Quest for Truth 148 Christmas Focus

Merry Christmas! Before we get started on the topic, Keith is joined by the Retrobots to share a couple announcements.

First, the audio book of Christmas Timeline will be taken down later in the week. But It was a limited time gift to our listeners, and will now be available only to those who purchase the book on Amazon. However, a link on the Contact page will still give you access to it. It’s still a free bonus, and all it will cost is letting Keith know your email address. Don’t worry, your information will never be given away, or sold. It’s only so you can be alerted to any future bonus downloads.

The next announcement is about the release of our new audio drama. The previous episode was a crossover episode to let listeners know it was out. The permanent home of Dangerous Christian will be on its own website, with its own RSS feed to subscribe to. As it develops, there will be cover art, a domain name, and it will soon be found in various podcast directories. For now, have a look for it at danger.heltsley.net and let us know what you think about the site, and the dramas.

As we wait for a call from Nathan Caldwell, the Retrobots alert us of a voicemail from a guest we had on the show last month, Doug McCoy. He has a question about a recent announcement that the pope wants to change the Lord’s Prayer. He also gives us a quick take on what he thought of the announcement.

Since Nathan’s call came in at the same time, we replay the full message for him to react to, and give a more detailed response. Keith weighs in on the matter, adding to the findings in news sources, and commenting on whether the recommended switch in the translations is valid, or if it matters. There is a translation issue, but it’s not with the wording the pope wants to have updated. Words that some contemporary, easy to read versions already have. Another, non-related topic is the line of translations the pope cites as the reason for the mistranslation.. A timeline that isn’t exactly correct, and Keith explains.

The Retrobots, particularly David, causes a slight problem, and we lose the connection with Nathan. No problem. Through the magic of podcasting, and our old time machine from the early days of Keith’s other podcast, Retro Radio Podcast, we fly through the bonds of time and space to eavesdrop on Nathan as he delivers a Christmas sermon to his congregation.

Main Topic

Christmas Focus

Beginning in Romans 12:1…

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Gifts of Grace

3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.
4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,
5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;

  • Where is he?
  • Don’t be distracted from sharing Jesus.
  • Where does God fit in?
  • A child born to die

Giving.
Acts 20:35

35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

  • Giving the best.
  • Joy in giving.
  • Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27
  • Giving more to get more.
  • because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9
  • blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.” Romans 4:8
  • Focus on the need for a Savior
  • Confession, repentance

For all of life.

  • Trust Christ to be eternally changed.
  • A heart adjustment.

After the message, Keith tries to close the show, but not before a closing thought of the week from the Retrobots.

Bible quotations in this post are from English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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