Ruth: A Lesson in Strength, Faith, and Compassion

Ruth is a beautiful example of what it means to be filled with strength, faith, and compassion. The Fruits of the Spirit are evident in her.Episode #15- Ruth: A Lesson in Strength, Faith, and Compassion

 

If you are looking for a role model to inspire you in your own life, look no further than Ruth! She is a beautiful example of what it means to be strong, faithful, and compassionate. Truly, each of the Fruit of the Spirit given in Galatians 5:22-23 is clearly evident throughout her story.

We find her story in the Book of Ruth in the Old Testament. Ruth was a woman who faced many challenges in life. She was a Moabite woman who married into a family that were enemies of her country. Then, when her husband died, she was left penniless and in dire circumstances. Ruth, showing extraordinary compassion, decided to make the long journey with her mother-in-law, Naomi, who, also widowed, wanted to go back to her homeland in Judah.

In doing so, Ruth left behind her country, her family, and the false gods of her people, choosing to serve the one true God that Naomi worshipped and live among the Israelite people. Ruth’s devotion and love for her mother-in-law, and her decision to follow the Lord, are just two examples of the faithfulness and strength of character she possessed.

As Ruth’s story unfolds, we learn how she carefully followed her mother-in-law’s directions which won the heart of their kinsman-redeemer, Boaz, whom she would go on to marry and have a son. Be sure to listen to the entire episode to learn how this would have a lasting impact on both her and Naomi, as well as generations to come.

Next week- Please join us next time, when we explore the life and ministry of a man who held the offices of a priest, a prophet, and became one of Israel’s greatest judges.

 

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • The Book of Ruth
  • Galatians 5:22-23
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20
  • Proverbs 12:15
  • Proverbs 19:20
  • Proverbs 26:28
  • Proverbs 3:5-6

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Samson: Even the Strongest Man Has a Weakness

On this episode, we learn that even the strongest man has a weakness . . . or two. Weakness so great that it landed him into prison and eventually led to his demise. Gratefully, we serve a God of redemption who can restore strength even to the most broken of men.Episode #14- Samson: Even the Strongest Man Has a Weakness

 

On this episode, we learn that even the strongest man has a weakness . . . or two. Weakness so great that it landed him into prison and eventually led to his demise. Gratefully, we serve a God of redemption who can restore strength even to the most broken of men.

Throughout the Old Testament, we read that the Israelites would go through periods of great faithfulness to the Lord and, as a result, God would bless and prosper them. However, time and again, they would become disobedient to the Lord and turn away from Him. God would then hand them over to their enemies because of their disobedience and in judgment of their sin.

However, when God was preparing to deliver the Israelites from their oppressors, He

raised up a man, named Samson, who was distinguished and set apart by God for this special purpose even before his conception. The Lord instructed his parents to never cut his hair. As Samson grew, and his hair grew long, he became a man of tremendous strength and might.

However, Samson had a weakness . . . for women. Philistine women to be exact. With the Lord’s directive, he married a Philistine woman giving him opportunities to infiltrate and fight the Philistines. However, he continued to intermingle with the Philistines and sin against God by falling in love with the infamous, Delilah. Through his pride and his continuing relationship with Delilah, Samson played with fire and eventually got burned . . . badly!

Tune in to get the inside scoop on how this story ends, and learn two important lessons from this account of Samson’s life that we can apply to our own lives today.

Next week- Please join us next time, when we explore the life of a woman who is a beautiful example of what it means to be strong, faithful, and compassionate.

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

Scripture references:

  • Judges chapters 13-16
  • Hebrews 11:4-38
  • Hebrews 12:11
  • Hebrews 13:3
  • Psalm 130:3-4
  • Ephesians 1:7-8

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By Faith, Rahab Transforms from Harlot to Heroine

Episode #13: By Faith, Rahab Transforms from Harlot to Heroine

 

Today’s show looks at the role Rahab, a woman of ill repute, played in conquering Jericho. And also how God’s incredible mercy helped her turn her life around and become an ancestor of kings. Author Tessa Afshar once said, “He wiped out Jericho, and He saved a harlot. What kind of God was this? He seemed at once impossibly holy and ridiculously merciful. How could you tie those two incongruities together? Rahab.”

 

Rahab lived in the great fortified city of Jericho. As the people of Israel began taking possession of the Promised Land, Jericho stood in their way. As we learned the story of Joshua, Jericho’s stone walls towered high into the sky and surrounded the city – its gates were locked up tight. No one went in or came out of the city undetected by the guards.

 

To scope out the city to see what obstacles lay ahead, Joshua sent two spies with instructions to come back and give him a full report. To keep from being discovered, the spies took refuge in the house of Rahab. According to the Biblical Archeological Society, the first-century C.E. historian Josephus reports that she kept an inn, so it would appear that Rahab was also a landlady. This likely is why the spies took cover in her home.

