Posts Tagged With: Jesus

The Antonia

Photo courtesy of Holy-Land-Sites

His name was Pontius Pilate. And as you will hear in this PODCAST, he was not a nice man.

This is the man to whom Jesus was handed over to be crucified.

This is the man who will live long in infamy.

This is the man who caved to political pressure in order to preserve his position of power, even if it meant crucifying an innocent man who though He was God, held no position.

This is the man who metaphorically drove the nails into Jesus’ hands and feet, and a stake through the heart of Peter. Peter, whose faith would fail spectacularly in the face of Jesus’ trumped-up charges.

There is a lot going on here, every salient detail of which will enhance your Easter season enormously.

May God bless you richly as you listen.

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Gethsemane

Easter is almost upon us. Consequently, for the next four weeks, I would like to take you on a virtual tour of four places that factored most prominently in Jesus’ final hours.

In this PODCAST, we will visit the Garden of Gethsemane together.

From there, we will move in the coming weeks to the house of the High Priest, the Antonia Fortress, and finally–on Easter weekend–we will walk together on the stones of the Via Dolorosa.

I will be privileged to serve as your humble, awestruck tour guide. My prayer is that with every step we take, we will again and again be reminded that the Bible is God’s written record of…

Real people who lived in real places, who had real experiences, all of which point to a real God.

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“Render Unto Caesar…”

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, it’s always been a delicate and debatable dance — a Committed Christ-Follower’s relationship to the government.

This tension forms a theme that meanders throughout the pages of the Old Testament. It spills over into the Gospels and Acts. It’s certainly mentioned in several epistles, as it is here in 1 Peter.

Fortunately for us, the Bible is quite clear, concise, and unambiguous on this topic.

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May these words, humbly offered, be a blessing to and in your life.

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“Remember Lot’s Wife!”

The Dead Sea (Satellite View)

So many questions.

And as you will hear in this PODCAST, so many stunning answers.

Just to whet your appetite, just a few of the questions (that will indeed be answered in this podcast):

  • Did God engage in genocide—the wholesale slaughter of innocent men, women, and children?
  • What does the Bible actually say about homosexuality?
  • What is the real reason that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah?

Please remember that depending upon your web browser and connection speed, it may take up to 60 seconds for this podcast to begin to play.

God bless you richly as you listen.

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A Man From Whom We Can Learn a Lot

“Lot’s wife,” set against the backdrop of the Dead Sea.

May I share with you an observation?

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, the observation is this: The precision of Bible is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

A precision that goes down to the level of its individual words and phrases.

Case in point—The. Precise. Phrase that Peter used here in 1 Peter 2:11 to describe us as committed followers of Jesus. Peter wrote,

“You are foreigners and strangers on this earth.”

As you will hear, a most remarkable statement, the ramifications of which are wide-reaching, the depths of which we will only begin to plumb in this message.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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“He ALWAYS Shows His Mercy!”

I will simply say that if you want to know what it should look like to be a committed follower of Jesus, This.Is.It.

In this PODCAST, you will hear the Apostle Peter highlight what is IMHO the attribute of God most often overlooked.

My preparation for this message was for me life-changing. As you hear this message, may it be a blessing in your life as well.

Please remember that depending upon your web browser and connection speed, it may take up to 60 seconds for this podcast to begin to play.

God bless you richly as you listen.

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Like a City Set on a Hill

I don’t usually give you the takeaway of a lesson up front, preferring to spring it on you at some point unexpected in each lesson.

But as you are about to hear in this PODCAST, given the fact that there are two takeaways tonight, I’ll give them to you upfront, at the very beginning.

Takeaway #1. You really are some-one and some-thing special.

Takeaway #2. Jesus truly is gentle, and His burden really is light.

Meaning that we have one singular sublime and simple purpose.

Meaning that victorious, effective, God-pleasing Christian living is not difficult, nor is it complicated.

If you are ever tempted to feel as though the Christian life is a heavy burden, then this is for you!

Please remember that depending upon your web browser and connection speed, it may take up to 60 seconds for this podcast to begin to play.

God bless you richly as you listen.

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Identity Crisis

Picture courtesy of chabad.org

God’s timing is perfect!!!

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, this passage for me (and I have no doubt for some of you) has come at just the right time. Let me explain.

Simply put, for some time I have been experiencing something of identity crisis. I have been haunted by this one question:

“Where do I fit?”

When it comes to this whole Christian scene, our contemporary Christian culture, at the risk of sounding overly maudlin—a great word that means self-pitying, tearfully sentimental—I honestly don’t know where I fit anymore.

Well, thanks to Peter, that’s not true any more!!!

I now know exactly where I fit. And soon, so shall you!!!

Please remember that depending upon your web browser and connection speed, it may take up to 60 seconds for this podcast to begin to play.

God bless you richly as you listen.

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How Firm a Foundation!!!

Rendering of Caesarea Philippi courtesy of Chris Edmondson

You are in for a real treat, I do believe.

As you are about to hear in this week’s PODCAST, it’s one of the most basic principles of proper biblical interpretation, the ground rule of hermeneutics.

Ready? Here it is: “The Bible is the best commentary on itself.”

Ever heard that before? Well, you’re going to get a classic example of that rock-solid (pun intended) truism right now.

Let’s start with this: Peter, it seems, was obsessed with  stones and rocks. And that for a very good reason.

Please remember that depending upon your web browser and connection speed, it may take up to 60 seconds for this podcast to begin to play.

God bless you richly as you listen.

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The Man Who Failed, BUT was Not a Failure (and Neither are You!)

His name was John Mark. A man of whom the world was not worthy.

But as you are about to hear in this PODCAST, he was a man in whom the Apostle Paul saw no worth.

None.

Zero.

Nada.

But here’s the thing: He may have had no worth to Paul, but John Mark had infinite worth to God.

Paul would not use him, but God certainly did.

Spectacularly.

Ever feel as though you have little to no worth? Guess again.

Please remember that depending upon your web browser and connection speed, it may take up to 60 seconds for this podcast to begin to play.

God bless you richly as you listen.

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