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In 20-25 minutes, John walks through the meaning of a passage out of the Bible and reflects on the difference it makes in your life. John believes that Bible teaching should be "blue jeans theology" - theology for everyday life. Who couldn't use a little more wisdom from God in their life?

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Bible in Lif‪e‬ John Whittaker

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In 20-25 minutes, John walks through the meaning of a passage out of the Bible and reflects on the difference it makes in your life. John believes that Bible teaching should be "blue jeans theology" - theology for everyday life. Who couldn't use a little more wisdom from God in their life?

To become a patron and support the show, go to https://www.patreon.com/johnwhittaker.

    Can't come to Jesus unless the Father draws them? (John 6:44) | What did Jesus mean by ...? pt. 2

    Can't come to Jesus unless the Father draws them? (John 6:44) | What did Jesus mean by ...? pt. 2

    What did Jesus mean by ....? pt. 2
    Jesus said "no one comes to the Father except by Me" (John 14:6). 
    But He also said, "No one can come to Me unless the Father draws them" (John 6:44). 
    This seems like a catch 22 - you can't get to Father without Jesus and you can't get to Jesus without the Father. What's going on here? 
    When reading the Bible it's always critical to pay attention to the original context, both historical context and literary context. So in this episode we seek to listen to what Jesus was saying to His original audience and then figure out how these two passages fit together. 
    John 14:1-6
    “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many rooms; if that were not so, I would have told you, because I am going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I am coming again and will take you to Myself, so that where I am, there you also will be. 4 And you know thse way where I am going.” 5 Thomas *said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going; how do we know the way?” 6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me.
    John 6:41-45
    41 So then the Jews were complaining about Him because He said, “I am the bread that came down out of heaven.” 42 And they were saying, “Is this not Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, ‘I have come down out of heaven’?” 43 Jesus answered and said to them, “Stop complaining among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: ‘And they shall all be taught of God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. 
    Also read Isaiah 54 and John 8:38-44
     
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    • 22 min
    No Marriage in Heaven? | What did Jesus mean by...? , pt. 1

    No Marriage in Heaven? | What did Jesus mean by...? , pt. 1

    What did Jesus mean by...?
    What does it mean that there will be no marriage in heaven? What's the purpose of marriage on earth? Will I know my spouse in heaven? 
    These question all derive from what Jesus said in Matthew 22:30: "For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven." So in the is episode we explore what Jesus means by there will be no marriage in heaven and how that connects to the purpose of marriage. 
    Want to get more out of your Bible reading?
    Free Resource: I’ve put together a free guide to help you immediately get more out of the Bible: 
    https://www.johnwhittaker.net/seven-ways
     
    Support this ministry:
    Set up a one-time or monthly donation at the link below.
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    The Listener’s Commentary - In-depth teaching through books of the Bible to help you learn the Bible for yourself: 
    https://www.listenerscommentary.com
     
    Here are some ways to connect with me:
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    • 24 min
    Sometimes Church Leadership Gets Off Track | A Reflection from a Church Leader

    Sometimes Church Leadership Gets Off Track | A Reflection from a Church Leader

    There's been a lot of emphasis on leadership development for pastors and church leaders over the 15-20 years. While some good has come of that, I wonder if we've misunderstood what we're leading and what church leadership is really about. And this has led us to get things backwards. And in practice, it's even led a lot of confusion about what the "church" is. 
    This episode is a random reflection on this subject. I'd love to hear your thoughts. 
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    The Listener’s Commentary - In-depth teaching through books of the Bible to help you learn the Bible for yourself: 
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    • 20 min
    Reading the Bible is like visiting a foreign country in a time machine!

    Reading the Bible is like visiting a foreign country in a time machine!

