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Daily episodes are hosted by Pastor Loren Hicks. This podcast will challenge you to go deeper into your Christian faith. The goal is to inspire you to be a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Episodes have been downloaded over 425,000 times.
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#1,005: God Sees Everything

Think about this truth: God knows absolutely everything about you and he loves you. You are fully and completely known, and yet you are loved.Main Points:1.  Our relationship with God is like no other. In our relationships with people, there may be a thousand things they don’t know about you, especially as it is related to the heart. Your friend doesn’t know your thoughts, your desires, your motives, and your feelings, but God does.2. How does this knowledge make you feel? If we are not in a right relationship with God, it might make us feel afraid. But for those walking daily with Jesus, the thought of an all-seeing and all-knowing God gives us peace and assurance. There is nothing I am facing that God is unaware of. What a blessing that is to our lives!3. Because God knows everything about us, he can guide and direct our steps. In life, we are often confused and disoriented. We don’t know the best way forward. We don’t know which steps to take, but since God already knows, he can carefully guide us to the right decisions. Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 15:3 - “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”Hebrews 4:13 - “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”Jeremiah 23:24 - “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/24/20245 minutes, 13 seconds
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#1,004: Why Did Jesus Have to Die?

If you fully understand the gospel and what Jesus has done for us, you comprehend that He was not just executed 2,000 years ago by the Romans. You recognize that He willingly laid down his life as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus died for us. He took our place. With his death on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sins, so we would not have to.Main Points:1. If God were not just, there would be no demand for his Son to suffer and die. And if God were not loving, there would be no willingness for his Son to suffer and die. But God is both just and loving. His love is willing to meet the demands of his justice.2. There are no small sins. Here’s why: because God is not small. The seriousness of the insult rises with the dignity of the one insulted. The Creator of the universe is infinitely worthy of respect, admiration, and loyalty.3. Since God is just, he does not sweep these sins under the rug of the universe. He feels a holy wrath against them. They deserve to be punished, and he has made this clear: “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23). To not punish us would be unjust. But here’s what is truly amazing…Jesus accepts God’s wrath on our behalf. Jesus doesn’t cancel God’s wrath, he absorbs it. He diverts it from us to himself. Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 5:6-8 - “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”2 Corinthians 5:21 - “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”1 Peter 2:24 - “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/23/20245 minutes, 26 seconds
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1003: Pursuing Holiness

What is holiness? To be holy is to be consecrated, set apart, and dedicated to God. For some, this seems daunting. We can be intimidated by the word holy or the knowledge that God wants us to be holy. After all, we know our failings and shortcomings all too well.Main Points:1. But we must see that holiness is a good thing. Everything God calls us to pursue is for our own good. Holiness is not outward actions and behaviors achieved in our own strength. Becoming holy is a pursuit entered through the grace of God and developed with the strength and power of the Holy Spirit. In other words, you cannot become holy apart from God’s help. He does not call us to become something without enabling us to do it.2. How can we get back on the track of pursuing holiness? To pursue holiness we actively seek and strive for a life that is set apart for God. It’s a lifestyle characterized by moral purity, righteousness, and devotion to Him. It involves aligning our thoughts, attitudes, actions, and lifestyle with the principles and teachings of God's Word.3. Pursuing holiness involves separating ourselves from sinful behaviors, attitudes, and influences. It means turning away from anything that contradicts God's character and choosing to live a life that honors Him. Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 12:14 - “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”2 Corinthians 7:1 - “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”1 Peter 1:14-15 - “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/22/20245 minutes, 18 seconds
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1002: The Kindness of God

Many attempts have been made to define the grace of God. One definition, using an acronym says “Grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense.” Perhaps the most common definition of grace is “unmerited favor.” Another says that grace is “God’s favor toward the unworthy.” All of these definitions are helpful as we consider this incredible attribute of God. I suppose my favorite definition is that grace is “God’s undeserved kindness.”Main Points:1.  Think about it. God has been so kind to us. Consider all God has given you and all He has done in your life. Why? Why would God be so kind? What have you done to earn the kindness of our Almighty God? What have you done to deserve such affection and goodwill? Nothing. Not a thing. Nada. 2. You and I have received God’s kindness because of His grace. Prompted by the love we can’t fully understand, God demonstrates His kindness in our lives by giving us His Son, Jesus, to be our savior. It’s because of His grace we have been forgiven. It’s through His grace we have a relationship with Him. 3. Maybe today, you need God’s grace. Perhaps you need forgiveness of sins. Reach out to God. Ask Him for His grace. He is generous to those who call on him.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”Psalm 103:10 - “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”Romans 5:20 - “… But where sin increased, grace increased all the more”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/21/20245 minutes, 44 seconds
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1001: You Are Not Alone

Receive this truth: God is standing beside you. He is there. Can you acknowledge His presence? Everything you need He will provide. Repeatedly in the Bible, He promises that He will be with us.Main Points:1.  When everyone leaves when you feel abandoned, and when there is no one else around, God will remain present in your life. He has promised in Scripture that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.2. What I love about the Bible is the real-life stories of people who faced all kinds of difficulties and adversity. We learn of their struggles, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. But we also see God at work in their lives. We learn of God’s faithfulness. We see God’s compassion, wisdom, and guidance. We discover He is a God who loves His people and who will never abandon them.3. There is nothing you are facing that God cannot handle. There is no need in your life God cannot meet. There are no problems that God cannot solve. The eternal God is standing beside you right now.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 4:16-17 - “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.”Isaiah 41:10 - “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”Deuteronomy 31:8 - “ Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/20/20245 minutes, 21 seconds
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Most Popular Episodes: Why Forgiveness is Essential

Forgiveness is a decision you make to refuse to live in the past. It’s a conscious choice to release others from their sins against you so that you can be set free. It doesn’t deny the pain or change the past, but it does break the bitterness that holds you to the wounds of the past. Forgiveness allows you to let go and move on. You offer this forgiveness freely because God has forgiven you freely.Main Points:1.  If there is anything that threatens to destroy our relationships, it is bitterness and unforgiveness. Wounds hurt deeply. Words spoken are impossible to forget. It seems that our natural, human tendency is to hold onto the offense. Unforgiveness isolates us from the offender and enables the relationship to fracture and break apart. This is not God’s will.2. You and I need God’s forgiveness, yet if we withhold our forgiveness, God will not forgive us. What a sobering thought!3. With God’s help, let today be the day you forgive. Don’t hold the offense any longer. Walk out of the prison of offense and let your heart be free.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 6:14-15 - “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/17/20245 minutes, 7 seconds
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Most Popular Episodes: Why You Should Read the Old Testament

Without reading the Old Testament we cannot see the full plan God has for His people. Don’t just read half of the story. Read the beginning. Discover what God has said and what He is doing in the lives of those who will trust Him. Main Points:1.  The practice of neglecting to read the Old Testament is not unusual. Except for the books of Psalms and Proverbs, many Christians do not read much of the Old Testament.2. We must come to realize that we cannot fully understand the New Testament without the Old Testament. The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. 3. When we read the stories of the men and women of Old who trusted God, who believed in His promise, and who were faithful in times of difficulty, it teaches us perseverance. When we see the faithfulness of people like Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah, Elisha, and Daniel, we are encouraged that we too can remain faithful to God.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 3:16-17 - “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”Matthew 5:17-18 - “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”Romans 15:4 - “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/16/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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Most Popular Episodes: When God Interrupts Your Plans

God's interruptions remind us that our knowledge and perspective is very limited. We cannot see and know as much as God. So, we surrender to his plan, recognizing we serve a God who has all knowledge, and he knows what is best for us. So, if interruptions are God’s plan for us, we must embrace them.Main Points:1.  So, what do we do when we are interrupted and we sense that God is at work in the interruption? First, let me encourage you to pause and take a breath. It’s so easy to become irritated and reactive when we face the frustration of an interruption.2. Second, pray and ask God to help you be aware of what you need to see. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to his direction. Because of the interruption, there may be no clear path forward. In these instances, we have the opportunity to wait on God and seek his direction. Waiting on God is never wasted time.3. Third, be alert to the possibility of discouragement. When our plans don’t work out, when the door is shut in front of us, and when we can’t move forward, it’s easy to be disappointed. Becoming discouraged is a choice. Don’t give it to it. Praise God anyway. Trust God is working in the interruption and that a testimony is coming soon.Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 19:21 - “Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.”Proverbs 16:9 - “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”Romans 8:28 - “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/15/20245 minutes, 39 seconds
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Most Popular Episodes: Greatness in the Small Things

Think about this: You might miss greater opportunities from God if you can’t be trusted to obey God in the small things. There is a powerful question embedded in this verse:  Can you be trusted with obeying God in the small things? Will you seize the small opportunities God gives you, recognizing they truly make a difference?Main Points:1. So often we miss these opportunities to serve God because they are small. We don’t recognize them as a chance to be a blessing to someone because, after all, it’s such a small thing. Instead, we are looking the big things. We are looking for open doors that are larger, more influential, and more notable. Yet, the great things done for God are really small things done with faithfulness.2. Imagine a lifetime of being faithful to serve others, to encourage the discouraged, to pray for someone in need, to courageously share your faith, to feed the hungry, and to reach out to someone who is lonely. The cumulative impact of consistent small opportunities is staggering. 3. Think about what is missed when we miss our opportunities. Others miss experiencing the blessing of your contribution in their life. They miss your prayers, your encouragement, your witness, and your wisdom. But you also miss out. You miss the joy experienced when we step into these God-opportunities. You miss the fulfillment that comes when we serve the Lord. And you miss the will of God for your life.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 5:15-16 - “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.”Matthew 20:26-28 - “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Luke 16:10 - “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/14/20245 minutes, 15 seconds
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Most Popular Episodes: Changing Your Habits

It’s through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to break the patterns of the world that we have lived by for so long. Now, through Jesus, we can be transformed, and this transformation takes place by a renewal in our minds. As a result, we begin to live by new patterns. Holy patterns. Holy habits.Main Points:1. In today’s culture we sometimes talk about habits in their negative connotation. We’ll say, I’m struggling to break some bad habits.” But what if you could form some new habits. What if you and I developed some holy habits? What if we created some habits that helped us grow spiritually?2. In addition to the habit of prayer, what if we developed the habit of reading God’s Word each day? What if we made time to worship each day? What could happen in our lives if we reconnected with being a part of a church each weekend? There are many wonderful habits you could create that would deepen your walk with God and enable you to be a blessing to others.3. Imagine starting the habit to encouraging someone every day? Or, creating the habit of regularly using your gifts, talents, and time in a ministry? You could develop the habit of tithing to support your church, or even giving above the tithe to support missionaries who are sharing the gospel message.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 12:2  - “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/13/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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Most Popular Episodes: Until Christ Returns

If you really believed that Jesus would return tomorrow, what would you do differently from what you are now doing?  Would you maintain the same schedule you have set for yourself?  Would you adjust your plans?Main Points:1.  Yes, as believers, we are waiting for Christ’s return, but our waiting is not passive. It is an active waiting. I believe there are three primary things we are to do as we wait for the return of Christ.2.  God gives each of us opportunities to represent him and to tell of his saving grace. As we wait for his appearance, we take advantage of these opportunities. We don’t ignore them. We don’t neglect them. We must be intentional about telling others about Jesus because time is short.3.  Christ is coming. That is a certainty. He will appear. It very well could be today. Are you ready for his return? Are you watching and waiting with anticipation? Are you staying busy doing his will so that when he returns he will find you being faithful?Today’s Scripture Verses:Revelation 22:20 - “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”Titus 2:13 says, “we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”Matthew 24:44 - “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/10/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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Most Popular Episodes: Peace in the Midst of the Storm

Remember this, we serve a God who can bring peace in the midst of the fiercest storm. He’s never faced a storm he couldn’t calm. Main Points:1. Many of you find yourself in the midst of a storm. Some of you are facing storms in your relationships. Some are facing heath storms or financial storms. Others are facing storms in your work or even your ministry.2.  With just a word, Jesus can calm your storm.  All we have to do is be like the disciples and turn to him. Cry out to him today. He will either calm the storm in our outward circumstances, or he will calm the storm inside you. Either way, there is peace in the midst of the storm.3.   Instead of focusing on the size of your storm, focus on the size of your God. He is fully capable of handling anything you are facing. You are not alone in your storm. He is in your boat. Look to him today for the peace you need.Today’s Scripture Verses:Mark 4:38-41 - “The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/9/20245 minutes, 48 seconds
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Most Popular Episodes: Our Battle With Worry

I’ve found that often times worry has to do with the fear of what could possibly happen. They haven’t happened. We don’t know if they will happen, but we fear it could happen. This internal stress causes anxiety, fear, and apprehension. Not only can it make us emotionally and mentally unwell, but it can also cause physical illness too.  Is there a cure?Main Points:1. The dictionary defines worry as giving way to anxiety or unease: to allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulties or trouble, whether actual or potential.2. So, is there an answer? Is there a cure for worry? Is Jesus’ command to not worry about our lives possible? What can we do? 3. I believe the answer is found in worship. In fact, it’s very hard to worry and worship at the same time. Worship reorients our focus. A shift is made. A transition happens in our thoughts and in our spirit. As we worship our savior, we focus on his greatness, his goodness, and his faithfulness. We begin to remember that he is in control and there is nothing he cannot do. Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 6:25 - “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life."Matthew 6:25-26 - ““Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”Matthew 6:27 - “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?”Philippians 4:6-7 - “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/8/20245 minutes, 26 seconds
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#1000: What is a Disciple?

Someone once said, “'A student learns what his teacher knows, but a disciple becomes what his master is.” Isn’t this the goal of the Christian life, to become like Jesus in our character and conduct?Main Points:1. What is discipleship? I like this definition by Pastor Tony Evans. He wrote: Discipleship is that developmental process that progressively brings Christians from spiritual infancy to spiritual maturity so that they are then able to reproduce the process with someone else. The singular, overarching goal of a disciple is to bring all of life under the lordship of Jesus Christ and then help someone else to do the same.2. From our salvation experience until we see Jesus face to face, we are on the journey of discipleship. Everyday we are to be learning, growing, and becoming all that God has for us. Our prayer should be, “Jesus, I want to be more like you today.” 3. Take up your new life in Christ and lay down your old one. Embrace the goal of daily following Jesus and becoming his disciple. Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 16:24 - “Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”Luke 14:27 - “Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/7/20245 minutes, 19 seconds
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#999: Developing a Biblical Worldview

As a Christian, we must allow the Word of God to determine how we see and interpret the world around us. This will only happen if we consistently read and meditate on scripture. As we do so, the Bible influence our thoughts, our understanding, and our actions.Main Points:1. It is important to remember that a worldview is comprehensive. It affects every area of our lives, from money to morality, from politics to art. True Christianity is more than a set of ideas to use at church. Christianity as taught in the Bible is itself a worldview. The Bible never distinguishes between a “religious” and a “secular” life; the Christian life is the only life there is. 2.  We will only develop a Biblical worldview, and we will only see things the way God sees them, if the Word of God is on our hearts and minds.3.  As we read the Bible, we must engage with scripture. We must ask questions. We must seek to understand. We must put the Word of God into the practice of our daily lives. The goal is not to get through the Bible. The goal is to get the Bible through you.Today’s Scripture Verses:Colossians 2:8 - “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”Romans 12:2 - “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/6/20245 minutes, 33 seconds
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#998: Sharing Your Faith with Boldness

Regardless of what our culture has come to believe, as a Christian, you have a mandate from Christ himself, to share the gospel with others. We cannot believe that evangelism is a calling for someone else. We cannot leave the responsibility to others. No, we are all called by Jesus to be His witnesses.Main Points:1. In my lifetime there has been a growing sentiment in our society that it’s wrong to talk about matters of faith. People have come to believe it’s improper to try to convert someone to become a follower of Jesus. Many now feel it’s insensitive, impolite, and even rude to witness to them about Christ.2.  There is no doubt in my mind this cultural shift away from freely sharing our faith is a strategy of Satan. If he can convince us it’s wrong to talk about Jesus, we won’t do it. As a result, less people will hear the good news.3.  Begin by telling people your story. Let them know what Jesus has done in your life and what He means to you. Remember, God has given you the Holy Spirit to empower you to be bold and courageous. You have everything you need to be an effective witness for Christ. Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 1:8 - “ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”1 Peter 3:15 - “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/2/20245 minutes, 41 seconds
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#997: We Want More of God

Many feel the yearning, but do not recognize that it is spiritual in nature. They feel a sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction with life. So many people are thinking, “There must be something more to life. What am I missing?”Main Points:1. People try to assuage their spiritual hunger with pleasure, relationships, travel, shopping, sports, substances like alcohol and drugs. Satisfaction is pursued with attempts to make more money, buy more things, and to have more fun. None of these things will ever be enough.2.  Only Jesus can satisfy our spiritual hunger. Why? Because God designed us in such a way. Only God can fill the void in our soul. A relationship with Jesus is so nourishing and so satisfying that we will wonder why we neglected Him for so long. We will wonder why we bought into the deception of this world it could offer what we needed.3.  Jesus is makes  us  a promise. The only one who always keeps His word is giving you a guarantee. He says “you will be filled.” You will be satisfied, you hunger will be met, your deep longings will be gratified in Christ. Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 107:9 - “For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.”Matthew 5:6 - “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”Psalm 34:8 - “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
5/1/20245 minutes, 40 seconds
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#996: Encourage Others

Have you ever had an encourager in your life, someone that whenever you were around them, you found your spirit lifted? This is the kind of person I want to be. I want to be an encourager. Main Points:1. n the New Testament, there is a man named Barnabas. He was a leader in the early church and a partner with the Apostle Paul on some of his missionary journeys. His real name was Joseph, but he was given a nickname by the apostles. They called him Barnabas, which meant “son of encouragement.” He was affectionately given this nickname because he had the ministry of encouragement. 2. You never know the impact of your kindness, your love, and your words of encouragement. I believe people around you today are desperate for encouragement. Everyone around you is fighting a battle you know nothing about. What a difference you could make in someone’s life by encouraging them to trust the Lord, to keep believing, and to not give up.3. What a difference you could make by encouraging someone to obey God, to step out in faith, and to let God use their lives.Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 4:36 - “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means “son of encouragement”)1 Thessalonians 5:11 - “encourage one another and build each other up.”Hebrews 10:24-25 - “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/26/20245 minutes, 17 seconds
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#995: Christ is a Firm Foundation

We are all aware of the spiritual battle that rages. We do have an adversary. We do have opposition. We are in a fight, but find encouragement in these verses. Christ Jesus will place us on a firm foundation. He is our firm foundation. He is the rock we have built our lives upon, and He cannot be moved.Main Points:1. No matter how fierce the fight, no matter how difficult the battle, our firm foundation is not shaken. Yes, we have to stand firm. Yes, we must be strong in the faith. But all the while, we remember that our suffering is not forever. The promise from these verses is that we will share in God’s eternal glory. 2. In this life we are constantly reminded of the spiritual battle that rages around us. Like a prowling lion, our adversary seeks to devour us, to tear down our faith, and to rob us of our hope. Yet, in the midst of this struggle, we find reassurance and strength in the unshakeable foundation of Christ.3. Peter's words speak to us today, urging us to be alert and sober-minded. We cannot afford to be complacent or unaware of the dangers that surround us. The enemy's attacks may come in various forms – doubts, temptations, trials, and tribulations – but we are called to stand firm in the faith.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Peter 5:8-11 - “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.  In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. All power to him forever! Amen.”Isaiah 33:6 - “In that day he will be your sure foundation, providing a rich store of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge. The fear of the Lord will be your treasure.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/24/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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#994: Hunger for the Word of God

We must have a desire for the Scripture. It’s through the pages of the Bible we come to know the author. My prayer is that we would develop a hunger for the Word of God, because we have a hunger to know God personally.Main Points:1. If today, you find yourself with little desire for the Word of God, there are some things you can do. Pray and admit to God what’s in your heart. Begin to ask God everyday to give you  a hunger and delight for Scripture.2. I believe God will develop in us a hunger for his Word. We’ll begin to experience a taste and a craving for the Scripture because our time with God is satisfying and nourishing. 3. The Scripture, for all of us, is an acquired taste. Before we came to know Jesus we had no appetite for the Word of God. We had a spiritual appetite, but we attempted to satisfy this appetite with the things of the world.  But the more we partake of scripture, the more we learn from God, and the more we apply it to our lives, the more we desire the Word.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Peter 2:1-3 - “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.Psalm 119:97 - “Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long.”Psalm 119:18 - “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/22/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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#993: Seeing the Glory of God

In Scripture we see that he glory of God is not an aesthetic beauty or a material beauty, but the beauty that emanates from His character, from all that He is. His glory is the combined manifestation of His attributes. He is glorious because no one can compare.Main Points:1. The glory of God was visibly seen in the character of Jesus, his teaching, preaching, and miraculous power. Imagine walking and talking with God himself.2. As we study the Bible we discover the glory of God revealed in the pages of Scripture. We learn of his holiness, his majesty, his goodness, his power, and his love. Only God is glorious. 3. Take time today to worship God, not just for his blessings and for what He has done for you, but worship Him for who He is. He is glorious and is worthy of glory, honor, and praise.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Chronicles 29:11 - “Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor.”John 1:14 - “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”Hebrews 1:3 - “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/19/20245 minutes, 17 seconds
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#992: Child-Like Faith

In the Gospels, Jesus uses the faith of children to teach us about the kingdom of God. He tells us that unless we become like little children, we will not enter the kingdom of God.Main Points:1. Child-like faith. We must come to God with this same simplicity and sincerity. Just as a child can have complete faith in the protection and provision of their parents, so we must come to God with such faith. We must completely believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the he alone can save us from our sins.2. Let’s think for a minute what characteristics little children possess when it comes to faith. They are innocent and sincere. They’re eager to learn. They are teachable, humble, trusting, open, simple, and spontaneous. They are unpretentious.3. If there is any characteristic of a child that we must retain as it relates to faith, it’s the characteristic of being dependent. We will never outgrow our dependency on God. We need him today and we will need him always. Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 18:1-3 - “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven."Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/16/20245 minutes, 57 seconds
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#991: Your Fire Should Never Burn Out

How many people are there, who once burned hot for God, now no longer serve Him? How many who were on fire for God, now have no spiritual passion at all? The sober reality is that this could happen to any of us.Main Points:1. Why did God repeatedly tell the Israelites to not let the fire burn out? Why did the instruction need to be repeated? The answer is because there was a real possibility that keeping the fire burning hot could lose its importance to the people. 2. It is critical that you and I tend to our spiritual fire. We must keep our fire for God burning. We cannot let this fire go out. We cannot let our spiritual passion diminish. We must daily do what is necessary to keep our heart and minds focused on a growing relationship with Christ.3. Today, you must put another log on the fire. Reignite the flame. Reignite your spiritual passion for Jesus. How do we do this? We reignite the flame by giving attention to it. A fire left untended burns out. Turn your attention once again to Christ. Rediscover the spiritual disciples of worship, prayer, scripture reading, and church attendance. Join a life group at your church. Begin to serve and use your gifts. Today’s Scripture Verses:Leviticus 6:13 - “The fire must be kept burning on the altar continuously; it must not go out.”Matthew 3:11 - “I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.Acts 2:3 - “They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/12/20245 minutes, 40 seconds
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#990: Don't Forget About the Benefits

The scripture says to us, “don’t forget about all of God’s benefits. In the midst of life’s challenges, don’t forget about all the good things God has done for you.”Main Points:1. Even when life is good and our struggles are minimal, it’s easy for us to forget what the Lord has done. In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to become consumed by our daily routines, obligations, and distractions. Our minds can be preoccupied with tasks, worries, and plans, leaving little room to stop and reflect on the goodness of God. 2. These encouraging verses remind us that the Lord is our forgiver, healer, redeemer, provider, satisfier, and renewer. How could we forget that? And yet we often do.3. As David writes this Psalm, he implores his soul to bless the Lord and to remember His goodness. It's a call to intentional reflection, a conscious effort to pause and acknowledge the hand of God at work in our lives. Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 103:1-5 - “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”Psalm 105:5 - “Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/11/20245 minutes, 22 seconds
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#989: Victory Does Not Depend on the Size of Your Resources

I’m convinced, as long as we trust in our own resources, we’ll see very little of God’s power in our lives. Why would God intervene, if we leave Him out? Why would God do miraculous things, if we act as if we don’t need Him.Main Points:1. Victory does not depend on the size of our resources, but on the power and sovereignty of God.2. In our lives, we often face challenges that seem insurmountable. We may feel inadequate, outnumbered, or overwhelmed. Yet, the story of Gideon reminds us that God specializes in using small numbers to accomplish His purposes. He delights in taking the weak and the insignificant and using them to display His power and glory.3. Whatever battles you are facing today, remember that victory is not contingent upon your own strength or resources. Place your trust in the God who can do great things with small numbers. Allow Him to work through you, and watch as He accomplishes the extraordinary.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 20:7 - “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.”Judges 7:2 - "The Lord said to Gideon, “You have too many men. I cannot deliver Midian into their hands, or Israel would boast against me, ‘My own strength has saved me.’”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/10/20245 minutes, 18 seconds
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#988: A House of Prayer

Yet, can we just take moment of honest evaluation? Among many churches, prayer is given very little emphasis. Church calendars are filled with ministry and activities, but often no prayer meeting is scheduled. In churches that do have a consistent prayer meeting, the attendance is often very low.Main Points:1. We must ask, “Why has corporate prayer become such a low priority? Isn’t prayer the engine of the church? Doesn’t prayer and faith move the hand of God? Shouldn’t prayer be our first response, and not our last resort?2. Prayer is no small thing. Prayer is a mighty thing. Imagine if the church returned to prayer. Imagine if once again we began to see the value and importance of the prayer meeting. Don’t you agree that a return to prayer would result in the power of God among us?3. Prayer is not merely an activity to check off our spiritual to-do list. It is the heartbeat of our relationship with God. It is the lifeline that sustains our spiritual passion. Prayer aligns our hearts with the will of God, empowers our ministries, and transforms us from the inside out.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 21:13 - “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’”  Isaiah 56:7 - “…these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/9/20245 minutes, 21 seconds
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#987: The External Christian Life

We often talk about the inner Christian life. It’s true God works in our lives from the inside out, but rarely do I hear anyone talk about the outer Christian life. We talk about the personal relationship with Christ, but not much about the public Christian life.Main Points:1. We have relegated faith in Christ as something private and personal. It’s between me and the Lord, people say. Yet, Paul is teaching us that if Christ is on the inside, it will show on the outside. Personal faith will become public. Christ on the inside produces a changed life on the outside. 2. So, what does this Christian clothing look like? Paul says we are to put on, or to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Wow! These are the character traits others should notice in us as we follow Jesus.3. Everyday your outer Christian life is a testimony to others of how Jesus changes lives. No, we are not perfect, but we should daily seek to grow in Christlikeness. Our testimony should be that we are compassionate and kind toward others. We are humble, gentle, and patient. According to Paul, this is what a Christian looks like.Today’s Scripture Verses:Colossians 3:12 - “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”Colossians 3:9-10 - “…since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”1 Samuel 16:7 says “…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/8/20245 minutes, 10 seconds
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#986: Faithfulness Vs. Fruitfulness

We cannot dismiss our lack of fruit by arguing that “at least we have been faithful.” Faithfulness in duty for Christ is not the same thing as abiding with Christ. Main Points:1. We often talk about faithfulness as the goal of the Christian life. After all, when we stand before Him, we desperately want to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” While remaining faithful is a common topic of conversation, I rarely hear God’s expectation of fruitfulness being discussed. 2. A branch disconnected from the vine has no life and cannot produce fruit on it’s own. Similarly, a Christian disconnected from Jesus has no life of their own and are incapable of producing fruit. Intimacy and closeness with Jesus, produced by our time with Him, is vital if we are going to bear fruit.3. Our faithfulness is not meant to be passive or stagnant; rather, it should overflow into tangible acts of love, kindness, and service that bear witness to the transforming power of Christ in our lives.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 15:8 - “This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”John 15:5 - “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.”John 15:4 - “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”Galatians 5:22-23 - “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”Matthew 7:20 - “by their fruit you will recognize them.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/3/20245 minutes, 40 seconds
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#985: Yes, Jesus is Coming Back

As we read the Bible, it is very clear, Jesus is coming back. While many scoff and disbelieve, it doesn’t change the truth of what Jesus has said. We don’t know when He is coming, but we do know He is coming soon. Main Points:1. Knowledge of Christ’s return should not produce fear or anxiety in the heart of the believer. This truth should give us hope. It should cause us to be encouraged. What God has prepared for us is greater than anything this would could give us.2. In an increasingly chaotic world, what a hopeful thought that this could be the year Jesus returns. More comforting still is the anticipation that all who trust Him for salvation will be gathered together, relieved from this world’s suffering, sorrow, and fear. Best of all, we’ll be with the Lord forever!3. While you and I as Christians long for the return of Jesus, there are still many who do not know Him. Peter reminds us that God isn’t just being slow for no reason. He is being patient. He doesn’t want anyone to perish. He desires that everyone would come to repentance and believe in Jesus.Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 1:10-11 tells the story. “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”Revelation 22:20 - “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”2 Peter 3:4 - “They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”Matthew 24:44 - “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
4/2/20245 minutes, 39 seconds
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#984: The Lord Will Fight For You

Can I encourage you today with a powerful truth? The Lord fights for you. Main Points:1. As we face the many battles of this life, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relational, and financial, we don’t face them alone. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us.2. His Holy Spirit is in us and with us. He will give us strength when we are weary, peace when we are confused, joy when we are sad, and wisdom when we are confused.3. There is no limit to his power, his creativity, his wisdom, and his love for you. Just as a loving earthy father would do everything in his power to protect his children, our Heavenly Father, loves and protects us as well.Today’s Scripture Verses:Exodus 14:10-13 - “As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”Deuteronomy 20:4 - “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”1 Corinthians 15:57 - “ But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/27/20245 minutes, 11 seconds
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#983: Following God with your Whole Heart

Let me ask you a question. Do you love God with your whole heart? It’s a powerful question, isn’t it? Perhaps you feel a bit convicted by the question. Our hearts are so easily divided among a lot of things we love and desire. We can be tempted to love God, but to do so without giving Him our whole heart. Main Points:1. As I think about our lives, I recognize that one of the primary obstacles to wholehearted devotion to God is simply distraction. In a world filled with noise and busyness, it's easy to allow our attention to be diverted from God. We become preoccupied with the cares of life, the pursuit of success, or the allure of entertainment. 2. Our hearts, meant to be wholly His, are divided among competing interests. As a result, our love for God can become diluted.  Our love for God is downgraded to a corner of our lives, rather than occupying the central throne it deserves.3. We also know that sin entangles us and obstructs our path to following God wholeheartedly. Whether it be overt sins or even subtle compromises, sin separates us from God and disrupts the intimacy of our relationship with Him. Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 22:37-38 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”Numbers 13:30 - “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”Numbers 14:24 - "The Lord said, “Because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.” Joshua 14:14 -  “because he followed the Lord, the God of Israel, wholeheartedly.”Hebrews 12:2  - “…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/26/20245 minutes, 24 seconds
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#982: Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus Christ?  This is the most important question you will ever be asked. A good man? A great teacher? A revolutionary leader? Or is he the Christ, the Son of the Living God?  Who was he? Who is he? Your eternal destiny hangs on your answer.Main Points:1. Jesus came as a savior and as a king, but not an earthly one. He came for a greater purpose. He came to save us from a greater oppression than a Roman army. He came to save us from our sins, that which would keep us from God for eternity. He came to be the King of our hearts.2. This brings us to an important question. Who is this? “Who is Jesus?”  Is he just a historical figure, a religious leader, a philosopher, and a teacher? Was he revolutionary and a political rebel? Is he an imaginary person and a myth? Or is Jesus the Messiah, the King of the Jews, a Savior, and God in the flesh?3. Have the courage today to put your faith in him and trust him as the savior of your soul.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 21:10-11 - “When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”John 1:1.2.14 - “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”Jesus is our Savior - Matthew 1:21 - "She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”Jesus is our King - Philippians 2:9-11 - “Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/25/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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#981: Christ's Sacrifice for our Sins

