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Hear the story of Jesus in everyday English; told in an informal, informative, and interesting way.

Hear the story of Jesus in everyday English; told in an informal, informative, and interesting way.


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Hear the story of Jesus in everyday English; told in an informal, informative, and interesting way.






#38 – Holy Week, part 3

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE The disciples comment on the grandeur of the Temple and it’s construction Jesus responds by saying that it’s nothing; in fact, it will be totally destroyed The disciples ask when this will happen Jesus begins a discourse full of warnings – warnings of bad things about to occur for the city of Jerusalem Jesus reminds his disciples that they must stand – persevere when things are tough Jesus shares prophecy of the times of the coming of the Son of Man Then, he...


#37 – Holy Week, part 2

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE: The Sadducees come to Jesus with a question with a question about marriage in Heaven A Teacher asks, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Jesus asks the Pharisees, “What do you think about the Messiah?” Jesus castigates the Pharisees for their hypocrisy Jesus grieves over Jerusalem We hear the lesson of the widow’s offering of two pennies SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODE: Matthew 22:23-33 Mark 12:28-34 Matthew 22:41-46 Psalm 110:1 Matthew...


#36-Holy Week 1

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS PODCAST EPISODE? Jesus curses an unproductive fig tree He cleans up the Temple – again Religious leaders are looking for a way to kill Jesus but can’t formulate a plan Jesus reminds his followers that he will have to die Jehovah God verifies Jesus ministry The disciples are stunned by a dead fig tree Jesus tells them to believe and pray in their belief Jesus is challenged to prove his authority for his ministry Jesus tells the parable of the disobedient sons Jesus tells...


Jesus Stories #35 – Arriving Home

EVENTS DESCRIBED IN THIS EPISODE: Jesus tells a parable. A nobleman was called away to be crowned king of his land. He leaves some funds to be invested by others. Some do well. Some do not! Everyone is looking for Jesus, wondering if he will come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration A party is held in the home of a former leper – Simon – in honor of Jesus. He is honored in a special way. The leading priests plot to kill Jesus and Lazarus, too. The people welcome Jesus as he prepares to...


#34 – Wandering Toward Home, VI

EVENTS WHICH OCCUR IN THIS EPISODE: A question from the Pharisees designed to test Jesus: Should a man be allowed to divorce his wife for just any reason? Jesus teaches about Jehovah God’s original plan for marriage Jesus blesses some little children and likens the Kingdom of God to them Jesus teaches a rich man about his priorities Jesus teaches his disciples (and us) about priorities and rewards Jesus reminds his disciples of coming events – his torture and execution James and John ask for...


#33 – Heading Toward Home V

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE A comment on the events happening in Ukraine. A quote from The Unvarnished Jesus: A Lenten Journey. Jesus teaches on prayer. Keep praying. Don’t give up. The prayers of a Pharisee and a tax collector. “Those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Parable of the landowner who hires help for his vineyard. He pays everyone the same, regardless of how long they worked. “So those who are last now will be first then, and...


#32 – Wandering Toward Home, IV

EVENTS AND TEACHINGS IN THIS EPISODE: Jesus tells the story of the shrewd manager Lessons on honesty and faithfulness Jesus tells the story of the rich man and Lazarus Jesus answers the question about the coming of the Kingdom of God Jesus speaks of the times to come using some end time examples from Genesis SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS PODCAST: Luke 16:1-31 Luke 16:13 – The Message Luke 17:20-35, 37 Genesis 6:5 – 8:22 Genesis 19:1-29 Find us on social media platforms: Facebook:...


#31 – Wandering Toward Home, III

EVENTS IN THIS EPISODE Jesus is invited to lunch after church He heals a man on the Sabbath asking, “Which of you doesn’t work on the Sabbath?” He watches the seating at the table and calls for a humbler selection of a seat He cautions the host about inviting those who can pay his invitation back We hear a parable of a great banquet which no one will attend – except those who are living on the street Jesus cautions his followers to count the cost for following him The Pharisees and tax...


#30- Wandering Toward Home, II

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE: Jesus visits the home of Mary and Martha; and Martha does all the cooking Jesus teaching his disciples about prayer He reminds us of the goodness of Jehovah God Jesus responds to the questions, “Are you the Messiah?” People try to stone Jesus. Again. He escapes. Again. Jesus responds to a hotly debated question, “Will only a few be saved?” Jesus counters a warning to leave Perea SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODE: Luke 10:38-42 Luke 11:1-13 Luke 11:2-4 (The...


#29 – Wandering Toward Home I

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE Jesus and his entourage are rejected by Samaritans Ten lepers (at least one from Samaria) are healed Jesus sends out 72 disciples in pairs to the cities he is about to visit to teach and heal The 72 disciples return with great news Jesus issues a famous invitation A teacher of the law asks a question, in order to justify himself. Jesus uses this opportunity to tell a parable SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODE Luke 9:51-56 Luke 17:11-19 Luke 10:1-24 Matthew 11:28-30...


