Category Archives: Quest for Truth

Seeking the truth about God, the bible, and faith.

Quest for Truth 150 Grilled Hosts

With the briefest of openings, we get right to a list of questions, gleaned from a variety of sources. Our Meet the Host segment turns into a session of asking the hosts anything, and we do our best to respond. To cap off the show is a brief look at some
Compare and contrast between Abraham, and Jesus. Each being founders of physical and spiritual kingdoms, and each facing their own temptations with different results.

Ready? Here’s the questions, asked, and once in a while commented on by our Retrobot guests. They ask the questions. Nathan and Keith give their answers.

  1. Being the start of a new year, are there any things you have started? Resolutions, bible reading/study plans, goals to work toward, etc.
  2. What are the top 5 things you would like to get out of 2018, before the year is over? (Either goals that are attainable, or ones you wish were).
  3. what is one of the most significant things you read this week from the bible? (Give the theme of it, or state it in a sentence or two).
  4. Do you ever keep notes in a journal? Either a prayer, or bible study journal? what benefits or methods would you recommend for those who might want to try it?
  5. If you could choose to know everything about one topic, what area would you choose to be an expert?
  6. Do you feel like you attract a certain kind of person?
  7. If money were no object, where would you like to go for a vacation?

Scripture:

-Genesis 12, Matthew 4

Similarities and Comparisons.

Abram vs Jesus

Righteousness: Both were righteous in their own way. One because God declared him righteous. The other because he was already God, who came to earth in human form.

Lineage: Abram established a nation who became God’s chosen people. The vessel where all the world would be blessed. Jesus was the fulfillment of that nation, and vessel to extend the call for all nations to return to be righteous to God.

Qualifications: Abram was in the line of people who came out of Noah, and from Adam, who managed to cling to the thread of right living, while all the other nations went their way. He stood as the focal point to grow a righteous nation out of him. Not perfect, or without failings, but entrusted to live right.

Jesus was unique, being both man, and God. A product of the nation Abram started, but also its creator. Living a sinless life, he alone is qualified to be the focal point to launch an eternal, spiritual kingdom.

Temptation: Abram went to Egypt to flee famine. His fears caused him to give into temptations to lie about his wife. It didn’t go well. Despite that, God still blessed him, and returned him to his land.

Jesus was led, by the Holy Spirit to a place. In that place, Satan was allowed to tempt him. Things went well. Jesus overcame, was ministered to by angels, and his ministry began. His spiritual kingdom grew, starting with the disciples that were called.

Kingdoms/Nations: the physical kingdom is all we know through our experience now. It’s limited, temporary, although it can be a very blessed experience. It’s easily corrupted by sin. The spiritual kingdom started with Jesus. We can experience it now, even while in the physical world. But once the physical passes away, the spiritual kingdom remains for eternity.

Quest for Truth 149 Introducing Spiritual Truth

In the studio for a solo episode, Keith anticipates a call from Nathan Caldwell. After a visit from the Retrobots, who manage to sabotage a few things, we have to take a break while Keith irons out technical troubles.

Getting right to our Main Topic, Nathan has phoned in his quick ideas on the appearing of the Holy Spirit as found in Acts 2.

Keith reads from a few notes, mixing in Nathan’s comments, and even lets the Retrobots read from the chapter.

First of all, it’s important to know the church has a mission that can only be powered by the working of the Holy Spirit. Jesus himself promised the Spirit would come, and empower each individual, as well as the body of believers as a group. It’s the Spirit who changes, and transformz uz into being more like Christ. Why? so we can share the good news of God’s grace, the word of Jesus, and the gift of the Spirit to others.

The Spirit lives with, and empowers individuals. The first sign was in breaking down comunication barriers. Don’t get bogged down by the ability of whether you’re speaking in tongues, or not. it’s a gift that serves a purpose, God’s purpose, not a flashy show for you. Instead, be amazed in the promise that was fulfilled. Focus on being an agent of God to share the Spirit with others, not the end of the line of any blessings that have come your way. In a nutshell, the Spirit comes first, then amazing works are done.

The Spirit empowers spreading the Gospel. When you’re filled by the Spirit first, truth spills out. Are you not a bold, or outgoing person? Good, just allow the Spirit to fill you, and let the Spirit work through you. it’s he who can doo that bold work, beyond what you thought possible. Are there struggles that need to be overcome? Only when you don’t pray to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Or you turn him away, or tone him down.

The Holy Spirit builds community. How do you know the signs of God at work? There is unity, providing for others needds, fellowship, joy in physical needs, and joy with the others in the spiritual community. In short, the Spirit fills us with love, and it overflows to spill out on anybody else around. It goles viral. Imitated behavior is fake, and gets tiresome quickly. Seek God first, ask to be filled with the Spirit, and love is renewed, and is naturally spread around.

