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Ep. 67 - Our Gifts, His Glory - Interview with Courtney Reissig

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Ep. 71 - Matthew - Chapters 1&2
On episode 71 of the Adorned Podcast we dive into chapters 1 and 2 of Matthew. The book begins with the genealogy of Jesus and we immediately notice that Matthew is reassuring the Jews that Jesus is indeed their promised Messiah. Matthew then goes on to recount the story of Jesus’ birth and the events surrounding the first few years of His life. Throughout these first 2 chapters we continually see God’s sovereignty in the big miracles, the small details, and even through  what Herod meant for evil. The beginning of this book is such a good reminder that we can rest in the fact that God is in total and complete control! Quotes: “God is in control and can use anyone He pleases. He can save anyone He pleases.” “The first link between my soul and Christ is not my goodness but my badness, not my merit but my misery, not my standing but my falling, not my riches but my need.” -Charles Spurgeon “If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things.” -Elisabeth Elliot “God is not only sovereign over the big things and the small things, but He is also sovereign over the bad.” “Seeing the brokenness of man truly gets us to see Jesus for who he really is and how much His blood accomplishes on the cross on our behalf.” Resources: Inductive Study Guide  The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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September 19, 2019
Ep. 70 - Matthew - Introduction
On Episode 70 of the Adorned Podcast we recap our last series “Our Gifts, His Glory” by discussing what God taught us through our conversations with all of the amazing ladies we were privileged to interview. We officially announce that our fall series will be a walk through the first part of the gospel of Matthew. If you are at all familiar with this podcast, then you know that we believe the context of what we are studying is so very important. That is why we spend some time during this episode discussing who wrote the book, when he wrote it, his purpose behind his writing, and what themes we will continually see as we read? We can’t wait to see what God is going to teach all of us as we continue to study His Word together! Quotes: “Don’t stop walking just because you might trip.” “Recognize, repent, and keep walking forward.” “If Jesus said it then it’s absolutely true and we should focus on what He’s saying.” “Matthew gave us God’s entire plan from Genesis to Revelation” -Spurgeon Study Bible  “Matthew was writing this book to announce and affirm Jesus.  What does your life announce and affirm?” “Matthew makes no division between history and theology. History is the basis of theology, and theology interprets the meaning of historical events. He speaks truth about real events in history, and he does so with a spiritual, pastoral, and covenantal agenda.” -Reformation Study Bible “The false teacher relies on you having ignorance of the text.” -Jen Wilkin Resources: Inductive Study Guide  The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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September 12, 2019
Ep. 69 - Our Gifts, His Glory - Interview with Angie Likens
On episode 69 of the Adorned Podcast we continue our series “Our Gifts, His Glory” with an encouraging conversation with Angie Likens. We discuss how a passion for discipleship led her to found the Proclaim Truth Conference. We attended this conference in January and absolutely LOVED it! To hear more of our thoughts on the conference you can go back and listen to episode 45. On today’s episode Angie shares how looking to those that have gone before us and collaborating with those around us, truly is what discipleship is all about. How do we do this while remembering that it is for God’s glory and not our own? Listen in to this conversation that is is full of so much wisdom, passion, and biblical truth! We pray that it encourages your heart as much as it did ours! Listen all the way to the end to hear how you can use the code “Adorn” to receive a special discount! Quotes: “The scripture is completely sufficient to reveal God to us.” -Angie Likens “We study The Word of God so that we would grow to hate what God hates and love what God loves.” -Angie Likens “God has a greater passion for His name than I can ever have.” -Angie Likens “God is faithful to His plan for His kingdom and His purpose.” -Angie Likens Resources: Books by A.W. Tozer  Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves  Books by Jen Wilkin  Hearers and Doers by Kevin Vanhoozer  Teaching to Change Lives by Howard Hendricks  Living by The Book by Howard Hendricks  His Word Alone by Summer Lacy  Choosing Peace by Lasater and Kinyon  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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September 5, 2019
Ep. 68 - Our Gifts, His Glory - Interview with Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler from Risen Motherhood
On episode 68 of the Adorned Podcast we continue our series, “Our Gifts, His Glory.” We had the privilege of talking with Emily and Laura from “Risen Motherhood” about what it looks like to use the gift of motherhood for God’s glory. If you are not familiar with the Risen Motherhood ministry, they exist to encourage, equip, and challenge moms to apply the gospel to their everyday lives. On this episode, we discuss everything from Emily’s amazing fire building skills to how potty training and mountains of laundry will continually point you back to the gospel. Even if you are not in the throws of motherhood, we believe you will find encouragement through this conversation! Quotes: “Everything we have is The Lord’s.  It’s all been given by Him; all of our gifts, every skill set, our personality traits, our tendencies. God gives those to His people and if we truly are not our own but we belong to God then every resource, every gift we have, is actually His!” -Laura Wifler “The neat thing about the gospel is that it makes us new and it changes everything about who we are.” -Emily Jensen “God is the one, in Christ who reconciles our responsibility with our inability.” -Emily Jensen “The great news of what God did for us is that He came and He said “I know that you’re not enough, but I’m going to send my son to be enough on your behalf and now before the throne of God, you are made good, you are made righteous, I see you and I see righteousness, I see patience, and kindness, and long suffering because I see Jesus.  He covers us in front of God,”” -Laura Wifler “He is for my good and He is for their good, and I can trust Him.” -Emily Jensen “We are not above Christ and what He has done.  He came to serve, he came to lay down His life, he came to deal with the dirty, stinky, messy, annoying needs that we all have.” -Emily Jensen “As moms, so much of what we do is unseen, but it does matter and God is refining and molding, and growing us in these days. He’s preparing us for whatever good works He has down the road.  These days are not being wasted.” -Laura Wifler Resources: Risen Motherhood Resource Page  Risen Motherhood Website  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 29, 2019
Ep. 67 - Our Gifts, His Glory - Interview with Courtney Reissig
On episode 67 of the Adorned Podcast we continue our series “Our Gifts, His Glory” with a conversation with Courtney Reissig.  Courtney is a wife, mother, writer, and speaker that has a heart for helping women grow in their knowledge of God’s Word. She shares her story of how a potentially life-threatening diagnosis during her last pregnancy helped free her from some of her struggles by reminding her to steward her giftings for God’s glory. This conversation was a great reminder of God’s trustworthiness, his sovereignty, and his goodness.  We pray that you are encouraged as you listen.   Quotes: “We have a responsibility to steward the giftings that God has given us.  We don’t get to just check out and not do it because we might be glory seeking.” -Courtney Reissig  “Even if you’re not sure if your motives are right, keep moving forward and allow God to sanctify those motives as you move forward.” “So much of our discontentment, our comparison, our envy, and jealousy, all of those heart responses to what we don’t have, are owing to the fact that we think God isn’t trustworthy. When I remember all that He has done, I’m reminded that He is trustworthy!” -Courtney Reissig  “God’s sovereignty paired with his goodness is just incredibly comforting.” -Courtney Reissig  Resources: Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig  The Accidental Feminist by Courtney Reissig  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 22, 2019
Ep. 66 - Our Gifts, His Glory - Interview with Payton Keller
On episode 66 of the Adorned Podcast we had the privilege of sitting down to chat with Payton Keller about how she chooses to use her gifts for God’s glory.  Payton is an incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and worship leader born and raised in the Austin area.  She shares her story of how God grabbed a hold of her heart and turned her eyes toward Jesus instead of herself.  Our prayer is that as you listen to this conversation you will be encouraged and inspired to use your own giftings for the glory of our King!  Quotes: “Now my contentment is in Jesus’ name instead of my own name.” -Payton Keller  “There is so much contentment in using your passions for something bigger than yourself.” -Payton Keller  “It’s not about us, it’s about God. Give your life over to him and he’ll use you for his glory.” -Payton Keller  “Get in your Bible. Know Jesus in a big way!” -Payton Keller  “Don’t pursue opportunities, pursue Jesus.” -Payton Keller  Resources: The Bible  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 15, 2019
Ep. 65 - Our Gifts, His Glory - Interview with Margaret Gibson
On Episode 65 we kick off our series “Our Gifts, His Glory” with a conversation with Margaret Gibson.  Margaret works in non profit development and is passionate about the topic of generosity.  We thought this was the perfect way to kick off this series as we discuss what it looks like to give generously for the glory of God.  Margaret guides us to where we can see generosity in The Bible.  Spoiler alert!  This is a topic that is woven throughout the entirety of scripture!  Ultimately it points us back to how generous God has been to us by providing His grace, a gift we do not deserve.  We left this conversation feeling so encouraged and inspired to give generously for the glory of God and pray that you will too.       Quotes: “There is such a scarcity mentality.  We think that there’s not enough.  That is a fundamental issue about the character of God for us.  It’s us not believing that God is not big enough, or good enough, or loves us enough to do good things for us or to provide for us in the way that He promises He will.” -Margaret Gibson  “Our generosity comes out of an overflow of what God does for us.” -Erin Kellogg  “The best way to get good at giving is to give.” -Margaret Gibson  Resources: The Prodigal God by Tim Keller  https://www.amazon.com/God-Money-Discovered-Business-Paperback/dp/1628624736 Gospel Patrons by John Rinehart  The Giver and the Gift by David Weekley and Peter Greer  The Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen  When Helping Hurts by Stever Corbett and Brian Fikkert  The World is not ours to Save by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson  Generous Giving  The Gospel Coalition  Desiring God  National Christian Foundation  Advent Conspiracy  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 8, 2019
Ep. 64 - Our Gifts, His Glory - Summer Recap and Series Intro
We’re back!!!!!  We had a wonderful summer break, but we are so glad to be back with all of our wonderful listeners.  You don’t want to miss this episode because Erin has a HUGE announcement that we know you’re going to be excited about!  Katie Cobbs joins us as we discuss some summer highlights, our biggest takeaway from the She Speaks conference, and give a little intro into our upcoming series, “Our Gifts, His Glory.”  Our hope and prayer each week is that the Adorned Podcast would encourage and inspire you to pursue a deeper understanding of who God is through His Word. Quotes: “Generosity is such a beautiful reflection of God’s generosity to us.” “A calling requires a caller.  You are not called to something or somewhere, but to someone.” -Lisa Allen  “Our gifts have been given to us to bring God glory.” *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 1, 2019
Ep. 63 - Ephesians - Chapter 6
On episode 63 of the Adorned Podcast we discuss chapter 6 of Ephesians.  Paul continues to talk about the importance of submission, this time addressing the children and bondservants.  He ends the chapter by reminding the church that they are not fighting a battle against flesh and blood, but one that is spiritual.  He gives practical ways to fight this battle by teaching about the armor of God.  We have so enjoyed walking through the book of Ephesians with all of you and pray that it has been a blessing to you as well!  Quotes:  “Let them be fondly cherished… deal gently with them.” -John Calvin  “Paul does not condone the system of slavery instead provides instructions to believing masters and slaves regarding the relationship to each other in the Lord and how this should be lived out within the boundaries of their social and legal culture. the result as often observed that slavery slowly died out through the influence of Christianity.” -ESV Study Bible Notes  “What you’re about to read in Ephesians 610 through 24 is not some weird hallucination dreamed up by a prisoner in chains but the doctrinally driven application of everything we’ve read in Ephesians.” -Gloria Furman “Our Faith is made stronger in community.”   Resources:  The Message of Ephesians by John Stott The Armor of God by Priscilla Shirer  Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney  Alive in Him by Gloria Furman The Christian in Complete Armor by D.A. Carson  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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June 20, 2019
