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Bible 2021: 10 Minutes of Truth

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Ten Minutes of truth from God's Word, every day. Join us as we read and discuss one chapter of the Bible a day, along with life application for 2021, wisdom from spiritual giants, explanation of difficult passages, answers to tough questions, and a little bit of humor as well. Everybody's got ten mi… read more

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How Do We Fan Into Flame The Gift of God In Our Lives? Reading 2nd Timothy 1 #261

September 18th, 2021

11:40

Paul tells Timothy to fan into flame the gift of God in his life - how can WE do this - how can we rekindle God's spiritual gifting in our lives?

How Do We Fight The Good Fight of Faith? Reading 1 Timothy 6 #260

September 17th, 2021

10:34

How do we fight the good fight of the faith - does this mean fighting with other people, engaging in spiritual warfare, or something entirely different?

Why Does God Allow Bad People to Have Great Lives?? Why Does God Bless the Wicked? Reading Psalm 73 #259

September 16th, 2021

12:07

Why does God allow wicked people to prosper and do well? In today's episode, we consider how the Psalmist Asaph almost lost his faith when he saw bad people living good lives- until he stepped into the sanctuary to …

Does God Cause us Troubles and Misfortunes? Reading Psalms 71 #258

September 15th, 2021

12:26

Multiple times in the Psalms- almost 50 - God is declared to be our refuge - a shelter from trouble and distress. How then can it be that our refuge …

How Should Christian Men Treat Women? + Should Christians Drink Alcohol at all? 1 Timothy 5 #25

September 14th, 2021

11:55

Two big topics today, that we treat with an introductory overview. How does the Bible command that men treat women? The answer is very practical and …

What Do Demons Teach? + The Dangers of Christians Propagating Myths, Fake News and False Conspiracy Theories. Reading 1 Timothy 4 #256

September 13th, 2021

13:28

It turns out that demons don't teach the kinds of things we would expect them to...but are much more subtle. Also - is there any danger in Christians …

Who is the Church? What is the Church? Reading 1 Timothy 3 #255

September 12th, 2021

9:26

You know the church isn't a building, but a people. Today, we read how the church is also the household of God and a pillar and foundation of truth …

Is The Apostle Paul Sexist? Is the Bible Sexist? Who Does Paul Think He is By Telling Women to Be Quiet and Dress Modestly? Reading 1 Timothy 2 #254

September 12th, 2021

15:27

In 2nd Timothy 2, Paul tells women to be quiet and dress modestly. Do such commands indicate the Paul was sexist, or the Bible was sexist? I don't …

List of Reasons Why Jesus Came To Earth? + Who Wrote the Most Books of the Bible and Who Wrote the Second Most Books of the Bible? Reading 1 Timothy 1 #253

September 10th, 2021

14:15

Today we list out at least ten biblical reasons why Jesus came from Heaven to earth and also discuss the humility of Paul. + Bonus trivia: Who wrote …

How God Satisfies Our Hunger + Speaking Truth To Yourself in Times of Distress . Reading Psalms 62-63 #252

September 9th, 2021

11:03

Today we discuss how God's goodness sustains and upholds us just like a rich and nutritious meal. Also - how and why we should preach truth to …

Three Spiritual Practices For When you Are In Trouble - How to Spiritually Respond to Crisis.

September 8th, 2021

10:47

In Psalm 59, David is facing a group of agents of the king who want to kill him. Even though we don't normally face that exact situation, we can learn much from how David spiritually responded to being in a crisis.

How Do You Test Yourself To See if You Are In the Faith? Reading 2nd Corinthians 13 #250

September 7th, 2021

10:49

Paul commands Christians to examine themselves and test themselves to see if they are actually in the faith, rather than Christians in name only. …

What is Paradise? Where is Paradise? What is the Third Heaven Paul Was Caught Up To? + The Power of Weakness. Reading 2nd Corinthians 12 #249

September 6th, 2021

12:07

Jesus tells the thief on the cross, "Today you will be with Me in Paradise," So - where is Paradise and what is Paradise, and why was Paul caught up …

Satan Disguised as an Angel of Light?! + Qualifications of a Great Spiritual Leader. Reading 2nd Corinthians 11 #248

September 5th, 2021

13:12

The Bible teaches that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light- what does this mean - is Satan even an angel? We also learn in today's passage …

Bible 2021 Podcast, Episode #247: Spiritual Warfare

September 4th, 2021

9:54

Today we discuss spiritual warfare and how to NOT fight with your basic human impulses. Spiritual warfare: The Bible teaches we do NOT wrestle …

What the Bible Teaches About Giving, Part 2. Reading 2nd Corinthians 9 #246

September 3rd, 2021

8:51

Giving is a controversial Bible teaching - today we discuss how God blesses those who give...is giving a way to get rich? Also: why pastors and …

How Can We Not Be Afraid and Trust God + Origins of America's Motto. Reading Psalm 55 and 56 #245

September 2nd, 2021

13:04

David finds himself in a terrible situation in Psalm 55 - captured by his arch enemies, and held in their capital city. He claims, however, that He will trust God and NOT be afraid. How can we do the same - trust God …

How to Pray and Seek God When You've Done Something Terrible. Reading Psalm 51 #244

September 1st, 2021

10:41

What if we've done something really, really horrible - the kind of thing that no human would ever approve of, much less God. How do we turn back to …

What the Bible Teaches about Giving, Part 1. Reading 2nd Corinthians 8 #243

August 31st, 2021

12:43

Today we discuss what the Bible teaches about giving - how giving under compulsion is not allowed - and also discuss the difference between tithing …

The God Who Comforts the Downcast + Godly Sorrow Vs.Worldly Sorrow. Reading 2nd Corinthians 7 #242

August 30th, 2021

10:32

Today we discuss how God uses regular old humans to comfort the downcast + a life or death difference between Godly sorrow and worldly sorrow. One …

What Does It Mean to Be Unequally Yoked? + Best Four Word Description of the Christian Life Reading 2nd Corinthians 6 #241

August 29th, 2021

11:24

Today's passage has one of the most quoted Scriptural commands: Do not be unequally yoked. But what does Paul mean here? Is he forbidding marriage? …

What Happens When We DIe? Do We Get a New Body in Heaven? Where is Your TRUE Home? Reading 2nd Corinthians 5 #240

August 28th, 2021

11:49

Tough but important topic today: What happens to a Christian immediately after death? What kind of body will a Christian ultimately have - a brand …

Advice For Every Seminary Student + Clay Pot Christians. Reading 2nd Corinthians 4 #239

August 27th, 2021

11:50

Seminary can be tough, but Paul has advice today for pastors and church leaders that helps to avoid frustration + the privilege and humility of being …

Dangerously Misinterpreting the Bible + Does God Protect us From All Trouble? Reading Psalm 46 and 47 #238

August 26th, 2021

12:53

Today we discuss the most misinterpreted Bible verses and the ones that are often taken out of context and used on greeting cards, church signs, and coffee mugs. Is such a thing dangerous? You bet it is! Also: Does God …

Can Christians Be Depressed? Reading Psalms 42-43 #237

August 25th, 2021

11:37

Is it possible for a mature and seasoned follower of God to be depressed? Absolutely, and we will encounter at least three examples of that in the …

Christians Are Letters to A Lost and Dying World. + Why Do YOU Live Where You Live? Reading 2nd Corinthians 3 #236

August 24th, 2021

10:35

Why are some Bible passages difficult to understand - am I the problem? Also: How is it that Christians are supposed to be like living letters …

How Do Christians Make Decisions? Reading 2nd Corinthians 2 #235

August 23rd, 2021

12:22

Must Christians pray until God reveals His will on every major decision? Actually, no - the Bible does not call us to live this way and make decisions this way. On today's episode, we outline a 5 step process for making …

The God of ALL Comfort. Does God Keep the Most Godly From Suffering? Reading 2nd Corinthians 1 #234

August 21st, 2021

9:43

Will super-spiritual and mature Christians be able to avoid more and more trials and afflictions? No, says the example of the apostle Paul...but - …

Lessons From Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church + Does Opposition and Resistance Mean That God's is Not With You? Reading 1 Corinthians 16 #233

August 21st, 2021

11:13

Today we consider the rise and fall of Mars Hill church and its pastor, Mark Driscoll, and see what lessons we can learn from Christianity Today's …

The Resurrection of Jesus is the Central Belief of Christianity - A Christianity Without The Resurrection if Meaningless and Powerless. Reading 1 Corinthians 15 #232

August 20th, 2021

15:50

The core and center of Christianity is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Today we explore what Paul taught about how crucial and essential the …

Does God Hear Our Cries for Help When We Pray? How Can We Wait Patiently on The Lord?? Reading Psalms 40 #231

August 19th, 2021

10:29

Patience is difficult and it is especially difficult when we are desperate for rescue and troubles are closing in all around us. In today's episode …

A Word For The Taliban and What is Happening in Afghanistan

August 18th, 2021

12:20

Psalm 37 is full of promises of God's ultimate triumph and the utter downfall of all who seek to rule and destroy the innocent and the weak - it is …

How Can I Know MY Spiritual Gifts? Reading 1 Corinthians 14 #229

August 17th, 2021

17:39

The Bible says every saved Christian has a spiritual gift, but does not tell us how to discover what our particular spiritual gift is. How can we …

What is Love, and Why is God's Definition of Love So Different than Ours? Reading 1 Corinthians 13 #228

August 16th, 2021

14:21

Without the kind of love that Paul describes in 1 Corinthians 13, a person will amount to nothing, even if they are the best looking, smartest, …

What Are Spiritual Gifts and Why Did God Give Them to the Church? Reading 1 Corinthians 12 #227

August 15th, 2021

12:30

There is a lot of confusion in the church today about spiritual gifts - and quite a bit of controversy too, but the Bible's longest teaching on spiritual gifts begins with this line, "I don't want you to be ignorant …

Why is the Lord's Supper Dangerous? Reading 1 Corinthians 11 #226

August 14th, 2021

12:42

How could the Lord's Supper possibly be a dangerous activity? As we discover in 1 Corinthians 11, being selfish and me-first is a great way to end up …

Does God Give Us More Than We Can Bear? Yes! Also: Should Christians Try Not to Offend People? Reading 1 Corinthians 10 #225

August 13th, 2021

13:38

People often say that God will not give us more than we can bear, but the Bible teaches something completely different. Also: should Christians seek …

Does Faith Save us From Calamity? Does God Being Our Refuge Protect us From All Troubles? + The Last Words of Jesus. Reading Psalm 31 #224

August 12th, 2021

11:17

God is our refuge and shelter and stronghold. Does this mean that we will be protected from all harm? Were the great saints of the Bible completely …

Weeping May Last For a Time, But Joy Comes In The Morning Reading Psalms 29-30 #223

August 11th, 2021

12:29

Great promise from Scripture today: Weeping lasts for a time, but then comes joy. What does this mean, and how can we who are going through sorrowful …

Slavery Evangelism - Paul's Evangelism Method: Becoming All Things to All People to Somehow Reach Some. Reading 1 Corinthians 9 #222

August 10th, 2021

13:16

Paul is one of the most effective messengers of the message of Jesus that ever lived - how was he so fruitful? He will tell us today that the key to …

Is There Only One God? Does the Bible Teach That There are Many Gods? + The Dangers of Too Much Knowledge. Reading 1 Corinthians 8 #221

August 9th, 2021

13:10

Big theological topic today: Most people assume that the Bible teaches that there is only ONE God, but various passages throughout the Old and New …

Should Christian Husbands and Wives Ever Stop Having Sex? + Is it Better to Be Single?

August 8th, 2021

15:45

Today is PG13, as we are talking about sex. First, we grapple with Paul's teaching that it is better for a Christian to be single, but it is good to …

How Important Are Your Rights as a Christian? + Sins That Keep You Out of Heaven. Reading 1 Corinthians 6 #219

August 7th, 2021

13:48

Two big topics today: Should I act to preserve my rights in a dispute with another Christian? More importantly: The Bible lists sins that will …

How Do We Manage Our Fears? What is Our Response When We Don't Feel Like God is Hearing Our Prayers? Reading Psalms 27-28 #218

August 5th, 2021

10:48

First: How should we handle it when we feel like we are abandoned, or that God is ignoring our prayers? Scond: How can we manage all of the fears …

The Blessings and Benefits of Fear Reading Psalms 25-26 #216

August 4th, 2021

9:17

Will there be fear in Heaven? I believe so, because the Bible tells us that there is already abundant fear in Heaven - the fear of the Lord. Today we see five promises of blessing in the Psalms for those who fear God.

What Is the Business of the Church + How is the Kingdom of God Not About Talk But Power?

August 3rd, 2021

10:45

Does the church have a God given business that it is supposed to be doing? Sort of. Also: How is the Kingdom of God not about talk and words, but about power?

How Do We Help People Become Mature and What is the Foundation of the Christian Faith? Reading 1 Corinthians 3 #214

August 2nd, 2021

9:19

What is the only biblically ordained church growth method? It turns out to be quite different from most modern methods, and it involves planting, …

What is the Great Mystery of God? What is God's Hidden Wisdom All About?? Reading 1 Corinthians 2 #213

August 1st, 2021

10:21

Paul speaks quite enigmatically in 1 Corinthians 2, discussing God's hidden wisdom, and a long-hidden mystery of God. What are these things - what …

What is the kingdom solution to divisions in the Church along class, cultural, racial, and denominational lines? Reading 1 Corinthians 1 #212

July 31st, 2021

9:46

Paul says there must be NO - zero divisions in the church, and pastor Tony Evans today will help us see how the truth of God's Word can guide us away …

Undramatic, Unembellished and Completely Reliable: How We Can Reasonably Believe in the Resurrection. Reading Luke 24 #211

July 30th, 2021

13:30

Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead at least in part because the Bible teaches it. How then can we know the Bible is reliable - isn't it just another religious book filled with outrageous stories and …

If God is Our Shepherd, Do we Have Free Will? + What it Means that He Prepares a Table in the Presence of Our Enemies. Reading Psalm 23 #210

July 29th, 2021

9:24

Today we wade into a huge discussion: Sovereignty vs. Free Will. How is God our Shepherd - does He guide very detail of our life? Does He force His will on us? Is there such a thing as free will? Today we receive wisdom …

Why Was Jesus Abandoned on the Cross? How Jesus Was Forsaken So You Don't Have to Be. Reading Psalm 22 #209

July 28th, 2021

9:53

On the cross, at the lowest and hardest point of His life, Jesus was forsaken by His Father. Why did such a terrible thing happen?

Jesus Did Not Come to Save Himself, But to Save Others. What Did Jesus Accomplish By His Death? #Crucifixion Reading Luke 23 #208

July 27th, 2021

10:59

While Jesus was dying on the cross, the religious leaders mocked Him viciously, suggesting that He should be able to save Himself from death, if He …

What Does Satan Do? What is the Devil's Job? How Many People Does Satan Possess in the Bible? + Reading Luke 22 #207

July 26th, 2021

16:46

Today we see how Jesus gives us a completely different definition of greatness than the world does. Also - we look to the Scriptures to see all of the many ways that Satan, or the Devil, seeks, to attack Christians and …

Watch and Pray: How to Be Ready For The Return of Jesus. + What is Real Giving? Reading Luke 21 #206

July 25th, 2021

11:02

Two more topics today: What defines true giving in the eyes of Jesus - the amount you give numerically, or something else? ALSO: How can we best be ready for the end times and the second coming, according to Jesus …

Jesus Declares Himself to be God + What We Can Learn about the Last Days From the Parable of the Talents. Reading Luke 19 #204

July 23rd, 2021

12:31

In Luke 19, we see the amazing character of Jesus, befriending and dining with Zacchaeus, when everybody else pretty much hated him. We also see Jesus unambiguously declaring Himself to be God AND we learn several …

How Can Anybody Go to Heaven if Nobody is Righteous? How the Psalms Help us Process Our Emotions + Reading Psalm 13 and 14 #203

July 22nd, 2021

9:12

Today we discuss how reading through the Psalms helps us parse and process our emotions, especially emotions like doubt and anxiety. Also, we marvel at how God can save anybody and send them to Heaven if literally ALL …

The Stark Difference Between God and Humanity and God's Promise to Protect His People. Reading Psalms 11-12 #202

July 21st, 2021

10:25

In reading the Psalms today, we find that many have the feeling that they are alone - that nobody else around them is seeking the Lord, but we will also find out that the Lord protects those who are His, and hears their …

Bible 2021 Podcast, Episode #201: The Danger of Believing in Yourself

July 20th, 2021

14:21

Most shows geared for kids and teens these days have a mantra: Believe in yourself! Be yourself! How does such a philosophy stand up to the teaching of Jesus? Not very well, we will find out today, as Jesus shows us a …

What Must We Do When God Calls Us To Go Through Hard Things or Do Hard Things? Reading Luke 17 #200

July 19th, 2021

11:20

The disciples uttered a wonderful prayer when Jesus told them that they must forgive people over and over again, and we can learn much about …

What Happens When We Die? + Where is Abraham's Bosom? Is it Purgatory? An Illustration of the Last Being First, and the First Being Last. Reading Luke 16 #199

July 18th, 2021

12:38

The Bible says very little about what happens immediately after we die, but today's passage is one of the few that addresses that question, so we discuss it, as well as Jesus' mysterious statement that Lazarus the …

God's Love for the Lost and His Joy When They Come Home. What Does Prodigal Mean? Reading Luke 15 #198

July 17th, 2021

11:41

The prodigal son is one of the most famous teachings of Jesus, but there are many misconceptions that people have about it. Most don't know exactly what prodigal means, nor do they know that this is a parable about TWO …

Does Jesus Want Us to Hate our Fathers and Mothers? + The Cost of Following Jesus + Rewards in Heaven and Not on Earth. Reading Luke 14 #197

July 16th, 2021

11:19

Jesus teaches several parables in Luke 14, one of whom calls His listeners to hate their fathers and mothers. Why would Jesus teach such a strange …

God's Justice: Putting Down the Evil, Raising Up the Oppressed and Fatherless (and not according to our schedules) + God Hears the Desire of the Humble Reading Psalms 9 and 10 #196

July 15th, 2021

11:34

Sometimes we are so satisfied in the way that God answers our prayers and brings justice against those who do evil...and sometimes, we don't understand God's ways or His delays at all. We see both of these realities …

Must We Forgive People Who Are Not Sorry and Have Not Repented? Reading Psalms 7 and 8 #195

July 14th, 2021

14:12

Forgiveness is important and commanded by Jesus in Scripture - Christians must forgive! However, what about a situation where a person has done something evil, and they are neither sorry nor repentant about what they …

Does God Send Calamity and Natural Disasters on the Worst Sinners? + The Pharisees Help Jesus?! Reading Luke 13 #194

July 13th, 2021

11:44

Jesus discusses disasters in today's chapter, and asks a penetrating question - do the worst disasters happen to the worst people? Do bad things happen to the most bad people? Actually, no says Jesus. How do disasters …

What is Hypocrisy and Why is it So Bad? + Most Important Last Days Teaching of Jesus. Reading Luke 12 #193

July 12th, 2021

13:01

Jesus strongly opposed the Pharisees and other religious leaders - often because they were such big hypocrites. What is hypocrisy - what is a hypocrite? Why did Jesus single out this behavior as so worthy of His …

Persisting In Prayer and Turning to Jesus. A Plea From a Dying Orphan. Reading Luke 11 #192

July 11th, 2021

15:25

Today we discuss Jesus' call to persist in prayer and read a fascinating letter from a teenage orphan dying in her hospital bed that calls her friend to turn to Jesus and keep on asking, seeking and knocking on the door …

Should Christians Rejoice About Exorcisms and Other Big Ministry "Wins" ? #191 Reading Luke 10.

