To Judge or Not to Judge?
ls it really wrong to judge other people? What does that even mean? Most people are clueless that they are taking Jesus' statement, "Judge not..." completely out of context as a club with which to beat others into silence. But is it true? Can we indeed exercise sound judgment? To what end? Join the Truth Barista as he explores this topic.
Does God Exist?
There is a myriad of arguments for and against God's existence (almost as many arguments as coffee recipes...just sayin'.) The Truth Barista looks at God's claim for His own existence from His own Word, a claim that demands a response. Are you ready for a challenge?
The Parable of the Soils
How open are you to God's Word? Did you know that your spiritual condition radically affects how God's word works in you? Yes, God's word is a powerful force all by itself, but YOU can influence whether it thrives or dies within you. Curious? Grab a cuppa joe and take a listen!
Can You Hear Me Now?
Hearing God's voice? Even suggesting that a person can hear God speak would freak a lot of people out! lf they didn't call for an immediate psych evaluation, at the very least they would think the person had a screw loose. And yet, many people, especially Christians, really want to hear from God. The truth is...YOU CAN! Join the conversation and let God speak to you through this episode of The Truth Barista!
Don't Worry, Be Happy!
Anxiety. Join the Truth Barista and Larry at the Ersatz Coffee Shop as they talk about anxiety and what God's Word says is a great antidote for worry!
Israel and The Boomerang Effect
Boomerangs. Curious things, right? You throw them away and they come back to you...sometimes hard...in the head. Not understanding a boomerang can bring you a world of hurt. Did you know God has His own boomerang? It's called His promise to the nation and people of Israel. Depending how you handle it, God's boomerang will determine how well things will go for you in the long run. Curious? Grab a nice cuppa mud and settle in for a fascinating conversation!
Atheist or Disciple - What Do You Really Believe?
Did you know there are atheists in church? Yup. Practical Atheists. They claim to claim to know and follow Jesus, but live like God doesn't exist! ACTION speaks louder than WORDS! So git off yer butts, Christians, and live what you say! So how do we do that? Take a listen and be challenged!
Bible Prophecy, The Big Scary Deal Part 1
As requested! The Truth Barista and Larry talk about Bible Prophecy - the Big Scary Deal! Yup, we start with what Bible prophecy is and how to figure it out. In the rest of the series, the Truth Barista serves up a steamy cuppa God's truth about Jesus' End Time prophecy found in Matthew 24. You're not gonna want to miss one episode. Fasten your seat belts, grab a triple espresso, and hang on!
Bible Prophecy, The Big Scary Deal Part 2
Here we go! Using the principles discussed in the first episode, the Truth Barista and Larry examine Jesus' famous Olivet Discourse, i.e. a prophecy Jesus spoke to His disciples on the Mount of Olives (east of Jerusalem, overlooking the city) just days before His crucifixion. This prophecy deals with events that would happen in the near future, over time, and at the Dreaded End Times! Jesus' prophecy was accurate and was fulfilled about 40 years after His death and resurrection. Ready for a wild ride? Buckle up and take a listen!
Bible Prophecy, The Big Scary Deal Part 3
The Truth Barista and Larry the Kitchen Guy (aka the Amazing Larry!) continue their discussion about Bible Prophecy. In this episode, the Dynamic Duo examine Jesus' Mount of Olives Prophecy Seminar and the "interim" events, i.e. the events between the Roman take-down of Jerusalem up through our day. Could the End Times be around the corner? Could they be staring us in the face?
Bible Prophecy, The Big Scary Deal Part 4
This is it! The Truth Barista moves into the End Time part of Jesus' Mount of Olives prophecy. Using the tools he shared on how to interpret and apply Bible prophecy, the Truth Barista looks at the End Times as prophesied by Jesus and together with the Amazing Larry (the kitchen guy), they raise the Big Scary Question...Are we in the End Times? (*cue ominous music*) Take a listen and decide for yourself.
Bible Prophecy, The Big Scary Deal Part 5
And now...THE BIG WRAP-UP!! The Truth Barista completes his discussion with the Amazing Larry (the Kitchen Guy) of Jesus' Mount Olive End Times Sermon (Matthew 24). In this episode, the Truth Barista hits the final prophesied events leading up to and occurring Jesus' return. Could they be happening now? What if they are? What should we do? Take a listen!
So, Where DO We Go When We Die?
Undeniable truth of life! Barring Jesus' return, there ain't nobody getting out of this life alive! Yes, everybody WILL eventually die. Watch a movie you saw as a young kid and note how many of those actors and actresses are now gone! When we're young, most of us think we're invincible and indestructible. Then reality hits! A family member or a close friend dies. If it's an untimely death in our eyes, that is they seemed way too young, the reality check is often very distressing. Then comes the question...Where do we go when we die? The Bible has the answer.
Christians and God's Law
How Important Is It? Christianity sprang from Judaism in the first century. Jesus was a Jew, the disciples were Jewish, the first century community of believers were primarily Jewish. The cornerstone of Israel's covenant with God is the terms of their relationship - the Torah or Law. So, does the Torah/Law still pertain to the outgrowth of Judaism now called Christianity? MANY Christians misunderstand what the "Law" is and have been taught that it no longer pertains to them, except that it shows them how terribly awful people are and their need for Jesus. Well...that is a part of it, and there is truth to that, but it isn't the primary part. The Truth Barista and Larry invite you to join the discussion on the Christian and God's Law: How Important Is It? Guaranteed, you'll be challenged!
