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This podcast will focus on daily readings from the Bible. We will read the text and then give background information from the text and application.

Chris Jones

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    Wednesday 11/30/22 Matthew 1:18-25

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 10:59

    Joseph contemplates divorcing Mary when he learns she is pregnant, but receives interesting new from an unlikely source that changes his mind.

    Tuesday 11/29/22 The Family Tree of Jesus Matthew 1:1-17

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 12:57

    In the genealogy of Jesus, we learn many things about God's plan of redemption. In the ancient world, one's family tree was like a resume. It opened doors and closed doors. What can we learn about the family tree of Jesus?

    Monday 11/28/22 A Prayer The Jesus Answers Psalm 69

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2022 11:14

    In this Psalm, David cries out for help in a time of need. When one reads through this Psalm there is a realization that Jesus is the one that fulfills the longings of David.

    Thursday 11.24.22 Hebrews 13:17-25 "Be a Good Follower!"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 10:38

    As the writer of Hebrews winds down his letter, he has a few last encouraging words for his readers, starting with "Obey your spiritual leaders."

    Wednesday 11.23.22 Hebrews 10:19-25 "Enter Boldly!"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2022 10:59

    The writer of Hebrews has presented a beautiful argument of the supremacy of Christ - He Is Better! And since we are under the covenant of the cross, we can enter boldly into the presence of God, knowing that we are loved and that He is faithful to His promises!

    Monday 11/21/22 A March of Triumph Psalm 68

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 10:46

    Psalm 68 was written to be sung as David and the Israelites brought the Ark of the Covenant from the house of Obed Edom to Jerusalem.

    Wednesday 11/16/22 Revelation 21:9-27

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2022 11:46

    John describes the Bride, which is the Kingdom, as she descends from heaven to meet the earth.

    Tuesday 11/15/22 The New Jerusalem Revelation 21:1-8

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 12:49

    John shares the wonderful vision that he has of the new heavens and the new earth. We get a glimpse of our final home as followers of Jesus.

    Monday 11/14/22 Be a blessing to the nations Psalm 67

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2022 7:30

    In Psalm 67, the psalmist riffs off the Aaronic Blessing of Numbers 6 and works into this Psalm. The difference is that this blessing is now for the nations.

    Thursday 11.10.22 Romans 12:1-8 "Use Your Gift & Use It Well"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 13:28

    Being transformed by the way we think means we see each other differently and we see ourselves differently. That is Paul's warning in the first 12 chapters of Romans 8 - you are a part of the body of Christ, you have a gift to serve with, and no one is better than anyone else!

    Wednesday 11/9/22 Hebrews 12:28-13:9, 17

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2022 9:53

    The author of Hebrews admonishes his audience to hold on to things that are eternal.

    Tuesday 11/8/22 The LORD Gifts His Church Ephesians 4:1-16

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2022 12:06

    Jesus gives gifts to his church so that the body of Christ may be equipped and grow to be mature.

    Monday 11/7/22 God Will See Us Through Psalm 66

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 8:13

    The Psalmist relates God's great acts of redemption in the past. God has been faithful through many trials and tribulations. Even though we struggle through tears and pain in this life, God will bring us to a place of abundance.

    Thursday 11.3.22 Deuteronomy 4:15-24 What Do I Value?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2022 14:46

    We can be tricked into thinking that idol worship isn't a temptation for us like it was for the Israelites. While our idol worship doesn't require graven images or statues, what really matters is what do I value most in my life? Because what we value most can easily become our idol.

    Wednesday 11/2/22 Exodus 19

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2022 11:23

    God calls Moses to the mountain.

    Tuesday 11/1/22 The 144,000 on Mount Zion Revelation 14:1-4

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2022 10:57

    God's people who have come through the persecution stand victorious with the Lamb on Mt. Zion.

    Monday 10/31/22 God is my helper Psalm 54

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 9:07

    David's own countrymen have betrayed him to King Saul. In this time of betrayal David turns to the LORD for help.

    Thursday 10.27.22 Hebrews 12:1-17 "Fix Your Eyes..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2022 15:38

    The numbers don't lie: people are less and less interested in church/God/Jesus. But they? Why do they find something that was once so irresistible now totally resistible? Perhaps it's more our fault than anything else.

    Tuesday 10/25/22 The Christian life is like running a race! 1 Corinthians 9:24-10:13

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 11:43

    In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul uses the motif of the Christian life being like an athlete training. In 1 Cor 10:1-13, he switches his analogy to the Christian walk being like the wilderness wanderings of the Israelites.

    Monday 10/24/22 The Power of Words to Hurt Others Psalm 64

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2022 7:42

    David cries out to God to help him as people use words to attack him. People have spread gossip and tried to take down the king with their speech. David teaches us the proper response when people slander us. More importantly, he shows us God's response to words that come at us like arrows.

    Thursday 10.14.22 Philippians 1:20-21 & 3:20-21 "The Answer is Not 42..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 13:31

    What is the purpose of life? Why are we here? These are questions that we've all wrestled with at some point or another. Paul understood the purpose of life - he knew the mission he was called to. And there was nothing that could stop him.

    Wednesday 10/19/22 2 Timothy 1:8-12

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 12:14

    Paul encourages Timothy to persevere through affliction knowing that salvation is promised to him.

