And Jesus, perceiving in himself that power had gone out from him, immediately turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my garments?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing around you, and yet you say, ‘Who touched me?'” And he looked around to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling and fell down before him and told him the whole truth. And he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease" (Mark 5:30-34). Check out Andy's YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPFw5tMsQD3WPxFNBrk2lXQ For more Christian podcasts like this, visit www.mediagratiae.org/podcasts.
The Kingdom of Israel is divided, and the leader of Judah, King Jehoshaphat, is terrified by the news he just received regarding a triple-threat alliance of foreign enemies marching against Jerusalem. There are three things King Jehoshaphat does in the midst of his fear and the impending battle. These same three things are crucial for us as Believers to learn and apply to the different “battles” we face in life. Join Pastor Austin to learn about these three spiritual weapons of warfare.
If you joined us on The Wonder Podcast in the spring, you walked through the book of 1st Peter with us. In this letter to the Church, Peter emphasizes the reality of suffering for the Christian, while simultaneously offering encouragement and challenge. Peter's 2nd letter to the Church is different. He moves from suffering to alerting Believers that false teachers are rampant, and we must be on guard! We must know what we know! We must be in God's word so that we can identify false teachings and protect ourselves from the lure of the enemy. 2nd Peter is full of POWER VERSES! Some of our favorites? 1:3-4, 1:21, 3:8, 3:9, 3:10 and more! We hope you enjoy these 3 chapters of this small, but mighty book of the New Testament! God has a word for all of us today. “Growth is the only evidence of life.” John Henry Newman Thanks for joining us for this episode of THE WONDER PODCAST! Chrissie and Lisa Hit subscribe, and please tell your friends! Help us share the word! And we'd love to hear from you. If you LOVE what you hear, please throw us some stars!!! ***** Did you know we have a 501c3 - The Party Table? All donations help support our podcast ministry. Any gift you give is appreciated and used to continue our ministry online! Thank you so much! Just go to chrissiedunham.org and click THE PARTY TABLE!
Challenges in life and business are opportunities to trust God and grow in our faith. Listen as Scott shares the unexpected way God rescued him from an impossible situation. Blog Post: https://fxmissions.com/225sn One Click Tweet: https://fxmissions.com/225snt One Click Facebook Share: https://fxmissions.com/225snf In this new series, I (Scott) want to focus on how, as believers in business leadership, our faith forms our business. We'll be digging into that with varying perspectives and voices throughout the series. (By the way, if you or someone you know would be a great fit for this series, please contact me at email@example.com.) To start out, I decided I'd like to share more of my own story. To be specific, one specific crisis story. This story unfolds in two parts, so be sure to listen to both as I relay what transpired, how I got through it, how it shaped my business and, most importantly, how it impacted and changed me. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Operate from the understanding that you're already accepted by God. Don't be driven by the spirit of the age. Put down the shovel LINKS & RESOURCES: Episode 224 (Part 1) https://fxmissions.com/224 ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP MOMENT Scott McClelland of Foundational Missions shares bite-sized insights into leadership, with a focus on the Bible, missions, and ministry. He pulls from a wide variety of sources and always has something to inspire and challenge us to greatness. Leave a Rating or Review: https://lovethepodcast.com/leadersmoment Follow to get the show for free: https://followthepodcast.com/leadersmoment
Believers love Christmas because it helps us focus on Christ and the incredible gift He is to us. We use Advent, the weeks leading up to Christmas, to prepare for His coming--both by remembering His birth and looking forward to His return. If that's the case, shouldn't we celebrate every day as Advent? In this episode of Longing for More, I share the last chapter of my new book, A Different View, titled, The Gift of Light. Listen and be inspired to look for Jesus in all aspects of life and live your faith every day. Find the book in your favorite online bookstore, at the Alley Exchange in Pierre, or better yet, ask your local bookstore to carry it!
Mary grew up in a rural area of northern Israel in Nazareth and came from a family with no great social influence. Like most young women of her time, she would have been happy to marry a man she loved, start a family, and please God by being the wife and mother she was called to be. While not special by cultural standards, Mary knew she was special to God. Believers know their value is in God's evaluation (2 Cor. 5:17; Eph. 2:10)! Mary was probably a teenager when introduced to Joseph, who was likely a distant relative. In Jewish marital customs, after spending time together, Mary would make her feelings about Joseph known to her father and he would present Joseph's father with the marriage agreement. God often works through cultural norms to do something culturally spectacular. Just as with Joseph, Mary agreed to sexual abstinence and purity as part of the contract. As a young Jewish woman, her desire was to honor God and her husband by preparing herself for marriage. This would involve learning domestic skills and preparing to become a wife and mother. Mary was an ordinary woman in an ordinary town with ordinary looks expecting an ordinary future.Sometimes the mundane sets the stage for the miraculous!
