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Our Daily Bread Podcast | Our Daily Bread

After Prem Pradham’s (1924–1998) plane was shot down during World War II, he was wounded in the leg by ground fire while parachuting to safety. As a result, he walked with a limp for the rest of his life. He once noted, “I have a lame leg. Isn’t it strange of God that He called [me] to preach the gospel in the Himalaya Mountains?” And preach in Nepal he did—but not without opposition that included imprisonment in “dungeons of death” where prisoners faced extreme conditions. In a span of fifteen years, Prem spent ten years in fourteen different prisons. His bold witness, however, bore the fruit of changed lives for Christ that included guards and prisoners who took the message of Jesus to their own people. Peter faced opposition due to his faith in Jesus and for being used by God to heal a “man who was lame” (Acts 4:9). But he used the opportunity to boldly speak for Christ (vv. 8–13). Though some today will also face the ire of hardhearted religious leaders (vv. 10–11), we also encounter individuals and groups who are spiritually destitute. Family members, co-workers, fellow students, and others we share life and space with need to hear about the One in whom “salvation is found” (v. 12), who died as payment for our sins and was raised from the dead as proof of His power to forgive (v. 10). May they hear as we prayerfully and boldly proclaim this good news of salvation found in Jesus (v. 12).

Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS, Woodbridge, VA)
Trinity of Woodbridge Sermon, 11-25-2021: Jesus Teaches the Keys to a Thankful Heart

Trinity Lutheran Church (WELS, Woodbridge, VA)

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 15:04


The Sermon for Sunday, November 25th, 2021, is based on John 18:33-37 Today's Focus: Today we remember our Lord's goodness in every area of our lives. To cleanse our souls, the Father sent his Son to take our sins away. To rescue us from spiritual darkness, the Holy Spirit works with the gospel to give us faith in Jesus. And our loving Father adds all the physical blessings we need to live and to serve him in thanksgiving. For all the Lord's goodness, we thank him. Sermon Given by: Paul Jenkins Trinity Lutheran Church is located in Woodbridge, VA, USA and is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). If you would like more information about our congregation, please visit www.trinityofwoodbridge.org or www.facebook.com/trinityofwoodbridge

Keys For Kids Ministries

Bible Reading: Hebrews 13:15-16; James 2:14-18"And please help the people at the soup kitchen find enough workers to help serve the Thanksgiving dinner," prayed Ryleigh a few days before Thanksgiving. She finished and said amen, and she and her mom began their meal."I've been thinking," said Mom as they cleared the dishes. "Maybe we could volunteer to help at the soup kitchen on Thanksgiving.""What!" exclaimed Ryleigh. "I don't want to spend Thanksgiving there! What about our own turkey dinner?""I think we could work that in too," said Mom. "Let's think about it.""I am thinking about it," muttered Ryleigh with a big frown. She closed the dishwasher. "Mom, can I bake the cake for Ashlyn's birthday party now? I'm not going to have much time tomorrow since I have choir practice in the evening." "Well, I haven't gotten any cake mix yet. Can you make one from scratch?" Ryleigh nodded and eagerly set to work. She mixed flour, sugar, and salt. She stirred in eggs, oil, and milk. Finally, she poured the batter into a cake pan and put it in the oven.When the buzzer sounded to indicate the cake was done, Ryleigh took it out. "Mom, my cake is soso flat!" she exclaimed. "It didn't rise!"Mom came to look. "I think you must have forgotten the baking powder.""This won't be any good," Ryleigh groaned. "It's definitely missing something," Mom agreed. She looked thoughtful. "Do you think there was something missing in your prayer tonight too?"Ryleigh looked at her mom in surprise. "My prayer?" Mom nodded. "You stirred the cake ingredients but didn't mix in the thing that puts action into the batter. And you prayed for helpers at the soup kitchen, but you're not willing to mix actions with the words you spoke."Ryleigh was startled. "I didn't think about that," she said."Give it some more thought," said Mom. "The Bible says faith without action to back it up is as useless as this flat, inedible cake."Ryleigh did think about it as she got ready for bed. Jesus showed He loved me through His actions--He died for my sins on the cross. And I'm so thankful He did that. I want to show others how good He is through my actions too. -Violet E. NesdolyHow About You?Are you thankful for all Jesus has done in your life?Thankful enough to let Him use your hands and feet to show others His love? He showed His great love for you through His actions--He took your sins on Himself and died on the cross. Celebrate this Thanksgiving Day by looking for opportunities to show others your faith in Jesus through your actions. Today's Key Verse:Let us offer through Jesus a continual sacrifice of praise to GodAnd don't forget to do good and to share with those in need. (NLT) (Hebrews 13:15-16)Today's Key Thought:Show your faith by your actions

Be With Me: 7 Minutes of Biblical Wonder
I've Told You Since p.14! S5e27 Acts3:25

Be With Me: 7 Minutes of Biblical Wonder

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 7:16


On Page 14 of my Bible, the Lord tells Abraham that "in him all families of the earth are going to be blessed." Today, in we find out exactly HOW the Lord plans to pull this off.Peter in a speech that will be interrupted by his arrest, pleads with his Jewish audience.  He tells them not to FORGET WHO THEY ARE.  You are SONS OF THE PROPHETS.  Well, what do they have to say about this era and this Jesus?  They point to Jesus.  Moses? Yes. Samuel? Yes. Abraham? Yes.  How many of them? ALL of them.This is how you physical sons of Abraham are going to be parents to the SPIRITUAL SONS of Abraham...through faith in Jesus.These are the LAST DAYS, but I have been telling you about it from the FIRST DAYS, at least since page 14.  Listen 7 minutes today and approve the concept yourself. bewithme.us

New Hope Church Messages
Love // Part 2 (BJ Chursinoff)

New Hope Church Messages

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 59:01


God doesn't love His people from a distance. God, who is love, takes up residence in every Christian the moment they place their faith in Jesus. If God's love is in us, then why do we have such a hard time experiencing His love in a tangible way? If God is in us, then why does it feel like He's not in us a lot of the time? We'll wrestle with these classic questions of the Christian life in this message.

Zion • Clear Lake
Passport Series • Passport to Galatia • Handling Conflict: Putting your Faith in Jesus

Zion • Clear Lake

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 43:20


ESV: Every Day in the Word
November 21: Ezekiel 12–13; Revelation 14; Psalm 119:105–112; Proverbs 28:6–7

