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Pearls of Biblical Wisdom for Fathers

Pearls of Biblical Wisdom for Fathers

By Randy Cook
There are three aspects to this podcast ministry.

# 1 Provide a forum to assist fathers in their spiritual leadership in the home.
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Series 2 and 3 are supplementary podcasts of Pearls of Biblical Wisdom

Series 2 podcasts are explanations targeting the
pearls of Wisdom found in the Bible

Series 3 podcasts are sermons preached -- podcast of Pearls of Wisdom.
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The Woman at the Well --Answers to Vital Ultimate Life Questions # 2
This podcast is the second in a series that comes from John 4 when the Lord Jesus Christ ministered to the woman at the well. Mark Marbry and I interact on the following points 1. How God's Will is made known to us thru opposition -- those opposed to the truth. God promises to prepare a table of blessings for us in the presence or our enemies (Psalm 23:5) One of the ways The Lord Jesus confirmed the Father's leading in His life was by the opposition that came His way. 2. How critical it is to understand the danger of being a respect of persons in social interactions? Jesus illustrated it in his interaction with the woman at the well -- him being a Jew and her being a Samaritan. James goes into great detail (James 2:1-10) explaining that if we operate with a respect of person's attitude we have become judges with evil thoughts (James 2:4) -- speaking to believers. 3. How God has illustrated in His creation truth that reveals our desperate need of Christ and salvation. With the woman at the well the analogy is WATER. Just as water is a vital need for man's body -- the living water of Christ and salvation through Him is vital for the health of every person's soul. The Lord told the woman at the well if you drink only of the temporal water you will continue to be parched in the emptiness of your soul. But he says in John 4:14: "But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. We give further analogies in the gospels of how the needs of the body reveal the needs of our soul. 4. How God commands every man everywhere to repent (Acts 17:30). This is a balancing point to some of the points we made in the first podcast. All men will be without excuse in the eternal day of judgment before God as to accountability to truth as it is found in Jesus Christ. 5. Towards the end of the podcast Mark shares his personal testimony of how he came to realize one day in church that he really wasn't saved as God one onone spoke to him. The timing of the Lord coming to the well at the "sixth hour" gave him the one on one opportunity to talk with the woman at the well. That was the day she was saved. Ultimately in life each of us needs to come to that one on one encounter with God and hear HIS VOICE SPEAKING TO US CONCERNING OUR NEED OF SALVATION THROUGH HIM. More than any man's voice each person must come to the place in life when he hears the Lord Jesus Christ's voice. Joh_10:27  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
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August 23, 2022
The Woman at the Well -- Answers to Vital Ultimate Life Questions # 1
This podcast is the beginning of other podcasts to follow based on John 4. I encourage you to read prayerfully John 4:1-15 before listening to the podcast to prepare your heart to receive from God's Spirit the application and wisdom you need for your life. Multiple vital life principles emerge as we read of the Lord Jesus Christ's ministry to the woman at the well. Our goal in these podcasts is to explain these essential spiritual life principles by asking two questions: # 1 By asking the Question -- Are you AWAREof the principles that are essential to life in Christ revealed in John 4 # 2 By explaining other vital principles of life in John 4 of which we need to BEWARE of that which will hinder relationship to Christ. This podcast only covers one life principle based on John 4:4 "...he must needs go through Samaria" In other podcasts to follow there will be multiple principles explained in one podcast. A few weeks ago I shared a fifteen-minute devotional of these principles at a luncheon outreach ministry of our church. In the weeks that have followed I have spent lots of time prayerfully digesting and seeking the Lord to understand more fully His wisdom made known in this chapter. May God grant us together to have the mind of Christ as revealed in Jesus’ ministry to the woman at the well.
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August 16, 2022
Agape Love
In this podcast we begin with these verses from God's word:    1Pe 4:7  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. 1Pe 4:8  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.    Heb 10:24  And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works:   Heb 10:25  Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.  The theme of this podcast is: THE PRIORITY OF THE BODY OF CHRIST MANIFESTING AGAPE LOVE IN THE LIGHT OF OUR LORD'S RETURN.  The following verses are used in explaining this priority: 1 John 3:14,  John 13:35,  1 Cor. 13:13,   Gal. 5:22,23,  1 John 4:7,8   Rom. 13:8,  1 Tim. 1:5,  Matt. 22:34-40 Consider the days God speaks of when "... evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived." (2 Tim. 3:13) How is the body of Christ to respond in the triumph of Christ's life in such days The priority given in the verses listed above is that the body of Christ would have fervent love one for another.  Sincere, authentic, genuine agape love being manifest through the members of the body of Christ is a powerful spiritual weapon to overcome the evil of the world right up until Christ returns  (2Co 10:3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 2Co 10:4  (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  Another spiritual weapon is prayer in the manner of Philippians 1:9,10  Php 1:9  And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;  Php 1:10  That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;  We explain this further in the podcast.  We emphasize also in this podcast the critical importance of the one-another ministries of the body of Christ given in the New Testament as to the spiritual health and vitality of God's Church.    Eph 4:10  He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) Eph 4:11  And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;  Eph 4:12  For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: Eph 4:13  Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: Eph 4:14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. 
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July 20, 2022
Walking in the Steps of the Saviour and the Family
This podcast begins with the hymn "Trying to Walk in the Steps of the Saviour". The second stanza says: Walking in footsteps of gentle forbearance, Footsteps of faithfulness, mercy and love, Looking to Him for the grace freely promised, Happy, how happy, our journey above. In this podcast Norman West and I discuss some of the practical ways God's grace, mercy, faithfulness and love is manifest through the family.  Walking in the steps of the Saviour is not us doing something for God. Waling in the steps of the Saviour is God doing something through us by the enabling He gives supernaturally by His Holy Spirit.  Zec_4:6  Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts. Psalm 127:1   Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.  1Co_15:10  But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 2Co_3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
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May 13, 2022
The Living Hope
Season 3   Episode 49    This podcast is based from  1 Peter 1:3 -- ESV  "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,      KJV   1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.  I cover five points: 1)  The Living Hope and Peter's Doxology   2)   The Living Hope and Our Savior's Identity   3) The Living Hope and the Greatness of God's Mercy   4)   The Living Hope and Family (New Birth)   5)   The Living Hope and Vitality (living hope).  The context of this passage is critically important to understanding the practical moment by moment living hope we have through the resurrected life of the Lord Jesus Christ.  Peter is writing to believers who are experiencing great intense trials in the every day moments of their lives and he is assuring them of the practical blessed living hope there is in Christ in every sphere of living. He is assuring them of living hope personally, living hope in the family (marriage and parenting), living hope in the community, living hope in the church family,  living hope in the light of Christ's coming in the days when "...evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived (2 Tim 3:13).  Here are the verses that give the extended context:   1Pe 1:1  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 1Pe 1:2  Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.  1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 1 Pe 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 1Pe 1:5  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 1Pe 1:6  Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:  1Pe 1:7  That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:  1Pe 1:8  Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:  We just celebrated Resurrection Sunday this past Sunday as we gathered for Worship. This podcast came about as a result of my reflecting and prayerfully meditating on the practical application of the LIVING HOPE WE HAVE THROUGH THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST.  I begin the podcast with prayer based on Ephesians 1 That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him: The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, 
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April 19, 2022
How to pray for God's Supernatural Workings in Other's Lives
Season 3     Episode 48 This podcast is a recording of a sermon I preached a week ago at Greenville Christian Fellowship. More recorded sermons are available at sermonaudio.com (search under the speaker's tab for Randy Cook). Multiple times in the gospels we find individuals bringing someone they love to the Lord Jesus Christ who has a desperate need (John 4 The Nobleman's son, Matthew 15 The Canaanite Woman's daughter, In Luke 5 four friends bring their paralyzed friend to Christ etc.). In Luke 7:1-10 we have A Centurion appeals to Jesus to heal his servant. In the Lord's interaction with the Centurion He declared these words: "When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel" (Luke 7:9). Constantly we find in the Gospels people would marvel at the wonder of the miracles the Lord Jesus was working, but only two times in the gospels did Jesus marvel. One is recorded in Luke 7 (he marveled at great faith) and the other is recorded in Mark 6:6 in his hometown of Nazareth  "And he marveled because of their unbelief..." As I prepared this sermon I approached it with the burden of how can we through prayer bring others to the Lord Jesus and see Him work supernaturally in their lives. As you listen to the four points please relate each point to the disposition and attitudes in prayer that enable us to have the faith to trust God for His working in other's lives. The four points are: # 1 His Love for His Servant and the Jewish People # 2 His Own Unworthiness (concerning himself) # 3 His Unwavering Faith # 4 His Understanding of Being "under authority" Also there is a section in the sermon where I emphasize the necessity of not only praying for the temporal needs of others but also the spiritual needs. This point is taken from Matthew 8 (parallel passage about the Centurion's faith) Mat 8:10  When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. Mat 8:11  And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. Mat 8:12  But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Just as the Centurion's servant was grievously tormented with his physical illness temporally, those who do not know Christ as Lord and Savior face an eternal grievous torment described as "outer darkness" -- "where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" Mat 8:6  And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. May the Lord grant us spiritual understanding in praying for the unsaved as we consider the eternal ramifications. May God give parents understanding in praying for sons and daughters, May God grant all of us understanding in praying for neighbors, co-workers, friends, relatives, missionaries, the local church, etc.
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April 02, 2022
Understanding Purpose in Life and How it Relates To the Character of Christ
Season 3     Episode 47  The theme of this podcast is understanding purpose in life through the life of the Lord Jesus Christ and how we can grow in developing the character of Christ in our lives. Joining me in this podcast are four teenagers: Tim Lauriault, Evan Smith, Sean Arterburn and Luke Arterburn. My son Ben and I did a podcast in December 2021 entitled: "The Importance of Character."  This podcast is a follow up to that recording. Since the teens joining us today have been studying in Sunday School and Youth Meeting for several years how to be like Christ through understanding specific character qualities, we thought it would be helpful for you to hear their testimonies of how this is going in their lives. Some of the character qualities we discuss are: thankfulness, orderliness, humility, compassion, authenticity, meekness, flexibility, alertness, patience.  We are so thankful to the Lord for all that He is doing in these teens lives personally and in their godly families collectively. The enemy is indeed coming in iike a flood in our day but God is raising up His soldiers to overcome the darkness of this world through these teens and other teens who understand God's purpose for their lives and are seeking each day to know Christ, to become like Christ and to make Christ known to those who still do not know the Lord Jesus as Savior and Lord of their lives. The gospel of peace through Christ the Lord is the only answer to peace in the disorder of the world that continues to bring wars and rumors of wars. Isa_59:19  So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him. Rom_10:15  And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! Eph_6:15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Joh_14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. Luk 10:2  Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Luk 10:3  Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.   Luk 10:4  Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way.    Luk 10:5  And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house.    Luk 10:6  And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again. 
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March 14, 2022
Every Joy or Trial Falleth From Above
Season 3     Episode 46    This podcast begins with the words of the Hymn -- "Stayed Upon Jehovah": Every joy or trial falleth from above, traced upon our dial by by the Sun of Love. We may trust Him fully all for us to do, They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.  In this podcast Heinz Wurzburg and myself interact concerning the subject: "The Greatness of God's Working in All the Circumstances of Our Lives".  We begin by seeking to understand the greatness of God's Word and its application to our lives. We talk about the difference between the two greek words --             logos (John 1:1, Luke 8:11, Phillipians 2:16, 2 Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 4:12)                                                        and rhema (Romans 10:17, Ephesians 6:17, 5:25,26, John 15:7) --    Both are translated "word" in the KJV Bible. When God gives us a rhema from His Word we see the personal application it has for particular situations in our lives. In the podcast we go into detail concerning one rhema illustration found in Luke 5 that the Lord Jesus gave to Peter.    Here are some of the other points:    # 2   The Greatness of God in Little Decisions in Our Lives    # 3  The Greatness of God's Provision as Found in 2 Peter 1    # 4   The Greatness of God in Every Tribulation of Our Lives as Found in Romans 5      # 5  The Greatness of God in the Restoration of the Soul as Found in Psalm 23    # 6  The Greatness of God in Prayer for Others as Found in Psalm 142:4     # 7   The Greatness of God in Working Through Every Believer as Found in Ephesians 4
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February 18, 2022
The Forgiveness of Sin
Season 3     Episode 45    In this podcast Novie Brandeberry and myself discuss    Matthew 9:1-9    9:1  And he entered into a ship, and passed over, and came into his own city.   Mat 9:2  And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee.  Mat 9:3  And, behold, certain of the scribes said within themselves, This man blasphemeth.  Mat 9:4  And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Wherefore think ye evil in your hearts?  Mat 9:5  For whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Arise, and walk?  Mat 9:6  But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power on earth to forgive sins, (then saith he to the sick of the palsy,) Arise, take up thy bed, and go unto thine house.  Mat 9:7  And he arose, and departed to his house.  Mat 9:8  But when the multitudes saw it, they marvelled, and glorified God, which had given such power unto men. The words of the Hymn "Calvary Covers It All" captures the theme and burden of this podcast:        
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February 05, 2022
Faith and The Stormy Seas of Life
Season 3     Episode  44    In this podcast Charlie Crawford and myself share our thoughts on Matthew 14. Jesus Walks on the Water Mat 14:22  And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. Mat 14:23  And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.  Mat 14:24  But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.  Mat 14:25  And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. Mat 14:26  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.  Mat 14:27  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Mat 14:28  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. Mat 14:29  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. Mat 14:30  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Mat 14:31  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? Mat 14:32  And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. Mat 14:33  Then they that were in the ship came and worshipped him, saying, Of a truth thou art the Son of God. We explain the utter necessity of walking by faith in the victorious life of the Lord Jesus Christ so that through the circumstantial storms of our lives we can become like Him and love Him more and worship Him. Our main points in the podcast are: # 1   Faith and the Necessity of Prayer    # 2  Faith and Decisiveness in Decisions   # 3   Faith and Temporal Values   # 4  Faith and God's Supernatural Provision   # 5  Faith and the Timing of God's Supernatural Provision   # 6  Faith and Fear Charlie Crawford shares testimonies out of his own faith journey as these points are made.   We emphasize that the critical element of faith is the object of our faith -- Jesus Christ Himself.   When I was saved when I was eighteen years of age Tom Tarvin discipled me and from the start he explained to me how critically important it is to understand the humanity of Jesus Christ and the deity of Jesus Christ. Charlie and I spend quite a bit of time in this podcast explaining His humanity and His deity and our faith. My prayerful desire is to do two other podcasts in the future that relate to the miracle of Jesus walking on the Water as found in Matthew and Mark. I would like to do podcast on all that we can learn from Peter's walking on the water to Jesus. Also I would like to do a podcast on the feeding of the 5000 and Mark 6:51,52  -- Mar 6:51  And he went up unto them into the ship; and the wind ceased: and they were sore amazed in themselves beyond measure, and wondered. Mar 6:52  For they considered not the miracle of the loaves: for their heart was hardened.