Join us this week as we, once again, visit the Word of Life Pines as Dr. John Barnet looks to Biblical prophecy to remind us how to spiritually "eat, chew and breath" and thus become God's extension to believers around us.
We really lean into our Books-and-Media season theme this time: John Scalzi's Redshirts is an award-winning novel about what might happen if the "redshirts" on Star Trek ever noticed how often they die in terrible, meaningless ways. Or how the science they do on the show makes no sense. Or how anytime someone's life gets interesting, they're about to snuff it to make a main character's emotions more compelling in response. But if you stay with us past our MAJOR SPOILERS warning about ten minutes in, we'll take you with us through the rest of the book, and talk about the kinds of conversations these ensigns get into, and what they decide to do about the way their fate has been, shall we say, written in the stars. Plus, does Job (you know, the Bible one we always bring up?) count as the first Redshirt, a plaything in the hands of heaven? Come find out, Believers!
Fr. Mike draws our attention to the cultural division present in the early Church and the origin of the ordination to the diaconate. He also discusses Paul's frustration with those who didn't recognize Jesus as the Christ and offers consolation to those who experience this in the hearts and minds of those close to them, as Paul did. Today's readings are Acts 6, Romans 9-10, and Proverbs 27:10-12. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
On today's episode, we are honored to be joined by our amazing friend, Kris Vallotton! Kris shares his powerful story of the Lord taking him out of trauma and calling him to the nations. His story will impact generations! Kris is an author, international speaker, culture leader, and most of all, a spiritual father to this generation. As the Senior Associate Leader of Bethel Church in Redding, California and co-founder of Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM) and Moral Revolution, Kris has helped thousands of Believers over the last 20 years realize their identity as sons and daughters of God. Please use the links below to learn more about kris' ministry and to listen to more of his incredible content! https://youtube.com/c/KVMinistries https://www.krisvallotton.com/about
Welcome to Grace in Focus radio. Bob and Shawn are in an on-going series where they are discussing Wayne Grudem’s book “Free Grace Theology: Five Ways It Diminishes the Gospel.” Today, they will begin to address chapter three which deals with assurance. Does the free grace view give people a false assurance of salvation? The
For longtime indie rock fans, it's kinda hard to believe that Mac McCaughan has been making music for more than 25 years. Soon after leaving Columbia University in 1987, the Durham, North Carolina native both formed Superchunk and co-founded Merge Records - alongside bassist and savvy financial manager Laura Ballance - in 1989. And since then, Superchunk has released ten albums and countless singles -- and several more records with his on-again/off-again project Portastatic. And Merge has grown to become one of the most respected independent labels, with bands like Arcade Fire, Mountain Goats, and Magnetic Fields among the names on its impressive roster. With 2015's Non-Believers, the songwriter and guitarist eschewed his trademark punk-ed up pop and blistering guitar lines, and debuted an electro-rock and synth-infused sound that's more minimalist than Superchunk, yet more polished than Portistatic. That said, McCaughan's fearless ambition remains intact. His songs are still built around that same boyish-turned-gravelly voice and those same biting, smartly-crafted lyrics. On Non-Believers, McCaughan's music sounds more personal, intimately reflecting on his life as a husband and father. Yet no matter the setting, McCaughan proves he's got a way with hook, and a simple, yet affecting turn of phrase. (From the Archives, 2015.) Set List: "Lost Again" "Come Upstairs" "Hello Hawk"
"Believers ought to be the most grateful people in the world." So begins pastor Josh Hall's look at "A Plea for Gratitude." Using Psalm 100 as a springboard, he discusses several words related to the "Why?" of thankfulness: 1. Forgiveness - vv. 1 - 3, 10 - 12 2. Redemption - v. 4 3. Love - 1 Chronicles 16:34 4. Eternity - Hebrews 12:28 5. Sovereignty - Psalm 95:1 - 7 6. Obedience - 1 Thessalonians 5:16 - 18
Fr. Mike highlights the boldness of Peter and John in our reading from Acts as they stand before the council of church leaders and defend the name of Jesus. He also addresses Paul's writings on God's grace given to us in our sinfulness and the war between good and evil present within ourselves. Today's readings are Acts 4, Romans 6-7, and Proverbs 27:4-6. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
If you joined us on The Wonder Podcast in the spring, you walked through the book of 1st Peter with us. In this letter to the Church, Peter emphasizes the reality of suffering for the Christian, while simultaneously offering encouragement and challenge. Peter's 2nd letter to the Church is different. He moves from suffering to alerting Believers that false teachers are rampant, and we must be on guard! We must know what we know! We must be in God's word so that we can identify false teachings and protect ourselves from the lure of the enemy. 2nd Peter is full of POWER VERSES! Some of our favorites? 1:3-4, 1:21, 3:8, 3:9, 3:10 and more! We hope you enjoy these 3 chapters of this small, but a mighty book of the New Testament! God has a word for all of us today. “Growth is the only evidence of life.” - John Henry Newman Thanks for joining us for this episode of THE WONDER PODCAST! Chrissie and Lisa make sure to hit subscribe, and please tell your friends! Help us share the word! And we'd love to hear from you. If you LOVE what you hear, leave a quick review, and please throw us some stars!!! ***** Did you know we have a 501c3 - The Party Table? All donations help support our podcast ministry. Any gift you give is appreciated and used to continue our ministry online! Thank you so much! Just go to chrissiedunham.org and click THE PARTY TABLE!
