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Jill from The Northwoods

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Luke 17 - Increasing Faith and Understanding
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Luke 17 - Increasing Faith and Understanding
Luke 17 - Increasing Faith and Understanding In this episode, we delve into the profound teachings of Luke 17, where Jesus imparts vital lessons on faith, forgiveness, and humility. The chapter begins with Jesus discussing the inevitability of temptations and the importance of rebuking and forgiving those who sin against us. He emphasizes that if a person repents, even if they sin against you seven times in a day, you must forgive them. This teaching underscores the significance of mercy and grace in our relationships, reflecting how God forgives us. We then explore the parable of the unworthy servant, a story that teaches us about the wise and humble use of our skills. Jesus tells of a servant who shrewdly settles debts to secure future favor, highlighting the importance of using our God-given talents effectively while avoiding pride. The servant’s actions remind us that our service to God is a duty, not a means to seek personal glory. The episode also covers the metaphor of the mustard seed, illustrating the immense power of even the smallest amount of faith. Jesus explains that with faith as tiny as a mustard seed, one can command a deeply rooted mulberry tree to uproot and be planted in the sea. This powerful image encourages us to nurture our faith, no matter how small it may seem, and trust in its potential to achieve great things for God’s kingdom. A significant portion of the episode is dedicated to the story of the ten lepers. Jesus heals ten men with leprosy, but only one—a Samaritan—returns to thank Him. This act of gratitude is a profound lesson in recognizing and appreciating God’s blessings. It serves as a reminder to cultivate a grateful heart and to always remember to thank God for His mercy and grace in our lives. Additionally, Jesus discusses the coming of the kingdom of God, explaining that it is not something to be observed with signs but is already present among us. He cautions against getting distracted by worldly pursuits and emphasizes that what truly matters is our eternal connection to Him. Throughout the episode, we reflect on these teachings from Luke 17 and how they guide us to live more faithfully and compassionately. By understanding our roles as humble servants, the power of faith, and the importance of forgiveness and gratitude, we can better honor God in our daily lives. http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-17-increasing-faith-and-understanding/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/schmern Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 16 - Stewardship and Shrewdness
4d ago
Luke 16 - Stewardship and Shrewdness
Luke 16 - Stewardship and Shrewdness In this episode, we dive into one of Jesus' most challenging parables: the dishonest manager. Join us as we explore its complex narrative and uncover the profound lessons it holds about stewardship, shrewdness, and the use of earthly resources. Introduction to the Parable: Setting the stage with the context of Luke 16 and why this parable confuses many. The Story Explained: A detailed retelling of the parable, including the rich man's reaction to his manager's shrewdness. Lessons on Shrewdness: Understanding why Jesus commended the manager's resourcefulness and what it means for believers. Faithfulness and Stewardship: Discussing the importance of being faithful with what we have and the implications for our spiritual lives. Applying the Parable Today: Practical ways to use our resources wisely and align with God's purposes. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-16-stewardship-and-shrewdness/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 15 - Loving the Lost People
6d ago
Luke 15 - Loving the Lost People
Luke 15 - Loving the Lost People In this episode, we delve into Luke 15, exploring the Parables of the Lost Sheep, the Lost Coin, and the Prodigal Son. These stories highlight God's unwavering love and relentless pursuit of those who are lost. Join us as we discuss the profound messages of compassion, forgiveness, and heavenly joy found in these parables. Key Points: Context of Luke 15: Tax collectors and sinners gathered around Jesus, causing the Pharisees and scribes to grumble. Parable of the Lost Sheep: A shepherd leaves ninety-nine sheep to find one lost sheep, celebrating its return. Parable of the Lost Coin: A woman searches diligently for one lost coin out of ten, rejoicing upon finding it. Parable of the Prodigal Son: A father joyfully welcomes back his wayward son, illustrating God's unconditional love and forgiveness. The Elder Son’s Resentment: The father's loving response to the elder son’s anger underscores the theme of grace and compassion for all.Reflection: These parables emphasize the value God places on each individual and his joy over their return. They challenge us to adopt a similar attitude of forgiveness and celebration. http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-15-loving-the-lost-people/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 14 - Putting God First
