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Women In Ministry - pt. 3

September 6th, 2019

Jay, your Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry continue their study of the place of women in ministry, especially leadership. In this podcast, Jay and Larry talk about women and their "place" in the 1st c. synagogue as well as being a part of Apostle Paul's ministry team! Now THAT'S going to be an eye-opener for many. Finally, the dynamic duo begin dissecting Paul's misunderstood scriptures about women, head coverings and the supposed authority issue at Corinth. There is a LOT to enjoy in this podcast!

Women In Ministry - pt. 2

August 29th, 2019

In the last podcast of the Truth Barista's series on Women in Ministry, Jay (your Truth Barista) and Amazing Larry discussed God's original design for men and women and how even after the Fall and the men/women relationship adjustment God used women powerfully in ancient Israel. In this episode, Jay and Larry talk about how women were a crucial part of Jesus' disciple group and Paul's ministry team. Yes, women ARE crucial to God's kingdom and vital to church life and ministry. Find out why!

Women In Ministry - pt. 1

August 25th, 2019

All you have to do is hang around Christian circles and you will eventually slam into this wonderful (/sarcasm) discussion! It would seem obvious that women and men are built to be teammates in life which include ministry. And yet, there are those who preach, teach and demand that women take a backseat in the ministry car. "That's it, little lady. Let the man show you how it's done!" Yeah, well...that ain't what the Bible says. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry are starting a remarkable series hitting this topic head-on. The steamy cuppa God's truth is set to TRIPLE ESPRESSO with absolutely NO sweetening. Straight up! In this first part, Jay and Larry talk about God's original plan for men and women. Take a listen to hear some things you've likely never heard before!

When Nations Die - Preventing Truth Decay!

March 22nd, 2019

Why is it empires and nations rise and fall? All the efforts of humanity have tried to build the eternal kingdom since the beginning of time...and yet EVERY dominion has fallen given enough time. Why? The downward pull of fallen human nature! The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry look at Jim Nelson Black's book When Nations Die: America on the Brink, Ten Warning Signs of a Culture in Crisis. Is there hope? Yes! But it requires a whole-hearted commitment to God on a society-wide scale. Until then, Jesus expects us to stay close to him and do what we can to influence the culture around us.

Where Are The Noahs of the Day?

March 15th, 2019

As we watch Western society continue its moral downhill race to the bottom, could we expect God to raise up men and women of great integrity, virtue, and faith? Will we see people who will be a testimony against the unrighteous moral collapse and proclaim the reality of a righteous God? Will we see people who have worked hard to remain unstained from the world. It may seem to be impossible, but God specializes in the impossible. As the Bible repeatedly shows, illustrated by Noah, when things grow dark in an age of putrescence, God lifts a light. Take a listen!

What is this Baptism Thing?

July 23rd, 2018

Why do Christian churches drip or dunk people with water? Is this something Jesus invented for His church? After all, He commanded it to be done. Churches have fought over whether it should be done for all ages or whether it can be done once or more, or dipping/dribbling/or dunking, or by anyone or just the "clergy." The Truth Barista gets to the background of baptism - FROM BEFORE JESUS(!) - and reveals what it means and how it was always done. You'll find this FASCINATING!!

When Is It God’s Call Or Just Narcissism? (pt 2)

June 29th, 2018

So, if you've listened to the previous episode "When Is It God's Call Or Just Narcissism? (pt 1)" how are your toes? If they weren't stepped on, that's a good sign. It means you're on the right track. YES! God has something for everybody to do in this life. Read the Bible and we find that it's Love God, Love People. We can add Live Right, Reveal the Light (Jesus). It's that simple. BUT sometimes our desire for greater significance takes us to places and pursuits God has no desire for us to grasp for. If propelled by narcissism, we can easily mistake our yearning for "personal greatness" as a "call of God." Dangerous territory, my friend. Take a listen to part 2 of this fascinating topic!

When Is It God’s Call Or Just Narcissism? (pt 1)

June 22nd, 2018

One of the BIGGEST drives in people's lives is the desire for significance. No one wants to feel insignificant. To some degree, we all want to believe we're making some sort of impact in life. But this desire is greatly amplified and twisted when coupled with narcissism. Here's your definition of NARCISSISM (American Heritage Dictionary): "A personality disorder characterized by an exaggerated sense of self-importance, need for admiration, and lack of empathy."

This is a dangerous combination in the fellowship of Jesus' followers (the church). Many "Seek God's call on their lives." Rightly so, because He has called us to a life with Him and service to others. But the search for significance often DRIVES some Christians to distraction to find out what that specific call is. Even worse, when narcissism is added to the mix, this intensified drive turns its focus from God to the person. And now we have a real problem. Take a listen and really think - is my desire for ministry out of love for Jesus or self-centered narcissism?

Which Law To Break, Jesus? (Pharisee and Tax Question)

June 15th, 2018

On the heels of our discussions of "Obeying God or Man" and "Civil Disobedience," the Truth Barista takes an intriguing look at the question of working with authorities - both God AND man - over the issue of paying taxes. Yes, Jesus' point is about our relationship with God as essential. Yes, we can also find some GREAT insights about honoring the human authorities God has placed over us. Ready to be CHALLENGED? 

What Is Real Revival? (pt 2)

April 13th, 2018

REVIVAL. What do you think of when you hear that word? An ol' fashioned tent-meeting with portable baptism tank and sawdust floor? A church service with a hot worship band, light show, and ecstatic singing? Or how about a fire and brimstone preacher stalking the stage like a panther looking for prey? Is this what real revival is? What are the hallmarks of true revival? Is revival what a church presents or what a person experiences? Can you have revival if something isn't "vived" first? Take a listen to the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry...and may the Lord fan the flames of love for Him in your heart!

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