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Download I Peter 5:1 - II Peter 3:18 We are in the Church Stream reading from the New Living Translation. 7streamsmethod.com | @7StreamsMethod | @serenatravis | #7Streams | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis Jesus, you talked to Peter, you talk to us. Thank you for this great fellowship and learning. The people of your Temple are your Temple. We are where you dwell, and we are grateful to be the house where you live. Amen. Today we completed Peter's first and second letters. This is the final word from this boisterous and beloved apostle. He died a martyr's death in Rome. The last weeks of his life he was so overcome with joy in Jesus, [though held under guard in prison] that he led dozens of others to Christ [we were told 49] and he baptized them. He was a voice of heaven that intercepted people condemned to die. My husband and I were blessed to be in Rome and see all these quarters where Peter was held, where he wrote his final writings, and where he was executed. [heavy sigh] The next we hear from him straight up will be when we meet him at the gate of heaven. Maybe he will take us for a walk on the Crystal Sea . . . I Peter 5 - Peter's heart for pastoral care really comes out here. He urges the elder ones in the church to care for the younger and remain tutorial in tone and demeanor; don't act put out as you care for others. As for the younger, pay attention and be teachable, honoring those above you. Keep alert. Nero's recent edict against Christians has Peter to give illustration of the devil prowling like a lion to devour Believers. This was all too real for the young and persecuted church. Peter urges all to hang on and endure. The suffering would end soon. He sends greetings from a sister church "here in Babylon". Peter was in Rome and equating it with the legendary Babylon that was equally pagan. II Peter 1 - Peter greets his friends in the churches and then encourages them to grow in the faith. The qualities he wants us to add to our character are listed in perfect order. You can hear the love and faith Peter has hoping we grow in grace as we hang on to Christ. Peter is so very endeared to all those he cares for. Peter ends the chapter urging the flock to keep attentive to scripture. It's real, true, authentic, it's what we can rely upon. Peter clearly recalls the experience on the mount with Jesus when Moses and Elijah appeared and God spoke. This is as real as it gets. It changed Peter forever, and it changes everything for us too. God's servants don't die! 2 - Jesus, and Paul, and now Peter is warning about false teachers, liars, charlatans, wolves in sheep's clothing coming into churches to take advantage of Believers. They are hucksters, thieves, adulterers, sinners, users, losers and they need to be identified, rooted out, booted out. The Devil is their motivation and they have no place in the church. Left to abide among you, their selfishness will destroy what is good among you. This chapter sounds like the book of Jude - another stern warning we will read the first week of December. 3 - a chapter about God's timing: some are questioning if Christ is returning. According to when Peter is writing, it's been 38 years since Jesus ascended into heaven. The scoffers were saying Jesus hasn't come back because He isn't coming back. These same scoffers are ignorant of creation, the flood, ignorant of Christ, God's timing and the peculiar thing is that they enjoy the ignorance. They're "willfully ignorant" as one translation says. Peter warns of this problem; these people. God isn't slack, He's forgotten nothing. He doesn't use our clock. If you perceive a delay and God is indeed "delaying", He's delaying so that there is more time for people to repent and find Christ. That's a good thing. Peter reminds us to not be thrown off by those apostate ones - they are going down. You remain holy in Christ, in the Word, and in fellowship.