ESV: Every Day in the Word

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 13:32


Old Testament: Ezekiel 12–13 Ezekiel 12–13 (Listen) Judah's Captivity Symbolized 12 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, you dwell in the midst of a rebellious house, who have eyes to see, but see not, who have ears to hear, but hear not, for they are a rebellious house. 3 As for you, son of man, prepare for yourself an exile's baggage, and go into exile by day in their sight. You shall go like an exile from your place to another place in their sight. Perhaps they will understand, though1 they are a rebellious house. 4 You shall bring out your baggage by day in their sight, as baggage for exile, and you shall go out yourself at evening in their sight, as those do who must go into exile. 5 In their sight dig through the wall, and bring your baggage out through it. 6 In their sight you shall lift the baggage upon your shoulder and carry it out at dusk. You shall cover your face that you may not see the land, for I have made you a sign for the house of Israel.” 7 And I did as I was commanded. I brought out my baggage by day, as baggage for exile, and in the evening I dug through the wall with my own hands. I brought out my baggage at dusk, carrying it on my shoulder in their sight. 8 In the morning the word of the LORD came to me: 9 “Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?' 10 Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: This oracle concerns2 the prince in Jerusalem and all the house of Israel who are in it.'3 11 Say, ‘I am a sign for you: as I have done, so shall it be done to them. They shall go into exile, into captivity.' 12 And the prince who is among them shall lift his baggage upon his shoulder at dusk, and shall go out. They shall dig through the wall to bring him out through it. He shall cover his face, that he may not see the land with his eyes. 13 And I will spread my net over him, and he shall be taken in my snare. And I will bring him to Babylon, the land of the Chaldeans, yet he shall not see it, and he shall die there. 14 And I will scatter toward every wind all who are around him, his helpers and all his troops, and I will unsheathe the sword after them. 15 And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I disperse them among the nations and scatter them among the countries. 16 But I will let a few of them escape from the sword, from famine and pestilence, that they may declare all their abominations among the nations where they go, and may know that I am the LORD.” 17 And the word of the LORD came to me: 18 “Son of man, eat your bread with quaking, and drink water with trembling and with anxiety. 19 And say to the people of the land, Thus says the Lord GOD concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the land of Israel: They shall eat their bread with anxiety, and drink water in dismay. In this way her land will be stripped of all it contains, on account of the violence of all those who dwell in it. 20 And the inhabited cities shall be laid waste, and the land shall become a desolation; and you shall know that I am the LORD.” 21 And the word of the LORD came to me: 22 “Son of man, what is this proverb that you4 have about the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days grow long, and every vision comes to nothing'? 23 Tell them therefore, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: I will put an end to this proverb, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel.' But say to them, The days are near, and the fulfillment5 of every vision. 24 For there shall be no more any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. 25 For I am the LORD; I will speak the word that I will speak, and it will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, but in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the word and perform it, declares the Lord GOD.” 26 And the word of the LORD came to me: 27 “Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, ‘The vision that he sees is for many days from now, and he prophesies of times far off.' 28 Therefore say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: None of my words will be delayed any longer, but the word that I speak will be performed, declares the Lord GOD.” False Prophets Condemned 13 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel, who are prophesying, and say to those who prophesy from their own hearts: ‘Hear the word of the LORD!' 3 Thus says the Lord GOD, Woe to the foolish prophets who follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! 4 Your prophets have been like jackals among ruins, O Israel. 5 You have not gone up into the breaches, or built up a wall for the house of Israel, that it might stand in battle in the day of the LORD. 6 They have seen false visions and lying divinations. They say, ‘Declares the LORD,' when the LORD has not sent them, and yet they expect him to fulfill their word. 7 Have you not seen a false vision and uttered a lying divination, whenever you have said, ‘Declares the LORD,' although I have not spoken?” 8 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: “Because you have uttered falsehood and seen lying visions, therefore behold, I am against you, declares the Lord GOD. 9 My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and who give lying divinations. They shall not be in the council of my people, nor be enrolled in the register of the house of Israel, nor shall they enter the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord GOD. 10 Precisely because they have misled my people, saying, ‘Peace,' when there is no peace, and because, when the people build a wall, these prophets smear it with whitewash,6 11 say to those who smear it with whitewash that it shall fall! There will be a deluge of rain, and you, O great hailstones, will fall, and a stormy wind break out. 12 And when the wall falls, will it not be said to you, ‘Where is the coating with which you smeared it?' 13 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: I will make a stormy wind break out in my wrath, and there shall be a deluge of rain in my anger, and great hailstones in wrath to make a full end. 14 And I will break down the wall that you have smeared with whitewash, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be laid bare. When it falls, you shall perish in the midst of it, and you shall know that I am the LORD. 15 Thus will I spend my wrath upon the wall and upon those who have smeared it with whitewash, and I will say to you, The wall is no more, nor those who smeared it, 16 the prophets of Israel who prophesied concerning Jerusalem and saw visions of peace for her, when there was no peace, declares the Lord GOD. 17 “And you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people, who prophesy out of their own hearts. Prophesy against them 18 and say, Thus says the Lord GOD: Woe to the women who sew magic bands upon all wrists, and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature, in the hunt for souls! Will you hunt down souls belonging to my people and keep your own souls alive? 19 You have profaned me among my people for handfuls of barley and for pieces of bread, putting to death souls who should not die and keeping alive souls who should not live, by your lying to my people, who listen to lies. 20 “Therefore thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am against your magic bands with which you hunt the souls like birds, and I will tear them from your arms, and I will let the souls whom you hunt go free, the souls like birds. 21 Your veils also I will tear off and deliver my people out of your hand, and they shall be no more in your hand as prey, and you shall know that I am the LORD. 22 Because you have disheartened the righteous falsely, although I have not grieved him, and you have encouraged the wicked, that he should not turn from his evil way to save his life, 23 therefore you shall no more see false visions nor practice divination. I will deliver my people out of your hand. And you shall know that I am the LORD.” Footnotes [1] 12:3 Or will see that [2] 12:10 Or This burden is [3] 12:10 Hebrew in the midst of them [4] 12:22 The Hebrew for you is plural [5] 12:23 Hebrew word [6] 13:10 Or plaster; also verses 11, 14, 15 (ESV) New Testament: Revelation 14 Revelation 14 (Listen) The Lamb and the 144,000 14 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, 5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless. The Messages of the Three Angels 6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7 And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” 8 Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion1 of her sexual immorality.” 9 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” 12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.2 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” The Harvest of the Earth 14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” 16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped. 17 Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse's bridle, for 1,600 stadia.3 Footnotes [1] 14:8 Or wrath [2] 14:12 Greek and the faith of Jesus [3] 14:20 About 184 miles; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters (ESV) Psalm: Psalm 119:105–112 Psalm 119:105–112 (Listen) Nun 105   Your word is a lamp to my feet    and a light to my path.106   I have sworn an oath and confirmed it,    to keep your righteous rules.107   I am severely afflicted;    give me life, O LORD, according to your word!108   Accept my freewill offerings of praise, O LORD,    and teach me your rules.109   I hold my life in my hand continually,    but I do not forget your law.110   The wicked have laid a snare for me,    but I do not stray from your precepts.111   Your testimonies are my heritage forever,    for they are the joy of my heart.112   I incline my heart to perform your statutes    forever, to the end.1 Footnotes [1] 119:112 Or statutes; the reward is eternal (ESV) Proverb: Proverbs 28:6–7 Proverbs 28:6–7 (Listen) 6   Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity    than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.7   The one who keeps the law is a son with understanding,    but a companion of gluttons shames his father. (ESV)

Longview Heights Sermons
Thanks-Living in the Midst of Pain, Pandemics, and Problems

Longview Heights Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 55:52


1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The truth we find in Scripture can be hard. Sometimes it doesn't make sense to us. It often is in direct opposition to our pride or comfort. Truths like: • Love your enemies • Do everything without grumbling or complaining • Do not worry about anything • Husbands, love your wife as Christ loves the church Why is it so hard to "rejoice always" and to "give thanks in everything" as we see in today's text? The key to this verse is the little word "in". We can be grateful that it does NOT say "give thanks 'for' all circumstances". It says, "give thanks 'in' all circumstances..." He's not saying to be thankful FOR the brokenness and sin in the world. Things like, cancer, divorce, miscarriages, disabilities, conflict, etc. He's saying that we can be thankful IN the midst of these circumstances. Why? Because in the midst of pain, pandemics, and problems there are ways we can live a life of gratefulness. Here are five reasons we can "give thanks in every circumstance." 1. The Price He's Paid for Me • John 3:16-17 • Ephesians 2:8 2. The Plans He Has for Me • Romans 8:28 3. The Promises He's Given to Me • Hebrews 13:5 • Isaiah 43:1-2 4. The Progression He's Making in Me • Romans 5:1-4 • James 1:2 • 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 5. The Place He's Preparing for Me What is that gives us hope? One day all sin and suffering will be no more. • John 14:1-3 What has He prepared? • Revelation 21:4 1) A place with no more sorrow or crying a.) Heaven is a place where the hurts and disappointment of this world have no more sting. b.) Where the frustrations of life are replaced with unspeakable joys. c.) Where the pains of life are not permitted and the failures of life control us no longer. 2) A place with no more pain a.) Heaven has no handicap parking places. b.) There are not pharmacies and prescriptions to fill. c.) Heaven doesn't have hospitals, nursing homes, or rehabilitation centers. d.) The days of aches and pains will cease and all of your pains and problems will be extinguished. • John 14:4-6 According to God's Word there is only One way to enter heaven. it is through faith in Jesus the Christ. Repenting of your sin and trusting Jesus fully. It is a gift of grace available to you. Want to talk with someone about receiving this gift? Text the word "Next" to 662-301-9107 and one of our pastors will connect with you. You can take that next step today!

