Dec 23, 2016

CPR - Prayer

In this episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew discuss the topic of Prayer.  What is Prayer?  Prayer is communication with God, it is not a Means of Grace.  Prayer is the way that God has given to us to communicate with Him.  Prayer is by nature a humbling thing where we admit we can't do something on our own.  Prayer is for our benefit, not God's.  He knows what we need, but He invites us to come to Him with what we need.  To Whom is Prayer addressed?  A false god or god that is unreal cannot hear or respond to our prayer.  True Prayer must be addressed to the one True God, the Triune God.  Prayer to saints is not prayer either.  These relatives or loved ones who are with the Lord cannot hear us nor do they know what is going on in our lives (Isaiah 63:16).  What direction do we have in prayer?  The Bible is full of examples of prayer.  We are selfish in our prayers.  We generally focus on physical requests in our lives, but in the example that Jesus gives us (the Lord's Prayer), He emphasizes spiritual needs and requests.  We should pray according to God's will.  We don't know what is best for us physically, but we can be certain about our spiritual needs.  There is no spiritual blessing that God doesn't want us to have.  The Lord is good and wants what is best for us (Romans 8) .  We can trust Him when we come to Him in prayer. 

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Dec 2, 2016

CPR - Old Testament Ceremonies and Laws

In this episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew go into the Old Testament to discuss the Old Testament law and ceremonies that God gave to His Old Testament people, the nation of Israel.  It is important to note there there are three kinds of laws given by God to His O.T. people:  Civil laws (governing the nation of Israel), Ceremonial laws (governing Israel's worship and ritual), and Moral laws which govern all people of all time for the good of society.  They present some examples of those Old Testament laws and ceremonies (for example:  washings, dietery restrictions, animal sacrifices, worship days and regulations, circumcision, and tithing) and talk about how these laws differ from the Moral Laws that apply to all people of all time.  Ultimately, many of the ceremonial laws pointed ahead to Jesus and the work of salvation that He would fulfill in the future.  Now that is complete and these laws no longer serve the purpose they once served (see Colossians 2:16-17).  If you have had questions about why some Old Testament Laws apply to us today and others do not, this episode is a must listen!  They will present the Biblical foundation and application of these laws for both Old Testament and New Testament people.  

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Nov 18, 2016

CPR - I believe what I can see (Skeptic Series)

In this episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel discuss the assertion of skeptics who deny what they can't see.  They role play a discussion between a Christian and a skeptic regarding God and scientific evidence.  They will discuss worldviews, and a variety of different topics like creation and evolution, the existence of God, and more.  We hope that this conversation will be helpful to you in to know the assertions that are made by skeptics and that it will prepare you to have a profitiable discussion with those around you. 

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Nov 4, 2016

CPR - The Christian and Voting

In this episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew offer some Biblical thoughts and insights into the role of the Christian as citizens and what to consider as we prepare to vote this coming week.  They will talk about why voting is important, and what a Christian should consider when voting.  What political issues should the Christian consider as they think about casing a vote for a particular candidate?  Can a Christian, in good conscience  support or vote for a candidate who is immoral?  They will consider the example of Daniel and Joseph in the Bible and how they remained faithful to God's Word, but also served in a heathen government.  Finally they will look at the Christian's response if the candidate that they vote for is not elected.  Where does our hope finally need to rest?  We hope this will serve as an encouragement to you to get informed, and exercise your right to vote next Tuesday, but also to trust in the LORD regardless of the outcome!

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Oct 28, 2016

CPR - The Priesthood of All Believers

In this special Reformation episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Neal Radichel and Mark Tiefel discuss the important Reformation topic of the Priesthood of all Believers.  There is a difference between the priesthood of the Old Testament in the nation of Israel and the priesthood of the New Testament.  This is because of the work of Christ in His perfect life and sacrificial death.  They discuss the terms "priest" and "pastor" as they are used in churches today as well as the difference between the role of the pastor and the individual believer.  Every individual Christian can and should serve as God's witness to the world.  They also point out how important this Biblical truth was in the foundation and development of the early Reformation.  We pray that this discussion is beneficial for you and in your understanding of God's purpose for His church.

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Oct 14, 2016

CPR - God and Suffering (Skeptic Series)

In this special episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew discuss the topic of God and suffering from a skeptic's perspective.  They deal with the following questions: "Why is their evil in the world?" - Because of sin and the fall recorded in Genesis 3; "How can a God who is loving allow bad things to happen?" - Because God is also just and our sin brings God's judgment against our sin.  God justice was served in Christ at the cross; "Why would God even allow for the possibility of sin?" - Because God wanted us to love Him freely because of all that He has done for us; "Why doesn't God just eliminate all evil?" - Because God desires the salvation of all people, and He wants us to repent and to trust in Him for salvation.  We pray that this discussion is beneficial for you and in your witnessing to others. 

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Sep 23, 2016

CPR - The Doctrine of Inspiration (Part 2)

In this episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew go back to discuss the doctrine of inspiration.  In this episode they build on the internal evidence for inspiration by discussing the external evidence for the inspiration of the Bible.  They will talk about how prophecy, the unity of Scripture, answers to the big questions of life and the historical accuracy of Scripture give evidence for divine inspiration.  In addition, the Bible changes the lives of those who are brought to faith, and it has been supernaturally preserved throughout history.  While this will not convert anyone, it does give evidence to the obviously unique and supernatural charactaristics of the Bible.  Thanks be to God!

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Sep 9, 2016

CPR - The Doctrine of Vocation (Labor Day)

In this episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Mark Tiefel and Nathanael Mayhew discuss the doctrine of vocation in the wake of another Labor Day celebration.  In this teaching God reveals how He has given us all gifts that He wants us to use for the benefit of our neighbor and society in general as well as to the glory of God.  Work is not a curse, but rather a blessing given by God to mankind to provide satisfaction as seen in the Garden of Eden before the fall into sin.  They discuss the difference between an Occupation and a Vocation or calling from God to use our gifts, and how both young and old can evaluate what God has called them to do in this life. 

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Sep 2, 2016

CPR - The Doctrine of Inspiration (Part 1)

In this episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Neal Radichel and Nathanael Mayhew discuss the doctrine of inspiration.  In this teaching God reveals how it is possible that the words of the Bible could be His words, even though they were written by fallible human beings.  Through the Holy Spirit, God breathed into these men the very words He wanted them to write, using their knowledge, experience and language abilities to record His word to the world.  In this episode we will examine the internal evidence (from the Bible itself) for the doctrine of inspiration.

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Aug 18, 2016

CPR - The Doctrine of Justification

In this episode of Conservative Pastor Response Pastors Mark Tiefel and Neal Radichel discuss the doctrine of justification.  This is one of the foundational teachings of God's Word and is used in a legal sense in the Bible.  They define the word justification and then use a courtroom setting to explain what justification is.  They also look at the different aspects of justification in an objective and subjective sense. 

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