April 1, 2015
It can be very unsettling to feel like we are out of control of our lives. Yet we all face unwanted circumstances on a regular basis that we may not be able to change. The Bible says that Satan controls and enslaves people through fear. While we may not be able to change our circumstances, we can still be in control of ourselves, and Jesus showed us how to do that.
Jesus faced many difficult situations as well as hours of torture and then death on the cross at the end of his life. It is amazing and inspiring to see that Jesus was not just another prisoner being overcome with fear and controlled by others, but instead he stayed in control of himself. He may have been tied up, beaten, and nailed to a cross, but he was not confused and in despair. He knew who he was and what he was doing and he was not afraid of the pain and death. In this teaching, John Schoenheit reads the records of the trial and death of Jesus Christ, examines the principles Jesus used to maintain his control in some of the most difficult situations that any person could ever face, and then discusses how we can use those same principles to be in control of our own lives.
March 1, 2015
While it is true that throughout God’s Word He uses the description of light and darkness to compare good and evil, the number of descriptions of God and light seem to also indicate that there is a far deeper reality at work. In this teaching Dan Gallagher provides a brief sense of the scientific properties of light, citing recent discoveries concerning light and DNA, the basic building block of all biological organisms; he then examines the many vivid descriptions of God and light as it manifests His glory; its presence when angels appear; references to Jesus being the light of the world, who was transfigured with light on the mount; and how Jesus now manifests light in his present glorified state.
We believe you will find this teaching to be inspiring and encouraging as it illuminates why Christians are called “children of the light” and how one day, when our bodies are transformed, we will live with God and Jesus in a place where there is no more need for the sun or moon because we will dwell with them, and they will be our complete source of light.
February 1, 2015
The book of Esther is a historical account of the events that led up to the establishment of the Jewish feast of Purim, which occurs in the month of Adar. In this teaching on Esther, John Schoenheit explains the value of expository teaching versus topical teaching, and demonstrates how we can, and must, learn to notice the valuable lessons that God placed in the text as we read the Bible.
Esther is packed with powerful practical lessons and wisdom for life. We can see the spiritual battle between good and evil raging in a real life drama; the value of being wise and making wise choices to be successful in life; the requirements of sacrifice and boldness to accomplish God’s purposes; and the value of being able to graciously handle the things that come up in our lives, being thankful to God and looking for a way to let our light shine on this earth. Those lessons, and many more, are buried in the pages of Esther, and come to light as we read it.
January 1, 2015
The desire for love, as well as the capacity to love, has been hardwired into every human being. The problem is that most people don’t realize that when we love, we are either doing it in a worldly way or a godly way. Knowing the difference between the two is essential if we are truly going to be the kind of people God desires: those who love like He does.
In this teaching Dan Gallagher examines the differences between the two types of love by looking at examples from the scriptures, personal examples, and a comparison between the two. We believe you will enjoy this teaching as you gain a new perspective on what it means to love as God does.
December 1, 2014
God loves us and wants to do His best for us and for us to do our best for Him. Sadly however, we Christians have a war going on inside us—a battle between our sin nature and the nature of God that was born inside us at the moment when we were saved. The result of that war is well-expressed in Galatians 5:17, “you do not do what you want.” So we sin. Often worse than the sin itself is the shame and condemnation we feel because of our sin and failure.
In this teaching, John Schoenheit talks about our sin nature and how it affects us, and what we can do to mitigate our feelings of failure and shame that often derail our walk. God wants us to have a powerful walk with Him, and is aware of our sin, and we need to do all we can to keep walking strongly for the Lord.
November 1, 2014
God is a God of love, and in His love He has given us many things, including equipping ministries, which help us to do the work of the ministry. Each person’s ministry is different, and each ministry helps us toward the goal of edification, maturity, discipleship and unity.
In this teaching done live at our 2014 National Conference, Dave Hanson talks about how real Jesus truly is, how Jesus and God have equipped all believers to be disciples and to make disciples, and how the gifts and ministries God has given us help us to grow and mature in love as we strive to be imitators of Jesus, strengthening the bond of unity in the Body of Christ.