Ep. 62 - Ephesians - Chapter 5
This week we dive into chapter 5 of Ephesians and decide that it might be a good idea to bring back the oh so popular WWJD bracelets as a reminder to love like Jesus does.  What does this look like practically in our everyday lives?  It’s definitely not always easy, but it is what we are called to as Christ followers.  The last section is one of our favorite parts of this letter as Paul addresses how marriage is to be a beautiful picture of Christ’s relationship with his bride, the church.  Tune in and let’s continue to study God’s Word together!  Quotes: “You become what you behold.” “The less time we spend looking at ourselves and the more time we spend gazing at Jesus this (loving like Jesus does) will become second nature.”  “The gospel is the reason to live this way and also the power to live this way.” “Darkness will always be overcome by the light.  It cannot win.”  “There is nothing demeaning about this, for her submission is not to be an unthinking obedience to his rule but rather a grateful acceptance of his care.” -John Stott   “The man and the woman were created unique by God, both in the image of God, equal in dignity, value, and worth, but they have been meant to complement one another, not compete against one another. The weaknesses of the one are strengthened by the strengths of the other, and the strengths of the other one are made even stronger by the strengths of the other. There is a complementarian relationship, where men are being men and women are being women. If that happens, then you have the type of human flourishing the Bible commends, that if we’d be willing to walk into it, our joy might increase, God’s glory might be seen all the more brightly, and all of our hearts would be satisfied in him.” Resources: The Message of Ephesians by John Stott
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June 13, 2019
Ep. 61 - Ephesians - Chapter 4
On episode 61 of the Adorned Podcast we dive into chapter 4 of Ephesians.  This is where we see the shift from Paul describing what the gospel is to how we are to live in light of it’s truth. He gives us some great practical advice for how to do this.  The theme of unity continues throughout this chapter and we are also reminded of the importance of sound doctrine. Join us as we continue to walk through Ephesians together!   Quotes: “The Gospel doesn’t just change our beliefs, but it changes our behavior.” “The Gospel is not just historical facts, but it’s transformative truth.” “Meekness is The gentleness of the strong, whose strength is under control.”  “Patience is long suffering towards aggravating people, such as God, in Christ has shown towards us.” -John Stott   “Without grounding in solid doctrine concerning who Jesus is, we will get tossed around according to whatever spiritual fad is trending.” -Gloria Furman  “Blind is exactly where Satan wants us to stay. He works to blind our minds to keep us from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.” -Gloria Furman  “The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” -Jen Wilkin  “Let no one say that doctrine does not matter!  Good conduct arises out of good doctrine.  It is only when we have grasped clearly who we are in Christ, that the desire will grow within us to live a life that is worthy of our calling and fitting to our character as God’s new society.” -John Stott  Resources: The Message of Ephesians by John Stott Alive in Him by Gloria Furman  Obedience Rooted in Relationship - Matt Chadler  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by  Katie Cobbs*
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June 6, 2019
Ep. 60 - Ephesians - Chapter 3
On this week’s episode of the Adorned Podcast we continue to talk about the great mystery and what it means to live in unity as the body of Christ. We dive into what true community is and unpack the “manifold wisdom of God”. Did you know it has something to do with Joseph’s coat of many colors? Join us as we dig into chapter three of Ephesians. Quotes: “What stands out in Ephesians are the ways in which the defeat of the evil powers and principalities it’s made manifest. To put it bluntly the multiethnic church living in unity is a cosmic middle finger to the powers have tried to force division and enmity among humanity.” -Tony Reinke “The Christian mysteries are truths which, although beyond human discovery, have been revealed by God and so now belong openly to the whole church.” -John Stott  “Once we are sure that the gospel is both truth from God and riches for mankind, nobody will be able to silence us.” -John Stott  “He created the universe to be the cosmic stage for the glory of his son and he predestined the church as the leading lady. In this drama the mystery of the church is like one big ah ha moment and it reveals God’s wisdom…” -Gloria Furman  “The Bible doesn’t call us to uniformity, it calls us to unity.” -Paul David Tripp  “Rather than plucking us out of Christian community to show us Christ’s knowledge surpassing love, God plants us in the body of Christ. This is where we are “filled with all the fullness of God”.... in other words we grow in the garden of the local church not in a vase by ourselves.” -Gloria Furman Resources: The Message of Ephesians by John Stott Alive in Him by Gloria Furman  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 30, 2019
Ep. 59 - Ephesians - Chapter 2
On episode 59 of the Adorned Podcast we discuss Ephesians chapter 2.  Paul spends the first part of this chapter reminding the church of the fact that they were dead in their sins.  Thank goodness he doesn’t stop there and quickly follows up by explaining that but God, in his love and mercy, sent Jesus so we could be made alive together in Him!  What does it mean to be God’s workmanship?  Why is it so significant that we are now one body under Christ?  Do our works really matter?  Join us as we continue to learn about the wonderful truths of the gospel!   Quotes: “When Jesus told Lazarus to come out of his tomb, Lazarus walked out, musty grave clothes and all. and when you were dead in your sins he called you with the gospel and he made you alive in Christ” -J.A. Medders  “Our good works are a reaction to the good gift. They do not earn us the good gift.” Humble Calvinism pg 130 “God doesn’t need us as his coworkers - he isn’t lacking the strength or ability to spread the fame of his name or to call his people to faith in him...Sure he could do it all himself.  Sure, he’ll call his people.  But he chooses to let you participate in the greatest business on earth - bringing people from darkness to light, from hell to heaven.” -J.A. Medders  “We are created by the master creator and our identity is 100% in him, and if we remind ourselves of that it truly doesn’t matter what anyone else says.”  “It’s better to be in the waves with Jesus then in the boat without him” -Sharon Miller “Peace is not the absence of chaos, but the presence of Jesus.” Resources: “A Lesson in Pronouns: The Doctrine of Union with Christ” - Knowing Faith Podcast Tiny Theologians One with Christ Cards  The Message of Ephesians by John Stott You Are Special by Max Lucado  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by  Katie Cobbs*
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May 23, 2019
Ep. 58 - Ephesians - Chapter 1
This week on the Adorned Podcast we discuss chapter one of Ephesians.  Paul begins his letter by making sure the church understands the truth of the gospel.  Through the blood of Jesus we have REDEMPTION and forgiveness of our sins.  He wants them to know that they were chosen by God before the foundation of the world because of His love and for His glory.  What does it mean that to be chosen?  What does living for God’s glory look like?  These are a few of the questions that we address in this episode.  We would love for you to join us as we continue to study God’s glorious Word together!   Quotes: “The glory of God is the beauty and excellence of his manifold perfections. It is an attempt to put into words what God is like in his magnificence and purity. It refers to his infinite and overflowing fullness of all that is good….God’s glory is the perfect harmony of all his attributes into one infinitely beautiful and personal being.” -John Piper  “Predestination is not about God collecting humans because he thinks they make nice robots to fill his heavenly warehouses. Far from it! The biblical picture of predestination describes the intentions of a loving Father who predestined us for adoption as sons because he wanted to (“according to the purpose of His will”) so that grace would be enjoyed and magnified.” -Gloria Furman  Resources:  Inductive Study Guide  God Created Us For His Glory by John Piper  Alive in Him by Gloria Furman  His Eternal Election by Sinclair Ferguson  The Message of Ephesians by John Stott Humble Calvinism by J.A. Medders  ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal: Ephesians Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem  Systematic Theology Podcast  Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul  Enjoying the Triune God by J.T. English  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 16, 2019
Ep. 57 - Ephesians - Intro
We are so excited to dive into a new series on the book of Ephesians. This week’s episode of the Adorned Podcast is an introduction to the letter that Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus.  We discuss when it was written, why it was written, what the city of Ephesus was like at that time, and some of the most prevalent themes seen throughout the book.  The first three chapters focus on reminding the church of the gospel and the work that Jesus did on the cross, while the last three chapters discuss how to live in light of that truth.  We are looking forward to learning and growing alongside you as we study this book together over the next 7 weeks!  Quotes: “A statement about unity in the form of an epistle” - Hans Bayer “Peace through grace would be a concise summary of the book.” -John Stott  “Ephesians articulates general instruction in the truths of cosmic redemptive work of God in Christ, the unity of the church among diverse peoples, and proper conduct in the church, in the home, and in the world. It’s about unity and love in the bond of peace marking the work of the Savior as well as Christian’s grateful response to his free grace in their lives.” -ESV Study Bible Notes  Resources: Life and Letters of Paul Course by Hans Bayer  The Message of Ephesians by John Stott Inductive Study Guide  ESV Illuminated Scripture Journal: Ephesians *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 9, 2019
Ep. 56 - Q&A - Part 2
On this week’s episode Katie Cobbs is with us again as we answer more listener questions.  How do you study the Bible? Does God rank sin?  How do you approach the tougher topics of the Bible with Children?  These are just a few of the questions that we discuss on this episode.  We hope that you enjoy this conversation and that you will join us next week as we begin our series on the book of Ephesians.     Quotes: “The best news is that all sins are equal in that Jesus’ blood is enough to cover all of them. Whether it is abortion, lying, stealing, cursing, adultery, pride, pornography or gluttony, Christ’s blood is stronger than both the weakest and strongest of sins.” -Zach Lee  “Don’t allow the phrase “all sins are equal” to blind you from the damaging and damning effects of sin.” -Zach Lee  Resources: Mere Christianity CS Lewis by C.S. Lewis  None Like Him by Jen Wilkin  Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin The Gospel Centered Life by Bob Thune  Essential Truths of the Christian Faith  God of Creation by Jen Wilkin God of Covenant by Jen Wilkin  1 Peter: A Living Hope in Christ by Jen Wilkin   James - Bible Study Book: Faith Works by Matt Chandler  The Bible Project  Are All Sins Equal Before God? By John Piper Are All Sins Equal by Zach Lee  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 2, 2019
Ep. 55 - Q&A - Part 1 and an Announcement
On episode 55 of the Adorned Podcast we invite our good friend, Katie Cobbs, onto the show to help us make a special announcement and to answer some listener questions.  We love our Q&A episodes because interacting with our listeners is one of our favorite parts of having a podcast!  Tune in to hear us discuss what TV shows and movies make us think more deeply about God, why we believe it’s important that we have historically accurate proof of the Bible, and more!  Quotes: “God is good - not because he causes things that seem or feel “good” to happen in our lives, but because in the midst of the storm, God comes closer to us than the storm could ever be.” -Charles Spurgeon  “The goodness of God is difficult to see in the midst of trials, but oh, I could fill a volume with instances of his goodness after trials in my own life were through. I have lost a child. I have had cancer. I am living through the heartache of a prodigal. Not once, even before I knew God, have I ever received anything less than goodness from him. That is why I experience inexpressible joy in Christ. It is why my faith does not waiver, nor does my trust in his good intentions for my life. It is the all sufficiency of Christ, obtained at the cross, that leads me to see that my “light and momentary afflictions are preparing me for an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison” (2 Corinthians 4:17).” -Leslie Schmucker  “I am expectantly asking God to bring me out of this suffering, but if not He is still good.”   Resources: Why I Choose to Believe the Bible by Voddie Baucham  Please Stop Saying God is Good by Leslie Schmucker  Episode 29 Community’s Role in Suffering with Rocky Bush Episode 14 - Who God Is - Our Good Father  Episode 18 - Worship - A Conversation with Katie Cobbs  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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April 25, 2019
