57 minutes | Aug 10, 2017
015 Enjoying Victory with the Shield of Faith
Temptation and discouragement do not have to stop us in our tracks. Our shield of faith can protect against any spiritual arrow the enemy wants to shoot at us. Paul knew that the Roman soldiers were equipped for success in battle. The fact that he used their armor as an illustration says a great deal about what he believed our chances for victory are in spiritual battle. Today, we are looking at the fourth kind of spiritual armor from Ephesians 6. In Today's episode: What does a spiritual arrow from the enemy look like? How can we 'Take up the Shield of Faith' like Paul says to do? Why would the enemy want to target us? How our response to his attacks can be the preparation we need to go forward and do great things for God in the future. Hear missionaries talk about their strategic plans to take the Gospel to another land. Ephesians 6:16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. Illustration of the Roman soldier used by Paul in chapter 6 Paul spent lots of time around the Roman soldiers of his day. One time he had as many as 470 with him while he was being moved from one location to another (Acts 23:23) Roman soldiers were very successful agains their enemies… 3 Reasons for Success Equipment Physical Training Mindset Equipment ~ Shield -size of a small door (2 ft by 4ft) -thin strips of wood glued together and covered in canvas and leather -in middle, a round knob made of iron; used to knock down the enemy -shield weighed almost 22 pounds Physical Training -Endurance exercises including marching—have to travel about 20 miles in 5 hours, with all equipment on! -Fighting exercises including practicing strategic ways to use shields/different formation 1 More item necessary for survival… Mindset! Soldiers on the battlefield, closing in on the enemy, approaching enemy fortress… Critical moment that reveals whether the soldier has an attitude of trust in his leader. Their leader decides what formation to use Soldier could just try to protect himself…OR obey his leader and move into formation If there is going to be success, soldiers have to completely trust their leader Not only must he trust the ability of the leader to make good decisions, but also the leader’s character! -Trust that the leader was there to help, not secretly planning to hurt -Trust that the leader has best intentions and planning for the army’s success. Having this mindset of trusting the leader would have been critical, because if you really trusted him, you would naturally obey. You would take your shield, and move into the correct formation that the leader has decided to use. Recognizing the Spiritual Arrows There are spiritual attacks by our enemy, meant to target us in a particular way…keeping us from standing strong in the Lord. Understanding about these arrows will help us know how to use the shield of faith. 4 Main Parts of an Arrow Analogy The Nock: Reminds me of the timing of the shot. Enemy waits for just the right timing. The Fletching: Reminds me of the topic or subject area Satan will use to keep arrow on target. The Shaft: Reminds me of the actual deception; the goal of the enemy getting us to believe a lie about God. The Arrowhead: There are different types of arrowheads for different situations. The arrowhead is what this weapon is all about. The other 3 parts work together to accomplish 1 goal: getting the arrowhead on target. The arrowhead reminds me about: the kind of wound Satan wants us to have. And the best way to explain it is to show you what it looks like in action. First, we have to take a close look at the day Satan shot his first arrow at humans, in Genesis 3 Satan waits for the perfect timing (the nock). Eve seems to be near the tree with the forbidden fruit and it appears that God is not talking with them right now, like in the past. Satan waits for just the right time. The topic Satan uses to keep the deception on track (the fletching) is about whether or not the fruit will really hurt them. The lie (the shaft) —Satan told them that they would be like God. Eve begins too believe that God is not telling the truth The wound (the arrowhead) - ‘Satan wants her to believe that she cannot trust God”. He wants her to think that God is not protecting her from something bad, but instead, God is keeping her from something good!” Satan wants to wound her trust in God. God knew the effects and nature of evil. This infection of evil was what God wanted to protect Adam and Eve from. What Satan told Eve was partially true—she would know evil. But she would not know evil the way God did, without the contamination of evil. She would know evil by experience, and be infected by it for life. Satan wanted her to think God kept something good from her, but actually God was protecting her from something bad! This is what the arrow is all about. The intention is to wound our trust in Who God is. God had seen evil in action. He knew what it could do. He saw evil consume the angel Lucifer. He saw it change the angels that followed Lucifer to rebellion. God wanted to protect Adam and Eve from this. Satan puts a new idea into her head “I can’t really trust God?” “God is keeping me from something good." This was the kind of wound Satan brought, a wound to Eve’s attitude of trust in Who God is. When she believes God cannot be trusted, she looks at the tree in a different way. The arrow has worked: now, Eve thought the serpent was right… that God was not who she thought He was. He cannot be trusted. Adam and Eve eat the fruit Now, it become obvious that Satan’s arrow is a flaming arrow: And, just like fire, the flame spreads fast! Back to Ephesians 6 If a Roman solider was hit by a flaming arrow, there would not only just be the initial wound of the arrow, but the fire would bring more damage that spreads. The damage spread in Genesis 3, also. The physical intimacy between the first couple has changed (now they are wearing fig leaves) The relationship with God changed (now Adam is afraid and hiding from his Creator and Friend) The emotional intimacy between Adam and Eve has broken down (Adam blames his wife) Pain in childbearing Eve’s desire to rule over Adam Ground is cursed Work becomes harder Death comes Garden of Eden is no longer home But perhaps the greatest demonstration of the fire spreading is this…in Genesis 4:8. Cain rises up to kill his own brother. Just like fire spreads and does a great deal of damage—the enemy intends to do a lot of damage in our lives with his fiery arrows. - damage to our relationships, damage to our integrity and purity, damage to our testimony for God. It all began with Satan’s plan to deceive Eve about whether or not she could really trust God. This is at the heart of the deception. This is the kind of arrowhead that Satan uses to inflict wounds on God’s children. He wants to wound our trust in who God is. Why? Because Satan knows if we choose not to trust God, we will also not want to obey what God says. And the whole idea of standing strong in the Lord and having a consistent life of victory over temptation and discouragement: Satan knows it will all be an unattainable dream, and never a reality—if only he can convince us to NOT trust God. So, what could Eve have done and what can you and I do? Learning from the example of the soldier and the shield The soldier would need to trust in the ability and the character of his leader. He would need to trust that his leader is truly planning for victory. Evidence that the soldier would trust in his leader would be: 1- he would go and get into formation 2- he would march forward in the formation Eventally the group of soldiers would find themselves on the other side of the heat of the battle. Then they would be given orders to spread out again. In the spiritual battle that we face, success will be found in trusting in Who God is - trusting in His character and His love, believing the best about Him and not the worst. Examples of arrows and trusting: 2 types of arrows that our spiritual enemy shoots towards us: 1. An arrow of temptation This arrowhead is about convincing me that God is not protecting me from something bad, but instead, He is keeping me from something good. Satan wants me to be convinced that I cannot really trust God. The shield of faith is simple. Believe in WHO God is. That He truly is protecting you, that He truly has your best interest in mind. Trusting in Who God is will help you and I to take the immediate action of turning away from the temptation - like the soldier had to take the immediate action to go where his leader said to go and get in the correct formation. When the arrows were spotted in the sky, the leader would call out the formation to go and get into. Like the soldier, trust your leader and immediately do what you know that He would want you to do. 2. An arrow of discouragement, with the intention of getting us to become bitter against God. Trust in Who God is - that He is our loving Father and He has promised to never leave us or forsake us - that He is working behind the scenes on our behalf, working all things out for good. Trusting in His character will help you and I to immediately move away from the temptation to become bitter against God and move to a place of contentment and resting in God. The Formation If the Testudo formation was called out, the soldiers would get in formation and, at their leader's command, begin marching forward. The arrows would be hitting their shields from above and they would continue forward. Eventually, they would find themselves on the otherside of the difficult part of the battle. The shield formation for the soldiers can be compared to a Bible passage for us. After we take the immediate action of moving away from the temptation to sin, and moving away from the temptation to become bitter against God - we need to move to a Bible passage. Ask God to give you some Bible passages that you can go to during these times. Find portions of Scripture that deal with the area that you are dealing with. Think on these verses. Obeying what the Scripture teaches would be similar to the idea of the soldiers marching forward in the formation. Eventually,
42 minutes | May 13, 2016
014 The Gospel Shoes & Our Mission in Life
