About this podcast
The Christian life is one of fleeing and pursuing–fleeing the things that frustrate and damage our walk and pursuing the positive things that bring us into the proper enjoyment of Christ. In this podcast we’ll touch on a number of these frustrating factors that hinder us from having a normal pursuit of the Lord.
The most important meeting of the church is the Lord’s table meeting, established by the Lord Himself at the end of His earthly ministry. What is our understanding of this meeting? What is our appreciation? In this podcast we consider this meeting and the two symbols that the Lord used, the bread and the wine, which are rich in significance.
Did you ever have the thought that when you attend the church meetings you receive many blessings? In John 20 we have the record of the first church meeting on the day of resurrection. In this portion of the word we can see the many blessings that we receive when we are in the meeting. In this podcast we cover eight of these blessings as seen in John 20.
Practically speaking, if we are going to know Christ, we must come to the church. Ephesians 5:25 says that Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her. This church that God loves is very practical. This church is expressed in the church life, and a key part of the church life is the church meetings. If we are going to love and appreciate the church, we must have a proper view and proper evaluation of the church meetings. In this podcast we consider the church meetings and see why every gathering of the church is special and precious to God.
Podcast #89 – Receiving Nourishment, Education and Equipping through Reading the Ministry Publications
In this podcast we continue our fellowship on reading through the ministry publications. What does it mean to be nourished through spiritual publications? How can they educate us? How can we be equipped? Find out the difference between these terms and why the ministry publications are so beneficial for our going on with the Lord.
Not only do we need to read the Bible every day, but it would be good if we could develop the habit of reading the ministry publications. These kind of spiritual publications open the Bible to us and create a kind of nourishment that can supply us during our day. We should develop a habit when we are young to begin to read through a few pages every day along with our Bible reading. We can practice by ourselves and with our companions. In case you don’t know where to start, in this podcast Brother Ricky offers many titles for our consideration.
Attend to the public reading, practice these things, be in them, continue in these things, take heed to yourself–these are just a few of the expressions Paul used when charging his younger co-worker Timothy to be in the word and in his teaching. In this podcast, we consider reading the Bible from the angle of Paul’s charge in I Timothy 4:13-16. We also discuss practical ways to read the Bible, some of which you may have not have considered.
In John 15 the Lord said, Abide in me and I in you. One simple way to abide in Him is to tell Him all. The matter of having fellowship can be so simple. Just talk to Him. Are you anxious?—talk to Him. Frustrated?—talk to Him. Happy?—talk to Him. Are your doing just fine?—still talk with Him. This is to fellowship with Him. This kind of simple conversation can bring us into a kind of fellowship that causes us to abide in Him and He in us.
Never underestimate the potency of touching the word every day, even in ways that may seem small. In the morning, if we can read or pray over just three verses, this will have a great affect on our daily life. During the day, if we can find the time to read two or three chapters, we will find ourselves sanctified from the things of the world. We may not realize in our daily environment how much we are affected by what we touch and take in or how much the world carries our heart away, but just a little contact with the word daily can afford us real and practical salvation.
Calling on the name of the Lord, pray-reading, reading the Bible, confessing our sins, meeting with the saints, participating in practical service, and preaching the gospel— In this episode, we see these practices in a new light by taking a look at how they help us to exercise our inward and hidden parts. Exercising to have a turned heart and a fellowshipping spirit is more practical that we think.
In the last few podcasts, we have looked at what the Bible refers to as our inward and hidden parts. In this podcast we have a general word on learning how to “dig” these inward and hidden parts. Deep within us flows a living stream, but many times this flow of life meets resistance in our heart, conscience, mind, emotion and will. We need to learn how to dig these inward parts. Otherwise life, the divine life, will not flow within us.
Have you heard the expression my heart is not in it? We all understand this commonplace expression, but do we know how the heart functions in our spiritual experience? Proverbs 4:23 says to keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it are the issues of life. In this week’s podcast we look at the heart as the controlling organ, the gate, of our entire being. All spiritual experience are initiated and maintained by the heart. We’ll look at the two ways we can exercises our heart—by maintaining a good conscience and exercising to have a pure heart.
