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An Audio Bible Adventure: Salvation for a Swindler

A retelling of Luke 19:1–10

Contrary to some opinions, Jesus was not against riches, especially not when the owners put them to good use. Today, whenever the subject of affluence is mentioned in the Bible, many people only remember the story of the rich young ruler who went away sorrowfully after Jesus admonished him to share his riches with the poor.[1] But have you ever heard about Jesus' encounter with a certain wealthy businessman of Jericho?

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An Audio Bible Adventure: Peter’s Transformation

A retelling of Matthew 26, Luke 22, and Acts 2

One of the most colorful personalities in the Bible is Simon Bar-Jona, known today as Peter the apostle. A rugged fisherman, he was always bursting with energy and action.

During his years under Christ's personal leadership and teaching, Peter often bulldozed his way around. By far the most outspoken of the twelve apostles, Peter always seemed to say what was on his mind. More often than not, relying on his own self-confidence hindered him and caused him to make mistakes.

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An Audio Bible Adventure: A Soldier’s Great Faith

A retelling of Luke 7:1–10 and Matthew 8:5–13

In the city of Capernaum in Israel, there lived a Roman centurion responsible for a garrison of a hundred soldiers. He and his men had kept watch on Jesus’ activities ever since He began His work in the city, for it was their duty to ensure that the Galilean was not doing or saying anything to incite a rebellion against Rome.

After hearing Jesus preach, however, the centurion had come to respect Him, realizing that the kingdom He proclaimed was hardly a threat to Rome, which in spite of all its power and greatness could stand to benefit from His teachings on love.

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An Audio Bible Adventure: The Story of Esther, Part 3

A retelling of Esther 5–9

See “The Story of Esther, Part 1” and “The Story of Esther, Part 2,” for the first two parts of Queen Esther’s story. 

As the day arrived for Queen Esther to go to King Ahasuerus, she wondered what she should say to change his mind about the order to destroy the Jewish people. She knew that Persian kings never altered their decrees. It just wasn't done. Suddenly an idea came to her.

She instructed her maids to prepare a banquet in her house, and then, donning her royal robes, Esther made her way to the king's house.

As she neared the great hall of King Ahasuerus, she felt a surge of confidence, and she stepped serenely to a place where the king could see her and waited. Pleased by the sight of her, King Ahasuerus held out his golden scepter and beckoned her to come forward.

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An Audio Bible Adventure: The Story of Esther, Part 2

A retelling of Esther 2:19–23, 3, 4

See “The Story of Esther, Part 1” for the first part of Queen Esther’s story.

Esther's coronation was cause for a great celebration. No longer was the kingdom without a queen. Happier than ever, King Ahasuerus gave a magnificent banquet for all his princes and officials in Esther's honor. As a gesture of the king's generosity to the people, a special tax holiday was proclaimed throughout all the provinces, and the king distributed gifts with royal liberality.

Not long after young Esther's coronation, two of the king’s servants who guarded the palace door, Bigthan and Teresh, were angry at the king and conspired to assassinate him.

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An Audio Bible Adventure: The Story of Esther, Part 1

About 2,500 years ago, in the city of Shushan, the capital of Medo-Persia, there lived a very pretty and caring young woman. Her name was Hadassah.

Hadassah’s parents had died when she was a child. Fortunately, she had a cousin named Mordecai, who held a well-paid position as an official at the royal palace in Shushan. When Hadassah's parents died, he adopted her as his own daughter, giving her the Persian name “Esther,” meaning “star.”

Mordecai was one of the many Jews who had chosen to stay in Medo-Persia rather than go back to Jerusalem. Ever since the days when King Cyrus ruled Persia, the Jews had been permitted to return to their land. Some 45,000 Jews had chosen to do so with Zerubbabel as their governor, yet hun­dreds of thousands remained behind. King Cyrus had been kind to the Jews, allowing them to work and worship God as they pleased, which made it easier to stay than return.[1] During the reign of King Ahasuerus, the good relations continued.

Some, like Mordecai, found good employment in the palace, and others became involved in various kinds of business throughout the country.

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