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The Joy of Trials!

August 12th, 2017

"But mankind is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward." Do you know who spoke these words that were recorded in God's very word? Most of us know him and he would certainly know a thing or two about trials and troubles. Yup, it was Job! (Job 5:7) No one will ever escape the trials of life. They try to minimize them or avoid them, but trials will come or way. But there is a sunny side to trials! (Yeah, right!) no really, there is. In fact, trials are one of God's best ways of shaping us into the people he wants us to be. (Yeah? Well I wish He were a little less interested in me right now!) Having trouble and trials, my friend? Take a listen and take comfort. Trials don't last forever, but what we gain from them does.

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City Gates: How Are You Guarding Your Life?

August 4th, 2017

Throughout history, city gates were EXTREMELY important! From ancient Israel to the castles of the Middle Ages, gates were the most vulnerable place in a city's defenses and of great strategic value. If you lose control of a city gate, you lose the city...and most likely your freedom or life! Even though we don't have literal city gates today, there are many ACCESS POINTS in our life that serves as a gate, an entry point into our begin. We also have gates that serve as access points into our society and nation. God commands us to defend our gates from enemy incursion. Want to know how incredibly much this applies to us? Listen to this episode of the Truth Barista - "City Gates: How Are You Guarding Your Life?" for big insights. It just might save your life.

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What Does Discipleship Require - part 2

July 28th, 2017

The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their talk about discipleship and why it's sooooooo important for Christian growth AND NOT OPTIONAL for a Christian. All Christians are called to be disciples and being a disciple does not mean just believing Jesus is Lord and provider of our salvation. In Jesus' 1st c. context, the purpose of becoming a disciple and the end goal of being a disciple is to become like their rabbi in word and deed! If that's not your goal, you may be saved spiritually, but you're not a disciple. Take a listen and seriously consider this important topic.

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What Does Discipleship Require - part 1

July 21st, 2017

Sure, we call ourselves disciples of Jesus, but...really? Are we? Do we really understand what it means to be a true disciple or is our life with the Lord simply a baseline commitment to the lowest common denominator of simple "Yeah, Jesus is the Messiah"? But does anything really change in us, in our lives, or the world around us? The Truth Barista challenges you to take a listen to this two-part episode talking about what discipleship meant in Jesus' day and how we should do the same today!

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God’s Answer to the Welfare State - YOU!

July 7th, 2017

On the heels of last's week's episode about God's miraculous provision, the Truth Barista discusses God's main way of providing for people - YOU! You are God's main way to meet the needs of those around you. In truth, the needy are all around us and we can't shut our eyes and ignore them. Neither can we personally meet every need. But God can...and He often chooses to do so through His people. If God's people would ramp up their level of caring more and put feet to their faith more, the problem of need could be significantly reduced. Why? Because we live on the level of the world's needs and we have a God above who supplies us to help others. Take a listen!

 

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The King’s Banquet - Amazing Encouragement from Jesus’ Feeding of the Multitude!

June 30th, 2017

The Bible is BURSTING with all sorts of encouragement when we find ourselves coming up short. Nowhere is this felt more strongly than when we have needs that need to be met. Our need may be huge, but GOD is HUGER! (That's a word?) Jesus can take a little and make it a lot! Are you ready to be blown away by how Jesus fed an army of people with a few rations? Take a listen!

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Tough Issues: Faith, Doubt, And Unbelief, pt 4 - Unbelief

June 23rd, 2017

What's the opposite of faith? Not doubt. It's NO faith. As the Truth Barista and Larry discussed in the previous episode, doubt is not knowing if God is greater than what your facing or not. Unbelief is the stubborn refusal to trust God. Unbelief is SOOOOOOO serious, that it is the one sin that is called the Unforgiveable Sin...IF you choose to hold onto it. Join the Truth Barista as he and Amazing Larry talk about this extremely challenging topic and wrap up this series on Tough Issues: Faith, Doubt, and Unbelief.

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Tough Issues: Faith, Doubt, And Unbelief, pt 3 - Doubt

June 16th, 2017

If you think the average person struggles with doubt - try being a Christian! What makes doubt so difficult is the inner sense of guilt because we KNOW we're not supposed to doubt God and yet it can be a daily challenge for some of us. This only intensifies when we're in really painful or even life-threatening situations. What is doubt? Doubt - "The state of being uncertain about the truth or reliability of something." "from Latin dubitāre, to waver" (American Heritage Dictionary). Are Christians allowed to doubt? How do we move from doubt to a concrete trust in God? Why are prayers stopped by doubt? Tune in to the Truth Barista as he and Amazing Larry continue their series on this all too challenging experience!

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Tough Issues: Faith, Doubt, And Unbelief, pt 2

June 6th, 2017

So...did the first episode about faith knock yer socks off? Well, the Truth Barista continues his discussion with Amazing Larry about this powerful and often misunderstood topic of faith. What is faith? How do we get faith? How do we exercise faith? Does faith stand alone or is it linked to something...or SOMEONE else? Tune in!

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Tough Issues: Faith, Doubt, and Unbelief, pt. 1

May 28th, 2017

"You know, if you just had enough faith, that wouldn't have happened to you!" Or "Agree with me in faith and God will answer your prayer!" Is faith a slot-machine or a passkey to get answers from God? Is it the cornerstone for miracle cures or insane amounts of wealth and prosperity? Some Christians would actually tell you that. Well, in this first part of a four-part series, the Truth Barista would say...?

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