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#70 • Memorial Day Weekend Conference, May 2017 • Excerpt 4 • “Colossians 1:13: Transferred!”

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

In this episode we continue to provide excerpts from the recent Memorial Day weekend conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In this excerpt, Brother Titus is sharing how amazing it is that we have been transferred from the kingdom of Satan into the kingdom of God’s beloved Son, as Paul tells us in Colossians 1:13:

He has delivered us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.

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#69 • Memorial Day Weekend Conference, May 2017 • Excerpt 3 • “Romans 11:33-36: The Apostle’s Questions”

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

In this episode we continue to provide excerpts from the recent Memorial Day weekend conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In this gathering, Brother Titus focused on Romans 11:33-36:

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
Or who has become His counselor?
Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever! Amen.

In this excerpt, Brother Titus considers the questions the apostle asks us in these verses.

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#68 • Memorial Day Weekend Conference, May 2017 • Excerpt 2 • “Romans 11:33-36: Wisdom, Knowledge, Judgments, and Ways”

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

In this episode we continue to provide excerpts from the recent Memorial Day weekend conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In this gathering, Brother Titus focused on Romans 11:33-36:

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
Or who has become His counselor?
Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever! Amen.

In this excerpt, Brother Titus considers the key terms in these verses: “Wisdom,” “Knowledge,” “Judgments,” and “Ways,” and what these terms tell us concerning our relationship with God. As our brother says, very few people truly realize that God has the best judgment.

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#67 • Memorial Day Weekend Conference, May 2017 • Excerpt 1 • “Romans 11:33-36: How Do We Relate to God?”

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

In this episode we begin to provide excerpts from the recent Memorial Day weekend conference in Cleveland, Ohio. In this gathering, Brother Titus focused on Romans 11:33-36:

Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and His ways past finding out!

 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
Or who has become His counselor?
Or who has first given to Him
And it shall be repaid to him?”

For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever! Amen.

In this excerpt Brother Titus considers what these verses show us about out relationship with God.

This recording has been edited to remove personal and private references.

 

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#66 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 19 • “Appearing Before the Lord for a Genuine Church Life” (4)

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

In this episode of our podcast we come to the final excerpt from last message of the most recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. This message really encapsulated our Brother’s overall burden from the training.

In this excerpt, Brother Titus continues to cover a number of very practical points on how we can avoid falling into a church life that is merely a routine. He begins by spending a good deal of time sharing, based on his own experience, on how important the hymns can be to our growth in Christ. He then goes on to cover some other matters as well that relate to having a genuine church life so that, as we read in Psalm 84:7, “each one” of the saints my appear before God in Zion.

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#65 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 18 • “Appearing Before the Lord for a Genuine Church Life” (3)

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

In our last few podcasts we have been replaying excerpts from the final message of the most recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. This week we’re continuing to cover that message, because our brother was very burdened that the saints would consider this message, which encapsulated his overall burden from the training.

In his sharing in this excerpt, Brother Titus covers a number of very practical points he began to share in last week’s episode concerning how we can avoid falling into a church life that is merely a routine, such has learning to be with the saints as our companions, preaching the gospel in a consistent way, and being in the word.

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#64 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 17 • “Appearing Before the Lord for a Genuine Church Life” (2)

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

In our previous podcast we began to replay the final message from the most recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. This week we’re continuing to cover that message, because our brother was very burdened that the saints would consider this message, which encapsulated his overall burden from the training.

In this excerpt he is exhorting the saints not to be satisfied with an routine church life of simply going to meetings week by week, but to struggle to enter into a fresh commitment from the Lord.

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#63 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 16 • “Appearing Before the Lord for a Genuine Church Life” (1)

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

In our program for the next few weeks we will be replaying the final message of the most recent winter training. This is because Brother Titus was very burdened that the saints would enter into what he shared in this message, which really summarized his burden from the entire training.

We need to explain that, at a number of points our brother speaks of our being “in here” or “outside.” He is referring to a diagram of the tabernacle, together with the outer court, that was projected on the wall behind him. He had used this diagram throughout the training to encourage us to not remain in the outer court, in so many activities on the Lord’s behalf, but rather to press on to enter into the actual tabernacle where we can experience Christ Himself directly. So when he’s saying “we are in here” or “out here,” he’s using this diagram to illustrate where we are in terms of our spiritual experience. As he explains in the message, if we remain in the outer court, our work for the Lord will be in the realm of our own effort, but if we enter into the tabernacle, it becomes the normal outflow of our experience of life.

