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Calvary Church Main Campus
Being a Blessing in Sodom

Calvary Church Main Campus

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2023 40:10


In Genesis 18, we see that God promised to bless Abraham and Sarah, but that Sarah had not yet accepted God's blessing. Meanwhile, Abraham was at a place where he had accepted God's blessing and was therefore in a place to bless others through his hospitality. Through this message we are encouraged to identify with one of these characters and move ourselves closer to God's purpose in being a blessing.

Calvary Undenominational Church
Being a Blessing in Sodom

Calvary Undenominational Church

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2023 40:10


In Genesis 18, we see that God promised to bless Abraham and Sarah, but that Sarah had not yet accepted God's blessing. Meanwhile, Abraham was at a place where he had accepted God's blessing and was therefore in a place to bless others through his hospitality. Through this message we are encouraged to identify with one of these characters and move ourselves closer to God's purpose in being a blessing.

Mission Sermon Podcasts
Genesis 29:1-30 – Jacob in the Mirror

Mission Sermon Podcasts

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 5, 2023


In Genesis 29 – Jacob in the Mirror, we learn that without Godly character we turn God’s blessings into a mess! Jacob, the son of Isaac, falls in love with Rachel and in spite of his seven years of labor is swindled in the final moment of betrothal. Jacob, the deceiver, comes face to face […] The post Genesis 29:1-30 – Jacob in the Mirror appeared first on The Mission Church.

Catholic Answers Live
#11009 Weird Questions - Jimmy Akin

Catholic Answers Live

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 3, 2023


Questions Covered: 02:30 – In Genesis, the Lord told the serpent he would have to crawl on his belly and eat dirt. Did the serpent die, or is it still around? Did its descendants have to eat dust too? Are they still around?  06:48 – How would a Catholic time lord know when to go to mass to fulfill the Sunday obligation? Are all the incarnations of the Doctor married to River Song, or just the eleventh doctor? Given that they both time traveled separately and could conceivably encounter each other at any point in time and space, at what point would he be considered a widower?  12:59 – Jimmy Akin, how do you store information in your brain? Do you have a photographic memory? Have you been partially assimilated or turned into a cyber man, allowing you to call to mind detailed information at will? How exactly do you store the plethora of the facts and data that you keep in your head?  28:43 – A news story described a couple that discovered they were not legally married because—after the service was performed—the marriage license was not sent to the proper civil department, so they needed to have a new civil wedding. Question 1 If this happens with a Catholic Wedding would anything need to be done when fixing the civil side? Question 2 What if there is clerical error with a Catholic Wedding and the need notation is NOT made in the church (baptism) records how would it be fixed?  33:08 – If Jesus died once and for all and rose from the dead, if there are other planets that support life created in His image and likeness, how did we get so lucky that it all happened on our planet? Or do we need to spread the good news to all the ends of the universe too?  35:10 – What would have happened if just Eve had eaten the apple and not Adam or vice versa?  38:54 – A woman gets married then transported back in time 400-ish years. Thinking she’ll never make it back to her own time, and because she needs to be married for protection, she gets married, despite the fact she was married in her original time. Is the new marriage valid?  44:58 – Deja Vu. What is it? Why does it happen?  …

The Crossing Church
Hope For All People - Vision

The Crossing Church

Play Episode Listen Later Feb 2, 2023 40:20


In Genesis 6 the dove with the olive leaf in its beak was enough to fill Noah with hope. He's looking out over a God-judged earth, but in his hand he is holding on to hope. Because life is starting to bloom again. He was still on the ark. He could still only see the waters of judgment, but the dove had brought him a small piece of a different world. The dove brought him a small piece of the future. The dove brought him the sign that the age of sin and death is fading away and the age that is to come is just around the corner. The sun was beginning to rise on a new age. The dove brought Noah a small taste of the age that is to come, and I believe that Noah was filled with confidence and faith and I believe that he was FILLED WITH HOPE. Hope that his was not all there is. Hope that there is life coming. Hope that there is a future. Hope that although God had judged the world, he was making ALL THINGS NEW.

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast
Q&A: The Age of the Earth, Jesus' Torment on the Cross, and the Sons of God

The Best of the Bible Answer Man Broadcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2023 28:01


On today's Bible Answer Man broadcast (01/30/23), Hank answers the following questions:In comparing William Dembski's view on the age of the earth to the progressive creationist Hugh Ross, what is your view?How could the Devil tempt Jesus?Can you clarify your statement that on the cross, Jesus suffered more than the cumulative sufferings of all humanity?What is your opinion of the Watchers in the movie Noah? I don't see them mentioned in the Bible.In Genesis chapter 6, are the sons of God angels who procreated with women?How do you relate the name Elohim and Psalm 82:6, with the sons of God in Genesis chapter 6?

Harmony Christian Church
Week 4 – Nic @ Night – Pt 2 (SECTION 24)

Harmony Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 24, 2023 47:52


What do Snakes, Adam & Eve, and a guy named Nicodemus all have to do with each other? Tune in to learn! Jump in with us in Sections 24 of the Gospel Harmonies @ https://www.harmonychurch.cc/tracking-jesus-timeline/. IT'S EASY TO GIVE at Harmony, text any amount to (859) 459-0316 to get started (or give online @ my.harmonychurch.cc/give ). OPENING ILLUSTRATION: Time for me to expose a secret about my wife… She LOVES the tv show survivor, I mean like crazy loves it. If I try to make fun of it, I'm sleeping on the couch loves it… Ha. One of the staples of the show survivor is Jeff Probst comes on at the beginning of the episode and says, “previously on survivor!” and then they recap what's happened up until that point. Today, we are going to look at one of the most well-known passages of scripture in the bible. b But before we do, I've got to recap a few stories for you so we can see something you may have never seen before. Is everyone ok with that? So, “Previously in the bible!” Two stories: Story One: Adam & Eve First, Adam & Eve, my guess is most of you are at least familiar with this story, right - you may not believe it's actually true, but you're familiar with it. Even if you don't believe it actually happened, which I do, you have to at the least admit it is the story of humanity in a nutshell… Adam & Eve are the first created humans in all of history. They are formed from the dust of the ground, God breathes life into them. They live in union with God until one day the serpent comes to them and tempts them to eat from the one tree in the Garden that God had told them not to eat from… Does this sound familiar? You know the story right? In Genesis 3, they eat, realize they are naked, and sew fig leaves to cover themselves. Then God comes walking into the Garden and they hide from Him. God asks them why they are hiding and Adam lies, he says, “Because we were naked”, but they weren't naked anymore They are hiding because they can't bear to be exposed… either physically or spiritually… Ok, Keep story one in your back pocket Story Two: Snake Bites In Numbers 21 there is a story about the Israelites after they have left Egypt, this is Moses leading them out into the desert, this is 1,600ish years before Jesus. A long time ago…. The people are wandering around in the desert, they had followed Moses out of Egypt thinking they were getting freedom, which they did, but it wasn't what they thought. They were thirsty and hungry and had enemies on all sides and they had to trust God. They are in the middle of the desert, and they get mad at God, they get mad at Moses and they start to complain and grumble. This kind of cracks me up, God sends poisonous snakes among these people… I know it's serious, but I know this is how people are. God is taking care of them, He's providing food and water, He's freed them from slavery and given Himself to them and it's not enough. So, He lets snakes start to come after them…. The people come to Moses and confess that they sinned and they ask him to pray that God will take away the snakes. Moses prays. God tells him to make a serpent out of bronze and put it on a pole so that anytime anyone looks at the bronze serpent after being bit, they will be healed. So, now we've got story one and story two, but what do they have to do with Today? “Kent, have you gone off your rocker?” Let me tie these together in Section 24 of the Harmony of the Gospels Last week we talked about Nic coming to Jesus at night, Jesus told him to be born again he had to be born of water and the Spirit. We are picking up at the end of that discussion, check it out… John 3:9-21 9 “How can this be?” Nicodemus asked. 10 “You are Israel's teacher,” said Jesus, “and do you not understand these things? ILLUSTRATION: Have you ever tried to explain something to a teenager that they think they already know everything about? I was the most arrogant teen in the world and thought I knew everything - if I already knew it, you weren't going to teach me anything… It's hard to see things you aren't looking for… b Nic can't see it and doesn't understand it because it doesn't fit in the way he understands God. I think, can't prove it, but I think this is why Jesus started with fisherman instead of scholars - because Nicodemus already has a way of thinking about God and he can't see any other way… Jesus is about to blow Nic up! Check this out… 11 Very truly I tell you, we speak of what we know, and we testify to what we have seen, but still you people do not accept our testimony. 12 I have spoken to you of earthly things and you do not believe; how then will you believe if I speak of heavenly things? 13 No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven—the Son of Man.[a] ILLUSTRATION: When I was in High school I had a nickname, queso - yup, I went by “cheese” - someday I'll tell you that story. But, there are certain people in my life who will still call me queso - they know what it means and there are others that when they hear that name, know exactly who is being talked about. I'm not going into it today - but when Jesus calls Himself “The Son of Man” He is specifically using a title in Daniel 7 that refers to one who would come in the clouds.. You need to know that Nicodemus would have understood Jesus to be referring to Himself as the Messiah in Daniel 7 - The Son of Man. Man, this is so chocked full - this passage, but we need to get to the meat of it… Jesus continues… 14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up,[b] 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”[c] Did you hear it? Story Two - Jesus is saying He will be lifted up and everyone who believes in Him will have eternal life. B Jesus is unabashedly dividing all of humanity into those who believe and those who don't. Those who have eternal life and those who don't… b Just as the serpent on the pole healed the Israelites of the snake bite in the desert, Jesus heals us of the snake bite given in the Garden of Eden - the sin we all live in. And then He says this - you need to know, some bibles don't put quotes around this, but I think it's Jesus' words… Listen this is the passage you've heard your whole life… Out of the motif of the snake bite - Jesus says this 16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God's one and only Son. Jesus DID come to separate - but He's not the one doing the separating, we decide for ourselves if we will stand condemned or not. So, what about Story One Kent? Listen to how Jesus ends this whole thing… 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God. CLOSING ILLUSTRATION: One of the things I've learned about myself is that I hate more than anything being exposed. I used to not think this was true about me. I actually held a value that as long as I told you the truth about myself that I could do anything I wanted. But that wasn't quite the truth. I was willing to own up to the terrible things I did, but couldn't face the consequences of them… I have a feeling we are all like this, it's a born trait. It's why we all understand Adam and Eve and their hiding from God in the Garden. Because we know what it's like to be exposed and to want to hide. Jesus says it is this trait inside of us all, this desire to hide from the light that keeps us in the dark. What is it that is keeping you in the dark? What are you afraid of exposing? God already knows it, guess what, it is already going to be exposed, the question is whether you will come to the one who can heal you of it and free you from it. He is the serpent on the pole. He was lifted up on the cross to free you from the poison of sin in your life. You hiding from being exposed doesn't help anything. ILLUSTRATION: I tell my kids when I ask them a question that I already know the answer so be honest - which is true, I wouldn't know to ask the question if I didn't know the answer. God already knows, the question is whether you are going to be honest enough with yourself to admit just how bad the consequences of your life are and your need for a savior. He's waiting for you to come to Him for freedom and life!

