The Secret to an Intentional Spiritual Life [Podcast]

Proverbs 24:30-34

There’s a secret to living intentionally every day. In this episode of Live the Bible, we can learn a valuable lesson from the book of Proverbs from an individual, surprisingly, who never intended to teach us a lesson. But God uses his life for our benefit.

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The Promised Land and God’s Amazing Provision for Your Life

If God will provide, why do our means seem so meager?

The tension is nothing new for us who believe in God. It’s just that most days it seems we never have enough. Between the bills, the home upkeep, and the car repairs, it’s tough just to stay afloat. Often, amazingly, God rigs it this way.

In fact, an unusual custom gives insight into why our means seem so meager.

If God Will Provide, Why Are My Means So Meager?

(Photo: Wheat field near Bet Guvrin, Israel. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

After settling in the Promised Land, God allowed His people to work the land. But every seventh year, God said, “the land shall have a sabbath rest, a sabbath to the Lord” (Lev. 25:4) and lie fallow.

  • This Sabbatical Year allowed for the forgiveness of all debts, and any food that grew went to the poor and to the wild animals.
  • Then every 50 years, on the year of Jubilee, the land not only rested but also returned to its ancestral owners. And all slaves walked free.
  • However, in 586 B.C., after God’s people failed to observe the Sabbatical Year for 490 years, God exiled them for the 70 special years they failed to give the land (2 Chron. 36:20-21).

All this was to show that the Promised Land belonged to God, not to those who lived on it (Lev. 25:23). Although they worked the land, they believed God will provide, and He made them stop working to prove He would.

For even when they rested, God supplied (Ps. 127:2).

Here’s why the same is true for us.

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Wipe that Smile on Your Face [Podcast]

Psalm 126

What are you searching for? In this episode of Live the Bible, we get real practical— on an emotional level— and if we’re honest, that’s where we tend to live most of the time. The world is desperately searching for happiness, and in their search they often miss Joy.

Where do we find it? Psalm 126 tells us.

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The Harod Valley – Your Overwhelming Anxiety Finds its Peace

Truths as enduring as the beautiful settings in which they occurred.

Have you noticed how history repeats itself in our lives? We think we’ve learned to deal with overwhelming anxiety, but each new day offers a new challenge we never would have expected.

The Harod Valley—Your Overwhelming Anxiety Finds its Peace

(Photo: The Harod Valley. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

In ancient Israel, the Harod Valley gave stage to two sets of desperate situations. From threats to insecurities to death and hopelessness, in every case the overwhelming anxiety found its peace only one way.

It’s the same with your overwhelming anxiety today.

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Seeing in the Dark [Podcast]

Selections from the book of Job

Sometimes it seems the Lord allows way too much pain in our lives. In this episode of Live the Bible, we fasten our seatbelts and take a look at the most miserable man in the Bible—Job.

If you’ve ever wondered where God is in your struggles, I think you’ll find the verses of Job, frankly, as encouraging as they are surprising!

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The Incredible Influence of One [Podcast]

Esther 4

How do you find the courage to face a fearful situation? In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at the life of one of the most courageous women in the Bible—Esther. Don’t think that just because she was a queen that she didn’t struggle just like us. She did!

Esther shows us the confidence we can have in God’s sovereignty becomes the reason for our courage to do what’s right.

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Keep the Change [Podcast]

Nehemiah 10; 13

How do we keep from going back to the old life? In this episode of Live the Bible, we journey to Jerusalem with Nehemiah where he rebuilds the wall. But more importantly, Nehemiah continued what Ezra had done to rebuild the people and help them keep the changes they had made in their lives.

How do we keep the change we want in our lives? Nehemiah shows us.

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[VIDEO] Our Current Crisis and Jerusalem’s Walls and Gates

What to Do When God Lays Siege to Our Lives

Being stuck at home these days compares little to suffering under a siege in an ancient city. But the lessons it offers us are very much the same. That’s probably why I have had numerous members of my Walking the Bible Lands videos suggest I make this video available to you. The encouraging truth it offers rings as true today as it did thousands of years ago.

[VIDEO] Our Current Crisis and Jerusalem's Walls and Gates

In ancient Israel, a city wasn’t a city without a wall. Even in Jerusalem, a wall served as the primary means of protection from an enemy. The city walls of Jerusalem serve as a fitting metaphor for what God often does in our lives when we erect walls to keep Him out.

But God lays siege to our lives not to destroy us, but to restore us.

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God’s Water Gate: Drinking Daily Where Truth Gushes [Podcast]

Selections from the Book of Ezra

How well do you guard your source of truth? In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at God’s “Water Gate” in Jerusalem. That’s not a political term, but a gate that walled off and protected the water source.

At this gate, Ezra gave a challenging message to God’s people that we need to hear as well. We also need to guard our time with the source of our sustenance—God’s Word.

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The Surprising Secret to Greatness We Need to Discover

What the original team of rivals can teach us about true greatness.

God never promised us the Christian life would shield us from the temptation of popularity, greatness, or admiration. In fact, don’t we often toy with getting what we want out of life just like the world does?

The Surprising Secret to Greatness We Need to Discover

(Photo: The road up to Jerusalem from Jericho. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

On His way up to Jerusalem for the last time, Jesus once told His followers that greatness is a fine goal to pursue. In fact, He applauded it.

As long as we understand what true greatness is.

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