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On Being Haunted

BY ZACK JAMES COLE

I am often haunted by my past. I am daily haunted by what I should be doing. I am frequently haunted by what I should do tomorrow. I am haunted by my failure to act like my exhortations, duties, and responsibilities expect me to. I often struggle with looking at myself and observing how I am lacking in living right.

On Being Haunted

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 137 (Numbers 12:1-16)

Miriam and Aaron get a little big for their britches and speak against Moses. What does this have with Moses’ Cushite wife and the fact that others are prophesying? God isn’t pleased with this at all and acts swiftly. God makes an important distinction between Moses and other prophets and Miriam becomes leprous. The one sinned against intercedes for the transgressor and God responds in mercy. Chad and Daniel talk about all of this. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 137 (Numbers 12:1-16)

Enemies Of The Cross

BY MARTIN LUTHER

The thing seems incredible, and I would not have believed it myself, nor have understood Paul’s words here, had I not witnessed it with my own eyes and experienced it. Were the apostle to repeat the charge today, who could conceive that our first, noblest, most respectable, godly and holy people, those whom we might expect, above all others, to accept the Word of God…

Enemies Of The Cross

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 83 (Acts 21:1-22:2)

Paul is headed out, but there seems to be some contradictions concerning whether God wants him to go or not. How do we deal with these texts? James has a plan to help those “zealous for the law” accept Paul. It doesn’t go as planned. Paul ends up beaten by a mob and is almost killed. Should Paul have ever gone along with this plan? Daniel and Erick talk about all of this. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 83 (Acts 21:1-22:2)

Ordinary Joy

BY DONAVON RILEY

She said, “Keep coming back, and you’ll know joy.” He wanted to vomit a rainbow of resentment, bitterness, and loathing all over her faux-leather boots. He already knew about joy. It was horrible stuff. Christians kept trying to rip it out of their hearts to share with him.

Ordinary Joy

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 136 (Numbers 11:4-35)

The “riff-raff” start complaining about the food situation in the wilderness and the people start demanding meat. What was mana like? Was it really that bad? Moses gets frustrated and asks God to kill him. God refuses and appoints 70 elders to help him instead. And God gives the people an insane about of quail as a strange form of judgment. Chad and Daniel discuss all of this. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 136 (Numbers 11:4-35)

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

BY BONNIE PETROSCHUK

I have been very busy lately, trying to understand things.  There’s nothing wrong with wanting to have a deeper understanding of spiritual truth, but I have found that there is a pit on that path into which one can fall, and right now I feel like I’m sitting in that pit, too tired to climb back out.

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 82 (Acts 19:21-20:38)

Paul wants to deliver an offering to the Jewish church. He sends Timothy to the church in Corinth with a letter as a riot breaks out due to the complaints of an idol maker. The church is meeting on Sunday for the Lord’s Supper and Paul preaches a man to sleep. The man falls out of a window and dies but is raised back to life. Paul knows the end of his ministry is coming and tells the people at Ephesus that they will not see him again.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 82 (Acts 19:21-20:38)

What's Love Got to Do with It?

BY DONAVON RILEY

Love is the sum of the law. Love God with all your heart, spirit, and mind, and love your neighbor as yourself. That means that if love can't be done when it needs to be done then get rid of the law, because it's not lawful. Being lawful isn't the purpose and goal of the law.

What's Love Got to Do with It?

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 135 (Numbers 9:15-11:3)

The Jews are marching through the wilderness led by a cloud of fire. We get some information about the instruments used in worship. Why are trumpets blown over certain sacrifices? How is worship a sort of time traveling? Moses asks an unlikely man to go with them on their journey to the promised land. And just as things seem to be going well, the people start complaining. Chad and Daniel talk about all of this. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 135 (Numbers 9:15-11:3)

If Only I Could...

BY GRETCHEN RONNEVIK

I love studying books on productivity and efficiency.  I have a big family, and I have little people who depend on me and actually expect to eat every day.  There is a lot on my plate, and all of it is important. I’ve learned many tricks in this whole parenting gig.

