Scripture tells us that the Spirit led Jesus into the Wilderness. This was a A foreboding scary world. A region without fresh water and life-giving plants. The monotony of this barren desert is broken only by more rocky hills and dark caves. It’s a world fit only for wild animals, rodents, serpents, and insects. Unbearably hot days. Unbelievably cold nights. A place of incredible loneliness.
Here, Jesus has no support, no family, no disciples, no food… nothing but His memory of His Father and His voice of approval. It was into such a wilderness that Jesus was led for a six-week, forty-day crash course in human suffering. It was here that He was tempted by Satan… and we a not immune to the same ordeal of temptation.
Paul has a five letter word that describes our weakness, our limitation… F-L-E-S-H!! You see, as long as we are housed in this human body, our fleshly desires tug at us. No, these desires are not wrong, but they are used by Satan to tempt us to live outside the boundaries God has placed upon them and their use.
Getting to Know Jesus
The beginning of Jesus and His story takes us beyond our world of time and space to the wonder and sweep of the ONE WHO INHABITS ETERNITY. Here, we are brought to the SOURCE of all things… to the origin of the universe. We must know that Jesus was not the beginning… He was IN THE BEGINNING
Application thought here — There is no way for us to plumb the depths of this truth, but it is true. And even though we can’t get our mind around it, we must accept this faith fact that our God is ONE… and He is eternally self-existent. This fact should impact our life by giving us Comfort… Confidence… and Faith in Him!
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Hello, I’m Ken Wright, the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana – Welcome to In Light of the Word.
If you are like most folks, you have a lot of trouble understanding the book of Revelation. There are so many different approaches to the interpretation of the book in this day and age that it’s very easy to give up on understanding it and taking your chances,
This introductory lesson explores various views held today: The Preterist, the historical, the Idealist and the Futurist. We will try to grasp where everyone is heading with their thought, and then we will look at what the Bible has to say.
So, go get your Bible and study along with me – in light of the word.
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: There is a weird myth that has been floating around for a few centuries that really needs to be addressed. Basically, this myth says that as long as someone believes something – deeply, sincerely and honestly, then that belief becomes their truth, and no one has the right to dispute this fact, or inform them otherwise.
This means that I can have my truth and you can have your truth, and both of us can be correct. But we really know better than that, don’t we? This is like saying, “If you want to go to the Holy Lands simply go to the airport and get on any airplane you choose.”
With all the division in the world of Christendom wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were no such things a Protestant, Catholic, or Jews? I mean, would it be great if all we had to say to identify ourselves is say, “I am a Christian,” without out adding the disclaimer as to “what kind of Christian” we are?
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Can we really bounce back and forth on the interpretations of the book of Revelation and grasp what God is trying to tell us? Did God lie when he had John write Revelation 1:3 — “Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it …” Is God playing some sort of game with us?
So now I’m confused. How about you?
Hello. I’m Ken Wright the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
Are we REALLY supposed to believe those folks who jump all over place and play theological gymnastics in their approach to interpreting the book of Revelation?
If that’s the case, we will never receive the blessing God promised in verse 3 of chapter one, because we can never know anything for sure…
So how do we go about interpreting those fantastic images in the book of Revelation?
Now put yourself in the place of a first century person sitting in the audience of a church gathering and someone is reading Revelation 13. All of a sudden – He starts interpreting it for you with terms like Hitler, the Pope of Rome, The United Nations, Communist, The Federal Reserve Bank, and so on. Remember, you’ve never heard these words before – so to you – he’s speaking JIBBERISH!
Today we’re going to continue with our introductory study of the Book of the Revelation.
We’re goin to ask, “Can the imagery of the Book of Revelation ever mean something that the first century reader could not related to or understand?”
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With so much division in the world of Christendom, one has to wonder – why? Jesus prayed of the unity of his followers in John 17 and the writers of the New Testament reinforced his message. In an effort to recall the original message of God we are returning to the basics. If you have grown weary of all the materialism, hype, and hypocrisy being preached in the pulpits around the world; join us this Sunday as we explore the subject: “Who is God the Son?”
Bible study at 9:00 AM and Worship @ 10:00.
Philippians 2:6 – Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness…
This morning I want you to put yourself in the place of a first century Christian living somewhere in Asia.
Hello, I’m Kenneth Wright the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
Just imagine that one evening someone bangs on your door one and says, “COME ON! We’ve all got to get together tonight,” and you ask, “WHY?”
The answer shocks you. “Because we’ve just received a letter from God.”
This is exactly what happened to the members of seven different congregations in the First Century.
It’s a lengthy letter sent by the last remaining Apostle of Christ. He’s a man who is suffering, just as you. A man in exile on the ragged little island called Patmos. A man who actually knew Jesus and he sat at his feet.
He saw the Lord die. But he also saw the empty tomb. Remarkably, he sat, ate, walked, and talked with the resurrected Savior. He did this all the way up until he himself saw the Savior ascend into heaven.
And now, this beloved Apostle has sent a letter to your little gathering of Christians — a letter from the Lord Himself.
This – is the letter we call “The Book of the Revelation.
I know your curious, so go get your Bible and study along with me as we explore the first chapter of the wonderful book — In Light f the Word.
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If the Spirit stands behind us, throwing light over our shoulder on to Jesus who stands facing us. The Spirit’s message to us is never, “Look at me; listen to me; come to me; get to know me”, but always, “Look at him, and see his glory; listen to him and hear his word; go to him and have life; get to know him and taste his gift of joy and peace.” The Spirit, we might say, is the matchmaker, the celestial marriage broker, whose role it is to bring us and Christ together and ensure that we stay together.
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In Revelation 1:9 we read:
“I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering, and kingdom, and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus; was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus.”
Hello. I’m Kenneth Wright, the minister of the Church of Christ in New Iberia, Louisiana. Welcome to In Light of the Word.
Here in the beginning of the Book of Revelation, John has revealed a timeless truth, and he does it so subtly that those of us who are 2000 years removed from the original people and language, may miss it.
It’s a truth that those in the first century needed to hear. But also, a truth that we today, some 2000 years removed from the events of long ago, need not only to hear, but grasp the concept.
There is so much controversy over the imagery in the Revelation that a person doesn’t know what to believe.
So, go get your Bible and study along with me as explore the Biblical principles and imagery found in this wonderful letter from God – In Light of the Word.