In this podcast we get into the particular functions of the heart, soul and spirit. Did you know that all spiritual experiences begin with love in the heart? The heart is the loving organ. Our heart must first be right and turned to the Lord. Then we are able to receive with our spirit and reflect with our soul. Find out the function of our heart as the loving organ, our spirit as the receiving organ, and our soul as the reflecting organ.
You may have heard of the human spirit, the soul, and the heart, but have you ever considered how each one of these functions, or what each is composed of? In this very helpful and practical fellowship we get an overview of each of these parts. Having a proper understanding of how these three parts function is crucial to our having a rich fellowship with the Lord.
Psalm 51:6 says, “Behold you delight in truth in the inward parts.” Our experience of Christ depends on our knowing what these inward parts are and the distinctions between them. How do they function? How we can use them? In this podcast we begin to look at what our heart and spirit are and how we can exercise them in the small details of our daily life.
Our lives are measured in time. In the course of a day, there are many opportunities available to us to either redeem or waste our time. In this podcast we take a closer look at what it means to redeem the time by seizing these opportunities. We’ll see how our consecration is made practical when we have this realization.
One of the characteristics of today’s age is that it causes us to waste our time. That’s why the Bible tells us to redeem the time. In I Peter 5:8 we are warned to watch and be sober. In this podcast we turn our attention to the matter of redeeming the time. We take a look at four areas in our daily life where we need to be watchful: our time, our finances, our relationships, and the information that comes to us.
In this podcast we take a look at the remainder of Paul’s exhortation in I Thessalonians 5:18-22. What does is mean to give thanks in everything? To not quench the Spirit? To not despise prophecies? To abstain from every kind of evil? How do all of these relate to the Lord’s coming and to our daily life?
When speaking about the Lord’s second coming in I Thessalonians 5:17 Paul charged the Thessalonian believers to unceasingly pray. What does it mean to unceasingly pray? In this podcast we break down what it means practically by looking at two different categories of prayer. We see how, in the midst of our daily life and responsibilities, we can actually enter into this and prepare for the Lord’s coming.
Sometimes the Lord’s coming may seem like a weighty and heavy subject that is beyond us, but did you know that every chapter in I Thessalonians, a book which was written to new believers, ends with the Lord’s coming? In this series we take a look at how we as young believers can live in light of the Lord’s second coming. In this podcast we cover the matter of rejoicing.
In this podcast we conclude our fellowship on I Timothy 4:12. We take a look at what it means to be a pattern in love, faith, and purity. As we pursue these three things to be a pattern, we will gradually discover that salvation is a two-way street and that in saving others, we also save ourselves.
How we conduct ourselves often speaks louder than our words. In this week’s Flee and Pursue Podcast, we look at what it means to be a pattern in conduct. A holy manner of life, an excellent manner of life, a proper manner of life—these are just a few of the expressions the Bible uses to describe our walk in the church and before all men.
Nothing is more convincing than a pattern. I Timothy 4:12 is the Apostle Paul’s charge to a young Timothy to be a pattern to the believers in word, conduct, love, faith, and purity. In this week’s Flee and Pursue Podcast, we look at what it means to be a pattern in word—in what we speak and utter.
We are priests of the gospel of God and members of the Body of Christ. These may sound like very high and impractical statuses, but in this podcast we show just how practical these statuses can be in our experience. Do we know how to bear the names of our friends to God? Do we know that there is a supply in the Body that enables us to preach the gospel? Is there an actual and practical church life in our experience to bring our friends into? Finally, we conclude with a word of encouragement showing us the way to realize these statuses.
You are an ambassador of Christ. You are the good seed. You are a branch in the vine. Sometimes just realizing what our status is can have quite an impact on how we live our daily life. We often ask what should I as a Christian be doing? But the better question may be, what am I? In this podcast we begin to consider five statuses of the believers in the New Testament.
In this podcast we continue to look at five more functions of the word of God. The word of God divides our soul from our spirit. It tries us. It give us hope, endurance and encouragement. It give us joy. And the word washes us from our contact with the world. These experiences can be ours if we simply endeavor to contact the word daily.
