The Illuminated Word

The Illuminated Word

By Chris Jones
This podcast will focus on daily readings from the Bible. We will read the text and then give background information from the text and application.
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Thursday 8/6/20 Women Bring Glory to this World 1 Samuel 25:32-43
Abigail brings wise counsel and glory to the situation with David. David starts to manifest some of his character flaws in 'taking' Abigail to be his wife. This pattern of 'taking' will follow David as he becomes king.
13:50
August 6, 2020
Wednesday 8/5/20 Abigail the Wise 1 Samuel 25:1-31
Nabal is a foolish rich man that treats David with contempt. David and his men are ready to destroy Nabal but Nabal's wise wife intervenes in the situation. Abigail shows great wisdom and acts as a shrewd advisor for David when he needs it most. 
19:21
August 5, 2020
Tuesday 8/4/20 David's Extraordinary Forgiveness 1 Samuel 24
In our reading, David has a chance to kill his enemy King Saul. Saul has set out to destroy David but instead of lashing out at Saul David shows forgiveness and restraint. 
15:25
August 4, 2020
Monday 8/3/20 Restore Us Lord Psalm 85
Judah has returned from exile but things are not going well. Sin has entered into the nation again and the Psalmist cries out for forgiveness and restoration. God is the only one that can bring an answer to their situation. In this Psalm, we learn that God about God's covenant love, faithfulness, righteousness, and peace. 
12:31
August 3, 2020
Friday 7/31/20 David at Keilah 1 Samuel 23:1-18
David saves the city of Keilah from the Philistines and Saul finds out David is at Keilah. Saul is going to surround David at Keilah and kill him but David consults the ephod and is told that the people of Keilah will deliver him over the Saul. David flees and escapes from Saul's plan. His friend Jonathan meets up with David and reassures him that he will be king and not to fear. 
17:14
July 31, 2020
Thursday 7/30/20 A Bitter Meeting 1 Samuel 20:30-42
In this passage, there is a realization between Jonathan and David that Saul is determined to have David killed. This meeting marks another realization that things will never be the same again. The beauty of the passage is found in the commitment between the two friends to remain faithful to the covenant they made with one another. 
11:48
July 30, 2020
Wednesday 7/29/20 Jonathan a Man of Integrity 1 Samuel 19:1-7
Jonathan is an extraordinary man. He is loyal to his friend David but he also acts as a trusted advisor for his flawed father Saul. Jonathan is a man that can sleep well at night because of his integrity. 
11:08
July 29, 2020
Tuesday 7/28/20 Jonathan's Love for David 1 Samuel 17:55-18:5
Jonathan and David's friendship is one of the greatest examples of friendship found in the Bible. They are committed to one another and their friendship is not based on some type of 'user' mentality. Jonathan will have to sacrifice greatly because of his commitment to David and his father Saul. 
12:33
July 28, 2020
Monday 7/27/20 Rise Up Against the Evildoer Psalm 59
David is crying out to God to intervene on his behalf. Men, acting like dogs, try to ensnare him. They want to do him bodily harm and they slander him. David knows that God is faithful and God will be his fortress during this time of distress.  
11:50
July 27, 2020
Friday 7/24/20 David, Eliab, and a Reward
David finally get an opportunity to go to the front lines of the battle against the Philistines. He was suppose to bring supplies to his brothers but instead gets caught up in a possible reward for killing the giant named Goliath. David's brother, Eliab, hears about him asking about the reward and reprimands him for doing so. Saul hear him on the other hand and offers him a chance at the reward.
18:57
July 24, 2020
Thursday 7/23/20 David and the Giant 1 Samuel 17:1-18
After David's anointing and his subsequent "adoption" by King Saul, David is back in the fields caring for the sheep. Meanwhile, Israel has found itself at a stalemate when the Philistines bring the front of the battle a giant of whom the whole army of Israel - including Saul - are afraid. This giant wears over 100 lbs of armor and carries a magnificent javelin and sword but David shows no fear.
14:15
July 23, 2020
Wednesday 7/22/20 David and the Spirit of God 1 Samuel 16:14-23
David has just been anointed as the "prince" of Israel and immediately the Spirit of God leaves Saul and comes to David. IN the absence of this Spirit, an evil spirit comes and invades Saul. Seeking out some distraction from this spirit, Saul calls David into service as one who can play the harp so that he might drive this spirit out in times of distress and anxiety. What does all all of this tell us about the Old Testament's view of the Spirit of God and how does it contrast with what we find in the New Testament scriptures? 
15:44
July 22, 2020
Tuesday 7/21/20 David the Anointed King 1 Samuel 16:1-13
Saul has been an unmitigated disaster as the new king. God has sent Samuel to Bethlehem to anoint a new king named David that will change the course of Hebrew and biblical history. We learn in this story to see with the eyes of God and not the eyes of this world. 
12:19
July 19, 2020
Monday 7/20/20 God's Salvation and Law Psalm 111
This Psalm is about God's saving events in the Exodus and his giving of the Law at Sinai. The Psalmist views these events as two of God's great acts. 
11:31
July 19, 2020
Friday 7/17/20 Our Plans and God's Plans Romans 15: 22-33
Paul had plans to come to Rome and eventually use Rome as a launching point for his mission to Spain. Paul would end up in Rome and the gospel would be successful but it would occur in a way that Paul did not imagine. 
15:56
July 16, 2020
Thursday 7/16/20 Paul's Priestly Service in Christ Romans 15:14-21
Paul wants Rome to be his launching point for further missions westward. Part of his reason for writing this letter was to strengthen Rome so that this church could be a hub of missions. 
16:58
July 16, 2020
Wednesday 7/15/20 Jew and Gentile Give Praise to God Romans 15:8-15
Paul pauses his argument for a song of praise. In this song of praise Paul quotes from five different OT passages and the common theme of all these passages is that God's plan always included the Gentiles. Paul makes it clear that the promises made to Israel were eventually going to be promises that would bless the entire world. 
10:59
July 15, 2020
Tuesday 7/14/20 Welcome One Another As Christ Welcomes Us Romans 15:1-7
The Son of God came to this earth and took on flesh. He died for our sins and bore our reproach. He was here to serve and care for us. Paul instructs the Roman Christians that despite their differences and issues they should welcome one another as Christ welcomes them. 
11:23
July 14, 2020
Monday 7/13/20 How Majestic is Your Name Psalm 8
The Psalmist marvels at how God is so great and majestic and yet He still exalts man and cares for us. We are called to be God's co-regents and to take the dominion mandate into the world. The dominion mandate has been restored in Christ in what we call the Great Commission.  
11:08
July 13, 2020
Friday 7/10/20 Stumbling Block to my Brother Romans 14:13-23
Paul explains that as Christians we should never want to destroy our brother or sister in Christ. We do not want them to stumble until they fall from the faith. So how do we differentiate between issues that are real stumbling blocks and issues of simply hurting someone's feelings? We discuss that question in today's podcast. 
20:12
July 9, 2020
Thursday 7/9/20 Dealing with Difficulties in the Church Romans 14:1-12
In our passage today Paul deals with the complex issue of dealing with difficulties and disagreements in the church. How do we deal with topics of opinion and conscience in our churches? Paul lays out a way forward today in this reading. 
16:47
July 9, 2020
Wednesday 7/8/20 Love Fulfills Romans 13:8-14
Paul explains to the Christians in Rome that loving our neighbor fulfills the Law. We find that in Romans 8 Jesus fulfilled the Law for us and in Romans 13 Jesus fulfills the law through us. Also, we are living in the in-between time of the resurrection and the second coming of Christ. Because we are living in the 'in-between' time we are to conduct ourselves as children of light. 
15:44
July 8, 2020
Tuesday 7/7/20 God and Government Romans 13:1-7
In our passage today we find one of the more comprehensive treatments of the idea of God and the role of government. How should Christians think about government? Is it okay for Christians to be anarchists and disruptors of society? We will tackle these issues in today's podcast. 
19:57
July 7, 2020
Monday 7/5/20 Bless the Lord O My Soul Psalm 103
This Psalm is one of the most comprehensive pictures found in Scripture of the character and nature of God. God is the giver of all good blessings and our proper response is to praise him with every bit of our lives. 
10:25
July 6, 2020
Friday 7/3/20 A Genuine Christian Ethic Romans 12:9-21
Paul succinctly and clearly lays out a truly Christian ethic. If you are a Christ-follower and you want to truly know in a simple and concise way what it looks like to follow Him you can't find a better passage. 
19:43
July 3, 2020
Thursday 7/2/20 Grace Given Gifts Romans 12:3-8
It is by grace that God has gifted the church to be able to grow up into maturity. The members each have God-given gifts that allow the body of Christ (the church) to fully function as a unified whole. 
16:31
July 2, 2020
Wednesday 7/1/20 Present Your Bodies as a Living Sacrifice Romans 12:1-2
Paul tells the Roman Christians that the logical response to God's mercy is an entire life of self-sacrifice and worship. We are called to constantly renew our minds so that they are in line with God's will. 
