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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!

What Is Real Revival? (pt 1)

April 6th, 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!

What’s God’s Truth About The Gun Control Issue?

April 2nd, 2018

After the most recent school shooting, both sides are in an uproar over the gun issue. One side calls for a complete ban of all guns with a revocations of the 2nd Amendment, the other side says, "No way!" Never one to shy away from a great topic, the Truth Barista weighs in on the debate "armed" with God's truth and some serious logic. Yup, something has to be done, but it where do we start? Your Truth Barista has some thought-provoking suggestions.

Understanding the Bible Better - Hebrew Idioms!

October 20th, 2017

Ever talk with someone who doesn't know your language? IT'S HILARIOUS! Trying to share even the most basic information such as "Where the Ersatz Coffee Shop is" or "The bathroom is over there" can be a real chore...or an embarrassment. Well, the same holds true with the Bible. People, most of it was written in Hebrew by Hebrew speakers with a Hebraic mindset and world-view. Compared to today's Christians who speak a variety of languages with a variety of non-Hebraic mindsets and world-views we are not just miles apart, we're millennia apart! Some things cannot be effectively transmitted unless one GOES BACK to learn and understand the original context...and that's what the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry do in this podcast. Take a listen and have fun!!

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