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 490: Showing Our Love for God
Toward the end of His earthly life, Jesus could testify to His disciples that He had been faithful to His Father’s commandments, and, as a result, had remained in His Father’s love (John 15:10). Jesus did not see the commandments as negative obstacles to be dismissed or discarded; rather, He saw them as guidelines for a loving relationship with Him and with other people. When John, the beloved disciple, reminds Christians of their obligation to God, he uses the same language of love and unity that Jesus does in the Gospel.
Additional scriptures referenced include John 21:25; John 15:10; 1 John 1:1; John 1:1; Genesis 1:1; John 10:10; John 11:25, 26; 1 John 4:9-16, 20-21; John 12:32; James 2:14–26; 1 John 5:1-5; and Psalm 1.
Episode 489: All Things that Pertain to Life and Godliness
Peter reveals that through knowing God, Christians have been given everything we need to lead the life God calls us to. We're not missing anything. Jesus has showed us His glory and goodness; He calls us to follow His example; and he has equipped us to do so. Here, in this verse, we find that by Jesus' glory and goodness—because He lived sinlessly and now exists in glory forever—we have been given something of enormous worth: promises.
Scriptures referenced include 2 Peter 1:3-4; James 1:5; John 14:6; 1 Corinthians 2:14; Revelation 7:19-21; and 2 Corinthians 5:21.
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.