Old Testament Survey - Vol. 2

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2 Kings part 2 - Looking for a Place Called Home


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1 & 2 Kings part 4 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Transplanted

  2. Gut wrenching trauma

  3. Fixated on trauma

  4. God understand fixations and emotional traumas

  5. Every transplant is a shock to your system

  6. Takes three years for a tree to recover from being transplanted

  7. Judgment is coming but if you would just repent you wouldn’t have to go through it

  8. All transplants test you

  9. Every time you go through a transplant you will either go way forward in God or way back in God

  10. This is me and God

  11. When you are forced to transplant it teaches you to pay the price

  12. When they paid the price of losing something dear they learned to let that horror build something strong in them

  13. A forced transplant is one of the most intense moments in your life

  14. God wants to build something deep in you that you would not have built if it were not for the pain

  15. We are all looking for a place to call home

Chronicles part 1 - Resolving the Negative of the Past


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Chronicles part 2 - The Power of Congregational Worship


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Ezra part 1 - The Purpose of Prophecy - UD


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Ezra part 2 - Divorce - UD


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Nehemiah part 1 - Leadership = See the Goal & Care - UD


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Nehemiah part 2 - Godly Leadership = Do They Want Sympathy or Change? - UD


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Nehemiah part 3 - Godly Leadership = The Best Spot on the Team - UD


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Nehemiah part 4 - Your Life's Great Work - UD


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Nehemiah part 5 - Will You Die Strong of Weak? - UD


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God's Purpose for Marriage - UD


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Esther - Coincidence or Divine Providence - UD


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Job part 1 - UD


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Job by Pastor John Fichtner- part 1

  1. Job was blameless, upright, he feared God and shunned evil

  2. Job had 7 sons and 3 daughters

  3. He lost all of his children and wealth in the same day.

  4. The book of Job is meant to stretch us beyond our parameters

  5. Serving God brings blessings and disobeying God brings curses

  6. In the Old Testament Satan is mentioned by name 18 times. Of these 18 times 14 are in the first 2 chapters of the book of Job

  7. One of the purposes of the book of Job is to make us aware of Satan

  8. Satan’s name literally means “The Attacker”

  9. Satan never rests because he has no ability to stop.

  10. Beware of God trying to get your attention regarding restlessness.

  11. Satan already had Job in mind when he was speaking with God

  12. God bragged on Job to Satan

  13. God gave Satan permission to Attack Job

  14. The longest Jobs trials might have lasted was 30 days

  15. The last 140 years of Job’s life was twice as blessed as the first 40. Even though he had already been the most blessed man in the land those first 40 years.

Job part 2 - Arguments - UD


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Job by Pastor John Fichtner – part 2

  1. When you give yourself freedom to say that you are “mad at God” you are saying that you are the judge and God is on trial. That you are innocent and God is guilty.

  2. We are never at a place where we can judge God.

  3. Job is hurting so bad that he curses the day he was born

  4. Job was the most tender hearted and generous man in all the land.

  5. Job is 35 chapters if an argument.

  6. There is an awareness that arguments are never from God.

  7. When arguments get to a certain point all that is left is viciousness

  8. Discussions turn into arguments when there is inflexibility.

  9. The Bible commands that we speak the truth in love.

  10. Humility is the door way to truth

  11. Job believed God is a just God

  12. God has even forgotten some of our sins.  

Psalms - Call Forth a Bigger River - UD


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  1. Psalms was never meant to be read – it was meant to EXPRESSED

  2. Every word in Psalms was never read, studied or analyzed, it was sung, wept, or shouted to the heavenlies

  3. Psalms can turn ugly emotions into rivers of joy, clarity, calmness, peace, wisdom, and truth

  4. Psalms can guide you step by step out of emotions that would overwhelm you

  5. Psalms calls us to be FREE emotionally

  6. There’s a lot of anguish in the book of Psalms

  7. Emotions are like rivers in your soul, and it’s hard to stop a river

  8. 43% of the word “trust” in the Bible is in Psalms

  9. You can call forth a river by PRAISING the Lord in the area that you’re struggling/wrestling with (Lord, I trust You AND I praise you for…)

  10. Move PRAISE out of your heart

  11. You don’t “teach” the Psalms, you “experience” the Psalms

  12. Psalm 19

  13. Psalm 32

Proverbs part 1 - A Dog Returns to his Vomit - UD


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  1. First five years as a Christian, PJ read Proverbs more than the other 65 books of the Bible combined!