If someone told you that they knew of something that would enliven and enlighten you, something that would water your inward being, something that was medicine to your soul, you would probably be more than a little interested in it. Well, the Bible tells us that the word of God not only has these functions but many more. In this podcast we begin to consider nine of these functions.
The word of God is living and operative – that’s the promise in the Bible. If we really had this realization, we would make it a habit to contact the word every day in some fashion. Just reading one chapter of the Bible a day brings with it many blessings. In this podcast we begin to consider all the ways in which the Bible functions in our experience and why none of these are operative unless we actually pick up a copy of the Bible and read it.
In this week’s podcast we continue looking at the story of Lot. In Genesis 13, a contention arose among Lot and Abraham concerning their material possessions and, while Abraham yielded, Lot went his own way. Up until this time, Lot was following and under the protection of Abraham, but surprisingly he never developed a personal and direct relationship with the Lord. Material possessions became a big test to him. In New Testament terms, we can say that Lot loved the world. The principle is that worldliness becomes a test to those who follow others spirituality. What we need most is a firsthand, personal and direct relationship with the Lord. What do we do when we realize that we love the world? There is an answer. Find out in this week’s podcast.
Why is God called the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob in the Bible, but He is not called the God of Lot? Isaac, Jacob, and Lot were all second-generation believers, so what accounts for God identifying Himself with Isaac and with Jacob but not with Lot? In this podcast we look at Lot’s experience in contrast with those of Isaac and Jacob.
The Old Testament is rich in pictures and stories that can help us to better understand our New Testament walk. In this podcast we consider Lot’s experience in Genesis and see why passivity in the Christian life can lead to the squandering of all of God’s blessings. We also consider the importance of developing a direct and personal relationship with God.
Sometimes we have a mistaken concept of what it means to overcome. Strength. Power. Might. Endurance. These are words we instinctively associate with overcoming. But what does the Bible really have to say about overcoming? In this final podcast in our series on eating, we take a look at the secret of overcoming and, surprisingly, the normality of overcoming.
Did you know that our contacting of people is considered a kind of eating. There is an important spiritual principle for us to lay hold of in the Bible that should govern all of our relationships. The dietary regulations in Leviticus 11 and Peter’s vision in Acts 10 clearly reveal this spiritual principle. Find out what this principle is in this week’s podcast and see why as God’s people we need to exercise discernment in whom we contact and with whom we are among.
Oftentimes we find ourselves without much appetite for the things of the Lord. It seems that many things continually draw our hearts away from Him. This has to do with our diet. In this podcast we look at the children of Israel’s experience in Exodus 16 to help us better understand this matter of diet in the Christian life.
It might surprise you to learn that in both the Old and New Testaments the way God accomplishes His purpose is by eating. In this podcast we take a quick tour through the Bible showing how God’s move depends on His people’s spiritual eating. We conclude with fellowship on how to practically eat the Lord’s Word.
Have you ever wondered why you sometimes feel dead toward spiritual things. It might related to your eating. No, not the physical act of eating but the other kind of eating. Whether we realize it or not we are all the time eating something. There is a kind of psychological as well as spiritual eating. In this introductory podcast we take a look at the importance of eating in the Christian life.
The Lord cares for our entire person–body, soul, and spirit. We should too. In this podcast we take a look at six practical ways that we can be prepared, preserved and useful in our entire being for the Lord’s second coming.
When the Lord returns will He find us to be faithful servants. In this podcast we focus on how we can prepare for the Lord’s second coming by paying attention to our service. We will focus on two things in particular–the gospel and our serving in the church life.
We are taking a break from our current line of fellowship to consider the burden of prayer in the Lord’s Recovery. Join us as we make December a month of prayer. In this podcast we review the burden and provide some practical fellowship for our direction in the coming days.
In Matthew 25 the Lord uses two parables to liken Himself in His second coming to a Bridegroom and a Master. While He tarries, He instructs us to take care of two things–our life and our service. These parables set forth both an incentive and a warning to us today.
Did you know that the Lord likens himself to a thief in Matthew 24? A thief comes to steal precious and valuable things. Will the Lord consider us precious and valuable at His second coming? What the Lord is to us in that day depends on the kind of life we live today.
