A podcast about practical Christianity. Christians live in a culture hostile to righteousness, self-control and God's judgment to come. This podcast is about getting your mind and your heart in line with Jesus' Words and Way because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! All Scriptures quoted are from the New International Version. You can follow me on Twitter @kingdom_saint. Walk with the Lord and be a blessing!
Daniel - God Rules the Nations
One of the most compelling features in Daniel is the amazing prophetic interpretation. The history of dominating world empires is accurately portrayed from Daniel's time way into the advent of the Messiah. That is almost 700 years of accurately predicting major world events! Daniel, along with Isaiah, was greatly disputed by critics for this reason until the Dead Sea Scrolls and other archaeological findings, including cuneiform tablets speaking of his presence as a Babylonian official, silenced the critics forever.
Daniel gave us the skeleton of prophecy on which all prophecy is placed. The image of Nebuchadnezzar’s dream (chapter 2) and the beasts (chapter 7) are the backbone of prophecy; the 70 weeks (chapter 9) are the sequences that fit into their proper place.
Fiel y Verdadero - Dios es Nuestra Roca - Atributos del Carácter de Dios
Las relaciones florecen con la confianza. Sin este elemento, no hay mejoría, intimidad, retos para mejorar ni profundidad de amor. Sin embargo, la confianza requiere fiabilidad. La fiabilidad se basa en la evidencia, algo tangible que demuestra probabilidad de buen funcionamiento y veracidad. La confianza en Dios o en los seres humanos requiere este elemento- no puede ser una confianza ciega.
We discuss 4 poems in the latter part of Isaiah that beautifully and paradoxically present the Messiah of God - the new work God planned to do to restore His remnant and bring hope to a lost and dying world.
God wants a relationship with His people, not an association. His people back then thought if they maintained some association with God and be like the world around them at the same time they would be OK. That's like getting married and expecting your spouse to be OK with you being intimate with other people.
It's like maintaining the look/form of marriage but not having your heart in it. Without your heart, it will deteriorate.
The Jews tried to maintain the look/form, but their hearts were far from the Lord. They worshipped Him in vain, following the teachings of men (Isa 29:13). It's not about getting the right form, it is about turning your heart to the Lord.
Este es el cuarto atributo del carácter de Dios que estamos estudiando. La bondad amorosa firme de Dios es una de Sus cualidades mas abundantes y mejores descritas en las Sagradas Escrituras.
A big fish/whale is what attracts many to the story. But Jonah is much more than that. It gets personal. It is about you. How are you and the Lord doing?
La ira de Dios nunca está fuera de Su control. Dios no sólo está dispuesto a tolerar, sino a ser paciente. Su paciencia es tanto una muestra de Su amor como Su ira. Él se apresura a perdonar, y no se aferra a Su ira como nosotros.
"Everything is meaningless..."
This is the theme of the book. In stark contrast to Proverbs, where there are clear distinctions between good and evil, cause and effect; Ecclesiastes deals with the paradoxical nature of life and the profound enigma it presents to us.
Usamos la palabra gracia para describir muchas cosas diferentes, incluyendo cómo las personas tratan a los demás (favorablemente) y cómo la gente se presenta (elegantes/agradables). Este mismo doble significado existe en el hebreo. Al rastrear la palabra a través del Antiguo Testamento, podemos obtener una mejor comprensión de lo que es la gracia y cómo podemos depender de ella.
When God created man he lived in bliss before the Lord, without worry, care, or fear. The knowledge of good and evil was presented by the accuser as something to be coveted by mankind. And so the knowledge of good and evil was stolen from Eden. We have been cursed by that knowledge ever since.
God, however, invites us to give up living by the confusion of the knowledge of the world, by that knowledge of good and evil, and instead to live by his guidance. God invites us to let go of the wisdom of the world; to give it up and to begin to live again by His wisdom. It is the only wisdom that will help you do what is right, just, and fair (Prov 1:3) for yourself and others.
Asociamos la matriz con lo femenino. Después de todo, sólo las mujeres son capaces de dar a luz a un ser humano. Dios usa la palabra, vientre, para describir el afecto tierno que tiene por nosotros. La matriz es el lugar más seguro para el ser humano en una etapa muy frágil de crecimiento. Está diseñada para protegernos, acunarnos y mantenernos más cerca del ser que estamos duplicando. La matriz es un tipo de mundo, arca, e iglesia. Es como un invernadero, protector de las fuerzas dañinas externas, diseñado para crear un ambiente próspero en un mundo riguroso.
There are some things we can learn about having the right heart and mind in order to further God's plan and not become a stumbling block. You really only have three options: Lead, follow, or get out of the way. 1 Kings gives us some practical advice to succeed, even though we don't have the wisdom of Solomon, in spite of our deceitful and sick hearts.
Young people, Solomon's life sets a bar for us to evaluate not only his reign and influence, but also the rest of the kings described in the book, as well as our own life. I believe this is revealed in the three appearances of the Lord to Solomon. This is what we will cover today. Look and learn from Solomon as his attitude changed and make sure you don't make the same mistakes with your life.
Dios es consistente. Los acontecimientos documentados para nosotros a lo largo de Su historia con Su pueblo del convenio señalan Su amor y carácter constantes. Ha demostrado una y otra vez ser confiable en medio de nuestra lealtad vacilante y nuestras dudas. Necesitamos conocerlo. ¡Esa es la vida eterna!
La humanidad necesita un intercesor justo para que Dios incline Su balanza hacia la misericordia y la compasión. Esto se debe a nuestra fe vacilante y nuestra propensidad a la iniquidad.
