The first theme of Gideon’s story is the counter-intuitive nature of the eventual victory. Gideon’s response to God calling him to service is basically, ‘I’m a nothing you’ve got the wrong guy!’ Still, God’s angel gave him a task that led to war with their terrorizing enemy. Gideon accomplishes his task and promptly has his life threatened. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
Esther was no more than 20 years old, and became queen of the Persian Empire but not because of some political treaty. It was because of her stunning beauty. Her pedigree for being queen (besides the providence of God) was that she won a beauty contest. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name (Part 1 of 2) for the telling of this amazing story!
Finding motivation for faith does not have to be a difficult task, because the Old Testament is full of individuals whose faith and actions were God-honoring and incredibly heroic. If we observe and study their lives we will find a treasure trove of faith strengthening tools and examples for our practical everyday use.
Can the Old Testament faith heroes actually be relevant today? What can we learn from them? A foundation. They give us the materials on which to build a successful Christian life. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast #1051 - What Do the Faithful Old Testament Characters Teach Us?
We've heard of people being an "everyday hero," the little guy who is at the right place at the right time and does the right thing for the right reasons. On this podcast, we dive deep into the David and Goliath story to reveal layers you never learned in Bible class!
Several weeks ago we began to tell the story of a hero – not the kind of hero that rises up in courage to do a deed that changes the outcome of an event – rather, the kind of hero who lives his vision for a lifetime and changes the world as a result of his lifetime dedication. This hero is the Joseph of the Old Testament – dreamer, interpreter of dreams, man of wisdom, faith, integrity and mercy. Joseph was a true hero, the kind that appears only once in many generations. What can we learn from him?
Everybody loves a hero…someone who goes above and beyond the call of duty…someone who puts their own interests aside for the greater good…someone who does those things that others can’t or won’t. Usually these heroes are recognized as a result of a particular event or crisis and we laud their contribution. It is a rare thing to see someone who lives a heroic life and displays a heroic heart throughout their lifetime – one who becomes a hero for the ages. On this program we look at such a man to try and learn from the example of his heroic life!
The Avengers movie has been a box office sensation, breaking all kinds of records. Why? Good movie, good story, good special effects and (wait for it!) superheroes...lots of superheroes! We all love looking up to those who will stand for what’s right and save the world. We all especially love the fact that these heroes, while super, are flawed as well and they still fight for what is right! Does God’s plan for humanity include such heroes? Who would they be? What would they do? Would they – could they - save the world? Stay with us!