The Bible Project

Pastor Jeremy R McCandless

Why not make Studying the Bible part of the rhythm of your daily life. The Bible Project Daily Podcast is a 5 year plan to study through the entire Bible, both Old and New Testament, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. Season one is a short overview of each of the sixty-six books of the Bible. Season two launches our expositional journey through the whole Bible beginning with the book of Genesis. Season three is our first New Testament foray, covering the Gospel of Matthew. Following a short Bonus season. Season Four will then return in May 2023 with the Book of Exodus. Why not join me on this exciting journey as we study the whole Bible together from Genesis to Revelation.

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What Children Can Teach Us. (Luke 18:15-17)
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What Children Can Teach Us. (Luke 18:15-17)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessEpisode Notes:Welcome to "What Children Can Teach Us," my latest episode where we explore profound spiritual truths through the lens of childhood innocence and faith. I'm delighted to embark on this journey with you as we delve into the wisdom found in Luke Ch 18: Vs 15-17.In this passage, we encounter a beautiful moment where Jesus welcomes children with open arms, illustrating the significance of childlike faith in the Kingdom of God. As we unpack these verses, we'll discover the invaluable lessons that children can impart to us about trust, humility, and dependency on God.Join us as we uncover the timeless truths hidden within the simplicity of childhood and learn how embracing childlike faith can deepen our relationship with our Heavenly Father. Get ready to be inspired and uplifted by the profound insights that children can offer us on our journey of faith.Thank you for tuning in to "What Children Can Teach Us." Let's embark on this adventure together and discover the transformative power of childlike faith in our lives.Subscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comSupport the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Receiving Gods Mercy.  (Luke 18: 9-14)
2日前
Receiving Gods Mercy. (Luke 18: 9-14)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comEpisode Notes:Welcome to "Receiving God's Mercy," a podcast where we explore the profound message of humility and grace found in Luke 18:9-14. In this passage, Jesus shares a parable that cuts to the heart of how we approach God and receive His mercy.Have you ever wondered how we gain God's mercy? Many of us may believe that we have to earn it through our good deeds or righteousness. But Jesus challenges this notion in a captivating story about two men who went to the temple to pray: a Pharisee and a tax collector.As we look into this passage, we'll uncover the stark contrast between these two individuals. The Pharisee, confident in his own righteousness, stands before God boasting about his religious practices and looking down on others. In contrast, the tax collector, aware of his sinfulness, humbly pleads for God's mercy, acknowledging his need for forgiveness.Through this parable, Jesus reveals a timeless truth: God shows mercy to the humble, those who recognize their sinfulness and depend on His grace. The Pharisee's prideful self-righteousness leads to his downfall, while the tax collector's humble repentance leads to justification before God.Join us as we unpack the layers of pride and humility showcased in this passage and explore its relevance in our lives today. Discover how embracing our own brokenness and turning to God with humble hearts opens the door to His abundant mercy and grace.In a world that often values self-sufficiency and outward appearances, this podcast invites you to embrace a different perspective—one rooted in humility and dependency on God's unfailing love. So, whether you're a seasoned believer or someone searching for answers, join us as we journey together in understanding and receiving God's boundless mercy.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
How to Have an Encouraging Prayer Life.  (Luke 18:1-8)
3日前
How to Have an Encouraging Prayer Life. (Luke 18:1-8)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comWelcome to todays episode where we consider the power and persistence of prayer based on Luke 18:1-8.Episode Notes:Title: How to Have an Encouraging Prayer LifeBible Passage: Luke 18:1-8Synopsis:In this episode, we explore the topic of prayer, particularly addressing what to do when your prayer life feels discouraging. Jesus provides a powerful teaching through the Parable of the Persistent Widow, illustrating the importance of persistent prayer and unwavering faith.Key Points:Introduction to the Parable: Jesus begins by telling his disciples a parable to emphasize the necessity of always praying and not giving up. Jesus describes a scenario where a persistent widow seeks justice from an unjust judge who neither fears God nor respects people. The Persistence of the Widow despite initial rejection, the widow continues to plead for justice until the judge grants her request.Jesus contrasts the unjust judge with God, assuring that God will bring about justice for His chosen ones who cry out to Him day and night. However, He may delay His answer, testing our faith and perseverance. He concludes by questioning whether He will find faith on earth when He returns, highlighting the significance of unwavering faith in prayer.Reflections:Delay in prayer does not equate to denial; God's timing is perfect.Persistence in prayer demonstrates our trust in God's faithfulness and sovereignty. Discouragement in prayer may lead to a loss of faith; hence, it is crucial to maintain faith and continue praying.Conclusion:In times of discouragement, Jesus encourages us to persist in prayer and maintain unwavering faith. By trusting in God's timing and sovereignty, we can find encouragement and strength in our prayer life. Remember, God hears our prayers and will answer them according to His perfect will.Join us as we explore the transformative power of prayer and learn how to cultivate an encouraging prayer life.Stay Connected:Subscribe to our podcast for more insightful episodes on spiritual growth and biblical teachings. Follow us on social media for updates and inspirational content.Thank you for tuning in to "How to Have an Encouraging Prayer Life." May your prayer life be strengthened, and your faith deepened as you continue to seek God fervently in prayer.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
When Will the Lord Return.  (Luke 17: 20-37)
4日前
When Will the Lord Return. (Luke 17: 20-37)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comEpisode NotesScripture Passage: Luke 17:20-37Welcome to our podcast episode which asks, "When Will the Lord Return?" Today, we delve into an intriguing passage from the Gospel of Luke, exploring the disciples' inquiries about the timing of the Kingdom of God's arrival and Jesus' profound responses.Episode Overview:In this episode, we'll dissect Luke 17:20-37, where Jesus responds to the Pharisees' question about the coming of the Kingdom of God. He uses this inquiry to impart crucial teachings about the nature of His return, emphasizing the importance of spiritual readiness and highlighting the unexpected nature of His coming.Key Points:The Nature of the Kingdom: Jesus clarifies that the Kingdom of God is not something observable externally but rather a spiritual reality present among the people.The Unexpected Return: Jesus uses metaphors like lightning to emphasize the sudden and visible nature of His return, contrasting it with the days of Noah and Lot, where life continued as usual until divine judgment intervened abruptly.Spiritual Readiness: Jesus warns against being overly attached to worldly possessions and desires, emphasizing the importance of prioritizing spiritual preparedness for His return.The Uncertainty of Mortality: Reflecting on the sudden loss of a friend, we recognize the uncertainty of life and the need for constant spiritual preparedness.Symbolic Meaning of "Where the Vultures Gather":Jesus' cryptic response implies the swift and unexpected nature of His return, emphasizing the certainty of divine judgment and the need for spiritual readiness.Conclusion:As we explore this passage, we're reminded of the urgency of spiritual preparedness and the uncertainty of life's duration. While we may not know the exact timing of the Lord's return, we must always be ready. Let's prioritize spiritual readiness and live lives aligned with His teachings, eagerly anticipating His glorious return.Thank you for joining us on this journey of exploration and reflection. Stay tuned for more discussions on biblical teachings and prophecy. Until next time, may we all remain steadfast in faith and prepared for the glorious return of our Lord.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
A Very Rare Virtue. (Luke 17: 11-19)
23-02-2024
A Very Rare Virtue. (Luke 17: 11-19)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comWelcome to A Very Rare Virtue, where we delve into the depths of gratitude and its significance in the life of a believer. Today we'll explore a passage from the Gospel of Luke that illuminates the essence of gratitude.Episode Notes:In the vast landscape of virtues outlined in the New Testament, gratitude stands out as a rare yet essential quality. While not explicitly listed among the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5, gratitude permeates the teachings of Jesus, exemplifying the heart of a transformed life.Our focus today is on a story from Luke chapter 17, where Jesus encounters ten lepers while journeying toward Jerusalem. This poignant narrative unfolds in three distinct phases, each revealing profound insights into the nature of gratitude.1. The Encounter with Ten Lepers:As Jesus travels along the border of Samaria and Galilee, he encounters ten men afflicted with leprosy. Despite their societal ostracization, these outcasts approach Jesus with a desperate plea for mercy. Their collective cry echoes with longing for healing and restoration.2. The Response of Gratitude:In a miraculous display of compassion, Jesus instructs the lepers to present themselves to the priests for certification of their healing. As they obey his command, faith intertwines with divine intervention, and they experience restoration on their journey. Yet, amidst the joy of newfound health, only one returns to express gratitude to the source of his healing.3. A Reflection on Ingratitude:Jesus, astutely aware of the rarity of gratitude, poses a probing question: "Where are the other nine?" The Samaritan, an unexpected beneficiary of grace, becomes a poignant symbol of heartfelt thankfulness amidst a backdrop of indifference. His act of returning to give thanks not only sets him apart but also reveals the pervasive nature of ingratitude.Key Takeaways:The Essence of Gratitude: Gratitude emerges as a cornerstone virtue, transcending cultural boundaries and societal norms. It embodies a deep recognition of blessings received and a humble acknowledgment of the giver.A Matter of the Heart: Gratitude transcends mere verbal expressions; it emanates from the depths of the heart. It reflects an attitude of humility, contentment, and appreciation for the gifts of life.The Call to Gratitude: As recipients of God's abundant grace, believers are called to cultivate a spirit of gratitude in every aspect of life. Gratitude redirects our focus from scarcity to abundance, from self-centeredness to generosity.In essence, gratitude is not merely a courteous response but a transformative posture that shapes our perspective and enriches our relationships. Through the lens of gratitude, we learn to embrace life's joys and navigate its challenges with resilience and grace.Conclusion:This passage invites us to explore the significance of gratitude in the life of a believer. Through the lens of Jesus's encounter with the ten lepers, we uncover timeless truths about the essence of gratitude, its transformative power, and its pervasive rarity.As we navigate the complexities of life, may we cultivate a spirit of gratitude that transcends circumstances and illuminates the pathSupport the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
The Dangers the Lie Ahead. (Luke 17: 1-10)
22-02-2024
The Dangers the Lie Ahead. (Luke 17: 1-10)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comWelcome:Welcome to todays episode, where we navigate the perilous paths of life with insights from the teachings of Jesus. Today we're delving into a passage from the Gospel of Luke that serves as a warning sign for the dangers that lie ahead.Episode Notes:Imagine driving down a road and encountering a sign that reads, "danger ahead." In a similar manner, Jesus warns his disciples about impending dangers and provides guidance on how to navigate them in Luke 17:1-10.In this passage, Jesus anticipates conflicts and offenses that will arise, both from interactions with unbelievers and within the community of believers. He emphasizes the importance of forgiveness, reconciliation, humility, and obedience in addressing these challenges.1. Warning of Impending Dangers:Jesus begins by cautioning his disciples about the inevitability of offenses, particularly those originating from interactions with unbelievers. He underscores the severity of the consequences for those who cause others to stumble, highlighting the need for vigilance and discernment.2. Handling Offenses within the Community:Jesus instructs his disciples on how to respond when fellow believers sin against them. He emphasizes the importance of addressing conflicts promptly, rebuking offenders, and extending forgiveness when repentance is sought. Jesus stresses the significance of reconciliation and forgiveness in maintaining healthy relationships within the community of believers.3. The Power of Faith and Servanthood:Additionally, Jesus discusses the disciples' request for increased faith and uses the analogy of a mustard seed to illustrate the potency of even a small amount of genuine faith. He underscores the importance of humility and obedience in serving others, reminding his disciples that they are simply fulfilling their duty as servants.Key Takeaways:Vigilance and Discernment: Be alert to potential dangers and offenses, both from interactions with unbelievers and within the community of believers.Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Prioritize forgiveness and reconciliation in addressing conflicts and offenses within relationships.Humility and Obedience: Embrace humility and obedience in serving others, recognizing that fulfilling our duties as servants is expected of us as disciples.As we navigate the challenges and conflicts of life, let's heed Jesus's warnings and follow his teachings, trusting in the power of faith, forgiveness, and servanthood to guide us through the dangers ahead.Join me as we delve deeper into the profound truths embedded in this passage and learn how to navigate life's perilous paths with wisdom and grace.Conclusion:In conclusion, Jesus's teachings in Luke 17:1-10 serve as a warning sign for the dangers that lie ahead and provide guidance on how to navigate them. By embracing forgiveness, reconciliation, humility, and obedience, we can overcome the challenges and conflicts we encounter, both from interactions with unbelievers and within the community of believers. Let's journey together as we explore the timeless wisdom of Jesus's words and learn to navigate life's perilous paths with faith and courage.Thank you for joining us and stay tSupport the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
A Warning to Lovers of Money - Part One. (Luke 16: 13-18)
20-02-2024
A Warning to Lovers of Money - Part One. (Luke 16: 13-18)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comIn this episode, we embark on a journey through Luke 16:14-18 where Jesus issues a solemn warning about the dangers of loving money above all else. Join us as we unravel the profound teachings of Jesus and explore their relevance to our lives today.Episode Notes:Introduction:We live in a world filled with warning labels, from cigarette packs to take-away cups. Yet, amidst the abundance of cautionary messages, there's one warning that often goes unheeded—the perils of loving money.Setting the Stage:Jesus' teachings on money are met with ridicule by the Pharisees, who harbour a deep affection for wealth. The Pharisees' response underscores the prevalent attitude of equating material prosperity with divine favour.Unpacking the Passage:The Rebuke of the Pharisees (Luke 16:14-15):The Pharisees' love for money leads them to sneer at Jesus' teachings.Jesus confronts their misguided values, emphasizing that what humans value highly is detestable in God's sight.The Fulfilment of the Law (Luke 16:16-17):Jesus highlights the transition from the era of the law and the prophets to the proclamation of the Kingdom of God. He underscores the enduring validity of the law, but its fulfilment is found in Him, challenging the Pharisees' superficial understanding of scripture.The Warning Against Divorce (Luke 16:18):Jesus addresses the Pharisees' lax attitude towards divorce, exposing their misinterpretation of scripture. His assertion on divorce underscores the importance of honouring the sanctity of marriage and the profound impact of scriptural interpretation on societal norms.Understanding the Context:Jesus' strict stance on divorce reflects the prevailing attitudes and practices of his time, aimed at restoring the sanctity of marriage and family life. While his words may seem absolute, other passages offer nuanced considerations, emphasizing the complexities of marital relationships.Conclusion:Jesus' teachings on money and wealth challenge us to examine our priorities and values, recognizing the dangers of loving money above God.As stewards of God's resources, we are called to use wealth wisely and compassionately, prioritizing spiritual truths over material gain.Join us as we delve deeper into the profound warnings issued by Jesus, navigating the complexities of money, marriage, and eternal destinies in a world dominated by materialism.Thank you for tuning in to "A Warning to Lovers of Money - Part One" Podcast. Stay connected for part two tomorrow we will look at The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31):Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
The Truth About Money and Happiness. (Luke 16: 1-13)
19-02-2024
The Truth About Money and Happiness. (Luke 16: 1-13)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessWhy not subscribe for free to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comWelcome to "The Truth About Money and Happiness" In this episode, we delve into the insights of Luke 16:1-13, exploring the relationship between wealth, stewardship, and eternal happiness. Join us as we uncover the wisdom of Jesus  embedded in this biblical passage and its implications for our lives today.Episode Notes:Introduction:Money, often hailed as a passport to worldly success and happiness, is put under scrutiny in the light of spiritual truths revealed by Jesus in this passage.The Parable of the Shrewd Manager:Luke 16:1-8 presents a thought-provoking narrative of a manager facing dismissal for his mismanagement.Despite his dubious methods, the manager's strategic acumen earns commendation from his master.Interpretation and Lessons:Jesus challenges conventional wisdom by highlighting the strategic use of worldly wealth.While the manager's actions may seem unethical, his example prompts reflection on wise stewardship.The parable underscores the importance of leveraging resources for eternal purposes, prioritizing spiritual investments over temporal gains.Principles Derived:Wisdom in Stewardship: Believers are urged to use worldly wealth wisely, fostering relationships and advancing God's kingdom.Faithfulness in Little Things: Demonstrating integrity and responsibility in managing resources, no matter how small, leads to greater trust and eternal rewards.Conclusion:Believers are called to be faithful stewards, recognizing that all possessions ultimately belong to God.Sacrificial living for the benefit of others and the glory of God leads to true riches and eternal happiness.Join us as we explore the transformative power of aligning our financial stewardship with God's kingdom values, paving the way for lasting joy and fulfillment.Thank you for tuning in. Stay connected for more enlightening discussions on faith, finances, and the pursuit of true happiness. Remember, it's not about what we possess, but how we steward what we've been given that truly matters.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Heavens Point of View – Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son (Luke 15: 1-31)
16-02-2024
Heavens Point of View – Lost Sheep, Lost Coin, Lost Son (Luke 15: 1-31)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comEpisode Notes:Today, we embark on a journey through three parables found in Luke 15, each revealing a unique aspect of God's love and mercy. Let's delve into the richness of these stories and extract the timeless truths they contain.1. The Parable of the Lost Sheep:In this parable, Jesus illustrates the joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, contrasting the Pharisees' disdain for sinners with God's boundless love. We see the shepherd's relentless pursuit of the lost sheep, reflecting God's commitment to seeking out those who have strayed.2. The Parable of the Lost Coin:Similarly, Jesus shares the story of a woman diligently searching for a lost coin, highlighting God's delight in the repentance of sinners. Despite the Pharisees' judgmental attitudes, God rejoices over each soul that turns back to Him.3. The Parable of the Prodigal Son:Perhaps the most famous of the three parables, this story paints a vivid picture of God's unconditional love and forgiveness. Through the father's response to his wayward son's return, we witness the depth of God's mercy and the joy in heaven over repentant sinners.As we journey through these parables, we're challenged to adopt God's perspective on redemption and reconciliation. Let's explore the transformative power of forgiveness and the joy found in returning to the Father's embrace.Key Takeaways:Rejoice over what is gained, not lost, from heaven's perspective.Embrace God's seeking and saving love, celebrating the return of the lost.Shift from criticism to rejoicing over the salvation of sinners, echoing the joy in heaven over every lost soul that is found.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
The Discipleship Debate.  (Luke 14: 15-35)
15-02-2024
The Discipleship Debate. (Luke 14: 15-35)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comEpisode Notes:Title: The Discipleship Debate (Luke 14:15-35)The topic of discipleship has sparked significant debate within the Christian community, prompting questions about the relationship between being a disciple and being a believer in Jesus Christ.On one side, some argue that the term "disciple" in the Bible is synonymous with being a Christian, while others contend that discipleship entails a distinct and rigorous commitment beyond mere belief. This debate is not merely theoretical; it's personal and practical, touching on the fundamental question: What actions lead to peace with God?In today's episode, we delve into this issue, drawing insights from the quintessential New Testament passage on discipleship, Luke chapter 14.The Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24):Jesus responds to a statement about the blessedness of those who will eat in the Kingdom of God with a parable. A man prepares a great banquet and invites many guests, but they all make excuses. The master then invites the poor, crippled, blind, and lame from the streets and lanes. When there's still room, he extends the invitation to those in the highways and hedges, emphasizing inclusivity.Dissecting the Parable:We examine the excuses made by the initial guests and the master's response, highlighting the theme of inclusivity and the importance of responding to the invitation.The Cost of Being a Disciple (Luke 14:25-35):Jesus addresses the large crowds traveling with Him, emphasizing the radical commitment required of His disciples. He speaks of prioritizing Him above all familial relationships and possessions, taking up the cross, and counting the cost before embarking on the journey of discipleship.Understanding the Distinction: Salvation and Discipleship:We distinguish between salvation, a free gift of grace, and discipleship, a journey of commitment and sacrifice. While salvation is open to all who come to the cross in faith, discipleship demands a deeper level of dedication and obedience.Reflective Questions:Have you trusted Jesus Christ for the gift of eternal life, recognizing His sacrifice on the cross and His victorious resurrection?Are you actively engaging in discipleship, willing to carry your cross and follow Christ?As we explore this theological debate, may it not only deepen our understanding but also shape our beliefs and actions as we journey in discipleship with Christ. Join us in unpacking the complexities of discipleship and its profound implications for our lives.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Discussions at Mealtimes. (Luke 14: 1-14)
14-02-2024
Discussions at Mealtimes. (Luke 14: 1-14)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comWelcome to another captivating episode. Today, we delve into the intriguing world of a dinner conversations with none other than Jesus Himself based on Luke 14:1-14.Episode Notes: Discussions at Mealtimes.Introduction:Reflecting on the lost art of meaningful mealtime conversations and the significance of dining with Jesus.Exploring the dynamics of dinner conversations and the potential for important discussions over food.Verse 1-3: Setting the Scene:Examining the context of Jesus dining at the house of a prominent Pharisee on the Sabbath.Highlighting the presence of a man suffering from abnormal swelling and the Pharisees' scrutiny of Jesus.Verse 4-6: Healing on the Sabbath:Analysing Jesus' question to the Pharisees about healing on the Sabbath.Observing the Pharisees' silence and Jesus' compassionate act of healing the sick man.Highlighting the inconsistency in the Pharisees' objections to healing on the Sabbath.Verse 7-11: Parable of the Seats:Exploring Jesus' parable about humility and the choice of seats at a banquet.Emphasizing the eternal truth of humility and the consequences of self-promotion.Drawing parallels to Proverbs 25:6-7 and the wisdom of humility before God.Verse 12-14: Inviting the Marginalized:Discussing Jesus' advice to the host about inviting the poor, crippled, lame, and blind.Challenging societal norms of inviting only those who can repay the favor.Emphasizing the blessing of sacrificial love and the promise of reward at the resurrection.Conclusion:Reflecting on the spiritual truths revealed through Jesus' interactions at the dinner table.Encouraging humility, sensitivity to others' needs, and sacrificial love.Reminding listeners of Jesus' perspective on every aspect of life as an opportunity to teach spiritual truths.Join us on our journey through Luke as we uncover further insights into humility, compassion, and the transformative power of sacrificial love. Let's be inspired to emulate Jesus' example in our own lives and interactions with others.Thank you for tuning in stay tuned for more thought-provoking discussions and inspiring insights in the episodes to come!Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Never to Late to be Saved.  (Luke 13: 22-35)
13-02-2024
Never to Late to be Saved. (Luke 13: 22-35)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comEpisode Notes: Is it Ever Too Late to be Saved? (Luke 13:22-35)Introduction:Reflecting on a warning of a point of no return for salvation, drawing parallels to the story of Noah's ark.Exploring the question of whether there are other Scriptures that explicitly address this notion of a point of no return for salvation.Verse 22-25: The Narrow Door:Setting the scene as Jesus journeys towards Jerusalem, teaching along the way.Addressing the question about the number of people to be saved, Jesus directs the crowd to take personal responsibility for their salvation.Emphasizing the urgency of seeking salvation before it's too late, using the illustration of a shut door to convey finality.Verse 26-30: Consequences of Rejection:Describing the chilling consequences of being shut out, despite claiming familiarity with Jesus.Painting a vivid picture of sorrow and regret for those who miss the opportunity for salvation.Highlighting the inclusivity of the Kingdom, welcoming people from all corners of the world.Verse 31-35: Opposition and Judgment:Responding to Pharisees' warning about Herod's threat, Jesus displays determination to fulfil his mission.Expressing compassion for the people of Jerusalem, despite their rejection of him.Emphasizing human responsibility in responding to God's offer of salvation and underscoring the consequences of rejection.Conclusion:Urging us to actively engage in sharing the message of salvation with others.Recognizing the deadline that exists for those who have yet to hear the gospel message.Encouraging believers to initiate conversations about faith and actively participate in evangelism.Let's be inspired to share the message of salvation with others and embrace our role in extending God's love to those who have yet to hear it.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Breaking With Tradition  (Luke 13: 10-21)
12-02-2024
Breaking With Tradition (Luke 13: 10-21)
Help me continue making great content for listeners everywhere at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessSubscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comEpisode Notes: Breaking With Tradition (Luke 13:10-21)Verse 10-13: Healing on the Sabbath:Jesus heals a woman with a back problem during a Sabbath service.Examining the woman's persistent condition and her commitment to attending the synagogue despite her physical discomfort. Highlighting the presence of Satan in unexpected places, even religious settings.Verse 14-17: Jesus Confronts Tradition:The synagogue leader objects to Jesus healing on the Sabbath, emphasizing the conflict between tradition and compassion. Jesus exposes the hypocrisy of prioritizing traditions over genuine needs, challenging the ruler's objections. Reflecting on the dangers of traditions that bind people and hinder acts of kindness.Verse 18-21: Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast:Jesus uses parables to discuss the Kingdom of God and its characteristics during the waiting period between his first and second comings. The Mustard Seed: Symbolizing the small beginnings of the Kingdom that will grow into a significant impact. The Yeast: Representing the simultaneous growth of the Kingdom message and the influence of sin during the interim period.Conclusion:Beware of tradition and any hindrance that obstructs caring for people.Jesus emphasizes the need to prioritize people over rigid practices and traditions.The ultimate takeaway: Be vigilant against anything that hinders ministering the love of God to those in need. Remember, the challenge is to prioritize people over tradition and biases, keeping the focus on ministering the love of God to those in need.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Is Repent or Perish a Morally Acceptable Position.  (Luke 13: 1-9)
09-02-2024
Is Repent or Perish a Morally Acceptable Position. (Luke 13: 1-9)
Subscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comHelp me continue making great biblical content for listeners everywhere, everyday at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessEpisode Notes: Is Repent or Perish a Morally Acceptable Position? (Luke 13:1-9)Introduction:Catastrophic events often prompt questions about divine judgment. Jesus' responds to a tragedy reported in Luke 13:1-5.Passage Exploration:Report about Galileans killed during sacrifices, possibly due to clashes between zealots and Romans.Historical context of Pilate's actions and the water system project funded with temple money.People seek Jesus' insight into the tragedy.Jesus challenges assumptions about victims' sinfulness.Shift from external events to internal attitudes reveals self-righteousness.Repentance defined as a change of mind.Examples from Revelation 2 and Acts 17 demonstrate the multifaceted nature of repentance.Understanding Repentance:Repentance involves changing one's mind and subsequent actions.Specifics of repentance depend on the context.Repentance necessary for salvation - God commands all to repent (Acts 17:30).Interchangeability of "believe" and "repent" illustrated in Jonah and Acts 10.Parable of the Fig Tree (Luke 13:6-9):Fig tree symbolizes Israel; Jesus seeks fruit, a change in mindset.Gardener represents Israel; requests one more year for nurturing and cultivation.Parable emphasizes God's patience, additional opportunities for repentance.Urgency of repentance highlighted - change or perish.Spiritual Truths:All are sinners; external events don't indicate exceptional guilt.Implication: No room for self-righteousness; suffering isn't connected to personal guilt.God calls for a change in outlook (repentance).God is patient, giving time for repentance (2 Peter 3:9).Repentance is essential; those who don't repent perish.Coda:Consideration of Universalism:Moral and ethical responsibility questioned.Role of free will in the face of guaranteed salvation.Implications for human agency and moral decision-making.Theological debate on universal salvation and historical context of Origen.Coda - Universalism:Universal salvation concept debated in theology.Points to consider: Moral responsibility, free will, human agency.Evaluation of Origen's perspective and its historical context.Universalism's potential impact on the meaning of choices and personal growth.Luke 13:1-9 underscores the importance of repentance and God's patience. The interconnectedness of belief and repentance explored.Universalism raises theological questions about moral responsibility and free will.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Are You Ready? (Luke 12: 35-59)
