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Christians, the Church, and the Occult

Whether we want to think about it or not, a lot of occult-like sorcery has crept into the visible church in recent years. Why would we want to talk about something that is so wicked and evil? Because A: God’s Word has a lot to say about it and warns His people to stay away from it, and B: Because Christians – or at least those professing to be Christians, are dabbling in it either knowingly or ignorantly.

Resources:

Occult – Sorcery – White Paper, Berean Research

New Age – White Paper, Berean Research

Angels, Demons, Spiritual Warfare – White Paper, Berean Research

Willow Creek’s “The Practice” blends New Age & Catholic mysticism

A Quantum Leap Into the Paranormal

Are All Angels Safe?

The “Bethel Board”-Encounter God With This New Game

The occult practice of automatic writing

Leaving the NAR Church: Max’s story

Jesus Calling: Whitewashing the Red Flags – Video with Warren Smith

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Cussing, Profanity, and OMG

It’s a topic that seems to rear its ugly head every few years: blue language, foul language, cussing, cursing, swearing, potty mouth, bad words. We’re talking about profanity. What does the Bible have to say about it? Is it OK for Christians to use 4-letter words? And what about pastors using expletives in the pulpit? And on a related note, what about Christians using the name of God as an expression, as in “OMG?”

Resources:

Mike Riccardi’s Facebook post on “skubalon”

Why is It Bad for Christians to Cuss? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

The Mailbag: When is OMG a 3C violation? –  Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Is it a sin to cuss / swear / curse? Got Questions

Thank you, bless you and Walk Worthy!

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Glad you Asked: Live from Cruciform Conference

We’re live! In this episode, Michelle and Amy take questions from a live audience of women attending the Cruciform 2020 Conference, in their “Glad You Asked” series. (Check them all out here!)
Here are the questions:

    • “I came from a New Apostolic Reformation church and now feel a disconnect between learning theology and feeling or experiencing God, and need advice.”
    • “What do you say to a friend or loved one who is a female pastor?”
    • “As a woman, how would you address discernment issues with your church?”
    • “How do you address those who say they hear God personally outside of Scripture?”
    • “Who is your favorite woman in the Bible?”
    • “How does one find time to fit Bible study in a busy schedule?”
    • “Is there a place in the Bible that says if you can’t follow man’s law, you can’t follow God’s law?”
    • “Why it’s OK to participate in non-sinful parts of Halloween (like trick or treat or a church fair) but it’s not OK to do yoga?”

Resources for this episode:

YouTube video of this episode, recorded at Cruciform Conference

What your church needs to know about the New Apostolic Reformation (NAR) – Amy Spreeman, Berean Research

What is the New Apostolic Reformation – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

How to talk to your church leaders about false teachers – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast

The Mailbag: How should I approach my church leaders about a false teacher they’re introducing? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Searching for a new church? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Nine Helps for Starting and Sticking to Daily Bible Study – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Women Preaching the Gospel? – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast

Rock Your Role: Jill in the Pulpit – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Christians and Yoga? – Amy Spreeman, Berean Research White Paper

My Response to “Holy Yoga” – Amy Spreeman

When Halloween Comes Knocking – A Word Fitly Spoken Podcast

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Election 2020 – How Can Christians Vote Biblically?

Tuesday, November 3, is election day 2020 in the United States. We’ll not only be voting for President of the United States, but also for other local, state, and national leaders. Voting is a privilege, and, for U.S. citizens, a right. So, how should Christians vote? What are some of those biblical principles that should guide our voting? Michelle and Amy go to Scripture to encourage you to use your vote as a godly influence by voting according to biblical principles.

Resources:

Principles for Voting by R.C. Sproul

Does God expect Christians to vote? at Got Questions

A conservative Christian’s perspective on the election – Berean Research

Since God is totally sovereign over world leaders and events, why should we vote or be involved in politics? by John MacArthur

Christians and Politics: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 by John MacArthur

Relatable with Allie Stuckey

The Mormon Moment: Can Christians Biblically Vote for a Mormon? (Depending on the candidates in your district, you may find the principles in this article from the 2012 Presidential election to be helpful.)

