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The Baptist on the Bible Podcast offers devotions and sermons, while exploring theological topics from a Baptist perspective.
Andrew Carter Marquez, Ph.D. is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ.
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OTXNT 55: New Stats on Church Attendance

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7@7 #135: Timely Intercession 1
What does your prayer life look like? Do you intercede for others? When you do pray, how do you pray? (Dan. 9:1-12) Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez considers the intercessory prayer of Daniel. Having examined the Scriptures, Daniel became aware that it was time to pray. The 70 years of exile prophesied by Jeremiah were coming to an end. Daniel sets himself to prayer. He covers himself in sackcloth and ashes, faces toward God and begins to pray. Daniel followed the Scripture by considering the words of Jeremiah and Solomon. When we pray, we should make certain that our words and actions are in accordance with Scripture.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:60
September 30, 2022
OTXNT 63 - Quiet Quitting
What is quiet quitting? How has it affected the church and followers of Christ? What does the Bible say about work? How should we view work? Is there a difference in how we should approach work or our serving in the church? Tune in today to hear Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) address these questions. Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
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September 28, 2022
7@7 #134: Exposing Evil 3
Are you ever soul sick? Does the spiritual battle drain you? How can Christians cope with the consequence of God’s call? (Dan. 8: 27) Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines the state of Daniel after receiving a troubling vision from God. Daniel needed time to recover. He then re-engaged with his regular work of serving the king. He continued to consider the vision. When we are spiritually drained, we should imitate Daniel. Take time to rest and rejuvenate. Don't mope, but rather engage in different activities. Consider God's call, seek council, and await His clarification.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:56
September 26, 2022
OTXNT 60 - Did Baptist Theology Cause the Transgender Movement?
Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) discuss a recent discussion from the CrossPolitic podcast. An assertion made was that Baptist theology and its individualism is the cause of the modern transgender movement. Is there a real critique to be made on this or was it a careless comment? Join us for a discussion on baptism and the individual.    For a response and link to the original discussion visit - https://g3min.org/did-baptist-theology-cause-transgenderism-a-friendly-response-to-crosspolitic/  Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
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September 24, 2022
OTXNT 62 - The Bible Without Error
Does the Bible contain error? What is the Doctrine of Inerrancy? Why is it important? Have Southern Baptists always believed and taught this? Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) are joined by a special guest, Dr. Rick Melick, to discuss this topic. Richard R. Melick, Jr. is the Distinguished Professor of New Testament and Retired Director of Academic Graduate Programs (Ph.D./Th.M.) at Gateway Seminary of the Southern Baptist Convention. You don't want to miss this one.  Consider this excellent resource for teaching the inerrant Scripture: Teaching that Transforms: Facilitating Life Change through Adult Bible Teaching  Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
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September 19, 2022
OTXNT 58 - How Should Christians Observe the Sabbath?
Do Christians have obligations for how to use the Sabbath? Is Sabbath the same as Sunday? What should we do with Old Testament laws about the Sabbath? Join Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) for a discussion on Sabbath. Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
35:56
September 16, 2022
OTXNT 57 - The Great Resignation
What is the Great Resignation? How is it impacting the church? Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) respond to the trend of resignations following the pandemic.  Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
35:23
September 13, 2022
7@7 #133: Exposing Evil 2
Do we believe the Prophecies of Scripture? Do you guard God’s revelation for yourself and future generations? (Dan. 8: 23-26) Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores the prophecies of the evil ruler from Greece. The cruel, crafty king will gain control and increase power. Yet he will be broken without human means. Believers must hold fast to God's covenant promises through persecution. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:57
September 12, 2022
OTXNT 61: Should Christians Run for the School Board?
Should Christians Run for the School Board? Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) respond to a recent article by Christianity today. Should Christians stay out of the culture war and rather focus on home discipleship?  Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
35:36
September 09, 2022
7@7 #132: Getting About God's Work
Are you about God’s Work? Are you called to the work you are about? (Eccl. 9:10; 1 Sam. 10) Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez considers the connection of work and calling for the believer. Scripture calls us to work with all our might. At the same time, the Bible reveals God's intention in directing people to certain labor. Saul neglected God's call and his vocation was given to another. Christians must embrace the call of God for their given vocation and serve with all their strength. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:59
September 08, 2022
OTXNT 56: What happened in Anaheim? (2022 SBC Annual Meeting)
The SBC 2022 Annual Meeting concluded last week. Let's recap some of the high and low moments. What will the future of the SBC look like?  OTXNT stands for Old Testament-Christ-New Testament. On OTXNT, Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) provide Biblical instruction (teaching, and preaching) and evaluate present events and practices in light of Scripture. Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
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June 24, 2022
OTXNT 55: New Stats on Church Attendance
What is happening with church attendance since 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic?   Is this a real trend? What are we to make of it? https://churchanswers.com/blog/five-reasons-your-current-church-attendance-is-the-new-normal/ OTXNT stands for Old Testament-Christ-New Testament. On OTXNT, Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) provide Biblical instruction (teaching, and preaching) and evaluate present events and practices in light of Scripture. Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
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June 09, 2022
7@7 #131: Exposing Evil 1
Are you awakened by Scripture? Or, do you slumber surrounded by evil? (Dan. 8:15-22). Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez observes how God's Word exposes evil. Daniel receives an interpretation of his vision. Daniel sees a glimpse of God that results in him falling to the ground. Daniel collapses almost instinctively in a similar manner to the experiences of Isaiah and Ezekiel. He is awaked by Gabriel, the great messenger of God. Gabriel guides Daniel through the vision, summarizing the major kingdoms represented by the animals. How do you respond to God's Word? Do you reverence it, recognizing its source? Do you appreciate its value for the present and the future? Does it change your disposition. God's Word exposes evil and prepares us to stand in the day of trouble.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:50
June 06, 2022
7@7 #130: Trying Times from Temporal Authority 5
Do you ever feel like evil is going to win out? Do you trust that God will restrain wickedness? (Dan. 8:13-14). Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses Trying Times experienced under Temporal Authority. Daniel's vision moves to a celestial conversation. Even the angels are shocked by the vision and question the duration of evil. It is revealed that the evil day will be limited for a specific time and that restoration and cleansing will follow. This passage encourages Christians by reminding us that evil will not prevail. It is limited to a time known by God. In God's time the evil we face will come to an end. Cleansing and restoration will follow. Persevere and preach the Gospel. God is still working even in the dark times. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:60
June 03, 2022
Home Is Where My God Is (Sermon: John 14:1-6)
How do you handle loneliness? Do you feel Christ's presence in your life? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from John 14:1-6. Jesus addresses the coming isolation His disciples will experience after His death. He promises a destiny and a trajectory. He invites the disciples into affinity with the Trinity. He gives clarity of mission and capacity for salvation by His departure. Because Jesus ascended to heaven, we have hope of home in His presence forever. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
32:03
June 01, 2022
7@7 #129: Trying Times from Temporal Authority 4
Do you believe in evil? Are you fit to face it? Are you prepared for persecution? (Dan. 8: 9-12). Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses Trying Times experienced under Temporal Authority. As Daniel's vision continues, he perceives a horn growing out of one of the 4 horns of the goat. This horn represents a rule possessed of pride. The proud ruler seeks to destroy the things of God and God's people. Sometimes our leaders go from bad to worse. We must be prepared to suffer under wicked leaders. Evil is real, but Christ is greater. We need to prepare for persecution and pray for our suffering saints throughout the world.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:58
May 23, 2022
Finding God (Sermon: Acts 17:16-34)
Can you actually find God? Paul says you can. Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Acts 17:16-34. On Mars Hill, Paul preaches the Gospel to the Greek philosophers. Paul calls people into relationship with the one true God. Finding God requires a quest for the truth. It demands a genuine search. Finding God requires turning from the spoof. Reject the lies of the world and the devil--even the lies we tell ourselves. To find God you must trust in the proof of the resurrection. God validates the Gospel of Jesus Christ by raising Him from the dead.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
37:01
May 23, 2022
7@7 #128: Trying Times from Temporal Authority 3
Are you driven for revenge? Do you ever crave conflict? (Dan. 8: 5-8) Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses Trying Times experienced under Temporal Authority. Daniel sees a gliding goat rushing into conflict with the ram. The goat represents Greece and Alexander the Great. Greece was driven by reprisal. Greece sought revenge against Persia for earlier attacks. We too can be consumed by revenge. We must restrain our desires to avenge ourselves. We must trust in the justice of God.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:49
May 20, 2022
7@7 #127: Trying Times from Temporal Authority 2
How do you keep your faith under a power crazed government? How should you comply? How should you resist? (Dan. 8:3-4) Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses Trying Times experienced under Temporal Authority. Sometimes, our leaders are driven by and insatiable desire for power. God is aware of such leaders. Believers are encouraged by God's sovereignty in such times. We are warned not to follow in the steps of government compelled by passion. We need to support faithful "Lesser Magistrates." God remains our King and we must reject any orders contrary to HIs will. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:57
May 13, 2022
OTXNT 54: Discussion on the SCOTUS Roe v. Wade Leak - part 1
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Discussion on the SCOTUS Roe v. Wade Leak (part 1). In this episode we discuss the recent leaks concerning SCOTUS' coming ruling on Roe v. Wade. How should Christians process the prospect of a post-Roe America? How would such a ruling impact the fight for life? Christians must pray for our justices. We must continue to fight for life, recognizing that all humans, born or unborn, are image bearers of God. Every life has dignity.  See our video, "The Bible on Abortion" - https://youtu.be/5EdMI-2_A1M OTXNT stands for Old Testament-Christ-New Testament. On OTXNT, Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) provide Biblical instruction (teaching, and preaching) and evaluate present events and practices in light of Scripture. Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
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May 12, 2022
Antichrist Annihilation (Sermon: Daniel 11:40-12:3)
Advent of Antichrist (Sermon: Daniel 11:40-12:3) How should you live knowing that an evil day is coming? Are you walking in holiness? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 11:40-12:3. This passage tells of the end of the antichrist. After early military victories, the antichrist will turn his attention against God’s people. Even at his greatest point of power, the antichrist will fall and his reign will be cut short. Daniel was made aware of this vision to warn distant believers of future hardship. We can prepare the suffering by walking in holiness today. By striving for holiness, believers will be ready to avoid compromise when antichrists appear. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
37:25
May 09, 2022
7@7 #126: Trying Times from Temporal Authority 1
Do you wonder about time of your life? Do you consider why you live where you do? Why you do what you do? (Dan. 8:1-2) Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses Trying Times experienced under Temporal Authority. Even tyrannical governments are perceived by God. The reign of evil rulers is permitted and limited by The Primary Power. God controls time and space. He places you when and where He wishes to serve His purposes. This reality gives believers strength in difficult times, know that God is in control. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:48
May 06, 2022
7@7 #125: Jesus, Our Firm Foundation 3
Do your actions reflect the right footing? Does your soul resemble its source? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez considers the relationship between assurance of salvation and holy living. He explores Phil. 1:6 and 2 Timothy 2:19. Believers are assured that God knows His own. We recognize that we belong to God by calling upon Jesus and by turning from sin. Often, we emphasize conversion in the Christian faith without calling people to repent. A life of holiness if the best testimony of one's salvation. Holy living tells the believers that their faith is effective. It tells unbelievers that Christ truly makes a difference in the lives of His people.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:59
May 02, 2022
Advent of Antichrist (Sermon: Daniel 11:36-39)
Are you ready for spiritual warfare? Will you stand in the day of evil? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 11:36-39. This passage speaks of the antichrist. God has arranged the timing of this evil individual. He will be characterized by vainglory. He will be power obsessed and demon possessed. His time will mark hardship for God's people. We live in a world filled with leaders that evince demonic characteristics. We must prepare for evil days by standing on the promises of God and trusting in His protection. Resisting little antichrists equips us to resist Satan when he appears. Stand in the Spirit of God on the Word of God.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
34:46
May 02, 2022
7@7 #124: Jesus, Our Firm Foundation 2
Are you building on the solid rock? Have you laid the proper foundation? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses the confidence Christians have in light of Phil. 1:6 and 1 Cor. 3:11. Paul confirms that there is only one foundation to build upon. That foundation is Jesus Christ. Christ has laid the only foundation. All other religions and philosophies are sinking sand. If you stand on the foundation of Christ, you are capable of building a life pleasing to God. If you do not stand on the foundation of Christ, you are standing in the path of judgment. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:53