October 1, 2014
God’s desire has always been to have a relationship with mankind but unfortunately, for most of man’s time on earth, God has been limited in the type of relationship He can have. God, like every parent, anxiously waits for the day when His children mature to the point that they can have an adult-like relationship, a day when He will nave children who are led by the spirit.
In this teaching Dan Gallagher shows we tend to live in an Old Covenant mentality, one in which we look to checklists to tell us what to do and to make us feel righteous. Instead, the New Covenant reality of today is one in which we are children of God and that means we, unlike those of the Old Covenant, can be led by the spirit. We hope this teaching will encourage and inspire you to grow spiritually, walking in the fullness of what it means to be a son of God, led by the spirit.
September 1, 2014
What is the first and greatest commandment in the Bible? Most people say, “Love God,” and it is recorded that way in the Gospels. But in the fuller account in Mark 12:29-30, Jesus was asked that question, and he quoted Deuteronomy 6:4-5: “Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! Therefore, you are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
In this teaching, John Schoenheit looks at this first commandment in both the Old and New Testaments and explains its primary meaning and some of its secondary meanings. He shows that it means that we do not get to choose who or what will be our God, nor do we have the moral right to be agnostics or atheists. There is only one true God, and that is why we can love Him with “all” our heart, soul, and might. We are not to divide our worship and “share” God’s worship with “lucky” things or superstitions that supposedly help and protect us. God “alone” is to be our God. It will help us in our walk with God to have a clear understanding of His first and greatest commandment.
August 1, 2014
Christians are God’s children and He loves us with an undying love. This simple truth is one of the most profound in the Bible, yet it is amazing how often we forget it. Like all children, we disobey and we make mistakes – sometimes on purpose, sometimes just because of our fallen human condition. Often we feel badly about our sins and mistakes and sometimes we get so caught up in our feelings of failure or shame that we forget God loves us. Worse, we can begin to believe that He does not love us, that He is angry with us or marshalling His spiritual forces against us. In this teaching, John Schoenheit focuses on what the Bible says about God’s love for us, and points out that God had the choice to walk away from us, but because of His great love for us decided instead to send His Son to die in our place. The teaching concludes in Romans 8, where Paul says he is persuaded that nothing can separate us from the love of God.
July 1, 2014
Many Christians understand that we are commanded to forgive one another, but problems often arise when it comes to forgetting. Although God never commands us specifically to “forget” the offenses of others, or even our own transgressions, the fact remains that there are both times when we should and should not forget. In this teaching Dan Gallagher first reviews various aspects of forgiveness, and then explores the model God gives us of Himself regarding how He forgives and forgets. Lastly in part three he gives practical examples of when forgetting is a bad thing and when it is the right thing to do. We believe this teaching will inspire you in your personal relationship with God, as well as with others.
June 1, 2014
Many people are realizing that the world is becoming a darker and darker place. There are growing problems in the economies of many countries, an increase in disease and natural disasters, and perhaps most problematic, an increase of wickedness on the earth. If one is not careful, the joy and gladness that Christians should feel as a natural result of their walk with the Lord and their everlasting Hope can be replaced by a gloomy outlook, anger, and even feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. In this teaching, John Schoenheit reminds us that we can see either problems or possibilities around us. By keeping in mind that God foretold the kind of dark world we would experience in the latter times, we can focus on the opportunities we have all around us to help others. A darker world means more chances to be a light in someone’s life.
May 1, 2014
Recently, we at Spirit & Truth Fellowship have been receiving numerous inquiries from people who are asking, “Is the end really near?” This is understandable when we consider the various social, political, financial, and even geological upheavals that seem to be taking place throughout the world. In this teaching, Dan Gallagher explores this question by addressing whether Christians should even be observing “signs of the seasons” in the first place, and why the study of the end-times has always seemed so difficult. This teaching concludes by identifying some of very specific “end-time signs” God has provided us in His Word. We believe you will find this teaching to be encouraging and an inspiration for increasing your efforts to spread the Good News.
