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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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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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So, What Color Is The Soul? (Racism and the Christian)

September 8th, 2017

Racism is a sin. It is an affront to the God who created humanity in His image. So tell me, what color is our soul? What should be the Christian's response to racism and what if we find we are harboring thoughts and attitudes that could be racist? How can we tell? What are we to do about it? Check out the podcast for a starting point!

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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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