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God-besotted Podcast

God-besotted Podcast

By Corina Cater
Delighting in God is what we were created for. But how do we do it? God reveals Himself in His living Word - we just need to open the book. Hosted by a worship leader’s wife who obtained her Master of Arts in Biblical Studies and is a lover of all things Taylor Swift, Corina, this podcast aims to help you taste and see that the Lord is good. By studying God’s Word, we will find the Truth we need to experience the fullness of joy and abundant life.
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#31: The Attributes of God: God Is Rich in Mercy
A.W. Pink calls God’s mercy an “adorable attribute.” Does God’s mercy just mean He spares people from punishment, or is it more than that? Let’s talk about the rich mercy of God, shown to us through Christ, in this episode. Want to study the themes in this episode further? Here are a few passages and reflection questions to consider: Read Matthew 5:7, Matthew 18:21-35, and James 2:13. Mercy is a communicable attribute, meaning we share it with God as humans made in His image. How are we called to show mercy? What is difficult about showing mercy? What truths help you extend forgiveness and kindness to others when it’s hard? Is there someone you need to show mercy to? Read Mark 5:18-20. How has the Lord had mercy on you? Do you talk about it with others? Why or why not? Read Luke 16:19-31. How does this parable illustrate the truth that there is no mercy beyond the grave? How is this reality sobering? How can you respond to it? How can you put Hebrews 4:16 into practice this week? How does knowing that God stands ready to show compassion to you in moments of misery or distress encourage you to come with confidence to His throne of grace?
June 20, 2022
#30: The Attributes of God: God Is So Good
In this episode, let's talk about the goodness of God. Theologians have called God the summum bonum - the highest good. And Scripture attests to this. We'll see what it means that God is good, to whom He is good, how He is good to them, and what it means for us. Want to study the themes in this episode further? Check out these passages and reflection questions:  Why is it important that God is the final standard of goodness? Think about the culture in which you live and its standards of right and wrong. Why is it important that God is the final standard of moral excellence? How does the truth that God is kind to evil and ungrateful men encourage you? How does it convict you to act toward those who are your enemies, people in your life who are ungrateful and unrighteous?  Read Ephesians 1 and make a list of the spiritual blessings we have in Christ. Consider whether you live as though you believe God is the greatest gift of the gospel - not a spiritual inheritance, not freedom from sin, not even rescue from hell. Search your heart and consider if your relationship with God is the greatest benefit of the gospel that you experience. If not, ask God to help you treasure Him above all else. Are there manifestations of God's goodness that you overlook because you're so used to them? How can you practice marveling at God's goodness, even the seemingly ordinary ways He shows His goodness to us? Read Hebrews 12:1-11 and Deuteronomy 8:11-20. What do these passages teach us about God's goodness while we suffer? Consider a difficult situation you are currently facing. Read Psalm 23:6 and Psalm 31:19. How do these passages encourage you? How can you encourage a friend with the truths in these passages?
June 13, 2022
#29: The Attributes of God: His Name Is Jealous
Charles Spurgeon encouraged believers to “hide” themselves “under the banner of Jehovah’s jealousy.” What does it mean that our God is a jealous God? How is His jealousy an encouragement and a warning? How are we to respond to the Lord, whose name is Jealous? Let’s talk about it in this episode. Want to study the themes in this episode further? Here are some Scripture passages and reflection questions for you to consider: Read Song of Solomon 8:6 (preferably in several versions of the Bible). How are love and jealousy related? Read Ezekiel 16 out loud. What strikes you about the way God describes His relationship with Israel? What does the passage teach you about God? How does it encourage you to repentance and faith? Read James 4:1-10. Take a brief inventory of the recent prayers you’ve been praying and the typical requests you tend to make of God on a regular basis. Have you asked for anything with wrong motives? How does your friendship with the world look based on your prayer life? If there is anything for which you need to repent, what encouragement does James give in verses 6-10? Read Matthew 13:1-23. What does the parable of the soils teach us about the things liable to draw people away from the faith? How do these temptations still plague those of us who are in Christ? Do any of them tend to especially trip you up? How does the warning in Hebrews 12:28-29 encourage you to pray for an undivided heart?
