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The idea for Quest for Truth came about from a question that was asked. If you had only one voice, one message to tell the world, and you could only do that one podcast, what would it be? My answer was the gospel. To me, the most important single message the world needs to hear, and understand. I still do other podcasts, but if I had to stop everything and focus on one topic, the gospel is it.



I knew I wanted to record with a co-host and found Nathan Caldwell through a podcasting group we were both involved in. I wanted to focus on a target audience of people who are new Christians who really didn’t know what to do next, or those who are not Christians but who are wondering what all these crazy Christians really believe. A lot of people who claim they’re seeking the truth really aren’t. A lot of people are willing to cave into the loudest voice out there and go along for the latest trends in culture. All they seem to want is to have someone tell them their ideas are fine, and not to have to think for themselves.



If you are really seeking the truths in life, this is the place where we try to give an honest look at world views, and compare them to the Christian view. Truth is truth, and if it’s true, it will be true inside the bible and outside of it.

Quest for Truth by Life Truth Keith Heltsley

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The idea for Quest for Truth came about from a question that was asked. If you had only one voice, one message to tell the world, and you could only do that one podcast, what would it be? My answer was the gospel. To me, the most important single message the world needs to hear, and understand. I still do other podcasts, but if I had to stop everything and focus on one topic, the gospel is it.



I knew I wanted to record with a co-host and found Nathan Caldwell through a podcasting group we were both involved in. I wanted to focus on a target audience of people who are new Christians who really didn’t know what to do next, or those who are not Christians but who are wondering what all these crazy Christians really believe. A lot of people who claim they’re seeking the truth really aren’t. A lot of people are willing to cave into the loudest voice out there and go along for the latest trends in culture. All they seem to want is to have someone tell them their ideas are fine, and not to have to think for themselves.



If you are really seeking the truths in life, this is the place where we try to give an honest look at world views, and compare them to the Christian view. Truth is truth, and if it’s true, it will be true inside the bible and outside of it.

    Truth Exposed 17 Walking on Water, John 6:16-22. (272)

    Truth Exposed 17 Walking on Water, John 6:16-22. (272)

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    * Jesus had been teaching and healing in the area of the sea of Galilee.

    * The crowd of 5000 from the previous Miracle were intent on making him king.

    * so he withdrew into the mountains.

    * His disciples were apparently left behind.





    John6: 16-22 (ESV)









    16 When evening came, his disciples went down to the sea,





    The same day as the feeding of 5000. It was evening time. Darkness was falling, and there was no sign of Jesus.



    Can you imagine the confusion of the disciples... "now what?" Jesus went up the mountain, and was taking his time in returning... so, they went down to the sea.



    Expositors Bible Commentary observes:



    * Evening could be anytime from afternoon to twilight.

    * The disciples may have intended to reach the other side before dark.

    * The fact that the disciples waited til dark implies they expected Jesus would return before they crossed.







    17 got into a boat and started across the sea to Capernaum. It was now dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.





    With darkness looming, and no sign of Jesus, they decided to row to the other side. Was this their original travel plan? I'm inclined to believe so since it was near time for Passover. They would be beginning their trip, and crossing the lake in this direction would be the right way.



    Still, where did Jesus go, and why did he abandon them by going up the mountain?





    18 The sea became rough because a strong wind was blowing.





    Storms on the lake were, and still are common. Blowing in over the mountains without warning, especially at sundown.



    Storms don't scare big, strong fishermen, right? Not this time. They would be afraid of something else. At the least, the storm would have them all awake, and alert as they rowed.



    Expositors Bible Commentary observes:



    * This time of the year, Passover, storms were prominent.

    * Going to Capernaum meant rowing into the wind. Slo going, with little headway.





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    19 When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and coming near the boat, and they were frightened.





    The disciples may have said among themselves, "We ain't afraid of no waves!" What did frighten them? Seeing Jesus walking on the water.



    The distance they were across the lake is important.



    Expositors Bible Commentary claims:



    * This would put them somewhere in the middle of the lake.

