This podcast is an ongoing honest talk initiated by singer/songwriter and writer Coco Mbassi about being a Christian and what that looks like in these times, the challenges, the good and the ugly, the questions that so many Christians face, the unanswered prayers... with an awareness that it is only by God’s grace that the Christian walk is even an option.
Dans ce troisième épisode de notre série sur le mariage, nous examinons l'histoire d'Abigaïl et Nabal, pour en tirer des trésors à appliquer à nos vies. L'histoire d'Abigaïl et Nabal illustre de manière très puissante l'intégrité d'une épouse sage et son identité enracinée en Son Seigneur, indépendamment des transgressions de son époux. Bien que la situation d'Abigaïl ne soit pas aussi grave que celle d'Osée, elle aussi doit rester fidèle à Dieu avant tout autre et également à son époux, donnant ainsi un exemple de ce qu'est la véritable soumission (qui signifie élever) et agissant ainsi comme 'aide' de Nabal (son paraclet). Quelle inspiration ! Nous attendons vos réactions.
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This is our third episode in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, focusing on annuling ungodly vows we may have made to God or to ourselves, as we prepare our hearts to draw near to God before the start of the new year.
This episode is recorded outdoors to illustrate how challenging it can be to focus on the right things in our noisy world.
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References: chabad.org, the book of Hosea.
In this episode, we continue to prepare ourselves for the new year, looking at the Only and Perfect Antidote to unbelief and other idols that threaten to stand between us and God. We look at 2 Bible passages, in the book of Leviticus and the gospel according to Matthew, also touching on the Jewish tradition of Selichot, the aim being to get our hearts cleansed, start the new year with deeper understanding of our freedom in Christ, to enable us to truly see ourselves as the righteousness of God in Christ.
References: My Jewish Learning; That the world may know; Anne Hamilton (Facebook post)
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Notre deuxième épisode FR, le premier de notre série sur le mariage.
Nous abordons le mariage selon le plan originel de Dieu à travers l'histoire d'Osée. Comment Dieu réagit-Il par rapport aux infidélités répétées d'Israël, à notre infidélité ? Que nous enseigne cette histoire sur le mariage ?
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The first episode of a series in preparation for the start of the new school year (and administrative year/cultural start of the business year) in most regions of the world, which coincides with the 30 days leading to Rosh Hashanah, and a week later, Yom Kippur.
While it is true that the veil was torn at the Cross by Jesus' death and resurrection, while we have full access to the Lord 24/7, all 365/366 days of the year, the spiritual reality of sacred festivals is still very relevant to us as humanity approaches end times and prepares for the return of the Bridegroom.
This episode focuses on the meaning of the month of Elul (whose first day is today, 31st August), its significance in relation to Song of Songs/Solomon 6:1-3, and what we can draw from this.
Insight on Elul on Chabad.org
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In this episode, we are reflecting on Isaiah 43 verses 18-19... the one of very few instances where the Lord calls us NOT to remember... What does this say to us for our lives today, in our personal circumstances? What treasures can we un/dis-cover as we take another look at these words?
And are we willing to open our eyes so we can SEE the new thing He is doing?
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This episode is all about reminding ourselves that while it is good and right for us to acquire knowledge of the spiritual realities and mysteries that Father God has concealed in His Word for us to discover, what gives us access to God, to salvation, to redemption, to eternal life is the Blood of Jesus. He did it. Once and for all. Kallah... It. Is. Finished. All praise be to His Name. Photo by Roberta Sorge, Unsplash
Drawing on the title of 60s US singer songwriter Sam Cooke's hit song, we look at the ways in which encounters with Jesus changed lives. We reflect on Bible verses that indicate that we are expected to change when we encounter Jesus and particularly when we receive Holy Spirit. We examine 5 characters in the Bible and we discuss how their lives were transformed when they met Him.
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In this episode, I share my musings about certain aspects of what I believe the invitation extended to John in Revelation 4:1, Come up here, means for us. I believe these excellent and mystical revelations John was privy to, point to the fact that the Lord is inviting us all to 'come up higher', to ask Him His secrets so He can reveal them to us, so we can become His friends, which is what He wants us to be.
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The 6th episode of the 2nd season of Grace Touch discusses the status of women in human society historically, and what seems to be the root cause of the assault against them.
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Our Father... the first 2 words of The Lord's Prayer. What do these words mean to us? What do they say about the nature of our relationships within the Body of Christ and with Father God? This episode examines these very important questions.
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How do we react when we aren't hearing from God? Is He really silent when we haven't heard from Him? If He is silent, what does that mean? This episode examines our attitude when we believe God is silent, on the basis of Psalm 28 verse 1, and drawing from personal experience.
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In this episode, I explore how developing and maintaining a worshipful attitude helps us wait gracefully, how it makes it easier for us to wait, how it helps deepen our relationship with God and strengthen our faith.
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This is the 2nd episode in our series about Waiting. We discuss obstacles, hindrances to our prayers being answered, focusing specifically on false refuges, which is a very subtle and seemingly innocuous form of idolatry.
Drawing on the Bible (as always) and on Anne Hamilton's excellent book, Hidden in the Cleft: True and False Refuge (available on Amazon, Goodreads and more).
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Waiting is something all Christians are called to do... gracefully and without losing heart. How can we do this successfully i.e. without spiralling into sin or giving in to false refuges? How could God's prophetic giftings help us do that? Tune in for more.
(Reference on the New Testament Prophecy: the Bible (of course!) and https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/the-new-testament-gift-of-prophecy )
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In this last episode focusing on marriage, I am looking at what the Bible teaches us about intercultural marriage. The Old Testament contains quite a few passages that clearly show that God warned His children not to take wives from the surrounding nations, but it was always for spiritual reasons, to avoid corrupting Israel with their pagan religious beliefs and practices. Let's look a few examples from the Word of God that illustrate this very relevant topic.
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This is the first of the solo series of Grace Touch - listen and you will understand very quickly what that's about. In this episode, we will focus on Abraham and Sarah's relationship.
What can we learn from the dynamics of their marriage? Let's take a look at the life of the first matriarch and patriarch and learn from it.
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Abigail's marriage to Nabal gives us a great illustration of a Godly wife's integrity and sense of her identity in the Lord regardless of their husband's transgression. In a way, Abigail's situation might not be as extreme as Hosea's but she too remains faithful to God first and foremost and to her husband, modeling true submission (i.e. lifting up) and living out her role as Nabal's helper (i.e. paraclete) in a very inspiring way. Tune in and get in touch with any comments.
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This episode is the first of a series on Marriage.
We discuss Marriage according to God's original plan through the story of Hosea. How does God react to Israel's repeated unfaithfulness, to our unfaithfulness? What does that teach us about marriage?
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In this episode, we discuss being single and joyful, prospering in every way (3 John 1:2) which is God's plan for all His children, single and married.
How do we approach singleness in a balanced way? How can we be single 'unto the Lord' (Colossians 3:23).
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Exploring what the Bible really says about women submitting to their husbands. Be ready to shocked. Based on the book MORE PRECIOUS THAN PEARLS, written by Anne Hamilton and Natalie Tensen.
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Genesis 12:1: "The Lord had said to Abram, 'Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.'" - With special guest Jennifer Gracey
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How do we ensure that we start the new year the right way, that we are headed in the right direction, that we do not fall into the same old traps? Tune in as we discuss how the wisdom of the Word of God helps us recover lost territories and gave a great year! Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash.