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Life after death is a great promise to those who believe in Jesus. But what about those who have never heard of Jesus? And for everyone, why do innocent people suffer and how can we comfort those (including ourselves) who suffer? This is the second lesson in our through the Bible series on Genesis and Job and in it we work to answer these questions from the big picture of God's Word. For additional resources and links related to the topic, go to --- Support this podcast:
Hi, I am Yvon Prehn, and this is an incredibly important podcast that I discovered I had not loaded up to this podcast channel—it’s out of order, but very important so let me explain. This podcast started out as added material to the podcast on Life After Death in the Old Testament. It is a critique of scholars who do not believe that is true, but it became much more when I realized that the timeline I was putting together to show that faulty beliefs about the views of life after death in the Old Testament were based on bad dating of resources, it applied to much more than that one lesson. I felt at the time it was incredibly important for you to understand as you study the Bible, but somehow in the last few crazy months with my undergoing major surgery 2 days before Thanksgiving, the usual holiday challenges, and Covid hovering over everything, the podcast got lost. As I was organizing the new year of lessons with added videos, notes, and questions for all, plus the new Resource Shop, I discovered it and found I had not posted it. I also realized the importance of it in that this podcast not only shows the false conclusions of the scholars who say that people in the Old Testament did not believe in life after death, but it illustrates the bigger picture of why anti-supernaturalist scholars are incorrect in their commentary about the Bible in many areas. Their mistakes have nothing to do with a belief or not in God or in the supernatural origin of scripture. They are simply about the dating of resources. They will use a source, for example from 70 AD to cite as a reason for a belief that scholars (secular and biblical) universally date hundreds of years earlier. I cannot ascribe motive, I do not know why they do this, but it is sloppy scholarship and misleading. In my infographics which I discuss in the podcast, you will see the use of 4 Ezra (dated 70 AD) as the source of Old Testament beliefs (dated by even the most secular scholars) written almost five hundred years earlier, which obviously did not happen. I did up infographics on the Bible805 website where you can see this for yourself. I strongly encourage you to look at these materials. The faith of many people has been damaged by quotes from so-called scholars who call into question the supernatural aspects of the Bible based on quoting writers from times that have nothing to do with what they claim. Fortunately, our God can be trusted and if we take the time to simply look up universally agreed-upon dates for writings and then the messages he communicated them through his prophets. I will mention more examples of the importance of dating various writings as we go through the Bible. For a download of the infographic and related materials, including a video of it, go to: --- Support this podcast:
As we start reading through the Bible in Chronological order, the lesson for Week One TTB (Thru The Bible) is Genesis & Job, answers to the Big Questions of Life, part ONE In this lesson, I’ll give you background on why we read Genesis and Job together as well as answers to these questions: **Why we are here? **What went wrong? **Is this all there is? For notes, links to a video, and additional resources and related lessons please go to: --- Support this podcast:
We are at the place in reading through the Bible where many people either quit or are confused and make incorrect applications from their reading. We've finished the books that are primarily historical narratives and are now in books that combine both historical narrative AND the messages of the prophets to the people at that time. Understanding what is going on in the history of the people and how that relates to the book of prophecy is very important. Without it, the books of prophecy either make little sense or people come up with wildly incorrect conclusions about them. A modern-day analogy would be to imagine 2500 years from now (that is how long ago most of them wrote) if you heard Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech. If you were not familiar with the Civil Rights Movement, what was going on in the U.S. at that time, how extraordinary it was for the speech to even take place, and why he wove together Bible passages with his visions (and imagine you didn't even know some of them came from the Christian Bible), well, obviously the speech wouldn't make sense to you. Knowing the historical context of a speech makes all the difference in our ability to understand it. My goal in this next series of podcasts (plus your reading and a Timeline of the Prophets I put together for you) will help you understand not only the meaning and importance of what the Prophets said in their day but also how we can apply their words to our lives to live in ways that are pleasing to our Lord. To go to the specific post that has downloads of the charts, CLICK the following link: To go to the Bible805 ministry website with many resources to help you know, trust, and apply the Bible, go to: --- Support this podcast:
What if you had EVERYTHING? Wisdom, power, romance? Unlimited wealth and scores of people to do whatever you commanded? What would you do with it? Most of us will never have to contemplate those challenges, but in our lesson today we’ll look at someone who did King Solomon. For links to the video and notes on this topic, go to And for overall on how to know, trust, and apply the Bible, go to: --- Support this podcast:
What does it mean when the Bible says….. • That David was a man after God’s own heart? • Didn’t he commit adultery and murder? • How can that be “after God’s own heart?” In today’s podcast, we’ll take an in-depth look at that statement and be challenged on how our hearts can be ones that please God. For more on this, notes, and links to a video, go to --- Support this podcast:
What happens when you don’t listen? • When you are asking for directions? • Or when a parent or spouse is telling you what to do? • Or more importantly, what happens when you don’t listen to what God tells you? The results can range from frustrating to tragic and we’ll look at the lives of Samuel and Saul to see how one listened to God, the other didn’t, and the results of each one in our podcast today. For more about how to know, trust, and apply the Bible, go to: --- Support this podcast:
“Tetelestai!” was the final cry of Jesus from the cross and it means, “it is finished.” It is an extraordinary cry of victory and hope. Though it is a part of sermons on the Easter message of salvation, there are many questions about it that we will explore in what follows including: Did Jesus really say “tetelestai”? What does it mean? What is finished? If the victory is won and the battle over, why is life so hard? And how should we live in this challenging time, considering what He said? My prayer is that in the following material you will find encouragement and hope in your life battles while we wait for the finished work of our Lord on the cross to be the overwhelming reality of our forever with Him. For more resources to help you know, understand, and apply the Bible, go to: --- Support this podcast:
From our earliest days, we want to do things our way. We don’t want anyone else to tell us what to do. Though we may appear to go along with rules as we get older, in our heart of hearts we often think we know what’s best for us. But do we? The books of Judges and Ruth give us interesting pictures from Old Testament history on what happens to individuals and people when they either— · Do what they want to do regardless of what God wants · Or trust Him no matter how difficult it might be. Judges is a little-studied book in its entirety, but as you’ll see it’s a very relevant one for our world today as you’ll see in our lesson.  For notes, links to the video on this and more, go to: --- Support this podcast:
How is life going for you now? Are you struggling, under pressure, afraid? Feel like you fight one battle after another? In today’s lesson, I’ve got some encouragement for you as we look at….. Book of Joshua 9 Lessons on how to fight and win in the battles of life As we start, the first step to winning the battles of life Realize you are in a battle! The Bible describes the Christian life in this way: This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Eph. 6:12(MSG) Take your share of suffering as a good soldier of Jesus Christ, just as I do; and as Christ’s soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in worldly affairs, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army. 2 Timothy 2:3-7 Living Bible (TLB) This view is very different than many contemporary ideas of the Christian life today that tell people to not only expect heaven after they die, but heaven on earth. The reality of the  Christian life and what we see in the book of Joshua is very different. For notes, links to a video, and more, go to --- Support this podcast:
What is the purpose of the stories in the Bible? If someone does something that seems a bit odd, like Gideon setting out a fleece to determine God’s will or the Children of Israel walking around the walls of Jericho to conquer it. Does that mean I should do similar things to please God? As we start reading the book of Joshua, we move from the foundation of laws into stories, also called narratives Let’s face it, it is a bit of a relief to be finished with the the foundation of laws and into the stories of the Bible. For the next few months, you’ll be reading some of the most familiar stories from the Old Testament: about the walls of Jericho falling down, of Gideon setting out a fleece, of Sampson and Deliah, about David and Goliath and the other exploits of David’s life. Though interesting reading, these books pose a major challenge. How do we properly apply them? The laws are easy—God says, don’t lie; I know I’m not supposed to lie. The stories are harder—because a Bible character acted in a certain way and seemed to turn out well, should I act in the same way? For example, in the story of Gideon, he asked God for sign that confirmed what he was supposed to do. He set out a fleece (an animal skin) and asked that the next morning the fleece be wet and the ground dry. God graciously, miraculously answered him and did that. He asked for the reverse and God again answered. Does that mean that we should come up with tests to determine God’s will? For notes and additional Bible Resources, go to --- Support this podcast:
God’s people are about to enter the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering. How are they supposed to live now, so they don’t continue to wander aimlessly? How are they to live as representatives of the living God, as His disciples, His image-bearers in a pagan culture? We’ll answer these questions for them and us in our lesson as we discuss the topic Deuteronomy—5 Ways to Reflect God's Image to our World. It's a very practical lesson for us because just as the Children of Israel were God's representatives to their world, so we represent Jesus to our world today. The book of Deuteronomy give us timeless advice on how to do that well. For notes, link to a video and more resources that will help you know, trust, and apply the Bible, go to --- Support this podcast:
The war in Ukraine and the tragedy of the suffering and devastation that threatens to spill into more of the world has many of us concerned, worried and fearful. People are wondering if it means WW3 or even the end of the world. What should we do? This is a special podcast, an interruption in our reading through the Bible commentary, because I feel it is needed. I want to give you some spiritual encouragement and practical advice from God’s Word and from C. S. Lewis’ essay, “The World’s Last Night.” Listen and be encouraged. Our God is in control; He is a good God, and He has work for us to do as long as we remain here. For notes from the podcast and links to more encouraging Bible lessons, go to --- Support this podcast:
What does God expect of us after we become a Christian? Can we do what we want? Or does being a believer have obligations? And what about when we mess up? These questions and more are what we’ll answer in our lesson today from the Old Testament: The book of Numbers, Bad Choices, Consequences, and God’s Grace For links to notes and a video on this topic, go to, where there are many resources to help you know, trust, and apply the Bible. --- Support this podcast:
Does the Old Testament teach the Trinity? What about the Shema, which says clearly, “God is One?” Also, how does it reconcile the verses that say God can’t be seen, with ones that say people saw God? Who is the Angel of the Lord talked about in the Old Testament? Is He really Jesus before he was born in Bethlehem? These questions and more are what we’ll answer in our lesson today on what the Old Testament shows us about the Trinity. I think you'll find the material interesting and surprising in some places! For links to a video on this, plus explanatory charts, and more go to --- Support this podcast:
Many people believe that the idea of the Trinity is one of the most difficult to understand in the Christian faith. I very much disagree—and I’ll share the details of why in this lesson. God does not intentionally confuse us as to who He is; He desires a relationship with us. The challenge to understanding the Trinity is the same challenge of understanding everything else aiout our faith—we need to look at God’s Word, which I’ll help you do, and so you won't simply accept the statements of “Oh, this is a mystery we can’t understand.” To download the chart talked about in the podcast, click the following link: For more information, handouts, links to a video, and more: --- Support this podcast:
Everyone wants to live a truly happy and fulfilled life, but the question is…. How do we do that? The Bible has some very specific advice on how to live a fulfilled life and it isn’t full of more tips on how to make ourselves #1, We’ll talk about that today in our lesson podcast today. For more on this topic, go to --- Support this podcast:
Have you ever felt stuck, trapped, not where you want to be or expected you’d be at this time in your life? For many of us as I’m recording this, that’s the situation we’ve been in with the Covid lockdowns and the many ways it has put life on hold. But for all of us, no matter what we are trapped in, emotionally, physically, or spiritually the book of Exodus and the life of Moses can encourage, inspire, and teach us as we’ll see in our lesson today. For a video of this podcast, notes/transcript, and more related to the lesson, go to: --- Support this podcast:
What makes someone great in God’s eyes? We’re starting into the part of the Old Testament where we talk about “heroes of the faith” What does that mean and does an ordinary person have any chance of pleasing God in that way? Those are some of the questions we'll talk about in the podcast today. For notes, links to a video that has all the images talked about and additional resources, go to --- Support this podcast:
I did a similar podcast previously, but it is such an important topic (nothing more important than how to find salvation in Jesus) I wanted to redo, update it, and made a video to go along with it. Here is the current intro to it:  We could all use some good news now….. Pandemic, crazy weather, racial injustice, and political turmoil—wherever we turn, bad news fills our world. But there is one place the news is good—and that’s in the good news about Jesus. Many call this good news the gospel and that’s what our lesson is all about. Be sure to go to for links to the video, notes, and more resources related to it. --- Support this podcast:
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