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137 – What if you had lived during the time of Jesus and heard him preach?
Would you have believed what he said and followed him? Would you have recognized that he was the Messiah?
What if Jesus came to your house for dinner? What would you ask him? What would he ask you?
What would he tell you was the most important thing to do in life?
This episode is all about what Jesus would say to do first.
Jesus says it pretty succinctly in the S...
How can we cultivate a mindset like Jesus?
When I was a kid, I loved to plant things in the garden. At a very early age, my mom helped me know the difference between the plants I was trying to grow and the weeds that seemed to grow without any help from me.
One day when I lost my temper and said some things I shouldn’t have, my mother said to me, “James, your thinking is like a garden. Every time you say something loving, you are pl...
135 – Did you know that your past does not define you? Only God does.
But don't you know someone who does define themselves by their past?
I have good friend who does. He still thinks of himself as mixture of being a victim of his father's emotional abuse and the recipient of his mother's tender love.
Most health care and well-being professionals would agree that we're a mixture of the good and bad influences from ou...
134 – What can we learn from moms in the Bible?
This week I interview my friend, Pam Fields, host of The Mom Next Door, Stories of Faith Podcast.
Mother's Day is this weekend and it was great to chat with Pam about lots of the moms in the Bible and the lessons we can learn from them.
Here are the Bible mothers we talked about:
133 – Why does the Bible say we should fear God?
There are lots of places in the Bible where we're told we should fear God. And sometimes, God actually says, "Fear Me."
But what does it really mean to fear God? Are we actually supposed to be afraid of Him?
In this week's episode, I explore several of the different Hebrew and Greek words for "fear." All these words have slightly different meanings and some of th...
132 – What happens after Easter?
Do we just go on with our lives as if nothing special has happened?
All too often, we get busy with family activities, projects at work, planting the garden, planning a vacation. The list goes on and on.
In and of themselves, these activities are probably good and needed.
But honestly, how much do we continue to remember and be inspired by the resurrection two, three, or six months after Easter?
131 – Jesus's resurrection is the reason we celebrate Easter
Easter is here in just a few days, but Jesus’s resurrection is hopefully not an event we remember only once a year.
As I’ve been pondering what Easter is all about over the last few weeks, I keep coming back to the resurrection and why it’s so important.
During most of the year, many Christians focus on Jesus’s death on the cross as the most significant thing Jesus did f...
130 – Are you using your spiritual gifts?
This week I talk with Laura Padgett about using your spiritual gifts.
We talk about Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, where he discusses the spiritual gifts given to us by God.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 NLT
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.
5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord.
6 God works in...
129 – Are you worshiping God in spirit and truth?
What does that even mean?
In this week's episode, I take a look at Jesus's conversation with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. (See John, chapter 4)
Jesus said things to her that he said to no one else that we know of. He cut right to the heart of what true worship is when he said, "The true worshipers must worship the Father in spirit and in truth." John 4:23
128 – Have you ever stopped to ask why church is important?
There is a big shift taking place with church-going people. There has been an exodus from many churches for all kinds of reasons:
127 – What does the Bible have to say about spring cleaning?
My wife came across this verse in Psalms and it’s what really prompted our efforts to de-clutter.
I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. Psalms 101:2 KJV
It's really what inspired us to want to do some serious spring cleaning a few weeks ago.
I got to wondering if there was anything in the Bible about spring cleaning, accumulating and getting rid of clutter ...
126 – Nothing can ever separate you from God
Have you ever heard someone say, "Sin separates us from God?"
This idea goes all the way back to the story of Adam and Eve when they got kicked out of the Garden of Eden.
And it shows up lots of places in the Bible.
For example in Isaiah:
Surely the arm of the LORD is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your si...
125 – Do our prayers to end war do any good?
This past week, we’ve heard the news that Russia has invaded Ukraine. Tensions had been mounting for quite some time. But diplomatic efforts were not effective in stopping the onslaught of war. People all over the world are offering prayers to end this war.
I believe these prayers will help resolve the problem.
If you’re reading this (or listening to this podcast) the day it's published...
124 – The Bible is full of stories explaining that God is not a respecter of persons
When I was in college I had a professor who had a couple of favorites in class. I was definitely not one of them. In fact, it seemed she didn't really like me at all.
I asked a friend to pray with me about the situation. My friend said I needed to start with the fact that God loved the professor just as much as He loved me.
That's not what I w...
123-It's easy to say the words, but it's still true. You are loved by God.
Have you ever had those times when you felt alone, unappreciated, and unloved?
You’re trying to live your life to the best of your ability, but there are challenges that keep piling up. You pray. You study your Bible. Maybe you go to church.
You try to do what’s right. You try to be loving and helpful to others.
But you just wonder sometimes if it’s a...
122 – How do you observe the Lord's Supper
The night before Jesus was arrested he was the observing the Passover with his disciples. While he was still at the table he uttered some words which still guide us today in the way we honor and remember Jesus.
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke all relate the event in pretty much the same way. John shares a completely different incident that happened at that meal.
And so, down throu...
121 – What does it mean to pray in the name of Christ?
How many times do we hear tacked onto the end of a prayer the phrase, “In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.”? How many times do we say it ourselves?
If we’re not careful, it’s easy for that phrase to just roll off our prayer tongues out of habit instead of feeling the deep inspiration the words signify.
There’s nothing wrong with these words and much that’s right, but does just repeatin...
120 – This week I talk with Jason Elam about God's unfailing love for us.
Jason Elam, host of The Messy Spirituality Podcast, shared some very personal stories about his faith journey.
119 – If Jesus asked you to earnestly pray for something, would you do it?
That's what this week's episode is all about. Jesus tells his disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send more workers into the harvest field. (Matthew 9:37, 38)
Why did he ask them to pray that way? Because the harvest is plentiful.
This was true in Jesus's day. It's true today as well.
Lots of people are searching for answers...
118 – Is it possible for someone to put a curse on you?
This is a pretty heavy duty topic.
I have met people who believe they have been cursed by someone. And there are people in the world who think they can put a curse on someone.
Unfortunately, there are even some Christians who think they can curse their enemies, and pray that they fail at what they're doing or even die.
Have you ever heard of anything further from what Jesus wa...
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