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30 minutes | Nov 18, 2020
Parables: The Weeds
The Parable of the Weeds concludes our teaching series of parables that Jesus used to teach about the Kingdom of God. In this severe parable, Jesus points His followers to the reality of a coming judgement at the end of the age. At that time, God will separate out all causes of sin and all lawbreakers from the world and gather His people together who He has saved by grace. This parable challenges us to live more in light of the coming judgement by being teachable, trusting in Jesus for forgiveness, and telling others how they can also be saved by grace through faith.
23 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Thriving Over Winter Break
EVERYONE on campus is looking forward to Winter Break! But have you ever had a break that was so filled with doing nothing or so much holiday craziness that you didn't come back to campus feeling rested or refreshed? Isaiah 40 tells us that "those who wait on the Lord" renew their strength--over breaks or a busy semester. On this episode Cru staff Sarah and Hanna share ideas for making your break one that is truly refreshing to the soul.
28 minutes | Nov 11, 2020
Parables: The Unforgiving Servant
Paul continues our series on the parables that Jesus used to teach about the Kingdom of God with the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. This parable reminds us of the depth of God's mercy and grace towards us, and how God's mercy should move us to be merciful and forgiving towards others as well.
21 minutes | Nov 10, 2020
Identity in Christ
"Who am I?" is a nagging question of identity that all of us are seeking to answer. When we try to find our identity in anything other than in what Jesus has done for us, we lack a stable sense of identity and tend to fall into pride or shame. On this episode, staff member Katie shares her journey in embracing her identity in Christ, and various Cru students share Bible verses to remind believers of their secure identity in Christ!
28 minutes | Nov 4, 2020
Parables: The Great Banquet
Jason continues our series on the parables that Jesus used to teach about the Kingdom of God. When Jesus is at a dinner party, one man comments about how great it will be for everyone who gets to eat in the Kingdom of God, and Jesus responds with this surprising parable about who will actually be present at the Great Banquet at the end of time.
27 minutes | Nov 2, 2020
Dealing with Conflict
We all go through conflict in our relationships, and when we are able to lovingly resolve our conflict, it can actually serve to deepen our relationships. But dealing with conflict is HARD! On this episode, Jason and Peyton share great insight on how to have authentic communication and resolve conflict so that we can experience harmony and honor God in our relationships.
35 minutes | Oct 28, 2020
Parables: The Persistent Widow
Jesus used the Parable of the Persistent Widow to teach His followers that they should always pray and should not give up going to their Heavenly Father in prayer. 2015 Cru alumnus AJ Davis helps us better understand what it means to persist in prayer.
31 minutes | Oct 21, 2020
Parables: The Prodigal Son
Paul continues our series on the parables by teaching from the parable of the Prodigal Son. In this message, Paul takes a closer look at how the Older Son, usually seen as the better and more responsible son, is also missing out on loving his father for who he is.
17 minutes | Oct 15, 2020
Parables: The Dishonest Manager
This semester we're learning from the parables that Jesus used to teach about the Kingdom of God. What does is mean to steward your time, talents, treasure, relationships, and the Gospel itself? How does God want us to use those things? Tim shares perspective in this episode from the Parable of the Dishonest Manager.
27 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
"What is Discipleship?"
Jesus commanded, "Go and make disciples of all nations..." (Matthew 28:19). Discipleship is crucial in following Christ. How can we be a part of that as college students? Special guest Roger Hershey shares about why we participate in discipleship as well as the right attitudes and content for discipleship. Roger has been involved in discipling men for 50 years now, and shared so much great insight on this episode! If you want to learn more or get involved in discipleship, email email@example.com.
23 minutes | Oct 7, 2020
Parables: The Rich Man and Lazarus
Our series through the parables continues with Sam Greer teaching us valuable lessons from the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. Parables were important tools that Jesus Christ used to teach about the Kingdom of God. Sam Greer is the pastor of Red Bank Baptist Church in Chattanooga.
26 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
How the Culture Disciples Us
"Discipleship" means "learning" in a broad context, and in this episode, Paul, Derek and Lauren discuss how the culture around us is discipling all people--including Christians--more than we would like to think. Digital marketing experts estimate that most Americans are exposed to around 6,000 to 10,000 persuasive messages each day. In this episode we share some of the effects of this as well as practical tips and questions you can ask to avoid passively adopting beliefs and values that are not biblical.
27 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Parables: The Sower
Jason continues our series on the parables that Jesus used to teach about the Kingdom of God. In this parable, there are four responses that people have to the Word of God, which Jason explains, and helps us examine what our response is to God's Word.
27 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
Growing a Love for God's Word
A lot of us miss out on knowing God and His ways deeply because we either don't prioritize the Bible or we just don't know how to stick with reading and studying it. On this episode, Cru Staff Jennifer and seniors Matt and Sarah share their experiences and how you can grow a love for God's Word that could change your life! Helpful books and resources Jennifer suggests are "How to Study a Passage of Scripture", Women of the Word by Jen Wilkin, Joshua: A Focus on the Bible Commentary by Dale Ralph Davis, The Bible Recap Podcast & Plan, and "Hearing the Music of the Gospel".
34 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
Parables: The Friend at Midnight
Continuing in the parables that Jesus used to teach about the Kingdom of God, guest speaker Dylan Young from Longhollow Baptist Church teaches us about prayer as God intended it--connecting with our Heavenly Father constantly and boldly asking for the help we need. He also talks about God may be accomplishing when we think our prayers are "unanswered."
30 minutes | Sep 21, 2020
"What is the Gospel?"
The word "Gospel" is used in churches and at Cru all the time because it is the heart of true Christianity. But do we understand it enough to explain it? On this episode, Cru staff Jason, Peyton and Lauren discuss the Gospel in the Bible's entire storyline of Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration. Jason and Peyton also do a "Rapid Fire" round explaining what words like God, Sin, Judgement, Grace, Works, Atonement, Repentance, Faith, Adoption, and Eternal Life mean in Christian context. How To Know God: www.thefour.com
26 minutes | Sep 17, 2020
Parables: The Rich Fool
What does it mean to be "rich towards God"? Paul continues our series on the Parables Jesus used to teach about the Kingdom of God with the parable of the Rich Fool teaching us to live for what matters most.
28 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
Dealing with Anxiety
None of us is a stranger to anxiety. On this episode Cru staff members Jason and Savannah share their very real experiences with anxiety, and Jason shares ways that we can address the "soul issues" underlying much of our anxiety. Jason references Psalm 46 in his story. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more resources or to talk to someone about anxiety.
30 minutes | Sep 9, 2020
Parables: The Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Jason continues our series through the parables that Jesus used to teach about the Kingdom of God with "The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector" from Luke 18:9-14.
19 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Top 5 Areas for Freshman Mistakes
On this episode six Cru Bible Study leaders share their advice and how to avoid common "freshman mistakes" in six areas of life: Academics, Physical Health, Relationships, Finances, and Spiritual Life.
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