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15 minutes | Oct 21, 2021
Bigger Fish to Fry | Jonah's Unexpected Journey, Part 4
So here we are, at the end of Jonah’s journey. And what a journey it’s been! Jonah has tried to run away from God, been swept up in a storm, almost died, spent several days inside a fish, got spit out by that fish, then finally decided to do what God wanted by going to preach to the enemies of his people. Those people put a stop to their evil ways, and God saved them from destruction. But Jonah is upset because he didn’t get what he wanted. So he complained to the LORD about it: "Didn't I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people.  Just kill me now, LORD! I'd rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen."  The LORD replied, "Is it right for you to be angry about this?"- Jonah 4:2-4 NLTLike Jonah, God wants to help each of us shift our focus from ourselves and what makes us comfortable, to others and what they need. Join Jonah as we conclude his story, and can learn how to travel on our own unexpected journeys God has for each of us.Based on the sermon series by Russ Ewell "Jonah: The Roadmap to Happiness" Writing by Alexis ColvinNarration and editing by Amy QueryProduction by Mike Query
14 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Fish Out of Water | Jonah's Unexpected Journey, Part 3
Have you ever made a really bad mistake? One of those mistakes that you just dread having to deal with? People are going to be mad at you, there might be some consequences, and you just want to crawl into a hole or move across the country. But you don’t. You own up to what you’ve done and put one foot in front of the other and start moving forward.When we pick up the story of Jonah in Jonah chapter 3, our hero is just coming off of one of those mistakes. He’s finally owned that he ran away from God and from the spiritual needs of a whole city, caused a lot of pain for a whole ship full of people, finally had a change of heart after being in a fish for a few days, and got spit out onto a beach. Then, God gives him a second chance."Then the LORD spoke to Jonah a second time: 'Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh, and deliver the message I have given you.'"- Jonah 3:1-2 NLTDeja vu anyone? Though it’s taken a while to get him here, travel with Jonah as is finally on his way to speak to the very people he’s spent this whole series avoiding.Based on the sermon series by Russ Ewell "Jonah: The Roadmap to Happiness" Writing by Alexis ColvinNarration and editing by Amy QueryProduction by Mike Query
16 minutes | Oct 6, 2021
In the Belly of the Beast | Jonah's Unexpected Journey, Part 2
In our second episode of Jonah’s Unexpected Journey, we find our protagonist stuck in a fishy situation. What does Jonah do after being stuck in the belly of a fish for 3 days? He prays:Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from inside the fish.  He said, “I cried out to the LORD in my great trouble, and he answered me. I called to you from the land of the dead, and LORD, you heard me!  I sank down to the very roots of the mountains. I was imprisoned in the earth, whose gates lock shut forever. But you, O LORD my God, snatched me from the jaws of death!- Jonah 2:1-2,6 NLTSomething changes in Jonah’s relationship with God inside the belly of that fish. He goes from avoiding God to being grateful to God. Have you ever felt like you were stuck in a dark and completely unfamiliar place? And there’s no way out, nowhere to go but deal with yourself? It’s in these “belly of the fish” moments that we can discover what truly matters, and see that God’s purpose is bigger than ourselves. Join us as we continue Jonah’s story and learn to find God’s purpose in some of our most difficult moments.Based on the sermon series by Russ Ewell "Jonah: The Roadmap to Happiness" Writing by Alexis ColvinNarration and editing by Amy QueryProduction by Mike Query
11 minutes | Sep 29, 2021
God Rocks the Boat | Jonah's Unexpected Journey, Part 1
In this first episode of Jonah’s Unexpected Journey, we meet our protagonist:The LORD gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.”- Jonah 1:1-2 NLTGod called Jonah to do what he normally did - Jonah’s job was to talk to people about what God had to say. But this time, rather than talking to his fellow Israelites, God told Jonah to speak to the city of Nineveh, the most important city in Assyria and the home of the enemies of Jonah’s people. Have you ever felt the call to do something you really don’t want to do? It stays in the back of your mind, and all you want to do is avoid it and run away? Jonah can relate.This is the first episode of our new type of podcast called "Paint Me a Picture." Each series will immerse you into the stories of the Bible, bringing them to life with storytelling, commentary, and lots of sound effects. As you listen, you can slow down and put yourself in the shoes of the people in the Bible and bring their experiences into your own walk with God. We've found that immersing ourselves in these stories makes the spiritual lessons stick better too.Join us as we begin to unfold this story of rebellion, reflection, and redemption.Based on the sermon series by Russ Ewell "Jonah: The Roadmap to Happiness" Writing by Alexis ColvinNarration and editing by Amy QueryProduction by Mike Query
