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Join my guests and I, as we talk about our favorite jaw-dropping stories of the Bible, and the God who invites us all to live like the story is true.In this first season, we’re discussing the stories of Jesus. What will we learn as we encounter the man who fed five thousand with one lunch, who forgave a paralyzed man’s sins, and who called Lazarus out of the tomb? What overarching story about God is being told? And what difference does it make if that story is true? Come join these conversations, devoted to helping you know the story, share the story and live the story.
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Have you been through a storm lately? Maybe a situation where things felt really out of control? And did you wonder if maybe God was asleep? Have you ever been tempted to ask, "Does God even care about me?"In the True Story of the Sleeping Savior, Sarah Walton and I talk about this story of Jesus calming the storm for his disciples—but not immediately.Where else can I listen to the podcast?Go HERE to find this episode on your favorite podcast app, including Apple, Google, Spotify, and more.Sarah WaltonSarah Walton is a stay-at-home with four kids under 14 years of age. She’s the co-author of Hope When It Hurts and Together Through the Storms (May 2020) and blogs at Setapart.net. She and her husband, Jeff, recently relocated to Colorado Springs and attend Austin Bluff Evangelical Free Church. After more than a decade of trials and learning to walk with Christ as her family navigates Lyme Disease, special needs, and more, she shares how the gospel gives hope to our suffering. In her free time, she enjoys daydreaming about what she would do if she actually had free time.I think you're going to be so encouraged by Sarah's vulnerability, her faith, and her hope in Jesus—the one who calms our storms.Bible Passage: Mark 4:35-41 Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion GuideMentioned Resources:Together through the Storms by Sarah and Jeff WaltonHope when it Hurts by Sarah Walton and Kristen WetherellControl Girl by Shannon PopkinKnowing Faith Podcast with Russell Moore - listen at about the 9:20 markMusic: Cade Popkin Music Sarah WaltonWebsiteInstagram @sarahpwaltonFacebook @togetherthroughthestormsTwitter @swalts14Can You Help?Thanks so much for listening! I'd love to hear your thoughts on season one of Live Like It's True! You can contact me here.If you loved this episode, will you consider helping spread the word by sharing it with a few friends? And if I share your review from Apple Podcasts on a future episode, I'll send you a free Live Like It's True t-shirt!
Have you been born again? Do you know what this metaphor even means—and why Jesus used it to confront a Bible teacher named Nicodemus? And what about the metaphor of wind or the imagery of the snake on the pole? And why didn’t Jesus just use plain English... or maybe Greek?Join me for episode 8, where Aaron Brewster and I discuss the True Story of Nicodemus.Where else can I listen to the podcast? Go HERE to find this episode on your favorite podcast app, including Apple, Spotify, and more.Guest: AM BrewsterBible Passage: John 3:1-21Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion GuideMentioned Resources:Truth.Love.Parent Podcast (episode with guest Shannon Popkin)Control Girl by Shannon PopkinTrailer (intro) episode of Live Like It’s True Aaron Brewster AMBrewster is the president of Truth.Love.Parent. and host of its acclaimed parenting podcast. Aaron is a husband, father, biblical counselor, pastor, and speaker. He's created hundreds of hours of free parenting resources including The Celebration of God Podcast. InstagramYoutubeFacebookTwitterKnow the Story"The True Story of Nicodemus" is found in John 3:1-21 of your Bible. If you’re familiar with John 3:16, did you know that verse is part of this conversation, and a direct quote of Jesus? Share the StoryOften “sharing the Gospel” has meant trying to distill deep theological truths down to a snack size passage, which we think is easier to give away. If you’ve ever learned a Gospel presentation or shared a tract, most likely John 3:16 was part of it, because it does succinctly share some of the basic truths of the Gospel. But when we share a story, like this one about Nicodemus, it’s easier to hold onto. Sharing a story from the Bible doesn’t feel like sharing doctrine, yet that’s exactly what happens. If you share this story of Nicodemus, it’s like opening your velvet pouch, filled with theological gems, and offering them to another person.  I hope you’ll take the challenge, and get this story ready to share with a friend or loved one this week. Complete Shownotes Here. 
