Fr. Mike focuses on the theme of disciplining children, reflected in our readings from Sirach and Proverbs today. He clarifies that there is a crucial difference between discipline and destruction, and emphasizes that disciplining children should always be grounded in love and oriented towards their success in the future. Today's readings 1 Maccabees 12, Sirach 30-31, and Proverbs 23:13-16. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
When I was a teenager, my mom painted a mural on our living room wall, which stayed there for several years. It showed an ancient Greek scene of a ruined temple with white columns lying on their sides, a crumbling fountain, and a broken statue. As I looked at the Hellenistic architecture that had once held great beauty, I tried to imagine what had destroyed it. I was curious, especially when I began studying about the tragedy of once great and thriving civilizations that had decayed and crumbled from within. The sinful depravity and wanton destruction we see around us today can be troubling. It’s natural for us to try to explain it by pointing to people and nations that have rejected God. But shouldn’t we be casting our gaze inwardly as well? Scripture warns us about being hypocrites when we call out others to turn from their sinful ways without also taking a deeper look inside our own hearts (Matthew 7:1–5). Psalm 32 challenges us to see and confess our own sin. It’s only when we recognize and confess our personal sin that we can experience freedom from guilt and the joy of true repentance (vv. 1–5). And as we rejoice in knowing that God offers us complete forgiveness, we can share that hope with others who are also struggling with sin.
About This Series: Too often we make ourselves the heroes of the story and read the Bible as if it is about us and what we should do. In reality, however, the Bible is primarily about God and what He has done. Joining us for each episode in this series is Seth DeFoor, who is the Pastor of Chamlee Memorial Baptist Church in Fort Valley, Georgia. Sword and Staff Podcast is a resource from The Discipleship Institute, a ministry of Central Baptist Church in Warner Robins, Georgia. To explore more of the tools we develop to help you make disciples, visit us online at www.centraltdi.com
Most of us enjoy a good story. Your story of how Jesus has changed your life is one of those good stories. In the previous video (found here: https://youtu.be/GWUD58oYSZQ), we learn a bit about the outline for the story. Here, learn more about the why. Write down your three chair story and then share it with someone. Share your stories, prayer requests, or your response to this devotional in the comments below. If you would like to know more about who we are, what we believe, or when we meet, visit http://newlife.church. Or you can fill out a digital connection card at http://newlife.church/connect - we would love to get to know you better!
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The struggle is real as we seek to live for God. But sometimes in our desire to be a better person, we are using the wrong template. Don't seek to be a perfect person. Seek to be like Christ. Bible Reading: Proverbs 31 Scripture Verse of the Day: Proverbs 31:12
Lisa Whittle joins Amber to discuss Lisa's new book, The Hard Good, showing up when you want to shut down, and being used by God. Questions Lisa and Amber Discuss About Showing Up vs. Shutting Down: (4:40) Your new book, The Hard Good, comes from a place of grief and learning to journey with Jesus in the midst of it instead of shutting down. Will you set the stage a bit and share how you came to know Jesus and what life was like for you growing up as a pastor's kid? (7:02) The temptation to shut down became very real to you when you saw another man wearing your father's cowboy hat. In that moment and as the book has developed over time, what did you learn about actively choosing to show up even though there was pain involved? (12:49) Let's talk about our idolatry of feelings. Emotions are not a bad thing, but too often they become the boss of us. How can we use them as a gauge? (21:00) I constantly hear people say, "What is my purpose?" Or "I am praying for God to show me my purpose." This is a hot button for me and you speak directly to it. As a Christian, what is our purpose? (21:00) In light of that purpose, how can we maximize our usability? (27:15) I am going to share some chapter titles from The Hard Good and I want you to share a thought or piece of advice that comes to mind Accepting Something You Wish Were Something Different Cheering For Someone When They Get What You Want Showing Up When You Want to Shut Down Opening Up Your Heart Again When It's Been Hurt Welcoming Change (31:16) As we close out, you have written a