The Love One Anothers
How To Show Love To All People! Ahhhhh, love! What a great feeling! But love is far greater than a feeling according to God's truth. Love is BEING loving. Love is a choice. How do we know what it means to love another? God's word has a LOT to say about being loving - just take a gander at all the "one anothers" in the Bible. Join the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they talk about this very important topic!
Faith Like Gold!
So...why did Jesus use pictures so much when He taught? It was a common practice among the teachers (the rabbis) of His day. Teaching with pictures uses everyday objects to reveal deeper spiritual truths and stamps those truths on us in a very powerful way! For example, the Bible talks about our faith being like gold. If so, then what do the properties of gold teach us about trusting God? Listen in and be encouraged as the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry toss around the pictures that speak so powerfully of our faith in God!
Leprosy of the Mouth
Evil Speech. Did you know that almost everyone suffers from the same seemingly incurable disease? Nope, it's not halitosis ("bad breath"). It's Leprosy of the Mouth! Yes, a deadly disease that causes "death" and destruction wherever it is spread and is usually shared with ease, EVEN WELCOMED! Curious? Want a vaccination against this all-too-common plague? Grab a cup 'o joe, sit yerself down, and take a listen. Oh...and pull in your toes. Otherwise, you might get them stepped on.
The Power of a Transformed Life
And Such Were Some of You. Can people really change? What about those trapped in homosexuality, greed, anger, resentment, or enslaved to any other desire? Change is tough, especially when it comes to tough habits, hardened attitudes, and spiritual road blocks. But we have God and His power on our side! Don't let the enemy (Satan) or your own thoughts discourage you. With God's help, you CAN change your life for the better and become better pleasing to Him!
Lust or Life? Part 1
Porn is everywhere! It can be found on the internet, television, music, books, magazines. In fact, wherever there is media, there is an avenue for pornography. For many people, pornography is not a slow-burn for passion, but nuclear fuel leading to perversion. And sadly, many believe it's a personal, none-of-your-business, harmless, victim-less pastime. Really? Take just two minutes to talk to pastors and therapists and you'll see that it is a virulent social disease that's tearing lives and families apart. In these next two episodes, Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry examine this topic and they don't pull any punches!
Lust or Life? Part 2
Pornography is wrong and dangerous! And yet, in spite of the deadly trap that it is, many of us Christians struggle with the temptation to indulge ourselves in this sin. So how do people get free from this temptation, this compulsion? Take a listen! Join Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry, the kitchen guy, as they continue their discussion of the human drive called lust.
How Do You View Sinners? Part 1
Rejoice or Resent? Sinners...yuck! Can't wait 'til they get theirs … right? Wrong! While that may be the attitude of our heart, this is NOT God's heart toward those who rebel against Him. The Bible truth is that God is always working to bring sinners home to Him for forgiveness, cleaning, and real change! So, how do you view sinners? People to shun and despise or people in need of a loving, merciful God? Jesus reached out to sinners with compassion without compromising His truth. Can we do the same? Join Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they examine this touchy topic!
How Do You View Sinners? Part 2
Rejoice or Resent? So, how do you view sinners? What about those who wander off from God? Are you just too good for them? Do you expect them to clean up or get their act together BEFORE you come alongside them? Or do you follow the Lord's example of desperately seek those who are lost or straying? Heart check! Take a listen...then go and find some sheep and coins, if you know what I mean.
Your Way? or God's Way?
Psalm 1. There are only two ways to do things in this world - God's way or the wrong way. Think I'm kidding? Take a listen...and get ready to pull in your toes, they might get stepped on!
Where Does Your Help Come From?
HELP! How often we've screamed that, if not out loud, then in our minds and hearts? Here's a simple test...think about what you look to for help. Got it? Then that likely is your god. The writer of Psalm 121 has it right. Take a listen to Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry, the kitchen guy at the Ersatz Coffee Shop as they talk about this powerfully and encouraging Psalm as part of their coffee shop Friday Bible study.
Harnessed to God
The "Yoke of His Teaching" Every Friday after the morning rush, Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry the Kitchen Guy have their Bible study at the Ersatz Coffee Shop. But today, Larry is really stumped by what Jesus says in Matthew 11:25-30! Many Christians know these words, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light." However, they don't understand exactly what Jesus is saying...and it will challenge your socks off!.
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 1 Lookin' Like Jesus
Galatians 5:22-23) The Fruit of the Spirit...What the heck are those? Simple. They're Jesus' character traits growing in us, causing us to us act like Him! Yup, gettin' saved doesn't stop at saying a prayer. NOW you have to do something about it! Looking like Jesus is a pretty high bar, isn't it? Check out this new series on the character traits Jesus expects us to produce more and more in our lives. Thank God for the Holy Spirit's help!
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 2 Lovin’ Like Jesus
There's a major Bible principle - First things are the most important things! So we should sit up and take note that the first fruit of the Spirit (a character trait of Jesus God wants to form in us) is LOVE! So how do YOU compare with the standard of loving that Jesus set? Join the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they discuss this AWESOME trait God wants ALL of His children to live!
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 3 Filled with Joy
What is this thing, JOY? Is it something that we can work up when we're feeling depressed? Is it some cheesey Sunday School ideal that's totally unrealistic for every day experiences? What's the difference between JOY and HAPPINESS? Join the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they talk about the fruit of the Spirit (Jesus' character trait of) joy! This will really PERK up your day!