If God were not just, there would be no demand for his Son to suffer and die. And if God were not loving, there would be no willingness for his Son to suffer and die. But God is both just and loving. His love is willing to meet the demands of his justice.Main Points:1. There are no small sins. Here’s why: because God is not small. The seriousness of the insult rises with the dignity of the one insulted. The Creator of the universe is infinitely worthy of respect, admiration, and loyalty.2. But here’s what is truly amazing…Jesus accepts God’s wrath on our behalf. Jesus doesn’t cancel God’s wrath, he absorbs it. He diverts it from us to himself.3. Isn’t this amazing? Jesus absorbing God’s wrath on our behalf is so important to understand. We will never stand in awe of being loved by God until we recognize the seriousness of our sin and the justice of God’s his wrath against us.  But when, by grace, we see our unworthiness, then we can begin to comprehend the suffering and death of Jesus.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 5:6-8 - “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person, someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”2 Corinthians 5:21 - “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”1 Peter 2:24 - “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/22/20245 minutes, 26 seconds
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#980: The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

Not only does the Psalms tell us we can be full of joy. It tells how to obtain it. David said, this joy is found in the presence of God. This joy is God-given. It cannot be acquired from the things of this world. This is a sustaining joy. It is not a fleeting happiness that is dependent upon a good set of circumstances. Main Points:1. As I look around I see so many who are discouraged. They feel beaten down by the pressures of life. Some Christians have fallen into a place of negativity and criticism towards others. Their general disposition does not radiate with God’s joy.2. This joy is received only received one way. We must be in God’s presence. Could this be the reason many Christians have no joy? Is it because they do not spend time in God’s presence? It is because they are not going to the source of joy, God himself?3. As we are in God’s presence, what lingers is joy. In God’s presence, we have delight and pleasure. It’s in His presence we experience gladness, rejoicing, and enjoyment. Imagine sadness, sorry, and weariness being lifted off of your heart. Imagine stress and anxiety no longer being a heavy burden. All of this is possible in God’s presence.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 16:11 - “…In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”Nehemiah 8:10 - “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/21/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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#979: Taking Responsibility for your Spiritual Growth

I  learned that the growth of my spiritual life was my responsibility. My growth in Christ was not the responsibility of my pastor, my Sunday school teacher, or even my parents. God used each of them to play a role, but my spiritual growth depended on whether or not I accepted the responsibility to grow.Main Points:1. The scripture teaches us that our knowledge of God and our experience with Him is something we must pursue. His presence, power, wisdom, strength, peace, and joy can all be obtained as we grow in our relationship with Him.2. Hear this truth today. You can have more of God in your life. There is more of His presence and power you can receive. You can have more love for others, more Godly wisdom, more discernment, and more knowledge of His Word.3. God makes it all available, but He doesn’t automatically download it into our lives. You and I are personally responsible for our own spiritual growth. In fact, we could say that where you and I are spiritually is directly tied to the level of our pursuit of God.Today’s Scripture Verses:James 4:8 - “ Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  Hebrews 10:22 - “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart…”  Isaiah 55:6 - “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”John 15:5 - “Apart from me you can do nothing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/20/20245 minutes, 32 seconds
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#978: Responding to the Beauty and Majesty of God

Looking at the night sky with the radiance of the moon and stars, King David understood what it all revealed. He said, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” The brightness and the brilliance of the skies tell us about the beauty and the majesty of God. Only someone so powerful and so creative could design what we see each night.Main Points:1. Regardless of where we live on earth, the voice of God speaks to us through nature, revealing His existence, power, and glory.2. Because of this general revelation, we cannot say God has hidden himself from us. He reveals His existence every day. 3. With this revelation, we have a choice with what to do with it. Seeing the beauty, majesty, and power of God, how will we respond? Many respond with indifference, but I pray you’ll see the power of God and respond by acknowledging His greatness.Today’s Scripture Verses:Isaiah 40:26 - “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.”Psalm 19:1-4 - “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”Romans 1:20 - “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”Psalm 147:4 - “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/19/20245 minutes, 11 seconds
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#977: When We Don't Understand God's Plan

Of all the questions in life that go unanswered, it’s often the question of why. Everyone listening to this podcast episode has asked this question. Why? Why did this happen? Why am I going through this? Since this is a universal question, it brings up another great question: As Christians, how do we respond when we don’t understand?Main Points:1. Who among us hasn’t had some kind of unexpected, disappointing experience that sends our minds into overdrive with questions of confusion? A family member cuts off communication without explanation; health gains are reversed; a company relocates unexpectedly; a life-altering accident happens. How do we respond, when we don’t understand?2. May we not forget, that our sovereign God has a plan and a purpose that we don’t always see at the moment. Trust in His character that He is a good and loving Heavenly Father. His plan, His purpose, and His path for our lives are right.3. Through the strength God provides us, let’s maintain our faith. Let’s hold onto His promises. May we have the courage to bless God on our difficult days. Let’s worship, not only in the good times but also in the bad. Regardless of our circumstances, the name of the Lord is to be praised.Today’s Scripture Verses:Job 1:20-22 - “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”Job 2:9 - His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”Job 2:10 - “He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/18/20245 minutes, 40 seconds
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#976: More Blessed to Give than to Receive

Remember this truth today: We have been blessed to be a blessing. What are we to do with our blessings? We are to bless others. Proverbs teaches that those who hoard their blessings will no longer be blessed. The blessing is found in the giving.Main Points:1. I’m convinced that most of us listening today would say we have been blessed by God. In fact, many would say that have been greatly blessed and blessed beyond what they deserve. God has been so good to us. So what do we do with our blessings?2. Personally, I believe in the biblical command to tithe on our income. The first ten percent goes to support our local church. We give from the top, not from our leftovers. In this way, we are putting God first in our finances, recognizing it all comes from him anyway.3. Have you been generous lately? Don’t hold back on generosity thinking you won’t have enough. What you have now came from the Lord. He is faithful to provide. Remember, the blessing is in the giving.Today’s Scripture Verses: Acts 20:35 - “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Proverbs 11:25 - “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/15/20245 minutes, 42 seconds
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#975: How to Become Wise

Let’s recognize our desperate need for God’s wisdom. Let’s ask Him for wisdom and believe His promise that He will provide.Main Points:1. We can live self-sufficient lives that leave God out of our decision making. This is a critical mistake. God wants to be right in the middle of our choices and decision. He wants to lead, guide, and direct our steps. He has given us His Word, the Bible to be a daily resource that provides His wisdom.2. Let’s see the value of Godly wisdom. The world, our culture, and our society offers its version of wisdom that most often conflicts with God’s wisdom. Let’s begin to seek God’s wisdom. Let’s begin to value God’s point of view over our own.3. It would be foolish for us to ignore and reject the wisdom God would give us. But as we know, this often happens to people. Intentionally, and often unintentionally, we pay no attention to God’s wisdom and act as if we know what we are doing.Today’s Scripture Verses:James 1:5 - “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.”Proverbs 8:11 – “for wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”Proverbs 2:1-6 – “If you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/14/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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#974: When You Don't Have The Words to Pray

How many times you and I have come to God in prayer over a desperate situation and we felt as if we didn’t have the words to pray?  We didn’t know what to say. In that moment words seem to fail us.Main Points:1. What a powerful truth this is! The Spirit of God knows what our needs are and in our moments of weakness begins to intercede for us.2. We need the Spirit’s help because we are so weak.   There are moments in life when we are physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted.  Circumstances have pushed us over the edge.3. The Holy Spirit takes up our needs at the deepest emotional level and brings our hurts and cares to the Father’s throne, all in line with the will of God. This should encourage us to pour out our hearts before Him.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 8:26-27 - “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/13/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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#973: Fighting Internal Giants

The giants we struggle with the most are not sickness, finances, pain, loss, or grief.  Our biggest giants are internal.  The battles that take us out are personal.  Struggles like lust, greed, selfishness, anger, bitterness, and fear can become giants that destroy our faith, our relationships, and our future.  We must guard our hearts and develop a close relationship with Jesus to defeat these giants within. Main Points:1. David’s internal giant was lust.    You may not battle this one, but perhaps you are fighting another internal giant, one with a different name. Maybe you are fighting the giant of discouragement, despair, fear, anxiety, depression, grief, anger, or unforgiveness.2. Thankfully, King David was repentant and his relationship with God was restored, but it’s  a tragic story that didn’t have to happen, if only David would have guarded his heart. For us, the story is a cautionary tale and a reminder to run to God for help when we are fighting internal giants.3. Bring your giants to God. With His help, every giant can be defeated.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Samuel 5:13 - “David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem…”Proverbs 4:23 - “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”Psalm 46:1 - “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/12/20245 minutes, 38 seconds
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#972: The Lost Discipline of Memorizing Scripture

It seems that memorizing scripture is a lost discipline in today’s church culture. I rarely hear anyone talking about the verse they are memorizing, nor do I hear people reciting the verses they have learned by heart. Main Points:1. A generation ago, scripture memorization was practiced more regularly. It was talked about in the church. At home, families memorized Bible verses together and practiced quoting them to one another. I remember as a child, my family memorizing Romans chapters six and eight. We also memorized several of the Psalms. Amazingly, many years later, I can still recite many of these Bible verses by heart.2. When we memorize Bible verses, it allows us to internalize the Word of God. This deepens our spiritual understanding and helps us apply these the scriptures to our daily lives.3. Putting the Word of God in our hearts and developing the ability to recite verses at any time, gives us strength to fight temptation.Today’s Scripture Verses:Deuteronomy 11:18-19 - “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.”Colossians 3:16 - “Let the Word of God dwell in you richly…” Psalm 1:1-2 - “Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.”Psalm 119:11 - “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”Psalm 37:31 - “The law of their God is in their hearts; their feet do not slip.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/11/20245 minutes, 17 seconds
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#971: The Destructive Power of Pride

The Bible reveals that one of the characteristics that is most damaging to our relationship with God and others is pride. Yet, most of us don’t readily confess pride as a struggle. Perhaps, it’s because pride is subtle and it’s difficult to see in ourselves.Main Points:1. Pride is often described as the silent enemy of the soul, lurking in the shadows and hinders our relationship with God. It can be challenging to recognize pride within ourselves, because it doesn’t always reveal itself in overt ways.2. Pride blinds us to our faults and weaknesses. When pride lurks within us, we become defensive and resistant to feedback or correction. Instead of humbly acknowledging our shortcomings, we may find ourselves justifying our actions or blaming others. Pride convinces us that we are always right.3. So how do we combat pride and cultivate humility in our lives? The answer lies in following the example of Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself and became obedient to the will of God.Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 12:15 - "The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.”Psalm 139:23 - “Search me, O God, and know my heart.”Jeremiah 17:9 - “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”Philippians 2:3-4 -  "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others."    Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/7/20245 minutes, 50 seconds
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#970: Is Communion Still Necessary?

Communion is important for us because it is about remembering.  We are forgetful people.  Jesus left us with a tangible, visual to help us remember the vital importance of His death and resurrection.Main Points:1. Holy Communion, sometimes called The Lord’s Supper, is one of the ordinances of the church and is an important part of our worship. As we eat the bread and drink the cup we are remembering the suffering of our Savior, who took our place on the cross. Communion reminds us of our sinfulness and our need for a Savior which prompts gratitude and worship.2. Communion is about coming together to remember what Jesus has done for us on the cross. As a church, we will never let the memory of Christ’s sacrifices for our sins grow dim. We will never forget such a demonstration of God’s love.3. Communion is personal.  It is a look back, a memorial.  It is a look inward, a time to search our hearts, a time of confession and repentance.  It is also a time to look forward to the task God has given us, and to the return of Christ.  Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Corinthians 11:23-26 - “For I received from the Lord what I also passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, “This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood; do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.”   Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/6/20245 minutes
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#969: Using Your Influence for God

How are you using your influence? Now, you might think you are are not very influential because you define influence as position, fame, prominence, or name recognition. But listen to this definition of influence. Influence is the effect of something on a person; the power that somebody has to affect other people's lives, beliefs, thinking and actions.Main Points:1. Everyone listening to this podcast episode has influence. You have people who like you and look up to you. There are people to come to you for your opinion, advice, or wisdom. You have acquaintances, friends, and  colleagues who respect you. There are people watching your life and being influenced by it, without you even knowing it. Everyone has a circle of influence.2. Our influence is not to be egotistical.  It is not for our benefit.  It is for Christ’s sake.  The reason you let your light shine, the reason you are the salt of the earth, is for the purposes of God.  We are an influence so we can bring more people to Jesus.  3. Let’s use the influence God has given us for God’s glory and to point others to the Savior.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 5:13-16 – “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.  “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”   Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/5/20245 minutes, 49 seconds
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#968: No Condemnation

The Bible teaches us that not only does God forgive us, but he removes our condemnation. Grace brings freedom. It provide healing for the soul. Sins are not only forgiven, but God lifts our sentence of guilt. Shame is erased.Main Points:1. There is one universal thing every human has in common. We are all sinners. We have all made mistakes. We all have failures and shortcomings.2. The story of the gospel is that Jesus has come to save us from our sins. Jesus died on the cross taking the penalty for our sins and satisfying the justice of a righteous and holy God. Out of His love and grace he offers us forgiveness of our sins, as we place our faith in Him and confess Him as our Lord and Savior.3. Stop and think about these words. No condemnation. Not a hint, not a whisper, not even a shadow of it. The believer stands before the throne of God, not as a condemned criminal awaiting punishment, but as a redeemed child embraced by the loving arms of the Father.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 3:23 - “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”1 Corinthians 6:11 - “…you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”John 3:17 - “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him."Romans 8:1 - “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.”John 5:24 - “I tell you the truth, whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and he will not be condemned.  He has crossed over from death to life."   Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/29/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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#967: Wise Words

Today, you and I will say a lot of words. We have more ways to communicate than any previous generation. We speak, write, text, email, and social media, all of which require a choice of words. Let’s slow down, think before speaking, allow the Lord to give us wisdom, and choose our words carefully.Main Points:1. We might be tempted to think our words don’t matter, but according to God, they really do.  Jesus spoke about how our words reveal what is in our hearts.2. Our words are like a bucket of water dipped into a well.  If there is fresh water down deep, that’s what comes out.  If what is below is stagnant, polluted, and diseased, that is what will come out.  In other words, “If the heart is clean, the words are clean.”  If the heart is contaminated, our words will expose it.3. Because our words have such impact on others, we must ask God to give us wisdom in our daily interactions. Through our words we have the potential to bless, encourage, and inspire. We also have the potential to injure, discourage, and inflict emotional pain.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 4:29  - “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”Luke 6:45 – “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”Ecclesiastes 10:12 - “Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips.”Proverbs 15:7 - “The lips of the wise spread knowledge, but the hearts of fools are not upright.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/28/20245 minutes, 22 seconds
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#966: Your Spiritual Gifts Matter

Isn’t it incredible to think that before you and I were born, God already had a plan and a purpose for our lives? One of the ways God prepared us in advance is that He has given us spiritual gifts.Main Points:1. The Bible has a lot to say about spiritual gifts.  There are at least 20 of them listed in the Bible.  We don’t have time to define them all today, but you can read about them in these passages of Scripture:  Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4.  Generally speaking, there are two categories: speaking gifts and serving gifts.  2. God would not have given you a spiritual gift unless He intended for you to use it. What a blessing it is to have received a gift from God!3. When we discover our gifts, use our gifts, and value the gifts of others, and when we connect with each other with one mind and mission, which is to glorify God and build His Kingdom, we fulfilling our life’s purpose.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 2:10 - “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”Romans 12:6 - “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.”1 Peter 4:10 - “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/27/20245 minutes, 32 seconds
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#965: Guarding our Hearts from the Sin of Envy

What is envy? A feeling of discontentment or resentment over the opportunities, possessions, or blessings of another. I once heard envy described as the combination of a desire for something, with the resentment that another is enjoying it and you are not.Main Points:1. It’s been my experience that envy is not a sin we readily confess. There is a deception that accompanies envy. We can be envious and not realize it. We can feel envy towards someone and not identify the feelings as sin.2. Envy invites comparison of relationships, success, status, or image.  Envy is consuming, and it doesn’t take long before you lose yourself in the constant and relentless comparisons, all while cultivating bitterness and hatred toward people in your life, sometimes the very people you once loved and appreciated.3. So, how can we protect our hearts from this sin? First and foremost, we must cultivate gratitude. When we focus on the blessings in our own lives rather than fixating on what others have, we develop a spirit of thankfulness.Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 4:23 - “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”Galatians 5:26 - “Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other."Proverbs 14:30 - “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/26/20245 minutes, 39 seconds
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#964: The Comfort of the Holy Spirit

Jesus promises us the Holy Spirit will be our comforter. The term “Comforter” comes from a Greek word that means “one called alongside to help.” The Holy Spirit is an advocate, counselor, and helper.Main Points:1. The Holy Spirit is not merely a force or an abstract concept; He is a Person who comes to dwell within believers.2. The Holy Spirit is our constant companion, our guide, and our source of comfort. When we face trials, loneliness, or confusion, we can turn to the Comforter. He whispers peace to our souls, reminds us of God’s love, and empowers us to live victoriously.3. What a wonderful assurance it is to know that we are never alone! The Comforter, the Holy Spirit, abides with us always. He is not a temporary visitor but a permanent resident in the lives of Christians. He walks with us through every trial, every hardship, and every moment of uncertainty, offering His peace that surpasses all understanding.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 14:16 - “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you forever.”In John 14:18 - “I will not leave you comfortless…”Acts 9:31 - “Then had the churches rest throughout all Judaea and Galilee and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/22/20245 minutes, 21 seconds
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#963: How Does God Feel About Sinners?

Some think God hates sinners. You’ve seen people hold up those signs on street corners, right? Some think God rejects sinners and wants nothing to do with them, or maybe he wants to strike them with lightning.  But let me share with you a powerful truth. God loves sinners.Main Points:1. In the greatest demonstration of love the world has ever seen, Jesus, the Son of God, willingly lays down His life a sacrifice for sinners. Christ died for us, so that we won’t have to die. Motivated by love, Jesus takes our place on the cross. He becomes our substitute. He satisfied the justices of a holy God, by taking our penalty. 2. However, God’s love for everyone does not mean that everyone will be saved. God will not ignore sin, for He is a God of justice, and sin cannot go unpunished forever. The Bible teaches us that today is the day of salvation. Because of His great love for us, God has created a way for our sins to be forgiven. If we believe in Him, confess our sins, and trust Jesus’ death and resurrection for our salvation, we will be forgiven of our sins.3. As we interact with people, may we never forget that God loves all people and desires that they be saved. May you and I love all people with the love of God.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 5:8 - “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”John 3:16  - “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”Luke 5:31-32 - “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/19/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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#962: The Lord Goes Before Us

What’s next? Isn’t that the question many of us are asking? As humans, we are forward-looking. What does tomorrow hold? Many feel that God has a next season for their lives. We acknowledge that as long as we are living, God has a next step for our spiritual growth and purpose.Main Points:1. It’s vital that we learn a great truth: God’s next season for your life will require you to step out in faith. It always does. Your next opportunity, your next ministry, and your next season will necessitate that you take a step of faith to trust God. Why? God loves it when we trust Him. He wants His children to place their full faith in confidence in Him, believing that He is leading their lives.2. I’ve seen a lot of Christians get stuck and become stagnant. The thing holding them back is the fear of taking a step of faith. So, in a spiritual sense, they plateau. They are not moving forward. They are not experiencing the joy and excitement of living a journey of faith. 3. God is not asking us to step into a future without Him. God is not giving us a pep talk to say, “go ahead, you’ll be alright.” No, God is walking ahead of us. He is leading the way. God goes before us. We follow.Today’s Scripture Verses:Deuteronomy 31:8 - “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”Isaiah 52:12 - “For the LORD will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/16/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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#961: Until the Lost are Found

God’s heart beats with compassion for the lost, and He passionately seeks them out. As followers of Christ, we are invited into this search. We become part of the process by sharing the message of the Gospel with those around us. What is important to God, must be important to us.Main Points:1. Jesus’ very purpose in coming to earth and dying for our sins was to seek and save the lost. Nothing matters more to God. 2. Let me remind you of this truth: The Gospel message is urgent. Every day people are dying and going into eternity lost in their sins. The only way of salvation is through faith in Jesus, yet many have never heard a clear and simple message of salvation.3. We have a message far more valuable than a cure for cancer, it is a cure for our sins. Only through Jesus there is salvation and forgiveness of our sins, which not only impacts our lives here and now, but also for eternity.Today’s Scripture Verses:Luke 15:8-10 — “what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”Luke 19:10 - “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/15/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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#960: The Lord will Fight for You

God’s promise echoes through time: He fights for us. When life’s battles rage, we do not need to panic or despair. We stand on His promise. We trust in His greatness and His love for us. God fights for His children.Main Points:1. Life is filled with storms. We will all face circumstances that seem insurmountable. We will endure hardships that threaten to overwhelm us. Just like the Israelites, we find ourselves caught in the crossfire of trouble. But remember, storms are not evidence of God’s absence; they are opportunities for Him to reveal His power.2. Sometimes we are so immersed in the battle that we forget about God’s presence. We have a sense of spiritual amnesia. Not only do we forget about His promises, we forget all the battles God has already won in our lives. One of the keys to increasing our faith is to remember God’s past faithfulness.3. Without hesitation, let’s be quick and ready to give God our yes.So, what battle are you fighting today? Where in your life is the conflict raging? Is it at work, at school, or at home? Are you engaged in a fight over your physical, mental, or emotional health? Perhaps you are fighting a spiritual battle. Stand confident in the promise that your Heavenly Father will fight for you. By faith, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord.Today’s Scripture Verses:Exodus 14:14 - “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”Deuteronomy 20:4 - “For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”Proverbs 21:31 - “…victory belongs to the Lord.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/14/20245 minutes, 41 seconds
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#959: Giving God Your Yes

Unequivocally, I can say that God is looking for us to say “yes” to Him. Have you given God your yes? Have you surrendered your will and your life to God? Have you said “God, I’m yours. Take my life and use it for your glory?” Have you said, “God, I’ll say what you want me to say, go where you want me to go, and do what you want me to do?”Main Points:1. Some of our greatest internal battles are with God. There is an internal wrestling over whether we will say yes to God or not. Will we obey His Word? Will we submit to God’s authority? Will we let the Bible guide and direct our lives?2. This simple response, "Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening," is a profound declaration of openness and obedience to God's will. We see Samuel's readiness to hear and obey whatever God may command. And it is through this willingness to say yes to God that Samuel's life is forever changed.3. Without hesitation, let’s be quick and ready to give God our yes.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Samuel 3:4 - ““Then the Lord called Samuel.  Samuel answered, “Here I am.” And he ran to Eli and said, “Here I am; you called me.”1 Samuel 3:10 - "The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/13/20245 minutes, 41 seconds
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#958: What are your Priorities?

Let me ask you, “What are your priorities? What is most important in your life? Do your actions demonstrate that your priorities are more than good intentions? Are you really living out your priorities? These are good questions for all of us to reflect upon.Main Points:1. In the hustle and bustle of life, it's so easy to get swept away by the demands of the world. From career ambitions to personal goals, our attention is constantly pulled in multiple directions, leaving us feeling overwhelmed and spiritually depleted. However, amidst the chaos, Jesus offers us this timeless reminder of where our true priorities should lie.2. I believe the way to get on track with our spiritual priorities starts with surrender. We surrender our desires, ambitions, and plans to God, inviting Him to lead and direct our steps. We decide to trust that His ways are higher than our ways and that He will fulfill His promises to provide for us as we seek His kingdom first.3. Have you identified your spiritual priorities? What matters most to you? Choose today to make your priorities more than good intentions.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 6:33 - “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”Matthew 22:37 - “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”Psalm 37:23  - “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/9/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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#957: Willing to be Sent by God

The Holy Spirit is speaking to every believer in Jesus and He’s asking the question, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” God wants to send every one of us into His Kingdom work. When we say “Here am I, Send me,” God will use our lives for His glory.Main Points:1. I’ve noticed over the years, that the thing that keeps many Christians from stepping out in faith and allowing God to use their lives is that they disqualify themselves. Some feel unusable because of their past, their failures, and their mistakes. Others think God is looking for people who are more spiritual or more gifted.2. Notice in the verse with Isaiah, there are no qualifications listed. God was looking for one thing: availability. The old saying is still true: God is not looking for ability. He is looking for availability. 3. God is still searching for men and women who will say yes. He’s looking for individuals who are willing to be sent and to be used by the Holy Spirit.Today’s Scripture Verses:Isaiah 6:8 - “Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/7/20245 minutes, 20 seconds
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#956: Loving God With All Your Soul

The Bible teaches us we are to love God with our soul. This refers to the inner man. We are to love God with our emotions, feelings, intellect, and will.Main Points:1. To love God with all your soul is to love God with your entire inner life. This means everything your inner life experiences - everything you feel, decide, believe, think, choose, want, dwell on, turn to, and pursue – is about your soul. 2. The soul is about what makes you happy, what fills you with joy, where your sorrow and sadness is, and what gives you peace. All of these things you experience in your soul are to be related to your love for God. God wants a kind of love that “saturates” us.3. When you love God with all of your soul, you love Him with all that you are.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 16:26 – “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” Matthew 10:28 – “Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell.”Psalm 62:5-6 -  “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.  He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. Psalm 63:1 - “O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/6/20245 minutes, 38 seconds
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#955: Focused on Jesus

The scripture likens the Christian life to a race that is to be finished. We must keep our eyes on Jesus. It’s the only way we will finish this race. We must not become distracted and lose our focus. Main Points:1. It’s so easy to become distracted and to turn our eyes to other things. Whether it’s other people, mistakes or failures, or simply the cares of life, we are tempted to look away from Jesus. We don’t usually do this intentionally, we just become distracted.2. We cannot run this race aimlessly. We cannot run in a casual, pointless way. Our Savior has marked out this race for us. We keep our eyes on Jesus and off of the world as we stay in His Word, in worship, and in prayer. We stay focused on Jesus as we seek to do His will.3. Where is your focus today? Is it others? Is it on your problems? Is it on the cares of life? Let’s intentionally turn our eyes on Jesus, the one who can give us the strength to finish our race.Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 12:1-2 - “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus.”Colossians 3:1 - “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/5/20245 minutes, 12 seconds
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#954: Reaching the Next Generation

Every generation has the responsibility to pass their faith to the next generation. This requires diligent training and discipleship. Main Points:1. For those of you who are parents, let me ask you to consider something: What are you actively teaching your children? Are you consistently discipling your own children? Do they see a commitment in your life to serving God? 2. I recognize that it doesn’t happen by accident. If my children live for Jesus, it will happen because I’m intentional in teaching them by word and example. I do recognize that every child must have their own encounter with Jesus. They will make their own decision about what they believe about God. But as a parent, I’m going to give God every opportunity I can to work in their hearts and lives.3. We cannot let our faith die in our generation, but that is exactly what will happen if we do not accept and commit to the responsibility to raise up another generation of Christ-followers. Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 78:4 - “We will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord, his power, and the wonders he has done.”Psalm 71:17-18 - "O God, You have taught me from my youth; and until now I have proclaimed Your wondrous works. Now also when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I have proclaimed Your strength to this generation, and Your power to everyone who is to come.”Psalm 145:4 - “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/1/20245 minutes, 22 seconds
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#953: No Word From God Will Ever Fail

You and I have a truth we can hold onto today: God is a promise-keeper. He will not fail. What He has said, He will do. What He has promised, He will perform. Main Points:1. Let this truth be an encouragement in your life today. No word from God ever fails. No matter your current circumstances, God's Word remains unshakable. In times of uncertainty, when others may question the reliability of God’s promises, as believers we can find comfort and assurance in the unchanging nature of God's Word.2. Some of God’s promises come to pass quickly, even overnight. Others stretch over long periods of time. Waiting on God is not always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s even painful. As finite humans, it’s difficult to understand the timing of a sovereign God. Yet, we live by faith. We trust a God who has proven himself to be true to His Word time and time again.3. Be encouraged by the truth that no word from God will ever fail. Today’s Scripture Verses:Luke 1:37, "For no word from God will ever fail."Joshua 21:43-45 - “So the Lord gave Israel all the land he had sworn to give their ancestors, and they took possession of it and settled there. The Lord gave them rest on every side, just as he had sworn to their ancestors. Not one of their enemies withstood them; the Lord gave all their enemies into their hands. Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”1 Kings 8:56“ - Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke by Moses his servant”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/31/20245 minutes, 54 seconds
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#952: Effective Prayer

It seems that when we are in right relationship with God, through the blood of Jesus, and we are pursuing a righteous lifestyle, through the power of the Holy Spirit, God say your prayers will be powerful and effective.Main Points:1. The word “righteous” – being in a right relationship with God.  We are intimidated by this.  The word “righteous” scares us because we know our own tendency to sin, but we need to understand that we receive our “righteousness” from Christ.  Romans says, “our own righteousness is like filthy rags.”2. While we cannot earn our righteous standing, we seek after a righteous lifestyle in a practical way. We pursue righteousness when we pursue the character of Christ and desire holiness more than fleshly indulgence. We avoid the temptation to become self-righteous when we understand that true righteousness begins with godly humility.3. Remember, righteousness cannot be achieved apart from receiving the grace of God, but once we are saved, we are called to live a righteous life. As we do, God will honor our prayers with His response.Today’s Scripture Verses:“If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.” (Psalm 66:18 NLT)“If a man shut his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.” (Proverbs 21:13)“But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:6-7)“When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.” (James 4:3)”The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16)“God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/30/20245 minutes, 10 seconds
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#951: Why Do We Suffer?

Why do we suffer? You and I have lived long enough to see and experience suffering. It comes to us all. Suffering is no respecter of persons.  There is coming a day when all suffering will cease. When we are in the eternal presence of our God. He will wipe away all tears. But for now, suffering is a part of our human existence. Main Points:1. Suffering exists for several reasons. The first of which is that we live in a fallen world that is corrupted by sin. When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, sin entered the world and that started all of the pollution, chaos, and downgrading that's been taking place ever since.2. Sometimes suffering is caused by our own sins and mistakes.  Occasionally, suffering is the work of Satan. Other times, though we don't like to admit it, suffering occurs because of the will of God.3. We must understand that God knew the trials were coming into our lives. He allowed them for His purpose. He is using them to teach us. He is drawing us close. He is deepening our faith and character. He is preparing us for something eternal.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Peter 5:10 - “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”Galatians 6:7 "Do not be deceived.  God cannot be mocked.  A man reaps what he sows.”1 Peter 5:8 "Be self controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him.  Stand firm in the faith because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of suffering.”1 Peter 4:19 - “So then, those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.”2 Corinthians 4:18 - “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/26/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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#950: Be a Reflection of Christ

When we place our faith in Jesus, we do so because we have been exposed to his light. We are changed and impacted by the truth of His Word and His presence. Prior to our relationship with Christ we lived in darkness and sin, but the light has now changed us.Main Points:1. As a result of our encounter with the light of the world, we are now to be a reflection of this light to others. Just as the moon is a reflection of the sun’s light, we are to reflect the light of Jesus. 2. Jesus said He is the light of the world. Now he’s saying you and I are the light of the world. He has given us His light to carry into a dark world. Everywhere we go, we should bring illumination because of the light of Jesus within us.3. As you go about your day, consider the impact of your words and actions on those around you. Are you allowing the light of Jesus to shine through you? Whether at home, work, or in your community, let His light be evident in your interactions. Be intentional about spreading His hope and truth.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 8:12 - “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.Matthew 5:14-15 - “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/25/20245 minutes, 17 seconds
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#949: Is Anything Hindering Your Walk With Christ?