April 29, 2022
OTXNT 53: What do about Disney, pt 3 - Resources and Alternatives
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: What to Do About Disney? (pt. 3) - Resources and Alternatives. In this episode we consider the ethical issues related to material cooperation with companies opposed to Christian values. We also look at alternatives to Disney theme parks and streaming services. How can Christians honor God with our resources in a world filled with immorality? How can we guard the hearts and minds of our children from sinful influences?  OTXNT stands for Old Testament-Christ-New Testament. On OTXNT, Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) provide Biblical instruction (teaching, and preaching) and evaluate present events and practices in light of Scripture. Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
41:22
April 28, 2022
Christ's Commission (Sermon: Mt. 28:18-20, Luke 24:44-49; Acts 1:6-8)
Are you a disciple? Are you a disciple maker? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:44-49, Acts 1:6-8. Matthew relates the final words of Christ in the Gospel of Matthew. In His Great Commission, Jesus commands His followers to make disciples. Wherever you find yourself, wherever you go, Jesus calls you to be a disciple maker. Discipleship involves bringing people into a relationship with Christ marked by baptism. Disciple makers walk with disciples unto maturity. Are you continuing to grow in maturity? Who are you helping become a disciple of Christ today? Are you a Gospel proclaimer? Are you a Herald for the King? Luke 24 reminds us of some of the final words of Christ in the Gospel of Luke. In this Great Commission, Jesus instructs His disciples on the content of the Gospel found in all Scripture. He reminds them of the unfulfilled task of proclamation. The Gospel must be proclaimed to all nations by those who witnessed the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. As a believer, you have become of witness to the Gospel in your own life. Now you are called to herald that message to the nations. Will you proclaim the Gospel message today? Do you bear witness to the Gospel? What would you risk to maintain your witness? Acts recalls the commission to be witnesses. In the power of the Holy Spirit, God's witnesses will share the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Church history shows us that often witnesses are synonymous with martyrs. Would you give your life to the advancement of the Gospel? Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
31:56
April 18, 2022
7@7 #123: Jesus, Our Firm Foundation 1
Would you describe yourself as secure or shaky? Are you confident or uncertain? Are you standing on solid ground? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez considers the confidence Christians have in light of Phil. 1:6 and Isaiah. 28:16. Paul expresses his confidence in the Philippian converts. Jesus will continue His sanctifying work in them until His return. Isaiah chastises the religious leadership for making deadly deals with other nations. He calls them to stand on the God-given Cornerstone for true security. The New Testament reveals that the tested, precious, and sure Cornerstone is Jesus Christ. If you place your faith in Him, you will not be shaken. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:56
April 15, 2022
7@7 #122: Clarity from Chaos 4
Does the Word of God shake you? How do you respond to difficult teachings in Scripture? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez concludes Daniel's pursuit of Clarity amidst Chaos in Daniel 7:28. This verse reveals Daniel's response to God's vision. The response can be characterized as heavy acceptance. After seeing God's message and hearing the interpretation, Daniel is shaken and sick. Despite the difficulty of the prophecy, Daniel secures it in his heart. Sometimes the Word of God challenges us. It can shake us to our core, even making us sick. When you are confronted with difficult passages, do you receive the message in your heart? Do you ignore the Word, reject the Word, or accept It? God has a message for you today. Imitate Daniel and secure the Word in your own heart.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:55
April 11, 2022
Proving Prophecy (Sermon: Daniel 11:1-35)
Do you trust that God knows the things to come? Do you believe that He has power over the future? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 11:1-35. God reveals a perfect prediction of the future to his faithful prophet. Israel will find herself mired in the middle, stuck between the two competing powers of Seleucus and Ptolemy. Eventually a monstrous monarch will arise to torment the saints. God will sustain true believers, who persevere. These will be purified through persecution until the appointed time. These verses reveal some of the most specific prophecy in the Bible. When we review history, we see that it truly is His Story. God knows what is coming. He promises to walk with His own through the storm. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
48:53
April 11, 2022
OTXNT 52: What do about Disney, pt 2 - There Is an Agenda
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: What to Do About Disney? (pt. 2) - We have received even more questions about what Christians should about Disney's recent actions in the news. Is there a Christian response? Can believers ignore Disney's stated agenda? OTXNT stands for Old Testament-Christ-New Testament. On OTXNT, Ben Pate, Ph.D. (Old Testament) and Andrew Marquez, Ph.D. (New Testament) provide Biblical instruction (teaching, and preaching) and evaluate present events and practices in light of Scripture. Andrew Carter Marquez (Baptist on the Bible) is Dean of Arizona Campuses for Wayland Baptist University and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church in Tucson, AZ. Ben Pate (Theological Sidebars) is the pastor of Royal Palms Baptist Church in Phoenix, AZ. He is also adjunct faculty for Grand Canyon University.
41:07
April 08, 2022
OTXNT 51: What to do about Disney, Pt 1
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: What to Do About Disney? (pt. 1) - We are getting questions coming in about what Christians should be doing in light of some of Disney's recent actions in the news. Is there a Christian response?    Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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March 31, 2022
7@7 #121: Clarity from Chaos 3
How strong is your faith? Will it hold through the coming trials? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores Daniel's pursuit of Clarity amidst Chaos in Daniel 7:19-27. In these verses an angel illuminates Daniel about the details of his vision. The terrible fourth beast will come along with the little horn. This horn will displace 3 other leaders, dishonor God, distress the saints, and seek to dissolve the times and the law. God will delineate the tenure of this beast and its horn. At the end of the set time, a heavenly court will convene. The beast's incumbency will be cancelled. Christ's celestial kingdom will come. Looking at the future, we know that often things get worse before they get better. God encouraged Daniel with a vision of the final kingdom. We too are encouraged to focus on the kingdom that never ends in the presence of the One who saves us.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:55
March 25, 2022
OTXNT 50: Worship Music, Part 5 (The Sinner's Prayer)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Worship (pt. 5) - The Sinner's Prayer. Should we employ a "sinner's prayer" in our worship or evangelism ministries? Could the Sinner's Prayer be misused and give people a false sense of security? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate continue their discussion on worship. Many services utilize a form of the sinner's prayer to call people to respond. Some accuse the use of a sinner's prayer as a form of manipulation. Others see the prayer as communicating "magic words" or an incantation. Despite these pitfalls, the Sinner's Prayer can be a useful tool for leading people to Christ. It helps Christians to have confidence in their witness. It can also show converts the contents and the demands of the Gospel as they count the cost.    Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
42:51
March 21, 2022
Ready for Revelation (Sermon: Daniel 10:1-11:1)
Are we earnest in our prayers? Have you ever had an overwhelming encounter with God? Are you aware of the spiritual conflict around you? Have you enjoyed angelic aid? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 10:1-11:1. These verses reveal an earnest entreaty from Daniel. Through prayer, mourning, and fasting, Daniel's prayers are heard. The prophet receives an overwhelming encounter with God. He sees an awe-inspiring individual. The vision terrorizes Daniel and saps his strength. The individual speaks and soothes the prophet. Daniel's prayer produced a powerful vision of God that left him undone. Have you had a similar experience? Persevere in prayer and come to know God in a fresh, deep, and powerful way. Daniel is awakened by an angel. The angel, Gabriel, informs Daniel of the spiritual warfare that delayed the spirit. Gabriel will soon return to this battle, but first the angel will minister to the prophet. Gabriel restores Daniel's speech. He renews Daniel's strength. The angel prepares Daniel to understand God's revelation. Have you encountered angels in your walk with God? The Bible declares that angels minister to us even today. As Satan and his demons try to hinder your walk with God, faithful angels stand ready to serve the saints. Be comforted by God's provision.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
42:08
March 21, 2022
7@7 #120: Clarity from Chaos 2
Are you trusting in God’s Promises? Do you hold to heaven’s assurance? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores Daniel's pursuit of Clarity amidst Chaos in Daniel 7:17-18. These verses provide angelic assurance to Daniel. Even though terrible things lie in the future, something wonderful awaits beyond them. Four kingdoms will come. They will rise and fall, but God's kingdom will follow. This kingdom is for the saints. It will endure forever, even forever and ever. Christians today can walk in the knowledge of this promise. Regardless of what happens in the world around us, we know that our future is secure. God has prepared a place for His saints. God's promises are sure, and our destiny is eternal.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:56
March 18, 2022
Powerful Prophecy (Sermon: Daniel 9:20-27)
Do you marvel at fulfilled prophecy? Do you look for prophetic fulfillment on the horizon? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 9:20-27. These verses provide the angelic answer to Daniel's prayer. The answer is a message about the future filled with tasks and a timeline. We see a countdown to the coming of Christ. We learn of the Messiah being cutoff along with the collapse of the sanctuary and the holy city. Eventually, one will appear to deceive and cause desolation. His time however is known and limited. God's knowledge of the future offers comfort to believers. God's promises are reliable since He holds time in His hands.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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March 14, 2022
Timely Intercession (Sermon: Daniel 9:1-19)
What does your prayer life look like? Do you intercede for others? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 9:1-19. These verses retell the prayer of a prophet. Daniel confesses his own sins along with the sins of his people. He recognizes God’s righteousness in judging us for our sins. Daniel reminds God of the covenantal promises made to his fathers. He celebrates God’s past deliverance of Israel. Finally, Daniel asks God to relent and to restore. He asks God to act according to His character, to forgive, to turn away wrath, and to act on behalf of His people. Do you pray like Daniel? We can follow the example of the prophet in our own prayer, confessing our sins while clinging to the New Covenant in Jesus Christ. In this posture, we are emboldened to beg for God’s favor. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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March 07, 2022
7@7 #119: Clarity from Chaos 1
Do current events discourage you and cause you to question God? Where do you turn for answers? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discuses Daniel's pursuit of Clarity amidst Chaos in Daniel 7:15-16; 19-21. These verses tell us of Daniel's investigation into the meaning of his vision. He approaches an angel and inquires about the Fourth Beast and the Pompous Horn. When we are discouraged, do we follow the example of Daniel? Do we seek answers from the world or do we go to God's Word and His messengers? Take time to seek God's face. Pray, read, and meditate on the Word of God. Talk with your pastor and Bible teachers to find clarity in your own chaotic situation.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:58
March 04, 2022
7@7 #118: Vision of Victory 3
Do you recognize God’s purpose in Judgment? Do you comprehend His desire for your redemption? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez considers the vision of victory from Daniel 7. In Daniel 7:13-14 the first part of the vision concludes with an amazing arrival. The Son of Man appears on clouds before the Ancient of Days. He receives a coronation, granting dominion, glory and a kingdom. This Kingdom will endure forever. The coming of the Son of Man will change everything. Those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb will enjoy everlasting citizenship in Christ's kingdom.     Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 28, 2022
Exposing Evil (Sermon: Daniel 8:15-27)
Will you trust God through the hard times? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 8:15-27. These verses remind us of God's concern for His people. He cares enough for us to warn us of coming trials. God watches over His people and employs angels to be their ministers. Even when we receive bad news, God's revelation calls us to remain faithful. Keep going! Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 28, 2022
7@7 #117: Vision of Victory 2
Do you long for the judgment? Are you ready for that great and terrible day? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses a vision of victory from Daniel 7. Daniel 7:9-12 continue the prophetic dream. The arrival of the Ancient of Days is described with symbols of glory. This judge declares judgment upon the beasts. The 4th beast is slain along with its pompous horn. The day is coming when our Glorious God will judge the world. Evil will be extinguished. God's saints will reign with Him. Whose side will you be on when that day arrives? Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:51
February 25, 2022
OTXNT 49: Worship Music, Part 4
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Worship Music (pt. 4) - Time of Response, Altar Call, Invitation. Should we set apart time for response in worship? What role does music play in a time of response? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate continue their discussion on worship services and worship music. Many services end with a time of response. This time connects to past revival movements as well as to traditional liturgy. The Gospel demands a response, but pastors and worship leaders need to consider how to invite others to respond to the Word of God.     Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 24, 2022
7@7 #116: Vision of Victory 1
Do recognize God’s presence in the hard times? Do you point others to His presence? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines a vision of Daniel that ensures victory. Daniel 7:1-8 tells of a dream given to the prophet. This terrible vision speaks of trouble in the future. At the same time, the vision affirms God's presence in the storm. God is the giver of the vision. He is not surprised by evil. Rather, He is cognizant of our hardships. God remains close to our side in times of sorrow and in the midst of persecution. The vision shows us that God is controlling the outcome. The future belongs to God. History is His-Story. God directs all things to His good purpose. Look for evidence of His presence in your life today.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 21, 2022
Trying Times from Temporal Authority (Sermon: Daniel 8:1-14)
