What makes you truly happy and satisfied?
Is its financial security? A loving family or relationship? A beautiful home?
Though all of these things, financial security, loving family, beautiful home are what most of us want, we’ll see in our podcast today that these are not what creates true happiness and inner satisfaction and peace—but we won’t stop with being negative, but will talk about how we can achieve not only what we want, but what we are created for.
Our source of for this lesson is the Prophet Haggai and that's what our podcast is about.
For downloadable notes and more, go to www.bible805.com.
When someone makes a promise to you, do they always keep it?
What about God? Does He always keep his promises?In our podcast today we’ll see how God kept his promise to return people to their homeland after they’d been taken captive for 70 years.
But as for the people of God, we’ll see how well they kept their promises to God and then we’ll end with some applications on how we might all get better at making the changes in our lives we want to make, but have trouble following through on.
For a PDF of the notes for this lesson and other materials, go to https://www.Bible805.com.
We know hard times will come
The question is, How do we respond?
Two characters in the Old Testament, Ezekiel and Daniel, whose stories started when they were teenagers give us some encouraging examples
In the midst of unimaginable challenges, we’ll see how…..
They didn’t whine; they faithfully worked, their lives became a witness, the wonder of God was then revealed to and through them.
Our podcast today will show you how this happened!
For notes and more, go to www.bible805.com.
Is it OK to ask God “why?”
Why do you allow evil?
Why do evil people get away with things?
Why do good people get caught up in the mess others make?
In this podcast we’ll look at the prophet Habakkuk and what happened when he not only asked God “Why?” but when he kept asking God when he didn’t like how God answered him the first time.
Go to www.bible805.com to download PDFs of the lesson.
The bestselling book the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People totally revolutionized the lives of millions of people and one of the habits Steven Covey, the author, talked about is a great summary of our podcast today.
The habit I’m talking about is Habit #2—Begin With the End in Mind
Join me as we look at the challenge of how to Begin with the End in Mind in the books of Zephaniah and Joel in our podcast today.
For notes and additional information on this topic, go to www.bible805.com.
People ask, if it really matter if the events talked about in the Old Testament took place in the times and ways that are described in the Bible?
And some wonder if it isn’t the spiritual message of these stories that is most important?
In this podcast, we are going to talk about how it does matter tremendously that the Old Testament describes true stories that took place in recognizable places that we can date in true history.
Once we understand this, it helps us understand the view of our great God and shows that he can be trusted with the details of our history in the past and the eternity of our future with him.
For downloadable notes and more go to: www.bible805.com
How can we please God? How can we know if we are doing enough in our Christian lives?
Fortunately God doesn’t play games with us and doesn’t leave us guessing as to what he wants us to do. We’ll talk about that today in our lesson.
We've been looking a lot at the history of what has happened to Israel and though that is important, what is even more important is how we apply the lessons we learn from history. The book of Micah gives us specific advice on how to do that.
In particular, we'll drill down deeply into understanding and applying Micah 6:8 a verse many are familiar with that tells us that God wants us to: "Live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God."
For copies of the show notes and much more, go to www.Bible805.com.
Does it matter if the stories in the Bible really happened? Isn’t the important thing the spiritual truth taught in them?
It seems to be a common belief today that objective facts aren't nearly as important as how we feel about our spiritual beliefs, but as you'll learn today our Bible is based on historical realities and God cares very much about how we live our lives based on those realities.
For notes from the podcast, go to www.bible805.com.
How are we supposed to live our daily lives if our faith in Jesus is real?
If God saves us as a free gift of grace, dependent on Jesus death on the cross, does he really care what we do after we accept him? Can we do whatever we want, knowing we’ll be forgiven?
On a more serious note, what if, after we have trusted Jesus as Savior, we truly want to live a life that pleases Him—how do we do that?
To answer the questions I just asked is vitally important for every Christian if we believe, as the Bible clearly teaches, that one day each of us will stand before Jesus to give an account of our lives. Though we are saved from eternal death by the grace of Jesus, he does have expectations of how we should live after we accept the gift of salvation and that’s what this podcast is about.
I’m doing this special edition because what I have recently learned I found so helpful in my Christian life that I wanted to share it.