Did you know that one out of every 20 verses in the New Testament talk about the Lord’s second coming? What does it mean to live in the light of the Lord’s second coming? In this podcast we begin to consider this matter and how it relates to our daily life.
This past summer many of us may have participated in one of the college trainings, summer schools of truth, or international conferences. We may have been touched by the Lord to consecrate ourselves again. In this podcast we cover five items that can help us live out our consecration during this coming school year.
The summer months are upon us, and for many of us that means we are on break. Our own experience tells us that when we don’t schedule our time, we waste our time. There are many avenues available to us that can help us make spiritual progress–the summer school of truth, the college trainings, and the church life in general.
The end of the school year is here for many of us. This presents us with one last opportunity to witness to our circle of friends. The Lord has scattered us as seeds of the gospel in our respective schools. It’s the end of the semester but it’s never too late. There is no better time than right now.
Peter’s denial of the Lord, shortly before the Lord Jesus’ crucifixion, is recorded in all four of the gospels. Peter was a person who was always confident in himself, but on the eve of the Lord’s crucifixion his confidence failed. What lessons can we learn today from Peter’s failure?
The record of King David’s failure in the Old Testament is striking. It should serve as a strong warning to us today that regardless of our position or attainment in God’s kingdom, it is still possible for us to fall into sin. In this podcast we take a look at two lessons we can learn from David’s failure.
We all know the story of Cain and Abel but do we know the lessons that we can learn from Cain’s failure? In Genesis 4:7 we are told that sin is crouching at the door and that his desire is for us but that we must rule over him. In this podcast we take a look at how we can be preserved from the damaging effects of sin in our Christian life.
Today we live in an exceedingly sinful environment. There is temptation from without accompanied by the struggle within ourselves. In 2 Timothy 2:22 Paul charges us to flee youthful lusts and pursue with those. In Peter’s epistle he tells us to be sober and watch. In the gospels the Lord Jesus tells us to watch and pray. In the next few podcasts we will look at the vulnerability of sin and how we can practically overcome it.
One of the best ways to redeem our time is to be in the church life. Practically speaking, this means making time to participate in church meetings, services in the church, and the small groups meetings. Find out why it’s important to make these part of our daily and weekly schedule.
God desires all men to be saved and to come to the full knowledge of the truth (I Tim 2:4.) Oftentimes we want our friends, classmates, and family members to receive the Lord but we are either timid to share the gospel with them or we don’t know how to lead them to the Lord. In this podcast we take a look at how the gospel can be part of our regular daily life.
Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.” One of the best ways to redeem our time while on campus or at home is by getting into the Word. In this podcast we take a look at three ways that we can be in the Word.
Time is a gift from God. We all have the same amount of time but what we make of it depends on how we use it. In Psalm 90:12 Moses writes, “Teach us then to number our days.” In this podcast we take a look at the matter of time and how we can redeem it.
It’s the beginning of the school year and that means we have a chance to develop some healthy practices that will carry us through the year. In this podcast we take a look at five different areas in our schedule we should consider as students.
In all of God’s dealings with us there should be an issue. In this podcast, we take a look at a few examples in the Bible that help us to understand what God is after when He exercises His discipline upon us.
When we experience the Lord’s discipline (Hebrews 12:5) we may have one of two reactions: we either become discouraged and downcast, or or we want to give up on the Lord. In this podcast we will take a look at what our attitude should be when we come under the Lord’s disciplining hand.
How do we know that we are genuine children of God? We know because we have a Father who not only loves us but also disciplines us as His sons (Heb. 12:7). In this podcast we will see the reason behind the discipline of God and learn what to do when we are under His discipline.
We may not see many examples of people who fear God in today’s society, but the Bible provides many examples, both positive and negative, that illustrate this matter. In this week’s podcast we continue to take a look at this crucial aspect of our experience and relationship with the Lord.
There was a time when both believers and unbelievers alike feared God, but today it is “normal” for people to deny the existence of God and His coming judgment. In this week’s podcast we get a word to restore in us a normal fear of God so that we would be sanctified and preserved in our daily living.
Did you know that one out of every 20 verses in the New Testament talk about the Lord’s second coming? What does it mean to live in the light of the Lord’s second coming? In this podcast we begin to consider this matter and how it relates to our daily life.
