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Short, daily meditations on God’s Word that are practical and relevant to your everyday life. Featuring pastor Kurt Barnes from Silver Creek Fellowship Church in Silverton, Oregon.

Short, daily meditations on God’s Word that are practical and relevant to your everyday life. Featuring pastor Kurt Barnes from Silver Creek Fellowship Church in Silverton, Oregon.
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Short, daily meditations on God’s Word that are practical and relevant to your everyday life. Featuring pastor Kurt Barnes from Silver Creek Fellowship Church in Silverton, Oregon.






Episode 63: Daniel 2:1-23

Have you ever found yourself in a seemingly impossible situation? Perhaps a relationship was in a rocky place. Maybe your finances were in a tough spot. Or maybe you had a tough decision to make. Daniel also knew what it was like to face the impossible. Daniel turned to the only person who could help him: God. While the people around him said, “No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among men,” Daniel knew this to be untrue (Daniel 2:11). The one, true God...


Episode 62: Daniel 1

When you hear the word “resolve” what comes to mind? Maybe you pictured a determined athlete, the 2-year-old that doesn’t want to back down, or the health battle we will do everything to fight. The dictionary explains resolve as “fixity of purpose” or “firm determination.” We easily associate resolve with reaching the highest level in a sport or persevering through a diagnosis. But it also takes resolve to stay the course spiritually. In Daniel 1, Daniel shows what having resolve for God...


Episode 61: 1 Timothy 6:11-21

The church building was small, hardly what we might consider structurally sound. Light shone through cracks in the cement walls. There was no floor but the dusty ground. Gabonese church members filled the rows of rickety wooden benches and service began. Unlike us visiting missionaries, the people didn’t drive or take a bus to get there. They left early that morning and walked for miles to reach the church. They poured their hearts out to God singing songs. And when it came time to give the...


Episode 60: 1 Timothy 6:2-10

When the desire for money and the pursuit of money is greater than our desire or pursuit to be more like Jesus, it breeds greed and discontent in our lives. This was the case in Timothy’s day. False teachers were implying that godliness is a means to financial gain (1 Timothy 6:5). Paul warns Timothy to stay away from such teaching. He reminds Timothy that true wealth is found in knowing Jesus and recognizing that we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it (1...


Episode 59: 1 Timothy 5

When the word “church” comes up in conversation, the first thing we think of is a building. We have this mindset that church is a place we go to on Sundays. As we get our family dressed, fight through traffic and get a good seat, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that we aren’t just going to church; we are the church. In 1 Timothy 5, Paul describes the church as people dedicated to doing whatever it takes to reach out and help others. We have a responsibility to serve and help others in...


Episode 58: 1 Tim 4:12-16

1 Timothy 4:12-16 (NLT) 12 Don’t let anyone think less of you because you are young. Be an example to all believers in what you say, in the way you live, in your love, your faith, and your purity. 13 Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. 15 Give your complete attention to these...


Episode 57: 1 Tim 4:7-11

Running a marathon isn’t something we just wake up and do. To build the endurance to finish a 26.2-mile race takes months of strict, physical training. To get up every morning and run, whether or not you feel like it, takes commitment and discipline. While there are physical benefits to this kind of training — strong legs, a healthy heart, there’s a spiritual benefit to learning discipline as well. In 1 Timothy 4, Paul compares the drive it takes us to finish the Christian life well to the...


Episode 56: 1 Timothy 4:1-6

Pretend for a moment that you’re standing outside in a blizzard with only a T-shirt on. Would you refuse a jacket if one were offered to you? In the midst of freezing temperatures and billowing snows, the warmth a jacket provides would be more than desirable. Not many of us would stand bare armed in a blizzard and refuse a jacket. We do, however, often refuse refuge from an even harsher environment. The raging storms of this world, that can knock us clean off of our feet. However, we often...


Episode 55: 1 Timothy 3:14-16

1 Timothy 3:14-16 (NLT) The Truths of Our Faith 14 I am writing these things to you now, even though I hope to be with you soon, 15 so that if I am delayed, you will know how people must conduct themselves in the household of God. This is the church of the living God, which is the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 Without question, this is the great mystery of our faith: Christ was revealed in a human body and vindicated by the Spirit. He was seen by angels and announced to the...


Episode 54: 1 Timothy 3:1-13

Every decision we make reveals standards we set for our lives. Giving in to the pressures of purity, buying what we can’t pay for, talking about someone we think we are better than all reveal our character. How we act will be determined by whether we are allowing the values of the world or the Bible to set the standards of our lives. When our standards are dictated by people rather than God, we are automatically limited. We have to be careful not to draw conclusions about our value from...


