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I’d Rather Have Jesus



Podcast Title - I'd Rather Have Jesus

“The eyes of the LORD run to and fro over the whole earth to show Himself strong on behalf of them whose heart is loyal toward Him.” God is looking for opportunities to do great things. Unfortunately the problem is on our end. We are missing out on His answers to prayer by not asking or by not believing fully in Him. Let us lean wholly on His everlasting arms.
May I suggest listening to George Beverly Shea sing, “I’d Rather Have Jesus” first?

2 Chronicles 16:9

Taught Sunday morning, October 30, 2022 by Brad D Harris

We hope that this online service has blessed you.  It is funded by the generous participants of Prairie Oaks Baptist Church.  If you would like to contribute to Prairie Oaks and their audio ministry, we have a donation page so that you can securely give online to help this ministry.  Thank you for listening and prayerfully supporting us.  I hope we continue to further you in your journey with Christ!


Wash with Word



How shall a person be cleansed from sin? By guarding their way with the Word of God. We cover a lot of ground for this Bible study as we look a lot of Psalms that are examples of doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness.

Psalm 119:9-16, 18
Ephesians 5:25-27 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Brad’s thought verses: Philippians 4:6-8 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 Romans 12:1-2 Psalm 19:12-14 Psalm 139:23-24
Doctrine: Psalm 68:5-6 Psalm 103:8-13 Psalm 136:1
Reproof: Psalm 27:1 Psalm 42:11 Psalm 121:1-2
Correction: Psalm 19:12-14 Psalm 139:23-24
Instruction in Righteousness: Psalm 37:4-5, 23-24 Psalm 118:8, 24
D.L. Moody – “The Bible was not given to increase our knowledge, but to change our lives.”

Taught Sunday morning, March 6, 2022 by Brad D Harris

We hope that this online service has blessed you.  It is funded by the generous participants of Prairie Oaks Baptist Church.  If you would like to contribute to Prairie Oaks and their audio ministry, we have a donation page so that you can securely give online to help this ministry.  Thank you for listening and prayerfully supporting us.  I hope we continue to further you in your journey with Christ!


Repent to Worship



This little psalm flows out of a spiritual disaster for David and all Israel. But you need not to have murdered someone to utilize and value this gem of a prayer to the LORD. This psalm guides us in how to confess our sin and ask for restoration from God toward worship of His greatness.
For background, read 2 Samuel 11-12. And for follow-up, read Psalm 32.

Psalm 51

Taught Sunday morning, February 6, 2022 by Brad D Harris

We hope that this online service has blessed you.  It is funded by the generous participants of Prairie Oaks Baptist Church.  If you would like to contribute to Prairie Oaks and their audio ministry, we have a donation page so that you can securely give online to help this ministry.  Thank you for listening and prayerfully supporting us.  I hope we continue to further you in your journey with Christ!


Ponder the Blessing



The gospel is simple enough for a child yet profound enough to challenge the elders for all of their years. And the Scriptures reward those who seek, no matter how many times the seekers return to the fountain. Psalm 1 reminds us that God and His Word are worth the effort of chewing on His truth. At the start of a new year, let’s no falter in our pursuit of letting God’s Words change us.

Psalm 1

Taught Sunday morning, January 2, 2022 by Brad D Harris

The Bible app
Bible app reading plan – How to Read the Bible

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Do not forget



There can be so many distractions and discouragements that tempt us to subtly forget who God is. If we have hard times, we are tempted to doubt Him and His character. If we have it good, we are tempted to forget Him and keep the glory for ourselves. We give God the blame and steal the credit. But Moses warns us to not forget who we often are and remember who God always is.
(also, my memory failed and I misquoted Matthew Henry’s fourth thankful. He was thankful that he wasn’t the one who stole a wallet.)

Deuteronomy 8

Taught Sunday morning, November 28, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Moses Reminds



After forty years in the wilderness, Moses gives the next generation a reminder of what was taught at Mount Sinai, renewing the covenant between the LORD and Israel. The Ten Commandments and the Greatest Commandment – the Shema. Listen and obey! Love the LORD our God. He loved us first

Deuteronomy 6:4-9

Taught Sunday morning, November 21, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Necessary for Obedience



Jesus beautifully illustrated the command to love one’s neighbor with the story of the Good Samaritan, where someone who had no reason to show compassion to a hurting person went above and beyond to help.  But how can one have that kind of love for another?  The following episode that Luke reports shows that Jesus answers that question for Mary and Martha.  The most needful thing is to sit at the feet of Jesus to learn of His love.

Luke 10:25-42

Taught Sunday morning, September 26, 2021 by Stuart Estes
Ministry Team Leader at Association of Baptist Students

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More than a Name



The LORD descends to the mountain to proclaim His Name, to declare His character, for Moses and the children of Israel for all generations of those who love the LORD. We do well to meditate upon these verses and the character traits revealed here.

Exodus 34:6-7

Taught Sunday morning, September 19, 2021 by Brad D Harris

I am including links to some resources from Bible Project that go much deeper than we have time to do today. Check out all six videos.  Beyond the videos are hours of more learning in the amazing podcast.
The Bible Project – The Character of God

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Greater Intimacy with God



Moses has interceded in behalf of the idolatrous Israelites that God would not disown them. Desiring God to continue to be present with them in the journey ahead, Moses asks to see the glorious presence of God. The glory Moses experiences is not what he asked, but is so instructive for him and us. He experiences greater intimacy with the LORD than possibly anyone before Him had known.

Exodus 33:17 – 34:9

Taught Sunday morning, September 12, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Living the Living Word of God



I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing about a Bible study method we are using at Prairie Oaks. Plus I wanted to plug the Gideons International as the local chapter visits our congregation on Sunday. Our God is not silent. But we must choose to prioritize listening for His voice through His Word by His Spirit.

References: Gideons International
The Hedge at ABS
Student Ministry Matters
SOAP Bible Study Method

Hebrews 4:12

Taught Sunday morning, August 8, 2021 by Brad D Harris

We hope that this online service has blessed you.  It is funded by the generous participants of Prairie Oaks Baptist Church.  If you would like to contribute to Prairie Oaks and their audio ministry, we now have a donation page so that you can securely give online to help this ministry.  Thank you for listening and prayerfully supporting us.  I hope we continue to further you in your journey with Christ!