Gossip and slander are everywhere! In a recent podcast, the kindest definitions we could come up with were; Gossip - hushed, idle and careless talk. Creating or repeating things that aren’t true, aren’t complete and are nobody’s business. Slander - an out loud misrepresentation of someone with the intent to damage them. Gossip and slander are permanent residents in our daily lives. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
Jesus is God’s son. In the very beginning, God’s son was called “The Word of God.” We’re told in John (1:3 NLT) “God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.” This means under God’s direction, his son created the entire universe including the first humans, Adam and Eve. For more on this story, watch this short video designed for children.
The book of Hebrews emphatically states that Old Testament sacrifices could not remove sin. While providing a temporary bridge to harmony with God they needed yearly renewal. Jesus was THE sacrifice for the world’s sins, given once for all humanity. Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name for more details.
So, why did Jesus have to die? To be a “RANSOM” for Adam, so that everyone who has ever died will have the opportunity to come back to life in God’s future kingdom. We offer an explanation for our youngest listeners in this short animated video.
God IS accountable for the evil in this world – BUT – that's less than half the truth on the matter! Watch this short vlog then listen to the full podcast of the same name.
Never! As God’s only son, he was perfect and never made any mistakes. He was kind and humble. He didn’t brag about himself or his accomplishments. He didn’t bully anybody or make fun of anyone. He loved ALL people, and performed many miracles to help others. This short animated video explains more.
Proverbs 6:17 says God HATES lying, so this sin is pretty serious! We’re trying to copy JESUS, and he is our standard for everything. Jesus NEVER lied, so to be like him, we must try to do the same. The Bible shows us lots of examples of when lying brought trouble, hardship, and heartache. What examples exist of lying? What should we do if we DO lie? Watch this short video to find out the answers to these questions, and be sure to check our podcast episode #937, "Should We Ever Lie?" for more examples and Scriptures!
A few weeks ago we began talking about Jesus speaking the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares. This was one of the few parables he actually interpreted for his followers, and in that interpretation he revealed it was a prophecy about the difficult future of Christianity. He spoke of false Christians and an entire age when the true and false would grow together – outwardly indistinguishable from one another - until the "harvest" time. We traced some of the corrupting influences through the long history of the church and began to see how the gospel was treated (and mistreated) along the way. Jesus, after speaking the Wheat and the Tares Parable, spoke two other parables. We believe they further described the corrupted condition of Christianity. So, what do these other parables tell us? Are we in danger of being deceived? Is the gospel even intact here and now in our present world?
We frequently hear that Jesus' death changed the course of history, but what specifically did his death DO for mankind? Did it have multiple purposes? Why doesn't anything seem to be getting better? Want more in-depth answers and Bible study? Check out Episode 911: "What is the Legacy of Jesus' Death and Resurrection?" for more Scriptures and details on this topic.