The Story of God
By The Monday Christian
Join Ezra and Janan Byer as they read through the Bible and help everyday men and women see how they fit into the grand narrative of God's redemptive plan.
Acts 2:1-13: What Was Pentecost All About?
June 27, 2022
Acts 1:12-26: Should We Gamble to Make Decisions?
June 24, 2022
Acts 1:1-11: Why Do We Have the Book of Acts?
June 22, 2022
Matthew 28: Do We Take the Great Commission Seriously?
June 20, 2022
Matthew 27:32-66: How Does Christ's Death Help Us With Our Pain?
June 17, 2022
Matthew 27:1-31: What's Your Price?
June 15, 2022
Matthew 26:57-75: How Do We Remember What God Has Told Us?
June 13, 2022
Matthew 26:26-56: How Does Prayer Guard Us Against Temptation?
March 01, 2022
Matthew 26:1-25: What is Jesus Worth to You?
February 25, 2022
Matthew 25:31-46: Do You See Jesus in Everyone?
February 24, 2022
Matthew 25:1-30: What Does Faithfulness Look Like?
February 23, 2022
Matthew 24:29-51: Why Is Jesus Coming Unexpectedly?
February 22, 2022
Matthew 24:1-28: How Do We Handle Tribulation?
February 21, 2022
Matthew 24: Are You Placing Burdens on Others That They Can't Carry?
February 17, 2022
Matthew 22:33-46: What Does It Mean to Love God?
February 16, 2022
Matthew 22:1-22: Why Will Few People Make It to Heaven?
February 15, 2022
Matthew 21:23-46: What Happens When We Reject God?
February 14, 2022
Matthew 21:1-22: Is It Ever Right to Get Angry?
February 11, 2022
Matthew 20:17-34: What Does It Mean to Be a Servant Leader?
February 10, 2022
Matthew 20:1-16: Is God Fair?
February 09, 2022
Matthew 19:16-30: Does God Care If We're Rich?
February 08, 2022
Matthew 19:1-15: What Does Jesus Say About Divorce?
February 07, 2022
Matthew 18:15-35: What Do We Do When Someone Sins Against Us?
February 04, 2022
Matthew 18:1-14 What is Greatness?
February 03, 2022
Matthew 17: How Was Jesus the Fulfillment of God's Plan for Mankind?
February 02, 2022
Matthew 16: Who Do You Say Jesus Is?
February 01, 2022
Matthew 15:21-39 Can Our Faith Move God to Action?
January 31, 2022
Matthew 15:1-20: How Do We Honor God with Our Hearts?
January 28, 2022
Matthew 14: Why Does God Allow Bad When He Can Do the Miraculous?
January 27, 2022
Matthew 13:31-58: What is the Kingdom of Heaven?
January 26, 2022
Matthew 13:1-30: Why Did Jesus Speak in Parables?
January 25, 2022
Matthew 12:22-50: What Does It Mean to Blaspheme the Spirit?
January 24, 2022
Matthew 12:1-21: Does God Break Us?
January 21, 2022
Matthew 11: How Can a Yoke Be Easy?
January 20, 2022
Matthew 10:26-42: Whom Should We Fear?
January 19, 2022
Matthew 10:1-25: Can We Be a Disciple of Christ Without Experiencing Persecution?
January 18, 2022
Matthew 9: What Role Does Our Faith Play?
January 17, 2022
Matthew 8: How Does Jesus Break Down Boundaries?
January 14, 2022
Matthew 7: What Are You Growing?
January 13, 2022
Matthew 6:19-34: What is the Root Cause of Anxiety?
January 12, 2022
Matthew 6:1-18: Is It About Me?
January 11, 2022
Matthew 5:21-48: Does God Want You to Cut Off Your Hand?
January 10, 2022
Matthew 5:1-20: How Should Christians Live?
January 07, 2022
Matthew 4: How Do You Deal With Temptation?
January 06, 2022
Matthew 3: What Does Baptism Mean?
January 05, 2022
Matthew 2: Who is God's Kingdom For?
January 04, 2022
Matthew 1: Why Are Genealogies Important?
January 03, 2022
What The Story of God Podcast is All About
Today, Ezra and Janan share why they created The Story of God Podcast and what they plan to share this coming year!
