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"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

Your Daily Prayer

03:14 min | 2 weeks ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

"Read by Kelly givens. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of the lord stands forever. Isaiah 48. Last summer, my family went and picked up leftover pieces of sod for our backyard from a local sod farm. We put the pieces together like a puzzle, a little brown, a little yellow, and some bright green mixed in for good measure. And as I sat admiring our work, the lord showed me something. Each of those grass squares, when cut off from their lifeline of roots and water, are left to die in the scorching heat. Some of the pieces that had just been cut were still green and damp. Those cut a little earlier were yellowing and dry, and those cut the longest to go were Brown and brittle. The ladies at the farm assured me that the yellow pieces could be brought back to life with water and care. That their roots would grow and bring vibrant life back to them, and as I thought about it, I realized that I have felt like one of those yellowing pieces recently. This is so like our walk with the lord. When we are rooted and grounded in the word, spending quality time in fellowship and prayer, we are filled with living water, green, and bright, and vibrant. And even if we pull up roots for a time, we can stay green and full of life for a little while, and we can fake it till we make it. But the longer we are away from the word, we start to yellow a little. We begin to fade an areas, maybe where others can't see, but we can behind closed doors. Our joy, our peace, our love, our kindness and gentleness, even our faith can start to fade. But here's the beauty, we can get all of that bright, vibrant, joyful, hope filled abundance back. We just have to take care of what we sell. We have to grow our roots down deep by sticking close to those who are close to the lord, who will speak truth and lift us up and away from the things of this world. We need to drink up the living water and not hold back. We need to be patient in the waiting of reaping a harvest. We can't give up, no matter what this world or the people of it throw at us. I share this for all of you who may be in this place. You may have been cut off. You may not be full. You may be in a really dry, hard place. But I am here to tell you that the lord is there with you. Urging you to come back to him and let him be your fulfillment in this world. He sees you and knows right where you are. Look for him, and he will be there. If you are green and bright and in an amazing place with a lord right now, come alongside your Friends and offer his love and comfort and encouragement for those who need it. Because one day you may need them to return the favor. Check in on your people. Pray for the lord to give you wisdom and discernment for those who may be fading right before your eyes. Dig.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

Your Daily Prayer

03:14 min | 2 weeks ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

"Read by Kelly givens. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of the lord stands forever. Isaiah 48. Last summer, my family went and picked up leftover pieces of sod for our backyard from a local sod farm. We put the pieces together like a puzzle, a little brown, a little yellow, and some bright green mixed in for good measure. And as I sat admiring our work, the lord showed me something. Each of those grass squares, when cut off from their lifeline of roots and water, are left to die in the scorching heat. Some of the pieces that had just been cut were still green and damp. Those cut a little earlier were yellowing and dry, and those cut the longest to go were Brown and brittle. The ladies at the farm assured me that the yellow pieces could be brought back to life with water and care. That their roots would grow and bring vibrant life back to them, and as I thought about it, I realized that I have felt like one of those yellowing pieces recently. This is so like our walk with the lord. When we are rooted and grounded in the word, spending quality time in fellowship and prayer, we are filled with living water, green, and bright, and vibrant. And even if we pull up roots for a time, we can stay green and full of life for a little while, and we can fake it till we make it. But the longer we are away from the word, we start to yellow a little. We begin to fade an areas, maybe where others can't see, but we can behind closed doors. Our joy, our peace, our love, our kindness and gentleness, even our faith can start to fade. But here's the beauty, we can get all of that bright, vibrant, joyful, hope filled abundance back. We just have to take care of what we sell. We have to grow our roots down deep by sticking close to those who are close to the lord, who will speak truth and lift us up and away from the things of this world. We need to drink up the living water and not hold back. We need to be patient in the waiting of reaping a harvest. We can't give up, no matter what this world or the people of it throw at us. I share this for all of you who may be in this place. You may have been cut off. You may not be full. You may be in a really dry, hard place. But I am here to tell you that the lord is there with you. Urging you to come back to him and let him be your fulfillment in this world. He sees you and knows right where you are. Look for him, and he will be there. If you are green and bright and in an amazing place with a lord right now, come alongside your Friends and offer his love and comfort and encouragement for those who need it. Because one day you may need them to return the favor. Check in on your people. Pray for the lord to give you wisdom and discernment for those who may be fading right before your eyes. Dig.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

Your Daily Prayer

04:12 min | 2 weeks ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

"Written by Tiffany and read by Kelly givens. O magnify the lord with me and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34 verse three. I consider it a great blessing to have grown up in a Christian home. My parents were intent on making God and the Bible an intricate part of our lives. My parents were real about their faith and their need for God. Life was hard at times, but I always knew that together as a family, we would get through anything because their dependence on God was real. I also consider it a great blessing to have grown up attending church. I have memories of our family being the last to leave as my mom was praying for someone in the hallway at church. I remember seeing people go forward to the altar to have the pastors pray over them. I remember hearing the words I will pray for you. And I took in that spiritual strength, knowing that at some point in their own busy day, they would pray for my situation. Through the years, as I have taken responsibility for my own faith walk, I have seen the great necessity to surround myself with the friendships of other women who will point me to Jesus. This is so important to me because life is hard. Struggles drain my emotions and my energy. I always make sure that I am attending a church and reading the Bible. Those are two things I can not live without. However, the biggest blessing of my life is having a few ladies whom I trust, who I can ask to pray for me. They will drop everything and pray right then and there. These Friends have been so essential to me for several reasons. They always talk about trust in the lord for their hard things. They always bring up a verse from the Bible in conversation. They never talk smack about anyone, not their husbands, their kids, parents, or other people. They freely give to others who are hurting. And they are quick to ask, can we pray about this right now? The more I spend time with these ladies, the more I want to be like them in this way. This Bible verse talks about worshiping God together with others. Oh, magnify the lord with me and let us exalt his name together. Christians were never meant to do this life alone. Our life should be lived as a reflection of who we believe. Showing our trust in our God. Our lives should be spent with others who love God as much as we do. Our lives should be spent with other believers, worshiping him together. Do you have a friend who prays with you? Do you have friends who point you to Jesus when you were struggling? Are you a friend who prays for others right then and there? Are you a friend who encourages others to live more for Jesus? Let's pray that the lord blesses us with such kinds of Friends. And let's pray that we can be that kind of friend to others. Dear lord, you are holy, you are good. I praise you for who you are. I praise you for how you move in my life in both the good times and the hard times. I pray lord that you bring into my life someone who will walk with me through this life. Someone who will encourage me through scripture and prayer. I pray for someone who will keep pointing me to Jesus in all of life's ups and downs. Lord, I also pray you work in my heart and my thoughts and that I would become that person for someone else. Help me to overcome my fears and insecurities so that I can magnify you in the world and encourage others in their own personal walk with you. Work through me today lord to point others to you through my words and my actions..

