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Helpful Books (extensive bibliography)

Posted: November 23, 2018

Click below for this extensive, and continually developing, bibliography, for the reading Christian. Helpful Books 23 Nov 2018 (Version XVI)  

N.T. Character Podcast 67 – James (the brother of Jesus)

Posted: October 9, 2018

James: background There are many Jameses in the Bible. This translates the original name Jacob. This James is the younger brother of Jesus (the 2nd of Mary’s 5 sons). Ya’akov was… Read More

AIM Classes through 2019

Posted: September 24, 2018

Here is the schedule of topics and dates for the next several months of the Athens Institute of Ministry. Click on this link: AIM UNITS

The Life of Jesus (Pt. I and Pt. II)

Posted: September 14, 2018

Cape Town, South Africa, 9 Sept 2018 In this session (consisting of two parts) Douglas Jacoby paints an outstanding picture as to the life and context of Jesus as a… Read More

iFaith video sermon list

Posted: August 7, 2018

In this series we will proceed more or less chronologically through the New Testament and the Old Testament. There are 127 video messages, being recorded for a period of several… Read More

The New Testament – Historically Speaking, by Brian Felushko

Posted: July 17, 2018

Understanding the New Testament Historically Do you ever struggle with any of the content in the New Testament (NT) books? Do you ever wonder how their messages, now 2000 years… Read More

A Biblical Primer on Dating

Posted: May 15, 2018

This is from a Singles Devotional done in the Greater Houston Church on May 12, 2018 by Toney Mulhollan. “Here is my two page outline. The second page was a… Read More

A Brief Review of STEP: Scripture Tools for Every Person, by Joey Harris

Posted: April 18, 2018

The STEP Bible (STEP stands for “Scripture Tools for Every Person”) is a free digital Bible software project run by the Bible and religious book publisher, Tyndale House. The underlying software powering… Read More

New series on John (daily study for 2018)

Posted: February 23, 2018

The 2018 series is A Tour Through John. Length: 50 days. Units average about 20 minutes, just right if you have to go to work early, or want to listen as… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 50

Posted: February 19, 2018

If you prefer not to listen to the audio, but prefer only to read the questions below, that is fine — but the answers are in the podcast file. Click on… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 49

Posted: February 18, 2018

Lesson 49 is the third podcast in a series of 3 introducing the Revelation of John. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (9 minutes), or right click here, save and… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 48

Posted: February 17, 2018

Rev B is the middle podcast in a series of 3 introducing the Revelation of John. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (17 minutes), or right click here,… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 47

Posted: February 16, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (13 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. (1) General 1 Paul 87 chapters ~ 1/4 of NT 2 Luke 52… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 46 (verses)

Posted: February 15, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (8 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. Scripture for memory  1 John 1:7 — But if we walk in the… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 45

Posted: February 14, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (23 minutes), or right click here, in order to download, save, and listen later. 1 The elder to the beloved Gaius, whom I… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 44

Posted: February 13, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (15 minutes), or right click here, in order to download, save, and listen later. 2 John has been called “1 John in miniature.” As… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 43

Posted: February 12, 2018

Two of the most encouraging verses in the Bible are found in 1 John 5. Verse 3 says God’s commands aren’t burdensome. Walking in the light—and basking in it—isn’t only… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 42

Posted: February 11, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (20 minutes), or right click here, in order to download, save, and listen later. 4:1 Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 41

Posted: February 10, 2018

From the mention of rebirth (“born of him” in 2:29), John moves into praise for God and his love for us as his children. He reminds us that the reason… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 40

Posted: February 9, 2018

In the first part of chapter two John warns his readers to follow Jesus, not the world. He is responding to a serious problem. Christians are defecting, leaving the faith. In the second… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 39

Posted: February 8, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (18 minutes), or right click here, in order to download, save, and listen later. 2:1 My little children, I am writing these… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 38

Posted: February 7, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (15 minutes), or right click here, in order to download, save, and listen later. 1 We declare to you what was from the… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 37

Posted: February 6, 2018

In the late first century, there were false concepts of Jesus circulating in the Christian world. Just as today there are numerous false Jesuses (perhaps best known is the one… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 36 (scriptures)

Posted: February 5, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (11 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. 12:24 — Jesus to Andrew, Philip, and the Greeks: “Very truly, I tell… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 35

Posted: February 4, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (20 minutes), or right click here, to save and listen later. After breakfast, it’s time to talk (v.15ff).  Notice the setting: the charcoal fire…. Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 34

Posted: February 3, 2018

As noted in the last message, it is possible that the Gospel of John concluded with chapter 20, and that chapter 21 is an addition, either by the original author or by someone… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 33

Posted: February 2, 2018

John 19 concludes with the burial of Jesus. Now, in John 20, it is Sunday morning, the third day since the crucifixion — and the tomb is empty! Click on the… Read More

