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066 - Holy Ambition: Voice for the Powerless

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072 - Church of the Doomed: A Servant's Reward
As we finish our look at the letter to the Doomed Church, we look to a second letter to one specific leader of that church: Philemon. We also look deeper into the life and past of Onesimus, the man who delivered these letters and the amazing reason for his delivery: he was returning to the master who he sinned against.
September 28, 2022
071 - Church of the Doomed: Rebirth
Last week we continued our look at the letter to the doomed church talking about Paul’s answer to the ancient Gnostic questions and the modern postmodern questions being simply a knowledge of who Jesus Christ actually is. Continuing to move forward in this message to a new church we are going to look at the new life that we have in Christ. In the scriptures we look at this week, Paul speaks of death quite a lot, and that death is then connected to our new life.
September 21, 2022
070 - Church of the Doomed: One Word Answer to Post-Modernism
In this power-packed episode, we go toe-to-toe with post-modernism and relative truth. Paul had some strong words for the church at Colossae regarding their superstitions and the philosophical world they were part of. Paul boldly proclaimed that Jesus was the full embodiment of the Godhead, but more than that; Paul declared that every single bit of human knowledge, existence, and exploits must bow to one name and one word.
September 14, 2022
069 - Church of the Doomed
An important letter sent to a city on the brink of utter destruction. The city has history, but is functionally small and most people are newer to the area. The church is having trouble, being overrun by false teaching and bad morals. Worst of all, no one seems aware of the very imminent destruction about to befall them. This is the stage that is set for the letter of Paul to the church of Colossae.
September 07, 2022
068 - Holy Ambition: Wicked Priests
We conclude our series on the book of Nehemiah talking about some familiar characters, Sanballat and Tobiah. The high priest and his family had allied themselves and married children of these two men. The result? Their example led all of Judah down a path of sin, unrighteousness, and wickedness. We'll talk about these wicked priests, and how their choices echo into modern day.
August 31, 2022
067 - Holy Ambition: Joy & Strength
The work on the wall is going on well. Nehemiah turns to the spiritual needs of the people. He calls on the scribe and priest, Ezra. Ezra was sent by decree of Artaxerxes to teach the law of God to the people of Judah. The reaction to the Law being read was one of sorrow and shame, but some famous words are uttered, "The Joy of the Lord is your strength." With that, we begin seeing some startling connections to Peter, the Holy Ghost, and even Pentecost!
August 24, 2022
066 - Holy Ambition: Voice for the Powerless
Up next, we move into Nehemiah's passion for his people. When Jewish nobles and elites were taking advantage of the poor and those affected harshly by famine, Nehemiah rose up as a voice for them. It is a reminder that Jesus has as heart for the poor and the needy. He's interested in showing our faith as His people. Nehemiah's example reminds us to speak up for the hopeless, poor, and needy.
August 17, 2022
065 - Holy Ambition: Guard the Gaps
Buckle up! This one is a LONG one, but it is probably one our best episodes EVER! We got so into this vital discussion that we lost track of time. This week we find that Nehemiah has began working on the wall, but he's had an encounter with Sanballat, Tobiah, and Gesham. We take a close look at who each of these men were, and we dive into Nehemiah's response to them each time they showed up. The walls weren't complete, and Nehemiah decided to set guards in the breaches and in the low places of the wall. That led us to explore the gaps and low places in the church. Where the church is silent, the world will fill in the gaps. That's why it is so vital for us to guard the gaps and fill those gaps!
August 10, 2022
064 - Holy Ambition: A Caring Politician
This week we continue our discussion on the book of Nehemiah. Nehemiah had risen to a prominent place in ancient Persian society. Unlike many in his position, he did not use it to continue his own comfort, influence, and power. He used his position to help God's people economically, spiritually, politically, and emotionally.
