How to Follow Jesus

How to Follow Jesus

Should We Wear Face Masks? Here’s What We’re Called to Do

Jul 23, 2020
Should we be wearing face masks? It's become a contentious issue and been espoused with moral and political implications. How should Christians respond? Hear what Keith and Patrick are doing and what they advise other Christians to do too. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources and related episodes, including Should Christians Stay In or Get Out and Serve? Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO and @TenMinuteBibleTalks.

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What’s the Main Lesson? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 24.44-53

Jul 22, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 94
It's the final episode of our third series on Learning to Follow Jesus. What's the biggest takeaway from all the lessons? Find out from Patrick as he closes with Luke 24.44-53. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources and related episodes, including How to Talk About Your Faith at Work and I Pledge Allegiance to King Jesus. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO and @TenMinuteBibleTalks.

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How to Recognize Jesus | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 24.13-35

Jul 20, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 93
Have you ever greeted someone you've met before but didn't recognize? It happens to all of us, even some of Jesus's followers in Luke 24.13-35. Figure out how to recognize Jesus as Keith continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out some of our earlier episodes, including How God's Kingdom Conquers and How to Answer Jesus's Calling. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO and @TenMinuteBibleTalks.

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When to End Things

Jul 16, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
Are happy endings just for fairytales? Sometimes it can feel that way. Listen to Patrick and Keith discuss how to know when it's over and how to deal with the ending. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources and related episodes, Timeout! Learning When and How to Take a Timeout and Boundaries by Henry Cloud and John Townsend. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO and @TenMinuteBibleTalks.

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How We Know the Resurrection Was Real | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 24.1-12

Jul 15, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 92
Jesus's death and resurrection are fundamental to Christianity, so how do we know they're real? What proof is there to back up our beliefs? Hear the evidence from Patrick as he analyzes Luke 24.1-12 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out our earlier episode answering the question: How Does Jesus Empower Women? Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO and @TenMinuteBibleTalks.

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What Our World Needs | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 23.44-49

Jul 13, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 91
We know we live in a fallen world, but how do we fix it? What's the solution? Find out from Keith as he breaks down Luke 23.44-49 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out our earlier episode on Why We Need a King and this sermon on What Columbia Really Needs from our series on Genesis. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO and @TenMinuteBibleTalks.

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Are You a Team Player?

Jul 09, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
Sports teaches people how to be a team player, but it's a lesson that reaches beyond the field, whether it's school or work or family or any other group. Learn whatThe Ideal Team Player looks like as Keith and Patrick discuss biblical concepts and Patrick Lencioni's book. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources and related episodes, including What Kind of Leader Are You? and how Faith and Work fit together. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Understanding Jesus’s Death | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 23.26-43

Jul 08, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 90
When Jesus died, people didn't understand what was happening—not even his followers. Only one person recognized what was happening. Discover who it was and what they saw understood as Patrick reads through Luke 23.26-43 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to our earlier episode Who's the Sinner? and Why Jesus Had to Die. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Why Jesus Was Killed | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 22-23

Jul 06, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 89
Jesus died to save us, but that's not the reason he was killed. Uncover what led to Jesus's death as Keith covers his trial in Luke 22-23 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out Why You May Not Really Be Following Jesus and Why We Need a King. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Resolve COVID Conflict

Jul 02, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
Have you been fighting more? Experiencing more conflict in relationships? You're not alone... and time won't fix it. So why are we fighting more during COVID, and what are practical steps to resolve conflict before it ruins our relationships? Be sure to follow us on our new Facebook page! We want to connect with you, and you can help shape the podcast! Here's the URL: https://www.facebook.com/Ten-Minute-Bible-Talks-103966368000540/

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How God’s Kingdom Conquers | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 22.47-53

Jul 01, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 88
When Jesus was arrested, his disciples thought it was time to fight back against Rome. But, Jesus went peacefully, they thought they had been defeated. Find out how God's kingdom prevails as Patrick revisits Luke 22.47-53 with fresh eyes to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to our earlier episodes on What Makes Faith Revolutionary and Why Winning Looks Like Losing. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Why We Are Tested | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 22.31-34

Jun 29, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 87
How sinful are we? If we think about it and really answer the question honestly, it's extremely humbling. That's part of why we're tested. See how Peter was tested in Luke 22.31-34 as Keith continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out Why God Chooses the Humble and What Repentance Really Is. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How Can I Leave a Lasting Impact on the World?: You Only Need Ten Minutes

Jun 25, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
Most people want to make a lasting impact on the world, but is that realistic? Is it possible? God has a vision and purpose for your life, and while it may not be worldwide, that doesn't mean it's not world changing. In this episode Keith and Patrick discuss how Bible reading an integral component in aligning yourself with God's vision. Starting this life changing habit only takes ten minutes. To get you started (or restarted, or just continuing) we are challenging you to take the Ten Minute Bible Challenge! Here's what you do:
  1. Spend your first ten minutes tomorrow reading Psalm 23.
  2. Share your experience online.
  3. Challenge two friends to take the challenge!
  4. Tag @TenMinuteBibleTalks so we can share the story.
Also - be sure to follow us on Facebook! We want to connect with you, and you can help shape the podcast! Here's the URL: https://www.facebook.com/Ten-Minute-Bible-Talks-103966368000540/ If you want our interview with John Drage, go here: https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/podcasts/what-the-living-can-learn-from-the-dying-seeing-through-the-eyes-of-a-dying-man-john-drage/ If you want our episode on building healthy habits, go here: https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/podcasts/how-to-break-and-make-life-changing-habits/

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What Kind of Leader Are You? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 22.7-38

Jun 24, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 86
People usually associate being a leader with having a high status. But what else should we associate with leader? See what Jesus was looking for as Patrick reads through Luke 22.7-38 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out Why God Chooses the Humble and The Most Important Question: Who Do You Follow? Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How Jesus’s Death Gives Us Eternal Life | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 22.7-38

Jun 22, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 85
Before Jesus died, he ate with his disciples and explained his death. It was no accident that the Lord's Supper was during Passover. Learn the significance of the Last Supper from Keith as he reads through Luke 22.7-38 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out Why Jesus Had to Die. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How NOT to be Toxic on Facebook | An Interview with Thriving Home’s Polly Conner

Jun 18, 2020 - Polly Connor (Bonus Episode)
Can we use Facebook to represent Jesus? Does it always have to be toxic? Thriving Home's Polly Conner walks us through her own social media journey, from growing her following to using her presence to (non-weirdly) share Jesus with others. She gives guidance on how we can all represent and share Jesus with others winsomely by building bridges and being authentic. Also! We are starting the Ten Minute Bible Talks Facebook page. We want to turn your questions into podcasts, so check out the page, vote on your favorite questions or share your own. Keith and Patrick will also be on there regularly to interact - so we hope we can get to know you wherever you are! Follow us on Facebook today: https://www.facebook.com/Ten-Minute-Bible-Talks-103966368000540/ Want to hear more from Thriving Home? https://thrivinghomeblog.com/

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Can We Trust Jesus’s Promises? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 21.5-38

Jun 17, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 84
Jesus made a lot of bold and confusing claims during his ministry. How much of it was literal and how much was poetic? Find out from Patrick as he reads through Luke 21.5-38 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out What's the Church's Mission? and How the Gospel Preached Treason. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Was Jesus Really God? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 20.41-44

Jun 15, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 83
Jesus never directly said he was the Son of God during his ministry, so why do we think that? How do we know if it's really biblical and true? Find out from Patrick as he reads through Luke 20.41-44 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to Patrick's earlier episode about Jesus's Secret Identity. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Jesus’s Secret Identity | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 3.21-38

Jun 14, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 46
"The god-man-emperor, Augustus, demonstrated his divinity by acts of power and violence. Luke didn't want his audience to think Jesus was that kind of king." How do you introduce yourself? First impressions are pretty important, and fancy titles like "CEO" or "Director" are pretty impressive. So why doesn't Luke introduce Jesus as the "Son of God" right away? Find out from Patrick as he focuses on Luke 3.21-38 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Were the Gospels in Chronological Order? And Lots of Other Interesting Questions with Jonathan Pennington

Jun 11, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
Do the Gospels ever seem inconsistent or confusing? Do they raise a lot of questions? Get some answers in this guest interview with New Testament scholar, pastor, and teacher Dr. Jonathan Pennington. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources and related episodes, including Dr. Pennington's website and books. Also, make sure to check out How to Become a Christian and our interview with Sandra Richter on What Does Saving the Environment Have to Do with Salvation?. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What’s the Church’s Mission? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 19.41-48

Jun 10, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 82
Going to church doesn't make us Christian, so what's the role of the church? And what's our role as church members? Find out from Patrick Miller as he reads through Luke 19.41-48 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out Can the Church Survive COVID-19? Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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George Floyd, Race, Protest and the Bible

Jun 08, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
Racial justice is not a political issue, it’s a gospel issue. Despite the Bible’s clear call for racial unity, equality and justice, many white Christians don’t what the Bible says. In this episode, Patrick and Keith talk about the Bible’s teachings on racial justice in light of the tragic killing of George Floyd. At the end they focus on how their fellow white Christians should respond. Keith and Patrick have read many books on this topic and haven’t found one book that we agree with everything on… but that’s the nature of all books! We these three books are the best place to start: Color of Compromise - https://www.amazon.com/s?k=color+of+compromise&i=stripbooks&ref=nb_sb_noss_2 Divided by Faith - https://www.amazon.com/Divided-Faith-Evangelical-Religion-Problem/dp/0195147073 White Awake - amazon.com/White-Awake-Honest-Look-Means/dp/0830843930/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=white+awake&qid=1591216087&s=books&sr=1-1 Website: https://www.thecrossingchurch.com/about/sundays/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheCrossingCOMO/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thecrossingcomo/ Twitter: https://www.instagram.com/thecrossingcomo/

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Why We Need a King | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 19.28-44

Jun 08, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 81
In the US, we don’t have kings anymore. But we still need one. Learn why as Patrick reads through Luke 19.28-44 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out Is Jesus Worth It? and I Pledge Allegiance to King Jesus for similar content. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Are We Living a Good Life? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 19.11-27

Jun 03, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 80
What does it mean to live a good life? Some people think it's accomplishing a lot or experiencing a lot. But that's not what Jesus says. Learn how to live a good life from Jesus's parable in Luke 19.11-27 as Keith continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out How the Gospel Preached Treason for similar episodes. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What Does It Take to Become a Christian? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 18.18-30 and Luke 19.1-9

Jun 01, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 79
Is identifying as a Christian enough to actually be a Christian? Who can be a Christian? How do you become a Christian? Hear how Jesus answers in Luke 18.18-30 and Luke 19.1-9 as Patrick continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out our episodes answering the questions Why is God Saving the Wrong People? and What Does a Christian Look Like? Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Addiction Recovery and Jesus: An Interview with Warren Mayer

May 28, 2020 - Keith Simon and Warren Mayer (Bonus)
Warren Mayer battled alcoholism and addiction for 20 years. Now, he is sober and helps others through their struggles with addiction. Hear his testimony in this interview with Keith Simon. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources, including information about our professional, licensed counselors. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Why You May Not Really Be Following Jesus | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 18.9-14

May 27, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 78
Sometimes we think we're following Jesus, but we're really not. That's how the Pharisees were. See if you're faith is like theirs as Keith dives into Luke 18.9-14 to continues our series Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to What Keeps People From Following Jesus and Should Christians Stay in or Get Out and Serve? Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Deal With Sin? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 17.1-4

May 25, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 77
Sin isn't just a personal problem. It impacts and involves other people too. Hear how Jesus says to handle sin in Luke 17.1-4 as Patrick continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for related episodes and resources like Barbara Duguid's book Extravagant Grace and Keith Simon's episode on What Forgiveness Really Means from our first series on Redefining Love. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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COVID Killed Busyness … How Can We Keep It Dead? | Keith and Patrick

May 21, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus Episode)
COVID-19 is the Marie Condo of BUSY schedules. It's wiped our activity schedules clean and given us time back for the small things that make life full. Time for hobbies, impromptu game nights, family, prayer, or reading. Kids can knock on a friends door and know they'll be home to play. COVID has given us space for all the small priorities a busy schedule crowds out. In this episode Keith and Patrick talk about why we were all so busy before Coronavirus, and how we can protect our schedules from business after we slowly return to life post-lockdown. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources and related episodes, including a ten-day devotional on Rest and Recovery and tips on How to Make and Break Life-Changing Habits. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Who is Worthy? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 16.19-31

May 20, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 76
How generous are you? It's not just about how much you give, but why and who you give to. Learn what makes us generous from Keith as he reads through Luke 16.19-31 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to our interview with Matthew Bates: I Pledge Allegiance to King Jesus. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Respond to God’s Gifts | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 15.11-32

May 18, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 75
Have you ever heard that nothing is free? Even gifts come with expectations—and there's a good reason for that. Understand the value of gifts from Patrick as he delves into Luke 15.11-32 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to our interview with John Drage: What the Living Can Learn from the Dying. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Leading Your Business Through COVID-19: Interview with Brent Beshore

May 15, 2020 - Patrick Miller and Brent Beshore (Bonus Episode)
Brent Beshore, founder and CEO of Permanent Equity, joins Patrick to discuss how the coronavirus has impacted him as a small business owner. Tune in to also hear about how he came to Christianity and how the virus has caused him to re-examine his faith. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources and related episodes, including How the Secret Religion of Secular Salvation is Unveiled and How to Give Anxiety to God. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Is Jesus Worth It? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 14.25-35

May 13, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 74
Before you answer that, think about it carefully. That's what Jesus wants. He doesn't want a quick answer. Listen to Keith cover some of the costs listed in Luke 14.25-35 and discuss they're such a big deal as he continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to this interview with Matthew Bates: I Pledge Allegiance to King Jesus. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Is the Rapture Real?

May 11, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus Episode)
Is the Rapture Real? Is Jesus going to return to snatch his people up to heaven before the great tribulation? Or does this idea require us to read the Bible the way conspiracy theorists read history? Crossing Pastors Keith Simon and Patrick Miller tackle a popular misconception about the Rapture in this episode of Ten Minute Bible Talks. They dive into key parts of the Bible to show how the "Left Behind reading" of these passages is a creative but careless way to make sense of the text. Listen in the player below or find us on your favorite podcast platform. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. @TheCrossingCOMO and @TenMinuteBibleTalks.

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What the Christian Life is About | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 14.1-14

May 11, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 7211q
Being a Christian isn't just about what you believe but also how you live your beliefs. See what Jesus meant as Keith reads through Luke 14.1-14 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to Love is Not Proud from our first series on Redefining Love. Also, check out this blog post on How to Love Others During the Coronavirus. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Why We Worry and How to Respond | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 12.22-34

May 06, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 72
Are you plagued with anxiety? A lot of people are. Listen to how Jesus responds to anxiety in Luke 12.22-34 as Patrick continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to 3 Ways to Fight Anxiety and How to Give Anxiety to God. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Is Greed Your God? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 12.13-21

May 04, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 71
It's taboo to talk about money, but that was one of the topics Jesus brought up the most. Listen to why it's so important as Keith learns from the parable in Luke 12.13-21 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out In God We Trust? from our last series on David's Life in 22 Stories. Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Can the Church Survive COVID-19?

