38 episodes

Welcome to the Ordinary Believers Podcast - we're a simple arm of what will become a much larger vision, goal, business, ministry and outreach - and we're here to talk about God. Taylor and Cory have been having conversations about our faith and God for years in our respective basements and now it's time to take that out into the world. We want to start conversations where conversations usually end - at the things that we don't understand or comprehend. We aren't pastors, we aren't theologians, we are just regular guys who love God and want to talk about it with you. 

Ordinary Believers Kingdom Empowered

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.4 • 7 Ratings

Welcome to the Ordinary Believers Podcast - we're a simple arm of what will become a much larger vision, goal, business, ministry and outreach - and we're here to talk about God. Taylor and Cory have been having conversations about our faith and God for years in our respective basements and now it's time to take that out into the world. We want to start conversations where conversations usually end - at the things that we don't understand or comprehend. We aren't pastors, we aren't theologians, we are just regular guys who love God and want to talk about it with you. 

    Dealing with Change | Episode 37

    Dealing with Change | Episode 37

    We're talking about something we all face: change. Join us in this candid and insightful conversation as we explore the art of embracing both planned and unexpected transitions. We'll tackle preparing for change, its challenges, and how faith and spirituality come into play. Plus, we'll dive into the importance of staying present in the midst of life's uncertainties. Get ready for some real talk about personal growth and development. 

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    ✨ Episode Key Points ✨

    (0:00:00) - Approaching Change and Discussing Scripture
    We discuss preparing for change, Noah's Ark, Joseph interpreting Pharaoh's dreams, and a trivia game.

    (0:03:28) - Navigating Change and Preparation
    We discuss preparing for change, going with the flow, and planning for the future.

    (0:19:21) - Preparing for and Responding to Change
    We examine how to respond to change, individual preparation, reactions based on control, and balancing expectations.

    (0:33:32) - Embracing Change for Growth
    We explore vulnerability, responsibility, comfort, growth, and God's role in change.

    (0:47:54) - Overcoming Anxiety and Being Present
    Jesus emphasizes the privilege of being present, exploring stillness and the power of being present, and examining fear of the future and regret of the past.

    (1:03:38) - Discovering the Power of Meditation
    Intention, vulnerability, stillness, and presence are discussed to increase power over thoughts and emotions.

    (1:07:29) - The Importance of Being Present
    We debate implications of quiet solitude, reactions to change, setting intentions, and being present.

    (1:11:36) - Duration of Creation - Bible Trivia
    We debate Bible interpretation, Sabbath importance, and the power of stillness.

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    • 1 hr 12 min
    Do Our Beliefs Match Our Behaviors | Bandjam 6 | Episode 36

    Do Our Beliefs Match Our Behaviors | Bandjam 6 | Episode 36

    ✨ Episode Key Points ✨

    (0:00:00) - Faith 
    We discuss taking ownership of faith, balancing patience and reason

    (0:07:40) - Recap 
    Matt's biblical knowledge, taking ownership of faith, living in the present
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    • 1 hr 40 min
    Responding to Listener Comments | Episode 35

    Responding to Listener Comments | Episode 35

    ✨ Episode Key Points ✨

    (0:00:00) - Importance of Context in Scriptural Interpretation
    We discuss the dangers of pulling verses out of context and questioning God's favoritism.

    (0:15:50) - Using Scripture in Relationships
    Investigating scripture misuse, guilt vs. conviction, and healthy scripture use.

    (0:22:48) - The Power of Conviction and Identity
    We reflect on guilt vs. conviction, recognizing our worth, and God's goodness leading to repentance.

    (0:35:45) - Exploring Oxymorons and Beliefs
    Believing in something higher is an extraordinary, natural human behavior shaped by people and God's Word.

    (0:40:35) - Shift From Religion to Grace
    We reflect on changing language from religious to relationship-based, cultural differences, and using grace instead of Hellfire and Brimstone.

    (0:51:19) - Leadership and the Importance of Following
    Leadership, humility, examples, dictatorship, apprenticeship, following, church, and Christianity are discussed.

    (0:58:24) - The Role of Church in Christianity
    We discuss the importance of church for Christian growth, potential trauma, and online platforms for community.

    (1:03:30) - Defining Christianity Beyond Do's and Don'ts
    We explore diversity, fellowship, groupthink, and humility to challenge beliefs and grow.

    (1:08:54) - Finding Community and Being Present
    We examine church online, fellowship, spiritual feeding, and being an oxymoron believer.

    (1:21:45) - Podcast Plans and Personal Updates
    We discuss changes, handling rude comments, self-care, and an episode addressing mean comments.
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    • 1 hr 23 min
    Holy Spirit Run Down | Our Takeaways From The Series

    Holy Spirit Run Down | Our Takeaways From The Series

    Join us as we share our insights, experiences, and discoveries about acknowledging the Holy Spirit without overcomplicating it.
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    ✨ Episode Key Points ✨

    (0:00:00) - Understanding the Holy Spirit
    We discussed the Holy Spirit's accessibility, joy in difficult times, and acknowledging its presence.

    (0:06:01) - Understanding the Holy Spirit's Mystery
    We reflect on the Holy Spirit's power, presence, and how it brings joy, peace, kindness, and patience.

    (0:15:16) - Exploring Faith and Tongues Mystery
    We explore the mystery of the Holy Spirit, growing in understanding and love of God, and the gift of tongues connecting words and God.

    (0:28:25) - Exploring Tongues and Interpretation in Prayer
    We discussed the Holy Spirit's expression, discernment, humility, interpretation, and respect.

