Posted in April 2019, Podcast Show Notes

What is God’s Will for My Life?

Put away the Strength Finder’s test. Set aside the Meyers-Briggs. If you want to know what God’s will for your life truly is, there’s only one place to look…scripture.

What does God say about what His will for you is?

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Join Matt and Brandy as they discuss this very topic as they celebrate the show’s one year anniversary. Tune in to hear about the journey of discovering God’s will and what that means for the future of this show.

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Posted in April 2019, Podcast Show Notes

Questions for God

“If it turned out there was a God after all, and you could ask one question, what would it be?”

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THE BIG QUESTIONS

We’ve all got big questions about life.

What is my purpose here? What happens when I die? If there is a God, why is there still suffering in the world? How do I know if I’m on the right path in life?

These questions and so many more plague our minds and often leave us feeling restless, dissatisfied and often more confused in the end. But still, we ask them, constantly searching for meaning and wisdom and understanding.

Even as Christians who already believe that God is real, we still find ourselves wrestling with many of the same issues.

Matt and I are currently involved in a program called Alpha. It’s a multi-week video program that you watch with a group of people who don’t identify as Christian but are searching for understanding and clarity to some of these larger questions. We have the opportunity to serve as hosts for a new group that recently started and the question at the top of this post is the very question we talked over this last week.

It was interesting to listen to the questions that people have on their hearts. They’re fairly universal, in fact.

In this week’s episode, Matt and I share the questions we’d ask God if given the chance.


SEEING GOOD AND EVIL

The question Matt poses is this: why didn’t God create in us the ability to better see the spiritual evil that is all around us?

Imagine having the superpower called something like…. Dark Vision. I don’t know, maybe that’s already a superpower, but work with me. Dark Vision is the ability to see the evil forces that are constantly at work on this planet.

Not sure if this is the right job for you take? No worries, with the power of Dark Vision you can see clearly that the CEO and President of the company are cutting corners by employing children in economically depressed countries for pennies a day. Determination: Evil. This would be a bad company to align with.

Dark Vision gives you the ability to easily detect what is opposed to God so you can make choices that better align with your beliefs and values. It also helps you to recognize ways to pray for those around you who are struggling in their own ways.

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WHO AM I?

Meanwhile, Brandy pauses to reflect on the same question that David posed to God, “Who am I that you are mindful of me?”

The fact is if God is real (and we’re working on the belief that He is), then it stands to reason that He made each of us with the same care and detail that He made the rest of the natural world. That means, that he carefully crafted each one of us with special talents and abilities, certain physical limitations, brain capacity, and emotional intelligence. That means we were born into the time and place that He chose for us. He knows the intricate details of our bodies, souls, and minds because he intricately wove us together.

And if all of THAT is true, that must mean He loves us, right?

But, who am I?

Who am I that the God of the universe would take the time to even consider me worth the effort? Who am I that He would send His son to die on my behalf in order that He could have a relationship with me? Who am I?


YOUR TURN

So, if it turned out that there was a God, and you could ask one question…what would it be?

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This is right after we finished recording in front of the Newport Visual Art Center
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Day 3: We took in the touristy stuff down on the historic Bayfront of Newport, including  The Undersea Gardens, The Wax Works and Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

 

 

 

Posted in April 2019, christian living, Podcast Show Notes

Prayer and Bible Study: What’s it All About?

Faith is a journey. And as travelers on this road, it helps to have a map.

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Join Matt and Brandy this week as they talk about Bible reading and prayer – two of the greatest ways to navigate your faith. They’ll talk about things that have worked in the past and where they’re at now practicing these spiritual disciplines. You might be shocked!


Additional Resources:

Bible Apps for your phone (and maybe your computer):
You Version Bible App – A great resource for multiple versions of scripture as well as a variety of reading plans and reminders to help you keep track.

Bible Gateway App – Similar to You Version with myriad choices to help you study


Bible Study Tools:
* Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance; a great resource for doing word study and learning the Greek and Hebrew of the original text without having to learn Greek or Hebrew.

* Look for books about topics such as: Inductive Bible Study or How to Study Your Bible


Other Spiritual Disciplines and Ways to Enhance Your Time with God:
Fasting                     Scripture memorization                  Listening prayer
Meditation              Journaling

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Posted in April 2019, Podcast Show Notes

If Jesus is Love Why is God so Mean?

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“I like Jesus in the New Testament, but I could do without the God of the Old Testament. He’s just a bully.”

It’s a common complaint, so this week Matt and Brandy sit down with a special guest to talk about it. Is God the same throughout scripture? How can we trust that such a wrathful God is also a compassionate Savior? Join us for a lively discussion!

Gregg Chastain is the Pastor of Sandy Community Church in Sandy, Oregon. You can find out more about this church or contact Gregg by clicking here. You can also follow SCC on Instagram or Facebook.

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Community Church of Sandy – A congregation of believers that merged from Community Presbyterian and Fellowship Bible Church circa 2015. 

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