iWork4Him PowerThought
iWork4Him PowerThought 01-23-23

iWork4Him PowerThought

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2023 1:01


When God created Adam, he didn't place him in the Garden of Eden for an extended vacation – No! God created A JOB for him. In Genesis 2 it says, “The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to WORK it and TAKE CARE of it… and the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them...” Of course, God could've easily named the animals He created, but instead He CHOSE to invite Adam into the work He was doing. In the same way, God has created a job for you, and has invited you to work TOGETHER with Him in it! Because when we work in partnership with God, our jobs become more than just hustle… they become holy. How can you invite God into your work today?

Redeemer Christian Church in Amarillo
The Sacredness of Human Life

Redeemer Christian Church in Amarillo

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 22, 2023


Genesis 9:5-6 // The doctrine of the sacredness of human life doesn't only have implications for society at large. It has deeply personal implications that reach down into the very motivations of our hearts. Murder is the fundamental denial and discretion of the image of God. It is why it is forbidden even in the Ten Commandments of Moses. But Jesus drills down deeper. He shows us that murder is rooted in hatred within our hearts. When we are wounded and wronged, we are tempted to respond by wounding and wronging. We are tempted to hate. We are tempted to view our enemies as less than human. In Genesis 9, God fiercely threatens a reckoning for bloodshed. But the gospel announces that Jesus's blood was shed so that whoever trusts in him will be reckoned as righteous. Genesis 9 shows us that murder is an abomination against God, but the Gospel reveals that the murder of God's Son on the cross has become the very symbol of God's glory and the means of our redemption. When we honor the sacredness of human life in one another and in those whom we would consider our enemies, we honor our Redeemer, who united himself with humanity so that humanity might be united with God. We honor the one who loved us and died for us while we were still his enemies! Our mission is to declare the gospel with our words and display the gospel with our lives to our neighbors and to the nations. Visit redeemerchristianchurch.com/give and join in our mission through your generous financial assistance - every gift and donation we receive goes to this goal!

Passage, Paragraph, and Prayer
The River of Eden (Genesis 2:10)

Passage, Paragraph, and Prayer

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 21, 2023 3:38


In Genesis 2:20, Moses switches from talking in a narrative past tense to talking as if he were observing something breathtaking in the present. It's the first time, but not the last, that the Scriptures describe a river of paradise.Music Credit: J. S. Bach, “Wir eilen mit schwachen, doch emsigen Schritten,” aria from “Jesu, der du meine Seele,” BWV 78 (Leipzig, 1724). 

Bible 805
# 139 Abraham, Hero of the Faith, How God chooses and crafts his people

Bible 805

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 36:25


In Genesis, with the life of Abraham, we have a big shift, where God moves from working with all of humanity to a focus on ONE man, who will become the founder of the Jewish nation. Ultimately three major religions in our world today claim him as their founder: the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions. As such, he is held in great veneration by all and in Christianity referred to as one of the first “heroes of the faith.” And though we do want to honor him, we also need to clarify that description of him and here is why—In reality, there is only ONE true hero of the faith throughout the Bible And it isn't any human. The only true hero of the faith in the Bible is our Triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is so important that we understand this so that our admiration and praise is in the right place—directed to our God and not inappropriately to any human. How this worked out in Abraham's life and its application to us is what our lesson today is about. Below is a copy of the notes, questions, and a map of the key locations in Abraham's life plus links to the podcast and video: Link to the blog, video, and notes: https://wp.me/pazrJD-ES --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/yvon-prehn8/support

Backwoods Theology

What does subdue mean? In Genesis 1 the Lord tells Adam to subdue the earth. Join us as we discuss this important truth!

Calvary Hills Baptist Church
Genesis: Foundations of Faith (Genesis 1.1-2.3)

Calvary Hills Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 37:46


In Genesis 1:1-2:3 we see that there is one true living God who is at work in and through His creation and created everything according to His perfect wisdom and power. Consider with us how this impacts the way we study the Bible, walk through seasons of sorrow, and live lives of worship and obedience.

The Problem With Perfect
How To Improve Relationships and Increase Your Joy

The Problem With Perfect

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 56:38


In Genesis 2 God said it is not good for man to be alone, but let's face it; relationships are hard. They require constant nurturing and consistent effort. But how do we nurture them? And how do we begin to right our wrongs and begin again with a clean slate?In this episode, Dr. Denise Bickel is back as Robin's guest co-host and they discuss this and much more. Whether we want to strengthen our relationship with our spouse or improve one with a child, parent, sibling, co-worker, or friend, this episode has information that can benefit us all and help us find the joy in relationships that God intends.Guest Co-Host: Dr. Denise Bickel, Ph.D., MSW, LCSWWith over 20 years of counseling experience, Denise's areas of expertise include oncology, end-of-life care, and grief work. She has also been an adjunct professor at the University of Denver and a facilitator of guided meditation walks at the Denver Botanic Gardens. She's also Robin's mentor and a returning guest on the podcast.For more thoughts from Denise, check out her blog, Words To Live By, at www.DeniseBickel.com.Show NotesResources:Aspiremag.net - "Create Space to be Vulnerable in Your Relationships"Gottman Institute - The Four Horsemen: Criticism, Contempt, Defensiveness, StonewallingPsychcentral.com -Four stages of Manipulation: Flattery, Isolation, Devaluing and Gaslighting, Fear of ViolenceDivorcestatistics.comLove and Respect by Emerson Eggerichsurmc.rochester.edu: The Keys to a Successful Marriage

Key Chapters in the Bible
1/17 Genesis 28 - The Birthright that Matters

Key Chapters in the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 16:30


The story of Jacob is well-known to students of the Bible. What may not be as well known is why God would bless a man whose character, at first, was so clearly out of sorts with godliness. Today we'll learn about the path the Lord used to bring Jacob to a place of faith, trust and obedience. Join us in this face-paced look at Genesis 28, which also will skim Genesis 25, 26, & 27! DISCUSSION AND STUDY QUESTIONS: When was there a time in your life where you consciously made a life decision in light of your standing as a member of God's people? What was the outcome of that decision? Take a moment to evaluate your personal commitment to the kingdom of God. On a scale of 1 to 10, how committed are you to reflecting God's kingdom now and investing in God's kingdom to come? Why did you choose that number? Why do you think that the Lord allowed Isaac and Rebekah to not be able to have children until later in life? What impact would this (or should this) have on the spiritual lessons they would teach their children? Did it? How would you describe the family dynamics in Isaac's household? What kind of problems did their favoritism create? Who was responsible to rectify these problems? What are some possible reasons for why these problems weren't properly addressed? In Genesis 25:23, what was the Lord's promise to Rebekah about the twins she was bearing? How is this promise important as the story of Jacob's life unfolds? What were God's promises to Isaac in Genesis 26:3 and 4? How was this similar to the Lord's promises to Abraham? What would these promises also indicate about Isaac's role as the patriarch of his family? What would these promises mean for the role one of his sons would have over these future descendants? In Genesis 25:27-34, why do you think Esau sold his birthright to Jacob? Was this a true “sale”? Was the birthright his to “sell” anyway? How does this set the tone for the unraveling of Esau's role as firstborn? In Genesis 26:34-45, Esau marries two Hittite women. What significance might his marriage have on the direction of his leadership over the descendants of Abraham? Esau didn't cherish his birthright because he didn't cherish God's promises. If he did, what would that have looked like in his life? What does it look like, in our world today, to cherish God's promises and live in light of them? Why is this sometimes difficult to do? Although the study didn't address very much from Genesis 26, you have probably read it by now. As you reflect upon the events of Genesis 26, what do they show you about the quality of Isaac's faith? Why do you think his faith was like this? The Bible often reminds us that although we are to walk in God's ways, it's not to curry His favor, but rather to glorify Him. Both Abraham and Isaac show us that God uses imperfect people. Why do you think that is? What encouragement does this give you if and when you struggle in your walk? Check out our brand-new Bible Study Guide on the Key Chapters of Genesis! Available on Amazon just in time for the Genesis relaunch in January! To see our dedicated podcast website with access to all our episodes and other resources, visit us at: www.keychapters.org. Find us on all major platforms, or use these direct links: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6OqbnDRrfuyHRmkpUSyoHv Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/366-key-chapters-in-the-bible/id1493571819 YouTube: Key Chapters of the Bible on YouTube. As always, we are grateful to be included in the "Top 100 Bible Podcasts to Follow" from Feedspot.com. Also for regularly being awarded "Podcast of the Day" from PlayerFM. Special thanks to Joseph McDade for providing our theme music.   

Wingman Nation Men's Moment
Wingman Men's Moment - Episode 115: The Dad Blessing - "The Blessing of God To His People"

Wingman Nation Men's Moment

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 16:52


In Genesis 12:2 (NIV) God says: "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing." Genesis 12 contains one of the key moments in the history of the world. God chooses Abram as the first step in building His people Israel and blesses Abram, who then obeys God's call.Join Wingman Director of Operations, John Delaney, along with Wingman Nation co-founders, Pastor Jay Dennis and Randy Ferreira as they dig into Genesis 12:2 and the power of God's blessing.If you're in need of resources for your men's group or for a small group study, please visit us at WingmanNation.com.

