Small Steps with God

Jill from The Northwoods

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70 - Rome and the People of Israel
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70 - Rome and the People of Israel
70 - Rome and the People of Israel Today we discuss the historical context of Roman influence in the time when Jesus was crucified. It’s important to note the paradoxical nature of the Roman civilization - their aim was to establish peace, yet they employed force and conquest to achieve it. They installed friendly governments and maintained peace in their conquered lands by ensuring basic necessities for the people but suppressed any form of dissent. This context sets the stage for Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem, often contrasted with Pilate’s entry. On the day known as Palm Sunday, Jesus enters Jerusalem riding on a donkey through the gate used by the common people. This is seen as a confrontation between the kingdom of man and the kingdom of God. Pilate, the Roman governor, on the other hand, enters through a separate, grander gate, symbolizing the might of the Roman Empire. Pilate’s primary role was to maintain peace and prevent revolts, a task he primarily performed from Herod’s old grounds inside Jerusalem. Jesus had the job to save all humanity from their sins. Jerusalem itself has a rich history as a religious center and was transformed into a domination system characterized by economic exploitation, political oppression, and religious crackdown. This led to a reputation of oppression for those living outside of Jerusalem. Interestingly, Jesus, during his ministry, spent time in Galilee, outside of Herod’s jurisdiction. This was likely to avoid an immediate crackdown from the authorities in Jerusalem. The narrative concludes with a reference to a quote from Micah, a prophet in the Hebrew Bible. The quote criticizes the rulers of Jerusalem for their injustice and wrongdoing, painting a picture of the city’s moral decline. This helps us understand the historical and socio-political context in which Jesus began his final week in Jerusalem, setting the stage for his crucifixion. https://smallstepswithgod.com/70-romans/ https://smallstepswithgod.com/68-israel-the-north-and-the-south-in-the-time-of-jesus/ Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast Email the podcast at mailto: jill@startwithsmallsteps.com
69 - Setting the Greek Stage for Jesus
Feb 20 2024
69 - Setting the Greek Stage for Jesus
69 - Setting the Greek Stage for Jesus In this episode, we'll be delving into the extensive history and influence of the Greeks on the land of Israel, setting the stage for the time of Jesus.  The Greeks, who had conquered Israel in 330 BC, brought about a significant cultural shift. As I explored the topic, I found it fascinating how the Jewish people began to appreciate Greek sophistication, philosophies, and language. I was particularly interested in the evolution of the language from Hebrew to Aramaic to Greek, reflecting an increased sophistication needed to capture the depth of Jewish and Christian faith. The Hellenic influence on different groups, particularly the Sadducees and Pharisees. I was amazed to learn that the Sadducees, being aristocrats, were more Hellenized and sought to align with the Roman upper class. On the other hand, the Pharisees, while also Hellenized to some extent, adhered more strictly to Jewish traditions. However, they were drawn to Greek education and the teacher-student relationship. As I explored further, I came across the philosophical ideas that infiltrated Jewish land, such as Gnosticism and Stoicism, and the rejection of monotheism by some people in Israel. Despite the Greek era ending with Rome's conquest, Greek philosophy and language had a lasting impact, which is evident in the New Testament. It's fascinating how the Greek influence was still prevalent during Jesus's time. https://smallstepswithgod.com/69-setting-the-greek-stage-for-jesus/ Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast Email the podcast at mailto: jill@startwithsmallsteps.com
68 - Israel, the North, and the South in the Time of Jesus
Feb 13 2024
68 - Israel, the North, and the South in the Time of Jesus
68 - Israel, the North, and the South in the Time of Jesus Today, we’re going to explore the different people groups that existed during the time of Jesus, specifically within Israel.We’ll focus on the tribe of Judah, which is made up of the descendants of Jacob’s grandchildren from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. These two tribes were the only ones to survive the exile and were allowed to return home. But what about the other ten tribes of Israel? We’ll discuss their geographical locations and how they eventually disappeared during the Assyrian conquest.One of the most interesting groups we’ll talk about today is the Samaritans. They were seen as foreigners by Judah, but considered themselves the guardians of the Israeli faith. They even referred to themselves as Israel and believed in their Hebrew roots. Their religious center was Mount Gerizim, which sparked a long-standing debate with the Judeans who believed that the main temple should be in Jerusalem. Unfortunately, this disagreement, combined with historical conflicts, led to a deep distrust and animosity between the two groups during Jesus’ time. https://smallstepswithgod.com/68-israel-the-north-and-the-south-in-the-time-of-jesus/ Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast Email the podcast at mailto: jill@startwithsmallsteps.com
