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Beyond Sermons

By Chris Cowell
Finding Christ beyond the pulpit
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Old Testament Highlights (Jonah - Malachi)
Jonah Prophet who initially rejected a call from God Swallowed up by a big fish Completed his preaching to Nineveh (who repented) Heartfelt discuss under a plant Micah Predicts the birthplace of Jesus Predicts the capture of Israel and Judah Nahum Graphic account of the eventual destruction of Nineveh by the Babylonians Habakkuk A prophet questioning God's motive (I've been there before) Zephaniah Great grandson of Hezekiah Predictions about the Millenium Prophecy of Israel's cleansing and restoration Haggai Prophet who led the rebuilding of a Temple Description of the Millenial Temple Zerubabbel was a leader for Jews exiled from Babylon Zechariah Prophecy of the Messiah Reinstating religious laws and practice for Jews returning from Babylon Apocalyptic declaration Malachi Prophecy of John the Baptist (the forerunner) A warning to priest
April 28, 2021
Old Testament Highlights (Psalms - Songs of Solomon)
Psalms Various songs written by mostly King David, a masterful musician and warrior Proverbs Book of wise sayings Words of Agur son of Jakeh Proverbs 31 woman Ecclesiastes Book of wisdom and perspective by Solomon Vanity of Life - How we prioritize earthly ambitions over God. Grief of Wisdom - The wiser we get  the more we understand how broken we truly are Vanity of Pleasure - When we try to live life to the fullest without God. The End of the Fool and the Wise - The predicted end for those who know God and those that don't Everything has its time - Expect diverse seasons and respond with Godly wisdom The God-given task - Enjoy the fruit of our labor but don't forget to honor God Injustice seems to prevail - Frustration with persistent wickedness Vanity of Selfish Toil - The pitfalls of keeping up with the Joneses Popularity passes away - Fame can only last so long Vanity of Gain and Honor - Chasing earthly possessions and even honor from authority will not save your soul Wealth is not the goal of life - The mind entrapment due to wealth The Value of Practical Wisdom - Knowing and practicing wisdom Obey Authorities for God's sake - It's Godly wisdom to obey authorities as a testimony of God's goodness. Death comes to all - Don't worship life ... worship God instead Nature of Wisdom and Folly - The effects and fruits of wisdom and folly Value of Diligence - The little things we do consistently matters Seek God in Early Life - Build a strong relationship with God early in life before responsibilities and priorities creep in. Songs of Solomon The episodes of love between Solomon and the Shulamite Girl Courtship Wedding Day Reluctance and Romance Permanence and Purity
April 27, 2021
Old Testament Highlights (1 Chronicles - Job)
1 Chronicles Written family genealogies Death of King Saul King David moves the Ark of God (Covenant) David versus more giants Controversial Census Solomon succeeds David David counsels Solomon 2 Chronicles Solomon asks for wisdom Solomon builds God's temple Solomon displays great wisdom Rehoboam succeeds Solomon Royal Family War Reign of Asa Didn't seek God but only physicians Reign of Jehosophat Death of Ahab Reign of Jehoram Reign of Ahaziah Reign and death of Queen Athaliah Joash succeeds Ahaziah Amaziah succeeds Joash Reign and death of Amaziah Reign and death of Uzziah Reign of Jotham Reign of Ahaz Reign of Hezekiah Reign of Manasseh Reign of Josiah Short reign of Jehoahaz Reign of Jehoiakam Reign of Jehoiachin Reign of Zedekiah Ezra Exiles return to Jerusalem Conflicts over rebuilding the altar Great divorce of pagan marriages Nehemiah Rebuilding and rededicating Jerusalem Esther Esther the adopted daughter of Mordecai becomes Queen Jews vs Haman Haman and his sons are impaled to death Mordecai becomes prime minister Job (probably the earliest written book of the Bible) God blessed Job with family, riches and honor Satan makes a deal with God to tempt Job Job loses his children, riches, honor and struck with sickness Job remains devoted to God despite deep conversations with his wise friends God restores Job fourfold and Job prays for his friends
April 26, 2021
Old Testament Highlights (Ruth - 2 Kings)
Ruth Commitment to a mother-in-law Love story of Ruth and Boaz Lineage of David and Jesus 1 Samuel Samuel the prophet and judge King Saul David and Goliath 2 Samuel King David Bathsheba Amnon and Tamar Absalom Solomon Prophet Nathan 1 Kings The reign of King Solomon and his death Elijah vs Ahab and Jezebel Jeroboam and Rehoboam become kings of a split Israel Mention of other kings over deteriorating Israel and Judah 2 Kings Elijah hands the ministry to Elisha Joram defeats Moab Jezebel dies Prophets of Baal slained Hezekiah Nebuchadnezzar Shunammite woman Naaman