July 10th, 2021

11:05

In Luke 10, Jesus sends out 72 of His followers to go and share the good news, and their mission is remarkably successful. They come back overjoyed, …

Is Everybody Who Comes to Jesus and Claims His Name A Saved Christian? Reading Luke 9 #190

July 9th, 2021

13:16

Big question today - what does it look like to come to Jesus, and are all who actually do come to Him saved? Did Jesus ever turn would be followers …

How We Handle God's Delays in Answering Our Prayers + How We Bring Our Grief to God. Reading Psalms 5 and 6 #189

July 8th, 2021

11:40

The Psalms are raw, transparent, honest and utterly vulnerable. In Psalm 6, David indicates that he has prayed and prayed for God's deliverance, but …

How We Can Really Sleep Peacefully. (and Find Rest in Jesus) Reading Psalms 3 and 4 #188

July 7th, 2021

11:36

Both Psalm 3 and 4 discuss sleeping - even sleeping when you are in the middle of an army of enemies camping all around you. How can we sleep better- …

What About Jesus Terrified His Disciples? Reading Luke 8 #187

July 6th, 2021

13:14

Jesus was so meek and mild that children flocked to Him and normally repelled people like prostitutes, tax collectors and lepers all wanted to be …

What Does Great Faith Look Like? + What Motivated Jesus? Reading Luke 7 #186

July 5th, 2021

10:48

Jesus was rarely surprised by anything on earth, but when he encounters the great faith of a Roman Centurion, Jesus marvels and comments that He had never seen such great faith in the Jewish people. What made the …

What Should Be the Foundation of Your Life? Reading Luke 6 #185

July 4th, 2021

11:52

How can we have an eternally successful life? Jesus gives us the key today. For any human to say what Jesus said - "Live your life doing exactly what …

Our Greatest Need is NOT Health + The Type of People Jesus Calls. Reading Luke 4 #184

July 3rd, 2021

13:11

When faced with a man who is in a terrible need of immediate healing, Jesus does an astounding thing: instead of healing the man, Jesus FIRST …

Jesus Confronts a Crowd About Their Racism, and the Crowd tries to Kill Him! Reading Luke 4 #183

July 2nd, 2021

14:44

Did you know that there is an episode in the gospel of Luke where an enraged crowd from Jesus' hometown tries to murder Him in cold blood? Did you …

How Can You Rejoice While Trembling With Fear? Reading Psalms 1-2 #182

July 1st, 2021

12:17

Psalm 2 reveals what appear at first to be two different sides of God: His anger at sin and His loving and protective nature. How can this be? How …

What is The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord? - The Last Days. Reading Zechariah 14 #181

June 30th, 2021

11:47

In today's passage, the prophet Zechariah looks into the future and sees the last days. It will be a great day for Israel and a terrible day. He sees destruction and calamity coming, but also God's deliverance and …

Why are the Genealogies of Luke and Matthew Different + Jesus Separates the Wheat from the Chaff, the Saved People From the Unsaved. Reading Luke 3 #180

June 29th, 2021

11:14

The genealogies or birth records of Jesus in Matthew and Luke are different in some places. Is this evidence of possible errors in the Bible? Also - all about John's proclamation that Jesus separates people with his …

Did Christmas Really Happen or is it a Myth? Was Jesus' Mom REALLY a Virgin?! Reading Luke 2 #179

June 28th, 2021

10:42

Luke 2 tells an amazing story - all about Jesus, the Son of God, being born to a virgin and having His birth announced by a choir of angels to a …

Why Did Jesus Come? To Shine Light on Those Living in Darkness. Reading Luke 1 #178

June 27th, 2021

12:30

In Luke 1, a priest is struck unable to speak, because he did not believe the prophecy of the angel Gabriel. Once this priest is enabled to speak …

Does the Bible Encourage or Allow Slavery? Reading Philemon #177

June 27th, 2021

12:30

Some have charged that the Bible encourages racism and even slavery. When reading the Bible, however, one finds a different story: man-stealing is …

The Greatest Unsung Hero of the Bible + Wrestling in Prayer. Reading Colossians 4 #176

June 25th, 2021

10:49

Today we learn about one of the great unknown and unsung heroes of the Bible - and find out how needed and necessary his ministry of wrestling in prayer is needed in today's church.

How God Cleans the Excrement Off of His People and Solves Their Sin Problem in ONE Day! Reading Zechariah 3 #175

June 24th, 2021

9:04

Zechariah the prophet has an amazing vision: Joshua, the high priest is standing before God on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, holiest day of the …

Misusing Scripture to Justify Expensive Church Buildings + the Blessings That Come When We Obey God and put Him First. Reading Haggai 1, #174

June 23rd, 2021

11:37

Today we discuss how churches have misused a chapter in the Old Testament to justify the building of expensive church buildings so that God has a good home to dwell in. Also: The blessings of obedience,and how God …

The Attitude and Personality of a Real Christ Follower - is Militant Christianity Acceptable? Reading Colossians 3 #173

June 22nd, 2021

13:03

How should Christians react to critics, false teachers, enemies and those who can't drive well? It turns out that the Bible identifies the kind of …

The Dangers of Legalism and Judgmentalism and the Call to Joyful Christianity. Reading Colossians 2 #172

June 21st, 2021

11:15

Following rules is good, right? It can be, but when we rely on following rules to make us more spiritual, we find ourselves in the trap of legalism. …

How Does God Make His Enemies His Friends? Reading Colossians 1 #171

June 20th, 2021

13:15

The Bible characterizes people who are sinners as enemies of God, which is quite surprising. How is it possible to move from enemies to become friends with God? (Hint: It's nothing that WE can do!)

How the Peace of God Guards Our Hearts and Minds and Helps us Overcome Anxiety. Reading Philippians 4. #170

June 19th, 2021

10:33

Today we will learn from Paul how to avoid being over-worried and over-thoughtful about the circumstances that we are facing in life, and how to walk …

Everything is Poop Compared to Knowing Jesus Reading Philippians 3 #169

June 17th, 2021

9:35

I know, I know - that's a pretty weird title, and almost offensive, right? Would you believe it is almost a word for word quote of what the apostle …

The Just Shall Live By Faith - Reading Habakkuk 2 #168

June 17th, 2021

8:38

One of the great truths of the Bible is found in one of its most obscure books, Habakkuk. God tells Habakkuk in this book that "The just shall live …

The Terrible Coming of the Lord. Reading Micah 1 #167

June 16th, 2021

9:13

Today's passage in Micah depicts God coming down to visit Israel, and we will see God in all of His terror and splendor, as the mountains melt like wax at His approach.

The Beautiful Attitude and Character of Jesus. Reading Philippians 2 #166

June 15th, 2021

8:47

In today's chapter, Philippians 2, we find a glorious and ancient hymn to Jesus that focuses us in on His wonderful attitude, and calls us to the …

Can the Bad Things That Happen to Us Actually Have Good Long Term Results? Reading Philippians 1 #165

June 14th, 2021

8:17

Paul the apostle writes the letter to the Philippians from jail, where he has been unjustly imprisoned. In that letter, he discusses how his …

What is the Armor of God? How Do We Put the Armor of of God On? Reading Ephesians 6 #164

June 13th, 2021

9:07

Is the armor of God something we put on in our imagination so that we might be protected from invisible attacks that we would never notice? Actually …

Must Wives Submit To Husbands? Is That Not Unfair? Reading Ephesians 5 #163

June 12th, 2021

12:23

A most controversial passage today - in Ephesians 5:22, Paul calls wives to submit to husbands. Is Paul being sexist? As it turns out, Paul also …

Anger Danger! Reading Ephesians 4 #162

June 11th, 2021

12:11

We tend to think little of anger, especially if we control our anger pretty well and don't release it in shouting, or swearing, or violence. The …

The Wonderful Mercy of God - Reading Jonah 4 #161

June 10th, 2021

7:49

Today we see Jonah the prophet angry because God is filled with mercy and compassion. What Jonah doesn't notice, and we do is that Jonah himself is …

How to Pray When You are In Trouble! Reading Jonah 2 #160

June 9th, 2021

8:05

In the belly of a great fish - on the verge of blacking out, and maybe dying - Jonah cries out to God in deep distress, and God answers and rescues him. What can we learn from Jonah's prayer about praying when we are in …

What is the Mystery of Christ? Reading Ephesians 3 #159

June 8th, 2021

9:47

I love a good mystery, don't you? Today we learn about the ultimate mystery from Ephesians 3: The mystery of Christ - what could the mystery of …

What Does it Mean to Be Saved by Grace? Saved By Grace Through Faith. Reading Ephesians 2 #158

June 7th, 2021

8:04

Today we rejoice in one of the great truths of the Reformation - that salvation is NOT earned by epic deeds or works of righteousness, but is a gracious GIFT from God that we partake of through faith.

How We Can Learn to Pray From the Bible + The Power of Praying for Other People. Reading Ephesians 1 #157

June 6th, 2021

8:49

Today we look at several prayers in the Bible - some apostolic prayers and a prayer that Jesus prayed - and learn how to pray more faithfully and …

Should Women Serve as Deacons/Deaconesses? Reading Romans 16 #156

June 5th, 2021

9:35

Does Paul in Romans 16 say that Phoebe was a deacon? Should Women serve as deacons/deaconesses in a church? The biblical evidence seems to suggest …

Should We Be People Pleasers? Reading Romans 15 #155

June 4th, 2021

9:41

Many who have been raised up in church have been taught NOT to be people-pleasers, but Romans 15 contains a command to do just that - to please people. Is this a contradiction? Are Christians indeed called to be people …

How God Calls Back His People Who Have Fallen Away#154 Reading Hosea 1 AND 14

June 3rd, 2021

10:46

Why would God call His prophet Hosea to marry a prostitute? Today we seek to answer this question, and find in the book of Hosea a call to return to …

How Can We Have Peace in the Middle of Trouble? Reading Daniel 6 #153

June 2nd, 2021

10:21

Daniel was cast into the lion's den by jealous government officials who expected him to be quickly devoured. Amazingly, Daniel was spared and at …

Why Do Christians Fight So Much And How We Can Do Better! Christians Arguing... #152 Reading Romans 14

June 1st, 2021

11:16

Jesus prayed for Christians to be in absolute unity, and yet there are thousands of denominations and even more horror stories about church fights. …

How Do We Put on Christ? A Strong Key to Spiritual Maturity Reading Romans 13 #151

May 31st, 2021

8:52

Paul commands Christians to put on Christ so that we don't gratify our sinful nature. How does one follow such a command - how can we "put on" Jesus. …

How Can We Have A Transformed Thinking That Is Godly, Not Worldly? Reading Romans 12 #150

May 30th, 2021

11:37

The Bible calls us away from conforming to the ways of the world, and into the transformed life - where our thoughts, actions, habits and words are different than what we see around us. How can a Christian live the …

The Kindness and Severity of God + The Importance of Perseverance. Reading Romans 11 #149

May 29th, 2021

9:53

In Romans 11, Paul encourages us to consider and think about God's kindness AND His severity. How can a person be both kind and severe?

How Can Our Faith Grow? Reading Romans 10 #148

May 28th, 2021

12:09

Jesus says that faith is powerful - it can even move mountains! How can faith grow - how can we increase our faith - is there a way that the Bible …

Who Was in the Fiery Furnace with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego? Bible Mysteries - Was Jesus in the Fiery Furnace? Reading Daniel 3 #147

May 27th, 2021

14:09

Great topic today, and one of the top mysteries of the Bible: WHO was the fourth man that was seen in the fiery furnace with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Was it Jesus or an angel, or somebody else?

How Can Young People Stay Christian In a Secular Society? (Why Did Daniel Refuse the King's Food?) Reading Daniel 1 #146

May 26th, 2021

10:50

Daniel and his friends refused the finest food of the king of Babylon. Why did they do this, and what can we learn from them about how to live in a society that might be hostile to Christianity?

Should Christians Always Support Israel? How Should Christians Feel About Israel? Reading Romans 9 #145

May 25th, 2021

13:48

Today we pose a controversial and important question: Must Christians always support the nation of Israel? What sort of attitude should Christians …

The Most Hope-Filled Chapter in the Bible?! Reading Romans 8 #144

May 24th, 2021

14:29

Romans 8 contains so many wonderful promises and hope-filled passages of Scripture, that it might be the single most hopeful chapter in the entire …

How Can We Escape the Slavery of Sin? Reading Romans 7 #143

May 23rd, 2021

11:54

Paul opens up in Romans 7, and gives us a brutally honest assessment of his struggle against sin, concluding that he (and we!) are slaves to sin, …

Why Must I Die With Jesus - I Thought He Died FOR Me? + Should Baptism Be By Sprinkling or Immersion? Reading Romans 6 #142

May 22nd, 2021

12:12

Today we discuss the centuries long disagreement over the mode of baptism - sprinkling or dunking. How clear is the Bible on that question? We also discuss death...but not in a dark way. Romans 6 shows us that our being …

How Can We Possibly Rejoice in Suffering + Wonderful Gospel Nuggets! Reading Romans 5 #141

May 21st, 2021

11:54

Romans 5 is a wonderful source of verses that condense the gospel into beautiful chunks of goodness, but it also has a mysterious and difficult to …

The Origin, Pride and Downfall of Satan. Reading Ezekiel 28 #140 Is Ezekiel 28 about Satan?

May 20th, 2021

13:58

Strange and fascinating topic today: Why did Satan rebel, and what was his role before he turned against God? What made him fall and be expelled from …

What Are Cherubim? Are Cherubim Angels? #139

May 19th, 2021

13:33

What are cherubim - are they angels? Do they have four wings or six wings? four faces or one face? We discuss the fascinating heavenly beings called cherubim today, and trace them from Genesis through Revelation.

Why is Abraham Important to Non-Jewish Christians? Reading Romans 4 #138

May 18th, 2021

11:15

Abraham was born over 4000 years ago in modern Iraq. He was a man of faith, but he frequently messed up, passing off his wife as his sister twice, and seeing her marry (or almost marry) other men. Why is Abraham …

The Gospel In a nutshell. + How is Jesus The Mercy Seat and Payment for Our Sins? Reading Romans 3 #137

May 17th, 2021

12:35

Today we discuss the 'Roman Road to Salvation,' which is a way of presenting the good news with only six verses, and find an even more compressed way to share the gospel in Romans 3 that only has 3.5 verses. We also …

How Can We Have a New Heart - Circumcision of the Heart. #136

May 16th, 2021

9:07

Today we discuss God's promise of a new heart and how the spiritual circumcision of the heart leads to a new creation and a new person.

How Do You Become A Saint? #135 Reading Romans 1

May 15th, 2021

12:21

Today we discuss sainthood. The Roman Catholic church requires the title 'saint' to only be given to those who have been dead 5 years, have lived a …

Bible 2021 Podcast, Episode #134:Oneness Pentecostals, tongues and baptism

May 14th, 2021

14:05

Today we address claims from Oneness Pentecostals that you must speak in tongues and be baptized ONLY in the name of Jesus to be saved. Do such …

How Jeremiah, the Depressed Prophet With a Death Wish, Sees Hope Coming! (The New Covenant) Reading Jeremiah 31 #133

May 13th, 2021

13:08

Jeremiah is known as the "Weeping Prophet" because his life was so difficult and almost nobody listened to his prophecies, or turned to the Lord …

What Enhances Our Prayers and Causes Our Light To Shine Brighter? Reading Isaiah 58 #LeastofThese #132

May 12th, 2021

9:34

In Isaiah 58, God tells His people that there is a type of religious behavior that is more harmful than helpful, but also a kind of fasting and …

His Blood Be on Our Heads and On our Children's Heads. + How Much is 30 Pieces of Silver in Today's Dollars? #131 Reading Matthew 27

May 11th, 2021

12:17

At the trial of Jesus, the crowds shouted that the responsibility of the blood and death of Jesus should be on their heads and their children's …

She Got it More than Almost Anybody Jesus Knew, and He Missed It The Worst of Anybody Jesus Knew. A Tale of Two Jesus Followers. Reading Matthew 26 #130 The Biggest Mistake in History.

May 10th, 2021

14:21

Today we look at a man during Jesus time that made the biggest mistake in history, and un unsung, unfamous woman who probably invested her life and understood Jesus and His priorities better than almost everybody has …

The Least of These: What Separates Those Who Get in Heaven From Those Who Don't?? #129

May 9th, 2021

10:40

The Parable of the Sheep and Goats is incredibly striking, as Jesus describes here how He will separate people into those who are going to Heaven and those who are going to destruction. What is the difference between …

What Are the Signs of the End of the Age and the Return of Jesus? #128 Reading Matthew 24

May 8th, 2021

11:01

Today we look at nine signs of the end times, according to Jesus - and discuss WHEN He might be coming, and why it is very tricky - impossible, …

Why Was Jesus So Opposed to the Pharisees - and Why Did They Hate Him? + The Dangers of Titles in Christian Leaders. Reading Matthew 23 #127

May 7th, 2021

13:23

The Pharisees are widely known as the enemies of Jesus. What caused such trouble between Jesus and the Pharisees? Why did they hate Him, and why did Jesus teach strongly against them? Also: The dangers of Christian …

Why Did Jesus Die A Violent Death? #126 Reading Isaiah 53 + Penal Substitutionary Atonement: Is it Divine Child Abuse?

May 6th, 2021

14:20

Why did Jesus have to die a violent death? Was this some kind of cosmic child abuse? Today we delve into the deep and most important truth of …

The Ultimate Good Fate of Israel and the Terrifying Fate of Satan #125 Reading Isaiah 14.

May 5th, 2021

11:48

In today's passage, we see a hopeful prophecy about the future peace and prosperity of Israel. Plus: Does Isaiah 14 gives us a veiled set of clues …

Is There Marriage in Heaven and What is the Most Important Command In the Bible?

May 4th, 2021

10:42

Will married people on earth be also married in Heaven? Will single people on earth be able to find a spouse in Heaven? Will marriage persist eternally? Also: What Jesus said was the most important and greatest command …

The Gentleness of Jesus and the Fierceness of Jesus. Reading Matthew 21 #123

May 3rd, 2021

12:17

Was Jesus gentle, as in when He rode on a donkey and blessed the little children, or was He fierce, as when He made a whip and drove people out of the temple? It turns out that Jesus was and is...BOTH!

How is Jesus the Son of David? (I Thought His Father's Name Was Joseph!) Reading Matthew 20 #122 +The True Meaning of Greatness in Heaven

May 1st, 2021

12:26

Jesus is called "Son of David," by blind men and a foreign woman in the Bible. What does this title mean - given that Jesus' human father was named Joseph, how can He be the son of David?

Why Did Jesus Tell the Rich Young Ruler to Give Away His Possessions? Reading Matthew 19 #121

May 1st, 2021

11:34

Today we discuss wealth and riches. Why is it harder for rich people to be saved, according to Jesus? Was there really a needle gate in Jerusalem where the camels had to stoop down to get in?

The Upside Down Kingdom of Jesus and the Way of Greatness #120 Reading Matthew 18.

April 30th, 2021

10:33

Surprisingly, Jesus wants His followers to be great, but the way of greatness is does NOT at all line up with the Western view of greatness. Instead, …

The dangers of horoscopes, psychics, mediums and spiritists.

April 29th, 2021

11:50

Today we discuss the dangers in spiritual practices like horoscopes, mediums and psychics, as well as the importance of turning away from the wrong things, and turning to the right things. 

Standing Firm in Faith #118 Reading Isaiah 7

April 28th, 2021

10:11

As most famous verse: The Virgin will conceive and bring forth a child. Did you know that this verse was originally spoken of in a military context? The importance of standing firm in the faith.

What Casts Out Demons and Unclean Spirits: Prayer or Faith? Reading Matthew 17 #117

April 27th, 2021

12:12

We face a seeming Bible contradiction today: Jesus tells the disciples they failed to cast an unclean spirit out because of a lack of faith in Matthew 17, but in Mark 9, He says they failed because of a lack of prayer. …

What Does it Mean to Take Up Our Cross? What is a Messiah? Reading Matthew 16 #116

April 26th, 2021

10:07

Two topics today. First: What does Christ mean? Was this the last name of Jesus? Second: What does it mean that we must take up our cross and lose our life to find it?

The First Person To Understand a Parable of Jesus - A Foreign Woman! #115 Reading Matthew 15.

April 25th, 2021

11:21

The disciples often had difficulty grasping what Jesus was saying to them - and particularly struggled with His parables, frequently asking Him for …

Keeping Our Eyes on Jesus. Reading Matthew 14 + How Jesus Handled Grief. + (Are Ghosts real, according to the Bible?!) #114

April 24th, 2021

10:33

3 topics today: #1 How did Jesus grieve when faced with His own death and the death of His relative John the Baptist? #2 Why did Jesus' disciples believe in ghosts - are ghosts real, according to the Bible? #3 The …

The Most Important Parable in the Bible. #113 Reading Matthew 13

April 23rd, 2021

11:24

The Parable of the Sower is probably the most important parable in the Bible - mainly because Jesus seems to imply that this parable is the key to understanding the other parables. What does this parable - seemingly …

The Power of Intercession: Reading Job 42 Quotes on Intercession #112

April 22nd, 2021

11:12

Our focus today is on prayer and intercession. Going on the example of Job interceding successfully for his sinful friends, we talk about how …

How Can We Worship When Tragedy Hits? + Where Does Satan Live? #111 Reading Job 1

April 21st, 2021

10:52

In Job 1, a great man suffers a series of terrible tragedies, one after another. His response is incredible: He worships God wholeheartedly, even …

What is the Unforgivable Sin? #110 What is The Unpardonable Sin? Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit. Reading Matthew 12

April 20th, 2021

15:35

The Unforgivable sin: that there could be a sin that God will NOT forgive is quite shocking to us, and genuinely scary. There is great confusion …

What Causes Doubts + The Gentleness of Jesus

April 19th, 2021

11:37

Doubt is not a topic that Christians talk about very much, but the Bible addresses it frequently, and probably in a more nuanced way than you might expect. Doubt is very common, and even some of the greatest saints in …

Why Must We Lose Our Lives for Jesus? + Can Christians Bless Houses?! #108 Reading Matthew 10

April 18th, 2021

11:20

Two topics today: 1st: Should Christians bless houses and households when they enter them? (Jesus commands His disciples to do this!) Second: What …

What Role Does Faith Play in Healing? Do I Have to Have Faith to Be Healed? Why Am I Not Healed? #107 Reading Matthew 9

April 17th, 2021

11:47

Today we discuss divine healing. Does God still heal? If He does, what role does faith play? Must I have great faith to be healed? Could my lack of …

What Does Faith Look Like? #106 Reading Matthew 8 + An Appointed Time For Demon Destruction?

April 16th, 2021

12:16

Today we see 2 pictures of great faith, and one example of a lack of faith. All of these will help us understand what faith looks like in our lives. We will also discuss the mysterious question that the demon possessed …

The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength. How? + The Mission of Pastors. #105 Reading Nehemiah 8

April 15th, 2021

10:17

Our focus today is on how the joy of the Lord is our strength and also the duty and privilege that pastors and parents have of teaching the Word of God.

God's Sovereignty and Providence. #104 Reading Ezra 1 + A Wonderful Illustration of Providence From Tim Keller

April 14th, 2021

12:06

Today we discuss two huge theological truths: God's sovereignty and providence, and have help understanding them from the Bible and an excellent …

What is a Hypocrite? Am I a Hypocrite? + The Scariest Verse in the Bible. #103 Reading Matthew 7

April 13th, 2021

10:35

Two short topics today: How dangerous is hypocrisy, and why does Jesus preach so strongly against it? (Also: What is hypocrisy, exactly?) We will also discuss the scariest verse in the entire Bible, which is found in …

The True Biblical Cure for Anxiety, From Jesus and Paul #102 Reading Matthew 6

April 12th, 2021

12:35

Today we discuss God's cure for anxiety- how we can walk in peace and run from worry when we are beset by difficult circumstances.

