Berean? Fool?? Whatttt???

Our latest podcast episode is up, but it isn’t converting over into a blog post like usual (gotta love technology sometimes!)…Anyway, it’s a really good and needed message today, so please be sure to go check it out on the podcast player on the homepage (or Anchor/Spotify or wherever you usually listen to your podcasts. I’ll convert it and remove this as soon as Anchor gets back to me! God bless!

Tethered to Christ

Good morning, friends. I haven’t written much this week, as we’ve had a lot going on and I just haven’t been real inspired to share a whole lot in any capacity, honestly. I try to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading when I write, as my sole purpose for doing any of this is to glorify my Father and draw others closer to Him.

So, having said that…this morning in my quiet time, I heard this song for the first time and I really enjoyed it. It spoke to my heart and I hope it will speak to yours too. Have you read in the Bible where different authors refer to themselves as a “bondservant/slave” of Christ Jesus? Paul, James, Peter, and Jude all used this description for their position in the Messiah. This reminds me of the last podcast we made, “Where Does Your Identity Lie?” which you can listen to here if you haven’t yet: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/episodes/Where-Does-Your-Identity-Lie-e1asb1t.

These disciples of Christ understood that they had been bought at such a high price, with the very blood of their Savior, Master, and Lord, and they considered themselves to be tethered, bound, enslaved to Him. And yet this is where they found true freedom! Being a slave to Him is the only place our souls will ever find the rest and freedom we all desire. Isn’t that so upside down? That’s what I love about Jesus and our whole Christian faith that revolves around Him. It’s so paradoxical. As Jesus Himself said in Matthew 13, 11“You are permitted to understand the secrets a of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others are not. 12 To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them. 13 That is why I use these parables, For they look, but they don’t really see. They hear, but they don’t really listen or understand.” To those who listen, He increases our knowledge. This is such a beautiful privilege.

There are two overarching messages I get when I read my Bible. I’ve been saying this for YEARS and I see it so clearly and poignantly woven from the foundation of our existence all the way into eternity to come. God has ALWAYS had a family in mind. Everything in His sovereign plan for mankind revolves around this. This is what we are working toward and will be the culmination of all things. In tandem with this, another part of the picture is that everything always goes back to the state of our hearts. We see “the heart” mentioned time and time again in the Word of God from the Old Testament to the New. Whether it says, “their hearts were hard/calloused, etc,” or “they had pure hearts/seek Me with all their hearts, etc,” the heart of the person/people being talked about is always so important to God.

So where is your heart today? Where is mine? Are you tethered to Christ? Are you caught up in the wonder of His presence? The amazing thought that He calls you friend…does that still blow your mind? It does mine. We can’t get so caught up in the mundane things of this life that we lose the wonder of His beauty and majesty. I know it can be hard, especially in busy seasons like this, and of course there’s an enemy of our souls who is ALWAYS on the prowl, trying to distract, discourage, and defeat us. But if our hearts are truly tethered to our King, we are never far from Him. I will leave y’all with this last portion of Scripture from Acts 17:

24“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since he is Lord of heaven and earth, he doesn’t live in man-made temples, 25 and human hands can’t serve his needs—for he has no needs. He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. 26 From one manf he created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and he determined their boundaries. 27 “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. 28 For in him we live and move and exist. As some of your g own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’ 29 And since this is true, we shouldn’t think of God as an idol designed by craftsmen from gold or silver or stone. 30 “God overlooked people’s ignorance about these things in earlier times, but now he commands everyone everywhere to repent of their sins and turn to him. 31 For he has set a day for judging the world with justice by the man he has appointed, and he proved to everyone who this is by raising him from the dead.”

He is so near to us, praise be to His holy name. Find your purpose and your peace in Him today, friends. Ask Him to draw you closer and deeper and give Him all of your heart…all that you are. You can trust Him. Have a blessed rest of your weekend!

Sitting at Your Feet

Good morning, Father…thank You for a good night’s sleep

As I come into Your presence today, to sit at Your feet. 

This is the best part of the day to me, 

When I come into Your presence and sit here at Your feet.

You know how it’s been down here, so hurried and busy. 

I come into Your presence each day though, to just sit at Your feet. 

