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The HIM Publications Podcast
A podcast to help you build up of the bride of Christ toward maturity—the beautification of the church.
Jan 5, 2021
Spiritual Formation: Alignment Before Achievement
Learn the importance of “Alignment Before Achievement“ in your spiritual formation journey. Chad Harrington takes a look at the meaning of “David … a man after God’s own heart” and what this looks like at three important moments in David’s life. Go deeper into spiritual formation like this through Chad’s video course on Spiritual Formation, and it’s available at no charge. Check it out and register here.
Oct 12, 2020
Brian Molitor's Vital Advice for Mentoring the Next Generation
Brian Molitor, author of Mentoring Moments, shares with us vital advice for parents and mentors. As a parent myself, I was deeply encouraged by Brian’s perspective. He encourages parents to intentionally mentor, gives four pieces of advice that have the potential to change the trajectory of your young person’s life, and he articulates the difference between independence, codependence, and interdependence—pointing the way toward healthy interdependence as the best option. No matter where you’re at in your journey as a mentor, be encouraged and equipped. Learn more about Brian’s book Mentoring Moments: Life Lessons for the Next Generation here. Subscribe to HIM Publications here.
Oct 10, 2020
Service, Submission, and Confession | 8 of 8 of Spiritual Formation
How are the spiritual disciplines of service, submission, and confession connected? They converge based on humility. Humble people serve and submit; they also confess when they’ve done wrong. As we seek to become like Jesus, these practices not only display humility but also cultivate humility—as God’s works in us to will and act according to his good pleasure in these ways. We’re usually decent at serving those around us, but what those far? What about the poor? Let's find Christ among the poor by looking at Matthew 25, and discuss what this looks like, especially for Americans today. We’re called to submit to, even obey, those in authority. What authorities are we to submit to based on Scripture? And what does it look like to submit to them according to biblical teaching? Then, confession. Confession to God is must, but what about confessing our sins to one another? Learn about what the grace of God poured out through the spiritual discipline of confession looks like as we anchor our understanding in James 5 and 1 John 1. Request the class notes and worksheets by emailing us. Find our contact info at himpublications.com/about.
1 hr 22 min
Oct 6, 2020
Fasting | 7 of 8 of Spiritual Formation
Fasting is not a burden but a gift to be received—something we get to do, not have to do. In this class session, I make the case for fasting primarily as a means to connect with God to show him our desperation. Hear the story of how I fasted at age 6 without giving my family warning, but more importantly what the Bible says about fasting. We take a high-level view of fasting as we survey the Old Testament examples, asking the question: What purpose for fasting ties all these together? Esther, Elijah, Moses, David, and the nation of Israel as a whole. But the main focus is on the life and teachings of Jesus about fasting. Learning to fast can lead to breakthroughs unlike anything else in your relationship with God. Jesus did it, and as his disciples, we can do it too. Learn why fasting is important, what it does, and how to do it in today’s class session. Recommended HIM Publications resource: Revival Starts Here: A Short Conversation on Prayer, Fasting, and Revival for Beginners Like Me by Dave Clayton. Request the class notes and downloads by emailing us. Find our contact info at himpublications.com/about.
1 hr 29 min
Sep 26, 2020
Prayer | 6 of 8 of Spiritual Formation
Understand the Lord’s Prayer as a framework for daily prayer to help you connect with God. This starts with understanding the primary purpose of prayer as union, not utility. Then, we must be honest about what holds us back from prayer, and then authentically ask, "Why pray?" But the main bulk of today's lesson is the meaning of each line of the Lord's Prayer. What does "hallowed" mean? What is the kingdom of God? Why are we praying to not be led into temptation if God would never do that anyway? And how does it all fit together as a cohesive whole? This session is intended to give you a deep understanding of the Lord's Prayer so you can use it meaningfully as a framework for daily prayer. Download the printable format of the Our Father Prayer translation used in the episode: himpublications.com/product/our-father-prayer Request the class notes and downloads by emailing us. Find our contact info at himpublications.com/about.
1 hr 19 min
Sep 18, 2020
The Spiritual Discipline of Study | 5 of 8 of Spiritual Formation
Do you want to experience a rich relationship with God through his Word? It’s not always easy. Identify with the greatest barriers that keep us away from Scripture, learn how to go deep into God’s Word over the long haul journey of your life, and be encouraged through a biblical theology of the Word. This class session includes practical steps, guides, and resources that will help you take the next right step toward God through his Word. Request the class notes and downloads by emailing us. Find our contact info at himpublications.com/about. Subscribe to HIM Publications's blog here to weekly receive content like this in your inbox.
