Simply Joyful Podcast: When God Uses Your Pain & Your Past for Good in Your Life with Tricia Goyer!

I could not be more excited to have my amazing friend Tricia Goyer be my first official guest on my new podcast. Tricia is one of the most inspiring people I know. I find myself sharing parts of her story (anonymously) with others all the time. You know those conversations like, “I have this friend who…” People are always so blown away by her story and how she and her husband have said, “Yes!” to God in some ways that not many would be up for. I can't wait for you to hear it!We all have “bagg … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Is Pain Punishment for My Sin?

This is one of the most important questions we’ve gotten in the Ask Pastor John inbox, and it comes to us from a listener named Jesse. “Dear Pastor John, in a recent episode (#948) you note that: ‘God sent his Son into the world to suffer with us and for us. This means that, if we trust him, none of our suffering is punishment for sin. Christ bore all of our punishment for sin.’ But there are very real consequences for our sin in this world, both on ourselves and on others, both for believers and … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 136: Controlling Outcomes

[display_podcast]I created pictures of my situations in life in my mind that were not reality and I lived that way off and on until only just recently.  I thought I had a handle on it, but still found residue of this ability I had so carefully constructed in so many areas.The mind is a powerful thing, and is the source of all our battles with the enemy.How many of you know that God heals us and corrects us in layers? Like pealing an onion…one layer at a time.  We can’t handle it … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 134: Toxic “Christians”

[display_podcast]Have you ever been deeply disillusioned by someone whom you thought was a friend but turned out to be a controller or manipulator and when you didn’t comply with their demands they dropped you?  Do you think because we are to seek to love everyone with God’s unconditional love that means you should allow them total access into your life?Actually real genuine love has many boundaries.  To enable someone to treat you with anything less than respect is actually enabling them … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 133: Those Spiritual Black Holes

[display_podcast]Have you ever had a time when you felt like you were in a spiritual black hole?   I have. The pressure seemed unbearable. No sense of God‘s presence. No sense of anything going on around me.These are the times, sorry to say, when I tend to question God’s love for us.  But then He demonstrates to me that He was there all the time. I call these times “faith experiences.”I have come to believe the black holes are needful in order to know that we have the shield that can … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 132: Can I Consider It Pure Joy?

[display_podcast]Feeling sorry for myself one day, I started asking myself some hard questions.   Have I been caught up in looking at the depth of pain and the depth of trials and sometimes pure craziness in my life, and thought, “Why the heck me, Lord”?  Have I not sown into your Kingdom?   When is my time coming?Yes, I am really being transparent here.“Haven’t I served you all my life?  Why so much suffering?  Starting from my childhood of abuse and ending up here, years later… sti … [Read more...]