#993: Seeing the Glory of God
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
2d ago
In Scripture we see that he glory of God is not an aesthetic beauty or a material beauty, but the beauty that emanates from His character, from all that He is. His glory is the combined manifestation of His attributes. He is glorious because no one can compare. Main Points: 1. The glory of God was visibly seen in the character of Jesus, his teaching, preaching, and miraculous power. Imagine walking and talking with God himself. 2. As we study the Bible we discover the glory of God revealed in the pages of Scripture. We learn of his holiness, his majesty, his goodness, his power, and his lov ..read more
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#992: Child-Like Faith
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
4d ago
In the Gospels, Jesus uses the faith of children to teach us about the kingdom of God. He tells us that unless we become like little children, we will not enter the kingdom of God. Main Points: 1. Child-like faith. We must come to God with this same simplicity and sincerity. Just as a child can have complete faith in the protection and provision of their parents, so we must come to God with such faith. We must completely believe that Jesus is the Son of God and the he alone can save us from our sins. 2. Let’s think for a minute what characteristics little children possess when it comes to f ..read more
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#991: Your Fire Should Never Burn Out
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
1w ago
How many people are there, who once burned hot for God, now no longer serve Him? How many who were on fire for God, now have no spiritual passion at all? The sober reality is that this could happen to any of us. Main Points: 1. Why did God repeatedly tell the Israelites to not let the fire burn out? Why did the instruction need to be repeated? The answer is because there was a real possibility that keeping the fire burning hot could lose its importance to the people.  2. It is critical that you and I tend to our spiritual fire. We must keep our fire for God burning. We cannot let this ..read more
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#990: Don't Forget About the Benefits
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
1w ago
The scripture says to us, “don’t forget about all of God’s benefits. In the midst of life’s challenges, don’t forget about all the good things God has done for you.” Main Points: 1. Even when life is good and our struggles are minimal, it’s easy for us to forget what the Lord has done. In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to become consumed by our daily routines, obligations, and distractions. Our minds can be preoccupied with tasks, worries, and plans, leaving little room to stop and reflect on the goodness of God.  2. These encouraging verses remind us that the Lord is our for ..read more
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#989: Victory Does Not Depend on the Size of Your Resources
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
1w ago
I’m convinced, as long as we trust in our own resources, we’ll see very little of God’s power in our lives. Why would God intervene, if we leave Him out? Why would God do miraculous things, if we act as if we don’t need Him. Main Points: 1. Victory does not depend on the size of our resources, but on the power and sovereignty of God. 2. In our lives, we often face challenges that seem insurmountable. We may feel inadequate, outnumbered, or overwhelmed. Yet, the story of Gideon reminds us that God specializes in using small numbers to accomplish His purposes. He delights in taking the weak a ..read more
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#986: Faithfulness Vs. Fruitfulness
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
2w ago
We cannot dismiss our lack of fruit by arguing that “at least we have been faithful.” Faithfulness in duty for Christ is not the same thing as abiding with Christ.  Main Points: 1. We often talk about faithfulness as the goal of the Christian life. After all, when we stand before Him, we desperately want to hear God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” While remaining faithful is a common topic of conversation, I rarely hear God’s expectation of fruitfulness being discussed.  2. A branch disconnected from the vine has no life and cannot produce fruit on it’s own. Similarly ..read more
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#985: Yes, Jesus is Coming Back
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
2w ago
As we read the Bible, it is very clear, Jesus is coming back. While many scoff and disbelieve, it doesn’t change the truth of what Jesus has said. We don’t know when He is coming, but we do know He is coming soon.  Main Points: 1. Knowledge of Christ’s return should not produce fear or anxiety in the heart of the believer. This truth should give us hope. It should cause us to be encouraged. What God has prepared for us is greater than anything this would could give us. 2. In an increasingly chaotic world, what a hopeful thought that this could be the year Jesus returns. More comforting ..read more
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#984: The Lord Will Fight For You
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
3w ago
Can I encourage you today with a powerful truth? The Lord fights for you.  Main Points: 1. As we face the many battles of this life, physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, relational, and financial, we don’t face them alone. God has promised to never leave us or forsake us. 2. His Holy Spirit is in us and with us. He will give us strength when we are weary, peace when we are confused, joy when we are sad, and wisdom when we are confused. 3. There is no limit to his power, his creativity, his wisdom, and his love for you. Just as a loving earthy father would do everything in his power ..read more
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#983: Following God with your Whole Heart
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
3w ago
Let me ask you a question. Do you love God with your whole heart? It’s a powerful question, isn’t it? Perhaps you feel a bit convicted by the question. Our hearts are so easily divided among a lot of things we love and desire. We can be tempted to love God, but to do so without giving Him our whole heart.  Main Points: 1. As I think about our lives, I recognize that one of the primary obstacles to wholehearted devotion to God is simply distraction. In a world filled with noise and busyness, it's easy to allow our attention to be diverted from God. We become preoccupied with the cares of ..read more
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#981: Christ's Sacrifice for our Sins
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
1M ago
If God were not just, there would be no demand for his Son to suffer and die. And if God were not loving, there would be no willingness for his Son to suffer and die. But God is both just and loving. His love is willing to meet the demands of his justice. Main Points: 1. There are no small sins. Here’s why: because God is not small. The seriousness of the insult rises with the dignity of the one insulted. The Creator of the universe is infinitely worthy of respect, admiration, and loyalty. 2. But here’s what is truly amazing…Jesus accepts God’s wrath on our behalf. Jesus doesn’t cancel God ..read more
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