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"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible

07:28 min | 3 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

"Diverse is in colossians three, 16. And it says, let the word of God dwell in you richly. So let's look at what that says using our first step in the alive method. What does it say? And I want to just explore every single word in this verse. Are you ready to come with me? Here we go. The first word in this phrase was let. When you think about let. Think about what it could be. It could be more strong than that, but actually let means allow it invite it. Put yourself in a position to receive it. It's a gentle word. Let just means in all the choices you have to make, make this choice, invite this in. The next word is the word of God, that phrase the word of God. There's only one word of God. There is the truth of God, the light of God, the word of God, as expressed through scripture, the word of God is expressed through the spirit. We know that Jesus himself was the word of God. So as expressed through the way that Jesus walked and moved and related to people, let that word do what, dwell. And the word dwell is this verb that means to live. If I'm going to dwell with someone, we're going to relate. We're going to walk side by side. We're going to do life together to dwell is to be settled into a place with something. And colossians three 16 is saying invite this living word in to live in you in you richly. And that's sort of our last word richly, not with scarcity, but with abundance. And richly sort of has that feeling of a feast. It's not a snack. It's not junk food. It doesn't just like Fiji for a little while. Richly is like this deep full round experience that encompasses all of life. And the invitation that Paul has to the church through this letter in colossians and the invitation that Paul has for us is to let to invite the word of God all of the word of God actually dwell in us richly. And I think that what we're doing here when we're struggling with anxiety that keeps us from the present and moves us into a fear based life is we're taking the invitation to instead of focusing on that fear to actually focus on the word of God and to allow the word of God while dwelling in us richly to change our perspective and to address our fears to comfort us in our fears and to actually give us the strength to be courageous where courage is required. So now we've thought deeply about what it means to let the word of Christ invite the word of Christ in to dwell richly in our hearts. So what's the backstory of this phrase of scripture? What's going on here? Well, the apostle Paul is writing to the church, and this is in a passage within a passage where he's explaining what it really looks like to live as a child of God. It starts in the beginning of chapter three, and we kind of get the vision for this passage in verse one, where it says, hey, since you've been raised with Christ, set your heart on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your set your mind on things above not on earthly things. So in the whole context of everything that's going to happen next, we can now see that Paul is giving us guidelines for how we actually go about setting our hearts on things above. And one of the things that anxiety does is it sets our hearts on things on earth. It sets our hearts on fear. That's what we're doing when we're anxious. But when we're in Christ, we're actually setting our heart on things above and one of the ways that we're meant to do that is what we just read. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. It says let the priests of Christ rule in your hearts and verse 15 in verse 16 let the word of Christ dwell in you richly. So I want to give you one technique that over the years has been one that I return to time and time again as a way to actually set my heart on things above because it's easy to say it as we're listening to this podcast, sure. Of course I want to set my heart on things above. But when I'm feeling panicked, when I can't stop thinking about bad news, when I can't stop imagining the worst case scenario, when I feel like the fear is overwhelming me, well, then how exactly do I let the word of God dwell in you richly? And the way that I've seen that has worked better for me than anything else is taking God's word truly letting it dwell richly by taking a phrase or a short verse from God's word and truly setting my mind on that verse, repeating that verse, breathing it in and out actually entering in and engaging with letting it dwell richly. Here are a few of my favorites. Psalm 51 verse 12. Restore to me the joy of my Salvation. Do you know what is a great antidote to anxiety? Joy. It is really hard. Albeit possibly impossible to be both joyful and anxious at the same time. So some 51, 12, restore to me, the joy of my Salvation. Romans 8 37. I am more than a conqueror through him who loves me. Psalm 42 11 oh my soul, place your hope in God. Psalm 32 7. You are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble. Psalm 46 ten be still and know that I am God, although I like to change that to a breath prayer and I say, I am still because you are God. The antidote to anxiety is joy and stillness. The antidote to anxiety is contentment and setting our hearts on things above. Now, does that mean the anxiety goes away forever? Absolutely not. Does it mean that our fears aren't real? No. But it does mean that we have a God who calls himself a comforter. We have a God who says that he will be our hiding place that he is a refuge in times of trouble, that he is a rock. And in times where the anxiety feels like it threatens to overwhelm, we can go to our God who is actually more powerful than our fear. Just when we feel like we can't go on, he will provide the strength that we need. Let the word of God dwell in you richly. This week, and every time that anxiety strikes and see if you don't discover a deep and new and settled and secure peace that absolutely passes, understanding. Talk with you next week. Thanks for listening to how to study the Bible with Nicole Eunice. A production of life audio dot com and the Salem web network. This episode was produced by Kelly givens, and our executive producer Stephen mcgarvey, and edited by Steven Sanders. If you enjoyed what you heard today, we'd love for you to head over to your favorite podcast app and leave us a review. It really does help people find us. To learn more about Nicole, you can check out our website at Nicole Eunice dot com. For book on how to study the Bible is called help my Bible is alive. You can find a link to that plus a link to Nicole's site in today's show.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible

18:24 min | 4 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

"Watch on YouTube or Facebook or whatever. But in general, I'm going to be stepping away and I'm looking forward to the space, looking forward to what guide has to show me and teach me in this season as well. So my friend drew, your friend and mine, my friend drew Daniels, will be coming on for a little mini series here and will be pointing you to some other resources, some other podcasts and some replays over the next couple of months. And then we'll be back, okay? So that's the plan. Thank you again for listening. This will be a great chance for you to catch up if there's any series that you've missed or any series that was really meaningful to you. You could always circle back on those. And or you could do what I've been trying to help you do all of this time, which is to go to your own Bible and to do your own Bible study with your study Bible, follow the alive method. Also, this is a great time if you haven't actually done the book, which is called help my Bible is alive. If you have not gone through that 30 day experience, that's specifically designed to help you learn how to use this method so that you can just sit down with your study Bible and a journal and the Holy Spirit and you can have a conversation with God and learn from him. This is a great time to do it. So you can find that book anywhere books are sold, help my Bible's alive is what it's called. I call it my 30 day Bible boot camp. They didn't want to name the book that, but that's what the book's about. It's really 30 days to get you from point a to point B where you really feel comfortable with the method that we use here on the podcast. So those are a few things that you guys can consider in this summer and I would love to ask you to pray for me. I'll be praying for you that this would be a season of rest and renewal and insight in wherever you find yourself in the season. We're wrapping up this parable series. This is our last session on this series stories Jesus told and we're picking up on the story of the lost son, the prodigal son, and so if you didn't listen to last week, she may want to go back to that one first. We kind of set up right. We're looking at three main characters in this really rich and beautiful parable and the father is the one that is in both last week and this week. And we talked about the lost son and kind of the way the lost son engaged with the world and what he learned about grace through this experience and today we're going to talk about the older son, which is kind of the second half of this parable. So we're in Luke chapter 15. If you've been reading along, you know that the parable starts in verse 11 and we get this first ten or 12 or so versus that are about the story of the younger son who asked for his inheritance even though his father was still alive. His father allowed him to go, he squandered all of his wealth in a foreign land, he found himself alone, hungry, jobless, friendless, penniless, and in that moment it says in verse 17 he came to his senses, and he began to think about how he was going to bargain with his father to just be accepted back as a servant, not as a son. He knew that what he had done was so wrong that it would be so ridiculous to believe that he would be accepted back after the way that he had treated his family, but what we know in the story, the twist of this story is that the father runs to him receives him accepts him. It says in the story we talked about last week, this idea that his father had compassion on him. Because he knew the woundedness, the hurt, the consequences of sin, and he's received back. He's called back as a son, and he is celebrated. And then we pick up the story and a new character emerges. We know about the older son, right, because he's mentioned in the beginning of the parable and what you'll want to know a little backstory is that the way an inheritance would be split is that the older son always gets a double portion of the inheritance. And that double portion was not touched by the younger son, right? The younger son took his share and went and squandered it. So picking up the story in verse 25, it says meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house he heard music and dancing, so he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. Your brother has come, he replied, and your father has killed the fat and calf because he has him back safe and sound. The older brother became angry, and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father look all these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never even gave me a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends, but when this son of yours, who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him. My son, the father said you are always with me and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again. He was lost and is found. And then the story ends. It just ends on this cliffhanger. It ends on this courageous conversation, this moment of truth, this moment of reality, where I just imagine this father of compassion and generosity, looking with eyes of love towards his older son and we do not know if the older son received his words. That's just the end of the story. And so let's kind of look at what's happening here in this passage in this second half of the parable. And when we ask the question, what does it say? So the first thing that we want to know is obviously the older son has a double portion of the inheritance still coming to him. It's not like his younger son. The younger son didn't take anything from the older son. He didn't take any of what was kind of rightfully his, okay? So this anger, the animosity, the resentment that we feel from the older son has nothing to do with something that's happened to him personally, right? But we do know that a family is a system. And a family is a system where everyone impacts the other. And everyone's impacted by each other. And I don't know what life had been like in this home. I don't know what kind of grief the father Carrie, what kind of sadness was in his heart for his lost son, how that might have affected the older son, but what we do know is that when this celebration, he's on the outside of the celebration, and he sees it happening. What happens in the older son's heart is quite the opposite of what happened in the father's heart. And his heart is filled with resentment filled with anger and he refuses to go in. And when he refuses to go in, we actually get sort of this mirror picture. We have the same kind of action that's happening that happened with the younger son, we now see it happening with the older son, right? The younger side went far away in his heart and in his body. And what we're learning now is the older son is far away in his heart, and he is also physically outside of the party. And in both cases, the father goes to the suns, right? The younger son comes to his senses, he begins to return to home when he's a long way off his father runs to him to receive him. We know in the second part of the story, the older son has left the celebration as never entered into the celebration he's refusing to go in, he's staying outside and the heaven, the father, also comes to him. Also steps outside of the party to come to him. So we kind of have the father really mimicking the same actions, but the reactions of the sons are so different. So when his father comes out and asks him to come into the celebration to be a part of the celebration, he responds and says all these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. The one who is an actual son compares himself to one who is a servant. The one the younger son who really ran away from the family and squandered everything doesn't even think he deserves to be his son. Meanwhile, the older son is like, I feel like you've treated me like a slave. That's how I've engaged with this life in this family. And I wonder what that one felt like the grief in the father's heart when he said everything is like I'm a slave for you and I've never disobeyed you, which is really about a conditional relationship, right? That's like a contractual relationship. I do my part. You do your part. And he's like, hey, I've done my part. I've done my part for you. There's no love in this space. And you wouldn't even give me a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. Now, what we know about the context, the father's character, what we seem to know about the father's character is it's just like nonstop generosity, right? Like the younger son asks for his inheritance, he's not even supposed to get it until his father dies. And his father gives it to him. We know that his father lavishes love on him when he returns. I don't really think that the father would withhold a goat for the older son, but his mindset, his frame of mind, about his relationship with his father in contrast to the younger brother, is one that says, I'm a slave for you and you wouldn't give me anything. And the father responds with everything I have is yours. You've always been with me all of this is yours. And he pleads with him to say, let's celebrate and be glad. Let's have compassion. Let's have grace for your younger brother. And we don't know if the older son is willing to respond. So we know the backstory, right? We talked about last week, and now we can ask the question, well, what's really the principle here? And I think in a lot of ways, our principle is exactly the same as it was last week. The principle is that it's by grace, we are saved. It's the same principle that we found three weeks ago when we talked about the banquet. It's by grace, we are saved. And I think this quote about sin that I read for you last week. It's no one doesn't no one knows who to attribute it to. So we're going to call it an anonymous quote. It says sin always promises more than it gives, takes you further than you wanted to go and leaves you worse off than you were before. Now for the younger brother, that sin is very noticeable. It's a measurable kind of reaction, right? We know he went from money to no money. He went from wonderful standing in his family to being so hungry he wanted to eat the pods of the pigs that he was working to feed. We know he went from being generous in relationship to having no friends, like it's very obvious what happened, how sin interrupted his life. What's less obvious, but just as prevalent is how sin interrupts the older brother's life. Sin always promises more than it gives. And we know that this older brother had been fostering this resentment about the way that he's treated in his family. And it says it leaves you worse off than you were before. And we know that this older brother won't even go into a party, like the fattened calf is killed. The meat is on the table. There is good eats and good drinks and good music going on. There is joy and celebration and lavish grace going on. And he is a part of it. He's actually part of the main inner inner circle of the family, right? And he refuses to participate. And I just think about this idea of who's outside the party. Who's outside the party now? Because the younger son knew he was outside the party, and he wasn't even, didn't even think he deserved to get back to the party. But the older son's always been in the party. He's always been in the party. But he refuses in his heart to enter in. And his father in grace still goes to him. He doesn't wait for him. He's still goes to him. He pleads with him. He tries to get him to see reality as it actually is, but the question is, was the older brother willing to change his mind? Or did he want to hold on to his resentment and hold on to his understanding of justice? First John, chapter two versus 9 through 11 say anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness. Whoever loves his brother lives in the light and there's nothing in him to make him stumble. But whoever hates his brother is in darkness. He does not know where he's going because the darkness has blinded him. Friends, my sadness in this parable is that it feels like the one who was closest to home is the one who has allowed sin to blind him from his own reality to blind him from his own need for the same kind of lavish grace that he's seen poured out on his younger brother. And if you've been in the church or in the faith for a while, if you've endeavored to follow God, this is a temptation that we all face. It's a temptation to believe God aren't I good enough to get the best from you. And by the way, when we say something like that, what we're saying is, aren't I good enough to get the best from you as I define what the best means? We decide what circumstances we want, what yeses we want, the way that we want God to bless us materially or relationally or naming those things and saying God, have an eye done my part, shouldn't you be doing your part? And that is a very dangerous and a very easy mindset to slip into if your quote unquote a good person. But I think that really the clarion call of this parable, the fact that this one is the one known more widely than any other story. People inside and outside the faith know, I think that's because the clarion call of this parable is just so human. It's just so human. Our comparisons are wanting to measure up for ourselves the ways that we get lost, the ways that we get blind. If I was going to rename this parable, I would say it's about the lost son and the blind son. And the father who goes out to his older son's where he's standing outside the party says, are you willing to open your eyes to see that all that I'm doing right now has always been available to you. It's always been a part of our relationship. That is the gift. The gift is right standing with me and belonging in this family, but you're choosing to take your resentment and your comparison and make that what this is about. And boy, is that convicting to me. I know that I fall into this mindset all the time. This mindset that's like, why are you giving them what I want? Or how come you're not coming through for me, God, the way that I think that you should. And that's a dangerous attitude because what it does is it blinds us to our own sin. The real struggle, the real trouble in this passage is that the older son actually thought he was right. He thought he was just in what he was demanding and what he wanted and his act of justice was blinding him from his own scent, blinding him from his own anger, his animosity, his resentment, his entitlement, because he wanted to name how it should be, even though remember, he was nothing was taken from him personally, both are receiving gifts, right? And inheritance is always a gift. You don't deserve it. You don't earn it. It's a gift that's given. And both were given gifts and in fact the older brother was going to be receiving a double gift, but yet his own ideas of his justice, his righteousness, were blinding him for from receiving the expansive and generous, beautiful, merciful grace, the abundance of grace that's given out. So when we ask the question, what does this mean for me? Maybe you like me can find yourself in the story of the lost son and the story of the blind son. Maybe you like me just need to take a moment and say, am I willing to enter into the party? When I feel like I want to stew in my own resentment or my own ideas of justice, if God extends grace to me and invites me to the party, am I willing to dance? Do I live a life where I'm like waiting to dance all the time because God's grace is so good. Am I willing to receive from God? Am I willing to take off my own way of seeing the world and actually engage deeply to ask God to show me how generous his grace is toward me because the more we receive the generosity of God, the more generous we will become as people, generous with our love, generous with our compassion, generous with our mercy, generous with our time, generous with our laughter and our enjoyment of life. That is really what we're here to do is to receive God the way that he says we have to receive him. It's by grace that we are saved. And any time we leave that road, if you get off the path of grace, you are on the wrong path. Even if the path looks good, even if you think you're doing the right thing, if you're not on the path of grace, you're not on the right path. And that's really what I think Jesus is teaching us through this parable. So Friends, I hope that you'll continue to reflect on that. I spoke about the Rembrandt painting. I believe last week, and in this painting, the younger sons being received by the father and if you pay attention to the way that Rembrandt paints the hands in this painting, one of the hands that represents God is a very masculine strong protective hand. The other hand is painted more feminine and more nurturing merciful hand. And I want you to picture yourself in the loving embrace of your heavenly father, who both surround you with his provision and his protection and his strength and his nurture and his mercy and his love, you are right in the middle of the arms of God when you receive his grace and Friends, that is the only place that you will ever feel truly at home. Going piece everyone, I'll talk to you soon. Thanks for listening to how to study the Bible with Nicole Eunice. A production of life audio dot com and the Salem web network. This episode was produced by Kelly givens and our executive producer Stephen mcgarvey, and edited by Stephen Sanders. If you enjoyed what you heard today, we'd love for you to head over to your favorite podcast app and leave us a review. It really does help people find us. To learn more about Nicole, you can check out our website at Nicole Eunice dot com. Her book on how to study the Bible is called help my Bible is alive. And you can find a link to that, plus a link to Nicole's site in today's show notes..