Ep. 54 - Genesis - Recap Episode
On this week’s episode of the Adorned Podcast we recap what we learned while studying the book of Genesis.  We discuss some of the major themes, what we loved, what we found frustrating, and Kacie even tries to recap the entire book in under one minute.  Does she succeed?  You’ll have to listen to find out!  Through really digging into Genesis over the past few months, we have both learned so much about God and His character.  It’s not too late to go back and listen to any episodes that you might have missed!  Our hope and prayer is that through this series you have developed an even deeper love for God and His Word.     Quotes: “God is the only consistent being we can rely on.  Everyone else in our life is going to let us down over and over, but God will never let us down.  He’s the same God in the garden as He is in 2019!” “God is always good and He is always sovereign.  There is not a second of the day, a day of the week, or a week of the month that God is not in control.  He’s always knitting everything together.” “It’s not until we understand who God is that we adequately understand who we are.” -R.C. Sproul “God displays with startling majesty both his ineffable grace and his righteous judgement” -R.C. Sproul  “God is in the business of fulfilling His promises even if it’s not in the way that we think He will.” “We don’t fully understand why we need a savior unless we read Genesis.” *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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April 18, 2019
Ep. 53 - Genesis - Chapters 42-50 - Joseph the Dreamer Part 2
On episode 53 we wrap up the book of Genesis with a discussion on chapters 42-50.  What a beautiful picture of reconciliation is seen when Joseph reveals his true identity to his brothers and tells them not to worry because what they meant for evil, God meant for good.  Joseph is also reunited with his father, Jacob.  What an incredible moment that must have been for both of them!  It’s easy to wonder why Joseph was continually at peace when his circumstances were less than ideal.  How was he able to offer forgiveness to his brothers who caused him so much pain? These things were true of Joseph because of his solid theology.  Because he was grounded in who God is, Joseph was able to fully rest and trust in the sovereignty of God.          Quotes: “Jesus pays for what we can’t.  He pays for our sin and takes our place and we can spend forever in heaven because of that.” “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” -A.W. Tozer  “It’s important to take what God has given us and use it to disciple others.” “Even though his (Joseph’s) brothers had hurt him, had hated him, and had wanted him dead, in spite of everything he couldn’t stop loving them.” -Sally Lloyd Jones  “No matter how many times we sin or let Him down, Jesus cannot stop loving us.”  “They (the brothers) had a meaning in the sin (kill the dreamer) and God had a meaning in their sin and it was to save the killers.” -John Piper “God doesn’t condone this evil but he does overrule it.” -John Mcarthur  Resources: The Sale of Joseph and The Son of God sermon by John Piper  You Meant it for Evil, but God sermon by Greg Gilbert  The Life of Joseph by R.C. Sproul *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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April 11, 2019
Ep. 52 - Genesis - Chapters 37-41 - Joseph the Dreamer
This week we dive into the last big story in Genesis.  Most of us are familiar with the story of Joseph, but we want to encourage you to approach it with a fresh perspective and in light of everything we have learned leading up to this point. Joseph is sold by his  brothers and even thrown into prison, but the story doesn’t end there.  God has big plans for him!  As we look at Joseph’s life we want to focus once again what this story teaches us about God.  We see that God is good.  God is sovereign.  God promised to be with Joseph and as His children He promises to be with us as well!   Quotes: “God’s divine hand is seen through the man who directed Joseph to hardship on the one hand and to the saving of many lives in the other” ESV Study Bible Notes “God does this all the time. Takes the sins of the destroyers and yet makes them the means of their salvation” -John Piper “His heart was sustained by a deep confidence in the God of His father Jacob for Jehovah was with him” -Charles Spurgeon “We’re not going to see that Joseph’s life is easy, but we’ll see that God is with him.” “Are we more enamored with the gifts or with The Giver.” “Joseph’s diligence integrity and gentleness. O that all who are Christians would imitate Joseph in this and so behave ourselves that all may see that the Lord is with us.” -Charles Spurgeon “But God was with Joseph and he did not slide when set in slippery places, he fled. That flight was the truest display of courage it is the only was of victory in sins of the flesh.”  -Charles Spurgeon “The Lord does not promise us that we will have what looks like prosperity but we will have what is real prosperity in the best sense.” -Charles Spurgeon “The most trivial and the most important and the most likely and most unlikely circumstances are made to minister to the development of God’s purposes…. he is above all and can use all for the accomplishment of his grand and unsearchable designs.” CHM notes of Genesis  Resources: The Sale of Joseph and The Son of God sermon by John Piper  You Meant it for Evil, but God sermon by Greg Gilbert  The Life of Joseph by R.C. Sproul *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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April 4, 2019
Ep. 51 - Genesis - Chapters 32-36 - Jacob Wrestles With God
On this week’s episode of the Adorned Podcast we continue to look at Jacob’s life as we discuss chapters 32-36 of Genesis.  A big shift is seen in Jacob’s life as he focuses more on who God is.  God changes Jacob’s name to Israel after spending a whole night wrestling with him.  This is such a good a reminder to rest in the truth that God is the one that determines our identity.  In the following chapters we see a beautiful picture of reconciliation through Jacob and Esau’s restored relationship.  We are also reminded of man’s depravity in the story of Dinah, but as we have discussed before, we continue to see God’s plan at work despite their sin.  We would love for you to listen in and we pray that this conversation is encouraging to you as you pursue a deeper understanding of God’s Word. Quotes: “Just like the tone of this passage changes when Jacob focuses on who God is, the tone of our lives will change when we do this as well.” “When God makes us wrestle him for some blessing(s), it is not because God is reluctant to bless us, even if that’s how it first feels. It is because he has more blessings for us in the wrestling than without it.” -John Piper “Our identity is not in what we do, but whose we are.” “There is a true and better Jacob who wrestled and took the blow of justice that we deserve so we, like Jacob only receive the wounds of grace that wake us up and discipline us” -Tim Keller “Chapter 35 shows us that passing of one generation to another. Transformed by the experiences at Bethel and Penial, Jacob is now in a position to assume the mantle of his father as the one through whom the divine promises to Abraham will be continued” -ESV Study Bible Resources: Will You Wrestle With God? Jacob: A New Name *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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March 28, 2019
Ep. 50 - Genesis - Chapters 28-31 - Jacob Marries Rachel and Leah
On this week’s episode we cover Genesis chapters 28-31.  As we zoom in on Jacob’s life one of the first things we see is that God promises to be with him.  This promise is also true for us today and can bring us so much peace and comfort.  Jacob married Leah and Rachel (yes, both of them) and has 12 children between his wives and 2 maidservants.  Even through this seemingly messy story, we are reminded that God is sovereign.  He is fulfilling His plan to bring a Savior to the world through Jacob’s lineage.  God continually provides for Jacob despite his sometimes wavering faith and sinfulness.  What great hope that brings to us today! Quotes: “That which is most prominent in the divine dealings with Jacob was the matchless grace of God, shown to one so unworthy, the marvelous patience exercised toward one so slow of heart to believe, the changeless love which unweariedly followed him through all his varied course, the faithfulness which no unfaithfulness on Jacobs part could change, and the power of God which effectively preserved and delivered him through numerous dangers and which, in the end caused the spirit to triumph over the flesh, transforming the worm Jacob in Israel the prince of God.” -A.W. Pink “Instead of resting in the goodness of God and appropriating his free grace, like Jacob, we bargain and enter into conditions and stipulations. May the God of grace enlarge our hearts to receive his grace, and may he empower us to magnify his grace by refusing to defile it with any of our own wretched additions“ -A.W. Pink “We need to remind ourselves of what Jesus has done and that it is enough.” “Our goal shouldn’t be to be relatable, but it should be to be more like Jesus.”   “The god of bethel is a god who concerns himself with the things of the earth he is not a god who shuts himself up in heaven.” -Charles Spurgeon “When we can’t understand why God is using some one like Abraham or Isaac or Jacob we have to remind ourselves that “there is nothing arbitrary about god and his ways, our truest wisdom when we cannot understand his reasons is to rest quietly and trustfully saying even so father for so it seemeth good in thy sight. In his will is our peace.” Dr Griffith Thomas Resources:  Gleanings in Genesis by A.W. Pink *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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March 14, 2019
Ep. 49 - Genesis - Chapters 22-27 - The Life of Isaac
For this week’s episode we invited our friend, Hannah Kalk onto the show to help us walk through Genesis 22-27.  These chapters cover most of Isaac’s life.  We start by discussing the tough story of how God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac.  Through this passage we learn that God is really looking at Abraham’s heart and wants him to be willing to be willing to do what He asks of him.  We believe that He wants the very same of us today.  Through the obedience of a prayerful servant of Abraham’s, Isaac meets and marries Rebekah who gives birth to twin sons that seemed to be at odds even from the womb.  Join us as we discuss what we can learn about God from taking a closer look at Isaac’s life.   Quotes: “God desires us to be willing to be willing.” “In Hebrews 11 it says that Abraham believed that even if he brought that knife down God was so powerful that He would bring his son back to life.” “Abraham trusted in the promise maker more than the promise itself.  He doesn’t stop trusting just because it doesn’t make sense.” “God only really cares about the heart.  He didn’t need Abraham to follow through because he knew Abraham and knew that he was going to follow-through without pause or hesitation.” “Jacob did not earn this massive role by moral righteousness.  It’s the mercy and election that God gave him this opportunity.” “God continually chooses broken people.” “The truth is we’ve earned absolutely nothing but death.” “Despite our sin, not because of them, God is going to move.”  Resources: The King In His Beauty by Thomas Schreiner ESV Study Bible  Truer and better Video Tim Keller *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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March 7, 2019
Ep. 48 - Genesis - Chapters 18-21 - Sodom, Gomorrah, and a promise fulfilled
On this week’s episode we walk through the second part of chapter 18 to chapter 21 of Genesis. We are very honest from this beginning of this episode that these are some tough passages to cover.  However, like we’ve said before, we believe that the whole Bible is important and that includes the hard parts and all!   In these chapters we continue to see the character of God through his faithfulness, mercy, justice, and patience.  For the first time we see the idea of substitutionary atonement when God is willing to allow the righteous to save the unrighteous in Sodom, although no righteous were found and the city was destroyed.  In chapter 21 God fulfills his promise of a son to Abraham and Sarah with the birth of Isaac.  Sarah’s joyful laughter following his birth reminds us that our true joy can only be found in The Lord!     Quotes: “We like to focus on the part of the gospel that gets us a ticket to heaven, but why did we even need Jesus to come?  Because none of us are righteous.  Without knowing that, you don’t fully grasp the gospel.” “Our motives need to be for God and God alone because if we’re doing it for the gratitude and it’s not there we’ll just get frustrated.” “You do not have the power to mess up God’s plan.” “It is so comforting to know that we are not in power, but God is!” “Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching.” Resources: Sermon on Genesis 18-19:29 by Thabiti Anyabwile Grace for Sodom and Gomorrah  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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February 28, 2019