Pray and ask God to search your heart. As the Lord reveals things that are hindering your spiritual growth, be willing to throw them off so that nothing slows you down.Main Points:1. I must ask the Lord to show me if there is anything in my life that is hindering my relationship with Christ. Is there anything that is hindering me? Is there anything slowing me down and impeding my spiritual growth.2. What burdens are you carrying today? Is there anything slowing you down? I think of doubts, fears, worries, sins, and distractions that hinder our progress. These hinderances could be people in our lives that not influencing us towards godliness. It could be good things like work, hobbies, or things we enjoy that are not sinful, yet they have become distractions that keep us from growing in Christ.3. Paul said that we are to put off the old self and put on the new self. We are letting go of old sins, attitude, habits, sinful patterns of living. In Christ we are putting on the new self that exemplifies righteousness and holiness. As we pursue godliness, this is a work of the Spirit and a process that will continue in our lives until we meet Jesus face to face.Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 12:1-2 - “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” Psalm 139:23-24 - “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”Ephesians 4:22-25 - “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/24/20245 minutes, 37 seconds
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#948: The Foolishness of Preaching

God, in His infinite wisdom, uses what the world considers foolish—the preaching of the cross—to confound the wise. The power of salvation is not found in human wisdom or eloquence, but in the message of Christ's sacrificial love.Main Points:1. To an unsaved world, the salvation that God offers us through Christ, seems incomprehensible to those who haven’t experienced it. It sounds like “foolishness” to say that salvation could come through a cross—a death marked by weakness, defeat, and humiliation. Yet this “foolishness” was the salvation that Paul preached! 2. God took something shameful and weak—death on a cross—and made it the foundation of wisdom and power. God does the unimaginable. Later in verse 27, Paul would say that God chooses the weak and foolish things of the world to shame the wise.3. The simple message of the Gospel, though considered foolish by the world, carries the power to transform lives and bring about salvation. Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Corinthians 1:18-24 - “For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”  Where is the wise person? Where is the teacher of the law? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/23/20245 minutes, 53 seconds
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#947: How God Defines Greatness

Greatness in the kingdom of God, is rooted in humility and sacrificial service. So, we see that greatness is achievable for all of us. It’s not dependent on your title, position, location, influence, or anything else. Greatness is achieved when we serve others. All of us can do this today.Main Points:1. Our culture sees greatness as record-breaking achievements, success, influence, power, position, fame, and notoriety. But God sees it differently.2. Consider this: Jesus, the Son of God, the King of Kings, chose to serve rather than be served. In a culture that revered positions of authority, Jesus shattered expectations by washing the disciples' feet and living a life marked by humility and selflessness.3. Whether in the workplace, our families, or communities, let us remember the example set by the ultimate servant-leader, Jesus Christ. May our lives reflect His humility, compassion, and commitment to serving others.Today’s Scripture Verses:Mark 10:35-37 - “Then James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came to him. “Teacher,” they said, “we want you to do for us whatever we ask.” “What do you want me to do for you?” he asked. They replied, “Let one of us sit at your right and the other at your left in your glory.” Mark 10:42-25 - “Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/19/20245 minutes, 47 seconds
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#946: God Never Changes

If there is anything constant about the world we live in, it is that things are going to change. We may not like it, we may not want to embrace the change, but nothing in this life is static. Except God.Main Points:1. Think about it. God’s love never changes. His character will not change. His power, strength, and abilities never change. His knowledge, understanding, and wisdom cannot change. His love, grace, and mercy will never change. His Word and His truth cannot change.2. The truth that God never changes brings comfort and encouragement to our lives. What God has promised, He will do. God will never change His mind. He will never compromise His character. He will always stay true to who He is. He will always be holy, righteous, and pure.3. The truth that God never changes also reminds us that the instructions and commands in His Word never change. What God has said about obedience and holy living doesn’t change, even though it doesn’t make sense to our culture.Today’s Scripture Verses:Isaiah 40:8 - “The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.”Malachi 3:6 - “For I the Lord do not change…”Matthew 24:35 - “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away” Hebrews 13:8 - “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/18/20245 minutes, 10 seconds
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#945: The Way of the Fool

Have you ever encountered someone who simply wouldn’t listen to wise advice? Or what about you? Have you ever refused to listen to words of wisdom? Main Points:1. Recently, while reading in the book of Proverbs, I noticed that Solomon repeatedly used the words “fool” or “foolish.” I decided to count and learned Solomon uses the word “fool” 72 times.2. The Bible teaches us that a foolish person is the one who leaves God out. According to the Scripture, the fool either doesn’t believe in God or they don’t consider God and his ways. They leave God out. The fool doesn’t follow Godly wisdom or advice. The fool leaves God out of their planning and go their own way.3. To be wise we have to choose to pursue God’s wisdom.  So, let me ask you, Who are you listening to?  Your own wisdom? The wisdom of your friends? The wisdom of our culture? The wisdom of God?Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 12:15 - “The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.” Proverbs 28:26 - “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.”Psalm 14:1 - “The fool has said in his heart, there is no God.”Proverbs 14:12  - “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.”1 Corinthians 3:19 - “The wisdom of this world is foolishness with God.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/16/20245 minutes, 31 seconds
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#944: Spiritual Protection

With all the evil in our world, we live with a certain amount of fear and we call out to God for his safe keeping.  While we all pray for protection from physical harm, I wonder if we pray at all for spiritual protection.  Main Points:1. Temptation is a battle because sin is more than just a choice – it is a power, an intimidating force in our lives.  We live in this world surrounded by influences that pull at our souls, lure our affections, and seduce our wills.2. So, what is the Lord telling us to pray?  This prayer recognizes our spiritual weakness.  Our tendency to yield to temptation.  This prayer is saying, “God I’m too weak on my own.  I need your help when I face the trials of life.  Protect me from temptations that I encounter because of my sinful desires.  Give me strength.  Help me to respond in a way that honors you.3. This simple prayer - “lead us not into temptation” gives us hope that we do not have to fight this battle alone.  It is a prayer for spiritual protection. Today’s Scripture Verses:Luke 11:4, Jesus instructed us to pray these words: “Lead us not into temptation.”Psalm 37:23-24 – “If the Lord delights in a man’s way, he makes his steps firm; though he stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”Psalm 19:14 – “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD.”   Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/15/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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#943: Rebuild the Altar

The good news is that God specializes in restoring and rebuilding lives. Millions of people have experienced His grace and power. They have seen God pick them up out of the ruins and turn their lives around.Main Points:1. Today there are many whose lives are falling apart. Their marriages have been destroyed. There is conflict and difficulty within the family relationships.  Many have experienced collapse due to sin and rebellion against God. They have left behind a trail of mistakes, failures, and poor decisions. Others battle addictions and brokenness. Where there was once health and vitality, there is now rubble and debris.2. Maybe you need God’s restoration power in your life and you wonder where to start? How do you begin to pick up the pieces of a life that has been broken apart? The answer is to follow the example of Ezra. Rebuild the altar. 3. With humility, rebuild the altar in your life. No, not a physical altar or a piece of furniture where you would kneel to pray. Building an altar means you are turning to God for help. You are establishing a relationship with God. You are reaching out in prayer to a God of grace. He’s a God who wants to restore.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Kings 25:1,9 - “Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon marched against Jerusalem with his whole army. He set fire to the temple of the Lord, the royal palace and all the houses of Jerusalem. Every important building he burned down. The whole Babylonian army under the commander of the imperial guard broke down the walls around Jerusalem.”Ezra 3:3 - “Despite their fear of the peoples around them, they built the altar on its foundation and sacrificed burnt offerings on it to the Lord, both the morning and evening sacrifices.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/12/20245 minutes, 28 seconds
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#942: Returning to Your First Love

The call to the Ephesians in Revelation chapter two is a call to us today. It’s a call to remember, repent, and return to our first love. It's an invitation to rediscover the joy of an intimate relationship with Christ.Main Points:1. The danger lies not in direct rebellion or rejection of Jesus, but in the slow fade of affection. The Ephesians were doing everything right in terms of doctrine and duty, but their hearts were no longer ablaze with love for Jesus.2. When I read Revelation chapter two, it serves as a caution and a warning. These words from Jesus make me search my heart. Have I lost my first love? Have I let my passion and fervency for Jesus fade? Am I going through the motions of worship, serving, giving, and volunteering, simply as a Christian duty? Have I forgotten why I’m doing what I am doing? Are we, like the Ephesians, faithful in our religious duties but lacking the fervent love we once had for Christ? Have the routines of life dimmed the flame of our passion for the One who first loved us?3. Ask God to search your heart. If your love for Jesus has decreased, do what Jesus asks you to do. Remember, repent, and return.Today’s Scripture Verses:Revelation 2:5 - “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.”2 Corinthians 5:14 - “For the love of Christ compels us…”Matthew 22:37 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/10/20245 minutes, 40 seconds
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#941: Don't Lose Faith in the Power of Prayer

Persistence brings us to the true center of prayer, which is not something but someone. Persistence deepens our relationship with God and compels the heart to examine what it wants most. When I pray do I really want God’s will?Main Points:1. God uses persistence in prayer to purge our desires.  God also uses persistence in prayer to mold, and transform our desires, to change how we pray and even what we are praying for so that we gradually come to pray closer to the heart of God’s will. 2. Do I want God even more than I want what I am asking for? If not, then for God to grant what me are asking for, even if it is a good thing, might be the most unloving thing God could ever do.3. Put into practice these words from Jesus: Always pray and never give up.Today’s Scripture Verses:Luke 18:1 - “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up.”1 Thessalonians 5:17 - “Pray continually.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/9/20245 minutes, 43 seconds
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#940: How to Forgive your Brother

Is there a hurt you have been holding onto? Is there an offense you haven’t released? Let today be your day of freedom. Choose to forgive because Christ has forgiven you.Main Points:1. When we choose to forgive someone, it doesn’t condone sin, excuse the wrongs done to us, or minimize our hurts. When we give forgiveness it sets our hearts free from the offense. I think of unforgiveness as a prison that we lock ourselves into. But Jesus has unlocked the door and with the help of the Holy Spirit we can walk out of the cell into freedom. 2. When we have been hurt, forgiveness is not something we do once. It is something we will have to do repeatedly. Based on the level of the hurt and the seriousness of the offense, we may have to forgive again and again.3. The question today is: How can I forgive my brother who has sinned against me? I believe forgiveness begins when we bring the person and the offense to God in prayer. We ask God to change our hearts, to help us release the wrongdoing, and to enable us to forgive. We then, with the power of the Holy Spirit choose to no longer be held under the pain of the offense. We decide to no longer see the person through the lens of negativity and criticism. When we sincerely pray for God to bless the person who hurt us, God begins to change our hearts.Today’s Scripture Verses:Colossians 3:13 - “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”Matthew 18:21-22 - “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/4/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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#939: Thinking About Heaven

It doesn’t appear that most Christians think about Heaven very much. If we do, we don’t seem to talk about it. This is strange, because we all want to go there, and this life is going by so very fast.Main Points:1. Living in this present world, it’s natural for our minds to be focused on earthly things. We live here, we work here, and our families and friends are here. This life is what we know. 2. I’m struck by the words of Paul, “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” This instruction requires intention. God is not going to do this for us. We must set our hearts and minds on eternity. We are to look forward to what God has planned for us. We are to be excited and passionate about our future with the Lord. We should want to take others with us.3. Hear this truth today: God saved us because He wanted us to be with Him. He has planned and prepared Heaven for our arrival. God is excited about our home-going. Today’s Scripture Verses:Colossians 3:2 - “Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”1 John 2:15-17 - “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father d is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”Hebrews 12:1 - “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/3/20245 minutes, 30 seconds
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#938: Letting God's Word Direct our Footsteps

The Word of God is our trail marker. Without the Word of God, we don’t know where to walk, or even how to walk, in a spiritual sense.  Left to ourselves we will get lost. Main Points:1. A hiker that ignores the trail markers, and wanders off the well-worn path, thinking they know a better way, is foolish. To think you know better than those who have walked this journey before you would be unwise. Yet, as it relates to our Christian faith, it happens all the time.2. We must see there is safety in staying on the path God has marked out for us. He has marked the way home. If we’ll let God’s Word be our guide and if we will let the Scripture identify every step, we’ll make it safely to our eternal destination. 3. We can’t afford to be careless on our spiritual journey. We must daily be in the Word of God. We must read the truth of the Bible and apply it to our lives. This will ensure that God’s Word is directing our footsteps.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 119:133 - “Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.”Psalm 119:105 - “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.”Hebrews 12:1 - “Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”Proverbs 14:12 - “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/2/20245 minutes, 25 seconds
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#937: Freedom from the Fear of People

There is a very common type of fear identified in the Bible that is not talked about much. It is the fear of man. It’s a fear of people and it can include intimidation, peer pressure, social anxiety, isolation, and insecurity. The fear of man can lead us to make choices that aren’t right for us or avoid making decisions at all. Main Points:1. When we are filled with the fear of man we are no longer focused on God, his presence, and his power in our lives. The fear of man leads us to a place of bondage and enslavement. We become slaves to our fears and unable to move forward.2. The fear of man asks: What do people think of me? Will they accept me? What if I’m rejected? What if they don’t like what I’m doing? How can I face something like that?3. Hear this word today. It is not God’s will for you to be insecure and afraid of the opinions of others. You are deeply loved and accepted by God. Let this truth fill your soul. You are valuable to God, so much so that Jesus went to the cross so that you could have a relationship with him. Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 29:25 - “The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.”Hebrews 13:6 - “So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”Galatians 1:10 - “For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.”Psalm 27:1 - “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?”Proverbs 14:27 - “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, that one may turn away from the snares of death.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/29/20235 minutes, 45 seconds
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#936: Never Be Lacking in Spiritual Zeal

What is zeal? Zeal is defined as “great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective.” Wow! Does this describe your relationship with God? Can you say you are pushing Jesus with great energy and enthusiasm?Main Points:1. “Zeal” is not a word used much in our English vocabulary. We hear another word used much more frequently, the word “passion.” But the word “zeal” or “zealous” is used 36 times in scripture. 2. As we look at scripture, we discover that having zeal for the Lord is a heart issue. It’s not so much about personality or family background as it is the focus and priority of our hearts.3. If your spiritual tank is leaning towards empty, know there is a gracious God who desires a close relationship with you. He’s waiting. Take a step towards him today and regain your zeal for Jesus.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 12:11 - “Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.”Matthew 22:37 - “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”Matthew 6:33 - “Seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/28/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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#935: Where is God When we Mourn?

As we study the Bible, we see there are examples of sorrow throughout the Bible.  The Scripture doesn’t hide the reality and the pain of our loss, our struggle, or our difficulties. But all through the Scripture we see that our God is a God of comfort! The comfort of God that is available to us when we are experiencing different kinds of loss and grief. Main Points:1. I have found that God draws especially close to me in the tough times of life.  When my heart is breaking, I find God’s presence near to me.2. It’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to mourn. God created us with the ability to express these emotions. I’ve ministered to Christians who felt they weren’t supposed to mourn our that if they were grieving they were failing God. It’s okay to grieve. It’s okay to weep. God wants you to experience his comfort during your time of mourning.3. If you are mourning, if you are grieving, lean into Jesus. Press into him through prayer and worship. Meditate on the Word of God. Reach out to a friend who can join you in your mourning. In this moment, I believe you’ll experience the blessing of God’s comfort.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 5:4 - “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”Psalm 23:4 - “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”Psalm 119:50 - “My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life.”Psalm 34:18 - “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/27/20235 minutes, 46 seconds
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#934: God's Gift of Rest

While we know rest is practically important, is there a spiritual reason for rest? Is there a theological argument for rest? I believe so.Main Points:1. We need to see that rest is a gift from God. It’s a blessing to receive, yet it seems so few of us take it seriously. 2. Practicing the sabbath is a spiritual discipline with which many of us struggle. There is always something that needs to be done. Our to-do lists are never completed. Rest sounds nice, but we don’t have time for it.3. Like all spiritual disciplines, they are only done when we are intentional.  It’s God’s will for us to rest. As we do, we will find ourselves refreshed and renewed and more capable of doing what God has called us to do. You’ll do more with rest than you will without it.Today’s Scripture Verses:Genesis 2:2 - “By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work.”Isaiah 40:28 - “Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary.”  Psalm 121:4 - (God) “will neither slumber nor sleep.”Psalm 127:2 - “It is useless for you to work so hard from early morning until late at night, anxiously working for food to eat; for God gives rest to his loved ones.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/26/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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#933: Do You Believe in the Virgin Birth?

The most foundational doctrine of Christianity is that Jesus was 100% God and 100% man. He is the son of God and the son of man. He was virgin born, conceived by the Holy Spirit. This does not mean God came down and was sexually intimate with Mary. It means it is a miraculous conception.Main Points:1. The virgin birth reveals the deity of Jesus. If Jesus is not God, then he could not save us. And if Jesus did not save you, you are still lost in your sins.2. Jesus was born as a man because he had to be a man to be our true representative on the cross. He had to be God because He is the only one capable of saving us.3. Do not let anyone tell you the doctrine of the virgin birth of Christ is not an essential belief. It is absolutely essential. The virgin birth of Jesus fulfills the prophecy and promise of God and it reveals the deity of our Savior.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 1:14 - “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”Isaiah 7:14 - “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/22/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#932: Pursuing a Closer Relationship with God

Can I share with you an amazing truth? God invites us into intimacy. He calls for us to be close to Him. This is what differentiates Christianity from any other religion in the world. God is not cold and distant. He welcomes closeness with himself. He calls and invites us to seek Him and to pursue Him.Main Points:1. There are so many today who have lots of Bible knowledge. Maybe they were raised attending church. They know the Word of God and can quote many scriptures, but they are empty spiritually because they have no relationship with God.2. God wants to be known. He makes himself available to us. He rewards our seeking with His presence. Your relationship with God can be rich and full. It can be powerful and inspiring, it just requires us to seek Him.3. Are you seeking God’s presence? Are you seeking to know Him more intimately? Are you spending time in His Word and prayer? Are you making time to worship? I promise there is a more intimate relationship with God that is waiting.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 27:8 - “When you said, ‘Seek My face,’ My heart said to You, “Your face, LORD, I will seek.”James 4:8 - “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”Psalm 119:37 - “Turn my eyes away from worthless things.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/21/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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#931: Practice Gratitude

This morning I prayed, “God, help me to practice gratitude.” To become good at anything, practice is essential. It all starts with being intentional. Intentional gratitude. Perhaps you would like to join me today by asking God to give you a grateful heart. Throughout the day notice what you are thankful for. Be quick to convey your gratitude.Main Points:1. The Apostle Paul wrote in the book of Romans that one of the conditions of a sinful heart is a lack of gratitude.2. But as believers, we are called to live a different way. Our hearts have been changed by Christ. Because of the great gift we have been given by God, we are thankful. We just need to practice expressing this gratitude.3. Practice gratitude. Just as you would practice any other skill you want to learn, we must practice being thankful. We are not naturally good at gratitude. This character trait is developed as we become intentional. Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Chronicles 16:34 - “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”Romans 1:21 - “For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”Colossians 3:15 - “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/20/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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#930: Can Suffering Advance the Gospel Message?

Our suffering can increase our testimony for Christ. Our hard times can elevate our witness. Our difficulties can give us a larger and more receptive audience to whom we can influence for Christ.Main Points:1. We acknowledge this is not the pulpit we would choose for ourselves. If we are to proclaim Christ, we would prefer to do so in freedom and without restriction. We would prefer an auditorium and a microphone. We would rather have a podcast, a YouTube video, or a blog post. 2. Suffering, as a tool for advancing the gospel? No, I think I’ll pass. Yet, over and over again in Scripture, we see God redeeming suffering for His kingdom purposes.3. While none of us want to go through hard times, we ask that God would use them for His glory. We ask that He would make our witness clear and bold for Christ. We ask that others would see our love for Jesus and that our suffering will present opportunities for people to hear the gospel message.  Today’s Scripture Verses:Philippians 1:12 - “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”Acts 28:30-31 - “For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/19/20235 minutes
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#929: Is God Really Good?

I’m convinced that one of Satan’s strategies is to cause us to get stuck in the “why” question. As humans, we want to understand. We want everything to be logical and rational. When life is hard we don’t want to lean on faith, we want to stand on reason.Main Points:1. The Christian life is a journey of faith. Our knowledge is limited. I can’t see and know everything about God and His ways. This present life won’t always make sense to me. Neither will God and His plans. But I get to choose whether I will trust Him or not. 2. But there is a better question than “why”. Instead of asking why, we must move on to the question of “what now?” I like asking, “God, what do you want me to learn from this experience? What do I need to do to experience a greater measure of your peace and comfort? How can my faith be stronger? In which ways can I grow in my faith? How can I use this experience to help others? 3. When you are going through a difficult season, it’s easy to experience a bit of spiritual amnesia. As we focus on the present difficulty, it’s common to forget all the things God has already done for us.  But I’m confident that if you begin to reflect on your life, you’ll see evidence of the goodness of God. Make a list and write down the many ways God has blessed your life.Today’s Scripture Verses:Genesis 3:5 - “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”Psalm 145:9  - “The Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.”Psalm 31:19 - “How abundant are the good things that you have stored up for those who fear you, that you bestow in the sight of all, on those who take refuge in you.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/18/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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#928: God is Pro-Life

As humans, we often mistakenly value a person’s life by what they give to the world, their gifts, talents, and abilities. But this is not how God values a person’s life. He does not attribute value based on perceived earthly contributions.  No, with God, all life is precious. From conception to the grave, God values all life as important and valuable.Main Points:1. One of the most controversial issues of our lifetime has been that of abortion. The question at the heart of this debate is, “When does life begin?” Does it begin at conception or does it begin at birth? Does it begin at some other point during the pregnancy?2. Because life originates with God. All life is precious to him. Every life has worth to God. The unborn child in the womb is valuable to God. The handicapped person is valuable to God. Those with mental illness are valuable to God. The elderly in a nursing home are valuable to God. All life is precious and because so, every life is worthy of dignity and respect.3. If we will allow the Word of God to be authoritative in our lives, we’ll align with God’s view of human life. God is pro-life.Today’s Scripture Verses:Jeremiah 1:5 - “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you…”Psalm 139:13 - “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb…”Job 31:15 - “Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?Genesis 1:27 - “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.”Psalm 127:3 - “Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him…"Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/15/20236 minutes, 9 seconds
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#927: Living by Faith

It was your faith that brought you into a relationship with Jesus Christ. Faith was your response to the grace of God. The Bible says we are saved by our faith in Jesus. Yet, God is not just asking us for faith that leads to salvation. He’s asking for daily faith.Main Points:1. Everyday, you and I live by faith. Every day we must trust God. We trust him for our spiritual growth. We place our faith in him to lead and guide our steps and our future. We live by faith as we put our families, their health, and safety in His hands. 2. Our knowledge is limited. We don’t know what a day will bring. We certainly don’t know what tomorrow holds for us. So, we live by faith. Daily, we choose to trust our lives to the hands of God. 3. I know sometimes I’m like Peter. I take my eyes off of Jesus and I begin to look at the wind and the waves. I’ve noticed that what I focus on gets bigger in my life. If I focus on life’s circumstances and the uncertainties of tomorrow, they get larger in my mind. But if I intentionally focus on Jesus, He is magnified. Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 14:29 - “Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”Matthew 14:30-31 - “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”Galatians 2:20 - “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/14/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#926: Understanding the Love of God

The Bible clearly describes God love for us. If you want to focus on one aspect of God’s character today, remember this great truth: You are deeply loved by God. Our Heavenly Father doesn’t just express love. The Bible says He is love.Main Points:1. The love we have received from God is undeserved. It is unmerited. We are unworthy of such great love, yet it doesn’t stop God from loving us.2. There are a lot of people who will love you if you show them love. But in the case of God, He is the initiator.  He does not respond to our love for Him.  He loved us before we ever cared about Him and before we ever knew Him.3. One of the proofs of God’s love is that it is sacrificial. The scripture says God sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”Today’s Scripture Verses:1 John 4:7-8 – “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.”1 John 4:9-10 – “This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”1 Corinthians 13:4-6 - “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/13/20236 minutes, 11 seconds
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#925: Happiness Vs. Joy

Joy is different than happiness. It’s not circumstantial. Joy in the Biblical context, is not an emotion.  Joy is an attitude of the heart.  It is not necessarily based on something positive happening.  Joy is something that lasts; happiness is something that is temporary.  When happiness fades away, joy remains.  Joy is something God deposits into us through the Holy Spirit.  Main Points:1. Have you ever thought….I’ll be happy when _______________. I’ll be happy when I get married. Happy when I have a child. Happy when I own my own home. Happy when I retire. Happiness is elusive. It’s always at a distance and out of our reach.2. Joy is given by God.  It is a gift.  A benefit of our salvation.  A fruit of the Holy Spirit.  Evidence that the Holy Spirit is in your life.  The devil can’t take it away from you.  People can’t take it away from you.  You have to relinquish it.  You can choose to live in the joy of the Lord at any moment, no matter what your circumstances.3. How is this joy possible?  If it sounds impossible, it may be that you’ve never truly experienced joy.  How is it possible?  Only through Jesus.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 4:7-8 - “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing."Nehemiah 8:10 - “the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/12/20235 minutes, 52 seconds
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#924: Run Your Race

As Christians, we have a race to run. No, not a physical race, but a spiritual one. This Christian life will require commitment, dedication, and endurance. We cannot run it casually or aimlessly. We too, must give it all we have. We run for a crown that will last forever.Main Points:1. Marathon runners tell us that somewhere around mile 20, it’s common to hit a wall. The wall refers to a point during the race where a runner experiences a sudden and significant loss of energy and endurance, making it extremely challenging to maintain their pace or continue running.2. I’ve seen Christians hit a wall too. They become discouraged. Church attendance becomes sporadic. They stop volunteering and serving in the ministries of the church. Their relationship with God and others begins to suffer.3. Your running is not in vain. Your race is not in vain. Run the race God has set before you. Don’t become distracted along the way. Don’t allow yourself to get discouraged and quit. The prize will be worth it all. Remember, Jesus is the prize.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Corinthians 9:24-25 - “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.”James 1:12 - “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”2 Timothy 4:7-8 - “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/11/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#923: The Holy Spirit and Deep Conviction

A conviction is a deeply held truth. It’s having assurance that what you believe is true. It’s believing a truth so much that it changes the way you life.Main Points:1. Let me ask you, “Do you have deep conviction about the gospel of Jesus Christ? Are you thoroughly convinced the Word of God is true?  Are you letting the scripture not only inform your life, but also change your life?” 2. As we grow in our faith, we aspire to be Christians who know what we believe. Our beliefs have stood the test of time. These truths have become deep convictions in our hearts. We know them to be true because God has revealed them to us in His Word and by His Spirit. Others may choose to believe other things, but we live with deep assurance of the truths of God.3. Our faith is anchored in the steadfast character of God. He does not change. His Word is forever true. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Generations come and go. Seasons come and go, but the Word of God is the same forever.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Thessalonians 1:5 - “our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.”Romans 14:5 - “Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.” Romans 4:21 - …fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/7/20235 minutes, 24 seconds
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#922: Putting Sin to Death

As we cling to Christ, we put to death our old life, our old ways, old sins, and old values. In this way, we are crucified with Christ. Our new life is found through faith in Christ.Main Points:1. I have often thought, “If Jesus would go to the cross for me if He would lay down his life as a sacrifice for me, is there anything I would not do for Him? If He would demonstrate His love for me in such an amazing way, there really is nothing I could give that would be a sacrifice. I will gladly live for Him. I will gladly serve Him.2. It’s here that we recognize that we are not saved by doing good things. We do good things because we are saved. We live in obedience because God calls us to obedience. We serve and do good works because God asks us to do so. We are motivated by the great love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus on our behalf.3. Hear the call of our savior to lay down your flesh, your carnal desires, and your worldly passions. Let them be crucified with Christ. Embrace the life that comes through faith in the resurrected Savior.Today’s Scripture Verses:Galatians 2:20 - “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”In 2 Corinthians 5:15  - “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”Galatians 5:24 - “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/6/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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#921: The Image of God

Regardless of the circumstances of your conception, you were created by God. You were created for purpose. Your life has meaning and value. Along with all of humanity, you deserve dignity and respect. Whether you receive these gifts from people around you or not, they are God’s gifts to you.Main Points:1. In the book of Genesis we read the triune God created man in His image, and after His likeness. We are the only part of creation that has this stamp on us. Animals, birds, livestock, and all the creatures that crawl upon the ground are not made in His image. No trees, mountains, stars, or oceans were made after His likeness.2. To live the life God created and designed you to live, you must embrace the truth that you were created in the image of God. Your life is not an accident, a mistake, or an after-thought. Your life is important and you are here today because of the will of God.3. We were not made like God in appearance. The Bible says God is spirit. But the image of God we bear is his likeness and his character. We were created with the ability to discern right and wrong, to live righteous and holy lives, like God. We were created with minds that think and reason. Spiritually, we can relate, communicate, and have a relationship with God.Today’s Scripture Verses:Genesis 1:26-27 - “Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”  So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”Psalm 139:13-14 - “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/5/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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#920: Careless Words

We might be tempted to think that careless and idle words don’t really matter, as long as they are spoken in private, or if they are spoken to someone who would agree with our sentiments. But that would not be true. Careless words do matter. They matter to God.Main Points:1. So what are careless words? Careless words are those expressions that are uttered without proper consideration or thoughtfulness, often they result in unintended consequences. 2. These words may be spoken hastily, impulsively, or without regard for their potential impact on others. Careless words can convey a lack of love and kindness, and they can lead to misunderstandings, hurt feelings, or negative outcomes.3. So, here’s how we can grow to become more like Jesus. Watch your words. Watch them in public and in private, and know that even if no one else hears them, our Heavenly Father certainly does. As we speak words of faith, encouragement, love, and inspiration, our hearts change. As we pray for new hearts that reflect Jesus, our words change. Let’s be quick to listen, and slow to speak.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 12:36 - “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak…”Colossians 3:8 - “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”James 3:2 - “For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.”Psalm 141:3 - “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
12/1/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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#919: You Cannot Outgive God

I remember my Dad saying, “If God can get it through you, God will get it to you.” If God knows you and I can be trusted to be His channel of blessing through generosity, He will continue to provide the resources to do so. In other words, you cannot outlive God.Main Points:1. When it comes to generosity, I don’t believe the struggle for most people is greed. I think the bigger struggle is fear. We want to be generous. We know God is calling us as His children to live with generosity. But we battle with fear thinking that if we are generous, we won’t have enough for ourselves.2. God is the owner of everything. We are just the managers of His resources. If He put it in our hands, or our bank account, it means He trusts us. I suppose a question to wrestle with is: Are we being trustworthy?3. Are you living with the fear that if you are generous, you won’t have enough for yourself? Trust the promise of God that He will provide bread for food and seed for sowing.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 24:1 - “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”2 Corinthians 9:10-11 - “Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”Proverbs 11:25 - “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/29/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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918: Rejoice in the Lord

Today, regardless of your present circumstances. You have a reason to rejoice. If you know Jesus, if your sins have been forgiven, if you have the presence of God in your life, and if you have the promise of eternal life, you have a reason to rejoice.Main Points:1. Anyone can rejoice when life is good, but to rejoice when life is hard is a deliberate act of faith. You are deciding that your trust and confidence in God is not circumstantial. Your faith in rooted in the character of God.2. The reason we can rejoice at all times is because of the object of our rejoicing. Paul says we are to “rejoice in the Lord.” We don’t just rejoice. We don’t just celebrate. We don’t just throw a party. We have a reason to rejoice. We rejoice in the Lord. 3. Maybe you are out of the practice of rejoicing. You can get started again. Wherever you are begin to give God praise. Let his joy fill your heart as you reflect on his goodness. Today’s Scripture Verses:Habakkuk 3:17-18 - “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/28/20235 minutes, 37 seconds
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#917: When We Become Discouraged

I believe some of you listening today are discouraged. You have lost your hope and confidence in God. But no matter what your visible circumstances might be, God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Today regain your hope in Him. Put your confidence in him. In God’s time and in His way, He will come through.Main Points:1. Instead of grumbling, instead of complaining, instead of becoming better and depressed, instead of giving up on God, let’s ask some better questions, What am I learning?  How am I growing?  How can God use this situation?  What are my experiences teaching me?  In what ways am I experiencing God that I haven’t before? What can I be grateful for?2. Gratitude is the antidote to discouragement.  Count your blessings.   Even in the darkest days you can find something to be thankful for.  When you invite gratitude in the front door of your heart, discouragement goes out the back.  It’s hard to be grateful and discouraged at the same time.3. As I think about the times I have been discouraged, I realize that just about every time, I became discouraged because I took my focus off of Jesus and put it on myself and my circumstances. I pray you won’t make the same mistake. Whatever you do, don’t throw away your confidence in God.Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 10:35 - “So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/24/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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#916: Blessed to be a Blessing

Why has the Lord blessed us with so much? Why has God been so generous to us? Why has He met our needs and so much more? The answer is, so that we will use the blessings we have been give to be a blessing to others.Main Points:1. God wants our lives to be a conduit or a channel of blessing to others. If God can get it through you, God will get it to you. 2. One of the fears that keep people from being generous is the thought that they will not have enough for themselves. Yet, if we are generous, God has promised to keep blessing us.3. Where in your life is God calling you to be a blessing? Who has God put on your heart? Where is the Lord leading you to invest your resources, time, wisdom, and experience? Where can you use your spiritual gifts and talents to bless others?Today’s Scripture Verses:Genesis 12:1-2 - “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”2 Corinthians 9:8 - “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”Psalm 24:1 - “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/21/20235 minutes, 2 seconds
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#915: The Decision to Forgive

Forgiveness is a decision you make to refuse to live in the past. It’s a conscious choice to relate others from their sins against you, so that you can be set free. It doesn’t deny the pain or change the past, but it does break the bitterness that holds you to the wounds of the past. Forgiveness allows you to let go and move on. You offer this forgiveness freely because God has forgiven you freely.Main Points:1. Our forgiveness of others is a response to the forgiveness we have received. If God can forgive me, he can enable me to forgive others.2. As Christians, we must see that the grace that offers us God’s forgiveness, enables us to forgive others when they sin against us.3. Christianity is a religion of forgiveness and healing. It is about God’s forgiveness of us, and our forgiveness of others. Both types of forgiveness are miracles and examples of how Jesus changes lives.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 18:21 - “He came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?”Ephesians 4:32 - “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/20/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#914: Is it Okay for a Christian to Get Angry?