Episode 53: 1 Timothy 2:9-10

1 Timothy 2:9-10 New Living Translation (NLT) 9 And I want women to be modest in their appearance. They should wear decent and appropriate clothing and not draw attention to themselves by the way they fix their hair or by wearing gold or pearls or expensive clothes. 10 For women who claim to be devoted to God should make themselves attractive by the good things they do. This is one of those teachings that is so counter cultural that we struggle with it deeply. It offends us and we...


Episode 52: 1 Timothy 2:1-8

In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul says, “I urge then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” As Christians, we are called to pray for those in authority: pastors, bosses, supervisors, managers, parents, school teachers, administrators, political leaders, etc. Not only are we called to pray for them, but we’re also told to thank God for...


Episode 51: 1 Timothy 1

If you have a pulse, you have a past. We all have things in our past we would rather not remember because remembering makes us uncomfortable. Maybe it was the names you called a classmate behind his back, or the girl you pursued just to get in her pants or the failed marriage you pretend never happened. Paul, in his first letter to a young leader named Timothy, shows us how remembering the past helps us appreciate the present. After openly stating his past wrongs, Paul says, “Christ Jesus...


Episode 50: Habakkuk 3

Too often, Christians believe everything should be easy because we are God’s people. But if you’ve followed Jesus for any length of time, you know that’s not always the case. Sometimes, things don’t go our way. And while it’s easy to turn our backs on God when life gets chaotic, Habakkuk shows us there is another way. Habakkuk saw God unleash His wrath on the world. Confused and upset, he asked God the question we all want to ask: “Why?” Like Habakkuk, one of the best things we can do with...


Episode 49: Habakkuk 2:14-20

Have you ever pulled into your parking spot at work or school and realized you can’t remember a single moment of the drive? When we see and do the same things every day, it’s easy to go into autopilot. As our familiarity with our surroundings increases, our awareness of their specialness decreases. This is true, not just in our morning commutes, but in our spiritual lives as well. In Habakkuk 2:14, God describes a time when the earth will be shaken out of autopilot and filled with an...


Episode 48: Habakkuk 2:4-14

You pull into the dump with your final load of trash. The cleanup was a success, and you are ready to bask in the neatness of your newly-organized garage. But as you leave, you notice the rusted remnants of a gas grill, decayed fragments of some outdoor furniture, and a tattered old couch among the dumpsters. The piles of discarded goods provide a tangible reminder of the temporary nature of life on earth. Like us, Babylon lived in an age of prosperity and excess. People lusted after what...


Episode 47: Habakkuk 2:2-3

We don’t have the luxury of ignoring ISIS with the news tracking every tragedy. As the violence against Christians escalates, we wonder why hasn’t someone intervened? Riots and protests reported on the news remind us of the anger and injustice, frustration and brutality that exist in communities across America. Where is the hope here? Extremists protest and shout intolerance and hatred in Jesus’ name. God doesn’t support this, but why hasn’t He stopped it? There seems to be a lot of...


Episode 46: Habakkuk 2:1

Habakkuk 2 (NLT) 2 I will climb up to my watchtower and stand at my guard post. There I will wait to see what the Lord says and how he will answer my complaint. Today, banks make it pretty easy to order a new debit or credit card when yours has been compromised or lost. Back in the day, people had to go into the bank to get a new card. These days, one phone call and it’s headed straight for your mailbox. But what if, after ordering the new card, you sat in your house day after day...


Episode 45: Habakkuk 1:12-17

It’s been a month — maybe two — since it all started going south. The debt was manageable in the beginning. There was one pile of student loans, the car payments, and the credit card bills you swore were “emergencies.” But then came the medical bills you weren’t expecting, and the tuition bill that was twice what you thought it would be. The pile got bigger, overwhelming you. You, who didn’t deserve this. You, who hadn’t done anything wrong. You, who the world was coming down on for really...


Episode 44: Habakkuk 1:1-11

Cancer steals the ones we love. Babies die before they get a chance to live. Police officers are charged with murder. People riot in the streets and burn cities. Wildfires chase people from their homes. If God is a good God who wants good things for His children, why do bad things happen? Where is the justice? When devastating circumstances rock our lives, even the most faithful among us can be shaken with doubt. Where is God? Why is He allowing this? Is He really good? Does He even...