April 1, 2014
The Last Supper was a pivotal event for believers. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ changed lots of things, including that God would begin to engage mankind through the agency of His Son. In this teaching on the Last Supper, John Schoenheit analyzes many of the important points that Jesus made in his thorough teaching at the Last Supper. He points out that Jesus said we could ask him for things that he would send the “Helper,” that he would be with us and reveal himself to us and not leave us as orphans, that our status in his eyes changed from servants to friends, and much more. If we are going to have a good understanding of our relationship with Jesus Christ, we need to understand the Last Supper when Jesus described what his relationship with believers would be after his resurrection.
March 1, 2014
Life is difficult, and it is made more difficult when people live foolishly and make unwise choices. The Bible has a lot to say about wisdom, and this three-part teaching covers that topic. Part one has general information about wisdom, including God’s exhortations to be wise, why the Devil has a spiritual attack on wisdom, and why the Old Testament says a lot about wisdom but the New Testament does not say as much. Part two focuses on Philippians 4:13, which is generally, traditionally translated, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” It shows how that translation has led to misunderstanding what the verse is saying, and gives the meaning of the verse and an alternative translation. Part three of the teaching covers four areas of life that we should be wise and self-controlled in: living with the End in mind, friendships, time, and money. God loves us and wants us to be blessed in this life and the next, and if we are going to be blessed, we must live wisely.
February 1, 2014
It is a sad truth that many Christians today lack a clear knowledge and understanding of the various Feasts of Israel. What few realize is that through the Feasts, God has revealed many details concerning His plan of redemption and the timeline in which events will occur. By gaining an understanding of the Feasts, not only will we have key sections of the Scriptures opened up to us in new and more meaningful ways, but we will also gain a greater understanding of Jesus Christ as both the suffering servant and the returning conquering King. God established His Feasts for Israel as reminders of His plan throughout the year. What they observed in compliance with the Law, we can use as memorials to remind us that God’s plan is still in effect and moving forward according to His timing and purposes.
January 1, 2014
One of the great keys, perhaps even the greatest key, to being happy and satisfied in life is thankfulness. The Bible has dozens of verses about being thankful, and actually commands believers to be thankful. Yet despite the guidance from the Word, believers usually “conform to the world” when it comes to this subject. Instead of finding things to be thankful for in every situation most of us wait until things happen that we can be thankful for. In this teaching John Schoenheit uses the Word of God, corroborated by what has recently been discovered about our brains in the area of “positive psychology,” to show that if we want to be happy we need to be thankful. John also shows that thankfulness should come first and gives keys to help us to be thankful in our lives.
December 1, 2013
It has been correctly stated that no one will ever properly understand the New Testament if they do not understand the Old Testament, and one of the greatest principles for doing that involves understanding the concept of prophetic foreshadowing. God uses this prophetic literary device involving people, places, things, and events to cast a shadow forward in order to draw our attention to the things He wants to emphasize and communicate. In this teaching Dan Gallagher demonstrates how we can glean a greater understanding and appreciation for God and His Word as we increase our understanding of the many instances of prophetic foreshadowing He has used.
November 1, 2013
People in business know that if you are going to stay in business, you must “major in the majors,” that is, figure out what is profitable and what is just a time-waster, and then focus on what is profitable. But what is profitable for Christians? We can talk about it and discuss our various ideas, but a better way is to look into the Bible and see what God says is profitable.
In this very practical teaching, John Schoenheit does a study of the Greek word for “profit,” and shows seven things that God says are profitable that we should focus on in our lives.
October 1, 2013
Jesus knew intimately how difficult the spiritual battle is and that when he left, his followers were going to need spiritual help. He promised that he would not leave them alone and that he was sending them help. He also gave his disciples some very specific insights on the types of things the “helper” was going to provide. Sadly, today too few in the Body of Christ are really tapping into the spiritual help Jesus has provided. We believe you will find this teaching to be a great encouragement to learn how to rely more on the spiritual help Jesus has provided, as well as to walk in the power of the holy spirit.
