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Welcome to Echoes of Faith, a Podcast about God working in our lives today and how His Word impacts our future. This Podcast is designed to edify, encourage, and exhort God's people through the teaching of His Word and the telling of stories of how God works in our lives through blessings and through suffering.

Echoes of Faith Faith Baptist Church: Palm Bay, FL

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Welcome to Echoes of Faith, a Podcast about God working in our lives today and how His Word impacts our future. This Podcast is designed to edify, encourage, and exhort God's people through the teaching of His Word and the telling of stories of how God works in our lives through blessings and through suffering.

    Ep.16: Meaning(less) - A review of the Ecclesiastes sermon series (Part 2)

    Ep.16: Meaning(less) - A review of the Ecclesiastes sermon series (Part 2)

    Should we take risks in life? Or should we do everything we can to avoid risks at all costs? Our world, our country, all the way down to our families are grappling with this question on how to live. At this time it is in the midst of a pandemic disease known as Covid-19. But truth be told, this is an age old question that has been grappled with by philosophers, kings, and rulers throughout time. Solomon is said to be the wisest man that ever lived and he too grappled with these questions. Pastor Caleb Phelps recently completed a sermon series on the book of Ecclesiastes. He describes Solomon’s view of risk like this. “How are we supposed to live? Should we just play it safe and be as protected as possible? Should we go for the gusto? How are we supposed to live? And Solomon says, "Cast your bread upon the waters." Our problem is we don't cling to God's wisdom or live for God's purposes. We play it safe. We just do. So what Solomon is saying is life is risky, the world is uncertain, but don't let the uncertainty of life cause you to become reclusive. Be willing to take a risk. Get out there and do something.” Risk vs. Safety. Foolishness vs. Wisdom. Faith vs. Fear. All things that are covered by Solomon in his final written words, Ecclesiastes. Welcome to Echoes of Faith, a podcast about God working in our lives today and how His word impacts our future. This month I am once again sitting with Caleb as he reflects on Ecclesiastes. In many ways, Caleb, we’re trying to jump into the middle of a conversation here. If you as listeners want the continuity of a single conversation, go back to Echoes of Faith Podcast Episode 15 and listen again. Last time we were in the middle of looking at the meat of Ecclesiastes …

    Ep.15: Meaning(less) - A review of the Ecclesiastes sermon series

    Ep.15: Meaning(less) - A review of the Ecclesiastes sermon series

    Is there meaning to life? Some say life is simply to be enjoyed. You’ve probably heard the catchy sayings. “Go for the Gusto”. “Live for Today”. But at the end of the day, Is that all there is? Others say life is futile and fleeting. It doesn’t matter what you do. You’re born, you live, and you still just die. So why try? Solomon is said to be the wisest man that ever lived and he grappled with these questions. And yet he did some very foolish things. In the final writing we have from him, Solomon tells us that there is a third way that is the only meaningful way to live life. Pastor Caleb Phelps puts it this way. Phelps quote. “God has given to us joy and pleasure on earth and there should be a balance to it. We should also understand the somberness of death. There’s this tight rope to walk, to be balanced in life because of the goodness of God, enjoy the pleasures of God that He’s given to you. [... ] Death could come at any moment. [...] We don’t know how long we are going to have on earth, is Solomon’s point. You could pursue things that don’t matter. [...] or you could pursue those things that do matter. [...] Coming from a guy again that’s done it all, had it all, earned it all, made it all. He said none of it was worth it. But what is worth it is living God’s way. Welcome to Echoes of Faith, a podcast about God working in our lives today and how His word impacts our future. This month Caleb once again reflects on a completed sermon series. And if you haven't guessed it already, we'll be discussing Caleb's sermon series on Ecclesiastes.

    Ep. 14: The Role of the Evangelist (with Ron DeGarde)

    Ep. 14: The Role of the Evangelist (with Ron DeGarde)

    When was the last time you made a life-changing spiritual decision? Perhaps it was when you first gave your life to Christ. Perhaps it was a decision to ask for help to finally stop a life dominating sin in your life. What was it that triggered you to finally make that decision? What led up to it? What can the church do to create an environment in worship, fellowship, and Bible study to help believers and unbelievers alike soften their hearts to take that next step in yielding to God's will for their lives. One of the things the church can do is invite someone in with the gift of evangelism. Pastor Caleb Phelps believes this is becoming rare. "It's become increasingly abnormal for someone to be an evangelist or for churches to have an evangelist. I'm not sure all the reasons why." Traveling evangelist, Ron DeGarde believes Ephesians 4:11 teaches that there is God given role for the evangelist to play in the local church. "I obviously would look at Ephesians 4 at the four gifts that were given to the church. There were two that were foundational: the prophets and the apostles. There are two that are still functioning: the evangelist and the pastor / teacher." "I think there is a great help when a second voice comes along and reinforces the things that the pastor has been teaching and preaching. [...] They hear it from somebody else. But it wouldn't be as effective if the pastor hadn't been expositing the truth to begin with." Whether it is winning the lost or helping believers grow in Christ-likeness, let's take a closer look at the many roles evangelists play in our spiritual lives. Welcome to Echoes of Faith, a podcast about God working in our lives today and how His word impacts our future. This month Caleb interviews traveling evangelist Ron DeGarde while he and his team were leading a family conference at Faith Baptist of Palm Bay in February of 2020. Caleb and Ron talk about the role an evangelist plays in the lives of those who will come to listen and worship with his team. They also talk about the value for all believers to periodically take a spiritual inventory of their lives, as the apostle Paul did, looking for areas where they need to grow and change. And now, here's pastor Caleb.

