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EP61 Valentines Part Two

2/18/2018
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This is part two of our Valentine series. If you haven’t listened to part one or need a refresher go back and listen to it and then come on back here. In Acts 26:14 Jesus is talking to Saul on the road to Damascus and says, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” Here Jesus is making reference to an old Hebrew proverb that would have been understood by anyone that Saul would have told this story to later. A prick is a sharp point made out...

Duration:00:09:41

EP60 Valentines Part One

2/11/2018
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Today we are kicking off part one of our two part Valentine series. In Acts 26:14 Jesus is talking to Saul on the road to Damascus and says, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.” Here Jesus is making reference to an old Hebrew proverb that would have been understood by anyone that Saul would have told this story to later. A prick is a sharp point made out of metal or wood that you either attach to the front of a cart or on the end of a...

Duration:00:09:31

EP59 Bless Your Enemies

2/4/2018
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Romans 12:14: 14Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Throughout history it has been common for God’s people to be persecuted in varying degrees. Thankfully here where I live, in the United States, for the most part, the persecution is relegated to the form of the free speech of and societal pressure from those who don’t believe the same as I do. In rea [...]

Duration:00:10:43

EP58 Why does bad stuff happen?

1/28/2018
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Today we are tackling that age old question of, “Why does a loving and all-powerful God let bad things happen?” This is a really tough question that I’ve faced several times from believers, agnostics, and atheists alike. All you have to do is turn on the news and the overwhelming evidence makes it hard to look at the world and reconcile what we see with what we know of God. It’s really an issue of faith internally. Do we believe what we know to be true over the evidence we see in the...

Duration:00:10:36

EP57 Be Hospitable

1/21/2018
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My mother is probably one of the most hospitable people I have ever met. I know I’m probably biased in my opinion, but when family needs a bed they can usually find it at her house. When we need a place for a birthday party for someone in the family she’s happy to host, and thanksgiving for all the extended family in the area, at her house. Not just family though, twice while I was in high school she opened up our home to teenagers that had nowhere to live for one reason or another....

Duration:00:07:55

EP56 Share with the saints

1/14/2018
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Hello and welcome to episode 56 of The Berean Manifesto brought to you by The Ekklesian House. This is Pastor Bill and today we are talking about taking care of fellow believers in their needs. We’re going to start this podcast today in Psalm chapter 112, “Hallelujah! Happy is the person who fears the Lord,

Duration:00:08:32

EP55 Rejoice in Hope

1/7/2018
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Often in scripture I come across statements like the one here in Romans 12:12, “Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.” And I find that the last item in the list is usually the place where you start and that leads you to item number two and finally to number one. Here we find that being persistent in prayer will indeed lead you to being patient in affliction, and we’ve previously talked about Romans 5:3-4, “We also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know...

Duration:00:09:40

EP54 2 Corinthians 12:9

12/31/2017
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I haven’t said it in a while, but I hope you’ve gotten yourself a concordance so you can double check the scriptures that we talk about on the podcast. Either a hard copy, or download a program; something that will allow you to look up the scriptures and look up the words in the original. Make sure that I’m telling you the truth. The heart of the Berean Manifesto is that you wouldn’t take my word on anything that I say here. That you would look it all up for yourself, take a hands on...

Duration:00:09:34

EP53 The Reason For The Season

12/24/2017
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Today we’re talking about Christmas. I grew up like most people in the West hearing that Jesus is the reason for the season or more specifically that it’s all about the birth of Christ. But it’s interesting to look into the history of the origin of the holiday of Christmas and the birth of Christ. The end of what we mark on our calendar as December has been celebrated since before the time of Jesus. The Scandinavians would celebrate Yule where they would feast while they burned giant...

Duration:00:09:21

EP52 Christmas and Santa

12/17/2017
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This is our special Christmas episode. Christmas is a wonderful time of year where family comes together to celebrate. What we’re celebrating has evolved over the years though, and we’ll talk more about that next week, but this week I wanted to talk about Santa Claus. I know where some people think I might be going with this, but you might be surprised.