 

After the walls of Jericho had fallen, Joshua told the Israelites to spare Rahab and her entire family, just as the spies had promised Rahab when she hid them. She and her family were the only people in the whole city to be spared. Rahab and her family then became part of the nation of Israel. When Rahab left Jericho, she left behind her life of sin, giving it all up for good. Her decision changed the course of history. In return, she and her family obtained salvation, and she was given a place of honor in God’s story.

 

Next week- Please join us next time when we discover that even the strongest man who ever lived had a fatal weakness. Tune in to get the inside scoop!

 

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • Joshua Chapter 2 through 6
  • Romans 11
  • Matthew 1:5
  • Romans 10:13-14
  • 2 Corinthians 5:20a
  • 1 Samuel 16:7
  • Romans 3:23; 6:23; 10:9, 13

 

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Joshua: Mighty Military Leader Carries Out an Unorthodox Battle Strategy

On this podcast, we learn about a great military leader who trusted God in everything and conquered a prominent city through an unorthodox battle plan. Today, we’re talking about Joshua and the battle of Jericho.Episode #12- Joshua: Mighty Military Leader Carries Out an Unorthodox Battle Strategy

 

On this podcast, we learn about a great military leader who trusted God in everything and conquered a prominent city through an unorthodox battle plan. Today, we’re talking about Joshua and the battle of Jericho.

When you think about Joshua and the battle of Jericho, you might start humming to yourself, as Crystal did, the children’s song about him that goes like this:

 

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho

Jericho, Jericho

Joshua fought the battle of Jericho

And the walls came tumbling down!

 

There are several more stanzas, but you get the picture. Joshua is often most remembered for his role in bringing down the walls of Jericho, which is the primary focus of our episode today.

 

First, explore who Joshua was and get a little backstory. Numbers 27:18 refers to him as the son of Nun. The meaning of the name Joshua is “Yahweh is salvation.” He was an Israelite born into Egyptian slavery and one of the Israelites to accompany Moses when he led the people out of Egypt. Joshua lived from 1494-1385 BC, passing away at the age of 110. The major Bible texts we will be using today as we study Joshua is Exodus 17, Numbers 14, and the Book of Joshua.

 

In the book, 10 Minutes to Knowing the Men & Women of the Bible, by Jim George, he describes Joshua as “One of the liberated slaves- who at the age of 50 becomes Moses’ aide, his spy, his military leader, and ultimately his successor.”

 

We then learn that after the death of Moses, Joshua becomes the leader of the people of God. In fact, it was Joshua who then leads the people of Israel to begin taking possession of the Promised Land, also known as Canaan, but Jericho stood in their way. To size up Jericho, Joshua sent spies to investigate. They found that Jericho was a formidable fortress of a city with the stone walls that surrounded it towering high into the sky. The gates were locked up tight so that no one could enter or leave without the guards knowing. God then gives Joshua instructions for an unorthodox strategy for the battle of Jericho, which Joshua carried out to a “T.” You can read in detail about the battle in Joshua 6.

 

Before we end the show, Kevin and Crystal discuss two main takeaways from Joshua and the battle of Jericho and how we can apply them to our own lives as believers. Kevin then closes in prayer.

 

Next week- Please join us next time when we look at the role Rahab, a woman of ill repute, played in conquering Jericho. And also how God’s incredible mercy helped her turn her life around and become an ancestor of kings.

 

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • Exodus 17
  • Numbers 14
  • The Book of Joshua
  • Isaiah 55:8-9
  • 1 Corinthians 5:7

 

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The Ten Commandments and Their Impact on Western Civilization Today

The Ten Commandments and Their Impact on Western Civilization Today: A major Biblical event reverberated throughout history.Episode #11-The Ten Commandments and Their Impact on Western Civilization Today

 

This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, we examine a major Biblical event and how it reverberated throughout history. Even now it’s the fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the common law of the United States. Of course, we are talking about the Ten Commandments.

According to some Bible scholars, it’s thought that sometime around three months after God’s people left Egypt, is when the Ten Commandments were written by God upon two tablets of stone and given to Moses on Mount Sinai. The record of the Ten Commandments can be found in Exodus 20:1-17 and Deuteronomy 5:6-21.

The Ten Commandments, as recorded in Exodus 20:3-17 are:

3 “You shall have no other gods before me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12 “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the Lord your God is giving you.

13 “You shall not murder.

14 “You shall not commit adultery.

15 “You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

We also explore some historical perspectives and learn that a symbol of the Ten Commandments even hangs today in the United States Supreme Court building above the seat of the Chief Justice as the fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the common law of the United States.

