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Bringing the Bible to Life with Katie Miller of 'Sight and Sound'
"You are the what, you're the head of Sight & Sound theaters. What is your official title? I'm the director of marketing communications. You're the head of marketing and communications close enough. You're the grandchild of the folks who founded site in sand. Now, people who are just tuning in who don't know what this is. Give us the synopsis of what is Sight & Sound. Sure. So Sight & Sound is based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and we are coming up on celebrating in just a couple of years, 50 years of what we call bringing the Bible to life on stage. So we have two theaters, one in Lancaster, when in Branson, Missouri, they are large theaters, and we are known for bringing Bible stories to life. And when you say they're large theaters, that's the classic Christian understatement like the humble Christian. They're large theaters. They're huge. They're gigantic. They are really huge. They are. And let's be honest. Yeah, they're 2000s. Gigantic. 2000 seats, we have a 300 foot wraparound stage so these stories, you know, we want to do these stories justice. So they come to life. The audience is really in the middle of the story that's happening. Okay, so the big news is for the first time ever, you guys are coming out with a movie. Yes. Okay. And that's a Christmas movie called I heard the bells. It is. And we are so beyond excited about it, and we can't believe it's finally here. Now, before we talk about that, which is the big news, the headline, I heard the bells, the film. You are also airing on TBN Joseph. We are. Now, and when is that airing? The 25th of November. Coming up here. It's coming up every day. November 25th on TBN at 8 and 10 p.m. Eastern Time, TBN is airing Joseph. So before we get into, I heard the bells this big Christmas movie. Tell us a little bit about Joseph because obviously this is in a few days. Yeah. So Joseph hasn't been live on one of our stages for quite some time, but it is one of my favorite shows that we produce. And one of my favorite stories. If you're familiar with the story, you know what happens. But watching Joseph B kind of torn apart from his family, the life that he leads and then the power of forgiveness and reuniting with his family for giving his brothers seeing his father again. It is just an incredibly moving story and one of my most favorites. So we're super excited to be partnering with TBN again.
Day 339 of The Bible in a Year: Priscilla and Aquila
"Acts chapter 18. First Corinthians, chapter 16, and proverb chapter 28 versus 19 21. The acts of the apostles, chapter 18 Paul and Corinth. After this, he left Athens and went to Corinth, and he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of pontus, lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them, and they worked, for by trade, they were tent makers. And he argued in the synagogue every Sabbath and persuaded Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with preaching, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus. And when they opposed and reviled him, he shook out his garments and said to them, your blood to be upon your heads. I am innocent. From now on, I will go to the gentiles. And he left there and went to the house of a man named titius, justice, a worshipper of God. His house was next door to the synagogue. Christmas, the ruler of the synagogue believed in the lord together with all his household, and many of the Corinthians, hearing Paul believed, and were baptized. And the lord said to Paul one night in a vision. Do not be afraid, but speak, and do not be silent. For I am with you, and no man shall attack you to harm you for I have many people in this city. And he stayed a year in 6 months, teaching the word of God among them. But when gallio was pro counsel of achaia, the Jews made a united attack upon Paul and brought him before the tribunal, saying, this man is persuading men to worship God contrary to the law. But when Paul was about to open his mouth, gallio said to the Jews. If it were a matter of wrongdoing or vicious crime, I should have reason to bear with you, oh Jews. But since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves. I refuse to be a judge of these things. And he drove them from the tribunal, and they all seized sauce the knees, the ruler of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal, but gallio paid no attention to this. Paul's return to Antioch. After this, Paul stayed many days longer, and then took leave of the brethren and sailed for Syria and with him Priscilla and Aquila. He cut his hair for he had a vow. And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there. But he himself went into the synagogue and argued with the Jews. When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. But on taking leave of them, he said, I will return to you if God wills. And he set sail from Ephesus. When he had landed at caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. After spending some time there, he departed, and went from place to place through the region of galatia and phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.
Eric Dives Into the Big Issues of the Woke Agenda
"These host of issues. So talk about what are the, I mean, it's obvious what they are, but just tell us what the issues are. Well, I think, you know, the woke agenda would be the big, you know, kind of like the category that most of these would fall under. But I think it's almost anything. In other words, we're being told right now, for example, we're being told there are certain things you can't even talk about, right? So when somebody says to me in America, you can't talk about that. I immediately say, excuse me, what? What did you just say? I'm in the United States of America. People have died. So that I can have freedom of speech, and I could talk about anything. I don't even need to be right. I just need to know that I have the right to speak my opinion or my thoughts or whatever. When people say, well, you can't talk about, you can't talk about election fraud or corruption in government. That's not even mention that. Don't mention vaccine mandates or whether the vaccines are good. Those are the really controversial things, but as soon as somebody says, you can't talk about something, that's when you need to say, wait a second. Why can't I can talk about anything I want? And by the way, that's just because I'm an American because people died so we could have free speech. So don't tell me to shut up. Secondly, I'm a Christian. I have a duty before God to speak the truth because people's lives depend on all of these issues. So whether it's critical race theory, people's lives are being destroyed by critical race theory, and by the lies that have come out of critical race theory and the BLM movement. If you're against racism, that's good. But if you're an atheist Marxist who's into critical race theory and you start talking to me about racism, I'm going to say, where do you even get the idea racism is wrong? I get that idea from the Bible. And you're just blowing smoke. You're being divisive. Your cultural Marxist. Same thing with the transgender madness. Most people in America know that doesn't seem right. How can somebody suddenly decide I'm this or I'm this or I don't know what I am. Where did that come from?
An Advent Prayer for Faith
"As we pray through the second candle of faith, for the advent season, may we be reminded that we serve the God who makes away and prepares our hearts. Jesus is the way. He is the one we are celebrating who came and fulfilled every prophecy of the Old Testament. He is the savior of the world. Let's pray. Our awaited savior, thank you that this is a season of preparation and anticipation as we wait to celebrate Jesus birth. God, we thank you that we live this side of the cross where we already know that he came. As we have read in Isaiah of your people still awaiting this promised one, it gives his faith that you are the fulfiller of all things. You have a sovereign plan. You are working in the weight. You hear our prayers and you care for us. Thank you that your Holy Spirit is within those who believe in you today. Would you help us to lean into him and not our own sinful ways as we seek to live lives that honor you? Would you soften our hearts to the gospel in any ways in which we have become numb or hardened? Would you grow our faith in our prayers, actions and lives? Help us to know that you are still doing new things today and give us spiritual eyes to see them and to be aware of how you are working. Give us a renewal of excitement this Christmas season over Bible stories that we may have heard many times over. Help us to have a newfound joy to ponder the faith that we have in such a mighty con. Grow as closer to you in this season. Show us fresh angles of your Christmas story. That launched the gospel. We know that when we put our faith in you, that we will not be put to shame. You say in Romans ten, versus 9 through 11. If we declare with our mouse, Jesus lord, and believe in our heart that you raised him from the dead, we will be saved. For it is within our hearts that we believe in our justified, and it is with our mouths that we profess our faith in our save. As scripture says anyone who believes in you will not be put to shame.
"to Whom Much Is Given, Much Is Required"
"I want you to understand what authoritarian sounds like. I want you to understand what people that are actually suppressed. I want you to understand what it sounds like. So we're gonna get to some audio shortly and I'm going to brace you. If you've not heard this audio of people dying dying in China because of their zero COVID lockdowns, being burned alive, I want you to understand that that's what's coming. But before I get to that, can I get back to my fake oppression? Which is what I absolutely hate. And I absolutely despised because we don't take advantage of the God given freedoms that are allotted here in America when we buy into the left nonsense that we're oppressed. We are not oppressed in America, we're freaking spoiled. We're spoiled. Now I gotta be honest with you. I'm not ashamed of it. I look at I look at my citizenship as an American as a duty as a responsibility to spread freedom and to spread goodness not just here in the United States, but around the globe. That's our responsibility. The Bible teaches us to whom much is given much is required as
Danielle D’Souza Gill: A Godless Society Is the Root of All the Evil
"At various points throughout its text, the holy Bible of the Christian religion reveals signs importance of what will happen during what is known as the end times. These signs include the passage in Isaiah warning about people who call good evil and evil good. And a passage in Matthew and Mark that says children will give their parents up to authorities who will put them to death. Then there's the book of revelation, which focuses specifically on the end times. This book details such portents as the mark of the beast, a symbol of allegiance to the Antichrist without which you aren't allowed to buy food or work. And of course, we can't forget the four horsemen of the apocalypse, deception who rides the white horse, wore on his red horse, famine on the black horse, and finally disease on the pale horse. Given that these are all things associated with Antichrist, Satan, and ultimate evil. You would think it would be smart PR to avoid any semblance of them when forming policies that touch the everyday lives of people around the world. Yet, when it comes to the left, the values and ideas of the Antichrist are central to their branding. There is no better example of the practice of calling evil good and good evil than corporate virtue signaling. Think about the standard corporate stance on things like children and gender. Balenciaga's ad campaign comes to mind, as but one small example of countless others. Also note that these virtues are strongly aligned with the goals and ideals of the political left. In fact, the far left ACLU is now dispatching an army of 50 attorneys to Arkansas in order to stop the passage of a bill meant to protect innocent children from insane and unnecessary surgical mutilations.
