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34 minutes | 2 days ago
Discerning False Teachers: Joyce Meyer
Amy and Michelle begin a new multi-part series of podcast episodes discussing what we’re seeing in the modern church, and warning you about avoiding some of the pitfalls of learning at the feet of some of the more popular women’s teachers, speakers and authors. One of the more popular women’s teachers we do not recommend is Joyce Meyer of Joyce Meyer ministries. She’s been a teacher for 40 years, and is known around the world as a speaker, televangelist and author, and through her many conferences and television episodes aired on untrustworthy stations like TBN and others, her teachings have reached the ears of millions of people. We present many teachings in her own words that contradict the Word of God: LISTEN HERE: Resources: Word of Faith False Teacher Joyce Meyer’s Shocking Doctrine and Heresy – Berean Research Joyce Meyer Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Joyce Meyer Admits Her Views On Prosperity Were Out Of Balance – Christian Post (not recomended) Did Jesus Go To Hell? Got Questions Interview with Doreen Virtue: Why we quit working for Joyce Meyer, and left the Word of Faith movement (Video) What Joyce Meyer believes & teaches, what Joel Osteen believes & teaches – The End Time, Elizabeth Prata Women Preaching? – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast Good News! (The Gospel) A Word Fitly Spoken Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
22 minutes | 9 days ago
Words stand for something, right? The words we use in our Christian faith used to be fairly clear cut, but over the last few years some definitions seem to have become somewhat murky: evangelism, preaching, and how Christian women biblically fit into that equation. Amy and Michelle reprise this episode in advance of a new series on unbiblical women’s teachers next week! Resources: Scriptures mentioned in this episode Rock Your Role Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women What’s in a name? The meaning and origin of “complementarianism” CBMW The Beauty of Biblically Broad Complementarianism Kevin DeYoung Good News! (The Gospel) A Word Fitly Spoken Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
47 minutes | 23 days ago
How to Study the Bible – and How Not To!
The Bible is supernatural. It is complete in itself and needs no other books or commentaries to supplement it. But how do we study it? One of the kindnesses God has shown us as unique people made in His image is that He hasn’t said there’s only one “right way” to spend time with Him in His Word. There are lots of “right ways,” and we’re going to share those “hows.” Warning: there are a few wrong turns we want to help you avoid in your journey, so you’re going to get some tips on steering clear of doctrinal danger as well. Resources: Naomi’s Table Bible Studies for Women Basic Training: Bible Studies and Sermons– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Bible Studies (also Bible reading plans)- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women How to study the Bible for yourself: Inductive Method – Amy Spreeman, Naomi’s Table When women’s ministries abandon the Bible – Amy Spreeman, Naomi’s Table Doing Discernment – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast Jen Hatmaker teaches women to be “fierce,” not holy – Amy Spreeman, Naomi’s Table Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
30 minutes | a month ago
Glad You Asked – Christmas 2020 Part 2
In this second of two parts, Michelle and Amy go to Scripture to answer your questions in depth, including: Has Santa been involved in Christian tradition originally, or was he something recent or pagan? How risky is taking our families to Christmas Eve or Christmas Day services amid a pandemic? Is it safe to sing in church without a mask? Are there Scriptures that address conflict between believers in church when it comes to disagreements over COVID? How did the shepherds know where to go to find Jesus? Resources: Who was St. Nicholas, bishop of Myra? Britannica Is It Wise to Sing Christmas Carols in Church This Year? – Ken Boer, TGC COVID Update and Bible Q & A – John MacArthur How to talk to your church leaders about false teachers – Amy and Michelle – AWFS Podcast Church Leaders Who Cancel Christmas Services Are Clinging To Government Lies, Not Christ – The Federalist Christmas Mythbusters– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
25 minutes | a month ago
Glad You Asked- Christmas 2020 Part 1
In this first of two parts, Michelle and Amy go to Scripture to answer your questions in depth, including: Doesn’t Christmas have pagan roots? Should Christians really be celebrating it? Why is yoga and the enneagram wrong but the pagan roots of Christmas okay? Does Jeremiah 10:3-4 forbid us from having Christmas trees? Resources: Is Christmas Pagan?– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Glad you Asked: Live from Cruciform Conference Top 7 Reasons the Enneagram is Unbiblical Should we have a Christmas tree?– Got Questions When Halloween Comes Knocking – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast A Very Merry Glad You Asked – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
26 minutes | a month ago
