Podcast 103: God’s Spirit of Power, Love, and a Sound Mind!

With Pentecost right around the corner, today we zoom in on 2 Timothy 1:7 to see what it says about God’s Spirit and the courage, power, love, and sound-mindedness it enables in our lives. Whether you are already baptized or baptism is yet in your future, understanding what it means to have God’s Spirit is vital, and we hope this episode helps to get you started in the right direction.

This week’s podcast is based on an article in the May-June 2024 issue of the Living Church News (which you probably have in your house right now!) we highly recommend: “The Holy Spirit: Changing Your Life.” It’s adapted from an older article by the late Mr. John H. Ogwyn, which is available—along with many other articles—selected for the public on the LCG.org website. Read the article this weekend (it’s short and worth your while!), and then head over there and check out other articles/studies we have available there, some of which are about Pentecost. Meanwhile, the links below will send you to the online version of the LCN article and to a sermon mentioned in the episode. And, as usual, links to the podcast platforms are below that.

Have an uplifting and edifying Feast of Pentecost!

Podcast 102: “Dad, Why Aren’t We Normal?”

A question asked by Mr. Robinson’s daughter years ago turned into a sermonette, then a Bible study, then a pre-teen camp Christian Living class, and now a Tomorrow’s World article that you will see in the July-August 2024 issue in a few weeks! Today we chat with him about that question: Dad, why aren’t we normal?

Podcast 101: Harrison Butker’s Speech and Prophecy

When 28-year-old Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker recently gave a commencement address to Benedictine College graduates, he kicked off a firestorm of controversy. But biblically discerning listeners will note a mix of great values and great inaccuracies in his speech—and, believe it or not, potentially prophetic relevance. Join us as we break it down!

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Podcast 100: Advice for the End of the World

Welcome to our 100th episode! We have a treat this week for the occasion. The world around us might look grim, and with an eye on Bible prophecy, we know what to expect. But should we look at the gathering storm and let it get us down, or do we accept the challenge and prepare to rise above the clouds? Special guest Mr. Gerald Weston stops by and offers us some grounded, hopeful advice!

Incredible Animations of the Machinery Within Our Cells

Mr. Gerald Weston loves to mention the complexity of even the simplest cells as evidence of a Creator. And at a Charlotte Family Weekend years ago, I showed a video by animator Mr. Drew Berry (with Mr. Berry’s permission) depicting, with scientific accuracy, the process of DNA replication inside our cells. When you see videos like these, you understand why Francis Crick, the co-discoverer of DNA’s structure, once said, “Biologists must constantly keep in mind that what they see was not designed, but rather evolved,” and why famed evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins once wrote, “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.” Because one’s natural reaction to seeing such videos is that these molecular machines were obviously designed for a purpose.

If you’ve never seen such videos for yourselves, two of them are below. One shows—again, with scientific accuracy—how the mitochondria of our cells create ATP molecules, the “energy” molecules we rely on for the processes of life. The other is a collection of videos depicting various mechanisms related to DNA. If you are honest with yourself, you will see designed machines at work in these images. They are a tribute to the skill and talent of Mr. Drew Berry and the folks at WEHI—who, it should be noted, did not create these videos to make any religious points (indeed, I have no idea concerning any religious ties at all), but out of a desire to accurately depict the processes within our cells.

Here are the two videos from the WEHI YouTube channel.

Harrison Butker’s Amazing (& Very Catholic) Speech

You may or may not be into football, but the 28-year-old kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, Harrison Butker, gave quite a commencement address this month to the graduates of Benedictine College, a Catholic university in Kansas. Whether you have or haven’t, it’s worth knowing what took place.

First, Butker is clear and plain about the current, perverted state of the world. He doesn’t go into details (mercifully), but he also doesn’t artificially hold back or self-censor. He notes that “Pride Month” is a celebration of deadly sin. He tells the young women that they have been relentlessly lied to by our culture, just as young men have been pressured to abandon healthy masculinity. (Not the evil, twisted version of masculinity, but the right kind.)

The second thing to note is that he doesn’t dwell on the negative. He, instead, seeks to focus on the positive—encouraging the young men and women listening to embrace their primary and most important vocations, beyond a title, jobs, or career. Butker speaks, for example, of how his success and his family’s success would not be possible if his wife had not fully embraced what he calls the most important title—that of “homemaker.” He received an 18-second round of applause after that statement—applause that even those who hated the speech noted was given by both men and women there. Honestly, seeing such values reflected in a young man in a position where many are corrupted by worldly priorities was encouraging. Hopefully, such values really do inform the rest of his life away from the cameras.

The third item worth noting by those who know the truth is that his speech was not simply a defense of “traditional” or even biblical values. It was a full-throated promotion of Catholic values and the Catholic faith. Of course, this should not be a surprise. He’s a serious Catholic. (Personally, I’d say he’s more Catholic than their pope these days.) And he is speaking at a Catholic college commencement to (presumably) young Catholic graduates. So, again, it should not be a surprise.

But it should mean something to those of us in the Church of God, who—by God’s grace—have been given insight into such things. His depiction of the Roman Catholic Church as the church founded by Jesus Christ when it was not should get our attention. His praise of how life should be centered around a “sacrificial mass” that is in contradiction to the laws of God should catch our mind’s eye. Does it mean he is evil? Not at all! Just deceived (Revelation 12:9).

This suggests a few different but related takeaways: (1) Those who represent the false faith often do not come across as “villains”—if anything, they often share some (even many) of our values. 2 Corinthians 11:14 points out that Satan seeks to come across as an angel of light, and he will ensure his counterfeit Christianity seems that way. (2) That said, he speaks of his own faith with a passionate devotion that should challenge us. Do we feel as passionately devoted to our own—a faith that literally does go all the way back to Jesus Christ and His disciples? If not, we should examine how we can grow into such a devotion. And (3) his speech could have prophetic weight (believe it or not). Is Harrison Butker the Beast of Revelation?!?! Er… no. However, there is a growing backlash among Catholics against certain progressive attitudes in the Roman Catholic church and, frankly, associated with their current pope. And should a wave of “Catholics taking Catholicism seriously” gain real traction among the younger generations, what prophecy says concerning the future actions of the apostate, counterfeit Christianity should begin to come to mind.

Tomorrow’s World should have a commentary coming out soon on the topic, and when it does, we’ll try to remember to come back here and add a link to it.

Podcast 99: Thinking About the Campus Protests

As protests related to the war in Gaza continue on many college campuses, it’s important that we think clearly about them. What’s going on with these protests? What are they achieving, if anything? And what do we do, as followers of Jesus Christ, when confronted with heartbreaking images in our news feeds? Join us today as we ask and answer important questions about the protests.

Also, the podcast refers to an important article by Mr. Mario Hernandez about the conflict in the Middle East, one that adds a perspective virtually no one understands. Click here to read that article: “The True Cause of Trouble in the Middle East!”