  2. When you come to important “fork in the road” decisions in life, we want to hear WHAT God’s will is

  3. There’s something higher than knowing WHAT God’s will is – it’s knowing WHY it’s God’s will

  4. Proverbs is full of similes and gets you out of the box into creative, mental stretching

  5. Proverbs opens your mind to understanding

  6. Fools do wickedness for the thrill/excitement of it; when you seek UNDERSTANDING, you can find that same feeling of thrill/excitement/fun

  7. Proverbs SIMILES examples:

    1. An honest answer IS LIKE a kiss on the lips (Prov. 24:26)

      1. Must approach it slowly & seek permission

      2. Gentleness (honesty isn’t rude!)

    2. LIKE ONE who takes away a garment on a cold day, OR LIKE vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart (Prov. 25:20)

      1. The best thing to say when someone is grieving is nothing

    3. The mouth of an adulteress IS A deep pit (Prov. 22:14) – equates adultery to pornography

      1. Jesus can deliver from every sin, but some sins are tougher – getting in is a quick fall, getting out is harder

      2. You don’t realize until you hit bottom just how hard it is

      3. Pornography is treating a human being like a piece of meat

      4. Pornography will cause you to become isolated and effectively destroy your chances all other relationships – you need HELP to get out

    4. A ruler who oppresses the poor IS LIKE a driving rain that leaves no crops (Prov. 28:3)

      1. The thing that was supposed to bring life (water!) brought death

    5. LIKE a dog that returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly (Prov. 26:11)

      1. What’s more gross: a dog returning to eat the thing that just made him sick, OR, a woman returning to a husband that brutally beat her in the past?

    6. A word aptly spoken IS LIKE apples of gold in settings of silver (Prov. 25:11)

      1. A word aptly spoken costs you A LOT! (time, listening, caring)

    7. LIKE a gold ring in a pig’s snout, is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion (Prov. 11:22)

      1. God expects to receive the fruit from whatever gift He has given you

    8. LIKE a city who’s walls are broken down, is a man who lacks self-control (Prov. 25:28)

      1. Key verse in all the Bible based on spiritual warfare

      2. God wants to build weapons for you to use when you’re under attack – it’s all CHARACTER

    9. LIKE a lame man’s legs which hang limp is a proverb in the mouth of a fool (Prov. 26:7)

      1. Useless, ineffective, futile, no strength – the purpose of legs is to WALK and they can’t

      2. Legs are for BALANCE – people of wisdom want balance, they want to understand the WHOLE truth

      3. Legs are meant to carry WEIGHT and a fool’s words never carry any weight

      4. There’s nothing wrong with failing, but the most horrible thing in the world is to fail and not learn from it

Proverbs part 3 - Wisdom Starts With Rebuke - UD


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  1. Proverbs 2:1-11

  2. The first nine chapters of Proverbs are about God desiring for us to have wisdom

  3. It pleases the Spirit of God for you to pause, underline, and mark things

  4. Proverbs 3:13-18

    1. GOD’S wisdom is pleasant and peaceful

  5. Proverbs 4:1-7, 20-23

    1. Take your children when they’re young and tell them to go after God

    2. “THOUGH IT COSTS ALL YOU HAVE, get understanding”