Bible 2021 Podcast, Episode #101: YOU Are The Light of the World

April 11th, 2021

10:35

Today we are going to focus on light and grapple with a most important question: who is the light of the World? At first, Jesus is the light of the …

Why Does God Send Christians Into The Desert Wilds? #100 Reading Matthew 4

April 10th, 2021

13:08

God led Jesus into a real desert, and the book of Luke tells us that when Jesus came out of the desert, He came out in the power of the Holy Spirit. …

Salvation is not Genetic - We Aren't Saved by our Parents, Our Family or our Country #99 Reading Matthew 2

April 9th, 2021

9:39

John the Baptist warns the Pharisees in Matthew 3 of the dangers of trusting in their genetics - their relationship to Father Abraham - for their salvation. In "Christian" nations, many people make a similar mistake. …

When Judgment Comes...Is Judgment Really Coming? #98 Reading 2nd Kings 24

April 8th, 2021

10:56

For centuries, God's prophets had warned the residents of Jerusalem that judgment would come if they didn't follow God wholeheartedly - they ignored …

Why Were God's People Taken into Captivity, and What Can We Learn From Them? #97 Reading 2nd Kings 17.

April 7th, 2021

12:07

A catastrophe is recorded in 2nd Kings 17 - 11 tribes of Israel are utterly defeated by the Assyrians and taken into captivity. Why did this devastating event happen to God's people, and what can we learn from this?

Was Jesus A Refugee and Does God Speak In Dreams? (+ How to Know if a Dream is From God) #96 Reading Matthew 2

April 6th, 2021

12:38

Two topics today: Was Jesus a refugee? If so, what does that mean for us? Also: Does God still speak to His people in dreams? How can we know a …

How Important Was it That Jesus Was Born of a Virgin? #95 Did Mary Stay a Virgin? Do Catholics Make Too Much of Mary?

April 5th, 2021

11:54

The Bible clearly teaches that Jesus was born of a virgin named Mary, who was wed to Joseph. The Catholic church further teaches that Mary remained a …

Breaking the Law In Front of the Judge: Bad Move #94 Reading James 5. #DoNotComplain

April 4th, 2021

11:24

Today we hear an amusing anecdote about the time I made a face at a police officer (and rightly got pulled over!) as well as the danger of …

We Do Not Know The Future! #93 Reading James 4. + The Danger of Worldliness.

April 3rd, 2021

8:48

Almost two thousand years ago, James warned Christians that they don't know the future, God alone does, so we should be careful about making long …

How Does a Wise Person Behave? #92 #Wisdom Reading James 3.

April 2nd, 2021

10:35

The meaning of true biblical wisdom has become quite obscured over the years, so today we have a refresher on what the Bible teaches us about wisdom, …

How To Lead Well #Leadership Lessons #91 Reading 1 Kings 12.

April 1st, 2021

10:23

Solomon's son becomes king, and is immediately faced with a dilemma: Follow the leadership advice of his friends, or his father's elder counselors. …

When you Find Yourself Distant From God, How to Repent and Receive Blessing from the Lord again. #90 Reading 1 Kings 8.

March 31st, 2021

11:58

Today we here an amazing prayer from Solomon, and find in it a key to returning to God when we are far away from Him. While returning to God might …

Faith Always Produces Good Works. No Good Works Means No Faith #89 Reading James 2. Do James and Paul Contradict Each Other?

March 30th, 2021

10:38

Today we wrestle with a big question: Do James and Paul contradict each other? Is one saying that salvation is by faith and works, and the other …

Widows, Orphans and Holiness: Where both Liberal and Conservative Churches Can Miss What the Bible Says. #88 Reading James 1

March 29th, 2021

11:06

James 1 gives Christians a definition of the kind of religion that God is after. That kind of religion which is pure and undefiled will be both holy …

The Benefits of Not Quitting + The One Thing Christians Should Brag About. #87 Reading Galatians 6

March 28th, 2021

10:22

Today we discuss the Bible promise that we will reap a harvest/blessing/benefit/impact if we do NOT give up in doing good and serving. Of more …

Fruit of the Spirit: How to Walk in the Spirit and How to Recognize Maturity in Others

March 27th, 2021

9:16

What does a mature Christian look like? Will they have great preaching ability, or lead a large church, or have miraculous gifts, or super nice …

The Wonderful Truth That We are Heirs of God With a Magnificent Inheritance!

March 26th, 2021

9:48

It is enough that Jesus died to pay the price for our sins - we don't deserve such a gift. Eternal life with God is even more undeserved and unearned, and an incredibly wondrous gift also. Today's passage in Galatians …

How Should We Pray? #84 Reading 2nd Samuel 7

March 25th, 2021

10:35

King David is probably the most influential person in history on worship music and worship singing. He was also a great man of prayer. Today we read through one of the prayers of David, and learn three principles to …

What Does God Delight in and What Makes God Angry? #83 #DavidDances Reading 2nd Samuel 6

March 24th, 2021

11:47

Today we read about David dancing before God with all of His strength, and note how his wife criticizes him for such an ostentatious spectacle. This leads us to discuss the things God delights in and the things that …

How Can People Who Have Sinned Greatly Be Declared 'Not Guilty?' #82 + One of the Best Preaching Illustrations I've Ever Heard #Spurgeon

March 23rd, 2021

9:54

How is it possible for a vile sinner to be declared 'not guilty?' Today we discuss one of the great and central truths of Christianity and hear one of the best illustrations ever from Charles Spurgeon.

The Downside of Being Nice and The Togetherness of the Church. #81 Reading Galatians 2.

March 22nd, 2021

11:37

Is it possible that there could be a downside to being nice? Surely not - surely the Bible wants us to always be nice and kind, right? Well - yes it …

We Must Stay True to the Good News of Jesus and Not Deviate! #80 Reading Galatians 1.

March 21st, 2021

10:18

Adding something to a good thing, or changing the makeup of that good thing can turn it into a bad thing, as a drug mixup disaster in 1937 …

The Heavenly City We Will Dwell In + Can Angels Appear As People? #79 Reading Hebrews 13.

March 20th, 2021

11:14

Three quick topics today: Can angels look and act like humans? (Yes! Says Hebrews 13) Are rules about food helpful at all? Where will we spend the …

The Bible Tells us to Look to Jesus - HOW Can We Actually See Him? #78 Reading Hebrews 12 + What Was the Folly of Esau?

March 19th, 2021

11:45

The Bible calls us to fix our eyes on Jesus so that we can persevere and overcome in difficult times. How can we do this - does this command mean …

How Does God Evaluate People? #77 Reading 1 Samuel 16

March 18th, 2021

9:00

God sends Samuel to anoint the next king from among the sons of Jesse. When Samuel sees Eliab, the oldest, tallest and handsomest, he immediately …

How to Hear the Word of God. #76 Samuel and Saul.

March 17th, 2021

11:31

The Israelites demanded a king, but the man of God Samuel knew that this was a bad idea. God allowed it to happen, however, and this put Samuel in …

How is a Prostitute in the 'Faith Hall of Fame'? + How You and I are Foreigners. #75

March 16th, 2021

11:11

How is it possible that a prostitute is commended by the New Testament as a champion of faith? What does this tell us about faith and salvation that is surprising? Also: Where, according to the Bible, is our primary …

How Can We Draw Near to God? #74 Reading Hebrews 10

March 15th, 2021

10:34

In the Old Testament, we see the Hebrew people so afraid of coming near God that they demand Moses speak to God instead of them, and they stand far off trembling and afraid. The New Testament, however, calls us to draw …

How Does the Blood of Jesus Cleanse People - Isn't The Bible's Focus on Blood a Bit Strange? #73 Reading Hebrews 9.

March 14th, 2021

11:34

The sight of blood is often enough to make somebody recoil in horror or turn away in shock. Why, then does the Bible focus so much on blood - why is blood so important? How does the blood of Jesus possibly cleanse …

Is The Old Testament Law Obsolete? + What is Heaven Like and What is Jesus Doing There? #72 Reading Hebrews 8

March 13th, 2021

11:46

Three questions for today. What is Heaven like? (clues are in Exodus 26-27!) What is Jesus doing today, and our main topic: Does the Bible teach that …

What is the Best News in the World About Something That is Currently Happening? #71 Reading Hebrews 7

March 12th, 2021

11:39

Who Was Melchizedek - could he have actually been an appearance of Jesus? Hebrews 7 seems to point us in that direction. Also, what is the best thing …

Ruth: A Bible Hero from Moab, and Ancestor of Jesus and King David. #70

March 11th, 2021

10:50

Today our focus is on the story of Ruth and Naomi - both widows who saw God move incredibly in the midst of their tragedy. What truths about God can we learn from this Moabite woman and the book with her name?

Which Side is God On + Circumcision: The Best Thing to Do Before a Big Battle! #69 Reading Joshua 5

March 10th, 2021

11:32

God has sent His people, the Israelites, to the Promised Land to fight and defeat the Canaanite people there. Surely this means that God is on the Israelite's side and opposed to the Canaanites, right? Actually, as …

Can We Lose Salvation? Sober Warnings From Hebrews #68 Reading Hebrews 6

March 9th, 2021

11:24

Hebrews 6 contains several stark warnings that cause most reading it to wonder if Christians can lose their salvation. Is such a thing possible? If not, then what are the warnings in Hebrews (and other Bible passages) …

How is Jesus God's Begotten Son - What Does Begotten Mean?! #67 Reading Hebrews 5

March 8th, 2021

11:31

Begotten is an old fashioned and confusing word, but it represents an important truth about Jesus - that He is God's ONLY BEGOTTEN son. What does …

How God's Word is Like A Sharp, Double Edged Sword. #66 Reading Hebrews 4.

March 7th, 2021

10:09

Hebrews 4 tells us that God's Word is alive and active - how can Words have life, and bring life? We are also told that God's Word is sharp - like a …

Bible 2021 Podcast, Episode #65: Christians Must Give and Receive Daily Encouragement!

March 6th, 2021

10:50

Today we consider how the Word of God calls us to encourage each other daily, and how we must also receive daily encouragement. What can we do when we are in an environment devoid of daily encouragement?

How Jesus Helps us When We are Tempted + Authorship of Hebrews #64 Reading Hebrews 2

March 5th, 2021

9:47

Today we see in Hebrews that Jesus our Lord was fully human. (He was also fully God!) Being fully human means that Jesus suffered in every way that …

Why Christians Should Meditate! #63 Reading Joshua 1

March 4th, 2021

9:26

In Joshua 1, God tells Joshua that one way that he is sure to prosper and be successful is to meditate on God's Word, because meditation will ensure …

The Blessings of Obeying and the Horrifying Dangers of Disobeying. #62 Reading Deuteronomy 28

March 3rd, 2021

13:26

Deuteronomy 28 has some wonderful blessings of God that He gives to those who obey His Word. It also has some terrifying consequences for …

How Can We Know God + What are Angels? #61

March 2nd, 2021

9:17

Today we discuss the role or job of angels - what does the Bible say angels do on for Christians? Also, of greater import, how can we know who God …

Snake Handling and Mishandling Scripture. #60 Does the Bible Teach That People Should Handle Deadly Snakes?

March 1st, 2021

12:10

Everybody has heard of snake-handling, right? Although only a tiny percentage of 'churches' in America practice snake-handling, most people are quite aware of the so called snake-handling churches. Is there any …

How God Keeps His Promises. (Sometimes the Ship Will Be Utterly Destroyed!) #59 Reading Acts 27

February 28th, 2021

11:47

Today we see God promising Paul (through an angel) to protect everybody whom Paul is sailing with - all 276 men. Unfortunately, a terrible storm …

Why Did God Save a Jerk Like Paul?? #58 Reading Acts 26

February 27th, 2021

10:48

Today we consider Paul - a bitter, angry, enraged enemy of Jesus that was gloriously saved by God. Why did God save Paul and use Him so mightily? …

What Are Some Ways We Can Know The Bible is True? #57 Reading Acts 25

February 26th, 2021

12:27

How can we know that the Bible contains reliable and genuine eye-witness accounts? Today we discuss the reliability of the Bible, and specifically, the genuine way that Luke records instances in the book of Acts without …

The Terror of the Lord: God Speaks to the People from a Fiery and Dark Mountain #56 Reading Deuteronomy 5.

February 25th, 2021

10:35

When the Ten Commandments were given to the people of Israel, they were so terrified that they asked Moses to go near God and listen, rather than they themselves. They wanted to hide in their tents - away from the …

Look and Live: The Bronze Snake and Charles Spurgeon's Testimony. #55 Reading Numbers 21

February 24th, 2021

10:44

In Numbers 21 we read that the Israelites bitterly complained, leading to a plague of venomous snakes, and salvation from that plague of snakes by …

Afraid of The Judgment To Come #54 Reading Acts 24

February 23rd, 2021

10:33

In Acts 24, Paul talks to Roman Governor Festus about righteousness and judgment to come...which ends up scaring the pagan Roman governor. Today we …

The Hope of the Resurrection + Why Paul was a Good Witness of the Gospel #53

February 22nd, 2021

10:35

Today our focus is on a statement of Paul that tore apart the Sanhedrin - ruling council - of the Jews - that he was on trial for his hope in the …

Paul's Testimony of Salvation + Racism in the Bible + Does God Speak to People In Trances?? #52 Reading Acts 22

February 21st, 2021

10:10

Three topics in today's fast-paced show: #1 Does God Speak to People In Trances? #2 Are there racists in the Bible? Today we meet several, behaving …

Does the Bible Allow For Women in Ministry? #51 + List Of all of the Prophetesses in the Bible.

February 20th, 2021

11:27

In today's Bible chapter, we meet four daughters of Philip the evangelist, who were prophesying, which leads us to discuss female ministers in the …

Is it Manly To Cry + Where Did Jesus Say, "It is More Blessed to Give Than to Receive?" #50 Reading Acts 20.

February 19th, 2021

11:43

Today we discuss crying - should men cry? Of course - when the time is right. In Acts 20, we see tears discussed 3 different times, and also find …

Interceding With a God of Mercy, Justice and Compassion. #49 Reading Numbers 14. Do We 'Change God's Mind' in Prayer?

February 18th, 2021

11:08

In Numbers 14, it appears that Moses 'changes' God's mind in prayer, and causes God to take a different path. Does prayer really change God's mind, or is something deeper at work here? Also - discussing God's Kindness …

What is Ordination, and Why Was There So Much Blood in the Old Testament?? #48

February 17th, 2021

11:19

Today we return to the Old Testament and learn about ordination, as we read about the ordination of Aaron and his sons. We also discuss the blood sacrifices of the Old Testament - why was there so much blood in the OT, …

The filling/baptism/receiving of the Holy Spirit and the Tyrannus Discipleship Strategy #47 Reading Acts 19.

February 16th, 2021

11:53

Today we consider the discipleship strategy of Paul- reaching a whole region by daily teaching about Jesus and leading discussions in a secular …

What is a Tentmaker + Why is it Hard to Talk About Jesus With Others? #46 Reading Acts 18.

February 15th, 2021

11:39

Two topics today: #1 What was a tentmaker in the first century, and what does that word mean now? Also - Overcoming timidity and learning to boldly …

First Century Evangelism. #45 Reading Acts 17.

February 14th, 2021

10:22

The first century church was vibrant and effective in evangelism - reaching multitudes quickly and effectively. Was this because of their methods, or …

How The Good News of Jesus Spread Around the World. #44 Reading Acts 16

February 13th, 2021

11:49

Today we cover three episodes in the life of Paul, and ask why Timothy ahd to be circumcised, what in the world is a python spirit, and how a …

Who Was Right: Paul or Barnabas? #43 How to Handle Arguments When We Don'T Know Who is Right!

February 12th, 2021

11:40

Paul and Barnabas get into a sharp disagreement in today's chapter, but the Bible doesn't tell us which one of them was in the correct position, …

What is Glory? #42 Reading Exodus 40.

February 11th, 2021

9:51

Today we see that God's glory filled the tabernacle so thickly, that not even Moses could go inside. What is glory - is it a physical thing, or a …

What is Taking The Lord's Name in Vain? Also: What Do We Learn About the Nature of God in the Ten Commandments? Reading Exodus 20 #41

February 10th, 2021

10:50

Today we discuss the Ten Commandments. What does it actually mean to take the Lord's name in vain? And, what name is meant - what is God's name? Also - what do we learn about the character of God in the Ten Commandments?

Trials are Necessary and Humans Are Fickle! Reading Acts 14 #40

February 9th, 2021

10:07

Today we see an incredible episode in which townspeople initially want to sacrifice and honor Paul and Barnabas as gods and heroes, and just a short …

Not Guilty by Faith - What Could That Possibly Mean?? #39 A Courtroom Analogy of the Gospel. Reading Acts 13

February 8th, 2021

10:41

You are on trial, and the prosecutor, who has truckloads of evidence against you, needs only prove that you have done one single solitary wrong act …

Do Christians Have Guardian Angels? #38 Reading Acts 12. + Charles Spurgeon on Guardian Angels

February 7th, 2021

11:39

Personal angels, guardian angels - lots of people have opinions about angels and what they do, but what does the Bible teach? Is it possible that each human, or each Christian actually has an angel assigned to them? …

The Most Important Church in History. #37 Reading Acts 11.

February 6th, 2021

10:25

Something remarkable happened in the early city of Antioch. A few Jewish Christians began to share the gospel not just with other Jewish people, but also gentile pagans and non-believers...and God saved many of those, …

What are the Essential Elements of the Message About Jesus? #36 Reading Acts 10

February 5th, 2021

11:32

In Acts 10, Peter is summoned to speak at the house of a Roman centurion named Cornelius. At the house, Peter gives a splending and concise …

The Surprising Danger of Complaining and Grumbling. #35 Reading Exodus 16

February 4th, 2021

10:50

Today we explore the surprising and sobering dangers of grumbling and complaining, and hear encouragements from Paul and James in the Word of God …

How to Lead When Everybody is Grumbling and Complaining! #34 Reading Exodus 14 + Goat droppings and Leadership.

February 3rd, 2021

10:10

Today we look at the leadership methods of Moses - how he led a complaining and panicky bunch of whining Israelites and pointed them to God's rescue.

Did the Evil Saul Become the Saintly Paul #33 + The Power Of Encouragement and Believing The Best.

February 2nd, 2021

11:45

Did the evil Saul have his name changed by Jesus to become Saint Paul? Actually...no - that didn't happen at all. Also - what can we learn from …

How Can Christians Talk About Jesus to People Who Aren't Christians? #32 Reading Acts 8

February 1st, 2021

10:25

Today we read about a great conversation between the deacon Philip and a Ethiopian official in the queen's court. Philip engages this man with a friendly question, and this has a discussion with him about a Bible …

Forgiveness is Violence Against the Kingdom of Darkness. #31 Reading Acts 7. Stephen the Proto-Martyr

January 31st, 2021

10:47

Stephen the deacon was the first recorded martyr in the history of the church. He was killed by men who were enraged that he spoke truth to them. It was murder - plain and simple, but rather than cry out for justice and …

The Passover and the Blood of the Lamb #30 Salvation by Grace. Reading Exodus 12.

January 30th, 2021

10:44

Today we discuss the passover and the destruction that came along with it. Were the people of Israel saved by their character, or money, or looks or fame? Actually, no - they were saved by blood. How?

God has a personal name, and it isn't 'God' or 'Lord,' or 'Father.' #29 Reading Exodus 3.

January 29th, 2021

10:35

God has His own personal, name, and He gives it to Moses in chapter 3 of Exodus, appearing out of a burning bush. God's name is quite mysterious though - what does it mean, and what does it tell us about the nature of …

Early Church Leadership and Service #28 Reading Acts 6 + Did One of The Original Deacons Begin a Heresy?

January 28th, 2021

10:56

The first internal controversy to hit the early church is recorded in Acts 6 - there is tension between the Hebrew and Greek widows over the amount …

When Should Christians Disobey The Government? #27 Reading Acts 5

January 27th, 2021

10:29

In Acts 5, we see the disciples blatantly disregard the orders of the ruling authorities to not preach about Jesus. Other New Testament Scripture, …

The Offensive and Audacious Exclusivity Claim of the Early Church#26 Reading Acts 4.

January 26th, 2021

10:23

In Acts 4, the early church sees its leaders arrested and threatened for preaching that Jesus rose from the dead. How do they respond to this? …

True Ministers of Jesus vs. Charlatans - How To Tell the Difference. #25

January 25th, 2021

10:31

Today we read Acts 3 and consider the behavior of Peter and John after a man is miraculously healed. They deflect attention from themselves and send …

What Was the Early Church Like? #24 Reading Acts 2 (Includes a description of church in the 100s from Justin Martyr)

January 24th, 2021

10:40

Today we read Acts 2, see the birth of the church, and think about what early church gatherings must have been like. We will also hear an extended description of an early church gathering from Justin Martyr, who lived …

The Spread of the Good News Across The World. #23 Reading Acts 1 Also: Should We Cast Lots to Make Decisions?

January 23rd, 2021

10:26

Today we discuss how the disciples made a big decision after Jesus ascended into Heaven - they prayed and cast lots. Should Christians today still …

Why Does Mark 16 have brackets and asterisks in my Bible?? #22 + Did The Disciples Believe Jesus would Rise From the Dead? Reading Mark 16.

