Interview with Craig Stover

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In this episode, I interview Craig Stover. Craig has an amazing testimony of how God saved him from not only his sins, but from himself. Craig and I also spend some time discussing marriage and how asking deep questions can bring you closer together as a couple. Be sure to share this episode with everyone you know. Prepare to be encouraged!

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The Gift of Miracles: Do Miracles Still Happen Today?

In this episode we look at the gift of miracles. Do miracles still take place today? Do miracle-workers exist? In our Good News Segment, we hear about a church who paid off medical debt for everyone in their state that was in desperate need. Today’s Word is from John 8, where Jesus proclaims to be God.

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The Spiritual Gift of Mercy

In this episode, we study the gift of mercy, which I believe is one of the church’s most important spiritual gifts. Our Good News is about a teen who was healed through prayer. Our Unreached People Group is the Nai of India. And Today’s Word comes from John 8, where Jesus is talking to the religious leaders about who is their true father. Continue reading

Five Characteristics of Godly Leadership: The Gift of Leadership

Five Characteristics of Godly Leadership_ The Gift of Leadership

In this episode, we discuss the gift of leadership and five characteristics of a godly leader. Our good news is about a man in Durham who is raising awareness for PTSD by doing a good deed. Our unreached people group is the Kunbi of India and Today’s Word comes from John 7:25-52. Continue reading

What Does It Mean to Have a “Servant’s Heart”?

 

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The gift of serving was the focus of this week’s Everyday Jesus podcast. If you missed that episode, you can catch up by clicking on the player below:

When discussing this subject, I was reminded that for some people, it’s very difficult to serve. Even though Jesus encourages us that true leadership is having a servant’s heart, many of us struggle with this. So what do you do if you don’t have the gift of serving? Continue reading

Spiritual Gifts: Word of Wisdom

Spiritual Gifts_ Word of Wisdom

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

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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The Spiritual Gift of Prophecy

More Than I ShouldIn this episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, we look at the gift of prophecy. Prophecy is scary for a lot of people and this week I look to calm your fears on this important gift. Our Good News is about a survey that says regularly attending church makes people happier. Our Unreached People Group is the Dhobi of India. And in Today’s Word, we look at the testimony of Jesus Christ.

“20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.” 1st Thess. 5:20-22 Continue reading

Speaking in Tongues Edifies

Need to dry your nail polish instantly_This week we are focusing on the subject of speaking in tongues. We’ve talked about praying in tongues and we’ve touched on Paul’s discussion of wordless groans from Romans. We spent a great deal of time on this week’s episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast discussing this issue. If you haven’t listened to it, you can catch up now by clicking the play button below:

One of the more encouraging aspects of speaking in tongues is the fact that Paul says that tongues can be just as valuable as prophecy if the tongue is interpreted. So while tongues as a prayer language only edifies the speaker, when tongues are spoken in the church Continue reading

The Holy Spirit’s Intercession: Groanings too Deep for Words

Untitled design (3)This week we have been focusing on the gift of tongues. While this can be a very controversial topic, we’ve been trying to focus on what the Bible actually says on the subject. If you missed this week’s episode of the Everyday Jesus podcast, be sure to check it out here, by clicking on the play button below:

One of the common questions that seems to arise when it comes to speaking in tongues, is whether or not tongues are connected to what Paul says in Romans 8:26-27 about the Spirit interceding for us. Continue reading