The Living Waters Podcast

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 Feb 3, 2022
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Enjoy the ride with this hilarious new Podcast as hosts (Ray Comfort, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, Mark Spence, and Oscar Navarro) and special guests explore the pressing questions of our day with sound theology and apologetics! We would love to hear from you. How has the podcast encouraged you? Are there any subjects you’d like the guys to cover or questions you’d like them to answer? Email us at Podcast@LivingWaters.com and you may hear your feedback and questions quoted on the next episode!

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Ep. 95 - Can Christians Smoke Weed and Drink?
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In today's episode, the guys discuss the substances of marijuana and alcohol. Beginning with alcohol, the guys stress that the idea is not to allow yourself to be mastered by these substances. If you are going to drink, you must do it in faith, because anything done not in faith is a sin. We are free to abstain from alcohol, but we are not free to condemn those who choose to drink in moderation. In scripture, wine is considered a gift from God. However, as we know, people have the incredibly sinful capacity to distort God’s gifts and make them into something atrocious. In the scriptures, alcohol is an important theological symbol. It is not by accident that the first miracle of Jesus was turning water into wine. We have to keep in mind that in our culture today, alcohol is not used as a symbolic celebration of what God is doing, but instead as a numbing mechanism. The very thing the Bible condemns, drunkenness, is the reason why people drink today. 

 

Then, they apply everything just discussed about alcohol to the issue of marijuana. As the substance is being legalized, this is a huge question in the minds of many, especially younger people. Compared to wine being used in Scripture as an act of celebration, marijuana is a mind-altering drug used to get high. With this in mind, it’s difficult to see how a Christian could smoke weed with a good conscience. Recreational marijuana use can be compared to drunkenness in the Bible, which is a sin. We are reminded that when you are in God’s will, you will not want to partake in sinful activities. If you are questioning whether partaking in substances is okay for you to do as a Christian, this is demonstrating where you are in your relationship with God. We can't forget that our bodies are temples to the Holy Spirit, and marijuana is very bad for our bodies and impairs our intelligence.  

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Sep 29, 2022
Ep. 94 - How to Avoid Becoming Worldly
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In today's episode, the guys discuss how to avoid becoming worldly. They define worldliness as the love of the world and the pleasures within it. A friend of the world is an enemy of God. This, however, is not to say that we should not partake in worldly things such as having a job or being friends with non-believers. We may actively enjoy the things God has given us while still remembering that the earth is a place we are just passing through. 


 The story of Israel and the exile to Babylon gives a good example of how Christians should and shouldn’t live. The four ways the Babylonian Empire assimilated the Jewish exile are exactly how we tend to assimilate into our own culture. These are assimilation through isolation, indoctrination, assimilation and confusion. A major wordly trait Christians should be wary of is that of the wise and worldly man who thinks he can solve all of the world’s problems on his own. The whole principle is based on the idea that we were put into the world for a reason, but this does not mean that we are of the world. We must remember that worldliness disgusts the Lord and should feel visceral disgust of our own at the sight of worldly indulgences. 

 

We can push back against the world by committing our heart, mind and soul to better knowing who God is. To know God is to immerse yourself in Him. We must be careful when walking through this world about the things we give our attention to. It all comes down to having a discernible understanding of what is corruptible to you and those around you. As we don’t conform to the patterns of this world, but instead allow ourselves to be transformed through God’s word, then we are equipped with discernment. Similarly, it is valuable to begin teaching our kids the lesson of discernment at a young age so they may avoid falling into worldliness.   

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Sep 27, 2022
Ep. 93 - How to Break Free from Selfishness
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In today's episode, the guys discuss selfishness. We live in a culture which celebrates selfishness to the extreme and views it as the route to pleasure and happiness in life. Selfishness is one of the things which is constantly dying small deaths during our sanctification process which God continues to reveal to us. It can manifest itself in many ways and show up at random moments. It is also, however, an act of grace that God reveals those selfish tendencies to us so that we may repent and put our sins to death. We, as humans, all have the tendency to view ourselves as idols. 

 

Walter Chantry defines selfishness as the controlling force of sinful living. It is the manifestation of the depravity of man’s heart and is the root of all sin. The roots of this depravity is especially prevalent in young children. Outside of Christ, the self is the idol to which all men fall. On the other hand, the cure to selfishness is love. Love does not seek its own, it demonstrates self-forgetfulness and desires to give ourselves away for the sake of others. The only way to truly become selfless is through the Word. God gave up his own life to pay for every selfish ambition that we will ever have, for the dark corners of our hearts which have yet to be revealed and as a ransom that we will have freedom from our sins. Servanthood is the ultimate epitome of selflessness. 

 

Then, the guys offer advice for parents on things they can do to prevent their children from becoming selfish monsters. It is important to realize that any time you catch your child in sin, it is an opportunity for the gospel to come forward and for discipleship to happen. Our children should know from observation of confession and repentance that their parents are sinners, too. In closing, we are reminded that selfishness is a demonic thing which results in evil and confusion. In order to avoid it, we should turn towards Christ as our example. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Sep 22, 2022
Ep. 92 - Repentance—What Does it Really Mean?
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In today's episode, the guys discuss repentance. Of anything, this is the topic Ray has had people give him the hardest time about. You can get someone to believe in Jesus, but if they have not repented, they are not yet truly saved. We are reminded that David would not have repented if he hadn’t trembled under the words of Nathan. Repentance will never come if we aren’t living under the law of the Ten Commandments. 

 

There is a fundamental misunderstanding on this subject in terms of where we’ve come from as a ministry. Repentance means a change of mind, and with a true change of mind comes a change of action. This is one of the most positive words in the Christian vocabulary. It refers to the turning away from a destructive path and moving instead into God’s plan. Repentance should be even louder than the sin was. Luke 13:3 warns “Unless you repent, you will likewise perish.” When confession comes from a repented soul, there will be no holding back what comes out of the innermost being of the individual. 

 

Repentance is commonly misunderstood, but most theologians agree that it fits in the very center of the conversion process. An aspect of repentance also means turning from your sins and towards your home in God. It is not about avoiding damnation, but about wanting to know the God who loves us and has died for us. God is not asking us to clean our lives up, but rather to lay our lives down for Him. Though it deals with justification, repentance doesn’t mean that we will never struggle again with sin. The life of a Christian is one of daily repentance as God gradually reveals to us the flaws we have as man. God has appointed a day on which he will judge all the world for righteousness. This alone should call us all to fierce repentance. As the episode wraps up, the guys reiterate that, despite its negative connotation,  repentance is actually a very beautiful and hopeful thing. A Christian who repents will be filled with so much joy that they will go out into the world and tell others about it. In closing, we are all urged today to repent today. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Sep 20, 2022
Ep. 91 - How to Resolve Marital Problems
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In today's episode, the guys discuss marital problems and how to solve them. To begin, they each share how long they have been married themselves. For many people, their weddings are the best day of their lives. However, the focus on the day of our weddings should be not on us, but on the covenant we are making before God. Our culture has a fundamental misunderstanding of what a marriage is. Rather than a stepping stone in the list of achievements, we should see marriage as a way in which we can glorify God and in which God can sanctify us. 

 

Ultimately, marriages consist of  two sinners entering into a covenant together. In this covenant, God intends to use us to reveal sin in our lives and refine us to be more like our Savior. This means we will be challenged and the darkest crevices of our hearts will be revealed to our spouses. When it comes to healthy marriage, a theological foundation gained through reading the Word together is absolutely necessary. James 4 tells us that all human conflict is rooted in spiritual idolatry. One of the worst things a couple can do is work to change their spouse into each other's likeness. Instead, we are to evolve alongside our spouse into Christ’s likeness. 

 

If you are in a stage of marital conflict, you are urged to start by thinking of where you yourself have sinned against God. Even among churchgoers, the divorce rate in the U.S. is about 50%. A survey by the National Association of Marriage Enhancement found that less than 1% of couples divorce if they engage in daily prayer together. Our oneness as a couple plays a key role in the proliferation of Godly offspring. If you are not in the habit of daily devotion or prayer with your spouse, the most important thing is to just start. When we think we don’t have time for something, we should remember that time is a symbol of our priorities and God desires for your priority to be Him, and then your marriage. A gospel-centered community is a foundational aspect of a healthy marriage that is missing in most marriages today. In closing, we are reminded that grace is always the key. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Sep 15, 2022
Ep. 90 - The Amazing Life of Charles Spurgeon
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In today's episode, the guys discuss Charles Spurgeon. For those listeners who are unfamiliar, Spurgeon was an extraordinary preacher and human who was radically gifted by God. He was born in England in 1834 and called the “prince of preachers” and “Silver Tongue”. We are reminded that, without idolatry, it is great to have heroes in the faith. Spurgeon really took to heart what it meant to commune with God. His early death at age 57 is a reminder that God does not need anybody, and we are all indispensable regardless of our gifts. 

 

Spurgeon gave his first sermon in 1850 and joined a layman group shortly after, with whom he traveled to nearby towns to preach. He was asked to become the preacher of Waterbeach Baptist Church before becoming the pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle. He was not formally educated, nor did he attend Bible college. People know Spurgeon primarily for his preaching, and secondarily for his commentaries and devotionals. Most people, however, don’t know that he was an incredible pastor. Sturgeon was at the Metropolitan Tabernacle during the heart of the Industrial Revolution. When many other churches decided to leave the city and head to the suburbs, Spurgeon and the elders of the Tabernacle decided to stay in London and saw the opportunity to spread the gospel. They began over 60 organizations for those in need throughout the city. 

 

Spurgeon was filled with light and joy, but also suffered from deep depression as a result of a personal tragedy, illness and stress. He believed that Chrisitan ministers should expect a special degree of suffering to be given to them as a way of forming them for Christ-like, compassionate ministry. He said,  “Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. There are some of your graces which would never be discovered if it were not for the trials in whom we experience.” A large takeaway of this discussion is the power of the written word. In closing, we are reminded that there is power in passing on truth and power in the example of a man whose life was surrendered to the Lord wholly and completely. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Be sure to check out Tough Consequences

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Sep 13, 2022
Ep. 89 - Why Bullying Should Make You Angry
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In today's episode, the guys discuss the topic of bullying. To begin, they share their own stories of experiencing bullying. Humans like to see justice and retribution, but how can we as Christians demonstrate love for the bully? When it comes to justice, there are certain times when we see something and need to put a stop to it right away. If verbal interaction doesn’t stop the bullying from happening, there may be a precedent for getting physically involved. The other side of  the story is that bullies are often being bullied themselves by someone else. However, we are reminded that all of our actions come from the heart and this is not an excuse. We must find a way to show the bully compassion and empathy, recognizing that the things which happen to and around us shape our sin. 

 

It’s so important as Christians that we discipline ourselves back into a gospel mindset and remember how we look in God’s sight. Bullying is often the misunderstanding of what a person in power should be like. The gospel, when understood, is revelatory and keeps you humble. Understanding our own need for grace should prevent anyone from becoming a bully when it comes to evangelism. The Scripture further admonishes us as fathers not to provoke our children to wrath, also a form of bullying. 

 

If we see someone being bullied, we should intervene to the best of our ability and tell authorities so that the bully will not go on to bully another person. For anyone listening who may be currently experiencing bullying, you are reminded that your hope can not lie in the circumstances changing, because people will be people wherever you go. Rather, your hope should be in understanding who you are in the sight of God and who He is in you. It is also very important to forgive those who have done wrong to you and never carry resentment. Your identity and value comes from Christ alone. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Sep 08, 2022
Ep. 88 - How Important is Church Membership?
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In today's episode, the guys talk about church membership. They speculate that churches who don’t hold importance to membership and being reactionary against certain movements make membership a badge of salvation. However, this is something that is not a light matter and is extremely important. The problem with not having traditional membership is that it creates confusion around who is and is not really part of the church alongside a convenient lack of accountability.  

 

Official church membership will change based on the type of church you go to. Often, achieving membership will start with taking classes from a pastor or elder. Here, new members will learn about the church’s statement of faith. There is also often some sort of covenant. Regular attendance, accountability and the recognition that you are to submit yourself to the authorities of the church. Church accountability lets pastors know that the sheep are a part of his flock. When you become an official member of a church, you are entering into a gospel-centered covenant between God and the local church, which he calls us to. Because of the consumerist culture we live in today, however, it is difficult to allow that to happen naturally as He intended. 

 

Functioning as part of the church is at the heart of membership. We were designed to be known and loved in the context of a local gospel community. We see this longing for community everywhere, though this urge will only ever be truly satisfied in a gospel setting. Covenant is not just about your commitment to individuals, but also about their commitment to you through discipleship. If you are a believer listening to today’s episode, the guys challenge you to really ask yourself how you are functioning as a member of the body of your church. When we are not doing the things which God has called us to do, we are hindering the body of christ. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Sep 06, 2022
Ep. 87 - The Lost Art of Christians Reading Good Books and its Tragic Impact
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The guys talk about the lost art of Christians reading good books.  It seems that, given the pace and availability of media, the new generation of young people reads less than previous generations.  Instead, they look to “YouTube University,” which offers information but does  grow you in wisdom.  These algorithms are designed to show you what you want to see and offer what’s clickable.  Good books, on the other hand, offer wisdom.  No doubt reading books comes with its fair share of challenges.  People have different natural inclinations toward reading (and some, though not all, even experience major changes in this area when converted).  People differ in their reading capacities, such as speed of reading and memory for content.  Some struggle with things like dyslexia that make reading more difficult.  But anyone can put their mind to gaining wisdom through books, and the more you read, the more you build up the muscle for reading.  If you have a hard time with reading, the guys urge, start by committing to one book and seeking accountability as you read it. He shaped us to read, and designed us to reap many benefits from doing so - the foremost of which is gaining knowledge of Him by reading His written Self-revelation in the Bible.  

We should read varied books, from biography to theology and fiction, but we need to make sure the book we live in is the Bible.  The guys leave listeners with a list of recommendations for either personal or shared reading: Everything Sad is Untrue, The Discipline of Grace, Gospel Primer, New Morning Mercies, Basic Christianity, Knowing God, The Prodigal God, The Chronicles of Narnia, Lectures to My Students, and The Mystery.  Be watching out, too, for E.Z.’s forthcoming book, Fight Like a Man, and a great resource for teaching kids: Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons!

Sep 01, 2022
Ep. 86 - People Who Identify as Animals—Wait, what?!?
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In today's episode, the guys talk about the phenomenon of people identifying as animals.  This phenomenon takes shape in the community of furries, or “enthusiast[s] for animal characters with human characteristics” who use animal characters as online avatars and often even dress up as their animal counterparts.  The furry community is a sexualized subculture, wth a vast majority of its members at least engaging with furry pornography, and represents a perversion of human identity.  Whether furries actually dress up each day as animals or just use online personas (or “fursonas”), they are creating an identity distinct from their true selves, and are investing and finding value in something false and empty.  Their experience overlaps with that of the Otherkin, a person who identifies as a non-human being, typically wholly or partially animal or mythical being.  The furry community represents yet another step in the crazy progression of recent years; things we once wrote off as unfathomable keep happening - from gay marriage, to recognized pedophelia, to people pursuing relationships with inanimate objects.  As such, the community places itself squarely in the category of those things discussed in Romans 1 when Paul explains human sin and the experience of being “given over” to all kinds of evil.  

 

How should we as Christians address this phenomenon and engage with people who identify as furries?  Well, to start, it’s helpful to know that over 60% of furry community members reported extreme bullying while growing up.  They are people who have been cast aside, laughed at, and hurt.  They are people who answer the question of the day - “Who am I?” - by living out of a battered sense of self.  These facts should give us a sense of compassion at the start.  We must also remember that the only thing that fundamentally differentiates us from them is the grace of God; apart from God, we are all lost and go our own way.  Furries need what we ourselves needed when God saved us: to understand who God is and understand self in relation to God.  We don’t need to get overly caught up in their crazy lifestyle to share the truth about God with them.  We just need, with gentleness and patience, to present the law and the gospel.

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out The Evidence Study Bible, 101 of the Dumbest Things People Have Done, and World Religions in a Nutshell.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 30, 2022
Ep. 85 - Why Today’s “Cool” Churches are Very Uncool
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In today's episode, the guys talk about why today’s “cool” churches are, in fact, very uncool.  The presence of these churches is a pandemic today, and to understand it, we first need to clarify what the problem with these churches is.  The churches are marked by a number of common characteristics, including a pastoral focus on self-glory rather than God’s glory, an aim for relevance and fans/followers instead of reverence and converts, and a pervasive sense of consumerism both in the leadership and the pews.  They tend not to call out sin in the hearts of hearers or urge people to repentance, and have a “feel good” vibe rather than a gracious and uncompromising commitment to truth.  Celebrity pastors could be compared to a Christianized Tony Robbins - that is, their message is one of self-help, being more influential, and overcoming challenges to get to the next level.  In today’s “cool” churches, people reject what opposes their own ideas about who God is, and there is a clear connection between unhealthy pastors and unhealthy sheep.  The churches are also now in a season of shrinking; after all, they will never be able to outperform culture, or to keep entertainment value high enough to hold attention.

 

In light of the prevalence of such churches, what should believers look for when discerning whether or not a church is healthy?  The guys offer several indications of church health, including fear of God, exposition of the whole Bible, a pattern of service, a commitment to church membership (with membership implying service and discipleship), evangelistic zeal, and accountability among the church leaders.  Further, the guys affirm, a healthy church will be marked by regular congregational practices: confession and repentance, opening the Word of God together, and taking Communion.  Ultimately, both motivation and content are crucial concerns as a believer considers a church.  If any listeners find themselves thinking their own churches are unhealthy, the guys recommend first taking certain steps toward a solution.  If that does not work, though, they should try to find a church where Christ is truly the center. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out The Evidence Study Bible.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 25, 2022
Ep. 84 - The New Age Movement and its Demonic Roots
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In today's episode, the guys talk about New Ageism. It is a deceiving name because there is, in fact, nothing new about the New Age movement. Satan’s lie, the first lie ever known to mankind, is the root of New Ageism. The movement was popularized in the 1970s and really took off in the 80’s. Many people tend to think of New Agers as hippies, but it is also popular among the social elite and affluent cultures. New Ageism is like a supermarket or smorgasbord where you walk in and take your pick of the products you want. The core pillars include separating oneself from western culture, emphasis on first nation beliefs, creation-centeredness and a focus on the person. At the heart of it is the belief that man can really become God. 

 

There are only two world views: the view of the world and the view of God. Most Christians in the U.S. have, unbeknownst to them, adopted some form of  New Ageism within their faith. Meditation, for example, has been robbed of its Christian roots and manipulated into the secular world. When we meditate as Christians, we fill our minds with the knowledge of what God has revealed to us through His word. People following New Age clearly have a deep desire to understand themselves spiritually, it is just that they are being led in the wrong direction. To these people, a Christian may find common ground by mentioning the ways Christianity has not always fallen in line with the western culture they denounce. The beauty of Jesus is that He is a pre-Western figure. Everywhere we go, there are false gospels, lies and temptations which may seem harmless but will pull us away from understanding who our Creator is. The best way to protect ourselves is to read God’s Word and get involved with a faithful, local church. In community, we are protected. The bottom line is, if you claim to be a Christian but are not prioritizing Christ before all else, you are entering that realm of idolatry. It is something we as Chrisitnas need to be very careful about.  

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 23, 2022
Ep. 83 - What’s Behind Self-Harm and Suicide?
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In today's episode, the guys explore what is behind self harm and suicide. It is their sincere hope to provide helpful answers and hope for listeners who may be struggling. Before diving in, they highlight the free resource Biblical Counseling. What often leads a person to self harm or even to suicide are painful, difficult circumstances they find themselves in. Each of our hosts share about their own personal seasons of difficulty and painful experiences. As Christians, we lose sight of the point and purpose of the trials and tribulations of life and that God is going to do whatever He needs to do to bring glory towards His name. However, down that road less traveled, there is beauty to be found. The reality is that when you become a Christian, you are signing up for trials, tribulations, persecution, temptation and suffering, but your name is written in Heaven. God always knows the things we need to know and the lessons we need to learn in order for Him to make us into who He wants us to be. The promise of the gospel is not that we will have a good life, but that Jesus will help us through life. 

 

Rather than asking someone who is suffering why they have not yet moved on, we should reframe the question to ask how they are moving forward. Statistically, 17% of people will self harm during their lifetime. This is most common among girls, especially during the time they first become aware of sexuality, body image, and the opinions of others. On the other hand, 45,000 Americans die by suicide every year. A major reason for this is that so many people are living their lives in absolute futility without purpose, reason or the knowledge of right and wrong. The modern narrative of expressive individualism goes against the promise of the Gospel, which is that there is no need to define ourselves because we have already been defined by God. The Scripture offers stories about individuals who at one point no longer wanted to live, but later reaped the benefits of their suffering. God urges us to let go into His hands and allow Him to finish our story. As long as we are still alive, He is not finished with us. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Watch our film You Are Not Alone: Hope for Your Depression

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 18, 2022
Ep. 82 - How to Practice Biblical Hospitality
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In today's episode, the guys talk about biblical hospitality. As Christians, we have the wherewithal to be the most hospitable people on the face of the earth. In a sense, hospitality is really a reflection of the gospel as it is the Golden Rule in practice. Listen as the guys share their best hospitality experiences. In Scripture, the word hospitality speaks of being a person who has given over by loving other people. The Dictionary defines it as the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors and strangers. God calls on us to be hospitable to everybody, even those we find difficult. Hospitality is meant to be a form of evangelism. The other side of hospitality is discipleship. As demonstrated in the Bible, hospitality is a key characteristic of a good leader. Similarly, Christians showing kindness and hospitality is the best form of advertising. 

 

God does not bless us financially to raise our own standard of living, but so we may have more to give to others. We must not give only from the overflow while keeping the bulk of our belongings to ourselves. Romans 12 says “Contribute to the needs of the saints and sake to show hospitality. This is the way the Christian responds.” The real key to practicing hospitality is to do so without grumbling or complaining. Hospitality does take a certain amount of discomfort. To truly be hospitable means you’re going to put yourself in a place of sacrifice and discomfort. The reason why we do it is because Jese was hospitable to us. Even Christ, who was entirely self-sufficient, became dependent on other people’s hospitality. All of us have found ourselves in situations where we need someone to lean on for help. If you are in a situation where you don’t have much to give, you can turn to God’s grace. We must open out homes no matter what, but having a clean and pleasant home helps people to feel comfortable and welcome. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

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You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 16, 2022
Ep. 81 - The Life of Jonathan Edwards
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In today's episode, the guys discuss the life of Jonathan Edwards. Looking at the lives and testimonies of Godly saints offers us a different perspective, inspiration and instruction. Jonathan Edwards is one of the most famous and impactful intellectuals to come out of American history, even in the secular world. His sermon, Sinners In The Hands of An Angry God, is studied in high schools and colleges alike. 

 

Jonathan Edwards was born in 1703 in East Windsor, Connecticut. He is known as a great theologian, philosopher, a British American puritanism, a stimulator of the religious revival known as the Great Awakening and one of the forerunners of the age of Protestant missionary expansion in the 19th century. Rather than some theologians we hear about who lead poor family lives, Edwards was a dedicated husband and father to 11 children. The beauty of reading old theologians from a different era is that they had different blind spots than we do. This allows us to view things from a different lens and reveals more about who we are and the culture we live in today. Edwards became saved in 1721 under a delightful conviction meditating on 1 Timothy 1:17. His impact comes largely from the fact that he spent much time alone with God in the wilderness. At the age of 18, he had written 70 resolutions and meditated on them every single week of his life. Edwards and his impacts are considered to be cross-denominational. When he gave his sermon Sinners In The Hands of An Angry God, it was a frequent thing to witness a house full of outcries, convulsions and more coming from the audience with distress, admiration and joy. We often hesitate to bring fear into our gospel proclamations, however they should really be thoroughly flavored with fear. Edwards is someone who started life with the end in mind and lived a calculated existence. As the episode wraps up, we are encouraged to live a life dedicated to the Lord just like Edwards did, and remember that no figure is perfect. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

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You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

 Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 11, 2022
Ep. 80 - What Does it Look Like When God Judges a Nation?
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In today's episode, the guys talk about the signs of God’s judgment on nations. There are many people within the church who are hesitant and afraid to talk about the aspect of God judging, but this is an important part of the story of the gospel. In order for us to truly understand the gospel, we have to see Him as a judgemental God. In the Old Testament, a nation is important because of God’s plan to do something through them. In the New Testament, the nation changes from a homogenous group of people to His church. According to Revelation, every single country nation is essentially Babylon, a prostitute to God’s goodness. God promises to destroy Babylon.

 

Man derives pleasure from lawlessness and there is a fearful future that awaits those who indulge. We Christians simply can’t survive today’s day and age with just a brief devotion every morning. Rather, we need to grab a hold of God’s word and allow God’s word to go through us. The gospel is the ultimate hope for our nation. It’s easy to feel depressed and pessimistic when we look at the world around us, but the Gospel offers  hope. We must not fear for our children to grow up in this world, but instead be honored that God chose us to parent the generation facing the biggest challenges of our lifetime. God isn't scratching His head trying to figure out what to do with this world. He is preparing an army to drive away the darkness and to make Himself known over all the world. People don’t look at sin from the perspective of a holy, righteous and pure God. From our own perspectives as sinners, it’s easier to brush off. One of the biggest disservices we can do is assimilate ourselves into the way of the world. We should be in the world, but not of the world and watch God’s transforming powers work through us. We as a nation have lost God’s blessings of long life, health and prosperity as we have turned our backs on Him. With God’s commandments, we are reminded, comes blessings for obedience. Restoration all begins with revivals and repentance within ourselves. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

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You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 09, 2022
Ep. 79 - Exploring Near-Death Experiences
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In today’s episode, the guys consider the topic of near-death experiences.  These phenomena seem to be rather common, and scientific study has even started to lend credence to them.  We as Christians may be inclined to write off these experiences, or even to be swayed by the emotional testimony of someone who claims to have had one.  But we need to consider near-death experiences with a respectful, humble attitude.  Like the Bereans, we want to hold the things we’re told up to the rubric of Scripture and see how they stack up.  So, does the Bible have anything specific to say about near-death experiences?  It offers ten examples of related situations, along with seven visions of heaven.  The common theme across all of these biblical events is the glory of God producing humility and fear, and these events offer parameters for how we might see God truly use near-death experiences today.  We also have a couple of important biblical guardrails to bear in mind as we consider near-death experience stories: the guardrail of the completeness of biblical revelation, and the guardrail of biblical context.  These two guardrails, the guys explain, teach us not to trust stories that claim to add to biblical revelation, and also keep us from proof-texting in our efforts to hold experience up to Scripture.

 

While most near-death-experience stories ultimately miss the bar of biblical reliability, there is often reason to believe that those who claim to have had near-death experiences have, in fact, experienced something.  We don’t have to understand what exactly it is, though scientific research and studies based on cultural context offer some basic hints.  It is also absolutely possible for God to use near-death experiences to draw people to Himself; we don’t want to write off this possibility any more than we want to assume it.  Finally, we should bear in mind that near-death experiences, if nothing else, offer a segway to talk about the Bible.  They inherently involve the topic of death, which should direct our eyes to the One who rendered death powerless by defeating it on the cross!

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out The Evidence Study Bible.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 04, 2022
Ep. 78 - She Told Us How She Escaped an Assassin’s Bullet
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Today’s episode features another special conversation recorded at the recent NRB Conference!  This time, Eddie is joined by Living Waters VP of Outreach and Operations, Miguel, to conduct the interview.  This interview is actually more of a testimony, and the guys are excited to introduce listeners to the encouraging and challenging story of guest Virginia Prodan!  Virginia is the author of Saving My Assassin, a memoir recounting her experience as a lawyer defending persecuted Christians in Communist Romania under the dictatorship of Nicolae Ceaușescu.

 

Virginia trained to be a lawyer, with the stated aim of finding truth in the law books so that she could stand up for it in the midst of her troubled society.  Rather than finding truth in law, an unexpected visit to a client’s church led Victoria to see that the truth was, in fact, Jesus Christ.  She was converted, and saw that it was a God-given mission for her to defend the persecuted Christians no one else would defend.  As she fought on behalf of believers, she was declared an enemy of the state, arrested, beaten, and tortured.  Eventually, she even became the target of an assassination order.  Virginia’s God-enabled display of peace and love under profound pressure had a marked impact on those around her - from guards shaken by her forgiveness to her assassin who, with gun in hand, believed the gospel message she shared with him.  Virginia’s efforts had the attention not only of her nation’s dictator, but of the watching world, and even such prominent figures as President Ronald Reagan.  As she watched, she saw God at work bending the most powerful men in the world to do His bidding, protecting her, and ultimately reshaping her nation from a place of deep darkness to a place where Christians thrive.  

 

Virginia hopes that her story will urge other believers to speak up and act on behalf of truth, letting themselves be used as tools in God’s hands.  In this way, they will see His power on display, and may even find themselves used to reshape the trajectory of their entire nation!

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

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Check out Virginia’s website to contact her, find resources, and check out her book!

Learn more about NRB and its recent conference!

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Aug 02, 2022
Ep. 77 - Hamming It Up with Ken Ham
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Today, the guys share a special interview recorded at the recent NRB Conference!  The episode features not only theological and practical discussion, but a healthy dose of ribbing between an Australian and out resident New Zealander.  Who is the Australian, you ask?  He is none other than Ken Ham, CEO and founder of Answers in Genesis and a key figure in the development of the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum!  Oscar and his producer friend Eddie Roman caught up with Ken at the conference, and first asked him what the problem is in being a Christian and believing in evolution.  The problem, Ken explains, boils down to the need to take God at His Word and uphold the authority of the Bible.  If we work man’s view into our worldview and rework God’s Word to fit it in the area of creation and evolution, what is to keep us from doing the same elsewhere?  Even now, we’re seeing the generational impact of compromising worldview formulation, and the undercutting of Genesis 1-11 - the foundation of everything else to come - is leaving people open to question the rest of the Bible, too.  

 

Moving forward, Ken, Oscar, and Eddie consider whether or not Christians are anti-science.  This question, Ken argues, requires careful definitions of terms.  There is a distinction between observational and historical science, and both Christians and non-Christians generally agree on the observational side of things.  Along the historical vein, there is frequent disagreement, but both the Christian perspective and the non-Christian “scientific” view require forms of faith.  Evolutionists, after all, believe in things that they cannot see or scientifically prove.  Ken roots the willingness to accept the wild notions of naturalism rather than affirming that God spoke and created in human nature and sin before wrapping up the interview with a connection to CRT, updates on the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, and an introduction to his new book, Divided Nation.

 

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Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check Ken’s books, Divided Nation and Creation to Babel.

Learn more about Answers in Genesis, the Ark Encounter, and the Creation Museum.

Learn more about NRB and its recent conference!

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jul 28, 2022
Ep. 76 - The Errors of Sinless Perfection
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In today's episode, the guys talk about sinless perfection and its many errors. There are two angles people most often take to this topic. First is that once you’re saved, if you’re really saved, then you become completely sanctified and you will never sin. The second view is that you can get to a place where you grow so much in the process of sanctification where you no longer sin. Those that hold on to sinless perfectionism not only don’t understand what the Scripture says, but they also don’t understand the true nature of sin itself. If a person was actually tuned in with both of those things, they would never believe they were perfect or could be perfect. To believe yourself free of sin is a sin in itself. 