May 30, 2022
#28: The Attributes of God: God Is Love
1 John 4:8 says, "The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love." In this episode, we will consider who God loves, how He loves, and what that means for us. Want to study the themes in this episode further? Here are some passages and questions to reflect on: Read 1 John 3 and 4. What do you learn about God’s love? What do you learn about how we are to love others? Read 1 John 3:14-22. How does loving others help us with assurance of salvation? Consider God’s love for His enemies and our call to love like Him (see Romans 5:6-11; Matthew 5:43-48). Have you prayed for those who have hurt you or irritated you lately? Read Romans 8:28-39. How does this passage encourage you in a struggle you’re currently facing? How might you encourage a friend with these truths this week? Read Ephesians 3:14-21 out loud and in several translations. Pray this for yourself and for others and record how God answers. Don't forget to leave a rating, review, share, and follow @god_besotted on Instagram! 
May 23, 2022
#27: The Attributes of God: God Is Everywhere (Yet He Is Near to Us)
Is all of God everywhere or is it just part of Him everywhere? Do we need to go to church or a special mountain to worship God? Why do we need to seek God if He's everywhere? And if God is everywhere, why don't most of us feel His presence with us more often? Let's talk about it in this episode as we cover God's omnipresence and His immanence, as well as how to practice the presence of God. Want to study the themes in this episode further? Here are some extra passages and reflection questions to consider: Think about and journal about a time when you felt God's presence with you in a very real, unmistakable way. What were the circumstances surrounding this encounter? What did you feel? How did God reveal His character to you? Is there a place where you feel closer to God than in other places? Why or why not? How does knowledge about God's omnipresence inform that feeling? Which of the ways of practicing the presence of God is easiest for you - talking to God throughout the day, sitting still, or sticking it out even when God is silent? Which way is hardest? How can you commit to practicing the presence of God this week?  Don't forget to follow the podcast on Instagram @god_besotted.
May 16, 2022
#26: The Attributes of God: God Most High (Transcendence)
When’s the last time you were dumbstruck by the majesty of God? Most of us need constant reminders of God’s transcendence. It’s hard for us to comprehend how a God who is far above, beyond, and distinct from us still welcomes us into His presence, but it’s so worth contemplating. Want to learn more about the themes in this episode? Consider these passages and reflection questions: Read Isaiah 6. Can you think of a time when you felt like Isaiah, astounded by the glory of God, aware of your own sin, and eager to do God’s will? What can you do to practice heightening the awareness you had then? Do you think churches around you have a high or low view of God? Why or why not? Does the doctrine of transcendence challenge your view of God? How do you think your behavior would change if you lived consistently like you believe this doctrine is true? What are some ways we try to “contain” God? How can you commit to acknowledging and embracing God’s lordship over your life this week?
May 09, 2022
#25: The Attributes of God: God, Faithful and True
Struggling with doubt? God is faithful. Walking through a season of disappointment or disillusionment? God is faithful. Unsure what’s next? God is faithful. The truthfulness and faithfulness of God are attributes that have immensely practical implications for believers in Christ. Want to know more about God’s truthfulness and faithfulness? Consider these passages and reflection questions: Read Psalm 119:75 and 1 Corinthians 10:31. What does this teach you about God’s purpose for trials? Read 1 John 1:9. How does this passage encourage you? How is God “just” to forgive our sins? Check out Romans 3:21-26 to help you answer this question. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24. Who ensures that we grow in Christlikeness? What does this mean about our eternal future? Read 2 Timothy 2:13. How have you been faithless in the past? How does knowing that God is always faithful encourage you in a present trial or temptation?
