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Join my guests and I, as we talk about our favorite jaw-dropping stories of the Bible, and the God who invites us all to live like the story is true.In this first season, we’re discussing the stories of Jesus. What will we learn as we encounter the man who fed five thousand with one lunch, who forgave a paralyzed man’s sins, and who called Lazarus out of the tomb? What overarching story about God is being told? And what difference does it make if that story is true? Come join these conversations, devoted to helping you know the story, share the story and live the story.

Live Like It's True Shannon Popkin

    • Religion & Spirituality

Join my guests and I, as we talk about our favorite jaw-dropping stories of the Bible, and the God who invites us all to live like the story is true.In this first season, we’re discussing the stories of Jesus. What will we learn as we encounter the man who fed five thousand with one lunch, who forgave a paralyzed man’s sins, and who called Lazarus out of the tomb? What overarching story about God is being told? And what difference does it make if that story is true? Come join these conversations, devoted to helping you know the story, share the story and live the story.

    BONUS: Stirring Souls With the True Story

    BONUS: Stirring Souls With the True Story

     How can you stir up curiosity in someone who thinks the story of a baby who was lying in a manger thousands of years ago is irrelevant to their lives?

    Guest: Darin and Joy Stevens
    InstagramFacebookMentioned Resources:
    StarttoStirFive Ways to Keep the Conversation Going at "Start to Stir"Gospel Fluency by Jeff VandersteltI told a story about "Running from Faucet to Faucet" which you can read here.Music: Cade Popkin Music 
    Sharing the Story at Christmas
    In this bonus Christmas episode, we're going to focus in on sharing the story of the Bible with others. This time of year offers us some unique opportunities. 
    I told a story about my son going from faucet to faucet, looking for hot water. That's what people do, don't they? And Christmas is a time when people are more aware than usual of their empty bucket, and their endless  frustration—partly because of what they think Christmas should be like.
    So as we interact with extended family, or attend parties, or connect with neighbors, how can we look for opportunities this Christmas to talk about the true story of God? How can we make the story relevant?
    Guest Darin and Joy Stevens
    Darin and Joy have served in youth ministries in the UK for over twenty years and have  launched a new "StarttoStir" ministry, helping everyday people like us stir up curiosity in those who are seemingly disinterested in faith. How can we ask good questions and keep the conversation going (instead of shutting it down)? And how do we find a point of relevancy, for even bringing up something related to the Gospel?
    Make sure you stick around till the end where Darin shared five different things we can look for to stir up conversations about faith.
    LIVE the Story
    One of the ways you live like the story is true is by having an urgency to share it with others. If it's true that people we love are lost, and that their sin separates them from God, won't we do whatever we can to help them find the true story? As Darin said, each person has a soul. We can count on that! So let's find ways to stir up curiosity, this Christmas, in the people God has places in our paths. Let's use good questions, and look for points of relevancy. Let's invite people into the story at God so much wants them to know.

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    • 48 min
    The True Story of the Sleeping Savior {Sarah Walton - Mark 4:35-41}

    The True Story of the Sleeping Savior {Sarah Walton - Mark 4:35-41}

    Have you been through a storm lately? Maybe a situation where things felt really out of control? And did you wonder if maybe God was asleep? Have you ever been tempted to ask, "Does God even care about me?"
    In the True Story of the Sleeping Savior, Sarah Walton and I talk about this story of Jesus calming the storm for his disciples—but not immediately.
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    Sarah Walton
    Sarah Walton is a stay-at-home with four kids under 14 years of age. She’s the co-author of Hope When It Hurts and Together Through the Storms (May 2020) and blogs at Setapart.net. She and her husband, Jeff, recently relocated to Colorado Springs and attend Austin Bluff Evangelical Free Church. After more than a decade of trials and learning to walk with Christ as her family navigates Lyme Disease, special needs, and more, she shares how the gospel gives hope to our suffering. In her free time, she enjoys daydreaming about what she would do if she actually had free time.
    I think you're going to be so encouraged by Sarah's vulnerability, her faith, and her hope in Jesus—the one who calms our storms.
    Bible Passage: Mark 4:35-41 
    Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion Guide
    Mentioned Resources:
    Together through the Storms by Sarah and Jeff WaltonHope when it Hurts by Sarah Walton and Kristen WetherellControl Girl by Shannon PopkinKnowing Faith Podcast with Russell Moore - listen at about the 9:20 markMusic: Cade Popkin Music 
    Sarah Walton
    WebsiteInstagram @sarahpwaltonFacebook @togetherthroughthestormsTwitter @swalts14Can You Help?
    Thanks so much for listening! I'd love to hear your thoughts on season one of Live Like It's True! You can contact me here.
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    • 46 min
    The True Story of Nicodemus {Aaron Brewster - John 3:1-14}