A Prayer for Truth This Christmas
"A prayer for the truth, this Christmas, written in red by Meg bucher. Second Timothy chapter two verse 19. But that's truth stands firm like a foundation stone. With this inscriptive, the lord knows who are his, and all who belong to the lord must turn away from evil. The day my daughter discovered the truth about Christmas, I wiped tears from her eyes and assured her. Every Christmas would still be just as special as all of the others. The truth about Christmas isn't rooted in the North Pole, but in God's word, Paul's letter to Timothy reminds us that's truth stands firm like a foundation stone. In Paul's day, as there are now, and will continue to be, false teachers twist the truth about who Jesus was. The enemy is prone to take truth and use it against us, or out of context. The truth about Christmas doesn't fade and fall away, as we grow up into adulthood, truth grows more beautiful over the years, as it is watered faithfully. The lord knows who's our his. Paul wrote it reminds me of the Christmas Carol that sings, he's making a list and checking it twice. God has actually written our names in the book of life. Scripture says he not only knows our names, but every hair on our heads at any given time. He knit us together on our mother's womb, the Bible says. How thrilling to create a person? We are made in his image, and he has given us a purpose, unique to each of us. Our lives are so special to God. Nothing could
Day 336 of The Bible in a Year: The Council at Jerusalem
"The acts of the apostles, chapter 15. The council at Jerusalem but some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brethren unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you can not be saved. And when Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question. So being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and samaria, reporting the conversion of the gentiles, and they gave great joy to all the brethren. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the party of the pharisees rose up and said, it is necessary to circumcise them, and to charge them to keep the law of Moses. The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter. And after there had been much debate, Peter rose, and said to them, brethren, you know that in the early days God made choice among you that by my mouth, the gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe. And God who knows the heart bore witness to them, giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us, and he made no distinction between us and them, but cleansed their hearts by faith. Now therefore why do you make trial of God by putting a yoke upon the neck of the disciples which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? But we believe that we shall be saved through the grace of the lord Jesus, just as they will. silence, and they listened to Barnabas and Paul as they related what signs and wonders God had done through them among the gentiles. After they finished speaking, James replied, brethren listened to me. Simeon has related how God first visited the gentiles to take out of them a people for his name. And with this, the words of the prophets agree, as it is written, after this, I will return. And I will rebuild the dwelling of David, which has fallen. I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up. That the rest of men may seek the lord, and all the gentiles who are called by my name says the lord, who has made these things known from of old. Therefore, my judgment is that we should not trouble those of the gentiles who turn to God, but should write to them to abstain from the pollution of idols and from unchastity and from what is strangled and from blood. For from early generations, Moses has had in every city those who preach him for he is read every Sabbath in the synagogues. The council's letter to the gentile believers. Then it seemed good to the apostles and the elders, with the whole church. To choose men from among them and send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
Rapper Ye Draws Fresh Denunciation for Hitler Praise
"Oh my God. We gotta talk about Kanye West on the Alex Jones show. Man, all transparency I did not watch the particular podcast, the show. I saw clips. I saw excerpts from it. And my staff was watching it, they were looking at it and they had told me some of the things that Kanye had said, and I really feel bad for Kanye to a certain degree. Because I get what he's trying to do, I think I get where his heart is at. But the articulation of what he's thinking and what he's actually doing, they're not, they're not meeting in the middle, baby. They all, they everywhere. He said that he loved Hitler. Now let me say this. I want to put this in perspective. I think that if you say that in the context of the Bible, that would be a correct thing to say, right? You're supposed to love everybody. You post to love everybody. Even your enemies. That's what the Bible say. But in the context of expressing that to human beings. I don't think many people are gonna understand you when you say you love Hitler and then he goes on and he said that Hitler had done a lot of great things. Now, let's be honest here. You know, Hitler probably had some accomplishments that he had made, obviously he was an incredible orator that he used for bad, not for good, and he probably had some accomplishments. However, the bad counseled out everything he could have possibly done that was acceptably good. And that's just my opinion about it. Some people may disagree with me. But I don't care what freeways you build. I don't care. I would argue that people probably study him on the way he was able to communicate and influence that many people to do such evil things with our many without question. He would probably study the fact that he was able to lead like that. However, when you go and exterminate people and put them in internment camps and burn them alive and gassed them and do our kind of stuff to them because you want to purify a race of people and completely obliterate people that you don't agree with or you don't like or you don't believe is worth living, everything that you've done in your life begins to be counseled.
An Incentive to Support Our Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Campaign
"Got the biggest smile on my face today. I got an email from illyana in west ligo Texas. She said it's become a family tradition of ours to watch the thermometer on your prison fellowship, angel tree campaign go up, up, up, we love listening to how you worry about hitting your big goal, you always hit the goal with the love and support of your listeners. You know we've got now 2037 kids sponsored to send Christmas presents and bibles and messages from their incarcerated parents. In just a few days, we've raised over $50,000. It's so fun to watch this and to hear from illyana and the Rio Grande valley like that. Say that it's become a Christmas tradition because you can see the progress when you go to the site. When you go to Mike online dot com and click on that angel tree banner at the top of the page. Again, the ask is simple. $50 will bless two children. You'll be able to send a Christmas gift that the child believes is coming from their parent who is in prison. They'll also get a Bible and a personalized message from their dad or their mom to these children on Christmas. $25 a child, I had a number of people donated a thousand this week. We're going to call them to thank them personally for their donation. Whatever you can afford, and I got a trip that I might be putting together to see a Broadway hit, great seats for a show that you can't get tickets for. I mean, 'cause the star of this particular show, I'm not even supposed to say what it is yet, because we haven't finalized the details. It's going to come together quickly if we do it. Because I got the tickets. Tickets are for next Wednesday night.
Chris Reed: Having God in the Room
"When this was happening to you, all those years ago in 2011, how did you know that it was God and it was not some other spiritual being or beings? Because let me just say I am sympathetic. I understand the skepticism, I would first respond by saying that number one, in scripture, we see a lot of this. I mean, Jesus chose his first miracles turning water into wine. A lot of people would have called that and they did, in fact, they called that sorcery. That's like a magic trick. And, you know, this was the religious elite of the day said he does this by the power of bills above. And so the Bible is full of people who encountered God in ways that the skeptical or natural mind could not accept could not believe and I can completely understand why they are skeptical of it, but here's the main point, the fact that we know this happened in the New Testament, we see people having angelic encounters in the book of act, seeing a bright light knocking them down, blinding them some of tarsus we see agabus prophesying about world fame and speaking in tongues in healings and all of this. And for those that don't believe that it's for today, they said all just on one verse and first Corinthians that says when that which is perfect is come, that which is in part will be done away. So they are taking a very, very large leap to say that, which is perfect has come, is the canonization of scripture. And that's how they get away with that. They were basically saying, well, once the Bible is complete, gifts are four today. I've never understood that. I mean, when
A Challenge to Help Spread the Word of the Gospel
"Did you know that you have one of the most powerful tools for the deployment of the gospel in the history of the universe? So this week, every day at the top of the episode, I'm going to issue a challenge to you. I want you to join me in helping spread the understanding of the gospel to the nations. Now, I just got back from a Senate where you talked about the 3 billion unreached people in the world, people who've never heard the name of Jesus, and there are incredible organizations working to get the gospel into every written and spoken language by the year 2033, but you and I probably had access to bibles long before we ever actually understood scripture. So what we want to do is we want to encourage and challenge you to find two friends who live in other countries and invite them to read through the Bible with you next year and to do the Bible recap with you so that they will fall more in love with the word, fall more in love with scripture, understand scripture more and be empowered and equipped themselves to continue the spread of the gospel to those 3 billion unreached people. So will you do that today? Will you think of two people that you know who live in other countries besides where you live and invite them to read through the Bible with the Bible recap and you next year? All right, I'm going to issue this
Day 335 of The Bible in a Year: Run the Race
"The acts of the apostles, chapter 14 Paul and Barnabas, and iconium. Now at iconium, they entered together into the Jewish synagogue, and so spoke that a great company believed both of Jews and of Greeks. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the gentiles and poisoned their minds against the brethren. So they remained for a long time speaking boldly for the lord, who bore witness to the word of his grace. Granting signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the people of the city were divided. Some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. When an attempt was made by both gentiles and Jews with their rulers to molest them into stone them, they learned of it, and fled to lystra and Derby, cities of laconia, into the surrounding country, and there they preached the gospel. Paul and Barnabas in lystra and Derby. Now at Leicester, there was a man sitting who could not use his feet. He was a cripple from birth who had never walked. He listened to Paul speaking and Paul, looking intently at him and seeing that he had faith to be made well, said in a loud voice, stand upright on your feet. And he sprang up and walked. And when the crowds saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying in laconian, the gods have come down to us in the likeness of men. Barnabas, they called Zeus, and Paul because he was the chief speaker they called Hermes, and the priest of Zeus, whose temple was in the front of the city brought oxen and garlands to the gates and wanted to offer sacrifice with the people. But when the apostles Barnabas and Paul heard of it, they tore their garments and rushed out among the multitude crying, men, why are you doing this? We also are men of like nature with you and bring you good news that you should turn from these vain things to a living God who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and all that is in them. In past generations, he allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways, yet he did not leave himself without witness. For he did good and gave you from heaven rains in fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness. With these words, they scarcely restrain the people from offering sacrifice to them. But Jews came there from Antioch and iconium, and having persuaded the people they stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered about him, he rose up and entered the city, and on the next day he went on with Barnabas to Derby. When they had preached the gospel to that city and then made many disciples, they returned to lystra and to iconium and to Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples exhorting them to continue in the faith and saying that through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God. And when they had appointed elders for them in every church with prayer and fasting, they committed them to the lord in whom they believed. The return to Antioch in Syria. And they passed through presidia and came to pamphilia, and when they had spoken the word in perga, they went down to atelier, and from there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had fulfilled. And when they arrived, they gathered the church together and declared all the God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the gentiles, and they remained no little time with the disciples.