If Only I Could...

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 81 (Acts 18:24-19:20)

We are introduced to Apollos. He is a good preacher who needs a certain part of his theology tweaked. What is going on with believers not knowing about the Holy Spirit? Paul’s reputation and message spreads until all of Asia hears the gospel. Handkerchiefs are being used to heal people while some men try to tap into the power of God and end up beaten and naked. Daniel and Erick discuss all of this.

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 81 (Acts 18:24-19:20)

Christ’s Gifts For Ingrates

BY RYAN COUCH

Have you ever received a gift for which you were less than thrilled, but you had to pretend you really liked it so as not to offend the giver? It is an awkward feeling, but despite your ambivalence, it is the right thing to do. When Christ gives us his gifts he is not as interested in our response as our human counterparts.

Christ’s Gifts For Ingrates

It Never Depended Upon You

BY JAKE ALLSTAEDT

I visited a senior man at his home the other day. I'll refer to him as “Jim.” Jim had recently returned home from the hospital after recovering from a fall. The back-and-forth from hospital to home had become his rhythm of life, and, because of that rhythm, he had been unable to attend worship.

It Never Depended Upon You

I May Not Be A Smart Man, But I Know What The Gospel Is

BY TATE BARBER

I am not a good Lutheran. I have only been around reformation theology for a few years. I have trouble articulating why my son was baptized in a Lutheran church. I am terrible at exegesis. I fumble through discussions about the third use of the law, trying my hardest not to sound like an antinomian.

I May Not Be A Smart Man, But I Know What The Gospel Is

I’d Never Go to That Church

BY DONAVON RILEY

Would you go to the church on the corner knowing that the pastor is an ex-con? What about the congregation three streets over, where the pastor is prone to lying? You know which one. The pastor at the store-front church who’s always questioning the truth about what the Gospels say about Jesus?

I’d Never Go to That Church

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 134 (Numbers 8:1-9:14)

Chad and Daniel discuss the Levites becoming a living sacrifice and how it relates to what Paul says later. What are the implications of being part of the priesthood of all believers? They discuss the Old Testament saints writing things they didn’t fully understand. Some men become ritually unclean and are unable to celebrate the Passover and Moses goes to God for a solution. God shows His desire for people to be able to participate in His promises.

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 134 (Numbers 8:1-9:14)

Mercy Makes Mercy

BY MARTIN LUTHER

Now how is God our heavenly Father merciful? In that he gives us all things, natural and spiritual, temporal and eternal, gratuitously and out of pure goodness. For should he give to us out of and according to our merits, he would have to give us only hell-fire and eternal condemnation.

Mercy Makes Mercy

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 80 (Acts 17:16-18:23)

Paul is busy traveling, preaching and making tents. How does his strategy change based on which group he is talking to? We hear his famous argument at Mars Hill. Is he really done with the Jews? Why do all these people and places matter? Daniel and Erick discuss all of this. Have a listen!

30 Minutes In The New Testament: Episode 80 (Acts 17:16-18:23)

Satan’s Two Favorite Lies

BY CHAD BIRD

Jesus cuts right to the chase when it comes to the evil one. He calls the devil “a liar and the father of lies,” (John 8:44). And the father of lies has his pet anti-truths. These lies, repeated often enough, can slowly drown out the promises of God.

Satan’s Two Favorite Lies

The Joy of Obedience

BY BRUCE HILLMAN

Can there be joy in obedience? That depends on if obedience if a free choice or the result of threats. When obedience is coercive, it dominates and subjugates our wills, or at least attempts to do so, and no one wants to be ruled by another.

The Joy of Obedience

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 133 (Numbers 6:22-7:89)

Chad and Daniel talk about the significance of hair in the Bible. They explore one of the best benedictions in scripture. Is this Aaron’s benediction or God’s? What are the Trinitarian implications in this blessing? They discuss why certain passages are well known and the power of the spoken word of God. Have a listen!

40 Minutes In The Old Testament: Episode 133 (Numbers 6:22-7:89)