How to Avoid the Dangers of Hypocrisy [Podcast]

Mark 7:1-23

Why do you do what you do? Our motives are the fuel in our tanks. That’s why, when some in Jesus’ day did things with false motives, He warned them of the dangers of hypocrisy.

In this episode of Live the Bible, we’ll look at two questions that can help us avoid the dangers of hypocrisy in our personal lives— and help us have motives that honor God.

How will you answer?

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Why You Never Need to Settle for Second Best with God

What God wants to give us is always far better than what we want Him to give us.

A friend of mine told me: “The only thing harder than waiting on God is wishing you had.” When our desires go unmet for a long time, it’s tempting to settle for second best and call it God’s will. That’s what the people of Reuben and Gad did.

Never Settle for Second Best with God

(Photo: Land of Gilead, overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The tribes of Reuben and Gad had huge herds, and the land of Gilead and Jazer had lush pastures. So they said to Moses:

Let this land be given to your servants as a possession; do not take us across the Jordan. —Numbers 32:5

They settled east of the Jordan River instead of crossing over into what God had promised.

Their choice shows us why we should never settle for second best with God.

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The Best Way to Live Your Impossible Life [Podcast]

Mark 6:30-56

Your Christian life isn’t hard. It’s impossible. So impossible, in fact, you cannot do it on your own. But that’s okay. In this episode of the Live the Bible podcast, we see Jesus gave His disciples some impossible commands, and then taught them (and us) how to do them with His help.

One of the miracles Jesus performs is the only miracle included in all four gospels, except for the resurrection. Its application for us is that important.

God’s greatest work in your life is not what He does through you— but what He does in you.

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Praying for Rain in Your Searing Life

How the land of Israel offers encouragement to our parched lives.

Summer. August. Texas. Stir those together and you get blistering days, muggy mornings, and sizzling evenings like a heat lamp over cheap pizza. But Wednesday morning, something amazing occurred.

Wilderness of Paran

(Photo: Wilderness of Paran. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

The forecast showed no rain at all. None. So I prayed something crazy. I told the Lord I knew He could make it rain in a Texas August with zero chance of rain. If He was willing, He could do it. I asked Him to make it rain.

The next day thunder clouds rolled in, and Wednesday morning it rained—more than an inch. Happy trees. Happy grass. Happy house foundation. Happy lakes. Happy water companies. Happy me. But for more than the water.

I thought of the parched lives we lead and how the land of Israel offers encouragement.

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How to Hear from God Today [Podcast]

Mark 6:1-29

God’s grace makes it safe to see ourselves as we really are. Why? Because we know that regardless of what we see, God will never reject us. This helps us listen to God. But how?

In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re going to discover how to hear from God. But honestly, it’s not about the source as much as it is about how we choose to listen.

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How to Hear from God Today [Podcast]

How God’s Promised Land Gives You Hope Here and Now

Abraham walking the real estate put reality in his hope.

Day after day of life demands we have faith in God. Lots of it. After all, so much of what God promises us is future. And honestly? It seems most of what we live for is a hope that never seems to arrive. God knows that.

Area of Ai, near where Abraham and Lot parted

(Photo: Area of Ai, near where Abraham and Lot parted. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Thankfully, the Lord also gives us tangible encouragement here and now to push us along toward that elusive, untouchable future we long for.

Abraham needed that same encouragement, and God gave it to him in an unusual way. He told him to take a walk—and to look around.

We need to take that same walk.

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When You Need to Borrow a Miracle [Podcast]

Mark 5

It’s easy to wonder why God seems to work in everybody else’s life, but yours. After all, when we listen to the answered prayers of others, or after we hear someone share their good news, it’s easy to think, That’s great, but why doesn’t that happen in my life?

This episode of Live the Bible introduces us to three people who interacted with Christ, and one of them will speak directly to whatever you’re struggling with right now. Whatever it is you’re struggling with today, Jesus hasn’t forgotten you.

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When You Need to Borrow a Miracle [Podcast]

Mahanaim Teaches Us What to Do with Our Fears

God’s presence is with us long before our spiritual struggle arrives.

So often, fear floods our hearts, because what we see seems so overwhelming. But the true source of our fears—as well as their solution—comes not from what we see.

Mahanaim and fords of Jabbok

(Photo: Mahanaim and fords of Jabbok. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Our spiritual lives hold the solution to our fears. That’s what happened with Jacob.

Returning to the land of Canaan forced Jacob to face a problem he had run from 20 years earlier—his deception of his brother Esau. As he approached the border of Canaan, angels of God came to meet him.

The presence of the angels gives us a critical reminder during our times of fear.

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