Today marks the beginning of a 40-day prayer challenge and new series revolving around the subject. Listen in as Mike and Chad open up on their prayer life and thoughts of being present with the Creator.
Scripture in this episode: Luke 18:1-8 & Ephesians 3:14-21
Soren Kierkegaard, "The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays."
CS Lewis prayed, "The prayer preceding all prayers is, May it be the real I who speaks. May it be the real Thou that I speak to."
This week Mike and Chad talk about margin and temptation. The gospel is the only margin from temptation that works - the gospel that transforms us more and more into the image of Christ. Thanks for listening!
Scripture in this week's episode: Colossians 2:20-23, Matthew 7:17-19, Matthew 12:33-34
We understand the irony of talking about margin with technology; using technology 🙄 ...but here we are. This week we tackle the question, "Does my technology control me?" Listen in as Mike and Chad discuss the role technology plays in our lives.
WERK! Or work, as some people call it, can be worship or the object of worship. Work is not the result of the fall, rather, work existed before the fall.
Scripture in this episode: Genesis 2:2-5, Colossians 3:23-24,
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This week we talk about our schedule! Too busy? Always feel rushed? How can we fit some margin into our daily/weekly routines?
Scripture in this episode: John 11:1-16 and 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12
We're back for the New Year! We hope you all had a great holiday season. This week we dive into a discussion about the Sabbath and rest. Rituals and habits. Thanks for listening and sharing your stories with us!
In this episode we reflect on the past year. What are some areas we can focus on to be more on mission and follow Christ closer? We ponder this and other questions as we close out 2019. Thank you for listening and following along this past year!
Chad's back this week! Mike and Chad discuss accessing the source of joy.
How does Elizabeth’s (Spirit-inspired) understanding of what is happening lead to her joy?
How can this be true and be common to all people? What if people don’t believe in the larger story? Can they have joy?
What if people do believe in the larger story? Does it mean joy is guaranteed?
Scripture: Luke 1:39-55
How do we have attitudes of gratitude? God wants us to have a life of flourishing and he wants to bless us. Join Mike and Chad as they discuss what this looks like in our culture.
Scripture this week: Deuteronomy 8:10-18, John 12:1-8
How should we think about spending, saving, and giving? What emotions do we experience when we encounter those things? Chad and Mike discuss.
Scripture referenced in this episode:
Moreover, when God gives someone wealth and possessions, and the ability to enjoy them, to accept their lot and be happy in their toil—this is a gift of God.
Precious treasure and oil are in a wise man's dwelling,
but a foolish man devours it.
And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
In a culture that pushes for more and to go to whatever extreme possible to obtain it; this week, Mike and Chad discuss our fascination with the feeling of needing more. Can we learn to know what it is to be content?
Contentment. Do we live lives full of being content or always longing for the next "thing?" Where is our heart in our desires? This week Mike and Chad focus in on our posture towards living content lives.
Scripture referenced this week: Proberbs 15:16, Proverbs 19:23, 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Who are We? What is our Mission? What are We Doing? What are we Responsible For? What is the Church? This week Mike and Chad talk about the vision of the church.
Scripture in this episode: 1 Peter 2:9-10, Romans 4:17, Ephesians 2:19-22
We're talking politics this week! Who's excited? Mike and Chad are! Listen in as they discuss Jesus and politics.
Chinese Pastor's Declaration - https://www.chinapartnership.org/blog/2018/12/my-declaration-of-faithful-disobedience
Tim Keller Article - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/29/opinion/sunday/christians-politics-belief.html
Scripture referenced in this episode: Matthew 22:15-22, Romans 13:1-7
This week we welcome Debbie Durso, Sheila Smude, and Lindsay Walker to the podcast. How did Jesus subvert cultural expectations and expressions related to women? Listen in and find out what our panel has to say.
Scripture: John 4:4-30, Luke 8:1-3
Do you like to party? Jesus did. This week Mike and Chad discuss how Jesus went to parties to be in relationship with people.
Scripture in this episode: Mark 2:15-17, Matthew 22:2-4, Luke 7:31-35, 1 Corinthians 5:9-10
Mike and Chad discuss the cultural evolution of judgement. Also, how does all of this not judging relate to the complete holiness of Christ and the perfection to which we are called?
Scripture References: Matthew 7:1-5, Luke 6:37-42, Hebrews 12:14
This week, Mike and Chad talk about Jesus as the one who speaks of transformation in our heart and obedience in our heart, more than an outward obedience.
Scripture References: Luke 6:43-45, Jeremiah 17:9, & Psalm 139:23-24
Jesus went Rogue and was unexpected by the religious people of his day. Here from Mike and Chad on what that means for us in today's world.
