gifts?

Ministries and good works?

Great teachings and sermons?

Perfect doctrines and belief systems?

Without love they are nothing - WE are nothing.

We intellectually nod our head and say Amen.

But do we really, truly get it?

If we did, things would be very different.

We'll dig deeply into this in our next study...

LOVE NEVER FAILS (1 Cor. 13)
Thursday, November 15, 2018
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Post  Admin on Sun 11 Nov 2018, 5:45 pm

The Most Basic Lesson
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​by Chip Brogden
“I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing.”
(Romans 7:18a)
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It is a great day for the Lord when a disciple of Jesus learns this most basic lesson: that in “me”, in myself, in my flesh, dwells no good thing. 
 
We who have received the Lord as Savior have come to this knowledge of ourselves at least once in our lives. There came a day when we despaired of saving ourselves, and instead of clinging to our righteousness, we confessed our sins and admitted our need for a Savior. At that moment, Christ accepted us as His disciples. Confessing our sinfulness did not hinder us from entering the Kingdom; on the contrary, it opened the door for us to go in. The self-righteous, on the other hand, are disqualified by their own good works. How differently the Lord judges things...
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Post  Admin on Thu 08 Nov 2018, 10:29 pm

Hey Elaine,

If you haven't registered for tonight's online Bible study yet, we would love to have you!

CONCERNING SPIRITUAL GIFTS (1 Cor. 12)
Thursday, November 1, 2018
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Post  Admin on Tue 06 Nov 2018, 4:42 pm

Hey Elaine,

As Paul tried to answer the question of "spiritual gifts," he was concerned that the Corinthians would not be ignorant about how they were supposed to work.

The "ignorance" he refers to has to do with the fact that they were in a pagan society surrounded by "dumb idols."

"Dumb" in this case means "not speaking."

Relating to a living God Who speaks and expresses Himself is a major step up from a religion of "dumb idols."

Likewise, the belief that God once spoke, then someone wrote His words down in the Bible, and then God stopped speaking, is a major step backwards.

Paul didn't want them to be ignorant, but today I'm afraid too many remain ignorant.

Hopefully we can educate ourselves through two major revelations connected with spiritual gifts:

(1) The One Body of Christ, and

(2) Love never fails.

These two revelations must be a starting point for any discussion about the spiritual gifts.

Join us this week as we dig more deeply into how this applies to us today...

CONCERNING SPIRITUAL GIFTS (1 Cor. 12)
Thursday, November 1, 2018
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To Whom Am I Sent?
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by Chip Brogden
If we are primarily motivated by what other people want, expect, and need then we will be tempted to stay longer than we should stay, or say more than we ought to say. 

When it comes to Christian work and ministry, many workers, ministries and churches are motivated by a perceived NEED. We feel there is a need for something, whether it be a specific ministry, a missionary outreach, a new church, or a Bible study; and so we rise up to meet that need. However, this manner of undertaking spiritual work is purely a human concept. It is of the flesh; it is of the world. It is the same basis upon which a business discovers a need and then creates a product or service to meet that need. The Kingdom of God, however, does not conduct itself according to the principles of business, economics, marketing, or salesmanship.

But the question is not, “Who has a need?” but rather, “To whom am I sent?” Although the two sound very similar, in actual experience the difference is like day and night...
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Post  Admin on Thu 01 Nov 2018, 7:02 pm

Hey Elaine,

If you haven't already registered, I hope you can join us tonight:

TRADITIONS, CUSTOMS & COMMANDS (1 Cor. 11)
Thursday, November 1, 2018
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We'll tip over some sacred cows, and if you don't get too riled up, you might even find it educational! :-)


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Post  Admin on Tue 30 Oct 2018, 8:22 pm

Hey Elaine,
 
At one time, for a man to wear a hat was a custom.
 
God supposedly spoke to man wearing a hat one day and told him that if he were to "pray without ceasing" then he should go without a hat.
 
I guess this is important to God(?).
 
Anyway. he stopped wearing a hat, and all the people with hats mocked him.
 
He took it as a sign that he must be "suffering for Jesus."
 
Really?
 
It's just confusing traditions, customs, and commands.
 
Do you know the difference?
 
You may think you do.
 
But in actual practice, most folks treat them all the same.
 
I mean, mentally we can see the difference.
 
But emotionally we get all bent out of shape over traditions and customs, treating them with the same reverence and respect as a command.
 
Just because something used to be a certain way, or has always been done a certain way, doesn't mean we have to follow it.
 
It also doesn't mean we can ditch it!
 
It just means we need to know the difference so that, whether we do it or ditch it, we are doing it for the right reasons.
 
When you don't know the difference, you start elevating your traditions to the level of commands.
 
And - without fail - those "commands" turn legalistic and get directed towards others.
 
Like, "God commands us to go to church on Sunday!"
 
No, He doesn't - it's a tradition and a custom, but it's not a command.
 
There are maybe 1,000+ things like this.
 
We won't cover them all in this teaching... but we'll see what Scripture has to say about it this week:
 
TRADITIONS, CUSTOMS & COMMANDS (1 Cor. 11)
Thursday, November 1, 2018
7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (New York)
 
Go here to register for this online class:
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P.S. It's "customary" to give a little donation to support these online studies, but it's not a "command." There's another example! :-)
 
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Post  Admin on Sun 28 Oct 2018, 9:58 pm

Prevalence, Prominence, and Preeminence
By Chip Brogden
“Preeminence” is a lofty word. It means the highest place of ascendency, above all, over all, surpassing all, to the point that nothing and no one else can even come close.

According to Scripture, God’s ultimate intention and purpose is “that in all things [Christ] must have preeminence” (Col. 1:18) – not just in you and me, not just in the Ekklesia, but in all creation. And, if we trace the history of God’s dealings with man throughout the Bible, we see that God has been steadily and surely working towards this goal. “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). He MUST increase, therefore, He WILL increase, and He IS increasing. Likewise, you MUST decrease, therefore you WILL decrease, and you ARE decreasing. This is not a thing to be frightened over. With less of me, there is more of Him. With more of Him, there is less of me. It is a wonderful thing!

The problem, of course, is that religion has taught us something completely different...

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Post  Admin on Thu 25 Oct 2018, 9:21 pm

Hey Elaine,

If you haven't registered to join us tonight, we still have room for you:

GIVE NO OFFENSE (1 Cor. 10)
Thursday, October 25, 2018
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Post  Admin on Tue 23 Oct 2018, 9:12 pm

Hey Elaine,

The Society of Perpetually-Offended Persons isn't a real club, but it has real members.

The world is filled with people always taking offense.

And the "Christian world" is no better - in many ways, they are the ones most easily offended.

That's a great context for this week's Bible study.

God does not want us to be an offense to others.

Yet Jesus offended everyone - the Pharisees, the people in His hometown, even His disciples.

Sometimes even *I* offend people (I know, hard to believe, right?)

So we don't want to cause unnecessary offense.

But we also have to realize that we live in a world where people are going to be offended no matter what.

And the Truth (if when spoken in Love) is going to offend.

So we'll dig into the ins and outs of "offense" - causing offense and being offended - in this week's online Bible study:

GIVE NO OFFENSE (1 Cor. 10)
Thursday, October 25, 2018
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It's free to attend, but your gift (of any amount) makes it possible.

Thank you for supporting Christ-centered teaching!

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