Daniel

Daniel #3 - Reserved for Gods Service



Philip Alley gives a brief overview of his previous message on the life of Daniel before moving on to today’s theme of living ready for service, just as Daniel did. Philip begins with a timeline of the outstanding events of Daniel’s life as recorded in Scripture, beginning with his challenge to eating the food offered as a very young man to his encounter with the lion’s den when he was over 80 years old. Daniel lived a counter cultural life, says Philip, a way of life completely different to the accepted values of the society in which he lived. He was very clear about who he was – and we must be too. We must not allow ourselves to draw our nourishment from the world around us but to look to God for our sustenance in all things. We make our decisions, says Philip, but then those decisions make us. Today Philip focuses on Daniel 5, describing the city of Babylon and describing the handwriting on the wall that spelled the demise of the kingdom of Belshazzar after he took the sacred vessel from the temple to drink from in an unholy manner. Drawing a parallel, we are the temple of God, and we must not fill our vessels with unholy things but be filled with the Spirit of God. True joy comes from knowing that we are redeemed, says Philip. Happiness comes and goes and depends on circumstances, but true joy is a gift of God. Philip’s message is rich with examples from Daniel’s way of life and decisions that we would all do well to emulate.

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Daniel #2 - Predicaments & Perspectives



When faced with many trials and tests, Daniel was uncompromising. Daniel shows us what our response should be in situations that we may be tempted to grumble or complain. Philip Alley continues his series on Daniel this week, reminding us the importance of prayer in response to situations that seem impossible.

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Daniel #1 - A Tale of Two Cities



The story of Daniel is full of examples of standing for God amongst a godless culture. In this message Philip Alley brings to light many things that we can relate to from Daniels experience.

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Vision Sunday - Celebrating the Feast of Epiphany



The Epiphany Sunday message brought today is a composite one with various speakers involved. John Alley begins the message, emphasising that Christians need to have a Bible worldview – a thinking faith that leads us to win the enemies of Christ so that they become friends of Christ. Philip Alley takes up the thread and answers the question, “How much has the Kingdom of God advanced?” Philip gives a comprehensive report of the progress of the Gospel in the nations, emphasising that even though human beings take a negative view of the state of the world, the world is in fact becoming a better place as the Gospel has impact in the nations. John then speaks of the dream of Nebuchadnezzar before introducing David Hood, who gives an account of what Peace as a church has done in response to the call to missions. John then introduces David Alley, who speaks of what is yet to be done. John concludes the message with encouragement for every believer to believe the Scriptures, to accept responsibility to bear fruit, praying every day, and to adopt a nation which the individual will commit to pray for every day for the rest of their lives.

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Daniel's 70 Sevens



John Alley’s message begins with an overview of Daniel Chapter 9, before focusing on verse 24 in particular. John observes that many people, preoccupied with their own view of end times, have unfortunately imported difficulty into these verses that was not intended by the Lord when speaking with the prophet Daniel. It was given to Daniel, the angel said, so that he would "understand." John points out several items of great interest, including the amazing prophecies regarding Cyrus recorded centuries before he came to power as the world ruler and issued the decree to rebuild Jerusalem - which decree was the starting point for the 70 heptads (70 “sevens”), a period of 490 years. At the end of 69 Heptads the Messiah was to appear to Israel, and in the middle of the 70th, he was to be "cut off." These events did fulfil exactly, and in the precise timeframe foretold, the six things prophesied in verse 24 of Daniel 9. John presents both New and Old Testament Scripture to demonstrate that all of these things as described by the angel to Daniel have an accurate gospel fulfilment, and all in the precise time frame of the prophecy. John points out the judgements in the prophecy that were to come, and did come, upon Israel, who rejected and put to death their Messiah. One of these was the sealing up of vision and prophecy (as foretold by other prophets as well) so that from that time, no one in Judaism had any further access to seeing or hearing (for only in Christ is the veil taken away), but at the same time the Body of Christ became the newly anointed Most Holy Place (the temple of God), the anointing of which took place at Pentecost - again, precisely, in the middle of the 70th Heptad. John concludes with this devotional application: We believers in our Lord Jesus cannot take God, nor the grace we have, for granted. We must be humble before God, so that we will not by default suffer the same judgement as in this passage, but rather by the grace of God have ears that hear and eyes that see. This message is filled with Scriptural and historical truths and will bring light to the passage discussed.

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Christs Messianic Reign in 4 Psalms



This message by John Alley explores the question as to when Jesus began to rule and reign as Messiah on David's throne. John presents many Scripture verses from the New Testament which all point to the fact that as soon as Jesus was resurrected, he was given all authority and power -- in short, Jesus ruled at the right hand of God from that very time. John then goes on to draw strong parallels between Daniel's revelation (Dan 7:13) and Revelation 5:1-10, both of which indicate that Jesus, once slain, rose again and was found worthy to open the scroll and to reign. John then goes on to quote four Psalms: Ps 2, Ps 22, Ps 72 and Ps 110, which also strongly reveal the rule and reign of Christ.

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The Increase of His Government



The prophet Isaiah, in speaking of the coming Messiah, said “….Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end…” What, exactly, does that mean? John Alley brings a message of hope and encouragement regarding the things to come in light of the Gospel. John examines the words of the prophets Isaiah and Daniel as well as Chapter 21 of Revelation and draws parallels in the prophetic language and symbolism contained therein. Most popular theories about the end of the world and the second coming of Christ are not based on exegesis, says John, where the Bible would interpret itself. When, however, a comprehensive study is made of the Bible passages relative to this subject, it can be seen that the word of God, the Gospel, will continue to grow and increase and be active in the world. John presents statistics that verify that Christianity is on the increase in the world and that

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Prayers For Us All



John Alley begins his message today with a recap of the previous week’s teaching regarding the keys to successful prayer. These include discovering and deciding what is the will of God, setting the heart to believe that the requests we make of God will be answered, and then confessing aloud the word, promise or truth of God about the given situation. John goes on to read the passage in Philippians 1:9-11, which he has titled “Prayers for us all”. This, says John, is the kind of prayer that we should be praying for ourselves, our families and the church – that we might grow and abound in love and knowledge and depth of insight. John also reminds the listener of Daniel, who the Bible tells us prayed 3 times a day – evening and morning and noon. And Daniel was greatly esteemed by God. This, says John, is a model for prayer that we need to emulate in order to see great breakthroughs. Sunday 14th July 2013

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