January 22nd, 2021

10:53

Two quick topics for today. First: The Longer ending of Mark. Was there part of the original Gospel of Mark that was lost? Also - were the ancients …

Why Did God Command Abraham to Sacrifice His Son Isaac? #21 Reading Genesis 22

January 21st, 2021

11:28

God miraculously provided a child named Isaac to the aged couple Abraham and Sarah, but in our Genesis 22 passage that we'll read today, we discover …

The Profound and Surprising Beauty of Salvation By Faith. #20 Reading Genesis 15.

January 20th, 2021

10:41

Today we discuss the wonderful truth that Abram/Abraham believed God and was considered righteous by God because of His faith - not because of His …

The Day God Abandoned Jesus. #19 Reading Mark 15.

January 19th, 2021

11:03

Today we are reading Mark 15, and considering the beautiful injustice of the crucifixion of Jesus. It was not fair that He - completely innocent - …

The Danger of Loving Jesus TOO Much #18 Reading Mark 14

January 18th, 2021

11:20

Is it possible to love Jesus TOO much? Of course it's not...but, those who live a life of extravagant devotion to Jesus should not be surprised if …

What are the Signs of the End Times, According to Jesus? #17

January 17th, 2021

11:07

Today we discuss what Jesus says are the signs - or indicators - that His return is imminent. We also discuss how He tells us to live in light of His return, and get some wisdom from Charles Spurgeon on being alert and …

The Political Parties of Jesus' Day and The Most Important Command. #16

January 16th, 2021

10:33

Today we discuss the conservative and liberal parties in Jesus' day - which side was He on? More importantly, we focus in on the Greatest and 2nd Greatest commandment, and hear some wisdom on those from pastor John …

How Jesus Teaches us To Pray #15 Why Did Jesus Curse The Fig Tree?

January 15th, 2021

10:49

In today's reading in Mark 11, we consider why Jesus cursed a fig tree - odd for a variety of reasons, especially considering it was apparently out …

Our Calling, and the Calling of Abram + The Theological Folly of White Supremacy! #14 Reading Genesis 12

January 14th, 2021

10:30

Our focus today is on the call of Abram - why did God choose this man who would try to pass of his wife as his sister? We will also discuss how …

The Challenges of Being Rich #12 Reading Mark 10

January 12th, 2021

11:10

Today we discuss what would seem to be an oxymoron - the spiritual danger of wealth and privilege. Why does Jesus say it is hard for rich people to …

What is the Key To Victory in Spiritual Warfare? #11 Reading Mark 9 #11 #Prayer

January 11th, 2021

10:02

Today we will hear about Jesus casting a demon out of a boy, after His disciples failed in that same task. Later, they ask Him why they failed, and Jesus gives them the key to persistent spiritual victory. What is it? …

Jesus is the Messiah...What Does That Mean? #10

January 10th, 2021

10:39

Today we learn that 'Christ' wasn't the last name of Jesus, but a title that means, "Messiah." What does it mean that Jesus was the Messiah - the chosen/anointed one of God?

Outward Appearances Don't Matter to God #9 Reading Mark 7

January 9th, 2021

10:35

Most humans are very concerned with appearance - what we look like, what people think about us, what they say when we aren't around...that sort of thing. It turns out that God isn't that way at all, and Jesus warns us …

The Blindness of Hard Hearts. Who Was Jesus? #8, Reading Mark 6.

January 8th, 2021

10:03

Today we read Mark 7, and discuss the humanity and deity of Jesus, and how the disciples could not see who Jesus was early on because of the hardness …

The WORST Thing That Ever Happened #7 Reading Genesis 3...The Fall of Man.

January 7th, 2021

10:28

Today we discuss the literally worst thing that has ever happened in recorded history - and how God inserted a lovely bit of good news into the midst of this horrible news. We will hear from Jonathan Edwards, John …

We Must Treat Each Other Well Because Humans are Made in the Image of God #6 Reading Genesis 1.

January 6th, 2021

10:03

Today we are reading Genesis 1 and discussing the many important truths that come out of the fact that humans are made in the Image of God. We also …

Why Did Jesus Cast Demons Into Pigs? #5 Reading Mark 5

January 5th, 2021

10:26

Today we discuss the curious incident between Jesus and the superhumanly powerful Gerasene demoniac. Why do so many pigs have to die in this amazing …

Don't Come to the Word of God With Just a Tiny Cup! #4 Reading Mark 4.

January 4th, 2021

10:02

Today we are discussing how to hear the Word of God fruitfully and effectively, and our guest spiritual giant is Charles Spurgeon.

The Anger of Jesus?! #3 Reading Mark 3

January 3rd, 2021

11:04

Today we discuss the possibility of being angry and not sinning, and the fact that Jesus got angry more than once. What could possibly cause one so …

The Most Important Thing We Need! Episode #2 Reading: Mark 2

January 2nd, 2021

11:44

Today we read Mark 2, and discuss the amazing incident where Jesus first forgives a desperately ill man, rather than healing him first. Why would …

Bible 2021, Episode #1: How We Respond To Jesus!

January 1st, 2021

10:10

NEW Podcast - Bible 2021, Ten minutes of truth a day. We will dive into a chapter a day of God's Word, read it together, hear some wisdom from past and present spiritual giants and learn more about the Bible. Join us …

How Does The Bible End? #370

December 31st, 2020

22:51

Today we finish reading through the Bible for 2020, which brings up an important question: How does the Bible end? As we look at Revelation 22, the last chapter of the Bible, we see 5 important parts of the ending of …

Why Was the Bible Written + Who is the Bride of Jesus? #369

December 30th, 2020

22:54

Two main topics today: Why was the Bible written (and can people get saved by Jesus simply through reading the Bible?) + Who is the bride of Christ, according to Revelation 21 - the answer might surprise you!

Did the Romans Take Jesus' Life? + Does Satan Live in Hell? #368 #TheFinalCountDown3

December 29th, 2020

22:10

Popular culture depicts Satan as a happy inhabitant and ruler of Hell, with his job being the torment of bad humans who have been sent there. Is that …

Does Jesus Come In Peace For His Second Coming? + How Does God Bring His People To Repentance? #367

December 28th, 2020

24:23

When Jesus first came to the earth, He was born in humble circumstances, and lived a life of meekness and humility, riding on a humble donkey into Jerusalem before He was killed. Will His Second Coming be like this? …

How Does God Keep or Protect Us By His Name? #366

December 27th, 2020

24:42

John 17 features the longest prayer of Jesus recorded in the Bible. In that prayer, Jesus prays that His followers would enjoy the same kind of unity …

How Do We Have Peace + Were the Disciples Primitive Yokels Who Were Easily Fooled? #365

December 26th, 2020

21:22

Two topics today: #1 - How the reliability of the Bible is demonstrated in the skeptical response of the disciples to Jesus. Also: How can we have the peace that Jesus promises us in John 16:33?

How Can We Produce Much Fruit? + 10 Christmas Myths BUSTED! #364

December 25th, 2020

29:12

In John 15, Jesus tells His disciples if they do this one thing, they will be very fruitful in their lives, but if they don't, they will be unable to …

Did Jesus Claim to Be the Only Way To Be Saved? #363

December 24th, 2020

28:06

Many are offended at the idea that one religion has the corner on truth, salvation, or the afterlife. Claims of exclusivity can seem prideful and …

What Sort of 'New' Command Did Jesus Give His Disciples Before His Death + Will Only 144,000 Be Saved? #362

December 23rd, 2020

27:34

144,000 is a number with special significance to many sects and cults and offshoots of Christianity. Does the Bible teach, as Jehovah's Witnesses …

What is the Greatest Investment in History? #361 Why Did Judas Betray Jesus?

December 22nd, 2020

23:30

Two questions today: Why did Judas Iscariot betray Jesus? What could possibly motivate somebody to engage in the worst act of treason in the history …

How Did a Baby Overcome A Dragon? #360

December 21st, 2020

33:51

Today's episode is slightly different - we read a book based on Revelation 12 called, "The Baby Who Overcame a Dragon." an action packed and biblical retelling of the Christmas story. We also further discuss the deity …

Did Jesus Claim to Be God? + What is a Holiday That the Bible Says Will Be Celebrated Across the Earth With Gifts? #359

December 20th, 2020

24:54

Two questions today: One a trick question that most will miss, and the other a discussion of the divinity of Jesus. Did Jesus claim to be God? Yes, He most certainly did, and we discuss several of the ways that Jesus …

What Do Angels Look Like? +The Best (Reverse) Insult in the Bible #358

December 19th, 2020

26:51

As many times as angels are mentioned in Scripture - almost 300 times, the Bible gives very scarce details as to what angels actually look like. On today's episode, we look at the longest descriptions of angels in the …

How Do We Know If We Are Really Disciples of Jesus? #357

December 18th, 2020

23:40

How can we truly know we are saved disciples of Jesus? Did any of Jesus' disciples ever abandon Him? Today we discuss how Jesus said people will know …

Why is Might and Strength Not Important in Serving the Lord? #356

December 17th, 2020

22:56

Today we discuss an important principle in the Bible that is taught in many different ways: The battle belongs to the Lord, Apart from me you can do nothing, Some trust in horses and some in chariots, but we trust in …

What Does It Mean That Jesus is the Bread of Life? #355

December 16th, 2020

29:55

In John 6, Jesus teaches the Jews and His disciples that He is the bread of life. This teaching is so controversial and divisive that it causes the …

Does God Punish Our Sin With Disaster, Troubles and Pain? #354 Why Do Bad Things Happen to Bad People?

December 15th, 2020

25:09

In John 5, Jesus tells a paralyzed man that He has healed to stop sinning, "or something worse may happen to you." Does this mean that all of the bad …

What Songs Do They Sing in Heaven? + One of the Greatest Mission Endeavors in History. #353

December 14th, 2020

28:16

Today we discuss the songs of Heaven sung to the Lamb in Revelation 5, which leads to one of the greatest mission stories in history: Dober and Nitschmann selling themselves into slavery to take the good news to slaves …

What Will Eventually Become of Israel? What Does the Throne Room of God Look Like? #352

December 13th, 2020

23:21

Two topics today. First we discuss the amazing setting of the throne room of God, as described in Revelation 4 - the lights, the sounds, the colors - …

What Does it Mean to Be Lukewarm? #351

December 12th, 2020

21:58

Jesus treats lukewarmness in His church with the strongest possible language - but what does it mean to be lukewarm? As we look at Jesus' letter to the Laodicean church in the book of Revelation, we will find that it …

What Would Cause Jesus to Shut a Church Down + More Reasons to Believe in the Resurrection! #350

December 11th, 2020

28:52

On today's podcast, we discuss the chilling letter of Jesus to the church at Ephesus. This was a church that, on the surface, seemed to have it all - …

Does Every Church Have It's Own Angel + How Can We Really, Really Know Jesus Rose From the Dead? #349

December 10th, 2020

24:55

Two topics today: Does Jesus indicate in Revelation 1 that every church somehow has its own angel? Also, we discuss another strong thread of evidence that demonstrates the historical reliability of the resurrection of …

What Did Jesus Mean By, "Today You will Be With Me in Paradise?" + Should Christians Insult the Devil? 348

December 9th, 2020

26:58

As He was dying, Jesus told the repentant thief on the cross that he would be with Jesus in paradise that very day. What and where is the Paradise …

Should We Strive to Be First? + How Should We Handle it When The Lord Disappoints us? #347

December 8th, 2020

22:15

How dangerous is ambition and wanting to be first? What kind of leader does Jesus call His followers to be, and how does He talk about greatness? …

What Does it Mean That The Just Shall Live By Faith? + Should You Show Hospitality to EVERYBODY? #346

December 7th, 2020

23:14

Two questions today: Is there ever a situation that the Bible says that Christians should withhold hospitality from somebody? (Yes!) Also: What the …

Rendering Unto Caesar: Should Christians Pay Taxes? + How Can We Pray According to God's Will? #345

December 6th, 2020

22:05

Two important questions today, one practical and one spiritual. Should Christians, according to the Bible pay taxes? Second question: Since John …

What Does it Mean to "Test the Spirits?" #344

December 5th, 2020

32:01

Christians are commanded in the book of 1 John to "test the spirits." Does this mean that Christians are to actively seek out spiritual beings and …

Will Christians Be Hated and Persecuted? + Persistency in Prayer Redux #343

December 4th, 2020

23:45

Christians in many western countries are not very accustomed to persecution for their faith, but when we read the Word of God, we find several promises that hatred and persecution will visit every Christian - how must …

What is The World Going to Be Like When Jesus Returns + What Command of Jesus Made the Disciples Realize They Need More Faith? #342

December 3rd, 2020

21:54

Jesus describes the condition of the world at the time of His return in a very interesting and perhaps unexpected way. Will the world be awaiting His return, just going about their business, or will trouble abound …

What Does it Mean to Confess, and How Can We Endure Terrible Storms of Life? #341

December 2nd, 2020

19:07

Two topics today. First: What is confession, and should we only confess to a priest or a pastor? Second: When terrible tragedies and troubles hit, …

Why Has It Taken So Long for Jesus To Return? #340

December 1st, 2020

24:49

Nearly 2000 years seems like an awfully long time for the church to wait for the return of Jesus. Why has He tarried so long? Does the Bible seem to …

How Can We Be Great and Exalted? #339

November 30th, 2020

24:04

In today's passage, Jesus will give us a practical parable with deep spiritual implications that will demonstrate God's habit of knocking the …

Are Only A Few People Going to Be Saved? #338

November 29th, 2020

30:17

Jesus is asked a a pointed question in today's passage: Will only a few people be saved? His answers is a bit mysterious and doesn't seem to directly answer the question, but He does seem to address it in other places …

What is the Bible Cure for Anxiety? #337

November 28th, 2020

26:34

Anxiety and Worry are probably at an all time high in the world today, but Jesus tells us in Luke 12 not to worry, not to be afraid, and not to be anxious. Since such a thing is easier said than done, He also gives us …

What Does Jesus Say is THE Key To Effective Prayer? #336 + A Friendly 'Hello' From Our Dog, Cooper!

November 27th, 2020

26:10

Today we consider a profound and astonishing parable of Jesus on how to be effective in prayer. Does He really teach His followers to persistently …

Does the Bible have Deep and Mysterious Hidden Meanings? + What Does the Parable of the Good Samaritan Mean? #335

November 26th, 2020

19:58

Some people have sold millions of books by alleging that there are hidden codes and mysterious messages somehow encoded in the Bible. Other people - …

Why Did The Greatest Preacher in the Old Testament Get Mad at God? #334 + Actually, the Church Really is a Building (?)

November 25th, 2020

28:58

Jonah was probably the greatest preacher prior to Jesus, seeing the largest city in the world at the time brought to deep repentance by his message, which led to God relenting from His plan to destroy Nineveh. Why did …

Why Did Jesus Speak in So Many Parables? #333

November 24th, 2020

27:22

Parables a a bit like a riddle - kind of mysterious and not easy to understand on first listening. Why did Jesus use parables so much in His teaching - didn't He want everybody to quickly understand what He was teaching?

What Seemingly Benign Activity Invites Quick Judgment From God? #332

November 23rd, 2020

21:11

Today we talk about an activity that might, on the surface, seem quite harmless, but is in fact a deadly spiritual danger to us. Also: some great words from Charles Spurgeon on how to be content!

What Sort of Friendship Can We Have that is Hostile To the Lord? #331

November 22nd, 2020

21:29

Today's podcast is a necessary challenge for us. There is a type of friendship that we can have that brings us into a hostile relationship with God. What sort of friendship is this, according to the Bible, and how can …

What is Man's Most Important Need? #330

November 21st, 2020

19:40

In our passage today, jesus is confronted by a desperately ill man that is in dire need of physical healing. Rather than heal the man FIRST, Jesus instead does something astonishing that reveals this man's - and our - …

Was Jesus Universally Beloved, Except by the Religious Leaders? #329

November 20th, 2020

27:46

There is a narrative that teaches that all of the common people loved and embraced Jesus and followed Him completely, while the elite and the …

How Can We Be Joyful in Trials and How Can We Produce the Fruit of Repentance? #328

November 19th, 2020

25:43

Two topics today: First, John the Baptist calls people to 'produce the fruit of repentance." We discuss what that means, and how repentance is an action that moves away from one thing and towards another. We also …

Episode 327: Was Jesus Raised in a Christian Family?

November 18th, 2020

30:57

Two questions today: First: Who was the first named person to share Jesus with other people? The name might just surprise you. Second: Was Jesus raised in a Christian family? The question might seem a bit silly, but the …

How Do We Run With Endurance + What is a Root of Bitterness, and Why is it Dangerous? #326

November 17th, 2020

24:35

Today we discover the dangers of a "bitter root" growing up among the people of God, and that this metaphorical bitter root probably isn't at all …

How Are Christians Strangers and Exiles on Earth? #325

November 16th, 2020

34:35

The Bible teaches that a Christian's first nationality is not his country of origin, but his country of destination - Heaven. What implications are there to Christians being strangers and exiles on earth?

Why is Christianity So Focused on Blood? #324 Also: Should We 'Plead the Blood of Jesus' over things and people?

November 15th, 2020

30:38

We continue discussing the massive importance of the blood of Jesus today. Why is blood so important in both the Old and New Testaments. Also: Should …

#323 What is My Loved One Doing in Heaven Now? + Why Does Forgiveness Require the Shedding of Blood? (Part 1)

November 14th, 2020

32:48

Two questions today: A listener wonders what his father is doing in Heaven and we discuss why blood is so central to Christianity. Why is it necessary for there to be blood poured out so that somebody might be forgiven?

Who does the Lord Love and Who does the Lord Oppose? #322

November 13th, 2020

30:26

Is God impressed by mighty warriors, amazing athletes, powerful people, or commanding leaders? It turns out that He is not impressed by those kinds …

What is Jesus Doing Now in Heaven? #321

November 12th, 2020

26:26

Jesus has done so much for His people - living a perfect life without sin, teaching us the truths of the Father, and sacrificing His life on the cross for our sins, so that all who believe in Him by faith will be saved …

What is the Hope that is the Anchor for Our Souls? #320

November 11th, 2020

18:05

Hebrews 6 is a sobering chapter that ends on an amazing note, discussing the wonderful hope that is secure and steadfast and immovable in Heaven for …

What is the Best Short Description of the Last Days? #319

November 10th, 2020

26:54

The first sermon in the history of the church was preached out of Joel chapter 2, which is our focus passage for the day. In this chapter, we find a …

How is the Word of God Living and Active + Dangers of Daily Bible Reading #318

November 9th, 2020

26:19

The Bible teaches that God's Words are living and active and can even judge the thoughts and motivations of humans. How can this be possible - how can words on a page have life and be active? How can words actually make …

Are All People Who Claim to Be Christians Actually Saved by Jesus - How Can We Know We Are Saved?? #317

November 8th, 2020

24:48

There are sobering warning passages in Hebrews, cautioning those who profess to be in Christ and warning them to not fall away. Does this mean that …

How Do We Avoid the Fear of Death and How Do We Avoid Drifting Away? #316

November 7th, 2020

16:38

Many have been under the slavery of the fear of death - a fear so crippling that it can keep you up at night, and cause a cold sweat on your brow. In …

What Do Angels Do Now and How Important Are Angels? #315

November 6th, 2020

21:26

Angels probably have an outsized importance in western culture compared to their role in the Bible, but it is quite true that angels are very …

Why is Unity So Blessed and Important? #314

November 5th, 2020

24:14

Unity is critically important in God's eyes, and brings His great blessing on any people that are united together in love and truth. Jesus says it is a key to proclaiming the good news, and today's focus Psalm says it …

What is a Good Word for Those Discouraged and/or Excited By the Election? #313 + What is the Hardest Dad Job?

November 4th, 2020

24:54

As this episode was recorded, the 2020 U.S. presidential election was too close to call, and the outcome was in doubt. What does the Word of God say to us in a situation like this? In such a divided time, how can we be …

What is the Blessed Hope? #312

November 3rd, 2020

18:15

What is the blessed hope of Christians - the most important and hopeful thing that all Christians are looking forward to? Today we discuss that hope …

What Leads to Godliness? #311

November 2nd, 2020

23:17

Godliness is not a trait that can be produced by humanity - we cannot by our efforts make ourselves more godly...but in today's reading from the book …

How Should We Respond When Our Culture Will Tolerate Everything but Biblical Truth? +Spookiest Stories in the Bible, #3 Plus: #310

November 1st, 2020

20:20

In 2nd Timothy 4, Paul gives an eerily accurate description of a time in the future where religious people (who likely call themselves Christians) …

How Can We Have A Profitable Hope In Hard Times + Spookiest Bible Stories, Part 2! #309

October 31st, 2020

20:15

Today we discuss having a good and profitable hope in hard times, and how to be faithful when the culture around us isn't. We also continue in our …

5 Spookiest Stories in the Bible + What is the Bible's Best Evangelism Strategy? #308

October 30th, 2020

29:54

Today we begin looking at the 5 spookiest stories in the Bible, including a story about a supernaturally empowered man who lived in a graveyard and howled all of the time and the time a group of men were in a small …

What Does it Mean That God Has Not Given Us a Spirit of Fear? #307

October 29th, 2020

28:47

Paul writes to a young minister in 2nd Timothy who might be struggling with fear and timidity and assures him that God is not the one who has given …

Is it a Sin to Be Rich? #306

October 28th, 2020

24:59

The Bible has many warnings for the wealthy and warnings against the wholehearted pursuit of riches. Does this mean that it is actually a sin to be …

What is Gossip and Why is it So Bad For Us? #305

October 27th, 2020

36:01

Gossip - most people know that gossiping is wrong, but are actually quite confused about what, precisely, gossip is. Today we discuss what the Bible means when it forbids gossip and we find out just how dangerous and …

What Kinds of Things Do Demons Teach? #304

October 26th, 2020

29:23

Paul warns his protege Timothy to watch out for false teachings inspired by demons and lying spirits...and then he proceeds to tell Timothy what …

How Can We Be Happy in the Lord? #303

October 25th, 2020

23:51

How important is happiness? Many preachers have extolled the benefits of joy, while considering happiness a more fleshly pursuit. The Bible, however, …

How Dare The Bible Tell Women How to Dress?! #303

October 24th, 2020

24:47

If you've grown up in the church, you've very likely heard at least one - perhaps many - sermons based on Paul's instructions to women in 1 Timothy 2 …

How Do We Fight The Good Fight? #301

October 23rd, 2020

25:51

Paul calls Timothy (and Christians) to "fight the good fight." COnsidering that Jesus taught Christians to turn the other cheek, this command raises …

Should the Church Feed The Hungry? #300

October 22nd, 2020

30:35

We all know that Jesus was compassionate and taught His followers to give to, sacrifice for and care for the least of these - the hungry, the poor, …

How Can We Impress People Who Don't Believe in the God of the Bible? #299 + How Was Daniel Rescued From the Lion's Den?