Bible Study that goes along with The Hard Good. What can one expect from the study? SHOW NOTES cont. Resources Mentioned: Book: The Hard Good by Lisa Whittle The Hard Good Bible Study Ministry Strong Called Creatives Related Episodes: 97: Hannah Anderson | Goodness and The Lost Art of Discernment 35: Sharon Hodde Miller | Nice: Why We Love to Be Liked and How God Calls Us To More 95: Nancy Guthrie | God Does His Best Work With Empty Episode Sponsor: Compelled Podcast Compelled uses gripping, immersive storytelling to celebrate the powerful ways God is transforming the lives of His people around the world. It's full of incredible stories from missionaries, addicts, prisoners, and other believers sharing how God changed their life. And they combine those testimonies with sound effects, music, and narration. Not only is it one of my favorite podcasts, but Compelled has influenced what I do here at Grace Enough. Listen and Follow! ------------------------------------------------------ Follow Grace Enough Podcast on IG and FB and www.graceenoughpodcast.com ----------------------------------------------------------
Have you ever been accused by friends, family, or acquaintances of being judgmental or intolerant because you believe that some things are right and some things are wrong? Try this response tactic to flip the conversation around and start challenging the relativism that pervades today's culture. Snippet from the Show "When someone accuses you of intolerance, don't be afraid to push back and start asking questions. If you let the other person do the explaining, it will become clearer and clearer that relativism is completely illogical, and he or she might start wondering if there's a better lens through which to view reality." For full shownotes, visit Ascensionpress.com/Allthingscatholic, or text ALLTHINGSCATHOLIC to 33-777 for weekly shownotes sent to your inbox.
In this episode, Jeremy tells the story of The Twelve Spies from the book of Numbers, chapters 13 and 14. In this story, God tells Moses to send out twelve spies into the promised land and there's a disagreement about whether or not they'll be able to conquer the land. Brett, Josh, Ed, and special guest Brent Henderson, owner of The Good Reverend Kombucha Company, discuss the story and talk about what we think it could mean. So, listen in as we explore the Bible with Bible On The Rocks!
As we continue our journey in 1 Maccabees, Fr. Mike explains that this book of the Bible is unlike others because it narrates stories and events without providing any interpretation. In Sirach, Fr. Mike stresses the teaching on the power of our words and the gravity of gossip and slander. Today's readings are 1 Maccabees 11, Sirach 28-29, and Proverbs 23:9-12. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
In February 2020, as the COVID-19 crisis was just beginning, a newspaper columnist’s concerns struck me. Would we willingly self-isolate, she wondered, changing our work, travel, and shopping habits so others wouldn’t get sick? “This isn’t just a test of clinical resources,” she wrote, “but of our willingness to put ourselves out for others.” Suddenly, the need for virtue was frontpage news. It can be hard to consider others’ needs while we’re anxious about our own. Thankfully, we’re not left with willpower alone to meet the need. We can ask the Holy Spirit to give us love to replace our indifference, joy to counter sadness, peace to replace our anxiety, forbearance (patience) to push out our impulsiveness, kindness to care about others, goodness to see to their needs, faithfulness to keep our promises, gentleness instead of harshness, and self-control to lift us beyond self-centeredness (Galatians 5:22–23). While we won’t be perfect at all this, we’re called to seek the Spirit’s gifts of virtue regularly (Ephesians 5:18). Author Richard Foster once described holiness as the ability to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. And such holiness is needed every day, not just in a pandemic. Do we have the capacity to make sacrifices for the sake of others? Holy Spirit, fill us with the power to do what needs to be done.
Unfortunately we've become a society that wants to intellectualize everything, especially the very essence of YAHWEH. From the beginning man has worshiped at the feet of ingenuity, technology and science to prove GOD could not possibly hold all the answers to life, or be aware of our miniscule issues. Many have become idols unto themselves and can only see things through the prism of their own thoughts and understandings. Where does GOD fit in all of this? Can we only love and trust GOD when we fully understand HIM? These and a few more questions are what Mac will address in this program with his wife Myra laying the foundation in prayer.
