In this episode of Biblical Talks, we discuss Zacchaeus, the chief tax collector in chapter 19 of Luke. Generally, most people at a certain stage in their life has or will have the experience of feeling lost. Sadly, some people are lost and don’t know it.
But the good news is Jesus of Nazareth is in the business of seeking and saving the lost. And Zacchaeus is an excellent example. Why? Because many of the tax collectors were dishonest. Hence, they were ‘lost’ in the sin of deceiving others.
Moreover, the people of that time viewed Zacchaeus as the worst of the worst. again, because he was a chief tax collector.
In this episode of Biblical Talks, we discuss how anger and jealousy can cause great harm. In the case of Cain and Abel, that showed up in a sibling rivalry that led to the first premeditated murder [sin]. As a result, that brought about grave consequences. Above all, we cannot talk about the consequences of sin without also discussing the mercy of God.
In this first episode of Biblical Talks, we discuss the healing of the paralyzed man. Now, even though there are three accounts of this story [Matthew, Luke, and Mark]; we will be looking at Luke’s. For this purpose, we use the text inLuke 5:17-16 New American Standard Bible. As you will see, there is so much we can learn from this passage.
So, if you want to know more, then this podcast episode is for you. Go ahead and use the player at the top of this blog post.
Who is Jesus? Well, I’ve learned that depending on who you ask, the answer to that question varies a great deal. Of course, non-Christians have their opinions on the matter. But I was more surprised to learn that there are also different views in the Christian community. That is to say, not everyone who says he or she is a Christian, believes in the historical Jesus of Nazareth.
When we enter a dark room, it is instinct to turn on the light. There is something inside of us that says— “I need to see where I am going”. Yet, in life when things get it’s darkest, we ignore the whispers to reach for ‘The LIGHT’”.
“Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.”
When you look at society as a whole from the past to the present day — what do you observe? Well, I see a lack of love. No doubt, we all would agree that the world would be better if everyone operated from a place of LOVE.
Have you ever had confidence in someone to later find out that you could not depend on that person after all? No doubt, most of us have experienced that disappointment before. Then it is time to put your confidence in God. For sure, I know from my own experiences that I will never have to worry about that with God. You see, my confidence in God is solid. Because the Lord Jesus Christ is the only one who honors His word.
“14 Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 15 And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.”
Moreover, He has made it very clear that He will always be there.
In the past couple of years since the COVID-19 pandemic, people are dealing with the effects of great loss. Not only the loss of a loved one but some even lost their financial security. In fact, most of us around the world are working to ‘rise from the ashes,’ so to speak.
But that my friends, has been much easier for some than others. That is to say, for the others, it has been extremely difficult. Because depression and hopelessness have taken over their lives. Oh, but there is peace and hope that is readily available for all who will receive it. Hence, this podcast episode — THE PROMISE: Christ Makes All Things New.