May 20 2024
Luke 14 - Putting God First
Luke 14 - Putting God First Join us in this insightful episode as we delve into Luke 14, where Jesus shares profound lessons on humility, generosity, and the true cost of following Him. Through parables and direct teachings, Jesus challenges societal norms and personal priorities, urging us to examine our own lives and commitments. Key Points: The episode begins with Jesus dining at a Pharisee's house, where He heals a man with dropsy despite the silent judgment of the hosts. This act highlights Jesus’ compassion and His challenge to the rigid interpretation of Sabbath laws, setting the stage for deeper lessons. Next, we explore the Parable of the Great Banquet. Jesus narrates a story about guests seeking places of honor at a wedding feast, teaching the importance of humility. He emphasizes inviting the poor, crippled, lame, and blind to our feasts, showcasing true generosity that does not seek repayment. This teaching challenges societal norms and encourages selfless giving. Jesus then addresses the crowd about the cost of discipleship. He uses strong language to convey the need to prioritize Him above all else, including family and personal desires. Through analogies of building a tower and waging war, He illustrates the necessity of total dedication and careful consideration before deciding to follow Him. Towards the end of the chapter, Jesus warns about losing one’s spiritual fervor using the metaphor of salt losing its saltiness. This teaching stresses the importance of staying committed to Christ and maintaining the essence of one’s faith. Losing this commitment renders one’s faith ineffective and void. Reflection and Application: Reflect on how humility and generosity play a role in our lives. Consider the true cost of following Jesus and prioritize your relationship with Him above all else. It’s crucial to maintain spiritual integrity and stay committed to your faith, ensuring that you remain effective and valuable in your walk with Christ. http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-14-putting-god-first/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 13 - Grace and Judgement
May 17 2024
Luke 13 - Grace and Judgement
Luke 13 - Grace and Judgement Welcome to today’s episode, where we navigate through the powerful lessons of Luke 13, exploring the profound spiritual and moral teachings of Jesus. We start by addressing the tough questions about human suffering and divine justice, sparked by the tragic incidents involving Galileans and the victims of the tower at Siloam. Jesus challenges the assumption that tragedy is directly linked to personal sin, emphasizing instead the universal need for repentance. Next, we dive into the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree, illustrating the theme of divine patience and the urgent call to bear spiritual fruit. This discussion leads us into a critical examination of the role of second chances in our lives and the importance of nurturing growth. The episode also covers the contentious healing of a woman on the Sabbath, highlighting Jesus’ teachings on the importance of compassion over strict adherence to religious laws. This act of healing on a day reserved for rest prompts a broader dialogue about the priorities and practices of faith. As we journey through the chapter, we explore the symbolic meanings of the mustard seed and yeast parables, both of which depict the expansive and inclusive nature of God’s kingdom. We conclude with a discussion on the Narrow Door, a metaphor that challenges listeners to reflect on the sincerity and intent behind their spiritual pursuits. It’s a compelling reminder of the rigorous journey toward salvation and the importance of an authentic relationship with God. Join us as we reflect on these teachings and their relevance to our daily lives, offering insights that aim to enrich our understanding and spiritual practice. Be sure to subscribe and share this episode with friends and fellow seekers! https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-13-grace-and-judgement/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 12 - Worry Not
May 15 2024
Luke 12 - Worry Not
Luke 12 - Worry Not In today’s episode, we talk about the profound teachings of Luke 12, exploring themes of hypocrisy, materialism, and the essence of true fear. Join us as we uncover how these ancient lessons remain ever-relevant in our modern world. Introduction to Luke 12: Setting the scene with thousands gathering, Jesus begins his teachings against the backdrop of human frailty and divine truth. Hypocrisy Unveiled: We discuss how Jesus warns of the Pharisees' hypocrisy, a lesson that echoes into our age of internet transparency, where private lives are often public spectacle. The Parable of the Rich Fool: Reflecting on the dangers of materialism, this parable teaches us about the impermanence of wealth and the importance of being "rich towards God." Facing Life's Anxieties: Jesus addresses common worries about life's necessities, reassuring us of God's provision and care, a reminder to place faith over fear. Readiness and Vigilance: Emphasizing the need for preparedness, the call to be vigilant like servants awaiting their master's return resonates with a message of living with integrity and readiness for life’s uncertainties. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-12-worry-not/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/schmern Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 11 - Prayer and Persistence