Anger is a God-given emotional response that is usually tied to a goal, a value, or an expectation.  It usually ignites when we feel invalidated, disrespected, or rejected.  We express anger, depending on our personality, in two ways: by exploding or imploding.Main Points:1. There is one form of anger that we might call “righteous anger.” This is anger directed at injustice.  It is anger at acts that violate the gospel or at things that offend God.  Anger at racism, anger at prejudice, anger at how the devil is destroying lives, or anger at the poverty of children and it inspires someone to make a difference.2. But let’s be honest for a minute.  The vast majority of anger does not fall into the category of righteous indignation.  I would guess that most of our anger is the result of having our own interests violated in one way or another.3. Anger does not cultivate a proper environment in which the word of God can grow and mature. Anger blocks out the movement of God. Anger closes and hardens your heart so that, pretty soon, nothing else can take root. If you are spending so much time and energy on your anger, it is impossible to be attentive to the Word.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 4:26 – “In your anger do not sin.”James 1:19-20 - “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”Ecclesiastes 7:9 - “Control your temper, for anger labels you a fool.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/17/20235 minutes, 36 seconds
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#913: Divine Healing

I truly believe God still heals the sick. I’m aware there are those who do not believe God heals the sick today. Some say miracles only occurred in the New Testament times. Some say healings are only coincidences, but it’s amazing how many coincidences we have when we pray.Main Points:1. Divine healing is a gift of God’s grace for all.  Just as salvation comes to us by God’s grace, healing does as well. We do not deserve it and cannot earn it. In the NT people did not view healing as a right, but an act of God’s grace. We are in no position to demand God to give us healing.2. In the church today there is a lot of false teaching about healing.   What the Bible teaches us is that healing occurs according to the will of God.  There is no magic formula.  God is concerned about our needs.  We bring them to him.  We pray.  But God is the healer.3. We see in Scripture that it is God’s will for us to pray for the sick. We pray for them in the name of Jesus and we understand it is the Lord who brings the healing, not us. We do not have the power to heal, but God does.Today’s Scripture Verses:James 5:13-15 - “Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise. Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven.”Isaiah 53:5 - “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/16/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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#912: The Struggle with our Surrender to God

As I think about surrender, I’m reminded of how much of a struggle it can be for us. After all, surrender feels like losing. No one wants to raise the white flag of surrender.Main Points:1. We must see that everything we need is on the other side of surrendering our life to Jesus. As long as we are resistant and focused on ourselves, we’ll miss out on what God could have done in and through our lives.2. In prayer, let’s search our hearts today and listen for the Holy Spirit to address those areas of our own lives that we may not have surrendered to God.3. Let’s experience the joy of a life fully surrendered to God. May we be able to truly say, “All to thee my blessed Savior, I surrender all.”Today’s Scripture Verses:Mark 10:17-22 - “As Jesus was starting out on his way to Jerusalem, a man came running up to him, knelt down, and asked, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” “Why do you call me good?” Jesus asked. “Only God is truly good. But to answer your question, you know the commandments: ‘You must not murder. You must not commit adultery. You must not steal. You must not testify falsely. You must not cheat anyone. Honor your father and mother.”  “Teacher,” the man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments since I was young.” Looking at the man, Jesus felt genuine love for him. “There is still one thing you haven’t done,” he told him. “Go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/14/20235 minutes, 35 seconds
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#911: Swimming Against the Culture

Today, you and I live in the river of a rapidly moving culture.  It’s a culture that is rapidly moving away from truth, righteousness, and morality. It’s a culture as the Bible defines that “does what is right in its own eyes.” As a Christian, who has been called by God and identified by God, you have to swim. With the power of the Holy Spirit, you can swim against this culture. You don’t have to get swept away.Main Points:1. The New Testament teaches us that while we are in the world, we are not of the world. We live in this present world, but we do not embrace the values of a world that is rapidly moving away from biblical values. What do we do? We swim. We swim against this fast-moving current. 2. So, how do we swim? First, we swim by ensuring that our hearts and minds are filled with the Word of God. This is essential. Without knowing the truth, we won’t know which values to embrace and which ones to reject. Knowing truth is vital. Let’s make sure that every single day we are spending time in God’s Word. Read it, memorize it, meditate on it, and obey it.3. Next, develop strong biblical convictions. In other words, know what you believe. Where do you stand? What strongly held beliefs have you developed based on what the Bible has to say? Biblical convictions help us know where the lines are that we will not cross. These convictions are not simply an opinion, idea, or viewpoint. They are deeply held beliefs that impact our lifestyle.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 12:2 - “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind.”1 John 2:15 - “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.”1 Peter 3:15-16 - “if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it. But do this in a gentle and respectful way…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/13/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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#910: How to Begin Studying the Bible

The need for careful and diligent study of the Bible has never been more important than it is today. There is an all out attack on the authority of God’s Word and as believers we need to know what the Word says and how to articulate it to others. This requires the study of God’s Word.Main Points:1. First, purposefully set aside some time to study. Without an appointment with God, it’s not likely you and I will find the time. Decide when and where you will study the Bible.2. Decide what you will study. There is no right or wrong place to get started. You might want to begin to work your way through a book of the Bible, or you might want to study a particular topic such as: wisdom, the presence of God, the power of the Holy Spirit, or dealing with temptation.3. Learn to ask questions from the text. Like a detective, you are investigating the text. Move slowly, carefully, and deliberately. Look for the plain teaching of Scripture. Discover what it clearly says and don’t be tempted to look for obscure and hidden meanings. Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 2:15 - “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”Hebrews 4:12 - “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/10/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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909: The Posture of Your Heart

Which physical posture of prayer is the right one for you? I would say, none of them. Rather than external positioning, the Bible emphasizes the posture of the heart. Whether you are standing, sitting, or lying down, the important thing is that your heart is bowed in submission to the lordship of Christ. False religions place an emphasis on external behavior, while true Christianity is concerned with the heart. Main Points:1. True prayer is characterized by the posture of the heart, not the physical posture of the person praying.2. We approach God in prayer with an attitude of reverence. We recognize He is God, we are not. Jesus said we are to pray to “our Father, who is in Heaven, hallowed be his name.” This means “holy is God’s name.” God is not the “man upstairs.” He is not the “big guy in the sky.” He is our Heavenly Father and we approach him with reverence. 3. As you pray today, it may be that you’ll sense God leading you to a particular posture of prayer. Maybe you’ll kneel, stand, or even lift your hands. Whichever posture of prayer you choose, don’t forget about the posture of your heart. Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 3:14 - “For this reason, I kneel before the Father.” Psalm 95:6 - “Come, let us worship and bow down,Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.”Hebrews 12:28 - “Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe.”1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/7/20235 minutes, 41 seconds
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#908: God Cares About Your Loneliness

Perhaps you feel down today, thinking all your hope is gone, that even God has abandoned you. Yes, you may feel those things, but that doesn’t mean your feelings are true. The God of Heaven knows what you are feeling. He understands the pressure you are feeling. Most of all, He is there. He cares and He is with you.Main Points:1. One of the most difficult emotions we experience is loneliness. No one is immune from it. 2. In your loneliness, stand on this great truth from Scripture. God is with you. In fact he has promised to always be with you.3. If you are lonely, today I want you to begin to remember the Lord. Remember his faithfulness. Remember what he has done. Remember how God has met your needs. Remember that he will never leave you or forsake you.Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 13:5 - “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”Isaiah 43:2 - “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Psalm 27:10 - "Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/6/20235 minutes, 57 seconds
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#907: Your Value to God

You are God’s greatest investment!  In nothing has God invested more than in you.  Think about it for a minute.  God permitted his only son, Jesus Christ to become a man, and to endure the worst that evil could conspire.  He allowed him to become your sacrifice, to pay your penalty, and your death sentence.  Main Points:1. We live in a culture where self worth is calculated by a simple equation: performance plus the opinion of others.2. As disciples, we are to die to our old labels, the opinions of others, and the lies we used to believe. We now live for Christ and Christ lives in us.3. The opinion of others makes no difference in your self-worth.  Because who you are, with Jesus, matters more than what other people tell you about yourself.  Because you are made in His image, He is the one who determines your self-worth. Today’s Scripture Verses:Galatians 2:20 - “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/2/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#906: God's Character Does Not Change

The Bible teaches us that God is faithful. This means God is always reliable, all of the time.  He does not fail or forget.  He always keeps his word.  His character is consistent and He never changes.Main Points:1. Think about the implications of this wonderful truth. If God never changes, his love never changes. His grace never changes. His forgiveness never changes. His power and his presence never change. His ability never changes.2. For us change is inevitable because we're not perfect so therefore we need to improve.  We need to change for the better. But for God it's unnecessary to change because you can't improve upon perfection. The moment God changes he ceases to be God. Therefore, God can't change because it would go against his nature.3. If you are struggling to trust God, be assured of his character. There is no one like God. He does not change. He will be faithful in your life.Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 13:8 says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.”Psalm 119:89-90 - “Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations.”Malachi 3:6, "I the Lord do not change."James 1:17 - “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
11/1/20235 minutes, 31 seconds
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#905: Becoming a Fruitful Christian

Here’s an important spiritual truth: God wants your life to bear fruit. He wants you to be a blessing to others. An appropriate question right here would be, “What kind of fruit does God want my life to bear?” Main Points:1. In scripture we learn that Jesus is our source of life. He is our vine. If we are connected to him we have the life-giving power of God within us that make our lives fruitful. Yet, we also see that our Heavenly Father is the gardener and that he prunes the branches (that’s you and me) that bear fruit, so we will produce more fruit.2. Pruning is essential for many types of gardening because the goal is to produce more flowers or more fruit.3. God in his sovereignty knows what is keeping us from spiritual growth and bearing fruit. Sometimes there might even be good things in our lives, yet they are occupying our mind, our time, and our resources, and as a result, we are not growing spiritually.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 15:1-2 - ““I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. “Galatians 5:22-23 - “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”James 1:2-4  - “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/31/20235 minutes, 38 seconds
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#904: Worship for an Audience of One

When we have a proper heart for worship we’ll see that worship is not for us. Worship is for God. We worship for an audience of ONE!  He is the audience, we are not. As our hearts are directed in praise, adoration, gratitude, and love for God, in return we experience joy.Main Points:1.  Do you have a heart for worship? Let me encourage you to include worship in your daily spiritual disciplines. Let it be a part of your daily time with the Lord. As you worship and honor the Lord, he is glorified, and you will be blessed.2. Whether it’s a song or simply praise from your lips, worship exalts God in your life. When you choose to make Him your top priority, you will know His peace, His power, and His provision. His presence will be felt in your heart! 3. “True worship is not about the songs, the vocals, the band or the choir.  All of those things contribute toward a great expression of worship but the essence of worship is when your heart and soul, the core of your being, connects with the Spirit of God.” - Darlene ZschechToday’s Scripture Verses:Revelation 4:11 – “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”Psalm 95:6 - Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/26/20235 minutes, 39 seconds
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#903: the Bible is Inspired by the Holy Spirit

In the biblical sense inspiration is unique.  God was the primary author of the Bible; He was the One who inspired the writers to speak truths.  He was the initiator.  God was the source, the writers were the recipients.Main Points:1.  The Bible is the product of God himself.  The ideas are not human thoughts but come from God’s will.  We also need to understand though, that the writers of the Bible were not just writing machines.  God did not punch them like keys on a keyboard.  His Holy Spirit prompted their hearts and minds, but it is clear that each writer had a style of his own.  2. This phrase “carried along” is the same Greek word that Paul used in Acts 27 to describe the ship being driven along by a strong wind.  It was no longer under the control of the sailors, but the wind.  The sailors were active, but not in control.  The human authors of scripture were active, but under the control of the Holy Spirit.3. When we approach the Bible we can do so with confidence it is God’s inspired word.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 3:16 - “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness…” 1 Peter 1:21 - “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/25/20235 minutes, 57 seconds
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#902: Struggling to Believe

We want to believe, but sometimes faith is a struggle. When you have been through so much, when you are weary, and when it seems like options are few, it can be hard to believe.Main Points:1.  It’s in those moments that I have to go back to God’s Word.  This is where my faith is strengthened.  I have to be reminded often of who God is, what he has already done, and what he has promised to do.2. Use the measure of faith God has given you. Cry out to Him… “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.” Once again trust our great God to meet you in your time of difficulty and to give you the faith you need.3. Maybe today it’s only a whisper, but let it out…. “Jesus, I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.”Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 10:17 - “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”Mark 9:22-27 - “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/24/20235 minutes, 23 seconds
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#901: Our Words Matter

Our words have the power to build up and the power to tear down. You and I have likely been on the receiving and giving end of both. You can remember words spoken from years ago that encouraged and inspired you. You can probably also remember words that brought deep pain and suffering.Main Points:1.  Throughout the day, I’ll have the opportunity to speak to a lot of people. I’ll speak with my family, church members and staff, people in the marketplace, and even complete strangers. I’ll also have the opportunity to use my words in emails, text messages, and on social media. I want to remember that my words have power. I want to use the voice God has given me to bless, encourage, and uplift others. 2. We all know it’s a good idea to think before we speak. Oh how many times I wish I had paused to think before blurting something out.3. “Will what I am about to say build others up according to their needs?” Will my words build up or will they tear down? Will my words meet a need in this person’s life? Will it encourage them, teach them, inspire them, and bless them?Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 19:14 - “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”Ephesians 4:29 - “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”Luke 6:45 - “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”James 3:9-10 - “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/23/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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#900: Jesus Gives Us A New Command

Jesus said to his followers, “A new command I give you.” New? A new command? Do we need a new command? Jewish religious leaders had identified 613 distinct laws. Who could keep up? Do we really need another command? The current list of laws had been keeping them busy. Earlier in the Gospels, Jesus had reduced the list of laws to two commands: love God and love your neighbor.  But now, Jesus gives his followers a new command. It’s found in John 13:34 - “A new command I give you: Love one another.”Main Points:1.  According to Jesus, our love for others is the distinctive mark of Christianity. We are to be known for our love. Oh, how I wish this were true of today’s church. What a difference we could make!2. The identifying mark of Christ followers is not in how we vote, what church we attend, what we wear, or the causes we embrace. Scripture may inform God’s desires in all of those things, but the according to Jesus, the identifying mark of His followers is to love them with the same love we have received from God.3. How can we do this? It begins with experiencing the love of God and letting it transform your heart. I believe this is a life-long, on-going process. For the rest of our lives we will experience the love of God and learn from it. Today’s Scripture Verses:John 13:34-35 - “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”John 13:35 - “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/20/20235 minutes, 29 seconds
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#899: God Has Given You an Identity

If you have placed your faith in Jesus, you are a child of God. This is your God-given identity and purpose. You are to live for God and his glory. You are to fulfill His purpose for your life. There is no higher calling and no greater joy than to live for God.Main Points:1.  For the Christian, identity shouldn’t be an issue. The Bible makes it very clear. We have been created in the image of God. Jesus paid for my sins on the cross, verifying my worth to God. The Bible says I have been called, chosen, accepted, forgiven, and redeemed. I am a child of God and my name is written in Heaven.2. Satan, our culture, and the world around us are all competing with God to give you a new identity. The world says, You are nothing unless… You are nothing until… 3. Your identity, value, and worth, have all been established by God. Rest in your God-given identity as a child of God. Reject worldly labels. Your identity was purchased at the cross. Walk in it today.Today’s Scripture Verses:“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)Hebrews 11:24-26 - “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/19/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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#898: God is Listening to your Prayers

Does God hear our prayers? Does He hear every prayer? More importantly, I want to know, does he hear my prayer.  According to the Bible, God hears everything, including prayers. He is God. Nothing gets by Him. Nothing escapes the eyes and ears of God. Main Points:1.  God wants us to pray. He created prayer as means by which we can communicate with Him and enjoy Him. Through prayer we confess our sins, we ask Him to meet our needs, we intercede for the needs of others, and we align our will with His will. 2. While we can be very confident that God hears every prayer, as a loving Heavenly Father, He doesn’t always answer the way we think He should. Just like a good parent doesn’t give their children everything they want, our Heavenly Father does what is best for us. Sometimes His answer is yes, or no, or not yet.3. Stop and think about it for a moment. What an incredible blessing we have received. The God of eternity, our creator, hears our every prayer. He is listening. If you prayed today, God heard every word. I believe our loving Heavenly Father hears, and is moved by our faith. He will respond according to His will.Today’s Scripture Verses:Listen to the powerful words of Psalm 139:1-4 - “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”1 John 5:14 - “If we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/18/20235 minutes, 25 seconds
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#897: Standing Firm in your Relationship With Jesus

Hear this word from the Lord today: Stand firm in the faith. Don’t let anything or anyone persuade you to turn away from Jesus. You have come too far to turn back now. Stand firm in the faith.Main Points:1.  Do you know someone who has abandoned their faith in Jesus? So do I. My heart breaks for those who once believed in Jesus and trusted His Word. They worshipped right along side us as we gathered Sunday mornings. We served together in the work of the Lord. But along the way, something happened.  Today they are no longer walking with Christ.2. I woke up this morning with a burden to pray for my friends who are no longer serving Jesus. I pray their faith will be rekindled. I pray they will feel God’s presence and long for the joy of knowing and serving Him. I pray the emptiness of a life without God, will once again be satisfied by the overwhelming peace of a relationship with Jesus Christ.3. Let me encourage you to remain humble before God. Recognize how much you need the Lord. Stay close to him. If we become arrogant about our faith, or if we become neglectful and irresponsible concerning our relationship with God, we are in danger of falling. Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Corinthians 10:12 - “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!”1 Corinthians 16:13 - “Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/17/20235 minutes, 38 seconds
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#896: The Holy Spirit is our Comforter

The Holy Spirit does many things. Scripture teaches us that the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin, he teaches us, guides us into all truth, he sanctifies us, he empowers us to be a witness, he anoints us, he brings things to our remembrance, but He is also our comforter.Main Points:1.  In John 14:16 Jesus promises His followers that He would send "The Comforter." I’m struck by these words from the King James Version. The Holy Spirit is described as “another comforter.” How much comfort the disciples much have received by being with Jesus on a daily basis. But He wanted them to know that another comforter was coming that would always be with them. Other Bible translations use the words helper, teacher, advocate, and counselor.2. If you are grieving the loss of a loved one, the Holy Spirit will be your comforter. When you are afraid, anxious, and worried, the Holy Spirit is there to provide comfort. When you are nervous and uncertain about the future, recognize the Holy Spirit is present to comfort you. When you are upset, disappointed, and angry, the Holy Spirit is right there to bring comfort.3. What brings us comfort is the recognition that we are not alone. Jesus said this comforter would “abide with you forever.” We don’t face the trials of life by ourselves. He is with us. What a blessing to have God in our lives. Everyday we can feel his presence. Everyday, regardless of our circumstances, we can rely on the strength and comfort He provides. Today’s Scripture Verses:John 14:16 - “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever.”Acts 9:31 - “Then the churches throughout all Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had peace and were edified. And walking in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, they were multiplied.”2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 - “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/16/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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#895: Our Goal: To be More Like Jesus

Know this: God always has a next step for us. Until we see Jesus in glory, God is not finished with us. This work of on-going spiritual growth and development is called sanctification.Main Points:1.  The word "sanctification" is rarely used in church and Christian circles anymore. I sometimes refer to it as a forgotten doctrine. 2. Sanctification is the work of God in our lives to call us away from sin, ungodliness, and wordiness, and through the power of the Holy Spirit, enable us to live holy and righteous lives that reflect Christ.3. Salvation is a momentary act, bringing us from spiritual death to life. It is exclusively God's work. Sanctification is an ongoing process, it is dependent on God's ongoing work in our lives, but it also requires our continuous fight against sin.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Thessalonians 4:3 - “It is God’s will that you should be sanctified.”Romans 8:29 - *God is) “conforming us to the image of His son.”  Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 - “May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship Journal
10/13/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#894: Thirst No More

Inside all of us there is a thirst that nothing in this world can satisfy.  There is a thirst within us that only God can fill.  We all have a spiritual thirst, but in Jesus this thirst can be quenched.Main Points:1.  All of us have tried to satisfy our thirst. If a person is thirsty, they are going to search for water.  It’s the same way with our spiritual thirst.  We are all looking for a way to quench our thirst.  We search for meaning and purpose through a person, through possessions, or by pursuing pleasure…only to find that our souls are still parched. 2. We experience this living water when we put our faith in Jesus as our Savior and Lord. It’s only then that we can experience the satisfaction of our thirst being quenched.3. It’s time to take a long drink of cool water. Some of us have parched throats and dehydrated hearts. The living water from Jesus is free for the taking, regardless of who you are or what you’ve done. Do you have a deep dryness and a shriveled soul? It’s time to come thirsty, drink deeply and be fully satisfied.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 6:35 - Jesus says, “He who believes in me will never thirst.”John 7:37-38 - : “‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.’ Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship Journal
10/12/20235 minutes, 59 seconds
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#893: Defining "The Gospel"

The gospel is the message of forgiveness for sin through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. It is essentially God’s rescue plan of redemption for those who will trust in His divine Son in order to be reconciled to a just and holy God. The essential content of this saving message is clearly laid out for us in the Bible.Main Points:1.  The word “gospel” simply means good news. The word “gospel” appears 93 times in the New Testament. It is the good news concerning Christ and the way of salvation.2. The gospel involves Jesus’ death on the cross as the sin offering to fulfill the Law’s righteous requirement. Here is the gospel message: Christ died for us. He took our place. He became our sin offering.3. When Christ offered Himself at Calvary, that symbol became a reality for all who would believe.  The work of atonement is finished now, and that’s good news. Jesus’ death on the cross satisfied the justice of a righteous and holy God.Today’s Scripture Verses:“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship Journal
10/11/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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#892: The Promise of God's Provision

Whatever you need, be assured that God has enough for you. He will supply what we need not according to our resources—which are limited and finite—but according to his riches in Christ—which are unlimited and infinite.Main Points:1.  There are at least 169 verses in the Bible that refer to the ways God provides for us. These verses give us great confidence that God will meet our need. But there is one more truth that gives us complete assurance of God’s provision. Our Heavenly Father has held nothing back, He has even given us his son, Jesus.2. God has not promised to provide for all of our wants, but he has promised to meet all of our needs. Like any good parent, God would never give us what He knows would harm us. His intent is to help us develop Christlikeness.  Some of the things we want are not good for us. They may not be God’s will for us. So, out of his infinite knowledge, God knows what to provide and what not to provide.3. Since there is no lack in God’s riches in glory, we should anticipate that there would be no lack in God’s supply.Today’s Scripture Verses:Philippians 4:19 - “And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”Psalm 37:25 - “Once I was young, and now I am old. Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.”Romans 8:32 - “Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?”Psalm 34:10 - “…those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship Journal
10/10/20236 minutes, 8 seconds
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#891: Help! I Need Patience

Patience is the ability to accept delay or disappointment graciously. Our default reaction to delay and disappointment is often to respond with frustration and anger. Patience is the ability to allow God’s grace to control our personality so we can respond like God.Main Points:1.  Patience is one of the character traits of Jesus. If we are to be like Jesus, we must grow in our ability and willingness to be patient. 2. We become more patient when we intentionally slow down. We become patient when we refuse to get frustrated and angry. We are patient when we accept that waiting on the Lord is a part of his plan for our lives. We grow in patience when we sacrifice our will and our plans to put others first.3. Patience can be developed by two things: prayer and practice. As we pray for this character trait, God is gracious and generous. We then intentionally practice growing to be more like Jesus. Consider today how you can become more patient.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 145:8 - “The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love.”Romans 12:12 - “Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.”1 Corinthians 13:4 - “Love is patient and kind, love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant.”Proverbs 16:32 - “Better to be patient than powerful; better to have self-control than to conquer a city.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship Journal
10/9/20235 minutes, 23 seconds
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#890: How to Encourage Others

Have you ever had an encourager in your life, someone that whenever you were around them, you found your spirit lifted? This is the kind of person I want to be. I want to be an encourager. Main Points:1.  You never know the impact of your kindness, your love, and your words of encouragement. I believe people around you today are desperate for encouragement. Everyone around you is fighting a battle you know nothing about. What a difference you could make in someone’s life by encouraging them to trust the Lord, to keep believing, and to not give up.2. What a difference you could make by encouraging someone to obey God, to step out in faith, and to let God use their lives.3. I believe every believer has a ministry. Don’t overlook the importance of being an encourager. It costs you nothing but your love, your kindness, and your time.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Thessalonians 5:11 - “encourage one another and build each other up.”Hebrews 10:24-25 - “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/6/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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#889: We are Waiting for Jesus to Come Back

For 2,000 years there has been a promise that believers like you and me have held onto. It’s a promise made to us by Jesus. It gives us comfort in our suffering. It gives us peace in our confusion. This promise gives us joy in the midst of sorrow. It is the promise of Christ’s return.Main Points:1.  As believers, we are to wait. We don’t like waiting, but as we wait we trust God’s timing. God alone knows when the right time is for the return of Jesus. So, we ask God for the patience to wait.2. It’s important to see that this “waiting” God asks us to do is not passive. Our waiting on the return of Christ is not the same as waiting in a waiting room. We do not sit idly by, wasting time, waiting for Jesus to come back.3. The apostles understood that Jesus’ imminent return meant they must busy themselves with God’s work. They lived life to the fullest, as if every day were their last. We, too, should view every day as a gift and use it to glorify God.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 14:3 - “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.”Philippians 3:20 - “But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ…”Titus 2:13 - “…we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”2 Peter 3:11-12 - “You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God.”  Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/5/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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#888: Pray Continually

As Christians, prayer is always a whisper away. Prayer is communication with God, and we can live each minute of the day in a constant, flowing, conversation with God. You don’t need a special appointment to talk with God. You can do so, anywhere, and at anytime. Main Points:1.  What a blessing it is for you and I to have such access to God. It’s truly amazing. The God of the universe, the God who has such power that He spoke and the world came into existence, this God gives you and audience. This God welcomes you into His presence. This God loves you and wants to hear from you.2. To pray without ceasing is find ourselves, like Paul, breaking into prayer spontaneously. Prayer invades the hours after morning devotions as we turn every burden into “Help me,” every pleasure into “Thank you,” every temptation into “Deliver me,” and every opportunity for obedience into “Strengthen me.” Prayer is more than a time slot in our schedule; it is the response of our hearts to God.3. With so much on our minds and so much going on in our lives, let’s be constant in prayer. May prayer ever be on our lips.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 - “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”Romans 12:12- “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/4/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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#887: Made in God's Image and Likeness

You were created to enjoy God and reflect His glory. Accept your God-given identity. You were created in His image. This truth sets us free.Main Points:1.  It is essential that you hear this message way down deep in your soul. Regardless of the circumstances of your conception, you were created by God. You were created for purpose. Your life has meaning and value. Along with all of humanity, you deserve dignity and respect. Whether you receive these gifts from people around you or not, they are God’s gifts to you.2. To live the life God created and designed you to live, you must embrace the truth that you were created in the image of God. Your life is not an accident, a mistake, or an after-thought. Your life is important and you are here today because of the will of God.3. We were not made like God in appearance. The Bible says God is spirit. But the image of God we bear is his likeness and his character. We were created with the ability to discern right and wrong, to live righteous and holy lives, like God. We were created with minds that think and reason. Spiritually, we can relate, communicate, and have a relationship with God.Today’s Scripture Verses:Genesis 1:26-27 - “Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”  So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”Psalm 139:13-14 - “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/3/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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#886: Today's Opportunities

Today God will give you opportunity. I believe it happens everyday. God gives you and me opportunities to serve Him through our witness, acts of kindness, words of encouragement, and steps of faith. Main Points:1.  So often we miss these opportunities to serve God because they are small. We don’t recognize them as a chance to be a blessing to someone because, after all, it’s such a small thing. Instead, we are looking the big things. We are looking for open doors that are larger, more influential, and more notable. Yet, the great things done for God are really small things done with faithfulness.2. Imagine a lifetime of being faithful to serve others, to encourage the discouraged, to pray for someone in need, to courageously share your faith, to feed the hungry, and to reach out to someone who is lonely. The cumulative impact of consistent small opportunities is staggering. 3. I’m confident that today God will give you an opportunity. Will you see it? Will you obey? Will you take a step of faith? Take the opportunity and let God use your life.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 5:15-16 - “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.”Matthew 20:26-28 - “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Luke 16:10 - “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
10/2/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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#885: Rest for the Weary

Jesus doesn’t offer us a philosophy to cure our weariness. He doesn’t provide a path to enlightenment or ten steps to lessen our stress. No, He offers something incredibly better. Jesus offers himself. Main Points:1.  We all experience weariness in different ways and for different reasons. Our pace of life seems so fast that we can’t keep up. Being busy is our badge of honor. 2. In the busyness of life that creates this weariness, there must be a break in the schedule to simply be with Jesus. It’s our daily time with God that provides the strength do everything that is before us. Sometimes we are exhausted because we have neglected to go to our source of strength.3. Spending time with Jesus is not a duty. It’s not a tradition or an empty religious ritual. It’s not a rule to passively follow. No, being with Jesus is an invitation. Jesus himself, invites us to be with Him, to spend time with Him, to learn from Him, and to be refreshed by Him.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 11:28-29 - “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”1 Peter 5:7 - “Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”Psalm 16:11 - “In Your presence is fullness of joy…”John 15:5 - “...apart from me, you can do nothing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/28/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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#884: The Story You Will Tell

There is more to your story that is still to come. You are in process. It’s not over yet. You are going to have a story to tell. You are going to have a testimony of God’s faithfulness. You will tell others that God did not fail.Main Points:1.  It’s very likely that today you are facing some kind of adversity or difficulty. Life and it’s troubles come to us all. Suffering is no respecter of persons. But you and I have the same decision to make. What story will we tell?  Will we say, “God abandoned me, God failed me, and God wasn’t good?” Or will we say, “The name of the Lord is to be praised?”2. Can I remind you of something? God is not finished working in your life.  You have a story that is coming. You have a testimony that is being formed. You don’t know how it’s going to work out, but you will have a praise report of God’s faithfulness.3. In the middle of the storm it’s hard to see the end. In the darkest night it’s hard to believe the dawn will come. But hold on friend. Hold onto faith. Trust the unseen hand of God. He is at work when you can’t see it. He is working when you can’t feel it.Today’s Scripture Verses:Job 1:21 - “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/26/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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#883: Leaving a Spiritual Legacy

