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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Eric Lins. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Eric Lins, often where they are interviewed.

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9 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Eric Lins. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Eric Lins, often where they are interviewed.

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Why Did Jesus Have To Die?: Substitution - Eric Lins

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According to the Apostle Paul the cross lies at the very heart of the Christian faith. In the letter to the church at Galatia, Paul wrote: “God forbid that I should boast of anything but the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Galatians 6:14)

The cross is the centerpiece.

But why? Have you ever wondered that?

Why did Jesus have to die?

And why did Jesus have to die on a cross?

Why did Jesus have to die in such a cruel and inhumane way?

Why did Jesus have to die the death of a common criminal?

Thankfully, God does not leave us without answers.

The biblical writers use multiple metaphors, pictures and images to help us glimpse the majestic power at work on the cross.

Why did Jesus have to die?

The answer is

... bigger than we have been told.

… more beautiful than we can comprehend.

… better than mere words can describe.

Join us during the 4 weeks before Easter as we explore this important question together.
Mar 22 2020 · 30mins
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Truth After Truth: New Life - Eric Lins

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There are some sections of Scripture that stand out as especially powerful and packed with meaning. Romans chapter 8, is one of those sections. Filled with truth after truth and stuffed chock full of grace, hope and freedom in Christ, our teachers look forward to delving into this chapter with you over the next 4 weeks. Join us as we learn about how there is no condemnation or accusation for those who follow Jesus. Learn how the Spirit and Jesus both pray for us. Listen to how our suffering is nothing compared to what God eventually has in store for us. Learn about how there is nothing in all this world that is powerful enough to ever separate us from the love of Christ. And don’t just rely on the teachers … read Romans 8 for yourself! Live in it with us this month and expect your life to be changed.
Nov 03 2019 · 28mins
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Rest is About Restoration - Eric Lins

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We live in a culture that loves to maximize everything! Push the limits as far as possible. And then, push some more. This is our standard operating procedure in nearly every area of our lives.

Work hard. Play hard. Crash hard. Repeat

We are overloaded in every arena of life.We’re like minnows caught in a flash flood of good, successful, even unselfish activity. In many ways, we are victims of progress, which “always gives us more of everything faster and faster.” The problem is - most of us don’t need more and we definitely don’t need it faster. What we need is margin. What we need is rest.

REST. It’s exactly what God so generously offers us in the gift of Sabbath.

This series invites you to step into summer and stop to enjoy the rest of God. We’ll explore and attempt to dispel some of the misconceptions about Sabbath, recall God’s gracious instruction and generous permission to delight in Sabbath, and demonstrate inspiring new ways to open and enjoy one of God’s greatest gifts - the gift of REST.
Jun 18 2018 · 32mins
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Friends & Family: Surviving to Thriving - Eric Lins

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Family … For some, the very word strikes fear into the heart.
For others, it brings a smile to our face.
And for lots of the rest of us we land somewhere in between, depending on the day, the circumstance, or how recently our in-laws came to visit!!
For good or bad, we all live in families. No matter our situation, we can experience spiritual growth in these little communities called family.
Jesus’ teachings can apply to family life in powerful ways. In John 15:9-15 Jesus tells his disciples (his spiritual “family”) that - above all else - he wants them to love each other in the same manner in which he has loved them: sacrificially.
He also - amazingly and perplexingly - calls this rag-tag group of misfits not just his family, but his friends. This friendship is what gives his disciples the power to love each other in supernatural ways.
All of this gives us a grounding truth as to how we are to live in our families today - lovingly, sacrificially, as age-appropriate friends, grounded first in God’s sacrificial love for us through Jesus.
In our teaching series, Friends and Family, we will explore the topic of family through the lens of friendship. No matter your stage of life, no matter the shape or form of your family, we believe this will be an amazingly helpful series for each of us!
Jan 28 2018 · 31mins
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Pulled Apart - Eric Lins

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It was a gathering! Jesus and his disciples had arrived at the home of his friend, Martha, and she was getting things ready for her guests. What hostess wouldn’t want to have things in order? Instead of experiencing the joy of having friends in her home, Martha was “distracted” by everything going on around her (Luke 10:40). Literally, the word for distracted means “pulled apart.” At the same time Martha’s sister, Mary, had a different response. Jesus said of the moment, “few things are needed… indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Martha was pulled apart by the many things, but Mary chose the one thing - the better way.

