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Encouraging women to cultivate a love for God's word.
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We don’t often think of the end times when we are celebrating Christmas, but the return of Jesus and the restoration of all creation is an important part of the work of Christ. On episode 84 of the Adorned Podcast we discuss how looking to what the Bible tells us is in store for the future helps us more deeply celebrate the birth of Christ. What a glorious day it will be when Jesus returns! Quotes: “As His first advent secured our redemption, so His second advent is the blessed hope of the church for the full consummation of His Kingdom” -RC Sproul “Glorification is the final step in the application of redemption. It will happen when Christ returns and raises from the dead bodies of all believers for all time who have died, and reunites them with their souls, and changes the bodies of all believers who remain alive, thereby giving all believers at the same time perfect resurrection bodies like his own.” -Systematic Theology “Believers will enter unto the full enjoyment of life in the presence of God forever.” -Systematic Theology “Yes, Jesus was born as a little baby and He came to die on the cross, but that’s not where this story ends. The story ends with full restoration of everything." Resources: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Laferton Essential Truths of the Christian Faith by R.C. Sproul Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem   TheOlogy by Marty Machowski  Risen Motherhood by Emily Jensen and Laura Wifler  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 83 of the Adorned Podcast we discuss the part of the metanarrative of scripture that we tend to focus on the most at Christmas, redemption. Why was it necessary for the Son of God to wrap himself in flesh in order to fully redeem us? How does meditating on the redeeming work of Christ change the way we view the holiday season? We would love for you to join us as we continue to prepare our hearts and minds as we draw nearer to Christmas Day. Quotes: “We are still living with the effects of the fall, but those of us that are in Christ have His imputed righteousness.” “We can move away from the darkness because Jesus is the light of the world!” “Redemption is the reason that Jesus had to be born as a baby so it is the whole reason we celebrate Christmas.” “The more familiar I am with the whole story of scripture, the better I know God, and the deeper my love for him is.” “Everything we do at Christmas should flow from the fact that Jesus coming as a baby is the gift.” “Lord, help me to do everything out of the overflow from the fact that I have received the ultimate gift from you.” Resources: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Laferton *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
Ep. 82 - Advent - Fall

Ep. 82 - Advent - Fall

2019-12-0500:21:44

Sin might be the last thing we want to think about at Christmastime, but the fall of man is the whole reason Jesus had to come to earth and be born as a human. On episode 82 of the Adorned Podcast we discuss how understanding our depravity and our need for a savior makes the gift of Christmas that much sweeter! Quotes: “If I chose to live in the truth that God really is sovereign and really is in control, how much stress would that take away?” “Immediately after the fall happens, God is there giving hope and truth and pointing them to Jesus.” “Original sin refers to the result of the first sin, the corruption of the human race. Original sin refers to the fallen condition in which we are born” - R.C. Sproul “We have to first accept the fact that the fall happened so we can see the beauty of redemption.” “If we don’t understand the fall we won’t understand the Bible or the gospel. Because if we don’t understand the problem we can’t understand the solution.” Don Carson Resources: The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Laferton *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
Ep. 81 - Advent - Creation

Ep. 81 - Advent - Creation

2019-11-2800:41:06

For Advent this year we decided to walk through the metanarrative of scripture; creation, fall, redemption, and restoration. We are excited to spend some time looking at how each part points to Christmas and what it means practically as we anticipate and celebrate the birth of Jesus. On episode 81 of the Adorned Podcast we discuss creation. The Son did not just suddenly appear at His incarnation, but has always been. We see this through the trinitarian language used way back in Genesis! We would love for you to listen in as we discuss what this means for us during the Christmas season. Quotes: “Advent is traditionally the four Sundays leading up to Christmas and means “coming.”” “How cool is it that God sent His Son, The Light of the World, in the darkest time of the year and we have that to celebrate.” “We have to believe that God will be faithful to bring to completion what He has promised.” “We can live with the expectation that God will do what He said He’s going to do.” “Advent is not about doing a specific thing, but it’s about the hope and the waiting in this season and knowing that God will do what He said He’s going to do through the work of Jesus.” “The Bible provides us with the basic story that we need in order to understand our world and to live in it as God’s people” -The Drama of Scripture “Heresy is destructive, not just for your mind, but for your life.” -J.T. English “Christmas is not God's second plan. Before he created the world, God determined to save sinners through the blood of his own Son. The grand narrative of the Bible points to this essential truth -- God determined to bring glory to himself through the salvation of a people redeemed and purchased by his own Son, the Christ. Bethlehem and Calvary were essential parts of God's plan from the beginning, before the cosmos was brought into being as the Son obeyed the will of the Father in creation.” -Al Mohler Resources: Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp The Garden, the Curtain, and the Cross by Carl Laferton The Drama of Scripture by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen  Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt   Where does the Story of Christmas Begin? By Al Mohler  ESV Study Bible  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
Ep. 80 - Advent - Resources

