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PowerPoint on Oneplace.com
Is the Church Relevant?

PowerPoint on Oneplace.com

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 2, 2021 28:04


To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/395/29 Today on PowerPoint, Pastor Jack Graham encourages us to take a look at the Church as Jesus designed it and desires it to be. While many may judge its relevancy based on the inevitable shortcomings of the human beings inside, we look to Jesus who, as Pastor Graham reminds us, never worried about what the world had to say about Him or His Church.

Morning and Evening with Charles Spurgeon

“Thou art all fair, my love.” — Song of Solomon 4:7 The Lord's admiration of His Church is very a wonderful, and His description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely fair, but “all fair.” He views her in Himself, washed in His sin-atoning blood and clothed in His meritorious righteousness, and […]

Father and Joe
Father and Joe E236 Persistence and Mercy of God

Father and Joe

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 22:15


In this episode I tried to draw parallels to the way God is revealed in the Old Testament and the actions of Jesus in the New Testament. As Father teaches, we delve into the fact that everything flows from mercy, whether the people receiving said mercy are worthy or not.The podcast Father and Joe brings us, as individuals, closer to the Holy Spirit and His Church.Seek Peace. Be Open to God and Love. Learn from Your Sufferings. Thank you for listening.FatherAndJoe@gmail.comAlso you can find is on twitter @FatherAndJoe

Elizabeth Baptist Church
God's Plan for His Church, Pt.17 ~Are We the Real Deal? Daniel Was!~ - Audio

Elizabeth Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 60:42


God's Plan for His Church, Pt.17 ~Are We the Real Deal? Daniel Was!~

BRAVE Church
The Kingdom Embassy: Caring For Your Spiritual Family

BRAVE Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 53:44


When a person is born again they are placed into the Body of Christ. Since every believer now shares the same Heavenly Father we are all brothers and sisters in Christ. In other words, Christians are now a spiritual family. Therefore, God gives clear instruction for his children to relate to one another in His Church. These instructions not only teach us how to have a great love for one another but also provide a great witness to the world. Knowing how to treat older and younger men as well as older and younger women is paramount to our walk with Jesus Christ. Also taking care of widows, which demonstrates the very heart of God, should also be on the forefront of our minds. After you listen to this week's sermon, engage in the following questions in order to help you grow in your relationship with Jesus Christ. Speaker: Jeff Schwarzentraub

Reformed Forum
Girolamo Zanchi and the Spiritual Marriage of the Church

Reformed Forum

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 67:18


Patrick O'Banion joins us to speak about Girolamo Zanchi and his book, The Spiritual Marriage between Christ and His Church and Every One of the Faithful. O'Banion translated and introduced a new edition of the book published by Reformation Heritage Books. Zanchi was an Italian Reformer, with close ties to Peter Martyr Vermigli. Developing from Girolama Zanchi's exegetical labors through Ephesians, Spiritual Marriage draws readers into the rich theological of doctrine of union with Christ. Following the lead of the apostle Paul, Zanchi demonstrates how our earthly marriages fulfill their truest purpose by drawing our attention toward the spiritual marriage between Christ and His Church. By paying attention to the Genesis account of Adam's marriage to Eve, to pertinent Old Testament laws, and to the teachings of Jesus and His apostles, we begin to understand something of that higher and heavenly union. This new translation helps us better understand the great mystery of Christ and His bride. Patrick O'Banion is International Trainer at Training Leaders International.

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast
HIS Church | Company is Coming | Pastor Jessi Gibson

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2021 44:21


Are you looking for a Church you can believe in? Join us as we receive a great and encouraging message!!! _____________________________________________________   Sermon: https://youtu.be/k78LfDXbs3g Full Service: https://youtu.be/-9RIKXUbbXI   Learn more about HIS Church today by visiting http://www.hischurch.cc/ or by calling us today!   HIS Church Owensboro Campus 4810 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 926-6009   HIS Church Amarillo Campus 6300 Arden Rd Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 359-9463   HIS Church  Dumas Campus 10 Elm Ave Dumas, TX 79029 (806) 935-4321   HIS Church Henderson Campus 173 Kentucky 2084 South Henderson, KY 42420

Morning and Evening with Charles Spurgeon

“The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams.” — Isaiah 33:21 Broad rivers and streams produce fertility, and abundance in the land. Places near broad rivers are remarkable for the variety of their plants and their plentiful harvests. God is all this to His Church. Having God she has […]

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast
HIS Church | From Shepherd to King: David the Sinner | Pastor Brian Gibson

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 37:10


Are you looking for a Church you can believe in? Join us as we hear the final sermon from our series on King David!!! _____________________________________________________   Sermon: https://youtu.be/kYa9_pQmVVM Full Service: https://youtu.be/e35lcwqeFlU   _____________________________________________________   Verses: II Samuel 11:1-5 Revelation 1:5-6   _____________________________________________________   Learn more about HIS Church today by visiting http://www.hischurch.cc/ or by calling us today!   HIS Church Owensboro Campus 4810 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 926-6009   HIS Church Amarillo Campus 6300 Arden Rd Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 359-9463     HIS Church  Dumas Campus 10 Elm Ave Dumas, TX 79029 (806) 935-4321     HIS Church Henderson Campus 173 Kentucky 2084 South Henderson, KY 42420

Father and Joe
Father and Joe E235 Time, Talent, and Treasure

Father and Joe

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 21:50


There are an unlimited amount of pathways to charity and love. In this episode we focus on the three phases; of which the infinite possibilities flow.  We particularly focus on how we can implement ourselves to charity is daily ways. The podcast Father and Joe brings us, as individuals, closer to the Holy Spirit and His Church.Seek Peace. Be Open to God and Love. Learn from Your Sufferings. Thank you for listening.FatherAndJoe@gmail.comAlso you can find is on twitter @FatherAndJoeCatholic, Church, God, Help, Life, Jesus, Love, Relationship, Charity, Love, Time, Talent, Treasure  

United Church of God Sermons
50-Years of Lessons on God and Faith

United Church of God Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 61:42


By Greg Thomas in Cleveland, OH - November 13, 2021 - Exactly 50 years ago this very day and month… November 13, 1971… I attended my very first Sabbath Service as a 17-year old teen in Berea, OH at the old high school there. I was in awe of the arrangement of the Service. There were hymns, two messages, and a format that actually encouraged me to open my Bible and read the Scriptures. It was an exciting time... the early 70's… but that was 50-years ago… one half of an entire century! Things have changed greatly since then… our society and culture, technology, the Church of God movement, and of course… myself. In this Sermon today, I would like to share with you some major life-lessons about God and His Church that I have learned over the past 50-years since I walked into that door at Berea High School in 1971 on November 13th

Elizabeth Baptist Church
God's Plan for His Church, Pt.16 ~Are We the Real Deal? Daniel Was!~ - Audio

Elizabeth Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 60:51


God's Plan for His Church, Pt.16 ~Are We the Real Deal? Daniel Was!~

NORTH.CHURCH Podcast with Pastor Rodney Fouts
Beloved | Week 3 | Geekin' Globally With The Greeks

NORTH.CHURCH Podcast with Pastor Rodney Fouts

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 33:06


For the third week of this series, we are joined by Stephen Kuert. Stephen is one of the missionaries that we support through Heart for His House. He preaches from John 12, and paints us a beautiful picture of what Heaven us going to be like. Stephen also teaches us how to partner with the vision that Jesus has for His Church in the here and now.Support the show (http://north.church/give)

Communion House
The United Church

Communion House

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 60:04


The Lord Jesus is looking for His Church, His Bride to be unified. No longer in petty disagreements over doctrine or tribal affiliations to denominations but true unity around all that He has said. Jesus Christ is perfect theology and it's time to fully entrust ourselves to Him. That includes all he has said, which he has heard the Father saying and all that His Holy Spirit continues to say this day unto all the churches. Tune into hear this very timely rallying call from Lead Pastor Moses Anderson as he encourages us to unify beyond any disagreement and in true focus for our Lord Jesus Christ. Thanks for tuning in, don't forget to subscribe for more On Demand content!

