First Fifteen

First Fifteen

How you start the day sets the course and tone for the rest of the day. Spend your first fifteen minutes of the day listening to God and responding in a personal way. This podcast will show you how and teach you in an easy to follow process.If you are getting started in a relationship with God, trying to have a quiet time or seeking guidance at this point in your life, you're in the right place.In fifteen minutes (or less) you will listen to God's word for you, reflect on it and learn to pray to God as well as carry that word with you through the rest of your day. What a perfect way to get started!Get started listening and subscribe to this podcast to hear more from God's word and grow in your relationship.Additional resources at https://word-of-prayer.com

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June 6, 2021 25 min

Murder. Intrigue. Outrageous behavior.  Those sound like elements of a crime story.  It’s actually part of the story in the first book of the Bible, Genesis 4. 

In season five we're listening to Bible stories and learning to pray them.  We started in the middle of things with the beginnings of the story of Samuel before turning back to the very start with creation and how the first couple chose to go their own way, to know good...

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Most good stories have a strong visual component, and the stories of creation and beginnings in Genesis 1-3 are no different.  In this conversation we explore how the first couple is portrayed imaginatively in art as an extended meditation on the imagery of creation and the fall.   

In season five we're learning to pray the most common type of scripture: narrative or stories.  They make up almost half of the Bible so it's im...

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May 17, 2021 21 min

The goodness of creation and the close relationship that man and woman shared with God gets severely tested and ultimately changed because of a series of decisions.  Genesis 3 takes us from the ideal state of "everything was good" to a serious rupture in the relationship.  What happened?  Is there any hope?   

In season five we're listening to Bible stories and learning to pray them.  Our focus today is the very human s...

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May 10, 2021 27 min

If "In the beginning" is the perfect way to start a story of creation, why not have a flashback and tell the story again but with a close-up camera angle?  That's what Genesis 2 does, touching on some of the common themes already introduced, but advancing the plot and conflict further by zooming in on the human scale of things in a garden.   

In season five we're listening to Bible stories and learning to pray them. ...

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April 30, 2021 30 min

"In the beginning" seems like the perfect way to start a story, even better than "once upon a time".  This is especially so if we're telling a true story about things that really happened that answers some of our deepest, most basic questions about where we came from and our place in the world.  In today's episode we are reading Genesis 1 together and going back to the beginning. 

In season five we're le...

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Do you live a storybook life?  Most of us don't.  In fact, our daily routines and happenings often seem so ordinary to us that we seek excitement, adventure or escape through songs, movies or stories of other people that attract us (or at least distract us).  But the truth is, you are living out a story whether or not you are aware of it, and the things that happen in your life become elements of your own personal story.   

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April 16, 2021 24 min

The story of your life can be told with a few words.  Your story is really about who you are, where you've come from, what you're overcoming, and where it's all headed.  We get the story of Samuel's life in summary form in 1 Samuel 3 as he first hears the word of the Lord and has to decide how to respond to it. 

In season five we're learning to pray the most common type of scripture: narrative or stories.  They ...

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What comes next?! A good story pulls us in and makes us look forward to where we're going next.  In the Bible book of 1 Samuel we start with a sad wife who is ridiculed and she becomes a grateful mother through God's goodness.  What comes next is what we cover today in 1 Samuel 2. 

We began season five with a focus on praying the most common type of scripture: narrative or stories.  In this season we will learn to read and ...

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It began with a story.  When we were young we listened to stories being told or read to us and it's one of those human activities we never outgrow.  Whether in gatherings with family or meetups with friends, at work or afterwards, at school and in our movies we tell and listen to stories throughout our entire lives.  The Bible is a book filled with stories (almost half of it is narrative), and what's more it tells one coher...

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February 26, 2021 22 min

"Do Good."  It seems so basic, like something you don't have to even say.  If you follow Christ, you should no doubt be active in doing good.  Yet, throughout Paul's letter to Titus there is a repeated emphasis on "doing good." Today we explore that and focus on the third and final chapter of this short letter.

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February 19, 2021 31 min

There is a type of growth that's harmful to the body.  We call it cancer.  When Paul wrote to Titus on Crete, he was deeply concerned about a type of teaching that was growing like cancer among the young churches on the island.  In Titus 2 we see Paul describe the effects of healthy teaching in the church and how it would produce people bent on doing good. 

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February 12, 2021 28 min

We seem to have a perpetual shortage of leaders.  That's really nothing new as we see today in Paul's letter to Titus.  The problem isn't that we have no leaders, but the ones we have aren't very good.  Paul was concerned as he looked at the small households of faith scattered over the Roman world and instead of good strong leaders, he saw the body of Christ being misled and deceived.  He doesn't waste time comp...

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January 26, 2021 33 min

Do you like to have the last word?  1 John has a lot of truths for us, and in the last chapter it circles back to many of those that we've visited before.  John's final word about why he is writing and what's most important and even the last verse in the letter all hold something rich and powerful for us.    

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January 16, 2021 26 min

What is God like?  1 John tells us a lot about this, and it also says that how we behave toward others and live our lives shows what we think about God.  Love, fear, faith, trust...how we approach our relationships gives us plenty of opportunity to answer on a practical level what we think of God.   

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January 8, 2021 23 min

Love is what we are called to, and God calls us his children.  That's our identity:  children of God.  That's immense if we let it sink in.  As children of the Creator God, we experience his love and are called to practice it in our lives.  1 John 3 takes us into the heart of this letter and it reveals God's heart as well.  God commands us to believe in Jesus Christ and to love one another.

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December 30, 2020 29 min

"I write these things to you so that you may not sin.  If anyone sins we have an advocate with the Father--Jesus Christ, the righteous one."  These words begin 1 John 2, and clearly the desire is that we avoid sin.  Jesus Christ is the answer to our sin problem, and it is essential that we abide or remain in him. 

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December 20, 2020 26 min

"God has come.  We have heard and seen him and touched him with our own hands..."  This is John's boldly audacious claim in 1 John 1, and he has more bold and striking things to say.  John sticks to the truth and boils it down to the essence, which is why we're listening to him. 

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December 13, 2020 29 min

"My soul magnifies the Lord."  Who said those words?  What do they mean?
In this special bonus episode we take a deeper look at Mary's prayer in Luke 1 and how we can pray them ourselves led by co-hosts Ron and Angela Oltmanns.

If you are trying to have a quiet time, getting started in a relationship with God or seeking guidance at this point in your life, you're in the right place.

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November 22, 2020 12 min

Sin is all around us and certainly in us, even if it’s not popular to call it that.  The message of Jesus Christ is one of the few to take sin seriously and the only one to deal with it effectively.  James 5:7-20 shows us the key concern of this short letter and draws the major themes of the letter together so we will be active in winning people back from the way of sin.  

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November 18, 2020 12 min

Money is like a mirror for our character.  It reflects back to us what is really there.  If you like what you see in the mirror, or you don’t, it’s not because of the mirror, it’s because of your own heart.     James 4:11-5:6 points us back to our hearts, whether it's speaking against our brothers, judging others, or using riches to oppress others--all of these go against the law of freedom. 

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