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As Believers in Jesus, we have a real enemy who wants to steal, kill, and destroy. In this episode, Judi and Kim discuss why it is critical that Christians not only know the truth but walk according to the truth and experience freedom in Christ. Focus Scriptures: Ephesians 3:14-21 , Titus 2:11-15 , Jeremiah 31:18, Psalm 119:9-16
Episode 13 raises and examines two important questions for Christian believers who own or are considering owning Bitcoin What if my country's government bans or increases its regulation over Bitcoin? What if my country's government changes its tax code on Bitcoin? God's Word is sufficient to properly inform the Biblical worldview in all areas that pertain to life and godliness and thus we are confident that if we go to God's Word with the right attitude and method, we can find answers for even the hard questions. God has instituted human government as a necessary part of His world and God is glorified when Christians submit to authority - even unjust authority. Submission in the realm of money requires careful analysis of the sphere of government ownership, taxation, Christian liberty, and prudent action Summary The Bible does not shy away from the tension between individual liberty and governmental authority. Government is the instrument of God to defend the righteous from evildoers by protecting their property rights. Money is not owned or defined by government. Believers are commanded by God to submit to their government as a means of glorifying God and this submission includes paying taxes. Believers who own Bitcoin can embrace that Bitcoin is “stateless” money that does not bow to any centralized control and that could be embraced by governments outside of their own in the event of excessive taxation or regulation. For a list of helpful books, articles, and other podcasts, check out our website: bitcoinandthebible.com Come check out our Sphinx tribe! Connect with us on Twitter Show - @BTC4believers Will - @pleberean David - @thebtcboomer Simon - @pray_hodl To e-mail the show: firstname.lastname@example.org
Living with our faith on display is challenging - especially in the face of a crisis. Shortly after purchasing a telecom business, I found myself in the middle of a full-blown crisis. I had bills to pay, friends and family who had invested in my business, and no visible prospects to right the ship. That's when God stepped in and brought me back to him. Listen to part one of this story, and then come back to discover what God did. Blog Post: https://fxmissions.com/224sn One Click Tweet: https://fxmissions.com/224snt One Click Facebook Share: https://fxmissions.com/224snf WHAT YOU'LL DISCOVER: Starting completely fresh Scott's business venture and how the nature of it lent to this particular crisis The bank tour and the friends and family round The crisis begins and grows Cash flow drops Solutions that didn't work The Bible verse that nailed Scott's situation Hemmed in by obstacles No money to reimburse those who believed in him The pressure mounts A day the Holy Spirit impressed the verse on him again Personal revelation: Repentance was necessary ABOUT THE LEADERSHIP MOMENT Scott McClelland of Foundational Missions shares bite-sized insights into leadership, with a focus on the Bible, missions, and ministry. He pulls from a wide variety of sources and always has something to inspire and challenge us to greatness. Leave a Rating or Review: https://lovethepodcast.com/leadersmoment Follow to get the show for free: https://followthepodcast.com/leadersmoment
(Part 2) Do you find yourself praying and asking for Jesus to come soon to relieve us from this constantly changing world and to bring some stability? That's a good prayer. And as a believer, that's also being a good citizen because of our view of the Gospel. Last time we learned that Believers have what is described as a “dual citizenship” - primarily in Heaven with our Lord, and also here in America. John Fonville tells us it's that dual citizenship and the Gospel that brings civility to our country.
Acts 1–4:31 Acts 1–4:31 (Listen) The Promise of the Holy Spirit 1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. 4 And while staying1 with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with2 the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” The Ascension 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, 11 and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas 12 Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day's journey away. 13 And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. 14 All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.3 15 In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, 16 “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. 17 For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong4 he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the Book of Psalms, “‘May his camp become desolate, and let there be no one to dwell in it'; and “‘Let another take his office.' 21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” 23 And they put forward two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also called Justus, and Matthias. 24 And they prayed and said, “You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias, and he was numbered with the eleven apostles. The Coming of the Holy Spirit 2 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested5 on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. 5 Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. 6 And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. 7 And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, 11 both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” 12 And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” 13 But others mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.” Peter's Sermon at Pentecost 14 But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them: “Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and give ear to my words. 15 For these people are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day.6 16 But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel: 17 “‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams;18 even on my male servants and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;20 the sun shall be turned to darkness and the moon to blood, before the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.21 And it shall come to pass that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.' 22 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—23 this Jesus,7 delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. 24 God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because it was not possible for him to be held by it. 25 For David says concerning him, “‘I saw the Lord always before me, for he is at my right hand that I may not be shaken;26 therefore my heart was glad, and my tongue rejoiced; my flesh also will dwell in hope.27 For you will not abandon my soul to Hades, or let your Holy One see corruption.28 You have made known to me the paths of life; you will make me full of gladness with your presence.' 29 “Brothers, I may say to you with confidence about the patriarch David that he both died and was buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. 30 Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, 31 he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. 32 This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. 33 Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. 