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 4 Filled with Peace
ARRRRRGH! Ever have one of those days...weeks...months? Ever wonder what life would be like enveloped by God's peace? Did you know you can actually achieve it? How is this possible? Because Jesus has promised it and He NEVER breaks His promises. Not only has Jesus promised to give us peace, it's one of His character traits that the Holy Spirit is assigned to develop in us! So why are you so bent out of shape? Take a peaceful moment to listen to the Truth Barista as he and Amazing Larry walk through this wonderful topic!
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 5 Goodness
Ya know, goodness is not a highly sought-after trait in people. Oh, we all appreciate a good person when they're good to us, but sometimes we join the world in mocking good people. But what does it mean to be GOOD? IS it just our actions that are good or do our good actions flow from another source? For such a seemingly vanilla topic you'll find it a GOOD source of inspiration! (Yes, pun intended!)
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 6 Kindness
Have you ever met a real mensch? That's Yiddish for a person who is a decent, upright, mature, and responsible person. They're all around us, but their unassuming ways make them almost unnoticeable, BUT their words and actions really touch us! The Fruit of the Spirit called kindness very much makes us into a mensch if we seriously allow the Holy Spirit to build this one into our character. Give a listen and see what the Truth Barista means by this!
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 7 Patience
Lord, give me patience...right now! Yup! That's how a lot of us feel and yet we hate it when things pop up in our lives that frustrate the heck out of us! Ever think that the Lord allows such things simple to grow this precious character trait of Jesus in us? Muscles don't grow unless you work them and patience doesn't grow unless you try it...and try it...and try it...AND TRY IT!! You get the idea! Take a listen.
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 8 Faithfulness
Did you know faithfulness is a two-way street? Many people want God to be faithful to them. You know, continually providing their needs. But what about OUR faithfulness to God. Can He rely on us? Do we prove to be trustworthy to God each and every day? Just what does it mean to be faithful and why is it in that list of Jesus' character traits called the Fruit of the Spirit? Take a listen. When you're done, you will find yourself more than a little challenged by the Truth Barista!
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 9 Gentleness
Know anyone with a "clutching" or "grabbing" attitude? You know, the kind of knot-head who is always screaming about their rights, but does little to help the situation? Ever wonder what meekness means? Does it mean we're limp-wristed, droopy-dogs who allow everyone to walk over us? No way! Take a listen to the Truth Barista as he and Amazing Larry talk about how Jesus' character trait of gentleness is so incredibly POWERFUL!
The Fruit of the Spirit, Part 10 Self-Control
"Control myself? Are you kidding me?" That's exactly opposite of what our society tells us. In fact, advertising lives to tempt us to satisfy our every desire as quickly as possible. "Do it now! You're missing out if you don't! Why wait for marriage? Why deny yourself? Get that credit card and run it up!" Sound familiar? So, exercise your self-control for a bit and listen to the Truth Barista as he and Amazing Larry discuss this powerful character trait of Jesus that the Holy Spirit wants to drill into us...often for our own safety.
Righteous Anger! Wow! The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry are really hot today! There comes a time when Christians MUST go on the offensive and directly, firmly, and lovingly "turn over the tables" when people are wrong, whether it's about God, the Bible, or important issues of our day. Yes, there is a time for anger! And there's a right time and a right way to "rearrange the furniture" ala Jesus. Fasten your seat belts and take a listen!
The Truth About Abortion, Part 1
With Brian and Denise Walker. Here's God's truth - abortion is the killing of an unborn child. There is no way to sugar-coat this truth. You can try to dodge the truth, avoid the truth, ignore the truth, twist the truth or whatever, but it won't ever negate the God's truth. Brian and Denise Walker of Rich in Mercy - Abortion and Miscarriage Recovery, share their POWERFUL testimony with Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry. Visit Rich in Mercy
The Truth About Abortion, Part 2
This is the powerful conclusion of the Truth Barista's interview with Brian and Denise Walker! What you are going to hear will rock your world...especially if you think Christians are immune from facing this tragic decision. Abortion touches both the pulpit and the pew. As you listen - pray and ask the Lord how YOU can get involved either in pro-life actions or ministering to those who have had an abortion!
It's A Great Big Stupid World
Man, we live in a great, big stupid world! We create laws that protect unborn baby birds, but have no problem destroying human babies in the womb. Feminists march in favor of Islam, a religion that in its radical form grinds women down to the dust. The world system totally rejects God or embraces any god under the sun or invents new gods in spite of the biblical fact that God clearly reveals Himself to all people, even at the basic creation level. Why is this? Because our world is a fallen world, a world that wants to do its own thing no matter how wrong, deadly, harmful or offensive to God it is. Listen, laugh, and learn as the Truth Barista takes on the idea that we live in a great, big, stupid world!
Faith, Doubt, and Unbelief, Part 1
"You know, if you just had enough faith, that wouldn't have happened to you!" Or "Agree with me in faith and God will answer your prayer!" Is faith a slot-machine or a passkey to get answers from God? Is it the cornerstone for miracle cures or insane amounts of wealth and prosperity? Some Christians would actually tell you that. Well, in this first part of our four-part series, the Truth Barista would say...?
Faith, Doubt, and Unbelief, Part 2
So...did the first episode about faith knock yer socks off? Well, the Truth Barista continues his discussion with Amazing Larry about this powerful and often misunderstood topic of faith. What is faith? How do we get faith? How do we exercise faith? Does faith stand alone or is it linked to something...or SOMEONE else? Tune in!