Ep. 80 - Advent - Resources

2019-11-2100:30:44

One of the most frequent questions we are asked is what resources we recommend. On Episode 80 of the Adorned Podcast, we are excited to share some of our favorite resources for Advent with all of you! Tune in to hear how we plan to prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of Jesus! Visit our website to view all of this week's resources and gift guide!  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 79 of the Adorned Podcast we discuss the last part of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount in Matthew Chapter 7. It is said that “the hardest thing for man to maintain since the fall is balance.” We see Jesus addressing the idea of balance several times in this passage. We would love for you to join us as we wrap up the first part of our study of Matthew! Quotes: “The hardest thing for man to maintain since the fall is BALANCE” -Thabiti Anyabwile “God is not just our provider, but He is kind.” “False prophets depend on us not knowing The Bible.” -Jen Wilkin “Am I really resting in and trusting the fact that Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection is what saves me?” “When storms come, that’s when we really see what our foundation is.” Resources: Inductive Study Guide  The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew Sermon on Matthew 7:1-12 by Thabiti Anyabwile Knowing the Bible: Matthew by Drew Hunter  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 78 of the Adorned Podcast we dive into the second part of Matthew chapter 6. In this section Jesus reminds us several different times in several different ways that we should focus the attention of our heart and mind on things with eternal value. What does it mean to seek first the kingdom of God? We invite you to listen in and join us as we study God’s Word together! Quotes: “Are you finding your satisfaction in your comfort and trust in things on earth or are you looking more at things that have eternal value? It comes back to the same question of who is on the throne?” “As soon as you think we couldn’t live without something, that thing has become your treasure.” “What am I allowing into my heart through my eyes?” “Worry distracts us from the primary goal of seeking first the kingdom of God.” Resources: Inductive Study Guide  Do No Worry by Ellie Holcomb  The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 77 of the Adorned Podcast we walk through the first part of Matthew chapter 6 and look at how Jesus was teaching His disciples to pray in verses 9-13, “The Lord’s Prayer.” Jesus demonstrates a pattern of bouncing back and forth between praise and petition, which in turn leads to confession. Join us as we take a deeper look into how Jesus is teaching us to commune with The Father. Quotes: “Would I still do this act of kindness even if I couldn’t take any pictures or post them on social media?” “What we should do is show when we’re tempted to hide and hide when we’re tempted to show.” -Jen Wilkin “God cannot be flattered, educated, convinced, or coerced.” -Jen Wilkin “Who is sitting on the throne of your heart? If you’re still sitting there, he’s not hallowed. He’s not holy. He’s not set apart. If the approval of others is sitting on the throne of your heart—if it’s pride, if it’s lust, if there’s anything else sitting on the throne of your heart—he’s not hallowed in it.”  -Tyler St. Clair “It’s God’s kingdom. He is the one on the throne!” “Recognizing temptation is the first step in resisting it.” Resources: Inductive Study Guide The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 76 of the Adorned podcast we discuss the second half of Matthew chapter 5. In this section of The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus is teaching His disciples, and in turn us, that we shouldn’t live with a “what’s the least I can do to get by” attitude, but one that desires to truly love others as He does. We would love for you to join us as we continue to study God’s Word together! Quotes: “Jesus is saying that the reason for the law is to point us toward him.” “Sin often starts with what we fix our eyes on and that leads to an unhealthy desire and actions.” “There are times that the marriage covenant has been so defiled that it doesn’t bear any resemblance to the relationship between Christ and the church and it is a mercy to dissolve it.” -Jen Wilkin “Let your yes be yes and let your no be no.” “Do we really trust that God is in control and He wants what’s good for us and what brings Him the most glory?” “God is good, God is worthy of my trust, and He holds all of this in His hands.” “Can a person be perfect? Theoretically, the answer to that is yes. The New Testament tells us that with every temptation we meet, God gives us a way to escape that temptation. He always gives us enough grace to overcome sin. So sin in the Christian life, I would say, is inevitable because of our weakness and because of the multitude of opportunities we have to sin. But on a given occasion, it is never, ever necessary. So in that sense, we could theoretically be perfect, though none of us is.” -R.C. Sproul Resources: Inductive Study Guide The Church as the Light of the World sermon by Sinclair Ferguson  When Jesus says, "Be ye perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect," does that mean we can attain perfection, and should we? by R.C. Sproul The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