How to Study the Bible
How to Fight Fear: The Third Secret of the Good Life

How to Study the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2023 22:50


Have you ever wondered how your fear overlaps with other people's fears? I think we'd find we are far more fearful that we realize. There is healthy fear, and unhealthy fear. One of the roles of Christianity is a new way to understand what fear is and how God helps us be confident even in the most trying circumstances. Today, we're going to look at what God has given us to fight the fear in our lives. In a 2022 survey of Americans, almost 9 out of 10 reported daily anxiety about inflation, with over 60% reporting daily anxiety over everything from health to relationships to global events.  Our recent history as a culture is full of trials that tempt us toward fear, whether it presents itself as a low rumble of worry always operating in the background of our mind, or a crippling anxiety that controls our every decision. When it comes to fear, the Bible has good news and bad news for us. First, the bad news: fear is as present a reality today as it was when the Bible was written, and there is no promise that circumstances will improve in a way that would give us reason not to fear. But the good news? What God promises us is not deliverance from fearful circumstances, but deliverance from a fearful heart. In Genesis 50, Joseph's first words for his brothers were “do not be afraid.” The good news Joseph gave to his brothers pales in comparison to the good news we find in Jesus, who repeatedly affirms that we do not need to be afraid. In Christ, we can live in uncertainty and still have peace. (For the 19-30% of Americans with an anxiety disorder, simply “trusting God” is not the answer to a complicated illness. If your anxiety interferes with your ability to lead a normal life, there are treatments that can help alongside of your spiritual practices). The secret of the good life is NOT that suffering won't happen, but that we can be different people, people without fear, because of Christ. Verses This Week: John 14: 26-27:  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. Deuteronomy 31:6-8: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Hebrews 13:5-7: Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Practical Steps to Fight Fear: Watch out for what clutters your life. What we fear is often what we think we need to live in peace. Good things become ultimate things, Tim Keller says. When these good things become idols, we fear losing them so much we create anxiety around them. Practice contentment. This is like changing the channel in your brain and choosing to focus on what God has given you and his promises to you. Look for role models. Being in local community is so important for this reason. You need real, in the flesh human beings, who are role models for what it looks like to live out the Christian life.Remember: healthy fear is an instructor; unhealthy fear is a taskmaster. RESOURCES: Nicole's Book: Help My Bible Is Alive! Ask Nicole a Bible study question: nicole@nicoleunice.com FOLLOW NICOLE:Website: https://nicoleunice.com/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/nicoleuniceInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/nicoleunice/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nicole.unice/See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Collective Church Podcast
Sabbath - Stop

Collective Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2023 46:23


From the series "The Sabbath". Matthew 11:28-30, Genesis 2:1-3, Exodus 20:8-11 The word “sabbath” means “to stop.” In Genesis, God worked for six days but then he rested on the seventh. In doing so, he built a rhythm into the fabric of creation. When we live in alignment with this ancient rhythm, we find peace and joy, but when we fight it, we fracture our souls. Sermon Notes Here

Elevation Point Church
Reset - Week 3

Elevation Point Church

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 15, 2023 38:13


Have you ever made a decision that didn't quite pan out the way you expected based on how it looked? In Genesis 13, Lot chose to go to the land that he thought looked the best in the moment. It was well watered, it was beautiful, it was most desirable. However, it turned out that it wasn't what it looked like. And the land he chose, that he was so excited about — was later destroyed. That's kind of how life goes sometimes: You see an opportunity, you get excited about it; but then, it doesn't turn out how you expected. And our first instinct is often to blame God, or to feel like we're being punished. When in fact, we chose to settle.

Key Chapters in the Bible
1/14 Genesis 19 - God's Judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah

Key Chapters in the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 14, 2023 15:33


Genesis 19 is one of the most well-known and most unsettling passages in the entire Bible. Yet this is a key chapter with a key message that we need to understand. So, today in our study of God's Word, we'll look at God's judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah and how it is a message of warning for judgment on sin, but also a message of hope and salvation. Please join us as we continue our journey together through God's Word.  DISCUSSION AND STUDY QUESTIONS: Genesis 19 records God's judgment on Sodom and Gomorrah. In Genesis 18:20, how does the Lord describe the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah and His judgment upon them? What was Abraham's bargain with God to not destroy these cities? Did the Lord find that many righteous people? What was Lot's reaction to the visit from the angels in verse 1? In verse 3, why do you think Lot was so insistent these foreigners stay with him? Do you think Lot knew they were angels? How did the people of the town respond to the angels who were staying with Lot? What does the fact that this crowd was comprised of both “young and old” show us about why such a thorough, annihilating judgment was necessary? What do we make of Lot's offer of his daughters to the crowd? How is this an example of the city's influence on Lot's moral compass? What warning does this give to us about being overly influenced by our own society? What can we conclude from Genesis 19:11 when the angels struck the people with blindness, yet the people still tried to find the doorway? Is there any comparison to how people pursue sin today? What does the Lord's delay of judgment, where He waited for Lot and his family to first get to safety, demonstrate about His mercy and grace? Genesis 19 ends with a troubling account of Lot's daughters and Lot himself. How do people sometimes rationalize their sin? This is a key chapter because it shows us the kinds of sins that will not be among the kingdom people of God. Paul makes a similar point in 1st Corinthians 6:9-11. How does the revulsion we feel about the sins of the chapter show us how the Lord views anyone's sin? Why should these actions never be practiced by the people of God? This key chapter also shows us what God's judgment looks like. How would you describe it? What do you think God's ultimate judgment will look like? Check out our brand-new Bible Study Guide on the Key Chapters of Genesis! Available on Amazon just in time for the Genesis relaunch in January! To see our dedicated podcast website with access to all our episodes and other resources, visit us at: www.keychapters.org. Find us on all major platforms, or use these direct links: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6OqbnDRrfuyHRmkpUSyoHv Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/366-key-chapters-in-the-bible/id1493571819 YouTube: Key Chapters of the Bible on YouTube. As always, we are grateful to be included in the "Top 100 Bible Podcasts to Follow" from Feedspot.com. Also for regularly being awarded "Podcast of the Day" from PlayerFM. Special thanks to Joseph McDade for providing our theme music.   

BIBLE IN TEN
Acts 13:30

BIBLE IN TEN

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 11:48


Tuesday, 10 January 2023   But God raised Him from the dead. Acts 13:30   Paul has been speaking on the Sabbath to the Jews in the synagogue of Antioch of Pisidia. He just spoke of the fulfillment of all that was written concerning Jesus, at which time they “took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb.” But that is not the end of Paul's speech. Rather, those words lead to his next thought, the greatest words ever spoken, saying, “But God raised Him from the dead.”   Paul first and foremost proclaims this because of what it signifies about Jesus Christ. The wages of sin is death. Though this is stated by Paul in Romans, it is not something foreign to the Hebrew scriptures. It is implied in the Lord's words to Adam at the very beginning –   “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:16, 17   God could have just not put the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the garden. Or He could have allowed the man to eat of it. If there was something inherently wrong with the fruit of the tree that would negatively affect the man, He could have changed either the fruit or the man to make it acceptable to eat.   But these things were not the issue at all. The issue was obedience to the Lord's command. In other words, the issue was the giving of law. God gave Adam a command. In violating that command, death would result. If the law had not been given, nothing would have happened to the man. The same is true with any other tree. God could have made a list of the trees man could eat and which ones he could not eat.   Acceptable: Durian Pomegranate Apple Fig (but only June 6th through August 27th)   Unacceptable: Cherry Star Fruit Fig (from August 28th to June 5th) Jack Fruit   Violating the law, not the nature of the fruit itself, is what brings death. In eating the fruit, which is contrary to the law, the disobedient act calls for the set punishment to be rendered. Jesus was under the Law of Moses, the Lord's set standard for Israel. In that law, a provision is made for absolute obedience to bring life. That is found in Leviticus 18 –   “You shall therefore keep My statutes and My judgments, which if a man does, he shall live by them: I am the Lord.” Leviticus 18:5   It is said by various scholars that Leviticus 11:44 contains the central theme of the book of Leviticus, “...you shall be holy; for I am holy.” This is an acceptable postulation. With that in mind, Leviticus 18:5 certainly contains the main logical reason for it.   It is such an important verse, that it is what is revealed in the thought of Genesis 2 & 3, and it is substantially repeated several times in both the Old and New Testaments. In Genesis 2, as noted above, the Lord gave a command which promised death if disobeyed. The implication then is that life would result through obedience.   In Genesis 3, because of man's disobedience to the Lord's law, access to the tree of life, by which man could live forever, was denied. Death entered the world. In Leviticus 18:5, a promise is made that through obedience to the Law of Moses, the man shall live. Many pass this off as meaning “live happily,” have a “higher life,” possess “true life,” etc. This is not at all what is being relayed here. It is a promise that if a man keeps the requirements of the law, he will live and not die. On the flip side, if one does not keep the requirements of the law, he will die and not live.   The Lord dwelt among Israel. Access to Him was restricted because of the sin-nature of man, but also because of the law itself. However, in fulfillment of the law, access would naturally be granted once again. It could not be otherwise. The law is given to give life. If life is promised, then it must be granted.   If one doesn't die, then he continues to live. If he lives forever, then he has eternal life. This is the implication of the words, and it is solidified by the using of a definite article in front of the word “man.” The text actually doesn't say “if a man does.” It says, “if the man does.” This verse anticipates Christ. He is the Man who, in fact, did keep the ordinances and judgments of the Lord. Thus, God raised Him from the dead. He now possesses eternal life.   This is because in His fulfillment of the law, the law was made obsolete. It was annulled and set aside. As the law is done away with, there is nothing to ever bring about death again.   This is exactly explained in the book of Romans and elsewhere in the New Testament as well. Christ fulfilled the law, and thus the law is fulfilled. In Him, life is granted. If you are looking for access to restored paradise, and to the Tree of Life, you need to look no further than Jesus Christ. He is “The Man who did.”   Nehemiah 9:29 refers to Leviticus 18:5 after the people's return from the punishment of exile. Ezekiel 20 repeats it three times showing that failure to keep the Lord's law is what resulted in that punishment. Paul then cites the same verse twice, in Romans 10:5, and in Galatians 3:12 to show that Christ, who fulfilled the Law of Moses, is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes in Him. It is faith in His completion of this law that grants eternal life. He did the work; we must do the believing.   The second point that Paul is making in his words to the synagogue is the contrast between Israel's rulers and God. Paul just said in verse 13:27 that “those who dwell in Jerusalem, and their rulers, ... did not know Him, nor even the voices of the Prophets.” Now, in verse 13:30, Paul says that “God raised Him from the dead.”   The contrast is clear. The stewards of the law did not know their Messiah, but God knew Him. And more, those stewards of the law obviously did not know the law, but Jesus did. And, in turn, they then did not know the Giver of that law, but Jesus did. This is all to be understood from Paul's words to those at the synagogue, and thus to us who are reading the recorded words.   Life application: It is violating God's law that brings about death. And the more law that is given, the more burdensome the weight is. Take the example above concerning the fruit. That is but a few of the fruits in the world. Suppose the list included every fruit on the planet and it was equally long in what was acceptable and what was unacceptable. Any slip-up would be a violation of the law.   Now suppose that the restrictions for the fig about certain times of the year making the fruit acceptable or unacceptable applied to every fruit. And more, each fruit had a different set of days that were ok or that were forbidden. Imagine the weight of the law! And now, let us add in a set time of the day when each fruit cannot be eaten. The burden increases with each law added. This is what Paul is telling the people in Galatians 3:19. The law “was added because of transgressions.” Later, he says that “the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ” (Galatians 3:24).   If all men fell in Adam because of one law, imagine the burden of meeting God's perfect standard! Now consider the magnitude of what the words “But God raised Him from the dead” mean! Jesus! God's grace is found in the giving of Jesus for our sins. He prevailed over the huge burden of the law. Why would any person on this planet want to go back under the Law of Moses where only death, condemnation, and eternal separation from God are found? Let us consider carefully where we will hang our hats. Let us come to God through Jesus Christ our Lord because God raised HIM from the dead!   Lord God, thank You for the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ! Hallelujah and Amen.  

BibleProject
Seizing vs. Receiving Power – Firstborn E2

BibleProject

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 67:42 Very Popular


It's not explicitly stated, but the theme of the firstborn first appears in the opening narratives of the Hebrew Bible. In Genesis 1 and 2, Yahweh elevates humans, the latecomers of creation, to rule the land. In Genesis 3, a snake, who is some kind of spiritual being, tricks the humans despite their authority as God's image bearers. This story is echoed in other accounts of sibling rivalry that continue throughout the Hebrew Bible. Join Tim and Jon as they discuss the land rulers and sky rulers and the theme of the firstborn in Genesis 1-3.View full show notes from this episode →Timestamps Part one (00:00-14:38)Part two (14:38-36:14)Part three (36:14-55:26)Part four (55:26-01:07:43)Referenced ResourcesTraditions of the Bible: A Guide to the Bible As It Was at the Start of the Common Era, James L. KugelInterested in more? Check out Tim's library here.You can experience the literary themes and movements we're tracing on the podcast in the BibleProject app, available for Android and iOS.Show Music “Defender (Instrumental)” by TENTS"Maple Leaves" by Stan Forebee & Inf"In Between" by Enluv & Molly McPhaulStem from a license-free music libraryShow produced by Cooper Peltz with Associate Producer Lindsey Ponder. Edited by Dan Gummel, Tyler Bailey, and Frank Garza. Podcast annotations for the BibleProject app by Hannah Woo.Powered and distributed by Simplecast.

The Village Church - Sermons
Light and Likeness

The Village Church - Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 Very Popular


In Genesis, God makes man in His own image and places a unique, spiritual mantle on all humans—regardless of status, ability, race, or gender. As we become the kinds of people God is making us into, we are to embrace our role as salt and light pushing back against the darkness and engaging the ho...

Vima Church Audio Podcast
Daily Reminders : Prayer and Fasting

Vima Church Audio Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 45:00


Hunger is a driving force, it compels us. In Genesis 24, we see where hunger trips up Esau into giving his birthright away for a bow of soup. There is a constant temptation to turn to the creation over the Creator when it comes to our satisfaction. But what if we starved our flesh and fed our spirit? What happens when we hunger for God more than our next meal? This is fasting. Fasting helps us know God better.Fasting drives out sin and helps us to overcome temptation. Fasting is pursuing a vertical solution to our horizontal problems.Fasting creates access for the supernatural power of God to work in our lives.

The Bible for the Ordinary Life
Genesis 18: I didn't laugh

The Bible for the Ordinary Life

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 8, 2023 16:58


Sarah has been depending on Abraham's encounters with God for the promise of her long desired son. In Genesis 18, Sarah finally hears it from the mouth of God herself. But she's way past childbirth so this promise seems impossible. In this episode we'll explore the themes of the promised seed, the character of God, and the tendencies of humans as we peel back the details on a Abraham and Sarah's encounter with three mysterious visitors.

Let’s Find Out Together
January 7, 2023 - What happens when we try to take matters into our own hands?

Let’s Find Out Together

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2023 21:53


In Genesis 16-19, we read how Abraham and Sara try to take matters into their own hands and how God is faithful to fulfilling his promises.

Today in the Word Devotional

You might think that doubt has no place in prayer. After all, doubt seems like the opposite of faith. Hebrews 11:6 warns that “without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” In Genesis 15, Abram’s response to God’s promise to be his “shield” and his “very great reward” seems to be grounded in doubt. Abram’s answer is essentially a complaint: “You have given me no children” (v. 3). Abram was 75 years old, and his wife was 60 when God initially called him to leave his family and his native country and relocate “to the land I will show you” where the Lord promised to make him a “great nation” (Gen. 12:1–2). The only flaw in this plan was that Abram and Sarai had remained childless up to this point. By natural standards, Sarai was now past the years of childbearing, and Abram was “as good as dead” where children were concerned (Heb. 11:12). Instead of being angry with Abram for raising this objection, the Lord reaffirmed His promise. God’s word was enough. Abram believed God’s promise, and He “credited it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). The Lord also reiterated His promise to give Abram the land of Canaan as a possession. He sealed this promise with a solemn covenant ritual and a prediction that Abram’s descendants would be slaves “in a country not their own” but would eventually “come out with great possessions” (vv. 13–14). This covenant ceremony emphasized God’s role in bringing these promises to fulfillment. It is not a contract between two equal parties, but an unconditional covenant made and ratified by God (see also Gal. 3:17; Heb. 6:13–14). >> Do you struggle with doubt? It is okay to express those doubts to God in prayer. But the best remedy is to remind yourself of what God has already said and done. God’s Word is always true; He will never break His promises.

Today in the Word Devotional
Prayer in a Broken World

Today in the Word Devotional

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023


When my children were small, I was often amazed at their confidence in me. While they were sure I could fix any broken thing they put in my hands, I knew that I couldn’t. God is a different matter. If the world were not broken, we would not need to pray. Prayer is needed because we will always face circumstances that go beyond our ability. The good news is that, unlike a human parent, God has the power to fix it. The first explicit mention of prayer in the Bible does not come until sin had made its first serious inroads into human experience. In Genesis 4, we read that Cain murdered Abel and was sentenced to a life of restless wandering. Cain’s descendant Lamech became a polygamist (v. 19). Lamech’s boast in verse 23 suggests he had a violent nature. “Lamech’s short poem demonstrates the progress and magnification of sin among humans,” Old Testament commentator Andrew Steinmann observes. Yet the news is not all bad. We see God’s common grace at work as Lamech’s son Jabal becomes the first to live in tents and raise livestock, and his brother Jubal is the first to play stringed instruments and pipes (vv. 20–21). Both were born of Lamech’s wife, Adah. Lamech’s other wife, Zillah, gave birth to Tubal-Cain, “who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron” (v. 22). However, the most important cultural development came after Eve gave birth to “another child in place of Abel, since Cain killed him” (v. 25). Seth became the father of Enosh, and “at that time people began to call on the name of the LORD” (v. 26). >> As sin and the damage resulting from it spread, we see people divide into two basic categories. One group did not know God. The other called upon God by name. If we divided up the world today, to which group would you belong?

Let’s Find Out Together
January 2, 2023 - Paradise, how things are supposed to be

Let’s Find Out Together

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2023 11:55


In Genesis, we read the poetic creation of the earth and the creation of man and woman. God tells man and woman to govern and rule over creation, to care for and protect it.

Key Chapters in the Bible
1/1 Genesis 1* - The Foundation of Everything!

Key Chapters in the Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 22:03


Welcome to the 2022 Key Chapters of the Bible Podcast! Starting today, we're back in Genesis 1 for another run through God's Word together! Genesis 1 is one of the most important passages in the entire Bible. Here, we learn about God, His work in creation, His design for us, and we'll begin to answer the questions of "Who am I?", "Why am I here?" and "What does God want me to do with my life?" The answers are powerful and life-changing. Join us! DISCUSSION AND STUDY QUESTIONS: Read through Genesis 1 and underline the verses that are particularly meaningful to you. Why did you underline them? Draw a circle around every occurrence of the word “said.” Who is speaking? What does this say about how creation came about? Is this truth a struggle for you to accept? Why or why not? Draw a box around every occurrence of the word “good.” What does this tell us about the condition of God's original design? Why is that important for us to know as we now live in a world that is not perfect? Genesis 1 describes trillions upon trillions of actions in simplified terminology that anyone can understand. What does this tell us about God's intent to clearly communicate His message to mankind? According to the study, who “made God”? In reading Genesis 1, what is God like? How is this similar or different from what people typically think about Him? Throughout this passage, God's creation takes place over 6 days. How should these days be understood? What impact does this have on your understanding of how the universe came into existence? When did you first realize God created the light before He created the Sun and Moon? Did that surprise you? Did it cause you to question God's Word? How does our understanding of God's glory relate to the order in which He created light? Revelation 22:5 tells us that the New Heaven and the New Earth will have no darkness. Why do you think God allowed darkness here? Why won't there be darkness in the New Heaven and New Earth? What are some possible reasons God refers to Himself in the plural in verse 26? How does John 1:1-3 fit in with Genesis 1? Likewise, how was Jesus involved in creation? What does Genesis 1:27 mean when it says mankind was created in God's image? What does this not mean? What kinds of conclusions should we not draw from this statement? In Genesis 1:28, the Lord commands mankind to “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.” What reasons are given in the study for mankind to “fill the earth”? How does this relate to verse 27? As you reflect upon the God who created you, what do you think are some reasons for why you are “here”? If a person is struggling to answer this question, what advice would you give them to help them find their purpose(s) in life? When you go throughout your day and look at the world God has created, what should your response be? How might this guide you to develop a habit of worship and praise to God throughout your day? According to Romans 1:20-23, how is this different from how people of the world typically respond to creation? The Key Chapters Bible Podcast is a daily, 15ish minute podcast that goes over the key chapters of the Bible, one per day, explaining how it fits into the overall message of God and how it relates to our lives now. Jump in today or start back in Genesis 1! To see our dedicated podcast website with access to all our episodes and other resources, visit us at: www.keychapters.org. Available on all major podcast platforms, and now on The YouVersion Bible App Find us on all major platforms, or use these direct links: Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/6OqbnDRrfuyHRmkpUSyoHv Itunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/366-key-chapters-in-the-bible/id1493571819 YouTube: Key Chapters of the Bible on YouTube. As always, we are grateful to be included in the "Top 100 Bible Podcasts to Follow" from Feedspot.com. Also for regularly being awarded "Podcast of the Day" from PlayerFM. Special thanks to Joseph McDade for providing our theme music.   

