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Author: Ken Hensley and Mike Roncaglia

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A weekly podcast that seeks to uncover the real Jesus and what it means to be a modern-day follower of him. Our goal is to help you know Jesus better and to become more like him.

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You’ve been treated to four volumes of Best of Listener Questions, now it’s time fora new series of best of volumes. These will be from the Did You Know segments ofJesus Changes People. The time in the show when the guys share facts about theBible, Christian History, and Christian Oddities. The Did You Knows in this volumeall come from season one and are focused on Christians in history. Join Ken andMike, as they share these facts with us again. The 6 Did You Knows came fromthese 6 episodes:S...
Children Of God

Children Of God

2024-07-0102:14:22

Mike and Ken wrap up chapter 3 of Galatians. In this last section, Paul uses the illustration of a child guardian to demonstrate what life was like under the law. He then reminds the Galatians, they are not under the guardian any longer, but are now living as full heirs because of Jesus. Ken and Mike discuss life under the guardian, what changes once we are in Jesus, and what it is to live as an heir. What genre classification would you give to a band named Candle? A listener asks the guys a ...
Why The Law Is Not Greater

Why The Law Is Not Greater

2024-06-2401:46:46

In this next section of Galatians, Paul asks why, then, was the law given at all? Up to this point, he’s been proving that what was promised to Abraham is all that is needed. So why have the law then, would be the next logical question someone would ask. Ken and Mike discuss three things that show why the law is not greater. It’s not greater, because it’s temporary, holds second place, and is limited in what it can offer a person. A listener asks the guys to rate their favorite cheeses. What ...
Paul returns to Abraham, and the promise made to him. According to the Judaizers, the way to receive Abraham’s blessing from the promise was by obeying the law. Paul uses an everyday example to show that the law is not attached to the promise. Mike and Ken discuss different types of agreements that exist, what was actually promised to Abraham, and how that promise overrides the law. A listener finds it hard to share their faith with others and is wondering why that may be the case for them an...
It’s been a bit since the guys released a mix tape like best of episode. Actually, the last one was at Christmas time. So it’s time for volume four of the Best of Listener Questions. They really dug in the archives for this set of questions and you won’t want to miss what they’ve pulled out. Join Ken and Mike, as they answer for us again these 5 questions from these 5 episodes:Season 1 - Episode 5 - February 1, 2022 - Born AgainSeason 1 - Episode 6 - February 9, 2022 - Becoming LessSeason 1 -...
After using Abraham as a witness against the Judaizers, Paul next shows how those who rely on the law aren’t blessed but are under a curse. They also aren’t living by faith. Their only hope is not through the law, but through Jesus. Ken and Mike discuss the curse which is the law, the polar opposites of law and faith, and finally how we are redeemed, purchased, to be set free from the law. A listener wants to know what books the guys are currently reading. The guys end up down all sorts of ra...
Father Abraham

Father Abraham

2024-05-2702:04:09

Mike and Ken tackle the next section of Galatians 3, where Paul shifts from a subjective argument to an objective one. The Judaizers held up Abraham as the standard for their religion. Paul takes Abraham and uses him as a witness against the Judaizers. Ken and Mike discuss Abraham, his background, and why he’s talked about here. They talk about why Christians are his children not by race but by faith. And how Christians have a right to Abraham’s blessing because they are his spiritual childre...
The Two Ways To Live

The Two Ways To Live

2024-05-2001:51:55

Ken and Mike are back in the book of Galatians and starting chapter 3. Paul’s attention shifts from relating elements of his story to now dealing directly with the issues that exist in the Galatian churches. Verses 1-5 is a personal argument that Paul makes, challenging the Galatians to remember their personal experience with Jesus. Mike and Ken discuss how in this personal argument the whole trinity is present: Father, Son, and Spirit. Also, they point out there is a different use of the wor...
Pentecost

Pentecost

2024-05-1302:10:05

Mike and Ken conclude their 2 week intermission from Galatians, which has focused on the Ascension and Pentecost. In Acts chapter 2, the gift Jesus promised was being sent from the Father arrives. The Holy Spirit comes with the sound of violent rushing wind, tongues like flames over people’s heads, and people speaking in different languages. There are two different responses to these events, which leads Peter to step forward and deliver a powerful sermon. Ken and Mike discuss characteristics ...
Ascension

Ascension

2024-05-0602:06:03

Ken and Mike take a 2 week intermission from Galatians to focus on the Ascension and Pentecost. Following His death and resurrection, Jesus spent 40 days with the apostles, as is covered in the opening verses of Acts chapter 1. During this time, Jesus showed them convincing proofs he was alive, told them to wait for the Holy Spirit, and that they would be His witnesses. Then He ascends to heaven and angels tell them Jesus will be back. Mike and Ken discuss the significance of these events and...
A Matter Of Life And Death

A Matter Of Life And Death

2024-04-2902:12:52

Mike and Ken wrap up Paul’s confrontation with Peter over his separation from the Gentile Christians in Antioch. In these three remaining verses, Paul repeatedly uses forms of death, life and the personal pronoun I. Ken and Mike discuss what died, what we died to, Jesus living in us, what we’re living for, how we’re living now, living in the body, and living by faith. A listener is wondering what three “dream” sponsors the guys would want for the podcast? Also, what are the guys trying to get...
How Are We Right With God?