April 23, 2021
Old Testament Highlights (Genesis - Judges)
Genesis The story of creation Adam, Eve, Cain and Abel Noah and the Great Flood Tower of Babel - assembly of all people on Earth One common language Attempted to build a tower that reached the sky God scattered the people all over the earth Abraham, Sarah and Hagar Isaac and Ishmael (Christianity and Islam) Melchizedek - Mysterious priest with an everlasting legacy Sodom and Gomorrah Lot's unmarried daughters got their father drunk and raped him and gave birth to the Moabites and Ammonites Jacob and Esau The twin's feud began in the womb Jacob stole Esau's birthright which is typically given to the oldest son Jacob renamed Israel Joseph Jacob's favorite son Dreamer Sold off as a slave by his brothers Eventually became the second most powerful man of Egypt Judah - Joseph's  older half-brother Had three sons named Er, Onan and Shelah Er died and Onan was supposed to get his wife, Tamar, pregnant but he spilled his seed on the ground instead Ultimately Tamar pretended to be a prostitute and was impregnated by her father-in-law, Judah. Exodus Moses, Egypt and the Israelites The Ten Commandments Slavery or Indentured Servanthood Ark of the Covenant Priesthood - Lineage of Aaron Leviticus Sacrifices and Offerings Tribe of Levi established Clean and unclean instances Day of Atonement Law and Order Religious Festivals Sabbath Year and Year of Jubilee Numbers The Twelve Tribes Preparing for the Promise Land Balaam's Prophecies and Downfall Deuteronomy Laws, Commandments and Order Reminders Moses hands power to Joshua Moses dies Joshua Scouting the Promise Land Rahab the Prostitute Was she the great-great grandmother of King David? They defeated 31 kingdoms Walls of Jericho Conquering AI Delegation of Land Joshua dies Judges Judges (instead of Kings) Gideon and the 300 Abimilek - killing brothers to become king Deborah the Judge and Prophetess Samson and Delilah Levite and the Concubine
April 20, 2021
Are you a 10 percenter?
In this episode, we explore the OT and NT on the practice of tithing and general giving. I also share a few testimonies that raised my awareness on giving. God can teach us His goodness when encountering a negative experience. Old Testament Leviticus 27:30 - “One-tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain from the fields or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart to him as holy. Proverbs 3:9-10 - 9 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. 10 Then he will fill your barns with grain, and your vats will overflow with good wine. Proverbs 11:24 - Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. Psalms 4:5 - Offer sacrifices in the right spirit, and trust the Lord. Malachi 3:8-12 - 8 “Should people cheat God? Yet you have cheated me! “But you ask, ‘What do you mean? When did we ever cheat you?’ “You have cheated me of the tithes and offerings due to me. 9 You are under a curse, for your whole nation has been cheating me. 10 Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! 11 Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. 12 “Then all nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. New Testament Matthew 6:1-4 - 1 “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven 2 When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Matthew 6:21 - Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Mark 12:41-44 - Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. 42 Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. 43 Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. 44 For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.” Luke 6:38 - Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 16:10 - “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. Acts 20:35 - 35 And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” 2 Corinthians 9:6-7 - Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. 7 You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” Ultimately, God accounts the heart and not the currency.
April 1, 2021
Possessing Science and Faith - Finale
Faith and science has crossover appeal but with a delicate balance. For this episode, Dr. Tom Kotowski continues to share his experience as a career physicist and also a child of God. Tom worked on many scientific endeavors including getting the first man on the moon. This will be a multipart series, where we discuss God, Truth and Physics.
March 18, 2021
Possessing Science and Faith - Part 4
Faith and science has crossover appeal but with a delicate balance. For this episode, Dr. Tom Kotowski continues to share his experience as a career physicist and also a child of God. Tom worked on many scientific endeavors including getting the first man on the moon. This will be a multipart series, where we discuss God, Truth and Physics.
