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Single Subject Studies

035). The Creator and the Uncreated 38:58 (October 27, 2017) A study examining the impact of the idea of uncreated people (people which God has decided not to create) has on the idea of libertarian free-will and an all-loving God.  The creator must consider the uncreated and determine if the non-existent will come into being. Therefore the possibility of people who do not exists, weighs heavily against the idea that the Creator truly loves all. 

034). What Must I Do To Be Saved? 3:24:52 (September 15, 2017) One of the most basic questions Christians are likely to ponder.  A three-and-a-half hour study on this subject might seem remarkable. Salvation is simple, but explaining it becomes complicated because we are saved by the spirit and not by the letter.  The first two hours of this recording consist of a prepared study, the last hour and a half consists of detailed answers to questions from an email on this subject.
033). The Signs of the End Times 1:02:16 (August 30, 2017)
What are the signs we should look for to alert us that we have entered the "end times"  In this study I concisely lay out the basic sequence of events which will serve as signals to us that we are in the end times.  Also, I address the current false prophetic signs which the astrologers have been proclaiming will occur on September 23, 2017.
032). Arnold Murray and the Pre-incarnation Myth 3:32:35 (August 22, 2017)
Arnold Murray taught and Dennis Murray continues to teach an unusual pre-incarnation mythology of mankind.  This mythology states that the souls of men are the children (sons) of God (or angels).  The mythology also states that theses sons lived with God on earth for millions of years, until the time of Satan's rebellion.  At that time, one third of God's sons supposedly followed the Devil.  These events are said to have led to the world as we now know it.   In this study I examine Arnold Murray's teaching based on his cassette #460 Preexistence. In my three and a half hour study, I extensively examine this teaching and all the scriptures Pastor Murray marshals in support of his remarkable mythology.   I also uncover Arnold Murray's justification for creating such a mythology which is supported exclusively by his own claim to have special knowledge of these events. 
031). Prophecy Update: Take Heed to Yourselves 1:31:30 (August 8, 2017)
A Critical Prophecy Update! How should Christians now be conducting their lives in light of current prophetic developments?  
030). In What Manner is Christ Divine? 2:22:31 (August 8, 2017)
Is Christ fully divine?  What does it mean to be fully divine? In this study we consider the nature of divinity and whether or not the Son of God is from everlasting and truly God.  Also, what does the term, "which was, and is, and is to come," signify?
029). Poverty and Prosperity 1:05:16 (July 20, 2017)
A study embracing the poverty of spirit that enables us to prosper in God's Kingdom. 
028). How Christ Abolished the Commandments 1:42:05 (May 1, 2017)
There is significant misunderstanding of the way in which Christ has abolished the Old Testament laws and commandments.  This study covers the basis and extent to which the Law (especially the Ten Commandments)  has been abolished in Christ. Despite the anger this teaching generates, this is actually at the very core of the Gospel.
027). Parable of the Workers' Wages 0:56:01 (April 24, 2017)
A very important parable from Matthew 20. This is possibly the least understood parable in the Bible. Christ shows how God is fair, but the selfishness and jealousy of men is never satisfied with fairness when God limits his generosity to His chosen beneficiaries.
026). A Parable from the Fig Tree 1:04:03 (April 19, 2017)
Many teachers of prophecy have concluded that we are in the final generation based on a questionable interpretation of the fig tree analogy. In this study, we look at all the ways in which the fig tree is used in prophecy, parable, metaphor, and analogy.
025). The Unpardonable Sin 0:34:49 (April 2, 2017)
An email came in from someone who believed they had committed what is commonly called the "Unforgivable" sin. In this message we will look at Matthew 12 and discover if there is any possibility of redemption  for someone who has blasphemed the Holy Spirit.
024). Dinosaurs and the Old World 0:47:53 (April 2, 2017)
I look at the question of Dinosaurs and former ages of the earth from the standpoint of a former Shepherd's Chapel Student.  This is a general talk, there will be another study coming to dismantle Arnold Murray's "World that Was" teaching.
023). Walking With the Spirit 1:45:42 (January 27, 2017)
Part 2 of a two part series on our relationship with the Holy Spirit.  A study discussing ways in which the presence of the Holy Spirit impacts our lives as well as how we can recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit and use the great gift of His presence in us for our edification and for those around us..
022). Receiving the Spirit 1:50:54 (January 27, 2017)
Part 1 of a two part series on our relationship with the Holy Spirit.  A study exploring the ways in which one may come to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and in what manner the Holy Spirit will manifest Himself to the believer.
021). Justifiable Confidence of Salvation 0:55:41 (December 1, 2017)
Usually, when we talk about salvation we do so in terms of assurance.  We believe our salvation is assured, because God has promised it and we want to regard this dynamic as an absolute.  But can we justify our belief that we are saved? 
020). Going To Some Church 0:35:02 (November 17, 2017)
Is it wrong for us to attend a church which teaches doctrines we don't believe? 
019). Millennium 1:03:07 (October 12, 2016)
In this study we look at the biblical concept of the Millennium. What is it?  What will it be like? The study includes and overview of different views of the Millennium. 
018). Conspiracies of the Globalist Elite 1:16:28 (October 12, 2016)
Every once in a while I get emails about the various suspected conspiracies going on in the world today.  In this recording I explain my position on such conspiracies and discuss the best ways to counter the evil influences in the world.
017). Father, Son, and Holy Spirit 1:56:21 (August 17, 2016)
An examination of the nature of God in terms of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Including a look at the Nicene Creed.
016). Holier Than Thou 0:24:15 (June 23, 2016)
Taking a look at the iconic phrase, "Holier Than Thou."  What does this phrase mean?  How does a "Holier than Thou," attitude manifest itself.
015). The Word of God 1:21:39 (June 10, 2016)
When we say that the Scriptures are "inspired" what does that mean and to what extent do we apply that to everything written in the bible? Is the bible a repository of scientific truth?  Should the biblical genealogies be used as a basis for determining the age of the earth?
014). Judging 0:46:10 (March 6, 2016)
In this study we look at the ways in which it is and is not permissible for us to judge people and things.
013). Sin By Inheritance 0:19:27 (February 26, 2016)
While I strive not to further stigmatize those who suffer from this sin,  I was recently asked to comment on the issue of whether or not Homosexuality could be either genetic or an otherwise involuntary condition.  In this study, I explain how that if Homosexuality is genetic or involuntary, it would only serve to confirm that the behavior is unnatural and undesirable; not only from a biblical perspective, but even more certainly from an evolutionary perspective. 
012). Promises 1:10:59 (February 14, 2016)
I often make reference to promises found in the scriptures the substance of which believers may obtain through faith.  I was asked to elaborate on this subject, and this study is the result.
011). The Love of God 1:48:07 (February 2, 2016)
Pervasive (and incorrect) beliefs about the nature and extent of God's love lead to a great deal of misunderstanding among Christians and nonbelievers.  By insisting that God loves every single individual and wants to save every individual, these ideas force our mental image of God into a series of intellectual blind alleys from which a satisfactory understanding of God cannot be discerned.  In this study, I demonstrate how these ideas are unsupportable both logically and scripturally, and attempt to describe God's love in light of the scriptures.
010). Evil in the Purposes of God 1:46:59 (January 25, 2016)
For many people, the existence of evil is a primary reason for disbelief in God.  I have often heard it said that the bible does not answer the question of evil.   This is not true.  Many do not want to acknowledge the bible's answer to the problem of evil, because it is not the sort of answer that people want to hear.
009). Currency Crisis 0:17:21 (August 24, 2015)
I recorded this message in regards to the possibility of a
 currency crisis in October 2015 and beyond.