May 13 2024
Luke 11 - Prayer and Persistence
Luke 11 - Prayer and Persistence Welcome to another episode where we explore the profound teachings of Luke 11, focusing on the timeless wisdom Jesus imparts about prayer, persistence, and confronting spiritual challenges. As we dissect this chapter, we uncover the layered meanings behind the Lord's Prayer, emphasizing its significance as a daily guide for believers in communicating with God. The Lord's Prayer: We start with the disciples' request for Jesus to teach them to pray, leading to the introduction of the Lord's Prayer. This section provides a blueprint for reverence, requests, and seeking divine guidance, illustrating how it's woven into the fabric of daily Christian practice. Persistence in Prayer: The episode delves into the importance of perseverance through the parable of a friend who answers a request for bread due to persistent knocking. This narrative reinforces Jesus' later teachings that encourage continuous seeking, asking, and knocking as essential elements of a robust faith. Confronting Spiritual Warfare: A significant portion of our discussion focuses on Jesus' encounter with demonic forces and His clarification of His power over them. Accused of working with Beelzebub, Jesus uses logic and spiritual insight to demonstrate that His miraculous works are performed through divine authority, specifically the "finger of God." Incorporating the Lord's Prayer into Daily Life: Understand the components of this prayer as more than ritual; they are foundational to developing a strong, communicative relationship with God. The Impact of Persistent Prayer: Learn how regular, persistent prayer can transform our spiritual lives, making us more resilient and aligned with God’s will. Recognizing Our Spiritual Authority: Gain insights into the authority granted to believers to overcome evil, empowering us to stand firm against spiritual darkness. This episode is not just a study but an invitation to deepen your spiritual practice and embrace the power inherent in a life of committed faith. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-11-prayer-and-persistence/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 10: Community, Compassion, and Commitment
May 10 2024
Luke 10: Community, Compassion, and Commitment
Luke 10: Community, Compassion, and Commitment In this episode, we read the rich and instructive chapter of Luke 10, where Jesus’s teachings provide profound insights into the themes of community, compassion, and our divine calling. We unpack the significant actions and parables Jesus uses to guide his followers, emphasizing how these lessons remain relevant in our modern lives. Sending of the 72 : Jesus sends 72 of his followers ahead of him, two by two, into every town. This act highlights the importance of partnership and mutual support. The instruction not to carry any supplies stresses reliance on the hospitality and goodwill of others, teaching us about trust and the value of community. The Good Samaritan: Perhaps one of the most pivotal teachings of Jesus, the parable of the Good Samaritan, challenges us to redefine who our neighbor is and what it means to show compassion. The Samaritan’s actions starkly contrast with those who might be expected to help, pushing us to consider how we can extend kindness beyond conventional boundaries. Martha and Mary: The episode also touches on the well-known story of Martha and Mary, where Jesus praises Mary’s choice to focus on spiritual nourishment over daily distractions. This story calls us to consider what ‘the better part’ is in our own lives and how we prioritize our time and attention. Luke 10 is a call to action for each of us to embody the principles of compassion, community, and commitment to spiritual growth. Whether it’s through our interactions with others or our personal choices, these stories encourage us to live out our faith in practical, impactful ways. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-10-community-compassion-and-commitment/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 9 - A Profound Simplicity
May 8 2024
Luke 9 - A Profound Simplicity
Luke 9 - A Profound Simplicity In today’s episode, we examine the rich narratives and profound theological implications of Luke 9, exploring themes of discipleship, divine provision, and the essence of Jesus’s ministry. This chapter from the Gospel not only illustrates the daily challenges the disciples faced but also highlights key miracles and teachings that define Christian faith. Radical Dependence: Learn about Jesus’s instructions to the disciples as he sends them out with nothing but the clothes on their backs. This act of sending them without provisions was to teach reliance on God and the generosity of strangers, contrasting them with the itinerant preachers of the time. Handling Rejection: Discover how the disciples were taught to handle rejection gracefully, symbolized by shaking the dust