Apr 30, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus Episode)
We know that church is more than just a building. The coronavirus reminds what church is really about—and what's really threatening it. Hear how Keith and Patrick apply Paul's letters to the early church to us today. Interested in more content like this? Go back and listen to Keith's episode Are We Hypocrites? Like this content? Make sure to leave us a rating and share it with others, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Are We Hypocrites? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 12.1

Apr 29, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 70
The term "hypocrisy" gets misused a lot. Are you sure you know what it means? Find out as Keith delves into Luke 12.1 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How Should We Pray? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 11.1-4

Apr 27, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 69
Did you learn how to pray from your parents, pastors,  or Sunday school teachers? Learn how to pray from Jesus as Patrick covers Luke 11.1-4 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out our prayer podcast: A Bigger Life with Dave Cover. Listen to his prayer over Psalm 118 on How to Pray Like Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How the Secret Religion of Secular Salvation is Unveiled by Coronavirus

Apr 23, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller Bonus Episode
Does this panic and pandemic have you thinking about existential questions and the end of time? You're not alone. Starting April 24, Keith and Patrick will be teaching a Zoom lunch Bible study on the Book of Revelations: Revelation of Everyone. Sign-up here to join the discussion. The coronavirus exposes a lot of problems in secular culture. It also reveals how secularism borrows from Christianity. Discover why we need religion as Keith and Patrick examine culture. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for resources, references, and related episodes, including What Keeps People From Following Jesus? Like this content? Make sure to share it with others and leave us a rating, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How Exclusive is Christianity? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 10.25-37

Apr 22, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 68
Is Christianity for everyone? Hear how Jesus addresses that question in Luke 10.25-37 as Patrick continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Learn how Jesus addresses other questions like Who's the Sinner? and What Does a Christian Look Like? To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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The Biggest Threat to Our Faith | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 10.38-41

Apr 20, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 67
The early Christians faced death. We face another kind of threat that's very different but just as damaging. Discover what it is as Keith draws from Luke 10.38-41 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for related shows and resources like an episode answering the question How Does Jesus Empower Women? and a webpage on Faith and Work. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Why Jesus Had to Die | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 9

Apr 15, 2020
"The way to life is death. The way to glory is service. Or, as he puts it in Luke 9.48, 'It is the one who is least among you who is greatest.' Jesus lived that statement out to the fullest." Do you ever wonder why Jesus had to die? It's a good question. It's one his disciples asked too. They didn't expect it to happen when he told them about it beforehand, and they didn't know how to react to it afterward. Get a better understanding of what Easter is about in this episode as Patrick reads through Luke 9 to continue our series Learning to Follow Jesus. Did you miss our Good Friday and Easter services? No worries! Access them again here. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Radically Change Your Life | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 9.12-17

Apr 13, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 65
"How would our lives change if we stopped putting our trust in wealth and possessions to keep us safe? I know my life would probably change tremendously." Does money make you anxious? Do you worry about financial security? Jesus understands what a pressing concern money is for people. That's why he addresses wealth repeatedly throughout his ministry and even performs miracles to teach his followers how to trust in him. Learn the lesson of this story from Luke 9.12-17 as Patrick continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to In God We Trust from our last series on David's Life in 22 Stories. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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It Doesn’t Feel Like Easter

Apr 08, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus Episode)
Everyone is saying it doesn't feel like Easter. But maybe this is showing that we've made Easter about the wrong things? How can we make it feel like Easter? Keith and Patrick give practical thoughts and ideas. Here are some great ways to make this feel like Easter:

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How to Answer Jesus’s Calling | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 9.23-24

Apr 08, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 64
"A lot of us have been taught to think of a Christian as one who has prayed a prayer, confessed their sin, asked Jesus to be in their heart. That kind of thinking makes the rest of the Bible's teaching optional, as least as far as being a Christian is concerned." Is that how you were taught to be a Christian? It's not wrong, but it's not entirely right either. Jesus calls us to follow him. Listen to Keith explain what that means as he continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to this episode on How to Become a Christian. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Wait on God | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 8.41-56

Apr 06, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 53
"What happens when those losses aren't things that God retrieves and recovers but simply become lifelong setbacks, lifelong hurts?" Like we discussed in a previous episode, waiting on God takes work. It's painful and trying and scary. It's easy to feel alone and betrayed. Luke 8.41-56 tells a story just like that. But there's also hope. Discover how we can have hope as we wait on God from Patrick Miller as he continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Seven Ways to Maximize Your Work From Home | Keith and Patrick

Apr 02, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
"God cares a lot about our work. And how we do our work is really important to him. So when we're talking about working from home, we're not talking about something that is peripheral to our Christian faith." As many are finding out, working from home is still work! It has its own set of challenges. In fact, maybe you can't wait to get out of the house and back into the office. When you're working from home, it can be more difficult to find the motivation. Or maybe you have the opposite problem and don't know when to take a break. And then there are so many other demands and distractions vying for your attention. Patrick and his wife know the struggle and share some tips that help them be more productive. Hear about some of them in this episode as Patrick covers a few with Keith. Interested in more content like this? Check out our episode on How to Beat Digital Distraction. Like this content? Make sure to share it with others and leave us a rating, so others can find it too. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What to Believe In

Apr 01, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 62
"So already there, you're finding out that the demons know more about who Jesus is than the disciples." Being a Christian isn't simply believing in Jesus. Did you know that? Luke 8.26-39 shows that even the demons believed in Jesus. But you still have to have faith. So what is it about? What should you believe in? See what the Bible says and how the verses connect as Keith continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Make sure to listen to How to Deal With the Storms of Life for more context. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Quarantine Without Getting a Divorce, Killing Your Kids, or Kicking Out Your Roommate

Mar 31, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
Want to join our 4-week Zoom Bible Study, "Are we living in the end times?" Sign-up today. We start Friday April 3 from 12:00-12:30 with a 15-minute Q&A afterward. "Here's a great mindset to take on: 'I am the biggest sinner in my house.' And so that means that everyone else in my house, they're constantly having to show me patience. They're constantly having to show me forgiveness." Doctors aren't the only ones with grim predictions. Divorce lawyers are expecting an increased demand for their services as a result of this pandemic. It's one thing to love someone; it's another thing to spend every moment of every day with them. How do you do it without getting angry or going mad? Try reframing the situation with some verses and ideas from Keith and Patrick. Does all this panic have you thinking about existential questions and the end of time? You're not alone. Starting April 17, Keith and Patrick will be teaching a lunch Bible study on Zoom, asking the question: Are These the End Times? Sign-up here to join the discussion. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more resources and related episodes, including Marriage Myths, How to Be a Better Parent, and Should Christians Stay In or Get Out and Serve?. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.
 