March 11, 2021
Possessing Science and Faith - Part 3
Faith and science has crossover appeal but with a delicate balance. For this episode, Dr. Tom Kotowski continues to share his experience as a career physicist and also a child of God. Tom worked on many scientific endeavors including getting the first man on the moon. This will be a multipart series, where we discuss God, Truth and Physics.
March 4, 2021
Possessing Science and Faith - Part 2
Faith and science has crossover appeal but with a delicate balance. For this episode, Dr. Tom Kotowski continues to share his experience as a career physicist and also a child of God. Tom worked on many scientific endeavors including getting the first man on the moon. This will be a multipart series, where we discuss God, Truth and Physics.
March 2, 2021
Media Review: The Chosen
The Chosen is not just another movie about Jesus Christ. It's a video series that chronicles the life of Jesus Christ through the eyes of His followers and critics. The first season has 8 episodes and introduces a bunch of main characters. When it comes to Christian movies ... I need to repent ... I'm guilty of not completely watching some Christian movies due to cheesy acting. But, "The Chosen" is different, the acting is very convincing ... it's well-written and it enticed me to re-read the Gospel of John.  The Chosen follows Jesus' ministry through eyes of many people. Website: Donate: Youtube: Twitter: @thechosentv Instagram: @thechosentvseries Episode Information with Bible References I Have Called You By Name Luke 8:2 Shabbat Jesus Loves the Little Children The Rock On Which It Is Built Matthew 4:18–22 Mark 1:16–20 Luke 5:1–11 John 1:35–42 The Wedding Gift Luke 2:41–52 John 2:1–12 Indescribable Compassion Matthew 8:1–4 Matthew 9:1–8 Mark 1:40–2:12 Luke 5:12–26 Invitations Numbers 21:4–9 Matthew 9:9 Mark 2:14 Luke 5:27–28 John 3:1–21 I Am He Genesis 33:18–20 Matthew 8:14–15 Matthew 9:10–13 Mark 1:29–31 Mark 2:15–17 Luke 4:38–39 Luke 5:29–32 John 4:4–38
March 1, 2021
Possessing Faith and Science - Part 1
Faith and science has crossover appeal but with a delicate balance. For this episode, Dr. Tom Kotowski joins us to share his experience as a career physicist and also a child of God. Tom worked on many scientific endeavors including getting the first man on the moon. This will be a multipart series, where we discuss God, Truth and Physics.
February 18, 2021
RZIM: Apologists Apologize
My thoughts and encouragement on the Ravi Zacharias saga.
February 12, 2021
Slavery in the Bible (OT and NT)
Does the condone slavery? This podcast episode seeks to answer this question by taking a journey with layovers at the Old Testament, New Testament, short visits to American Slave Era and final stop at the Modern Era of slavery and deliverance. Reference Deuteronomy 15:12-15 Ephesians 6:9 Colossians 4:1 Genesis 1:27 Exodus 21 1 Timothy 1:8-10 Philemon 1
February 11, 2021
Who is the GOAT?
Welcome to another episode of  Beyond Sermons, where we seek Jesus Christ beyond the pulpit. I recently had a discussion about who is the GOAT for football and basketball. For football, I am a Patriots fan. When we are not winning Super Bowl, we are still making deep runs into the playoffs. Tom Brady is the greatest football player of all time. End of story for me. Basketball is a more debatable topic. At the time of this recording, Michael Jordan is the all-time great while Lebron James is making a huge push for that title. I also want to give my respect to Kobe Bryant. Is Jesus a GOAT? No, he's a Shepherd and a Teacher. Jesus teaches about goats too in a parable in Matthew 25:31-46. The parable compares goats with sheep. When goats are among sheep, the goats are domineering and stateful animals according to the (Proverbs 30:29-31).  Sheep are aimless, vulnerable and in need of  a shepherd to maximize their quality of life.