008). False Prophetic Trends 1:32:31 (May 7, 2015)
The popular prophetic culture of our time is filled with speculators and ear-ticklers.  We need to hold these false prophets accountable for their sensationalistic grandstanding and misleading predictions. In this program, I discuss various false prophetic ways of interpreting the bible and current events.
007). Election and Predestination 4:14:03 (April 13, 2015)
Two very important words which define our relationship with God.  This is a subject that I have spent a great deal of time considering.  Reconciling the man's perception of autonomy with the biblical facts regarding election and predestination. 
006). The Story 0:16:47 (April 2, 2015)
What's the story with The Story? The Story is a fairly recent attempt at condensing the bible so that it becomes easier to read as a unified book.  This is a brief and general commentary on the practice of condensing the Bible since I have very little particular knowledge of this particular attempt.
005). Aliens and UFOs 0:47:02 (March 19, 2015)
A short commentary considering the possibility of intelligent life on other planets and the nature of unidentified flying objects.  This talk also covers the scriptures which are commonly cited as explanation for  UFO phenomena.
004). Divorce and Remarriage 1:02:53  (February 27, 2015)
Jesus Christ had some very specific ideas about marriage and divorce.  Misunderstanding what the Lord said regarding divorce and remarriage has caused a lot of pain for many people.
003). The Seed of the Serpent 2:02:07 (February 9, 2015)
Does the Devil have children in this world?  What is the biblical teaching in regards to the children of God and the children of the Devil.
002). Doctrine and Heresy 1:45:11 (April 7, 2015)
Heresy is a word used to describe serious deviations from accepted doctrine. Sometimes false doctrine can seem like no big deal, because it is not related to what we would consider a core belief.  In this talk, I explore the ways in which various doctrinal deviations can become problems.
001). Denominations and Pseudepigrapha 0:54:00 (December 28, 2015)
What about the books they left out of the Bible? And how do I know which denomination is right?  The answers to both questions are very similar.