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Why People Walk Away From Jesus | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 8.1-15

Mar 30, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 61
"I think that's a sobering description of why people walk away from Jesus. It's not that people become angry with him, or they feel like he's failed them. It's not that, again, they don't have an intellectual reason to follow Jesus anymore." God offers hope, love, comfort, salvation, and all sorts of amazing things through his son. So why do people reject Christianity and walk away? Find out in this episode as Keith continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus by learning from one of the scariest verses in the Bible. Interested in more content like this? Listen to What Keeps People From Following Jesus for more context. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What Does Saving the Environment Have to Do With Salvation?

Mar 26, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller with Sandra Richter (Bonus)
"We have narrowed salvation to focus only on our souls or only on individuals. And we have missed what God is doing on a cosmic level, what God is doing on a bigger level." When we think about salvation, we probably think about our souls, but it's  way bigger than that. God cares about all of his creation, which includes animals and nature. We are called to be stewards of the earth and caretakers of the land. Most of us care about the environment, but we might not realize how important it is. Learn how we're supposed to care for the earth from Dr. Sandra Richter, author of The Epic of Eden and Stewards of Eden, as she joins Keith and Patrick to discuss how creation fits in with the Kingdom of God. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down to check out more resources and related episodes, including Can Evolution and Genesis Be Friends?. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How Does Jesus Empower Women?

Mar 25, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 60
"Mary was doing what a man was supposed to do at that point. Martha was doing what a woman was supposed to do. And Jesus said, 'Enough of that.'" Some people see Christianity with a horrible history of patriarchal oppression. But Jesus empowered women in ways that shocked his contemporaries. Hear how from Patrick as he continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down for more related episodes, includes these: How to Give Your Life to God When It Feels Impossible and A Wise Woman. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Should Christians Stay In or Get Out and Serve

Mar 24, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller (Bonus)
"Love is never safe. Whenever you love people, it's always demanding. It always requires some sort of sacrifice. Love always demands something from us." As Christians, we're trying to love and serve our neighbors, but what's the best way to do that? Some people say through social distancing and self-isolation to minimize the spread of coronavirus. Others say through community and service. What's the right answer? Keith and Patrick discuss both sides and how love fits into the equation. Discover what you can do to help others from this conversation. Interested in more content like this? Listen to our earlier episode on How Should Christians Response to Coronavirus?. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Who’s the Sinner?

Mar 23, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 59
"That's good news to all of us because all of us have a little bit of Simon living inside of us. All of us have a little bit of Pharisee inside of us." It's easy to judge the Pharisees for questioning Jesus. But then we become just like them: condemning other sinners. And, when we do that, we're belittling God's grace while forgetting our own sins. Jesus came for the sinners, and that included the Pharisees—and that includes us too. Listen to the story that's had the biggest impact in Keith's life as we continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out these episodes: What Keeps People From Becoming a Christian and What Does a Christian Look Like? To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What the Living Can Learn From the Dying: Seeing Through the Eyes of a Dying Man, John Drage

Mar 19, 2020 - Keith Simon and John Drage (Bonus)
"If God gives an answer, what I would do is argue with him. There's no answer that someone could give you, your wife, your kids, that you would say, "Oh, okay, that makes sense." So I think, instead of giving us an answer, God gives us something better." After years of ministry and a life dedicated to Christ, John Drage was diagnosed with one of the most deadly forms of cancer. It's taken a toll on his mind, body, and family. But he hasn't lost faith. Listen to his conversation with Keith to find out why and what he's learned over the years. Interested in more content like this? Scroll down to see more resources and related episodes, including an episode on How to Deal With the Storms of Life and a daily devotional on Rest and Recovery. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What Makes Faith Revolutionary?

Mar 18, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 58
"Faith is always risky. And the centurion gets it. And he takes on the risk willingly. Giving his allegiance, pledging his allegiance to Jesus can mean loving his job—and not just losing his job but maybe even losing his life. But he does it anyway." We talk about faith all the time. It's fundamental to Christianity—the Christian faith. But what does that actually mean? What is faith? It's a really tricky question. But we get our answer from one of the most unlikely people. A Gentile. And not just any Gentile, a Roman centurion—a high-ranking officer of Israel's conquerors and oppressors. Learn what faith is as Patrick studies Luke 7.2-10 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out How to Become a Christian and How the Gospel Preached Treason to learn more. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Deal With the Storms of Life

Mar 16, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 57
"What I want you to see is the storms were not responsible for the house collapsing." No matter what stage of life you're in right now, you know that life isn't perfect. You've been through tough times, and you know they're not all behind you. More trials will come your way. How do you prepare for storms in advance? How do you deal with them in the moment? Jesus teaches us how to do both in Luke 6.46-49. It's a short story but full of lessons. Find out what they are from Keith as he continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Hear how Mary dealt with trials in this episode on How to Give Your Life to God When It Feels Impossible. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How Should Christians Respond to Coronavirus

Mar 13, 2020 - Keith Simon & Patrick Miller (Bonus)
“How we respond to Coronavirus will tell the world something about Jesus.” Throughout history, Christians have responded to pandemics like these with tangible expressions of love. When we do, the world learns something true about Jesus: he is the loving King. Keith & Patrick discuss how Christians should respond to Coronavirus today. How can we be led by faith instead of fear? How do we love our neighbors well? How can we protect ourselves against underreacting and overreacting?
Finally, here’s some practical help about how to maximize your online worship experience. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.  

