033 – This just might be a little controversial...
What did Paul really mean when he wrote, "Your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?" (1 Corinthians 6:19 KJV)
In this episode, I get into some nitty-gritty grammar and a tiny little detail most Bible translations miss that completely change the meaning of this favorite verse.
It all has to do with what the words "you" and "thou" mean.
There is something much ...
032 – Faith is like baking a cake. If you only read the recipe, it doesn't do you much good.
Here's a modern day parable about the importance of living our faith instead of just reading books about how to be more faithful.
Imagine a mom who promises her kids she'll make a cake but spends way too much time hunting down the perfect recipe but never baking the cake.
How would you feel if you were one of her kids? Pretty bumme...
031 – Has anyone ever tried to get you to do something God told you not to do?
This happens way too often. It's so important to stay faithful to what God tells us to do. but sometimes it's hard.
In this episode, I retell the story of the prophet from I Kings, Chapter 13, who obeyed God until he believed what another prophet said instead of talking to God about it.
And there were consequences.
Here are some questions I talk abo...
030 – Isn't it time to quit defining yourself as either superior or inferior to other people?
I used to have a serious inferiority complex. Funny thing though, at the same time, I also had a superiority complex. I was pretty insecure.
In today's episode, I discuss a couple of experiences that taught me the importance of seeing all God's children in the light of spiritual equality. In the process I had to eat big piece of ...
029 – Can our prayers heal like Jesus did?
The Bible makes that promise, but sometimes when we pray, we're not healed. Does that mean it's God's will we weren't healed?
In this week's episode I talk about this topic and explore some of the reasons our prayers for healing may not be answered the way we want. I firmly believe it is always God's will that we are healed, but sometimes we don't go far enough i...
028 - What if you had a big debt due tomorrow and no money in the bank?
Remember when a widow came to Elisha the prophet with this exact problem. He asked her, "What do you have in the house?" All she had was a pot of oil.
It turns out, this was the solution. The widow trusted Elisha. She took action with the little she had and it was multiplied beyond her wildest imagination. You can find this story in 2nd Kings, chapter 4.
027 – Jesus' "Parable of the Sower" has more than one meaning
It's not just about Jesus preaching the gospel. It's also about where and what kind of seeds of faith we plant in our hearts and our lives.
In this episode I talk about how our faith is like a seed:
What if you had seen Jesus that first Easter morning?
What if you had been in in the room when Jesus appeared to his disciples after the resurrection? How would you act? How would it change your life?
What if we lived each day as if we had just seen the risen Christ?
In this episode I talk about:
025 – What is the best way to prepare our hearts for Easter?
When we take the time to get ready spiritually for the significance of the resurrection in our lives, we get a deeper sense of what Easter is all about.
In this week's episode, I explore the time Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead as a way to get us ready for Easter.
024 – Have you ever thanked God before He heals or blesses you?
Usually we thank God after something good happens. And that's important. But gratitude before the solution appears is a powerful prayer.
In today's episode, I share some ideas about why "gratitude in advance" is so important and you can add this powerful tool to your spiritual tool box. You'll learn about:
023 – How did Jesus pray? Can we pray like he did?
Yes. Jesus expected us to follow his example in everything he did, including our prayers.
In this episode, I present the first installment of an occasional series: How to Pray Like Jesus. The focus this time is on one of the very specific ways Jesus prayed, which I call the "prayer of rebuke."
I talk about:
022 – The Healing Power of God is alive and well
The prophets in the Old Testament healed people. Jesus healed too many people to count. And his disciples followed his example by healing.
God’s power to heal
God heals today just as He did in Bible times. In this week’s episode, I share a remarkable testimony of healing in modern times and the prayer that brought the healing.
Check out the shownotes with all the Bible references in this...
021 – Can prayer protect you from contagious disease?
According to the 91st Psalm, the answer is "Yes!"
With the outbreak of the Corona virus, many people are afraid of getting sick. But the Bible promises, "There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling." (Psalm 91:10 KJV)
But we have to hid in the "secret place of the Most High [God]."
In this episode, I take each verse of th...
020 – When was the last time you shared your faith with someone?
I'm not talking about having a debate and trying to convert someone to your faith. But just about sharing what you believe with someone.
In this episode, I share a few practical ways to share your faith in a meaningful way. But I also talk about some of the ways that are not productive.
019 – What does God want you to do with your life?
There's a big difference between you trying to figure out what you want to do and listening for what God's purpose for you is.
In the Bible, there's no way Moses, Gideon, Esther, Elisabeth and Zacharias, Mary and Joseph, or Paul could have set a goal to end up doing what God chose them to do. There was no way for them to know what it would be.
The same is true for us. Eve...
My gym teacher accused me of lying. It took me years to forgive him.
What does it really mean to forgive? Do we really have to forgive someone 70 x 7?
In this episode I talk about the healing power of forgiveness:
017 – Do we really have to take the Bible 100% literally, like some people insist?
Absolutely not. If you do, you'll miss a lot of what the Bible says.
There are many things in the Bible that are literally true, but there are many parts that were never intended to be taken literally. For example:
016 – Why did the crowds follow Jesus?
What did Jesus do to prepare people to prepare their hearts to hear his message of salvation?
How does Christ prepare our hearts today to hear what he has to say?
In this episode I explore what it was Jesus did to get people to listen to him and be ready to accept his good news that the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
And I talk about how Christ works in our hearts today as well and what we can do t...
015 – It turns out I was lying to myself!
I thought I loved God, but I did not love my brother. The Bible says that if we say we love God but hate our brother we are liars (see I John 4:20).
Is there someone in your life, a sibling, a friend, a co-worker, a fellow church member who is particularly difficult to love? Well, join the crowd. If you say you love God but don't love these folks, then you don't really love God as mu...
014 – How would you feel if Jesus knocked at the door and offered to help clean up your house, but it was a total disaster?
Would you let him in? Just think of Jesus cleaning your toilet. Yikes!
In this episode: