Posts Tagged With: gentle

The Pools of God’s Mercy

THIS is why I follow Jesus. 

In this PODCAST, you will hear a story and see a Scriptural snapshot of just who Jesus was, and is.

He certainly and without a doubt is THIS to you!

Thank you for listening, and for sharing this message!!!

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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“Settled!!!”

Settled! As you will hear in this PODCAST, “settled” is such a wonderful word. 

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“The Unforced Rhythms of Grace”

Such a beautiful word, it is.

I’ll give you a hint. The title of this message notwithstanding, the word is not “grace,” beautiful as that word may be.

In this PODCAST, you’ll hear all about it.

Enjoy!!!

And thank you for listening, and for sharing this message!!! It means the world to me.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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You’ve Got This (You Really Do!)

The premise of this PODCAST is simply this:

The Christian life is not that complicated.

I would humbly suggest that from a purely biblical point of view, vibrant, dynamic, victorious Christian living is a pretty straightforward proposition.

Despite all of the endless books, sermons, lessons, blogs that load up a believer with their own unique lists of spiritual disciplines—each of which we MUST each incorporate into our daily lives in order to please God—I would humbly suggest that vibrant, dynamic, victorious Christian living can be summed up in one word.

One word that flows right out of Galatians 1:10.

Thank you for listening, and for sharing this message!!!

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Divine Intervention

Thank you for joining me once again in the cozy confines of my garage. Before we get into this week’s PODCAST, I wanted you to hear my heart. A heart that is overflowing with deep feelings of compassion and understanding.

It’s been a difficult week, to say the least. As I talk to you now, Atlanta is burning. The latest hotspot to erupt in the wake of the volcanic racial tensions that are seething in our country.

Covid-19 infections are spiking in several states this week, including my great state of Oregon.

People are suffering. People are scared. People feel uncertain. Insecure. Confused. Conflicted. Including many followers of Jesus.

Just this morning I received another one, a private message from someone confessing to me that they are struggling in their faith. Barely holding on.

I am hearing more and more of this the longer this societal craziness continues.

So if you’ll permit me, for this week’s podcast I want to share with you a message that I gave at a High School Camp last summer. One in which I tell my story of losing my faith, only to get it back—this through what was undeniably Divine Intervention.

Though my specific circumstances may differ from those of others who are similarly struggling in their faith—or perhaps have sadly, like me, lost their faith completely—the overarching message is equally applicable.

As I thought about it, this message serves as the perfect counterbalance to last week’s podcast. There I shared about how God directly intervened to save my life physically from a condition that could have, a perhaps should have, killed my body. For this week, how God directly intervened to save my life spiritually from a condition that killed my soul.

Mine is a story of hope that emerges from a time of despair. I offer it to you, humbly, in the hope that if you or someone you love is struggling in his or her faith, you and they might find the spiritual strength to take another step and to live another day.

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Like a City Set on a Hill

I don’t usually give you the takeaway of a lesson up front, preferring to spring it on you at some point unexpected in each lesson.

But as you are about to hear in this PODCAST, given the fact that there are two takeaways tonight, I’ll give them to you upfront, at the very beginning.

Takeaway #1. You really are some-one and some-thing special.

Takeaway #2. Jesus truly is gentle, and His burden really is light.

Meaning that we have one singular sublime and simple purpose.

Meaning that victorious, effective, God-pleasing Christian living is not difficult, nor is it complicated.

If you are ever tempted to feel as though the Christian life is a heavy burden, then this is for you!

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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Peter’s (and Paul’s) Impassioned Plea (Which BTW Echoes My Own)

Twitter has become the bane of my daily existence.

(You’ll discover why as you listen to this PODCAST.)

How I LONG—with every fiber of my being, with every beat of my hyperactive heart—for a kinder, gentler Christianity.

So did Peter.

So did Paul.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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A Life-Giving Touch of Kindness

Life is short.

People are fragile. So very, very fragile.

We who have committed our lives to a Gentle Jesus should of all people be a cascade of kindness to others.

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, that is Peter’s message to you and me today.

Pretty basic. In a perfect world (which ours is not), this should not even need to be said.

But sadly, it does need to be said. And we need to be reminded that…

Life is short.

People are fragile.

We who have committed our lives to a Gentle Jesus should of all people be a cascade of kindness to others.

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God bless you richly as you listen.

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How I Lost My Faith (and Got It Back Again)–My Two-Year Odyssey in a Spiritual Wasteland

I am coming off of an exhilarating week with the BEST high school students you’d ever want to meet.

In this PODCAST, you will hear my opening night message at Hartland Christian Camp. Believing that “openness begets openness,” I get very open, very real, very fast—with them, and now with you.

May my words be a blessing.

Please remember that depending upon your web browser and connection speed, it may take up to 60 seconds for this podcast to begin to play.

God bless you richly as you listen.

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The “Gracious” Holy Spirit

As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, The Apostle Paul made an astonishing statement to the committed-Christ-Followers living in Rome.

In other words, to those living in the belly of the beast.

  • Rome. The capital of an Empire that redefined hedonism, paganism, unbridled moral perversion.
  • Rome. The city that literally drank itself into daily stupor on cheap wine and human blood.
  • Rome. The city of the Colosseum and Gladiator.
  • Rome. The city where human life held zero value.
  • Rome. The city of which Paul wrote in Romans 1, “They invent new ways of sinning… They are heartless, and have no mercy. They know God’s justice requires that those who do these things deserve to die, yet they do them anyway. Worse, they approve and applaud others who practice them.”
  • Rome. The epitome of a religiously/politically lethal environment for every follower of Jesus.
  • Rome. Where Peter would eventually be crucified.
  • Rome. Where Paul himself would be beheaded.

So to encourage these embattled believers living right there as residence of this ancient sin-city, Paul wrote this amazing statement in his letter to the Roman believers,

“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

In a city where everyone was against these beleaguered believers in Jesus, Paul assured them that God would never be against them. God would never be against then because God was for them.

Guess what? He is for you too!

A blessedly-beautiful three-in-one proposition.

Please remember that depending upon your web browser and connection speed, it may take up to 60 seconds for this podcast to begin to play.

God bless you richly as you listen.

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