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My podcasts vary from interviews with people, storytelling of my past experiences, and sharing other stories that are uplifting, caring, and sensitive topics most people don't want to engage in, but listen to with interest and concern. Some of the podcasts contain Christian connotations and current events at the time of the podcast. The intent is for uplifting moments while sharing life lessons and reasonable thinking.
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The Bible addresses the concept of God saying "no" to people's requests in various passages. These instances can provide insight into why and how God might refuse a request or prayer. When God says no, it doesn't mean rejection; it means redirection. Trust that His plans for you are greater than you can imagine. Let's take a deeper dive into the wo…
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If you fail to plan, then you’re planning to fail. God establishes our plans by guiding us, aligning our desires with His will, providing wisdom, and ensuring His purposes prevail. We will talk about some biblical principles and references that illustrate how God establishes our plans. Listen in for a lively discussion and a voice of reason.…
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The key takeaway from this verse is the importance of valuing and heeding God's word while it is available. The Israelites took God's messages for granted, leading to a severe consequence where they would no longer have access to His guidance. It serves as a reminder to remain receptive and responsive to divine teachings and not to neglect spiritua…
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The Bible frequently emphasizes the importance of drawing near to God and promises that He will draw near to those who seek Him. This concept is foundational to the Christian faith, encapsulating the essence of a personal relationship with God. We will dive deep into drawing closer to God. Billy Graham and Rick Warren certainly had something to say…
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In our reading and study today, we will explore why it is important to sit at the feet of Jesus' teachings. We are meant to be a captive audience to His words. Be still, take a seat, and you will come to know the words of Jesus, which lead to the life we all desire. Join me for this special insight into living.…
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According to the book of Ezekiel, God instructed him to lie on his left side for 390 days to symbolically bear the iniquity of the house of Israel, and then on his right side for 40 days to bear the iniquity of the house of Judah (Ezekiel 4:4-6). This symbolic act was part of a series of dramatic signs and actions that Ezekiel performed to convey G…
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The Bible uses the concept of "standing" or "standing up" both literally and metaphorically to convey a variety of spiritual, moral, and relational principles. We will talk about several key themes along with relevant scriptures that illustrate their meanings. In our podcast, I incorporate Coach Kinard, my sister Mary Jane, and Thomas Jefferson. Jo…
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Self-control plays a crucial role in helping individuals live a life that honors God and others in several ways: Resisting temptation, making wise decisions, avoid impulsive behavior, practicing patience and forgiveness. It helps control the instability of greed, lust, anger, envy, gluttony, and pride. Listen in as we take a deep dive into characte…
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The Greek word for gentleness is "praütes" (πρᾳότης), which can be translated as meekness or gentleness. It denotes strength under control, humility, and a gentle disposition. We will take a deep dive into the scriptures and understand gentleness through the lives of people like Barnabas, Moses, Ruth, Titus, and Eleanor Roosevelt. Join us today for…
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This is week seven of our continued study of the fruit of the Spirit. We’ll talk about what faithfulness is. Faithfulness is a recurring theme throughout the Bible, both in the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, for example, the concept of faithfulness is often linked with God's covenant with his people Israel, emphasizing the importance…
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In the book of Ruth, Ruth's kindness and loyalty towards her mother-in-law, Naomi, are evident throughout the story. Ruth's selfless dedication and care for Naomi are exemplified in Ruth 1:16-17. In Hebrew, the word for kindness is "חֶסֶד" (chesed). Chesed encompasses a range of meanings beyond just kindness; it can also be translated as mercy, lov…
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We are reminded of the importance of the reverent fear and worship of the Lord as the foundation of wisdom. It is through this fear and respect for God that we gain a good understanding, wisdom, and meaning in life. Those who follow the will of the Lord experience the enduring praise of Him. Let's focus on the concept of dynamic wisdom today. Liste…
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The Bible describes patience as the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset. It emphasizes attributes such as perseverance, long-suffering, and forbearance. Patience is often linked with trust in God's timing and wisdom. In this episode I talk about two of my former teachers, Dr. Gil Carbajal and Dr. Denni…
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The Bible has much to say about "peace." Peace is often described as a state of tranquility, harmony, and freedom from conflict or turmoil. It goes beyond mere absence of strife and encompasses a deep sense of well-being, wholeness, and contentment that comes from being in a right relationship with God and others. Listen in for a deeper dive into "…
