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0024 - Why Money Doesn't Make a Good Master - Matthew 6:19-24

11/12/2018
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Just about all of us struggle with believing that if we just had a little more, then we'd really experience the good life. If I just had a nicer house ... If I could afford to go on vacations like that ... If I could buy ... If I ____ you fill in the blank. Have you ever felt that way? I know I have. Now let me be clear about one thing right up front: wanting nice things is not bad. Poverty is not more spiritual! But putting our faith in money and stuff to give us the good life, however,...

Duration:00:22:11

0023 - Questions on Prayer, pt. 2

11/6/2018
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Prayer is central to our walk with God, but prayer isn't always as easy as we'd expect. I have struggled to be a person of prayer for years and I've wrestled with the Bible's teaching on prayer. Listening to Jesus' teaching on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount sparked listeners to ask some of their questions on prayer, so in the last episode and this one we pause teaching through the Sermon on the Mount and answer listeners questions on prayer. If you want to stay in the loop and get...

Duration:00:27:54

0022 - Questions about Prayer, pt. 1

10/30/2018
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Prayer is central to our walk with God, but prayer isn't always as easy as we'd expect. I have struggled to be a person of prayer for years and I've wrestled with the Bible's teaching on prayer. Listening to Jesus' teaching on prayer in the Sermon on the Mount sparked listeners to ask some of their questions on prayer, so in the next couple of episodes we pause teaching through the Sermon on the Mount and answer listeners questions on prayer. If you want to stay in the loop and get updates...

Duration:00:22:16

0021 - Why is Forgiving People Such a Big Deal? - Matthew 6:14-15

10/22/2018
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A friend stabs you in the back. A spouse is unfaithful. A parent abandons you. The fact is, life is full of people who wrong us in both big and little ways. So how do you respond? Jesus teaches us to respond with forgiveness, which is exactly how He Himself responded. In this episode, I explore Jesus' teaching on forgivness and reflect on what's involved in forgiving others. Forgiveness is the only path to peace. As Peter Kreeft says, "Unless we forgive, we fight." This teaching of Jesus...

Duration:00:22:18

0020 - The Lord's Prayer, pt. 2 - Matthew 6:10-13

10/15/2018
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Have you ever wondered how to pray? What to pray for? In this episode we continue listening to Jesus' guide for how to pray, what we call the Lord's Prayer. And then I conclude with some observations about prayer in general that emerge from Jesus' instructions here. I plan on putting together a short series on prayer and I would love to hear some of your questions about prayer, so that I can answer them on the show. Email them to me at john@johnwhittaker.net. If you want to stay in the...

Duration:00:23:24

0019 - The Lord's Prayer, pt. 1 - Matthew 6:9

10/9/2018
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To stay in touch with John and receive updates and offers from him, subsribe to his webstie at johnwhittaker.net. The Lord's Prayer. A well-known phrase. For some a well-know passage. But what does it teach us about God and about prayer? How could we learn how to pray by absorbing and reflecting on Jesus' model teaching on prayer in the Lord's prayer? In this episode, John reflects on the very first part of the prayer: Who do we pray to? Who is God? What's He like? What does it mean for...

Duration:00:21:15

0018 - What Does Skipping a Meal or Two Have to Do With God? Fasting - Matthew 6:16-18

10/2/2018
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For updates and info, subscribe to John's website at johnwhittaker.net Have you ever fasted? If so, what kind of experience was it for you? Did it draw closer to God? How so? Or was it so miserable it made you wonder why anyone in their right mind would ever fast? What does skipping a meal or two have to do with God anyhow? In this episode looks at Jesus' critique of one mispractice of fasting and offers some guideline for why and how we should practice it. You can deepen your walk with...

Duration:00:20:57

0017 - The Essence of Prayer - Matthew 6:5-8

9/25/2018
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Do you want to know Jesus? Do you want to become like Him? Prayer is vital to that. In the episode, John explores Jesus' teaching about prayer in Matthew 6:5-8, the second example Jesus gives of doing righteous deeds to be noticed by others. He ends the episode by reflecting on the essence of prayer as seen in the passage. You can deepen your walk with God by reading the Bible and praying consistently. Get a free reading plan here or take a free 15 minute mini-course here to help you get...

Duration:00:19:51

0016 - When Giving Becomes Bad for Your Spiritual Health - Matthew 6:2-4

9/18/2018
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I'm sure you've been told that being generous is a good thing. But did you know it can be harmful to your spiritual health? According to Jesus, we can give in a such a way that it doesn't draw us closer to God and doesn't make us more like Jesus. We can give in such a way that it twists our soul. That's the topic in this episode of the Bible in Life. As always, if you appreciate this teaching share freely - on facebook, instragram, twitter, via email. Website: If you're not yet subscribed...

Duration:00:17:06

0015 - Looking Good Isn't Good Enough - Matthew 6:1

9/11/2018
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Looking good isn't bad. But when it comes to the following Jesus and becoming like him,"looking good" can be a significant barrier. In this episode, John unpacks the next major section of the Sermon on the Mount (barriers to surpassing righteousness) and begins to explore the first barrier - keeping up religious appearances. As always, if you appreciate this teaching share freely - on facebook, instragram, twitter, via email. Website: If you're not yet subscribed to receive updates from...

