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068 | Take Five: Does God Require Progress?

Welcome to episode 68 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s take five and talk about Jesus. We hear messages of moral improvement, behavior modification, and moral progress all around us all the time. The message of progress has replaced the message of the gospel. We’re told that God himself is measuring our progress and the more progress we make in doing the right things, the more pleased he is with us.

But that’s a lie. Here’s the truth: God requires perfection, not progress, so he gave us a Substitute, not a goal. Christian, you are complete in Him already, apart from what you do or don’t do. Pull up a chair. Let’s take five and talk about it.


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067 | Jesus Is For You

Welcome to episode 67 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Our goal in this episode was to talk about Hebrews 2:14-18 and we eventually arrive there after a fuller conversation about our new identity in Jesus, the downside of moralistic religion and behavior modification, the positives of deconstruction and reconstruction, and getting stuck in bad religious environments that control our ability and freedom to think outside those environments and asking the questions that need to be asked to find true freedom.

-Thanks for joining us!


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066 | Take Five: Christ is the End of the Law

Hello friends! We’re starting something new at The Grace Cafe beginning with this episode. We’re going to start publishing short episodes between the regular weekly episodes that Susan and I do and this episode is the first one of those. Our hope is that these short monologues will serve as a middle-of-the-week reminder of who you are in Jesus and of the Father’s unending affection for you.

We’re calling these episodes Take Five. So let’s take five right now and talk about Jesus.


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065 | What About Good Works?

Welcome to episode 65 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about good works. It’s a topic that’s surrounded by a lot of misunderstanding and confusion. When Jesus was asked what needed to be done in order to do the works of God he replied, “This is the work of God, that you believe on the one he has sent.” All these years later, we’re still asking that same question as though good works were a list of things we need to perform in order for God to like us more.

But what if good works aren’t the result of rigid spiritual discipline but simply the product of the fruit of the Spirit as he expresses Christ in and through us while we simply live our lives apart from feelings of shame or guilt for feeling like we’re not doing enough or doing it wrong? Let’s talk about it….

Shout out to Chris Stapleton for letting us use a soundbite from the Relevant Church Podcast in Chattanooga, TN. Bear down my friend… or not!


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064 | An Important Update From The Grace Cafe

Welcome to episode 64 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. We hope your summer is going swell! This short episode is an important update outlining some of the changes going on with us at The Grace Cafe. In order to save on some of our monthly podcast and blog expenses, we’ve moved The Grace Cafe and UnSunday Show websites to a free hosting service. I’ve noticed that some of you prefer to download and listen to our podcast episodes via a web browser, so you’re going to need this information.

From this point forward, please point your web browser to the new podcast site at https://gracecafepodcast.com and it will take you to our new podcast website. The existing website will be going away soon, so please visit the new site at https://gracecafepodcast.com and subscribe to receive email notifications of new episodes if that is how you prefer to listen.

If you listen on a podcast app instead of a web browser, you don’t need to do anything. You’ll still be notified of new episodes in your app and all of the archived episodes are still available on your app and on the new web site.

The Grace Cafe Blog is now called The Grace Cafe Journal and you’ll see the link to it on the new podcast site. See you again in September!

-Mike


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063 | Jesus Unfiltered: A Conversation with J.D. Zomer

Welcome to episode 63 of The Grace Cafe Podcast. This episode is a conversation that Susan and I had with J.D. Zomer of the Jesus Unfiltered Podcast. We came away from this podcast so encouraged by our conversation and we think you will be too. J.D. not only hosts the Jesus Unfiltered podcast but he also facilitates Religion Free Ministry in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and he shared some of the current and future details of what’s going on there. J.D. introduced us to Religion-Free Movement, an ever-increasing group of people who are finding authentic community in an environment unencumbered by institutional trappings. Religion-Free Movement is scheduled to launch in 2020. We hope you enjoy our conversation. You can find J.D. online at:

Susan and I were recently interviewed by J.D. on the Jesus Unfiltered podcast. You can listen to that episode HERE.

Please note, Susan and I are taking a much needed break from our microphones for the summer to get re-charged and refreshed. The Grace Cafe Podcast will return in September. We hope you all have a great summer and we’re grateful for each of you. 

See you in September!

—-

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062 | Identity Theft: Forgetting Who We Are In Jesus

Welcome to episode 62 of the Grace Cafe Podcast. Let’s talk about identity theft. Not the kind we hear about in the media where our credit cards and personal information get stolen, but another kind of identity theft. Let’s talk about who we are in Jesus and what happens when someone (or even ourselves) steals that from us. Let’s talk about what happens when we forget our identity in Jesus and all that is ours in him and we look instead to our own failed performance and start to believe that’s what define us.

We also spend a few minutes in Hebrews chapter 6 to remind ourselves of the certainty of the gospel and how our hope is anchored in God himself who cannot lie.

Enjoy!


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