September 1, 2013
In John 3, Jesus talks with Nicodemus, the Pharisee. Unfortunately, many of the things that can be learned from their conversation, which primarily concerned the resurrection from the dead, are buried in mistranslation and tradition. Similarly, although the many red letter Bibles differ as to exactly what verses were spoken by Jesus, they almost all have him speaking too much. In this teaching, John Schoenheit gives many valuable insights on how to read and understand the Bible as he unpacks John Chapter 3. He clarifies some of the mistranslation that has led to erroneous tradition and confusing doctrines that have arisen in the Church regarding this section of Scripture.
August 1, 2013
Life is filled with uncertainty, risk, and the ever-present need to make choices, most of which are insignificant but others can become critical points of decision. God tells us that prudence is the thing that will keep us on the right, fair, and just path. In this teaching Dan Gallagher helps develop the concept of prudence, what it is and what it is not, as well as what we can do to have more of it in our lives. When we discipline ourselves to have more prudence we learn the art of doing the next right thing.
July 1, 2013
The record in John 11 of the death of Jesus’ friend Lazarus has been a problem record for many students of the Bible. Why would Jesus wait where he was for two days before going to help Lazarus? In this expository teaching, John Schoenheit shows why Jesus waited in Bethany before traveling to raise Lazarus from the dead. The record also shows a wonderful side of Martha, who often is thought of as being unspiritual due to the record in Luke 10 when she tried to get her sister Mary to help her with the work. John 11 also showcases the emotional spectrum of Jesus himself, who at one point was angry at the situation, but at another point was overcome by sorrow and sadness and burst into tears. This teaching adds more to our understanding of the words and actions of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
June 1, 2013
Far too many people are out of touch with the sense of entitlement they have and the problems it produces for them. In this teaching Dan Gallagher demonstrates biblical examples of how the entitlement mentality causes people to live in a false reality with unrealistic, unmerited or inappropriate expectations. By getting in touch with pharisaical thinking in ourselves, we can accept that because of sin we are all actually entitled to death. The only thing that really matters is what we are entitled to through the redemptive work of Christ. When we realize this, we can then begin to live in the joy of God’s amazing grace.
May 1, 2013
While Jesus Christ was full of both grace and truth, most people, due to character and inclinations, tend to lean toward one or the other. While some see the greatest value in the truth and find a lot of meaning in life by knowing and acting on what is true, others find great enjoyment in relationships and in letting people be themselves even if those people do not obey God.
To walk like Jesus did, we have to know when to call people back to the truth and when to extend grace, and in the meantime we must use what God uses: tolerance, often called “forbearance.” In this teaching, which further develops the subject of grace and truth, John Schoenheit examines the balance of truth, grace, and tolerance in our daily lives.
April 1, 2013
When we consider all the qualities that Jesus demonstrated, it is amazing that in John 1:14 God reduces them down to just two: grace and truth. Traditionally people put the majority of their focus on one or the other, but doing both at the same time can be quite challenging. Author Randy Alcorn states, “Truth without grace crushes people and ceases to be truth. Grace without truth deceives people and ceases to be grace. Truth without grace degenerates into judgmental legalism. Grace without truth degenerates into deceitful tolerance…We who are truth-oriented need to go out of our way to affirm grace. We who are grace-oriented need to go out of our way to affirm truth.” In this teaching Dan Gallagher shows specific examples of how Jesus modeled both grace and truth, and how walking in his footsteps, we can do the same.
March 1, 2013
The more we know about Jesus Christ, the more we can fully appreciate what he went through personally, the more deeply we can love him, and the more personal inspiration we can draw from his example. There are many prophecies of the Lord Jesus in the Old Testament, many of which are well known. A series of prophecies that are not as commonly known are the four “Servant Songs” in Isaiah; four sections that refer to the Messiah as the “servant.” These songs encapsulate much of the attitude and mission of the Messiah, and reveal how he would be hated by people; that he would be a sacrifice for our sin; and how God intended through Jesus’ death to ratify the New Covenant and bring salvation not only to Israel, but to all the people on earth. We hope this teaching will inspire you as John Schoenheit opens the Servant Songs of Isaiah and provides insights into the life and ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ.
