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With a passionate heart for Christian discipleship, the majesty and centrality of Jesus Christ, and the life-changing power of the Gospel, the Daily Thunder podcast is a daily teaching series from the Bible to exhort, equip, and encourage Christians down the Narrow Way of the Cross. Taught by Eric Ludy, Nathan Johnson, and other guests – now you can have a little of the Ellerslie Discipleship boom, grit, and oomph thundering daily in your earbuds.
 
Discover a Christianity that actually works. These powerful sermons delivered by Pastor Eric Ludy will awaken you to the majesty of true Christianity. God designed Christianity not to be mere theory but a life empowered by His grace, built unshakable upon truth, centered upon Jesus Christ, and poured out for His glory. It is more than academic head-knowledge, it is practical living grounded in the Word of God. These sermons are delivered with soul-stirring passion that will ignite your spiri ...
 
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In a generation actively engaged in reappraising the value of everything based on cultural correctness and personal whim, is it possible to know the actual value of anything? For instance, is a puddle of water as precious as a human being? Whose to say? Especially if the one answering the question happened to be really REALLY thirsty. When we move …
 
This is the eighteenth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he brings a woman into the series for the first time —Alfred’s first born, Æthelflæd. The beautiful young Æthelflæd becomes an incredible picture of love, grace, and self-sacrificing care as sh…
 
While God is the only one who is truly worthy of praise, it is fascinating that the word “praiseworthy” in Philippians 4:8 is used for both God and people. In this study, Nathan Johnson explores the biblical concept of praiseworthy and gives eight practical thoughts for how we can live lives of praise.…
 
This is the seventeenth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he zooms in on a particular event in the year 885 when a new wave of Viking evil crashes up against Alfred’s newly built Burh defenses in Rochester. It’s the ultimate test to determine if all …
 
Our culture is obsessed with "excellent" things—people, sports ability, careers, etc—but biblically, there is only one thing that is truly "excellent." In this study of Philippians 4:8, Nathan Johnson talks about things culture deems as excellent and shows how the only truly excellent thing is Jesus Himself—and also discusses three ways to fill up …
 
This is the sixteenth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this special edition Daily Thunder message, he is welcoming the newly arriving students for the summer 2021 Alumni Summit and finding an excuse to share some profound tidbits about Alfred the Great simultaneously. This…
 
This is the fifteenth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he unpacks the unusual way that Alfred handles the season of reprieve from battle that follows his extraordinary victory over the Vikings at Edington. He doesn’t spend it enjoying the lovely Wes…
 
According to Paul, our minds are to have a “good reputation.” While many of us would fear if someone could see our thoughts for 24 hours, a Christian’s mind is to be full of honor and godliness. In this episode, Nathan examines the concept of “commendable” in Philippians 4:8 and four examples the Bible gives for such a thought life.…
 
This is the fourteenth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he explores the gift-giving prerogative of a king. The generosity of the Saxon kings of Alfred’s era is a fascinating study in itself, but the generosity of Jesus Christ, the King of Kings is e…
 
"This study was not at all what I was expecting” was heard from Nathan’s mouth as he dived into what Paul calls “lovely.” As Christians, we often diminish or de-spiritualize anything that is delightful or pleasurable, yet Paul says that such things should be in our minds and filling up our lives. In this study from Philippians 4:8, Nathan explains …
 
This is the thirteenth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode two unexpected and amazing things are going to enter the already-exciting storyline. First, Guthrum, the evil king of the Vikings is going to have a shocking end to his life — a death that stud…
 
This is the twelfth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he continues to unpack the remarkable story of Alfred and his battles with the evil Viking king Guthrum. May 6, 878 the tide is going to turn in the dramatic storyline. The Battle of Edington mark…
 
Purity is not a popular term these days. In a culture where “anything goes,” Christians are called to live set-apart, holiness, pure lives. Yet how can live pure in an impure world? In this episode, Nathan Johnson focuses on Paul’s call to purity in Philippians 4:8 and explains how this should not only affect every area of our lives but is only pos…
 