 

Especially for young believers, the doctrine of sinless perfection is extremely harmful because it bypasses the Gospel. Ecclesiastes 4:20 says “There is no one on earth who is righteous. No one who does what is right and never sins.”, while 1 John 1:8 tells Christians “If we say we have no sins, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.”  We can never attain the level of Christ and must not forget what he did for us. Even if we’re not as far as sinless perfection, we Christians all need to be weary of the pull towards legalism and ​​antinomianism, through which we may give no weight to sin. Sin is not an enemy out there, but rather a beast that we are all constantly fighting from within. The Scripture tells us that even as Christians, we are living in habitual sin and rebellion from God. It is natural to desire a life without sin after we have been saved, but we must remember that we have the advocate of the Father on our side. We often talk about sin as simply the act of doing something unrighteous. Augustin saw sin as ultimately disjointed loves. As long as we live in this fallen and broken world as fallen and broken people, we are going to sin. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jul 26, 2022
Ep. 75 - How Sanctification Really Works
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In today's episode, the guys focus on sanctification.  Sanctification occurs in two parts: initial sanctification occurs instantaneously when a person is saved and is all God's work.  This initial change involves being set apart for God and delivered from the kingdom of darkness and into the kingdom of Christ.  After conversion, we spend the rest of our earthly lives going through progressive sanctification, which is grounded in God's work of conforming us more and more to the image of Christ as we are involved and responsive. We play a passive role through dependence on God, and an active role through obeying and yielding to God.  God will ultimately complete the work He has begun of making us each holy as He is holy, but He uses our involvement as a means by which He completes this work.  Since we were made positionally holy at the time of initial sanctification, progressive sanctification is actually the process by which we become who we already are in Christ.  We are new creations, and as the flesh and Spirit continue to war within us, we can know that the completion of our sanctification is sure!

 

There are several different views of sanctification, and the guys highlight the Wesleyan view with its practice of waiting for God to simply sanctify people out of certain sins.  Contrary to this view, the testimony of Scripture is that we must not sit on our hands, but rather get up and get moving!  The sign of a true Christian, the guys explain, isn't that someone has arrived.  Rather, it is that someone is sensitive to sin, continually responding to it by repenting and turning to Christ.  As the conversation winds down, the guys talk about the need for patience and accountability in relationships among Christians, as well as the importance of being in the Word every day.  We need to hear from God if we are to be changed; this requires the self-control of a daily commitment, and at times may require developing a taste for the different flavors of Scripture through increasing in knowledge of God Himself.  Ultimately, all the effort required of us is well worth it, as we can see the sweet reality of God renewing us after the image of His Son!

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out The Evidence Study Bible.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jul 21, 2022
Ep. 74 - Why Justification is So Amazing
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In today's episode, the guys talk about Christian justification, the foundation upon which our faith is built. Justification by faith is one of the pillars of the reformation. Justification is defined as an act of God’s grace wherein he pardons all of our sins and accepts us as righteous in His sight, only for the righteousness of Christ imputed to us and received by faith alone. To be justified means more than to be declared not guilty, but rather to be declared righteous before God. Today, the doctrine of justification is under attack, specifically by Christians in the deconstruction movement.  However, confusing justification and sanctification will undermine the gospel and turn justification by face into justification by performance. 

 

If we have been declared righteous, then sanctification will complete its work inside of us on that day when we see Him. The work of grace is absolute thoroughness because it comes from God, not from us. Oscar speaks to the significance of double-impunity and the selflessness of Christ becoming sin for us so that we may become the righteousness of God before Him. Often, we become so accustomed to the world of our faith that concepts like this don’t contain the weight they deserve. The more we see ourselves as sinners, however, the more graceful God seems in our eyes. We can’t begin to imagine God’s anger and wrath towards our sins. When we understand the righteousness of God and his wrath towards sin and sinners, then we are truly able to understand the love and grace shown to us on the cross. Diminishing His wrath also diminished His love and grace. Shifting gears, the guys discuss justification as a theology which should penetrate our daily lives, seep into the trenches of everything we do. Humans are programmed to be constantly justifying our own actions. When we truly understand what God has done for us and that he is ultimately pleased with us, all of those fears melt away.  Justification fortifies our life of those things, and what a relief that is! 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jul 19, 2022
Ep. 73 - What Should Christian Discipleship Look Like?
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In today's episode, the guys talk about Christian discipleship and what it should look like. Not only do we see discipleship mentioned throughout the New Testament, it is at the very heart of the Great Commission. We often don’t focus enough on the fact that God holds all authority of heaven and earth. The guys define discipleship as any student, pupil, apprentice or adherent as opposed to a teacher. In the ancient world, it is associated with people devoted to a religion or philosophy. People tend to view the Great Commission as a commandment to go out and create converts, but really it commands us to make disciples. Disciples are followers of Jesus whose lives are marked by God and reflect His glory through thought, word and deed. The only way to make a disciple is by sharing a life with them and true discipleship is seeing how this individual we are looking up to handles day to day affairs. 

 

The word disciple comes from the word discipline, which is exactly what we need to be a part of God’s army. Knowing that discipleship is a lifestyle creates better accountability for every believer. You can not make a disciple unless you are a disciple yourself. Christians are called to share the content of the gospel in the context of relationships that reflect God’s relationship with us. Then, they guys share advice for communicating with someone in a loving way when the conversation has gone off the path. On one hand, we should not be afraid to challenge a Biblical brother in his sin. On the other hand, we must be the type of person who is willing to confess his own sins. Part of Biblical discipleship is being comfortable in calling out our brothers. We must also realize that if we are not being disciples to our children, they will in turn be discipled by other people. The only real sign of true Christian growth is a life rooted in holiness. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jul 14, 2022
Ep. 72 - The Importance of Christian Counseling
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In today's episode, the guys talk about the importance of Christian counseling.  Christian counseling is one means by which we may look at ourselves and our health in a holistic way; that is, from physical, spiritual, and mental lenses.  While people looking for counsel need to follow advice that Ray offers to read the Bible and obey what they read, they also need to understand that physical and mental realities impact overall well-being.  Counseling, the guys go on to explain, is a modern-day need.  It has not always been available, and Christians have lived for centuries without it.  However, the shift to modernity (and the isolation modernity fosters) has not been good for the human soul, and has created the need for a dedicated space for focused conversation on matters of the heart.  These conversations do not all need to take place in formal counseling contexts, though.  At its core, Christian counseling is simply Christians talking together, speaking truth to one another, and exhorting one another.

 

Not all counseling calls itself "Christian," and even church counseling can be unhelpful.  The guys dive into what to look for and what to avoid in counseling, first warning against the dangers of secular counseling.  Secular counseling lacks a foundational sense of human nature, sin, and the remedy of the gospel.  It also tends to either offer no constructive input at all or point the counselee inward to the self.  Church counseling can go awry, as well, by taking a "just stop it" approach to helping people.  What people truly need is counseling that gets to the heart, seeing where they may be harboring idols and how the gospel applies to their lives and struggles.  The guys offer extensive counseling resources to explore, run through counseling principles, and explain why they espouse a counseling model called nouthetic counseling.  Nouthetic counseling involves "confronting a friend" and leads the guys to their final charge to listeners: do the work of counselors simply by speaking truth and wisdom into others' lives!

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out Ray’s book God Speaks

You can find helpful counseling resources at biblicalcounseling.com.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jul 12, 2022
Ep. 71 - The Power of Hymns and Worship Music
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In today's episode, the guys discuss music, something that is at one and the same time an amazing gift and the focus of huge controversy among Christians.  Focusing first on the gift that music is, the guys discuss how it is powerful and embedded into the very fabric of creation and meant to bring joy.  Music is also meant to honor and point us back to the Lord.  Because of God's common grace, we can honor Him through music that is not overtly Christian.  While there are examples of secular music that are improper for the Christian, and while discernment in what we listen to is crucial, the world is full of beautiful music to enjoy as a reminder of God's goodness.  Of course, music can also be used to glorify God in more overt ways.  This occurs when we engage with music that is explicitly God-worshiping; that is, music that directs praise and adoration toward God.  True "worship music" is God-centered, focusing at heart not on the human response to God or petitions to bring before Him, but on God Himself.

 

The frequent debates among Christians over music concern everything from what instruments may be used in a church service to whether a congregation should sing hymns or contemporary worship songs.  The debates often involve a high level of subjectivity, rather than direct biblical command.  The guys try to cut through the fog of debate and offer simple advice: look for music to sing in a church context (and even to use for personal edification and worship) that is biblically grounded, theologically sound, and centered on the Lord.  Artists like Shane & Shane, Beautiful Eulogy, City Alight, and Sovereign Grace Music offer good examples of this kind of music.  The guys also talk about the difference between hymns and contemporary Christian songs, the way in which Christian music reflects the state of the church, and how the rich history behind many of the most widely loved hymns demonstrates what Christian music, at its best, ultimately is.  This music arises from a heart enamored with and trusting in God through the circumstances of real life, and draws others to worship, as well.  

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out Ray’s book Made in Heaven.

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jul 07, 2022
Ep. 70 - The Hebrew Roots Movement: Their Dangerous Beliefs & Why You Need to Know Them
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In today’s episode, guest RL Solberg (Rob) joins the conversation in an interview at the NRB conference to discuss the Hebrew Roots Movement and what RL has termed as Torahism. They chat about Hebrew Israelites and distill the misunderstanding of where theological errors begin to form in their theology. Listen in to better be equipped to evangelize to these groups and gain resources for informed responses to fringe conversations that are becoming more prevalent through social media! 

 

RL shares about his new book, Torahism, that was spurred on through conversations he engaged in with people who were adamant about keeping the Old Law. Are Christians required to keep the Law of Moses? Rob is an author, apologist, and professor who shares here his definition of Torahism, and the story that started him down this journey. Learn about the Facebook conversations and blog articles that got turned into a book. 

 

Rob shares about the umbrella of belief systems that says Christians are required to keep the Law of Moses—a system often named Hebrew Roots, Messianic Christians, and a variety of other terms. Through street preaching, the hosts share their own experience of the importance of names used for Christ. Rob’s book helps people better know how to answer the difficult questions Torahists present. Learn where this error begins to form in their theology and how, while many may be sincere in their search for truth to go deeper into the roots of their faith, they often go too far. Rob explains that to understand a deep, rich, and theologically sound Christianity, you do have to understand the Jewish roots. So, where does the theological and exegetical error start? There is not just one “silver bullet” in scripture to address this, there are many verses! However, Rob touches on the complexity of the issue that this is not just an intellectual thing, there is a spiritual and emotional commitment of these people for what they’re doing. There is often a pre-commitment to thinking the law is still binding. Patience is necessary to approach the Word and get into it with Biblical literacy that steps back to look at the contact of the proof texts. 

 

As the episode draws to a close, listen to how RL suggests one might respond to an online post regarding these topics. Learn why it is so important to first emphasize where both sides do agree, before starting to tease things apart. RL discusses the work of the law and of Christ with the New Covenant, deciphering between principal and expression. While God is unchanging, His people do change. How do you properly and practically interact with the Old Testament laws? Rob talks about the “temple” concept and how it has changed over time and why Christ must be set as the rubric through which we understand the Old Testament. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

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Check out RL Solberg’s book, Torahism

Learn more at RL Solberg’s website

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jun 16, 2022
Ep. 69 - Could You Be Committing Idolatry?
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If we love anything before or above God, we are setting our affection on the gift rather than the giver. The Bible refers to this as inordinate affection and is a direct violation of the first, second and tenth commandment. Our discussion today is centered around a topic which every Christian has found themselves in danger of: idolatry. Our call to love the Lord with all our heart, mind, soul and strength is constantly something which makes us susceptible to idolatry. Idolatry is defined any time we love something more than we love God. In fact, you can never break any of the other commandments without breaking the first one. In today’s world, we see idolatry everywhere, from the cars we drive, the homes we live in, social media, our reputations and more. Idolatry can refer to idolizing good things, too. 

 

The human heart is an idol factory. We must be aware of our own hearts and identify the false idols all around us. Nothing dissipates the fear of the Lord like idolatry. The guys distinguish the three different types of idols: cultural, personal and religious. At the crux of the matter is the fabrication of Gods from things which are not. The two elements of idolatry are not worshiping God and worshiping God in the wrong way. There is only one Savior and only one God, and He sees the grand picture of everything. Therefore, we must surrender to him and trust His plan. It is in our nature to become what we worship and we have the choice to become more like our Creator or like our blind and mute idols. While it’s valuable to call out false idols, you are advised to be prepared for the backlash you will receive in turn. Cultivating a fear of the Lord will help keep us from falling into idolatry. Ways to identify our own idolatry is to get involved in a faith based community and ask yourself through prayer and meditation reflective questions on where your idols lie. Through the sovereignty and goodness of God alone can we understand our deepest desires. 

 

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Links:

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Check out Ray’s book, World Religions In A Nutshell

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com.  We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jun 14, 2022
Ep. 68 - What to Look for in a Future Spouse
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As many people are opting not to get married at all, while others are quickly dissolving their existing marriages, the sanctity of marriage is currently in big trouble. On today’s episode, the guys offer advice for listeners who are not yet married on what to look for in a future spouse. They begin by sharing how long they have all been married to their wives: Ray for 51 years, Mark for 22, Oscar for 10 and E.Z. for nearly 26 years. What a joy it is for each of them to think about the beauty of a marriage rooted and grounded in the Lord. We are reminded that the institution of marriage was not man’s idea, but God’s. Beginning in Genesis, the first thing we look for in a future spouse is the opposite sex. It is when people redefine or reinterpret God’s word on the basis of current cultural trends that we get into great danger. Then, they share how to advise our kids on choosing a future spouse. We are reminded that beauty is vain and what is most important is that a person really loves the Lord and will push you, as their spouse, closer to Him. 

 

We often believe that falling in love will be this enchanted kingdom experience, but we need to love others in a gospel, rather than a selfish, way. We’re reminded that expectations can either be disappointment or a saving grace entering a marriage. Beginning with what a man should look for in a wife, the guys identify first and foremost that she should love and fear God no matter what. Proverbs 31:30 reads “Charm is deceitful, beauty is passing, but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” In a world which has tainted every aspect of God’s original design, there is nothing better than to see a man and wife fulfilling their God given roles. We must help our daughters understand the importance of choosing a man who has a biblical understanding of leadership and masculinity. Other attributes for potential husbands is someone who is a hard worker in whatever he does. God calls for man to emulate the greatest love that this world has ever known. For the women listeners, you are told not to settle when choosing a husband. We must be satisfied in the Lord before we can ever be satisfied in our marriage. As the episode wraps up, the guys share some hard questions one should ask a potential spouse. 

 

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Links:

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Check out Ray’s book 101 Things Husbands Do to Annoy Their Wives

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jun 09, 2022
Ep. 67 - Should Christians Even Get Involved in Politics?
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In today's politically charged climate, the guys have noticed that Christians are often confused and split on how to engage with politics.  What is the proper role of the Christian in the political space?  The foundational truth the guys want to convey is that God wants us involved in the public square - and this includes politics!  And in the US, we not only have the responsibility to be involved, but the privilege of easily accessible ways of doing so.  Voting is one way of engaging with politics, and it is both a gift and a responsibility; after all, not voting at all gives tacit approval to the status quo!  Some Christians might argue that, since God is sovereign, we do not need to involve ourselves in politics.  What these believers miss, though, is that God uses means to accomplish His ends, and our involvement in the politics of our nation is one of those means.  God is advancing His kingdom in the world, and He has given His followers a moral, ethical, and spiritual command to engage in this work, willing the good of others through action.  We obey, in politics and other areas, and trust that He is bringing His plan to completion.

 

The real question, then, isn't whether or not Christians should be involved in politics, but how they should be involved.  The guys discuss the importance of being aware of politics on a local level and loving nearby neighbors before centering attention on national issues.  They also talk through the problem of hypocrisy in politics (and the disillusionment it brings) and work through the dynamics of being willing to partner with non-believers in politics while still holding to biblical values.  Christians must, they explain, avoid the pitfalls of adopting secular expectations of the world around us, elevating politics such that it takes priority over our faith, allowing political engagement to crowd out spread of the gospel, and looking at others as merely conservatives or liberals.  We must give to politics what belongs to it without making it the center of our identity, and we must encourage the presence of evangelistic Christians in politics.  As the conversation ends, the guys talk about a healthy balance of news intake, the importance of praying for political leaders, and aiming to impact the world by raising godly children.

 

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Links:

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Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jun 07, 2022
Ep. 66 - Why Fasting is So Powerful
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Today's episode focuses on the topic of fasting, which is arguably as nebulous and misunderstood  as it is crucial to the Christian life.  Rather than the sort of seasonal recreation many Christians consider fasting to be, it is actually meant to be treated as a spiritual discipline.  Fasting offers to be a restraint on the flesh, testimony of humiliation, and preparation for prayer.  It provides a way to recall mortality, flee from sin, repent, and even grow in gratitude for gifts like food that the Lord provides.  There is a profound spiritual dynamic to prayer and fasting, with fasting reminding us of the relationship between the physical and the spiritual and pushing us to feed on the Word of God and depend on the Spirit, rather than depending on the flesh.  And since the Bible speaks of the"when" Jesus' disciples fast (versus "if"), it's clear that fasting is an expected practice in the life of the believer.  