Wearing the right kind of shoes was critical for the Roman soldier, and the Gospel of Peace shoes are important for us, as well. It's our third kind of spiritual armor from Ephesians 6. In Today's episode: What are the Gospel of Peace shoes? How can we wear them? 2 Tricks of the enemy, and how these shoes can help us to stand strong against these tricks How wearing these shoes can be a help to us in putting on the rest of the armor Hear missionaries from Niger, West Africa In Ephesians 6, the next piece of spiritual armor Paul wants Christians to wear is a pair of the right kind of shoes. Verse 15 “…And, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” What is the Gospel of Peace? 4 chapters before Paul talks about having our feet prepared with the Gospel of Peace, there is a passage where Paul mentions “Peace” four times in Ephesians 2:13-19. In this section, the Author of peach is mentioned, as well as 2 groups that were once fighting and now have peace. The 2 groups: Those who were “far off” in verse 13, (the Gentiles), and those who were “near” in verse 17 (the Jews). Why was one group considered far off from God and the other considered near? Gentiles were anyone who was not a Jew. God’s laws didn’t come to them, and they didn’t perform the Old Testament sacrifices. The Jews, however, were near to God. They were His people, and they had received God’s laws and did the sacrifices. There was huge hostility between these 2 groups, and many Jews had great pride in being God’s “chosen people”. Christ is our peace in that Christians have been brought near to God through his death, and also in that He establishes unity among people by His death. So keeping the law is no longer a requirement for having peace with God. Jesus is our peace. 4 important questions about the unity that Jesus creates. 1. Why would Jesus do all this? So that He may present a unified body of believers to the Father. 2. Why would He want to present the unified body to the Father? (John 17:11 “…that they may be one, even as we are one.” Here, Jesus expresses to the Father that he wants those who believe in Him to be one. Also verses 11, 21-23.) The unified believers would serve as evidence to others that Jesus was truly from God. 3. How is this evidence that Jesus is from God? This is evidence, because nobody else could bring together people who have such bad feelings toward each other…and help them consider one another as family! Only one sent from God could do this. 4. How did this unity happen? It came about through the cross of Christ! Ephesians 2:16. And this last important fact is what Satan does not want people to know: that true and lasting peace only comes through Jesus, and what he did for us on the cross. Jesus wanted to take groups that were fighting, break down the barriers, and bring them as one body into a relationship with God. (Ephesians 2) A reason that Jesus wanted his followers to be unified is so the world would believe that He was sent from God. (John 17) This would be amazing evidence! And it would only happen by the cross. Through his act of sacrificing himself, he has brought the message of peace. And it is a message that the enemy wants to hide, and even use Christians to hide it. Which brings us to the two schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:11 “Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” The first trick that Satan uses to hide the message (that peace comes through Christ and His cross) is that he wants us to think that what unifies Christians the most -our greatest bond- is something other than the cross. We all come to God the same way, by the blood of Jesus, and so there is no room for pride. No one is less deserving of God’s judgment for sin than the other. Of course, we all have various views on different things… -traditions in the church -interpretation of passages in Scripture -Bible translations -Denominations -Politics And Satan would want us to think that these kinds of things are what unite us the most! The result? Each one of our “groups” are united, but the body of Christ is not. And the message of peace becomes hidden to those who are not in the family of God because they do not see this unity. They see division. As Christians, if we have made other things a test for unity, one of the best things we can do is go to our brother/sister in Christ and ask them to forgive us. Because when you and I hold to views that treat our family in Christ as though they are not, we are in fact being used by the enemy to hide the important message of peace through the cross alone. The second scheme of the Devil has to do with what we say. Our enemy would want us to think that if we tell someone they can only have peace with God through the cross, then that conversation itself will always lead to something other than peace. It’s a conversation that will just bring conflict! But this is not true. There is a way to have a conversation about the Gospel without people getting upset and seeing a relationship ruined. Speak with humility, explaining how you’ve rebelled against God and deserve His judgment. In Acts 26:9-11, Paul communicates to his audience that if anyone was an enemy of God, it was definitely himself! If anyone deserved God's judgment, it was Paul! The apostle showed humility. In verses 30-32 of that same chapter, Paul has talked about his encounter with Christ, and at the end the king was inclined to let him go free. Paul has not made a new enemy here. The kind of thinking that believes sharing our message of peace cannot be done without hurting a friendship or making enemies - is a trick from the devil. 