Daily Thunder Podcast

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By: Eric Ludy + Nathan Johnson

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.

927: Number Four // Greatest Biographies 04 (Eric Ludy + Nathan Johnson)
Yesterday at 8:30 AM

At Ellerslie, we love reading about the men and women God has used throughout history to turn the world upside down. In this new series, Eric and Nathan discuss their seven top Christian biographies. Join in as they count backward and discuss each book, its impact on their lives, and a key character trait of the individual.

In this episode, they examine book number four and a group of missionaries who risked it all to go to one of the most dangerous places to bring the Gospel.

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926: The Kingdom in Waiting // The Storyline of Scripture 04 (Nathan Johnson)
Last Wednesday at 8:30 AM

Our modern culture dislikes waiting for anything. Yet we see the incredible patience of God and His people as they waited a millennium for the coming King. Through the time of kings and prophets, there was a yearning for the fullness of the King and Kingdom. In this session, we examine the overarching time period of waiting from the time of Joshua, to the crowning of King Saul and King David, through the divided Kingdom, the declaration of the prophets, and the four hundred years of “silence”—and how the nation of Israel was a Kingdom in waiting.

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925: No More Chocolate Soldiers // The Muscular Christian 04 (Eric Ludy)
Last Monday at 10:00 AM

This is the fourth installment in Eric Ludy’s series entitled The Muscular Christian. In this episode he dives into the idea of “spiritual grit” and how it can once again be recovered in the practice of today’s Christian. 


924: Number Five // Greatest Biographies 03 (Eric Ludy + Nathan Johnson)
11/25/2022

At Ellerslie, we love reading about the men and women God has used throughout history to turn the world upside down. In this new series, Eric and Nathan discuss their seven top Christian biographies. Join in as they count backward and discuss each book, its impact on their lives, and a key character trait of the individual.

In this episode, they examine book number five and a man whose life was marked by powerful praying.

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923: The Kingdom Rehearsed // The Storyline of Scripture 03 (Nathan Johnson)
11/23/2022

God has an eternal purpose and plan which is fulfilled in Christ Jesus. Yet 1500 years before God became flesh, God wove the story of Scripture into the everyday life of Israel. In short, they were rehearsing and foreshadowing the Kingdom and coming King in the Law, feasts, Tabernacle, and everyday life of Israel. In this session, we examine how Israel left bondage to Egypt through the blood of the Lamb, led into the Wilderness by Moses, and began to rehearse the incredible reality of the Kingdom and Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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922: Spiritual Athletics // The Muscular Christian 03 (Eric Ludy)
11/21/2022

This is the third installment in Eric Ludy’s series entitled The Muscular Christian. In this episode he relays the stunning history and achievements of the ancient English bowmen. What built the unstoppable military machine of the 14th century is the same thing that builds the unstoppable Church in our modern day.


921: Number Six // Greatest Biographies 02 (Eric Ludy + Nathan Johnson)
11/18/2022

At Ellerslie, we love reading about the men and women God has used throughout history to turn the world upside down. In this new series, Eric and Nathan discuss their seven top Christian biographies. Join in as they count backward and discuss each book, its impact on their lives, and a key character trait of the individual.

In this episode, they examine book number six and a man who laid down everything for the sake of the call of Christ.

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920: Kingdom People and Promise // The Storyline of Scripture 02 (Nathan Johnson)
11/16/2022

In the midst of a world that rejected God and His Kingdom, God had a plan to choose for Himself a people so that through them He might come and save the world. We see in Genesis 12 that God called Abraham and gave him a promise; a promise that was ultimately fulfilled in Jesus Christ. In this session of the Storyline of Scripture, we examine the Kingdom people and promise, look at the entire book of Genesis, and show how Abraham becomes a pattern for living for Christians today.

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919: Andrizomai // The Muscular Christian 02 (Eric Ludy)
11/14/2022

This is the second installment in Eric Ludy’s series entitled The Muscular Christian. In this episode he explains the history of the ancient war cry of the Israelites and how that very war cry is meant to be, even today, a centerpiece of the daily practice of the Church of Jesus Christ.


918: Number Seven // Greatest Biographies 01 (Eric Ludy + Nathan Johnson)
11/11/2022

At Ellerslie, we love reading about the men and women God has used throughout history to turn the world upside down. In this new series, Eric and Nathan discuss their seven top Christian biographies. Join in as they count backward to the book they both thought was one of the best Christian biographies of all time.

In each episode, they discuss the book, its impact on their lives, and a key character trait of the individual.

