Posts Tagged With: Jesus

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!

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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!!!

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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.

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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.

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The Salvation-Song of Simeon

He is the unsung hero of the Christmas story.

Courtesy of leesbird.com

In a classic case of gross understatement, may I say that Simeon was a most-remarkable individual. In this PODCAST, you will hear his inspiring story in his own voice.

A truly unforgettable Christmas meditation—one that not only looks back to the way things were, but forward to your bright and beautiful future as things soon will be!

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LIVING Stones!

Lifeless Stones. Photo courtesy of secrets-of-stonehenge-tours.co.uk

In 1 Peter 2:5a (NLT), Peter painted this amazing picture. Speaking of you and me, he wrote,

“And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple.”

Living stones. As you are about to hear in the PODCAST, Peter may have been an uneducated fisherman. But he was inarguably the master of the metaphor.

Last week, he referred to us as “priests”—a metaphor rich with a wealth of meaning once we understand the role of priests throughout the biblical narrative.

For this week, “living stones.” What a meaningful metaphor that is—“living stones.”

As we are about to learn, this is perfect for us to consider as we close out 2018—a year that has dealt with most of us in a remarkably unkind way. The challenges we have faced, the trials we have endured, the obstacles we have overcome… And yet, and yet, like “living stones,” you are still standing. And for that, I applaud you!

Now to the point at hand: Does anything strike you about Peter’s reference to “living stones”?

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Peter’s (and Paul’s) Impassioned Plea (Which BTW Echoes My Own)

Melchizedek Blessing Abraham by Walter Rane

Twitter has become the bane of my daily existence.

(You’ll discover why as you listen to this PODCAST.)

How I LONG—with every fiber of my being, with every beat of my hyperactive heart—for a kinder, gentler Christianity.

So did Peter.

So did Paul.

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Bible Bootcamp — The New Testament

Courtesy of zazzle.com

Welcome to our third and final installment of Bible Bootcamp.

As you will hear in the PODCAST, with due deference to Peter’s challenge to you and me—1 Peter 2:2 (KJV), “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”—we thought if beneficial to take a bird’s-eye view of the entire Bible. An overview. A survey. The box top to the biblical puzzle.

This so that we can understand how each individual piece fits into the whole.

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“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.”

The hilltop mansion of Machaerus, the dungeon of which held John the Baptizer. Courtesy of ancientpages.com

In honor of this Christmas season now officially upon us, let’s go back to the beginning.

In this PODCAST, you will hear from the one, the prediction of whose birth shattered 400 years of a deafening silence and started the Christmas ball rolling—our old and dearly beloved friend, John the Baptizer.

This is his compelling story, as told in his own voice.

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Bible Bootcamp (Part 2) — The Old Testament

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, Jesus is in every book, 39 out of 39 books, in the OT.

Genesis: Jesus is the Seed of the woman (3).
Exodus: Jesus is the Passover Lamb (12).
Leviticus: Anointed High Priest (8).
Numbers: Brazen serpent (21).
Deuteronomy: The Promised Prophet (18).
Joshua: Captain of the Lord’s angelic army (5).
Judges: Angel of the Lord (2).
Ruth: Our Kinsman-Redeemer (2).
1 Samuel: The coming Messiah (2).
2 Samuel: Seed of David (7).
1 Kings: Thick cloud of God’s glory (8).
2 Kings: The Lord God of Israel (19).
1 Chronicles: The God of our salvation (16).
2 Chronicles: The God of our fathers (20).
Ezra: Lord of heaven and earth (1).
Nehemiah: God who keeps His Covenant (1).
Esther: The God of providence (Esther).
Job: Our Risen Redeemer (19).
Psalms: The King of glory (24).
Proverbs: Personification of wisdom (8).
Ecclesiastes: The God to be obeyed (12).
Song of Solomon: The one who loves selflessly (SoS).
Isaiah: The Suffering Servant (53).
Jeremiah: The Lord our righteousness (23).
Lamentations: The faithful / compassionate God (3).
Ezekiel: Lord who dwells with His people (48).
Daniel: The Son of Man (7).
Hosea: Picture of God’s redemptive love (3).
Joel: Giver of the Holy Spirit (Joel 2).
Amos: The plumb-line by which all is measured (7).
Obadiah: Destroyer of the wicked (1).
Jonah: The God of second chances (2).
Micah: Messiah to be born in Bethlehem (5).
Nahum: The Lord who is slow to anger (1).
Habakkuk: The Rock of our salvation (1).
Zephaniah: The King of Israel (3).
Haggai: The One who will bring peace (2).
Zechariah: King riding on a donkey (9).
Malachi: The sun of righteousness (4).

No wonder, then, that as Peter wrote in 1 Peter 2:2 (NASB),

“Like newborn babies, (we) long for the pure milk of the word (including the so-called OT!), so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.”

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