Lavender’s New Testament and “They Knew Their God” Series – For Your Consideration

We are regularly using Dr. Malcolm Lavender’s New Testament, recently released and available here

On March 16, we began using a wonderful set of books entitled “They Knew Their God” by Edwin and Lillian Harvey (who have both gone on to their reward). A special thanks goes out to Barry and Trudy Tait from Harvey Publishing Company for allowing us to use these on air.

(NOTE: We are not receiving any compensation for our endorsement but highly recommend both of these resources.)

Video Broadcast of Pilgrim’s Progress

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2016 Video Broadcasts of Pilgrim’s Progress

2015 Video Broadcasts of Pilgrim’s Progress

05-04-2016 – My God Will Hear Me (Micah 7)- Thursday Pilgrim’s Progress Broadcast

Pastor Ray integrates the story of a dear brother, Charles Simeon (from the “They Knew Their God” series), with Micah 7. This dear brother was hidden away and largely scorned. He determined to be accepted by Jesus alone. We must make the decision, as illuminated in Micah 7, to not only be separated from our sin but to be utterly divorced from it. Have you made that made decision to be divorced from all sin and to only seek acceptance in Jesus? 

But as for me, I watch in hope for the LordI wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light (Micah 7:7,8).

05-03-2016 – Set Your Heart On Jesus (Malachi) – Tuesday Pilgrims Progress Broadcast

Using Malachi, John 14, and Galatians 5, Pastor Ray asked the question have you made an acceptable offering before the Lord, where you have divorced your sin and have been crucified with Christ or have you offered a profane offering before the Lord? That’s only a question you can prayerfully ask the Holy Spirit. May you set your heart like flint to follow the Lord Jesus Christ, He is enough but the only acceptable offering to Jesus is everything!

05-02-2016 – I Will Not Be Mine (Ephesians 4:17-32) – Monday Pilgrims Progress Broadcast

Today is a more in-depth study from Thursday’s broadcast. The scripture text is lengthy but Pastor Ray reads from Dr Lavender’s New Testament. Here are verses 17 & 18 from Ephesians 4: Now this I say, and declare in the Lord: you are to no longer to walk as the other Gentiles walk, in the nonsense of their mind, having been darkened in the understanding, being alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance existing in them, because of the hardness of their hearts.

He talks about the four key doctrines of Gerhard Tersteegen and many churches in the late 17th century. Make that choice to allow Jesus to go all the way to the bottom in your heart.

05-01-2016 – By the Grace of God, I’m Not Going Back, Sunday sermon, National Prayer Chapel

God is not interested in a superficial work in our hearts, he must take each of us all the way to the bottom. In this very special sermon, Pastor Ray lays out  four simple doctrines from a dear group of Christians from the 17th century that are key to revival followed by four specific behaviors that block this work. By the grace of God, we are trusting that Jesus will get the victory in our hearts as we simply trust Him with all of our hearts. May Jesus bring each one of us through to complete victory, amidst the tears and brokenness that will flow as He takes us to the bottom. Amen! (Note: We used some different software to record the sermon with mixed results, please pray for wisdom for us, as we seek to obey what Jesus asks us to do.)

04-30-2016 – Blessed Is the One Who Does Not Quit – Saturday Sermon Classic National Prayer Chapel

As the Holy Spirit begins to fully subdue us, it will be a time of great anguish of heart. Make a covenant with Jesus to fully trust Him and to not quit and let Him have full reign in every area of your life. It’s been too easy to quit in the midst of suffering and pain and seemingly no change of heart. There is suffering involved when we fully give ourselves into the hand of Jesus but there’s great joy and sweetness. This sermon was preached three months before our beloved Pastor Jan went home to be with Jesus. Determine to go all the way with Jesus and He will bring you through!

04-29-2016 – The Word Shall Go Forth – Friday Pilgrims Progress Encore Broadcast

Today’s encore broadcast is about billionaire David Green of Hobby Lobby. He is the single largest donor of Christian causes living today and finances the Kingdom of God. God entrusted this one man with billions of dollars so that His Word may reach the nations in these end times. Listen to how one family has responded to the will of God and in turn, have become a blessing to millions. You won’t believe the current project they are undertaking for the Lord bearing a cost of over $400,000,000. Be inspired to take action and respond to God. This one family refuses to give into fatalism. They have learned that they can make an impact for Jesus, as they simply yield to Him.  Will you yield to God’s plan for your life?

