Flee and Pursue

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.


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Podcast #106 – Faith, Love, Hope (1)

Faith, love, and hope are the structure of the Christian life. What is meant by this? In 1 Thessalonians, which was written to new believers, Paul emphasizes these three matters at the beginning and at the end of his epistle. In describing them, he likens each to a piece of armor, indicating that the Christian life is a battle, a warfare (1 Thess. 5:8.) If we would examine our walk, we would realize that Satan always comes in to undermine one of these—our faith, love or hope. In this podcast, we cover what each of these means and how we can have a firm foundation in each.

Podcast #105 – A Word of Encouragement During this Health Crisis (2) – Our Family Life

The burden in this podcast is that we would take the lead in our home and family life to be a blessing to our family during this current crisis. In Genesis 12:1-3 God told Abraham that in him all the families of the earth would be blessed. In principle, we can also become a blessing—a  blessing to our family. Because schools are closed, we are spending more and more time together at home with our family. Whether or not this time becomes a blessing to us and to our family depends on our attitude. There are a number of practical ways we can become a channel of supply to our family. We can care for our siblings and set an example for younger siblings by being a pattern. We can pray with our parents regarding the anxieties they may be facing. We can spend time with our grandparents. In the beginning of the New Testament, the church life was a day to day and house to house church life (Acts 5:42). The Lord’s desire is to bring us back to this kind of church life. May we cooperate with him to become a blessing to our family and a channel of supply!

Podcast #104 – A Word of Encouragement During this Health Crisis (1)

As we all find ourselves in this unfolding crisis, we can take heart in the Lord’s word. In John 14:1 the Lord said, “Do not let not your heart be troubled; believe into God, believe also into Me.” Our human life and church life have been changed, but we must remember to always give the Lord the way to turn a situation like this to salvation. What we need during this time is to keep our eyes on the Lord so that He would strengthen our faith and we would be filled with peace. At the same time, we should remember the charge in Hebrews 10:25 to “not abandon our assembling together.” That is, we should not forsake the meeting life. During this time, we have many technologies that can still allow us to meet and connect virtually. We should consider one another so that no one would become isolated or shaken. We even have a way to meet virtually with other saints in different localities thanks to technology. We should use the extra time we now have to build up proper Christian habits—our personal time with the Lord, reading the Bible, and praying with others. Finally, we must take the proper precautions the authorities have given us, considering not only our own health but also that of others.

Podcast #103 – Giving Thanks (3)

In this podcast, we conclude this line of fellowship by looking at the matter of giving thanks as seen in the book of Psalms along with the New Testament story of the Lord’s healing of ten lepers. How often we overlook this matter of giving thanks! Just a little studying will show us how giving thanks can bring us into the Lord’s presence and preserve our enjoyment of Him.

Podcast #102 – Giving Thanks (2)

In this podcast, we continue to look at the practice of giving thanks as seen in the word of God. In both the New and Old Testaments, we can find many practical points related to giving thanks. Though it is a practice we often overlook in our daily life, giving thanks in various situations and in various ways can keep us in the spirit and help us to grow in life. In an age that is characterized by being unthankful (2 Tim. 3:1-2), we need more than ever to learn how to give thanks.

Podcast #101 – Giving Thanks (1)

How can we live a joyful Christian life? An often overlooked practice in the Bible is the matter of giving thanks. Giving thanks is vital to having a normal Christian life, and there are numerous places in the Bible where we are told reminded to give thanks. 2 Timothy 3:2 tell us that in the last days, one of the characteristics of the age is that people will be unthankful. As Christians, our lives should be characterized by giving thanks to the Lord. In this new podcast series, we begin to consider the matter of giving thanks as it is mentioned in various places in the scriptures. If our eyes are opened, we will see that there are many things we can give thanks for in our daily life. Being thankful brings us into a life of rejoicing.