2 important things about wearing the Gospel of peace shoes- -How we can wear them -Why I believe that wearing these shoes are critical for us in standing strong against our spiritual enemy. #1 How to wear them ~ Accept the mission that Jesus has given us. (Acts 1:8) We are witnesses of Christ and His message of peace. Think of this like a shoe for the left foot and the right. Left foot: keep unity in the body of Christ, not create division; and determine that our strongest bond is Jesus and His cross. Right foot: share with others how we deserved God’s judgment, but we found peace with God through Christ’s sacrifice. #2 Why is it so critical that we accept this mission of promoting His peace? So we will be able to make a difference for the glory of God. The Roman soldier’s sandals had spikes, or nails that gave him a firm footing, and no slipping. If he fell, of course, he would not be able to fight well! The right kind of shoes were critical to him having the victory in battle. How can wearing our Gospel of peace shoes help us effectively use other pieces of armor? Because when we accept this mission of promoting peace, it gives us purpose and focus in life. And that motivates us to want to stand strong in our faith. We will find ourselves wanting to say “NO” to sin in our life, because that sin interferes with the mission of our life. If you have found yourself struggling with saying no to sin, one of the things that will help you, is saying “Yes!” to the life mission of sharing the Gospel of peace. This is our purpose and mission in life. When you and I embrace this as our mission, we will want to stand strong. We will want to walk in victory, because we have already said 'yes' to being His witnesses of the message of peace. And when the schemes of Satan interfere with us staying on mission, we will want to stand up and say “No!” to the enemy.
45 minutes | Apr 15, 2016
013 Protect Yourself With the Breastplate
What if God's Character was the greatest influence on our life? It would mean protection for our mind, will and emotions. In Today's Episode we learn about the second piece of spiritual armor from Ephesians 6. How to wear the Breastplate of Righteousness The areas of protection The story of the changed life of Moses Interview from Singapore about missions What is the greatest influence on your life? What influences your thoughts, desires, and emotions? 3 Areas targeted by our spiritual enemy the way we think our desires, our emotions The Breastplate of Righteousness, from Ephesians 6;14, can protect us in each of these areas. The physical breastplate of the Roman soldier in Paul's day was constructed of bronze or iron, and held together by leather cords or buckles. It protected the soldier’s vital organs. Two of those were the heart and stomach. The heart is linked to 2 areas in Scripture: the way we think about life our desires The stomach and intestines area is linked with our emotions in Scripture. Verses about our heart and thinking: Matthew 9:4 “But Jesus, knowing their evil thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts?” Psalm 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart . . .” Proverbs 16:16 “The plans of the heart belong to man…” Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is . . . discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Verses about our heart and desires: Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 20:4 "May he grant you your heart's desire." Besides the heart, the breastplate also protected the stomach and intestines areas. Verses about our emotions: Have you ever felt excited or nervous about something, and felt it in your stomach a bit? In the original language the New Testament was written in (Greek), the word used for the intestines in Acts 1:18, referring to the intestines of Judas gushing out of him after he fell to the ground when he was hung, (Strong's Number G4698) is the same word used for "heart" in Colossians 3:12 where the heart of compassion is mentioned. Colossians 3:12 “. . . put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” A form of this same Greek word is also used in Matthew 20:34 when it says, "Moved with compassion." Matthew 20:34 “Moved with compassion, Jesus touched their eyes; and immediately they regained their sight and followed him.” This reference to the stomach / intestines and bowels area was mentioned in connection with emotions in the culture of the day. Back in Ephesians, the Breastplate of Righteousness physically covers 2 areas of a person (the heart and stomach/intestines area) that which are also linked in Scripture with 3 areas in a person’s life: the thinking, the desires, and the emotions. God offers protection for these parts that are targeted by the enemy. The word “righteousness” Synonyms of righteousness are: integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting Question “whose righteousness protects us ?” God's righteousness. Philippians 3:9 “…and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith...” 2 Ways that God's