67 - People Roles in the Time of Jesus
Feb 5 2024
67 - People Roles in the Time of Jesus
67 - People Roles in the Time of Jesus In this podcast, we’re going to explore the different groups of people in the New Testament and why Jesus addressed them directly with what they needed to do to see the kingdom of God. As we go through this journey together, we’ll examine the Pharisees, Sadducees, Sanhedrin, and other groups, understanding their roles and beliefs during the time of Jesus.The Pharisees were strict about adhering to the laws of the scripture, while the Sadducees were more elite, aristocrats, and well-off who believed only in the Torah. It’s fascinating to learn about how these groups interacted with one another and with Jesus.We’ll also discuss the Sanhedrin, the Supreme Court of the Jewish Nation at the time, which was appointed mostly by Herod. They formed a crucial part of the judicial system, with representatives for accusation and defense, much like our modern-day court systems. Their main aim was maintaining peace, even if it meant aligning with the Romans. It’s interesting to see how politics played a role in the decisions they made.The podcast also touches on the roles of priests and scribes. Priests, especially high priests, were responsible for the temple and the religious rites. On the other hand, Scribes were the educated class responsible for reading, writing, and even creating legal documents. They played a crucial role in maintaining the integrity of the scripture through meticulous work.Lastly, we delve into the different people groups like Levites, Herodians, and Zealots. Levites, descending from the tribe of Levi, were the priest class. The Herodians supported Herod’s rule and were responsible for tax collection, while the Zealots were revolutionaries opposing Roman rule. Understanding these groups provides a clearer picture of the socio-political climate during the time of Jesus. https://smallstepswithgod.com/67-people-roles-in-the-time-of-jesus/ Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast Email the podcast at mailto: jill@startwithsmallsteps.com
66 -  Uncovering Compelling Evidence.
Jan 29 2024
66 - Uncovering Compelling Evidence.
66 - Uncovering Compelling Evidence Hey there! In this episode, I’m diving deep into the fascinating work of Josh McDowell and his son, Sean. These two are renowned for their thorough research into the authenticity of the Bible, and their books, such as “Evidence That Demands a Verdict” and “More Than a Carpenter,” provide compelling evidence supporting the Bible’s truth.As we explore the consistent writing and discoveries that prove the Bible’s authenticity, there are some surprising facts for you. For example, there are writings and documentation, including Coptic sermon notes, that reference Jesus and the scripture. Some people in history confirm the Bible’s consistent following and continuity and church leaders that took over churches that were founded by the apostles.But it’s not just about the Bible - we also talk about the various contributions of the Church throughout history despite its significant flaws and hypocrisy. I want to highlight the Church’s role in creating universities, hospitals, orphanages, and charities and its significant influence on science. All of this underscores the Church’s commitment to knowledge and service.We talk about archaeological findings that support the Bible. It’s encouraging to see the evidence for yourself and understand that such discoveries often go unnoticed, especially when they align with the Bible. https://www.josh.org https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=583 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast Email the podcast at mailto: jill@startwithsmallsteps.com
65 - The Remarkable Journey of Josh McDowell
Jan 22 2024
65 - The Remarkable Journey of Josh McDowell
65 - The Remarkable Journey of Josh McDowell In this episode, we delve into the life and works of Josh McDowell, a renowned Christian apologist known for his extensive research on the evidence of Jesus. McDowell initially set out to disprove Christianity as an atheist, but his meticulous research ultimately led him to convert to Christianity. This transformation is documented in his book “Evidence That Demands a Verdict.” McDowell’s journey from skepticism to faith is an interesting study, particularly for those who are new to Christianity or those who question their faith.McDowell’s research on the Bible covers a wide range of authors and periods. The Bible was written over 1500 years by 40 different generations of authors from diverse backgrounds. Despite this diversity, the central message remained consistent, providing a strong testament to its reliability and authenticity. McDowell’s work provides valuable insights into how the Bible has been passed down through generations in written and oral traditions.The episode also discusses some key points from McDowell’s books. For instance, McDowell argues that the main reasons for rejecting Christ are often ignorance, pride, or moral issues. These objections are not based on factual inaccuracies in the Bible but rather personal biases or misunderstandings. Furthermore, the episode delves into the importance of being prepared to defend one’s faith, a concept central to McDowell’s works.The episode concludes by challenging the audience to explore McDowell’s evidence. The evidence from archaeology and historical records continues to support the narratives of the Bible, further strengthening its credibility. McDowell’s works serve as a comprehensive resource for those seeking to understand the historical and factual basis of Christianity. https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=561 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast Email the podcast at mailto: jill@startwithsmallsteps.com
64 - Herod, Political and Architectural Mastermind
Jan 15 2024
64 - Herod, Political and Architectural Mastermind
64 - Herod, Political and Architectural Mastermind In this episode, we're diving deep into the life and reign of Herod the Great, an influential figure in the biblical era. You might have heard of him as a crazed, diseased maniac in popular media, but I'm here to tell you that he was actually quite complex. Herod was a shrewd, politically savvy figure who demonstrated great cunning. Despite his ruthless nature, he was also known for his architectural prowess, with many structures still standing in Israel today. He ordered the Magi to investigate the messiah’s birth and then ordered the death of children to end his life along with the other children. His love, power, and desire to keep the throne were the source of his cruelty.  As we explore Herod's story, I'm struck by his ability to navigate different regimes. He survived and thrived through multiple power shifts, from Julius Caesar to Mark Antony and Cleopatra, and then to Augustus Caesar. He maintained close ties with the Romans, which, although it sparked resentment among some Jewish factions, helped maintain relative peace in the region. One of the most significant contributions Herod made was to the architectural landscape of the region. He renovated the Jewish temple, a move that was seen as a strategic effort to win the favor of his subjects. He also built impressive structures like the amphitheater in Caesarea and his winter palace in Jericho. Despite being Jewish, Herod understood the importance of appeasing the Romans and Greeks, demonstrating his skillful political maneuvering. Herod's reign ended with his painful and gruesome death due to a mysterious illness. But his legacy lived on through his children, who also ruled various territories. His life of violence and cruelty that marked his reign is in stark comparison to his impact on the region's history. https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=530 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast Email the podcast at mailto: jill@startwithsmallsteps.com
63 - Go From Self-Help to God’s Help
Jan 8 2024
63 - Go From Self-Help to God’s Help
Go From Self-Help to God’s Help We’ll be discussing an amazing book by Father Jonathan Morris called “God Wants You Happy, From Self-Help to God’s Help”. Join me as we explore the concept of God’s desire for our happiness and how it differs from the self-help industry, which often promotes self-reliance rather than reliance on God.We’ll contemplate being junior partners with God in our lives, acknowledging our weaknesses, and allowing God’s love to lead us. As we delve deeper, we’ll examine the virtues of faith, hope, and love as a means to achieving happiness.Faith encourages us to focus on God, read the scriptures, and pray regularly. Hope is cultivated through acknowledging our wrongdoings, making amends, and holding ourselves accountable. Love is demonstrated by living a life of love, as Jesus did, and recognizing that we should love others because God loves them.But the journey towards happiness isn’t always easy. There are potential hindrances, such as pride, vanity, and love of pleasure, that can manifest in our daily lives and impact our relationships. We also consider the external threats that could disrupt our relationship with God, such as failing to pray or taking God’s grace for granted.That’s why we emphasize the necessity of an action plan to overcome these obstacles and threats. This involves admitting our powerlessness, turning our will over to God, making amends, and following a plan to hold ourselves accountable. We affirm that God wants us to be involved in our plan, using His guidance to navigate life. https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/10650777 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
The Bible in Small Steps Trailer
Jan 7 2024
The Bible in Small Steps Trailer