12:45
July 1, 2020
Tuesday 6/30/20 Praise For God's Mercy and Faithfulness Romans 11: 33-36
After Paul went through his belief about his fellow countrymen one day coming to faith in Jesus he launches into a time of praise and worship. In this reading, we see an exalted view of God and the reasons He should be praised. 
13:40
June 30, 2020
Monday 6/29/20 A Shield About Me Psalm 3
David is being surrounded by his enemies. They try to strike fear in his heart. He relies on God to be his shield and the lifter of his head. He cries out to God to be his deliverer. 
09:55
June 29, 2020
Friday 6/26/20 Mercy and Mystery Romans 11:25-32
Paul's prayer is for ethnic Israel and their salvation. He makes it clear that their salvation will be by faith in their Messiah Jesus. He also points out that there will be a future time when the Israelites will turn to faith in Jesus and once again be grafted into the olive tree of God's family. This future component is a mystery but it is based on God's mercy.  Here is the link to Philip's blog that we discussed in the podcast:   https://philsfiction.com/blog/
19:37
June 26, 2020
6/25/20 Grafted in to the Olive Tree Romans 11:11-24
Paul tells the Gentiles that they have been grafted into the olive tree of God's people. There is no reason to boast or glory about this because it is by God's grace that He has done this. Paul also tells us that this grafting of the Gentiles may lead Israel to faith in Christ through their jealousy. 
17:42
June 25, 2020
Wednesday 6/24/20 Did God Reject His People Romans 11:1-10
Paul asks the stinging question, "Did God reject His people?" Paul goes on to remind the reader of Romans that there have been other times in history when Israel was faithless while He was faithful. There were times when God preserved a remnant that stayed faithful. 
12:26
June 24, 2020
Tuesday 6/23/20 Israel Made Jealous by the Gentiles Romans 10:18-21
Part of God's plan from all time was the inclusion of the Gentiles into God's people. In this passage, Paul draws from Deuteronomy 32 and Isaiah 65 to remind his Jewish brethren that they should not be shocked by the Gentiles coming into God's new covenant people. This was part of God's plan from the time of Abraham in Genesis 12 and Genesis 15. 
17:30
June 23, 2020
Monday 6/22/20 Like Those Who Dream Psalm 126
Israel had wept and had a time of great sorrow during their exile. God brought them home and their sowing of tears became a reaping of joy. 
10:17
June 22, 2020
Friday 6/19/20 Faith Comes by Hearing Romans 10:14-17
Many people misunderstand what Paul means by 'calling on the name of the Lord' and just how faith and obedience work in his writings. In this podcast, we clear up some misunderstandings and try to provide some clarity on the issue of hearing, faith, and obedience.  
19:31
June 18, 2020
Thursday 6/18/20 Confess that Jesus is Lord Romans 10:9-13
Paul builds on the idea that the word is near us and tells his readers that with our mouths we confess Jesus as Lord and with our hearts, we believe in the resurrection. The result is the salvation of the Roman Christians. 
16:28
June 18, 2020
Wednesday 6/17/20 The Word is Near You Romans 10:5-8
Paul demonstrates that a righteousness based on the observance of the Law is not possible. God, in Christ, has brought about our rescue by Jesus doing for us what we could not have accomplished. The word is near us and it is accessible because of what Jesus accomplished for us. 
12:56
June 17, 2020
Tuesday 6/16/20 Zeal Not Based on Knowledge Romans 10:1-4
In this passage, Paul explains how his Jewish brethren had a zeal for God not based on the knowledge of Jesus. He desired that his countrymen would see that Jesus was the true Messiah of Israel and was their final hope. 
16:48
June 16, 2020
Monday 6/15/20 Out of the Depths Psalm 130
The Psalmist cries out from the depths of guilt and shame. He cries out to God for mercy and redemptions. God hears his cry and gives him plentiful redemption and assurance. 
11:25
June 15, 2020
Friday 6/12/20 The Remnant Saved By Grace Romans 9:24-29
In today's episode, we explore the big question, "What about Israel?" Paul informs us that there is a remnant of Israelites and Gentiles that are saved by grace. God has been faithful to HIs promises and the true Israelites are not Israelites of the flesh but they are Israel of the promise. In other words, the true Israel is the people that have put their faith in Jesus the Lord and Messiah of Israel. 
18:14
June 12, 2020
EXTRA Thursday 6/11/20 The Cross and You Romans 8:1-14
This is an extra podcast in which we explore the cross of Christ from Romans 8:1-14 in a sermon at Westgate. 
33:18
June 11, 2020
Thursday 6/11/20 Is God Unjust? Romans 9:14-23
Paul continues his discussion on Israel and is asking the question, "Is God unjust?" Paul goes on to show that the created has no right to accuse the Creator in his dealings with mankind. 
16:04
June 11, 2020
Wednesday 6/10/20 Jacob I loved, Esau I hated Romans 9:6-13
Paul is answering the question, "What about Israel?" Israel had all the advantages but it seems that by her unfaithfulness God was somehow impugned. Paul makes it clear that there is an Israel according to flesh and an Israel according to the promise. 
13:06
June 10, 2020
EXTRA Tuesday 6/9/20 From Condemned to Free Romans 8:1-4
This is an extra podcast on Romans 8:1-4. This is a sermon from Westgate Church of Christ in which we explore how we have gone from condemned in sin to free in Christ. 
30:45
June 9, 2020
Tuesday 6/9/20 Paul's Anguish for Israel Romans 9:1-5
Paul shows great pathos for his people. He goes so far as to say that he would rather be accursed than to see his people not saved.
15:41
June 8, 2020
Monday 6/8/20 I was slipping and the Lord pulled me up Psalm 73:1-3, 12-26
Asaph begins this Psalm in a state of self-centeredness. He makes a transition in his perspective when he goes before the Lord in worship. When he comes into God's presence his perspective changes. His message to us is this - it is not about your circumstances it is about your attitude. 
11:02
June 8, 2020
Romans Bonus Podcast - Paul's Intended Audience and the Predestination in Romans
In today's bonus podcast I am joined by Bible scholar David Stark from Faulkner University. Dr. Stark discusses new research on the intended audience for the book of Romans and the doctrine of predestination.  Dr. Stark is a professor and research fellow in biblical studies.  His complete bio can be found here: https://www.faulkner.edu/directory/david-stark/ Dr. Stark also has his own educational biblical studies website found here: https://www.jdavidstark.com/ Dr. Stark created a sentence reader guide for the Bible for our Illuminated Word listeners and it can be found here: https://www.jdavidstark.com/subscribe/sentence-reading-guide/ If you want more information on what Dr. Stark said concerning predestination you can find more information in this scholarly article that he produced at this site:http://www.preciousheart.net/ti/2009/24-040_Stark_Israel_Individual_Corporate_Election.pdf Dr. Stark has an exciting project coming up with a series of essays that can be found here:https://www.amazon.com/Scripture-First-Biblical-Interpretation-Christian/dp/1684260914/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=sl1&tag=jdavidstark-20&linkId=ecbc5836ec4a377de7e65bc5ac9d640d&language=en_US
36:08
June 8, 2020
Friday 6/5/20 The Wretched Man and the Spirit Romans 7:14-25
Paul describes to us the state of man without the intervention of God. Without the cross of Jesus and the gift of the Spirit, we would truly be wretched and condemned. 
18:07
June 4, 2020
Thursday 6/4/20 The Law Reveals Sin Romans 7:7-13
Paul makes it clear that the Law is like a spotlight on sin. Many people understand sin but the Law takes it a step further by showing us that our sin is actually a transgression against God's will. This leads to the cycle of Law-sin-death that only Jesus can release us from. 
17:44
June 3, 2020
Wednesday 6/3/20 You have died to the Law Romans 7:1-6
Paul tells us that we have died to the Law through our union with Christ. In Christ, we have died and been raised up with Christ. We are no longer under the Law but we belong to Christ. 
11:00
June 3, 2020
Tuesday 6/2/20 The Wages of Sin is Death Romans 6:15-23
Paul lays out two paths for the Roman Christians. They can choose to remain in their sins and be in the bondage of sin and death or they can choose grace. Grace releases them from them the bondage of sin and makes them servants of righteousness in Christ. 
19:00
June 2, 2020
Monday 6/1/20 Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel Psalm 41
David is going through a time in his life when friends and foes alike are using the power of words to take him down. He is sick and others are taking advantage of his weakness. God will rescue Him and vindicate him in his weakness. 
12:15
June 1, 2020
Friday 5/29/20 No Longer Enslaved to Sin Romans 6:11-14
Paul makes it clear to the church at Rome that they have a choice. They have been freed from the bondage of sin and they are to think this new reality through. This freedom from sin is factual and real.
18:37
May 29, 2020
Thursday 5/28/20 Death Has No Dominion Over Him Romans 6:8-10
Because Jesus died and was resurrected, those in Christ are no longer under the dominion of death. He conquered sin and death so that we can have eternal life. 
12:32
May 28, 2020
Wednesday 5/27/20 We are Liberated from Sin Romans 6:6-7
Paul tells us that because of Jesus's death and resurrection we have been freed from the bondage and grip of sin. 