righteousness protects us: In one way, God’s own righteousness already protects the Christian: from future judgment (Hebrews 9:27) In another way, His righteousness is available to protect us in this life, if we choose to wear it. Have you ever heard anyone talk to you about hanging out with the right kind of people? It’s important to have our closest friends be people of high character. These 2 verses in Proverbs provide wisdom about the powerful influence people can have on one another. Proverbs 27:17 “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 13:20 “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.” What if we were to walk with God? What if we, as believers, made the conscious decision to make sure that His righteous character was the greatest influence on our lives? It would have a big effect on the way we think, what we desire, and what our emotions look like! Furthermore, what if we even started embracing those righteous character qualities with our actions; what would that look like? If God had the greatest influence on our lives, the influence of this world’s philosophy would not be able to change our way of thinking, shape our desires, or control our emotions. What would this look like? Protection Example of a man who was influenced by God and the change life that resulted: We’re now going to look at the true story of a man who allowed God to be his greatest influence. He spent time with God, and over time embraced God’s plan, and became a changed man. In Exodus chapter 4, Moses was against the idea of being a leader for God’s people. But 10 chapters later, he had become a changed man. He had embraced God’s plan for him to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. This change of heart didn’t happen over night-Moses got upset at God in chapter 5, verses 22-23. In chapter 8, Moses’s attitude is beginning to change. That is because he has learned some important things about God. God is compassionate, He cares about his covenant with Israel, He is very powerful, God could be trusted - so far, everything He said would happen is coming true! After coming to understand all these things about God through his experiences in Egypt, Moses was ready to become more involved. Moses had just been a spokesman up until now, but in chapter 9 he began to be more involved in the miracles that God was doing. Finally the day arrives when it became obvious how far Moses has come in his spiritual growth. As the Israelites escape from Egypt, and see Pharaoh’s chariots coming at them on one side, with the sea on the other, Moses gives the pep talk of his life to the frightened people he’s leading. Exodus 14:13-14 Moses is convinced that God loves these people and is really going to rescue them. Now, we see the ultimate physical demonstration that Moses has embraced all that he’s learned about God. He truly believes in Him. Only 10 chapters before, he had no clue about standing strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might. But now, Moses is living it! How can we put on the Breastplate of Righteousness? We might think of it like a two-step process. 1- We spend time getting to know the Righteous character of God - through reading His Word on a regular basis. It might be morning, it might be later in the day, or at night before bed. But you and I need to find a way to spend time around the righteous character of God. Nobody is going to schedule it for us. If we want protection, you and I need to make the time for this. 2 - Embrace His character As we learn about His character from the Bible, we begin to THINK the way God does. We begin looking at life from His perspective, bringing the way we do life into obedience to what God says is right. And then, we find out what is important to God's heart. What does He DESIRE? And then we ask Him to give us a heart for the things that He has a heart for. And while we are getting to know God through His Word, we watch to see: what kinds of things please God? What kinds of things make God sad? Or angry? And we ask Him to help us to have the kind of EMOTIONS that He would be in agreement with. We are deciding that His character will be the greatest influence in our lives. This is protection. And it's the kind of protection that we need to make time for.
34 minutes | Mar 13, 2016
012 Wearing the Belt of Truth: 4 Steps
Protecting our respect for the Truth of God’s Word is the first line of defense against the attack from our spiritual enemy. The battle is real. The enemy is serious. But our God is much more powerful! Living with His armor is the key to living in victory. Don’t go through life without wearing the armor. Today, learn how to live with the Belt of Truth on. In today’s episode: 2 Important facts you should know about our spiritual enemy The Devil’s background, strategy, limitation and future 4 steps for living with God’s protection: the Belt of Truth Interview about short-term missions with Wayne and Nancy Reigel 1st Fact about our enemy: He is serious about doing damage We know our enemy is serious about doing damage because: He takes the time to come up with schemes; he is tricky and crafty. Genesis 3:1 – Satan questioned God’s Word. 2 Corinthians 11:14 – Appears as an angel of light We know our enemy is serious about doing damage because: We see the results of his very effective system that plays on our weakness. Ephesians 6: 12 – He has a large, well-organized group of fallen angels that work for him. This organization has brought him a lot of success. Examples: Satan has had success with … those who were dedicated to God from birth (Samson’s story in Judges 13-16) those who had a parent involved in ministry (the priest Eli and his sons, 1 Samuel 2-3) even the wisest man who ever lived! (Solomon, 1 Kings 11) Even his heart was turned away from God. No one is immune to being targeted by the enemy. 