34 For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right hand,35 until I make your enemies your footstool.”' 36 Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” 37 Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.” 40 And with many other words he bore witness and continued to exhort them, saying, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation.” 41 So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls. The Fellowship of the Believers 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe8 came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. The Lame Beggar Healed 3 Now Peter and John were going up to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour.9 2 And a man lame from birth was being carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple that is called the Beautiful Gate to ask alms of those entering the temple. 3 Seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, he asked to receive alms. 4 And Peter directed his gaze at him, as did John, and said, “Look at us.” 5 And he fixed his attention on them, expecting to receive something from them. 6 But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” 7 And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. 8 And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God, 10 and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. Peter Speaks in Solomon's Portico 11 While he clung to Peter and John, all the people, utterly astounded, ran together to them in the portico called Solomon's. 12 And when Peter saw it he addressed the people: “Men of Israel, why do you wonder at this, or why do you stare at us, as though by our own power or piety we have made him walk? 13 The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant10 Jesus, whom you delivered over and denied in the presence of Pilate, when he had decided to release him. 14 But you denied the Holy and Righteous One, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and you killed the Author of life, whom God raised from the dead. To this we are witnesses. 16 And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus11 has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. 17 “And now, brothers, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. 18 But what God foretold by the mouth of all the prophets, that his Christ would suffer, he thus fulfilled. 19 Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, 20 that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22 Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23 And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.' 24 And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.' 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.” Peter and John Before the Council 4 And as they were speaking to the people, the priests and the captain of the temple and the Sadducees came upon them, 2 greatly annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection from the dead. 3 And they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. 4 But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand. 5 On the next day their rulers and elders and scribes gathered together in Jerusalem, 6 with Annas the high priest and Caiaphas and John and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9 if we are being examined today concerning a good deed done to a crippled man, by what means this man has been healed, 10 let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before you well. 11 This Jesus12 is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.13 12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men14 by which we must be saved.” 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. 14 But seeing the man who was healed standing beside them, they had nothing to say in opposition. 15 But when they had commanded them to leave the council, they conferred with one another, 16 saying, “What shall we do with these men? For that a notable sign has been performed through them is evident to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and we cannot deny it. 17 But in order that it may spread no further among the people, let us warn them to speak no more to anyone in this name.” 18 So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. 19 But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, 20 for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” 21 And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. 22 For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old. The Believers Pray for Boldness 23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,15 said by the Holy Spirit, “‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain?26 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers were gathered together, against the Lord and against his Anointed'16— 27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness. Footnotes  1:4 Or eating  1:5 Or in  1:14 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters; also verse 15  1:18 Or swelling up  2:3 Or And tongues as of fire appeared to them, distributed among them, and rested  2:15 That is, 9 a.m.  2:23 Greek this one  2:43 Or fear  3:1 That is, 3 p.m.  3:13 Or child; also verse 26  3:16 Greek him  4:11 Greek This one  4:11 Greek the head of the corner  4:12 The Greek word anthropoi refers here to both men and women  4:25 Or child; also verses 27, 30  4:26 Or Christ (ESV)
(Part 1) Do you find yourself praying and asking for Jesus to come soon to relieve us from this constantly changing world and to bring some stability? That's a good prayer. And as a believer, that's also being a good citizen because of our view of the Gospel. Last time we learned that Believers have what is described as a “dual citizenship” - primarily in Heaven with our Lord, and also here in America. John Fonville tells us it's that dual citizenship and the Gospel that brings civility to our country.
This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Josh Philpot speaks of the heightened awareness of death that has surrounded us this last year or so. This overt awareness has come primarily due to Covid19 and the deaths associated with it. While it brings a reminder of death, and to some, great fear, we need to remember that death is an ongoing fact of this life, regardless of how or when it comes. As Christians, this is not something of which we are ignorant. The Bible clearly states that death is the result of sin, for the wages of sin is death -Romans 6-23-. As Believers in Christ, we should think differently than the world around us about the loss of life, the expiration of our physical earthly bodies. While we should not be preoccupied with death, we should be mindful of it- we should be prepared and ready, for it can come at any time. In thinking about death, Dr. Philpot asks Dr. Caldwell to share how he would help a church member, or anyone for that matter, to be prepared for death.