Podcast #100 – Baptism (2)

Baptism is not just an outward practice; it is an important testimony. When we are baptized, there is a spiritual reality that we are brought into that can be experienced in our daily life. When we piece together all the verses in the Bible concerning baptism, we realize that it is deep and rich in significance. In this podcast, we cover the four main things we are baptized into and what their significance is. We are baptized not only in physical water, but into the Triune God (Matt. 28:19), Christ Himself (Gal. 3:27), the death of Christ (Rom. 6:3-4), and the Body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:13). Whether we are considering baptism or we have already been baptized, this word applies to us. Once we have been baptized, we need to live daily in the reality of our baptism.

Podcast #99 – Baptism (1)

In the New Testament, not many outward practices are emphasized, but we do see an emphasis on two: the Lord’s table and baptism. In this podcast, we fellowship about the importance of baptism in the Christian life. We begin by considering the two aspects of baptism—the outward, visible practice of baptism and the invisible spiritual reality behind the visible practice. We also look at the example of the Lord Jesus in His baptism. We conclude by looking at two wonderful pictures from the Old Testament of baptism—the children of Israel crossing the Red Sea and Noah passing through the death waters of judgment.

Podcast #98 – New Beginnings

The book of 2 Timothy tells us that in the last days, difficult times will come. Today we are living in the reality and fulfillment of what Paul spoke in 2 Timothy 2:1-13. What do we see all around us? Lovers of self, lovers of money, lovers of pleasure and all manner of ungodliness. To live in this age we need an inoculation, a divine supply. What is this supply? It’s the good deposit within us (2 Timothy 1:14.)  Not only do we have something within, but we also have something without—the Scriptures. The Bible tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed (2a Timothy 3:16.) In this podcast, we consider the pressing need to cultivate a daily relationship with the word of God in the way of breathing. We need the Scriptures to become alive to us. This will enable us to live a healthy church life.  We will be those who are preserved in the midst of the dark age to shine Him forth.

Podcast #97 – A Man of God with the Breath of God to Counter the Worsening of the Decline

The book of 2 Timothy tells us that in the last days, difficult times will come. Today we are living in the reality and fulfillment of what Paul spoke in 2 Timothy 2:1-13. What do we see all around us? Lovers of self, lovers of money, lovers of pleasure and all manner of ungodliness. To live in this age we need an inoculation, a divine supply. What is this supply? It’s the good deposit within us (2 Timothy 1:14.)  Not only do we have something within, but we also have something without—the Scriptures. The Bible tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed (2a Timothy 3:16.) In this podcast, we consider the pressing need to cultivate a daily relationship with the word of God in the way of breathing. We need the Scriptures to become alive to us. This will enable us to live a healthy church life.  We will be those who are preserved in the midst of the dark age to shine Him forth.

Podcast #96 – A Man of God with the Breath of God to Counter the Worsening of the Decline

The book of 2 Timothy tells us that in the last days, difficult times will come. Today we are living in the reality and fulfillment of what Paul spoke in 2 Timothy 2:1-13. What do we see all around us? Lovers of self, lovers of money, lovers of pleasure and all manner of ungodliness. To live in this age we need an inoculation, a divine supply. What is this supply? It’s the good deposit within us (2 Timothy 1:14.)  Not only do we have something within, but we also have something without—the Scriptures. The Bible tells us that all Scripture is God-breathed (2 Timothy 3:16.) In this podcast, we consider the pressing need to cultivate a daily relationship with the word of God in the way of breathing. We need the Scriptures to become alive to us. This will enable us to live a healthy church life.  We will be those who are preserved in the midst of the dark age to shine Him forth.