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#62 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 15 • “Loving the Lord through the Hymns”

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

In this week’s program we continue to feature excerpts from December’s Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. Brother Titus just shares a very simple but touching word about loving the Lord, and helping others to love the Lord, by enjoying different kinds of hymns together.

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#61 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 14 • “11 Practical Points (2)”

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

In this week’s program we continue to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

In our previous program, Brother Titus began to share 11 points on how we can have such a church life in which we are contacting Christ together, rather than one that is occupied simply with a routine of meetings week by week. In this program he shares the remaining points.

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#60 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 13 • “11 Practical Points” (1)

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

In this week’s program we continue to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

In our previous program, Brother Titus shared on how we need to have the reality of a church life in which we are contacting Christ together, rather than a church life that is occupied simply with meetings. In this program and the next, he provides some very practical fellowship, giving us 11 points on how we can have such a church life. We’ll start with about the first 8 in this program and finish them in the next.

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#59 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 12 • “What Is the Focus of Our Labor”

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

In this week’s program we are continuing to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. In our previous program, Brother Titus shared about his own experiences of learning to trust in the Lord while still in high school, to illustrate how we must each contact the Lord directly, rather than just consider ourselves as part of a group church life. If you have not yet listened to that program you may wish to do so before you come to this one.

In both of these programs, our brother is referring to Psalm 84:7, which states that “each one” of us must appear before God; that is, we must each have our own, personal experience of Christ. He is also referring to the Old Testament picture of tabernacle, which shows us that while the outer court is necessary, we must not remain there. Rather, in our seeking after God we must go on to enter into the tabernacle to experience Christ directly. So often, in caring for the saints, we only bring them to the meetings, which is the outward form of the church life, and not into the real experience of Christ. This can make it difficult for the saints to persevere in their seeking after Christ.

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#58 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 11 • “Two Personal Experiences”

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

In this week’s program we are continuing to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. In this conference, Brother Titus focused a good deal on Psalm 84:7. This verse says of those who truly seek the Lord:

They go from strength to strength;
    each one appears before God in Zion.

His stress was the “each one” in this verse. That is, we must not only have the church life, we must also have our own direct connection with the Lord Himself. In this excerpt, therefore, he shares two examples of his own experience of learning to trust in the Lord and give himself to the Lord as a very young brother while still in high school in Taiwan.

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#57 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 10 • “Each One”

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

In this week’s program we are continue to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

In this excerpt, Brother Titus, with the help of another brother, first reads through and comments on the outline for this message of the training. He then goes on to speak again of how each of us is responsible to appear before God ourselves, and how we must, therefore, learn to labor on people one by one, rather than trusting in the church as a whole to care for the new ones we contact.

All of this is in reference to what is spoken of in Psalm 84:7 of those who truly seek the Lord:

They go from strength to strength;
    each one appears before God in Zion.

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#56 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 9 • “The Sparrows and the Swallows”

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

In this week’s program we are continuing to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

In this excerpt, Brother Titus continues his consideration of Psalm 84:1-3, 7, stressing the difference between the sparrows and the swallows, and the meaning of “each one” appearing “before God.” These verses say:

How lovely is your dwelling place,
    O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
    for the courts of the Lord;
My heart and flesh sing for joy
    to the living God.
Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
    my King and my God….
They go from strength to strength;
    each one appears before God in Zion.

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#55 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 8 • “The Two Altars”

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

In this week’s program we are continuing to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

In the tabernacle with the tent of meeting, as described in the book of Exodus, there were two altars: the bronze alter in the outer court and the golden incense altar within the actual tabernacle. These two altars are also spoken of in Psalm 84; verse 3 of that psalm says that in God’s dwelling place:

Even the sparrow finds a home,
    and the swallow a nest for herself,
    where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
    my King and my God.

And verse 7 says of those who give themselves to seek the Lord:

They go from strength to strength;
    each one appears before God in Zion.

In this excerpt, therefore, Brother Titus uses the picture of these two altars to show us God’s desire, that we advance from the bronze altar in the tent of meeting to the incense altar within the tabernacle, and how we grow in our relationship with God by continually traveling between these two altars.

