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Wellspring Christian Ministries

By Julia Bruce
Reviving the nation - Renewing the church - Redeeming God's people. Join us for our daily devotionals as we challenge you to grow closer to God and develop a closer relationship with Him.
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Episode 38: Devoted in Love
This Bible Study is for couples who want to know what God says about love. From the Bible we can find six things about love: we are to be devoted in sacrificial love, we are to have empathy toward one another, we are to respect one another, we are to have compassion, we are to have self-less love, and we should trust one another. How does your marriage measure up to these six aspects of love? Do you need a speaker for your church or ministry event? Book Julia today at https://wellspringchristianministries.org/request-a-speaker-for-your-event/ You can get Julia's Book: God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3wPmcQJ This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/devoted-in-love/
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August 29, 2021
Episode 37: Transformed, Not Conformed - Part 2
In Part 2 of our podcast on Romans 12:2, we look at why our minds need to be renewed and why it is the work of the Holy Spirit to renew our mind.  Do you need a speaker for your church or ministry event? Book Julia today at https://wellspringchristianministries.org/request-a-speaker-for-your-event/ You can get Julia's Book: God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3wPmcQJ This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/be-transformed-not-conformed/
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August 29, 2021
Episode 36: Be transformed, not conformed - Part 1
In Part 1 of this two-part podcast, we are studying Romans 12:2 and breaking down what it means to be conformed to the world and transformed into the likeness of Christ.  Do you need a speaker for your church or ministry event? Book Julia today at https://wellspringchristianministries.org/request-a-speaker-for-your-event/ You can get Julia's Book: God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3wPmcQJ This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/be-transformed-not-conformed/
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August 28, 2021
Episode 35: The Most Deadliest Virus
As we all battle the COVID virus, there is an even deadlier virus that we ignore everyday - the sin virus. Every single person is born with it and it has a 100% death rate. But because of Jesus, who took our sin virus on himself, he became our vaccine and we can have the gift of eternal life.  Do you need a speaker for your church or ministry event? Book Julia today at https://wellspringchristianministries.org/request-a-speaker-for-your-event/ You can get Julia's Book: God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3wPmcQJ This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/the-most-deadliest-virus/
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August 21, 2021
34 Lead Me to the Rock
Stressed? Overwhelmed? Burned out? Experiencing compassion fatigue or anxiety? Where you turn in these moments can lead to your greatest tragedy or your greatest victory. Where do you go? David cried out in Psalm 61:2, "from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I."  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/lead-me-to-the-rock/ Do you need a speaker for your church or ministry event? Book Julia today at https://wellspringchristianministries.org/request-a-speaker-for-your-event/ You can get Julia's Book: God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3wPmcQJ
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August 01, 2021
Be Still and Know
How do we get to know an omnipotent God? By being still and quiet in his presence.  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/be-still-and-know/ Do you need a speaker for your church or ministry event? Book Julia today at https://wellspringchristianministries.org/request-a-speaker-for-your-event/ You can get Julia's Book: God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3wPmcQJ
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July 27, 2021
Episode 32 Praise God with My Whole Heart
It's easy to praise God when life is great, but when we hit status quo or when life gets messy, we need to remember to look for the ways God is at work in our lives and give Him praise with our whole heart. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/praise-god-with-my-whole-heart/ Do you need a speaker for your church or ministry event? Book Julia today at https://wellspringchristianministries.org/request-a-speaker-for-your-event/ You can get Julia's Book: God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3wPmcQJ
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July 25, 2021
Life is a Journey
Life is a journey and even in the midst of a pandemic, we can depend on God to instruct us on our journey, show us the way and watch over us with His eye. Psalm 32:8 says: "I will instruct you and show you the way to go; with My eye on you, I will give counsel." This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/life-is-a-journey/ Do you need a speaker for your church or ministry event? Book Julia today at https://wellspringchristianministries.org/request-a-speaker-for-your-event/ You can get Julia's Book: God, Love, and Marshmallow Wars on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3wPmcQJ
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July 21, 2021
Episode 30: Don’t Ask “Why?” Just Trust God
There are moments in life where we simply don't understand why things are happening the way they are, but in those moments, God wants us to trust Him. In those moments, may we, like Job, say to God, "“I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted." (Job 42:2) Download our free Verse Mapping document to help you dig deep into God's Word as you listen to our daily devotion: https://bit.ly/3AM82TM Here the Don Moen Lyrics cited in this devotional here: https://youtu.be/QBqIBrh2EzQ This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/dont-ask-why-trust-god/
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July 10, 2021
Episode 29: Nine results of a righteous person