May 02, 2022
#24: The Attributes of God: God Almighty (Omnipotence)
God can do all things - can’t He? What about lie? Or make a rock so big He can’t lift it? And if God is all-powerful, why doesn’t He stop the suffering that’s in the world? Let’s take a look at God’s omnipotence and see how the bedrock truth that our God is almighty, and His power is given to us through His Spirit, is such an encouragement to us as believers. If you want to study the themes in this episode further, please consider the following passages and reflection questions: Read Ephesians 1:17-19 and 3:16-20. What does Paul pray for? Why? Do you pray this often for yourself and fellow believers? Why or why not? Consider the story of Abraham in Genesis 18 and Jeremiah’s dialogue with God in Jeremiah 32. Is there an area of your life where you’ve thought, either consciously or subconsciously, that something is too difficult for God? How does God’s word to Abraham and Jeremiah encourage you? How can you challenge yourself this week to live each day in dependence on the Holy Spirit? How do you hope to see God’s power at work in and through you?
April 25, 2022
#23: The Attributes of God: The Only Wise God
In Romans 8:28, God promises to “work all things together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose.” Can we really trust Him to work out “all things” for our good? How? Our God is “the only wise God” (Romans 16:27), which means He is perfectly able to see and choose the best, most benevolent outcome and the best, most benevolent means of attaining it. By His wisdom, the God who created the world and made a plan to redeem it is able to ensure we are taken care of forever. If you want to study the themes in this episode further, please refer to these passages and reflection questions: Read Proverbs 8. Then, compare it to John 1 and Colossians 1. Make a list of how the Proverbs passage applies to Jesus.  Read 1 Corinthians 1:18-30. How is this passage humbling? What does it teach you about God? What does it teach you about unredeemed humanity? Consider Proverbs 2:7. How does it encourage you to know God stores up wisdom for the upright (those who trust Him and follow Him)? In what area of your life do you need to ask God for wisdom? Make sure you follow @god_besotted on Instagram and God-besotted on Facebook! If you're enjoying the podcast, please rate, review, and follow.
April 18, 2022
#22: The Attributes of God: God Knows (And Still Cares)
The God of the Bible has infinite knowledge - He is all-knowing or "omniscient." That truth may give you comfort or it may make you afraid - perhaps even a mixture of both. Does God know the future, even the actions we'll make? Does God learn, grow, or develop? And how can a just God, who knows everything about me, love me anyway? If you want to study the themes in this passage further, consider the following passages and reflection questions: Read Psalm 139. Make a list of what David, the psalmist, affirms to be true about God. Note how he ends the psalm. How can you ask God to search you this week? Read Romans 9:1-29. What are your feelings as you consider the sovereignty of God as Paul presents it? Read Romans 11:33-36. Pray for a heart that willingly submits to not having all the answers about our awesome God and worships Him humbly and sincerely anyway.
April 11, 2022
#21: The Attributes of God: God Never Changes
The first verse of the beloved hymn "Great is Thy Faithfulness" encapsulates God's immutability or His unchangeableness: "Thou changest not; Thy compassions, they fail not. As Thou hast been, Thou forever wilt be." A precious truth that has deeply personal implications for believers, this attribute of God begs a few questions: if God never changes, does anything we do really matter? Does He actually respond to situations, and does He feel emotions about and toward His creation?  If you want to study the themes in this episode further, consider the following passages and reflection questions: Read Romans 1. What are a few reasons why the distinction between God as Creator and man as creature is so important? If God could change for either better or worse (for example, if He could grow in knowledge), what would that mean about Him as God?  Consider this quote from A.W. Tozer's book The Knowledge of the Holy: "God will not compromise and He need not be coaxed." How is the truth that God never changes comforting? How is it convicting? 
