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You may have noticed that, almost as soon as I started our new feature (The Bible in 25 Minutes a Day), it seems to have disappeared. There is actually some progress, and good things to report, but there have been setbacks as well. First of all, the primary reason I have not been releasing new episodes of B25 is that I have been sick with a chest cold, which at this point is bordering on the bronchitis that brought me down in 2014. I seem to be on the mend, somewhat. If you listen to this week's sermon (No Condemnation), you may notice the deep rich baritone voice that this ailment has given me. The irony is that, while it has made my voice all smooth and silky in a Barry White/James Earl Jones way, I feel awful and really can't get more than a couple sentences out without going into coughing fits. You should also know that the episode this week is a product of HEAVY editing, because of sporadic and persistent coughing fits.

But the good news is this: I was able to port the recording hardware (Roland UA-1G USB interface, MXL990 condenser mic, and Behringer MIC100 tube preamp) over to the laptop that I've been using with excellent results. I started recording more chapters of Genesis and the overall quality is MUCH better than the first two installments (recorded on a Sony IC mini recorder with a clip-on condenser mic, the same rig I use to record sermons). With the tube preamp there is a silky quality to my voice that you just don't get with solid-state electronics.

So don't worry, true believers. I have not given up on my B25 project so quickly. Give me at least until I'm through the Pentateuch for that. Chapters 16-19 are in the can but I need to record a few more before I get to 25 minutes worth.

Which brings up another point. Why 25 minutes? Most Bible reading plans are only 3 or 4 chapter per day. While that may be true, I found that people underestimate their staying power when it comes to reading God's word. If you read 3 or 4 chapters a day, you're basically spending 15 minutes or so per day in God's word. That doesn't seem like much, does it? When I would listen to Bible CDs on my commute to and from work (about 45 minutes each way) I was astounded at how quickly I could get through the entire Bible. So, for this project I split the difference. 25 minutes a day also is roughly the length of a regular podcast. So there you go. Not that you asked but there it is.

Anyway I hope you are enjoying the new format and the new feature (once I get it going in earnest again). Look for about 3 podcasts and 2 episodes of B25 each week, or five days of podcasts. Yeah I might be crazy ambitious but whatevs.
We come to the eighth chapter of Romans and we unpack in particular verse 1: There is therefore now no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. This verse carries the full weight of the gospel and the promise of our assurance of God's grace, and should be in the heart of every Christ follower.

Romans 8:1-11

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC and Hudson UMC on July 16, 2017

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We begin our Summer of 2016 sermon series called "Practical Theology" with this question: Why do we need theology? What is the purpose for examining the doctrine and theology of our particular denomination? The people of both congregations provided questions based on this: What does the Methodist Church believe about ________, and why? If we are going to call ourselves Methodist, it behooves us to know what it means to be a Methodist.

Matthew 7:13-27

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 3, 2017.

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In today's world, it is an unpopular thing to defend the Biblical view of marriage. Yet God's word is unchanging and in today's episode, recorded at the Pitman Grove Camp Meeting, we take a long look at some disputed and controversial scriptures as they pertain to the Christian model of love and marriage.

Ephesians 5:22-28

Recorded at Pitman Grove Camp Meeting on July 3, 2016

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For the Born Again Christian, Paul's struggle between his sinful flesh and his regenerate spirit as recorded in Romans chapter 7 is all too real. But we can take comfort in knowing that this struggle is an indication of the grace that is already at work within us.

Romans 7:15-25

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 9, 2017.

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When it comes to spiritual warfare, few things are more effective than the use of prayer. Considering how often the people of the Bible prayed and God responded, it is surprising that we do not pray more often, even though we are called to pray at all times in every situation. Continuing the examination of the whole Armor of God in Ephesians 6, this is part 2 of a two-part message delivered on July 2, 2017 at Pitman Grove Camp Meeting.

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The Bible in 25 Minutes a Day: Day 2 reading (Genesis chapters 8 to 15).

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Many Christians don't like to admit it or even think about it, but we are in a spiritual battle for our very souls. Spiritual warfare is not physical and doesn't call for physical protection but spiritual armor. In today's reading from Ephesians, Paul describes how the believer is to put on the full armor of God, and we break down what each piece does in the life of the believer. This is part one of a two-part message recorded at Pitman Grove Camp Meeting on July 2, 2017.

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 Beginning a new feature on Guerrilla Christianity, "The Bible in 25 Minutes a Day," in which we read through God's word 25 minutes at a time.  Today's reading is the introduction to Genesis and the first 7 chapters. 

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This week we continue our look at the Riches in Romans with an examination of what it means to earn a wage, vs. the idea of receiving a gift. When we receive a gift, our first response is not "What do I owe you," but rather the love and thought behind the gift is appreciated for what it is. In the same way, when we receive the gift of God's grace we ought not think of what we must do to earn it, particularly since it has already been given freely.

Romans 6:12-23

Recorded at Ebenezer UMC on July 2, 2017

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