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October 2014
October 18, 2014

Everyone likes to “be on the inside” of what’s happening…to have that special pass that gets us backstage…to know the secret ingredients in someone’s special recipe. In short…we’re all just a bit nosey! But that’s okay, because this week we’re taking you behind the scenes to learn some of the secrets of Moody Bible Institute’s upcoming Israel trip.

Then during devotional time we’re beginning a three-week journey down the Jordan Valley. And our first stop is Beit She’an where we’ll conduct a spiritual autopsy on Israel’s first king. The Land and the Book

Featured: Cheri and Brenda
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


October 11, 2014

Parts of this week’s program were recorded during our recent Land and the Book Live event just outside Chicago. This week’s broadcast falls right in the middle of the seven-day Jewish festival of Sukkot, which many Christians know as the Feast of Tabernacles. But what exactly is Sukkot? What role did the festival play in Israel’s past…and does it foreshadow events that are still future? And why is Sukkot the one Jewish festival the Bible says Gentiles will someday observe? Roy Schwarcz is this week’s guest, and he will help us answer these and other questions about Sukkot.

Then in our devotional time Charlie will take us to Zechariah 14 for a closer look at Sukkot…and its importance for Gentiles. The Land and the Book

Featured: Roy Schwarcz
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


October 4, 2014

Parts of this week’s program were recorded during our recent Land and the Book Live event at West Suburban Community Church just outside Chicago. This weekend falls on an important date for the Jewish calendar: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement…the holiest day of the year for the Jewish people. And this week’s guest is Roy Schwarcz, who will help us understand the historical and prophetic significance of this special day.

Then in our devotional time we’ll travel to Jerusalem with Charlie to explore Zechariah 12–13…God’s ultimate Yom Kippur. The Land and the Book

Featured: Roy Schwarcz
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


September 2014
September 27, 2014

For many, the Middle East is a confusing kaleidoscope of wars and struggles, especially when it comes to Israel. How did a people who were scattered for almost 2,000 years return to their homeland? What’s so special about the Jewish people? And why have so many tried to destroy them for so long? If you have questions, this week’s guest has answers. We’ll be talking with Dr. Jim Eckman about his latest book, A Covenant People.

Then later in the program our devotional time finds us “in the pits” as Charlie takes us into a cistern with the prophet Jeremiah. The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. James Eckman
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


September 20, 2014

This week marks the start of a new year on the Jewish calendar! Jews around the world are getting ready to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, the start of the year 5775. And Eva Rydelnik will be joining us this week to help us understand the significance of Rosh Hashanah. Eva serves as an adjunct faculty member at The Moody Bible Institute.

Then in our devotional time we’ll conclude our series on Great Confessions of the Bible by visiting the island of Patmos to hear the apostle John’s final words at the end of the Book of Revelation! The Land and the Book

Featured: Eva Rydelnik
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


September 13, 2014

In our entertainment-based culture it seems everyone loves watching a video. But can video be used to teach history from a biblical perspective? This week’s guests are doing exactly that! Stephen Briggs and Hugh Kitson work with Hatikvah Film Trust to create documentaries that help the church understand the Hebraic roots of the Christian faith.

Then in our devotional time we’ll be continuing our series on Great Confessions of the Bible by visiting a dark, damp Roman prison to hear the apostle Paul’s final words to his protégé Timothy. The Land and the Book

Featured: Stephen Briggs and Hugh Kitson
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


September 6, 2014

The Land and the Book program is just about ready to have the odometer roll over to the start of our fifth year on the air! If you’ve been listening for a while, you’ve heard Charlie get excited about virtually every place he’s ever visited in Israel. But if you’ve really listened closely, you know there’s one spot that’s always at the top of his list of favorite places. And this week we’re going to find out where it is…and why!

Then in our devotional time Charlie will be continuing his series on Great Confessions of the Bible by visiting Caesarea Philippi with Jesus and His disciples to hear Peter’s great confession regarding the identity of Jesus. The Land and the Book


Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


August 2014
August 30, 2014

What’s it like to be part of a multi-bus trip to Israel? Does it add to—or detract from—the tour experience? And even more significantly, what’s it like to be one of the leaders on such a large trip? Well, if you’ve got questions, this week’s guest can provide some answers! Greg Thornton is Senior Vice President of Media at Moody, and he was one of the leaders on Moody’s recent five-bus trip to Israel.