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#54 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 7 • “An Overview of the Tent of Meeting and the Tabernacle”

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

In this week’s program we are continuing to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

In this excerpt Brother Titus, with the help of another brother, reads through and comments on the outline of the first message from this training, giving an overview of the tabernacle with the tent of meeting and its spiritual significance. From this we see, as the outline states:

God’s desire is not for people to spend all their life in the courts of the tent of meeting. Rather, His desire is that they would experience the second part: the tabernacle itself, where they can enjoy Him [and] be joined to Him….

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#53 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 6 • “The Real Significance of the Altar”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

In this week’s program we are continuing to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

What is the real significance of the altar in the Old Testament tent of meeting? Of course, many Christians do realize that it signifies we must offer ourselves to God. As Brother Titus shares, however, that does not mean we offer ourselves on the altar to do something for God; rather, we offer ourselves to be consumed by God. If we fail to see this, we will miss the real meaning of the Christian life and spend our lives engaged in Christian activities in the outer court, rather than going on to contact Christ Himself in the Holy Place within the tabernacle.

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#52 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 5 • “Do We Have the Right View in Raising Up Brothers to Serve the Lord?”

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

In this week’s program we are continuing to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

In this excerpt Brother Titus shares how we may try to develop brothers merely to serve in an outward way in the “tent of meeting,” focusing on how they appear, whether or not they can give good messages, and other outward matters, rather than on bringing them into the tabernacle to contact Christ Himself.

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#51 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 4 • “Practical Fellowship for Going on with the Lord” (4)

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017

In this week’s program we are continuing to feature excerpts from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

The general topic of this training was related to the Old Testament picture of the tabernacle. At a number of points in his sharing, therefore, Brother Titus refers to a diagram that was being displayed during the meetings of the tabernacle with the outer court. He points out that we should not be satisfied to live a life merely in the “tent of meeting,” remaining in the outer court. Rather, we must press on to enter the tabernacle itself, where we can experience God directly.

In this excerpt Brother Titus’ main burden is to use this picture to give us a very practical word, showing us how we can have a healthy church life, rather than a life of merely coming to the meetings.

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#50 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 3 • “Practical Fellowship for Going on with the Lord” (3)

Thursday, February 9th, 2017

In our previous two podcasts we covered the final message from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. In this week’s program we are going back to feature excerpts from the beginning of the training.

While this training was intended to cover aspects of the tabernacle, Brother Titus’ main burden in his sharing was to help us avoid having a church life that was merely a routine. In this message he is working to show that we should not seek to raise up young ones to be merely good brothers or good sisters in the church life and serving in the church meetings. Rather, we should raise them up to be those who are really pleasing to the Lord.

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#49 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 2 • “Practical Fellowship for Going on with the Lord” (2)

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

In our previous podcast we covered the first part of the final message from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. In this week’s program we are covering the remainder of that message, so, if you haven’t listened to the previous episode yet, you may want to do that before listening to this one.

In his sharing in this message, Brother Titus is covering a number of very practical points he began to list in last week’s episode concerning how we can avoid falling into a church life that is merely a routine.

He begins by speaking of the difference between having colleagues and having companions. Then, concerning the gospel, he encourages the saints to preach the gospel at least once a day; to have several Bible verses we can use for preaching the gospel; and to also have a “bridge,” that is, our own personal way to introduce the gospel to others. He then goes on to speak of how to come to the Bible, how to use the hymns, and of other points as well.

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#48 • Vision Week, December 2016 • Excerpt 1 • “Practical Fellowship for Going on with the Lord” (1)

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

This week we begin to cover the messages from the recent Winter Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

However, as we do this, we’re starting with the last message from that training, because our brother asked the saints to get a copy of that message and listen to it, so they could enter into the burden of his sharing in that time.

At a number of points in his sharing our brother speaks of our being “in here” or “outside.” He is referring to a diagram of the tabernacle, together with the outer court, that was projected on the wall behind him. He had used this diagram throughout the training, encouraging the saints to not remain in the outer court, in so many activities on the Lord’s behalf, but rather to press on to enter into the actual tabernacle where they could experience Christ Himself. So when he’s saying “we are in here” or “out here,” he’s using this diagram to illustrate where we are in terms of our spiritual experience.

This is part one of the last message; Lord willing, we will send out part two next week.

