Welcome to episode 71 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about rest. What does it mean to enter rest? In this episode we take a closer look at Hebrews 4:11-16 where the subject matter is resting with God. Rest under the Old Covenant was a foreign concept. The work was never done. There was no rest in the true sense of the word because the Law provided no true forgiveness of sin. You couldn’t approach the Holy of Holies under the Old Covenant with confidence.
But all of that has changed under the New Covenant because a greater than Joshua is here. This Hebrews passage tells us that although Israel experienced physical rest in the promised land under Joshua’s leadership, they never experienced spiritual rest because that is something Joshua was unable to provide. True spiritual rest comes through Jesus, our New Covenant priest and substitute. Let’s talk about it.
Welcome to episode 70 of The Grace Cafe Podcast! This 70th episode marks the 3rd episode of our new Take Five episodes. As if that weren’t exciting enough on its own, this edition of Take Five is Susan’s first! Listen in to this short episode as she talks about a topic close to her heart: mental health, depression, and suicide.
Welcome to episode 69 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about law-based Christianity and its affects. What happens when we become duty-focused and rules-based in our relationship with God? Some of the results are shame, self-loathing, and self-righteousness, where many eventually give up. We become judges of ourselves and others based on individual performance.
But in the gospel, apart from law, our righteousness and acceptance is by grace alone, apart from any work, and that never changes. Jesus came to set the captives free, not to give them a to-do list. Let’s talk about it.
We also interact with an email we received from a listener concerning duty-laden churches that exhaust its members.
Welcome to episode 68 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s take five and talk about Jesus. We hear messages of moral improvement, behavior modification, and moral progress all around us all the time. The message of progress has replaced the message of the gospel. We’re told that God himself is measuring our progress and the more progress we make in doing the right things, the more pleased he is with us.
But that’s a lie. Here’s the truth: God requires perfection, not progress, so he gave us a Substitute, not a goal. Christian, you are complete in Him already, apart from what you do or don’t do. Pull up a chair. Let’s take five and talk about it.
Welcome to episode 67 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Our goal in this episode was to talk about Hebrews 2:14-18 and we eventually arrive there after a fuller conversation about our new identity in Jesus, the downside of moralistic religion and behavior modification, the positives of deconstruction and reconstruction, and getting stuck in bad religious environments that control our ability and freedom to think outside those environments and asking the questions that need to be asked to find true freedom.
Hello friends! We’re starting something new at The Grace Cafe beginning with this episode. We’re going to start publishing short episodes between the regular weekly episodes that Susan and I do and this episode is the first one of those. Our hope is that these short monologues will serve as a middle-of-the-week reminder of who you are in Jesus and of the Father’s unending affection for you.
We’re calling these episodes Take Five. So let’s take five right now and talk about Jesus.
Welcome to episode 65 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about good works. It’s a topic that’s surrounded by a lot of misunderstanding and confusion. When Jesus was asked what needed to be done in order to do the works of God he replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe on the one he has sent.” All these years later, we’re still asking that same question as though good works were a list of things we need to perform in order for God to like us more.
But what if good works aren’t the result of rigid spiritual discipline but simply the product of the fruit of the Spirit as he expresses Christ in and through us while we simply live our lives apart from feelings of shame or guilt for feeling like we’re not doing enough or doing it wrong? Let’s talk about it….
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