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Ep. 21 | The Doctrine of Money, pt. 1

May 6th, 2019

What is the "doctrine of money?"

How did Jesus use the example of the unrighteous manager to teach believers about Biblical stewardship? 

What is Biblical stewardship and where/how did it originate? 

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Ep. 20 | How To Talk To A Pagan About Truth

April 29th, 2019

Key Texts:

Romans 1:18-20

1 Peter 3:15

2 Timothy 4:1-5

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Ep. 19 | What Does It Mean When God Hardens Someone’s Heart?

April 15th, 2019

One of the most challenging aspects of theology to understand is a concept found both in Exodus and in Romans: What does it mean when God says He hardens someone's heart? 

In this episode, I spend time developing the Biblical terms "heart" and "harden" and then discuss both human responsibility and the divine will in the process of hardening. 

After completing this study, what struck me most is this: It's not a wonder that God hardens anyone's heart, but rather, that God has mercy on anyone, for our hearts are desperately wicked and deserving of all the punishment God could mete out! 

Ep. 18 | Cultivating a Biblical Worldview

April 8th, 2019

In this episode, I define "worldview" from God's Word and explain the significance of a person's worldview and how that impacts the choices one makes in life. 

There are three factors that influence one's worldview. 

Important verses to help understand and change your worldview are Romand 12:1-2 and 2 Corinthians 10:3-5. 

Ep. 17 | The Pillar and Support of the Truth

March 28th, 2019

What is the purpose of the church? What is the relationship of the individual Christian to his church?

Sadly, too many Christians in America go "church shopping," when instead the NT says that Christians themselves ARE the church and have a responsibility AS the church: the stand for the Truth of God's Word. 

In today's episode, I consider how the verse I discussed last week, about the Christian's obligation to contend earnestly for the faith, is put into practice in the institution of the local church. 

Ep. 16 | Contend Earnestly For The Faith

March 21st, 2019

What is one of the main responsibilities of a true Christian? I provide some background information on a verse that challenges me to live for Christ.

In this episode, I'll explain what "the faith" is, what it means to "contend earnestly," the need for this task, and the implications for the life of every believer. 

Training Objectives and Procedures for Teens

March 5th, 2019

Why are the teen years so frustrating for parents? (The teens are asking, "Why are they so frustrating for me?!") 

During the teen years, parents need to recognize that a fundamental shift occurs in how they shepherd their children. The teen years are for helping your children learn how to use freedom responsibility and to apply the lessons of obedience and character which you've already taught them. 

The three training objectives come from Proverbs 1:7-10. 

Consider carefully the discussion on power vs. influence near the end of the episode when seeking to put these objectives into practice. 

Training Objectives and Procedures for Childhood

February 25th, 2019

What is the parenting goal for children who are between the ages of 5-12? 

Primary Goal: Character Development

Subjects discussed include the importance of character development, how to train towards developing character, the definition and role of the conscience, and finally, 5 key truths to remember and implement. 

Training Procedures for the Early Years

February 15th, 2019

Prescriptions and Precautions for using the rod of discipline. 

The importance of using Biblical communication with the rod. 

Precautions and problems to avoid when using the rod. 

Training Objectives for the Early Years

January 31st, 2019

A bird's eye view of training objectives through the stages of childhood.

What is the circle of blessing (Eph. 6:1-3) and how do parents teach their children to live within it? How should parents respond when their children live outside of it? 

The critical component for parents in training their children to honor and obey is consistency.