April 04, 2022
#20: The Attributes of God: God Is (Self-existence/Self-sufficiency)
Where did God come from? Does God need us? Are we important to God? Answers to these questions can be found in the doctrines of God’s self-existence and His self-sufficiency. Two attributes of God considered “incommunicable,” in that they are less shared with us than others like love or justice, God’s self-existence and self-sufficiency are foundational to His nature. Hebrews 11:6 says anyone who wants to please God must believe that He IS, that is, that He is the living God, the great I AM, who was, who is, and who is to come.  If you want to study the themes in this passage further, consider these passages and questions:  Read Acts 17:16-34. Jot down what distinguishes God from idols. What call to action does Paul give his listeners (verses 30-31)? How should we respond to God’s self-existence and self-sufficiency? Read Isaiah 44:6-28. How is God different from idols? What’s irrational and fruitless about worshipping anything that is not God? What did God do for Israel that no idol could do? Why did He choose Israel and care for His people (verse 23)?  Does the fact that God doesn’t need us confuse you or free you? How does it make you feel knowing God doesn’t need you, but He wants you? 
March 28, 2022
#19: The Attributes of God: God Incomprehensible
Can we know God? Can we understand Him? How do we learn about God? The doctrine of the incomprehensibility of God helps us answer these questions. In this episode, we’re kicking off a new series called the Attributes of God! Each week we’ll dive into a different attribute, learning more about God so we can know Him better and delight in Him more.  Want to study the themes in this passage further? Consider the following questions and passages:  Read Psalm 145:3, Psalm 147:3, Job 26:14, and Romans 11:33. Describe the incomprehensibility of God in your own words.  How does the incomprehensibility of God affect your desire to know Him? How does knowing you will spend eternity learning more about God make you feel? Does it overwhelm you, make you apathetic, or something else? Why?  God wants to know us, and He has revealed Himself so we can know Him. But learning facts about Him is not the same as knowing Him. How much time have you been spending with God? Is there something that would help improve your relationship with Him?
March 21, 2022
#18: Finding Satisfaction in God (Psalm 63:1-5)
What does it mean to be satisfied in God? How can we be satisfied, whether we’re experiencing lack or abundance, a valley or green pastures? Let’s talk about it in this episode. If you want to study the themes in this passage further, consider the following passages and questions: Read Psalm 63. List the actions of David. What did he do to find satisfaction in God? Read Exodus 16. How did God respond to the people’s grumbling, and what does this show you about Him? What does the Israelites’ lack of faith show us about our tendencies? Consider the quote, “We sacrifice for what satisfies.” What do you make sacrifices for? Where does your mind go when it wanders? When you go to sleep? When you wake up? What does this show you about your heart? Read Ephesians 3:14-21, then pray it out loud for you and those you know. Follow @god_besotted on Instagram and Facebook to stay connected! 
March 07, 2022
#17: Be Ready, the King is Coming (Luke 12:35-40)
If you've been watching the news lately and wondering, "What can I do? What should I do?" I'm right there with you. The words of Jesus in Luke 12 remind us what our responsibility is as His representatives on earth and why our faithfulness matters so much.  If you want to study this passage and its themes further, read Luke 12. Then, consider the following reflection questions: 1. How "ready" are you on a daily basis for Jesus's return? What do you think "being ready" means? 2. Jesus said a servant is not greater than his master. Consider the way Jesus lived and how well you serve others. How can you intentionally allow yourself to be inconvenienced and humbled for another person this week to show them Jesus's love? 3. As we hear of wars and rumors of wars, what can you do to put off fear and be faithful to Jesus this week? How will you commit to praying for Ukraine and for God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven? 
February 28, 2022
#16: How to Persevere in Suffering (James 5:7-11)
Let's be honest, life is hard. Because we live in a world tainted by sin, we experience suffering on a daily basis. James, a leader of the early church, wrote to believers to encourage them to endure to the end during suffering. Let’s look at the life of Job and see how it points us to our compassionate and merciful God. If you want to study the themes in this passage further, consider the following passages and reflection questions: 1. Read Hebrews 11. How did the faithful men and women of old hold onto their faith? How we can imitate their faith? 2. James condemns the rich who oppress the poor. What do his words of rebuke tell you about how God views oppression? How does He take care of the oppressed? 3. Read James 1:1-12. How does James's teaching about suffering in the opening of his letter shed light on James 5:1-12?  4. Read Job 42. Consider "the outcome of the Lord's dealings" in Job's life. Write down how God is demonstrated to be full of compassion and merciful.  5. What part of James's message do you find most convicting? What is one way you can obey God's word immediately?