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January 28, 2022
Overcoming Fear
Season 3   Episode 44  If I were to ask all of you:  "Do you ever have challenges with fear?" I believe every person in the world would respond with a hearty: "Yes indeed I do."  If I were to ask You: "What are some of the most well know verses in the Bible?"   I think that many if not most of you would include in that list Isaiah 41:10:  "Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness." The word fear occurs 385 times in the Bible.  Here are some of verse when the Lord Jesus spoke about fear:  Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  Mat 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.  Mat 10:30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  Mat 10:31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.    Mat 14:26  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. Mat 14:27  But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.    Luk 5:8  When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus' knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.  Luk 5:9  For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken:  Luk 5:10  And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.   Luk 12:30  For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. Luk 12:31  But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Luk 12:32  Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.     In the Lord Jesus parting words to His disciples the night before His crucifixon He spoke these words: Joh 14:1  Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.    Joh 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  In the podcast we talk about how fear increasingly becomes an issue in the last days leading up to Christ's return.  Luk 21:26  Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.  Luk 21:27  And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.  Is it possible to be delivered from fear?    Consider Psalm 34:4  I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. Fear characterizes the life of the unbeliever:  Pro_10:24  The fear of the wicked, it shall come upon him: but the desire of the righteous shall be granted. It is God's will that believers by the grace of God turn their fears into godly desires. If we delight ourself in the Lord He will give us the desires of our heart. Psa_37:4  Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. May God use this podcast to help every father, every mother, every parent, and every saint to be delivered from fear -- especially the fear of death --  Heb.2:15
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January 18, 2022
Running the Race to Win in the New Year
Season 3    Episode 42   In this podcast my son-in-law Jeremiah Paden and myself interact concerning the factors of running the Christian-life race to win not only in 2022 but running to win in all the years of our Life.  The Christian life is described as a race three times in the New Testament -- Philippians 3:12-14,  Hebrews 12:1,2  and in 1 Corinthians 9:24. The major factors in running to win are:  # 1  The Life-time Venture Factor   # 2  The Cross-Country Factor   # 3  The Sowing and Reaping Factor   # 4  The Past Factor   #    5    The Responsibility Factor.   We are to run this race "looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2)  We recommend a booklet entitled "Looking Unto Jesus" that I have handed out over many years that helps us understand the centerpoint of our spiritual journey through the life. 
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December 29, 2021
Understanding the Importance of Character
Season 3   Episode 41    My son Ben Cook joins me in this podcast. We begin by talking about how the Pearls of Biblical Wisdom Podcast Ministry began. The theme of this podcast concerns the subject of character. We quote from a book written by John and Susan Yates. The title of the book is What Really Matters at Home -- Eight Crucial Elements for Building Character in Your Family. The points we cover in the podcast are as follows: # 1 We begin the podcast by explaining the definition of character especially as given to us in the Bible. # 2  The Foundational Character Quality  # 3  The Lord Jesus Christ and Character  # 4  Three Vital Principles of life and the Character of Christ  # 5  Scripture and Character  # 6  Ben's  Experience in His Teens and Character and how it impacted his future life   # 7  Character Development is a Lifetime Venture  # 7  Sunday School,  Character and Young Men Using their time wisely in their teen years  # 8 David and Timothy examples of men who were mature in their youth because of godly character developed in their youth 
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December 18, 2021
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Provoking Children to Wrath
Season 3   Episode 40  -- Pastor Barrett Marshall joins me in this podcast today. He is the senior pastor of Greenville Christian Fellowship in Greenville S.C. We begin by discussing the reality of how imperfect we human fathers are apart from abiding in the life of the Lord Jesus Christ. Without having a healthy relationship with our Heavenly Father through Christ our Lord ourselves, we will never be able to disciple and shepherd our sons and daughters as earthly fathers.   We continue by discussing how one generation of fathers can pass on God's truth to the next generation of fathers in an ever increasing spiritually fruitful way. We explain how critically important it is to understand that truth out of balance leads to heresy. Some of the practical points we discuss concerning fathers avoiding provoking children to wrath are:  # 1 -- Time With Your Children   # 2   Refusing to listen carefully to your children   # 3  Permitting or Tolerating Bad Behavior                 # 4   Demanding Too Much From The Children.     A book written by John R. Rice is recommended entitled  "The Home" --Courtship, Marriage and Children.  In this book there is substantial information as to how Susannah Wesley approached parenting and some of the essential Biblical Principles required if fathers and mothers are to see spiritual fruitfulness in the lives of their children.  We also explain that many times it is out of failure we fathers discover the truth of how to properly bring up the children God has entrusted to us.  Pastor Barrett spends some time explaining exactly what does it mean to "provoke them to wrath." We seek to give illustrations out of our own lives as fathers and also illustrations out of the lives of other fathers to help us all gain the proper understanding of how to be a godly father.  At the end Pastor Barrett shares how our heart goes out to every father because we all know the challenges we encounter in seeking to properly train, disciple, discipline and shepherd the hearts of sons and daughters.  May God fill each of you fathers with the wisdom and understanding you  need from Him so that you can effectively lead your children to come to know salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ and they also can come to know the only perfect Father there is -- God our Heavenly Father !!