August 03, 2022
063 - Holy Ambition
The world that Nehemiah lived in was one of betrayal, murder, jealousy, and hatred. It was often filled with enemies foreign and domestic. In the midst of it all, Nehemiah stood as a righteous man. We begin this week looking at the province of Judah under Persian rule. How did the economic, social, political, and cultural norms of the day impact Judah? We find that Judah fell from prominence. Its people were impoverished, both spiritually and physically. Jerusalem's walls laid in ruin. Ezra was pushing reforms, but the people were not listening, but Nehemiah has a Holy Ambition to rebuild Jerusalem and help it achieve the plan that God had for it.
July 27, 2022
062 - Pentecostal Chronicles: Miracles | Angels | Demons
This week, we take a break from doing a series and start something new. We sat down with Derek's grandfather and dad to glean wisdom and insight into pentecostalism. What we got were numerous stories of the miraculous, angels, dreams, and demonic encounters! You don't want to miss this!
July 20, 2022
061 - Identity Crisis: Women's Authority
On our final episode of the Identity Crisis series, we turn to the much debated topic of a woman's authority in the church. Throughout the Pentecostal movement there have been both factions that support women in places of authority and disapprove of women in places of authority. We'll begin with her hair and get into what Paul was saying to the Corinthian church!
July 13, 2022
060 - Identity Crisis: Jesus as the Mighty God
We've leaned into the oneness debate before, but we've never done it like this. This week we trace the tzitzit to an encounter that Jesus had with someone while He was on his way to perform a miracle for someone else. A woman, who had suffered for twelve years, was religious, romantically, and socially isolated because of her condition. Yet, she heard that the man named Jesus that had cast out demons and healed many people was passing by her way. She seized the moment and grabbed the tzitzit of Jesus. In this power packed episode, we'll uncover the Mighty God in Christ through the power of the fringe of His garment.
July 06, 2022
059 - Identity Crisis: Missed Messiah
Jesus said that He did not come to bring peace but a sword. John records an exchange with a woman caught in adultery that is one of the most beautiful stories of Jesus' grace and mercy. However, Jesus turned to her accusers and had a debate with them. This debate led to the religious elite and the Jews who were standing there to have an identity crisis within themselves. They refused to accept Jesus for who He was, and it sparked much debate within themselves about who they were. We'll get into the details of why Jesus chose to have this exchange.
June 29, 2022
058 - Identity Crisis: Dreamer & Savior
We turn back the dial about 4,000 years to ancient Canaan and Egypt. We find a man whose father was a deceiver, and his mother was favored. This man, at a young age, was given a garment that was adorned with many colors. It identified him as favored, special, and an heir to the promises of his father. Yet, his older brothers became angry. They knew that their younger brother jumped to the front of the line, and their younger brother had the audacity to dream of greatness. So, they took his garment from him and covered it in blood. They wanted him dead, but this young man ended up a slave, a prisoner, and eventually governor of Egypt. Though his tzitzit was stripped from him, it never stopped identifying him. The dreamer and the savior of God's chosen people, Joseph, stands as a type and shadow for our Savior.
June 22, 2022
057 - Identity Crisis: Prophets, Warriors, Kings
Up next in our latest series, we get into the identity crisis Saul had. From the very beginning we see warning signs of Saul's character when they can't find him at the assembly. But, Saul's major issue is not just an inability to take responsibility. It's that his repentance and worship were shallow. His heart could only be changed for a short time before he was doing evil again. Though he prophesied and was anointed, Saul lost his position because he became wrapped up in his position rather than being obedient and submitting to God. After that, God sought out David - a man after God's own heart. David would reach out against Saul, and it would show Saul that his kingdom was at an end. However, David understood his place and God's place. He knew God would exalt him at the appointed time - not in his time. 
June 15, 2022
056 - The Church Identity Crisis
What could an ancient piece of garment unlock about Jesus, the Holy Ghost, the Church, and several major figures in faith? In the Ancient Near East (not just Jewish cultures) there is a tradition of tassels that provide an identity to those who wear it. The elaborate tassel was an extension of the hem and could be used as an identification or as a signature of documents. It often was used as a form of ID for nobility and those who had money/status. The tassel is known in Judaism as the tzitzit. The tassel that God commanded Moses to have made that would remind the Hebrews of who they were and who God is, but it is also a foreshadowing of one of the most important New Testament doctrines.
