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, January 25, 2015

481. You Are Not a Witness

Religion has taught us that we are defined as witnesses for Jesus. Sometimes we'll even encourage each other to "go out witnessing." That's a phrase not found in the Bible. References to witnesses in scripture are actual eye-witnesses who were with Jesus after His resurrection. Not all people saw Him, but there were witnesses who were chosen that did. Jesus had witnesses, but they were not us. Being a witness is not part of our identity in Christ, and we shouldn't feel guilt or discouragement when we feel as though we're not effectively performing the act of "witnessing." We can still freely proclaim the message of the good news to others, but it will be from a perspective of love, not duty or obligation.

We want to hear from you! In just two weeks we'll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Growing in Grace podcast! Would you be willing to record an audio or video greeting for us (or write us a quick note), that we might include on our special 10th anniversary podcast? If so, details on how to send it to us are here. Thanks!


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Sunday, January 18, 2015

480. Condemnation to All Vs. Justification to All

We continue looking further into the sin and death that came through Adam, compared to righteousness and life that came through Jesus. In the book of Romans, Paul explained through the first several chapters, how the people of Israel were also considered sinners, not just the Gentiles. They fell short because Adam's one transgression came to "all men." On the other hand, the one righteous act of Jesus brought justification to all men. In the context of many chapters, "all men" is referring to both Jews and Gentiles. Through Christ's obedience, "many" are made righteous: those who receive the abundance of grace.

We want to hear from you! In three weeks we'll be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Growing in Grace podcast! Would you be willing to record an audio or video greeting for us (or write us a quick note), that we might include on our special 10th anniversary podcast? If so, details on how to send it to us are here. Thanks!


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Monday, January 12, 2015

We Want to Hear from YOU!

Growing in Grace is about to hit a milestone - 10 years of weekly podcasts! February 8th will be our 10th anniversary podcast, and to celebrate, Mike and Joel would like to hear your voice for a change! If you would be willing to send a recorded mp3 greeting to us, it may make it onto our program. Your greeting could be a simple "hello," or you could possibly give a brief testimony about how the podcast and/or the message of God's love and grace has affected you. We're sure this would be quite a blessing to others, so would you be willing to do this? Alternatively, you could post a video online and we could possibly link to it and/or extract the audio from it, or if audio/video isn't your thing, you could write us a quick note that we could read.

Feel free to state your first name along with whatever you want to say. Email your note or mp3, or a link to your audio or video to:

Don't forget!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

479. Satan to Jesus: Can I See Some ID Please?

One of the greatest battles for us in this life is the battle of identity. That is, understanding who we are as children of God. The first Adam lost that battle in the garden and the human race became identified as sinners. The last Adam (Jesus) came to offer the free gift of becoming God's righteousness and receiving life. This was made possible because Jesus won the battle of His identity. As a boy growing into a man, He believed and understood who He was as the Son of God and conquered on the basis of that identity. Jesus did not have to do anything to prove who He was. We can experience the same victory as new creatures in Christ.


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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Grace Makes People Free

There are many reasons why people preach and teach the gospel of God's grace and peace, and why people want to evangelize the church with the message of God's grace and peace. One of the big reasons is this: It makes people free. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free, and yet many believers are bound up and are far from free in Christ.

Next month marks the 10th anniversary of the weekly Growing in Grace podcast that I do with Mike Kapler. The reason we've continued to do it each week is because it continues to help people find and stay in the freedom of Christ. Over the years we've received many emails and comments from people, sometimes simply asking questions about grace and other times pouring out their hearts and souls to us. In this video I share a couple of these emails, as they go to show the bondage that people have found themselves trapped in through what they've been taught in the church, and then the freedom that they've found through hearing the good news of God's grace and peace!



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Sunday, January 04, 2015

478. The Pursuit of the Knowledge of Good and Evil

Trying to avoid bad and striving to do good. This is what man has been chasing since the first two people were placed on the planet. So what's wrong with this approach? Choosing the tree of the knowledge of good and evil brought death and positioned man in a state of hopelessness. The Mosaic law also brought the knowledge of sin and left the Jewish people in a place of unsuccessfully attempting do right and avoid wrong. The gospel provided us with something entirely different. It removed us from the pursuit of the knowledge of good and evil and placed us into a fruitful tree of life in Christ, where we now abide.


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Sunday, December 28, 2014

477. No Life in the Morality Tree

Generally, religion has portrayed the foundation of the Christian message to be about making bad people into good people. But there are thousands of non-Christian religions with a similar message, so what is it that should separate the message of the gospel? The tree that Adam and Eve at from was the morality tree that represented the Mosaic law and man's efforts to pursue God through the command of right living. Both the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the Mosaic law brought death. It was all meant to show us that man could not find life by trying to do good things and avoid the bad. We needed life to be restored in us


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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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