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

Your Daily Prayer

03:14 min | 4 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

"And read by Kelly givens. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of the lord stands forever. Isaiah 48. Last summer, my family went and picked up leftover pieces of sod for our backyard from a local sod farm. We put the pieces together like a puzzle, a little brown, a little yellow, and some bright green mixed in for good measure. And as I sat admiring our work, the lord showed me something. Each of those grass squares, when cut off from their lifeline of roots and water, are left to die in the scorching heat. Some of the pieces that had just been cut were still green and damp. Those cut a little earlier were yellowing and dry, and those cut the longest to go were Brown and brittle. The ladies at the farm assured me that the yellow pieces could be brought back to life with water and care. That their roots would grow and bring vibrant life back to them, and as I thought about it, I realized that I have felt like one of those yellowing pieces recently. This is so like our walk with the lord. When we are rooted and grounded in the word, spending quality time in fellowship and prayer, we are filled with living water, green, and bright, and vibrant. And even if we pull up roots for a time, we can stay green and full of life for a little while, and we can fake it till we make it. But the longer we are away from the word, we start to yellow a little. We begin to fade an areas, maybe where others can't see, but we can behind closed doors. Our joy, our peace, our love, our kindness and gentleness, even our faith can start to fade. But here's the beauty, we can get all of that bright, vibrant, joyful, hope filled abundance back. We just have to take care of what we sell. We have to grow our roots down deep by sticking close to those who are close to the lord, who will speak truth and lift us up and away from the things of this world. We need to drink up the living water and not hold back. We need to be patient in the waiting of reaping a harvest. We can't give up, no matter what this world or the people of it throw at us. I share this for all of you who may be in this place. You may have been cut off. You may not be full. You may be in a really dry, hard place. But I am here to tell you that the lord is there with you. Urging you to come back to him and let him be your fulfillment in this world. He sees you and knows right where you are. Look for him, and he will be there. If you are green and bright and in an amazing place with a lord right now, come alongside your Friends and offer his love and comfort and encouragement for those who need it. Because one day you may need them to return the favor. Check in on your people. Pray for the lord to give you wisdom and discernment for those who may be fading right before your eyes. Dig.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible

05:53 min | 4 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

"Full. And so if we were going to ask the question, what does it mean? What does this story mean? And this is where I think because we are the gentiles most of us know perhaps you were raised in the Jewish faith or you're Jewish and you're listening to the story, but for many of us, we are quote unquote, the gentiles, where the people who are not Jewish. And I want you to know that if you're a gentile, if you weren't raised in the Jewish faith, you're like one of those people on the country road. Like you're in the third part of this parable where the invitation keeps getting extended further and further. And what we really know in this story, right, is it's not about what you have to get invited. It's about whether you say yes to the invitation. You see, the guys who were left out, they're the ones who just chose to be left out. They were invited, but they didn't come. They made excuses. They didn't actually enter in. And so if I was going to name kind of what this means, what's the principle at play? I think we could say that the blessing of the kingdom is available by faith. The blessings of the kingdom are available if we are to accept them. And that acceptance is part as our response to the invitation. We have to understand that the invitation is for all, but that we have a part to play in accepting that invitation. I love this verse from Jose two verse 23. Sort of a prophecy about the fact that the gentiles will be included in the promise of Jesus. Jose is from the Old Testament. So this was said long before Jesus came, and it says this, I will say to those called not my people, you are my people, and they will say you are my God. It says in second Peter versus chapter three verse 9. God is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. And then finally, this clarion call about Salvation, Romans ten 13, everyone who calls on the name of the lord will be saved. So when I share that principle, this idea that the blessing of the kingdom is available to all who will accept it, we have these backup verses that actually back that principle up so that we can understand it. Now what I fear when we think about what does this mean for me is that since many of us are gentiles, it can be easy to be like, oh yeah, like I said yes to Jesus. I was on that country road and I definitely said yes to the banquet and doesn't that make me a great person. But here's the here's the deal. We need to realize that as we become comfortable in our faith. Perhaps your life is surrounded by people who believe what you do who are Christians who go to church with you. That's beautiful and wonderful. God's called us to the body of Christ, amen. God has called us to fellowship with believers. But I think it can be very easy for this little edge of self righteousness to creep in, where we're like, well, you just need to accept Jesus. You just need to accept Jesus like I accepted him, and we can lose the spirit of the invitation, this heart of inclusion. We can start to even maybe inadvertently put up barriers between ourselves and the church and other people. We can decide that we're going to be the ones who name the kinds of behaviors that mean you're in or you're out. And you can choose any number of cultural divisive moments that we're in. You can choose sexuality. You can choose the political system. You can choose things that are currently being debated on the highest level, right? And a lot of us will choose those things to say. I'm going to choose that behavior to be for me to be able to say if you're in or you're out of the kingdom. But that is not the heart of Jesus. The heart of this story is that God is seeking people intentionally and intensely to be a part of his kingdom, and that the very people who wanted to make behaviors that said if people were in or out were the ones that Jesus directed these parables to. So all of us have to check our heart to ask the question, am I more concerned with naming behaviors that help me know who's in or out? Or am I more concerned with the heart of God? The heart of God that is extending an intense and urgent invitation out into the world. And that invitation is to come to the banquet to come and be accepted to come and be loved. Now, what do we do with behaviors? That's a different conversation. But if we're talking Salvation and we're talking invitation, it seems to me that all of us should be challenged to ask the question, what is it that people do or don't do that make me sort of distance myself and what would it be like for me to ask God to give me a heart that expands even to people I feel uncomfortable with, even to people who may believe differently than me, even to people that I think are definitely definitely on the outside of the kingdom, I want you to imagine that you're holding that wedding invitation. And that your job is to be so excited that you were invited to the feast that you can't wait to invite everyone else you know. All right you guys, thanks for joining me today and we'll talk next week. Thanks for listening to how to study the Bible with Nicole Eunice. A production of life audio dot com and the Salem web network. This episode was produced by Kelly givens and our executive producer Stephen mcgarvey, and edited by Steven Sanders. If you enjoyed what you heard today, we'd love for you to head over to your favorite podcast app and leave us a review. It really does help people find us. To learn more about Nicole, you can check out our website at Nicole yunis dot com. Her book on how to study the Bible is called help my Bible is alive. And you can find a link to that, plus a link to Nicole's site in today's show.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible

08:13 min | 5 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

"Of give us this day our daily bread. And then Jesus tells a parable about bread. He tells a parable about food. He uses food and the basic necessities of life as his next storytelling. So what does that mean for us? Why does Jesus give this story out? I think more than anything, what this is designed to do is help us return to the true dependence we have on God for our basic needs. That God wants to meet us in the human stuff of life. In bread and fish in our daily human needs in the places that we're hungry and the ways that we want to offer hospitality, but we find ourselves lacking all through this, we have this idea that there is this familial relationship that God's using the idea of friends and fathers to help us explain what our relationship with him can be like and he wraps it all up in saying the good gifts that's given to you is the Holy Spirit. That if you ask, you will receive the Holy Spirit if you seek, you will find the Holy Spirit if you knock. The door will be open to the Holy Spirit in your life. So often we think that, oh, this means that I'm asking for these material things. Yes, of course, we do ask for a material things we ask God to meet us in our daily need. But so many of us go beyond that and we're asking really for once, we're asking for things that perhaps we don't have the wisdom to know how God is going to turn them out, right? We ask for the things that we think will bring full and free life, but the father and heaven says, hey, if you ask for fish, I'm not going to give you a snake. When you ask for good things, I'm not going to give you bad things. And if the good things you're asking for aren't going to turn out to be good things, I'm not going to give you those. We see this relationship developing in this parable. Where we are getting more and more in touch with how needy we really are, right? And that's the tone of the first story. Is that the friend who comes to knock on his friend's door at midnight? He was needy. He needed help. And he's like, I'm not going to go away. I know it's inconvenient, but I still need your help. I still need you to show up. I still need you to give me stuff. And it says that his friend doesn't give it to him like really even have the goodness of his heart. He gives it to him because his friend is so audacious. He's so shameless. He just keeps persisting. And I think that God is inviting us into that kind of relationship with him. And he's like, are you shamelessly audacious with me? Do you come to me and you're more and more dependent on me, Friends so many of us when we get to this question of what does it mean? I think what we learn overall in this story is that God is inviting us to a relationship where we are more and more dependent on him, not less and less. And there's something about being adults, there's something about living in this individualistic culture where we believe in our good work, where we believe that we are the masters of our domain and there's something about that where we can come to God as if to say God help me build my kingdom. And I think that what God is offering us is to say, do you want to come into my kingdom? Where you are becoming more and more dependent on me, where you are more and more in need of me, where you are more and more aware of how deeply you need me to meet you in your human needs, because if so, I'm going to pour out the Holy Spirit on you. And in a daily provision type of way, you're going to move more and more into dependence on me, not less and less. It is our human nature to move more and more toward independence. And I think that this is inviting us to actually see ourselves as people who need to be shamelessly audacious with what we ask of God. And actually show up believing that when we ask for good things God is going to give us the best thing and the best thing that he is going to give us is the Holy Spirit that guides us into all truth that comforts us that corrects us that counsels us, the Holy Spirit is a person. It is a person who is engaged with us in our daily needs and we can be shamelessly audacious with the Holy Spirit. So my question for you when you ask the question, well, what does this mean for me today? Well, the reality is that I'd love to ask you, have you found yourself stopping asking God for things in prayer. Have you gotten to a place where rather than being persistent rather than being shamelessly audacious? You found yourself dreaming smaller dreams or perhaps asking for less because you just thank God's not showing up for me. Have you found yourself weary of an answer that you haven't yet gotten? And rather than becoming more and more dependent on God in that place. Desiring more and more that God would strengthen you in that place. Perhaps even opening your heart and your mind to be willing to receive from God if God's answer is a no or if God's answer is a not yet or if God's asking you to lay something down that you would be open to that, right? Open to the Holy Spirit's leaning. Perhaps rather than being open, you've found yourself withdrawing. You found yourself backing away from the goodness and the grace of God. And if so, my friend, I've been there, and I know exactly what that feels like. And perhaps today, you're listening to this podcast because God is knocking on the door of your heart. And is asking to allow him to give you good things to allow your father in heaven to give you the Holy Spirit for those who ask him. So you can ask God to give you the whole spirit. You can ask again, you can ask every day. Give us this day our daily bread, Jesus taught us to pray. Give us this day, our daily provision. God, I'm going to show up and ask persistently that you would meet my daily needs. Now, I want to invite you to be honest about your daily needs, right? Because there's a lot of comfortable things we may want. But what is it like to comfort to come to God for your daily need? And to know that he answers your prayer with a filling of the Holy Spirit. And then that feeling of the Holy Spirit will strengthen you, will encourage you, will give you what you need, and that then you enter into a cycle where rather than becoming less and less dependent on God, you become more and more dependent. More and more needy and that in the love of your father in heaven, that is actually what he desires. Eugene Peterson says it this way until it slant. We do not become less needy and less dependent when we pray. We become more needy, more dependent. That is to say, more human. I want to invite you to be the most human you can be with God today about your daily needs go to him. Be shamelessly audacious in your desires to know God to experience guide and to be filled with his Holy Spirit. Go and piece everyone, Todd next week. Thanks for listening to how to study the Bible with Nicole Eunice. A production of life audio dot com and the Salem web network. This episode was produced by Kelly givens and our executive producer Stephen mcgarvey, and edited by Steven Sanders. If you enjoyed what you heard today, we'd love for you to head over to your favorite podcast app and leave us a review. It really does help people find us. To learn more about Nicole, you can check out our website at Nicole Eunice dot com. For book on how to study the Bible is called help my Bible is alive. And you can find a link to that plus a link to Nicole's site in today's show notes..

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

Your Daily Prayer

01:33 min | 6 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

"A prayer of love from first Corinthians 13. Written by Debbie mcdaniel and read by Kelly givens. Love never fails. First Corinthians 13 8. Known as the love chapter, first Corinthians 13 is one of the greatest reminders to us today, of what real love looks like. And what it doesn't look like. Widely read at weddings or written all over love notes, these words may become so familiar over time, they can almost lose some of their important message. As we read this portion of scripture today, let us ask God for help in soaking in every truth as we pray his powerful words back to him. Let us ask for the freshness of his spirit to bring his message of love alive within our hearts and flowing through our lives. We can't do it on our own. We never be able to muster enough strength within us. It's only possible through him. And more than ever before, our world needs to see what true love looks like. We can do a lot of good things in this life. We can give gifts and we can even make notable sacrifices for others. But if we do not have Christ's love within us, compelling us, filling us every moment of.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

How to Study the Bible

03:43 min | 6 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on How to Study the Bible

"What it means for me. I'm going to tell one story. We have next door neighbors that my wife and I and our kids have gotten to know really well. And they're wonderful people. And they invited us over for dinner at one point. And there's this dynamic at play. Where something in me felt like, no, no, no, we need to host them. But as I thought about this verse, it released in me, instead of this pressure or anxiety to be like, oh, how do I like host for them? Or how do I take the food over there and how can we find some way so that we aren't just the recipients of their kindness of their mercy? I remember that God has given so much to me that I'm never responsible for my own things and I can be served even by my neighbors. Even if they're different than me, even if they're non Christians, even whatever I can still go be with them and receive from them. And let me tell you how that transformed my experience with them. I showed up in a posture of gratitude and it allowed me to celebrate them with our family for this meal. I didn't have to one up or do anything else. And this is what this passage means for me. It means that God provides for us in all sorts of seasons of life. Whether it's the good seasons or the hard seasons, whether it's through a neighbor through a friend through a coworker, God provides for us, and sometimes I don't see it in the moment. But if I'm willing to be a person that's needy and in need of help, then I'm always in each moment going to be available to God's gracious gift in my life. And it's through Jesus who went through the ultimate suffering for me and we'll talk about this more next week with forgiveness. But it's through his work. In his life, his death, his resurrection. That now I can go into my life living life as a gift to be received, not a trial to be endured. And Friends that changes everything when we live life that way. Oh man, there's so much more. There's so much more I'd love to say. But we're good. We're good for this week. Marinate in the fact that you are freed from having to provide for yourself and from everybody for everybody around you, allow God to provide for you, engage the study guide this week if you'd like to engage the forum, the chat, share stories of how you have seen God provide in your life and let that encourage and strengthen those others who are in the Facebook group. So that we can all encourage one another along this journey as we learn how to pray. All right, y'all, I can not wait to talk more next week and just so grateful to be part of this. Again, if you want to connect more with Nicole or learn more about her Bible study, methods through help my bibles alive, you can check that out at Nicole unis dot com. Touching next week everybody. Thanks for listening to how to study the Bible with Nicole Eunice. A production of life audio dot com and the Salem web network. This episode was produced by Kelly givens and our executive producer Stephen mcgarvey, and edited by Stephen Sanders. If you enjoyed what you heard today, we'd love for you to head over to your favorite podcast app and leave us a review. It really does help people find us. To learn more about Nicole, you can check out our website at Nicole Eunice dot com. For book on how to study the Bible is called help my Bible is alive. And you can find a link to that, plus a link to Nicole's site in today's show notes..