    * One hypothesis is

    * they actually saw him walking along the shoreline,

    * mistaking him as walking across the lake.

    * Not likely to happen with seasoned fishermen.





    * Mark states that they thought he was a ghost and that all saw him and were terrified.







    20 But he said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid."





    Fear? Jesus called to them and comforts them.





    21 Then they were glad to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land to which they were going.





    Fear had turned to gladness. They willingly took him in. Then, they were immediately on the other side.



    Expositors Bible Commentary notes:



    * This miracle is designed to show Jesus could be with the disciples in all circumstances.

    * The earlier feeding the crowd showed his power over matter.

    * Walking on water, and crossing the distance, showed His power over nature. A step in educating the faith of his disciples.

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    Luke Investigates 10 Callling. (271)

    Luke Investigates 10 Callling. (271)

    Today's installment in our ongoing audio drama runs nearly twice as long as usual. Just as Luke is eager to record the story of Jesus, we hope you're just as eager to hear it.



    Previously Luke has met friends who have a wealth of knowledge about the early ministry of Jesus. After stocking up on writing materials, he settles in for a long night of recording the amazing drama as it unfold.







    Tiberias and Zephaniah take turns reliving their early days as disciples of John, and their connection to some of the apostles. In sharing how the first disciples were called, they also tell about more healings and interactions with pharisees. Do the crowds share the accusations of their religious leaders?



    A confrontation over the behavior of Jesus disciples lead to a parable, but the hour has gotten away from Luke and his friends. it's time to take another break, but this time it isn't Luke's fault the discussions come to an end.



    A big thanks to all the folks in the cast:



    * Luke: Nathan Caldwell

    * Hosea (Tiberius) the fisher - Keith Heltsley

    * Crowd voices: Lillian Rachel, Ben Rinehart

    * Pharisee: Jerry Kokich

    * Zephaniah: John Steinklaubber

    * Simon: James Kennison

    * Jesus - JD Sutter





    Music provided by permission: Forgotten Sounds, Middle East.







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    Troy Frasier Interview. (270)

    Troy Frasier Interview. (270)

    Keith interviews Troy Frasier, one of the hosts of the Revived Thoughts podcast. The show runs a bit longer than usual, but if you love history, theology, and the way God's word has a way of being timeless and relevant through the ages, you might not think it's long enough. Troy tells how he got started in podcasting, and how he and Joel have seen their audience grow over the past year.







    Each week Troy and Joel apply their love for history to spotlight a preacher from the past and share a little about his background. Then a guest speaker brings a sermon to life that has gone unheard for decades, or even centuries.



    Sermons may be politically incorrect by today's standards. The speaker and the times the sermon was first heard may be radically different or run against the grain of modern culture. The preacher might be well known, or obscure. The sermons are ones that predate audio recording, so their voices have been silently waiting in print until now.





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    Commands of Christ, Part 2. (269)

    Commands of Christ, Part 2. (269)

    Due to technical difficulty, and a time crunch, Keith wraps up this 2 part series as a solo episode. Continuing to review what Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). After a quick revieew of some of the points we made in the previous installment, Keith shares a few final points.







    Check out show notes from the previous installment, but working from memory, Keith mentions:





    * Repent

    * Honor God’s Law

    * Love Your Enemies

    * Seek God’s Kingdom

    * Ask, Seek, Knock





    continuing on, only a handfuul of the laws found on our referenced web site are covered. The final two being the two great commands to love the lord, and the next one like it. to love your neighbor as yourself. According to Paul, all the law can be summed up in the command to love your neighbor. It's a command to not only love those who are lovable, or in the same social stratisphere as yourself, but to love the one who might be hard to love.



    As a final bonus, Keith shares part of a recent Bible study, where Paul writes to the Romans. In the brief span of a bout 9 verses, at least 24 commands are listed. The first group in how believers ought to be treating each other. Here's a short list from Romans 12:9-13.



    * Real love, deep love, no faking it.

    * Hate evil, cling to good.

