This podcast is designed to encourage you to grow in your Christian faith. Each podcast will provide a short Biblical thought (no more than 10 minutes) to grow spiritually today and tomorrow. New podcasts will be available each Monday!
In life, it’s good to rest and renew. I will be taking a break creating new podcasts beginning now until the end of August. Lord willing, beginning Monday September 6th, new episodes will be available! Thank you for your support!
If not careful, apathy can easily creep into the heart of every Christian. Therefore we need to be aware of some of the warning signs that could indicate to us that we are headed in the wrong direction. This episode considers three warning signs that we need to know about.
In life, it can be easier to focus on the wrong things. Which is why the book of Proverbs becomes so important for us to consider what it is that really matters. What is it that makes the meal? Find out in this episode.
She would give birth to the Messiah! What an awesome privilege to be the mother of Jesus! But, what else do you know about Mary? In this episode, we consider some thoughts from Mary, to learn more about this woman! Enjoy.
In life, there are moments that can change everything! If we are willing to stand! It will require cottage on our part. Yet it is always worth it! Joshua in the Old Testament helps us to see that is possible!
We all know that we should read our Bibles. We know the benefits of reading the Bible. But sometimes we still can fall short and not put in the the time and energy and effort to open up our Bibles. As we head into the weekend I like to share with you a few verses to help us to see the benefit of reading our Bible and to make sure that we put first things first.
Life is not always easy. Life is not always fair. Our schedules do not always work out as we would want them to. But here’s one thing I know. Disciples in the first century no matter the challenges they faced, continued to work. Wherever they were that’s where they did their work. Let us have the same mindset and let us work where we are.
Is it possible to be angry and yet not sin? Is it possible to handle our anger in a way that will produce and create positive results? A man by the name of Nehemiah helps us to see that it is possible to be angry and yet not sin.
The mission was set. God was at work. The people believe they could do it. There have been setbacks, but the work continued. The People’s leader was determined to finish the job he had come to do. I’m referring to the story of Nehemiah. The wall of Jerusalem would be built in 52 days. There’s a statement Nehemiah would say to those who were seeking to distract him. He said, “I have great work to do.” So do we! But we must believe it!
"Set your house in order, for you shall die, and not live." Can you imagine hearing those words? Those were the words King Hezekiah heard in 2 Kings 20:1. He responded like many would, 2 Kings 20:2-3. He prayed and wept bitterly. Then something amazing happened! Isaiah the prophet, told Hezekiah that God would grant him 15 more years of life, 2 Kings 20:6. God gave this man a SECOND CHANCE!
What did he do with his second chance?
What will we do with ours?
In the ancient world, crucifixion was seen as a particularly disgraceful and grievous form of execution.
Our Savior would be crucified on the cross.
In this episode, I talk a bit about the history of crucifixion. It helps to put in perspective what Jesus went through for us.
"Does God really love me?"
"Can anything good come from suffering?"
"Are we more than flesh and blood?"
"Am I truly valuable and special?"
Have you ever asked questions like these? The answers can be found in the Bible.
The answers can be found when you take the time to survey the cross of Jesus.
"I see this in Jesus, but do I see it in me?" That's a statement I read in a book a few years ago. It stuck with me.
The qualities, habits, and characteristics that Jesus had, hopefully, we will have too. As His disciples, He is to be the one we follow and emulate.
There's a man by the name of Apollos. We read about him in Acts 18.
He was a mighty speaker and zealous for the Lord.
He was also a man who had a humble heart.
This is the kind of heart we are to have as followers of Christ.
As we journey in this life, we will face challenges. We will suffer for the cause of Christ.
The apostle Paul had the right perspective when it came to his life. Will we?
Consider his words in Acts 20, where he said, "I do not consider my life..."
In life, it's always important to ask the question "Why." Having a strong "Why" when it comes to all we do, will help us to be successful. It's important for us as Christians to know why we are to be holy!
When it comes to sin, we don't often think about the long-term ramifications.
I was reminded of this during a Bible devotional with my family.
Let's be wise and "Fear the LORD and turn away from evil." Sadly, many think they will have the NEXT DAY. But TODAY is not even promised.
Do you like to read the words of Jesus?
Are you excited when it comes to studying the Bible?
As Christians, we must hang on to every word of Christ!
This is how we can build our faith today and tomorrow!
The miracles of Jesus produced a variety of responses from people.
There's one story, in particular, that's really interesting. In it, we find people laughing at Jesus!
Why would they laugh? What did Jesus do after they laughed at Him?
Tune in and found out!
Imagine you don't have much time to live. What would you want your loved ones to remember?
In this episode, I share a verse to remember from someone who was in this position.