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November 03, 2021
The Great Commission and Fathers
Season 3  Episode  39    This podcast begins with a hymn that has the following words: "Far, far away, in heathen darkness dwelling, Millions of souls forever may be lost;   Who, who will go, salvation's story telling,   Looking to Jesus, heeding not the cost?      Refrain     "All power is given unto Me,    All power is given unto Me,    Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel And lo, I am with you always." The theme of this podcast comes from Matthew 28:18-20:   (18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. (19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:(20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Abraham Weihua Liu joins me as we seek together to understand how fathers and families and individuals can be led by God to fulfill by His Holy Spirit's enabling the sharing of the gospel with the unsaved. At the beginning of the podcast Abraham and I talk about how God brought us together in gospel outreach ministry. Abraham then shares his testimony of how he himself was saved by someone else sharing the gospel with him. How God saved he and his wife in China and how God protected he and his wife when persecution came their way is an amazing testimony of God's grace. Since coming to the United States Abraham and his wife Grace have been been involved in full time faith based ministry in ministry trips to China and also gospel outreach to their local community. Even though this podcast is longer it will be well worth your time to listen to it in its entirety even if it requires listening at different times. There is much practical application and illustration of how any person or family can witness the gospel of Christ to those around you.      2 Peter 3:3  Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,  2Pe 3:4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.   2Peter_3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward,. not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance 1 Timothy  2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  1Ti 2:2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.  1Ti 2:3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;  1Ti 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. Matthew     _4:19        And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Acts_1:8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:   and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
01:17:54
October 26, 2021
How To Be A Great Dad
Season 3 Episode 38    This podcast has three major points to it.  # 1  Why being a great dad is so important   # 2  Why being a great dad is so hard   # 3  What are some of the ways you can be a great dad.   My son Aaron and I interact together on these three points.  I am so glad we were able to do this podcast together because he is a dad with three children (one of them a newborn baby) who understands something of the reality of these three points. For instance point number two: being a dad is not easy -- there are many challenges involved that many times come at the most awkward times. Aaron shared with his mom and I when he arrived this morning to do the recording that he and his wife Laura were up in the middle of the night with the newborn baby and they were seeking to resolve some challenges with their son also. I am so thankful to the Lord that he is speaking from his heart to other father's hearts in this podcast about these three points that require a lot of grace from God to understand and apply.   At the beginning of the podcast we play the hymn: Take My Life and Let It Be.  I chose this hymn because in my mind's eye I picture fathers in prayer singing and saying to God: "take my life, my hands, my voice, my will, my intellect, my heart" so that I can bring up the children you entrusted to me in the nurture and admonition of your Son's life. Every father must exchange his life for the Lord Jesus Christ's life if the responsibilities of fatherhood are to be accomplished. Apart from Jesus Christ life through us we do not have the ability to be a great dad. 2Co_3:5  Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.  The Lord Jesus said: "I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing."  John 15:5 Eph 6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. From the start of this podcast ministry this has been the theme verse.   Whenever I think of it or quote it I think of it in this way:  bring up children in the nurture and admonition of the the LORD'S LIFE !!!!!  To be successful as a dad you must constantly live in the reality of Galatians 2:20     "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.  As a father  you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.  (Philippians  4:13  I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.) May God bless you dads with wisdom and understanding because you understanding the greatness of God and through the greatness of His Son Jesus Christ it is possible for you to be a great dad.    Psalm 115:1  "Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake."
01:10:30
October 21, 2021
God's Supernatural Workings in Our Daily Lives
Season 3  Episode 37     Many of you are probably familiar with the following verses in Joshua 10:13,14     "And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is not this written in the book of Jasher? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. And there was no day like that before it or after it, that the LORD hearkened unto the voice of a man: for the LORD fought for Israel."  This was surely a unique sign and wonder miracle in the days of Israel that demonstrates God's omnipotent ability to intervene into the normal operations of natural laws that were set in motion when God first created the world. Pastor Barrett Marshall preached a sermon on this chapter last Sunday at our church (Greenville Christian Fellowship -- Greenville S.C.). It is posted on Sermon Audio already along with other sermons he has preached. He gave me permission to share it with you through the podcast ministry.   It was such a power-impacting message that helps a person understand the power of the cross and salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ -- he brings this out in his conclusion. He entitled the message: "A Day Unlike Any Other."  My take away from the message was: How any believer can have a blessed day and the supernatural works of God be accomplished -- in the life of a person,  in a home, in a marriage, on a job, at the store, in the hospital -- regardless of the trying circumstances. Each of his points were practical Biblical steps we as believers can take and live in the reality of  -- so that the supernatural life of the Lord Jesus Christ is manifest. I would encourage you to have pen and paper ready so you can jot the points down as you listen to this message. Pray before you start listening and ask God to open your eyes so that in every day of your life you can have spiritual discernment of how El Shaddai -- Almighty God is working in your life personally so that every day you can be aware of His supernatural workings -- walking by faith and not by physical sight. As I  was writing these thoughts I received a very unexpected phone call with someone describing to me a horrible situation taking place in their life. The more we talked the more I understood the strongholds the powers of darkness had in the situation. In such a situation looking at it humanly there was no reason to think of a blessed day or to perceive God's working. But knowing the truth presented in this sermon I turned the conversation to looking at the same situation from God's frame of reference and understand the power of prayer through omnipotent God to break the powers of darkness' strongholds. The Key to God's frame of reference and God's supernatural working is understanding Calvary's Cross. As you listen to this sermon ask God to give you a greater understanding of the victory Christ won through His death, burial and resurrection.  Col 2:14  Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; Col 2:15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 
45:19
October 20, 2021
God's Building Program
Season 3 Episode 36
34:22
October 13, 2021
Provoke Not Your Children to Wrath (Part 3)
Season 3     Episode    35   This sermon is a the THIRD in a three part series. All three sermons have as the goal to give father's wisdom as to not provoking their children to wrath. Ephesians  6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. One major aspect of this sermon is the critical importance of being spirit filled in parenting.  Ephesians 5:18-21 is the foundation of wives relationship to their husbands (5:22-24), husbands relationship to their wives (5:25-29), children's relationship to their parents (6:1-3), father's relationship with their sons and daughters (6:4), and servants relationship with their masters (6:6-9)   And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Other Scriptures referred to in the sermon: Daniel 6:3  Then this Daniel was preferred above the presidents and princes, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king thought to set him over the whole realm. Luke_1:80 (John the Baptist)   And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.   1st Peter 3:4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.     When Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5-7 explaining the blessedness of life he began with: Matthew 5:3  Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
40:39
August 03, 2021
Provoke Not Your Children to Wrath (Part 2)
Season 3     Episode    34   This sermon is a the SECOND in a three part series. All three sermons have as the goal to give father's wisdom as to not provoking their children to wrath. Ephesians  6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.
