Posts Tagged With: temple

The Name of God’s Throne on Earth (Any guesses?)

Courtesy of biblicalisraeltours.com

One final picture.

As you will hear in this PODCAST, there is embedded within the pages of the Old Testament one standout picture (one among so many) that we must consider together.

50 chapters were devoted to the painting of this one picture. (By way of contrast, do you remember how many chapters are devoted to painting the picture of the creation of the world? Two!)

When it came to painting the picture of Christ dying for our sins once for all time, God—forgive the cliché—spared no expense in painting this one.

This podcast—my stuttering, stumbling, verbal depiction of this painting—is singularly dedicated to the enrichment of your soul.

Enjoy!

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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Once For All Time!

Courtesy of albanymissionarybaptist.org

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, there is no more precious a proclamation, made by Peter to us, in the entire Bible than this one.

Nor is there a more precious a picture, painted by God Himself, of this proclamation, than this one.

My earnest prayer is that this message may be a blessing in your life today.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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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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The Wall That Wails No More

Here’s the thing: As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, at precisely 6:13 this past Monday morning, I had an epiphany.

Fact is, between last Saturday night and Monday morning, I was stymied by one perplexing question:

“Here in 1 Peter 2, why in the world didn’t Peter use the word for stones that is his name? Petros?”

Or to put that another way,

“Why did Peter here in 1 Peter 2 use the word for stones, Lithos?

They are, after all, synonyms—Petros and Lithos—at least in English. Both are translated “stone.” So why didn’t Peter refer to himself—and to you and me—as a Petros? Why a Lithos?

Oh, my friends, the answer to that question is breathtakingly beautiful. Beautiful indeed.

As are you!

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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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“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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God bless you richly as you listen.

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Mary, Did You Know…?

May I ask you a personal question?

As you will hear in this PODCAST, the exact same question that I asked of a couple of hundred of the best high school students you’d ever want to meet. Here’s my question:

Do you want to live your life in the midst of God’s blessing?

If your answer to that question is “Yes,” THIS is what God’s blessing means; THIS is what a God-blessed life looks like.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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I Love to Tell THIS Story

If you have ever wondered how I present the Gospel to a camp filled with some pretty precious High School students, you can hear it for yourself in this bonus PODCAST.

This message was delivered just one month ago at Hartland Christian Camp. Please join them and me at the foot of the cross, listening to Jesus’ final seven sayings from that cross.

THIS is what a gentle Jesus sounds like, even while He’s dying—for you and for me.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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The Rip Heard ‘Round the World

Think of it. As you will hear in this encore PODCAST

(An encore because I am speaking at one of my all-time favorite places in the world, Hartland Christian Camp)…

Promptly at 3 PM…

Exactly at That.Very.Moment when Jesus breathed His last…

Precisely to the second when Jesus exclaimed, “It is finished. Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit”…

This happened:

“Then the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.”

Do you have any idea what that means? It will take the remainder of this discussion for us even to begin to understand What.That.Means.

Why did God tear the veil?

It was obviously God who ripped it. No human hand could possibly tear it. That veil was an elaborately woven fabric that stood 60 feet high, equal in height to a seven-story building. No one could tear that curtain. Only God could tear that curtain.

Which only amplifies the question, Why?

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“A Rose by Any Other Name Would Smell as Sweet.”

Her Hebrew name was Tabitha.

And as you will hear in this PODCAST, Dorcas was her Greek name.

“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.”

Well, she may have had nothing to do with Romeo and Juliet. But fact is, Tabitha by any other name, AKA Dorcas, would still be as sweet, kind, and beautiful. For both Tabitha and Dorcas both mean “Gazelle.” Distinctly beautiful names each, both of which speak to the inner beauty and kindness and sweetness that radiated from this singularly special woman.

So special that Luke singled her out in order specifically to tell her exemplary story. As did Peter, who at news of her untimely demise literally—at a moment’s notice—dropped everything in order to be at her bedside within hours of her passing.

  • What was it about this woman that would cause the lead apostle to rush to her side upon hearing sad news?
  • What was it about this woman that brought life in the prominent seaside town of Joppa to come to a screeching halt at the moment of her death?
  • What was it about this woman that so profoundly challenges each of us today to ask ourselves one profoundly challenging question, the answer to which is so stunningly simple?

Are you ready to meet Tabitha, the graceful gazelle?

I believe the best way to proceed is simply to read to you her story as recounted/recorded by Luke, inserting clarifying commentary along the way. This in order to add the colors and contours that Luke’s original readers would have enjoyed that we

might otherwise miss.

Trust me. As you meet her, you will never view your life the same way again.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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