 

While the Bible makes it clear that Christians are to fast, it doesn't prescribe a certain way of doing so.  There is no legislation of time frame, regularity, etc.  Of course, standard practice is to fast from food, but Christians can fast from other things, as well (and for some, medical necessity limits them to fasting from things other than food!).  The guys talk through their own practices of fasting, and give an idea of how to get started with the practice.  They suggest listeners looking to jump in invite friends for accountability, start small, and make fasting a regular practice.  There are some people who hold to extremely long fasts, following the 40-day pattern of Moses' and Jesus' fasts.  However, most hold to shorter fasts, and the guys can testify to the spiritual benefit of even trading a meal or two in a day for prayer and time in the Word.  People's souls (and even bodies!) are helped, they are trained up in greater spiritual fitness, and they have opportunity to use time and money usually dedicated to food for other good things.  And at the end of the day, since God has prescribed fasting, we must simply obey and see what He does!

 

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Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

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Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Jun 02, 2022
Ep. 65 - The Dangers of Gluttony
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The driving topic for today's episode is the dangers of gluttony.  Gluttony is one of the "respectable sins" in our culture today, but in spite of our efforts to laugh it off or treat it as no big deal, it is a serious sin.  We must tackle this sin head-on for what it objectively is if we are to live in the temperance and freedom God calls us to, be the most winsome witnesses to the gospel that we can be, and honor God in how we engage with food.  Food is a good gift from God, and He gave it to us not just for sustenance, but for enjoyment!  But with food as with other gifts God gives us, we have a tendency to overindulge and turn the gift into an object of worship.  We corrupt God's good gifts to us, and harm ourselves in the process.  Gluttony may take the form of overeating (and is a main cause, though not the only cause, of people being overweight), but it can also take other forms of paying excessive attention to food.  As it is an example of lacking self-control, it is a symptom of a larger disease that can spill into other areas of our lives.  

 

In light of the dangers of gluttony and its pervasiveness in our culture, what should we do?  Ultimately, we should eat physical food in a way that tends to the satisfaction of our souls and the glory of God.  Food is meant to point us to God and to eternity, and to be handled with self-control.  Self-control is part of the fruit of the Spirit, and relating rightly with food requires being led by the Spirit rather than controlled by the flesh.  Some practical tips for leaning into self-control and fighting the fight against gluttony include pursuing accountability, avoiding food shopping while hungry, planning meals and tracking caloric intake, drinking a lot of water, and intentionally remembering what food is actually for.  And the good news for those who have already failed in their relationship with food is that they can repent.  The Lord stands ready to forgive and to give fresh grace to use and enjoy the gift of food in moderation rather than being controlled by it.  

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out Ray's book, The Ultimate Health Foods (and stay tuned for a future recipe resource!) 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 31, 2022
Ep. 64 - What’s Up with Transgender “Women” in Sports?
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Join the hosts of Living Waters as they dive into the topic of transgender women in sports. They begin the episode by talking about the different views on this topic along with sharing some of their own personal experiences with this in their ministries. With today’s culture of promoting feminism, the hosts speak about the irony of allowing men who identify as women compete in women’s competitions, which ultimately results in an unfair playing field. They share some of the most recent stories of how this is true in women’s sports today and how it has created an unfair atmosphere in sports. 

 

They then dive in deeper to this topic and focus specifically on gender dysphoria and how this is a real struggle many people face. They define what gender dysphoria is and discuss how scripture offers a solution to those who struggle in this area. Many look to the world or sin to fulfill their longings, and the hosts point out the truth that only Jesus and his truths can truly satisfy those longings. They dive into Romans 8 and the truths it has to offer in our struggle with sin. These truths provide Christians with a way to communicate the gospel and its truths in a loving way to the LGBTQ community and help them find the fulfillment they are looking for that only Jesus can fill. 

 

Next, they focus on the topic of learning how to die to sin rather than feed it and allow it to grow. As Christians, we need to encourage others by confronting their sin in love and compassion. Affirming lies is not going to save people from their struggles and temptations. When it comes to gender dysphoria, the hosts encourage conversations filled with love and truth to be had rather than judgment and condemnation. They also discuss real case scenarios of parents who have been confronted with this by their children and how the response needs to be one of seeking to show them truth in a loving way. They conclude the podcast by talking about the purpose of gender in showing that we are each made purposefully by God. 

 

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Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out The Evidence Bible

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 26, 2022
Ep. 63 - How to Honor God in the Workplace
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In today’s episode of Living Waters, the hosts focus on the topic of how to honor God in the workplace. The majority of our time and effort is spent at work, and the hosts start out by focusing on some common misunderstandings when it comes to how work is viewed. Some view work to validate their existence or to place their identity in. However, the hosts take time to correct these views and how all work is meant to be done with integrity and with the aim to glorify God. This is done through integrating the Lord into all you do and putting him at the center. Additionally, they go one to discuss how God is our source of life and fulfillment, and work is the way we can serve and honor him in making it our mission field.  

 

The episode goes on to talk about how changing our view of work can change our attitudes towards it. Finding fulfillment in God and using work to honor him can change work from being a place of exhaustion and pressure to a place of glorifying God in all you do. They dive into this deeper and share how this can be done through loving and serving co-workers, doing everything to the best of your ability, and seeking for ways to be God’s hands and feet. Additionally, they also speak about making the goal of work be first and foremost to honor God rather than to please others or make ourself look good. We can be a testimony of the gospel through actions that reflect the respect and truth that God teaches. 

 

Next, the hosts speak about looking at work as more than a way to simply make money and instead as a calling and mission field from the Lord. This opens the door for work to be a place where the gospel is shared through having an attitude of working for the glory of God and being fully devoted and present in the place the Lord has you. They encourage listeners to be fully present and devoted to the work the Lord has them in. The hosts also point out the importance of taking time to rest and how it helps increase efficiency and refocus on what is important. Lastly, they encourage listeners to not let fear of failure stand in the way, but instead to focus on staying faithful in the circumstances God has them. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out The Evidence Bible

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 24, 2022
Ep. 62 - How to Walk in Integrity
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Walking in integrity is a topic which most young people seem not to have a clue about. E.Z. defines integrity as the quality of heart by which an individual manifests and maintains a consistent decision-making pattern rooted in the key principle that they will, in no shape or form, to any degree, in any circumstance or situation, intentionally or deliberately compromise an obedience and allegiance to the ways, commandments and leading of their God. When broken down, this covers every area of life.

 

In this day and age, integrity is especially in trouble. The supreme test of goodness is not in the greater, but in the smaller incidents of our character and practice.  When talking about integrity, we are really talking about integrity. Social media has amplified our desire as humans to market ourselves as something we aren’t. However, when we try to pretend to be something we’re not, we destroy a piece of who we really are. The beauty of the gospel is that integrity does not mean we have to be perfect. Rather, it means we have to be honest about our entire selves, including weaknesses and shortcomings. 

 

The guys then share a message for those who want to be more integrous in their line of work. We have to remember that, eventually, integrity will cost us something. We should serve God with integrity and if you achieve no success, at least no sin will lie upon your conscience. There is freedom in honoring the Lord at all costs. In everything we do, we must remember that our children are watching and we are actively setting an example for them. Having integrity is not that we never do wrong, but that we are quick to repent when we do. Proverbs 20:6  says “Better is a poor man who walks in his integrity than a rich man who is crooked in his ways.” 

 

Something that hinders us from integrity is the fear of what people might say or think, but it is so silly of us to compromise our convictions to the Lord. In closing, they share a list of characteristics of a person with integrity. Integrity is freeing, liberating, honoring to God and is ultimately a blessing to you and those around you. 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out our new tract, 11 weeks

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 19, 2022
Ep. 61 - Why It’s Impossible to Lose Your Salvation
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To be saved, to know you’re saved and to know that you can not become unsaved: That’s the question we’re dealing with today. The frantic fear that one may lose their salvation can become destructive in your walk with the Lord. On the flipside, there are people who boast in their salvation while living in flagrant sin. The guys discuss the controversial phrase “Once saved, always saved.” This can serve as comfort for those who are working out their salvation to know that once they are saved and God begins good work in them, he is faithful to carry it out. However, this does not mean that God’s grace allows us to do whatever we want and live an unrighteous life. Salvation is not a one and done thing, but rather the entrance into a transformative and eternal relationship with God. 

 

This is not to say that a Christian can’t struggle or fall into sin. However, a true, regenerate, born again believer who has been sealed by the Holy Christ will always return to God. When you become a Christian, you love righteousness and thirst off of it. You also have the fruit of praise and of thanksgiving, and the praise of God comes naturally from your humble heart. Hebrews 10:26 speaks to the Christian, “For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of judgment.” We are all born compulsive sinners until the day we die, but it’s the person who sins wilfully, joyfully and pridefully who should be concerned for their salvation. There should be no sense of security for anyone living in sin. 

         

For a Christain to lose his salvation, God would have to go back on His word and undeclare what He previously declared. Though we should feel convicted by our sins which we will be corrected for, we will never be condemned for them. Jesus was punished so that we will never be punished.  We must not forget that everything comes back to the Scripture. Furthermore, it is the unity and community of our church we come to know by being an active participant which God intends us to affirm our faith. What a joy it is to have security in Christ! Let us remember that our hope for salvation is in Christ. We have been sealed with the seal of the Holy Spirit of promise who is the guarantee of our inheritance. 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 17, 2022
Ep. 60 - Why Baptism Can't Save You
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Today, the guys want to make an inroad to a topic that is surrounded by much confusion even among Christians: baptism!  The confusion relates in part to the current trend of downplaying baptism.  Not only does this indicate confusion about what baptism is, but it also causes the confusion to deepen and proliferate.  The downplaying of baptism is rooted in a well-meaning course correction to theological errors that over-emphasized baptism, such as the doctrine of baptismal regeneration.  But what Christians need at this point is not to over-correct their way into neglecting the rich truths surrounding baptism, but to construct a robust doctrine that values baptism while knowing how to respond to those who consider it necessary for salvation.

 

This notion of baptism being necessary for salvation is at the heart of the theological error the guys want to zero in on today, namely, that of baptism regeneration.  Baptismal regeneration is one of a few major views of baptism that are commonly held, and it maintains that the act of baptism is sufficient in itself (by conferring or completing grace) to save the soul.  The Roman Catholic Church holds to this view, whereas Lutherans hold that baptism is a sign and seal of the New Covenant and those in a Reformed or Covenantal camp see baptism as a culmination of faith - expressing faith, bringing believers under the care of the church, and functioning in a way analogous to a royal coronation that decares rather than creating the reality of kingship.

 

The guys have spent a lot of time discussing the doctrinal problems of baptismal regeneration not only with Roman Catholics, but also with members of the Church of Christ, who hold that baptism is necessary for salvation.  This position, of course, has logical shortcomings; after all, what about those who are converted with no time or ability to be baptized?  The position also contradicts the overall teaching of Scripture regarding both baptism and salvation, and the guys explain how to understand the true context of passages used in support of baptismal regeneration.  Finally, they celebrate the beautiful whole-Bible threads of meaning that baptism picks up, baptism’s picture of the gospel, and the connection between baptism and the great commission!

 

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Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out the Living Waters evangelism Starter Kit!

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 12, 2022
Ep. 59 - Why Evolution is Impossible
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Today’s episode is all about how we as Christians can address the topic of evolution when it comes up. The guys explain that unless someone is schooled in the reality of creation, they will typically drift to what they were taught in school. It is a tragedy that the idea of evolution is so widely adopted without much thought. When engaging in conversation with someone who holds an opinion different to yours, we are advised to be slow to speak and quick to listen. Furthermore, asking good questions inspires critical thinking. 

 

All things have been created for and designed by love. Creation was created out of the love that the Father has for Himself, and outflowing from that is the reason we exist. This speaks true to the longings of our heart. We must not divorce creation from the heart and intents of the Creator. Often we get so caught up in the argumentation to prove God created the earth that we forget the who, what and why of the ultimate creation. As we talk about the story of creation we see in Genesis, we need to keep these questions at the top of our minds: who created, what did He create, and Why? 

 

Then, in an effort to help prepare listeners to debunk evolutionist arguments, the guys share factual rebuttals of the most common points made by evolutionists including the ape-like creatures from which evolutionists claim humans came. Within the concept of Darwinian evolution, there simply isn’t enough time according to their own computations to go from the ape-like creature to a human being. World view and perspective is what we need to interpret the evidence we have. The ultimate answer to why evolution can not be true is simply because of the Bible, our ultimate source of authority. Asking deep questions to those who deny God’s creation can be used as a segway to direct a conversation towards the gospel. 

 

A Christian can not believe in evolution, because Matthew 19:4 tells us “In the beginning, God created the male and female.” In closing, we are reminded that Christians are by no means anti-science, but approach it subjectively. This determines the conclusions at which we arrive based on the information we receive. 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out our video, Evolution vs. God and Ray’s bok, Made In Heaven.  

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 10, 2022
Ep. 58 - Supreme Leak! Roe v. Wade
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This episode is all about the recent leak of the Roe v. Wade opinion by the Supreme Court. They begin by discussing the shocking leak and its implications for our country, including how it could directly result in abortion being banned in dozens of states promptly.

 

Next, they talk about what the Bible has to say about this sensitive topic, and how God is unashamedly pro-life from Genesis through Revelation. They urge us to understand that this is a spiritual war; there are demonic influences at play in this incredibly important battle for the unborn.

 

Finally, they discuss how we as Christians should react to this news, including what we can do to help end legalized murder in America. They end by encouraging us to look to Jesus in all things, because in Him we find not only strength to continue to fight against the evils of this world, but we also find forgiveness that purges even the most vile of sins, including abortion.

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out The Evidence Bible

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

 

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 05, 2022
Ep. 57 - How to Fulfill the Two Greatest Commandments
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This episode is all about the two greatest commandments found in scripture and how to fulfill them. They begin by pointing out how these commandments to love God and to love others are a foundational part of one’s walk with the Lord. These commands come directly from Jesus in the New Testament, and the hosts then spend some time to explain the connection between the two.  In order to truly love others, it must come from a genuine love of the Lord. They speak about what it means to view others through the lens of all mankind being made in God’s image. A genuine understanding of God and desire to honor him will lead to a desire to honor him through loving those he has created. 

 

Next, the hosts then move on to talking about what it means to love. They speak about the different types of love, such as romantic love, brotherly love, and agape love. They focus on the agape love which is based upon the sacrificial love of serving others and putting others before yourself. This love is found first in out love for God through gladly obeying his commandments out of a heart that desires to honor him. They also point out how this love grows through spending time with God and making it a point to know him better daily. Additionally, they relate it to the kind of sacrificial and covenantal love between a husband and wife. Ultimately, we were made to love God and for this love to flow into how we treat and serve others. 

 

Finally, they conclude the episode by diving into the question of how to love God with all your heart. This is done through glad and ready obedience to his commands. Out of this will then flow a love for others- even those who may be hard to love. They then relate this to the story of the good Samaritan and the sacrificial love he showed. Additionally, they reference 1 Corinthians 13 and use this as the definition for what true love means and how we can be encouraged and strengthened in our pursuit to love God and others. They tie it all together in the end by speaking about the ultimate display of love Jesus showed through his death on the cross and resurrection. 

 

Thanks for listening! If you’ve been helped by this podcast, we’d be grateful if you’d consider subscribing, sharing, and leaving us a comment and 5-star rating! 

 

Links:

Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out The Evidence Bible

You can connect with us at podcast@livingwaters.com. We're thankful for your input!

