Who are you?

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you four words.

The first word is “messiah”.  Can you say that word?  Mes-SI-ah.  In the first part of the Bible, God promised to send the Messiah to the Jews to save them from their enemies.  Now “messiah” means someone who rescues people from dangers or problems.  Some people thought their country’s new president was the messiah.  They believed he would fix the problems in their nation.

The next word is “assistant”.  As-SIS-tant. An assistant is a person who assists, or helps.  An assistant is a helper.  The manager asked his assistant to take the letters to the post office.   

You may know this word.  Desert.  Not “dessert”.  Desert!  Dessert is a sweet food usually eaten at the end of a meal.  But a desert is a place that does not receive much rain.  Deserts are dry and do not have many green plants.  

And the last word is easy to say but hard to spell!  Straight.  It rhymes with wait, date, and the number eight, but isn’t spelled like any of them!  “Straight” describes something that is not bent or curved or crooked.  Sit up straight!  Don’t curve your back.  The airplane flew in a straight line from London to Paris.  

Okay, ready for today’s story?  It’s called, “Who are you?”

The Jews in Jerusalem sent some priests and assistants to John.
Who was sent?  Some priests and assistants were sent.
Who sent the priests and assistants?  The Jews sent them.
Which Jews sent them?  The Jews in Jerusalem sent them.
Where did the Jews send the priests and assistants?  The Jews sent them to John.
  
The Jews sent them to ask John, “Who are you?”  
Why did the Jews send the priests and assistants?  The Jews sent them to ask John a question.
What did the Jews want to know about John?  The Jews wanted to know who he was.

John came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah”.
Did John tell them who he was?  No, John did not tell them who he was.  He told them who he was not.
Did John claim to be the Messiah?  No, John said, “I am not the Messiah.”
  
“Then who are you?” they asked.  “Are you Elijah?”  “I am not,” he said.
Elijah was a very famous prophet who lived about 800 years before John.  The Bible says that Elijah will return to earth before the Messiah comes.
Was John Elijah?  No, John was not Elijah.  John was John.  :) 
Did John tell them who he was?  No, John did not tell them who he was.

“Are you the Prophet?”  “No,” he answered.
Another famous prophet named Moses lived 1200 years before John.  Moses promised that God would send another prophet like him.  Moses did not say what the name of the prophet would be.
Was John this prophet?  No, John was not this prophet.  
Did John tell them who he was?  No, John did not tell them who he was.

Then they said, “Who are you?”  
Did the priests and assistants give up?  No, they did not give up.
How many times did they ask John a question?  They asked John a question 4 times.  This is their fourth question.

“Tell us, so we can give an answer to the people who sent us.  What do you say about yourself?”
Why did they want John to answer them?  They wanted to give an answer to the people who sent them.

John replied using the words of the prophet Isaiah.  
Whose words did the people want to hear?  They wanted to hear John’s words.  They wanted to know what John said about himself.
Whose words did John use when he replied?  John replied using the words of the prophet Isaiah.

John said,  “I am a voice shouting in the desert, ‘Make a straight road for the Lord!’”
Isaiah lived 700 years before John.  Isaiah wrote the words that John said.
Where is the voice shouting?  The voice is shouting in the desert.
What does the voice tell people to do?  The voice tells people to make a straight road. 
Who will travel on the road?  The Lord will travel on the road!
Why must the road be straight?  The road must be straight so that the Lord can arrive quickly and easily.  

Let’s listen to the whole story together.  

The Jews in Jerusalem sent some priests and assistants to John.  The Jews sent them to ask John, “Who are you?”  
John came right out and said, “I am not the Messiah”.  
“Then who are you?” they asked.  “Are you Elijah?”
“I am not,” he said.
“Are you the Prophet?” 
“No,” he answered.
Then they said, “Who are you?  Tell us, so we can give an answer to the people who sent us.  What do you say about yourself?”
John replied using the words of the prophet Isaiah.  John said,  “I am a voice shouting in the desert, ‘Make the road straight for the Lord!’”

Now I will tell the story again.  I will leave a space before I say some of the words.  See if you can say the correct word before I do!

The Jews in Jerusalem sent some priests and... assistants to John.  The Jews sent them to ask John…  “Who are you?”  
John came right out and said, “I am not the … Messiah”.  
“Then who are you?” they asked.  “Are you…  Elijah?”
“I am not,” he said.
“Are you the … Prophet?” 
“No,” he answered.
Then they said, “Who are you?  Tell us, so we can give an... answer to the people who... sent us.  What do you say about... yourself?”
John replied using the words of the... prophet Isaiah.  John said,  “I am a... voice shouting in the... desert, ‘Make the road... straight for the Lord!’”
  
John was an important man.  But he did not want attention.  He did not want people to honor him.  He wanted people to honor the Lord.  He pointed to God.  

Do you want to be like John?  Let’s pray together.  Lord, we don’t want attention and honor from people.  We want people to give attention and honor to You.  Help us point them to You.  Amen.  

