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The Book Of Haggai | Haggai 1:1 - The Lord’s Message

July 26th, 2021

The Book Of Haggai | Haggai 1:1 - The Lord's Message 

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The book of Haggai is unbelievably applicable to our day and time. It seems to me, the study of this book of the Bible by modern man is essential. What’s more, the study of this book of the Bible by God’s people is a must. It would seem my suggesting that God’s people study a particular book of the Bible is a futile statement to make. Any Christian, if asked, would answer correctly that every book of the Bible should be read and studied. But, have you studied or even read the book of Haggai? 

After the book of Zephaniah, Judah was removed from the promised land and taken into captivity for seventy years. With the seventy years in captivity accomplished, Judah returned to Jerusalem with instructions to rebuild the house of God. The work started strong but soon shut down. In response to Judah’s neglect of the house of God, Haggai began to prophesy to the people. As such, Haggai was the first prophet to prophesy after Judah returned from Babylonian captivity. Two months after Haggai began to prophesy, Zacheriah began to prophesy alongside him. Ezra tells us that Judah prospered under the preaching of Haggai and Zechariah. 

It appears that Haggai only prophesied four months, but the response to his preaching garnered a critical response. In this study, we will examine the source of Haggai’s message to Judah in the hopes of encouraging a generation of men to preach from this same eternal source. I have little doubt any thoughtful Christian is grieved by the world around us as well as by the current state of Christianity. To effect change, our political presuppositions and our enforcement of personal morality will not suffice. We cannot look to a change in political administrations; we cannot depend upon some form of moral evolution; there will only be one source of actual change. The concise ministry of Haggai the prophet makes that source clear, and it is abundantly available still today. 

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Missiological Exploration | Dependence Vs Self-Reliance

July 23rd, 2021

Missiological Exploration | Dependence Vs Self-Reliance

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Dependency, often thought of in terms of substance abuse, is a much broader phenomenon. Not only so, but it spreads as quickly as a virus from China. Debilitating its host people or country. In our context, dependency refers to an unnatural and unhealthy attachment to others. When strong and capable men find themselves willfully beholden to the sway and influence of outsiders. Thus far, external political forces in Africa have created a continent of perpetual dependency. Maybe even by design, but that is not to say Africa played no role in this state of being. Too often, the oppressed bear as much blame as the oppressor. 

But what about Christianity’s role in this matter? By use of the term “Christianity,” I mean in the biblical sense. Not in the world’s overly broad and useless employ of religious terminology. The reference is strict to Bible-believing Christianity; the difference is vast. In what way have we compelled the souls of foreign lands to simply exchange dependencies? 

The conflation of temporal self-interests and spiritual interests is easy for foreign missionaries (and political actors) to leverage. Even if the intent is wholly good, the result may be a people dependent, not a people helped. Wishful thinking coupled with ambition tends to overcome objective and even biblical thinking. Christians understand all too well the battle that ensues when biblical truth interferes with emotion-based desires. We arrive at our evangelical destination full of zeal and ideas. Then difficulties arise, we learn that things will not go as planned. We then face choices that potentially produce an atmosphere of compromise. 

Human volition plays a significant role in dependency, but throwing money at our ideas, especially when those ideas involve the souls of lost men in deep poverty, only tends to tempt them beyond that which they are able. How do we arrive in the third world ready to save souls, only to find in the end, we have created addicts who are not addicted to the ministry but rather to foreign funds? The moment the source of dependency leaves, the so-called ministry dissipates. We are not accomplishing the lofty spiritual task of the Great Commission by throwing money at souls and situations. We create a dependent people, no more spiritual and no more prosperous. 

But what of compassion? We create a false sense thereof when we take this approach to spiritual accomplishment. Just as the politician smiles, knowing the future ends when the funds cease to flow. Much of the third-worlds misfortune is the result of personal mismanagement; how then could they benefit by receiving more funds? Genuine compassion is teaching them, through biblical principles, how to solve their own troubles. That is a biblical means of earning money, biblical principles for managing money, and the blessing that comes when those funds honor and glorify God. In dealing with this topic, we face a complex moral conundrum. How do we manage our spiritual ambition and produce self-sufficient people dedicated to Jesus Christ our Lord? 

Dependence vs Self-Reliance - This is the topic of our Missions Monthly Discussion this month:

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The Book Of Haggai | A Biographical Sketch Of Haggai The Prophet

July 19th, 2021

The Book Of Haggai | A Biographical Sketch Of Haggai The Prophet

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Judah and Benjamin prospered under the preaching of Haggai and Zechariah. The Lord sent Haggai the prophet to correct Judah's lack of concern for the house of God. This lack of concern for the house of God highlights deeper trouble, namely a lack of concern for the God of the house. But Judah responded in a positive manner to Haggai's intense preaching. 