June 08, 2022
Identity Crisis Trailer
Joseph, Samuel, Saul, Jesus, and Paul all have something unique in common. A specific article of clothing is mentioned in the Bible for good and bad reasons. This article of clothing? The tzitzit. It carried so much weight and intricacy in ancient times that it could be used as a signature, but it's also tied to identity - as a Jew and as a person. The tzitzit are used to remind Jews who they are and who God is. In this latest series, we're going to dig into Joseph's colorful coat, Samuel's torn cloak, Saul's cut tzitzit, Jesus' tzitzit, and Paul's writings about women's hair. It is ALL connected!
June 02, 2022
055 - Church of Half-Truth: Armor of God
Our last episode in this series takes us to the armor of God. Sadly, this subject has been reduced to an occasional Sunday School lesson. However, this subject is far deeper than anyone could every imagine. The armor finds its roots in an Old Testament passage written by an ancient prophet. Each piece is intentionally selected by Paul to not only convey meaning, but to signify the spiritual power of Christians. But, How do we put on the armor of God? We'll talk about that!
June 01, 2022
054 - Church of Half-Truth: Marriage & Submission
Our next installment of our series on Ephesians carries us to the extremely sensitive and important topic of marriage. This week, though, we didn't just want to lean on our knowledge. So, we invited two special guests - our wives. We wanted to deliver something that could help everyone! We will look at what submission in marriage means from a woman's perspective, and we will get into our personal lives. You'll also get a sneak at us, as husbands getting fussed at (a little - it's all in good fun)!
May 25, 2022
053 - Church of Half-Truth: Equip. Unite. Mature.
Up next in the "Church of Half-Truth" series, Larry and Derek explore why we get the fivefold ministry WRONG. Each ministry is much more than just offices or titles. It's a calling, an action, and a lifestyle. However, there are some that say prophets and apostles no longer exist, but there are flaws and misrepresentation of scripture that lead to that thinking. What are those flaws and misrepresentations? Scriptures are taken out of context and skewed to fit the idea that prophets and apostles have ceased. Further, if we are Spirit-filled believers, each of these offices should be alive inside of our own lives!
May 18, 2022
052 - Church of Half-Truth: Oneness & Trinity
Continuing our discussion of Ephesians, we turn our attention to Godhead. There's some debate around this topic. There are two predominant lines of thought: oneness & trinity. We look at "one Lord, one faith, one baptism" through the eyes of Oneness Pentecostalism & trinitarianism. We'll also talk briefly about Jesus Name baptism, which is really at the core of the Godhead debate. Oneness Pentecostals baptize in the name of Jesus, but what is the biblical formula? What does it really mean to be baptized "in the name of Jesus"?
May 11, 2022
051 - Church of Half-Truth: Grace Through Faith
Continuing our discussion about Ephesians, we encounter words from Paul that have stirred much debate in Christianity throughout centuries. Those words? "By grace you have been saved, through faith." Martin Luther had an interesting and thought provoking take on this passage that describes grace as the nature of God and faith is believing He is and has paid the price. This episode is filled with theological insight and deep thought into the Word!
May 04, 2022
050 - Church of Half-Truth
Our 50th episode! We kick off our newest series "Church of the Half-Truth" with a discussion of the culture and history of Ephesus according the secular and biblical sources. Pre-Christian Ephesus was the center of worship for the goddess Artemis. The worship of Artemis was heavily women led - mostly for all the wrong reasons. The cult of Artemis created false empowerment for women. However, in many ways, these "half-truths" are still prevalent in our secular and church culture today - making us a modern reflection of those ancient half-truths.
April 27, 2022
049 - Risen: He Is Risen!
Closing out our "Risen" series, Derek and Larry get into the historicity of the resurrection. Why should the resurrection be a historical FACT? As Christians, we boldly declare the resurrection, but one key piece of evidence of detractors of Jesus' resurrection is missing - the body of Jesus. The tomb was empty. That's what we know based on every account. He is risen!
