Podcast

The Parable of the Four Soils Explained (Matthew 13:1-23)

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Four Soils in Matthew 13:1-23, and why did speak in Parables? These are the main questions we answer in this podcast study. But before we address these questions, we first consider the following two topics: A few words about the impeachment of President Trump (for a second time) and him being censored by social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube A letter from a reader about Calvinism In the letter from a reader, she writes about a study on Acts and my series on Calvinism. Here they are: The Parable of the Four Soils Explained Here are some studies you may want to also consider: Here is a transcript of what I taught today (This is an excerpt from my Gospel Dictionary lesson on the Kingdom of God): Matthew 13 begins with the Parable ...

God is Not Just

I’m back! 2020 was a rough year, and 2021 will likely be difficult as well, but I am going to try to get back into blogging and podcasting. In this first episode of 2021, I explain the new format for my podcast, and discuss three things: My thoughts on the response of some Christian pastors and authors on the January 6, 2021 election protest in Washington DC Mailbag: How to know you have eternal life and did not commit the unforgivable sin. Why God is not just, the Bible does not talk about justice, and how we can respond to injustice. Is God a God of love AND justice? Nope. On the topic of justice, here is a brief summary of what I say in the podcast, and also what I will be teaching in my soon-to-be-released Gospel Dictionary lesson on justice: “Justice” is not in the Bible. Indeed, the ...

Dr. David Jeremiah: When Our World Seems Dark, God Is In Control

Pastor, teacher, and writer, Dr. David Jeremiah shares his thoughts on how God is still accomplishing His purposes in our world, even during tumultuous times. He also discusses his new book, People Are Asking, Is This The End? Dr. David Jeremiah: The Bible is filled with such great encouragement. I think often of our Lord’s words about His ability. He’s able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think. He’s able to save us to the uttermost. The ability of God against the disability of the world is no match, it’s no contest, and God wins. God is in control. Narrator: Welcome to the Experience Jesus Calling Podcast. Today, we speak with Dr. David Jeremiah, writer, teacher and pastor of Shadow Mountain Community Church. Dr. Jeremiah shares his personal story and tells us about a new ...

Amy Grant: Seeking God’s Presence Through Stillness

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Amy Grant shares how she finds God in times of stillness and tells us about the joy of making music with her new project “Tennessee Christmas.” Narrator: Welcome to the Experience Jesus Calling Podcast. Recently, we got a chance to speak with Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter Amy Grant by phone. Amy has been working on a new Christmas record that is slated to release in October. Amy shares a little bit about what went into making that record, and where she is in her faith journey after nearly four decades of being a popular recording artist, in addition to her roles as wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend. Amy Grant: I’m Amy Grant, and I’m a singer-songwriter, and I have been since I was a teenager. I have 3 sisters I see all the t...

Hope Beyond the Battlefield – A Veteran’s Perspective

Zachary Bell is a husband, father, and veteran. He served as an infantry rifleman in the United States Marine Corps, and did two combat tours in Afghanistan. Zachary discusses his time in service to his country, how it affected his family, and how the Journey Home Project helped him successfully navigate his post-military life. The Journey Home Project Narrator: Welcome to the Experience Jesus Calling Podcast. The Journey Home Project is an organization that assists veterans who are returning from active duty to civilian life. Their mission is to connect donors to veteran organizations that do the most good to help with this sometimes difficult transition. Country music legend Charlie Daniels is Chairman of the Board for the Journey Home Project and talks about why this organization is so ...

Trusting God At Rock Bottom: Diane Cunningham’s Story

Diane Cunningham is the president and founder of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs and the author of the book series “Rock Bottom Is a Beautiful Place.” Diane shares her journey through depression, job loss, alcoholism, infertility, and divorce, and how she found courage and restoration from God to keep going, and to help others who face similar challenges. Diane Cunningham’s Story: Jesus Calling Podcast Episode 21 Narrator: Diane Cunningham is the president and founder of the National Association of Christian Women Entrepreneurs, as well a consultant, author, video guru, artist, plane crash survivor, marathon runner and former master’s level therapist. She has been called a “creative machine” and a “pied-piper” of people. As much as she is able to impart her secret...

