PP078 Mythbusters: Theology Isn’t Practical?

There’s a pernicious myth out there that theology isn’t practical. So Mike and Matthew head over to Acts 15 and draw out three points that expose this myth for what it is: (1) theology is everywhere; (2) theology is life-changing; (3) theology is a war fought with words. Theology isn’t practical? Try telling that to the newly-saved Gentile gents in Antioch!


Scriptures Referenced: Acts 15; Gal 5:1


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PP053 Habits of Grace: Practical Help for Giving

The Bible doesn’t just give us a theology of giving, it also gives us some how to. The Apostle Paul taught us the law of the harvest that we reap what we sow. In this episode we also learn about our Lord’s principles of giving in his Sermon on the Mount, and touch on matters such as debt, and giving privately instead of publicly.

Scriptures Referenced: 2Cor 8-9; Gal. 6
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PP051 Habits of Grace: Meditation & Prayer

Prayer can be hard work, and we need all the help we can get. One thing that helps is understanding how prayer relates to two other activities: reading the Bible and meditating. In this episode we go through a little poem that explains how it works: Before I read I pray / Before I pray I read / If in between I meditate / My heart knows what to say.


Scriptures Referenced: Jude 20-21; John 15:5; Mat 11:28; Ps 86:11, 90:14, 119:18, 36; Jam 1:19; Mark 2
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PP050 Habits of Grace: Gathering with the Church

Are you part of a local church, following the example of the early Christians in the Book of the Acts? Churches meet together. Many of the spiritual disciplines are private exercises, but the public activity of gathering together with the church is also a habit of grace. It is how we express our unity in Christ and is also for our own spiritual blessing. We shouldn’t attend the meetings of the church to impress others, but we should look at it as an opportunity to encourage others.

Scriptures Referenced: Acts 2:42-47; 1Cor 11:17; Heb 10:24-25
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PP049 Habits of Grace: Reading & Learning

One of the ways we can grow in enjoying and experiencing God’s love is through learning theology. And one of the ways we learn theology is through reading Scripture and books about Scripture. This is the first in a short series of episodes on the spiritual disciplines, what David Mathis calls habits of grace. If your daily quiet time is lacking some sizzle, discover how replacing your devotional book with a good solid work of theology can make a world of difference.

Scriptures Referenced: Jude; Acts 2:42; 1Tim 1:6-7, 4:7; 2Pet 3:16-17; Ps 119:9, 18, 34-35, 160; Eph 4:11-14
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PP048 Setback or Steps Forward? Redefining Success

According to God’s definition of success, the setbacks you’ve experienced over the last two years aren’t steps back but steps forward. Learn how the Christian definition of success helps us reflect on the disappointments of the past and face the uncertainties of the future. At the end, Mike and Matthew outline the next two months at Practicology. Lord willing, January’s episodes will help us practice the spiritual disciplines, and February will feature a reading challenge. Make sure you listen to the end so you can start getting ready! Below are the links as promised.

Bible reading plans:
The Five Day Bible Reading Program
The Robert Murray M’Cheyne plan
Customize your own plan

Download Key Bible Concepts book by Gooding and Lennox for free!

Or purchase soft copy from Myrtlefield website (It is also availabe from most online book resellers)
Scriptures Referenced: Rom. 8:1-3, 28-29; 12:2; Ps. 119:71; Lam. 3:27; James 1:2
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PP047 A Sword for Christmas

At the first Christmas, Mary was given a painful sword, but it was a sword sheathed with comfort. Are you going through pain this Christmas? Then join Mary in embracing the five comforts God gave her in her trial: the comfort of knowing (1) that suffering is normal for Christians, (2) God is in control, (3) that he is preparing you for the future, (4) and that you are not alone. The greatest comfort of all—a comfort that nothing can take away from you—is (5) the comfort of having Christ as your Saviour. To receive Him is to receive pure joy this Christmas.


Scriptures Referenced: Luke 2:21-39; Rom. 8:28-29
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PP046 A Genealogy of Grace

The real Christmas story – that of Christ coming into the world – is an account of God’s amazing grace. And the wonders and beauties of God’s grace are seen on the opening page of the New Testament, before the Lord Jesus is even born. The family tree of Jesus Christ is not a boring list of hard to pronounce names – it is a genealogy of grace.

Scriptures Referenced: Matthew 1:1-23
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PP043 The Rock that Will Not Crumble


John Stott wisely said, “The Bible is a dangerous book to read. For in reading the Bible, we hear the words of Christ.” And as Christ speaks with authority like none other, we need to obey what we hear from Him. The great news is, building our life on obedience to his word is the safest thing to do! And when the storms of life blow against us, Christ’s words prove to be a rock that can support us.


Scriptures Referenced: Matthew 7:24-27; John 3:36; Rom 1:5; 1Pet 2:25

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PP039 Unity is Possible

How many disagreements could be overcome if Christians really understood that their own faction and the one they are fighting with are both fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God? In this second half of Vincent Kember’s discussion on Christian unity, we consider some of the threats to unity and the way to enjoy unity. While unity is not something we can conjure, it is something we can nurture. Listen for Vincent’s three practical, concrete ways in which we can do that.


Scriptures Referenced:Mat 5:9; Rom 16:17-18; Eph 2:14-22; Ep 4:1-13; Php 2:3-5; Col 3:12-14; Jam 4:1-3; 1Pet 3:8-10


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