No matter what you’ve done or what you’ll do, you can't change God's love for you or His desire for you to walk in close step to a plan He's designed just for you. That truth is often hard to believe, however, when we’ve made stupid mistakes, tangled our lives up in sin, or blazed a trail in the entirely wrong direction. But our glorious Father never gives up on us, constantly designing a plan to use us for His glory that is usually surprising in more ways than one. Listen now to explore the all-encompassing and intensely compassionate nature of God. After the podcast, visit www.coreradiate.com/blog/Plans-of-God for a five-day quiet time and journaling guide.
Despite its shortcomings, the local church is still relevant and essential for every follower of Jesus. Whether you’re a seasoned churchgoer who might be struggling with burnout or you’ve never really attended on a regular basis, you've probably wondered whether being a part of a local congregation is really worth the time, energy, and tolerance of other people that it often takes to stay committed. But no matter how you feel about it, God’s word offers us real encouragement regarding His church and how it’s designed to work, comfort, instruct and heal. Listen now as we explore both the obstacles and the benefits of being a part of the body of Christ. After you listen, visit www.coreradiate.com/blog/church for reflection questions and five days of spiritual journaling prompts.
Sometimes God obscures the light of our coming relief to keep our eyes fixed only on Him. If we could see the light at the end of the tunnel, then we might not turn our eyes to look at the miracles He's working right in front of us... in the midst of the darkness. With a plot twist worthy of the best movie, 2 Kings 6 contains an instructive story on how to see through the lens of trust in order to uncloak the miraculous happening all around us. Visit the blog post for reflection questions to take you deeper into the Word. www.coreradiate.com/blog/see-miracles
Why does God ask us to fear Him and then tell us that we shouldn’t have any fears or doubts because of His perfect love? It sounds like both a contradiction and a tall order. While it may seem impossible to live fearlessly, Jesus gives us a clear roadmap to get there and the tools we’ll need along our journey. But before we can discover the keys to courage, we have to start with who we were created to be from the beginning. Our true identity in Christ. If we are to become more like Jesus… if we are to be known by His name… then we will yield to the Spirit the way He did.
The Bible makes it as clear as the Caribbean ocean that He not only cares about the details and struggles of our lives, He is actively involved in the minutia of our days. Like an invisible pattern on a vast ocean, our Father's hand stretches out over the span of our years from birth to death, orchestrating our steps and encouraging us to simply follow His lead and trust His oversight. When we allow the love of Jesus to collide with our struggles, we will always find peace, purpose, and hope in the pain. Listen now to discover God's redemptive plan for your pain. And visit the blog page for reflective questions that will take you deeper into the Word and prayer. http://bit.ly/lovecollides
Whether you struggle with life’s day to day frustrations or you have deep-seated fears about the future, stress, anxiety, and worries can cripple your productivity, steal joy from your heart, and keep you from experiencing an abundant, spirit-led life. In this week's episode we explore one of the primary reasons why we miss out on one of God’s most helpful and comforting promises: peace. By administering a four-step prescription from Philippians 4, we can experience the kind of supernatural peace, rest, and hope that the world around us will notice and want. Also visit the Glimmers blog for additional resources to end anxiety and worry.
Jesus said that His followers are to be the salt of the earth. But in order to truly make a difference… in order to be valuable for Kingdom work... we must take action and practice the art of being salt, or flavoring, in a world desperately wanting to taste real nourishment and find soul-satisfying truth.
Every situation we encounter is an opportunity for spiritual growth if we have the eyes to see it. Like sandpaper on our souls, Jesus gently smooths out our rough edges and transforms us into His workmanship little by little. If you’re struggling to grow in Jesus, then you probably haven’t yielded some part of your heart, mind, or soul to His careful improvement. By learning to recognize the often hidden opportunities for growth in our everyday lives we can uncover the areas still needing improvement. But even when we do feel we are growing by leaps and bounds, we must acknowledge that the work is never done.
Social media presents Christ followers with unique challenges and it can be difficult to know how to live out your faith with loving confidence and conviction in today's cultural arena. But when we are aware of the common lies the enemy has set to ensnare us daily and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us away from them, we can move forward with boldness and authenticity to carry the love of Jesus into social media.
How are Christians called to consume and contribute to the social media machine? More than ever, we are bombarded on a daily basis by images of “ideal” people living enviable lives doing exciting things with beautiful companions in the most exotic of locations. So if we are called to authentically share Jesus in all places for all people, where is the line between cultural relevancy for the sake of the Gospel and pure self-promotion for the sake of ourselves? Listen to find out more and join in the dialogue with your comments here, on my website, or in social media.