As David's life unfolds and God relates everything about this king whose lineage He was upholding, we see it was fraught with sin and trials, but the Lord also makes David's faithfulness evident during these hard times. Trouble comes to everyone as well as sin. It is not trouble or sin that should define us, but how we respond to it.
We can take comfort from David's example in seeking the Lord, always trusting God's mercy, and never giving in to fear, anger, or hopelessness. David knows the Lord is with him and trusts God at every turn. It's not during times of peace that our faith is sharpened, but in times of trouble. Therefore, we can learn from David as he responded to trouble in his life.
El carácter de Dios es inquebrantable. Esto es algo difícil de aceptar para nosotros. Como seres humanos, estamos en constante evolución en nuestro pensamiento y madurez. Es difícil para nosotros comprender un ser perfecto en carácter y completo de maneras que ni siquiera podemos imaginar.
Dios inclina la balanza de esta tensión hacia el amor y la compasión por Su pueblo del convenio, estableciendo un fundamento para que Su pueblo aprenda a mostrar amor constante el uno al otro y al objeto de nuestro Amor y Fe - El Señor Padre Todopoderoso.
In the book of First Samuel we read how the nation of Israel transitioned from a judgeship of loosely federated tribes into one nation. Samuel is a central character due to his integrity. He is the closest shadow of our Lord Christ so far in our reading due to the role he played in the formation of the Davidic kingdom and the fact that Samuel was the only Prophet Priest-King aside from the mysterious Melchizedek we saw in Genesis.
Answers to Common Objections Part 2
Are all forms of divorce unscriptural?
Isn't remarriage after divorce unrecognized by God?
Is "living in adultery" a biblical condition?
Shouldn't you live in celibacy after divorce or end up in hell?
Shouldn't the guilty party in a divorce remain unmarried and celibate for life?
How should an adulterer repent if they want to be baptized?
Things we can be sure of - summarized from this study
In the middle of the chaos, immorality, and godlessness of the time of the Judges, we find an oasis of peace, virtue, and promise in the book and person of Ruth. There is always a silver lining to be sought and expected when we hope in God.
At a time where integrity could not be found among the leaders, the seeds of a lineage founded on integrity were taking place. The seeds that led to the birth of the great house of David and our Savior, the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Dios es el único ser cuyo lado duro se define por su lado amoroso y extra amable. Se asegura de enfatizar que es un Dios compasivo y misericordioso. Se enoja, pero no es un Dios enojado. Castiga a los culpables, pero no es un Dios vengativo.
En esta serie exploramos el caracter de Dios para conocer mejor al Creador del cielo y la tierra.
Joshua is a book where God teaches us not to fall for the "counterculture" that is the world and its ways. He teaches us to trust Him, to stand firm in His word, and to not allow ourselves to deviate to the left or to the right.
Greek Tenses in the critical verses about divorce, remarriage, and adultery
Answers to Common Objections Part 1
Scriptural and Unscriptural Marriages
Doesn't God condone divorce for certain cases as in Ezra 10:10-11
Didn't John the Baptizer call Herod Antipas an adulterer?
Relationships revolve around trust. Without this element, there is no improvement, no calling higher, no challenge, and no depth of love. Trust requires trustworthiness, though. Trustworthiness relies on evidence - something tangible that proves reliability and truthfulness. Trust in God or in humans requires this element - is not blind trust.
With this episode, we finish God's Character Series. We are working on producing it in Spanish and the episodes will be rolling out soon.
Y que de los Gigantes en la Biblia - los Nephilim?
Hay gigantes que se mencionan en la biblia. La raza de los nephilim, o los descendientes de Anak, mencionados en Génesis 6:4, Números 13:33, y Ezequiel 32:27. ¿Quiénes son estos y cómo se engendraron? ¿Son descendientes de la unión entre seres angélicos y seres humanos? ¿Qué nos dice la biblia?
Aquí corrijo un error: Mencione que la frase "hijos de Dios" usualmente se refiere a seres humanos que tienen una relación con Dios. En Job 1:6 y 2:1 la frase se refiere específicamente a seres angélicos. En los demás pasajes de la biblia se refiere a seres humanos que tienen una relación con Dios.
What is "Living in adultery"?
Understanding the Greek Aorist Tense in Matthew 19:9 and related verses
What the Jews understood about Divorce and Remarriage from the Law of Moses
The big difference that "AND" makes in Mat 19:9. The conjunction clarifies what Jesus answered the Pharisees concerning divorce and remarriage.
Guilt or Innocence when divorcing/remarrying?
Celibacy requirements for the "guilty" of divorce?
The church's responsibility in honoring marriage (Hebrews 13:4)
When we suffer and become perplexed about what is happening to us, wondering whether God is with us or whether we have done something to deserve what we're going through, Job gives us comfort and focus. The book of Job gives us insight into our plight as humans and helps us turn our thoughts to a more productive and positive track during trials.
Short podcast today. 12 minutes
When can remarriage occur?
What is "scriptural" marriage and "unscriptural" divorce?
Can we forbid someone to marry?
What is "living in adultery"?
This is a book about the kind of character we need to develop to be people who can stand on the verge of newness and embrace it with the strength and courage God provides.
Mercy, love, kindness, lovingkindness, goodness, steadfast love, and faithfulness; are some of the words different translations have used when conveying God's attribute of "abounding in love". But in reality, it is a combination of some of these that better convey the meaning of the Hebrew "khesed". It really carries the idea of a deep-seated zeal towards someone, expressed in acts of love, kindness, and generosity because of a promise that has been made to someone who has your undivided loyalty. Because of this loyalty you are motivated to go above and beyond what is expected. This is the idea behind khesed. I guess we can distill all of this down into Steadfast Lovingkindness.