In Psalm 1:1-3, David tells us nine results of a righteous person. The righteous person does not seek counsel from the wicked or ungodly, he does not walk in the path of sinner, and he does not sit in the seat of the scornful. Instead, his delight is in the law of the Lord and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted near rivers of water that brings forth fruit and his leaf does not wither. As a result, the righteous person is blessed, or truly happy. Download our free Verse Mapping document to help you dig deep into God's Word as your listen to our daily devotion: https://bit.ly/3AM82TM  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/nine-results-of-a-righteous-person/
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July 10, 2021
Rituals are not a Requirement for Salvation
As the gospel message began to spread to the Gentile world, some Judeans began to preach that the Gentiles must go through the ritual of circumcision, as required in the law of Moses, for them to be truly saved. We then see a debate arise within church as to whether or not this ritual was required for salvation. Paul brings the debate to the Jerusalem Council where Peter addresses the Council and gives four reasons what rituals have NO part in salvation. Salvation is only by grace through faith in Jesus' death and resurrection. If we try to add requirements to salvation, it ceases to be a free gift, as God intended. Adding rituals to the requirements for salvation makes salvation based on what I do, not on what Christ did for us.  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/rituals-are-not-a-requirement-for-salvation/
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July 09, 2021
Episode 27: Can We Understand the Ways of God?
We can't always understand the ways of God and sometimes, we can't see Him at work in our lives. In this episode, we will discover three Biblical truths for the moments in life when we can't understand why something bad happens in life. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/can-we-understand-the-ways-of-god/
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July 01, 2021
Episode 26: Introducing Deacons into the Church
With growth, comes growing pains. As the early church was growing faster than the disciples could keep up with, complaints began to come in that the Hellenistic Jews were not receiving food from the charitable donations. The current leadership structure, was no longer effective and so it was time for a change. From this, the first seven deacons were appointed and a distinction was made between the role of pastor and the role of deacon. In this episode we will discover 9 qualifications that Paul listed for those who are to be appointed as a deacon.  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/introducing-deacons/
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June 30, 2021
Episode 25: An Enemy Named Satan
Who is our enemy named Satan? He is our accuser and our accuser wants us to remember every sin and he wants us to know just how unworthy we are and that we do not deserve a place in God's family. He wants to sow doubts in our minds and make us forget Christ's love for us. Satan wants us to focus on our sin. God wants us to focus on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:2). This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/an-enemy-named-satan/
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June 28, 2021
Episode 24: Joy in God’s Discipline: 6 Biblical Truths
Is there joy in God's discipline? Yes! Because it indicates we are His children who He loves and because His disciplines shapes us into His image as He teaches us to be holy. His discipline brings us to repentance which restores our fellowship with Him and grows our faith and it indicates that He is at work in our lives refocusing, realigning, re-motivating, renewing, reshaping, and reviving us. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/joy-in-gods-discipline-6-biblical-truths/
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June 27, 2021
Episode 23: 4 things we can learn from the Baptism of the Ethiopian
In Acts 8:26-40, we have the story of the Ethiopian eunuch and Philip, the disciple. The Ethiopian eunuch had question about what he was reading from the prophet Isaiah, so the Holy Spirit sent Philip to him and Philip preached Jesus to the eunuch, which resulted in him believing in Jesus. When they came to a body of water, the eunuch asked Philip, "Here is some water. What prevents me from being baptized?" Philip responded with, "If you believe with all your heart, you may." The eunuch then said, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God." And Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and the eunuch was baptized. From this story there are 4 things we can learn about baptism. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/baptism-of-the-ethiopian-and-4-things-we-can-learn/
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June 26, 2021
Episode 22: Steps Purposefully Ordered by God
Have you ever wondered what your purpose here on earth was for? God, in His divine knowledge had a specific plan for Esther. In Esther, we find a courageous young woman who recognized God had a plan for her and that her ordered steps had a divine purpose. There is not one day of our lives that takes God by surprise. He is always at work to bring about His plan for each one of us. The people that come and go from our lives are there for a reason. He has a specific plan for you and its for this exact moment in time. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/ordered-steps/
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June 23, 2021
When You Mess Up
Can you remember the last time when you messed up? Maybe you're right in the middle of a mess up right now. It's not hard to find yourself in the middle of sin. James 1:14 says, "But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire." Satan studies each one of us. He knows exactly what area to tempt you in. In this episode, we will look at the nation of Israel and their really big "mess up" that lasted for generations and five things we need to know about God for the times when we mess things up. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/when-you-mess-up/
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June 22, 2021
Episode 20: The Cost of Lying to the Holy Spirit?