Faith, Doubt, and Unbelief, Part 3
If you think the average person struggles with doubt - try being a Christian! What makes doubt so difficult is the inner sense of guilt because we KNOW we're not supposed to doubt God and yet it can be a daily challenge for some of us. This only intensifies when we're in really painful or even life-threatening situations. What is doubt? Doubt - "The state of being uncertain about the truth or reliability of something." "from Latin dubitāre, to waver" (American Heritage Dictionary). Are Christians allowed to doubt? How do we move from doubt to a concrete trust in God? Why are prayers stopped by doubt? Tune in to the Truth Barista as he and Amazing Larry continue their series on this all too challenging experience!
Faith, Doubt, and Unbelief, Part 4
What's the opposite of faith? Not doubt. It's NO faith. As the Truth Barista and Larry discussed in the previous episode, doubt is not knowing if God is greater than what your facing or not. Unbelief is the stubborn refusal to trust God. Unbelief is SOOOOOOO serious, that it is the one sin that is called the Unforgiveable Sin...IF you choose to hold onto it. Join the Truth Barista as he and Amazing Larry talk about this extremely challenging topic and wrap up this series on Faith, Doubt, and Unbelief.
The King's Banquet
Amazing Encouragement from Jesus' Feeding of the 5,000. The Bible is BURSTING with all sorts of encouragement when we find ourselves coming up short. Nowhere is this felt more strongly than when we have needs that need to be met. Our need may be huge, but GOD is HUGER! (That's a word?) Jesus can take a little and make it a lot! Are you ready to be blown away by how Jesus fed an army of people with a few rations? Take a listen!.
God's Answer to the Welfare State
God's Answer to the Welfare State is YOU! On the heels of the previous episode about God's miraculous provision, the Truth Barista discusses God's main way of providing for people - YOU! You are God's main way to meet the needs of those around you. In truth, the needy are all around us and we can't shut our eyes and ignore them. Neither can we personally meet every need. But God can...and He often chooses to do so through His people. If God's people would ramp up their level of caring more and put feet to their faith more, the problem of need could be significantly reduced. Why? Because we live on the level of the world's needs and we have a God above who supplies us to help others. Take a listen!
City Gates, How are You Guarding Your Life?
Throughout history, city gates were EXTREMELY important! From ancient Israel to the castles of the Middle Ages, gates were the most vulnerable place in a city's defenses and of great strategic value. If you lose control of a city gate, you lose the city...and most likely your freedom or life! Even though we mostly don't have literal city gates today, there are many ACCESS POINTS in our life that serves as a gate, an entry point into our begin. We also have gates that serve as access points into our society and nation. God commands us to defend our gates from enemy incursion. Want to know how incredibly much this applies to us? Listen to this episode of the Truth Barista - "City Gates: How Are You Guarding Your Life?" for big insights. It just might save your life.
The Joy of Trials!
"But mankind is born for trouble as surely as sparks fly upward." Do you know who spoke these words that were recorded in God's very Word? Most of us know him and he would certainly know a thing or two about trials and troubles. Yup, it was Job! (Job 5:7) No one will ever escape the trials of life. We try to minimize them or avoid them, but trials will come our way. But, there is a sunny side to trials! (Yeah, right!) No really, there is. In fact, trials are one of God's best ways of shaping us into the people He wants us to be. (Yeah? Well I wish He were a little less interested in me right now!) Having trouble and trials, my friend? Take a listen and take comfort. Trials don't last forever, but what we gain from them does.
The Sky Is Falling! Part 1
The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling! Bible Sense About Signs. Man, if it ain't one thing it's another! Blood moons, total solar eclipses, unique coinciding of stars, planets, sun, and moon...that could only mean one thing! DOGS AND CATS, LIVING TOGETHER, MASS HYSTERIA! In fact, during the recent "Great American Eclipse" MILLIONS of people drove to the line of total eclipse to watch a 2-minute event! They must think there's something to this! There's no denial, we have seen some interesting and rare celestial events. Many people, not just Christians, believe these as God-sent signs. Are they? What makes them genuine signs from heaven's throne room? If they are, why does God use such signs and what is He saying? Are the sign-seekers just blowing smoke to raise money and followers? Join the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they take on this controversial subject of the signs of the times - Bible Sense About Signs.
The Sky Is Falling! Part 2
The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling! Bible Sense About Signs. Is it the end of the world as we know it or as the internet calls it, TEOTWAWKI? Do a simple search on the internet and many Christian sites are proclaiming either the beginning of the Tribulation or the Rapture or other End Time mileposts because of remarkable events in the sky viewed as signs. Blood Moons (2015-2016), the Great American Eclipse (August 2017), and the Revelation 12 sign (September 2017) are heralded as warnings. Are they? Take a listen as the Truth Barista unpacks the Feasts of the Lord, End Time events, and the "signs" of the times!
The Sky Is Falling! Part 3
The Sky Is Falling! The Sky Is Falling! Bible Sense About Signs. And now the thrilling conclusion to the Truth Barista's "Bible Sense About Signs.” Are we being warned about the End Times? Is the End Time near or have we crossed the line? IS THERE ANYTHING TO THESE BLOOD MOONS, SOLAR ECLIPSES, and the REVELATION 12? You'll just have to listen and find out!
Anybody Up There?
The Struggle with Unanswered Prayer. Ever been "Knock, knock, knockin' on heaven's door"...and nobody answers? Ever pray and you hear crickets chirping? What comes into your mind? Does God hear me? Is there something wrong with me? Does God even care? These are tough questions. So is the topic of unanswered prayer. If you're struggling with unanswered prayers, take a listen and see how the Lord speaks to you, even if you think He's not.