This is the book where we see the Lord Creator of Heaven and Earth come down to meet with his people. He brings them out of slavery with a mighty hand and manifests and establishes his presence as the One Ture God above all other gods.
As human beings, we display a wide range of emotions. This is something unique in God's creation. One of the most misunderstood ones is anger. Those of us raised in western ways tend to think of anger as something bad, an emotion we'd rather not deal with or even try to understand in others. We treat anger as a problem, as something we need to weed out of our character. I think that is why we have so many outbreaks and dysfunctions when it comes to this. God's anger never gets mismanaged. It is never out of control. God is not only willing to tolerate, but to be patient. His patience is as much a display of His love as is His anger. He is quick to forgive and does not hold onto His anger as we do.
The beginning of the feud after Paradise is lost: The righteous seed vs the unrighteous seed; those who are out to make a name for themselves vs those who are ought to call on the name of the Lord; light vs darkness. God’s promise to bless all the families of earth runs through the feud.
The Bible opens up with how humankind began their journey with God, and how they lost their way. The last 27 books, the new testament, introduce us to the man, Jesus, who restored this journey back to God for those who identify with Him as The New Humanity, The Faithful, The Obedient - The Way.
The first book of the Bible speaks of how multitudes of nations came into being by one man who lived in Paradise, and how they lost their way due to sin and disobedience and then focuses on one man and his family, and how God would use them to bring about a plan to bless all the families of the earth through him, Abraham.
The last book of the bible tells us of how one man, Jesus, the righteous offspring of Abraham, and the family of believers, His church, will accomplish God's plan to restore a multitude of peoples from every nation, tribe, and language to the Paradise of God, Heaven.
When we speak of grace, we can think of two different meanings. In reference to a person, like, "she looks so graceful", we're referring to the person's demeanor, behavior, and esthetic beauty altogether. When said of someone's demeanor towards someone else, like in, "our landlord was graceful to us", the word takes on another meaning, as in showing favor, kindness, and/or compassion. In this second example, grace involves showing favor towards someone. Favor can be shown because you like the person, because you want something from the person, or simply out of the kindness of your heart, because you take pity on them. In this latter context, we find compassion and grace often put together when referring to God's character.
We associate the womb with something feminine. After all, only females are capable of birthing a human being. God uses the root word, womb, to describe the tender affection he has for us. The womb is the safest place for the growing human. It is designed to protect us, cradle us, and keep us closest to the being we're imaging. The womb is a type of earth, ark, and church. It is like a greenhouse, protective from external damaging forces, designed for creating a thriving environment in a harsh world.
Exodus 34:6 (NIV) "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness…"
Rachum - full of compassion - a word mostly attributed to God in the new and old testaments. A type of compassion only God is capable of demonstrating. The noun, verb, and adjective form of this word are all related to the Hebrew word for womb, rekhem. This image, in context, draws out the nurturing nature of God.
God shows tender affection - He makes known to us how much He cherishes and soothes us in a gentle emotion of the mind. This is the peace of God offered through Jesus, as we will see in today's lesson.
A heartfelt thanks to Tim, Carissa, and Jon from The Bible Project for inspiring this lesson and series.
Matthew 19:4-5 NIV "Haven't you read," he replied, "that at the beginning the Creator 'made them male and female,' (5) and said, 'For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh'?”
Marriage is a Natural Law
Marriage has Spiritual Implications
Marriage is Patterned After God's Covenants
The Need for a Mediator Hints at Our Inconsistency (Part 2 of God's Consistent Love)
God is consistent. The events recorded for us throughout His history with His covenant people point to His consistent love and character. He has proven Himself, again and again, to be trustworthy in the midst of our wavering loyalty and doubts. We need to get to know him. That is eternal life!
I have been elaborating on the events surrounding God's declaration of His character. We know this declaration was made as a response to Moses' desire to see God's glory. The more we understand the context in which this was said, the more we can appreciate God's words.
Last week we stopped at the incident of the golden calf and elaborated on its significance. Why was such a shameful event included in the biblical record? The tension created by this incident lays the groundwork for God's consistent traits of compassion and mercy, and his righteousness to see justice done.
Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV) The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, (7) maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion, and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.
Verse 7 illustrates God's traits are consistent and don't depend on what He gets in return. He is not defined by what others give Him. It is Him who defines us by the consistent love we get from Him.
Exodus 34:6-7 (NIV) The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, (7) maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation.
We discuss and appreciate the tension that exists within God - His desire to show compassion and loyalty and at the same time, He does not leave the guilty unpunished.
One of the most famous parables of Jesus can give us much insight into God's Character. It is a parable that puts us at ease, fills us with peace, and makes us long for the day when we hug our Heavenly Father!
Sometimes you may find yourself in the undesirable position to help someone against their wishes. Like a person who is unaware their house is on fire as they are gently sleeping. Jude helps us navigate through this task with balance: in view of God's love, mercy, and kindness. In this passage he describes the spiritual state of helplessness in which some reside, preceded by how we will be able to help them as someone has helped us.
It seems often times we are swimming upstream in life. Constant challenges, assignments, work - and some of it we'd rather not do, but we accept it since we know most of it is required in order for us to move forward towards a particular goal. We fight many emotions and feelings that endanger the road to spiritual maturity. Like the seed sown on rocky soil, if we are not deeply rooted in our faith, the scorching heat of worldliness will wither away our faith. This is a major stumbling block to becoming mature.