Ananias and Sapphira committed three sins when they lied to the apostles about how much they sold a possession for. The Holy Spirit revealed to Peter that the couple had lied and they found out that lying to the Holy Spirit is no small sin -- and it cost them everything. When Peter confronted each of them, they instantly died. Are we guilty of lying to the Holy Spirit today? Probably more than you think. Listen to this episode and allow the Holy Spirit to reveal any lying you've been doing. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/the-cost-of-lying-to-the-holy-spirit/
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June 22, 2021
Episode 19: Nehemiah: Setting Straight the Relapse
After Nehemiah, led the people to rebuild the wall in Jerusalem, he returned to the King in Babylon. While he was away, the people relapsed into their old habitual sins and once again turned to idol worship, the priests became corrupt, the people ignored the Sabbath rest and they intermarried with foreigner who brought their pagan worship practices with them. In this episode, we'll see how Nehemiah set the relapse into sin straight once again. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/nehemiah-setting-straight-the-relapse/
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June 21, 2021
You Shall be My Witnesses
When Jesus told the disciples to be witnesses for Him, he also gave them the Holy Spirit who would empower them to accomplish the task they had been given. If we want to win our nation for Christ or see a revival in America, then we too must be witnesses through the power of the Holy Spirit within us. Jesus commanded and commissioned us to go and tell. Who will you tell today? This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/you-shall-be-my-witnesses/
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June 16, 2021
Episode 17: It is Finished
When Jesus cried "It is finished" from the cross, he had finished what His Father sent Him to do. Therefore, we can can be redeemed. Sin no longer holds us in bondage. We are washed in the blood of the Lamb. Satan is defeated. We can have eternal life. We are sanctified, justified, and have an eternal hope. Jesus willingly stood in my place and laid down his life as the payment for my sins and yours. For every single human who ever lived, when Jesus cried, "It is finished" from the cross, it was for you. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/it-is-finished/
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June 12, 2021
Episode 16: Leadership Responsibility
What lessons can America learn from the sin of Judah? That when its leadership follows after God, so will the nation. This episode examines King Josiah who took the throne of Judah at only 8 years old, but followed after God and as a result brought revival to his nation and God's judgment was delayed until after Josiah's death. America needs leadership like Josiah. Is God calling you to be that leader?  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/leadership-responsibility/
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June 12, 2021
Episode 15: The Overcomer
Jesus said we would have tribulation in this world. Thankfully, He didn't put the period there, but follows it with "but." We will have tribulation, but we should be of good cheer because He overcame the world & because He did, we have hope. In this episode, we show Jesus as the overcomer of this world. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/the-overcomer/
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June 10, 2021
Episode 14: Doing Right in the Eyes of God
Israel's history in the Bible is marked by the king who sat on the throne. When a king did evil, the nation turned away from God. When a king did right in the eyes of God, the nation would turn back to God. In this Episode, we discover what it takes to do right in the eyes of God. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/doing-right-in-the-eyes-of-god/
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June 10, 2021
Episode 13: Jesus Prays for You
On the way to the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus stops near the brook of Kidron to pray. This is one of 9 recorded prayers of Jesus and it's the longest prayer. In this episode, we learn who and what was so important that Jesus stopped right where he was to pray.  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/jesus-prays-for-you/
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June 09, 2021
Episode 12: Do you believe?
