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Wallpaper: "The Biblical coming kingdom..."

"The Biblical coming kingdom is not an ethereal place of clouds and ghosts, but a tangible place of real existence. It is a new creation." —Alistair Begg

Download this week's wallpaper featuring a quote from Alistair Begg's message "The Prophesied Kingdom, Part Two, B"

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Category: Weekly Wallpaper


The Biblical coming kingdom is not an ethereal place

"The Biblical coming kingdom is not an ethereal place of clouds and ghosts, but a tangible place of real existence. It is a new creation." —Alistair Begg From today's message.

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There is no refuge from God...

"There is no refuge from God, but there is refuge in God.'" —Alistair Begg.

From 9/26 message "The Prophesied Kingdom, Part One, B"

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This is what happens when the Bible is truly preached

"This is what happens when the Bible is truly preached: God comes to the preacher and says, 'Put this in your mouth and say it.'" —Alistair Begg.

From today's message "The Prophesied Kingdom, Part One, B"

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[Video] Be On Guard!

When we consider prophetic passages like Mark 13, it helps to look at large principles instead of zooming in on details. We cannot fully understand God's providence in our daily lives: how much less can we understand His cosmic purposes? The Lord Jesus takes the correct approach by focusing on principles like "God reigns," "Be watchful," and "Have peace."

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Category: Weekly Sermons


The partial kingdom is dismantled

The partial kingdom is dismantled.If you’ve been listening to the current series, The Kingdom of God, answering the following questions may help deepen your understanding of this sweeping study. And if you’ve been listening with friends or a Bible study group, you may find the questions useful to encourage further dialogue about God’s overarching plan for our salvation.

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God’s king is promised in the partial kingdom

The promise

Abraham was not explicitly told that God’s people would be ruled by a king, but it is hinted at and clearly stated elsewhere. ‘...he will crush your head.’(Genesis 3:15)

God tells the snake that he will be defeated by one of Eve’s offspring. The rest of the Bible can be seen as a ‘search for the serpent-crusher’. Who will this great conqueror be?

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Wallpaper: "How immense God is..."

"How immense God is, that He is able to sweep into His purposes even foolish requests and bad motivations." —Alistair Begg

Download this week's wallpaper featuring a quote from Alistair Begg's message "The Partial Kingdom - God's Place, Part B"

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Categories: Truth For Life Resources, Weekly Wallpaper


God’s people find their way to God’s place in the partial kingdom

When Moses dies he is succeeded by Joshua, and it is under him that the Israelites finally enter Canaan. They defeat the former inhabitants and take possession of the land for themselves. As they do so, they are left in no doubt that the conquest is not a victory they can claim for themselves. They are powerless, but God is mighty. That is seen most clearly in the siege of Jericho, when God causes the walls to collapse before them.

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[Video] Alistair Begg speaks about "Signs of the End"

Most of the time, when the topic is "the end of the world," you hear a lot of speculation about dates and events and meanings. Mark 13 shows us a stiking difference in the way Jesus approached this subject. Instead of speculating about dates, the Lord provided His followers with practical instruction - actions and attitudes that will equip us to face the future He has planned...

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Category: Weekly Sermons


Ingratitude and unbelief overcome the Israelites as they are led to God’s place in the partial kingdom

After their [the Israelites] detour to meet God on Mount Sinai, we find the Israelites ready to set out on their journey to Canaan at the beginning of the book of Numbers. The rabble from Egypt is now organized and is beginning to look like an impressive army. And when they set out, God marches in front of them in a pillar of cloud (Numbers 10:11-12). Surely nothing can go wrong now. We expect them to reach their destination in a matter of months, but it actually takes them forty years...

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Share the teaching from this month’s series, The Kingdom of God.

If your Bible study group has been listening to the series, The Kingdom of God, the following discussion questions may help encourage further dialogue. If you’ve been listening on your own, you may find answering the questions helpful toward deepening your own understanding of this large-scope study of God’s plan for our salvation...

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Listen to The Kingdom of God and follow along with God’s Big Picture

Have you ever wondered how the stories in the Bible all fit together? Have you ever wondered if they fit together at all?

Beginning September 3, join Alistair Begg for a new series titled The Kingdom of God and learn how the Bible tells one unified story of God’s master plan to build His eternal kingdom. In a sweeping study, Alistair follows the framework of our featured book this month, God’s Big Picture, to trace the storyline of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation...

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Truth For Life's Top Ten Recommended Reads on the Bible from Beginning to End

Truth For Life's Top Ten Recommended Reads on the Bible from Beginning to End

According to Plan

The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible
By Graeme Goldsworthy

The massive diversity and complexity of the Bible can make it a daunting project for anyone to tackle. Getting a grasp on the central theme of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, helps immensely in understanding the meaning of any one book or passage. In According to Plan, Graeme Goldsworthy helps readers understand how the Old and New Testaments fit together, the overall story of the Bible and the difference it makes in our lives...

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Wallpaper: "...finding out that you're home."