 

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Why Do We Celebrate Reformation Day?

Did you know that October 31 is Reformation Day? It’s a time when Christians recognize and even celebrate a huge, game-changing event in our history more than 500 years ago: Reformation Day commemorates the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. Yet many Christians today are unaware of this landmark incident in their heritage which birthed the Protestant church. In this episode, Michelle and Amy discuss the commemoration of one of the most important events since the closing of the canon of Scripture.

Resources:

The Mailbag: What is Reformation Day? – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

What are the 95 Theses of Martin Luther? – Got Questions

Reformation 500: Can Roman Catholicism be Considered Christianity? – Berean Research

Protestant and Catholic: What’s the Difference? – Berean Research

The Five Solas of the Protestant Deformation – Berean Research

Free resources on Luther – Ligonier Ministries

Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer – Ligonier Ministries

Martin Luther (1953 movie)

Steve Lawson’s books and sermons on various Reformers

Why We’re Protestant by Nate Pickowicz

Luther: In Real Time (podcast)-  Ligonier Ministries

Reformation articles and resources, October 26-30 – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

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Christians: When Halloween Comes Knocking

Halloween is a multi-billion dollar celebration marked by witches, ghosts and goblins, candy and parties.

Not all Christians take part in Halloween. Some have taken a step back to rethink this tradition, and they have changed how they look at Halloween. Others say they honor God through Halloween by making it a Christian outreach — a time to share the Gospel with the lost. Still other Christians say we have the freedom in Christ to dress up in costumes, attend secular or church-based festivals, and take their children trick-or-treating.  In this episode, Michelle and Amy take a look at where these traditions come from and what the Bible has to say about Christians and Halloween.

Resources:

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The Trap of Entitlement

Entitlement is the belief that we are deserving of privileges or special treatment, either from God or from the world around us. It says “you owe me,” and a growing number of people are having tantrums when they perceive that other people are standing in the way or blocking whatever they think is rightfully theirs. Do we think we deserve the so-called normal that we had before 2020? Do we expect that things will settle down anytime soon? Hold on to those expectations loosely, because today we are talking about how this new normal of entitlement in our culture is creeping into the Christian mentality.

Resources:

Marriage: It’s My Pity Party and I’ll Cry if I Want To ~ 7 Ways to Take Your Focus Off Yourself and Put it Back on Christ– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

The Ten: Lesson 12 (Bible study on the 10 Commandments. Lesson 12 is on coveting)- Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

What does the Bible say about covetousness?– Got Questions

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Back in the Saddle: Updates from Amy & Michelle

We are reunited! In this episode, Amy joins Michelle once again to open up about God’s healing, hurricanes and some upcoming events where we hope you can join us in person!

 


Resources:

Michelle’s Speaking Engagements (Includes Oklahoma, Cruciform, Montana, and California)

Answers for Women: Truth Conference

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2020 Blessings and Encouragment

I don’t think anybody’s particularly thrilled with the way things are going in 2020, but God is still at work blessing His people. Let’s be thankful for that!

What is something GOOD that God has done for you in 2020? How has He blessed you and your family? Listen in and be encouraged as our listeners share some of the amazing things God has been doing in their lives. For some, 2020 has been the best year ever!

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Glad You Asked: Women teaching on Facebook, Submission, Beth Moore, and Prayer Walking

While Amy’s recovering from surgery, Michelle goes solo with your favorite recurring feature here on A Word Fitly Spoken – Glad You Asked! In this episode, Michelle answers these questions:

• Should a woman who’s a new convert admin and teach Scripture in a co-ed Facebook group?

• How can a Christian wife submit to her husband when he doesn’t want her to go to church?

• Isn’t Beth Moore an OK teacher as long as she doesn’t overtly teach against the person and work of Christ?

• What is prayer walking? Is it mysticism?