Father and Joe
Father and Joe E234: The Most Profound Things in the World are Provocative

Father and Joe

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 29:58


Continuing off of our conversations about miracles we explore how people dismiss them. We dive into how science views the world and how much is missed by the process science takes. We use multiple examples from testing gravity, to children, to businesses, and many more. The podcast Father and Joe brings us, as individuals, closer to the Holy Spirit and His Church.Seek Peace. Be Open to God and Love. Learn from Your Sufferings. Thank you for listening.FatherAndJoe@gmail.comAlso you can find is on twitter @FatherAndJoeCatholic, Church, God, Help, Life, Jesus, Love, Relationship, Miracle, Lordes, Science,  

Missio Dei Fellowship
The Ultimate Question

Missio Dei Fellowship

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 57:00


Peter offers the great confession that Jesus is the Christ. This passage functions as the pinnacle of the Gospel up to this point. Jesus instructs the disciples to tell no one about this revelation because they still have much to learn about the nature of Christ's true role as God's Messiah. Jesus informs them for the first time that He is not only Messiah, but a suffering Messiah Who is to fulfill the Old Testament promise of death and resurrection at the hands of His own people. This is a revelation that would have utterly shocked them. This is a wonderful passage showing the foundation upon which Christ would build His Church -- the confession of Jesus as God's Messiah.

Bethany Community Church - Washington, IL
The Noble Bereans - Acts 17:10-15 (Daniel Bennett)

Bethany Community Church - Washington, IL

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 52:45


Daniel Bennett continues the sermon series in Acts: God's Mission for His Church

Elizabeth Baptist Church
God's Plan for His Church, Pt.15 ~Are We the Real Deal?~ - Audio

Elizabeth Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 55:07


God's Plan for His Church, Pt.15 ~Are We the Real Deal?~

Missio Dei Fellowship - Sermons
The Ultimate Question

Missio Dei Fellowship - Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 57:06


Peter offers the great confession that Jesus is the Christ. This passage functions as the pinnacle of the Gospel up to this point. Jesus instructs the disciples to tell no one about this revelation because they still have much to learn about the nature of Christ's true role as God's Messiah. Jesus informs them for the first time that He is not only Messiah, but a suffering Messiah Who is to fulfill the Old Testament promise of death and resurrection at the hands of His own people. This is a revelation that would have utterly shocked them. This is a wonderful passage showing the foundation upon which Christ would build His Church -- the confession of Jesus as God's Messiah.

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio
The Gates of Magog Will Not Prevail

Sharper Iron from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 55:21


Rev. Daniel Golden, pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Parkersburg, WV, joins host Rev. Timothy Appel to study Ezekiel 39:1-29. The LORD continues His description of His defeat of the enemies of His Church. Even though a great host attacked the LORD's people, the LORD's victory over His enemies is full and complete. All their weapons will be burned in the fire, and all their bodies will be buried. There will be no remnant of the enemy to threaten the remnant of the LORD's people, and there will be no unholiness to desecrate the LORD's people. With the enemies of His people completely destroyed, the LORD will bring His people to everlasting peace and security; His face will be hidden from them no longer. This has been fulfilled in the face of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God, even as we wait to see Him face-to-face in the complete fulfillment at the resurrection. “The Faithful Watchman” is a mini-series on Sharper Iron that goes through the book of Ezekiel. Just when Ezekiel should have begun his service as priest in the temple in Jerusalem, the LORD called him to be a prophet in exile in Babylon. Through fantastic visions and attention-grabbing action prophecies, the prophet Ezekiel is a faithful watchman who proclaims the word of the LORD to bring people to repentance over their sins and to faith in the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, the glory of the LORD made flesh.

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast
HIS Church | From Shepherd To King: David The Sought | Pastor Brian Gibson

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2021 41:47


Are you looking for a Church you can believe in? Join us as we continue our sermon series on King David the Great!! _____________________________________________________   Sermon: https://youtu.be/OHuYK2KuJos Full Service: https://youtu.be/Y4wpZYrnCRo   _____________________________________________________   Verses: 1 Samuel 20:3 2 Samuel 22 1 Samuel 21:9 _____________________________________________________ Learn more about HIS Church today by visiting http://www.hischurch.cc/ or by calling us today!   HIS Church Owensboro Campus 4810 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 926-6009   HIS Church Amarillo Campus 6300 Arden Rd Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 359-9463     HIS Church  Dumas Campus 10 Elm Ave Dumas, TX 79029 (806) 935-4321     HIS Church Henderson Campus 173 Kentucky 2084 South Henderson, KY 42420

Father and Joe
Father and Joe E233 Sainthood and Miracles

Father and Joe

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 19:11


Father Boniface is involved with the possible canonization Blessed Charles of Austria. In this episode we dive into how the Church does the process of proclaiming a Saint. Part of the process involves multiple confirmed miracles; we also discuss how miracles are confirmed. The podcast Father and Joe brings us, as individuals, closer to the Holy Spirit and His Church.Seek Peace. Be Open to God and Love. Learn from Your Sufferings. Thank you for listening.FatherAndJoe@gmail.comAlso you can find is on twitter @FatherAndJoeCatholic, Church, God, Help, Life, Jesus, Love, Relationship, Miracle, Canonization, Confirmation, 

Catholic Daily Reflections
Feast of the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica in Rome, November 9 - Being Shocked by Our Lord

Catholic Daily Reflections

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 5:40


Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and you will raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking about the temple of his Body. John 2:19–21We celebrate, today, the Lateran Basilica in Rome, the mother church of the entire Roman Catholic Church. It was given to the Bishop of Rome in the fourth century and remained the pope's primary residence until the building of St. Peter's Basilica, at a time when the Lateran Basilica was falling into ruins. However, the Lateran Basilica to this day remains the most important Church in the world, since it is officially the Cathedral Church of Rome.As we honor this church, we honor more than a building. The Lateran Basilica is a symbol of the one true Church of Jesus Christ. It's interior is beautiful and awe-inspiring so as to point us to the unimaginable beauty of the Church Herself, which is the Mystical Body of Christ.Today's Gospel depicts Jesus entering the Temple and driving the money changers out with a whip and the animals they were selling for profit. As He did so, He cried out, “Take these out of here, and stop making my Father's house a marketplace.” Psalm 69 is then quoted: Zeal for your house will consume me.Jesus loves His Church as His own Body—because that is what it is. As His Body, the members of His Church are called and sent to act as His instruments, members of His saving action. Much more than a church building, today we honor the Church Herself—which means we honor you, insofar as you are a member of the Body of Christ. And in light of this Gospel passage for today's Feast, we are reminded of the zeal that our Lord has for the cleansing of His Church.How is the Church purified? It is purified by the cleansing of Her members. That means that Jesus desires, with perfect zeal, to drive out every sin from your soul, cleansing the filth that keeps you from fulfilling your essential role as a member of His Body.Sometimes we become slack in our own commitment to be purified. We can easily become comfortable with the sins we commit, and we can form habits that are hard to break. When this happens, it is useful to ponder this story of the cleansing of the Temple and see it as Jesus' desire to cleanse our own soul. At times, we need to be shaken up, challenged, confronted and encouraged with the unwavering zeal in the heart of our Lord.Reflect, today, upon this powerful image of Jesus cleansing the Temple. As you do, apply it to your own life. The people selling and buying in the Temple must have been shocked at Jesus' zeal and actions. If you have become complacent with your sins, try to allow this holy shock to also wake you up. Allow our Lord's zeal to affect you, and know that His purifying actions are acts of love by which He desires to free you to become a more fully functioning member of His holy Church.My zealous Lord, Your heart burns with a deep desire to cleanse me and all Your children from sin. Your zeal reveals Your deep love and Your willingness to do all that You can to make me a fuller member of Your Body, the Church. Open my mind and will, dear Lord, to all that You wish to say to me and give me the grace to respond to Your purifying action in my life. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: catholic-daily-reflections.comCopyright © 2021 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.

Richard Ellis Talks on Oneplace.com

To support this ministry financially, visit: https://www.oneplace.com/donate/640/29 God designed His Church to live in community with one another as one Body. When one part is hurting then the whole Body needs to hurt and weep with that part, and when another part is rejoicing then the whole Body needs to celebrate. This is the mark of a truly healthy group of believers.

Richard Ellis Talks

One of the biggest gifts wrapped up in God's design for His Church is the blessing of being part of a community. God never intended for us to suffer or celebrate alone and in isolation. We're all part of the Body of Christ -- and when one part hurts or rejoices, the whole Body needs to hurt or rejoice alongside that part.