Thank You for this privilege, this invitation to meet. 

I come into Your presence today and sit here at Your feet. 

I bow to You in worship, in awe of Your majesty,

I come into Your presence and sit here at Your feet. 

I confess to You my sins and tell You of all my needs

When I come into Your presence and sit here at Your feet.

Opening Your Word and beginning to read,

Learning directly from the Teacher as I sit here at Your feet.

Studying out the Scriptures, allowing the Spirit to lead,

When I come into Your presence and sit here at Your feet.

Finding joy and purpose in Who You are and who you’re making me,

As I spend time in Your presence sitting at Your feet.

Making You my refuge and drawing from You strength,

When I come into Your presence and sit here at Your feet.

Bringing You my emptiness and allowing You to refill me,

As I come into Your presence and sit here at Your feet.

I give you all my worries and know I’ll leave with Your peace,

Because I’ve come into Your presence Lord, and sat here at Your feet. 

So as we go into this day together, I’m giving You the lead

Never fully leaving Your presence,

As I go out to this world to be Your hands and feet.

Where Does Your Identity Lie?

Summary

Join us for this uplifting, encouraging chat about who we are, in Christ (& who YOU are if you are in Him)! We hope and pray that this message empowers you to walk boldly in your faith so that you will know exactly who you are and what your purpose is. If you haven’t seen the movie Overcomer, I recommend watching it. This is where I got the inspiration for the Ephesians exercise. Please remember you can reach out to us anytime at saltysaints2@gmail.com and also follow us on Instagram @saltysaints2 & follow our blog at http://www.saltysaints.blog. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/support

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Gratitude

Good morning, y’all! I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday. I know it’s been a few days since I’ve written an actual blog post, aside from the ones that generate from our podcast episodes. If you haven’t yet listened to our latest messages, we went through a four-part series over the Gospel of John, chapters 14-16, which were so good…so please be sure to check those out! We will be coming back with another one very soon, as the Lord has already given us inspiration this morning for it. It will be over our identity in Christ and what God’s Word says about who we are…a much-needed message in a day in time where the world says there are no absolutes, no guarantees, no real assurance or hope or peace (about anything!), which we know that what God has to say about us flies in the face of all this absurdity. So stay tuned for this message…it will be refreshing and so hope-filled and encouraging to all.

Speaking of encouragement and thanksgiving, today I mostly just wanted to share with y’all this beautiful song of worship and praise as we move beyond the day that’s designated to thankfulness, knowing and understanding that as believers and followers of Christ, we are called to always be thankful, in every circumstance, situation, and season. And when we regularly count our blessings and focus on the goodness of our God, how can we not be moved to sing praises to His holy name? I’ve put the lyrics at the bottom, but they are also on the video. I love when he says, “I have nothing fit for a King except for a heart singing hallelujah” and the bridge, “Come on my soul, oh don’t you get shy on me, lift up your song, ’cause you’ve got a lion inside of those lungs, get up and praise the Lord”…amen, amen! Sometimes we need to speak to our own hearts and remind ourselves that He is so worthy to be praised. And then do it! Enjoy guys, and we’ll be back soon with some more great encouragement for you.

Lyrics:

VERSE 1 All my words fall short I got nothing new How could I express All my gratitude

VERSE 2 I could sing these songs As I often do But every song must end And You never do

CHORUS So I throw up my hands And praise You again and again ‘Cause all that I have is a hallelujah, hallelujah And I know it’s not much But I’ve nothing else fit for a king Except for a heart singing hallelujah Hallelujah

VERSE 3 I’ve got one response I’ve got just one move With my arms stretched wide I will worship You

BRIDGE Come on my soul Oh don’t you get shy on me Lift up your song ‘Cause you’ve got a lion inside of those lungs Get up and praise the Lord

The House is Burning…GET OUT!!! (Part 3)

Summary

Happy Thanksgiving, y’all!!! 🦃🍽🍁 Today is the final part of our series over John 14-16. This episode is a MUST hear. The best one of the whole series, in my opinion. Please be sure to listen in and like, subscribe, and share. We love you all and are so grateful for each and every one of you. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/support

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The House is Burning…GET OUT!!! (Part 2b)