    The True Story of Nicodemus {Aaron Brewster - John 3:1-14}

    Have you been born again? Do you know what this metaphor even means—and why Jesus used it to confront a Bible teacher named Nicodemus? And what about the metaphor of wind or the imagery of the snake on the pole? And why didn’t Jesus just use plain English... or maybe Greek?
    Join me for episode 8, where Aaron Brewster and I discuss the True Story of Nicodemus.
    Where else can I listen to the podcast?
     
    Go HERE to find this episode on your favorite podcast app, including Apple, Spotify, and more.
    Guest: AM Brewster
    Bible Passage: John 3:1-21Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion GuideMentioned Resources:Truth.Love.Parent Podcast (episode with guest Shannon Popkin)Control Girl by Shannon PopkinTrailer (intro) episode of Live Like It’s True Aaron Brewster
    AMBrewster is the president of Truth.Love.Parent. and host of its acclaimed parenting podcast. Aaron is a husband, father, biblical counselor, pastor, and speaker. He's created hundreds of hours of free parenting resources including The Celebration of God Podcast. 
    InstagramYoutubeFacebookTwitterKnow the Story
    "The True Story of Nicodemus" is found in John 3:1-21 of your Bible. If you’re familiar with John 3:16, did you know that verse is part of this conversation, and a direct quote of Jesus?

    Share the Story
    Often “sharing the Gospel” has meant trying to distill deep theological truths down to a snack size passage, which we think is easier to give away. If you’ve ever learned a Gospel presentation or shared a tract, most likely John 3:16 was part of it, because it does succinctly share some of the basic truths of the Gospel. 
    But when we share a story, like this one about Nicodemus, it’s easier to hold onto. Sharing a story from the Bible doesn’t feel like sharing doctrine, yet that’s exactly what happens. If you share this story of Nicodemus, it’s like opening your velvet pouch, filled with theological gems, and offering them to another person.  
    I hope you’ll take the challenge, and get this story ready to share with a friend or loved one this week. 
    Complete Shownotes Here. 

    • 49 min
    The True Story of the Wilderness {Barb Roose -Matthew 4:1-11}

    The True Story of the Wilderness {Barb Roose -Matthew 4:1-11}

    Have you ever been forced into a wilderness of discomfort? An out-of-your-control season where the comforts of life are beyond reach? And do you ever just want to binge your way through your time in the wilderness, thinking, "Oh? I have to live without that? Well, then. I'll just feast on this."

    In this episode we're looking at the astonishing story from Matthew 4:1-11, where Jesus is in the wilderness and without food for forty days, and yet he still has the power to overcome temptation. And at the end of this episode, I'm going to invite you to live like this story is true—both that Jesus had the power to overcome temptation in the wilderness and—through the power of the Holy Spirit, so do you.

    Where else can I listen to the podcast?
    Go HERE to find this episode on your favorite podcast app, including Apple, Google, Spotify, and more.

    Bible Passage: Matthew 4:1-11
    Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion Guide
    Mentioned Resources: 
    Surrender by Barb RooseSurrender Principles by Barb RooseControl Girl by Shannon PopkinPsalm 34:18-19Genesis 3:1-7Deuteronomy 8:3Barb's Surrender StrategiesSign up for Shannon's Live Like It's True emails (chance to win Surrendered)Music: Cade Popkin Music 
    Guest: Barb  Roose

    Barb is a Bible teacher who loves following God more than anything else. Rather than teaching audiences to follow God to get what they want, Barb inspires audiences to discover that God is all that they truly need!Barb is the author of five Bible studies including Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus and Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle and multiple books. Barb lives in NW Ohio and is proud mother of three adult daughters. 
    Find Barb on:
    BarbRoose.comInstagramFacebookTwitterCare to Share?
    Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!  You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)  Get the full length shownotes here.  Thanks so much!