Support Our Prison Fellowship Angel Tree Campaign
"Yesterday, pretty good day with sponsoring kids for our angel tree Christmas campaign for prison fellowship, put yourself in the Christmas spirit, send a Christmas gift to the child of somebody who's in prison and you will be blessed because you're going to bless these kids, we got a little bit of an issue right now. Tom Trat up on our team is working on it. There's some problem with the cash or the banner at the top of the pay we go through this once in a while. We go to, if you go to Mike online dot com, there should be an angel tree banner at the top of the page, but as we discovered today, it's not appearing on a lot of versions. I guess safari, there's a problems. So give it a shot, though. Please go to Mike online dot com. $25 will send a Christmas gift. A message from the incarcerated parent and the Bible and the gospel to a child of an incarcerated prisoner. It's a beautiful ministry. It's a perfect Christmas gift. You will put yourself in the Christmas spirit by kicking things off. And if you can't find the banner at Mike online dot com and again, we apologize. We're working on fixing this. But you can just text the keyword angel to our MyPillow text line, which is 806 5 5 mic, 806 5 5 6 four 5 three, and we'll send you back the link where you can make a secure online donation, or you can just phone in your donation if you'd like. We had a number of people, I think, who donated the $1000 yesterday because I'm going to call everybody who made a $1000 donation. We'll extend that today. If you're blessed and you want to make a $1000 contribution, I'll give you a personal phone call this week to thank you. We could talk about solving the world's problems together on the phone. You could phone in your gift right now. 888-206-2788. That's 888-206-2788
Day 333 of The Bible in a Year: Peter Is Rescued From Prison
"The acts of the apostles, chapter 12. James killed, and Peter imprisoned by Herod. About that time Herod the king laid violent hands upon some who belonged to the church, he killed James, the brother of John with the sword. And when he saw that it pleased the Jews, he proceeded to arrest Peter also. This was during the days of unleavened bread, and when he had seized him, he put him in prison and delivered him to four squads of soldiers to guard him, intending after the Passover to bring him out to the people. So, Peter was kept in prison, but Ernest prayer for him was being made to God by the church. An angel rescues Peter from prison. That very night, when Herod was about to bring him out, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers bound with two chains and sentries before the door were guarding the prison. And behold, an angel of the lord appeared, and a light shone in the cell, and he struck Peter on the side and woke him saying, get up quickly. And the chains fell off his hands, and the angel said to him, dress yourself and put on your sandals, and he did so. And he said to him, wrap your cloak around you and follow followed him, he did not know that what was done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision. When they had passed the first and the second guard, they came to the iron gate leading into the city. It opened to them of its own accord, and they went out and passed on through one street, and immediately the angel left him. And Peter came to himself and said, now I am sure that the lord has sent his angel and rescued me from the hand of Herod, and from all that the Jewish people were expecting. When he realized this, he went to the house of Mary, the mother of John, whose other name was Mark, where many were gathered together and were praying, and when he knocked at the door of the gateway, I made named rhoda came to answer. Recognizing Peter's voice in her joy, she did not open the gate, but ran in and told that Peter was standing at the gate. They said to her, you are mad. But she insisted that it was so. They said, it is his angel. But Peter continued knocking, and when they opened, they saw him and were amazed. But motioning to them with his hand to be silent, he described to them how the lord had brought him out of the prison, and he said, tell this to James, and to the brethren. Then he departed, and went to another place.
Why Evangelicals Shouldn't Fear Sacramental Worship
"Why do you think there is this fear or suspicion in the evangelical world over sacramental practices? You know, I think one concern that evangelicals have and that I had was that if you if you used, if you were to engage in the sacraments, you could make an idol out of them. And that they could be something that you were worshiping instead of Jesus Christ. And you know, that's something that we all have to guard against, that we don't replace Jesus with something that is religious, that maybe looks like Jesus, but actually isn't him. And we really want to follow the second commandment. We will not set up idols to worship. And so I think that's one concern. And I think another concern that people have is just the physical nature of liturgical worship that it involves your body. We're really strong in the evangelical world on what they know our thoughts and our feelings, reaching the heart and reaching the head, both of which matter to God. And but involving our bodies is another matter. And this is, this is one way that we can actually just honor the incarnation of Jesus Christ that he became flesh. You know, he took on a human body and in fact went to the cross and was resurrected in a human body. And today, praise God, he sits at God's right hand and intercedes for us in a human body. And when we're resurrected with him, when we rise on that final day, boy, we will stand before him in a body that has been resurrected. So, you know, the lord involves the human body in Salvation. And what liturgy and sacraments do is it sort of honors the bodies that God has given us as a gift. And just honors the fact that matter matters, you could say that matter matters. We don't worship creation, but we do honor creation as our lord did.
You Are Not Defined by Your Past
"We are never defined by our past. Everything in our life wants us to believe that we're defined by what we've been by how we failed by the mistakes that we've made that we can do something that will always define us for the rest of our life. But God seems to be saying again and again in scripture that we are not defined by our past, that there is nothing that can define us more completely and fully past present and future than our standing as sons and daughters of God and that it's because of Christ because of Christ's birth and that we celebrate at Christmas time that we can even have the freedom and the ability to be sons and daughters of God and that God gives us that through Jesus.
An Advent Prayer for Hope
"Isaiah 9 6 says for to us a child is born to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders, and he will be called wonderful counselor. Mighty God, everlasting father. Prince of peace. Advent is a time of year celebrated in the preparation for Jesus's birth. It is the last four Sundays which lead to December 25th. As a four part series, we will pray through the meaning of each candle as we prepare our own hearts for Christmas. Actual advent goes from Sunday, November 27th, through December 24th this year. For more information about advent, you can visit Christianity dot com. Justin holcomb shares this. The more common advent candle tradition. However involves four candles, and new candle is lit on each of the four Sundays before Christmas. Each candle represents something different. Although traditions vary, the four candles traditionally represent hope, faith, joy and peace. Today, as we pray through the first candle hope, may we be reminded of the fulfilled promise of Jesus as the messiah, long awaited by the people's God, let's pray. Our great messiah thank you for being the fulfillment of the promise of eternal life to come. Thank you, that you came down to this earth to die for our sins. Jesus, please help us to reflect on your faithfulness through and through. You give hope to this dark world and you show us how to live with eternal perspective. Help us today in this week not to live with worldly eyes, but to see through spiritual eyes and know that you are over all and working everything out according to your purposes. God, you humbled yourself to come here and live the life that I could not live. Thank you for standing in my place and taking away my sins. Help me not to go a day without being thankful for that. Lord I confess areas in my life where I feel hopeless or doubtful for you to work. Would you please remind me that just as you have worked in the past throughout the Bible that you are still working today? Remind me that the hope that comes from you does not disappoint. Help me feel confident to trust in the one who never fails. Lord, you say in Romans 5 for 5 and hope does not disappoint us because God has poured out his love into our hearts through the Holy Spirit. Whom
"bible" Discussed on The Bible Project
"Then. In a preacher teacher. Then a preacher teaching. Yeah, I guess just the word order. Yeah. Communicates the difference. Yes. Or a straight teacher or a straight preacher. Yeah. Yeah. Yeah, the spectrum teacher, teacher preacher, preacher teacher, and then preacher. Yeah. If I had a white boy, it would make sense. Anyway. I think we probably have different connotations that go with those words. What does that mean? What I'm saying? If we're going to, I don't know, oversimplify is that teaching is just like, let me just give you a lecture that walks you through all the data points and then preaching is like let me stir in you a desire to love God and to like one is more instructional one is more inspirational. Yeah, I guess. Yeah, I think those are probably the connotations. For me, when I hear both of those, I think, okay, but we need to just be really intentional about thinking about how people learn and grow. Yeah. Whatever you're doing. Yeah, absolutely. All right, we've got a question from Elizabeth in South Carolina. Hi Tim and John, my name is Elizabeth, and I'm from South Carolina. My question is, if the Bible is written and assembled by humans, how can we be sure that what we have today is divine? What makes it trustworthy as opposed to other religious texts that claim to be divinely inspired? Thanks for all you do. Your podcast and videos have helped to soften my heart and change my view of everything, especially Jesus. That's so cool. Thanks Elizabeth. And yeah, great question. At the heart of it. Yeah, at the heart of the Bible, trustworthy. Yeah, totally. I like this use of a trustworthy. Yeah, yeah. Yeah, exactly. Yeah, trustworthy. There's many ways you could angle it this question. One way is to say, what do we mean when we say trustworthy trustworthy for what? In terms of trustworthy to accomplish or do what? In my personal journey, like life journey, the reason I started reading the Bible was not because I cared about the Bible. It was because I was compelled by Jesus. By the stories about him and his teachings that I first heard in a relatable way that really was compelling to me, not by reading the Bible, but by hearing other people talk about them. And those people were people who follow Jesus and read the Bible. And actually, I think that's kind of how it worked for the most part throughout most of history is what people become convinced or compelled to read the Bible and then accept its take on reality, not because of the Bible. There are some people who it starts with they've read a Bible in a hotel. And the Bible is the main encounter. Or maybe they're studying history and they see a correlation that they can't ignore. Right. But it seems 9 times out of ten, it's the Bible has been put in front of somebody because of a community or friendships who are modeling and displaying before them a portrait or story about Jesus that's compelling to them. And I think that's important. In other words, you know when Jesus commissions the apostles at the end of Matthew, for example, the great commission. What he says is all authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. So the divine authority that I am putting myself under when I follow Jesus is of the person of Jesus, the actual risen, Jesus, is the one I'm following, and I accept his authority over my life. One of the ways that authority and the way I hear and understand who Jesus is and what it means to follow him is through a community of faith in which I read these texts. In other words, scriptures authority is derivative to an actual person. And so Elizabeth, for me, it actually doesn't start with the Bible. It starts with Jesus. So I believe that Jesus is human and divine. And his resurrection displays him and is what drawn to him as the world's true lord with the authority to tell me what it means to be human. And then I accept that the scriptures are a testimony by the prophets and apostles that tell me the real story about who he is and therefore what it's going to mean to be one of his followers in the world. So in my mind, that's how things go in that order. As opposed to trying to lead with, you know, I should follow Jesus because there's this super special book. And this book is so unique. There's no other book that's like it, and that proves that Jesus is who he says he is. And I just maybe it's just subjective, but I don't actually think that's how it works. In other words, Jesus didn't say all authority and heaven on earth is in the Bible. Therefore, follow me, follow me. It's the other way around. I just think that's really significant. I.