12:48
May 27, 2020
Tuesday 5/25/20 Your Baptism Matters Romans 6:1-5
After Paul explained the extravagant grace that God bestows on us one could get confused and believe that one could remain in their sin so that they could get more grace. Paul reminds the Roman Christians that in their past they were baptized into Christ and their baptism signaled a break with the bondage of sin. It also signaled a resurrection future for them.
17:36
May 26, 2020
Monday 5/25/20 Great is the Lord! Psalm 40
David is patiently waiting on the Lord. He is able to wait on the Lord's help because he is confident of the Lord's care, provision, and truth based on his past experience with God. 
14:10
May 25, 2020
Friday 5/22/20 Total Life in Christ Romans 5:12-17
James Dunn comments that Romans 5:12-17 is about original death. This passage reminds us of the serious nature of 'total death' that we experience because of sin and the complete redemption that we have in Jesus. The life we have in Christ is based solely on grace. 
14:54
May 21, 2020
Thursday 5/21/20 We are reconciled to God Romans 5:9-11
Through the death of Jesus we are saved from the wrath of God. We have been reconciled to God by what was accomplished by Jesus Christ. 
14:24
May 21, 2020
Wednesday 5/20/20 While Were Still Sinners Christ Died for Us Romans 5:5-8
The Holy Spirit comes into our hearts and the love of God is poured into our lives. The centerpiece of God's love for us is the cross of Jesus Christ. Paul reminds us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us. 
10:11
May 20, 2020
Tuesday 5/19/20 We Stand In Grace Romans 5:1-4
Paul establishes that we no longer stand under the wrath of God but we are justified by faith. In chapter 5 he transitions to make the point that we have assurance in Christ and that we stand in grace. 
17:02
May 18, 2020
Monday 5/18/20 How Precious Is God's Steadfast Love Psalm 36
David describes how the wicked have no fear of the Lord before their eyes. The faithful person always has the Lord before them. Even when mankind is unrighteous God will always be loving, righteous, and faithful. 
11:10
May 18, 2020
Friday 5/15/20 Faith is what justifies Romans 4:23-25
Paul demonstrates that the same faith that justified Abraham justifies the believer in Christ. We are declared righteous by God as a gracious act. God credited to us righteousness based on our faith and not on our works.  
14:01
May 14, 2020
Thursday 5/14/20 Abraham was strong in his faith Romans 4:12-22
Abraham believed in the promises of God even when the promises seemed impossible. The strength of Abraham's faith is amazing and inspirational. He believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. 
13:49
May 13, 2020
Wednesday 5/13/20 Abraham the Father of the Faithful Romans 4:9-12
Paul tells us that Abraham was justified by faith well before he was circumcised. Our passage makes it clear that the chief identifier of being righteous is our faith in God and in the work of Christ. 
10:38
May 13, 2020
Tuesday 5/12/20 Abraham believed and it was counted to him as righteousness Romans 4:1-8
Paul tells us in this passage that our salvation is based on the gracious actions of God and not on our work or performance. Abraham believed and trusted God's promises. We are called to live a life of faith and it is the life of faith that pleases God. 
14:13
May 12, 2020
Monday 5/11/20 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven Psalm 32
This Psalm of David is a teaching on the heinous nature of sin and the superabundant grace that God bestows upon us. 
10:44
May 11, 2020
Friday 5/8/20 Justified by Faith Romans 3:27-31
Paul informs us that there is no room for boasting because salvation is a gift. We are justified by faith and not based on the works of the law. 
12:28
May 8, 2020
Thursday 5/7/20 All Have Sinned Romans 3:21-26
Paul tells his readers that we have all sinned and fallen short of God's glory. The answer to our predicament is the propitiation of Jesus. The blood of Jesus is our answer. 
15:35
May 6, 2020
Wednesday 5/6/20 No one is good Romans 3:9-20
Paul explains in our passage why radical secular humanism is a bad idea. He lays out the universal nature of our sin and our dependence on God. No one is righteous before God and all are in need of mercy and grace. 
12:54
May 6, 2020
Tuesday 5/5/20 What advantage is there? Romans 3:1-8
In our reading today Paul discusses the advantage of being a Jew. They were entrusted with Scripture and the covenants. In this section, Paul lays out the faithfulness of God to His promise in the face of our unfaithfulness to Him.
15:49
May 4, 2020
Monday 5/4/20 Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit Psalm 31:1-8
In our Psalm today David is going through a major trial. His son Absalom has rebelled and is marching on Jerusalem. At this time David cries out to God and with confidence can say, "into your hands I commit my spirit." 
10:49
May 4, 2020
Friday 5/1/20 Practice What You Preach Romans 2:17-29
Paul reproves a person that commands others to do things but then fails to live up to that teaching.  This commonly called practicing what you preach.  At the end of chapter 2, Paul comes to the conclusion that God wants our hearts. 
12:42
April 30, 2020
Thursday 4/30/20 Law Written on Their Hearts Romans 2:12-17
In our reading today Paul takes up the difficult topic of how some Gentiles seem to have obeyed God's law more than the Jews even though they do not have the law. How do we deal with this idea of the "Law written on their hearts?" In today's podcast, we take up this difficult passage. 
15:24
April 29, 2020
Wednesday 4/29/20 Wrath to Come for Disobedience Romans 2:5-11
Paul's main point in our reading for today is that God is impartial. God judges all people groups the same. Paul is leading the reader of this book to the point that we know that we must have Jesus to be saved. 
14:04
April 29, 2020
Tuesday 4/28/20 Hypocrisy and Judgment Romans 2:1-4
Paul switches gears in Romans 2. In chapter 1 he had addressed the Gentiles and their idolatry. In chapter 2 he addresses Jews that used hypocritical judgment against the Gentiles. Once Paul is done with his overview of the human condition we realize that without Christ we are hopeless.
15:58
April 27, 2020
Monday 4/27/20 A Psalm of Dedication Psalm 30
David has a near-death experience due to illness and God rescues him from his distress. David gives praise to God for His mercy and rescue. David also reminds us that in times of our hubris we can be humbled and reminded of our total dependence on God. 
12:47
April 27, 2020
Friday 4/24/20 God Gave Them Up Romans 1:24-32
When people worship the created order it warps them into something God never intended for them. God has a plan for us and that plan leads us to flourish and to fully live. The pagans at Rome had forfeited that plan and it led them to the slavery of sin. 
11:50
April 23, 2020
Thursday 4/23/20 The Gospel is God's Power Romans 1:16-23
Paul gives his thesis statement for the book of Romans by proclaiming what God has done in the gospel. The gospel is God's power to save us. The proclaimed gospel does not tell us to lift yourselves up but it does the lifting. 
12:05
April 22, 2020
Wednesday 4/22/20 Encouraged by One Another's Faith Romans 1:8-15
We continue working through Paul's introduction to the Roman church. Paul longed to come to Rome to visit this church. It was a church that Paul did not plant but he prayed for them daily. Paul knew that his preaching would bless this church and their faith, in turn, would bless him. 
12:25
April 22, 2020
Tuesday 4/21/20 Paul Called to be an Apostle of Jesus Christ Romans 1:1-7
Today we start our new podcasts on the book of Romans. Paul always packs the introductions of his letters with theological information and he sure doesn't disappoint in the book of Romans. 
13:06
April 20, 2020
Monday 4/20/20 Thunderstorm Power and the Might of God Psalm 29
David reminds us of the ultimate holiness, power, and glory of God in this Psalm. David takes us from the heavenly realm where God is due all honor and praise, to a thunderstorm coming from the sea, and to the peace of God's people who dwell in God's strength. 
08:47
April 20, 2020
Friday 4/17/20 The Disciple That Jesus Loved John 21:18-23
In our reading Jesus commissions Peter and reminds him that his primary worry is to follow Jesus. In our podcast, we look at John as the exemplar of discipleship in Christ. 
11:22
April 17, 2020
Bonus Episode - How To Read the Bible Part 2
I am joined by special guest Devin Morris as we explore how to read the bible effectively. Today we ask two basic questions. Why is studying the Bible important? What is the Bible?
12:47
April 16, 2020
Bonus Episode - How To Read the Bible Part 1
I am joined by special guest Devin Morris as we explore how to read the bible effectively. Today we ask two basic questions. Why is studying the Bible important? What is the Bible? 
22:25
April 16, 2020
Thursday 4/16/20 Grace and Mercy John 21:9-19
In John 21 Jesus shows extreme mercy to Peter after his denial of Him. Jesus gets to the root fo Peter's denial. Jesus not only forgives Peter but commissions Him to be a leader in the church. 
11:48
April 16, 2020
Wednesday 4/15/20 Taking a Swim to get to Jesus John 21:1-8
Jesus appears to His disciples after His resurrection and performs a miracle that hearkens us back to a miracle he worked in Luke 5. What is it about Jesus that causes Peter to respond to Him in John 21:8 as he does? 
12:26
April 15, 2020
Tuesday 4/14/20 That You May Believe In Him John 20:30-31
In our reading today John gives us the purpose for writing this Gospel. He tells us that this is written so that we may believe in Jesus and have life in HIs name. 