 

In conclusion, we learn what the New Testament has to say about the Ten Commandments and their place in our lives as believers today.

 

Next week- Please join us next time when we learn about a great military leader who trusted God in everything and conquered a prominent city through an unorthodox battle plan.

 

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • Exodus 20:1-17
  • Deuteronomy 5:6-21
  • Matthew 6:21
  • Hebrews 10:1-4, 8-10, 15-18

 

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Moses: Basket Baby Grows up to Deliver His People

This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, we discover how a baby escaped death by floating down the Nile River in a basket, then grew up to lead his people out of captivity.Episode #10- Moses: Basket Baby Grows up to Deliver His People

 

This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, we discover how a baby escaped death by floating down the Nile River in a basket, then grew up to lead his people out of captivity.

Previously, we learned how Joseph was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. Later in his life, through a series of events, he went on to save his family from starvation by bringing them to live near him in the land of Egypt.

It’s now somewhere around 300 years after the death of Joseph. The Hebrews have significantly grown in number and prospered in Egypt. However, since the time Joseph’s family resettled in the country, a new ruler has come into power who has forgotten how God raised Joseph up to save their people from starvation.

Worried by the growing numbers and prosperity of the Israelites, the new Pharaoh greatly oppressed them and worked them harder than ever. In an effort to stop the growing population, the new ruler commanded that the midwives kill all the Hebrew baby boys at birth. However, the midwives feared God more than man, and the Lord blessed the midwives for their faithfulness.

When Moses’ mother saw that her baby was beautiful, she hid him until she could hide him no longer. In desperation to save her son, she placed him in a basket and sent him down the Nile River. Pharaoh’s daughter found the baby and raised him as her son. Later, Moses would realize he was a Hebrew and see the oppression of his people by the Egyptian government. God would miraculously call him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and save them from slavery.

We then tie everything together with three practice life application lessons that we can apply to our own lives as believers.

Next week- Please join us next time when we explore how a Biblical event reverberated throughout history and is even the current fundamental legal code of Western Civilization and the common law of the United States.

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • Exodus chapters 1-4, 17
  • Deuteronomy 32:51-52
  • Numbers 20
  • I Corinthians 13:12
  • Proverbs 19:21
  • Psalm 34:9
  • Psalm 112:1
  • Psalm 145:19
  • 1 Peter 5:2-3

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Joseph the Dreamer- From Pit to Prison, to Palace

We explore the harrowing account of Joseph who was sold into slavery by his own brothers but was able to rise above his circumstances.Episode #9: Joseph the Dreamer- From Pit to Prison, to Palace

 

In this episode, we explore the harrowing account of a man named Joseph who was sold into slavery by his own brothers but was able to rise above his circumstances and even eventually forgive them.

Joseph lived between 1914-1804 BC. We can find his story in Chapters 37-50 of the Book of Genesis. He’s the 11th of the 12 sons of Jacob, and the firstborn son of Rachel, the wife whom Jacob loved the most. Not surprisingly, Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son, which caused the older brothers to be jealous and hate their younger brother. After sharing dreams of people bowing down before him, including his own family, Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery and led their father to believe he was devoured by a wild animal.

His captors took Joseph to Egypt where he worked for Potipher before being thrown into prison for a false accusation lodged against him. Joseph remained faithful to God, even while imprisoned, and was eventually released after correctly interpreting the dreams of fellow prisoners. Through a miraculous series of events, Joseph was promoted to the highest office in the land, just under Pharoah, was reunited with his family, and saved them from a severe seven-year famine. Joseph the Dreamer went from pit, to prison, to palace!

Be sure to stay tuned to the end, because we also explore recent archeological evidence uncovered that back the accuracy of the Bible’s account of this time period in history! Then, we discuss important Biblical takeaways from Joseph’s life and how we can apply them to our own lives as Christians.

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

Scripture references:

  • Genesis Chapters 37-50
  • Romans 8:28
  • Jeremiah 9:23
  • Proverbs 27:2
  • Matthew 6:15
  • Daniel 9:9
  • 1 Peter 3:14
  • Galatians 6:9
  • Jeremiah 29:11

 

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Next week- Please join us next time when we learn about a baby who escaped death by floating down the crocodile-infested Nile River in a basket, then grew up to lead his people out of captivity.

Jacob Learns That What Goes Around Comes Around

Jacob Learns That What Goes Around Comes Around. As we will soon discover, this name is a very fitting one for Jacob.Episode #8: Jacob Learns That What Goes Around Comes Around

This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, your hosts, Crystal and Kevin Niehoff, continue our series featuring historical characters from the Old Testament by exploring the life of Jacob. Jacob’s name means “the grabber” because he grabbed his twin brother Esau’s heel as he was being delivered. As we will soon discover, this name is a very fitting one for Jacob.

