268 - Two Questions, One Life, One Choice

October 26, 2014
The book of Malachi ends with the description of two groups of people that will respond differently when the day of the Lord comes.  One, those who fear the Lord and long for His appearing, will see the "Sun of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings" (Mal. 3:2).  The other group, those who do not know or love the Lord, that Day will be a day of "burning like an oven" (Mal. 4:1).

Question for us is this:  Which group are you in?  And what are you prepared to do about it?

To find the answer to these eternal questions, keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 4:1-6.

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267 - God Listens and He Hears

October 19, 2014
In Malachi 3:16 says:  

Then those who feared the LORD spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name.

Did you catch that?  A book of remembrance was written before Him.

Is your name written in the Lord's book of remembrance?  Has He recorded your service rendered to the King of Kings so He can reward you in due time?  Is there anything in your devotion to the Lord Jesus worthy of remembering?  If so, praise to the Lord.  All glory belongs to Him.  But if not, why?  Why waste another second of your finite life living for the trinkets and toys of this fallen world when you can live for the praise and adoration of the King and be called His special treasure.

The following is a study on Malachi 3:13-18.

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264 - Accepting the Challenge of God

October 1, 2014
After almost three chapters of blistering accusations in Malachi against His people and His priests, the Lord offers a profound challenge to them based on their obedience.  And the area in which He challenged them was, of all things, money.

Command:  "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house."
Challenge:  "and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts.
Promise:  “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it."
Results:  “And all nations will call you blessed, for you will be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts (Malachi 3:10, 12).

Do you believe the promise given to them also applies to you?  If so, will you accept the challenge to not rob God?  And, if not, why?

The following is a study on Malachi 3:6-12.

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263 - Hey God, I’ve Got a Problem with You

September 28, 2014
Often we find ourselves, like the people in Malachi's day, lodging a complaint against God.  Why?  Because He didn't do things the way we thought He should.  Because we don't like the situation we are in.  Because we want more than what He has sovereignly given us.  Because He didn't meet our expectations.

Just like spoiled, selfish children.

But the granddaddy of all complaints is found in Malachi 2:17 where the people accuse God of blessing evil and ignoring good:  "Everyone who does evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and He delights in them."  Or, "Where is the God of justice?"

Want to see how God responds?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 2:17-3:5.

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261 - Down with the “D” Word!

September 21, 2014
In the latter half of Malachi 2 God employs some strong words to convey His feelings about His people and their attitude towards Him.  He uses treacherously five times in 8 verses.  We also find profane or profaning, abomination, and God saying He literally hates something.  

Those two words alone, God and hate, should get our attention.

But what does God hate?  Ah, that's where the "D" word comes in.  

Want to hear more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 2:10-17.

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259 - Believers with Dirty Faces

September 15, 2014
One of the most sobering and frightening statements by God to the priests, clergy, and believers just like you and me is found in Malachi 2:3.  There God says:

“Behold, I will rebuke your descendants and spread refuse on your faces, the refuse of your solemn feasts; and one will take you away with it."

Just so you know, refuse means dung, fecal matter, excrement.  That's right.  God is saying He will spread or smear excrement on the faces of His priests or clergy or you and me.

Do you want to know why God would do something as drastic as this?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 2:1-9.

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255 - Shut the Door!

August 25, 2014
Some of the most scathing words spoken by the Lord to those who have committed their lives to Him, the priests, are found in the first chapter of Malachi.  And I mean scathing words.

But what God says in Malachi is not limited to the priests of Israel, but also to the church today.  These words speak to everyone of us.  They are not to be taken lightly.

Consider the following:  

“A son honors his father, and a servant his master. If then I am the Father, where is My honor?  And if I am a Master, where is My reverence?" says the Lord of hosts.

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 1:6-14.

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253 - It Was the Best of Times, it Was the Worst of Times

August 18, 2014
Message from Malachi — A Prophetic Warning to the Church

We are about to undertake a study of the last book of the Old Testament, the last of the Post-Exile prophets, Malachi.  This small, four chapter book holds a unique place in the Scriptures because it stands at the end, the last call if you will, of the Old Testament and also at the beginning, as an introduction, to the 400 year period where God was silent and closed the door on any future revelation to His people.

Rest assured, there's much in Malachi to challenge and rebuke and offend the church and the clergy today.  It's a most timely book that needs to be preached from pulpits all across our land but, unfortunately for the church, seldom is.  As we dig deeper into his message, you'll understand why this book has fallen out of favor in the Laodicean church of today (Rev. 3:16).

Want to know more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Malachi 1:1-5.

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