God’s Final, Decisive Word
3 min
The Word that God spoke by his Son is the decisive Word. It will not be followed in this age by any greater word or replacement word.
TGC Podcast
TGC Podcast
The Gospel Coalition
Building a Gospel-Driven Church Is Hard
_Disclaimer: This breakout session was recorded before the 2019 global pandemic. Please follow your church body's guidelines when gathering in person for church services. _ Jared Wilson delivered a message in a breakout at The Gospel Coalition’s 2019 National Conference titled “The Gospel Driven Church,” sharing principles that can be found in his book by the same name. In the session, Wilson addressed the gospel recovery movement of the last decade or so, expressing delight in the desire of churches and leaders to set aside the attractional model of church in favor of a more biblically sound one. Wilson warned, however, that even those who have bought into a gospel driven focus must be careful that it not become simply nomenclature attached to the same old practices. He then delved into four practices of gospel driven churches and encouraged leaders to “continually slough off the baggage of doctrinal add-ons and distractions, cutting out the ever-rising innovations, theological and otherwise. Let us keep contending, keep trusting, keep returning to the ancient marker of the cross.” This episode of The Gospel Coalition Podcast is brought to you by Operation Christmas Child. You can build a shoebox online and OCC will pack for you based on your selections. These shoeboxes are delivered into hard-to-reach areas in and effort to share the gospel. To start building, visit Samaritanspurse.org/occ.
1 hr 3 min
Help Me Teach The Bible
Help Me Teach The Bible
The Gospel Coalition, Nancy Guthrie
Dale Ralph Davis on Joshua (Re-release)
In this episode of Help Me Teach the Bible, Nancy sits down with Dale Ralph Davis at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, where, in his “retirement” he serves as minister in residence or, as senior pastor Derek Thomas calls him, “the preacher of the night.” Davis is a long-time pastor and former professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi. Davis's book, _No Falling Words_, has long been a must-have commentary on Joshua. We sat down with him as he was reworking his messages on Joshua for an upcoming conference to talk about “the strange God” of Joshua as well as: * old promises fulfilled in Joshua; * the meaning of the land; * God’s command to destroy the Canaanites; * the unlikely recipient of mercy; * the grace demonstrated and response to grace commanded in Joshua. Here are some additional audio resources that you may find helpful in preparing to teach Joshua: * Overview of Joshua by Dale Ralph Davis * David Jackman messages on Joshua * John Woodhouse messages of Joshua * Entering into the Promises series at All Souls Langham Place * TGC sermon resources on Joshua For further study, here are some books you may find helpful, including titles from Crossway, the sponsor of Help Me Teach the Bible: * _No Falling Words_ by Dale Ralph Davis * _Joshua: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Scripture_ (New American Commentary) by David Howard * _Joshua: People of God's Purpose_ by David Jackman * _Joshua and the Flow of Biblical History_ by Francis A. Schaeffer
1 hr 21 min
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
ESV: Through the Bible in a Year
Crossway
December 4: Ezekiel 38–39; Psalm 124; 2 Timothy 3–4
Old Testament: Ezekiel 38–39 Ezekiel 38–39 (Listen) Prophecy Against Gog *38 *The word of the LORD came to me: *2 *“Son of man, set your face toward Gog, of the land of Magog, the chief prince of Meshech1 and Tubal, and prophesy against him *3 *and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech2 and Tubal. *4 *And I will turn you about and put hooks into your jaws, and I will bring you out, and all your army, horses and horsemen, all of them clothed in full armor, a great host, all of them with buckler and shield, wielding swords. *5 *Persia, Cush, and Put are with them, all of them with shield and helmet; *6 *Gomer and all his hordes; Beth-togarmah from the uttermost parts of the north with all his hordes—many peoples are with you. *7 *“Be ready and keep ready, you and all your hosts that are assembled about you, and be a guard for them. *8 *After many days you will be mustered. In the latter years you will go against the land that is restored from war, the land whose people were gathered from many peoples upon the mountains of Israel, which had been a continual waste. Its people were brought out from the peoples and now dwell securely, all of them. *9 *You will advance, coming on like a storm. You will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your hordes, and many peoples with you. *10 *“Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day, thoughts will come into your mind, and you will devise an evil scheme *11 *and say, ‘I will go up against the land of unwalled villages. I will fall upon the quiet people who dwell securely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having no bars or gates,’ *12 *to seize spoil and carry off plunder, to turn your hand against the waste places that are now inhabited, and the people who were gathered from the nations, who have acquired livestock and goods, who dwell at the center of the earth. *13 *Sheba and Dedan and the merchants of Tarshish and all its leaders3 will say to you, ‘Have you come to seize spoil? Have you assembled your hosts to carry off plunder, to carry away silver and gold, to take away livestock and goods, to seize great spoil?’ *14 *“Therefore, son of man, prophesy, and say to Gog, Thus says the Lord GOD: On that day when my people Israel are dwelling securely, will you not know it? *15 *You will come from your place out of the uttermost parts of the north, you and many peoples with you, all of them riding on horses, a great host, a mighty army. *16 *You will come up against my people Israel, like a cloud covering the land. In the latter days I will bring you against my land, that the nations may know me, when through you, O Gog, I vindicate my holiness before their eyes. *17 *“Thus says the Lord GOD: Are you he of whom I spoke in former days by my servants the prophets of Israel, who in those days prophesied for years that I would bring you against them? *18 *But on that day, the day that Gog shall come against the land of Israel, declares the Lord GOD, my wrath will be roused in my anger. *19 *For in my jealousy and in my blazing wrath I declare, On that day there shall be a great earthquake in the land of Israel. *20 *The fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep on the ground, and all the people who are on the face of the earth, shall quake at my presence. And the mountains shall be thrown down, and the cliffs shall fall, and every wall shall tumble to the ground. *21 *I will summon a sword against Gog4 on all my mountains, declares the Lord GOD. Every man’s sword will be against his brother. *22 *With pestilence and bloodshed I will enter into judgment with him, and I will rain upon him and his hordes and the many peoples who are with him torrential rains and hailstones, fire and sulfur. *23 *So I will show my greatness and my holiness and make myself known in the eyes of many nations. Then they will know that I am the LORD. *39 *“And you, son of man, prophesy against Gog and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against you, O Gog, chief prince of Meshech5 and Tubal. *2 *And I will turn you about and drive you forward,6 and bring you up from the uttermost parts of the north, and lead you against the mountains of Israel. *3 *Then I will strike your bow from your left hand, and will make your arrows drop out of your right hand. *4 *You shall fall on the mountains of Israel, you and all your hordes and the peoples who are with you. I will give you to birds of prey of every sort and to the beasts of the field to be devoured. *5 *You shall fall in the open field, for I have spoken, declares the Lord GOD. *6 *I will send fire on Magog and on those who dwell securely in the coastlands, and they shall know that I am the LORD. *7 *“And my holy name I will make known in the midst of my people Israel, and I will not let my holy name be profaned anymore. And the nations shall know that I am the LORD, the Holy One in Israel. *8 *Behold, it is coming and it will be brought about, declares the Lord GOD. That is the day of which I have spoken. *9 *“Then those who dwell in the cities of Israel will go out and make fires of the weapons and burn them, shields and bucklers, bow and arrows, clubs7 and spears; and they will make fires of them for seven years, *10 *so that they will not need to take wood out of the field or cut down any out of the forests, for they will make their fires of the weapons. They will seize the spoil of those who despoiled them, and plunder those who plundered them, declares the Lord GOD. *11 *“On that day I will give to Gog a place for burial in Israel, the Valley of the Travelers, east of the sea. It will block the travelers, for there Gog and all his multitude will be buried. It will be called the Valley of Hamon-gog.8 *12 *For seven months the house of Israel will be burying them, in order to cleanse the land. *13 *All the people of the land will bury them, and it will bring them renown on the day that I show my glory, declares the Lord GOD. *14 *They will set apart men to travel through the land regularly and bury those travelers remaining on the face of the land, so as to cleanse it. At9 the end of seven months they will make their search. *15 *And when these travel through the land and anyone sees a human bone, then he shall set up a sign by it, till the buriers have buried it in the Valley of Hamon-gog. *16 *(Hamonah10 is also the name of the city.) Thus shall they cleanse the land. *17 *“As for you, son of man, thus says the Lord GOD: Speak to the birds of every sort and to all beasts of the field: ‘Assemble and come, gather from all around to the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you, a great sacrificial feast on the mountains of Israel, and you shall eat flesh and drink blood. *18 *You shall eat the flesh of the mighty, and drink the blood of the princes of the earth—of rams, of lambs, and of he-goats, of bulls, all of them fat beasts of Bashan. *19 *And you shall eat fat till you are filled, and drink blood till you are drunk, at the sacrificial feast that I am preparing for you. *20 *And you shall be filled at my table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men and all kinds of warriors,’ declares the Lord GOD. *21 *“And I will set my glory among the nations, and all the nations shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid on them. *22 *The house of Israel shall know that I am the LORD their God, from that day forward. *23 *And the nations shall know that the house of Israel went into captivity for their iniquity, because they dealt so treacherously with me that I hid my face from them and gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword. *24 *I dealt with them according to their uncleanness and their transgressions, and hid my face from them. The Lord Will Restore Israel *25 *“Therefore thus says the…
15 min
The Boundless Show
The Boundless Show
Focus on the Family
Matt Hammitt of Sanctus Real: Episode 670
Tips for simplifying your holidays, plus a rock star balances family and career, and when your fiancé has an extensive sexual past.   Featured musical artist: David Dunn Roundtable: A Simple Holiday Season Another present to buy. Another party to attend. Another dessert to bake. Will the frenetic pace of the Christmas season ever slow down? The good news is, there’s a way to enjoy the holidays without rushing or overcommitting yourself into a frenzy. Our guests tell how they’ve learned to navigate the busyness of the season, and they provide ideas for embracing the idea that sometimes “less is more.”  Culture: When Family and Career Get in a Fight When Matt and Sarah Hammitt first met, things seemed so promising. But as his band Sanctus Real took off and started touring full-time, Matt’s marriage to Sarah hit some hard times. After Matt wrote the hit song “Lead Me” about being a present husband and father, his time spent on the road only increased. In this honest conversation, the Hammitts tell how they had to make some tough decisions to evaluate their issues, save their marriage, and prioritize family over career.  Inbox: Fiancé With a Sexual Past Before her fiancé became a Christian, he was very promiscuous. He seems repentant, but she’s concerned that maybe his past will come back to haunt them in marriage. What’s the best thing to do moving forward? Counselor Wendy Brown weighs in.
54 min
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