The Good the Bad and the Ugly, Discernment Ministries
Contending Without Being Contentious. Discernment ministries. What are they? They are ministries that examine what is being taught across the Body of Christ to see if those teachers are faithful to God's Word, or teach inaccurately or in error, or are outright deceptive. Discernment ministries are often looked at as the "defenders of the faith" and the "watchdogs of truth." However, some have developed a sharp and even vicious, un-Christian approach to their expose' function and are more pit bull than man's best friend.
The Joy of Forgiveness
Atonement and the JOY of Forgiveness! The burden of sin and guilt! Kind of like a truck parked on your heart and soul, right? We have ALL experienced the heaviness of the guilt of sin and the dread of God's punishment. Even Bible people such as King David knew this awful condition. But there is a JOY that sweeps over us when we finally confess all to God and He FORGIVES us! There is a joy and release in this experience that is beyond measure. If there is such joy when we let go of our sin and guilt, why do we resist the tapping of the Holy Spirit on our hearts? Take a listen as Jay, the Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry walk through Psalm 32.
How to Defile a Nation
"Defile" - a word that means to POLLUTE, CONTAMINATE, MAKE DISGUSTING. According to the Bible, there are 3 main ways to make your nation disgusting to God - Idolatry, Immorality, innocent bloodshed. In fact, if we as a society allow these three things to run rampant in our nation, not only does it disgust God, but it's a wide-open invitation for God's judgment!
It’s a Mystery
What are mysteries in the Bible? When people find it hard to explain something they often call it a MYSTERY. To many of us, a mystery is something we can't know or something God doesn't want us to know about. Well, that ain't necessarily so. There are LOTS of mysteries in the Bible and God DOES want us to know what they are and what they mean. Mysteries are SUPPOSED to be understood...in their own time and the way God wants us to. Take a listen to this new way of looking at mysteries. It'll open up the Bible to you in new ways!
Matters of Conscience
Halal Meat Example. With the influx of refugees and immigrants from Islamic countries, Muslim communities are growing throughout the United States. Similar to Jewish kosher laws, Islamic law (shariah law) has its dietary requirements. One requirement is that meat must be slaughtered according to certain ritual and standards making it halal.
Where are the Noahs of the Day?
As we watch Western society continue its moral downhill race to the bottom, should we expect God to raise up men and women of great integrity, virtue, and faith? Will we see people who will be a testimony against the unrighteous moral collapse and proclaim the reality of a righteous God? Will we see people who have worked hard to remain unstained from the world? It may seem to be impossible, but God specializes in the impossible. As the Bible repeatedly shows, illustrated by Noah, when things grow dark in an age of putrescence, God lifts a light. Take a listen!
Preventing Truth Decay
When Nations Die. Why is it that empires and nations rise and fall? All the efforts of humanity have tried to build the eternal kingdom since the beginning of time...and yet EVERY dominion has fallen given enough time. Why? The downward pull of fallen human nature! The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry look at Jim Nelson Black's book ‘When Nations Die: America on the Brink, Ten Warning Signs of a Culture in Crisis.’ Is there hope? Yes! But it requires a whole-hearted commitment to God on a society-wide scale. Until then, Jesus expects us to stay close to Him and do what we can to influence the culture around us.
A Most Dangerous Leaven. Hypocrisy! How often is that accusation leveled against others, especially Christians. But what is hypocrisy? Why is hypocrisy so dangerous? Is the labeled deserved or not? When is it right to call someone out on their hypocrisy? Join the Truth Barista and he and Amazing Larry take a closer look at Matthew 16 and how Jesus confronts the leaders of His day about their hypocrisy. Are we just as guilty?
Understanding the Bible Better. Ever talk with someone who doesn't know your language? IT'S HILARIOUS! Trying to share even the most basic information such as "Where the Ersatz Coffee Shop is" or "The bathroom is over there" can be a real chore...or an embarrassment. Well, the same holds true with the Bible. Hey people, most of the Bible was written in Hebrew by Hebrew speakers with a Hebraic mindset and world-view. Compared to today's Christians who speak a variety of languages with a variety of non-Hebraic mindsets and world-views we are not just miles apart, we're millennia apart! Some things cannot be effectively transmitted unless one GOES BACK to learn and understand the original context...and that's what the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry do in this episode. Take a listen and have fun!!
The Purpose of Pressure
Does God EVER give you more than you can handle? YES! These is NOWHERE in the Bible that says God will never give us more than we can handle! It's what we do with the "more than we can handle" times that matters. The Truth Barista brings remarkable insights about olive trees that show us how pressure can bring out excellent things from us if we hang onto the Lord while under great pressure. Take a listen!
Our Standard of Holiness
"Quit being HOLIER THAN THOU!" How often have we heard that through our lives? Holiness is something we don't hear a lot about from pulpits today, and yet it is a bottom line expectation from God. He even said, "As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. But as the one who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy." (1 Peter 1:14-16) But what IS holiness? What determines whether something (or a person) is holy or not? The answer may be quite surprising!
The Truth About Temptation
"I have no problem with temptation...I give in to it every time!" Yeah, it's a joke, but temptation really isn't. However, there are truths about temptation that help us grow as Jesus’ followers. There are many things that temptation reveal about us and areas we need to let the Lord address in our lives. Don't let temptation drive you into the dust. Learn how to handle it and use it to your advantage when it rears its ugly head.