    (0:37:16) - Interpreting Tongues and Church Speaking
    We explore the Holy Spirit's power, discernment, humility, language, manipulation, and prophecy.

    (0:48:29) - Exploring Tongues and Prophecy
    We discuss interpretation, tongues, prophecies, fruits of the Spirit, discerning the Spirit's movement, and perceiving it.

    (0:57:28) - Displaying Fruit of the Holy Spirit
    We explore how to live and show the fruits of the Holy Spirit, recognizing when something isn't right, engaging with the Spirit, and the gift of interpretation.

    (1:02:20) - Importance of Fruits of Spirit
    We seek the Holy Spirit's presence, discern who we invite spiritually, and practice seeking Him in all aspects of life.

    (1:17:18) - Finding Peace and Understanding Through Conversation
    We share stories of encountering the Holy Spirit, offering help and clarity, and encouraging faith and understanding.
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    • 1 hr 19 min
    The Joy of My Salvation with Christina Sandor | The Holy Spirit Series | Episode 3

    The Joy of My Salvation with Christina Sandor | The Holy Spirit Series | Episode 3

    Join us as we sit down with Christina, a devoted follower of Christ, a loving wife, and mother of four. This incredible woman opens up about her personal journey of learning to truly love Jesus and how this deepening relationship has transformed her life. She beautifully highlights the constant presence of God in her life, even during periods when she was unaware of it. Christina also shares her reflections on her transformation, the importance of humility, and the continuous growth that comes with being a follower of Christ.
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    ✨ Episode Key Points ✨
    (0:00:00) - Holy Spirit and Personal Growth
    Christina, married with four daughters, shares her journey of learning to love Jesus and her experiences as a Campus Pastor at Amplify Church and a Pittsburgh sports fan.

    (0:08:08) - Transformation and Growth in Following Christ
    Christina shares her journey of deepening her relationship with Jesus, reflecting on God's presence, and transformation through humility.

    (0:24:01) - Joy and the Holy Spirit Misconceptions
    The Holy Spirit produces joy and peace, not dependent on our actions, reminding us of the joy of salvation.

    (0:30:10) - Accessing Holy Spirit's Fruits and Worship
    We position ourselves to receive the Holy Spirit, exploring joy, peace, and comfort, and recognizing God's presence.

    (0:41:40) - Exploring Worship in a Corporate Setting
    Engage in corporate worship with reverence for the Holy Spirit, mindful of order, and striving to bring Heaven on Earth.

    (0:53:25) - Understanding the Holy Spirit and Baptism
    We discuss the Holy Spirit's promise, joy, peace, and how to recognize it.

    (1:03:09) - Understanding the Holy Spirit and Manifestations
    We discuss the Holy Spirit's presence, manifestations, and fruit, emphasizing its individualized giving.

    (1:14:58) - Prayer of Thanksgiving and Invocation
    We give thanks to God, receive the Holy Spirit, engage in corporate worship, and recognize its presence for joy and peace.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    The Reality of Things We Can't See with Jason Howard | The Holy Spirit Series | Episode 2

    The Reality of Things We Can't See with Jason Howard | The Holy Spirit Series | Episode 2

    Listen in as we continue to explore our experiences with the Holy Spirit, how it has guided us in our journeys, and its role in the Church. We scrutinize the theology of cessationism, discuss how the Church views worship, and how we can create an environment for people to experience God. 
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    ✨ Episode Key Points ✨
    (0:00:00) - Encountering God and Travel Adventures
    We discussed God's presence in nature, travels, being off the grid, Miami, Montana, and Jason's first shooting range experience.

    (0:12:36) - Living the Kingdom's Purpose
    Paul's faith inspires us to devote ourselves to full-time ministry and focus on sharing Jesus with others.

    (0:18:56) - Experience With the Holy Spirit
    I experienced the Holy Spirit's presence in worship, enabled by Jesus' death, with childlike faith.

    (0:22:34) - God's Presence and Spiritual Sensitivity
    We recognize God's presence, explore eternity and longing for something greater, expressed in peace, joy, and love.

    (0:26:24) - Exploring the Holy Spirit and Prophecy
    Discuss challenges of being receptive to the Holy Spirit, share story of broken heart, emphasize miracles are supernatural yet understandable, misuse of prophetic words, covenant of grace, power of discernment, use words to build up.

    (0:37:27) - Holy Spirit in the Church
    Prayer, power of God, closure, hope, and guardrails to ensure proper use of the Holy Spirit's gifts are discussed.

    (0:44:35) - Debate on Role of Holy Spirit
    Cessationism's impact on the Secret and Sensitive Movement, presence-prioritizing worship, and creating an atmosphere to encounter God are discussed.

    (0:57:18) - Exploring Charismatic and Pentecostal Practices
    Leadership sets tone for engaging with Holy Spirit gifts; be sensitive to unfamiliarity; make faith step to become more sensitive to Spirit's leading; pray for others.

    (1:08:31) - Gifts of the Holy Spirit Understanding
    We discuss the gifts of the Holy Spirit, 1 Corinthians 12:11, prophesying, speaking in tongues, James' prayer and healing, and avoiding condemnation and shame.

    (1:20:10) - Hearing the Holy Spirit's Voice
    Exploring God's presence, discerning His voice, and accessing the Holy Spirit's gifts.

    (1:31:07) - Supernatural Experiences and Spirit Realm
    God's presence is supernatural, overwhelming, and full of joy; He reveals what we need to know and encourages faith and sensitivity to the Holy Spirit.

    (1:39:01) - Holy Spirit and God's Goodness
    Recognizing God's goodness, setting a good example, and connecting with the younger generation are discussed.
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    • 1 hr 39 min

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