Do you believe the Jesus is the Messiah? Many people in Jesus' day did not believe. They accused him of blasphemy. Even though Jesus did miracle after miracle, many people did not believe. If you don't believe, what would it take for you to believe? In this episode, we find that John quotes the prophet Isaiah and learn that God planned for the people to not believe. If they had, they would not have sent Jesus to the cross and we'd not have a way to salvation. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/do-you-believe/
08:09
June 02, 2021
Episode 11: What are you asking God for
Too often we treat God like a genie in a bottle. But when we do, we make him our servant rather than us being his. This episode looks at Solomon and what he asked God to give him and applies lessons we can learn both about prayer and from Solomon's request. You can also read this podcast episode on our website at: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/what-are-you-asking-god-to-give-you/
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June 02, 2021
Episode 10: Waiting to see God’s Glory Revealed
Have you been waiting for God to do something big in your life? In this episode, we look at the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead and learn that when we are waiting on God we can trust His time, trust His heart, and trust His power. Because God loves us, He will show his glory in our lives in the best of ways and in the most perfect moment. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/waiting-to-see-gods-glory-revealed/
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May 30, 2021
Episode 9: If you're seeking for God, He will be found
Are you seeking for God? In this episode, we will hear David's last words to his son, Solomon before passing the throne of Israel down to Solomon. From David's wisdom we find the good news that when we search for God with the right intent and pure thoughts, God will be found. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/if-youre-seeking-god-he-will-be-found/
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May 30, 2021
Episode 8: Out of my heart flows Living Water
Jesus told the Woman at the Well that He is the living water. Just after that event, Jesus is at a one of the celebrated feasts and says to the crowd, "Whoever thirst, come to me and drink." When we are spiritually thirsty, Jesus is the living water we need. If you're experiencing a season of spiritual hunger and thirst, this episode will help reconnect you to the Living Water. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/out-of-my-heart-flows-living-water/
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May 28, 2021
Episode 7: Safe In the Hand of God
In this episode, we look at John 10:27-29 and find that Jesus wants us to know what the hand of God is like. Jesus teaches us that we are saved, safe, and secure in His hand. As we stop for moment and think about the hand of God, we will discover that there is provision, power, presence, and protection in his hand. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/safe-in-the-hand-of-god/
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May 28, 2021
Episode 6: Praying for God’s Blessing
The Prayer of Jabez is not a magical formula for wealth and prosperity. Rather, it is an example of one man's earnest and honest prayer to God as he asks God to bless him. In this episode we look at the elements of Jabez' prayer and discover that when we follow in obedience to God's plan for our lives, His blessings are sure to follow. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/praying-for-gods-blessing/
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May 27, 2021
Episode 5: I AM the Good Shepherd
After Jesus healed a man born blind, the Pharisees question the man, and then his parents. Eventually, the man is thrown out of the temple. Jesus returns to the man to check on him and then he confronts the Pharisees using the analogy of a shepherd and his sheep. In John 10:11, Jesus says: "“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep." Listen to this episode to see how we compare to sheep and how Jesus is our Good Shepherd. This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/i-am-the-good-shepherd/
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May 27, 2021
Episode 4: Searching for God
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/searching-for-god/ In a uncertain world full of evil and sin, our sense of safety and security is sometimes ripped out from under us, leaving us wondering where is God in the chaos. 1 Chronicles 16:11 says, Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! Even in uncertain times, if we seek Him, we will find Him and be reminded that our strength and peace is found in our salvation, knowing we are eternally secure through faith in Christ.
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May 26, 2021
Episode 3: Slaves to Sin
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/slaves-to-sin/ Whenever we make sin a practice, that sin becomes the chains that holds us in bondage and we become slaves to the sin. But as a Christian, the Holy Spirit empowers us to resist the temptation of sin and breaks the chains of sin that hold us captive. We are all slaves. We're either a slave to Satan and sin or Christ and righteousness. To whom are you a slave?
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May 26, 2021
Episode 2: Light of the World
This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/light-of-the-world/ In John 8:12, Jesus said, "I am the light of the world." In this devotion, we will look at the characteristics and properties of light and apply them to Jesus' Words and examine what it means for us as Christians who has the Light of the World living within us.
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May 25, 2021
Episode 1: Do you love Jesus?
In John 8:42, Jesus said that if God is our Father, than we would love him. But do we live as if we love him? This short devotional challenges us to honestly answer the question: "Do you love Jesus?"  This episode is also available as a blog post: https://wellspringchristianministries.org/do-you-love-jesus/
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May 23, 2021