Duration:00:17:53

0014 - How to Love Your Enemies - Matthew 5:43-48

9/11/2018
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God is love and invites us into a life of love ... a lif of love that's so rich, we are able to love anybody and everybody - including those who are against us. This kind of love is the epitome of surpassing righteousness, so it's the culmination of Jesus' examples. In loving this way, we become like God who loves all people and does good to all people. As always, if you appreciate this teaching share freely - on facebook, instragram, twitter, via email. Website: If you're not yet...

Duration:00:21:13

0013 - When People Treat Us Badly, pt. 2

8/31/2018
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In this special bonus episode, John explores how to become the kind of person who is actively kind to people who aren't kind to you. This follows up episode 12 which looked at the meaning of Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:38-42. Jesus' teaching is so contrary to the usual human way of living and we can feel like no matter how hard we try we just can't do it. Well that's because trying - even trying hard - won't cut it. We need a wiser, more intentional approach than just trying to to be kind...

Duration:00:20:49

0012 - What to do When People Treat You Badly - Matthew 5:38-42

8/28/2018
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It doesn't take long to learn that some people aren't very nice, that some people are gonna treat us poorly. Conventional wisdom has one way to deal with it; Jesus has another. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus passes on to us one the most important and most distinctive traits about us who follow Him. This trait set Him and sets us a part from so much that goes on in this world. We need to hear what He says here and take it to heart. ____________ If you haven't yet, click...

Duration:00:19:15

0011 - Can I Trust Your Word? - Matthew 5:33-37

8/20/2018
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Jesus envisions a world where your word is your bond ... where you don't have to promise or swear or convince people that what you say is true. A world where a handshake is all that's necesary. A world where you can trust each other and count on each other because each and every one of us has complete integrity. And that world begins right here, with me and you. Would you share this podcast with a friend? -Text them the link -Post it on social media To support the podcast financially on...

Duration:00:18:12

0010 - Divorce, and Being Faithful to Your Spouse - Matthew 5:31-32

8/14/2018
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Divorce hurts. It hurt people in Jesus' day. It hurts people today. It's not the way it's supposed to be. No one dreams of meeting the love of their life, getting married, and 4 years later having it all end in divorce. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus speaks to the betrayal that divorce is ... that it's another way of being unfaithful to your spouse. There's great wisdom here, should we choose to receive it. And solution isn't to issue an edict that heaps guilt and shame...

Duration:00:18:38

0009 - Adultery, Lust, and Faithfulness - Matthew 5:27-30

8/7/2018
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We live in a sex-driven society. Sex is used to sell everything from cars to toothpaste! Porn has taken over the internet. But misuse of sex is nothing new. And Jesus has some important wisdom concerning sexual faithfulness and purity. In this episode of Bible in Life, John guides us through Jesus' words about adultery, lust, faithfulness and sexual purity. If you're finding these podcasts helpful, click subscribe or follow above. And be sure to share with your friends. And if you want...

Duration:00:25:32

0008 - What about that temper? Matthew 5.21-26

7/31/2018
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Just because you've never killed anyone doesn't mean your living the way God designed you to live. And murder isn't the only form of violence towards each other. In this section of the Sermon on the Mount Jesus begins to illustrate what surpassing righteousness looks like ... surpassing righteousness goes to the heart of the matter. And that means it deals with your anger, and mine. Jesus intends to make us people who are full of peace and free from anger and contempt! Wouldn't it be a...

Duration:00:23:07

0007 - How Righteous Do I Have to Be? Matthew 5.17-20

7/24/2018
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Is the OT Law bad? Did Jesus come to nullify the Law? With all of the wrong people flocking to Jesus, does that suggest that Jesus has no standards? Just how righteous does Jesus expect you to be? In this podcast, John tackles the thesis paragraph for the Sermon on the Mount - the paragraph that sets up everythng else in the sermon. In this paragraph, Jesus answers the question, How righteous do I have to be? Remember to share with you friends via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, good ol'...

Duration:00:21:00

0006 - What's Your Vocation? Matthew 5.13-16

7/17/2018
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Jesus has an open door policy to His kingdom. And once He's welcomed you in - regardless of where you've come from - he bestow on you a high and holy calling ... and He intends to make you the kind of person that's fit to carry out that vocation. In this episode, John explores Jesus' words describing that vocation and how we can live that out in and through all the parts of our life. Remember to share with you friends via Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, good ol' word of mouth or however you...

Duration:00:21:08

0005 - Jesus' Open Door Policy - Matthew 5:1-12

7/10/2018
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Who is welcome in Jesus' kingdom? Who can experience the blessing of His kingdom? In this episode, John explores the opening words of the Sermon on the Mount, traditionally called the Beattitudes. He questions a common understanding that the beattitudes are virtues for us to pursue and offers an alternative approach. If you find John's teaching helping spread the word by sharing on facebook, instagram, twitter, and good ol' word of mouth. And if you want to become a patron and support the...

Duration:00:19:32