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Putting Theology Into Practice

There’s enough disorder in life without disconnecting what you believe from how you live. To make an impact, your faith must be integrated. The Practicology Podcast is bridging the gap between Scripture and every day life because the Bible belongs not only beside the stack of commentaries but also next to the pile of dirty dishes.

We want to help you connect glorious truth about God to the stubborn realities of life — what could be more exciting?

PP073 Anxiety Answers: Diving Deep for Solutions

Josh comes back one last time to walk us through Philippians 4:4-7, point us to some resources, and explain how a counselor can help us. Along the way he keeps calling Mike ‘Michael’ (something Mike quite enjoyed!), and smashes all previous records for longest episode on the Practicology Podcast. But for those who struggle with anxious feelings, it’s worth every minute of it!


Scriptures Referenced: Phil. 4:4-7; Psalm 119:25-26

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PP072 The Crucible of Chastening

Why do believers suffer? Why does God chasten his people? Because God loves us! He is not trying to make us bitter, but to make us better, and that the life of Jesus may be displayed in our mortal flesh. Listen in as Matthew’s father, Lloyd, takes us through the crucible of chastening – its reality, our reactions, God’s reasons, and the results of the trials we endure.


Scriptures Referenced: Job 4:5-9; 42:14; Prov 3:11-12; 17:3; 1Kings 1:5-6; Joh 15:1-2; 2Cor 1:3-4; 4:7-11; 12:7; Heb 12:5-11


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PP071 Anxiety Analysis: Wading in to Where It Comes From

Why is there so much anxiety today? Where is it all coming from? To know the cause is often to know the cure (or at least some things that can help). Josh is back to take us through six pieces that contribute to the puzzle of why anxiety is so rampant in our culture. (On the subject of suicide, listeners are encouraged to search the Vine To Branches blog where Josh has a helpful series of articles to help.)


Scriptures Referenced: Psalm 11:13, 26:3; Eph 2:12; Rom 1; 1Pet 3:15


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PP070 The Father of the Bride

Paul’s heart for the church of God beat in harmony with God’s heart. His passion was to see the church maintain a purity of devotion to Christ – but purity of devotion depended on good teaching. Do we place a proper value on the teaching and beliefs of the local church?


Scriptures Referenced: Exo 34:14; 1Cor 4:15; 2Cor 11:1-6


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PP069 Anxiety Awareness: Getting Your Feet Wet

Christian counsellor Josh Smith joins us to kick off a series on anxiety. In this first episode we raise awareness about anxiety and expose the stigma that (sadly) accompanies it. It’s OK to be someone who suffers anxiety, and it’s really really OK to ask for help! Josh also gives us practical tips on figuring out who we can go to for help, and he explains what Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is. Along the way we share a little bit from our personal lives, discuss the importance the Bible attaches to our minds, and mention the problem of false guilt.
Scriptures Referenced: Rom 12:2; Col 3:2; 2Cor 10:5; Phil 2:5; Eccles 11:7
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PP068 What an Awesome Place

Just as we expect our own houses to be governed by the values and principles that we hold, so it is with God’s household, the church. The local church is like an outpost for Heaven on the earth, with the privilege and responsibility of upholding the name of Christ and reflecting how awesome our God is.
Scriptures Referenced:
Gen 28:10-22; Mat 18:15-20; 1Tim 3:14-16
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PP067 “Hi How Are You?” Why Small Talk Is a Big Deal

Greeting one another and making small talk can be awkward and feel fake at times. But it’s actually a big deal. God himself greets us, and he commands us to greet one another. And when we do so, we’re actually saying far more than we realize. We’re acknowledging the value and worth of another human being in a way that is deeply meaningful. Don’t miss the opportunity to be a blessing to someone–greet them!
Scriptures Referenced: Gen 3:9; Exod 18:7; Matt 10:12; Phil 4:21-23; Rom 16; Dan 10:11; Ruth 2:4; Num 6:22-27
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PP066 A People to Whom You Commit

One of the most beautiful and instructive metaphors of the church is that of the body. It teaches us about unity, diversity, and interdependency. Listen as Mike & Matthew talk about the blessing that commitment and accountability bring to the local church.
Scriptures Referenced: 1Cor 12:12-27; Eph 4:3; Php 1:27; Php 2:3-5
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PP065 Finding Friends

Finding a friend can be one of the greatest joys in life. Not having a friend can be one of life’s greatest sorrows. How do we go about finding a friend? The good news for shy people is this: the best way to go about finding a friend is to do it indirectly. You don’t need to change your personality; you just need to develop personal interests. If your shortage of good friends is a major source of angst for you, this episode is just for you!
Scriptures Referenced: Col 3:4; Php 1:21; Heb 2:14; John 15:13
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PP064 A Very Special Building

The structural integrity of any building is largely dependent on its foundation. The local church is no different – its foundation is Jesus Christ. And a church that forgets its foundation is sure to make mistakes in its attempts to add to the building, and to beautify the building. And because this building is so special to God, it also comes with a solemn warning to anyone that destroys it. How can someone destroy a local church? Listen to Matthew & Mike in this episode for help in avoiding that tragic mistake.
Scriptures Referenced: 1Cor 3:1-23; 1Pet 2:4-5
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