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The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter

The Heart of the Matter podcast is a discussion on Christian theology, scripture and current events. Three unique but like-minded individuals are at varying stages in life and ministry, but all wish to confront issues, ideas and views that often get swept under the rug in our culture. We believe that these discussions will be helpful to both Christians and non-Christians alike who might have questions or doubts, who might wish to open a dialogue with someone they know who is a Christian.
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You’re Worth It
There are many times we feel unqualified or unprepared to live our lives completely for Christ. In today’s episode we talk about how Christ loved us so much He died to allow us the gift of His presence. Special guest: James Jonas.
May 11, 2022
Identity In Christ: Sainthood
When we think of sainthood we often think about regulations and great acts of God, or at least what we would think constitutes a great work of God.  Does scripture really point to a process of become a saint?  In today's episode we talk about sainthood and what that looks like to the body of Christ.
May 05, 2022
Identity in Christ: No Longer Under the Curse of the Law
Sometimes we tend to over complicate what God made simple; obey my commands, live in the Spirit, love God first and foremost. We think if we don’t measure up to God we are under condemnation but we must heed Paul’s warning and not lose of gift of grace. Today believers in Christ live in the Spirit for He has fulfilled the whole law. It’s time we embrace that Spirit and live fully for God for we no longer live under condemnation!
April 27, 2022
Special: The Resurrection Story
In today's special episode we take a look at the Resurrection and its importance to the Christian faith.  We also discuss some of the connections to parts of story and what they might possibly mean.
April 17, 2022
Identity In Christ: Justified by Faith
There are many times we wonder if we are saved. The world especially other Christians like to debate what constitutes salvation which can lead to some feeling as if they don’t belong to God or aren’t pleasing Him. In today’s podcast we discuss how we are justified through faith alone and how works are naturally born out of a loving relationship with Jesus.
March 23, 2022
Special: Prayer is a Weapon
The world tells us we need to do more than prayer; however prayer is going before the Creator of the universe and asking for His help and resources to solve issues. As Christians we can sometimes put all work in our hands when we are supposed to lay it down in submission to the authority of Christ. In today’s episode we talk about the war between Russia and Ukraine. We also talk on how celebrities will use their insincerity about faith and Christianity as a smoke screen for their disbelief in the power of prayer.
March 16, 2022
Identity In Christ: I Am Justified
Do you feel condemned as a Christian? Having a hard time knowing if you’re saved or not. In today’s episode we address justification and how it relates to us as believers.
March 11, 2022
Identity In Christ: Church Around the World
The body of Christ is global—it's everywhere, and every single person who believes in Jesus is a part of it. In today's episode of The Heart of the Matter we discuss identity in Christ and how it is expressed in our worship. We talk about the problems that have arisen within the body over a number of issues, like church on multiple levels. Join us as we talk about how we can identify who we are as children of God, uniting under his love, above all else. We talk about the idea of a global body of Christ so often that it's sometimes easy to forget that we may not all believe the same things. But if we don't allow ourselves to be challenged, we'll never understand the truth in its fullest form. One of the most amazing things about being a Christian is the ability to be a part of something so much bigger than ourselves. As an American, we’re used to thinking of our own personal faith and the way it intersects with our life as independent from that of others in America. But as we live through a time with fragile geo-politics and the prospect of a long war between Ukraine and Russia, understanding our identity in the Body and in the church is vital to discussion. The body of Christ is global. But how do we live up to our calling as Christ's children? Episode 38 | Heart of the Matter | Identity In Christ: Church Around the World #12stonesMediaMinistry #HeartOfTheMatter #IdentityInChrist 🦁 ✝️ == Connect with Us: 12 Stones Media Ministry: - Twitter: - Instagram: - TikTok: === Connect with Mark: - Missions: - Facebook group: === Connect with John: - TikTok: === Listen to Heart of the Matter Podcast: - Spotify: - Apple: - Google: - Additional Links:
March 03, 2022
Identity In Christ: Head of the Body
In today’s episode we discuss our first video recording. We also talk about how Christ is the head of the body and through Him the church grows into maturity.
February 24, 2022
Rewind - God the Father: The Potter
In today's episode we rewind to an earlier episode which was never uploaded.  We take a break from our Identity series back to talk about how God forms us like pottery, God's love in the face of our disobedience, eating meat in the Garden, and living in God's fullness.
February 17, 2022
Special: Weekend of Hope Review
We start our podcast with a recap of Gateway Church's Weekend of Hope.  Listen in as we discuss how God showed up and moved throughout the entire weekend!
February 09, 2022
Identity In Christ: Gifts of the Body
In today's episode we talk about Alaska and what it’s like to live in the cold. We talk about shopping delivery services, how they can help you find anything.  We also discuss fasting and different blessings God has given us, for being a part of the body of Christ.
