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Through Faith & Grace

Through Faith & Grace

By Kira Gauthier
Join the discussion as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love God and love people in a secular city. Ignited by the gospel and a heart transformed by His grace, join the journey about how Jesus changes everything.
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Through Faith & Grace | Episode 28 | The Other Gospels

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Through Faith & Grace | Episode 28 | The Other Gospels

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Through Faith & Grace | Episode 34 | Stress-Free Evangelism
As long as you're not pressing a point, you do not have to defend yourself. Ask simple, meaningful, and leading questions. Let your opponents do the talking. In today's episode, we continue our mini-series diving more into Greg Koukl's book, Tactics, which allows you to share the gospel in a stress-free way.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References Tactics by Gregory Koukl Stand to Reason by Gregory Koukl
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January 17, 2022
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 33 | A Low-Risk Way to Share Christianity
You may be like me and find sharing your faith to be daunting and awkward. What if I told you, that there is a way to communicate which requires little talking on your end? Gregory Koukl, the author of Tactics, presents an easy way for Christians to graciously and effectively communicate the compelling truth of Christianity with confidence and grace. Included are some of the most challenging questions non-Christians may need to answer.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References Tactics by Gregory Koukl Stand to Reason by Gregory Koukl
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January 10, 2022
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 32 | The Bible Doesn't Say That
"Speak where the Bible speaks and be silent where it is silent" is a quote well-known by both Christians and non-Christians, but is this actually what the Bible says? Does this mean we have free range on everything that is not listed in the Bible? Here are my thoughts. ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References What is the straw man fallacy? Thomas Campbell's quote | Radically Christian's Thoughts Gregory Koukl's Stand to Reason organization
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January 03, 2022
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 31 | Jesus Ruined Christmas
We all know where Christmas originated from, the virgin Mary gave birth to Jesus, the One who claimed to be the Messiah. Jesus could only truly be Lord if we have evidence that He is who He claimed to be. In today's episode, we look at the Dead Sea Scrolls discovery and how there is more to Christmas than hot cocoa and Santa Claus.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References Dead Sea Scrolls | Got Questions Why are the dead sea scrolls important? | Evidence for Christianity I Don't Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist book
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December 27, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 30 | Hope of Christ
Facts are facts, but they must be meaningful for us to change our lifestyles. We can study the historicity of Christianity, so what? Is it truly worth changing our lives around for this Jesus guy? My Christian friends, we have the privilege of seeing our life before and after placing our faith in God. This is why we share our testimonies.   ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References Narrative Apologetics by Alister E. McGrath
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December 20, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 29 | Self-helpism
Self-helpism is a multibillion-dollar industry that teaches that through the power of positive thinking, self-examination, and goal setting that we can achieve the greatest versions of ourselves, but is it as good as it sounds? As someone who used to be infatuated with self-improvement, these are the dangers no one told me about. I learned the hard way that we cannot be both the problem and the solution.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References Self-helpism in Mama Bear Apologetics The Insidious Deception of Self Helpism | Laura Powell Blog Self-helpism | Pastor Jeff
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December 13, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 28 | The Other Gospels
What about the other gospels like the gospel of Thomas? Did Christians pick and choose the gospels that only made Jesus look like God? In today's episode, we investigate these so-called "gnostic gospels." ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References Another Gospel by Alisha Childers Alternative Gospels by Curt Parton The Holy Canon of Scripture | Bible.org How do we decide which books belong in the Bible since the Bible does not say which books belong in the Bible? | Got Questions What is Gnosticism? | Learn Religions
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December 06, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 27 | Understanding Our Culture
Christians, we're called to be experts in our culture. We must get it. We have to see a need for Jesus in order to bring up Jesus. How are we supposed to share the gospel if we do not know how to communicate with the world? We must understand the world to then evangelize the world. Today's episode looks at the shifting cultural narrative and what Jesus says instead.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier  References The gods of our culture by Christopher Hilken The dangers of postmodernism Identity in Christ
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November 29, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 26 | Bringing Up Jesus
If you feel uncomfortable sharing your faith with those who are not Christ-followers, you and I have something very in common, friend. It's scary and uncomfortable to bring up the gospel in a place other than church. I get it, but on the other hand, isn't this what it means to follow Christ? We're called to share who Jesus is and how He changes everything. Within our family, at work, and even as we buy groceries, we see so many hurting people that are longing for something greater. Could Jesus be the solution we're looking for? ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier 
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November 22, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 25 | Alluring Sin
"I do not mind your religion. I just do not want to have to give up my sins and desires." Does that resonate with you? I have tried the ways of this world and I have also tried the ways of Jesus. Though sin is alluring and seems inviting, it's not worth it. I have learned the hard way. Can I share with you my experience?  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References A sermon series on Romans True Freedom by Kira Gauthier
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November 15, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 24 | My Worldview
A worldview seeks to answer four questions. Where did we come from? Why are we here? What is wrong with the world? How can we fix it? Society tends to favor a naturalistic approach but in the end, we are left with the reality that we have no purpose. May I introduce you to what my worldview says? Through the Christian lens, we see that life has meaning. We have a purpose. We are given worth from God alone.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References What is a Christian worldview? What is moral relativism? What is naturalism? What is pragmatism? What is utopianism? What is nihilism?