    Ep. 13: Vision 2020 (with Caleb Phelps and Matthew Decker)

    Ep. 13: Vision 2020 (with Caleb Phelps and Matthew Decker)

    Are you ever tempted to be a loner, like an island separated from everyone else? … or even in a small group, are you tempted to isolate yourself just to that small group of friends, or co-workers, or even partners in ministry? In your personal ministry, do you tend to focus on just your small part? … or can you see God’s big mission and how your part fits into it? Pastor Caleb Phelps likens church ministries to puzzle pieces. “It’s a big jigsaw puzzle. Every ministry has a piece. Everybody works together to accomplish one big mission and that's God's mission. But everything works in tandem. And God says my burden is easy and light when you're working in tandem with me. And if it's working in tandem and we're all pushing to accomplish the same goal, we are going to have a bigger impact.” Pastor Matthew Decker says that calendar planning helps build bridges between the ministry islands in a church and helps us be the “one body” of Christ that Paul described in the New Testament. “When you look at scripture and you see the body of Christ. It says we are all one body with many members. How can we preach that and not actively have it even in our calendars, even in our planning. How we can do that is saying, 'look, we are not islands. So let's build Bridges. Let's connect our ministries so there is a flow.' ” So, are you or your small group a loner? Let’s take a closer look at what God’s Word says about being an island in ministry. Welcome to Echoes of Faith, a podcast about God working in our lives today and how His Word impacts our future. I’m Tom Wells and in this episode Caleb Phelps, Matthew Decker, and I continue our two-part podcast discussing the planning that the leadership of Faith Baptist Palm Bay has done for the year 2020 and how they are inviting the congregation to engage in the many ministry opportunities offered.

    Ep. 12: Vision 2020 (with Pastor James E. Godley)

    Ep. 12: Vision 2020 (with Pastor James E. Godley)

    Should Christians be planners? … or does that show a lack of faith? Should we just let the Holy Spirit guide each step? … and how does this work with the guidance in scripture to be good stewards or managers of what God has entrusted to us? What is God’s part? What is our part? How do we balance them? Pastor James E. Godley was the founding pastor of Faith Baptist Palm Bay. In a sermon from over 30 years ago, he challenged us from Romans 14, where Paul wrote “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God”. Well, I think in 1986 as well as the rest of our life we are going to have to give account to God for the time that we have. Whether you have a day or ten years or twenty years, you are going to have to answer to God for the way you use God’s time. (Pastor James E. Godley) Commenting on Pastor Godley’s sermon, current pastor, Caleb Phelps encourages us to take heed. It’s good for us to consider our history. It is good for you to be familiar with Pastor Godley and his heart because it helps you to understand why we are what we are. The value of time. We can waste years and even days. Just to be intentional going into the year like Pastor Godley was admonishing us to do is a good thing for us going into 2020. (Caleb Phelps) Welcome to Echoes of Faith, a podcast about God working in our lives today and how His Word impacts our future. In this episode Caleb Phelps and Matthew Decker begin a two-part podcast about planning the church calendar for a new year. Right off the heels of celebrating our 40th anniversary, we take a listen to a new year’s sermon from our founding pastor and discuss our church plans for this new year, 2020. It you’d like to hear more recordings of our 40th anniversary celebration, you can find the at www.faithpb.com\40th, that’s faithpb.com\40th. Now according to Caleb, good planning helps us make the right investment in the right ministry at the right time. This month is January of 2020 and Caleb and Matthew have been leading our congregation in planning out the year 2020. The early worship services have messages that are designed to inform the congregation of the plans that have been put in place, inviting them to participate in the ministry activities that are offered. So this episode and the February episode are dedicated to talking about new beginnings.

    Ep. 11: The Exchange (with Jeff Musgrave)

    Ep. 11: The Exchange (with Jeff Musgrave)

    What is it that motivates us as believers to overcome our discouragement, and actually share the gospel with those we encounter on our way? In a continued discussion from our last episode with Pastor, teacher, and founder of “The Exchange Ministry” Jeff Musgrave says that he believes we should be motivated by heavenly rewards and having an approach that works. [Jeff] “As a pastor, if you wanted to have a great alter call, just preach on family devotions or evangelism, because everyone feels guilty. We try hard never to motivate people out of guilt. … we want to motivate them out of, “I think this is going to work”. [Caleb] “You talked about rewards … it’s almost like we don’t want to be motivated just by rewards, but … who invented the rewards?” [Jeff] “There are two things that we have to believe about Him to please Him. (Hebrews 11:6 ) Constant awareness that He’s with me. He’s a rewarder of those that diligently seek him.” The Exchange tools that Jeff sees as a gift from God, greatly simplify the process of sharing the gospel, giving confidence to us as believers that we can do this! But more than that, God Himself rewards us to do his will. Scripture teaches us that God rewards us for doing good works, denying ourselves, showing compassion to the needy, and treating our enemies kindly. As we’ll learn today these rewards from God include rewards for faithfully sharing the gospel with those we meet. Welcome to Echoes of Faith, a podcast about God working in our lives today and how His Word impacts our future. In this episode our host Caleb Phelps continues his discussion with Jeff Musgrave. He and his wife Anna founded “The Exchange” in 2010 and have presented their training in over 200 churches, to thousands of people. They recently delivered this training at Faith Baptist Palm Bay in September of 2019. Jeff and Caleb sat down to talk about the approach and how you the Podcast listener can be more motivated by God’s Word to put these principles into practice. And now, here’s pastor Caleb. https://exchangemessage.org/

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