#770: Confession is Good for the Soul
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
1d ago
Confession brings God’s forgiveness, healing, and freedom. Confession empties our souls of the burden of sin we have been carrying. What was in the dark has now been brought to the light. Our heavy load of sin has been lifted. We can now live in the freedom of God’s grace. Main Points: 1. Today, we don’t hear much about the importance of confession and repentance of sins. We are taught to place our faith in Jesus and to accept him into our lives, but there is little teaching on repentance. 2. When we truly recognize that we are sinners in need of God’s grace and mercy, there is sorrow that f ..read more
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#769: The Love of the Father
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
4d ago
What an amazing truth this is! Our Heavenly Father has lavished his love on us. The word “lavished” refers to something generous or extravagant. God has been extremely generous in His love for us. So much so that He has adopted us into His family and He now calls us His children. We are the children of God. Main Points: 1. Because of our past sins, failures, and mistakes, we may feel as if we are unloveable and unworthy of God’s love. In and of ourselves, we are unworthy of his love. We can’t earn, merit, or ever deserve the love of God. You might even think, “Why would God love someone like ..read more
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#768: Closed Doors and Open Doors
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
4d ago
When we surrender our lives to the lordship and leadership of Jesus, in His sovereignty, he will open doors of opportunity. Sometimes He will close doors. Surely, you have seen both in your life. In both cases, the issue is the surrender of our will to God. Will we let the Lord direct our steps?  Main Points: 1. When it comes to allowing God to guide our lives, the struggle is often the surrender of our own will. When God opens a door will you, by faith, walk through it? When God closes a door, will you recognize it as one of the ways God protects and guides us?  2. We celebrate op ..read more
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#767: Developing a Godly Perspective
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
4d ago
Why is it important to have a biblical or godly perspective?  Our perspective should be the same as the God we serve. We want to see and interpret things the way God does. This will only happen as we make the Bible the lens through which we see the world. You’ll never see things the way God does until you see things through the lens of scripture. Main Points: 1. It’s common to hear people, in a moment of disagreement say, “I don’t see it that way.” As Christ-followers, we need to ask the question, “How does God see it?” We then reframe our perspective to match how God sees things. 2. Ou ..read more
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#766: The Conditional Blessings of God
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
1w ago
There are many times the Bible informs us of conditional blessings. These are places in Scripture where God says, “If you will, then I will.”  We need to pay attention to the conditional blessings listed in Scripture because there are quite a few of them. Main Points: 1. Sometimes, as a Father I bless my children simply because I love them. I do things for them, I surprise them, and I’m generous with them for no reason at all but that it gives me joy. I’m confident God does this too. 2. We should also pay attention to the conditional blessings of God. Be watching for where the Word of G ..read more
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#764: Keeping our Eyes on Jesus
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
2w ago
What wind and waves have caught your attention? What storm has caused you to look away from Jesus? Let’s learn what Peter learned. We must keep our eyes on Jesus. As the howl of the wind gets louder, we’ll be tempted to become distracted. As the waves crash higher, we’ll be enticed to look away.  Main Points: 1. Jesus is teaching us here that we are to keep our eyes on Him. No matter how big the storm is, Jesus is sufficient to see us through. The storm did not overwhelm Peter and his fellow disciples. Why? Because Jesus was with them. 2. Let’s hear the words of our savior. “You of litt ..read more
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#763: The Never-Ending Knowledge of God
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
2w ago
One of the characteristics of God is that He is omniscient. This means God sees and knows all things. Nothing is hidden from Him. Main Points: 1. The omniscience of God is not meant to cause us to fear. While the book of Hebrews lets us know that God knows even the thoughts and intents of our hearts, the omniscience of God is a good thing. 2. The knowledge of God assures us that God will meet our needs. The Bible tells us He knows our needs even before we ask Him. While God desires and delights in our prayer, His full knowledge of our lives provides him with the necessary information to meet ..read more
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#762: Fight Your Battles with Praise
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
3w ago
We can choose to respond to adversity with fear, anxiety, and worry. We can also choose to respond with praise and worship. You might say, “Yes, but Loren, praise doesn’t change my circumstances.” It might not, but it certainly will change what is happening inside of you.  Main Points: 1. As we praise, we confess what we know is true about God. We choose to trust and to believe, rather than to fear and despair.  2. Praise and worship are like nothing else. While God is the object of our praise, He, in turn, fills us with his presence. Praise and worship glorify and honor God, but i ..read more
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#761: Putting Jesus First in our Lives
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
3w ago
To love God first is to put him first in our affection, attention, and priority. If anyone or anything comes before God, it becomes an idol. We can even make ministry for him more important than a relationship with him. This too is idolatry. Main Points: 1. Our motive for putting Jesus first in our lives cannot be the desire for blessings alone. The primary reason we put Jesus first is because He is worthy. Jesus is supreme. He is preeminent. He alone is God. He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. 2. What is true in our theology must be true in practice. What is true in our beliefs ..read more
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#760: Salvation Through Christ Alone
The 5 Minute Discipleship Podcast
by Loren Hicks
3w ago
The Bible clearly teaches salvation comes through Christ alone. There is no other path, no other way, and no other possibility. If you will be saved from your sins and forgiven by God, you will come through Christ, and Christ alone. Main Points: 1. There are those today who don’t like the fact that the Bible proclaims faith in Jesus as the only way to salvation. The exclusivity of Christ is a problem for them. Why can’t there be many ways to be saved? Don’t all roads lead to God? Why can’t we pick and choose a path of salvation that seems to work best for us?  2. Instead of complaining ..read more
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