It's a verse all of us need to remember as we seek to grow our faith today and tomorrow!
In a church bulletin I wrote a few years ago, I referenced Titus 6:55-14. Yes, that's correct. That's what I typed. The only problem is that there is no Titus 6! That chapter is not in the Bible! I made a mistake and corrected it. I often say, "There's a sermon there!" I never made a sermon from this mistake of mine, but now I'm turning it into a podcast!
Sometimes there are things we can believe that are not found in the Bible.
In this episode, I consider a few examples of this. As Christians, let's believe what we do have in the scriptures and avoid chapters that are not in the Bible.
Who is Lucifer? Was he the devil?
Isaiah 14:12 is an interesting passage of scripture. It's also one that is part of a bigger context.
Listen as I discuss the context surrounding this verse and what we can learn about Bible study
Someone once said, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
Whoever said that, don't believe it! Words Matter. Words are Powerful.
We need to be careful with the words we say!
Control your tongue.
In Matthew 14:22-33, we see Jesus and the apostle Peter walk on Water!
What an amazing story. It's a story that helps us to see the power of Jesus.
It's a story that teaches us some things about faith.
Jesus is not asking us to walk on water. But He does expect us to walk by faith!
A lot is said about Jesus during Christmas and Easter.
But what happens after these holidays pass? Will we still have the same zeal to talk about Him?
The saints in the first century talked about Jesus! They shared the good news with others!
Let's talk about Him all the time.
What's the mindset we are to have when problems arise among God's people?
Make no mistake, churches will face problems.
But the solution is always going to be the same!
In this episode, I talk about a problem two sisters had in the church in Philippi.
It can be easy to see other people's sins. But can we sin our own? As Christians, are we confessing our sins to God? There's great benefit and joy we can receive when we do.
Scriptures in this Episode:
- 2 Samuel 12: 1-14
- Psalm 32:1-5
- 1 John 1:9-10
- Genesis 4:1-7
- James 5:16
In John 4:36-37, Jesus said, Already he who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for life eternal; so that he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together: "For in this case the saying is true, 'One sows and another reaps.'
- There's often a lot of emphasis on the joy attached to Reaping. But what about the Sowing aspect? There is to be joy as well when it comes to sowing the seed.
In Matthew 6:34, it says, "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Our lives will be so much better when we stay focused on TODAY! It's easy to get ahead of ourselves. But what if we slowed down and appreciated even more the blessings we have today? Focus on today.
A few years ago, a sister in Christ asked me if I would pray for her. I said "Yes!" A few weeks later she asked me if I had prayed. Sadly, I had to say, "No!" I felt terrible. Have you ever experienced something like this? When it comes to prayer, we need to follow through. In this episode, I provide a few simple tips we can implement to become more consistent in our prayers.
It is so easy to lose control in the heat of the moment. I've been guilty of doing that. Yet, there's a better way for us to handle ourselves. Something we all can do is to PAUSE! There's great power taking a PAUSE. A Breath! A moment to take a step back before we Tweet, Reply, Answer, etc. There's a great leader in the Old Testament who helps us to see the Power of the Pause! It's possible.
To grow in our faith, we need to hide God's word in our hearts. I love what the Bible says in Deuteronomy 17:18. It says, "Now it shall come about when the he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this Law on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests."The kings of Israel were to spend a tremendous amount of time in God's word. As Christians, we are to do the same. Take a listen as we discuss Hiding God's word in our hearts.
Journibles: The 17:18 series can be found on Amazon.
Have you ever said, "I don't have enough time to...?" We all have. It is true that we are busy. But being busy is a decision. If we're going to grow our faith, we need to be disciplined with our time. Jesus is our example of what it looks like to utilize our time.
The fruit of the Spirit is self-control. The apostle Paul in Galatians 5 speaks of Self-Control. He says, "But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh." "But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law." "If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit." Sadly, Christians can become addicted too many things. There's hope! We can break free from these addictions and be devoted to things that are good! There was a household in Corinth who were devoted (addicted) to ministry to the saints! What does that mean? Is it possible for us to do the same? The answer is Yes! This is what this podcast discusses.
As Christians, we are called to grow! We are to "Excel Still More." The apostle Paul reminded the saints in 1 Thessalonica 4:1 about this. Sometimes, we may not feel it's possible to truly grow in our faith. Let us not be deceived by the devil. It is possible! The church in Thessalonica help us to see how we can excel still more. Find out what they did.
I'm really excited about this new endeavor. In this episode, I share my journey with podcasting and how this podcast came to be. I also share a passage from the Sermon on the Mount by Jesus which is always good for us to hear and remember!
Please stay tuned for more episodes every Tuesday and Thursday!