Mike Kapler
"The Kap"
Joel Brueseke
"Breezeman"
 
Growing in Grace is a weekly podcast airing on various internet sources. Sit down with Mike and Joel as they casually chat about growing in understanding the gospel and living in the freedom that comes through Jesus Christ. New episodes are uploaded every Sunday and all past episodes are archived here. Special thanks to our podcast announcer, Amy Wolter.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

476. The (Christmas) Tree of Life

Adam was told he may eat from any tree in the garden except the one known as the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. We take a closer look and this tree and consider the likely motive of Adam and Eve as they ate from it. What did they think they would gain from this action? What did the tree represent? Let's compare all of this to another tree located in that garden, the tree of life and in what way it all relates to the gospel.


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

475. Why Jesus Came and What He Accomplished

It's easy to make the assumption that Jesus came waving a stern finger with the purpose of telling people to start living a more moral lifestyle in order to be accepted by God. But was this really His mission when He came to earth? His ministry to the Jewish people under the law certainly wasn't to usher in new rules to be applied that were harder than the first ones that nobody could keep. This week we'll talk about why Jesus came and what mission was completed by Him.


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Sunday, December 07, 2014

474. Holy Spirit: Comforter and Helper, Not Accuser

When the Old Covenant ended and the New Covenant started, it was the beginning of something entirely different. Whereas the old way centered around commandments that brought fault, condemnation and a guilty conscience to the people under it's burden, the new way brought liberty, life and complete forgiveness. The ministry of the Spirit is in total contrast to the previous ministry of condemnation. We don't have to keep requesting His presence in our lives, we were invited into His presence and His life. Unlike the enemy, He is not our accuser and He never leaves us.


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Sunday, November 30, 2014

473. If Not Under the Commands, How Are We Guided?

The scriptures declare that Christ was the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. Paul stated we are dead to the Mosaic law. So a question that is often asked is "What do we use as a moral compass or how are we guided if we don't have those rules to live by?" The New Covenant has provided us with an entirely different ministry than what the law brought to Israel. As believers in Christ, what is it we're under that Paul contrasted with the former covenant of commands that have been removed? Join us for another good news conversation on this week's Growing in Grace podcast.


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Sunday, November 23, 2014

472. God Has Dedicated Himself to You

We often put the focus of the Christian life on our dedication and commitment to God. Under the Old Covenant, the lives of the Jewish people revolved around this sincere effort to establish right standing with Him. The results were utter failure and they were constantly reminded of their faults and inability to escape a guilty conscious. The Christian life isn't supposed to be about our dedication and re-dedication based upon our moral efforts. The New Covenant revealed God's dedication to us through the blood of Jesus Christ.


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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"What You Say" by Allan Scott



Just over a year ago, I interviewed Allan Scott on my Growing in Grace Together podcast.  Check that interview out here.  Well, today I'm very eager to share his brand new song with everyone!  Allan Scott's music is very grace-based, and this song beautifully reminds us of how God sees us.  In Christ, God has made us holy and righteous.  His grace is bigger than our sin, and it's bigger than anything we've ever done or anywhere we've ever been!  It's wonderful when music and lyrics can mix in such a way so as to reinforce these wonderful truths of God and who we are in Him.  This song does just that.

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-Joel

Sunday, November 16, 2014

471. Stop Trying to Be Like Jesus

In Christ, we have a brand new identity. We're no longer "sinners saved by grace," but we're saints who are fully dependent upon God's grace. We've been made new. We're sanctified, holy, righteous, blameless and complete in Him. And while each of these things is true of every single believer, God has also made each of us as unique individuals.

So this week we talk about how we're not trying to be like each other - and we're also not trying to be like Jesus! Rather, while we are in union with Him, we live our daily lives as the unique individuals He has made us to be. Along with this, we talk about two common words that are often used in the church to describe believers, and yet aren't mentioned in the epistles of Paul, Peter, James and John: "disciples" and "followers" of Jesus. Hmmm!


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Sunday, November 09, 2014

470. A New You

Many believers, who in reality have been made brand new in Jesus Christ, still carry some of the old ideas about themselves that were true of them before they came to know Christ. The Old Covenant scriptures say that the heart is "deceitful and desperately wicked," and so believers continue to believe that that is true of them, even in Christ. What they don't realize is that in Christ we've been given a NEW heart, and our new heart is not wicked or deceitful - it's holy, righteous and sanctified! Many believers also refer to themselves as merely a "sinner saved by grace," not realizing that in Christ their identity is no longer "sinner," but "saint"! In Christ, we've been made new, and it's very liberating when we begin to understand these core things about our true identity in Christ.


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Sunday, November 02, 2014

469. Prodigal Part 3: Gentiles Welcome in the House

Continuing with our look at the Prodigal/Lost Son parable, we find some interesting things that Jesus shared in the chapters leading up to this. He gave examples of how Israel would turn down the invitation to come to the heavenly dinner table in the house of God. This would lead to the Lord extending a welcome to those who had been far away in all other directions (Gentiles). Even the older Jewish son declined to join the celebration when the younger Gentile son had become a part of the family. God demonstrated His love by pursuing us when we were lost and without hope.


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Sunday, October 26, 2014

468. The Prodigal Gentile: Formerly Far Off

This is Part 2 of a look at The Prodigal Son parable. Last week we brought out that the parable isn't just about two individual sons but two groups of people, the Jews and the Gentiles. The younger Gentile son had been "far off" when the Father ran to him. Ephesians Chapter 2 describes how we Gentiles were formerly "far off" but have now been brought near by the blood of Christ. We Gentiles became part of the same household with the same Father. God proclaimed peace and reconciled both Jew and Gentile into one body, together into one new man. The older Jewish son struggled with the truth that the Gentile brother would be invited in without having to pursue righteousness by the commandments. Instead it was righteousness that pursued him!


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