Ep. 47 - Genesis - Chapters 16-18 - Hagar, Ishmael, and the Covenant Sign
In this week’s episode we discuss chapters 16 to the first part of 18 in the book of Genesis.  We see such a clear picture of the depravity of humanity when Sarai tries to take matters of fulfilling God’s promise into her own hands.  She tells Abram to conceive a child with her servant, Hagar, and when he does we clearly see the pain that comes along with the consequences of sin.  We look at how God is a God that both sees and hears us even in the midst of trials, many times caused by our own actions.  Throughout this passage God continues to remind Abram of his promises and that even though it seems impossible, through Him, they will be fulfilled.       Quotes: “He’s the same God today as the God who met Hagar in the wilderness. A God who sees.” “God doesn’t just hear you and leave you there, but he meets you and sees you.”  “God has more than one reason for his delays.  Often it is to test the faith of His children.  To develop their patience.  To bring them to the end of themselves.  His delays are in order so that when He does act his delivering power may be more plainly evident, that what He does may be more deeply appreciated, and that in that consequence he may be more illustriously glorified.” -AW Pink  “The sign itself availed nothing; it had to be accompanied by a walk that was “blameless” (Gen. 17:1), which was not perfection but the orientation of one’s whole life to the promise, presence, and demands of God. In other words, the sign was only effectual for salvation if accompanied by faith, the demonstration of which was seen in being blameless.” -Ligonier Ministries  Resources: Gleanings in Genesis by A.W. Pink The Isaac Factor  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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February 21, 2019
Ep. 46 - Genesis - Chapters 12-15 - The Call and The Covenant
In this week’s episode we cover chapters 12-15 of Genesis. We discuss the beginning of God creating a people for himself through Abram and his family. We look at the call to Abram, the covenant that God makes with him, and how these point us to Jesus. We see that the call to Abram, to have absolute confidence in God, is the same call for us today. We continue to see the repeating themes of how taking our eyes off God can lead to sin, and God reminding His people of that creation mandate - to be fruitful and to have dominion. Quotes: “Having dealt in judgement at Babel, God now deals in grace. This has been and will always be true of God’s dealings. According to His infinite wisdom, judgement only serves to prepare the way for greater manifestations of His redeeming love.”  - Gleanings from Genesis “God’s purpose to give his creatures all they need to fulfill their lives in His creation as He intends for them” - Drama of Scripture “The second you take your eyes off and put them on your circumstances your going to think, ‘I have got to fix this’. Forgetting the fact you are in the hands of the only one who has control over it.” “His ability to fulfill his promises, even when we royally mess up, is true.” “Faith doesn’t stop with belief. It’s accompanied with obedience. It’s resting in who God is and then acting from that place.” “Our faith does not lie in our obedience but in who God is.” “Our insecurities, fears, and doubts can never be banished by the knowledge of who we are. They can only be banished by the knowledge of I AM.” - Jen Wilkin Resources: The Gospel of Genesis 13  The Drama of Scripture Gleanings in Genesis by A.W. Pink The Isaac Factor  The Knowledge of the Holy by AW Tozer The Gospel - Episode 8 The Gospel - Episode 9 *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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February 14, 2019
Ep. 45 - Genesis - Recap and Proclaim Truth Review
In this week’s episode we recap a conference we attended and were incredibly blessed by. We discuss some of our favorite takeaways from the conference including the importance of the doctrine of God as well as a tiny intro into biblical theology. We also summarize Genesis chapters 1-11 in a speed recap. We point out how we have already seen the beginning of so many doctrines including the doctrine of God, then doctrine of humanity, the doctrine of sin, and even more. We also discuss our favorite takeaways from the first 11 chapters of Genesis. We talk about how in the first 11 chapters of this book we see God as creator, but now we transition for the rest of Genesis to see how God is creating a people for himself through Abraham’s family line.  Quotes:  “Where will the muscle memory of your heart take you when it comes to who God is?” -Elizabeth Woodson  “God’s story of redemption. This is what the Bible is in four words.”  “Why is it important to know the whole narrative of scripture? Because it’s God’s story.” - Caroline Smiley  “It’s inerrant and its sufficient. I know it’s inerrant, but do I believe it’s enough. Do I believe its sufficient.”  “Just because it’s confusing doesn’t mean you have to unconfusify it”   “God desires us to be in relationship with him.”  “The Lord has been teaching me that it’s ok to have questions.”  “Wherever you have the divine and humanity meet there is always mystery.” - Jen Wilkin  Resources: The Drama of Scripture Knowing Faith Podcast *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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February 7, 2019
Ep. 44 - Genesis - Chapters 10&11 - The Tower of Babel
In this episode we study Genesis 10 and 11. We discuss how God has a sense of humor. We laugh about misheard song lyrics. And we see more genealogy, yay!  Then we discuss what happens in the story of the tower of babel, and how God sometimes extends mercy, in order for a more glorious and more beautiful thing.  Our hope is that we can break down some of the confusion over this passage and draw attention to how sovereign our God is.    Quotes:  “God’s will is not that we found our joy in praise of man, but find joy in knowing and praising God.” -Piper    “If you ask yourself ‘if no one saw me do this would I still do it?’ if the answer is no then you are doing it for the praise of man.” “Yes God intends for us to live in community but he also intends for us to go and tell.”    “We think if we obey in one area really well, that we will be exempt from having to obey elsewhere.”    “Things that seem like a barrier are sometimes actually boundaries.” “Sometimes God decides to be just, and sometimes we see Him extend mercy. When we see Him extend mercy, he does it for a purpose, it’s not like he forgot.”   “When He extends mercy, a lot of times it is because it will ultimately lead to a more beautiful more glorious thing.”    Resources:  ESV Study Bible  John Piper - Pride of Babel *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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January 31, 2019
Ep. 43 - Genesis - Chapters 4-9 - Noah and the Flood
On this week’s episode we tackle some tough passages, like the Nephilim and God’s sorrow over creation and whether or not fish were in the ark. We discuss how far sin has caused the world to fall, and God’s good and perfect plan of redemption and faithfulness shining through. Even though we have all heard the story of Noah’s Ark we glean something new as we dig deeper into God’s living and active word.   Quotes: “Everyone everywhere had forgotten about God and were only doing bad things all the time. God’s heart was filled with pain when he saw what had happened to the world He loved..” -Jesus Storybook Bible    “Grace is the foundation of every life that is pleasing to God, grace is the source from which issues every blessing you receive.” - AW Pink Gleanings from Genesis    “Genesis 6 is the first time we see the word grace.”   “Faith is the antithesis of sin. Faith is more than an act  it is an attitude it is a submission to God’s government, yielding to His authority in compliance to His revealed will. Faith in God is coming to the end of myself, an entire dependence on God” - AW Pink    “Erin: What’s his wife’s name? Kacie: She doesn’t have a name. HAHA”    Resources:  Gleanings in Genesis by A.W. Pink Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger  The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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January 24, 2019
Ep. 42 - Genesis - Chapters 3&4 - The Fall and the First Murder
On this week’s episode we discuss chapter 3 and the first part of chapter 4 of Genesis.  These are some difficult stories that are sometimes hard to process.  Satan enters the picture, the beginning of sin, Adam and Eve are cast out of the garden, and the first murder is committed. But even in what seems to be such a hopeless situation, God is giving us glimpses into His plan to send a redeemer.  He is so loving, gracious, and merciful to pursue His children even when we run from Him time and time again!    Quotes: “Adam and Eve were created to reflect God, but they chose to rival him.” -Jen Wilkin “If sin is lawlessness, then righteousness is lawfulness.” “How much joy for the creator if what he’s created finds joy in what He created them to do and to not do.”  “Sin is any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act attitude or nature.” -Systematic Theology, Grudem “Sin is doing what god’s word forbids or not doing what god’s word commands, in act, attitude or nature.” “If we don’t understand the depth of the bad news, the good news isn’t going to seem as great.” “This chapter, as doom and gloom as it is, forces us to accept the fact that we are broken and we are sinful, and we need a savior.” “When God asks where are you? “This was not the voice of the policeman but the call of yearning love. Dark as is the background here it only serves more clearly to reveal the riches of god’s grace.” -A.W. Pink  “Even when it’s our sin, God is the one stepping in to make a way.”  “Without the fall, we wouldn’t see the beauty of grace in the same way.” Resources: The Ology: Ancient Truths, Ever New by Marty Machowski Gleanings in Genesis by A.W. Pink *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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January 17, 2019
Ep. 41 - Genesis - Chapters 1&2 - Creation
This week we dive right into chapters 1 and 2 of Genesis.  We discuss how chapter 1 is a “drone type view” of creation while chapter 2 gives us a more zoomed in and personal look into this beautiful historical narrative.  We love how this really shows us the contrast of how God is infinite yet so very intimate.  When looking at the story of creation we want to remember that the “how” is not as important as the “why”.  There is so much that we can learn about God as well as ourselves in these very first chapters of the Bible!      Quotes: “God created the entire universe out of nothing it was originally very good and he created it to glorify himself“ -Systematic Theology, Grudem  “If genesis 1:1 is true than we can believe everything else in bible.” -Tozer  “What is crystal clear is that if something exists now, then there must be a supreme being from which all other beings become. The first assertion of the bible is in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. This text is foundational to all christian thought. It is not only a religious statement but a rationally necessary concept.” - R.C. Sproul  “ The positive side of the fact that God created the universe out of nothing is that it has meaning and a purpose. God and his wisdom created it for something. We should try to understand that purpose and use creation in ways that fit that purpose namely to bring glory to God himself moreover whenever the creation brings us joy we should give thanks to the God who made it all“ -Systematic Theology, Grudem  “God the father was the primary agent in initiating the act of creation. The son is often described as the one “through” whom creation came about and the spirit is generally pictured as completing or filling and giving life to the creation.” -Systematic Theology, Grudem  “When God says that something is good, He is saying that it is perfect and complete.” -Jen Wilkin  “What is a way that we can glorify God by enjoying His creation?” “God rested to show that the earth was not just a place for business or for things to happen but a place to just “BE” or to exist.” -ESV Study Bible notes  Resources: The Song of Creation by Tim Keller  God of Creation by Jen Wilkin  Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem  ESV Study Bible  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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January 10, 2019
Ep. 40 - Genesis - Introduction
Happy New Year!  We are so excited to kick off this year with you by spending the first three months walking through the book of Genesis.  What better place to start than at the very beginning?  On today’s episode we give a brief introduction to the book of Genesis.  We also explain how we are planning to cover all 50 chapters in three months as well as why we chose this book.  As we mention on the show we would love for you to join our facebook group so we can further discuss the topics presented in each episode.  We are so excited to see what God is going to teach all of us as we study His Word together!  Quotes: “It doesn’t do us any good if we have a high view of scripture, but don’t know what’s found in its sacred pages.”  - R.C. Sproul  “In every section of written word the personal word is enshrined, in genesis as much as in matthew” -A.W. Pink  “As we continue our meditations on the book of genesis may god in his condescending grace reveal unto us wondrous things out of his law.”  -A.W. Pink  Resources:  Inductive Study Guide  Facebook Discussion Group  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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January 3, 2019
Ep. 39 - Merry Christmas!