30th Sunday of Ordinary Time – Bread of Life Bible Study The blindness in question was physical, yet Bartimaeus saw Jesus as the Messiah with spiritual vision and was healed. “There is a famine today that is raging across this great land of ours. There is a deep hunger and thirst for the healing Word of […] The post 30th Sunday of Ordinary Time (10-23-21) – Bread of Life Bible Study appeared first on Ultimate Christian Podcast Radio Network.
Waiting is hard. But there is a place of rest while we wait. Going into hiding is usually a sign of retreat or defeat, but for those who make the LORD their hiding place, it is a place of safety and peace. Bible Reading: Psalm 119 Scripture Verse of the Day: Psalm 119:114
Whether you play an instrument or a sport, or are just learning something new, it takes practice to do it well. Sharing the Gospel can seem like a daunting task, but with a three chair story, it becomes conversational. 1. Here’s where I was before Christ 2. Here is where I met Christ 3. My life has been changed in this way. Share your stories, prayer requests, or your response to this devotional in the comments below. If you would like to know more about who we are, what we believe, or when we meet, visit http://newlife.church. Or you can fill out a digital connection card at http://newlife.church/connect - we would love to get to know you better!
Key Takeaways:The example of Jesus, and the assurance of God's love, certainly should encourage us to endure in the difficult Christian raceBelievers must show fresh commitment and a renewed concern for one another.What sins will rob us of the enabling of God's grace? These verses tell us: lack of spiritual diligence, bitterness against others (see Deut. 29:18), sexual immorality, and living for the world and the fleshFor more information about this show, which includes additional notes and details, please visit the show page here or visit our home page at SeekingourGod.com MusicLife of Riley by Kevin MacLeodLink: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3976-life-of-rileyLicense: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
Today's episode is from a show that aired inside the Discipleship.org Collective where our point leader Bobby Harrington talked with Matt Dabbs about the awesome discipleship tool that is the Discovery Bible Study.
Episode 116 - After two episodes of setting the eternal, sweeping stage for the Tabernacle (episodes 112 + 13, a must-listen if you are new to the show), today we actually enter its outer court and start making our way towards our destination—the Holy of holies (episode 120). We are beckoned to enter, cautiously and reverently. We enter into the sounds, smells and sights of the Tabernacle and its constant activity. We grapple with the symbolism of the objects we touch, the acts we perform, and the people surrounding us. Stephanie deciphers for us what it was like to be a common Israelite coming to offer their sacrifice, as commanded by the Lord. Then, she opens for us the unique experience of the priests within the Tabernacle. We are God's royal priesthood, invited to taste and see His goodness. Join us today for a spiritual sacrifice of praise, an offering of worship to our God and King! Through the Tabernacle, taste and see that the Lord is good! This might be the most in-depth series yet to release on the Gospel Spice podcast. Yet, its mix of storytelling and insightful illustrations makes it easy-to-understand, approachable, and relatable. As with everything Gospel Spice, it is completely Christ-soaked. If you want to dig deeper, we offer a FREE resource: a 50+ page guidebook available only for those who register for free at gospelspice.com/tabernacle. It will guide you through the podcast series by providing daily readings and activities around your personal time with God this season. Get yours today! ---- Every week, Stephanie shares truth from Scripture and invites you to dig deeper in your faith to delight in the glory of God. PLAY IT FORWARD by SHARING the link with friends and family PAY IT FORWARD by supporting us financially PRAY IT FORWARD by praying for us and those you share it with! ------------ DISCOVER THE GOSPEL SPICE MINISTRIES ------------ The Gospel Spice Podcast is part of a larger range of tools given to you by Gospel Spice Ministries. In a nutshell, we exist to inspire Christ-followers to delight in God. In more details: we provide resources to empower Christian leaders across generational, social, ethnic and geographical boundaries towards more intimacy with Jesus Christ and discipleship effectiveness through a Biblical Christocentric foundation. The Gospel-Spice Ministries provide a safe environment for spiritual and community growth empowering people to know Christ more intimately, serve one another more powerfully, and reach the world for Jesus. PAY IT FORWARD!! Would you consider supporting this show today to help others enjoy it for free? It comes to you completely free, but is labor-intensive to produce, and we want to keep putting it in the ears of people! For the price of a cup of coffee, PAY IT FORWARD with $5 or $10 to make a huge difference! Contact us to pay it forward by Credit Card, or donate via PayPal. Gospel Spice Ministries is a non-profit organization registered under the tax-exempt 501c3 status. Your donations are tax-deductible under IRS Section 170. We want to be the best possible stewards of your financial support. All donations above our operating costs go to Christian organizations fighting human trafficking. We do not take a salary, but only seek to cover our operating costs. PLAY IT FORWARD by SHARING the link with friends and family PAY IT FORWARD by supporting us financially PRAY IT FORWARD by praying for us and those you share it with! Support us!