"bible" Discussed on The Bible Project
"The proverbs universalizes the Adam and Eve experience so that every person sees himself as sitting before the tree with the choice. And so I'm kinda excited as I way to frame up proverbs and then to have a whole season where we're just reading different proverbs or the speeches at the beginning. But it's about teaching them to see every day. I stand before the tree with a choice and teaching them categories of choices that are one towards life one towards death. But it's also teaching them the skill of hyperlinking. Yeah, that's right. That's really cool. Yeah, yeah, but instead of teaching them how to read the Bible, you're just doing with the Bible, what it's made to do. And then that's because that's how you learn. That's how you learn. Yeah. Just like what people do it. What's exciting is we're not kids education experts. But there are and there's probably some of those listening. Yeah. And we'd love to see ideas and curriculum for kids. Yeah. And so if you have stuff, send it our way. We love the pass it along. Yeah. We're really interested. All right, our next question is from Natasha in Texas. Hi, this is Natasha from Houston, Texas. I really enjoyed the episode on the Bible as meditation literature, but I'm wondering how we see this attribute of scripture in the New Testament. For example, it feels easier or maybe more intuitive to read the psalms and the proverbs as meditation literature, but it's more difficult for me to see the letters to the churches as meditation literature. I would love and appreciate your insight on this and thanks for all you guys do. Yeah, what an insightful question. Yeah. Actually, John you, this was a B in your bonnet. Speak when we were being your beanie. Yeah. And when we were talking about meditation literature, I think. 'cause you were like, what about the New Testament letters? They just feel different to you. Yeah, I think I was saying that they stand out as not feeling like the rest of the Bible in terms of how there's a lot of care and craftsmanship about every line and how an entire scroll is designed. They feel a more fast and loose. And kind of just like what they were, just responses to churches from a pastor on the go. But it did seem like someone who did meditate on the Bible. Yeah, an example of and then kind of gave you his meditations. Yeah. As it relates to what was happening on the ground, but it wasn't written as meditation literature, at least it doesn't seem that way. Yeah, I think it's important to maybe first define what we mean by meditation literature in the first place that it's not just sitting and quietly meditating that we're looking for the ways that the authors read and reread scripture, which I guess is what you're talking about with the letters. And then the ways that we are also called to read and reread scripture and link things together and see Katie and art and patterns. And then even a step before that. It's not just about how the biblical authors read and reread earlier biblical material. It's that the design principles that work, it's designed so that it requires multiple rereadings over a long period of time. To discover all the layers of meaning. And that when it's been designed that way, the authors are intentionally thinking about, oh, okay, I'm going to tell this story with these details because later I'm going to tell this story with these details. Yes, exactly. And in the middle is this other story with these details. And for me, there's all of this cool symmetry, but it's kind of a little bit embedded. A layered deeper than sure, at a first reading. So when I read in a pistol, I don't see Paul doing that. Right. I don't see him being like, okay, I'm gonna answer this question from the Corinthians, and then I'm gonna answer this other one. But once you think about both questions together, then something new is gonna pop. I don't know if that's actually what he's doing versus just like, I'm answering your questions. Yeah. I think that's totally what he's doing. Okay. It's just a different type of literary conventions. Okay. Like very often, this was in her how to read the New Testament letters. Paul will open with a prayer of Thanksgiving. And he'll load that prayer with key words that foreshadow the themes of the different sections of the letter to come. The ephesians, Romans, thessalonians, colossians, they're all like this. But it's just, it's a letter. So you're saying it's highly designed. Highly designed, even though it was a shorter time frame, you know? Maybe months. There's intentionality of how they decide what to use and how prayer works and how the doxology might work. But for example, like a narrative in the Hebrew Bible, you can diagram. You'll diagram a narrative and you'll see just all this intentionality line after line after line. No wasted idea and no wasted line. Yeah. And you can diagram positive diagram letters same way. Yeah, but you get these run on senses, you get, it doesn't have the same kind of symmetry. It kind of starts to feel a little bit more random. Like it doesn't feel as artistically designed. I see things a totally different way. I don't know, man. Everywhere I go and Paul's letters..
"bible" Discussed on The Bible Project
"Them out, which is not something we've been doing on the podcast yet. Well, yes. And so I was doing that with the kids. I skipped a few of the teachings that weren't relevant. But we caught up with that. And so I just started actually heard our friend Rudy was doing this, just read through every story and just read him as stories and kind of in the way that we're doing it as we're telling the stories we're connecting the themes. So when we get to the story of Abraham, giving away his wife or lying about his wife, being his wife. But being the one who's supposed to be the blessing about just asking the kids, like, wow, what does it look like when the people that God wants to use and blast? Don't trust them. What happens? This is an interesting story about that. And so just trying to walk through the stories that way is best I can. I get to stories where I'm just like, I don't know. And their attention span sometimes sometimes can work with the stories and sometimes they can't I don't have a picture book one. Yeah. Maybe. Maybe the troll for that. You know, one thing that really stuck with me, Tim is you've said that a number of times that the Bible is not a kid's book. Yeah, I'm stuck with that because I agree. I think. But at the same time, I think kids are supposed to know these stories. And even grapple with the hard things that have happened throughout history or in the world. It's a good way for parents to talk to their kids about hard things. Yeah. So when it comes to other media that aren't for kids, I think as parents we intuitively know there's a certain age where it's gonna be appropriate. Yeah. When am I gonna watch Lord of the Rings trilogy with my kids? Yeah. What am I going to introduce them to? What am I going to introduce him to? Whatever. You know? But how do you do that with the Bible? Because it seems it seems like it's not the right answer to say, yeah, we'll wait until you're 12 and then we'll read these stories. Yeah, yeah. But if those stories were like, you know, an HBO series. You'd wait. Yeah. Totally. Yeah. We had that same that same tension. I think yeah, what we've done is very similar. We're still doing it. So it's like an experiment. I think I tried to use individual anchor narratives as like these meditation centers. So genesis one, the 7 day narrative in the image of God. Man, we hung out there. For a couple of months. And I don't believe you. And it would just be, we have this little Bible club. We have a Bible club notebook, and it's full of these stick drawings. You know, there's also these really helpful videos. But, you know, I mean, you get talking about the image of God. What does that mean? My 8 year old's fascinated with that question. And all of a sudden you're like, you're talking about ethics in relationships, just like meditating on three verses in genesis one, the image of God poem. Stuff like that. So you actually modeling what it looks like to take one page or one paragraph and meditate on it in conversation with your kids and thinking out the implications. I think that's the wisdom literature part of the paradigm. Serena is not interested in genesis one at all. She wants to skip it, and she's like, go to the snake. Or the blood. Yeah. Yeah, interesting. Yeah. So yeah, developmentally. Depending on where your kids are at. I like the idea of following their curiosity though, or yeah, letting them ask questions that if your son's super interested in image of God, it's like stay there. Yeah, totally. Yeah. For the first years when our kids were, you know, that a toddler age and early elementary we just read stories about Jesus. Like that was Bible club just reading individual stories and just for me, what made the biggest impact on me in my late teens and early 20s, but maybe you want to follow Jesus. Was the stories about Jesus? And what he said and did. And that's what drove my curiosity into the rest of the Bible because he was constantly talking about the rest of this book. So I think now we're at an age where, yeah, we're going back and sessioning. The difficult stories of genesis, but yeah, I decided to wait until, you know, they were 8 and ten. It's really just within the year that we started to talk about. Yeah, the flood, the sex scandals. Something around age 8, I feel like that something starts to click over a little bit. Yeah. That they can start to hang. That's right. But what I've tried to avoid and I think what year after Lisa is avoiding the idea of you read a story and then you come up with a life lesson of like, do this like 8 character dead. And it's more like, what's the message of this particular story? And then how do we meditate on that and the implications of that for how we want to be in the world or not be in the world? And there is a certain age where you can do that in a certain way where you can't do it. That's what you're saying. Serena saying, where's the action? Yeah. She's into the story of it. Yeah. Another thing that we've done is actually just using the ancient like the calendar, yeah. So on Friday nights, lighting a Shabbat candle. And just like talking about the 7th day arrest. Yeah. Or we do a little hybrid family Passover where we get grape juice and like a turkey basting brush and we brush grape juice on the door. Oh, that's so cool. And August, he's so excited about it. My 8 year old he's like. It's also experiential. So that's right. Really deep learning. Yeah. We haven't lived in a tent in our backyard at night to sue code, but they'd be totally. Yeah. I think it's always in October and November. You're gonna have to go to Israel for that one, I think. Anyhow, there are tactile ways to get your kids into the biblical stories too, especially calendar..