 

This is a biographical sketch of Haggai the prophet. 

 

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Interview With A Bible Believer | Missionary David Gates

July 16th, 2021

Interview With A Bible Believer | Missionary David Gates

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Missionary David Gates is serving the Lord in Dearborn, Michigan. His extensive work in Egypt greatly prepared him to reach the Arabs of America for Christ. Please pray for him and his family as they faithfully serve the Lord. 

 

David Gates is my personal friend. He has been a major influence in my life over the years, I thank the Lord for him and his family. I pray this interview will greatly encourage you!

 

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The Book Of Haggai | Jeshua The High Priest

July 12th, 2021

The Book Of Haggai | Jeshua The High Priest

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Upon Judah's return, the people assembled themselves together as one man unto Jerusalem. Someone needed to take charge and lead this newly assembled congregation of God's people. Jeshua stood, and set forward the work of God. As such, the altar was built, worship to God was reestablished, the Levites were set in their place, and the foundation of the temple was laid. All this was accomplished because one man stood, in proper leadership, to set forward the work of God.

 

This podcast is a sketch of Jeshua the High Priest 

 

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Interview With A Bible Believer | Blake Muscott - Lifeline Baptist Seaman Ministry

July 9th, 2021

Interview With A Bible Believer | Blake Muscott - Lifeline Baptist Seaman Ministry

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Blake and Haylee Muscott
Blake and Haylee Muscott share the privilege of being raised in a Christian home, with parents who love God and raised them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. They both trusted in Jesus as their personal Savior at a young age and since then have been serving the Lord in various ways through the local church.

 

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I was born and raised in Hernando, Florida and better yet, I was born again on May 17th, 2002. I am thankful for the Biblical foundation I received at home which was mightily reinforced by my time spent at the DeLand School of the Bible studying under Pastor James Knox. God has been so good to me in providing many opportunities to minister to people all over the world. Places like Greece, Puerto Rico, Trinidad, Guyana, and the Philippines. God has been using all of these experiences to prepare me for this ministry and I am SO EXCITED to see what God will do through us to reach the world with the gospel!

 

Learn more about Lifeline Baptist Seamen Ministry:

Lifeline Baptist Seamen Ministry – Reaching every nation, one ship at a time. (lbsmvirginia.com)

 

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The Book Of Haggai | Zerubbabel - A Biographical Sketch

July 5th, 2021

The Book Of Haggai | Zerubbabel - A Biographical Sketch

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When Judah was taken into captivity, the time of the Gentiles was in full effect. Judah's subsequent return to Jerusalem seventy years later was accomplished under the guidance and direction of the Gentile king of Persia, Cyrus. From this point forward Israel would be dominated by Gentile powers, until the return of Jesus Christ at his second coming. 

Cyrus appointed Zerubbabel, as governor over Judah, but Israel would remain many days without a king. A brief look through the Old Testament at the word “governor” will reveal its typical use refers to Gentile powers appointing someone as head over a region or a people. The point here is that Israel will not be establishing a new king, they are subject to the Gentiles until the Lord himself comes to set this matter straight.

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The Cross & The Culture | The Cult Of Critical Race Theory

July 2nd, 2021

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The Cross & The Culture | The Cult Of Critical Race Theory

In March 1883, Karl Marx passed from this life into eternity. A basic understanding of his thoughts regarding the God of heaven and earth would lead one to believe he lifted up his eyes in hell, being in torment. Reportedly nine people attended his funeral; Marx was by no means the beloved philosopher he appears to be today. The nine that stood among his graveside, assuming there were no hopes of collecting money most assuredly owed them, may have thought his wretched philosophy would die with him. Unfortunately, the more than one hundred million dead souls, whose blood scattered throughout the twentieth century, as well as the sudden resurgence of Marxist ideas in the twenty-first century, proved such a thought to be incorrect. 

Fortunately, men like Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn and George Orwell endured to the end of even their own presuppositions. They lived to tell of the torture, control, and death caused by the implementation of Marxist philosophy. But we have come so far since that time, right? Morality has evolved, right? Solzhenitsyn made it shameful in his day to declare oneself a Marxist, and yet, here we are again. 

 

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The Book Of Haggai | Darius The King - A Biographical Sketch

June 28th, 2021

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The Book Of Haggai | Darius The King - A Biographical Sketch

Haggai 1:1 - In the second year of Darius the king

 

This podcast will serve as a biographical sketch of Darius, the king. At times called Darius the Persian or Darius the Median.