Merry Christmas, friends!!!!  Episode 39 is our final one for 2018 and we thought it was only fitting that we wrap up the year with a special Christmas show.  We start of by talking about some of our favorite memories and traditions and then talk about what God has been teaching us individually this season through the Christmas story.  This has been an amazing year and we are truly thankful for each one of our listeners.  We pray that you have a sweet week with your family and friends celebrating and reflecting on the birth of our Savior!   Quotes: “God gave Mary someone who could mentor her and relate to her.  God was going to work a miracle through both Elizabeth and Mary.  This shows the character of God.  That He is so loving and so kind and cares so deeply for us that He asks Mary to do this big this, but He doesn’t ask her to do it alone.” “Faithfulness is when God fulfills His promises, kindness is when He does that above and beyond.  He didn’t promise Mary someone to walk alongside her, but in his kindness He went above and beyond. This just shows His character and heart and his loving kindness toward His children.” “When we’re stuck in a place and wondering where we are and why we are here, we need to remember that God is in control and He’s got it.”  Resources:  Out of Egypt I Called My Son  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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December 20, 2018
Ep. 38 - Philippians - Chapter 4
This week we dive into the fourth and final chapter of Philippians.  Paul addresses the importance of rejoicing in The Lord and being content in all circumstances.   He wraps up his letter by reminding the church at Philippi that God is their ultimate provider.  At the end of this episode we discuss how the Lord spoke to us individually while studying this short, but rich book of the Bible.  God is so good to meet us right where we are!  We hope that you have enjoying walking through Philippians with us!     Quotes: “To be loved, but not known is comforting, but superficial.  But to be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is a lot like being loved by God.  It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us.” -Tim Keller  “God is sovereign and Jesus is enough.” -Bethany Roszhart “We need to learn these things in the light so we can stand on them in the dark.” “The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.” -Jen Wilkin  “I think there is a bit of holy discontentment that pushes us to spread the gospel and to love people.”  “God can use any means and any people to accomplish His will.” Resources: Inductive Study Guide  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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December 13, 2018
Ep. 37 - Philippians - Chapter 3
On episode 37 of the Adorned Podcast we see that Paul packs so much wisdom and truth into chapter 3 of Philippians.  We would love for you to join us as we discuss what it looks like to rejoice in The Lord, the meaning of imputed righteousness, how we can press on toward the ultimate goal of living for Christ, and why we sometimes feel like strangers in a foreign land.   Quotes: “God works in our hearts to desire to spend more time with Him which will ultimately lead us to more joy.”  “Faith in Christ is what makes you righteous.” “So many people think that what Jesus started on the cross, we have to finish, but that could not be further from the truth!” “Our sin is not just taken away and we’re given a blank slate, but that sin is taken away and replaced with Christ’s righteousness.”   “Do we really know God or do we just know about Him?” “Our purpose here is to love Jesus and to make Him known.” “This work is not my purpose, this work is not my home, but I can live in this place and steward it well and do what I’m called to do reminding myself that my identity is not found in it.”  Resources: Inductive Study Guide  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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December 6, 2018
Ep. 36 - Philippians - Chapter 2
On this week’s episode we walk verse by verse through chapter 2 of Philippians.  Paul continues to reinforce the importance of humility in the life of a believer.  He also begins to develop another theme that we see throughout the letter, God’s sovereignty.  We hope you will join us as we study and discuss God’s Word together!     Quotes: “If we are going to lead people to Christ,  we have to be humble.” “Jesus is the ultimate example of humility.  If we are striving to be more like Him, humility is a big part of this.” “At first there was the fear that this terrible storm and awesome terrain might claim your life. But then you found a refuge and gained the hope that you would be safe. But not everything in the feeling called fear vanished from your heart. Only the life-threatening part. There remained the trembling, the awe, the wonder, the feeling that you would never want to tangle with such a storm or be the adversary of such power. . . . The fear of God is what is left of the storm when you have a safe place to watch right in the middle of it. . . . Oh, the thrill of being here in the center of the awful power of God, yet protected by God himself!” -John Piper  “If we truly believe that God is good and He is sovereign, we can trust him with everything without having to question Him and without complaining.” “Being humble means doing something unpleasant so others don’t have to.” -Matt Chandler  Resources: Inductive Study Guide  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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November 29, 2018
Ep. 35 - Philippians - Chapter 1
On this week’s episode we dive into chapter 1 of Philippians.  Right off the bat we are able to see how much Paul cares for the people at this church.  We also begin to see one of the major themes of the book, humility, develop.  We would love for you to join us as we discuss the first chapter of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi.   Quotes: “God delights in seeing us grow to be more like him, but also offers us grace when we fail.  We can us both that growth and that grace to bring Him glory” “We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believed, but yet at the same time we are more loved and accepted by Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” -Tim Keller   “We are worthy because of the gospel.  We don’t earn God’s grace by being worthy, we are worthy because of God’s grace.”  “As we refresh ourselves with the gospel it creates a heart of gratitude and humility and a love for our savior that allows us the desire to grow to be more like Him and to live in a way that displays the work of the cross for all to see.” Resources: Inductive Study Guide  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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November 22, 2018
Ep. 34 - Philippians - Introduction
On this week’s episode we are excited to start a new series in which we will be walking through the book of Philippians together.  In the first half of the episode we review why studying the Bible is so important and why Biblical Literacy is something that we are so passionate about.  In the second half, we give you a glimpse into how the church at Philippi was started.  We would love for you to join us as we study this book chapter by chapter and verse by verse over the next 5 weeks!  Quotes: “The Bible is infallible and it also equips us for good work.” “There is no true knowledge of self apart from the knowledge of God.” -John Calvin  “It is god’s revealed word for all men, for all times. Holy scripture does not consist of individual passages, it is a unit and is intended to be used as such” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer  “The Bible is not changing, but the Holy Spirit is revealing new things to us through His word.”  “Everything we do is a chance to put God’s glory on display and to share the gospel.”  Resources: Inductive Study Guide  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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November 15, 2018
Ep. 33 - Marriage - A Helper Fit for Him
Is being a submissive wife outdated?  We don’t believe it is!  This episode is a very vulnerable conversation about what submission is according to scripture, how we practically live this out in the day to day, and how we can persevere when it’s not easy.  We both admit that this is NOT always easy and we definitely struggle, but we know that because our creator God designed our roles, submission as a wife is a beautiful thing!  Quotes: “Submission is the happy response to a husband’s biblical leadership.” -John Piper  “Submission is the defined calling of a wife to honor and affirm her husband’s leadership, and so help to carry it through according to her gifts.” -John Piper  “Joyful and intelligent submission to the husband’s leadership” “As a wife we are a helper fit for him.  We are to help him execute his primary position.” “Submission is so much more about a disposition than it is about a set of behaviors.” -John Piper  “All frustrations come from unmet expectations.” -Matt Chandler  “It’s important to remember that they’re growing in their sanctification, through the Holy Spirit, not through our nagging.” “By using Christ’s relationship to his church to illustrate what Christian marriage ought to be, Paul highlights the husband’s special responsibility as the wife’s leader and protector and the wife’s calling to accept her husband in that role.  The distinction of roles does not however imply that the wife is inferior as a person, but as God’s image bearers, the husband and the wife have equal dignity and value and are to fulfill their role in the relationship on the basis of mutual respect that is rooted in recognition of this fact.” -J.I. Packer  Resources: ESV Study Bible  What’s the Difference by John Piper Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney  The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler  This Momentary Marriage by John Piper  The Meaning of Marriage by Tim Keller  A Beautiful Design Sermon Series by The Village Church  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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November 8, 2018
Ep. 32 - Marriage - Q & A with our Husbands
Episode 32 might be our favorite episode yet because we had the joy of interviewing our husbands!!! Yes, we love spending time with them even if it’s while recording a podcast. We are so thankful that Taylor and Jonathan took the time to sit down and share their thoughts and their hearts with us and our listeners. We discuss ways that we can show them respect as well as what we can do in order that they continue to feel loved and desired even through the tough seasons of life  We also address some things we might not always do so great and a few practical tips for a healthy and biblical marriage. You might even discover a couple of fun facts about our guys! We would love for you to listen in! It is our prayer that The Lord will use this conversation to encourage you and to inspire conversations with your spouse that will continue to strengthen and grow your marriage in Christ! Quotes: “Make it a priority to spend intentional time with each other.” “Respect and encourage each other to have individual hobbies and interests. Make time for them to have that time by themselves to refresh.” “Your kids are going to leave your house some day so live in preparation for that. Teach them and train them, but also invest in your relationship with your spouse.” “She’s lying if she says she doesn’t like gifts.” “Pour yourself out for your family and to your family.” “Serve each other 100% of the time and if you’re both doing that without expecting anything in return it’ll be a happy place.” “Our marriage should be a representation of who God is. God is Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, three distinct persons, but submitting to each other, somewhat dependent on each other, pointing to each other, but yet they are one.” “We have 5 daughters between our two families. The importance of showing them a Godly marriage is huge because we’re not only raising 5 girls, but 5 brides.” “When you get married you’re entering into a covenant for life. We things get tough we need to look at our spouse and say I’m not going anywhere!” *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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November 1, 2018
Ep. 31 - Marriage
This week’s episode is the first in a short series on marriage.  We believe that marriage is one of God’s greatest gifts to us.  Throughout the Bible we can see God’s beautiful design for this covenant between a man and a woman.  In this episode we discuss exactly what marriage is according to the Bible.  Why is marriage a covenant and not a contract?  How is it a picture of Christ and the Church?  What is the ultimate purpose of marriage?  Is your spouse really “the one?”  We would love for you to listen in on our conversation surrounding these questions and more!         Quotes: “Marriage is to be an exclusive relationship between one man and one woman wherein the two become “one flesh,” being unified physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually.  It is intended to last for life.  The union is secured by a sacred vow and covenant and consummated by physical union.” -R.C. Sproul  “Marriage is a permanent, exclusive, public, legal commitment to share every part of your life with somebody.” -Tim Keller  “Marriage is God’s showcase of God’s covenant keeping grace.” -John Piper  “Marriage isn’t just a covenant between you and your spouse, but it’s a covenant with God.” “If we want to live in the blessing that God has given us there is an order for a reason and it is for our good and for God’s glory. We need to be intentional about living in that.” “If you feel like there’s a void inside of you, it’s God that’s going to fill that, not your spouse.” “Anytime you are in close community with other sinners, there is a refining process that will happen.” “The whole narrative of the the Bible fits together and impacts our everyday lives.” Resources: ESV Study Bible  The Mingling of Souls by Matt Chandler  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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October 25, 2018
Ep. 30 - Q & A with Erin and Kacie
On this week’s episode of the Adorned Podcast we tackled some questions that you, our amazing listeners submitted and it was so much fun!!!  We talk about everything from what the church’s role should be when it comes to addressing tough subjects such as pornography, to date night ideas, to our best “life advice” and much more in between.  Thank you to everyone that sent in questions.  Like we’ve said many times, we are learning and growing alongside all of you and it was such a joy to really dig into these important topics!    Quotes: “When you are a Christian you have a mission.  You get to spend your life getting to know God and make Him known.”  “It’s important that we come alongside each other and point each other back to the truth.”  “Addressing guilt makes YOU look better, but addressing conviction makes GOD look better.”   “Reading your Bible is a sure way to meet with God.”  “The man and the woman have were created unique by God, both in the image of God, equal in dignity, value, and worth.  But they have been meant to complement one another, not to compete against one another.  The weaknesses of the the one are strengthened by the strengths of the other.  The strengths of the other are made even stronger by the strengths of the other.  This is a complementarian relationship.  Where the men are being men and the women are being women.  When that happens you have the type of human flourishing that the Bible commends and that if we would be willing to walk in it our joy will increase and God’s glory will be seen all the more brightly and our hearts would be more satisfied in Him.” -Matt Chandler  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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October 18, 2018
