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Bible 805

61 EpisodesProduced by Yvon PrehnWebsite

An exploration of the Bible, its history and commentary on it from Yvon Prehn, writer and teacher for Jesus. For the notes on the podcasts, go to Support this podcast:

61 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

# 61 We could all use good news now and here is the best news—all about salvation in Jesus

September 1st, 2020


Pandemic, crazy weather, racial injustice, and political turmoil—wherever we turn, bad news fills our world.

But there is one place the news is …

#60 What manner of people ought we to be?

December 29th, 2019


What’s the most important thing we need to think about as we wrap up our year-long journey through the Bible?

We started with Paradise lost in …

#59 Paul’s Prison letters; Pity party or prayer?

December 23rd, 2019

How do we act when bad things happen to us?
  • u We always have a choice
  • u We can retaliate
  • u We can throw a pity party
  • u We can blame others
  • u …

#58 Romans Road, part 2 The rest of the journey home

December 7th, 2019


If you invited someone to your home for dinner and they stopped halfway there, what would you think? That they didn’t care? Didn’t really want to be …

#57 The Romans Road, part one—The Road to Salvation

December 7th, 2019


Christians often refer to themselves as "saved", but what does it mean to be "saved"? Saved from what?

In today’s podcast we’ll talk about the meaning of salvation and how to get from wherever we are to this spiritual …

#56 The Early Church—what to learn from, what to follow

November 26th, 2019

As we read Acts and the early letters of Paul, we see the people of the early church selling everything, constantly in worship, doing miracles. Does …

#55 Changed lives and a world turned upside down--Acts, James, Galatians

November 21st, 2019


What does it take to change a habit?

We’ve all struggled to lose weight or exercise or get up earlier or all sorts of things we wish we’d do differently and it's hard to do!

It’s never easy to change even the most …

#54 Who is Jesus? Answers from history, religions, and the Bible

November 14th, 2019

Who is Jesus?

Secular history and all the major religions of the world agree He existed, but they have very different answers as to who He is

In our …

#53 Intro to the Gospels: Images of the Incarnation

October 28th, 2019


What is the most important thing about the Christian faith? How does it claim to connect you with God, forgive your sins, and give you eternal life?

• Is it knowing all the things you learned about the Old Testament if …

#52 Conversations with God, the book of Malachi

September 29th, 2019


What kind of a relationship do you have with someone if you never talk to them?

OR if they talk to you and you ignore them?

In our podcast today we’ll review God’s conversations with His people throughout the Old …

#51 Zechariah & Captain America, why God speaks in images

September 22nd, 2019

If you want to describe the perfect super-hero, a sterling example of strength, integrity, leadership, and self-giving, you could list these …

#50 What will make us truly happy? Answered by the Prophet Haggai

September 15th, 2019

What makes you truly happy and satisfied?

 Is its financial security? A loving family or relationship? A beautiful home?

Though all of these things, …

#49 God keeps his promises…and how to get better at keeping ours--what we learn from Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther

September 7th, 2019


When someone makes a promise to you, do they always keep it?

What about God? Does He always keep his promises?In our podcast today we’ll see how God kept his promise to return people to their homeland after they’d been …

#48 Whiner, Worker, Witness, or Wonder? Ezekiel and Daniel, lessons learned

August 31st, 2019


We know hard times will come

The question is, How do we respond?

Two characters in the Old Testament, Ezekiel and Daniel, whose stories started when they were teenagers give us some encouraging examples

In the midst of …

#47--It is OK to ask God "Why?" A lesson we learn from the prophet Habakkuk

August 27th, 2019


Is it OK to ask God “why?”

Why do you allow evil?

Why do evil people get away with things?

Why do good people get caught up in the mess others make?

In this podcast we’ll look at the prophet Habakkuk and what happened …

#46 Live with the end in mind, the Day of the Lord as told in Zephaniah and Joel

August 18th, 2019


The bestselling book the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People totally revolutionized the lives of millions of people and one of the habits Steven …

#45 Last messages of judgment and hope--Isaiah & Jeremiah

August 10th, 2019


People ask, if it really matter if the events talked about in the Old Testament took place in the times and ways that are described in the Bible?

And some wonder if it isn’t the spiritual message of these stories that …

#44 MICAH: How can we please God? The eternally important question with a Focus on Micah 6:8

August 4th, 2019


How can we please God? How can we know if we are doing enough in our Christian lives?

Fortunately God doesn’t play games with us and doesn’t leave us guessing as to what he wants us to do. We’ll talk about that today in …

#43 The last days of Israel and what they teach us about truth, history, and the importance of obeying God

July 28th, 2019


Does it matter if the stories in the Bible really happened? Isn’t the important thing the spiritual truth taught in them?

It seems to be a common belief today that objective facts aren't nearly as important as how we …

#42 How to daily live a life pleasing to God—what all the theology about dying to sin really means

July 22nd, 2019


 How are we supposed to live our daily lives if our faith in Jesus is real? 