You can leave a spiritual legacy.  Today you are writing the chapters that will be told of you, long after you are gone.  There will be a service for you one day, in which eulogies, memories, and stories will be told.  The life you live today determines what story lives on.Main Points:1.  Everyone’s life has a story.  Everyone leaves a legacy.  Some leave a great testimony and inspire others to follow in their footsteps.  Others make poor choices in their lives, and their legacy is filled with pain and sorrow.2. Over the years I have met a lot of Christians who started well.  You could say they’re on fire for God.  They love God.  They want to learn, they want to grow, and they want to be used by God.  But somewhere along the line as years go by they get distracted or they get sidelined or they get tripped up by somebody else.  Some people do not finish life well, the way God intended for them to.3. I want to stand before Jesus Christ one day and hear him say, “You did it!  You did a good job!  Well done good and faithful servant.”  I don’t want to just to start well, and  just to grow a little bit spiritually.  I want you to hear God say, “Good job!  Well done!  You finished the race that I put you on earth to do.”  Today’s Scripture Verses:Deuteronomy 34:10-12 - “Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt—to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel.”Hebrews 11:24-26 - “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/25/20235 minutes, 54 seconds
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#882: Emotionally Healthy Christians

God knows our emotions and He understands, but He also does a lot more, God helps us in our emotions. The Old Testament speaks of God, who is the lifter of our heads. When we are down, He can lift us up. When are in sorrow, He can give us joy. When we are confused, he can give us peace. Main Points:1.  Regardless of how many emotions we actually have, we do know that God has created us with the ability to feel and express emotion. You might hear someone say, “Stop being so emotional,” when perhaps they are overreacting to something. But the truth is: that we are all emotional. We all feel.2. I hope you’ll see this truth today. God cares about your emotional state. We’ve often been taught to hide our emotions. I know that I struggle to express my emotions in public. We’ve been taught to stifle them. Be strong. Don’t let anyone see what is going on inside.  But God cares about our emotions.  Did you know that God also feels emotion? We feel emotion because God feels emotion.3. Not only can God bring healing to our physical bodies, He can also bring healing to our mental and emotional state. God cares about our whole being.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 77:1-4 - “I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. When I was in distress, I sought the Lord; at night I stretched out untiring hands, and I would not be comforted. I remembered you, God, and I groaned; I meditated, and my spirit grew faint. You kept my eyes from closing; I was too troubled to speak.”Psalm 13:1-2 - “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart?”Ephesians 3:16 - “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/22/20235 minutes, 36 seconds
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#881: Why Unity is Essential

The unity of the church is protected by every believer. We must all take the responsibility of protecting the church. Unity is critical to fulfill our purpose.Main Points:1.  When we have unity, we have bought into the mission and vision of the church. We are willing to forgo some personal preferences for the greater good. We trust God has spoken to our leadership and we are willing to follow and to serve. 2. When a church has strong unity, believers sincerely love one another. They protect each other and support one another. 3. We are to make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit that unites us, but we have to walk in this unity. As we love each other deeply, believe the best in one another, and work to focus on Christ’s mission, this unity can be maintained.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 14:19 - “Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.”Ephesians 4:3 - “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/21/20235 minutes, 15 seconds
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#880: The Most-Repeated Command in the Bible

Bible scholars tell us that over 300 times the Word of God commands us to not be afraid. It’s the most repeated command in scripture. I think the frequency of this command is telling us something. God knows our predominant negative emotion would be fear and this fear would keep us from being who He created us to be. Main Points:1.  Fear is an emotion that has inflicted all of humanity. There is not a person alive who doesn’t deal with fear in their life. We like to project an outer image that we are strong and invincible, yet inwardly we all know the fear we face.2. God has given us to power to overcome our fears. We don’t have a spirit of fear, we possess the Holy Spirit, which enables us to face life with the confidence that the Lord is with us in every situation. 3. Instead of fear, God has given us love. Fear causes us to shrink back from others and to live in timidity and isolation. God has given us love so we can interact with others and be the blessing he has created us to be.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”Isaiah 41:10 - “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/19/20235 minutes, 46 seconds
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#879: The Church Jesus is Building

What is Jesus doing today? He is building His church. We hear stories about churches closing and increasing statistics of people who won’t belong to a church community, yet you and I need to be assured of one great truth: Jesus will build His church.Main Points:1.  Recently, I’ve been hearing this phrase more and more. “I love Jesus, but I don’t love the church.” I’m also hearing a lot of people say, “You know, you don’t have to go to church to go to Heaven, you just have to believe in Jesus.  If this is your sentiment, let me give you something to consider. The church has a divine creation.  Some say, “The church was man’s idea.”  No, that’s not biblical.  The church was God’s idea.2. Let me ask an important question. How can we love Jesus, and not love what He loves? If we have placed our faith in Jesus, how can we not be a part of what He is doing on the earth? How can we not join together with other Christ-followers to fulfill Jesus’s mission? 3. If you are a believer in Jesus, recommit to being a part of His church. Let’s love what Jesus loves and let’s be a part of the church He is building.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 16:18 - “…I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”Ephesians 5:25 - “…Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.”Acts 20:28 Jesus “bought the church with His own blood,”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/14/20235 minutes, 36 seconds
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#878: The Lord is My Shepherd, I Lack Nothing

Throughout Scripture, God promises He will be our provider. While in our minds the line between needs and wants is easily crossed, God truly knows our needs. In fact, the Bible says God knows our needs before we ask. We can rest in the assurance that with God as our shepherd, we will lack nothing.Main Points:1.  Needs are something that you must have, in order to live or to do God’s will. On the contrary, wants are something that you wish to have, so as to add comfort or enjoyment to your life. Needs represent the necessities while wants indicate our desires.2. Though he was king, David had come to the understanding that God was his shepherd. Like sheep, he needed God’s provision in his life. He believed God would graciously supply and that he would lack nothing.3. Joy does not come from the accumulation of things, travel, or experiences. Joy comes from an abiding relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the one who supplies all of our needs.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 23:1 - “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.”Psalm 84:11 - “For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right.”Philippians 4:19 - “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/13/20235 minutes, 5 seconds
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#877: The Danger of Reckless Words

You and I know a powerful truth very well. Words have power. Our words have the power to bless, encourage, inspire, uplift, and bring hope. Our words also have the power to wound, critique, discourage, and cause pain. Every day we get a choice of which kind of words we will use.Main Points:1.  What are “reckless words?” How do we know if we are using them? There are many types of speech that can be considered reckless and potentially hurtful. I think of unnecessary criticism, sarcasm, insensitive comments, blame-shifting, offensive jokes, public humiliation, and personal attacks.2. Given that our words are so important, how do we guard our hearts against reckless words? How can we make sure our words bless others and bring healing? We begin by recognizing the importance of our words and by asking God to give us wisdom in what we say.3. When we slow down and when we truly listen to others, we are less likely to speak reckless words. Why? Because genuine listening requires that we care about others. What they say matters. It means something to us. It’s a demonstration of love. Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 12:18 - “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”Proverbs 15:4 - “The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”Matthew 12:36 - “…every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”James 1:19 - “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…”Psalm 141:3 - “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/12/20235 minutes, 29 seconds
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#876: The Accessibility of Jesus

Jesus invites us all to come. Think of the amazing accessibility of Jesus. There has never been a king who was higher. No king has ever had more power and authority. Yet, this king is accessible. He is approachable. He invites us all to come. He welcomes us into his presence. Main Points:1.  Jesus, the King of Kings invites us to come to Him. The King who has authority and power over every earthly king, does not hide in a castle or a place. He does not isolate himself behind walls and gates. He does not limit his presence to a few people of nobility, aristocracy, or upper-class status.2. King Jesus has time for you. You don’t have to make an appointment. He is never too busy. He will never be preoccupied. Jesus is ready and available to listen, to hear your prayer, to meet with you, and to provide for your needs.3. It’s an amazing truth, isn’t it? You have access to Jesus. You don’t have to meet certain requirements. You don’t have to get approved. You don’t have to meet a list of pre-qualifications. You just have to come by faith. We gain access to Jesus, his grace and his salvation, through faith.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 11:28 - “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”John 7:37 - “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink.”Romans 5:1-2 - “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/11/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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#875: The Gospel for the Whole World

What are you doing to proclaim the gospel? Let’s speak up. Let’s become more vocal about who Jesus is and what He has done. Let’s be a part of fulfilling Jesus’ promise that the whole world will know the gospel message.Main Points:1.  There are still locations in our world where the gospel message is not being preached. There are places where there are no churches, no missionaries, no translations of the Bible in local languages, and no access to the salvation message.2. Yet, we stand on Jesus’ promise that the gospel will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations. As we see this being fulfilled, we know the end is near and Jesus’ return is soon.3. The gospel of Jesus Christ is good news. We cannot be silent. We cannot keep such good news to ourselves. We must tell others. We must let people know that Jesus saves. Let’s determine that we will be a part of preaching the gospel locally and globally as a testimony to all.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 24:14 - “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”1 Thessalonians 1:8 - “The Lord’s message rang out from you not only in Macedonia and Achaia—your faith in God has become known everywhere.” Matthew 28:19 - “Go and make disciples of all nations…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/8/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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#874: Continue in What You Know is True

My prayer for you today is that you will let nothing move you. Remain steadfast. Stand firm in the truth. When others compromise their beliefs and when others crumble under the pressure to water down the truth, I pray you will remain strong for Christ.Main Points:1.  “Will we stand and will we remain unmoved in our faith, our beliefs, and our biblical convictions? 2. Just continue. Continue to preach the gospel. Continue to stand for truth and righteousness. Continue to pray and seek for the presence and power of the Holy Spirit. Continue to believe in God to move in your generation. Just keep going in those things which you are convinced of.3. Continue in the truth you know and hold dear. Remember, times change, but God’s Word remains the same.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 3:14 - “But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it…”“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/6/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#873: Bringing People to Jesus

Nothing we can do for people is more important than leading them to the Savior who can forgiven their sins.  We must do whatever it takes to bring our family and friends to Jesus.Main Points:1.  One thing that is constant in all of our stories is that someone brought us to Jesus. We were brought through a personal witness, a sermon, a gospel tract, or a video, but God used a person to bring us to Jesus.2. There are people in your sphere of influence that you can bring to Jesus. There are people who like you, people who listen to you, people who respect you. Bring them to Jesus. 3. Which friends, family members, neighbors, or co-workers can you bring to Jesus?Today’s Scripture Verses:Mark 2:4 - “Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.”Mark 2:5 - “When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
9/5/20235 minutes, 4 seconds
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#872: Jesus' Prayer for our Unity

Jesus prayed for the unity of His disciples. He knew if they would work together in unity, a unity that comes from the love of Christ, that they would be effective in their mission. But if they allow division to come into their midst, if they begin to fracture their relationships, they would be ineffective. Main Points:1.  As encouraging as it is to have a friend pray for you, there is someone else who has prayed for you, someone who has lifted you up before the Father. Did you know Jesus prayed for you? 2,000 years ago, you were on His mind. You were in His thoughts and prayers. 2. Only God could create something as unique, as diverse, yet beautiful and powerful as the church.  We come from different races, backgrounds, and cultures. We have different talents, abilities, and spiritual gifts. God takes the various pieces and makes us a beautiful mosaic.3. Though we are different in many ways, Jesus calls us together in unity of purpose and mission. We love one another and live in harmony with each other. In a broken and divided world, this unity will be so compelling and so contagious that the world around us will see that Jesus is the source of our unity.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 17:20-21 - “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”1 Corinthians 1:10 - “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/30/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#871: Grace: God's Undeserved Kindness

Grace is God's undeserved kindness. The doctrine of grace is that God treats us better than we deserve to be treated. Grace is "the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.”  Grace comes from the Greek Word “charis” literally meaning “gift, kindness, generosity.”Main Points:1.  God’s Word teaches us that we are all sinners. We are all in need of God’s grace. Jesus came, and by his death on the cross, paid the penalty for our sins. Salvation doesn’t happen automatically because God is good. Because God is good, there is now a path to salvation, but it must be received. We receive grace by placing our faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone.2. Eternal life is not a reward for good people; it’s God’s gift to forgiven people.  When Jesus died on the cross he was lifted up to carry the sins of the world.  Your sin and mine.  His death satisfied sin’s requirements.  Whatever you think you owe God, Jesus paid it.  3. To receive God’s amazing grace, we must recognize we are lost. We must agree with God that we are sinners in need of His salvation. This is where we offer God our confession and repentance. Through faith, we believe in Jesus, and by grace we are saved. It’s only here that those who are lost are found. Those who are blind now can see. God’s grace is truly amazing.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”Romans 5:20 - “… But where sin increased, grace increased all the more”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/28/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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#870: Resisting Temptation

Can I encourage you today with a powerful truth? The same power of the Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus to resist temptation lives in you. Christ was tempted, so you will be tempted. Jesus overcame temptation and so can you.Main Points:1.  Satan’s attacks are not random, nor are they generic. They are specific attacks against your soul. Satan goes after your most vulnerable spot. Your enemy knows exactly what buttons to push in your life.2. No weapon formed against you has to prosper. No weapon of the enemy, no attack by Satan, and his demonic force has to win against you.3. You are not powerless against temptation. As a Christian, the Holy Spirit resides within you. As you rely on Him, He will provide you a way of escape.Today’s Scripture Verses:Isaiah 54:17 - “No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”1 Corinthians 10:13 - “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.”James 4:7 - “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”Matthew 26:41 - “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/24/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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#869: Enjoying God in the Silence

Perhaps the lack of silence is due to our inability to find stillness and solitude. Yet, in my experience, it’s in the silence that we can hear the voice of God. Sometimes we expect God to show up and speak up in loud and dramatic ways. He certainly can do that, but in my life, I’ve heard God speak mostly in the quiet times. Main Points:1.  Isn’t life loud? It seems everywhere we go there is noise. Every store and restaurant has music playing. Throughout the day, we have the sound of people and traffic. Our phones constantly alert us of text messages, emails, and notifications. We don’t have much silence in our lives. 2. Have you heard the whisper of God? Are you enjoying God in the silence? If life has become loud and noisy, and if you are overwhelmed and distracted, you might not be hearing the voice of God.3. In today’s culture there is always somewhere to go and something to do. I encourage you today to make time to get quiet with God and listen for His whisper. This whisper is a reminder of God's constant presence, calling us to listen and be attuned to His guidance.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Kings 19:11-12 - “The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”Psalm 46:10 - “Be still, and know that I am God.”Psalm 37:7 - “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/23/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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#868: When Your Heart is Anxious

Anxiety is a false prophet - It offers false solutions, makes false promises, and offers false predictions. Anxiety leaves us with an open-ended question…what if?Main Points:1.  If you have battled anxiety. You are not alone. We all struggle from time to time, whether as a way of life or due to particular circumstances beyond our control. It brings about physical reactions like shaking, increased heart rate, shortness of breath, sweating, frustration, and anger. Even depression can be linked to a series of anxieties we experience in life.2. Paul is saying that when you take your burdens, your concerns, and even your anxious thoughts to the Lord, he replaces your worries with something much greater: peace that passes all human understanding. And he says this peace of God will guard your heart and mind.3. When your heart is anxious turn to Jesus who can calm any fear.Today’s Scripture Verses:“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.” (Psalm 139:23)2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)Luke 12:22 - “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/21/20235 minutes, 29 seconds
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#867: What is God Preparing you for?

God is at work in our lives, sometimes in unseen ways. He is preparing us for His plans. He is putting us in environments and allowing us to experience certain situations. God is allowing us to meet people. He is at work opening doors of opportunity and closing others. God is preparing us to do His will.Main Points:1.  This is easy to forget, isn’t it? Even though we are Christians, we can sometimes live as if our lives and our future are entirely in our own hands. But at some point in your life, you probably prayed, “Jesus, I ask you to be the Lord of my life.” At some point, you prayed a prayer of surrender and asked God to lead and guide the direction of your life.2. If we prayed this prayer, we should expect God to answer. I’m confident that today, God is at work in your life. God has plans we don’t know about yet. There are opportunities on the way we are ignorant about. There are people we are going to meet and things we will do that currently are only in the heart of God.3. Recognize that right now, you are in a season of preparation. Allow God’s plan to unfold in your life. Perhaps God has you right where you are, for such a time as this.Today’s Scripture Verses:Esther 4:14 - “For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”Proverbs 16:9 - “In their hearts, humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”Psalm 37:23 - “The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/17/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#866: Ongoing Spiritual Growth

There is no place to stop, plateau, or think we have arrived in our spiritual lives. We are to never stop growing. There is always more we can learn, more we can experience, more steps of faith to take, and more character to be developed.Main Points:1.  There are people who once served God. They were faithful to the Lord. They loved God, but today they have abandoned their faith. Somewhere along the way, life became difficult and they became discouraged. They walked away from their faith in God.2. Let me encourage you today. As Christians, we cannot stop growing. He cannot stop engaging with the Lord and the church. We cannot become stagnant.3. There can be no looking back. There can be no hesitation. We must determine in our hearts that we will follow Christ. We must pursue Christ-likeness. Through the Holy Spirit that lived within us, let's continue to develop the character of Jesus in our lives. Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 4:7 - “I have finished the race. I have kept the faith.” Philippians 3:12 - “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”Philippians 3:13-14 - “…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/16/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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#865: What Happens When the Church Prays Together

When the church prays together, powerful things can happen. The power of a praying church cannot be underestimated. While our individual prayer and personal time with God is essential, it can never replace the significance of praying together as a congregation.Main Points:1.  Today, we live in a society marked by isolation and digital interactions. Technological advancements have brought about a sense of detachment, making it easier for people to neglect the need for coming together as a church. However, the Bible stressed the importance of togetherness. Satan seeks to disrupt this unity, recognizing that a praying church is a powerful force that can bring about transformation.2. Prayer is not a feeble activity; it is a mighty force. It aligns our will with God's will.  It transforms situations and empowers us as believers to overcome challenges.3. As we look around at the pressing needs of our society, let us recommit ourselves to the power of united prayer. Let us be a church that seeks God's face in unison, trusting that as we gather, His presence will be made manifest, His will accomplished, and His power demonstrated. The impact of a praying church is immeasurable, and the potential for transformation is limitless.Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 4:24 - “When they heard this, they raised their voices together in prayer to God.” Acts 4:31 - ”After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly."1 Peter 3:12 - "For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer.”Isaiah 59:1 - “The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/14/20235 minutes, 58 seconds
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#864: If it is the Lord's Will...

As Christians, we put the future in God’s hands. We cannot predict the future. We don’t know what will happen tomorrow. Many will choose to worry about the future, but instead, we can choose to trust our Heavenly Father. We trust His will, His plan, and His purpose for our lives. Main Points:1.  Tomorrow is on our minds. It’s likely you are thinking about the future as it relates to your family, your health, your finances, your retirement, your work, and your ministry. What does tomorrow hold? What will the future be like?2. Planning our future gives us a sense of comfort and control. It’s not wrong for us to plan and prepare for tomorrow, but we cannot leave God out of our planning. Why? Because He is the only one who truly knows what tomorrow brings. 3. As we look to tomorrow and our future, let’s be quick to consult God and ask Him to show us His will. Ask Him to lead, guide, and direct your steps. Pray and ask the Lord to show you His will concerning every aspect of your life. Let’s return to the verbiage of believers in a previous generation and say, “if it is the Lord’s will."Today’s Scripture Verses:James 4:13-16 - “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil.”Proverbs 27:1 - “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/10/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#863: Is it Wrong to Share Your Faith with Others?

Regardless of what our culture has come to believe, as a Christian, you have a mandate from Christ himself, to share the gospel with others. We cannot believe that evangelism is a calling for someone else. We cannot leave the responsibility to others. No, we are all called by Jesus to be His witnesses.Main Points:1.  In my lifetime there has been a growing sentiment in our society that it’s wrong to talk about matters of faith. People have come to believe it’s improper to try to convert someone to become a follower of Jesus. Many now feel it’s insensitive, impolite, and even rude to witness to them about Christ.2. Your message is good news. The truth that Jesus saves, forgives, heals, and delivers is good news. We live in a society filled with bad news, negativity, pessimism, gloom, and hopelessness. In the midst of all this darkness, people are desperate for some good news.3. Begin by telling people your story. Let them know what Jesus has done in your life and what He means to you. Remember, God, has given you the Holy Spirit to empower you to be bold and courageous. You have everything you need to be an effective witness for Christ. Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 1:8 - “ But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”1 Peter 3:15 - “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/9/20235 minutes, 41 seconds
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#862: When You Are In A "Night Season"

Like David, we too face moments of pain, suffering, and sorrow that seem to linger like the darkness of the night. Yet, the promise lies in the certainty that these hardships are temporary, and brighter days will eventually dawn.Main Points:1.  Everyone has “night seasons” in their lives. These are the times when all we can see are storm clouds on the horizon. The night season is when life seems dark and bleak and we don’t know what tomorrow holds. We don’t know when the dawn will break.2. The ability to praise God in our night seasons is the result of true faith. It's easy to praise and celebrate God's goodness when life is smooth sailing, but the real test of faith comes in the midst of challenges. 3. The night season refines us and tests our faith, much like gold is purified in fire. It brings to reality those things we only knew by faith. It turns theory into fact. We experience God in ways we never had before. In the darkest moments, we discover the depth of God's presence and mercy. These are the times when our reliance on God grows.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 30:5 - “…weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”Revelation 21:3-4 - “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/7/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#861: Living With a Biblical Worldview

As Christians, we must allow the Word of God to determine how we see and interpret the world around us. This will only happen if we consistently read and meditate on scripture. As we do so, the Bible influences our thoughts, our understanding, and our actions.Main Points:1.  Your worldview is shaped by influences. This can include how you were raised by your parents, the culture you grew up in, your educational background, and the people in your life.2. We will only develop a Biblical worldview, and we will only see things the way God sees them if the Word of God is on our hearts and minds.3. As we read the Bible, we must engage with scripture. We must ask questions. We must seek to understand. We must put the Word of God into the practice of our daily lives. The goal is not to get through the Bible. The goal is to get the Bible through you.Today’s Scripture Verses:Colossians 2:8 - “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”Romans 12:2 - “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/4/20235 minutes, 33 seconds
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#860: You Are Called to Make Disciples

As Christians, we have been given a mission. Jesus gave us guiding instructions on how we are to live and what we are to do. But I wonder if we have come to believe the mission to make disciples is for others, and not for us.Main Points:1.  Today it seems as if maybe we have forgotten our mission. Those who follow Christ, those who have been saved and forgiven have received a mission from their savior. We are told to “go and make disciples.” Have we forgotten this is our calling? Have we forgotten this is our individual responsibility?2. Obedience to Christ’s command to make disciples is fulfilled not through church programs, but as individuals invest their lives into others. It’s people who reach people for Christ. We then spend time with them to help them grow and become disciples, who would then make other disciples.3. Jesus said we are to “make disciples.” This means we must take the initiative to do something. We must speak up. We must invest our lives in building relationships with those who don’t know Jesus. We must give our time to share Christ and to help them grow into disciples.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 28:19-20 - “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”Acts 1:8 - "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/3/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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#859: Being Hungry for God

Physical hunger is not your only craving. You also possess a spiritual hunger. This appetite also cries out to be fed. Both types of hunger were created by God. Physical hunger can only be satisfied by food. Spiritual hunger can only be satisfied by God.Main Points:1.  You have a longing in your soul for God. Many feel the yearning but do not recognize that it is spiritual in nature. They feel a sense of emptiness and dissatisfaction with life. So many people are thinking, “There must be something more to life. What am I missing?”2. In an attempt to satisfy their hunger, they go on a search. Attempts are made to gratify this spiritual emptiness with temporary, earthly things, only to be left with greater hunger.3. So, let me give you the good news. Only Jesus can satisfy our spiritual hunger. Why? Because God designed us in such a way. Only God can fill the void in our souls. A relationship with Jesus is so nourishing and so satisfying that we will wonder why we neglected Him for so long. We will wonder why we bought into the deception of this world it could offer what we needed.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 107:9 - “For He satisfies the longing soul, And fills the hungry soul with goodness.”Matthew 5:6 - “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, For they shall be filled.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/2/20235 minutes, 39 seconds
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#858: Do you Struggle to Believe?

Do you ever struggle to keep the faith? We’ve all been there, haven’t we?  Those days, weeks, and months where it seems like we are hanging onto the rope of faith and we are at the last knot?  Haven’t you been there?  I know I have.Main Points:1.  It’s in those moments that I have to go back to God’s Word.  This is where my faith is strengthened.  I have to be reminded often of who God is, what he has already done, and what he has promised to do.2. We can identify with the father in this story. We want to believe, but sometimes faith is a struggle. When you have been through so much, when you are weary, and when it seems like options are few, it can be hard to believe.3. f you are struggling to believe, cry out to Jesus… “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.” Once again trust our great God to meet you in your time of difficulty and to give you the faith you need.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 10:17 - “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Mark 9:22-27 - “But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.“ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.” But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
8/1/20235 minutes, 35 seconds
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#857: God's Favor to the Humble

It’s always better to listen to the caution of the Holy Spirit and to guard our hearts against pride. If we do not live in humility before the Lord. God himself will humble us, and it will not be pleasant.Main Points:1.  What is Humility?  Humility is an accurate estimation of our self-importance in relation to God and others.  Here’s another definition I like… “Having a right view of yourself because you have a right view of God.”2. Humility is not thinking too highly of yourself. It’s also not thinking to low of yourself. It’s having an accurate estimation of our self-importance in relation to God and others.3. So, how do we humble ourselves? We focus on the greatness of God. In my life, I cannot be prideful and God be great. It can’t happen at the same time. Either I think God is great or I think I am great. It’s having a right view of yourself because you have a right view of God.Today’s Scripture Verses:James 4:10 - “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”Luke 14:11 - “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”“Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.” (Romans 12:3)James 4:6 - God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/31/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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#856: You Cannot Outrun God

This is a story of Jonah is about obedience.  It’s about someone who loves God, someone who has been used by God in great ways, and someone who wants to serve God with all of his heart.  It’s a story about a man who hears from God.  But the big point of this story is that it’s a man who doesn’t want to do what God is asking him to do.  Instead, he runs away.Main Points:1.  The Old Testament story challenges us because there is a little of Jonah in us too.  We are sometimes conflicted.  We can struggle with some of the things God says.  We read His Word and He asks certain things of us and we don’t always like what we read. 2. Jonah is called by many the “reluctant prophet.”  I think that’s an appropriate nickname.  But we can’t be too harsh on Jonah because we too are often reluctant to obey God. Sometimes, we too would like to get on a ship and go the other way instead of obeying Him.3. There are so many things God will say to us as we follow him.  He is shaping us.  He is molding us.  He is making us more like Jesus.  He is deepening and maturing our faith but it requires obedience.  It requires us to be willing and to cooperate with his Word.Today’s Scripture Verses:Jonah 1:1-3 - “The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: “Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.” But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship bound for that port. After paying the fare, he went aboard and sailed for Tarshish to flee from the Lord.”Psalm 139:7-8 - “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/28/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#855: Why You Should Read the Old Testament

Without reading the Old Testament we cannot see the full plan God has for His people. Don’t just read half of the story. Read the beginning. Discover what God has said and what He is doing in the lives of those who will trust Him. Main Points:1.  The practice of neglecting to read the Old Testament is not unusual. With the exception of the books of Psalms and Proverbs, many Christians do not read much of the Old Testament.2. We must come to realize that we cannot fully understand the New Testament without the Old Testament. The New Testament is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. 3. When we read the stories of the men and women of Old who trusted God, who believed in His promise, and who were faithful in times of difficulty, it teaches us perseverance. When we see the faithfulness of people like Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, Elijah, Elisha, and Daniel, we are encouraged that we too can remain faithful to God.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 3:16-17 - “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”Matthew 5:17-18 - ““Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”Romans 15:4 - “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/27/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#854: Hope for the Hopeless

The hopeless can begin to experience hope when they turn their attention back to God. We choose to believe before our situation changes. Anyone can believe in God after He works a miracle, but faith is to be exercised before the prayer is answered.Main Points:1.  Have you ever felt hopeless? As you looked at your options and considered the future, there seemed to be no hope. It’s a terrible emotion to feel and experience.2. It sounds overly simplistic, but with God, there is always hope. Ultimately, for the believer, we have the promise of eternal life. This life is not all there is. We will spend forever in the glory and majesty of our Savior. But while this promise awaits us, life here on earth can be difficult. It can feel as if we can’t take it anymore. We feel hopeless.3. Hope is the reservoir from which we draw the strength to keep going. Hope is what clears your head and keeps your eyes focused on the right things when trials weigh upon your soul. It is biblical hope that makes the difference.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 25:3 - “No one who hopes in you will ever be put to shame…”2 Corinthians 4:18 - “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/26/20235 minutes, 44 seconds
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#853: Making a Decision to Follow Christ

The most important decision any of us will make is the decision to place our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. All other decisions pale in comparison. Why? Because this decision has eternal implications. Placing our faith in Jesus’ death and resurrection for our sins provides us with forgiveness of our sins, and gives us the promise of eternal life.Main Points:1.  While many have knowledge about Jesus, they have yet to believe. They still haven’t decided to make Him their Savior and Lord. They are living in a place of indecision. I’ve heard people say, “I’m not ready yet. Maybe someday I’ll become a Christian.”2. We must see that indecision is really a decision. Failing to act, is actually an action. We don’t know what the future holds. We have no promise of tomorrow. But we do have this moment and this opportunity to decide to follow Jesus. We cannot postpone life’s most important decision. 3. Listen again to the powerful words from Joshua. “Choose today whom you will serve.” I believe this is a word from the Lord to you and me today. Choose whom you will serve. Make a decision. Place your faith in God. Settle the issue. Move forward as aß Christ-follower whose mind is made up.Today’s Scripture Verses:Joshua 24:14-15 - “So fear the Lord and serve him wholeheartedly. Put away forever the idols your ancestors worshiped when they lived beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt. Serve the Lord alone. But if you refuse to serve the Lord, then choose today whom you will serve. Would you prefer the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates? Or will it be the gods of the Amorites in whose land you now live? But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.”Matthew 6:24 - ““No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/25/20235 minutes, 19 seconds
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#852: Do You Have Courageous Faith?

Faith requires courage. Faith is not something that we hold in our hearts and minds. True faith is something that is lived out. Faith calls us to action and this requires courage.Main Points:1.  God’s desire is for you and me to demonstrate courageous faith? Anyone can have a timid or fearful faith. Anyone can have faith in isolation. But will we live our faith out loud and in public? Will we be courageous? 2. Our current culture has convinced many Christians to keep their faith in Christ personal and quiet. We’ve been told it is rude, unkind, and obnoxious to tell others what about your Christian faith. We must recognize this is a tactic of Satan to silence the witness of Christians about the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Remember, God has given us good news to share.3. Pray and ask God where you can demonstrate courageous faith in your life today.Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 1:8 - “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”Psalm 27:14 - “Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.”Joshua 1:9 - “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”Luke 9:26 - “If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/24/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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#851: Reading the Bible in Context

When you study a verse from the Bible, it can only mean what it means in the context of the surrounding verses. It can only mean what it means in the context of the chapter, the book, and even the whole Bible. When we struggle to understand a particular verse, we should immediately read the verses that come before and after it. Main Points:1.  One of the critical tools needed to interpret and understand scripture appropriately is context. We must ask, “What is the context in which the verse or the passage was written?” It’s helpful to learn about the author, the audience, the setting, and the culture. It’s also essential to use the theme of the surrounding verses and even the whole chapter to determine the meaning of a particular verse.2. Having these practices in place as we study scripture, we protect ourselves from cherry-picking verses to make them say what we want them to say. One of the great errors of Bible interpretation has been the forcing of scripture to fit a preconceived viewpoint. This is how cults are sometimes formed.3. As you read God’s Word today, look for the context which will give you the broader meaning of the text.Today’s Scripture Verses:Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/21/20235 minutes, 20 seconds
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#850: Why Forgiveness is Essential

Forgiveness is a decision you make to refuse to live in the past. It’s a conscious choice to release others from their sins against you, so that you can be set free. It doesn’t deny the pain or change the past, but it does break the bitterness that holds you to the wounds of the past. Forgiveness allows you to let go and move on. You offer this forgiveness freely because God has forgiven you freely.Main Points:1.  If there is anything that threatens to destroy our relationships, it is bitterness and unforgiveness. Wounds hurt deeply. Words spoken are impossible to forget. It seems that our natural, human tendency is to hold onto the offense. Unforgiveness isolates us from the offender and enables the relationship to fracture and break apart. This is not God’s will.2. You and I need God’s forgiveness, yet if we withhold our own forgiveness, God will not forgive us. What a sobering thought!3. With God’s help, let today be the day you forgive. Don’t hold the offense any longer. Walk out of the prison of offense and let your heart be free.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 6:14-15 - “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/20/20235 minutes, 7 seconds
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#849: Live Like Jesus is Coming Back

I believe in the imminent return of Christ, meaning I believe Jesus could come back at any time. Today could be the day of Christ’s return. Today could be the day of the rapture of the church. Are you ready for Jesus to come back? Are you living like Jesus is coming back today?Main Points:1.  Let me remind you that Jesus is indeed coming back. Scripture foretold the birth of Jesus, and it was fulfilled. The Bible described the death and resurrection of Christ, and it happened as the prophecy foretold. Likewise, the Scripture has promised the return of Jesus. The God who has spoken will fulfill His Word.2. So, what does it mean to live like Jesus is coming back? It means being prepared. It means living with our hearts on God and his will for our lives. It means being focused on the work He has called us to do. Living like Jesus is coming back at any time causes us to live sober lives. It calls us to live in holiness and righteousness.3. Jesus is coming back, and He is coming back soon. Are you ready? Are you prepared? Are you busy serving Him and fulfilling His purpose for your life? Today’s Scripture Verses:John 14:2-4 - “There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.”Revelation 22:20 - “He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!”1 Thessalonians 5:2 - “…the day of the Lord’s return will come unexpectedly, like a thief in the night.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/19/20235 minutes, 25 seconds
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#848: When God Stands Beside You

Receive this truth: God is standing beside you. He is there. Can you acknowledge His presence? Everything you need He will provide. Repeatedly in the Bible, He promises that He will be with us.Main Points:1.  When everyone leaves when you feel abandoned, and when there is no one else around, God will remain present in your life. In fact, He has promised in Scripture that He will never leave us, nor forsake us.2. What I love about the Bible is the real-life stories of people who faced all kinds of difficulties and adversity. We learn of their struggles, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. But we also see God at work in their lives. We learn of God’s faithfulness. We see God’s compassion, wisdom, and guidance. We discover He is a God who loves His people and who will never abandon them.3. There is nothing you are facing that God cannot handle. There is no need in your life God cannot meet. There are no problems that God cannot solve. The eternal God is standing beside you right now.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 4:16-17 - “At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it.”Isaiah 41:10 - “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”Deuteronomy 31:8 - “ Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/18/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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#847: Do Not Love The World

Loving the world will result in losing our first love. When this happens we begin to buy into the world’s value systems and eventually, our lives do not reflect Christ, they will reflect the world.Main Points:1.  When we meet Christ, one thing that fundamentally changes is what we love. Before we met Jesus, our primary love was ourselves, but we also loved the things of this present world. But when we met Jesus things began to change. We discovered a better love.2. Loving the world means being devoted to the world’s treasures, philosophies, and priorities. God tells His children to set their priorities according to His eternal value system. We are to “seek first” God’s kingdom and righteousness.3. The problem with loving the world is that it conflicts with what is to be our first love. Jesus is to be our first love. Why? He alone is worthy of such love and devotion. In Revelation chapter two, we learn the Ephesian church was commended for their hard work and perseverance, yet they were warned because they had lost their first love.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 John 2:15 - “Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.”Romans 12:2 - “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/17/20235 minutes, 31 seconds
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#846: What Does God See?

Think about this truth: God knows absolutely everything about you and he loves you. You are fully and completely known, and yet you are loved.Main Points:1.  Our relationship with God is like no other. In our relationships with people, there may be a thousand things they don’t know about you, especially as it is related to the heart. Your friend doesn’t know your thoughts, your desires, your motives, and your feelings, but God does.2. How does this knowledge make you feel? If we are not in a right relationship with God, it might make us feel afraid. But for those walking daily with Jesus, the thought of an all-seeing and all-knowing God gives us peace and assurance. There is nothing I am facing that God is unaware of. What a blessing that is to our lives!3. Because God knows everything about us, he can guide and direct our steps. In life, we are often confused and disoriented. We don’t know the best way forward. We don’t know which steps to take, but since God already knows, he can carefully guide us to the right decisions. Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 15:3 - “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”Hebrews 4:13 - “And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”Jeremiah 23:24 - “Can a man hide himself in secret places so that I cannot see him? declares the Lord. Do I not fill heaven and earth? declares the Lord.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/13/20235 minutes, 13 seconds
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#845: God's Undeserved Kindness

Many attempts have been made to define the grace of God. One definition, using an acronym says “Grace is God’s riches at Christ’s expense.” Perhaps the most common definition of grace is “unmerited favor.” Another says that grace is “God’s favor toward the unworthy.” All of these definitions are helpful as we consider this incredible attribute of God. I suppose my favorite definition is that grace is “God’s undeserved kindness.”Main Points:1.  Think about it. God has been so kind to us. Consider all God has given you and all He has done in your life. Why? Why would God be so kind? What have you done to earn the kindness of our Almighty God? What have you done to deserve such affection and goodwill? Nothing. Not a thing. Nada. 2. You and I have received God’s kindness because of His grace. Prompted by the love we can’t fully understand, God demonstrates His kindness in our lives by giving us His Son, Jesus, to be our savior. It’s because of His grace we have been forgiven. It’s through His grace we have a relationship with Him. 3. Maybe today, you are in need of God’s grace. Perhaps you need forgiveness of sins. Reach out to God. Ask Him for His grace. He is generous to those who call on him.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”Psalm 103:10 - “He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.”Romans 5:20 - “… But where sin increased, grace increased all the more”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/12/20235 minutes, 44 seconds
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#844: The Ministry of Encouragement

I believe every believer has a ministry. Don’t overlook the importance of being an encourager. It costs you nothing but your love, your kindness, and your time.Main Points:1.  Have you ever had an encourager in your life, someone that whenever you were around them, you found your spirit lifted? This is the kind of person I want to be. I want to be an encourager. 2. You never know the impact of your kindness, your love, and your words of encouragement. I believe people around you today are desperate for encouragement. Everyone around you is fighting a battle you know nothing about. What a difference you could make in someone’s life by encouraging them to trust the Lord, to keep believing, and to not give up.3. What a difference you could make by encouraging someone to obey God, to step out in faith, and to let God use their lives.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Thessalonians 5:11 - “encourage one another and build each other up.”Hebrews 10:24-25 - “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/11/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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#843: Does Jesus Make a Difference in Your Life?

If Jesus makes no difference in our lives, then why would anyone serve Him? If Christ-followers live just like those who are unsaved, why would anyone follow? We would all readily acknowledge that we are not perfect, only Jesus is perfect, but wouldn’t you agree that Jesus changes those who believe in Him?Main Points:1.  I believe one of the questions people around us are silently asking is, “Does Jesus make a difference in your life?” Unbelievers are watching, often without us noticing, and they are wondering, “Is she different? Is he different, now that He is a follower of Jesus?” 2. When we place our faith in Jesus and confess Him as our Lord and Savior, His Spirit comes to reside within us. God’s work of sanctification begins. To “sanctify” means to set apart. God is at work in our lives to set us apart from the unbelieving world by helping us to be like Jesus in our character. 3. By the Holy Spirit, and with our cooperation, God will change us. He will change our attitude, our conversation, our choices, decisions, reactions, and our lifestyle. He will change our desire, our dreams, and our ambitions. Before our relationship with Christ, we lived only for ourselves, now we live for God and His glory.Today’s Scripture Verses:Philippians 2:13 - “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”Romans 12:1-2 - “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”Philippians 1:6 - “…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/10/20235 minutes, 34 seconds
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#842: When God Interrupts Your Plans

God's interruptions remind us that our knowledge and perspective is very limited. We cannot see and know as much as God. So, we surrender to his plan, recognizing we serve a God who has all knowledge, and he knows what is best for us. So, if interruptions are God’s plan for us, we must embrace them.Main Points:1.  So, what do we do when we are interrupted and we sense that God is at work in the interruption? First, let me encourage you to pause and take a breath. It’s so easy to become irritated and reactive when we face the frustration of an interruption.2. Second, pray and ask God to help you be aware of what you need to see. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to his direction. Because of the interruption, there may be no clear path forward. In these instances, we have the opportunity to wait on God and seek his direction. Waiting on God is never wasted time.3. Third, be alert to the possibility of discouragement. When our plans don’t work out, when the door is shut in front of us, and when we can’t move forward, it’s easy to be disappointed. Becoming discouraged is a choice. Don’t give it to it. Praise God anyway. Trust God is working in the interruption and that a testimony is coming soon.Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 19:21 - “Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.”Proverbs 16:9 - “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”Romans 8:28 - “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/7/20235 minutes, 39 seconds
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#841: Soul-Winning for Beginners

The term “soul-winning” is a metaphor for witnessing about Jesus, or evangelism. The task of sharing the good news about Jesus is given to every Christian. We must see this as a responsibility given to us by our Lord.Main Points:1.  The word “gospel” means “good news.” But it’s only good news if it is shared with someone. Imagine never hearing the good news that Jesus wants to save us and forgive us of our sins. It’s easy, especially in the Western World, to assume everyone has heard the gospel, but the truth is, they haven’t. There are people in our own communities who have never heard a clear presentation of the gospel.2. You might be a beginner soul-winner, even though you have been a Christian for years. Here’s how to get started. Begin by praying God would place someone on your heart. Pray and ask God to open their heart to the gospel and that he would give you openings to share your faith. The process of soul-winning usually occurs over many conversations, so don’t feel pressured to do it all in one meeting.3. Ask your friend, if you can share with them what God has done in your life. Tell your story. Be a witness of what your life was like before you met Jesus, tell of what led you to believe, and share what happened since becoming a Christian.Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 1:8 - “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere—in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”Proverbs 11:30 - “…he who wins souls is wise.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/6/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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#840: Joy the World Cannot Take Away

Here’s what I want you to remember today. Joy is God-given. Joy is a gift from God that is available to every believer, regardless of your circumstances. Main Points:1.  Can I ask you a question? Do you have joy? Are you experiencing the joy of the Lord on a regular basis? Would those around you describe you as a joyful person? When we think of joy, it’s easy to make the mistake of thinking that joy is the same as happiness. We confuse the two terms because we think of them as the same emotion.2. Joy in the Biblical context, is not an emotion.  Joy is an attitude of the heart.  It is not necessarily based on something positive happening.  Joy is something that lasts; happiness is something that is temporary.  When happiness fades away, joy remains.  Joy is something God deposits into us through the Holy Spirit.  3. I remember as a child the church would sing a song that said, “This joy that I have, the world didn’t give it and the world can’t take it away.” Would you take this truth to heart? Would you really grab ahold of it, deep down in your soul? God’s plan for you, is that you would experience His joy, regardless of your circumstances.Today’s Scripture Verses:James 1:2 - “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.”John 16:22 - “…I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/5/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#839: Everything We Need

That sense of powerlessness is something we all experience. The truth is, apart from Christ, we are powerless. In and of ourselves, we cannot be who God wants us to be? Apart from Christ, we are weak, without strength, and unable to move forward.Main Points:1.  Have you ever felt powerless? Like your batteries were on empty? Like you couldn’t go on? Did you feel as if you didn’t have the strength you needed or the ability to face a challenge? Maybe you felt you had reached your limit and that you simply couldn’t take the stress anymore. Perhaps you felt powerless to change, to stop, to grow, to adapt, or to become what God desires of your life.2. Oh, how we need the Lord in our lives. Oh, how you and I need Jesus. It’s in Him we find our strength. It’s in Him we become strong. It’s only through His power that you and I can be an overcomer.3. Every relationship we have exists because we intentionally invested in the other person. The same is true with Christ. Commit to daily investing time with Jesus. It’s through our knowledge of Him that we gain the power we need.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Peter 1:3 - “His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.”Romans 8:11 - “The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/4/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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#838: Trusting God's Promise

While we have struggled to keep our promises, God does not. God is always faithful, always consistent, and always steadfast. He does not forget, he does not change His mind, and he does not fail. He is a promise keeper.Main Points:1.  What is a promise? A promise is a declaration or assurance that someone will do a particular thing or that a specific thing will happen. 2. Because of our humanity and our own sinfulness, all of us have, at times, failed to keep our promises. We’ve made promises to God, others, and even ourselves that we have not kept. Thankfully, we serve a God who is abundant in grace and mercy.3. He has given us His word in print. We have his promises in black and white. As Jesus told Satan in Luke chapter four, “It is written.” We know He will keep His promises because because His character is proven. Today, you and I can trust God’s promise. If He has made a promise, we can be sure that He will keep it.Today’s Scripture Verses:Numbers 23:19 - “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?”Joshua 21:45 - “Not one of all the Lord’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.”Luke 1:37 - “For no word from God will ever fail.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
7/3/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#837: The Loudest Voice in your Life

Of all the things we can listen to, we must listen to God’s voice and what He is saying. We can’t afford to miss out on the voice of God. I want to live in such a way that God’s voice is the loudest voice in my life.Main Points:1.  With so many voices calling out for our attention, we may find ourselves easily distracted and without focus. After all, which voice will you give your attention. You can’t listen to them all.2. Everyday, you can hear the voice of God. We don’t just serve a silent deity. We have a relationship with a living God who is involved in the lives of his children. I believe daily we can hear God’s voice in our spirit. Every time we open our Bibles we should expect to hear the voice of God. It is God’s Word to us. Are we listening? Are we paying attention?3. Is God’s voice the loudest voice in your life? Let’s silence the noise around us to hear what God wants to say.Today’s Scripture Verses:Mark 4:32 - “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”Hebrews 2:1 - “Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/30/20235 minutes, 4 seconds
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#836: Don't Lose the Wonder of Jesus

After all the disciples had seen Jesus do, they still lived with a sense of wonder and amazement. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”Main Points:1.  I’m grateful for my relationship with Jesus, the Son of God, but after all I have seen and experienced, I don’t want to lose the wonder of Jesus. I don’t want to depart from my sense of amazement. 2. Don’t lose the wonder of Jesus. Never stop being amazed at who He is. Remember His power, His imminence, and His glory. There is nothing He cannot do. Just as He calmed the storm on the Sea of Galilee, with one word, He can calm the storm in your life.3. Let's live everyday in wonder and amazement of our incredible savior.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 8:25-27 - “The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”  Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm.  The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”John 1:14 - “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/29/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#835: When Obedience Doesn't Make Sense

Is there an area of your life where you are struggling to obey God? Does what He is asking of you seen irrational? Does it feel confusing?  Choose to trust and obey. Be willing to whatever God ask of you, simply because He said so.Main Points:1.  As children of God, we must recognize God’s sovereignty and authority over our lives. As believers, we have willingly made Jesus our savior, but also our lord. Maybe you prayed a prayer that said, “Jesus, I ask you to be the Lord of my life.” I think you would agree it’s much easier to pray that prayer than it is to live it out.2. Sometimes obedience to God is not rational. It doesn’t make sense in our minds. As we look at the scenario and the circumstances through our lens, God’s way is not what we would have chosen. But this is where faith comes in. We remember God sees what we cannot see. He knows what we do not know. Our obedience to God is always connected to our faith in Him. 3. It doesn’t always make sense, but the blessings of God follow our obedience. If you want to live a life blessed by God, you must see that the key is our willing obedience, even when it doesn’t make sense.Today’s Scripture Verses:Luke 5:4-5 - “When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”Luke 5:6-7 - “When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break. So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/28/20235 minutes, 22 seconds
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#834: Craving the Word of God

In the New Testament book of 2 Peter, there are some verses  which says the nourishment of the Word of God is something we desire. We should crave the Scripture because it provides a satisfaction that can’t be found anywhere else.Main Points:1.  A newborn baby craves milk. Without this nourishment, the baby will cry. In fact, without the nourishment of the milk, the baby will not survive.  The Apostle Peter uses this contrast to teach us how important it is for believers to crave spiritual nourishment. Of course, he is speaking of the Bible, the Word of God. He says, by it, that is by the Word of God, we will grow up in our salvation.2. The key issue is desire. We must have a desire for the Scripture. It’s through the pages of the Bible we come to know the author. My prayer is that we would develop a hunger for the Word of God, because we have a hunger to know God personally.3. The Scripture, for all of us, is an acquired taste. Before we came to know Jesus we had no appetite for the Word of God. We had a spiritual appetite, but we attempted to satisfy this appetite with the things of the world.  But the more we partake of scripture, the more we learn from God, and the more we apply it to our lives, the more we desire the Word.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Peter 2:1-3 - “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.Psalm 119:97 - “Oh, how I love your law!  I meditate on it all day long.”Psalm 119:18 - “Open my eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/26/20235 minutes, 37 seconds
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#833: Holiness: A Forgotten Pursuit

What is holiness? To be holy is to be consecrated, set apart, and dedicated to God. For some this seems daunting. In fact, we can be intimidated by the word holy or the knowledge that God wants us to be holy. After all, we know our failings and short-comings all too well.Main Points:1. But we must see that holiness is a good thing. Everything God calls us to pursue is for our own good. Holiness is not outward actions and behaviors achieved in our own strength. Becoming holy is a pursuit entered through the grace of God and developed with the strength and power of the Holy Spirit. In other words, you cannot become holy apart from God’s help. He does not call us to become something without enabling us to do it.2. How can we get back on the track of pursuing holiness? To pursue holiness we actively seek and strive for a life that is set apart for God. It’s a lifestyle characterized by moral purity, righteousness, and devotion to Him. It involves aligning our thoughts, attitudes, actions, and lifestyle with the principles and teachings of God's Word.3. Pursuing holiness involves separating ourselves from sinful behaviors, attitudes, and influences. It means turning away from anything that contradicts God's character and choosing to live a life that honors Him. Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 12:14 - “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord.”2 Corinthians 7:1 - “Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.”1 Peter 1:14-15 - “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/22/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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#832: Leaving a Legacy of Faith

Regardless of how you live your life, you will leave behind a legacy. You will be remembered for something. What is remembered will be determined by how you live your life right now.Main Points:1. A legacy is the long-lasting impact of a person’s life. Long after you are gone, your life will continue to tell a story. The memories, lessons learned, and examples of your life will be remembered.2. From God’s perspective it’s not our resumé or the amount of money we’ve accumulated that matters, but rather the kind of life we have lived.3. A spiritual legacy is built by faithful instruction and example. Words alone are not enough, our lifestyle and practice must match our words. I’ve noticed sometimes discipleship is more caught, than taught. As others watch our lives, they’ll see the Jesus we love. Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 22:1 - “A good name is more desirable than great riches.” Mark 8:36 - “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” Psalm 145:4 - “One generation commends your works to another; they tell of your mighty acts.”1 Corinthians 11:1 - “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/19/20235 minutes, 34 seconds
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#831: Prayer for Beginners

Isn’t prayer an amazing thing? Just stop and think for a moment. The God of eternity, the God who spoke and the world came into existence, the all-power, all-knowing, and always-present God, listens to me!Main Points:1. For a new Christian, prayer can be intimidating. We hear others pray, and they seem to do it so well. We think we don’t know the eloquent words necessary to talk to Almighty God.  We wonder, “Am I doing it right?”2. Prayer can be spoken out loud. It can be a whisper. Prayer can be given silently in our hearts. In all of these ways we can be assured that God knows and that He hears.3. Prayer is not about the right words. Prayer is about sharing what is on your heart with God. “Help me,” is a prayer. “I need you,” is a prayer. “Give me peace,” is a prayer. “Guide my steps,” is a prayer. Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 4:16 says “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.”Exodus 33:11 - “Inside the Tent of Meeting, the LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend.”Matthew 6:8 - “…your Father knows what you need before you ask him.”1 Peter 3:12 - "The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/14/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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#830: Can the Bible be Trusted?

Perhaps today you have questions about the Bible. Maybe you wonder about its validity and authenticity. The Bible is under attack today, maybe more than at any time in history. Critics, skeptics, and scoffers say the Bible is a book filled with fables and myths. They claim it is riddled with contradictions and errors.Yet, the Bible remains the best-selling book in history. No book in history has been so well read, consistently studied, memorized, and applied. No book in history has impacted nations, societies, families, and individuals as much as the Bible.Main Points:1. We can consider the unity of the biblical message. The Bible was written over a period of approximately 1,550 years, with at least 40 human writers, most of whom did not know other and were from varying backgrounds. Yet the Bible speaks with amazing unity.2. We can examine the accuracy of the Bible. Throughout scripture the Bible offers us names and genealogy. It gives us dates and time periods. The Bible gives us clear locations. The Scripture does not offer a stories that are vague and unclear. It speaks with strikingly detailed clarity.3. We can also look at the fulfillment of prophecy. Some of the biblical writers made claims about future events centuries in advance. If any one of the events predicted had occurred, it would be astounding. But the Bible contains many, many prophecies. There are over 300 messianic prophecies fulfilled by Jesus, some of which were given over 700 years in advance. Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Peter 1:21 - “For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”2 Timothy 3:16 - “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness..”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/13/20235 minutes, 27 seconds
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#829: Which Way to Heaven?

Being humans, we like to be independent. We want to go our own way. We’ll drive lost, trying to figure out how to get to a destination, refusing to stop and ask for directions. Sadly, many journey through life, never arriving at the destination they hoped to see. Our eternity is too important. We can’t hope to arrive there someday. We can’t rely on our own instincts to get us to Heaven. I’ve heard people say, “I’m trying to be a good person. I think I’ll be alright in the end.”Main Points:1. Since Heaven is a city built by God, we must let Him inform us as to how we can get there. Thankfully, in His Word, He has made it clear. In the Bible, we are informed there is only one road to Heaven, not many roads, and certainly not just any road of our choosing. 2. Where you are wanting to go, there is only one way to get there. Salvation and forgiveness of our sins is only found in Jesus. It’s only through Jesus that we have access to the Father. It’s only through Jesus that we find the doorway to Heaven.3. The Bible doesn’t leave us with vague, unclear directions. The path is marked out for us and its crystal clear. There is only one road to Heaven. It is found through faith in Jesus Christ, as we make Him our Savior and Lord. Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 4:12 - "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”1 John 5:13 - “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/12/20235 minutes, 44 seconds
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#828: The Sin of Omission

The Bible talks about  kind of sin, one we rarely discuss. It’s the sin of omission. A sin of omission is a sin that is the result of not doing something God’s Word teaches that we should do. Charles Spurgeon once called this, “The sin of doing nothing.”Main Points:1. Maybe you are like me and you can think of the many times you have committed the sin of omission. There are times we should have shown love, but we didn’t, times we should have spoken up, times we should have shared our faith, times we should have helped someone in need, but we didn’t. 2. The Scripture is calling for us to be aware that we can disobey God by intentionally participating in sin, but we can also do so by intentionally avoiding actions He is leading us to.3. The intent of this episode is not to make us feel guilty. There’s not a person listening who hasn’t missed an opportunity to do good. We have all committed the sin of omission. The goal of this topic is to give us awareness. It’s a call to pay attention to the voice of God. My prayer is that we will have a listening ear to the Holy Spirit. Let’s pray and ask God to help us to be alert and aware of what He wants us to do, not just what He wants us to stop doing. Today’s Scripture Verses:James 4:17 - “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”2 Peter 2:21 - “It would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than to have known it and then to turn their backs on the sacred command that was passed on to them.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/9/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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#827: Christ-Centered Relationships

Occasionally, I’ll hear someone say, “I don’t need anyone. I don’t need people in my life.” Sometimes this is a wall people put up to protect themselves. But you absolutely need people in your life. After creating the very first man, God said in Genesis… “it’s not good for man to be alone.” You need to know this about God.  He is concerned with your aloneness. Main Points:1. I believe God is calling the church to be a place of hope.  A place of life.  A place of love.  A place of honesty and genuine friendships and relationships.  2. This is why there are 59 “one another” statements in the New Testament.  You can’t read the New Testament and see any version of Christianity being lived out in isolation.  This is why being a part of a local church is so important.  You cannot be obedient to Christ as a Christian and not be a part of a local church.  How would it be possible to carry out the “one another’s?”3. How do we build Christ-centered relationships? You’ve got to be willing to take the first step.  You don’t wait on somebody else to connect with you.  You must take the initiative to connect with them.  This often takes courage.  Why?  Because it’s fear that disconnects human beings.  When we’re full of fear and anxiety we don’t get close to each other.  In fact, we back off from each other.  We’re afraid of being rejected, manipulated, vulnerable, hurt, used.  All of these fears cause us to be disconnected in life. With the help of the Lord, we push past these fears. We take a step of faith and reach out to someone. Today’s Scripture Verses:Colossians 3:12-14 – “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.  And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/8/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#826: What is the Glory of God?

In Scripture we see that he glory of God is not an aesthetic beauty or a material beauty, but the beauty that emanates from His character, from all that He is. His glory is the combined manifestation of His attributes. He is glorious because no one can compare.Main Points:1. In the Old Testament, the glory of God was sometimes seen manifested in visible ways such as, fire, thick clouds smoke, lightening, and even an earthquake. But in the New Testament, the glory of God is revealed in His son, Jesus Christ.2. The glory of God was visibly seen in the character of Jesus, his teaching, preaching, and miraculous power. Imagine walking and talking with God himself.3. The glory of God is hard to define isn’t it? But as we study the Bible we discover the glory of God revealed in the pages of Scripture. We learn of his holiness, his majesty, his goodness, his power, and his love. Only God is glorious.  Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Chronicles 29:11 - “Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor.”Exodus 33:18-19 - Now show me your glory.  And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence.”John 1:14 - “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”Hebrews 1:3 - “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/2/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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#825: Simple Faith

Simple faith. Child-like faith. We must come to God with this same simplicity and sincerity. Just as a child can have complete faith in the protection and provision of their parents, so we must come to God with such faith. We must completely believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the he alone can save us from our sins.Main Points:1. Let’s think for a minute what characteristics little children possess when it comes to faith. They are innocent and sincere. They’re eager to learn. They are teachable, humble, trusting, open, simple, and spontaneous. They are unpretentious.2. It’s my prayer that as adults, we could develop this assurance in God. As a child has assurance of the love of their parents, couldn’t we develop assurance of our Heavenly Father’s love? Couldn’t we find assurance of our salvation and forgiveness of sins? Could we also obtain assurance of God’s care, provision, and protection? Could we lay our head on our pillow at night with assurance in our hearts, knowing that if we passed in the night we have the promise of eternal life?3. We spend our days stressed out, worried, anxious, afraid, frustrated, and even angry. Surely this is not God’s will for the lives of his children. Let’s come back to simple trust and childlike faith in a God who is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 18:1-3 - “At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”  He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them. And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
6/1/20235 minutes, 57 seconds
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#824: The Promise of God's Power

Whether it’s your coffee pot, your phone, your computer, or your car, power is necessary for each of these essentials to operate. It’s the same true in the Christian life. You need power. God does not intend for us to live powerless Christian lives. In fact, He promised to provide the power we need to live victorious over sin and to be effective in our calling and purpose.Main Points:1. After Jesus’ resurrection, He spent 40 days with His disciples. It was during these conversations he gave them their marching orders. It was His instructions for their lives, after He would ascend back to the Father. These instructions are found in Matthew 28:19-20, and we call them “The Great Commission.”But before getting started, these Christ-followers would need power. The task God had for their lives was too large. In and of themselves, they would be incapable of obeying the command of Jesus to make disciples of all nations.2. As much as they had already been prepared for their mission, there was still something missing. They needed God’s power. So do I. So do you.3. Thankfully, God has promised to give us the Holy Spirit. This power of the Holy Spirit is not just for some Christians. It’s for every Christian, and it’s been promised. Our God is a promise-keeper. Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 1:8 - “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you…”Luke 24:49 - “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”Acts 1:4-5 - “On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/31/20235 minutes, 38 seconds
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#823: Jesus Died for Sinners

If you fully understand the gospel and what Jesus has done for us, you comprehend that He was not just executed 2,000 years ago by the Romans. You recognize that He willingly laid down his life as a sacrifice for our sins. Jesus died for us. He took our place. With his death on the cross, He paid the penalty for our sins, so we would not have to.Main Points:1. If God were not just, there would be no demand for his Son to suffer and die. And if God were not loving, there would be no willingness for his Son to suffer and die. But God is both just and loving. His love is willing to meet the demands of his justice.2. There are no small sins. Here’s why: because God is not small. The seriousness of the insult rises with the dignity of the one insulted. The Creator of the universe is infinitely worthy of respect, and admiration and loyalty.3. Since God is just, he does not sweep these sins under the rug of the universe. He feels a holy wrath against them. They deserve to be punished, and he has made this clear: “For the wages of sin is death.” (Romans 6:23). To not punish us would be unjust. But here’s what is truly amazing…Jesus accepts God’s wrath on our behalf. Jesus doesn’t cancel God’s wrath, he absorbs it. He diverts is from us to himself. Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 5:6-8 - “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”2 Corinthians 5:21 - “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”1 Peter 2:24 - “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/29/20235 minutes, 26 seconds
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#822: The Return of Christ

Knowledge of Christ’s return should not produce fear or anxiety in the heart of the believer. This truth should give us hope. It should cause us to be encouraged. What God has prepared for us is greater than anything this would could give us.Main Points:1. As we read the Bible, it is very clear, Jesus is coming back. While many scoff and disbelieve, it doesn’t change the truth of what Jesus has said. We don’t know when He is coming, but we do know He is coming soon. 2. In an increasingly chaotic world, what a hopeful thought that this could be the year Jesus returns. More comforting still is the anticipation that all who trust Him for salvation will be gathered together, relieved from this world’s suffering, sorrow, and fear. Best of all, we’ll be with the Lord forever!3. Don’t give up hope. Don’t let go of your belief in the promise of Christ’s return. He said he would come back, and he will. When is Jesus coming back? He is coming back soon.Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 1:10-11 tells the story. “They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”Revelation 22:20 - “He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”2 Peter 3:4 - “They will say, “Where is this ‘coming’ he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.”Matthew 24:44 - “So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.”2 Peter 3:9 - "The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/26/20235 minutes, 38 seconds
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#821: Impossible Has Never Stopped God

The Bible is a book of miracles, from the beginning to the end. If you read through the Bible, you will be left with this amazing truth: God can do anything. There is no limit to his power. He is a miracle-working God. He specializes in doing what seems to be impossible to us.Main Points:1. Throughout scripture we see miracles of provision, miracles of healing, miracles of protection, miracles of deliverance, miracles of opportunity, and miracles of guidance and direction.2. So, let me ask you, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord? It’s likely that today you are facing a situation in your life in which you need a miracle, most of us are. It seems impossible and feels discouraging, but again, is anything too hard for the Lord?3. For many Christians, our struggle is not faith in God’s ability to perform miracles, but faith in his willingness.  The result is that we have no expectation. Let’s renew our faith in God’s miraculous power. No matter what you are facing today, remember, the impossible has never stopped God.Today’s Scripture Verses:Genesis 18:14 - "Is anything too hard for the Lord?”Luke 2:37 - “For with God, nothing will be impossible.”Hebrews 13:8 - “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/24/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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#820: Greatness in the Small Things

Think about this: You might miss greater opportunities from God if you can’t be trusted to obey God in the small things. There is a powerful question embedded in this verse:  Can you be trusted with obeying God in the small things? Will you seize the small opportunities God gives you, recognizing they truly make a difference?Main Points:1. So often we miss these opportunities to serve God because they are small. We don’t recognize them as a chance to be a blessing to someone because, after all, it’s such a small thing. Instead, we are looking the big things. We are looking for open doors that are larger, more influential, and more notable. Yet, the great things done for God are really small things done with faithfulness.2. Imagine a lifetime of being faithful to serve others, to encourage the discouraged, to pray for someone in need, to courageously share your faith, to feed the hungry, and to reach out to someone who is lonely. The cumulative impact of consistent small opportunities is staggering. 3. Think about what is missed when we miss our opportunities. Others miss experiencing the blessing of your contribution in their life. They miss your prayers, your encouragement, your witness, and your wisdom. But you also miss out. You miss the joy experienced when we step into these God-opportunities. You miss the fulfillment that comes when we serve the Lord. And you miss the will of God for your life.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 5:15-16 - “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity.”Matthew 20:26-28 - “Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”Luke 16:10 - “Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/19/20235 minutes, 15 seconds
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#819: We Cannot Forget