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#47 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 17 • “The Wicks of the Lampstand” (2)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

This week we come to the final excerpt from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

In this message, Brother Titus continues to cover the wick, the part of the lampstand that actually gives off the light, sharing a number of practical points about how we should view ourselves as we serve the Lord.

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#46 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 16 • “The Wicks of the Lampstand” (1)

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

In this message, Brother Titus covers the matter of the wick, the part of the lampstand that actually gives off the light. In fact, the wicks themselves are not mentioned in the description of the lampstand; only the wick-trimmers are mentioned (Exo. 25:38-39). However, as Brother Titus explains, even this is very significant in terms of our spiritual experience.

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#45 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 15 • “The Olive Oil for the Lampstand” (2)

Wednesday, December 28th, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

In this message, Brother Titus considers further the spiritual significance of the olive oil that was burned in the lamp (Exo. 27:20). In particular, he reminds us of how the Mount of Olives was related both to the Lord’s death, and to His ascension.

In this program, Brother Titus asks the saints to sing a hymn, as a reminder of how the Lord and His disciples sang a hymn on their way to the Mount of Olives.  The text of the hymn called by Brother Titus is below.

This program has been edited to remove personal and private references.

Father, to Thee a Joyful Song We Raise

Father, to Thee a joyful song we raise
With all Thine own;
And in Thy presence sound a note of praise
To Thee alone;
Bro’t nigh, bro’t home to Thee—O wondrous grace,
That gives us now with Thine own Son our place.

How deep the holy joy that fills that scene,
Where love is known!
Thy love, our God and Father, now is seen,
In Him alone;
As, in the holy calm of Thine own rest,
He leads the praise of those Thy love has blessed.
He leads the praise! How precious to Thine ear
The song He sings!
How precious, too, to Thee—how near, how dear
Are those He brings
To share His place: ’twas thus that Thou didst plan;
Thou lovedst Him before the world began.

 

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#44 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 14 • “The Olive Oil for the Lampstand”

Wednesday, December 21st, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

In the previous messages in this series, Brother Titus has covered the lampstand itself. In this message, he covers the olive oil that was burned in the lamp (Exo. 27:20) and the spiritual significance of olive oil and olives throughout the Bible.

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#43 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 13 • “Going through What Christ Experienced to Exhibit the Resurrection Life” (2)

Wednesday, December 14th, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

Exodus 25:31 tells us that the lampstand was made of “beaten” or “hammered” work. Thus, when we consider the lampstand, we see that if we desire to follow Christ, we must go through the same experiences of suffering, or being “beaten” or “hammered,” that He did during His life on the earth. Sometimes it may seem that what we are passing through is completely unreasonable, without any mercy, but it is the only way for us to really grow.

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#42 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 12 • “Going through What Christ Experienced to Exhibit the Resurrection Life” (1)

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

This week Brother Titus begins by continuing his sharing on our experience the resurrection life, because as we have seen in previous programs, the almond blossoms on the lampstand signify resurrection. He then goes on to share on how the lampstand shows us that in order to mature in Christ, we must go through the same experiences He did while on the earth.

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#41 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 11 • “The Lampstand: The Experience of Resurrection”

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

This week Brother Titus shares on how we experience the resurrection life, because as we have seen in previous programs, the almond blossoms on the lampstand signify resurrection. So, when Israel told his sons to take almonds and a number of other items with them when they went back to Egypt, as recorded in Genesis 43, it signifies that he had experienced something of the resurrection life in a time of famine.

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#40 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 10 • “The Lampstand: The Significance of the Almond Blossoms” (2)

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

This week Brother Titus considers further the significance of the almond blossoms on the lampstand. In this regard he speaks of how Israel told his sons to take almonds and a number of other items with them when they went back to Egypt, as recorded in Genesis 43.

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#39 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 9 • “The Lampstand: The Significance of the Almond Blossoms” (1)

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

This week Brother Titus considers the significance of the almond blossoms that the Lord told Moses to make on the lampstand; that is, why did He choose this plant, rather than some other plant? First, as Brother Titus explains, the Hebrew word for “almond” signifies that we need to “wake up” spiritually. Secondly, based on Jeremiah 1:11-12, we may say that the almond tree relates to God’s faithfulness, because it shows He is ready to perform His word:

The word of the Lord came to me saying, “What do you see, Jeremiah?” And I said, “I see a rod of an almond tree.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”

Because of this significance, at the end of this segment Brother Titus leads the saints to sing a hymn on God’s faithfulness.

