Ask Pastor John: Soul Care for Exhausted Young Mothers

We get a steady stream of questions from mothers of young kids, like this one from a listener named Beth. “Dear Pastor John, my husband and I are new parents to a two-month-old son. Caring for him has been joyful and exhausting. I can barely concentrate on anything I used to but need the Lord more than ever to sustain me. What counsel do you give to new mothers on continuing their walk with God?”Soul Care for Exhausted Young Mothers I am not a mother, never have been, but I lived with one fo … [Read more...]

Ask Pastor John: Should Patriotism Have a Place in Church?

Should Patriotism Have a Place in Church? We will soon celebrate July 4th, Independence Day as it’s known for us in the States. And the day itself raises questions about national loyalty for those of us who are strangers, exiles, aliens, and pilgrims on this earth. “Pilgrims and Patriots,” that was our topic back in a past year, in episode 378. But this year we will take a closer look at patriotism in the local church, and the time seems right to pick up an important email from a pastor named S … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 200: Dramatic Words of a Dying Man (Part 3)

[display_podcast]Caiaphas, the high priest that year, must have been fit to be tied.Well, somewhat so.As you will hear in this PODCAST, it was Passover. The Holy City, Jerusalem, was teaming with pilgrims. The all-important 3:00 PM Passover sacrifice at the Temple was fast-approaching.It was arguably the single most financially-flourishing day of the year (second only, perhaps, to the Day of Atonement) as far as the corrupt Temple Industrial Complex over which Caiaphas presided … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 199: Dramatic Words of a Dying Man, part 2

“Jesus said…”[display_podcast]Welcome back to the foot of the cross.In this PODCAST, we are now in that six-hour window of time — between 9 AM and 3 PM.9 AM when the Romans nailed Jesus to His cross; 3 PM, that moment when Jesus finally succumbed to His brutal beatings, His massive blood loss, and the tortures of crucifixion — finally and mercifully to die.Within that six-hour window, Jesus spoke seven times. The final words of His earthly life pre-resurrection. As we noted la … [Read more...]

Story Team Weekly: Filled With Grace and Peace

Grief became a three letter word: God.McCartney Piper Lee Coleman was born on April 25, 2014 at 2:47a.m. She weighed 3.47 pounds. She died two days later on April 27th. “She was what I had prayed for my whole life,” says Angelique, her mother. “I always knew I wanted to be a mom and I wanted a daughter, and that’s what God gave to me … When McCartney died, the most important relationship in my life changed. Grief became a three letter word: God.”As a child, Angelique had childlike faith … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 198: Dramatic Words of a Dying Man

“Jesus said…”[display_podcast]As you are about to hear in this PODCAST, the fact of the matter is this: Jesus said seven statements, this as His life was literally dripping out of Him drop by precious drop. Each one of the seven — when considered separately — tells a most-dramatic tale. All of the seven — when considered collectively — give us an unparalleled insight into the heart of Jesus.It was, after all, Jesus who much earlier in His ministry said this: “For whatever is in your h … [Read more...]