December 29, 2021
James 5:19-20 (If Anyone Wanders)
19 My brothers, if anyone among you wanders from the truth and someone brings him back, 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins. - James 5:19-20
September 09, 2019
James 5:13-18 (The Prayer Of Faith)
13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit. - James 5:13-18
September 08, 2019
James 5:9-12 (Do Not Complain Or Swear)
9 Do not grumble against one another, brothers, so that you may not be judged; behold, the Judge is standing at the door. 10 As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. 11 Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful. - James 5:9-12
September 07, 2019
James 5:7-8 (Be Patient)
7 Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. 8 You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. - James 5:7-8
September 06, 2019
James 5:1-6 (Dangers Of Riches)
1 Come now, you rich, weep and howl for the miseries that are coming upon you. 2 Your riches have rotted and your garments are moth-eaten. 3 Your gold and silver have corroded, and their corrosion will be evidence against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure in the last days. 4 Behold, the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, are crying out against you, and the cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord of hosts. 5 You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter. 6 You have condemned and murdered the righteous person. He does not resist you. - James 5:1-6
September 05, 2019
James 4:13-17 (Do Not Boast About Tomorrow)
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin. - James 4:13-17
September 04, 2019
James 4:11-12 (Do Not Speak Evil)
11 Do not speak evil against one another, brothers. The one who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks evil against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge. 12 There is only one lawgiver and judge, he who is able to save and to destroy. But who are you to judge your neighbor? - James 4:11-12
September 03, 2019
James 4:6-10 (Humble Yourself Before God)
6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” 7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. - James 4:6-10
September 02, 2019
James 4:1-5 (A Friend Of God Or The World)
1 What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? 2 You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. 4 You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to dwell in us”? - James 4:1-5
September 01, 2019
James 3:13-18 (Wisdom From Above)
13 Who is wise and understanding among you? By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom. 14 But if you have bitter jealousy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast and be false to the truth. 15 This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice. 17 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. 18 And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace. - James 3:13-18
August 31, 2019
James 3:6-12 (Two Ways The Tongue Can Be Used)
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water. - James 3:6-12
August 30, 2019
James 3:3-5 (The Tongue Is Like A Rudder)
3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. - James 3:3-5
August 29, 2019
James 3:1-2 (We All Struggle With The Tongue)
1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. - James 3:1-2
August 28, 2019
James 2:19-26 (Combine Works With Your Faith)
19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. - James 2:19-26
August 27, 2019
James 2:14-18 (Talk Less And Do More)
14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. - James 2:14-18
August 26, 2019
James 2:8-13 (Love Others Like They Were You)
8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. - James 2:8-13
August 25, 2019
James 2:5-7 (Remember Who God Uses)
5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? - James 2:5-7
August 24, 2019
James 2:1-4 (Show No Partiality)
1 My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? - James 2:1-4
August 23, 2019
James 1:26-27 (The Definition Of Pure Religion)
26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. - James 1:26-27
August 22, 2019
James 1:22-25 (Be A Doer)
22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. - James 1:22-25
August 21, 2019
James 1:19-21 (Listen More, Talk Less)
19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. - James 1:19-21
August 20, 2019
James 1:16-18 (Everything Good Comes From Above)
16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. - James 1:16-18
August 19, 2019
James 1:12-15 (Remaining Steadfast Under Examination)
12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. - James 1:12-15
August 18, 2019
James 1:9-11 (A Contrast Between The Rich And Poor)
9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. - James 1:9-11
August 17, 2019
James 1:5-8 (What You Can Do If You Lack Wisdom)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. - James 1:5-8
August 16, 2019
James 1:4 (Let Endurance Have Its Perfect Work)
And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:4
August 15, 2019
James 1:2-3 (Count Trials As Joy)
2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. - James 1:2-3
August 14, 2019
James 1:1 (Freedom Found In Slavery)
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. - James 1:1
August 13, 2019
Introduction To James
This introductory episode sets the scene for the next 29 days through the book of James.
August 12, 2019
The Brown Couch
Why is having a personal worship time alone with God important? In this episode Ezra shares his own journey and lays the foundation for having a personal conversation with God as we read and meditate on his word.
August 04, 2019