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21 minutes | Aug 5, 2020
Episode 38 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Self Control
Fruit of the Spirit - Self ControlToday we finish our series about the Fruit of the Spirit with the fruit of Self Control. All of us would love more self control, as we seek to be like Jesus and make good decisions about health, finances, relationships, lifestyle, etc. And yet, as we have heard throughout the series, we cannot just will ourselves to better behavior. We are ultimately dependent on God to help grow this fruit within us. Join us as we think about how God wants to partner with us to help us make better decisions and respond to others with a Christ-like attitude.
18 minutes | Jul 29, 2020
Episode 37 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Gentleness
Fruit of the Spirit - GentlenessThis week we talk about one of the more misunderstood Fruits of the Spirit. Being gentle doesn't mean being a doormat, or never wanting anything for ourselves. Being gentle means responding with Christ-like humility and grace to the people around us, which can take tremendous strength! Article Referenced this Episode: https://jamesclear.com/why-facts-dont-change-minds#:~:text=Facts%20Don't%20Change%20Our%20Minds.,risk%20of%20losing%20social%20ties.
18 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Episode 36 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Faithfulness
The Fruit of the Spirit - FaithfulnessThis week we'll look at the Fruit of Faithfulness, our willingness to say "yes" to God's leading wherever He chooses to take us. Growing in faithfulness is about humbling ourselves and trusting that what God wants is better than what we want, even if it seems less convenient or comfortable. This week we'll talk about how we can cultivate a more faithful heart in any season of life, and learn to say both "yes" and "no" as God leads us. Scripture Reference - Acts 20:22-24
16 minutes | Jul 15, 2020
Episode 35 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Goodness
Fruit of the Spirit - GoodnessWe all want to do "good," but how do we define what is good? And what does it take to stay motivated to do what is good over the long haul? This week Pastor AJ will talk about how we can define what is good, and how the voices and influences in our lives can make it easier or harder to pursue what is good in God's eyes.
20 minutes | Jul 8, 2020
Episode 34 -Fruit of the Spirit - Kindness
Fruit of the Spirit - KindnessThis week Pastor AJ will be talking about the fruit of kindness, something we all long to experience more of in a culture marked by hostility and antagonism towards those we disagree with. If you want to follow along, Pastor AJ reads from Luke 6:27-36. He also references this article by Lisa Rieck, and the bookSo You've Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson.
19 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
Episode 33 - The Fruit of the Spirit - Peace
This week Pastor AJ gets back in the right order as talk about the fruit of Peace. In our Mid-western context, peace is often understood as the absence of tension, or a lack of conflict. However, real, Biblical peace involves healing and reconciliation, processes that may be painful or uncomfortable in the moment, but ultimately result in our flourishing. Join us this week as we learn how to embrace God's work of bringing peace into our lives.
19 minutes | Jun 24, 2020
Episode 32 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Patience
This week we'll talk about the Fruit of Patience. We may think being patient means being passive, but true patience is a proactive choice to demonstrate kindness and self control when we are feeling the opposite on the inside! We'll talk about why we need to grow in patience, and how we can make room for the Spirit's work in the midst of a challenging time for our country. This episode also references an article about the Pandemic called "The Hammer and the Dance" which can be found here.
20 minutes | Jun 17, 2020
Episode 31 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Joy
This week Pastor AJ talks about the second Fruit of the Spirit, Joy. When you look at the Bible, the word Joy is more than just being "happy" in our circumstances. Biblical Joy is finding peace and confidence and contentment because of who God is, and what He has done. Join us as we talk about this important topic, and ask God to fill us with Joy for the week ahead.
23 minutes | Jun 9, 2020
Episode 30 - The Fruit Of The Spirit - Love
This week we'll look at the first fruit of the Spirit, Love (from the Greek word Agape). Although we may use the word love in many different ways in English (I love this shirt! I love my wife!), Agape love has a specific meaning. Agape is an unconditional, chosen love that is modeled for us by Jesus. Listen to hear more about how the Spirit wants to grow this love in us, and participate in a prayer exercise for the week ahead.
17 minutes | Jun 3, 2020
Episode 29 - Fruit of the Spirit - An Introduction
This week Pastor AJ begins a new series looking at Paul's Fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-24. This week we'll introduce the passage and provide some context. Over the course of the summer, we'll explore each fruit individually and look at how we can invite God to develop these virtues within us. As you continue to navigate these challenging times, may God continue to grow the fruit of Christ-likeness within you in all that you do!Galatians 5:22-24South Grandville Church
23 minutes | May 20, 2020
Episode 28 - Habits For Christians - Habit of Service
This week Pastor AJ talks about the Habit of Service, and how we can grow to be more intentional about serving the people God has placed in our lives. This week's references include:1 John 3:16-18The Spiritual Disciplines Handbook**A correction - in the podcast Pastor AJ mistakenly credited the book to Richard Foster's group Renovare. This was incorrect, as the book was published by InterVarsity Publishing.
