Carols, greeting cards, and church bulletins all proclaim Christmas is about "joy" and "peace". But this year, there doesn't seem to be much of that in the world. So, what gives? When Christmas is placed in context to the larger story of the Bible, the reason for joy and peace becomes much clearer.
As a ministry intern and Bible school student, I earnestly prayed to "know God's heart". He answered that prayer as I simply opened up the pages of scripture and understood the larger narrative of redemptive history. In this video, I talk a bit about the covenants that God made with the nation of Israel and… Read More »
Jesus of Nazareth was an ethnic descendant of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and his life and words are best understood in the context of the common Jewish apocalyptic view of history in the first century. In this short video, I explain why this often overlooked idea is important for modern Gentile disciples of Jesus.
After winnowing down His following in Galilee, Jesus heads north to Tyre and Sidon and begins ministering to Gentiles instead of heading south for the Passover in Jerusalem. This must have been extremely confusing for the Twelve. This episode looks at the journey and His ministry north of Galilee.
John the Baptist's message of division was not something new in redemptive history. This episode examines the Old Testament foundation of the promise of restoration and regeneration and links it to Jesus' first coming. As we trace "the seed" (Genesis 3:15), the message of John and the story of the Gospels will become much clearer… Read More »
When Jesus was eight days old, He was circumcised according to the Law. 32 days later, Mary and Joseph travel to Jerusalem to make a sacrifice for their purification and present Jesus before a priest. Why did Jesus have to be circumcised and what does it have to do with the covenant God made with… Read More »
While Herod and the leaders of the Jews are filled with self-importance and jockey for power in Jerusalem, God's eyes are on two expectant mothers in a small house in southern Israel. Mary and Elizabeth, the mother of Jesus and John, were the two most important people on the planet at the time. This episode… Read More »
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