off their feet, embodying humility and resilience in the face of non-acceptance. Miracle of the 5,000: We unpack the miraculous feeding of the 5,000, emphasizing Jesus’s challenge to the disciples’ faith and the abundance of God’s provision, leaving them with twelve baskets of leftovers. Peter’s Confession and the Transfiguration: Reflect on Peter’s declaration of Jesus as the Christ and the subsequent Transfiguration, which reinforced Jesus’s divine mission and bridged Old and New Testament prophesies. The Cost of Discipleship: Examine the sobering reminders of what it truly means to follow Jesus, including the call to take up one’s cross daily and the sacrifices involved in true spiritual pursuit. This episode invites listeners to consider the depths of their own faith and the readiness to embrace the challenges of discipleship. Luke 9 is a chapter that compels us to reassess our life’s priorities in light of the teachings and demands of Jesus. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-9-a-profound-simplicity/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 8 - Faith and Miracles
May 6 2024
Luke 8 - Faith and Miracles
Luke 8 - Faith and Miracles In this episode, we dive into Luke 8, a pivotal chapter in the Gospel of Luke, where the inclusivity of Jesus’ ministry shines through, particularly in his interactions with women and his teaching through parables. Women in Jesus’ Ministry: We explore the significant roles of women such as Joanna, Susanna, and Mary Magdalene who were not just followers but vital supporters of Jesus. Their inclusion highlights a radical departure from the societal norms of that time, where women held little to no public standing. The Parable of the Sower: This parable is a cornerstone of Jesus’ teachings in Luke 8. It illustrates the different ways people receive and react to the Word of God, akin to seeds falling on various types of soil. The discussion will delve into the symbolic meanings of each type of soil and the broader implications for understanding faith and reception of spiritual teachings. Miracle of Healing: The episode will cover the touching story of the woman with a bleeding disorder who, driven by faith, reaches out to touch Jesus’ garment. This act of faith not only leads to her healing but also serves as a powerful testament to the inclusivity of Jesus’ compassion and his defiance of social stigmas. Calming the Storm: A detailed look at how Jesus calms the storm, demonstrating his mastery over nature and metaphorically, the storms within our own lives. This miracle provides profound insights into faith, fear, and the peace that faith in Jesus can bring into our lives. The episode concludes with reflections on how the themes of Luke 8 encourage us to examine our own responses to faith and how we can apply these lessons in a modern context. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-8-faith-and-miracles/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 7 - Gut-wrenching Compassion
May 3 2024
Luke 7 - Gut-wrenching Compassion
Luke 7 - Gut-wrenching Compassion Today, we discuss Luke 7, a chapter rich with themes of faith, compassion, and divine intervention. Join us as we unpack the profound narratives of the centurion’s servant, the miracle at Nain, and John the Baptist’s poignant inquiries. The Centurion’s Unwavering Faith: We explore the story of a Roman centurion who exhibits extraordinary faith in Jesus’ power to heal. This account is not only a testament to the power of belief but also challenges preconceived notions about who can be a person of faith. What does this story teach us about the nature of true faith? Compassion in Action at Nain: The episode examines Jesus’ encounter with a grieving widow at Nain, where he resurrects her only son. This miracle goes beyond the mere act of healing—it shows Jesus' deep empathy and responsiveness to human suffering. How can we apply this example of compassion to our own lives? Questions from a Prison Cell: We discuss the exchange between Jesus and the disciples of John the Baptist, who question whether Jesus is the expected Messiah. Jesus' response through the deeds of healing and preaching highlights the importance of actions as proof of one's faith and mission. What can we learn from Jesus' way of affirming his identity and purpose? This episode invites listeners to reflect on how the lessons of faith and compassion in Luke 7 can influence our understanding and actions in contemporary life. How do these stories shape your view of faith and your actions toward others? http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-7-gut-wrenching-compassion/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 6 - Participating in Miracles
May 1 2024
Luke 6 - Participating in Miracles