Learn more about the hosts of this podcast.
Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

May 03, 2022
Ep. 56 - How to Be an Encouragement to Others
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Today’s episode is all about providing encouragement for others, a topic which is often minimized yet we all know how much we love to be encouraged by other people. Ray opens up about the most discouraging seasons he has experienced in his own life, specifically when he was suffering from agoraphobia, and how he was able to overcome them. What is so inspiring about Ray’s story was that in his own times of discouragement, he was able to still encourage others and still does so today. 2 Corinthians 1 says “God comforts us in all our afflictions and we may be able to comfort others with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”

 

In the day of self help and expressive individualism, there is often a right and a wrong way to encourage people. Encouraging people unto themselves leaves them feeling defeated, while encouraging them in their relationship with God and His glory to find Him as their one source of comfort. Today, many Americans living in densely populated areas don’t even know the names of their neighbors. God desires to save us out of isolation and into community so that we may lift each other up and remind ourselves of God’s graces in our lives. 

 

For the gospel’s sake, we must continue to encourage unsaved people. The ministry of encouragement is open to Christians as it is to no others, because they have the power of the Holy Spirit to lead them to truth and a Father to protect and bless them eternally. Christians are ultimately motivated by the love of Christ. Though our words may encourage others, what people really need is to hear the Scripture. Three ways we may encourage others include being specific, intentional and give gifts. Christians are not exempt from their own needs for encouragement and we should all stove to life each other up. God commands us to look back at the cloud of witnesses who persevered through difficulties and forward at Jesus as the one we are moving towards. There is value in choosing our words and encouragement intentionally. We have an indescribable power to touch other people’s lives and lift them up. 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Apr 28, 2022
Ep. 55 - Hermeneutics—How to Properly Interpret the Bible
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The most simple definition for the word hermeneutics is the art of interpretation, which is the practice of understanding God’s word for yourself and communicating His word to others in a manner that honors what He means to say. 2 Timothy 2:15 says “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word.” Hermeneutics is not just something our pastors should do. As Christians, we all need to be men and women of the Word. We need not be afraid of the complexities of the word, because the Holy Spirit shall teach us all things. 

 

The best way to understand the word is by reading it continuously and avoid singling out just one verse. Good hermeneutics is recognizing, through all struggles, with a foundation in Christ you can persevere for all that lies before you. False religions all come back to improper interpretation of the Word. It is important for us believers to remember that the Bible was not written to us, but rather for us. The guys offer advice for listeners to better understand the Bible. First, start with a literal, face value meaning, then consider the historical setting and culture, customs and traditions. Next, take a deeper look at the grammar within which a word or phrase is found. Finally, synthesize how the passage compares with other parts of the Scripture to form a bigger meaning. The final action is the application of what we have read. We must bridge the gap between the original author’s context and our own context today to illuminate the Word. 

 

The Bible consists of various types of literature, so it is important that we differentiate the techniques being used to understand the message of a passage. For new believers, the guys stress that many of these things are learned much later on in the progression of one’s faith. Rather than feeling condemned, we are all urged to press on in greater depths to understand the Scripture as deeply as we can. The more understanding we gain, the more your soul will feel lifted. 

 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Apr 26, 2022
Ep. 54 - How to Combat Doubts About the Faith
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Today's conversation centers on the question of how to combat doubts about the faith.  More specifically, it focuses on the struggle (which is more common than is often acknowledged!) of Christians facing doubts.  For these believers, their doubts are far different from the doubts of non-Christians looking to oppose the faith; the difference here is between honest questions joined with a longing for belief and obstinate refusal to believe.  Unfortunately, Christians are often ill-equipped for helping brothers and sisters wrestling with doubts.  Their willingness to help the one questioning may last the length of a conversation over coffee, while the Christian facing the painful struggle of doubt actually needs robust discipleship and to know he/she is not alone.  Struggling believers also need to realize that skepticism comes from too little rather than too much thinking.  If questions fester in their minds, these questions should be addressed.  Of course, we must trust what we know (namely, the God in whom we believe!) even in the face of doubt, but Christianity also offers answers to doubters and space for asking honest questions!  

 

Experiences with doubt vary from Christian to Christian, and they relate to personality, spiritual warfare, trials, too much listening to the world, and other factors.  But whatever the doubters' specific circumstances, they are called to be bound up in a local body of believers with different strengths and experiences - a body called to mutual exhortation in the truth!  Not only should believers bring their doubts before God in prayer, but they should bring them to fellow believers in the church.  They should continue to step forward doing what is right (and thus showing their faith by their works no matter how they feel at the time), and examine themselves to see if any of their doubts may be rooted in sin rather than true questions.  They must keep themselves in the Word consistently and, perhaps surprisingly, may even be helped by simply getting enough rest!  And at the end of the day, the fact remains that God is willing to show grace to the person facing honest questions.  He is holding onto and will sustain even His doubting children!

 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Apr 21, 2022
Ep. 53 - The Second Coming of Christ
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Today’s topic, the second coming of Christ, is an issue which has really served to divide Christians. Eschatology is the theology concerned with end times, and the second coming to Christ remains at the heart of it despite the many different views. Though there is much controversy surrounding the topic, there ought not to be because it is a debate held among Christians. Listeners are encouraged to explore these ideas gracefully, with the understanding that you will have brothers and sisters in Christ with differing views. While it’s easy to get caught up in the how and when of Christ’s return, we need not miss the fact that He undoubtedly will, and that is our great hope. This reality that Christ will come again should affect the way we view the world, the way we go on missions, how we treat people and our views on pain and suffering. We are living in the space between His first and second coming, a state referred to as “the already, but the not yet.” Matthew 16:27 tells us that Jesus will come again with His father and angels and will draw everyone’s attention to Himself. Listeners are encouraged to think about the things you would change in your own life if you knew that Jesus was coming tomorrow. Scripture tells us that we should be organizing, celebrating and preparing because the second coming is near. 

 

We should walk in the fear of what’s to come for nonbelievers as Noah did while building the ark. Heaven started out on Earth, and God’s plan is to bring it back to earth. He promises to restore and renovate earth to become a heaven again. As Christians, we should see our responsibility as beginning God’s renovation process through our own good works. In the wake of the second coming, God warns us not to be idle. We must remember that God is never in a hurry and He is the only one who knows the exact time he will return. To a young believer, the guys offer advice on how to live in light of the second coming. We are commanded to build a family, master a trade and further occupy ourselves until He does come. Even when it feels like the world is smoldering, we should rejoice because God has won the ultimate war and He will soon come again. 

 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Apr 19, 2022
Ep. 52 - The Power of the Resurrection
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Our topic today, the resurrection, is foundational to our faith and accounts for half of the gospel. We often hear the phrase “Jesus died for you”, but that is only a partial understanding of the gospel. The resurrection was a declaration of victory and the solidification of the Apostles’ faith. The resurrection solidified and affirmed that Jesus was really who he claimed to be. It also proclaimed the impact it has on our eternal souls, because his resurrection is now our own resurrection victory. The Scripture tells us that it is through the resurrection of Christ that we are born again. Ultimately, everything lies and rests upon this very act. 

 

For critics, there is ample historical evidence that Jesus rose from the dead. The guards themselves reported what they had seen, but were quickly paid off to keep quiet. We often make our choices on what we believe based on facts, but God didn't create us to be fact-based creatures. We are lovers first and foremost. The guys debunk many of the most popular arguments denying the resurrection. Even though we can’t rely on facts for our salvation, for the resurrection, historical facts are significant that it actually happened. 

 

Romans 8:11 says “But if the spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells within you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His spirit who dwells in you.”  This verse reminds us that the resurrection is something Christians should reflect on and realize that the same power is within us. The promise of the resurrection is that we will one day experience the same kind of resurrection ourselves.

 

Christianity begins where all other religions end, at death and the resurrection. We celebrate the resurrection and our hope in the resurrected body. We have to remember that the resurrection was not some random event, but was prophesied and part of God’s eternal plan for the redemption of man. The cross should bring us to a place of humility and repentance, recognizing that it is our sins and the wrath we deserve which pins Him to the cross. The resurrection, however, brings us to a place of joy and hope. As the episode wraps up, the guys share a series of quotes from John MacArthur about the truth of resurrection. 

 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Apr 14, 2022
Ep. 51 - How to Handle Money Biblically
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the touchy topic of money. There are a lot of ways to view your money, but this episode outlines three. 1) Capitalist - my money is mine to handle how I see fit. 2) Socialist - my money is the state’s to be distributed how they see fit. 3) Biblical - my money is God’s for me to steward how he sees fit. Some Christians make it their god, while others, including pastor’s, refrain from the topic entirely. A Biblical view of money is looking at only using what you need and giving the rest to God’s will to be used where it’s needed

 

Your religion is not what you say you believe, it’s the way you act, behave, and spend here on the planet. What is in your possession doesn’t belong to you, rather to the Lord. Possessions can include money, but also talents and time, all things we should be good stewards of. The heart of those who have been given a lot of time, talents, or money from the Lord should move humbly and with gratitude that God blessed them with the treasures he’s given us. When we give, we should worship and do so sacrificially. There is never a “good time” to give, rather it’s a habit that should be cultivated at all times.

 

Worshiping God should be our default. Making money as an idol and worshiping is a cruel master. It is fickle and can be lost at any time, and those who put money first will never be content or satisfied. Instead, our investment should be into the Heavenly Kingdom. We can do that while working and making money by being a witness and stewarding that money and time well. 

 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Apr 12, 2022
Ep. 50 - Honoring our Parents at Every Stage of Life
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Our call to honor our parents was so important to God that He even put it in the Ten Commandments. Generally speaking, there is a truism involved in which God blesses with longevity those who walk upright and honor their parents. We should honor our mother and father even when they are not worthy, because God commands us to do so. If our parents are non-believers, we as their children can honor them by preaching the gospel to them and serving them without sacrificing to them. We have the right to not honor or submit to authority when it goes against God’s commandments. The guys share their own experiences taking in and caring for their own elderly parents and the honor they felt by doing so. Ultimately, God gives us relationships, including our parents, to help us better understand Himself. By honoring our earthly father who is not great, we remember that there are times when we do not understand what God is doing, but still we place our trust in him anyway. 

 

Honoring our parents goes deeper than just obeying them. Other ways we should honor our parents include recognizing the sacrifices they have made for us, being thankful for the things they do and blessing and serving them. As kids, we have the opportunity to honor our parents by hearing their stories and getting to know them. In comparison to our devotion to the Lord, our love for everyone and everything else must pale. 1 Timothy 5:8 says “If anyone does not provide for his relatives and especially for members of his own household, he has denied the faith and is worse than a non believer.” For those reflecting on broken relationships or times they have not honored their parents, the good news is that there has been a son who has perfectly honored his father. He died on the cross so that we could die with him and, through his sacrifice, were given the freedom to honor our parents and God alike. What great news this is! We should teach our children to honor us the way God commands them to. 

 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
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Oscar Navarro

Apr 07, 2022
Ep. 49 - Will Smith’s Slap and Self-Control
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Today’s episode dives into a recent event on the cultural stage - the moment at the Academy Awards when Will Smith slapped host Chris Rock in the face because of a comment Chris made about Will's wife Jada's hair. Chris's joke was followed within seconds by Will walking onto the stage, striking Chris, and then returning to his seat with no response beyond shock from others at the event.  The Oscars went on, and Will won an award and received a standing ovation.  But the event was shaped by the earlier act of violence, and much backlash and debate has followed.

 

The guys kick off the conversation by arriving at a foundational assumption that the conflict between Chris and Will was not staged, and only then turn to consider the significance of the event in the culture at large and for the Christian.  The lack of an immediate response to Will's action raises the question of what compels us to defend our cultural heroes.  The response to Will in the aftermath of the event has been mixed, and while the majority opinion turning against Will's action, criticism has been mixed with applause for Will's defense of his wife.  This applause confronts us with the contradictions of a society that can at the same time defend women and be rife with debate over what gender even means.

 

For the Christian, the Will's situation calls to mind the value of self-control, the fleshly impulse to shirk it, and the way in which the gospel drives how we respond to offense.  There was, of course, something good in Will's desire to defend his wife; however, the action he took was wrong.  Will demonstrated fallen man's propensity to escalate, while the gospel teaches us to offer grace and forgiveness even as we defend the offended in ways that are just and good.  We are free to respond in this way because God is just, and we can relinquish judgment to Him.  We are called to self-control, and self-control allows us to see situations of offense as opportunities to witness to the gospel, and to respond to them wisely and with an aim to do good.

 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Apr 05, 2022
Ep. 48 - How to Tame Jealousy, Envy, and Covetousness
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the difficult topic of jealousy. They start by defining jealousy, envy, and covetousness. They all interrelate as issues of the heart that go back to wanting what others have. Our culture is designed to stroke jealousy and technology continues to fan the flames. Commercials, social media, targeted ads, they’re  all designed to make us desire. Envy makes us forget that we are stewards, we are not to keep the things we have. True joy doesn’t come from having things, it comes from God. If it does not come from God’s hand, we should remember we should not want it. 

 

In the Bible, Paul likens envy to carnality. He reminds his readers that they are not mere men, they are Children of God, heirs to the throne who cannot be envious and content at the same time. Often our prayer life is a list of our wants, our jealousy. Instead we should focus more on gratitude to God and worshiping him. In Christ we have all things; He will never leave us or forsake us, this is directly related to jealousy. Ephesians 5:5 reminds us that no covetous man will have a place in the Kingdom of Heaven. Having many things but losing Christ will ultimately leave us empty. 

 

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Oscar Navarro

Mar 31, 2022
Ep. 47 - How to Tame the Tongue
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From Nike's "Just do it" to Mastercard's "There are some things money can't buy," company slogans highlight the reality that the guys discuss today: the tremendous power of words!  Words have the ability to shape and destroy people and relationships, and they pervade our lives.  As the book of James affirms, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it is also both untamed and mighty enough as a small flame to set an entire forest ablaze.  Our responsibility as Christians is to work at taming our tongues, using words (in person or even online!) with self-control.  In evangelistic conversations, Christians must guard against the pitfall of demonizing other people and debating without empathy.  In evangelism and in general, both what we say and how we say it matter; a tone of harshness pollutes even the best of words!  Gossip represents another major pitfall.  It is an affront to a person's status as an image-bearer, and we must guard against it even in conversations that concern public figures.  

 

Since the tongue is the thermometer of the heart, not only can it showcase sin within, but it can also be a mighty tool for pointing people to the Lord.  We can use our words to build up other Christians with intentional encouragement, and to share the gospel with unbelievers.  The guys remind us that even our idle words will be judged, and that being a leader (in whatever spheres the Lord has placed us in this role) requires great care with words.  They also point out that communication takes both verbal and nonverbal forms, and we have the ability and responsibility to love in both areas.  In light of these realities and the fact that we so often fail in taming our tongues, it is crucial to remain centered on God and His words.  After all, His perfect words created life, and His perfect words continue to pour forth from the pages of the Bible and to create new life in Christ.  Even as we time and again fail in our use of words, we can remember with gratitude that God has spoken better words of freedo from condemnation!

 

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Ray Comfort
Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Mar 29, 2022
Ep. 46 - How to Tame Anger
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The topic for today's conversation is focused on anger, an emotion which can have massive repercussions. Anger itself is not sin, as God himself feels wrath. Anger which is not sinful  is the kind of anger born out of love. Sinful anger, however, comes from idolatry and false loves. Along those lines, anger and bitterness are two signs of being focused on oneself and not trusting God’s sovereignty in life. 

 

Ephesians 4:26-17 says, “Be angry and do not sin.”  Righteous anger serves and protects and gets angry at sins and injustices. Unrighteous anger is inward and self-serving to our desires. Anger only reveals what is already boiling inside of you. It is not enough to just subdue anger, we have to kill our idols and recognize we don't deserve authority and power. If we walk in the spirit, we won;t fulfill the lust of the flesh. Proverbs 22:24 says, “Make no friendship with an angry man and with a furious man, do not go, lest you learn his ways and set a snare for your soul.” Humans unconsciously imitate the things we observe, thus we as Christians have to be careful about the people we surround ourselves with and the media we consume. We are created to be reflectors, and when we aren’t reflecting God we are reflecting other things. Scripture promotes the idea of self control rather than anger. 

