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Learn key Biblical truths AND how to study God's Word effectively, in weekly Bible studies and devotionals with Andrew S. Baker — "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." (2 Timothy 2:15 KJV) — Send questions and comments to: BibleQuestions@ASBzone.com #RightlyDivideTheWordOfTruth
 
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"Jacob the Supplanter" — Review of Lesson #9 of the 2nd Quarter of 2022 - The Sabbath School Lesson study guide can be found here: https://ssnet.org/lessons/22b/less09m.html The title of this quarter's theme is: Genesis: The Book of the Beginning Genesis provides us with the only authentic account of how life came to be on planet earth, how sin ori…
 
When Scripture deconstructs a human proposition by forcing an opposing position (which we have repeatedly described as functional judgment, meaning Scripture has no stake in the argument itself, only in opposing the human being), it is only natural to argue for or against the point in question. Do you agree or disagree? Be careful. It's a trick que…
 
If you’re familiar with St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians, the next few chapters of Genesis will be extremely familiar to you. This is because St. Paul almost exclusively sources his arguments on the content of these chapters. In essence the Pauline New Testament is simply reinforcing the correct reading of the Old Testament against the abuses of …
 
A devotional study about the letters to the seven churches, focusing on the third church: Pergamos. Revelation 2:12 KJV And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; "These things saith He which hath the sharp sword with two edges;" --- During many of our podcasts, you will hear us make reference to “The Key Principles of Effective Bible Study,…
 
In Acts 19:12 we read that “evil spirits went out” as God worked through Paul. The next verses describe Jewish exorcists who unsuccessfully attempted to invoke the name of the Jesus Paul preached. The inability of the disciples to cast out the evil spirit has often been misinterpreted to mean that they needed to learn more. Luke is showing that the…
 
Making excuses comes almost as naturally as eating or sleeping, and it begins at a young age. We are wired to cover our sins with self-justification and shifting blame. But for a doulos charged with service in the Lord's household, there is no room for excuses. Jesus offers wholeness and new life, demonstrated by the story in John's Gospel of the p…
 
"The Promise" — Review of Lesson #8 of the 2nd Quarter of 2022 - The Sabbath School Lesson study guide can be found here: https://ssnet.org/lessons/22b/less08m.html The title of this quarter's theme is: Genesis: The Book of the Beginning Genesis provides us with the only authentic account of how life came to be on planet earth, how sin originated h…
 
What does the destruction of the Temple mean? What does it mean not to be anything? Not to have an identity? Not to be a part of anything? Not to believe in anything? No bumper stickers. No slogans. No rousing speeches. There is no applause--no trust in anything or anyone other than what Luke has written out in consecutive order. Why I ask you, wou…
 
A devotional study about the letters to the seven churches, focusing on the second church: Smyrna. Revelation 2:8 KJV And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead, and is alive; --- During many of our podcasts, you will hear us make reference to “The Key Principles of Effective Bible St…
 
Is cheer and gladness a prerequisite to giving and tithing? Or might obedience to the Lord's instruction to give alms and tithe foster true cheer and gladness? In any case, Fr. Patrick O'Grady warns against any transactional approach to tithes and offerings. Rather, in response to the philanthropy of God, the One who loves mankind, we are invited t…
 
"The Covenant With Abraham" — Review of Lesson #7 of the 2nd Quarter of 2022 - The Sabbath School Lesson study guide can be found here: https://ssnet.org/lessons/22b/less07m.html The title of this quarter's theme is: Genesis: The Book of the Beginning Genesis provides us with the only authentic account of how life came to be on planet earth, how si…
 
Time and again, we have explained the tension in Scripture between the things human beings construct, which cannot create life, and a mother's natural womb--the grammatical and factual expression of God's life-giving mercy in the Bible. Now, in the opening verses of Luke, we find Herod's building project in Jerusalem totally defunct and sterilizing…
 
01. Be always with Christ, and trust God in everything02. Pray as you can, not as you think you must.03. Have a keepable rule of prayer, done by discipline.04. Say the Lord’s Prayer several times each day.05. Repeat a short prayer when your mind is not occupied.06. Make some prostrations when you pray.07. Eat good foods in moderation, and fast on f…
 
A devotional study about the letters to the seven churches, focusing on the first church: Ephesus. Revelation 2:1 KJV Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; “These things saith He that holdeth the seven stars in His right hand, Who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks;” --- During many of our podcasts, you will hear us make…
 
"The Roots of Abraham" — Review of Lesson #6 of the 2nd Quarter of 2022 - The Sabbath School Lesson study guide can be found here: https://ssnet.org/lessons/22b/less06m.html The title of this quarter's theme is: Genesis: The Book of the Beginning Genesis provides us with the only authentic account of how life came to be on planet earth, how sin ori…
 