    3. The Word is HEALTH to your body (Prov. 4:22)

  6. Proverbs says that the opposite of wisdom is pornography and sexual immorality

  7. The Bible says that the ultimate, perfect shape a woman can be, is the shape of your WIFE

    1. The world will tell you that you’re an animal & try to convince you that you’re led by heat

    2. YOU have the ability to decide - in advance - what will sexually stimulate you

  8. Proverbs 5:15-19

    1. Your sex drive is like a river and CAN be a source of life

    2. When a river overflows its banks, it becomes polluted; the banks are what purifies and cleans the water

    3. You (as a husband/wife) can DECIDE what is the ultimate thing that “turns you on”

    4. You will be captivated/intoxicated/exhilarated/obsessed with loving your wife, OR, you will be obsessed/captivated with the animal aspects of sex, with no concept of the person

    5. The more you affirm/praise your wife, the more sexually stimulated you are

    6. God created the sex drive so that no fight will last longer than three days 

    7. Become obsessed with loving and serving your wife

  9. Proverbs 8:1-4, 18-21, 30-31

    1. It’s NOT HARD to find wisdom

  10. Proverbs 1:20-21

    1. Wisdom is LOUDER than the noise you’re already in the middle of!

    2. If Wisdom is shouting where the paths meet, then why do 99% of the people 99% of the time NOT walk in wisdom?

  11. Proverbs 1:23 – MOST IMPORTANT VERSE in the chapter of Proverbs

    1. “IF you had turned at my reproof…”

    2. Wisdom ALWAYS begins with a rebuke – Christianity is the only religion that says that man has a bent towards sin and he cannot fix himself

    3. Throughout history – the more prosperous a man is, the more perverse he is

    4. For God to prosper us, we have to admit where we’re WRONG

    5. When you embrace rebuke, Wisdom will be poured out to you

  12. In order to prosper, you have to wake up every morning and BEFORE strife starts, look for where you’re wrong and where you have a mindset that’s locked in

  13. Proverbs 6:23

  14. Proverbs 12:1

    1. When someone corrects you, they need to already have truth in their life

  15. Proverbs 15:32

    1. Children feel secure when they’re given correction

  16. Proverbs 18:2

Ecclesiastes part 1 - UD


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Ecclesiastes part 1 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Under the sun-don’t want any part of God

  2. Nobody expects to come up empty

  3. Shrunken your existence down from birth to death

  4. Desperate fear of is this all there is

  5. There is a an intended goal for this world and for my life

  6. Never stop to ask does it have any meaning or purpose

  7. So worried about keeping up with the dog in front of you

  8. Eyes open I can’t make it on my own I need you

  9. Amidst all this success life gets emptier an emptier

  10. I still can’t make my life have meaning

  11. How to break the power of temptation

  12. Shipwrecked their life and soul

  13. Can your marriage be somewhat fulfilling apart from God

  14. Can globs of money be somewhat fulfilling apart from God

  15. We look toward God and just glance at temptation

  16. What are the areas you think are somewhat fulfilling apart from God

  17. Really look at that thing you think you want so bad

Ecclesiastes part 2 - Facing the Emptiness of Life - UD


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Ecclesiastes part 2 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Is what I have spent my life doing worth while

  2. Has my life been used in a wise and good way

  3. There’s will be times the way of God is hard

  4. It’s that temptation that God wants to break off your life

  5. Cry in the human soul—I want to be special

  6. I want to have an identity that’s all me and no one else

  7. Area we tried to find meaning is in the area we thought we had our greatest ability

  8. We choose our best area because we wanted to be better than everybody else

  9. Many times when our best goes empty what we do is swing to a second

  10. My mind still guiding me with wisdom

  11. Is there anything fulfilling in being smart

  12. Set out to find meaning through conquering knowledge

  13. The more they gain the more their ignorance grows

  14. Knowledge is a piece of cake

  15. Truth is something that changes people’s lives

  16. Don’t run from reality

  17. Look deep into who we are and what we’re doing with our life

Ecclesiastes part 3 - True Fulfillment - UD


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Ecclesiastes part 3 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Sleep of a laborer is sweet

