Hope For Today – Thankfulness Represents Our Lord!

Date November 23, 2017

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Another holiday in the memory books and several pounds added to our frames. What a great time to be publicly thankful for family, for friends and for our faith!

I’m Dr. Matthew Lee Smith and I want to share some Hope For Today about how our thankfulness represents our Lord Jesus!

Click the play button below to listen to this short message and allow the Almighty God fill you with Hope for Today! 

Studying 1 John 2:4!

Date November 21, 2017

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We are so glad you are back! Today we open our Bibles to the second chapter of the Apostle John’s first letter to the disciples in his church as we study of what it means to walk in the faith by walking with Jesus here on the Transformed Podcast!

I’m your host Mike Powers here to guide you through this intensive, verse – by – verse study of one of the Christ-follower’s most life-changing Biblical journeys!

As we open the second chapter of 1 John, remember we have discovered from chapter one that fellowship with God, the Father can only be maintained by recognizing our daily sins, honestly confessing them quickly and forsaking them as they are revealed to us.

Now, building on that foundation, John explains that to know God and the power of His love is impossible without practical observance of His Word, which means that we must seek to walk as Christ walked, in love toward our fellowmen and in separation from the things of the world.

Let’s listen in as Dr. Matthew Lee Smith teaches his seminary students how to know God and the power of His love in our daily lives …

Hope For Today – Let’s Thank God Loudly!

Date November 16, 2017

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Often I am just “independent,” “stubborn” and, occasionally even “rebellious” … how about you?

I’m Dr. Matthew Lee Smith and I want to share some Hope For Today about thanking God loudly!

Click the play button below to listen to this short message and allow the Almighty God fill you with Hope for Today! 

Studying 1 John 2:3!

Date November 14, 2017

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Editor’s note: We have been away from our study in 1 John for awhile … so, you can catch up with this study here. We step back into our study today – and will continue through this study each and every Tuesday.  

We are so glad you are back! Today we open our Bibles to the second chapter of the Apostle John’s first letter to the disciples in his church as we study of what it means to walk in the faith by walking with Jesus here on the Transformed Podcast!

I’m your host Mike Powers here to guide you through this intensive, verse – by – verse study of one of the Christ-follower’s most life-changing Biblical journeys!

As we open the second chapter of 1 John, remember we have discovered from chapter one that fellowship with God, the Father can only be maintained by recognizing our daily sins, honestly confessing them quickly and forsaking them as they are revealed to us.

Now, building on that foundation, John explains that to know God and the power of His love is impossible without practical observance of His Word, which means that we must seek to walk as Christ walked, in love toward our fellowmen and in separation from the things of the world.

Let’s listen in as Dr. Matthew Lee Smith teaches his seminary students how to know God and the power of His love in our daily lives …

Salvation Is About Relationship

Date November 12, 2017

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Remember, salvation is not about a transaction as much as it’s about relationship. For example, if we think we are happily married because we went through the ceremony, and that things should always be wondeful because we are “married,” even if we know the date of that event, then we miss the entire point of faith in Jesus!

An event in the past, while a starting point, is NOT today and it is not the recipe for connection and communication, partnership and plenty in your relationship. Jesus, in the Garden of Gethsemane, prayed these words …

And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.” (John 17:3, AMP)

I quoted from the Amplified because the word to “know” is ginosko in the original Greek language. The definition of that word means to learn “to know a person through direct personal experience, implying a continuity of relationship—‘to know, to become acquainted with, to be familiar with.’ “ (Louw, J. P., & Nida, E. A. 1996).

So, as we move forward into the final weeks of our reading of the entire Bible, I would like you to concentrate on the answer to these questions as you listen to God’s Words …

* D0 I know the Lord through direct personal experience?

* Do I have a continuity of relationship with the Lord?

* Am I so acquainted with the Lord that I am familiar with Him, knowing and understanding His way (Jeremiah 9.24) when they play out in my daily life?

These are not, of course, surface questions like …

* Do I attend church?

* Do I call myself a Christian?

* Do I pray?

* Do I read the Bible?

These are questions that deal with the core issues of relationship …

* Do I listen to the Lord when He speaks through His word?

* Do I seek to understand what He says?

* Do I change my lifestyle choices to be pleasing to Him?

* Do I seek to please Him in all my ways?

* Do I alter my agenda to make Him my number one priority?

If you can answer these questions with conifdence, if you can say, “He is my closest and most trusted friend and I do what He tells me to (John 15.14) regularly and consistently,” then you should plunge ahead in this reading with excitement!

God wants to lead and guide you as your Shepherd, always leading you on the best pathways for your life (Psalm 32.8, NLT)!

 

What are your thoughts?