1 hr 15 min
Sep 11, 2020
Sabbath Rest | 4 of 8 of Spiritual Formation
Should we obey "the Sabbath" as Christians? If so, what is different for us? What does the Bible say about this in the Old Testament and in the New? How exactly does Jesus handle it? And if we should obey it, what does that look like practically speaking? We cover all this and more in this episode. Request the class notes and downloads by emailing us. Find our contact info at himpublications.com/about.
1 hr 25 min
Sep 4, 2020
The Awaken Nashville Story (feat. Dave Clayton)
Dave Clayton shares the Awaken Nashville story, including how they used prayer and fasting books to equip over 700 churches with tens of thousands of people to pray and fast for revival in Nashville and beyond. Dave shares the story of how this all happened—from the beginning. Dave also shares his single greatest challenge as a leader, how God has changed churches in Nashville, and what God did in one man’s life that changed the trajectory of his family. Learn more about the prayer and fasting books Dave references at himpublications.com/awaken.
Aug 28, 2020
Solitude and Silence | 3 of 8 of Spiritual Formation
This is class three of eight in our spiritual formation mini-series. Today, we enter into the disciplines themselves with Solitude and Silence, the primal “disciplines of abstinence.” In this class, Chad Harrington casts a vision for the importance of these disciplines, their benefits, common barriers, and practical guidance on how to make these disciplines an essential part of your spiritual formation journey. Get access to the class materials by going to himpublications.com/about and look for our contact info there.
1 hr 19 min
Aug 21, 2020
Your Desire, Your Greatest Barriers, and How Spiritual Formation Works | 2 of 8 of Spiritual Formation
This is class two of a mini-series on spiritual formation. Today we cover the importance of starting with your primary desire in life. Then, we get into the greatest barriers in your spiritual formation journey. And we look at how spiritual formation works in terms of God’s part, our part, and their part, which is other people’s role. If you want to get access to the class materials, go to himpublications.com/about for our contact info.
1 hr 26 min
Aug 14, 2020
Why Is Spiritual Formation Important? And What Is It? | 1 of 8 of Spiritual Formation
This is class session one of a mini-series on spiritual formation. It’s being recorded live at Harpeth Christian Church. You can join this course in audio format. If you want to get access to the class materials, go to himpublications.com/about for our contact info. We can send you class notes, downloads, and other materials to go with this course so you can join along. Enjoy!
1 hr 22 min
Aug 3, 2020
The Story of Jacob and Esau: A Guide for Reconciliation (feat. Chad Harrington)
One massive area of discipleship is learning how to handle conflict and seek reconciliation. The story of Jacob and Esau offers an excellent example of reconciliation from a relationship that had been filled with rivalry, hurt, and pain. With all the conflict in our world today, what does God's Word say about finding healing? The story of Jacob and Esau provides a reliable guide. As you listen to today's podcast you'll * Understand the key lesson we can learn from the story of Jacob and Esau * Gain insight into how the world gets the narrative “flipped” * Walk away with a practical tool for walking into any conflict Subscribe to our blog to get regular updates on our content here.
Jul 22, 2020
When We Are Tested: A Sermon from Genesis 22 (feat. Chad Harrington)
Today we're featuring a sermon preached by Chad Harrington on July 19, 2020, at Harpeth Christian Church. You can read this sermon in text form at himpublications.com/podcast/abraham-isaac/. Subscribe to the HIM Publications blog for more content like this here.