Memories are important, especially when it comes to remembering what God has done for us. If you are like me, you tend to have selective memory. When facing a hardship or a difficult season, I’m laser-focused on what I am going through at the moment. It can be hard to remember God’s past faithfulness.Main Points:1. As you look back over your life and your journey as a follower of Jesus, I’m confident you can see evidence of God’s faithfulness. There were time when God protected you, provided for you, healed you, and encouraged you. There were times when God gave you strength, wisdom, peace, guidance, and joy. 2. I want to invite you to take a walk down memory lane. Perhaps even grab a piece of paper and a pen to write down the memories you have of God’s faithfulness. 3. Over the course of your life people come and go. You met people years ago that now you have forgotten. But God is not someone who comes and goes. God is constant. He is faithful. He has promised to be with us always, even to the end of the age. He does not want to be forgotten. Because of His faithfulness, He is worthy of your praise and worship.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 77:11-12 - "I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your wonders of old. I will ponder all your work, and meditate on your mighty deeds.”Psalm 103:2-5 - “Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”Psalm 78:10-11 - “They did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law. They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/16/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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#818: Not Found in the New Testament

The New Testament is filled with “one another” statements. These are biblical instructions for how Christians are to act towards each other. As we read the New Testament, we come across commands like: love another, accept one another, forgive one another, pray for one another, encourage one another, and the list goes on. One count says there are 59 distinct “one another” statements in the New Testament.While this is an amazing and inspiring list, we should also avoid the "one another's" that are not in scripture, such as: criticize one another, be judgmental of one another, point out one another's faults, condemn one another, be critical of one another, etc.Main Points:1. According to Jesus, our love for others is the distinctive mark of Christianity. We are to be known for our love.2. The identifying mark of Christ followers is not in how we vote, what church we attend, what we wear, or the causes we embrace. Scripture may inform God’s desires in all of those things, but according to Jesus, the identifying mark of His followers is to love them with the same love we have received from God.3. Like all spiritual disciplines, this takes intentionality. Who can you love today. How can you show it? How can you demonstrate it? Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 7:3-5 - ““And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.”Philippians 2:12 - “…work out your own salvation with fear and trembling”John 13:35 - “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/15/20235 minutes, 2 seconds
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#817: Partnering with Jesus

A prayer request by Jesus. Think about it. There was something so heavy on the heart of our savior that he would ask us to partner with him in prayer. 2,000 years later, I believe it’s still the will of God that we lift this need up to the Lord in prayer.Main Points:1. As Jesus speaks about the lost, those who have not put their faith in God, he uses the metaphor of a field of crops that are ripe and ready to be harvested. He said the harvest is plentiful. There are many who would come into the kingdom of God, yet there is one obstacle. The workers are few. Jesus warned us that opportunities to meet human need and bring people into His kingdom may be wasted because of a shortage of laborers. It’s here that Jesus gives us his prayer request. Since the harvest belongs to the Lord, we are to pray to Him and ask him to send more workers into his harvest field.2. There is an urgency in the heart of Jesus. As he sees the need, he knows that time is of the essence. A harvest will not always be ready. Eventually, a missed harvest will spoil, its fruit will rot. There is a need for laborers and the need is now.3. Let’s pray for more laborers and more workers in God’s harvest. Are you actively doing this? Let’s pray for God to speak to his church and that more and more would step up and actively involve themselves in reaching the lost,Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 9:37-38 - “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/12/20235 minutes, 1 second
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#816: God's Word on Your Heart

Imagine this! God promises stability, fruitfulness, and prosperity for memorizing and meditating on the Word of God. Here’s why.  Scripture memorization keeps our hearts and minds set on God. When we are daily memorizing and meditating on scripture, our thoughts are on God. God’s Word transforms our thought process and as a result we make God honoring decisions with our lives. Main Points:1. Scripture memorization gives us the tools we need to fight temptation. In Luke chapter four, Jesus quoted scripture three times as he resisted Satan’s temptations. You and I can do the same thing.2. When the topic of scripture memorization comes up, often people will tell me, “Loren, I just can’t memorize scripture. My memory isn’t what it used to be.” Some people are good at it, others are not.”  But think about this. God will not ask us to do something that he will not also empower us to do. I believe the Holy Spirit will give us the strength and ability to memorize Bible verses, one at a time. 3. You can begin memorizing scripture right now.  Select a verse that you find helpful and meaningful and begin to read it aloud, write it down, and quote it.  Imagine memorizing a verse each week. In one year you would have 52 verses in your heart. I believe it would be life-changing.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 1:2-3 - “blessed is the person whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”Joshua 1:8 - “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”Colossians 3:16 - "...let the word of Christ dwell in us richly.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/11/20235 minutes, 2 seconds
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#815: Trusting God's Timing

 If you have know the Lord for a while, you understand that God’s time is usually not our time. We want God to move much faster than he does. Yet, we must see that God is not slow. God is deliberate. He moves and works within his sovereign time frame. God’s timing is always right.Main Points:1. God is never early, never late, but he’s always on time. Our timing isn't God's timing. For us, God's timing often feels like a long, desperate delay. God's perfect timing does two things: It causes our faith to grow as we wait and trust in God and it makes certain that He, and He alone, gets the glory from our lives.2. The Holy Spirit is alive and active in the life of the believer. One of his purposes is to bring guidance and direction to our lives. He is faithful to lead us to God’s plan, but He can also be trusted to guide us to God’s timing.3. Trust today that your steps are being established by the Lord. When it’s time to take the next step, God will it clear. As you wait, believe that even though the waiting may not make sense, God’s will is being performed in your life. His will, His plan, and His timing is perfect.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 31:15 -  "My times are in Your hands ..."Ecclesiastes 3:11 the Bible says "He has made everything beautiful in its time.”Proverbs 16:9  - “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/9/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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#814: Changing Your Habits

It’s through the power of the Holy Spirit that we are able to break the patterns of the world that we have lived by for so long. Now, through Jesus, we can be transformed, and this transformation takes place by a renewal in our minds. As a result, we begin to live by new patterns. Holy patterns. Holy habits.Main Points:1. In today’s culture we sometimes talk about habits in their negative connotation. We’ll say, I’m struggling to break some bad habits.” But what if you could form some new habits. What if you and I developed some holy habits? What if we created some habits that helped us grow spiritually?2. In addition to the habit of prayer, what if we developed the habit of reading God’s Word each day? What if we made time to worship each day? What could happen in our lives if we reconnected with being a part of a church each weekend? There are many wonderful habits you could create that would deepen your walk with God and enable you to be a blessing to others.3. Imagine starting the habit to encouraging someone every day? Or, creating the habit of regularly using your gifts, talents, and time in a ministry? You could develop the habit of tithing to support your church, or even giving above the tithe to support missionaries who are sharing the gospel message.Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 12:2  - “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/5/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#813: Being Full of God's Joy

One of the needs many people possess is joy. While joy is a fruit of the spirit and a benefit to the lives of believers, it seems to be lacking in our lives. As I look around I see so many who are discouraged. They feel beaten down by the pressures of life. Some Christians have fallen into a place of negativity and criticism toward others. Their general disposition is not one that radiates with God’s joy.Main Points:1. The scripture is saying not only can we have joy, but we can also be full of joy. Imagine that! Imagine your life being full of joy. Imagine people noticing how joyful you are. Imagine how blessed you would be and how much your joy would encourage and uplift others.2. This joy is received only received one way. We must be in God’s presence. Could this be the reason many Christians have no joy? Is it because they do not spend time in God’s presence? It is because they are not going to the source of joy, God himself?3. In God’s presence, the things that would steal our joy seem to fade way. There is a fullness and completeness we receive by being in God’s presence. There is satisfaction and contentment that is obtained when we spend time with God.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 16:11 - “…In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”Nehemiah 8:10 - “…the joy of the Lord is your strength.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/4/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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#812: How To Respond When You Don't Understand

Of all the questions in life that go unanswered, it’s often the question of why. Everyone listening to this podcast episode has asked this question. Why? Why did this happen? Why am I going through this? Since this is a universal question, it brings up another great question: As Christians, how do we respond when we don’t understand?Main Points:1. Through the strength God provides us, let’s maintain our faith. Let’s hold onto His promises. May we have the courage to bless God on our difficult days. Let’s worship, not only in the good times but also in the bad. Regardless of our circumstances, the name of the Lord is to be praised.2. May we not forget, our sovereign God has a plan and a purpose that we don’t always see at the moment. Trust in His character that He is a good and loving Heavenly Father. His plan, His purpose, and His path for our lives are right.3. I know for many of you, these are potentially difficult words to hear. Your circumstances may be painful to endure. They were for Job too. Yet, in the times we cannot understand God’s plan, let’s trust a God who has our lives and our future in His hands.Today’s Scripture Verses:Job 1:20-22 - “At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.”Job 2:9 - His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”Job 2:10 - “He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?”  In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/3/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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#811: Got Faith?

Today, everyone has natural faith. You step onto an elevator without any thought of its breaking system. You fly on an airplane and you sit in a chair, both require natural faith. But in order to be born again you must have saving faith. To be forgiven of your sins and to be in a right relationship with God, you must have saving faith.Main Points:1. Hebrews 11:6 tells us faith is an essential component of our relationship with God. Without faith, we cannot please God, and we cannot experience the fullness of His blessings in our lives.2. So, what exactly is faith? The Bible defines faith as "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). In other words, faith is the confident assurance that what we hope for will actually happen, even though we cannot see it with our physical eyes.3. Having faith requires us to believe in God's existence, His love for us, and His ability to do what He has promised. It means trusting in His character and His word, even when circumstances suggest otherwise. It means putting our full confidence in Him and His plan for our lives.Today’s Scripture Verses:Hebrews 11:6 - “And without faith, it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”Ephesians 2:8 - “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.”2 Corinthians 5:7 - “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/2/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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#810: God Hears Your Cry

Have you ever felt like no one was listening to you? It can be hurtful when we feel that those around us are not listening to us. Everyone wants to be heard, but what about those times when it feels that God is not listening? Have you ever cried out to God and it seemed he wasn’t there? Did it feel as if God wasn’t listening? Maybe you wondered God where are you? Main Points:1. Today, I’m going to ask you to grab ahold of the promise of God that He does hear our prayers. Our God is listening. Even if it feels as if God doesn’t hear, we can be assured that our great God hears every prayer.2. Sometimes the cry of our heart is not verbal, it’s an inner cry. Many times we carry this burden and this heaviness with us all the time. Others see us with a smile, not knowing the cry that is on our hearts. But God hears the silent cry. God hears the cry no one else hears.3. Our God is not indifferent and uncaring. Bring your needs to Him. He loves us and listens to the cry of our hearts.Today’s Scripture Verses:Genesis 21:15-19 - “When the water in the skin was gone, she put the boy under one of the bushes. Then she went off and sat down about a bowshot away, for she thought, “I cannot watch the boy die.” And as she sat there, she began to sob.  God heard the boy crying, and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven and said to her, “What is the matter, Hagar? Do not be afraid; God has heard the boy crying as he lies there. Lift the boy up and take him by the hand, for I will make him into a great nation.”  Then God opened her eyes and she saw a well of water. So she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.”Psalm 18:6 - ”In my distress, I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears."Psalm 116:1-2 - ”I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live."Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
5/1/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#809: You Have a Story to Tell

In fact, your story is one of your greatest ministry tools. I meet people who feel they have nothing to offer the Lord. In their minds, they feel incapable of serving in some ministry. Yet, every one of us has a story. It’s a God story. It’s a story of how we met Jesus, the circumstances of your salvation, and how Jesus has changed your life.Main Points:1. If you have never sat down and written out your spiritual testimony in chronological order when you do, you’ll be amazed at how God has been working in your life.  No testimony is boring.  Your story is unique and fascinating, and whenever you tell it, it will be relevant, and potentially life-changing for the listener.2. Your story is simply an account of how God has changed your life.  If Jesus is your Lord and Savior, then surely He has done miraculous things for you.  People are looking for evidence that God exists and that He is personally involved in people’s lives.  You can’t make God appear on the spot to prove His existence, but you can certainly point straight to Him by talking about how He has worked in your life.3. It’s true the Holy Spirit moves us and leads us in our conversations about Christ.  But it’s our responsibility to use what the Lord gives us in the best possible way.  We prepare for important meetings – we need to prepare to give an account of our faith as well.Today’s Scripture Verses:“And with great power, the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.” (Acts 4:33 ESV)Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/27/20235 minutes, 17 seconds
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#808: Everything We Need Follows Surrender

Years ago, I heard a life-changing quote that has stayed with me for years. It said, “Everything you need is on the other side of surrounding your life to God.” I believe this statement is absolutely true. Everything we need God can provide. I pray you take that truth to heart. Everything you need God can provide. Yet, often the provision doesn’t come until we surrender to God. Main Points:1. As long as we think we can do it without God, he’ll let us try. When we come up empty, it’s then that we realize surrender is a good idea. God wants us to love him with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength. When we put God first in our lives, when we give him control, we’ll experience the joy of God’s provision in every area of life. 2. God’s plan is not about depriving us of good things. He delights to give his children good gifts. He also desires, above all else, for us to follow him and delight in him. Sometimes God will make us sacrifice something we want, to secure our heart for the greatest good: himself. 3. Is there an area of your life in which God is calling you to surrender? Have you been holding on tightly out of fear and uncertainty for the future? Take a step of faith and let go. Surrender. Trust our loving Father with everything that is important to you. He won’t fail.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 26:39 - “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/26/20235 minutes, 37 seconds
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#807: The Blessing is in the Giving

Remember this truth today: We have been blessed to be a blessing. What are we to do with our blessings? We are to bless others. Proverbs teaches that those who hoard their blessings will no longer be blessed. The blessing is found in the giving.Main Points:1. Continually, the scripture speaks to the heart and motive behind our actions. The Bible teaches us that if we give to be seen by others, well, then we have our reward. If our motive in giving is to receive something back, we give with the wrong motive.2. Jesus is teaching us that the blessing is found in the giving. The blessing is found in the serving. The blessing is found in ministering to the needs of others. 3. Sometimes, God, in his goodness, rewards us here and now, and even openly for our generosity. But the Bible teaches us there are greater blessings coming in the Kingdom of God when we lay up treasures in Heaven.Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 20:35 - “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”Proverbs 11:25 - “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/25/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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#806: What is Cheap Grace?

As followers of Jesus, you and I know that God’s grace is not cheap. It was costly and expensive. It cost Jesus his very life. A great price was paid for you and I to receive and experience the wonderful grace of God.Main Points:1. Receiving God’s grace is the entry point into the Kingdom of God. It’s the starting line of our salvation. No one is forgiven of their sins without receiving the grace of God.  But many have wondered, what comes next? What comes after our salvation? What does God want to do in our lives after we have been born again?2. According to scripture, God's grace teaches us to say no to ungodliness and worldly passions. It teaches us to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives as we wait for the return of Christ.3. We see that recipients of God’s grace cannot live as if they have not experienced His grace. No, grace will change us. Grace leads us to repentance. Grace calls us to obedience. Grace asks us to lay down the old life and pick up a new one. Grace instructs us to walk in holiness and righteousness.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”Titus 2:11-13 - "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ…” Matthew 16:24 - “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/21/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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#805: When You Feel Anxious

Feelings of anxiety are often related to our thoughts. Let’s do an inventory of our thought life. What have you been thinking about lately? Try to identify the fear that is the result of those thoughts. Often times anxiety occurs when we think about something that could be true, it might be true, but we are not sure it’s true.Main Points:1. We become anxious over something that could possibly happen, but it hasn’t happened yet. It may or may not happen, but the thought of it happening causes us to fear. 2. Some years ago, during a particularly difficult season where I experienced anxiety that seemed to be uncontrollable, I remember one night God speaking to my heart. It was one of those moments when the voice of God was unmistakable. With startling clarity, God asked me, “Loren, these thoughts you are thinking that cause you to be anxious, do you know them to be true?”3. So, I began an exercise that would lift anxious thoughts off of my heart. When I would feel anxious about something I would ask myself, “Do I know this to be true?” Most often, the answer would be no. I would then say to myself, “If this becomes true, God will give me the strength to deal with it.”Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 139:23 - "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.”Philippians 4:8 - “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/20/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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#804: The Outer Christian Life

We have sometimes relegated faith in Christ to something private and personal. It’s between me and the Lord, people say. Yet, Paul is teaching us that if Christ is on the inside, it will show on the outside. Personal faith will become public. Christ on the inside produces a changed life on the outside. Main Points:1. We often talk about the inner Christian life. It’s true God works in our lives from the inside out, but rarely do I hear anyone talk about the outer Christian life. We talk about the personal relationship with Christ, but not much about the public Christian life.2. So, what does this Christian clothing look like? Paul says we are to put on or to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Wow! These are the character traits others should notice in us as we follow Jesus.3. Every day your outer Christian life is a testimony to others of how Jesus changes lives. No, we are not perfect, but we should daily seek to grow in Christlikeness. Our testimony should be that we are compassionate and kind toward others. We are humble, gentle, and patient. According to Paul, this is what a Christian looks like.Today’s Scripture Verses:Colossians 3:12 - “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”Colossians 3:9-10 - “…since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”1 Samuel 16:7 says “…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/19/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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#803: The Heavens Declare the Glory of God

Looking at the night sky with the radiance of the moon and stars, David understood what it all revealed. He said, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” The brightness and the brilliance of the skies tell us about the beauty and the majesty of God. Only someone so powerful and so creative could design what we see each night.Main Points:1. Regardless of where we live on earth, the voice of God speaks to us through nature, revealing His existence, power, and glory.2. Because of this general revelation, we cannot say God has hidden from us. He reveals His existence every day. 3. With this revelation, we have a choice of what to do with it. Seeing the beauty, majesty, and power of God, how will we respond? Many respond with indifference, but I pray you’ll see the power of God and respond by acknowledging His greatness.Today’s Scripture Verses:Isaiah 40:26 - “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.”Psalm 19:1-4 - “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”Romans 1:20 - “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”Psalm 147:4 - “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/18/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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#802: Is Baptism Really Necessary?

Is baptism really necessary? We know that the physical act of baptism does not save us, so why should we do it? The answer is: that Jesus commanded us to do so. Baptism in water is an act of obedience.Main Points:1. What is Water Baptism? Baptism is a ceremony where a person who has placed their faith in Jesus for the forgiveness of their sins, is immersed in water in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  It is a public declaration of your faith and identity as a follower of Christ. It’s an illustration of what Christ has done in your life.2. In the New Testament we see that people were baptized immediately after their salvation. New Christians did not wait until they felt ready to be baptized. It is not a matter of readiness, it is a matter of obedience. 3. Baptism is not a mark of spiritual maturity, but rather a statement of personal identification with Jesus Christ.  You don’t have to wait until you feel like you are a spiritually strong person.  It’s an obedience issue, not a maturity issue.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 28:19 - “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”John 14:15 - “If you love me, keep my commandments.”Romans 6:4 - “We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”Colossians 2:12 - "For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him, you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/17/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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#801: I Need Wisdom

Wisdom is something we all need, but we might underestimate just how much we need it. You and I need wisdom in our thinking, our words, our actions, and our future. We need wisdom in our work, our ministries, and in our leadership. Is there an area of your life in which you do not need God’s wisdom? I don’t think so.Main Points:1. To receive God’s wisdom we first have to recognize that we need it.2. We can live self-sufficient lives that leave God out of our decision-making. This is a critical mistake. God wants to be right in the middle of our choices and decision. He wants to lead, guide, and direct our steps. He has given us His Word, the Bible to be a daily resource that provides His wisdom.3. Let’s see the value of Godly wisdom. The world, our culture, and our society offer their version of wisdom that most often conflicts with God’s wisdom. Let’s begin to seek God’s wisdom. Let’s begin to value God’s point of view over our own.Today’s Scripture Verses:James 1:5 - “If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.”Proverbs 8:11 – “For wisdom is more precious than rubies, and nothing you desire can compare with her.”Proverbs 2:1-6 – “If you accept My words and store up My commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God.  For the Lord gives wisdom.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/14/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#800: The Lesson of Responsibility

As I reflect on these early lessons about responsibility, I also learned that the growth of my spiritual life was my responsibility. My growth in Christ was not the responsibility of my pastor, my Sunday school teacher, or even my parents. God used each of them to play a role, but my spiritual growth depended on whether or not I accepted the responsibility to grow.Main Points:1. The scripture teaches us that our knowledge of God and our experience with Him is something we must pursue. His presence, power, wisdom, strength, peace, and joy can all be obtained as we grow in our relationship with Him.2. Hear this truth today. You can have more of God in your life. There is more of His presence and power you can receive. You can have more love for others, more Godly wisdom, more discernment, and more knowledge of His Word.3. God makes it all available, but He doesn’t automatically download it into our lives. You and I are personally responsible for our own spiritual growth. In fact, we could say that where you and I are spiritually is directly tied to the level of our pursuit of God.Today’s Scripture Verses:James 4:8 - “ Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.”  Hebrews 10:22 - “Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart…”  Isaiah 55:6 - “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.”John 15:5 - “Apart from me you can do nothing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/12/20235 minutes, 32 seconds
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#799: Words and Thoughts

Imagine the impact on your life if you began to make this verse your daily prayer. What if we began every morning by letting God know our desire is that the words of our mouth and the thoughts in our minds be pleasing to Him?Main Points:1. Our choices, decisions, actions, and ultimately our lifestyle are determined by our thoughts and our words. This makes self-control so vital for us. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we must control our words and thoughts. 2. All of us have said, “I shouldn’t have thought that and I wish I hadn’t said that.” I believe with this prayer David is telling us that our thoughts and words don’t have to be impetuous. You and I are not without control. The Holy Spirit resides within us to give us power for daily living.3. As we learn to pay attention to our thoughts, we ask the question, “Does this thought please God? Does it honor the Lord? As we ask this all-important question, we can immediately take action. We can entertain the thought if it does please God, but if it doesn’t we can cast it out. We can reject the thought. We can refuse to think things that don’t please the Lord.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 19:14 - “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”2 Corinthians 10:5 - “…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” James 3:8 - “…no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.”James 1:19 - “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/11/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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#798: Preparing for your Future

Are you preparing for your next season? I believe God has a preferred future for your life. He’s not finished with you and wants to use your life for His purpose. Too many people have settled with a belief they have reached their potential or that there’s nothing more God wants to do through their lives. Main Points:1. Let me encourage you with this truth: Everyone has a next step to take. No matter how long you have served Christ, He still has a next step for you. It might be a step of faith or a step of obedience but know that you have another step to take.2. We must prepare ourselves today for what God has for us tomorrow. We can’t wait until opportunities arrive to get prepared. We must prepare now. It’s possible that God will withhold opportunities because we are simply not ready.3. In a spiritual sense, God has a new season for you. His work in our lives is never static. By His Holy Spirit, God is always moving us forward. We must prepare today for what God wants to do in our lives tomorrow.Today’s Scripture Verses:Joshua 3:5 - “Joshua told the people, "Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do amazing things among you." Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/5/20235 minutes, 33 seconds
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#797: The Question of Jesus' Identity

Who is this? “Who is Jesus?”  Is he just a historical figure, a religious leader, a philosopher, and a teacher? Was he revolutionary and a political rebel? Is he an imaginary person and a myth? Or is Jesus the Messiah, the King of the Jews, a Savior, and God in the flesh?Main Points:1. This is the most important question you will ever be asked. It’s a personal question, with eternal implications… “Who is Jesus?”2. This is so important because to be almost right about Jesus is to be totally wrong.  Why? Because we cannot be saved by good opinions about Jesus. We are not saved because we like Jesus and have good feelings about him. We are not saved because we like his moral teaching about loving one another. That is not enough. 3. This is the most important question you will ever be asked. A good man? A great teacher? A revolutionary leader? Or is he the Christ, the Son of the Living God?  Who was he? Who is he? Your eternal destiny hangs on your answer. May God open your eyes to see Jesus as the son of God. May you have the courage today to put your faith in him and trust him as the savior of your soul.Today’s Scripture Verses:Mark 4:41 - “They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”Matthew 16:13-16 - “When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
4/4/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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#796: The Abundance of God's Provision

When we think about God’s resources and His ability to provide for us, we must see the abundance of His provision. There is no limit to God’s resources. Just as we can’t calculate the volume of the ocean, we can’t determine the extent of God’s ability to provide.Main Points:1. His power is endless. His resources will never be used up. God will never go bankrupt. He has unlimited resources. God’s supply never runs out. He is truly a God of abundance.2. Our Heavenly Father has infinite resources and unlimited creativity. You can’t usually guess how God is going to work, because He delights to provide in ways we never would expect so that we will revel in His abundant goodness. God provides abundantly, in His timing, in ways we never would expect. 3. Will you stand upon the promise of God’s Word and trust that He will provide for you? Be unmoving in your faith that God will provide from his unlimited supply.Today’s Scripture Verses:Philippians 4:19 - “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”2 Corinthians 9:8 - “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”Psalm 37:25 - “I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”Psalm 34:10 - “…those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/30/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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#795: Are you Living in the Fear of the Lord?

The fear of the Lord is deep respect, awe, and reverence for God.  We give God the glory, honor, reverence, gratitude, and praise, he deserves.  God holds this preeminent position in our hearts and lives.  We regard his desires over and above our own.Main Points:1. The Bible repeatedly tells us not to fear. It’s been said that the Bible gives us this command 365 times, one for each day of the year. This instruction is referring to destructive fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 - “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” But there is another kind of fear that is good for us. In fact, it’s mentioned over 200 times in the Bible. It’s the fear of the Lord. What does it mean to fear the Lord?2. Fearing the Lord is about deep reverence and respect. We should fear or respect the Lord as one who has authority over us. It is a recognition that we are accountable to Him.3. Wisdom begins and ends with the fear of the Lord. It isn’t a fear of being struck by lightning or fear of being struck dead but it’s a deep, abiding, holy reverence and respect for the Lord and for His Word. Today’s Scripture Verses:Listen to what Proverbs says about the fear of the Lord…“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”  (Proverbs 9:10)“He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children it will be a refuge” (14:26)“The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, turning a man from the snares of death” (14:27)“Better a little with the fear of the Lord, than great wealth with turmoil” (15:16).“Through the fear of the Lord a man avoids evil” (16:6b).“Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth, honor and life” (22:4).Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/29/20235 minutes, 35 seconds
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#794: Are you Available?

Are we available to God? Are we making ourselves available to serve Him? God is not looking for ability.  He is looking for availability.Main Points:1. One of the things that should motivate us is the knowledge that one day we will stand before God and we will give an account of how we used the gifts and talents he has given to us.2. What you and I are going to do for God, we must do it now. We don’t know how much time we have. If God has called us to do something, we must do it now. If we carry a burden or a passion for a certain ministry, we must do it now. We cannot put it off. We cannot wait until a more convenient season. We must do it now.3. So, today, will you make yourself available to God? Will you put His purposes and His priorities over your own? Will you let God use your life to make a difference?Today’s Scripture Verses:Romans 14:12 - “So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.”Matthew 16:27 - “For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.”Ephesians 2:10 - “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/27/20235 minutes, 11 seconds
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Listener Favorite: Pray Without Ceasing

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 611 - Pray Without CeasingAs Christians, prayer is always a whisper away. Prayer is communication with God, and we can live each minute of the day in a constant, flowing, conversation with God. You don’t need a special appointment to talk with God. You can do so, anywhere, and at anytime. Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/24/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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Listener Favorite: A Heart for Worship

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 607 - A Heart for WorshipWhen we have a proper heart for worship we’ll see that worship is not for us. Worship is for God. We worship for an audience of ONE!  He is the audience, we are not. As our hearts are directed in praise, adoration, gratitude, and love for God, in return we experience joy.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/23/20235 minutes, 39 seconds
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Listener Favorite: Understanding the Love of God

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 603: Understanding the Love of GodWe’ll spend the rest of our lives trying to understand God’s love, but the best way to get started is to experience it. His love will change your life.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group
3/22/20235 minutes, 45 seconds
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Listener Favorite: The Theology of Rest

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 601: The Theology of RestYou and I know intuitively that rest is important for us. Not only is it important, but rest is also vital. Without rest, we are not at our best. Rest sharpens our soul, our mind, our body, and our spirit.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/21/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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Listener Favorite: The Power of Earnest Prayer

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 689 - The Power of Earnest PrayerWhen was the last time you gathered with other believers and prayed an earnest prayer? Let’s recommit ourselves to prayer. The God who hears will answer.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/20/20235 minutes, 23 seconds
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Listener Favorite: "Waiting on God's Timing"

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 621 - "Waiting on God's Timing"Patience is the ability to accept delay or disappointment graciously. Our default reaction to delay and disappointment is often to respond with frustration and anger. Patience is the ability to allow God’s grace to control our personality so we can respond like God.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/17/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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Listener Favorite: "The Hard Sayings of Jesus"

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 621 - "The Hard Sayings of Jesus"Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/16/20235 minutes, 55 seconds
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Listener Favorite: "A Message to the Discouraged"

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 600 - "A Message to the Discouraged"I believe some of you listening today are discouraged. You have lost your hope and confidence in God. But no matter what your visible circumstances might be, God has not changed. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Today regain your hope in Him. Put your confidence in him. In God’s time and in His way, He will come through.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/15/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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Listener Favorite: "Praying for Patience"

This week we are sharing episodes that have become listener favorites. We hope you enjoy this episode.Episode 636 - "Praying for Patience."Patience is the ability to accept delay or disappointment graciously. Our default reaction to delay and disappointment is often to respond with frustration and anger. Patience is the ability to allow God’s grace to control our personality so we can respond like God.Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/14/20235 minutes, 23 seconds
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#793: Giving Up Our Right to Seek Revenge

Have you ever felt the temptation to take revenge? Your work colleague takes the credit for a project you have worked so hard on. Your so-called friend betrays your confidence and spreads lies about you. Your spouse has been unfaithful. Someone has attacked you, mistreated you, ignored you, or socially rejected you. Main Points:1. Revenge is the desire or urge to get even with somebody.  To punish or cause harm as an act of retaliation.  2. The idea of revenge is only an illusion.  You can never “get even” with anyone.  It is impossible to balance the scales of hurt.  The only possible way to come out on top is to respond to hurt with a godly attitude and trust that God will settle the account.  3. The people of God do not retaliate.  The people of God do not seek vengeance.  We do not take revenge into our own hands.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 5:44 – “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”  Romans 12:19-21 - “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:  “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/9/20235 minutes, 26 seconds
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#792: What God Desires

If you and I had been asked what God desires most from our lives, we might have been tempted to say worship. And while God is worthy and deserving of our worship, it’s obedience God desires most. Main Points:1. We cannot rationalize our acts of obedience to God. Our obedience to God and His Word is not something we do if it seems logical.2. God desires obedience. When we surrender our lives in complete obedience we honor God for who He truly is. We also put ourselves in a place where we can receive the blessings of God. The obedient life is the blessed life.3. Search your heart. Are you offering God partial obedience? Let’s fully surrender our lives to God’s authority. Today’s Scripture Verses:1 Samuel 15:9 - “But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs—everything that was good.”1 Samuel 15:14 - “What then is this bleating of sheep in my ears? What is this lowing of cattle that I hear?”1 Samuel 15:22 -  “Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/8/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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#791: Songs in the Night

