3 Keys to Going Public With Your Faith | Season 3, Ep. 18

3 Keys to Going Public With Your Faith | Season 3, Ep. 18

In today’s episode, we dive into Acts 4:13-14 and uncover three keys to living out our faith in public: courage, reliance on God, and an undeniable testimony. We’ll explore how Peter and John’s boldness and reliance on the Holy Spirit astonished the religious leaders, and how the presence of the healed man served as a powerful testimony to Jesus’ transformative power.

Reading Plan Passages:

Judges 1
Acts 5
Jeremiah 14
Matthew 28

Key Points:

Courage: Drawn from a relationship with Jesus, enabling boldness in the face of opposition.
Reliance on God: Trusting God’s wisdom over worldly credentials and systems.
Undeniable Testimony: Living a transformed life that silences opposition and points unmistakably to Jesus.

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3 Keys to Going Public With Your Faith | Season 3, Ep. 18

Unreasonable Faith and Seeing the Unseen | Season 3, Ep. 16

Daily Scripture Readings: If you’re reading along with us, today’s McCheyne Reading Plan passages are:

Joshua 6
Psalm 135-136
Isaiah 66
Matthew 14

Take 15-20 minutes to read these chapters, then come back and join me.

In today’s episode, Pastor Fury delves into the story of the woman with the issue of blood from Luke 8:43-48. Exploring themes of faith and attentiveness, he challenges listeners to develop “unreasonable faith” and to see and respond to the needs of those around them, just as Jesus did. Join us as we reflect on the importance of slowing down to truly see and love those in desperate need.

Scripture Passage: Luke 8:43-48

Key Takeaways:

Unreasonable Faith: The woman with the issue of blood demonstrated an extraordinary, almost unreasonable faith that led to her healing. This kind of faith goes beyond rational thought and is rooted in a deep belief in God’s power.
Reasonable Faith: Over time, through experiences of God’s faithfulness, what starts as unreasonable faith becomes reasonable. Trusting in God’s history of faithfulness helps us to step out in faith.
Seeing the Unseen: Jesus’ ability to see and respond to the needs of the woman amidst a busy crowd teaches us to slow down and notice those who might be silently suffering around us.
Personalized Compassion: Jesus personalized his response to the woman, emphasizing the importance of personal and compassionate interactions rather than systematic responses.

Reflective Questions:

Are there people in your life or community who may be silently suffering?
In what ways can you show the love of Jesus in a personal and compassionate manner like Jesus did?

Prayer: Father God, we ask for your help. Give us eyes to see those in need, ears to hear them calling, and hearts of compassion to feel their pain. Help us to slow down and respond with your strength and love. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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3 Keys to Going Public With Your Faith | Season 3, Ep. 18

Are You Missing God’s Whisper in the Chaos? | Season 3, Ep. 15

Daily Scripture Readings: If you’re reading along with us, today’s McCheyne Reading Plan passages are:

Deuteronomy 32
Psalm 119:121-144
Isaiah 59
Matthew 7

Take 15-20 minutes to read these chapters, then come back and join me.

Bible Focus: 1 Kings 19:11–13 (ESV): 11 And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the LORD.” And behold, the LORD passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 And after the earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. 13 And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”

In this episode of Five by the Fire, host Pastor Fury (Armand Sheffi) delves into the crucial topic of hearing completely from God. The discussion centers around the story of Elijah from 1 Kings 19:11-13, exploring how God’s voice often comes in unexpected ways.

Pastor Fury begins by examining Elijah’s journey from a place of power to feeling lost, setting the stage for a powerful encounter with God. Through this biblical account, listeners are encouraged to broaden their understanding of how and where God might speak to them.

Two key takeaways emerge from the discussion. First, God’s voice isn’t always found in spectacular events. Instead, it often comes as a quiet, still, small voice, emphasizing the importance of seeking God in moments of stillness. Second, God can and does speak through unexpected sources, challenging listeners to remain open to hearing God in any space or through anyone.

The episode provides practical advice on cultivating a listening heart and developing a mindset that’s ready to learn from God in every context. Pastor Fury encourages listeners to be like Elijah, always ready to hear God’s voice, even in the most unlikely circumstances.

Email Pastor Fury at arman@unshacklednetwork.org if you need help processing what God is saying.

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3 Keys to Going Public With Your Faith | Season 3, Ep. 18

Is Your Creativity a Wildfire or a Controlled Burn | Season 3, Ep. 14

Daily Scripture Readings: If you’re reading along with us, today’s McCheyne Reading Plan passages are:

Deuteronomy 25
Psalm 1116
Isaiah 52
Revelation 22

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Bible Focus: Proverbs 29:18 – “Where there is no prophetic vision, the people cast off restraint, but blessed is He who keeps the law.”

Without vision, our lives can be like wildfires, uncontrolled and potentially destructive.
With God’s vision and discernment, our creativity can be a controlled burn, intentional and purposeful.
Seeking God’s guidance helps channel our efforts effectively, leading to meaningful and impactful work.
Vision and discernment from God help us stay focused and aligned with His purposes.

Encouragement:

Seek God for vision in your day’s work and creative processes.
Write down what He speaks to you and share it with your Christian community for support and encouragement.
Email Pastor Fury at arman@unshacklednetwork.org if you need help processing what God is saying.

Resources:

For Christian creatives seeking to harness their creativity, visit OrderedChaosClub.com and join the Ordered Chaos Club.

Closing:

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3 Keys to Going Public With Your Faith | Season 3, Ep. 18

Don’t Give the Devil a Seat at Your Table | Season 3, Ep. 13

Daily Scripture Readings: If you’re reading along with us, today’s McCheyne Reading Plan passages are:

Deuteronomy 18
Psalm 105
Isaiah 45
Revelation 15

Take 15-20 minutes to read these chapters, then come back and join me.

Bible Focus Verse: You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows, (Psalm 23:5)

Summary: This episode looks at the opposition and spiritual warfare we can face when stepping into our God-given callings. It examines common fears like failure, rejection, inadequacy and how the enemy uses these to derail us. The host shares truths from Psalm 23 and practical strategies for countering the opposing forces and moving forward with confidence.

Key Points:

God has prepared a table of provision for us, even in the presence of enemies/opposition
Common opposing fears: failure, rejection, criticism, inadequacy
Truths to counter opposition: God’s presence, divine provision, peace, assurance of success, identity in Christ
Strategies: Stay grounded in Scripture, regular prayer, celebrate small wins, set boundaries, seek community

Takeaway: Don’t allow fear, doubt or the enemy’s tactics to take a seat at the table God has prepared for you. Remain focused on God’s assurances as you boldly move into your calling.

Call to Action: Reflect on areas you’re giving the enemy a foothold. Take practical steps to reclaim your space and God’s peace/confidence.

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