The Eden Podcast with Bruce C. E. Fleming
Joy Book. Part 1. Tru316.com

The Eden Podcast with Bruce C. E. Fleming

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2023 18:06


Here is Part 1 of our serialization of Dr. Joy Fleming's book Man and Woman in Biblical Unity, Theology from Genesis 2-3.The human race was and is God's delight. This early part of Genesis tells of two human beings, each specially "handmade" by God. It speaks of how they related to their Creator's care and command. Because two people were created, societal interplay is observed between them. And because they were responsible for their own actions, the Creator deals with each one individually.In Genesis we discover that both persons share equally inthe image of God (Gn. 1:26-27);the charge to be fruitful and multiply (Gn. 1:28);the mandate to rule over the world God created (Gn. 1:26-31);the enjoyment of God's gracious bounty in the Garden (Gn. 2);and even in the name "Adam" (Gn. 5:2).Neither person of either gender has greater intrinsic value than the other. They are partners in the grace of life. The text of Genesis 2 and 3 tells us of the Creator who graciously reaches out to the two sinners, and how the first couple experiences God's love as well as the consequence of sin.Go Deeper? You can get the full audio book as a free download from our website. Simply click on the top bar when you go to Tru316.com.

Rev. Michael Holmen's Sermons
221225 Sermon comparing John 1 with Genesis 1 (Christmas Day)

Rev. Michael Holmen's Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2022


 Audio recordingSermon manuscript:I'd like to show you some purposeful similarities between what John said in our Gospel reading and the beginning of Genesis. I'm going to be kind of flipping back and forth between the two. We can begin by how they share opening lines: “In the beginning…” John says in the beginning was the Word, the Logos, the second person of the Trinity. The Word was with God and the Word was God. Genesis says, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” John actually fills us in about that creating we hear about in Genesis. He says, “Through him, that is, through the Word, everything was made. Without the Word, not one thing was made, which was made.” Everything that is spoken about in Genesis chapter 1 comes about through the Son, the Word. And, in fact, this corresponds with how Moses describes God's creation. God speaks it into creation with words. It says in Genesis: God said, “Let there be light, and there was light…” “Let the earth produce plants—vegetation that bears seed, and tress that bear fruit with its seed in it” and so on. There is all manner of Words. God said, “Let there be,” and there was. So, as John says, all things were created through the Word and there wasn't anything created apart from the Word who became flesh, the one we know of as Jesus. There is a strong focus on the light in our reading from John. It says, “The light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it… The true light that shines on everyone was coming into the world.” This is not accidental. No listen to the words of Genesis 1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was undeveloped and empty. Darkness covered the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. God said, ‘Let there be light,' and there was light. God saw that the light was good. He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘day,' and the darkness he called ‘night.' There was evening and there was morning—the first day.” When God created the heavens and the earth it says that the earth was undeveloped and empty. Another way of saying this is that things were chaotic and disordered. And so in creation, God, through the Word, the Son, set about creating order as the Holy Spirit hovered over the surface of the waters. The first thing that God does to put the earth into order is to create light. Then he separated the light from the darkness, organizing things. He called the light day and the darkness he called night. And this was before he created the sun, moon, stars, and so on, which were not created until the fourth day. God separated and organized the light from the darkness without the aid of what we believe gives us our light, what we believe are the sources of light. Thus and so God organized in the beginning. Light came so that there was not just darkness, and God separated the light from the darkness, thereby bringing about order. Listen now to what John says: “In the Word was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light is shining in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. … The real light that shines on everyone was coming into the world. He, that is, Jesus, was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not recognize him. He came to what was his own, yet his own people did not accept him.” You can hear from what John was inspired to say the same kind of thing that was going on in Genesis, but on a different level. In Genesis we hear about created light and how God then puts things in order. In John we hear about the uncreated light, the true light, the life of mankind. Genesis has a kind of darkness. The darkness in John is the spiritual darkness of unbelief and alienation from the life of God. Jesus came as the light, to bring light, to put in order that which is disordered. This is precisely what we see Jesus doing in the Gospels. Jesus puts in order that which is disordered in the body so that the deaf hear, the blind see, the lame walk, and so on. More deeply and fundamentally Jesus heals that which is disordered in the soul. He casts out demons. He binds up the devil and plunders him of his spoil. He redeems sinners from the devil, purchasing us from the devil with his death. When John speaks of the Son of God being the true light who shines on everyone, this is what he is talking about. The darkness is not just physical darkness. This darkness is much more sinister. It is the darkness that brought about the death of Christ. God sent his Son to rescue us from the darkness by plunging him into darkness. This separates us from the darkness, putting in order that which is disordered. The way that God does this recreating, ordering, life-giving work in Christ is unusual. That is to say, it was not by normal means. The normal way for disorders to be healed is to study the laws and principles involved for how things are supposed to work. Through normal, natural means doctors, for example, have come a long way in helping the deaf hear, the blind see, and so on. They've figured out how these things work and acted accordingly. The normal means for making someone better morally is by laws and principles too. Teach them so that they learn what is good and bad, right and wrong, and then get busy implementing those things. There is a lot of power in the use of these normal means for setting things right. Doctors help a lot of people with the problems they have with their bodies. Psychologists help a lot of people with problems they are experiencing. We always have to manage our expectations with these normal means. Doctors can only do so much. There comes a point in time when they can't prevent a person from dying. Psychologists and psychiatrists have their limits too. In a way, even the very best and most advanced healthcare is only something of a band-aid. The recreating, ordering, life-giving work of Jesus is different.  Listen to how John describes it: “He came to his own, yet his own people did not accept him. But to all who did receive him, to those who believe in his Name, he gave the authority to become children of God. They were born, not of blood, or of the desire of the flesh, or of a husband's will, but born of God.” The highpoint of what is said here is that we may become children of God. We've maybe heard this often enough so that it doesn't sound too strange to us, but it is strange. How can anybody be God's child? How can anybody be born as a child of God? We can't even become a different person. Even if we were to enter our mother's womb a second time to be born, that still wouldn't make us a different person. That which is born of flesh is flesh, that which is born of the Spirit is Spirit. As Jesus says in John chapter 3, in order for anyone to see the kingdom of God we need to be born again by the water and the Spirit. That means that children of God are born through baptism which is then held to by faith. Christ our Lord says in the last chapter of Mark: “Whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” Paul in Titus chapter 3 calls baptism the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This is very deliberate “birth” language that corresponds to what we heard from John. Those who receive Jesus, who believe in his Name, have the authority to become children of God. Such children of God are born not by natural human seed, nor by any human striving, nor by any father's determination to create a child. We are born of God by baptism and faith, which he must do and create. Such siring and birthing may sound strange, and, frankly, it better sound strange otherwise you are not paying attention. Literal children of God are born through baptism? Entering into our mother's womb a second time is at least something we can somewhat visualize even if it is ridiculous. There's no visualization of this birth that Jesus talks about except a childlike acceptance of faith: Jesus says I am born again. Jesus says it is a second birth by water and the Spirit. Jesus says whoever believes and is baptized shall be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. Jesus makes it so that I die together with Christ in baptism, and therefore I will also be raised as Christ was raised. Although this be strange, it is God's prerogative to do things the way he wants to do things. We might want God only to work in ways that we preapprove and understand, but what would that makes us in relation to God? Wouldn't we really be the ones who are God, telling him how he has to do things? If we don't understand something as well as we would like, it's as though we can then just dismiss it, reject it, or ignore it. Let me mention something else in this regard that's already come up. God created light on the first day. He separated the light from the darkness. The light he called day. The darkness he called night. There was evening and there was morning the first day. And yet the only sources we know of for light weren't created, weren't further organized by God, until the fourth day. How could there be light without the sun, without the moon, without the normal means? I can't fully visualize what that first day must have been like. I can't visualize a day without the sun as the source of light for it. But that's okay. What so often happens, though, is that pseudo-intellectuals—whether those pseudo-intellectuals have advanced degrees or didn't even graduate high school—pseudo-intellectuals will rise up and declare Moses an idiot, the Genesis account a myth, and the only so-called proof they really have is that if they were God, they wouldn't have done it that way. They wouldn't have made light on day one and not make the sun until day 4. It's as though Moses should have caught that error while he was proof-reading. Unfortunately the same pseudo-intellectualism happens with Christmas too. People reject the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us. Why? Because they have some proof? What proof could they possibly produce one way or another? There is no proof possible; there's only belief and unbelief. All that's going on is that they are using that big brain of theirs, and they figure that if they were God, they wouldn't go about things the way that it is described. They'd make it understandable and accessible. They wouldn't talk about being born again or death and resurrection. They'd be a better writer than the Holy Spirit. Set aside your shallow judgements and petty criteria. Your thoughts aren't nearly as infallible as you think they are. Listen, instead, to what the Holy Spirit says through the apostle John. In Jesus is a re-creation, higher and profounder than the creation of Genesis. The light is not created light. The Light is the Son of God, through whom everything was made. He came to bring order out of chaos, life out of death, light out of darkness. He promises you grace upon grace, a new life, and the ability to see God. The Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us is what we consider at Christmas, and it is profounder than what is talked about in Genesis.

