The R.I.O.T. Podcast aka "Righteous Invasion Of Truth" is a Fun Loving upbeat weekly Christian Podcast. This powerful Podcast will boost your day and spiritual growth with relevant conversations on today’s hot topics. Practical discussion on how to share your faith, how to see the news from God's eyes, and how to answer your Faith's hardest questions.
Hosted by three Pastors from Orlando, FL. - Affectionately called "City Beautiful" by people who know and love it. Every Thursday we release an episode that speaks to people who are looking for a word of encouragement, love to laugh, and want to be encouraged in their faith. Our topics are wide-ranging, it really depends on what is happening in the world. We bring a fresh, relevant outlook on things in the news, we discuss ways how to share their faith and how to see everything from Gods' perspective. We will answer hard topic questions that are relevant to our faith such as, "If God is such a good God why does he allow hurricanes to kill people, or a terrorist, etc?" Our guests are business owners, entrepreneurs, authors, artists, Pastors, musicians, and unique characters we know or happen to run into. Most often these are people in love with Jesus and have a story to tell. No matter what or who we are recording, we want you to feel like you're hanging out with friends and taking part in a community of unique and interesting people.
Prophecy End Times – Rapture could it happen today
Welcome to today’s RIOT Podcast, a Christian podcast. We are so glad you joined us today! In this episode of RIOT, Pete, Barry and Bob go deeper into Prophecy and End Times as they go through a book called “End Times in Chronological Order” by Ron Rhodes. Today they talk about the different views of the Rapture. There are views on pre-tribulation, mid-tribulation, post-tribulation, as well as all Millennial. Pre-Tribulation is the point of view we are taking when it comes to the Rapture and we believe that the church will be spared.
There are 6 Reason why we believe in Pre Tribulation
1. Tribulation period is for Israel and not the Church. The prophecy in Dan 9 is talking about the end times and the 70 week of Tribulation is referencing Israel. Romans 11:5 it talks about the Fullness of the gentiles or the church must be completed before God comes back again.
2. In Rev 3:10 Jesus says he will keep the church from the hour of testing, or the wrath of God
3. In Rev 1-3 it talks about the church, in rev 4 onwards the church is not mention until rev 19 and we come back again with Christ.
4. Bible tells us in Colossians 3 that the church is to look for the coming of Jesus and not the antichrist coming. We are to beware of false prophets but look for Jesus coming
5. In Rev 4 it says Meta tauta, after these things. After what things well Rev 1-3 is talking about the church so after these things is after the church has been raptured. We get taken 2 chapters before the tribulation starts
6. In Rev 19 We the saints come back with him to the earth, so that to me says we’re with him already.
● 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,4 that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord.
● John 14:1-3 “Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God;1 believe also in me. 2 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
● 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
● Revelation 3:10 for example Jesus promises the church in Philadelphia, I will keep you from the hours of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth.
● Romans 5:9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.
Why Do We Fear The Unknown? John 9:1-23
Why do we fear the unknown? John 9:1-23 is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.
Today we will be reading John 9:1-23 the healing of the blind man. Up until this point in our study of John, we know Jesus performed miracles in order to meet human needs. But he also used miracles as a launching pad for a message of conveying spiritual truth. His miracles were His credentials to prove that He was indeed the Messiah. Matthew 11:15 says “the blind receive their sight” and we will see it demonstrated in this chapter.
We read that in the United States somebody goes blind every 20 minutes. The man we will meet today was born blind; he had never seen the beauty of God’s creation or the faces of loved ones. When Jesus arrives on the scene, everything changed, and man was made to see. However, that was not the greatest miracle we will read, we will also see the miracle of God opening this man’s heart to the Savior. The easiest way to grasp the message of this chapter is to note the stages in this man’s growing understanding of who Jesus is.
Read John 9:1-12
This first stage of growth was that the blind man was “called”. Before we ever believe in Jesus, He will call us unto Himself. The only means of survival was for this blind to beg for money and that is what he was doing when Jesus passed by.
No doubt there were many blind people who would have rejoiced to be healed, but Jesus selected this man. It appears from the text that this blind man and his parents were well known in the community. Notice that the healing was done on the Sabbath so that once again Jesus deliberately challenged the religious leaders.
Ultimately because of the fall of man and Adam’s disobedience, sin and death are in the world. But to blame a specific disabled person, for a specific sin, committed by specific persons, is certainly beyond any person’s ability or authority. Only God knows why babies are born with disabilities, and only God can turn those disabilities into something that will bring good to the people and glory to His name.
Because we all fall short, we know with certainty that both the man and his parents have sinned at some point in their life. But Jesus did not see their sin, nor did He suggest that God deliberately made the man blind, so that years later, Jesus could perform a miracle. Since there is no punctuation in the original manuscripts, we are free to read John 9:3-4 this way: “Neither has this man sinned nor his parents. But that the works of God should be made manifest in him, I must work the works of Him who sent me, while it is the day.”
Why did Jesus use clay this time to heal the blind man? We can think of two reasons. First, it was a picture of the incarnation. God made the first man out of the dust, and God sent His son as a real man so the world could see. The second reason was irritation, it encouraged the man to believe and obey! If you have ever had irritation in your eyes, you quickly seek to rinse your eyes and remove the irritation. You might compare the irritation to the convicting work of the Holy Spirit as He uses God’s law to bring the lost sinner under Judgment.
The blind man told them about His experience and about the man named Jesus and what he did. The blind man was ignorant of Jesus’s identity and at this point, he was healed, but not saved. In the following verses 13-23, something changed within the man, as he wondered himself what had happened, it dawned on him that this was a miracle. This could only happen if the man was a prophet.
Read John 9:13-23
Since the man was born blind, the miracle was even greater, for blindness caused by sickness or injury might suddenly go away. And the miracle performed on the Sabbath gave the Pharisees great concern. In their eyes this was illegal. They should have been praising God for the miracle, but they instead sought evidence to prosecute Jesus.
Creating God Moments Not Conversation Killers
Creating God Moments Not Conversation Killers is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.
We read a story a while back talking about US Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Hughes. He was based in Najaf, Iraq and his team was caught in a standoff with a mob of Shiite (she-ite) Iraqis. He was in command of a heavily armored patrol unit from the American 101st airborne division. The people were resisting his unit from entering their city because they were fearful they would desecrate their holy shrines. Although the patrol’s intentions were peaceful, the standoff would probably have been disastrous if not for the quick thinking of Lt Hughes.
Hughes picked up a loudspeaker and barked out three simple commands to his troops. First, he told them to take a knee; second, to point their weapons toward the ground; and finally, to look up and give everyone in the hostile crowd a friendly smile. A few moments later, the hostile defiance melted away, as smiles and friendly pats on the back replaced shaking fists and screaming voices.
This story gives us an example of how important it is to understand how to communicate with people in a world that has become increasingly hostile to the traditional kinds of conversations Christians attempt to have. A famous author once said, “We must learn to find the back door to people’s hearts because the front door is heavily guarded.” Much like the Shiites Lt Hughes dealt with; the many people we hope to reach for Jesus react defensively. They anticipate and are amply prepared for any direct attack on the holy places and sacred shrines of their hearts.
Today we are going to talk about 5 Conversation Killers and how we can avoid them.
Our message rarely gets through because what they hear is that my worldview is better than your worldview. Instead of opening their hearts for Jesus, often times we are creating a standoff, filled with hate and anger. Colossians 4:5-6 “Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders.” Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech.
The 1st killer of spiritual conversation is unbelief. Do we really believe that the people in our Mon through Sat world want to talk about spiritual things? If you don’t, then nothing else we talk about today will help you, until your change your mind about this matter.
The 2nd greatest conversation killer is pre-conversation history. In his book UnChristian, David Kinnaman quotes one outsider who described Christians this way. “Most people I meet assume that Christian means very conservative, entrenched in their thinking, anti-gay, anti-choice, angry, violent, illogical, empire builders, they want to covert everyone, and they generally cannot live peacefully with anyone who doesn’t believe what they believe”.
Like it or not, our Christian jewelry, T-shirts, TV programs, tracts, and bumper stickers all serve to create a pre-conversation history that colors the perception of everyone we meet.
The 3rd conversation killer is our awkward transitions. Imagine watching a football game with 2 minutes left in the game and your team was driving the ball down to score for the win. And the doorbell rings, you’re all by yourself at the house and the last thing you want to do is answer it. You’re annoyed, but you go quickly to see who is at the door and it’s 2 Mormon boys. You have 2 choices at the moment, engage them in spiritual talk or brush them off and get back to your game.
You chose to stay and they begin to share with you in an awkward way about their faith. You listen and respond back to them awkwardly because you didn’t fully know what to say to them. Awkward transitions create awkward feelings, which leave people feeling pretty uptight. Most people do not regularly sign up for conversations that leave them feeling weirded out. So how do you transition into a spiritual conversation correctly...
Creating God Moments While Becoming Friends of Sinners
Creating God moments while becoming friends of sinners is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.
A God moment is where God is felt and encountered in tangible ways that address the longings and cries of the heart. We come to the end of our own finite resources and experience the infinite resources of God. It is where the natural gives way to the supernatural, where seeds of faith are planted, watered, and nurtured. Gentleness and respect are present, judgment is absent, and divine dialogue flows naturally because trust has been established.
Today we want to begin an ongoing discussion of how we can create God’s moments in our life. We will do multiple podcast shows over the next year relating to this subject. Our heart’s desire is to help followers of Christ be more and more like Him by reaching those that need Him most.
In Mathew 11:19 it says, Jesus was a friend of sinners. In our minds, nothing gets to the heart of why Jesus came to earth more than this one. It corresponds with Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost”
The bible gives us a lot of verses that talk about us going into all the world to reach them. Mark 16:15-16, Matt 28:19, and others. It says in Mathew 9:37-38 that the harvest Is plentiful, but the laborers are few. In 1 Cor 9:22, Paul said that he became weak to the weak, that he might win the weak. He became all things to all people that by all means, he might save some.
Today let’s talk about the many obstacles we face that keep us from engaging the world as Christ desires us to do.
The First obstacle we face is that we do not know how to create a low-risk, high-grace space for people to peruse their need to have spiritual conversations. Ecclesiastes 3:11 says “God has given us all an inner drive to know and to be known by him”. St Augustine said in His book Confessions; “Our heart is not quiet until it rests in God. Where does an unquiet heart go to?” What if we were that person they could go to and we in return slowly create trust so that we can point them to Jesus for help?
For many people going to church is as scary as going to a hard-core biker bar. It might be the same feeling bikers feel when they go to church. How many of us would go to a hard-core biker bar to just simply love the people and create opportunities for spiritual conversations? Would it be uncomfortable? Would God want us to go?
Both Christians and Non-Christians have very real perceptions about one another that keep us from interacting in redeeming ways. It’s been said that the only thing more difficult than getting the church to go to the world, is getting the world to come to us. If showing up to each other’s club is too scary for so many people, is there a way to create space in our daily interactions that might tear down some of the walls that keep us polarized?
Rick Warren said “The church that doesn’t want to grow is saying to the world. You can go to hell!” Disturbing isn’t it? Nevertheless, many churches continue to operate essentially as clubs, convinced they be letting God down if they closed up the show and sold their buildings. Don’t get us wrong, we care deeply about the church. However, we also care deeply about creating safe spaces for people to ask their questions, share their doubts, voice their concerns and even vent their anger toward God and the church.
If we are going to create God’s moments for others, it has to start inside of us. It takes safe people to create safe places. First Corinthians 6:19 says that when we become Christians, our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not send the Holy Spirit to simply reside in our bodies but to preside over them. Are we at peace with God’s grace in our lives so that we can extend that peace to others?
If we are going to make God’s invisible kingdom become visible,
Its a Matter of Life or Death: John 8:31-59
Its a Matter of Life or Death: John 8:31-59 is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.
Last week was such a great show. We talked about two very important nuggets that are in the bible. The first was that Jesus said he was the light of the world and that in Him there is no darkness. We also talked about how he only did everything that pleased His Father. He gave us all a clue as to how to have God’s light in us, we are to do everything that pleases the Father. Those two nuggets open the door for us to live a life that is centered on God’s perfect will. This week we will be continuing that conversation in our reading of John 8:31-59.
In verses, 31-47 Jesus talks about the difference between freedom and being in bondage and then in verses 48-59, He talks about the differences between honor and dishonor. Let’s read John 8:31-47 and unpack the differences between freedom and bondage.
Read John 8:31-47
In vs 33, we read the pronoun “They” Who are “they”? In vs 30, it ends by after these things, many believed in Him. So Jesus is telling them here, that in order to be my true disciple you must abide in His word like the other believers already have. So the “they” were most likely not the believers, for why would they argue with Jesus if they already believed? What Jesus is saying here is that when we obey His Word, we grow in spiritual knowledge, and as we grow in spiritual knowledge, we grow in freedom from sin.
They claim that Abraham’s descendants had never been in bondage was certainly a false one that was refuted by the very record in the OT. The Jews have been enslaved by (seven) mighty nations, as recorded in the book of Judges. The ten northern tribes had been carried away captive by Assyria, and the two southern tribes had gone into seventy years of captivity in Babylon. And at that very hour, the Jews were under the bondage of Rome!
Jesus explained that the difference between spiritual freedom and bondage is a matter of whether one is a son or a servant. The servant may live in the house, but he is not a part of the family, and he cannot be guaranteed a future
Whoever keeps on practicing sin, is the servant of sin. These religious leaders would not only die in their sins, but they were currently living in bondage to sin.
In the rest of this section, we see the debate centered around the word “father.” Jesus identified Himself with the Father in heaven, but He identified them with the father from hell, Satan. Of course, the Jews claimed Abraham as their father, but Jesus made a careful distinction between Abraham’s seed (the physical descendants) and Abraham’s children (the spiritual descendants) because of personal faith.