The Way of Wisdom
Wisdom - what is it and why is it so important? The Bible has a LOT to say about wisdom. What is clear is that wisdom is NOT knowledge. Knowledge is information. Wisdom is knowledge APPLIED. This is why people get wiser (or should) as we age through life. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry have a great discussion about this very important topic! Listen up and get some good wisdom!
God's Image and the Great Commission
What in the world does God's image (Genesis 1) have to do with Jesus' Great Commission (Matthew 28)? Our Heavenly Father is amazing in how He orchestrates His plan across time! There is a profound link between Adam's creation/commission and the New Covenant community's creation/commission. As Solomon wrote, "There is nothing new under the sun" (Ecclesiastes 1:9). Want to know your future, Christian? Look to the past for understanding and clarity. Is your curiosity piqued?
The Nephilim Giants, Part 1
Did giants really roam the earth in Noah's day or didn't they? It depends upon your world-view and view of the supernatural! One of the trickiest things about reading and studying the Bible is when to take a section figuratively or literally. Sometimes, both can be applied. Isaiah 7 is one such double interpretation verse. On one hand, Isaiah prophesies about a physical son as a sort of "timer" of Aram's destruction (Aram was threatening Jerusalem). On the other hand, time has proven this same section as pertaining to a coming Messiah. "See, the virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel." (Isaiah 7:14) Well, Genesis 6 is a puzzler as well. Were there giants in Noah's day, offspring of spiritual beings (the Watchers) and human women? Take a listen to part 1 of a two-part series on the Nephilim, the giants, of Genesis 6!
The Nephilim Giants, Part 2
Fe, Fi, Fo, Fum...so goes the giant's declaration in the old English rhyme. But aren't giants just make-believe? Not according to the Bible! In fact, giants were a major problem both BEFORE and AFTER Noah's flood. They were Israel's feared foe as they sought to conquer Canaan. Where did these giants come from? If they appeared after the flood is it possible that they could reappear? Who were the Watchers? Are they Biblical? (Short answer, yes!) Is there any other information about them? (Check out the Book of Enoch!) Are they related to modern-day demons? You will be amazed! Check out part two of the Truth Barista's Bible Giant study!
Biblical Accountability, Part 1
No One Is Immune from Scrutiny! How often have we seen or heard ministers, ministries, Christian groups or individuals do or say some wild things that make us wonder if they're on the up and up or even sane? While we need to see God's power today and God's Word preached, this doesn't mean anyone can say or do anything with impunity. Some people assume if a manifestation is unusual or supernatural, it must be of God. Some people elevate Christian leaders to the point of untouchable, uncorrectable celebrity personalities. But is this right? Is there a standard of accountability to which our words and ways are supposed to be weighed? Yes! Check out this must hear two-part series on Biblical Accountability!
Biblical Accountability, Part 2
No One Is Immune from Scrutiny! Are Bible teachers and pastors or even other Christians above examination and weighing to see if they're resting on the truth? The Truth Barista and Amazing Larry had a great discussion in the previous podcast. Now they continue with this vital topic. So...what should we do with all this? First, don't be gullible. Second, learn God's Word. Third, if we have questions about a person and their ministry, how do we approach them? How do we deal with the person who seems to have gone off the rails? Take a listen for very practical and biblical ways to evaluate a person and ministry regarding the truth.
Resurrection, Part 1
Resurrection - the Biblical Truth. Jesus' Resurrection from the dead...it's the cornerstone of our Christian faith. Without Jesus' resurrection, Paul says "...if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is in vain, and so is your faith" (1 Corinthians 15:14). Jesus' resurrection is our heavenly Father's assurance that His Son's sacrifice was accepted and the way back to His arms and back into His family is wide open! And Jesus' resurrection is an assurance that though we die, yet shall we live. This life is not the end! Listen and be encouraged!
Resurrection, Part 2
Resurrection - What's the resurrection body like? People spend bazillions of dollars to make their bodies look good and try to put off the aging process for as long as possible. But in the end, we end. However, in the episode, the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry talked about Jesus' promise of the believer's resurrection. Ok, great! But what will our new body be like? How similar or different will Body 2.0 be from our pre-death aging physical container? Why is it so important we get an upgraded body? Join Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they discuss what the Apostle Paul has to say about this in the Bible!
Death, the Honest Truth
Death and taxes - both are sure things...except after death we won't pay taxes, but we'll still be gone. So let's talk about it. What does the Bible have to say about it? What is it? Why do we die? Can we avoid it or stop it? Do we have to fear death? What do the rabbis teach us Christians about death? Where do we go when we die? These are the questions Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry mull over in this honest look at death. Don't worry, it's an upbeat discussion!
Jewish-Christian Relations, Part 1
From Jewish Movement to Gentile Church. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry educate Christians about Christianity's roots in Judaism, problems that developed along the way which impact Jewish-Christian relations, and how Christians can come alongside the Jewish community and Israel to be a blessing and not a curse. In this first episode, Jay and Larry talk about how the church transitioned from a messianic stream of Judaism (one of many streams of Judaism in Jesus' day) to a Gentile church. Yes, this is a real eye-opener!
