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The Bible Speaks to You: Embracing the Mindset of Christ

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Do you wish your prayers could be more effective? Are you tired of theological debates and just want to get into the heart and soul of Jesus, follow him, and live his teachings in your daily life? Each week The Bible Speaks to You Podcast helps you rediscover the original Christianity of Jesus. Host James Early, Bible teacher, speaker, and Jesus Mindset Coach, along with an occasional guest, share fresh insights on how the Bible still speaks to us today. The focus is on embracing the mindset of Jesus and how we can all think, act, and love the way Christ did.

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Do you wish your prayers could be more effective? Are you tired of theological debates and just want to get into the heart and soul of Jesus, follow him, and live his teachings in your daily life? Each week The Bible Speaks to You Podcast helps you rediscover the original Christianity of Jesus. Host James Early, Bible teacher, speaker, and Jesus Mindset Coach, along with an occasional guest, share fresh insights on how the Bible still speaks to us today. The focus is on embracing the mindset of Jesus and how we can all think, act, and love the way Christ did.

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242 – Which is more important, the Great Commission or feeding the sheep of Jesus?

5/28/2024
242 – What is your priority at church, getting new members or taking care of the sheep you have? I used to think my church should focus only on reaching out to the community, sharing the gospel, and getting more people to come to church. But over the years I've realized it's equally important to nurture and care for the members we already have. This week's podcast episode talks about the difference between the Great Commission and, what I call, the Great Shepherding of the flock. Sharing your faith with others and caring for the sheep are both very important but they should not be mixed up. Each one has its place and each works together to enrich the other. I encourage you to take an honest look at the way you as an individual, and your church (if you’re a member of one) fulfill or don’t fulfill the Great Commission and the Great Shepherding, sharing your faith and feeding the sheep of Jesus. How can you get closer to the way Jesus preached and fed his sheep? Previous episode mentioned: Episode 155: Aramaic in the New Testament with Roy Gessford Show notes: Full transcript and Bible quotes: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/242 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:24:05

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241 – Keith Giles: How the Gospel of Thomas Helps Us Follow Jesus

5/21/2024
241 – Why should you read the Gospel of Thomas? Well, do you want to be closer to Christ? Then the Gospel of Thomas is for you. But you have to learn how to decode it. That's where Kieth Giles comes in. His book helps find the deeper meaning: The Quantum Sayings of Jesus: Decoding the Lost Gospel of Thomas* This week I talk with Keith Giles about the Gospel of Thomas. Keith explains why this ancient text is really important and how it helps us get a really deep insight into how to follow Jesus. We dig into all the questions you have about the Gospel of Thomas: Keith was on The Bible Speaks to You Podcast on a previous episode: Episode 76: Keith Giles and the Atonement of Christ Other resources mentioned: Book by Elaine Pagels: Beyond Belief–The Secret Gospel of Thomas* Book by William Duffy: The Hidden Gospel of Thomas: Commentaries on the Non-Dual Sayings of Jesus* Blog: KeithGiles.com Quoir Publishing Company: quoir.com Happy Heretic Podcast Second Cup with Keith Podcast Show notes: Full transcript and Bible references: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/241 * Amazon affiliate link Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:01:02:09

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240 – How Would Jesus Heal Political Divsion?

5/14/2024
240 – If Jesus was here today, would he get involved in politics? Do you think he would be a member of your political party? Would he take sides at all? Or would he take a different approach to solving the problems people are facing today? How would Jesus bring healing to the political divisions in today’s society? Would he go to Washington, D.C. and make a speech in congress? Would he meet with opposing political opponents and try to get them to agree on things? Or would he hold a political rally and campaign for one candidate over another? I don’t think so. In this week's episode: Jesus never got involved in the politics of his times. He never made it a priority to resolve the conflicts with the government of Rome, with its intrigues and powerful personalities. He never tried to resolve the disputes between the Pharisees, the Sadducees, the Zealots, and the Essenes. As we get closer and closer to the election this fall in the United States, and as you see the political scene do whatever the political scene will do, don’t be impressed or get absorbed in what’s going on. Don’t be alarmed or fearful. Don’t believe everything you hear. Don’t judge any situation by the outward appearance of things pro or con. If you really want to bring healing to the political scene, start with yourself, surrender your personal opinions and perspectives and see everyone and everything from the perspective of what is true in heaven right now. This will bring healing to you, to others, and that can and will, in turn, bring healing on a larger scale, even to the political arena. Show notes: Read the full transcript and all Bible citations: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/240 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:27:14