How Are We Right With God?

2024-04-2201:57:03

The confrontation Paul has with Peter continues in these next four verses. Peter had been separating himself from the Gentile Christians, which was to say they weren’t right with God. It also said the Jews were better than the Gentiles. But the truth is, everyone is dead spiritually and does acts of sin and needs the saving of Jesus. Ken and Mike discuss what it means to be saved by faith and to be justified by Jesus. They also explore how, although we are saved and justified, we can still fa...
The Confrontation

The Confrontation

2024-04-1502:02:35

Paul’s narrative of how his message was approved and everyone was together shifts to a scene where Peter pulls back from associating with the Gentiles. Peter’s actions as a leader draw even Barnabas, Paul’s close friend, to separate from the Gentiles as well. Paul doesn’t stand for it and opposes Peter to his face in front of everyone. His main message: Why is your behavior inconsistent with who you know you are as a Christian? Mike and Ken discuss this powerful confrontation. They look at th...
Mike and Ken tackle the next 5 verses of chapter 2. In these verses, Paul continues his narrative, which he started in verse 1, about what happened during the meetings in Jerusalem. In them, we learn that the apostles and leaders in Jerusalem add nothing to Paul’s message and bless him and Barnabas to continue on sharing the message with the Gentiles. They also ask that Paul remember the poor, which he’s eager to do. Ken and Mike discuss how ministry is divvied up, what brings unity between e...
The Good News At Stake

The Good News At Stake

2024-04-0101:43:08

Ken and Mike are back in the book of Galatians after their Easter intermission. They begin in chapter 2, which in Paul’s account was fourteen years since the end of chapter 1. And Paul is back in Jerusalem, along with Barnabas and Titus. He’s setup a private meaning with the leaders in the Jerusalem church, which then will lead to a public meeting. The question to be settled is, can someone be saved without coming under the Mosaic law? The Judaizers think no, Paul thinks yes. What will the co...
Easter: It Is Finished

Easter: It Is Finished

2024-03-2502:10:49

Mike and Ken finish the last episode in their Easter intermission from Galatians. They focus in on Jesus’ last words “It is finished” recorded in the book of John. They are the 3 most important words in scripture. But what exactly was finished? To understand what was finished requires us to understand the problems that needed to be fixed. Mike and Ken look at the issues that existed because Adam and Eve snacked on fruit from a tree they shouldn’t have. With that background, they discuss what ...
Good Friday: At The Cross

Good Friday: At The Cross

2024-03-1801:54:38

Ken and Mike continue their intermission from Galatians to focus on Easter. In this episode, the focus is Jesus’ crucifixion, which is the focus for many churches on the Friday before Easter. Historically, this Friday has been called Good Friday. Mike and Ken recount the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion. They also discuss two key elements that Jesus’ death saves us from. And how these elements fit into the communion meal. Their discussion helps us find our place in Jesus’ story. Findin...
Mike and Ken take an intermission from Galatians to focus on Easter. Up first, Jesus’ Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem, a week before His crucifixion. This is celebrated by churches on the Sunday before Easter and is called Palm Sunday. During Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, some are confused and others think they are in control. But there is someone who isn’t confused and is in complete control of what’s going on. Ken and Mike discuss Palm Sunday and what applications we can draw from it for ours...
Following Paul sharing how his life was changed by Jesus, he turns to share how others were affected by his new life. Who were these others? The church in Jerusalem, Peter, James, and the churches of Judea. The churches in Judea had never seen Paul in person, but knew of his changed life. And his story led them to praise God because of his conversion. Ken and Mike discuss Paul’s life change and its impact, and how our changed lives can have an impact as well. Also, a listener asks the guys ab...
The Story Of A Changed Life

The Story Of A Changed Life

2024-02-2601:42:50

Paul continues on in his letter, telling the Galatians how everything was going his way as an unconverted rabbi. But then a sudden change happened. Paul had an encounter with Jesus, which showed him his outward work hadn’t brought inner change. Through this interaction with Jesus, he learned God was pleased to have Jesus dwell in him. From this inner change came a ministry to the Gentiles. Mike and Ken discuss the miraculous story of Paul’s changed life and how that gives us hope in our own s...
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