Ep. 29 - Community - Community's Role in Suffering with Rocky Bush
This week as we wrap up our series on community, we had the privilege of hearing Rocky Bush share her heart and tell her story about how God used her community in a time of pain and suffering.  We are so very thankful to Rocky for being vulnerable and even making us cry because we believe that this episode is so very important no matter what season of life you are in.  Like we discuss in the episode, James 1 says “consider it pure joy WHENever you face trials of many kinds.”  Everyone is going to walk through seasons of difficulty.  Whether you are the one relying on your community to lift you up or maybe it’s your turn to be that community for someone else, the Bible is clear that we need each other.  We should be there to constantly point each other back to the cross and back to God.  Living in true, godly community can be messy at times, but when it functions as it should , it can really be oh so beautiful!    Quotes: “We may feel like we’re at the end of our rope, but we’re never at the end of out hope.  That hope is found in God and community is there to remind us of that.  Community is there to constantly remind us of the cross and to help us stay focused on God.  They are there to celebrate the good times, but they’re also there for the times of suffering and they continue to point us back to the cross, to lift us up with their prayers and to be there for us.”    “Asking for help doesn’t make you weak, asking for help makes you stronger because you are defeating the enemy in that moment.”  “It’s ok to not be ok”  “In those times of suffering you can lose sight of what is true, so spending time in The Word reminds you of what really is true.  It gives you something that’s not shifting even when it feels like everything else is.”   “Suffering, pain and death are part of this world in which live. If we look at that suffering and judge the character of God by it then we are missing the point. It is what God has done about it that shows the heart of God.” Resources: ESV Study Bible  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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October 11, 2018
Ep. 28 - Community - Community within the Body of Christ
In this week’s episode we’re continuing our series on community by discussing community within the Body of Christ. Sometimes we become so focused on our individual churches that we forget we are a part of a much bigger community of believers. The Bible speaks to this topic so much! Join us as we dive into why being in community with the Body of Christ is important as well as how to practically live this out. Quotes: “Christian community exists when believers connect with each other in authentic and loving ways that encourage growth in Christ. They engage in transparent relationships that cultivate celebrate and make evident Christ’s love for all the world” Adelle Calhoun “As believers we all have the same identity in Christ. Our foundation is the gospel and our mission is to spread that gospel. “ “Just because someone doesn’t agree with you doesn’t mean that they aren’t part of the body of Christ. You are still to love them as brothers and sisters.” “It is in the midst of a difference that we have our golden opportunity. When everything is going well and we are all standing around in a nice little circle, there is not much to be seen by the world. But when we come to the place where there is a real difference, and we exhibit uncompromised principles but at the same time observable love, then there is something that the world can see, something they can use to judge that these really are Christians, and that Jesus has indeed been sent by the Father.” -Francis Schaeffer “The Church as one unified body is the bride of Christ.”  “Where the Spirit of God is there must be love, and if I have once known and recognized any man to be my brother in Christ Jesus, the love of Christ constraineth me no more to think of him as a stranger or foreigner, but a fellow citizen with the saints. Now I hate High Churchism as my soul hates Satan; but I love George Herbert, although George Herbert is a desperately High Churchman. I hate his High Churchism, but I love George Herbert from my very soul, and I have a warm corner in my heart for every man who is like him. Let me find a man who loves my Lord Jesus Christ as George Herbert did and I do not ask myself whether I shall love him or not; there is no room for question, for I cannot help myself; unless I can leave off loving Jesus Christ, I cannot cease loving those who love him.” -Charles Spurgeon “If we run from everything that seems different to us, we might be missing out on a blessing.” Resources: Why You Must Pursue Church Unity - Article by Chris Casaldo  What is Christian Unity - Article by John Piper  ESV Study Bible  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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October 4, 2018
Ep. 27 - Community - Accountability with Hannah Kalk
We are continuing our series on community by discussing accountability with our sweet friend, Hannah Kalk. This is a tough subject, but Hannah helps us break it down in a biblical and grace-filled way. This episode is full of so much wisdom on why accountability is important, where it’s found in the Bible, and how we can speak the truth in love to those within our community. Quotes: “Accountability is speaking the truth in love with the intention of inspiring growth and maturity and fulfilling the mission given by Christ” “Accountability should not be given with the intention to cause harm, but the intention to give grace.” “Am I trying to make disciples of who I am or am I trying to make disciples of Christ?” “Judgemental and hypocritical is not a specific stance on a sin, but it is an attitude”  “You are not God. You are not there to convict them, but you are there to share words with them.” “You can’t be open to accountability and clinging to pride at the same time.” Resources: Speaking the Truth in Love by Ruth N. Koch and Kenneth C. Haugk Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer  Eternal Security is a Community Project by John Piper  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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September 27, 2018
Ep. 26 - Community - Discipleship with Crystal Eudy
In today’s episode we are continuing our series on community by talking with our sweet friend, Crystal Eudy about discipleship.  Through our conversation we discuss what discipleship means, where it is found in the Bible, and why it’s so important in our lives as women.  We talk about what it looks like to be discipled by someone further along in life, or their walk with Jesus, as well as the importance of reaching back to pull someone alongside you.  Discipleship doesn’t always have to be a formal process, but can be a very practical day to day practice within your relationships.  We would love for you to listen in on our conversation with Crystal!         Quotes: “It’s not always about what you say, but it’s about what you do and about leading by example.” “Leading people to Christ and helping believers grow to be like Him.  Both of these things are discipleship.”  “We weren’t meant to be alone.  We were meant to live in fellowship and discipleship with others.”   “Our goal is to spread His word and to get as many people to know Jesus as possible.  It’s then equipping them to do the same thing.” “Jesus evangelized by building disciples.  Build and grow, build and grow.”   “The Bible doesn’t say convert believers and then stop.  It says to make disciples and to teach them.” (ref. Matt 28:19-20)  “We should always be reaching forward to someone who knows a little more and we should also be reaching back to pull someone along beside us.”   References: ESV Study Bible  The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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September 20, 2018
Ep. 25 - Spiritual Disciplines - Community
In episode 25, our last in our series on the spiritual disciplines, we talk about the discipline of community.  This specific discipline is one that Erin is very passionate (and maybe a little intense) about and she was excited to share how God has used her community to draw her closer to Him.  We realize that finding community isn’t always easy and it might even be uncomfortable at times, but the Bible makes it clear that it is very important for a believers to live in community with other believers.  Why is this important?  How does community point us to the Gospel?  What do we do if we’re not as outgoing as Erin? We would love for you to listen in as we discuss these questions and more!  Quotes: “Christian community exists when believers connect with each other in authentic and loving ways that encourage growth in Christ.  They engage in transparent relationships that cultivate, celebrate, and make evident Christ’s love for all the world.” -Adele Calhoun  “That’s ultimately all you have to tell them, God is better than that sin that you’re walking in, God is better than that pride.  God is better.” “We should always be reminding each other of the Gospel, both to humble one another and to encourage one another.” If we’re rooting our community in who God is and not in who we are, it’s easier to find.” Resources: Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer  The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun ESV Study Bible  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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September 13, 2018
Ep. 24 - Spiritual Disciplines - Confession
In episode 24 (the 7th in our series on the spiritual disciplines) we dive into the discipline of confession.  We are being completely honest when we say that this episode was challenging to prepare for.  Confession is not easy because no one likes talking about or admitting to their sin.  It is something that the Bible says we should do, therefore we believe it’s important.  Why is it important for a believer to confess their sins not only to God, but to other believers as well?  What is the difference between confession and repentance?  How can something that begins with so much sorrow ultimately lead to healing and joy?  We would love for you to listen in on our very candid conversation about Confession!  Quotes: “Confession embraces Christ’s gift of forgiveness and restoration while setting us on the path to renewal and change.” -Adele Calhoun “He who is alone with his sin is utterly alone. . . . But it is the grace of the gospel, which is so hard for the pious to understand, that confronts us with the truth and says: You are a sinner, a great, desperate sinner; now come as the sinner you are, to the God who loves you.” -Dietrich Bonhoeffer  “We can come to God as the sinners that we are because he LOVES us!” “It is fitting that by the confession of our own wretchedness, we show forth the goodness and mercy of our God, among ourselves and before the whole world” -John Calvin  “It is not sin, but grace that will make me know myself as a sinner.” -Andrew Murray  Resources: Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul  Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem  The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster  The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun  Humility by Andrew Murray  Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer  How Important is it to Confess my Sins to Someone Other than God? By John Piper *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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September 6, 2018
Ep. 23 - Spiritual Disciplines - Gratitude
Our 6th episode in our series on the spiritual disciplines is all about having “an attitude of gratitude.”  Yes, we know that’s cheesy and no, we don’t care :)  Most of us know that being thankful is important, but do we really understand why?  Really digging into this discipline has taught us so much about how gratitude can guard our souls and continually point us back to the gospel.  If we all decided to strive for a heart of true thankfulness it would change so much for not only ourselves, but our families, and all who come in contact with us.  It’s not always easy, but an attitude of gratitude is definitely something that we desire for our lives and we pray that you will too!  Quotes: “Gratitude is such a great way to advance the kingdom and spread the gospel because if we’re standing out then people what to know what it is that allows us to have gratefulness during a time of suffering and that allows us to share the gospel.” “There’s a tension we have to walk in between joy and sorrow, especially in suffering, where we can feel sorrow and pain and yet we  can still still have joy and gratitude in knowing that our eternity rests in Him and our identity is found in Christ alone.” “By being thankful over and over it will rewire our brains to be thankful first instead of negative.” “Even when it seems like there is nothing else to be thankful for, we can always be thankful for Jesus.”  Resources: Guard Yourself with Gratitude sermon by John Piper  The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun  ESV Study Bible  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 30, 2018
Ep. 22 - Spiritual Disciplines - Simplicity
Our 5th episode in our series on the Spiritual Disciplines is all about the discipline of simplicity.  This is something that has been on Kacie’s mind and heart for a while now so she was excited to share what The Lord has been teaching her about simplicity.  Don’t worry, living simply doesn’t always mean giving up everything and moving to the jungle.  Jesus talks about this topic a lot in the Bible so join us as we seek to understand what living a life of simplicity really means!   Quotes:  “Simplicity cultivates the great art of letting go.  Simplicity aims at loosening inordinate attachment to owning and having.  Simplicity brings freedom and with it generosity.”  - The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook, Adele Calhoun   “So the aim is always the great eternal good and advance of the kingdom in people’s hearts and lives. A wartime lifestyle does not romanticize about simple living as if the world in its lost condition benefited from my growing vegetables in the back yard or my having only two pairs of jeans I wear every other day. That does no good for the world at all, necessarily. A wartime lifestyle may spend a great deal of money to accomplish some great good for the world and, in the process, that expense may look like something Jesus never did. In fact, he didn’t. But that difference, I think, is incidental if the deeper commitments are the same: God and heaven and people over self and this world and material possessions.” -John Piper  “The more I can declutter my head, the more I can focus on God and the gospel.” “A lot of times we think that having more things will fulfill in a way that it’s not going to.  We’re looking for a fulfillment that will only come from Jesus.”  “We are more sinful and flawed in ourselves than we ever dared believe, yet at the very same time we are more loved and accepted in Jesus Christ than we ever dared hope.” -Tim Keller  “May God give you - and me - the courage, the wisdom, the strength always to hold the kingdom of God as the number one priority of our lives.  To do so is to live simply.” -Richard Foster   Resources:  The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster  The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Calhoun  Desiring God by John Piper  The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn  Imperfect Courage by Jessica Honegger  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 23, 2018
Ep. 21 - Spiritual Disciplines - Fasting - A Conversation with Jules Weir