October 21st, 2020

25:10

Daniel 6 contains one of the best known and most iconic stories in the Bible: Daniel and the Lion's den. In this story, a pagan king is tricked into signing an execution warrant for the righteous Daniel. God rescues …

What Are the Signs of a Healthy Church? #298

October 20th, 2020

28:03

Most people think that church growth is the #1 sign of a healthy church. Do we get this idea from anywhere in the Bible? Today we consider what seems …

Do Evil Spirits and Evil Events Do God's Bidding? #297

October 19th, 2020

34:41

In a fascinating story from today's Bible reading, God sends a lying spirit to ensnare the evil king Ahab and bring about his destruction. Does this mean that God governs and uses evil to bring about His will and do …

Dear BRP: I Am A Terrible Person - What Can I Do That Will Impress God? #296

October 18th, 2020

24:28

King Ahab was just awful - a murderer, an idolator, and a whiny, selfish and spineless king. He was one of the worst kings in Israel's history and …

Does God Get Angry? #295

October 17th, 2020

32:29

If you ask the average man on the street if God gets angry, he will probably answer in the negative, because most people can't picture how a good and …

How Should Christians Respond to Bouts of Hopelessness and Depression? 5 Myths About Depression. #294

October 16th, 2020

32:36

Elijah was a mighty man of God, and had seen incredible spiritual victories and miracles in his lifetime. Suddenly, however, he is threatened by the queen and runs in fear of his life, giving up, and asking God to kill …

How Do We Pray With Power and Impact by Praying Like Elijah? #293

October 15th, 2020

28:58

The New Testament book of James exhorts Christians to pray like Elijah, who prayed to God after 3.5 years of no rain, and God answered and sent rain. What was Elijah's secret? It turns out that there is no hidden …

How Do We Pray, Part 1. Wrestling in #Prayer #292

October 14th, 2020

22:08

Epaphras, an unsung Bible hero, was constantly 'wrestling' in prayer for the Colossian church. The results of this wrestling, according to the …

What Should a Christian KILL, and What Should a Christian Embrace? #291

October 13th, 2020

25:25

In Colossians 3, Paul lists out a number of behaviors that Christians must put to death in themselves, and the list contains such seemingly major …

Can ONE Person Fully Know God? + Why is it Important for Believers to Worship Together and Not Be Separate? #290

October 12th, 2020

27:27

Today we discuss spiritual friendships and the C.S. Lewis insight that adding friends to a group doesn't dilute the friendship, but enhances it. We …

Does Prayer For People and Situations We've Never Seen Actually Work? #289

October 11th, 2020

23:10

In my youth, I used to frequently pray for the 'starving children in Africa.' Do such general prayers offered for people we've never seen or met actually have any impact, or are they just religious acts of emptiness? …

Must Christians Agree on Everything? #288

October 10th, 2020

24:56

An argument has shaken the church at Philippi, and news of the disagreement reaches Paul, who writes back, urging the two combatants to AGREE. He …

Is Strong Language Ever Appropriate? Are Our Best Efforts Actually σκύβαλον skýbalon/rubbish/poop?! @287 #theoneaboutcrap

October 9th, 2020

31:19

Today we discuss strong language and the Bible. It turns out that there are myriad examples of very strong and offensive (but not foul) language in …

How Important is it to Be Wholehearted? #286 The Fall of Solomon

October 8th, 2020

24:42

Solomon was the wisest to ever live. Brilliant, blessed beyond measure and the son of a great and mighty man of God. He talked to God face to face at …

Why Did The Apostle Paul Want to Die? #285

October 7th, 2020

25:52

The Apostle Paul says an astounding thing in Philippians 1: That he would rather die and be with Jesus, than to live and stay on earth...he also …

Is God's Love and Favor Unconditional? #284

October 6th, 2020

26:02

Most people have heard that 'Agape' means 'God's unconditional love,' Is that true, or just another "preacher myth?" Today we discuss the nature of God's love for His people - does He love all unconditionally? The …

Must Wives Submit To Their Husbands and Husbands Sacrifice For Their Wives? #283

October 5th, 2020

32:52

"Wives, submit to your husband," says one of the most controversial and disregarded Bible passages. Is this a command for modern days, or is it …

Should Christians Be More Truth-Focused or More Love-Focused? #282 + What Do We Do When We are Desperate?

October 4th, 2020

28:50

Some people gravitate towards truth a little more and others have a personality that might make them stronger on the love side of things, but not …

How Can We Learn to Pray From the Apostolic Prayers in the Bible? #281 #prayer

October 3rd, 2020

24:16

There are dozens of prayers in the Bible - not just the Lord's prayer. When we read through these prayers we find some interesting facts: most prayers in the Bible don't start with 'Dear God,' and end with 'amen.' …

What is the Good News and Why is It So GOOD?! #280 + Does God Save Us, or Does Our Faith Save Us?

October 2nd, 2020

24:15

The Gospel (or, the good news) is the very centerpiece of Christian theology - pointing to salvation by grace (unearned) through faith (belief!) in …

Why is Wisdom So Important in 2020? #279 Reading: 1 Kings 3, Psalms 83 and 84, Ezekiel 34 and Ephesians 1

October 1st, 2020

24:52

Given the opportunity to ask for anything under the sun, Solomon chose to ask God for wisdom and discernment - the ability to lead well and choose …

Why Were Adonijah and Joab Killed by King Solomon, and How Can We Be Spared? #278 #ONLYJESUS 2 Kings 2, Psalms 81-82, Ezekiel 33 + Galatians 6.

September 30th, 2020

26:13

Both Adonijah and Joab grab the horns of the altar in a desperate attempt to save their lives from King Solomon. This act only saves one of them - …

Can Trying Hard to Be Good Separate us From God? #277

September 29th, 2020

27:35

Paul's letter to Galatians was written, at least in part, because the church there was being led astray by a false teaching that combined the doing …

What Does it Mean that Christians Are Adopted and Co-Heirs With Christ? #276 + Why Ministry Can Sometimes Be Both Painful and Wonderful.

September 28th, 2020

22:48

For many Christians, the good news means that Jesus died to save us from our sins - which is true, praise God - but is such a short summary of the good news of what Jesus has done for us, that it lacks some of the …

How Did Jesus Become a Curse for Us? #275

September 27th, 2020

21:45

To the Jewish people, dying on a tree (dying on a cross...) meant that the person who died was under God's curse, so this was a terrible way to die. …

Episode 274: How Dangerous Is Hypocrisy?

September 26th, 2020

25:21

Two big discussions today: First we tackle the issue of why parts of the Bible are so violent and horrifying. Second we discuss how Paul called out …

How do we handle it when we are frustrated with God and He isn't answering our prayers?  #273

September 25th, 2020

25:23

The Psalms are unflinchingly honest, and today's reading contains an extended lament that God isn't listening to or heeding the Psalmists prayer. Surely you have been in that place, right? You've prayed and prayed and …

Should Christians "Test" Themselves to See if They are Genuine? #272

September 24th, 2020

22:07

Paul commands Christians in today's passage to 'test' and 'examine' themselves. Does such an act cause doubt and undermine assurance of faith? How …

How Can Christians Be Strengthened by Weakness and Why Does God Allow Satan's Attacks? #271

September 23rd, 2020

27:55

Today we discuss one of the most profound and deep mysteries of the Bible, Paul's statement that, "When I am weak, then I am strong." Paul's …

Does Satan Have a Pitchfork and Tail? #angelOfLight #270 + Letter from John Newton

September 22nd, 2020

25:57

Most Westerners think of Satan as a red-skinned being with a pointy tale and a pitchfork, but the Bible says that we are more likely to encounter him as "an angel of light." What does this mean to us practically, and …

What Are the Weapons of Christian Warfare and Who is the Enemy? #269

September 21st, 2020

24:36

Paul talks about spiritual warfare and the 'weapons of our warfare' in today's Bible passage from 2 Corinthians. What sort of weapons are Christians …

What Does The Bible REALLY Teach About Giving and Offerings? #Nocharlatans #268

September 20th, 2020

25:45

Giving might be one of the most controversial Bible topics. Should Christians give under compulsion? Will God make rich those who give much? Is it …

Is God Just or Merciful? Why are The Wages of Sin Death? #267

September 19th, 2020

21:57

King David has committed treachery and murder, and is now paying a heavy price for his sins, watching his family and his kingdom fall apart. Why must there be a price for sins? Why won't God just wave His hands and …

When is Sorrow a Good and Healthy Thing? #266 + The Old Man and the College Kids.

September 18th, 2020

27:24

In our Bible passage today, the apostle Paul contrasts the dangers of worldly and empty sorrow with the blessings of Godly sorrow. How can we know …

What is the Most Accurate Short Description of a Christian? #265

September 17th, 2020

28:12

Many try to 'sell' Christianity and attract adherents through promises of stress free life, health, wealth and prosperity. Are such promises of easy living compatible with biblical Christianity? No, it turns out - the …

Why Was God Merciful to David, the Murderer, and Why Do You and I Need a Nathan in our Lives? #264 David and Bathsheba, Part 2

September 16th, 2020

26:58

In our readings today, King David has fallen from grace and committed horrible crimes. God send Nathan - a friend and prophet - to confront David for his evil deeds and to pronounce judgment on him - but also to bring …

What Did David Do Wrong That Led Him to Adultery and Murder? #263 David and Bathsheba, #1

September 15th, 2020

27:45

King David, the supposed hero of the Israelites and one of the greatest leaders in the Old Testament, commits adultery, possible rape AND …

Did Jesus Write a Letter and Send it to the World? #262

September 14th, 2020

21:49

Today we discuss whether or not Jesus wrote a literal letter to an Edessan King called Agbar, which is a claim made by Eusebius, writing in the 300s. More importantly, we will see how Jesus uses His people as His …

What Should Christians Smell Like? #261 + How Does God Love His people?

September 13th, 2020

27:44

Paul says that Christians smell like death to some people - turning them off and smell like the fragrance of beautiful life to others - pointing them …

How Do We Trust God When We are Afraid? #260

September 12th, 2020

25:04

David is on the run from a powerful enemy who desires to murder him. This enemy, Saul, has almost killed David several times before, and his …

Should Our Worship of God Be Solemn and Reverent or Joyful and Exuberant? #259

September 11th, 2020

26:13

Fascinating story in 2 Samuel 6: David dances with all his might before the Lord in a way that utterly embarrassed his wife, and she criticizes him sharply, and hates him for it. Was David right to worship God with such …

Is There a Hidden Message in Paul's Corinthian Letters That Was Not Written By Paul? #258 + Weet-Bix Cereal Review!

September 10th, 2020

30:09

1st Corinthians 15 details the most important event in human history: the resurrection of Jesus. In recent years, scholars believe they have …

What is the New Testament Gift of Prophecy? Should Christians Still Seek to Prophesy? #257

September 9th, 2020

31:54

In 1 Corinthians 14, Paul commands believers to eagerly pursue spiritual gifts, especially the gift of prophecy. Is this command still active and …

What is Greater than Love? #256 + A Great Story About the Love of a Father!

September 8th, 2020

29:34

Today we talk about one of the most well known passages in the Bible: 1st Corinthians 13 - is it underrated, overrated, or properly rated? We will find that love is critical, central and indispensable for the Christian …

How Important Are Spiritual Gifts? #255

September 7th, 2020

24:15

The Body of Christ - The Church - is not meant to be a one man show, nor an organization where a few stars rise to the top and do all of the public ministry, and the rest sit back and spectate. The church is to be a …

How Should We Eat the Lord's Supper, and What Does It Mean? #254

September 6th, 2020

18:12

How should the Lord's Supper/Communion be taken? Is this merely a meal to be had in church? A fancy ritual to be done in an exact order? When we …

How is God Our Refuge and Strength + More on What God Looks Like in the Bible #253

September 5th, 2020

27:19

Today we discuss the dangers of shallow Bible reading, and also the appearance of God and other spiritual beings in the Old Testament. Our focus is …

How Was Paul All Things to All People? + Are Ghosts Real, According to the Bible?! #252

September 4th, 2020

27:38

Two big topic today, one spiritual and important, and the other a little more X-Filesish. Paul states that his evangelism strategy to reach the world …

Will God Allow Horrible Things to Happen To Faithful and Wonderful People? #251

September 3rd, 2020

16:30

Does God promise to completely protect and prosper all of the really, really good people that follow Him? No, He doesn't, and today we look at a …

The Importance of Marital Intimacy and Should Christians Aspire to Be Married or Single? #250

September 2nd, 2020

31:46

1 Corinthians 7 contains lots of practical and intimate advice for those married and those who are single. Paul urgest married people not to deprive …

Why Does The Bible Say that Sexual Sin is so Dangerous? + One of the FOUR Most Beautiful Women in the Bible! #249

September 1st, 2020

22:20

Many think all sins are the same, but Paul dispels that myth utterly and completely in 1st Corinthians 6, noting that some sins have eternal …

Should People Ever Be Excommunicated From The Church? + Stay Away From Hebrew Caves! #poop #248

August 31st, 2020

21:56

Excommunication is a word that almost sends a chill down your spine. Kicking people out of the church sounds so severe, when so many churches try so hard to get people IN the church! Is there ever a time for church …

Why Denominations? (Part 2) +How Dangerous Are Denominations? + Answering Catholic Charges of Schism. #247

August 30th, 2020

26:47

So many denominations and division! Why are churches so divided? Is the Catholic church the one original and true (and only!) church on the earth …

Why Do We Have Denominations? + Funniest line in the Bible? #246 Part 1

August 29th, 2020

30:20

Jesus prays for His disciples to be one, and Paul commands the church to seek unity, as do many other Bible passages. Why then do we see disunity in …

The Ultimate Mystery: What is the Mystery of God? + Is There Swearing in the Bible? #245

August 28th, 2020

20:08

Many times in the Bible, Paul speaks of the long hidden mystery of God. In fact, he says that his whole ministry is focused on proclaiming that …

Should We Pray Against Our Enemies? #244

August 27th, 2020

22:45

The Psalms are wonderful books of the Bible that contain incredible worship, prayers that make the heart soar, and the most genuine of gut-wrenching …

How Can We Praise God in the Midst Of Extreme Trouble and Heartbreak? #243

August 26th, 2020

24:57

Sometimes the darkness doesn't lift fast enough, the trial doesn't end soon enough, and it seems like we are utterly abandoned and hopeless. Jeremiah was facing such a situation in Lamentations - probably a trial worse …

Did A Child Really Slay A Giant in the Bible? Is David and Goliath About How YOU Can Slay Giants? #242

August 25th, 2020

33:07

David and Goliath is one of the most famous Bible stories out there, and with that popularity has come lots of myths about the story that are not …

Does God Look on the A. Outside or B. Inside? #241

August 24th, 2020

23:23

Brave, tall and mighty King Saul has been rejected for disobeying God repeatedly, so God sends Samuel to anoint a new king - one of Jesse's sons. …

How Do We Put on Christ? #240

August 23rd, 2020

23:46

We know how to put on clothes, or gloves, or a hat, but Paul tells Christians in Romans 13 to 'put on Christ.' What does this mean - is it a …

How Should We Treat Our Enemies and Political Opponents? #239 + Shoutout to Queensland!

August 22nd, 2020

27:43

Have you noticed how divisive things are lately? Republicans vs. Democrats, maskies vs. non-maskies, tp on the outside vs. on the inside, etc. It seems rhetoric has really ramped up. In the midst of all of the hatred …

Why Did God Reject The Heroic, Tall and Brave King Saul? #238

August 21st, 2020

28:57

King Saul was amazing to behold - he was several inches taller than any other Israelite, and was also brave, strong and bold. In addition - at least …

What is the Most Underrated Advice in the Bible? #237

August 20th, 2020

27:04

Samuel was mighty in the Lord, even from early childhood. When it was time for him to 'retire' from leading the Israelites, he left his post with a challenging speech that closed with an amazing and underrated …

How Does God Guide Us In Truth? #236 #PrayforSalinas

August 19th, 2020

23:26

In the wonderful Psalms 25, the psalmist declares that God guides His people into truth. Today we discuss HOW God guides us into truth, and we …

How Are We More Than Conquerors? #235

August 18th, 2020

22:48

Paul offers powerful hope in his letter to the Romans, telling them (and us!) that, though we are going through suffering, we are 'more than …

Why Do Christians Keep Sinning? Why Do I Keep Sinning?! #234

August 17th, 2020

26:39

Jesus is a great and mighty savior, and the apostle Paul was transformed and powerfully used by Him in the Bible. How then is it that Paul calls …

How Can We Ensure that God is On Our Side; And How Can We Invite Him to Oppose Us? #233

August 16th, 2020

24:03

So many times in the Old Testament, we see the people of God turn away from His commands and His worship and then some sort of defeat, trouble or disaster strikes. How can we be on the Lord's side? How can the repeated …

How Do We Have Peace With God? #232

August 15th, 2020

19:35

Romans 5 is one of the most underrated chapters of the Bible and it is absolutely stuffed with powerful gospel-goodness. What is the good news of …

How Was the Ark of the Covenant So Powerful? #231

August 14th, 2020

29:02

Everybody knows that the Ark of the Covenant is super-powerful and invincible, right? It actually melted Nazis in the Raiders of the Lost Ark! It …

Why Can't We Earn Our Way Into Heaven By Our Good Works? #230

August 13th, 2020

23:03

Is salvation through Jesus by grace through faith the only way to get to Heaven? Theoretically, it is also possible to 'earn' one's way into Heaven by living a sinless and perfect life. (In the same way that it is also …

How Can We Despise God's Kindness and Cause People To Blaspheme Him? #229 The Dangers of Hypocrisy, Judgmentalism and Moralism.

August 12th, 2020

28:05

Paul in Romans 2 says that certain behaviors among those who believe in God can actually be so severe that they lead to blasphemy among those who …

How Should We Handle Dullards, Buffoons, Oafs, Layabouts, Scalawags, Gadabouts, Galoots, Rascals, Blockheads, Cads, and Rapscallions? #Prayer

August 11th, 2020

23:17

Hannah was an amazing woman, but she was childless and that devastated her. Her rival taunted her, her husband was an oaf who couldn't comfort her, …

Does God Still Move in The Darkest Times, or is He Hiding? #Ruth #227

August 10th, 2020

25:09

Ruth is, on its surface, a sad book set in a dark time. It tells the story of Naomi - a good Hebrew woman married to a Jewish man who has two sons married to two Moabite daughters. Sadly, Naomi's husband dies early, and …

Does God Sometimes Abandon Us? Does He Turn His Back on His People? #226

August 9th, 2020

26:03

It sure feels like God sometimes turns His back to His and stops listening to our prayers. We pray and pray, but don't sense that we've been heard, and our current crisis just seems to get worse and worse. Most …

Is the Salvation of Jesus For Anybody - Even The Worst Kinds of People? #225

August 8th, 2020

28:11

Most people know that Saul/Paul started out as an enemy of Jesus, but most don't know how bad it was. Saul/Paul imprisoned men and women, signed off …

What Happens When Everybody Does What is Right In Their Own Eyes? #224 The Importance of Absolute Truth

August 7th, 2020

20:49

Why is the ending of the book of Judges so shocking and hopeless? It is because all of the people were ignoring the Word of God and simply doing what seemed or felt right in their own eyes. How dangerous is it to go …

Can We Pray to God Without Words? #223

August 6th, 2020

25:37

We can learn to pray and worship in a better and deeper way by reading and learning the Psalms. Sometimes, however, we are not able to form words, or come up with the right words. Can it be possible to effectively pray …

How is it Possible to Be Angry and Not Sin? #222 (Is Righteous Anger Biblical?)

August 5th, 2020

30:21

Both the Old Testament and the New Testament warn about the dangers of anger, but also suggest that it is possible to be angry without sin. How dangerous is anger? What does sinless anger look like? Is there such a …

Can Meditation On God's Word Bring Joy and Banish Darkness? #221

August 4th, 2020

30:03

Anxious, negative and depressing thought patterns might just be at an all time high right now among people, as the pandemic rages on, and the world is shook by various trials and troubles. Meditation on God's Word is a …

Is There Ever a Time to Compromise? Bonus: Can A Male Give Birth? #220

August 3rd, 2020

40:10

Most Christians consider 'compromise' to be a bad and dangerous thing - and it is! when it comes to clear teachings, doctrines and commands of the Bible. On the other hand, compromising our personal opinions and …

Why Did God The Father Abandon His Son Jesus on The Cross? #219 #Crucifixion

August 2nd, 2020

29:37

The most unjust thing in history happened when the perfectly innocent Jesus was nailed to a cross by sinful human hands. While on the cross, paying …

What is The Abomination That Causes Desolation, Part. 2 + Paul's Shaved Head?! #218

August 1st, 2020

39:30

in 167 BC a ruler named Antiochus IV Epiphanes intentionally set up a horrible thing in God's Temple in order to defile it. This was the first …

What is the Abomination of Desolation? #217 Part 1 #lastdays

July 31st, 2020

33:17

When teaching about the last days, Jesus mentions that a most mysterious sign of the end times: The Abomination of Desolation, which will apparently …

Is the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament an Appearance of Jesus? #216

July 31st, 2020

25:57

There is a fascinating clue in Judges 13 which *might* indicate that the Angel of the Lord is a pre-incarnation appearance of Jesus.

