Ep.510: Has the Gospel had an Easy Road?
Wheat & Tares, Mustard Tree, Leavened Meal
Theme Scripture: Matthew 4:33
It has been said that anything worth keeping will stand the tests of time. We as Christians love to look at the Gospel and its history and call to mind its amazing journey and its amazing victory through the centuries. Sometimes though, we forget that the path the Gospel has trodden was surrounded with difficulty, infected with subversive acts and continually challenged with errors and greed. This program looks at how Jesus warned us of these things by way of three parables, and how the Gospel itself prepares us to combat them as well. Stay with us as we look at some parables of Jesus and their revealing lessons on finding the true Gospel. Has the Gospel had an easy road? Let’s see…
Ep.509: Do You Recognize His Voice?
Following Jesus, the Good Shepherd as true sheep
Theme Scripture: John 10:1
Following Jesus is not an easy task. At the very beginning of Christianity it was not easy and now, 2000 years later, it remains difficult. Jesus explained this. Much of his explanation came by way of parables – stories he told that would help his true followers understand and grasp the monumental task before them, while not making it plain to others. On this program we look at one of these parables and try and understand the import of the message. The message? Jesus is the shepherd, and we, if we are his sheep, need to learn his voice and follow only his lead. Stay with us as we ask this simple yet piercing question, ʺDo we recognize his voice?ʺ
Ep.508: How Can We Show Our Thanks?
10 year anniversary – praise and recollection
Theme Scripture: Psalms 116:12
Today is a special day. First of all, it is Father’s Day, a day we set aside to honor the role fathers have played in our lives. In this environment here in America in 2008, the role of fathers seems to be continually beset with ideas of irrelevancy. As I see it, that is a symptom of a God-minimizing approach to families. However, we are not discussing that today. No, today we are celebrating the amazing opportunity that Jonathan, myself and our crew have had in bringing Christian Questions to you on a weekly basis, for today marks this program’s 10th year anniversary! So, stay with us and look back at how we got started, where we have been, what has happened and most of all, how we have been blessed by God! How can we show our thanks? Well, let’s try!
Ep.507: How Do We keep the Spirit Healthy?
Practical ways to allow the spirit pre-eminence
Theme Scripture: 1 Thesselonians 5:19
For most of us, healthy living is one of those things we all want a part of to varying degrees. We realize that there is a trade-off because certain personal sacrifices or lifestyle changes will yield a healthier and hopefully happier life, so we pursue it. With a Christian, it is the same thing. To keep the spirit of God healthy in our lives requires trade-offs, sacrifices and lifestyle changes. The question is, what are they? How do we implement them and how can we tell if they are working? Stay with us as we look into our lives, God’s spirit and the healthy combination of the two.
Ep.506: Do I Mean It when I say I’m Sorry?
The anatomy of a complete apology
Theme Scripture: Psalms 38:18
If you are like me, you remember the scenario…you are a little kid, playing with other kids. Everyone is having a good time and as time goes on, things escalate. Somebody gets a little rough, you get a little rough and all of a sudden, somebody is crying and you are the one who made it happen! Your mom comes on over, sorts out the different versions of the event and then you hear those inevitable words. You hear that motherly command that you NEVER like hearing…“Say you’re sorry!” BUT, - “say you’re sorry!” Okay, soorreee! For many of us, this was a necessary part of our introduction into human relations. Now that we are grown, what does it mean to be sorry...to be truly sorry for a wrong done to another? Stay with us as we look at the ingredients of a truly sincere apology. Do I mean it when I say “I’m sorry?”