If God saves us as a free gift of grace, dependent on Jesus death on the cross, does he really care what we do after we accept him? Can we do …

#41 Hosea and the meaning of true love

July 21st, 2019


Do you have trouble believing that God loves you? That he forgives you no matter what your sins?

Many of us have problems believing God really loves us, but with the prophet Hosea in the podcast today we will see an …

#40 Amos, Prophet of Justice, then and NOW

July 14th, 2019


 Do you ever wonder what God wants you to do? 

In Dallas Willard’s book, Hearing God, he says that one of most frequently asked questions of Christians is “What is God’s will for my life?” It’s a question I’m sure many …

#39 Jonah, about so much more than a fish

July 7th, 2019


Most people have heard about the story of Jonah and the whale, but did you know that the book also answers some big questions about the Christian …

#38 Prophets & King, Extraordinary Lessons, Seldom Read

June 30th, 2019


Would you like to know God better?

Not just about God—but learning about the One with whom you will walk throughout eternity?

One of the best ways to …

#37 Proverbs, part 2: Practical advice for a post-Christian, post-Biblical world

June 29th, 2019


If someone insults you how do you answer?

Does the way people treat us determine how we should treat them? 

In our podcast today we’ll look at …

#36 Proverbs, part one: WHY we need it in our post-Christian, post-Biblical world

June 29th, 2019


Why do you act the way you do? Talk the way you do?

Are these conscious decisions or simply a reflection of whatever everyone else in your world says and does?

We don’t often give everyday actions or words much thought, …

#35 Intro to the Prophets--much more than a bunch of angry old men

June 23rd, 2019


When you hear the term prophecy, what do you think of?

For many people we think of dire warnings of end-time apocalypse, with images of our favorite sci-fi movie dancing in our heads.

But is that what prophecy, …

#34 Solomon—the uses and abuses of wisdom, power, and love

June 2nd, 2019


 What if you had EVERYTHING? Money, power, romance?
What would you do with it?

Today we’ll talk about Solomon, a man who had everything

We’ll look …

#33 For all that’s good in life—The benefits of God’s Word in Ps.119

May 25th, 2019


 We’ve studied the life of David for the past two podcasts and we’ll end the study of his life with a look at Ps. 119. Though there is some debate of the writer of this Psalm, the consensus is that David wrote it as a …

#32 David—great sins and great mercy but always a heart in the right place, part 2

May 18th, 2019


 Have you ever felt you can’t forgive yourself or that you’ve don’t things so that God can never use you for anything significant?

If so I have great news for you!

We will continue our look at King David in today's …

#31 David—great sins and great mercy but always a heart in the right place, part 1

May 13th, 2019


David, the greatest king in Israel’s history was described as a man after God’s own heart

What in the world does "to be a man after God's own heart" mean and what can we learn from it?

In today’s lesson, we’ll take an …

#30 Psalms: How to be a disciple of Jesus 24/7 no matter how crazy your world is

May 5th, 2019


 What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus 24/7? 

•Is it just following the rules? In a previous study we looked at where Jesus told his disciples …

#29 Saul, the first king of Israel, lessons and challenges from his life

April 28th, 2019


How does it happen for a person to start out with every advantage—good looks, honor and a calling from God, a great family, but then die a …

#28 St. Benedict--Inspiration for Christian Living

April 23rd, 2019


This is from the much longer, Rule of St. Benedict, a manual of guidance for a monastery, written in the early 500s AD. Though written a long time …

#27 Johnathan Edward's Resolutions--Checklist for Christian Living

April 23rd, 2019


This is just me reading a section of the Resolutions to you. Though written in 1722, these words can challenge and inspire us today to godly living.

#26 How to love Jesus, part 2—growing, pruning, being fruitful, trusting Jesus for now and forever

April 20th, 2019


 When you think of the time Jesus had with his disciples just before his trial and crucifixion, what is it you think about?

To answer my question, I know I think about the Last Supper—that’s what has been memorialized …

#25 How to love Jesus, how his last words in John 13-17 can help us

April 14th, 2019


 In both the Old and New Testaments, (Deut. 6:5 and Luke 10:27) we are told the greatest commandment is to 

"Love the Lord our God with all our …

#24 Samuel & Saul--the last Judge and the first King of Israel

April 6th, 2019


What do the Lord of the Rings, the movie Aquaman, and the book of 1 Samuel have in common?

The answer to the question I just asked, is that in all of them a key theme is that people want a King. But not just any King, …

#23 My Way or God’s Way—books of Judges & Ruth shows us the results

March 31st, 2019


There is a very popular song boasts “I did it my way!” 

Though it sounds so appealing, to live our lives exactly how we want, is this really the …

#22 Joshua: How to fight and win in the battles of life

March 24th, 2019


After 40 years of wandering, Israel finally gets to enter the Promised Land. God was giving it to them, but they still had to fight for it. Join us …

#21 Deuteronomy: God’s love and how we should live in response

March 17th, 2019


 Moses knows he will shortly die and after 40 years in the desert, the now formed nation Israel will go into the Promised Land. The book of Deuteronomy contains Moses’ final words to his people. 