48:44
August 02, 2021
Provoke Not Your Children to Wrath (Part 1)
Season 3     Episode    33   This sermon is a the FIRST in a three part series. All three sermons have as the goal to give father's wisdom as to not provoking their children to wrath.  Ephesians  6:4  And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. 
36:19
August 02, 2021
The Dynamics of Men's Discipleship (louder audio)
Season 1     Episode     14       In this podcast I have four men interacting with me about the dynamics of our Thursday Night Men's Discipleship Meeting over the course of ten years.   Those participating are: Jay Lufkin and his son Jason, Jack Johnston and Stephen Fessler.  The Lord Jesus Christ gave us the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 to go into all the world (nations of the world) and make disciples. Yes believers are to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15) so that those who respond in faith are able to receive salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. But when a person receives Jesus Christ to be saved (John 1:12) and is born again (John 3:3,7  1 Peter 1:23) there is a need for discipleship. The Great Commission is not to make converts only but to disciple believers to spiritual maturity so they too can disciple others to spiritual maturity. 2 Timothy 2:2 says (Paul speaking to Timothy about discipleship) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. The potential impact of true discipleship as to eternal fruit is astounding to consider. If one man disciples one man for one year, and at the end of that year the two men disciple two other men now you have four men. If the four disciple four you have eight, if the eight disciple eight you have 16, if the 16 disciple 16 you have 32, if the 32 disciple 32 you have 64, if the 64 disciple 64 you have 128. After seven years of this type of discipleship you would have a good size church family not including wives and children. The Lord Jesus ministered to the multitudes but the heart of his ministry to establish the foundation of the Church was in the discipleship of the men God gave Him (He speaks in detail about it in his High Priestly Prayer in John 17).  In John 17:20 he said that he was praying for those who would believe on him through the discipleship of the men He discipled.  It is worth listening to this podcast to understand some of the real life dynamics of how this works out practically in one men's discipleship ministry that continued for ten years. Fathers need to know how to disciple their sons and daughters in the home situation. As fathers gather with other fathers in men's discipleship meetings there can be much spiritual gain in the discipleship that takes place in the home context through the multitude of counsel of the men's discipleship meetings.
01:00:30
July 29, 2021
The Dynamics of Godly Companionships
Season One     Episode 15      In this podcast my son Joel and my son-in-law Jeremiah Paden join me. We interact with each other concerning the practical way God has worked in recent years in the godly companionships Joel and Jeremiah have established.  Notice the pinpointed certainty God declares in His word concerning positive blessings or negative consequences that come from companionships/friendships. "He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed."   Proverbs 13:20    "Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”   1 Corinthians 15:33  In this podcast we build our thoughts around the theme "Daniel's Band" (a band of godly men who have joined together in seeking to know the Lord Jesus Christ and make Him known to others so that the powers of darkness are overcome in this world and God's kingdom is established). The Lord Jesus spoke of a man's priority to Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Matt. 6:23).  In 2 Timothy 2:22 God gives 5 qualities to look for in seeking to establish godly companionships:  "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart."  We discuss the need for honesty, transparency and authenticity men being accountable to each other about their struggles. We talk about John Wesley's resolution concerning godly companions, the importance of small decisions and God's will, the importance of outreach  in godly companionship and how God uses the outreach to confirm different aspects of His will in our lives. Jeremiah shares how God used the dynamics of godly companionship to understand his calling to be a pastor. We discuss the critical importance of the priority of  prayer when godly companions are together. We explain that the godly Daniel's band is not limited to men but includes all believers. Jeremiah shares about his godly companionship that started with David when they were twelve years old. We emphasize how important it is for those in their teen years to have godly aspirations and godly companions. At the age of 12 the Lord Jesus said he must be about His Heavenly Father's business   "How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?" Luke 2:49  We discuss the critical important principle of keeping yourself from giving ground to the powers of darkness (in your youth and all through your life)  by giving the proper honor to those in authority.  Jesus illustrated in his life the importance of honoring his father and mother: "And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them:" Luke 2:51.  We discuss how you can walk with wise men not only by the people you spend time with but also by the books you read. Joel and Jeremiah both share concerning some of the books that have spiritually impacted their lives.           1Co_2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Men who love the Lord and come together in the pursuit of knowing Christ and making Him known cannot begin to comprehend the supernatural works God will accomplish beyond anything they are humanly capable of producing. 
01:12:49
July 24, 2021
The Dynamics of Men's Discispleship
Season 1     Episode     14       In this podcast I have four men interacting with me about the dynamics of our Thursday Night Men's Discipleship Meeting over the course of ten years.   Those participating are: Jay Lufkin and his son Jason, Jack Johnston and Stephen Fessler.  The Lord Jesus Christ gave us the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19 to go into all the world (nations of the world) and make disciples. Yes believers are to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15) so that those who respond in faith are able to receive salvation through the Lord Jesus Christ. But when a person receives Jesus Christ to be saved (John 1:12) and is born again (John 3:3,7  1 Peter 1:23) there is a need for discipleship. The Great Commission is not to make converts only but to disciple believers to spiritual maturity so they too can disciple others to spiritual maturity. 2 Timothy 2:2 says (Paul speaking to Timothy about discipleship) And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. The potential impact of true discipleship as to eternal fruit is astounding to consider. If one man disciples one man for one year, and at the end of that year the two men disciple two other men now you have four men. If the four disciple four you have eight, if the eight disciple eight you have 16, if the 16 disciple 16 you have 32, if the 32 disciple 32 you have 64, if the 64 disciple 64 you have 128. After seven years of this type of discipleship you would have a good size church family not including wives and children. The Lord Jesus ministered to the multitudes but the heart of his ministry to establish the foundation of the Church was in the discipleship of the men God gave Him (He speaks in detail about it in his High Priestly Prayer in John 17).  In John 17:20 he said that he was praying for those who would believe on him through the discipleship of the men He discipled.  It is worth listening to this podcast to understand some of the real life dynamics of how this works out practically in one men's discipleship ministry that continued for ten years. Fathers need to know how to disciple their sons and daughters in the home situation. As fathers gather with other fathers in men's discipleship meetings there can be much spiritual gain in the discipleship that takes place in the home context through the multitude of counsel of the men's discipleship meetings. 