Que Hace El Espíritu Santo Hoy Día? Parte 6
#15 Abastece al Cristiano la Esperanza de Justicia
#16 Asiste al Cristiano en la Santificacion
#17 Resucitara Nuestros Cuerpos Mortales
#18 Suministra Nuestra Comunion con Dios
#19 Provee Gozo Indescriptible
When we don't deal with our emotions in a strategic way from the get-go, we can end up dodging them or burying them. They tend to resurface as they accumulate in unpleasant ways. The long-term effects this can have on our world view is one of bitterness. Bitterness clouds our vision and our identity in Christ. Bitterness leads to conforming to worldly viewpoints. Thank God there is Jesus' example of love we can follow in case we're stuck in bitterness.
#11 Provee al Cristiano la Presencia de Jesús en Su Corazón
#12 Permite al Cristiano Entender a Dios
#13 Permite al Cristiano Conocer La Profundidad del Amor de Cristo
#14 Llena al Cristiano De La Plenitud de Dios
#8 Provee Esperanza al Cristiano
#9 Proporciona al Cristiano Fuerza y Poder
#10 Proporciona al Cristiano Fuerza y Poder En el Hombre Interior
#11 Provee al Cristiano la Presencia de Jesús en Su Corazón
This message Nahum has may be difficult to accept for those who think a God of love wouldn't bring about judgment. If that is the way you think about God you don't know Him. God loves even in judgment. God does everything out of love. We are only learning the tip of the iceberg of God's immense love from the sacrifice of the Messiah. It takes spiritual maturity to comprehend the love of Christ - it takes guidance from the Holy Spirit, as Paul tells the Ephesians in his prayer to them (Eph 3:14-20). God is also right and just in all He does. Those of you who know what love is understand that love brings about accountability. If you love someone you will hold them accountable and responsible. Once you bring that word into play, "accountability", judgment is not far behind.
#5 Guia al cristiano
#6 Capacita al crisitano para amar como Dios ama
#7 Ayuda al cristiano en oracion ante el Padre
How do you get ready for something you're anticipating?
In these days, getting ready may mean; wash your face, comb your hair, and put on a nice shirt - for a Zoom meeting. If you don't have your video camera on, then all you have to do is be present with no special readiness except for what you hope to get from whatever you're logging into. That kind of has made some a bit lazy, no?
Readiness not only has to do with being presentable, if you're getting ready to attend an event, but it also speaks to your state of mind. We are not always ready to hear or witness certain things. They can catch us off guard. That's because our mind can only handle but a certain amount of input at a time that can be processed at any point in time - hence the need for readiness.
Ephesians 6:14-15 (NIV) Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
#2 Convence al mundo en cuanto al pecado, la justicia, y el juicio
#3 Provee al cristiano rios de agua viva
#4 Ayuda al cristiano a darle muerte a las fechorias de la carne
When an artist or builder works with materials he chooses his working material carefully in view of what she wants to accomplish. Someone who wants to build a sturdy shed will choose solid, rigid wood. Someone who is drawing chooses pencils or markers that will work according to what the artist desires. These tools in the hand of a talented person will become a fruitful work of art that shows the glory of the maker. But imagine for a moment if a tool or a piece of material didn't want to meet the standard of the maker? Will it be used or tossed aside?
Genesis 1:1 (RVC)
Dios, en el principio, creó los cielos y la tierra.
Dios, (hebreo, elohim), creo de la nada (hebreo, bara) los cielos y la tierra.
Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
God (hebrew, Elohim) created out of nothing (hebrew, bara), the heavens and the earth.
Introducción Parte 3 y Comienzo del Tema
Intro Parte 3
Dones del Espiritu Santo
La Sabiduria por el Espiritu Santo
#1 Vive en el cristiano
Introducción Parte 2
Que nos dice Jesús en el Nuevo Testamento sobre el Espíritu Santo? Cual es el proposito de El venir y acompañarnos desde que Jesus ascendió al cielo? Cual es Su trabajo genral para con los seres humanos?
When Jesus came to earth, He came as a servant. He was a servant who would suffer and die for our redemption, as Isaiah clearly predicted (Isaiah 52:13-53:12; Mark 10:45). Even after His resurrection and ascension to heaven, Jesus still serves those who are His. Hebrews 7:25 says that Christ lives to intercede for us. We need to follow our Master’s example, no matter how lacking in glamour it may seem. Just Jesus has taught us, the road to greatness is the road to servitude (Mt 23:11-12).
What is the best way to engage with earthly citizens being representatives of God's Kingdom? We need to understand the stage each person may be at to be effective in spreading God's Good News as God's ambassadors. Jesus gives us clues about our partnership with Him by using agricultural metaphors to help us understand the process of making kingdom citizens.
Introducción Parte 1
Quien es el Espíritu Santo? Que nos dice el Antiguo Testamento acerca del Espíritu Santo? Que nos dice Jesús en el Nuevo Testamento sobre el Espíritu Santo?
Christianity is not a lazy man’s religion. Laziness never produces success, especially within the kingdom of God. It only produces destruction, despair, and negativity--both in the spiritual and the physical realm. A sluggard has no place in the kingdom of God. For God calls laborers to work His vineyard. Christ was not a man of slothfulness. Neither were His apostles.
The muscle known as the heart is considered to be the center of physical life. It is the focus of all the vital functions of the body. However, in the figurative sense, the heart has come to be known as the center of a person’s mental (intellectual and emotional) and spiritual life. It describes the person as a whole. In biblical language, the heart is closely connected to 7 aspects that make us human beings. Taking all this into consideration, it is important for us to know the nature of the heart. The Bible clearly teaches that the heart is something that is not to be trusted. God has given to us a heart to connect with others, not to trust or hope in it. Not to follow it, but to use it to relate to others and to God. May this Bible study help you understand your heart so you can be blessed!