Nature is determined by birth, and birth is determined by paternity. IF God is your Father, then you share God’s nature, but if Satan is your father, then you share in his evil nature. Jesus did not say that every lost sinner is a child of the devil, though every lost sinner is certainly a child of wrath and disobedience.
What were the characteristics of these religious leaders who belonged to the Devil? For one thing, they rejected the truth, and they tried to kill Jesus because He spoke the truth. They did not love God, nor could they understand what Jesus taught. Satan’s children may be well versed in their religious traditions, but they have no understanding of the Word of God.
Satan is a liar and a murderer. He lied to our first parents and engineered their deaths. Cain was a child of the Devil, it says in 1 John 3:12 “We should not be like Cain, who was of the evil one and murdered his brother”. And why did he murder him? Because his own deeds were evil and his brothers were righteous.
The religious leaders could not refute Jesus’ statement, so they attacked Him personally. Their statement in vs 41 that we are not born of fornication was a slur on Jesus’...
Illuminate Light in a Dark World!
Illuminate light in a dark world is the topic that will be discussed today on RIOT Podcast, a Christian Discipleship Podcast.
It’s been 2 weeks since we were in the Book of John and that is where we are picking back up. Last week’s show, episode 86 was titled “Are LDS Mormons, Christians?” If you haven’t listened to it yet, that was a very informative show and we highly encourage you to go check it out.
The week before that in episode 85, titled “Answered Questions About Heaven”, we realized that there are a lot of unknowns about heaven so we decided to answer a few of those questions, again it’s another great show, so if you have not heard that one, please go back and listen.
This week, we will break down John Chapter 8 verses 12-30. In this, we pick up after the story of the woman caught in adultery. We start in verse 12 where there is a crowd around Jesus. We open our reading today with His famous “I am the light of the world” verse. He used this moment to let the crowd know that if they “walk in His light, they will not walk in darkness.”
Then in vs 16, he talks about “true and false judgment” and that the only true Judge is God in heaven, who sent Him. Then in verses 21-30, Jesus turns his conversation to “life and death”. He tells them in vs 21 that if they do not believe in Him they will die in their sins. The religious leaders kept asking Jesus, “Who are you and where do you come from?” Jesus has to keep repeating himself over and over again because they cannot hear him nor know Him.
Read John 8:12-20
In John, there are ”7 signs” and ”7 I am” statements. There are many seven patterns in the Bible. Seven was symbolic in ancient near eastern and Israelite culture and literature. It communicated a sense of “fullness” or “completeness”
To follow Jesus means to believe in Him, to trust Him and the results are life and life for the believer. The unsaved are walking in darkness because they love darkness. One of the major messages in this gospel is that the spiritual light is now shining, but people cannot comprehend it, and they try to put it out.
One of the keywords in this section of reading is “witness”. It is used 7 times in this context. Jesus made it clear that their witness was not dependable because their judgment was faulty. They judged on the basis of externals, mere human judgment, but Jesus judged on the basis of spiritual knowledge.
If you noticed, Jesus never really answered the Pharisee’s question of “where is your father?” The word “father” is used 21 times in this passage of reading.
Jesus did not avoid the issue but faced it honestly. He knew that their father was not God, but the Devil. These men were religious and yet they were the Children of the Devil. In our next show, we will cover more of how the Pharisees are of the Devil. But before we get there let’s Read John 8:21-30 and continue this conversation Jesus is having with the Pharisees.
Read John 8:21-30
In John 7:34 where Jesus told his disciples that he is leaving them? So again, He shares it with the people. But again the Jews misunderstand what He was saying. Jesus then warned them that He would be leaving them and they would not be able to follow Him.
In reality, the opposite was true. It was the Jews who were going to the place of judgment! Jesus was returning to His Father in heaven, and nobody can go there who has not first trusted in the Savior. The reason Jesus and the Jewish leaders were going to different destinations was that they had different origins. Jesus came from heaven, but they belonged to the earth.
It’s incredible that the religious leaders asked Jesus who he is in vs 25. He had just given the evidence that He is the Son of God, and yet they had deliberately rejected the evidence. Jesus’s reply was “I am exactly what I said”. In other words, “Why should I teach you new things, or give you a new proof,
There are too many people who are Halfway Christians. I was raised Catholic, later, not knowing any better, went to a Progressive church. Now, born again, God’s given me the passion to reach out to these Halfway Christians.
I’m going to share this podcast. You hit it right on the head. There’s a sense of urgency to reach as many people as possible.
God bless you as you go about working the harvest!