April 20, 2022
048 - Risen: Three Dark Days
This week, we explore secret disciples and the three darkest days known to humanity. What is the significance behind Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea's presence at the entombment of Christ? Was it three entire days in the grave, or was it Friday to Sunday? We'll also explore why the facts and details of the burial matter to many people!
April 13, 2022
047 - Risen: Brutality of the Cross
On this week's episode, we leave the lighter subjects of last week and discuss one of the most brutal things that a human could ever go through - crucifixion. Jesus' beating and crucifixion was as intense as it comes. Beaten & bloodied to the point of being unrecognizable, Jesus boldly stood before Herod and Pilate. He even had a conversation with Pilate in the final moments of his life that would make many of look foolish. We'll discuss what crucifixion looks like and just how excruciating it was for Jesus to die on a cross.
April 06, 2022
046 - Risen: Peter VS Judas
This week, we pit two disciples against one another. Judas is portrayed as a greedy man, and the most infamous traitor in all of history. He was a nobleman, and Jesus trusted him with the money bag. Yet, it seems that everyone knew Judas was shifty. That same shiftiness would ultimately result in his own demise. However, we often give Peter a pass. He denied Jesus as Jesus was led from trial to trial. It's even said that they met eyes when Peter denied him the third time. Peter seemed to have an unpredictable streak. He cut off the ear of a temple guard trying to defend Jesus, and he consistently showed his temper throughout the Gospels and Acts. We'll take a close look at each of these men's betrayals, and end at what we can learn from Judas' betrayal and death.
March 30, 2022
045 - Risen: The Easter Controversy
Kicking off our new series, "Risen", we look at the history of Easter. Where did it start? Why did it start? Is Easter really pagan, and are our traditions really pagan? We'll also talk about how the date of Easter created one of the first real church controversies and almost caused an entire sect of Christians to be excommunicated by the Catholic Church! All this and more on this episode of the JNN Podcast!
March 23, 2022
044 - In the Beginning: Salvation in Genesis
On this week's episode, Larry and Derek tie up the "In the Beginning" series. We'll recap and demonstrate the different aspects of salvation evident in Genesis. It is so boldly evident that God had a divine order in place to reconcile His prized creation. The grace and truth spoken of by John is woven into the very fabric of the creation narrative.
March 16, 2022
043 - In the Beginning: Babel to Pentecost
On this week's episode, we go from Babel to Pentecost. We want to connect the dots of the tower of Babel. Why did God view this as a sign of man's ability? Why did God seem worried about it at all? Is it because a tower really was trying to get to Heaven? No, there are cultural and theological points that we must take into account when we read about this account. God disinherited the people of the Earth and found a man named Abram, and its through Abram we see salvation come back to all mankind.
March 09, 2022
042 - In The Beginning: Days of Noah
After God looked on the nephilim and the wickedness of mankind, God decided to wipe it out - all of it. Except, one man and seven of his family members. That man was Noah. Why was Noah found righteous? Did the flood cover the entirety of the Earth, or was it just a local event? What did Jesus mean by "as it was in the days of Noah"? We'll answer all these questions in this week's episode of the JNN Podcast!
March 02, 2022
BONUS: Invasion of Ukraine
Late last Wednesday night, America received word that Russia began its invasion of Ukraine. Since then, the world has been encapsulated in this ongoing conflict. Nations have struggled to decide what they should do. We've seen billions of dollars worth of military aid go to Ukraine while Russia bombards the cities of Kyiv, Kharkiv, and others. Furthermore, Russia has hit civilian buildings, schools, and hospitals (and been unapologetic). On this bonus episode, we look at this from a Christian perspective. We are greatly concerned about the situation in Ukraine and fully support the Ukrainians in the defense of their country. We pray that good would prevail and ultimately God would have His ultimate will be done.
March 01, 2022
041 - In the Beginning: Sons of Angels
This week we look at the mysterious race of people known as "nephilim." What were they? WHO were they? Where did they come from? Why was God so frustrated with mankind and the nephilim that He chose to wipe it all out - saving only Noah? What's interesting is this doesn't just end with ancient Hebrew theology. This goes all the way into the New Testament & the apostles!
February 23, 2022
040 - In the Beginning: Lucifer & the Fall
We continue our discussion about mankind this week with the fall. We ask some critical questions about the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We look at why Eve was comfortable talking to a snake. How in the world does this single event shape all of humanity and God's divine plan? Open your mind, and we'll take a look into the cultural influences evident on telling of this historical event.
February 16, 2022
039 - In the Beginning: A Living Soul
Evolution or Creation? Science versus the Bible? This week we take a look at the scientific & theological explanations of mankind. Do they have to be totally at odds with each other? Were there other humans besides Adam & Eve present on Earth? There are so many questions surrounding the creation of humans!
February 09, 2022
038 - In the Beginning: How Old is the Earth?
This week we continue our dive into creation with an 'ages-old' question; How old is the earth? Some say 6,000 years old. Others say at least 12,000 years old. Many say 4.543 BILLION years old. Which is correct, and why are people walking away from the faith over the question of Earth's age?
February 02, 2022
037 - In the Beginning: Creation & Leviathan
Starting off season 2, Larry & Derek talk about creation & the mysterious creature, leviathan. Many know about the leviathan, but they never consider that it has a connection to creation. Leviathan is often what we'd consider to be a sea monster, but God spake of leviathan's presence around creation. What's up with that? We'll also look at the structure of the creation narrative, and discuss why there is more than one creation narrative in the Bible.
January 26, 2022
036 - The JNN Christmas Podcast
Merry Christmas to all - as Santa would say! This week we go back to the origins of Santa Claus and describe why we SHOULD teach our children about Santa Claus! Our story begins in a Turkish village about 1700 years ago, and it is a story that our children deserve to know about the beloved Christmas figure. We remove the commercialism of his name and talk about just the man - Saint Nicholas. It's a story that you don't want to miss out.
December 22, 2021
035 - Messiah
This week, we take a church-y route. We typically delve into various issues and ideas about Christianity. However, we took a break from the debate and deliver a sermon on the glory of Jesus and the wonder of the Messiah. During this season, let us not forget Who it is that gives us life and sustains us. Let us remember that His first coming met every criteria needed to be our Savior, and His second coming is imminent.
December 15, 2021
034 - The Historical Jesus
Continuing with our Christmas theme, we put on our wide-brimmed hats and go digging for the history of and the people surrounding Jesus' birth. If you have not dug into the history behind Jesus, you are missing out. There is a beautiful tapestry weaved during this period of history that allows us to see the dominoes fall into place for the coming Messiah. We'll also have some answers as to who these wise men were that visited Jesus and the approximate date of Jesus' birth!
December 08, 2021
033 - Hanukkah
As we enter the most wonderful time of the year, we turn a page to look at Hanukkah. What is it? How did it start? Hanukkah's history is a truly miraculous and interesting. We trace the theology and ideas back, and we look at the the period of silence from God. Just as God kept the lamp in the Temple burning, we hope that this episode brings you insight and new reverence to the holiday.
December 01, 2021
032.2 - Hell, Part 2
Hell. It's everyone's favorite place to send people if they don't agree with them, right? So, it must not be that bad. Well, it is that bad. This week, JNN dives into Hell. The history behind the theological formation of Hell gives us all the information about Hell that we never want to find out for ourselves. Hell is definitely real, but how did humans figure it out? How did ancient Judaism approach the afterlife and Hell, and why do Christian's feel the need to continuously use pagan symbology to understand Hell? We'll dive into all of it and more!
November 22, 2021
032 - Hell
Hell. It's everyone's favorite place to send people if they don't agree with them, right? So, it must not be that bad. Well, it is that bad. This week, JNN dives into Hell. The history behind the theological formation of Hell gives us all the information about Hell that we never want to find out for ourselves. Hell is definitely real, but how did humans figure it out? How did ancient Judaism approach the afterlife and Hell, and why do Christian's feel the need to continuously use pagan symbology to understand Hell? We'll dive into all of it and more!
