A Family with a Purpose
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The practice of Christian Meditation helps us live with the peace of Christ. Relax to the sounds of peaceful background music and meditate on what God says in Acts 13:26. Does your family have a purpose? Meditate on that question as you find peace and rest during this guided meditation for mind and body with deep breathing, prayer, and scripture. Use these meditations as a bible study in the morning to center yourself on the truth in God's word. For more Bible meditations, download the Abide app: https://abide.co/awesome
How to Study the Bible
How to Study the Bible
Nicole Unice
New Year, New Mind
Are you looking to get more out of your time studying the Bible? Or maybe you're ready to finally start building a consistent, daily quiet time with the Lord? If that sounds like you, then Nicole would like to personally invite you to join her Help! My Bible is Alive FREE 30-Day Challenge, which kicks off on February 1st. To sign up, head over to https://nicoleunice.com/bible Nicole’s book 'Help! My Bible Is Alive' is available here. In This Episode: The work of a new heart is done in Christ, but we are still participants in that work. Every day, we have the choice: will we continue to put off the old self, and put on the old self? In this episode, Nicole looks at what it means for us to take our thoughts captive and hold them up to the truth of God’s Word. This Week’s Key Verses: Ephesians 4:22-24: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” 2 Corinthians 10:5: “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Follow Nicole: Her Site | Facebook | Instagram Episode Image Credit: Getty/nadia_bormotova
20 min
More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music
More Than a Song - Discovering the Truth of Scripture Hidden in Today's Popular Christian Music
Michelle Nezat
#359: "Jericho" by Andrew Ripp
It doesn't matter how thick the walls are to us; it only matters how thick the walls are to God. When Andrew Ripp sings of our fears coming down like Jericho walls in his song "Jericho," I was inspired to study the story leading up to that moment. I learned a lot about Joshua and what God commanded him. {Spoiler alert: God speaks directly to his fear.} Join me on the journey this week! In this episode, I discuss: * Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture - this week's Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include: * Context * Read larger chunks of Scripture * Consider the opposite * Use section headings to get your bearings * Read/watch an overview of the book you're studying * Consider the historical context * Meditate on God's Word * Follow the cross-reference * The 30 Day Music Challenge - ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE HERE * Not overcomplicating our time in God's Word * Taking in the whole story - Joshua 1-6 * Considering that "courage" is the opposite of "fear" * An overview of the book of Joshua - BibleProject.com * Taking on Exodus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy to gain historical context (look for Joshua in these texts as well) * God's four calls for Joshua be strong and courageous - Joshua 1:1-9 * One more call to courage from Joshua's fellow Israelites - Joshua 1:16-18 * Trusting God and letting fear crumble to the ground because He's trustworthy * Following the cross-reference to see Moses sending out spies - Numbers 13:18-20 * Reading on to Numbers 14:7-9 to hear Joshua's own words in the face of fear the first time they pulled up to the promised land   Additional Resources * Lyrics - mykits.com * Individual song - Amazon Weekly Challenge Read Joshua 1-6. Consider reading it multiple times in various versions. Note the repeated call to courage and meditate on the details surrounding each call. Follow the cross-reference to Numbers 13 and 14 and compare and contrast the sending of spies into the promised land.