Fr. Mike breaks down the dramatic events from our reading of 1 Maccabees today, including; Jonathan's new role as high priest, Demetrius' defeat in battle, and King Alexander Epiphanes formidable alliance with Egypt formed by marrying Cleopatra. In Sirach, Fr. Mike reminds us that the good qualities wives are called to possess are also applicable to husbands. Today we read 1 Maccabees 10, Sirach 26-27, and Proverbs 23:5-8. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
On this episode of Rightly Dividing, we are looking at the darkening landscape that has been swept clean of the 'word of a king' and replaced with the 'rubber sword' of the ESV, NIV, The Message, Good News For Modern Man, take your pick because one is just as bad as the other. In the days after the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church, the 'cupboard will be clean bare', and because we are so close to that day we are right now seeing the gas tank about to go empty. But take heart, fellowsoldier in Jesus Christ, 'we which are alive and remain' have been left here for a reason and a purpose. Tonight we will look at the foretold Laodicean apostasy that is now nigh to conclusion, and what we who are Bible believers can do while we wait for 'that blessed hope'. Join us as we open our King James Bibles and feast together on the word of God as we prepare for the coming maiden voyage of Flight #777 on Titus213 Airlines. https://www.nowtheendbegins.com/nteb-radio-bible-study-famine-for-hearing-words-of-lord-god-king-james-bible/
For thirty long years, the African American woman worked faithfully for a large global ministry. Yet when she sought to talk with co-workers about racial injustice, she was met with silence. Finally, however, in the spring of 2020—as open discussions about racism expanded around the world—her ministry friends “started having some open dialogue.” With mixed feelings and pain, she was grateful discussions began, but wondered why it took her colleagues so long to speak up. Silence can be a virtue in some situations. As King Solomon wrote in the book of Ecclesiastes, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens . . . a time to be silent and a time to speak” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, 7). Silence in the face of bigotry and injustice, however, only enables harm and hurt. Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoeller, jailed in Nazi Germany, confessed that in a poem he penned after the war. “First they came for the Communists,” he wrote, “but I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist.” He added, “then they came for” the Jews, the Catholics, and others, “but I didn’t speak up.” Then finally “they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up.” It takes courage—and love—to speak up against racism and injustice. Seeking God’s help, however, we recognize the time to speak is now.
