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    RTT 100 - The Ascension

    RTT 100 - The Ascension

    RTT 100 - Knowing Jesus - Ascension


    We’ve talked before about examples of movies or stories that appear to be over and resolved, but which have another chapter … you appear to reach the resolution, but then there is more …

    After Easter, there is more - the story may appear to be over, but a lot still has to happen

    Here are all the benefits … here are all the reasons for celebration … here is what is changed with regard to my relationships and life and identity … Now what?


    Acts 1:1-10  In my former book, Theophilus, I wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen.  After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.  On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.  For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.” Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”  He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.


    Their old expectations die hard … we try to fit the new data into our old understanding, even when it is obvious that our old understanding was wrong or incomplete.

    Here is one of the more things … the Holy Spirit … power …


    Baptism of the Holy Spirit



    Here is one of the more things … mission … you will be my witnesses

    What is a “more things” not mentioned here … (church / body)

    OK - so do we try to live the Christian life without these things?



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    • 38 min
    RTT 99 - The Resurrection

    RTT 99 - The Resurrection

    The reality of the resurrection - and why it matters ...


    1 Corinthians 15:12-19  Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied


    We have a faith that relies on the supernatural and miraculous - without that, there isn’t anything …

    Alternatives to a miraculous, physical resurrection …


    Jesus didn’t rise - his death is an example of sacrificial love …


    Jesus isn’t divine - he is an example of a good person and we can be like him … there is spirituality … but we can be just as spiritual as Christ …

    So we can say he “rose” metaphorically - he “lives on” in his disciples



    Jesus rose “spiritually”


    His body is still in the tomb - his spirit “rose” … no resurrection, just a ghost



    But these leave the essence of the gospel as something else - or non-existent



    Paul’s words … why is this true?


    1 Corinthians 15:20-28  But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27 For “God[c] has put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all.


    What do I want from my faith or “my faith”?


    If all I want is a better-behaved life, maybe I don’t need the resurrection … the above metaphorical resurrections work … but if I don’t think I really can just “be better” - then I truly believe my faith is in vain without the resurrection … do I believe that?

    Do I need miraculous help?

    “If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied”


    Because love is costly - because the “good life” isn’t possible or not lasting or without hope …

    Hope in Christ on a small scale just doesn’t work …







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    • 34 min
    #98 Knowing Jesus - The Upper Room

    #98 Knowing Jesus - The Upper Room

    What is Easter to you? We may not often think this way, but it is the story of YOUR redemption. Join Mike and Chad as they discuss in this week's episode.

    Luke 22:7-16
    Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. 8 Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.”  9 “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked.  10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”  13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover.  14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.”


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    • 36 min
    #97 Knowing Jesus - Clearing the Temple

    #97 Knowing Jesus - Clearing the Temple

    What is our view of Jesus? Why do we think of Him that way? Find out what Mike and Chad have to say in this week's episode! Thanks for listening! Wanna be a part of the conversation? Leave us a voice message: https://anchor.fm/roguetabletalks

    Mark 11:15-18
    On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves, 16 and would not allow anyone to carry merchandise through the temple courts. 17 And as he taught them, he said, “Is it not written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’” 18 The chief priests and the teachers of the law heard this and began looking for a way to kill him, for they feared him, because the whole crowd was amazed at his teaching.


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    • 35 min
    #96 Knowing Jesus - The Triumphal Entry

    #96 Knowing Jesus - The Triumphal Entry

    Join Mike and Chad as they discuss story and how it may not be what we expect. Jesus' life was a real "they won't be expecting that!" moment.  

    John 12:12-19  The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,
    “Hosanna!”
    “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”
    “Blessed is the king of Israel!”
    14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written:
    15 “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion;
        see, your king is coming,
        seated on a donkey’s colt.”
    16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that these things had been done to him.
    17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!”


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    • 37 min
    #95 Knowing Jesus - Mary Anoints Jesus

    #95 Knowing Jesus - Mary Anoints Jesus

    Is there an acceptable amount of extravagance? Join Mike and Chad as they discuss this week.

    John 12:1-11
    Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages. ” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him.


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    • 36 min

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