February 1, 2013
Our ability to find and experience joy affects almost every area of our lives. Not only does it impact our relationships with our spouses, family, co-workers and friends, it also has much to do with our ability to endure. It is joy that allows the children of God to endure great suffering, persecution, public insult and even the confiscation of their property. In this teaching, Dan Gallagher helps us to understand what joy is and what it is not, what we all can do to develop more joy, and some of the things that block us from the joy the Lord wants us to have. We believe you will find this teaching both enlightening and helpful in increasing joy in your life.
January 1, 2013
Almost two thousand years ago Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do you say I am?” This is the most important question that any person could ever answer and, in many ways, it still echoes through the world to this very day. In part one of this teaching, “Who Do You Say I Am?” Dan Gallagher explains why there was so much confusion about the Messianic identity of Jesus among those he interacted with. Then, in part two of this teaching, Dan discusses how despite many Christians’ deep devotion to him as their Lord and Savior, their daily actions seem to indicate that they really do not know “who he is,” at least not in a practical way. We believe you will enjoy this teaching as you gain a new perspective for Jesus’ question and look more deeply at how you answer it.
December 1, 2012
God had an interesting problem to solve before He ever created the universe. How could He allow people (and angels) to have genuine free will, and yet have a way to righteously exclude them from His everlasting Kingdom if they decided to be evil? He did it by setting up a decree long before He ever created mankind. In this teaching titled “The Wages of Sin is Death,” John Schoenheit explains why God established this decree and how it provided for humble and loving people to have a wonderful everlasting future. John also takes time to show from the Word that “death” means “death,” and those who are not saved will be annihilated in the Lake of Fire, not tormented forever. We pray that this teaching will help you to see God’s love and justice very clearly, and will strengthen you in your walk with the Lord.
November 1, 2012
Every indication is that as Christians we are in for some difficult times ahead. But this is nothing new. Historically there have been various times and places where things were very difficult for believers. One of the books that can help us navigate through tough times is 2 Timothy. Paul was in jail and about to lose his life, the Church was being heavily persecuted, and believers were abandoning the faith. In the midst of that, Paul wrote to Timothy the small letter we know as 2 Timothy, giving very sage advice on what to do personally and how to move the Church forward. That advice is as valuable today as it was 2000 years ago.
October 1, 2012
Any worthy goal is only achieved through endurance, and the key to endurance is how much we are inspired by the goal. For Christians there is no greater goal than the rewards that we will receive from the Lord when we all appear before his throne. In this month’s teaching, Dan Gallagher refers to the seven letters to the seven congregations in the Book of Revelation and shows how Jesus seeks to inspire the believers in their faithfulness, overcoming, and endurance by some wonderful promises. Although we believe the Book of Revelation is written to a future people, we are promised that all who read, hear, and take to heart the words of that book will be “blessed.”
September 1, 2012
This month we are blessed to provide you with a two part teaching on obedience presented by John Schoenheit and Dan Gallagher. Knowing the truth is important, but God wants us to couple our knowledge with obedience. In Part One, The Obedience Model of Pleasing God, John Schoenheit demonstrates how it is more important to know a little and obey what we know, than it is to know a lot and obey only a little. Jesus consistently spoke of “pleasing God,” not in terms of knowing Him, but of obeying Him.
In Part Two, Doers—Not Hearers Only, Dan Gallagher makes the point that God desires an obedience-based relationship with mankind. He also shows through personal example and various sections from the Word of God that obeying, or doing, is more important than “knowing.”
We believe this teaching will inspire you in your discipleship journey to do what Jesus said to do.
August 1, 2012
This month’s teaching, “The Lord Cometh!” is by John Schoenheit. Life is difficult, and in order to live day by day in a godly manner it is important to have a clear vision of the Hope. In this information-packed teaching, John starts in Genesis 3:15 with the promise of a Deliverer who would make things right in the world, and goes through the Old Testament, pointing out different aspects of the Hope of Israel as it is portrayed in the Old Testament and Gospels. John points out how, as the time got closer to Christ’s coming, information about him and the deliverance he would bring became clearer and more specific. Then he explains chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew, picking out highlights and connecting them back to the prophecies of the Old Testament.