1 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Trailer: Jonah's Unexpected Journey
The Bible is full of stories and heroes who are inspiring because they’re real.They’re real people with real problems whose experiences can teach us how we can walk with God. With this in mind, we’re excited to launch our new narrative podcast series, “Paint Me a Picture.”Each season will immerse you into a different story of Scripture, putting you in the shoes of the person in the story and bringing the Scriptures to life in ways you’ve never experienced before. We’ll also have commentary, reflective questions, nuggets of wisdom, and lots of sound effects. Our first season of this series will dive into the story of Jonah. Some of the best stories start when someone is being called to do something that seems impossible. When their life is turned upside down, and they’re forced to courageously take on something or someone. We all love sports movies or coming-of-age dramas because we get to watch our heroes hesitate, question themselves, want to run away, but break through anyway, coming out victorious and happy.But let’s face it. In our daily life, it is hard to leave our comfort zone and enter into the unknown. We hide, run, freeze, or resist the call toward something greater. We often stick with what’s comfortable and less risky, even if it means we’re not that happy. The good thing is God takes us where we’re at, and we’re not alone. God spoke to Jonah at a time when he was settled and comfortable, not unlike many of us. Jonah can help us start answering questions like:How can I be happy when my life feels out of my control?Does God really have a good plan for my future?Why do I run from God and settle?Join us on September 29, when we will begin to travel with Jonah on his unexpected journey.
51 minutes | Sep 15, 2021
Real Ones: Why People Don't Go To Church
If we’re going to be real enough who show people God, we have to take our masks off. The worst culture that can exist in our families and communities is when we feel the collective peer pressure to put a mask on and appear to be something we’re not. God wants us to be our real selves, and when we decide not to hide what’s really inside, we can see that sin is not who we are, but the obstacle we are meant to overcome. Those kinds of cultures make people attracted to church. Join Russ and Mike as they discuss how our relationship with God should make us real, and how to overcome the hypocrisy that gets in our way.
36 minutes | May 7, 2021
Staying Focused On What Really Matters In The Midst Of Worry | ReUpload
This is a reupload of a previous podcast. We are pairing this episode with the article, "Staying Calm | How To Have Faith That Stills Storms" for our Quiet Time Kick-Starter this week. Visit DeepSpirituality.com to sign up for our newsletter if you want devotionals, podcast and more delivered straight to your inbox. - - - In this scripture, Martha’s worry and stress makes her focused on the wrong things.She is so fixated on getting everything done and checking on her to-do list that she loses sight of what really matters – our relationships, especially our relationship with God.When we get caught up in the stress of life, we miss out on the peace and contentment God really wants to give us. We must decide to dig deep in our hearts to find the source of our anxiety and worry so that God can relieve and heal us.Join Russ and Nick Straw as they discuss Nick’s article, “A Bible Study on Staying Focused (for the Chronically Anxious),” and how to get focused back on what really matters.If you’d like to email the show, send us a message at email@example.comReferencesA Bible Study on Staying Focused (for the Chronically Anxious)Father Heart of God by Floyd McClungHealing for Damaged Emotions by David SeamandsForrest GumpPenny HardawayMichael Jordan Magic JohnsonJackie ChanThe Karate KidSteven SeagalTom BradyJoe MontanaClint EastwoodThe Outlaw Josey WalesAnxiety and Depression in the Classroom: A Teacher’s Guide to Fostering Self-Regulation in Young Students by Nadja ReillyMindfulness for Teen Anxiety: A Workbook for Overcoming Anxiety at Home, at School, and Everywhere Else by Christopher WillardParenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety: A Complete Guide to Your Childs Stressed, Depressed, Expanded, Amazing Adolescenceby John DuffyUnder Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour
33 minutes | Apr 21, 2021
6 Ways to Surrender Anxiety
Matthew 6:33-34 TPT"So above all, constantly chase after the realm of God's kingdom and the righteousness that proceeds from him. Then all these less important things will be given to you abundantly.  Refuse to worry about tomorrow, but deal with each challenge that comes your way, one day at a time. Tomorrow will take care of itself."When we are anxious, our minds are almost always focused on the material rather than the spiritual. We need God’s help to let go of control, defeat the anxiety in our hearts and lives, and embrace the joy and freedom that comes with relying on our relationship with God.Join Russ and friends as they conclude their podcast series on Why Anxiety is the Enemy of Spirituality, and discuss helpful and practical ways to break free from the grip anxiety has on many of our lives.ResourcesMatthew 6:19-21 TPTMark 4:19 NIVMark 4:18-19 MSGMatthew 6:24 TPTMatthew 6:25 TPTMatthew 6:26-27 TPTMatthew 6:31-32 TPTMatthew 5:8 NIV1 John 4:18 NIVEphesians 4:15 NIVHarveyMatthew 6:33-34 TPTThe Pursuit of God - A.W. Tozer
22 minutes | Apr 15, 2021
Defeating Anxiety with Spirituality
Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God. I am the God above all the nations, and I will be exalted throughout the whole earth.Psalm 46:10 TPTAPA defines anxiety as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts, and physical changes like increased blood pressure.” All of us have anxiety, and we need to be aware of how it affects us and our relationships. God wants to give us the peace we need to surrender anxiety and silence our hearts. Join Russ and friends as they discuss how God’s peace can calm our hearts, along with defeating our anxiety with spirituality.Resources:APA’s definition of anxietyPsalm 46:2-3 TPTPsalm 46:4-5 TPTPsalm 46:8-9 TPT
21 minutes | Apr 7, 2021
Why Anxiety is the Enemy of Spirituality
John 15:8 TPTWhen your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are my mature disciples who glorify my Father!One of the best parts of our relationship with God is the opportunity and capacity for change. But when we become self-reliant, change feels more like a burden than a cause for joy. We need God-reliance to relieve ourselves of the anxiety self-reliance brings, and simply enjoy how God transforms our lives.Join Russ and friends as they discuss the spirituality behind why we resist growth, in this first episode of a multiple-part series about why anxiety is the enemy of spirituality.Scripture References:John 15:1-8 TPT2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NIVGalatians 3:3 NETGalatians 4:15 NETJeremiah 17:5-8 ESVPsalm 34:4-6 MSG
44 minutes | Apr 1, 2021
God is Not an Imaginary Friend
Psalm 73:1-3 NIV Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.  But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.  For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.Many of us struggle in our relationship with God and he becomes distant and unreal, and it can be hard to admit that we doubt God. Like the psalmist in the above scripture, when we go through difficulty, seeing the lives of others make us feel empty and we can see God as unreal. But the psalmist saw that he didn’t have a people problem, but a God problem. When we focus on people and religion instead of knowing God, we will see and portray God as an imaginary friend.Join Russ and friends as they discuss the importance of having such a dynamic and impactful relationship with God that others can’t help but see God as real.Resources:Joseph CampbellSecret Friends: Tapping Into The Power Of ImaginationSarah Pulliam Bailey - Washington PostGeorge Carlin Scripture referencesPsalm 90:14Matthew 9:37-38Psalm 62:7 VOICEJames 2:16-23Richard Dawkins - Outgrowing God
51 minutes | Mar 24, 2021
Becoming the Church God Wants Us to Be
Romans 15:20 NLTMy ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else.In order to build a non-traditional church, we need to focus less on getting religious people to join our church rather than someone else’s, and focus more on reaching people who don’t know God. When this is our mindset, we will be more inclusive, creative, and bold in reaching others.Join Russ and friends as they discuss the 14 ideas for building the 21st-century church, and how living like a Christian is simply about loving, caring, and getting to know others.Resources: Eight Reasons People Are Leaving Denominational Churches for Non-denominational Churcheshttps://churchanswers.com/blog/eight-reasons-people-are-leaving-denominational-churches-for-non-denominational-churches/ The rise of the nons: Why nondenominational churches are winning over mainline churcheshttps://www.deseret.com/2011/2/26/20175868/the-rise-of-the-nons-why-nondenominational-churches-are-winning-over-mainline-churches New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Strongerhttps://thefederalist.com/2018/01/22/new-harvard-research-says-u-s-christianity-not-shrinking-growing-stronger/ Shuffling Sheep: Church Growth Does Not Necessarily Equal Reaching Peoplehttps://keelancook.com/2016/09/09/shuffling-sheep-church-growth-does-not-necessarily-equal-reaching-people/ Lessons We Can Learn from J.Cole’s “Change”https://deepspirituality.com/lessons-we-can-learn-from-j-coles-change/