Victory Tabernacle Hartford, AL
Brethren and Companions

Victory Tabernacle Hartford, AL

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021


Though separated from the church body at Ephesus and elsewhere, the Apostle John still knew he was to them a brother and a companion. Adversity does not sever our tie to Christ and His Church, neither does it deprive us of the revelation of Jesus Christ. We are a part of something BIG! Give this message a listen!

Elizabeth Baptist Church
God's Plan for His Church, Pt.14 ~Are We the Real Deal?~ - Audio

Elizabeth Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 56:27


God's Plan for His Church, Pt.14 ~Are We the Real Deal?~

Evident Life Church
A Message to the Church - Part 1 - Ephesus - A Message to the Church

Evident Life Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021


Pastor Eric Jones opens our study through Revelation 2 & 3 with a look at God's heart and care for His Church as we are called to maintain our first love. How do we do this? Remain Gospel-centered.

The Catholic Man Show
Rules of Life

The Catholic Man Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 81:44


St. Francis de Sales wrote a book called "https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Sanctity-Saint-Francis-Sales/dp/1785167863 (The Secret of Sanctity)" and in it, he provides 18 rules to life. We discuss them on this week's episode. http://www.patreon.com/thecatholicmanshow (Become a Patron! Over 40 interviews, a course with Karlo Broussard, a 10 part series on the domestic church, a course on fitness and virtue by Pat Flynn, and free thank you gifts for supporting the show!) https://selectinternationaltours.com/catholicmanshow/ () Travel to Italy, the Holy Land, Scotland, or Europe. Take a Catholic pilgrimage cruise or mix in Faith and Food or Faith and Fitness. No matter where you travel with Select, you will be embraced by faith. All our trips feature daily mass, unparalleled access to sacred sites, local guides that speak your language, and excellent accommodations. We have been helping pilgrims put their feet in the places their faith began for over 30 years. We want to help YOU experience the fun and faith-enriching power of pilgrimage. https://selectinternationaltours.com/catholicmanshow/ (Click here) About our drink: https://www.compassboxwhisky.com/whiskies/the-peat-monster (Compass Box Peat Monster) - New batches of the Peat Monster boast a spectrum of powerful coastal flavours, combining the smokiness of a driftwood fire with more medicinal peat notes. Orchard fruits and rich cask-derived creaminess balance the multi-layered smoke. It is a new peaty landscape, as the Painting Label shows. About our gear: https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Sanctity-Saint-Francis-Sales/dp/1785167863 (The Secret of Sanctity) - OUR GREAT HAPPINESS as Christians is to possess, in this world, through grace and love, Him Who deigns to be our beatitude for all eternity; and our greatest misfortune, after sin, is not to know or to recognize this secret of eternal charity. God would have us holy even as He is holy; He would have us live His very life. It is for this end that He has given us His divine Son, and with Him the infinite riches of His heart; that is. His merits. His sacraments, His Church. Sanctity consists in believing and receiving these divine communications, of which Jesus Christ is the source, the instrument, and the end; consequently, it also consists in uniting ourselves with Him by loving Him, and in modelling ourselves upon Him by imitating Him; it can and ought to pervade every life, the busiest as well as the simplest. About the Topic: St. Francis de Sales gives 18 "rules of life" in his book The Secret of Sanctity. Some you would be able to guess, others you might not. We talk about them in this week's episode. CONGRATULATIONS TO The Catholic Woodworker FOR OPENING UP A NEW OFFICE BUILDING! WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT AND INCREDIBLY HAPPY FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUCCESS: Use promo code TCMS10 for 10% off all purchases. https://catholicwoodworker.com/collections/discount-rosaries () [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AjD-rbk5cqI] TIME CODES: If this is your first time listening to The Catholic Man Show, we do 3 things almost every episode:1.) Open, review, and enjoy a man beverage – Minutes 1-12.2.) Highlight a man gear – Minutes 12-24.3.) Have a manly conversation – Minutes 24-48If you haven't listened to The Catholic Man Show before, check out our previous episodes https://thecatholicmanshow.com/episodes/ (here). Subscribe to our https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5MhmMZZhEnrapVYUIkFHLg?view_as=subscriber ( YouTube channel) to watch past episodes. Want to help The Catholic Man Show? By giving us a rating on https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-catholic-man-show/id1128843873?mt=2 (iTunes, it helps others find the show.) Want to say up with The Catholic Man Show? Sign up for our mailing list: http://www.thecatholicmanshow.com/manly (Click Here) Looking for a prayer to pray with your wife?... Support this podcast

Elizabeth Baptist Church
God's Plan for His Church, Pt.13 ~Are We the Real Deal?~ - Audio

Elizabeth Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 68:33


God's Plan for His Church, Pt.13 ~Are We the Real Deal?~

Presence. Power. Purpose. | MH Church
Relational Healing, Healing Series

Presence. Power. Purpose. | MH Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021


Messiah's House · Relational Healing, Healing Series- Jason Craft Jesus is building His Church and Satan hates what He is building. The Church is not a […] The post Relational Healing, Healing Series appeared first on Messiah's House Church | Amarillo, Texas.

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast
HIS Church | From Shepherd to King: David the Warrior | Pastor Brian Gibson

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 36:30


Are you looking for a Church you can believe in? Join us as we continue the sermon series on David! Today we talk about David the warrior!! _____________________________________________________   Sermon: https://youtu.be/xo7-ASlLWaU Full Service: https://youtu.be/rdQDc5KhhTQ   _____________________________________________________   Verses: Psalms 144:1-2 1 Samuel 17:1-16 1 Samuel 17:40-54, 57   _____________________________________________________   Learn more about HIS Church today by visiting http://www.hischurch.cc/ or by calling us today!   HIS Church Owensboro Campus 4810 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 926-6009   HIS Church Amarillo Campus 6300 Arden Rd Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 359-9463     HIS Church  Dumas Campus 10 Elm Ave Dumas, TX 79029 (806) 935-4321     HIS Church Henderson Campus 173 Kentucky 2084 South Henderson, KY 42420

Father and Joe
Father and Joe E232 Taking Advantage of Others

Father and Joe

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 26:51


Basic teachings of the Faith clearly explain that reducing an individual as a means for money is a sin. Often times we looks at this from the perspective of owners towards their employees. In this episode we look at those who do not “work” and how they take advantage of others. The podcast Father and Joe brings us, as individuals, closer to the Holy Spirit and His Church.Seek Peace. Be Open to God and Love. Learn from Your Sufferings. Thank you for listening.FatherAndJoe@gmail.comAlso you can find is on twitter @FatherAndJoeCatholic, Church, God, Help, Life, Jesus, Love, Relationship, Work, Goodness, Responsibility, Meaning, 

