Jesus chooses the twelve, teaches about the Kingdom of God, heals many, restores life to the dead son of a widow, speaks to the Pharisees about hypocrisy, and forgives sins.
The roll call continues.
Jesus is tempted in the desert and then begins his public ministry. He heals, he begins calling his disciples, and some of the religious leaders are already getting their feathers ruffled.
The names of men who had important jobs in the temple.
John the Baptist tells the people to get ready for the coming Messiah. Jesus is baptized.
David begins making preparations for the Temple of the Lord to be built, knowing that it is Solomon who will accomplish the construction.
Nehemiah has a surprising ending and Luke begins with the accounts of the miraculous births of John the Baptist and Jesus.
David and all Israel celebrate the return of the Ark of the Covenant, David gives Israel a song of praise to sing to God, and he offers a prayer of praise when God tells him that He will make a dynasty of David’s house.
As you know, I’ve not been feeling well the past several days, but I am feeling better now. Thanks so much for your prayers.
But even though my health is better, my energy level just isn’t where it should be. I’m am feeling the need to take a break from producing the show.
I’ve produced almost exactly 300 episodes since the last time I took a break. That’s about 60 weeks, with only a day or two’s break for an occasional cold or some such thing. Last summer I took a couple of days to hike in the Sierra, but even then I produced shows in advance so that you wouldn’t be left without fresh episodes.
So, I must admit that my energy level is somewhat depleted and in need of refreshing.
So here is my plan. The Lovely Lady LeeAnn has earned a fairly prestigious award from her employer, and will be taking a trip back to the home office in Charlotte, NC in April to receive it at a big event.
In over 26 years of marriage, we have never taken a long, traveling vacation together. We have been to Hawai’i a couple times, but never anything like what we plan to do in April. We’ll go to Charlotte, after which we will go to a little town she spent part of her childhood in there in NC, then drive up to Washington DC, which she has never seen (and I think every American citizen should go there at least once) and then drive up to NYC.
When I was a boy, my family and I lived in NJ, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, so I’ve been in NYC many times. But the lovely Lady LeeAnn has never been and has always wanted to go.
So my plan is this.
As I said, I need a break. So I am putting the creation of new episodes on hiatus until the first Monday in May, which is May 2nd.
But I take very seriously my commitment to you that “This is the podcast that helps you achieve consistency in reading the Bible.”
So I am going to be reposting previously published episodes. Reading and listening to the Bible every day is a good habit to be in, and I don’t want to be the reason you fall out of the habit.
I hope that’s ok with you, and that you understand my need for some regenerative time. When I come back on May 2nd, I should be good to go for another long stretch, God willing.
The fact that Jesus rose from the dead is the only thing that makes life worthwhile. If He had not, the future would hold no hope for mankind. If He had not risen, it would mean either there is no God, or we would all be destined for an eternity separated from God. Either way, we would all be facing a grim or non-existent future.
But the fact is that Jesus was resurrected and lives now at the right hand of God the Father.
How do we know that He lives? Because there were more than 500 eyewitnesses who saw him alive after His crucifixion and before He was taken up to heaven forty days later. It is a historic fact. If you don’t believe me, do your own research.
Since He is alive, you and I can live lives of faith, peace and joy knowing that we will one day be with Him. It doesn’t get any better than that, my friend.
Depending on how I feel over the next few days, I might not be putting up shows every day this week. We’ll see how it goes. Just know that if you check your podcast app and there is not a new episode it’s because I just didn’t feel up to it. I’ll be back as soon as I can.
Ok with you?