A daily podcast each weekday sharing Biblical truth designed to help listeners find hope, meaning and fulfillment in life. Each weekday we will air a new episode that features a devotional grounded in our 10-10 principles.
Episode 488: Guidelines for the Last Days
The apostle Peter realized we have all spent enough time living like the world. Now we are called to live like Christians. It is a profound and foolish waste of time for Christians to live like the world, and we must simply stop being double-minded and start living as Christians.
It is sad that there are Christians among us who think that they have not spent enough time enjoying the “pleasures of sin” for a season. They want to experience more of the world before they make a full commitment to godliness. This is a tragic mistake and takes a path that leads away from life to the full. Peter responds to this in 1 Peter 4:7-19.
Today we have a bonus Top 10 List: Peter’s 10 Guidelines for Abundant Living. Additional scriptures referenced include 1 Peter 4:3; Hebrews 13;2; Matthew 25:40; 1 Corinthians 15:10; and Colossians 4:6.
Episode 487: Getting Close to God
While Pauline teachings concentrate on our justification with God, James’ teachings concentrate on the works that exemplify that justification. James was writing to Jews to encourage them to continue growing in this new Christian faith. James emphasizes that good actions will naturally flow from those who are filled with the Spirit and questions whether someone may or may not have a saving faith if the fruits of the Spirit cannot be seen.
In Today’s Top Ten List, we explore Ten Guidelines for Getting Close to God. Scriptures referenced include James 4:1-10; Ephesians 6:11; and Psalm 51:1-2.
Episode 486: Enter Into His Rest
Texts in the Old Testament (most notably in Exodus and Deuteronomy) invite us to look to the past. They exhort us to rest on Sabbath in order to celebrate God’s accomplishments at Creation and at Redemption. Hebrews 4:9-11, however, invites us to look to the future. It tells us that God has prepared a Sabbath rest that is in the future. It suggests a new dimension for Sabbath keeping. Sabbath rest memorializes not only God’s victories in the past, but also celebrates God’s promises for the future.
Other scriptures referenced include 2 Timothy 3:16; Mark 2:27-28; Hebrews 1-4; 2 Samuel 7:10, 11; Exodus 8:1; Genesis 2:1-3; Exodus 20:8-11; Deuteronomy 5:12-15; Hebrews 10:12-14; 1 Kings 4:21-25; Psalm 105:43-45; Exodus 5:5; Genesis 11:31-12:4; Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 12:1-14; Hebrews 10:24; Hebrews 12:15; Psalm 95; Exodus 15:18-21, Deuteronomy 11:24, and 2 Samuel 8:1-14.
Episode 485: A Prison Epistle
Philemon was a first-century Christian and a slave owner who also hosted a church in his home, most likely in Colossae. The apostle Paul had led Philemon to faith on one of his visits to Asia Minor. The book of Philemon is a personal letter from the apostle Paul to his friend Philemon whom he calls a “dear friend and fellow worker” (Philemon 1:1).
In the letter, Paul appeals to his friend on behalf of a runaway slave named Onesimus. Onesimus had somehow connected with Paul, who was imprisoned in Rome. Onesimus became a believer, but, because he was considered the property of Philemon, Paul sent him back to his owner with a letter.
The letter draws a beautiful distinction between the law and grace. It is a template for how those in authority ought to treat those in their charge. It reminds us that God has a personal interest in each of us. And it raises questions for us about forgiveness.
Scriptures referenced in this episode include the entire book of Philemon and Ephesians 3:1; Colossians 4:1, 18; Philippians 1:12–14; and Acts 23:11.
Episode 484: Saved for Good Works
Right living is essential because Christ “gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed,” saving us “by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 2:14; 3:5).
Paul writes a letter to his co-worker, Titus, to address concerns about false teaching. To help him deal with this problem, Paul provides Titus with a portrait of a healthy church. He describes proper leadership (Titus 1:5–9), proper handling of error (Titus 1:10–16; 3:9–11), proper Christian living (especially important for new believers in an immoral setting; Titus 2:1–10; Titus 3:1–2), and the gospel as the source of godliness (Titus 2:11–14; Titus 3:3–7).
Additional scriptures referenced include Titus 3:1-2, 8 and Acts 14:21-23.
Episode 483: Know This!
In verses 2 Timothy 3:1–9, Paul speaks of difficult times in the last days (2 Timothy 3:1). As used in this passage, Paul does not mean the “end times,” or some period in the future. The “last days” as used here is what is commonly called “the church age,” the era of Christianity in the world which continues through today. Paul particularly warns Timothy—the recipient of this letter—not to associate with the people he is describing. After noting the characteristics of evil people, Timothy is told to avoid such people (2 Timothy 3:2–5). Those who act like this are deceived (2 Timothy 3:6–7). This warning is also for us today.
Additional scriptures referenced include Romans 12:3; Revelation 2:1-4; Romans 16:17; 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 2:16; Exodus 7:11, 22; and Exodus 8:7, 18.