2nd Fact about our enemy: He is not in total control Ephesians 6:13 With God it is possible to stand firm! Reminders for us that Satan is not in total control: He was cast out of heaven by God (Ezekiel 28:12-13, Isaiah 14:12-15, Luke 10:18) He has to submit to God’s limitations on how far he can go in hurting people (Job 1) We see Jesus casting out demons, and others who cast them out in Jesus’s name (New Testament) One day, God will put Satan away forever! (Revelation 20:10) The first area of attack is against our respect for the truth of God’s Word, so the armor we need is the Belt of Truth (Ephesians 6:14) Steps for living with the Belt of Truth: Example from King Josiah Allow it to command our attention (2 Kings 22:10) Allow it to move us emotionally (2 Kings 22: 11-19) Seek God (2 Kings 22: 13) Find out how this truth applies to our life and circumstances. Allow God’s truth to move us to action (2 Kings 23:1-25) King Josiah dedicated himself to following God and then led his people to do the same. He made major changes in the land. Because Josiah decided that the truth of God’s Word would command his highest respect, he was able to have good judgment to make the right choices. And that is what the Belt of Truth can do for us in life!
35 minutes | Feb 7, 2016
011 Make a Difference with 7 Qualities
As we submit to God's work in our lives not only will we begin to change, but we will have the help of God to make a difference in many situations that we find ourselves in. Why? Because now we will be bringing God's perspective to the scene. In today's episode: 7 Characteristics of 7 people who made a difference - King Josiah, Moses, John the Baptist, Caleb, Joshua, Paul, Nehemiah. Why these particular qualities are the ones we need today, Short-term missions: interview with Wayne and Nancy Reigel.
42 minutes | Jan 10, 2016
010 The Path of Christian Fulfillment
There are two very different paths that Christians can walk down in life. We can either be on, what I'll call, "The Path of Christian Fulfillment" (it's a path we can see in Romans 12). Or we can be on, what I call, "The Path of Regret". This is a path we get on when we choose to ignore our Christian character. Today, I'll be talking about both of these paths. And I'm particularly excited about sharing with you about the habit God has used to change my life. In today's episode: What the path of fulfillment looks like How to get off the path of regret Staying on the path of fulfillment: the habit God has used to change my life Short-term missions: interview with Wayne and Nancy Reigel
42 minutes | Dec 14, 2015
009 Strengthening Our Christian Character
We've all lived with regret over making decisions that were not honoring to God - but living with regret does not have to be the norm. Today, I want to tell you about 4 people who can look back over certain parts of their lives and not have a since of regret. These people made good choices, even when it was difficult, and as a result they enjoyed God's blessing on their lives and enjoyed the good feeling that comes from living without regret. But there is something more - something unexpected that can come from having strong Christian character. There is another reason you and I can live without regret. In today's episode: 2 Great benefits that can come from strong Christian character Protecting our ministry effectiveness: the 2 areas of our character that we should not ignore 4 Steps for strengthening our Christian Character Part 2 of the missionary interview from the Paris, France area Christmas greetings from Bolivia, South America 2 Great Benefits that can come from strong Christian Character We learned from the stories about Daniel, Esther and Joseph that God sometimes opens new opportunities for ministry when we make God honoring character a priority in our lives. We saw that right after Paul talks about ministry in Romans 12, he gives examples of having Christian character. There is a good reason for that: If we focus on ministry and ignore our Christian character, then we cannot expect to be effective in ministry. Protecting our ministry effectiveness: the 2 areas of our character that we should not ignore Pay attention to the way you treat other people Pay attention to the way you treat your personal walk with God 4 Steps for strengthening our Christian character Decide that your Christian character matters to you Evaluate your life compared to Romans 12:9-21 (your strengths and weaknesses?) Ask God to help you make changes and expect Him to provide opportunities for change Find your fulfilment in serving God
40 minutes | Oct 26, 2015