If we are convinced Jesus died for our sin and was raised from the dead - living now in Heaven, interceding for the saints before the Father - we are convinced He sends us on a mission to tell of His Good News to people everywhere. This is what we call "The Great Commission". As we live and move and have our being; as we work, play, and study; we share this Good News of Jesus by how we live with Jesus' words on our lips. We show and tell of this Good News, as disciples in the making. If we truly are disciples in the making, we will be making disciples.
"Worship" sounds like a religious word. The truth is, atheists and agnostics also worship. Man is a creature built to worship. The things is, unless you do it in Spirit and in Truth, as Jesus says in John 4:24, your worship is in vain. Vain worship ends in bitterness, lack of peace, heightened worldly passions, and leaving you totally defeated. Jesus came to testify to the truth (John 18:37) to save you from yourself and from the evil influences around you.
All human beings are of the same family. Prejudice and entitlement tend to come from minds that reject this truth, that see us as evolved animals instead of creatures made in love and to love by a God who is LOVE. Without involving God, people grow to take care of themselves. It is a kind of "survival of the fittest" mentality we see expressed in God's creation. Although God may have put that instinct in animals, He surely made us to be different from them. He called us to form part of a family that transcends this earthly existence.
Being in the Spirit
God wants intimacy with us just like any parent would like to have with their children. In order for intimacy to happen, those involved need to be willing to surrender to each other, to “give themselves up” in order to value the interests of the others. God showed us His willingness and desire to do this by having Jesus die for us while we were still His enemies (Rom 5:6-9). Now He calls us to die to self to be “in the spirit” in order to pursue intimacy with Him. In this lesson, we will examine what “being in the Spirit” is all about.
Listening to God
A driver who aimlessly drives about without a goal in mind doesn’t know where he will end up and might end up completely lost without any guidance. A sailor who doesn't chart a course and doesn't have a map will be taken off course! The wind and the waves will take you away from the direction you want to go. Often the waves of injustice, bias, prejudice, and ignorance take us off course. God provides a trajectory so we can make sure we reach the destination we want. Sometimes we don't know what that looks like, but we trust God intends good for us, not harm.
Big Mindedness vs Small Mindedness
One of the ideas that permeate in our society is the idea that unless we've done something significantly recognizable, we are no one important, with insignificant influence. We will examine Miriam, Moses' sister, in this lesson, to see how a small, courageous act resulted in the salvation of a nation and mighty acts of God that still reverberate throughout human history.
God's Kindness offers relief when you feel you're stuck in a situation beyond your control. God's kindness helps you prevent "herd mentality". God's kindness helps you see yourself as God sees you, not as you see you or how you think others see you. God's kindness helps you wait and be patient. God's kindness often comes from other people whom you least expect. That's God's way of putting a smile on your face every day you look to Him. Let's study this kindness in Titus 2:11-14.
God's Promises are dependable and trustworthy. The Lord provides for the righteous and unrighteous, but only those who make Him their refuge and trust Him are recipients of blessings in this life and into eternity. We will look at 8 promises God makes to His faithful in this Psalm that give us comfort, assurance, and peace anytime, anywhere.
David's courage amidst his experience in the valley of the shadow of death is recorded for us in Psalm 23. When we willingly put ourselves in our Lord's care we lack nothing! This is the thought carried through the entire Psalm. Every blessings and reason for living we have, and those we don't even know about, are well provided for in Him because He richly provides as our shepherd.
God sent Goliath to the Israelite camp in 1 Samuel 17. The Israelites thought Goliath was there to stop them. David knew it was to glorify God. David didn't look to what he didn't have to overcome this giant. David trusted God had given him all he needed. As a shepherd, he knew any obstacle he encountered, like a lion or a bear, was not there to stop him but to strengthen his faith and his love for God. David's character shows us the template needed to defeat any seeming giant in our lives today.
When Israel faced Goliath out on the battlefield they were paralyzed and overcome by fear because they perceived him as something they were not able to overcome. But was he the real giant they were facing? David exposed who the real giants were when he defeated Goliath! Who are the real giants we face today? Tune in and find out.
Cuando Israel se enfrentó a Goliat en el campo de batalla, quedaron paralizados por el miedo porque lo percibieron como algo que no podían superar. ¿Pero, era él el verdadero gigante al que se enfrentaban? David expuso quiénes eran los verdaderos gigantes cuando derrotó a Goliat! ¿Quiénes son los verdaderos gigantes a los que nos enfrentamos hoy? Sintoniza y descubre.
None of These Diseases - Exodus 15:26
Pandemic, social distancing, quarantine, face masks… all seem to be new vocabulary words for this current age, and who knows, words we will be using much more frequently from now on. But are they really new? Is the practice of social distancing something we invented now? It's interesting that in light of medical and pharmaceutical advances, we're resorting to practices taken from the pages of the Bible. Before any other culture or peoples observed sanitary practices, Israel was given the "in" on it by God Himself, proving, once again, that the Bible comes from God and not from people.
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Colosenses 2:11 (RVC) En él ustedes fueron también circuncidados. Pero no me refiero a la circuncisión física, sino a la circuncisión que nos hace Cristo, y que consiste en despojarnos de la naturaleza pecaminosa.
We live in unprecedented times. Fluid times often cause panic. Feeding into the panic, or fear, will undoubtedly produce rash, illogical, harmful, and selfish decisions. We are certainly not part of a herd of animals. We belong to a different herd: Jesus has called us out of the world to be His church and the gates of Hades (death) shall not overcome it!
