The Selah Project
Pausing to Think About Grace, Worship, and the Gospel of Jesus
info_outline SP 039 Let's Keep Our Eyes on Jesus 05/19/2017
SP 039 Let's Keep Our Eyes on Jesus After finishing the study on getting closer to God, I would have thought that I would have felt stronger, closer ... yet seems my questions and confidence was weakened! And I am referring to the relationship of my beliefs and the day-to-day living of life. Instead, I found and find myself with questions and doubts that cause way more problems for me. Going forward with the show, my intent is to focus, share, and think about the words and deeds of Jesus. As you listen to Episode 39, keep Hebrews 12: 1-2 in mind, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Thank you for tuning in! If you have the prompting, consider leaving a review on iTunes. Connect at Instagram - Selah Project And I welcome your feedback, comments or questions at selahprojectshow AT gmail DOT com Selah
info_outline SP 038 Review and Update on the 7 Day Challenge Getting to Know God Better 10/06/2016
SP 038 Review and Update on the 7 Day Challenge Getting to Know God Better It's been three months since I posted the final day of the 7 Day Challenge of Getting to Know God ... Better! It wasn't planned that way but I think it has turned out the best, as what I share today is a better update/review of my feedback than what would have been shared had I recorded this episode the week after Day 7. Share your thoughts or results with me! Email at selahprojectshow @ gmail . com or leave a recorded message up to 90 seconds at the Selah Project voicemail here: Click Leave a voice mail Highlights: My "amazing" results immediately following the challenge ... not. Our determined purpose is to know him better! (Philippians 3:10) 808 Stop doubting and believe ... If you haven't taken the challenge, do so! Listen to Episodes 30-37. Thanks for listening. Jesus is good news. May He give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. Ask.
info_outline SP 037 Day 7 of The 7 Day Challenge of Getting to Know God ... Better 06/08/2016
SP 037 Day 7 of The 7 Day Challenge of Getting to Know God ... Better When I had my son Greg put the outline for this study together, he sent me what he had done in Google docs. Everything was there, except Day 7. I'm no sure why Day 7 wasn't there. Maybe it was that his outline was complete with six days. (I will have to ask him.) So as I put the challenge together, I came to this day with wondering how to conclude. My initial thought was to use Day 7 as a review of the previous 6. But God, I believe, had already written the final day as I was lead to Ephesians 1:17. Paul wrote: 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. Knowing Him better was something those who had even lived then understood its importance. i hope we continue to grow in our understanding of the importance of getting to know God. Our friend. Our Father. Our creator. And all that He will reveal to us on our path to the reunion. Psalm 25:4 4 Show me Your ways, O Lord. Teach me Your paths. John 17:3 This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. ... hallelujah. What has God revealed to you during the 7 Day Challenge? Share it by writing me at selahprojectshow @ gmail DOT com Or at the Selah Project SpeakPipe
info_outline 036 : Day 6 of The 7 Day Challenge to Getting to Know God ... Better 05/24/2016
036 : Day 6 of The 7 Day Challenge to Getting to Know God ... Better When we have feelings of failure, not being good enough, and disappointment, it's hard to believe we are a friend of God. But we can be who He would have us be ... He is able. On Day 6, think about Philippians 2:13 -- Philippians 2:13 -- consider these versions: 13 For it is [not your strength, but it is] God who is effectively at work in you, both to will and to work [that is, strengthening, energizing, and creating in you the longing and the ability to fulfill your purpose] for His good pleasure. (Amplified) and 13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him. (NLT) or 13 For God is at work within you, helping you want to obey him, and then helping you do what he wants. (The Living Bible) Philippians 2:13 is a major perspective changer for me. It’s a truth I think we have pretty much seen negated. If God truly works IN us (think again of the scripture where we are told change is being done from the inside out), then it really isn’t about what WE do. Seems to me I’ve spent way too much time trying to be better. More sin free. More like Him. The problem here is it’s been about ME … what I have thought I should be doing and getting better so that I would be more like Jesus. I thought that as long as I could be good enough, I would become closer to God. Philippians 2:13 turns all that around. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NLT) 20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think... God is more than able. So what is it we are to do? Draw close with Him knowing this word from Him. He has given us grace. He has made us saints through Jesus. He is for us. Get to know him BETTER :) He will transform us. Today and going forward, thank God for his grace and ask that He gives you power to do those things He has planned in your life. Throw off any thoughts of your shortcomings and go forward knowing it is GOD who is at work in you. Today. And that pleases him. Worship today with Hillsong singing From the Inside Out.
