Believe & Speak Podcast Archives

Episode 76

The book of Romans doesn’t teach us that we will never sin again. Declaring that sin has lost its power over me is different from saying sin will never again happen in me. If (and when) I do mess up, I won’t have to pay with my life because Jesus already paid the wages for…

Episode 75

I’m glad you’ve joined me as we continue our four-week series from Romans 8:1-19. This is part two of our series, which remains focused on the transformed nature of those of us who live by the Spirit. I remember overhearing a group of twenty-somethings reacting to the news that one of their friends had unexpectedly…

Episode 74

Welcome to the beginning of a miniseries from Romans 8:1-19. I’m going to spend a total of four episodes on these verses that focus on the transformed nature of those of us who live by the Spirit. I decided to do a miniseries for a couple reasons. For one, I was inspired by Pastor Jack…

Episode 73

I recently updated the cover photo on my Facebook page with a picture of my yard. The center of the image shows a pink and orange wash of light reflected in our pond, making the glorious sunset filling the back of the photo even more beautiful. As I was responding on Facebook to comments about…

Episode 72

Last week my girlfriend sent me an intriguing image of a man’s hand holding a lit match. What made the image so fascinating was the fact that—even though the man’s hand cast a bold, dark shadow on the wall barely an inch behind him—the flame on top of the match did not cast a shadow.…

Episode 71

I read a daily devotional by Dutch Sheets called Give Him 15. In his post on April 29th, he addressed the importance of developing an intimate relationship with God. He said, “Our levels of faith, power, authority, and effectiveness will always be determined by how well we know Him.” Dutch also said, “The more we…

Episode 70

Ever since mentioning that viral video last week of a sheep jumping right back into a ditch after being rescued, I’ve been bombarded by Bible verses having to do with Jesus as our Shepherd and the promises God has made to his sheep. A couple verses from Hebrews 13 have been hounding me, so I decided…

Episode 69

My daughter texted me a viral video earlier this week of a sheep jumping right back into a ditch after being rescued. Seeing that careless sheep hopelessly stuck by repeating the same mistake made think of the first part of Isaiah 53:6. “All we like sheep have gone astray…” (NIV) I’m thankful for the hope…

Episode 68

Ever noticed how the Holy Spirit often gives the same message to several different messengers within the same timeframe? Whether you hear a Sunday sermon, read a daily devotional or listen to a Christian podcaster, you keep hearing the same thing. I read a daily devotional called Give Him 15, and was encouraged by a…

Episode 67

With the beauty and majesty of Easter Sunday fresh on my mind, I was led to the book of Romans for today’s episode. This week’s declaration comes straight from verse 14 of Romans 6 and it’s designed to remind you that you are not a slave to obeying the letter of the law. You are…