Have you ever been forced into a wilderness of discomfort? An out-of-your-control season where the comforts of life are beyond reach? And do you ever just want to binge your way through your time in the wilderness, thinking, "Oh? I have to live without that? Well, then. I'll just feast on this."In this episode we're looking at the astonishing story from Matthew 4:1-11, where Jesus is in the wilderness and without food for forty days, and yet he still has the power to overcome temptation. And at the end of this episode, I'm going to invite you to live like this story is true—both that Jesus had the power to overcome temptation in the wilderness and—through the power of the Holy Spirit, so do you.Where else can I listen to the podcast?Go HERE to find this episode on your favorite podcast app, including Apple, Google, Spotify, and more.Bible Passage: Matthew 4:1-11Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion GuideMentioned Resources: Surrender by Barb RooseSurrender Principles by Barb RooseControl Girl by Shannon PopkinPsalm 34:18-19Genesis 3:1-7Deuteronomy 8:3Barb's Surrender StrategiesSign up for Shannon's Live Like It's True emails (chance to win Surrendered)Music: Cade Popkin Music Guest: Barb  RooseBarb is a Bible teacher who loves following God more than anything else. Rather than teaching audiences to follow God to get what they want, Barb inspires audiences to discover that God is all that they truly need!Barb is the author of five Bible studies including Surrendered: Letting Go and Living Like Jesus and Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle and multiple books. Barb lives in NW Ohio and is proud mother of three adult daughters. Find Barb on:BarbRoose.comInstagramFacebookTwitterCare to Share? Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!  You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)  Get the full length shownotes here.  Thanks so much!
Have you been feeling lonely recently? Do you ever feel misunderstood? Are there times you wonder if there's anywhere you really belong? If so, consider this: Jesus can relate. Listen as Alicia Bruxvoort and I talk about the True Story of the Lonely Places.Alicia admits that we can't escape loneliness. Even in a crowd, or in a marriage, or across the table from a friend, we can still feel lonely. But in our lonely places, we have a choice. We can do what Jesus did in Mark 6:12-16.Where else can I listen to the podcast?Go HERE to find this episode on your favorite podcast app, including Apple, Google, Spotify, and more.Bible Passage: Luke 5:12-16 NIV               Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion GuideMentioned Resources:For more on Jesus passing "clean" to the "unclean" (not the other way around), read Encounters with Jesus by Gary Burge, p. 53.The Hidden Gift of loneliness (Proverbs 31 Article by Alicia Bruxvoort)When Our Lonely Places Become Sacred Spaces (Proverbs 31 Article by Alicia Bruxvoort)Music: Cade Popkin Music Guest: Alicia BruxvoortAlicia speaks regularly at women’s events and writes for Proverbs 31 Ministries’ Encouragement for Today, an online devotional that daily reaches millions of women around the globe with bold hope and biblical truth.A storyteller at heart, Alicia loves to weave the wonder of scripture with the whimsy of ordinary life and help women connect with Jesus on the pages of His word.Alicia enjoys hot coffee and soulful stories, but her favorite tale is the one she lives with her husband, Rob, and the kids who gather around their table. Together, they chase Jesus and sunsets in Holland, Michigan.Find Alicia Bruxvoort:AliciaBruxvoort.netFacebook TwitterInstagram Care to Share? Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!  You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!) Get the full length shownotes here. Thanks so much for listening! 
What fears do you struggle with? What anxieties hold you back? Do you worry about the things you can't control? On Season One of Live Like It’s True, we’re discussing the true stories of Jesus. On episode four, I'm so honored to have as my guest Kristen Wetherell, to talk about the True Story of Fear. Guest: Kristen WetherellBible Passage: Luke 12:4–7, 22–32Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Reading & Discussion GuideMentioned Resources: Fight Your Fears by Kristen WetherellMusic: Cade Popkin Music Kristen Wetherell is a pastor’s wife, mother, writer, and speaker. She is the author of Humble Moms (April 2022), Fight Your Fears, co-author of the award-winning book Hope When It Hurts, and editor of 12 Faithful Women. Kristen lives in Chicagoland with her husband Brad and two kids where they are members of The Orchard.Find Kristen on:  WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterThe True Story of FearWelcome to Episode 5 of Live Like It’s True! In this first season, we’re focusing on the True Stories of Jesus. In this episode, I'm joined by Kristen Wetherell to discuss the True Story of Fear. You may notice that this episode is a little different from the others because in Luke 12, Luke isn’t sharing a story, but rather a teaching of Jesus that gives us some insight into the about the overall story the Bible tells. According to this overarching story that we’re part of, what should we fear? What shouldn’t we fear? I think you’re going to find so much encouragement in listening to Kristen share some of her fears, and in how she teaches us to fight our fears by reminding ourselves of a story of God, that is so much bigger and goes so far beyond the things that we fear.Care to Share? Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt! You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)Get the full length shownotes here. Thanks so much for listening! 
