Talks on the Grace and Love of God

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Most of the talks on this page are by Ken Blue, who has visited Australia several times. I have never heard anything more life-giving than his messages on grace (see also the book The Gospel Uncensored). Thanks to Ken for permission to put these talks here.

Some other speakers are included as well. The first talk by Brent Rue is all about intimacy with God. At the end there are some talks by Ed Piorek on the fatherhood of God, followed by an encouraging message by Francis Frangipane and a link to an article by Jack Deere about passion for Jesus.

If you prefer reading to listening, there are some thoughts on the grace of God on another web page too.

Letting God Love You – Brent Rue

This had a huge impact on me when I first heard it somewhere around 1996 ... “You mean it can be like that?!”. Highly recommended.

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Foundations in Grace – Ken Blue

Grace is at the heart of Christianity, not just as the way in – acceptance – but also the the way on – empowerment and change.

The themes are (1) your old husband, the law; grace is a genuine gift, (2) Jesus is the flip side of the law, (3) the New Covenant, (4) if we are accepted, why work?, (5) influencing God’s grace, (6) grace produces life, (7) Christianity is founded on power, (8) God’s powerful presence.

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Building on Grace – Ken Blue

The “empowerment” aspect of God’s grace.

The numbering starts with 0 because the first talk was inserted afterwards; the theme is that God has taken final responsibility for your life and transformation.

The other themes are (1) grace as the empowering presence of God, (2) freedom from the cycle of guilt and shame, (3) grace for the humble, (4) your portion of grace (5) grace and joy, (6) the work and rewards of grace (parable of the talents), (7) grace for the mission of the church.

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Healing Spiritual Abuse – Ken Blue

The basis of the book Healing Spiritual Abuse. Surprisingly for the subject, these talks contain a lot of humour (which is quite therapeutic).

Not just about bad church experiences and recovering from them, but a lot about healthy Christian leadership as well.

Matthew 23 is used as an outline.

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Foundations in Love – Ken Blue

A series about being rooted and grounded in love (Ephesians 3:17-19).

The themes are (1) needing a foundation in love, (2) there is no fear in love, (3) love as our anchor, (4) God’s passion for us (Hosea), (5) people are more important than religion, (6) 1 Corinthians 13, (7) love versus rules, (8) lavish, risky love.

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The Father Loves You – Ken Blue

A series on the parable of the prodigal son. Many helpful insights about the way God relates to us, his lavish affection towards his children and the true (non-religious) version of repentance.

The themes are (1) the Father’s affectionate love, (2) performance; connecting with God, (3) knowing and experiencing God’s love, (4) freedom; the elder brother, (5) consequences of sin (as good news!), (6) transactional relationships vs mature love, (7) religion is suspicious of God – and joy, (8) true repentance (more good news!).

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Freedom Now – Ken Blue

A series on the book of Galatians, from a conference in England.

Paul insisted that the gospel was “Jesus plus nothing.” Other themes include experiencing the Holy Spirit, justification, freedom from the Law and nurturing versus confrontive personalities.

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Grace and Healing Conference – Ken Blue

A conference on various grace related subjects in Sydney, 1999. The last talk on encouragement has some very humorous stories.

There was also a talk on healthy Christian leadership before the main conference, followed by a question and answer session (audio unavailable). The main theme was gaining a foundation in God’s love; highly recommended.

The themes are (1) only Jesus knows the Father; the prodigal son, (2) fixing problems and restoring relationships, (3) woman at the well; woman caught in adultery; freedom from condemnation, (4) healing spiritual abuse, (5) being rooted and grounded in love, (6) grace as power; the power of encouragement.

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Transforming Power of Grace Conference – Ken Blue

From a conference in Sydney, 2000. A theme throughout the conference is the prayer of Jabez (1 Chronicles 4:10), which is used as a scaffold for our own prayers.

Other themes are (1) take my yoke upon you; grace and discipleship, (2) three parables of lostness, (3) [audio unavailable], (4) washing feet.

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You’re Destined for Success – Ken Blue

A series on becoming the success God created you to be.

The themes are (1) permission to try things out; fear of failure, (2) it’s OK to be successful, (3) the Bible and success, (4) your dreams; breaking curses.

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Essentials of Grace – Ken Blue

Some additional messages about God’s grace.

The themes are (1) freedom from shame; thinking is not unspiritual, (2) Jesus never accuses, (3) grace is a safeguard; Spirit versus flesh (4) a sinner’s love.

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Defeating Strongholds – Ken Blue

A series on why we act the way we do and how we can change.

Strongholds are attitudes and behaviours we acquired as children which were intended to protect us, but now cause more problems than they solve.

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The Healing Ministry of the Church – Ken Blue

A practical overview of praying for healing. Includes testimonies, dealing with objections and “ministry time” in which people are healed.

See Ken’s book Authority to Heal for more about healing the sick.

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The Spirit of Adoption – Ken Blue

From a conference in Sydney, 2005.

The themes are (1) Bonsai Christians; authority (2) being empowered.

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Other Messages by Ken Blue

Dealing with disappointment in the light of grace.

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God’s power through our weakness.

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God chooses loosers.

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Leaders’ question and answer session on grace.

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The Father Loves You – Ed Piorek

All about the fatherhood of God and experiencing his love. They were originally given at a Spiritual Warfare conference in Sydney (permission received to host them here). See Ed’s website for more.

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Francis Frangipane

An encouraging talk called Routing the Accuser of the Brethren (permission received to host it here). It becomes very humorous.

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Jack Deere

I can’t find a talk called Acquiring a Passion for Jesus by Jack Deere, but here is an article with the same message. Jack also talks about this near the end of his book Surprised by the Power of the Spirit. Recent sermons may be found here.

Questions or comments to: davidfisher@australiaonline.net.au