Join the discussion in this episode as they examine book number seven and a woman that is often talked...


917: The Kingdom Introduced and Rejected // The Storyline of Scripture 01 (Nathan Johnson)
11/09/2022

Everything in Scripture focuses on Jesus Christ and His redemptive work at the Cross. And you're invited to join Nathan over the next seven episodes as we examine the Storyline of Scripture and how all of the Bible points to and is fulfilled in Jesus.

As we begin the new series, this first episode examines the creation and rejection of the Kingdom of God on earth. But all hope is not lost, God has made provision through the promise of the coming Messiah!

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916: Impermeable // The Muscular Christian 01 (Eric Ludy)
11/07/2022

This is the first installment in Eric Ludy’s series entitled The Muscular Christian. In this episode he unpacks two key ideas that help form the basis of strength in the Christian life, 1) the spiritual fortification found in Christ, and 2) the spiritual sufficiency found in Christ. When the Christian builds on these very practical foundation stones, spiritual muscle is the guaranteed outcome.


915: A sneak peek of our new studio and what's coming up next
10/17/2022

We are busy remodeling our campus, including our new film studio!

Join Eric and Nathan in this special Daily Thunder episode as they give a sneak peek of the new studio and talk about the three new series coming up in Daily Thunder, all launching November 7th. Click here to watch the video version of the sneak peek.

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914: Identification // Ingredients of Intimacy 05 (Eric Ludy)
10/14/2022

This is the fifth installment in Eric’s series Ingredients of Intimacy.  In this episode he addresses the important feature of “stepping into someone else’s shoes” and how that totally transforms relationships — both God-ward and man-ward. 

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913: Worship // Ingredients of Intimacy 04 (Eric Ludy)
10/13/2022

This is the fourth installment in Eric’s series Ingredients of Intimacy.  In this episode he explains the secret to worship — the impetus behind praise, and the motivation that undergirds thanksgiving.    

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912: Remember // Ingredients of Intimacy 03 (Eric Ludy)
10/12/2022

This is the third installment in Eric’s series Ingredients of Intimacy.  In this episode he drills down into the spiritual function of remembrance — a supremely important instrument in the tool belt of the thriving Christian.   

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911: Study // Ingredients of Intimacy 02 (Eric Ludy)
10/11/2022

This is the second installment in Eric’s series Ingredients of Intimacy. In this episode he digs into the topic of study — explaining the beauty found when a believer learns to study the Scriptures with emphasis placed on loving pursuit and affectionate desire over merely dutiful rigor and academic discipline.

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910: Time // Ingredients of Intimacy 01 (Eric Ludy)
10/10/2022

This is the first installment in Eric’s five-part series Ingredients of Intimacy.  He dives into the topic of time and explains how the correct or incorrect handling of it often determines the degree of power and impact the Christian life will enjoy.  

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909: The Sum and Substance // The Hill to Die On 4 (Eric Ludy)
10/07/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so we are heading back to the archives and listening to a few of our favorite throwback series (episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Eric Ludy teaches on what hills we as Christians should be willing to die upon.

This is the fourth and final installment in Eric’s 4-part throwback series entitled The Hill to Die On. In this episode, he dives into the centrality of Jesus Christ throughout the Word of God, Christian history, the Church, and each and every individual believing life. 

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908: Preserving the Godness of Jesus // The Hill to Die On 3 (Eric Ludy)
10/06/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so we are heading back to the archives and listening to a few of our favorite throwback series (episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Eric Ludy teaches on what hills we as Christians should be willing to die upon.

This is the third installment in Eric’s 4-part throwback series entitled The Hill to Die On. In this episode, he explores the Biblical basis for the Christian belief that Jesus Christ is, in fact, God Almighty. 

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907: Athanasius Contra-Mundum // The Hill to Die On 2 (Eric Ludy)
10/04/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so we are heading back to the archives and listening to a few of our favorite throwback series (episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Eric Ludy teaches on what hills we as Christians should be willing to die upon.

This is the second installment in Eric’s 4-part throwback series entitled The Hill to Die On. In this episode, he unpacks Athanasius’s famous phrase delivered during the intense church convulsions of the 4th century during to the rise of the Arian dogma. While many Christians went with the status...


906: The Hill to Die On // The Hill to Die On 1 (Eric Ludy)
10/03/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so we are heading back to the archives and listening to a few of our favorite throwback series (episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Eric Ludy teaches on what hills we as Christians should be willing to die upon.