Luke 6 - Participating in Miracles Welcome to today’s episode where we look deeply into Luke 6, exploring the impactful lessons and stories from this compelling chapter of the Bible. Today, we unpack the events and teachings that highlight the radical nature of Jesus' ministry. Miracle on the Sabbath: We begin with the striking story of Jesus healing a man with a withered hand right in the synagogue on the Sabbath. This act not only showcases Jesus' compassion but also challenges the rigid interpretations of religious law by the Pharisees. It raises a critical question that resonates through ages: What does it truly mean to do good? The Call to Action: Jesus' instruction to the man, "Stretch out your hand," serves as a metaphor for our participation in faith. This moment illustrates that miracles often require a step of faith; a small act of obedience that can lead to profound change. The Beatitudes: Moving into the teachings of Jesus, we explore the Beatitudes where Jesus declares blessings on the poor, the hungry, and those who weep. These statements turn societal values upside down, suggesting that true blessedness isn't found in wealth or happiness but in spiritual depth and the pursuit of righteousness. Ethics of Reciprocity: Jesus teaches about loving enemies and the Golden Rule - treat others as you would like to be treated. This simple yet powerful directive calls us to extend love beyond comfortable boundaries, promoting a lifestyle of generosity and empathy.Living the Words: We conclude with a look at the parables about building on a solid foundation and being known by our fruits. These teachings emphasize the importance of not just hearing Jesus' words but actively living them out. http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-6-participating-in-miracles/ https://bibleproject.com/podcast/what-does-blessed-mean-beatitudes-pt-1/ https://bibleproject.com/podcasts/the-bible-project-podcast/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 5 - Embracing the Unexpected
Apr 29 2024
Luke 5 - Embracing the Unexpected
Luke 5 - Embracing the Unexpected Episode Summary: Today’s episode delves deep into Luke 5, exploring the significant moments of Jesus’s early ministry around the Lake of Gennesaret. We unpack the miraculous catch of fish, a symbol of divine abundance and the calling of the first disciples, illustrating the profound impact of faith and obedience. The Setting: Understanding the significance of the Lake of Gennesaret, also known as the Sea of Galilee, in Jesus’s ministry. Miraculous Catch: Analyzing the moment Jesus uses Simon Peter’s boat to teach the crowds and the subsequent miraculous catch of fish, emphasizing the themes of trust and divine provision. Inclusion of the Marginalized: Reflections on Jesus’s interactions with societal outcasts like lepers and tax collectors, highlighting his inclusive approach to ministry. Challenge to Authority: Discussion on Jesus’s healing of the paralyzed man and his confrontation with religious authorities, showcasing his radical methods and teachings. New Beginnings: Exploration of the parable of the new wineskins, encouraging openness to new ways of thinking and living. Luke 5 not only reflects on the divine interventions in ordinary settings but also challenges us to rethink our perceptions of worthiness and community. Join us as we reflect on how these lessons from the past resonate with our present. http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-5-embracing-the-unexpected/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 4 - Temptation To Take The World
Apr 26 2024
Luke 4 - Temptation To Take The World
Luke 4 - Temptation To Take The World In Luke Chapter 4, we explore significant events in Jesus’s early ministry, specifically his time in the wilderness facing temptations and his prophetic declaration in Nazareth. This chapter is pivotal as it marks the beginning of Jesus's public ministry and sets the tone for his approach to fulfilling Old Testament prophecies. Temptation in the Wilderness - After his baptism, Jesus retreats into the wilderness where he fasts for 40 days. During this vulnerable time, he faces several temptations by the devil. Each temptation tests his resolve to adhere strictly to God's will, despite physical deprivation and offers of earthly power. The devil first challenges Jesus to turn stone into bread, addressing his immediate physical hunger, to which Jesus responds, "Man shall not live by bread alone," emphasizing the supremacy of spiritual sustenance. The subsequent temptations involve grandiose offers of worldly power and misusing divine protection, both of which Jesus rejects, affirming his unwavering dedication to his divine mission and his rejection of worldly gains and ego. Prophetic Declaration in Nazareth -Returning to Nazareth, Jesus attends the synagogue and reads from Isaiah, proclaiming that the scripture is fulfilled through his actions and presence. This bold claim initially astonishes the local congregation, familiar with his humble beginnings. However, their astonishment quickly turns to skepticism and hostility, reflecting the difficulty of accepting revolutionary truths from a familiar figure. Jesus's declaration underscores his role in extending salvation beyond the Jewish community to all humanity, challenging existing religious boundaries and expectations. http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-4-temptation-to-take-the-world/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 3 - The Herald of Change
Apr 24 2024
Luke 3 - The Herald of Change
