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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!!

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.

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!

Where Does YOUR Help Come From? (Psalm 121)

January 30th, 2017

HELP! How often we've screamed that, if not out loud, then in our minds and hearts? Here's a simple test...think about what you look to for help. Got it? Then that likely is your god. The writer of Psalm 121 has it right. Take a listen to Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry, the kitchen guy at the Ersatz Coffee Shop as they talk about this powerfully and encouraging Psalm as part of their coffee shop Friday Bible study.

Your Way or God’s Way - Psalm 1

January 20th, 2017

There are only two ways to do things in this world - God's way or the wrong way. Think I'm kidding? Take a listen...and get ready to pull in your toes, they might get stepped on!

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