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I am Hal Hammons, a citizen of heaven. I broadcast regular reports of what it is for a child of God to live in Satan's world. My reports typically break down into four segments:"What I've been preaching" -- a point I have made in a recent sermon."What I've been reading" -- A brief breakdown of a book of the Bible or other reading material that has helped me in my understanding or application of the Bible."What I've been hearing" -- news from the internet or other sources about what is going ...
 
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This episode represents the final section of my conversation with Josh Everett, professor of British literature at Central Texas College, and Edwin Crozier, preacher and co-host of the Text Talk podcast. If you have not checked out the first two installments, please do so. Here we discuss the literary legacy J.R.R. Tolkien has left for us, and the …
 
Psalm 43 Andrew and Edwin discuss the connections between Psalm 42 and Psalm 43. They clearly go together. Were they originally one psalm? Possibly. But then again, maybe we learn something even more profound if we see Psalm 43 as a later addition to 42. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you …
 
Psalm 42 The son of Korah is asked twice where his God is. Essentially, "If you and God are so tight, why is this happening to you? Why isn't He doing something about it?" Does that sound like something anyone else you know faced? Of course, this is a Friday episode, so you already know who Andrew and Edwin will be talking about today. Jesus Himsel…
 
Psalm 42 Andrew and Edwin consider the turmoil the son of Korah is in because he can't get to the temple. Then, they recognize what an amazing blessing we have because we in the New Covenant will never, ever have this problem because we are the temple. Thank God for the New Covenant. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicki…
 
Psalm 42 Edwin highlights a common saying he's heard everywhere he lives from people who act like where they live is the only place it happens. Perhaps you've heard it. "If you don't like the weather here, just wait five minutes, it'll change." Ever heard that? Andrew and Edwin discuss how it sums up Psalm 42. The first half of the psalm is in the …
 
Idealism is a two-edged sword. We need something perfect or near-perfect to use as a target. But continually aiming for and missing an ideal mark can leave us discouraged and cause us to quit entirely. Balance is key. This week we will discuss Philippians 3 and the paradox of perfection; what war taught C.S. Lewis about Germans and about humans; wh…
 
Psalm 42 Andrew and Edwin take a look at the contrast between how Book I and Book II of the Psalms start. Book I starts with trees by streams of water. Book II starts with deer panting because there are not streams. What's that about? Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any …
 
Psalm 42 We are now moving into Book II of the Psalms. This first psalm has a new author. Almost all the psalms in Book I were written by David. This one is attributed to the sons of Korah. But do you know anything about Korah? Andrew and Edwin talk about how amazing it is that Korah's descendants get to write psalms. They even reveal the most famo…
 
Psalm 41 Jesus Himself said this psalm was about him and about Judas. Judas is the close friend who ate bread with Him and lifted his heel against Him. Judas was a heel. Andrew and Edwin talk about the connections between the psalm and Jesus. They also discuss what this means for us. We must not be like Judas, we need to be like Peter. Don't be a h…
 
Psalm 41 When David's enemies claim a deadly thing has come upon him, their choice of words may actually tell more than we see. Their word is connected to "Belial." They may be suggesting David is being attacked by an unclean spirit. Andrew and Edwin discuss the details of that possibility, the options to consider, the overall point that despite wh…
 
Progress is forward movement. We have a tendency to think of it as inherently good and more or less inevitable. In truth, neither of those is true — especially when we are considering matters of the Spirit. This week we will discuss one of the greatest lines in our hymnals, and what it actually means; one way in which J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis …
 
Psalm 41 Because God considers the poor, the weak, the helpless, the powerless, the needy, David knows where he can turn during his time of weakness. He has sinned. He is sick. His enemies are against him. He turns to the Lord. He seeks grace and mercy. Andrew and Edwin discuss how it is difficult to seek grace and mercy, but why we can and should …
 
Psalm 41 The most common interpretation of Psalm 41 is that the person or human who considers the poor is blessed by God. That may be what David was saying. However, Edwin and Andrew discuss another possibility. It's a possibility that makes this psalm more about how great God is than how great David is. Is it possible that God is the blessed on in…
 