For notes from the podcast, please go to: www.bible805.com
Do you have trouble believing that God loves you? That he forgives you no matter what your sins?
Many of us have problems believing God really loves us, but with the prophet Hosea in the podcast today we will see an incredible example of God’s love that not only applied to Israel when it was going through a very hard time, but that applies to us today also.
For notes and other materials related to this and other lessons on the prophets, go to: www.bible805.com
Do you ever wonder what God wants you to do?
In Dallas Willard’s book, Hearing God, he says that one of most frequently asked questions of Christians is “What is God’s will for my life?” It’s a question I’m sure many of us have asked.
In today’s podcast we’ll be looking at the book of Amos, one of the Old Testament prophets for help in answering this question.
We'll see that God is very clear on what He wants from us and how He wants us to treat others. Amos' message answers the question of what does God want, but the challenge is are with listening with the intention to obey?
For note on the lesson, go to www.bible805.com.
Most people have heard about the story of Jonah and the whale, but did you know that the book also answers some big questions about the Christian life?
Some of the questions Jonah answers include:
What about people who haven’t heard the gospel if Jesus is the only way to God?
What are the consequence of sin in the life of a believer?
What do we do about bad people, or when people treat us badly? What does God expect from us as His people?
For answers to these questions and other scattered applications, let’s look at Jonah because it’s about so much more than a fish!
For more and for the notes, go to https://www.bible805.com
Would you like to know God better?
Not just about God—but learning about the One with whom you will walk throughout eternity?
One of the best ways to get to know someone is find out about their past—who were their friends, what was important to them, what moves them to tears or gives them joy.
Our God shows us all these things in the history of the kings after Solomon and in the messages of the prophets who preached during that time. But sadly few, even many committed Christians, take the time to read these books in the Bible, and even more to read the prophets in the historical times that they spoke—but during our next 14 podcasts that’s exactly what we are going to do!
Join us as we learn more about our God as revealed in these stories of Prophets and Kings!...extraordinary lessons, seldom read!
If someone insults you how do you answer?
Does the way people treat us determine how we should treat them?
In our podcast today we’ll look at Proverbs and get some advice on how we can respond no matter how difficult people might be in ways that please God and ultimately help us live a more peaceful and productive life.
We laid the philosophical groundwork for this podcast in the last one. Please listen to it first if you haven't already.
In this podcast we get practical on how we can apply Proverbs to our daily lives.
For notes on this podcast and more, go to www.Bible805.com
Why do you act the way you do? Talk the way you do?
Are these conscious decisions or simply a reflection of whatever everyone else in your world says and does?
We don’t often give everyday actions or words much thought, but in our podcast today we’re going to look at the book of Proverbs and WHY we need it in a post-Christian, post-Biblical world.
This is an important podcast for you to listen to because though we don't often think about the default settings in behavior and beliefs in our world today, they are important because they guide our behavior unless we make conscious decisions to act differently. Because our society today is post-Christian and post-Biblical we must work much harder to live a Biblical life.
This podcast will walk you through the meaning of these ideas, how we got where we are, and the remedy of a Biblical view of life as found in Proverbs if we want to live a life pleasing to God and peaceful and productive to us.
For notes on this podcast and more, go to www.Bible805.com
When you hear the term prophecy, what do you think of?
For many people we think of dire warnings of end-time apocalypse, with images of our favorite sci-fi movie dancing in our heads.
But is that what prophecy, specifically prophecy in the Bible is all about?
In our podcast today we’ll see that that the books of the Bible after the poetic books we just studied, that we call the Prophetic books and that make up a major art of our Old Testament are about so much more and that they have surprising applications to ups, not just in the future, but for how we live our lives today.
This section of the Bible can be confusing as the parts that go together historically with the preaching of the prophets are scattered in different places in Old Testament. The history is told from differing viewpoints in both Kings and Chronicles and then the prophetic books that were written during specific historical times. All of these parts are grouped at the end of our Bibles and not precisely in order of when the prophetic messages were delivered.
This makes it extremely challenging to try to make sense of it all, particularly of the prophets who at first reading appear to be simply ranting against evil interspersed with cryptic warnings about future calamities.