09:54
April 14, 2020
Monday 4/13/20 A Cry For Justice Psalm 28
In this Psalm King David cries out for justice. He calls forth for God to punish the wicked and exalt the righteous. 
10:41
April 13, 2020
Friday 4/9/20 Resurrection! John 20:10-29
John's gospel gives us one of the most detailed accounts of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. Despite the fear and despondency of His followers, Jesus comes to bring peace and joy.
13:31
April 10, 2020
Thursday 4/9/20 The Tomb is Empty John 20:1-10
Mary Magdalene comes to the tomb of Jesus early on Sunday morning and realizes that the tomb is empty. Peter and John come to investigate and they both believe because of the evidence they see. What evidence convinces them? We explore that in our podcast today. 
11:29
April 9, 2020
Wednesday 4/8/20 Burial For A King John 19:38-42
Joseph of Arimathea comes to Pilate and takes a great risk by asking for the body of Jesus. Joseph and Nicodemus had followed Jesus from afar throughout John's gospel but now they come out in the open and identify with Jesus by helping give Him a burial fit for royalty. 
10:47
April 8, 2020
Tuesday 4/7/20 Not One Of His Bones Was Broken John 19:30-37
In today's reading, we see the picture of Jesus being the willing sacrifice for our sins. He is the perfect and blameless Lamb of God who lays down His life for His sheep. 
11:10
April 7, 2020
Monday 4/6/20 Jesus is Victorious Over Death Psalm 16
In this Psalm, we are reminded that Jesus descended into the abode of the dead but His stay was not permanent. He was vindicated and victorious by his bodily resurrection. It is in His resurrection that we take hope. 
13:04
April 6, 2020
Friday 4/3/20 A Charcoal Fire John 18: 15-19, 25-27
Peter denies Jesus three times while warming himself at a charcoal fire outside the residence of the High Priest. A few days later after the resurrection of Jesus, the Lord will have a conversation with Peter about Peter's new mission over a charcoal fire.  If you can join us for our Sunday live stream of our worship.  Our website is wcc.church. Our YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtOB3b1orIC8obflbJZLjgA Our Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/WestgateChurchDothan
10:45
April 3, 2020
Thursday 4/2/20 I Am He John 18:1-11
In today's reading, Judas brings the soldiers to arrest Jesus. Jesus gives them a glimpse of His glory when He states, "I am He." When he says this the hardened soldiers fall to the ground in the presence of the incarnate Lord. 
09:53
April 2, 2020
Wednesday 4/1/20 Glory and Love for His Followers John 17:20-26
In the final portion of Jesus's High Priestly Prayer, he turns his attention to us. He turns His attention to those Christians that will come from the testimony of the Apostles. He prays that we will be unified and filled with God's glory. He prays that we will understand the full weight of the unity that we have with He and the Father. We know that this unity is achieved by the work of the Holy Spirit. 
10:02
April 1, 2020
Tuesday 3/31/20 Glorifying God John 17:1-5
Jesus is giving his last instructions to His followers. We get a window into his deepest thoughts as we get to witness His longest prayer in the Bible. He has come to accomplish the will of the Father and now HIs hour has come. 
10:04
March 31, 2020
Monday 3/30/20 They Pierced His Hands and His Feet Psalm 22
Psalm 22 was written a thousand years before Christ was born but in this Psalm, we get a striking prophecy about the crucifixion of Jesus in detail. This Psalm follows the entire cycle of Jesus's death and subsequent victory through His resurrection and deliverance. 
12:25
March 30, 2020
Friday 10/27/20 A New Commandment John 13:31-35
Jesus gives His followers a new commandment to love one another. The newness of this command is found in that He tells them that they are to love one another as He has loved them. The example of love that we are to have is the self-giving sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.  If you are at home and are looking for a sermon and worship we would love for you to tune in with us at Westgate. In our sermon, we will continue in our study of the Gospel of John. Our passage will come from John 14:16-26 and we are asking the question, "Who is the Holy Spirit?" Church website: wcc.church Our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtOB3b1orIC8obflbJZLjgA
11:19
March 27, 2020
Thursday 3/26/20 The Servant of the Servants John 13:1-11
In our reading today Jesus does something shocking by washing the feet of His disciples. This task was reserved for the lowest of His society. Jesus reminds us that we are to be humble servants.
12:08
March 26, 2020
Wednesday 3/25/20 The Triumphal Entry John 12:12-19
In today's reading, Jesus makes His Triumphal entry into Jerusalem. The crowds will cry out Hosanna which means "save us today"! 
08:56
March 25, 2020
Tuesday 3/24/20 A Precious Gift for Jesus John 12:1-8
In today's reading Mary of Bethany gives Jesus an extravagant gift by anointing him with nard ointment. Jesus's death was at hand and she gave the greatest gift she had to show honor to Jesus. 
10:59
March 24, 2020
Monday 3/23/20 The Lord of Glory Psalm 24
In this Psalm, we learn we have a champion that ascended the hill of God on our behalf. Because of this we can enter into God's throne room because our champion, Jesus, is the great High Priest who intercedes for us. 
10:42
March 23, 2020
Friday 3/20/20 The Power of Life John 11:1-16
Jesus displays the glory of God by raising Lazarus from the dead. John 11 is the last of the seven signs of John's Gospel. 
10:58
March 20, 2020
Thursday 3/19/20 The Great Claim of Jesus John 10:30-39
Jesus claims to be equal with God. He shows that His great works and signs point to this reality. We also tackle the difficulty of Jesus's quotation of Psalm 82 in this passage. 
12:23
March 19, 2020
Wednesday 3/18/20 Assurance in Jesus John 10:22-30
In our reading today Jesus speaks to us to give us assurance. Assurance that if we are in Him nothing can take us away from His love. He knows us and we know Him and we listen to the words of our shepherd. Our assurance is based on the bedrock of the gospel and His promises to us. 
10:50
March 18, 2020
Tuesday 3/17/20 He Lays Down His Life for His Sheep
Jesus was not forced to die for us. Jesus willfully lays down His life for us. Jesus makes it clear that His mission was to die for us and be raised again. He did this out of love. 
11:21
March 17, 2020
Monday 3/16/20 The Lord is My Shepherd Psalm 23
In our reading today David gives a powerful and moving picture from his own experience of shepherding. David tells us that God leads us through the best of times and the worst of times. We can trust in God's loving shepherding and in the end, we will dwell with Him for eternity. 
10:01
March 16, 2020
Friday 3/13/20 The Good Shepherd John 10:1-18
Jesus proclaims that He is the good the shepherd. The good shepherd knows His flock by name and loves us so much that He willingly lays down His life for us. 
11:13
March 13, 2020
Thursday 3/12/20 Blinded to Jesus John 9:35-41
As the Light of the World Jesus comes to bring sight to those that are spiritually blind. Those that live in self-righteousness and pride are blinded by the light of Christ because they cannot admit to the sin that has enslaved them. 
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March 12, 2020
Wednesday 3/11/20 The Blind Man on Trial John 9:13-17; 24-34
Jesus heals the man born blind and this man comes under fire from the Pharisees. What did he do wrong? He only acknowledged that Jesus had to come from God to be able to work such a miracle. We find out in today's reading that if you take a stand on Jesus you may suffer persecution and ridicule. 
11:47
March 11, 2020
Tuesday 3/10/20 Healing the Man Born Blind John 9:1-7
In our reading, we learn that part of the work and glory of Jesus is to bring sight to the blind and release of the captives. Jesus's mission manifests itself in this powerful miracle of the man being healed of his blindness. 
11:45
March 10, 2020
Monday 3/9/20 The Creation Cries Out Psalm 19:1-6
The heavenly bodies in all their power and grandeur pour out speech about God. They tell us that our God is glorious and powerful.  When we look up at a starry night or feel the consistent warmth of the Sun we are reminded of God's power and provision. 
09:24
March 9, 2020
Friday 3/6/20 The Truth Will Set You Free John 8:31-47
In our reading, we have a paradox. Jesus, on one hand, says that a disciple must abide in His word but on the other hand He says that we will be set free.  This text challenges the common understanding that freedom is found in doing what I always want to do. Jesus came to free us from the prison of our own sinful hearts. 
09:24
March 6, 2020
Thursday 3/5/20 I AM Going Away John 8:21-30
In today's reading, Jesus tells the crowd He is going away. They are confused by His statement and cannot understand that He is speaking of the hour of His glorification. Jesus will go to the cross, He will be resurrected, and He will ascend back to His Father in glory. This fact of history will change the world forever. 
10:04
March 5, 2020
Wednesday 3/4/20 The Light of the World John 8:12-20
Jesus says at the feast of Tabernacles, "I am the Light of the World." During that feast, they celebrated God leading them in the darkness by the pillar of fire during the Exodus. Jesus reveals that He is the true light that illuminates the way forward. 
