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They aren’t simply outdated collections of ancient rituals and odd laws.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.