When we recall the original 12 apostles of Jesus Christ, we usually think of the more famous Peter, James, and John or perhaps the infamous Judas. One of the twelve was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. The gospels identify him thus on several occasions. In fact, “Simon Peter’s brother” may have almost seemed to be part of his name since he was so frequently referred to in this way. Many of us would grow weary of such a moniker. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we see that perhaps it was more of a compliment than a slight to refer to Andrew as Simon Peter’s brother and that it should actually teach us some valuable lessons.
A man was asking for money alongside a busy downtown street one day while holding a sign which read: “The sun is shining and I am blind.” This person realized he lived in a world of light and beauty but he could not see it. The apostle Paul once spoke of those in a far worse condition – those who are spiritually blind. Jesus is “the light of the world” and His apostles were lamps of clay filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit to dispense the light of the Christ’s gospel in a sin-darkened world. But despite the revelation of truth, multiplied millions are still living in the darkness. In the broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we discuss some things that are plainly evident to which many are yet blind.
When a feast was held in ancient Israel there would be a conspicuously empty seat at the table. Jonathan would not only miss his beloved friend David at that banquet, but his empty seat would also expose the plot of Jonathan’s father Saul to take David’s life. The sight of an empty chair often brings us sadness. Perhaps it’s the familiar chair of a departed loved one. There are some empty seats that should cause us even greater concern. In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we think about some of the messages being sent from empty pews.
Is it a given that those who read the bible will “understand it differently?” There is so much division over what the Bible supposedly teaches that the modern mantra is “there are many interpretations of scripture.” Is this true? The bible is a message to man from God. In every form of communication, there are three elements involved: a source; a message; and a receiver. If there is a breakdown in communication, the fault must necessarily lie with one of these three. So, why do we not see the Bible alike? Who or what is at fault? In this broadcast of Let the Bible Speak, we examine three proposed answers to this question. We also launch a new look on LTBS and hope you enjoy it.
While we have been re-airing a sermon series from a few years ago on our broadcast stations, we have been working on some changes behind-the-scenes. This video explains more. Thank you for watching, listening and reading our sermons!