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Galatians 5:16-23 teaches that at any moment we are either walking by the Holy Spirit or according to the sin nature. Walking by the Spirit, enjoying fellowship with God, walking in the light are virtually synonymous. During these times, the Holy Spirit is working in us to illuminate our minds to the truth of Scripture and to challenge us to apply what we learn. But when we sin, we begin to live based on the sin nature. Our works do not count for eternity. The only way to recover is to confess (admit, acknowledge) our sin to God the Father and we are instantly forgiven, cleansed, and recover our spiritual walk (1 John 1:9). Please make sure you are walking by the Spirit before you begin your Bible study, so it will be spiritually profitable.

Messages with tag - Divine institutions

Thu, Aug 13, 2020
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 18 mins 18 secs
Why should we have a government? Can’t people just be trusted to do what’s right? Listen to this lesson to learn about the necessity for the fourth Divine Institution, human government. Find out that in order to have a productive civilization it is necessary to restrain evil and sin. See how the first two thousand years of history played out as man’s evil increased, resulting in demons trying to pervert the human race. Understand that it is only through laws and a righteous justice system that mankind can live in peace and prosperity.
Thu, Jul 30, 2020
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 23 secs
Can any group of people band together and become a family? Listen to this lesson to learn that the Bible defines a family as a marriage of one man and one woman and the children that result. Find out that the biblical purpose of a family is to train the children to fulfill God’s mandates. Hear a review of the principles of marriage, four enemies of this Divine Institution, and how it affects the family. As a parent accept that it your responsibility to teach your children to think biblically and to become responsible, productive adults.
Thu, Jul 23, 2020
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 14 mins 52 secs
Is marriage whatever people want it to be or is there a biblical structure for marriage? Listen to this lesson to learn that God set the parameters and design for marriage and government cannot override that. Find out God’s purpose for marriage and its significance. See the authority structure in marriage and the necessity for it. If you want stability in your life and in your nation instead of chaos, follow God’s plan for marriage.
Thu, Jul 09, 2020
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 15 mins 5 secs

Why is life so hard and such a struggle? Listen to this lesson to learn that these problems are a result of the Fall. See a list of the consequences of sin and how the first Divine Institution of Personal Responsibility requires hard work even in the face of discomfort, disappointment, and disillusionment. Understand that no matter what we are going through, we are to understand that God is in control and He gives us the resources to handle whatever comes our way.

During this lesson Dr. Dean mentioned an article by Victor Davis Hanson regarding antifa.

He also commented on a book by Elisabeth Elliot entitled Through Gates of Splendor.

Thu, Jul 02, 2020
Passage: Psalm 11:3
Series: How Should We Then Vote? (2020)
Duration: 1 hr 8 mins 49 secs

What makes life bearable for mankind on this earth? Listen to this lesson to see that beginning at creation God instituted divine order to be followed by all. Hear an overview of six divine institutions which make up these social laws. See that God gave mankind everything he needed and a test for his obedience. Accept that we, too, must align ourselves to God’s divine institutions or accept negative consequences.

Here is a link to the Black Lives Matter article by Soeren Kern of the Gatestone Institute.

Dr. Dean also mentioned an article about Black Lives Matter being anti-Semitic that he posted on his Facebook page, available here.

Dr. Dean also mentioned Mark Musser's book entitled Nazi Ecology.

Tue, Apr 26, 2016
Passage: 1 Samuel 14:46-15:4
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 59 mins 14 secs
Was King Saul of Israel a thoroughly bad king? Listen to this lesson to hear that he was a good king in certain ways when he protected the people and secured the borders of his country. On the other hand he, like so many believers, compromised with his sin nature and became blind to his own faults. He wanted to write his own rules and not obey God’s authority. See Samuel’s condemnation of this attitude and how he ordered Saul to kill the Amalekites. Understand that God desires us to obey Him and respect His authority more than outward shows of worship.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 8:6-22
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 1 hr 5 mins 15 secs
What did God do to protect His creation? Listen to this lesson to hear about Divine institutions established by God that would allow mankind to live successfully. See that Israel wanted a change in government after they had created a cultural mess by rejecting God. Observe why a literal interpretation of the Genesis account of creation is necessary to understand God’s sovereignty. See the biblical meaning of evil. From Israel’s example, learn not to substitute anything for God in your own life.
Tue, Sep 01, 2015
Passage: 1 Samuel 4:1
Series: 1st and 2nd Samuel (2015)
Duration: 57 mins 48 secs
What does morality have to do with freedom? Listen to this lesson to learn that obedience to God’s standards has consequences in all areas of life. Begin an outline of the book of 1 Samuel and see how God works to bring about a shift in the direction of Israel. Learn the time frame for these events and the correlation between Judges and 1 Samuel. When problems in our life or in our nation have us in a downward spiral, accept that the only solution is to turn to the Word of God which is sufficient for all of our needs.
Tue, May 13, 2014
Passage: Genesis 12-17
Series: God's Plan for the Ages - Dispensations (2014)
Duration: 52 mins 10 secs

From the shadowy pages of ancient history comes a man from a family of moon worshipers who believed in the one true God. Listen to this lesson to learn how God made a covenant with him that promised him a specific land, many descendants, and that he would be a blessing to all peoples. See how Abraham never owned the land during his lifetime but that this unconditional, irreversible promise will be fulfilled in the future. Realize that when you see the Jewish nation today it reveals how God is still working out His plans to bless mankind through Abraham.

Please note that the beginning of this video is incorrectly labeled as Lesson #8.

Thu, May 08, 2014
Series: Zionism
Duration: 58 mins 4 secs
Is the rise of the modern state of Israel just a chance happening in history or is it a fulfillment of Bible prophecy? Listen to this lesson to learn the fascinating history of both Jewish and Christian Zionism and how they are intertwined. Learn about the two stages of the restoration of Israel. Follow the three hundred years preceding the establishment of modern Israel which led to the fulfillment of the dreams of the Zionists. See how all of God's promises to Israel will be fulfilled in the future just as today we can rely on His promises to us.