UnEpisode #215: DELAYED (but coming tonight!)

July 30th, 2020

1:33

Episode #215 is delayed due to a vacation related equipment issue. Lord willing, it will be out tonight. Sorry for the inconvenience! 

What is the Cup of God's Wrath And Who Ultimately Drank It? #214

July 29th, 2020

25:56

Right before His crucifixion, Jesus was praying with great drops of blood and seemingly shook to His very core by the 'cup' He was about to drink. We learn in Jeremiah that this cup is the cup of the wrath of God. What …

Are Non-Jewish Christians Obligated To Follow All of the Commands of the Old Testament?

July 28th, 2020

25:39

Controversy erupted in the church, as recorded in Acts 15. Some former Pharisees believed that all non-Jewish Christians were obligated to be …

Did Jesus Tell His Disciples That Some Demons Could Only Be Cast Out By Prayer OR Faith? #212

July 27th, 2020

36:39

A desperate father comes to the disciples of Jesus for help. His precious son is tormented by an unclean spirit that seeks to throw him down, and cause him to injure himself. Try as they might, Jesus' disciples cannot …

Why Did Jesus SPIT in a Blind Man's Eyes?! #211

July 26th, 2020

31:47

Some friends of a blind man bring him to Jesus and ask Jesus to touch the man, assuming that the touch of Jesus will somehow heal their friend. Amazingly, Jesus does not comply with their request, but takes the man out …

Does The Bible Teach That Guardian Angels Are Real? #210

July 24th, 2020

22:49

Guardian angels - heavenly protectors assigned by God to each one of His children. It's a romantic and comforting idea, but could it possibly be …

How Can a Godly Person Be Depressed - I Thought Christians Were Supposed to Be Joyful All the Time?! #209 #Depression #Hope

July 24th, 2020

35:49

Some people have the false idea that a Christian is incapable of being depressed. This idea vanishes upon a close examination of Scripture and church …

Why did God choose a cowering weakling to lead His Army!? #208

July 23rd, 2020

29:33

The Israelites are in big trouble. The nation of Midian - far larger and mightier - keeps invading and taking their food, burning their crops, and taking their cattle. Israel is powerless to resist them, so they turn …

How Does The Gospel Transform People and Society? #207

July 22nd, 2020

30:20

Human kingdoms come by force and power, human philosophies take hold by coercion, rhetoric, charisma and brilliance, but not so with the Word of God. …

Are There Mighty WOMEN of God in the Bible? #206 (5 Mighty Women of God in the Bible)

July 21st, 2020

30:40

People often talk about Mighty MEN of God, but rarely discuss mighty WOMEN of God. When you look in the Bible, however, you see some wonderful …

Why Did Jesus FIRST Forgive The Paralytic? (Instead of healing him) #205

July 20th, 2020

27:41

A dramatic scene in Mark 2 - 4 friends of a very ill paralyzed man cut a hole in the roof and lower this man down in front of Jesus, hoping that the …

Why Did Jesus Often Withdraw to Lonely Places By Himself - Was He an Introvert? #204

July 19th, 2020

21:53

Jesus - on the most important mission in the history of missions - and able to heal and cure all who were hurt, sick or dying - had the habit of withdrawing to lonely/deserted places in order to pray and seek His …

Are There Rational Reasons to Believe Jesus Rose From the Dead? #203

July 18th, 2020

31:00

Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus as we read the last chapter of Matthew. Most skeptics of Christianity believe that the resurrection of …

When Must Christians Obey the Government, and When Not? #Masks #202

July 16th, 2020

36:03

The government of the US and most nations are right now issuing many new and inconvenient and controversial laws and commands. Are Christians obligated to obey governing authorities and commands, or can they simply 'go …

Must We 'Hear From God' On Every Decision? #201 #guidance

July 16th, 2020

38:03

When faced with a difficult decision, most Christians endeavor to 'hear from God' so that they can know which direction to go. While it is true that …

How Christians Make Decisions, Part 2 (How Does God Guide Us?) #200

July 15th, 2020

37:27

Many Christians believe that the right way to make a decision is to pray until you "feel peace" about a certain direction. The net result is that …

How Should Christians Make Decisions? Should Christians Cast Lots? #199

July 14th, 2020

36:30

The traditional view of Christian decision-making basically boils down to attempting to discern God's secret will on a particular matter, and then …

Who Were the Anakim and the Rephaim? #198 #Giants #Nephilim #BibleMysteries

July 13th, 2020

33:29

The Anakim and Rephaim are two mysterious foes of the Israelites mentioned in several books of the Old Testament. They were apparently extremely tall (possibly giants) and were also very fierce. Who were these strange …

Are Dragons and Sea Monsters in the Bible? #197

July 12th, 2020

26:00

Some translations Psalms 148 in the Bible indicate that 'dragons' or 'sea monsters' are worshipping God. Could such a thing be possible? Does the …

How Has the House of God Become a Den of Thieves? #196

July 11th, 2020

34:48

Can you picture Jesus getting angry? There are a few episodes in Scripture where Jesus does indeed get angry (and He didn't sin when He was angry, see Ephesians 4:26) Perhaps the angriest that Jesus ever got was when …

How Can We Be GREAT, According to Jesus? #195

July 10th, 2020

25:37

Jesus - the greatest to ever walk the earth...the most powerful...the richest...the most authoritative came to be a SERVANT. What a mind-boggling …

What is the Deal With The Camel and The Eye of the Needle? Can Rich People Be Saved, or Not? #194

July 9th, 2020

20:49

Many have attempted to explain Jesus' metaphor about the camel going through an eye of a needle and the impossibility of rich people getting saved. What did Jesus mean by this metaphor? Was there really a 'Needle' gate …

How MUST Christians Handle Conflict With Each Other? #193

July 7th, 2020

32:54

Conflict is inevitable, even among Christians, because Christians are still sinners and haven't fully tamed their tongues. Jesus, however, mandates a …

What Does True Repentance Look Like? #192

July 7th, 2020

25:14

In Jeremiah 3, God condemns the pretense of the people of Judah. They pretended to be sorrowful for their sins, and pretended to want to follow God, …

What is the Yeast of the Pharisees, and Why Did Jesus Warn Against It? #191

July 6th, 2020

28:17

A most humorous moment happens in Matthew 16 when Jesus challenges His disciples to avoid the yeast of the Pharisees, and they assume that He is literally talking about bread. It turns out that Jesus was actually …

What Are the Dangers of Human Traditions? #190

July 5th, 2020

17:50

Everybody knows that Jesus did not have a high view of the religious leaders of His day, as He was constantly challenging the Pharisees and Scribes about how they handled God's Word. Today's episode is a discussion of …

What Type of Person Does God Look Favorably At? #189 (+ What's the Worst That Death Can Do To a Christian)

July 4th, 2020

30:14

The last chapter in Isaiah reveals that there is a certain kind of person that God looks with favor on. It is not a confident person, nor a …

Why Did God Require the Israelite Warriors Be Circumcised RIGHT BEFORE BATTLE?! #188

July 3rd, 2020

28:38

Imagine the scene: The warriors of Israel are preparing for what is likely their biggest battle in the history of their country - the first major battle of the conquest of the Promised Land against the mighty and …

Can A Divided House Stand? +Bonus Is Beelzebub Satan? #187

July 2nd, 2020

24:03

How important is unity in the church? Jesus notes that a divided house can't possibly stand, calling His people to be united and avoid disunity. How …

What 'Does Vengeance is Mine, Saith the Lord' Actually Mean? #186

July 1st, 2020

28:11

Jesus was meek, humble and lowly upon His first visit to earth, but - as Isaiah 63 shows us - will return as a powerful and magnificent warrior. What …

Why Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Be "As Shrewd As Serpents?" #185

June 30th, 2020

22:40

Let's face it - snakes don't are not at all looked upon very highly in the Bible. From the Garden of Eden, to the Exodus wilderness, to the serpent's appearance in Revelation, snakes are associated with evil, lies, …

How Can We Be Strong and Courageous? #184

June 29th, 2020

22:17

Moses was one of the greatest leaders who ever lived, and therefore Joshua faced a daunting task when he was chosen to lead the Israelites following …

Why Did Jesus Cast Demons Into a Herd of Pigs/Swine? Why Did He Do What They Asked Him? #183

June 28th, 2020

26:19

A most curious and perplexing incident happens in Matthew 8. Jesus is confronted by a supernaturally powerful demoniac, who is possessed by multiple …

When Jesus Forbids Judging - What is He Forbidding? #182

June 27th, 2020

22:04

It's the most famous Bible verse in the world right now - "Judge not!" Everybody knows this passage, but not everybody understands what Jesus is forbidding here. What does it mean to judge somebody? Is it judgmental to …

Is God Impressed By our Religious Exploits? #181

June 26th, 2020

24:23

Is God impressed by religious activities like going to church, memorizing Bible verses, fasting, and doing good deeds? The answer might surprise you, …

Who is the Light of the World? #180

June 25th, 2020

21:41

Jesus identifies Himself as the light of the world multiple times in the Gospel of John, but then turns around and says that His people will be the …

Does Satan Know the Bible? Does Satan Twist The Bible? #179

June 24th, 2020

26:21

In Matthew 4, Jesus and Satan have a showdown, or duel, of sorts in the wilderness. Satan seeks to tempt Jesus, and one of the ways he does so is through twisting the Word of God. If he had the audacity to attempt such …

"By His Stripes We are Healed" - Does This Verse Promise Physical Healing? #176

June 21st, 2020

24:12

A famous verse that is often shared on social media is Isaiah 53:5, "By His stripes, we are healed." Many Christians believe that this passage is a declaration that God will heal all physical maladies suffered by …

Will Everybody Be Saved? #175

June 20th, 2020

17:53

God is both just and merciful. Not 50% just and 50% merciful, but 100% of both. Does this mean that ALL humans will be saved? Actually, it doesn't. …

What is the Lamb's Book of Life, and How Do I Know if My Name is Written In it? #174

June 19th, 2020

24:06

The Lamb's Book of Life is mentioned at least ten times in the Bible, and seems to be a book that was written before humans were created and contains the names of all of those who will inherit eternal life and be …

Will God Judge Christians Based on Their Works or Their Faith? #172 #Revelation #Endtimes #Eschatology

June 18th, 2020

19:25

Bible-believing Christians know that salvation is by grace through faith, and not by works, right? Revelation 20, however, notes that The Great White Throne Judgment is based on works, and there are other verses that …

Will Jesus' Return Be Peaceful + Who is the Rider on the White Horse? #171 #Revelation #SecondComing #LastDays

June 17th, 2020

20:54

The first time Jesus came to earth - born in a manger, travelled with His disciples, rode on a donkey, allowed Himself to be crucified - He came meek, lowly and mild. He was never weak, but was incredibly gentle. Many …

How Did Jesus Become Accursed for His People? What is the Gospel? #170 #CharlesSpurgeon

June 16th, 2020

28:08

In Deuteronomy, it is said that the vilest murderers will be hung on a tree, and also that those who are hung on a tree are under God's curse. What …

Who or What is the Whore of Babylon? #Revelation #Endtimes #LastDays

June 15th, 2020

26:12

Revelation 17 introduces readers to the 'whore of Babylon,' a wicked entity who rides on the back of the beast, causes Kings of the earth to commit immorality with her, and is drunk with the blood of the saints that she …

How Does God's Merciful Love Endure Forever in the Face of Sin and Rebellion? #168 #Psalms

June 14th, 2020

19:21

Psalm 106 recounts how the people of Israel constantly rebelled against God by their sins, by their ignoring of His commands, by their worship and pursuit of other God, and even by their murder of their own children in …

How Important is it to REMEMBER What God Has Done? #167

June 13th, 2020

18:19

All throughout the Bible, the people of God are reminded to REMEMBER all that God has done: His rescues, His mighty acts, His love, His judgments and …

What is the Mark of the Beast? What Does 666 Mean? #Revelation #EndTimes #166

June 12th, 2020

41:53

666 = This number, known even by those who aren't Christians, can be enough to send a chill down your spine. Most know that 666 is somehow associated with the antichrist or the beast, but don't exactly know how. On …

Who is the Beast of Revelation? Part 1. #LastDays #Eschatology #Endtimes #165

June 11th, 2020

30:07

The Antichrist and the two beasts of Revelation seem to form some sort of diabolical anti-God trio in the last days. We learn about the beast from …

Has There Ever Been War in Heaven? #164 #Revelation

June 10th, 2020

26:46

Revelation 12 contains one of the most chilling phrases in the Bible, "And there was war in Heaven." How could there be violence, problems and WAR in …

Who Are the Two Witnesses of Revelation? #163 #Endtimes #Lastdays

June 9th, 2020

31:48

Revelation 11 introduces us to two enigmatic figures that the church has spent the last 1900 years trying to discover their identities. The two witnesses of revelation prophesy in sackcloth, can cause plagues, breath …

Does God Favor the Rich, Powerful and Established Or The Poor and Powerless? A Meditation on Isaiah 40. #162

June 7th, 2020

23:09

God owns the 'cattle on a thousand hills.' He is above comprehension in power and majesty. Does He - as high and lofty as He is - favor the elite and …

Who is The Angel of The Abyss (Apollyon/Abaddon)? + If I Have it, Should I Flaunt it? #161

June 6th, 2020

25:50

Two parter today. In part one, we discuss the enigmatic and terrifying angel of the abyss/king of the locusts/Abaddon/Apollyon of Revelation 9. Who …

What Does it Mean to Circumcise Your Heart, and HOW Can It Be done? #160

June 6th, 2020

20:55

Circumcision is a physical (and painful!) sign of the covenant that God gave to Abraham. All males in Israel were to be circumcised. Later, however, …

How Do The People of God Respond When Faced With Overwhelming Odds Against Them? #159

June 4th, 2020

22:26

In Isaiah 37, we are presented with a fascinating and frightful scenario: The mighty King of Assyria is threatening to wipe Israel off the map and …

Who Are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse? #158 #Revelation

June 4th, 2020

23:56

Revelation 6 shows 4 horsemen released by Heaven to bring various judgments and manifestations on the earth. There is a white horse, a red horse, a black horse and a pale/greenish horse. Who are the four Horsemen of the …

Why Do People Believe the Bible is Against Interracial Marriage? #157 #Redux

June 3rd, 2020

20:43

Many people have taught for years (or assumed!) that the Bible forbids interracial marriage, despite the fact that many of the Bible's best known figures - like Moses! - enjoyed interracial marriage. Does the Bible …

What is Heaven Like Now AND What is the GREATEST Commandment? #156

June 2nd, 2020

24:30

Today's pod covers two important topics. #1 - What is the Greatest commandment, according to Jesus, and where is it found? Is it one of the Ten Commandments? #2 - What is Heaven like now? What sort of beings surround …

What is So Bad About Being Lukewarm? #155 #Revelation #LettersFromJesus

June 1st, 2020

20:32

Revelation contains 7 letters from Jesus to various churches in Asia Minor. To one of those churches, the church of Laodicea, Jesus threatens to …

As the Church, What is Our FIRST Love? #154 #Revelation

May 31st, 2020

22:42

In the book of Revelation, Jesus writes a letter to seven different churches. In His first letter, to the church at Ephesus, He tells them that - …

What Does Jesus Look Like NOW + What Did He Look Like As a Human? (Does He Look The Same?) #153

May 30th, 2020

21:18

The Bible gives very little as to the physical description of Jesus when He was on the earth with His disciples. Interestingly, however, the Bible is much more detailed in its description of Jesus in His …

What is an Archangel? How many Archangels are in the Bible? #152

May 29th, 2020

26:16

Angels are very powerful and somewhat mysterious heavenly beings that are not described with a high amount of detail in the Bible. Archangels, of …

Does God Preside over an Assembly of Lesser Deities According to the Bible? #151

May 28th, 2020

25:06

Most Christians believe that the Bible teaches that there is only ONE God. And that is true, the way that most Christians mean it. However, there are many passages in the Bible (like our focus passage: Psalms 82) that …

How Should Christians Handle False Teachers? #150

May 27th, 2020

17:51

False teachers have, in many cases, become more aggressive in proselytizing and door to door 'evangelism' than genuine teachers. How should …

Who is the Avenger of Blood? Is Eye for an Eye and Tooth for a Tooth Still Valid? #149 #maliceaforethought

May 26th, 2020

20:28

Numbers 35 introduces us to a very mysterious figure in the Bible: The Avenger of Blood. It is the job of this avenger to kill (yes, kill!) those who commit intentional murder. How did this Old Testament process of …

What Must Be the Defining Characteristic of Christians? #148

May 25th, 2020

24:08

Consider for a moment: What kind of people are Christians known to be by those outside of the faith? Do we have a good reputation? If you stopped a non-believer, and asked them what their one word adjective to describe …

What Will Become of Death When Jesus Returns? #147

May 24th, 2020

18:47

The Bible describes death as an enemy, and indicates that this is the last enemy that will be defeated by God. Isaiah 25 gives us a big hint as to what is going to happen to death when Jesus returns, and Revelation 21 …

How Do We Conquer the Evil One? #146

May 23rd, 2020

26:45

1 John 2 talks about a certain group of people who have overcome the 'evil one.' Given that the evil one is far smarter, stronger and more powerful …

Does God Get Angry? #145

May 22nd, 2020

24:28

Most people believe - rightly so - that God is kind, merciful and loving. In their minds, a kind and merciful God could never be angry...but the …

Does the Bible Teach That The Return of Jesus Would Be Soon After His Ascension, or Much Later? + Sea Dragons and Leviathans in the Bible?!

May 21st, 2020

22:07

Some critics of the Bible have charged that it seems to indicate the second coming will be quite swift, and the fact that Jesus hasn't returned for almost 2000 years seems - to them - to undermine the credibility of the …

Why Did God Have Angels Put in Chains and Cast Into Darkness? + Light of the Gospel: A Tribute To Ravi Zacharias #143

May 20th, 2020

27:38

The church lost a great servant of the Gospel today in Ravi Zacharias, and we have a brief tribute to him on today's pod, along with an excellent short devotion he wrote on sharing the gospel with neither animosity, nor …

How Do We Know We Are Saved? How do we Confirm Our Calling and Election? #142

May 19th, 2020

31:11

Jesus says that the narrow road to salvation is a road that not many will follow - giving us the idea that most people won't become Christians. Jesus …

What Kind of Person Does God Exalt?? #141

May 18th, 2020

18:37

To exalt somebody means to lift them up, promote them, or to think very highly of them. Surprisingly, the Bible indicates - many times over - that there is a certain kind of person that God delights to exalt and raise …

What is the MOST Important Thing as the End of Time Draws Near? #140

May 17th, 2020

22:09

Most people focus on times and dates when discussing the last days and the return of Christ. The Bible, however, does not. In fact, 1 Peter 4 tells …

What is Apologetics? Why Should Christians Apologize?? #139 HOW Do You Defend the Faith?

May 16th, 2020

26:30

Today we discuss apologetics - is it all about saying we are sorry for being a Christian? Of course not! 1 Peter 3:15 calls Christians to be able to …

Who are YOU? Are You Royalty? Are you a Member of the Clergy? (If You are in Christ, then YES, You are!) #138

May 15th, 2020

20:09

1 Peter 2 declares that Christians are a NEW race - does this nullify our existing ethnicities, or enhance them? This chapter also teaches that …

Why Are Trials Necessary? Why Does God MAKE Us Go Through Troubles? #137

May 14th, 2020

21:35

The Bible makes it quite clear that Christians will endure discipline, affliction, suffering, trials and other unpleasantness. Why are such things necessary? Why doesn't God just protect us from ALL harm and trouble?

How Can Our Prayers Be More Effective? #136 #PrayLikeElijah

May 13th, 2020

22:20

Elijah was a human being just like us. Weak, scared, anxious, even sometimes suicidal...and yet he prayed prayers that shook the earth and changed history. James 5 tells us to pray like Elijah - how can we do this? How …

How is Jesus Like A Bronze Serpent on a Pole? #135

May 12th, 2020

26:17

Hello everybody, and Happy Tuesday to you! Welcome into the most ridiculous, and yet profoundly titled episode of the Bible Reading Podcast. If the …

Why did God NOT Allow Moses to Enter the Promised Land, and what can leaders learn from Moses' failure? #134

May 11th, 2020

22:23

Hello friends, and happy Monday to you all! As you might recall, I'm preparing for a short road trip this week, and trying to record a few extra episodes before I head out on the road, so the next few episodes might be …

How Do We Pray Through The Psalms? #133

May 10th, 2020

23:48

Hello friends, and happy Lord's Day to you all! Some of us have the privilege of worshipping together in person today, and some - like us - are still in quarantine. Wherever you fall along that spectrum, I pray that the …

Is There A Religion That God Calls Pure and Faultless? #132

May 9th, 2020

26:55

Hello friends and welcome to the weekend! As a heads up, the next few podcasts might be a little on the shorter than normal side, as I am preparing for a small road trip with my daughter, and will have to record a few …

What are the Seraphim of Isaiah 6 - Burning Angels or Serpentine Guardians?? #131

May 8th, 2020

29:16

Hello everybody and happy Friday to you. After a long and rambly Coronavirus intro yesterday, today's intro is short. I would say short and sweet, …

How do We Keep Our Eyes on Jesus? #130

May 7th, 2020

30:26

Hello everybody, and happy Thursday to you! Today is the beginning of week 8 of quarantine for us in central California/The Bay Area. That seems like …

What is Faith? #129 - The Hebrews 11 Faith Hall of Fame.