Fairview Church of Christ
The Lord Will Provide

Fairview Church of Christ

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2022 31:00


Genesis 22:14. In Genesis 22, we read about Abraham experiencing what was undoubtedly the greatest test of his life: offering Isaac on an altar. During this test, he spoke four significant words of faith: "The Lord will provide." In this study, Fairview Evangelist Jacob Holman examines the words of Abraham and their meaning, not only for Abraham but for us today as well.

MoneyWise on Oneplace.com
Envy: A Sin By Any Name

MoneyWise on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 25:37


If you need evidence that there's something wrong with our culture look no further than how it treats envy. In the past, envy was discouraged. People might have expressed it privately, but certainly not in public. Today, envy is exalted and almost considered a virtue. We'll talk about it today on MoneyWise. Advertisers spend billions to convince you that you're not happy with your lot in life. But make no mistake, God's Word still calls envy a sin. By definition, it's the sin of jealousy over the blessings and achievements of others. So envy and jealousy are really the same thing. BIBLICAL WARNINGS ABOUT ENVY By either name, God's Word calls it a sin in several places most notably as the 10th Commandment in Exodus 20:17. It reads: You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor's. And of course, to covet is yet another term for envy. Today, our neighbors aren't likely to have oxen or donkeys to covet, but we can still envy their new SUV or in-ground pool. Like the sin of pride, envy also leads to many other sins. In James 4 we find, You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. There's a difference between envy and the proper motivation to better one's life. For one, you're willing to work hard and you're content with what the Lord provides. But with envy, you feel entitled and deprived. You feel that someone, society, or even God, owes you something. Envy is ugly and destructive. James 3:16 tells us, For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. Let's look at some of those vile practices. Envy rears its ugly head very early in the Bible. In Genesis 4, Cain is jealous of his brother because God favored Abel's offering but not his. In verse 8 we read, Now Cain said to his brother Abel, Let's go out to the field. While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. So envy was the cause of the very first murder. It was also envy that made Joseph's brothers feel justified in selling him into slavery in Genesis 37. There we read, So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. And they took him and threw him into a pit. Of course, Joseph's brothers would even have killed him had Reuben not intervened. We also see the destructive power of envy in two stories from David's life. First, when Saul became jealous of David's fame after he slew Goliath. Women sang David's praises. 1 Samuel 18:8 and 9 reads, And Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased him. He said, They have ascribed to David ten thousands, and to me they have ascribed thousands, and what more can he have but the kingdom? And Saul eyed David from that day on. Having first become the victim of envy, David later gave into this sin himself by coveting and taking another man's wife, Bathsheba, in II Samuel 11. Worse, he sent her husband, Uriah, to certain death in battle to cover his sin. In verse 15, David tells Joab, Set Uriah in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, that he may be struck down, and die. Envy, or jealousy, is a powerful emotion that we must always be on guard against. Proverbs 27:4 warns, Wrath is cruel, anger is overwhelming, but who can stand before jealousy? IDENTIFY AND DEFEAT ENVY One way would be to look at your finances. Are you living beyond your means? Running up credit card debt to finance a lifestyle that you can't afford? If you don't get it under control and learn to live within your means, you're headed for financial disaster. Here's how you can slay the sin of envy: First, pray that the Holy Spirit would give you contentment with what the Lord provides. Hebrews 13:5 reads, Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, I will never leave you nor forsake you. Second, if you need help setting up a budget and finding ways to cut your spending, download the MoneyWise App. It has 3 easy ways to set up a spending plan. Download it wherever you get your apps. On today's program, Rob also answers listener questions: ● What factors go into deciding whether to keep or sell an inherited home? ● What is a reasonable rate of return on retirement investments? ● How much should you spend on a Medigap plan? Remember, you can call in to ask your questions most days at (800) 525-7000 or email them to Questions@MoneyWise.org. Also, visit our website at MoneyWise.org where you can connect with a MoneyWise Coach, join the MoneyWise Community, and even download the free MoneyWise app. To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/1085/29

Basic Training Bible Ministries
What does Jabez' Prayer have to do with Jesus' birth?

Basic Training Bible Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 18, 2022


We rightly love the Christmas Story. We know that God arranged the whole scene, but few know the connection to Jabez' prayer. “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them. And they were terrified. But the angels said to them, Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.” The phrase, “living out in the fields” is the word, “Agrueleo,” and is only used in this place in the New Testament. An active participle, it indicates that this was their habitual practice. In other words, they always lived in the fields. That was their home. These shepherds were the shepherds that raised the lambs that were sacrificed in the temple. But again, why was their permanent residence in the field? Even to this day, if you go to Israel and the guides will lead you to the area outside of Bethlehem, and it's called the Shepherds Fields. Why were they there? In Genesis 35:19-21, after Rachel died and Jacob buried her, he traveled a little bit further and he pitched his tent in beyond the Tower of Eder.Why is that important? Because “Eder” means the flock, and it's actually picked up later in a prophecy in Micah 4:8, which says, “O Tower of the Flock, the stronghold of the Daughter of Zion to you, shall it come (or to you he shall come.)” And this, of course, connects with Luke Chapter 8, because as we read later on, Jewish tradition made this tower Jesus' birthplace this long before Christ came into the world. Who built this tower? We don't know. But going all the way back now to the time of Abraham, 2000 years before Christ a tower was erected, Jewish rabbis said it'd be the site where the Messiah would come. Jerome, in the fourth century saw in this tower the foreshadowing of the announcement of the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ to the shepherds, the ones that kept living in the fields. Today it answers to a place called Khirbet Sara, which is called “The Ruin of the Sheepfold.” It's very interesting that archeologists have gone to this place, and they have found all kinds of Christian artifacts showing that early on this was a place of worship. 1st Chronicles 4:9 reads, “Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother called him Jabez saying, because ‘I bore him in pain.'” Kind of a rough name to give to a kid because it basically means he causes pain. “Jabez called on the God of Israel.” Now this is a noble, honorable man, according to Scripture, and he prays “that you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that your hand would be with me, that you would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain.” Basically, he prays “I don't want to live up to my name.” We have to understand that in Hebrew thought the name your parents gave you was actually the name God already had planned for you before you were born, and it described your character. We see that playing out a lot in Scripture, in the names that were given to people. Jabez did not want to live up to his name. He did not want to be a source of pain. And then it says, “and so God granted him what he requested.” He requested God's blessing for enlarged territory. Jabez was not praying for literal territory when he prayed that God would enlarge his territory or enlarge his holdings. He was an honorable man. He was a noble man. He was thinking in spiritual terms. Which would you rather have? A big ranch or eternal impact? What would you rather have? Would you rather have holdings in this world? Or would you rather have impact in history and reward and eternity? Jabez was praying for something much, much bigger, than what most people think of. How do we know that God answered this prayer? And why in the world will this relate to the shepherds in the field? Well, if you just slide over to 1st Chronicles 2:54-55 which says, “54 The sons of Salma were Bethlehem, the Netophathites, Atroth Beth Joab, half of the Manahethites, and the Zorites. And the families of the scribes who dwelt at Jabez were the Tirathites, the Shimeathites, and the Suchathites. These were the Kenites who came from Hammath, the father of the house of Rechab.” you know, the Kennites were not Jews. They came from Moses, father-in-law, Jethro, who came from Hamath, the father of the House of Recab. Now, I know you think that we've already lost the trail, but we're just closing in on it. The Tower of Eder, which stood just outside the village that later is called Bethlehem, was the former site of a village of Jabez. Jabez' Prayer began by a village being named for him near the Tower of Eder. And who were the Kennites? Not Jews, but people who later actually married into the Levitival priesthood. Notice the important words here. They were scribes who dwelt at Jabez. The job of the scribe was to copy the scriptures, to study the Scriptures and to teach the Scriptures. The beginning of the answer to Jabez prayer was a group of people, not even Jews, but proselytes, who came in because of faith, and they became the leading Bible scholars of their time. It tells us at the end of the verse as well that they were of the House of Recab. 1500 years later, in Jeremiah 35, we see more of the Recabites. Jeremiah wanted to use these people as an example to the children of Israel of what faithfulness should look like. Jeremiah is told, “bring them into the House of the Lord, into one of the chambers, and give them wine to drink.” So, Jeremiah said, I took Jaazaniah the son of Jeremiah. The son of “who and who....” “His brothers and all his sons, the whole house of the Rechabites. I brought them into the House of the Lord, into the chamber of the Sons of Hanan, the son of Igdaliah.” They really get into the genealogies here. “A man of God, which was by the chamber of the Princes above the chamber,” and so on and so forth. Verse five says, “I set before the sons of the house of the Rechabite bowls full of wine and cups, and I said, ‘Drink wine.'” Jeremiah's doing what God commanded him to do. “But they said, we will drink no wine for Jonadab, the son of Rechab.” Once again, keep in mind the link back to First Chronicles. “Our father commanded us saying, ‘You shall drink no wine, you nor your sons forever.'” That was not the only requirement he placed on them, however. Verse seven says, “You shall not build a house or sow seed or plant a vineyard, nor have any of these. All your days you shall dwell in tents that you may live many days in the land where you are sojourners.” The Rechabites through all their generations, became shepherds and lived in tents. And as we come down to Jeremiah's commendation of these people, he says in verse 16, “Surely the sons of Jonadab, the son of Rechab, have performed the commandment of their father, which he commanded them. But this people, meaning Israel, God says, has not obeyed me. Therefore, thus says the Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel. Behold, I will bring on Judah, all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, all the doom that I have pronounced against them, because I have spoken to them, but they have not heard. I have called to them, but they have not answered. And Jeremiah said to the House of the Rechabites, “Thus says the Lord God of hosts the God of Israel, because you have obeyed the commandment of Jonadab your father and kept all his precepts have done according to all that he commanded you. Therefore, thus, as the Lord God of host the God of Israel, Jonadab, the Son of Rechab shall not lack a man to stand before me forever. Can you connect this unique group of people who took a vow that they would always remain nomads and shepherds who were linked to the village that once stood slightly outside of Bethlehem, all the way down to the shepherds that ultimately stood before the Lord. According to this promise. “He will not like a man to stand before me.” By the way, the phrase stand before me has a priestly connotation. My conviction is that these shepherds were living in the same place they had always lived, lived in the same way they had always lived, were doing the same things they had always done, continued to remain students of God's word. Obviously. And they were the first ones that were invited to meet the Savior as he entered the world. That's pretty amazing. But it's not as amazing as what happened and what they witnessed. You know, Paul captures the first Christmas in a way this the simple story can't. We love the story in its simplicity, its oriental beauty, and it's so amazingly beautiful, but it doesn't come close to capturing what that little child represented. When Paul tells us in Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind being you, which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to cling to or a thing to grasped. But He made Himself of no reputation and came in the form of a man and being found in existence as a man. He humbled Himself even further unto death. Even the death of the cross.” That all began right here. That was that huge step that our Savior took from his throne in heaven down into this world full of sin, sorrow and suffering. For what? To live a life of rejection. A life misunderstood. A life of slander and maligning. And ultimately, to go to the cross. For you and I. to pay the penalty for our sins, and not just for ours. But as John tells us, “for the sins of the entire world.” We should stand as we do today, preparing to celebrate Christmas with the reverence, amazement, humility. Our souls should be struck with the beauty, but also the grandeur and the greatness of everything that our Savior has done for us.