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November 08, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 23 | Absolute Truth
Nearly 2000 years ago, Pontius Pilate asked a question that is the cry of our culture today, "what is truth?" Truth is relative. Truth changes. There is no absolute truth, or is there? If there is no absolute truth, we cannot make any claims about what is right or wrong. Something about that statement does not sit right with us, even if it's true. My worldview says that absolute truth exists and has a name. Truth exists and His name is Jesus. Let me explain.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek  Defending Your Faith by R.C. Sproul What is truth? | Got Questions Is there such a thing as absolute truth? | Got Questions
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November 01, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 22 | True Freedom
What would it take for you to say you have true freedom? To some maybe a dream college, job, or person comes to mind. To others maybe it is the ability to do anything and everything without anyone telling you otherwise. We're not nearly as free as we think we are. Today's episode tackles this very idea of what true freedom looks like and it begins and ends with Jesus. Don't knock my worldview until you try it.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER: Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References True Freedom by Christopher Hilken
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October 25, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 21 | Better Without Christians
"Aren't we better off without Christians?" In this week's episode, we skim through John S. Dickerson's book, Jesus Skeptic. It looks at the fields of science, medicine, education, and more and discovers the role Christianity played in major and minor advancements. Not all Christians are called to work in the church, so where have we seen God put people to work? How did Jesus influence the world? He can only be One of the three: liar, lunatic, or Lord. Who is this Jesus? ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References Jesus Skeptic by John S. Dickerson
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October 18, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 20 | "Hypocritical Christians"
Not even Gandhi liked Christians because we do not represent Jesus well. You hear it all the time, "Christians are just hypocrites" and there is truth to that. More often than not, we most definitely can be. There is a way for us to remove that label. There is power in repentance. My Christian friend, it's time for me to shape up. Do you care to join? ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my socials/notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References The sermon from Redemption Church Read the Gospel of John
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October 11, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 19 | Can We Trust the Gospels?
Dr. Bart D. Ehrman is one of many scholars who has been successful in converting Christians to atheists. One of the reasons he says Jesus is not Lord is because there are too many contradictions found within the New Testament. Is this true? Can we actually trust the gospels or are they filled with lies, inaccuracies, and contradictions?  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier References:  Interview with Alisa Childers and Andres Köstenberger Mike Winger's thoughts on Dr. Ehrman Another Gospel? by Alisa Childers I Don't Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist by Norman Geisler and Frank Turek More on gospels and their contradictions 
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October 04, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 18 | Begin With Jesus
With a new chapter in my life, let's start with a new season and name. I'm Kira Gauthier and I hope you are here to stay. Season two begins with an unpopular opinion I have within the Christian community. In a hurting and unjust culture, I believe the first step is sharing the gospel. As you cannot determine what's crooked unless you see something straight, we cannot begin to mend our society unless we have a standard of how to treat one another. There is a moral standard and its giver is Jesus. Let me explain.  ABOUT KIRA GAUTHIER:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiragauthier.com/ Here are my notes: https://linktr.ee/kiragauthier
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September 27, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 17 | Jesus Among Others
How can we be certain that the Bible is accurate? Are there any outside sources that prove the New Testament? Did Jesus ever claim to be God? In the final part of the mini-series, we run through the validity of the Bible and ponder the liar, lunatic, or Lord conundrum.  ABOUT KIRA MURILLO:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiramurillo.com/ Here are my notes: https://linktr.ee/kiramurillo
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August 27, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 16 | The Reason For God
Is it possible that the evidence may actually point to some sort of "Creator"? As we continue this mini-series, part 2 looks at the multiverse theory, the second law of thermodynamics, and a question Christians may be scared of: who created God? ABOUT KIRA MURILLO:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiramurillo.com/ Here are my notes: https://linktr.ee/kiramurillo
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August 21, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 15 | Setting The Stage