Are you worried about current events? Do you fear the future? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 8:1-14. These verses remind us of God's sovereignty over all--including evil regimes. Daniel's vision discloses terrible empires of the future. The revelation from God points us to foundational truths. First, all temporal authorities are perceived by the Primary Power. God knows what was, is, and is to come. Second, tyrannical governments come in different forms. An evil empire may be compelled by passion (vv. 3-4; 4c), driven to ever increase its power. Another empire may be propelled by reprisal (vv. 5-8), desiring to enact revenge others. A wicked government may be possessed of pride (vv. 9-12). This devious characteristic may be the most dangerous. It creates direct enmity between the prideful ruler and ultimate ruler, God. Daniel is shown a future filled with evil empires. Yet, he is not to be discouraged. The vision also confirms a third truth. Wicked rulers will be prevented from prevailing (vv. 13-14). God will only permit the wicked a short time to reign. He will bring judgment on nation after nation. Ultimately God will establish His own kingdom. Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 21, 2022
7@7 #115: Testifying Trust 3
Do you give credit where it’s due, or do you keep it for yourself? Do you give glory to God? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores a trust in God that testifies to others. Daniel 6:25-27 discloses the testimony of Darius upon realizing that Daniel was safe. Darius glorifies God. He declares peace to all peoples, pronounces God's dominion, and sings of His salvation. Do we remember to praise God for the good things He has done? Declare His peace in the Gospel. Bring the lost into the kingdom. Remember your own salvation and work for the salvation of others.    Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:39
February 18, 2022
OTXNT 48: Worship Music, Part 3
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Worship Music (pt. 3) - How do we address questions of style in worship? What elements are essential in a worship service? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate continue their discussion on worship service and worship music. Should we regulate the elements and style of worship? If so, what principles do we have at our disposal. The regulative principle restricts the elements of worship to the instructions given in Scripture. The normative principle promotes creativity in worship so long as it does not contradict Scripture. Are worship leaders working through these issues in worship, or being driven by other forces? Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 17, 2022
Jesus, Our Firm Foundation (Sermon)
What is your spiritual foundation? Are you standing on the bedrock of Christ? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from several Scriptures that support our VBS theme verse of Phil. 1:6. Jesus, Our Firm Foundation provides security, salvation, and sanctity for His own. Those who find their safety in Christ receive true assurance and are not fooled by the world's promises. Only Jesus saves. Other "saviors" offer temporary or fraudulent deliverance. Jesus not only saves us and keeps us, He also sanctifies us. He calls His people into deeper relationship with Himself. He makes us holy.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 16, 2022
7@7 #114: Testifying Trust 2
Have you ever been vindicated, cleared of false charges? Did the vindication bring recognition or rewards? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reviews a trust in God that testifies to others. Daniel 6:24, 28 reveals what happened to Daniel and his accusers after the prophet escaped the lions' den. Daniel's nemeses were neutralized by Darius. The king turned the tables on Daniel's enemies. He committed the conspirators to the lions, along with their wives and children. The Babylonian gods were not able to spare Daniel's opponents. The lions devoured their prey before they reached the ground.  Daniel on the other hand prospered for the remainder of Darius' tenure. Someday we will all stand for judgment. A terrible fate awaits the enemies of God. Those on the side of Satan will suffer his fate in hell. Those who belong to Jesus will not be punished for their sins. Rather, they will prosper in the presence of the Lion of Judah. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:52
February 15, 2022
Roll Call (Sermon: Hebrews 10:19-25)
Do I have to go to church on Sunday? Does the Bible say that Christians need to gather regularly? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Hebrews 10:19-25. These verses encourage Christians to come together in worship. Attending the worship gathering helps believers experience their Savior. Church attendance expresses salvation to fellow believers and to the world. Worship together encourages the body of Christ to remain faithful to God. Is it time for you to come back to church or to make church attendance a priority?  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 14, 2022
7@7 #113: Testifying Trust 1
What if your prayers were answered today? How would you react? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez considers a trust in God that testifies to others. Daniel 6:18-23 tells what happened to Darius and Daniel after Daniel was thrown to the lions. Darius' hope is realized after a night of distress, unrest, and dismay. After an evening of turmoil, fasting, and grief, Darius approaches the lions' den at first light. He learns of a surprising salvation. Daniel lives! Dairus pronounces an elated explanation testifying to the God of Daniel--the God who saves. We can learn a lot about prayer from this passage. Even pagan kings place their hope in God. Do we pray in faith? Do we pray with fasting and intensity? Most importantly, do we give praise to God for answered prayer? We serve a God Who saves. Let us give Him the praise He is due by testifying of His glory among the nations. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 11, 2022
OTXNT 47: Worship Music (Part 2)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Worship Music (pt. 2) - What does the Bible Have to Say? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate continue their discussion on worship music. Throughout the Bible we see examples of musical worshipers. We are given commands to sing praises to God. Music is a standard feature in worship both individually and corporately. Christians should sing in church, united in voice, exalting Christ. Stylistic preferences should not dictate Christian worship. Worship songs teach the mind and move the heart. Praise God for His gift of music.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 10, 2022
Clarity from Chaos (Sermon: Dan. 7:15-28)
When you think of the future are your encouraged or discouraged? Where do you turn for answers about the future? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 7:15-28. These verses reveal an alarmed investigation of the prophet in regard to his vision. He is concerned about a dreadful 4th beast and its insolent horn. Daniel receives heavenly assurance. Despite the coming difficulties, God will come in His time to judge and set things right. With a heavy heart, Daniel accepts these words and keeps the vision to himself. He will trust God even with knowledge of a hard future for his people. We can learn from Daniel. When we see challenges ahead, do we turn to God? Do we trust in God's ultimate provision to see us through our troubles? Do you believe in a final judgment and deliverance of the saints?  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 10, 2022
7@7 #112: Defying Despotism 3
Could you be charged for being a Christian? Would the charges stick? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses the importance of Defying Despotism. In Daniel 6:11-17, we see the scheme of Daniel's opponents come to fruition. Daniel is charged for praying to his God. Darius recognizes that he was deceived, but he cannot find a loophole to his own law. The result is that Daniel is thrown into a lion's den. Someday you may find yourself charged for being a Christian. In that day will you stand firm in the faith. Will the Christian life you currently live be enough to convince your rivals that you truly believe in Christ?    Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:58
February 07, 2022
A Guide to God's Peace (Sermon: Philippians 4:6-9)
Are you feeling wound up or stressed out? Are you looking for peace? What's so great about God's peace? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Philippians 4:6-9. Paul from prison encouraged believers to find God's peace. God's peace is divine, transcendent, and protective. We can pray our angst away and invite peace to come. Through meditating on the good gifts of God, we can displace anxiety and ultimately, display our obedience.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 07, 2022
OTXNT 46: Worship Music, Part 1
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Worship Music (pt. 1) - In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the hymnal. Should hymns make a comeback? Most evangelical churches have abandoned the hymnal and adopted higher tech modalities. Despite this reality, the hymnal offered some real advantages. Are there ways of recapturing these advantages for modern worship?  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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February 04, 2022
7@7 #111: Defying Despotism 2
Will you serve God or man? Are you ready to make the choice? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses the importance of Defying Despotism. In Daniel 6:6-10, we look behind the scenes to see the actions of Daniel's enemies. A crafty conspiracy comes together as Daniel's opponents propose a new law to Darius. The emperor is deceived by pride to restrict all prayer for 30 days. During this period citizens must only petition Darius for help, rejecting all other men and gods. Upon hearing this decree, Daniel visibly and fearlessly prays to God as he had always done. When the trap is set for us, will we be faithful as Daniel? Are we faithful in the little things today? Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:41
January 31, 2022
Vision of Victory (Sermon: Dan. 7:1-14)
Do you look for God's Presence in the storm? Do you recognize God's purpose in judgment and redemption? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez preaches from Daniel 7:1-14. Daniel receives an intense vision that discloses difficult times in the future. Despite this reality, the dream also reveals God's sovereignty and ultimate victory. Believers are encouraged to persevere in hard times by remembering God's control of the future.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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January 30, 2022
7@7 #110: Defying Despotism 1
Are you ready to be on the enemy's radar? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses the importance of Defying Despotism. In Daniel 6:1-5, we see the promotion of Daniel to high office as a result of his faithfulness. The shining assignment brings a hollow hostility as Daniel's opponents look for a flaw or failure to exploit in order to halt higher promotion for the prophet. Finding no fault in Daniel, his enemies resign to a sinister strategy. They seek to manufacture a conflict between Daniel's service to God and the empire.    Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:53
January 28, 2022
7@7 #109: Lessons from Bethlehem 4
Have you met the Prince of Peace? Has He made you a minister of peace? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reflects on the Christmas Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem. The Prince Provides the Peace. In Micah 5:4b-5, we are told of an enduring peace that is sourced in Christ and extended to us. As Jesus descended upon Bethlehem, He promised peace to all that would come to Him. Christ ends our enmity with God by paying the price for sin. He makes us whole. Jesus also promised to return again. At His 2nd coming, He will establish enduring peace by conquering Satan and his servants. Jesus will gather His own to Himself and care for them forever. In between these comings, we are called to be peacemakers. We make peace on earth by proclaiming the Gospel that sinners might be forgiven. We also work for peace on earth as adopted children of God. We offer peace because we have met the Prince and Author of peace.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
07:00
December 20, 2021
Go Tell It on the Mountain (Sermon)
Do you walk in Joy? Proclaim it from the mountaintops. Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez teaches from the Christmas Carol, Go Tell It on the Mountain. This hymn begins with an Abrupt Announcement to humble shepherds. Shepherds hold a special vocation in God's kingdom. He calls Himself the Good Shepherd. These shepherds were ready for the message as they performed their duty of caring for their flocks. Next, the hymn tells of a Glorious Gospel. The message was heralded by angels. It spoke of joy for all people. Verse 3 expresses a Surprising Salvation. Featuring the humility of God, a child in a manger has come to save the humble. Finally, the chorus of the carol calls us to Passionate Proclamation. A story fulfilled must also be a story shared. Who can you tell today?  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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December 20, 2021
7@7 #108: Lessons from Bethlehem 3
Are you devoted to Christ? Do you delight in Him? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reflects on the Christmas Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem. Devotion Promotes Delight. God promises to care for His sheep (Micah 5:4a). His care causes our delight. Still, not all Christians delight in the Lord equally. The depth of our devotion increases our delight in our Savior. We need to incorporate devotional practices that stimulate our desire for Jesus. Pray, read the Scripture, attend church, fast, abstain, fellowship, serve, and witness. These things, performed from a meek heart, will draw you closer to Christ. He will enter you and dine with you. You will increase in delight of Him for eternity. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:58
December 17, 2021
OTXNT 45: All About Advent
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: All About Advent - In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss Advent. Many evangelical churches have added Advent celebrations to their worship services. What is Advent and how should we celebrate it? The season of Advent begins the church year as Christians look to the birth of Christ. Perhaps we can incorporate more Advent practices into our personal and corporate worship.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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December 17, 2021
7@7 #107: Lessons from Bethlehem 2
Do you persevere in Patience? Will you wait on God’s promises? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reflects on the Christmas Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem. Patience prepares us for promises. The prophet Micah predicted great things for Bethlehem 700 years before they would take place. The wondrous scene depicted in the second verse of the carol reflects the fulfillment of prophecy that was patiently longed for. Angels and mortals awaited the promised Messiah. Only those walking in patience witnessed the birth of Christ. Upon fulfillment, however, they proclaimed the message to all.  God calls us to patiently wait upon His promises. This patience builds our character and hope. God's patience permits opportunity for repentance and Gospel proclamation. How are you using the waiting time?     Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:59
December 13, 2021
7@7 #106: Lessons from Bethlehem 1
Do you seek honor from others or, do you walk in humility? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reflects on the Christmas Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem. Bethlehem was known for its bread. In fact, its name translates to "Bread Town." How fitting that the Messiah, the Bread of Life, would come from Bethlehem. This town of both humble means and stature served as the birthplace of the King of Kings. God prefers to use humble people to fulfill great purposes. Christians should learn from Bethlehem. We must walk in humility and allow God to exalt us in His due time.    Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:60
December 10, 2021
OTXNT 44: Should Christians Celebrate Hanukkah?