Jul 13, 2020
The Joyful Rewards of Disciple-Making Culture (feat. Brandon Guindon)
“Disciple.” We know that word and what a disciple is, but understanding how to disciple others—how to live the life of a disciple-maker—can be confusing. It is a great challenge to lead and disciple someone, especially if we question whether we have been discipled ourselves. Brandon Guindon, author of Disciple-Making Culture, shares of the joy that comes when disciples make more disciples and when the culture of disciple-making grows and grows, just as Jesus intended it to. Brandon encourages us all to take heart because Jesus showed us the way, and Jesus invites us along in the mission of making disciples. No matter who you are or your experience with making disciples, you can be a part of disciple-making culture. You can become a disciple who makes disciples who then goes out to make more disciples. In this episode, which is the last in this five-part series, you’ll find: * Stories of perseverance and transformation * Glimpses into the fruit of disciple-making cultu…
Jul 13, 2020
The Greatest Barriers to Disciple-Making Culture (feat. Brandon Guindon)
We are used to culture being something rarely thought about, something that goes unnoticed. But a culture of disciple-making doesn’t come easy. It’s a culture formed by people who are willing to fight for relationship, get on their knees in prayer, and strive to grow both spiritually and relationally. Jesus showed us the power of disciple-making culture. Are we willing to lean on him and live out that culture? Brandon Guindon, author of Disciple-Making Culture, speaks about the barriers we can face while living out a culture of making disciples. He shares how he’s learned to overcome the barriers and pursue Christ above all. In this episode, which is part four of a five-part series, you’ll find: * Three barriers faced in shifting to a disciple-making culture * Encouragement to leave busyness behind * How disciple-making culture can be counter to American culture * A reminder that we are taking part in a spiritual battle * That Jesus modeled his dependence on God…
Jul 13, 2020
Disciple-Making Culture Among Staff Members (feat. Brandon Guindon)
Relationships within the church can be challenging. We are called to be unified, but often that call to unity can be difficult to navigate. Do we truly live out the culture that we believe in? Do we fight for our relationships and actively take part in the mission of Christ? Brandon Guindon, author of Disciple-Making Culture, tells of how we, as Jesus’ church, can respond in a unified way to the call of disciple-making. He points us all back to biblical disciple-making culture, and he encourages us to be in real relationship with one another as we live out our calling as disciple-makers. In this episode, which is part three of a five-part series, you’ll find: * The challenges of cultivating disciple-making culture among church staff * Advice for church leaders about being unified * Metrics for measuring a disciple-making culture * How to promote culture from within the church body * Encouragement to participate in the culture-building process * The power of living li…
Jul 13, 2020
Stories of Disciple-Making Culture (feat. Brandon Guindon)
Stories connect us to each other. They offer a glimpse into one another’s way of seeing the world. What happens when we realize that we are all taking part in the same narrative, that we are all already connected? In this episode, part two of five in a special mini-series on disciple-making culture, author Brandon Guindon shares some of the stories he has gained throughout his years of ministry. He also shares his heart as he tells of the struggles and challenges in his own life and the power of being surrounded by a culture built upon making disciples who live and love and act like Jesus. If believers and disciples of Christ will cultivate and live out the culture that Jesus founded, the natural effect will be a disciple-making culture with the power to renew and strengthen the effect of Jesus’ gospel throughout the world. In this episode, which is part two of a five-part series, you’ll find: * Stories of disciples caring for one another * That we find growth even in har…
Jul 13, 2020
Cultivating a Disciple-Making Culture at Your Church (feat. Brandon Guindon)
It’s easy to want our churches to grow. It’s easy to want more people to know and love Jesus. It’s only that we often find it difficult to actually do the work of making disciples. Where might we start? What are we supposed to do as a Christian to live out Jesus’ calling? We know that ministry can take many forms—all the while, the goal remains the same: make disciples of Jesus. In this episode, author Brandon Guindon takes you through what a disciple-making culture looks like and how you as a follower and disciple of Christ can cultivate such a culture right where you are. As followers of Christ, we are called to live out disciple-making the way Jesus did. Let’s recognize how Jesus changed the world through culture and continue in the effort to cultivate a thriving, world-changing culture that produces disciples who can then go out and make more disciples. In this episode, which is part one of a five-part series, you’ll find: * What a disciple-making culture really…
Nov 15, 2019
Anchors for the Soul by John Mark Hicks
John Mark Hicks experienced great suffering when he lost his wife early in life. He wrote Anchors for the Soul as an articulation of his grief, suffering—and questions to God. Where is God during the suffering? Does he hear us? Does he care? Listen to this audiobook introduction narrated by the author, and order your copy of Anchors for the Soul at HIM Publications.
Nov 15, 2019
Revival Starts Here by Dave Clayton
Dave Clayton wrote Revival Starts Here to help spark a moment in Nashville with something called "Awaken Nashville." During this month-long prayer initiative, over 400 churches in Nashville prayed and fasted together. They used Revival Starts Here as a guide for how to pray and fast for revival. Order the full book here: Revival Starts Here at HIM Publications.