Jewish-Christian Relations, Part 2
Christian Zionism. What is a Christian Zionist? Here is the Jewish Virtual Library definition: "Christian Zionism can be defined as Christian support for the Zionist cause — the return of the Jewish people to its biblical homeland in Israel. It is a belief among some Christians that the return of Jews to Israel is in line with a biblical prophecy, and is necessary for Jesus to return to Earth as its king. These Christians are partly motivated by the writings of the Bible and the words of the prophets. However, they are also driven to support Israel because they wish to “repay the debt of gratitude to the Jewish people for providing Christ and the other fundamentals of their faith,” and to support a political ally.” If you love Israel and support the Jewish people out of your love for God and His Word - you're probably a Christian Zionist! Take a listen to find out how YOU can take an active role in supporting Israel and the world-wide Jewish community!
Replacement Theology, Part 1
Did the Church Replace Israel? NO! There comes a time to call out wrong theology, especially when it is so absolutely wrong. Replacement Theology is such a theology. Replacement theology (supersessionism - to supersede - one thing being replaced or supplanted by another) "teaches that the people of Israel have forfeited their special status as the chosen people of God, and their replacement is the Church. The Church, then, is the new true Israel." Sure, that was easy to say after Jerusalem was destroyed and the Jewish people were dispersed in A.D. 70 and 135. But Replacement Theology was totally blown out of the water when the Jewish people began returning home in the late 1800s and throughout the 1900s, and Israel became a nation in 1948, and the Jewish people took Jerusalem in 1967. Still it hangs on today and has contributed to Christian Anti-Semitism and the most horrendous persecution of the Jews over the last 2,000 years. Listen to Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry discuss this crucial topic!
Replacement Theology, Part 2
Christian Anti-Semitism. The Ugly Truth of Replacement Theology. The Ugly Truth? Christian Anti-Semitism? A horrible oxymoron. Over the last 2,000 years, some of the most egregious attacks upon the Jewish community (verbal and physical) have been perpetrated by Christians led by errant theology and motivated by Anti-Semitism. Sad to say, this virulent form of focused hate is still prevalent around the world (and rising to the surface today) and it is still found among Christians. Hey Christians, what would our Jewish Jesus think about this? Please, take a moment to learn about this tragic truth and learn how YOU can stand against Christian Anti-Semitism and greatly support our Jewish family members!
The Mark of the Beast, Part 1
The Mark of the Beast from a Jewish Context. Okay, we've all heard about it (well, most of us have!)...the dreaded MARK OF THE BEAST. That awful 666 number...or barcode...or wait, maybe RFID chip...or...WHAT IS IT ANYWAY? Before you get all twisted up over the evangelical, westernized Super Anti-Christ Boogeyman symbol of absolute power (thanks Left Behind series!) maybe we should back up and take another look at it. Rather than trying to figure this enigmatic mark out from a 21st Century perspective, maybe we can look at it from John's perspective, i.e. Jewish. We have more than enough info to discern not necessarily what it IS, but more importantly, HOW IT FUNCTIONS and WHAT IS ITS PURPOSE. Get ready for a fascinating two-part series from Jay, the Truth Barista!
The Mark of the Beast, Part 2
The Mark of the Beast from a Jewish Context. Here you go...PART 2 of this amazing series on the Mark of the Beast!! Listen in and be astonished at the 1st Century Jewish perspective of the Mark of the Beast.
I Never Knew You
Stop whatever you're doing and think about this. Seriously. Ready? So you're a Christian...or at least claim to be. You go to church all your life. You do good works. You're really ringing the bell on cultural Christianity. Then you die. You've crossed the line of no return. You face the One who now sits in judgment of your life. Your life flashes before two sets of eyes simultaneously. "Not bad," you think to yourself. And then these horrifying words..."I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!" (Matt. 7:23). But...but...but... Or imagine that Jesus returns and the world is reeling with His arrival...and He turns to you and says the same thing! Or you die without Jesus and those words come forth as you slip into a place that's too horrible to describe. So what does it mean to be known by Jesus and why is it so important to your eternal life? Born-again or not, you'd better find out now before it's too late and those words, "I never knew you...I don't know you..." echo in your ears.
Women in Ministry, Part 1
All you have to do is hang around Christian circles and you will eventually slam into this wonderful (sarcasm) discussion! It would seem obvious that women and men are built to be teammates in life which include ministry. And yet, there are those who preach, teach, and demand that women take a backseat in the ministry car. "That's it, little lady. Let the man show you how it's done!" Yeah, well...that ain't what the Bible says. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry are starting a remarkable series hitting this topic head-on. The steamy cuppa God's truth is set to TRIPLE ESPRESSO with absolutely NO sweetening. Straight up! In this first part, Jay and Larry talk about God's original plan for men and women. Take a listen to hear some things you've likely never heard before!
Women in Ministry, Part 2
In the last episode of the Truth Barista's series on Women in Ministry, Jay (your Truth Barista) and Amazing Larry discussed God's original design for men and women and how even after the Fall and the men/women relationship adjustment, God used women powerfully in ancient Israel. In this second part, Jay and Larry talk about how women were a crucial part of Jesus' disciple group and Paul's ministry team. Yes, women ARE crucial to God's kingdom and vital to church life and ministry. Find out why!
Women in Ministry, Part 3
Jay, your Truth Barista, and Amazing Larry continue their study of the place of women in ministry, especially leadership. In this third part, Jay and Larry talk about women and their "place" in the 1st Century synagogue as well as being a part of Apostle Paul's ministry team! Now THAT'S going to be an eye-opener for many. Finally, the dynamic duo begin dissecting Paul's misunderstood scriptures about women, head coverings and the supposed authority issue at Corinth. There is a LOT to enjoy in this episode!
