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Christian encouragement released daily in two minute episodes. The show focuses on positive things in a broken world.

Sparking Faith Podcast Elmer Fuller

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Christian encouragement released daily in two minute episodes. The show focuses on positive things in a broken world.

    Reasons to Believe – Tue – 22-10-04

    Reasons to Believe – Tue – 22-10-04

    Have you ever been told something you absolutely believed was false? Of course, you have. We all have been lied to, some of us more than others. Such experiences leave us skeptical of other people. We hear something outlandish and we refuse to believe. We exclaim, “No way” and shake our heads.







    Some people react that way when told about a miracle. They simply don’t believe miracles exist. Maybe you’ve heard someone say something like, “if I don’t see it with my own eyes, I’ll never believe it.” They pooh pooh the idea of Jesus walking on water, feeding the five thousand or rising from the dead.







    But I don’t need to see something happen to believe it actually happened. Take the explosion of the volcano Krakatoa in 1883. I didn’t see it, but I believe it when told it was four times more powerful than the largest nuclear device ever detonated. I can see the effects of the event, even if I didn’t see it happen.







    The same is true of miracles. If God exists, then miracles can happen. I don’t need to see them, their after effects are present. Take the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. History tells us people died in the arenas of Rome for their belief in it. The resurrection powered Christianity and changed the Roman world. It was a world altering event.







    But more important is the fact the resurrection validated the message of Jesus and proved he is God’s son.















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    Reasons to Believe – Mon – 22-10-03

    Reasons to Believe – Mon – 22-10-03

    Do you like puzzles? At our house, the puzzles come out around the winter holidays. Pieces are sorted and assembled, often over multiple hours or days.  Some puzzles are quick. Others are difficult because of the multiple shades of color used across the picture. But persistence eventually finds the place for every piece and the picture is complete.







    Archaeology is much the same. Artifacts are unearthed including building foundations, pottery shards, ancient tools, and coins. They are the puzzle pieces studied to see a picture of the past. Archaeology has validated the bible’s historical accuracy on numerous occasions. And that validation continues today.







    In August of this year, a team of archaeologists excavated a fifth-to-sixth century Byzantine basilica at the el Araj archaeological site on the shores of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. They uncovered a large Greek mosaic that bolsters the theory the church was built over the home of the apostles Peter and Andrew. Steven Notley, professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Nyack University and co-leader of the expedition, called the basilica’s mosaic the “most definitive archaeological connection with Peter." According to Notley, the mosaic is more than 1,500 years old. He also believes it is compelling evidence that the excavation has discovered the town of Bethsaida. *







    With a puzzle, when most of the pieces are assembled, you can tell what the picture is. Archaeology has pieced so much of the past together we can see the bible is true.















    *Edie Heipel, "St. Peter’s House Believed to Have Been Found on Shore of Sea of Galilee," National Catholic Register, August 24, 2022, https://www.ncregister.com/cna/st-peter-s-house-believed-to-have-been-found-on-shore-of-sea-of-galilee







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    Reasons to Believe – Sun – 22-10-02

    Reasons to Believe – Sun – 22-10-02

    The days are getting shorter and cooler. Have you noticed? But it was a long, hot summer. I am so thankful for air conditioning. Let’s face it. Most of us are comfortable in a very narrow range of temperatures. Oh, we may push the thermostat up or down a few degrees, but not far.







    This fact reminds me of a video on YouTube entitled "The Wonder of Water."* It explains how water is absolutely critical for the existence of life. One reason is water’s unique thermal properties. Water can absorb tremendous amounts of heat without much increase in its own temperature. For example, the sidewalk on a hot summer day can burn bare feet. But feet dipped into a pool of water on the same blistering day will find cool comfort. How can a sidewalk and water in the same sunshine have such different temperatures? Because the water absorbs the heat without getting as hot.







    This property of water is special. Water absorbs more heat at normal temperatures and pressures than any other liquid. It allows our bodies to cool themselves through sweat evaporating into the air. And since human beings are relatively hairless, this benefits people more than any animal. It allows us to continue to exert ourselves through more of the hot hours of the day.







    Water is tuned to life and we are tuned to take advantage of it. Just one more reason to believe God designed it all.















    *"Water, Ultimate Giver of Life, Points to Intelligent Design," Discovery Science, https://youtu.be/e2i0g1sL-X4







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    Names of Jesus – Sat – 22-10-01

    Names of Jesus – Sat – 22-10-01

    Rulers of nations have huge egos. The President of the United States is sometimes called the leader of the free world. That’s bound to make any President’s head swell. They all like to issue executive orders and bypass the Congress and courts, if they can. Most Presidents – in fact, most leaders -  like to feel “large and in charge.” But no President or leader of any other government on the planet has ultimate power. But Jesus does.







    Listen to Revelation 19:11-16 describe Jesus, ‘I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. “He will rule them with an iron scepter.” He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.” (NIV)







    This title of Jesus reveals he possesses ultimate power and authority.

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    Names of Jesus – Fri – 22-09-30

    Names of Jesus – Fri – 22-09-30

    I was proud of my stingray-style bicycle. My parents bought it used for my birthday. It had high handle bars and a leopard-print banana seat. It was my bike. I was the boss. I could decorate it, clip on carboard to rattle the spokes or practice popping wheelies. My ownership gave me authority over it.







    Keep this in mind when you listen to Luke 6:1-5, ‘One Sabbath Jesus was going through the grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them in their hands and eat the kernels. Some of the Pharisees asked, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?” Jesus answered them, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God, and taking the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.” Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”’ (NIV)







    What does the title Lord of the Sabbath mean? It means Jesus is the boss of the Sabbath. He owns it. He created it. He know hows it should and should not be observed. He clearly felt his disciples had done nothing wrong. This title is not one we often use for Jesus. But it reminds us that he is Lord over all things, even the Sabbath.















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    Names of Jesus – Thu – 22-09-29

    Names of Jesus – Thu – 22-09-29

    “I give you my word.” Have you ever heard that statement? People say it to reassure someone they will do as promised.  Or how about the phrase “can I have a word with you?” You know you’re in for more than one word. They want to talk to you about something. The term word is often used to summarize something greater. Two passages of the bible use it in this way.







    John 1:1-4 says, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men.”(NIV) John tells us in later verses that this Word is Jesus.







    Revelation 19:11-13 also uses the term word in John’s prophetic vision of Jesus, “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.”







    Jesus existed before creation. He was the agent of creation. He will be the agent of God’s judgement. He is the Word of God.















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