2019 Schedule

Hello Everyone,

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and all ow me to be the first to wish you a happy new year.

As 2019 looms on the horizon I want to inform you of a weekly schedule that I will be putting in place for content in the coming year. This will provide accountability on my part, and I hope it allows an opportunity for you all to check everything out.

The schedule starting January 1 will be the following:

The Daily Bible Podcast will resume and new episodes will be posted daily.

Theology Still Matters will have a new episode every Tuesday.

Christian Media Review will have a new episode every Saturday.

The Bible Catholic Show will have a new episode every Thursday.

Deep in Church History will have a new episode every Friday.

My YouTube channel will also have a new video every Saturday.

There will also be two new blog posts every week.

God bless you and thank you for your support.

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Merry Christmas!

For a child has been born for us,
    a son given to us;
authority rests upon his shoulders;
    and he is named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
    Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.– Isaiah 9:6 NRSV

To the ancient Israelites celebrating the Passover also included joyfully watching and awaiting the coming of the Messiah. At Christmas we celebrate the incarnation, the first coming of the Messiah. We also joyfully await his second coming. May we take the words of Christ to heart when he told the disciples “you could not keep watch with me for one hour” (Matthew 26:40). May we joyfully, and prayerfully await his second coming, not only at Christmas but everyday

On another note I want to wish you and your families a very blessed and Merry Christmas.  I appreciate the encouraging messages over the past few days.  Though I don’t write or podcast for acclaim, it is always great to hear that the work is helping others.  Thank you!  Next week I will post a schedule of sorts.  It will have days when new articles will be posted, YouTube video publishing dates, and podcast episode release dates.  I’m trying to keep a set schedule going forward not only for you, but myself as well.

God bless you and remember the reason for the season.

In Christ,

William

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Joseph, The Unsung Hero of the Christmas Story

To me, Joseph is the unsung hero of the Christmas story. Very little is said about him, but he was a righteous man.
Luke’s Gospel tells us that Mary was “betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph” (1:27). This arrangement was a little different than engagements of today. According to the rabbinical writings, there were two stages in a Hebrew marriage. The first, known as the betrothal period, was as legally binding as marriage. If at any time during this phase of marriage either person violated their vows, a formal divorce was required to nullify the marriage. Mary and Joseph were legally married, and during the approximate twelve-month period of their betrothal, they had no physical relationship and lived in separate houses. The second stage was the wedding ceremony, which lasted for seven days.
It was in the first stage of their betrothal that Mary became pregnant with the Son of God. Joseph could have divorced her because of this. His heart must have been broken, but he didn’t want to make a spectacle out of Mary. Then the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:20).
Joseph knew that he would be thought of as the husband of the woman who had broken her vow. And indeed Mary went through life with that reputation. The Pharisees once said to Jesus, “We were not born of fornication; we have one Father—God” (John 8:41). In other words, “You were conceived out of wedlock, Jesus.”
Joseph was willing to endure all of that. He loved Mary. He obeyed God. And both of them agreed to God’s plan.

A Special Calling

But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”- Matthew 1:20-21

Joseph is often overlooked when it comes to the Christmas story, but he is really the unsung hero of it all.  When Mary was pregnant he at first resolved to divorce her in a quiet manner.  This may sound harsh, but the law of the time called for much worse.  It called for stoning, but by intending to go the other route he was showing a great love for his Bride.

Joseph chose to listen to the word of God and continue the marriage rituals.  This was at great risk to his life and the life of Mary.  He chose to take on the task of the being the earthly father of the Savior of the world.  What is God calling us to do with our lives?  Will we choose to be like Joseph and be obedient even when faced with great danger?  By no means is this meant to be an exhaustive study of Joseph.  Much more could be said about this amazing Biblical figure.  He was obedient and so should we.

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We Are All Innkeepers

“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”- Luke 2:7

In Luke chapter two we read about Mary and Joseph having to go to Bethlehem for a census that was decreed by the Roman Empire.  Bethlehem was a tiny town and many people were from there, but not many lived there.  There were only about 300 residents there at the time of Christ’s birth.

With a population that small, and many converging on the city for the census housing would have been in short supply.  However we are all innkeepers that need to decide if there is room in our heart for Jesus.  We live in a society that pulls us many different directions.  Often times we lose track of what our priorities should be.  It would make sense that out top priority would be the savior of the world, but sadly during this time of year we tend to think about “stuff”.  Will you make room for Jesus in your heart this holiday season?  Or will you turn him away and say there is no room for you?

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“This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham.”-Matthew 1:1

This is the time of year when most of us read or hear the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ.  It is full of words that are hard to pronounce, and at its surface seems like a tedious task with little meaning.  Today’s verse shows us that is far from the truth.

Matthew is writing to a Jewish audience, and he puts two huge names before all the others, that of David and Abraham.  Maybe it was to get the attention of his readers, but the next sixteen verses are very important and often overlooked.  The genealogy contains a murderer (David), a prostitute (Rahab), and shows the fulfillment of a  promise that God made to Abraham and David.  From this line that contains various sins and people that were looked down upon came the savior of the world.  We often miss that when the passage is read.  Take some time to read not only today’s verse, but the whole genaology of Christ.  In it you will find rich treasures that will give a whole new meaning to the Christmas story.

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