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Should Christians Celebrate Hanukkah? - In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate explore the Feast of Dedication. Hanukkah remembers the restoration of the temple after the desolation that took place under Antiochus IV. Jesus celebrated this feast and Daniel prophesied the events? Should Christians celebrate the holiday today?   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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December 10, 2021
The Best Bread Comes from Breadtown (Sermon)
Are you ready for the Prince of Peace? Look to Bethlehem. Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores the Christmas Carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem. This hymn calls us to humility, patience, and devotion as we await our Prince of Peace. Those who wait on the Lord will be blessed. The carol reminds us to look to Christ for honor, fulfilled promises, delight, and peace. Let us follow the example of Bethlehem as we prepare our hearts for Christmas. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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December 08, 2021
7@7 #105: Keeping Christ in Christmas 3
Do you remember your salvation? Do you live daily in light of Christ’s victory? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reflects on the Christmas story. Christ's first coming brought salvation from sin. His second coming promises triumph over the final enemy, death. As we approach Christmas let us remember our salvation and the present victory we have over sin. Let us extend the offer of salvation to everyone we meet. Christ came and He is coming again.    Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:39
December 06, 2021
7@7 #104: Keeping Christ in Christmas 2
Are you walking in Joy? Do you rejoice knowing that you are part of Christ’s Kingdom? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez considers the Christmas story. The first and second comings of Christ are a cause for joy for all believers. Because Christ came, we can now be included in His family. When Christ returns we will rejoice to be part of His visible kingdom. Consider these things and share the joy of Christ with others this season.  Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:58
December 03, 2021
O Come Emmanuel (Sermon)
Do you have joy this Christmas season? Has Emmanuel come into your heart? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores the Christmas Carol, O Come O Come Emmanuel. This hymn is filled with theological content. In the first verse, we cry out with Israel for Christ to come and give His presence. The second verse relates a cry for light in the midst of darkness. The Father sends the Son to bring life and light to those that receive Him. Verse 3 begs God to reveal His wisdom and to cause us to follow Him. The final verse relays the desire of all nations for lasting peace that can only come from God. Emmanuel come again and establish peace forever. Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
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December 02, 2021
7@7 #103: Keeping Christ in Christmas 1
Are you ready for the season? How can we keep Christ in Christmas? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Matthew 1 and Luke 2. The hustle and bustle of the Christmas season can distract from focusing on our Savior. Reflecting on Scripture helps us keep Christ at the center of the season. Matthew tells us that Christ's birth fulfills the prophecy of communion with God. God is with us. Luke retells the angelic declaration that Christ's coming brings peace to humankind. Remembering our communion with God and the harmony this communion brings with our fellow man will help us keep Christ in this Christmas season.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:59
November 26, 2021
OTXNT 43: Interpreting Old Testament Laws
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Interpreting Old Testament Laws - In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate consider four ways of interpreting Old Testament Law. Are the OT laws still for us to follow? Should they be discarded with the Old Covenant? Do they reflect enduring principles? Do they give us special insight and wisdom for life today?
40:53
November 25, 2021
7@7 #102: End of an Empire 5
Do you denounce sin? Will you warn the wicked? Will you choose repentance over despair? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 5:22-31. In these verses, Daniel reveals the writing on the wall to Belshazzar. Daniel exposes the specific sins of the king and declares God's judgment against him. Belshazzar rewards Daniel and retires for the evening. The unrepentant king is killed that very night. We are called to be bold as Daniel and to declare God's judgment against sin. This declaration will lead some to repent, but will serve as an eternal indictment against those who persist in rebellion.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor of North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:56
November 22, 2021
Tale of Two Sovereigns (Sermon: Dan. 4:28-37)
Is Judgement at Hand? Have you recognized the Most High God? What changes when you recognize the glory of God? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:28-37. In these verses, Nebuchadnezzar's dream is realized. After a season to repent expires, the king becomes self-enraptured and falls into the sin of pride. God pronounces a sentence upon the King and takes Nebuchadnezzar's sanity for 7 years. Do we ever fail in our repentance? Do we fall into pride? God's judgment may be at hand for your sin. Even Christians experience consequences of sin in this life. Hold to repentance, and walk in the mercy of Christ. Have you recognized the Most High God? Have you bowed knee to King Jesus? Nebuchadnezzar finally confesses God as the Most High. He comes to his senses after seven years of insanity. He professes the Immortal, Incomparable, and Incontestable God. Do you know this God? The story ends as Nebuchadnezzar tells of his restoration and displays his resolution. After humbling himself before God, Nebuchadnezzar receives sanity, status, subjects and sovereignty. He is given greater majesty than ever before, demonstrating God's generosity. Nebuchadnezzar proclaims God's glory and warns against pride. Are you humble before God? Relinquish pride and receive grace today.
35:05
November 22, 2021
7@7 #101: End of an Empire 4
Are you a pretender or a proclaimer? Do you live on borrowed faith, or are you a giver of the Gospel? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 5:13-22. These verses show the confrontation of Daniel and Belshazzar. The king recognizes Daniel and restates the problem of the writing on the wall. He proposes rewards if Daniel will interpret the meaning. Daniel rejects Belshazzar's offer but agrees to reveal the message. First, Daniel will remind the king of his forefather Nebuchadnezzar. This greater ruler ultimately was broken by God and humbled himself before the Most High. Belshazzar has not followed the example of Nebuchadnezzar.   Dr. Andrew Marquez is Director/Dean of Wayland Baptist University's Arizona Campuses (www.wbu.edu/arizona) and Executive Pastor at North Swan Baptist Church (www.northswanbaptist.com).
06:57
November 19, 2021
The Toppled Tree (Sermon: Dan 4:1-27)
What moves you to share the Gospel? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:1-27. In these verses, King Nebuchadnezzar testifies to the Most High God, encouraging all people everywhere to acknowledge Him. We find from this chapter that a real encounter with God motivates our worship and our desire to bring others into relationship with our Lord. How do you think through difficult situations? King Nebuchadnezzar was troubled by a dream. He called in the experts, but they could not help. Finally he called upon Daniel, the one with the Spirit of God. When we face difficult issues or circumstances, do we go to God? Do we turn to the revelation of God's Spirit in Scripture? Do you hear God’s voice? Do you listen to God’s warnings? King Nebuchadnezzar's dream was confusing, but clearly represented a warning to the pagan ruler. Nebuchadnezzar recognized the significance of this dream and seeks help. Do you place yourself before God's Word? Remove distractions and seek God's voice. Share God's Word with others, so they can hear the warning and learn of salvation. Will you repent before the judgment? Do you turn from sin when God warns? Daniel interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The king is the great tree who will be cut down. He will be humbled for 7 times (likely 7 years). Daniel urged the king to repent to possibly put off the judgment. We can avoid judgment for sin if we will repent and trust in God's mercy. Turn from rebellion and self, turn to Jesus and receive His mercy, forgiveness, and righteousness.
36:09
November 17, 2021
7@7 #100: End of an Empire 3
The world needs a witness! Are you ready to be called upon? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 5:10-12. In this passage, the queen enters the scene. She brings a calming intervention to a chaotic moment. While Belshazzar does not know what to do, the queen reminds him of Daniel--the man of God. Daniel can give the interpretation. Perhaps there is hope for this wayward king. Are we faithful to bear witness in times of crisis? Are we knowledgeable of the Gospel and of good ministers of God's Word? Do you confidently call people to salvation?
06:59
November 15, 2021
7@7 #99: End of an Empire 2
Are you a peace maker? Can you keep your spiritual cool when the world is on fire? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 5:5-9. These verses disclose God's response to Belshazzar's blasphemous banquet. In the midst of sacrilege, God enters the room to write the doom of Babylon on the wall. Panic ensues when the bodement appears--God's harbinger hand spelling unknown judgment upon Belshazzar. The king's wisemen blunder in interpreting the words. Belshazzar makes desperate deals with any able to offer help. How do we respond in a world writhing in fear? Are you a minister of peace? Do you demonstrate repentance instead of panic?
07:05
November 12, 2021
OTXNT 42: Baptism for the Dead?
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Baptism for the Dead? A Look at 1 Corinthians 15:29 - In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate consider a difficult passage of Scripture. The discussion debriefs a chapel presentation of Gateway Seminar (https://youtu.be/2iRk28WXh5I).
34:05
November 12, 2021
Faith through Fire (Sermon: Dan. 3:19-30)
Will you persevere in persecution? Have you experienced God’s salvation? When will the righteous be rewarded? In this sermon, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 3:19-30. The passage tells of the moment when Nebuchadnezzar cast Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fiery furnace. When persecution comes to you or those you love, will you remain faithful? God promises to save the faithful  through the fire.  In the midst of the fire, Nebuchadnezzar sees one like the son of god walking with the other three. The king calls the faithful servants of the Most High from the flames to discover that they were completed preserved from the fire. When God saves, He saves completely. He saves from sin today and from the eternal lake of fire. Have you received this salvation? Upon surviving the furnace, Nebuchadnezzar applauds the servants of God. He praises their faithfulness, and warns their accusers. He awards the three with higher position. God will reward the righteous, in this life or the next, for their faithfulness.
34:19
November 01, 2021
7@7 #98: End of an Empire 1
Will your false gods save you? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 5:1-4. These verses tell of a Belshazzar's blasphemous banquet. With Persia waiting outside the gates of Babylon, the acting king throws a depraved party in honor of his gods. He commits sacrilege by using Israel's consecrated vessels to toast idols. Instead of repenting and turning to the true God of Daniel and Nebuchadnezzar, Belshazzar increases his iniquity. What gods to we turn to today? Is it the gods of politics, psychology, education, medicine, or pseudo-morality? Can such gods save us? Repent and turn to the living God.
07:14
October 29, 2021
7@7 #97: Christ's Commission 3
Do you bear witness to the Gospel? What would you risk to maintain your witness? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Acts 1:6-8. These verses remind us of some of the final words of Christ before His ascension. Jesus calls commissions His disciples to be witnesses. In the power of the Holy Spirit, God's witnesses will share the Gospel to the ends of the earth. Church history shows us that often witnesses are synonymous with martyrs. Would you give your life to the advancement of the Gospel?
06:46
October 25, 2021
Conviction in Crisis (Sermon: Dan. 3:1-18)
Are you Alert? Are you prepared? How is your conduct? Are you ready for the test? In this devotion, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 3:1-18. This passage reveals the work of Nebuchadnezzar to counteract the dream of chapter 2. By building a statue of solid gold, Nebuchadnezzar rejects the vision of subsequent empires. By mandating worship to this statue, Nebuchadnezzar petitions his gods to continue his empire. The verses tell of the charges brought against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, for not bowing to Nebuchadnezzar's golden statue. The Bible warns Christians that the world will bring accusations against them. Such charges may misrepresent our beliefs and actions. Peter calls believers to live with excellent conduct to shame accusers and perhaps to win them to glory in the day of Christ. Do you have courage in your convictions? The king offers the exiles a final chance to worship his image. Their response is among the greatest answers given in the Bible. "Our God . . . is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, . . . but if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Would you have such courage in the face persecution and death? Remain in Christ! Receive His grace, so that you will be ready when the trial comes.
