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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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PP156 The Power of Thank You

How’s this for a novel idea: telling other Christians why you thank God for them. That’s what Paul does to his friends in Philippi, and there’s good reason to believe he wants us to do the same. In fact, this novel idea can change how we pray, and the way we encourage each other. It can also drive us to more Christlike behaviour, and to a richer, more God-centred, theology. In this episode we also talk about the inductive Bible study method (observation, interpretation, application), and how to apply verses that seem far removed from us.

Scriptures Referenced:
Phil 1:3-6, 2:12-14; Luk 10:21

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PP146 Words to Wake Up To

Sometimes just getting out of bed in the morning can be a challenge, especially when our desire for God has gone as cold as winter. Perhaps it would help if we could wake up to the Lord Jesus calling us in the morning? Especially if his words revealed the wonderful truth, that even when our longing for him cools, his longings for us remain as strong and fervent as ever!

Scriptures Referenced: Song 2:8-14; Eph 5:22-33

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PP145 Whom Should I Marry?

In his book on How to Read Proverbs, Tremper Longman III says that one of that book’s themes is Loving the Right Woman. He adds “Proverbs understands that a good wife [or husband!] is one of the most important things in life.” While acknowledging that marriage isn’t for everyone, Matthew & Mike discuss the goodness of marriage and some principles from Scripture for how to identify someone with whom we should be happy to pursue a relationship.

Scriptures Referenced:
Gen 24; Prov 12:4; Prov 18:22; Prov 31:10; Prov 31:30

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PP135 Providence and the Christian

As Christians, God’s providence is at work in our lives to save us and preserve us. Far from scaring us, divine providence is meant to comfort us. Join us as we work through Romans 8:28-39 and learn how God’s providence gives us a strong sense of security in the unbreakable love of God in Christ. Along the way, you’ll also learn how to receive compliments, wait on God, and begin imitating his love for his Church.


Scriptures Referenced:
Rom 8:28-39; Rev 12:1; 1Joh 3:20; Rom 4:25; Heb 7:2; 1Pet 4:19


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PP134 What is Providence?

In this episode, Thomas Seale gives us an excellent introduction to the doctrine of divine providence. Providence is God’s purposeful sovereignty over everything including nature, the spirit world, nations, life and death, and even the human will. It’s a doctrine that doesn’t just change our perspective; it changes our lives.


Scriptures Referenced: Ps 50:12; Dan 4:34-35; Eph 1:4-10; Prov 16:33; Col 1:17; Job 38-41; Amos 4:7-13; Mark 5:6-7; Deu 32:39; 1Sam 2:6; Job 14:5; Acts 17:26; Dan 4:17; Prov 21:1; 2Sam 7:14; Ps 33:10-11; Judg 14:3-4; Isa 10:6-7; Ps 27:1; Isa 8:12-13; Ps 33:18


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PP131 Dating with Discernment

How should a Christian approach dating? Obviously differently from what is common in the culture – the emotions of our brothers and sisters in Christ are too valuable to toy with. But what are you trying to gain from the dating process? What should you be trying to discern from your initial times spent with a prospective life partner? Distilling insight from Sam Andreades’ book, Dating with Discernment, Justin Pratt joins Matthew for a helpful discussion around assessing compatability for marriage.


Scriptures Referenced: Gen 2:18-25; Rom 12:2


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PP130 This School Year, Love God with All Your Mind

It’s back-to-school time here in Canada, and in this episode we want to encourage students everywhere to love God with their minds. Jesus Christ commandeers even our intellectual life for lofty service to him. Tune in to hear four practical ways you can love God with your mind this school year.


Scriptures Referenced: Mark 12:29-30; Deu 6:4; Luk 16:13-14; Job 22:12; Col 3:17


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PP129 God’s Will in Hard Places

“There are no safe paths in this part of the world,” said Gandalf to Bilbo… and he was right. Life is often hard. So how is God’s will operating in my life when I am in a hard place, a place of affliction and distress like David? And what if that hard place I find myself in is partly my own making? Find out in this final instalment of Mike & Matthew taking us through Psalm 25.


Scriptures Referenced:
Psa 25; Rom 8:28-29; Col 1:9-28; 1Pet 3:17


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PP122 On Reading the Bible Imaginatively & The Chosen

The imagination gets a bad rap sometimes in the church. As if it’s something to be treated with suspicion. But the truth is that the imagination is a God-given faculty that is crucial in the realms of daily life, science, and faithful Bible reading. In this episode we hear a biblical defense of using our imagination, and Mike and Matthew demonstrate how it enriches our time in God’s Word when we use it to that end. Watching The Chosen is not the only way for the Bible to come alive!


Scriptures Referenced: Exo 13:8; Col 3:2; 2Cor 4:18; Joh 1:35-42; Psa 113; Dan 1


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