We will specifically dive in and examine two major events in Jacob’s life where he discovers that the old saying is true, “What goes around comes around.” Biblically speaking though, these events in our account of Jacob demonstrates the truth of Galatians 6:7, “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” As we conclude, we will also touch on the importance of being eternally-minded rather than focusing on the temporal, such as Jacob’s brother, Esau, did.

Next week- Be sure to join us next week when we explore the harrowing story of a man who was sold into slavery by his own brothers but was able to rise above his circumstances and even eventually extend forgiveness to them.

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

  • 10 Minutes to Knowing the Men & Women of the Bible by Jim George
  • Handbook for Christian Living Biblical Answers to Life’s Tough Questions by Charles F. Stanley
  • The Ultimate Bible Character Guide by Gina Detwiler
  • The Evidence Bible with Commentary by Ray Comfort
  • Bible Gateway, https://www.biblegateway.com/
  • Bible Hub, https://biblehub.com/

Scripture references:

  • Genesis Chapters 25, 27, 29
  • Proverbs 4:26-27
  • Galatians 6:7
  • 2 Corinthians 4:17-18, 5:1

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Isaac’s Altar Call

Isaac’s Altar Call. On this episode, Abraham’s faith and obedience are tested again with a heart-wrenching request by God.Episode #7: Isaac’s Altar Call

 

Last week, we saw how God is faithful in keeping His promises but that God’s timing may be much different than OUR timing. And, we learned that the Lord keeps His word, even when we try to get ahead of Him and “help” Him out a bit. The Lord’s plan will always prevail.

Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90, when Isaac, the promised and long-awaited son, and heir, was born. Can you imagine being that old and becoming parents? No wonder Abraham and Sarah struggled to believe that God would indeed fulfill what He had promised so many years before and when they were both much younger!

On this episode, we are going to see that Abraham’s faith and obedience are tested again with a heart-wrenching request by God. We will also to explore how Isaac’s faith and obedience were also tested, something not often explored with this story in Scripture. You’ll want to stay tuned for the entire episode because today there is a surprise twist at the end!

Next week- We hope you will join us next time when we are introduced to Isaac’s son, Jacob, and how his act of deception in his youth comes back to him in spades later on.

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

 

Scripture references:

  • Genesis Chapters 22
  • Hebrews 11:17-19
  • Exodus 20:12
  • 1 Peter 2:24
  • Proverbs 28:13
  • Psalm 71:5
  • Luke 12:7

 

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Abraham and Sarah Scheme to Help God

Abraham and Sarah Scheme to Help God: they devise a backup to help God out by using Sarah’s maid, Hagar, as a surrogate mother.Episode #6: Abraham and Sarah Scheme to Help God

When Sarah and Abraham get impatient waiting on the Lord to fulfill His promise of a son and heir, they devise a backup to help God out by using Sarah’s maid, Hagar, as a surrogate mother.

This week on the History for Christian Teens podcast, Crystal and Kevin explore how Abraham and Sarah’s lack of faith in God keeping His word leads them into a rather tangled mess after they try to get ahead of God’s plan. However, in the end, the Lord’s plan prevails, as it always does, and we learn that God, who is rich in mercy, restores laughter to Sarah and counts Abraham as righteous. Truly a beautiful story of forgiveness and redemption.

Crystal and Kevin wrap up the episode with three important life lessons from this account of Abraham and Sarah, how we can apply them to our lives today as Christians, and lead listeners through the ABC’s of salvation.

Next week- Be sure to join us next week to find out how Abraham reacts to a heart wrenching command given by God, and what we can learn from both God and Abraham’s responses to it. You don’t want to miss this episode!

Resources referenced or recommended for further study:

10 Minutes to Knowing the Men & Women of the Bible by Jim George

Handbook for Christian Living Biblical Answers to Life’s Tough Questions by Charles F. Stanley

The Ultimate Bible Character Guide by Gina Detwiler

The Evidence Bible with Commentary by Ray Comfort

Bible Gateway, https://www.biblegateway.com/

Lit Charts, Genesis, https://www.litcharts.com/lit/genesis

ABC’s of Salvation, JD Farag at jdfarag.org/abc

Scripture references:

  • Genesis chapters 15-21
  • Hebrews 10:36
  • Hebrews 10:23
  • Galatians 6:1
  • James 5:19-20
  • Hebrews 4:1-5, 13-25
  • Romans 3:10
  • Romans 3:23
  • Romans 6:23
  • Ephesians 2:8-9
  • Romans 10:9-10
  • Romans 14:11

 

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