However, when the prophets are read IN the proper places where their messages were spoken in historical contexts and when we understand how to correctly read and interpret prophetic messages, the Old Testament and what the Lord wants us to learn from it will open up to you in new and exciting ways.
For a copy of the notes that go along with the podcast, go to https://www.bible805.com.
What if you had EVERYTHING? Money, power, romance?
What would you do with it?
Today we’ll talk about Solomon, a man who had everything
We’ll look at his life, but more than that, we’ll end with a challenge that You can make a more eternally significant impact with your life than he did with all the wisdom, wealth, power and riches he had.
For a PDF of lesson notes, go to www.bible805.com.
We’ve studied the life of David for the past two podcasts and we’ll end the study of his life with a look at Ps. 119. Though there is some debate of the writer of this Psalm, the consensus is that David wrote it as a summary of his love for God’s Word and the benefits that will be in our life if we read, listen, meditate on, memorize, and fill our life with it.
This week we’ll look at an overview of the many benefits God gives us from his Word including wisdom in making decisions, freedom, happiness, guidance, hope, and comfort. Plus one of the most wonderful of all-- peace in our lives, the deep, wholeness of peace that the word “Shalom” describes.
In addition to the benefits we learn in Ps. 119, we’ll make the study practical as you’ll learn FIVE ways to get a grip on God’s Word in your life so that the benefits of God’s Word will be yours daily.
Have you ever felt you can’t forgive yourself or that you’ve don’t things so that God can never use you for anything significant?
If so I have great news for you!
We will continue our look at King David in today's lesson. His sin with Bathsheba was only one of the serious sins in his life and yet, he ended his life forgiven and greatly used by God.
We’ll learn about God’s great forgiveness and love in our lesson today and how we can learn to forgive ourselves and press ahead to do things that will give our lives meaning and joy no matter what we've done.
Go to www.bible805.com if you'd like to download a PDF of the notes.
David, the greatest king in Israel’s history was described as a man after God’s own heart
What in the world does "to be a man after God's own heart" mean and what can we learn from it?
In today’s lesson, we’ll take an in-depth look at that statement and be challenged on how our hearts can be ones that please God. We'll also look at David's life and how from great actions for God to great sins, he always returned to God.
We'll see no matter how much we feel we may have failed, that God never fails in his love and mercy to us.
What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus 24/7?
•Is it just following the rules? In a previous study we looked at where Jesus told his disciples that they can show they loved him by keeping his commands
•But we know You can outwardly keep whatever the socially accepted commandments are
•And still be a rotten person, a long way from being described as a disciple of Jesus
•And though we don’t usually think of Psalms as a book on discipleship, we’ll find it has a lot to teach us in this podcast
For notes from the podcast, go to www.bible805.com
How does it happen for a person to start out with every advantage—good looks, honor and a calling from God, a great family, but then die a self-pitying suicide? Saul, the first king of Israel, sadly answers that question in our lesson as we start the great adventure of studying the kings of Israel.
This week is a challenge and warning, but after this lesson on what not to do by looking at the life of Saul we will then study the life of David and Psalms and learn what it means to be a person after God’s heart.
For notes and more information on reading through the Bible, go to www.bible805.com.
This is from the much longer, Rule of St. Benedict, a manual of guidance for a monastery, written in the early 500s AD. Though written a long time ago, the rules are a timeless challenge for those wanting to live a godly life. This podcast is just a short one with me reading his words to you.
Benedict's rules are kind and obviously intended for a community of people he wanted to live in such a way as to express the love of God to each other and to their world.
For the podcast that talks about this material, go to: How to love Jesus, part 2—growing, pruning, being fruitful, trusting Jesus for now and forever https://wp.me/pazrJD-6N
This is just me reading a section of the Resolutions to you. Though written in 1722, these words can challenge and inspire us today to godly living.
For the podcast that talks about this material, go to: How to love Jesus, part 2—growing, pruning, being fruitful, trusting Jesus for now and forever: https://wp.me/pazrJD-6N
On the www.bible805.com website you'll find the complete set of resolutions, this is just the first 20 of them.
When you think of the time Jesus had with his disciples just before his trial and crucifixion, what is it you think about?