Do you have questions?  You can write me.  Go to our website, lifelineenglish.com.  

Until next time, may Jesus help you know Him and know English.  Good bye!

[Song] “Jesus only savior, sanctify forever, beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.  Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.” 

The Word Shows Us God

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you three words.

The first word is glory.  Glory means praise and honor, or something that deserves praise and honor.  The Olympic runner won a gold medal.  He earned glory for his country.  People will praise his country because he won the competition. The old bank has lost its glory.  That means the building is no longer beautiful.  No one wants to praise the beauty of the building now.  The glory of young men is their strength and the glory of old men is their grey hair.  That means people honor young men because they are strong and people honor old men because they are wise.  

The next word is grace.  Grace means politeness and kindness, and specifically, it means kindness toward people who don’t deserve it.  He speaks with grace.  He does not use rude words or curse.  The waiter spilled coffee all over the restaurant table.  But the woman sitting at the table showed grace to him.  She helped clean it up and did not get angry.  

My last word today is exist.  Can you repeat this word?  Exist.  Exist.  Good!  To exist means to be.  It means to be real.  Santa Claus does not exist.  There is not a real person named Santa Claus in the world today.  The earth exists.  The earth has not always existed.  God created the earth.  God has always existed.  There is not a time when God did not exist.  Do you exist?  Yes, you do.  And so do I! 

Okay, let’s listen to the story.  It’s called, “The Word Shows Us God”.  

When I ask a question, I will leave a space.  You can answer my question.  Then I will say the answer.  You can compare your answers with my answers. 

The Word became a human. 
What did He become?  He became a human.
Who became a human?  The Word became a human.
Did the Word become an angel?  No, the Word became a human.
Did the Word become a cow?  No, the Word became a human.
Did a human become the Word?  No, the Word became a human.  

He lived with us. 
With whom did He live?  He lived with us.
Who lived with us?  The Word lived with us.
Did the Word live in a king’s house?  No, the Word lived with us.
Did the Word live on the top of a mountain?  No, the Word lived with us.
Did the Word hide in a cave?  No, the Word lived with us.  

We saw His glory. It is the glory of the only Son, who came from the Father. 
What did we see?  We saw His glory.
Whose glory did we see?  We saw the Word’s glory.
Who is the Word?  The Word is the only Son.
Where did the Son come from?  The Son came from the Father.
Did the Father come?  No, the Son came.

And the Word was full of grace and truth.  
Who was full?  The Word was full.
What was the Word full of?  The Word was full of grace and truth.
Are we full of grace and truth?  No, we are not full of grace and truth.  We are full of anger and lies.  

John told about Him.  
Whom did John tell about?  John told about the Word.
Did John tell about the Roman emperor?  No, John told about the Word.
Did John tell about Moses and the prophets?  No, John told about the Word.

John shouted, “This is the One I was talking about!”  
Did John talk quietly?  No, John shouted.  
Who was John talking about?  John was talking about the Word.

“I said, ‘The One who comes after me is greater than me.  He existed before I did.’”  
Who said these words?  John said these words.
Did Jesus come after John?  Yes, Jesus came after John.
Who is greater: Jesus or John? Jesus is greater.  Jesus is greater than John.
Who existed first: John or Jesus?  Jesus existed first.  John was born six months before Jesus.  But Jesus existed before He became a human.  
Who came before Jesus?  John came before Jesus.
Who existed before John?  Jesus existed before John.
Who is greater than John?  Jesus is greater because Jesus existed before He became a human.

All of us have received from His fullness.  We received gift after gift.  
Who has received?  All of us have received.
Have all people received?  Yes, all people have received.
From where did we receive?  We received from His fullness.  
From whose fullness did we receive?  We received from the Word’s fullness.
Do you remember, what was the Word full of?  (We talked about this a minute ago.)  The Word was full of grace and truth.
What did we receive?  We received gift after gift.
Did we receive only one gift?  No, we received gift after gift.

The law was given through Moses.  
What was given?  The law was given.
Who gave the law?  God gave the law.
Through whom did God give the law?  God gave the law through Moses.

Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  
What came?  Grace and truth came.
Where did grace and truth come from?  Grace and truth came from God.
Did grace and truth come through Moses?  No, grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  
Who is the Word?  The Word is Jesus Christ. This is the first time that the story tells us the name of the Word.  

No human has ever seen God.  
Has any human ever seen God?  Humans have never seen God.
Has God seen humans?  Yes, God alway sees humans.

But the only Son is God.  
Is the Son an angel?  No, the Son is God.
Are there others like the Son?  No, He is the Only Son.  No one is like the Son.

He is near to the Father’s side.  
Who is near?  The Son is near.
Is the Father far from the Son?  No, the Father is near to the Son.  The Son is near to the Father’s side.  

He showed us God.
Who showed God?  The Son showed God.
To whom did the Son show God?  The Son showed us God.  (Or we can say, the Son showed God to us.  The meaning of both sentences is the same.)