Luke 3 - The Herald of Change In this episode, we delve into Luke 3, a chapter rich with historical context and profound theological insights. John the Baptist takes center stage, serving as a crucial figure preparing the way for Jesus through his bold preaching and baptism of repentance at the Jordan River. Historical Setting: The narrative is set during the 15th year of Tiberius Caesar’s rule, with Pontius Pilate and the sons of Herod playing significant roles. This period is marked by political turbulence and religious governance by high priests Anais and Caiaphas. John’s Prophetic Role: Described as the last Old Testament prophet, John embodies the spirit of Elijah. He preaches in the wilderness, calling for ethical living and spiritual renewal, emphasizing that true lineage to Abraham comes through righteous actions rather than mere heritage. Ethical Teachings: John's interactions with tax collectors and soldiers highlight his calls for social justice, urging honesty and generosity, which contrast sharply with the corrupt practices of the time. The Foretelling of Jesus: John makes clear his role as the forerunner to one greater than himself, who will baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. His use of vivid imagery, like the winnowing fork and threshing floor, underscores the imminent spiritual upheaval. The episode concludes with a meditation on John as more than just a preacher in the wilderness; he is a transformative figure urging a rethinking of personal and societal ethics in anticipation of Jesus's teachings. This exploration into Luke 3 invites listeners to reflect on their own lives and consider the ways they can prepare for deeper spiritual understanding and ethical living. http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-3-the-herald-of-change/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 2 - Christmas That Touches the Heart
Apr 22 2024
Luke 2 - Christmas That Touches the Heart
Luke 2 - Christmas That Touches the Heart Introduction Welcome to today’s episode where we explore the beloved Christmas story from Luke 2. Known for its warmth and humanity, Luke’s account offers a unique perspective on the nativity scene that resonates with many. Author’s Background: Luke, a well-educated author, uses his knowledge of Greek and historical details to provide a rich narrative foundation. The Setting: The story sets in Bethlehem under a historical decree, focusing on the humility of Jesus’ birth in a manger, emphasizing simplicity and divine humility. The Shepherds’ Role: Luke highlights shepherds as key witnesses to Jesus’ birth, representing societal outcasts brought to the forefront, symbolizing inclusivity and divine grace. Angelic Announcement: The message delivered by angels, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace,” underscores the universal appeal of peace and goodwill. Luke 2’s enduring appeal lies in its ability to connect deeply with readers and listeners through its thematic focus on peace, community, and humility. Join us as we delve into why this chapter remains a cornerstone of Christmas celebrations worldwide. http://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-2-christmas-that-touches-the-heart/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Luke 1 - To Those Who Love God
Apr 19 2024
Luke 1 - To Those Who Love God
Luke 1 - To Those Who Love God In this opening chapter of the Gospel of Luke, it not only introduces us to key figures like Zechariah, Elizabeth, and Mary but also sets the theological tone for the entire gospel. Our journey through Luke 1 offers insights into the narrative's historical context, authorship, and its profound implications for early and contemporary Christianity. Authorship and Historical Context: We explore how Luke, a physician, and companion of Paul, crafts a narrative with a meticulous eye, writing not just for his contemporaries but for all ‘lovers of God.’ His educated background informs his detailed portrayal of events, making his gospel a cornerstone for understanding Jesus’ ministry. The Role of Theophilus: Whether a real person or a symbolic figure representing all "lovers of God," Theophilus' inclusion highlights the universality of Luke's message, aimed at both Gentiles and early Christians. Divine Interventions and Angelic Visitations: The miraculous announcements to Zechariah and Mary underscore the divine plan at work, linking Old Testament prophecies with the new covenant through Jesus. Themes of Redemption: Luke emphasizes Jesus’ mission to save all of humanity, with a particular focus on the marginalized. This theme of universality pervades the gospel, showing that the message of Jesus is meant for every person. Elizabeth and Mary's Interactions: These poignant moments between Elizabeth and Mary reflect deep faith and prophetic understanding, offering us models of faithful response to God’s plans. Expressions of Praise and Prophecy: The episode also reflects on the spontaneous songs of praise, such as Mary's Magnificat and Zechariah's prophecy, highlighting the emotional and spiritual responses to God's actions. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/luke-1-to-those-who-love-god/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Mark 16 - Death and Sin is Defeated
Apr 17 2024
Mark 16 - Death and Sin is Defeated