    Many Christians really want to know Jesus and experience the abundant life He offers. Because of that, they know they should (and often want to) read the Bible. But when they do, they discover the Bible is hard and often leaves them feeling confused. And they aren’t quite sure why and what to do about it. 
    This episode explores that difficulty, helping you see that it's not all your fault and what you can do to make more sense of the Bible... and the the goal, of course, is that you can follow Jesus in your everyday life. 
    Because when you do that, you will experience the abundant life He offers … because Jesus and the Bible really do have the best wisdom for life - even if you have to work for it a bit!
    FREE TOOL: 7 Ways to Immediately Get More Out of the Bible
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    Support this ministry - this podcast and ministry is made possible by many people's generosity 
    Set up a one-time or monthly donation at the link below.
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    The Listener’s Commentary - In-depth teaching through books of the Bible to help you learn the Bible for yourself: 
    https://www.listenerscommentary.com
     
    Here are some ways to connect with me:
    ▶️Social Media-I would love to connect with you on facebook and instagram
     
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    • 24 min
    Ruthless Trust | Lessons on Faith from Habakkuk, pt. 3

    Ruthless Trust | Lessons on Faith from Habakkuk, pt. 3

    The book of Habakkuk ends with one of the most beautiful descriptions of faith and faithfulness in the entire Bible. Habakkuk 3:17-19 says:
    Though the fig tree does not bud
        and there are no grapes on the vines,
    though the olive crop fails
        and the fields produce no food,
    though there are no sheep in the pen
        and no cattle in the stalls,
    yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
        I will be joyful in God my Savior.
    The Sovereign Lord is my strength;
        he makes my feet like the feet of a deer,
        he enables me to tread on the heights.
    In this episode, we explore this beautiful text in the context of all of ch. 3 (and all of Habakkuk) learning what it takes to trust God continuously ... even when His actions don't make sense to us. 
    [THIS WEEK] - Pastors and Church Leaders - Free Workshop on 5 Shifts for Becoming a Disciple Making Church:
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    The Listener’s Commentary - In-depth teaching through books of the Bible to help you learn the Bible for yourself: 
    https://www.listenerscommentary.com
     
    Here are some ways to connect with me:
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    ▶️Email - john@johnwhittaker.net
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    • 22 min
    Trusting God When He Doesn't Make Sense | Lessons on Faith from Habakkuk, pt. 2

    Trusting God When He Doesn't Make Sense | Lessons on Faith from Habakkuk, pt. 2

    Have you ever felt like whatever God was up to, it didn't make sense? Where you wanted to say, "God, I don't understand?!" 
    That's Habakkuk's experience. God responds to his complaint and assures Habakkuk that He is indeed doing something about all the injustice among Israel. The problem is, God's cure is worse than the disease, and Habakkuk doesn't get it. So he complains to God again! 
    And God responds with one of the most important verses about faith ... what God tells Habakkuk is quoted in Romans and Galatians as the baseline for what it means to be a Christian: "The righteous shall live by faith."
    Pastors and Church Leaders - Free Workshop on 5 Shifts for Becoming a Disciple Making Church:
    discipleshipworkshop.net
     
    Support this ministry:
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    http://worldfamilymissions.org/john-whittaker/
     
    The Listener’s Commentary - In-depth teaching through books of the Bible to help you learn the Bible for yourself: 
    https://www.listenerscommentary.com
     
    Here are some ways to connect with me:
    ▶️Social Media-I would love to connect with you on facebook and instagram
    ▶️Email - john@johnwhittaker.net
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

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51 Ratings

Chris_Warnerj ,

Great Bible teacher, so helpful...

John Whittaker is really a blessing to listen to, glean from, and be stirred to dig into what the text is saying, wrestling with, etc. He has a gift with explaining difficult passages to help us see the background, context and meaning behind the authors intent. I highly recommend listening to his podcast, you will be glad you did!!

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Thanks to Preston Sprinkle for showcasing John. I’ve been listening to the older shows for the past couple week. I’m just eating them up. I’m looking forward to betting current with the new shows but that also means I won’t have so many shows to listen to. Anyway, thanks for what you do, John. This show is just good solid content with the call to faithful Jesus-discipleship action.

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I appreciate this podcast!

John is very down to earth and approachable. He focuses all his efforts on helping people truly understand the Bible better. He presents information in a very coherent, concise, and applicable way, and focuses on making sure everything he says in regard to teaching is straight from scripture. He also has great tools on his website for understanding the Bible better.

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