 

Shifting the discussion to the things which are righteous to be angry over, the guys discuss righteous indignation towards evilness and sin. If we are really being selfless and not self seeking, we will realize that when someone sins it is against God and is hurting themselves and hurting others. Thus our anger is for the sake of God’s glory, the person’s well being and the well being of others. The guys offer advice for someone who considers themselves an angry person. Steeping ourselves in the love of God and Jesus, and knowing that love is unprovoked allows us to walk in the spirit. We must also view our actions from an eternal perspective rather than a temporal one, and always be assessing our hearts and realize the motivation behind our feelings. 

 

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Mar 24, 2022
Ep. 45 - The Justice of God
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Today, the guys consider the justice of God - which, for Christians, is one of the sweetest things imaginable. The reality of Christianity can be validated in all that the Apostles endured for the sake of Christ. It is the justice of God which allows His believers to rest after all they have been through. A Biblical understanding of justice is that God acts right, always. This means we never have to question His actions or His plan. He rights all wrongs, and we can find comfort in knowing the evil done unto us will not go unpunished. As Christians, God calls on us to be the same. 

 

Using the natural is a good way to help people understand the spiritual. When we find ourselves asking how God can create something as evil as Hell, we must instead remind ourselves that there must be retribution for such worldly evils. Every single thing will be perfectly dealt with, perfectly, in the perfect justice of God. Those of us who have experienced such worldly suffering will find comfort that those debts will be fulfilled. We see the justice of God perfectly illustrated in the cross of Calvary. We want a God of wrath and justice who deals with sin in the ways it should be dealt with. Ultimately, justice is the vehicle which delivers the wrath of God. We have the choice of taking God’s hand in mercy, though if we don’t, we can’t deliver ourselves from His justice. 

 

Contrary to popular opinion, with God there is no such thing as mere forgiveness, there is only justice. God’s justness is a launching pad for believers and non believers alike to understand and long for the reality of the Gospel. We all long for the glory of God to manifest itself on earth, though self righteousness and pride prevent us from realizing that the things we hate most about the world are the very things we find inside of ourselves. To long for heaven is to recognize that we too are sitting on the judgment seat. The desire for justice separates man from beast. When we understand that we too are part of the problem and are deserving of the wrath of God, we realize we are free from it because God himself paid it on His behalf. 

 

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Oscar Navarro

Mar 22, 2022
Ep. 44 - The Wrath of God
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Today, the guys consider the wrath of God - an essential component of faithful preaching, but also a reality that is often misunderstood, ignored, and even maligned. Contrary to popular belief, the wrath of God is not an embarrassment or flaw within Christian theology; rather, it is part of what holds the whole picture of the gospel together. While atheists and deconstructionists argue that the wrath of God indicates a bloodthirstiness in God and divine child abuse and child sacrifice, they miss the workings of the Trinity in the sacrifice of Jesus. God didn't inflict undue suffering on a person lesser than He, but the second Person of the Godhead - the eternal Son who is co-equal with the Father - took on the sin of His people and willingly laid down His own life. Ultimately, God bore God's own wrath toward sin and sinners.

 

To not hate evil would make God morally reprehensible, but the disconnect humans face is that they simultaneously want and need God to bear wrath toward evil and are themselves evil. As terrifying as this disconnect is to face, we need to feel the weight of it. We cannot rightly grasp the good news of the gospel and the mercy it holds out to us without first understanding the law, our breaking of it, and our standing as sinners before a holy God who hates evil. It is only in view of God's wrath and our deserving of it that we truly understand our need for Jesus and are driven to cast ourselves on His grace! Seeing the truth of wrath allows us to see the beautiful exchange of the atonement. Jesus took on the sin of His people, and His perfect righteousness was imputed to them. The wrath due them was borne by Him, and when God now looks at them, He sees the righteousness of His Son.

 

What great news this is! And because this news only arises out of the unadulterated reality of God's wrath understood in its own right, we must remember in our evangelism that the wrath of God is a necessary terror to the unconverted. It urges them to stop playing games and to flee from the wrath to come and find their refuge in Jesus.

 

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Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne
Mark Spence
Oscar Navarro

Mar 17, 2022
Ep. 43 - The Holiness of God
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The topic for today's conversation is crucial, yet so hated by the modern church. The reluctance for pastors to preach on the holiness of God is, in part, because it is unfamiliar and taboo. We can only ever just begin to scratch the surface when it comes to Holiness. In fact, holy is the only word in the Scripture in which one word is repeated three times. The more our pastors proclaim God as holy, other, and separate, the greater the view we will have of Him. Jerry Bridges said, “Holiness describes both the majesty of God and the purity and moral perfection of His nature. It is as necessary as His existence... It is a perfection of all of God’s other attributes.” It is a misconception that someone focused on God’s holiness is harsh and uptaight, and Ray is the perfect example of this. Isaiah 43:15 says “I am the Lord, your Holy one, the Creator of Israel, your King.” D.A. Carson does a great job at helping us understand what he means by this, asking whether holiness is communicable or incommunicable. Holy is, in fact, an adjective to describe God. 

 

Turning to the argument atheists often use in claiming God is an egomaniac for demanding us to worship Him, the guys discuss the idea that God’s glory and holiness is for our joy and good. When He calls on us to worship Him, it is all while knowing we will experience the joy which comes with knowing His glory. God’s law is a reflection of His perfection. When we break one, we break them all. Before we become a Christian, we feel relieved of our sins rather than enslaved to them. Galatians 4:8-11 states “When you did not know God, you served those which by nature are not Gods.” Finally, they touch on how the holiness of God affects their own preaching. Only God can bring us to a place of awe and wonder, so we should be careful in how we use those words. As the episode wraps up, listeners are reminded that without holiness, no one will see the Lord. 

 

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Mar 15, 2022
Ep. 42 - The Folly of Atheism
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The topic for today's conversation arises out of Psalm 14:1, which states that "The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'"  This topic is the folly of atheism, and it is a topic that hits close to home for the guys.  Ray, for one, comes across as a man obsessed with atheists.  As he pointedly explains, this is because atheism is the epitome of stupidity.  It is disingenuous and insane, even as it has taken on a cloak of respectability.  Oscar also has a unique connection to atheism, as he is the resident former atheist in the group!  He shares about his story, emphasizing what finally made things click for him: the work of the Spirit and the fervent prayers of his grandmother.  He already knew the points of the gospel well before his conversion, so he didn't gain any new knowledge; rather, God opened his eyes outside of his own power!  Oscar's conversion and the growth he has experienced since offer hope for listeners, offering a clear demonstration of the fact that God can and does redeem atheists, and of the fact that our prayers have an impact!

 

Turning to some arguments atheists often use to try to defend their view, the guys first discuss the idea that religion causes wars.  This idea fails as a defense because of several points: institutional atheism has led to even worse wartime outcomes than religion, wars are contrary to Christianity, atheism leaves no ground for moral indignation over war, and atheists often contradict their anti-violence views by supporting abortion.  Shifting to the reality of suffering in the world, which atheists draw on as another defense of their position, the guys consider the theological question and personal dilemma the defense involves, note that Christianity is the only way we can validate our suffering, and meditate on the significance of Jesus' own suffering in the place of sinners.  There are many ways to apply reason and logic when engaging with atheists about their views, but at the end of the day, atheists need to see that the truth, beauty, and goodness we all want can only be found in Christ.  They need to have their eyes opened to see God as beautiful and glorious, and they need their hearts transformed to treasure Him. 

 

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Visit the Living Waters website to learn more and to access helpful resources!

Check out recommended resources: The Atheist Delusionmovie, God Doesn’t Believe in Atheists, The Atheist Test tract, and The Evidence Study Bible.

Mar 10, 2022
Ep. 41 - Freedom From Condemnation: How to Walk in God’s Grace
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After diving in with Olympic games and a chicken leg hopping competition, the group turns to the topic for today's episode: freedom from condemnation, that is, how to walk in God's grace.  The guys have spoken a number of times before about the issue of false conversion, but on the other side of the coin is the problem of a true Christian laboring under a sense of condemnation and struggling with eternal security.  This experience is all too common, weighing down Christians and keeping them from experiencing the freedom that is theirs in the gospel.  The voice of condemnation is founded on a quid-pro-quo foundation, and aligns with the human impulse to focus on performance.  Conversely, the gospel declares the grace of God in Christ, that is, His unmerited favor.  And how otherly this grace is!  God saves not because of our works, but simply because He decides to save.  He redeems not because He sees something lovely; rather, He redeems first, and only then is something lovely created in us.

 

The gospel of grace must be central to the life of the Christian, and it is the antidote to condemnation.  Meditating on the gospel is crucial if we are to apply it in all areas of life, including to the experience of sin and the pressures of condemnation and fear.  The gospel of grace shows us that, though we will inevitably sin and struggle, Christ died for our sins and we are free - even time after time - to draw near to God in full assurance that He will draw near to us.  In light of the gospel, we see that God loves us as our Father, and corrects us in love rather than punishing us in wrath.  Stories of David, Jonah, the Prodigal Son, Peter, and so many more show us how God loves us and gives grace, and call us to always respond to our sin by getting up, receiving God's grace, and moving forward.  Even as we pursue righteousness, we do so from a place of sure acceptance before God and celebration of His kindness to us.  And ultimately, we foster humility by turning from our own sin to our gracious God; we honor God when we take Him at His word, and when we view ourselves as He views us!

 

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Check out a few recommended books: Gospel Primer, The Discipline of Grace, and God Speaks.

Mar 08, 2022
Ep. 40 - The Christian’s Relationship to Media Consumption
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On today’s episode, the guys discuss the Christian's relationship to media consumption.  This is one area in which it seems a lot of Christians struggle and even sin, finding themselves hindered in growing, being effective witnesses to the gospel, and making the best use of their time.  This is also an area in which the situational landscape has changed dramatically in recent years and decades.  Given the advent and continual evolution of smartphones, people have an unreal level of access to media content! This fact raises concerns in relation to both access and specific content, touching on everything from matters of wise time use to navigation of pervasive content that is profane, sexually inappropriate, blasphemous, and violent.

 

The topic of media consumption is, in short, a discipleship issue.  People are wired to be shaped and shepherded, and daily choices train our hearts to believe, know, and love certain things.  Christians need to be intentional about setting our hearts and minds on the things of God, which means we must not stew in content that draws out evil desires in our hearts, such as "infotainment" that fuels a warped interest in violence.  We cannot find our identity through social media, obsess over hearing new things, or allow ourselves to be desensitized to content that contains overt filth and/or trains us in an unbiblical worldview.  Certainly, we can engage with secular content with a redemptive aim, but even this approach requires wisdom and care!

 

The unfortunate reality of our day is that the average Christian spends vastly more time with media content than the Word of God.  The danger here arises from the fact that what we consume shapes and flows out of us.  In order to be wise about time use, we must be aware of the "vortex" dangers of media, consider what a balanced diet of media and other things looks like, prioritize the Bible, and remember that we will give an account for the stewardship of our time.  We should be intentional about planning our media consumption, knowing that to honor it as a gift from God used for our recreation or other positive ends, we must care for our souls, weigh our impact on the next generation, and ultimately - and for our joy - make our highest aim the glory of God. 

 

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Mar 03, 2022
Ep. 39 - Satan, Demons, and Spiritual Warfare
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of Satan, demons, spiritual warfare and more. It is a subject the world mocks, but yet the world is being mocked by Satan himself. In fact, Satan’s biggest tactic is making people doubt his existence. The problem today is that people either take the issue of spiritual warfare far too seriously or not seriously enough. Modern rationalism encourages us to forget about our spirituality. We have to look to the scriptures to understand what God meant by spiritual warfare. 

 

Though it’s not possible for a Christian to be possessed, we certainly can be oppressed when we give in to temptations. God will correct us because he loves us. Satan’s demonic forces tempt us to sin and oppose our efforts to obey God. Demonic oppression is when a demon is temporarily victorious over a Christian, hindering his ability to serve God with a strong testimony. Confession and repentance of sin are necessary to restore fellowship with God. 


 We can not be ignorant of Satan’s schemes which desire to devour us. Satan is real and he is very powerful. Listen as Ray touches on some of the schemes Satan has tempted him with. He reveals that you are never as much on the front lines of warfare as you are when involved in evangelism. This can come in the form of discouragement, tiredness or random depression. You must put on your shield of faith like Jesus did. The devil tries to steal from us in evil, deceptive and sinister ways. 

 

For the believer who truly wants to be used by God to the greatest extent, we need to start with honesty. Satan is the father of lies and God is the compass of truth, so it would do us well to be honest in every part of our lives. Similarly, help is a beautiful prayer to God. It’s important to remember that demons can’t ultimately stop people from coming to Christ. God’s word is the ultimate shield of faith and we can cleanse ourselves by reading the Word. Even if we can;t remember it word for word, the scripture continually refreshes and waters up so that we can discern truth from error. Resisting the devil and seeking the Lord is an ongoing battle. 

 

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Mar 01, 2022
Ep. 38 - The Power of Gospel Tracts
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of gospel tracts. Listen as the guys share about the tracts they have given and received over the years. Many Christians assume handing out tracks will be a controversial act, but from the guy's experience it usually turns out to be a pleasant exchange. In fact, it could even be a life changing event for non-believers. Gospel tracts have been around long before even the printing press, and we can’t negate their effectiveness. They speak clearly and get right to the point without straying from the intended message. They never get tired or give up, and are always ready to speak directly to readers at any given time or location. 

 

The Bible is the ultimate gospel tract which leaves nothing unsaid. Ultimately, a tract is the Bible condensed in some way. When distributing gospel tracts, we should remember that the worst thing which could happen is for people to not read them. On the contrary, the best thing which could happen could change someone's entire life. Living Waters designs tracts which are fun, joyful and lighthearted to give and receive. We need to trust that God will, in His own divine timing, use His gifts. The advantages of distributing gospel tracts don’t stop there. What’s more is the fact that every person can easily do it, a tract always sticks to its point and never loses its temper. Oftentimes, people who are too proud to be talked to will read a tract when no one is looking. A tracts always stays with a person even after the conversation has long since ended. Finally, tracts can lead people to Christ. When preaching and private talk are not available, you need to have a tract ready. A touching tract can serve as a seed of eternal life.  

 

So, what makes a good gospel tract? Firstly, it must be engaging and able to hold the attention of readers. The main touch points include commandments, gospel, repentance, faith and resurrection. Finally, the guys offer advice for listeners in giving out gospel tracts. The guys recommend Living Waters’ tract simple tract for people who want to try handing out tracts themselves. However, there are tons of options on our website so you can find the one which best serves you. 

 

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Feb 24, 2022
Ep. 37 - Wisdom from the Word
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of wisdom. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. Knowledge is morals and information, while wisdom is the insight to know when vs. when not to take action. Most decisions we make in life require some knowledge, but a lot of wisdom. Our culture today is very rich in knowledge and poor in wisdom. Wisdom isn’t hidden from us, but rather hidden for us. Every human being has a conscience and the knowledge of right vs. wrong. Without God as an ultimate standard of truth, all we have are “truths”. Do away with God, and we do away with the truth. 

 

Often, we as Christians forget our calling to vigorously pursue wisdom as proclaimed in Proverbs 2:1-6. In The Wisdom Pyramid by Brett  McCracken, he maps out how to seek wisdom. Though our first instinct to learn more about something is to turn to social media, if we really want to grow in wisdom this order must be reversed. First, we should seek wisdom in the Scripture, then to our church, then nature, then books, and finally, maybe, social media. The most practical way God grants wisdom is through the Word. We can have full assurance and confidence that whatever we ask of God will be heard and responded to. 

 

Wisdom includes the ability to use the best means, at the best time, to accomplish the best ends. It isn’t merely a matter of knowledge, but the skill of practical implication of the truth. With knowledge comes pride, but with wisdom comes humility and patience. Wise speaks not of someone who knows the facts, but of someone who is skilled in Godly living. In light of eternity, everything that we do will reverberate and echo forever. Let’s not dwell upon this, but rather learn from it and move forward. Although our names will be forgotten, the name of our Savior will live on through the test of time. 

 

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Feb 22, 2022
Ep. 36 - It's Time to Stop Fighting with Other Christians.
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On today’s episode, the guys discuss unity and the idea that it is time to stop fighting with other Christians. Unity is extremely important and the Scripture speaks of it in very explicit terms. Paul speaks of the sensitivity we, as Christians, are to have towards believers who have different perspectives and convictions. We are to set aside anything that can be set aside in order to keep the peace among brothers. 