Christmas Dinner with the Sexual Sinner
How should a Christian relate to someone in their lives who is obviously living in sexual sin, without appearing to condone this marriage? Thankfully, God does not leave us without answers. As with every other issue in life, our thinking, our words, and our actions must be shaped by and in submission to the authority of Scripture. Not public opinion. Not political agendas. Not our own personal feelings, opinions, and experiences. Scripture. Resources: Such were some of you: Ruth’s story – Naomi’s Table interview 2015 Is it possible to be a gay Christian? – Got Questions If homosexuality is a sin, why didn’t Jesus ever mention it?– Got Questions Matthew Vines quietly holds private meetings with Christian leaders– Berean Research Matthew Vines trains churchgoers to transform their churches to be inclusive – Berean Research Pastor Voddie Baucham on Homosexuality and Transgenderism – Video The Mailbag: Should Christians Attend Homosexual “Weddings”?– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Basic Training: Homosexuality, Gender Identity, and Other Sexual Immorality– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
35 minutes | 2 months ago
A very merry Glad You Asked – Christmas Edition
Are nativity scenes and Christmas pageants violating the second commandment? What about Advent observances and candle-lighting ceremonies? And why do we celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th anyway? These are all great questions sent to us by our listeners, so today Amy and Michelle dig into Scripture and church history to share the answers, in this throwback to a favorite “Glad You Asked” Christmas edition! Resources: Scriptures mentioned in this episode are linked in the resources below How December 25 Became Christmas Biblical Archaeology Review Nativity Scenes and the Second Commandment Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Unique Ways Christmas helps us Share the Gospel A Word Fitly Spoken 10 Ways to Share the Gospel During the Holidays Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women The Mailbag: Merry “X-mas”? Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women What is Advent? Got Questions Regulative vs. normative principle of worship—which viewpoint is correct? Got Questions Christmas Mythbusters Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
24 minutes | 2 months ago
A Theology of Thanksgiving
Do you have a theology that includes thanksgiving all year long? Even in the worst circumstances or the direst of situations? God wants His people to be thankful to Him, not just because He deserves our thanks, but because it is good for us to be thankful. It helps us fix our eyes on all He has done for us – from the greatest gift of all, giving His precious Son to save us from our sins. Michelle and Amy wish you a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and kindness. We are thankful for each and every one of you! Resources: Thanks and Thanksgiving Articles– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women What should be the focus of Christians on Thanksgiving? – GotQuestions.org Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
20 minutes | 2 months ago
Christians, the Church, and the Occult
Whether we want to think about it or not, a lot of occult-like sorcery has crept into the visible church in recent years. Why would we want to talk about something that is so wicked and evil? Because A: God’s Word has a lot to say about it and warns His people to stay away from it, and B: Because Christians – or at least those professing to be Christians, are dabbling in it either knowingly or ignorantly. Resources: Occult – Sorcery – White Paper, Berean Research New Age – White Paper, Berean Research Angels, Demons, Spiritual Warfare – White Paper, Berean Research Willow Creek’s “The Practice” blends New Age & Catholic mysticism A Quantum Leap Into the Paranormal Are All Angels Safe? The “Bethel Board”-Encounter God With This New Game The occult practice of automatic writing Leaving the NAR Church: Max’s story Jesus Calling: Whitewashing the Red Flags – Video with Warren Smith
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Cussing, Profanity, and OMG
It’s a topic that seems to rear its ugly head every few years: blue language, foul language, cussing, cursing, swearing, potty mouth, bad words. We’re talking about profanity. What does the Bible have to say about it? Is it OK for Christians to use 4-letter words? And what about pastors using expletives in the pulpit? And on a related note, what about Christians using the name of God as an expression, as in “OMG?” Resources: Mike Riccardi’s Facebook post on “skubalon” Why is It Bad for Christians to Cuss? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women The Mailbag: When is OMG a 3C violation? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Is it a sin to cuss / swear / curse? Got Questions Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Glad you Asked: Live from Cruciform Conference
