PP101 Of Course You Feel This Way!

For many of us, our joy can take a hit in January and February. Often we assume that negative emotions are a sign that we have done something wrong in our relationship with God. But what if the opposite was true? What if we could learn to hear a different message from our emotional struggles, a message that (strangely enough) would bring us comfort? For Christians, our negative emotions can actually serve as affirmations of the legitimacy of our faith.


Scriptures Referenced: Ps 139:11-12; Gal 5:17; Rom 7:23; Eph 6:12; Rom 8:23


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PP100 Our Ever Faithful God

We don’t know what changes 2023 will bring, but we do know one thing that won’t change – God will still be faithful. We can be up and down, but God’s faithfulness to us doesn’t hinge upon whether we are up or down. The church in Corinth had more than one issue that needed cleaning up, but God was faithful to them because God always sticks by His people. And as Matthew shares from his own experience, sometimes it is in our “downs” that we really learn the faithfulness of God.


Scriptures Referenced: Neh 9:18-19; Lam 3:22-23; Isa 48:21; 1Cor 1:8-9; 1Cor 10:3-4; 1Cor 10:13


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PP094 What Does It Mean to be Blessed?

“I’m so blessed.” “God has really blessed me this year.” We use blessing language a lot, but does our understanding of blessing need recalibrating? Jacob’s did. And we have guest contributor Jeswin Jeyasurya with us to help us understand what it means for us to be blessed.


Scriptures Referenced: Gen 25-30


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PP092 What to do when you find the Bible culturally embarrassing

Sometimes Christians come across passages in the Bible that they find culturally embarrassing. Passages that talk about slavery or the conquest of Canaan, for example. When we give a secular friend a Bible, these are the passages we hope they skip over on their way to one of the gospels. In this episode we go through 6 steps you can take in reading these passages. And if you take them, who knows? Maybe you’ll go from embarrassment over an OT text to worshipping the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ!


Scriptures Referenced:Nu 5:11-31


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PP090 What Do We Expect from Government

“God is King of the whole earth” (Psa 47:7), but obviously the world currently functions under human governments, ordained by God. What should we expect from governments led by sinful men and women, many of whom possess little fear of God? And how do these failing governments direct our hearts to Christ? Vincent Kember (Episodes 37 & 39) returns to the podcast to give us three key lessons in a two-part theology of government.


Scriptures Referenced: Dan 2; Dan 7; Rev 11:15


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PP088 Deconstructing Deconstruction

Why do people who once seemed like stalwarts of Christian discipleship leave the faith? What leads them to deconstruct what they once professed and defended? In part two of our three-part series on deconstruction, we look at four contributing factors and are reminded again that people questioning their faith – and sometimes, sadly, walking away – is nothing new.


Scriptures Referenced: John 6:60-69; 1Tim 4:1; 2Tim 2:17-18; 2Tim 4:10

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PP087 Asaph’s Deconstruction Story

This is the first of three episodes on deconstruction, a term that has become all too familiar in Christian circles the last few years. We walk through Psalm 73 and hear Asaph tell us his massive struggle with doubt and how God brought him through it into a faith far deeper and stronger than the faith he had before.


Scriptures Referenced: Psa 73


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PP086 4 Questions to Calm Your Stressed-Out Heart

In this episode we go through four questions you can use to calm your stress-filled heart: (1) Have I forgotten who I really am? (2) Have I forgotten what my Lord really wants? (3) Have I forgotten that my Father really cares? (4) Have I forgotten what the voice of the Spirit really sounds like?


Scriptures Referenced: Psa 131; Luk 10:38-42; 1Pet 5:6-7; Rom 8:15-17


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PP085 The Alien Landing at Your School

What would it be like to belong to a different world but go to school in this world? Well, students who are Christ-followers could tell you! We know it isn’t easy being different, but Psalm 119 and other Scriptures help us look at this challenge with a Biblical perspective.


Scriptures Referenced:Psa 119:19-24; Mt 5:11-12; 1Pet 2:11; 4:14-16


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PP084 The Immeasurable Greatness of God’s Power to Keep You Safe

How great is God’s power to keep you safe? It is immeasurably great! After all, it is the same power that God exerted in raising Christ from the dead and seating him on the divine throne far above all rule and authority and power and dominion. At the end of Ephesians 1, Paul prays that the Holy Spirit would fill us with a pervasive sense of how safe we are in Christ! In this episode we also reflect on how the Christian faith tilts towards God, towards us, and towards grace.


Scriptures Referenced: Eph 1:19-23; Acts 19; 2Ki 6; Ps 8, 110


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