 

How can we walk in love if there is no unity among us? The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are the prime examples of what unity looks like. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God, their sins brough division not only between man, but between each other. God offers us the power to become unified with him and with one another through the power of the Gospel. While there is a time and place for clarification and explanation, it is usually best to nullify conflict with others with care, humility and an apology. 

 

As Christians, one of our biggest tools is our unity with one another. Again, the guys mention the idea of primary vs. secondary convictions and how to determine when an issue is crucial enough to advocate for. There is an undeniable part of the wicked human heart which likes to see fights between people. However, God commands us the meekness and discretion to resist this urge and advocate for unity instead. Good conflict is extremely healthy because it brings things to the forefront to be addressed. In good conflict, the rules are set ahead of time in a loving and respectful way. It’s incumbent that we consistently invite people with a welcoming spirit to be open and honest with us. 

 

Unity is designed to unify us with Christ and with each other, then becomes an evangelistic tool to speak of the truth of God. We can’t simply be unified for unity’s sake, and should still be able to challenge each other to a certain degree. Confrontation should come from attributes of love such as patience and kindness. Speaking truth is true love. 

 

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Feb 17, 2022
Ep. 35 - Holiness Is Hugely Important
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of holiness. While we know it is extremely important for Christians to pursue and live in holiness, it remains a word which often raises a red flag. To begin, they share the Christian definition of holiness compared to the dictionary definition. When we try to define the word in the English language, we often oversimplify its nuance. Holiness encompasses separation and morality as a communicable and incommunicable attribute. When God decides to use you, He separates you from the rest and uses you as a holy instrument with His own hand. Thus, holiness is recognizing our identity and value as instruments in God's hands to fulfill His will. 

 

What things prevent people from going hard after God in the pursuit of holiness? Often, it’s a love of worldly pleasures, money, or praise. Holiness is the hardest attribute to fully comprehend. You are encouraged to stretch your imagination and realize fully the all encompassing holiness of God. God has given us our imagination for us to use to have a better understanding of reality. It is not something we are called upon to do to become something else, but rather something we are to do because of what we already are. It is a practical pursuit of sanctification. The Scripture calls on us to pursue holiness with others and with God. 

 

Then, the guys contrast legalism and holiness. By definition, legalism is a weight we put upon ourselves which God never intended for us to bare. God has freely given us things to enjoy, aside from sin, in His glory. Pursuing holiness is loving the Lord and wishing to grow in His eyes. Our ultimate goal should be pleasing and glorifying God, and being set apart from the rest of the world.  Practice of Godly disciplines brings about the holiness and purity of a true child of God. There are little incremental steps we can take to pursue righteousness and grow in our holiness. Finally, they share other disciplines which are helpful to bringing us closer to God, including fasting and prayer. It’s never enough to remove the sin in our life, but we must replace them with Godly desires. In closing, they offer reminders of the beauty and promise of the Gospel for those unsure if they are embodying true holiness.  

 

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Feb 15, 2022
Ep. 34 - What We’ve Been Reading in the Word Lately
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On today’s episode, the guys discuss what they have been reading in the Word lately. Before jumping into that, Mark offers advice for having a rich devotional life. Currently, he is reading one chapter of the Bible per day alongside his wife, daughters and friends. He prefers to have devotion in the morning, to ensure meditation on the Scripture for the remainder of the day. Jesus doesn’t want to just be part of our life, but the totality of our life. He advises listeners to choose a verse from your morning scripture to meditate on for the day. The number one key when reading the Bible is simply to slow down. 

 

The first verse discussed is 2 Corinthians 7:11, in which Paul speaks of Godly sorrow and repentance. This is a demonstration that our repentance should be as notorious as our sin. When studying God’s word, Oscar analyzes it with a magnifying glass to unpack every sentence. However, sometimes looking too closely can lead you to miss the big picture, so it’s important to find that balance. We are so prone to looking at Revelation within the frame of today’s world. However, the best way to understand Revelation is by reading the First Testament. The book should actually give us hope for God’s capabilities. 

 

There are no bounds to the depth of God’s Word. Ray has been reading the Bible every day for 49 years and is always finding new things. Being in the Word together with someone you love connects you in ways beyond what we could imagine. If you have sin in your heart, the Word can and should make you uncomfortable. They share the quote “Seven days without the Word will make one weak.” Being together in the Word with our children brings us closer to them and ensures they have a strong foundation. When you become vulnerable and open your own heart, people around you will begin to do the same. 

 

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Feb 10, 2022
Ep. 33 - How to Avoid Division
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of unity, division and how we as Christians can avoid it. In the age of social media, division is more apparent than ever. While it’s important that we speak the truth when there are evident and definite errors, we must be very careful about the spirit in which we do so. There are times in which God’s word does divide, but we should take our cues from the Scripture, not the culture, to determine which issues are primary and which are secondary. Romans 16:17 urges us to watch out for those who cause divisions and avoid them.

 

A large factor in the division of today is the fact that many people have become lazy thinkers, often turning to the opinions of people they admire to form their own opinion. However, the first place we should turn to for wisdom authority is the Bible, and then to our local church. There is a way to have open dialogue about differing views while remaining brothers and sisters in Christ. It is the spirit of divisiveness which God truly hates. 

 

Then, they break down the difference between primary essential, secondary essential, primary nonessential, secondary nonessential and heresy. In the midst of it all, we speak the truth in love and graciousness, because a lot of these things we learn in the progression of our faith. It’s not at all about having convictions and sharing them in the proper context, but rather about maintaining the right heart and attitude. Ultimately, we are the army of Christ and should strive together for the faith of the gospel. We must realize that we are being provoked by demons to create disunity to lose sight of our purpose. Satan’s biggest weapon is misunderstanding and he delights in the division of God’s people. Communication, humility, listening and open dialogue are key elements for unity. There is wisdom in learning to yield. 

 

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Feb 08, 2022
Ep. 32 - The Effectiveness of Prayer
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of the power of prayer, which is often one of the biggest struggles for Christians Without prayers, man could never accomplish as much as he could with it. Prayer can get us to the place of knowing how we are doing based on what we pray. The guys question the legitimacy and intimacy of the common prayer, and urge listeners to recognize God’s presence in prayer rather than inviting Him in. One of the largest issues of prayer is lack of faith. The reality of prayer is that we are praying to our Father, in Heaven, who sits on the throne. 

 

Many people are hesitant and insecure about coming before God. To those people, remember that as a Chrisitan, you are a son or daughter of a Father in Heaven who reigns over all creation. God isn’t concerned with your stumbles while speaking to him, He just wants to hear from us. It is important to recognize this relationship we have with God and not only pray to Him when we are in need. When we come before God, we must be clothed in the humility of our hearts and ensure our prayers are not selfish. 

 

The message isn’t the power of prayer, but rather the power of God. Listen as the guys each share their favorite places to pray. One way to strengthen your prayer life is by practicing by reading the Psalms daily and re-wording them to fit your own life. It’s important to never be discouraged by prayer and realize that God always answers every prayer in His own way. Anything too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden. For those who often feel distance in their relationship with God, prayers offer a wonderful opportunity to realize how near he is to each of us. As the episode wraps up, the guys ask listeners to include them and their ministry in their prayers.  

 

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Feb 03, 2022
Ep. 31 - The Fear of the Lord
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of the fear of the Lord. The Bible is soaked in promises to those who fear the Lord. Through this fear of the Lord, men depart from evil. Today, the distinction between the creature and the Creator is falling apart, and many people have a nonchalant attitude towards God as their casual friend. 

 

Ultimately, fear is not a bad thing. It is recognizing that something has power over us, and finding comfort in that fact. How do we distinguish fearing God vs. fearing damnation? For the Christian, fear of God does not involve terror or dread, but rather awe, respect, wonder and reverence. The first mention of the fear of God is in Genesis 22. When we fear God, we are actively putting him first above all else. In the culture we live in now, some people may argue that we can’t have a healthy relationship with a God we’re supposed to fear.  However, God saw the fullness of our sins, and still he loved us and made us His own. Our relationship with him is based on the reality of that, what we deserve and how He responded. The beginning of our relationship with God is not fear, but grace, as he made the ultimate sacrifice for us. 

 

As Christians, it’s not just about the fear of God alone, but uncovering how to put the fear of God in the unGodly. Law without punishment is nothing but good advice. It’s crucial that we fear God in order to prepare ourselves for the wrath to come at the cross. It is the realization of who God is and the kindness he has exhibited. As we grow in our relationship with God, we realize that we are smaller than we ever thought, and his power is even greater. We can tell if someone fears God by what they do in private and how they react when they sin. While our fear should hold us back in times of temptation, it shouldn’t end there. 

 

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Feb 01, 2022
Ep. 30 - Transgenderism and the Bible (With Special Guest Dr. Owen Strachan)
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Returning guest, Dr. Owen Strachan, joins us for today’s conversation in answering the question, what is the problem with transgenderism? What is at stake here? After chatting about beards, they jump into their conversation with guest Dr. Strachan, the Provost and Research Professor of Theology at Grace Bible Theological Seminary in Arkansas, along with being a Senior-fellow with Family Research Council (FRC). Dr. Strachan has written a number of books, with one being particularly applicable to today’s conversation—What Does the Bible Teach about Transgenderism?

How big of an issue is this facing the church today? Learn about the broader issue of destabilizing the divine design God established in Genesis and where the sinful heart of man ends up. Is there a culpability in silence on this issue? What is the responsibility of pastors and shepherds in considering and addressing this issue? They address all these issues and more.

Taking a step back, Ray asks Dr. Strachan to explore how we got to where we are. They chat about Truman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self. While rejecting the doctrine of creation and embracing ungodly beliefs, the normalization of different things like homosexuality and transgenderism has become reality. Listen to their explanation of what the theological problem is with transgenderism. God is above and beyond man, but man is constantly seeking to be on the level of God. Learn about God’s glory in our manhood and womanhood, and the created-creature distinction—the stakes are high, this is not a trivial issue.

Ray asks Dr. Strachan to get practical with how this looks in real-life issues. What do you say to the parents dealing with this? How do you walk through children grappling with these issues? They address the shame and self-discrimination that can surround these issues. Learn about the wild, rebellious heart that is always an offense to God. Rejecting the will and design of God brings an appropriate level of grief. Pray and work to live in grace and truth. Learn about what it means to truly love your neighbor.

Mantra is a powerful tool to shift one’s outlook. Listen as they discuss the impacts and effects of mantra as conveyed through repetition of practice. Unfiltered entertainment is impacting the next generation and the repetition of what is being seen is determining what the people believe is normal and right. They touch on the underlying worldview in movies like Frozen. Learn to teach discernment to your children for both movies and music. Who is catechizing your children?

As the conversation draws to a close, Ray asks, "Where does society go if we continue in this trajectory?" Dr. Strachan states it is a bleak future without the hope of the gospel. Christians and pagans are living together, we must be salt and light in preaching the gospel. Christian families need to be living witnesses in exerting influence on today’s society. The church has been here before—look at the early church, what they were facing, and how they exploded in the face of a morally antithetical society. We can rejoice in the promise that the gates of hell will never prevail!

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Visit the Living Waters website to learn more.
Check out more on Owen’s book, What Does the Bible Teach About Transgenderism?.
Listen to Owen’s podcast, The Antithesis
Follow Dr. Owen Strachan on Twitter
Check out Ray’s book, 

Jan 27, 2022
Ep. 29 - Homosexuality and the Bible (With Special Guest Dr. Owen Strachan)
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On today’s episode featuring guest Dr. Owen Strachan, the guys tackle a subject which is a major issue confronting the church today: homexuality. Many of us have become desensitized in terms of the severity of this problem and have adopted the mentality of the world towards it. Owen is coauthor of the book What Does the Bible Teach About Homosexuality?, and is here to discuss his perspective on the matter. Homosexuality is not just a sin that people commit, but has become a highly honored identity in our society. This identity, however, leads to destruction and everlasting judgment. They denounce the idea that the attraction is not the problem, but rather the action on it. The desire for somebody of your same sex is profoundly anti-God, anti-creation and anti-Divine Design. 

 

God gave us our sexual identity as part of our human nature, but it is not the biggest factor in our identity, as society often makes it out to be. There is no shame in divine design. Owen explains that when you take image of the human person, and replace God with sexual preference, you have effectively tried to remake the human person. The agenda of Christians should be to prepare others for their meeting with God. As Christians, we are urged not to attack someone’s homosexuality right away, but rather address a different sin which they are more willing to discuss. A Christian who truly wants to walk with God takes His whole inventory without pointing fingers. It’s important for us to realize where non-Christians come from. 

 

Listen as the guys stress the importance of instilling the Scripture in our own children before they go off into the world on their own. Owen shares how people who experience same sex attraction can cease their sin and align themselves with the Word of God. Crucify your ungodly desires and pray for godly desires to take their place. Finally, he retells a successful conversation he had with a pro-homosexual pastor and highlights the fact that our proclamation of the truth to people who hate what we share is the ultimate act of love. 

 

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Jan 25, 2022
Ep. 28 - Critical Race Theory and Wokeness (With Special Guest Dr. Owen Strachan)
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the difficult topics of Critical Race Theory and Wokeness. Dr. Owen Strachan is the author of Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind. A systematic theology professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he is the director of the Center for Public Theology, director of the Residency PhD program, and host of the City of God podcast. Critical Race Theory is the academic theory that seeks to uncover racial power dynamics in a community and how they can be solved through social justice. This thinking comes out of a Marxist framing of oppression. Owen believes it’s coming back to the forefront because of big tech and social media.

 

Acts 17:26 shows us we come from one man, Adam. We all have far more in common than we have differences. When you come to know Christ, you are one family, united under him. Christians can create a framework for themselves to see injustices through Biblical justice. Owen says this is through advancing the equality of opportunity and holding evil doers to account. The world thinks differently than we do, and Christians believe that humans have intrinsic value because they are image bearers. 

 

Ultimately, wokeness teaches you that oppression is inherent in our society and we are at odds with each other. You cannot achieve peace under this theology. Owen argues that the only way to achieve peace and unity is through Christ. He explains that under the Gospel, we are all equally liable for sin and what we need is absolution through Christ. Christians should be a group of people offering costly forgiveness to their communities. What others should see from our witness is a transformed heart and life. 

 

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Jan 20, 2022
Ep. 27 - Worried About Being Anxious?
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle a topic which was suggested by a listener: anxiety and how to grow in our relationship with God. They begin by discussing the realm of trials as believers, or the moments when we feel our life is falling apart because of anxiety, stress, financial problems, health issues, etc. We are living in a world full of difficulties and trials, but still can grow with the Lord regardless. Maintaining our composure is not just about surviving but thriving. 

 

We start off hearing the verse Romans 8:28. As a believer, we know that things are not falling apart, but rather falling into place. If God is not worried, we should not worry either. Ray shares his own experience of having panic attacks and how he healed himself by trusting in God. It's important to recognize where our anxiety comes from and why it happens when it does. To rest our anxiety, we need to rest in God. Sometimes, we are so fearing the future and regretting the past, that we are paralyzed by the present. We should remember that all we have is the present, which we can always handle. If we focus on sin and failure, we are not proactively walking with the Lord. Grief and lament are important to experience at the outset of a traumatic situation, and God has given us this as means of release. However, pressing on and learning to look to the Lord in those moments allows him to work within our spirit. Godly lament never leads to sin. 

 

Wrapping up today’s episode, the guys answer questions sent in by listeners. Don’t miss their advice on being single, God’s intent when creating us, the spiritual realm as it relates to negative emotion, when to share the gospel, what to look for when joining a church and more! 

 

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Jan 18, 2022
Ep. 26 - Godly Marriage
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of Godly marriages. To begin, each of them share how long they have been married. As we see it, marriage is in bigger trouble in America than ever before. As Christian men, we are commanded to love our wives the way Christ loved the church, unconditionally and sacrificially. The best thing we can do for our spouse is to submit to the Lord ourselves. Marriages shouldn’t be likened to a competitive rate, but a relay race in which you work together. Realizing that our spouse is not responsible for our sins is critical. Theology of love is the recognition that when you meet someone, you fall in love with who God has created them to be. The greatest commandment is to focus your life on loving God and loving others. Marriages walk by faith, rather than by sight. It’s a good thing to continually ask good questions and really listen to each other. Having intentional time to spend together is what will keep your marriage alive.  