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#38 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 8 • “The Lampstand: The Bulbs, the Flowers, and the Branches” (2)

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

This week Brother Titus is still sharing on the significance of the blossoms on the lampstand, with their bulbs and flowers. This is in reference to the description of the lampstand in Exodus 25:34-35, which states:

And in the lampstand [there shall be] four cups shaped like almond blossoms, [each with] its bulbs and its flowers. A bulb shall be under the first pair of branches coming out of it, and a bulb under the second pair of branches coming out of it, and a bulb under the third pair of branches coming out of it, for the six branches coming out of the lampstand.

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#37 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 7 • “The Lampstand: The Bulbs, the Flowers, and the Branches” (1)

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

In this excerpt, Brother Titus shares on the lampstand’s almond blossoms. With these blossoms there are the bulbs and the flowers. Exodus 25:34-35 states:

And in the lampstand [there shall be] four cups shaped like almond blossoms, [each with] its bulbs and its flowers. A bulb shall be under the first pair of branches coming out of it, and a bulb under the second pair of branches coming out of it, and a bulb under the third pair of branches coming out of it, for the six branches coming out of the lampstand.

This is a picture of how we can bear fruit unto Christ, that is, how we can “branch out” for the testimony of Christ. The important point in this picture is that the branches do not come out of the flowers, but out of the bulbs. In the same way, we may feel that once we have a high spiritual experience, a “flowering” in Christ, we are ready to produce something for Him. However, the Lord’s way is often to wait for a period of time, until this experience becomes more solid, before He does anything.

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#36 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 6 • “Encouragement for the Younger Saints and Older Saints”

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio.

In this excerpt, Brother Titus first encourages the young saints among us to spend time in the word, to really know the Bible, so they can be solid in their Christian life. He then speaks to the older saints, encouraging them to be enlarged to consider the Lord’s interest as a whole, not only the needs of the church in their own locality. One very practical way to do this is to take the time to visit and encourage the other churches.

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#35 • Vision Week, July 2016 • Excerpt 5 • “Living Solely Unto the Lord”

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

In this program we continue to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

There are two excerpts in this program. In the first, Brother Titus brings the saints to sing several verses from a hymn on our need to experience the Lord’s death so that we may be fully one with Him. We provide the full text of the hymn below. While getting into this hymn, Brother Titus challenges some of the young brothers to spend more time to be constituted with the word, so they can be more solid in their Christian life.

In the second excerpt, he again shares on the lampstand in Exodus 25, and once again, he focuses on the fact that while the first three bulbs on the shaft of the lampstand developed branches, the final bulb did not. This signifies that we should not just care for our “branching out,” that is, for the development of the work the Lord has committed to us; ultimately, our life and work must be for God alone.

In this regard he considers the experience of Watchman Nee, the Christian martyr in China who, after serving the Lord publicly for thirty years, spent the last 30 years of his life in a communist prison camp; truly he was an example of one who lived solely unto the Lord.

This excerpt has been edited to remove most of the personal references.

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First the Blood, and then the Ointment

Watchman Nee

Verse One
First the blood, and then the ointment,
   Cleansing, then anointing comes;
If we pass not thru Golgotha,
   Ne’er to Pentecost we’ll come.
If the blood has never cleansed us,
   Ne’er the Spirit’s pow’r we’ll know,
If for Christ we’d truly witness,
   Self-life to the cross must go.

Chorus
Through the cross, O Lord, I pray,
   Put my soul-life all away;
Make me any price to pay,
   Full anointing to receive.

Verse Two
Christ, the Rock, must first be smitten,
   That the living water flow;
Without death the Spirit’s fullness
   Ne’er could dwell in man below.
If with Christ we die completely,
   Willing thus our all to lose,
He will clothe us with His power
   And to win the world will use.

Verse Three
First the altar, then the fire,
   If no loss, there’ll be no gain;
If our all has not been offered,
   To the throne we’ll ne’er attain.
If to sacrifice we’re willing,
   All forsaking, God t’obey,
He to us will be committed
   And thru us His pow’r display.