Scripture references: Matthew 12:1-8 & Luke 6:6-11 & Colossians 2:20-23
CS Lewis Quote: "The terrible thing, the almost impossible thing, is to hand over your whole self – all your wishes and precautions – to Christ. But it is far easier than what we are all trying to do instead. For what we are trying to do is to remain what we call ‘ourselves’, to keep personal happiness as our great aim in life, and yet at the same time to be ‘good’. We are all trying to let our mind and heart go their own way – centered on money or pleasure or ambition – and hoping, in spite of this, to behave honestly and chastely and humbly. And that is exactly what Christ warned us you could not do. As He said, a thistle cannot produce figs. If I am a field that contains nothing but grass-seed, I cannot produce wheat. Cutting the grass may keep it short: but I shall still produce grass and no wheat. If I want to produce wheat, the change must go deeper than the surface. I must be ploughed up and re-sown." – Mere Christianity
Our final episode as we walk through our Welcome Home series. How do we welcome people into community with us? How can we share the gospel through our daily lives? Listen as Mike and Chad share their thoughts on this final Welcome Home episode.
In an interesting turn of events there was a podcast feel to this week's message. So, be sure to listen to the message as well as this week's Rogue Table Talk. Mike and Chad dive into the world of questions and why questions are important and should be welcomed.
Message audio can be found HERE.
This week, Mike and Chad talk about how culture can shape our views on welcoming someone. Does it matter what your history is? How do we trust? How do we extend grace? What matters?
This is the beginning of a new series at Calvary called "Welcome Home." Thanks for listening!
This week we have a special guest join us to discuss Ruth. Listen as Susan James, Mike, and Chad discuss Ruth and the beauty of God's redemptive story whether a native or a foreigner. How does the story of Ruth relate to me? God has a plan.
Scripture for this week is the book of Ruth.
This week we dive into the story of Samson and the loss of his identity. Have we lost our identity in the culture we are a part of? Listen as we discuss everything revolving around the story of Samson.
Bible passages related to this episode: Judges 13, Judges 14, Judges 15, Judges 16, Judges 17
This week we take a look at how culture impacts the church. What do we bring with us when we worship? Does culture influence the church, or vice versa? Is there a balance? This week's episode is sure to raise some questions about who we are and how we engage with the Creator and society around us.
Read the story: Judges 10 & Judges 11
This week Chad and Mike take a look at Gideon and his underdog story. However, all doesn't appear as it seems. You're in for a wild ride with all of Gideon's ups and downs. Also, be sure to stay until the very end for a little something extra. Thanks for listening!
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This week we take a look at our next judge, Deborah. Mike and Chad go rogue and venture away from the story for a moment to highlight women in the church.
Follow along with us in the book of Judges.
Video Overview of the Book of Judges.
The account of Ehud in the book of Judges is very detailed. In this week's episode we'll take a look at those specificities. Blood, death, and dung...yep, it gets detailed.
Read along with us in Judges.
Judges Overview Video
Is there room for ordinary? Is there a place for everyday, faithful people to make an impact? Today we meet just your ordinary guy in the Bible. He doesn’t have an unusual beginning. He doesn’t do great miracles. He doesn’t make a big splash in the culture. But he lives faithfully before God and others, every day, day after day, same after every same day and God uses Him. What makes the ordinary, extraordinary, the power of living faithfully. Instead of holding on tightly to who he thought he needed to be, he became who God meant him to be. If you ever wonder if God notices, or sees or cares about your life, take notice. That is the lesson of everyday faithfulness. Let go of who you think you should be and become who God meant you to be.
Judges Resource Video
Scripture for this week is Judges 3.
This week is an overview of the whole book and series. The book of Judges consists of a similarly repeated cycle in this period of Israel’s history: The people become complacent and turn their focus away from God. Eventually, trouble and difficulty come their way, usually from oppressive enemies. They call out to God for help and God raises up a Judge who leads them to political victory and spiritual fullness. The people turn to God and enjoy His favor until they become complacent and the cycle repeats itself. We all bow down to something or someone. Our choice is whether we bow to a God who saves or a God who enslaves us. Judges reminds us that small areas of disbelief can have big consequences. Listen as Chad and Mike go beyond the message in this week's Rogue Table Talks!
This week's Bible passage is Judges 1 & Judges 2.
Do you feel valued in your relationships?
This week Chad and Mike discuss in further detail how we handle being attacked and belittled.
The Bible passage for the week is 1 Samuel 16:1-13 & 1 Samuel 17:26-29.
This week, Chad dives into how we can better deal with bitterness and how to forgive. It's not easy, but we hope these words may help you take a step in that direction.
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Why do we keep secrets? Is there a safe way to share them? Do you have a person you can confess to? Are you a person people can confess to? All of this and more as Mike and Chad talk about the elephant in the living room. Secrets.