Duration:00:09:42

Parable of The Talents

12/10/2017
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Today we’re going to look back at the parable we read in episode 49 and delve a little deeper into how that parable relates to our lives today. Matthew 25 verses 14 through 30, “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately the man who had received five talents went,...

Duration:00:09:38

EP50 2 Timothy 1:7

12/3/2017
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Todays podcast is a bit of a celebration. Number 50, yeah baby! You know how there are some moments in your life that you’ll never forget, where you were, what you were doing, what you felt. For me, other than number 50, one of those moments would be the Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield boxing match on June 28 1997, “The Sound and the Fury.” Holyfield was the self-proclaimed charismatic Christian who had become somewhat of an unofficial mascot for Christians in this fight; and Tyson had done...

Duration:00:09:09

EP49 Be Diligently Fervent While Serving The Lord

11/26/2017
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Let’s start by looking at the parable of the talents from Matthew chapter 25 starting in verse 14, “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, depending on each one’s ability. Then he went on a journey. Immediately the man who had received five talents went, put them to work, and earned five more. In the same way the man with two earned...

Duration:00:09:55

EP48 Value Everyone

11/19/2017
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Romans 12:10b says, “Out-do one another in showing honor.” This is going to be different than other podcast I’ve done. I’m going to throw a few scriptures at you and read you a few passages from the Message translation and let you come to your own conclusions instead telling you what to think. Romans 13:7 says, “Pay your obligations to everyo [...]

Duration:00:07:25

EP47 Love Each Other

11/12/2017
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I know we recently talked about love, but that’s because love is so very important! 1 Corinthians 13:13 says, “Now these three remain: faith, hope, and love – but the greatest of these is love.” More important than rehashing what it means to have faith, more important than what happens after you die, love is the most important thing. 1 Peter 2:17 tells us to, “Value everyone. Love the brothers and sisters. Fear God. Honor the President.” OK, OK, the KJV says King there not President,...

Duration:00:09:59

EP46 Hate Evil, Cling to Good

11/5/2017
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As Christians, it’s not enough just not to do evil things; we must detest or hate evil. At the same time, we must not only do good things, but we must cleave to good. It’s a deliberate choice to love what is good and persevere in it regardless of expediency; one very good example of this is in Genesis chapter 6 it says, “The Earth was corrupt in God’s sight, and the Earth was filled with wickedness. God saw how corrupt the Earth was, for every creature had corrupted its way on the Earth.”...

Duration:00:08:46

EP45 Love Without Hypocrisy

10/29/2017
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Jesus said that all the law and the prophets, basically the Old Testament, hang on two commandments. The first, to Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength and the second to Love your neighbor as yourself. All our duty towards God and each other is summed up in that one word, love; it is the foundation of our mutual duty. Let’s take a little tour through the scriptures and look at some examples of hypocritical love. In...

Duration:00:08:28

EP44 Proverbs 4:23

10/22/2017
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Let’s start off by establishing that the heart is evil. I’ve had folks argue in the past that they don’t believe it is and there’s nothing I can say that will change their minds. So let’s take it to the bible and see what it says about the heart. Starting with Jeremiah 17:9, “The heart is more deceitful than anything else, and desperately wicked – who can understand it?” Let’s look at Mark 7:20-23. Jesus says, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of...

Duration:00:09:55

EP43 John 15:2.2

10/15/2017
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Last week we identified that this scripture can be broken down into three parts; Number one, “The Father Takes Away,” number two, “The Father Purges,” and finally, “For The Father’s Glory.” We covered “The Father Takes Away” last week, go ahead and go back to it if you need, if you didn’t listen to it, or you’ve forgotten what we said, and get a handle on that before we move on. This week we’re talking about “The Father Purges,” and hopefully we’ll have time for “For The Father’s Glory” as...

Duration:00:09:58

EP42 John 15:2

10/8/2017
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As a general rule I refuse to shy away from controversial topics, or to shine a light on teachings held by the modern Christian church that I can’t find a basis for in scripture. I pray and let the Holy Spirit guide me and that’s how I come from one podcast subject to the next. There are some things though that are hard for me to accept. I come across scriptures that challenge what I’ve known and learned growing up. I’m certainly willing to change what I believe if I find truth, but I...

Duration:00:09:11

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