Hi, this is Jill from the Northwoods. Welcome to The Bible in Small Steps, where we will explore the Bible one chapter at a time. Whether you’re a long-term believer, just curious about the scripture, or just someone like me who wants to do a deeper dive and understand the most important text ever written, that’s what we’re going to talk about.Three times a week, we’re going to read a chapter a day. We’re going to start with the New Testament, and then eventually, we’ll get to the Old Testament, look at the rich and complex story, and investigate what’s going on. Who wrote these books of the Bible? Where were they written? Who was the audience? And some historical context.I’m not a pastor or formally trained, but I am a passionate seeker of wisdom and truth. I love the Bible, and I have a stack of books. And I use the powerful Logos software. Together, we will look at the historical context, the timeless messages in each chapter, and the places where they’re cross-referenced and referenced. We’ll talk about the places and people who are in these chapters so that we have a better understanding.With each episode, we will break down the chapters, discuss the themes, and see how they connect to our daily lives and how they should change our activities, prayer life, and meditation. We’ll learn much about what God expects from us and what we can expect from Him. And whether you’re listening at home, in your car, or on a break, it’ll be short enough and concise enough to enjoy it anywhere.This podcast will be a companion in discovering the Bible at a pace where we can truly absorb and go through things. This will be such a slow crawl through the Bible we’ll be able to understand each point thoroughly. There will be new episodes every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, meaning you will read the next chapter on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. So, I even give you time to stay current with the podcast so you can also do a deep dive with me. And if we hit a topic that deserves a little more attention, ISo please subscribe. You can go to thebibleandsmallsteps.com, which will show you how to connect to this podcast. So, let us embark on this great new path together and find out what we can learn by studying God’s Word.I look forward to sharing those joyful moments, the tearful moments, and the inspirational moments that come with reading God’s Word. See you next time.
62 - Wise Men Go Home By Another Way
Jan 2 2024
62 - Wise Men Go Home By Another Way
62 - Wise Men Go Home By Another Way In this episode, we explore the story of the Magi, the wise men mentioned in the Bible, and their significance in the birth of Jesus. The Magi were highly educated individuals who studied various religions and had access to a wealth of science, mysticism, the occult, and knowledge. They were drawn to Jesus' birth by a star and their understanding of the prophecies. Despite being from different backgrounds, they recognized Jesus as the Messiah and worshiped him. As we explore the story of the Magi, we will delve into different theories about their origin and identity. While tradition often portrays them as kings, some Protestant reformers view them as wise men who followed the star and bowed down before Jesus. The gifts they presented to Jesus, including gold, frankincense, and myrrh, carried symbolic meanings of kingship, worship, and preparation for burial. We will also explore various historical accounts and traditions associated with the Magi, such as their alleged burial sites and celebrations in different cultures. The story of the Magi serves as a reminder that people from different backgrounds and faiths can come together to worship and recognize the significance of Jesus. It challenges us to reflect on what gifts we would offer to Jesus in modern times, symbolizing our devotion and commitment. I'm excited to introduce a new podcast called "The Bible in Small Steps," where each episode focuses on a chapter of the Bible, providing a deeper understanding of its teachings and relevance to our lives. I invite you to join us on this journey of faith and exploration. Overall, the significance of the Magi in the nativity story, emphasizes their role as non-Jewish believers who recognized Jesus as the Messiah. It explores their origins, their journey guided by the star, and the meaning behind the gifts they presented. I hope this episode will deepen your understanding of the Bible and encourage you to reflect on how to personally connect with the story of the Magi and the message of Jesus's birth. https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=504 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
61 - Unveiling the Stories Behind Christmas Hymns
Dec 27 2023
61 - Unveiling the Stories Behind Christmas Hymns
61 - Unveiling the Stories Behind Christmas Hymns In this episode, I'll explore the messages and meanings behind Christmas hymns. We'll be discussing the importance of singing hymns during the Christmas season and how they can deepen our understanding of the true meaning of Christmas. I'll be referencing the book "Come, Let Us Adore Him! Stories Behind the Most Cherished Christmas Hymns" by Robert J. Morgan, which delves into the history and stories behind various Christmas hymns. Throughout the episode, I'll be mentioning several hymns and their origins, including "Joy to the World" by Isaac Watts, "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Charles Wesley, and "Silent Night" by Joseph Moore. The stories behind these hymns provide insights into the creative process and inspiration behind their composition. We'll also discuss the historical context of some hymns and their impact on different cultures and communities. I'll emphasize the joy and significance of singing Christmas hymns, even for those who may not consider themselves religious. The hymns are powerful expressions of joy, peace, and the celebration of Jesus' birth. I'll challenge listeners to explore the meaning and history of their favorite Christmas hymns, allowing for a deeper appreciation of the rich traditions behind these beloved songs. So, join me as we explore the wonder and beauty of Christmas hymns and discover the stories and messages behind them. https://www.robertjmorgan.com/shop/come-let-us-adore-him/ https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=447 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
