2003-03-08

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
James 2:14 3:10
given Plymouth UK 8th March 2003
This bible study examines the last section of chapter 2 and the first half of chapter 3 of the book of James. It covers: 1. Recap from last time, 2. Can faith save? 3. What type of works? 4. Our words and where they must come from. (10.4 Mb)
 

2003-03-01

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
James Chapter 2 verses 1 13
given Wales UK 1st March 2003
This bible study examines the first section of chapter 2 of the book of James. It recaps briefly to again show the central theme of the book. Four areas are then covered: 1. Faith in Christ, 2. Faith of Christ, 3. How we can not hold the Faith of Christ with respect of persons, 4. Three groups of church members being addressed within the book of James. (8.9 Mb)
 

2003-02-22

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Sermon
by Jon Bowles
Physical Repentance
given Bristol UK 22nd February 2003
This sermon is part of a series of sermons leading to correctly keeping Passover in 7 weeks time. It examines the need for a repentant approach before taking the bread of Passover, recognising why Christ had to be beaten to pay our personal physical penalties for being "off Track" in areas of health. Five areas are covered: 1. Repentance is a state of mind, 2. God's Word can not be broken, 3. Majoring in the minors -- or just part of "The Way"? 4. Biblical physical sin, 5. Non-biblical physical sin. (11.0 Mb)
 
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Sermonette
by Chris Hancock
Born Again and the Butterfly
given Bristol UK 22nd February 2003
Pentecostals look upon "born again" as merely an emotional experience within a church building. The Bible indicates a process nearer to the total metamorphosis of a caterpillar into a butterfly. (1.2 Mb)
 

2003-02-15

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
James Chapter 1
given Wales UK 15th February 2003
This bible study examines chapter 1 of the book of James. It shows a central theme to the entire book which starts within chapter 1. Five areas are covered within the chapter: 1. Purpose of different trials, 2. Wisdom needed from God to see value within a trial, 3. Different people need different things, 4. What God says (even in trials) is never evil, 5. Listen whenever God talks - even through trials. (11.0 Mb)
 
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Short Sermon
by Mr Armstrong
on Holy Spirit Nov 1981
played Wales UK 15th February 2003
Mr Armstrong gave this sermon as part of the process of getting the Church back on Track in the early 80s. He stresses the vast difference between the natural and Spirit led mind. Without a mind that is Spirit led we will not make it and unless that new mind continually grows through prayer throughout life, our Spirit Life will miscarry. (4.2 Mb)
 

2003-02-08

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
Introduction to Book of James
given Oswestry UK 8th February 2003
This begins a series of pre-passover bible studies which will examine the book of James as well as healing, discerning the body of Christ and other pre-passover topics. Five points are covered in the Introduction: 1. Who wrote the book? 2. Why confusion over the author? 3. Who was it written to and from where? 4. When was it written? 5. Overview - why it was written. (7.5 Mb)
 

2003-02-01

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
New Testament Ministry Ministry Part 2
given Wales UK 1st February 2003
This is the second part to the sermon given the previous week. 5 points are covered: 1. Recap of previous week, 2. Ministers of New Covenant, 3. Timothy was faithful, 4. Hebrews & Diaspora, 5. Future King Priests. (9.8 Mb)
 

2003-01-25

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Sermon
by Jon Bowles
Servants of God's Temple Ministry Part 1
given Bristol UK 25th January 2003
The two part series is laid out in this sermon, but only the first part is covered: 1. God's servants before the Levitical Priesthood, and 2. The Levitical Priesthood. (8.8 Mb)
 
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Sermonette
by Ian Henderson
Today within Haggai
given in Bristol UK 25th January 2003
Haggai has much to say to God's people about how they now dwell in their own "houses" -- their own churches -- when the Temple to which Christ is to return lies derelict. Haggai gives us a 3 point plan: 1. Get back on Track, 2. He will then be with us, 3. And then He can use us. (2.2 Mb)
 