Supplementary test for A Tour Through John

Posted: February 1, 2018

For those who found the 25-question quiz in A Tour Through John, Lesson 50, to be too easy, here’s a tougher one: Who was described by the elder as philoprōteuōn?… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 32

Posted: February 1, 2018

We continue our study of the crucifixion, from the middle of John 19. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (24 minutes), or right click here, to save and listen… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 31

Posted: January 31, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (21 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. 19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 And the soldiers wove a… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 30

Posted: January 30, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (19 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. 18:1 After Jesus had spoken these words, he went out with his disciples… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 29

Posted: January 29, 2018

The entire chapter is a prayer. This falls into three parts: Prayer for himself (vv.1-5). Prayer for his disciples (vv.6-19). Prayer for the world — future believers (vv.20-26). The order is crucial: Jesus’ training… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 28

Posted: January 28, 2018

Jesus has been preparing his apostles for the persecution to come (15:18 into chapter 16). Persecuting Christians will come to be seen as service to God (v.2). John’s gospel was… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 27

Posted: January 27, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (18 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. Chapter 15 tells us about our relationship to Jesus (vv.1-17), using three different… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 26

Posted: January 26, 2018

Having heard Jesus’ prediction of his betrayal, and death, the apostles are understandably anxious. That is why in 14:1 Jesus tries to calm them. We too may have our own reasons for… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 25

Posted: January 25, 2018

Jesus speaks to the apostles in chapters 13-16, on the eve of his death. For an excellent study on John 13:31-17:26, read The Last Discourse, by James Greig. Even though he knows… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 24

Posted: January 24, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (19 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. 27 Now is my soul troubled, and what shall I say? Father, deliver me… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 23

Posted: January 23, 2018

After the podcast on scripture memory, we now return to the gospel of John, chapter 12. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (12 minutes), or right click here… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 22 (scriptures)

Posted: January 22, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (11 minutes), or right click here, save and listen later. Scripture for memory (Prov 22:17-18 — see also 3:3; 7:3, on internalizing God’s word)… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 21

Posted: January 21, 2018

Today we come to the final chapter in John’s “Book of Signs” And in chapter 10 we saw the 3rd and 4th of seven “I am” sayings (gate and Shepherd)…. Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 20

Posted: January 20, 2018

In the previous chapter Jesus proved that he was truly the light of the world. Here we find the third and fourth I am statements: “I am the door” (vv.7,9)… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 19

Posted: January 19, 2018

This entire chapter illustrates how Jesus is the light of the world (8:12; 9:5). Without him all are blind. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (21 minutes), or right… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 18

Posted: January 18, 2018

Last time (lesson 17) we stopped at John 8:11. The rest of chapter 8 reveals an escalation in tensions between Jesus and the Jewish leadership. The acrimony culminates in an… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 17

Posted: January 17, 2018

The beginning section of today’s podcast (on John 7:53-8:11) some may find a bit academic, or even unsettling. Please bear with me; certain explanations need to be made. Soon we… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 16

Posted: January 16, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (19 minutes), or right click here to download and listen later. 32 The Pharisees heard the crowd muttering such things about him, and the… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 15

Posted: January 15, 2018

Following Christ requires focus, commitment, discipline. And there are so many distractions. We need to put considerable effort into arranging our lives so that we can live as his disciples. After… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 14

Posted: January 14, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (20 minutes), or right click here to download and listen later. 6:37 Everything that the Father gives me will come to me, and… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 13

Posted: January 13, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (22 minutes), or right click here to download and listen later. 6:1 After this Jesus went to the other side of the… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 12

Posted: January 12, 2018

Today we finish our study of John 5. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (20 minutes), or right click here to download and listen later. 19 Jesus said to them, “Very… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 11

Posted: January 11, 2018

Today we finish John 4 and begin John 5. Click on the arrow to play the podcast (25 minutes), or right click here to download and listen later. 43 When the two… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 10

Posted: January 10, 2018

We continue to read the story of Jesus and the Samaritan Woman — a story that could easily be titled “The Stranger.” Click on the arrow to play the podcast… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 9

Posted: January 9, 2018

The story of the Samaritan woman is well known. She is a stranger to Jesus, as he is to her. But his interaction speaks volumes about what it means to… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 8

Posted: January 8, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (18 minutes), or right click here to save and listen later. 16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 7

Posted: January 7, 2018

We come to the ever-popular John 3!  While most who profess Christ know only verse 16, the entire chapter is chock-full of incredible passages. For example, verse 16 requires faith… Read More

A Tour through John, Lesson 6

Posted: January 6, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (20 minutes), or right click here to save and listen later. Recap of lesson 5 (Water to Wine) Time out for a wedding:… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 5

