The Good and Faithful Show

Golfran Rivera

The Good and Faithful Show is a Christian podcast about how to use every aspect of life for Gospel advancement. It is hosted by Golfran Rivera, author of the book "How Much More: Discovering the Depths of the Father's Love." The show goes beyond sermons or discussion of theological principles, and steps into practical skills that impact the everyday life of the disciple. Tune in as we discuss our home life, education, personal and professional finances, work life, and all the things that God has given us to steward!

S2 Episode 2: Time Management Pt. 2
Sep 11 2021
S2 Episode 2: Time Management Pt. 2
Welcome to the Good and Faithful show where we inspire, educate, and train you to leverage all that God has given you to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom! This episode is part 2 of a short series discussing the importance of managing our time as God’s Good and Faithful. We briefly review the four priorities we believe should shape the way a Good and Faithful servant stewards the time that the Master has entrusted us with: 1.     Knowing God and making Him known 2.    Loving and serving your family 3.    Loving and serving people outside of your family 4.    Accomplishing the tasks that God has given you to do Moving into this particular episode, we first establish what a schedule is not: 1. A schedule is not a contract or a commitment. 2. A schedule is not a to-do list 3. A schedule is not a plan Secondly, we compare a schedule to a financial budget. Similarly to how a budget helps you organize your use of money, a schedule helps you organize your use of time. With that in mind, we conclude the episode by walking you through the four steps that can help you to create a useful schedule that helps prioritize your time with the Master’s priorities in mind: 1.          Identify your hard time 2.         Establish your wake-up time 3.         Establish your bedtime 4.         Identify your anchor points Tune in to listen to the full episode to learn more! You can also check out the (FB Group) or follow us on (Instagram). Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your wife, and tell your kids! We’re telling EVERYBODY. We ARE the Good and Faithful!
Episode 1: Time Management Pt. 1
Aug 1 2021
Episode 1: Time Management Pt. 1
Welcome to the Good and Faithful show where we inspire, educate, and train you to leverage all that God has given you to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom! It’s time for the very first episode of our second season of the Good and Faithful Show! If you haven’t listened to our last season, we HIGHLY recommend you check it out (here). This season we’re getting into practical life skills in the life of a Good and Faithful servant, beginning with time management.  In this episode we discuss the most valuable, non-renewable resource that God has entrusted us with. We’re talking about our use of time. More than money, our use of time is a great indicator of what we really value because time is the only thing that we can never get back or make more of. With that in mind, how can we be Good and Faithful in our use of time? We discuss the four priorities we believe that should shape the way a Good and Faithful servant stewards the time that the Master has entrusted us with.   1.     Knowing God and making Him known 2.    Loving and serving your family 3.    Loving and serving people outside of your family 4.    Accomplishing the tasks that God has given you to do This episode breaks down each one and explains how and why this list, written in order of precedence, is one of the best ways to structure our lives in such a way that we can maximize our use of time to bless the nations and advance God’s Kingdom. Tune in to listen to the full episode! You can also check out the (FB Group) or follow us on (Instagram). Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your wife, and tell your kids! We’re telling EVERYBODY. We ARE the Good and Faithful!