34:43
October 25, 2021
7@7 #96: Christ's Commission 2
Are you a Gospel proclaimer? Are you a Herald for the King? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Luke 24:44-49. These verses remind us of some of the final words of Christ in the Gospel of Luke. In this Great Commission, Jesus instructs His disciples on the content of the Gospel found in all Scripture. He reminds them of the unfulfilled task of proclamation. The Gospel must be proclaimed to all nations by those who witnessed the suffering, death, and resurrection of Christ. As a believer, you have become of witness to the Gospel in your own life. Now you are called to herald that message to the nations. Will you proclaim the Gospel message today?
06:60
October 22, 2021
OTXNT 41: A Biblical Look at Immigration
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Immigration - In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate consider the Biblical view of immigration. Was Jesus and immigrant? What is a sojourner? Why did the patriarchs meet with rulers when entering foreign territory? How do these concepts and examples relate today? The Bible speaks on the topic of immigration in many ways.
42:31
October 21, 2021
Dream Weaving Deliverance 2 (Sermon: Dan. 2:24-49)
Have you heard the Good News? Do you hear God's Word? God is in control and will reward the faithful. In this sermon, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 2:24-49. Daniel shares God's revelation with Nebuchadnezzar. The image of God's sovereignty was designed to humble this powerful king. Babylon will be followed by lesser empires prior to the arrival of God's eternal kingdom. All earthly power is temporary. God's kingdom is eternal. After hearing Daniel's interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar rewards the prophet. Daniel's God is worshipped. Daniel is promoted and his friends are elevated. God will reward his people. Continue in obedience, endure faithfully and in due time the Lord will lift you up.
41:48
October 20, 2021
Dream Weaving Deliverance 1 (Sermon: Dan. 2:1-23)
Does God have your attention? Where do you turn in times of trouble? How can Christians counter chaos? Pastor Andrew preaches through Daniel 2:1-23. These verses introduce Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the statue. The king's wise men fail to discern the dream and its meaning for Nebuchadnezzar. As a result the king orders the execution of all the wise men. Daniel asks for time. He, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah pray for help and God comes through. God uses human failure to create opportunities to speak through His people. What is He trying to say to or through you? Do you have courage in the Spirit to confront a culture in chaos? Like Daniel, do you pray through trouble and praise in victory?
30:17
October 06, 2021
7@7 #95: Christ's Commission 1
Are you a disciple? Are you a disciple maker? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Matthew 28:18-20. These verses relate the final words of Christ in the Gospel of Matthew. In His Great Commission, Jesus commands His followers to make disciples. Wherever you find yourself, wherever you go, Jesus calls you to be a disciple maker. Discipleship involves bringing people into a relationship with Christ marked by baptism. Disciple makers walk with disciples unto maturity. Are you continuing to grow in maturity? Who are you helping become a disciple of Christ today?
06:53
October 04, 2021
7@7 #94: Tale of Two Sovereigns 3
What changes when you recognize the glory of God? Has humbling yourself before God changed your life? Has it changed you? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:36-37. In these verses, Nebuchadnezzar tells of his restoration and displays his resolution. After humbling himself before God, Nebuchadnezzar receives sanity, status, subjects and sovereignty. He is given greater majesty than ever before, demonstrating God's generosity. Nebuchadnezzar proclaims God's glory and warns against pride. Are you humble before God? Relinquish pride and receive grace today.
06:55
October 01, 2021
Into Exile (Sermon: Dan. 1:1-17)
Are you prepared to enter exile? Are you resolved to follow God's rules? Will you wait on God's reward? In this sermon, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 1:1-21. In the midst of destruction, Daniel reminds us that God is in control. God is Sovereign. This chapter shows the first test given to Daniel and his friends. How will these four young men remain faithful in exile? Their actions are our guide. First, they refuse defilement. Next, they seek for a solution, and finally they demonstrate faith in God's favor. The verses conclude the chapter with blessings for Daniel and his friends. God prospers His people in His time. His blessings will come. We will be rewarded in this life or the one to come if we will remain faithful.
27:20
September 29, 2021
OTXNT 40: Head Coverings (1 Cor. 11)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Head Coverings (1 Cor. 11) - In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the role of head coverings in the church. Looking at 1 Cor. 11:1-16, we discuss the meaning of head coverings and whether Paul's instructions intend an enduring practice.
42:40
September 28, 2021
7@7 #93: Tale of Two Sovereigns 2
Have you recognized the Most High God? Have you bowed knee to King Jesus? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:34-35. In these verses, Nebuchadnezzar confesses God as the Most High. He comes to his senses after seven years of insanity. He professes the Immortal, Incomparable, and Incontestable God. Do you know this God?
06:51
September 27, 2021
7@7 #92: Tale of Two Sovereigns 1
Is Judgement at Hand? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:28-33. In these verses, Nebuchadnezzar's dream is realized. After a season to repent expires, the king becomes self-enraptured and falls into the sin of pride. God pronounces a sentence upon the King and takes Nebuchadnezzar's sanity for 7 years. Do we ever fail in our repentance? Do we fall into pride? God's judgment may be at hand for your sin. Even Christians experience consequences of sin in this life. Hold to repentance, and walk in the mercy of Christ.
06:50
September 24, 2021
7@7 #91: Toppled Tree 4
Will you repent before the judgment? Do you turn from sin when God warns? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:19-27. Here, Daniel gives the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. The king is the great tree who will be cut down. He will be humbled for 7 times (likely 7 years). While the decree is given, Daniel urges the king to repent and possibly put off the judgment. We can avoid the declared judgment for sin if we will repent and trust in God's mercy. Turn from rebellion and self, turn to Jesus and receive His mercy, forgiveness, and righteousness.
06:39
September 13, 2021
7@7 #90: Toppled Tree 3
Do you hear God’s voice? Do you listen to God’s warnings? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:10-18. These verses reveal the dream of King Nebuchadnezzar. The dream is confusing, but clearly represents a warning to the pagan king. Nebuchadnezzar recognizes the significance of this dream and seeks help. Do you place yourself before God's Word? Remove distractions and seek God's voice. Share God's Word with others, so they can hear the warning and learn of salvation.
06:30
September 10, 2021
OTXNT 39: Don't Worry, Trust God
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Don't Worry, Trust God - In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate look at Matthew 6:25-34. In a fast-pace world of stress and anxiety, Jesus reminds us of God's provision. While each day has trouble, Christians find peace in the midst by trusting in the mercy of God.
25:46
September 10, 2021
7@7 #89: Toppled Tree 2
How do you think through difficult situations? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:4-9, 18. In these verses, King Nebuchadnezzar is troubled by a dream. He calls in the experts, but they cannot help. Finally he calls upon Daniel, the one with the Spirit of God. When we face difficult issues or circumstances, do we go to God? Do we turn to the revelation of God's Spirit in Scripture? Do we consult our pastors and teachers? Seek God's Word and you will gain discretion.
06:60
September 06, 2021
7@7 #88: Toppled Tree 1
What moves you to share the Gospel? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 4:1-3. In these verses, King Nebuchadnezzar testifies to the Most High God, encouraging all people everywhere to acknowledge Him. We find from this chapter that a real encounter with God motivates our worship and our desire to bring others into relationship with our Lord.
06:46
September 03, 2021
OTXNT 38: Gender Distinctions in the Church? - A look at 1 Cor. 11 (pt. 1)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Gender Distinctions in the Church? - A look at 1 Corinthians 11. In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate work through the first few verses of 1 Cor. 11. Paul commands head-coverings for women and restricts their use for men in the context of worship. How should we think about these issues today?
38:25
September 02, 2021
OTXNT 36: Back to School - What should parents be thinking about?
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Back to School - What should parents be thinking about? What should Christian parents consider as their kids go back to school? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the new school year and how it relates to new starts in spiritual disciplines and Christian parenting.
31:39
August 27, 2021
7@7 #87: Faith Through Fire 3
When will the righteous be rewarded? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 3:28-30. In these verses, we see the conclusion to the story of the fiery furnace. Upon surviving the furnace, Nebuchadnezzar applauds the servants of God. He praises their faithfulness, and warns their accusers. He awards the three with higher position. God will reward the righteous, in this life or the next, for their faithfulness.
06:57
August 23, 2021
OTXNT 37: An Issue of Christian Conscience
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: An Issue of Christian Conscience. What constitutes a faith exception to medical mandates? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate consider the roles of religious liberty and freedom of conscience in regards to new government and employer mandates.
44:47
August 20, 2021
OTXNT 35: Marriage, Divorce, & Remarriage (Part 4)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Divorce and Remarriage (Part 4). Does abandonment or abuse constitute grounds for divorce? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate consider when remarriage is permitted after divorce.
35:26
July 21, 2021
7@7 #86: Faith Through Fire 2
What does Salvation look like? Have you experienced God’s salvation? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 3:24-27. In these verses, we see the miraculous salvation of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace. In the midst of the fire, Nebuchadnezzar sees one like the son of god walking with the other three. The king calls the faithful servants of the Most High from the flames to discover that they were completed preserved from the fire. When God saves, He saves completely. He saves from sin today and from the eternal lake of fire. Have you received this salvation?
06:47
July 16, 2021
7@7 #85: Faith Through Fire 1
Will you persevere in persecution? How can you prepare? In this devotion, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 3:19-23. The passage tells of the moment when Nebuchadnezzar cast Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego into the fiery furnace. The persecution involved irrational rage and urgency. It was real! So real, in fact, that the fire killed the king's mighty men. When persecution comes to you or those you love, will you remain faithful? God promises to save the faithful  through the fire.
06:47
July 13, 2021
7@7 #84: Christian Patriotism 2
Do you pray for your country? In this devotion, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Psalm 85:4-7. These verses express a patriotic prayer for one's nation. God can relent in His anger. God can give grace. Do you ask Him to do so? Pray for blessings, revival, and mercy. Pray for your leaders and teachers. Ask God if He wants you to serve in an appointed or elected position.
06:56
July 09, 2021
Perseverance, Our Posture of Power (11/15/21)
What does Christian perseverance look like? How do I persevere when persecution finally comes? Is there a secret to persevering in the faith? In this sermon, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 5:6-14. Peter calls Christians to persevere through prayer. Our prayers should seek for peace within ourselves, our church, and our world. With a humble heart, we pray,  meek in His might, calm until commendation. We surrender our anxiety to Jesus and look for His solace.  Peter urges Christians to resist the devil to persist in the faith. Believers must be alert and aware, stand firm in the faith, and be patient until perfection. The apostle closes the letter by saluting fellow servants and calling Christians to be grounded in grace. Finally Peter reminds believers to gather and greet each other in the peace of Christ.
27:57
July 07, 2021
7@7 #83: Christian Patriotism 1
Can a Christian be a patriot? Should a Christian be a patriot? In this devotion, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Psalm 85:1-3. This passage reflects the prayer of a patriot who recognizes God as his first allegiance. By keeping God in first place, Christians can maintain true patriotism for their nations, celebrating its virtues and grieving, even rebuking, its vices.
06:57
July 05, 2021
7@7 #82: Conviction in Crisis 3
Are you ready for the test? Do you have courage in your convictions? Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 3:13-18. This passage recounts Nebuchadnezzar's confrontation of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. The king offers the exiles a final chance to worship his image. Their response is among the greatest answers given in the Bible. "Our God . . . is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, . . . but if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up." Would you have such courage in the face persecution and death? Remain in Christ! Receive His grace through His Holy Spirit, so that you can be ready when the trial comes.
06:57
July 02, 2021
Humility, Our Gracious Garment (11/08/20 Sermon)
How can I lead well? It starts with humility. Why should I listen to those in authority? Christ commands it. In this sermon, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 5:1-5. In these verses, Peter urges those in charge of others to be lowly leaders. In humility, we will lead those under our care with the right motives, anticipating the return of our Chief Leader, Jesus Christ. Jesus remains the ultimate example of humility. Peter also tells the youth and the church at large to follow their leaders. Youth must yield despite their desire for independence. Every Christian needs to honor other believers and seek reverent relationships in Christ's body.  With an attitude of humility, we open ourselves up to received God's grace.
33:22
June 30, 2021
OTXNT 34: Marriage, Divorce, & Remarriage (Part 3)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Divorce and Remarriage (Part 3). Does abandonment or abuse constitute grounds for divorce? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate look at 1 Corinthians 7:8-16 to explore Paul's guidance for the church. 
31:54
June 29, 2021
7@7 #81: Conviction in Crisis 2
How is your conduct? Will it withstand accusation? In this devotion, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 3:8-12. These verses tell of the charges brought against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, for not bowing to Nebuchadnezzar's golden statue. The charges accuse the exiles for refusing to obey the king. The accusers mischaracterize the exiles as being unloyal and disrespectful. The Bible warns Christians that the world will bring accusations against them. Such charges may misrepresent our beliefs and actions. Peter calls believers to live with excellent conduct to shame accusers and perhaps to win them to glory in the day of Christ.
06:55
June 28, 2021
Testifying Trust (5/23/21 Sermon)
What happens when Christians are faithful through persecution? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew Marquez preaches through Daniel 6:18-28. Daniel was faithful even when facing the lion's den. This resulted in Darius' hope being realized; Daniel's enemies being neutralized; God being glorified; and the prophet was lionized. Does your life testify to your trust in God? Do you consider what God might do through your faithfulness?
31:20
June 27, 2021
7@7 #80: Conviction in Crisis 1
Are you Alert? Are you prepared? The devil is looking for an opportunity. In this devotion, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 3:1-7. This passage reveals the work of Nebuchadnezzar to counteract the dream of chapter 2. By building a statue of solid gold, Nebuchadnezzar rejects the vision of subsequent empires. By mandating worship to this statue, Nebuchadnezzar petitions his gods to continue his empire. This incident follows Nebuchadnezzar's praise of Israel's God. In a short time, the king went from recognizing the Source of true power to trying to usurp that power. Nebuchadnezzar's plan comes with the threat of death to anyone not in compliance. Believers must recognize the activity of the devil. We must be on guard, knowing that even in the good times, Satan is looking for an opportunity to thwart God's plans and attack His people.
06:38
June 25, 2021
Suffering, The Way to God's Will #2 (10/25/20 Sermon)
What sustains a believer in suffering? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew Marquez preaches through 1 Peter 4:7-19. Peter reminds us that suffering is part of the Christian life. God uses suffering to conform believers to His will. Peter encourages believers to remain faithful in suffering by serving others and by fixing our eyes on the glory to come.
30:26
June 23, 2021
OTXNT 33: Marriage, Divorce, & Remarriage (Part 2)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Divorce and Remarriage (Part 2). What is marriage? The Bible views marriage as a sacred covenant between a man and a women that reveals mysteries of God. The revelatory nature of marriage informs the beauty in the Trinity. Divorce mars our view of the Godhead. Godly marriage allows husbands and wives to experience God in a profound ways.
29:23
June 22, 2021
7@7 #79: Dream-weaving Deliverance 7
A reward is in store for the faithful. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 2:46-49. These verses finish the story of Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the statue. After hearing Daniel's interpretation, Nebuchadnezzar rewards the prophet. Daniel's God is worshipped. Daniel is promoted and his friends are elevated. God will reward his people. Continue in obedience, endure faithfully and in due time the Lord will lift you up. 
06:42
June 21, 2021
7@7 #78: Dream-weaving Deliverance 6
Is God in control? Do you believe it? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 2:36-45. These verses reveal the interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream. Babylon will be followed by lesser empires prior to the arrival of God's eternal kingdom. All earthly power is temporary. Worldly dominion is granted by God. While terrible people may come to power and persecute and disperse God's people, a day is coming when God' will establish His empire. A stone cut without hands will crush the powers of this world and set up God's eternal, holy, all-encompassing kingdom. God is in control. His day is coming.
06:40
June 18, 2021
OTXNT 32: Marriage, Divorce, & Remarriage (Part 1)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: The Bible on Divorce (Part 1). What are the Biblical grounds for divorce? What does Jesus mean by "sexual immorality?" In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate look at Matthew 5 and other Biblical texts to determine what Scripture says about divorce.
26:33
June 17, 2021
7@7 #77: Dream-weaving Deliverance 5
Do you hear God's Word? Have you ever heard from the Lord? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 2:31-35. In these verses Daniel tells Nebuchadnezzar the dream of the great statue. This scene reminds us of the importance of God's revelation. Nebuchadnezzar did everything in his power to hear from God. As a pagan king, his actions were extreme and even brutal. Despite this, Nebuchadnezzar demonstrates his appreciation and zeal for God's Word. The image of God's sovereignty was designed to humble this powerful king. The dream also spoke to Daniel in his servitude. God has a word for you. Make every effort to get in front of His word. Hear it; read it; study it; memorize it; and meditate upon it. Be cleansed "by the washing with water through the word."
06:44
June 14, 2021
7@7 #76: Blessed Assurance
Are you saved? Are you certain? Are you being sanctified? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Philippians 1:6. This verse is one every Christian should memorize. It expresses Paul's confidence of the salvation and sanctification of believers within the Philippian church. Paul's confidence is grounded in His knowledge of Christ. Jesus begins the work of salvation and completes it through sanctification for His children. Christians today should emulate Paul's confidence by remembering their conversion, participating in transformation, and hoping for Christ's return.
06:39
June 11, 2021
7@7 #75: Dream-weaving Deliverance 4
Have you heard the Good News? Have you shared it? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 2:24-30. In these verses Daniel shares God's revelation with Nebuchadnezzar. His spoken word delays the destruction of the wise men and accelerates their deliverance. Daniel's message from God exposes the king's heard. Daniel gives all glory to God. Do we share the Good News with the lost: offering salvation, exposing hearts, and glorifying God?
06:46
June 04, 2021
OTXNT 31: A Look at Laments
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: A Look at Laments. Can I grieve to God? How do the Biblical laments help the believer? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate invite Psalms researcher Dr. James Jordan to discuss the role of laments in the Christian life. Laments instruct believers on how and where to direct grief.    https://trainingleadersinternational.org/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesfjordan/
41:03
June 03, 2021
Suffering, The Way to God's Will #1 (10/11/20 Sermon)
How do you as a Christian handle suffering? Do you see suffering as purposeful? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew Marquez preaches through 1 Peter 4:1-6. Peter reminds us that suffering is part of the Christian life. God actually uses suffering to bring us into His will. In the midst of suffering, Christians must be armed for affliction, cease from sin, rattler our revilers by good conduct, and vindicate our heavenly verdict. 
30:00
June 03, 2021
Persecution, The Proof of Our Proclamation (10/4/20 Sermon)
Are you prepared for persecution? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew Marquez preaches through 1 Peter 3:13-22. Peter encourages Christians to point to Christ in the midst of persecution. We will determine to do right despite what people my say. Believers plan to proclaim to questioners. Christians are sustained by remembering Christ's victory. 
35:28
May 30, 2021
7@7 #74: Dream-weaving Deliverance 3
Where do you turn in times of trouble? What do you do when God comes through? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 2:17-23. These verses disclose Daniel's prayer meeting with Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. Threatened by death if he cannot tell the king his dream, Daniel gathers his friends to pray. Through prayer God reveals the dream to Daniel. Immediately they turn from pleading to praising. Can we walk in the wisdom of Daniel? Do you pray through trouble and praise in victory?
06:47
May 28, 2021
OTXNT 30: Degrees of Sin
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Degrees of Sin. Are all sins equal? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate consider whether God views all sins as the same. While Christ's death is sufficient to cover every sin, the Bible speaks of certain sins that bring greater condemnation. The death of Christ reminds believers of the offense that every sin carries. Christians strive for holiness, repenting of sin, and bearing burdens for our brethren.
28:41
May 27, 2021
7@7 #73: Dream-weaving Deliverance 2
How can Christians counter chaos? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 2:4-16. These verses tell of the failure of the wise men of Babylon to tell Nebuchadnezzar his dream. Their failure results in a death sentence for all the wise men of the empire, including Daniel and his friends. Daniel speaks with courage and wisdom to bring hope to a hopeless situation. Do we walk in God's wisdom in the midst of confusion? Do you have courage in the Spirit to confront a culture in chaos?
06:54
May 24, 2021
Defying Despotism (5/9/21-Sermon)
How should Christians respond to a government opposed to the worship of God? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew Marquez preaches through Daniel 6:1-17. Daniel's loyalty and leadership earn him favor along with some enemies. These enemies try to entrap him my creating laws that forbid prayer to God. Daniel defies these laws by praying as he always had. As a result, Daniel is arrested and thrown to a den of lions. Daniel's decision to obey God rather than man served as a powerful testimony to his opponents as well as to the king. Are you willing to serve God in the face of opposition? Will you bear witness at the risk of everything, even your life?
40:01
May 23, 2021
7@7 #72: Dream-weaving Deliverance 1
Does God have your attention? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 2:1-3. These verses introduce Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the statue. Through a dream, God gets the king's attention. God reveals His sovereignty through a dream that causes panic. This panic leads to quest for clarification. Through all this activity, God creates an opportunity to speak to the empire through His people. Does God have your attention? What is He trying to say to you?
06:52
May 21, 2021
OTXNT 29: Confession (Part 2)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Confession (Part 2) To whom should I confess? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the role of confession in the Christian community. What does confession look like in the church and among its members? Many churches encourage accountability partners. Some churches create opportunities for members to confess to the pastor. Other churches set aside time in worship to encourage individual and corporate confession. All these ideas are discussed in today's episode.
33:32
May 19, 2021
7@7 #71: Into Exile 3
Are you waiting on God's reward? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 1:17-21. These verses conclude chapter one and reveal God's blessings for Daniel and his friends. God prospers His people in His time. His blessings will come if we are patient. Longsuffering is a fruit of the Spirit. We will be rewarded in this life or the one to come if we will remain faithful.
06:28
May 17, 2021
End of an Empire #2 (5/2/21 - Sermon)
How should Christians react at the end of the empire? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew Marquez preaches through Daniel 5:13-31. Daniel boldly interprets the writing on the wall, forsaking potential rewards or consequences. The end of Babylon was tragic for the Babylonians but proved to be a blessing to the faithful exiles. Where will you stand when judgment comes?
33:11
May 16, 2021
7@7 #70: Into Exile 2
Are you resolved to follow God's rules? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 1:8-16. Here we are shown the first test given to Daniel and his friends. How will these four young men remain faithful in exile? Their actions are a guide to us. First, they refuse defilement. Next, they seek for a solution. Finally, they demonstrate faith in God's favor. These are great lessons for the church today. Are you resolved?
06:60
May 14, 2021
OTXNT 28: Confession (Part 1)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Confession (Part 1) Do we need to confess sin after salvation? For what purpose?  In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the role of confession in the Christian walk.
36:47
May 14, 2021
OTXNT 27: Sufficiency of Scripture
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Sufficiency of Scripture. Do we need tools outside of the Bible to understand its meaning?  In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss whether Scripture is sufficiently clear to communicate meaning.
40:24
May 12, 2021
7@7 #69: Into Exile 1
Are you prepared to enter exile? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at Daniel 1:1-7. The beginning of the book of Daniel remembers the destruction of Judah. In the midst of this destruction, God is in control. God is Sovereign. He allows destruction, but appoints relief. These verses show us how God infiltrated the Babylonian empire with four faithful followers. God reveals Himself through these young men to accomplish His purpose through exile. Do you trust in God's sovereignty?
06:49
May 07, 2021
End of An Empire (4/25/21-Sermon)
What does it look like when an empire is at its end? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew Marquez preaches through Daniel 5:1-12. The banquet of Belshazzar is interrupted by a strange hand writing on the wall. What did that sign indicate for Babylon? What signs might we see around us today.
39:06
May 02, 2021
7@7 #68: Temple Builders 3
Do Christians appreciate what they are building? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. In these verses Paul warns those that would try to destroy God's work. Those destroyers and dividers will be destroyed. Paul calls the whole church to recognize their contribution in building God's temple. Build on the best foundation (Christ); build well (with good works); and build together (the temple of God).
06:42
April 30, 2021
OTXNT 26: Does Scripture Interpret Scripture?
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Passover Celebrations. Does Scripture Interpret Scripture? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the Reformation principle of Scripture interpreting itself.
34:34
April 28, 2021
7@7 #67: Temple Builders 2
How can I live for an eternal reward? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Corinthians 3:12-15. In these verses Paul tells believers that they can build into their Christian lives in two ways. The Christian can waste their life like one who builds with combustible materials; or they can invest their lives in eternity like those who build with precious products. Judgment will come to all believers. Our works will be tested by a holy fire which destroys the worthless actions and refines the eternal efforts.
