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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?

PP166 Summer Challenge and Summer Break

Announcing our fourth August Summer Challenge! Mike and Matthew talk everything you need to know for this year’s memorization challenge, and announce a brief summer break in July for the podcast.

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PP165 Phone Hacks!

As a quick follow up to PP164 on addictions, Josh Smith joins us again to give us 10 wise and very practical life hacks to help us decrease the amount of time we spend stuck to our phones. Excellent ideas in this episode!

Scriptures Referenced: Jam 1:26; Jam 3:2-10

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PP164 Addictions: A Biblical Understanding & Response

A longer episode, but an important one! Many of us struggle with addictive behaviour. The addiction may be simple and not seem to harmful at the moment, but it can quickly become complex and lead us into deeper sin. Guest host, Josh Smith (M.A. in Counseling, LPC in the State of Michigan), helps us to understand what addictions are, why we struggle with them, and most importantly, how we can overcome them by the grace of God. The discussion near the end on the four tools of the enemy (Access, Appetite, Anonymity, and Atheism) are particularly helpful. Josh has also provided these links as further resources for you on this topic.
Powerful Talk on Overcoming Addiction
The Secret of Addiction
Another Message on Overcoming Addiction
Rescue Plan Book
Addiction: A Banquet in the Grave Book

(Musical Credits: “Chain Breaker”, by Zach Williams, sung by Ken & Nancy Biddington).
Scriptures Referenced: Eccl 4:9-10; Mat 5:28-30; 1Cor 6:12; Rom 6:12-14; Col 3:5-16; Jam 1:14-25

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PP163 The Imago Dei: What It Means and Why It Matters

What does it mean that we are made in God’s image? Christians over the centuries have arrived at different answers. Mike surveys four views — resemblance, representation, relational, and reflection — and then, much to Matthew’s delight, declares all of them right! This doctrine serves as a reminder of the sanctity of human life and calls us to treat one another with the utmost respect and dignity, knowing that how we treat others reflects our treatment of God himself.

Scriptures Referenced:
Gen 1:26-28, 5:1-3, 9:5-6; 1Sam 6:5; Psa 8; Col 1:15, 3:10

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PP162 Cloak, Books, and Parchments #5

Just in time for summer holidays comes our fifth edition of Cloak, Books, and Parchments. In this episode we discuss the following eight books. Which will you take with you on the trip or to the beach?
– Remaking the World: How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West, by Andrew Wilson (Crossway)
– The Insanity of God, by Nik Ripken (B&H)
– Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn (Tyndale Fiction)
– Pride: Identity and the Worship of Self, by Matthew Roberts (Christian Focus)
– Love the Ones Who Drive You Crazy, by Jamie Dunlop (IX Marks)
– J.N Darby and the Roots of Dispensationalism, by Crawford Gribben (Oxford Univiersity Press)
– The Lord of Psalm 23, by David Gibson (Crossway)
– The Demon of Unrest, by Erik Larson (Crown Publishing)

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PP161 On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

“There is no rock like our God,” says Hannah in 1Sam 2:2. What a statement… and what a God! But what is meant by this frequent metaphor of God in the Bible? And how does it point us to Christ? Be encouraged as Mike & Matthew teach us about God our Rock.

Scriptures Referenced: Deut 32:4; 1Sam 2:2; Psa 18:2; Psa 62:6-7; Psa 71:3; Isa 26:4; 1Cor 10:4; Heb 13:8

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PP160 What Does God Want with Me?

Have you ever found yourself asking God these questions: “What do you want with me? Why did you save me? What’s your purpose for me?” God’s answer is short and simple. He wants us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with our God. That is, God wants us to spend our lives enjoying fellowship with him, becoming like him, and being agents of mercy in the world.

Scriptures Referenced: Micah 6:3-8

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PP159 Shame Off You!

Shame, shame. We all feel it. How can we be free from it? Tune in to hear why it is that we experience and shame and how the gospel provides a way to deal with it.

Scriptures Referenced: Gen 2:25; Isa 3:8-9; Rom 1:16; Rom 10:11; Heb 12:2

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PP158 Surprised by Doubts

Doubt is a monster that can sneak up and surprise us whether we’re young or mature in the faith. One day it even took John the Baptizer by surprise. In this episode we learn the surprising truth about who has doubts, what doubts are, where to take our doubts, and the wonderful potential they hold.

Scriptures Referenced: Luk 7:18-35; Isa 35

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PP157 Tips To Not Be Tripped by Temptation

As they conclude a brief look at the Lord Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness, Mike & Matthew broaden their discussion to specific temptations that believers face today. Listen closely for when Mike & Matthew believe abortion needs to be practiced… and stay tuned to the end to pick up 7 tips to avoid being tripped up by temptation.

Scriptures Referenced:
Mat 4:1-11; Mat 6:19-24; Luk 4:1-13; 1Cor 10: 13; 1Tim 6:10-18; Jam 1:14-15; 1Jn 1:9; 1Jn 2:1-2; 1Jn 2:15-17

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