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Understanding the Bible Better - Hebrew Idioms!

October 20th, 2017

Ever talk with someone who doesn't know your language? IT'S HILARIOUS! Trying to share even the most basic information such as "Where the Ersatz Coffee Shop is" or "The bathroom is over there" can be a real chore...or an embarrassment. Well, the same holds true with the Bible. People, most of it was written in Hebrew by Hebrew speakers with a Hebraic mindset and world-view. Compared to today's Christians who speak a variety of languages with a variety of non-Hebraic mindsets and world-views we are not just miles apart, we're millennia apart! Some things cannot be effectively transmitted unless one GOES BACK to learn and understand the original context...and that's what the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry do in this podcast. Take a listen and have fun!!

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Atonement and the JOY of Forgiveness!

September 29th, 2017

The burden of sin and guilt! Kind of like a truck parked on your heart and soul, right? We have ALL experienced the heaviness of the guilt of sin and the dread of God's punishment. Even Bible people like King David knew this awful condition. But there is a JOY that sweeps over us when we finally confess all to God and He FORGIVES us! There is a joy and release in this experience that is beyond measure. If there is such joy when we let go of our sin and guilt, why do we resist the tapping of the Holy Spirit on our hearts? Take a listen as Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry walk through Psalm 32.

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Discernment Ministries: Contending Without Being Contentious

September 24th, 2017

Discernment ministries. What are they? They are ministries that examine what is being taught across the Body of Christ to see if those teachers are faithful to God's word, or teach inaccurately or in error, or are outright deceptive. Discernment ministries are often looked at as the "defenders of the faith" and the "watchdogs of truth." However, some have developed a sharp and even vicious, un-Christian approach to their expose' function and are more pit bull than man's best friend.
 
While we should all be like the Bereans who "examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11), there is a definite need and place for discernment ministries that examine and notify the Christian community of subtle and not-so-subtle deceptions and diversions from the truth of God's Word. And yet, how can they disagree with people without being disagreeable? Better yet, how do we deal with people who teach God's Word wrongly? How do we contend for the faith without becoming contentious? Listen as the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry toss this topic around!
 
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Anybody Up There? The Struggle With Unanswered Prayer

September 15th, 2017

Ever been "Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door"...and nobody answers? Ever pray and you hear crickets chirping? What comes into your mind? Does God hear me? Is there something wrong with me? Does God even care? These questions are tough. So is the topic of unanswered prayer. If you're struggling with unanswered prayers, take a listen and see how the Lord speaks to you, even if you think He's not.

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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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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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Harnessed to God - The “Yoke of His Teaching”

February 7th, 2017

Every Friday after the morning rush, Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry the Kitchen Guy have their Bible study at the Ersatz Coffee Shop. But today, Larry is really stumped by what Jesus says in Matthew 11:25-30! Many Christians know these words, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." However, they don't understand exactly what Jesus is saying...and it will challenge your socks off!

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