This week on the Adorned Podcast we begin our study of The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ longest recorded sermon. In His teaching, Jesus answers the question “what is a good life or what is human flourishing?” On episode 75 we cover the first part of chapter 5, which is known as the “beatitudes.” The beatitudes are not a band, as Erin once believed, but they are short statements that start with “blessed” and they summarize the essence of The Sermon on the Mount. Join us as we continue to see Jesus paint this picture of what it looks like to live as a follower of Him. Quotes: “True human flourishing is only available through communion with the Father God through his revealed Son, Jesus, as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit. This flourishing is only experienced through faithful, heart-deep, whole-person discipleship, following Jesus’ teachings and life, which situate the disciple into God’s community or kingdom. This flourishing will only be experienced fully in the eschaton, when God finally establishes his reign upon the earth. As followers of Jesus journey through their lives, they will experience suffering in this world, which in God’s providence is in fact a means to true flourishing even now” -Jonathan T. Pennington “The first 4 beatitudes are where our faith takes root and the last 4 are how it bears fruit” -Jen Wilkin In reference to being poor in spirit - “ It is the conscious acknowledgement of unworth before God, the deepest form of repentance.” -D.A. Carson “Meekness is not weakness it is strength that is restrained” Resources: God’s Very Good Idea by Trillia Newbell The Garden, the Curtain and the Cross by Carl Laferton and Catalina Echeverri  Inductive Study Guide The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
This week on the Adorned Podcast we take a look at the beginning of Jesus’ ministry in Matthew 4:12-25. We know that Jesus didn’t need the disciples’ help, but in His kindness He invited them in. The Bible tells us that the disciples didn’t hesitate to follow Jesus, they just dropped their fishing nets and went “immediately.” Immediate obedience is hard, but it is a theme that we have already seen so much in the first 4 chapters of Matthew. How is God asking you to follow him in immediate obedience today? Quotes: “Being a disciple means having an open mind, an open heart, and being willing to be taught.” “Jesus didn’t need the disciple’s help, but He was willing to invite them in so they could be a part of what He was doing to expand the kingdom. What a gift.” “Caring for someone’s physical needs is hard, but it really is such an important part of sharing the gospel.” “We need more than the humble life of Christ, we also need need the victorious rule and ministry of Christ to overcome Satan’s schemes, to bring healing and restoration to the brokenness that sin produces, and provide reconciliation between God and man.” -Jeff Vanderstelt Resources: Inductive Study Guide The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 73 of the Adorned Podcast we dive into the first part of Matthew chapter 4. Temptation is such a difficult topic, but we can find immense comfort through this passage that shows us how Jesus was tempted in the same ways we are today. When we break down these 11 verses, we notice that Jesus gives us some very practical examples for how to fight temptation in our own lives. We can praise God for sending his Son to identify with His people! Quotes: “We have to hide His word in our hearts so we can use it to fight temptation.” “The question is “do you seek to Glorify yourself or will you glorify your father in heaven” The Son always gives glory to the father.” -Jen Wilkin “God is who He says He is and He will do what He says He will do. He will provide.” “God is our provider and just like he provided manna for the Israelites, he provides everything we need today.” “Every temptation you face comes down to the question “Is God really good, can you really trust him?”” “God is good and His work is sufficient.” -Jeff Vanderstelt “You can’t impart what you don’t possess.” -John Piper Resources: Inductive Study Guide  Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 72 of the Adorned Podcast we dig into chapter 3 of Matthew. The chapter begins with John the Baptist preaching a message of repentance and addressing the importance of baptism. When Jesus approaches John desiring to be baptized himself, John is understandably hesitant, but he acts out of obedience. Why is it important for Jesus, God wrapped in flesh, to be baptized? How is the trinity so beautifully displayed during this event? Join us as we discuss these questions and more! Quotes: “We don’t repent so the kingdom will come, but we repent because it is here.” -Jen Wilkin “Repentance isn’t just turning away from sin, but it’s turning to something else.” “God truly wants the best for His children.” “ The entrance of Christ into his public ministry on earth was the chosen opportunity for the public manifestation of the intimate union between God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.