The Kitchen Table #13: Does Going To Church Really Matter?

This week on The Kitchen Table, Brian and Jake have a family discussion about why it matters to actually attend church and the importance of community. Plus, a look at songs from Tim Timmons featuring Amy Grant: I Belong, Citizens: In Tenderness and a Goldie but Oldie fromJon Gibson & Crystal Lewis: Lost Inside of You in the Music Matters segment.

In Culture Shock, we look at how Millennials and younger people don’t use the flat sheet.

Stronger Together #37: A Stronger Knot – Strengthening Your Marriage with Aaron Bunker

How can a marriage come out on stronger on the other side of difficult season? Why is it important to set up “postive values” for a family, rather than just talk about what you don’t want to do/be? How can you strengthen your marriage through building up your own walk with Christ? Aaron Bunker is a therapist, author and podcaster who helps us take on these questions during this episode of Stronger Together.  Stronger Together is a show about growing in marriage, parenting, relationships and community, and airs each week on Shine.FM.

The Kitchen Table #12: How Do You Believe in God When You Can’t Feel Him?

This week, father/son team, Brian & Jake attempt to address the faith question: How do you believe in God when you can’t feel Him? We also look at new music from Tori Kelly and Hillsong Worship, plus an “oldie but goldie” from David Meece in Music Matters. In Culture Shock, we look at the Fortnite phenomenon and what parents need to know.

Stronger Together #37: A Stronger Knot–Strengthening Your Marriage with Aaron Bunker

How can a marriage come out on stronger on the other side of difficult season? Why is it important to set up “positive values” for a family, rather than just talk about what you don’t want to do/be? How can you strengthen your marriage through building up your own walk with Christ? Aaron Bunker is a therapist, author and podcaster who helps us take on these questions during this episode of Stronger Together.  Stronger Together is a show about growing in marriage, parenting, relationships and community, and airs each week on Shine.FM.

Stronger Together #36: Overcoming Spiritual Abuse

The Kitchen Table #10: Why Does God Allow Temptation To Come Into Our Lives?

The Kitchen Table brings together generations of parents and their teenager/young adult children to have those important faith questions. Shine.FM’s Ministry Director Brian McIntyre Utter and his 18-year old son Jake look at a tough faith question this week. Plus, diving into new songs from Switchfoot, Mosaic MSC and a classic from Mylon & Broken Heart in our Music Matters segment.  In Culture Shock, a look at waking up and establishing a healthy morning routine in time for back to school.

Have a question of faith you would like to see discussed. Email Brian at bjmcintyre@olivet.edu

Stronger Together #35: Fostering & Supporting Those Who Foster with guest Jason Bentsen

This week on Stronger Together we are joined by guest Jason Bentsen of Love Moves.Us and we discuss his vision to see foster and adoptive families flourish.  We discuss how equipping communities, chuches, agencies and individuals to better respond to the needs of foster children and foster families acomplishes this.  You can connect with Jason on facebook or at http://www.lovemoves.us/

Stronger Together is a show about growing in marriage, parenting, relationships and community and airs weekly on Shine.FM.  Have an idea for a future show? Email seth@digitalprofitfarm.com.

DevoShine – Living Through Death

John 11:1-7

“Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. (This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair.) So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days, and then he said to his disciples, “Let us go back to Judea.”

This story is one I’ve known since I was a little kid. This time when I read the story I noticed a sentence I hadn’t before. Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death.” That sentence caught me. What? I thought, But Lazarus did die. 

This peaked my curiosity and encouraged me to look a little deeper.

Lazarus did die, and he was in the tomb for four days. Can you imagine this from the perspective of Mary and Martha? Or of the disciples? If I was one of the disciples and I was with Jesus that day, I would be confused. Jesus? I trust you and all but…didn’t you say he wasn’t gonna die? But that would be because I’d be seeing the situation from a very human standpoint. Jesus never promised that Lazarus wouldn’t die. But he said it wouldn’t end in death. It’s hard for me to understand that because I understand death as the end of the road, and I don’t always understand the full extent of God’s power.

And as always, Jesus kept his promise. Death wasn’t the end of the story for Lazarus. Jesus raised him from the dead. I mean, that’s kinda cool.

But let us not forget that Lazarus did die. We don’t know exactly how he died, but I can assume that death is not pleasant no matter how it happens. That must have been miserable. Not only for Lazarus, but also those around him. People who loved him were with him as he suffered and died. Can you imagine the grief? The pain? The fear? The desperation? And then when he finally did die, the hopelessness?

God doesn’t promise us that we won’t go through trials. He doesn’t promise us that life is going to be easy. It says that Jesus loved Lazarus, as he loves all of us, but life wasn’t peachy. Yet Jesus was in control of the situation the whole time. He was there, confident in knowing that Lazarus would live again. We go through painful situations, and Jesus walks through it with us. And as a result of this situation, Jesus lifted Lazarus up and used his story to build His Kingdom. God can use us too, in our struggles, to build the Kingdom of God.

Hold this promise close to you today, and let Christ raise you from your grave!