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Episodes

Replay: What is the Point of Everything? (Romans 5:6-11)

2/1/2023
This is a replay (November 2018) of one of the most downloaded episodes in the 8-year history of the WCSK podcast. This "short" answers a specific question based on a brief Bible passage. In this episode, Dr. Sadaphal asks, "If the gospel tells the story of the 'good news' then how does the story end?" What is the ultimate conclusion of our Christian experience? What is the point of everything? Our Scripture focus will come from Romans 5:6-11.

Duration:00:06:56

God is of First Importance (Judges 6:1-27)

1/4/2023
Likely, right now there are a few things consume your attention. There are likely a few things that you are concerned about, that cause you to worry or that burden your soul. These things—or thing—may reign over you to the point where it seems really, really big and everything else in your life relatively seems really, really small. Let me then ask you a question: is the thing that holds the deed to your heart God? Because what the Word of God tells us is that God is of first importance. In...

Duration:00:21:31

Good News of Great Joy (Luke 2:10-11)

12/7/2022
Two thousand years ago, an angel preached a sermon of "good news of great joy" to unsuspecting shepherds. In that sermon, he communicated who the Prince of Peace is, why He was born, what He came to do, and why the birth of the Messiah was the day when true heavenly joy was born. The good news of great joy that our Deliverer has arrived and shall live forever. Once God became a Man, the Lord will forever be united with him.

Duration:00:09:12

The Unforgiveable Sin (Matthew 12:22-32)

11/2/2022
Is there a sin that is so heinous and egregious that the one who commits it is not and shall never be forgiven? The Bible speaks of only one such sin, called the unforgiveable sin. The matter is clearly an important one for the Lord saw it necessary to mention it three times in the New Testament: in Matthew 12:22-32, Mark 3:28-30, and Luke 12:8-10. In this episode, Dr. Sadaphal will explain what the unforgiveable sin is and what it is not. The great hope for any Christian is that if you...

Duration:00:33:50

Political Revolution in the Reformed Tradition, Part II (Romans 13:1-7; 14:1-3, 10-12)

10/5/2022
In this episode, Dr. Sadaphal equips Christians to think and act biblically when it comes to living amidst the tension of two kingdoms: of God and of the world. Specifically, he uses Dr. Sam Waldron's book, Political Revolution in the Reformed Tradition, as a foundation and guide to develop answers to five more critical questions: (1) What is the specific sphere of the State’s authority? (2) How does the Christian respond when the State exceeds its lawful jurisdiction? (3) How should the...

Duration:00:33:00

Political Revolution in the Reformed Tradition, Part I (Romans 13:1-7)

9/7/2022
In this episode, Dr. Sadaphal equips Christians to think and act biblically when it comes to living amidst the tension of two kingdoms: of God and of the world. Specifically, he uses Dr. Sam Waldron's book, Political Revolution in the Reformed Tradition, as a foundation and guide to develop answers to five critical questions: (1) Where does the government come from? (2) What is a civil authority called to do? (3) Does the Bible support or prohibit political revolution? (4) What is the...

Duration:00:40:03

Live By Faith, Not By Sight (II Corinthians 5:7)

8/3/2022
The Christian is saved by faith and then lives by faith, which is distinguished from the life of sight. Of course, the life of “sight” is not limited to literal eyesight but refers to what is natural and earthly. Sight is a gift the Lord has provided to all human beings regardless of their election. Sight is not therefore to be rejected, but a man of faith understands that his decisive trust is not in an earthly gift. By contrast, natural men are content to live a life of sight without God....

Duration:00:17:37

Joy's Crucial Ingredients (Colossians 1:9-12)

7/6/2022
Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) and one of the many gifts that the Holy Spirit graces to us through sanctification. So how does a Christian improve their joy? Well, because joy is a fruit of the Spirit, the source of joy is God. No one can fake joy or produce it by themselves. Still, Colossians 1:11–12 tells us something interesting: that joy has specific ingredients. Yes, joy is a fruit, but the tree that produces the fruit of joy takes root in particular soil. That soil...

Duration:00:16:59

The Power of the Promises (II Peter 1:1-4)

6/1/2022
John Owen once wrote, "Be killing sin or sin will be killing you." So, every true Christian will be killing sin. But how? How does a Christian kill sin according to the Scriptures? These are the questions Dr. Sadaphal will provide answers for in this episode. The hope for any child of God is that after Yahweh saves a person, He does not leave them alone. He stays with them and perseveres them until the end. Some of the wonderful treasures the Lord has provided for your sanctification are...

Duration:00:29:11

Ahab and Jezebel (I Kings 21:1-17)

5/4/2022
King Ahab and Queen Jezebel are two historical monarchs who appear in the narratives of the Old Testament. Ahab is best known for his failure to lead and his open endorsement of idolatry. Jezebel is best known for her bad behavior unbecoming of a queen, so much so that calling a woman a “Jezebel” is equivalent to using profanity in Christian circles. Now, why is it important for us to study Bible characters who have been dead for thousands of years? Because the spirits of Ahab and Jezebel...