On our 4th episode in our series on the spiritual disciplines we had a wonderful conversation with our friend, Jules Weir about the discipline of fasting.  Fasting is mentioned time and time again in the Bible, but yet it doesn’t seem to be a common practice in our culture today.  Why is this?  Does fasting always mean that you have to give up food?  What is the true purpose of fasting?  We both learned so much during our conversation with Jules and we pray that you do as well.    Quotes: Fasting is abstaining from any good gift from God that we can become reliant upon (such as food, caffeine or technology). It’s not just abstaining, but it is filling that time with other disciplines such as prayer, worship, or meditation.  -Jules Weir  Spiritual disciplines allow us to put ourselves before God for transformation.  -Jules Weir  In fasting we very quickly become acquainted with our limits and our weakness and this humbles us and allows God’s power to move in our lives and for us to rely on it in a unique way.  -Jules Weir  In this age there is an ache inside every Christian that Jesus is not here as fully and intimately and as powerfully and as gloriously as we want him to be and we hunger for so much more.  That is why we fast.  -John Piper “Fasting is a way of really quickly bringing me to a place of desperation where I am literally needing him in such huge ways that my physical need is putting me in tune with my spiritual need for him.”  -Jules Weir Resources:  The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster  The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard  A Hunger for God by John Piper  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 16, 2018
Ep. 20 - The Spiritual Disciplines - Prayer
On our third episode on the spiritual disciplines we discuss prayer.  Prayer is a discipline that many of us have practiced since we were children, but yet it can still feel intimidating at times.  What is the purpose of prayer?  If God really is all-knowing why should we take the time to pray?  Is there a wrong way to pray?  What if I don’t feel worthy enough to pray?  We have asked many of these questions ourselves and we would love for you to join us as we discuss some of the answers.  It continues to be such a blessing to grow alongside our amazing listeners as we seek a deeper understanding of God and his Word.   Quotes: “Prayer is personal communication with God” -Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem  “It is a human act that God has ordained and which he delights in because it reflects the dependence of his creatures upon him. He has promised to respond to prayer, and his response is just as contingent upon our prayer as our prayer is in accordance with his will.” -John Piper “The Scripture teaches both the sovereign foreordination of God and the efficacy of prayer.  The two are not inconsistent with one another, for God ordains the means as well as the ends for His divine purposes. Prayer is a means God uses to bring his sovereign will to pass.” -R.C. Sproul  “If we knew all that God knows, we would answer our prayers in the same way God does.” -Tim Keller  “Praying in humble dependence indicates that we are genuinely convinced of God’s wisdom, love, goodness, and power. -Systematic Theology, Wayne Grudem Resources: The Sovereignty of God and Prayer, Article by John Piper  Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem  Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul  “He Hears” sermons series - Matt Chandler  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 9, 2018
Ep. 19 - Spiritual Disciplines - Silence and Solitude - A Conversation with Missy Zamora
This is the second episode in our series on the spiritual disciplines.  We had the absolute joy and privilege to discuss silence and solitude with Missy Zamora.  In today’s culture, this is a topic that isn’t commonly discussed and we learned so much during our conversation with Missy.  Where do we see this demonstrated in the Bible? What does practicing silence and solitude look like? What is the purpose of this specific spiritual discipline?  We would love for you to join us as we discuss these questions and more!    Quotes:  “Solitude is the practice of being still and silent before God with the posture of meekness.  Meekness is harnessing strength to the proper authority and being teaching which is an attribute of the disciples.  When I’m practicing silence and solitude my posture is that I’m giving everything in awe to the higher authority, God.” -Missy Zamora  “If the disciplines are looked upon as a technique, you’ve missed the point.” -Missy Zamora   “There are those big firework moments but most of our walk with God is just these tiny little flickers that remind us of who God is and who we are to him.” -Missy Zamora  “God is always talking to us, but we’re not always being still and listening.” -Missy Zamora  “How often is it that the distractions are meant to be the main attraction?” -Missy Zamora  “God just wants our heart.  The world wants so much more and he just wants our hearts.” -Missy Zamora    Resources:  The Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster  The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adelle Calhoun  The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard    *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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August 2, 2018
Ep. 18 - Spiritual Disciplines - Worship - A Conversation with Katie Cobbs
This is our first episode of our new series on the spiritual disciplines.  We had so much fun sitting down to talk about worship with our sweet friend, Katie Cobbs.  Yes, you’ve heard her name before because we use her amazing music for our intro and outro to the show each week!  We discuss the fact that worship is about more than an emotional musical experience on Sunday morning. It’s about praising God for who he is and for what he has done.  We can do this each and every day in many different ways. We pray that you enjoy this conversation about what it means to truly worship our creator and our king.    Quotes:  “The spiritual disciplines are those practices found in Scripture that promote spiritual growth among believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ. They are habits of devotion, habits of experiential Christianity that have been practiced by God’s people since biblical times.” -Don Whitney    "Now the goal of practicing any given discipline is not about doing as much as it is about being: being like Jesus, being with Jesus. But the biblical way to grow in being more like Jesus is through the rightly motivated doing of the biblical, spiritual disciplines." -Don Whitney    “Worship should be a lifestyle, not just something we do on Sunday morning.” -Katie Cobbs    “Worship is a lifestyle spent ceaselessly laying aside our humanly initiates activity giving way to the teaching of Jesus and the activity of the Holy Spirit.  We offer our whole being in worship. Our voices in song, our bodies in posture, our spirits in prayer, all for the purpose of first loving our God. -Richard Foster    “True worship focuses on God and not ourselves and points us to our maker and it humbles us before him.  It’s important for us to know what it is so we can do it in the right way. In a way that is glorifying and pleasing to the Lord.”  -Katie Cobbs    Resources:  Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem  Fresh Power by Jim Cymbala  Worship Matters by Bob Kaughlin  Humility by Andrew Murray    *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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July 26, 2018
Ep. 17.5 - Family Camp Recap
On this week’s episode of the Adorned Podcast we thought it would be fun to recap our time at family camp in Colorado.  It was such a sweet week with our husbands, our kiddos, and our church family. The Lord used that week to really work in both of our hearts and we are so excited to share a part of that with you.    Quotes:  “We want these big moments, but what it takes is step after step after step to get to the mountaintop.  The Lord is faithful and you will have those moments, but He wants to meet us in the step by step, not just on the mountaintop.”  “It’s ok and good to sit and be still and rest in The Lord.”  “It was a sweet reminder of The Lord saying when the world around you is going crazy and everyone is saying you should volunteer for everything, it’s ok to just rest in me.”    Resources:  Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver       *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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July 19, 2018
Ep. 17 - Who God Is - Omniscient, Omnipotent, and Omnipresent
In our 6th episode in our series on who God is we discuss how God is omniscient (all knowing), omnipotent (all powerful), and omnipresent (all present).  Many of us have heard of the “omnis” for years, but we haven’t taken a lot of time to truly think about what they mean. We would love for you to join us as we explore how these attributes of God lead us to a better understanding of who He is.     Quotes:  “God fully knows himself and all things actual and possible in one simple and eternal act.” -Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology “He knows everything about everything and everybody all the time. He also know the future no less than the past and the present.”-J.I. Packer “It’s one thing to know that God is in control, but it’s another thing to know the God that is in control.” -Jonathan Hunt “God is able to do all His holy will” -Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology “The power that God has is a power that nobody else has.  Others can change or manipulate objects, but only God has true creative power.” “ God does not have size or spatial dimensions and his present at every point of space with his whole being yet got acts differently in different places“ -Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology “God is not just everywhere all the time, he is fully there all the time.  This is called his immensity.” “Holiness describes both the majesty of God and the purity and moral perfection of His nature.  This goes back to God not being able to do anything out of his nature, which is morally perfect.” -Jerry Bridges “The thing that makes these attributes stand out about God is the word Holy.  Holy Omisience, Holy Omnipotence, and Holy Omnipresence. This causes a huge sense of gratitude instead of overwhelming fear.” Psalm 23 “even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me”. “The with me of God does not depend on our worthiness, but his will.  He wills that his chosen children will never be left alone” - Jen Wilkin *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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July 12, 2018
Ep. 16 - Who God Is - Sovereign - A Conversation with Katie Whaley
In our 5th episode of our series about who God is we had the joy of sitting down to talk about God’s sovereignty with our good friend, Katie Whaley.  Hearing Katie share her story and talk about how she’s seen God’s sovereignty in her life will never get old to us. We discuss how remembering that God is in control of all things big and small leads to a thankful heart.  No matter what season of life you’re currently in this episode will be a wonderful reminder that God truly is in control! Quotes:  “God is over and in control of all things and worthy of our trust”  “Who God is as a person is enough to trust that He is sovereign over all things.”  “If God wasn’t sovereign and in control of all things he wouldn’t be able to provide a perfect sacrifice.”  “When you remember that God is in control it creates thankfulness in your heart.”   Resources:  Trusting God by Jerry Bridges  One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp  Knowing God by J.I. Packer    *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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July 5, 2018
Ep. 15 - Who God Is - Immutable (Never Changing) - A Conversation with Evie Nicholson
In our 4th episode of our series all about who God is we had a wonderful conversation with Evie Nicholson about God’s immutability, the fact that he is never changing.  Evie is a missionary for Campus Crusade and has so much wisdom about this topic.  This can be a difficult concept to grasp since every other thing and person in our lives do change, but Evie helps us beak it down so we can all understand this important part of God a little better.  We cover where is this found in scripture, what this means for our everyday lives, how this attribute brings us comfort and plays into our sanctification and more.      Quotes:  “Take any one attribute of God, and I will write semper idem on it (always the same). Take any one thing you can say of God now, and it may be said not only in the dark past, but in the bright future it shall always remain the same: "I am Jehovah, I change not."”  -Charles Spurgeon  “All of God’s other attributes are built on His immutability.  His intimacy, his infinitude, his goodness would offer zero comfort if we were wondering if that could change.  He wouldn’t be a trustworthy God if these could change. Because of His immutability we can trust that all of his attributes will stay the same.”    “Through all of life’s changes God is the same God that loves and sustains me.  He doesn’t change." “Understanding that God alone is unchanging means that I can’t pretend that I’m immutable in order to make excuses for unchanged areas of sin in my life.”    “Just as my assurance of salvation rests in the fact that God cannot change, my hope of sanctification rests in the fact that I can.” -Jen Wilkin “Those grasping for the comfort of certainty are likely reminded that the only certainty is change itself.  Not a particularly comforting thought, but it’s also not a very accurate one it’s closer to the truth to say that the only certainty is God himself who changes not.” -Jen Wilkin    Resources:  Charles Spurgeon Podcast  None Like Him by Jen Wilkin  The Attributes of God by Arthur Pink    *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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June 21, 2018
Ep. 14 - Who God Is - Our Good Father
In our 3rd episode in our series on who God is we discuss how God is a good father.  Kacie walks us through their journey with having a baby with an “incompatible with life” diagnosis and how even through a season of unimaginable pain, God was still good.  God is a good father that loves his children deeply. He welcomes us back with open arms when we’ve gone astray and he loves to give us good gifts! We talk about where this is found in scripture as well as how this impacts our day to day lives.      Quotes:  “God is good - not because he causes things that seem or feel “good” to happen in our lives, but because in the midst of the storm, God comes closer to us than the storm could ever be.” -Charles Spurgeon  “God’s goodness is not just something he does, but it’s who he is.” “What is “good” for us is whatever it is that is going to bring God the most glory!”  “When I can focus on God’s goodness it helps me put things in perspective and causes me to persevere knowing that he has a plan for my life and the life of my family and that it is good.”    Resources:  ESV Study Bible  Knowing God by J.I. Packer  Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul  Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem  In His Image by Jen Wilkin    *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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June 14, 2018
Ep. 13 - Who God Is - Infinite, yet Intimate