Resources:

Rock Your Role: Jill in the Pulpit (1 Timothy 2:11-12)– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Are John MacArthur and Grace Community Church sinning by gathering?– A Word Fitly Spoken

Living Proof You Should Follow Beth No Moore– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

What is prayer walking? Is it biblical to go on a prayer walk?– Got Questions

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Are John MacArthur and Grace Community Church sinning by gathering?

A lot of Christians have been watching the unfolding news headlines of what is happening in California and Pastor John MacArthur’s Grace Community Church (GCC). Many are asking some great questions, like, are John MacArthur, the elders of GCC, and the members of GCC sinning by meeting indoors in person, and thereby disobeying the governor’s order? Why couldn’t they just try to meet in other ways? And what about the lawsuit that GCC is bringing against the state of California? Is that biblical? Michelle and Amy discuss what the Bible has to say about this topic.

Resources:

Christ, Not Caesar, Is Head of the Church– Grace Community Church

John MacArthur, Grace Community Church Stand Firm in Legal Battle Over LA County’s Ban on Indoor Worship Services– NRB

Grace Community Church– Wikipedia

What does the Bible say about lawsuits / suing?– Got Questions

Updates (these happened between the time we recorded this episode and the time we posted it):

MacArthur Prevails – Judge Denies LA County’s Fourth Attempt to Shut Down Grace Community Church– Thomas More Society

Los Angeles County Yanks Parking Lot Lease Out from Under Pastor John MacArthur and Church– Thomas More Society

Note: Due to Amy’s surgery Sept. 2 and recovery, we are playing podcasting by ear. Please check out our past programs in the meantime.

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Can we expect Divine Providence?

It’s our 50th episode! Thanks so much for listening!

Today: Does God care for His people in supernatural ways? Yes indeed, and it’s called Divine Providence.

Providence is a word that comes from Provide, or provision. God does provide for His people in ways we sometimes don’t recognize. But when we do see it, it’s an amazing thing and one that fills us with awe and wonder as we realize just how much He cares for us. Amy and Michelle head to Scripture for some amazing verses on how God has done this from the beginning of time.

Resources:

What is divine providence?– Got Questions

The Creator Provides– John MacArthur

Providence– R.C. Sproul

NOW Are You Ready to Homeschool?– A Word Fitly Spoken

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The Why and How of Worship

What is worship? The Bible tells us it is so much more than simply singing God’s praises, but singing is part of how we worship.Worshiping God is the essence of our Christian life. To worship is to show reverence and adoration for a Holy God. The meaning of the New Testament Greek word most often translated “worship” (proskuneo) is “to fall down before” or “bow down before.” WHY do we worship? Amy and Michelle dig into Scripture for answers to the why and how of worship.

Resources:

Worship Gone Wrong, Worship Gone Right– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

The Way We Wor(ship)– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

God’s Not Like “Whatever, Dude,” About The Way He’s Approached in Worship– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Heresy Hiding in Plain Sight: Examining the Theology in Hillsong’s Praise Songs – Pirate Gang with Amy Spreeman

Popular Christian music groups teaching heresy? Berean Research

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A few of our favorite things!

This episode isn’t exactly going to be “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.” We thought we’d share a few of our favorite things with you. Some of them we hope will help you in your walk with the Lord, and some of them are just for fun!

Resources:

BibleMemory.com (formerly Scripture Typer)

AllRecipes

Amazon Smile

Swamp Pop

Community Coffee (with chickory)

YouTube

Founders Ministries

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Discerning Todd White

How can we be wise and discerning when false teachers start telling the world that they’ve seen the light of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ? This happened recently when preacher Todd White surprised his audience by telling them that he repented for not giving them the whole Gospel all these years. Known for his seeker-friendly messages, psychic readings and leg-lengthening “miracles,” Todd White has a massive worldwide audience who heard the true Gospel one week, but a different message the next. Michelle and Amy encourage listeners to look to God for true repentance and fruit, rather than the words people say.

Resources:

Video: “God’s Heart for Humanity” Todd White, July 26, 2020 Full Episode

Video: Todd White’s August 2, 2020 sermon 

Benny Hinn and the Fruit of True Repentance– A Word Fitly Spoken

Saved? How Kanye tell?– A Word Fitly Spoken

Can a False Teacher Be a Christian?– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

American Gospel film

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God is Love!

