We’re in remodeling mode at Chapel Ministries and Time in the Chapel. Oh, don’t you worry, the content will remain the same but the look of it is getting a face-lift. We’ve streamlined, a bit. We’ve modernized, a bit. This page will be the home of all the teaching content. We’ve switched to podcast format to improve your access to our programs. Like most podcasts, you are welcome to come back as often as you like and you can even download the lessons
Strange Fire-Episode 8
Mankind seems to be a worshiping creature. Of that, there seems little doubt. The problem is, for some reason, mankind resists worshiping the One True God the way He has told us He wants to be worshiped. We don’t like how He says to do things so we decide to go about it our own way. We still say we love Him. We still show up on Sundays. We still even carry Bibles under our arms but, from the looks of things, we don’t open them very often or we don’t seem to care what it says. We accuse God of being too rigid or “old-fashioned”. Some people may give God a break and blame the men who wrote the Bible as if God isn’t strong enough to stop someone from writing a forged biography of His Son. Well, the Bible tells us “Be not deceived, God is not be mocked.”(Galatians 6:7) In today’s lesson we discuss the infamous Nadab and Abihu; a couple of insincere ministers of God who learned the hard way how important it is to God that we serve Him properly. And this is not just an Old Testament story. We have our own Nadabs and Abihus in our time and the purpose of today’s podcast is to point out to you that God will not ignore Strange Fire.
Tabernacle in the Wilderness Part 2-Episode 7
Today we continue our fascinating series on the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. In this lesson we go into depth on the various pieces of “furniture” in the Tabernacle. We explain the meaning of the materials, the placement of the objects and the everyday use of the items and show that, without a doubt, all of it is pointing to Christ. Every bit of the Tabernacle in the Wilderness, in all of its many details, is given to us to tell the story of the redemption of mankind by the One we now know as Jesus of Nazareth. I know, I know it sounds hard to believe. How could something tell a story 1400 years before it happened and with this much accuracy? I just ask you to give it a chance. Listen in (as well as Part 1 in the series if you haven’t already) and keep your mind open. Don’t decide until you’ve heard the facts. That’s what this lesson presents: the facts. Before you begin, pray for understanding. Ask God to open your heart and mind so that you can see the wonders of His Word.
Tabernacle in the Wilderness Part 1-Episode 6
There is a book that is so fascinating, so incredible, so fantastic that it has captivated millions. If you read it with a sincere interest in understanding it, the expected result is deep respect and admiration (and eventually adoration) for its author. Of course, I am speaking of the Bible. Even those that criticize it or dispute the truth of its contents cannot help but admire it. After all, its pages are filled with some of the most remarkable events in all of human history; too remarkable, in fact, to be believable, is the claim of many detractors. In this ministry, we don’t spend much time trying to prove the veracity of the Bible. Sure, there is some of that here and there but don’t we ALL try to defend that which we love so dearly? That notwithstanding, most of the time we simply lay out the facts and let you decide. One of our favorite topics, something we return to time and again, is the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. Not too long after the Israelites were rescued from Egypt, God told Moses to build Him a dwelling place and it was going to be like no other building ever built on earth. In fact, its primary purpose, unlike most other buildings, was not to house or contain things or people but rather the purpose of this building was to tell a story. In the building of the Tabernacle we get a glimpse of the immeasurable love God has for mankind. The Tabernacle communicates God’s mercy and provision in such a way that forces us to either go to our knees in utter reverence of His Glory or drive us away in mocking disbelief. This podcast is the first of two in a series that explores this magnificent structure. There is so much to talk about that we’ve had to split it up into two podcasts and, to be honest, that isn’t even enough. Today’s episode is far more general in nature but, nonetheless, crucial to your understanding of this wonderful topic. Make sure you take a moment or two to pray for God’s assistance and make sure you pay close attention because these are sacred things and should be given the respect they are due.