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Continuing on with our study about the fruit of the Spirit. Today it is about Joy! Joy is part of the Spirit that embodies all circumstances in our life. The Bible defines joy as a deep sense of delight, gladness, and happiness that comes from knowing and experiencing God's love, mercy, and blessings. Joy is a state of rejoicing and contentment tha…
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The Bible says that mankind is made in the image of God, and that God is love. Its pages are full of people driven by love, responding to love, and obeying God in love. If Jesus Christ is the primary subject of the Bible, then love is the theme. The greatest act of love in history was when Jesus Christ died to pay for the sins of the world.…
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While we study this matter, the Holy Spirit develops these characteristics in us such as love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self control. These things take time to develop, but they come as we need it...we are in the developing stage. Big companies have R&D departments (Research and Development)...they need these departments to…
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Last week, we talk about thinking and acting independently…this week we will discuss what do you stand for? As a leader, it is important to know what you stand for. This means having a clear understanding of your values and principles and being willing to take a stand on important issues, even when it may be difficult or unpopular. Unfortunately, m…
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My notes and discussion emphasize the biblical teaching of "being of good cheer" or having courage and confidence despite facing trials and sorrows in the world. Jesus assures his disciples of his victory over the world, encouraging them to find peace in him. Despite impending persecution and suffering, believers are reminded that they are secure i…
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The story of Jesus healing the blind man with mud is found in John 9:1-7. The story of Jesus healing the blind man with mud emphasizes divine healing through unconventional means, the importance of obedience and faith, God's sovereign mercy, spiritual transformation, the power of encountering Jesus, perseverance in the face of opposition, and Jesus…
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Today, our main topic of discussion is teaching with authority. The synagogue served as a gathering place for the congregation, where Jesus spoke and amazed the people with His authoritative teaching. Unlike the rabbis who relied on previous teachings, Jesus spoke as the origin of the Word, with the authority of the Lord Himself. Listen to hear wha…
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Taking advice is essential for making wise decisions, as emphasized in Proverbs. Seeking counsel from multiple sources helps to avoid disappointment and achieve success. However, it is crucial to choose trustworthy and wise advisors. The Bible provides examples of the consequences of bad advice. Surrounding ourselves with diverse perspectives allow…
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What does "is mean in the bible? "Is", is present tense. In theology, the present moment represents a significant concept known as "the sacrament of the present moment." It emphasizes the belief that God is not only present in our past and future, but most importantly, in our present experiences. It teaches us to be fully aware and attentive to the…
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John clarifies that he is not the Christ, but he points to the coming of another person, Jesus. Despite the people's anticipation of the Messiah, John emphasizes that he is not the one they are waiting for. He even denies being Elijah, although Jesus later confirms that John is the fulfillment of Elijah's role. John, aware of his purpose, declares …
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So the question is… How do we scan the unseen part of us—-the soul? That's where the Holy Spirit comes in. As we study our Bible, the Holy Spirit shows us our failures and weaknesses. Then He prescribes the needed treatments of repentance, faith, and obedience. There will always be some element in our lives that is in need of introspection and impr…
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In the biblical account, the wise men, also known as the Magi, were not specifically identified as three individuals, and their names were not mentioned. However, tradition has often referred to them as Caspar, Melchior, and Balthazar. It is important to note that these names are not found in the biblical text. Listen in as we take a deep dive into…
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Suffering is an unavoidable part of our lives in this fallen world. But earth is not our permanent home (1 Peter 2:11; Hebrews 11:13). As we wait for eternity, we can cling to this life-transforming hope communicated by the apostle Paul: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shal…
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We will be exploring the topic of relationships in the Roman Church, based on the passages from Romans 14:1-15:13 and 16:3-15. In these chapters, Paul addresses the issues and dynamics within the churches in Rome. In Romans 14, Paul discusses the matter of judging others based on what they eat. He emphasizes that it is not our place to judge others…
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We learn that the coming of the Lord will be sudden and unexpected for those who do not believe. Jesus often emphasized that He is coming soon, and as Christians, we have been anticipating this for 2000 years. In 1 Thessalonians 4, Paul assures us that we who are alive will witness His coming. Therefore, we are called to live lives of faith and tru…