  2. How well are you handling your work

  3. How are you sleeping

  4. Everybody wants to be a success

  5. Everybody wants this esteem sense of your great

  6. My heart took delight in all my work

  7. The heart of God is to be productive

  8. The bigger the goal the greater the satisfaction

  9. Looked in a multigenerational prospective

  10. What will be the fruit on your life in your grandchildren

  11. Work had deceived him

  12. I hated everything I worked

  13. The greater they succeed the greater the chance they would destroy their children

  14. What is the highest inheritance that you can leave for your grandchildren

  15. 90 percent of passions in your life are wired to produce

  16. Lowest of goals is financial stability

  17. Highest goal is to lead people to Jesus Christ

Ecclesiastes part 4 - Change - UD


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Ecclesiastes part 4 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. There are times that try men souls

  2. An abnormal thing as become a normality

  3. Live in the most insecure group of people that’s ever lived

  4. You don’t decide when you die

  5. Controlling people are usually very insecure people

  6. Controlling people don’t like change

  7. Feel like their whole life is shifting sand

  8. Be excited about new things and let go of dead things

  9. God says buried it and let it go

  10. If you want to understand change understand there are seasons

  11. Cooperate with the season

  12. To stay the same you have to change

  13. Your walk with God must constantly change and grow

  14. You cannot avoid the negatives in life

  15. Negatives versus purposes

  16. Can you answer if Jesus makes a difference in your life

  17. Ride the tidal wave or get blown away

Ecclesiastes part 5 - Government Delay the Decay - UD


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Ecclesiastes part 5 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Politics

  2. When you realize that the world hates you then you begin to modify some goals

  3. We have the ability to delay the decay, but we’re never go back

  4. Grasping of the fact that politics are about power

  5. Principalities and powers are all bound up in the subject of government

  6. Without logic

  7. Demonic unrelenting hatred

  8. You can pray and change the course of a government

  9. The intention is not to pray for a Christian government

  10. Pray for peace that the government will not hinder Christians from sharing the gospel

  11. The purpose of government is to help the weak and protect the innocent

  12. Government is not about economy

  13. Government is not about military

  14. Petty power trips

  15. There to protect their turf

  16. The wise in heart will know the proper time and procedure

  17. Politics are ever changing

  18. Be calm and watch the timing God gives you

Ecclesiastes part 6 - Old Age & Youth - UD


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Ecclesiastes 6 by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Twilight years

  2. Bladder control

  3. Arms and hands

  4. Teeth

  5. Don’t go out very often

  6. Begin to lose your hearing

  7. Hard to sleep

  8. Lose their voice

  9. Balance

  10. Hair

  11. Desires

  12. God is the only source of fulfillment in his life

  13. I figured it out too late

  14. There’s nothing fulfilling apart from God

  15. Unless you take ownership

  16. I’ll pay any price to see my child walk with Jesus

Song of Songs - Don't Awaken Love...


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Song of Solomon by Pastor John Fichtner


  1. Easy to be cold and closed

  2. You have to trust to throw open your heart

  3. This kind of romantic passion is from the heart of God

  4. Wedding poem

  5. This is a picture of how passionately God loves you

  6. Also a romantic story between two people

  7. Do not awaken love until the time is right

  8. When teenagers throw themselves into romantic passion to early it will consume them

  9. So hungry for someone to light up when they walk into a room

  10. Someone to be happy that they exist

  11. Thrown their hormones in their bodies into early puberty out of a hunger for someone to love me

  12. We keep our kids in a state of sleep by lighting up when they walk in the room

  13. Gushy and sappy are God things

  14. You want to praise a man or woman according to their deepest desire

  15. Love is awaken through friendship

  16. You will recognize your mate because they are the person who is your best friend

  17. If you can’t talk you best not get married

  18. Happiness is being married to your best friend

  19. Marriage is an exchange of ownership of your life

Isaiah part 1 - 'Numbers' Facts


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Isaiah part 2 - Essential Ingrediant to Prayer


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Isaiah part 3 - Life Long Intercession


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Isaiah part 4 - Prayer Structure


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Isaiah part 5 - Jesus' Kind of People


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Isaiah part 6 - Power & Authority


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Isaiah part 7 - Power of the Tongue


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