Ep 229 | Three Miracles: Part 1, Jesus Calms the Storm

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Ep 229 | Three Miracles: Part 1, Jesus Calms the Storm

We learn three very important lessons regarding the storms in life that we experience.

Scripture

Matthew 8:23-27

Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”

Questions

  1. Think back and remember the storms in your life. How was God present in the midst of these storms?
  2. In the midst of these storms, what did you want God to do, and what did he do?
  3. How has your understanding of God changed due to these experiences?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 226 | Jesus Bore the Sins of Many

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Ep 226 | Jesus Bore the Sins of Many

Coming up is a harrowing story to hear but important. We will learn that Jesus bore the sins of many and was the only one who could do this!

Scripture

Luke 23 NLT

Jesus’ Trial before Pilate

1Then the entire council took Jesus to Pilate, the Roman governor. 2They began to state their case: “This man has been leading our people astray by telling them not to pay their taxes to the Roman government and by claiming he is the Messiah, a king.”

3So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

4Pilate turned to the leading priests and to the crowd and said, “I find nothing wrong with this man!”

5Then they became insistent. “But he is causing riots by his teaching wherever he goes—all over Judea, from Galilee to Jerusalem!”

6“Oh, is he a Galilean?” Pilate asked. 7When they said that he was, Pilate sent him to Herod Antipas, because Galilee was under Herod’s jurisdiction, and Herod happened to be in Jerusalem at the time.

8Herod was delighted at the opportunity to see Jesus, because he had heard about him and had been hoping for a long time to see him perform a miracle. 9He asked Jesus question after question, but Jesus refused to answer. 10Meanwhile, the leading priests and the teachers of religious law stood there shouting their accusations. 11Then Herod and his soldiers began mocking and ridiculing Jesus. Finally, they put a royal robe on him and sent him back to Pilate. 12(Herod and Pilate, who had been enemies before, became friends that day.)

13Then Pilate called together the leading priests and other religious leaders, along with the people, 14and he announced his verdict. “You brought this man to me, accusing him of leading a revolt. I have examined him thoroughly on this point in your presence and find him innocent. 15Herod came to the same conclusion and sent him back to us. Nothing this man has done calls for the death penalty. 16So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.”23:16 Some manuscripts add verse 17, Now it was necessary for him to release one prisoner to them during the Passover celebration. Compare Matt 27:15; Mark 15:6; John 18:39.

18Then a mighty roar rose from the crowd, and with one voice they shouted, “Kill him, and release Barabbas to us!” 19(Barabbas was in prison for taking part in an insurrection in Jerusalem against the government, and for murder.) 20Pilate argued with them, because he wanted to release Jesus. 21But they kept shouting, “Crucify him! Crucify him!”

22For the third time he demanded, “Why? What crime has he committed? I have found no reason to sentence him to death. So I will have him flogged, and then I will release him.”

23But the mob shouted louder and louder, demanding that Jesus be crucified, and their voices prevailed. 24So Pilate sentenced Jesus to die as they demanded. 25As they had requested, he released Barabbas, the man in prison for insurrection and murder. But he turned Jesus over to them to do as they wished.

The Crucifixion

26As they led Jesus away, a man named Simon, who was from Cyrene,23:26 Cyrene was a city in northern Africa. happened to be coming in from the countryside. The soldiers seized him and put the cross on him and made him carry it behind Jesus. 27A large crowd trailed behind, including many grief-stricken women. 28But Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, don’t weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children. 29For the days are coming when they will say, ‘Fortunate indeed are the women who are childless, the wombs that have not borne a child and the breasts that have never nursed.’ 30People will beg the mountains, ‘Fall on us,’ and plead with the hills, ‘Bury us.’23:30 Hos 10:8. 31For if these things are done when the tree is green, what will happen when it is dry?23:31 Or If these things are done to me, the living tree, what will happen to you, the dry tree?

32Two others, both criminals, were led out to be executed with him. 33When they came to a place called The Skull,23:33 Sometimes rendered Calvary, which comes from the Latin word for “skull.” they nailed him to the cross. And the criminals were also crucified—one on his right and one on his left.

34Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”23:34a This sentence is not included in many ancient manuscripts. And the soldiers gambled for his clothes by throwing dice.23:34b Greek by casting lots. See Ps 22:18.

35The crowd watched and the leaders scoffed. “He saved others,” they said, “let him save himself if he is really God’s Messiah, the Chosen One.” 36The soldiers mocked him, too, by offering him a drink of sour wine. 37They called out to him, “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself!” 38A sign was fastened above him with these words: “This is the King of the Jews.”

39One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed, “So you’re the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself—and us, too, while you’re at it!”

40But the other criminal protested, “Don’t you fear God even when you have been sentenced to die? 41We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man hasn’t done anything wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.”

43And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

The Death of Jesus

44By this time it was about noon, and darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock. 45The light from the sun was gone. And suddenly, the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn down the middle. 46Then Jesus shouted, “Father, I entrust my spirit into your hands!”23:46 Ps 31:5. And with those words he breathed his last.

47When the Roman officer23:47a Greek the centurion. overseeing the execution saw what had happened, he worshiped God and said, “Surely this man was innocent.23:47b Or righteous.” 48And when all the crowd that came to see the crucifixion saw what had happened, they went home in deep sorrow.23:48 Greek went home beating their breasts. 49But Jesus’ friends, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance watching.