We’re live! In this episode, Michelle and Amy take questions from a live audience of women attending the Cruciform 2020 Conference, in their “Glad You Asked” series. (Check them all out here!) Here are the questions: “I came from a New Apostolic Reformation church and now feel a disconnect between learning theology and feeling or experiencing God, and need advice.” “What do you say to a friend or loved one who is a female pastor?” “As a woman, how would you address discernment issues with your church?” “How do you address those who say they hear God personally outside of Scripture?” “Who is your favorite woman in the Bible?” “How does one find time to fit Bible study in a busy schedule?” “Is there a place in the Bible that says if you can’t follow man’s law, you can’t follow God’s law?” “Why it’s OK to participate in non-sinful parts of Halloween (like trick or treat or a church fair) but it’s not OK to do yoga?” Resources for this episode: YouTube video of this episode, recorded at Cruciform Conference What your church needs to know about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) – Amy Spreeman, Berean Research What is the New Apostolic Reformation – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women How to talk to your church leaders about false teachers – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast The Mailbag: How should I approach my church leaders about a false teacher they’re introducing? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Searching for a new church? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Nine Helps for Starting and Sticking to Daily Bible Study – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Women Preaching the Gospel? – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast Rock Your Role: Jill in the Pulpit – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Christians and Yoga? – Amy Spreeman, Berean Research White Paper My Response to “Holy Yoga” – Amy Spreeman When Halloween Comes Knocking – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast
16 minutes | 3 months ago
Election 2020 – How Can Christians Vote Biblically?
Tuesday, November 3, is election day 2020 in the United States. We’ll not only be voting for President of the United States, but also for other local, state, and national leaders. Voting is a privilege, and, for U.S. citizens, a right. So, how should Christians vote? What are some of those biblical principles that should guide our voting? Michelle and Amy go to Scripture to encourage you to use your vote as a godly influence by voting according to biblical principles. Resources: Principles for Voting by R.C. Sproul Does God expect Christians to vote? at Got Questions A conservative Christian’s perspective on the election – Berean Research Since God is totally sovereign over world leaders and events, why should we vote or be involved in politics? by John MacArthur Christians and Politics: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 by John MacArthur Relatable with Allie Stuckey The Mormon Moment: Can Christians Biblically Vote for a Mormon? (Depending on the candidates in your district, you may find the principles in this article from the 2012 Presidential election to be helpful.)
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Why Do We Celebrate Reformation Day?
Did you know that October 31 is Reformation Day? It’s a time when Christians recognize and even celebrate a huge, game-changing event in our history more than 500 years ago: Reformation Day commemorates the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Yet many Christians today are unaware of this landmark incident in their heritage which birthed the Protestant church. In this episode, Michelle and Amy discuss the commemoration of one of the most important events since the closing of the canon of Scripture. Resources: The Mailbag: What is Reformation Day? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women What are the 95 Theses of Martin Luther? – Got Questions Reformation 500: Can Roman Catholicism be Considered Christianity? – Berean Research Protestant and Catholic: What’s the Difference? – Berean Research The Five Solas of the Protestant Deformation – Berean Research Free resources on Luther – Ligonier Ministries Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer – Ligonier Ministries Martin Luther (1953 movie) Steve Lawson’s books and sermons on various Reformers Why We’re Protestant by Nate Pickowicz Luther: In Real Time (podcast)- Ligonier Ministries Reformation articles and resources, October 26-30 – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women
19 minutes | 3 months ago
Christians: When Halloween Comes Knocking
Halloween is a multi-billion dollar celebration marked by witches, ghosts and goblins, candy and parties. Not all Christians take part in Halloween. Some have taken a step back to rethink this tradition, and they have changed how they look at Halloween. Others say they honor God through Halloween by making it a Christian outreach — a time to share the Gospel with the lost. Still other Christians say we have the freedom in Christ to dress up in costumes, attend secular or church-based festivals, and take their children trick-or-treating. In this episode, Michelle and Amy take a look at where these traditions come from and what the Bible has to say about Christians and Halloween. Resources: Should Christians Participate in Halloween? 7 Scriptures to Consider – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Christians and Halloween: Where do you land? – Berean Research Occult – Sorcery – Berean Research White Paper Christians and Halloween – A History – Amy Spreeman Archives