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When we allow the devil to slither into some habit in our lives, it causes a loss of spiritual power. When we make excuses for stepping away from the truths and standards God has set for us, we open ourselves up to sin and the accompanying guilt that, comes with it. The best way to avoid spiritual blackouts is to keep sin from entering our lives. B…
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Though Jesus acknowledged that an after-death heaven existed, Jesus devoted his preaching, not to that heaven, but to a Kingdom of Heaven that he said was here and now, near, “at hand” (Mark 1:15). The principal message that Jesus brought to us was the Gospel or “Good News” of the Kingdom of Heaven. Listen in to our heavenly discussion.…
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The greatest challenge lies in the word "All." How do we truly give our all? It requires wholehearted commitment and dedication. We cannot approach our relationship with God in a halfhearted manner. We must ask ourselves how we can live in a way that truly counts, giving our all to God. Listen in for more insight for living.…
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JESUS speaks often about the reality of hell, describing it as a place of eternal punishment and separation from God. The word translated “hell” in Mark 9:43 is the Greek word Gehenna, which comes from the Hebrew name for a place called the “Valley of Hinnom.” Jesus uses this place to paint a vivid image of what hell is like. The Jewish people ofte…
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On this All Saints' Day, it is important for us to remember who God is and the promise of life everlasting. It is a time to have faith and trust in God's shepherding presence in our lives. We can rest assured that our loved ones who have gone before us are now with God. Let us give thanks for their faith, and let us also look forward to the day whe…
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JESUS spoke often about angels, describing them as heavenly beings who carry out the will of God. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about angels and their role in the spiritual realm. Angels are personal spiritual beings who have intelligence, emotions, and will. This is true of both the good and evil angels (demons). Listen in to le…
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JESUS speaks often about the dangers of worry, describing it as a hindrance to our spiritual growth and a sign of a lack of faith. Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God‘s hands in everything. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about worry, its effects on our lives, and how we can overcome it. Listen in toda…
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Welcome to today's mini podcast episode! In today's scripture reading, we will explore three passages: Isaiah 45:1-7, 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10, and Matthew 22:15-22. These passages shed light on a common human behavior known as the "Gotcha" game, particularly prevalent among politicians, especially in the weeks leading up to an election.…
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FEAR is a natural human emotion that can be caused by various factors, including perceived danger, uncertainty, or the unknown. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about fear, its effects on our lives, and how we can overcome it. Listen in as we talk about the nature of fear, the effects of fear, and overcoming fear.…
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Scripture often highlights the suffering of Christ. Indeed, the crucifixion of Christ is the apex of human history and the grand theme of the apostles’ teaching: “I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified” (1 Corinthians 2:2). It is through the passion of Christ that we are made right with God. Listen in …
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FASTING is a spiritual discipline that has been practiced by many religions throughout history. In Christianity, fasting is often seen as a way to deepen one’s relationship with God and focus on spiritual growth. In this podcast, we will explore what Jesus says about fasting and its significance in His teaching. Listen in today.…
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Welcome back to another episode of "Finding Peace in a Chaotic World." Today, we are delving into the topic of societal harmony and the pursuit of peace, inspired by Romans 12:14-21. In this passage, the Apostle Paul offers us practical advice on how to navigate our interactions with others and maintain peace in society. He encourages us to bless t…
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Having the mind of Christ doesn't mean thinking exactly like Jesus, but rather aligning our thoughts with His. It involves a change of mind, a new way of processing things. Paul encourages the Philippians to be of the same mind, in full accord, and to consider others more significant than themselves, showing humility and love. We are not only in ne…
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JESUS is often questioned by the religious leaders of his time, who seek to trap him in His words. However, Jesus chooses to remain silent at times, much to the confusion of those around him. In this podcast, we will explore why Jesus chooses to be silent when questioned and what we can learn from His example. Please, listen in.…
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Our daily lives as Christians, in our bodies and in our relationships with the world and our vocations, become the arena of worship. This is who we are and what we do in Christ. We are not to conform to the behavior and customs of this world but to be transformed. Transformation is a metamorphosis, a change from within. It involves having the mind …
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