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The Sinner and The Saint

Author: Melissa Bell & Allison Cain

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She said what?! One was raised on a church pew in the south, the other on the wrong side of the tracks. Together this unlikely duo hashes out the complexities and quandaries of life while slapping a little Jesus on it. Does her sweet tea need a little vodka or is it the other way around? You decide. www.sinnerandthesaint.com
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#33 Roots and Wings

#33 Roots and Wings

2020-12-0222:16

What it looks like to "stand in the gap" for our children, husband and friends. 
#32 "Sex"pectations

#32 "Sex"pectations

2020-11-1125:43

Sex & Marriage. . . . the inside scoop!Continuation from last week's episode. If you haven't already, check out episode #31 How to love your husband well when you really just want to ring his neck!Plus: Allison drops the ultimate Mom hack for fitting in sex during quarantine!!
It takes a lot to keep a marriage going, today we discuss the first three of four aspects of marriage that require attention. 1. Expectations2. Communication3. Forgiveness4. Sex (Stay tuned next week for this one)
How do I find time to fit it all in . . . Bible study, prayer, meditation, volunteering
It's never to late to come to God.We're all sinners, some of us just hide it better than others.Are you holding on to one last secret...afraid that God will never forgive you?Perhaps you've had an interaction that left you thinking,"If this is what being a Christian looks like, I'll pass!"Or maybe you are a Christian and you can't seem to get it just right.This one's for you!
#28 Seasons

#28 Seasons

2020-10-1422:15

What we experience on the mountain top, valley and during rest. 
#27 Even Jesus Did It

#27 Even Jesus Did It

2020-10-0721:36

Let’s be honest. Sin is fun – for a little while, anyway. Whether it’s participating in a little gossip, making decisions without including your husband, taking that item from the office they will never miss anyway, surfing a website that is “inappropriate” or indulging in one more glass of wine that puts you over the top – it can feel good and be fun for the moment, but quickly that feeling is gone and you are left only with the shame and guilt of your actions.1 Thessalonians 5:11-25. This week we are looking at what are the last few (# 19-22) commandments/guidelines Paul lists on how to live our lives worthy of the gospel.(20) pray for us(21) Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I put you under oath before the Lord to (22) have this letter read to all the brothers.
#26 Kick It!

#26 Kick It!

2020-09-3020:41

This week we are looking at what I’ve numbered as the 17-19 (out of 22) commandments/guidelines Paul lists on how to live our lives worthy of the gospel. 1 Thessalonians 5:11:25(17) test everything; and (18) hold fast to what it good (19) Abstain from every form of evil. (Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.)  Recently, my daughter and I were doing a little back to school shopping. We went through the entire girl’s section and grabbed everything that looked cute or that we thought would look cute on. (We like to have fashion shows in the dressing room.) We ended up with over 16 items and headed into the dressing room. After trying each piece on and deciding “it’s to small, to low cut, just right or not cute enough to pay full price for.” we ended up buying only six of the items. Like most things we purchase, we want to try them out, get a recommendation, do a background check or read the reviews before we buy it. If we don’t, we make sure the store has a good return policy.We need to be smart shoppers in our Christian lives too. 
#25 True or False?

#25 True or False?

2020-09-2320:02

Do not despise prophecies (ESV) Do not treat prophecies with contempt (NIV) don’t stifle those who have a word from the Master (MSG) 1 Thessalonians 5:20Prophecy is defined as “the foretelling or prediction of what is to come, something that is declared by a prophet, especially a divinely inspired prediction, instruction, or exhortation; a divinely inspired utterance or revelation” 
#24 Thirsty?

#24 Thirsty?

2020-09-1622:42

1 Thessalonians 5:11-25. This week we are looking at what I’ve numbered the15th (out of 22) commandment/guideline Paul lists on how to live our lives worthy of the gospel. (15) Do not quench the Spirit. I have pondered these five words for hours and many thoughts have rolled through my head. If we define quench and Spirit and then reread these five words it does so much to deepen our understanding. Let me throw out a few variations for you:Do not extinguish the Fountain of Life (Psalm 36:9, 87:7), Do not suppress the Consuming Fire (Deut. 4:24), Do not extinguish the Thirst Quencher (John 4:13-14), and Do not suppress the Spring of Living Water (Jer. 2:13).These concepts work against human nature because when we have climbed to the tip-top of a mountain (with a REALLY heavy backpack) to enjoy the view, we are thirsty and drink all we can to quench that thirst along the way. 
#23 Feeling Salty