The Burial of Jesus

50Now there was a good and righteous man named Joseph. He was a member of the Jewish high council, 51but he had not agreed with the decision and actions of the other religious leaders. He was from the town of Arimathea in Judea, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come. 52He went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. 53Then he took the body down from the cross and wrapped it in a long sheet of linen cloth and laid it in a new tomb that had been carved out of rock. 54This was done late on Friday afternoon, the day of preparation,23:54 Greek It was the day of preparation. as the Sabbath was about to begin.

55As his body was taken away, the women from Galilee followed and saw the tomb where his body was placed. 56Then they went home and prepared spices and ointments to anoint his body. But by the time they were finished the Sabbath had begun, so they rested as required by the law.

Questions

  1. When did you first decide to follow Jesus? What/ who helped you make that decision?
  2. What makes you proud about your relationship with God? 
  3. If we are created to steward or care for the world and everything in it well, how could you (or all of us) do that better?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 223 | The Lost Son

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Ep 223 | The Lost Son

A good relationship with God is the reward. Will you choose the father, or will you choose what you hope to get from the father?

Scripture

Luke 15:11-31 NLT

To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.

“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.

“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”‘

“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’

“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

“Meanwhile, the older son was in the fields working. When he returned home, he heard music and dancing in the house, and he asked one of the servants what was going on. ‘Your brother is back,’ he was told, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf. We are celebrating because of his safe return.’

“The older brother was angry and wouldn’t go in. His father came out and begged him, but he replied, ‘All these years I’ve slaved for you and never once refused to do a single thing you told me to. And in all that time you never gave me even one young goat for a feast with my friends. Yet when this son of yours comes back after squandering your money on prostitutes, you celebrate by killing the fattened calf!’

“His father said to him, ‘Look, dear son, you have always stayed by me, and everything I have is yours. We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found!'”

Questions

  1. Describe what you hope to gain or avoid from rebellion or obedience.
  2. What things pull your heart away from God?
  3. What things pull your heart toward God?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 221 | Loving Your Enemies | Sermon on the Mount Part 3 of 4

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Ep 221 | Loving Your Enemies | Sermon on the Mount Part 3 of 4

Ask yourself, did the sun rise on them today? The sunrise shows God’s love for them. Join God loving your everyone, even your enemies!

Scripture

Matthew 5:43-48 NLT

You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Questions

  1. How could love for the hatters and enemies in your life bring good to them, others and you?
  2. Is it possible to love and still protect ourselves from harm?
  3. Think of the hatters and enemies in your life. How could you be praying for them?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 213 | Love | Christmas Part 4 of 4

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Ep 213 | Love | Christmas Part 4 of 4

Christ’s love isn’t found in what we can do but instead in who he is. It’s a love that doesn’t change, doesn’t fade, and cannot be lost.

Scripture

1 John 4:19-20

We love each other because he loved us first. If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?

Questions

  1. What makes you feel loved?
  2. What makes it difficult to believe we are loved?
  3. How can you show Christ’s love to those around you this season?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 200 | Love

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Ep 200 | Love

We unpack three points, love is an action, those actions will show that we belong to the truth, and God is greater than our feelings!

Scripture

Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions. Our actions will show that we belong to the truth, so we will be confident when we stand before God. Even if we feel guilty, God is greater than our feelings, and he knows everything.
1 John 3:18-20

Questions

  1. List 3, out of the ordinary acts of love you can do today. 
  2. What do you feel guilty about? Even though it is hard, tell your friends and God. Ask God for forgiveness; you will find freedom from your guilt.
  3. How does loving people through actions shape you?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Ep 198 | Welcome Back

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Ep 198 | Welcome Back

Welcome Back! We hope you had an incredible summer with God! Today, we give three ways to guard from wandering away from God.

Scripture

Hebrews 10:23-25

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise. Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

Questions

  1. There are a lot of distractions in life how can you keep your focus on the hope we have in Jesus?
  2. Christian Friends are super important to our faith. When and where could you get together with others?
  3. What is an act of love you can do tomorrow for your community, neighbours, or church?
Prayer Requests

At the end of your discussion, go around the group and ask for prayer requests.

Love is Not Easy

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Love is Not Easy

Bradon: Jon, can you tell me what I am thinking about right now? 
Jon: uh, something about food, oh, better yet, coffee! 
Bradon: I mean, easy guess, that’s on my mind 90 % of the time! 
Jon: Have you ever felt that you could predict something or that you knew what was going to happen before it happened? 
Bradon: Tune in to our next episode to see why Jon asks such funny questions.

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1 Samuel 14

Discussion | Love is Not Easy

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Discussion | Love is Not Easy

Bradon: You are listening to the discussion questions for the episode love is not easy.

Jon: Today’s scripture and story were hard, there were a lot of complex things going on and we see saul be commanded by God to wipe out the Amalekite people. There is a lot to the story and it continues next week. Let’s get into our questions.

An Act of Celebration

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An Act of Celebration

Bradon: Jon. Did you know that I have a long list of specific, mostly fun rules, my friends and I live by? 

Jon: I did! I don’t know all the rules but I do know that rule #1 is Fun is one! Which I really love! 

Bradon: Right, there’s a lot of rules! One of my favourites is always having a glowstick budget! Do you know why? 

Jon: I do not! But I am sure the listeners and I will all find out in our upcoming episode! 

Bradon: Indeed you will!

Discussion Episode

1 John 4:19