10:58
March 4, 2020
Tuesday 3/3/20 Jesus the Wise and Compassionate John 8:1-11
In our reading today the Jewish authorities are trying to trap Jesus. They bring a woman before Him who has been caught in adultery. This group does not care about the woman but wants to use her as a pawn against Christ. Jesus gives us some powerful lessons for today's outrage culture in which we condemn people for past mistakes and circle around them to try to destroy them. 
11:42
March 3, 2020
Monday 3/2/20 At His Right Hand Are Pleasures Forevermore Psalm 16
David cries out to the Lord for help and He takes confidence in that God is his refuge. Our Psalm today reminds us that even though life can be difficult God will bring us through safely and not even death can separate us from God. 
10:12
March 2, 2020
Friday 2/28/20 Strategies of the Evil One 1 John 2:15-17
John warns us about loving the things in this world that are in opposition to God's will more than we love the Lord. He gives us the strategy that the evil one uses against us to lure us into sin. Satan uses the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life to entice us to sin against God. 
11:25
February 28, 2020
Thursday 2/27/20 Opposition from the World John 15:18-25
Jesus informs His followers that when you follow Him you will face great opposition at times. We are called to love others but sometimes the response of the world will be hatred toward us. As followers of Jesus we are called to be compassionate and kind but at the same time to take a stand on the truth of Jesus. 
10:51
February 27, 2020
Wednesday 2/26/20 Conflict Over Jesus John 7:40-52
In the reading, today people are divided over the identity of Jesus. The most important question one can answer is, "who is Jesus?"
11:12
February 26, 2020
Tuesday 2/25/20 Jesus and the World John 7:1-9
Jesus and His mission sometimes will be at odds with the world. Wherever the gospel goes it will challenge some of the norms of that culture. If we are truly following Jesus we will be hated by some. Jesus challenges us to follow Him and put our trust in His plan no matter what the world may say. 
11:37
February 25, 2020
Monday 2/24/20 Who Can Dwell With God? Psalm 15
David asks an important question in this Psalm, "who can dwell with God?" He gives a very challenging answer and ends his Psalm with a powerful promise. 
09:26
February 24, 2020
Friday 2/21/20 God Is Love 1 John 4:7-12
The Bible uses three nouns to describe God and they are light, life, and love. God in His very nature is love. God manifests His love for us in the giving of His Son. The death of Jesus on the cross on our behalf is the ultimate sign of God's love for us. 
09:44
February 21, 2020
Thursday 2/20/20 Love as Jesus Loved Us 1 John 3:11-18
Christians are called to exhibit a type of love the world cannot understand. We are called to display the love that Jesus displayed to us by giving His life as a sacrifice.  
08:26
February 20, 2020
Wednesday 2/19/20 Jesus Has Power Over Death John 5:19-29
Jesus tells his accusers that He has the power to raise people from the dead. In this passage, He makes fantastic claims that make Himself equal with God. Jesus gives us comfort that if we are in Him we have passed from death to life. One day we will hear His voice and be raised from our tombs. 
11:20
February 19, 2020
Tuesday 2/18/20 The Healing of the Paralytic John 5:1-18
In this passage, Jesus heals a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus works this miracle on the Sabbath and this healing brings about brutal opposition. Jesus lets this man know that there something worse than being sick or paralyzed - that is being lost in your sin. Jesus demonstrates to us He is the Lord and is Lord even over the Sabbath. 
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February 18, 2020
Monday 2/17/20 Virtual Atheism Psalm 14
David explains the dangers of virtual atheism. Many Christians today live their lives as virtual atheists. They come to church on Sunday but live the rest of the week as if there were no God. 
10:24
February 17, 2020
Friday 2/14/20 The Bread that Comes from Heaven John 6:29-51
In our reading today Jesus informs us that He is the bread of life that comes down from heaven. When we eat physical food that food is transformed into our body and into ourselves. In contrast, when we spiritually commune with Christ and feed on Him we are transformed into Him. 
11:56
February 14, 2020
Thursday 2/13/20 The Works of God John 6:22-29
Jesus challenges us in our reading to put our total faith and trust in Him. If we want to do something that pleases God and leads to eternal life then Jesus gives us a simple answer - believe in Him. 
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February 13, 2020
Wednesday 2/12/20 Strolling on the waves John 6:16-21
In our reading today we get another glimpse of the glory of Jesus. In Job 9:8 we are told that only God strolls on the waves of the sea. In John 6 we witness Jesus walking on the stormy water. Jesus calms His disciples' fears by telling them "I AM - Do not be afraid!" That is a message we all need to hear today! 
10:21
February 12, 2020
Tuesday 2/11/20 Jesus Provides John 6:1-15
In our reading, we find that Jesus provides just enough when we need it the most. We are called to trust in God for His provision. Jesus takes bleak situations and transforms them into a superabundance of grace.
12:43
February 11, 2020
Monday 2/10/20 God is in His Temple Psalm 11
In our reading today David is experiencing a great danger to his life and he is getting bad advice from his advisors. He reminds us that God is our refuge and foundation. As long as God is enthroned in His Holy Temple then we are going to be okay. David reminds us to trust God in our circumstances not trust God because of our circumstances. 
10:04
February 10, 2020
Friday 2/7/20 The Fields are Ripe for Harvest John 4:27-38
Jesus demonstrates to us in our reading that the deeper truths of God and His will for our lives should be the most important thing to us. Also, we should see that sharing our faith is an ultimate priority and is as simple as saying, "come and see!"
12:10
February 7, 2020
Thursday 2/6/20 In Spirit and in Truth John 4:16-26
In the reading today Jesus challenges the concept of sacred space. Because of his death, burial, resurrection, and ascension His people will be able to connect in worship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit. Because we have the gift of the Spirit we can come into God's presence.
11:30
February 6, 2020
Wednesday 2/4/20 Living Water and the Holy Spirit John 4:10-15
Jesus invites the Samaritan woman to the living water that He will give. We find out from John's gospel that 'living water' is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit would be given when Jesus had been crucified, resurrected, and ascended back to His Father in glory. 
11:20
February 5, 2020
Tuesday 2/4/20 The Woman at the Well John 4:1-10
In today's reading, Jesus comes into contact with someone that is the ultimate outsider. In chapter 3 we met Nicodemus who was the ultimate insider and he did not understand the new birth. In John 4 the Samaritan woman, the outsider, understands the mission of Jesus and is transformed by her encounter. Jesus comes to give 'living water' which is the Holy Spirit. 
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February 4, 2020
Monday 2/3/20 God's Judgments are Just Psalm 9:1-9
In our, Psalm David praises God for His character and deeds. God is the righteous judge that will one day set the nations right and punish the wicked. 
11:35
February 3, 2020
Friday 1/31/20 A New Heart Ezekiel 36:24-27
In our passage today Ezekiel tells us about God's plan to cleanse us with water and give us a new heart. The way God will change our hearts is through the Holy Spirit. 
09:52
January 31, 2020
Thursday 1/30/20 He Must Increase and I Must Decrease John 3:22-30
In today's reading, we find the greatest example of how we should relate to Jesus. John the Baptist tells us that Jesus must take first place in our lives. John says, "He must increase and I must decrease." 
10:36
January 30, 2020
Wednesday 1/29/20 For God So Loved the World John 3:9-21
Jesus continues his conversation with Nicodemus in our reading today. Nicodemus does not understand that we must be born of above or born again to be saved. John informs us that God's greatest gift is the sending of His Son that we may be saved. 
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January 29, 2020
Tuesday 1/28/20 Born from Above John 3:1-8
Nicodemus was a teacher of the Jews and he came to Jesus in the cover darkness. He had a very surface-level belief in Jesus. Jesus challenges him and all of us by telling Nicodemus that we must be born from above. Many people call this being 'born again.' God doesn't need to do a reformation project on our lives but He calls us to a new form of existence with supernatural life from above. 
12:07
January 28, 2020
Monday 1/27/20 Hear My Prayer Psalm 5
David comes to God with his petition in the morning. He has offered a sacrifice at God's house and now brings his prayer and anxiously awaits for God's response. 
09:43
January 27, 2020
Friday 1/24/20 The Messianic Feast Isaiah 25:6-9
Isaiah paints a picture of a future time when God will invite His people to a grand feast of good food and wine. While we feast with God He devours death so that we may have eternal life. On that day the specter of death will be destroyed and we will live forever with Him. 
10:36
January 24, 2020
Thursday 1/23/20 Faith that Follows John 2:23-25
In our reading today from John's Gospel we are reminded that simply believing in Jesus is not enough. Jesus calls us to a deep trusting faith that will follow Him. Jesus wants us to surrender our lives to Him and accept Him as our Lord and Savior. 
10:11
January 23, 2020
Wednesday 1/22/20 Jesus Cleanses the Temple John 2:12-22
In today's reading, Jesus comes to the Temple and does not like what He sees. People have turned the court of the Gentiles into a house of merchandise instead of a house of prayer. Jesus violently drives the moneychangers and animals from the Temple. Jesus reminds us that He is the true temple of God because he is God with us. 