Scripture On Creation podcast
The Global Flood Account of Genesis Part 14

Scripture On Creation podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 13:34


In Genesis chapter 8 we're given a record of the recession of the flood and the description of all those on the ark disembarking.  A joyous occasion for most, but what about the animals that were sacrificed?

The AllCreation Podcast
Called to Care (Oct 29, 2022 | Austin, TX)

The AllCreation Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 14, 2022 109:57


Inspired by recent editions of the AllCreation magazine, we produced this public conversation "exploring Care as Identity," with the help of a distinguished panel and enthusiastic audience. What you're hearing here is live audio from the event. On the panel: Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon, The Venerable Jue Ji, Rev. Jimi Calhoun, Rev. Kiya Heartwood, Imam Islam Mossaad, Rev. Brad Highum, and Rev. Erin Walter. Our panel host is Rev. Dr. Stephen Kinney, and our event begins with a welcome from Rev. Billy Tweedie and an introduction by event creator, Chris Searles. “What does Care mean from your Faith perspective and what does it mean to care for your community? How might caring more about individual relationships and cultivating nurturing communities help us all today? Can we default to care, as a society, rather than judgement? Why is that so hard? How do we create just relationships for every living creature? What does CARE for other life, each other, and self mean from your faith perspective?”  This is the spirit from which this conversation springs. In Genesis 1:26 God calls Christians to care for all other-life on Earth. And in the New Testamant Jesus says, "Love neighbor as self." Why aren't ethically-Christian societies doing that and what do other traditions say? With this event, we tried to assemble a diverse community of clergy and secular and self-defined people to discuss the Biblical idea that humans are "called to care" for each other, self, and Earth's other life. ####Full video available: on YouTube. Full video has a longer introduction from Chris Searles. This event was part of G.I.F.T. FEST 2022, "Grow. Inspire. Feed. Teach."Thanks so much to our hosts The GIFT and Episcopal Church of the Resurrection. Thanks so much to Rev. Dr. Stephen Kinney, Rev. Billy Tweedie, and all of our GIFT FEST supporters. ####OUR PROGRAMI. WELCOME0:00    Music0:20    Rev. Billy Tweedie (event host) welcomes everyone, reads invocation prayer1:00    Invocation prayer, “For joy in God's Creation“1:50    Why We're Here, Chris Searles (event creator) explains AllCreation.org and sets the stage for the conversation, i.e.: Genesis 1:26, Kinship & Care for other life, each other, and ourselves — “whether you're secular, sacred, or self-defined.”7:30    Introductions (by Chris Searles)       Panelists:         7:45    Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon … Friends UCC         8:10    Ven. Jue Ji … Fo Guan Shan Xiang Yun Temple         8:50    Rev. Jimi Calhoun … Bridging Austin; author; musician         9:10    Rev. Kiya  Heartwood … UU Church of the Brazos         9:40    Imam Islam Mossaad … North Austin Muslim Community Center         10:40    Rev. Brad Highum … Abiding Love Lutheran Church         11:15    Rev. Erin Walter … TX UU Justice Ministry; First UU Church         12:10    “Celebrate our differences. Diversity is reality.” (Chris Searles)       Panel Host:         12:50    Rev. Dr. Stephen Kinney … retired pastor, All Saints Episcopal Church; exec director, The Front Porch Project; board president, Interfaith Action of Central TexasII. PANEL DISCUSSION 14:10 Rev. Dr. Stephen Kinney -- Convo introduction — “How do we restore right relationship? What does CARE for other life, each other, and self mean from your faith perspective?”         Panelist responses:          17:25    Imam Islam Mossad (QURAN singing 20:30)         22:50    The Venerable Jue Ji         29:25    Rev. Erin Walter         33:10    Rev. Brad Highum         39:20    Rev. Jimi Calhoun         44:30    Rev. Kiya Heartwood         47:50    Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon III. TOWN HALL 55:20 Audience question, Brad Jacobson — “How do we bring counter-cultural values?”         56:25    Rev. Walter          57:55    Rev. Kinney 59:40 Audience comment, a neighbor — “It is about being a neighbor.”         1:02:55    Rev. Highum         1:05:00    Imam Mossaad1:07:15 Audience comment, Rev. Meg Barnhouse — “Whoever wants to be first must minister to everybody.”1:08:50 Rev. Kinney asks Chris S. — “What does “We must all learn to be Indigenous again“ mean?”         1:09:25    Chris Searles         1:11:40    Rev. Kinney on Food1:13:15 Audience question — Rev. Mike Adams, “How do you guard against becoming dominating?”         1:14:15    Rev. Calhoun         1:20:25    Ven. Ji          1:28:10    Rev. Highum         1:31:25    Rev. Heartwood         1:32:00    Imam Mossaad1:36:15 Audience comment, Mike Aaron — “Ask, “What is it that you need?”“1:38:25 Audience question, a neighbor — “How do I cultivate courage?”         1:40:40    Rev. WalterIV. WRAP UP 1:42:45 Rev. Dr. Dan De Leon  1:46:00 Rev. Dr. Stephen Kinney  1:46:30 Benediction, The Venerable Jue Ji sings/chants a sutra on "sharing our kindness, compassion, and joy with all beings."  ####Thanks for listening. This podcast is the keynote from our collection, Envisioning Transformation, coming Weds 12/21/22!Thank you Kenshi Westover, for capturing this audio and adding the music. Editing by Chris Searles.  More AllCreation podcasts here.

Kerusso Daily Devotional
Relationships In Harmony

Kerusso Daily Devotional

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2022 3:15


No one is truly alone. Some people have many relatives and friends, others just a few. Occasionally, someone will have no real friends or family, but all of us interact with humans, and that over time has proven to be dicey. The health of our relationships is one of the biggest factors in how we function each day.    Turmoil and chaos at home or work or both puts us in emotional quicksand. On the other hand, healthy relationships in our lives improve our overall health and make us more productive.   In Genesis, God modeled right relationships for humans, and this model continues through the Bible right to the end in Revelation. From this, we see that our first priority in relationships is to be in fellowship with our creator. Get that one right and everything else flows. Following close behind is finding harmony in our human relationships, and getting this right is crucial to finding peace.    Ephesians 4:2–3 says, “Be completely humble and gentle. Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”   Most people are familiar with the well-known Bible verses that deal with relationships, such as Paul's wisdom from Ephesians, but Scripture is loaded with helpful and healing relationship commands. We hesitate to call it advice because God doesn't really give advice. He tells us what is good for us and what may be harmful. For example, a fairly obscure passage in Job speaks to mean in any era having healthy relationships with women. In    Job 31:1 the suffering man says, “I made a covenant with my eyes not to look with lust at a young woman.” Wow, so simple, yet very important and profound.   That chapter goes on to say that God sees all that we do. He's watching how we treat people. Job made it clear that a man can decide he's going to treat women with respect. It isn't complicated or beyond our reach. So often, simply deciding to be a decent human being leads to waves of healing and peace of mind for everyone. Lots of books have been written about relationships, from marriage to raising children, but the best book of all has the best wisdom, and if you check that out, your relationships will thank you.    Let's pray.   Father God, you've given us the gift of interacting with other people. Each is unique and created special. We ask that you send the Holy Spirit to guide our relationships so that they're pleasing to you and to others. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Live to Love Scripture Encouragement
A divine appointment with the devil.

Live to Love Scripture Encouragement

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2022 2:31


John 18:1 “ When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples.      Earlier Jesus told His disciples, “I will not speak much more with you, for the ruler of the world is coming, and he has nothing in Me; but so that the world may know that I love the Father, I do exactly as the Father commanded Me. Get up, let us go from here. (John 14:30-31).       Jesus had a divine appointment with the devil. Later in vs 4 John tells us that Jesus knew what was coming upon Him. The rendezvous was arranged by God before the world was made, for the Spirit says in 2 Timothy 1:9 that God “saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity.” The Father and Son planned this showdown of light against darkness. In Genesis 3:15 we hear of this appointment. “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel." Jesus and Satan knew exactly where and when they were to meet—in another garden. We learn from Luke 22:39 that Jesus often prayed in this garden on the Mount of Olives. “And He came out and proceeded as was His custom to the Mount of Olives.” From the upper room to the Mount of Olives where the Garden of Gethsemane was located, one walks through the ravine of the Kidron valley.  As we think about this verse today, let's let this wonderful truth sink in: We are reading about what living to love is all about. God's love is the light of the world and when empowered by faith, it overcomes the darkness and destroys the work of the devil. May we be an expression of Jesus' love today in the darkness. Acknowledgment: Music from “Carried by the Father” by Eric Terlizzi. www.ericterlizzi.com

Rabbi Alon C Ferency
Getting Small

Rabbi Alon C Ferency

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 11, 2022 18:12


Enter this guided visualization to make yourself small and still. C. S. Lewis said, "Humility is not thinking less of yourself, but thinking of yourself less.” Perhaps we can gain a peaceful, useful perspective by pulling back and making more space for the rest of the world. In Genesis 32:11, Jacob says, "I am too small for all the kindness that You have so steadfastly shown." That's the ticket to gratitude. As Steve Martin said, "Let's get small!"