    Tuesday 10/18/22 What type of body we will have in the resurrection? 1 Corinthians 15:35-49

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2022 11:34

    In 1 Corinthians 15, Paul answers, "what type of body will we have in the resurrection?" Will our bodies be ghostly and immaterial, or will they be some type of physical body? What does the word "body" tell us in response to these questions? What does Paul mean by "spiritual body" in 1 Corinthians 15:44?

    Monday 10/17/22 Seeking God in a Dry Place Psalm 63

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 10:50

    David is on the run from his son Absalom. David feels like he is in a dry and weary place. The only answer is God's loving kindness to him.

    Thursday 10.13.22 Hebrews 11:1-13 "Faith is the substance..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 12:31

    We all have faith in something - friends, family, jobs - but when it comes to faith in God, it's HIS character that should give us hope and encouragement. When all else fails, God's character makes it impossible for Him to fail.

    Tuesday 10/11/22 A Clear Conscience Hebrews 10:1-18

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 9:42

    Hebrews reminds us that the animal sacrifices of Israel could not completely take away sin and were a constant reminder of our sinful condition. The sacrifice of Jesus was once and for all. In Jesus, we are completely saved, and God remembers our sins no more.

    Monday 10/10/22 God is our Refuge, Fortress, and Rock Psalm 62

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 8:52

    David reminds us that pain reveals where we go for help. Not only is God our help at our time of death, but He is the one that sustains us through life.

    Thursday 10.6.22 Hebrews 9:11-28 "Once and for all..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 11:09

    Do you ever fall into the trap of thinking you haven't done enough to be good enough for God? That's exactly what it is: a trap. And the writer of Hebrews wants his audience - and us - to know that Christ's sacrifice was the better sacrifice, the one that was once and for all, so that we don't have to live in the trap of constantly needing sacrifices to be "good enough" for God.

    Wednesday 10/5/22 Hebrews 9:1-10

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2022 10:51

    The Hebrews author details the reality of the tabernacle and how defines present and points toward our future.

    Tuesday 10/4/22 Jesus is Better Hebrews 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2022 11:35

    In Hebrews 8, we see that Jesus is better than the old covenant tabernacle and sacrificial system. Jesus has also inaugurated a new covenant that was the goal and telos of the old covenant.

    Monday 10/3/22 From the ends of the earth Psalm 61

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 9:31

    David cries out to the Lord even though he seems distant. Even though God feels like he is distant and does not come through, David remains confident in God's care.

    Thursday 9.29.22 Hebrews 8 "A Closer Look..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2022 11:10

    *In the recording, David accidentally said Acts 8. But the reading is Hebrews 8." God is not a far off God, a distant God, or a hands-off God. We get a clearer picture of who God is, God comes closer, when we take a closer look at Jesus.

    Wednesday 9/28/22 Jeremiah 31:31-34

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2022 11:05

    We read Jeremiah's prophecy of the new covenant that the Hebrews writer inserts into his argument regarding how much better the new covenant is than the old one.

    Tuesday 9/27/22 A New Covenant Luke 22:14-23

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2022 12:19

    When Jesus instituted the Lord's Supper, he ushered in something that many had been waiting on and longed to see. He lets the world know that in his blood, the new covenant was finally being established. We, as Christians, are saved utterly and completely by the blood of Jesus. In the new covenant, God renews our hearts. In the taking of the Lord's Supper, the Christian is undergoing a covenant renewal each Sunday.

    Monday 9/26/22 Our Banner is Prayer Psalm 60

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2022 8:30

    Edom has attacked David and Israel. David sees this attack as God's judgment, and he goes back to prayer as the true answer for Israel's hope.

    Thursday 9.22.22 Hebrews 7:1-17 "Who the heck is Melchizedek?"

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 11:46

    As the writer of Hebrews begins to tell his audience how Jesus is the Great High Priest, he goes back to Genesis 14 to talk about Melchizedek. But who is Melchizedek??

    Wednesday 9/20/22 Hebrews 6:1-20

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 10:26

    We can have true confidence, because God swore to us on his own character, that we who are in Christ Jesus have a mediator and the promise of eternal life.

    Tuesday 9/20/22 A Priest Forever Hebrews 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 12:11

    The writer of Hebrews demonstrates how Jesus can be a high priest even though he is not from the tribe of Levi. He is a priest of even more significant order. He is a priest according to the order of Melchizedek. Melchizedek was a mysterious figure from the OT whom Abraham paid tithes to, making him greater than Abraham.

    Monday 9/19/22 Deliver Me From My Enemies Psalm 59

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2022 11:27

    David writes this Psalm after having to flee the palace covertly to escape Saul's plan to kill him. David calls out to God, and God delivers him from the hand of King Saul.

    Thursday 9.15.22 Psalm 95 "Listen to my voice..."

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2022 14:19

    When it comes to God, "listening" doesn't just simply mean hearing - "listening" demands obedience.

    Wednesday 9/14/22 Hebrews 3:7-18

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2022 10:47

    The Hebrews author gives an exhortation from Psalm 95 to follow the example of obedience set by Christ and not fall into disobedience.

    Tuesday 9/13/22 Jesus is Much Greater Hebrews 3:1-6

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2022 10:35

    In this short section of Scripture, the Hebrew writer demonstrates how Jesus is much greater than Moses.

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