In today's episode of the Atheist Experience, Matt Dillahunty is joined by Jim Barrows!Our first caller today is Mark from GA. The caller claims that time robs the ability for information to be communicated, and that god will solve this by fulfilling the great commission through connecting our brains to computers.Next is Holy Rebel Movement from FL who claims that he received a prophecy from God of Joe Biden's inauguration, after we knew Joe Biden had won the election. The caller also states that they have 6 to 7 more of these mundane prophecies.Next up, Arnie from WA is calling back to report the current status of his deconversion process, and how he has transitioned away from his mormon indoctrination. After their previous call to the show, Arnie has since come to the conclusion that they no longer have a good reason to believe.Jim from Canada asks our hosts if the possibility of consciousness disappearing after death either disappoints or scares them.Next up is Kim from the UK who wants to talk about the privilege needed to be a non-believer. While needing a community, specifically an atheist community, can require a certain degree of depending on their location and socio-economic status, being an Atheist on its own does not.Next up is Mike from CA who claims to have personal experiences that can prove God, but I can't prove it to you. The paranormal experience was, “an urge to go home.”Our final call is Gilles from the UK who asks our hosts what an Atheist civilization would look like. What follows is a very pleasant call about the future of atheism and non-believers around the world.
Greetings Heathens! In today's episode of Talk Heathen, JMike is joined by Kenneth Leonard. Congratulations on your recent wedding Kenneth, glad you're now not living in sin.Let's get to calls! Charlie in Texas would like to talk about how or why the scientific method is properly scientific and how it can be applied to accepted theories including natural selection and evolution. This should be an interesting call, though it sounds like he's trying to dismantle established theories and pick holes in them. Maybe call upon some biologists next time? RJM in Massachusetts is up next, he wants to address what our epistemologies are in regards to being atheists. He does try to insert a deity or designer into the discussion of evolution and natural selection though. This call is frustrating because RJM doesn't want to listen and sounds eerily similar to other presups and their scripts. Why is he dodging and deflecting our questions and getting upset?Meshulam in Jerusalem is wondering about if there can be moral facts in a purely Atheistic world. Can moral action and facts exist in this Atheistic Universe. Um, why not and why wouldn't there be morality? He continues to beg the question throughout this call, it's worth listening to though, because JMike. Queer Atheist in Illinois is wondering what theistic arguments are the best out there. Can we extrapolate and discuss them? Oh, that's a tough question, because most theistic arguments tend to bring up more questions than providing solutions. Theist arguments have a tendency to appeal to emotion and tend to bend the truth too much. As a skeptic, it is difficult at best to find “the best one.”That's our show for this week, please continue to be safe in your area, wear your mask, and please please PLEASE get vaccinated if you can. The world is better with you in it. See you next week!
Why is it important to be a member of a local church? Well, its biblical and beneficial. God's heart is not for us to just attend church, but to belong and be the church. As we study the bible today in Matthew chapter 16, we see that Jesus calls out His followers, and begins the church. The English word for church is derived from the Greek Ekklesia which means the called-out body. Further on in scripture, we see that there is no such thing in the New Testament as a believer that exists independently as one who is not fully active in a local church. Our connection with a faith family is what sets Christianity apart from religion. Pastor Matt teaches us in this sermon, that God speaks to the church, God speaks through the church, and as the church, we are the hope of the world. Church is not just a place to attend, it's a place to participate and belong, and it holds the power to impact the world and generations to come. Maybe it's time for you to be planted in a local church and begin the active process of belonging and participating in the work God has planned and show the world hope and share His grace. Psalms 92:12-13 says that “the righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no wickedness in him.” If you're looking for a church to belong to, or have questions, please take the next step and reach out to us. We'd love to answer any questions you have, and help you get connected to be called out. Burnthickory.com/next
God delights in you. Do you believe that? Not because of anything we do, but because He made us and we belong to Him. Don't let the world jade you against the goodness of God Who has you as the apple of His eye. Bible Reading: Zephaniah Scripture Verse of the Day: Zephaniah 3:17
When circumstances in this world become so overwhelming that we find ourselves living out a "new normal," keeping our eyes fixed on God can help us open the gift of resiliency. Tune in as Denise shares six reminders of our resiliency in Christ.
