That They Might Know | GodlyIncrease.org | Joe Durso podcast
By Joe Durso
That They Might Know | GodlyIncrease.org | Joe Durso podcastFeb 10, 2023
Faulty Reason is to Deny the Truth
In this Lesson, we will consider the importance of correct reasoning when believing Biblical theology.
The Sin Betraying Innocent Blood
In this episode, we will examine the sin of Judas and its applications for our salvation.
How to Take Seriously Our Lord’s High Priestly Prayer
In this lesson, our teacher explores Jesus' desires as He prayed to the Father moments before Gethsemane and on His way to the cross.
When I First Saw Him
In this episode, our teacher considers the benefits of walking with Christ through a knowledge of Him.
The End of the End of Me
This episode examines how Jesus calls every believer to deny themselves, take up His cross, and follow Him in real-time.
In Interview with Nate Derange 2
In this episode, Nate and I consider some of the content in Francis Chan's book, Letters to the Church
How to Fight a Spiritual Battle
In this episode, I examine the reality of our spiritual battles in the flesh and against principalities and power.
A Testimony of God's Grace
In this episode, our teacher shares his personal testimony of grace and that of others.
SAVED THROUGH FIRE
The justice that sins incur for those who believe in Jesus Christ as Lord was paid in full on Calvary's cross. Nevertheless, judgment for the believer is not merely the handing out of rewards. In this episode, our teacher explains the purely scriptural way we need to approach 1 Corinthians 3.
Job: The Unseen Contest Part 3
A remarkable observation of humbling is observed when we compare chapters 38 to 41 of Job to Philippians 2:5 to 8. The humbling is not of men but of God.
The Unseen Contest Part 2
In this episode, we consider the arguments of Job's fourth friend and his arguments about Job and his three older friends.
The Unseen Contest
In this Podcast, we dive into the book of Job to examine the intentions behind the words of Job, his wife, and four friends. Why was Job made to suffer, and what was God doing in his life?
What is the Sign of Jesus Appearing
No one can know the day or the hour of Jesus' return. Nevertheless, we are to be prepared for His return at all times. What does being prepared to look like?
A Wedding you won't want to miss
In this lesson, we explore the marriage feast of the Lamb of God from Revelation 19. Who gets to attend?
How to Understand the Bible and the Gospel
This lesson teaches the all-important method of properly understanding God's word and the Gospel.
How is the Church Doing?
In this episode, we question the state of the church at this present hour in case some corrections need to be made.
An Interview with Brother
In this episode, My brother and I talk about the church, the tribulation, the millennial kingdom, and the new heaven and earth.
New Testament Preaching
In this episode, we look at preaching in churches today to observe the difference in preaching from the time of the Apostles.
What is a Christian?
In this episode, our teacher discusses the similarity between Old and New Testament saints to answer the question, what is a Christian?
Who Knows the Teaching?
In this lesson, our teacher explores why Jesus said, "If anyone is willing to do His will, he will know of the teaching, whether it is of God, or I am speaking from Myself."
Fatalism, Freedom, and the Sovereignty of God
In this lesson, our teacher explores the philosophy of fatalism in light of Biblical freedom and the sovereignty of God. The impact of how these beliefs can alter our lives may be far more reaching and important than any of us know. They should be considered very carefully.
Eleven Days or Forty Years?
"In this lesson, our teacher considers the words from Deuteronomy 1:2, 3, "It is eleven day's journey from Horeb... In the fortieth year ...Moses spoke to the children of Israel," Why 40 years?
Victory through Identification
In this lesson, our teacher examines the New Testament description of victory - its means and glory.
Speaking the Truth in Love
In this lesson, our teacher will tackle the current problem of effeminate men in leadership and the pulpit.
How Shall We Escape
In this episode, our teacher explores one of the most dangerous realities of life on earth - a false conversion to Christianity.
The Purifying Red Heifer
In this lesson, our teacher leads us through Numbers 19 and God's essential and necessary command for individual and community worship.
In this episode, our teacher will examine the condition of the Church through the eyes of Jesus as He prayed His High Priestly Prayer in John 17 and various Bible verses.
The Great Deception
In this episode, our teacher endeavors to examine some reason for the many divisions within evangelicalism today. What can an individual do about it, and what will be our responsibility before Jesus Christ?
The Hope of Future Glory
In this episode, our teacher will expound on the hope of the believer of coming glory in the eternal kingdom as first described by Paul in Colossians 1:26, 27, and John in Revelation 21.
The Glory of the Lamb
In this lesson, our teacher will explore the incomprehensible coming day when the saints will stand in the glory of the LORD due to the after-effect of our glorification.
And The Two Shall Be One Flesh
In this episode, our teacher explores the scriptural teaching of God's plan for the ages. Why do we live now, and for what purpose will we live for all eternity?
Free Will or in Its Bondage
In this episode, our teacher Joe Durso examines the scriptural basis for believing God is sovereign in salvation.
Are We Fleshly Infants or Spiritually Mature
In this episode, our teacher guides us through the writings of Paul in 1 Corinthians chapters 1 to 3. There Paul raises the problem in Corinth that is so prevalent today: division, strife, jealousy, and a competitive spirit between churches.
Chosen Before the Foundation
In this lesson, our teacher dives into a controversial debate within Christianity, which has continued for two millennia. When correctly understood in the Gospel, God's divine nature, character, and authority are at stake.
In this lesson, our teacher gets our brain juices flowing about Israel's example to the world; they failed, except for the remnant. He then turns our attention upon the church, so we might question if we have not also gotten the train off the tracks.
Seeing in a Mirror Dimly
In this episode, our teacher will speak from various scripture on one of the greatest needs in the church, which is what it means to be a Spirit-filled Christian.
Jonah 4 The Contrary Prophet
In this episode, our teacher digs into the uniqueness of the prophet Jonah. Was he a bad guy? Could there be something beyond the fact that he brought no glory to God while only shame to himself? Listen and find out.
Jonah 3: The Captivating Prophet
In this episode, our teacher examines the repentance of the city of Nineveh at the preaching of Jonah. There is no emphasis in the chapter on the prophet.
Liars in the Church
In this episode, our teacher looks at the walk of the believer according to the Apostle John's teaching in his first letter and chapter 2.
Jonah 2: The Contrite Prophet
In this episode, our teacher examines Jonah's prayer from chapter 2. He is contrite for a few reasons, but his faith looks ahead to the grace and forgiveness of God.
Jonah 1: The Conflicted Prophet
In this episode, our teacher considers the first chapter in the book about the prophet Jonah. He was the man who took a short trip in a big fish and, in the process, discovered that you can't run away from God.
Broken by the Book
In this episode, our teacher remembers a time of Biblical Brokenness in his life that has had long-lasting effects on his Christian experience. He relates these experiences to Church behavior as God orders it.
A Testimony of Joy
In this episode, our teacher tells his testimony of salvation, the early years of his life and how following God far exceeds following men.
When Light is Darkness
In this episode, our teacher examines the words of Jesus, "Then watch out that the light in you is not darkness." (Luke 11:35) This verse he views through the lens of John's statements in 1 John 1 regarding light and darkness and Peter's words in 2 Peter 1 about how the Christian's knowledge will affect their entrance into heaven.
How to view the Word of God
In the Lesson, our teacher looks at some practical necessities in the study and proper understanding of God's Word.
Are You Culturely Compromised
In this Podcast, our teacher explains the reality of the believer's temptation to compromise with the world system, its philosophies, and idolatries.
Assurance or Assumption
In this lesson, our teacher will examine the Apostles John's words from his first letter and expose the undeniable truth that Christians are meant to be discerning. Discerning true and false professions of faith, the brethren, true and false teachers, and most importantly, their place before God.
The Knowledge of Salvation
In this episode, our teacher returns to John's first letter to examine the opening words of his second chapter. To have an assurance of salvation and not presume we are saved when we are not is an essential part of being an authentic Christian. Joe begins to uncover the Biblical meaning of assurance in this episode.
The Value of Christian Fellowship
Our teacher examines the Biblical doctrines of Christian fellowship and the Gospel message from John's first letter in this episode.
The Gospel Received and Rejected
The Bible sets forth one and only one Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this episode, our teacher makes the point that the Gospel is not for any one person to decide, it is what the Bible says it is and it cannot be anything else.
In this episode, our teacher examines the reality that all generations are not the same from the second chapter of the book of Judges.
Repentance Properly Understood
Our speaker, in this episode, explains the importance and prominence of repentance in the Gospel message. Let the listener take heed and understand that there can be no salvation from sin's penalty apart from repentance.
Introduction to The Names of God
In this episode, we will consider that knowledge from God's word transforms the one who receives it. In particular, how the name Elohim can change those who trust in Him.
A Trustworthy Ruler
In this episode, Joe Durso takes a Biblical look at the Lord Jesus Christ as a child and young man and how His character proves Him to be a trustworthy ruler.