Posted: January 5, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (24 minutes), or right click here to listen later. Introduction Jesus’ core group of disciples, his apostles, has grown. In chapter 2 he… Read More

A Tour through John, lesson 4

Posted: January 4, 2018

Click on the arrow to play the podcast (20 minutes), or right click here to listen later. Last time we looked at the first two days; today we will read about… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 3

Posted: January 3, 2018

Having set the stage with his prologue (vv.1-18), John the evangelist now begins the story proper. In this lesson (22 minutes), we cover John 1:19-34, which details the first two… Read More

A Tour Through John, Lesson 2

Posted: January 2, 2018

In this lesson (20 minutes), we will finish our study of the prologue (1:1-18), which sets the stage for the entire gospel. Click on the arrow to play the podcast,… Read More

A Tour through John, Lesson 1

Posted: January 1, 2018

In this opening lesson (15 minutes), we will consider the nature of John’s gospel, and then probe the important prologue (1:1-18), which sets the stage for the entire gospel. Click… Read More

TEAMwork, by Steve Kinnard

Posted: November 2, 2017

OCTOBER 30, 2017 / STEVEKINNARD TEAMwork A Bible Talk for Athletes (and everyone else) Opening question: Name someone who has been a great teammate to you. Explain why. I think of a… Read More

An online trove of Biblical manuscripts

Posted: September 26, 2017

An extraordinary collection of 68 New Testament and other Biblical manuscripts dating from the fourth to the twentieth centuries has been digitized and made available for study online. Continue reading… Read More

Q&A 1504 – Women prophesying (1 Cor 11)

Posted: September 8, 2017

What do you think is the most accurate translation of “propheteousa” in 1 Corinthians 11:5? A conservative translation would be merely “speak,” but I don’t think that translation accurately captures… Read More

The Gospel of Luke

Posted: August 1, 2017

A new translation of the gospel of Luke is recently published at Scripture online.

Gospel of Mark: A Translation

Posted: June 6, 2017

A translation of the gospel of Mark has been recently published at Scripture online.

Q&A 1486 – Why is there no more sea in Revelation 21?

Posted: May 24, 2017

Revelation 21:1 says, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.”… Read More

Arguing about Politics (sermon), by Timothy Keller

Posted: May 9, 2017

“What are Jesus’ politics?” That’s what the opposing parties of His day wanted to know. To listen to this sermon, click here.

7 LAST SAYINGS OF JESUS ON THE CROSS

Posted: April 9, 2017

Sermon given on April 9, 2017 at the North River Church of Christ by Douglas. Watch the sermon here. Click HERE for the notes accompanying the sermon.

Q&A 1473 – God a Violent king?

Posted: March 16, 2017

In Luke 19:27, the Parable of the Minas, the king orders his servants to arrest those who rejected him “and slaughter them in front of me.” I remember seeing a… Read More

What is Sinful Judgment? Matthew 7:1 Revisited, by Mads Fredskilde

Posted: March 8, 2017

Mads Fredkilde is a brilliant Danish brother who for some years has been living in Quito, Ecuador. We first met in London. Or was it Stockholm or Copenhagen? Mads’s paper… Read More

Aliens & Strangers, by Brett Kreider

Posted: March 1, 2017

Part of my ministry as a teacher is to put excellent biblical material into the hands of Bible students — including those who teach. So I’m proud to recommend by friend… Read More

Jeremiah, Jesus, & Us: Lies We Tell Ourselves

Posted: December 22, 2016

You can find all 9 lessons in the series at newsletters. (They begin in October 2016.) “I find the lessons refreshing and spiritually ‘spicy,’ with plenty of material for both conviction and encouragement,… Read More

“Empty!” – by Douglas Jacoby

Posted: December 5, 2016

Sunday sermon given at North River Church of Christ, Atlanta, GA, Nov 27, 2016

Torn Between Two Lovers – Sunday sermon

Posted: October 19, 2016

Sermon done at North River Church of Christ, on Sunday, October 18, 2016

Q&A 1422 – How can we prove Jesus is the Messiah from the O.T.?

Posted: June 30, 2016

I am from a Jewish background. Would you please explain how Jesus Christ can be the Messiah, using the Hebrew Bible? Thanks. A fair question — and especially when you’ve… Read More

Missions Update & Message on Philippians – Douglas & Vicki Jacoby

Posted: June 20, 2016

Miracles of the Messiah

Posted: April 16, 2016

Sunday Message at North River Church of Christ – April 10, 2016 http://bit.ly/1Sho5NH  

An Introduction to the Gospels

Posted: March 7, 2016

by Daniel C. Berk Click here for the article.