This is the eleventh episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he explores what is possibly the most amazing feat of Alfred’s life. He is going to flip the script on the Vikings in the spring of 878. They have always been the hunters, but now he is going to …
 
Biblically, justice is not based on preference or perspective, but upon God’s righteous character and Word. In Paul’s exhortation to the Church to “think on these things” in Philippians 4:8, he calls us to dwell upon that which is right (or just). In this episode, Nathan Johnson examines the concept of righteousness and justice and gives five pract…
 
This is the tenth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he explores how men are built in the difficult place. Time and again throughout history men are both proven and made by rising up in the midst of falling circumstances. When a man deliberately choos…
 
As Christians, is it possible to know for certain that we are “in the faith”, or not? Paul exhorts us to “examine ourselves” to this very end — but what does such an examination look like? The book of 1st John supplies an amazing test for the Christian to help solve this riddle. However, the words of 1st John are so simple and clear that they can p…
 
This is the ninth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he explores the spiritual mystery of how “increased need” equates to “increased grace”. In fact, the greater the need we face, the more we are able to witness the power and grace of God at work in o…
 
Honor is greatly misunderstood in today’s culture. Yet Paul commands us to fill up our minds with that which is honorable. As Christians, how can we understand what “honorable” is and how do we keep a guard upon our mind that reflects this quality? In this episode, Nathan Johnson tackles this complex Greek word and describes three ways in which our…
 
This is the eighth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he examines the significance of covenantal pledges in the ninth century and how that played a prominent role in the storyline of Alfred. The seemingly inordinate value place upon the ideal of integ…
 
Paul’s command to think on that which is true is far more than something factual or informational—He refers to embracing the Person of Jesus and being filled up with the Word of God. In this episode, Nathan Johnson examines Paul’s first command of things to think upon and discovers that truth is twofold, it expels all lies, and transforms our perso…
 
This is the seventh episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he dives into the way of Anglo-Saxon kings with their men. In 871 Alfred is going to become King of Wessex. And as a king, more than anything, he desires to walk out his kingship with his loyal th…
 
The entire Bible is a battleground. But there are certain spots within the text that find themselves in a constant state of war and confusion. The city of Liege, Belgium is like this in and throughout war history — it seems to have a particular knack for finding its ways into the annals of war. And the passage in Hebrews 6:4-6 is like Liège. This p…
 
This is the sixth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he explores the first encounters Alfred shares with the legendary Vikings and how that parallels our first steps forward against our own terrifying territorial invader, known as Sin. Alfred is going…
 
In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives a list of eight things we are to think, or meditate, upon. More than a mental grasp or understanding, Paul asserts that the meditation of the Christian mind should affect our lives in every way. As we “fill up our minds” with the things on his list, they in turn should radically transform how we behave, talk, and thin…
 
This is the fifth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he dives into the two distinct ways that the Kings of the island of Britain dealt with the Vikings in the ninth century. The most popular way was to pacify them and give them what they wanted so tha…
 
When we think of boundaries, we often think of restrictions, limitations, and confinement. Yet boundaries actually give freedom. As we begin our study of Philippians 4:8, Nathan Johnson examines the beauty of boundaries and the blessing they are in our walk with Christ. Rather than imposing a limitation on what we can think upon, Paul gives us true…
 
This is the fourth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he introduces the terrible Vikings and the immense threat they pose to the isle of Britain. This once Christian nation is suddenly experience a very real judgment. They have forgotten God and turne…
 
According to Scripture our bodies have been bought with a price and they are no longer ours. Technically speaking, they belong to Jesus Christ. But many of us still attempt to live as if this is our life, our talents, our time, and our prerogative. The story of Jonathan in the Old Testament demonstrates this same tension of ownership and right. For…
 
This is the third episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he draws a strong parallel between the fractured kingdoms of Britannia in 865 with the denominationalized Church of Jesus Christ in the year 2021. Alfred is going to inherit a broken system when he …
 