06:58
April 23, 2021
7@7 #66: Temple Builders 1
Am I building into my spiritual life? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Corinthians 3:9-11. Paul calls Christians to build on the foundation of Jesus Christ. He is our bedrock on which to build. We must be converted ourselves, knowing and growing in the Gospel. Next we much share the Good News. We extend the foundation of Christ to others by being faithful to share Jesus in word and deed.
06:56
April 20, 2021
7@7 #65: Perseverance, Our Posture of Power (Part 3)
Is there a secret to persevering in the faith? Peter closes his letter with a call to fellowship. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 5:12-14. In these verses, Peter salutes fellow servants and calls Christians to be grounded in grace. Finally he reminds believers to gather and greet each other in the peace of Christ.
06:34
April 16, 2021
7@7 #64: Perseverance, Our Posture of Power (Part 2)
How do I persevere when persecution finally comes? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 5:8-11. In these verses, Peter calls Christians to resist the devil to persist in the faith. Believers must be alert and aware, stand firm in the faith, and be patient until perfection.
06:48
April 02, 2021
OTXNT 25: Passover Celebration
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Passover Celebrations. How should Christians celebrate Passover? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the connections of Passover to the Lord's Supper and how churches and Christian families might incorporate Passover celebrations into their spiritual practice.
31:49
March 31, 2021
7@7 #63: Perseverance, Our Posture of Power (Part 1)
What does Christian perseverance look like? How can I truly endure?. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 5:6-7, 14b. In these verses, Peter calls Christians to persevere through prayer. Our prayers should seek for peace, within ourselves, our church, and our world. With a humble heart, we pray,  meek in His might, calm until commendation. We surrender our anxiety to Jesus and look for His solace.
06:49
March 29, 2021
OTXNT 24: Holy Week
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: What is Holy Week? How should we celebrate it? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss Holy Week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday. What are some ways to celebrate/remember as churches and families.
24:21
March 29, 2021
King at the Cross Roads (Sermon 3.28.21)
Are you ready to meet the King at the Crossroads? In this sermon, Pastor Andrew Marquez preaches through Matthew 21-24, from Palm Sunday to Holy Tuesday.  A reception leads to rejection and rupture, but the return is nigh.
32:52
March 29, 2021
7@7 #62: Humility, Our Gracious Garment (Part 2)
Why should I listen to those in authority? Christ commands it. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 5:5. In these verses, Peter tells youth and the church at large to follow their leaders. Youth must yield despite their desire for independence. Every Christian needs to honor other believers and seek reverent relationships in Christ's body.  With an attitude of humility, we open ourselves up to received God's grace.
06:50
March 26, 2021
OTXNT 22: Interpreting the Bible
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: What does the Bible mean? Who should interpret the Bible and How? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss principles and approaches to Biblical interpretation (hermeneutics).
28:04
March 22, 2021
OTXNT 23: St. Patrick's Day
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? Who was Saint Patrick? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate remember Saint Patrick and observe ways St. Patrick's Day is celebrated.
23:25
March 19, 2021
7@7 #61: Humility, Our Gracious Garment (Part 1)
How can I lead well? It starts with humility. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 5:1-4. In these verses, Peter urges those in charge of others to be lowly leaders. With humility, we will lead those under our care with the right motives, anticipating the return of our Chief Leader, Jesus Christ. Jesus remains the ultimate example of humility. 
06:52
March 15, 2021
7@7 #60: Suffering, The Way to God's Will (Part 6)
Where do we look in hard times? We look to God's glory and our coming glorification. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 4:12-19. Peter reminds believers that we are guided by God's glory. Suffering may come, but the final judgment will follow. We persevere through present trials in light of the glory to come.
06:59
March 12, 2021
OTXNT 21: Fasting
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Should Christians fast? Why and How? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate explore the practice of fasting.
39:15
March 10, 2021
7@7 #59: Suffering, The Way to God's Will (Part 5)
How do I keep going when suffering surrounds me? What should I focus on in hard times? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 4:7-11. Peter calls Christians to service. The end may be near. It may arrive sooner then we expect. Knowing this, the believer serves others and in so doing glorifies God.
06:41
March 08, 2021
7@7 #58: Suffering, The Way to God's Will (Part 4)
What sustains me when criticized or mocked for the Christian faith? Is it not the final judgment? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 4:6. Peter reminds us that the Gospel was preached to the dead (now dead). This encourages Christians by reminding us that the resurrection through the Spirit remains our hope and destiny.
06:52
March 05, 2021
7@7 #57: Suffering, The Way to God's Will (Part 3)
How should I respond to those who cause me suffering? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 4:4-5. Peter calls believers to live for Christ, knowing that it will surprise our lost friends. They may smear Christians as a result of the change. We will be sustained looking to the final judgment where everyone will give account to Christ.
06:54
March 01, 2021
7@7 #56: Suffering, The Way to God's Will (Part 2)
What is relationship between suffering and sin? Can suffering for Christ help me overcome sin? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 4:1b-3. Peter states that those who suffer have ceased from sin. He urges believers to reject the former life of sin and to seek God's will through suffering.
06:59
February 26, 2021
OTXNT 20: C-19 Vaccine: Love and Liberty in the Church
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Should churches or pastors promote the COVID-19 vaccine? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the COVID-19 vaccination, Christian conscience, and role of the church.   Links: https://www.washingtonpost.com/religion/2021/02/24/evangelicals-covid-vaccine-russell-moore-walter-kim/ https://albertmohler.com/2020/12/14/vaccines-and-the-christian-worldview-principles-for-christian-thinking-in-the-context-of-covid https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Er7XjryDHkg&t=0s https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOb9wKzlEi4&t=0s
28:23
February 26, 2021
OTXNT 19: Purim
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Should Christians celebrate the Jewish festivals? What about Purim? How does the story of Esther relate to the church today? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate consider the festival of Purim.
21:27
February 23, 2021
7@7 #55: Suffering, The Way to God's Will (Part 1)
Are you prepared to suffer? Should Christians intend to suffer for the kingdom? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at 1 Peter 4:1. Peter assures Christians that they will suffer just as Christ suffered. Knowing this, believers should expect and prepare to suffer for their faith.
06:58
February 22, 2021
7@7 #54: Persecution, The Proof of Our Proclamation (Part 4)
Who holds us in the midst of persecution? It is the Risen Lord! In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reviews 1 Peter 3:20b-22. In these verses, Peter explains the victory of Christ and the salvation in Christ available to believers. The apostle also discusses the significance of Baptism in communicating the gift of salvation in Christ.
06:49
February 19, 2021
OTXNT 18: Lent
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: What is Lent all about? Should Evangelicals or Baptist participate in the Lenten Season? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the history, purpose, and value of Lent.
25:36
February 16, 2021
OTXNT 17: Celebration
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Is celebration commanded in Scripture? How and what should a Christian celebrate? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate explore the Biblical mandate to celebrate God's saving work, considering regular worship and feast days.
29:39
February 15, 2021
7@7 #53: Persecution, The Proof of Our Proclamation (Part 3)
What guides us through persecution? Do you have your eyes on Jesus? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reviews 1 Peter 3:17-20. Peter reminds us of Christ's suffering, persecution, and death on our behalf, the Righteous One for the unrighteous. Despite His passion, Christ was vindicated by preaching to imprisoned spirits of God's ultimate victory. We will endure hardship and experience vindication if we keep our minds fixed on Jesus. Perhaps we re-center our vision this Lenten Season. 
06:34
February 15, 2021
7@7 #52: Persecution, The Proof of Our Proclamation (Part 2)
Can I be a witness in persecution? How do I get ready to share with questioners? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reviews 1 Peter 3:15. Peter tells believers to have an answer for those that ask--even in times of opposition. Believers must sanctify God in their hearts and use hope to lure people to inquire. Christians should know their testimony, the Gospel, and be willing to share and invite as they have opportunity.
06:58
February 08, 2021
7@7 #51: Persecution, The Proof of Our Proclamation (Part 1)
Am I ready to face persecution? How can I prepare? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses 1 Peter 3:13-14, 16. Peter reminds the church that despite our efforts to live in harmony with all people, persecution is promised. In light of this reality, Peter encourages Christians to do what is right, look to God's blessings, and keep our consciences clear. In so doing, we can face persecution when it comes.
06:53
February 05, 2021
OTXNT 16: Prophets and Prophecy (Part 2)
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Are prophets at work today? How can we know? What does the Bible say? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate continue the discussion on modern-day prophets and prophecy.
35:13
February 04, 2021
7@7 #50: Deference, The Behavior of the Blessed (Part 3)
How can I be blessed? How can I be a blessing? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines 1 Peter 3:8-12. Peter turns his attention to the church as a whole. He gives a call to all to be unified in love, to reject evil, and to accept blessing. Be the best of the blessed.
06:32
February 01, 2021
7@7 #49: Deference, The Behavior of the Blessed (Part 2)
What does a godly husband look like? How should I treat my wife? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines 1 Peter 3:7. Peter calls husbands to honor their wives and to care for their needs, considering them as coheirs in Christ.
06:56
January 29, 2021
SOS #15: NT Chronology (Part 3)
Soaring Over Scripture: Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses the chronology of the New Testament (Missionary Expansion).
25:46
January 28, 2021
7@7 #48: Deference, The Behavior of the Blessed (Part 1)
How should I treat my spouse? What does it mean to be a good wife? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses 1 Peter 3:1-6. Peter calls Christians to defer to each other in Christian marriage and in the family of faith. Wives can yield to win, unveil inner beauty, and join the ranks of the blessed matriarchs.
06:59
January 22, 2021
OTXNT 15: Prophets and Prophecy
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: How should we evaluate "prophetic words" from social media prophets? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate explore modern-day prophets and prophecy. In a world where we are bombarded with messages from people claiming to be "prophets," claiming visions of the future, Christians should know how to properly evaluate what is being shared and communicated.
28:45
January 21, 2021
SOS #14: NT Chronology (Part 2)
Soaring Over Scripture: Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores the chronology of the New Testament (Early Church).
29:36
January 21, 2021
7@7 #47: Submission, Our Wise Witness (Part 4)
How should I respond if mistreated by someone in authority? What if I am wronged by a leader?  In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses 1 Peter 2:21-25. An attitude of submission might result in maltreatment by those in charge. Peter reminds believers to be prepared to suffer as Christ. Jesus is our example and sacrifice. He will set things right and restore us to Himself.
06:57
January 18, 2021
7@7 #46: Submission, Our Wise Witness (Part 3)
What should the Christian attitude be toward our superiors or employers? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses 1 Peter 2:18-20. Christians are called to submit to their masters, bosses, and employers. Submission may result in wrongful treatment. Believers will endure poor treatment from our leaders, knowing that God's grace is greater.
06:44
January 15, 2021
SOS Episode 13: NT Chronology 1
Soaring Over Scripture: Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores the chronology of the New Testament (Life of Christ).
23:15
January 14, 2021
7@7 #45: Submission, Our Wise Witness (Part 2)
How should Christians interact with the government? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses 1 Peter 2:13-18. Christians are called to submit to the government in the freedom of Christ. By respecting governing authorities, we honor God and bear witness to His eternal government.
06:46
January 11, 2021
7@7 #44: Submission, Our Wise Witness (Part 1)
How should Christian view authority? Are you ever discouraged by the direction or example set by the world's leaders? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores 1 Peter 2:11-12. Beginning a discussion on submission, Peter tells reminds believers to submit first to God. By living under God's authority as kingdom citizens, Christians are equipped to turn from sin and set an example for the world. This subtle witness influences the world in remarkable ways.
06:57
January 08, 2021
SOS Episode 6: The Book of Nahum
Soar Over Scripture: The Book of Nahum. We continue in our study on the prophets. Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez overviews the book of Nahum as we explore the 7th century Minor Prophets. Nahum celebrates the arrival of God's judgment against the nation of Assyria. In some sense the book of Nahum vindicates the prophecy of Jonah, since Nineveh is ultimately destroyed.