WELS - Daily Devotions
While You Wait – November 19, 2021

WELS - Daily Devotions

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 2:25


The Bible promises that faith in Jesus as Savior is the only qualification for getting to heaven...

Heart of Worship Church
Foolish Labor, Weary Saints, and Misplaced Faith

Heart of Worship Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 17:44


Except the Lord build the house, they that labor, labor in vain. If God isn't defending the city, then they that fight for it, fight in vain. Where is your faith placed today? Are you leading men to put their faith in Jesus or are you wearying them in vain, building your own kingdom? Even with good intentions we can be guilty of this. Lay down the distractions, ambitions, and vain imaginations. Seek the Lord and be refreshed, strengthened, empowered, anointed, and encouraged for the fight ahead.

SportSquire
49: Football and Faith With Kent Chevalier, Chaplain of The Pittsburgh Steelers

SportSquire

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 48:08


In this episode of SportSquire, Brad is joined by Pastor Kent Chevalier (AKA, PK) who is currently the chaplain of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Kent shares his journey as a pastor over the last 25 years and how he arrived at his current position. Kent and his wife Erica, are responsible for bringing "church" to the entire Steelers organization. Kent is responsible for the men of the organization and Erica for the women of the organization. Kent shares one of the most amazing stories of how they arrived at their joint position. You will want to hear this story! This conversation is one that is full of encouragement and gives a side of the NFL you don't tend to see everyday. Men and women putting their faith in Jesus and discipling to others. Normal people like you and I trying to find their purpose through Christ. Kent challenges us all to find a small way to make an impact and watch God do his work. Kent and Erica Chevalier to many's surprise are not employed by the Pittsburg Steelers but Athletes in Action. They took a leap of faith to become 100% missionaries and are responsible for raising funds for all of their financial needs. If you are touched by Kent and Erica's ministry, you can learn more and even donate/partner with them to help extend and support their ministry. You can find the link to their website below: https://www.teamchevalier.com/partner Kent also shares how much he has enjoyed the bible study plan Mission 119. 10 minutes of reading and 10 minutes of brief commentary. You can find out more information at https://www.mission119.org/ to help you grow in your faith!

GCF Eugene
Fear Not

GCF Eugene

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 48:12


Watch the sermon here! Discussion Questions What are you more afraid of: snakes, spiders, or heights? What do you think are the most common fears that people you know have? Read Matthew 14:24-26. Why were the disciples so afraid? What fears do you think they had in these verses? What fears have you had recently? How do you normally respond to fear? (ex: avoidance, obsession, self-medication, etc.) In what ways does faith in Jesus combat fear? What should a Christian do when afraid? How does following Jesus change how we react to fear? What “next steps” do you need to make based off our discussion on fear today?

Church ALIVE
Revival of Honor | Week 2 | Ps. Anthony Fleming

Church ALIVE

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 44:15


If you placed your faith in Jesus today, we want to give you a free gift! Connect with us: https://churchalivenj.churchcenter.com/people/forms/129025 Connect with us: Facebook & Instagram @churchalivenj

Church ALIVE
Revival of Courage | Week 1 | Ps. Anthony Fleming

Church ALIVE

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 51:13


If you placed your faith in Jesus today, we want to give you a free gift! Connect with us: https://churchalivenj.churchcenter.com/people/forms/129025 Connect with us: Facebook & Instagram @churchalivenj

The Training for an Eternal Crown Podcast
Jake Rucker, Minnesota Twins Organization

The Training for an Eternal Crown Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 50:00


This week, we have a conversation with Jake Rucker for you! He's a professional player out of the Minnesota Twin's organization. Jake isn't unfamiliar with Full Count, and many of you know a little about him from the Hendersonville area. Reed and Josh ask Jake some questions about his baseball career, his faith in Jesus, and how he uses the game of baseball as a platform to share Christ.Hey, support Jake Rucker by following him on Instagram and Twitter! https://www.instagram.com/jakeeruckerr/https://twitter.com/jake_ruckerFull Count Ministriesph:(615) 925-1228email: info@fullcountministries.comhttps://www.fullcountministries.com

Legacy-Dads Podcast
Camp Royal - Where Action Sports and Identity in Christ Collide!

Legacy-Dads Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 68:08


In this episode, we talk with Brandon Heidemann, the founder of Camp Royal - a ministry where action sports and faith in Jesus collide! We get to hear about the start of the ministry, through the good and the bad, and hear how God continued to use Brandon in ways he never would have imagined. Listen in to this episode and hear what happens when we stop worrying about our ability, and trust God with our availability. Website: https://www.weareroyal.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theROYALcamp/ Instagram: @camproyal  

Be Still and Know
Day 45 - Issue 39

Be Still and Know

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 3:09


Matthew 8.8 NLT The officer said, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” The officer in question was a Roman Centurion. He was a powerful person in the military forces that were occupying Israel at the time and was, therefore, much hated by the population who longed to be set free. However, it's difficult not to warm towards this particular soldier. He approached Jesus because of his concern for his young servant. This in itself was remarkable because servants were viewed as property and had no legal rights of their own. The fact that the Centurion was concerned about his servant and was going out of his way to seek his healing is impressive. But, more than that, we note his huge respect for Jesus. He didn't believe that he was worthy to have Jesus visit his home but, in any case, he had such great faith in Jesus' healing ability he didn't consider that such a visit would even be necessary. He was sure that all that was needed was for Jesus to pronounce healing for his servant and it would be done. Jesus was amazed by the Roman officer and commented that his faith was beyond anything that he had seen in Israel. The Jews were looking forward to a great banquet at the end of time and Jesus affirmed that there would be plenty of Gentiles who would be sitting down at this great feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And, sadly, there would be many Jews who assumed that their tickets were booked for the banquet, who would be thrown into outer darkness, where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus was clear that the doors of the Kingdom had been flung open to the world. God welcomes faith wherever he finds it, and we need to do so as well. We need to keep our minds and hearts open to celebrate people's faith and to encourage it to grow. This story tells us that we need to be ready to find it in the most unlikely places. QUESTION: In what unlikely places have you found people of faith? PRAYER: Lord God, we praise you for the gift of faith. Increase our faith and help us to be ready to recognise and encourage it wherever we meet other men and women of faith. Amen

Unscripted One-on-One
Unscripted with Adam Comer of S2L Recovery

Unscripted One-on-One

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 54:24


Pastor Adam Comer - the CEO of S2L Recovery, is featured in the documentary and is a producer of the film. His story is incredible, as he was once a patient at S2L…and now he is the Executive Director.The team at S2L Recovery has released a short, 45 min documentary on how faith in Jesus is an essential element in recovery programs, especially when it comes to opioid addiction.  The film - The Forgotten Pandemic - was released to share the stories and successes of why faith-based programs are revolutionizing the face of recovery. There is hope for those struggling with opioid addiction!This is the most real, raw and honest episode I have ever done. This was personal. This was hard and trust me, I know that there will be after effects of what I shared halfway through. I did it because I don't want anyone else to struggle one more day. No more bad days. Reach out. Find help. Email me (below). Email Adam (also below). Let's carry the mat for one another. If you hear this and know someone that needs help or freedom, please share this. It might change their life forever. https://www.s2lrecovery.org/aaron@myunscripted.compastoradam@spring2life.net

Real Talk Web Series
Real Talk Web Series Episode 141: “Morpheus”