To answer my question, I know I think about the Last Supper—that’s what has been memorialized in great art throughout the centuries and in the services before Easter and that’s often our focus on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday services.
Though the Last supper is extremely important that was only one part of the teaching and time Jesus had with his disciples and in this part 2 of our special Easter lessons we’ll look the passage in John 13-17 that fills in what happened after that meal until the time Jesus was arrested.
This podcast will be heavy on application because in our previous special Easter lesson we learned that the primary way to love Jesus is to OBEY HIS COMMANDS. It isn't just knowing about them that pleases him, but obeying them.
In this podcast I'll talk about ways to love Jesus by trusting him to prune our lives to make us more fruitful in both our personal lives and in how we impact the world for him.
There are additional materials on the website: www.Bible805.com that I refer to in the lesson and I hope you'll check them out and sign up for the newsletter while you're there.
In both the Old and New Testaments, (Deut. 6:5 and Luke 10:27) we are told the greatest commandment is to
"Love the Lord our God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength."
But what does that mean?
Does it mean we work up warm fuzzy feelings for God? Or does it mean something more practical? Something we could do and do well?
In our lesson today, we’ll answer the question of how to love God, how to love Jesus as we look at where Jesus gives us specific answers and examples to follow in John 13-17. These chapters record the last time Jesus was with his disciples before he was crucified.
We’ will talk about them in this lesson and our next one, so let’s get started on —How to Love Jesus, part one.
For notes on this lesson, in PDF and online form, go to: http://www.bible805.com.
What do the Lord of the Rings, the movie Aquaman, and the book of 1 Samuel have in common?
The answer to the question I just asked, is that in all of them a key theme is that people want a King. But not just any King, they want a King who is strong, good and just, and who will conquer evil enemies.
You may be familiar with the stories of how Arthur Curry became Aquaman and Strider became Aragon, and in this lesson you’ll learn the history behind how Israel got its first king.
Before the first King Saul, we will look at the life of Samuel, the last of the Judges. He's a powerful, fascinating character, that though over 13 chapters in the Bible talk about him, we know little of his personal life. But we know a lot about the things he did for God and how his life was the link between the time of the Judges and Israel's identity as a nation.
There is a very popular song boasts “I did it my way!”
Though it sounds so appealing, to live our lives exactly how we want, is this really the best way to live?
Today we’ll look at what the book of Judges that show us about 300 years of Israel’s history and what happened when they did exactly that.
That events are told honestly in that story, as that is what the Bible does, and these events make Judges is one of the most difficult books of the Bible to read.
Though it has the stories of some familiar names like Sampson, Gideon, and Deborah, who accomplished great things for God, the book fills in the details of their lives, some of which weren't all that great. In between these well-known characters are also the stories of a number of other Judges who also led Israel for a time.
The span of the book is over 300 years and the entire book is a sad cycle of sin, oppression, crying out to God, God saving them through a Judge, a time of peace, and then falling back into sin and starting the cycle all over again because as the book ends up saying, it was a time where "everyone did what was right in their own eyes."
In the midst of this book we also read the story of Ruth, who lived during the time of Gideon and her story shows us that no matter how bad things might be or how crazy our world becomes, there will always be people who choose to serve God and who protects and honors.
Judges and Ruth show us there will always be two ways to live--God's way or our way. The lesson end with sharing perhaps why we don't choose God's way and the reasons why his ways are always best. They may not be the easiest, but they are they way to true joy and peace.
After 40 years of wandering, Israel finally gets to enter the Promised Land. God was giving it to them, but they still had to fight for it. Join us to learn about how to fight the battles of life successfully and the warnings of incomplete obedience.
In this podcast, you’ll see how even though we may be doing exactly what God wants us to do, we can still have challenges, but with God’s help, not in our own strength, we can overcome them. We can learn encouraging, positive applications from that.
We also need to look carefully at the book of Joshua for what happens when we don’t completely obey God. Because some of the tribes did not totally destroy the people and idol worship God told them to, they suffered because of it for the rest of their history.
We'll look at both the positive and negative ways Joshua teaches us to fight and win the spiritual battles of life.
