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The Bible for the Ordinary Life
23 minutes | Oct 18, 2021
Genesis 6:9-17:16 Noah's obedience
The story of Noah and the ark is familiar to many. But if you read it looking at Noah as a potential promised seed, what emerges is a picture of tremendous obedience in the midst of a wicked world. This episode will peel back the layers of a familiar story and hopefully encourage you to walk the walk as Noah did.
23 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
Genesis 6:1-9: Humans: Good or Bad?
It's the open scene for the story of Noah. Remember the classic Bible story of the ark and the animals? Well, there's an interesting scene description that this story has before it gets started. There are multiple points in these first few verses of chapter 6 that scholars debate about. But one thing is clear - the answer to the question "are humans fundamentally good or fundamentally bad". And how you answer this is critical to understanding the story of the Bible - the story of the promised Seed.
20 minutes | Sep 27, 2021
Genesis 4:17-5:32 The search for the Promised Seed Continues
Genesis has a few genealogies and in this episode we encounter two of them. Genealogies can be easy to skip because there doesn't seem to much we can learn from them. However, the purpose is to trace the lineage of the promised Seed - the one who God promised he would send to crush the head of the serpent. In this episode we explore Cain's line and Seth's line, both sons of Adam, both with potential for producing the heir.
23 minutes | Sep 13, 2021
Genesis 4:1-16 The First Murder
The story of Cain and Abel is a familiar one. it should come as no surprise that murder has consequences. But have you ever stopped to consider God's character in this story? What about Cain's? In this episode we'll spend some time really looking closely at the characteristics of both Cain and of God to learn what we can from both and hopefully encourage us to be more like God himself.
30 minutes | Aug 30, 2021
Genesis 3:8-22 What's God like when we mess up?
Genesis 3 is a critical chapter to understand the entire Biblical narrative. It's here in these verses where we discover what Adam and Eve did wrong and how God responded. We learn a lot about who God is as he seeks out the hiding couple and as he questions them and deals with their disobedience. I hope you'll find that what we learn about God in this scenario is a relief given how he could have responded.
24 minutes | Aug 23, 2021
Genesis 3:1-8 How did they mess that up??
Adam and Eve had it all. A perfect life. Yet somehow they fell into temptation. What was it about the conversation with the serpent that led to their disobedience? How could they have been so tempted when they had the perfect life? We will examine these question as we unpack one of the most critical passages in Genesis that explains why the story of humanity and the story of humanity's salvation unfold the way it does.http://www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
25 minutes | Aug 14, 2021
Genesis 2:15-25: "The Ideal"
When God saw that Adam was lonely he said it was "not good". So Adam set out to find the perfect companion, but none could be found. Instead, God created a woman out of Adam's side which included his bones and his flesh. It was an ideal circumstance: a lush orchard garden, a source of water, the freedom to eat from any tree (except one), and the perfect companion for man, a woman. Eden is God's ideal for us and as we look at these verses we learn a lot about who God is and what He desires for us.https://www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
27 minutes | Aug 9, 2021
Genesis 2:1-17: The Garden
In Genesis 2 the author begins a new narrative. There's a bit of a retelling of the creation story from Genesis 1, but told with a new purpose. In this episode we'll talk about how Genesis 2 frames the Garden of Eden. The Garden of Eden was God's original vision for humanity and although it's not where we live today, it will be restored. There are important things we can learn about God through the creation of Eden. Get ready to "think like an ancient Hebrew" as we continue through the book of Genesis.http://www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
26 minutes | Aug 2, 2021
Genesis 1:14-31: The "WHO" of Creation, not the "HOW"
Genesis 1 can inspire us to spend a lot of time studying, thinking, talking and debating about the how of creation. We know a lot of science and its tempting to spend our energy fitting the puzzle pieces of our origins as told by Genesis together with our understanding of science. But what if this narrative isn't supposed to be read as a how-to-create-a-universe manual? What if it's really about the "WHO" of creation and not so much the "HOW"?There's a lot we can learn about our Creator from our creation story. https:///www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
27 minutes | Jul 26, 2021
Genesis 1:1-13 Not your Sunday School Creation Story
For many, the creation story feels familiar, but when is that last time you really studied the language of those verses? Join me in looking at the first few verses of the Bible with fresh eyes. There are many ways people try to interpret the Genesis creation story. My goal is to do a lot of reading and research and then present, in an understandable way, what I think the text says. Many make a significant effort trying to pair the words in Genesis with the observations of science and to extrapolate meanings that harmonize both. But I'm going to focus on what I think the purpose of the text is, and I don't think it's a science manual. I hope from this you are inspired to focus on the who of Genesis 1, not the how.