Writer Amy Parker and The Gift of Reading

Amy Parker has written more than thirty books for children, teens and adults, including her new “Night Night Farm” and the best-selling “A Night Night Prayer.” Amy reflects on what first inspired her love for writing and how she came to realize her mission to bring Christ’s love to kids through the gift of the written word. The Gift of Reading: Jesus Calling Podcast Episode 22 Amy Parker: The written word is such a gift to us. Predating the written word, we depended on oral history, and I can just imagine how that changed history throughout the years. So starting with the Bible and God giving us the gift of His story, the best-selling book of all time, the Scripture says that God’s word is alive and active. And it is so true because this ancient book that took place forever ago, it speaks ...

The Thrill of Hope: Christy Nockels Reflects on Advent

Christy Nockels, a Dove Award-winning singer/songwriter, shares how God led her to spend a year studying the beauty of Advent and how she has found “The Thrill of Hope” in every season of her life. The Thrill of Hope: Jesus Calling Podcast Episode 23 Christy Nockels: When the Bible talks about hope, it’s through perseverance that hope comes. It’s often through just the everyday things of pushing through. Even sometimes the hardest of circumstances, when you think the door is not going to open, you press through and it opens, and it opens up to something you never thought was imaginable. So I think that what we experience and what we’re going through; it’s for the sharing. Narrator: Welcome to the Experience Jesus Calling Podcast. Today we speak with Dove Award winning singer-songwriter Chr...

Work As Worship – The Benham Brothers

Jason and David, The Benham Brothers, are successful business entrepreneurs with the heart of missionaries. They discuss their new book “Living Among Lions” and the notion of giving your best for God, no matter what kind of work you do. Work As Worship: Jesus Calling Podcast Episode 24 David Benham:  We thank you for Jesus Calling. I thank you for everything they represent and just, Lord, the fact that they are pushing people to get with you. Lord, that’s what we need, Lord. We’ve had enough religion. It’s time for a deep relationship with You. Lord, I just pray God; just blessings, just supernatural blessings, Lord God, that Your Name will be lifted up, and that we would glorify you in these last days. In Jesus’s name. Narrator: Welcome to The Experience Jesus Calling Podcast. Today ...

Teens and Social Media: Whose Approval Are You Living For?

Kari Kampakis’ mission is to reach young girls and their parents with a message about true worth. In today’s social media-saturated culture, many girls start early, seeking approval through how many “likes” they receive on their social media pages. Kari endeavors to show girls that God gives the only approval that really matters, and He loves them just as they are. Teens and Social Media: Whose Approval Are You Living For? – Jesus Calling Podcast Episode 25 Kari Kampakis: It’s very easy for us to care more about the opinions people have of us over the opinion God has of us, or what God knows about us. I really wanted to write a book that dove into that topic; force someone to think, whose approval are you living for? Are you living for the world’s approval, trying to impress people th...

A Ride of Faith: Biking Across America with Jesus Calling

We follow up with Paul Shol after completing his bike trip across America, where he gave away thousands of copies of Jesus Calling to people all along the way. Raising over $50,000 for at-risk children in his community, Paul shares how God worked with him and through others for the entire 4000-mile trek.  A Ride of Faith: Biking Across America with Jesus Calling – Jesus Calling Podcast Episode 26 Paul Shol: His path is where we’re going to make the biggest difference for others and show His kingdom the brightest; it’s when we’re on His path.  I think it’s a very big challenge for everybody to discern and follow that path because often it goes against what the people in society around us are showing and telling us. Take a look at my journey and listen to my testimony and how God c...

Searching for Love, Finding God: Janie’s Story

Janie is a graduate of The Next Door, a faith-based rehabilitation and re-entry program in Nashville, Tennessee. Janie spent most of her life looking for real love, and due to a background of abuse, she felt as if she mattered to no one. After years of toxic behavior and relationships, Janie found the one Love that was there all along. Searching for Love, Finding God: Janie’s Story – Jesus Calling Podcast Episode 27 Janie: I got in a lot of trouble. In and out of jail. Nobody could trust me. Family hated seeing me come because I was going to steal, lie, cheat. I went to prison my last time in 2013. I decided that I had to change my life. Something had to change. I had a behavior problem that I didn’t know how to manage or control. I hated myself. I could not stand the woman I seen in the m...