Moses knows he will shortly die and after 40 years in the desert, the now formed nation Israel will go into the Promised Land. The book of Deuteronomy contains Moses’ final words to his people.
The book is a series of sermons where he restates and summarizes much of the content of the previous books of the Law.
The tone of the book is more pastoral and less thundering than his previous messages. It is the first book that God declares His Love for His people. Earlier in the Bible He commanded love for others, but this is the first book that explicitly states his love for us.
In the light of that love, Moses show obeying his commands is for the good and happiness of his people then and for us now.
There is so much in this book that Jesus quoted in his temptation and still speaks to us today! Listen now!
We love reading the stories in the Bible, but we can be disappointed if God doesn’t do for us what He did for the Bible characters.
To help us understand what we can legitimately apply to our lives and avoid being disappointed with God, I put together this podcast on the topic of How to Correctly Read and Apply Bible Stories.
This is a challenging topic for our Bible study because the stories are often our favorite parts of the Bible and what we remember. But valid application can be challenging. For example, in the story of Gideon putting out a fleece for God’s guidance, does that mean that we should come up with seemingly impossible tests to determine God’s will?
We will discuss the answer to that question and have additional guidelines on how to correctly read, interpret and apply Bible Stories/Biblical Narratives. The podcast website: www.bible805.com will have notes you can download to keep in mind as you read your Bible.
How can we find out what God expects of us?
After someone decides to follow Jesus, do they need to live any differently than they did before?
Those are the questions we'll answer in our lesson today.
After the Children of Israel were miraculously brought out of Egypt, God didn’t turn them loose in the desert to do whatever they wanted and it’s the same for us today. Once we become a believer in Jesus, we can’t simply live however we want to
Exodus, Leviticus and Numbers help us figure this out.
They aren’t simply outdated collections of ancient rituals and odd laws.
If we study them, we’ll understand more clearly God’s expectations of how he wants his people to live, not only then, how we ought to live today.
Please go to www.bible805.com for complete notes of this lesson and the others in the series.
The story of the Exodus is one of the most well-known of all the Bible stories, partly because of the movie and partly because it is the historical history of the beginning of the Jewish nation.
But that doesn’t mean it’s without controversy—not only about the dates it occurred, but if it really happened at all and if it did, how does it apply to us today?
Today we’ll look at an introduction to the book of Exodus and the archeology and history behind the true story of God’s deliverance of his people.
The Egyptians left us massive amounts of information about their rulers--tombs, drawings, thousands of statues, and mummies. By careful analysis of the dates of the Exodus (as given in the Bible) and by comparing them with the dates of specific pharaohs in Egyptian history we can look at the faces of the Pharaoh of Joseph's time, the Egyptian princess who adopted Moses, (and learn some fascinating stories about her), and finally the Pharaoh Moses faced at the time of the Exodus.
This is a fascinating lesson that will increase your confidence that the God of the Bible is also the God in charge of human history.
For notes from the lesson, please go to www.bible805.com.
Genesis and the first part of Exodus were interesting to read, but now it’s getting a bit strange…..
What do all these laws about what to eat, sacrifices, and how to build the Tabernacle have to do with us today?
Why should we bother reading them?
The answer is SO much more than you can imagine! Not in that we should follow the laws and regulations in the same way the Children of Israel did, but in what these things foreshadowed in what was coming.
The study of this foreshadowing of what was coming is called "Typology." It clarifies how things first shown in the Old Testament became reality in the New Testament. For example, in the Old Testament the people sacrificed lambs as an atonement for sin and in the New Testament Jesus is called the "Lamb of God" who truly and finally takes away sin.
This podcast will explain Typology and help you see how it can make the Bible come alive to you in ways you won't see if you don't understand it or read the whole Bible to see how it unfolds. The Old Testament prophets will make more sense (instead of appearing to simply rant about issues that don't relate to anything we are familiar with) and you'll see in the New Testament how the events of Jesus life were not random, but a fulfillment of prophecies illustrated thousands of years before he was born.
Many people bail out on their good intentions to read through the Bible when they finish the story of the Exodus, but don't do that! Listen to this podcast, hang in there in the coming weeks and you will be richly repaid with additional understanding of the rest of the Bible.