The novelty of Scripture lies in its multi-faceted handling of anthropocentrism. It deconstructs and breaks apart our institutions and smashes our egos, re-positing us as individuals set free to hear and do the commandments of God. In no uncertain terms, the Apostle Paul proclaims: “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore, keep standi…
 
In today’s episode we will read the rest of chapter 12 as well as chapter 13. This is the story of how Abram ignored God after walking according to his command and passed into the land that was promised to Abram’s offspring. Instead of staying and relying on God, he kept walking down to a land we can easily assume was more appealing than that which…
 
A Bible study about paying attention to context and context clues when studying scripture, especially when prophecy is involved. 1 Timothy 4:1-5 KJV Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscien…
 
"All Nations and Babel" — Review of Lesson #5 of the 2nd Quarter of 2022 - The Sabbath School Lesson study guide can be found here: https://ssnet.org/lessons/22b/less05m.html The title of this quarter's theme is: Genesis: The Book of the Beginning Genesis provides us with the only authentic account of how life came to be on planet earth, how sin or…
 
Today we will jump right into the story of Israel starting with the father of faith- Abram. But, as we will see, he is not the wonderful example of faith we often like to think of him as… at least not at first. We often read our own ideas of who we like to think of Abraham as back into the earliest parts of the story and that causes us to miss impo…
 
A devotional study on the classes of answers that we commonly receive in response to our prayers. It's not YES, NO, WAIT.. but YES, NO, and SILENCE... Let's look at some of the key examples of these and the reasons behind them. 1 Samuel 28:5-6 KJV And when Saul saw the host of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart greatly trembled. And when…
 
We all want a champion for our cause. But a naked man hanging dead from a cross doesn't look like a winner. Even the disciple Peter rebuked Jesus who foretold of his suffering in Jerusalem by the elders, chief priests, and scribes. Who among us doesn't pay good money to protect, preserve, and champion our beliefs, our way of life, our prestige? Per…
 
"The Flood" — Review of Lesson #4 of the 2nd Quarter of 2022 - The Sabbath School Lesson study guide can be found here: https://ssnet.org/lessons/22b/less04m.html The title of this quarter's theme is: Genesis: The Book of the Beginning Genesis provides us with the only authentic account of how life came to be on planet earth, how sin originated her…
 
The power of Semitic poetry stems, literally, from the functionality of its consonantal roots. With but three consonants, a long series of words, used in a specific way, set in a specific pattern, according to an ordained order and rhythm, can be carefully arranged so that even the sound of the words can be manipulated to conform to the author's de…
 
A study on the Biblical definition of a day (evening + morning), and on the relationship of the sun and moon to days, weeks, months, seasons and years. We will also discuss the weekly Sabbath, and God's original calendar as compared to calendars in use today. Genesis 1:2-5 KJV And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face…
 
"Cain and His Legacy" — Review of Lesson #3 of the 2nd Quarter of 2022 - The Sabbath School Lesson study guide can be found here: https://ssnet.org/lessons/22b/less03m.html The title of this quarter's theme is: Genesis: The Book of the Beginning Genesis provides us with the only authentic account of how life came to be on planet earth, how sin orig…
 
When Christians talk about evangelization, they do so along the lines of the historical King Herod, who twisted biblical circumcision into a trademark of the temple cult, a stigma with which to brand people living outside of Judea as Jews, in order to extract wealth from them in the name of scripture—you guessed it—to build his temple. But Matthew …
 
Today we conclude our reading of chapter 10 of Genesis. We will hear the remainder of the names featured in this section, as well as an interesting grammatical device used by the authors which can only be heard in the Hebrew language: men producing progeny, or more literally, birthing children. What does it mean for a man to birth offspring in the …
 
A short study on what God shows us about one of the greatest counterfeits that Satan has pulled off in the establishment of his kingdom of evil. Revelation 12-13 Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 John 14-17 Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!…
 
"The Fall" — Review of Lesson #2 of the 2nd Quarter of 2022 - The Sabbath School Lesson study guide can be found here: https://ssnet.org/lessons/22b/less02m.html The title of this quarter's theme is: Genesis: The Book of the Beginning Genesis provides us with the only authentic account of how life came to be on planet earth, how sin originated here…
 
The behavior of the chief priests after the resurrection of Jesus in Matthew 28 is so cynical, so unredeemable, and so pathetic that the only bearable quality of the story is that in the victory of Jesus, the author gives us a little space to laugh. But here’s the rub, if you’ve been listening carefully, especially those of you who are like me—a pr…
 
Chapter 10 features what many call “The Table of Nations,” which lays out Biblical geography and cultural dispersion across the Scriptural authors’ known world. There is a lot packed away in this chapter thanks to the brilliance of the Scriptural Hebrew language and the intelligence of the authors. We will put in the work to introduce these names i…
 
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