Real Talk Web Series

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 74:51


What does sleepiness, mindsets, men with no friends, and media mayhem have in common? They all show up in this week's episode of Real Talk (A little anticlimactic we know…). Join the guys for some deep discussion—well between two of the guys, the third guy literally almost falls asleep. They share updates on their lives including trying to develop a growth mindset, career dilemmas, and why modern men don't seem to have friends. From here it's on to the important stuff—anonymous questions asked by YOU, including:

Our Daily Bread Podcast | Our Daily Bread

When Christian Mustad showed his Van Gogh landscape to art collector Auguste Pellerin, Pellerin took one look and said it wasn’t authentic. Mustad hid the painting in his attic, where it remained for fifty years. Mustad died, and the painting was evaluated off and on over the next four decades. Each time it was determined to be a fake. Until 2012, when an expert used a computer to count the thread separations in the painting’s canvas. He discovered it had been cut from the same canvas as another work of Van Gogh. Mustad had owned a real Van Gogh all along. Do you feel like a fake? Do you fear that if people examined you they’d see how little you pray, give, and serve? Are you tempted to hide in the attic, away from prying eyes? Look deeper, beneath the colors and contours of your life. If you have turned from your own ways and put your faith in Jesus, then you and He belong to the same canvas. To use Jesus’ picture, “I am the vine; you are the branches” (v. 5). Jesus and you form a seamless whole. Resting in Jesus makes you a true disciple of Him. It’s also the only way to improve your picture. He said, “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (v. 5).

Awake Us Now
Rock Solid 2.0: Godly Wisdom from Second Peter (8)

Awake Us Now

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 25:16


Peter encourages believers to hold fast to their faith in Jesus, the One who fulfills all that the holy prophets predicted, so that right believing may produce right living in our lives.

The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
#449: Experiencing Intimacy with God

The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 5:50


Episode 449 - Show NotesI believe there are many who hear others talk about intimacy with God, but they have never experienced it for themselves. They have read about a close relationship with God, but it has never been their experience. They will never know what it is like until the intimacy becomes their own.I'm so thankful that God doesn't offer us cold, ritualistic, meaningless religion. Instead, he offers us himself. How amazing it is that we can know God in a personal way!We begin this relationship with God at our conversion. The moment you place your faith in Jesus and confess him as your savior and Lord, you begin a relationship with God. But like any relationship, intimacy is gained only through intentional pursuit and development.How does our relationship with God grow? Like all relationships it grows through trust. The more we trust God, the closer we are to him. Intimacy does not grow through knowledge alone, though knowledge is important. Scripture shows us that God is intimate with those who trust him. The more we trust God, the more intimately we come to know him.I want you to see there is a deeper experience and a closer relationship that you can experience in God. He rewards our intentional pursuit with a greater revelation of himself. On Mt. Sinai, Moses prayed, “I want to see your glory…” He was intentionally seeking to know more of God.You can I can do the same thing. Our relationship with God is not static. We don't reach a place of plateau or arrival. We must keep seeking God to know him more.Psalm 63:1-5 - “You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.  I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.  Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.  I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.  I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.”James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.” Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”5MinuteDiscipleship.comThe 5 Minute Discipleship Journal

Sunday Morning Podcast | The Moody Church

Who do you want to be when you grow up?  It's not just a question for children, it's a question for all of us. Because, if God has given us new birth by grace through faith in Jesus' life substituted for ours on the cross, and if God has then filled us with his Holy Spirit who is teaching us to walk in His ways, and if every moment of every day is an opportunity to be with Jesus and learn from Him how to live so that we are transformed increasingly into the image and likeness of Jesus, then we are all in fact still growing up.   We all have a whole lot of maturing ahead of us if we are to become gloriously like Jesus forever.   In this passage, the Apostle Paul explores spiritual maturity with 3 vital insights:   The Pursuit of Maturity: Spiritual maturity is not a destination, but a pursuit. This side of glory, we will never fully arrive, because we're a work in progress. This is the process of being progressively conformed to the image of Christ.   The Pattern of Maturity: Spiritual maturity is less taught and more caught. Imitation is the key to maturation. Be ever careful who you keep your eyes on. We become what we behold. This is why Paul warns against those who we shouldn't imitate.   The Prospect of Maturity: Spiritual maturity is living here, while belonging there. We reside as citizens on earth, but we belong as citizens of Heaven. The way of Jesus is to be in the world, but not of the world. Jesus showed us the way through the Incarnation when He embodied both presence and holiness at once. This is the call to live as fully engaged citizens of earth, whose real, true, ultimate home and allegiance belong to our citizenship in Heaven. We are to be in the world but not of the world.   Takeaway: stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.   Philippians 3:12-4:1

The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
#446: The Work Ethic of a Disciple

The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 5:49


Episode 446 - Show NotesDoes our faith in Jesus have an impact on our work, and how we work? I believe it does.What you do matters, but how you do it matters more. Character matters. It matters to God. How you represent Christ in the marketplace matters. Your work ethic is a part of your testimony of a changed life through Jesus.When you go to work it is a daily opportunity to bring glory to God. When we use what God has given us our intellect, our courage, our manual labor, our intuition, our skills God is glorified.What does work-ethic look like for Christian?  It's getting up early and sometimes staying late. It is preparation, long-range planning, goal setting, diligence, forethought, showing up for work on time, giving eight hours of work for eight hours of pay, doing what you are asked to do, and dong what needs to be done even if you are not asked.It's remembering that God is watching and that He keeps a record.  It's a call to living your life on purpose. It's a call to not waste your life, but to get up and get out and do something with the opportunities God has placed before you.Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might. Use your intelligence, your intellect, your labor, your talents and gifts, and all God has given to you. Do it today for His glory.Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.”5MinuteDiscipleship.comThe 5 Minute Discipleship Journal

The Gospel for Planet Earth w/ Karl and Susie Gessler
Sarah's Choice To Lose Her Dad (Sarah Lu's Testimony)

The Gospel for Planet Earth w/ Karl and Susie Gessler

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 69:58


Tears streamed down her cheeks as Sarah shared the difficult decision to follow Jesus against her Dad's will. Decades after the incident, the emotions are still raw in Sarah. These tears are more profound because they came from a living Martyr who was tortured and imprisoned in China for her faith in Jesus. The suffering that Sarah experienced was the reason her father discouraged her faith. But it did not deter her. Sarah is a woman of courage, and her story will inspire you. She gave up her beloved father for the sake of Jesus, and in the process, she helped bring him to salvation. This is her remarkable story.Sarah's Trail of Blood Video from VOM: HereThe Faith of the Fathers Telegram Link:  https://t.me/FaithoftheFathersThe Faith of the Fathers Website (Contact Karl): www.karlgessler.comSupport the show (https://www.patreon.com/karlgessler)

ESV: Daily Office Lectionary
November 4: Psalms 70–71; Psalm 74; Ezra 7:1–26; Revelation 14:1–13; Matthew 14:1–12

ESV: Daily Office Lectionary

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 13:42


Proper 26 First Psalm: Psalms 70–71 Psalms 70–71 (Listen) O Lord, Do Not Delay To the choirmaster. Of David, for the memorial offering. 70   Make haste, O God, to deliver me!    O LORD, make haste to help me!2   Let them be put to shame and confusion    who seek my life!  Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor    who delight in my hurt!3   Let them turn back because of their shame    who say, “Aha, Aha!” 4   May all who seek you    rejoice and be glad in you!  May those who love your salvation    say evermore, “God is great!”5   But I am poor and needy;    hasten to me, O God!  You are my help and my deliverer;    O LORD, do not delay! Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent 71   In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;    let me never be put to shame!2   In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;    incline your ear to me, and save me!3   Be to me a rock of refuge,    to which I may continually come;  you have given the command to save me,    for you are my rock and my fortress. 4   Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,    from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.5   For you, O Lord, are my hope,    my trust, O LORD, from my youth.6   Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;    you are he who took me from my mother's womb.  My praise is continually of you. 7   I have been as a portent to many,    but you are my strong refuge.8   My mouth is filled with your praise,    and with your glory all the day.9   Do not cast me off in the time of old age;    forsake me not when my strength is spent.10   For my enemies speak concerning me;    those who watch for my life consult together11   and say, “God has forsaken him;    pursue and seize him,    for there is none to deliver him.” 12   O God, be not far from me;    O my God, make haste to help me!13   May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;    with scorn and disgrace may they be covered    who seek my hurt.14   But I will hope continually    and will praise you yet more and more.15   My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,    of your deeds of salvation all the day,    for their number is past my knowledge.16   With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come;    I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone. 17   O God, from my youth you have taught me,    and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.18   So even to old age and gray hairs,    O God, do not forsake me,  until I proclaim your might to another generation,    your power to all those to come.19   Your righteousness, O God,    reaches the high heavens.  You who have done great things,    O God, who is like you?20   You who have made me see many troubles and calamities    will revive me again;  from the depths of the earth    you will bring me up again.21   You will increase my greatness    and comfort me again. 22   I will also praise you with the harp    for your faithfulness, O my God;  I will sing praises to you with the lyre,    O Holy One of Israel.23   My lips will shout for joy,    when I sing praises to you;    my soul also, which you have redeemed.24   And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,  for they have been put to shame and disappointed    who sought to do me hurt. (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalm 74 Psalm 74 (Listen) Arise, O God, Defend Your Cause A Maskil1 of Asaph. 74   O God, why do you cast us off forever?    Why does your anger smoke against the sheep of your pasture?2   Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old,    which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage!    Remember Mount Zion, where you have dwelt.3   Direct your steps to the perpetual ruins;    the enemy has destroyed everything in the sanctuary! 4   Your foes have roared in the midst of your meeting place;    they set up their own signs for signs.5   They were like those who swing axes    in a forest of trees.26   And all its carved wood    they broke down with hatchets and hammers.7   They set your sanctuary on fire;    they profaned the dwelling place of your name,    bringing it down to the ground.8   They said to themselves, “We will utterly subdue them”;    they burned all the meeting places of God in the land. 9   We do not see our signs;    there is no longer any prophet,    and there is none among us who knows how long.10   How long, O God, is the foe to scoff?    Is the enemy to revile your name forever?11   Why do you hold back your hand, your right hand?    Take it from the fold of your garment3 and destroy them! 12   Yet God my King is from of old,    working salvation in the midst of the earth.13   You divided the sea by your might;    you broke the heads of the sea monsters4 on the waters.14   You crushed the heads of Leviathan;    you gave him as food for the creatures of the wilderness.15   You split open springs and brooks;    you dried up ever-flowing streams.16   Yours is the day, yours also the night;    you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.17   You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth;    you have made summer and winter. 18   Remember this, O LORD, how the enemy scoffs,    and a foolish people reviles your name.19   Do not deliver the soul of your dove to the wild beasts;    do not forget the life of your poor forever. 20   Have regard for the covenant,    for the dark places of the land are full of the habitations of violence.21   Let not the downtrodden turn back in shame;    let the poor and needy praise your name. 22   Arise, O God, defend your cause;    remember how the foolish scoff at you all the day!23   Do not forget the clamor of your foes,    the uproar of those who rise against you, which goes up continually! Footnotes [1] 74:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term [2] 74:5 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain [3] 74:11 Hebrew from your bosom [4] 74:13 Or the great sea creatures (ESV) Old Testament: Ezra 7:1–26 Ezra 7:1–26 (Listen) Ezra Sent to Teach the People 7 Now after this, in the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra the son of Seraiah, son of Azariah, son of Hilkiah, 2 son of Shallum, son of Zadok, son of Ahitub, 3 son of Amariah, son of Azariah, son of Meraioth, 4 son of Zerahiah, son of Uzzi, son of Bukki, 5 son of Abishua, son of Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the chief priest—6 this Ezra went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the LORD, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked, for the hand of the LORD his God was on him. 7 And there went up also to Jerusalem, in the seventh year of Artaxerxes the king, some of the people of Israel, and some of the priests and Levites, the singers and gatekeepers, and the temple servants. 8 And Ezra1 came to Jerusalem in the fifth month, which was in the seventh year of the king. 9 For on the first day of the first month he began to go up from Babylonia, and on the first day of the fifth month he came to Jerusalem, for the good hand of his God was on him. 10 For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. 11 This is a copy of the letter that King Artaxerxes gave to Ezra the priest, the scribe, a man learned in matters of the commandments of the LORD and his statutes for Israel: 12 “Artaxerxes, king of kings, to Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven. Peace.2 And now 13 I make a decree that anyone of the people of Israel or their priests or Levites in my kingdom, who freely offers to go to Jerusalem, may go with you. 14 For you are sent by the king and his seven counselors to make inquiries about Judah and Jerusalem according to the Law of your God, which is in your hand, 15 and also to carry the silver and gold that the king and his counselors have freely offered to the God of Israel, whose dwelling is in Jerusalem, 16 with all the silver and gold that you shall find in the whole province of Babylonia, and with the freewill offerings of the people and the priests, vowed willingly for the house of their God that is in Jerusalem. 17 With this money, then, you shall with all diligence buy bulls, rams, and lambs, with their grain offerings and their drink offerings, and you shall offer them on the altar of the house of your God that is in Jerusalem. 18 Whatever seems good to you and your brothers to do with the rest of the silver and gold, you may do, according to the will of your God. 19 The vessels that have been given you for the service of the house of your God, you shall deliver before the God of Jerusalem. 20 And whatever else is required for the house of your God, which it falls to you to provide, you may provide it out of the king's treasury. 21 “And I, Artaxerxes the king, make a decree to all the treasurers in the province Beyond the River: Whatever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the Law of the God of heaven, requires of you, let it be done with all diligence, 22 up to 100 talents3 of silver, 100 cors4 of wheat, 100 baths5 of wine, 100 baths of oil, and salt without prescribing how much. 23 Whatever is decreed by the God of heaven, let it be done in full for the house of the God of heaven, lest his wrath be against the realm of the king and his sons. 24 We also notify you that it shall not be lawful to impose tribute, custom, or toll on anyone of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the doorkeepers, the temple servants, or other servants of this house of God. 25 “And you, Ezra, according to the wisdom of your God that is in your hand, appoint magistrates and judges who may judge all the people in the province Beyond the River, all such as know the laws of your God. And those who do not know them, you shall teach. 26 Whoever will not obey the law of your God and the law of the king, let judgment be strictly executed on him, whether for death or for banishment or for confiscation of his goods or for imprisonment.” Footnotes [1] 7:8 Aramaic he [2] 7:12 Aramaic Perfect (probably a greeting) [3] 7:22 A talent was about 75 pounds or 34 kilograms [4] 7:22 A cor was about 6 bushels or 220 liters [5] 7:22 A bath was about 6 gallons or 22 liters (ESV) New Testament: Revelation 14:1–13 Revelation 14:1–13 (Listen) The Lamb and the 144,000 14 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father's name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, 3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. 4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, 5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless. The Messages of the Three Angels 6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. 7 And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” 8 Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion1 of her sexual immorality.” 9 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” 12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.2 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Footnotes [1] 14:8 Or wrath [2] 14:12 Greek and the faith of Jesus (ESV) Gospel: Matthew 14:1–12 Matthew 14:1–12 (Listen) The Death of John the Baptist 14 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard about the fame of Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, “This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why these miraculous powers are at work in him.” 3 For Herod had seized John and bound him and put him in prison for the sake of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife,1 4 because John had been saying to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 5 And though he wanted to put him to death, he feared the people, because they held him to be a prophet. 6 But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias danced before the company and pleased Herod, 7 so that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she might ask. 8 Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me the head of John the Baptist here on a platter.” 9 And the king was sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests he commanded it to be given. 10 He sent and had John beheaded in the prison, 11 and his head was brought on a platter and given to the girl, and she brought it to her mother. 12 And his disciples came and took the body and buried it, and they went and told Jesus. Footnotes [1] 14:3 Some manuscripts his brother's wife (ESV)

Alistair Begg on SermonAudio

A new MP3 sermon from Truth For Life - Alistair Begg is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: Faith in Jesus Subtitle: Messages from Truth For Lif Speaker: Alistair Begg Broadcaster: Truth For Life - Alistair Begg Event: Sunday Service Date: 10/31/2021 Bible: Romans 3:21-31 Length: 42 min.

Maranatha Baptist Church
Faith to Walk on Water | Phil Roy

Maranatha Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 33:56


October 31, 2021 | Phil Roy | 8:45 AM Sunday Morning Service Are we truly willing to step out in faith towards Jesus, or are we more confident in our comfort zone than we are in Him? This message looks into Jesus calling Peter out to walk on the water, while the rest of the disciples stayed in the boat. Search in yourself and recognize what has been the boat you've stayed in, what are your fears, and if you are willing to leave it all behind to experience a life of real faith in Jesus.

Mornings with Jeff & Rebecca
The False Gospel vs. The True Gospel

Mornings with Jeff & Rebecca

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 2:04


Many of can get caught up in the belief (explicitly or implicitly) that we are supposed to clean ourselves up before God can accept us.However, Romans 5:8 reminds us that "while we were still sinners Christ died for us." Also, when we read what Scripture says in regards to repentance, we know that we can't take any credit for it. Plus, we have no ability to clean ourselves up which is why God had come down in the first place. The healing and the fixing have to come from outside of us.Pastor Daniel Dickard puts it beautiful when he says:"The false gospel says: God will love you if you change. The true gospel says: God will change you because He loves you, so believe in Christ. The former makes you think that God's acceptance is based on meeting certain conditions. The latter affirms that God accepts you because of what Christ has done."Even repentance on it's own isn't a work you do, but rather a response to what God has done in you and for you. Repentance doesn't start with us. A person can only change their mind about God if God draws them near to Himself (John 6:44)Repentance isn't something we do to earn salvation, it's an indicator of true and right belief/faith in Jesus in regards to what's He done for our past sin. It is something that God gives and it is only possible because of His grace (Acts 5:31; 11:18). Simply put, no one can repent unless God grants repentance.Like Jonathan Edwards once said:"The only thing we contribute to our salvation is the sin that makes it necessary."As important as salvation is, it is not the goal of the Christian life; it is just the beginning. Salvation restores God's purpose into your life. Redemption returns you to the purpose for which God created you: to be a bearer of his image and an agent of his kingdom. He did not save you for your purposes; he saved you for his purposes.

TwinRivers.Church Podcast
When You Have A Word | First Wednesday

TwinRivers.Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 41:45


Listen in as Guest Speaker Chad Dingess shares his heart on having faith in Jesus to do the Impossible!

Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast
SMW 036: How Choosing Jesus Daily Will Help You Live in Your Purpose || Chanelle Neilson

Spiritually Minded Mom Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 25:45


Chanelle Neilson believes most of her growth on the covenant path has not come from huge trials but from choosing daily to follow Jesus and live in her purpose. In this episode, Chanelle shares the practical things she does to increase her faith every day and how she has learned to use personal revelation for both spiritual and temporal aspects of her life. Chanelle expresses how acting on promptings has helped her to trust God and know that He wants more for her than she wants for herself.    Journal Questions The Helen Keller quote Chanelle shared was this, “I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble.”  What small task in your life could you view as great and noble? Write your thoughts on how doing this task daily will increase your faith in Jesus.   Chanelle expressed her belief that God already sees her business as “done” even though she is in the beginning stage. What are you feeling called to do in your life? Is it a business, something with your family or church calling or something else? How can you increase your faith to see this thing as already “done” in the Lord's eyes. Here's some ideas to embrace how God sees your calling as done. Ask in prayer for him to bless you with this gift. Visualize or meditate on what you are feeling called to do as “done.” Journal as if you have already accomplished what God has asked you to do.   In Chanelle's journey, she has learned to live in personal revelation every day. But she wasn't born fluent in the language of the Spirit. Chanelle has developed this ability over time by choosing daily to follow Christ and live in her purpose. Ponder how you have seen your spiritual fluency grow throughout your life. Record in your journal the growth you have seen in your own journey to know God's will for you.   Episode Links Scripture Chanelle referenced: 1 Nephi 5:5 Follow Chanelle on Instagram: @chanelleneilsoncoaching Follow Chanelle on Facebook: Chanelle Neilson Coaching Follow Chanelle on YouTube: Chanelle Neilson Join the Spiritually Minded Women email list: spirituallymindedwomen.com/prayerjournal/ Follow Spiritually Minded Women on Instagram: @spirituallymindedwomen Watch the podcast on YouTube: Spiritually Minded Women channel Visit the website: spirituallymindedwomen.com

Church ALIVE
The Unlikely Leader | Week 4 | Pastor Anthony Fleming

Church ALIVE

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 47:16


If you placed your faith in Jesus today, we want to give you a free gift! Connect with us: https://churchalivenj.churchcenter.com/people/forms/129025 Connect with us: Facebook & Instagram @churchalivenj

Keys For Kids Ministries

Bible Reading: Ephesians 2:1-5"Hey, what do you see?" Dad asked. Madeline had climbed halfway up the swing set and was clinging to the frame as she peered through a pair of binoculars."A bird I didn't recognize just flew into that tree," Madeline answered, pointing to a tall maple. "I thought it might be a cuckoo.""I doubt that," said Dad. "I don't think we have any cuckoos around here.""I hope not! We learned about them at school. They sneak into other birds' nests and lay their eggs there right alongside that bird's eggs. Cuckoo birds are too lazy to build their own nests, hatch their own eggs, or feed their own babies." Madeline scowled. "I wonder why God made them anyway.""I'm sure He had a reason," Dad replied. "Maybe it was so they could be our example." "Our example!" Madeline exclaimed. "Do you mean they're an example of what not to be? That we shouldn't be lazy like them or make someone else do the work we're supposed to do?"Dad laughed. "Well, that's a good negative example, but I was thinking of something else. You mentioned that cuckoos don't raise their own babies.""Yeah," said Madeline. "They turn that job over to another bird--like maybe a sparrow who hatches the eggs and feeds the baby cuckoos and takes care of them.""Yes, but when a little cuckoo gets big enough to leave the nest and fly away, does it join the sparrows and act and sing like them?" Dad asked. "No, I don't think so," Madeline answered. "Being raised by a sparrow doesn't change it into a sparrow. It's still a cuckoo." She grinned. "I guess only God could change it into a different bird, but I don't think He's going to do that, do you?"Dad shook his head. "That's like people," he said. "Kids may be raised in a Christian home and be fed the truth of the Bible by their parents, pastors, and teachers. But that's not enough--they're still sinners and need to be changed. And they can be--but only by God.""I see what you're saying," said Madeline. "When we trust in Jesus, He changes us.""That's right," said Dad. "And He's the only one who can do that." -Vera M. HutchcroftHow About You?Have you been changed? Or did you think you were automatically a Christian because your parents are Christians--or because you go to church and learn Bible verses? It doesn't happen that way. Only God can change you. Only He can take away your sin, accept you into His family, and make you a new person. He does that when you put your faith in Jesus. Trust Him as your Savior today! Today's Key Verse:Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! (NLT) (2 Corinthians 5:17)Today's Key Thought:God can change you

Bible in Life
Responding to Opposition Like the Apostles | Acts 4:23-31

Bible in Life

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 13:41


When we encounter opposition to our faith in Jesus, often our knee-jerk prayer is for God to deal with those opposing us. Or for God to protect us.  Neither of those is necessarily wrong. We see examples of both kinds of prayer in the Bible.  But in Acts 4:23-31, the apostles pray in such a way that offers a real challenge to us. Their prayer is not for God to remove the opposition or to provide protection. Their prayer is for more boldness to do what God called them to do - to speak the message about Jesus.  Even though it may bring hardship and difficulty.  Even though it may garner pain.  They pray for boldness to speak because that's what faithfulness to Jesus looks like.  What if we focused on praying for the strength, courage, and even boldness to be faithful, regardless of the the costs or the outcome?   Want to get more out of your Bible reading? Free Resource: 7 Ways to Immediately Get More Out of the Bible  https://www.johnwhittaker.net/seven-ways   Support this ministry: Set up a recurring monthly or a one-time donation at the link below. http://worldfamilymissions.org/john-whittaker/   The Listener's Commentary - In-depth teaching through books of the Bible to help you learn the Bible for yourself:  https://www.listenerscommentary.com   Connect with me: Social Media- connect on facebook and instagram Email - john@johnwhittaker.net If you've been helped by this teaching leave a review and share freely - on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, via email.