Verse Four
First we must prepare the vessels
   That the oil they may contain;
Dig the valley full of ditches
   That they may be filled with rain.
First we must go thru the Jordan
   Ere anointed from above;
First in death we must be baptized,
   Then experience the Dove.

Verse Five
When we see the ripened harvest
   Of the golden countryside,
We may know that many seeds have
   Fallen to the earth and died.
Ere the fruit of life may blossom,
   We must surely suffer death;
If with Christ we’ve not been buried,
   We’ll not feel the Spirit’s breath.

Verse Six
Since it must be thus, I pray, Lord,
   Help me go the narrow way;
Deal with pride and make me willing
   Thus to suffer, Thee t’obey.
I for greater power pray not,
   Deeper death is what I need;
All the meaning of the Cross, Lord,
   Work in me-for this I plead.

 

 

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#34. Vision Week 2016, July 2016: Excerpt #4 • Some Experiences of Allowing the Lord to Deal with Us

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

In this program we are continuing to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

In last week’s excerpt, Brother Titus began to consider the life of Jacob, as an example of one who refused to be common, who allowed God to work on him so that he could become a prince of God. In this excerpt he goes on to consider some experiences from the end of Jacob’s life. He also relates some experiences from his own life of how the Lord has dealt with him. By allowing the Lord to work on us, we will find that eventually we produce the bulbs and blossoms pictured in the “hammered work” of the lampstand.

This excerpt has been edited to remove most of the personal references.

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#33. Vision Week 2016, July 2016: Excerpt #3 • Jacob: One Who Refused to be Common

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

In this program we continue to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

As we saw in our previous program, the fact that the lampstand was made of “hammered work,” or “beaten work” in the KJV, shows we must submit to the Lord’s dealings with us if we are to grow in Christ. In this excerpt Brother Titus considers the life of Jacob as one who refused to be common, allowing the Lord to work on him throughout his life until he became a prince with God.

When the Bible tells us that God touched Jacob’s thigh, the word it uses for “thigh” is the same Hebrew word that is used to refer to the base of the lampstand. As Brother Titus shares, this shows us that we must allow God to touch the very base of our living if we are to truly follow the Lord.

This excerpt has been edited to remove most of the personal references.

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#32. Vision Week 2016, July 2016: Excerpt #2 • We Must Allow the Lord to Work on Us

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

In this program we continue to feature excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio, which focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25 as it portrays our spiritual growth.

In this excerpt Brother Titus shares that, just as the lampstand was made of “hammered work,” as it says in Exodus 25:31, so we must submit to the Lord’s dealings with us if we are to grow in Christ. No one can truly serve the Lord without the experience of the Lord’s hand being upon them.

Also, as we read the description of the lampstand in Exodus 25, we can see that on its shaft there were four sets of bulbs and blossoms, but only the first three of these sets produced branches. From this we see that the final blossoming was for God alone, not for His work.

Brother Titus also refers to the simple hymn chorus in this excerpt. The full chorus is:

Deep and wide, deep and wide,
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.
Deep and wide, deep and wide,
There’s a fountain flowing deep and wide.

This excerpt has been edited to remove most of the personal references.

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#31. Vision Week 2016, July 2016: Excerpt #1 • Being Saved from a Routine Christian Life

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

In this program we are beginning a series of excerpts from this past summer’s Vision Week in Cleveland, Ohio. In the recent Vision Week’s, Brother Titus has been considering the Old Testament tabernacle and its furniture. Last summer, the entire conference was focused on the lampstand described in Exodus 25.In today’s program, Brother Titus shares on the significance of the lampstands cups and the blossoms, how they indicate that the Lord will work in our life to save us from our routine so that we can grow.

Here is Brother Titus.

This excerpt has been edited to remove most of the personal references.

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#30. Chicago Conference, July 2016: Excerpt #3

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

In this program we have our final excerpt from Brother Titus’ recent sharing with the saints in Chicago, on the weekend of July 16-17, 2016. In this excerpt Brother Titus shares on Philippians 1:9:

“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with full knowledge and all discernment.”

The Greek word for love in this verse is “agape,” and the word for full knowledge is ““epiginosko.” As Brother Titus shares, based on this verse, to care for the saints we must exercise the “agape” love, according to “full knowledge,” by pouring ourselves out for them that they may grow in Christ.

This excerpt has been edited to remove most of the personal references.