008 Discovering Spiritual Gifts: 3 Steps
Do you enjoy serving God? Today, we are thinking about finding fulfilment in being one of God's servants. Learn about: -2 Things that will help us to find fulfillment in serving God -2 Ways God has equipped us so that we can be effective servants for Him -What spiritual gifts are and what 'the measure of faith is from Romans 12:3 -Why it's worth the time to discover and use your spiritual gift -3 Steps for discovering our spiritual gifts -Evaluating our service for God: Asking the SERVE questions. Our Scripture is Romans 12:2-8
34 minutes | Jun 8, 2015
007 Renewing the Mind & Enjoying the Results
Christians who have truly dedicated themselves to God want to live out that dedication. Renewing the mind makes it possible. In this episode we are going to look at what it means to renew the mind, how to do it and the benefits that come from it. When you and I embrace the lifestyle of renewing the mind there will be results. Today, we are going to look at: The two major ways that we can renew the mind. What does it mean to be a transformed Christian? Why can a transformed Christian discern God's will? What does it mean to discern God's will? 3 Results that can come from living in the will of God. Missionary Interview, part 2: Dave Brown, Missionary from Taiwan
34 minutes | Jan 31, 2015
006 First Step: Dedication
Do you enjoy being a Christian? Today, we will look at the first step towards enjoying the Christian walk. If you are a Christian, but don't enjoy the Christian walk - it doesn't have to be this way. There is something you can do about it. In this episode I want to begin sharing with you 3 steps you can take and one habit you can build. These things have been a big help to me and I want to share them with you. Today, we will be looking at the first step: dedicating ourselves to God. This first step is a great place for Christians to start if they want to get on the path to enjoying the Christian walk.
34 minutes | Dec 22, 2014
005 Resurrection Evidence: Eyewitnesses
The 3rd Kind of Supporting Evidence: the evidence that gets it's credibility from Eye Witness Testimony. This includes a look at the two theories that say the disciples only thought they saw a resurrected Christ. Also, in today's episode: it's almost Christmas! In the last half we have 4 missionaries who talk to us about Christmas in Poland, Brazil, South Korea and Uganda. If you happen to be finding this episode during another time of the year, I have put the resurreciton evidence in the first half of the podcast for you, so you don't have to listen to the Christmas parts if you don't want to. I hope you enjoy today's episode.
42 minutes | Dec 9, 2014
004 Resurrection Evidence: Explanations
The 2nd kind of supporting evidence: It's the evidence that gets in the way of other explanations. We also will be finishing up the intrview with New Tribes missionaries, Ace and Betty Draper. At the end of the episode we begin thinking about our own mission efforts and talk about 'going back to the mission field'.
35 minutes | Nov 19, 2014
003 Resurrection Evidence: Historical
The 1st kind of supporting evidence: It's the evidence that gets it's facts from historical documents. In Today's episode we will be thinking about helping others to take the teachings of Christ seriously. One way we can do this is to bring up the topic of the resurrection. Then, we learn about the important character quality of compassion as we listen to a missionary interview with Ace and Betty Draper, from New Tribes Mission. This is part one of 3 Kinds Of Evidence for the Resurrection. I want to help you to be able to have a conversation with others about the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
33 minutes | Jun 18, 2014
002 Sharing Our Faith: 3 Things to Make Clear
If we have an opportunity to talk with someone about God, one of the best things that we can do for them is make things simple. Today, we're going to look at 3 of the most important things that they need to know about God. Then, from Japan, we will listen to missionary Mark Wolter talk about what ministry is like, there. Before this episode is over, you'll hear a simple way to explain to a friend the 3 most important truths about coming to God - in a way that will help them to remember what you said, even after your conversation is over. It's even illustrated in a skit so that you get a clear idea of how to do it. if you are interested in strengthening your converstation about Christianity, then this can be helpful to you.
39 minutes | Jun 18, 2014
001 Sharing Our Faith: 4 Ways To Prepare
Sharing our faith with others can be enjoyable -if we are prepared. Today, we will look at some ways to best prepare for personal evangelism. If you have wondered where to start in getting ready to tell others about Christ, then this will be a helpful podcast episode. You can become confident in telling others about Christ! After we look at preparing, we'll listen to Mark Wolter talk about missionary work in Japan. Then, learn about the important conection that Jesus makes between evangelism and food. Get started in evangelism, get more comfortable and learn why it can be very satisfying to share your faith with others.