The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
#442: How To Be Sure You Are Saved

The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 5:36


Episode 442 - Show NotesWhen it comes to having assurance of our salvation, there are many who struggling believing they are saved. Many live without the assurance of an eternity with God.I'm so thankful we have the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ, our Lord. If you have placed your faith in Jesus' death and resurrection on your behalf, and if you have confessed him as your savior and Lord, the Bible says you are saved.Here's an important truth to remember. The assurance of our salvation and forgiveness of sins is based on what God has said in his word, not on how we may or may not feel. I'm quite confident that the enemy of our soul wants us to struggle with doubt about our salvation. He doesn't want you to believe or feel that you are forgiven of your sins.Feelings come and feelings go. Some days you'll feel more spiritual than others. Some days you'll feel closer to God than other days. But the assurance of our salvation is not based on any particular feelings. We stand on the authority of God's Word.So the question is: “Do you believe? Do you believe Jesus Christ is the son of God? Do you believe he is the atoning sacrifice for our sins? Do you believe he rose again on the third day? If so, you are a believer.God wants us to have assurance of our salvation. We should not live our Christian lives wondering and worrying each day whether we are truly saved. By taking God's Word to heart, you can have no doubt about the reality of your eternal salvation.1 John 5:11-13 - “And this is the testimony, that God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life.”In John 3:36, Jesus says, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life…”5MinuteDiscipleship.com

WakeUP Daily Bible Study
Your Faith in Jesus Frees You

WakeUP Daily Bible Study

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 16:04


Today's Scripture Reference: Matthew 6:33

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - November 1 - God's Word IS God's Will pt 1

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 8:07


Scripture For Today:Matthew 26:42“He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”God's Word is God's Will pt 7We've been doing a deep dive on your need to study the Word of God for yourself and not relying only on the teachings of me, your pastor or other ministry leaders your entire life. YOU need to be studying the Word on a daily basis in order for you to survive and thrive in this fallen world on a daily basis. Amen! In yesterday's study session, our subject verse was from Mark 14:35, where we see Jesus asking the Father that, if there was any other way of doing what was about to happen (going to the Cross), he would prefer that. But then, as soon as He said it, He said, basically, “Let your WILL be done.”  In other words, if there is no other way, “let's do it you way.” Today, we read the same account, but from the Book of Matthew. Notice this is now the second time Jesus prayed this to the Father. There MUST have been some doubt and unbelief presenting itself to Jesus while He was praying about what is about to happen. THERE MUST HAVE BEEN! The Bible says Jesus was tempted in all ways, just like we are.  Here, the devil is tempting Him. From the text, we can assume he is whispering in the ears of Jesus, “You don't have to do this. God is capable of doing it in any way He chooses. IF you are the Son of God, don't you think He could swing some other plan into operation? I mean, after all, He IS God – and do anything!  Haven't you been preaching on that? Just ask Him to find some other way because you just do not want to do this thing…” Why do you think Jesus prayed, “Let you will be done?”  He was hoping the Holy Spirit would tell Him there WAS another way… but when there was no immediate response, Jesus KNEW He had His answer. Go with the plan of God that had been predetermined from before the foundation of the world. Amen! We will all have similar opportunities to question God's Will in certain situations. There are Muslim brothers and sisters in Christ who are faced with, basically, the same question on a daily basis.  “Reject your claim the Jesus is Lord and the only way to Heaven – or you will die!” Each and every single day, Christians are being put to death simply for their Faith. Usually, here in America, we look at it as happening “over there” and not “over here.”  But those times have already changed – for the worse – if you are a Christian! Christians are being polarized, demonized, shunned, ridiculed and BLAMED for everything going wrong in America right now!  If we preach the Bible – we are labeled as racist, homophobic, gender phobic, transphobic, and whatever other labels are the “Words of the Day” in hell.  The time has come where Christians, here in the United States, are beginning to see how difficult it is for our Muslim brethren to take their public stands of Faith in Jesus, despite the hardships or consequences.  Christians here in America are basically impotent Christians. Weak, limp, unable to function as designed. Unable to bring joy or pleasure to anyone else's life. Unable to influence another into making the True decisions for salvation in Christ alone. Unable to impact today's society, political processes or culture in positive ways… And when we try, we are demonized, threatened, lose our jobs, jeopardize our health and our families well-being.  And these things are just starting here!  Soon, we WILL be just about like any other Communist nation or Muslim nation – probably a combination of the two. Then, we will long for the days where we could read our own Bibles and attend worship services. Instead, we will be on our own. Churches closed, preaching the Word outlawed or severely limited, etc. So, as we close for today, I want to pray that YOU will take the stand of Faith...

Alistair Begg - Truth For Life

The Reformation marked a pivotal event in church history—namely, a return to the apostolic Gospel. In this Reformation Day message, Alistair Begg examines the good news of salvation as proclaimed in Romans 3: that a right standing with God is not something that we are called to produce but something which God has chosen to provide to us as a gift by faith in Jesus. Only the cross of Calvary can bring undeserving sinners into a living relationship with a holy God. Bible passages: Romans 3:21-31

FaithLife Podcast
Get Up - Multiply Series (2)

FaithLife Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 34:00


Peter told Aeneas: “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you! Get up, and roll up your sleeping mat!” And he was healed instantly. God does not physically heal everyone who seeks it, but He does make everyone whole spiritually who puts their faith in Jesus. Join us as we look at what happens instantly when we give our life to Jesus in this powerful sermon titled "Get Up!"

Today in the Word Devotional

The central theme of the book of Hebrews is the superiority, excellence, and perfection of Christ. We don’t know who wrote this epistle, but the audience seems to have been Christians being persecuted during the reign of Nero. They needed encouragement to persevere and hold fast to their faith in Jesus as the Messiah and Son of God. We hope you’ve benefited from this month’s study of the life of Moses, but we need to conclude by putting Moses in his proper place. He was a faithful servant in God’s house, but he was not the Son. He was a “man of God” but only Christ is God! Moses would be the first to agree. Today’s reading puts Moses and Christ side by side for comparison. Both were faithful (v. 2), but Moses was faithful as a servant while Jesus was faithful as the Son (vv. 5–6; see Num. 12:7). Moses served the nation of Israel well as leader and Lawgiver, but God was the builder of the nation (vv. 3–4). It only makes sense to give more honor to the builder than to the house itself. Jesus is worthy of greater honor. If God built the house (v. 4), and Jesus also built the house (v. 3), then Jesus is God. God is clearly greater than Moses. There’s no shame in that. Moses did what God called him to do and he did it faithfully. He should be honored...but not above our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. How does this matter for us? We, too, are part of the “house” that God is building. We Gentiles are branches grafted onto the original tree (Rom. 11:17–21). At all times in all ways, we should fix our thoughts on Jesus (v. 1)! >> Could you give an “elevator speech” (a quick summary speech of 30 seconds or less) about what you’ve learned from this month’s study? Doing so might help you crystallize what God wants you to learn.