Brave Marriage Podcast
Relationships...In the Beginning - Ep. 136

Brave Marriage Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 36:37


In the beginning, God was good. He created us for intimacy, co-dominion, and co-stewardship of His creation. Male-female relationships and marriage may have gotten distorted after the Fall, but in the beginning, it was not so. Listen in to hear what Genesis 1-3 has to say about God Himself; God's original design for humanity; and God's plan for salvation following the consequences of sin. You might be surprised to learn what's actually in the creation narratives…and what's not. If you've learned something new here and are enjoying this series on “Marriage, Mutuality, and Gender Roles,” please leave a rating & review!Podcasting by: Kensi Duszynski, MA, LMFT, CPCEditing by: Evan Duszynski, MAMusic by: John TibbsFULL TRANSCRIPT:Welcome back to the Brave Marriage Podcast! Thank you so much for your earnest desire to grow as individuals, do marriage with intention, and live a mutually empowered, purposeful life in Christ. I'm really glad to be working my way through this series with you and really encouraged by some of the conversations I've been having lately. In upcoming weeks, we will get into a few interviews where we'll dive more deeply into marriage and mutuality, but today, we're covering marriage in the Creation account and after the Fall. I believe last episode, I said I'd cover Ephesians 5 as well, but that was a little ambitious, I found, and so that episode will drop on Monday, November 29th. And the reason I wanted to include these biblical teachings in a series on marriage, mutuality, and gender roles, is because I think for many of us, we've heard these passages so much that we often don't even hear them for what they actually say, or we hear these verses so piece-milled to prove a point, that we don't even understand their context. So what I'm hoping is that the questions posed in the last episode encouraged you toward your own reading of Scripture, because today, we'll be diving into it together with fresh eyes and ears. Let's start by taking a look at the Creation accounts in Genesis 1 and 2: Genesis 1:26-31 says:“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.' [So notice, when God says, ‘let us make man in our image, and after our likeness,' He's referring to the relationality between Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—whom we know as the Triune God. The word man used there is adam in Hebrew, and the them is ha'adam in Hebrew. It's plural for humanity or mankind. And Scripture says that God made humans to have dominion over the earth and other created creatures—not dominion over each other.]So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. [In other words, from the Hebrew, God created mankind, in the image of God he created mankind; male and female he created mankind.]And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.' And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.' And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.”So in the first creation narrative, here in chapter 1, we have the Creator God, who in the Hebrew in chapter one, is referred to as Elohim. Elohim, God, we're told, created the earth and humanity in His image. And compared to other creation accounts at the time, this God was described quite differently. For one, He was one—3-in-1; secondly, He was a good God; and third, He was a relational God, completely unified within Himself. In chapter 1, we're zoomed out a bit, seeing how this all-powerful, relational-within-and-between-Himself God created the entire universe. If you can, imagine a movie that begins with a look at earth from outer space. From this aerial vantage point, we see that this God completed His work with the creation of humanity, instructing them to be fruitful, to multiply, to create, to rule, to subdue, and take care of the earth He created. And only after God created male and female—humans in His image—and instructed them to steward the earth for His glory, did this Creator God proclaim His creation “very good.”Here's how I read that: In contrast to other renderings of the text I've heard, woman isn't the epitome or the icing on the cake of creation, nor is man the “cake” itself, or instructed to bear the weight of the world alone. It wasn't the man or woman whom God called very good; rather, it was the fullness of His image and His instructions to man and woman to be like Him (relational beings who were to be procreative and co-creative and stewards of His creation) that God called very good. But even more important than that, in my view, is the point of chapter one, the reason why males and females have meaning and purpose and see themselves in this story at all, and it's this: in contrast to other beliefs about creation and different deities, the Hebrew people believed in a relational, monotheistic, Triune God who wasn't afraid or threatened to create humanity in His own image, as other gods are portrayed, who valued human life so as not to engage in human sacrifice, as other religions did, and who created both man and woman with free will, whereas other creation narratives cite the creation of woman as a necessary evil, the gods' punishment to men for their arrogance. Instead, the God of the Bible is loving toward His creation, values human life, gives humans free will, and instructs both men and women to rule, fill, and subdue the earth. This is a story about an all-powerful deity who created man and woman to be in relationship, to bear the fullness of His image, including, in how we act upon the created earth together. Now, as we take a look at the second creation account in Genesis 2:15-25, I want you to imagine we're zooming in, moving from a distant view of the earth or an aerial view of the earth, to a zoomed-in, up-close, and personal look at the creation of man and woman. So imagine, revisiting the creation of humanity on the sixth day, and this time, we'll get to know God not just as Creator and relational-within-Himself, but as the personal God of Israel, who is also very much relational-with-us. Starting with verse 15: “The LORD God [that is, Yahweh Elohim] took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.' Then the LORD God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.' [Why? Because as we saw in chapter 1, God is a relational God and we are created in His image. Verse 19…] “Now out of the ground the LORD God had formed every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them [right, here we get this picture of a personal God who meets the man, who brings things to Adam to see what he will name them. It's like God is delighting to watch Adam create as God had instructed him to.] And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper fit for him.”Meaning, he was creating and ruling and stewarding the earth alone, outside of a relationship with someone like him. But remember, in Genesis 1:26-31, God did not call creation completed until male and female were both created and both co-creating.Now in Hebrew, a ‘helper fit' or a ‘helper suitable' is translated as ezer kenegdo, meaning “a strength, an aid, or an ally who is like”, not a help who is subpar or who does a husband's bidding. I was in a book club a few years ago where a woman, a pastor's wife, shared that back when her husband was pastoring, they attended a marriage conference for pastors and pastors' wives, where the speaker likened the husband-wife relationship to the relationship between a CEO and his executive assistant. But if the speaker had taken a look at the Hebrew, rather than just putting his own capitalistic cultural spin on the text, he would have discovered that the word helper, or ezer in Hebrew, is used 21 different times in the Old Testament to describe God's strength and aid to Israel! So I can hardly imagine that what God had in mind when He said, ‘I will make an ezer who is suitable to, and like Adam,' is a female secretary for Adam. Furthermore, if God Himself is an ezer, and if the Trinity is 3-in-1, equal in power and glory, this has significant implications for the way men and women are to partner to bear the fullness of His image. Let's keep going, verse 21…“So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, ‘This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman [ishah in Hebrew], because she was taken out of Man [ish in Hebrew].' Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.”As I read this, God delights to see the man respond to the woman He places in front of him. The animals got named; the woman got a poem in verse 23, which is what that indentation represents in your Bible as you read it. And the man essentially says, “at last, I have a help who is like, yet somehow, different from me, so that now, I am fully created in the image of God because now, I am in relationship, not just with God, but also with someone like me—a help who is like me.” And jumping back to Genesis 1:28, this is where God blesses mankind. This is where God gives His instructions to humanity to be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, while ruling over the earth and its creatures. So in the garden, in God's perfect plan for creation and for humanity, there is intimacy—between God and humanity, between man and woman, between husband and wife. There is love, there is relationship, and there is procreativity, co-creativity, and co-dominion over other created creatures, but not over each other.This is Eden. This is the picture of male-female relationality, of co-leadership in respect to the earth, and of co-servanthood in respect to God. Right? God did not create us for hubris, dictatorship, or human oppression on the one hand, nor did He create us for self-degradation, powerlessness, or purposelessness on the other; he created us for intimacy, relationship, and mutual empowerment as we co-labor with Him and with each other. But then, we get to chapter 3 and everything goes awry. The serpent enters the picture, man and woman sin, the woman is deceived, the man says nothing and blames Eve, and the consequences of the Fall enter in. Let's take a look at Genesis 3 from the New American Standard Version.“Now the serpent was more cunning than any animal of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God really said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?”Notice here, the contrast between the writer of Genesis, who cites the personal name of God, Yahweh, or LORD God, and the serpent, who refers to God as Elohim, God rather than LORD God. Right, the serpent, representative of Satan, is even deceptive in his language, distancing the woman from God in the way that he's framing Him, even before casting doubt as to what God said. So she then picks up his language. “The woman said to the serpent, ‘From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat; but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'”The serpent said to the woman, “You certainly will not die! For God knows that on the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will become like God, knowing good and evil.”When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took some of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband with her, and he ate.”Now, we have the gift of hindsight and more importantly, Jesus, to help us see where Eve went wrong here, and what led man and woman to sin. As John recounted in 1 John 2:16, it was “the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life” that led Eve, and Adam, to sin—these things, we're told as not coming from the Father but rather, from the world.So the strategy I see in the serpent here is: 1) Create discomfort and discontentment. 2) Create distance between God and His people by twisting the Word of God. 3) Lure them in with worldly things (the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the boastful pride of life) and lead them to doubt God's good plan, nature, words, and intentions toward them. 4) Wait for them to choose disconnection and disobedience to the LORD God, their personal connection to the Father. And what's wild is that we see this same old strategy that satan used with the woman, used with Jesus, in Mark chapter 4. Before Jesus began his earthly ministry, he was led into the wilderness and tempted by the devil himself. And after 40 days and nights of fasting and growing weak in the flesh, the devil starts into Jesus. First, he tempted Jesus by questioning His relationship and sonship to the Father, saying in Mark 4:3: “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread”—the lust of the flesh. But amazingly, in His hunger (at least to me, because I am good for nothing when I'm hungry, just ask my husband) Jesus said to his tempter: “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes out of the mouth of God.'” Second, the devil tempted Jesus by asking him to stand on the pinnacle of the temple in the holy city, saying:“If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down; for after all, You know it is written that ‘God will give His angels orders concerning You…On their hands they will lift You up, so that You don't even strike Your foot against a stone”—the boastful pride of life. But not pulling one past Jesus, Jesus replied: “On the other hand, it is written: ‘You shall not put the LORD your God to the test.” And third, Mark 4:8 says that: “Again, the devil took Him along to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory; and he said to Jesus, ‘All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me'—the lust of the eyes. But thankfully, Jesus said to him, ‘Go away, Satan! For it is written: ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.'”So Jesus shows us what could've been said here, by the man or the woman in the garden, seeing as how they were both right there when the serpent made his case. They could have said: “Serpent, we have everything we need, every green plant and tree for food, not to mention a perfect, loving relationship with God.” They could have said, “on the other hand,” like Jesus did, “God told us to be fruitful and have dominion over the earth, not to be ruled by it.” They could have said, “Go away, Satan! For God has created us, blessed us, instructed us to be like Him!” But they didn't. And so, jumping back into Genesis 3:7…“Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves waist coverings.Now they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.So there they were, having been emotionally, spiritually, relationally, and volitionally disobedient to God, after first being distanced and distracted from Him…and here comes God in His personal, present nature (noting the shift in language back to the use of LORD God, Yahweh Elohim) desiring to talk with them and be