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Nephilim - One Giant Bible Question! (pt. 2)

May 3rd, 2019

Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum...so goes the giant's declaration in the old English rhyme. But aren't giants just make-believe? Not according to the Bible! In fact, giants were a major problem both BEFORE and AFTER Noah's flood. They were Israel's feared foe as they sought to conquer Canaan. Where did these giants come from? If they appeared after the flood is it possible that they could reappear? Who were the Watchers? Are they biblical? (Short answer, yes!) Is there any other information about them? (Check out the Book of Enoch!) Are they related to modern-day demons? You will be amazed! Check out part two of the Truth Barista's Bible Giant study!

Nephilim - One Giant Bible Question! (pt. 1)

April 27th, 2019

Did giants really roam the earth in Noah's day or didn't they? It depends upon your world-view and view of the supernatural! One of the trickiest things about reading and studying the Bible is when to take a section figuratively or literally. Sometimes, both can be applied. Isaiah 7 is one such double interpretation verse. On one hand, Isaiah prophesies about a physical son as a sort of "timer" of Aram's destruction (Aram was threatening Jerusalem). On the other hand, time has proven this same section as pertaining to a coming Messiah - "See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) Well, Genesis 6 is a puzzler as well. Were there giants in Noah's day, offspring of spiritual beings (the Watchers) and human women? Take a listen to part 1 of a two-part series on the Nephilim, the giants, of Genesis 6!

 

God’s Image and the Great Commission

April 19th, 2019

What in the world does God's image (Genesis 1) have to do with Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew 28)? Our Heavenly Father is amazing in how He orchestrates his plan across time! There is a profound link between Adam's creation/commission and the New Covenant community's creation/commission. As Solomon wrote, "There is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Want to know your future, Christian? Look to the past for understanding and clarity. Is your curiosity piqued?

The Way of Wisdom

April 12th, 2019

Wisdom - what is it and why is it so important? The Bible has a LOT to say about wisdom. What is clear is that wisdom is NOT knowledge. Knowledge is information. Wisdom is knowledge APPLIED. This is why people get wiser (or should) as we age through life. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry have a great discussion about this very important topic! Listen up and get some good wisdom!

The Truth About Temptation

April 5th, 2019

"I have no problem with temptation...I give in to it every time!" Yeah, it's a joke, but temptation really isn't. However, there are truths about temptation that help us grow as Jesus-followers. There are many things that temptation reveal about us and areas we need to let the Lord address in our lives. Don't let temptation drive you into the dust. Learn how to handle it and use it to your advantage when it rears its ugly head.

God - Our Standard of Holiness

March 29th, 2019

"Quit being HOLIER THAN THOU!" How often have we heard that through our lives? Holiness is something we don't hear a lot about from pulpits today, and yet it is a bottom line expectation from God. He even said, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:14-16) But what IS holiness? What determines whether something (or a person) is holy or not? The answer may be quite surprising!

When Nations Die - Preventing Truth Decay!

March 22nd, 2019

Why is it empires and nations rise and fall? All the efforts of humanity have tried to build the eternal kingdom since the beginning of time...and yet EVERY dominion has fallen given enough time. Why? The downward pull of fallen human nature! The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry look at Jim Nelson Black's book When Nations Die: America on the Brink, Ten Warning Signs of a Culture in Crisis. Is there hope? Yes! But it requires a whole-hearted commitment to God on a society-wide scale. Until then, Jesus expects us to stay close to him and do what we can to influence the culture around us.

Where Are The Noahs of the Day?

March 15th, 2019

As we watch Western society continue its moral downhill race to the bottom, could we expect God to raise up men and women of great integrity, virtue, and faith? Will we see people who will be a testimony against the unrighteous moral collapse and proclaim the reality of a righteous God? Will we see people who have worked hard to remain unstained from the world. It may seem to be impossible, but God specializes in the impossible. As the Bible repeatedly shows, illustrated by Noah, when things grow dark in an age of putrescence, God lifts a light. Take a listen!

Matter of Conscience (Halal Meat Example)

March 8th, 2019

With the influx of refugees and immigrants from Islamic countries, Muslim communities are growing throughout the United States. Similar to Jewish kosher laws, Islamic law (shariah law) has its dietary requirements. One requirement is meat must be slaughtered according to certain ritual and standards making it halal.

According to thekitchn.com "Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” In terms of food, it means food that is permissible according to Islamic law. For meat to be certified “halal,” it cannot be a forbidden cut (such as meat from hindquarters) or animal (such as pork.)" You can find the requirements here: https://www.thekitchn.com/good-question-what-is-halal-me-60979. As you read, the halal process involves pronouncing Allah's name during the slaughter making it a defacto sacrifice. So, is halal meat permissible to Christians who are commanded to "not eat meat offered to idols" (Acts 15:20)? Or does this fall under Apostle Paul's "Matters of Conscience" (1 Corinthians 8, 10)? This is a fascinating and challenging discussion!

2019 February Update on Israel - Bridges For Peace

March 3rd, 2019

Lennie Allen, national field director for Bridges For Peace (USA office) joins the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry for an AMAZING update on events in Israel and Bridges For Peace's work this year. Take a listen and be ENCOURAGED! So EXCITING!

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