Do you see the people around you like Jesus does? Or is a certain type of person you might look at with disdain? Who do you see as appalling, or as an annoyance?Today we're looking at the True Story at Simon's Table from Luke 7:36-50, where a woman was making a scandalous scene at Jesus's feet. Simon thought of her as "that sort", but Jesus saw her as a a woman with an eternal soul, who desperately needed forgiveness and saving. Today, I'm going to invite you to live like this story is true.Guest: Erica WiggenhornBible Passage: Luke 7:36-50Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion GuideMentioned Resources:Unexplainable Jesus: Rediscovering the God You Thought You Knew by Erica WiggenhornLetting God Be Enough by Erica WiggenhornComparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up WorldJesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth BaileyThe Context and Color of the Bible Podcast with Erika VanHaitsmaMusic: Cade Popkin Music Erica is a speaker, Bible teacher, and the award winning author of the Unexplainable Bible study series with Moody Publishers. She lives in Phoenix with her best friend and husband, Jonathan, and their four kids—two of which are human. (The others are furry and adorable.)Find Erica on:EricaWiggenhorn.comInstagramFacebookThe True Story at Simon's TableThis true story is found in Luke 7:36-50 in your Bible. It's an absolutely astonishing story in so many ways. It's astonishing that this woman falls at Jesus's feet with reckless abandon, and is willing to be utterly humiliated and "make a scene" to honor him. It's astonishing that Jesus doesn't push her away, but rather uses her as the positive example. It's also astonishing that Jesus turns Simon's eyes to look at this scandalous scene. It's amazing that Jesus tells her, "Go in peace."LIVE the StoryJesus asked Simon, "Do you see this woman?" Simon saw her as an annoyance. He looked at her with disdain. Living like this story is true is looking at "that sort" and saying, "Jesus loves her and died for her." It's seeing her as someone who was created with an eternal soul, and will either spend eternity with Jesus in peace, or eternity apart from him in hell.Care to Share? Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)Get the full length shownotes here. Thanks so much for listening! 
What should you do when you don’t have enough? Maybe you’re stressed out, overwhelmed or burned out, and you just don’t have enough to do what Jesus has assigned to you today. If that’s you, I’m glad you’re joining us for this episode, because we’re going to talk about a situation where Jesus’s disciples were feeling exactly like that. We’re discussing a story from Mark 6, where we’re going to see Jesus take what little the disciples have and multiply it, and I’m going to invite you to live like this story is true!Guest: Jennifer HandBible Passage: Mark 6:30-44Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion QuestionsResources:Coming Alive ConversationsSpeak Up ConferenceStory of Hope Workbook Comparison Girl (my 6 week study, endorsed by Jenn)Music: Cade Popkin Music Jenn Hand is the Executive Director of Coming Alive Ministries. She’s an author, a speaker, and the host of the podcast “Coming Alive Conversations”. She has a master’s degree in trauma counseling and she travels around the world, doing trauma debriefing in the wake of natural disasters.  Jenn loves to invite you to laugh with her and experience the love of Jesus, as you do. (Just wait till you hear her “Beans and Rice Story”!) Find more from Jenn:WebsiteInstagramYoutubeFacebookTwitterThe Feeding of the 5,000The True Story of the Feeding of the Five Thousand is found in Mark 6:30-44. It's an astonishing story of not having enough and Jesus multiplying what they did have to satisfy everyone. How can we live like this story is true? Share the Story  Were you amazed by you amazed by Jenn’s story about—in her missions training, going through the Stories of Hope Workbook? I compared sharing these Bible stories, one at a time, with leaving “bread crumbs” for her friend—which lead to Jesus.  Would you be willing to share just one story (a bread crumb?) with a friend who doesn’t yet know Jesus?  Pray for His direction. Live the StoryJesus multiplied what they had. What little amount do you have? What is God asking you to place in his hands, knowing that He can multiply it if He wants? Care to Share? Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)Get the full length shownotes here. Thanks so much for listening! 
What are you thirsty for? What’s the habit or person or behavior you’ve returned to repeatedly—always dipping your bucket and yet coming up dry? And what difference should it make that Jesus has offered you his living water? On Season One of Live Like It’s True, we’re discussing the true stories of Jesus. On episode 2, I'm so honored to have as my guest Mary DeMuth, to talk about the True Story at the Well. Guest: Mary DeMuthBible Passage: John 4:1-30 NLT, The Samaritan Woman at the WellFreebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible study guideFeatured Resource: The Day I Met Jesus co-authored by Mary DeMuthComplete Shownotes: at ShannonPopkin.com Music:  Cade Popkin Music Mary DeMuth is an international speaker, literary agent, podcaster, and the author of over forty books, including The Day I Met Jesus.   Mary loves to help people re-story their lives. She lives in Texas with her husband of 30 years and is the mom to three adult children. Be prayed for on her daily prayer podcast with 2 million downloads: Pray Everyday podcast.Find Mary on:  WebsiteInstagramFacebookTwitterThe Woman at the WellThe true story of the Woman at the Well is found in John 4:1-30 of your Bible. (Please note that in the broadcast, Mary is using the NLT and I thought I was using the NLT, but actually I was reading from the ESV. Sorry about that confusion!) It's the true story of a Samaritan woman who had the longest recorded theological conversation with Jesus in the Bible. I hope you'll be amazed by the approachableness of Jesus and his thirst-quenching water, and then I hope you'll live like the story is true.Live the StoryHere are some ways to live like this story from John 4 is true. When Jesus said, “Go get your husband," it was because he wanted to have a forthright conversation with the woman at the well about her sin and her thirst. I shouldn't try to hide something from Jesus, because he already knows. What do I need to have an honest conversation with him about? Jesus revealed to the woman that He was the Messiah and it changed everything for her. How have I responded to the Messiah? Have I bent my knee, and lived like it’s true that He is the Anointed One of God?Shownotes for all the resources shared can be found at here .Care to Share? Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)Get the full length shownotes here. Thanks so much for listening! 