in relationship with them both. Verse 3:9:“Then the LORD God called to the man, and said to him, “Where are you?”Okay, God knew where the man was, but because He's a personal God, He wanted the man to show himself.He said, “I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.”Now, someone recently told me that what they've primarily been taught about these few verses goes something like this, “Who does God come to after Adam and Eve sin? Does God come to the woman? No, He comes to the man to take ownership for his family. So men, God is going to come to you and expect you to take responsibility for your wife and kids. That is your job.” But a few things to note about this widespread spin on Scripture: 1) This is a wild extrapolation out from the text and what it actually says. 2) Telling men to be men of God and to lead their families toward kingdom-living is one thing. But it's really easy to move from a posture of, “Men, let's be intentional about making disciples of the next generation” to “Men, you should be ashamed of yourselves and better for your wife and kids.” The message of the Gospel is that the Son of God died and was resurrected for us all, to free us up to co-lead, as God originally intended, and to free us up from the weight of our sin and guilt to shame so that we might live more fully and freely in Christ, with that translating into our families, not a message of guilt and shame. And listen, this is a spiritual formation issue for those spreading this message. So whoever is spreading these messages without really thinking about what's being communicated to men, can we please stop teaching men (and women) that this is the Gospel? Christ did not die for good Christian men to give themselves a hard time and try to man up as if, on the other side of redemption, they still need to earn God's respect, love, or approval of their worth (because God has already given it)! Christ also died that men and women, husbands and wives, might have a chance at healthy, intimate relationship again, as before the Fall, through Him—not to be stoic and distant or overly-responsible or placating and pacifying of their wives! That is not biblical, that is cultural. It's an unhealthy teaching that doesn't reflect Christ so much as it reflects the Pharisees, and it's messing otherwise healthy families up. So back to Genesis 3: God calls out to the man, and the man replies not with stoicism or self-degradation, saying, “God, I know I'm worthless, I know I need to be a better man and just, man up and measure up.” The man first responds to God here with vulnerability, saying, “I heard you, God, I knew you were present, and honestly, I was afraid. I was embarrassed and ashamed of my nakedness, and so I hid from Your presence.”And again, based on lots of teachings in the church, we would now expect God to deliver His wrath. But God doesn't. God moves in, and treats the man like a Father would. He asks questions, He's about to discipline, yet, but He engages the man and woman in a personal, relational way. “And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree from which I commanded you not to eat?'”Now he's being confronted for his actions. And this is where the guilt, shame, and blame come in. Because it can be hard to look at ourselves in light of a good, gracious, perfect, holy, powerful, loving Father. But it's hard to look at ourselves not because our Father is pointing a finger or has unrealistic expectations of us (He merely asked a question). It's because we feel the weight of our sin, and when we do, we turn inward on ourselves (shame) or we turn outward on others (blame). “The man said, ‘The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me some of the fruit of the tree, and I ate.'Then the LORD God said to the woman, ‘What is this that you have done?'”Again, this is the God of the universe who is treating the woman, now, like a Father, and engaging her directly to get the full story (even though He already knows, can any parents relate?) “And the woman said, ‘The serpent deceived me, and I ate.'”Imagine this. Imagine you have a son and daughter. Adam is your firstborn and Eve is your second-born. And you conceived (because you're human) and created little Adam and Eve in love, and so they bear your resemblance, and you've given every good thing you have to them. You've raised them on acres and acres of property, apple orchards and vineyards and orange groves that you are delighted for them to roam in and play in and eat from to their little hearts' content. Now these fruit groves are a result of your own work, the benefit of your labor, but just by being born into your family, they're heirs of what you created. And they're your kids, so you're pleased to have them delight in all that you've provided for them. The only thing you've instructed them not to do—for the sake of their lives and relationship with you—is eat the fruit from one single tree among thousands on your property. But in striking up a conversation with a snake on your property, what do they go and do? They eat from it. They disobey you. They question your judgment, your reasoning, they mistrust your heart for them, and they deny a thousand good gifts you've given them in exchange for something you know they can't handle. Okay, so if this were you, how would you be feeling? Maybe you've been here before with your own children. Does that scenario evoke feelings of frustration, disappointment, hurt? A desire to protect them from that stupid snake? Let's jump back into the story: “Then the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you more than all the livestock, and more than any animal of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life; and I will make enemies of you and the woman, and of your offspring and her Descendant (that is, Jesus); He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise Him on the heel.”So before turning His attention to punish or curse or incur His wrath upon the man and woman, God curses the serpent. He deals with him first, letting him know that spiritually, there will come a day when Jesus is born and deals directly with the serpent and his demons, as well as make a way for the children of God to be redeemed and righted in their relationship with the Father. God so loved the world that the first three things He did after Adam and Eve sinned was talk to Adam and Eve about it, deal with the one who hurt and deceived His children, and promise to make a way through Jesus for His children to be reconciled to Him. Verse 16…“To the woman He said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbirth, in pain you shall deliver children; yet your desire will be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.”Then to Adam, in verse 17:He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat from it'; cursed is the ground because of you; with hard labor you shall eat from it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you; yet you shall eat the plants of the field; by the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, until you return to the ground, because from it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”So, as a result of sin and the curses God gives, we immediately see the consequences for both women and men: for the woman, the hardship of her labor; for the man, the hardship of his labor; and for both, the challenge of oneness and intimacy. Remember, God told the couple back in Genesis 1:26, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the other creatures I created!” But the consequence of sin was that the woman would play her part in the creation mandates with difficulty—with pain in bearing children, with a heart that would tend to desire her husband's approval and lordship over God's. Likewise, the husband would play his part in the creation mandates with difficulty—with pain, sweat, and toil in his work, and with a heart that would tend to desire to rule over his wife instead of co-ruling over creation with her. Read the text. There's no hint of headship before the Fall; it's only introduced after the fall along with everything else we are still struggling with today as Christians in a fallen state and fallen world. Now, this is a marriage podcast, so I want to focus on the interpersonal couple dynamic for a second. In my practice, this is what I address: the sever in relational intimacy, issues of power imbalance, and desires that tend to move couples in unhealthy, dysfunctional directions—rather than to God first, and toward each other, second. This is another part that's interesting to me, and I first heard this come from Bruce C.E. Fleming, author of Made in Eden. God doesn't directly curse Adam, nor does He directly curse Eve. What He does is, He curses the serpent in response to Eve's confession and blaming of the serpent. And He curses the ground, in response to Adam's confession and blame of both God and Eve! So even though from the point of the Fall on, the man and woman lived under the curse, God still treated the actual man and woman with love, with protection, and with discipline, as a Father would his own children. This is consistent with the good, loving, just nature of God. Back to verse 20: “Now the man named his wife Eve, because she was the mother of all the living.And the LORD God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife, and clothed them.Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might reach out with his hand, and take fruit also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—therefore the LORD God sent him out of the Garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.So He drove the man out; and at the east of the Garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.”So even after all this, God is still gracious, just as a loving parent would be. He clothes Adam and Eve. He provides for them. He delivers consequences, yes, but He makes a way for them to live. So here, we have the beginning of civilization as we know it, with Adam being instructed to cultivate the ground from which he was taken, and Adam and Eve co-partnering and co-parenting within the consequences of the Fall and their sin. And the rest of Genesis is a collection of stories about how good and gracious and unlike other gods, Yahweh is, and how dysfunctional families are as a result of sin, until in the midst of our broken and fallen state, God's grace and goodness intervenes. Now, I want to take you from Genesis…all the way to the last chapter of Revelation to see if you observe any parallels between the two depictions of the garden city. In chapter 22:1-3, John writes:“Then the Angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.” So, remember that tree of life that God protected after creation? Well, here we see it again at the end of time, except this time, without any curse, with trees that consistently bear good fruit for healing, and with God's servants serving not themselves or their own agendas—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, or their boastful pride for life—but serving Him, as the throne of God and the Lamb dwell among God's servants in the garden city of God. So, if all 66 books of the Bible comprise this meta-narrative, the story of God and His desire to save us, to give us eternal life, and to be in relationship with us—not because He has needs like us, but just because He's a good Father—then where are we currently in that story, and what does that mean for our lives and relationships? Well, Jesus, the Son of God is the climax of this story. As we talked about last episode, the Son of God willingly took on flesh, dwelt among us, taught us how to live and how to die, becoming the substitutionary atonement for our sins, replacing the required animal sacrifices from the OT with Himself, the once and for all, redeeming Lamb of God. Jesus came not to nullify the Old Testament law, but to fulfill the Scriptures and show us the Spirit of the law. He taught us that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord our God with all of our heart, soul, mind, strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Then, He died, was resurrected, and ascended into heaven, leaving us with the Holy Spirit to empower us to live faithfully as His bride, the church. So as His Church, His body, His bride, we now live in this in-between state where Christ has come to redeem us, forgive us, and make a way for us to live in Him, as servants of Him, now, before He returns….but the end has not yet come. We still live in a world impacted by the curse and the consequences of sin, even as we live as believers with the Holy Spirit to empower us to live as Jesus showed us how to live, and as Jesus taught us to live. Which begs the question…how then shall we live? I had a really great conversation with Evan last night after giving a talk to college students on partnership in marriage, and Evan was saying, “you know, the picture God gave us for relationship before the Fall was loving Him and loving each other. Then the Fall happened. But what does God tell Moses, and what does Moses tell Israel? To love God and to love each other. And what does Jesus tell His disciples and followers to do? To love God and love each other. So the picture of Adam and Eve in the garden is what we, as Christ followers today, and as married couples in particular, should be aiming for in our relationships with one another.” And I wanted to share his thoughts with you because I couldn't have said it better myself. The whole story of Scripture illustrates our journey as humans toward the kingdom of God, and in a sense, back to the original state.In upcoming weeks, you'll hear from authors, pastors, and podcasters regarding their thoughts on Scripture, gender equality, and mutuality in marriage. All coming from different places and stages of life and marriage, and I can't wait for you to hear from them. So tune in next time, where I'll talk to a couple in ministry together, who will share some of their thoughts on what Scripture has to show us and on what God has to offer us through his designing us for co-leadership and mutual submission in marriage. Thanks, friends, for joining me today. You all know I'm passionate about teaching mutuality in marriage, and so if you've learned something new in this series, please, please hit the share link and text this to a friend. It would also mean a lot to me if you would take a quick second to rate and review the podcast. I spend hours on it each and every time and I'd be grateful for your feedback and letting others know if you enjoyed it. This has been episode 136 of the Brave Marriage Podcast. I'm your host, Kensi Duszynski. Podcast editing is by Evan Duszynski. And music is by John Tibbs. Have a great week, everyone, and I'll talk to you again soon.

The FORM show Podcast
166. "What's Your Role?"

The FORM show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2021 26:02


My guest Jake Embleton and I discuss the upcoming SouthwestMission ConneXion Conference at Scottsdale Bible Church on November 5th and 6th.  The "why" of the conference is to understand clearly   “What's Our Role in the Great Commission?” – Highlighting that everyone who is a follower of Jesus has a role to grasp, based on each person's abilities, gifting's and calling – to fulfill the Great Commission Jesus left us, His Church, to do. Guest: Jake Embleton See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy
Reflection 302- A Great, Powerful & Keen Intellect

Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 3:16


Our minds are a gift from God and one of the two primary ways we are made in His image and likeness. The other way is through the gift of our free will. But the intellect is an incredible gift that must be given to the work of God. It is good to pray that our Lord make our minds great, powerful and keen so that we may know Him, understand Him and comprehend all the rich mysteries that He desires to reveal to us. Our minds grasp the truths of God in two primary ways. First, we must strive to engage all the many truths revealed by God through His Church. This includes the truths contained in Holy Scripture, the teachings offered by the Magisterium, the revelations from the lives of the saints and the theological discourses that seek to clarify and deepen our understanding. These precious gifts, given through the Church, reveal to us the mysteries of God. But the mind is also capable of receiving direct infusion from God. When we allow our minds to be given to God, He imparts a knowledge and wisdom directly from His own Mind. This gift offers us immediate clarity in life and discernment of His holy Will (See Diary #1474).Reflect today upon how fully you have given your mind over to the teachings of our Lord. Reflect, first, upon whether you seek God's Truth through the Church. Do you study the Scripture and all that has been revealed through the Church? Reflect, also, upon the direct infusion of Truth that our Lord wishes to impart to you. This precious gift comes on account of His abundant Mercy so as to lead you into knowledge of His very essence and His holy Will.Lord, my life is Yours. Today I especially surrender my intellect to You to use as You will. Teach me Your ways and reveal to me the very essence of Your eternal being. As I come to know You, dear Lord, give me the grace to follow You with all my mind and heart. Jesus, I trust in You.Source of content: www.divinemercy.lifeCopyright © 2021 My Catholic Life! Inc. All rights reserved. Used with permission via RSS feed.

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast
HIS Church | From Shepherd to King: David the Psalmist | Pastor Brian Gibson

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 36:00


Are you looking for a Church you can believe in? Join us as we receive a great and encouraging message!!! _____________________________________________________   Sermon:  Full Service: https://youtu.be/AbPmuTqLUD0   _____________________________________________________   Verses: 1 Samuel 16 1 Chronicles 16   ______________________________________________________ Learn more about HIS Church today by visiting http://www.hischurch.cc/ or by calling us today!   HIS Church Owensboro Campus 4810 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 926-6009   HIS Church Amarillo Campus 6300 Arden Rd Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 359-9463     HIS Church  Dumas Campus 10 Elm Ave Dumas, TX 79029 (806) 935-4321     HIS Church Henderson Campus 173 Kentucky 2084 South Henderson, KY 42420

Father and Joe
Father and Joe E231 Priorities of My Life

Father and Joe

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 23:01


As listeners over the years may have gathered, I look at life a little bit differently than most. In this episode I outline my priorities of life to Father. In turn he let know how right and/or wrong I am on each one and where it ranks in my order. The podcast Father and Joe brings us, as individuals, closer to the Holy Spirit and His Church.Seek Peace. Be Open to God and Love. Learn from Your Sufferings. Thank you for listening.FatherAndJoe@gmail.comAlso you can find is on twitter @FatherAndJoeCatholic, Church, God, Help, Life, Jesus, Love, Relationship, Interpersonal, Rank, Impossible, Marriage, 

The Truth That Transforms
Ephesians 1:1-6, Part 1

The Truth That Transforms

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 15:06


This study begins Joel's detailed look at what God has done for His Church.

Elizabeth Baptist Church
God's Plan for His Church, Pt.12 ~What's Love Got To Do With It?~ - Audio

Elizabeth Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 60:31


God's Plan for His Church, Pt.12 ~What's Love Got To Do With It?~

Rolling Hills Community Church - Nolensville Campus
Celebrating God's Goodness // Part 1: God's Goodness in Others // Jeff Simmons

Rolling Hills Community Church - Nolensville Campus

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 42:52


As we look back over our lives, we can see how God has been there every step of the way. As a Christ-follower, we are called to stay in the center of His will and to be a part of His Church. We live our lives for His agenda and not our own. When we follow Jesus, then we see God do miracles. In the journey of life, it is important to follow, to trust, and to celebrate. How often do we stop and give God the glory for the great things He has done in our life? God's goodness is so evident to all of us. When we actually give Him the praise He deserves, it changes our attitude and draws us close to His heart. Our God is so good. Let's celebrate and live in His goodness!

Rolling Hills Community Church - Nashville Campus
Celebrating God's Goodness // Part 1: God's Goodness in Others // Jeff Simmons

Rolling Hills Community Church - Nashville Campus

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 42:52


As we look back over our lives, we can see how God has been there every step of the way. As a Christ-follower, we are called to stay in the center of His will and to be a part of His Church. We live our lives for His agenda and not our own. When we follow Jesus, then we see God do miracles. In the journey of life, it is important to follow, to trust, and to celebrate. How often do we stop and give God the glory for the great things He has done in our life? God's goodness is so evident to all of us. When we actually give Him the praise He deserves, it changes our attitude and draws us close to His heart. Our God is so good. Let's celebrate and live in His goodness!

Ten Thousand Worlds
The Family Altar Audio Devotional - Day 297

Ten Thousand Worlds

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 7:45


And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory. (1 Timothy 3:16) 20 Now, we know what the Holy Spirit is. We found out, last night, that It's God. Now, when we think of God, the Father, as Jesus spoke of here, His Father; God, the Son, as Jesus; God, the Holy Spirit, as what we call It today, now, that does not mean that there is three individual, distinct Gods. It means that there is one God in three offices. May we say it like this. All that God was, He poured into Christ, because He emptied Himself and poured It into Christ. “And Christ was the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” All that Jehovah was, He poured into Christ. And all that Christ was, He poured into the Church; not into one individual, but into the entire Body. There, where we come together in unity, we have Power. All that God was, was in Christ; and all that Christ was, is in you. “For God was made flesh, and dwelled among us.” First Timothy 3:16, if you're putting it down, “Without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: for God was manifested in the flesh, and we handled Him. God, Jehovah, made flesh, and walked on the earth, and we saw Him with our eyes.” 21 You know, in the same chapter, of John 14, Philip said, “Lord, show us the Father, and it will satisfy us.” 22 Jesus said, “I have been so long with you, Philip, and you don't know Me? When you have seen Me, you have seen the Father. And why sayest thou unto Me, ‘Show us the Father'?” God was made flesh. 23 Now here it is. The Father was God over you, we're saying. We've been since Adam. God, the Father, was over Moses and the children of Israel, in a Pillar of Fire. Then, God with us, in Christ; walked with us, talked with us, eat with us, slept with us. God over us; God with us; and now God in us. All God was, come into Christ; all Christ was, come into the Church. What is it? God working in you. Anywhere in the world that He would want to call on you, you're right there, working in you to do His good will. How we ought to thank God for that! God, the Holy Spirit, is sent for the purpose of God living in His Church, moving through each age, working out His Divine will. 24 When man make fun of you, they're not making fun of you, they're making fun of Him that sent you. So Jesus said, “Blessed are ye when men shall say all manner of evil against you, falsely, for My Name's sake. Blessed are you.” And, again, “All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecutions.” For, when God made Hisself known in Christ, they hated Him. Who hated Him, worst? The church. The church hated Him, worst. They hated Him worse than the—the drunkard. They hated Him worse than all the other people. It was the church that hated Him. So, therefore, when you see kosmos, “The world order, the world knowed Him not,” means, “the church,” so-called, “knew Him not. He came to His own, and His own received Him not.” “But as many as did receive Him, to them gave He the power to become sons of God, to them that believed on His Name.” Oh, how we should love Him and worship Him! The purpose of God, wanting to become in fellowship! 59-1217 - "What Was The Holy Ghost Given For?" Rev. William Marrion Branham ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Order your own copy of the Family Altar at http://store.bibleway.org Appreciate what we do? Consider supporting us: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/support --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/support

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology
Seeing the Son of David: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 3:01


Readings: Jeremiah 31:7–9 Psalm 126:1–6 Hebrews 5:1–6 Mark 10:46–52 Today's Gospel turns on an irony—it is a blind man, Bartimaeus, who becomes the first person outside of the Apostles to recognize Jesus as the Messiah. And his healing is the last miracle Jesus performs before entering the holy city of Jerusalem for His last week on earth. The scene on the road to Jerusalem evokes the joyful procession prophesied by Jeremiah in today's First Reading. In Jesus this prophecy is fulfilled. God, through the Messiah, is delivering His people from exile, bringing them back from the ends of the earth, with the blind and lame in their midst. Jesus, as Bartimaeus proclaims, is the long-awaited Son promised to David (see 2 Samuel 7:12–16; Isaiah 11:9; Jeremiah 23:5). Upon His triumphal arrival in Jerusalem, all will see that the everlasting kingdom of David has come (see Mark 11:9–10). As we hear in today's Epistle, the Son of David was expected to be the Son of God (see Psalm 2:7). He was to be a priest-king like Melchizedek (see Psalm 110:4), who offered bread and wine to God Most High at the dawn of salvation history (see Genesis 14:18–20). Bartimaeus is a symbol of his people, the captive Zion of whom we sing in today's Psalm. His God has done great things for him. All his life has been sown in tears and weeping. Now, he reaps a new life. Bartimaeus, too, should be a sign for us. How often Christ passes us by—in the person of the poor, in the distressing guise of a troublesome family member or burdensome associate (see Matthew 25:31–46)—and yet we don't see Him. Christ still calls to us through His Church, as Jesus sent His Apostles to call Bartimaeus. Yet how often are we found to be listening instead to the voices of the crowd, not hearing the words of His Church. Today He asks us what He asks Bartimaeus: “What do you want me to do for you?” Rejoicing, let us ask the same thing of Him—what can we do for all that He has done for us?

Victory Life KY
Ambassadors III

Victory Life KY

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 54:48


2 Corinthians 5:14-15,17-21,NKJV- For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15, and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.17,Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18,Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20, Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21, For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” Philippians reminds us, we are citizens of Heaven. I'm just wondering how many of us go through humanity, confident that Heaven is our destination, grateful Jesus made us righteous, but give little consideration to the world God says we're currently citizens of. We get so consumed with this portion of what we call life but leave the Kingdom this distant, future reality. Remember, Jesus told us to put the Kingdom of Heaven first. He knows that when we do this, God will open doors and surround us with His favor. As His ambassadors, He will position us for influence. Psalm 18, He arms us with strength, gives us victory, enlarges our path, making us great. He will deliver us from the strivings of people, putting us in leadership roles in society. His original design was and is, “Let them have dominion.” 2 Chronicles 16:9,NKJV- For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.  Something I think we might still struggle with, God is Sovereign. Which means, “Let them have dominion” hasn't changed, because He doesn't change. This is why He's constantly looking for His sons and daughters, heirs to the Kingdom to be His ambassadors in the earth. And I get it, putting the unseen world above what we see can be a challenge. And most definitely requires sacrifice. Romans 8:28-30,NKJV-  And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. And I realize, because of our enemy's constant distractions, vision drift can set in. Let's face it, it's just easier to accept Him as Savior than Lord. The enemy knows that if he's even the slightest bit successful, this world will dictate our decisions and actions, limiting our authority and influence. This is why Ephesians makes it very clear, “Give no place to the devil” And even though Chronicles tells us God is looking for loyalty, without revelation of who Jesus actually is to us, that loyalty will be nothing more than religious practice.  Matthew 16:15-16,NKJV- He said to them, But who do you say that I am? Simon Peter answered and said, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. And on Peter's revelation of who Christ is, Jesus gave him the keys to the Kingdom.Keys represent, access, possession, and authority. Our ambassadorship hinges on this reality, who do you say that He is? You remember, Jesus told us us to pray, the Father's will be done on earth as it is in heaven? As His church today, our role is to be an extension of the Kingdom. To exercise authority, demonstrating God's government. The thing is, it was never His plan for it to be reduced to what we do within the walls of what we've concluded is the church. We come together for fellowship, unity, worship, inspiration, edification and equipping. But we actually become the church when we go out. Ephesians 4:11-16,NKJV- And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, 12, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14, that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ,16, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. From God's perspective, in our new nature, we are seated with Christ in Heaven, but in our humanity, just like Jesus when He was on the planet in a body, was our example, and now we're assigned to finish what He started. This is why He gave us the keys to the Kingdom. But when we refuse to step into our role, not only do we undermine God's government, we actually give place to the enemy. Let's go back to what Jesus told us concerning His Kingdom. Matthew 6:24,33,NIV- No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.33, But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. He knows that whatever we prioritize is what will shape how we live. Throughout Jesus' short time here He spend a large portion of His ministry teaching and revealing the Kingdom of God. But like most of us today, even His closest followers had issues with what many refer to as the "mysteries of the Kingdom." It was such as issue that after His resurrection, He came back and spent another month with them going over Kingdom realities. Acts 1:3,AMP- To these men He also showed Himself alive after His suffering in Gethsemane and on the cross, by a series of many infallible proofs and unquestionable demonstrations, appearing to them over a period of forty days and talking to them about the things concerning the kingdom of God. Something every disciple has to come to terms with concerning the realities of the Kingdom of God, and that is that we can only function to the level of our current revelation. Remember, who do you say that I am? But because of free will, not to mention the deception of our enemy, kingdom realities becoming a priority don't always make the cut. Think about it for a second, it's our priorities that define us. When we neglect to put the things of the Kingdom first; Ephesians shows us that we remain children tossed in different directions. So the enemy works relentlessly from within the church, many times under the deception of religion, keeping us divided. I believe we're having this talk because God's raising up disciple that will dare to believe that all things are possible. That will make the choice to seek first the Kingdom of God. Let's remember, God told us if you seek Me you will find Me. And it's not like He's hiding. It's just that He's in a different Kingdom, a different world, what most believers call the spirit. And I get it, it's difficult to practice putting a world first that we can't see, when we're constantly putting the one we can first. And it's absolutely understandable, there's a lot of Christians that just want to live a good life and go to Heaven. And because of God's amazing grace you can. But, what if our King is actually counting on us being ambassadors for Him while we're here? Colossians 3:17,MSG-  Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. And God's plan from the beginning is for His government to be established in the earth through His body, the church. Luke 17:20-21,NKJV- Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, See here! or see there! For indeed, THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU. Is it possible that God created a life for us where everything we need in this earth is independent of the current world we live in? What if Jesus is right? What if all we have to do is seek the Kingdom of God first? Christians need to realize Jesus isn't telling us we have to live a certain way out of some religious, legalistic obligation;  He's trying to get us to understand, kind of like a fish out of water, we can't live in two worlds. As He said, even though we're still in this one, we are no longer of it. What if this is the place God is talking about where all things are possible? Remember, as new creations, citizens of His world, ambassadors called by Him, we're built to live a different way.   