08-02-2024
Are You Ready? (Luke 12: 35-59)
Subscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comHelp me continue making great biblical content for listeners everywhere, everyday at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandless "Are You Ready" (Luke 12:35-59)Introduction:Welcome to the latest episode of  where we delve into timeless wisdom from the scriptures. In today's episode, we explore the teachings of Jesus from Luke chapter 12, asking a simple yet profound question - "Are You Ready?" Join us on our journey as we unravel the layers of readiness and spiritual preparation.Episode Notes:If I were to ask you, are you ready, what would you say?In this episode, we dive into Luke 12:35-59, where Jesus urges his followers to be prepared for his return. He uses parables to emphasize the importance of waiting, watching, and working for the Master. The passage unfolds with a narrative that draws parallels between earthly waiting and watching.Key Points Discussed:Waiting vs. Watching:We draw a vivid distinction between waiting and watching, emphasizing the anticipation and excitement that come with the latter. An anecdote from a fishing community illustrates the significance of choosing a partner who watches, not just waits.The Wise and Wicked Servant:Jesus introduces two types of servants - the wise and the wicked.The wise servant is honoured and elevated by the master, while the wicked servant, though recognizing the master, faces severe consequences.The Wayward Servant and Degrees of Punishment:A third type of servant, the wayward servant, is introduced, highlighting disobedience and its consequences. Degrees of punishment and reward are discussed, emphasizing personal accountability and responsibility.Ready for the Judgment:Jesus transitions to the theme of judgment, stating, "I have come to bring fire on the earth." Jesus addresses the inevitability of divisions, even within families, due to spiritual choices. He clarifies his purpose, indicating that while personal peace is offered now, universal peace will come with his second coming.A Call to Readiness:Jesus directly addresses the crowd, urging them to be spiritually aware and prepared.The script concludes with a call to settle matters and be ready for the imminent judgment.The overarching message is summarized - be ready for the Lord's return, judgment, and potential conflicts by being vigilant, discerning, and proactive. The importance of doing the will of God is emphasized.Conclusion:As we explore the depths of Luke 12, we discover a unified theme - the call to spiritual readiness. The chapter acts as a cohesive unit, covering various aspects of life, warning against pitfalls like hypocrisy, greed, and worry. The central message remains clear: be ready for the Lord's return by being actively engaged in doing the will of God.In the next episode, we will delve deeper into Jesus' challenges to discern what is right, settling disputes, and the imperative need for reconciliation on our journey of spiritual readiness.Stay tuned, and in the meantime, ask yourself, "Are You Ready?"Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Beware of Worry.  (Luke 12: 22-34)
07-02-2024
Beware of Worry. (Luke 12: 22-34)
Subscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comHelp me continue making great biblical content for listeners everywhere, everyday at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandlessEpisode Notes: "Beware of Worry" (Luke 12:22-34)Introduction:Everybody worries sometimes, but for some, worry becomes an art form, a constant preoccupation with every detail. In this episode, we turn to the expert advice of Jesus Himself to understand how we should handle worry.Key Points:Life Beyond Possessions (Verses 22-23):Jesus highlights the significance of life beyond material possessions, urging His followers not to be defined by the abundance of things but to trust in God's provision.Consider the Ravens (Verse 24):Drawing from the example of ravens, considered unclean birds, Jesus illustrates God's care for even the least valued, emphasizing the inherent value of His followers.Consider the Wildflowers (Verses 27-30):Jesus directs attention to the beauty of wildflowers, illustrating God's providence and encouraging believers to trust in His knowledge of their needs.Seek the Kingdom of God (Verses 31-34):The solution to worry lies in seeking God's Kingdom and righteousness first. By doing so, believers align themselves with God's will, and their needs are promised to be provided.Application:Trust in God's provision, recognize the value of life beyond material possessions, and prioritize seeking the Kingdom of God. By following these principles, believers can overcome the anxiety associated with worry and focus on their relationship with God.Conclusion:Jesus offers a clear directive – do not worry, trust God, and seek His Kingdom. This episode encourages you to make a choice between worry and trust, reminding us that real wealth is found in a rich relationship with God.Thank you for joining us today as we continue our journey through the Scriptures, may you find peace in trusting God with every aspect of your life. Until next time, keep trusting, keep seeking, and keep growing in your faith.Closing Note:If you found this episode insightful, please share it with friends and family. Your feedback is invaluable, so don't hesitate to leave a review or reach out. Stay tuned for more as we explore the transformative power of trust in God's wisdom and promises.Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Beware of Greed.  (Luke 12: 13-22)