11:18
January 22, 2020
Tuesday 1/21/20 The Wedding Feast John 2:1-11
In our reading today John reveals to us the first miracle or sign that Jesus performs. Jesus changes water to wine at a marriage feast in Cana of Galilee. In this sign, we see that just at the right time God saves His best for last. 
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January 21, 2020
Monday 1/20/20 Peace in the midst of anxiety Psalm 4
In Psalm 4 David is expressing his anxiety and anger and how he turns it over to the Lord. He rests on God's righteousness and knows that He can trust him. David advises his readers to not allow anxiety to overcome us in the evening but to turn it over to the Lord. 
09:06
January 20, 2020
Friday 1/17/20 Jesus Equips the Called Luke 5:1-11
In today's podcast we explore how we are inadequate when we are faced with the prospect of coming into contact with an all holy and powerful God. Peter feels that way when he gets a glimpse of the glory of Jesus. Also, we see in Luke's gospel a universal call of the gospel that is to go to all the nations. 
11:21
January 17, 2020
Thursday 1/16/20 The Way to Follow Jesus Mark 1:16-20
In our reading today Jesus calls His first disciples. In Mark's gospel, we will find that Jesus is "on the way" and He calls His disciples to go along with Him. Jesus's way is the way of suffering, sacrifice, and death. Jesus calls His followers to be a part of His Kingdom and part of that calling involves suffering along with Jesus. 
10:47
January 16, 2020
Wednesday 1/15/20 The Call of the Kingdom Matthew 4:18-22
Matthew tells us that Jesus came proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven. We see that Jesus has come to bring God's just kingdom rule to this earth and part of that mission is to claim a people as His own. 
09:58
January 15, 2020
Tuesday 1/14/20 Jacob's Ladder and Jesus John 1:43-51
In our reading today we are presented with a picture of Jesus you don't see very often. John tells us that Jesus is the fulfillment of Jacob's ladder which we find in Genesis 28. Jesus links Heaven and earth and brings us a revelation of God. 
10:26
January 14, 2020
Monday 1/13/20 The Law is Perfect Psalm 19:7-14
David tells us the Law of God is perfect in every way. But what about Paul's seeming negative statements about the Law of Moses? Are Paul and David contradicting one another? We tackle this question today in the podcast! 
10:44
January 13, 2020
Friday 1/10/20 We Beheld His Glory John 1:14-18
Today marks our 100th episode of this podcast! Today we are told by John that Jesus is God with us. He is the embodiment of the glory, grace, and truth of the God of Israel. God comes to us to rescue us in our inability to fulfill our end of the covenant. God is not only faithful to the covenant he makes- He comes and takes on the penalty of our covenant disobedience so that we may live. 
09:22
January 10, 2020
Thursday 1/9/20 Behold the Lamb of God! John 1:19-34
John the Baptist came to bear testimony to the coming of the Messiah. When John sees Jesus coming to be baptized he declares, "Behold the Lamb of God who comes to take away the sin of the world."  
11:11
January 9, 2020
Tuesday 1/7/20 The Reason for Everything John 1:1-5
Many times we say Christmas is the reason for the season. John the Apostle is telling us in our reading today that Jesus is the reason for everything. 
09:55
January 8, 2020
Wednesday 1/8/20 Light Shines in the Darkness John 1:6-13
In our podcast today we look at how Jesus illuminated a dark and dying world. The light of Jesus is available to all. Some receive the light of Christ while others reject the light.   
08:14
January 8, 2020
Monday 1/6/20 The Heavens Declare the Glory of God Psalm 19:1-6
The Psalmist tells us that the created order cries out speech about the existence and power of God. We are called to worship God because of the power of His might as deplayed in the beauty, wonder, and splendor of nature. 
08:53
January 6, 2020
Friday 1/3/20 You Were Baptized! Romans 6:1-11
In this episode, we explore the concept of what God has done to us in our baptism. Our baptism was a funeral and a resurrection event.  We have died and been raised up in Christ. 
10:51
January 3, 2020
Thursday 1/2/20 Christ Died for Us While we were Sinners Romans 5:6-10
In this episode, we learn that God sent His Son to die for us while we were still sinners. The cross is the ultimate sign of God's love for us. Christ's death justifies us and also saves us. 
10:39
January 2, 2020
Tuesday God's Life Giving Breath Genesis 2:5-7
In this episode, we explore how God breathed the breath of life into Adam and he became a living person. Because of Adam's disobedience, the human race will be cursed with death. Later Jesus will come and as the 2nd Adam, he will give us eternal life. 
08:56
December 31, 2019
Monday 12/30/19 O Lord How Majestic Is Your Name Psalm 8
In our episode today, the Psalmist poses the question, "Why is God so mindful of man?" The answer is that he gave given us dominion over the earth. 
09:57
December 30, 2019
Thursday 12/27/19 Tell of His Salvation
I today’s episode we witness David bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem in joy and thanksgiving. We are reminded to be people that praise God for His salvation.
10:27
December 27, 2019
Tuesday 12/24/19 Consider the Great Things God Has Done 1 Samuel 12:19-24
This passage is part of Samuel's farewell speech as Saul is not taking over as the King of Israel. Samuel rebukes them for wanting a king but also extends to them the mercy and grace of God. 
10:00
December 24, 2019
Monday 12/23/19 Sing to the Lord a New Song Psalm 96:1-3
Psalm 96 was sung when the Ark of the Covenant was brought to rest in Jerusalem. There was a prophecy from the prophet Amos that one day the nations would stream to Mount Zion (where David brought the Ark) and this was fulfilled by the gospel of Jesus Christ. This Psalm has also been attached to that promise of the gospel going out from Mount Zion. 
08:26
December 23, 2019
Friday 12/20/19 The Wise Men Matthew 2:1-12
In our podcast today we explore the story of the visit of the Magi to the child Jesus. 
10:18
December 20, 2019
Thursday 12/19/19 Rachel is weeping for her children Jeremiah 31:15-20
In our passage today we read about an awful time in Jewish history when Jewish children were ripped from their parent's arms and deported to Babylon. There was a cry and wail that went up because of this. Matthew 2 quotes this passage when it talks about Herod's slaughter of the innocents. 
10:59
December 19, 2019
Wednesday 12/18/19 The Star from Jacob Numbers 24:15-19
Numbers 24 prophesies about a coming ruler of Israel. That ruler will be signified by a star. This prophecy looks ahead to the astral event that will lead the wise men on their visit to see the Christ child. 
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December 18, 2019
Tuesday 12/17/19 A Just and Good King for Evil Times Micah 5:1-4
Micah prophesies against exploitation and evil among God's people. The irony of this is that Micah 5 is the passage the scribes use to guide the wise men to Bethlehem when the wise men come to visit King Herod. King Herod was the embodiment of all the things Micah prophesied against. 
10:56
December 17, 2019
Monday 12/16/19 The Compassionate King Psalm 72:11-14
Psalm 72 is one of the two Psalms written by Solomon. He gives us a picture of the Messiah that is to come. The Messiah will be a King that is worshipped by all people and who cares for those who are weak. 
08:15
December 16, 2019
Friday 12/13/19 The Awaited King from Jesse Isaiah 11:1-10
Isaiah tells us that the long-awaited king from the line of Jesse will come. He will have wisdom and understanding to rule his people. He will have counsel and power to execute his plans. His coming will signal an overturning of the curse and a new and better Eden on the horizon. 
12:07
December 13, 2019
Thursday 12/12/19 The Faithful Branch Jeremiah 33:14-16
Jeremiah prophesies in bleak times. Even amidst the unfaithfulness of His people, God will remain faithful to His promises. 
09:32
December 12, 2019
Wednesday 12/11/19 The Prince of Peace Isaiah 9:6-7
Isaiah the prophet tells us a child will come to us. This child will be God in flesh and he will bring peace that we so dearly crave. 
07:08
December 11, 2019
Tuesday 12/10/19 The King from Bethlehem Micah 5:1-4
Micah the prophet lives in bleak times but he looks forward to a new day. Micah prophesies of a coming King that will come from Bethlehem. 
06:21
December 10, 2019
Monday 12/9/19 The King that Brings Peace
Solomon brings us a coronation Psalm that tells us about a king that will bring peace to his dominion.
08:46
December 9, 2019
Friday 12/6/19 The Ark of the Covenant Luke 1:39-45
In our reading today we see the Mary is the fulfillment of the Ark of the Covenant. You may ask, "how can a young Jewish girl be the fulfillment of a golden box in the Temple?" Tune in today and find out. 
11:37
December 6, 2019
Thursday 12/5/19 Joseph a Righteous Man Matthew 1:18-25
In our reading, we find that Joseph is a man of mercy, love, and compassion. 
12:27
December 5, 2019
Wednesday 12/4/19 Zechariah's good news Luke 1:5-23
The angel Gabriel brings good news to the priest Zechariah that he and his wife will have a son. The boy, John, will pave the way for the coming of the promised Messiah of Israel. 
14:50
December 4, 2019
Tuesday 12/3/19 The Coming of the Forerunner to the Messiah Malachi 3:1 and 4:5-6
Malachi prophesied that one would come in as a messenger for the Messiah. This messenger would be like the prophet Elijah and prepare the way of the Lord (Isaiah 40). 
