Tag Archives: Bible Study

#57-Podcast Re-Cast: Surviving Perilous Times


We continue looking back at prior podcasts – “re-casts” if you will – while I am moving and the studio is being rebuilt.  We go back to look at a spiritual episode from the past, this week.

Most of the time we read passages like Luke 21 in light of an end-of-times narrative.  However, I think that Jesus’ hearers – his disciples and apostles – would have heard this narrative in a different way.  Jesus was preparing his disciples with instructions for survival in perilous times.  In their day, Jerusalem was going to be destroyed, the church was to be scattered through persecution, and disciples would be killed.  How would they get through those times?

In many ways, our times are not so different.  There is persecution for believers in Jesus – some that leads to death.  Churches are in trouble for various reasons.  And times seem to be getting more difficult.  How to God’s children cope?

In this podcast, I go back to Jesus’ instructions for His first followers from Luke 21:5-36.  Let’s hear Jesus’ words as they might have heard them, not as an end-of-times narrative.  What do we learn of coping in perilous times?

#53-The Passion, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ


0411091740_0001Since this is Holy Week in the Christian calendar, I have produced a narrative of the events of Holy Week – from the arrest of Jesus through the resurrection – based totally on the Scriptures.  Rather than rely on just one of the Gospel narratives, I have meshed the four narratives together in one cogent story.  I pray that you are blessed by this telling of these important events – the most important events in all of history!

Here are some links to the Gospel records of this story:

#44-Upside Down Blessings


blessings copyThis week, we go back to the world of spiritual ideas to talk about “blessings.”  Each week, I end this podcast with an exhortation to “share you blessings with someone else.”  The question is, “What are our blessings?”  Are they the things we have?  The people we know?  The life we lead?  Jesus tells us about blessings and this lesson from my home church talks about those definitions in the context of Jesus’ birth.

Scriptures referenced in this lesson are:

#42-The Story of Christmas


birth-of-jesusIt’s two days before Christmas as I write this.  The season of giving, receiving, family, friends, fellowship, and food is upon us.  But, will we take time to remember the reason for this season?  Will we take time – individually and corporately – to celebrate, to contemplate, to remember the One who gave us the most important gift of all?  “This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son.  And this is why: so that no one need be destroyed; by believing in him, anyone can have a whole and lasting life.  God didn’t go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the world how bad it was.  He came to help, to put the world right again.” (John 3:16, The Message)  This podcast celebrates this gift in words and music.  Enjoy!

Music heard in this podcast:

#34-What is the Gospel’s response to sexual immorality


FAQ #5-Sexual immoralityThis week, we examine the fifth and final Frequently Asked Question – questions that people ask about God by looking at the Gospel’s response to sexual immorality.  This answer may surprise you!  But, you’ll never know without listening!


The scriptures and links referred to in this podcast are listed below:

John 1:1, 14

John 4:23

Leviticus 18:4

Leviticus 18:6, 8-18

Leviticus 18:20; 20:10

Leviticus 18:21

Leviticus 18:22; 20:18

Leviticus 18:23

Leviticus 18:24-25

1 Corinthians 6:16-20

John 8:2-6

John 8:6-8

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

1 Corinthians 6:9-10; 11

John 8:9-10

John 8:11

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#33-FAQ: How can I be certain that my decisions reflect God’s will for my life?


FAQ #4-God's willWe continue looking at the five tough questions people ask about God.  This week is a more internal question than the others: How can I be certain that my decisions reflect God’s will for my life?  Again, I feature the teaching of Joey Davis from the Clear Creek Church of Christ on this topic.  Your comments are always welcome.

Here are links to the scriptures referred to in this lesson:

1 Timothy 2:3-4

Ephesians 5:15-17

Micah 6:1-4; 6-8

Numbers 13

James 4:8

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#32-FAQ: What about people who’ve never heard the gospel?


FAQ #3-Going to HellThis week features question number three of the five tough questions that people ask about God.  We look at the question of people who have never had the chance to hear the gospel.  Are they condemned to hell?  This podcast, like the others, features the teaching of Joey Davis of the Clear Creek Church of Christ.  Your comments are always welcome to me.

The scriptures and links referenced in this podcast are below:

Matthew 10:28

Matthew 8:12

Matthew 13:42

Matthew 13:50

Matthew 22:13

Matthew 24:51

Matthew 25:30

Ezekiel 33:11

2 Peter 3:9

Romans 7:18-20; 24-25

John 14:6

1 Peter 3:18

John 3:16-17

Romans 3:23

Romans 6:23

Romans 2:15; Acts 17:26-27

Hebrews 1:1-2

Acts 1:6-7

Romans 1:16

The Romans Quest (new audiobook)

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#31-FAQ: On God and Suffering


FAQ #2-Just GodWe continue our look at five tough questions which are asked about God when Christians begin to share their faith outside of the church building’s walls.  This week’s question: If God is loving and just, why does he allow suffering and injustice?  Listen for some answers.

Scriptures referenced in this podcast are:

2 Peter 3:9

1 Peter 1:6-9

Daniel 3:24-25

Isaiah 43:1-3

Matthew 27:46

Psalm 22

2 Corinthians 5:21

1 Peter 1:3-5

1 Corinthians 15:54-57

#30-FAQ: How Can I Know that God Exists?


FAQ #1-God ExistLast week’s  podcast challenged us to be a BLESS-ing by sharing how Jesus’ intersects our story.  When we rise to that challenge, we’ll hear questions.  Some easy.  Some hard.  Beginning with this episode, we examine five hard questions that people may ask you about God.  How should you answer?  Listen for some help with this question.

Scriptures referenced in this podcast are:

Romans 1:20-21

Colossians 1:15

Romans 3:23

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#29-On Being a BLESS-ing


BLESSThis podcast stays in the realm of Bible teaching this week – or rather faith sharing. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, how easy is it for you to share with others your faith in Him? For many, I would say that it is probably difficult. My home congregation is trying to make it easy for everyone to share the story of their faith. So, I am pleased to share the first of several messages about sharing. Today, we learn how being a BLESS-ing can help you share your faith in Christ. BLESS is an acronym to help you remember some basic steps in sharing.  Take a listen for more details!


The scriptures used today and some notes are below:

Matthew 28:16-20

Begin with prayer (Acts 4:23-24, 29-31)

  • God, how you want me to bless the people and the places that you’ve sent me?

Listen (James 1:19)

  • Don’t talk, but listen to people – their struggles, their pains in the places that God has sent you

Eat (Acts 2:46-47)

  • Eat. Having a meal with people builds relationships.

Serve (Matthew 20:25-28)

  • Serve

Story (1 Peter 3:15)

  • When the time is right, jump in.

Matth 5:16