In this message Eric labors to remove the fog bank that often surrounds the theology and doctrines of the Christian faith and zeroes in on what matters most of all. It shouldn’t be shocking to anybody that knows and has lived out true and vibrant Christianity that what matters most...


905: What do you put your confidence in? // Intimacy of Knowing 4 (Nathan Johnson)
09/30/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so for the next two weeks, we are heading back to the archives and listening to a few of our favorite throwback series (episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Nathan focuses on one of his favorite topics: knowing (ginoskō) Jesus.

Nathan concludes this mini throwback series by going back into Philippians 3 and looking at what we put our confidence in … as it relates to intimately knowing Jesus.

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904: Knowing Jesus Intimately // Intimacy of Knowing 3 (Nathan Johnson)
09/29/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so for the next two weeks, we are heading back to the archives and listening to a few of our favorite throwback series (episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Nathan focuses on one of his favorite topics: knowing (ginoskō) Jesus.

Nathan has been talking about knowing Jesus intimately through relationship and experience. In this particular episode, he dives further into the topic and shows the difference between an academic and an intimate knowing.

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903: An Example from Philippians // Intimacy of Knowing 2 (Nathan Johnson)
09/27/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so for the next two weeks, we are heading back to the archives and listening to a few of our favorite throwback series (episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Nathan focuses on one of his favorite topics: knowing (ginoskō) Jesus.

In this study, Nathan continues his discussion on knowing (ginoskĹŤ) Jesus by exploring Philippians 3 and showing the importance of knowing Jesus through Paul's letter to Philippi.

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902: The Intimacy of Knowing // Intimacy of Knowing 1 (Nathan Johnson)
09/26/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so for the next two weeks, we are heading back to the archives and listening to a few of our favorite throwback series (episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Nathan focuses on one of his favorite topics: knowing (ginoskō) Jesus.

Jesus says that eternal life is having relationship and intimacy with Himself (John 17:3). In this study, Nathan Johnson talks about intimacy and knowing God relationally … and does so by talking about one of his favorite words in the Bible.

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901: Gaining Lasting Spiritual Passion // Overcoming Apathy 3 (Leslie Ludy)
09/23/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so for the next three weeks, we are heading back to the archives and listening to three important series (throwback episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Leslie focuses on how to overcome apathy.

In this session Leslie unpacks Biblical keys to both personal and corporate revival among modern believers, walking through three key spiritual principles to overcoming personal apathy and cultivating a passionate devotion to Jesus Christ. Spiritual passion is not meant to be an emotional high that comes and goes, but a constant, supernatural outflow of the life of...


900: Gaining God’s Heart for Revival // Overcoming Apathy 2 (Leslie Ludy)
09/21/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so for the next three weeks, we are heading back to the archives and listening to three important series (throwback episodes from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Leslie focuses on how to overcome apathy.

It is easy to feel helpless as we see the world around us rapidly heading toward darkness. But as Christians, we are not helpless against the forces of sin and evil. In fact, through Christ we can become catalysts for amazing change in our homes, communities and country. True change doesn’t happen through human effort or po...


899: Gaining God’s Heart for the Modern Church // Overcoming Apathy 1 (Leslie Ludy)
09/19/2022

We are remodeling our studio—and so for the next three weeks, we are heading back to the archives and listening to three important series (from Leslie, Nathan, and Eric). This week Leslie focuses on how to overcome apathy.

Many of us have become disturbed as we see modern Christianity steeped in mediocrity and spiritual apathy. It’s easy to assume that God is so fed up with the Church today that He’s given up on it. But in reality, His love for the Church is as great as it has ever been. He desires repentance, revival...


898: The Hall of Mirrors // Spiritual Lessons from WW1 42 (Eric Ludy)
09/16/2022

This is the forty-second and final installment in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series entitled Spiritual Lessons from WW1. This concluding episode wraps up the epic drama of WW1 in the Hall of Mirrors in the palace of Versailles. In June of 1919, exactly five years after Gavrilo Princip shot the Archduke of Austria-Hungary, the peace treaty was signed by all the belligerent countries and “peace” ensued. But it was a temporary peace, because it was a peace based upon brute force and revenge and not one derived from genuine agreement. This very misconceived treaty became the seedbed for Ad...


897: The Danger of Soul Drift // Soul Drift 27 (Nathan Johnson)
09/15/2022

In this final episode of the series, Nathan examines the phrase "soul drift" and explains how we must not allow our souls to drift from our first love. You were made to not only discover but intimately know your heart's greatest longing—Jesus Himself.