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I Pledge Allegiance to King Jesus: A Guest Interview with Matthew Bates

Mar 12, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller Guest Interview with Dr. Matthew Bates (Bonus)
What do you think of when you hear “allegiance”? The Pledge of Allegiance (to the flag…)? Pledging your allegiance is dedicating your life to something. It’s not just being willing to suffer and die for a cause; it’s living it out in everything you do. Is that how you view Christianity? In this episode, Keith and Patrick discuss allegiance and the gospel with Dr. Matthew Bates, a professor of Theology at the Quincy University, author of the newly released book Gospel Allegiance, and co-host of the podcast OnScript. Join the discussion to learn what discipleship looks like, how to be faithful, and where grace fits in. Interested in more content like this? Make sure to scroll down for more resources and related episodes, including a conversation covering Kanye West, Jesus is King, & the Christian Response. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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The Most Important Question: Who Do You Follow? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 6.39-40

Mar 11, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 56
"So the most important question you can ask is this, and you have to know this answer. And if you don't know it, you're in trouble." Some people seem to be natural-born leaders, don't they? Maybe you're one of them. You're team captain, you're class president, you're CEO. But no one starts out at the top. Listen to this episode to hear about Patrick's existential crisis about being a follower and the crucial question he derived from it as he continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What Does a Christian Look Like? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 6

Mar 09, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 55
"I do good to someone, knowing they will do good to me. I will lend to someone, knowing that they will pay me back in some way. There's nothing wrong with that. It's just not Christian." Did you know that Christianity is one of the most diverse groups of people in the world? There are believers all across the globe—people with different languages, customs, professions, and traditions. But we all unite in his name. That's been true since the very beginning, when Jesus chose his disciples. Luke 6 lists out the Apostles and then follows with Jesus's teachings on how we should live together and treat each other. Follow along as Keith reads the timeless message to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to this episode about Levi the Tax Collector: What Keeps People From Following Jesus. Also, make sure to check out Rebecca McLaughlin's guest sermon Confronting Christianity. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Remembering the Sabbath | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 6.6-11

Mar 05, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 54
"And here's what's crazy. Jesus treating the Sabbath as a day for blessing and giving life and freeing people, that led the Pharisees and teachers to want to kill him. Why?" Jesus broke the traditional Sabbath rules and observances, so does that mean the Sabbath doesn't matter anymore? It sounds like such an outdated thing from the early books of the Old Testament. Don't Sunday sermons replace the Sabbath? Inspired by Luke 6.6-11, Patrick revisits what the Sabbath was really supposed to be about. Discover what he learned in this episode as we continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to Timeout! Learning When and How to Take a Timeout. Also, be sure to check out Keith's sermon Why Are You So Busy from our Genesis series. Struggling to fit the Sabbath into your busy life and full schedule? Sign up for this free, 10-day email devotional to help reset and restore your soul. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Break and Make Life Changing Habits

Mar 05, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller Bonus Episode
"Your habits end up shaping what kind of person you become. And they're small little choices that happen over and over and over throughout your life." You might not give much thought to habits but what about lifestyle? They're really the same thing. Small habits build up and shape how you live your life. But making and breaking habits can be challenging, life-changing. And changing your life isn't easy! Get some tips from Patrick and Keith as they share some of their habits, hacks, and other helpful resources. Also, make sure to scroll down and check out those resources below. Interested in more content like this? Listen to our episode on How to Beat Digital Distraction. Want to learn more about faith and work? Read this interview with Patrick Cox of Veterans united on How to Talk About Your Faith at Work. Also, check out our website for more content on following God in your vocation. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What Keeps People From Following Jesus | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 5.27-32

Mar 02, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 53
"And so Jesus has come for all people, to call all people to repent and to believe in him, but only some people hear that as good news because only some people know that they are broken, that they are sinners. Some people are offended by Jesus." Have you ever tried to help someone who doesn't think they need help? They get mad at you! Instead of thanking you for the assistance, they get upset with you for "interfering." The Gospel is supposed the be the Good News of Jesus Christ, but it can also seem deeply offensive. Telling someone they're sinful and need a savior can come across as pretty judgmental and presumptuous. Learn how Jesus calls his followers from Keith as he reads through Luke 5.27-32 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Check out our Resources and Related episodes at the bottom. To learn how to share your faith at work, read this interview with Patrick Cox, an executive at Veterans United. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Can Evolution and Genesis Be Friends? A Guest Interview With Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass

Feb 27, 2020 - Patrick Miller Guest Interview With Dr. Swamidass (Bonus)
"I was putting my confidence and trust in the wrong sorts of things. For a long time, I would put my trust in human arguments against evolution. But that's not actually where God really wants us to really build our confidence." Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass is a professor at Washington University, founder of the platform Peaceful Science, and author of a new book, The Genealogical Adam and Eve. We are excited to feature him in our first guest interview. In this episode, Patrick asks Dr. Swamidass about his faith, his research, and how he reconciles the two. They discuss a wide range of topics, including Genesis, genetics, evolution, AI, and aliens. Patrick asks questions for scientists and non-scientists, for skeptics and believers. Listen to their conversation as they navigate how Christianity and science work together. Be sure to check out Dr. Swamidass's book The Genealogical Adam and Eve. You can also read more of his writing through his platform Peaceful Science. Interested in more content like this? Check out our sermon series on Genesis: The Strange But True Story of Everything. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Timeout! Learning When and How to Take a Timeout | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 5.15-16

Feb 26, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 52
"God became a human. That means that God took on our human limitations." There just aren't enough hours in the day! How many times have you thought that? There's so much to do and never enough time. We try to be the responsible by getting things done and even getting ahead, but, as hard as it is to accept, we can't do everything. We have to prioritize, and sometimes our lived priorities don't actually represent our stated priorities. Sometimes the things we care about the most get the least of our time and attention. We all struggle with prioritization and time management, which is why Patrick focuses on one of the most convicting but overlooked verses in the Bible. Hear how Jesus's example has made an impact and his life and how you can implement it in yours as we continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Surprise! What Happens When You Encounter the Glory of God

Feb 24, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 51
"At that moment, Peter got a glimpse of who Jesus is. Whenever we see Jesus in all of his glory and beauty, whenever we get an accurate understanding of who he is, well, it causes us to see our own sin." Sometimes you think you know a person, and then they surprise you. If you've been a Christian for a long time, especially if you've grown up in church, it can feel like you have God all figured out, and he's pretty boring. But then he'll amaze you. Hear how that happed to one of Jesus's first disciples, Peter, as Keith reads through Luke 5.1-11 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Beat Digital Distraction

Feb 20, 2020 - Keith Simon and Patrick Miller Bonus Episode
"Phillip Morris just wanted your lungs. The app store wants your soul." -Bill Maher Technology helps us go faster and get more done. But could speed and convenience cost us a meaningful life? Does going faster matter when we don't know what we're moving towards? Technology isn't the problem. Distraction is. But the constant stream of notifications, likes, emails, and text messages are precisely what distracts us from spending time on what we actually value. In this episode, Keith and Patrick share how they're fighting against digital distraction in order to live purposefully. Interested in more content like this? Listen to Keith's sermon Never Get High On Your Own Supply from our Genesis series. Also, make sure to check out the Resources and Related Episodes listed below. Are you struggling with the speed and stress of daily life? Lots of people are. That’s why we created a 10-day devotional to help you rest and reset. Sign up for it here. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How the Gospel Preached Treason | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 4.43

Feb 19, 2020
"Now you might begin to see why the message of the good news of the Kingdom [of God] could be dangerous, even subversive. It could even be treasonous." Do you ever wonder what the Gospel's all about? Is it a religious text telling us what to believe? Is it a historical document filled with scholarly information? Is it a literary book telling a story? What is the Gospel? Learn what it means from Patrick as he studies a recurring them and continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. Interested in more content like this? Listen to Why Winning Looks Like Losing to learn more about how Jesus's birth was an insurgence. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Why is God Saving the Wrong People? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 4.14-30

Feb 17, 2020
"If Osama becomes a Christian, that's no greater miracle than if you or I become a Christian." Jesus said to love our enemies, but what about genocidal dictators like Adolph Hitler or radical terrorists like Osama bin Laden? They don't just fight against people, they fight against the church. How do we respond to them? Gain insights from Keith's reading of Luke 4.14-30 as we continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus Interested in more content like this? Check out our series on 1 Corinthians 13 to see how the Bible Redefines Love to learn more about what loving your enemy looks like. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Be Free | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 4.14-30

Feb 12, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 48
"In the modern era, we tend to think about freedom as freedom to do what I want or to be what I want. Freedom means a complete lack of strictures and regulations. But the Jewish conception of freedom was very different." Freedom is one of the fundamental concepts that shape our world. It's one of our highest values. It's what many people live and die for. But what if we've gotten it wrong? Discover how to be free from Patrick as he investigates what it really means in our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Fight Temptation | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 4.1-13

Feb 10, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 47
"Now when we are led into seasons of temptation, I can't tell you exactly what God's up to... But it gives me great comfort to know that God is in this, that God is with me, even when I'm being tempted." It's tempting to think that God's abandoned us when we're struggling. That's what temptation is all about: separating us from God. But Luke 4 shows that God still walks with us, even when we don't feel His presence. Learn how Jesus fought and overcame temptation and how we can do the same as Keith continues our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What Repentance Really Is (and Isn’t) | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 3.1-14

Feb 03, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 45
"We have a tendency to minimize our sins. We have a tendency to be more sorry that we got caught than grieved over our sins." Ever heard the phrase "easier said than done"? Nowhere is that more true than with apologies. Sometimes simply saying "sorry" isn't enough. We teach kids how to apologize, but teaching them how to repent isn’t as easy. Learn what repentance really is (and isn't) from Keith as he studies Luke 3.1-14 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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What’s More Important Than Family? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 2:41-52