As we continue our study on the mindset of a Christian from Philippians 4:4–9, we are taking the first two episodes to review what we've covered thus far. In this episode, we examine Paul's call to not allow anything to produce fear, anxiety, or worry and instead press us into intimacy with Jesus through prayer and thanksgiving—as such the peace of…
 
This is the second episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he takes a deep dive into the concept of kings in Biblical history and what God says about them. A king is in a rare and powerful position to sway the destiny of an entire nation and the nations su…
 
As we continue our study on the mindset of a Christian from Philippians 4:4-9, we are taking the first two episodes to review what we’ve covered thus far. In this episode, we example Paul’s command to rejoice always and to be known for our gentleness. This “impossible” living is only possible because the Lord is near. As we continue our study, this…
 
This is the exciting first episode of an epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. Vegas odds are stacked against the Church of Jesus Christ in the year 2021 just as they were stacked against Alfred over eleven hundred years ago. We appear weak, downtrodden, vulnerable, and on our heels. And yet, every grea…
 
We are in the midst of a spiritual battle. Even the theologically dubious seem to have been won over to this reality in this past year. There is an enemy and he desires the destruction of the Church. But, praise God, the enemy doesn’t just get everything he desires. God has supplied weaponry to His saints and equipped them for every good work. In f…
 
This is the final installment in a four part series entitled The End of Ox Carts. In this series Eric Ludy, Nathan Johnson, and guests unpack the thoughts and ideas of Eric’s full-length message entitled The End of Ox Carts (a message originally delivered on Sunday, June 5th, 2021 - see Eric’s sermon podcast). This particular episode talks about th…
 
This is the third installment in a four part series entitled The End of Ox Carts. In this series Eric Ludy, Nathan Johnson, and guests unpack the thoughts and ideas of Eric’s full-length message entitled The End of Ox Carts (a message originally delivered on Sunday, June 5th, 2021 - see Eric’s sermon podcast). This particular episode discusses the …
 
This is the second installment in a four part series entitled The End of Ox Carts. In this series Eric Ludy, Nathan Johnson, and guests unpack the thoughts and ideas of Eric’s full-length message entitled The End of Ox Carts (a message originally delivered on Sunday, June 5th, 2021 - see Eric’s sermon podcast). This particular message discusses how…
 
This is the first installment in a four part series entitled The End of Ox Carts. In this series Eric Ludy, Nathan Johnson, and guests unpack the thoughts and ideas of Eric’s full-length message entitled The End of Ox Carts (a message originally delivered on Sunday, June 5th, 2021 - see Eric’s sermon podcast). This particular episode dives into the…
 
In an age of Christian mediocrity it is painfully difficult to aim for something higher and more robust in our Christian experience. We have a tendency to tether ourselves to what is familiar, even if what is “familiar” is pathetic. We often ache for something more, but continue to self-justify the reasons why we aren’t vigorously pursuing somethin…
 
This is the first installment in a three part series entitled The Blanket Carriers. In this series Eric Ludy, Nathan Johnson, and guests unpack the thoughts and ideas of Eric’s full-length message entitled The Blanket Carriers (a message originally delivered on March 6, 2016 in the Ellerslie chapel but re-released this past Sunday, May 30th, 2021 -…
 
This is the first installment in a three part series entitled The Blanket Carriers. In this series Eric Ludy, Nathan Johnson, and guests unpack the thoughts and ideas of Eric’s full-length message entitled The Blanket Carriers (a message originally delivered on March 6, 2016 in the Ellerslie chapel but re-released this past Sunday, May 30th, 2021 -…
 
This is the first installment in a three part series entitled The Blanket Carriers. In this series Eric Ludy, Nathan Johnson, and guests unpack the thoughts and ideas of Eric’s full-length message entitled The Blanket Carriers (a message originally delivered on March 6, 2016 in the Ellerslie chapel but re-released this past Sunday, May 30th, 2021 -…
 
The Christian is built to beautifully portray the glory of God. That’s a high calling. And it’s good that we as Christians take this high calling seriously. But, it’s also important that we remember that the only One that can truly fulfill this high calling is God Himself. Along this journey we are going to encounter weakness in those that are walk…
 
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