    * honor each other,

    * Be patient in affliction,

    * Be persistent in prayer

    * Share with believers in need.

    * Pursue hospitality.





    here's another short list, this time from Romans 12:14-18 and focusing on others who may actually want to do you harm. It still applies to fellow believers as well.



    * Bless those who persecute you.

    * Bless and do not curse.

    * rejoice with the joyful, and weep with the mourners.

    * live in harmony, not being proud

    * Do what's right, not repaying evil for evil.

    * live honorably.





    Yikes! those are tough enoughcommands to live up to with people you like, let alone maintaining that standard wuith those who might want to feed you to the lions.







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    This material, and the full list of 49 commands, is adapted from the Commands of Christ Pocket Guide.



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    Commands of Christ, Part 1. (268)

    Commands of Christ, Part 1. (268)

    Jesus said, “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (). But just what are these commands?



    Today, Nathan Caldwell joins Keith Heltsley in the first part, of a 2 part discussion on top commands that Jesus told his followers to do. We compare our lists, based on a blog article located at: What are the commands of Christ?







    In no particular order, we begin with...



    * Be Born Again

    “Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again” ().



    * Repent

    “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” ().



    * Follow Me

    “And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men” ().



    * Baptize My Disciples

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” ().

    * Make Disciples

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations . . . teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen” ().





    * Honor God’s Law

    “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill” ().







    * Seek God’s Kingdom

    “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” ().



    * Ask, Seek, Knock

    “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened” ().









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    Truth Exposed 16 Overwhelmed. John 6:1-15. (267)

    Truth Exposed 16 Overwhelmed. John 6:1-15. (267)

    In this spectacular miracle that gets mentioned in all four gospels, it's said the first miracle wasn't in the feeding of the crowd, but that a boy still hadn't eaten his lunch yet. Still, even the smallest of contributions go a long way.



    Today, we dive in deep to learn as much as we can about depending on Jesus when life overwhelms. Also in relying on wealth or physical resources to satisfy. Following his instruction turns out to be easier on us as we pass along the things he supplies. The deepest hunger any of us can have is for spiritual food. Make Jesus your spiritual king.







    Using the ESV (English Standard Version), here's a few notes to consider on



    Verse 1-4





    1 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias.

    2 And a large crowd was following him because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick.

    3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples.

    4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand.





    The importance of this miracle is underscored by its appearance in all 4 gospels.



    "After this..." though Jesus did plenty in the area of Galilee up to this point, a great deal of his ministry here is glossed over. Time has passed, and Passover is here again likely the following year after events of chapter 2.?



    Why were the crowds there? one theory claims they may also have been on the way to observe Passover. The crowds followed Jesus to have their physical needs met.



    Before dealing with the immediate need, Jesus had withdrawn with his disciples to prepare them for his final days.



    Verse 5-6





    5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, "Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?"

    6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do.





    Jesus was fully aware of the people and their need. he offered his disciples the chance to make their own solution. his request held them responsible to do something, despite the great need of the crowd.



    It was a test, but he knew their situation, the disciple response, and his own solution.



    Verse 7





    7 Philip answered him, "Two hundred denarii would not buy enough bread for each of them to get a little."







    A Denarius. a day's wage for a common worker. the wage for minimum wage worker.. 200 denarii might be the amount to get a modest meal for each of the families among the crowd. it would amount to 200 days wage, or 8 month salary to provide for all who were present.







    Verse 8-9





    8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him,

    9 "There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?"





    Andrew is always found bringing people to Jesus. Instead of searching money sources, he scouts people, and food supply. But all he can find is the meager lunch of a boy.



    According to Expositors Bible Commentary: Barley loaf, the most cheap kind of bread. the fish, could be pickled fish. Little more than an appetizer.



    Verse 10





    10 Jesus said, "Have the people sit down." Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number.





    "Sit down." Jesus stopped asking, relying on men, and began practical instructions.



    J Vernon McGee comments on the tribal grouping, colors, and numbers in the picturesque scene.



    Verse 11





    11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated.

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