Psalm 40 Edwin reads an English translation of the Septuagint of Psalm 40 (actually it's Psalm 39 in the Septuagint). That is important because in this episode Andrew and Edwin find Jesus. Actually, Jesus is thrust upon us by the Hebrew writer who quotes this psalm and applies it to Jesus. However, he quotes from the Septuagint. And there is a diff…
 
Psalm 40 Edwin and Andrew take a little detour to discuss songs that impacted them as young people that this psalm reminds them of. Then they discuss that part of the psalm about the scroll of the book that is talking about the psalmist. What is that? It's the part of the Law that was actually talking directly to David, the king. They discuss how t…
 
This week I am sharing my conversation with two Christians who know Tolkien far better than I. Josh Everett is a professor of English literature at Central Texas College in Killeen; Edwin Crozier is an evangelist with the Livingston church of Christ in Lutz, Florida, and the co-host of the popular Text Talk podcast. Thank you for coming back for pa…
 
J.R.R. Tolkien has to be considered one of the most influential authors of the 20th Century — especially by Christians. His stories speak directly to great spiritual and moral truths for those inclined to listen. This week I am sharing my conversation with two Christians who know Tolkien far better than I. Josh Everett is a professor of English lit…
 
Psalm 40 Andrew and Edwin survey the psalms up through Psalm 40 examining exactly who his blessed and what it takes for us to be that person. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. (https://readthebiblemakedisciples.wordpress.com/?p=6453) Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at Tex…
 
Psalm 40 This psalm seems to have two completely different parts. However, as we consider how the parts go together, Edwin and Andrew discuss how this psalm shows David at a point in life we often find ourselves. We've sinned again. We need to turn to the Lord again. That is exactly what David did. What comfort for us. Read the written devo that go…
 
Psalm 39 Obiwan Kenobi is not our only hope. He's not even real! Nope, Yahweh is our only hope. David puts his hope completely in Yahweh. We must do the same. In fact, this is where we find Jesus in Psalm 39. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email …
 
Psalm 39 Andrew and Edwin uncover another connection between Psalm 39 and James's letter. This time it has to do with money, how we spend it, and where we lay it up. Both the psalm and James talk about those who are gathering wealth for this life and have no idea what will become of it. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by cli…
 
Who am I? That’s the most basic question there is. We spend our entire lives trying to find the answer. And Jesus gives it to us by telling us who we were in sin and who we are capable of becoming by His grace. This week we will discuss Jesus’ true identity and the implications it has for us; what a true Christian is, according to C.S. Lewis; what …
 
Psalm 39 Not only do we see connections from Psalm 39 to the New Testament letter written by James, we see some significant connections to the Old Testament wisdom book of Ecclesiastes. Perhaps that is because James also has connections to Ecclesiastes. There are a lot of vain things we can latch on to in this life. There are a lot of nothing thing…
 
Psalm 39 There are several connections between Psalm 39 and the letter written by James the brother of Jesus. Or, perhaps we should say James seems to connect back to Psalm 39 at several places. The first one we notice is how important it is to guard the tongue. Andrew and Edwin dig into David's desire to refrain from sinning with his mouth and how…
 
Psalm 38 We get it. It looks like Jesus simply can't be found in Psalm 38. After all, Psalm 38 is all about what David is experiencing because of his sins. Surely we aren't supposed to find Jesus in that. However, Andrew and Edwin do find Jesus in this psalm and it is powerful and profound. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by…
 
Psalm 38 Andrew and Edwin discuss the difference between the needs we often feel and recognize in contrast with the one need that is the real need. They discuss how solving the real need sometimes resolves those felt needs (not always), but focusing on the felt needs never resolves the one real need we have. Read the written devo that goes along wi…
 
Psalm 38 In earlier episodes, Edwin and Andrew discussed the relatability of Psalm 38 and the shock that David felt he could direct God to check His anger at David's sin. However, lest anyone gather from these discussions that Psalm 38 condones sin or winks at it, in this episode they discuss the truly awful consequences sin had in David's life. Of…
 
It seems the more we are blessed by God, the more discontented we get. Why is that? The problem is, we have fallen into the trap of building our house on the world’s sand instead of Jesus’ rock-solid promises. The quicker we realize that, the sooner we can find the joy He has promised us. This week we will discuss the secret to contentment, which i…
 
