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Author: Saints Peter and Paul - Houghton, MI

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Join the Pastors and staff of Saints Peter and Paul church, Houghton, MI, and various individuals for Conversate. Each week, we will sit down and have conversations that generally start from the sermon theme of the week. Join us as we model to you how you too can have Spiritual conversations with those you come in contact with. We hope you enjoy it!
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During Pastor Aaron's 3 month sabbatical, the Conversate podcast is taking a little rest as well. Listen to the guys explain the rationale behind this decision. Thank you all for being loyal listeners and starting faith-filled conversations with those in your lives as well!
In this week's episode, Aaron and Kevin talk about the final verb in Mark 1:17, "Become." Jesus said, "Follow me and I will make you become fishers of men." This conversation revolves what it looks like to become the kind of people that God wants us to be and how that becoming takes place. As always, our goal is that you'll hear something in this podcast and start another spiritual conversation with someone else. We hope you enjoy it!
In this week's episode, Aaron and Kevin talk about the reality that God is our Maker. Too often, too many people operate as though they are their own source of authority. We like to think that we are autonomous individuals. But, there is a simple reality - we have been made, by a maker, who has also made a way for us!In an age where many people are wrestling to find their identity and purpose and make a way for themselves in this world, our hope is this conversation shines light on the realit...
In this episode, Aaron and Kevin talk about the words of Jesus to the first disciples, "Follow me." How do you think about this concept of following Jesus? Have you ever really considered what Jesus is calling you to do? Aaron and Kevin talk about what it practically means to follow Jesus. This involves following and imitating other people, and it also means living in such a way that in us and through us people will get to see and hear Jesus and imitate him.
In this week's episode, Aaron and Kevin talk about Palm Sunday, Holy Week, and how Jesus is our coming King. He is our ruler and Lord and his kingdom has no end. So, in this conversation the guys talk about what it looks like to have Jesus as our Lord and what it is that we need salvation from. On Palm Sunday, the crowds shouted, "Hosanna, Hosanna" which means "save us now." So, do we cry, "Hosanna?" If so, from what do we need saving? And, to whom do we even cry Hosanna? As always,...
Aaron and Kevin discuss Mark chapter 12 where Jesus is in the temple in Jerusalem in the last week of his life. He's being challenged by many opponents regarding his teaching. But, he doesn't back down. In this conversation we'll talk about the courage and strength of Jesus and what it looks like for us to live with courage having our identity rooted in Jesus. It's our goal that you'll hear something in this conversation and go start another conversation with someone else about some...
Mark's Gospel is unique (as they all are!). Particularly, the pace of Mark's Gospel is "harried." Immediately this. Suddenly that. It's action-packed and brimming with excitement.All throughout - the narrative continues to drive forward by returning to "the way" of Jesus. The roads that He traveled. The path He is headed down. The way of His salvation.In this week's conversation, Pastor Kevin sits down with new member - Trish Brewer - as they discuss "The Way" in Mark. Trish teaches philosoph...
In this week's conversation, Aaron and Kevin discuss the importance of understanding Biblical places, dates, and names that we encounter when reading the Scriptures. We often skip over these important historical pieces and jump right to "what does this Bible passage mean for my life" instead of first reading the Bible in the context to which it was written. With that in mind, this conversation talks about some important historical facts in the Gospel of Mark, particularly who Herod ...
There are many ways to respond to Jesus. But, there's one way that's not possible: apathy. When it comes down to it, you either have to receive Jesus for who he is, or you have to deny him. There's no middle ground with Jesus. We see this reality in the Gospel of Mark as different people respond to Jesus in different ways. In this week's conversation, Aaron and Kevin discuss this reality, but they also take on issues like spiritual warfare, demonic possession, and the role that disciples...
In this week's episode, Aaron and Kevin sit down to discuss Mark chapter 1. For the next number of episodes, we'll be walking through the Gospel according to Mark. In this episode, the guys discuss some of the unique ways that Mark writes his Gospel. They all discuss demon-possession and our modern understanding of it.