19 minutes | Jul 6, 2021
Ephesians 6:17-24: The Sword of the Spirit
In the final few sentences of his letter to the church in Ephesus, Paul encourages his congregation to take the Sword of the Spirit and use it. But what does this mean in practical terms? This episode focuses on how to use the Bible as it's intended - to fight our spiritual battles. It's the perfect way to end season 2 of this podcast - equipped and ready for what lies ahead!www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
25 minutes | Jun 27, 2021
Ephesians 6:10-17 The Armor of God
Paul begins to wrap up his letter to the church in Ephesians with some instructions about battle - but not physical battle against the Romans who unoccupied them - spiritual battle. The instructions to these believers still apply to us today. The analogy of the armor we need to engage in the spiritual battles that wage around us still works. In this episode we will discuss each piece of armor and the actions that Paul is emphasizing for us: to put on, take up, and clothe ourselves with these items.http://www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
23 minutes | Jun 6, 2021
Ephesians 6:1-9 Wise Living part 2
Paul is nearing the end of his written correspondence to the churches in and around Ephesus. In an effort to provide clear, practical directions on how to live out their new faith he has provided encouragement to "live wisely" and within that he outlines how to treat others. He does this in the context of marriage (episode 16) and now parents/children and masters/slaves. To understand his message, we must put ourselves in the context of the Greco-Roman family life. Our cultural experience is an important factor when we approach the Bible and specifically a piece of mail written to believers living 2,000 years ago. Despite time and cultural changes, there is still much here for us. After all, the main message is all about treating others how God has treated us - that is the encouragement and the challenge!
28 minutes | May 31, 2021
Ephesians 5:15-33 Wise Living part 1
In a culture that celebrated drunkenness and sexual immorality, Paul address his young church with specific instructions on how to live wisely. After contrasting the expectations of how Jesus followers are to live compared to the world, Paul then gives specific directions for husbands and wives and how they are to relate to each other. This type of teaching can sound very distasteful for Americans who are used to independence, self-reliance, and freedom. But there is a reason Paul lays out the roles of wives and husbands.It's important to consider the culture of the original audience, the culture we are affected by, and most importantly the central truth of the gospel. I hope this episode encourages you and keeps your focus on Christ's love for you.
23 minutes | May 24, 2021
Ephesians 5:1-14 Be imitators
In yet another iteration of Paul's instructions on how to live (and how not to live) very specific directions are given for Jesus followers. It can seem like a long list of what "not to dos" but in reality it boils down to "be imitators of God". Paul is proving these instructions not as a way to earn God's love, but as a way to respond to it.https://www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
25 minutes | May 9, 2021
Ephesians 4:25-32 Church is more than a list of dos and don'ts
New file uploaded 5/13/21At this point in Ephesians we are getting deep into the what TO DO and what NOT TO DO portions of the letter. Church, and Christians, and God can sometimes feel like a lot of judgment and rules, but that's not the whole story. Yes, there are some instructions in the Bible of things we should do and things we should not do, but there is a reason for these instructions. Following these instructions does not result in favor, or in salvation. We can never "do" or "not do" enough to earn God's love. We have God's love first, and from that we are to live as he's called us. This episode will unpack the "to dos", the "not to dos" and the whys in these verses, but more importantly make a case for what the church was meant to be compared to our experience. http://biblefortheordinarylife.com
20 minutes | May 2, 2021
Ephesians 4:17-23 Time to get new clothes!
Paul continues in his very practical instructions to the Ephesians. In his second set of instructions on "how to walk" Paul urges his readers to walk NOT as unbelievers, but in purity. Their culture was one of hopelessness and futility of thinking but Paul reminds them they are different. We too are to "walk in purity" and how do we do that? Put off the old and put on the new - like a wardrobe makeover. This episode unpacks a few verses with plenty of practical application.The Bible is for everyonehttp://www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
29 minutes | Apr 26, 2021
Ephesians 4:7-16 We get gifts! Then what?
Back in the Old Testament and even in the first few centuries after Jesus walked the earth, it was not uncommon for kings to attack, or wage war against a neighboring country or town and take over. Typically the captives that survived would give their new king gifts. But, Jesus does things differently. His followers receive gifts from him, not the other way around. So, why would we get gifts from God? What are these gifts and what should we be doing with these gifts?In this episode we will answer these questions and of course discuss some "composition clues" to help us better understand how a letter written to a church over two thousand years ago, can be applied to our ordinary lives.http://www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
26 minutes | Apr 18, 2021
Ephesians 4:1-6 Living worthily
Chapter 4 of Ephesians is a shift in how Paul has been writing. He moves from theology and doctrine to practical instructions for his audience. Paul focuses on walking worthily - which characterizes the walking - an important distinction from characterizing the person. More on that in this episode. He also emphasizes the importance of unity. In a series of seven "ones" Paul encourages his readers to live this way because of their unity in Christ. What lessons for this first New Testament church still apply to us today? Tune in to discover why so much of what the Bible has to say is still relevant today.www.biblefortheordindarylife.com
28 minutes | Apr 11, 2021
Ephesians 3:14-21: A Prayer for Strength
How often do you pray for strength? Far more often I find myself praying for relief, rather than strength. In this episode we will study a prayer Paul prayed for his church in Ephesians. His goal for them isn't necessarily relief, but rather strength. The prayer involved actions by God the Father, God the Holy Spirit, and God the Son. It ends with a beautiful doxology - words of glory. This episode might challenge your prayer habits and inspire you to try something new in your prayer life.http://www.biblefortheordinarylife.com
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