Psalm 38 Andrew and Edwin discuss the shocking boldness of David beginning the psalm with a seeming demand of God. "Don't discipline me in your anger, Lord." Why is David allowed to get away with that? What does it mean for our praying? Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or an…
 
Psalm 38 There's just a little bit of every trauma and struggle in life rolled up in Psalm 38. Andrew and Edwin examine how we can all find what we face in this psalm. Therefore, none of us escape its relatability and application. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any ques…
 
Psalm 37 It's Friday on Text Talk, that usually means finding Jesus in the psalm. This episode is no exception. Andrew and Edwin talk about the future for the blameless, upright, man of peace. Who could that be but Jesus? Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you…
 
Psalm 37 Edwin gets to discuss his second favorite verse in the whole Bible. Psalm 37:4--"Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart." Andrew and Edwin discuss what it really means to delight in the Lord and what desires God is really promising. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking he…
 
I talk a lot on this podcast about achieving, about striving for improvement, about not settling the achievements of the past. But sometimes you need to go back to square one and remember why we are here in the first place. This week we will talk about how we reorient ourselves in times of stress; how the most important of the Ten Commandments may …
 
Psalm 37 Psalm 1 said the blessed are like a fruitful green tree. How can Psalm 37 tell us about a wicked man spreading out like a green tree? Edwin and Andrew discuss what is going on when the wicked look like the blessed. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions y…
 
Psalm 37 Once again, David takes us right back to the second psalm. Andrew and Edwin discuss how this psalm shows the blessings of God's king get expanded to the entire nation of God's people. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@C…
 
Psalm 36 Andrew and Edwin remember that song from their childhood, "It's so high you can't get over it." God's love and faithfulness reaches to the heavens. His judgments and righteousness go down to the depths. Sounds familiar, doesn't it. Guess we'll have to go through the door. And even though it isn't Friday, they talk about who that door is. R…
 
Get three preachers to comment on a combination of the gospel and sports, you’re bound to go long. And we did. So here is the second half of my conversation with Brent Moody, preacher at the Decker Prairie church of Christ in Houston, and David Osteen, preacher for the O’Connor Road church of Christ in San Antonio. In this final segment, we start w…
 
Running, boxing, wrestling—sports metaphors are all over the Bible. If you’re a sports fan, the Bible speaks to you in your own language. I’m joined this week by Brent Moody, who preaches for the Decker Prairie church of Christ in suburban Houston, and David Osteen, who preaches for the O’Connor Road church of Christ in San Antonio. We discuss givi…
 
Psalm 36 As the old preachers used to say, "Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay, and cost you more than you wanted to pay." When you listen to the counsel of sin it will take you from bad to worst. Andrew and Edwin discuss the dangers of planned repentance. It will never get easier than today to …
 
Psalm 36 In Psalm 1, we saw a contrast of two ways, two walkers, two destinations. In Psalm 36, we see the contrast of the two guides. Andrew and Edwin talk about the two voices that end up on our shoulders, whispering into our ears. One is the voice of Transgression, the other of God. The big question is whose voice will we allow to guide us? Read…
 
Psalm 35 David claims he is hated without cause. However, the apostle John lets us know the one who is really hated without cause is Jesus. Andrew and Edwin find Jesus in Psalm 35 and address how this helps us know Jesus better. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questi…
 
Psalm 35 David's prayer leads to three examples of rejoicing, praise, and thanksgiving. Andrew and Edwin use this as a great opportunity to talk about rejoicing and praise. Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.or…
 
Psalm 35 One of the hardest aspects of the psalms for Christians is accepting the imprecations as part of prayer. Andrew and Edwin take a look at these imprecations and uncover an important underlying principle in these cursing prayers. They make the case that understood impenitence underlies and provides the foundation for the imprecations. Read t…
 
Somehow I made it through more than 100 episodes without talking about my home state. But I’ve been back in my ancestral homeland for close to a year now, and that’s long enough. So saddle up. This week we will discuss stereotypes and whether we truly deserve them; the strange bedfellows that Texas politics makes; the pros and cons of secession; an…
 
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