Download I Peter 1-4 We are in the Church Stream reading from the Modern English Version. 7streamsmethod.com | @7StreamsMethod | @serenatravis | #7Streams | Donate Commentary by Dr. Drake Travis Lord, what an inspiration Peter provides us with. Peter knew you personally. We want to know you deeply as well. Teach us your way, oh Lord. Amen. Peter was a sinful man called to serve Christ in a much larger role than feeding the population around Galilee their needed fish ration. He was the most vocal and eager of the disciples. He was one who "wore it on his shirtsleeve" laying it all out there. His trademark was to jump in first and think things through later. His fervent heart, eager spirit, and reckless commitment to Jesus had him to be among Jesus' inner circle. He writes this first of his two letters to the churches of "Asia Minor". Paul worked tireless to bring these congregations along. Peter writes these vital and rich letters to these congregations to add his poignant perspective to what they must know to be growing in grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ. Suffering was mounting and the days ahead were about to grow more difficult. Peter's joy in his Savior was a trait that needed to be infused into Believers. 1 - Peter reminds them of the marvelous hope and glorious future they have in Christ. The hope of this glory is in fact so marvelous that the sufferings being endured at present are practically 'inconveniences' by comparison. What is coming for those who believe is so worth it - so guard yourselves against the world that so badly wants to drag you into it's culture. The eternal wonders of Christ are great and the holiness that is going to be rewarded is unimaginable. So let's attach ourselves to Christ who shall never perish. It is Peter who talks about being elected. The doctrine of "election" pivots heavily from I Peter 1. We understand where this comes from for Peter. It was he who was stared our Lord straight in the face when Jesus ordered him, "follow me". Christ chose Peter. It was a moment that never left Him. 2 - Stop all evil and do what you must to grow in Christ. Let Christ nourish you is what Peter is saying. Let Christ Jesus help you grow. We either want that or we don't - we're in or out. What do we want? - as for the flesh v.s. spirit war inside of us, Peter encourages us to 'call it over with', yield to Christ, and be a good and honorable testimony among the lost souls in this world. Let doing right be your weapon in this world. Then the criticism aimed at you will remain hapless - if you always do what is right. This entails honoring people and respecting God. Please realize and exercise the power that is demonstrated in submission. [Peter is speaking to Christians who were slaves as well.] Ugly retaliations were never in line with faith. Christ endured far worse. We too can endure for the sake of remaining a gracious testimony for Jesus. 3 - Wives honoring their husbands was a powerful witnessing tool. It was not long before word got out and men across the Empire wanted a Christian wife. This too brought men into the Kingdom....millions of them! [Ugly- hearted women work against the Kingdom.] And men are to cherish and protect their wives like the priceless jewels that they are. What has been the result of men following this maxim? The Christian women of this world are the most gracious, insightful, attractive, empowered, wealthy, and engaged women on earth. And all this even though they do not belabor their appearance. The beauty of Christ merely shines through. The passage that Christ preached to the spirits in prison - this is what happened in the time between the crucifixion; Christ's death and the Resurrection on the third day. He testified to even those who had been gone. There were 4,000 years between Cain/Abel and Christ's arrival. Those scores of generations that lived in between those times needed to hear from Christ. So He told them. It's a single passage doctrine and we cannot construct a huge theology around this concept. So we will drop that matter and finish chapter three with Peter's note about baptism. Baptism cleanses. It washes away the former and starts us anew. It is a blessing. There are too many arguments about 'First baptism/ second baptism, first Baptist this and that, Southern Baptist yada yada, water baptism sprinkle baptism. Hey, let's just let God bless us with baptism and share this blessing v.s. arguing over it. 4 - With tremendous reverence for his Savior, Peter again encourages us to be ready to deepen our discipleship as suffering was intensifying here in the 60's A.D.. Nero in Rome was particular to use the Christians as his scapegoats. Nero, an excessively sadistic and pagan man, especially enjoyed burning Christians to death. The Christian church in this part of the world was a mere 35-or-so years old. Would this end the church? Strangely enough it only made the church grow! The compassion this suffering caused, the love that the young church had for eachother as they huddled and worshipped (sometimes fearfully) was the phenomenon of the first century. It's a truth of history, those who suffer together are more endeared to each other. This suffering purified the church. And a purified church is a powerful church! The Thread Through the Streams The thread that was sewed through the week was, "you better suit up for this. A greater covering is needed." -Deuteronomy 4-6 they better cover their lives with obedience. Do whatever you need to do to make sure you remember what I've commanded of you. Put things on your hands, foreheads, houses. Cover yourselves with these Ten Commandments and God will cover you. Strip them from you and YOU will be exposed to great evil. Loving God and your neighbor will cover everything in God's eyes. -II Chronicles 30-34 Hezekiah remembered the cloud that covered Israel by day, the fire by night, the blood on the door posts that covered them during the Passover, the Exodus that covered over the Egyptians. It was time to spiritually cover the Judeans again and have Passover. After that enough offerings came in to cover everything. When raging Assyrians had surrounded Jerusalem Hezekiah covered the matter in prayer. God told them to not suit up for war - he would cover this matter.. God shielded them from decimation. After him, Manasseh cloaked himself, his city, and every hill with unspeakable evil before he did the opposite in humility. Josiah was suited as king at 8 years old. He stripped the evil and covered the land with blessing. -Proverbs 21-23 tells us to suit up our hearts with humility, and to cover our words in humility. And to cover your lives with wisdom, be sure and cover your destiny with your father's teaching. Be diligent to suit up your children and so cover your future. And as a reminder, if you give yourself to alcohol you won't be suited for anything. -Ezekiel 27-29 says that the Babylonians were swooping down on Tyre and they would cover the place. What is Tyre's covering? 28:13 said "...every precious stone was your covering." Well Tyre got stripped bare; nothing left! Their lives were covered in sin as was Sidon. Babylon uncovered everything and left them ghost towns. Israel, however, would one day dwell in safety. That would suit them perfectly. And Egypt was going to be laid out and barren across the desert. It's wealth, it's animals and even it's fish were going to be strewn in the desert. I bet they would be covered in vultures! -Zechariah 3-4 is the vision when "Joshua" the Savior is covered in filthy robes; our sin. And they are changed to regal clothing; a suit of righteousness when Christ covers us by his sacrifice that changes everything in a day! -John 9-10 Christ covers the blind man's eyes and he can soon see. The healed man had best be warned to suit up for the hailstorm of hostility that would shower on him. His parents couldn't cover him from the criticism. -I Peter 1-4 warns the Christians to basically get emotionally suited up to endure great hatred from the Romans. This would require a great covering of humility and perseverance and a heart of love. They would need to cover each other in prayer and cover for each other. This they did as the Holy Spirit covered them to do mighty things in this first century church as the gospel then covered Europe and Asia from one end to the other before the close of the 1st century.