#28 – The Real Christmas Story

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE: Jehovah God creates the earth and his ultimate creation, man and woman Man and Woman mess up by disobeying Jehovah God and breaking the relationship between them and Jehovah God Jehovah God starts the process of mending a now broken relationship. A nation is built which has a special relationship with Jehovah God But, that nation is just as rebellious and disobedient as the first Man and Woman Jehovah God sends prophets – messengers – with message s of hope and...


#27 – Blind Man’s Bluff

WHAT HAPPENS IN THIS EPISODE: Jesus and his disciples find a man born blind The disciples use this meeting to ask a theological question Jesus uses this meeting to heal the man Some of the man’s friends and family don’t believe that it is the same man. Others believe the healing The Pharisees question the man – not just once, but three times The Pharisees question the man’s parents Jesus goes back to the man and reveals himself to him. The man believes Jesus teaches: I am the gatekeeper to...


#25-Dodging Danger

A QUICK SUMMARY: Peter asks a question which prompts a parable on forgiveness Jesus’ brothers taunt him Jesus secretly goes to the Feast of Tabernacles He teaches in the Temple Some believe; some don’t believe But, the Pharisees and teachers of the law are upset The authorities try to arrest Jesus – twice The Pharisees and teachers of the law try to trap Jesus with a woman caught in the act of adultery SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODE: Matthew 18:21-35 Luke 17:3-4 John 7:1-52 Exodus 20:13...


#24-Time for a Break

Hey All, For this period, Jesus Stories is taking a break from podcasting. I'm out-of-town visiting my grandkids (and their parents, too!). So, if you're behind on listening, this is a great opportunity to catch up. Or, maybe listen to an old, favorite episode! We'll be back in two weeks with another episode! See you then!

#23-Ministering & Teaching in “Sin City”

THE SHORT STORY SHOW NOTES Jesus: “What does everyone say about me?” Jesus: “Who do you think that I am?” Peter jumps in with a confession and Jesus responds with an important and controversial reply. The apostles are given access and authority. Jesus shares his future sufferings with his followers. But, Peter reprimands him. Jesus responds by telling everyone that following Jesus is costly; it may even cost your life. Jesus is transfigured in front of Peter, James, and John. Jehovah God...


#22 – Challenge at Home – Healing Afar

THE SHORT STORY SHOW NOTES: Pharisees challenge Jesus cleanliness, while ignoring their own law Jesus: It’s what comes from your heart defiles you, not what you eat Off to Tyre and Sidon and healing for a Canaanite woman Then to the Decapolis and healing for a deaf/mute man Jesus feeds another crowd Challenge from the Pharisees and Sadducees – Show us your authority! Healing in Bethsaida for a blind man Off to Caesarea Philippi – “sin city” – What? SCRIPTURES USED IN THIS EPISODE Mark 7:1-23...


#21 – The Bread of Life

This episode is full of amazing action and confusing teaching! Jesus apostles come back from their teaching, preaching and healing to report to Jesus all that happened. They bring a crowd with them! So, instead of getting a much needed rest, they are caught up with Jesus in teaching and ministering to a crowd of over 10,000 people. This includes feeding them! Using the provision of two pieces of fish and five loaves of bread, Jesus feeds this crowd. Jesus sends the apostles across the Sea of...


#20-Miracles That Teach

This is a busy episode for Jesus as he moves from teaching and story-telling to action. At the request of a leader of a synagogue, he heals her daughter. But, not before healing a woman whom he calls “my daughter” from a disease which has ostracized her from society for 12 years. He helps two blind me to see because of their faith. And he throws out another demon. But, opposition is beginning to build against his healing. The Pharisees think that he is throwing out demons by the power of...


#19 – Stories with a Purpose

I start out by telling you that you're listening to episode #18. Nope. It was late and I was wrong. This is episode #19! Jesus tells stories in this episode of Jesus Stories! Jesus was the consummate story teller. But, his stories all had a purpose. They were used to teach secrets about the Kingdom. These are secrets that some can hear and understand; others cannot. We go through some of Jesus’ stories in this episode including the explanations which Jesus offers to his disciples. Then, we...


#18-Warnings and Waiting

This Jesus Stories episode picks up where the last one left off. Jesus is in the midst of a crowd of thousands of people. People are stepping all over each other – in spite of Jesus rough teaching to the Pharisees. Now Jesus turns to these people with his own warnings about the Pharisees. He continues with a challenge to speak up for him even when it is difficult. Remember, he says, don’t be afraid of the ones who can just kill you. Be afraid of the One – Jehovah God – who can condemn you in...