01:00:30
July 17, 2021
The Faithfulness of God
Series 1        Episode   13       John Howard joins me in this podcast. John and I have known each other for twenty-two years. He has helped me with my insurance needs and retirement investments. Over the years we have had an iron sharpening iron ministry with each other. Proverbs 27:17  "Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend." Whenever we have met together we have talked twenty percent business matters and eighty percent spiritual matters. I have heard John share so many testimonies of the living reality of Christ in his daily life in every aspect of his life and it is with great joy God has granted an opportunity for us to do this podcast together. A few weeks ago he was sharing with me about the faithfulness of God in his family over many years. I was so moved by his testimony I asked him to work with me in a podcast dedicated to the subject of The Faithfulness of God. Right before we began this podcast we had a season of prayer together and with tears streaming down both of our faces we cried out to God for the Lord Jesus Christ to be exalted in our time together and that God would enable us by the supernatural working of His Holy Spirit to explain the absolute hope there is in God's salvation through Christ both for time and eternity. I believe there is much in this podcast that will help any person discover the unsearchable riches of the wonder of God's faithfulness in His perfect love towards man in providing salvation. Also there is practical encouragement for Dads, moms, sons and daughters and for those seeking to strengthen their marriages. The hymn playing at the beginning is Great Is Thy Faithfulness. It is one of the all time hymn favorites that I have heard in my pastoral ministry in many different settings. The longer you live in fellowship with God in this journey through life the more fervently you can sing this hymn from the heart in worship to God. 
01:07:55
June 22, 2021
The Blessedness of Wisdom and Understanding God Gives to Us Through Reproof and Correction
Series  3      Episode  32    In this message I share from Proverbs concerning God's Reproof and God's Correction (Proverbs 3:11,12) and how vital it is to experiencing the blessedness of the wisdom and understanding (Prov. 3:13,18) of God so that life can be lived the way God designed it to be in our life journey. Proverbs 4:7 declares: "Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."  In terms of a house -- the foundation needed to acquire wisdom and understanding is understanding how God reproves and corrects us. By being properly aware of and by properly responding to God's reproof and correction, our house (our life) can be filled with the blessedness God has promised in every minute and moment of our life journey.  Proverbs 3:11,12 is the foundation and the blessedness of the house is Proverbs 3:13-18. Anywhere you may read in the Bible the potential is there to discover God's reproof and correction if your heart is tender and broken to truly want his way/will to be done in your life. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy_3:16)   If if I insist on my own way in life and am not open to him teaching me His way, His correction will be grievous.       Pro_15:10  Correction is grievous unto him that forsaketh the way: and he that hateth reproof shall die. When God reproves me, if I am insisting on my own way I will "despise" and grow "weary" and not receive the blessings a perfect loving Heavenly Father is seeking to impart to me.   Proverbs_3:11  My son, despise not the chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his correction: There is much teaching in Proverbs concerning parental reproof and correction of the sons and daughters God has entrusted to us. We miss the treasures of wisdom and understanding found in Christ (Colossians 2:3) if as parents we do not apply the same principles of parental discipline to our own relationship to our heavenly Father. In order for earthly parents to properly discipline in the home we must also be constantly responding to God's discipline in our lives.   Look again at these verses in Hebrews 12 which explains God's reproof and correction in every believer's life.  The best commentary on the Bible is the Bible. Hebrews 12:3-15 is God's commentary on Proverbs 3:11,12.   12:6  For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.  Heb 12:7  If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?  Heb 12:8  But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.  Heb 12:9  Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live? 
37:12
June 15, 2021
Prayer Insights
Series 1     Episode  12 In this podcast I am interacting with my mom (Carlean Cole) and Judith Burgess on the subject of prayer.   These ladies have been prayer warriors for many years. In the podcast we interact on major aspects of what they have applied in their own prayer life as to the dynamics of effective praying and knowing God. When I was two years old I was involved in a car accident that put me in the hospital in very serious condition. My mom prayed for me at that time. In this podcast I ask her to share some of the details. It was a great joy to have mom interact with me today (May 24) on her 87th birthday. A major part of the emphasis in this podcast was on prayer and the Word (of God). Joh 15:7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will    [prayer], and it shall be done unto you. Joh 15:8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.  If you would like to have Scripture posted in you home that has beautiful photos in the background you can download free files at      judith.theburgesshouse.com     This is Judith Burgess' website. Eph 6:18  Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;       May God grant each of us the spiritual understanding of how to put our armor of God (Ephesians 6) on so that we can effectively pray for all saints and effectively pray for all men (especially pray for the salvation need of all men).  1Ti 2:1  I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;  1Ti 2:2  For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 1Ti 2:3  For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 1Ti 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 
51:22
May 24, 2021
Standing on the Promises
Series 3   Episode 31  This is a message taken from Proverbs chapter 3.   In it I seek to explain practically how to stand on the promises of God so it can be true in our lives as the hymn says     "we will never fail",     "we will never fall".   If we are to see God's promises fulfilled in our lives we need to understand  the conditions that need to be met. If we see the conditions that need to be met we need to understand how do we meet those conditions. We also mention that in the first nine chapters of Proverbs are ten fatherly talks. All of us as believers need to have fatherly talks with our Heavenly father. Also all of us as sons and daughters need to have fatherly talks with our earthly father. 
39:52
May 24, 2021
Wisdom and Reality
Season 1 Episode 11  Wisdom and Reality This podcast is my son Josh and myself interacting on how the book of Proverbs explains to us the realities of life. We share our thoughts after reading some quotes from Raymond Ortlund Jr.'s commentary on Proverbs entitled "Wisdom that Works."  We contrast reality thinking with fantasy thinking.  2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:       4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)  5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; Thoughout the podcast Josh explains his own personal testimony of the application of reality thinking (Biblically) that has helped him come to an altar of brokeness time and again in his own personal relationship with the Lord. 
56:42
May 08, 2021
Faithful Stewardship Part 2
Series   3    Episode   30 Luke 16:9-13
44:22
April 19, 2021
Faithful Stewardship
Series  3   Episode    29 Luke 16:1-13
39:24
April 19, 2021
The Faith That Marvelled Jesus
Series  3   Episode   28 Matthew 8:5-13
35:11
April 19, 2021
Wisdom is the Principal Thing
Season 1   Episode  10      Proverbs 4:7  "Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom..."  Wisdom -- Seeing and responding to life situations from God's frame of reference.  This podcast is explains: 1) The Priority of Wisdom  2) Wisdom and Reality   3)   Wisdom and Pride   4)   Wisdom and the Lord Jesus Christ My son Josh and myself (Pastor Cook) interact with each other concerning how do we practically trust God for the impossible situations of our lives.   Through understanding the wisdom and power of the life of  the Lord Jesus Christ we can trust God to work miracles of grace in our family and marriage.  