Con Charlie Gomez, evangelista de la iglesia de Cristo en Long Island
Romanos 8:1 (RVC) Por tanto, no hay ninguna condenación para los que están unidos a Cristo Jesús, los que no andan conforme a la carne, sino conforme al Espíritu...
Galatians 2:20 (NIV) I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Part 4 of the series on "No Hell Below Us?"
We are fearful of many things in our lives. Fear of sickness, death, rejection, sadness, and loss. What did Jesus fear most? Tune in to find out.
Romanos 12:1 (RVC) Así que, hermanos, yo les ruego, por las misericordias de Dios, que se presenten ustedes mismos como un sacrificio vivo, santo y agradable a Dios. ¡Así es como se debe adorar a Dios!
Part 3 of the series on "No Hell Below Us?"
Jesus has a lot to say about Gehenna (hell). What is it? Why did He talk about it? What's at stake? Get ready to learn why Jesus came into this world and what He wants to save you from. Hell and judgment are more real than death and taxes.
Filipenses 2:5-7 (RVC) Que haya en ustedes el mismo sentir que hubo en Cristo Jesús, (6) quien, siendo en forma de Dios, no estimó el ser igual a Dios como cosa a que aferrarse, (7) sino que se despojó a sí mismo y tomó forma de siervo, y se hizo semejante a los hombres...
Philippians 2:6-7 (NIV) Who (Jesus), being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; (7) rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV ...if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
2 Crónicas 7:14 (RVC) ...si mi pueblo, sobre el cual se invoca mi nombre, se humilla y ora, y busca mi rostro, y se aparta de sus malos caminos, yo lo escucharé desde los cielos, perdonaré sus pecados y sanaré su tierra.
Part 2 of the series on "No Hell Below Us?"
Where do we go when we die? Are there people in Heaven now? What happens when Jesus comes back? What happens on Judgement Day? Listen in.....
2 Samuel 24:10-16 (GW) After David counted the people, his conscience troubled him. David said to the Lord, “I have committed a terrible sin by what I have done. Lord, please forgive me because I have acted very foolishly.”
(11) When David got up in the morning, the Lord spoke his word to the prophet Gad, David’s seer. (12) “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I’m offering you three choices. Choose the one you want me to do to you.’ ”
(13) When Gad came to David, he told David this and asked, “Should seven years of famine come to you and your land, or three months during which you flee from your enemies as they pursue you, or should there be a three-day plague in your land? Think it over, and decide what answer I should give the one who sent me.”
(14) “I’m in a desperate situation,” David told Gad. “Please let us fall into the Lord’s hands because he is very merciful. But don’t let me fall into human hands.”
(15) So the Lord sent a plague among the Israelites from that morning until the time he had chosen. Of the people from Dan to Beersheba, 70,000 died. (16) But when the Messenger stretched out his arm to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord changed his mind about the disaster. “Enough!” he said to the Messenger who was destroying the people. “Put down your weapon.” The Messenger of the Lord was at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (GW) The weapons we use in our fight are not made by humans. Rather, they are powerful weapons from God. With them we destroy people’s defenses, that is, their arguments 5 and all their intellectual arrogance that oppose the knowledge of God. We take every thought captive so that it is obedient to Christ.
"The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy." This is how wise people build their lives on the rock of Jesus Christ. Foolish men are not so, they build their lives on the sand of earthly wisdom. Are you a wise man or a wise guy?
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Isaiah 55:6-7 (GW) Seek the Lord while he may be found. Call on him while he is near. (7) Let wicked people abandon their ways. Let evil people abandon their thoughts. Let them return to the Lord, and he will show compassion to them. Let them return to our God, because he will freely forgive them.
Intro to the series on "No Hell Below Us?". "The Value of Suffering" and "The Missionary From Tartarus" teach us about pain and suffering - something we all experience in the here and now. How can we turn negative experiences like these into a force for our own good and the good of others? Make pain and suffering your ally. They are a tool God has given you to develop a fear of Him that leads to peace, wisdom, and hope in this life, no matter how much pain and suffering you need to endure.
We are accustomed to living within time restraints, by our doing or by the imposition of others. This causes unnecessary stress in our lives. We will run out of time. How do we number our days to gain a heart of wisdom in light of our fleeting days? Are we living in view of the day "when time is no more"?
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This is the 10th and final episode dealing with the prayers Paul writes in his letters in the New Testament. In this prayer, we deal with what pleases God: praying for all people, especially for those in government and anyone in authority, for the purpose of spreading the Gospel in peace and quietness and by living in godliness and holiness. God wants all people to be saved and to come to know the truth. In order for us to be counted as partners with God in this venture, we need to align our will to God's in praying, petitioning and interceding on behalf of others with grateful hearts and a deep understanding of every good thing we have in Christ (Philemon 1:6).
When Jesus said "Truly truly I say to you..." what did He mean by that phrase? Listen in and be encouraged by 5 fundamental truths that are non-negotiable for God. They are freeing, saving and empowering for those who put their faith in Jesus Christ!
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1 John 3:18-20 GW Dear children, we must show love through actions that are sincere, not through empty words. (19) This is how we will know that we belong to the truth and how we will be reassured in his presence. (20) Whenever our conscience condemns us, we will be reassured that God is greater than our conscience and knows everything.
Episode 9 of Prayers in the New Testament - This is a prayer to bring about revival in your congregation - giving us the winning divine formula for the gospel to spread rapidly and be honored. Let the message ring out!
Episode 8 of Prayers in the New Testament - How to make sure you have gained enough spiritual momentum in your life to get you through the trials and tribulations that will continue to sharpen your focus and get you on track for Jesus to be glorified in you.
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The New Testament has 5 Trustworthy Sayings told to Timothy and Titus, Evangelists of the Lord's Church, by the Apostle Paul. These are fundamental principles for every church leader to hold near and dear to his heart, and for all Christians to dwell on as they "fight the good fight"!
This is Episode 7 of Prayers in the New Testament, a prayer found in the first letter to the Thessalonians - praying that our love increase and overflow and also that our hearts be strengthened. Only by having Jesus living in our hearts by faith could our love increase and overflow. We need God's strength to guard our heart in the wake of much pain we will need to endure as we love one another in the way Jesus loves us.
This is Episode 6 of Prayers in the New Testament, a prayer found in the letter to the Colossians - Praying that we may be filled with spiritual understanding, bearing good fruit in every good work, strengthened with all power, and giving joyful thanks.
How do you determine priorities in life? What are God's priorities for you? Would I be OK if my priorities don't match God's priorities? What can I do about it?
This is Episode 5 of Prayers in the New Testament, the second prayer found in the letter to the Philippians - Praying that our love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that we may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ.
What gives you joy? What/who do you seek? In this episode, we will explore prayers of confidence in Christ's work in us. It matters who we trust! Our joy is affected by where we put our trust. Our confidence needs to be in the work God will complete in us if we are faithful!
Praying consistently, turning to the spiritual instead of the flesh and the worldly, is how we keep ourselves sober and alert. Don't allow evil tendencies and your passions to derail you and make you fall asleep to the reality of Christ's love. Be on your guard and ready to fight the spiritual forces of evil that prowl around ready to devour!
Prayers of POWER - To be strengthened with unearthly power, from above and from within, by the Holy Spirit. So that Jesus dwells in our heart and we may get to know His profound love - to know that this love surpasses knowledge!
Ephesians 1:17-19 - Praying for Wisdom, Revelation, and Enlightenment; to know the hope to which you've been called, the riches of His inheritance and the immeasurable power available to all believers.
The Divine Swap: God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God. - 2 Co 5:21.
God so loved the world - a love unknown to us which God was to manifest in the person of Jesus to show the full extent of His love by a unique sacrifice that still leaves us in awe.
An exchange takes place when the believer is baptized, placing his faith in this sacrifice. God takes away the believers sin and bestows righteousness that is not his - the righteousness of Christ!
What gets in the way of proper adulting? The Heart. We confuse our "yes's" and our "no's". We lose integrity because we get too proud and manipulated by our passions. As parents we need to teach our children the difference between "yes" and "no" before they turn 1. We need to teach them to say "yes" and "no" with conviction and respect others when they say "yes" and "no". With this training we teach them to make correct choices and work as a team with others who may have differing opinions. All this promotes confidence and trust in God.
Wisdom and training are needed in order to be influential on social media in a godly way. Satan capitalizes on our greed and curiosity - he makes worldliness attractive. What can you do to get your child's heart longing for God instead of the world and become a force for good? Take a listen.
Jesus' prayer in John 17 shows His care and focus on unity. To be part of the answer to His prayer we need to make sure we are members of His body, taking up His mission to preach the Gospel. The Spirit was given to us to help us in our weakness because we don't know how to pray. We will examine a passage that gives us a new acronym for prayer in 1 Tim 2:1. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can be effective ambassadors, interceding for one another and being the beacons God uses to continue to gather the elect into the body of Christ.
Jesus teaches us how to deal with abandonment and rejection when He was at the lowest point of His life on Earth. Accepting our human vulnerabilities is a major lesson Jesus illustrates with His life. Salvation is found when we accept our humanity, including our lot and the vulnerabilities that come with it, and humble ourselves before God. When we own the hurt of life, God teaches us to use our humbling experiences to minister to others and help them in their time of need, as He does with us.
Who is more powerful, a lion or a lamb? A roaring lion or a slaughtered lamb? It may seem obvious to you, but things are not as they seem. Jesus teaches us about power when He washed His disciple's feet. Would you let Jesus wash your feet? Those who refuse His foot washing have no part with Him. Those who let Jesus wash their feet continuously purify themselves and will sit at His feet in heaven. These are those who understand that true power empowers and who are willing to humble themselves as Jesus did.
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Jesus says, "I am making everything new!" (Revelation 21:5). Here in the world people are always looking for the next big thing; the next upgrade, the latest and the greatest. All we can imagine here pales in comparison to what God is preparing for us. When Jesus was transfigured on the mountain the curtain of this virtual life is peeled back and we see something eternal for a brief moment. A look at what's coming? A peek at Humanity 2.0? Listen in to see what we can learn from this moment in Jesus' life.
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Who are you? Do you really know who you are? What do you define yourself by? Are you swayed by what people say about you, or who or what you should be? Are you grasping at the straws of society's definitions of who you ought to be? Knowing who Jesus is will bring about the discovery of who you really are. Listen in to discover the grandeur of who Jesus wants you to be.
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Jesus was undeterred in His loyalty towards us. Even when facing opposition, ridicule and death threats, He was not deterred in accomplishing His goal for our sake. He makes an invitation for us to come to Him and surrender ourselves to His yoke, so that rivers of living water can flow from us. Jesus wants to make us sources of living water for many around us as we share His good news.
Here's the sermon on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JKlwAipx2kM
Many experience burnout, discouragement and lack of fulfillment. Jesus says it is the result of spiritual malnutrition! "Don't work for the food that spoils", He says. "Work for the food that endures to eternal life." He adds that the work of God is to believe in the One He has sent - Jesus. Wake up to what God wants to do with your life!