“ -Charles Spurgeon Resources: Inductive Study Guide  The Song of Creation, sermon by Tim Keller  The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew Gospel Fluency by Jeff Vanderstelt *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 71 of the Adorned Podcast we dive into chapters 1 and 2 of Matthew. The book begins with the genealogy of Jesus and we immediately notice that Matthew is reassuring the Jews that Jesus is indeed their promised Messiah. Matthew then goes on to recount the story of Jesus’ birth and the events surrounding the first few years of His life. Throughout these first 2 chapters we continually see God’s sovereignty in the big miracles, the small details, and even through  what Herod meant for evil. The beginning of this book is such a good reminder that we can rest in the fact that God is in total and complete control! Quotes: “God is in control and can use anyone He pleases. He can save anyone He pleases.” “The first link between my soul and Christ is not my goodness but my badness, not my merit but my misery, not my standing but my falling, not my riches but my need.” -Charles Spurgeon “If you believe in a God who controls the big things, you have to believe in a God who controls the little things.” -Elisabeth Elliot “God is not only sovereign over the big things and the small things, but He is also sovereign over the bad.” “Seeing the brokenness of man truly gets us to see Jesus for who he really is and how much His blood accomplishes on the cross on our behalf.” Resources: Inductive Study Guide  The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On Episode 70 of the Adorned Podcast we recap our last series “Our Gifts, His Glory” by discussing what God taught us through our conversations with all of the amazing ladies we were privileged to interview. We officially announce that our fall series will be a walk through the first part of the gospel of Matthew. If you are at all familiar with this podcast, then you know that we believe the context of what we are studying is so very important. That is why we spend some time during this episode discussing who wrote the book, when he wrote it, his purpose behind his writing, and what themes we will continually see as we read? We can’t wait to see what God is going to teach all of us as we continue to study His Word together! Quotes: “Don’t stop walking just because you might trip.” “Recognize, repent, and keep walking forward.” “If Jesus said it then it’s absolutely true and we should focus on what He’s saying.” “Matthew gave us God’s entire plan from Genesis to Revelation” -Spurgeon Study Bible  “Matthew was writing this book to announce and affirm Jesus.  What does your life announce and affirm?” “Matthew makes no division between history and theology. History is the basis of theology, and theology interprets the meaning of historical events. He speaks truth about real events in history, and he does so with a spiritual, pastoral, and covenantal agenda.” -Reformation Study Bible “The false teacher relies on you having ignorance of the text.” -Jen Wilkin Resources: Inductive Study Guide  The Village Church’s women’s Bible study on Matthew *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 69 of the Adorned Podcast we continue our series “Our Gifts, His Glory” with an encouraging conversation with Angie Likens. We discuss how a passion for discipleship led her to found the Proclaim Truth Conference. We attended this conference in January and absolutely LOVED it! To hear more of our thoughts on the conference you can go back and listen to episode 45. On today’s episode Angie shares how looking to those that have gone before us and collaborating with those around us, truly is what discipleship is all about. How do we do this while remembering that it is for God’s glory and not our own? Listen in to this conversation that is is full of so much wisdom, passion, and biblical truth! We pray that it encourages your heart as much as it did ours! Listen all the way to the end to hear how you can use the code “Adorn” to receive a special discount! Quotes: “The scripture is completely sufficient to reveal God to us.” -Angie Likens “We study The Word of God so that we would grow to hate what God hates and love what God loves.” -Angie Likens “God has a greater passion for His name than I can ever have.” -Angie Likens “God is faithful to His plan for His kingdom and His purpose.” -Angie Likens Resources: Books by A.W. Tozer  Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves  Books by Jen Wilkin  Hearers and Doers by Kevin Vanhoozer  Teaching to Change Lives by Howard Hendricks  Living by The Book by Howard Hendricks  His Word Alone by Summer Lacy  Choosing Peace by Lasater and Kinyon  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 68 of the Adorned Podcast we continue our series, “Our Gifts, His Glory.” We had the privilege of talking with Emily and Laura from “Risen Motherhood” about what it looks like to use the gift of motherhood for God’s glory. If you are not familiar with the Risen Motherhood ministry, they exist to encourage, equip, and challenge moms to apply the gospel to their everyday lives. On this episode, we discuss everything from Emily’s amazing fire building skills to how potty training and mountains of laundry will continually point you back to the gospel. Even if you are not in the throws of motherhood, we believe you will find encouragement through this conversation! Quotes: “Everything we have is The Lord’s.  