info_outline 035 : Day 5 of The 7 Day Challenge to Getting to Know God ... Better 05/20/2016
035 : Day 5 of The 7 Day Challenge to Getting to Know God ... Better Day 5 of The 7 Day Challenge to Getting to Know God ... Better. Becoming a friend of God! It starts with understanding He calls us his friends. Exodus 33:11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. What an incredible experience that Moses had while he lived here on earth. God would come and speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. What was it about Moses that moved God to do this? I would suggest that it was Moses’s heart. Moses cried out to God to “teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you." (Ex. 33:13)” And later it was said that, “God made known his ways to Moses, and His acts to the people of Israel (Psalm 103:7) Teach me your ways. Notice he did not ask for things. When you understand the "ways" you will understand the "whys." Abraham wanted to know what was important to Him. Think about that. Friends understand each other because they know the how, when and why of things we believe and are going through. Understanding He is our friend is the foundation of this closeness we are seeking. That's what Day 5 has revealed to me. Here is the worship I mentioned in this episode. Please take a few minutes to look it up online. I Am a Friend of God -- Israel Houghton (former worship leader at Lakewood Church in Houston, Tx.) Want to comment? Connect here at SpeakPipe Instagram - SelahProject email: firstname.lastname@example.org
info_outline 034 : Day 4 of The 7 Day Challenge to Getting to Know God ... Better 05/19/2016
034 : Day 4 of The 7 Day Challenge to Getting to Know God ... Better Day 4 Think about this: Acts 13:22 22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.' Psalm 119:34 - David wrote, Give me understanding, so that I may keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Listen to today's thoughts on the secret to not only being and becoming one after God's heart. Whenever I would think about being a man after God’s heart, my FIRST response again was failure. Knowing that this is not what God now thinks of me or you, I bind that discouragement. I declare that I do His will today, and I ASK the Spirit to give me the guidance to do these things today as well as the power. Notice that David asked for understanding. Look how important this is! He asks for understanding SO THAT he will have God's heart and do his will. Keeping God's law ... living via the power of His spirit ... being changed from the inside out ... begins with -- UNDERSTANDING. Ask God for understanding. The more we understand God's heart, the gospel, Jesus' teachings the more we will draw close to Him and He to us. Want to comment? Connect here at SpeakPipe Instagram - SelahProject email: email@example.com Hallelujah
info_outline 033 : Day 3 of The 7 Day Challenge to Know God ... Better 05/15/2016
033 : Day 3 of The 7 Day Challenge to Know God ... Better Day 3 -- My favorite day of the seven because what I found Paul had written to be THE reason of truth that getting to know God better is in fact our purpose! In Philippians 3:10, Paul wrote: For my determined purpose is THAT I MAY KNOW HIM [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in the same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection, which it exerts over believers, and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed ... Think about what Paul has written. He has eloquently stated ... he wants to know God better. More deeply. More intimately. With increasing understanding. Today, on the 3rd day of this challenge, declare this daily, going forward, your desire to know Him. I think it is all we need to do, He will take care of the increasing measure of better :) It's God's desire. More? Take time to listen to the worship of Hillsong United, Jesus Culture ... Share your thoughts with me here: Selah Project SpeakPipe Instagram Selah Project Hallelujah P.S. When I was thinking about doing a challenge for me and listeners, I had decided on the IDEA first. In my spirit, I felt it important that believing, increasing faith, and growing in power was found in getting closer to God. And then, the scriptures verified that. Stay with the challenge. The final three days verify this even more.
info_outline 032 : Day 2 of the 7 Day Challenge to Know God ... Better 05/10/2016
032 : Day 2 of the 7 Day Challenge to Know God ... Better At the end of Jesus' ministry, he asks/prays to his Father a revealing request. John 17:24 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved me before the foundation of the world. He asked that we be with Him and see/understand and enjoy the glory about to be given him. Let us come to understand Jesus and God desire this relationship! I hope you will be encouraged as He reveals to you his wish for us. Jesus wishes that we will be with him. IN this world and the one to come :) References: Ephesians 1:18-23, & 2:7 Colossians 3:2-3 Take some time and consider the amazing grace from God here: John Lynch speaking at Biola University Chapel. He is a minister at Open Door Fellowship in Phoenix Az and author of numerous books including True Faced, a favorite of mine. Share your thoughts or testimony here: Selah Project SpeakPipe Instagram: instagram.com/selahproject Thanks for your support. Hallelujah (Most well-known English versions of the Hebrew Bible translate the Hebrew "Hallelujah" as two Hebrew words, generally rendered as "Praise" and "the LORD")
info_outline 031 7 Day Challenge Day 1: Getting to Know God ... Better 05/09/2016
031 7 Day Challenge Day 1: Getting to Know God ... Better A change of plans! From email to audio. It occurred to me as I was struggling to put the email program together that why not just put the 7 Day Challenge on the podcast --- especially since way more of this audience is connected here, not via email. Here is Day 1 - VIP Access thanks to Jesus Think about this: What is one area you’ve thought as a disappointment in your life? What kind of throne do you see God sitting on? Understand that it is through Jesus we have VIP access. Hallelujah. Links: Comments here: Selah Project SpeakPipe Email us at selahprojectshow AT gmail DOT com Selah Project website Instagram Next episode: Day 2 -- God's desire
info_outline 029 The One Life Changing Word Spoke by Jesus to Mary 04/14/2016
029 The One Life Changing Word Spoke by Jesus to Mary Hello friends of the Selah Project ... and if you are listening, consider yourself included as our friend. Believers, faithful, weak, strong, confused, unfaithful or non-believer. You are welcome here.