As we discussed in the previous podcast, the book of Ezra details the return of Judah to Jerusalem. Upon arrival they began to rebuild the temple, only to be forced to stop by the decree of Artaxerxes the king. In time God raised up Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the prophet to stir the hearts of the people. The time in which they prophesy is dated by the reign of Darius the king. Darius also played a special role in further assisting Judah in their completion of the temple.

 

Who is Darius the king, and why was he so zealous to assist Judah in the completion of God’s temple?

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INTERVIEW WITH A BIBLE BELIEVER | ED WIRTH PART 2

June 25th, 2021

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Brother Ed Wirth is a faithful servant of Jesus Christ at the Bible Baptist Church in Deland Florida. He is an avid street preacher and he is faithful to study the word of God. In our interview, brother Ed really opened up about his life and service to Jesus Christ in a meaningful way. 

 

As usual, it is my hope this interview will bless you, help you, and encourage you to serve Christ!

 

Learn more about Ed Wirth by clicking the links below:

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The Book Of Haggai | Historical Background Part 3

June 21st, 2021

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The book of Haggai

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Join me as we study through the Bible book of Haggai:

Beginning with a historical introduction to the book. Plenteous Redemption Podcast and the YouTube channel have been going through some significant changes recently; I have also been preparing a permanent recording video and audio.

I have many new segments upcoming, including a monthly discussion regarding important topics related to missions that will include a co-host missionary Keith Stensaas.

Brother Keith has a wealth of knowledge that extends from his ample experience. Brother Keith also moved his radio and Podcast online; it is no longer being broadcast here locally in Uganda; if you are interested in learning more about him and his ministry, please visit Uganda Baptist Radio; I will place a link to the website in the description below.

As for my family and me, we are getting settled here in Uganda. Starting Monday, June 10th, Uganda went back into a large-scale lockdown; if you would please pray for us as we navigate the pandemic and attempt to respect government demands.

With that news out of the way, I am excited to get back into our study through the book of Haggai. I have been offline for some time making preparations; I thank you for your patience and hope you enjoy the future look and format of the podcast.

We last left off with Judah back in Jerusalem, building the altar and preparing to lay the foundation for the temple. Soon, the prophets Haggai and Zechariah would begin to make God's word known.

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Interview With A Bible Believer | Ed Wirth

April 26th, 2021

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Brother Ed Wirth is a faithful servant of Jesus Christ at the Bible Baptist Church in Deland Florida. He is an avid street preacher and he is faithful to study the word of God. In our interview, brother Ed really opened up about his life and service to Jesus Christ in a meaningful way. 

 

As usual, it is my hope this interview will bless you, help you, and encourage you to serve Christ!

 

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Missionary Farewell: Last Sermon Before Leaving For Uganda

January 28th, 2021

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2 Corinthians 13:11 KJV
Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.

This sermon was preached at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Salsbury, Tennessee. It was preached with the expectation that this sermon would be the last sermon preached by Missionary Thomas Irvin before he and his family departed for Uganda. 

Unfortunately, just days later they tested positive for Covid-19 and their departure has been temporarily delayed. 

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A Vision Of The Cost | Missions Conference | Goodman Road Baptist Church

December 21st, 2020

A Vision Of The Cost | Romans 3:23-26

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Romans 3:23-26 (KJV) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. 

 

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Interview With A Bible Believer | Andy Leftwich Part 2

December 15th, 2020

Interview With A Bible Believer | Andy Leftwich Part 2

 

To those of you with great musical talent, I pray this interview will greatly encourage you and help you in your service to Jesus Christ.

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Four-time Grammy-winning instrumentalist Andy Leftwich began playing the fiddle at the age of six, entering his first contest at seven, and winning the National Championship for Beginners at the age of twelve. Adding mandolin and guitar to his arsenal, Andy began playing professionally at the age of fifteen. Since joining Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder in 2001, Andy has completed a solo album (“Ride”, Skaggs Family Records), recorded two critically acclaimed albums as a member of trio Three Ring Circle (with dobro player Rob Ickes and bassist Dave Pomeroy), and built an impressive list of studio credits, lending his talents to acts such as Steven Curtis Chapman, Keith, and Kristyn Getty, Dailey & Vincent, and many more. Most recently, he’s added “Producer” to his resume, with gospel group Point of Grace (“Directions Home”, Word Records). Andy lives in Carthage, Tennessee with his wife, Rachel.

 

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