Please go to http://www.bible805.com for notes, previous podcasts, and additional information.
Please tell your friends about the podcast and invite them to join us in the adventure of reading and understanding God's Word!
How did the Jewish people become a nation?
Did Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph have any say in being the founding fathers or were they predestined to do all they did?
And what about us? What is God in control of and what are we responsible for?
Today we are going to answer these questions and more in our Podcast.
As we look at the lives of these founders of our faith, we can see God faithful to fulfill his plan and promises even though the people given the task to carry it out sometimes strayed from doing the right thing.
Though we admire what they did, God is the hero of the story and our stories because He is the one who is faithful and who will carry us through the storms of life.
In addition to the overall themes above, this podcast has some extra material on the history of Midian, Edom, and why the Beatitudes are written in the way they are. If that didn't make lots of sense--listen to the podcast and learn some fascinating facts we sometimes miss in Old Testament stories.
“Did angels (or as some have said, extra-terrestrials) have children with humans?”
“How do you explain fossils of humans 30,000 to 40,000 years old?”
“If the Bible says you can’t see God, how could people see him in Genesis?”
“What about the curses in Genesis?, e.g. Cain and Lamech, Canaan and Ham?”
"Is Jesus the only way to heaven and what does reading the Bible in Chronological order have to do with it?"
These are some of the questions I'll answer in our Podcast on Questions & Answers about the book of Genesis.
For this podcast, there is a lot more I covered in the live class, and to give you the information on that, go to www.bible805.com for the detailed notes from it that will give you the content of those topics.
•When did people start to believe in life after death?
•Some say that the people in the Old Testament didn’t really believe in it like we do. Is that true?
•Why does it matter? Does it matter to me?
•We’ll answer these questions and more in today’s Podcast!
This is an incredibly important topic and one where there is a lot of confusion even among people who believe in God, especially regarding what people believed in the Old Testament.
Do take time to listen, as this podcast will encourage you and give you peace and hope about the assurance of the bodily resurrection.
Also, on the www.bible805.com website are the notes from the Podcast. A bit of a warning on them, they are rather rough notes, so there may be some typos, etc. However, the quotes and many of the verses from this podcast are so important, I wanted you to have a copy of them
Why do Christians call Abraham the "Father of their Faith?"
Isn't he also the Father of the faith for Jews and Muslims? And didn't he write an important book for the Mormons?
Do I have to be a person of great faith like Abraham for God to accept me?
These questions and much more are what we will cover in this podcast on Abraham.
I'll start with an overview of the incredible archeological finds that have literally uncovered streets in the city of Ur and buildings that were there when Abraham lived there. We will do an overview of Abraham's life and then compare the Biblical view of Abraham with the Abraham of the Muslim and Mormon faiths.
Finally you'll see why it isn't the moral character and the perfection of Abraham that made him acceptable to God, but the character of his God, who always has and always will provide salvation to those who trust him, not by works, but by faith.
Most people have heard about Job, the character in the Bible who went through the loss of everything in his life. It's a classic story of pain and loss with a great ending.
What this podcast will show you is that the book is much more than a story, but the true story of a man who went through unbelievable pain for no apparent reason, who endured the accusations and tormenting from his friends, and who finally was confronted with God himself.
This podcast answers many questions including who is Satan? What about people who never hear about God? Do people live after they die? Did people in the Old Testament believe that? How do we comfort others (and ourselves) when we suffer?
Listen and be challenged and comforted.
How did we get here?
Is God real and what is He like?
What messed things up?
Who is Satan and what power does he have?
Why do innocent people suffer? Not just Job, all Genesis characters. Why me?
What does God want from us?
That's what we are going to start to cover in this series, but before that in the podcast below we are going to go over the presuppositions that undergird the teaching for this podcast.
Because our presuppositions determine our conclusions—you should know mine.
We'll also look at time and eternity, how God can see the beginning from the end, look at an interesting chart of how long the Patriarchs lived and much more.
Along with losing weight, getting more done, simplifying your life and other commendable goals, is reading through the Bible one of your resolutions for the year?
If so, I’d like to share a way for you to do it that will change your life more significantly than any diet will!
Hi I’m Yvon Prehn and Welcome to bible 805!