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Today we’re continuing our conversation and teaching over John, picking up in chapter 15:18 and going through chapter 16:4. This is a much-needed discussion about cultural Christianity vs. Jesus’s warning to come out of the world. We’re also sharing some personal experiences and testimony, so we hope and pray you’ll listen in and let our fire spread to you! 🔥❤️‍🔥 — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/support

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The House is Burning…GET OUT!!! (Part 2a)

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This is part 2 of our series over John 14-16. Today we are in John 15, talking about the commands of Jesus to abide/remain in/stay with Him, and to produce lasting fruit for the Kingdom. We stopped at verse 17 and will pick up next time in verse 18 to finish out chapter 15, as there’s just too much good stuff to cover and we didn’t want the podcast to go too long. We hope and pray you’ll stick with us and be edified through the teaching of Jesus’s words. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/support

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The Faithfulness of Our Father

Happy Saturday, y’all! I hope you have all had a great week and that you’re headed into the weekend ready to relax and have some time of refreshing. Today, I wanted to share about God’s faithfulness in answering several prayers for us lately. It’s always a great thing to share how we see Him moving in our lives, don’t you think? It’s a boost for our faith!

So we have been praying hard for my daughter the past month or so now, as she is 22 weeks pregnant and has been having some issues with her heart rate going really high at times. We have had to take her to the E.R. several times and a cardiologist, along with other doctors and specialists. This was all very scary but as always, we turned to God, the Great Physician, and we asked Him to cover and protect and heal her and keep baby Mae Mae safe (her name is Gracelyn Mae but I’ve already got a nickname for sweet baby girl)…and He has answered our prayers! She and baby are both doing well and everything is looking good! Please continue to pray for them with us, for a safe and healthy pregnancy and full-term delivery in March 2022. Thank you in advance!

Another prayer we saw answered this past week was with our grandbaby, Hogan (“Hogie”…yeah, I’m all about the nicknames, lol). He was really sick and not acting like himself to the point that my daughter had to take him to the E.R. too, as we thought he may have gotten dehydrated. While they were taking him to the hospital, we were having some serious prayer time. The next thing we knew, they were sending him home, and he’s been totally fine since! He was limp and pale and so pitiful looking before he went and after our prayer, God has continued to heal Him and bring him back to his cute little normal self. 

Will had some pain in his side and prayed over himself and now it’s gone. We also had another healing incident last month where he’d been in a lot of pain so I prayed over him and now it’s gone too! We also have a man that we prayed with and for, and they thought he was going to need a heart transplant but miraculously recovered and is completely fine now (these were the doctor’s words)! Will also had an opportunity to pray for a man at Chick-fil-A this past week who’s just been diagnosed with cancer, so we are praying for him (Bill is his name if you’d like to pray for him too) to be healed too.

These are just a few examples of ways we have seen God work lately through healings. We talked about this on our podcast last night and as we said there, it’s not up to us to heal the person–that’s God’s work and God’s will and He will work however He wants to…it’s our job to have the faith and the courage to pray when and where the Holy Spirit prompts us to and believe that He is good and faithful, He hears us, and He answers. 

Another way that God is answering our prayers right now is by sustaining us in our slow season of work. Having our own business requires complete trust and faith in God as our Provider and our Supply. He more than meets our needs, always. He has shown His faithfulness as we work for His glory and put Him first in all we do. We know He cares for us more than the flowers of the field and the birds of the air, so we don’t have to fear or worry. He is so good to us!!!

My encouragement for today is to think on His faithfulness. There is so much we have all been blessed with and so many ways that He shows His goodness in our life. In fact, on that note I will close and leave y’all with two awesome songs today that proclaim Him as our faithful God and that we see His evidence all over our lives. Amen!!

The House is Burning…GET OUT!!! (Part 1)

Summary

Whew, this is an impassioned plea from us to you as we go through the Gospel of John, chapter 14. This is the first of 3 teachings we will do, from chapter 14-16. These teachings, from Jesus Himself, are controversial at best and ignored/explained away at worst, inside of mainstream Christianity today. Listen in and stick with us for these next few episodes, as we all seek to know the heart of our Savior better and honor Him in our lives. We bring this message in love and from a place of deep concern for the Body of Christ in these days. — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/salty-saints/support

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