Jesus Changes People

Jesus Changes People

A weekly podcast that seeks to uncover the real Jesus and what it means to be a modern-day follower of him. Our goal is to help you know Jesus better and to become more like him.


June 5, 2023 106 mins

Paul wraps up his letter to the Colossians with a couple more greetings. He also asks that the letters he’s written be shared between the churches in the area. There’s a specific message for one individual and it leaves us wondering, was Paul calling him out? He concludes by signing the letter in his own hand and reminding the Colossians of his chains. His last words are “Grace be with you.” What a fitting end! Join Ken and Mike as...

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It can feel like there isn’t much to learn from the closing of a letter where everyone wants to say hi. However, when you know the stories of the individuals saying hi, you discover these people are testimonies of Jesus’ work in a person’s life. Join Mike and Ken as they discuss the 5 people listed in these 4 verses, and what we can learn for ourselves from their stories. Also, how do the guys end up talking about wrestling again, ...

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May 22, 2023 111 mins

We may think the end of a letter doesn’t have much to teach, but that’s not the case with Paul’s closing words to the Colossians. There’s a lot to be learned from Tychicus and Onesimus, the first two names Paul mentions. These two are dear brothers and faithful. Join Ken and Mike, as they discuss the back stories of Tychicus and Onesimus. They also ponder why some biblical names are used for children and others are not. And how was...

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May 15, 2023 108 mins

Paul encourages the Colossians to be ready at all times in prayer. And He invites them to pray so that the message of Jesus will be shared by him in a way that will be clearly understood and received. He also spurs them on to live lives that cause others to want to know more about Jesus. Join Mike and Ken as they discuss devotions that border on obsession, salty speech, and how we’re able to pray at all times. Also, what’s one of t...

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May 8, 2023 98 mins

What can we learn from a passage in a letter addressing slaves and masters? We don’t have those conditions today. Well, actually a lot. We must contextualize Paul’s writing and then bring it forward to the present. When we do, we see there’s much that can be applied to our work environments. Join Ken and Mike as they discuss work relationships and how people changed by Jesus can change society. Also, the Holy Land Experience is bac...

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May 1, 2023 110 mins

Four sentences, four verses, no problem, right? Not so fast. These verses are not as easy as they look. And one of them has been hotly contested in many church circles time and time again. Join Mike and Ken as they discuss the roles of husbands, wives, parents, fathers, and children. Also, there’s a big reveal, and lots of talk about Star Wars. What does any of that have to do with family relationships? You’ll just have to listen t...

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April 24, 2023 89 mins

In these three verses, Paul will mention three different elements that are of Christ. The peace of Christ, the message of Christ, and the name of Christ. These elements help define what Christian relationships within the Church should look like. Paul also says that singing psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit are actually forms of teaching, warning, and offer wisdom. What does he mean exactly? Join Ken and Mike as they talk abo...

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April 17, 2023 108 mins

Paul moves from listing vices to now listing virtues. His plea to live these positive virtues will be difficult without a distinction between the old and new life. These positive admonitions are not to be lived out by the old life or from the flesh, those are put away. Join Mike and Ken as they work their way through this passage, which deals with topics, like does God pick some and not pick others; what is forgiveness and reconcil...

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April 10, 2023 95 mins

Barbarians, Scythians, and a wardrobe change. Oh, my! Paul begins a transition from a list of vices to virtues. In this transitional section, he encourages the Colossians to take off the vices because they hide the image of God in them, and to put on the virtues which make that image visible to those around them. This encouragement has just as much power and meaning for us today. Join Ken and Mike as they discuss old selves, new se...

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April 3, 2023 105 mins

How do you deal with lists of things you shouldn’t do? Paul in this passage gives two lists of things that those who’ve given themselves to Jesus shouldn’t do. How we tackle these lists will tell us a lot about what we believe our identity to be. If Paul is encouraging us to clean house in our personal lives, how does he suggest we go about it? Join Mike and Ken as they discuss Paul’s transition to practical actions that are import...