May 6th, 2020

28:42

Hello friends and happy Wednesday to you! Today we are covering a Bible passage that many might be familiar with, as this is a favorite for preachers to preach through - and with good reason! Hebrews 11 is rich with …

Is Once Saved, Always Saved a True and Biblical Teaching? #128 Perseverance of the Saints, Part 3.

May 5th, 2020

28:14

Hello friends, and Happy Tuesday to you. I realize with some chagrin that I missed wishing you a happy Star Wars day yesterday, but I can wish you a happy Cinco De Mayo today. Today's Bible readings include Numbers 11 …

Does Religion Please God? #127 God's Heart for the Poor, Needy and Oppressed.

May 4th, 2020

28:35

Hello friends, and happy Monday. Another week begins. A week of uncertainty in the U.S. as many are still in lockdown - such as us in California, and others are beginning to come out of lockdown, and wondering if it is …

Are Christians Still Under Old Testament Commands? #126

May 3rd, 2020

21:09

Happy Lord's Day, Brethren and Sistren. Today is a wonderful day to celebrate the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! If you don't have a …

Is the Bible Anti-Sex? Warning: Rated NFY. #125

May 2nd, 2020

25:04

Happy Saturday, Friends, and welcome into the first ever NFY episode Bible Reading podcast. This particular episode, if I was recording it from my …

Does Hebrews 6 Teach That Christians Can Lose Their Salvation? #124 Perseverance of the Saints #2 #124

May 1st, 2020

28:06

Hello friends, and a happy May to you!  Today's Bible readings include Numbers 8, quite a bit shorter than chapter 7, and also Psalms 44, Song of Songs 6 and Hebrews 6. Today is part two of our continuing discussion on …

Can a Christian Be Depressed? #123

April 30th, 2020

27:01

Hello friends, and happy Thursday to you. A bit of a heavy topic today - depression - but there us much hope in the Word when we go beyond the surface. This will be a continuing series for us also, and like our …

How is the Word of God Living and Active? How Can Words Be Alive?! #122

April 29th, 2020

23:59

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today we in California are celebrating an astounding SIX weeks of sheltering in place, and it looks like a few more weeks are on tap. I guess celebrating is the wrong word there. We are …

What are Christians Called to Do For Each other DAILY? + Perseverance of the Saints, Part 1. #121

April 28th, 2020

23:51

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today we are celebrating the birthday of the most famous writer in the history of the state of Alabama, Harper "To Kill a Mockingbird" Lee. Fun fact: No mockingbirds die during that book. Jay …

Does the Bible Condone Slavery, Part 3. What is a doulos/slave in Bible terms, and does that match the type of slavery prevalent in the American South #120

April 27th, 2020

35:15

Happy Monday, friends - and God bless all of you essential workers, first responders, medical professionals and others that are headed into work today to keep our country going, to serve the needs of the people, and to …

Does The Bible Condone Slavery? Part 2. #119

April 26th, 2020

28:26

Happy Lord's Day to you, friends and family! As I write this greeting, I've just finished uploading a series of testimonies and words of encouragement from members of our church family to be shown in today's livestream. …

Does the Bible Condone Slavery? #118 Part 1.

April 25th, 2020

32:43

Hello friends, and happy weekend to you. Yes, if you're like me - the weekend doesn't mean as much as it used to, because all the days bleed together. Sundays are still special, however, because our church …

What Does Peacemaking Look Like, and Why Should Christians Be Peacemakers? #117

April 24th, 2020

26:06

Happy Friday, Faithful Friends. Today's Big Bible Word is Alliteration. Oh wait, it is actually peace-making. Everybody knows that Jesus said …

HOW Do We Fear The Lord? What Does it Look Like to Fear the Lord? #116

April 23rd, 2020

15:38

Happy Thursday to you, friends! Today was a beautiful and warm day in central California, and I think that has many people - including my …

Is Life Fair? No! Wisdom from Ecclesiastes (and Jesus...) #115

April 22nd, 2020

23:38

Happy Wednesday, friends. I have refused for many years to call Wednesday 'hump-day' as a matter of principle, and I still refuse, so don't …

What Act of God Brings Incredible Joy? + Who Was Mary Magdalene, and Why Was She the FIRST Witness of the Resurrection?? #114

April 21st, 2020

26:19

Hello everybody, and happy Tuesday to you! I am at day 32 or 33 of my partial Nazarite vow - no beer and no wine is going okay, and I have …

What is Persecution? Will ALL Christians Be Persecuted? How Common is Persecution in the West? #113

April 20th, 2020

27:09

Happy Monday, friends. I tried to come up with a better intro situation than that, but my creative brain failed me miserably. My apologies for …

Flee Youthful Passions/Lusts - Is this Command Mainly About Sex or Something Else? #112

April 19th, 2020

21:19

Happy Lord's Day, Brothers and Sisters! Today, I am livestream preaching out of 1st Thessalonians 5 for the church that am a pastor at, Valley Baptist Church in Salinas, California. I'd love for you to join us on …

How did Jesus ABOLISH Death? #111

April 18th, 2020

25:56

Happy Saturday, Brothers and Sisters! Today's Bible passages include Leviticus 22. Psalms 28 and 29, Ecclesiastes 4, and 2nd Timothy 1. Sharp-eared listeners probably noticed yesterday that we skipped over …

How Can We NOT Be Afraid? #Psalms 27 #110

April 17th, 2020

25:17

Happy Friday! I'm getting started on the pod late tonight, so I must cut out a lot of the normal banter, and funny jokes you normally hear in this space. That was actually my funny joke for the day, as I know my …

Can Christians Drink Wine? Should Christians Drink Wine? #109

April 16th, 2020

33:30

Hello everybody and happy Thursday to you. Today brings us to a controversial topic among modern Christians that is not very controversial in terms of the Bible - at least from a grammatical place. You'll notice …

How is the Lord My Shepherd? #108 #Psalm23

April 15th, 2020

23:25

Happy Four Weeks in Quarantine, everybody - maybe your quarantine has been less than ours? Our Bible readings today are Leviticus 19, Psalms 23 and 24, Ecclesiastes 2 and 1 Timothy 4.

For many people in the …

What is a Deacon? Does the Bible Allow for Women to Serve as Deacons? #107

April 14th, 2020

36:07

Happy Tuesday, friends! Tomorrow will mark our 4th week in quarantine here in California, a sentence I never thought I would write for a …

How Do We Handle Controversial Scripture? MUST Women be Silent and Modest? What's up with that?! +Praying for People in Authority. #controversy #politics #106

April 13th, 2020

34:27

Happy Monday, friends! How was your celebration of the resurrection yesterday? Ours was obviously radically different. For one, the quarantine, for two, all of us lived in Alabama until the Summer of 2018, so this …

Easter! Why Do You Look for the Living Among The Dead?! #Resurrection #HeisRisen! #105

April 12th, 2020

26:09

Happy Resurrection day, friends! On this day, and every day, let us rejoice and celebrate the most significant event that has ever happened - the day death was defeated. Shoutout to the guy in the Greensboro/High …

Who is the Antichrist/Man of Lawlessness/Son of Perdition? #104

April 11th, 2020

38:09

Happy Easter-Eve, friends! Whether you celebrate Easter or not, do allow me to prod and urge you to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus this Sunday - and EVERY Sunday! Our celebration in many churches will be …

What is the Great Apostasy, WHO is the Man of Lawlessness and What HAS to Happen Before Jesus Returns? (Part 1) #LastDays #Endtimes #103

April 10th, 2020

28:57

Happy Good Friday, friends! It is going to be incredibly strange celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus this weekend while under quarantine, but that is not going to damper my celebration. The best news in history …

How Can The Wounds of a Friend Be Trusted? #102 #TheReal100

April 9th, 2020

30:27

The world has changed. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost; for none now live who remember it. Time no longer has any meaning. Is today Thursday, or is it all just one long …

Will the WHOLE World Be Surprised at the Coming of Jesus, or Will it Be Possible To Know His Coming Is Soon? #101 #eschatology #LastDays #SecondComing

April 8th, 2020

31:18

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today marks THREE weeks of sheltering in place for those of us in central California, and it is for me, a personal record for sheltering in place/staying home and social distancing, beating my …

How Do We Take Refuge in the Lord? Psalms 11 #100

April 7th, 2020

23:42

Greetings and salutations, friends, and happy whatever day it is. I think it is Tuesday today, but the days are running so much together, that I am only pretty sure it is April, and that we are still, sadly, in 2020, …

How Can We Stand Firm in the Middle of Crisis and Pandemic? #99

April 6th, 2020

27:32

Happy Monday, Friends! Today is DAY 20 of Quarantine/Shelter In Place/Stay Home Order for us in rainy central California. Yes, I said rainy. Boo. I'm not complaining about shelter in place, because it actually seems to …

How Should God's People Be Led? What is Meekness? #98

April 5th, 2020

25:54

Happy Lord's Day, Friends! I trust that, even if you are among the millions who are sheltering in place, that you know that your heart and your Spirit are not shackled. This is the day that the Lord has made - let …

What Does it Mean to Repent, and Why is it Important? Also: Does God Shoot People With Arrows?! #97

April 4th, 2020

29:51

Happy Saturday, friends! Here in sunny and cold California, our shelter in place order has turned into a STAY HOME order, which is a little …

How Do We DEVOTE Ourselves to Prayer? + George Müller on Praying in the Midst of Trials. #96

April 3rd, 2020

26:56

Happy Friday, friends! For many of us out there, the days are kind of just running into each other right now. I had two different pastor friends share that same thought with me at different times today. Our …

Should the Church Be a One-Man-Show? Is the Church too Pastor-Centric? #EverybodyPlaysBall #95

April 2nd, 2020

26:53

Happy Thursday, Friends! Day 16 of shelter in place here in Sunny and windy central California. We have not resorted to cannibalism yet. We have resorted to all sorts of pranks, however, including my daughters …

What is the Fear of the Lord? It's Not Like Real Fear, Is it?! #94

April 1st, 2020

24:01

Happy Wednesday, friends! Today is officially episode 94, but only because I messed up yesterday and skipped a number. Therefore, episode #92 never officially existed. Or maybe it did, and had the 8 secrets of …

Is Jesus God? How is Jesus the IMAGE of the Invisible God? #93

March 31st, 2020

29:44

Happy Tuesday, Friends! Our Bible passages today are: Leviticus 2 and 3, Proverbs 18, John 21 and Colossians 1. Our focus passage is in …

How Does the Empty Tomb of Jesus Comfort Us - Especially in the Midst of Anxiety And Pandemic? #91

March 30th, 2020

23:42

Happy Monday, everybody! Godspeed and safety and rich blessings to all of you essential workers out there - may the Lord bless you and keep you safe as you serve this country! Nurses, doctors, scientists, first …

What was Jesus' Last Word on the Cross Before He Died, and HOW Does That One Word Proclaim the Best News Ever? #90

March 29th, 2020

22:55

Happy Lord's Day, dear friends! If you don't have a streaming church home - or if you do, and you want more, I guess, then please allow me to invite you to join our church - Valley Baptist Church in Salinas - for …

How Did the Personality of Jesus Set an Example For His People? What Does it Mean that He Emptied Himself? #89

March 28th, 2020

28:07

Happy Saturday, friends - how's everybody out there doing in quarantine land? I hope you are getting a walk everyday, if that is possible where you live. Allow me to urge you to press into the Lord in prayer right …

What did Jesus Pray THREE Times for Future Christians? Also: What is a Greater Threat to our country than #covid19? #88

March 27th, 2020

31:20

Hello everybody, and welcome in to day #8 of Shelter in place for those of us in Central California. I should have marked a week yesterday, but …

What is the Ark of the Covenant? WHERE is the Ark of the Covenant? #87

March 26th, 2020

23:18

Answer to question #2: I don't know. Today's podcast would be the easiest and shortest Bible Reading podcast ever, if the only question we had …

According to Jesus - Without Doing This, You and I can Accomplish NOTHING. What is it?! #86

March 25th, 2020

25:03

Most of the time I apologize for it when I have a click-baity title, but not this time. This time, I'm almost proud. You know what click-bait …

Is Jesus the ONLY Way to Heaven? + Discussion of the Universalist Book "The Shack" #85

March 24th, 2020

29:10

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is day #6 of shelter in place for many of us, and things are pretty scary right now. Let me encourage you, as I have before, to not let the Word of God be overwhelmed in your mind by …

WHO is God? Is He Wrathful and Scary in the Old Testament, but Merciful and Loving in the New? Why is the Hebrew Word 'Chesed' Probably the Greatest One-Word Description of the Nature and Character of God? #84

March 23rd, 2020

36:59

Happy Monday, friends! Today begins day #5 of shelter in place for us in central California. Yesterday, when my son and I went for a walk in our neighborhood - which is in the city of Salinas, California - we …

What is the Church? A building? Can we GO to church? Are There Sacred Buildings? #83 #CharlesSpurgeon

March 22nd, 2020

21:51

Happy Lord's Day, dear friends. Today is Shelter in Place day #4 for all of us Californians. Yipee! I want to remind you that if you are also sheltering in place, your flesh may be locked down, so to speak, but we …

How is Jesus the Resurrection and Life? #Comfort from the Word During the Coronavirus Crisis. #82

March 21st, 2020

36:29

Hello Friends - we've made it to the weekend, not that it means as much as it used to. Our family went for a walk today - still allowed under day three of the California Coronavirus shutdown - and my sixteen year …

How Can We Keep Going in Difficult, Painful and Scary Situations? #81 #IfWeFaintNot

March 20th, 2020

26:34

Hello friends, and welcome into the Bible Reading Podcast. This is Day 3 of Shelter in Place for us Californians, and such decisions are likely coming for many across the United States. These are strange and scary …

What is the Fruit of the Spirit, and How Does One Live by the Fruit of the Spirit? #80

March 19th, 2020

31:10

Hello friends, and welcome to Shelter in Place, Day #2. We managed to survive the first day, but already the kids are growing restless. Today's Bible passages are Exodus 30, Proverbs 6, John 9, and Galatians 5. …

How Did Jesus Treat The Woman Caught in Adultery, and Was That Story Originally in the Bible, or Added Later, as some scholars believe? #79

March 18th, 2020

42:01

Happy Shelter in Place Day, Friends! I find myself living in the part of Central California right now that has been essentially shut down for the next 22 days, and our Shelter in Place order just went into effect …

Scripture Readings for Day 78 Exodus 29, Proverbs 5, John 8 and Galatians 4

March 18th, 2020

20:15

Download the other episode too - it contains the discussion of the Woman Caught in Adultery!

What Does Justification BY FAITH Actually Mean? Must We EARN Favor with God by DOING Good Works and BEING Good People?! #77

March 17th, 2020

28:18

Happy Tuesday, friends! Another short podcast today, due to an incredibly long pastoral letter written tonight. This should help make up for …

What Teaching of Jesus Drove The Most People Away? #EatMyFleshDrinkMyBlood #76

March 16th, 2020

45:19

Hello friends, and welcome in to the show. I hope you are staying safe out there! This Sunday, yesterday, was the first time in over 25 years of ministry that I have been part of a church that cancelled the Sunday …

How do you get wisdom? (With an assist from #charlesspurgeon) #prayer #wisdom #75

March 15th, 2020

21:03

Hello friends, and welcome in to episode 75 of the Bible Reading Podcast. I hope you are all staying safe out there and walking in faith. Today's podcast covers Exodus 26, Proverbs 2, John 5 and Galatians 1. We …

How Does Jesus Teach Us How To Evangelize and Interact with People Through His Conversation With a Samaritan Woman?? #74

March 14th, 2020

28:50

Welcome into another episode of the Bible Reading Podcast. In order to give you a break from what everybody is talking about, the only time I am going to say the c-word is right now: CORONAVIRUS. Check out …

How Does God Use Weakness, Disease and Tribulation to Glorify His Name and Spread the Good News of Jesus in the Midst of a Pandemic?! #coronavirus #73

March 13th, 2020

33:28

Shout out to Keith Heltsley and the guy in St. Louis that downloaded 83 episodes of the podcast today. Welcome aboard!

Keith's comment:

My own preference in bible translations are the ESV and CSB. I won’t claim …

What Kind of Creatures Were Leviathan and Behemoth (from Job 40-41)? #72

March 12th, 2020

30:23

Hello everybody, and welcome into the Bible Reading podcast. Scary times out there, right? The world is shaking right now - in fear of the unknown, and in fear of the known. Remember, brothers and sisters - we …

Was Jesus a Myth, Misrepresentation, Man or the MASTER and MESSIAH? How the Female First Witnesses of the Resurrection Answered that Question! #71

March 11th, 2020

36:06

Happy Tuesday, friends! Our Bible passages today are Exodus 22, Job 40, John 1 and 2nd Corinthians 10. Today we are still focused on the women …

Why Were Women the First Witnesses of the Resurrection of Jesus, and What Difference Does that Make? #FirstCenturySexism+ Bible Translation Question. (Part 1) #70

March 10th, 2020

38:56

Hello everybody, and welcome into the Bible Reading podcast - a welcome respite from all of the coronavirus news going around, and filled with …

What Does God Look Like, and What Does His Presence Look And Sound Like? (Hint: If you aren't thinking darkness, fire, whirlwinds, clouds, smoke and more...you might be surprised what the Bible says!) #69

March 9th, 2020

47:38

Happy Monday, friends - hope you are all washing your hands, not touching your face, and - most importantly - starting your day with the Word of God! Thank you for joining us for the Bible Reading Podcast. Promo. …

Why Do Christians Eat Bread and Drink Juice/Wine in Church?? #68

March 8th, 2020

29:15

Today is the Lord's Day, Friends - and that means a shorter than normal podcast for us. Rest your ears, wash your hands and enjoy your extra time this Sunday! As a pastor, much of my Saturday is spent getting …

Is Coronavirus a Sign of The End Times? If not - What is? +The MOST Important Teaching of Jesus about the Last Days. + A much scarier historical plague than coronavirus that you've probably never heard of. #67

March 7th, 2020

34:42

Hello everybody, and welcome into another episode of the Bible Reading Podcast with a slightly click-baity title. Is Coronavirus a sign of the END OF THE WORLD?? Stay tuned for the exciting answer!

Today's Bible …

What Happens When We Die (According to the Bible) 10 Bible Verses on What Happens After Death #IntermediateState #66

March 6th, 2020

41:37

Good news - tonight's topic is super-fun! I can't imagine anything funner than talking about what happens when we die. Okay, I guess I am being a little tongue in cheek, but stay with me - I think you will be …

Who is the god of This Age, According to the Bible? Also: How Christians are Jars of Clay + How to Overcome Satan. #65

March 5th, 2020

31:14

Today's Bible passages include Exodus 16 - God sends Manna!, Job 34 - Elihu continues, Luke 19 Zacchaeus meets Jesus and repents!, and our focus passage, which is 2nd Corinthians 4. One of my favorite teachings in …

What is Jesus' Most Important Teaching on Prayer? +15 Great Quotes on Prayer #64 + C.S. Lewis on the Necessity of Forgiveness!

March 4th, 2020

30:13

I guess I should start by apologizing for the slightly click-baity title. There is a tension in doing Christian things on social media, and …

How Important Is Forgiveness? Should I Forgive Somebody Who REALLY Hurt Me? What if They Don't Ask for Forgiveness?

March 3rd, 2020

35:42

Today's episode is all about the Coronavirus. Oh wait, that's what every other news item is about. Today we are talking about forgiveness, and - believe it or not - that is more important than #covid19! Our …

What Does the Bible Teach About Money? Top Ten Bible Verses on Money and Wealth. #62

March 2nd, 2020

27:36

Today's Bible passages include Exodus 13 (the aftermath of the Passover), Job 31 (a fascinating and powerful meditation on holiness for …

Why Did God Save the Israelites and Not the Egyptians on Passover Night? (Do We Earn Salvation By Our Goodness, or by Unearned Favor?) #61

March 1st, 2020

26:03

Happy Lord's Day, friends! As has become our habit today's pod will be short and sweet. Lot's of Scripture, not much commentary. Our Bible passages for the day include Job 30, Luke 15, 1 Corinthians 16 and our …

Are There Reasons Beyond Faith to Believe That Jesus Rose From the Dead? #60 + Did Roman Historians Write About Jesus During the First Century?

