Leaving Laodicea
274 - Answering the Rapture Question

274 - Answering the Rapture Question

December 1, 2014
Many of those who deny the doctrine of the Rapture of the church smugly say the word rapture doesn't even appear in the Bible.  And, to a degree, this is true.  Unless you have a Latin Bible, and then everything changes.  You see, the Greek word translated rapture in Latin is harpazo and means:  "to seize upon, to snatch away, to draw away, to carry off, to catch up, to receive, to pluck out, to rescue, to forcefully take away."

Rapture is the Latin form of harpazo and is found in the Vulgate which was translated by Jerome in the late 4th century and in the 16th century became the official Bible of the Catholic church.

Do you have questions about the coming rapture (harpazo) of the church?  Good.  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on the rapture of the church.

273 - The Holy Spirit - Cutting Through the Chaos

273 - The Holy Spirit - Cutting Through the Chaos

November 24, 2014
There is so much confusion about the Holy Spirit today.  You have entire Christian denominations committed primarily to their particular view of the Holy Spirit:  Who He is, how He is received, the importance of gifts, are tongues real, has prophecy ceased, and of course the debate about the difference between baptism and filling of the Holy Spirit, and on and on it goes.

Ahem.

But the Scriptures are clear about the Holy Spirit and His role today.  In fact, there really shouldn't be any confusion or disagreement between Believers on this issue - especially concerning some of the more troubling passages in Acts.  And it is these very passages that we are going to examine from the Scriptures.  

Are you interested?  Good.  Then keep listening.

This is a study on the Holy Spirit.

240 - Babylon and the FDM

240 - Babylon and the FDM

May 5, 2014
When dealing with Babylon in the Scriptures we find ourselves concerned with the Fall of Babylon, the final Destruction of Babylon and, of course, Mystery Babylon as described in Revelation 17 and 18.  Or, the FDM of Babylon.

But wait, there is also the city of Babylon built on the plain of Shinar, the nation of Babylon that was conquered by the Persians and the evil system of Babylon that is cursed and condemned by God in the Scriptures.

So which one is it?  Which one is Zechariah talking about in the visions he was given by the Lord?  Listen and find out.

The following is a study on Zechariah 5:5-6:8.

228 - A Witness to the Light

228 - A Witness to the Light

February 10, 2014
The life and ministry of John the Baptist can be summarized in the opening few verses of John's gospel.  John 1:6-9 states: 

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe.  He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world.

I've got a couple of questions.  What is the Light?  How does he bear witness of that Light?  Is it something that only he can do or can I be that witness also?  It looks like there is so much more here than meets the eye.  

There is.  Keep listening.

The following is a study of John 1:6-13.
226 - The Beginning of the Book of John

226 - The Beginning of the Book of John

February 8, 2014
John the Apostle and friend of Jesus has a unique purpose in writing his Gospel.  He states that purpose in John 20:30-31:  

And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.  

He has a two-fold purpose.  One, that you would believe and two, that by believing you would have eternal life in His name.  

And this is just the beginning.  Want to hear more?  Then keep listening.

The following is a study of John 1:1-3.
218 - Plugging the Hole in the Evangelism Bucket

218 - Plugging the Hole in the Evangelism Bucket

September 25, 2013
There is a huge difference between Biblical evangelism and the stuff we see portrayed today.  

Consider the following statement from John Macarthur:

"We need to adjust our presentation of the gospel.  We cannot dismiss the fact that God hates sin and punishes sinners with eternal torment.  How can we begin a gospel presentation by telling people on their way to hell that God has a wonderful plan for their lives?"

Ouch.  Have you ever been more concerned about not offending your lost friend than the fact they are on their way to Hell?  And, if so, what did you do about it?  What should we do about it?  Keep listening.

The following is a study on Biblical Evangelism.
206 - A Most Troubling Passage

206 - A Most Troubling Passage

May 6, 2013
The following from Hebrews 6 is probably one of the most hotly debated passages in the New Testament.  And I simply can't figure out why? 

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come,  if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

You know, there is more here than meets the eye.  Much more.

Listen to find out what all the fuss is about.

The following is a study of Hebrews 6:4-6.
202 - The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God

202 - The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God

April 29, 2013
When Bible commentators speak of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God they usually group the two together and conclude that they are simply different names for the same, identical kingdoms.  Matthew chooses to use Kingdom of Heaven and Luke, for example, likes the phrase Kingdom of God.   But they are both talking about the same thing.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

The Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are not the same.  One is the all-encompassing reality of all that God creates outside Himself and the other is a literal Kingdom where Jesus will rule on earth for 1,000 years from Jerusalem.

"So what does this have to do with me?" you ask.  Oh, much.  Very much.  Keep listening to find out.  

The following is a study on The Kingdom.
195 - The Long Side to Nowhere

195 - The Long Side to Nowhere

January 19, 2013
Psalm 6 is the first of several Psalms of repentance.  It is a Psalm of anguish and deep soul searching.

"So," you ask, "what can we learn from this Psalm?"  Ah, much!

For example, the turning point in the Psalm is when David calls upon the name of the Lord.  We must learn from his example.  In times of victory, call upon Him.  In times of defeat, call upon the Lord.  In times of temptation, call upon the name of the Lord.  In our "dark night of the soul" call upon the Light of the World.  Call always upon the Lord regardless of the circumstances.

But there is so much more in this Psalm.  Keep listening.

The following is a study on Psalm 6.
194 -  The Incarnation

194 - The Incarnation

December 25, 2012
The miracle of the Incarnation of Christ can be summarized in the following statement:

"Remaining what He always was, He became what He was not."

I know that often we focus our attention on the actual birth of Jesus and its accompanying highlights:  the star in the sky, the visit of the Magi and the annunciation to the shepherds.  But the greatest miracle took place some nine months earlier when the promise was given to a young girl that the "Holy Spirit would come upon her" and "the power of the Highest would overshadow her" and she would conceive a child.  Ah, the miracle of the incarnation.

Are you interested in finding out more about this great event?  Good.  Then keep listening.

The following is a study on the Incarnation.