Today we’re going t to talk about…..
The Six Benefits of reading (or listening to) the Bible in Chronological order, and probably why you haven’t done it
There are many ways to read through the Bible each year—but there is one that is by far the BEST way to do it (and I’ll be going into the reasons why it’s best shortly) and that is to read through the Bible in Chronological order. That means to read the books (or parts in some cases) in the order they happened, not the order you find them in the Bible.
Don’t worry about figuring that order out—I’ve got schedules you can download to do it and I’ll be doing podcasts in the coming year to guide you through it.
But for now, since reading through the Bible in Chronological order is a somewhat daunting task, it's worth asking why do it?
Please go to https://wp.me/pazrJD-3w for the answers!
Church Councils formalized the Canon of the 66 books of scripture but the CANON had been determined by God and accepted by the people of God long before Councils.
But just because the canon was decided that didn’t mean ordinary people could read it. The Primary Bible for centuries was Jerome’s Latin Vulgate
Most people couldn’t read and even if they did, fewer and fewer spoke Latin.
Because they were hand-copied, books very expensive to reproduce
But things changed with increased literacy, the printing press, economic growth, and the Reformation changed everything and that’s what this podcast is about.
Additional materials, quotes of early plus a chart of the various translations are below are at the Bible 805 website here: https://wp.me/pazrJD-39
Even Bible scholars admit lots of other books were written at the time the Bible documents were written, how do we know we have the right ones in our Bible?
Didn’t a group of church leaders get together at a council or something and just make a decision on that?
To answer, first let’s review what we’ve done so far.
We started with looking at ancient manuscripts, dating them—the foundation for all other truth claims.
Then, we looked at scriptures of other religions that have little to no verification based on history and truth and in contrast, how the Christian faith is both historical and evidential.
We then looked at the historical anchors (or lack thereof in the case of non-canonical books) for the Old Testament, Apocrypha, New Testament, and the Gnostic Gospels
In this lesson we are going to look at Canonicity, how we got the 66 books we have in our Bibles and in addition to that we’ll look at translations and what is the best one to read.
Additional materials are on the Bible 805 website at: https://wp.me/pazrJD-2W
The New Testament is a reliable historical record of Jesus and the early Christian church.
For purposes of our time and study, we will focus primarily on what these documents tell us about Jesus—we don’t have time to do more and honestly, if what they tell us about Jesus can’t be trusted, the rest really doesn’t matter.
To do that we will first establish the historical reliability of New Testament documents
Then we’ll look at New Testament non-canonical writings, particularly the Gnostic “gospels”
These documents are much more dangerous than OT Apocrypha which was not inspired scripture, but still talked about the same God—these documents present a distorted image of the Jesus of history, far from the real Jesus who is the only Savior.
Additional materials (including a complete copy of a PowerPoint presentation on this) and copies of some of the gnostic texts are on the Bible 805 website at: https://wp.me/pazrJD-2g
If the Bible is supposed to be historically accurate, what about the books some Bibles have in between the Old Testament and New Testament?
Are they historically reliable? Why aren’t they in all Bibles?
Today we’ll answer those questions in this podcast.
In our last lesson we looked at how the Old Testament is tied to real history and real geography.
This week we’ll look at the Apocrypha to see if it meets the same tests. We’ll look at what it is and how it came about.
As you’ll see it’s part of a bigger story that includes a history of the Septuagint—more than a scholarly term, this was the Bible of Jesus and Paul—a Greek translation of the Old Testament that was translated about the same time as the Apocrypha. But we can’t confuse the two because the Septuagint is a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek and the books of the Apocrypha are not considered divinely inspired because the reasons we cover in the podcast.
Images of some explanatory slides, are on the Bible 805 website at: https://wp.me/pazrJD-2g
After listening to our last podcast on the historical uniqueness of the Christian Bible….you may be thinking….. BIG CLAIMS there, but can you prove your theory?
Does secular history REALLY anchor the stories in the Bible in real history?
Not only does secular history anchor the stories in real history, but we have many exciting examples to share as I answer those questions today with Lesson #4: Old Testament: Overview and Historical Anchors.