July 1, 2012
Anyone who oversees others is taking care of God’s most valuable possession, His people. As such we must recognize that there are four major responsibilities that every godly leader has – to be a provider, protector, prophet, and priest. In this teaching, Dan explores various aspects of each of these four roles and how they relate to everyone, both those who lead and those who are being led by others. This teaching includes various biblical references and examples, as well as, examples from Dan’s personal life. This teaching closes with Dan showing how Jesus Christ gave us a clear example of each of these roles in his personal life and ministry as he epitomized the role of a servant-leader.
June 1, 2012
Understanding the dispensations, or administrations, in the Bible is essential to understanding the Bible itself. God has always related to the world as His household, and just as in any household, from time to time the rules change. That is why, for example, God’s commands concerning the food we eat have changed in Scripture. If we understand the administrations, we can better understand God’s changing of the rules, which ones to obey and which have been made obsolete by newer rules.
May 1, 2012
Despite the benefits that we all can receive from godly confrontation, most people hate the very idea of being confronted, and either avoid it altogether or fail miserably when they finally do it. Conflict is an ever-present relational reality, and godly confrontation is the mechanism we all can learn to employ to resolve it. When done properly, confrontation is a very effective tool for promoting peace and helping us grow in pure-heartedness. In this teaching Dan Gallagher provides the biblical basis for godly confrontation as well as providing valuable insights on how to be more effective in developing this necessary relational tool. This teaching is a must for all who seek to grow in godliness and to help others do the same.
April 1, 2012
Many people do not take their time on earth very seriously. Although we have many opportunities to serve God, we sometimes fail to plan to serve God, and end up not serving Him. In this teaching, John Schoenheit lays out the Biblical Warfare and the Wisdom models of belief, and shows how they are particularly important if we are to think correctly about the important roles we play in serving God. John builds on these and discusses three things that are important for success: having a vision for our life, working with good teachers/pastors/leaders, and getting rid of those things that drag us down.
March 1, 2012
In comparison to Biblical times, nowadays many people do not realize the spiritual impact of their actions or words. In this teaching, Dan Gallagher takes us through the Bible and shows how curses are a mechanism that often times opens the door for demons to gain influence into a person’s life, the lives of their family, their children, and even future generations. Dan provides the listener with a basic understanding on three types of curses: curses resulting from a person’s actions, curses from words, and curses from the sins of their ancestors. Curses are one of the weapons that Satan relies on to interfere with the blessings God has for His people. The information in this teaching is an essential understanding for anyone who desires to wage a successful defense in the spiritual battle.
February 1, 2012
In this teaching, John Schoenheit expounds the Parable of the Sower, in which Jesus describes four different kinds of soil and what happens when the seed of the Word of God is sown upon them. We know that this parable contains a very important lesson because both at the beginning and the end of the parable, Jesus tells us to listen to what he is saying. The major key to understanding the parable is to realize that we are in control of what kind of soil we are. Some people are like the hard soil of the path; they do not understand the Word when they hear it. But a person knows when he does not understand something, and each of us has a moral obligation to put forth the time and energy to understand the things of God. Some people are like shallow soil in rocky ground, and the seed grows into plants that do not develop deep roots. No one is born with deep roots in the Word; growing deep roots is a matter of time and commitment, and God deserves that commitment from us. And so it is with the rest of the soils— each of us, by our thoughts and deeds, determines the kind of soil we are, and each of us has the opportunity to be the good soil that produces much fruit.
January 1, 2012
Jesus made it clear that the only way to have a relationship with the Father was through him. In order to really know God, we must develop a true and intimate relationship with the His son, Jesus. Many recognize this truth but lack a clear understanding of how they can really “know” Jesus Christ. For centuries Christians have attempted to know him in variety of ways and through a myriad of practices. In this teaching Dan Gallagher solidly demonstrates how we can “know Christ” through three unmistakable ways; the Word of God, the Body of Christ, and through personal spiritual practices. Knowing Jesus is the key to growing in devotion to him and to the Father. We believe this teaching will greatly enhance your spiritual growth by helping you on your journey of growing closer to Christ.