February 1, 2021
The Apostle Nathanael
Nathanael was one of the disciples called by Jesus (John 1:43). Nathanael was from Cana in Galilee (John 21:2) and was brought to Jesus by his friend, Philip, who also became one of Jesus’ disciples. Nathanael was one of the first to express belief in Jesus Christ as the Son of God (John 1:49). His name means “God has given” in Hebrew. Interestingly, the name Nathanael is only mentioned in the Gospel of John; the other three gospels identify him as “Bartholomew.” Christ knew and confirmed the private thoughts and motivation of Nathanael. This revelation  was enough to convince Nathanael that Jesus was the Messiah. That's not everyone's testimony or burden. As much as we can play mind games and manipulate people, we can not trick God. I'm not a chess master but I understand the game enough to know that it is a game of warfare where aggression, defense and planning is the key to victory. There's no mercy ... no grace in chess. God is the perfect chess algorithm when we test Him with our tactics. God is familiar with all the strategies from ancient to modern times. There's nothing new under the sun. God understands the Jezebel Spirit (aka Narcissist), the lukewarm-hearted, as well as all unspoken evil. Our thoughts matter. Let us not withhold evidence from the perfect judgment of God. Let us not pray like the Pharisees. God knows our hearts. He already knows what we know and can guide us as we search our hearts. This can be scary as we may journey through the valleys and the shadows of death of our present and past but we will not fear evil because God will be with you. Perhaps that's what Nathanael was contemplating under the fig tree.
January 28, 2021
Street Preacher - Dorre Love
Welcome to another Spotlight edition of Beyond Sermons where we seek Jesus Christ beyond the pulpit. Street preaching is an effective means to evangelize the Gospel. Jesus was a street preacher along with his disciples.  It takes bold faith to proclaim the salvation of Jesus Christ. Today we spotlight a street minister of the Gospel and his name is Dorre Love. Dorre hails from Vancouver Canada, and preaches in a variety of locations. I found his ministry to be quite compelling and brave. You can find his content on youtube when you search for "Dorre Love". For this podcast, we will highlight some of his preaching to Muslims, to the LGBTQ community, to climate change protesters, as well as Comicon. Some honorable mentions for Dorre not covered in today's presentation are his preaching at Black Lives Matter events as well as drag queen story time. Website: Ministy of the WORD Youtube: Instagram: @lovedorre Facebook: The clips in this podcast were extracted from the publicly available videos as of Jan 2021. Dorre Converse with Muslim Dorre Love at Gay Pride Parade Dorre Love confronts Climate Change Dorre attends Anime Conference Dorre chats with a pro-choicer
January 25, 2021
Two Sisters and a Mother
Oholah and Oholibah were two sisters with the same mother. They were rebels and pursued a life of prostitution at a very young. This gripping and seemingly random story was an intimate parable God shared with the prophet Ezekiel. Oholah and Oholibah (or Aholah and Aholibah) are symbolic names for the kingdom of Israel (the ten tribes in the north) and the kingdom of Judah (the two tribes in the south). Oholah and Oholibah appear in the 23rd chapter of Ezekiel.
January 14, 2021
Peter the Rock
Peter was originally named Simon from birth. Simon was originally from Bethsaida (John 1:44) and lived in Capernaum (Mark 1:29). He was married (1 Corinthians 9:5), and ran a successful fishing business with James and John. Simon has a biological brother named Andrew. Andrew became a follower of Jesus through the ministry of John the Baptist (John 1:35-36). Subsequently, Andrew immediately went to find his brother to bring him to Jesus.
January 11, 2021
Rape, Murder and War with no King
The episode of the Levite's concubine is a biblical narrative in Judges 19–21. It concerns a Levite from Ephraim and his concubine, who travel through the Benjaminite city of Gibeah and are assailed by a mob, who wish to sodomize the Levite. He turns his concubine over to the crowd, and they rape her until she dies. The Levite dismembers her corpse and presents the remains to the other tribes of Israel. Outraged by the incident, they swear that none shall give his daughter to the Benjaminities for marriage, and launch a war which nearly wipes out the clan, leaving only 600 surviving men. However, the punitive expedition is overcome by remorse, fearing that it will cause the extinction of an entire tribe. They circumvent the oath by pillaging and massacring the city of Jabesh-Gilead, none of whose residents partook in the war or in the vow, and capturing its 400 maidens for the Benjaminites. The 200 men still lacking women are subtly allowed to abduct the maidens dancing at Shiloh.
January 7, 2021
Movie Review: In His Image
Today we are reviewing the movie called “In His Image”. It’s a documentary that takes a closer look at the LGBTQ+ movement with a biblical lens. It addresses some of the tough questions such as: Can you be gay and be a Christian? What if someone genuinely feels trapped in the wrong body? Did God make me this way? Is change even possible? The movie is free to watch at This movie was not rated on rotten tomatoes so I decided to do a movie review. I’ve seen the documentary twice and I found it to be compassionate yet very real. The movies contain interviews, cultural icons, medical implications and biblical warnings.