How do you love God when so many worldly appeals vie for your affections? Believers in Christ live in two worlds. Augustine called these worlds the City of God and the City of Man. They have opposing values and opposing purposes. You can bridge the gap between these two worlds so that people can see the power of God in the cross of Jesus. It is that radical transformation of heart that makes us new people. Your love for God is a miracle. Click here to listen (Duration 14:35)
We've heard a lot from the brightest audience in the country- meaning YOU- and you've asked us to keep Bob's memory alive by occasionally re-airing some of his greatest hits. We're doing that today as we go back and air his debate with pro-choice speaker Ilana Goldman. If you have a favorite segment from Bob, or you have a question you'd like to be discussed on air, please email it to us at email@example.com. The brightest audience has spoken! And we have listened... Sponsor a Show! Click here to help keep us broadcasting! (We really need it :) We have now officially begun our November 2021 telethon! We typically set a dollar goal, like 30 or 40 thousand. But this time, we're looking for 20 new monthly donors who will sponsor one show a month. Being on air isn't cheap. We run about 20 broadcasts and it costs us about $150 dollars per show. We operate on a shoestring budget, so in the past we've relied heavily on those large donations and big dollar telethons. But that was when Bob was here. Now the ministry has less security, and that makes promoting Bob's teaching a daunting task. So if just you and 19 others can help us guarantee that the show goes on, Bob's Biblically centered teachings will go out to thousands more. The ministries of so many Godly leaders, authors & preachers have been magnified tenfold, or even a hundredfold after their passing. Think of C.S. Lewis, and how he still, today, has such an impact on millions. We have no doubt Bob could have a similar impact, and your sponsorship of just one show a month will be the force to magnify this ministry, and the Gospel. So if you can help, and sponsor just one show a month, that would be a massive blessing. Thanks so much, Godspeed! ~The Bob Enyart Live Staff * One of Eight "Women to Watch:" according to the Washingtonian, Ilana Goldman, president of Women's Campaign Forum, is one of the most powerful women in Washington. Ms. Goldman advocates the "right" to kill a fetus. Bob Enyart asked Ms. Goldman a number of questions which she did not answer including "What is a fetus?" and "Is the fetus living?" Ms. Goldman argued for a right to terminate it, but insisted on avoiding a discussion about what "it" is. Ms. Goldman indicated there should be a right to kill "it" because there are strong emotions on both sides, and because many people want to kill "it." Ilana did not agree when Bob said that whatever the truth is --whether "it" is a baby or not-- should take precedence over emotion and opinion. Bob Enyart said to Ilana, "Abortion is wrong because it's a baby, it's always wrong to intentionally kill a baby," to which Ilana said that we should respect one another's views, to which Bob asked, Well, isn't it relevant whether or not the fetus is a baby, a question Ilana objected to. * Crucial Abortion Links: - kgov.com/abortion - kgov.com/focus-on-the-strategy - AmericanRTL.org/abortion-regulations * One Interesting Ilana Goldman/Bob Enyart Exchange:Bob Enyart - You're saying, "We realize some people think it's a baby and other people think it's not and we'd like both sides to respect one another." Well, the same argument was made with blacks and slavery. And people said, "Look, if you don't like slavery, don't own one." And so the question is not, "Do we respect one another?" The question is, "Is a black man a person? Is the Jew a person? Is the baby in the womb a person?" That's the question. Would you agree it's not that we should respect one another, it is what is the truth, what is the truth in this matter. That's what we should determine?Ilana Goldman - No, I wouldn't agree. I don't think that's the right analogy. [2 minutes and 55 seconds later...]Bob - Earlier you said, "the truth really shouldn't prevail, it's our own opinion."Ilana - No, that's not what I said and I don't want to have my words distorted.Bob - Okay, we have it on tape. We could replay it. * Abortion for Incest: When Bob presented the following to Ilana, she dismissed it: Abortion for incest is cruel. The abortion clinic covers up the crime of incest, and typically sends the victim back home to her rapist. Even worse, they often send her home with her rapist, the criminal who brought her to the clinic. Abortion for incest emboldens a criminal to rape his young relative, helps him escape being caught, tempts him to repeat his crime, and is not compassionate because it kills a baby and increases the woman's suffering. Personhood for the unborn helps people understand there are no hard cases when deciding to protect a baby. You don't kill a baby because her father is a criminal. Also, abortion clinics statewide refuse to comply with mandatory reporting laws for suspected child rape. The pro-life community brought audio taped evidence of that failure to Colorado's attorney general's office, and Republican John Suthers chooses to look the other way. Personhood will reduce crimes against women and children. Perhaps Ilana can post the above paragraph on her blog and respond. Post-show Note: Bob Enyart is coming to Indiana, Goshen in the evening of Jan. 29th and Indianapolis on Saturday January 31st, to present a brand new BEL Seminar titled Hermeneutics: Tools for Studying the Bible. Learn how to use sixteen different tools of interpretation as you study the Bible. And as importantly, Bob will discuss the principles involved for prioritizing these hermeneutics. Varying interpretations may result depending upon which tools a student employs to understand a passage, such as the First Mention Principle, Typological Analysis, or the Historical/Grammatical Method. Believers should become experts in right and wrong, and being proficient at reading God's Word is an invaluable advantage. The seminar attendees will learn about the different hermeneutics and how to decide which tool to use in which instance. You'll love it! To register and for more information, please call 1-800-8Enyart! Today's Resource: When you get Michael and Debi Pearl's best-selling short book, To Train Up a Child, for many years now, whenever anyone orders this book from BEL, we send with it an audio-taped message from Bob Enyart titled Tyrant Dad!