#23 Feeling Salty

2020-09-0925:54

Taking a break from our current podcast mini-series on 1 Thessalonians 5 to tackle a great question from a listener. How do we find balance between loving like Jesus and sharing the truth of God's word? [Translation: How do we treat others kindly when we really want to smack them upside the head? ]It just so happens to pair nicely with our discussion on how to live in this crazy world as a Jesus follower. We talked a lot about being in prayer with God to know when He desires for us to speak and when to be quiet. Ezekiel 2-3 shows us that when God calls us to speak we are not to be afraid of their words, threats or dismayed by their dark scowls. When we are called to speak from God we should speak whether they listen or not, but when God calls for silence we are to be silent. I just wish he would stick my tongue to the roof of my mouth when I was supposed to be quiet and loosen it when I was to speak so it was always crystal clear. “Then the Spirit came into me and raised me to my feet. He spoke to me and said: “Go, shut yourself inside your house. 25 And you, son of man, they will tie with ropes; you will be bound so that you cannot go out among the people. 26 I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious people. 27 But when I speak to you, I will open your mouth and you shall say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’Whoever will listen let them listen, and whoever will refuse let them refuse; for they are a rebellious people.” Ezekiel 3:24-27
“Sometimes we are looking forward to and planning on the blueberry pie (what we want) but God is busy at work making a cherry pie (He desires and plans). Rest in knowing either outcome is very sweet, but how pleasing it must be to Him to relish that cherry pie!”(12) Rejoice always, (13) pray without ceasing, (14) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:11-25
Seriously, if I had a quarter for every time I have said, “Please treat people how you want to be treated – NOT how they treat you.” to my children, I would have enough money to dig 20 wells in Africa. You may say this as often as I do, however, my question for us today is do we live this out? And if so, how? It’s so easy to say these words until someone drives by you, blares his horn, and gives you the lift of the third finger from your pinky or thumb. “See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.” Taken from 1 Thessalonians 5:11-25 
#20 Wear Sunscreen

#20 Wear Sunscreen

2020-08-1919:55

And we urge you, brothers, (6) admonish the idle, (7) encourage the fainthearted, (8) help the weak, (9) be patient with them all. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-25When it comes to dealing with the disease of distrust and sin, we can wear sunscreen (armor) to protect us from ever contracting cancer in the first place. That is what the word of God does for us. It protects our hearts and minds, keeping our attention and focus on Christ and the things of honor and praise and not of this world. His Word challenges, rebukes, trains, corrects all while a dose of patience and encouragement. The challenge is remembering and making it a priority to put on the sunscreen (staying in the Word of God).
Can you imagine the peace this would bring to those we know and who serve us? This week, let’s consider how we can respect and love those who encourage us and teach us through the word of God. I have a list of people who have helped me grow in Christ. How about you?Therefore (1) encourage one another and (2) build one another up, just as you are doing. We ask you, brothers, to (3) respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and (4) to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. (5) Be at peace among yourselves. And we urge you, brothers, (6) admonish the idle, (7) encourage the fainthearted, (8) help the weak, (9) be patient with them all. (10) See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but (11) always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (12) Rejoice always, (13) pray without ceasing, (14) give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (15) Do not quench the Spirit. (16) Do not despise prophecies, (17) but test everything; (18) hold fast what is good. (19) Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. Brothers, (20) pray for us. (21) Greet all the brothers with a holy kiss. I put you under oath before the Lord to (22) have this letter read to all the brothers. 1 Thessalonians 5:11-25
#17 - The Big Kahuna

#17 - The Big Kahuna

2020-07-0123:20

Balancing the reverence of an all-powerful God with the grace He gives. This is a deep one folks. We get tongue-tied, tears well up in our eyes, and we are deeply humbled as we discuss the deep love our God has for us. 
Why is it so difficult to forgive ourselves and others? What are the benefits & pitfalls of forgiveness?
What do do when God goes silent. In the church, people often talk about how they feel as if they are in the desert. It's like God is social distancing from them. They aren't experiencing His presence or peace as they have in the past.  In this episode, we explore the benefits of the desert. 
Special podcast with Dorrell Briscoe about current race relations in America. Dorrell is a friend, pastor of Six-Eight Church Durham, NC, and author of There's A Storm Comin': How the American Church Can Lead Through Times of Racial Crisis. We hope you will join in on this special episode, listen to our conversation, and then start your own conversations with those around you.  You can follow Dorrell on his blog, Instagram, and other social media accounts. 
#14 - The Golden Calf

#14 - The Golden Calf

2020-06-0320:29

I don't have any gold statues I worship, so I know I don't have any idols . . . . that's not true. In this episode, we explore what idols are and discover that we all have them. 
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