Let’s listen to the whole story together.

The Word became a human. He lived with us. We saw his glory. It is the glory of the only Son, who came from the Father. And the Word was full of grace and truth.  John told about Him.  John shouted, “This is the One I was talking about!  I said, ‘The One who comes after me is greater than me.  He existed before I did.’”  All of us have received from His fullness.  We received gift after gift.  The law was given through Moses.  Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  No human has ever seen God.  But the only Son is God.  He is near to the Father’s side.  He showed us God.  

This story is written in the first person, from the perspective of us, humans.  But what would it sound like if the Word, Jesus, told the story to us?  Listen to the changes.

I became a human. I lived with you. You saw My glory. It is the glory of the only Son.  I came from the Father. And I was full of grace and truth.  John told about Me.  John shouted that I am the One he was talking about!  He said that I am greater than he was.  I existed before John did.  All of you have received from My fullness.  You received gift after gift.  The law was given through Moses.  Grace and truth came through Me.  No human has ever seen God.  But I am God.  I am near to the Father’s side.  I showed you God.  

Do you need grace and truth?  Come to Jesus.  Do you want to see glory?  Look at Jesus.  Do you want to know God?  Then you must meet Jesus.  

Do you have questions?  You can write me.  Go to our website, lifelineenglish.com.  

Until next time, may Jesus help you know Him and know English.  Good bye!

[Song] “Jesus only savior, sanctify forever, beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.  Beautiful words, wonderful words, wonderful words of life.” 

Receive Him and Believe Him

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you three words.

The first word is recognize.  Repeat after me. RE-cog-nize.  Good job!  To recognize means to know a person or thing because of something you learned or experienced before.  The police officer recognized the criminal’s face.  Even though I hadn’t seen my first grade English teacher in 40 years, I recognized her immediately.  My dog recognized the black and white hairs of the skunk and ran away.  

The next word is own.  Can you say own?  Own can be a verb.  It means to possess or to have.  Do you rent your home, or own your home?  If you own a home, it is your own home.  That time, we used own as an adjective.  It means the home belongs to you.  Do you have your own car?  Do you own a motorcycle?  Should children have their own phones?   

The Word and the Witness

[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you three words.

The first word is overcome.  The past tense is overcame.  To overcome means to defeat or conquer.  She overcame cancer.  The Allies overcame Germany, Japan, and Italy in World War Two.  

The next word is lawyer.  Can you say “lawyer”?  Good job!  A lawyer is a person who helps people with situations that relate to the law.  If you go to court, a lawyer can make arguments to help you overcome.  Lawyers know the laws.  Lawyers know how to present information to the government.  For example, he paid a lawyer to help him become a citizen.  

Story 13: The First Murder


[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life. Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb! Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.  You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I want to teach you three words. The first word is while. Can you say “while”? Good! “While” can mean simply an amount of time. “I’m going to sleep for a while.” While can also be used to join two sentences into one. For example, “I’m going to sleep while you make dinner.” Or, “While you make dinner, I’m going to sleep.” When “while” is used to join sentences, it means “during the time that”. “I’m going to sleep during the time that you make dinner.”

The next word is wander. Can you hear the difference between the words “wonder” and “wander”? To “wonder” means to think about something that is difficult to know. “I wonder why many ladies like to shop.” To “wander” means to move around to different places without purpose or direction. “The man wandered around the mall while he waited for his wife to shop.”

Only Jesus


[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

I’ve got a couple more words to teach you today.  The first word is “dear”.  There are two words that are pronounced “dear” but they have different spellings.  D-E-E-R is a wild animal that is often hunted for its meat and antlers.  The word I want to teach you today is D-E-A-R.  D-E-A-R means “special” or “loved” or “highly valued”.  Often we begin letters by writing “Dear” in front of the name of the person we are writing to.   

The second word is “tent”.  Can you say “tent”?  A tent is a building made of cloth.  Usually tents only have one room.  Tents can be quickly taken down and put up.  People who hike or camp often sleep in tents. 

Today’s story is called, “Only Jesus”.  Ready?

The Thankful Leper


[Song] “Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life.  Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.”

Hello, my name is Miss Barb!  Welcome to Lifeline English, the podcast that helps you know God and know English.

You can read the written script for today’s lesson online at lifelineenglish.com.

Today I have three new words for you.  Ready?

The first word is leprosy.  Can you say it?  Lep-ro-sy.  Good job!  Leprosy is a very bad disease. It is also called Hansen’s disease.  People who have leprosy are called “lepers”.  Leprosy deadens nerves so that the lepers can no longer feel pain.  Lepers sometimes lose their fingers, toes, or even hands, feet and noses, because they cannot feel pain. 

The next word is priest.  A priest is a person who helps other people know and worship God.  Before Jesus came, God used priests to help His people.  The priests helped the people to be forgiven by God, to worship God, and to obey God.  They also examined people who had diseases, to stop their diseases from spreading to other people.