December 1, 2011
The Word of God tells us that when Moses was born “he was no ordinary child.” While this is certainly true of Moses, from God’s perspective it is also true that no one ever born is considered ordinary. Sadly, despite such potential for being “extraordinary,” far too many people die as “ordinary.” What happens to cause people to be turned from the “extraordinary” into the plain, the mundane, and the ordinary? In this teaching Dan Gallagher exposes the diabolical methods Satan uses to attack men and women through the seven basic desires of the heart. This teaching has the potential to provide you with personal insights and encouragement in your walk with Christ.
November 1, 2011
Water baptism has been a subject of debate ever since the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2) when Jesus first poured out the gift of holy spirit upon those people who had faith in him. For the Jews, washing and baptism ceremonies started when the Law was given to Moses, and in many cases, such as in the cleansing of a leper, the full cleansing ceremony involved animal sacrifice.
When Nebuchadnezzar burned the Temple down in 586 BC and carried the Jews away from Israel, baptismal ceremonies took on a new importance, and continued to grow in importance even after the Temple was rebuilt. John and Jesus both baptized people in water (although Jesus’ disciples did the actual baptism). However, like animal sacrifice, water baptism was symbolic, and pointed to a greater reality. Animal sacrifice pointed to the greater reality of Jesus’ sacrifice of himself, and water baptism pointed to the greater reality of the baptism in holy spirit, which the Old Testament prophets as well as John and Jesus foretold.
When the reality of the baptism of the holy spirit came on Pentecost, water baptism was no longer needed as a symbol, and could have stopped. This is why Ephesians 4:5 says there is only “one baptism” for the Church. However, it was such a well established tradition that it has continued to this day. In this teaching, John Schoenheit covers the history and tradition of water baptism, and shows why the “one baptism” for the Christian Church is in holy spirit, not water.
October 1, 2011
The book of Proverbs tells us that its purpose is for “attaining wisdom and discipline,” which it does by showing people what is “right, just, and fair.” One of the principle ways it does this is by showing us the ways of the wise and comparing them to the fool and the wicked. In this teaching, Dan Gallagher shows some of the richness of Proverbs by teaching about the five Hebrew words used to describe fools and their behaviors. This teaching will help the listener clarify foolish behavior in themselves and others, and also provide the corresponding antidote God instructs us to take in order to get back on the path of the wise.
September 1, 2011
The Bible says God is holy, righteous, and loving. However, there are Scriptures that make God seem unloving and unlovable, and Romans chapter 9 is one such section of Scripture. For example, Romans 9:11-13 seems to say that God loved Jacob and hated Esau before the two boys were even born. Then verse 18 says God hardens those people whom He wants to harden, and verses 21 and 22 seem to say God is a potter who makes people like He wants them, but then pours His wrath out on those who are “prepared for destruction.” Some Christians have no problem with this, believing that it is God’s right as Creator to do whatever He wants. To many others, however, Romans 9 has been confusing at best and has even turned some people away from God. In this 90 minute teaching, John Schoenheit employs his more than forty years of researching the Bible to interpret Romans 9. He shows that if we properly understand the Old Testament examples and quotations, and the use of Semitic idioms, and we translate the Greek text correctly, Romans 9 really teaches that God is loving, merciful, and patient in accomplishing His purposes. We can also see that God works with people according to the freewill choices they make, responding and adjusting as people choose to obey or disobey Him.
August 1, 2011
Not only God has informed us that there is a spiritual battle raging between Him and His archenemy, He has also given us many insights into the nature of this enemy. In this teaching Dan Gallagher demonstrates how we can glean a great amount of information on the nature of our enemy from seven fundamental titles God applies to this spiritual enemy; the god of this Age, the Adversary, the Tempter, the Deceiver, the Accuser, the Slanderer, and the Destroyer. This teaching helps provide many practical insights in an effort to help God’s people so we are not “ignorant of Satan and his devices.” We consider this teaching to be a necessary lesson for those desiring to be effective in their stand in the spiritual battle.