Mark 16 - Death and Sin is Defeated We explore the profound and transformative event of Jesus’ resurrection as narrated in Mark 16. Our journey begins in the dim light of dawn, with Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome embarking on a solemn task, only to find themselves witnesses to the miraculous. Mark 16 opens with a scene of devotion and mystery. The women, who sought to anoint Jesus’ body, are met with an open tomb and an angelic proclamation that Jesus has risen. This moment marks a pivotal turn in the narrative of Christianity, emphasizing not just the fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy but also the unwavering faith of these women. As we explore this chapter, we encounter various appearances of the resurrected Jesus, from Mary Magdalene to the disciples, each appearance weaving a deeper understanding of faith and mission. Mark’s succinct storytelling brings to light the raw emotions of fear, astonishment, and, ultimately, belief. This episode also touches on the debated longer ending of Mark 16, discussing its implications for the Christian faith and the gospel’s spread. Despite scholarly debates, the message remains clear: the resurrection is a cornerstone of hope and renewal. Join us as we reflect on the significance of the resurrection, not just as a historical event, but as a source of eternal hope. Mark 16 challenges us to bear witness to the miraculous, to embrace faith amidst doubt, and to carry forward the message of resurrection as a beacon of light in a weary world.Tune in for a thought-provoking exploration of Mark 16 and the endless ripples it creates in the fabric of faith and understanding. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/mark-16-death-and-sin-is-defeated/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Mark 15 - Sacrifice without Justice
Apr 15 2024
Mark 15 - Sacrifice without Justice
Mark 15 - Sacrifice without Justice In this episode, we dive deep into Mark 15, exploring the complex narrative of Jesus’s trial, crucifixion, and burial. This chapter presents not just a story from the past, but a reflection on enduring themes of justice, sacrifice, and the essence of leadership. It shows our path to salvation in the actions of Jesus -The Silence of Jesus: We discuss the significance of Jesus’s response to Pilate and what it teaches us about the power of silence in confronting injustice. -Pilate’s Dilemma: A look at the Roman governor’s struggle with moral integrity versus societal pressure, offering insights into the challenges of upholding justice. -The Crucifixion: An examination of the crucifixion as the ultimate act of love and sacrifice and its implications for understanding true leadership and service. -Mockery and Kingship: How Jesus’s treatment by the soldiers and the crowd reflects societal attitudes towards the vulnerable and what it means for our understanding of true strength and leadership. -Joseph of Arimathea’s Courage: We reflect on the bold actions of Joseph, and what his part in the narrative teaches us about the courage to stand up for what is right, even at personal risk. Join us as we explore these themes, drawing lessons from Mark 15 that are as relevant today as they were two millennia ago. This episode is not just for those of faith but for anyone interested in the deeper questions of justice, sacrifice, and what it means to lead with integrity. https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/mark-15-sacrifice-without-justice/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”
Mark 14 - Faith and Betrayal
Apr 12 2024
Mark 14 - Faith and Betrayal
Mark 14 - Faith and Betrayal In this episode, we explore the rich tapestry of Mark 14, a chapter that presents pivotal moments in the life of Jesus and his disciples. From the profound act of devotion by Mary at Simon the leper’s house to the poignant Last Supper, each event is laden with symbolism and teachings relevant to our lives today.Key Highlights: -The anointing of Jesus by Mary with expensive perfume, showing sacrifice and pure devotion. -The betrayal by Judas Iscariot, exploring themes of greed, despair, and the consequences of turning away from faith. -The institution of the Lord’s Supper, establishing a new covenant and inviting believers into a deeper relationship with God. -Peter’s denial of Jesus, a reflection on human weakness and the grace that encompasses our failings. Join us as we delve into these narratives, uncovering lessons on faith, loyalty, and the power of redemption. This journey through Mark 14 invites us to reflect on our own spiritual https://thebibleinsmallsteps.com/mark-14-faith-and-betrayal/ Download blank templates, schedules here:https://schmern2.notion.site/schmern2/The-Bible-in-Small-Steps-b99ab90118b3433bab73c488ef44d4d1 Logos RAMPS Workflowhttps://flshare.net/p86nc4 Jill’s Links https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsJill https://affiliate.notion.so/NorthwoodsAI https://www.youtube.com/@smallstepswithgodpodcast https://www.buymeacoffee.com/smallstepspod https://twitter.com/SmallStepsPod Email the podcast at jill@smallstepswithgod.com “Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The ESV text may not be quoted in any publication made available to the public by a Creative Commons license. The ESV may not be translated in whole or in part into any other language.”