Leighton Ford says that distraction can “split us down the middle” and even “divide us against ourselves!” Distraction pulls us away from ourselves, our friends, our families and away from God. The distracted life is marked by anxiety, hurry and frantic activity. In this series we want to explore the temptation of distraction, and affirm God’s desire for a better way. We will offer tools to help us navigate the many things going on around us and to choose a life marked by focus, peace and intentionality.
Oct 16 2017 · 28mins
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Parables: The Ten Virgins - Eric Lins

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Jesus was the wisest man who ever lived.
Parables - stories Jesus’ told to provoke new thought and new ways of living - were one of the primary ways he imparted truth to the world around him.
He often taught in parables to people who already thought they knew the truth; who already believed they were living “God’s way;” who believed they knew God’s heart and character. It is difficult to teach those who already think they know. Thus, Jesus used arresting stories about everyday life to shock his listeners into seeing God, reality and life in a new way.
The brilliant thing about Jesus’ parables is that though the truths they contain are timeless and deep, most could be understood by the ordinary men and women of his day. At the same time, we can never plumb their depths. However, the purpose of parables was never mere head-knowledge, but always action; always a new way of living in light of who God is and who we are. Parables were (and still are) invitations into life in the Kingdom of God.
We are excited to spend the entire summer exploring the parables of Jesus.
We look forward to asking and answering several questions about each parable:
Why did Jesus teach this parable?
What was the main point?
How did Jesus’ listeners understand it?
How should we understand it?
Jesus did not only die for us; He lived for us, too. His teachings are at the very core of what we believe, and should mark how we live our earthly lives. Their truths are to be imprinted on our hearts.
Jul 16 2017 · 32mins
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Faithful in Every Season: Beginnings - Eric Lins

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We are never alone in our families. God is faithful to us and to our families in every season. And yet, family life is hard. Family life demands faith. During this series, we will explore what it looks like to experience and have faith in every season of family life, whether married, single, with or without children, or empty-nesters.
Jan 15 2017 · 29mins
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A Time to Trust: The Magi's Risk - Eric Lins

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Since we kicked off the fall with "Risk-Taking Faith" as our theme for the Gathering, for Advent we are focusing on the "risk" that ordinary human beings took (or failed to take) as they trusted God to play their part in the coming of the Messiah. Mary took a huge risk in trusting God to be the mother of Jesus, the irreligious Magi took a huge risk to follow the star to find the Promised One, Simeon took the risk of waiting his whole life in the temple for the one he knew God would send, and King Herod, rarely explored in teaching, refused to take the risk to believe that God was God and he was not. We will explore each person’s story as we walk through the Scriptural account of Jesus’ coming.

We will then challenge ourselves to ponder the risks God might be asking each of us to take during the Advent season - for some, the risk to believe for the first time, for others, the risk to love in hard circumstances, the risk to let Jesus be King over all of our life, the risk to believe God when he asks hard things of us.
Nov 28 2016 · 27mins
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The Race: Salt and Light - Eric Lins

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The starting line of a marathon... a place of enthusiasm and excitement.
But mid-way through the race, runners start to stumble, falter, even quit.
For many, the lack of appropriate fuel is their downfall.
True in a marathon. True in the Christian life.
The beginning of the journey of following Jesus is full of energy and excitement.
But how do we keep going? How do we finish the race God has marked out for us?
Jesus gives his followers the race plan, the way he wants us to run this race we call life. Some of Jesus’ most powerful and demanding instruction about how he wants us to run. We call it the Sermon on the Mount.
And it begins with Jesus providing us the only fuel that can keep us running - the whole race - with power and joy.
And that fuel is grace.
The grace of Jesus…
It’s not just for the start
It’s not just for the final push to the finish
The grace of Jesus is the only energy source powerful enough to propel us through the beginning, middle, and end of our journey.
Only Jesus’ grace can help us run the race.
Jul 25 2016 · 27mins