21 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
How to Get Churches More Comfortable with Change
He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners.  In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds.  Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.”  “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean. ”  But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.”  The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven.Acts 10:11-16 NLTThe New Testament church was faced with a cultural change. When Gentiles became Christians, it was first met with resistance from the more religious Jewish Christians. They wanted to make them conform to their culture, like eating certain kinds of foods, instead of accepting and embracing their differences. But God taught Peter that he is about so much more than culture. He wants to reach hearts, not conform behaviors.Our churches today are faced with the same dilemma. We too must question our traditions and be willing to change. This doesn't mean compromising spiritual and biblical convictions, but welcoming and embracing people who are different. Join Russ and friends as they continue to discuss how to get churches more comfortable with change.
44 minutes | Mar 10, 2021
Building a Church for the 21st Century
Meanwhile, the believers who had been scattered during the persecution after Stephen’s death traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus, and Antioch of Syria. They preached the word of God, but only to Jews.  However, some of the believers who went to Antioch from Cyprus and Cyrene began preaching to the Gentiles about the Lord Jesus.  The power of the Lord was with them, and a large number of these Gentiles believed and turned to the LordActs 11:19-21 NLTThe New Testament Christians lived in a world very much like today, where the majority of people don’t participate in the culture that Christians live in. Just as the New Testament Christians reached the Gentiles of their time - the people who had no association with church - we must do the same. In this 21st century, our churches must have the capacity to ask themselves if what they’ve done up until now is not going to work moving forward. What does it mean to be a non-traditional church? Join Russ and friends as they discuss how to make the church accessible to someone who’s not “on the inside,” and how to experience and spread spirituality that is not only intellectual or philosophical, but relational.Resources:Paula Fredriksen - Paul: Apostle to the Pagans
36 minutes | Sep 30, 2020
Choose to Live the Inspired Life
Subscribe to Deep Spirituality YouTube ChannelONLY those who stand in awe of the Eternal will have intimacy with Him, and He will reveal His covenant to them.  PERPETUALLY my focus takes me to the Eternal because He will set me free from the traps laid for me.Psalm 25:14-15 VoiceAs we all continue to try to learn what it means to live during the pandemic, it can be easy to get in survival mode and settle for an ordinary life. Standing in awe of God like Psalm 25 talks about means fighting to live a life inspired by the vision God has for us. Join Russ and Ray as they talk about the 4 types of lives we can choose to live - ordinary, entitled, apathetic, and inspired. Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.Albus Dumbledore (J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)NBA Finals - Los Angeles Lakers & Miami HeatEnola HolmesChase Center, San FranciscoSurvival Is Not Enough by Seth GodinLeBron JamesLead Different - Podcast & Newsletter
17 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
How To Manage Your Heart During The Pandemic | How To Deal With Pandemic Problems, pt 3
Ecclesiastes 2:22 VoiceWhat exactly do people get out of all their work and all the stresses they put themselves through here under the sun?What is influencing you the most during this pandemic? Has it been the news, discouragement, your emotions, or God, the Bible, and spiritual friends? We need to be friends who challenge each other to not be so fixated on ourselves and our problems, but to look outward and care about others.Join Russ as he talks to friends John and Cecilia Coyne about how to manage your heart during the pandemic.
