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Fascinating interviews, teaching tips and inspirational God-stories feature in the God Conversations podcast series. Be equipped to recognise God's voice more clearly and consistently in your life!

God Conversations with Tania Harris Tania Harris

    • Religion & Spirituality
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Fascinating interviews, teaching tips and inspirational God-stories feature in the God Conversations podcast series. Be equipped to recognise God's voice more clearly and consistently in your life!

    (074) Dramatic and Everyday God Conversations – Nicola Neal

    (074) Dramatic and Everyday God Conversations – Nicola Neal

    A Dream of a Child’s Toy and Feet Full of Maggots

    One Christmas morning, Nicola had a dream that would change her and her family’s life. It involved a Buzz Lightyear toy, a child in the African slums and feet infested with maggots. 



    In this podcast episode, Tania talks to Nicola Neal about her journey into ministry, beginning in a church in the town of Bath, UK and finishing in the slums of Africa. You’ll hear the dramatic way God turned Nicola’s life around through a vivid God conversation, how that same God-conversation was confirmed multiple times and how it led Nicola and her family to pack up their life in the UK and move to an unknown region of the world in just eight weeks.



    There Nicola began to understand the dream she had experienced so many years earlier. She and her family saw the supernatural work and grace of God in the face of extreme poverty, violence, sickness and death. You’ll be inspired as Nicola shares God’s heart for the poor and how the kingdom transforms at the deepest level.



    We also talk in the episode about everyday God-conversations and how each of our interactions with the Holy Spirit lead us step by step into God’s plan. Nicola shares how we hear God’s voice most of the time through the small, quiet and the everyday. A lot of time it feels like tuning into a whisper and sense on the inside that God is with us. As with any relationship, with time and intentionality, we gain clarity.







    About Nicola Neal



    Nicola and her husband Simon served as church leaders up until 2009 when they followed God’s calling and moved with their two children to Uganda. There they got to see life as it really is for those living in the slums of Kampala and became passionate about bringing the God-given potential to light in people’s lives. Not only through partnering with them to see change in their homes and families but by helping them encounter their heavenly Father.



    Since then, Every Life has grown into the team of over 50 dedicated men and women it is today. Simon and Nicola have now relocated back to the UK with their family, where they work with the International Office, guiding and overseeing Every Life’s mission bases around the world. Nicola regularly speaks at churches and conferences around the country. Learn more at everylife.org.uk. Nicola’s books Gold and Journey into Love are available at nicolaneal.uk 







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    • 26 min
    (073) Healthy Prayer Practices – Stacey Hilliar

    (073) Healthy Prayer Practices – Stacey Hilliar

    We all know that we should do it, but the question is how? Prayer - one of the main callings of Christians and the key means to relationship with God. The question is how do we approach this mystical thing called prayer: What works and what doesn’t? And how does prayer connect with listening to the Holy Spirit?



    Today’s podcast is all about prayer and we have a brilliant guest to guide us. Ps Stacey Hilliar is on the Executive team at Neuma Church in Melbourne, Australia and looks after the prophetic leadership of her church.



    We talk about: 



    Stacey’s church and their innovative “fivefold model” which means her job title is the “prophetic pillar” of Neuma Church.

    The story of how God led Stacey to work in prophetic ministry in the local church. Stacey became familiar with the voice of God as early as 8 or 9 years old. As she tells the story, she just “knew” things. But growing up in church that didn’t believe in Spirit speech made her experience difficult. Let’s just say it was a messy start. 

    How a demonic encounter led Stacey and her husband to return to church after a dark season.

    The truth that prayer fuels power. A key question is to always ask; “Have you prayed about it?”

    Specific spiritual practices inspired by ancients such as Ignatius of Loyola - reading the Scripture slowly four times slowly out loud (also known as “Lectio Divinia”). This involves picturing yourself in a scene with Jesus and allowing Holy Spirit to speak to you.

    How God can speak to us through our redeemed imagination. 

    Why discipline is important for our prayer-life. This means we pray regularly even when we don’t feel like it. ie. Put the phone away!

    The role of music in prayer.

    How the Holy Spirit spoke to Stacey about her own personal development through a Jesus story.







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    We highly recommend Stacey’s podcast: available here on Apple and Spotify. 



    Ps Stacey Hilliar and her husband Jai live in Melbourne with their four children. Stacey is on the Executive team at Neuma Church, overseeing the Prophetic Pillar globally. Neuma Church has multiple locations across Australia, Bangkok, Thailand and San Francisco.



    Stacey is passionate about equipping and empowering individuals, churches, families and teams to grow in freedom, intimacy with Jesus, and build prophetic cultures with excellence in their love for the Church. Whether it is preaching, teaching, worship leading, podcasting or writing, Stacey loves to represent the fullness of joy and freedom found in Jesus, and she’s always up for a good laugh.

    • 37 min
    (072) Spirit vs Scripture: The Theological Problem of Hearing God’s Voice

    (072) Spirit vs Scripture: The Theological Problem of Hearing God’s Voice

    I grew up in a church that believed that God had stopped speaking outside of the Bible. This teaching, known as Cessationism, is seen throughout the church world today and has appeared periodically in history. But the question is, why would someone believe God has stopped speaking, given that the New Testament is clear that the Holy Spirit was given to everyone to hear from God on the Day of Pentecost? (Acts 2:16,17). The Apostle Peter himself said that this promise was for all generations - beyond the early church and beyond Jerusalem and Judea (and beyond the canonisation of Scripture!) (Acts 2:39). 



    One of the answers lies in the theological problem of how Spirit relates to Scripture. That is, how do my Spirit-speaking experiences today relate to the Spirit speaking experiences of Scripture? God’s words are both a vessel of his power and a reflection of his character. Therefore, any claim to hearing God’s voice today represents a claim to divine authority. This looks as if we’re placing our experience on par with the Bible, something most Protestant Christians would emphatically reject.