Haven’t you ever experienced the overflowing love from the Spirit? it’s a once for all time event. if you aren’t experiencingg it, all you need to do is ask God for it. Ask to be filled, or refilled, and he’ll do it. People aren’t perfect. We leak. But that’s no reason to not ask to be filled again, every day. Then let the light of God’s love shine to those in the world around you.

Start your new yer out right. Seek God, ask for his spirit, and share that good news with the world.

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.

Dangerous Christian 01 Enter the Stranger (Crossover Show)

For our first installment of our own audio drama, Dangerous Christian, enjoy this crossover episode as a Christmas present. For more, visit the new home for Dan Christians, and his friends over at Dangerous Christian, A new kind of superhero. While there, be sure to subscribe, and watch for the show to appear soon in iTunes, and other directories.

Introducing a new kind of super hero.

 

Storm clouds darkened the skies. Even the air took on a new, and dangerous feel. Winds kick up, the telltale signs that warn that tornados could be roaring through the neighborhood.

But more could be brewing, with dangers worse than any tornado could ever bring.

A family in turmoil, a town with sinister threats, and one man on a mission to right the wrongs, motivated by overcoming the evils in his own past.

Join Dan Christian, and his artificial intelligent creation SWORD, as they probe the problems, and uncovers the face of truth, behind the masks of lies.

Quest for Truth 147 The Heart To Heart Hour – Christmas Program. 351222

Before we get to our feature from the world of old time radio, we share a fresh word on this age old message.

A friend to the podcast responded to a request to make some observations. Based on the popular hymn, Mary Did You Know? And a related scripture, Kris shares her thoughts on the virgin birth, and God coming down to earth in human form.

About Kris: graduated from a tiny Christian college in Portland, OR with a liberal arts degree in Bible, social sciences, and English. She’s spent the majority of her adult life as a volunteer in a variety of places, the majority of it with the BSA and Cub Scouting.

Our feature:

The Heart To Heart Hour (KNX) Christmas Program. 351222

Featuring: Rev. Charles E Fuller. Copyright is held byViola University, and hundreds are available in their library. This episode is one of a few that arre freely offered on the Internet.

Playlist:

  • Glory for Me.
  • Dedicateed to young people in various locations. Hark the Herald Angels.
  • Rev Fuller recognizes people in the audience. O Come All Ye Faithful.
  • He Shares plans for expansion to new times and stations. Thanks to listeners. Give aways include photos and book. Hark the Herald Angels, (Bob Hartman piano)
  • The reverend speaks to the home audience, with dedications to various mothers and grandmothers. God Will Take Care of You.
  • Veterans of the foreign war are thanked for their support. Dedication to them, and families of those serving. My Faith Looks Up To Thee.

Prayers of thanks are given, for the Christmas season, and for the Gospel to be received with conviction, and speaking to the heart.

  • Though Mrs Fuller, and son Danny aren’t able to attend, Rev Fuller calls attention to the words in the verse of the song… He’s the One.
  • A request for financial support from listeners is made. Offers a chance for listeners to respond to the ABC’s of the gospel. Christ Receiveth Sinful Men.

Passage: Acts 2:38 The gift of the Holy Spirit.
Gifts and giving. As much as we enjoy the packages of the holiday, there is a greater, eternal gift. How do we get the sacrificial gift of Jesus? Repent and be baptized. For the remission of sin. If evil men can give good gifts, how much more so does god give even better gifts.

  1. The gift of Christ, from god to the world.
  2. The gift of the Church, from god, to christ.
  3. The gift of the Believer, of themselves to god.
    • Being ambassadors for Christ to take the gospel to the world.
    • Created for a good work.
    • Receive the Holy Spirit, to experience his joy and peace.
  4. The Gift of the Holy Spirit.
    • Promised to the church.
    • He doesn’t need to come down, he’s already here.
    • Powerful, like the wind, will change you if you don’t Harden your heart.
    • Gives courage. Believers will prophesy.
    • Poured out as water. Fills. And satisfies.

The price Acts 2:22-36. Cost god his heart, placing it in hands of wicked men who crucified him.
The gift comes freely through repentance. Acts 2:41-47
Prayer to respond to the call.
Closing hymn: Jesus Paid It All. In closing, Rev Fuller shares the gospel of receiving through repentance, and faith.

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Quest for Truth 146 Finding Real Peace

After a moment of getting caught up, and a short segment of Meet the Hosts, we focus on a seasonal topic.

Christmas is the time to celebrate peace on earth, and good will towards men. But what does that mean? Nathan shares about a final time where peace will come to earth, and be the normal way of life.

What’s the source of peace? It’s an attribute of God’s character. Being made in his image, we, as humans, can achieve peace on a small scale, but true peace comes from God. It came in the flesh when Jesus was born, and is passed on when his disciples continue to carry that torch of peace.