In this episode, our teacher discusses the understanding obtained from Paul's opening statement that exalts God's salvation for the Church at Corinth from 1 Corinthians 1:4-9 and his criticism of the church in chapter three.
The Great Reset
In this episode, our teacher discusses the Church's course change in preparation and selection of its leaders.
Reasonable Service to God
In this episode, our teacher explains the teaching of Paul from Romans 12:1. It is vital that believers do not read and learn the word of God intellectually alone. There must be a renewal of the whole person that transforms the hearer into a holier and humbler person.
Living in Reality
The Perseverance of Israel
As Paul concludes chapter eight in his letter to the Romans, he finishes on the triumphant note, "...nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." The question that would naturally follow from the people of his day would be, what about Israel? Chapters nine through eleven are in answer to such a question.
The State of Sinful Men
In this episode, our teacher explains the depth of sin in the fallen race of Adam. The Biblical view from God's word is far more wretched than that of the American cultural view in 2021.
Let Us Fear
Let Us Fear is an admonishment to the Church in the Letter to the Hebrews. The need to fear is for both people in the world and the Church.
Who Spared Not His Son
In this episode, Joe Durso speaks from the heart about the glories of God who spared not His Son, so that men might be brought into a relationship with Christ.
Predestined to Conformity
In this episode, our speaker explains the divine perspective in salvation, and how it aids maturity and victory in holiness.
In this episode, Joe Durso exposits Romans 8:26, 27 and explains the difference between living and walking in the Spirit.
The Redeemed Body
In this episode, Joe Durso examines the implications of a redeemed body for those who will inhabit the New Heaven and Earth.
The Creation Groans
In this episode, the creation groaning and eagerly awaiting the revelation of the sons of God is examined. Joe also discusses the futility of the earthbound and the assurance of hope for the heaven-bound.
A Spirit of Adoption
This lesson focuses on the differences between living in the Spirit and living according to the Spirit and the ramifications that difference has on our life with Christ.
This episode focuses upon the Christian's calling to suffer with Christ so that he might be glorified with Him.
The Spirit Testifies
There is nothing more stabilizing in the life of a Christian than an assurance of salvation. This episode focuses upon the work of the Holy Spirit within the heart of the believer to produce eternal security.
God's Will God's Way
In this episode, we take a close look at Romans 8:14, "For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons and daughters of God." To be led by the Spirit of God is to be led by One who knows the will of God to do, in every way, what pleases Him.
These are the Children of God
This episode adds more depth to the meaning of living according to the flesh or the Spirit. In conclusion, we come to understand who are the children of God.
Jesus' Power for Living
Is the Christian life nothing more than a list commands, a moral lifestyle or is it life lived by the resurrected life of the Son of God?
Jesus Condemned Sin
In this episode, Joe Durso examines the Apostle Paul's use of the phrase, Jesus condemned sin in the flesh. This is an exciting truth for all who believe in Jesus Christ for the effect the Holy Spirit can have upon those left in an imperfect condition and face the world, the flesh, and the devil.
The Law Fulfilled
At a time in American culture when "spirituality" is on the rise, Joe Durso seeks to give meaning to the Biblical definition of spiritual life in Episode 22. The Law's Fulfillment can only be accomplished through the ministry of the Holy Spirit who dwells in the hearts of those who believe in Jesus.
Condemnation Lost and Christ Found
In this episode, Joe Durso examines Romans eight verses one and two. It is in these opening verses from chapter eight that begins with the wondrous declaration of condemnation eradicated from the believer's ledger. When the books are finally opened on judgment day, the person of faith will be found as having never sinned in God's eyes.
An Interview with Matt Kohlhepp and Carter Gable
Joe Durso, Matt Kohlhepp, and Carter Gable discuss topics like salvation, discipleship, and what it means to be mature and responsible as a Christian.
The Misery of Sin
In this episode, Joe Durso describes the Biblical author's intent of Romans 7:14-25. This message reconciles the Christian's struggle with sin and his victory through the resurrection of Christ.
The Misery of Sin in a New Creation
This episode examines the veil between Greek and Hebrew texts in translations of the Bible. Specifically, the text of scripture in Romans 7:14-25 needs far more examination in the original text to arrive at a meaning that is consistent with the whole of scripture.
Christ Died So We Might Live
In Christ's death we die, sin dies in us and we live in Christ. Romans 7:7-13 is a hard passage to understand. We will examine the nature of the Law, sin, and identification with Christ in this episode.
Freed from the Law and Bearing a Fruitful Life
In this episode, Joe Durso explains the message of Romans 7:4-6, where Paul parallels Marriage with the binding of the law, which is only broken by death. Life and fruitfulness were accomplished for the believer through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A point that Joe expounds on during this broadcast.