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#29. Chicago Conference, July 2016: Excerpt #2

Sunday, August 21st, 2016

In this edition of our podcast we are continuing with our excerpts from Brother Titus’ recent sharing with the saints in Chicago, on the weekend of July 16-17, 2016.

In this excerpt Brother Titus shares about what it means to genuinely love the saints with the divine love, which is called “agape” love in the New Testament.

This excerpt has been edited to remove most of the personal references.

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#28. Chicago Conference, July 2016: Excerpt #1

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

In this edition of our podcast we are featuring an except from Brother Titus’ very recent sharing with the saints in Chicago, on the weekend of July 16-17, 2016.

In this excerpt, Brother Titus shares about three basic and crucial provisions we have for growth in our Christian life: the daily church life, the Lord’s Day morning meetings, and the conference and trainings.

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#27. Loving the Lord Jesus, Excerpts #16, #17, #18, & #19

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

These excerpts are from the January 2009 conference, “Loving the Lord Jesus,” given by Brother Titus Chu. You can access additional ministry from Brother Titus online at MinistryMessages.org

In this program we have four excerpts. The first two relate to the Apostle Paul’s word of prayer in Ephesians 3:14-16:

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man.

The third excerpt covers 1 John 4:18, and what it means to say that there is no fear in love.

In the final excerpt of this series, Brother Titus  shares on 1 John 5:1, and how as those who are born again, we naturally have a love for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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#26. Loving the Lord Jesus, Excerpts #13, #14, & #15

Monday, June 13th, 2016

These excerpts are from the January 2009 conference, “Loving the Lord Jesus,” given by Brother Titus Chu. You can access additional ministry from Brother Titus online at MinistryMessages.org

In this program we have three excerpts. The first covers how our entire relationship with God is one of love. In the second, Brother Titus shares how all spiritual reality is found in Christ. And in the final excerpt, he shares how as a young believer in Christ he experienced the outpouring of God’s love in his heart.

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#25. Loving the Lord Jesus, Excerpts #10, #11, & #12

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

These excerpts are from the January 2009 conference, “Loving the Lord Jesus,” given by Brother Titus Chu. You can access additional ministry from Brother Titus online at MinistryMessages.org

In this program we have three excerpts. The first covers how God deals with us to show us that all we really have is Him. In the second, Brother Titus covers a hymn from A.B. Simpson; the first and last verses of that hymn are provided below. And in the final excerpt, our brother gives us three basic and crucial principles for having a life of loving God.

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#24. Loving the Lord Jesus, Excerpts #8 & #9

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

These excerpts are from the January 2009 conference, “Loving the Lord Jesus,” given by Brother Titus Chu. You can access additional ministry from Brother Titus online at MinistryMessages.org

In our first excerpt today, Brother Titus shares how, if we are to be those who love the Lord Jesus, the Bible must be something living to us.

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#23. Loving the Lord Jesus, Excerpts #6 & #7

Friday, May 13th, 2016

These excerpts are from the January 2009 conference, “Loving the Lord Jesus,” given by Brother Titus Chu. You can access additional ministry from Brother Titus online at MinistryMessages.org

As part of this conference, Brother Titus emphasized how we need to contact the Lord by just pouring out our heart to Him regarding all that concerns us. So, in the first excerpt of this week’s podcast he shares two examples from his own experience of how, in his early days of serving the Lord, the Lord answered his prayers very directly.

In the second excerpt, he continues on the theme of prayer, stressing how prayer is especially for us to fellowship with God. It is different from petition, or supplication, as we see in Paul’s word in Phil. 4:6:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

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#22. Loving the Lord Jesus, Excerpts #4 & #5

Sunday, May 1st, 2016

The most crucial thing for us to go on with the Lord in a healthy way is to learn how to contact Him and to really spend time in His presence. To develop such an ability is the most precious aspect of our Christian life. We don’t contact the Lord because we want Him to do something for us, but just because we love Him and want to be with Him.

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#21. Loving the Lord Jesus, Excerpts #2 & #3

Monday, April 11th, 2016

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life
– 1 John 1:1

At the beginning of his first epistle, the aged Apostle John shows us four stages in His own spiritual growth: to hear Christ, to see Him, to really behold Him, and finally to handle Him. This should cause us to ask ourselves, “How real is Christ to us?”

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