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Contending Earnestly for the Faith - by study and by practice!

Contending Earnestly for the Faith - by study and by practice!


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Contending Earnestly for the Faith - by study and by practice!




Ep. 98 | The Creation Ordinance of Work

Back to the creation ordinances! Today's episode examines the ordinance of "labor" or "work" found in Genesis 1 and 2.


Ep. 97 | Root Causes of Mass Shootings

This episode examines three reasons why people commit mass shootings, and also looks at how these same reasons may contribute to lackluster police response to the shootings (especially in the case of the Uvalde Police Department). Finally, a Biblical solution and prayer request for our nation is offered in the third segment.


Ep. 96 | Russia, Ukraine, and Submission to Authority

Since the last few episodes have focused on the creation ordinance of authority and dominion, it seemed wise to try to apply the truths about submission to authority and honoring government authorities to the situation in Russia and Ukraine. Please remember that this is a suggestion of how to apply these truths, without having a complete and exhaustive understanding of the laws in either country. The goal is to help you think about how you can submit to the governing authorities that you...


Ep.95 | The Sphere of Domestic Authority

In this episode, I discuss the reason why God established spheres of authority and why those are just, even if sinful man uses them wrongly. Then I build a Biblical case for the domestic sphere of authority (male headship and female submission) and also discuss the authority of parents over children. Finally, I give a short answer to the question "When do we disobey God-established authorities?"


Ep. 94 | The Government’s Sphere of Authority

In this episode, I define and describe the Scriptural basis for the government's authority over its citizens. Topics discussed include the foundation of human government, the purpose of government, and why Christians ought to excel at submitting to governing authorities.


Ep. 93 | Spheres of Authority

Related to the idea that God has bestowed the responsibility and privilege of ruling creation to man, this discussion on the spheres of authority help to further define how and when mankind exercises authority and the appropriate bounds of authority.


Ep. 92 | The Ordinance of Dominion

An introduction to the Creation ordinance of Dominion. In this episode, we look at defining the ordinance and discussing basic application.


Ep 91 | Spiritual Resolutions

Do you make a New Year's Resolution? I find that when the new year comes, it's always a good time to reflect and consider improvements I want to make in different areas of my life. More importantly than losing weight, eating better, or making more money, is the improvement that we make as Christians towards Christlikeness. This episode will challenge you to improve one aspect of life in each of three spiritual disciplines.


Ep. 90 | Marriage and Procreation pt 3

This final installment on the creation ordinance of marriage and procreation explains why marriage is God's primary means of relationship between male and female.


Ep. 89 | The Ordinance of Marriage and Procreation pt 2

Today I discuss four perversions of God's ideal relationship between men and women. **NOTE** Episode contains mature discussions about sexuality. Please be advised you may not want young children to listen to this episode.


Ep. 88 | The Ordinance of Marriage and Procreation, pt. 1

What does God have to say about marriage and procreation? Why is it important? Check out part one!


Ep. 87 | Evaluating Spiritual Growth

When is the last time you have considered your progress, or growth, as a believer? According to Phil. 2:12-16, we should be continually growing in Christ-likeness. But what standard should we use to evaluate growth? Maybe you have to ask yourself: Am I even growing? Adopted from the book What is a Healthy Church Member? by Thabiti Anyabwile, this episode explores the difference between superficial growth and genuine growth. Credit for the concept to Dr. Anyabwile; no copyright infringement...


Ep. 86 | God Established Sex and Gender

One of the creation ordinances that has been overlooked in times past is that of sex and gender. In this episode, I discuss some of the reasons why it was formerly overlooked and why we can't overlook it any longer. You'll also learn: Biblical definition of "sex" and "gender". What it means to be "binary" and "non-binary" and how these terms came about. The implications of affirming someone's gender identity.


Ep. 85 | Introduction to the Creation Ordinances

Have you heard of the creation ordinances? If not, this series is for you! And if you have, then you should listen and learn more about them and how they effect every aspect of life. May God be glorified for His marvelous design!


Ep. 84 | America Under Judgment?

When one considers the political, social, and economic turmoil facing America at the present time, a natural question to ask is, "Is America experiencing the judgment of God?" Over the last 50 years, many have proclaimed that "the time is right!" for America's judgment, yet the nation still stands. How do we interpret the present situation from a theological perspective? This episode provides a primer to help you begin thinking about these matters. If you have a follow up question or...


Ep. 83 | When The Innocent Suffer

How do we wrap our minds around the tragedies and sufferings that we see in our world? How do we think when we know a tragic situation was preventable, but God allowed it to occur anyway? The suffering of the innocent is one of the most challenging issues to think through; here are a couple of "quick-hit" insights that should point you on the right path.


Ep. 82 | Responding to Tragedy

How do you deal with a personal tragedy? There are two parties involved in who need advice: 1) the individual who is suffering and 2) those comforting the individual. May you gain insight from the truths shared in this episode!


Ep. 81 | When Will I Receive Justice?

Today, I discuss the fallacy of the current clamor in our culture for justice. Many believe that there isn't enough "justice" being done in our society and they wonder, "When will we receive justice?" If we consider this question from a theological/biblical perspective, those who ask this question might reconsider! As followers of Christ, we must be willing to ask those in society hard questions - I share some at the end of the episode.


Ep. 80 | How Much Do You Love Jesus?

Watching the narrative that is occurring amongst Christians and as Christians relate to our culture has caused me frustration because many people are trying to accommodate Jesus' teaching to the current "moral" trends in our culture. ("Moral" being in quotes because our culture defining evil as good and good evil). This is my rant against the misuse and misappropriation of Jesus' teachings.


Ep. 79 | Building Better Intimacy

Many people want better intimacy in their marriage - and sadly, too many of them turn to gimmicks to try to achieve it. This episode examines some of the external and internal causes for the difficulties we experience in intimacy and it will suggest specific areas of improvement for both husbands and wives.