53:50
April 19, 2021
Father and Mother and The Constancy of Prayer
Season 1    Episode  9      This is a message I preached this past Sunday concerning the critical vital need of prayer in our personal life, our home life, our church life in our married life -- in all aspects of life.     In order for mom and dad to be heirs together of the grace of life in parenting it is critical to to understand the points of this message.     1 Peter 3:7      Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them [your wife] according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. God gives grace to the Father and God gives grace to the Mother in parenting.  In the home when God gives grace (to father and mother) He is giving the desire to do His will and the power to do His will.  Parents are equipped in the parenting and shepherding of their children by the divine enabling of grace. Grace parenting is vitally linked to the constancy of praying.       Psalm 127:1     Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.   Through prayer we cooperate with God in the house (family) He is building by His power and divine enabling. The house must be built by God, hence there must be the constancy of praying to God.  Parents need wisdom from above in the daily parenting.   situations that arise.  James 3:17  But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. Each one of these qualities is essential in parenting.  How is it that we are to have this wisdom and these qualities?   James 1:5     If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.  The key to Parenting Wisdom is praying.  
43:20
September 21, 2020
Affirming Sons and Daughters
Season 1 Episode 8 When I was 6 years old (66 years old now)  I remember playing little league baseball. It was my time to bat and I remember hearing my dad in the stands affirming and cheering for me to get a hit. There is a lot I don't remember from my childhood but that was a golden moment I will never forget -- my dad cheering me on !!!!. All sons and daughters need their father's affirmation desperately. That is the focal point of this podcast. I mentioned in this podcast the critical need to emphasize character qualities in the home. Every father needs to have a list of character qualities and their definitions at his disposal that he can use to properly praise his sons and daughters.  Here is a beginning list:  truthfulness, obedience, sincerity, virtue, boldness, forgiveness, persuasiveness, alertness, hospitality, generosity, joyfulness, flexibility, availability, endurance, self-control, reverence, diligence, thoroughness, dependability, security, patience, wisdom, discernment, faith, discretion, love, creativity, enthusiasm, resourcefulness, thriftiness, contentment, punctuality, tolerance, cautiousness, gratefulness, orderliness, initiative, responsibility, humility, decisiveness, determination, loyalty, attentiveness, sensitvity, justice, compassion, gentleness, deference, meekness.  If you would like to have a pdf copy of these character qualities with definitions emailed to you please email me at pearlsofwisdom8877@gmail.com and I will send you a pdf attached file with definitions. 
54:04
September 01, 2020
Devotional to share with your family from Psalms 100
Season 1  Episode 7 I encourage you to listen to this podcast with your family from Psalm 100 and have a discussion time as a family about the truth in Psalms 100. It would be good to memorize the chapter together as a family. Also there is a lot of wisdom in discussing together what it says about our God is our Creator.  God tells us in His Word that one of the first major concepts of truth that children need to learn has to do with Him being our Creator.  Remember the Creator in the days of your youth   Ecclesiastes 12:1
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August 27, 2020
In All Your Ways Acknowledge Him Proverbs 3:5,6
Season 1   Episode 6 When I was eighteen years old I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ and God the Father in a personal way. I knew I had a personal relationship to the Creator God and the Redeemer God because of answers to prayer that only God and I knew about.  The Navigator Ministry in those days had a packet of five verses to memorize for the new believer. Each verse was an assurance of some aspect of truth about God. The five verses I memorized then have been the bread and butter time and again in my journey with God in this life.                   Here are the five assurance verses. # 1     Assurance of Salvation 1 John 5:11-13     # 2    Assurance of Forgiveness of Sins   1 John 1:9          # 3    Assurance of Overcoming Temptation             1 Corinthians 10:13     #  4  Assurance of Answers to Prayer    John 16:24      # 5 Assurance of Guidance   Proverbs 3:5,6 I would encourage you to memorize these verses as a family so that each member of your family can have the assurance and reality  of the truth in each one constantly manifested in your lives in practical tangible ways.
28:02
August 11, 2020
The Spiritual Vision and Purposes for this Podcasting Ministry to Fathers Series 1 Episode 1 better audio version
Series 1   Episode  1 better audio version Every father who has found his way to this podcast should listen to this message first. In this introductory podcast I explain the foundations of how I was led by God to begin this podcast ministry. Biographical Information – Pastor Randy Cook I was born in 1954 in Phenix City, Alabama and saved when I was 18 years old through Tom Tarvin sharing the gospel with me. He continued to teach and disciple me for two years -- to grow in my relationship and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to know God, love God and worship God. I attended Columbia Bible College 1974 -1976.  I attended  Philadelphia Bible College  (from 1976-1979) and graduated  in 1979. I attended Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield PA for two years before God called me to pastor the Greenwich Baptist Church. My wife (Vicki) and I met at Columbia Bible College and were married in Bridgeton NJ in 1976.  She was born and raised in NJ. God blessed us with ten children and 19 grandchildren (as of June 26, 2020) and there is one other grandchild on the way. I have been in pastoral ministry for 44 years in  4 different churches. # 1   Pearl Street Baptist Church in Bridgeton NJ (Associate Pastor 1976 - 1979) # 2 Calvary Baptist in Bethlehem PA  (Associate Pastor 1979-1981) # 3 Greenwich Baptist in Greenwich NJ (Senior Pastor 1981 - 1996) # 4  Greenville Christian Fellowship in Greenville S.C. (where I presently have served since 1999). Vicki and I were able by God's grace to home-school all ten of our children (6 sons and 4 daughters). When I was pastor of  Greenwich Baptist Church we also had a home school ministry in South Jersey that provided a support group for other home-school moms and dads. I am so thankful to God for all the believers he has brought into our lives (as a family)  over the years. They have come alongside of our family and have had a strong spiritual impact upon us to spur us on to become more like our Lord Jesus Christ.   I am also thankful for all the families God has joined us to through the marriage of our sons and daughters. Together we all have one single purpose -- to know Christ and make Him known. I mentioned in this foundational podcast the critical importance of God's mercy in our lives. None of us have a success story to tell. We all as believers have a mercy and grace story to tell. How faithful God has been in our lives based on His mercy and grace. His goodness and mercy must follow us all the days of our lives.
37:00
August 05, 2020
Discerning and Overcoming Self Righteousness
Series  3  Episode 27 Matthew 20:1-16   This message is part of a series on the parables of Jesus.
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August 04, 2020
Greater Works and Praying
Series  3  Episode 26 John 14:1-7
44:46
August 02, 2020
The Way, The Truth, The Life
Series  3  Episode 25 John 14:1-7
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August 02, 2020
Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled
Series  3  Episode 24 John 14:1-3
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August 02, 2020
His Workmanship
Season 3 Episode 23 Ephesians 2:8-10
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August 02, 2020
Fathers and Prayer -- Special Guest John Rajan
Series 1   Episode  4 I am constantly praying that this podcast ministry will have a heart to heart connection with fathers.  One more sermon, one more Bible Study, a little more Bible knowledge etc. can all be given without real heart life transforming change. As John Rajan shared and interacted (from his heart)  with me about prayer and fathers I knew God was answering prayers as to the potential impact of fathers helping fathers by each father sharing from his heart  the real struggles and issues of life that all fathers face. I am looking forward to having other fathers call in so that we together by God's grace can see God work supernaturally to raise up the foundations of many godly generations. 