Truth For Life - Alistair Begg

The Reformation marked a pivotal event in church history-namely, a return to the apostolic Gospel. In this Reformation Day message, Alistair Begg examines the good news of salvation as proclaimed in Romans 3- that a right standing with God is not something that we are called to produce but something which God has chosen to provide to us as a gift by faith in Jesus. Only the cross of Calvary can bring undeserving sinners into a living relationship with a holy God.

GDLC Audio
Redefining Righteousness

GDLC Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 29:47


As we sit at Jesus feet this week we are reminded of the truth that we cannot by our own reason or strength claim the Kingdom of God as our own. It is not through our righteousness, our good works, or the will of our flesh that we have access to such a wonderful hope, faith and joy. This is the truth that the Reformers held to, the truth that Jesus taught and the truth that Jesus reminds us all of that it is only through faith in Jesus' Righteousness and His grace and love that we can live as righteousness and holy people in this life and on into the next.

GDLC Audio
Redefining Righteousness

GDLC Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 24:17


As we sit at Jesus feet this week we are reminded of the truth that we cannot by our own reason or strength claim the Kingdom of God as our own. It is not through our righteousness, our good works, or the will of our flesh that we have access to such a wonderful hope, faith and joy. This is the truth that the Reformers held to, the truth that Jesus taught and the truth that Jesus reminds us all of that it is only through faith in Jesus' Righteousness and His grace and love that we can live as righteousness and holy people in this life and on into the next.

Mornings with Jeff & Rebecca
You Don't Need Self-Help

Mornings with Jeff & Rebecca

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 2:07


So many people think that Christianity is about doing enough good things to outweigh the bad ones, and that as long as you've done enough good, you'll go to heaven when you die. Plenty of (false) religions believe that, but Christianity isn't one of them.No matter how hard you try and how many good things you do, you can't measure up to God's standard of perfect righteousness. You might be able to control some kinds of behavior, but there's always going to be something broken on the inside, at the heart level, where only God can touch.The solution to the broken world begins, continues and ends with nothing but faith in Jesus. “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). You can't fix the flesh. You can't fix yourself. It's God's job to subdue your sinful flesh and empower you to live and thrive in the life of the Spirit.As you learn to walk in the Spirit, you'll understand Paul's statement in 2 Corinthians 5:21 when he says: "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has passed away, and see, the new has come!"You don't need self-help, you need a Savior.

Truth For Life Programs
The Pulpit: Its Powers and Pitfalls (Part 2 of 2)

Truth For Life Programs

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021


The pulpit is where pastors bring Christ-exalting, biblical instruction that can lead hearers to faith in Jesus. It's not without pitfalls, though! Find out what those hazards are, and discover the upside of ministry, on Truth For Life with Alistair Begg. Listen...

Other People's Shoes
Is Jesus Enough?

Other People's Shoes

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 47:51


With 25 years of radio experience and his strong Christian faith and a really cool “Australian accent.” My guest this week is Rodney Olsen. Who is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger, and podcast host of Bleeding Daylight. He has also crossed Australia 6 times by bike as well as cycling in Canada and made 2 trips to cycle in India. All of that doesn't come close to Rodney's faith in Jesus. Rodney, believes Jesus is enough, but the question is do you? Join me as we walk in Rodney's Dr. Martin boots. •To learn more about Rodney click here. •Remember when you walk in Other People's Shoes you get a different perspective!•Other People's Shoes would love your financial gift to help support the show click here•Have questions or want to give feedback call or text: 203-548-SHOE•If you enjoy the show consider subscribing on your favorite podcast platforms, so you don't miss an episode. We would also love it if you could leave us a review click here!•To hear other episodes go to:www.opspodcast.com•Social Media:**Facebook: Instagram: Twitter: ** @opspodcashow

Keys For Kids Ministries

Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:1-6Abel and Maggie were enjoying a weekend at their grandparents' cabin. While Grandma went to make hot chocolate, the twins sat with Grandpa in front of the fire and popped popcorn in an old-fashioned, long-handled basket."In our class at church today, Peter said his dad doesn't believe you need to have faith in Jesus to be saved and go to heaven. Peter told us his dad says there's no point in having faith in anything.""And what did your teacher say?" Grandpa asked."Miss Wilson said almost everything we do takes faith," Maggie replied. "She told us if we can have faith in people and things, we certainly can have faith in Jesus."Abel frowned. "I don't know what she means--I'm not even quite sure what faith is. But Miss Wilson didn't have time to explain before the class ended." Abel took the popcorn popper and shook it over the hot coals."Why are you holding that over the fire?" asked Grandpa. "And why shake it?"Abel looked at him in surprise. "It has to get good and hot to make the kernels pop," he said, sitting down on a stool. "I shake it to keep the kernels from staying in one spot and burning.""Why are you sitting on that stool?" asked Grandpa. "Aren't you afraid it will collapse?""Grandpa!" said Abel. "Of course not!""So, you have faith that the heat will change the kernels," said Grandpa. "You have faith that shaking them will keep them from burning. And you have faith that the stool will hold you. I'm sure you can think of other things you have faith in too."Maggie laughed at the astonished expression on her brother's face. "Yeah, Abel. I guess you agree with Miss Wilson after all."Abel laughed too. "I guess I do."Grandpa nodded. "Very simply, faith is just believing. Faith in Jesus is believing that what He says is true--even though we may not understand it. It's trusting Him to do what He says He'll do--forgive our sins and give us eternal life." Abel looked at the popped corn. "If we can have faith in heat and stools, we can definitely have faith in Jesus!" -Geri WalcottHow About You?Do you have faith? If you ride in a bus, a plane, or a car, it takes faith--a belief that those things will get you where you want to go. Riding in vehicles takes faith in people too--like pilots, drivers, and mechanics. Since you have faith in things and people, you surely can have faith in God. People can make errors, but not God. Believe what He says in the Bible--that you need Jesus to save you from sin. Then trust Him to do it. Today's Key Verse:Without faith it is impossible to please God, since the one who draws near to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. (CSB) (Hebrews 11:6)Today's Key Thought:Have faith in Jesus

The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
#438: Battling Unbelief

The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 5:21


Episode 438 - Show NotesMost of us have had those moments when we struggled with our faith in Jesus. The moments of difficulty usually aren't about our belief in God's ability. They are about God's willingness. In other words, we know he can help us, we are just not sure if he will.I wish I could say I have never struggled with my faith, but that would not be true. Sometimes we are weary. We are tired. Sometimes it's hard to hold on. Sometimes we don't see God's hand at work.  Sometimes we hear the lie of the enemy telling us God is not there. He doesn't care. Many people think struggling with God means we lack faith, but that is not true. Struggling with God is a sure sign that we do have faith. If we never struggle, our faith will never grow stronger. Strong faith is tested faith. There is no other way to grow.=My encouragement for you today is to not only believe that God can, but believe that he will.“You unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”  So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth. (Mark 9:19-20)“…if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” (Mark 9:22)  ““If you can'?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” (Mark 9:23). “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24)5Minute Discipleship.com

Thru the Bible on Oneplace.com

Jesus saw the paralytic's faith, forgave his sin, then healed his disability. Why did Jesus do it in that order? Perhaps He wanted us to know how to find true healing from life's hurts, which can be found only through faith in Jesus and acceptance of His unconditional forgiveness. Are you hurting today? Have faith. He sees you and wants you to find healing in Him.

Thru the Bible on Oneplace.com

Jesus saw the paralytic's faith, forgave his sin, then healed his disability. Why did Jesus do it in that order? Perhaps He wanted us to know how to find true healing from life's hurts, which can be found only through faith in Jesus and acceptance of His unconditional forgiveness. Are you hurting today? Have faith. He sees you and wants you to find healing in Him.