In the night hours, when you can’t sleep, instead of dwelling on problems, uncertainties, and anxieties, turn your mind back to a song. A song of worship and a song of praise. If you are married, you might not want to sing aloud and wake your spouse, but in your heart you rehearse the words of praise to God.Main Points:1. It’s at night, in the quiet that our fears often increase their volume. Our minds ask, “What if this happens? What if the medical test turns out positive? What if I don’t have enough money? What if my kids make wrong decisions? What if my elderly parents can’t take care of themselves? There seems to be no end to the what if questions.2. But a song in the night moves us from uncertainty to certainty. We are uncertain about a lot of things in this life, but we are absolutely certain about God. We are certain that nothing will separate us from His love. We are certain he has been faithful in our past and will be faithful in our future. We are certain that He will never leave us or forsake us.3. Choose your song. Pick a song that exalts Jesus and reminds you of His faithfulness. When all is dark, let it be your song in the night.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 42;8 - "By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.”Psalm 77:6 - “I remembered my songs in the night.”Acts 16:25 - “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/7/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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#790: You Must Be Born Again

We must realize that the goal of the Christian life is not behavior modification. The goal is not to just become a better person. We must be born again. We must know God in a personal way.Main Points:1. Nicodemus was pursuing salvation through his own efforts. He was trying to be a good person. He was trying to do all the right things. But on this night he learns that salvation can only come when we are born again. You have been born physically, but you can have a spiritual birth when you place your faith in Jesus.2. If you and I had lived in this time, it’s likely we would have thought Nicodemus was a godly man. We would have thought, surely, Nicodemus is going to Heaven, look how religious he is.3. But religion and good behavior isn’t what saves us. Jesus said, “You must be born again.”Today’s Scripture Verses:John 3:2 - “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God. For no one could perform the signs you are doing if God were not with him.”John 3:3 - Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/6/20235 minutes, 30 seconds
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#789: The Two People You Need In Your Life

Every Christian needs two people in their lives. We need someone we are learn from and someone we are discipling. We need someone in our lives that is helping us grow spiritually, and someone we are helping grow.Main Points:1. There is much emphasis today on our “personal relationship with Christ.” But sometimes because it’s personal, we forget our responsibility to share it with others. 2. The Scripture informs us that the older women should teach the younger women. The older men should teach the younger men. This may not always refer to age because we know that just because a person is older it does not mean they are mature in the faith. I believe Paul is instructing us to find someone who is new in the faith so we can teach them how to follow Christ. This is discipleship.3. In discipleship, we model and teach toward a deeper love for and obedience to Christ. The goal of all discipleship is that we would be like Christ in our actions and character.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 28:19-20 - “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you…”1 Thessalonians 5:11 - “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”Hebrews 10:24 - “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
3/1/20235 minutes, 9 seconds
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#788: Bold as a Lion

What does it mean to be bold? The dictionary defines the word bold as “a characteristic of confidence and courage.” I believe God is calling for you and me to live our faith out loud with confidence and courage. How else will the world around us know the difference Jesus has made in our lives?Main Points:1. Pastor and Author Craig Groeschel wrote, “Sometimes we function as ‘Christian Atheists.’ We believe in God, we just live as though he does not exist.”2. We’ve been told by our culture that faith is a private matter, it’s in appropriate and rude to share it with anyone else. This, of course, is Satan’s strategy to intimidate believers into silence and ineffectiveness for Christ. If our enemy can cause us to be afraid of what others will think of us, we’ll keep our voices quiet and our influence will be minimized.3. We cannot be ashamed, timid, or afraid. The gospel is the “good news” of Jesus Christ. God intends for us to live out our faith in a public way. We can do this in kind, gentle, and respectful ways and still have a bold testimony for Christ.Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 28:1 - “The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.”Romans 1:16 - “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes…”Luke 9:26 - “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/28/20235 minutes, 6 seconds
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#787: Generosity is a Key to Spiritual Growth

I believe God calls Christians to be generous because generosity is a key component of our spiritual growth. It’s our normal human instinct to be stingy, to think of our own needs, and to be concerned with our own comfort and happiness. Yet, when we break out of that mold and be generous, we are becoming like Christ. One of the greatest characteristics of Jesus is that He was and is generous. If you want to be like Jesus, become a generous person. Main Points:1. Why does our level of giving matter to God? Because it reveals our heart. Generosity is an outward demonstration of what we love and what we hold most dear.2. So, what is it that keeps us from becoming more generous? It’s a great question because most people I know truly want to become more generous. So, why aren’t we. Often times, it comes down to fear. We are afraid that if we are generous, we won’t have enough to meet our own needs.3. Generosity is a key to spiritual growth because it is a selfless characteristic. As we grow spiritually the things that matter to God become increasingly more important to us. Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 11:25 - “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.”2 Corinthians 8:7 - “See that you also excel in this grace of giving.”Matthew 6:21 - “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”2 Corinthians 9:6 - “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/27/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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#786: Searching for Contentment

No matter what we have, we want more. I think you would agree, contentment is hard to find. Have you ever said, “I’ll be happy when… I’ll be content when…” Contentment is elusive. The more we have the more we want. We have an idea that when we arrive at a certain place, we’ll finally be content, only to arrive and to still want more. Main Points:1. Today, you and I think of contentment as comfort, happiness, and satisfaction, but all of these things are based on our circumstances. Sometimes the circumstances of life don’t leave us comfortable, happy, or satisfied.2. I love this definition. Contentment is realizing God has given you in your present circumstances everything you need to endure, grow closer to Him, and remain victorious in your relationship with Christ.  It is the ability to live steadily above changing circumstances through the power of Christ within you.3. The key to contentment is realizing that God has already given you, in your present circumstances, everything you need to have joy and fulfillment.Today’s Scripture Verses:Philippians 4:11-13 - “…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”Luke 12:15 - “A man’s life does not consist of the abundance of things he has.”Matthew 6:33 – “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/23/20235 minutes, 43 seconds
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#785: Why God Makes Us Wait

Admittedly, waiting is hard for most of us. It seems that impatience is the human characteristic that identifies us all. Today, we live in a quick response, on demand culture. Waiting on anything is becoming increasingly difficult. But as Christians, there is one thing we will have to wait on. We will have to wait on God. I guarantee it. As a part of His plan, His purpose, and His character development in our lives, God will make us wait.Main Points:1. If God makes us wait, we can trust there is always a reason. It’s hard because we can’t always see the reason at first. Yet, as a good Heavenly Father, He doesn’t play games with us. He doesn’t do things without a reason. There is always a purpose to His plan. In the waiting there is something to learn, something to gain, and something to experience. Don’t miss the blessing in the waiting just because you are impatient. It’s possible the waiting season is also God’s way of protecting you.2. God makes us wait, because it’s here we learn that life is not about us. It’s about Him. It’s about His ways, His timing, and His plans. Waiting on God increases our dependance on Him. It grows our faith and shapes our character.3. Don’t get weary in the waiting. What God has in store for you is worth waiting on.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 37:7 - “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him…” Psalm 130:5-6 - “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/22/20235 minutes, 47 seconds
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#784: Is the Bible Still Relevant?

Unless the author of the Bible is  God, the scripture is simply the collection of ancient man’s thoughts and idea, it might be uplighting and even inspiring, but we wouldn’t consider it authoritative. Yet, if the author is truly God Almighty, then His words are as eternal as He is. His words are relevant for every generation. His words and life-changing are transformative.Main Points:1. There is a question today in our culture about the continued validity and relevance of the Bible. Many no longer consider the Scripture to be inspired by God and they certainly do not regard it to hold any kind of authority over their beliefs or actions. 2. The relevance and authority of the Bible are still in place, in fact they are eternal, because of its source, the very mouth of God.3. The Bible is the eternal, unchanging, always-relevant, Word of God. Through its pages we are introduced to the author. We come to know Him in a personal way and we are transformed.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Timothy 3:16-17 - “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”2 Peter 1:21 - “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/21/20235 minutes, 24 seconds
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#783: Those who Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

The question Jesus asks in Matthew 5:6 is….”Do we possess a craving hunger and thirst for God’s righteous life?  The promise? “If we do, we will be filled.”Main Points:1. Because of our lack of hunger, it may be difficult for us to understand this particular beatitude. We rarely hunger and thirst after anything, so we miss the urgency of these words.2. If you and I want righteousness, we can have it. If you want a closer relationship with God, you can have it. Jesus provides the way. If you want to do God’s will, you can. If you want to grow spiritually, you can. You have to hunger for it.3. How do we maintain a hunger for the righteousness of God? We make knowing God our number one goal in life.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 5:6 - “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”James 4:8 - “Come near to God and he will come near to you.”Psalm 107:9 - “For he satisfies the longing soul, and the hungry soul he fills with good things.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/20/20235 minutes, 15 seconds
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#782: Integrity is Required

In a recent meeting our team discussed our value of integrity. Here’s how we state it: We require integrity to the Scripture, our families, our team members, and ourselves. What is integrity? The dictionary defines it as the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. It is moral uprightness. Perhaps you have heard this definition. Integrity is who you are when no one else is looking.Main Points:1. There is a popular phrase in our society that says, “What I do in my private life is my business and it has no effect on my public life.”  I think we all know this is not true.2. Integrity gives us credibility with others. As Christ-followers we want to share an honest testimony with our words, but also with the life we live.3. We guard our integrity by protecting our heart, by being faithful to our families, and by keeping our promises.Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 10:9 - “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.”1 Chronicles 29:17 - “I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity.”Proverbs 11:3 - “The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/17/20235 minutes, 18 seconds
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#781: Our Days are Numbered by the Lord

Here’s what I want you to think about today: Whatever you are going to do for God, you need to do it now. What is it that God has put on your heart to do? What burden are you carrying? What calling do you have on your life? Have you been saying, “Someday I want to serve God in a particular way? Someday I want to do this for God.” Hear this word. Someday is today. Someday is now.Main Points:1. We cannot put off until tomorrow what God is calling us to do today. The days, weeks, months, and years are going by, and they are going by quickly. We cannot go back and change the past, but we can do something about today.2. So, let’s get to it. Let’s get started. Not tomorrow, but today. What has God put on your heart to do? What passion to serve the Lord do you carry? Let’s get started.  What can you do today? What small step can you take right now? 3. I don’t know what God is speaking to your heart, but I do know the Holy Spirit is always calling us to go, to serve, and to step out into the plan of God. Fear and busyness cause us to delay and to wait. They lead us to put off until tomorrow the things God has put on our hearts.Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 49:7 - “No one can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for them.”Job 14:5 - “A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”Ephesians 5:16 - “Making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.”Proverbs 27:1  - “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.”James 4:13-15 - “Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/16/20235 minutes, 42 seconds
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#780: The Gospel is for Everyone

While we are thankful we have received such a great salvation, we may wonder if God can truly save anyone? We know people who are far from God. They have no interest in God or the things of God. Their hearts seem hardened and they are not open to the gospel of Christ. Can God break through their darkness? Is the gospel for everyone?Main Points:1. Perhaps you have wondered if God could save you. Maybe you have thought you have sinned too much, gone too far, and are beyond saving. Possibly you have thought God could save and forgive others, but you are a lost cause.2. The wonderful thing about God’s grace is that it is for every sinner. That includes you and me. No one is beyond the reach of God’s grace. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross paid the penalty for all of our sins, opening the door to a relationship with God.3. The word “gospel” means “good news.” Let’s share this good news with everyone we can and let them know Jesus saves.Today’s Scripture Verses:John 3:16—“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”Romans 10:13 - “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” John 3:15 - “everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”Titus 2:11 - “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.”1 Timothy 1:15 - “Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/15/20235 minutes, 24 seconds
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#779: When You are on the Far Side of the Wilderness

Maybe today you feel alone. Perhaps due to your mistakes and failures you have isolated yourself from others. Maybe you are struggling and you wonder where God is. Possibly, you feel as if you are on the far side of the wilderness. Stand on this truth from God’s Word: He will never leave you or forsake you.Main Points:1. This morning as I was reading my Bible, I found myself in Exodus chapter three. It’s the story where Moses meets God at the burning bush. Six words leaped off the page as I read the familiar story. It says Moses was on “the far side of the wilderness.” Moses wasn’t just in the wilderness, he was on the far side of the wilderness. What is the wilderness? The dictionary defines it as “an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region.” In other words, Moses was as isolated as a person could get.2. Yet, on the far side of the wilderness, with not another person in sight, Moses was not alone. It’s here Moses has a life-changing encounter with God. He is reminded he is not alone, he is not forgotten, and God’s purpose for his life has not changed.3. Moses never forgot about the day he encountered God at the burning bush. It was a revelation of God’s continued purpose and plan for his life, but the greater lesson for Moses was the necessity of God’s presence. Today’s Scripture Verses:Exodus 3:1 - "Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness..."Psalm 139:7-10 - “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”Exodus 33:15-16 - “Then Moses said to him, “If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us? What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/14/20235 minutes, 37 seconds
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#778: What is Amazing About God's Grace?

Grace is God's undeserved kindness. The doctrine of grace is that God treats us better than we deserve to be treated. Grace is "the love and mercy given to us by God because God desires us to have it, not because of anything we have done to earn it.”  Grace comes from the Greek Word “charis” literally meaning “gift, kindness, generosity.”Main Points:1. God’s Word teaches us that we are all sinners. We are all in need of God’s grace. Jesus came, and by his death on the cross, paid the penalty for our sins. Salvation doesn’t happen automatically because God is good. Because God is good, there is now a path for salvation, but it must be received. We receive grace by placing our faith in Jesus Christ, and Jesus Christ alone.2. Eternal life is not a reward for good people; it’s God’s gift to forgiven people.  When Jesus died on the cross he was lifted up to carry the sins of the world.  Your sin and mine.  His death satisfied sin’s requirements.  Whatever you think you owed God, Jesus paid it.  3. To receive God’s amazing grace, we must recognize we are lost. We must agree with God that we are sinners in need of His salvation. This is where we offer God our confession and repentance. Through faith we believe in Jesus, and by grace we are saved. It’s only here that those who are lost are found. Those who are blind, now can see. God’s grace is truly amazing.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 2:8-9 - “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.”Romans 5:20 - “… But where sin increased, grace increased all the more.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/10/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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#777: You Have Been Chosen

Did you know you have been chosen by God? There is a place for all of us on God’s team. God has a place for you. It’s the right fit, the right opportunity, and the right assignment. God has place for you where you will thrive, a place that fits your gifting, your passions, and your calling. You have been chosen.Main Points:1. In the sovereignty of God, he prepared us for this moment in our lives. Not only has He given us opportunity, but he has equipped us through our various kinds of training. He has given us experiences that would give us the necessary knowledge and understanding. He has place mentors in our lives that will help shape our character. He has placed within you spiritual gifts. He has given you aptitudes, talents, and skills. You are right where God wants you to be. Why? Because He has chosen and appoint you.2. Why did God select us? We feel so unworthy. We often feel unqualified. Surely, God could have found someone else who is more capable and more proficient.3. Yet, God is not looking for the most talented, the most qualified, the most educated. He does not select on the criteria that men do. God is looking at the heart. Do you have a heart after me? Will you follow me? Will you serve for my glory? Will your ambition be the glory of God?Today’s Scripture Verses:John 15:16 - “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”John 15:4 - “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.” John 15:5 - “If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/9/20235 minutes, 27 seconds
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#776: Wisdom and the Fear of the Lord

Out of His abundance, God will supply what we are lacking, if we ask. It’s important to see that God doesn’t just bestow wisdom upon us automatically. Not every walking around today is living in the wisdom of God.Main Points:1. It is this deep awe, reverence, and respect for God and His Word that leads us to pay attention to His Word. We begin to listen and to obey the Word. We value God’s Word over our own thoughts and intuition. 2. The Lord says we should seek for God’s wisdom like a person seeking for a hidden treasure. If we do, we’ll find it. God will bless us with His wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. 3. It’s likely you are facing something today in which you need God’s wisdom. Is there a decision to be made? Are you facing a family crisis, a challenge at work, or choice about your future? Ask God to help you like in the fear of the Lord. It’s here that our become open to the wisdom of God.Today’s Scripture Verses:“My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding—indeed, if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. For the Lord gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.”Proverbs 1:7 - “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge.”James 1:5 - “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/8/20235 minutes, 27 seconds
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#775: People of the Word

 I sat and thought for a moment. How much do I love the Word of God? Having access to the Bible my entire life, has it become common place? Do I take it for granted? I began to pray and ask God for a renewed love for His Word. I prayed for a fresh hunger to know God more through the pages of Scripture.Main Points:1. You and I are to be people of the Word. The Bibles we possess are the very words of God. The chapters and verses are not simply the thoughts and insights of man, nor are they just historical stories of ancient peoples. 2. Because God has revealed His Word through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, and because it is infallible and without error, the Bible is authoritative rule of faith and conduct. We accept the Bible as the final and unchanging authority for what we believe and how we are to live.3. Since this is true, the Bible must become our daily spiritual food. We must become people of the Word. We must allow scripture to shape our worldview. Through the pages of the Bible we come to know God in a personal way. We discover His will for our lives and we learn how to please Him.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Peter 1:20-21 - “Above all, you must realize that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God.”Psalm 119:105 - “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path.”Psalm 119:47-48 - “…for I delight in your commands because I love them. I reach out for your commands, which I love, that I may meditate on your decrees.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/6/20235 minutes, 31 seconds
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#774: A God of Abundance

God’s power is immeasurable. You can’t calculate or quantify the power of God. It is beyond what we can see, know, and understand. God’s power is without limit. When we pray, God can do more than we ask or imagine.Main Points:1. Most of us, in our moments of despair, have cried out to Lord and asked, “God, can you meet my needs? Are you able to provide what I need?” Theologically, we know God can do anything. We know He has all power. We understand He is the creator of all things, yet, when our back is up against the wall, we question whether God can and will meet our needs. But as we read His Word, we learn of His power, His might, and His ability. In reality, the question is not “What can God do? But what can God not do?”2. There is no lack with God. God never runs out of resources. He is never in short supply of whatever we need. He is a God of abundance.3. Speak truth to your own soul. Stand upon the never-changing Word of God. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.Today’s Scripture Verses:Ephesians 3:20 - “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”Jeremiah 32:17 - “Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/3/20235 minutes, 49 seconds
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#773: How to Comfort Others

As we have journeyed through life, you and I have experienced the comfort God can give. We know what it is like to feel his presence. We know the comfort God can give to a weary soul. The Bible also teaches us that we should use the comfort God has given us, and comfort others. Main Points:1. As we study the scripture, we begin to realize God wants to use us as His agents of comfort to others. Since we have experience in facing life’s challenges, but have also received God’s comfort, we should be ready, willing, and available to express this comfort to others.2. One of my convictions is that in the body of Christ, no one should struggle alone. We are to be there for one another. Sometimes comfort is not found in the words we say. Have ever thought, “I don’t even know what to say?” Comfort is often not received in our words, but more so by our presence. I call this the ministry of presence. It’s a ministry to just sit and be with those who are suffering or grieving. The simple act of holding someone’s hand, a hug, and a prayer for God’s peace can comfort a heart that is hurting.3. We bring comfort by sharing how God has sustained us through our hard times. Remind them of God’s presence. Encourage them to know God will never leave them or forsake them. Comfort them with the comfort you have received from God. Today’s Scripture Verses:Psalm 34:18  - “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”2 Corinthians 1:3-5 - “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ."Romans 12:15 - “…mourn with those who mourn.” Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/2/20235 minutes, 29 seconds
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#772: Modern Day Idols

God’s desire is that we love Him above all else. We are to love Him with all of our hearts, all of our souls, all of our minds, and all of our strength. Only God can satisfy the deepest longings of our souls. Everything else we would turn to is an idol, something we run to instead of God. Yet, every time the idol leaves us empty. It produces regret, shame, and even fear.Main Points:1. We seek God first in our lives because He alone is worthy. We love Him above all things because He is Lord of all, and because He has loved us with an incomparable love. We refuse to have idols in our lives because none of them compare to God and what He can do for us.2. An idol can be a person or a relationship. An idol can be our work, our talents, or our career goals. An idol can be food or other substances we consume. An idol can be something we use to fill our time such as tv, movies, and social media. As we see, idolatry really could be anything we turn to instead of God. 3. Idols are fake imitations of God. Let’s search our hearts, ask for God’s forgiveness, and relinquish any idols we may have worshipped. Let’s give our allegiance to the one true God and remove modern-day idols.Today’s Scripture Verses:Exodus 20:3 - “You shall have no other gods before me.”Proverbs 4:23 - “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”Ezekiel 14:3 - “These men have set up idols in their hearts”Ezekiel 14:6 - “Therefore say to the people of Israel, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
2/1/20235 minutes, 48 seconds
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#771: The Prayer Jesus Prayed for You

Remember, this unity is only found in Christ. Unity is the oneness or harmony of believers in Jesus Christ. It is our relationship with Christ that unites us with each other. We are united in essential doctrine, mission and purpose, and love for one another.Main Points:1. Jesus prayed for the unity of His disciples. He knew if they would work together in unity, a unity that comes from the love of Christ, they would be effective in their mission. But if they allow division to come into their midst, if they began to fracture their relationships, they would be ineffective. 2. Though we are different in many ways, Jesus calls us together in unity of purpose and mission. We love one another and live in harmony with each other. In a broken and divided world, this unity will be so compelling and so contagious that the world around us will see that Jesus is the source of our unity.3. How do we maintain this kind of unity? Each of us must search our hearts and ask sincere questions. How can I support the purpose and mission of God’s church? What small differences should I let go of? Which personal preferences should I relinquish in light of God’s greater plan for His church?  How can I show more love to my brothers and sisters in Christ? Today’s Scripture Verses:John 17:20-21 - “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.”“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/31/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#770: Confession is Good for the Soul

Confession brings God’s forgiveness, healing, and freedom. Confession empties our souls of the burden of sin we have been carrying. What was in the dark has now been brought to the light. Our heavy load of sin has been lifted. We can now live in the freedom of God’s grace.Main Points:1. Today, we don’t hear much about the importance of confession and repentance of sins. We are taught to place our faith in Jesus and to accept him into our lives, but there is little teaching on repentance.2. When we truly recognize that we are sinners in need of God’s grace and mercy, there is sorrow that fills our hearts. We experience this heaviness because we now understand we have sinned against God.3. This sorrow leads us to be willing to not only believe in Jesus as our savior, but also to confess our sins to God, and offer our repentance.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 John 1:9 - “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”Proverbs 28:13 - “Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy.”2 Corinthians 7:10 - “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/27/20235 minutes, 12 seconds
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#769: The Love of the Father

What an amazing truth this is! Our Heavenly Father has lavished his love on us. The word “lavished” refers to something generous or extravagant. God has been extremely generous in His love for us. So much so that He has adopted us into His family and He now calls us His children. We are the children of God.Main Points:1. Because of our past sins, failures, and mistakes, we may feel as if we are unloveable and unworthy of God’s love. In and of ourselves, we are unworthy of his love. We can’t earn, merit, or ever deserve the love of God. You might even think, “Why would God love someone like me.”2. Here is the good news: Jesus makes us worthy. It is Jesus who gives us access to the Father’s love. In fact, there is no other way. Jesus opens the door to a relationship with the Father. It is here that we become the children of God. 3. Let this truth fill your heart and mind today: You are loved deeply by your Heavenly Father.Today’s Scripture Verses:1 John 3:1 - “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”John 1:12 - “To all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.”1 John 4:19 - “We love because He first loved us.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/26/20235 minutes, 50 seconds
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#768: Closed Doors and Open Doors

When we surrender our lives to the lordship and leadership of Jesus, in His sovereignty, he will open doors of opportunity. Sometimes He will close doors. Surely, you have seen both in your life. In both cases, the issue is the surrender of our will to God. Will we let the Lord direct our steps? Main Points:1. When it comes to allowing God to guide our lives, the struggle is often the surrender of our own will. When God opens a door will you, by faith, walk through it? When God closes a door, will you recognize it as one of the ways God protects and guides us? 2. We celebrate open doors. They are exciting. We praise God for making a way and leading us forward. While closed doors don’t seem quite as exciting, we should thank God for them because they are one of the ways he protects us and directs our steps. 3. Let’s allow the God who sees and knows all things to take us where we need to go. When a door needs to be opened, God can open it. When a door needs to be closed, He can certainly do that as well. Let’s trust His plan for our lives.Today’s Scripture Verses:Revelation 3:7-8 - “What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut.”1 Corinthians 16:9 - “For a wide door for effective work has opened to me…”Colossians 4:3 - “Pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word…”Acts 16:6-7 - “Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/25/20235 minutes, 24 seconds
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#767: Developing a Godly Perspective

Why is it important to have a biblical or godly perspective?  Our perspective should be the same as the God we serve. We want to see and interpret things the way God does. This will only happen as we make the Bible the lens through which we see the world. You’ll never see things the way God does until you see things through the lens of scripture.Main Points:1. It’s common to hear people, in a moment of disagreement say, “I don’t see it that way.” As Christ-followers, we need to ask the question, “How does God see it?” We then reframe our perspective to match how God sees things.2. Our perspective matters because it influences our beliefs, values, our lifestyle, our mindset, and our attitude.3. Determine that the Bible will be the lens through which you see and interpret the World. As you do, you’ll begin to see things the way God does.Today’s Scripture Verses:2 Corinthians 4:7-9 - “ But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/24/20235 minutes, 33 seconds
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#766: The Conditional Blessings of God

There are many times the Bible informs us of conditional blessings. These are places in Scripture where God says, “If you will, then I will.”  We need to pay attention to the conditional blessings listed in Scripture because there are quite a few of them.Main Points:1. Sometimes, as a Father I bless my children simply because I love them. I do things for them, I surprise them, and I’m generous with them for no reason at all but that it gives me joy. I’m confident God does this too.2. We should also pay attention to the conditional blessings of God. Be watching for where the Word of God says, “If you will, them I will.”3. Meditate on this truth today: The obedient life is a blessed life.Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 16:20 - “Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers, and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.”Deuteronomy 28:1-2 - “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God.”Psalm 1:1-3 - “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/23/20235 minutes, 21 seconds
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#765: Which Voices are you Listening to?

Which voices are you listening to? As Christians, we have to guard our hearts. We cannot listen to just any voice. We can’t give all voices the same credence and acceptance. We must decipher through the voices to determine what is true, what is right, and what is godly. All other voices must be rejected.Main Points:1. The Word of God is our filter. If the Scripture is the final authority for faith, belief, and practice, it must become the lens by which we see and interpret the world.2. The enemy of our soul will bombard us with words of fear, discouragement, and despair. We’ll be provided with counsel and guidance that can lead us astray. He will lie to us and tell us God is not good and that He is not faithful. He’ll use the words of others to distract us and keep us so preoccupied with busyness that we cannot hear the voice of God. Our adversary will bring people into our lives that will offer deception and cause us to deviate from the truth we know.3. You and I cannot listen to every voice. We must be discerning. We must choose to listen to Godly voices and shut every other voice out. The Word of God must be our gauge by which we determine the validity and the acceptance of each voice. Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 10:11 - “The words of the godly are a life-giving fountain; the words of the wicked conceal violent intentions.”Proverbs 10: 20-21 - “The words of the godly are like sterling silver; the heart of a fool is worthless.” The words of the godly encourage many, but fools are destroyed by their lack of common sense."Proverbs 10:31- 32 - “The mouth of the godly person gives wise advice, but the tongue that deceives will be cut off. The lips of the godly speak helpful words, but the mouth of the wicked speaks perverse words.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/13/20235 minutes, 16 seconds
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#764: Keeping our Eyes on Jesus

What wind and waves have caught your attention? What storm has caused you to look away from Jesus? Let’s learn what Peter learned. We must keep our eyes on Jesus. As the howl of the wind gets louder, we’ll be tempted to become distracted. As the waves crash higher, we’ll be enticed to look away. Main Points:1. Jesus is teaching us here that we are to keep our eyes on Him. No matter how big the storm is, Jesus is sufficient to see us through. The storm did not overwhelm Peter and his fellow disciples. Why? Because Jesus was with them.2. Let’s hear the words of our savior. “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” In our humanity, we experience doubt when our problems become bigger to us than God. We battle doubt because we don’t always know what God will do. We don’t know how we will face this storm.3. Don’t forget, you are not facing this storm alone. The one who is greater than the storm is with you. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you. He will get you out of the storm or he will get you through the storm. Either way, Jesus will be with you.Today’s Scripture Verses:Matthew 14:26-33 - “When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” Hebrews 12:2 - “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/12/20235 minutes, 43 seconds
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#763: The Never-Ending Knowledge of God

One of the characteristics of God is that He is omniscient. This means God sees and knows all things. Nothing is hidden from Him.Main Points:1. The omniscience of God is not meant to cause us to fear. While the book of Hebrews lets us know that God knows even the thoughts and intents of our hearts, the omniscience of God is a good thing.2. The knowledge of God assures us that God will meet our needs. The Bible tells us He knows our needs even before we ask Him. While God desires and delights in our prayer, His full knowledge of our lives provides him with the necessary information to meet our needs.3. The knowledge of God provides us with confidence that our future is in God’s hands. We don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but God does. The God who protects us, sustains us, and guides us today, will be faithful tomorrow. I can sleep tonight in peace knowing He has tomorrow in his hands. Today’s Scripture Verses:Proverbs 15:3 - “The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good.”Isaiah 40:28 - “Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.”Job 28:24 - “For he looks to the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.”Hebrews 55:8-9 - “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/11/20235 minutes, 10 seconds
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#762: Fight Your Battles with Praise

We can choose to respond to adversity with fear, anxiety, and worry. We can also choose to respond with praise and worship. You might say, “Yes, but Loren, praise doesn’t change my circumstances.” It might not, but it certainly will change what is happening inside of you. Main Points:1. As we praise, we confess what we know is true about God. We choose to trust and to believe, rather than to fear and despair. 2. Praise and worship are like nothing else. While God is the object of our praise, He, in turn, fills us with his presence. Praise and worship glorify and honor God, but it also lifts our spirits, give us joy, and reminds us that God is present.3. Fight your battles with praise. As you do, the presence of God will encourage and uplift your soul.Today’s Scripture Verses:Acts 16:22-24 - “The crowd joined in the attack against Paul and Silas, and the magistrates ordered them to be stripped and beaten with rods. After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. When he received these orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks.”Acts 16:25 - “About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.”Romans 12:12 - “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/10/20235 minutes, 40 seconds
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#761: Putting Jesus First in our Lives

To love God first is to put him first in our affection, attention, and priority. If anyone or anything comes before God, it becomes an idol. We can even make ministry for him more important than a relationship with him. This too is idolatry.Main Points:1. Our motive for putting Jesus first in our lives cannot be the desire for blessings alone. The primary reason we put Jesus first is because He is worthy. Jesus is supreme. He is preeminent. He alone is God. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.2. What is true in our theology must be true in practice. What is true in our beliefs, must be true in our lifestyle.3. You and I will never be fulfilled until we put God first in our lives. And we can never do that until we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ once and for all.Today’s Scripture Verses:Revelation 2:4-5 - “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”Colossians 1:15-16 - “Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see—such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him.”Colossians 1:18 - “Christ is also the head of the church, which is his body. He is the beginning, supreme over all who rise from the dead. So he is first in everything.”Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/9/20235 minutes, 28 seconds
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#760: Salvation Through Christ Alone

The Bible clearly teaches salvation comes through Christ alone. There is no other path, no other way, and no other possibility. If you will be saved from your sins and forgiven by God, you will come through Christ, and Christ alone.Main Points:1. There are those today who don’t like the fact that the Bible proclaims faith in Jesus as the only way to salvation. The exclusivity of Christ is a problem for them. Why can’t there be many ways to be saved? Don’t all roads lead to God? Why can’t we pick and choose a path of salvation that seems to work best for us? 2. Instead of complaining about the lack of multiple ways to be saved, we should be grateful there is a way at all. If Christ had not come to be our savior, if He had not come to rescue us out of compassion and grace, we would be completely hopeless, with no way of salvation.3. We should willingly receive the gift of salvation, provided for us by Jesus. He is offering us a way of salvation. It is the only way to salvation. It is through Christ, and Christ alone.Today’s Scripture Verses:“I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)“For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all people.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)Quick Links:Subscribe to The 5 Minute Discipleship NewsletterDonate to support this podcastLeave a review on Apple PodcastsGet a copy of The 5 Minute Discipleship JournalConnect on SocialJoin The 5 Minute Discipleship Facebook Group5 Minute Discipleship on Instagram
1/6/20235 minutes, 31 seconds