Women in Ministry, Part 4
Head coverings? Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their study on Women in Ministry by addressing some of the very difficult scriptures where it appears the Apostle Paul tightly controlled how women were to act in church. The context is CRITICAL! For fun, take a moment to think about all you've heard about Paul's direction in 1 Corinthians 11:1-14. Got it? Now, get ready for a massive knowledge adjustment. What do head coverings mean to men and women in Paul's Corinthian congregation? Is this a matter of authority...OR SOMETHING ELSE? (Yes...that's a big hint.)
Women in Ministry, Part 5
Head coverings? Man, talk about weird interpretations! Because people have read the Apostle Paul from a 21st Century perspective instead of a 1st Century perspective, HALF of the church has been greatly affected for almost 2,000 years. As a result, women have been prohibited from exercising their God-given gifts of teaching, preaching, sharing, even serving in leadership! Join Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they dig into Paul's first letter to the Corinthians (1 Corinthians 11) regarding this remarkable subject. Women...be free!
Women in Ministry, Part 6
SILENCE! NO TEACHING or AUTHORITY! Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry move on to another problem scripture found in 1 Timothy, "but with good works, as is proper for women who profess to worship God. A woman is to learn quietly with full submission. I do not allow a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; instead, she is to remain quiet." (1 Timothy 2:10-12) WHAT? All women are to shut up when in church? They are to remain silent and submissive? Well, take a listen to find out how to unravel this very difficult passage!
Women in Ministry, Part 7
SILENCE! NO TEACHING or AUTHORITY! Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their Friday coffee break Bible study on Women in Ministry by going through the Apostle Paul's advice to his protégé Pastor Tim regarding an unruly woman in his congregation. What was meant to be a personal correction to a disruptive ill-informed teacher has been mistakenly applied to Christian women in general. Check it out!
Women in Ministry, Part 8
1 Timothy 2:11-15 Once again Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry tackle Paul's tough commands regarding women...or is it just a woman Paul is concerned about? Why is it important that silence is kept? And no teaching? And what about this weird thing about "...she will be saved through childbearing, if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with good sense" (verse 15). Welllllll, you'll just have to listen!
Women in Ministry, Part 9
A Case for Women Elders/Deacons. We reach the end of our remarkable series on Women in Ministry. In this final part, Jay the Truth Barista takes on the topic of Women as Elders and Deacons. To some churches, this is no big deal. For other churches, this is HERESY! Take a listen and you'll be surprised at what Paul (the supposed misogynist) has to say about women in these very important spiritual care functions.
Stay or Flee?
Holding on to Jesus In Tough Situations. Influential Christians have recently walked away from Jesus. Some have done it quietly and others have publicly repudiated their faith. Some have faced such tough situations that they've taken their own lives. What is going on? How could this happen? Are we challenged with the same disillusionment or discouragement? In the midst of a crisis of faith are we faced with the appealing idea of walking away, perhaps even ending it all? Take a breath. Pause. Then take a few moments with Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry as they ponder this very difficult topic.
Blessings or Curses?
Will Jesus Bless You or Curse You? WOW! Okay, so that's a topic. What's that all about? Well, in this episode, Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry talk about covenants and the consequences of either obeying or disobeying God. The hard, cold fact? We can bring God's curse on us or invite His blessing. Intrigued? Take a listen...
Take Your Stand!
Why does it seem that so many Jesus’ people are such mamby-pamby pushovers? There comes a time to make a stand for God and His standards. How do you do that? When the time comes, will you stand for Jesus?
Biblical Survival Training, Part 1
Proverbs for Preparing. Proverbs is CHOCK FULL of wisdom to prepare us for life - for the expected and the unexpected. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry begin a dive into Proverbs wisdom for those expected times...which CAN catch you unaware if you aren't diligent. ENJOY!
Biblical Survival Training, Part 2
Proverbs for Preparing. We often prepare for “known” events. What about unknown events? These “Black Swan” events blindside us and turn our world upside down. How do we prepare for such things? Proverbs gives us some help!
Biblical Survival Training, Part 3
Get Yerself Wisdom. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry have a lot of fun talking about wisdom during their Friday Bible study at the Ersatz Coffee Shop. One of THE MOST IMPORTANT things we can receive from God is WISDOM! What about knowledge? Knowledge is great, but wisdom is knowledge applied! Grab a cuppa joe and settle in for a FASCINATING study.
Biblical Survival Training, Part 4
Learn to Discern – Part 1. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their Biblical Survival Training Bible study at the Ersatz Coffee Shop with a FASCINATING look at discernment and why it is KEY to surviving in this world and even the next! During "normal" times, God's people need to learn to discern wisely so they won't get deceived by people or spiritual enemies. In the last days, the Bible says discernment will be a MAJOR need because deception will run rampant.
Biblical Survival Training, Part 5
Learn to Discern – Part 2. Jay the Truth Barista and Amazing Larry continue their scintillating discussion on learning to discern as a vital part of Biblical Survival Training. There are some very popular fads and movements in Christianity today that are not only highly suspect but outright dangerous. And yet, well-meaning Christians are falling for these things. Why? One of the main reasons is the lack of discernment! Yes, this episode is a HUGE challenge to every follower of Jesus!
Biblical Survival Training, Part 6
What to Know! Financial Crash! EMP (Electro-magnetic pulse) warfare! Solar Flares! Civil Strife! Terrorism! There is no end to the threats that face humanity. Are you prepared? Preparedness is a BIG industry today - products and blogs and videos ad infinitum! Okay, so let's talk about WHAT TO KNOW!