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239 – God Is Always with You, No Matter What

5/7/2024
239 – Have you ever felt far away from God? Maybe you've made some huge mistakes, or someone had done something that harmed you. But no matter what has happened in your life, God is always with you, even if you're not aware of it. This week's episode digs deep into this idea that God is always with us, no matter what. Highlights this week: But whatever the situation is, even if it is a direct attempt to keep God out of things, it doesn’t mean God went away. No person, policy, or procedure has the power to make God disappear. Nothing can separate you from God. Nothing can separate God from you. Under every circumstance, God is with us. Whatever tempts you to think you are separated from God, you cannot be deceived to believe that lie. God is always with you, no matter what. Previous episodes mentioned: Episode 126 – You Can Never Be Separated from God Episode 238 – Everything Jesus Did Proves How Much God Loves You Show notes: Full transcript and Bible quotes: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/239 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:21:57

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238 – Everything Jesus Did Proves How Much God Loves You

4/30/2024
238 – Have you ever wondered if there's a way to really know God loves you? Does God's love ever seem far away? Or maybe you know theoretically that God loves you, but you just don't feel it? Maybe you've made bad life choices that makes it hard to imagine God still loves you. When I'm discouraged, it's been really helpful to remember that God sent Jesus because He loves us so much, all of us. Jesus's whole life, everything he said and did, is an example of how God loves you and me, not just the people he talked to and healed 2,000 years ago. In this week's episode I share some examples of how Jesus's life, and how he treated someone with love, is actually proof that God loves us just as much as He loves the people in Jesus's time. In both these cases, Jesus loved these people because he could see God loving them, even though society had rejected them to some degree. The ultimate "proof" in Jesus's life that God's love us is the crucifixion. Jesus won the victory over death, not just for himself but for you and me as well. Nothing you do can ever make God stop loving you. Jesus proved this. No matter how terrible someone's life choices or circumstances were, Jesus treated them with compassion, love, and healing. That gives us hope that God loves us, no matter what life mistakes we may have made. Jesus wants us to love each other the way he loved his disciples. And you can do this. Previous episode mentioned: Episode 165: How Did Jesus Love His Disciples? Show notes: Full transcript and Bible verses mentioned: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/238 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:21:14

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237 – Healing the Effects of Trauma and Abuse with Marina Carrier

4/23/2024
237 – Is it possible to find healing from the effects of trauma and abuse? Have you or someone you know been in an abusive or traumatic situation or relationship? This episode is for you. Marina Carrier shares how she overcame the residual effects of being an unwanted child and sexual abuse at the age of nine. It was only through the power of the Holy Spirit, which brought her back to the church and the study of the Bible, which started her journey of healing. Some important steps along the way were Marina talks about how important it is to have a working relationship with God, but points out there's a difference between head-knowledge and heart-knowledge of God. She loves when John the Baptist sends his disciples to ask Jesus if he is the Messiah. She can relate to what it's like to be in prison full of doubts. Her solution is always to keep turning to God and listening for His voice. Don't close the door on God, on others, or yourself. And if you haven't experienced abuse and trauma in your life, remember that those who have need your love and compassion. Don't try to fix them. Don't give them platitudes or quote Bible verses to them. Just love them. Just listen with your heart. Contact info for Marina Carrier: Facebook YouTube www.overcoming.live Show notes: Full transcript and Bible quotes: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/237 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:43:53

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236 – What Would Paul Say to Your Chruch?

