October 15, 2019
The enemy of our souls is hard at work to destroy the image of our heavenly Father. He realizes if he can distort that image, our connection with the “God as Father” metaphor will likely derail our ability to walk closely with our Creator based on toxic issues we’ve had with our earthly fathers. Why would we find any enthusiasm about embracing the #1 most important purpose of our lives—to come to the Father in relationship—if we’ve already embraced a sour image of Him? If the enemy is allowed to take this away, He is essentially taking everything away! Our only hope is to renew our minds on the truth—the truth that our God is the foundational embodiment of what a loving father SHOULD be, rather than an extension of the bad examples of other poor fathers and leaders we’ve had in our lives. Tune in today to refresh your heart toward your Father in heaven.
WATER WELLS: Don't forget to join the Deyo's by giving to Speed the Light through their home church, Celebration Church, as they run a 10k this Sunday, October 20 to raise money to provide clean water for those who have none. Here is the link https://celebrationmn.churchcenter.com/giving/to/stl-fundraiser-deyos Thank you!
October 8, 2019
Hey we're baaaaaaack! And we're wondering, is it possible? Can we really live life with the idea that spending one day with God is infinitely better than spending 1,000 days doing the thing on the earth we love most? If we're honest, it can be hard to imagine. But what if we could change our perspective so this type of thing sounded less like a fairy tale and more like a clear and obvious fact? A fact we were compelled to live out in everyday life? We'll put fresh eyes on a couple of familiar scriptures as well as take a look at one of Cory Asbury's lesser known songs that you're going to love! If this peaks your interest, join Josh and me as we crack silly "dad" jokes while discussing the beauty of being a door keeper for Jesus. We'll also give you some ideas on how to flip the script on your attitude toward God.
April 23, 2019
There’s an insane amount of misunderstanding concerning God’s laws and guidelines. It’s wild. We have no real concern with the many regulations that weave their way back and forth through the fabric of our society, yet we are often extremely irritated by God's laws even while embracing the rules of the road, the movie theater, and the courtroom. Question is; why all the hypocrisy? Why the frustration? Why all the hostility? What if we’re completely misinterpreting God’s guidelines? What if the foundation of God’s commands is not power or control, but LOVE? What if—just like the majority of our laws worldwide—goodness and kindness are the soul force behind every word of God’s directives? What if, like sports, God's laws are meant to help us fully comprehend the game of life, as well as to better understand his most misunderstood commands, even one as controversial as sexual orientation. Well, this is exactly what we’re going to talk about on today’s podcast. Why? Because it’s high time we begin seeing God’s guidelines as the LOVE LINES they are.
April 16, 2019
Do you know what you carry? Or better said, WHO you carry? On the inside? Do we really understand the power we have to shift spiritual atmospheres? That we actually bring the presence of a supernatural world with us everywhere we go? To work, to school, to the grocery store? The question is: does the Christ living in you make any difference—to those around you? Or is He hidden so none can see? I mean, when we walk into a room, do things change? Do people take notice? Does the darkness tremble? It's true. We, as believers, have the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead living inside of us. Truthfully, when darkness has crept in and all hope is lost, you should be able to show up and BOOM the light of Christ floods the room, bringing joy, peace, and life in place of gloom, fear, and death! This is what you were REBORN for! So let's talk about this crazy idea of shifting spiritual atmospheres so we can realize it's not as crazy as it seems.
April 9, 2019
I remember years ago I stumbled upon the idea of Worship/Evangelism, and it rocked my world. I had always thought of these two things as two completely opposite ideas. Worship music was something only relevant to believers, while evangelism was something aimed at unbelievers that would be rendered ineffective if it included musical worship. But then I started seeing this idea challenged right before my very eyes. I’d be leading worship with my old band, Sonicflood, and people would come up to us afterward with testimonies of how they had given their hearts to Christ during our worship “concert” or how they had been powerfully drawn into our outdoor worship nights as an unbeliever. It was like the very thing I thought would turn them away—lame worship music—was touching these pre-saved people in ways few things could. As they ventured into an environment where Jesus was being lifted up, he was actually accomplishing exactly what his Word says in John 12:32, and drawing all people to himself. Listen to today's podcast to see how you can get involved! And stay tuned to the very end for a special clip of North Central University's touching brand new NCU Worship Live single "Breath of Heaven (It Is Well)."