Then in our devotional time, Charlie will continue his series on Great Confessions of the Bible by traveling to the Plain of Dura outside ancient Babylon to witness the courage of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego as they make their great confession to King Nebuchadnezzar! The Land and the Book

Featured: Greg Thornton
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


August 23, 2014

Many people travel to Israel, but not all are veteran wordsmiths…gifted writers possessing the ability to capture the sites, sounds, smells, and emotions that overwhelm many visitors. This week’s guest is Lynn Austin, and she has that rare combination of careful observation and creative expression. We’ll talk with Lynn about her travels to Israel and her most recent book, Pilgrimage.

Then later in the program, during our devotional time, Charlie will continue his series on Great Confessions of the Bible by taking us to the top of Mount Carmel to witness Elijah’s contest with the prophets of Baal. The Land and the Book

Featured: Lynn Austin
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


August 16, 2014

Every week on this program we feature a “Holy Land Experience”…a testimony from someone whose life was impacted by a visit to Israel. The details vary, but the life-change is real. But how does a trip impact the person who helps set it up? This week’s guest, Dr. Brent Garrison, helped organize and lead a recent trip to Israel, and we’ll talk with him about his more extended “Holy Land Experience.”

Then in our devotional time we’ll continue our series on Great Confessions of the Bible by standing beside David in the Elah Valley to hear his confession of confident trust in God as he faces Goliath. The Land and the Book

Featured: Brent Garrison
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


August 9, 2014

When you think of the current situation in Israel, what words come to mind? War? Hatred? Conflict? Anger? How about peace…forgiveness…or good news? Those aren’t the words we hear on the news, but they do describe the ministry of this week’s guest, Pastor Steven Khoury. We’ll talk with Steven about his ministry in the heart of Arab East Jerusalem.

Later in the program we’ll continue our eight-part series on Great Confessions of the Bible by traveling to Gilgal to hear Samuel’s great promise to pray faithfully for the people of Israel. The Land and the Book

Featured: Pastor Steven Khoury
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


August 2, 2014

From Egypt…to Israel…to Syria…to Iraq. The news out of the Middle East seems so depressing. We’re left with the impression that the entire region is locked in an endless cycle of violence. Is there any hope for the Middle East? The answer is a resounding yes! This week’s guest is Tom Doyle from e3 Partners, and he’ll help us gain a realistic perspective on what’s going on in that strategic part of the world…including what God is doing!

Then in our devotional time I’m starting a new eight-part series I’m calling Great Confessions of the Bible. This week we’ll journey to the city of Shechem to hear Joshua’s great call to commitment in Joshua 24. The Land and the Book

Featured: Tom Doyle
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


July 2014
July 26, 2014

Over the years we’ve talked with a number of guests who work in Muslim contexts. And no matter what organization or nationality, their stories have remained remarkably consistent. But some still find it hard to believe that Muslims in large numbers are now beginning to come to faith in Jesus. Wouldn’t it be helpful to have someone do a careful research study that could help us sort out fact from fiction…and hard data from hype? Well, this week’s guest, Dr. David Garrison, has done just that! We’ll talk with David about what God is really doing in the Muslim world from his new book, A Wind in the House of Islam.

Then later in the program, during our devotional time, we’ll travel to Eilat to meet one last time with King Solomon and learn from Ecclesiastes 11 how to live in uncertain times. The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. David Garrison
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


July 19, 2014

Jesus said, “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” And one organization that has taken His words seriously is Bridges for Peace…a group actively seeking to build bridges of peace and friendship between Christians and the Jewish community. This week’s guests, Laura and Tony Invergo serve on the front lines with that organization, and we’ll talk with them about Bridges for Peace, and about practical ways we can help demonstrate God’s love to the Jewish people.

Then in our devotional time we’ll continue our discussion with King Solomon. This week we’ll explore Ecclesiastes 8 to learn about things beyond our control. The Land and the Book

Featured: Tony and Laura Invergo
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


July 12, 2014

For many Christians prophecy is the great divide of Bible study…a vast chasm that separates those who can’t seem to study it enough from those who are afraid even to crack open certain books of the Bible. But does prophecy have to be so hard to understand? Dr. Mark Hitchcock has written a very helpful book titled The End that provides a complete overview of Bible prophecy and end time events We’ll talk with Mark about the best way to go about understanding Bible prophecy.