18 minutes | 4 months ago
The Trap of Entitlement
Entitlement is the belief that we are deserving of privileges or special treatment, either from God or from the world around us. It says “you owe me,” and a growing number of people are having tantrums when they perceive that other people are standing in the way or blocking whatever they think is rightfully theirs. Do we think we deserve the so-called normal that we had before 2020? Do we expect that things will settle down anytime soon? Hold on to those expectations loosely, because today we are talking about how this new normal of entitlement in our culture is creeping into the Christian mentality. Resources: Marriage: It’s My Pity Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To ~ 7 Ways to Take Your Focus Off Yourself and Put it Back on Christ– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women The Ten: Lesson 12 (Bible study on the 10 Commandments. Lesson 12 is on coveting)- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women What does the Bible say about covetousness?– Got Questions
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Back in the Saddle: Updates from Amy & Michelle
We are reunited! In this episode, Amy joins Michelle once again to open up about God’s healing, hurricanes and some upcoming events where we hope you can join us in person! Resources: Michelle’s Speaking Engagements (Includes Oklahoma, Cruciform, Montana, and California) Answers for Women: Truth Conference
45 minutes | 4 months ago
2020 Blessings and Encouragment
I don’t think anybody’s particularly thrilled with the way things are going in 2020, but God is still at work blessing His people. Let’s be thankful for that! What is something GOOD that God has done for you in 2020? How has He blessed you and your family? Listen in and be encouraged as our listeners share some of the amazing things God has been doing in their lives. For some, 2020 has been the best year ever!
56 minutes | 4 months ago
Glad You Asked: Women teaching on Facebook, Submission, Beth Moore, and Prayer Walking
While Amy’s recovering from surgery, Michelle goes solo with your favorite recurring feature here on A Word Fitly Spoken – Glad You Asked! In this episode, Michelle answers these questions: • Should a woman who’s a new convert admin and teach Scripture in a co-ed Facebook group? • How can a Christian wife submit to her husband when he doesn’t want her to go to church? • Isn’t Beth Moore an OK teacher as long as she doesn’t overtly teach against the person and work of Christ? • What is prayer walking? Is it mysticism? Resources: Rock Your Role: Jill in the Pulpit (1 Timothy 2:11-12)– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women Are John MacArthur and Grace Community Church sinning by gathering?– A Word Fitly Spoken Living Proof You Should Follow Beth No Moore– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women What is prayer walking? Is it biblical to go on a prayer walk?– Got Questions
26 minutes | 5 months ago
Are John MacArthur and Grace Community Church sinning by gathering?
A lot of Christians have been watching the unfolding news headlines of what is happening in California and Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church (GCC). Many are asking some great questions, like, are John MacArthur, the elders of GCC, and the members of GCC sinning by meeting indoors in person, and thereby disobeying the governor’s order? Why couldn’t they just try to meet in other ways? And what about the lawsuit that GCC is bringing against the state of California? Is that biblical? Michelle and Amy discuss what the Bible has to say about this topic. Resources: Christ, Not Caesar, Is Head of the Church– Grace Community Church John MacArthur, Grace Community Church Stand Firm in Legal Battle Over LA County’s Ban on Indoor Worship Services– NRB Grace Community Church– Wikipedia What does the Bible say about lawsuits / suing?– Got Questions Updates (these happened between the time we recorded this episode and the time we posted it): MacArthur Prevails – Judge Denies LA County’s Fourth Attempt to Shut Down Grace Community Church– Thomas More Society Los Angeles County Yanks Parking Lot Lease Out from Under Pastor John MacArthur and Church– Thomas More Society Note: Due to Amy’s surgery Sept. 2 and recovery, we are playing podcasting by ear. Please check out our past programs in the meantime.
21 minutes | 5 months ago
Can we expect Divine Providence?
It’s our 50th episode! Thanks so much for listening! Today: Does God care for His people in supernatural ways? Yes indeed, and it’s called Divine Providence. Providence is a word that comes from Provide, or provision. God does provide for His people in ways we sometimes don’t recognize. But when we do see it, it’s an amazing thing and one that fills us with awe and wonder as we realize just how much He cares for us. Amy and Michelle head to Scripture for some amazing verses on how God has done this from the beginning of time. Resources: What is divine providence?– Got Questions The Creator Provides– John MacArthur Providence– R.C. Sproul NOW Are You Ready to Homeschool?– A Word Fitly Spoken
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