Q&A 1393 — The meaning of Luke 11:13

Posted: January 19, 2016

What is Jesus talking about in Luke 11:13, since we receive the Spirit at baptism? — S.F. Here’s the passage, in case anybody isn’t familiar with it: 11 “Which of you… Read More

Q&A 1392 – Corpse and Vultures

Posted: January 19, 2016

What is the meaning of Luke 17:37? I don’t understand the question or the significance of Jesus’ response to the question. Are the disciples asking where the will these people be taken?… Read More

Q&A 1384 – Taking whose thoughts captive?

Posted: December 14, 2015

I was reading 2 Corinthians 10 and I noticed something about verses 1-5. It seems to me that he is talking about how they handle opposition. The part that hit… Read More

Q&A 1383 – 2nd Beast = American presidential stonemason Illuminati?

Posted: December 14, 2015

I listened to your podcast series on Revelation. I thought you did an excellent job of exegesis on Revelation 13; the first beast being the political/military branch of Rome (or… Read More

Revelation 17 (the 7 “kings”)

Posted: November 27, 2015

Click below for chapter notes on Revelation, chapter 17 Revelation-Explained-Lesson-17

Q&A 1379 — How should we read the Great Commission (Matt 28)?

Posted: November 19, 2015

After his death and resurrection, Jesus gave the charge, the “Great Commission,” to the eleven faithful apostles. Let’s take a look at this passage and see what conclusions we can… Read More

Q&A 1368 – John the Baptist doubted?

Posted: November 7, 2015

In Mathew 11:3 why did John send his disciples to go confirm whether Jesus was the Messiah to come even after baptizing him? Was he doubting him because Jesus failed to assist… Read More

Fresh Thoughts on Elders

Posted: September 18, 2015

Here I share some of my own thoughts about elders (overseers) and church leadership. I do not speak for a congregation or denomination. These are simply my own reflections on… Read More

Q&A 1363 – Did Paul write Paul’s letters?

Posted: September 18, 2015

I am currently reading Paul was not a Christian, by Pamela Eisenbaum. At the beginning of her book she is talking about disputed and undisputed letters of Paul. She states that… Read More

Q&A 1361 – Lower than the angels?

Posted: September 11, 2015

In Hebrews 2:9, why does God make Jesus a little lower than the angels? As God’s Son, he had no sins — right? How should I understand this? Originally Psalm 8,… Read More

“Every Saul Needs an Ananias”

Posted: August 11, 2015

Sermon done on August 9, 2015 at North River by Douglas Jacoby

Deacons: 1 Timothy 3

Posted: August 11, 2015

Sermon by Douglas Jacoby on deacons from 1 Timothy 3, done on 2/6/2011 at North River. To listen now, click on arrow below. To listen later, right click on download… Read More

The Bonfire – Acts 19

Posted: August 11, 2015

Sermon done by Douglas Jacoby on June 26, 2011. To listen now, click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click on download podcast, and ‘save target as’ or… Read More

“Every Saul Needs a Barnabas”

Posted: July 8, 2015

Sermon given by Douglas at the North River church on Sunday, July 5, 2015 To listen now, click on arrow. To save & listen later, right click on ‘Download Sermon’… Read More

Galatia, We Have a Problem

Posted: May 14, 2015

This short paper analyzes Paul’s passionate letter to the Galatians. Written by and used with permission of Graydon Stephenson. CLICK for the article.  

Understanding the Apocalypse 7: A Tale of Two Cities

Posted: May 9, 2015

To listen now, click on arrow. To download and listen later, right click on “Download Podcast” and ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Download Podcast Schedule of Classes 8… Read More

Understanding The Apocalypse – Class 6: The Deceit of Politics & Wealth vs The Power of Heaven

Posted: April 21, 2015

To listen now, click on arrow. To save and listen later, right click on ‘Download Podcast’ and ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Audio Player Download Podcast One podcast… Read More

Understanding The Apocalypse – Class 5: Armageddon: The Vengeance of the Lord

Posted: April 16, 2015

To listen now, click on arrow. To save and listen later, right click on ‘Download Podcast’ and ‘save target as’ or ‘save link as’. Download Podcast One podcast will be… Read More

Thyatira: The Pressure to “Tolerate”

Posted: April 7, 2015

Click in the arrow to listen to the message (21 minutes). All the notes are below. Click here to download. Thyatira: Introduction 4th and middle letter to the 7 churches in… Read More

Understanding the Apocalypse – Class 4: The Dragon and the Beast

Posted: April 3, 2015

The fourth of 7 classes on the Book of Revelation, taught live at the North River Church of Christ at 9 am on the dates below. To listen now, click… Read More

Understanding the Apocalypse – Class 3: Portents of Doom, Promise of Salvation

Posted: March 25, 2015

This is the 3rd class in a series on Revelation, done live at the North River Church of Christ in 2015. The classes and dates are below. The teacher, John… Read More

Understanding the Apocalypse – Class 2: The Shortfall of Earthly Worship, the Bliss of Heavenly Worship