The book is a series …

#20 It’s not always about you— How to Correctly Read and Apply Bible Stories

March 10th, 2019


 We love reading the stories in the Bible, but we can be disappointed if God doesn’t do for us what He did for the Bible characters. 

To help us understand what we can legitimately apply to our lives and avoid being …

#19 God's Expectations for His People, Then and Now illustrated in Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers

March 3rd, 2019


How can we find out what God expects of us?

After someone decides to follow Jesus, do they need to live any differently than they did before? 

#18 Exodus, an introduction and the history & archaeology behind it

February 24th, 2019


 The story of the Exodus is one of the most well-known of all the Bible stories, partly because of the movie and partly because it is the historical history of the beginning of the Jewish nation.

But that doesn’t mean …

#17 What do the Old Testament Laws & Odd Regulations have to do with us today? Plus Typology explained.

February 17th, 2019


Genesis and the first part of Exodus were interesting to read, but now it’s getting a bit strange…..

What do all these laws about what to eat, sacrifices, and how to build the Tabernacle have to do with us today?

Why …

#16 From a people to a nation--is God or are people in control of history?

February 10th, 2019


How did the Jewish people become a nation?

Did Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph have any say in being the founding fathers or were they predestined …

#15 Did Angels or extraterrestrials really have children with humans and other Q & A about Genesis

February 4th, 2019


 “Did angels (or as some have said, extra-terrestrials) have children with humans?” 

“How do you explain fossils of humans 30,000 to 40,000 years …

#14 Life after Death—God’s gift or man’s wishful thinking?

January 27th, 2019


 •When did people start to believe in life after death?

•Some say that the people in the Old Testament didn’t really believe in it like we do. Is that true?

•Why does it matter? Does it matter to me?

•We’ll answer these …

#13 Abraham, why is he called the Father of our Faith?

January 21st, 2019


Why do Christians call Abraham the "Father of their Faith?"

Isn't he also the Father of the faith for Jews and Muslims? And didn't he write an important book for the Mormons?

Do I have to be a person of great faith …

#12 Book of Job, answers to the Big Questions

January 13th, 2019


Most people have heard about Job, the character in the Bible who went through the loss of everything in his life. It's a classic story of pain and loss with a great ending. 

What this podcast will show you is that the …

#11 Intro To Genesis and Job and the BIG Questions of life

January 6th, 2019


How did we get here?

Is God real and what is He like?

What messed things up?

Who is Satan and what power does he have?

Why do innocent people suffer? Not just Job, all Genesis characters. Why me?

What does God want from …

#10 The Six Benefits of reading (or listening to) the Bible in Chronological order

January 1st, 2019


Along with losing weight, getting more done, simplifying your life and other commendable goals, is reading through the Bible one of your resolutions …

#9 Truth and History, Lesson Eight: How we got our English Bible, plus comments on modern translations

December 31st, 2018


 Church Councils formalized the Canon of the 66 books of scripture but the CANON had been determined by God and accepted by the people of God long before Councils.

But just because the canon was decided that didn’t mean …

#8 Truth & History, Lesson Seven: Canonicity, why we have the books we have in our Bibles

December 31st, 2018


 Even Bible scholars admit lots of other books were written at the time the Bible documents were written, how do we know we have the right ones in …

#7 Truth and History, Lesson Six: The New Testament and Historical Anchors, plus the Gnostic Gospels

December 31st, 2018



The New Testament is a reliable historical record of Jesus and the early Christian church.

For purposes of our time and study, we will focus primarily on what these documents tell us about Jesus—we don’t have time to …

#6 Truth & History, Lesson Five: Apocrypha: Overview and Historical Anchors, in this case, lack thereof

December 30th, 2018


 If the Bible is supposed to be historically accurate, what about the books some Bibles have in between the Old Testament and New Testament?

Are they historically reliable? Why aren’t they in all Bibles?

Today we’ll …

#5 Truth and History, Lesson Four: Old Testament: Overview and Historical Anchors.

December 30th, 2018



After listening to our last podcast on the historical uniqueness of the Christian Bible….you may be thinking….. BIG CLAIMS there, but can you …

#4 Truth & History, Lesson Three: The Historical Uniqueness of the Christian Bible

December 26th, 2018


 In our last podcast we talked about how history helps us determine the truth of Biblical documents. And if that’s so doesn’t history do the same for all religions?

• Why do Christians think their sacred books are any …

#3 Truth and History, Lesson Two: How History Helps Us Determine the Truth of the Bible

October 31st, 2018


Isn’t the Bible full of errors? Hasn’t it been copied so many times nobody has any idea what the original was? HOW can history help us decide what’s …

#2 Was Jesus a Zombie? No irreverence intended, a honest question & answer

October 16th, 2018


Was Jesus a zombie?

Welcome to Bible 805 and this special podcast in honor of the Halloween season. Please understand, there is no irreverence or shock value intended with this question. It was an honestly asked …

#1 Truth & History, Lesson One: What is Truth?

October 14th, 2018


How do we know what’s True?

More than ever it’s an important question.

Fake news, conflicting viewpoints, how do we know what to believe?

On one level …

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