Dead to the Law and Bearing a Fruitful Life
In this episode, Joe Durso explains the message of Romans 7:4-6, where Paul parallels Marriage with the binding of the law, which is only broken by death. Life and fruitfulness were accomplished for the believer through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. A point that Joe expounds on during this broadcast.
Constrained by the Love of God
What is it that makes the Christian do the things he does? What motives drive obedience to Christ? Joe Durso explores the reason that the love of God constrains Christians.
Obedient from the Heart
In this episode, Joe Durso examines the teaching of Paul from Romans 6:15-19, where we learn the primary source of the Christian's overcoming power to conquer sin and death. Deception is the enemy, and the truth is our most sincere and giving friend. Everyone who adheres to Paul's teaching in this portion of scripture will benefit immensely.
Living Under Grace, Not the Law
Living Under Grace, Not the Law is taken from Paul’s letter to the Romans Chapter six, verses twelve through fourteen. The Christian has two choices, either to battle against his fleshly appetites by the flesh as he lives under the dictates of the law. Or to live by faith in the Spirit, which is his only means of overcoming sin. The first choice is to live under the law; the second is to live by grace. Joe Durso explores how these two work themselves out in the life of a believer.
We believe in Jesus Christ
In this episode, Joe Durso examines the meaning of Paul’s words in Romans chapter six, verses eight through eleven. In this portion of scripture, Paul proclaims the importance of identification with Christ as the source of the believer’s holiness. If you are a Christian and want to understand how faith becomes energized so that you realize the full potential of your connection to Christ, you will want to listen carefully to this message.
An Interview with Nate Derenge
In this show, Joe Durso interviews Nate Derenge, friend and brother in the Lord. They talked about such topics as Nate's salvation testimony, the effect the environment has on people, and men made in the image of God.
Freed from Sin
When Jesus calls people to Himself it is not without a purpose; He calls people to please the Father by being holy. In this message, we will look at Paul’s teaching concerning the Christian’s freedom from sin through their identification with Christ.
Unity Lost and Unity Gained
There is a great deal of talk today about race. There has always been much said about race, but the question remains, is what people say the truth. The Christian understands that what God has said is the truth and nothing but the truth. The Gospel, at one point, actually hinges on the reality of race and race according to God's definition.
In today's episode, we will explore what God has to say about race and unity from Romans chapter five and John17.
The Object of Saving Faith
Paul, in Romans 4:23 - 5:17, takes his readers from the assurance of saving faith, which is acquired by trusting in God who promised salvation. First, God promised Abraham and then to all who believe with the faith of Abraham. Abraham believed that if he sacrificed his son as God instructed him, God would raise him from the dead. Hence, salvation is in the promise of God to sacrifice and raise His Son from the dead.
Abraham: Heir of the World
In this episode, Joe Durso will examine the teaching of Paul the Apostle from the 4th chapter of his letter to the Romans. The central teaching is Abraham as a living illustration of salvation by faith alone to Jew and Gentile. Abraham was accounted as righteous before being circumcised. Therefore, he is the father of Jews possessing faith and Gentiles who have the same saving faith.
We Establish the Law
In Romans chapter 4, the Apostle Paul explains the significance of justification by faith alone. Men either believe in works of the law to get them to heaven or the grace of God. No man can trust in both at the same time. In this lesson, the speaker examines Paul's teaching and uncovers the undeniable reality of grace or works and not both as a means of salvation.
The Human Condition, Romans 3
The human condition is defined for us by the Apostle Paul in his letter to the Romans. In chapter 1, we understand because of sin, men have lost their ability to reason. In chapter 2, all men are guilty before God because of their conscience. However, sin corrupts the conscience. In chapter 3, Paul examines the condition of fallen humanity.
In this lesson, we seek to understand God's explanation of man's present condition and the only way of salvation.
The Circumcision of the Heart
In chapters 2 and 3 of Romans, Paul explains the difference between an authentic Jew and a phony. There is genuine religion, as in a real Jewish believer and a sincere Christian believer and someone who deceives themself into believing they are authentic when they are not.
Paul questions and explains the difference between formalism, which is for outward show, and the heart's inward reality. If a person wants to understand how to distinguish between false and genuine religion, this is the message he will want to hear.
Main points of teaching:Who is a real Jew? Who is a true Christian? How to distinguish between the false and the true What you must know and believe to be saved Who is God Who saves sinners and who gets the glory for salvation? Who is a sinner?
