Episodes of Grace

Episodes of Grace

This is Bible Study on the go to fit your schedule. The first series took five weeks to explore the book of Jonah and how God offered grace to Jonah, the Nivetites, and us. We can be stubborn, insist on our own way, judge, and even condemn the people we do not like. But God offers us and our "enemies" the very same opportunities for Grace. Over the next 10 weeks, we will look at the Epistle of James. James is an especially challenging book as it forces us to ask if our actions, the things we do and say line up with what we claim to believe. Can we talk the talk and walk the walk.

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April 26, 2024 33 mins

This week we look at James' perspective on conflict. Conflict is something that we all encounter on a regular basis. James helps us to know what the source of conflict is, the dangers of unhealthy conflict, and how to navigate conflict when it comes.

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Today we look at James 3:12-18 and the differences between human wisdom and Godly wisdom. There is no denying how attractive the promises of human wisdom are, but there is also no denying the harm it causes.

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February 29, 2024 23 mins

This time, on Episodes of Grace, we look at the tongue and the words we use. Words are a powerful force. Words have started wars and yet ended them also. Words led nations to genocide and offered safety to the oppressed. Words inspire, instruct, and encourage. Words can belittle, demean, and put down. Words can convey our deepest emotions of love and joy anger and hatred. Words are powerful, which is why we must take great care i...

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February 22, 2024 23 mins

Welcome back to Episodes of Grace. I'm back from a holiday hiatus with new software and a new episode on Works. What does James mean by "without works faith is dead?" Why do some not like this letter, and how do we experience salvation? We look at these questions and more.



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November 9, 2023 32 mins

This week on Epsidoes of Grace we look at favoritism.

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October 11, 2023 31 mins

Today we look at James 1:19-27. We will look at the role of anger in our lives, and how it can shape or determine our behavior. We will also look at what it means to be not only hearers of the Word but doers also.

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September 21, 2023 32 mins

In this episode we look at James 1:13-18 and what he calls cravings. Where do they come from? What do they look like, why are they dangerous, and how do we escape them?

I hope you find our conversation to be useful and helpful. Please send in your question, and comments right in the Spotify QA or email them to wesgp@graceumc.church. I would love to include you in our conversation next time.

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September 13, 2023 29 mins

We introduce the Epistle of James by talking about why we are using it, who wrote it, and who it was written to.

We also look at James 1:1-12 and what it means to stand firm in our faith in the face of the trials of life, how we look at our selves and those around us.

Please don't forget to submit your questions and comments.

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June 24, 2023 29 mins

This is our last episode as we study the book of Jonah. We discuss Jonah's anger as the city is spared and the bush withers away. Is our anger a right and good thing? This is the question for us this week.


Thank you for participating and look for a possible new series of episodes this fall!

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June 7, 2023 29 mins
After an intense journey Jonah finally arrives in Nineveh to deliver God's message. Well, Jonah's version of God's message that is. Nineveh responds and repents immediately, and God changes God's mind. The main question for us is: How do we let go? --- Send in a voice message: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/episodesofgrace/message
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May 16, 2023 33 mins

Grace does not always show up in the ways that we might expect or even like. Grace may at first even terrify us as it calls us to change the way we live our lives, and the way look at the world around us. Jonah was certainly in for quite the surprise when he was swallowed and vomited by a giant fish, and yet God was working to save Jonah, and Nineveh, from themselves.

Be on the lookout for giant fish.

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May 2, 2023 30 mins

Today we look at Jonah 1:4-16. We are looking at Jonah's decsion to flee, and the consequences of that choice. Jonah's choices impacted not just him but everyone else on the that boat, and even out on the sea. Jonah put others at risk because he wanted to avoid an argument or a conflict with God. The questions for us are where do we try to flee to, and much like Jonah, how do our choices impact others.


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April 25, 2023 27 mins

This is the first of 5 episodes in the book of Jonah where we study the stubborn prophet who meets a stubborn God. We talk about the context of Jonah, the role of the prophet, Niniveha, and what we might be afraid of in God's call on our lives.


Please submit your thoughts and questions using the link on Spotify.


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