06-02-2024
Beware of Greed. (Luke 12: 13-22)
Subscribe here to receive my new church history podcast every week.https://thehistoryofthechristianchurch.buzzsprout.comHelp me continue making great biblical content for listeners everywhere, everyday at patreon.com/JeremyMcCandless. The central message of the teaching is clear: Jesus warns against the danger of covetousness and the mistaken belief that life's fulfilment comes from material possessions. The parable of the rich man who accumulates wealth but loses his life underscores the temporal nature of material abundance and the need to be rich toward God.Our attitude towards wealth rather than the amount of wealth itself aligns with biblical teachings,. Caution against greed and the call to be rich in good works, ready to give and share, resonate as timeless wisdom.The connection between greed and idolatry, as mentioned in Colossians 3, adds a deeper spiritual dimension to the warning against covetousness.The concluding message is to prioritize relationships with God and others over the accumulation of material possessions serves as a powerful reminder of the true source of fulfillment and meaning in life.I trust a more comprehensive understanding of this biblical passage connects it to contemporary issues, offering valuable insights for reflection and application. Support the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com
Unveiling Hypocrisy, Fearing God, and Confessing Christ"  (Luke 12: 1-12)
05-02-2024
Unveiling Hypocrisy, Fearing God, and Confessing Christ" (Luke 12: 1-12)
Episode Notes.Being Aware of Personal Hypocrisy (Luke 12:1-12)"Exploring Luke's Gospel: Unveiling Hypocrisy, Fearing God, and Confessing Christ"IntroductionWelcome to another episode of "Exploring Luke's Gospel." I'm your host, and today we delve into Luke 12:1-12, where Jesus imparts crucial teachings to his disciples. In this passage, we encounter profound truths about avoiding hypocrisy, fearing God, and confessing Christ.Unveiling Hypocrisy: Beware of the Leaven (Luke 12:1-3)Jesus begins by addressing the multitude that had gathered, urging his disciples to "be on guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy." He doesn't warn against hypocrites but specifically against hypocrisy, revealing a deeper concern for the disciples' internal authenticity.The metaphor of yeast is potent, symbolizing a seemingly insignificant influence that can permeate and transform. In this context, Jesus warns against the insidious nature of hypocrisy—pretending to be something one is not. He highlights the futility of concealing actions and emphasizes the inevitable exposure of hidden truths.The inevitability of exposure, the revelation of concealed actions, and the public proclamation of hidden whispers underscore the profound truth that authenticity is not just a moral virtue but a practical and wise way to navigate life. Jesus dismantles the illusion of long-term concealment, urging disciples to embrace genuine authenticity.Fearing God Over Men: Do Not Be Afraid (Luke 12:4-7)Jesus shifts the focus to fear, cautioning against the fear of men. He emphasizes that earthly authorities can only harm the body, urging disciples not to succumb to fear that might lead them into hypocrisy. Instead, they are directed to fear God, the One with authority over both body and soul.To reinforce the value God places on each individual, Jesus employs the illustration of sparrows. While sparrows are sold for a meagre sum, not one is forgotten by God. This serves as a powerful reminder of God's immense care and knowledge, encouraging disciples not to fear but find security in their great value to God.Confessing Christ: Acknowledge Him Before Others (Luke 12:8-12)The third command Jesus imparts is to confess Him before others. The fear of God and refusal to fear men naturally lead to openly acknowledging Jesus. This command reflects a bold expression of faith and allegiance to Christ, aligning believers with the fear of God and prioritizing His approval over human judgment.The promise of reciprocal acknowledgment—Jesus confessing believers before the angels of God—underscores the significance of unashamedly standing for Christ. Conversely, denial before men results in denial before the angels of God, implying a lack of acknowledgment and rewards in the heavenly realm.In verses 11-12, Jesus foretells persecution and instructs disciples not to worry about how to defend themselves. The Holy Spirit, promised to guide and empower believers, will provide the necessary words. This emphasizes a posture of trust and reliance on God's provision, reinforcing the biblical principle that God's grace is sufficient in weakness.In the culmination of these commands, a profound truth emerges: believers are called to fear God the Father, trust in Christ, and rely on the Holy Spirit for help. This Trinitarian relationship is woven into the fabric of Jesus' teachings, providing a comprehensive guide for navigating the complexities of lSupport the showMy Amazon Author Pageamazon.com/author/jeremymccandlessJeremy McCandless is creating podcasts and devotional resources | PatreonHelp us continue making great content for listeners everywhere.https://thebibleproject.buzzsprout.com