Jan 29, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 44
"They had to put family second in order to put Jesus first. And here we see that even Jesus had to do this. He had to put His parents second so that He could put His Heavenly Father First." Stating that family comes first—that nothing comes before family, that family means everything—sounds good, right? It sounds noble and virtuous. But that's not quite right. Family is pretty important, but it's not the MOST important thing. Patrick explains why as he reads through Luke 2.41-52 to continue on series on Learning to Follow Jesus. In this episode, we talk about parenting. Listen to our bonus episode How to Be a Better Parent for more information. Also, make sure to check out Keith's sermon on Marriage Myths. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How Does It End? | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 2.21-40

Jan 27, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 43
"The last act is about to begin: God is about to console Israel. God is about to rescue them from exile. God is about to draw the Gentiles into His own family and to announce forgiveness for all people—Jew and Gentile alike." Luke 2.21-40 stages the beginning of the end. The Bible contains two large books, the Old Testament and the New Testament, which each contain several more books of their own. It's tempting to read all these stories separately and miss the overarching narrative. Hear how Patrick pieces it all together in this episode as we continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. In this episode, we discuss the story of the Bible. Listen to What's the Story and Who's the Hero? to learn more. Also, make sure to check out our other podcast The Bible Field Guide, which includes a series on The Torah, and listen to our sermon about the Garden of Eden. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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Why Winning Looks Like Losing | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 2:1-3

Jan 22, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 42
"Oftentimes, it looks as if the kingdom of God is being defeated by the kingdom of Caesar, by the kingdom of this world, by the kingdom of whatever power is ruling." Sometimes it feels like Christianity is at war with the world and losing. But, despite years of persecution and pushback, Christianity has survived over two thousand years. It's been challenging the world since the very beginning and always come out stronger. Listen to Keith uncover the earliest controversy and explain how Christianity continuously survives and spreads. Interested in more content like this? Listen to Rebecca McLaughlin's sermon, Confronting Christianity, on the decline of Christianity in the West. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO

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Why God Chooses the Humble | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 1:46-55

Jan 20, 2020 - Patrick Miller Episode 41
"Our culture is fixated on being great, but Mary says, 'God fixes the world through the lowly.' Our culture calls the thoughts of the proud and the powerful 'visions'—they're visionaries—but God calls the humble to build His vision of heaven on earth." Do you ever wonder why other people are chosen over you? Why did they get the job? Why did they get the recognition? Why did they get the opportunity? In the back of your mind, you're probably thinking, "I'm better than them. I'm more deserving." That happened all throughout the Bible. That's probably what Mary's friends and David's older brothers thought. Understand what God's looking for and why He chooses certain people from Patrick as he read through Luke 1:46-55 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus. In this episode, we talk about humble leaders throughout the Bible. Listen to What Does God Care the Most About in People? from our last series on David in 22 and check out Keith's sermon "The Humble King" for more information. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.

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How to Give Your Life to God When It Feels Impossible | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 1:28-38

Jan 15, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 40
"Three times [Jesus] goes and prays and asks God to take this cup of judgment away from Him. And yet, every time he prays, 'not my will but Your will be done in my life.' You can hear Mary, can't you?" When Mary submits to God and becomes the mother of Jesus, she surrenders her entire life to Him. She doesn't just suffer the pain of childbirth and a compromised engagement. Gossip and scandal follow her for the rest of her life. Her Son is her Savior, and He's not at all what she'd expected from a son or a savior. Learn what Mary really agrees to when she submits to God as Keith continues going through Luke 1:28-38 for our series on Learning to Follow Jesus.
 

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What God Doesn’t Care About | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 1:26-45

Jan 13, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 39
"I think what Luke is trying to help us see is that God doesn't care about your background; He doesn't care about your religiousness. What He cares about is how you respond to His word." In the last episode, Keith talked about Zachariah's response when the angel Gabriel visited him. This time, Keith discusses Mary's response. God made great promises to both of Zachariah and Mary. He didn't care about their contrasting reputations or social standing. Explore what God does care about as Keith reads through Luke 1:26-45 to continue our series on Learning to Follow Jesus.
 

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What to Do When Religion Fails You | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 1:5-25

Jan 08, 2020 - Keith Simon Episode 38
"The story of Zachariah is a warning to religious people." Sometimes Christians are clueless about what it means to be a Christian. When you've grown up in a Christian household and have been one for as long as you can remember, when it's all you've ever known, it can be hard to describe. You might think you get it, but you really don't. Zachariah was a priest, and his faith failed him. He demonstrates what faith isn't. Learn what to do when religion fails you as Keith goes through Luke 1:5-25 to begin our series on Learning to Follow Jesus.
   

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How to Become a Christian | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke

Jan 06, 2020 - Patrick Miller & Keith Simon Episode 37
"There's kind of a disconnect between the way we talk about how somebody begins a relationship with Jesus and how Jesus actually talked to people. We make it about this moment of asking people to be our Savior, but that's not the way Jesus talks." If someone asks you how to become a Christian, what do you say? Do you tell them to pray a prayer that accepts Jesus as Lord and Savior? It's a common answer, but Patrick and Keith explain what's wrong with it in this episode as they introduce our new series: Learning to Follow Jesus. Join us as we go through the Gospel of Luke to learn how to become a Christian and what that really means. In this episode, we talk about the bigger story of the Bible. Listen to What's the Story and Who's the Hero? from our last series on David in 22 for more information. To learn more, visit our website and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @TheCrossingCOMO.