Posted: March 25, 2015

The second of 7 classes on the Book of Revelation, taught live at the North River Church of Christ at 9 am on the dates below. Click here to download…. Read More

Understanding the Apocalypse – Class 1: “Rome, Apocalypse, & The Temple of God”

Posted: March 10, 2015

The first of 7 classes on the Book of Revelation, taught live at the North River Church of Christ at 9 am on the dates below. To listen now, click… Read More

Lording it Over Others (Mark 10:42)

Posted: February 20, 2015

The purpose of this podcast is to foster a Christian leadership culture. This is an important study for anyone in leadership, or considering it. Please listen to this podcast (18… Read More

Romans Z (16:1-27)

Posted: January 26, 2015

We have studied Romans from A to Z. Listen to the final podcast (19 minutes) here. In Romans Z, Paul sends greetings, makes a few final comments, and rounds off… Read More

Romans Y (15:15-33)

Posted: January 25, 2015

Click on the link to hear the penultimate podcast in our series Romans A-Z.  This lesson (16 minutes) reveals Paul’s philosophy of ministry, and something of his grand vision for… Read More

Romans X (14:1-15:14)

Posted: January 24, 2015

Romans X is the 24th podcast (19 minutes) in our series Romans A-Z. Ever in mind is unity between Jewish-background and Gentile-background Christians, although the principles of the chapter have… Read More

Romans W (13:1-14)

Posted: January 23, 2015

Romans W (21 minutes) explores chapter 13. Click here to download. Passages referred to or alluded to: Daniel 3; 6; Matthew 7:12; Leviticus 19:18; Exodus 20; Deuteronomy 5; 1 Peter… Read More

Romans V (12:9-21)

Posted: January 22, 2015

Romans V takes us through the balance of chapter 12. The podcast (15 minutes) contains some surprises — for most Bible believers, at any rate. Click here to download. Verses… Read More

Romans U (12:1-8)

Posted: January 21, 2015

Romans U (16 minutes) is the 21st lesson in our series Romans A-Z. As is his custom, Paul lays highly practical teaching (chapters 12-16) on a solid theological foundation (chapters 1-9)…. Read More

Romans T (11:33-36)

Posted: January 20, 2015

This is the last podcast based on Romans 9-11. This special passage taken up in Romans T (11 minutes) concludes the section, setting things in perspective. Scriptures referred to: Psalm… Read More

Romans S (11:1-32)

Posted: January 19, 2015

This is Romans S, the 19th study in the series Romans A-Z. In this podcast (25 minutes) we will almost finish our study of Romans 11. (Romans T will cover Paul’s… Read More

Romans R (10:1-21)

Posted: January 18, 2015

Romans R (19 minutes) covers the tenth chapter of the epistle. Verses referenced include Job 40:3-5; Deuteronomy 30:11-14; Acts 22:16; 10:28,34-35, 43-48; Galatians 1:14; Psalms 19:5; Deuteronomy 32:21; and Proverbs… Read More

Romans Q (9:1-32)

Posted: January 17, 2015

Romans Q (19 minutes) covers all of chapter 9. Verses referred to (mainly outside Romans) include Exodus 32:32; Psalm 49:6-8; Genesis 25; Genesis 27; Exodus 7; Colossians 1:21; Isaiah 29; Isaiah… Read More

Romans P (8:18-39)

Posted: January 16, 2015

Listen to the 16th podcast (23 minutes) in our series on Romans. Verses referred to are 2 Corinthians 4:16-18; 2 Timothy 4:18; Hebrews 7:25; 2 Thessalonians 2:14; Jude 21; and… Read More

Romans O (8:12-17)

Posted: January 15, 2015

The 15th lesson in our series (16 minutes) is Romans O, covering the middle section of chapter 8. Verses referred to include Galatians 5:18; Psalms 40:8; 2 Thessalonians 1:8; Acts… Read More

Romans N (8:1-11)

Posted: January 14, 2015

Lesson N (12 minutes) begins the second half of the series Romans A-Z. Listen carefully for the many connections to the concepts Paul has developed earlier in the letter. The… Read More

Romans M (7:1-25)

Posted: January 13, 2015

This is the 13th podcast in Romans A-Z.  The lesson (24 minutes) goes through the entirety of Romans 7. Click here to download. Other biblical passages referred to in this lesson… Read More

Romans L (6:8-23)

Posted: January 12, 2015

The 12th podcast in Romans A-Z covers the remainder of chapter 6. I hope the talk (19 minutes) helps you think about God, and draw closer to him, all day…. Read More

Romans K (6:1-8)

Posted: January 11, 2015

Listen to the 11th podcast in Romans A-Z.  This podcast (13 minutes) covers the first 8 verses of the chapter. Click here to download. In chapters 1-3 Paul reasons that all… Read More