Podcast #95 – Our Fivefold Status to Meet the Need in the Present Age

In the midst of decline, what kind of people should we be? In 2 Timothy Chapter 2, Paul’s charge to his young co-worker Timothy reveals that we need to be young people with a five-fold status: (1) Teachers – those who are constituted with the truth to teach and shepherd; (2) Soldiers – those who are standing with the Lord to fight for the Lord’s interest, not entangled with the affairs of this life; (3) Contenders – athletes who are self-disciplined in all the things of their daily life; (4) Laboring farmers – those tending to life and taking care of the things of life; and (5) Workman – those allowing God to build Himself into them and then, in turn, ministering this builded God into others. In this podcast we consider these five statuses.

Podcast #94 – Oh Timothy, Guard the Deposit

The last epistle the Apostle Paul wrote was 2 Timothy, which was a letter to his young co-worker. Rather than unveiling great truths as he does in his other epistles, in 2 Timothy Paul is reminding and charging Timothy to guard and keep what has already been committed to him. There are three key words in this epistle: remind, fan, and guard. Like Timothy, we also have heard and seen many things, some of us from the time we were children. This book tells us that in the last days, difficult times will come. Our need in these last days is to guard the good deposit. In this podcast we begin to consider what it means to guard the deposit.

Podcast #93 – The Lord’s Table Meeting (2)

What is our realization of the Lord’s table? Hopefully it is not a formality to us. In this podcast, we continue our fellowship on the Lord’s table by considering its two sections—the remembrance of the Lord and the worship of the Father. We also consider the significance of the two expressions used in the Bible to describe this meeting—the Lord’s table and the Lord’s supper. What the Lord’s table is to us depends upon what kind of life we live during the week. What are we partaking of? Is it merely a religious formality to us, or is it a time of rich feasting and mutual fellowship?

Podcast #92 – The Lord’s Table Meeting (1)

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.

Podcast #91 – The Blessings We Receive in the Church Meetings

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.

Podcast #90 – The Importance of the Church Meetings

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.

Podcast #88 – Reading the Ministry Publications

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.

Podcast #87 – The Indispensability of Reading the Bible

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.

Podcast #86 – Abiding in the Lord by Telling Him All

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.

Podcast #85 – Being in the Word Daily

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.

Podcast #84 – The Life Practices and the Exercise of Our Inward and Hidden Parts

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.

Podcast #83 – Digging Our Inward and Hidden Parts

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.

Podcast #82 – Dealing with the Heart and the Spirit

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.

Podcast #81 – The Function of the Inward and the Hidden Parts

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.

Podcast #80 – The Inward and Hidden Parts

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.

Podcast #79 – The Exercise of Our Heart and Spirit

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.

Podcast #78 – Redeeming the Time by Seizing the Opportunity

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.

Podcast #77 – Redeeming the Time by Being Sober and Watching

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.

Podcast #76 – Living a Normal Christian Life in Light of the Lord’s Coming (3)

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?

Podcast #75 – Living a Normal Christian Life in Light of the Lord’s Coming (2)

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.

Podcast #74 – Living a Normal Christian Life in Light of the Lord’s Coming (1)

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.

Podcast #73 – A Pattern to the Believers in Love and in Faith and in Purity

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.

Podcast #72 – A Pattern to the Believers in Conduct

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.

Podcast #71 – A Pattern to the Believers in Word

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.

Podcast #70 – Five Statuses of the Believers (2)

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.

Podcast #69 – Five Statuses of the Believers (1)

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.

Podcast #68 – The Functions of the Bible (3)

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.

Podcast #67 – The Functions of the Bible (2)

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.

Podcast #66 – The Functions of the Bible (1)

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.

Podcast #65 – Overcoming the Love for the World

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.

Podcast #64 – Not Remaining Passive and Not Leaving the Proper Spiritual Influence

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.

Podcast #63 – The Need for a Firsthand, Direct Relationship with the Lord

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.

Podcast #62 – The Overcoming Power and the Normality of Eating

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.

Podcast #61 – Eating by Contacting People

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.

Podcast #60 – The Change of Diet

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.

Podcast #59 – The History of Eating and Some Practical Ways to Eat the Lord’s Word

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.