Luther for the Busy Man
Week of Trinity XX - Wednesday

Luther for the Busy Man

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 3:39


THE WEEK OF TRINITY XX - WEDNESDAYLESSON: MATTHEW 19:1‒6Husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of His body. Ephesians 5:28‒30The love of a man and woman in marriage is a parable or a picture of the great, hidden, but wonderful union of Christ with His Church. All believers are members of that Church, and, as St. Paul says, they are members of Christ's body (Ephesians 5:30), of His flesh and bones, as in the beginning, at the creation, the woman was taken from the man.What a great, unfathomable, and unspeakable love God must have for us for the divine nature thus to become united with us and merged with our flesh and blood, for God's Son truly to become one flesh and one body with us and to receive us into such a lofty status! He is not merely content to become our brother; He also becomes our bridegroom, turns to us and gives us as our very own possession all His divine blessings, wisdom, righteousness, life, strength, and power. Yes, we are even destined to become “partakers of the divine nature,” as St. Peter declares (2 Peter 1:4). All this He wants us to believe.We have had this great honor and many blessings conferred upon us so that we should joyfully and in all confidence take comfort in this Lord like a bride in her bridegroom's property and honor. Christ's Christendom is, therefore, wife and queen in heaven and on earth; for she is called the bride of God who is Lord of all the creatures. In the highest manner possible, He gives authority and power over sin, death, the devil, and hell.SL.XI.1750,8AE. 79:213-223PRAYER: Thanks and praise be Yours, O Lord, for the wonderful love You have shown to us and bestowed upon us in the gift of Your Son. May we ever maintain the tie of love which unites us with Him, and experience all the joys of full and free salvation in His name. Amen.

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast
HIS Church | From Shepherd to King: David the Son | Pastor Brian Gibson

HIS Church Owensboro Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 35:37


Are you looking for a Church you can believe in? Join us as we receive a great and encouraging message!!! _____________________________________________________   Sermon: Full Service: https://youtu.be/tgZ5xnf7Fio   ______________________________________________________   Verses: 1 Samuel 16:1-13 Psalms 51:5   _______________________________________________________   Learn more about HIS Church today by visiting http://www.hischurch.cc/ or by calling us today!   HIS Church Owensboro Campus 4810 Frederica Street Owensboro, KY 42301 (270) 926-6009   HIS Church Amarillo Campus 6300 Arden Rd Amarillo, TX 79109 (806) 359-9463     HIS Church  Dumas Campus 10 Elm Ave Dumas, TX 79029 (806) 935-4321     HIS Church Henderson Campus 173 Kentucky 2084 South Henderson, KY 42420

Luther for the Busy Man
Week of Trinity XX - Monday

Luther for the Busy Man

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 3:23


THE WEEK OF TRINITY XX - MONDAYLESSON: ISAIAH 61:10‒11“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast.” Matthew 22:2‒3The Lord Jesus Christ portrays the kingdom of heaven for us in this parable in a most loving and comforting manner. He tells us that in some respects there is resemblance between what happens in the kingdom of heaven and at a royal marriage feast. At such a marriage feast, the king's son is given a bride, and it is a scene of the highest joy and splendor with many being invited to share in the joy.Among all the parables by which God illustrates Christ's kingdom for us, this is a choice and lovely picture. Christianity or the Christian estate is called a marriage, or a marriage union, in which God Himself chooses a Church here on earth for His Son which He, on His part, receives to Himself as His own bride.Here, by means of our own life and experience, God wants to explain and indicate, as in a mirror, what we Christians have in Christ. Through the most common estate on this earth, that estate in which we were begotten, brought up, and have lived ourselves, he preaches a daily sermon and exhorts us to remember and to think of this great mystery, as St. Paul calls it in Ephesians 5:32.St. Paul tells us that the union of a man and his wife in marriage, as ordained by God, should be for us an important, beautiful, and wonderful sign and a comprehensible, though spiritual, picture which demonstrates and indicates something special, outstanding, and important, something hidden and incomprehensible to human reason, namely, Christ and His Church.SL.XI.1748,5AE. 79:213-223PRAYER: Lord Jesus, our beloved Savior, You have assured us in so many ways of Your unceasing love for us, and have proved it in Your suffering and death on the cross. Abide with us with all Your love, now and forevermore. Amen.

Thy Strong Word from KFUO Radio
Leviticus 27 — Be holy as the LORD is holy: We give thee but thine own.

Thy Strong Word from KFUO Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 54:48


Rev. Thomas Eckstein of Concordia Lutheran Church in Jamestown, ND, joins host Rev. Brady Finnern to study Leviticus 27. The LORD ends Leviticus with a reminder that all of God's people are involved in the uplifting and upkeep of His Church. The Israelites were instructed to give voluntary offerings by devoting a person, animals, house, & land. By His grace He chooses us to provide for the needs of His church so that we may grow in generosity as He is generous to us. We are reminded that we give not because there is a need, but because we have a Savior! “Lord God, as Jesus became poor so that we might become rich, help us to be generous in support of the Gospel and in love towards others. Steer our hearts from trying to find a perfect number, but help us to always grow in generosity. In Christ, Amen”

Follow Him: A Come, Follow Me Podcast featuring Hank Smith & John Bytheway
Doctrine & Covenants 115-120 Part 1 : Dr. Frantz Belot

Follow Him: A Come, Follow Me Podcast featuring Hank Smith & John Bytheway

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 53:11


​Does the Lord care about the name of His Church? Join Dr. Franz Belot as we discuss the importance of names, the command to build a temple in Far West, Missouri, and how gathering strengthens the Saints. Like today, we wonder if the Church is getting stronger or weaker, and the Lord reminds us that we will “rise again.”Shownotes: https://followhim.co/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/followhimpodcastInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/followhimpodcastYouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/FollowHimOfficialChannel"Let Zion in Her Beauty Rise" by Marshall McDonaldhttps://www.marshallmcdonaldmusic.com/products/let-zion-in-her-beauty-rise-pianoPlease rate and review the podcast.​