The Magnitude of God’s Grace in Your Life [Podcast]

1 Chronicles 17

Have you ever felt like a failure? You are not alone! In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at the great King David, a man after God’s own heart—and a man who failed. How in the world did he retain his position after such awful failure?

It’s an important question, because the answer tells us how we maintain our close walk with the Lord after we fail in our Christian lives.

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The Incredible Blessing of Fences [Podcast]

2 Kings 21-22

Sometimes it feels like God has us fenced in. He surrounds us with rules or hard circumstances, and the only way to move forward, it seems, is to hop the fence.

In this episode of Live the Bible, we look at the lives of Manasseh and Josiah. They remind us that the Bible isn’t a museum piece or decoration for our home coffee tables. God gave us his Word and preserved it throughout the centuries so that His truth can help our lives. This episode tells us how.

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How to Find Hope for Tomorrow [Podcast]

Leviticus 23:9-14

This Easter week, often called the Passion Week, we need a fresh reminder from God’s Word that we have hope for tomorrow—and why. In this episode of Live the Bible, we continue from last week and look in particular at the Feast of First Fruits. It has a principle that points to the resurrection of Jesus, which is God’s proof positive of the forgiveness of our sins when we have faith in His Son (Rom. 4:25).

I pray you have a wonderful Easter and you are encouraged in a time of worship and celebration of the historical, literal, resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.

He is risen!

Have you watched my virtual tour of the Passion Week of Jesus? In a series of 3 FREE videos, I walk you through the final week of Christ day by day in Jerusalem. But most importantly, we will see what difference these can make in our lives. Watch the first episode right now at passionweektour.com.

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How God’s Feasts Apply to You [Podcast]

Leviticus 23:4-8

In these days of worldwide fear, anxiety, and downright panic, we need to hear from God in clear terms. Timeless truths that matter—today. This episode of Live the Bible focuses on Easter from a perspective you may not have heard before.

We will be looking at some of the biblical feasts as they relate to us as Christians—especially in light of the resurrection. The Passover is full of practical truth for us as Christians. Not the least of which is the challenge that we remove the smallest grain of compromise from our lives. We don’t do it in order to be saved or to earn God’s favor, but we do it because we already have his favor given to us through Faith and his son, Jesus Christ. I think you’ll be amazed at how practical this portion of the Bible can be.

During this special Easter season, I am inviting you to join me on a virtual tour of the Passion Week of Jesus. In a series of 3 FREE videos, I walk you through the final week of Christ day by day in Jerusalem. But most importantly, we will see what difference these can make in our lives. Watch the first episode right now at passionweektour.com.

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Wisdom Isn’t Enough [Podcast]

Selections from 1 Kings

How could Solomon have been so wise and yet blow it so badly? In this episode of Live the Bible, we talk about what we need to succeed in life. Wisdom isn’t enough. It also takes one more action.

Solomon offers a great reminder in our lives to do more than simply read the Bible for knowledge and instruction. We should also read it with a mind to apply it in our lives.

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How to Choose a Contagious Hope

Jesus' Miracle in Bethany Gives Context to Our Current Fears

What an unusual time we’re living in. Less than two weeks ago, much of America still stood in the dark as to the potential of the coronavirus. Many (including me) saw its threat as mostly media hype.

How to Choose a Contagious Hope

(Photo: Bethany. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

But now, America and other countries find themselves in quarantine mode—with grocery stores struggling to stock the basics, airlines flying near-empty planes, and social distancing keeping us from connecting face-to-face.

Kind of sounds like the book of Revelation, doesn’t it? Well, it’s not (at least, not yet). But the events of these days do remind us how global our issues have become and how easily the Lord could engage end-times events should the Rapture occur today.

Remember Jesus’ great miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead in Bethany?

The story gives great context (and hope) to our current fears.

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Finding Shelter When Critics Curse [Podcast]

2 Samuel 16; 19; Psalm 3

What can you do when you are unfairly criticized? In this episode of Live the Bible, we talk about finding a place of shelter when the critics show up in your life. King David’s example in a time of unfair criticism is a model for us in our days of discouragement.

If you’re in a season of injustice, you can ease the burden of unjust criticism by knowing that God knows the truth and He will make things right in His time.

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Where is God in All the Chaos?

2 Helpful Truths When God’s Plan Seems Delayed

These days the news can seem downright depressing. Whether it’s a pandemic sickness or political agendas, it can seem tough to see God working in the world. Our personal struggles feel the same. Our days are filled with hard work and little harvest.

Wheat harvest combine on Mount Arbel

(Photo: Wheat harvest combine on Mount Arbel. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

We seldom ask the questions out loud. But we all think it: Where exactly is God working in this fallen world? Why does He seem so silent—and even distant?

We know the answers in our heads. The Bible gives us good ones:

  • God allows evil so that we may choose good. Yep. Got it. God is patient (2 Pet. 3:9).
  • God uses evil for His good purposes. Yes, of course. God is sovereign (Rom. 8:28).

These answers give an explanation for what we see. But what about what we don’t see?

How come there seems so little of God’s work in the world? Jesus told us why.

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How God Uses Your Ordinary Days [Podcast]

Selections from 1 Samuel 17

Ever wonder how to make it through the blah days of the week? In this episode of Live the Bible, we head to the Elah Valley in Israel where David fights Goliath. It’s much more than an exciting story. Why? It gives us encouragement that are ordinary days are not ordinary to God.

I love how practical God’s Word is. He is not calling us to do something great today but simply to be faithful. Then He takes our ordinary day and makes it great in His time.

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Purim Offers Surprising Reasons Why God Put You Here

How coincidences in the Book of Esther point to your life.

Purim represents more than costume parties for kids and eating triangular cookies filled with fruit (called “Haman’s Ears”). The holiday remembers the historical event in the book of Esther where the Jews survived a plot to exterminate them.

Purim in Israel—God Has You Where You Are for a Reason

(Photo: Hand-written scroll of the Book of Esther in Hebrew. By Chefallen. Own work. CC-BY-SA-3.0, via Wikimedia)

My favorite part of the modern celebration of Purim includes the reading of the book of Esther. Amazingly:

  • Esther is the only book in the Bible that never mentions God.
  • It never speaks of prayer.
  • It has no miracle.
  • And yet it’s Scripture.

The story of Esther is built on a growing series of seeming coincidences, all of which play essential to the story.

God is never seen or spoken of—yet He works quietly behind the scenes, orchestrating His sovereign will.

Just like in our lives.

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