04-28-2016 – Walking in the Light (1 John 1) – Thursday Pilgrim’s Progress Broadcast

Today’s message focuses on “walking in the light,” (See 1 John 1) and it’s not a quick or shallow issue. During the first part of the broadcast, Pastor Ray talks about the life of John Fletcher, who will be the subject of a future broadcast. Today’s primary focus is on the life on a dear man named Gerhard Tersteegen and his dogged pursuit of holiness. He proclaimed four keys to revival and I’ll leave you with a brief quote with sums up his pursuit of God: “We must depart from ourselves in order to enter into Him. This exit and entrance is the basis and most essential act of godliness because by it, we restore to God what is His-I mean ourselves, thoroughly, wholly and irrevocably. If this departure and this entrance be neglected, our godliness is little worth, and is only a shadow without the substance.”

04-26-2016 – The Wonder of Jesus Christ – Pilgrim’s Progress Encore Radio Broadcast

In this message, Pastor Ray talks about the wonder of Jesus and what He is doing at present in your life and mine. Listen to the broadcast and be encouraged to follow Jesus! The good news is that Jesus ultimately  wins!

04-25-2016 – Miguel Molinos, The Priest of Holiness, Monday Pilgrim’s Progress

There must be a time and place where we come into a place where we can fully rest in Jesus and we’re no longer medicated by the things of this world. Miguel taught that the soul is the center, habitation and kingdom of God. He believed that the temple of God cannot be pure in the absence of peace. That peace only comes as we fully give ourselves solely to Jesus Christ. Listen to this story and be both convicted and encouraged to enter in to His rest.

04-24-2016 – Found in Christ Jesus (Romans 6 and 8) – Sunday sermon, National Prayer Chapel

Pastor Ray primarily focuses on Romans 8 to lay out what it looks like to walk in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. The flesh feeds off of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and there must be a great subduing of the flesh (symbolized by Sodom and Gomorrah). We instead must feast on the tree of Life, who is Jesus.

Lot is an example of someone walking in the flesh who had no power in his flesh to confront wickedness, even within his own family. We must walk in the Spirit, which is synonymous with walking with Jesus (see Romans 8:1). Cry out for understanding and allow the Holy Spirit to draw this line of demarcation between walking in the Spirit versus walking in the flesh. (NOTE: We had some technical problems with the first minute or so of the sermon, so please read Romans 6 as you begin to listen.)

04-23-2016 – Thorns of Destruction (Matthew 25 and Mark 4) – Saturday Sermon Classic (05-26-2005)

In this sermon, the Holy Spirit illuminates the Parable of the Ten Virgins through the prism of the Parable of the Sower. May we be found with oil in our lamps and not asleep. Are you one of the ten virgins who are sleeping? It’s time to awaken from your slumber and ensure that these thorns of destruction are burned.

04-22-2016 Planted in Jesus – National Prayer Chapel Classic Sermon (May 22, 2005)

Using Mark 4, Pastor Ray talks about what it means to be planted in Jesus. Given the focus this week on the parable of the sower, this sermon is a great reminder of what it means to be planted in Jesus. May you decide to be deeply planted in Jesus, it’s a precious sermon. Don’t you want your roots to be in Jesus?

04-22-2016 Pilgrim’s Progress, The Practical Walk with Jesus (Part 2) Encore Presentation

In this broadcast, Pastor Ray continues talking about this practical walk with Jesus that is foreign to many who call themselves Christians in the western world. It’s radically different than what virtually all of us have been taught. Listen and cry out for understanding, so that you may begin in earnest to walk with Jesus.

04-21-2016 – The Suffering Servant (Luke 8 and Hebrews 2) – Thursday Pilgrim’s Progress Broadcast

In today’s broadcast, the fourth in a series on the impending judgment of God upon America using the four soils described in the parable of the sower, Pastor Ray talks about the last two kinds of soil using Luke 8. We must not only choose to be separated from all sin but we must be divorced from it. Victory will not come from a trial separation from sin. This divorce will bring intense suffering, along with great joy and peace as well. Cry out for understanding because Jesus intent for your heart and mine is to destroy all the works of the devil. Let Jesus bring you through into full victory by the power of His mighty blood. Refuse to no longer comfort yourself in anything the devil would throw your way and endure whatever suffering is necessary to be fully planted in Jesus.

04-20-2016 – The Gift of Losing My Will (Luke Chapter 8), Wednesday Pilgrim’s Progress Broadcast

Pastor Ray continues the illumination of the parable of the sower in Luke Chapter 8. The key to the parable of the sower is a willingness to suffer, as we deny ourselves take up our cross and follow Jesus. It’s dealing with that inner pain of our hearts and choosing to no longer satiate ourselves with something to numb the pain with whatever our drug of course has been. We must simply come and put down our roots in Jesus. There’s a work of circumcision that we must allow Jesus to do, as the Holy Spirit unveils those things we’ve used to avoid that intense suffering. Make that choice to be rooted in Jesus today.