The Bible often speaks of being joyful in suffering. How is that even possible? We'll find out! About Little Things: Amber Albee Swenson, one of our Time of Grace writers and bloggers, will help you navigate through some of life's challenges and struggles by using Scripture and her own experiences of being a mom, wife, speaker, teacher, and forgiven child of God . . . Because in God's kingdom, the little things ARE the big things. You can check out Amber's Bible study book, "Bible Moms," here: https://www.amberalbeeswenson.com Time of Grace is a donor-supported effort. If you would like to give a gift of support, please donate here: http://bit.ly/2K06lcJ
Hello! Thank you for listening to our podcast and hope that you are growing in a love for the Bible through this weekly teaching series, City of Temples. In a couple of weeks we welcome Alisa Childers to the podcast, so please look out for that.Today, approaching the UK's autumn half-term week, perhaps you would spend some time thinking about the previous 3 episodes, (The Present Continuous Holy Spirit parts 1-3) and this vital emphasis today within that.Are we keeping on asking or have we 'grown up'?You can watch this episode of Into the Pray here. AND if you haven't seen the beginning of our new church leader VLOG series on YouTube, you can do so here. Finally, to help us develop this digital media, please would you seriously consider helping us with 3 things:1) Consider GIVING to our work here; 2) FORWARD this episode to your networks and, if you haven't already,3) RATE & REVIEW Into the Pray on whatever platform you get your podcasts on. Many thanks. Maranatha/love
Fr. Mike guides us through Judas Maccabeus' last battle, his death, and his succession. We learn that part of Judas and Jonathan's victory involved fighting fellow Jews living in the land who were not living according to God's laws. Fr. Mike points out that when the enemy is in the inside, it is especially heartbreaking. Today's readings are 1 Maccabees 9, Sirach 24-25, and Proverbs 23:1-4. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Most people assume that being born again just means to become a Christian, but Jesus uses this metaphor to communicate some of the deepest truths about following Him. What does it mean to be born again, and how can you be born again?
Most people assume that being born again just means to become a Christian, but Jesus uses this metaphor to communicate some of the deepest truths about following Him. What does it mean to be born again, and how can you be born again?
As the French soldier dug in the desert sand, reinforcing the defenses of his army’s encampment, he had no idea he would make a momentous discovery. Moving another shovel-full of sand he saw a stone. Not just any stone. The Rosetta Stone, containing laws and governance from King Ptolemy V written in three languages. That stone (now housed in the British Museum) would be one of the most important archaeological finds of the nineteenth century, helping to unlock the mysteries of the ancient Egyptian writing known as hieroglyphics. For many of us, much of Scripture is also wrapped in deep mystery. Still, the night before the cross, Jesus promised His followers that He would send the Holy Spirit. He told them, “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come” (John 16:13). The Holy Spirit is, in a sense, our divine Rosetta Stone, shedding light on the truth—including truths behind the mysteries of the Bible. While we are not promised absolute understanding of everything given to us in the Scriptures, we can have confidence that, by the Spirit, we can comprehend everything necessary for us to follow Jesus. He will guide us into those vital truths.
Fr. Mike contextualizes our readings from 1 Maccabees today which covers the beginning of Roman rule over the Jewish people. Additionally, he emphasizes the wisdom from Sirach about surrounding ourselves with influences that lead us closer to God and help us grow in holiness. Today's readings are 1 Maccabees 8, Sirach 22-23, and Proverbs 22:26-29. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike explains the importance of wisdom in our everyday lives when we face temptations to gossip, encouraging us in the battle for virtue, wisdom, and goodness. He emphasizes that we must ask the Lord for his wisdom to guide us as we interact with the people around us, just like the Jews prayed before battle. Today's readings are 1 Maccabees 7, Sirach 19-21, and Proverbs 22:22-25. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.
Fr. Mike illustrates the story of Eleazar and the abandonment of peace terms between the Jews and the Greeks. He also recognizes the pain that children and family members who don't follow the Lord can bring about, and uses wisdom from Sirach to address this prevalent struggle. Today's readings are 1 Maccabees 6, Sirach 16-18, and Proverbs 22:17-21. For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/bibleinayear. Please note: The Bible contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.