Why do we need peace? In our turbulet world it offers shelter and safety. In coming to such a conflicted world, peace seems to sometimes stir things up, and create more conflicts. But only because forces of evil in the world aren’t willing to give up power so easily.

No matter how stirred up life becomes, or the depth of depression and despair, real peace can still find its way to offer a bubble of safety and hope. A peace that no storm can rage against, and win.

Christmas carries a lot of man made baggage with it. If you can have fu n with such inventions of the holiday to find joy, that;s great. Santa, snowmen, reindeers, and all the decorations, and mor.

Just don’t forget why peace came to earth. A peace that only God can offer. A way of salvation that only he can provide, so all people might return to him.

To wrap the show up, we close with a few parting thoughtd. Keith explains the episode last week, anfd the free, limited time availability of his new book in ful audio form. If you missed it, it might still be available, but is primarily for those who purchase the book from Amazon. Nathan shares a word of support for a few felow podcasters, and shows on sandwiches, marriage, and being a good dad.

Bonus: Christmas Timeline – Investigating the Events of the First Christmas

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Comparing well known bible passages, and developing a chain of events that walk through the activities surrounding the birth of Jesus, this short edition offers a glimpse of the times. But what about the people, customs, or events that don’t seem to fit? Was there really a star? Were the shepherds and wisemen together at the manger? What was it like to travel from Nazareth to Bethlehem compared to today? Archeology, astronomy, and some help from the web offers interesting insights as well.

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Quest for Truth 145 Back to Basic Doctrine, with Doug McCoy

Some pre-recorded bits are mashed together as Keith asks his recent guest, Doug McCoy, a few basic doctrinal beliefs that Christianity teaches. In a later recording session the same questions were asked of our usual co-host, Nathan Caldwell.

Listen to see how similar… or different they are… as they go head to head on these seven basic areas of belief.

  1. God, Holy Spirit, JesusHow do they relate to each other? To humanity?
  2. Humanity. Purpose of man. Is it basically good, or basically bad?
  3. Sin. Is it really a problem?
  4. Salvation, What is it? How do we get it?
    • Conviction,
    • Confession,
    • Repentance,
    • Faith,
    • Justification, Regeneration,
    • Sanctification
  5. Elect. Pre-destined or Choice?
  6. Sacraments
    • Baptism. Infant, or believer. Once, or repeat. Is the method important?
    • Communion, How often, wine or grape juice.
  7. Eternal destiny.
    • Heaven. A real place? Who gets in? All or some?
    • Hell. Is it a real place, Is it forever?

Any of these topics could merit it’s own show, so the responses are basic reactions to each point. Do you have a comment, or need some clarification? Drop us a line by Email or leave a comment on the show notes. We would love to here your ideas.

Thanks to Doug McCoy for letting Keith grill him on these questions. Find out more about Doug at McCoyCast It’s the place where you’ll find Doug, “Podcasting the Things that Interest Me.”

Quest for Truth 144 Random Thanksgiving, with Michael Prince

Happy Thanksgiving!

With the return of co-host, Nathan Caldwell, we are at a loss for words. Offering us a few moments of his time at the very last moment, Michael Prince of BecauseFamily.org joins us as we talk, and sometimes ramble, about things that we are thankful for, and that has blessed our lives. We share thoughts and moments on past Thanksgivings, Michael’s 2 year mission, living out of an RV, and his return to a home.

Flipping the show just a little, Michael has to go, and signs off with his contact information. Nathan and Keith stick around with a little “Meet the Host” time. The Retrobots help us sign off with our Thoughts of the Week segment.

Quest for Truth 143 Modeling Christ, with Doug McCoy

Today, Keith interviews pastor, podcaster, and author, Doug McCoy. Learn about his ministry and how he came to follow Christ. We talk about his various podcasts, most having to do with movies, games, and well… whatever Doug likes, and likes to share. His books are available on Amazon, and range from video games, to Halloween, to Thanksgiving, and more.

We talk about living our faith in a sometimes hostile world. Sometimes people want to hear more about the gospel, sometimes they don’t, but the two best things to do is pray,;and model the Christian life. Pray for the opportunity to share, ;pray for the right words to say, and when there’s nothing other to do, than giving people their space, pray for a hardened attitude to be softened. But model Christ to them.

Shifting back to the topic of writing, we discuss how characters, and stories can be developed to telll a story with Christian undertones, without being something that’s in your face with bible lessons. A book that’s Cristian, not a straight Christian book that uses a story to teach.

The question is also posed: If you had to pick a different occupation, other than what you do now, what would it be? Just how does one go about becoming Indiana Jones? Regardless of the choice, modelling the life of Jesus is going to be woven through it.

Diving further into the world of randomness, we share our ideas on a quote by Albert Einstein.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge will get you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere.