Ten Minute Bible Talks Devotional Bib...
Top 5 devotional podcasts worldwide according to Chartable.com: Connect with God in the time it takes you to drive to work or empty the dishwasher. Every episode focuses on one passage, explains it and applies it to your life. Co-hosted by Keith Simon, Jensen Holt McNair, Tanya Willmeth, and Patrick Miller.
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Did Angels Have Sex With Women? | Questions You...
You might have read through Genesis, but have you ever noticed https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis+6&version=ESV (Genesis 6.1-4)? Did it confuse you? It's a strange passage. Learn what it means from https://www.thecrossingchurch.co...
13 min
402
Should Christians Get Into Conspiracy Theories?...
Do you buy into conspiracy theories? Or do you think they're silly? Could they be harmful? Discover how Pastors Keith Simon and Patrick Miller respond to conspiracy theories as we continue our series on answering Questions You're Asking. Interested in...
25 min
403
Does the Bible Advocate for Social Justice? | Q...
What does the Bible say about politics and social issues? Should religious matters be kept separate? Hear how https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Pastor Keith Simon) approaches the subject in this episode as he continues our series on...
11 min
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Should Christians Watch Game of Thrones? | Ques...
Even the Bible has extremely explicit, immoral content in it, so where do we draw the line? How do you know what is and isn't okay to watch? See how https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Pastor Patrick Miller) decides in this episode...
12 min
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Should the Church Tolerate Diversity? | Questio...
Politics is taking over religion's role in society. How is it affecting the church? How should the church and Christians respond? Get insights from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Pastors Keith Simon) and https://www.thecrossingch...
23 min
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Should Christians Watch The Bachelor? | Questio...
What makes The Bachelor a questionable TV show? Does that say something about it? Or about us? Hear what https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Pastor Keith Simon) thinks of the show as he continues our series on answering https://www.th...
12 min
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Does Science Disprove the Bible? | Questions Yo...
Has science disproved the Bible and Christianity? Do we have to choose between science and religion? Hear what https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Pastor Patrick Miller) says on the topic as we continue our series on https://www.th...
11 min
408
How to Handle Uncertainty About the Future
Do you feel like nothing is certain right now? Whether it's vacations, school, weddings, child care, graduations, retirement, promotions, or jobs, none of it feels certain. But followers of Jesus shouldn't be wrecked by uncertainty. In this episode we ...
19 min
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Has My Sexual Sin Made Me Unsavable? | Question...
There's something about sexual sin that oftentimes makes it seem like the worst kind of sin. Is it really? Is it unforgiveable? Discover how Jesus treated sexual sin from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Pastor Keith Simon) as he c...
10 min
410
Should Christians Use the Enneagram? | Question...
Can personality tests like the Enneagram help us know more about ourselves and get to know others better? Or do they mischaracterize us and try to contain us in ill-fitting boxes? Discover how https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Pa...
14 min
411
Who Picked Which Books Went into the Bible? | Q...
Can we trust the Bible? It's a pretty important question for Christians to grapple with. Hear how the New Testament came together and why we can trust it from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Pastor Patrick Miller) as he continu...
11 min
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How Do I Know if I'm Saved? | Questions You're ...
Are you saved? Are you sure? How can you be sure? Find out from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Pastor Keith Simon) as he starts out our new series on of answering https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/podcast-series/questions-youre-a...
13 min
413
Should We Wear Face Masks? Here's What We're Ca...
Should we be wearing face masks? It's become a contentious issue and been espoused with moral and political implications. How should Christians respond? Hear what https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) and https://www.thecrossingc...
24 min
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What's the Main Lesson? | Learning to Follow Je...
It's the final episode of our third series on https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/podcast-series/how-to-follow-jesus/ (Learning to Follow Jesus). What's the biggest takeaway from all the lessons? Find out from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patr...
11 min
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How to Recognize Jesus | Learning to Follow Jes...
Have you ever greeted someone you've met before but didn't recognize? It happens to all of us, even some of Jesus's followers in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+24&version=NIV (Luke 24.13-35). Figure out how to recognize Jesus as ...
11 min
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When to end things
Are happy endings just for fairytales? Sometimes it can feel that way. Listen to https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) and https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) discuss how to know when it's over and h...
30 min
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How We Know the Resurrection Was Real | Learnin...
Jesus's death and resurrection are fundamental to Christianity, so how do we know they're real? What proof is there to back up our beliefs? Hear the evidence from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) as he analyzes https://...
11 min
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What Our World Needs | Learning to Follow Jesus...
We know we live in a fallen world, but how do we fix it? What's the solution? Find out from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) as he breaks down https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+23%3A44-49&version=ESV (Luk...
12 min
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How to be the team player everyone wants to wor...
Sports teaches people how to be a team player, but it's a lesson that reaches beyond the field, whether it's school or work or family or any other group. Learn whathttps://www.tablegroup.com/books/ideal-team-player/ (The Ideal Team Player )looks like a...
25 min
420
Understanding Jesus's Death | Learning to Follo...
When Jesus died, people didn't understand what was happening—not even his followers. Only one person recognized what was happening. Discover who it was and what they saw understood as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) re...
10 min
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Why Jesus Was Killed | Learning to Follow Jesus...
Jesus died to save us, but that's not the reason he was killed. Uncover what led to Jesus's death as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) covers his trial in Luke 22-23 to continue our series on https://www.thecrossingchurch.com...
11 min
422
How to Resolve COVID conflict
Have you been fighting more? Experiencing more conflict in relationships? You're not alone... and time won't fix it. So why are we fighting more during COVID, and what are practical steps to resolve conflict before it ruins our relationships? Be sure ...
28 min
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How God's Kingdom Conquers | Learning to Follow...
When Jesus was arrested, his disciples thought it was time to fight back against Rome. But, Jesus went peacefully, they thought they had been defeated. Find out how God's kingdom prevails as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patr...
12 min
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Why We Are Tested | Learning to Follow Jesus | ...
How sinful are we? If we think about it and really answer the question honestly, it's extremely humbling. That's part of why we're tested. See how Peter was tested in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+22.31-34&version=NIV (Luke 22.3...
10 min
425
How Can I Leave a Lasting Impact on the World?:...
Most people want to make a lasting impact on the world, but is that realistic? Is it possible? God has a vision and purpose for your life, and while it may not be worldwide, that doesn't mean it's not world changing. In this episode Keith and Patrick d...
37 min
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What Kind of Leader Are You? | Learning to Foll...
People usually associate being a leader with having a high status. But what else should we associate with leader? See what Jesus was looking for as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) reads through https://www.biblegateway...
12 min
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How Jesus's Death Gives Us Eternal Life | Learn...
Before Jesus died, he ate with his disciples and explained his death. It was no accident that the Lord's Supper was during Passover. Learn the significance of the Last Supper from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) as he reads...
9 min
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How NOT to be Toxic on Facebook | An Interview ...
Can we use Facebook to represent Jesus? Does it always have to be toxic? https://thrivinghomeblog.com/ (Thriving Home)'s Polly Conner walks us through her own social media journey, from growing her following to using her presence to (non-weirdly) share...
27 min
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Can We Trust Jesus's Promises? | Learning to Fo...
Jesus made a lot of bold and confusing claims during his ministry. How much of it was literal and how much was poetic? Find out from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) as he reads through https://www.biblegateway.com/pass...
15 min
430
Was Jesus Really God? | Learning to Follow Jesu...
Jesus never directly said he was the Son of God during his ministry, so why do we think that? How do we know if it's really biblical and true? Find out from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) as he reads through https://w...
10 min
431
Were the Gospels in Chronological Order? And lo...
Do the Gospels ever seem inconsistent or confusing? Do they raise a lot of questions? Get some answers in this guest interview with New Testament scholar, pastor, and teacher https://www.jonathanpennington.com/ (Dr. Jonathan Pennington). Interested in...
30 min
432
What's the Church's Mission? | Learning to Foll...
Going to church doesn't make us Christian, so what's the role of the church? And what's our role as church members? Find out from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick Miller) as he reads through https://www.biblegateway.com/...
9 min
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Why We Need a King | Learning to Follow Jesus |...
In the US, we don’t have kings anymore. But we still need one. Learn why as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) reads through https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+19.28-44&version=NIV (Luke 19.28-44) to co...
11 min
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George Floyd, Race, Protest and the Bible | Kei...
Racial justice is not a political issue, it’s a gospel issue. Despite the Bible’s clear call for racial unity, equality and justice, many white Christians don’t what the Bible says. In this episode, Patrick and Keith talk about the Bible’s teachings on...
46 min
435
Are We Living a Good Life? | Learning to Follow...
What does it mean to live a good life? Some people think it's accomplishing a lot or experiencing a lot. But that's not what Jesus says. Learn how to live a good life from Jesus's parable in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+19%3A11-27&...
10 min
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What Does It Take to Become a Christian? | Lear...
Is identifying as a Christian enough to actually be a Christian? Who can be a Christian? How do you become a Christian? Hear how Jesus answers in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+18%3A18-30&version=NIV (Luke 18.18-30) and https://w...
11 min
437
Why You May Not Really Be Following Jesus | Lea...
Sometimes we think we're following Jesus, but we're really not. That's how the Pharisees were. See if you're faith is like theirs as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) dives into https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Lu...
14 min
438
Addiction Recovery and Jesus: Warren Mayer's Story
https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/warren-mayer/ (Warren Mayer) battled alcoholism and addiction for 20 years. Now, he is sober and helps others through their struggles with addiction. Hear his testimony in this interview with https://www.thecross...
49 min
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How to Deal With Sin? | Learning to Follow Jesu...
Sin isn't just a personal problem. It impacts and involves other people too. Hear how Jesus says to handle sin in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+17.1-4&version=NIV (Luke 17.1-4) as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-...
10 min
440
COVID Killed Busyness ... How Can We Keep It De...
COVID-19 is the Marie Condo of BUSY schedules. It's wiped our activity schedules clean and given us time back for the small things that make life full. Time for hobbies, impromptu game nights, family, prayer, or reading. Kids can knock on a friends doo...
34 min
441
Who is Worthy? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luk...
How generous are you? It's not just about how much you give, but why and who you give to. Learn what makes us generous from Keith as he reads through https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+16%3A19-31&version=NIV (Luke 16.19-31) to contin...
10 min
442
How to Respond to God's Gifts | Learning to Fol...
Have you ever heard that nothing is free? Even gifts come with expectations—and there's a good reason for that. Understand the value of gifts from https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) as he delves into https://www.biblegate...
10 min
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How to Lead Your Business (and Yourself) Throug...
https://www.permanentequity.com/brent-beshore (Brent Beshore), founder and CEO of https://www.permanentequity.com/ (Permanent Equity), joins https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) to discuss how he is leading his business thr...
45 min
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Is Jesus Worth It? | Learning to Follow Jesus |...
Before you answer that, think about it carefully. That's what Jesus wants. He doesn't want a quick answer. Listen to https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) cover some of the costs listed in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?se...
13 min
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What the Christian Life is About | Learning to ...
Being a Christian isn't just about what you believe but also how you live your beliefs. See what Jesus meant as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) reads through https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+14%3A1-14&v...
11 min
446
Is the Rapture Real? | Keith and Patrick
<p>Is Jesus going to return to snatch his people up to heaven before the great tribulation? Or does this idea require us to read the Bible the way conspiracy theorists read history? Keith and Patrick tackle a popular belief from pop theology. </p><p><b...
26 min
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Why We Worry and How to Respond | Learning to F...
Are you plagued with anxiety? A lot of people are. Listen to how Jesus responds to anxiety in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+12%3A22-34&amp;version=NIV (Luke 12.22-34) as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patri...
11 min
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Is Greed Your God? | Learning to Follow Jesus |...
It's taboo to talk about money, but that was one of the topics Jesus brought up the most. Listen to why it's so important as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) learns from the parable in https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?s...
9 min
449
Can the Church Survive COVID-19?
Church is more than a building. It's a people. So is social distancing a church-ending threat?&nbsp;Or is COVID-19 offering the church fresh opportunities for mission? https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) and https://www.thecros...
39 min
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Are We Hypocrites? | Learning to Follow Jesus |...
The term "hypocrisy" gets misused a lot. Are you sure you know what it means? Find out as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) delves into https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+12%3A1&amp;version=NIV (Luke 12.1) to c...
15 min
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How Should We Pray? | Learning to Follow Jesus ...
Did you learn how to pray from your parents, pastors,&nbsp; or Sunday school teachers? Learn how to pray from Jesus as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/patrick-miller/ (Patrick) covers https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+11%3A1-4&a...
10 min
452
How COVID-19 Unveils Secular Salvation Myths
Most secular people don't think of themselves as religious, but COVID-19 is pulling back the curtain. Religious language and themes are making their way into pop culture, unveiling what's always been true: secularism is rooted in one of the most powerf...
31 min
453
How Exclusive is Christianity? | Learning to Fo...
Is Christianity for everyone? Hear how Jesus addresses that question inhttps://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&amp;version=NIV ( )https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+10%3A25-37&amp;version=NIV (Luke 10.25-37) ashttps:...
8 min
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The Biggest Threat to Our Faith | Learning to F...
The early Christians faced death. We face another kind of threat that's very different but just as damaging. Discover what it is as https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) draws from https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luk...
11 min
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Why Jesus Had to Die | Learning to Follow Jesus...
"The way to life is death. The way to glory is service. Or, as he puts it in Luke 9.48, 'It is the one who is least among you who is greatest.' Jesus lived that statement out to the fullest." Do you ever wonder why Jesus had to die? It's a good questi...
8 min
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How to Say 'Enough' to More Stuff | Learning to...
"How would our lives change if we stopped putting our trust in wealth and possessions to keep us safe? I know my life would probably change tremendously." Does money make you anxious? Do you worry about financial security? Jesus understands what a pre...
9 min
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It Doesn't Feel Like Easter | Keith and Patrick
Everyone is saying it doesn't feel like Easter. But maybe this is showing that we've made Easter about the wrong things? How can we make it feel like Easter? Keith and Patrick give practical thoughts and ideas. Here are some great ways to make this fe...
26 min
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How to Answer Jesus's Calling | Learning to Fol...
"A lot of us have been taught to think of a Christian as one who has prayed a prayer, confessed their sin, asked Jesus to be in their heart. That kind of thinking makes the rest of the Bible's teaching optional, as least as far as being a Christian is ...
7 min
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How to Wait on God | Learning to Follow Jesus |...
"What happens when those losses aren't things that God retrieves and recovers but simply become lifelong setbacks, lifelong hurts?" &nbsp;Like we discussed in a previous episode,https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/podcasts/waiting-on-god-takes-work-davi...
7 min
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7 Ways to Maximize Your Work From Home | Keith ...
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. Also Patrick and his...
28 min
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What to Believe In | Learning to Follow Jesus |...
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. "So already there, y...
8 min
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How to Quarantine Without Getting a Divorce, Ki...
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. ---- "Here's a grea...
35 min
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Why People Walk Away From Jesus | Learning to F...
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. "I think that's a so...
13 min
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What Does Saving the Environment Have to Do Wit...
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. "We have narrowed sa...
54 min
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How Did Jesus Empower Women?
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. "Mary was doing what...
8 min
466
Should Christians Stay In or Get Out and Serve?
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. "Love is never safe....
25 min
467
Who's the Sinner?
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. "That's good news to...
18 min
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What the Living Can Learn From the Dying: Seein...
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" https://info.thecrossingchurch.com/zoom-online-bible-studies (Sign-up today). We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&amp;A afterward. "If God gives an ans...
52 min
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What Makes Faith Revolutionary?
"Faith is always risky. And the centurion gets it. And he takes on the risk willingly. Giving his allegiance, pledging his allegiance to Jesus could mean losing his job—and not just losing his job but maybe even losing his life. But he does it anyway."...
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470
How to Deal With the Storms of Life
"What I want you to see is the storms were not responsible for the house collapsing." No matter what stage of life you're in right now, you know that life isn't perfect. You've been through tough times, and you know they're not all behind you. More tr...
10 min
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How should Christians respond to Coronavirus
"How we respond to Coronavirus will tell the world something about Jesus." Throughout history, Christians have responded to pandemics like these with tangible expressions of love. When we do, the world learns something true about Jesus: he is the lovi...
19 min
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The Most Important Question: Who Do You Follow?...
"So the most important question you can ask is this, and you have to know this answer. And if you don't know it, you're in trouble." Some people seem to be natural-born leaders, don't they? Maybe you're one of them. You're team captain, you're class p...
6 min
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What Does a Christian Look Like? | Learning to ...
"I do good to someone, knowing they will do good to me. I will lend to someone, knowing that they will pay me back in some way. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just not Christian." Did you know that Christianity is one of the most diverse groups...
10 min
474
How to Break and Make Life Changing Habits
"Your habits end up shaping what kind of person you become. And they're small little choices that happen over and over and over throughout your life." You might not give much thought to habits but what about lifestyle? They're really the same thing. S...
32 min
475
Remembering the Sabbath | Learning to Follow Je...
"And here's what's crazy. Jesus treating the Sabbath as a day for blessing and giving life and freeing people, that led the Pharisees and teachers to want to kill him. Why?" Jesus broke the traditional Sabbath rules and observances, so does that mean ...
8 min
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What Keeps People From Following Jesus | Learni...
"And so Jesus has come for all people, to call all people to repent and to believe in him, but only some people hear that as good news because only some people know that they are broken, that they are sinners. Some people are offended by Jesus." Have ...
12 min
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Can Evolution and Genesis Be Friends? A Guest I...
"I was putting my confidence and trust in the wrong sorts of things. For a long time, I would put my trust in human arguments against evolution. But that's not actually where God really wants us to really build our confidence." https://pathology.wustl...
43 min
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Timeout! Learning When and How to Take a Timeou...
"God became a human. That means that God took on our human limitations." There just aren't enough hours in the day! How many times have you thought that? There's so much to do and never enough time. We try to be the responsible by getting things done...
9 min
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Surprise! What Happens When You Encounter the G...
"At that moment, Peter got a glimpse of who Jesus is. Whenever we see Jesus in all of his glory and beauty, whenever we get an accurate understanding of who he is, well, it causes us to see our own sin." Sometimes you think you know a person, and then...
13 min
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How to Beat Digital Distraction and Live Purpos...
"Phillip Morris just wanted your lungs. The app store wants your soul."&nbsp;-Bill Maher Technology helps us go faster and get more done. But could speed and convenience cost us a meaningful life? Does going faster matter when we don't know what we're...
33 min
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Why the Gospel was Treason | Learning to Follow...
"Now you might begin to see why the message of the good news of the Kingdom [of God] could be dangerous, even subversive. It could even be treasonous." Do you ever wonder what the Gospel's all about? Is it a religious text telling us what to believe? ...
9 min
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Why is God Saving the Wrong People? | Learning ...
"If Osama becomes a Christian, that's no greater miracle than if you or I become a Christian." Jesus said to love our enemies, but what about genocidal dictators like Adolph Hitler or radical terrorists like Osama bin Laden? They don't just fight agai...
14 min
483
How to Be Free | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luk...
"In the modern era, we tend to think about freedom as freedom to do what I want or to be what I want. Freedom means a complete lack of strictures and regulations. But the Jewish conception of freedom was very different." Freedom is one of the fundamen...
10 min
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How to Fight Temptation | Learning to Follow Je...
"Now when we are led into seasons of temptation, I can't tell you exactly what God's up to... But it gives me great comfort to know that God is in this, that God is with me, even when I'm being tempted." It's tempting to think that God's abandoned us ...
11 min
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UPDATED Kobe Bryant: 5 Lessons After the Traged...
Our apologies - we posted an older recording on this topic. This is the updated recording. "Real relationships, real community, is always costly. Now it's worth it, but it costs. It costs me to die to myself and to put another person's needs in front ...
26 min
486
Jesus’s Secret Identity | Learning to Follow Je...
"The god-man-emperor, Augustus, demonstrated his divinity by acts of power and violence. Luke didn't want his audience to think Jesus was that kind of king." How do you introduce yourself? First impressions are pretty important, and fancy titles like ...
9 min
487
What Repentance Really Is | Learning to Follow ...
"We have a tendency to minimize our sins. We have a tendency to be more sorry that we got caught than grieved over our sins." Ever heard the phrase "easier said than done"? Nowhere is that more true than with apologies. Sometimes simply saying "sorry...
10 min
488
What's More Important Than Family? | Learning t...
"They had to put family second in order to put Jesus first. And here we see that even Jesus had to do this. He had to put His parents second so that He could put His Heavenly Father First." Stating that family comes first—that nothing comes before fam...
11 min
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How to Find Your Place in God’s Story | Learnin...
"The last act is about to begin: God is about to console Israel. God is about to rescue them from exile. God is about to draw the Gentiles into His own family and to announce forgiveness for all people—Jew and Gentile alike." https://www.biblegateway....
9 min
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Why Winning Looks Like Losing | Learning to Fol...
"Oftentimes, it looks as if the kingdom of God is being defeated by the kingdom of Caesar, by the kingdom of this world, by the kingdom of whatever power is ruling." Sometimes it feels like Christianity is at war with the world and losing. But, despit...
11 min
491
Why God Chooses the Humble | Learning to Follow...
"Our culture is fixated on being great, but Mary says, 'God fixes the world through the lowly.' Our culture calls the thoughts of the proud and the powerful 'visions'—they're visionaries—but God calls the humble to build His vision of heaven on earth."...
9 min
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How to Give Your Life to God When It Feels Impo...
"Three times [Jesus] goes and prays and asks God to take this cup of judgment away from Him. And yet, every time he prays, 'not my will but Your will be done in my life.' You can hear Mary, can't you?" When Mary submits to God and becomes the mother o...
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What God DOESN'T Care About | Learning to Follo...
"I think what Luke is trying to help us see is that God doesn't care about your background; He doesn't care about your religiousness." In the last episode, https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/staff/keith-simon/ (Keith) talked about Zachariah's response ...
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What to Do When Religion Fails You | Learning t...
"The story of Zachariah is a warning to religious people." Sometimes Christians are clueless about what it means to be a Christian. When you've grown up in a Christian household and have been one for as long as you can remember, when it's all you've e...
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How to Become a Christian | Learning to Follow ...
"There's kind of a disconnect between the way we talk about how somebody begins a relationship with Jesus and how Jesus actually talked to people. We make it about this moment of asking people to be our Savior, but that's not the way Jesus talks." If ...
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How to Give Anxiety to God with Guest Host Rach...
"Casting our anxiety on God is a way to humble ourselves before Him. Or, another way to put it, worry is actually a form of pride." Join us in welcoming our first guest speaker! In addition to being an active church member and busy mom, https://thrivi...
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Bureaucratic Terrorism | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 24
"One scholar calls this https://www.jstor.org/stable/43717700?seq=1 (bureaucratic terrorism). [...] They're not just ideas. No, these future possibilities represent human lives. As the king goes, so the people go. " Some people call this the Age of Te...
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What's the Story and Who's the Hero? | David in...
"I identify with David: I, too, am a mixed bag. But it reminds me that I can't read this story with the idea that I'm supposed to be like David." Leaders set examples. They become examples: ideals to respect and emulate. The Bible is full of leaders—l...
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How to Protest and Why You Should | David in 22...
"It's an uncomfortable fact for a lot of Christians that the Bible is so comfortable taking God to court." Protesting demonstrates what you stand for and what you stand against. We live in a fallen world, surrounded by wrongs and injustices, so it's e...
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How to Live With the Consequences of Sin | Davi...
God's forgiveness reconciles us with God, but it does not erase or eliminate the consequences for the sins that we committed There's always a consequence for your actions. Sometimes it's a good consequence, like a little smile turning someone's entire...
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