44:33
July 31, 2020
How a Father and Mother can delight themselves in the Lord in parenting
Series 1   Episode  3 This message is taken from a parable in Luke 17:7-10.  We understand through this parable the whole concept of being a bond servant under the Lordship of Jesus Christ the Master. Rather than parenting or living being a drudgery as believers in Christ we have the marvelous blessing of parenting and living being a delight. As we delight ourselves in our Lord He will give us the desires of our heart.  Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
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July 24, 2020
The Absolute Certainty of a Father Fulfilling His Responsibilty
Series 1   Episode  5         Every father knows the challenges that come with fatherhood.  As we consider the days in which we live we can see the exceeding greatness of the challenges. In this podcast we share with fathers how to know with absolute certainty that you personally are able to fulfill the responsibilities God has called you to as a father. We explain how to take away the question mark ( of uncertainty) and replace it with the period (of absolute certainty).   As I was recording this podcast speaking of the Lord Jesus Christ's sufficiency to see us through the storms of life to fulfill our responsibilities as fathers -- the Lord Himself added  background reality to the message. You will hear the thunder of the storm in the background of the recording that came through at the exact time I recorded the podcast message. 
21:48
July 18, 2020
A Father's Priorities and Success
Series 1   Episode  2 This podcast is my son (Josh) and I discussing priorities of a father and evaluating success from the Lord's perspective.
18:09
July 09, 2020
The Spiritual Vision and Purposes for this Podcasting Ministry to Fathers Series 1 Episode 1
Series 1   Episode  1 Every father who has found his way to this podcast should listen to this message first. In this introductory podcast I explain the foundations of how I was led by God to begin this podcast ministry.                                                        Biographical Information – Pastor Randy Cook I was born in 1954 in Phenix City, Alabama and saved when I was 18 years old through Tom Tarvin sharing the gospel with me. He continued to teach and disciple me for two years -- to grow in my relationship and fellowship with the Lord Jesus Christ and to know God, love God and worship God.  I attended Columbia Bible College 1974 -1976.  I attended  Philadelphia Bible College  (from 1976-1979) and graduated  in 1979. I attended Biblical Theological Seminary in Hatfield PA for two years before God called me to pastor the Greenwich Baptist Church. My wife (Vicki) and I met at Columbia Bible College and were married in Bridgeton NJ in 1976.  She was born and raised in NJ.  God blessed us with ten children and 19 grandchildren (as of June 26, 2020) and there is one other grandchild on the way. I have been in pastoral ministry for 44 years in  4 different churches.   # 1   Pearl Street Baptist Church in Bridgeton NJ (Associate Pastor 1976 - 1979) # 2 Calvary Baptist in Bethlehem PA  (Associate Pastor 1979-1981)    # 3 Greenwich Baptist in Greenwich NJ (Senior Pastor 1981 - 1996)    # 4  Greenville Christian Fellowship in Greenville S.C. (where I presently have served since 1999). Vicki and I were able by God's grace to home-school all ten of our children (6 sons and 4 daughters). When I was pastor of  Greenwich Baptist Church we also had a home school ministry in South Jersey  that provided a support group for other home-school moms and dads. I am so thankful to God for all the believers he has brought into our lives (as a family)  over the years. They have come alongside of our family and have had a strong spiritual impact upon us to spur us on to become more like our Lord Jesus Christ.   I am also thankful for all the families God has joined us to through the marriage of our sons and daughters. Together we all have one single purpose -- to know Christ and make Him known.  I mentioned in this foundational podcast the critical importance of God's mercy in our lives. None of us have a success story to tell. We all as believers have a mercy and grace story to tell. How faithful God has been in our lives based on His mercy and grace.   His goodness and mercy must follow us all the days of our lives.
37:00
June 26, 2020
Three Tests of True Religion
Season 3    Episode  22 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
48:18
June 25, 2020
The Spiritual Mirror
Season 3    Episode  21 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
45:42
June 25, 2020
Listening, Speaking and Seething
Season 3    Episode  20 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
41:35
June 25, 2020
The Goodness of God
Season 3    Episode  19 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
45:10
June 25, 2020
The Anatomy of Temptation
Season 3    Episode  18 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
40:27
June 25, 2020
Trials and Perseverance
Season 3    Episode  17 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
45:00
June 25, 2020
Wisdoms' Perspective
Season 3    Episode  16 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
43:32
June 25, 2020
Prayer and Wisdom
Season 3    Episode  15 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
49:05
June 25, 2020
Wisdom is the Principal Thing
Season 3    Episode  14 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
41:40
June 25, 2020
The Dynamics of Patience
Season 3    Episode  13 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
39:26
June 25, 2020
Patience and Trials
Season 3    Episode  12 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
46:07
June 25, 2020
Understanding Trials
Season 3    Episode  11 This message is part of a series of messages preached on the Epistle of James Chapter 1
39:48
June 25, 2020
The Peril of Self Confidence
Series 3     Episode 10 Philippians 3:3 We worship God in the Spirit and  we put no confidence in the flesh. The surgery needed in the heart that God must do otherwise we will be full of self instead of living in the fullness of Christ's life This message explains how Peter put confidence in his flesh Episode 3    
39:26
June 25, 2020
The Grace of Giving
Series 3     Episode 9 This sermon explains the grace of  giving and serving as a way of life. The Grace of Living How to be transformed in life so that we  are no more a taker but a giver. 2 Corinthians 8 and 9
50:30
June 25, 2020
The Mustard Seed
This message is part of a series concerning the parables in Matthew 13 The Mustard Seed Series 3        Episode 8
41:46
June 25, 2020
Getting the Heart Right
This message is part of a series concerning the parables in Matthew 13 The Sower and The Seed Series 3        Episode 7
39:24
June 25, 2020
The Rocky Ground
This message is part of a series concerning the parables in Matthew 13 The Sower and The Seed Series 3        Episode 6
42:14
June 25, 2020
The Hard Heart
This message is part of a series concerning the parables in Matthew 13 The Sower and the Seed Series 3        Episode 4
47:20
June 25, 2020
Four Heart Conditions
This message is part of a series concerning the parables in Matthew 13 The Sower and the Seed Series 3        Episode 3
42:23
June 25, 2020
The Priceless Exchange
This message is part of a series concerning the parables in Matthew 13 The Hidden Treasure in the Field Series 3        Episode 2
54:05
June 25, 2020
Faith and Impossibilities
This message is part of a series concerning  the parables in Matthew 13 The Mustard Seed Series 3        Episode 1
49:34
June 25, 2020
Our Inadequacy and God's Sufficiency
2 Corinthians 4:8,9 Series 2    Episode  1
10:10
June 24, 2020