24 min
Teach Us to Pray
Teach Us to Pray
Christina Patterson
Episode 12: Prayers That Will Drastically Change Your Life
We've been on such a fruitful journey on this podcast. We've learned that prayer is the way we communicate with the Maker of the Universe, and He not only hears us, but He also responds. We've learned that through prayer, we access healing, wisdom, discernment, peace, protection, joy, and so much power we could never experience on our own. On our last podcast in this series, we share specific prayers that can drastically change your life. We also close out this series by praying together over these areas so that you can start experiencing the benefit of prayer today. Key Takeaways: • If changing our thoughts from negative to positive can turn our day from good to bad, they also have to power to direct the course of our lives. • Our Heavenly Father is ready and willing to guide and direct our steps and provide us with His wisdom and discernment to make the right decisions. • Even when we are weary and weak, the Lord is willing and ready to grant us His strength to surrender to the things we think I can't do or be. Resources Mentions in This Podcast Download Christina's Free 5 Day Prayer Guide at www.belovedwomen.org/prayer-guide to help you put into practice the powerful habit of prayer. Connect with Christina Paterson Website: https://www.belovedwomen.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/BelovedWomenTV Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/BelovedWomen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BelovedWomen Scriptures in the Podcast are from NIV, ESV or NKJV Episode Image Credit: Getty/mhatzapa
10 min
Daily Bible Reading Podcast
Daily Bible Reading Podcast
Phil Fields
NL-Day022 Genesis 37; Job 22; Mark 14:1-42
GENESIS 37: The focus of Genesis 36 was on the descendants of Esau, and the ethnic groups they spawned. JOB 22: In chapter 21, Job gave a very convincing argument that God does not always punish wicked people— refuting what Zophar said. Today Eliphaz begins the third set of exchanges between Job and his ‘friends’. Eliphaz’ promises at the end of his speech sound rather hollow to me. MARK 14a: Yesterday we read the prophecy chapter of Mark, chapter 13. The theme of that chapter is “Be ready” and Jesus says, “Keep watching for Me.” GNT Translation notes: Mrk. 14:10 Then Judas[, the man from the village of Cariot// Iscariot], one of the twelve disciples, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Jesus to them. 40 Then he came back to the disciples and found them asleep; they could not keep their eyes open. And they did not know what [excuse they could give to him//to say to him]. NLT Translation notes: Gen. 36: 2 This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked [with/for] his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing. 6 “Listen to [my/this] dream,” he said. 7 “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” ==== Job 22:28 [Then you/You] will succeed in whatever you choose to do, and light will shine on the road ahead of you. 29 [Then if/If] people are in trouble and you say, ‘Help them,’ God will save them. ==== Mrk. 14:21For [I,] the Son of Man must die, as the Scriptures declared long ago. But how terrible it will be for the one who betrays [me/him]. It would be far better for that man if he had never been born!”
18 min
Fearless with Cissie Graham Lynch
Fearless with Cissie Graham Lynch
Billy Graham Evangelistic Association
Episode 39: United We Stand for Life with special guest Jeanne Mancini.
*UPDATE:* March For Life organizers have decided to make the 2021 March a virtual event. The decision was announced on the afternoon of January 15, after this episode of Fearless was recorded and posted. Make plans to join from the VIRTUAL March for Life from your home, your office, or wherever you are on January 29, 2021. The pro-life issue isn’t reserved for certain people — it is a fight that concerns us all and one we can all take part in. My heart was convicted of this last year after attending the March for Life for the first time. It’s a day which changed my life.  It’s easy to be in the fight when the current administration is also fighting for life, but there are people and organizations that have been on the front lines even when it’s been hard. One of those people is Jeanne Mancini, the president of March for Life and a fierce pro-life advocate.  In this episode of Fearless I had the privilege of speaking with Jeanne about the organization March for Life, and how it’s actively fighting for the rights of the unborn. I hope you are encouraged to join the fight by attending the virtual March for Life event on January 29, 2021.  marchforlife.com *Scripture Referenced:* 1 Corinthians 12:12-27 *Going Farther:* Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Prayer Line – 888-388-2683, or online: https://lp.billygraham.org/coronavirus-call-line/ Jeanne’s Article in The National Review--https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/12/becerra-would-be-a-radical-pro-abortion-warrior-at-hhs/?itm_source=parsely-api *Websites:* March For Life website -- https://marchforlife.org/ Fearless Website – https://cissiegrahamlynch.com/  Billy Graham Evangelistic Association -- https://billygraham.org/ Billy Graham Radio – www.billygrahamradio.org Samaritan’s Purse – https://samaritanspurse.org/                                                                                                                *Connect with me on **Facebook**, **Instagram**, and **Twitter**:* https://www.facebook.com/CissieGrahamLynch https://www.instagram.com/cissiegrahamlynch/ https://twitter.com/CissieGLynch