4/16/2024
236 – If the Apostle Paul wrote a letter to your church, what would he say? First, imagine if you had lived back in the days of the early Christian Church. Paul may have come to your church to preach. And you may have received a letter from him later with some helpful ideas, prayers, and reminders of what he told you when he was there. Of course, he might also rebuke you for a couple of things your church was doing that wasn't faithful to Christ. Now, think of your church today. What would Paul say to your church? In this week's episode, I create an imaginary church in Franklin, Tennessee in the United States. I talk about some of it's strengths and some of its challenges, in particular, a couple of members who are real sticklers for the letter of the law. Legalism is keeping this church from growing. I write a letter to this church, in the style of Paul, just to give an idea of what he might have said. All this is to get you to think about what Paul would have said to your church. Do you want your church to grow? Here's a prayer project for you and your whole church. Please choose one of Paul's letters to a church and read it as if he had written it to your church. What can you learn about how to follow Jesus collectively as a church from this? Please contact me to let me know what you discover in this process. Show notes: For a full transcript of this episode and all Bible quotes referred to, go to thebiblespeakstoyou.com/236. Previous episode mentioned: 235: How to Be Filled with the Fullness of God Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:23:18

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235 – How To Be Filled With The Fullness Of God

4/9/2024
235 – What does it even mean to be filled with God's fullness? In his letter to the Ephesians, at the end of Chapter 3, Paul prays that the church members would know the love of Christ and be filled with all the fullness of God. But is that even possible? Most Christians I talk to think that's the sort of thing that happens after they die and go to heaven. But Paul is praying for the Ephesians to experience here on earth. In this week's episode, I talk about Paul's prayer (there's a lot more in there that applies to you and me as well). Fortunately Paul gives some really helpful guidance in chapters 4, 5, and 6, which helps prepare us to be able to receive the fullness of God. You know this passage, (Ephesians 4:22-24) but think about it as a roadmap to experiencing the love of Christ and the fullness of God. How do we put off our sinful nature? Paul makes it sound so simple. In this episode I share two key points that will help you let go of the sin mindset and embrace the mindset of holiness and righteousness. Your sin does not define you A previous episode mentioned this week has some great insights on how to get rid of your sinful nature, change your mindset, and accept your true identity as a child of God. Check out Episode 144: Finding Your Identity in the Bible with Keith Ferrin. Show notes For a full transcript and all Bible verses mentioned in this episode, go to thebiblespeakstoyou.com/235 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:24:20

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234 – Learning to Forgive Yourself

4/2/2024
234 – Do you have a hard time forgiving yourself? Right. Join the club. It's not easy to forgive yourself. But it's something we need to do. And we can. This week I look at several Bible characters who, in one way or another, had to come to terms with the mistakes they made and their sins. The Bible doesn't tell us what these folks were thinking and if they ever forgave themselves or if it was enough just to feel God's forgiveness. Here are the people I talk about this week. Do you think they ever forgave themselves? If you had done what they did, would you be able to forgive yourself? When you have a hard time forgiving yourself, what may be going on is that you haven’t felt worthy of, accepted, or experienced God’s forgiveness of your sin, perhaps because there’s someone you need to forgive. When you forgive, you’ll be able to accept and experience God’s forgiveness. When God has washed away your sins, even the tiniest mistake, there is nothing left to forgive, no longer a need to forgive yourself. Wherever you are on the path of forgiveness, whether of someone else or yourself, take a moment right now to take a humble look at any situation where you need to forgive someone else or yourself. And then…forgive. Previous episodes on forgiveness Episode 18: Forgiving 70 x 7: How I Forgave My 8th Grade Gym Teacher Episode 97: Mark Sowersby - Forgiveness Brings Freedom Show notes: For full transcript and Bible references: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/234 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:22:50

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233 – Are You Looking For Jesus in the Wrong Place?

3/26/2024
233 – Where are you looking for Jesus? A lot of people are looking for Jesus these days, the real Jesus. Unfortunately, a lot of people have become disillusioned by the difference between what they’re discovering about Jesus in the Bible and the way their churches have followed, or rather not followed, Jesus. This week's episode is about where to look for Jesus and where not look for him. The Bible gives some pretty good insights on this. Where NOT to look for Jesus: Where TO look for Jesus: But your motives in looking for Jesus are just as important as where you look for him. Take a moment and ask yourself: The only real place to look for and find Jesus, the real Jesus, is in his pure spiritual dwelling place in heaven, the realm of God, the realm of Spirit. The best way to find Jesus is to close your material eyes and open your spiritual eyes. You will find Jesus when you look through the honest and sincere lens of your own heart: every time you follow and obey his teachings, every time you search for him in Scripture, every time you help others and heal in his name. When you do these things, you can say with Stephen, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” (Acts 7:56 NIV) Show notes: Full transcript of the episode and all Bible quotes: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/233 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:24:11

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232 – You Don’t Need Someone Else’s Permission to Do What God Has Called You to Do

3/19/2024
232 – Is anything keeping you from doing what God has called you to do? Do you have a strong sense of purpose in your life but it seems things keep getting in the way of you doing what God has called you to do? Or maybe you're still waiting to see what God wants you to do with your life. Sometimes, even when we know what God's will is for our lives, we haven't really pursued it because somehow we're waiting to get permission and approval from someone else. This week's episode is all about not waiting for someone to give you permission to do what God has called you to do. There are lots of people in the Bible who didn't wait for someone else to give them the green light before they jumped in and did what God wanted them to. Here are the folks I talk about this week: The bottom line is: when God calls you to do or say something, you don't need anyone's permission or approval. Previous episode mentioned: Episode 19: How to Discover Your Spiritual Purpose in Life Show notes: For a full transcript and Bible quotes: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/232 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:21:14

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231 – How Does God Get Your Attention?

3/12/2024
231 – Do you notice when God is trying to get your attention? God talks to us in lots of ways. But how often do we notice? Take a minute to think of all the ways God tries to get your attention. Sometimes it might be because you're doing something you shouldn't. Sometimes it's because you're not doing something you should. And sometimes it's because your doing exactly what God wants you to do and He's confirming that you're right where you need to be. In this week's episode, I talk about how God got the attention of several Bible characters. And it wasn't always rainbows and butterflies. And how God used others to get their attention MosesJonahThe IsraelitesJohn the BaptistJesusHow does all this apply to you and me? God is always trying to get your attention. Why? Because He loves you and He wants the very best for you. Please take some time to look back on your life and ponder all the ways God has spoken to you, protected you, directed you, rebuked you, provided for you, healed you. Every time these things happen, even if you don’t realize God is there doing it, God is calling out to you, saying, “I see you. Do you see Me? Look for Me everywhere in your life. Trust Me. Love Me. Lean on Me. Ask Me for what you need. I am here for you. Pay attention to Me and all the love I have for you." How is God getting your attention today? Then... what will you do next? Show notes: Full transcript of Episode 231 and Bible verses Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:21:23

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230 – Why Do You Try to Lead When You're Dancing with God?

3/5/2024
230 – Has God ever asked you to dance with Him? What does that even mean? When God asks you to dance, it's a metaphor for God asking you to participate in life and follow where He leads. Have you ever danced with someone who didn't know how to lead, or follow, depending on which role you were in? It can be confusing, awkward, and sometimes get pretty messy. Things can get pretty confusing and messy when God asks us to dance with Him and we don't follow His lead, especially if we try to lead. That's what this episode is all about. When God asks you to dance with him, do you In this Dance we call Life, I encourage you to accept the invitation to be God’s dance partner. Let Him lead you to the dance floor, and embrace you. Look into His eyes and see His love for you. Follow His lead. Pay attention to and learn the language of the many ways He directs you and shows you what steps to take. You don’t have to have everything figured out all the time. You can trust God to lead you every time He asks you to dance. Show notes: For full transcript and Bible quotes, go to thebiblespeakstoyou.com/230. Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:21:35

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229 – The Blood of Jesus, by Itself, Is not what Saves You

2/27/2024
229 – How often do you hear: "The blood of Jesus saves you from your sins," or something to that effect? The more I have pondered and prayed about all the Bible has to say about God's forgiveness of sins, Jesus's crucifixion, and more specifically, the blood of Jesus, I've come to the conclusion that there's more to forgiveness than just the fact that Jesus's blood was shed. Spoiler Alert: This may sound a little controversial at first, but when you listen to this episode, you'll understand what I'm talking about. What really got me to thinking is something Paul says in 1 Corinthians, Chapter 15, about the crucifixion, the resurrection, forgiveness of sins, and our faith. Too many Christians pass over this crucial passage of Scripture and miss the bigger picture of what Paul is saying about salvation and forgiveness. That's what this episode is all about, Let me know your thoughts on this topic. I'd love to hear your thoughts, even if you disagree. Show notes: For a full transcript and Bible quotes: go to Episode 229 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:24:45

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228 – Nijay Gupta: Women Leaders in the New Testament

2/20/2024
228 – Did you ever realize how many women leaders there are in the New Testament? More than you probably realized. There are some I didn't even realize were women? Why haven't we been told about these amazing women who risked their lives to share the Gospel in the early Christian Church? This week I talk with Dr. Nijay Gupta about these women leaders in the early Christian church and how they set examples for how women can have leadership roles in the church today. He has written a book called: Tell Her Story (see below for link). Here are the women we talked about. How many of them have you heard of? Most of them we know very little about but Paul mentions them and commends many of them for their work in sharing the Gospel. Nijay and I also talked about the so-called submission and women-be-silent verses, but he points out the cultural contexts of these verses, how they seem to contradict the fact that Paul commended women for preaching and promoting the Gospel elsewhere. And Nijay makes it clear we get into serious trouble when we create a theology around just two or three verses. Nijay Gupta's books: Tell Her Story: How Women Led, Taught, and Ministered in the Early Church.* A Beginner's Guide to New Testament Studies* Paul and the Language of Faith* Prepare, Succeed, Advance, Second Edition: A Guidebook for Getting a PhD in Biblical Studies and Beyond* New: Strange Religion: How the First Christians Were Weird, Dangerous, and Compelling* All books* by Nijay Gupta Podcast: Slow Theology Blog: Crux Sola Show notes: For a full transcript and more detailed show notes, go to thebiblespeakstoyou.com/228. Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:59:51

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227 – God Still Loves You

2/13/2024
227 – Have you ever wondered if God still loves you? All too often we think of all the mistakes we've made or the things that have happened to us, and somehow decide God must not love us anymore, that we're not worthy of His love. But no matter what you've done ( or not done that you should have), no matter what mistakes you've made, big or small, God still loves you. It's as simple as that. Why do we make it so complicated? In this week's episode, I share some of my personal journey to actually accepting and believing that God really does love me. I'm curious if you have gone through a similar process. Here are some of the points along the way to accepting the fact that God still loves you. A conversation with God: I also share a little conversation I had with God several years ago that helped me accept God's love for me. God still loves you. He will never give up on you. No matter who you are, where you’re from, what you’ve done, what you haven’t done, whatever your circumstances are, God still loves you. He will do whatever it takes for you to accept and experience His love. For a full transcript of this episode and Bible verses quoted, check out the show notes at: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/227 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:17:54

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226 – We Are More than Conquerors through Christ

2/6/2024
226 – What does it mean to be more than a conqueror through Christ? With all the challenges in the world and in your own personal life, does it ever seem like there's just no end to the chaos? In Chapter 8 of Romans, Paul lists a host of challenges that describes what a lot of people are dealing with today. But he also promises us that we can find answers, solutions, and healing through Christ. In this week's episode, I talk about what it means to be more than just a conqueror: You are more than a conqueror. You are the beloved child of God and co-heir with Christ. This is your spiritual identity. Give yourself permission to be what God has created you to be. It’s actually who you already are. You have inherited all the love and blessings God can give. You have inherited His kingdom, with and through Christ. Accept your spiritual inheritance, right now, as an heir of God, and live your life from that perspective. Previous episode mentioned: Episode 61: Your Name Is Written in Heaven Show notes: Full transcript and all Bible verses mentioned: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/226 Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:21:02

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225 – If You Could Ask Jesus a Favor...

1/30/2024
225 – If you could ask Jesus a favor, what would it be? If you had met Jesus 2,000 years ago while as he was traveling around healing and ministering to people, what would you ask him for? A healing? Deliverance from a problem? The answer to a burning question in your heart? Lots of people came up to Jesus to ask him for all sorts of things. Sometimes he granted their requests and sometimes he didn't. There's so much to learn from these folks who approached Jesus with a request. In this week's episode I talk about why Jesus answered some requests and why he didn't answer others. Here's who is in the show: The crux of the matter: what you want or what God wants If you could talk to Jesus, would you ask for something you want really bad? Or would you ask him to show you what God's will is for you? And how on earth do you figure out what God's is will for you? There are some helpful ideas to get you started, plus a previous episode I recommend (see below for link). Who should you pray to, Jesus or the Father? Listen to find out... Episodes mentioned: Episode 79: How Do You Know if Something is God’s Will ? Episode 121: Praying in the Name of Christ Please rate and leave a review on Apple Podcasts. Thanks! Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

Duration:00:23:23

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224 – Why Should I Believe in the Nicene Creed?

1/23/2024
224 – Do you have to believe in the Nicene Creed to be a true Christian? This is a pretty heavy duty topic. And people have been arguing over this for about 1,700 years. So this is not the final answer or discussion on the topic. But is incredibly important to think about what it means to be a Christian. Is it based on what you believe or how you put into practice the teachings of Jesus? Or is it a combination of the two? This week, I share my thoughts on the Nicene Creed and some of the problems I have with it. And as always, you are free to disagree with me. And I'd love to hear your perspective, whether you agree or not with what I say. I'm always open to another perspective. We have so much to learn from each other. Here are the two main reasons I cannot adhere to the Nicene Creed. Jesus says we are to judge a tree by its fruit. The "fruit" of those who supported the Nicene Creed, as well as the fruit of those who opposed it, prove to me they didn't really believe in the Jesus of the Bible. Otherwise they would have followed Jesus's approach and done the mighty works of healing he did. If you believe in the Nicene Creed, I totally respect your choice to do so. But I think it's important to know the history of how this Creed came down through history. And be aware of what it does not include. For me, my approach to having a creed is simple: I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that God is good and made us in His image and likeness. And I add to that my commitment to seek and do God's will, follow Christ the best I can, love my neighbor as myself, and be guided by the Holy Spirit. And I invite you to join me. Book referred to: When Jesus Became God: The Struggle to Define Christianity During the Last Days of Rome by Richard E. Rubenstein. * Previous episode mentioned: # 223 The Bible as a Verb with Polly Castor Show notes: Full transcript and Bible quotes: thebiblespeakstoyou.com/224 * Amazon affiliate link Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

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223 – The Bible as a Verb with Polly Castor

1/16/2024
223 – Have you ever thought of the Bible as a verb? All too often we think of the Bible as a source for our beliefs, our theology, and our faith. But have you ever looked at the Bible through the lens of the action items that need to be on our daily to-do list? This week, I talk to my wife, Polly Castor, about the Bible as resource for how we are to behave, what we are to do, not just what we're supposed to believe. Polly shares LOTS of Bible action items, things we need to do, like: Polly makes a practice during her Bible study to keep track of all the things the Bible instructs us to do. She sees these action items as tools in her spiritual toolbox. When someone is demanding or really needs her attention, she practices patience. If there's a misunderstanding with a friend or family member, she takes out the "be reconciled to each other" tool and works toward healing the situation. You get the idea. You'll love the practical wisdom and humor Polly brings to living the Bible in her daily life. Polly Castor contact info: Daily blog: pollycastor.com Art website: pollycastorart.com Instagram: @pollycastor Email: pollycastor@gmail.com Previous episodes mentioned: Episode 53: How I Met My Wife Episode 15: How to Stop Fighting Your Brother and Love Him Instead Show notes: For a full transcript of this episode and a list of all the Bible quotes, go to thebiblespeakstoyou.com/223. Support the Show. _________________________ James Early, the Jesus Mindset Coach, is a Bible teacher, speaker, and podcaster. His focus is on getting back to the original Christianity of Jesus by embracing the mindset of Christ in daily life. Reach out today if you need a speaker or Bible workshopSubscribe to the podcast Praying with the Mindset of Jesus Make a donation Schedule a free one hour coaching call Contact

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