Podcast Episode 15

Here is Megan and Dave’s 15th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 17 minute long podcast episode, they talk about judging others. They also chat about:

  • Preschool Graduation
  • Fancy Cars
  • The Prodigal Son
  • Ego
  • The lizard brain

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Unfair

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The Jesus teaching that we are going to look at today takes us into a story of family dynamics. He talks about two brothers, and their father. And if you have a brother or sister or even a cousin or friend that hung around a lot, this story will strike a chord with you.

Earlier this week was national sibling day, and people all over social media were posting pictures of with their brothers and sister, saying how much they love them. And we do love them… for the most part.

On the other hand, we also know that having a sibling means feeling the deep and real sting of things being unfair.

Think back to when you were a kid. Even when our parents tried their hardest to keep things equal, we are always alert, as kids, to any slight, any favoritism…anything that might be unfair.

I have one sister, a few years older than me. And I can still remember a moment when I was 8, and she was 13. 8 for me was an especially annoying year, and as soon as my mom left the room, I unleashed all of my 8 year old obnoxious powers on my teenage sister. She retaliated by yelling at me to stop.

Well, I had two choices.

I could stop.

Or I could flick her.

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Podcast Episode 14

Here is Megan and Dave’s 14th episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 22 minute long podcast episode, they talk about forgiveness. They also chat about:

  • Unfairness
  • The price of orange juice at restaurants
  • Dogs shaking hands
  • Kale
  • Cadbury Egg S’mores
  • Why forgiveness is so hard for us

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Easter: The Foundation of Forgiveness

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Easter is a great day to be in church, and on this particular year, it is not only Easter but also…. April Fools Day. Which opens up so. many. possibilities. to mess with the children in our lives today.

Possibilities to do things like this:

One parent unwrapped all the chocolate candy and used the wrappers to wrap us these grapes to put in their kids Easter basket. And what is a parent supposed to do with all that chocolate? Guess we better eat it.

Another parent filled Easter eggs. But not with candy. With vegetables.

Or there was another parent who was really committed and carefully filled this chocolate bunny… with mustard.

There is this Easter basket filled not with toys or candy but with …. cleaning supplies.

Or, I think this one’s my favorite- this person made cake pops with a chocolate coating surrounding…Brussel sprouts.

This Easter may be April Fool’s Day, but this Easter, like every Easter, we come together as the church. The lilies are ready. The music is prepared. The ham is cooking.

And, once again this year, we read the story of Easter in the Bible. The story of what happened on that Sunday morning nearly 2000 years ago is the most important story of why we believe Jesus was more than just a man.

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Podcast Episode 13

Here is Megan and Dave’s thirteenth episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 22 minute long podcast episode, they talk about the many ways that church is delightfully weird. Like:

  • Mandatory Group Singing
  • Turning and Greeting Your Neighbor &
  • Many more

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Podcast Episode 12

Here is Megan and Dave’s twelfth episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 20 minute long podcast episode, they talk about Holy Week and Easter. But they also chat about:

  • Peeps
  • Cadbury Eggs
  • The powerlessness of the Cross

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Palm Sunday

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Do you ever wish for someone to come and just make everything better?

Well, if you are familiar with that feeling today, multiply it by a million and you will be close to how the Jewish people in Jesus’ day felt. Israel’s history was one of being conquered by one empire, then another. One empire carted them away from their homeland. The next one brought them back, but still ruled them. They ruled themselves as an independent kingdom for around 100 years, only to be conquered by the Romans, who didn’t so much conquer the nation themselves, but backed and bank-rolled a usurper, who was then loyal to Rome, and whose family held on to power by using foreign soldiers in the city of Jerusalm.

You can imagine that this all took a toll on the people of Israel. Not only because of the spiritual damage it did to their pride and patriotism. But also because of the heavy taxes they paid because of it.

Not to mention that every Sabbath they would read in their scriptures that the land was theirs, and that God had destroyed Israel’s enemies before.

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Podcast Episode 11

Here is Megan and Dave’s eleventh episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 24 minute long podcast episode, they talk about the second coming of Christ. But they also chat about:

  • The Left Behind series
  • Crazy Christian t-shirts in the 90’s
  • The other interpretations of the end times scriptures in the Bible

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Podcast Episode 10

Here is Megan and Dave’s tenth episode of the Everything Jesus Taught Podcast!

In this 19 minute long podcast episode, they talk about legalism. But they also chat about:

  • Florida’s new (and stupid!) daylight savings time law
  • Dave’s war with mice
  • Christian jerks
  • Persuasive parenting
  • Their lemon tree

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Letting Go of Legalism

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Several years ago Dave and I bought an older home in Ohio. The house was perfect for us and our young kids, with a large flat backyard and nice bedrooms.

We were young homeowners, so we worked really hard to follow the rules of good homeownership. We mopped the floors and vacuumed the carpet and scrubbed the counters and cabinets. We watered the plants and took out the trash.

The kitchen was one of our favorite spots, having lived mostly in apartments, with all of the cabinets and space to cook, so we made sure it was especially clean. There was even a corner cabinet, with one of those lazy susan spinning storage shelves built right in, which was perfect for all of the kids’ crackers and snacks.

But one evening just after we finished cleaning up from dinner, I heard Dave yelp in the kitchen. I went running in just in time to see him slam the lazy susan cabinet door shut.

There was a mouse.

In the corner cabinet. It had found a steady source of snacks with the saltines we had stored in there. And the mouse, surprised by Dave’s opening of the cabinet, had leapt off of the lazy susan, right toward him. But he had shut the door quickly enough that it was trapped.

We had a few possibilities. The obvious solution seemed to be to burn down the house.

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