04-19-2016 – Parable of the Sower (Mark 4) – Tuesday’s Pilgrim’s Progress

Today’s broadcast, as well as tomorrow’s broadcast, begin to deal with the parable of the sower in Mark 4. We must make that decision to be good soil with the full realization that it will cost everything for that to happen. Listen to the message and make a determination in your heart to fully give everything into His hand.

04-18-2016 – The Death of America (Romans Chapters 10-12), Monday Pilgrim’s Progress Broadcast

Just a brief programming note, beginning immediately we are going to include the primary scripture in the title of the broadcast (or sermon), which will ultimately enable you to search by scripture.

Today’s broadcast is an expansion of the Sunday Sermon, which focuses on the judgment of God upon America if the church fails to fully turn to the Lord God of heaven. The broadcast today focuses on why this is so and what God is after. Will you earnestly cry out to Jesus for Him to reign down righteousness upon America or will you be caught up in your own issues and leave this to someone else to do? It’s time to get exceedingly serious with Jesus.

04-17-2016 – The End of America – Sunday sermon, National Prayer Chapel

Earlier this week, Dr. Michael Savage, a secular Jew issued this announcement on his nationally syndicated broadcast: “Unless Christianity receives a new enthusiasm that sweeps the Western world, and Christianity itself rises up against the forces against it,” he said, “the entire West will collapse in your lifetime.”

There must be a resurgence of the Gospel message and we must become like Blind Bartimaeus crying out for Jesus to not pass us by. We are much like the crowd in that we somehow think we’re okay but we’re not fully aware of our blindness. We must determine in our hearts to have a single-mindedness to seek Jesus while there is still time. I pray that you have ears to ear the still small voice of the Holy Spirit today.

04-17-2016 – The Dangers of Cave Life – Sunday sermon classic (2004)

In this sermon, Pastor Ray deals with the three life threatening dangers of cave life of King David. We must deal with these same three dangers, I pray that this message is both a warning and an encouragement to you.

04-16-2016 – Planted in Jesus! – Saturday Sermon classic, National Prayer Chapel

Today’s sermon is dedicated to a dear one, who has by God’s grace been planted in Jesus. I pray that this message is an encouragement to those planted in Jesus and will provide a confrontation to those planted in anything other than Jesus. May we all be fully planted in Him!

04-15-2016 – The Practical Walk With Jesus – Friday Pilgrim’s Progress Encore Broadcast

We apologize for the delay in this post but it was from Friday’s radio broadcast and focuses on the practical aspects of our walk with Jesus. How does that look, how does it operate and Jesus comes to us through the Holy Spirit to teach us how to walk with Him? We must deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Jesus but how does that actually work? We must flee from the City of Destruction and go through the narrow or groaning gate. Listen to the broadcast and cry out for understanding as to what it means to walk with Jesus.

04-14-2016 – The Life of James Turner – Thursday Pilgrims Progress Broadcast

This broadcast deals with the life of James Turner, a dear Scottish man from the 19th century, who was powerfully used by God. There are many remarkable things about his walk with Jesus but the chief one is his brutal honesty before God and to himself. There’s no real heart change without this transparency. Listen and make that choice to get honest before God and allow Him access to that inner part of your heart.

(NOTE: We didn’t receive the audio file from the radio station, so we had to modify the youtube video for the mp3. We will switch this out once we receive it.)

04-13-2016 – True Grace – Wednesday Pilgrim’s Progress Broadcast

Using Titus Chapter 2, 1 Peter Chapter 5 and Hebrews Chapter 11, Pastor Ray explicitly describes what true grace is and what it is not. In the modern Gnostic American church, grace has been falsely described as a covering for sin, which implies that death is somehow is our Savior. Listen to the message and resolve in your heart to go all the way through to victory with Jesus Christ, despite whatever suffering and difficulties you may face, Jesus is worth it!

04-12-2016 – The Secret of Being Nothing, Tuesday Pilgrim Progress Broadcast

Edward Payson
Edward Payson

The focus of today’s broadcast is on this critical topic of pride. Listen to the story of Edward Payson and 1 Peter 5, how God dealt with his pride and ultimately emptied him. God wants you and I to be a nothing, to live only for his approval and to no longer “be somebody.” Will you let Jesus do that work in your heart?