text icon Appearance and Reality

Many of us tend to respond to people and situations based on the outward appearance and the five senses. This approach to life is encouraged and exploited by the evil one. To grow well and serve the Lord effectively, we must learn to perceive the reality accurately and respond to people and situations from the perspective of God's kingdom, in the light of God's revelation in the Scriptures and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This series of 287 messages considers the major areas and issues of the Christian faith under three major categories: 1. People, 2. Situations, 3. Conduct, service and action. It culminates in two sections on the Lord Jesus Christ. The first covers His life and teachings and the second, reflections on the death of Christ.

People

The message AR002 in this section has also been incorporated into the book 'Man of Faith'.

AR001b Scribes and Pharisees, Moses 11May86 | PDF 111KB | EPUB 42KB Some reflections and preliminary remarks; Reflections on biblical examples on first major category: People: Scribes and Pharisees, Moses
AR002 Understanding Paul's conversion and calling as an apostle 1Jun86 | PDF 118KB Understanding Paul the persecutor of the church: His conversion and calling as apostle to the Gentiles
AR003 Understanding the apostles 1 22Jun86 | PDF 57KB | EPUB 49KB Before and after the arrest of the Lord Jesus and His crucifixion, and after Pentecost.

Understanding Job

The messages AR005 to AR012 in this section have also been edited and released as the book 'Understanding Job'.

  Preface 9Jan03 | PDF 52KB
AR005 The state of Job 3Aug86 | PDF 169KB Understanding the state of a person and how he is faring
AR006 The posture of Job 24Aug86 | PDF 136KB Reflections on his falterings: Response, attitude and posture towards God under all circumstances
AR007 The failures of Job 14Sep86 | PDF 102KB Analysis of Job's falterings
AR008 God's correction of Job 5Oct86 | PDF 136KB Analysis of Job's falterings and how the problem was corrected
AR009 Some observations on Job 26Oct86 | PDF 118KB Some observations of what Job went through and the issues involved
AR010 The silence of God 16Nov86 | PDF 122KB Why did God not answer Job's perplexing questions even till the end of the story of Job as recorded in the Scriptures?
AR011 Was Satan triumphant? Was God satisfied with Job? 30Nov86 | PDF 136KB Meaning of the whole episode
AR012 Understanding the state of a person and how he is fairing 21Dec86 | PDF 114KB

Joseph

The message AR013 in this section has also been incorporated into the book 'Man of Faith'.

AR013 Joseph as a slave and prisoner 11Jan87 | PDF 225KB
AR014 Joseph as slave and prisoner: "the Lord is with you" (1) 25Jan87 | PDF 154KB | EPUB 47KB Meaning & implications of the expression "the Lord is with you"
AR015 Joseph as slave and prisoner: "the Lord is with you" (2) 15Feb87 | PDF 124KB | EPUB 34KB Meaning & implications of the expression "the Lord is with you"

The Two Kingdoms

The messages AR132 to AR139 in this section have also been edited and released as the book 'The Two Kingdoms'.

Truly Rich

The messages in this section have been incorporated into the book 'Truly Rich and Great'.

AR147 God Desires We Be Rich Towards Him 11Sep94 | PDF 57KB | EPUB 45KB
AR148 True Riches and Well-Being 2Oct94 | PDF 116KB | EPUB 41KB
AR149 Relationship Between Material Riches and True Riches 23Oct94 | PDF 125KB | EPUB 53KB
AR150 Practical Outworking - Wise Stewardship 13Nov94 | PDF 128KB | EPUB 48KB
AR151 Truly Rich or Appearing Spiritually Rich 4Dec94 | PDF 109KB | EPUB 42KB

Truly Great

The messages in this section have been incorporated into the book 'Truly Rich and Great'.

