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Jesus Confronts Leaders - Woes Upon Them! (Matthew 23)

July 13th, 2018

It seems things never change. Solomon wrote, "there is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9c). Last week Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry looked at God's indictment of the leaders just before Israel and Judah's Fall (about 600 years before Jesus). In this episode, we see a nearly identical situation! The leadership has failed and God is about to act. The scary part? Are today's leaders doing the same thing? Take a listen and a moment to think!

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Jesus Confronts Leaders - Lessons from Isaiah 5

July 9th, 2018

During a recent study at the Ersatz Coffee Shop, Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry started looking at Jesus' rebuke of the leadership of His day - the Pharisees, Sadducees, and Scribes. What the Truth Barista revealed was that this confrontation was not unique. In fact, God Himself (through His prophet Isaiah) had leveled similar charges against the leadership of his day some 700 years before Jesus. How little things change! Be sure you listen to this episode BEFORE you listen to the next one to get the full IMPACT of what Jesus is saying about abuse of authority!

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When Is It God’s Call Or Just Narcissism? (pt 2)

June 29th, 2018

So, if you've listened to the previous episode "When Is It God's Call Or Just Narcissism? (pt 1)" how are your toes? If they weren't stepped on, that's a good sign. It means you're on the right track. YES! God has something for everybody to do in this life. Read the Bible and we find that it's Love God, Love People. We can add Live Right, Reveal the Light (Jesus). It's that simple. BUT sometimes our desire for greater significance takes us to places and pursuits God has no desire for us to grasp for. If propelled by narcissism, we can easily mistake our yearning for "personal greatness" as a "call of God." Dangerous territory, my friend. Take a listen to part 2 of this fascinating topic!

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When Is It God’s Call Or Just Narcissism? (pt 1)

June 22nd, 2018

One of the BIGGEST drives in people's lives is the desire for significance. No one wants to feel insignificant. To some degree, we all want to believe we're making some sort of impact in life. But this desire is greatly amplified and twisted when coupled with narcissism. Here's your definition of NARCISSISM (American Heritage Dictionary): "A personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy."

This is a dangerous combination in the fellowship of Jesus' followers (the church). Many "Seek God's call on their lives." Rightly so, because He has called us to a life with Him and service to others. But the search for significance often DRIVES some Christians to distraction to find out what that specific call is. Even worse, when narcissism is added to the mix, this intensified drive turns its focus from God to the person. And now we have a real problem. Take a listen and really think - is my desire for ministry out of love for Jesus or self-centered narcissism?

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Which Law To Break, Jesus? (Pharisee and Tax Question)

June 15th, 2018

On the heels of our discussions of "Obeying God or Man" and "Civil Disobedience," the Truth Barista takes an intriguing look at the question of working with authorities - both God AND man - over the issue of paying taxes. Yes, Jesus' point is about our relationship with God as essential. Yes, we can also find some GREAT insights about honoring the human authorities God has placed over us. Ready to be CHALLENGED? 

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Obey God or Man? (pt 4) Civil Disobedience

June 9th, 2018

As we reach the end of our series on being faced with the choice to Obey God or Man and when Civil Disobedience becomes a required choice, we get great guidance from Peter. Who should know best about how to handle persecution than Paul and Peter? For our listeners around the world who are in this situation - may God draw near to you and strengthen you! For us who are not experiencing this kind of attack - praise God and pray for those who need any support we can give them! Take a listen, read the scriptures, and prepare yourselves for times to come.

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Obey God or Man? (pt 3) Civil Disobedience

June 2nd, 2018

Here's a topic you won't hear from most pulpits today. When the choice is between obeying God or man, our choice is clear. So what do we do if obeying God brings us into conflict with civil law? While there are many options, civil disobedience may be our only option. The Bible has clear guidance on how to exercise civil disobedience in a loving and civil way. Just be prepared for the consequences...and trust God all the way!

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Obey God or Man? (pt 2)

May 25th, 2018

Jesus promised His disciples they would experience persecution. Why? Because humanity's kingdoms instinctively clash with God's kingdom. It's a battle of wills. Whose will be done? Most of the time this world's kingdoms have no problems with Christians. But there come times when the world demands Christians follow man's demands and not God's commands. Even within the Church world the demands of man collide with God's will and individual Christians or groups of Christians face a choice - Obey God or Man? This is not an easy choice, but it is a no-brainer for a Christian. Peter and John and the early disciples showed us how it's to be done. Check out this episode of the Truth Barista. It just might prepare you for times that are a-comin'!

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Obey God or Man? (pt 1)

May 18th, 2018

Jesus promised His disciples they would experience persecution. Why? Because humanity's kingdoms instinctively clash with God's kingdom. It's a battle of wills. Whose will be done? Most of the time this world's kingdoms have no problems with Christians. But there come times when the world demands Christians follow man's demands and not God's commands. Even within the Church world the demands of man collide with God's will and individual Christians or groups of Christians face a choice - Obey God or Man? This is not an easy choice. However, Peter and John and the early disciples showed us how it's to be done. Check out this episode of the Truth Barista. It just might prepare you for times that are a-comin'!

 

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Follow the Leader - Jesus’ Ephesian 4:11 Leadership Team - part 2

May 11th, 2018

Did you know that Pastors are God's gift to the church? Yup. And so are Apostles, Prophets, Teachers, and Evangelists!

Did you know that Jesus didn't invent these leadership functions? They were already well-established in the synagogues of Jesus' day!

Did you know these gifts serve a basic function to train and equip YOU for ministry work, not do it all themselves?

Take a listen as the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry look at the Pastor, Teacher, Evangelist functioned as part of the 1st first century synagogue!

Are you ready to embrace God's truth? Listen as your Truth Barista and Amazing Larry talk about these gifts, where they came from, and where they are today.

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