Church? Hell No
I Told You So! - God

Church? Hell No

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2022 38:56


Ordained Minister Dennis Hall and his guest Justin Bohner, Assistant Pastor, First Baptist Church, Highlands, North Carolina examine what God told us about the birth of Jesus through Old Testament prophets, hundreds of years before the event occurred. In Isaiah 7:14 it is foretold that a virgin will conceive and give birth to a son known as Immanuel. In the New Testament, Matthew and Luke write about this event that sets the stage for the supernatural life of Jesus, the supernatural resurrection, and the ascension to God's right hand. In Genesis 49 we are told to expect a descendent of Judah that all nations will bring tribute worship before him. In Micah 5 the prophet tells us that a ruler of Israel will come from Bethlehem. In Matthew 1 we are told that Jesus is from the seed of Abraham. God had entered into a covenant with Abraham and promised he would do seven things: I will make you a great nation. I will bless you. I will make your name great. I will make you a blessing. I will bless those who bless you. Those who curse you I will curse. In you, all the families of earth will be blessed. The seed of Abraham that blessed all of the nations was Jesus Christ. No event has impacted the world more than the birth of Jesus and God told us so  hundreds of years before the event.

Christian Apologetics Research Ministry
Matt Slick Live 12-05-2022

Christian Apologetics Research Ministry

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2022 47:00


Open calls, questions, and discussion with Matt Slick LIVE in the studio. Topics include---1- Did Jesus look like Mary- Share her genetics- Would that mean He inherited her sin nature---2- In Genesis 1-1, is it heaven or heavens---3- Does Matthew 8-12 connect with 1 Corinthians 3-10-15---4- Is any form of purgatory biblical---5- Can God's actions be influenced by our prayers---6- When and how does the kingdom take effect in Matthew 24 and Luke 17---7- Matt further discusses Luke 17, starting at verse 26.

Matt Slick LIVE
MSL: December, 05 2022

Matt Slick LIVE

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 47:59


The daily radio broadcast of CARM.org. Open calls, questions, and discussion with host Matt Slick LIVE in the studio. Topics include: Did Jesus look like Mary? Share her genetics? Would that mean He inherited her sin nature? In Genesis 1:1, is it heaven or heavens? Does Matthew 8:12 connect with 1 Corinthians 3:10-15? Is any form of purgatory biblical? Can God's actions be influenced by our prayers? When and how does the kingdom take effect in Matthew 24 and Luke 17? Matt further discusses Luke 17, starting at verse 26.   ==> Subscribe to the CARM Odysee Channel: https://odysee.com/@CARM:8 ==> Watch Matt Slick LIVE on Odysee: https://odysee.com/@CARM:8/MattSlickLive:b ==> Subscribe to the CARM YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/carmvideos ==> Subscribe to the Matt Slick YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/mattslick ==> Like CARM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Carm.org ==> Visit the CARM Website: https://carm.org ==> Donate to CARM: https://carm.org/about/partner-with-carm/

KingwoodUMC
Dr. Burt Palmer | Experiencing Transformation (Genesis 32)

KingwoodUMC

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 24:14


In Genesis 32 we read of a turning point in Jacobs life. How can we experience those transformational moments in our own faith?

Christian Podcast Community
MSL: December, 05 2022

Christian Podcast Community

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2022 47:59


The daily radio broadcast of CARM.org. Open calls, questions, and discussion with host Matt Slick LIVE in the studio. Topics include: Did Jesus look like Mary? Share her genetics? Would that mean He inherited her sin nature? In Genesis 1:1, is it heaven or heavens? Does Matthew 8:12 connect with 1 Corinthians 3:10-15? Is any form of purgatory biblical? Can God's actions be influenced by our prayers? When and how does the kingdom take effect in Matthew 24 and Luke 17? Matt further discusses Luke 17, starting at verse 26.   ==> Subscribe to the CARM Odysee Channel: https://odysee.com/@CARM:8 ==> Watch Matt Slick LIVE on Odysee: https://odysee.com/@CARM:8/MattSlickLive:b ==> Subscribe to the CARM YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/carmvideos ==> Subscribe to the Matt Slick YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/mattslick ==> Like CARM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Carm.org ==> Visit the CARM Website: https://carm.org ==> Donate to CARM: https://carm.org/about/partner-with-carm/

Redemption Hill Church | Lawrence, KS

JD Summers | Genesis What does Genesis have to do with Christmas? Everything. In Genesis, we see the beginnings of God's promise, the first reason for hope. God promises that one will come who will conquer the enemy. This offspring will bring blessing to all who are united to him by faith. And he will simultaneously reign as sovereign king over all the world. This saving, conquering, blessing offspring is Jesus, born as a baby at Christmas. Let us rejoice in hope!

The Living Waters Podcast
Ep. 112 - The Cure for Loneliness

The Living Waters Podcast

Play Episode Play 49 sec Highlight Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 43:23


In today's episode, the guys discuss loneliness. Statistics show that loneliness is likely to increase a person's risk of death by 26%, is as bad for your health as smoking 15 cigarettes per day, is worse for you than obesity. Loneliness and social isolation also put individuals at a greater risk of cognitive decline and dementia later in life. To begin, the guys define loneliness as being in a place with no sense of community or companionship. Loneliness and isolation tends to convince a person that they have no value or significance to anyone. It is possible to experience loneliness in a crowded room, or to be completely alone but not experience loneliness at all.  In Genesis, the first declaration made by God was that it was not good for man to be alone, and then he created Eve for Adam. Unfortunately, our isolated modern lives in western culture are designed for loneliness. In place of the community we need as people, our culture has created ineffective substitutes in online communities to fill this void. However, this environment only further isolates us as true companionship and commitment can not be achieved in online relationships. The guys share about times they might feel a tinge of loneliness in their own lives. Everybody out there is frantically trying to create community because we all feel lonely, but the guys point out that there is no substitute for Gospel community.  A big motivating driver for many of us is the fear of being fully known and not loved. This insecurity keeps us from experiencing community. The beauty of the Gospel is that Jesus, God Himself, was forsaken by the very people He came to love and safe. He endured this all for the promise that His children would never be forsaken by God. To be truly known and loved is what we need more than anything, it is a lot like God's love. The cure to loneliness is remembering that we have Christ, have been accepted into the beloved and finding our true identity in Him. As Christians, we must ensure that we are not replacing the love of Christ with other things. Loneliness is simply a state of mind, and realizing that Christ is with us is the answer in this dark tunnel. For listeners who may be in a stage of loneliness in their life, the guys encourage you to let God be your refuge and cling to Him.  Thanks for listening! If you've been helped by this podcast, we'd be grateful if you'd consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.Check out The Evidence Study Bible and the Basic Training Course.You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.Ray ComfortEmeal (“E.Z.”) ZwayneMark SpenceOscar Navarro

Mountaintop Church
The Original Blessing | The Promise Keeper

Mountaintop Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 25:23


In Genesis, God makes a promise to Abram - who later became Abraham - that He would make Abram's family into a nation, so that his family could bless all the nations. By the end of the message today, I hope you can see that God is not only a Promise Keeper, but that His promises are continuing to be kept through each of us. Josh Power Student Pastor November 27, 2022

Sermons
Whole | Week 3 | Matthew Anderson | 11/28/22

Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 27, 2022 62:46


In our last sermon of the Whole series, Pastor Matthew talks about how taking care of our body fits into being people who are whole. We are the house for the Holy Spirit. What does our "house" look and feel like? We are God's house, and we see evidence of this in 1 Corinthians 6:19–20, 1 Corinthians 3:16–17, and Hebrews 3:6. In Genesis, God creates the earth for man and woman to live on, as well as for Him to dwell there with them. It's always been about God dwelling with and having intimate fellowship with us! Fastforward from the garden: God frees the Israelites and gives them specific instructions to construct a temple so that he could dwell among them (Exodus 40:34–38). Once we move into the New Testament and Jesus steps into the scene, He lives and fulfills everything that the Israelites couldn't, and through His death comes a new covenant and His kingdom. When he died, the veil that separated the most holy place was ripped, which was proof that God had left the temple to dwell with us. We should also accept what God has given us and make sure we take care of it. We have all been given bodies; they are all different, but we must take care of them. That can be by eating less sugar, exercising a little more, or putting a little more effort into looking nice. Walking is a great way to help with this! Our bodies are connected to our minds and emotions. In new research coming out about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), using the left and right sides of the brain through walking, running, or drumming has been successful in treating trauma, mental health challenges, processing emotions, and bringing healing. In 1 Timothy 4:8, it talks about the word godliness, which means a reverence for God when translated from Greek. We need to be living our lives with rhythms that prioritize living for God with awe, respect, and reverence. It's also important that we stop using our bodies to cope and sin. Many of us have learned to cope with things by developing addictions, which harm your body and spirit. Some use pornography, food, alcohol, and more to cope. These things are killing us spiritually and physically, but God can set you free!

The Pursuit of Manliness
Episode 337: Out In The Garage | When Our Walk Matches Our Talk

The Pursuit of Manliness

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2022 26:42


We have seen Judah put his name and legacy on the line to be the one in the family who is willing to do something about their dire situation. In Genesis 44 when the heat gets turned up it is time for Judah to make sure his walk matches his talk. Follow Pursue Wilderness our outdoor ministry on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pursuewilderness Learn more about Tribe: https://www.thepursuitofmanliness.com/tribeSecure your spot in The Herd: https://www.thepursuitofmanliness.com/gearSave 20% off of your Dark Water Wood Beard Oil by using the code "PURSUE" https://www.darkwaterkc.com/Save 25% off your Order of Armored Nation Coffee by using the Discount Code "PURSUEMANLINESS" when you check out: https://www.armoredcoffee.com/Support the show