Episode 010: Birth of John and Zechariah’s Benedictus - Luke 1:57-80

March 22nd, 2021

Luke wrote his gospel in order to give us certainty regarding the things that have been taught. In this portion of his gospel, Luke is demonstrating the mercy of God in His dealing with Israel, and in the birth of both John and Jesus. Zechariah gives us the third of five nativity songs of praise, reflecting back on the work of God in the life of Israel, and in the present action of God redeeming His people. These songs give us a wonderful reminder of the redemptive work of God throughout the history of Israel, and a glimpse into the continuation of that plan through the birth of John.

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Episode 009: Intro to Bibliology

March 7th, 2021

The Bible is the God-breathed, inerrant, infallible, eternal, authoritative and sufficient Word of God. What does all this mean? How can we apply this foundation of our approach to the Bible to test the content of other religious works? Join us in the first of a series of studies looking at the Bible as the Word of God and future episodes where we will consider extra-Biblical writings and their contributions to our faith, as well as the dangers in valuing them equal to the Scriptures.

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Episode 008: Meeting of the Moms - Luke 1:39-56

March 4th, 2021

Five nativity songs of praise are presented by Luke at the onset of the gospel. In this passage, we hear the Benidicta of Elizabeth and the Magnificat of Mary. Each song gives praise to God for His work among the people, and Mary's Magnificat demonstrates God's mighty power to reign over His enemies while extending mercy and grace to those that fear Him and function under His covenant. These songs give us a wonderful reminder of the redemptive work of God throughout the history of Israel, and a glimpse into the continuation of that plan through the birth of this special Child.

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Episode 007: From the Deck Harry Estes Interview - Thriving After Sexual Abuse

March 1st, 2021

The lasting effects of sexual abuse on a person's life can be disastrous and lead to unfulfilled relationships, depression and various other mental and relational struggles. How does a person find healing and hope after suffering sexual abuse? In this episode, I interview Harry Estes, a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, and learn his journey from victim to survivor - to thriving in a healthy marriage with three boys of his own. Harry has written two books recounting his story in a fictional retelling that offers insights and hope.

There is no shortcut to healing from abuse, but there is support and help. In this episode, Harry offers his personal website as a tool for those struggling (visit https://harrylestes.com) as well as recommending http://malesurvivor.com for additional helps. You can check out Harry's books on Amazon at the following links: One More Broken (One More Broken: Based on a Memoir: Estes, Harry L.: 9781799044062: Amazon.com: Books)and One Less Bruised (One Less Bruised: Estes, Harry L.: 9798627940045: Amazon.com: Books)

If you need help in dealing with the effects of sexual abuse in your life, please contact Harry through his website, or send us a message and we will help connect you with a local church, support group or others that can provide you the assistance needed.

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Episode 006: The Announcement of THE Child - Luke 1:26-38

January 26th, 2021

A virgin is going to have a baby? But how!?! And why? The account of the virgin birth has become a familiar story, one that can lose its miraculous majesty and wonder. Look at the announcement of the birth of Jesus with a fresh perspective, and delve into the reason for such a conception and the mission of the great Child that will come.

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Episode 005: From the Deck: Costi Keenan Part 2 (Romanian orphan to Minister to Romanian orphans)

January 12th, 2021

Part 2 of 2. Hear the incredible story of the young life of Costi Keenan. Entering the orphanage system of communist Romania from birth, Costi was introduced to the love of Jesus by an incredible family who simply shared their love. Now, Costi and his family have moved back to the same orphanage system he was raised in to provide hope, encouragement and love to those in the Romanian system. A wonderful account of how God uniquely equips each of us to serve those around us. Visit mathetai.org for more about the ministry of Mathetai. For more on Costi, his family and ministry, visit https://keenanrefugeministries.com/

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Episode 004: From the Deck: Costi Keenan Part 1 (Romanian orphan to Missionary to Romanian orphans)

January 11th, 2021

Part 1 of 2. Hear the incredible story of the young life of Costi Keenan. Entering the orphanage system of communist Romania from birth, Costi was introduced to the love of Jesus by an incredible family who simply shared their love. Now, Costi and his family have moved back to the same orphanage system he was raised in to provide hope, encouragement and love to those in the Romanian system. A wonderful account of how God uniquely equips each of us to serve those around us.

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Episode 003: A Special Family and a Special Child - Luke 1:5-24

January 4th, 2021

In order for Luke to provide the reader of his gospel with "certainty" he must go back to the beginning. Even before Jesus, the Bible tells of a forerunner who would prepare the people for the Messiah. The Old Testament leaves us with the promise of this one, and the New Testament introduces us to the one who comes in the power and spirit of Elijah. Born to a special couple, this special child will bring joy and rejoicing. Meet John the Baptist.

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Episode 002: The Gospel of Luke, Introduction and 1:1-4

January 1st, 2021

How can we be sure regarding the important truths surrounding the life and death of Jesus? If only there were an account that was well researched, thoughtfully crafted and created for the intention of providing a sure foundation for the authenticity of the central figure of the faith. Luke serves as such a document, writing so that we "may have certainty concerning the things you have been taught."

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Episode 001: Are You a Disciple?

January 1st, 2021

If we enter 2021 without intention to do something different, then we will remain the same as we were in 2020. Discipleship involves the purposeful intention to emulate the Master. Where do we start and how do we know we are on the right path? See what Jesus says about becoming a disciple, and the key marks of one who is becoming more like Jesus.

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