Entries in audio bible adventure (24)

Friday
May162014

An Audio Bible Adventure: A Rabbi Sees the Light

A retelling of Acts 5–9

“May God damn them!” the high priest, Caiaphas, exclaimed. He had been filling the chamber of the Sanhedrin—the Supreme Court of all Judaism—with his curses against Christians. “Just what we feared would take place is now happening! Their doctrine is spreading through Jerusalem like wildfire! And what’s worse, I feel like it's my fault!”

His father-in-law, Annas, stroked his long white beard. “Come now, son,” he said softly. “Neither we nor any of the elders of the Council had the slightest idea that this heretical sect would continue to spread once we persuaded the Romans to execute their blasphemous leader, Jesus of Nazareth.”

“Yes, yes, I know. But just last week we had the ideal opportunity to rid ourselves of two of their main leaders, Peter and John. We had them arrested and the Council agreed to slay them!”

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Friday
Apr112014

An Audio Bible Adventure: Salvation for a Swindler

A retelling of Luke 19:1–10

Contrary to some opinions, Jesus was not against riches, especially not when the owners put them to good use. Today, whenever the subject of affluence is mentioned in the Bible, many people only remember the story of the rich young ruler who went away sorrowfully after Jesus admonished him to share his riches with the poor.[1] But have you ever heard about Jesus' encounter with a certain wealthy businessman of Jericho?

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Friday
Mar212014

An Audio Bible Adventure: Peter’s Transformation

A retelling of Matthew 26, Luke 22, and Acts 2

One of the most colorful personalities in the Bible is Simon Bar-Jona, known today as Peter the apostle. A rugged fisherman, he was always bursting with energy and action.

During his years under Christ's personal leadership and teaching, Peter often bulldozed his way around. By far the most outspoken of the twelve apostles, Peter always seemed to say what was on his mind. More often than not, relying on his own self-confidence hindered him and caused him to make mistakes.

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Saturday
Feb152014

An Audio Bible Adventure: A Soldier’s Great Faith

A retelling of Luke 7:1–10 and Matthew 8:5–13

In the city of Capernaum in Israel, there lived a Roman centurion responsible for a garrison of a hundred soldiers. He and his men had kept watch on Jesus’ activities ever since He began His work in the city, for it was their duty to ensure that the Galilean was not doing or saying anything to incite a rebellion against Rome.

After hearing Jesus preach, however, the centurion had come to respect Him, realizing that the kingdom He proclaimed was hardly a threat to Rome, which in spite of all its power and greatness could stand to benefit from His teachings on love.

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Friday
Jul262013

An Audio Bible Adventure: The Story of Esther, Part 3

A retelling of Esther 5–9

See “The Story of Esther, Part 1” and “The Story of Esther, Part 2,” for the first two parts of Queen Esther’s story. 

As the day arrived for Queen Esther to go to King Ahasuerus, she wondered what she should say to change his mind about the order to destroy the Jewish people. She knew that Persian kings never altered their decrees. It just wasn't done. Suddenly an idea came to her.

She instructed her maids to prepare a banquet in her house, and then, donning her royal robes, Esther made her way to the king's house.

As she neared the great hall of King Ahasuerus, she felt a surge of confidence, and she stepped serenely to a place where the king could see her and waited. Pleased by the sight of her, King Ahasuerus held out his golden scepter and beckoned her to come forward.

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Sunday
Jul212013

An Audio Bible Adventure: The Story of Esther, Part 2

A retelling of Esther 2:19–23, 3, 4

See “The Story of Esther, Part 1” for the first part of Queen Esther’s story.

Esther's coronation was cause for a great celebration. No longer was the kingdom without a queen. Happier than ever, King Ahasuerus gave a magnificent banquet for all his princes and officials in Esther's honor. As a gesture of the king's generosity to the people, a special tax holiday was proclaimed throughout all the provinces, and the king distributed gifts with royal liberality.

Not long after young Esther's coronation, two of the king’s servants who guarded the palace door, Bigthan and Teresh, were angry at the king and conspired to assassinate him.

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