11:34
December 3, 2019
Monday 12/2/19 Unto Thee O Lord Psalm 25
David implores us to cling to God's truth and to realize that God is merciful and loving from eternity. 
09:39
December 2, 2019
Friday 11/29/19 He came to reveal truth John 18:33-39 and John 19:9
Jesus came to this world to be the King and to reveal the truth. He came to reveal the truth of who we are and the truth about the world. His Kingdom is not of this world but has broken into this world. The Kingdom of God has value systems that some would call upside down. God's kingdom values the weak and upholds those that have no power. 
11:03
November 29, 2019
Thursday 11/29/19 Jesus Came in the Flesh 1 John 4:1-6
John reminds us that doctrine matters. What we believe about Jesus truly matters. He encourages his readers to understand that God became flesh in the person of Jesus. He also encourages us to remember that we have the gift of the Holy Spirit living in our lives. 
09:29
November 29, 2019
Wednesday 11/27/19 The Word Became Flesh John 1:1-4, 9-14
In today's episode, we get a look behind the scenes concerning the real identity of Christ. He is the preexistent Son of God who came to us and took on flesh to show us the way forward and give us the right to become children of God. 
11:16
November 27, 2019
Tuesday 9/26/19 God Sent Forth His Son Born of a Woman Galatians 4:1-7
In our reading today we explore how God has liberated man from the slavery of sin, death, and the law by sending His Son. 
11:13
November 26, 2019
Monday 11/25/19 He will not abandon us Psalm 16
In this episode, we explore Psalm 16 and discuss how this Psalm points us to Jesus. This Psalm prophecies of the resurrection of Christ and His ascension to the right hand of the Father. 
08:20
November 25, 2019
Friday 11/22/19 The Son of Man Daniel 7:9-14
In this episode we discuss how the phrase Son of Man relates back to Daniel chapter 7. Daniel seven is giving us a peek into the ascension of Jesus Christ.
12:35
November 22, 2019
Thursday 11/21/19 Thankful for the resurrection from the dead 1 Corinthians 15:12-20
Today we examine one of Paul's greatest treatises on the resurrection from the dead. If Jesus has not been raised then we are hopeless. The resurrection of Jesus means that one day we will be raised and have new life in Him. 
08:06
November 21, 2019
Wednesday 11/20/19 He was crushed for our iniquities Isaiah 53:4-6 and Colossians 1:19-20
In our podcast today we explore how Jesus was crushed for our sins. The part that makes this so amazing is the Jesus was God in flesh. God became human and died for our sins. 
09:44
November 20, 2019
Tuesday 11/19/19 The Gospel is of First Importance 1 Cornithans 15:1-4
Paul gives us an early creedal statement of the church. He tells us the bedrock of the church is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and was raised from the dead. 
10:37
November 19, 2019
Monday 11/18/19 Thanksgiving for the Great Things God has Done Psalm 138:1-2
In this episode, we discuss how we should be thankful for the great things God has done for us. David writes Psalm 138 and he is offering God a thanksgiving Psalm. 
10:07
November 18, 2019
Friday 11/15/19 Gifted in Arts and Craftsmanship Exodus 31:1-11
Today we meet two characters that we normally don't talk about in Scripture. Their names are Oholiab and Bezalel. They were gifted as master craftsmen by the Holy Spirit to help build the Tabernacle. 
09:27
November 15, 2019
Thursday 11/14/19 Gifted to Bless One Another 1 Peter 4:7-11
Peter tells us in this passage that God has gifted each of us in order to serve one another.  
06:04
November 14, 2019
Wednesday 11/13/19 Motivational Gifts Romans 12:3-8
In this episode we explore the spiritual gifts of perception, service, teaching, exhortation, contribution, leading, and mercy.
10:19
November 13, 2019
Tuesday 11/12/19 Thankful for God's Gifting in the Church 1 Corinthians 12:27-31
In this episode, we talk about God's gifting in the church. God has gifted his church with wonderful gifts so that we can minister to one another. 
09:12
November 12, 2019
Monday 11/11/19 Thankful and in Need of Deliverance Psalm 126
I this episode we look at Psalm 126. In this Psalm the Psalmist cries out for help but remembers the great things God has done.
06:43
November 11, 2019
Friday 11/8/19 Thankful for the Power of the Gospel 1 Thessalonians 1
In this episode, we look at the church at Thessalonica. Pau is thankful for their faith, hope, and love. He is also thankful that the power of the gospel has brought them from idol worship to the worship of the true and living God. 
10:31
November 8, 2019
Thursday 11/7/19 Thankful for The Power Working in Us Ephesians 1:15-23
Paul is thankful for the faith and love of the church at Ephesus. He reminds us that the same power that was at work in raising Jesus from the dead and exalting Him to the right hand of the Father is at work within us. 
08:33
November 7, 2019
Wednesday 11/6/19 Thanful for the faith of God's people Romans 1:7-12
In this episode, we discuss how Paul is thankful for the church in Rome. It is amazing that in the capital of the pagan Roman Empire there is a growing community of faith. The faith of the Roman church gave Paul reason to give thanks. 
10:18
November 6, 2019
Tuesday 11/5/19 Thankful for our Hope in the Gospel Colossians 1:1-8
Paul tells the Colossian Christians that he is thankful for them. Particularly, he is thankful for their belief in the gospel and how that has created hope and love in that community. 
09:00
November 5, 2019
Monday 11/4/19 Be Thankful Psalm 105:1-5
The Psalmist challenges us to be thankful in the Lord. He calls us to remember the mighty deeds of God and to rejoice in them. 
06:36
November 4, 2019
Friday 11/1/19 Aim at Heaven Matthew 6:19-21
In this episode, Jesus challenges us to put our treasure in what God wants and not in our earthly possessions. 
08:35
November 1, 2019
Thursday 10/31/19 The Widow's Mite Mark 12:41-44
In today's episode, we discuss the story of the Widow's mite. In this story, Jesus points out the heart of a widow who did not give out of her abundance but gave everything she had. 
08:01
October 31, 2019
Wednesday 10/30/19 Trust the Gift Giver and not the Gifts 1 Timothy 6:17-19
In this episode, we discuss the proper disposition of those whom God has blessed with wealth. The wealthy are called to put their trust in the one who gave them gifts and not put their confidence in their possessions.
08:19
October 30, 2019
Tuesday 10/29/19 Be Merciful as Your Father is Merciful Luke 6:30-36
Jesus challenges us to be merciful to those who are in need. We are not hoard wealth and hold so tightly to our possessions that we are not willing to help the poor. 
10:43
October 29, 2019
Monday 10/28/19 Consider the Poor Psalm 41: 1-3
In today's podcast, we turn our attention to how mature followers of Jesus should always be mindful of those that are less fortunate and at risk. 
09:00
October 28, 2019
Friday 10/25/19 The Power of the Gospel Romans 1:16-17
In this episode, we explore the power of the gospel. Paul was not ashamed of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He knew its power and how the truth of the gospel could change lives. 
08:10
October 25, 2019
Thursday 10/24/19 The Harvest is Plentiful Matthew 9:35-38
In today's episode, Jesus challenges us to have compassion for those that need to hear the good news of the Kingdom of God. 
07:38
October 24, 2019
Wednesday 10/23/19 Ambassadors of Reconciliation 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
In today's episode, we discuss how we are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation. We are a new creation in Christ. God has brought us into communion through the cross of Jesus. Therefore, we are called to tell others this news. 
09:46
October 23, 2019
Tuesday 10/22/19 Be Ready to Share Colossians 4:2-6
In this episode, our reading challenges us to be ready to give an answer for the reason for our faith. We are to be civil and kind in our speech when sharing the reason for our hope in Jesus. 
10:04
October 22, 2019
10/21/19 Monday Taste and See the Lord is Good Psalm 34:8-10
In this episode, we look at the invitation to come and taste and see that the Lord is good. 
09:14
October 21, 2019
Friday 10/18/19 Who is the Greatest in the Kingdom? Mark 9:33-37
In the reading today we discuss who is the greatest in the kingdom of God.  Jesus has told His disciples that He must die and immediately after He teaches them this they are arguing about who will be the greatest in the kingdom. 
08:33
October 18, 2019
Thursday 10/17/19 Serve Like Jesus John 13:3-17
In today's episode, we are challenged to have the heart of a servant like Jesus. Jesus humbled himself and did the most menial task one could do in the ancient world by washing His disciples' feet. 
09:43
October 17, 2019
Wednesday 10/16/19 Blessed are the Servants in the Kingdom Matthew 25:31-46
In this episode, we get a picture of the final judgment. Those that are condemned are not condemned for what they have done wrong but what they have not done. We are called to minister and show hospitality to our brothers and sisters. 
10:34
October 16, 2019
Tuesday 10/15/19 Jesus came to serve and not be served Matt 20:20-28
In this episode we explore how life is to be lived in the Kingdom of Christ. Jesus came to give his life as a ransom for the many and we are called to live to live a life of service.  