February 21, 2022
#15: The Secret to Success (Proverbs 3:5-6)
We all want to live happy, healthy, wealthy, and fulfilled lives. We all want "the good life." Let's talk about what it looks like to trust in the Lord versus our own strength through the example of King Hezekiah (2 Kings 18-19), as well as what it means to "acknowledge" God in all our ways. If you want to study the themes in this passage further, consider the following passages and reflection questions: 1. Read Psalm 37:3-5. What does it look like to "commit your way to the Lord"? How can you do this today? 2. Read James 1:5. How does God give us wisdom? 3. How did Jesus trust in God and acknowledge God in all His ways? Refer to 1 Peter 2:23 and Luke 2:22. 4. Hezekiah exhibited a pattern of prayer. Read Philippians 4:6 and consider what keeps you from praying "in everything" and how you can pray more fervently, expectantly, and specifically. 5. Hezekiah sought godly counsel from the prophet Isaiah. Who are your counselors? Who do you counsel? Why is it important to know God's word when it comes to giving and receiving counsel? 6. One of the meanings of "straight paths" is to guide, to provide a track to follow. What area(s) of your life do you need guidance, and how can you intentionally "know" God in all your ways so He can make your paths straight?
February 14, 2022
#14: Discerning Your Spiritual Gifts and Discipling Others (Exodus 31:2-6)
Let’s look at a few short verses in Exodus to discover some principles about divine appointments, discerning our spiritual gifts, and discipling others. God’s special empowerment of a man named Bezalel to oversee the construction of the tabernacle teaches us that we have been called to draw near to God and invite others to do the same in Christ, and we do so through the Holy Spirit. If you want to study the themes in this passage further, consider the following passages and reflection questions: 1. Read Exodus 31:1-6 and Exodus 35:30-35. How did the Holy Spirit empower Bezalel and Oholiab? 2. What does it mean for believers today to be filled with the Spirit? Read Ephesians 5:18 and Colossians 3:16 to help you answer this question. 3. What is your spiritual gift? (Read Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, and 1 Peter 4 to help you begin to answer this question if you are unsure. Then, prayerfully consult people who know you well to help you determine how the Holy Spirit may have gifted you.) How are you using your spiritual gift(s) to serve your church? 4. Consider Jesus’s commission to “make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:16-20). Who are you currently discipling? How can you obey the command to disciple others this week?
February 07, 2022
#13: We Are All Lepers Here (2 Kings 5:1-15)
In this episode, we encounter Naaman the Syrian, a well-respected military commander who is plagued by leprosy. Thanks to the testimony of an Israelite slave girl, Naaman hears about the opportunity to receive healing from the prophet Elisha in Israel. He brings his pomp and circumstance, but it's not enough to get the healing he's after. Only humbling himself could make him whole. Apart from Christ, we are all separate from God, unclean and unable to save ourselves from our sin. In His great mercy, God paved the way by sending His Son, Jesus, so we can be cleansed through Him.  If you want to study the themes in this passage further, consider the following passages and reflection questions: 1. Read chapters 4 and 5 of Luke. What are the different ways people respond to Jesus? Who does He say and show He is? Who do others think He is?  2. Read Ephesians 2. How does our sin separate us from God? How did God bridge the gap sin made between us and Him? How does He reconcile us to others? What were we saved from and saved to? 3. Read Romans 13:9-28. How are both Jews and Greeks the same before God? How does God justify (declare righteous) the ungodly?  4. Read Psalm 130. What does it teach us about God? 5. Have you ever been offended at God's will and work, like Naaman was? In light of Jesus's response to John the Baptist in John 11:2-6, what can you remind yourself when you feel unsure about what God is doing in your life?