In our 2nd episode in our series on who God is we discuss how God is Infinite, yet so very intimate.  He is eternal. There is no beginning or end to God. He is bigger and mightier than we can wrap our minds around, but yet he is also intimate.  He knows our hearts and he desires a personal relationship with us. We answer the question of what a better understanding of these attributes means for our everyday lives.    Quotes:        “The finite can “grasp” the infinite, but the finite can never hold the infinite within its grasp.” - RC Sproul  “It’s not just that God knows us personally, but he knows our hearts.  He wants our hearts. He wants our affections.”  “God doesn’t just want us to know about him, but he wants us to KNOW him.”  “ Knowing Jesus Christ still remains as definite a relation of personal discipleship as it was for the 12 when he was on earth. The Jesus who walks through the Gospel.” -J.I. Packer    Resources:  Knowing God by J.I. Packer    *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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June 7, 2018
Ep. 12 - Who God Is - The Trinity
We are kicking off a new series called Who God Is. In this series we will be discussing attributes of God. In today’s episode we are discussing the trinity. We tackle some misunderstandings, hopefully provide a little more understanding into this complex, mysterious beautiful aspect of our God.    Resources:  De Trinitate - St Augustine   The Ology - Marty Machowski  Systematic Theology - Grudem  Delighting in the Trinity - Reeves      Additional Scripture References: Ephesians 1:9-12; Genesis 1:1-2; 1 Peter 1:18-21; John 17:6; John 4:34; John 15:26; John 16:13-14; John 14:16; Ephesians 1:13    Quotes:  “Look for the trinity as your reading and you will be surprised how often you see it.”  “Trinity is not a hierarchy, but there is order”  “There is no analogy taken from the finite that will clear up the mystery of the infinite” - St Augustine  “The first time the word trinity is used was in 170 AD by Theolphilis of Antioch.”  “We want to make sure we have a balanced view of the trinity so that we give God the right and full worship by worshiping all aspects of who He is.”  “There is no self seeking, they are constantly pointing to each other, and to bring the others glory.”  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 31, 2018
Ep. 11 - Round Table Recap - Biblical Literacy, Theology, and the Gospel through all seasons
In this week’s episode we had the amazing privilege of facilitating a round table discussion with three incredible ladies in three different seasons of life.  We talked with Debbie Riley (Erin’s mamma), Ashley Hartgrove, and Abigail Slape about how Biblical literacy, Theology, and The Gospel is important in each of their individual life stages.  This was such a sweet conversation full of so much wisdom and encouragement.  They also provide some practical resources for growing in these areas as a woman of God.    Resources:  The King in His Beauty by Thomas R. Schreiner  Celebration of Discipline:  The Path to Spiritual Growth, by Richard J. Foster  Open Your Bible by Raechel Myers and Amanda Bible Williams    Quotes:  “Am I doing this to GET an identity… OR am I doing this OUT OF my identity in Christ.” - Ashley  “The Gospel is the most beautiful and the best story that proves heart transformation and that never fails and is constant throughout every season of life” - Abigail  “Theology is really important today because our culture is basically trying to change God’s word and it’s unchangeable, it doesn’t change, it’s the truth.”  - Debbie  “I would say my generation needs the Gospel because we need something constant and never changing in our ever changing world.”  - Abigail    *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 24, 2018
Ep. 10 - The Gospel - A Conversation with Morgan May
This is our 3rd and last episode in our series on the the gospel, but you can be assured that the message of the gospel will be interwoven throughout each and every episode to come!  This week we had the extreme pleasure of sitting down to talk with Morgan May about how the gospel has impacted her life. Morgan is fresh out of college and her passion for and desire to share the love of Jesus is what made us want to have this conversation with her.  We discuss how her heartbeat for the church is that everyone would feel loved and at at home, how her great-grandmother’s battle with ALS hugely impacted her walk with The Lord, how the gospel helps her through her daily struggle with clinical anxiety, and why and understanding of the gospel is specifically important for women.  Ya’ll, this one is GOOD! There is a lot of laughter in this conversation because the gospel really does fill us with so much joy! Resources:  The Ragamuffin Gospel by Bennan Manning      Quotes:  “The father welcomes his son home with loving and open arms and it’s our responsibility as the church, his expression of himself on the earth, to be people who welcome home others with arms wide open.” - Morgan  “I have a God that chooses me and choses me consistently even when my first choice isn’t always Him.” - Morgan  “The gospel changes living everyday because quite honestly every single thing that I can come up against or every single thought that leads to panic, every single time that I feel sick, or convince myself that I have a brain tumor, the blood of Jesus that has covered all sin, and all death, when you look at whatever that struggle is compared to the blood of Jesus it doesn’t even hold any weight because his blood does cover every single thing!” - Morgan    *The beautiful music heard on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 17, 2018
Ep. 09 - The Gospel - why it matters and how to share the good news
This is our second episode in our series on the Gospel. In this episode we discuss why the Gospel matters, how to grow in our understanding of the Gospel, and encouragement on sharing the Gospel. This episode has great practical tools for all women who are seeking to live out the Gospel.  Resources:  Gospel Centered Life - Bob Thune  Gospel Primer-Caesar Kalinowski  The Gospel Centered Mom - Sara Wallace    Quotes:  “All of this is a gift not a burden. We don’t have to for God- we get to work with him, under his power and strength, showing the world what he is like.” Gospel Primer  "The how to of living out the gospel can be broken down into two ways. Just tell people about gospel or just show people by actions. Some people think it’s all about one or the other. But true healthy gospel living needs to be both."  "The gospel is dramatic enough itself. Jesus conquered death for heaven’s sake, pun intended."  "We can live in the freedom of knowing that Jesus’ blood covers us each and every day."  *The beautiful music on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 10, 2018
Ep. 08 - The Gospel - What it is
This is our first episode in a 3 part series on the Gospel.  We thought the best place to start would be defining what the Gospel is.  We discuss how the word “Gospel” means “good news” and that we can’t fully understand the good news without knowing the bad news as well.  The bad news is that we are sinners, but the good news is that Jesus came as the perfect, blameless sacrifice to take on the punishment for those sins.  Our hope is that after listening to this episode you will have a better understanding of what the gospel is and will see that the message of this good new is woven throughout the whole Bible.      Resources:  EVS Study Bible  Concise Theology by J.I. Packer  The Gospel Centered Mom by Sara Wallace    Quotes:  “God’s justice system is at the heart of the gospel. Gods justice tells us man is evil, god is holy, and evil must be punished. That is the first truth we must accept if we want to go any deeper into the gospel. Unfortunately that’s where many people stop. Even Christians have a tendency to hem and haw around the issue of eternal judgement because they don’t want to give God a bad rap. God can take care of His own reputation. When we make light of our sin and the penalty is deserves we make light of god himself. Our self centered hearts have a hard time accepting how sinful we really are. We try to close the gap between god and man by making our sin less sinful. By default god becomes less Holy and Grace less beautiful”  -Sara Wallace  “Through the gospel we don’t improve our identity we replace it” -Sara Wallace  “I am more broken and sinful than I ever dared believe, but at the same time I am more loved and accepted than I ever dared hope.” -Tim Keller  “It’s not good advice it’s good news. Advice is to help you do something, (all other religions) but good news is here’s what’s been done for you (Christianity)” - Tim Keller  “Religion enslaves the gospel sets free. Religion says look within and get busy. The Gospel says look to Christ and rest.” -Sara Wallace  “The Gospel proclaims that the God who saved Israel from Egypt, Jonah from the fish’s belly, the psalmist from death, and the soldiers from drowning, saves all who trust Christ from sin and sins consequences.”  -J.I. Packer  *The beautiful music heard on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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May 3, 2018
Ep. 07 - Theology - Conversation with Susan Hunt
On our final episode of our series on theology we had the privilege of sitting down to talk with Kacie’s sister-in-law, Susan.  We loved hearing Susan’s heart as she discussed how what she believes about God affects her everyday life as a social worker, how her theology has grown/changed over the years, and some of her favorite resources for learning more about who God is.  This conversation was definitely a blessing to us and we pray that it is to you as well!    Resources:  The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones   Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem   The Westminster Catechism for Young Children  The Gospel Coalition Booklets  The Gospel Coalition Podcast  None Like Him by Jen Wilkin   Knowing God by J.I. Packer   The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer   Knowledge of The Holy by A.W. Tozer      Quotes:  “Theology is something we all have whether we know it or not.”  - Susan  “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.” - St. Augustine  “We are not just fighting against ourselves, we’re not just fighting against culture, but we’re fighting against the one that wants to thwart God’s plans”.-Susan  “Theology is simple enough for a child to understand, but it is also so complex that you will spend your whole life and never fully grasp it.” -Susan    *The beautiful music on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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April 26, 2018
Ep. 06 - Theology - Why it's important
In this episode we discuss why theology matters.  We address why what you believe about God is so important.  We also discuss why there are people have a negative reaction when they hear the word theology and the impact that poor doctrine can have on those around them. Resources:  Systematic Theology   Quotes:  “What you believe about God is the most important thing about you” -AW Tozer  “The more we know about god, about his word, about his relationships to the world and mankind, the better we will trust him, the more fully we will praise him, and the more readily we will obey” - Wayne Grudem  “Belief affects behavior, and so ideas have consequences. A person who believes railroad crossing signal is stuck when in truth a train is coming may soon be dead. Likewise false doctrine will lead to false deeds.” Norman Geisler  “When I think about our goal as believers I think about the great commission that says “go ye therefore and make disciples of all nations.” This is the big picture.  This is what we need to remain focused on as believers and as disciple of Jesus.”  *The beautiful music on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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April 19, 2018
Ep. 05 - Theology - What it is and what it is not
In this episode we kick off a new three episode series on Theology. In this episode we tackle defining theology and we offer our journeys with theological formation. We also address what theology is not. And finally we offer some practical advice about growing in theology in all seasons of life.    Resources:  Systematic Theology   The Ology   The Westminister Catechism for Young Children   Christian Beliefs   Questions with Answers by Dana Dirksen (songs to go with the catechism)     Quotes:   C.S Lewis- “Theology means “science of God” and I think any man who wants to think about God at all would like to have the clearest and most accurate ideas about Him which are available.”    “This all sounds great in theory but super overwhelming in practice but just remember He made the gospel and himself a mystery so we would keep asking questions in order to grow in intimacy with him.”    “The other day we were sitting at lunch at Chuy’s talking about the Trinity over a big basket of chips and a bowl of creamy jalapeno”  *The beautiful music on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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April 12, 2018
Ep. 04 - Biblical Literacy - Conversation with Megan Webbon
This is our final episode in our series on Biblical Literacy. We had the great joy of interviewing Megan Webbon about her walk with Biblical Literacy. I love hearing Megan’s heart about how the gospel and biblical literacy work together. One of my favorite quotes from Meg, “Biblical literacy is the Christian’s ability to know and understand the truths of the gospel through the written words of scripture so that he or she may better know the holiness of God and how we are called to glorify him as our savior.  Resources:   The Gospel Centered Life  Women of The Word   For the Love of God     Quotes: “Biblical literacy is the Christian’s ability to know and understand the truths of the gospel through the written words of scripture so that he or she may better know the holiness of God and how we are called to glorify him as our savior.” “But we could also talk about how the gospel gives us a desire for biblical literacy and how the gospel catches us when we fail to desire biblical literacy rightly.” “But understanding the Bible gives us insight into first, who God is, and second who we are in light of who he is. In a world, where it seems like the media, academia, parents, bosses, are all fighting to define me as a woman, I desperately need to understand how God’s word defines me.”    *The beautiful music heard on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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April 4, 2018
Ep. 03 - Biblical Literacy - How
In this episode we continue our 3 episode series on Biblical Literacy. In this episode we get real practical. Offering our experiences with growing in biblical literacy and letting y’all know about our favorite resources. Hint: the Bible is the main one.   Resources: Open your Bible   The Jesus Storybook Bible   Women of The Word   ESV Study Bible   www.blueletterbible.com  *The beautiful music on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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March 28, 2018
Ep. 02 - Biblical Literacy - What and Why
In this episode we start our 3 episode series on Biblical Literacy. This week we’ll be discussing what biblical literacy is and why it’s important for women in all seasons and walks of life. We also talk about our understanding of the inerrancy of scripture.   Resources:  Open your Bible   Women of The Word  *The beautiful music on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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March 28, 2018
Ep. 01 - Welcome to Adorned Podcast
In this episode we meet the shows hosts, Erin and Kacie. We learn about their passion for women to grow in their understanding of God and His Word. We hear all about how God put it on their heart to start this podcast, and the vision and heart behind the show. We also get a little teaser into the upcoming episodes.  *The beautiful music on today's episode is by Katie Cobbs*
35:10
March 28, 2018
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