My Story – What is Grace?

In this special series, I will unpack my testimony over a series of installments. This first installment features the incredible story of learning what the true meaning of grace is and
how it affected my life. This is real and raw, but feel free to share this with anyone who may need encouragement that God forgives people no matter how they run from Him.

 

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The Holy Spirit and Forgiveness

The Holy Spirit and Forgiveness (1)

In the most recent episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we started our new series on the Spiritual Gifts. In the episode, we gave an overview of the gifts, what they are and why they were given. If you haven’t listened to that episode, please catch up by clicking play on the player below:

For us to properly use the gifts that God has given us, we must take the time to remove anything that might hinder us from using those gifts. One of the biggest things that hinders Christians from being used by God is unforgiveness. As a Christian, we must Continue reading

The Holy Spirit Gives Us Spiritual Gifts

The Holy Spirit Gives Us Spiritual Gifts

In this episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we are going to continue our discussion on the Holy Spirit by talking about spiritual gifts, then in our Good News segment, we will discuss how Doctors in Ireland are responding to the new abortion laws, our Unreached People Group is the Bhil of India and then finally Today’s Word, we will pick up where we left off last week in John 4:1-26.

This week we are going to look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are not going to look at individual gifts this week, we are going to have an overview on the topic. Why is this important? Why should we spend time on this? Well, the mission of this podcast is to empower you to follow Jesus daily, not just on Sunday. One of the ways that we follow Continue reading

God’s Plan – Free from Fear

God’s Plan – Free from Fear

On the Everyday Jesus podcast we are continuing our discussion on the Holy Spirit and how He helps us in our daily lives. This week on the show we talked about how to find God’s plan for your life. If you haven’t listened to it yet, you can check it out below:

Today I wanted to talk about one of the words I used in the podcast that hinders people from following God or seeking His will – Fear. Fear is a huge problem in the world and Continue reading

Episode #9 – How Can I know God’s Will?

How Can I know God’s Will_

In this episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we dig into the question of God’s will. How do you find God’s will for your life? What is His plan? Our Good News is about a young
girl who’s incurable tumor simply vanishes. Our unreached people group is the Uyghur Continue reading

Everyday Jesus is now on TuneIn!

Check it out! We are now listed on TuneIn! If this is your preferred way of listening to podcasts you are in luck! We are already listed on most of the other popular outlets, like iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher. If we aren’t on your preferred media outlet, drop us a comment and let me know. I’ll be glad to look into it!

The Holy Spirit Purifies Us

The Holy Spirit Purifies Us

If you’ve been following our series on the Holy Spirit, you know this week on the Everyday Jesus podcast we discussed three reasons you may not want more of the Holy Spirit. If you haven’t listened to our latest episode, you can do so by clicking on the player below:

The third reason given was that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. I’d like to look at this closer. To put it another way, we could say that the Holy Spirit purifies us or makes us Continue reading

Scott Highberger – Good News

This week’s Everyday Jesus podcast’s Good News segment was about Scott Highberger. If you haven’t listened to this episode yet, you can listen now by clicking on the play button below:

As a means of follow up for this story, I wanted to make an extra post to highlight the fact that Scott has written a book. It’s called “Behind the Wire: A Prisoner’s Journey to the Pulpit”. You can click on the link below to purchase the book.

Scott reached out to me after the newest episode aired and offered to send me a copy. I plan on reading and writing a short review of the book afterwards. I’m sure it’s going to be great, so if you found his story encouraging, I’d encourage you to support him and his ministry by purchasing a copy of his book by clicking on the link above.

Podcast #8 Notes

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In this episode we discuss three reasons why you may not want more of the Holy Spirit in your life. We talk about a prisoner who has turned pastor in our Good News segment. We are praying for the Bania of India. And Today’s Word comes from the John 3:22-36.

We’ve spent the past couple of weeks talking about who the Holy Spirit is and how he empowers us. This week I’m going to give you three reasons why you may NOT want the Holy Spirit in your life.

Here we go:

  1. The Holy Spirit will mess up your reputation. That’s right. The Holy Spirit doesn’t care what other people think about you. The Holy Spirit is likely going to wreck your cool factor or any self-perceived awesomeness that you think you possess. Time and time again, we see the Holy Spirit cause people to do things that at the very least get them that sideways eye that your momma used to give you. Let’s look at the example of the Apostle Paul. Paul was a pharisee, who knew all the right people. He was trained by the famous teacher, Gamaliel. He was a Roman citizen. He was the man. But the Holy Spirit had another plan for him. The Apostle Paul, filled with the Spirit would have to give up all of his power and clout, but what did he trade it in for? A far greater power.
  2. The Holy Spirit will take you places you may not want to go. The examples for this are plenty. The easy one to pick would be Jonah. Even though Jonah was running from God, he was eventually put right where God wanted him in Ninevah to preach repentance. You could also look at Moses, who was born in Egypt, murdered a man in Egypt and fled from Egypt. Where was the first place the Spirit sent him? Yep, Egypt. But let’s look at the best example – Jesus. Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist and filled with the Holy Spirit and the Bible in Luke 4 says that Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. I don’t know about you, but that’s definitely not where I want to go, but here we see Jesus being led right into the lion’s den. Here’s Jesus fasting and praying in the wilderness and Satan shows up after 40 days and tempts him to turn the stones into bread. He tempts him with all of the kingdoms of the world. And finally he tempts him to test God by throwing himself off the top of the temple. Jesus always answers the devil with Scripture. That’s a principal. Always use the word of God to fight your battles. God’s word is true and never fails.
  3. He’s going to convict you of sin. Now this is scary for a lot of people. You know when you ask for more of the Holy Spirit in your life, He’s going to go into those dark places and start cleaning up. John 16:8 – “And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment:” When we become believers, there is usually an initial work the Holy Spirit does in us to rid us of sin. But as time passes, his job changes to root out sin that still exists in our lives. The Holy Spirit calls us to a deeper holiness. He puts in us a love for Holiness. We are to be like David who said in Psalm 119:174 – “…Your law is my delight.”

What do we learn from these three things? That for our everyday lives, the Holy Spirit is going to cause changes. Things cannot remain the same. If we are chasing after God, we will see things change. That change may not always be what we want. But it is what we need.

Good News

Scott Highberger: From Prisoner to the Pulpit

Unreached People Group

Bania of India

Today’s Word – John 3:22-36

22 After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. 23 Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. 24 (This was before John was put in prison.) 25 An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. 26 They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.”

27 To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less.”[h]

31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God[i] gives the Spirit without limit. 35 The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in his hands. 36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on them.

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Special Series #2 on Christian Parenting

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In this special series, my wife and I are going chapter by chapter through Tedd Tripp’s book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart. This week we are on chapter 2, which talks about the different shaping influences in our children’s lives. Join us for a fun discussion on what that looks like in our lives as we try to see how this book applies to our family. Click the play button on the player below to listen!

If you haven’t listened to the first episode in this series, click here to listen to it:

Special Series – Parenting #1

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