60 - Charlie Brown Discovers the Meaning of Christmas
Dec 20 2023
60 - Charlie Brown Discovers the Meaning of Christmas
60 - Charlie Brown Discovers the Meaning of Christmas I explore the significance and underlying message of the beloved holiday special "A Charlie Brown Christmas." As we dive into the show, I reflect on how a religious message found its way into a kids' show and why it stands out from other children's Christmas stories. Charlie Brown's struggle to understand the true meaning of Christmas amidst commercialism and his feelings of loneliness is relatable. As I explore the different characters and their interactions in the show, I highlight their unique perspectives and desires. In her role as a psychiatrist, Lucy attempts to help Charlie Brown by analyzing his fears and suggesting ways to embrace the Christmas spirit. I also touch on the theme of individualism, showcasing how each character contributes their own unique interpretation of Christmas. Despite the challenges faced by Charlie Brown, the turning point of the episode occurs when Linus recites the nativity story from the book of Luke. This pivotal moment reminds Charlie Brown and the audience of Christmas's true meaning and its joyous message. I emphasize the importance of finding happiness and peace during the holiday season, regardless of personal circumstances or feelings of isolation. I encourage listeners to reflect on their own Christmas celebrations and to consider incorporating the gospel message of Luke. Let's refocus on the simplicity and meaning behind Jesus' birth in a manger, prioritizing meaningful connections with loved ones and remembering the profound significance of Jesus' sacrifice. https://tv.apple.com/us/movie/a-charlie-brown-christmas/umc.cmc.mbxalimrwrtq72wj4h601pyf https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=442 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
59 - Faith in the Christian Journey
Dec 13 2023
59 - Faith in the Christian Journey
59 - Faith in the Christian Journey Today, I'll discuss various aspects of faith and finding peace with God. As I explore these topics, I want to remind you of the importance of understanding sin and its consequences, as well as the temptations that the world. I talk about the book by Billy Graham Peace with God which says to reject sinful behaviors and strive for a life focused on God's teachings. Being born again is a powerful transformation that faith can bring to your life. And let's not forget the role of repentance and forgiveness in the Christian journey. It's not enough to simply turn away from sin. We need to trust in God's plan for salvation fully. I highlight the significance of the blood of Christ in redeeming and cleansing believers. As Christians, we face challenges in the world, including the pressures to conform to societal norms and the temptations of the flesh. But when we prioritize the love of God and others over worldly desires, we can overcome these challenges. Have faith, engage in prayer and Bible study, and rely on the Holy Spirit to guide your life. And don't forget, we have a call to action as believers. We need to be witnesses for Christ and spread the message of God's love and salvation. Living a life centered on God's teachings, guided by faith, and filled with love for God and others is the key to finding true peace. https://bookstore.billygraham.org/steps-to-peace-with-god-pack-of-25-red-version.html https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=376 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
58 - Finding Lasting Peace
Dec 6 2023
58 - Finding Lasting Peace
58 - Finding Lasting Peace Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on the book “Peace with God” by Billy Graham and the impact on all of us who are seeking to understand and draw close to God. I found it incredible and inspiring. It helped me understand what God wants from us and how to navigate an age of anxiety. While politics and science and our own efforts have their place, they are not the ultimate solution to finding peace. Instead, the message of Jesus Christ is presented as the pathway to everlasting peace and a meaningful life. The uniqueness of each individual and how God reveals Himself to every person in a way that speaks to them personally. But it makes us wonder why there is evil in the world and how it emphasizes the importance of freedom of choice in our relationship with God. The complexity of God and the role of each part of the Holy Trinity in our Christian walk. We’ll explore how to find peace with God in a world filled with challenges and uncertainties, and the significance of the Bible as a guidepost. Take small steps in your spiritual journey and seek a deeper understanding of God’s purpose for your life. Together, let’s explore how to find peace with God and live a meaningful life. https://bookstore.billygraham.org/steps-to-peace-with-god-pack-of-25-red-version.html smallstepswithgod.com/?p=373 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