21 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
How To Manage Your Home During The Pandemic | How To Deal With Pandemic Problems, pt 2
Proverbs 17:1 VoiceBetter to gnaw on a bit of dry crust in peace than to feast in a house full of stress.In the midst of dealing with the ongoing stress of 2020 and the pandemic, it can be easy to just want to run away and hope all of our problems will be magically solved. But no matter where we run, our stress doesn’t leave us. Rather than focus on reducing or ignoring stress, each of us needs to focus on where God is taking us, using our passions to do good for others.Join Russ as he talks to friends Austen and Kokeb McDonald about how to manage your home during the pandemic.
22 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
How To Find Joy From Your Relationship With God | How To Deal With Pandemic Problems, pt 1
Psalm 119:143 NLTAs pressure and stress bear down on me, I find joy in your commands.For such a time that we are in, we are given an incredible opportunity to not tread water spiritually, but to take advantage of everything that’s going on - to learn and to transform.Our relationship with God does not need to be limited to our times in the morning. There’s a joy that comes from getting out of our own heads and make an extension of our relationship with God be doing things for people. Join Russ as he speaks to his friends Dave and Kimi Traver about how to find joy from your relationship with God.
70 minutes | Feb 20, 2020
Why Guilt Drives Us Away From Our Friends
My guilt has overwhelmed me; like a load it weighs me down.Psalm 38:4 NCV Guilt is the enemy of intimacy. When we don't deal with our guilt, it can feel like a load that weighs us down, and often overwhelms us. Rather than driving us to relationships, it can be easy to allow guilt to isolate us and drive us away from our friends. Guilt gets in the way of us being intimate with God and with people and makes us seek help somewhere other than relationships. God wants to help us be close to him and our friends, but to do so we must resolve our hearts of guilt. Join Russ and friends as they discuss the importance of valuing intimate relationships over avoiding guilt.If you’d like to email the show, send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org
55 minutes | Jan 1, 2020
Why It’s Hard To Get Deep?
 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?  As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like.  They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.  But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” Luke 6:46-49 NIV Jesus uses this parable to show us that having a foundation for our lives that is strong, stable, and able to withstand any storm requires depth. By digging down deep, we start the process toward having a faith in God that is not easily shaken. However, depth takes work. It is not a personality trait or a natural talent, but rather a skill that must be worked at and developed over time. When our goal is to look good and feel good about ourselves, we will skip over this necessary work, and end up like the man who build his house with no foundation. We need God and friends to help us overcome our fear, denial, and avoidance of depth if we are going to have a strong faith that makes a difference.Join Russ and friends as they discuss how to deepen our faith to make a difference, and discover with them the importance of depth in our relationships, understanding, emotions, love, and conviction.If you'd like to email the show, send us a message at email@example.comReferencesA Holiday of Faith on Deep Spirituality Stephen CurryDeep Dish Pizza Erykah Badu Bob Dylan Bruce Springsteen John Mayer Ed Sheeran The Beatles India.Arie Lauren Daigle J. Cole Sam Cooke Witt Lowry Miranda Lambert Carrie Underwood Shallow by Lady Gaga, Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born) Deep Love on Deep
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