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Kindergarten VIII – Basic Focus

Download the pdf file   The ability to keep your eyes on where you are going, and where you want to be is not just a God-given gift, but it is a skill that requires much practice and self-control, and it is probably the hardest of all for believers, and any person who has been […]

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pdf 文件下载 English version 耶稣基督第一次降世及对其降世的预备,从被邀宾客的数目来看,总的来说场面很低调,尽管从天使天兵的宾客数目来看,可谓是个很隆重的场面,因为经上记着说:“ 忽然,有一大队天兵同那天使赞美神说:“ 在至高之处荣耀归于神!在地上平安归于他所喜悦的人。” 但是从到场的人数来看,只不过是略多于五个人:马利亚和约瑟必须在那里;有一队牧羊人在场,尽管我们不知道具体人数,但是显然没有多到吵醒伯利恒;还有从东方来的三博士在场。所以是五个人加上一些牧羊人,在一个不起眼的小马槽里,比方说大约有二十人在场… 我们来查看的提到的,看一下当时的宾客清单: 1. 家人在场 – 约瑟和马利亚 2. 尊荣耶稣的王 (三博士) 在场 3. 知道如何看守羊群的牧羊人在场。毕竟这是神之羔羊的降生-也就是说,配分享那时刻的仆人在场,他们是辛勤的牧羊人,因为他们在夜间看守羊群。 不过,从这份宾客清单上可以看出,耶稣的敌人和不认识他的人当时并不在场。

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Download the pdf file 简体中文版本 The first arrival of Jesus Christ and the preparations for His arrival, as far as the number of guests who were invited, was by and large a low key event, even though the event may have been huge in terms of the heavenly guest list, as a great company of […]

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Download the pdf file   Paul asked the Corinthians, “What do you prefer?  Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?”  That same question could be asked of us by Jesus, who is coming and will soon arrive.  Not only is the question, “when the Son of […]

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pdf 文件下载 English version 常听到有人说:为主分别成圣。圣洁一词常被轻率的使用,使它变得没有多少价值,也没有人真正会考虑圣洁的代价。我猜想这可能是因为圣洁对我们而言是一个恩赐。正如上帝所说:“我耶和华是叫你们成为圣的。” 当父神从万民中拣选出以色列人的时候,他就使他们成为圣。同样,若不是父吸引,无人能到耶稣这里来,因此,所有到耶稣这里来的人都是圣的 – 由于父的拣选而成为圣。凡是被耶稣拣选为门徒的,就被分别成圣,就像耶稣所说的那样,是他拣选了门徒、不是门徒拣选了他。当圣灵为信徒施洗时,那些蒙耶稣拣选而受圣灵之洗的人,圣灵就使他们成圣。同样,像保罗和巴拿巴,那些为了圣灵自己的工作而被圣灵分别出来的人,就被主圣灵分别成圣。因此,的确,圣洁 – 分别出来、成为圣洁 – 是一个主权的选择,因此也是上帝的一个恩赐。正因为是一个恩赐,它就常被轻视低估,实际上,这就是以色列的十一支派惯常的所作所为。 尽管神说:“你们要在我面前为圣洁的人,” 可是,从第一代开始,以色列人就很少对神保持圣洁,对他们而言,奴役的身份仍然记忆犹新。就像他们拜金牛犊那样,他们迫不及待地就把圣洁丢到了一边、欢欢喜喜的拜起别神来。 甚至正当神对摩西讲话的时候,这百姓就已经开始对着金牛犊犯起奸淫来。 要知道,拯救他们得自由的,不是金牛犊或者埃及神,而是耶和华。他们忘记的多快啊!为什么会是这样呢?因为他们出埃及没有流过一滴血。他们没有为他们的自由和族类付出任何的代价。正因为没付任何代价,他们就不视其为宝贵。 同样,扫罗和所罗门也是轻而易举地就得到了王位。扫罗是被膏抹加冕的;所罗门是越过他的众兄弟被拣选的。所罗门从来不必冒生命之险去获得他的王国,更糟的是,因为他是处在和平时期,所以他也不必冒任何生命之险去护卫他的王国。 扫罗也同样不必为得国而等候和冒险,尽管他为了护卫他的王国而丧了命。

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Download the pdf file 简体中文版本 Holy, set apart for the Lord, as is often said. The word holy is used so easily that it has become cheap and no one considers the price of holiness. I suppose that it is because holiness for us is a gift. As God has said, “I am the LORD, […]

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Download the pdf file   Common and holy – when we fail to distinguish between them, ruin comes.  “You must distinguish between the holy and the common, between the unclean and the clean, and you must teach the Israelites all the decrees the LORD has given them through Moses.” In our case, the distinguishing of […]

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Kindergarten III

Download the pdf file   In both the parables of the talents and the minas, both kingdoms, the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God, suffer from the same problem – the lazy and wicked servants, each of whom did not use the talents and the minas to return to the master that which […]

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Kindergarten II

Download the pdf file   It was John the Baptist who first preached, “Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near,” as part of his preparation of the way for Jesus’ ministry, as it was prophesised through the prophet Isaiah when the Lord said, “A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘Prepare the way […]

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Download the pdf file “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge” and “a people without understanding will come to ruin!” The Lord has left for us a painful reminder of the kingdom that could have been – the kingdom of Israel – to show us what happens when His people choose to be ignorant […]

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