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Discernment Ministries: Contending Without Being Contentious

September 24th, 2017

Discernment ministries. What are they? They are ministries that examine what is being taught across the Body of Christ to see if those teachers are faithful to God's word, or teach inaccurately or in error, or are outright deceptive. Discernment ministries are often looked at as the "defenders of the faith" and the "watchdogs of truth." However, some have developed a sharp and even vicious, un-Christian approach to their expose' function and are more pit bull than man's best friend.
 
While we should all be like the Bereans who "examined the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11), there is a definite need and place for discernment ministries that examine and notify the Christian community of subtle and not-so-subtle deceptions and diversions from the truth of God's Word. And yet, how can they disagree with people without being disagreeable? Better yet, how do we deal with people who teach God's Word wrongly? How do we contend for the faith without becoming contentious? Listen as the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry toss this topic around!
 
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Anybody Up There? The Struggle With Unanswered Prayer

September 15th, 2017

Ever been "Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door"...and nobody answers? Ever pray and you hear crickets chirping? What comes into your mind? Does God hear me? Is there something wrong with me? Does God even care? These questions are tough. So is the topic of unanswered prayer. If you're struggling with unanswered prayers, take a listen and see how the Lord speaks to you, even if you think He's not.

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So, What Color Is The Soul? (Racism and the Christian)

September 8th, 2017

Racism is a sin. It is an affront to the God who created humanity in His image. So tell me, what color is our soul? What should be the Christian's response to racism and what if we find we are harboring thoughts and attitudes that could be racist? How can we tell? What are we to do about it? Check out the podcast for a starting point!

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The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling! (Bible Sense About Signs) part 3

September 1st, 2017

And now the thrilling conclusion to the Truth Barista's "Bible Sense About Signs"! Are we being warned about the End Times? Is the End Time near or have we crossed the line? IS THERE ANYTHING TO THESE BLOOD MOONS, SOLAR ECLIPSES, and the REVELATION 12 sign on September 23? You'll just have to listen and find out!

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The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling! (Bible Sense About Signs) part 2

August 25th, 2017

Is it the end of the world as we know it or as the internet calls it, TEOTWAWKI? Do a simple search on the internet and many Christian sites are proclaiming either the beginning of the Tribulation or the Rapture or other End Time mileposts because of remarkable events in the sky viewed as signs. Blood Moons (2015-2016), the Great American Eclipse (August 2017), and the Revelation 12 sign (September 2017) are heralded as warnings. Are they? Take a listen as the Truth Barista unpacks the Feasts of the Lord, End Time events, and the "signs" of the times!

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The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling! (Bible Sense About Signs)

August 20th, 2017

Man, if it ain't one thing it's another! Blood moons, total solar eclipses, unique co-inciding of stars, planets, sun, and moon...that could only mean on thing! DOGS AND CATS, LIVING TOGETHER, MASS HSTERIA! In fact, during the recent "Great American Eclipse" MILLIONS of people drove to the line of total eclipse to watch a 2-minute event! They must think there's something to this! There's no denial, we have seen some interesting and rare celestial events. Many people, not just Christians, believe these as God-sent signs. Are they? What makes them genuine signs from heaven's throne room? If they are, why does God use such signs and what is He saying? Are the sign-seekers just blowing smoke to raise money and followers? Join the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they take on this controversial subject of the signs of the times - Bible Sense About Signs.

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The Joy of Trials!

August 12th, 2017

"But mankind is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward." Do you know who spoke these words that were recorded in God's very word? Most of us know him and he would certainly know a thing or two about trials and troubles. Yup, it was Job! (Job 5:7) No one will ever escape the trials of life. They try to minimize them or avoid them, but trials will come or way. But there is a sunny side to trials! (Yeah, right!) no really, there is. In fact, trials are one of God's best ways of shaping us into the people he wants us to be. (Yeah? Well I wish He were a little less interested in me right now!) Having trouble and trials, my friend? Take a listen and take comfort. Trials don't last forever, but what we gain from them does.

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City Gates: How Are You Guarding Your Life?

August 4th, 2017

Throughout history, city gates were EXTREMELY important! From ancient Israel to the castles of the Middle Ages, gates were the most vulnerable place in a city's defenses and of great strategic value. If you lose control of a city gate, you lose the city...and most likely your freedom or life! Even though we don't have literal city gates today, there are many ACCESS POINTS in our life that serves as a gate, an entry point into our begin. We also have gates that serve as access points into our society and nation. God commands us to defend our gates from enemy incursion. Want to know how incredibly much this applies to us? Listen to this episode of the Truth Barista - "City Gates: How Are You Guarding Your Life?" for big insights. It just might save your life.

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What Does Discipleship Require - part 2

July 28th, 2017

The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their talk about discipleship and why it's sooooooo important for Christian growth AND NOT OPTIONAL for a Christian. All Christians are called to be disciples and being a disciple does not mean just believing Jesus is Lord and provider of our salvation. In Jesus' 1st c. context, the purpose of becoming a disciple and the end goal of being a disciple is to become like their rabbi in word and deed! If that's not your goal, you may be saved spiritually, but you're not a disciple. Take a listen and seriously consider this important topic.

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What Does Discipleship Require - part 1

July 21st, 2017

Sure, we call ourselves disciples of Jesus, but...really? Are we? Do we really understand what it means to be a true disciple or is our life with the Lord simply a baseline commitment to the lowest common denominator of simple "Yeah, Jesus is the Messiah"? But does anything really change in us, in our lives, or the world around us? The Truth Barista challenges you to take a listen to this two-part episode talking about what discipleship meant in Jesus' day and how we should do the same today!

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