“Our primary focus as Christians should be striving, under the power under and influence of the Holy Spirit toward a life of holiness and faith. And when we see those two characteristics increasing in our lives, we find the power to overcome sinful actions and sinful desires.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston Hello Kitchen Table Theology Family! In this episode, Pastor Jeff and Jen Denton are completing their series on Angelology. So far we've tackled the topics: What Are Angels? Angelic Purpose Within God's Purpose, How We Relate to Angels, Where Did Demons Come From? & the Activities of Satan and His Demons. Today we tackle Demonic Activity and the Life of a Believer[00:01] Is All Sin and Evil Directly from Satan and His Demons?Because of Jesus, what power do we have as Christians have over demons?All sin can be directly and indirectly attributed to SatanThe emphasis in the New Testament is telling us to live lives of righteousness [03:42] What Is Our Primary Focus As Christians? Dissension within the Church (1 Cor) Our focus must be striving, through the Holy Spirit, toward a life of holiness and faith [06:08] Understanding Demonic ActivityWhere is demonic activity spoken about in the New Testament? (1 Tim 4, 2 Tim)Anything that opposes the work of God today is likely demonic activityCan a Christian be demon-possessed? If by demon possession, we mean that a person's will is completely dominated by demons with no power to choose or not choose God, the answer is No (Rom 6:14)Christians can be swayed or influenced by demonic activity, which is not the same as demon possession [15:27] What authority do we have as Believers?Jesus specifically gave authority over the power of the enemy to His disciples (Acts) Recognize the work of Jesus on the cross won the complete and total victory over the enemyThe firm spiritual position from which we engage in spiritual warfare comes from our membership in God's family What we can do if we are facing a situation of demonic activityPastor Jeff teaches how we can prepare our hearts and pray[26:13] Final Thoughts Final words - Stay tuned to our next series Connect with us! Key Quotes “The emphasis in the New Testament is not on telling us not to sin, but rather to live lives of righteousness.” - Pastor Jeff Cranston “Don't look at the power that Satan holds. Look at the holiness and righteousness of Christ.” - Jen Denton Join the ConversationWe love your feedback! If you enjoyed this episode, leave us a review. If you have any questions or comments on today's episode, email me at firstname.lastname@example.orgVisit my website https://www.jeffcranston.com and subscribe to my newsletter. Join me on Sunday mornings at LowCountry Community Church. Check-in with us on Facebook or Instagram @pastorjeffcranstonRemember, the real power of theology is not only knowing it but applying it. Thanks for listening!
No exorcisms for Covid-19, the Supreme Court does the right thing by doing nothing at all, Christian radio host imprisoned for Ponzi scheme, a Qanon influencer, Indigenous lawyer fights to keep U.S. missionaries out of Amazon, a report on religious affiliation in Canada, and a chat about whether or not Christian conservatives seem happy to us.
We live in a world that seems to be on the verge of coming apart. Shootings. Killer viruses. The threat of nuclear war. All of it is just too real. Why does the apocalypse craze in movies and video games appeal to so many people so strongly? One answer is it shows us the primal foundations of our existence. In the same way, what’s happening in our world today is moving Christians to return to the foundations of our spiritual existence. Believers everywhere must get back to what matters most. We must always remember that our battle, at its most basic level, is spiritual. So, what are the spiritual tools—the essentials—that Scripture tells us we must remember and use as the end draws near? When life is whittled down to its essence, the real issue is our spiritual condition before God. Discover how you can protect yourself and your family spiritually in these dark days.
Every week Davi goes hunting for a*holes. They're everywhere, but only one can be named A*Hole of the Week.Up today: Davi's calling out TWO a*holes this week! Up first are the QAnon believers who visited Dallas to see the return of a dead President. And then there's the dad who encouraged his daughter to steal Halloween candy. Here's Davi's A*Holes of the Week. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information. Become a member at https://plus.acast.com/s/the-bert-show.