January 31, 2022
#12: Becoming What We Behold (2 Corinthians 3:12-18)
What is God's will for me? How can I change? How do I draw near to Christ? Answers to these questions can all be found in 2 Corinthians 3:12-18. In this passage, Paul encourages believers with the truth of the gospel: the Holy Spirit gives us freedom to see the glory of God in the face of Christ, to draw near to God because of what Christ has done, and to change by being conformed into Christ's image as we gaze upon Him in the mirror of God's word. As we behold Christ, we become like Him, from glory to glory, until we will see Him just as He is, having gained His glory in full, enjoying intimacy with Him forever (see 2 Thessalonians 2:14, 1 John 3:1-3, and Revelation 22:1-3). 
January 24, 2022
#11: Forsaking Everything and Following God (Genesis 11:31-32)
In this episode, we consider Genesis 11:31-32, which describes how Abraham's family moved from their homeland, Ur; the family, led by Abraham's father, Terah, intended to go to Canaan, but stopped short in Haran. Scripture says consistently that God called Abraham "out of Ur of the Chaldeans," but Genesis 12 describes God's call to Abraham and Abraham's move from Haran, not Ur, to Canaan. Did God call Abraham when he was living in Ur or when he lived in Haran? Or both? How do Abraham's baby steps of faith encourage us, and what can we learn from his example as he began to follow God, forsaking everything else? Tune in to this week's episode to find out. 
January 17, 2022
#10: God's Determination to Bless His People (Numbers 22-24)
Let's journey through Numbers 22-24 and talk about the fascinating oracles of Balaam, a pagan prophet and diviner who was called upon by Balak, the king of Moab, to curse Israel. To the surprise of both men, God had already determined to bless His people, and no curse could be pronounced against them. This narrative powerfully demonstrates that when God has blessed, none can reverse the blessing, and His blessings are always tied to King Jesus. Similarly, Isaiah 55 reminds us that God's will is compassion and redemption, and His word cannot be thwarted - He is perpetually working to do His repentant people good, despite their sin, through the eternal King Jesus whose kingdom will soon be established forever. And we, His people, will be go out with joy and be led forth with peace (Isaiah 55:12). 
January 10, 2022
#9: Act Like Who You Are and You Won't Forget Who You Are (2 Peter 1:1-11)
In 2 Peter 1:1-11, the apostle Peter writes to exiled believers and encourages them with the truth about who they are in Christ, what they're called to do, and how their obedience will bless them with assurance of salvation. As those who have been given everything pertaining to life and godliness in Christ, we are called to know Him deeply and become like Him. Doing so allows us to be confident in His calling and choosing us. Jesus knew who He was and where He was going, and we can too.
December 20, 2021
#8: Faith in the Famine (Genesis 15:1-6; Hebrews 11:6)
As we look toward 2022, many of us are considering how to walk closer with the Lord in the new year. Faith brings us closer to God. When asked by Philip to show the disciples the Father, Jesus asked, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip?" (John 14:9). We grow in our intimacy with God as we take Him at His word. Hebrews 11:5-6 describes the essence of faith, and Abraham is an example for us of the faith that pleases God. I hope this episode encourages you to put aside doubt, draw near, and dare to believe God is the rewarder of those who seek Him today, in 2022, and every day after.
December 13, 2021
#7: Running the Race of the Christian Life Well (Hebrews 12:12-17)
The Christian life is meant to be lived in community, as we follow the godly example of others who have gone before us and as we set an example for those around us of what it looks like to "run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus" (Hebrews 12:1-2). But along the way, it's easy to get tired and worn out by suffering, which can slow us down if we don't have God's perspective on it. It's also easy to veer to the left or right of the path God wants us on instead of staying on a straight path in faith. Regardless of where we are in our journey, it matters that we run well. Fellow believers and professing believers are watching - and how we choose to run can help determine whether or not they are "healed" and "see the Lord" or whether they "come short of the grace of God." It's a lot of responsibility, but Jesus, who gives us faith and perfects it, strengthens us to keep running - and run well.