April 2, 2019
It's super common. Despite what people might think, many of us find it difficult to remember to engage with God on the daily. We only think of doing this AFTER the moment has passed. “Oh, shoot, I should have asked God about that!!!” But we’ve got to stop leaving God in the secret place and start thinking differently—we’ve got to start realizing that God wants to help us get through all kinds of different moments in our lives—from big to medium to small decisions. He has answers and tactics that are uber practical—things that are meant to make our lives and our struggles much easier to manage. Yet, we still believe we’re all alone, when all God is wanting us to do is ASK HIM. He is soooooo ready to help us, whether it’s knowing what to say in that important meeting, remembering that thing the boss told you as you were passing in the hallway, knowing how to respond to an angry friend or coworker, or simply recounting that one missing item on your grocery list. GOD IS A RIDICULOUS RESOURCE JUST WAITING TO BE TAPPED. But, we've got to get him out of the secret place and into our everyday lives! Let's talk.
March 26, 2019
Have you ever noticed that God seems to do things backwards? I mean, every time you think you have this Christianity thing figured out, you end up feeling like you’re flipped upside down. And then, just when you get yourself turned right, you suddenly realize you’re swimming upstream while everyone else seems to be going downstream. Well, this is exactly what we’re going to cover in today’s podcast. It can be easy to get super confused when the world is constantly screaming bad, and God is whispering good, and when God is calling things sweet when the world is calling them bitter. It can even go as far as the world labeling the very things God labels good, as evil! Crazy, right? We call this Reverse Godology; a condition by which the devil has upended truth so successfully, that God’s ways actually appear strangely opposite to the “truth” we have come to believe. Come along for the ride, and we'll figure out how to get it all turned God-side up again.
March 19, 2019
If you aren't singing in your time alone with God, you need to be. And we want to help you navigate this by giving you some practical strategies for breathing life into your musical worship time. We know everyone out there isn’t a “singer." But you’ve got to know that there’s a HUGE difference between being a singer and a worshiper. I know lots of non-singers who are incredible worshipers, and sadly I know many amazing singers who aren’t very passionate worshipers. Imagine, never utilizing the other half of what your vocals cords were designed to do? Why would God give us a voice to sing (and command it in the Word) if he didn’t want us to use it? REMEMBER: worship isn’t so much about the music. It’s about relationship. But music was certainly created by God as a tool to help us engage with Him. And of course, in order to become a true worshiper, you don’t need to sing in tune or with beautiful inflections. You only need to make a JOYFUL NOISE. So let's do this!
March 12, 2019
On today’s podcast, Josh and I are asking you to join us on a journey to the person of the Word, to a total recalibration of our understanding of the purpose of the Bible so that whenever we read it, we’re actually hearing it as a letter written straight to our heart from our very best friend. Every word, every story, as if God himself were sitting right there talking to you…personally. Because that's exactly what's happening—if you will let it! One thing for sure! As believers, we must cultivate an appetite for the Word of God. Period. Thing is, a lot of folks still think of God’s Word as a book with lots of rules and regulations, do’s and don’ts in it. But the Bible is a PERSON. John 1 reminds us that Jesus is the Word made flesh. The Word of God come to life. So listen in as we give you some new ideas for keeping the Bible real and fresh in your everyday time alone with God, whether for the first time or for the 100th time!
March 5, 2019
Prayer can be an awkward topic, almost like talking about money, because we may not want to ask for help when we need it. Because of this, we can easily go through life not knowing what we don’t know—unaware of the many ways other people improve their time with God through prayer. Some folks imagine prayer as a boring experience where we list all of our needs to God or lift up all the hurting people in our lives. And of course, requests are a part of our prayer time with God. But what if there is more to it? What if prayer is simply a name we give to an activity that involves simply hanging out with God, talking to him about life—you know, much like the conversations we might have with a friend at a coffee shop? So, what does your prayer life look like? Is it regular or random? Is it relational or impersonal? This is what we want to discuss—and above all else, we want to share some of the strategies that have helped us take our prayer lives from mundane to meaningful, all so you can get your prayer life up and running again!