09:52
October 15, 2019
Monday 10/14/19 Praise the Lord! Psalm 113
In this episode, we explore how God has called us to be people of thanks and praise. 
08:44
October 14, 2019
Saturday 10/12/19 Fellowship and Sharing Life Together Acts 2:37-47
In this episode, we are exploring how the new covenant community in Christ is bonded together by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. 
10:41
October 12, 2019
Friday 10/11/19 Bear One Another’s Burdens Galatians 6:1-10
In today’s episode, we discuss how God calls us to bear one another’s burdens.
10:26
October 11, 2019
Thursday 10/10/19 Members of One Another Romans 12:4-13
In this episode, we discuss how each member of Christ's body is gifted with a role to play. We are so deeply connected to one another that Paul says we are "members of one another."
11:29
October 10, 2019
Wednesday 10/9/19 The Body of Christ 1 Corinthians 12:12-26
In today's episode, we discuss how the church is the body of Christ. Part of being the body means that there is a diversity of parts but one body. 
12:12
October 9, 2019
Tuesday 10/8/19 Love One Another John 13:31-35
In today’s episode we explore the love of Jesus and how he has called us to love one another just as he has loved us.
10:28
October 8, 2019
Monday 10/7/19 The Blessings of Unity Psalm 133
In this episode, we discuss Psalm  133 and the blessedness of living in unity as believers in Jesus Christ. 
09:36
October 7, 2019
10/5/19 Saturday Glorify God in Your Body 1 Corinthians 6:9-20
In today’s episode we explore how God calls us to glorify him with our bodies and to live holy.
12:34
October 5, 2019
Friday 10/4/19 Put Off The Old Ephesians 4:17-24
In this episode we discuss how we are called to put off the old man, renew our minds, and put on the new self.
09:14
October 4, 2019
Thursday 10/3/19 Gird Up Your Mind And Be Holy 1 Peter 1:13-19
In this episode, we discuss how Peter calls us to 'gird up the loins of our minds' and to be sober-minded.  We are called to not be conformed to the patterns of fleshly desire but to be holy and set apart in Jesus. 
08:40
October 3, 2019
Wednesday 10/2/19 Be Holy For I am Holy Leviticus 19:1-16
In this episode we will discuss the all encompassing nature of holiness.
14:05
October 2, 2019
Tuesday 10/1/19 Be Holy and Pure in Christ 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
In this podcast, we talk about the sexual ethics of Christians. We are called to live holy and pure lives and not be controlled by our sinful passions. Holiness is expected from a Christian. 
11:08
October 1, 2019
Monday 9/30/19 Holy is God Psalm 99:1-5
In this episode, we look at the holiness of God. God's holiness means that He is utterly unique and powerful. Our proper response is reverence and awe. 
10:21
September 30, 2019
Saturday 9/28/19 Train in the Lord 1 Timothy 4:6-10
In this episode we explore how the Christian life is one of training and discipline.
08:41
September 28, 2019
Friday 9/27/19 Have the Mind of Christ Philippians 2:5-13
In this episode, we discuss how we are called to have the same mind as Christ. He was fully God and fully man but emptied Himself and died for us. We are called to be obedient and to work out our salvation with fear and trembling because God is at work in us. 
11:52
September 27, 2019
Thursday 9/26/19 Blessed is the Righteous Psalm 1
In today's episode, we discuss the blessedness of the righteous. The righteous do not listen to the advice of the world, follow the way of the world, or scoff at God's instruction. The righteous are planted in God's truth and are vibrant with growth. 
10:08
September 26, 2019
Wednesday 9/25/19 Grow Up and Eat Solid Food Hebrews 5:7-14
In this episode, we discuss how we are to grow up in our faith and move on from immaturity. God wants us to learn obedience through suffering and to understand our faith. 
11:29
September 25, 2019
Tuesday 9/24/19 Crave the Pure Spiritual Milk 1 Peter 2:1-5
In this episode, we discuss how we are called to crave the spiritual milk of God's word. God is good and His word is good. We grow by reading His word, hearing His word, and growing up in the understanding of His word. 
09:47
September 24, 2019
Monday 9/23/19 Growing in Godliness and Virtue 2 Peter 1:3-11
In this episode, we discuss how we are called to grow in Christ. Peter tells us we have been delivered from the bondage of sinful passions. God expects us to expend effort in our salvation to grow in piety and devotion to Him. 
10:17
September 23, 2019
Friday 9/20/19 Give Thanks in All Situations Psalm 34:1-7
We explore how we should give thanks and worship the Lord in all situations.
07:43
September 20, 2019
Thursday 9/19/19 Living Sacrifices in Christ Romans 11:33-12:2
In today's podcast, we explore the concept of being living sacrifices in Christ. 
11:28
September 19, 2019
Wednesday 9/18/19 The Worship of Heaven
In this episode we take a peek into Heaven during a Sunday worship.
09:05
September 18, 2019
Tuesday 9/17/19 God's Masterpiece Ephesians 2:1-10
In today's podcast, we discuss how God has saved us in Christ to make us his masterpiece. 
10:24
September 17, 2019
Monday 9/16/19 Denying Self and Following Jesus Luke 9:18-26
In today's episode, we discuss how Jesus calls us to radical abandonment in following Him. 
09:52
September 16, 2019
Saturday 9/14/19 Making Disciples Matthew 28:18-20
In this episode we discuss making disciples of Jesus.
09:42
September 14, 2019
Friday 9/13/19 Saved By Grace For Good Works Ephesians 2:4-10
In today's podcast, we discuss the fact that we are saved by grace through faith and God saves us for good works. 
09:13
September 12, 2019
Thursday 9/12/19 Maturity in Christ is for Everyone Colossians 1:28-29
In today's podcast we discuss how maturity in Christ is expected for all Christians. God wants us to grow wise in Christ and be mature followers of Him. 
08:26
September 12, 2019
Wednesday 9/11/19 Take up your cross and follow Jesus Mark 8:27-38
Today we discuss Jesus's call upon us to take up our cross and follow Him. 
10:01
September 11, 2019
Tuesday 9/10/19 - Passing on your Faith 2 Timothy 2:1-15
In today's podcast we discuss the importance of teaching others about Jesus and passing down your faith. The model of discipleship found in the Bible is that people teach their faith to others and in turn those people go and replicate the process. In our reading we see Paul give this instruction to the young minister Timothy. 
10:12
September 10, 2019
John's Great Commission John 20:19-23
In today's podcast we discuss John's Great Commission. We notice how we are challenged to go about mission as Jesus did. We also see deep connections between the creation account in Genesis and John's new creation. 
07:54
September 9, 2019
The Church is a household of truth- 1 Timothy 3:14-15
In this podcast we discuss the fact that the church is the household of truth.
08:46
September 7, 2019
Basing your life and action on truth 2 Peter 1:12-21
In this podcast we discuss how proper behavior and action should be based on the truth about Jesus. Peter reminds us that truth has been preserved by the Apostles. 
07:12
September 6, 2019
Discerning Truth 1 John 4:1-6
In today's podcast we will explore John's teaching in 1 John 4:1-6 in discerning truth from error. Who do we know that something is truly a teaching from God? John reminds us that the Holy Spirit will always point us to a proper understanding of who Jesus is. 
07:30
September 5, 2019
Qualities of godly leaders 1 Timothy 3:1-13
In this episode we will explore the qualities of godly leaders in Christ. These qualities are things that all Christians should aspire to. In particular, we explore the qualifications of elders/bishops/pastors as well as deacons. 
09:23
September 4, 2019
Spiritual Leaders in Christ Hebrews 13:12-21
The writer of Hebrews calls us to come to Jesus and to offer up the sacrifice of praise with our mouths and to do good works for others. We are also called to submit and obey our spiritual leaders because they have been give charge over our souls. The work of spiritual leaders is to equip and build up the church so that we can accomplish good works in Christ. 
08:53
September 3, 2019
Growing up to be like Jesus Ephesians 4:11-16
Today’s reading is about spiritual leaders helping Christians to grow to maturity.
07:22
August 31, 2019
The Minister’s Task 1 Timothy 4:1-8
In this reading we see Paul’s instruction to a young minister named Timothy.
07:45
August 30, 2019
Healthy Churches - Shepherds who lead Acts 20:17-31
In today's podcast we will examine Paul's farewell speech to the elders at Ephesus. He encourages them to shepherd the flock and guard over their lives and doctrine. 
08:07
August 29, 2019
Revelation 19:1-9 The Reading for Wednesday August 28
Today's reading comes from Revelation 19:1-19. We will discuss the marriage supper of the lamb and future glory of the church. 
05:44
August 28, 2019
Ephesians 5:22-33 Christ and His Church - The Reading for Tuesday 8/27/19
In this episode we will explore the connection that Christ has with His church. We will find that the church is to be Christocentric and to be closely connected to one another and with Christ. 
06:33
August 27, 2019
Ephesians 4:1-7 Unity in the Body of Christ
Today we looked at the reading from the Westgate Church bulletin. Our passage was Ephesians 4:1-7 and we discussed unity in the church. 
05:45
August 26, 2019