February 29th, 2020

30:54

Happy Leap Year, Friends! Today is the rarest day in our calendar, with the one exception being the legendary February 30th that sometimes shows up on milk carton expiration dates. Because the Robert Murray …

How do Superman and Aquaman Illustrate an Important Truth about Spiritual Gifts and How God Has Designed His Church?#59

February 28th, 2020

26:18

Hooray - we made it to Friday! Today we are only reading three chapters. Why? Because Robert Murray M'Cheyne's original Bible reading plan was designed for a non leap year, so we have some freedom here to be …

Is the Modern Church Too Pastor-Centered? Spiritual Gifts #2 #58

February 27th, 2020

32:00

Happy Thursday, Friends! SHARE/REVIEW. Today's Bible passages kick off with two terrible plagues in Exodus 10: Locusts and Darkness. Pharaoh's grip is certainly loosening on the Israelites! Job 28 is an …

What are Spiritual Gifts, and Why Are They Important? #57

February 26th, 2020

29:32

Our readings start with Exodus 9 which features a continuance of the struggle between Pharaoh and his magicians in the blue corner, weighing in at a combined weight of 550 pounds, and Moses and Aaron in the near …

How Did Pharaoh's Magicians Perform Miracles? Demon Power? Sleight of Hand? Do Demons Actually Have Power? #56

February 25th, 2020

31:46

Our passages today are Job 25 and 26, and for once, one of Job's friends actually makes some sense, or at least just doesn't spew out garbage, so that is an improvement. (Keeping in mind that God Himself rebukes …

Is Taking Communion/The Lord's Supper Dangerous? #Eucharist #ICantDrive55

February 24th, 2020

33:10

Happy Monday, friends. May the Lord bless you and carry you through this sometimes grim day. Today's Bible readings include Exodus 7, wherein Pharaoh's magicians perform some amazing feats, a topic that we will …

How is Jesus Our Lawyer, and Why is that Good News? #54

February 23rd, 2020

25:34

Happy Lord's Day, everybody! Today's pod will be short, and hopefully sweet as we discuss the powerful truth that Jesus is our advocate. We …

Were Women Part of Jesus' Ministry Team? #53

February 22nd, 2020

33:48

Today's Bible readings feature some high drama as Moses and Pharaoh have their first showdown in Exodus 5. If we are being fair, I think we have to give Pharaoh the win for round 1, but this struggle will go on …

Why did God Seek to KILL Moses Right After He Sent Him on a Mission to Rescue the Children of Israel? #52 #yesitreallyhappened

February 21st, 2020

34:19

Rejoice, everybody! It is Friday, and if you live in sunny central California, you get to enjoy temps in the 70s today with sunshine and no humidity. If you're in the area, come visit us at Valley Baptist Church …

What is God's Real Name? (Yes! He does have an actual name.) #51

February 20th, 2020

30:20

Today's Bible readings include Job 20 in which Zophar, Job's friend, will erroneously tell us that the wicked are always punished while on earth, and their plans never succeed in the long run. Luke 6 contains …

What Are Some Helpful Things To Say To People Who are Suffering or in Grief? #50

February 19th, 2020

29:34

All of the pundits said it couldn't be done. The odds were 3720-1 against, but we have made it to episode #50 of the Daily Bible Reading …

How Do We Comfort the Suffering? Part 2: What NOT to Say to Those Who are Grieving! #49

February 18th, 2020

32:32

Welcome to the Bible Reading Podcast! (Encourage Sharing on SM/Reviews, etc) Today's readings include Exodus Chapter 1 - which means we have completed the entire book of Genesis together - Go team! Sadly for the …

Episode 48: How Can We Best Comfort the Suffering and Brokenhearted? (Part 1) #DontBeAMiserableComforter

February 17th, 2020

26:15

Happy Monday, friends! I want to open with a shoutout to Willem Dykstra of Minnesota, who left an encouraging iTunes review, "Excellent podcast and edifying for anyone that seeks to be in God's Word daily. Also …

Episode #47 - Was Jesus Rejected by an Innkeeper and Actually Born in a Stable?

February 16th, 2020

32:48

Merry Christmas, everybody! Today's readings begin with Genesis 49, which largely consists of Jacob/Israel's blessing over his boys (and Joseph's two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh.) As we might expect from one such …

Episode 46: What is a Spiritual Privilege and Power that Most Christians Today Neglect, but Those in the Bible Treasured? #Achoo!

February 15th, 2020

26:20

Today's passages include this encouraging little ditty from our depressed friend Job, "Anyone born of woman is short of days and full of trouble

Episode 45: What Are You Championing and Promoting With Your Life? What is Your Life Message?

February 14th, 2020

25:10

Still recovering a bit from my hospital stay today, but rejoicing at the grace of Jesus and His people as I went through that small ordeal. Today's readings begin with Genesis 47, where we see Joseph initiate a …

Episode 44: Jesus Defeated Death, But How Can We KNOW it REALLY Happened? + Book Giveaway. (Better Late than Never Edition)

February 14th, 2020

28:31

Hello everybody, and I'm sorry for being late on this edition of the podcast. I have a decent excuse, I think. Yesterday (Wednesday) at 4pm, I went out and jogged a few miles. Got home, showered and ate in …

Episode 43 - What Should Separate Christians? #Unity, part 2 (+The Pope Who Exhumed His Predecessor, Tried, Found Him Guilty, and Cut His Fingers Off!)

February 12th, 2020

34:27

In Genesis 45, which we are reading today, something profoundly important happens that will determine the next 400+ years in the lives of God's people, the descendants of Abraham. Joseph reveals himself to his …

Episode 42: Why Do Christians Argue So Much? What Can We Do About It?! #Unity, Part 1.

February 11th, 2020

34:07

Greetings to all of the peace-loving and unity-seeking listeners to the Bible Reading Podcast - you guys are the best! And if you are are the kind who likes nothing better than a good argument with other …

Episode 41: Does God STILL Give Dreams and Visions (part 3) + the Edifying Purpose of Spiritual Gifts.

February 10th, 2020

34:09

Welcome in to the show that my middle daughter says is a little bit too long, but C.S. Lewis has called the finest podcast he's ever listened to. Today's Scriptures feature the emotional reuniting of Joseph with …

Episode 40: Does God Still Speak in Dreams and Visions? Spiritual Gifts + Cessationism vs. Continuationism. (Part 2)

February 9th, 2020

38:39

Today's passages include Job 8, which introduces us to Bildad the Shuhite, who is a better friend to Job at the beginning of his speech than Eliphaz. Mark 12 features Jesus' in-your-face to the Pharisees and …

Episode 39: Does God Still Speak in Dreams and Visions? (Part 1)

February 8th, 2020

36:06

In our Bible readings for today as we follow the Robert Murray M'Cheyne plan, we will begin with Job 7. In this passage, Job is crying out in …

Episode #38 Why did Jesus Spit on a Blind Man?!

February 7th, 2020

33:55

Today's passages features a Genesis episode (chapter 40) where Joseph gets out of jail because of his ability to interpret dreams. I ALMOST did that as the focus passage for the day in order to ask the question: …

Episode 37: Why Couldn't The Disciples Cast out a Demon (But Jesus Could!) #Exorcism

February 6th, 2020

32:23

A shout out to my old friend Cortney Johnson of Alabama who has asked an excellent question about healing based on yesterday's Mark 8 passage. …

Episode 36: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People, Part 3. (+The hypocrisy of Judah and the Cunning Scheme of Tamar) Rated PG-13+

February 5th, 2020

34:32

Today we are continuing in our discussion of suffering and are concluding our brief and barely more than shallow answer of the question: Why do bad things happen to comparatively good people. We will be reading …

Episode 35: Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People (Part 2) (+ Paul Bear Bryant and the 'Junction Boys' and Wisdom from Spurgeon)

February 4th, 2020

40:29

Our reading passages for today are Genesis 36 and 37, Job 3, Mark 7 and Romans 7. In Genesis we get to read a very long list of Esau's relatives, which isn't the most inspiring chapter in the Bible, but we also …

Episode 34: Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People? (Part 1)

February 3rd, 2020

39:01

Today and tomorrow, for the first time in the long and storied 34 day history of this podcast, we are going to do a two-part episode. The reason for this is that we are going to grapple together with a big …

Episode 33: Who Were the Sons of God, and Why Did Satan Come With Them To God's Throne in Job? (+Jacob's Sons Avenge The Rape of Their Sister) Rated Pg-13

February 2nd, 2020

29:48

Today's episode is rated pg-13, and that is a first for us. Of course, I am being a little tongue in cheek by using such a rating, but what I am trying to communicate is that the subject matter isn't necessarily …

Episode 32 Why is the Parable of the Sower the Key to All Other Parables (+ Are books like Jesus Calling and apps like 'A Sprinkle of Jesus' Dangerous?)

February 1st, 2020

39:58

Happy February! Today we are reading Genesis 33 - Jacob finally meets Esau face to face. Will there be blood? We are also reading Esther 9-10, though chapter 10 is one of the shorter chapters in the Bible. Romans …

Episode #31: Did Jacob REALLY Defeat God in a Wrestling Match?! (+ Is there only ONE God according to the Bible?)

January 31st, 2020

37:32

Welcome to episode #31 of the Bible Reading Podcast. Today's passages are Esther 8, in which Esther and Mordecai save the Jews from Haman's edict; Mark 3 and the calling together of Jesus' 12 disciples and Romans …

Episode #30 - Is My Hypocrisy Causing Non-Christians to Blaspheme God!? (+ Was Haman Impaled or Hanged?)

January 30th, 2020

35:28

Today's Bible passages feature the incredible absurdities of Jacob (and his sneaky wife Rachel!) in Genesis 31, some very satisfying comeuppance for the antisemite Haman in Esther 7, and Jesus healing, forgiving, …

Episode #29: Dear Bible Reading Podcast: Should I marry Two Sisters? Signed, Jacob. (+Is EVERYthing in the Bible true?!) RATED PG!

January 29th, 2020

36:03

So I got an interesting letter this week from a friend of the podcast, and boy oh boy, is he in a mess! Let me read it to you, and see if you might have any ideas how to help my friend:

Dear random podcast host,

Episode 28: How did Jesus Destroy Death and Bring us Concrete and Rational Hope? + Have you ever been hit so hard by love at first sight that you CRIED?!

January 28th, 2020

35:15

Welcome into episode 28 - we are now four weeks into doing a daily Bible podcast. Thank you to those who have been here since the beginning all those many days ago and welcome aboard to any newcomers. As a …

Episode #27: What did Jesus Suffer on the Cross Beyond the nails, the suffocation and physical torture?

January 27th, 2020

39:46

Today's passages are quite heavy in many ways. In Genesis 28, Jacob is sent away from his family (and his elder brother who, understandably, wants to kill him) to go find a wife and raise a family. Esther 4 sees …

Episode 26: Who in the Bible Best Modeled Jesus' First and Greatest Commandment? (Hint: She was: M__y o_ B_t__n_!) Can you Guess?

January 26th, 2020

36:16

Welcome to episode #26 of the Bible Reading podcast! We've made it through 25 episodes, which I think is a bit of a milestone. I hope this pod is an encouragement to you, and that it helps to drive you towards …

Episode 24: When Will Jesus Come Back? (All about the Last Days!) + Summary of Nehemiah

January 24th, 2020

48:59

Good news! Today's episode has no discussion of dung or thighs, or anything at all untoward. Bad news! Today's topic - Eschatology/The End …

Episode #23: Important (and overlooked!) Key to Prayer (+What is the deal with putting your hand under somebody's thigh to swear an oath?!) (Rated PG)

January 23rd, 2020

42:18

Today we are reading through Genesis 24, Nehemiah 13, Matthew 23 and Acts 23. Yesterday's discussion topic included dung, and today's discussion topic is also a little questionable, but the prayer part is going to …

Episode #22: Cavemen and Best Bible Verses About 'Dung' + Why Does God Throw Somebody Out of His Wedding Feast?

January 22nd, 2020

36:09

If this podcast were written and recorded by my precious wife, it would be vastly different - more sober-minded, serious, and a good bit …

Episode #21 Why did God Command Abraham to SACRIFICE His Son Isaac?!

January 21st, 2020

37:06

Today marks three straight weeks of doing DAILY episodes of the Bible Reading Podcast. I've literally been podcasting off and on since early 2005, and have never tackled a daily podcast. It is an interesting …

Episode 20: What is the startling (and offensive!) Key to Greatness According to Jesus?

January 20th, 2020

36:28

Today we are reading Genesis 21, Nehemiah 10, Matthew 20 and Acts 20. Way before my time, there was a TV show called, "I Love Lucy," which I occasionally watched in my childhood on syndication. If you aren't …

Episode 19: Casting Out Demons With the Name of Jesus. (And failing?)

January 19th, 2020

34:57

Happy Lord's Day to you, friends and family! Today is episode 19, and we are reading about Sarah's rescue from Abimelech in Genesis 20 (because Abraham lied again!); The great prayer of confession from Nehemiah 9 …

Episode #18 Does Celebration, Partying and Unbridled Joy Please the Lord, or should we always be serious-minded? (Warning! Genesis 19 is rated PG-13)

January 18th, 2020

29:10

Genesis 19, Nehemiah 8, Matthew 18 and Acts 18

One thing I'm learning as we venture through reading four chapters of the Bible together every day - there will always be something important to talk about - way too …

Episode 17: What is the Central Event of Christianity? + Top 20 Quotes on The Resurrection. (And a Word on Discernment Bloggers)

January 17th, 2020

39:08

Today's Bible reading is Genesis 18, Nehemiah 7, Matthew 17 and Acts 17. Once again, we are faced with several thick and significant scriptural passages: Genesis 18 features three 'men' visiting Abraham and Sarah, …

Episode 16: What is Circumcision? WHY is Circumcision? Should I circumcise my son? (Warning: Rated P.G.!)

January 16th, 2020

39:56

After our question yesterday about the Old Testament and the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15, a promise was made that we would cover circumcision …

Episode 15: Must Christians Obey the OLD Testament? Reading: Genesis 16, Nehemiah 5, Matthew 15 and Acts 15.

January 15th, 2020

33:11

There are so many interesting themes in today's four chapters in our daily Bible reading! The way this podcast works, for those that are new, is that I try and choose one big Bible question to discuss for each …

Episode 14: God's mysterious (and bloody!) Covenant with Abram + Faith vs. Works + Encouragement to NOT give up from Charles Spurgeon.

January 14th, 2020

28:31

Today we have a fascinating situation in Genesis 15 whereby God and Abram make a covenant, some deep encouragement from Acts 14, Builders rebuilding the walls in Nehemiah with a sword in one hand and a trowel in …

Episode 13: Was the Mysterious Melchizedek in the Old Testament actually Jesus?

January 13th, 2020

39:36

Today we are reading Genesis 14, Nehemiah 3, Matthew 13 and Acts 13, following the Robert Murray M'Cheyne Bible reading plan. Our big Bible …

Episode 12: What is Blasphemy of the Spirit, the Unforgivable sin? Reading: Genesis 13, Nehemiah 2, Matthew 12 and Acts 12.

January 12th, 2020

37:12

Today's Bible reading for January 12 is Genesis 13, Nehemiah 2, Matthew 12 and Acts 12. Our focus passage will be Matthew 12, and we are asking a big Bible question today: What is the Blasphemy of the Spirit, the …

Episode 11: How Do I Deal With Doubts? (Grief over Death)+ Summary of Ezra.

January 11th, 2020

31:09

Let's celebrate! We've made it through 10 episodes, and have FINISHED OUR FIRST BOOK TOGETHER. Great! Today we are reading Genesis 12, Nehemiah 1, Matthew 11, and Acts 11 together. We will start with Matthew 11, …

Episode 10: Does the Bible Forbid Interracial Marriage? Reading: Genesis 10-11, Ezra 10, Matthew 10 and Acts 10

January 10th, 2020

40:33

Today's big Bible question comes from a biblical situation that our British friends might call a 'sticky wicket,' which means a difficult …

Episode #9: How did Saul Become Paul? (Answer: He Didn't!) (Also - Why You Wouldn't Be Able to Find Jesus in 1st Century Jerusalem even with a working time machine)

January 9th, 2020

30:20

 

If you've grown up in church - and maybe even if you haven't - you've probably heard of the conversion of Paul the apostle. Initially, as the …

Episode 8: Does God Actually Care About Animals? Will there be Animals in Heaven? + Learning from Noah how to face hardships like a (possible) coming war.

January 8th, 2020

32:15

Today's reading is fairly meaty - big, important and theologically rich passages in Genesis 8, Ezra 8, Matthew 8 and Acts 8. However, because …

Episode 7: "Judge not!" Are Christians Completely Forbidden from Judging by Jesus? Reading Genesis 7, Ezra 7, Matthew 7 and Acts 7.

January 7th, 2020

41:50

When I was a kid growing up, the most well known Bible verse was probably John 3:16. Even people who didn't go to church knew about that verse, …

Episode 6: Who were the Nephilim in Genesis 6? Were they the Offspring of Angels and Humans? Reading: Genesis 6, Ezra 6, Matthew 6 and Acts 6.

January 6th, 2020

42:41

Today's reading is Genesis 6, Ezra 6, Matthew 6, and Acts 6. It may be that our focus reading for the day should continue in Matthew 6, because …

Episode 5: What Does it Mean to Be Meek and Why are the Meek Blessed?! (Reading Genesis 5, Ezra 5, Matthew 5 and Acts 5)

January 5th, 2020

27:34

Today our Bible readings in the Robert Murray M'Cheyne plan are Genesis 5, Ezra 5, Matthew 5 and Acts 5. Our focus passage is Matthew 5, and …

Episode 4: Why did God reject Cain's Offering and Accept Abel's? (Reading: Genesis 4, Ezra 4, Matthew 4 and Acts 4)

January 4th, 2020

25:43

A most curious incident happens in Genesis, chapter 4. Adam and Eve have been banished from the Garden of Eden, and they begin a family. Cain is the firstborn, and he grows up to become a farmer. Abel is the …

Episode 3: What is the Protoevangelium? (Reading: Genesis 3, Ezra 3, Matthew 3 and Acts 3)

January 3rd, 2020

24:00

Today's Bible Readings in the RMM Bible Reading Plan are from Genesis 3, Ezra 3, Matthew 3 and Acts 3. Our focus passage is Genesis 3, which is all about the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden.

Encouraging Quote …

Episode 2: What was Pentecost?

January 3rd, 2020

30:26

Today's Bible reading for January 2 is in Genesis 2, Ezra 2, Matthew 2 and Acts 2. These include some incredibly significant passages! Matthew 2 details the visit of the Wise Men/Magi with Jesus when He was …

Episode 1: Who Was Ezra?+ Tips for Bible Reading Plans.

January 2nd, 2020

26:28

JANUARY 1 readings in Robert Murray M'Cheyne Bible Reading Plan: Today's Scriptures are Genesis 1, Ezra 1, Matthew 1 and Acts 1. Here is how the show is going to go, at least at first. Each day, we will start out …

The Bible Mystery Podcast is Now The Bible Reading Podcast!

January 2nd, 2020

4:13

A note on the new direction of the Bible Mystery Podcast. For 2020, we are now the Bible Reading Podcast - focused on daily encouragement from God's Word with devotional thoughts from spiritual giants, question …

Episode #11: Has The Shroud Been Debunked? John Calvin vs. The Shroud

October 15th, 2019

1:00:31

Episode 4: Busting Shroud Myths, Part 2: 

In one statement, John Walsh (His book The Shroud) observed: “The Shroud of Turin is either the most awesome and instructive relic of Jesus Christ in existence ... or it …

Busting Shroud Myths: Did Carbon 14 dating prove that The Shroud of Turin was a fake?

August 30th, 2019

59:28

Jessica Spitz, writing recently for NBCNews.com, basically asserts that science has proven - again and again - that The Shroud of Turin is conclusively a fake. The centerpiece of her argument is the carbon dating …

Shroud of Turin Overview: The Knight of The Shroud (Shroud mini-series, episode 2)

August 16th, 2019

1:06:19

Today,  I think it would be helpful to have an episode that takes a broad and wide view of The Shroud - that covers all of the basics, so that …

Episode 8: The Shroud of Turin Introduction

July 26th, 2019

36:33

 

Today’s episode is a beginning. It does not YET represent rigorous research, but only a skimming. My opinion at the beginning of this journey is a middle opinion. Call me a Shroud agnostic, at least for now. There …

Episode 7: What does John 3:16 Really Mean?

July 24th, 2019

20:48

Today’s Question: What does John 3:16 REALLY MEAN? Are we wrong about the most famous verse in the Bible?. 

John 3:16 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth …

Episode 6: Bible Myths and Factoids

July 24th, 2019

17:41

Shownotes below are unrefined, unedited and unattributed. I'll eventually fix that.

Today we’re talking about the Bible itself - the longest verses, books, chapters, etc. Chapters and verses are NOT found in the …

Episode #5 What is Gossip, and why is it so Delicious to our Ears?

July 23rd, 2019

39:11

The church has been talking about gossip for a very, very long time!

Clement of Rome, who likely knew Peter and John (and died in 99AD) Wrote …

Episode #4 Aliens and the Bible

July 17th, 2019

1:17:14

Note: The Shownotes and Transcript below are a bit of a trainwork editing wise. I'll polish them up soon!

C.S. Lewis from His essay The Seeing …

Episode #3 The Unpardonable Sin (Blasphemy of the Spirit/Unforgivable sin)

July 16th, 2019

52:21

Episode 4: What is the Unforgivable sin?? 
It's a terrifying reality: Jesus warned His disciples and the Pharisees that there was a sin that …

Episode #2 Unicorns? In the Bible!?

July 16th, 2019

39:29

Interested in this topic? You might enjoy my book: Monsters in the Bible

Our focus on this show is on the Bible, and how interesting it is. Sometimes the show will be straight up Bible Q and A - down to earth …

Episode #1: The Greatest Mystery - Did Jesus FACTUALLY Rise from the Dead?

July 16th, 2019

40:00

The notes for this episode aren't exactly show notes. For more reasons to believe, please check out my book Easter: Fact or Fiction, 20 Reasons to Believe that Jesus Rose from the Dead (click here) OR: Check this …

Trailer- All About the Bible Mystery Podcast

July 11th, 2019

17:50

Welcome to episode ZERO of the Bible Mystery Podcast - this is the trailer. In this episode, pastor, author and professor Chase A. Thompson discusses the motivations for the Bible Mystery Podcast and future topics for …

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