    This episode of the podcast begins to resolve the problem by featuring a reading from my new book, The Church who Hears God’s voice: equipping everyone to recognise and respond to the Spirit. It’s the third in a 3-part series that features readings from the book - a bit of an entree before you enjoy the main meal!



    In the episode, you will learn about:



    The questions of a real life situation. If God said it, should I obey it?

    Four answers to the theological problem. 

    The first answer to the theological problem: “God on Mute” (Cessationism)

    The second answer to the theological problem: Christians who don’t read the Bible! (Why would you if you have the Spirit)



    The remainder of the chapter goes on to discuss a third (“Good but not as good”) and fourth answer (“This is that”). The fourth option is the one I arrived at and expand at more detail in the rest of the book. You’ll begin to see why this question is so important and how it has practical implications for how we experience the Spirit today as well as how we read the Bible. The theological conundrum can be solved and it all starts with looking at how the early church dealt with it. I pray it is a blessing to you!







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    • 25 min
    (071) The Ministry Problems of Hearing God’s Voice

    (071) The Ministry Problems of Hearing God’s Voice

    The concept of hearing God’s voice for yourself bears enormous potential, but it is also fraught with pitfalls. Indeed, the entire scope of history tells of the problems associated with claims to divine revelation. Torrid tales of manipulation, deception, and even murder have all been justified by the claim: ‘God told me’. The proliferation of a wide range of unorthodox beliefs and abuses of power have been so heinous, it’s not surprising that many church leaders throw their hands up in the air and reject any idea of personal communication with God!



    The dynamic experience given at Pentecost not only has the power to bring God’s kingdom to earth but can also work astoundingly against it. How are we to harness the potential of hearing God experiences in our churches and deal with the problems that arise from them?



    This episode of the GC podcast is the second in a three-part series that features readings from my new book, The Church who Hears God’s voice: equipping everyone to recognise and respond to the Spirit. It’s a little entree before the main meal! In this episode, you'll learn about:



    The potential for breaches in theological orthodoxy in hearing God. The book tells of two men and their spiritual experiences. One heard from God and changed his world. The other made claims that added to Scripture and we still live with the consequences today.

    The pastoral fallout that occurs when people try to hear God's voice,



    You may have seen and heard about these kinds of problems in your own life.  When I was writing the book I felt the Holy Spirit say to tackle the "hard stuff" in church life. To that end, the book contains both the good stories and the bad!



    The good news is that there are some simple ways to address the ministry issues that arise when we seek to hear the voice of the Spirit. Admittedly, they won’t all disappear - the fallenness of our humanity guarantees that(!) - but there are certainly things we can do to mitigate the problems. I pray it helps you in your own walk and in the life of your church!



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    • 22 min
    (070) Hearing God: The Most Powerful Experience on Earth?

    (070) Hearing God: The Most Powerful Experience on Earth?

    Hearing God’s voice may well be the most powerful experience on earth. Think about it. How was the earth created? It began with God speaking (Gen. 1:1). How are people healed? It is the word ‘sent forth’ that overcomes disease and death (Ps. 107:20; Mark 7:34; 9:25; John 11:43). How are people saved? It is made possible through the living Word, Jesus, who became flesh to atone for our sin (John 1:1). This is the pattern throughout the Scriptures. It all starts with God speaking!



    This episode of the podcast is a special one. It’s the first in a three-part series that features readings from my new book, The Church who Hears God’s voice: equipping everyone to recognise and respond to the Spirit. It’s a little entree before you may choose to enjoy the main meal. In the episode, we learn about



    A God-dream that saved a drought-stricken Australian farm

    The power of hearing God's voice in biblical history and,

    The impact of "love energy": what sociologists tell us about the power of hearing God's voice in the contemporary church.



    Hearing God is powerful because God’s words are powerful. The Scriptures present the experience of the revelatory Spirit as central to God’s plan. That truth calls us to listen to what the Spirit is saying to us.



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    • 22 min
    (069) How to Prophesy – Roma Waterman

    (069) How to Prophesy – Roma Waterman

    During my time in church life, I’ve heard some pretty interesting prophecies. Some of them have been couched in a strange “King James” language. Others have been so vague in content that they count for little. But I’ve also received some breathtakingly accurate prophetic words that are unmistakably from God. Prophecy is when we hear God’s voice on behalf of another person. We become like a “messenger” for God. But how do we prophesy? Can we all hear God’s voice for others? And how do we improve our ability to prophesy?



    Pastor and friend Roma Waterman joins us in this episode of God Conversations to talk about the gift of prophecy. Roma has an unusual ministry mix. She has been one of Australia’s foremost Christian artists for over 20 years and is also an internationally recognised prophet. She combines these two passions to lead worship and teaching on the prophetic, worship leading and songwriting. Her passion is to “release heaven's song over the nations” and to teach others to do the same.



    In this episode we talk about: 



    Roma’s story - how she became a worship leader, songwriter and prophet. Roma compares finding your calling to taking off a pair of 6 inch heels and replacing them with a comfy pair of slippers.

    The difference between the gift of prophecy and the calling of a prophet.

    The misplaced idea of prophecy as telling the future - akin to visiting a fortune teller or looking into a crystal ball. Prophecy is primarily a “message from God.” God may speak about the past, present or future.

    Jesus - the best example of a prophet we have. 

    Some tips on how to prophesy.

    How God speaks in different ways: through seeing, hearing and feeling. We often have a predominant spiritual sense and should avoid copying others.

    A simple key for growing in the prophetic.



    To find out more about Roma’s ministry and her prophetic school, go to romawaterman.com







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    • 44 min

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