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Matter of Conscience (Halal Meat Example)

March 8th, 2019

With the influx of refugees and immigrants from Islamic countries, Muslim communities are growing throughout the United States. Similar to Jewish kosher laws, Islamic law (shariah law) has its dietary requirements. One requirement is meat must be slaughtered according to certain ritual and standards making it halal.

According to thekitchn.com "Halal is an Arabic word that means “permissible.” In terms of food, it means food that is permissible according to Islamic law. For meat to be certified “halal,” it cannot be a forbidden cut (such as meat from hindquarters) or animal (such as pork.)" You can find the requirements here: https://www.thekitchn.com/good-question-what-is-halal-me-60979. As you read, the halal process involves pronouncing Allah's name during the slaughter making it a defacto sacrifice. So, is halal meat permissible to Christians who are commanded to "not eat meat offered to idols" (Acts 15:20)? Or does this fall under Apostle Paul's "Matters of Conscience" (1 Corinthians 8, 10)? This is a fascinating and challenging discussion!

Manifestation Gifts of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12 (part 2)

September 28th, 2018

Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their study of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. There are strong objections that the cessationists make against the gifts of the Holy Spirit being used today...which is funny because the Holy Spirit doesn't seem to be listening to them. Take a listen and ask the Holy Spirit to release His power in a greater way throughout His people!

Manifestation Gifts of the Holy Spirit - 1 Corinthians 12 (part 1)

September 21st, 2018

The world is enthralled with supernatural manifestations! All it takes is a quick look at the plethora (fancy word for "a bunch") of tv shows and movies about the occult available on Netflix/Amazon/Hulu and in movie theaters to see that people yearn for the supernatural. Well, God is the Supreme supernatural being and His kingdom flows into our natural realm through the Holy Spirit's power. Take a listen to your Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they study 1 Corinthians 12 as a base-line for the Holy Spirit's power moving through Jesus' people!

Lust or Life? (pt. 2)

January 3rd, 2017

Pornography is wrong and dangerous! And yet, in spite of the deadly trap that it is, many of us Christians struggle with the temptation to indulge ourselves in this sin.

So how do people get free from this temptation/compulsion? Take a listen!

Join Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry, the kitchen guy, as they continue their discussion of the human drive called lust.

Lust or Life? (pt. 1)

December 23rd, 2016

Porn is everywhere! It can be found on the internet, television, music, books and magazines. In fact, wherever there is media, there is an avenue for pornography. For many people, pornography is not a slow-burn for passion, but nuclear fuel leading to perversion. And sadly, many believe it's a personal, none-of-your-business, harmless, victim-less pastime. Really? Take just two minutes to talk to pastors and therapists and you'll see that it is a virulent social disease that's tearing lives and families apart. In these next two episodes, Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry examine this topic and they don't pull any punches!

Leprosy of the Mouth: Evil Speech

October 28th, 2016

Did you know that almost everyone suffers from the same seemingly incurable disease? Nope, it's not halitosis ("bad breath"). It's Leprosy of the Mouth! Yes, a deadly disease that causes "death" and destruction wherever it is spread and is usually shared with ease, EVEN WELCOMED! Curious? Want a vaccination against this all-too-common plague? Grab a cup 'o joe, sit yerself down, and take a listen. Oh...and pull in your toes. Otherwise, you might get them stepped on.

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