Romans J (5:12-21)

Posted: January 10, 2015

Listen to Romans J, the tenth podcast (15 minutes) in the series Romans A-Z. Sin came into the world through Adam (v.12), and salvation also comes to the world through… Read More

Romans I (5:1-11)

Posted: January 9, 2015

Here is the ninth podcast (14 minutes) in our series of 26 in Romans A-Z. Passages referred to include Acts 23:6; Ephesians 4:4; Titus 3:5; and Galatians 4:6. The sequence… Read More

Romans H (4:1-25)

Posted: January 8, 2015

In the eighth part of our series (18 minutes) we tackle all of Romans chapter 4. Click here to download. While I referred to a number of biblical passages, here… Read More

Romans G (3:10-31)

Posted: January 7, 2015

This is the seventh lesson (20 minutes) in our series, Romans A-Z.  There is some overlap with the previous podcast, is it ended with 3:10-18. Here we return to 3:10-18… Read More

Romans F (3:1-18)

Posted: January 6, 2015

This is the sixth lesson (14 minutes) in our Romans series. Click here to download. Some of the passages referred to in the podcast are Psalm 138:2; Romans 9:4-5; 15:4;… Read More

Romans E (2:17-29)

Posted: January 5, 2015

Romans E (18 minutes) continues the study of the typical weaknesses of religious people, particularly hypocrisy and condescension. Click here to download. Isaiah 52:5 — God’s people often misrepresent him… Read More

Romans D (2:1-16)

Posted: January 4, 2015

Listen to the fourth podcast in the series (15 minutes). Click here to download. Referred to in the lesson: The Last Things series (including the podcast on Those Who Haven’t… Read More

Romans C (1:18-32)

Posted: January 3, 2015

In our third podcast (21 minutes), we will tackle Romans 1:18-32. For more background on this passage, listen to the Fall of Rome podcast. Click here to download. This lesson refers… Read More

Romans B (1:16-17)

Posted: January 2, 2015

This is the 2nd lesson in a series of 26 on Romans. Here we cover the theme passage, Romans 1:16-17 (22 minutes). Recommended: study Habakkuk 2:4. Ponder: “From faith to… Read More

Romans A (1:1-15)

Posted: January 1, 2015

This is the opening podcast in the series Romans A-Z. In 26 daily lessons, we will explore Paul’s longest letter. First, we set the stage, by reading through chapter 1, verse 1-15… Read More

The Fall of Rome — And Why We Should Take Notice

Posted: November 26, 2014

Why did Rome (753 BC – AD 476) fall?  Was it due to external circumstances (barbarian invasion, famine, plague, etc), or to internal ones? We in the West ought to… Read More

REVELATION 21 – A

Posted: October 9, 2014

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And… Read More

JAMES 2 – A

Posted: October 7, 2014

1 My brothers and sisters, do you with your acts of favoritism really believe in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ?  2 For if a person with gold rings and in… Read More

Slavery and the Bible

Posted: September 12, 2014

Here are a podcast and notes on Slavery and the Bible (43 minutes). To download the podcast, right click on “download” and select “save link as” or “save target as”… Read More

Q&A 1332 – Jesus’ Wife Papyrus

Posted: April 16, 2014

Q&A 1333 – What about the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? I am wondering if you have any thoughts on this new finding? In 2012 an ancient papyrus fragment, about the… Read More

A Mass Conversion of Israel?

Posted: April 14, 2014

Will all of national Israel be saved in the end times? This is certainly a beautiful thought, yet are we to take Romans 11:26 literally? In this podcast I offer… Read More

Q&A 1331 – Exact Words?

Posted: April 12, 2014

Do the speeches in the Bible record the exact words of Peter, Paul, or Jesus? And if not, why should we trust them? In ancient times, transcription from dictation was… Read More

Romans 11 – Did God Slip Up? – Douglas Jacoby

Posted: March 24, 2014

Sunday sermon at the North River Church of Christ on March 23, 2014. To listen now, click on arrow. To listen later, right click on ‘Download Podcast’ and click on… Read More

The Prison Epistles – Class 4 – Philemon

Posted: March 11, 2014

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The Prison Epistles – Class 3 – Colossians

Posted: March 11, 2014

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The Prison Epistles – Class 2 – Ephesians

Posted: March 6, 2014

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The Prison Epistles – Class 1 – Philippians

Posted: March 6, 2014

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Curse / Reverse (Romans 5)

Posted: February 21, 2014

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The Good News and the Bad News (Romans 1)

Posted: February 11, 2014

Message at North River church on Sunday, Jan 26, 2014 Click here to download.  

Christ Through the Ages, 23: Revelation–King of Kings

Posted: January 23, 2014

Lesson 23, Revelation: King of Kings and Lord of Lords, is the final podcast in this section of our series (10 minutes), before we turn to examine Christ through the… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 22: Jude–Lordship or License?