December 06, 2021
#6: To Obey is Better than Sacrifice (1 Samuel 15)
When it comes to the Christian life, what's a good substitute for obedience? There isn't one. God's rejection of Saul as king, because of his repeated disobedience, teaches us that good intentions are not a sufficient replacement for godliness; refusing to accept responsibility for our sin means we aren't repentant; and choosing to act based on what people will think instead of a desire to honor God is idolatry. The good news is, in Christ we are fully accepted and pleasing to God; He brings us near to God, who desires us to offer thanksgiving and obey Him with all our hearts, giving us the strength to do so by His Spirit and leading us into the abundant life we're promised. 
November 22, 2021
#5: Status-seeking vs. Service (Numbers 16:1-11; Philippians 2:3-18)
In Numbers 16, a group of men, led by a Levite named Korah, rise up against Moses's and Aaron's leadership. Their goal? To usurp power and steal the status of leadership for themselves. Even though Korah's family was called to a very special purpose, it wasn't enough for them. They wanted more. It's easy for us, even as professing believers (see Romans 1:17), to do the same: to relentlessly seek to build our own empires and make a name for ourselves, disdaining God's purposes for us. But Philippians 2 points us to Christ, who humbled Himself to the point of dying a shameful death on a cross for man's sins and was exalted by God above all others. If we want to be great in God's kingdom, the road is paved with suffering, humility, and service. But we can be certain that nothing is better than the grace God gives to the humble and pursuing His purposes for us with all our hearts. 
November 15, 2021
#4: How to Find Joy When You Feel Like You’re in a Pit (Psalm 142)
On the run from King Saul, David cried out to God: "Deliver me." He asked for rescue not only from the physical cave where he hid, but from the soul-aching loneliness that plagued him. All of us have experienced loneliness, the feeling that no one cares for us. David shows us how to pray to God, our King, with respect and boldness, the only One who is our safe place and portion, even as we lament. May we, like David, praise God in advance in faith for community and, in the meantime, give thanks for His rescue which is still to come.
November 08, 2021
#3: Your Gifting > Your Weakness (1 Corinthians 1:1-9)
It's no secret that the Corinthian church is known for their carnality, and Paul's two extant epistles to these believers are highly corrective. But in the opening of 1 Corinthians, nonetheless, he thanks God for their salvation, their giftedness, and their future. As believers, our past, present, and future are secure in Christ. Although we are weak and struggle against sin in the present, our supernatural gifting is a reason to rejoice and is evidence of our past salvation and future glorification. In this episode, I share part of my testimony, and we'll talk about how the Spirit's gifts to us are greater than our weaknesses.
November 01, 2021
#2: The Joy of Answered Prayer (John 14-16)
In His final hours before being arrested and crucified, Jesus repeatedly emphasized a key truth to His disciples: answered prayer is our birthright as children of God. It’s promised as a significant source of joy for believers and as a primary indication that we are abiding in Christ. How can we experience the joy of answered prayer - what are the prerequisites? And what holds us back from experiencing this more? Let’s talk about it.
October 25, 2021
#1: The Key to True and Lasting Joy (John 15:11)
In John 15, Jesus uses an analogy of a vine and branches to teach His disciples how to abide in Him. In verse 11, He teaches them why: "so that" they would experience His joy and that their joy would be made full. In a world that tells us to find our joy in ourselves, Jesus's words provide the key to true, deep, and lasting joy: bringing glory to the Father. In this episode, we look at the testimony of the John the Baptist and consider how we, too, can be as "completely happy" as Jesus. 
October 18, 2021
God-besotted: Let's Fall in Love
John Piper writes in God is the Gospel, "The world needs nothing more than to see the worth of Christ in the work and words of his God-besotted people." The God of the Bible is not merely a God to be feared or served but to be delighted in. It's then that His glory is most magnified--when we are satisfied in Him.
September 20, 2021