In this week's episode, Aaron and Kevin discuss the first Christian martyr Stephen. Stephen was a man who was described in Acts 6 as being full of the Holy Spirit and of faith and wisdom. As he was being persecuted for his bold proclamation of Jesus, he took that as an opportunity to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus. In this conversation Aaron and Kevin talk about what it means to "bear witness" and how often that won't be the most popular thing. It might not gain us notoriety. Instea...
In this week's episode, Aaron and Kevin discuss the reality that wisdom is all around us. But sometimes we don't notice it. They discuss the fact that Jesus is wisdom incarnate - that is, wisdom has come into the flesh. This also means that the wisdom of God is in our flesh as well. Do you see it? Do you notice it? Do you live according to it? As always, we hope you enjoy this conversation!
In this week's episode, Aaron and Kevin are having a conversation with their moms. That's right, these are the women who raised them. This conversation takes place as we've been discussing characters in the Bible who have been given wisdom. Proverbs 31 describes the wise words of a mom, to King Lemuel, about how he should live as a faithful man of God, and what to look for in a faithful woman of God. Lynn and Jo share their stories of being raised up, their own marriages, the raisin...
It's very likely you have not heard of these two "wise guys" named Heman and Ethan. But, after this conversation, we hope that you will learn from them. In particular, during this conversation, Aaron and Kevin discuss the faithful practice of lament (as demonstrated by Heman and Ethan). As we endure hardship in this life, we cry out to God - in faith - and thereby deepen our relationship with him. This deepened relationship then leads to a growth in wisdom to patiently endure, and e...
Out of all the "wise guys" in the Bible, Solomon is probably the best known out of all of them. But, how did he get his wisdom, and what did he do to exercise that wisdom? In this conversation, Aaron and Kevin discuss their understanding of wisdom and how to grow into it like Solomon. As always we hope you enjoy this conversation.
Who were the Magi? What was their "wisdom" all about? How did it differ from the wisdom of King Herod or of God?In this week's episode, Pastor Kevin is joined by Carrie Rich - the Office Manager of SSPP - as they dive into these questions surrounding the birth of Jesus. Carrie also shares about her background and upbringing and they both engage in dissecting the "wisdom" of the world and how it differs from the "foolish wisdom of God."We hope you enjoy it!
In this week's episode Aaron and Kevin have a conversation about the good news of salvation! As we wrap up our study of Isaiah 40:1-11, the people of God are beckoned to get up on a high mountain, lift up their voices, and proclaim the good news of salvation that they have. But, to do it without fear. Why is it included that they should lift up their voices without fear? Because, most people are fearful about putting themselves out there and proclaiming the good news of Jesus.&...
In this week's episode Aaron and Kevin are having a conversation about Isaiah 40:6-8 where Isaiah describes how everything in this world is transitory. It breaks. It falls apart. It doesn't last. Even in physics there's the concept of entropy which states that there is a gradual decline of all things into disorder. But there is one thing that lasts forever. One thing that endures even when things are falling apart. That is the Word of our God. We hope that you'll take something you ...
In this week's episode, Aaron and Kevin have a conversation about the Glory of God. More specifically, the talk about their own personal experiences with God's presence. When he shows up. How he shows up. How we can be certain that God actually is with us always. As always, there's also random singing, jokes, and fun things like that. We hope you enjoy it!
In Isaiah 40:1-2, God speaks a word of "comfort" to the people of Israel - who are enduring very uncomfortable circumstances. The comfort He offers Israel is the same comfort He offers us - His Divine Presence, Power, and Healing that can transform us in the midst of difficult circumstances.In this week's episode, Pastor Kevin sits down with Sierra Juntty - one of the teachers of the ELC - to talk about comfort. Sierra and Kevin share stories from their lives where they were uncomfortable and...
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