David Bast

Host
Groundwork

Dave Bast retired as the President and Broadcast Minister of Words of Hope in January 2017, after 23 years with the ministry. Prior to his ministry and work at Words of Hope, Dave served as a pastor for 18 years in congregations in the Reformed Church in America. He is the author of several devotional books. A graduate of Hope College and Western Theological Seminary, he has also studied at both the Fuller and Calvin seminaries. Dave and his wife, Betty Jo, have four children and four grandchildren. Dave enjoys reading, growing tomatoes, and avidly follows the Detroit Tigers.

Recent Episodes featuring David Bast:

The Last Teachings of ChristFebruary 16 , 2018

Jesus Cleanses the Temple Courts

Shortly after Jesus arrives in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, he visits the Temple. The reality he encounters incites his anger. What he does next astonishes and infuriates the religious authorities, teaches fundamental truths about himself, and profoundly impacts how we live our faith and regard our churches today.

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Epiphany and God's MissionFebruary 9 , 2018

Our Place in God's Mission

When we're discouraged that the message of the gospel isn't being received, no matter our efforts, what are we to do? The Apostle Paul would tell us to continue participating in God's mission and keep preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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Epiphany and God's MissionFebruary 2 , 2018

Engaging Culture with the Gospel

God's mission to spread the light of salvation to all nations makes it imperative for us to engage culture. The Apostle Paul's ministry reveals a valuable method and model to help us prepare for and begin these important conversations.

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Epiphany and God's MissionJanuary 26 , 2018

Growth Through Controversy

We might wish God would speak decisively and clearly when it comes to matter of faith, but God continues his mission to spread the light of salvation to all nations even as believers discern their way through disagreements and controversy.

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Epiphany and God's MissionJanuary 19 , 2018

Light for the Nations

We all wish for church growth, but how do we react when it happens in ways that make us uncomfortable?

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Epiphany and God's MissionJanuary 12 , 2018

Beyond Jerusalem

Discover how God’s mission to spread the gospel to the nations unfolds despite the disciples' slow start and even as violence and oppression try to smother the message.

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Epiphany and God's MissionJanuary 5 , 2018

The Magi

How much do we really know about the story of the Magi? Learn where tradition and the biblical account diverge and discover what the story of the wise men teaches us about God and his greater mission.

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And He Shall be Called: How Isaiah Describes the MessiahDecember 29 , 2017

A Light Shining in Darkness

In the Bible, the coming of the Messiah is often associated with light. Let's explore the promises this light brings and what it means for how we live as people of the light while we wait for Jesus Christ's second coming.

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And He Shall be Called: How Isaiah Describes the MessiahDecember 22 , 2017

Prince of Peace

What does it mean to declare and proclaim Jesus as the Prince of Peace? Considering the present brokenness and pain in our world, when can we expect this peace to prevail?

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And He Shall be Called: How Isaiah Describes the MessiahDecember 15 , 2017

Everlasting Father

The prophet Isaiah describes the Messiah as an “Everlasting Father.” Now that we know the Messiah is Jesus Christ, the Son of God, how are we supposed to understand that title?

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And He Shall be Called: How Isaiah Describes the MessiahDecember 8 , 2017

Mighty God

As we continue to anticipate and think about the birth of Jesus Christ, we encounter Isaiah’s second name for our Messiah: Mighty God. Discover what this title meant to Isaiah's original audience and what it means for those of us who recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah in our lives today.

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And He Shall be Called: How Isaiah Describes the MessiahDecember 1 , 2017

Wonderful Counselor

In the famous passage in Isaiah 9:6, the prophet begins by describing the Messiah as our Wonderful Counselor. As we anticipate Jesus Christ’s birth this Advent season, discover the divine wisdom and help we receive from Jesus Christ our Messiah.

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