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896: The Conscientious Objector // Spiritual Lessons from WW1 41 (Eric Ludy)
09/14/2022

This is the forty-first installment in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series entitled Spiritual Lessons from WW1. This episode discusses the different approaches and mindsets that Christians have had about war and participating in war throughout the ages. Specifically, Eric focuses on the Conscientious Objector and the trials that WW1 brought to those that felt they could not participate in the war due to matters of conscience. It is imperative that the Church understand the issues of conscience so that they are ready to properly process and Biblically respond to the soul challenges of our day.

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895: Search Me // Soul Drift 26 (Nathan Johnson)
09/13/2022

We are often blinded by our own problems, sin, and idols. We just can’t see them. Yet David in Psalm 139 cries out for God to search and try his heart to see if there is anything wicked within him. And we, like David, desperately need God to search and point out anything in our lives that needs to be removed or transformed. In this message, Nathan examines Psalm 139:23-24 and explains why being searched and tried by the Lord is not only good, but beautifully essential in our lives. 

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894: The American Hero // Spiritual Lessons from WW1 40 (Eric Ludy)
09/12/2022

This is the fortieth installment in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series entitled Spiritual Lessons from WW1. This episode explores the impact of one particular soldier on the landscape of the war. In October of 1918, in the Argonne-Meuse offensive, one soldier stunned, not just the Germans, but the entire world. Under fire of 30 machine guns directly aimed at him, he not only captured all the enemy's machine guns, but captured 132 German soldiers while he was at it—single-handedly. It's a remarkable story and one that has a rich spiritual parallel in our own lives.

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893: The Allied Answer // Spiritual Lessons from WW1 39 (Eric Ludy)
09/09/2022

This is the thirty-ninth installment in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series entitled Spiritual Lessons from WW1. This episode marks the exciting turning point in WW1. When all hope seemed lost for the Allies—the Battle of Amiens transformed everything. Backed into a corner, the Allies appeared defeated, and then suddenly the storyline flipped. Using the idea of prevailing prayer, this message unpacks the secrets to triumph and how God steals victory out of the jowls of defeat.

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892: To trust God you must know Him // Soul Drift 25 (Nathan Johnson)
09/08/2022

You are invited into a rich and intimate relationship with God Almighty; a relationship that is to be exclusive in its devotion. Yet the only way we will ever fully love and trust God with all we are and all we have is to spend time getting to know Him. In this message, Nathan discusses the concept that to trust God we must know Him … and to know Him, we must spend time with Him.

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891: God is Jealous … and why that’s a good thing // Soul Drift 24 (Nathan Johnson)
09/07/2022

Our God is a jealous God, and that is actually a good thing. Though we often see jealousy as a negative and destructive attribute, we discover throughout Scripture that jealousy is an amazing aspect of God’s character. In this message, Nathan discusses why jealousy in relationships is essential and explains why we must understand this attribute biblically. By the end, you will discover the beauty and benefit of jealousy and learn why God’s jealousy is a really good thing.

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890: Footprints of Destiny // Spiritual Lessons from WW1 38 (Eric Ludy)
09/06/2022

This is the thirty-eighth installment in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series entitled Spiritual Lessons from WW1. This episode covers the convulsive and defining period of 1917 and 1918 in the war. But, whereas most of the episodes in this series tell the stories of WW1 from a low altitude and zoom in on the participating characters—this episode flies higher and is able looks down on WW1 from the 50,000-foot level, allowing the passenger to see the intervention of God in the unfolding of these cataclysmic events. Even when it would appear that God has forgotten man and has...


889: Rooted for Red October // Spiritual Lessons from WW1 37 (Eric Ludy)
09/05/2022

This is the thirty-seventh installment in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series entitled Spiritual Lessons from WW1. This episode transports us once again to the icy cold frontiers of Russia in 1917. It is a year in Russian history that will certainly never be forgotten. In fact, many Russians wish they could rewind the clock and better fortify their country against the hostile takeover of their government by Vladimir Lenin and his fellow soviets. The tragedies of WW1 are nothing compared to the tragedies of communism in the twentieth century.

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888: The Devil in the Boxcar // Spiritual Lessons from WW1 36 (Eric Ludy)
09/02/2022

This is the thirty-sixth installment in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series entitled Spiritual Lessons from WW1. This episode returns us to the chillier zone of Russia where revolution is underway. A change is taking place in this territory of the world which will prove far more devastating than WW1. The Germans have schemed to finally put an end to Russia in April of 1917, but their scheming to harm their neighbor, will amazingly come back upon their own heads and prove the seeds of their own national disintegration.

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