In this podcast we’ll go through some of the major events of the Old Testament and discuss the archaeological finds that anchor them to true times, places, events.
Images of some of the archaeological artifacts, are on the Bible 805 website at: https://wp.me/pazrJD-1W
In our last podcast we talked about how history helps us determine the truth of Biblical documents. And if that’s so doesn’t history do the same for all religions?
• Why do Christians think their sacred books are any different than the sacred scripture of other religion?
• Aren’t they all the same anyway, slightly different messages, but all leading to the same God?
• Hi, I’m Yvon Prehn and welcome to Bible 805! This is part of our series on Truth & History
• Today we’re going to talk about…..The Historical Uniqueness
of the Christian Bible
• The questions I asked in the intro are incredibly important because as we showed last time (and please take time to listen to that podcast if you haven’t already) history provides an anchor to tie what we believed to what is true in what religious texts say with actual events in the world outside the religious texts.
• I called them historical anchors.
• If the anchors exist, it may not be final proof, but it is a good foundation for the validity of faith.
• In this podcast, which is significantly longer than the ones we’ve done so far, we are going to look at these major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Mormonism, Islam, and Christianity.
• For each one, we will look at a brief overview of the religion—With an focus on their plan of SALVATION—the “what’s in it for me” of the religion, how to find meaning in this life, life after death.
• The SCRIPTURES upon which the religion and these beliefs are based, including the history of their sacred documents and a brief analysis of the historical anchors they provide.
• Finally and perhaps the most important of all: each religion’s SAVIOR—do they have one? And also their VIEW OF JESUS. All religions agree he lived, but have very different accounts of who he was and what he did, which account is accurate based on what history tells us outside the sacred documents.
• From this overview, I trust you’ll see the Historical Uniqueness of the Christian Bible and though trust in that is not all that is needed for a saving faith in Jesus, I hope it at least helps you understand that all religions are not alike and encourages you to explore them further because your life now and eternal destiny depend on your decisions.
Isn’t the Bible full of errors? Hasn’t it been copied so many times nobody has any idea what the original was? HOW can history help us decide what’s true and what isn’t?
Answering those questions is what this podcast is about.
As I was thinking about it, I realized history is like an anchor. Just as an anchor keeps a ship from floating off in any direction, so too, history can help tie what we believe to what happened in the real world, outside the pages of a sacred text.
To continue the analogy, history helps answer questions like:
**When were the scriptures written?
**Who wrote them?
**Where were they written?
These answers form a historical links in the chain of the anchor that goes from the real world to the text we have today.
But how does history answer these questions?
Finding the links in the chain, the answers to our questions isn’t difficult or scholarly and hard to understand. History is straightforward at its core and by looking at what was found with ancient documents in elements as simple as the pottery that the scrolls were stored in and the coins left around them, plus looking at what the scribes used as writing materials and how they wrote it’s easy to identify when they were written.
For these answers and other questions relating to how history can help us determine truth—listen to the podcast.
For a chart of the number of manuscripts discussed in the podcast and for more information on it, go to: http://www.bible805.com.
Was Jesus a zombie?
Welcome to Bible 805 and this special podcast in honor of the Halloween season. Please understand, there is no irreverence or shock value intended with this question. It was an honestly asked question from someone who was totally unfamiliar with church and we’ll answer it today.
When you think about it calmly, with the viewpoint of someone outside the church,"Was Jesus a Zombie?" really is a very good question because the only conception many people have today of a person who has come back from the dead is a zombie. So when someone hears Jesus came back from the dead, that's immediately what they think about. To honor that question, this podcast will explore an answer.
How do we know what’s True?
More than ever it’s an important question.
Fake news, conflicting viewpoints, how do we know what to believe?
On one level if the confusion over truth were just confined to the political realm, one option would be to block the media noise, wait for the next election cycle, and hope things will get better.
But we can’t do that in all of life. Our individual lives, those we love, our eternal future--the issues that impact these areas don't change every few years and to help you make wise decisions in the truly important areas of life, I've started this podcast.
And to begin the Podcast I have a very important foundational topic: What is Truth?
Please listen for an introduction to the podcast and then a discussion of Truth and how History can help us set a true foundation for what we believe.