Why do we often fall prey to guilt or Satan’s accusations after sinning? It is because we do not fully appreciate the blood of Christ. In this week’s podcast we are exhorted to consider the preciousness of the blood of Christ so that we may live a holy manner of life.
We all crave reality, but why does it sometimes seem that the things of God are not so real to us? In this week’s podcast we take a look at John 16. In order to experience the Spirit of reality guiding us into all the reality, there is a prerequisite: the exercise of our conscience.
What do we need to counteract the degradation of this age and to preserve us in God’s economy? We need a good conscience. In this week’s podcast we continue to look at the connection between faith, God’s economy, our love for the Lord, and our need to keep a good conscience.
Another subtle frustration to our daily enjoyment of the Lord is our attitude toward the authorities that God has placed in our lives. In this week’s podcast we continue our fellowship on this matter, revealing our need to confess even the smallest instances of rebellion so that our conscience and fellowship with the Lord may remain clear.
Another subtle frustration to our daily enjoyment of the Lord is our attitude toward the authorities that God has placed in our lives. In this week’s podcast we take a look at why our attitude toward authority, especially our parents, is such a serious matter and how it affects our fellowship with the Lord.
When it comes to exercising our spirit in our daily life, one area that we often overlook, or are numb to, is the matter of our speaking, our words. In this week’s podcast we cover several more types of speaking that we need to avoid in order for our conscience to be clear and our fellowship with the Lord to be restored.
When it comes to exercising our spirit in our daily life, one area that we often overlook, or are numb to, is the matter of our speaking, our words. In this week’s podcast we cover several more types of speaking that we should avoid in order for our conscience to be clear and our fellowship with the Lord to be restored.
When it comes to exercising our spirit in our daily life, one area that we often overlook, or are numb to, is the matter of our speaking, our words. In this week’s podcast we look at the seriousness of our words and the need for our conscience to be sensitized in this matter.
Sometimes, the reason we cannot enjoy the Lord is that we have repeatedly ignored the feelings of our conscience, causing it to become calloused. In this week’s podcast we look at how putting aside the feelings of our conscience causes it to become insensitive and how we can regain the sensitivity of our conscience.
Most people have never seen their stomach, yet they know they have one because of the feelings it gives them. Likewise, although we cannot see our spirit, we know we have one because of the feelings the Lord gives us in our spirit. In this week’s podcast we talk about the need for us to not only stir up our spirit but also take heed to these feelings in our daily life.
Have you ever felt like no matter how much you call, sing, or pray, you simply cannot release your spirit and enjoy the reality of the Lord’s presence? The reason may be that you have not been exercising the functions of your spirit. In this week’s podcast we look at the connection between the release of our spirit and the exercise of our conscience, our fellowship, and our intuition.
For many of us, “exercise your spirit” is a common and oft heard phrase, but did you know that one of the primary ways to exercise our spirit is to exercise our conscience? In this week’s podcast we look at how the exercise of our conscience equals the exercise of our spirit and why this is a key to effective prayer.
Do you feel like your preaching has no effect? Early in his Christian life, Watchman Nee preached the gospel for an entire year with almost no result. Then a sister told him that the problem was not with his preaching but with his prayer. In this week’s podcast we cover five principles for us to follow when praying for our unbelieving friends and family.
Doing the work of an evangelist may seem like a difficult and intimidating task. However, the Bible presents us with the practical way to accomplish this, and that way may be easier than you think. In this week’s podcast we cover two more steps of this way presented in the ministry.
Doing business for the Lord, doing the work of an evangelist, turning the age, being overcomers–these tasks may seem difficult and intimidating. However, the Bible has revealed the practical way to accomplish these things, and that way may be easier than you think. In this week’s podcast we introduce the first two steps of this way.
We have heard, learned, and received a lot about doing the work of an evangelist, but to what extent have we done them? In this week’s podcast we take a look at how we can practice the things that we have heard and be in them, taking the way presented to us in the ministry.
