Command #3 - Love God

May 11, 2017

The Command to 'Love God' is at root vague and ambiguous. How are we to love God? Is such love something we feel? How many of us have read the words 'with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength,' and not felt that perhaps our love for God is not filled with the all-consuming level of devotion that Jesus spoke of. The practicality of it is hard to get hold of. 

 
From The Commands by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands and other books by Michael Phillips.
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Two - Putting Ourselves in the Story

May 9, 2017

Clearing the preconceptions from our mental slates is not as easy as it might seem... 

From Jesus an Obedient Son by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase Jesus an Obedient Son and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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Command #2 - Love

May 4, 2017

It is surprising at first approach to the Commands of Jesus to discover that the command to "love" is not the most frequently given injunction to fall from his mouth. But it is surely the most pivotal and central command laid upon his followers which summarizes and incorporates and draws up into it all his teaching, and all the Commands. 

 
From The Commands by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands and other books by Michael Phillips.
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One - A Real Man

May 2, 2017

Wherever you and I find ourselves at this moment, we share something in common in connection with the man Jesus Christ. 

From Jesus an Obedient Son by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase Jesus an Obedient Son and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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Command #1 - Obey My Commands

April 27, 2017

This is truly the first of the Commands. Its importance is self-evident. The nature of a command requires obedience. A "command" is not a "suggestion." A command is a command. Obedience is compulsory. And yet...there remains such a thing as disobedience. 

 
From The Commands by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands and other books by Michael Phillips.
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Jesus an Obedient Son - Introduction

April 25, 2017

No name is so familiar to so many as the name Jesus Christ. Familiar...yes. Understood, no. 

From Jesus an Obedient Son by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase Jesus an Obedient Son and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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Introducing Jesus, an Obedient Son

April 20, 2017

Hi, I’m Michael Kimball, producer and narrator of the Father of the Inklings podcast.

If you’ve been a listener to this podcast since its inception back in the Fall of 2015 by now you will have experienced 120 episodes dedicated to exploring the commands of Jesus Christ followed by another 120 episodes looking into the commands of the Apostles, all episodes taken from two books: The Commands and The Commands of The Apostles both by Michael Phillips.

So where do we go from here?

Personally, I find the Commands to be an inexhaustible treasure worth hearing and taking to heart on a continual basis. After all, being a follower of Jesus means that we hear, understand and do what Scripture commands. For this reason, I’ve chosen to run through all 240 commands on a one-episode-a-week basis that will be aired every Thursday.

Taking the Tuesday slot will be a new series based on Michael’s book, Jesus, an Obedient Son which strikes me as a natural next port of call. For those of you who enjoy having a physical book in hand when following along I invite you to visit Amazon.com where you can pick up a copy as well as other books by Michael Phillips.

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COA #120 - Recognize Yourselves as a People Set Apart

April 18, 2017

Separation from the world is not high on the list of objectives for third mellenium Christians. Just the opposite. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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COA #119 - Consider Your Witness

April 13, 2017

It might be said that there are two kinds of Christians in the world--bumper sticker Christians and character Christians. 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips. 
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COA #118 - Live Your Faith With Zeal, Good Cheer, and Steadfastness

April 11, 2017

One of the hallmarks of youth is zealous energy and passionate vision. How well I understand! 

From The Commands of the Apostles by Michael Phillips. Read by Michael Kimball. More information on this and similar writings may be found at Father of the Inklings. Visit Amazon to purchase The Commands of the Apostles and other books by Michael Phillips.
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