"bible" Discussed on The Bible Project
"While i was still with you all the things written about me in the torah of moses in the prophets and in the psalms notice. He's got a three part shape to the scriptures on the mind on his mind. All of that was written about me in the tanakh towards prophets writings had to be fulfilled. Had to come to its fullness. It's as if jesus reads the hebrew as something. The forms like an empty container is a story that creates an emptiness that must be filled. Full coup image. It is the tore in the prophets had to be filled full. And what he says. It's about me as what you just said. All the things written about me. And the torah prophets and that's similar to what he says on In the sermon. The mount right. He says because people were worried like hey. Are you teaching something beyond the tour of the prophets or you dismissing the torn the prophets. And he's like no. I've come to fill them full. That's right to same word. Okay play raw data to fill up. So what happens in this story after. He says that Luke tells us then. He opened their minds to understand the scriptures and he said to them. This is what's written so if this is so great because it's in one sentence long sentence but it's in one sentence gsa summary of what he revival is about and here's what he says. This is what is written that the messiah would suffer would rise again from the dead on the third day and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations beginning from jerusalem. This is jia summary of what the torah prophets and writings are about what to say. There's nowhere where it's written then. This sentence not pro this shorthand summary so when jesus says it is written He doesn't mean like go. And you could find this written somewhere. He means it's about. This is what the whole story is about. This is what it's about but you're you're right to pay attention to the same little phrase thus it has written or so. It's written is often a quotation formula to mark a specific sentence the rate of quoted to make it in his words very authoritative. Quite the same way that were quoting from the hebrew bible. It'd be authoritative. Saying this is what it's all about so connected with what he said earlier. It's about me and then here he says it's about the messiah so yeah we should do a session on the word messiah what that implies what that means. But it's about a figure who would go into death and suffering and then come out of death and suffering and that somehow that would release or open up something. That's really good news for other people here That it's about the announcement that the all of the failures of humanity are forgiven and that that message will be announced all the nations starting in jerusalem. That's a summary. Your i just for years i would sit with us and be like man you know when i try to read some part of the old testament artist have hard time seeing that. That's not the summer. I would give after my first few years of trying to read the old testament. So how did jesus get there. How did you get there. Yeah it almost like causes an amount of trust when you this out of jesus mouth and he's saying this is what it's all about. It's like okay. I'm going to make that my underlying assumption. Now reading sympathetically with jesus the old testament. When i can't stay that i should be asking the question. How is this book of the bible fitting into the story of his suffering messiah who will rise from the dead. An offer forgiveness since to all nations tower. And that's not an easy question to answer that you read in the hebrew bible also interesting. I remember vividly the season. I'd just been krishna. Few years trying to read the bible like figure out how it all works having a hard time. But i do remember. I was attending a church at the time. And i remember one particular bible teacher at this church. And he had a really winsome way of preaching from the old testament in and i didn't all categories are being formed. Like i didn't know. And what i could notice was that he would take a story from the old testament and the abstract abstract kind of like a moral lesson and then the person who would get put into the slot of the main character was he would invite you the listener to see yourself as what the story is about. So it's a story about isaac and about you and he's digging wells and the philistines don't like him because he's finding wells everywhere. But he's god's chosen one who wants to provide wells for him even in a difficult season and so you dear listener or reader are like isaac. God wants to bless you and give you wells of water in the wilderness when all your enemies are against you but the technique was for you to see isaac in this case or any given story but actually remember really specific sermon genesis. twenty six on isaac. You'd see them as a model for yourself. Okay in the world. And so what i can do is then look at my life circumstances and see that the story is ultimately you know like a model for me and my circumstances and that's not totally wrong but there's something about making each story about me and my spiritual journey that i think is actually really different than what jesus trying to tell us about. What all the stories in the torah prophets and writings are about. He says they're about him And they're being about him. That will implicate me and speak to me in a very important way but to me. That's the help you think about it. Is it about me right. Or is it about the messiah. But by being about the messiah and we'll talk more about this but that doesn't mean that it is about us. Yes it's about me because it's about the messiah right so there's like a process of interpretation that's right but if you skip the messiah bay and you're just like oh isaacs a model for me. Yep then you start to just moralize. All the stories versus seeing how their patterns towards the need of a messiah. Yeah which then implicates me. Yeah i think part of the reason. Why the moral handbook approach especially to old testament biblical narrative only works part of the time is when biblical characters are portrayed positively and. They're doing good and they are a models of positive behavior but the problem is those same characters david slaying. The glad exactly. The same characters are just as often not just portrayed as having like flaws and i'm flawed too but it's like being really horrible people and raise the question of like i'm not supposed to be like that you know and then it kind of makes it feel like i don't mind supposed to be like david anyway i mean just And so maybe that's the wrong question. The whole question is what is david's story point to what does it tell me about what humans are like and about if humans are to be god's partners in the world that that assumes all thing we should talk about what kind of humor we're going to need will probably not someone like that probably someone like that and it's just a different orientation point and maybe i didn't think this through super thoroughly before raising it but this brought clarity to me along the way a fundamental point of is the bible about me here and that's why i read it whereas the bible about the messiah and.
"bible" Discussed on The Bible Project
"Terms with but If this is a question that bothers you keeps you up at night. You need wrestle with it because it's a reality that the boundaries of the scriptural collection differed in jewish different jewish communities. And so we just need to be a lot more humble in how dogmatic we are about these questions. The plane with unified though. Because we're talking about okay so this collection was brought together as a collection but the purpose of it was to you something very specific which was detail one very specific story. And it's right about what's going on in the world correct. Yeah the the tanakh as we encounter it. The whole collection is spun out of the first few literary units of the genesis school so the creation and the eden stories the stories of the flood and the scattering babylon and the choosing of abraham that sequence read their set the vocabulary literary themes that are just gonna be on recycle in every part every squall. And that's not collection as riffing off of stuff going on in those early chapters in what are those themes. Your god is the great creator and provide a river of light order and life installed humanity as an image through whom to rule the world and stewart. It's fruitfulness humans. Do a really poor job violence and yeah we take gifts and we use them aggrandize ourselves and our agenda and lot of people get hurt in the process so god has two choices. You can either scrap the whole thing. What the flood But then that means no more humans through to ruled world and god's not satisfied with that apparently because he likes the humans too much wants to rule the world through them so out of the decree. He saves a remnant chooses a remnant and gives them a chance of becoming humanity 2.0 napkins noah and abraham and then with isaac and then with jacob and then dawn this cycle of god. Yeah yeah you're creating yes. Establishing a human in the first all humanity But then picking humans trion feeling some sort of de creation. Yep and then selecting than a humid again. Yup it's like a melody is like a. Yeah that's repeating is very clear genesis And that just continues on all the tour and the prophets are about in the babylonian exile is portrayed as the ultimate catastrophic flood that happened to the chosen people of the family vapor him A remnant returned and Route the hebrew bible comes from that remnant. Which is taken the whole collection and oriented around a future. Hope about god raising up some one from among the remnant who will do for israel and for the world what none of seem to be able to do for ourselves the seed of the woman. The snake crusher. You're the messiah. And so that's where. The hebrew bible is organized in terms of content and theme about the hope for a future. Human who will reverse the failure eden and reverse israel's failure and released god's blessing to all of the world. Every book in the tanakh is about about that in some way. If i can't see how about that. The problem is probably more do with my assumptions. Yeah i like that like when we approached the bible. I like to think of it as reading sympathetically with the authors so trying on that viewpoint of this a unified and coherent story. Even if i can't see it. That's where the evidence points. Because that's how design patterns seem to be working and entertainment geology in this overarching storyline. And so yeah. When you can't see it it's helpful to read sympathetically and ask okay curiously and with wonder what could the author be doing here and i don't understand this but there must be a reason and i think that's also where it's helpful to study ancient jewish convention like how do the. How do these texts work. You know how do they write them. How's it different than how we would write or read a story today. How's it similar. That's where i think. All that stuff comes into play in a super fascinating. Yeah and we'll get to that more yup in the principal we call them. Principles axioms attributes of of this paradigm. That it's jewish meditation literature. Correct attack this idea even more. That's right yeah here. Maybe it's more that there's an acknowledgement that distant. Jewish literature could tolerate diversity or something that seems destructive or contradictory. Maybe more than we could someone we read something that seems like a contradiction or seems out of place in the overall storyline. Where would you experience that. He say yeah. I think there are a lot of different ways we could experienced. That one would be where you know with samuel and kings material and then chronicles material and they are telling the same story in a different way so why is lab like often with different details. Yeah totally different. Details