Later in the program we’ll visit with King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 5 to learn when enough is never enough! The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. Mark Hitchcock
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


July 5, 2014

This week’s guest is Yousef Mansour. Yousef drives a taxi in Israel to support his family, but his passion is pastoring a small evangelical church in one of the few villages in the West Bank that is still Christian. And the location is amazing. Yousef lives and ministers in a village where the Gospel of John says Jesus spent time with His disciples! He also runs a guesthouse there that’s open to Christians looking for a place to stay. You will find Yousef’s story to be inspiring!

And in our devotional time we’re heading to Proverbs 24 to study the proverb of the lazy farmer. The Land and the Book

Featured: Yousef Mansour
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


June 2014
June 28, 2014

When God called Abraham, He promised to “bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you.” Sadly, since that time many nations and groups have sought to curse rather than bless the Jewish people. And anti-Semitism is still around today. So what can we do to take a stand against anti-Semitism? This week’s guest will provide some practical answers. Dr. James Showers is president of The Friends of Israel, a group dedicated to standing against anti-Semitism and to supporting the right of the Jewish people to live in their ancient homeland, Israel.

Then later in the program, during our devotional time, we’ll head out into the field with the writer of Proverbs 11:24 to learn the proverb of the generous farmer. The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. James Showers
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


June 21, 2014

Much of what God is doing in the Middle East goes unreported. But make no mistake; God is working in amazing ways! Our guest this week is Rex Rogers who serves as president of SAT-7 USA… a broadcasting network that brings quality Christian television programming directly into millions of homes throughout the Middle East and North Africa. We’ll talk with Rex about the impact SAT-7 is having on 15 million Arabic, Farsi and Turkish viewers.

Then in our devotional time, we’ll conclude our study of Eight Names for Jerusalem by learning the nickname that Ezekiel 48 says will be given to the city sometime in the future. The Land and the Book

Featured: Rex Rogers
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


June 14, 2014

Blood moons… four lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015 during Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles! Is there any prophetic significance to these events? This week’s guest is Dr. Mark Hitchcock who has written a very timely book titled Blood Moons Rising. We’ll talk with Mark about what the Bible does — and doesn’t — say about end-time signs.

Later in the program, we’ll continue our series on Eight Names for Jerusalem by visiting the city in the dark days of Jeremiah the prophet to learn about a time when Jerusalem will finally be known as “the Lord our Righteousness." The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. Mark Hitchcock
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


June 7, 2014

Do you panic at the thought of speaking with a Muslim friend or neighbor about Jesus? If so, this week’s guest will help lower you level of anxiety! Jalil Dawood pastors the Arabic Church of Dallas, and his passion is to help believers reach out to Muslims and share their faith in Jesus. We’ll talk with Jalil about some practical issues of sharing our faith with Muslims and with refugees from other countries living in our communities.

And in our devotional time, we’re continuing our series titled Eight Names for Jerusalem. This week’s name for Jerusalem, from Psalm 46, is “the city of our God.” The Land and the Book

Featured: Pastor Jalil Dawood
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


May 2014
May 31, 2014

This coming week is the Festival of Shavuot, which we know as Pentecost. It’s the birthday of the church, the day when God poured out His Spirit and started the process of bringing Jews and Gentiles alike together into one body. And it seems rather appropriate that this week’s guest, Pastor Jalil Dawood, illustrates the great work God has done—and continues to do—as He gathers people to Himself from every nation, tribe, people, and language. Jalil’s journey to faith is truly amazing!

Then in our devotional time, we’ll continue our study of Eight Names for Jerusalem by exploring one of the city’s most simple but profound, titles…the City of our God! The Land and the Book

Featured: Pastor Jalil Dawood
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


May 24, 2014

Pastor, Prolific author. Bible teacher. Dean. Professor…and Moody Bible Institute Alumnus of the Year! Those are just some of the ways to describe Dr. Harold Willmington from Liberty University! We had so much fun talking with Dr. Willmington last month that we invited him back for another on-air discussion!

Then later in the program, during our devotional time, we’ll continue our study of Eight Names for Jerusalem by looking at one of Jerusalem’s most common, but confusing, names…Zion! The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. Harold Willmington
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


May 17, 2014

God wants us to read, study, and handle correctly His Word…the Bible. But how can we be sure our understanding is on target? One way is to use a trustworthy Bible commentary as part of our study. And this week’s guest, Dr. Michael Rydelnik, just helped produce one of the newest and most up-to-date Bible commentaries available…The Moody Bible Commentary. We’ll talk with Dr. Rydelnik about the commentary, and all the work that went into producing it.