57 - Creating a Peaceful Atmosphere
Nov 29 2023
57 - Creating a Peaceful Atmosphere
57 -Creating a Peaceful Atmosphere I dive deeper into the meaning of hygge beyond just creating a cozy atmosphere in our homes. We take inspiration from Jamie Erickson's book, "Holy Hygge: Creating a Place for People to Gather and the Gospel to Grow," and discuss how we can cultivate gratitude and contentment in all aspects of our lives. We explore how aspects of hygge is inspired by Jesus' example of finding solace in prayer while also caring for and connecting with others. We should limit negative influences and prioritize time for reflection, prayer, and rest. By creating a comfortable and peaceful environment within our homes and incorporating elements of simplicity, organization, and meaningful decor that bring comfort and evoke warm emotional memories. The atmosphere of hygge is not solely about aesthetics but rather cultivating a mindset of gratitude and contentment. Hygge extends beyond the physical space of our homes and emphasizes the importance of cultivating an atmosphere of faith, love, and kindness. Finding joy in the midst of discomfort, reframing our perspectives, and embracing gratitude. We present hygge as a way of life that encompasses not only our surroundings but also our mindset and interactions with others. Let's create a welcoming and peaceful atmosphere in our homes, while also fostering a mindset of gratitude, simplicity, and kindness. By embracing the attitude of hygge, we can find solace, build connections, and experience a sense of contentment in all aspects of our lives. https://jamieerickson.com/holy-hygge https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=366 Jill’s Linkshttps://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
55 - The Power of Words Spoken with Authenticity
Nov 15 2023
55 - The Power of Words Spoken with Authenticity
55 - The Power of Words Spoken with Authenticity We're going to explore the power of our words and the responsibility we have in presenting God's message. In his book Don’t Drop the Mic, TD Jakes emphasizes the importance of making our presentations timeless, relatable, and authentic, ensuring that our message resonates with people of all ages and backgrounds. It's not about the size of our audience but rather the passion and authenticity with which we deliver our message. Jakes encourages us to "tilt the mirror" when communicating our message, finding ways to make it relatable and impactful without directly blasting or alienating our listeners. He urges us to inherit and innovate, taking the timeless message of Christ and adding our unique perspective to it. By broadening our thinking and focusing on common ground, we can galvanize people and bring them together through our message. Bishop Jakes reminds us that we have been called to share this message and that God is with us, guiding and empowering us to reach others. He challenges us to embrace our calling, celebrate the gifts God has given us, and communicate His message with passion and purpose. Let's make our presentations timeless, relatable, and authentic and have a lasting impact on people of all ages and backgrounds. https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=359 https://shop.tdjakes.org/products/td-jakes-dont-drop-the-mic-book Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
54 - Communicating the Word of God with Impact
Nov 8 2023
54 - Communicating the Word of God with Impact
54 - Communicating the Word of God with Impact Today we discuss the book Don't Drop the Mic, The Power of Your Words Can Change the World by T.D. Jakes and Dr. Frank Thomas, where we're diving into the art of public speaking and how it can be used to communicate the Word of God in a powerful way. We'll be exploring the importance of building connections and trust with your audience, adapting your communication style to different groups of people, and staying true to your own values and brand. We'll uncover the secrets to delivering impactful messages that resonate with your listeners. We'll explore the role of charisma and audience connection and how Jesus himself used these tools to create lasting impressions on his followers. But it's not just about being charming and charismatic - preparation and practice are key to delivering a smooth and well-timed speech that truly captures your audience's attention. We'll delve into the need for agility in public speaking and how to adapt and respond to your audience's feedback. And finally, we'll wrap things up by discussing the importance of letting go and being yourself during your presentations. By owning your message and speaking with energy and passion, you can connect with your audience on a deeper level and truly inspire them. We'll also touch on using body language and physicality to enhance your overall delivery and leave a lasting impact on your listeners. So whether you're a seasoned public speaker or just starting out, this episode is packed with valuable insights and practical advice that will help you effectively communicate your messages and create a lasting impact on your audience. Let's see how you can use these tools to make a difference in the world truly. https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=356 https://shop.tdjakes.org/products/td-jakes-dont-drop-the-mic-book Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