recounting the same event. Retailed details really different. Yeah so for me. If i'm approaching that text with this assumption. If i'm trying on that lens sympathetically. I would say i wonder why this is and let me see if i can figure out. What the authors point is in samuel and kings and how. That point differs in chronicles. What's the author trying to do differently. And why might that be exit. That's a great example because for many people divergent details in accounts of the same event happened all over the hebrew bible and so if your assumption is well this is a historical record of the history of ancient. Israel does are gonna be problems or contradictions but a contradiction in a collection of texts is in the i of the beholder. The fact that recipe book like you turn to one page and the recipe is really different than the recipe. Twenty pages later. Oh it's a contradiction will know. The contradiction is only in your assumptions that recipe but should have all the same recipes like wrong. This option yes so in the same way if my assumptions about what the bible is leave me to see contradictions in. It may be my assumptions. The problem not the by so again. We are getting into jewish mutation literature and a verses. What is jewish literature as opposed to history. Sure sure and i love to get in that more just saying in a diverse collection. There's gonna be diversity. And if i can see oh it was brought together in this particular way as anthology but has been given a unified shape in its final form. Here we're talking about the unified. Highly designs editorialize unified shape. Yeah that the hebrew bible came into b yeah very specific and beautifully designed. That's right yeah. Designed as editorial unity and unified in terms of its themes stories and governing. Storyline concept's chris. It's collection that tolerates enormous diversity in terms of content literary but it's unified in really clear and obvious ways to see it so this whole topic about formation of the hebrew bible. This is like zeal to my rabbit. Hole i've been going down for a couple of decades now so helpful guide along the way. I'll recommend a couple of books that i've been helpful. One is a more general introduction by hebrew bible scholar. Paul wagner called the journey from text translation origin and development of the bible. It's actually about both old and new testaments but he really zeroes in a lot of these things. We're talking about that compositional history. Yeah for the hebrew bible and then if you wanna take the ultimate dive in hebrew stuff you gotta read lee martin. Mcdonald's work and It's hard to know which of his fifteen bucks on the formation of the bible to read because as he learns more. He writes a new book. He's written fifteen books. He's written books of the bible. But it's sorta like he'll do a few more years of research learn a whole bunch more and then published a new book on it so He just has one called the biblical canon. He had just released this year like a much bigger two volume work on the origins of cannon but anyway if you search for him and on amazon and look for the biblical canon. That's a really great definitive treatment of a distillation of all the key things you gotta think about. When it comes to the origin history the bible so those are two scholars that have been helpful not canon formation but somebody who's interested in the unified story. Oh the unified story. Well it's hard to know where to start with. It depends on what feature of the story. somebody sees unifying and So some helpful places star are like stephen dempster. yeah dominion and dynasty. Yeah so it's tracing the theme of the royal messianic hope throughout the hebrew bible under the place to go be. Christopher writes the mission of god. Yeah yeah unlikely. The bible's grand narrative. Think so they go. Yeah there's a good good place to start all right. And so. That's the hebrew bible and all our questions are answered. Thank you for that. We'll jump in next to the formation of.
"bible" Discussed on The Bible Project
"My mind to separate those two collections because they each have a unique formation. History the is a little bit different. Yes so it's helpful in my mind to separate them out and talk a little bit about the editorial unity. In history of the hebrew bible when bible to collections when bible to collections each with the different formation history but one governing narrative that spans both collections. And why would you say it's important. Understand the formation history to understand unity. How did that things relate. Yeah well How you imagine a thing came into being will affect how you interact with it especially with collection. So if i think of the hebrew bible district sample because it's the bigger one the bigger collection As an anthology but anthologies can be really it can be unified in the fact that they're just brought together under one collection or cover but they can still be super diverse unrelated like an anthology of philosophers only has in common that they're all flustered off so he revivals unified in much more thorough. Embrace of way yes and it's unified even in ways that i never. I am still like coming to reckon with. Even though i've been reading this thing obsessively for the last twenty plus years and it's more unified than i ever realized the many people feel they. I read and the way it came together can help us understand and also help us understand. It's not this like divine document that dropped out of heaven as this your unify both these attributes human and divine and unified. Yeah we'll take a quick survey tour of the formation of the hebrew bible as a way to talk about how been brought into a yundi in the form we have it. And then we can talk about formation and unity of the new testament. And then i think the third step for that is to talk about the governing narrative that unifies both collections. Even into one meta collection grape. Okay so the hebrew bible so depending on the forum in which you encounter the old testament whether it's in a protestant bible catholic rival unorthodox orthodox bible or a jewish bible. There's going to be a different number of books in your table of contents for the old testament exit moment. I'm saying this opening a cannon from other podcast series that we need to do at some point right but that i don't buy but we actually kind of explain a little bit in the how to read the bible substitute. Oh that's right what Episode one the bible quick overview of why. There's some books and other traditions. Yes so even in the hebrew bible. There's two things going on one. Is that some traditions. Have what's called the cannon right here. Let's reverse the timeline. Let's go back. And do it from oldest jewish hebrew bible yet so the the entries before jesus yes tanakh which is an acronym For torah which means law instruction nebi eam which means prophets and then convene which is the writings so same books as a protestant bible different order and different groupings different groupings. So yeah the luther. Shorthand is called jewish bible. The hebrew bible has twenty four. I separate scrolls that have been organized together into three the three parts you just named a few look at a protestant old testament. It's the same the same book same books but that have been divided up differently so that you get a total of thirty nine and like for example and i guess i didn't even really realize until recently the twelve minor. Prophets are all separate books in the protestant both estimate. Correct there. One scroll down. Scroll in here bible and importantly so in the tanakh because they belong to a section called latter prophets which is three big prophetic roles as they their demise equal plus twelve and that three plus twelve is itself an imitation of the three plus twelve nature of the story. The patriarchs in genesis. My gosh you're right. Many different structures. Yes these guys were like geeky to the max. Yeah oh it's insane. That's an example of how depending on the ordering and and then the other discrepancies is like For a second samuel Yeah is just. I say meetings in the hebrew bible. Yes that's right so twenty. Four twenty four twenty four schools. The ten in the three part shape is the design of the hebrew bible original form and thus the form that jesus refers to it and he called torah the prophets and the psalms assault collection was referred to in the sea. Scroll community but the exact same torah. Tom's moses the prophets and david josephus refers to this three part organization. Yeah and the psalms is representing all of the writings. But it's just the bug shorthair writing. Start with this right. Yeah that third part okay. So twenty four scrolls and each of those scrolls the material within it has a distinct origin in the history of the people of israel like a museum exhibit on egypt. Egypt room will come from a different maybe period or focused on different characters and so the literature was growing and accumulating all throughout over like a over the only schools that they were like writing and reading. What's right yeah. They're meant the in fact. The sources of the material that we find in the biblical scrolls is often referred to in the bible itself incorrect. Yeah so it'll be a poem and numbers and it'll say hey reader this poem comes from the scroll of your shar Or the author of chronicles constantly. Quoting all these sources that are found nowhere in the hebrew bible is health. I got this from the scroll of the chronicles kings. Duda or something like that. So yeah okay. So hebrew bible is a selection of a much larger literary tradition of ancient. Israel is jewish literature. That's right and actually. I guess some psalms are not even non-jewish right is there like A few things that come from the neighboring there could be. Yeah i mean it's hard to know pendants wise But there was some parts of proverbs or something or leaves. The proverbs of dude i understand wasn't wasn't jewish. She talking about arguer. Working and king lemiel proverbs. Yeah okay the you're like. Who are these kings. And but they're sorted not important. There were no actually it. It actually is important. Yeah it's in the same way that menthol aji Can collect related things that are important. But that may be began or origin point outside the national boundaries of israel but the spin incorporated in some twenty nine actually is often cited as a well known example because it has so much overlap with a handful of canaanite poems. Found in the league riddick materials which can in literature. Yeah so it still wherever it origination. Is it still becomes part of this unified anthology a threat and becomes part of this stream of those. There's there's a a jewish tradition of writing. And how how they crafted narratives poems and it was very. It was very like specific correct. That's what i was about to say is like this is all jewish literature and then i just remembered like oh. Yeah but there's a few things that came from neighboring the aca and they'll be a the fourth point of the paradigm we'll get to later is about that unique style of writing or the biblical literature has but for here. We're just saying it's a collection that's over thousand years in the making and each scroll the material in it began in different points in in people and institutions in israel's history as a leviticus clearly has like some priestly tech manual for it whereas the writings of isaiah come from isaiah and his disciples in jerusalem. Particular moment moses starts writing we're told in the wilderness journey so all these different comes together but The final form in which we encounter these texts is actually all. It's very much like vinyl. Form of the tanakh. Final form of hebrew bible is a lot like a museum exhibit where all these diverse materials have been brought together in a very curated designed experience. Highly designed highly design.