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Mama, Take Heart

Mama, Take Heart

02:12 min | 6 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Mama, Take Heart

"That's how God created us to live. I love that. Okay, so how can our listeners connect with you? Well, you can go on social media, probably most active on Instagram and Facebook under Carrie Kim Pakistan and then Kerry can pack us rider. And then I'm also on the girl mom podcast and then through my books. I've got the three books that are out right now and then more than a mom will release on April 5th and you can go pre order it now and receive a bundle of pre order incentives, some really great incentives, the first few chapters and some great printables to put up on your mirror to encourage you and you'll get that if you pre order it before April 5th. All right. And what do you pre order to get the good bundles? There's that Thomas Nelson website. You can put in more than a mom, Thomas Nelson, and it'll take you to the website that has all the links to Amazon, Barnes and naval, Christian book dot com so you can order there and then also put in your receipt number and your information after you order to get the incentives. All right, I'll put that link in the show notes. And all the other ways to connect. Perfect. Well, thank you. Yeah, it has been a pleasure as usual carry. I love talking to you. And I do appreciate you writing this book for a small moms. We need it. Well, I need it myself. So thank you for having me back on. It was a joy as always. And I just appreciate you sharing the message with your listeners. My pleasure. To remember, God is for you and you're not alone with his spirit, you are filled with courage and strength of purpose. So don't fret mama instead, take heart. Mama take heart is a production of life audio and the Salem web network. If you liked what you just listened to, would you take a second and leave us a rating in your favorite podcast app? It really does help more people like you find our show. This podcast should produce by me, Kelly givens, and Steven Sanders. With executive oversight by Steven mcgarvey. You can find more podcasts like this over at live audio dot.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Mama, Take Heart

Mama, Take Heart

01:51 min | 7 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Mama, Take Heart

"Very often, if there's one person having problems, another sibling might as well. And changing the whole environment can be really helpful in that. And that scenario. So how can our listeners connect with you so they can check out what you have as far as your coaching and just all other great information that you have because I know your Instagram is wonderful information. Thank you. Yeah, so definitely check out my Instagram adolescent nutritionist. And that's where I linked to any new blogs or my newsletter. So that's definitely the best place to be. All right, listeners, I will put the links in the show notes as usual. And thank you so much for joining us today. Again, and maybe we'll see you soon. I'd love to come back. Thanks so much for having me. My pleasure. Remember, God is for you and you're not alone with his spirit, you are filled with courage and strength of purpose, so don't fret mama instead, take heart. Mama take heart is a production of life audio and the Salem web network. If you liked what you just listened to, would you take a second and leave us a rating in your favorite podcast app? It really does help more people like you find our show. This podcast should produce by me, Kelly givens, and Steven Sanders. With executive oversight by Steven mcgarvey. You can find more podcasts like.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Mama, Take Heart

Mama, Take Heart

02:39 min | 9 months ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Mama, Take Heart

"And I see the gift in it. Yeah, it was, it was a blessing. Your appreciation for your lived experience of diversity growing up, it doesn't surprise me that now we're finding that Gen Z is the generation that enjoys spending time with people who are different from them, right? That is increasingly found among people in that in that demographic that they really enjoy it because there's so much to be enjoyed about it. There's so much to be enjoyed about it. And you know, of course, the obvious is the food. Just trying different foods, you know? But then there's so many other cultural celebrations that have so much beauty and so yes, I appreciate that Gen Z can see the value. And it gives me a lot of hope. Those numbers gives me a lot of hope for future generations that they can bridge divides where maybe preceding generations did not find a way to do it and continue that work of bridge building to really connect us more firmly within the love of Christ and to really represent the lord. In the best ways possible. Well, I would say amen to that. And that is a great way to close. So what I'm going to do is I'm going to first I want to thank you for joining us today. And I'm going to put my contact information. She has on Facebook or you can find her on Instagram at malaika on mission. And we'll have that in our show notes if you want to touch base with her. And there's my thank you again for joining us for this important and form of conversation. Thank you for having me. I appreciate it. Remember, God is for you and you're not alone with his spirit, you are filled with courage and strength of purpose, so don't fret, mama, instead, take heart. Mama take heart is a production of life audio and the Salem web network. If you liked what you just listened to, would you take a second and leave us a rating in your favorite podcast app? It really does help more people like you find our show. This podcast produced by me, Kelly givens, and Steven Sanders, with executive oversight by Stephen mcgarvey. You can find more podcasts like this over at live audio, dot.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Mama, Take Heart

Mama, Take Heart

05:02 min | 1 year ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Mama, Take Heart

"Young adult daughter Alyssa, and in it, they talk about how to help teens manage device stimuli. Take a listen if you haven't already. Hey listeners, if you're a parent then we've got a show for you. We know that parenting is not for the faint at heart. It can be hard to connect with your child throughout the many stages of their life. That's why Vibrio retell host of mama take heart is back this fall. Wife, mom, Ryder, podcast host, coffee lover and military veteran, Rana has a passion to help you be an influential voice in your daughter's life. In this show, she gives listeners the tools they need to love and lead well and their child's formative years. Whether you're looking for ways to intentionally connect or to have hard conversations, you can find the mama take heart podcast on life audio dot com or in your favorite podcast app. And don't forget to hit subscribe so you don't miss an episode. Okay, so agency, when your girl has some sort of control or power and small areas of her life, it can help her become more resilient and her trust in herself and decision making. This is where parenting is more like coaching. It's okay if your girl wants to choose what clothes she wants to wear and how to style her hair, how she works her makeup, et cetera, even though you may not agree with everything, it's important to teach them how to negotiate and compromise. So I mentioned at the beginning that our tweens and teens, the reverting back to when they were toddlers or preschoolers asking the why questions. And in my case, Savannah and I came to a compromise. She chose to wear her hair and it's naturally curly date and sometimes straight. But no more ponytails. We'd weighed one more Yoda try makeup and Savannah decided to play basketball instead of track. Oh, and she wore those skinny jeans, and now she wears the latest trend, mom jeans. Well, when your girl is going through this stage of development, remember a few things. One, gaining autonomy and agency is a normal part of development, so don't take it personally. At a friend of mine who was further along the path and I and that's one thing she said to me is don't take it personally. And that really helped me. When your girl is trying to discover who she is, apart from you, give her space, but check in with her. That's the second thing you want to do. Three, you want to set clear expectations, be consistent and discourage rebellion. Tweens and teens have hormones raging through their body, which affects the way they think and feel. So sometimes you may need to count to ten yourself and take deep breaths before responding, but the rules of respect still apply to everyone. They apply from her to you and you to her. For if your girl takes something out on you, even though it doesn't feel good and may even be hurtful. Know that your her safe place. That's one of the reasons why she's doing it. After giving her a little space, find out if there's something underneath what's really bothering her. It may have nothing to do with you. Allow for her to have a discussion and to contribute to decision making. And last but not least a 6th thing is pray. Pray over her and at times pray with her. Well, I hope you found this helpful. For more important or helpful information, check out access dot org to sign up for their cultural translator newsletter, where every Friday they offer a weekly rundown of the latest happenings in pop culture. They do a great job of translating Gen Z's slang, music and culture for you. I receive the news letter and I learn things I did not know. Also, for more articles on autonomy and agency, you can check out very well family dot com. Remember, God is for you and you're not alone. With his spirit, you are filled with courage and strength of purpose, so don't fret mama instead, take heart. Mama take heart is a production of life audio and the Salem web network. If you liked what you just listened to, would you take a second and leave us a rating in your favorite podcast app? It really does help more people like you find our show. This podcast is produced by me, Kelly givens, and Steven Sanders. With executive oversight by Stephen mcgarty. You can find more podcasts like this over at live audio, dot.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Teach Us to Pray