Is God all love, ALL the time? Yes! And His definition of love includes holiness, righteousness and wrath. In this episode we discuss how the Bible describes God’s love, and then share a few ways the world and even some Christians have a slightly distorted view of God’s love.


Resources:

Darren Wilson (director of Finger of God, Father of Lights, Furious Love, Holy Ghost, Holy Ghost Reborn) VIDEO (not recommended)

What is the New Apostolic Reformation? – Amy Spreeman, Berean Research

Ann Voskamp’s Dangerous View of God’s Love – Marsha West, Berean Research

The American Gospel – Films

The Mailbag: Should Christians listen to “Reckless Love”? at Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

The Mailbag: God loves everybody? at Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

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NOW are you ready to homeschool?

You may be painfully aware that public schools have long been infected with a radical agenda that is intentional and well thought out, planned and executed for more than a century without many of you even knowing it. If you have school-aged children and your reflexive thought whenever you hear the word “homeschooling” is, “I could never do that!,” give this episode a listen for practical tips on how to get started. And if you don’t have school-aged children, stick with us. You might be surprised at what you learn!

Resources:

School Programs Mixed With Social Marxism Spread Through America

Cultural Marxism Is Destroying America

“Schools need to teach about orgasms” says NEA to UN Amy Spreeman

L.A.’s Gay Men’s Chorus to visit high schools (mentioned in this episode)

Christian homeschool blogs/resources– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Women Leaving the Workplace– Larry Burkett

A Beka Learn at Home Campaign– A Beka Books

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Glad you Asked: Pride, Parenting, Evangelism and Denying Self (Updated)

Our listeners ask great questions! Once again Michelle and Amy head to Scripture to answer these thought-provoking questions sent in from our listeners:

  1. How can Christians navigate Gay Pride Month?
  2. Should you confront a mom about something your kids said her kids did?
  3. How can you find out if someone is a false convert?
  4. What does “deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me” look like in real life?

What questions would you like us to answer? Use our Contact form to share, and we’ll consider adding them to a future episode of Glad you Asked.

Resources

Chartable Podcast Rankings

Basic Training: Homosexuality, Gender Identity, and Other Sexual Immorality– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Wretched with Todd Friel

Ray Comfort Evangelism Videos

 

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Glad you Asked: Women missionaries, Essential Oils, Lingerie & Going Woke

Here are more great questions sent in from our listeners:

  1. How can a woman, single or married, know whether or not she should become a missionary?
  2. Is it biblical to use essential oil scents or oil application to calm yourself or soothe anxiety?
  3. Is it okay for a wife to wear “provocative” lingerie and clothing for her husband?
  4. My church has introduced “racial reconciliation” and Critical Race Theory content. What should my next steps be?

What questions would you like us to answer? Use our Contact form to share, and we’ll consider adding them to a future episode of Glad you Asked.

Resources

The aim of Adventures in Missions and the World Race – Amy Spreeman, Berean Research

A few thoughts on essential oils – Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Can a Christian woman wear sexually provocative lingerie for her husband? – Got Questions

Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and the Gospel– Founders Ministries

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Glad you Asked: Pride, Parenting, Evangelism & Denying Self

Our listeners ask great questions! Once again Michelle and Amy head to Scripture to answer these thought-provoking questions sent in from our listeners:

  1. How can Christians navigate Gay Pride Month?
  2. Should you confront a mom about something your kids said her kids did?
  3. How can you find out if someone is a false convert?
  4. What does “deny yourself, take up your cross daily and follow me” look like in real life?

What questions would you like us to answer? Use our Contact form to share, and we’ll consider adding them to a future episode of Glad you Asked.

Resources

Chartable Podcast Rankings

Basic Training: Homosexuality, Gender Identity, and Other Sexual Immorality– Michelle Lesley- Discipleship for Christian Women

Wretched with Todd Friel

Ray Comfort Evangelism Videos

 

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