A Discussion on the Subject of Hell 6:26:22 (May 11, 2015)
I received an email message late in 2014 from a pastor who objected to statements I had made in my studies against many prevailing views on the subject of Hell. The discussion went from email to an exchange of audio files.  The dialog has compelled me to push forward on a comprehensive study of the subject which I hope will be complete in the next few months.

I Believe in Death and In the Resurrection of the Dead
  (January 22, 2013) - The culmination of 20 years of immersion in the scriptures.  Available in both text and audio format. This is subject is very dear to me because for so many the doctrines of death and resurrection has been obscured and corrupted. I have taken great pains and gone to great lengths to demonstrate the proper understanding of these doctrines.s. 
 



Latest Line by Line Bible Studies:

Genesis (Chapter 22 - November 17, 2017)
Galatians - Revisited (Chapter 2 - November 10, 2017)

Isaiah the Prophet (Chapter 29 - November 3, 2017
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Studies in the Books of the Bible

Series #5 Revisiting the New Testament Epistles
Galatians - Revisited  (In Progress)

Romans - Revisited 26:27:27 (Completed September 2, 2017)

Series #4
The Books of Moses
Genesis
  (In Progress)

Series #3
Prophecy
Isaiah the Prophet (In Progress)
Revelation 23:04:48 (Completed February 11, 2014)

Series #2 The Gospels
Matthew (Completed, May 9, 2010)
Mark
(Completed May 28, 2010) Luke (Completed July 4, 2010)
John
(Completed October 17, 2014)
The Acts of the Apostles (Completed  March 18, 2015)

Series #1 The New Testament Epistles (Times given in  hrs:mins:secs)
This series was my first teaching experience on the internet (though, for better or worse, I have taught the bible since 1993).  I learned some important technical lessons in this series.  In the early studies there is, some sniffing and coughing which I later learned to eliminate.  I apologize for any annoyance this may incur; later (2010) studies are sniff free.  I also learned to identify unnecessary  digressions and mark them for editing.  In the future, I hope to improve on this initial work.  In the next series (the Gospels)  I use what I learned in this series to improve the overall quality of the work. 
Romans 12:12:56 (March 25th 2009)
I Corinthians 22:51:17 (June 23, 2009)
II Corinthians 11:30:22 (March 12-27, 2010)
Galatians 6:24:02(April 11, 2009)
Ephesians 8:28:07 (April 11, 2009)
Philippians 4:30:21 (April 15, 2009)
Colossians 4:50:26 (April 17, 2009)
I & II Thessalonians 4:31:32 (March 31, 2009)
I Timothy 5:45:29 (April 21, 2009)
II Timothy 3:28:22 (April 21, 2009)
Titus & Philemon 3:01:41 (April 21 2009)
Hebrews 12:34:03 (March 29 - April 12, 2010)
James 4:17:46 (April 23, 2009)
I Peter 5:52:21 (April 27, 2009)
II Peter 4:28:21 (April 28, 2009)
I, II,&III John 9:49:00 (May 7, 2009)
Jude 1:55:54 (May 2,2009) Total Time (Series 1): 126 hours,  32 Minutes, 00 Seconds



I put my name and face here, because I expect to be held responsible for what I do and say in the Name of Jesus Christ.

Teaching the Bible

I take the privilege of teaching the scriptures very seriously.  And while I do believe that the scriptures are, for the most part, easy to understand, the fact that there are so many differences of opinion over the bible proves that the scriptures are also easily corrupted.  Not all opinions can be right and since there exist so many opinions, we can only assume that we are swimming in  a sea of doctrinal corruption. From our youth we are conditioned by teachers, tradition, and culture to read our inherited doctrinal prejudices into many biblical subjects.

