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Author: Yvon Prehn

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I believe the Bible is as true and real as this palm tree in my front yard and the area code (805) I live in. In this podcast, I talk about how the Bible tells us the truth, how history helps us understand and trust the Bible, and my ideas on how to apply what it says. I’m Yvon Prehn, a lay teacher, and a writer for Jesus. Go to for additional commentary and resource links. Support this podcast:
61 Episodes
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 podcast is about today. For notes from the show and more information on the Christian faith, check out --- Support this podcast:
 If the Bible is supposed to be historically accurate, what about the books some Bibles have in between the Old Testament and New Testament? Are they historically reliable? Why aren’t they in all Bibles? Today we’ll answer those questions in this podcast. In our last lesson we looked at how the Old Testament is tied to real history and real geography. This week we’ll look at the Apocrypha to see if it meets the same tests. We’ll look at what it is and how it came about. As you’ll see it’s part of a bigger story that includes a history of the Septuagint—more than a scholarly term, this was the Bible of Jesus and Paul—a Greek translation of the Old Testament that was translated about the same time as the Apocrypha. But we can’t confuse the two because the Septuagint is a translation of the Old Testament from Hebrew to Greek and the books of the Apocrypha are not considered divinely inspired because the reasons we cover in the podcast. Images of some explanatory slides, are on the Bible 805 website at: --- Support this podcast:
What’s the most important thing we need to think about as we wrap up our year-long journey through the Bible? We started with Paradise lost in Genesis and we will end with Paradise restored in Revelation, so should we focus on end-time prophecy? Figuring out when Jesus will return? There are many things we could focus on as we wrap up this year, but) what I decided to talk about as we look back on what we’ve read and look forward to God’s plans for us is to answer the question taken from a passage in 2nd Peter where in light of Jesus coming, he doesn’t focus on the newspaper sensational details of it, but asks: What manner of people ought we to be? For notes on this lesson, Yvon's Bible Blog and much more, go to --- Support this podcast:
How do we act when bad things happen to us? u We always have a choice u We can retaliate u We can throw a pity party u We can blame others u Or we can trust God no matter what and try to respond in a way He wants us to No one or no circumstance ever forces us to act in a way God doesn’t want us to In our podcast today we’ll look at how the Apostle Paul responded in a very difficult situation. For notes and more, go to --- Support this podcast:
If you invited someone to your home for dinner and they stopped halfway there, what would you think? That they didn’t care? Didn’t really want to be with you? In our podcast today we’ll see how that is a little like what it is like if we accept Jesus to be our Savior, but then we quit God’s plans for us only halfway to where He wants us to be. For notes from the podcast and more, go to --- Support this podcast:
Christians often refer to themselves as "saved", but what does it mean to be "saved"? Saved from what? In today’s podcast we’ll talk about the meaning of salvation and how to get from wherever we are to this spiritual destination. Our roadmap for this journey is found in the book of Romans. For notes and more, go to: --- Support this podcast:
As we read Acts and the early letters of Paul, we see the people of the early church selling everything, constantly in worship, doing miracles. Does that mean we should do these things also? The history of the early church is no doubt exciting, as they worked miracles, held everything in common and lived a life of continual worship.  However, a key question for us living today is which of their actions should we follow as a normative command for the church today—meaning we should keep doing it because they did it and what should we understand simply as a history of the birth of the church, something to learn from in principle, but not necessarily a practice to precisely follow? Those are the questions we will answer in our podcast today. For notes from the podcast and more, go to --- Support this podcast:
What does it take to change a habit? We’ve all struggled to lose weight or exercise or get up earlier or all sorts of things we wish we’d do differently and it's hard to do! It’s never easy to change even the most simple of habits, but in our podcast today we’ll see that the followers of Jesus not only changed their personal behavior from that of fearful cowards to fearless leaders but that thousands of Jewish believers totally changed the faith practices that had been the core of their identity since the time of Abraham. In our podcast, we’ll look at the history of the incredible changes that took place after Jesus Resurrection that we read about in the book of Acts and then we’ll look at two of the earliest books that were written to the early church, James and Galatians. --- Support this podcast:
Who is Jesus? Secular history and all the major religions of the world agree He existed, but they have very different answers as to who He is In our podcast today we’ll look at the history that verifies His existence, the beliefs about Him that have no basis in history all to help us answer the most important question of time and eternity—Who do you think Jesus is? For a copy of the notes that go with the podcast and more, go to --- Support this podcast:
What is the most important thing about the Christian faith? How does it claim to connect you with God, forgive your sins, and give you eternal life? • Is it knowing all the things you learned about the Old Testament if you’ve been listening to this podcast the last few months? • Is it holding to certain beliefs like a 6-day Creation theory or 5-point Calvinism? • Or is it what you do like being sure that you don’t do cheat on your spouse or taxes? • As we will see in our lesson today it isn’t a what or a what you do, that is the most important thing about Christianity, that is at the core of what it takes to connect you with God, it’s a WHO. The Bible is very clear •  Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6 If we want a relationship with God in this life, the forgiveness of the sins that have severed our relationship with Him and to live in heaven after we die, Jesus said He is the only way we can achieve that. He said that because though he was God, he came to earth, lived a sinless life, died on the cross for our sins and by his historically verifiable resurrection from the dead, validated all the claims he made for himself and that He is the only way of salvation. To find out more and the notes for this podcast, go to --- Support this podcast:
What kind of a relationship do you have with someone if you never talk to them? OR if they talk to you and you ignore them? In our podcast today we’ll review God’s conversations with His people throughout the Old Testament and what he finally had to say to them before becoming silent for 400 years. Along the way, we’ll talk about how we ought to respond when we read his messages today. For notes and more on the podcast go to --- Support this podcast:
If you want to describe the perfect super-hero, a sterling example of strength, integrity, leadership, and self-giving, you could list these characteristics in minute dictionary detail or you could simply say, “Captain America.” An image can contain volumes of backstory and meaning in a few words—the challenge is you need to understand the meaning of the image. The books of the Old Testament and Zachariah is one of the main ones that do this, uses imagery in much the same way. The challenge to modern readers have is that we don’t know the backstory of the imagery. For us visions of myrtle trees, golden lampstands, and a flying scroll make about as much sense to us as Captain America, Thor, and Spiderman would make to the Old Testament Jews. In our podcast, we’ll discover the meaning of the images in this fascinating book that also contains more specific prophecy about Jesus than any other Old Testament book other than Isaiah. For a PDF of the notes and more information, go to: --- Support this podcast:
What makes you truly happy and satisfied?  Is its financial security? A loving family or relationship? A beautiful home? Though all of these things, financial security, loving family, beautiful home are what most of us want, we’ll see in our podcast today that these are not what creates true happiness and inner satisfaction and peace—but we won’t stop with being negative, but will talk about how we can achieve not only what we want, but what we are created for. Our source of for this lesson is the Prophet Haggai and that's what our podcast is about. For downloadable notes and more, go to --- Support this podcast:
When someone makes a promise to you, do they always keep it? What about God? Does He always keep his promises?In our podcast today we’ll see how God kept his promise to return people to their homeland after they’d been taken captive for 70 years. But as for the people of God, we’ll see how well they kept their promises to God and then we’ll end with some applications on how we might all get better at making the changes in our lives we want to make, but have trouble following through on. For a PDF of the notes for this lesson and other materials, go to --- Support this podcast:
We know hard times will come The question is, How do we respond? Two characters in the Old Testament, Ezekiel and Daniel, whose stories started when they were teenagers give us some encouraging examples In the midst of unimaginable challenges, we’ll see how….. They didn’t whine; they faithfully worked, their lives became a witness, the wonder of God was then revealed to and through them. Our podcast today will show you how this happened! For notes and more, go to --- Support this podcast:
Is it OK to ask God “why?” Why do you allow evil? Why do evil people get away with things? Why do good people get caught up in the mess others make? In this podcast we’ll look at the prophet Habakkuk and what happened when he not only asked God “Why?” but when he kept asking God when he didn’t like how God answered him the first time. Go to to download PDFs of the lesson. --- Support this podcast:
The bestselling book the Seven Habits of Highly Effective People totally revolutionized the lives of millions of people and one of the habits Steven Covey, the author, talked about is a great summary of our podcast today. The habit I’m talking about is Habit #2—Begin With the End in Mind  Join me as we look at the challenge of how to Begin with the End in Mind in the books of Zephaniah and Joel in our podcast today. For notes and additional information on this topic, go to --- Support this podcast:
People ask, if it really matter if the events talked about in the Old Testament took place in the times and ways that are described in the Bible? And some wonder if it isn’t the spiritual message of these stories that is most important? In this podcast, we are going to talk about how it does matter tremendously that the Old Testament describes true stories that took place in recognizable places that we can date in true history.  Once we understand this, it helps us understand the view of our great God and shows that he can be trusted with the details of our history in the past and the eternity of our future with him.  For downloadable notes and more go to: --- Support this podcast:
How can we please God? How can we know if we are doing enough in our Christian lives? Fortunately God doesn’t play games with us and doesn’t leave us guessing as to what he wants us to do. We’ll talk about that today in our lesson. We've been looking a lot at the history of what has happened to Israel and though that is important, what is even more important is how we apply the lessons we learn from history. The book of Micah gives us specific advice on how to do that.  In particular, we'll drill down deeply into understanding and applying Micah 6:8 a verse many are familiar with that tells us that God wants us to: "Live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God." For copies of the show notes and much more, go to   --- Support this podcast:
Does it matter if the stories in the Bible really happened? Isn’t the important thing the spiritual truth taught in them? It seems to be a common belief today that objective facts aren't nearly as important as how we feel about our spiritual beliefs, but as you'll learn today our Bible is based on historical realities and God cares very much about how we live our lives based on those realities. For notes from the podcast, go to --- Support this podcast:
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