2003-01-18

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Sermon
by Jon Bowles
Living in Prophetic Times
given Modesto CA USA 18th January 2003
This sermon begins with the special music of Psalm 22 and shows how Christ used this Psalm as he lived through prophetic times Himself. Five points are covered: 1. How the Psalms tie into this subject, 2. Examine a specific Psalm that may be dealing with a specific modern day event. 3. Examine prophetic time scales, 4. The importance of one coming in the Spirit and Power of Elijah, 5. The imminent dangers facing the corporate Churches of God. (10.9 Mb)
 

2003-01-11

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Sermon
by Jon Bowles
Frozen Armstrong?
given Modesto CA USA 11th January 2003
This sermon examines the term "Frozen Armstrong" as both a negative and positive statement. Five points are covered: 1. "Follow me as I follow Christ", 2. "Grow in Grace and Knowledge", 3. What is Grace? 4. How is Grace given to us? 5. Based on the above -- how must we correctly "grow in grace and knowledge" today? (10.4 Mb)
 

2003-01-04

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
End Time Deception?
given Wales UK 4th January 2003
This bible study examines End Time Deceptions expected just ahead of us. Six points are covered: 1. Satan's previous deceptions, 2. Are the False Prophet and Mark of the Beast the main deceptions? 3. Can the elect be deceived? 4. Did Mr Armstrong describe himself as Elijah? 5. What is the spirit and power of Elijah? 6. How do we avoid deception? (9.9 Mb)
 

2002-12-21

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Sermon
by Jon Bowles
Xmas and Birthdays
given Bristol UK 21st December 2002
This sermon examines both Birthdays and Xmas, and shows how both have their roots in the observing of times within ancient paganism. Eight points are covered: 1. The three aspects of paganism, 2. The Hebrew record of time, 3. The pagan Genius and Juno of Rome, 4. Present and pagan numerology, 5. Why "happy birthday?", 6. Present oriental belief, 7. Mr Armstrong and Church teachings, 8. Xmas as a form of observing times. (11.2 Mb)
 
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Sermonette
by Andrew Munro
Xmas versus God's Kingdom
given Bristol UK 21st December 2002
This Sermonette examines several areas of the Xmas celebrations and shows how what the world seeks will only become a reality within God's coming Kingdom. (1.3 Mb)
 

2002-12-14

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
Parable of the Sower
given Wales UK 14th December 2002
The parable of the sower has much to say to the Church at the end time. As Christ explains in Mark 4:13, "if you do not understand this parable, how are you going to understand all parables?" This bible study examines the background factors involved, and then shows how the main part of the message is addressed specifically to the Church within the last two catagories: first a warning to all of us today shown by the seed sown among thorns, and then encouragement in the seed sown on good ground -- who "bring forth fruit with patience".(Luke 8:15) (10.0 Mb)
 

2002-12-07

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
Dealing with the World
given Oswestry UK 7th December 2002
In the present lead up to Xmas, the differences between those in the Church and those in the world tend to become even more pronounced. But if we are not careful, the very attitude that the world has in accepting practices that are evil, can equally be expressed by ourselves in condemning that evil. This bible-study examines the loving way we are instructed by God to behave towards those within the world -- while remaining firmly separate from the world. The bible study ties in closely with a "Heart to Heart" that Mr Armstrong wrote in the December 1961 Good News. (Note: There is a buzzing on the audio file that could not be totally removed -- our apologies) (10.3 Mb)
 

2002-11-30

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Sermon
by Mr Armstrong
Revelation 12
given 18th April 1981 - Night To Be Observed, Played in Wales 30th Nov 2002
This sermon was the first message Mr Armstrong gave to the Church after he had returned from Tucson to again live full time in Pasadena in 1981. In this message, he shows the condition of the True Church through the ages in relation to Satan as found within Revelation 12 and other prophecies. He also voices his own firm belief that Satan had just been cast down to the earth -- and it was this unseen event that gave rise to the receivership takeover in the late 70's. The use of the state by Satan to persecute the True Church is shown to be something that has continued throughout history. It is clear that with Satan cast down, we should not be surprised if such persecution happen in our time. (10.7 Mb)
 

2002-11-23

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Sermon
by Jon Bowles
Thinking Upon God's Name
given Bristol 23rd Nov 2002
Mal 3:16 talks of a group of people who feared The Eternal and that "thought upon his name". But what does it mean to "Think upon God's name?". This sermon shows how thinking upon God's name is a vital tool for us all as we approach the end time. Six points are covered within the sermon: 1. What name is it talking about? 2. The Creator's name. 3. The name revealed to Moses at the Exodus. 4. How this name will apply at the end time. 5. How Israel failed in relation to this name 6. Implications of this name on us today. (9.0 Mb)
 