Hope For Today – Thank God For All He Has Done!

Date November 9, 2017

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Since life goes by so fast, few of us stop and take the time to recount where we have been recently and what God has done for us.

I’m Dr. Matthew Lee Smith and I want to share some Hope For Today about Thanking God for all He has done!

Click the play button below to listen to this short message and allow the Almighty God fill you with Hope for Today! 

Studying 1 John 2:2!

Date November 7, 2017

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Editor’s note: We have been away from our study in 1 John for awhile … so, you can catch up with this study here. We step back into our study today – and will continue through this study each and every Tuesday.  

We are so glad you are back! Today we open our Bibles to the second chapter of the Apostle John’s first letter to the disciples in his church as we study of what it means to walk in the faith by walking with Jesus here on the Transformed Podcast!

I’m your host Mike Powers here to guide you through this intensive, verse – by – verse study of one of the Christ-follower’s most life-changing Biblical journeys!

As we open the second chapter of 1 John, remember we have discovered from chapter one that fellowship with God, the Father can only be maintained by recognizing our daily sins, honestly confessing them quickly and forsaking them as they are revealed to us.

Now, building on that foundation, John explains that to know God and the power of His love is impossible without practical observance of His Word, which means that we must seek to walk as Christ walked, in love toward our fellowmen and in separation from the things of the world.

Let’s listen in as Dr. Matthew Lee Smith teaches his seminary students how to know God and the power of His love in our daily lives …

Hope For Today – Be Thankful In All Circumstances!

Date November 2, 2017

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Have you noticed how easy it is to catch the “crabby virus” these days? One simple encounter, someone belches their bile all over you and, before you know it, YOU are crabby too!

I’m Dr. Matthew Lee Smith and I want to share some Hope For Today about being thankful in all circumstances.

Click the play button below to listen to this short message and allow the Almighty God fill you with Hope for Today! 

 

Studying 1 John 2:1!

Date October 31, 2017

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Editor’s note: We have been away from our study in 1 John for awhile … so, you can catch up with this study here. We step back into our study today – and will continue through this study each and every Tuesday.  

We are so glad you are back! Today we open our Bibles to the second chapter of the Apostle John’s first letter to the disciples in his church as we study of what it means to walk in the faith by walking with Jesus here on the Transformed Podcast!

I’m your host Mike Powers here to guide you through this intensive, verse – by – verse study of one of the Christ-follower’s most life-changing Biblical journeys!

As we open the second chapter of 1 John, remember we have discovered from chapter one that fellowship with God, the Father can only be maintained by recognizing our daily sins, honestly confessing them quickly and forsaking them as they are revealed to us.

Now, building on that foundation, John explains that to know God and the power of His love is impossible without practical observance of His Word, which means that we must seek to walk as Christ walked, in love toward our fellowmen and in separation from the things of the world.

Let’s listen in as Dr. Matthew Lee Smith teaches his seminary students how to know God and the power of His love in our daily lives …

 

 

The Reason We Go Astray …

Date October 24, 2017

It’s amazing to me how many times I find myself “off track” in the priorities God has laid down for me. There is no doubt that I want His best and I want it sooner than later. Then, it takes so little to cause me to “rabbit trail” away from those things.

Jesus talked about the sources from which people go astray and I think they resonate with us when we are honest. He pointed out two specific causes …

Yeshua answered them, “The reason you go astray is that you are ignorant both of the Tanakh and of the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29, CJB)

  • I am ignorant of the Old Testament

So much of the heart and hope of our Father in Heaven is revealed in the Old Testament (3/4 of our beloved Bible is Old Testament). When we lack the depth of the journey of God with His people in the Old Testament, we miss the understandings of how He feels, thinks, responds, rejoices, and – yes – gets irritated with people.

Such ignorance of how He walks with His people in virtually every conceivable situation – from reverence to rebellion, creation to captivity – leaves us with understandings that change how we move forward today, in our personal paths. They focus us on the bigger picture – the reasons why I am here at this time in this place, by His design and will.

Am I rereading (or reading for the first time) the travels of God with His people long ago?

  • I am ignorant of the power of God

This is where the Old Testament shines. God has done so many powerful exploits that are recorded … the creation of the universe ought to get our attention. Since He never changes, we can see, grasp, and – hopefully – absorb into our DNA, His power that is shed repeatedly on behalf of His people.

Banishing the doubting Thomas theological position that God won’t do it again, today, we see time and again that God moved for those who trusted Him. As I reread the journies of the people of God in the Old Testament, I am reassured of God’s love, of His daily interest, and His willingness to intervene in my little segment of life right now.

Are you reading the Old Testament or are you wandering?

Are you trusting the power of God or are you going astray?

 

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