December 14, 2020
When prison hits home
According to the U.S Department of Justice, the estimated prison population is a little over 1.4 million inmates as of 2019. That number is high enough that it is very likely that each of us may know someone in the prison system. Joining us today is Dion and Deana Elizondo, they have a son who is currently serving at the time of this recording. Today we will listen to their experience with the justice system.
December 10, 2020
Dealing with Grief
Needless to say that 2020 was the dramatic year of the pandemic. COVID-19 had the unraveling effect on many stable societies and communities. It disrupted the education system and businesses. It even forced many churches to use online platforms to hold services. There are plenty of statistics depicts the global impact of the virus. Today we will fine tune our GPS on a personal story of how this virus took one person's life and broke the heart of another.
December 3, 2020
Giving Tuesday Hype
Giving Tuesday - A day dedicated to giving to your favorite charities. Now that you have completed most of your Christmas list now it’s time for philanthropy. Giving Tuesday is a significant day for many non-profit. It’s reasonable to assume that some organization can fundraise their annual budget in less than 24 hours. Helping an organization help others can give us the warm and fuzzies but not all non-profit organizations are created equal. Good stewardship and accountability is essential to operating an outstanding organization. This is not always discernible from a pamphlet or digital ad. For me, giving joyfully and giving responsibly is not mutually exclusive. Once upon time I would give because I wanted a blessing. Later in my charity, I gave because a church expected me to give due to membership. Joy was not consistent and the Bible commands us to be a cheerful giver. According to 2 Corinthian 9:7, God loves when we give without reluctance or under compulsion. This includes tithes and offerings but on a broader scope that include gifts to any “good cause”. But beware of the loopholes.
November 30, 2020
Series 2: Loved Ones of Prisoners - Finale
Last episode we learned about LOOP, which stands for Loved Ones of Prisoners. It’s a non-profit organization that help families cope with a loved one in prison. Jenny Eversole is one of the directors for LOOP and will be joining us again to discuss faith and the prison system. Every legal trial is a unique issue that challenges our court system. Sometimes they get it right and other times they get it wrong, depending on who you ask. Please visit for helpful resources. Who can know the heart better than God? Who can execute judgment better than God? Most of us may be innocent in the eyes of the law but are we innocent under God’s scrutiny? The Bible says that  “For the wages of sin is death and the gift of God is eternal life.” That gift is Jesus Christ. He’s the perfect defense counselor that none of us can afford.
November 26, 2020
Loved Ones of Prisoners - Part 1
Prison is a designated residence for people who were deemed not fit for society. That’s a harsh reality for many people. Did you know that Jesus along with many of his disciples experienced imprisonment? Paul even wrote some of the New Testament from prison. Have you ever been arrested or incarcerated?  Perhaps you know someone who is serving a prison sentence? Prison is obviously difficult for the incarcerated but how does it impacts their friends and families? I want to share with a you a non-profit organization called LOOP, it stands for Loved Ones of Prisoners (
November 19, 2020
Series Finale: Universe - 6 Days of Creation - Personal Testimony
My faith is firmly rooted on the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  But as the host of this podcast, this series has been an eye-opening experience on the book of Genesis. Today we discuss how outer space can fit into a creation narrative. Perhaps each day is symbolic for a geological age. Well, this is still unacceptable to a Young Earther. Join us as we attempt to fill in the gaps with biblical understanding.
November 12, 2020
Flood and Dinosaurs
Many traditions including the Bible records a catastrophic flood that covered the earth. Does modern science account for a flood? We've also learned from fossil discoveries that dinosaurs once roamed the Earth. How does the Bible account for such findings?
November 5, 2020
Dating Methods
Modern science uses many dating methods to determine the age of the earth and fossils. Such methods use element decay for carbon, uranium and others to estimate how long ago a fossil was alive. Can a young earth survive such scientific evidence?
October 29, 2020
Theory of Evolution
In our first episode, we discussed the age of the Earth according to the Bible. It was estimated that the Earth was created by God a little over 7200 years ago. That’s a much lower estimate than the billions of years professed in the scientific community. Today we’re going to take a look at the theory of evolution and contrast it with a biblical worldview. Dave Thompson, a Young Earth creationist will be joining us for a spirited discussion about Darwin and the Theory of Evolution.
October 22, 2020
How old is Earth?
Scientists profess that the Earth is many billion years of age. They use various methodologies to support this claim. Is the Bible a viable source for determining the age of the Earth?
October 16, 2020