In the worlds of Judaism and Christianity, this is a very special time of year. It is a time when deliverance is celebrated and liberty is proclaimed, for in both faiths events occurred that were both defining and miraculous. For the Jew, the Passover represents the deliverance out of bondage and into a national heritage. For the Christian, the Last Supper and following events represent their deliverance from sin into the liberty of Christ. Is it a coincidence that these two events happen at the same time of year? On this podcast we look into the amazing connection between these events – Palm Sunday and the Lamb, the Passover and the Crucifixion and the deliverance from Egypt and the deliverance from sin.
Baptism. It is a sacred Christian symbol. Its meaning will vary depending on one's denomination, but in all cases it holds a very sacred place in the lives of believers. There are many questions that can be raised regarding this symbol. Who should be baptized? Is it necessary for salvation? Is baptism merely a symbol or more than that? Now, built upon the base of baptism, is another question: Does God know or predestinate who will be His chosen ones? If so, then why baptize? Might we be baptizing the wrong people - people who actually have not been chosen and therefore giving them false hope? On this podcast we look at baptism in the context of predestination.
It can happen for many people almost involuntarily. When the situation is difficult, when tragedy strikes, when death approaches, when a loved one is suffering – these are some of the circumstances that prompt us to do it. It crosses the lines of race, creed, religion and political persuasion. It has been shown to have a soothing effect upon us. It prompts us to look for a fulfillment. It is prayer...the simple act of prayer. What is prayer? Why do we pray? Why do most of our prayers seem to go unanswered? Stay with us as we take a biblical look at this phenomena and seek the answer to the question, why do we pray?
One of the unique aspects of Christianity is the way in which we believe the power and influence of God to work in our lives. That power and influence, better known as the Holy Spirit to some and the Holy Ghost to others, appears to be almost mystical. It is the power Jesus promised would be with us in his absence. It is described as being able to testify, intercede, encourage, teach and many other things. Just what is this Holy Spirit? Is it a power? Is it a person? How does it work? Through whom does it work? Can anyone have access to it? So many questions, so little time! Stay with us as we investigate the Holy Spirit and its biblical description.