Teach Us to Pray

04:28 min | 1 year ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Teach Us to Pray

"Here's the unpopular truth are filters are flawed from the very beginning. Adamant eve fell prey to satan's distortions of truth as we still do today this is why paul encourages believers to replace their broken and self sufficient filters formed by the world's words and no longer conform to the way of thinking. This renewing of one's mind is a healing process in internal working of the holy spirit in us through sanctification. And it's ongoing. As we daily take hold of truce frame aka. the power of god's spirit and his word are filter will begin to change. We will begin to see things differently. As we are transformed by god's mercy and grace and finally in addition to this new frame in new filter of truth we also have a new focus. Truths focus is found in colossians. Three one through four. It says this therefore if you have been raised with christ keep seeking the things above where christ is seated at the right hand of god set your mind on things above not on things of this world for you have died in your life is hidden with christ in god in christ who is our life is revealed then you also will be revealed with him in glory. I absolutely love this passage of scripture in. It has so much truth for us. To hold onto truths focus is always and forever eternity paul states if you had been raised with christ keep seeking the things above. This is such an important statement. Policy-making here he is asking his readers to evaluate their position. before christ. If you have been raised with christ if you have not taken hold of the hope of heaven the focus of your perspective will daily change infrequently challenged yet. Christ offers us a sure and steadfast anchor for our soul through salvation. Paul goes a step further and instructing us to set our minds on what is eternal rather than temporal to set our minds on something is intentional and deliberate in nature so new matter the frame or the filter our focus can remain the same. Not within our own strength. Though that's why colossians three verse ten says that is in christ. We are being renewed in the knowledge of our creator. This is how we on the new self and we again pointed back to the progression and continuous nature of spiritual formation throughout our lives. So this is what i hope. We can take with us as we step into identifying all the different topics in our world today. i wanna bring this new. Understanding of our human perspective and the foundational framework of biblical truth and become more aware of our current perspectives are automatic filters and our focus. My prayer is that we will be able to take hold of god's divine power to challenge unhealthy thoughts inviting the holy spirit to renew our minds and perspectives and daily. Learn to set our focus on the hope of eternity in episodes to come. We'll be challenging. Our perspectives by tackling topics like our purpose. God's promises people problems in pain. so let's press in and reframe our perspectives with the power. Of god's truth refrained. The power of perspective is the production of life audio and the salem web network. If you enjoyed carly's episode today we would love it if you left at the show a rating and review in your favorite podcast app. It really does help. More people like you find the show. This podcast was produced by me. Kelly givens and steven sanders. The executive oversight by stephen mugabe define more. Faith filled encouraging. Podcast like this one just head over to life audio dot.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

Your Daily Prayer

03:21 min | 1 year ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

"A prayer for when plans change written by a leash heatley and read by kelly givens. There are many plans in a man's heart. But it is the lord's purpose that prevails proverbs. Nineteen twenty one. Have you expected your life to go one way and then something happens. That throws you off from your plan. Perhaps it was the career path. You thought you were headed toward yet. You have found yourself and something completely different than you. I set your heart on. Maybe you thought that by the time you were thirty you'd be married with a child on the way you thought things were supposed to happen according to your plan but the reality you are living in is nothing of the sort. I've had many detours in my life. The most recent being. When i lost my job and a career i loved. It was definitely by god's design in the end but this was a change of plan. I didn't ask for nor was in my timing. I had to walk through the idea that my plans had changed and remind myself that. It's the lord's purpose that prevails the thing. Is we need detours and plans to change this through. The detours got always takes us to where we're supposed to be going in the long run. It's okay if it doesn't look the way we thought it was going to look because thankfully god knows the bigger plan. God has god. Oftentimes a detour may be his way of getting you to look at him and fulfill his purpose. God sees the whole picture. Your whole story your entire future and his purpose prevails. you can trust in him even when you're playing derails off your track because he is good in control and his plans are always greater than our plans rest in the assurance that you can trust in the one who knows what's ahead. Let's pray dear. Lord we love you. We thank you that no detour or change of plans is out of your sight. Thank you that you have our life in the palm of your hands and your purpose for your glory. Thank you that. Even though we don't understand the change of plans we see in front of us that we can trust in you and your provision over us. We trust that you have plans to prosperous and not to harm us lord. We ask that you help us trust you more. Remind us that you are good. Even when good isn't showing up according to our plan forgive us for doubting you for worried and for trying so hard to work together our plans on our own. We thank you in advance for positioning us for your purpose for carbon pathways in detours so that we can step into your mighty plan to help. Advance your kingdom. We choose to believe that you are able to accomplish far more do far greater than we ever thought possible. You are a good father who has a good plan and purpose laid out before us. We lean on you for your guidance and direction in.

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"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

Your Daily Prayer

04:13 min | 1 year ago

"kelly givens" Discussed on Your Daily Prayer

"Hey listeners my name. Is kelly givens. And i'm one of the producers at life audio dot com the podcast network that makes the show. You're listening to right now. I wanted to drop in for just a second to let you know about a new show. We've launched at life audio christian parents crazy world with catherine seekers. We all want the absolute best for our children. We raise them in the local church. Teach them to follow and love the lord and pray for them daily. How is it then that so many kids are leaving the christian faith. Is there anything we can do to help. Our kids have a lasting faith in kreis..

A Prayer for When the World Makes You Anxious

Your Daily Prayer

03:01 min | 1 year ago

A Prayer for When the World Makes You Anxious

"A prayer for when the world makes you anxious written by kelly valerie and read by kelly givens finally brothers and sisters 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 philippians four eight. I watch the evening news. And i'm convinced they should no longer call it evening. News instead they should call it being zaidi. Our do you watch to do you feel it. Crawl all over you. You see the tears you see the evil you see the injustice. The pain the prognosis. You see no answers you feel helpless if you could do something to change anything you would you feel small unable you assure yourself even your loudest call would ring hollow and uncared for in this echo chamber halt a world. There is an undercurrent of fear. The tensions near the surface of force calmness or like riptides arising. We all see them. We want to turn away. Pretend run hide. Shiver shake yet. Is this what. Jesus calls us to south preservation and tread worry anxiety. Might we consider. The news is not evil but how our hearts distrust god easily could be if we fill our mind with the cram hardly keep our mindset on him. We can't see if we are blinded by the anger that boils over. In our heart we get distracted and what emerges doesn't look like love it doesn't look like jesus and what hits me is this jesus never called us to hone in on. What's wrong with everything. He called us to remember that he is in control of everything. Bis is peace. let's pray dear. God i am prone to worry. I led the happenings of the world. The elections and the economy. Sit heavy on me. I need to find your piece. I invite you to restructure my thinking name. My hope in you might peace. Be in you. May you help love flow out from me if me clarity. May i change what. I am able to change and release what i can't.

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