23 minutes | May 13, 2020
Bonus Episode - Habits for Christians - The Sabbath
Habits for Christians - The SabbathThis week Pastor A.J. talks about the importance of practicing the Sabbath, and taking time to pause from our normal routine to intentionally rest in God's presence. During the Episode, Pastor A.J. references the following items:-Exodus 20:8-11-Article: 75+ Hobby Ideas for Men-AJ Swoboda - Subversive Sabbath-Walter Bruggemann - Sabbath as Resistance South Grandville Church Podcasts
21 minutes | May 6, 2020
Bonus Episode - Habits for Christians - Praying for God to Work
Habits for Christians - Praying for God to WorkThis week Pastor A.J. talks about the habit of prayer, and how we can pray for God's work in our lives, and the lives of others. He offers three principles to guide us in prayer and some reflection questions to guide your prayer this week. If you'd like to follow along, the passages referenced this week areMatthew 7:7-12,Psalm 113, andProverbs 3:5-8.
19 minutes | Apr 29, 2020
Bonus Episode - Habits for Christians - Listening for God's Voice
Habits for Christians - Listening for God's VoiceThis week Pastor AJ continues our series about Habits for Christians with a discussion of how we can listen for God's voice in our lives. Prayer is about more than just speaking - it's a two way conversation, where God speaks to us, encourages us, and challenges us as we need it. We'll talk about the role of Holy Spirit in hearing from God(John 16:7-15), and what it looks like practically to listen for God's voice in our lives. South Grandville Chuch Podcasts
28 minutes | Apr 22, 2020
Bonus Episode - Habits for Christians - Reading the Bible
This week Pastor AJ begins a new series focused on spiritual habits that we can work on developing while we are unable to be together as a Church. This week, we will focus on reading the Bible. We'll think about what the Bible is, why spending time in Scripture is more than an obligation, and some practical tips for developing a stronger Bible-reading habit during the week.At the end, Pastor AJ offers a few suggestions for resources if you want to dig deeper:One-to-One Bible Reading by David Helmhttps://matthiasmedia.com/products/one-to-one-bible-reading Multiply: Disciples Making Disciples by Francis Chanhttp://multiplymovement.com/ Atomic Habits by James Clearhttps://jamesclear.com/atomic-habits
17 minutes | Apr 15, 2020
Bonus Episode - A Shelter In Place Devotional - #3
Shelter In Place #3 - Prayer for RelationshipsThis week Pastor AJ invites you to participate in a prayer exercise that is focused on our relationships. We'll follow three prompts (Gratitude, Conflict, Intercession) to guide our prayers for the people in our lives, and ask for the grace to respond to people in a Christ-like way. Be sure to take time to pause the recording between each section for prayer and reflection. If you'd like to follow along in your Bible, the Scripture references are as follows:GratitudeProverbs 17:171 John 4:12ConflictProverbs 15:1Proverbs 15:18Proverbs 16:32Proverbs 29:11IntercessionGalatians 6:22 Peter 3:9South Grandville Church Podcasts
27 minutes | Apr 9, 2020
Bonus Episode - Jesus' Seven Words From The Cross
This week, as the Global Church celebrates Holy Week, Pastor AJ invites you to read through Jesus' seven words from the cross. This is an opportunity for you to hear Jesus' final words, and consider what they might mean for you, in your current circumstances. You can listen to the whole thing at once, or listen to a couple of readings a day leading up to Easter. If you would like to read or follow along with the passages, here are the Scripture references:The First Word - Luke 23:32-38The Second Word - Luke 23:39-43The Third Word - John 19: 25-27The Fourth Word - Matthew 27:45-46The Fifth Word - John 19:28-29The Sixth Word - John 19:30The Seventh Word - Luke 24:1-8South Grandville Church Podcasts
18 minutes | Apr 1, 2020
Bonus Episode - A Shelter In Place Devotional - #2
This week Pastor A.J. leads us through a prayer exercise called the "Prayer of Examen" started by Saint Ignatius back in the 1600's. This is an prayer you can do anytime and anywhere and helps us draw closer to God and see what He IS doing in our lives.
22 minutes | Mar 25, 2020
Bonus Episode - A Shelter In Place Devotional - #1
Pastor AJ invites you to participate in a prayer exercise called "Lectio Divina," a way of reading Scripture prayerfully as you listen for God's voice. Our passage for this week is Colossians 3:1-17. This devotional can be done anywhere it's convenient - on the couch, as you walk your dog, or in your closet as you hide from your family after too-much together time. South Grandville Church PodcastsColossians 3:1-17
24 minutes | Mar 4, 2020
Episode 017 - "Mom Jokes"
"Mom Jokes" and Genesis 22This week Ben and AJ are joined by special guest Kristina Netz! They discuss the challenges of understanding God's test for Abraham in Genesis 22, and why we have to look backward before we can move forward. Plus Kristina shares some A+ Mom jokes. A.J. Love's Mayochup
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