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Joy + Reason

Joy + Reason

By Matt, Gia, Scott, and Shara
Can you find joy and reason in the hard things of Life? Can we bring together emotions, logic, and faith? Absolutely. Join us as we walk through everyday topics and explore life through a Christian lens. We want to help you find joy in all walks of life even when it’s hard. Come alongside four parents, veterans, and friends, to find beauty in the midst of a broken world. Let us reason together and be joyful, even when we don’t want to or know how.
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Yes Day and Escapism
Is there anything wrong with having a Yes Day for your kids? What about wanting an escape from the everyday humdrum of life? Both of these things can be distractions from what God has called us to do and how He has called us to live. Listen in and find out how we approach these topics and more in this week's episode. 
March 23, 2021
Ties that bind
This episode has the team talking about how we are able to raise kids while not being anywhere near family, while also touching on what church is, why lone wolf Christianity is a bad idea, and the many evidences of God's amazing grace in our lives. Listen in and join the conversation!
March 16, 2021
The Real Enemy
Join us as we delve into navigating the muddy waters of the current day to discern who our real enemy is (Hint: it's not people who don't wear a mask). We focus on Covid-19, Romans 13, what it means for a Christian to submit to their governing authorities, and what the proper role of the government and the church should look like. These are hot-button topics, and it is our prayer that this episode is a blessing to all who listen and that it helps you reason through these issues. Resources we reference: Spurgeon's sermon: The Great Barrington Declaration: Pastor James Coates sermon: Pastor James Coates Address: James Coates 51529A Range Rd 262 Spruce Grove, AB T7Y 1B3 (Please write in only blue or black ink)
March 9, 2021
Kindness is the new religion
Is Christianity all about being kind? Aren't Christians supposed to be nice to everyone, regardless of their circumstance? Listen in as we talk about how the pernicious idea that Christianity is all about being kind is not only unBiblical, but is damaging to true Christianity. God hasn't called us to be doormats, but He hasn't called us to be rude jerks either. We discuss how being offensive just to be offensive is a sin, but also show how being easily offended is also a sin. Pull up a chair and join the conversation! 
February 23, 2021
Education vs Indoctrination
In this episode, we get into the defining differences between an education vs indoctrination. We talk about what an education should look like from a Biblical perspective, while contrasting that with the prevailing methods of the day. We discuss how knowledge, as well as wisdom, should be understood from a Christian perspective, and issue a challenge: Which education style or system provides the most God honoring result?
February 18, 2021
Spiritual Programming
Pull up a chair and listen in as we talk about what discipleship looks like in a house full of kids! We examine the modern approach to discipleship  and see if it lines up with what Scripture says. Indoctrination and the myth of neutrality are also on the table as we hammer out these (and more) important parenting concepts. Some helpful books on these subjects: Family Driven Faith Shepherding a Child's Heart 14 Gospel Principles Don't Make Me Count to Three
February 9, 2021
Parental Controls
Parents of all backgrounds and beliefs struggle with the issue of self-control. In this episode, we dive into what self-control looks like for Christian parents, addressing heart issues instead of just behavior issues, and managing the expectations we have for our kids. We discuss some of our own failures in these areas, different methods for discipline, as well as why modeling self-control for our kids is vital. Pull up a chair and join the conversation!
February 2, 2021
Can I get a witness?
In this intimate episode, the four of us share our personal testimonies of how we grew up, how God drew us to Himself, and how our faith has developed over the years. Listen in to hear some of the amazing things God has done!
January 26, 2021
Couples Therapy
Join us for our inaugural episode where we talk about who we are, how we met, and what you can expect from the Joy + Reason Podcast!
January 26, 2021