Episode 3: A Life of Prayer
May 8 2021
Episode 3: A Life of Prayer
Welcome to the #GoodandFaithful Movement! We inspire, educate, and train God’s people to leverage ALL that He has given us to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom! This week we’re talking about living a life of prayer. Not only did Paul exhort the Thessalonians to rejoice in the Lord always and to pray without ceasing (1 Thes 5: 16-18), or the Philippians to not be anxious about anything, “but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil 4: 4-6 ESV), the Lord Himself told us to not lose heart and pray continually (Luke 18: 1-8) But how? How does one live a life of prayer? We tackled that question by addressing a separate but related question that the Lord asked: “…[W]hen the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18: 8 ESV) A life of prayer is intimately attached to that question. When He returns, will there be anyone left who trusts God enough to continue to rejoice in Him regardless of circumstances and continue to make all their needs known to Him, like a child who depends completely on his Father? God-willing there will be, because Jesus told us that unless we become like children, we will not see the Kingdom of Heaven (Matt 18: 3). In many ways, children are the standard for the Kingdom. They have a natural unadulterated draw towards to God, spiritual realities, and love for others. What can we learn about living a life of prayer through our observation of children? We see that children are really good at making their needs known. The younger the child, the more readily he or she cries out in his or her time of need. Before the delusion of self-sufficiency kicks in, children are really good at communicating their needs to mom and dad. Children are also spared the burden of experiences that teach them to silence their voices. They have not yet been told by others to stay quiet or been made to feel that their voice was not welcome. They retain a simple childlike faith.   It’s only as children age that they begin to imagine themselves more independent from mom and dad. They are less likely to make their needs known as they prefer to increasingly attempt to do life on their own. And that’s part of the beauty of what Jesus says to us regarding the need to become a child. Young children don’t have an intricate “parentology” yet. They don’t contextualize life based off of past traumas. All they know is they have needs. They know they’re hungry, or tired, or uncomfortable, or scared, or excited. And they know who mom and dad are and that they are the ones who meet those needs. Simple childlike faith in mom and dad. So, they ask. So, how then does this perspective help us live a life of prayer? The first thing is to recognize that we ALWAYS have a reason to pray because as God’s children we are always in need of what only He can provide. Secondly, as children, born-again into a new life, we do not need to approach God our Father with the insecurities we once had that silenced us. He welcomes us to “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4: 16 NKJV). I believe our prayer life is meant to be so childlike and so genuine that we would be embarrassed for our Christian friends to hear it. What do I mean? The things that children share with parents are intimate and silly and expose quirks about the kids that they may not otherwise share with friends. That’s how our prayer life should be. Why not? It’s a line of communication between us and our Heavenly Father, isn’t it? Are you hungry? Ask for food. Are you lonely? Ask Him for a friend. Are there dreams you hope to accomplish? Share those with Him. Are you insecure about something? Let Him know. Don’t let your so-called theology get in the way of genuine prayer. Don’t let your doctrine or the doctrine of others serve as an obstacle. Stop calculating God’s response. Stop trying to figure out if it’s a worthy prayer....
Episode 2: Abide
May 2 2021
Episode 2: Abide
Welcome to the #GoodandFaithful Movement! We inspire, educate, and train God’s people to leverage ALL that He has given us to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom! Become part of our online community of believers at our (FB group) and follow us on (Instagram). This week we’re discussing THE most practical thing that a Good and Faithful servant can do to bless the nations and advance God’s Kingdom. We’re talking about learning how to abide in Jesus. Jesus says to us, “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15: 14-15). Put simply, unless we learn to abide in Jesus, we will ultimately fail in our endeavors to be Good and Faithful. But how does one abide? Well, “we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him” (1 John 4: 16 ESV) We abide by believing in our Master’s love for us and learning to fall deep in love with Him. But how do we learn to love Jesus? A simple place to start is to get to know Him by reading what He has already chosen to reveal about Himself. By reading our Bibles. The second way we learn to fall in love with Jesus is by studying Creation. This is because God has intentionally made all of Creation point to Him. “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” (Rom 1: 20 NKJV). Just as we can grow in our knowledge of God through faithful study of the Scripture, we also grow in our knowledge and intimacy of God through our study of His Creation. Something I like to do regularly is stand outside, close my eyes, and take a deep breath. I listen and I hear the birds of the air. I feel the wind blow against my cheek. Then I open my eyes and see the beautiful sky. In that one moment I’m reminded of all this: God feeds the birds of the air (Matt 6: 26), His Spirit moves as it pleases and I know not how (John 3: 8), and the heavens declare the glory of God (Psalm 19: 1-4). And suddenly, I find myself keenly aware that God is with me and He is for me and that I am in Him and He is in me (John 17: 20-23). Until we know how to abide, there is nothing more practical for us to do than to learn how. When we learn to abide by falling in love with Jesus, our lives become an extension of that love. We won’t miss what God has for us to do because we’re following close behind Him. Spend time getting to know Him through Scripture and through your interaction with His Creation (hint: that includes people too. He created them in His image). After all, is there really anything better for us to do than to abide in Him? Tune in for all the details! Join the conversation at our FB Group and follow us on IG. And don’t forget to check out exclusive Good and Faithful merchandise at our official (Good and Faithful store). No matter what, don’t get discouraged. Even if you’re just getting started in your walk with Jesus, just remember that you ARE the Good and Faithful!