In 2 Timothy 4:5, Paul told his young co-worker Timothy to “do the work of an evangelist,” which implies that Timothy did not have the gift of an evangelist. In this week’s podcast we consider what is is to “do the work of an evangelist.” Although we may not have the gift of an evangelist, like Timothy, we must still do the work of one so that we would not appear before the Lord empty-handed.
The Lord has given each of us a mina, a talent, but what are we doing with it? Are we merely preserving it, hiding it in the earth, or are we doing business with it, investing it with the “bankers”? In this week’s podcast we visit again the burden that we would actively do business for the Lord by preaching the gospel.
When people contact us, they should touch a “blue cord” sewn into the fringe of our “garment”; that is, they should touch a living that is under the heavenly rule. For us to have such a living, we need the humanity of Jesus. In this week’s podcast we cover five keys to enjoying the humanity of Jesus from 2 Timothy.
How can we stand against the tide of this age? We need the humanity of Jesus! In this week’s podcast we see that enjoying the humanity of Jesus is the way for us to be His testimony, to have an impact on our friends, and “having done all, to stand” (Eph. 6:13).
Just as John the Baptist stirred up an atmosphere of repentance before the Lord’s first coming, we need to do the same in preparation for the Lord’s second coming. This week’s podcast issues a challenge to us to stir up an atmosphere of the gospel through our prayer and our testimony before others.
Through the Internet, young people today have a way to freely express themselves to the whole world in a way that was not possible before. But who is expressing God? In this week’s podcast we take a look at how we as the corporate expression of God need to take care of what we express before others, especially online.
One of the ways we can “do business” until the Lord comes is by having a certain kind of prayer, the prayer of companions. In this week’s podcast we cover our need to have this kind of prayer, prayers of authority that bind and loose and that touch God’s will concerning His lost sheep.
In Luke 19:13 the Lord says, “Do business until I come.” In this week’s podcast we tackle the need for a change in our mindset, a change from merely being on the defensive to being on the offensive, from merely holding onto our “mina” to actively doing business with it, especially in regard to bringing our friends to the Lord.
“Her sins which are many are forgiven, because she loved much; but to whom little is forgiven, he loves little” (Luke 7:47). In this week’s podcast we draw a connection between the matters of loving the Lord, confessing our sins, and being brought into a deeper fellowship with the Lord.
So far we’ve seen many aspects and practices related to our set time of fellowship with the Lord, but if we lack one basic yet critical matter, our time with the Lord will still feel dry and unsatisfying. Find out what this basic matter is in this week’s podcast.
For those of us who are not used to having a time of fellowship with the Lord, such a time may be awkward; we may not know what to do or say. To help us overcome this problem, in this week’s podcast we introduce a set of guidelines called “A Time with the Lord – Guidelines for Having a Set Time of Fellowship with the Lord.
Ever struggle in the morning with whether to get up and fellowship with the Lord or to stay in bed an extra ten minutes? Perhaps one of the reasons this is such a struggle is that we do not realize the immense benefits of spending time with the Lord in the morning. In this week’s podcast we share three of these great benefits, or blessings.
Many of us are familiar with the matter of pray-reading, but we may not know why it is necessary or how to practice it. This week’s podcast tackles why pray-reading is so crucial and two ways to incorporate this life practice into our time with the Lord.
One of the biggest obstacles in our morning time with the Lord is our wandering mind. What should we do when distracting thoughts interrupt our fellowship with the Lord? Find out in this episode the way to deal with this problem.
Have you ever tried to have a time with the Lord in the morning but failed? Then have a new beginning by listening to this third podcast in the “Flee and Pursue” series! This week’s podcast presents this crucial practice in a very simple and approachable way, refreshing our desire to begin each day with the Lord.
One of the most difficult issues we as young people face is how to be with our unbelieving friends or those who believe but are not in the church life. This second podcast in the “Flee and Pursue” series addresses this issue, revealing how to keep ourselves when our friends want us to participate in worldly or sinful activities and also how to bring them to the Lord and the church life.
In order to be age turners, we need to stand against this age by fleeing and pursuing. In this first-ever podcast we begin a series of talks called “Flee and Pursue” based on 2 Timothy 2:22. Listen to this podcast and discover what you need to flee from, what you need to pursue, and how you can practically do this in your daily life.