The Harder Way Podcast

The Harder Way Podcast

Join our hosts as they discuss religious restriction, the power of Scripture, living a life of faith over fear, and what the American Church can learn from the Persecuted Church about living in an increasingly hostile culture.


June 14, 2024 32 mins

episode 75

Welcome back to The Harder Way podcast with Scott and Mattie! The episode's main focus is the "Belt of Truth" from the armor of God, as described in Ephesians 6. Our hosts explore the significance of this piece of armor, both in the context of Roman military gear and its spiritual implications for Christians today. They emphasize that truth, represented by Jesus Christ, is what holds everything together and is essential ...

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Welcome back to The Harder Way Podcast with Scott and Mattie! In this episode, we're diving into a new series on the Armor of God. After our recent sermon interlude and the Beatitudes series, we're excited to explore this crucial biblical concept and its relevance to our lives today.

Join us as we discuss the importance of the armor of...

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May 31, 2024 37 mins

Welcome to a unique broadcast. In this episode, we are presenting a message Scott recently delivered in a quaint town near Grand Coulee, Washington. The spotlight is on humility and the fascinating historical backdrop of the church at Philippi, as elucidated by Paul in the book of Philippians. We begin with a personal anecdote about the impact of early experiences and transition into the historical significance of Philippi, a Roman...

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May 23, 2024 29 mins

episode 73

Welcome to the final installment of our five-part series on the Beatitudes, aptly titled "Live Your Best Life." In this episode, we explore the last three verses of the Beatitudes, where Jesus speaks about persecution as part of His most important teaching, the Sermon on the Mount.

Join us as we unpack the true meaning of be...

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May 17, 2024 30 mins

episode 72

Welcome back to our journey through the Beatitudes in our quest to live our best lives. In this episode, we consider the profound meanings that Jesus has layered into the Beatitudes by exploring the concepts of being 'pure in heart' and being a 'Peacemaker.'

Come back for next week's episode on the topic- Blessed are the Per...

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May 10, 2024 30 mins

episode 71 

In this episode, Scott and Mattie examine the Beatitudes, their two core verses, and their broader meaning. 

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May 3, 2024 28 mins

episode 70

If you aspire to live Jesus' idea of the best version of your life, this nuanced exploration of Matthew 5:5, Blessed are the Meek, is an episode you won't want to miss. Join hosts Scott and Mattie as we explore these rich, multi-layered biblical teachings and their relevance to modern Christian life.

In our latest episode of...

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April 26, 2024 29 mins

episode 69

If you seek Godly wisdom and spiritual growth and aspire to live a life that is reflective of Jesus, this nuanced exploration of the Beatitudes is an episode you won't want to miss.

In this episode of The Harder Way Podcast, hosts Scott and Mattie, who are deeply inspired by the Beatitudes, embark on a two-week exploration. ...

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April 19, 2024 65 mins

NOTE: Mattie and I are working on a two-part podcast about finding Blessing in Persecution based on Jesus's teaching in Matthew 5. We will bring you the first installment next week. To set the stage, we thought it would be good to encourage you to listen to this timeless message from our Father in Christ, Don Roberts. 

Summary: In this profound sermon, Christian missionary Don Roberts passionately explores the role of persecution i...

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April 12, 2024 28 mins

Welcome to another episode of The Harder Way with Scott and Mattie! In this thought-provoking installment, we dive deep into the heart of prayer and its profound significance in navigating life's trials.

Drawing from personal anecdotes, biblical wisdom, and insights from the Persecuted Church, we debunk common misconceptions surroundi...

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April 5, 2024 28 mins

episode 67

Join Scott and Mattie on The Harder Way Podcast as we discuss the shocking Easter Sunday event in Tennessee: hundreds of Bibles publicly set ablaze outside a prominent church. Can political tensions fuel extreme actions like public Bible burnings and question how individualism can promote discord over constructive dialogue? In this episode, we consider this act's motives, consequences, and implications in the context of ...

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March 29, 2024 30 mins

episode 66

In this episode, dive into a riveting discussion on the 'God Bless the USA Bible.' This controversial Bible, endorsed by former President Donald Trump, merges the Holy Scriptures with significant American political documents, all wrapped in a cover emblazoned with the American flag. This fusion prompts a critical examination of the lines between theological authenticity and national identity, especially among conservativ...

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March 28, 2024 29 mins

Easter 2024

Join us in this episode as we embark on a quest for enlightenment and encouragement, navigating Easter's origins and controversies. Discover the true meaning behind the festive symbols of eggs and bunnies and the historical joy of candy in celebrations. Arm yourself with the knowledge to celebrate this occasion with a deeper appreciation for its history, tradition, and sweets. 

Our exploration begins by delving into the...

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March 21, 2024 32 mins

Immerse yourself in the riveting dialogue of "The Harder Way" podcast as Scott and Mattie dissect the intricate aspects of fleeing temptation in "Tempted to Flee: Striving For Genuine Faith amidst Persecution." Taking inspiration from Biblical times when Jesus himself side-stepped danger, the hosts delve into the pressing challenge Christians face in the face of persecution - the allure to escape.

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March 13, 2024 31 mins

episode 64

In episode 64, "Tempted to Fight," of "The Harder Way," hosts Scott and Mattie delve into the complex world of religious restriction and persecution, focusing on one of the three major temptations believers face in such environments. This episode explores the intricate da...

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March 8, 2024 31 mins

Episode 63

     In this insightful episode, we delve headfirst into maintaining a Christian's faith amidst testing circumstances. We are looking at how effortless it becomes for believers to unknowingly COMPROMISE, whether in day-to-day life or when facing societal setbacks.


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March 1, 2024 24 mins
episode 62

Welcome to Episode 62 of "The Harder Way" podcast, where we embark on a compelling journey into the lives of Christians immigrating from regions marked by severe religious persecution. Join us as we uncover their stories of resilience, cultural adaptation, and unwavering ...

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Standing Firm: Preparing for MORE Religious Restriction in America

In this Bonus Message, challenge your current level of faith, confront your fears, and grasp the profound spiritual principles at hand. Be inspired to surrender every part of your life in obedience to God and galvanize your faith in divine providence. Take a deep dive into this enlightening analysis of faith over fear and the undeniable power of scriptures to inspir...

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February 23, 2024 32 mins

episode 61

Tune in for a thought-provoking exploration into the complex topic of religious persecution. Amid a growing global culture of intolerance, we shed light on a disturbing case in Germany, where a Christian man faced legal retribution for expressing his faith through a car decal. We examine his journey which echoes the struggles of all those who endure for their faith in a hostile world.

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episode 60

Welcome to another enlightening episode of The Harder Way Podcast, hosted by Scott and Mattie. This episode unravels the significance of enduring hardship as a pathway to a deeper understanding of Christianity and steering clear of transactional faith. Drawing from their personal insights, the hosts illuminate the discipline and the transformative power of challenges, justifying hardship as a fertile ground for spiritual...

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