Here's the sermon on YouTube: https://youtu.be/6WHfECNFO9A
Satan Cannot Drive out Satan - Using the weapons of divine power to win others - not the weapons of the world. Satan means to divide God's people, but by our faithfulness to Jesus we will overcome.
Also available on YouTube: https://youtu.be/cGN0Fn0JeRM
How do we fight the tidal wave of evil threatening to desensitize us on a daily basis? Is fighting back through the same channels the world uses what God has in mind? Can I, a single person, make a difference against this overwhelming flood? Your life is a force for good or for evil. How are you living it? What kind of influence are you having on others? Are you influencing the world or is it influencing you? Take a listen to hear how Jesus has equipped you for battle and for some strategies to make sure you don't get swept away by the world and its ways.
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Opinion is not truth, emotion is not Spirit - yet many think worship is something God can accept as long as we are true to our own heart and conscience. Nothing can be further from the truth. As we continue to explore Jesus' encounter with the Samaritan woman at the well, we learn what kind o f worshipers God seeks. Dare you listen to it?
Watch the sermon on YouTube: https://youtu.be/JBf5dJhLn0E
What does it look like to impact someone with the Good News? How did Jesus interface with people? How did he overcome prejudicial barriers to make impact on contact? What was Jesus' strategy to grab and hold the Samaritan woman's attention? Learn from the Master Evangelizer as we seek to follow in His footsteps.
Watch the Sermon on YouTube: https://youtu.be/oOzpNepif9s
The concluding episode of the nine blessings Jesus imparted on Kingdom Citizens. The Ultimate Blessing is very contradictory to the worldly. Only Kingdom Citizens can understand and accept it with great rejoicing!
How do you know you're going to Heaven? Take a listen.
The Sermon on the Topic on YouTube: https://youtu.be/s5NpfoQt2CI
Expecting to be blessed materially? Is that enough? Are your own thoughts about yourself and what you think success is, enough for you? Let Jesus bring your full potential into being - unleashing the real you - God's design for you. Learn about it in the 9 blessings that kick off Jesus' Sermon on the Mount - The Beatitudes. We will discuss the first two groups of blessings in this podcast.
Look at our sermon series on this topic here:
Beatitudes Part 1 - https://youtu.be/7FYDJQ6VfDg
Beatitudes Part 2 - https://youtu.be/s5NpfoQt2CI
Kingdom Attitudes – Matthew 5-7 is known as The Sermon of the Mount – Jesus’
study concerning the character of Kingdom Citizens. The initial 9 blessings Jesus
utters at the beginning of this sermon are known as the beatitudes.
Jesus expands upon this purpose with these 9 blessings that kick off His Sermon
on the Mount. Each one starts with the word blessed. From the Greek makarios,
meaning “blissful and complete, supremely fortunate and well off. Happy, joyful
and without care or concern.” It is not a feeling – it is way more than that. It is a
state of mind, an attitude Jesus wants us to adopt.
To watch the sermon portion on YouTube go here: https://youtu.be/7FYDJQ6VfDg
¿Sabías que Dios quiere que tú, un ser humano, participes en Su naturaleza divina? ¡Ese fue el plan de Dios desde el principio de la creación! Pero un espíritu celoso y malvado ha intentado sabotear ese plan, engañando al hombre y halagando a su ego hasta el dia de hoy. ¡Es hora de que dejes esos pensamientos y dudas falsos y te rindas totalmente a Jesús, Rey de Reyes, quien, por Su misericordia, nos ha dado otra oportunidad para asegurarnos de reinar con Él para siempre!
Did you know God wants you, a human being, to participant in His divine nature? That was God's plan all along! But a jealous, evil spirit has tried to sabotage that plan, misleading man and flattering his ego to this day. It is time for you to cast aside those false thoughts and doubts, and surrender fully to Jesus, King of Kings, who, by His mercy, has given us another opportunity to make sure we reign with Him forever!
Jesus' Vision for ministry success that results in glorifying the Father is laid out in Matthew 9:35-38.
1- The Need is Urgent
2- The Motive is Love
3- The Trigger is Prayer
4- The Potential is Vast
Matthew 9:37-38 (NIV) “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. (38) Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”
Summertime is when you feel alive and energetic, wanting to be outside, enjoying the weather and the community. Light is appreciated during the summer months - longer days! As salt needs to go out of the shaker to give flavor to your food, likewise we need to let our faith spill out into the community in order to give people the taste of Jesus.
Today's message was all about getting ready for evangelism, to impact our communities for the name of Jesus!
Whereas in the previous episode we dealt with internal persecution, this one explores how the Christian ought to deal with external persecutions coming from hostile work environment, family, etc. What should our mindset be as we go through these tough situations? Why are we going through this? What's the point?
Jesus felt marginalized, ostracized and disenfranchised by His very own people. What do we do when we experience that in our own church group? What do we do when we experience it from a culture hostile to Jesus?
Jesus cleanses the temple. He shows zeal for the House of God, the church. Are we keeping ourselves clean? Are we zealous, as Jesus was, for holiness and for the good works He prepared for us to do? We will talk about worldly zeal vs godly zeal in this episode.
In this episode, we will continue to speak on the principle of compatibility and how Jesus called people to follow him. We will talk about the firstfruit of faith in the excuses we make for not following.
A podcast about practical Christianity. Christians live in a culture hostile to righteousness, self-control and God's judgment to come. This podcast is about getting your mind and your heart in line with Jesus' Words and Way because He is the Way, the Truth and the Life! All Scriptures quoted are from the New International Version. You can follow me on Twitter @kingdom_saint. Walk with the Lord and be a blessing!
This episode consists of Jesus' start - His baptism and temptation.