The Truth Barista

The Truth Barista

This creative Podcast uses an imaginary coffeehouse as the setting to talk about the issues facing our day. The Truth Barista is Pastor Jay Christianson, who is fluent in the Hebrew Traditions of the Bible and uses his knowledge to bring clear insights to bear upon the issues that define our day. The Podcast is humorous yet clearly instructive as The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry (Larry Kutzler) tackle the tough issues facing Christians today.

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August 5, 2022 33 min

Western vs Hebraic thinking is a fascinating subject because it deeply affects how we study the Bible and live our lives for the Lord. For example, Western thinking is about information while Hebraic thinking is about training – information applied. Jay and Larry explore how Jesus’ followers moved from the Hebraic mindset to the Gentile Western mindset.

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Why do so many Christians have trouble understanding the Bible or correctly interpreting it? A big part of those problems is how we think. The Bible was written by a people with a Hebraic mindset rather than a Greek-Roman mindset and those differing mindsets have had a huge impact, even a negative one on Western Christianity. It’s time to get our heads on straight.

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Why is it Christians are afraid of demons and the world system? One answer is we don’t know Jesus as well as demons do. What would happen if Christians truly understood Jesus’ power, authority, and holiness? How would that affect our impact on society?

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Cultural Christianity knows less about Jesus than demons do. While demons cried out, “I know who You are – the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34, Mark 1:24), many cultural Christians would respond, “Is Jesus really God’s Son? Is Jesus the Holy One of God or just a man?” Speaking of low biblical knowledge, sadly, many churches don’t even acknowledge demons even exist. And yet, confronting demons was a major part of Jesus’ kingdom ministry...

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Truth Barista Jay and Amazing Larry continue their discussion about demons based on the unclean spirits’ exclamation, “I know who You are – the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34, Mark 1:24). What does it mean that Jesus is the Holy One of God? Why do demons react so wildly to Jesus’ holy presence?

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Truth Barista Jay and Amazing Larry continue their discussion about demons based on the unclean spirits’ exclamations, “I know who You are – the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34, Mark 1:24) and “You are the Messiah, the Son of God” (Luke 4:41). Where did demons come from? Why do they want to attack, even inhabit, human beings? What is our best defense against demonic forces? How does God’s holiness help us?

 

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Sadly, demons know (and believe) more about Jesus than most Christians today! Truth Barista Jay and Amazing Larry begin a Bible study series about demons based on the unclean spirits’ exclamations, “I know who You are – the Holy One of God” (Luke 4:34, Mark 1:24) and “You are the Messiah, the Son of God” (Luke 4:41).

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Truth Barista Jay and Amazing Larry plow through the error that “Jesus came to start another religion.” Christianity’s origin came from a completely Jewish source. Over the course of a couple of centuries, as Jesus’ messianic stream of Judaism received more Gentile followers, the Jewishness of the Early Church was sidelined. One of those casualties was God’s Torah (Law).

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Truth Barista Jay and Amazing Larry finish Jesus’ teaching on the Law (the Torah) in Matthew 5:17-7:29. According to Jesus, His Father’s Law is still in effect and is still our guidelines and commands to live right with God. But we must watch out for diversions (wolves). How do we tell good teachers from bad ones? By their fruit – what their lives and teaching produce.

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Following Jesus is not for wimps. Why? Because Jesus expects us to live His word as HE intended it to be lived and following His commands (the right way to live God’s Law/Torah) is a “life or death” choice (Matthew 7:13-20). It’s easy to follow our desires, but more difficult to reject those desires to follow Jesus’ way.

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Truth Barista Jay and Amazing Larry dig further into Matthew 7:7-12 and how it applies to bringing a judgment-based correction to a person who isn’t receptive or even hostile to you.

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So now that we’re learning that we can judge other people and how to judge them correctly, Truth Barista Jay and Amazing Larry take on a very familiar verse to many Christians, Matthew 7:7-12, and reveal its main meaning isn’t about praying. It’s about why we should pray regarding judging others.

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What is the proper way to judge others? It starts with you! Do we ignore the same sin in us that we’re addressing in others? And if you see clearly, what if the person doesn’t want your help? Jesus has a lot to say about “dogs and hogs.”

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Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5-7 is about His Father’s Torah, commands that guide how we are to live. So why does Jesus talk about “not judging other people in Matthew 7:1-6? Does He really intend that we do not judge other people and how they act? To the contrary! It’s about how to judge God’s way, the proper way.

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And now we reach the high point of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:31-34 about possessions and how we should deal with them in a Godly way. Jesus’ point? “You mind my business, and I’ll mind yours!”

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Worry is a tremendous indicator of possessions' place in our lives! Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry look at Matthew 6:25-34 and how worry or trust shows our possessions’ grip on us.

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Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue the talk with Matthew 6:24, “The Battle of the Two Masters!” – You Can’t Serve Two Masters! Who is the real Master of your life? Are you gripped by goods or grasped by God?

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Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry get to the heart of the matter about possessions (Matthew 6:19-21) and how Jesus’ puzzling example relates to it (Matthew 6:22-23). You’ll find out how “having a good/bad eye” has often been misinterpreted and misapplied.

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If we want to understand Jesus’ teaching on how to properly handle our possessions, we must think like 1st Century Jews. Hebraic thinking deeply influences the place of material goods in a Godly life (Matthew 6:19-24). Of course, it gets to the heart of the matter!

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How effective are fasting and prayer when used together? Very! But what’s the right and safe way to fast? Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry work through Jesus’ teaching on prayer and fasting in Matthew 6:9-18.

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