Thursday, December 31, 2015

Directional Devo 12.31.15

Today in our study in 1 Timothy 1:5-11, Paul continues to address the purpose of doctrine which is to separate the true from the false, but also should be proclaimed out of a heart of love.

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Directional Devo 12.30.15

Today in our study in 1 Timothy 1:3-4 we see that Paul is concerned that Timothy understands the need for doctrinal purity and its purpose.

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

What Does It Mean to be Poor?

One day a very wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country for the sole purpose of showing his son how it was to be poor. They spent a few days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.

After their return from the trip, the father asked his son how he liked the trip. “It was great, Dad,” the son replied. “Did you see how poor people can be?” the father asked. “Oh Yeah,” said the son.

“So what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father. The son answered, “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night. Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.

We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.

We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.” The boy’s father was speechless. Then his son added, “It showed me just how poor we really are.”

Monday, December 28, 2015

Directional Devo 12.29.15

In today's devotion from 1 Timothy 1:1-2 we are introduced the Epistles of Paul to Timothy and discover their backgrounds as well as the occasion of the letters.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Directional Devo 12.28.15

Today we wrap up our study of Jude 1:12-25 in which we see further descriptions of apostates and counsel on how we as the "beloved" are able to overcome them.

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Directional Church 12.27.15

In today's study we are in 1 John 4:1-10 where we are encouraged to "try the spirits" to see "whether they are of God" because there are many false prophets in the world.

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Directional Commentary 12.26.15



Revelation Introduction

            By way of introduction, the author of the book of Revelation is none other than the Beloved Apostle, John. At this time, he was the last living apostle as that all of them had already been martyred for the gospel of Jesus Christ. According to church history all of the other apostles were martyred in the following ways. Andrew was crucified.  Bartholomew was beaten and then crucified.  James, the son of Alphaeus was stoned to death. James, the son of Zebedee was beheaded. Judas (not Iscariot) was stoned to death.  Matthew was speared to death. Peter was crucified upside down. Philip was crucified.  Simon was crucified. Thomas was speared to death. Matthias was stoned to death. Only John died a natural death. 

            However, tradition does tell us that one of the Roman Emperors tried to kill John by boiling him in oil before exiling him to the Isle of Patmos. This may sound a little rough, but I find a great deal of comfort in that thought, because God had a reason for preserving John’s life for a future work that He had for him in writing this book that we are about to study. 

            The Lord also has a plan for you. So, the next time you feel that someone is trying to boil you in oil: just remember that until God is finished with you in this life, the next will have to wait! Trust me; I have been in the pot a couple of times myself!

            Let’s get started in our study. As we begin to look at the book of the Revelation, we must know that there are basically two views on how to interpret it. The first view of this book is called Spiritual. This view teaches that the entire book of the Revelation is nothing more than a big spiritual allegory. Those who hold this view believe that the book should not be taken literally and therefore does not have any prophetical or futuristic significance. Quite frankly this view is simply wrong. It’s not even close. By the way, you will find that I tend to be pretty “frank” when teaching the Bible. As a matter of fact, if you stay faithful in this study with me, you will probably hear things that challenge you as well. My admonition to you is that you not get offended. 1 Corinthians 13:5 says that we should not be easily offended or provoked. To be so proves our own immaturity. Just go to the Bible and compare scripture with scripture. If you have questions, pray about it and if you desire to contact me, please feel free to do so.

            You see, I believe that the entire Bible is to be taken literally, except in the areas where the text reveals that it should not. For example, in Revelation 6:12 it says, “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood.” It is very obvious that John isn’t quite sure what he saw and was trying to describe it the best he can, so it’s not to be taken literally. Notice the words “…black as sackcloth of hair…” and “…became as blood.” That doesn’t mean that the sun became sackcloth and the moon became blood. It just means that John didn’t quite know how to describe it so he compared it to something he knew. Also, look at Revelation 8:8 where it says, “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood.” Again, notice the words “…as it were…” that John used to describe the great mountain.

            The second view of the Revelation is what I call the Historical or Literal view. This view states that everything in the book is to be taken literally as historic or prophetic in nature. In other words, when chapters 2 and 3 speak of the seven churches, it is to be taken literally in that there were seven churches that John wrote to in the area of Asia Minor. As a matter of fact, archaeological discoveries have confirmed this over the last 30 years. This is the correct view. Everything that it says either has happened or will happen someday. It is a book of prophecy. 

Friday, December 25, 2015

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Directional Devo 12.25.15

Today in our study of Jude 1:11 we take a look at the meaning of "the gainsaying of Core" and how it applies to false teachers.

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Directional Devo 12.24.15

This is the final study from 1 Timothy 4:7-8 on the disciplines of a Godly man focusing on the areas of integrity, the tongue, and work.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Directional Devo 12.23.15

This is a continuation of the study from 1 Timothy 4:7-8 on the disciplines of a Godly man from yesterday focusing on the areas of relationships, the mind, and devotions.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Directional Devo 12.22.15

Due to the holiday schedule, this week I will be posting some older studies that you may or may not have heard before. The first will be on the first discipline of a Godly man from 1 Timothy 4:7-8.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Directional Church 12.20.15

Preached a message this morning at the Calvary Chapel of Greenville entitled "Hail the Incarnate Deity" from Luke 2.

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Directional Devo 12.18.15

Today in our study of Jude 1:11 we continue to see how false teachers are like greedy Balaam of old.

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Directional Devo 12.17.15

Today in our study of Jude 1:11 we see how Jude compares false teachers to Cain and Balaam of old.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Directional Devo 12.16.15

Today in our study of Jude 1:8-10 we take a closer look at the characteristics of these apostates that have crept into the church.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Directional Devo 12.15.15

Today we wrap up Jude 1:7 where we see how God brought judgment on the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah because of the sin of sodomy.

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Monday, December 14, 2015

Directional Devo 12.14.15

Today we pick up in the Jude 1:6-7 where we continue to see how God has dealt with rebellion in time past in regards to the fallen angels and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Directional Church 12.13.15

In today's study from 1 John 3:7-24 we conclude three things: a true child of God will be obedient to the commandments of God, will love their fellow man, and will be filled with the Holy Spirit of God.

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Directional Devo 12.11.15

Today we continue in the Epistle of Jude by looking at the purpose of the writing and how God has dealt with rebellion in time past.

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Directional Devo 12.10.15

Today we begin the little Epistle of Jude in which we look at the author, our sanctification, preservation, and calling.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Directional Devo 12.9.15

In today's study in Bible Doctrines we wrap up the Doctrine of Christ by looking at the remaining false theories in regards to his resurrection and his subsequent exaltation.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Directional Devo 12.8.15

In today's study in Bible Doctrines we continue with the Doctrine of Christ by looking at the second of several false theories that attempt to explain away the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Directional Devo 12.7.15

In today's study in Bible Doctrines we continue with the Doctrine of Christ by looking at the first of several false theories that attempt to explain away the resurrection of Christ from the dead.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Directional Church 12.6.15

In today's study from 1 John 3:1-6 we look at how good the Lord has been to us, and how that a true child of God cannot continue to walk in sin.

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Directional Devo 12.4.15

In today's study in Bible Doctrines, we continue with the Doctrine of Christ by looking at the importance of his bodily resurrection from the dead.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Directional Devo 12.3.15

In today's study in Bible Doctrines, we continue to look at the Doctrine of Christ by seeing how his trial was illegal and was also in the predetermined counsel of God.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Directional Devo 12.2.15

In today's study in Bible Doctrines, we continue to look at the Doctrine of Christ by seeing what the Bible says about both his deity and his humanity.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Directional Devo 12.1.15

Today in our study on the Doctrines of the Bible, we continue our look at the Doctrine of Christology by looking at the nine names of Christ and how they either point to his deity or to his humanity.



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Directional Devo 12.1.15

Today in our study on the Doctrines of the Bible, we continue our look at the Doctrine of Christology by looking at the nine names of Christ and how they either point to his deity or to his humanity.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

Directional Devo 11.30.15

Today we wrap up the Doctrine of Theology by taking a look at the fact that God is a Spirit and also a person. We also introduced the Doctrine of Christology.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Directional Church 11.29.15

In today's study in 1 John 2:18-29, we continue to see the importance of the Deity of Christ defended and that those who deny it are actually referred to as antichrists.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Directional Devo 11.27.15

Today we continue our study on the Doctrine of Theology by taking a closer look at the nature of God in which we see a unity, but also a trinity.

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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Directional Devo 11.26.15

Just some words on why we need to be thankful as we celebrate another Thanksgiving. God is good!

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Now Is The Time For Intolerance


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"Christians say we are a "Christian nation," but I see no evidence to support that claim. If we are, why is our entertainment and our pop culture often so gleefully sacrilegious and anti-Christian?" - Matt Walsh

So-Called Same Sex Marriage


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"Christians know what is coming, not only because we see it in the Bible, but because we have tasted the sorrowful fruit of our own sins. We do not escape the truth that we reap what we sow. Our marriages, our children, our churches, our institutions — they are all troubled because of our sins. The difference is: We weep over our sins. We don’t celebrate them. We don’t institutionalize them. We turn to Jesus for forgiveness and help. We cry to Jesus, “who delivers us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10).

Directional Devo 11.25.15

Today in our study on the Doctrine of Theology we wrap up the natural and the moral attributes of God.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Directional Devo 11.24.15

Today in our study on the Doctrine of Theology we conclude our section on general verses special revelation and start looking at the natural attributes of God.

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Monday, November 23, 2015

Directional Devo 11.23.15

Today we introduce the Doctrine of Theology in which we discuss how man knows that there is a God and how that God chooses to reveal himself to man.

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Directional Church 11.22.15

Today we continue our study in the Epistles of John by looking at 1 John 1:10-2:17. In these verses, John talks about the necessity of obedience in the life of the believer, love for our brothers and sisters, and the danger that comes with loving the things of the world.

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Directional Devo 11.20.15

Today we take a slight detour to look at the conversation between Jesus and Nicodemus in John 3:1-16 when he told him that he must be born again to enter the Kingdom of God.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Directional Devo 11.19.15

Today we conclude our study on the Doctrine of Bibliology by looking at how to deal with Bible difficulties.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Directional Devo 11.18.15

In today's study on Bible Doctrine we look at the six principles of Bible interpretation that must always be considered to be a good student of the Scriptures.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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While this ministry is certainly a work of faith and a labor of love, there are costs involved (e.g., data storage for the audio files, printing, software, hardware, etc.) If you are being blessed by this ministry and would like to contribute to offset these costs, it would be greatly appreciated.

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