November 17, 2021
031.2 - Purgatory, Part 2
On this special episode of the Jesus Name News Podcast, we continue to grapple with the concept of purgatory. Is it as final as we think, and does it actually have a purpose besides sending the dead there to figure out where they want to spend eternity? We know the common ideas of what purgatory is and is not, but how close is it to Abraham's Bosom? Why does Jesus refer to Abraham's Bosom, and where does that terminology come from?
November 16, 2021
031 - Purgatory, Part 1
Up next on the Jesus Name News Podcast, we grapple with the concept of purgatory. Is it as final as we think, and does it actually have a purpose besides sending the dead there to figure out where they want to spend eternity? We know the common ideas of what purgatory is and is not, but how close is it to Abraham's Bosom? Why does Jesus refer to Abraham's Bosom, and where does that terminology come from?
November 10, 2021
030 - Reprobate: Refining the Impurity
Yes, we know that spooky szn is over, but we have at least two more "dark" episodes in us! This week we dive into the idea of reprobate. It's way more involved than just blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and the typical sins that are associated with it. In fact, the idea of reprobate prompted us to go all the way back to the Old Testament and the practice of metallurgy. This episode might make you rethink what a reprobate is and why it happens.
November 03, 2021
029 - Halloween: A Lost History
This week is the culmination of all things frightening! No tricks and all treats. We take on Halloween and see what level of truth there is to the popular stories and ideas surrounding Halloween. We are less worried about fun size candy bars versus full size candy bars and more worried about the truth of Halloween. Why does it even exist? We'll dig into it like a 7 year old digs into his bucket of candy on Halloween night!
October 27, 2021
028 - Mark of the Beast
This week, the Jesus Name News Podcast takes a turn to the End! Yes, the End Times - End of Days... whatever you want to call it. Larry and Derek break down what the Bible says about the Mark of Beast - not what your uncle says about it on Facebook. What we find through our study may surprise you. Is it a microchip? Is it a physical mark? Once again, to search for these answers, we find ourselves reaching all the way back to Genesis for answers and interpretation. This is one episode you do not want to miss!
October 20, 2021
027 - Wicked Obsessions
Continuing are spooky season discussions, this week we look at Christians' obsession with the occult. We'll also talk about how we get the occult wrong. What magical properties do Christians give to numbers and items?
October 13, 2021
026 - Lucifer: An Evil History
With the beginning of October comes the Halloween season. With the Halloween season, we take a look at the more sinister side of theology and the world. This week we talk about Lucifer. Where this being came from? Who is Lucifer? Is his name even Lucifer? What is up with that rebellion in Heaven and fallen angels story?
October 06, 2021
025 - Death of a Worshipper
On this week's episode, we dive into what made Cain & Abel so obviously different. Why would God accept the sacrifice of one and reject the other? How does this ancient times event reflect in our modern society and within ourselves?
September 29, 2021
024 - God & Modern Day Gladiators
This week, Larry and Derek tackle sports! The issue is entertaining, emotional, intense, and frustrating. We want to put into perspective how sports can be such an amazing thing. However, amazing things can quickly become sins if we are not putting God first. We'll look at why sports capture us so easily, and why they can become a dangerous idol.
September 22, 2021
023 - Yom Kippur
On this week’s episode, Larry & Derek talk about the significance of Yom Kippur. What is it? Why is it significant for Christians?
September 15, 2021
022 - Teshuvah
On this week's episode, we dive into Teshuvah, forgiveness and repentance. We'll discuss what Teshuvah is, and why we as Christians should practice it - not just for a season but every single day!
August 25, 2021
021 - Train Up a Child
On this week's podcast, Larry and Derek talk about the ones Jesus told the disciples not to refuse - children. We discuss what it means to "train up a child in the way of the Lord". How important are things like children's ministry, what is its purpose?
August 17, 2021