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Lessons from Purim

April 7, 2019

April 7, 2019 • Sam Rohrer, Gary Dull, Dave Kistler, JB Bernstein

In mid-March, the festival of Purim was celebrated by Jews around the world to commemorate the defeat of Haman’s plot to massacre God’s chosen people as recorded in the book of Esther. Modern day Jews use this time to give gifts to each other, read about the great deliverance, and consume traditional foods. But those Jews who’ve come to know the true Messiah cherish this celebration even more, as it parallels the gospel story. This program will share some lessons from this incredible narrative and apply it to our lives. Who are the Haman’s, Mordecai’s and Esther’s of our own times-both spiritually and physically? What meaning can a book written thousands of years ago have for us living in the twenty first century? If you’re a believer, and you’ve never heard the story of Purim told from a Jewish perspective, you'll want to listen to this recorded program. Host: Sam Rohrer Co-hosts: Gary Dull, Dave Kistler

Big Government, Big Problems, and No Easy Fixes

November 17, 2019 • November 17, 2019

When Ronald Reagan was elected president in 1980 on the platform of Constitutional integrity and federalism, and was re-elected four years later on those same principles, he had this to say during one of his famous speeches: “I think it’s time we ask ourselves if we still know the freedoms that were intended for us by the Founding Fathers…Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” He went on to explain, “You and I are told increasingly that we have to choose between a left or right, but I would like to suggest that there is no such thing as a left or right. There is only an up or down-up to a man’s age-old dream; the ultimate in individual freedom consistent with law and order-or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism, and regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would trade our freedom for security have embarked on this downward course.” President Reagan knew what many others don’t seem to understand. While the cause of freedom was successful in the founding of our nation, the struggle to maintain it must persist, the baton must be carried on, and the banner lifted high if we and our posterity are to experience the blessings of liberty that was so hardly fought and won. This program will address this topic and if you consider yourself a patriot-a lover of freedom and a follower of Jesus Christ, I trust you’ll stay tuned for this very pertinent episode of Stand in the Gap Weekend.

Christianity, Culture, and Credibility

November 10, 2019

The story is all too familiar. A young person, raised in a Christian home, possibly homeschooled or having attended a Christian school, made a profession of faith, by all accounts embraced a biblical worldview...and suddenly they walk away. They turn their back on what they’ve known and decided they’ve missed out on life and they begin to ‘sow their wild oats’ as the saying goes. The pain of watching a beloved son or daughter stray from the faith is particularly distressing, especially for the parent that has poured a lifetime of love and prayers into them. However, we know there is always hope for this kind of situation. John Dickerson,our guest for this program, was born and raised in a loving Christian home, but found himself questioning the validity of the Bible, the story of Jesus and the need for salvation. Over time, his journey led him to discover the truth for himself, which led to a career in journalism, apologetics, and eventually the pastorate. Host: Sam Rohrer Co-host: Dr. Gary Dull Guest: John Dickerson

Your Work Matters: Doing ALL to the Glory of God

November 3, 2019 • November 3, 2019

The fast food restaurant, McDonald’s, reportedly spent over one million dollars last year installing kiosks and other technology to its stores. Experts believe the fast food industry will be the first to be run by robots. Why, you might ask? Well, a telling headline by CNBC this past August, said this, ”Panera is losing 100% of its workers every year as Fast Food Turnover Crisis Worsens”. On this program, Host Isaac Crockett will be interviewing Pastor Josh Crockett about his "theology of work". Could it be that much of this tech savvy generation has lost the ability to work with their hands, to shoulder responsibility when it comes to steady employment and take pride in a job well done? They'll be answering these questions and more on this program titled, "Your Work Matters". Host: Isaac Crockett Co-host: Dr. Gary Dull Guest: Pastors Josh Crockett