Then in our devotional time we’ll continue our study of Eight Names for Jerusalem by watching as the city of the Jebusites becomes the City of David. The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. Michael Rydelnik
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


May 10, 2014

Parts of this week’s program were recorded during our Land and the Book Live event in Indianapolis. Muslims are all around us…from the convenience store clerk where we buy gas, to the local cab driver, to the doctors and nurses in our hospitals. You are on the front lines of a vast mission field, but what’s the best way to share the love of Christ with the Muslims God brings across your path? This week’s guests, Mike and Samya Johnson from Call of Love Ministries, provide some very practical help for reaching out to your Muslim friends and neighbors with the good news about Jesus.

Later in the program we’ll continue our series on Eight Names for Jerusalem by heading toward the city of Jebus with Joshua! The Land and the Book

Featured: Mike and Samya Johnson
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


May 3, 2014

Parts of this week’s program were recorded during our recent Land and the Book Live event in Indianapolis. The news coming out of the Middle East seems to be an endless stream of violence and hatred. Yet God is at work in that region of the world, though much of what He is doing goes unreported. This week’s guests, Mike and Samya Johnson from Call of Love Ministries, provide a firsthand account of what God is doing in that strategic part of the globe.

And in our devotional time we’re beginning a series titled Eight Names for Jerusalem. This week’s name for Jerusalem is Salem…the city of peace! The Land and the Book

Featured: Mike and Samya Johnson
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


April 2014
April 26, 2014

Did you every notice how much of the Bible focuses on the lives of people? The patriarchs. Moses and Joshua. Ruth and Boaz. David. Solomon. Jesus and His disciples. From Genesis to Revelation the Bible is a book about people. And that’s what makes The Biographical Bible so intriguing. Dr. Ruth Tucker has taken the men and women found on the pages of Scripture and reminded us again of their essential humanness. We’ll talk with Dr. Tucker about her latest book.

Then later in the program, during our devotional time, we’ll visit the lost and found department at En Harod to focus on Gideon…the warrior from Ophrah who found his courage at this small stream! The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. Ruth Tucker
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


April 19, 2014

Easter. It’s one of the two Sundays of the year when even nominal Christians show up in church. But what’s the real significance of Easter? What is it that makes this Sunday so important? To help us answer those questions, we’re inviting Dr. Paul Nyquist, President of Moody Bible Institute, to join us in the studio as we discuss the importance of Easter.

Then in our devotional time we’ll look at the apostle Paul’s “good news” in 1 Corinthians 15. The Land and the Book

Featured: Paul Nyquist
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


April 12, 2014

Palm Sunday and prophecy! The image of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a colt, the foal of a donkey, comes right from the prophecy of Zechariah 9. But that’s not the only prophecy fulfilled on Palm Sunday. Another prophecy—perhaps one of the most dramatic in all the Bible—also intersects with that amazing day. The prophecy is found in Daniel 9. And this week we’ll turn the microphone around and point it at Charlie as he and Jon discuss “Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Daniel 9.”

Then later in the program we’ll visit the Mount of Olives to hear the #1 song on the hit parade that original Palm Sunday morning! The Land and the Book


Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


April 5, 2014

Pastor, Prolific author. Bible teacher. Dean. Professor…and Moody Bible Institute Alumnus of the Year! Those are just some of the ways to describe Dr. Harold Willmington from Liberty University! We’ll be talking with Dr. Willmington about two of our favorite topics—Israel and the Bible!

And in our devotional time we’ll travel just north of Jerusalem to conclude our two-part series on Jeremiah and the bullies of Anathoth! The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. Harold Willmington
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger


March 2014
March 29, 2014

Webster's dictionary defines "serendipity" as luck that takes the form of finding things we're not looking for. We know that with God there isn't such a thing as luck or coincidence, but we still use those words to describe how things seem to happen in our lives. The word serendipity does describe how we came to learn about this week's guest. Dr. Randy White shares our same passion for Israel and the Bible… and you will come to appreciate his wisdom and insight as much as we have.

Then later in the program, during our devotional time, we're traveling to Jeremiah's hometown to learn about the bullies of Anathoth. The Land and the Book

Featured: Dr. Randy White
Hosts: Dr. Charlie Dyer and Jon Gauger