Duration:00:16:17

The Beautiful Love of God, Part Two (Genesis 3:1-5)

4/20/2022
The serpent tempted our first parents (Adam and Eve) by nudging them to doubt the love of God. Satan overthrow all of humankind in Adam, and he continues to try and overthrow you one by one. What is one way to resist? Do not doubt the love of God. No one loves humanity like the Lord, and no one will care for His children like our Heavenly Father. God is good, gracious, tender, kind and loving to His children.

Duration:00:09:39

The Beautiful Love of God, Part One (Jeremiah 31:3)

4/6/2022
This episode offers encouragement for the weary Christian: always remember the beautiful, magnificent and eternal love of God. Allow your mind to be saturated with the memories of the kind, good works that God has continually wrought for His people. Allow your heart to be warmed by the hopeful truth that all human history will culminate in the triumph of the Lamb and that all those for whom He died will reign with Him in an unshakeable, eternal kingdom. In that kingdom, we won’t forget the...

Duration:00:16:30

Good Medicine Follows God's Prescriptions (Leviticus 13:1-6)

3/9/2022
Now, in the spring of 2022, the world is a very different place compared to where it was before the worldwide outbreak of a novel virus two years ago. For many individuals the way they think about public health, personal health, sickness and personal hygiene has radically changed. The question now becomes, is that change in thinking a good thing or a bad thing? Is that change in thinking closer in line with God’s truth or farther away from divine principles? Good medicine follows God’s...

Duration:00:25:10

Scripture Interprets Scripture (II Peter 1:20)

2/9/2022
The Reformation axiom, "Scripture interprets scripture" speaks to the idea that when interpreting the Bible, we allow God to speak for Himself by using His own words. This is a faithful approach that enables the Christian to rightly handle the Word of Truth. If Scripture does not interpret scripture, then something else will: for example, personal desire, a political ideology or ignorance. This is an unfaithful approach that emboldens the wicked to pervert the Word of the Truth. How then...

Duration:00:26:52

God Never Wastes Pain (James 1:2-4)

1/12/2022
Scripture teaches us that God never wastes pain. Meaning, the Lord always uses the pain of trials and adversity to accomplish His purposes. And what are His purposes? His glory and our good. Yes, pain hurts, but only a gracious God who is in complete control of all things can bring out a transcendent good from pain, hurt and sorrow. We therefore do not rejoice because it hurts; instead we rejoice over what God is going to do with that hurt. Our Scripture focus will be James 1:2-4.

Duration:00:27:19

The Son of the Most High (Luke 1:26-33)

12/22/2021
In this special Christmas edition of WCSK, you will hear a sermon from Dr. Sadaphal preached in December 2018. In this message, learn what Christmas is really about. Our Scripture focus will be from Luke 1:26-33. There, the angel Gabriel tells the virgin Mary that she will conceive a baby boy in her womb. The angel also makes five prophecies about baby Jesus that look into His life, His public ministry and to the end of time. Jesus is the Son of the Most High then, now and forever.

Duration:00:38:35

The Day Joy Was Born (Luke 2:8-14)

12/8/2021
In this special Christmas edition of WCSK, you will hear a sermon from Dr. Sadaphal preached in December 2017 titled, "The Day Joy Was Born." Christmas is a time where many things are celebrated, but the real meaning of Christmas is bigger than trees, gifts or any natural festivities. In this sermon, learn who the Prince of Peace is, why He was born, what He came to do, and why the birth of the Messiah was the day when true heavenly joy was born. Our Scripture Focus will be Luke 2:8-14

Duration:00:34:40

The Power of Providence (Esther 4:13-14)

11/24/2021
In today's episode we define and unpack the biblical doctrine of providence, or the fact that God provides for His creation. Our launching point for this discussion comes from the Old Testament book of Esther where the Lord orchestrates a marvelous deliverance for His people despite the threat of their extermination. The power of providence is that a proper understanding of this doctrine solidifies hope, strengthens perseverance and opens the Christian's eyes to God's perfect timing and...

Duration:00:30:21

When My Freedom Conflicts With Your Conscience: On Bodily Autonomy & Vaccine Mandates (I Corinthians 10:29)

10/6/2021
In this episode, Dr. Sadaphal continues to provide listeners with a biblical framework on how to think about innate human freedom. Here, he develops biblical answers to the questions: What happens when one person’s freedom to choose comes in conflict with another person’s conscience? What is the amicable solution? In particular, he applies the answers to these questions to the issue of individual autonomy and vaccination. That is, cognizant that all people have bodily autonomy and freedom...

Duration:00:40:14

All People Are Free Because God Made Them So

9/15/2021
This episode makes a theological argument for the inherent freedom of all human beings: this includes, but is not limited to, freedom of thought, freedom of speech and freedom of choice. A proper biblical understanding of human freedom is necessary cognizant of many sweeping changes in our world where people have lost (or are losing) their ability to think critically with the full breadth of information, to speak out in dissent or to make their own uncoerced life choices. Dr. Sadaphal...

Duration:01:00:43