19:38
January 06, 2021
7@7 #43: The Royal Priesthood (Part 3)
Have you ever been shown mercy? Have you shown mercy to another? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reviews 1 Peter 2:9-10. Peter tells us that we have received mercy from God. He has chosen our generation, brought us into His priesthood, and is building a holy nation. Will you choose to act as an instrument of mercy today?
06:60
January 04, 2021
7@7 #42: The Royal Priesthood (Part 2)
Do you look like anyone in your family? Do you share traits or mannerisms with your parents? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines 1 Peter 2:4-8. Peter reminds us that we resemble the head of our family. As we grow in the faith, we begin to look like Christ. He is the Chief Cornerstone. He is the High Priest. Will you choose Him today and imitate His example?
06:37
January 01, 2021
SOS Episode 5: The Book of Habakkuk
Soar Over Scripture: The Book of Habakkuk. We continue in our study on the prophets. Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez surveys the book of Habakkuk as we explore the 7th century Minor Prophets. Habakkuk presents a Theodicy (defense of God's justice), asking why the good suffer and the wicked prosper. God provides a vision of ultimate judgment and calls the prophet to trust in the revealed Word of God.
22:55
December 30, 2020
7@7 #41: The Royal Priesthood (Part 1)
Do you feel like you belong? Who do you identify with? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines 1 Peter 2:1-3. In these verses, Peter urges believers to recognize their new spiritual family and to grow in the faith. Our new family has new rules. We enter as babies and grow to be helpful to other members of the family.
06:56
December 29, 2020
7@7 #40: O Come Emmanuel 4
Do you long for peace? Is peace in this world even possible? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the Christmas carol, O Come, O Come Emmanuel (4th stanza). This hymn is filled with theological content. The fourth verse relays the desire of all nations for lasting peace that can only come from God. Emmanuel come again and establish peace forever.
06:55
December 25, 2020
SOS Episode 4: The Book of Zephaniah
SOS - Soaring Over Scripture. Continuing the series on the prophets, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez surveys the prophetic book of Zephaniah. Zephaniah saw the coming Day of the Lord bringing judgement on the nations and Israel. Yet, through this judgement, the prophet predicts an ultimate salvation for God's people.
20:38
December 22, 2020
7@7 Episode 39: O Come Emmanuel 3
Do you want a blessed life? Do you seek wisdom and shun foolishness? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the Christmas carol, O Come, O Come Emmanuel (3rd stanza). This hymn is filled with theological content. The third verse calls out for God to reveal His wisdom to us and to cause us to follow Him.
06:56
December 21, 2020
7@7 Episode 38: O Come Emmanuel 2
Are you going through a dark time? How can you brighten your day? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the Christmas carol, O Come, O Come Emmanuel (2nd stanza). This hymn is filled with theological content. The second verse relates a cry for light in the midst of darkness. The Father sends the Son to bring life and light to those that receive Him.
06:47
December 19, 2020
SOS Episode 3: The Book of Micah
Soar Over Scripture: The Book of Micah. We continue in our study on the prophets. Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the book of Micah.
18:12
December 15, 2020
7@7 Episode 37: O Come Emmanuel 1
Have you ever been lonely? Have you experienced isolation from God? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the Christmas carol, O Come, O Come Emmanuel (1st stanza). This hymn is filled with theological content. In the first verse, we cry out with Israel for Christ to come and give His presence.
06:56
December 14, 2020
7@7 Episode 36: Christmas Exchange (Part 3)
Has Christ changed the way you live? Do you live with an awareness of the goal of your salvation? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at part 3 of The Great Christmas Exchange from Gal. 4:7. God's provision of Christ forever changes our direction. In Christ we have an altered course. We are no longer slaves, but sons and heirs. We walk in hope of the coming reward.
06:51
December 11, 2020
OTXNT 14: The Tribulation and Rapture
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: The Tribulation and Rapture. Could Jesus come again at any time? How should my view of the end impact my life today? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate are joined by a special guest, Dr. David Johnson. Together, these scholars summarize and evaluate the main views of the rapture.
50:04
December 11, 2020
SOS 17: Genealogies of Jesus (Part 1)
Soaring Over Scripture: Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses the theological aspects of Matthew and Luke's genealogies for Jesus.
27:47
December 10, 2020
OTXNT 13: Angels and Demons
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Angels and Demons. How should I approach the spiritual realm? What should I believe about Angels and Demons? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate discuss the subject of angels and demons beginning with the book of Daniel.
53:59
December 09, 2020
SOS Episode 2: The Book of Hosea
Soar Over Scripture: The Book of Hosea. We continue in our study on the prophets. Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the book of Hosea.
22:41
December 08, 2020
7@7 Episode 35: Christmas Exchange (Part 2)
Are you part of God's family? Do ever consider Christ as a brother? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at part 2 of The Great Christmas Exchange from Gal. 4:5b-6. God's gift of Jesus brought us familial affection. In Christ we receive adoption and call out to God, "Abba," Father. Through Christ's death, we have life and membership into the family of faith.
06:49
December 07, 2020
7@7 Episode 34: Christmas Exchange (Part 1)
Do we view our gift giving serving a higher purpose? Do I remember God's gift of Christ when I give to others? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the great Christmas Exchange from Gal. 4:4-5a. God's gift was planned with perfection. He sent Christ at the right time, in the right form, and in the right place to pay our ransom and make us His own.
06:51
December 04, 2020
OTXNT 12: Between the Testaments
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Between the Testaments. What happened after Malachi and before Matthew? Should Christians know? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate review the events that took place between the Old and New Testaments. Listen into this discussion of history as it relates to Daniel 7 in preparation for Christmas holidays.
37:56
December 04, 2020
SOS Episode 1: Amos
Soar Over Scripture (SOS): The Prophet Amos. We begin a study on the minor prophet. Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the book of Amos.
22:43
December 02, 2020
7@7 Episode 33: Amplifying Advent
How can I keep Christ in Christmas in my own heart and in my own family. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez looks at the practice of Advent and explore ways of make the most of the season.
06:54
November 30, 2020
7@7 Episode 32: Thanksgiving
Am I a grateful person? Can I maintain a life of gratitude beyond the Thanksgiving Holiday? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reads through Psalm 100. This psalm discloses 4 aspects of the grateful Christian.
06:44
November 27, 2020
7@7 Episode 31: The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 4)
The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 4). Do I have eternal life now? What does the Bible say about my eternal assurance? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez reviews 1 Peter 1:22-25. A person's life on earth is brief. Peter teaches, however, that through God's Word, the Gospel, Christians are born again as incorruptible children of God. As new creations, we love better and look forward to our eternal state.
06:58
November 23, 2020
7@7 Episode 30: The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 3)
The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 3). Can the Bible help me reclaim my time? How do I avoid wasting my life? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez studies 1 Peter 1:17-21. God's Word prevents the believer from futility. The Bible teaches us to fear God and to anticipate the judgment. Knowing our lives on earth are temporary, reminds us to look toward and live for heaven. God's Word discloses His purposes from the beginning, which in turn motivates Christians to live with purpose.
06:54
November 20, 2020
7@7 Episode 29: The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 2)
The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 2). How can I be holy? Does God really expect this of me? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez examines 1 Peter 1:13-16. Once a Christian receives salvation, Peter urges him or her to pursue holiness. Believers must prepare themselves (Ready), place their minds on Christ's grace (Set), refuse to fall into old patters and sins (Stop), and live holy (Go). In our eternal race, we run to win and winning means holiness.
06:41
November 16, 2020
7@7 Episode 28: The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 1)
The Word of God, Our Power for Perfection (Part 1). Do I really need to know the Bible? Just how important is God's Word for the Christian life? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores 1 Peter 1:10-12. In these verses Peter reminds believers that the Gospel preached to us today is the same Gospel preached to the Old Testament saints. This Gospel speaks of the coming Christ by the Spirit of Christ for our benefit. It reveals our magnificent salvation upon which angels wish to look.
06:47
November 13, 2020
OTXNT 11: Sovereignty and the Shifting of Nations
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: Sovereignty and the Shifting of Nations. In times of national turmoil, what is the Christian response?  In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate explore Daniel 2 to affirm God's control. The rise and fall of nations is no surprise to God. He orchestrates the world powers to ultimately bring about His kingdom. Christians should take comfort in God's sovereignty and prepare for endure hard times if and when they come.
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November 12, 2020
7@7 Episode 27: Salvation, Our Joy in Trials (Part 3)
Salvation, Our Joy in Trials: Devotion 3. Can I really rejoice in hard times or even in persecution? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez continues through 1 Peter 1 (vv.6-9). These verses encourage Christians to find great joy in trials as they look towards the coming salvation. Believers hold to the promise of Christ's return that both strengthens our faith and increases our love.
06:44
November 09, 2020
7@7 Episode 26: Salvation, Our Joy in Trials (Part 2)
Salvation, Our Joy in Trials: Devotion 2. Am I really saved? Could I lose my salvation? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez continues through 1 Peter 1 (vv.3-5), discussing the surety of salvation. Peter says that Christians can have confidence in their salvation based on the proof of the resurrection and the power of God. Our salvation is also permanent, reserved for us in heaven.
06:59
November 06, 2020
OTXNT 10: The Blessing of Children
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: The Blessing of Children. Do we view children as a blessing or a burden? What does the Bible say? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate search the Scriptures to discern God's view of children and how it should influence us today.
48:35
November 05, 2020
7@7 Episode 25: Salvation, Our Joy in Trials (Part 1)
Salvation, Our Joy in Trials: Devotion 1. How are Christians able to hold on to joy in terrible times? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez explores the opening of 1 Peter. In these verses Peter reminds Christians that the basis for joy is rooted in salvation. Our salvation finds its source in God. We are chosen by the Father, consecrated by the Spirit, and cleansed by the Son. With this knowledge we can find joy even in the most difficult circumstances.
06:37
November 02, 2020
7@7 Episode 24: Manner of the Mature (Devotion 3)
The Manner of the Mature: Devotion 3. Why do non-Christians have difficulty understanding the Gospel? Why does the Christian life not make sense to the lost? In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew talks about the necessity of spiritual enlightenment for spiritual understanding. Christians often take their spiritual life for granted, assuming every one sees things as we do. We must walk in the Spirit and pray for spiritual awakening for those who need God. Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can the lost understand God's truth.
06:54
October 30, 2020
7@7 Episode 23: Manner of the Mature (Devotion 2)
The Manner of the Mature: Devotion 2. How can we expect to have success in the Christian life? The Bible says we need a spiritual mind. In this episode, pastor/professor Andrew explores the connection of a spiritual mindset and a mature life. Christians are called to rely on God's Spirit in the same way that they rely on their own spirit. As we know ourselves by our own spirit, we can come to know God and His will by relying on His Spirit.
06:28
October 27, 2020
7@7 Episode 22: Manner of the Mature (Devotion 1)
The Manner of the Mature: Devotion 1. Do you ever feel different as a Christian from the world around you? Paul tells us that this is normal and right. In this episode, Pastor Andrew discusses the manner of the mature. The way Christians live flows from the wisdom of God. This wisdom is different from the world, mysterious to the believer, but glorious nonetheless.
06:45
October 24, 2020
OTXNT 9: The Bible on Abortion
Old Testament-Christ-New Testament: The Bible on Abortion. What does the Bible say about the unborn? How should this influence the Christian view of abortion? In this episode, Dr. Andrew Marquez and Dr. Ben Pate examine the Scriptures to see what they say about children, the unborn, and the practice of abortion.
49:45
October 21, 2020
7@7 Episode 21: Bearing Burdens (Devotion 3)
Are you trying to live the Christian life in your own strength? We are called to bear one another's burdens, while carrying our own loads. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez points out the necessity of leaning on the Holy Spirit to effectively serve others and to fulfill our calling.
06:36
October 19, 2020
7@7 Episode 20: Bearing Burdens (Devotion 2)
The Christian life requires self-care and commitment to one's call. While we look out for the needs of others, each believer must attend to God's plan for his or her life. In this episode, Pastor/Professor Andrew Marquez discusses Paul's command to you to bear your own load. What work has the Lord given you to do? Are you guarding your time and energy to accomplish His will?
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October 16, 2020