Would you be willing to carry your friend up onto a roof, to get her to Jesus? What if praying for your friend is the equivalent of bringing her—on a stretcher—to Jesus? Stories of JesusWelcome to Episode one of Live Like It’s True! In this first season, we’re focusing on the True Stories of Jesus. In this episode, I'm joined by Kelly Needham to discuss the True Story on The Roof! It's the story of the paralytic, whose four friends carried him on a stretcher and dug up a roof to lower him down to Jesus. My hope is that you’ll be amazed by this story of healing and forgiveness, then live like it’s true.Guest: Kelly NeedhamBible Passage: Mark 2:1-12 CSB Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion GuideResources:Friendish by Kelly NeedhamComparison Girl by Shannon PopkinMusic: Cade Popkin Music Complete Shownotes: at ShannonPopkin.comKelly Needham is married to singer/songwriter and speaker Jimmy Needham. Kelly is the author of Friendish: Reclaiming Real Friendship in a Culture of Confusion and she's been featured on Revive Our Hearts, Desiring God, and The Gospel Coalition.  Whether writing or speaking, Kelly’s aim is to convince as many people as possible that nothing compares to knowing Jesus. She and Jimmy live in the Dallas area with their three children, Lively, Sophia, and Benjamin. You can find more of her writing and speaking at kellyneedham.com or follow her on social media.Find Kelly on:InstagramYoutubeFacebookTwitterKnow the Story"The True Story on the Roof" is found in Mark 2:1-12 in your Bible. It's an astonishing story of healing, forgiveness, and determination to get to Jesus. Live the StoryDoes your friend need breakthrough today, either for a physical or spiritual ailment? Do you? How can you live like this story is true? We talked about several ways:If sin is the biggest problem of my life (which this story points to), and if that problem has been dealt with, shouldn't I have hope that God can deal with my smaller problems, too? If Jesus is the answer, here's what I must ask myself today: How can I use my creativity, determination and ingenuity to get my friend to Jesus? Praying for my friend is like bringing her on a stretcher to Jesus. This is a way of activating my faith and perhaps having the honor of participating in my friend's spiritual or physical breakthrough! How will I prioritize praying for her today?Care to Share? Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)Get the full length shownotes here. Thanks so much for listening! 
What story are you telling with your life? We’re all telling a story, but we’re all not telling the true story. Welcome to Live Like It’s True—the podcast devoted to helping you know the story, share the story, and live the story. The story that I’m referring to, of course, is the true story the Bible tells.  In this trailer episode, I’ll be sharing what you can expect from each episode, the guests I’ve invited for this first season, and my hopes and goals for the podcast, overall. Freebie:  Season 1: “The True Stories of Jesus”  Bible Readings & Discussion GuideMentioned Resources: Comparison Girl: Lessons from Jesus on Me-Free Living in a Measure-Up WorldFinding the Lost by Kenneth BaileyReading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus by Lois TverbergMusic: Cade Popkin Music Let's Connect! I'd love to stay in touch with you. You can find me on: About MeGet my "Live Like It's True" EmailsInstagramFacebookTwitterThe Story the Bible TellsI started falling in love with this story--this truer, overarching story, when I was just a little girl. My dad has pictures that I drew, sitting in church listening to the sermon and trying to make sense of it all. In my basement I have some of the Bible story books that my parents read to me when I was small, and when I look at the pages, I remember how I was drawn to those stories. Still today, when I open my Bible, I find it satisfying and clarifying. But I need lots of reminders, and I’m guessing you do to. That’s why - whether I’m sharing words on a page or a platform or from behind this podcast microphone, it’s my goal to always invite you to open God’s word with me, drink in the richness of the story, and then live like the story is true. Shownotes for all the resources shared can be found at shannonpopkin.com.Care to Share? Did you enjoy this episode? Please share with a friend and/or leave your review on Apple Podcasts for a chance to win a "Live Like It's True" t-shirt!You can contact me here. (I'd love to hear from you!)Get the full length shownotes here. Thanks so much for listening! 
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