Guilty under The Law
In this episode, your host will explain the third reason that men are guilty as sinners before God. First, he explained why people are guilty due to his ability to reason; second, because of his conscience and ability to discern right from wrong. Lastly, everyone is proven guilty who understand The Law of God.
I hope you are blessed by this teaching from God's Holy Word.
Guilt by Conscience, Romans 2
In Paul's letter to the Roman Church of his day, he set forth the Gospel of God for all time. Basic teachings such as God's wrath, God's holiness, the sinfulness of men, justification, sanctification, glorification, and identification with Christ are explained in simple but spiritual terminology.
In the second episode, we explore all men's guilt before God as they have been appropriately endowed with moral conscience. There is much confusion in the world because men are told God is good, but there is so much evil, not to mention suffering, it is hard to understand.
Paul makes sense of all the confusion by rightly describing man's condition in chapters one through three. In the Gospel, Paul proclaims why God is right by creating and sustaining the world as He does and how it will all end according to the His holy will.
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Introduction to Romans
The Roman Revelation is a series of sermons geared to understand the letter to the Romans by the Apostle Paul. The primary focus of this letter is to define the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The main thoughts that capture our attention in Romans are God's righteousness, man's sinfulness, and salvation through faith.
As Paul proceeds to unravel the theology of divine salvation, the elements of repentance and holiness take a front and center place. We will focus our attention as well as we spend our time in Romans five through eight.
We hope you enjoy this introductory episode.
Reconciling Blind Men
The Bible is a book written by God to set forth His purpose to reconcile a world fallen into sin to Himself. In Paul's second letter to the Corinthians and the fifth chapter, Paul declared God's work to reconcile sinners. It then becomes the job of a reconciled sinner to be an ambassador for Jesus Christ. In John's Gospel and the ninth chapter, we see Jesus reconciling a blind sinner, who then immediately became an ambassador.
In this episode, Joe Durso examines the text of John 9 and uncovers some instructive elements of what it costs to take the message of the Gospel to a world bent on rejecting it. The message of Christ results in life from the dead for those who receive it. Those who reject His message fall under a more significant penalty of judgment. God restores the former hearers. The latter sink into a deeper depth of sin's deceit.
God bless you as you consider the elements of this Gospel story.
An Interview Defining God's Love
In this episode, Matthew Kohlhepp interviews Joe Durso about his book THE JESUS YOU NEED TO KNOW. The focus of their discussion is the chapter entitled, Jesus's Defining Hour, subtitled, The Definition of God's Love.
Matthew asks Joe to explain the meaning behind Jesus's defining hour. What does the scripture have to say about in Jesus's words, "The hour has come." There was an hour in all human history like no other. Quoting from the book, "This was the hour that defined all human history, revealed God in all His glory, and man in all his moral depravity; love never loomed so bright, self-sacrifice so sweet, the meaning behind human existence so clear, and the wickedness of men as dark as during that hour.
We invite you to consider along with Matt and Joe the meaning behind the most revelatory hour in all human history.
A Walk in Newness of Life
In this episode, we will ponder the reality of ongoing sin in the life of a believer. It is true that nothing is more devastating or more difficult to deal with than doing some you don’t want to do. The person who is brought into a loving relationship with the living God through the sufferings of His Son does not want to have to battle with a temptation to sin, and thereby displease the God who loved him so much.
So put on your thinking cap and consider with me as I endeavor to unravel the mysteries of God’s holy word as it is found in the letter to the Romans.
Ixnay the Competition
When two elders in Israel kept prophesying in the camp Moses was informed of their behavior, and he was asked to stop them. His response was unusual. It was his desire that all Israel would act in such a way. He did not think that he was the only one who could exercise such a gift. Moses understood that one day all Israel would become a nation of priests. The church also has been called to be a holy people, called to go to the nations and make disciples. Every person for whom Jesus dies has a responsibility to live for Him, to do His will, and for His glory.
The Judgment of God
During the sixties, our nation went through a moral revolution. The culture that came before were not perfect, they had flaws in their thinking, but our host for this episode is asking the question, "Is every generation the same?" Furthermore, what is God's perspective? What does the Bible have to say about generational differences? Still, further, does the Bible say that all sin is the same?
Our teacher will try to explain what the Bible has to say concerning these very vital and relevant issues for our present day. In our day, there is unrest; many people have questions about moral issues. Nothing can ever be more important than to know what God thinks about our present generation. What is the culture saying, and how should Christians react to it? We hope that you will be blessed by what you hear during this episode.
Mary, Did You Know
During this episode, Joe takes a look at the death of Jesus Christ through the eyes of the prophet Simeon. This ordinary man will have you wondering about the accuracy of his prophecy and the profound teachings concerning Mary and all that would follow in her steps.
The Bible is no ordinary book, and Christianity is not a religion you can take for granted. The world pivots on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. According to Deuteronomy eighteen, a prophet is known to be true when his prophecies come to pass.
In this episode, we learn that the prophecies of Simeon came to pass with pinpoint accuracy. Indeed, they have come to pass for 2,000 years and continue to be fulfilled, just as Simeon foretold.
The prophet who foretells the future in such a manner should never be overlooked, disregarded, or ignored. When a person's eternal future depends upon what they believe, they should carefully consider what they hear.
Discovering a Holy Means of Grace: Part II
In this episode, In this episode, your host Joe Durso continues his lesson from last time, DISCOVERING A HOLY MEANS OF SALVATION. The primary point in these two episodes is for the listener to discern the difference between human effort and divine supply.
Nothing is more critical than to place God first, in other words, to give Him the honor and glory He deserves. When the Christian relies upon his abilities, efforts, intellect, and skills, he is not living by faith. Therefore, everyone must learn upon what truths we hang our faith. This truth is the introduction to Peter's second letter.
Joe covers reviews the lesson from last time and then considers further the value of not stumbling and the proper place of God's word. Be blessed in the listening.
Discovering a Holy Means of Grace: Part I
In church history, the manner of living the Christian life "successfully" swings between two extremes; "Let go and let God" or "Do the disciplines." In each method, there is a case to be made for the proposed procedure. However, the correct manner of sorting out the proper approach is to find the appropriate balance between the two.
In this episode, your host Joe Durso will walk you through the first eleven verses of Peter's second letter, which he addressed to all those who have the same kind of faith as Peter. There are no excuses for living a faulty Christian experience because victory is available to all who receive saving faith.
If you want to understand God's method to increase in godly qualities and thereby to be neither useless nor unfruitful in the true knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, you will want to listen to this episode.
If you practice the teaching of this lesson, you can become sure about Jesus's calling and choosing you. If you continue in them, you will never stumble.
In the final conclusion, the entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be supplied abundantly to you.
An Interview with Frank Durso
Frank Durso, interviews Joe about chapter four "The Son of Man" from Joe's book THE JESUS YOU NEED TO KNOW. This chapter focuses on the ministry of Jesus Christ as the Son of Man. Jesus's most favorite description of Him as the Son of Man. As the Son of Man, He spoke truth into the lives of people. We live in a world where truth, honesty, and transparency are not part of reality. The world lives a lie about ourselves. Jeremiah the prophet, under the inspiration of God, asked, "The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; who can understand it?" (Jeremiah 1:9) The answer is given in the next verse where he states that it is God who searches the heart. Jesus was declared to be God by signs, miracles, and the truth. Jesus spoke truth like no other man. In this interview, Frank and Joe discuss the quality of Jesus Christ as the Son of Man.
Solomon's Love Song
The Song of Solomon is more than a love song or sonnet, it rises higher than the appropriate morals for a marital relationship. As a book that is part of the greater whole of the Bible, it tells the story of redemption. Like every other part of the Bible, it speaks to the transcendent topic of the fruit of salvation, and the dangers of courting worldliness and sinful desires. Solomon is one of the most confusing people in the Bible, as he was given a great amount of wisdom and never rose in obedience to God in accord with the wisdom he received. In the Song of Solomon, when it is rightly understood rise to the occasion of transparency and lets his readers see the emptiness and futility of outward appearance and activity without the inner life to accompany it. Every born again Christian listening and rightly understand the Song of Solomon should take to heart the warnings therein. The hearers should note the superficiality of the King, the weakness and strength of the Shulamite, and the purity and unselfish jealousy of the shepherd lover.
It is a good listen for anyone that wants to understand godly love, unselfish devotion, and moral purity that arises out of a redeemed soul. One of the most misunderstood books of the Bible carries within its pages the clarity, wisdom, and panoramic view as every other part of God's holy and inspired Word. Therefore, the reader or listener should prepare his or her heart for the Word that is powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, it discerns both the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Such a person will always be lifted to a higher place upon reading God's word or listening to His message. May you be so blessed by this episode as you venture into the Holy Scriptures.
An Interview with Ehab Hoffman
Ehab Hoffman is a personal friend and dear brother in the Lord. Ehab has a very interesting background and you will hear in this episode some of the experiences that led him to a personal knowledge of Jesus Christ. Ehab is half Egyptian on his mother's side and half Greek on his father's. I have observed Ehab for a number of years now and he has an authentic and sincere faith in Christ. He longs to live faithfully to Him and to spend his life in the pursuit of making Him known to all who will listen.
An Interview with Matthew Kohlhepp
In this episode, I interview a new and increasing close brother in the Lord, Matthew Kohlhepp. Matthew has been a Christian for about three years, having grown up in a Christian home. Matthew is scheduled to start laboring for the Church of Jesus Christ with the ministry Campus Outreach, DC. He is a dear brother, who loves the Lord, understands the Gospel well, and desires to serve Jesus as a total man. It is always and great joy to see a young man receive the Holy Spirit of God and decide to give his life to the service of Him.
We discuss the difficulties, expectations, joys, and vision of ministry, in particular, discipleship. What does it mean to Matt to disciple people for Christ, how can he prosper, and endear himself to those he desires to reach for Jesus Christ. We discuss many questions such as these as we proclaim the message of the greatest man who ever lived.
The Glory of Knowing God
In this episode, we will consider together the night that Jesus was betrayed and what is referred to as His High Priestly prayer. In this prayer of Jesus, He discloses the glory He shared with God the Father. We will learn the meaning of eternal life and how people receive it.
Furthermore, Jesus, as Son of God and ordained Messiah, declared to the Father the distinct way that His people relate to God. We will look at the word holy and how it means that God's people are separate from the rest of the world. The distinct people of God can also be observed in the Old Testament through the nation of Israel. Two references are sited and explained in Exodus and Deuteronomy.
We will further examine what it means to be united to Christ, those of us who are given eternal life. Unity is a primary component part of eternal life. The person who possess the life of God is brought into fellowship with Him and will be eternally in union with Him.
We will then consider together how the separate component part of the glory, holiness, unity, and union work together both in time and eternity within the believer. Does the unity of believers in our present age accurately reflect the glory of God and the salvation of all believers?
Lastly, we will consider the most significant expression of God's love. The Father expressed His love for the Son, the Son expressed His love for the Father, and placed in the middle of them both is God's prized position, His people. It is these people that the Father desired to give to His Son as a bride.
The Art of Discipleship
A disciple or follower of Jesus Christ can be misunderstood very easily. Many in the world do not think Biblically when they think about what it means to be a Christian. Jesus said broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be that go in that way. The way that leads to destruction is the way of deception. Many are deceived into believing that to be a Christian is to be a good person, or be born to Christian parents, or to be baptized, of believing certain teachings as if those things were sufficient in themselves. Joe discusses in this episode the magnitude of thinking through the teachings of Christ and upon the exercise of faith in what Jesus taught, as over and against false teachers, men are saved. The end result of saving faith is that the person who believes begins to act the way that Jesus did. Saving faith always transforms the believer into a holier and more obedient person. Perfection is never obtained in this present life but the right direction is. In THE ART OF DISCIPLESHIP, the attitude of the believer is examined, in some measure, so that the listener can begin to see the difference between the false and the true.
Mature in Humility
In this episode, Joe Durso speaks from Ephesians chapter 1 and 4 to the subject of Christian maturity. The necessary elements in the maturing process involve the Holy Spirit of God, His holy Word, and the Church as it supplies gifted leaders and members as they bring their combined gifts to aid in the maturing of all its members. Furthermore, Joe recounts writing of the Apostle Paul as he brought to light the need for love and maturity as described in 1 Corinthians 13:8-13. It is in this section that the humility of the Apostle Paul comes to light and how that should have a humbling effect upon all believers. The most learned among us should carefully consider that even the Apostle Paul himself viewed his knowledge as a dimly lit mirror. How much more should those who did not receive revelations and visions understand themselves to be inadequate for the job of ministry? To depend upon the Lord is a gift of God, especially since we are all called to live by faith and dependence upon Him who died for us.
Jesus: A Ruler That Can Be Trusted
In this episode, Greg Treat interviews Joe Durso, the author of THE JESUS YOU NEED TO KNOW. In chapter three of his book, he looks at Jesus as a ruler that can be trusted. This chapter is divided into five parts, which begins with the truth that Jesus possessed the infinite power of God.
Second, Jesus never abused His divine power. Third, Jesus entered puberty with a passion for God the Father. Fourth, Jesus's first miracle was not until his thirtieth birthday. Lastly, Jesus continued to submit to Joseph and Mary.
Each of the five factors described in this chapter brings us to a state of complete awe as we consider that Jesus was Almighty God in the flesh.
Jesus possessed a character worthy to be emulated. The Holy Spirit will take and transform all true believers completely into the exact image of Jesus Christ. If you honor Jesus Christ as an excellent teacher, and a loving man, you will go to another level of appreciation after considering His transcendent character.
Jesus the Servant of God
In this episode, Greg Treat interviews Joe Durso about the second chapter, Jesus: The Servant God, subtitled, The Servanthood of God's Love, in his book, THE JESUS YOU NEED TO KNOW. Greg begins his interview by asking why Joe started with the servanthood of Christ. Greg further points out that in the chapter on servitude, Joe first refers to the omnipotence of God in Christ. Joe then points to his worship times, where the magnificence and splendor of God's completeness were on display in his thoughts. It was then that the question came to mind; why did God create anything? Joe then explains that it is alright to come up with a question too big to be answered. Such questions only lead to better worship — other matters which Joe tries to answer the concern about how Christians can be more zealous to serve. Joe looks at vibrant Christians from history how their prayer life caused their zeal.
The Bible: One Book
In this episode, Greg Treat examines the uniqueness of the Bible as a book written by over forty human authors but inspired by God. However, he makes it perfectly clear that it is necessary to also understand the undeniable fact that the book is primarily one book written by one author. Can we follow his logic as contradictory? Greg is in perfect sync with the dynamics of a God that can be understood but not comprehended. God is a Trinity, so says Greg, but according to Deuteronomy 1:4, "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD is one!" There is no contradiction in the Trinity as God is more significant than our pea brains can absorb. Likewise, the Bible is a book written by God, about God, and for His glory. It does not do men well to focus on the human authors and thereby missing the most important of the book - it is written by God. We are further admonished by Greg to not get so caught up with the different cultures, periods, and circumstances of their personal writings and miss again the point that God transcends all of those factors.
Furthermore, Paul looks at those who would have us believe that the ultimate dynamic to understand the Scriptures is the human perspective rather than the unchangeableness of God word. God is the same, He does not change, nor lie. Therefore His Word is faithful and exact in every generation and culture. Greg turns his audience to the theme of God that runs all through the scriptures. God is setting up His kingdom, and it is undeniable that no matter who the human author, this unchanging theme remains a constant.
It is a beautiful diatribe that is made in this episode as we look at the constant and unchanging theme of Christ that becomes glaringly obvious to all readers who do not deny the divine origin of the scriptures. As we march through the book of Hebrews, we are in awe at the dynamic flow of God apparent hand upon every human author, so that it is clear the He wrote the Bible.
How to Know You Have Eternal Life
Joe Durso and Greg Treat discuss in this episode the value of knowing you have eternal life. Greg brings into play the critical topic of the human condition. It is this condition that makes people squirm when considering the possibility of judgment before a holy God. Religions have tried for centuries to answer this question in a way that can make people feel good about themselves. However, feeling good is not the optimum matter but the truth about what happens after death. To this end, Joe and Greg point to the word of God so that their listens can rest in the God who cannot lie. Joe brings us to the book of first John, where we are given the reason for God writing the Bible, which is to believers that they might know they have eternal life. The discussion brings out the reality of man's condition, which before a holy God presents men from possessing eternal life by their own merit. Joe also brings forward the love of God who offered His only begotten Son, the second person of the Trinity, who alone could save men from the penalty of their sins.
Greg Treat interviews Joe Durso
Greg Treat interviews Joe Durso about the writing of his book THE JESUS YOU NEED TO KNOW. Joe discloses the main reason for writing this book is Jesus Himself, His sacrifice, love, grace, and the forgiveness he provides. The uniqueness of this new book is the result of a different perspective. From this unique viewpoint, Jesus can be seen for the man He became and the internal motives by which He lived. Furthermore, the value of knowing Jesus is elevated in this writing, to the place that it should be, that of the possession of eternal life. Joe delivers his personal testimony of receiving Christ and how that activity has continued to change him to this present day. Their discussion reveals how intimacy with Jesus marks the life of the believer and how the knowledge of Jesus is not merely intellectual. Such expertise extends to a soul to soul awareness. An accurate understanding of Christ continues to the way a believer prays. Precise knowledge of Jesus creates in the person who knows Him an interest that extends beyond all worldly affairs. Joe book is recounted by Greg like a book that reads like a sports biography. It argues that Jesus Christ is the greatest of all time. Still, further, a knowledge of Jesus Christ that saves is one that brings God near, so that trials and suffering are a means to reveal Jesus as the one who loves and cares for our soul like no other.