July 1, 2011
God is love. However, there are things God is said to do in the Bible that seem to be clearly unloving. For example, even though God wanted the Israelites to go free from Egypt, the Bible says God hardened Pharaoh’s heart so he would not let Israel go (Exod. 9:12). The answer to many difficult verses in the Bible in which God is said to do something that seems against His nature is that the Semitic languages, such as the Hebrew of the Old Testament, often use an active verb (like “hardened”) idiomatically. When God does something that elicits a response from people, God is often idiomatically said to actually produce the response. In the case of Pharaoh, God righteously asked Pharaoh to let Israel go, and in response Pharaoh hardened his heart, but idiomatically in the Semitic languages God is said to be the one to do the hardening. In this teaching, John Schoenheit explains the “Idiom of Permission” simply but thoroughly, revealing that God is the righteous and loving God we know Him to be.
June 1, 2011
Most Christians know they should pray, and many even pray frequently. Despite our knowing the importance of prayer, most of us have, at times, questioned the effectiveness of our prayers. Many times we are frustrated because we don’t seem to get answers to our prayers. Although it is easy to put the blame on God for not answering our prayers, in this teaching Dan Gallagher demonstrates three clear possibilities, all of which are our responsibility, for why our prayers go unanswered. After reviewing six common “prayer blockers,” Dan identifies five keys that you can practice to make your prayers more effective. We believe you will both enjoy and be inspired by this practical and encouraging teaching.
May 1, 2011
The Bible is the source of Christian doctrine and practice, and because of that it is vital that Christians are able to read it and understand what it is saying. Yet the Bible uses language that can be confusing to Christians. The language was not confusing to the Greeks, who spoke the language of the New Testament and knew its idioms. One of the idioms of the Greek New Testament that confuses Christians is the use of the word "in" (sometimes translated "into" in our English Bibles) to describe relationships. For example, 1 Corinthians 15:22 says, "For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive." We might expand that for clarity in English to say, "In connection with Adam we all die, and in connection with Christ we will all be made alive." Some contexts are easier for us to grasp than others, for example, for us to be "baptized into (in) Christ" or "baptized into (in) his death" (Rom. 6:3) are more difficult to understand than "in Adam," but we need to know what those verses are saying. Since the relationship described by the word "in" can vary from a loose relation to a very tight one, even a union, we must discover the exact nature of the relationship by reading the context. In this teaching, John Schoenheit covers the meaning of New Testament phrases that use "in" (or "into"), and gives very helpful explanations and translations of what some of the important verses that use these phrases mean.
April 1, 2011
It has never been really too difficult to put a teaching together from the Bible that confronts a variety of sinful actions and attitudes. In this teaching, rather than confront sin, Dan Gallagher goes directly to the root of the sin problem and examines what it means to “commit our way to the Lord” (Psalm 37:4). Dan demonstrates that being committed to God is, in the Hebraic mindset, being “rolled up” with the Father, which is well illustrated by the way that the red and white parts of the candy cane are twisted together to become one. We become committed to God when our words and actions demonstrate obedience to Him. We must be honest about our sin, calling it truthfully what it is, then confessing it, repenting of it, and once again moving forward. In this teaching you will also see how increasing in our commitment to God happens when we obey the leadings of the gift of holy spirit in each of us as it nudges us to do His will. We believe you will enjoy the fresh perspectives that this teaching gives as you learn to “roll yourself up in God.”
March 1, 2011
Most Christians gladly accept that Christ died for their sins, and through him they can now have everlasting life. At the time of the new birth a person’s sins are charged to Christ, and in return Christ’s righteousness is credited to the believer. This is what we commonly refer to as the Great Exchange. One of the most important aspects of the Great Exchange is that the believer is now supposed to live the Exchanged Life. In this teaching Dan Gallagher demonstrates how the Exchanged Life is really the power base of Christian living, because when we live the Exchanged Life we allow Christ to live through us. The essence of the Exchanged life is summed up this way, “His life for mine, now my life for his.” We believe this teaching will inspire and encourage you greatly in your journey to be more like Christ.