Posted: January 22, 2014

Our 22nd lesson in Christ Through the Ages comes from the little letter of Jude. The podcast (11 minutes) is entitled Jude: Lordship or License? I hope it proves spiritually… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 21: 1-3 John–Christ and Antichrist

Posted: January 21, 2014

Our next podcast is 1-3 John–Christ and Antichrist (12 minutes). To download, right click on the link and click “Save Link As” or “Save target As” – Download Podcast Senses… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 20: 1-2 Peter–In His Steps

Posted: January 20, 2014

Listen to the 20th lesson in our series CHRIST THROUGH THE AGES. The lesson is 20 minutes long. It is simply entitled, 1-2 Peter: In His Steps. To download, right… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 19: Hebrews– Not Just Superior, But Supreme

Posted: January 19, 2014

Christ Through the Ages, 19: Hebrews–Not Just Superior, But Supreme!  Listen to the podcast (19 minutes) — and learn. To download, right click on the link and click “Save Link… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 18: Philemon–Grace in Action

Posted: January 18, 2014

Listen to Philemon: Grace in Action (20 minutes). Learn about the purpose of this invaluable epistle, and how we can influence others by following the gracious method of Jesus Christ…. Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 17: Pastorals–Gracious Guide

Posted: January 17, 2014

To download, right click on the link and click “Save Link As” or “Save target As” – Download Podcast Learn about Christ, Our Gracious Guide to Eternal Life (19 minutes)… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 16: 1-2 Thessalonians–He’s Coming Back!

Posted: January 16, 2014

Listen to the sixteenth lesson (20 minutes) in our series, He’s Coming Back, and You’d Better Be Ready!  To download, right click on the link and click “Save Link As” or… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 15: Philippians–To Live is Christ

Posted: January 15, 2014

To download the podcast, right click on the download link and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” and it will download the podcast. Download Podcast Introduction Philippians is… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 14: Ephesians & Colossians–Cosmic Christ

Posted: January 14, 2014

To download the podcast, right click on the download link and choose “Save Link As” or “Save Target As” and it will download the podcast. Download Podcast Appreciate the fact… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 13: 1-2 Corinthians–Humility Amidst Suffering

Posted: January 13, 2014

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Christ Through the Ages, 12: Romans & Galatians–Baptized into Death

Posted: January 12, 2014

To download, right click on the link and click “Save Link As” or “Save target As” – Download Podcast Listen to Romans & Galatians: Baptized into Death (15 minutes). Background… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 11: James–Jesus, Wisdom from Above

Posted: January 11, 2014

To download, right click on the link and click “Save Link As” or “Save target As” – Download Podcast Our 11th lesson in the series CHRIST THROUGH THE AGES asks… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 10: John–Heavenly Word, Human Flesh

Posted: January 10, 2014

To download, right click on the link and click “Save Link As” or “Save target As” – Download Podcast Listen to the 10th podcast in the series (11 minutes), John:… Read More

Christ Through the Ages, 9: Luke–Universal Vision, Center to Margins

Posted: January 9, 2014

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Christ Through the Ages, 8: Matthew–Jesus was Jewish

Posted: January 8, 2014

The 8th lesson in our series is Matthew: Jesus was Jewish (15 mins). To download, right click on the link and click “Save Link As” or “Save target As” -… Read More

How the Bible Came to Be, Part 5 – Gospels False and True

Posted: January 7, 2014

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Christ Through the Ages, 7: Mark–Lord Caesar or Lord Jesus?

Posted: January 7, 2014

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How the Bible Came to Be, Part 4 – The New Testament Apocrypha & Pseudepigrapha

Posted: December 14, 2013

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How the Bible Came to Be, Part 2 – The Old Testament Apocrypha

Posted: November 26, 2013

This is the second lesson in the series. To listen to podcast later, right click link below and “Save target as” or “Save link as” Download Podcast For PDF notes… Read More

Appendixes to A Quick Overview of the Bible

Posted: July 31, 2013

Appendix A You Can Read the Bible in a Year Note: Following this plan, you will read some of each testament every day. January 1–2 Peter, Mark Proverbs, Genesis, Exodus… Read More

52 BIBLE READING TIPS (31-52)

Posted: July 31, 2013

For tips 1-30, please click here. Bible Reading Tip 31: Hebrews  This anonymous letter was written to Christians from a Jewish background. They were apparently tempted to return to Judaism, or… Read More

NIV errors

Posted: July 31, 2013

I am often asked about the merits of various Bible translations. Like many of my readers, I was brought up on the NIV.  When I became a Christian (1977), the… Read More

Q&A 1100 – Did Onesimus (in Philemon) really repent?