2002-11-16

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Sermon
by Mr Armstrong
Warning to the Church
given 1978 - played in Wales 16th Nov 2002
This sermon was given after Mr Armstrong had recovered from total heart failure. He returned from Tucson to "set the Church back on Track". Mr Armstrong warns that the Church was in mortal danger of falling into a Laodicean attitude and calls for fasting and heartfelt prayer. He tells all of us to wake up, and put some life back into the Church and speaks directly to many ministers sitting in the audience at Pasadena who he said disagreed with him and were instead promoting their own false ideas -- particularly intellectualism. The parallels with the state of the Church today is spine-chilling. (10.5 Mb)
 
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Short Talk
by Jon Bowles
Similarities between late 70's and Today
given Wales 16th Nov 2002
Before playing the tape below by Mr Armstrong, this short introduction shows four of several parallels between the Church of the 70's and the corporate Churches of God today. The points covered are: 1. Meat in Due Season, 2. Intellectualism, 3. Not Recognising Mr Armstrong's Role 4. Each minister going their own "way". That period of time, almost seems to have been given to us as a foretaste of what was to come. It is hoped that this summary will help those who were too young to remember the 70's clearly, as well as being a reminder to those of us around at the time. Our job today is clearly to also put ourselves "back on Track", by using the lessons learned from the 70's when God through Mr Armstrong showed us in practical terms, how to get "back on Track" (4.4 Mb)
 

2002-11-09

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Bible Study
by Jon Bowles
Discerning Repentance
given Oswestry UK 9th November 2002
Jude tells us to make a difference (or distinction) between certain people who sin (Jude 1:22). A major key in doing so, is to understand how to correctly discern repentance. This bible-study examines the subject from scripture, and also tries to illustrate the Godly administration required by referring back to material from Mr Armstrong on the subject: Five points are dealt with: 1. Overall context, 2. Discerning rotten apples, 3. Discerning those who need help, 4. Repentance is not simply at baptism, 5. Repentance is of the heart and mind (and therefore largely unseen by man). This bible study expands an aspect highlighted in a previous bible-study: "overcoming Satan using the blood of the Lamb" (Rev 12:11). This aspect appears to be prophetically significant prior to the Church having to flee. (10.0 Mb)
 

2002-11-02

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Bible Study
by Mr Armstrong
1Cor 3 & 4
given 4th August 1980 Played in Wales 2nd November 2002
Mr Armstrong talks about many things within this bible-study as he explains Paul's words found in 1Cor 3 and 4. He contrasts the punishment of this world against the loving correction of God, showing how God's correction is designed to bring about change, whereas the world's punishment is to "get even". He also talks of authority within the Church, and how it is necessary to protect the Church from those who would destroy it by separating from those who refuse to walk the way God lays before them. (10.5 Mb)
 
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Short Talk
by Jon Bowles
Current Situation in Modesto
given Wales UK 2 Nov 2002
This talk tries to cut through the sea of detail, claim and counterclaim in the present confusion to help answer the only question God's people should need to ask in such a situation -- "where is God's Government"? (3.0 Mb)
 

2002-10-26

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Sermon
by Jon Bowles
The Place of Safety Philadelphia Part 4
given Bristol UK 26th October 2002
The sermon is the final one in a series on Philadelphia, and examines the evidence within scripture of a place of safety (or place of final training). Five points are covered: 1. Why a place of safety? 2. Other examples of protection 3. Why Petra? 4. How is The Church to get there? 5. How does The Church know when to flee? (9.7 Mb)
 
“Just what is an APOSTLE?”
Just what is an Apostle?

Today we find the Church of God in a “wilderness of religious confusion!”

The confusion is not merely around the Church – within the religions of the world outside – but WITHIN the very heart of The True Church itself!

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Listen to Me, You who know righteousness, You people in whose heart is My Law: …I have put My words in your mouth, I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, and say to Zion, “you are My people” (Isaiah 51:7,16)