Podcast #58 – The Importance of Eating

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.

Podcast #57 – The Way to Be Prepared, Preserved and Useful to the Lord for His Coming

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.

Podcast #56 – Preparing 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.

Podcast #55 – A Call to Prayer

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.

Podcast #54 – The Statuses of the Lord’s Coming (2)

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.

Podcast #53 – The Statuses of the Lord’s Coming (1)

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.

Podcast #52 – The Lord’s Coming

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.

Podcast #51 – Consecration for the New School Year

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.

Podcast #50 – Making Spiritual Progress

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.

Podcast #49 – It’s Gospel Time

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.

Podcast #48 – The Vulnerability of Sin (4) – Learning from Peter’s Failure

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?

Podcast #47 – The Vulnerability of Sin (3) – David’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.

Podcast #46 – The Vulnerability of Sin (2) – The Lesson of Cain

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.

Podcast #45 – The Vulnerability of Sin (1) – Introduction

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.

Podcast #44 – Redeeming the Time (5)

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.

Podcast #43 – Redeeming the Time (4)

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.

Podcast #42 – Redeeming the Time (3)

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.

Podcast #41 – Redeeming the Time (2)

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.

Podcast #40 – Redeeming the Time (1)

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.

Podcast #39 – The Result of God’s Discipline

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.

Podcast #38 – Our Attitude Towards God’s Discipline

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.

Podcast #37 – The Discipline of God

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.

Podcast #36 – Examples of Fearing God

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.

Podcast #35 – A Normal Fear of God

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.

Podcast #34 – The Judgment Seat of Christ

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.

Podcast #33 – The Precious Blood of Christ

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.

Podcast #32 – The Spirit of Reality

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.

Podcast #31 – God’s Economy and 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.

Podcast #30 – Our Attitude Toward Authority (2)

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.

Podcast #29 – Our Attitude Toward Authority (1)

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.

Podcast #28 – Exercising Our Spirit in Our Speaking (3)

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.

Podcast #27 – Exercising Our Spirit in Our Speaking (2)

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.

Podcast #26 – Exercising Our Spirit in Our Speaking (1)

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.

Podcast #25 – The Effect of Our Conscience on Our Enjoyment

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.

Podcast #24 – Stirring Up Our Spirit and Taking Heed to Our Spirit

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.

Podcast #23 – The Exercise and Release of Our Spirit

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.

Podcast #22 – The Exercise of Our Conscience

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.

Podcast #21 – Five Principles of 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.

Podcast #20 – The Way to Do the Work of an Evangelist (2)

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.

Podcast #19 – The Way to Do the Work of an Evangelist (1)

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.

Podcast #18 – Practice These Things, Be in Them

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.

Podcast #17 – Do the Work of an Evangelist

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.

Podcast #16 – Do Business While I Am Coming

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.

Podcast #15 – The Humanity of Jesus (2)

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.

Podcast #14 – The Humanity of Jesus (1)

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).

Podcast #13 – Stirring Up an Atmosphere for the Lord’s Move

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.

Podcast #12 – Taking Care of What We Express

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.

Podcast #11 – The Prayer of Companions

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.

Podcast #10 – Doing Business Until the Lord Comes

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.

Podcast #9 – Having Fellowship at a Set Time and Place (7)

“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.

Podcast #8 – Having Fellowship at a Set Time and Place (6)

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.

Podcast #7 – Having Fellowship at a Set Time and Place (5)

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.

Podcast #6 – Having Fellowship at a Set Time and Place (4)

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.

Podcast #5 – Having Fellowship at a Set Time and Place (3)

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.

Podcast #4 – Having Fellowship at a Set Time and Place (2)

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.

Podcast #3 – Having Fellowship at a Set Time and Place (1)

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.

Podcast #2 – Dealing with Friendships

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.

Podcast #1 – An Introduction to Flee and Pursue

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.