53 - Harnessing the Power of Speech to Change the World
Nov 1 2023
53 - Harnessing the Power of Speech to Change the World
53 - Harnessing the Power of Speech to Change the World We dive into the fascinating world of communication. We draw inspiration from T.D. Jakes' book "Don't Drop the Mic" and explore the power of words and their impact on the world. In today's world, where our voices are our primary means of communication and now, it's more important than ever to articulate our thoughts effectively. We also discuss the fear of public speaking, a fear that is more common than you might think. But why is it so important to overcome this fear? Well, because every voice matters and the world loses something when we choose not to speak up. That's why we encourage you to venture out of your comfort zone and make your voice heard. Authenticity is key when it comes to communication, and we encourage you to speak from the soul, convey emotions, and break the rules if it means being true to yourself. We also explore the potential pitfalls of written communication and how they can often lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations. Ensure your communication is compelling, has a clear message, and reaches out to people effectively. Ask yourself the two key questions: "Who cares?" and "So what?" to ensure your speech is relevant and matters. https://shop.tdjakes.org/products/td-jakes-dont-drop-the-mic-book https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=353 Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com
52 - A Recap of the Past Year
Oct 25 2023
52 - A Recap of the Past Year
52 - A Recap of the Past Year I want to take a moment to reflect on the past year of our podcast and share some of the main concepts and lessons we've discussed. First off, let me say THANK YOU! I appreciate you being on a journey of exploring the Bible and learning more about it. It's been a great adventure with God's help! 2 - Better Than Eden - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=65 3 - Going Home - The Journey’s End - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=67 4- Fear Not - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=90 6 - Christ At Home in Your Heart - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=105 7 - Hidden Christmas - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=114 10 - Use Quiet to Make Room for God - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=130 11 - Steps to Quietness - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=137 12 - Canon From The Start - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=143 13 - What the Red Sea Means For Us - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=148 14 - Red Sea Rules Shows Us The Way Out - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=152 15 - Demons Plot to Wreck a Man - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=156 16 - Demons Start with Small Steps Too - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=161 21 - Forty Days to Being Closer to Jesus - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=179 24 - Wigged Out Saturday- https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=211 25 - Chicken Method of Sharing the Faith - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=215 29 - Faith and Star Trek - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=241 31 - God’s Miracle of Nature - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=247 32 - Lost and Found in Translation - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=251 ’33 - Exploring the World of Bible Translation - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=256 34 - Moving Beyond Lukewarm Christianity - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=261 35 - A Radical Kind of Love - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=268 37 - Dolly Parton’s Wisdom on Achieving Your Dreams and Helping Others - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=279 39 - 3:16 The Numbers of Love - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=281 40- Embracing God’s Love - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=290 41 - Pursuing Jesus in a Social Media-Obsessed World - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=298 42 - Navigating Social Media as a Christian - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=300 43 - Exploring Cancel Culture and Authenticity - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=303 48 - The Challenge of Dangerous Prayer - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=333 49 - Lead Like Jesus: Embracing Humility, Love, and Connection - https://smallstepswithgod.com/?p=337 Jill’s Links https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com