Posted: July 31, 2013

If Onesimus had wronged his master by stealing from him and then running away, why did Paul allow him to be baptized? Shouldn’t he have been made to wait until he… Read More

New Perspective on Paul (Christianity Today)

Posted: July 31, 2013

What Did Paul Really Mean? “New perspective” scholars argue that we need, well, a new perspective on justification by faith. Simon Gathercole | posted 8/10/2007 08:48AM Pick up any recent… Read More

52 BIBLE READING TIPS (1-30)

Posted: July 31, 2013

Bible Reading Tip 1: Get a version of the Bible you can understand and enjoy. These days there are numerous readable (and reasonably accurate) translations available to the reader of… Read More

Household Codes (by Jason Goble)

Posted: June 8, 2013

READING THE HOUSEHOLD CODE IN COLOSSIANS FROM AN ETHICAL PERSPECTIVE BY JASON GOBLE APRIL, 2013 Introduction The ancient church outside the synagogue began its existence in Greco-Roman households making the… Read More

Demas

Posted: November 23, 2012

For N.T. Character Study 26, Demas (17 minutes), click on the play button below: To download the podcast, right click on “download” and select “save link as” or “save target… Read More

NT Archaeology

Posted: May 14, 2012

Here is a lesson on New Testament Archaeology (47 minutes).   LCU students: You are not responsible for all the information in this lesson. Do, however, listen carefully and try… Read More

The Structure of the New Testament

Posted: April 15, 2012

Here is a lesson and notes on The Structure of the New Testament (51 minutes). 1. Process The NT is a library more than it is a single book. The library… Read More

Hebrews: Bridge between the Testaments

Posted: April 15, 2012

Here are a lesson and notes on Hebrews: Bridge between the Testaments (50 minutes). Bridging books There are several books in the NT that intimate connect with the OT, like… Read More

Paul

Posted: August 30, 2011

For N.T. Character Study 5, Paul (31 minutes), click on the play button below: To download the podcast, right click on “download” and select “save link as” or “save target… Read More

Surprises from Acts 2

Posted: May 11, 2010

Surprises from Acts 2 is 29 minutes in length. To listen, click on the play button below: To download the podcast, right click on “download” and select “save link as” or… Read More

Original Sin

Posted: April 5, 2010

Following is a paper I wrote on the topic of Original Sin. The podcast includes everything in the paper –and a little bit more — and is 27 minutes in… Read More

Through the N.T. in a Year

Posted: January 10, 2010

To read through the N.T. in a year, what is helpful is to maintain variety. While you could read the first three gospels straight through, for example, they are so… Read More

OT20-Caleb.mp3

Posted: April 28, 2009

For O.T. Lesson 20, Caleb (23 minutes), click on the play button below: To download the podcast, right click on “download” and select “save link as” or “save target as” and… Read More

MATTHEW 1

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham: 2 Abraham begot Isaac, Isaac begot Jacob, and Jacob begot Judah and his… Read More

MATTHEW 2

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, “Where is the one who… Read More

MATTHEW 3

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!  3 For this is… Read More

MATTHEW 4

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward he… Read More

MATTHEW 5 – A

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them saying: 3… Read More

MATTHEW 5 – B

Posted: December 18, 2008

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you… Read More

MATTHEW 6 – A

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 “Be careful not to do your ‘acts of righteousness’ before men, to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven…. Read More

MATTHEW 6 – B

Posted: December 18, 2008

19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in… Read More

MATTHEW 7 – A

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. 2 For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it… Read More

MATTHEW 7 – B

Posted: December 18, 2008

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the… Read More

MATTHEW 8

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 When he came down from the mountainside, large crowds followed him. 2 man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, “Lord, if you are willing, you can… Read More

MATTHEW 9 – A

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their… Read More

MATTHEW 9 – B

Posted: December 18, 2008

18 While he was saying this, a ruler came and knelt before him and said, “My daughter has just died. But come and put your hand on her, and she… Read More

MATTHEW 10 – A

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness. 2 These are the names of… Read More

MATTHEW 10 – B

Posted: December 18, 2008

24 “A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like… Read More

MATTHEW 11 – A

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that he departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities. 2 And when John… Read More

MATTHEW 11 – B

Posted: December 18, 2008

20 Then he began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: 21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to… Read More

MATTHEW 12 – A

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. And his disciples were hungry, and began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. 2 And when… Read More

MATTHEW 12 – B

Posted: December 18, 2008

22 Then one was brought to him who was demon-possessed, blind and mute; and he healed him, so that the blind and mute man both spoke and saw. 23 And… Read More

MATTHEW 13

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 2 And great multitudes were gathered together to him, so that he got into… Read More

MATTHEW 14

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the report about Jesus 2 and said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist; he is risen from the dead, and… Read More

MATTHEW 15 – A

Posted: December 18, 2008

1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash… Read More