    • 42 min
    The True Story of the Lonely Places {Alicia Bruxvoort - Luke 5:12-16}

    The True Story of the Lonely Places {Alicia Bruxvoort - Luke 5:12-16}

    Have you been feeling lonely recently? Do you ever feel misunderstood? Are there times you wonder if there's anywhere you really belong? If so, consider this: Jesus can relate. Listen as Alicia Bruxvoort and I talk about the True Story of the Lonely Places.
    Alicia admits that we can't escape loneliness. Even in a crowd, or in a marriage, or across the table from a friend, we can still feel lonely. But in our lonely places, we have a choice. We can do what Jesus did in Mark 6:12-16.
    Where else can I listen to the podcast?
    Go HERE to find this episode on your favorite podcast app, including Apple, Google, Spotify, and more.
    Bible Passage: Luke 5:12-16 NIV               
    Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion Guide
    Mentioned Resources:
    For more on Jesus passing "clean" to the "unclean" (not the other way around), read Encounters with Jesus by Gary Burge, p. 53.The Hidden Gift of loneliness (Proverbs 31 Article by Alicia Bruxvoort)When Our Lonely Places Become Sacred Spaces (Proverbs 31 Article by Alicia Bruxvoort)Music: Cade Popkin Music 
    Guest: Alicia Bruxvoort
    Alicia speaks regularly at women’s events and writes for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that daily reaches millions of women around the globe with bold hope and biblical truth.
    A storyteller at heart, Alicia loves to weave the wonder of scripture with the whimsy of ordinary life and help women connect with Jesus on the pages of His word.
    Alicia enjoys hot coffee and soulful stories, but her favorite tale is the one she lives with her husband, Rob, and the kids who gather around their table. Together, they chase Jesus and sunsets in Holland, Michigan.
    Find Alicia Bruxvoort:
    AliciaBruxvoort.netFacebook TwitterInstagram Care to Share? 
    Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt! 

    You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)

    Get the full length shownotes here. 

    Thanks so much for listening! 

    • 48 min
    The True Story of Fear {Kristen Wetherell - Luke 12:4–7}

    The True Story of Fear {Kristen Wetherell - Luke 12:4–7}

    What fears do you struggle with? What anxieties hold you back? Do you worry about the things you can't control? 
    On Season One of Live Like It’s True, we’re discussing the true stories of Jesus. On episode four, I'm so honored to have as my guest Kristen Wetherell, to talk about the True Story of Fear.

    Guest: Kristen Wetherell
    Bible Passage: Luke 12:4–7, 22–32
    Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Reading & Discussion Guide
    Mentioned Resources: Fight Your Fears by Kristen Wetherell
    Music: Cade Popkin Music

    Kristen Wetherell is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer, and speaker. She is the author of Humble Moms (April 2022), Fight Your Fears, co-author of the award-winning book Hope When It Hurts, and editor of 12 Faithful Women. Kristen lives in Chicagoland with her husband Brad and two kids where they are members of The Orchard.
    Find Kristen on:  
    WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterThe True Story of Fear
    Welcome to Episode 5 of Live Like It’s True! In this first season, we’re focusing on the True Stories of Jesus. In this episode, I'm joined by Kristen Wetherell to discuss the True Story of Fear. You may notice that this episode is a little different from the others because in Luke 12, Luke isn’t sharing a story, but rather a teaching of Jesus that gives us some insight into the about the overall story the Bible tells. 
    According to this overarching story that we’re part of, what should we fear? What shouldn’t we fear? I think you’re going to find so much encouragement in listening to Kristen share some of her fears, and in how she teaches us to fight our fears by reminding ourselves of a story of God, that is so much bigger and goes so far beyond the things that we fear.

    Care to Share? 
    Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!

    You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)

    Get the full length shownotes here. 

    Thanks so much for listening! 

    • 41 min

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