What Did You Expect from God? [Podcast]

Selections from Mark 8-10

What do you do when God doesn’t meet your expectations? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’ll turn to the book of Mark to answer that tough question. We all have an idea about what life will be like when we say yes to following Jesus.

The first disciples certainly had their expectations too! And Jesus disappointed them. But why does God let us experience the hurt, disappointment, and anger of unmet expectations?

The answer, amazingly, is good news.

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Judge Not – What Did Jesus Mean? [Podcast]

Matthew 7:1-6

Almost everybody knows the Bible says, “Judge not”—but what does that really mean? In this episode of Live the Bible, we examine one of the most popular verses in the Bible, Matthew 7:1, “Judge not, that ye not be judged.”

We’ll take a look at what Jesus meant when He gave that famous command—and it might not be what you think! For instance, how can we not be judgmental and also have discernment?

Jesus tells us the secret in the book of Matthew.

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Special Testimony Episode [Podcast]

How has God’s Word through Live the Bible encouraged you? In this special episode of Live the Bible, we celebrate our 100th episode! Over the last few weeks, I invited you to share how the podcast has encouraged you.

Many of you took the time to call in and let me know. Thank you! Today’s entire episode is dedicated to sharing your messages! I love hearing how God’s Word has encouraged you, and I’m so excited about this episode. To every listener, thank you for being a part of this journey to the 100th episode!

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A Cure for the Holiday Curse [Podcast]

Malachi 3:1-2; 4:5-6

Did you know the Old Testament ends with a curse? And not just any curse—a Christmas curse! In this episode of Live the Bible, we turn to the last book of the Old Testament, Malachi, to find out exactly what this holiday curse is.

No, it’s not having to hang lights again! (Anybody else too old to be on the roof?) I’m talking about something much more serious. Thankfully, as we turn to Malachi, we’ll also discover the cure for this curse that works every time.

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Living Your Little Life with Your Big God

What to do when nothing important is happening.

In moments of honesty, it’s easy to see our lives as, well—insignificant. What we do often seems to matter very, very little. Whether it’s pushing papers or changing diapers, it can seem pretty pointless.

Living Your Insignificant Life with Your Big God

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We often can fall for the thinking that because what we do seems small, or behind-the-scenes, or insignificant, or unequal with our abilities or qualifications, that what we do matters little.

After all, if we foul up, no big deal. The world still turns. Nobody notices. Few seem to care.

Except God.

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Why We Do All We Do [Podcast]

Book of Zachariah

Why do you do what you do? In this episode of Live the Bible, we take a look our habits and ask that very question. We all have habits, including ones for the spiritual things we do. And we follow them religiously. But WHY? And why does what we do matter to God—or does it?

The book of Zechariah gives us the answer.

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How to Keep First Things First [Podcast]

Haggai 1

Could you list your top 3 priorities? Yep, me too. But how about when we try to actually live them? In this episode of Live the Bible, we see that Bible is not just a Sunday textbook.

And during the week, it’s not just devotional material to go with our morning coffee. No, the Bible is for our lives—and it directs our priorities. The problem of living our priorities is not a new one. The Prophet Haggai was dealing with the problem a long time ago. The people then are much like us. The solution still works.

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No Shame On You [Podcast]

Zephaniah 3

Failure, shame, regret. Just pick one, and we’ve all experienced it. And we’d all like to forget it. This episode of Live the Bible is one you may want to listen to all alone. Why?

Because we’re going to talk about the subject of personal shame. Whether it’s shame because of something you’ve done, or shame because of something done to you, we all struggle with it. The Prophet Zephaniah gives us some much-needed encouragement when our consciences are working overtime to condemn us.

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Gethsemane Shows You the Hardest Words to Pray

Jesus' Passion Week prayer shows us the only path to peace.

Our most difficult battles in life often mirror Jesus’ struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane. Can you picture Him there beneath the olive trees in the moonlight? Can you hear His weeping?

How to Follow God’s Will in the Chaos of Your Life

(Photo: Garden of Gethsemane olive tree. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

After His last supper with His disciples, Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane. With heartache and desperation, He cried out for His Father to intervene—if it was His will.

Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me;
yet not My will, but Yours be done. (Luke 22:42)

Our greatest challenges come not from the circumstances that press in upon us—no matter how devastating or perplexing—but from the internal struggle of surrendering our will to God. And then trusting Him completely.

Jesus’ time in Gethsemane during Passion Week shows us what to do when faced with overwhelming challenges. Asking God to step in and change my circumstances comes naturally. But surrendering our will to Him? That often proves harder than the trial itself.

We must enter Gethsemane daily and drag our will to the Father in prayer. Here’s how.

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What to Do When God Does Nothing [Podcast]

Book of Habakkuk

What can you do when God does nothing? In this episode of Live the Bible, we get down to the nitty-gritty of our daily walk with God. Oh, I know it doesn’t sound spiritual to ask why God is doing nothing, but if we’re honest, we wonder it.

A short, Old Testament book with a funny name gives us a wonderful and practical answer we can put into practice right away.

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