So in light of this, as a teacher, I am constantly striving to keep myself from allowing corruption to creep into my teachings.  I have made a lifelong effort to root out my own inherited prejudices and also to crush the inner desire to read into the bible an interpretation that pleases my own intellect and desires. 

I do not say this in order to inspire in you feelings of confidence, misdirected towards me or my teachings.  My first teacher was a con-man so I loath confidence tactics. The best intentions do not guarantee the best results so it should not impress you that I do say these things.  You have to be diligent and actually measure my performance. For with what measure you mete... I'm telling you this, because it is what we all need to do when we approach what we call, "God's Holy Word." 

Too often people treat this book as if it were God's "handy" word.  Handy for abuse of power, handy for forwarding questionable theories, handy for excusing bad behavior, handy for oppressing the weak-minded.  The bible is a tool for many evil men, and is easily manipulated.  There is no more powerful weapon that a word from God, and from man's first sin, God's word was in question. "Hath God said?"  So we need to give the proper weight of respect deserved by a book we dare call "God's word."  It is not to be taken lightly or handled lightly.  Because it will crush many fools who have handled it recklessly.

I began teaching the bible back before I had any reasonable right to do so.  I was 20 years old and I thought I knew a lot, but knowing many things does not mean you understand anything, and I understood very little indeed.  When I look back at the way I approached the bible, I now clearly see that I was allowing the things I thought I knew to direct my understanding of what I thought the bible was saying.  When the scripture said something that seemed to contradict what I thought I knew, I would search for alternative explanations to what the bible said.  It took me a few years to realize that I ought to start searching instead for alternative explanations to what I thought I knew (and what I thought I knew was mostly what was taught me by others). 

Sometimes, what we learn from one bible passage seems to contradict what we learn from another.  And the problems start when we think we already know which one is correct, before we have weighed all the evidence. Sometimes one interpretation must be thrown out in favor of another.  Failing to understanding how to determine the correct interpretation is the reckless path to heresy.  It does take a broad knowledge of what is in the bible to be able to make the correct judgments.

When I was younger I was conditioned to read the bible in particular way, ignoring things that were important, and reading strange ideas between the lines.  I thank God I was delivered from that mentality.  There is so much sitting on the surface of the bible that only needs someone to declare it boldly for us to wonder how we overlooked it.

II Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
 
Let us be truly radical in this corrupt generation, let us pursue that, or die trying.  Because there are few things worth dying for, but my doctrine is one of them.  I will gladly die for that, because I have not been sent as a teacher to fill your heads with talk about corruptions of science or speculations about genealogies and prophecy with the bible in one hand and a newspaper in the other (or a history book).

I teach the bible to help the listener learn how they might obtain the promises of the New Testament and become more like Christ. That is my main focus.  That is what we are all supposed to be working toward. That is what the work of salvation is.  If you have not been taught how to be a Christian, then you are sorely lacking indeed.

I suppose my view is a little simplistic, for some.  If it were a simple matter to walk even as Christ himself walked, I might understand, but it is not easy to do, I know few that even dare to claim they are close. We think we know all that there is to know about "being good."  But we know precious little about how to actually do it, just look around at this so-called "Christian" culture.

We know that salvation is by grace, God is the author of our salvation. This fact has been abused and has led many today to live their lives careless of the righteousness which we are expected to pursue by the power of God which is given us through Christ.  We have been given the power to overcome sin in the flesh.  Not necessarily all at once, though some problems may go away in an instant by the hand of God, but others can take time, I know these can also be overcome, and yet other sins may lie hidden in out hearts.  But the fact remains that as Christians living in expectation of salvation, we are expected to pursue righteousness in this present world, so says the Apostle Paul.

Titus 2:11,12 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

And from experience, I know that from the first moment we believe, we do not suddenly find ourselves filled with perfect Christ-like virtue and perfection.  But I also know from experience that we can make progress, we can surely grow. That is all I'm looking to help people do, that is my work.
 
Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

But to obtain that growth we must seek it. Ask and it shall be given you, seek and ye shall find, right? And by continuing to seek and to ask we may obtain.

To many, these are unrealistic expectations.  That is a good example of letting what we think we know dictate the way we read the scriptures.  Lets lay aside whether we can obtain to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ in our lifetime,  I know for a fact, from experience, that we can grow towards that end.  That is what my teaching is about. I don't care if people say we cannot attain such things, the bible promises these things to us and I will not be dissuaded from pursuing them.

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