Far too often people will read the Bible or, more often, hear the Bible read and become confused, startled, disgusted and even angry with what it says. There are so many things that get in the way of the proper understanding of the things of God. Among the most insidious is our cultural mindset. Now, this, of course, isn’t a new problem. Down through the centuries, the way we have been taught by the society in which we were born and raised has had an enormous impact on our ability to learn new things. This is yet another reason why we have to make sure we take time to learn what Scripture is saying to us. So many people turn away from God because of what they have been TOLD the Bible says or, at the very least, what they BELIEVE the Bible says. In our English language versions of the Bible we see the Apostle Paul, time and again, refer to himself as a “servant of Jesus Christ”. I believe our modern use of the word “servant” does not adequately convey Paul’s view of his relationship to Our Lord. If it were possible for Paul himself to translate his letters for you and I into our modern English, he would most certainly NOT use the word “servant”. He would undoubtedly use the word “slave”. Now, why is that important? What difference does it make whether Paul meant “servant” or “slave”? Well, that is the topic of our discussion in this episode. Have a listen and decide for yourself. But, before you do that, make sure you pray that God give you spiritual ears to hear and a spiritual heart to understand. Ask Him to open up His Word in the way He originally meant it to be presented.
Pray Without Ceasing-Episode 4
(Luk 18:1) And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
In this ministry we quite often teach on the subject of prayer. It is one of the most wonderful blessings we’ve ever been given…probably second only to Salvation itself. In fact, you’ve heard me argue that Salvation isn’t even possible without prayer and, so, it prayer actually be the MOST wonderful blessing of all. However, as wonderful as it is, I am convinced that we know almost nothing about it. Like so many other things in our so-called religious lives there is a lot of church tradition surrounding prayer. I would say that probably the vast majority of what we know and how we practice prayer is strictly tradition; so much so that the Bible’s version of prayer is almost completely foreign to us. Now, the reason this is so important to point out is that, as quoted above, prayer is something Jesus says we should be doing ALWAYS. That is a mighty high standard…which is, pretty much, the case with everything Jesus expects out of us. Jesus says we ought ALWAYS to pray and not to faint. That sounds impossible; doesn’t it? If you answer “yes” to that don’t feel like you’re alone in your opinion. Today’s podcast is centered on this most enigmatic statement of Our Lord’s. Have a listen…and make sure you stay all the way to the end because we’re going to go into some depth on this one and, believe me, there will be a few bends and curves along the way but hopefully by the time you get to the conclusion you will, at least, have a little better idea of what God considers prayer and maybe, just maybe, you’ll see that what Jesus is asking isn’t so impossible after all. Remember; pay close attention, pray for God’s help in your understanding (do that before you hit the “play” button) and open your Bible.
The Alabaster Box Part 2-Episode 3
In this episode we continue our discussion of the woman with the Alabaster Box. This is one of those stories, on which, you could teach five lessons but this time we focus on another aspect of why this event was so important to Jesus…so important in fact that He made sure that those of us He has called to spread the Gospel (and that includes you) also tell this story. If you want to know what brings God pleasure, take a closer look at what this woman did.
The Alabaster Box-Episode 2
The story of the Alabaster Box, as found in the Gospels, is a dynamic window into the mind of God. Through it we get to see what He values and expects from us. Here we see the tender heart of Jesus toward the humble and contrite sinner. Simon the Pharisee is presented to us as the contrast to the “sinful woman”. His judgmental self-righteousness receives a dignified yet effective rebuke from Our Lord and, as always, there is a lesson in all of this. We learn that it takes far more than an outward show of church-approved piety to get God’s attention. In this podcast we point out that this beautiful story is given to us to demonstrate how a true child of God expresses nothing less than a deep-felt, sincere love and gratitude for what they have received through Grace. This story is not given to us to command anything. It is given to us to simply lay out what it truly looks like when forgiveness is truly felt by the forgiven. This is Part 1. Part 2 is next week.
Time in the Chapel-What’s All This Then? Episode 1
We are about to begin this new journey. In this first episode we tell you a little bit about “Time in the Chapel” and why we do it. SPOILER ALERT: We study teach God’s Word. That’s it. We open up our Bibles and we give it the time and attention it deserves. It speaks of Christ and He is the most wonderful Person who ever lived. Don’t believe me? Then, keep coming back. Perhaps some day you will.