WWUTT: How Important is the Virgin Birth?

Pastor Andy Stanley recently said: “If somebody can predict their own death and then their own resurrection, I'm not all that concerned about how they got into the world because the whole resurrection thing is so amazing. And in fact, you should know this… that Christianity doesn't hinge on the truth or even the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus. It really hinges on the resurrection of Jesus.” Okay, Andy… so you're not amazed about the fact that the Old Testament prophets predicted his bir … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 178: YOUR Wedding Day Approaches (Sooner Than You May Think!)

[display_podcast]As you will hear in this PODCAST, we are fast-approaching the end of our mini-series within a series, this one having to do with all-things End-Times related.We are, as you well-know, well into the Olivet Discourse. Jesus’ primary teaching on End-Times events, as given on the Tuesday of His final week on earth.In two weeks, we will pivot to the Thursday of Jesus’ final week, including His Upper Room Discourse.It is curiously intriguing to me in the first letter th … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 177: The Second Coming of Jesus

[display_podcast]As you will hear in this PODCAST, with Jesus’ words here in Matthew 24, the climax of human history as we know it will occur.No one will miss it. No one will mistake it. Everyone will know exactly what it is that is happening and why it is happening!The “it” to which I refer and which I intentionally repeated in the above sentences is Jesus’ Second Coming.What did Jesus say? “Then all the tribes of the earth… will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 176: The Great Tribulation

[display_podcast]As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, with Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:15, words that describe a singularly hair-raising event, the Great Tribulation will begin.A 3½-year period of unprecedented spiritual defection and oppression, along with its resultant worldwide suffering on a scale never seen before on this planet.Don’t take my word for that. Take Jesus’ word for that. In Matthew 24:21, “For then there will be great tribulation, greater anguish than at any time … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 175: The Signs of the Times, Part 2

[display_podcast]Birth pains. It’s all about the birth pains.As you will hear in this PODCAST, as we enumerate the final three of the six "signs of the times," both Paul and Jesus made it crystal-clear that we are to think of these signs in terms of birth pains.Paul, who borrowed this most-meaningful metaphor from Jesus, used it most-appropriately when he in Romans 8 declared, "For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present ti … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 174: The Signs of the Times, Part 1

[display_podcast]Welcome to the Olivet Discourse. The End Times prophetic address that Jesus gave to His disciples high atop the Mount of Olives, immediately to the East of the Holy City, Jerusalem.As you will hear in this PODCAST, that lovely little land that we affectionately call Israel is the center of the world.Literally and metaphorically.Literally, because Israel is the place where the three major continents -- Europe, Asia, and Africa -- tenderly touch and affectionately k … [Read more...]