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March 27, 2023 104 mins

In this portion of His letter, Paul reminds the Colossians of what they once were, but no longer are. Then tells them what they now are and finishes by sharing with them what they will be. And all of this depends on their union with Jesus. From this, we learn that Christians have a new dimension to their life. This dimension isn’t some secret skill or knowledge, but is actually a person, Jesus. Paul is very clear that Jesus isn’t j...

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March 20, 2023 100 mins

Don’t listen to this episode. Gotcha! We see things like don’t do this or don’t do that, and we’re immediately drawn in. Are they trying to keep me from having fun? Is it really that dangerous? In this portion of Paul’s letter, he encourages the Colossians to not be drawn back in by the don’ts, the rules, and the commands that seem wise, but really lack any value in helping them live a better life. Actually, he’s concerned that in ...

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March 13, 2023 111 mins

The guys are back in the saddle, and ready to keep trekking through the letter to the Colossians. Paul’s been talking about all that Christians have because of their union with Jesus, and now he gives some practical action that should flow from this understanding. Paul also gets a little sarcastic and snarky, talking about the people who delight in judging, false humility, worship of angels, and disqualifying people who don’t do th...

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March 6, 2023 40 mins

The guys have been cranking through Colossians, and thought it would be a good week to take a pause. What better way to pause, then by reliving some of the past Listener Questions? Join Ken and Mike, as they answer for us again questions from these 5 episodes:

Season 1 - Episode 12 - March 21, 2022 - Finding Jesus
Season 1 - Episode 16 - April 18, 2022 - Feeding on Jesus
Season 1 - Episode 24 - June 13, 2022 - The ...

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February 27, 2023 107 mins

Following the statements that all fullness was in Jesus, and that those in Christ also have been brought to fullness, Paul now lays out how that is possible. It’s through the spiritual change that comes from union with Jesus in His death, burial, and resurrection. Paul also shares just how forgiven and secure Christians are because of what Jesus has done. Join Mike and Ken as they seek to clarify the illustrations used, and why the...

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February 20, 2023 113 mins

Paul warns the Colossians about hollow and deceptive philosophy, but instead of describing what to look out for, he says their best defense is to understand the fullness that exists in Jesus and in them. The words surely encouraged the Colossians and empowered them to live confidently. Join Ken and Mike as they discuss how these powerful and encouraging words are words we need to hear today. They may also stumble in to conversation...

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February 13, 2023 105 mins

Paul loves the Colossians, and even 1,000 miles between them wasn’t going to keep him from ministering to them. With a true shepherd’s heart, he wants to make sure they know who they are, so that they won’t be deceived by smooth talkers who wish to lead them away from Jesus. With praise for their disciplined and firm faith in Jesus, Paul layouts one of the shortest and clearest descriptions of what it means to become a Christian an...

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February 6, 2023 102 mins

Paul shares that he rejoices in the suffering he has endured for the sake of sharing the word of God in its fullness with the church. The message he shares was a mystery, hidden for ages, but now he’s freely sharing it with God’s people, and this includes not just the Jews but also the Gentiles. How does he do all of this? In his words, strenuously, but not by his might but by the energy of Jesus working inside him. Mike and Ken di...

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January 30, 2023 97 mins

Following his explanation that Jesus has supremacy over all creation, Paul next lets the Colossians know Jesus is superior to all others when it comes to re-creation, the redemption of humankind. In this, Jesus is rightfully the head of the church, the firstborn from among the dead, has reconciled all things to himself, having the fullness of God dwelling in Him, so that in everything He might be superior. If the Colossians have gi...

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January 23, 2023 108 mins

In just 3 verses, Paul lets us know Jesus is the image of God, the firstborn of creation, that in, through, and for Him all things were created, that He is before all things, and that He holds all things together. In saying this, Paul’s thrown down the gauntlet, stating without reservation that Jesus is superior to all others! This is something the Colossians needed to hear, and it’s something we need to hear as well. Ken and Mike ...

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