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Podcast 302:  God’s Name = His Nature and Character

Podcast 302: God’s Name = His Nature and Character

Jesus said to pray in this manner: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed (or, sanctify, make holy) Your name” (Matt. 6:9).

But is there more to God’s name than just… God?  How can we make holy the name of God when we don’t really know what that name is and what His name reveals about the nature of God?

For example, in the Old Testament God our Father is also known as:

Jehovah-tsidkenu – Jehovah our Righteousness
Jehovah-m’kaddesh – Jehovah Who Sanctifies
Jehovah-shammah – Jehovah is There
Jehovah-shalom – Jehovah is Peace
Jehovah-rophe – Jehovah Heals
Jehovah-jireh – Jehovah Sees or His Provision Shall be Seen
Jehovah-nissi – Jehovah our Banner
Jehovah-rohi – Jehovah our Shepherd

Want to know more about God’s names and His nature?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:9-11 and the names of God.

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Podcast 301:  How Can We Know the All-Knowing One?

Podcast 301: How Can We Know the All-Knowing One?

Paul’s prayer for the church at Colosse was that they would be “filled with the knowledge of His will” and they would “increase in the knowledge of God” (Col. 1:9-10).

How is that even possible?
How do we increase in the knowledge of God?
How do we grow closer to Him?
How can we learn to hear His voice?
And how can we live in the center of His will?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  If so, keep listening for the answers.

The following is a study on Colossians 1:9-11.

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Podcast 300:  The Cleansing of Your Temple

Podcast 300: The Cleansing of Your Temple

In Matthew 21 we see Jesus enter the temple of God, and He violently “drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves” (Matt. 21:12).  And He proclaimed God’s temple was to be a “house of prayer” and not the “den of thieves” they had made it (Matt. 21:13).  And once that cleansing was done, something amazing happened.

Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them (Matt. 21:14).

Did you catch that?  First, a cleansing to turn the temple into a house of purity.  Next, the declaration that His house is a house of prayer.  Then, it becomes a house of power when the blind and lame are healed “in the temple” (Matt. 21:14).  And finally, it becomes a house of praise (Matt. 21:16).

Could the same thing happen to you?  Absolutely.  Keep listening and find out how.

The following is a study on Matthew 21:12-16.

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We Become Just Like What We Worship

We Become Just Like What We Worship

The Scripture teaches us that we will become just like what we worship.  If we worship the world, we become like the world.  If we worship self or conceit or greed, we will become selfish, conceited and greedy.

Think about it.  Is the world harsh and unforgiving?  Of course.  And we will also become harsh and unforgiving if we worship the world.  Makes perfect sense, doesn’t it?

Psalm 135:15-18 tells us we will be like the idols we worship.  We will become just like the things we trust.  Consider the following:

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.  They (the idols) have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; nor is there any breath in their mouths.  Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them (Psalm 135:15-18).

As David Murray puts it:

  • If we worship supermodels, we’ll become vain and self-centered.
  • If we worship football players, we’ll become aggressive, bombastic, and women-demeaning.
  • If we worship actors and singers, we’ll become foul-mouthed, immoral, and sad.
  • If we worship corporate America, or the dollar, we’ll become greedy, oppressive, and materialistic
  • If we worship academia, the pursuit of degrees, letters, titles, etc., we’ll become proud, arrogant, condescending, and conceited.

Why?  Because we’ll become just like what we worship, good or bad.  It’s a truth that’s always true.

“So, does that truth also apply to Jesus?”  Absolutely.  And that’s the good news.

When we worship Jesus, we become more and more like Him.  We reflect His glory (2 Cor. 3:18), we will bear His fruit (John 15:8), and we’ll walk as He walked (1 John 2:6).  And isn’t that the point of the Christian life?  To be more like the One we love?

Consider carefully where you place your affections.  Why?  Because “friendship with the world is enmity (or, hatred) with God?  Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God” (James 4:4).

And nobody in their right mind would want to willingly make themselves an enemy of God, right?  So keep your heart open and soft for only One— and His name is Jesus.

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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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