AR152 Who is Truly Great 25Dec94 | PDF 166KB | EPUB 32KB
AR153 Attaining True Greatness and its Relationship with Servanthood 15Jan95 | PDF 203KB | EPUB 47KB
AR154 Learning from the Lord Jesus Christ - Our Perfect Example of True Greatness 5Feb95 | PDF 185KB | EPUB 53KB

Introductory messages

AR173 The Cross - Defeat or Triumph? 10Mar96 | PDF 117KB | EPUB 42KB
AR174 The nature and intensity of Christ's agony and suffering (1) 31Mar96 | PDF 115KB | EPUB 47KB Glorious triumph and accomplishment and supreme manifestation of moral and spiritual strength and quality of life:
(i) Voluntary and in the path of truth and obedience to God the Father
(ii) The nature, various aspects and intensity of His suffering and agony.
AR175 The nature and intensity of Christ's agony and suffering (2) 21Apr96 | PDF 104KB | EPUB 47KB Glorious triumph and accomplishment and supreme manifestation of moral and spiritual strength and quality of life: the spiritual pressure and afflictions; Christ's prayer and agony in Gethsemane; while on the cross, still actively concerned for the needs and well-being of others and attending to them.

The New Covenant

AR176 The significance of the Cross - reconciliation and the New Covenant 12May96 | PDF 130KB | EPUB 39KB The significance of what was accomplished at the cross and their implications for mankind and the fulfilment of God's purposes: opens the way for:
(a) Forgiveness of sins and reconciliation to God
(b) Entering into the New Covenant with God (through repentance and faith): potential for rising up to the highest level of moral and spiritual stature and fellowship with God and the brethren at the deepest level and full participation in fulfilment of God's purposes.
AR177 The New Covenant - in Christ 2Jun96 | PDF 123KB | EPUB 38KB Analogy of rich man bequeathing bountiful possessions, extensive resources to his beneficiaries.
AR178 The New Covenant - baptised into the Body of Christ and church life 23Jun96 | PDF 152KB | EPUB 43KB The New Covenant/Testament: Why the New Testament is known as the New Testament.
Baptised into the body of Christ, members of one another, church-life and the fulfilment of God's purposes.

The Spirit-filled life

AR181 Baptism with the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Holy Spirit 25Aug96 | PDF 144KB | EPUB 49KB Errors, wrong understanding and teaching.
AR182 How to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit (1) 15Sep96 | PDF 118KB | EPUB 54KB How to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit, to be filled and continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
AR183 How to receive the baptism with the Holy Spirit (2) 6Oct96 | PDF 128KB | EPUB 55KB How can we know whether we have received the baptism with the Holy Spirit?
AR184 Some reflections on the Spirit-filled life (1) 27Oct96 | PDF 108KB | EPUB 36KB
AR185 Some reflections on the Spirit-filled life (2) 17Nov96 | PDF 121KB | EPUB 40KB Distinction between the expression “baptism with the Holy Spirit” and being “filled with the Holy Spirit”.
AR186 Hindrances 8Dec96 | PDF 195KB | EPUB 57KB Hindrances: What can hinder a person from experiencing the baptism with the Holy Spirit, deepening/maintaining the fullness of the Spirit in his life.

Overcoming the world

AR218 Overcoming the world 18Oct98 | PDF 106KB | EPUB 33.6KB
AR219 The spirit of the world 8Nov98 | PDF 113KB | EPUB 33.5KB Why the world is a major problem area, the nature of the problem and the various aspects of the difficulties involved: the spirit of the world.
AR220 Meaning of “the world”; relationship with the opposite sex, sex and related issues 29Nov98 | PDF (AR220a) 67KB | PDF (AR220b) 85KB | EPUB (AR220a) 33.5KB | EPUB (AR220b) 45.2KB
AR221 Greed and covetousness 20Dec98 | PDF 109KB | EPUB 36.1KB
AR222 Greed and covetousness (2) 10Jan99 | PDF 108KB | EPUB 34.1KB
AR223 Desire for Power, Status, Fame and Recognition 31Jan99 | PDF 46KB | EPUB 41KB
AR224 Desire for power, fame, status, recognition (2) 21Feb99 | PDF 152KB | EPUB 60KB Positive and negative examples: Daniel, Saul, Jeroboam, Moses, Peter.
AR225 Pleasure and enjoyment (1) 14Mar99 | PDF 102KB | EPUB 29.8KB
AR226 Pleasure and enjoyment (2) 4Apr99 | PDF 94KB | EPUB 25.7KB
AR227 Pleasure & enjoyment (3): Example of the Lord Jesus & Paul 25Apr99 | PDF 179KB | EPUB 54KB
AR228 Preoccupied, distracted, entangled, choked by the things & affairs of this world 16May99 | PDF 174KB | EPUB 63KB

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