Podcast 294:  Could We Be Wrong?

Podcast 294: Could We Be Wrong?

Could the default setting in the life of a Christian be one of expecting the Lord to do “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20), or is it simply living in the doldrums, in the muck and mire of a lukewarm, ordinary, less-than-average life?  What do you think?

And regardless of what you think, how do you live your life in Christ?  Do you live your life spiritually powerless?  Or, like the words of William Carey, do you “expect great things from God, attempt great things for God?”

The answer to this vital question is found in the reaction of Martha and Mary when Jesus came to the tomb of Lazarus.  Remember?  Their words may reflect your words and point to the cause of the impotence in the church today.

Want to find out more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on John 11:17-27.

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Podcast 293:  Credibility and Character

Podcast 293: Credibility and Character

What’s the big deal with pastors today calling themselves apostles?  Why are they doing that and how can that be justified from Scripture?

Or, better yet, what are the qualifications for the office of apostle?  And, once we determine the qualifications, do any of these pastors meet them?  Can anyone meet them today?  Anyone?

The lesson to be learned in all of this is that credibility is not communicated by titles or degrees. Credibility is communicated by character.  True, God-like character.  And the fact we have men calling themselves apostles today shows us how much we still need to learn as a church, doesn’t it?

The following is a study on Colossians 1:1-2.

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Podcast 292:  Backsliding and the Nazi War Machine

Podcast 292: Backsliding and the Nazi War Machine

Sometimes, when it comes to living our life in Christ in a way that pleases the Lord, encouragement can come from someone whose name is not found in the Bible.  Case in point: Winston Churchill.  Consider the following:

“Never give in.  Never give in.  Never, never, never, never— in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.  Never yield to force.  Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

Churchill was talking about the Nazi war machine, but our encouragement comes when we see his words as regarding Satan and the desires of our fallen flesh. Our enemy is far greater than the Nazis.  We struggle against Satan and our own captivating selves.

To find out more on how to prevent spiritual backsliding, keep listening.

The following is a study on Proverbs 14:12-14.

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Podcast 291:  A Fresh Look at a Familiar Face

Podcast 291: A Fresh Look at a Familiar Face

Often we only remember the bad things about someone and, when we do, that single memory eclipses whatever good a person’s life might have stood for.  Case in point: the disciple Thomas.  Or, “Doubting Thomas” as we like to call him.

Thomas is mentioned three times in Scripture but we tend to only focus on these words:

“Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe” John 20:25.

But Thomas said much more.  In fact, he seemed to be the one disciple who had the courage to verbalize what everyone else was thinking.  And that courage and loyalty to our Lord was clearly shown in the raising of Lazarus from the dead.

Want to learn more about the honesty, courage and loyalty displayed by our “doubting” friend?  Good.  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on John 11:7-16.

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Podcast 290:  Write Your Living Epitaph

Podcast 290: Write Your Living Epitaph

In Colossians we are introduced to a man named Epaphras who was someone Paul proudly called a fellow bondservant (doulos) or fellow slave of Christ.  His name is mentioned only three times in Scripture: Colossians 1:7, 4:12, and Philemon 1:23.  But in those three verses, in less than 70 words, Epaphras is described as:

“our dear fellow servant”
“faithful minister of Christ”
“bondservant of Christ”
“always laboring for you in prayers”
“my fellow prisoner”

What would the Lord write about your life if He mentioned you three times in His Word?  Would you be considered a “faithful minister of Christ”?  Would you be found “alwaying laboring in prayers” for others?  If not, that can change today.  You can begin right now writing a new chapter in your life.  To discover more about Epaphras, keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:7; 4:12-13.

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