Join me in this exciting mini-series as I speak about re-discovering my faith with research. Part 1 is about setting the stage and addressing my misconceptions about Christianity, including "blind faith", the definition of science, and more. Get hyped, friends!  ABOUT KIRA MURILLO:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiramurillo.com/ Here are my notes: https://linktr.ee/kiramurillo
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August 16, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 14 | Even With Suffering
God is still good even during suffering, but if I'm honest, it is during suffering where I truly do not feel like being a Christian. Angry and heartbroken, I find myself questioning my faith, again. By feelings alone, I'm convinced that I would not follow Jesus. Let me explain. Help the Hilken's: https://gofund.me/2cb1046e ABOUT KIRA MURILLO:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiramurillo.com/
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August 09, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 13 | Always Defending God
I have this tendency to think it's my job to be God's PR agent. I believe that I must be on the frontlines ready to defend Him at any moment yet I forget that Jesus has already proven Himself enough. God has already shown up in more ways than we can count. I do not always have to defend Him, at least in the way that I think I ought to.  ABOUT KIRA MURILLO:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiramurillo.com/
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August 01, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 12 | At What Cost
What is the worst thing that could happen if Christianity is found to be true? At what cost would you willingly hide from the undeniable evidence that supports Jesus being the way, truth, and life as He proclaimed? If you're anything like me, I too wanted to deny Him.  ABOUT KIRA MURILLO:  Join the journey as this Seattle-based Christ-follower shares what it is like to love Jesus and love people in a secular city. WEBSITE: https://kiramurillo.com/
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July 24, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 11 | The "Catch" of Christianity
"What are you hiding, Kira? What are you not telling us about the cost of following Jesus?" If you're skeptical about the Christian faith and you question my motivations, this is absolutely for you. This is what my life is like as a Christ-follower. Let me tell it to you as it is.  
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July 17, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 10 | Unexplained Urgency
The online version of me can be quite different than how we may interact in person and it revolves around the sense of urgency and being overly concerned with doing things in God's timing. "Kira Murillo: the world's biggest phony" was an alternative title and maybe that's how you would describe me as well. Wouldn't you like to know?
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July 10, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 9 | Get Uncomfortable, Christian
In a world that is increasing in ungodly values by the day, you, Christ-follower, are needed. Be bold. Be brave. Get uncomfortable. This is a challenge for you to share the truth found in the gospel. Are you ready for the best thing that could possibly happen, Christian? 
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June 21, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 8 | Difficult To Accept
Slightly more pausing and stuttering than usual, this episode addresses the difficulty in accepting God's Word as God's Word. There is grace. There is love. There is forgiveness. There is mercy. This is your invitation to learn about this Jesus guy.
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June 14, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 7 | Better Than a Vaccine
A story about the COVID vaccine, freedom, and Jesus...sounds like the start of a bad joke or cheesy analogy. Wouldn't you like to find out which of these it is? 
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May 19, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 6 | An Illogical God
Much like when someone offers a gift for no reason at all, that's where I have a difficult time understanding God. Jesus, this does not make sense, why are you showing me favor?
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May 12, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 5 | The Offensive Jesus
Jesus was not a people-pleaser. The God of grace and love is also the God of truth and wrath. As I've been reading the gospel of John, not only do I see the gentleness but also the directness of Christ. What does it mean to live like Jesus?
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May 09, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 4 | Am I Doing Enough?
Filled with stuttering, fillers, and no conflict resolution, these are some of the messy thoughts I have. Am I doing enough for you, Jesus? Do I make enough time for you, God? 
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May 07, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 3 | Unedited Reality
Jesus remains the same as today, yesterday, and forevermore...as for me, I change my mind frequently. Here's to the humbling thoughts and unedited reality of yours truly. I hope you brought your coffee.
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May 06, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 2 | My Testimony
Who is this Kira Murillo?
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March 30, 2021
Through Faith & Grace | Episode 1 | An Introduction
Let me give you a little introduction. Join the journey. 
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March 28, 2021