St. Irenaeus Ministries (christianity)
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We discuss the living wheels that make up the chariot and throne of God in Ezekiel's vision.

Direct download: EzekielLecture5.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 6:00am EDT

We discuss the winged creatures in Ezekiel's vision, tying in their potential signficance to other parts of the Bible.

Direct download: EzekielLecture4.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 2:48pm EDT

Ezekiel sees of vision of powerful-looking creatures that hold up a chariot for the Lord. The imagery of these creatures is used for artistic effect in later, recognizable works but must be viewed in their context: as symbols of power and majesty.

Direct download: EzekielLecture3.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 2:39pm EDT

We are introduced to Ezekiel. We know he was a young Levitical priest and that he was a Jew in the Babylonian exile. We discuss a bit of the historical context.

Direct download: EzekielLecture2.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 7:17pm EDT

Welcome to our study on Ezekiel! Ezekiel is a book of apocalyptic literature, where God gives a startling vision that draws back the curtain between Heaven and Earth. It comes at a time when philosophers worldwide are starting to consider universal truths and move beyond purely local concerns. The time of Jewish exile foretold in Ezekiel will eventually lead the Jews to a renewed focus on the Law and the rise of the synagogue. That said, this book must be approached with caution. Read what the book is saying on the surface, and do not jump into wild speculation. Like Revelation, it can be tempting to ascribe unfounded meanings to certain passages. Start with what is obvious and sound, and let the other questions settle themselves in due time.

Direct download: EzekielLecture1.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 2:38pm EDT

We must rejoice in Christ, pray and give thanks to God. If we follow the Christ-centered conduct of Paul and the Philippians, we will be following a solid example and one grounded in Scripture.

Thank you for listening to our study on Paul's Letter to the Philippians. Tune in for our next study!

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture20.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 4:37pm EDT

Rejoice always, in the Lord. This is more than general cheer--this is part of our inner spiritual life. Such rejoicing reveals a trust in the Lord that can cut down divisions between Christians because it is God who will take care of the conflict.

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture19.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 6:27pm EDT

Paul wants our joy and suffering and sacrifice not to be experiences in themselves, but products in our growing relationship with Christ. He asks one of the Philippian pastors to resolve a conflict between two prominent women in the community, because such conflicts keep them (and us) from progressing in Christ.

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture18.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 5:00pm EDT

Paul tells the Philippians to race towards Heaven and towards an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. No matter what they've achieved in their journey, they should stay focused on pursuing this goal. They should put to death all worldly appetites and desires, for those will drag them away from this final goal.

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture17.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 7:54pm EDT

We are to know the power of his resurrection and participate in his suffering--we commune with Christ in His sufferings.  We must actively work to know God better. Being conformed to a death like Christ's. We should be ambitious to suffer as Christ had suffered. 

Direct download: PhilippiansLecture16.mp3
Category:Christianity -- posted at: 1:16pm EDT