February 03, 2022
Identity In Christ: Indispensable to the Body
Have you ever felt like you didn't have a place or that you are just here for the ride?  In today's podcast we talk about divine appointments, being an indispensable part of the Kingdom of God, and having purpose. In this podcast we explain what being a part of the church body means and its importance to our lives. The bible tells us that we are a part of the Kingdom of God and have a very important purpose here on earth.
January 26, 2022
Identity in Christ: Investing in Friends
In today’s episode we touch on the movie Dune, revival happening across the country, and that friendship takes investment in one another.
January 20, 2022
Identity In Christ: Faithful Friends
In this episode we discuss virtual relationships, giftings, and how our faith is counted as righteousness to God.
January 13, 2022
Identity In Christ: A Friend of Christ
In today's episode we talk about our identity as Christ's friend.  We talk about the holidays, martyrdom, and working alongside our Savior.
January 06, 2022
Identity In Christ: Family Matters
In this podcast episode we continue to talk about adoption into the family of God, serving as a family member, and what our old family was and what our new family is. 
December 31, 2021
Identity in Christ: Adoptionhood
In today's podcast we talk about being adopted into the family of Christ.  We also talk about God's love and how we can't truly fathom it.
December 23, 2021
Identity in Christ: A Son's Inheritance
In this episode we continue to talk about being sons of God and the inheritance we are promised.  We also talk about heresy and why everyone feels the need to call all other believers out.
December 19, 2021
Identity in Christ: Sons of God
In this first episode of a new series we begin to dive into our identities and what scriptures says about being Sons of God.
December 09, 2021
Freedom in Christ: The Law Points to Freedom
In today's last installment of the Freedom in Christ series we talk about how the law was meant to point us to Christ and how the Holy Spirit represents freedom.
November 24, 2021
Freedom in Christ: New Robes
In today's episode we talk about being clothed in robes of righteousness.
November 18, 2021
Freedom in Christ: Battle Wounds
In today's episode we talk about our identity and our past and how our identity in Christ can help us in spiritual battles.
November 09, 2021
Freedom in Christ: No Longer a Sinner
In today's episode we talk about how we are no longer considered sinners in the eyes of God.  Does this mean we can no longer sin?
October 31, 2021
Freedom in Christ: Using Your Freedom for Christ
In this episode we talk about using your freedom for Christ and not for the desires of the flesh.
October 24, 2021
Freedom In Christ: Faith Leads to Freedom
In this episode we talk about how faith and freedom intertwine.  Can you truly have one without the other?
October 13, 2021
Freedom in Christ: Shame vs. Guilt
In today's episode John and Josh talk about the difference between shame and guilt.  Can guilt be a good thing?  What should we do with shame in our lives?
October 10, 2021
Freedom in Christ: Overcomers
In the second episode of our Freedom in Christ series we talk about our freedom from our sins through Christ's death on the cross and how we can live a new life because of it.
October 02, 2021
Freedom In Christ: Bondage Breaker
In this first episode of a new series we turn our eyes on freedom in Christ and how that relates to our sin.
September 22, 2021
God the Father: My Provision
In today's podcast we continue to talk about God's characteristics.  We focus on God as provider and comforter.
September 16, 2021
God The Father: Who do you say I am?
In this episode we talk about the different attributes of God and give a slim picture of what the Bible tells us about Him.
August 31, 2021
Testimony: Dennis Andros
Aliens, demons, and God.  Come and listen to part of Dennis' life story.
August 20, 2021
God The Father: Savior
In this episode we continue our exploration of God and His relationship to us as a Savior.
August 05, 2021
God the Father: The Creator Part 2
We continue on the second part of what God being the Creator means to us in this series about our Father.
June 26, 2021
God the Father: The Creator
In this episode we continue our series on God and who He is.  We talk about how He is our Creator and through Him all things are created for Him.
June 18, 2021
God The Father: I am Part 2
In this episode we continue with our discussion on there only being one true God, everything being created by and for Him, and the Trinity, as we finish up the first part of our first series.
May 23, 2021
God The Father: I am
In our first topic we take on who God is.  Join us as we talk about monotheism, God creating everything, and the Trinity.
May 16, 2021
Testimony: Josh Hellman Part 2
Josh finishes his testimony about worth, identity in Christ, and never giving up.
May 08, 2021
Testimony: Josh Hellman
Josh recounts his life and what has brought him to his spiritual relationship with Christ so far.
May 08, 2021
Testimony: Mark Baumgartner Part 2
Finish Mark's journey as he wraps up his life experiences with God.
May 01, 2021
Testimony: Mark Baumgartner
Come and listen as Mark opens up about his past and his many adventures.
April 29, 2021
Testimony: John Vandeloo
Come along, in this episode, as we hear from our co-host John about his experience growing up in the church, the trials of life, and how Christ has been a constant all throughout.
April 20, 2021
The Heart of the Matter: The Purpose
Join three Christians on their journey with Christ in loving conversation about Biblical topics.  Find out what this podcast series is about in this first episode and why they are pursuing it.
April 16, 2021