HIM: The Importance of God’s Presence – S3E17

In full transparency, there have been times when situations and circumstances overwhelmed me. I found myself trying to figure out the solution to each problem in and of myself. And therein lies the mistake. Because  1 Peter 5:7 New Living Translation says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” Thus, when I do what 1 Peter 5:7 has instructed — God leads and guides me. In fact, that is why His presence is so important. Hence, this podcast episode, HIM: The Importance of God’s Presence. 

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Lost and Found: The Compassion of Christ – S3E16

To begin with, the question on the table is, “Have you ever felt completely lost in life?” In other words, no matter how hard you tried you still couldn’t seem to find your way. When you think about it – did anyone show you any compassion? Hence this podcast episode – Lost and Found: The Compassion of Christ. 

In general, most people have experienced a sense of helplessness at some point, even if they don’t admit it. No doubt, some of you may be feeling lost this very moment. To continue, others feel like they are a lost cause. But, I’m here to tell you – that is not true. In fact, you are valuable! 

As we can see, Luke 12:7 Easy-to-Read Version says, “{Yes, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don’t be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds.” 

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A Letter to the Church – S3E15

Most Christian scholars refer to The Book of James in the Holy Bible as ‘A Letter to the Church.’ Why? Because James, a brother of Jesus, sent letters to Jewish believers throughout the Roman empire. And those letters included some of his best teachings. 

In other words, the believers of that time respected him. In addition, they appreciated his advice and his wise decision-making skills. 

Although the title of this episode is ‘A Letter to the Church,’ everyone will benefit from the wisdom of James. 

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Love your neighbor as yourself 

Now, the focus of this post is James 2:1-9. So, let’s look at it in the New Internation Version. It reads as follows: 

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Grace – God’s Generosity – S3E14

In general, if you ask some people the meaning of the word ‘grace’ they may say it is the prayer offered at a meal. Whereas for others ‘grace’ is the period of time between a bill due date and final notice. Although grace has several definitions, for this post, I am talking about the grace of God. Hence, the title of this podcast episode; Grace–God’s Generosity. 

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Have You Received Your Gift? — S3E13

The question for today is “Have you received your gift?” If you are wondering, “What gift?” I’m so glad you asked. The gift I am referring to is the most expensive gift you could ever receive because it came at a great cost. 

have you received your gift? Photo of a person holding a gift wrapped in gold paper with a gold bow.

In fact, God has made available the most precious gift to all who will receive it. The gift I am referring to is His Grace and salvation through Jesus Christ. So, I ask again, have you received your gift? 

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Grace to Overcome – S3E12

First and foremost, there is a grace to overcome the difficult times in life. Thus, before going any further, let’s look at two definitions of grace. 1) grace is a manifestation of favor, especially by a superior, and 2) to favor or honor.  

Grace to Overcome -- Photo of woman standing in a field with her arms raised in the light of a beautiful sunrise.

Of course, as a Christian, I am talking about the grace of God. You see, God’s grace is not earned. In fact, God gives His grace because He loves us. As a result, has made ‘grace to overcome’ readily available through His son Jesus Christ. You might ask, “But, what does Jesus have to do with grace to overcome?” Well, I am glad you want to know. 

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Wait on the LORD – S3E11

 

Photo of black man outside praying. After we pray we should always wait on the LORD for the answer.

Admittedly, when I hear “Wait on the Lord,” it is often easier said than done. One reason is that we live in a microwave society. In other words, many of us lack patience; we want things fast—we want them NOW. No doubt, I am not the only one who has felt that way.

As a matter of fact, I am waiting on the Lord for some things at this very moment. But even when I find myself impatient; guess what I’m going to do? Wait on the LORD. Because, one of the many things I’ve learned in my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is that I cannot rush God. 

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It’s Not Over: Breakthrough Is Coming – S3E10

In general, most people have faced hard or sometimes life-changing circumstances. In all likelihood, no matter what they did to remedy the situation it appeared to be over. With that in mind, if you have spent any time in church; you have heard, “It’s not over: breakthrough is coming.” 

In many instances, it is at that moment that praise breaks out over the congregation. Why? Because many of them are facing what appears to be the loss or death of something. Thus, that declaration helps them through those trying times. 

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Imperfectly Purposed — S3E9

The Story of Rahab the Harlot

Imperfectly purposed—everyone has a purpose

Purpose—believe it or not, everyone has a purpose in this world. No doubt, some of you may be thinking, “After all of the bad choices I’ve made, there is no way God has purposed me for anything.” Well, Ecclesiastes 3:1 Modern English Version says this, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven…” Now, I’m here to tell you; God loves you and HE is not holding those bad choices against you. Why—because you are indeed imperfectly purposed to do something great. Hence, this episode title; Imperfectly Purposed—The Story of Rahab the Harlot. 

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THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT–Taking God’s Armor with You – S3E8

Wisdom Series Pt.3 

THE SWORD OF THE SPIRIT–Taking God’s Armor with You; but what does that even mean? First, what is the Sword of the Spirit? Second, what is God’s Armor? And furthermore, why do we need them? Well, I am so happy you care to learn or further understand the answers to those questions. 

Because Proverbs 4:7 New King James Version says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” So, let’s do just that–get an understanding of the Sword of the Spirit and the Armor of God. 

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