The Gift of Serving: Three Characteristics of a Serving Heart

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In this episode, we look at the spiritual gift of serving. I give you three characteristics of a serving heart. In our Good News, we talk about a wave of salvations that happened at a maximum-security prison. Our Unreached People Group is the Kapu of India. Today’s Word is a continuation of our study in John 6, where Jesus declares himself to be the Continue reading

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Christian Parenting #4 – Godly Authority in the Family

Godly Authorirty In the Family

In this episode, we continue our special series on Christian parenting. We are reading through the book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp. This week we are on Chapter 4 and discussing the issue of authority. Please be sure to go back and listen to first three episodes of this series!

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Spiritual Gifts: Word of Knowledge

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In this episode, we are continuing our study on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This week we discuss the gift – words of knowledge. This gift is a spiritually empowered gift where the Holy Spirit reveals knowledge to an individual to edify the person and the church. In our good news segment we discuss an NFL star who is calling people to stand up to abortion. The Jat of India are our Unreached People Group. And Today’s Word is about Jesus being the Bread of Life.
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Book Review: Behind the Wire

“After five rounds in prison, I’ve come to learn the importance of relationships in my life as well as the intense need to cultivate the good ones and discard unhealthy connections,” says Scott Highberger in his book Behind the Wire.

Scott lived a tough life. He was arrested 35 times, he was convicted of eight felonies and was sentenced to prison five times. Throughout the book, you can feel the pain and the struggle that led Scott to where he is today, in prison, but not as a prisoner, now as a preacher. Scott spends his time ministering to those who find themselves in the same prison that he was in for many years. Continue reading

Spiritual Gifts: Word of Wisdom

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In this episode, we discuss the spiritual gift – word of wisdom. Is this a supernatural gift? Do you need to be super smart to have this gift? We will discuss all of that and more. This week’s good news comes from the Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine. Our Unreached People Group is the Gond of India and Today’s Word is about Jesus feeding Continue reading

Consolation: Prophetic Healing

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This week we are studying the gift of prophecy and what it means to be prophetic. We started this conversation on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up by clicking the play button on the player below:

Consolation: This is the last purpose we are going to look at in regards to the gift of prophecy. Earlier this week we looked at edification and exhortation. Consolation is quite different from those two. Prophetic consolation can be a form of healing to those whom the Lord is ministering.

Consolation is defined as the comfort a person receives after a loss or disappointment. Prophetic consolation is the act of sharing a word with someone that comforts them after a loss or a disappointment during one of those times.

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Exhortation and Prophecy

katherine schmidtThis week we are studying the gift of prophecy and what it means to be prophetic. We started this conversation in on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up by clicking the play button on the player below:

Today I want to look at the second purpose of prophecy as stated by Paul in 1st Corinthians – exhortation. What is exhortation? Exhortation is defined as emphatically urging someone to do something. Another word for exhorting may be encouraging.

I’ve found in my life that sometimes I need some encouragement to go out and do things for God. I can easily get stagnant or self-consumed. When I’m focusing too much on myself and my agenda, God will sometimes send encouragement to me through prophetic giftings and people.

So what should prophetic words exhort people to do? Obey the word of God for one. James says to be doers of the word and not just hearers of the word (1:22). Being a doer of the word means following the commands of Christ. A good prophetic word will encourage others to follow Christ’s commands.

Jesus, throughout the gospels, uses prophetic exhortation on multiple occasions. When he encounters the rich, young ruler, he encourages the young man to sell all of his possession and come and follow him. That was an exhortation.

Jesus also said to those whom he encountered, “Go and sin no more”. This is an example of a prophetic exhortation. Jesus was encouraging people to break free from the bonds of sin. And while these people would not be able to fulfill this encouragement, it’s useful none-the-less because God sees the heart.

Over the years, I’ve had many people encourage me to write. So part of my journey has been to listen to the prophetic encouragement I’ve received and to write. And this encouragement has came over and over again and I’ve needed it over and over again. I’m personally thankful for those who continue to encourage me. I hope to be as encouraging as you are.

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Interview with Nate Mullins

In this special episode, I sit down with Nate Mullins. Nate has an incredible testimony that you don’t want to miss. This is a story of a young man who grew up in church, but as a teenager, he ran away from home. Later, Nate finds himself in jail and searching for answers. Tune in to hear the rest of his amazing journey!

True Prophecy Edifies the Body

True Prophecy Edifies the BodyThis week we are studying the gift of prophecy and what it means to be prophetic. We started this conversation in on the Everyday Jesus podcast. You can catch up by clicking the play button on the player below:

Paul, in his first letter to the church in Corinth, says that prophecy was given to the church for three purposes: edification, exhortation and consolation. Today, let’s look at edification. Edification, simply put, is “building up”. Prophecy is supposed to build up the church.

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The Holy Spirit and Prophecy

The holy spirit and prophecyToday, we continue our discussion on the gift of prophecy that was started on the Everyday Jesus podcast, which can be found by clicking the play button on the player below:

Let’s discuss one of the primary results of the Holy Spirit, which is to proclaim the Word of God. In multiple instances in the Book of Acts we see that when the Holy Spirit moves, prophecy is the result. It’s important to note that when God promised to pour out his Spirit in Joel, the result was predicted to be prophetic visions and dreams. Peter in his Continue reading