info_outline SP 026 Forget About Resolutions and Let His Spirit Renew 01/01/2016
SP 026 Forget About Resolutions and Let His Spirit Renew Happy New Year friends.
info_outline SP 025 Brandon 09/24/2015
SP 025 Brandon It was a really tough morning and I was re-thinking some things when God sent a message. The message was one of hope and exceedingly encouraging. The message came via Brandon. Listen in to Episode 25 as to what he said and hear for yourself how good God is.
info_outline SP 024 The Power of Kindness 07/07/2015
SP 024 The Power of Kindness In Acts 28 Paul and his friends landed on the island of Malta. It was a cold and raining day. Luke, (presumably the writer of this account), said the people built a fire for them and welcomed them with unusual kindness.
info_outline SP 022 Don't Waste Your Life 02/15/2015
SP 022 Don't Waste Your Life In this episode I talk with Pete Christianson about the running of his first marathon … more importantly the t-shirt he wore with the message printed boldly DON'T WASTE YOUR LIFE. Listen as he shares his testimony, the results of the race, and why that shirt. (And my opinion how the sandwich was part of the path to finding a church!)
info_outline SP 020 Happy New Year 2015! A New Year or New Season? 01/07/2015
SP 020 Happy New Year 2015! A New Year or New Season? In this, the first episode of the new year, I share various perspectives on resolutions, goals, and starting new. I found some insightful teaching on resolutions often being focused quite often on self. Paul shared teh ultimate goal to remember and that is to know Him more! Wrapping up this session are 8 ways to view this year as a new season.
info_outline SP 019 Do You Know the TWO words Jesus Used to Describe Himself? 12/18/2014
SP 019 Do You Know the TWO words Jesus Used to Describe Himself? Do you know that Jesus used just TWO words to describe himself?
info_outline SP 018 Putting the X Back in Christmas and 10 Things for Christians to Think About Re: Black Friday 12/06/2014
SP 018 Putting the X Back in Christmas and 10 Things for Christians to Think About Re: Black Friday Putting the X back in Xmas and 10 things Christians should think about regarding Black Friday.
info_outline SP 017 What is the Problem with Joel Osteen - or is it you? 11/26/2014
SP 017 What is the Problem with Joel Osteen - or is it you? In Episode 17 I'm addressing the ferver of contempt aimed at Joel Osteen of so many when it comes to their opinion of him.
info_outline SP 016 Thoughts on Self-Righteousness from Frank Viola's Book From Here to Eternity 11/10/2014
SP 016 Thoughts on Self-Righteousness from Frank Viola's Book From Here to Eternity Self-righteousness is the topic in this episode. I read a powerful post by Frank Viola titled, A FAREWELL TO SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS.
info_outline SP 014 : God's Way - Do you trust it? 07/23/2014
SP 014 : God's Way - Do you trust it? This is Part 3 of my thoughts prompted from reading the book, Filming God by Darren Wilson. This is the first session from Kauai, Hawaii, where I am working on a new project. (Drop by the web site for a picture /view from my present "studio" :)
info_outline SP 013 : Picking a Fight 06/14/2014
SP 013 : Picking a Fight In this episode I talk about the encounter Darren Wilson shares in his book, Filming God and the revelation he receives regarding his AGENDA of the film project. It's a aha moment for me as I reflect on my past spiritual agendas.
info_outline SP 012: Are you as skeptical as I regarding the Holy Spirit? 06/11/2014
SP 012: Are you as skeptical as I regarding the Holy Spirit? In this session I talk about the book I recently read, FILMING GOD, by Darren Wilson. It details his path regarding the Holy Spirit from skepticism to faith. I saw myself in much of what he had to say. Are you a skeptic? Join me as we consider our paths from skepticism to faith regarding the Holy Spirit.
info_outline SP011 : The Danny "Moment Maker" with Carlos Whittaker 04/16/2014
SP011 : The Danny "Moment Maker" with Carlos Whittaker In this episode of the Selah Project I share a story that happened to Carlos Whittaker. A homeless man, Danny, walked up and entered into a video they were recording for the worship song God of Second Chances. What happened next continues to touch people over four years later.
info_outline SP 010 : My Take After Watching the Movie Son of God 04/06/2014
SP 010 : My Take After Watching the Movie Son of God I definitely enjoyed the movie, Son of God. Despite the debate and challenges taking place about the movie on Jesus' life, its accuracy and theological liberties taken, I am in agreement with those that believe the movie got it right - Jesus was the Son of God, his message was accurately conveyed, and he is the way to salvation (heaven).