"Death for the Christian is to fall asleep in the arms of Jesus and waking up and finding out that you're home." —Alistair Begg

Download this week's wallpaper featuring a quote from Alistair Begg's message "About Times and Dates"

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God’s character is slowly revealed in the partial kingdom - "I am who I am"

Jacob and his family all move to Egypt to be with Joseph and settle there. By the beginning of the book of Exodus their hosts have enslaved their descendants and they are cruelly treated. God must set them free if they are to be his people as He promised. Through the long years of slavery they must wonder if he has forgotten the promise, but God can never do that. ‘The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. God heard their groaning and He remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Issac and with Jacob. So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them’ (Exodus 2:23-25)...

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[Photos] Alistair Speaking at Overlake Church, Redmond WA

Some photos from today's speaking engagement at the Seattle Listener event at Overlake Church. Keep informed of Alistair's schedule here...

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Categories: Events, Ministry Updates


From Abraham to Solomon, God establishes a partial kingdom

Over a period of 1,000 years, from Abraham to Solomon, we see the promise of the kingdom of God where God’s people are called to God’s place to live under God’s rule and blessing. This partial fulfillment however, does not happen smoothly. We can look to the story of Joseph to see the many bumps in the road; all however, to the fulfillment of God’s purpose...

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[Video] Alistair Begg Portland Listener Event

Video of Alistair Begg at the September 12 listener event at Southwest Bible Church in Oregon.

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Discuss God’s promised kingdom with your Bible study group

If you’ve been following the new series, The Kingdom of God, the accompanying book, God’s Big Picture, offers study questions relating to the promised kingdom taught by Alistair on today’s broadcast. Answer the questions to enrich your own personal understanding of the Bible’s overarching storyline, or explore the answers with a friend or study group.

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[Photos] Alistair speaking at Spurgeon Fellowship

Some photos from today's speaking engagement at Western Seminary's "Spurgeon Fellowship". Keep informed of Alistair's schedule here...

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God’s promised kingdom and His covenant with Abraham

There was nothing particularly special about Abraham. He was chosen not because of his goodness but because of God’s grace alone. There are three main elements to the promises he received: people, land and blessing.

People

Abraham’s descendants will become a great nation that will be God’s own people. This is later underlined when God says, ‘I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you’ (Genesis 17:7). The promise is frequently repeated throughout the Old Testament in the covenant refrain, ‘I will be your God and you will be my people.’...

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Share the teaching from this month’s series, The Kingdom of God

If your Bible study group has been listening to the new series, The Kingdom of God, the following discussion questions may help encourage further dialogue. If you’ve been listening on your own, you may find answering the questions helpful toward deepening your own understanding of this large-scope study of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

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Enter the September Truth For Life Giveaway

This month you can win all of our September broadcasts on CD and also a copy of this month's recommended book "God's Big Picture."

Ten entries will be selected to win "The Kingdom of God" series 1 & 2 on CD, "Why Bother with the Bible?" on CD and the book, "God's Big Picture"

Enter below and please share this with a friend! This giveaway runs from Sept 1 through September 30. Winners will be contacted by email.

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Sin and rebellion cause the kingdom of God to perish

The perfect trust and intimacy have now gone. They make coverings to hide their nakedness (verse 7). And it is not long before they start squabbling, as neither will accept responsibility for their actions. The battle of the sexes has begun. God tells the woman, ‘Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you’ (verse 16). The woman ‘desires’ her husband. The word may simply refer to sexual desire, but it may also suggest a longing to take control over him (the word is used in that sense in Genesis 4:7). If so, we are being told that the woman will no longer submit willingly to her husband’s lead and he will no longer exercise it in the loving, self-sacrificial way that was God’s design...

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Wallpaper: "But if we walk in the light..."

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. (1 John 1:7 ESV)

Download this week's wallpaper featuring a scripture from Alistair Begg's series "Life Assurance"

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[Video] "A Question For Jesus"

As they leave the Temple in Mark 13, the disciples are impressed by its grandeur. Jesus uses this opportunity and challenges them not to get sidetracked with structures of religion - no matter how grand, they will end someday. The focus of our worship is eternal: Jesus Himself...

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Creation is marked by a series of perfect relationships

God and human beings

God lovingly cares for the man he has made. He places him in a beautiful garden and provides for all his needs, including the creation of woman to be his helper and companion. Adam and Eve are given great responsibility, but there is no doubt about who is ultimately in charge. It is God who sets the rules. But his law is not oppressive; it is for their good. He issues just one prohibition, which is designed to protect them: ‘... you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die’ (Genesis 2:17)...

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The Bible is one book

"Scholars have debated for years whether or not it is possible to point to a unifying theme that binds the whole Bible together. Many have argued that the search for such a theme is fruitless: it is better just to accept that Scripture contains a number of different threads and then look at them individually without trying to unite them...

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Bob Lepine Interviews Alistair Begg about the New Series, The Kingdom of God

What prompted Alistair Begg to teach this topical series? How do the stories in the Bible tie together to trace God’s plan for our redemption? Is it possible to find Jesus in every book of the Bible? Even in the book of Ruth?

Listen below to Alistair’s answers to these questions and more...

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