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"Okay. We are in the beginnings of a new series on the paradigm that we use the bible project the paradigm for how we view the bible and so this is very kind of foundational stuff. They're talking about and so. I'm here with tim mackey. Hey tim hither and charissa quinn. Hey john is joining us chris. You're in the first two conversations the first conversation we just talked about what is a paradigm and what are three kind of unhelpful paradigm. That have good intuitions. But ultimately kind of leave the bible flatter than should be or trying to do things that it wasn't quite designed to do in that way and then in the second episode. We talked about the first attribute of the paradigm. We've broken down the paradigm into seven attributes. Yeah aspect for or axioms. Whatever yeah whatever would we wanna use. The one is that it is both human and divine great conversation about dodd using humans and Bible not being made in spite of humans but in collaboration with humans importantly and necessarily through humans very intelligent once to yeah i mean like high highly intelligent human beings and we'll talk about that more in this episode. Actually it's probably a good kind of way to lay tracks to kinda then talk about. Then how was this collection of how to come together Why was it designed the way it was and this whole like group of brilliant jewish drives and scholars who like warm this stuff fiance talked about. So we'll talk about today that the bible is a unified piece of literature. You just to another way to intro this Remembering this from our conversations in the first one is the many ways the series on the paradigm we use to explore the bible. It's an unpacking of our shorthand of Tagline which is our mission statement as an organization we exist help people experience the bible as a unified story that leads to jesus and little end phrase a unified story lease jesus. There's a paradigm built into that little phrase. What do we mean. That were unpacking. Yeah it's not just our mission statement. It's also the approach and the methodology for how reading scripture which is pretty cool. Because i know for ourselves and also our audience who are finding that they resonate with the work that we're putting out there. This is bringing a lot of clarity. I think definition to power reading. And it's not our paradigms it's what we think the biblical authors paradigm is and how. Yeah the bible. Wants us. If i can personify it to read itself how jesus read the bible how the apostles read the bible in that. It's like a recovery project. We're trying to recover paradigm the tends to be obscured. Yeah given our modern habits of using the bible talk okay. That was kind of inside your way to re intro. On top of your. Yeah because we say unifies. Jesus has some zing to it but then when you really think about it. You're like okay. Do you really mean. And i've heard a lot of other phrases being used like it's jewish meditation literature its wisdom literature like all of this stuff. It's easy for me to just my brain to start getting kind of machine. But what are we talking. What are we really talking about. Yeah so this is the next step yet. it's that it's unified it. Hurt shot unified is a word used in short tagline unified story lease. Jesus what do we mean by unified john and chris. Yes we'll because the bible isn't just like a normal book a normal book books that i'm used to you. Know one author. Yeah one or co-authors but they're really working together Contemporaneous fame time There's a beginning middle and end or a thesis. And what's the bible is is actually a collection of a bunch of different authors or collaboration of a bunch of authors. Then bringing it into this. Big like theology scrolls and so If that's the case then is there any rhyme or reason to how this is all put together and the conviction is that. There is a lot of unification ya. That's what i understand. So far about. We mean when i hear unified i. Think of the word coherence. It's a coherent story. So it's there's one story there's even maybe a narrative thread through that entire story but that is really hard to fathom when we're talking about so many different authors over a long long period. Yeah yeah yeah. Yeah yeah spanning continents. Yep that's right so we did craft sentence to try and summarize your Here's the sentence the crafted. The bible has many authors many literary styles and many themes but it is telling one story about god's rescue humanity to be as partners and ruling the world so the two implications there the it's a diverse collection with lots of many's different authors. Many different books or scrolls scroll contains a variety of literary styles than topics or themes and by litter styles. You mean poetry narrative Discourse proverbs stuff. So that's emphasizing that it's a collection that's diverse but it has been unified and a couple of important way of one is you could say as an editorial or compositional unity in the same way that author could bring to create an anthology Authors often do this especially different fields like a professor of philosophy will collect some of the key essays of important phosphorus history and then bringing together selections and then right introductions and conclusions essays bringing it all together it's anthology so that's a diverse work with diverse authors and origins but that's been brought together under one unified whole and what's interesting about that example. Is that all the literary styles that can be very similar. they're all just like philosophical didactic. Probably yeah sure discussions. Yeah what makes the bible. Even more interesting is not only. Is it an theology of sorts. But it's such an eclectic yes anthology. Yeah makes a few more like an art project. Coherence is a little bit harder for us to identify. 'cause we're not really used to sing that kind of an anthology okay. So i think there's two ways to talk about the unity of the bible one is this anthropological there's editorial anthem logical unity to go on one level and we can talk about that but then it's also unified in terms of its content that there is a governing narrative yes From beginning to end the isn't like an organizing principle and that's where like if you went to some sort of art show had an overall by theme. Yeah that's right but there's projections on the wall and there's paintings someone doing spoken word and so it's like feels very eclectic but there's like a common motif and ideas that are recurring. So when you're done. There is a sense of coherence. The bible does that as well. Let me think of a museum exhibit Like you know. Ancient egypt out like many millennia of history and cultural artifacts. But in one building you can be taken on a tour that it's itself an anthology of artifacts from different times and parts of that people's history and so on and so The bible is like that it's anthology of literature from a particular people group ancient israel but it has been brought together editorially and it unified in terms of its content and theme. It struck me though that when we say the bible's unified literature we're taking for granted is that it is an anthology. I think a lot of people don't realize that when the end in the bible that they're actually coming to a library of many different scrolls written different literary style by different authors. Yeah let's start there. Let's make that a a marker post right now. So let's just say you open a bible and you'll get a table contents. You'll see two major collections. In christian bible protestant catholic or orthodox bible. There's two main sections one called old testament that we call usually the heat revival in our younger and then the new testament and it's helpful to understand the unity of the bible..
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"Hi this is john for bible project and we are in the third episode in a series. About what kind of literature the bible. We're calling this. The paradigm series. In the last episode. We looked at the orthodox view that the bible is both human and divine today. We're gonna look at how the bible is. Actually many different scrolls that altogether tell one unified story. So who wrote these scrolls and made them so elegantly tell one unified story. Who wrote the bible now. If you take a normal book say like moby. Dick asked you wrote it will. That's easy herman melville. It took him eighteen months back in eighteen fifty. Who wrote one fish. Two fish redfish bluefish dr seuss. Who wrote dark matter. That's actually a pretty fun. Quantum sifi thriller by blake. Crouch this is easy right. So who wrote the scrolls we find in the bible. Yeah so ancient literature general and then biblical literature as an example has a different kind of authority history than how we imagine it today. It's traditional literature. It's community traditional literature. Doesn't mean it was written by anybody and everybody but it was literature that was studied edited compiled reshape over the course of many generations and the part of its origins. That's i think different than we think. A books today describes take oral traditions priestly manuals ancient lock codes ancient poems all these stories and then put them together into the form we have today. The final form of hebrew bible is a lot like a museum exhibit where all these diverse materials have been brought together in a very curated designed experience. But didn't moses right the first books of the bible and a scroll like jeremiah that was simply written by jeremiah wright. So we don't encounter the hebrew bible in the form of what moses was writing in the wilderness or what is area was like right or jeremiah. Were writing what we have is a highly polished interconnected museum exhibit created by set of hands at the very end of the process. That have created polish or a glazed over the whole thing to make it unified today on the show the scribes who created the unified set of scrolls that tell the unified story that leads to jesus. Thanks for joining us here. We go.
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"You know how much it is really the inequality of women versus what is the role of the man is supposed to play in. What's the role. The woman's also play would ever rule. They want people. You wanna be not a psychopathic murderer. The world at the same time. When i look at my husband. There's certain things he's able to do that. I'm not able to do simply because on a woman it's because of my lack of desire our lack of interest. It's the fact that will he's such a what while. For example he's able to lift heavier items. There are women bodybuilders out. There they can be with their finger. You know i mean so. That doesn't really work in some cases are contest but again allowance also play Even if he is or isn't breadwinner allow him to still play. His role is the provider In our and all those things. Whereas i hope i mean in a way The bible talks bill like the will the main in the role of the woman kind of interpreted as the man's the head the head. The woman's to heart booklet does not always the case. Either to i mean sometimes you get a get a woman who's just a hard woman.
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"For some reason. I'm drawn to it but then i don't know it's kind of a weird tension there because yeah i i'm noticing that's what i like i like to do. That's what i'm drawn to. But then as soon as i start picking up one of those conversations tended to go south. I is there. Is there a conversation. That's that's evoked fighter. Flight response to me. I i yes especially a lot growing up in a very charismatic christian circles and had a lot of debates about the existence of god the while verify ability of the bible and the genesis account. I had had some really interesting conversations trying to defend six day creation and stuff like that. Yeah i can imagine. That's pretty so you grew up in the church. Yes i mean. I told me is like i went to bible school and i was home. I definitely deep the even the church. What was your home school programs. I did the pace program that accelerate our ace program the accelerated christian education. It was terrible. It was terrible it was. It was through I think they're called tree of life. Interesting christian institution to walk tree of life. Let's be due to some other mythologies have abc of life to get the north so true so true lots of trees. There's a there's a lot of things with trees are awesome. I his son is well. You know That's that's very interesting so you had this upbringing. You're in your in the church but you were able to have those debates those conversations. Well were you have with or what happened there. Yeah i mean. I so i grew up. I guess i should go into a little bit my backstory. Yeah my my I grew up. As part of a country gospel touring a christian music. Grandparent's did so. Wow wow that's exactly. What my grandparents do. They felt the the the call you know. They felt ministry and they went in and they started doing. I actually originally was like just their church and their community is like that was something that fit for them and they were leading unity in song and then it.
