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

May 4th, 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 that Jesus DID NOT pull the plug on Apostles and Prophets after the first years of the church? His word says these function will serve alongside the Pastors, Teachers, and Evangelists until the church reaches full maturity and unity!

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

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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What Is Real Revival? (pt 2)

April 13th, 2018

REVIVAL. What do you think of when you hear that word? An ol' fashioned tent-meeting with portable baptism tank and sawdust floor? A church service with a hot worship band, light show, and ecstatic singing? Or how about a fire and brimstone preacher stalking the stage like a panther looking for prey? Is this what real revival is? What are the hallmarks of true revival? Is revival what a church presents or what a person experiences? Can you have revival if something isn't "vived" first? Take a listen to the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry...and may the Lord fan the flames of love for Him in your heart!

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What Is Real Revival? (pt 1)

April 6th, 2018

REVIVAL. What do you think of when you hear that word? An ol' fashioned tent-meeting with portable baptism tank and sawdust floor? A church service with a hot worship band, light show, and ecstatic singing? Or how about a fire and brimstone preacher stalking the stage like a panther looking for prey? Is this what real revival is? What are the hallmarks of true revival? Is revival what a church presents or what a person experiences? Can you have revival if something isn't "vived" first? Take a listen to the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry...and may the Lord fan the flames of love for Him in your heart!

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God Rewards Desperate Faith, part 2 - The Gentile Woman.

March 9th, 2018

"Sorry, I wasn't sent to help dogs." You know, we don't really expect words like that to come out of Jesus' mouth...but they did. Here's the quote. "It isn’t right to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs." (Matthew 15:26) Now if you stop there in the text, it sounds horrible. Okay, even if you read the whole text including Jesus agreeing to help the woman, it sounds terrible. BUT if you learn the context and take the language and God's plan into account, this is a profound story of mercy and compassion, one that should encourage us to reach out with a desperate faith that God rewards!

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God Rewards Desperate Faith, part 1 - The Bleeding Woman.

March 2nd, 2018

Yes, Jesus loves and responds to people who trust Him. But the Bible also shows that Jesus' most powerful miracles came to those who desperately reached out to Him, even if it meant violating "decorum" or "politeness" or any other religious way of seeking Him. Take a listen to this episode, especially if you're at a place of desperation! A woman who has been bleeding for TWELVE YEARS took an enormous risk and reached out to touch Jesus' garment, trusting that she would get healed. The how and why are FASCINATING, but the fact that Jesus responded to her desperate situation takes it to a whole other level! Don't give up hope. Be desperate in your pursuit of God!

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Do Not Be Afraid!

February 9th, 2018

Many people live in various levels of FEAR! Afraid to speak up, afraid of what life will bring them tomorrow...or TODAY! Afraid of losing a job or a loved one. True, things that cause us to fear are all around us. Can we live in a state of NO FEAR? It all depends on what and who you know. If you find yourself living with fear, join the Turth Barista and Amazing Larry for a Friday talk about the antidote to fear!

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The Allegation Circus - Addressing the Culture of Accusation

February 4th, 2018

ACCUSATIONS! ALLEGATIONS! INNUENDO! Satanic tools used to bring down political opponents, partners in poisoned relationships, tearing down co-workers to get ahead - we are surfing a TIDE of allegations. True, some are based on facts. Some are based on rumor, hearsay, or outright lies. Did you think about this recently? Where are the are Judge Roy Moore's accusers now that the Judge lost his Senate race? Or President Trump's accusers now that he won the presidency? How do we handle a Sen. Franken's accuser who has photographic evidence vs. Judge Moore's accusers who presented none and one whose "evidence" was proven false. Once the damage is done, what can one do? We all face accusations from time to time - some are inconsequential, some can be devastating! How should we deal with this circus of allegations whether we're a spectator or the main event in the ring? Take a listen to this hard-hitting episode as the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry unpack these questions!

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The Purpose of Pressure

October 27th, 2017

Does God EVER give you more than you can handle? Yes! These is NOWHERE in the Bible that says God will never give us more than we can handle! It's what we do with the "more than we can handle" times that matters. The Truth Barista brings remarkable insights about olive trees that show us how pressure can bring out excellent things from us if we hang onto the Lord while under great pressure. Take a listen!

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