It’s all been given by Him; all of our gifts, every skill set, our personality traits, our tendencies. God gives those to His people and if we truly are not our own but we belong to God then every resource, every gift we have, is actually His!” -Laura Wifler “The neat thing about the gospel is that it makes us new and it changes everything about who we are.” -Emily Jensen “God is the one, in Christ who reconciles our responsibility with our inability.” -Emily Jensen “The great news of what God did for us is that He came and He said “I know that you’re not enough, but I’m going to send my son to be enough on your behalf and now before the throne of God, you are made good, you are made righteous, I see you and I see righteousness, I see patience, and kindness, and long suffering because I see Jesus.  He covers us in front of God,”” -Laura Wifler “He is for my good and He is for their good, and I can trust Him.” -Emily Jensen “We are not above Christ and what He has done.  He came to serve, he came to lay down His life, he came to deal with the dirty, stinky, messy, annoying needs that we all have.” -Emily Jensen “As moms, so much of what we do is unseen, but it does matter and God is refining and molding, and growing us in these days. He’s preparing us for whatever good works He has down the road.  These days are not being wasted.” -Laura Wifler Resources: Risen Motherhood Resource Page  Risen Motherhood Website  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 67 of the Adorned Podcast we continue our series “Our Gifts, His Glory” with a conversation with Courtney Reissig.  Courtney is a wife, mother, writer, and speaker that has a heart for helping women grow in their knowledge of God’s Word. She shares her story of how a potentially life-threatening diagnosis during her last pregnancy helped free her from some of her struggles by reminding her to steward her giftings for God’s glory. This conversation was a great reminder of God’s trustworthiness, his sovereignty, and his goodness.  We pray that you are encouraged as you listen.   Quotes: “We have a responsibility to steward the giftings that God has given us.  We don’t get to just check out and not do it because we might be glory seeking.” -Courtney Reissig  “Even if you’re not sure if your motives are right, keep moving forward and allow God to sanctify those motives as you move forward.” “So much of our discontentment, our comparison, our envy, and jealousy, all of those heart responses to what we don’t have, are owing to the fact that we think God isn’t trustworthy. When I remember all that He has done, I’m reminded that He is trustworthy!” -Courtney Reissig  “God’s sovereignty paired with his goodness is just incredibly comforting.” -Courtney Reissig  Resources: Glory in the Ordinary by Courtney Reissig  The Accidental Feminist by Courtney Reissig  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On episode 66 of the Adorned Podcast we had the privilege of sitting down to chat with Payton Keller about how she chooses to use her gifts for God’s glory.  Payton is an incredibly talented singer, songwriter, and worship leader born and raised in the Austin area.  She shares her story of how God grabbed a hold of her heart and turned her eyes toward Jesus instead of herself.  Our prayer is that as you listen to this conversation you will be encouraged and inspired to use your own giftings for the glory of our King!  Quotes: “Now my contentment is in Jesus’ name instead of my own name.” -Payton Keller  “There is so much contentment in using your passions for something bigger than yourself.” -Payton Keller  “It’s not about us, it’s about God. Give your life over to him and he’ll use you for his glory.” -Payton Keller  “Get in your Bible. Know Jesus in a big way!” -Payton Keller  “Don’t pursue opportunities, pursue Jesus.” -Payton Keller  Resources: The Bible  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
On Episode 65 we kick off our series “Our Gifts, His Glory” with a conversation with Margaret Gibson.  Margaret works in non profit development and is passionate about the topic of generosity.  We thought this was the perfect way to kick off this series as we discuss what it looks like to give generously for the glory of God.  Margaret guides us to where we can see generosity in The Bible.  Spoiler alert!  This is a topic that is woven throughout the entirety of scripture!  Ultimately it points us back to how generous God has been to us by providing His grace, a gift we do not deserve.  We left this conversation feeling so encouraged and inspired to give generously for the glory of God and pray that you will too.       Quotes: “There is such a scarcity mentality.  We think that there’s not enough.  That is a fundamental issue about the character of God for us.  It’s us not believing that God is not big enough, or good enough, or loves us enough to do good things for us or to provide for us in the way that He promises He will.” -Margaret Gibson  “Our generosity comes out of an overflow of what God does for us.” -Erin Kellogg  “The best way to get good at giving is to give.” -Margaret Gibson  Resources: The Prodigal God by Tim Keller  https://www.amazon.com/God-Money-Discovered-Business-Paperback/dp/1628624736 Gospel Patrons by John Rinehart  The Giver and the Gift by David Weekley and Peter Greer  The Spirituality of Fundraising by Henri Nouwen  When Helping Hurts by Stever Corbett and Brian Fikkert  The World is not ours to Save by Tyler Wigg-Stevenson  Generous Giving  The Gospel Coalition  Desiring God  National Christian Foundation  Advent Conspiracy  *The beautiful music heard on today’s episode is by Katie Cobbs*
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