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"That is instructions to wow okay. Would you include the old testament into that. I know there's a lot of stuff in there that you know. I don't know if he was still would would find that. Relevant nowadays like the old testament laws and whatnot How do you. What's your view on the testament. So my view on the old testament. I believe the bible as a whole both new and old testaments our collective story starting from that. That is the beginning so we can't leave that out. But i believe that you know christ came to fulfill the law and so although those laws do not go away. He has brought us new instruction in to to verify to commemorate jack. Commemorate is not the right word to validate and bring the newness of he came. He said i came to fulfill the law. So he fulfilling all the new things and he gave us in the in the gospels. The the newer instructions more updated at rather than you know. You may not do this. You must do this in the old testament laws. A lot of them were for protection for health for safety. And then christ some them up in the new testament by kind of using like some of the be attitudes. And then saying do this the first and second commandment and then loving your neighbor as yourself so I believe it's all relevant. It's all god breathed. it's all the word of god In the new testament was fulfilling all of those old laws as well lots pack. Let's start with thank you. You're welcome so as far as the old testament laws that and a lot of places. There's several places where it says that these laws were holy righteous. Good perfect perfect laws And we can nowadays look at some of these laws and see pretty clearly that they're not so perfect Was that a mistake in the bible. Was it just what. Why was it said it was perfect. I mean do you find all these laws. Perfect as well. I believe the intentions. And the what we don't know is more prominent than what we do. Know what we do know is the man's limitations of language. So if it's god breathed and god is telling us these things and he says they are perfect they are perfect in intention and form and as things grow and move in change the intentions that we can never fully get from a perspective of god breathing out these words to humankind and our finite minds If he says it's perfection it's perfection and the way that we define protect perfection might be a little bit different than what god would define as perfection so we have to submit to the fact that our finite minds can only understand so much..
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"Is you know you're you're going to one one side of what the offense does. I'm taking it to the other side of where if i find this offensive. I need is the offensive to me. Why is it offensive. The you know the fact that god has done something that i can't comprehend the ics horrible like you know the fly. We'll just use the flood as the one thing. Good one the flood. We'll just use the flood. Why would god save one family. And a you know a couple pairs of or a pair of each animal and just completely start over. If he's god and can redo all this stuff all on hold on he he can snap his fingers and he chose to drown them pet which is horrible. In terms of you know go back to the garden. Start over and why i've caught. The the reality has say conclusion is the fact that it would not have mattered. If it was you or me or adam or eve in that garden. I still would have gone for that fruit. Because that's just the that is that is the nature of humanity is. We want to be god. That's the whole nature of what why it's offensive is now me. We have set our our as i knock over my and you might as we you know if if we are trying to say that. This is the standard Not drowning people in the flood with empathy empathy man. And i have absolutely y'all relax. It is then that means that anything that i find offensive would be above the standard killing children but if god is the standard and what god has told us he's going to do and he's going to do and he's going to do like we see throughout scripture as far as you know going back even to the garden. He he tells them right away. It's pretty clear he already knew they were gonna grab the fruit well. They had to make a choice. He knew he he knew you know he. He sees all the stuff like we were talking about. With cain and abel he knows the heart of and that canes heart is not in the right place but he still has gift came the chance instead of changing for the better. If i'm offended by what. God is doing Then that means. I am putting my place in a place where i can judge. God which puts me at the same level as god doesn't put me at any level other than a thinking human being and i can think for myself. I don't need this bible to tell me that y'all way is good and then five pages down the road. He slaughtering children out of jealousy. I that's not how that works man..
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"From in the beginning to the musical apocalypse this is the bible. Says what i'm your host. Mike wiseman in john twelve forty. Y'all we admits he has blinded the hearts and minds of the jewish people and second thesselonians to eleven the christian deity sends they powerful delusion causing the jewish people to be condemned for believing the lie. That y'all way sent them. Most christians have no issue with the horrific actions of their deity in these cases in. I chronicles twenty one in second samuel twenty. Y'all sends a pointless in vindictive. Plague that kill seventy thousand. Jews and most christians won't even bat an eye. They worship being that requires bloodshed for forgiveness. Someone that slaughters in starves children out of jealousy. When y'all way kills a few thousand jews. It doesn't even register as an atrocious and needless loss of life. But when hitler comes around suddenly christians have an issue with the slaughter of the jewish people. Why the double standard. Hitler was a colossal piece of shit but when it comes to the body count the pointless extermination of life on this planet. No one can compare to the loving christian deity. Let's start the show. Is there anything in the bible that you yourself. Have an issue with divined blast actually arguing. God doesn't kill the children shut with forty the pass over. What are you reading different files. You worship him because of the things he had done. Why can i not judge him because of the thing. Obey me or i'll kill your kids. It doesn't seem as well A tough.
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"I'm a jesus freak. That's what i formally. But i'm a very new abutting. Jesus freak guy am immature nice spiritual journey and for a long time for many years the majority of my life. I really had no I don't want to say respect for the bible. But i just didn't Rivera kind of the way that i do now and so now the bible for me is truly a book of parables that help to guide us. I definitely a think everything needs to be taken in context. I have some christian friends who are like the bible. The bible the bible. And i'd very much like relationship relationship relationship interesting so relationship with jesus with. Yeah we'll with god. And jesus yes gotcha so many questions there. I don't even know where to start the relationship you have with. Jesus how would you describe that. So i would describe it as a new buddy relationship. I like i said I believe everyone has their own faith. Walk in whatever. Language helps them to connect. Whether that's to god. When is the universe. Whatever it is you know. That's your personal journey for me Being a christian jesus really resonates with me And i don't know that i can quite put it into words I just know that there's a sense of peace in comfort. That comes over me when i walk in the christian faith and like i said this is very new for a very long time with anti-christian so I wish i had different words. You know grow and mature in the word. I know passively. I can have a language for it but i don't know understandable so with this new relationship. How do you communicate with with this. This person that you're in a relationship with okay so I definitely communicate through prayer prayer for me though is not like on my knees. Crying out hollandia. It really is more about Talking to sell walking in in so talking inwardly trusting. Some of the things like intuition. And those those these things that are happening inside of us For me having a representation of that outside of me ask god or jesus is what helps me to connect to sell so i connect by talking singing dancing interesting. Yeah no i definitely myself. Some pep talks throughout the day. You can do this..
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"Simply not possible. A friend the mine brother. Jail johnson several years ago when preaching in dallas was going to baylor and studying in their graduate school and one of their professors was a big expert on this high criticism and able to distinguish in the bible all kinds of sources from different writers and so brother johnson hiring of hearing this suggests that the test to the. He's an. I'll go back to dallas and i'll get about ten or twelve of my friends and will decide on a theme to write about and we'll have some of them right part of midden some of it right some of them the rest of it and then i'll serve as a doctor and i will we all together and then will bring it back to you and with your skills you determine which was written by one person which was written by somebody else but he wouldn't even begin to accept the challenge like that. He knew he would obviously of course making claims about matthew mark. Luke and john or genesis exodus. You do not have such direct proof that the person is wrong. You know this literary criticism the method that used sometimes get completely out of hand. I remember reading a number of years ago. About an article in reader's digest in which the fellow was serious in proposing that Mark twain really did not write all of the things that he spoke of written but will just a frontman wrong. I don't know how many of you read much longfellow. But he really had a sense of humor me and of coq. Shakespeare didn't write shakespeare. They're not sure who did. But obviously shakespeare and it reached dizziness authorities. Perhaps when someone's ed that homer was not written by homer but by another man same name.
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"No okay yeah. I feel this way now. So it's sort of like tunes my I feel like. I've become in tune with god a little bit more now like okay. I more in tuned with yourself and your own way of thinking your own thought process and whatnot. I have the same effect after. I smoke a bowl man i i can. I can write for hours after them. Oh man idea that came into my head all of a sudden. I'm not gonna attribute it to jesus or y'all way i'm gonna tribute to my own brain functioning with things that it's been given or even even just sometimes my wife will say something and then like all these other things. Just come to my brain. Oh my gosh. what about this. And this and this. And then i'll again. I'll sit there and write for hours and it. Just it depends on the circumstances. And i don't attribute that to an invisible. He's invisible right. I mean to invisible person. That's that's that's psychic lease sending me thoughts into my head. I mean it's it's very weird and hard to understand for me. And i'm okay with that i mean You know like i would. I would say maybe god is doing that and you would say no. He's not that's just one example. You have some very specific examples. Where i feel like god has spoken to me or even got spoken to other people To me about very specific things that i believe only god would have known because no one other than me knew at As i said there's been times very specific times where. I was praying for a total stranger. Didn't know this person at all at a very strong feeling that i needed to read a very specific scripture. Pull up my bible. Read it and as i'm reading it the guy burst into tears. I have no idea why is crying. And then afterwards We talk and it turns out that. There's some very specific thing it was like. Oh that's why read this exact For this person's specific. You know. Like i didn't i didn't know this person at And what. I what i felt prompted to.
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"From in the beginning to the musical apocalypse this is the bible. Says what i'm your host. Mike wiseman words flowing appearing across the screen. My fingers in my brain working in unison to put forth the message i wish to convey religion is poison. Trump divisive self-centered prick in the mic rib is overrated. Beware of those who claim to have the answer in the form of an ancient book. Worry less love more and forgive often. Life's too short to worship anything or anyone especially an invisible child killing monster that demands glory in praise. Fuck that be yourself live free. Enjoy your brief moment in time because this is all you're getting let's start the show. Is there anything in the bible that you yourself..