27 min
Today Daily Devotional
Today Daily Devotional
ReFrame Ministries
More Than Just a Crumb
Scripture Reading: Mark 8:1-10 “The people ate and were satisfied.” Mark 8:8 In today’s story, Jesus has compassion for a huge crowd of people again—and this time it’s simply because they are hungry! When the disciples raise the question of available resources, Jesus begins with a resource inventory. Seven loaves and a few small fish are way too few for feeding so many people. But what the disciples are not counting, of course, is the compassion of Jesus. What’s more, he only asks us to give what we have, and he will provide all that is needed. I often find that there’s a big gap between my available resources and the needs I hear about. Is that the case for you too? In effect, the disciples have asked a particularly critical question: How can the needs of the world be met? They see the gap and do not yet see that the answer is standing right in front of them. This is a lesson I am forever learning. I tally up what I have, and it is not enough for all the needs around me. I do not have enough time, patience, hospitality, skills, wisdom, energy, finances—you name it. But Jesus doesn’t ask me if I have enough; he asks what I have—and in his hands he will make it enough. What about you? I hope you know that Jesus will take and use what you have to extend holy compassion to others. Dear Jesus, I can feel as if I never have enough for what you need. Help me to concentrate on you and your power instead of the gap I cannot fill. Guide me to give you what I have. Amen.
2 min
God Hears Her Podcast
God Hears Her Podcast
Our Daily Bread Ministries
EP. 27: Taste And See (with Margaret Feinberg)
Show Summary: God could have designed humans to eat rocks, but instead He created food and gave men and women thousands of taste buds to enjoy it. On this episode of “God Hears Her,” Margaret Feinberg joins the show to talk food, which is really a discussion into the deepest longings of a woman’s heart, and God’s invitation to taste and see that He is good. About Our Guest: Margaret Feinberg is a podcaster on The Joycast, a speaker, and an author of several books that have sold over a million copies. She was recently named one of Christianity Today’s top 50 women shaping culture and the church. She lives in Utah with her husband, Leif, and their super-pup Hershey. Her recent book is Taste and See: Discovering God Among Butchers, Bakers and Fresh Food Markets. Notes and Quotes: * "Food is God’s love made edible." * "God creates the garden with a plethora of food and then gives us thousands of taste buds to enjoy it." * "What we really ache for is to know and be known, to love and be loved, and to enter a place where we can be vulnerable and any sense of shame scurries away." * "Communities are little mirrors that reflect ourselves back to us." * "There are times when I need, through prayer and Scripture, to hear God’s love for me. And there are other times, for that to really take root, I need to hear it through other humans who are reflecting His glory and His presence." * "Social media is a dangerous game because it begins to feel like 'life.' But when words come from a person, in person, they are more meaningful and life-changing." * "If you want to have community, you have to build it, often out of nothing." * "If we want to be seen, we may have to open our eyes and see first. If we want to be heard, we have to become people who are really great listeners." * "The deepest hungers of your heart are uniquely designed to be met first and foremost by God. Jesus really is the One who can speak the syllables you most need to hear." * "Reach out to meet others’ needs; and as you love them and bring joy to them, you’ll find some of your needs met too." * "Choose good people: life-giving, Jesus-loving, makes-you-laugh-until-tears-run-down- your-cheeks-and-other-places kind of people." Links: * Show Notes on godhearsher.org * God Hears Her website * Share the love by giving this episode a 5-star rating! * Get your copy of Margaret Feinberg’s book Taste and See on Amazon * Free e-booklet: Open Hearts, Open Homes * Our Daily Bread website * Elisa’s Instagram: elisamorganauthor * Eryn’s Instagram: eryneddy Verses: Hebrews 13:21 NIV “We are called, equipped, and chosen.” Jeremiah 29:11 NIV “Plan and a future” Ephesians 2:10 NIV “Appointed good works for me to do” Romans 8:38 NIV “I am loved by God.” 2 Corinthians 10 NIV “Take every thought captive.”
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