Episode 1: Introduction
May 1 2021
Episode 1: Introduction
Welcome to the #GoodandFaithful Movement! We’re going to inspire, educate, and train God’s people to leverage ALL that He has given us to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom! Check out our podcast here or on your favorite podcast service. Join our (FB group), follow us on IG and visit our (store) and become part of our community of believers! In this episode, I wanted to briefly introduce myself and answer the questions, "why this movement?" and "how will this show help us in this movement?" The most important thing about me is that I am in love with the God-Man, Jesus Christ of Nazareth. I have been His disciple since 2013. He has blessed me with my amazing wife of 10 years, Desiree, and our three beautiful children, Joshua, Aiden, and Adelina.  My ministry experience includes small group leadership, micro-site planting, and training future micro-site leaders. I've also authored a book that is in the editing process with WestBow Press. But enough about me! Let’s talk about the #GoodandFaithful Movement and the show. Why this show? I'm sure it comes as no surprise that the name of this movement and this show is inspired by the parable of the talents found in Matthew's Gospel. In Matthew 25: 14-30, Jesus gives His disciples regarding His future return. He compares it to a man who went a long journey and entrusted his wealth to three of his servants. When the man returns from his journey, he goes to settle accounts with the servants.  Although there were three servants, there were really only two types of servants, at least according to the master. There’s the Good and Faithful servant, or the wicked and slothful one. My question is, which kind of servant does our Master deserve?  Obviously, we believe Jesus is worthy of having Good and Faithful servants. And that’s why this movement and that’s why the show. Because we aim to inspire, educate, and train you in the day-to-day living that will help you be among the Good and Faithful. If you’re into that kind of thing.  But what makes this show different than any others?  Well, in Luke’s Gospel Jesus gives us the parable of the dishonest manager. He concludes His parable by making an important remark: “The sons of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light” (Luke 16: 8b ESV) It is absolutely obvious that the people of this world often function with more shrewdness than do the children of light.  The Church is constantly being outdone by the people of this world. They influence our politics, our culture, our economy, our education. Regular people sacrificing everything on the altar of success, and for what? Meanwhile, we as the children of light make serving Jesus so complicated! We’re so busy having theological discussions about pre-destination, God’s sovereignty, the “Great Commission,” and on and on, that we aren’t actually serving Him! No mas! The #GoodandFaithful Movement is a movement of God’s people, wherever they are, leveraging ALL that God has given us to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom. From this day forward, we will live daily, as if everything we have is a resource that God has given us to bless the nations and advance His Kingdom! And The Good and Faithful Show is going to help us do just that. How? By providing a platform where we inspire, educate, and train you to leverage all that God has given you to bless the nations, and advance His Kingdom!  This first season is all about laying the foundation for future seasons. No level of success supersedes the need to actually walk with Jesus. So, here’s what to look forward to! Episode 2: Abide – There is nothing more practical in a disciple’s life than abiding in Jesus. If we are going to be #GoodandFaithful, we must start by learning how to abide.  Episode 3: Prayer – How to live a life of prayer. Episode 4: Scripture – There...