Believe & Speak

Believe & Speak

The podcast designed to empower your tongue with truth.

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June 23, 2021 6 min
live in Central California and we’ve been having quite a heat wave. I love the thought of God standing beside me as my protective shade. Yes, Almighty God is my shield, my fortress, my deliverer and defender, but he is also my protective shade. I would never limit God to the role of a parasol or an umbrella—He is so much greater and so much more powerful! But that doesn’t mean he can’t fill a lesser role for me. Sometimes I need to...
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I’m following the journey of a teenager who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. Her mother posts regular updates and prayer requests to Facebook along with pictures that absolutely capture my heart. I pray and pray for this precious family, asking for healing, hoping for good news, believing God is all-sufficient. Some prayers are answered. Others seem ignored. But even so, the mom posted these words after a not particularly good...
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June 9, 2021 7 min
The book of Romans doesn’t teach us that we will never sin again. Declaring that sin has lost its power over me is different from saying sin will never again happen in me. If (and when) I do mess up, I won’t have to pay with my life because Jesus already paid the wages for sin. 1 John 2:1-2 says, “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case bef...
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June 2, 2021 6 min
I’m glad you’ve joined me as we continue our four-week series from Romans 8:1-19. This is part two of our series, which remains focused on the transformed nature of those of us who live by the Spirit. I remember overhearing a group of twenty-somethings reacting to the news that one of their friends had unexpectedly died, leaving a lifetime of dreams yet to be fulfilled. One shocked young man said, “It just goes to show that you nee...
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May 26, 2021 6 min
Welcome to the beginning of a miniseries from Romans 8:1-19. I’m going to spend a total of four episodes on these verses that focus on the transformed nature of those of us who live by the Spirit. I decided to do a miniseries for a couple reasons. For one, I was inspired by Pastor Jack Hibbs to take my time with this powerful book of the New Testament. The pastor from Calvary Chapel Chino Hills says he plans to preach from Romans t...
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May 19, 2021 8 min
I recently updated the cover photo on my Facebook page with a picture of my yard. The center of the image shows a pink and orange wash of light reflected in our pond, making the glorious sunset filling the back of the photo even more beautiful. As I was responding on Facebook to comments about the beauty of that picture, I was reminded of the verses that inspired today’s podcast. 2 Corinthians 3: 14 says the veil that keeps people ...
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May 12, 2021 6 min
Last week my girlfriend sent me an intriguing image of a man’s hand holding a lit match. What made the image so fascinating was the fact that—even though the man’s hand cast a bold, dark shadow on the wall barely an inch behind him—the flame on top of the match did not cast a shadow. The crazy thing is, if you merely looked at the shadow, you wouldn’t know that the match was lit. There is no darkness in light, none at all. A flame ...
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May 5, 2021 9 min
I read a daily devotional by Dutch Sheets called Give Him 15. In his post on April 29th, he addressed the importance of developing an intimate relationship with God. He said, “Our levels of faith, power, authority, and effectiveness will always be determined by how well we know Him.” Dutch also said, “The more we know His heart and ways, the more authority and responsibility He can trust us with.” I have prayed not only to truly kn...
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April 28, 2021 6 min
Ever since mentioning that viral video last week of a sheep jumping right back into a ditch after being rescued, I’ve been bombarded by Bible verses having to do with Jesus as our Shepherd and the promises God has made to his sheep. A couple verses from Hebrews 13 have been hounding me, so I decided to read them today If you missed that funny video I mentioned last week, I included a link again today. Thankfully, God rescues us out...
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April 21, 2021 5 min
My daughter texted me a viral video earlier this week of a sheep jumping right back into a ditch after being rescued. Seeing that careless sheep hopelessly stuck by repeating the same mistake made think of the first part of Isaiah 53:6. “All we like sheep have gone astray...” (NIV) I’m thankful for the hope in 1 Peter 2:25, which says, “For ‘you were like sheep going astray,’ but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer o...
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April 14, 2021 5 min
Ever noticed how the Holy Spirit often gives the same message to several different messengers within the same timeframe? Whether you hear a Sunday sermon, read a daily devotional or listen to a Christian podcaster, you keep hearing the same thing. I read a daily devotional called Give Him 15, and was encouraged by a recent three-day series on the power of speaking God’s Word, which ran April 10–12. The author, Dutch Sheets, dedicat...
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April 7, 2021 8 min
With the beauty and majesty of Easter Sunday fresh on my mind, I was led to the book of Romans for today’s episode. This week’s declaration comes straight from verse 14 of Romans 6 and it’s designed to remind you that you are not a slave to obeying the letter of the law. You are the beloved child of your gracious Heavenly Father. Today’s church isn’t necessarily caught up in obeying rituals like circumcision, but we can certainly g...
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March 31, 2021 8 min
This week is a really big week for the church. I saw a graphic on Facebook that said “A lot can happen in seven days” and to prove it, the graphic contained side-by-side line drawings of a palm branch, a crown of thorns, a cross on a hill, and a stone rolled away from a tomb. Yes, a lot can happen in seven days. The palm branches are behind us on our calendar and the cross and empty tomb are before us. This is the perfect time to s...
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March 24, 2021 7 min
Ever feel ignored by God? Like he’s withholding answers to the prayers you’ve desperately prayed? We may feel like he’s holding out on us at times, but that’s not true. According to the verses I read in today’s episode of the Believe & Speak podcast, God does not withhold good things from us. When God doesn’t give me what I’m asking him for, I try hard not to think of it as him saying, “No, you can’t have that.” Instead, I imag...
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March 17, 2021 7 min
Today’s episode was inspired by the word “inconceivable” from last week’s declaration. If you missed Episode 63, I encourage you to listen and then repeat the declaration from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that I gave you. I firmly believe that speaking declarations drawn from the Bible empowers our tongues with truth. That’s why every episode is based on Scripture, and every declaration is drawn from the verses I read. In the Bib...
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March 10, 2021 5 min
Ephesians 3:20-21 promises us that God is able to do amazing things THROUGH us! We are his workmanship and we are his vessels. We are crafted and created to do amazing things. In fact, we can’t even imagine what God can do—and WILL do—through us. Let’s not limit our thinking. Let’s allow our imaginations to run wild! God’s supernatural activity is desperately needed in this hour. Could it be he’s wanting to do something through you...
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March 3, 2021 6 min
Hebrews 11 is referred to by many as “The Hall of Faith.” Today’s episode covers the first six verses of that chapter, and I hope it will encourage your walk of faith. You and I demonstrate faith when we’re confident that God will keep his promises. We demonstrate faith when we’re certain of what we don’t see. And when we seek God with bold confidence, he will reward us. Your faith, your assurance about what you do not see, pleases...
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February 24, 2021 6 min
The book of Proverbs is filled with wise sayings. Today we focus on two verses that speak of the benefits of loving and worshiping God. There is no reason to cower in fear when you stand in awe of God. Proverbs 14:26 says that confidence and strength flood our hearts when we live in awe of God. Not only that, but our devotion to God also provides our children with security. Proverbs 14:27 says our worship opens up a fountain of lif...
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February 17, 2021 7 min
Back in Episode 11 of the Believe & Speak podcast, I mentioned that Christian followers of Jesus have been adopted into God’s family. Therefore, believers have the right to claim the promises God gave to Jacob and to Israel. Jacob was a patriarch of God’s “family,” the nation of Israel. Because we belong to that family too, we can apply the promises God gave to them. So today, as I read from the book of Jeremiah about Jacob and...
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February 10, 2021 7 min
This week’s episode was inspired last Saturday during a small group study of my book. I’m taking a few 20- to 30-something-year-old women through my new book, Longing to Belong: Discovering the Joy of Acceptance, and last week we were discussing the chapter called “I Am Not Invisible”, which includes a character profile of Rahab, the prostitute visited by the spies that Joshua sent out to explore the land of Jericho before the famo...
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