 

When you make a covenant with God on your wedding day, God transcendently meets you there and makes a commitment with you to your marriage. For couples experiencing drought in their relationship, you are encouraged to look towards the cross. Being involved with the church and admitting our sins honestly will help to edify a marriage. Your friends should agree that marriage comes first, and should feel comfortable challenging your wrongdoings regarding your spouse. God has given us different roles for order, husbands are required to lead and wives are called to submit to their husbands and we submit to the Lord before all else. Similarly, husband and wife are equal in value, worth and capability. In closing, we are urged to humble ourselves in the presence of our spouse. 

 

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Jan 13, 2022
Ep. 25 - The Power of God's Word
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of the power of God’s word. In Ray’s experience, when you are saved, God’s word leaves you in a never ending honeymoon phase. Value impacts behavior and when we value Christ, we understand that His word is direct communication to us. According to 2 Timothy 3:16-17, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction and righteousness that the man of God may be fully equipped for every good word.” Many Christians who find themselves at a shipwrecked point in their lives end up there because they have strayed from God’s instructions. The same words which spoke the earth into existence are found in our Bibles. 

 

Then, the guys reflect on the importance of reading the Bible every single day, without fail. We often forget that we are soldiers of Christ and our food is His word. Meditate on His word and let that be your nutrients for the day ahead. Even in Christianity, there is a massive issue with Biblical illiteracy. The Bible isn’t just there for occasional reference, but is an opportunity for us to spend time with God. God’s word is an acquired taste and requires discipline and time spent with it to develop the taste. If you are unfamiliar with the Bible, you are encouraged to pick a small book as a starting point and really familiarize yourself with it. Christ is our hope, and without Christ or the desire for His word, we are hopeless. The “care” method for Biblical literacy helps participants comprehend, analyze, reform and enjoy God’s word. 

 

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Jan 11, 2022
Ep. 24 - How to Abound in Forgiveness
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On today’s episode, the guys tackle the topic of forgiveness. They speculate that unwillingness to forgive arises from us thinking of ourselves as mini Gods. However, we should each remember that we are not Gods, but sinners among sinners. God commands us to be in a perpetual state of forgiveness. If we don’t forgive, we will not be forgiven. In the end, God is the justifier of sin, so we are released from carrying out justice. Forgiveness is to not hold someone in a place where they are in debt to you for their actions. Forgiveness is not reconciliation or lack of consequence. We can move forward with God’s help, though we still may carry a scar with us. 

 

Acknowledging the heaviness of sin is the first stage of forgiveness. The way to true forgiveness is remembering how Christ has forgiven us. Unforgiveness is a hypocritical act detested by the Lord. Many people struggle with small, daily sins just as much as the big ones. Forgiveness is at the heart of the gospel and is to be a defining characteristic of every believer. Unforgiveness can turn to bitterness where we can’t receive a blessing from God. In closing, it is reiterated that we are a byproduct of the gospel. When we keep an eye on the cross, we can experience the freedom of willing ourselves to forgiveness.  

 

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Jan 06, 2022
Ep. 23 - Christmas and Christianity
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A lot of people make a big deal about Christmas every year, while others can't wait until it's over. The guys discuss the different dynamics fueling both the naysayers and the YAY!!! sayers, and then address the matter from a biblical perspective.

Dec 16, 2021
Ep. 22 - Good Works and the Gospel
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Today, the hosts talk amongst themselves about a topic that brings with it many common misunderstandings: the topic of good works.  Some religious groups, such as Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses, teach that good works are a means by which a person can try to earn salvation.  At the same time, it is all too common for Christians to embrace either legalism or antinomianism, placing either too much or not enough importance on good works.  Thinking well about good works as a Christian requires keeping two theological categories in mind: justification and sanctification.  When a person becomes a Christian, that person is declared “not guilty” before God once and for all; God saves the person monergistically, by grace through faith.  However, the person is saved into the process of sanctification, the synergistic process by which one grows to be more like Jesus.  As this process goes on, the Christian is able to do good works, and should be zealous to do so out of gratitude and a sense of the fittingness of doing good.  As branches on the Vine (Jesus!), Christians will naturally produce grapes (good works!), and they will be driven by the worthiness of God to do the good works He has prepared for them.

These two categories of justification and sanctification must be linked, but not confused with one another.  Otherwise, we lose sight of the glorious truth of the gospel!  Not only that, but we lose a great tool in the work of evangelism.  After all, as the hosts’ stories testify, Christians doing good works (especially not out of any need to earn something) has an effect on recipients.  It silences the foolish talk of evildoers, and even draws people to glorify God.

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Dec 14, 2021
Ep. 21 - Pride Is More Dangerous Than You Think
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On today’s episode, the guys talk about the  extremely destructive sin of pride.  Pride is “the silent killer,” the original sin, a self-deceiving foe.  It is a form of idolatry present in all of us and driving much of the world.  It is subtle and secretive, and while we often can’t see it in ourselves, we tend to be disgusted when we notice it in others.  We all know what it feels like to notice pride in this way.  We’ve been bothered by the athlete who is obviously full of himself or the self-proclaimed hero who claims praise for helping a person in danger.  But how do we define what it is that bothers us in these moments?  What is pride?  To use the words of Charnock, it is “contending with God for preeminence.”  Its opposite is humility, which entails seeing ourselves in truth and not being overly attentive to self.  Getting into more practical outworkings of pride, it’s important to know that it often harms our evangelism as Christians by fueling fear of rejection and driving us to corner people with arguments.  Given a Bible, pride can lead to phariseeism.  Knowledge inflames pride if the antidote of humility isn’t applied.  Pride can be low, disguising itself as humility.  Pride clouds our witness by placing attention on ourselves rather than Jesus.  

The stark truth is that “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”  Because of this fact, we need to be the kind of people who try to root out and repent of pride.  And since we may not always see it in ourselves, the input of others is tremendously helpful.   We ought to humble ourselves, because God will not abide our foolish pride.  And moreover, the gospel frees us from the need for pride!  After all, we are accepted by God, and need no other approval. 

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Dec 09, 2021
Ep. 20 - How to Walk in Sexual Purity
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In this episode of Living Waters, the hosts speak about how to walk in sexual purity and the battle of the mind. They begin by pointing out how sexual impurity has been present in our world since the Old Testament and has only grown in recent years with the accessibility of social media. They define sexual impurity as taking good gifts from the Lord and using them in ways that defile them. Because sexual impurity is such a prevalent stumbling block in our world, the hosts move on to discussing how to fight sexual impurity. First, it is essential to know that this is only a battle that the Lord can help us win. In order to put away the lusts of the flesh, we must instead put our focus on the Lord and pursue righteousness. They also encourage the use of accountability by surrounding yourself with other Christ seeking believers. Another way to fight sexual impurity is through having a holy fear of the Lord, which includes having a full view of what sin does and how it leads to death. On the other hand, the Lord offers us life and joy through Jesus, and He is the one who can truly fulfill us and lead our hearts in life and peace.

The hosts then speak directly to those who have struggled with sexual impurity and may have feelings of condemnation and think they can’t be forgiven. They remind the listeners that God is a God of love, and Jesus died on the cross to bring us forgiveness. When we come to him in true heart changing repentance, he moves us from shame and guilt into everlasting joy and forgiveness. God can redeem any past and free his children from any bondage of sin. They close by encouraging the listeners to seek the Lord and his righteousness and to walk in sexual purity.

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Dec 07, 2021
Ep. 19 - False Conversion
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Nobody likes talking about the reality that there are false converts in our midst... but the Bible does, so we must too. Listen to the guys talk about the rarely discussed reality that our churches could be full of non-believers and find out why so many fall away from the faith after accepting an altar call.

Dec 02, 2021
Ep. 18 - Our Heavenly Hope
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On today’s episode, the guys are back to discuss heaven and the hope of heaven in the midst of a perverse world we live in. As the conversation kicks off, they unpack some of the misconceptions people have about heaven. Many of these ideas come from medieval literature and art which depicts heaven as a far away place of leisure in the clouds. However, heaven is ultimately a renewed earth in which God has made right what humans have made wrong. Then, they each share some of their individual images of heaven as children. When we understand the end result of God’s plan, we are compelled to action. The hope of heaven is so important in the world we live in, where everything else is temporal. As Christians, we become more and more homesick with a home we have never been to. This hope is the ultimate consultation to carry us through until we reach Him at our final destination. In addition, Christ promised to prepare a place in which he will receive us back to himself. He urges us to set our minds on the things above, rather than be earthy minded.

Heaven is a place where Christ dwells, and therefore it is enough. You can’t divorce one from the other, because his presence makes heaven. As the discussion draws to a close, we are urged to remember the hope of heaven and a new earth. 

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Nov 30, 2021
Ep. 17 - Made in God's Image
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In today’s conversation, they discuss the imprint on someone that leads us to then to value what is inside and treat them accordingly. Learn about the imago dei—the image of God—and the far reaching implications this reality has for all of creation. Humans are beings, not “doings”, and we are called to image and reflect God in such a way that points attention to the glory of God. While the image of God in man was not destroyed at the Fall, it was defaced and marred.

The conversation shifts as they discuss the implications that an evolutionist perspective has in considering man’s value. What influence does evolution have in the abortion movement? While man might have instrumental value, find out what this view is missing. They discuss the value that George Floyd had intrinsically, that was missed by many who simply saw him for his instrumental value based on race.

They take a moment to step back and lay a foundation of what it means to be an image bearer. Taking a look at Genesis 1:26-27, listen to how man is called to reflect God’s image like a mirror. While this aspect is crucial to explaining what it means to be a human being, there is also necessary grace from God to renew us. Learn this implications this has on accurately understanding things like murder, child labor, justice, equality, abortion, and many more issues of honoring humans. Life is not all about the value someone has because of what he or she does or produces.

Breaking down what it means to be in God’s image, Ray addresses the constant need to always be gospel centered. It is hard to love people, but we must love the image of God in them. “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you” ― Corrie ten Boom. Lean in to understand the practical ramifications of being made in God’s image mentally, morally, and socially, and why we cannot accept evolution in Genesis.

Evolution is a “fairy tale for grownups”, and there is a constant call to discover and define yourself in this world, but God’s way is different. The intrinsic value our Creator gives us is far better than anything we could ever deserve from achievement—it is an immutable value. Do not be deceived like Eve into believing that you can go out and define yourself, and therefore be like God—you are already created in his very image!

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Nov 25, 2021
Ep. 16 - Cussing Christians???
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Welcome to Living Waters, a new podcast hosted by Ray Comfort, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, Mark Spence and Oscar Navarro. In each episode, they will guide discussions alongside various special guests to explore pressing questions of our day with sound theology and apologetics!

 On today’s episode, the guys are back to discuss the controversial topic of swearing among Christians. Collasians 3:8 says “We are to put off filthy language out of our mouth.”  Many people argue that there is no such thing as filthy language and words are what you make of them. However, a Christian does not talk like the world and there must be filthy language in order for God’s word to be true. The author Tim Shorey points out that we can curse and profane without even using a cuss word. For example, diminishing the image bearing qualities of another person by mocking them. We are profane when we fail to revere God’s holiness, honor His law, fear His justice, respect the image in others or gratefully enjoy His creation. Rather than certain words, profanity is how we treat, talk about or fail to have reverence or enjoy people God has created. 

 We chose this topic today because it is something happening within the church and among pastors. Not using filthy language is a perfect opportunity for us Christians to show that we are different from the rest of the world. Instead of attacking a new believer for their choice of language, God urges us to show them the way more accurately. Jesus said every idle word a man speaks, he will account for on judgement day. We should train our children to honor the Lord from the get go. Then, they discuss the profanity of using God’s name in vain.

 In closing, we are reminded that being a Christian is a sanctifying process which sets us apart from the world. We should be patient with others and observe the progress which is happening with them. Our mouths are not meant to utter profanity and then praise. 

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Nov 16, 2021
Ep. 15 – How Can Christians Overcome Peer Pressure?
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Welcome to Living Waters, a new podcast hosted by Ray Comfort, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, Mark Spence and Oscar Navarro. In each episode, they will guide discussions alongside various special guests to explore pressing questions of our day with sound theology and apologetics!

Today’s episode focuses on peer pressure and the idea that “everyone’s doing it.” Being influenced by your peers is not part of the fall but rather part of the design. We were made for community, to know God and repent in community. When we get saved sometimes we lose the community we had before, it’s important to remember you’re not alone, God is with you. 

When we reach out to former friends who are nonbelievers to let them know of our salvation we can be met with confusion and pushback. Becoming a Christian can free you from the need to receive validation from friends of the world. In the Bible, Peter reminds us we have spent enough time doing the will of the gentiles - or succumbing to peer pressure. When you are saved, you’re not joining a social club, you’re being regenerated in the image of God.

Early Christians did not hold back community or discipleship from nonbelievers. Today’s Christians should be opening nonbelievers to their community to show a witness with their day to day lives. This is an example of positive influence on your community and it’s important to remember that peer pressure and influence is not a childhood problem. Mob mentality, influence, and peer pressure are parts of our lives for as long as we live. Being close to Jesus means as our attraction to him grows our interest in the world wanes. 

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Nov 11, 2021
Ep. 14 - The Fruit of the Spirit
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Welcome to Living Waters, a new podcast hosted by Ray Comfort, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, Mark Spence and Oscar Navarro. In each episode, they will guide discussions alongside various special guests to explore pressing questions of our day with sound theology and apologetics!

On today’s episode, the guys are back to talk about the fruit of the spirit. We find references to the fruit of the spirit in Galatians 5:16-26. The fruit of the spirit is the promise that God is at work through his spirit in us. In order for fruit to grow, it takes time. God at work in us isn’t an overnight thing, but takes time for the fruit of the spirit to grow and mature throughout the rest of your life. The fruit of the spirit possesses love, kindness, peace, forbearance, goodness, gentleness, self control and faithfulness. It can’t have one of these characteristics and not the other, it is all encompassing. 

Temperance is an attribute of the fruit of the spirit which is often overlooked. In the world which says I’m free to do whatever I want, self control is an exercise of Godliness. They discuss the constant realization we all have as Christians that we still have so much to learn from God. The Scripture says to examine yourself and see if you are in the faith, and it’s the fruit we should be looking for. It’s not a measure for comparing ourselves to non-believers, but is a mirror for reflecting our need for a savior. Who you are in private is who you really were. God isn’t commanding you to give your life up, but rather to lay it down to him. Faith produces joy, and joy produces an energy otherwise known as the fruit of the spirit. Happiness is circumstantial, but joy is positional and can carry us through difficult circumstances. Scripture tells us to rejoice because our fate is written in Heaven. Finally, they discuss the attribute of gentleness. The ability to communicate truth in a kind and loving way and having restrained power mimics gentleness. 

In life situations, there are two types of people: those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit of God and those who are controlled by the flesh. Scripture says to not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our mind. Becoming eternally minded rather than earthly minded is how we change the code. 

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Nov 09, 2021
Ep. 13 - Annoying Things Churches Do
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Christians are saved out of anonymity and into a community of believers called the Church. Christians are called to participate in and love their local church, but sometimes things happen that get under our skin. Listen to the guys discuss the struggles of the modern church experience and how we can remind ourselves that the local church is a part of something much bigger than all of us.

Welcome to Living Waters, a new podcast hosted by Ray Comfort, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, Mark Spence and Oscar Navarro. In each episode, they will guide discussions alongside various special guests to explore pressing questions of our day with sound theology and apologetics!

On today’s episode, the guys are back to discuss some of the annoying things churches do during service. It’s no secret that modern day churches are nothing like they were in biblical times. Many people today are disconnected from the church. When we think of a church we often think of the physical building or place, however it’s really the people and the community that make up a church. Big box churches are trying way too hard to be like the world, and refuse to be God’s synagogue. The best thing a church can be is faithful to God. 

They all agree that one of the most annoying things churches can do is ask first time visitors to stand. This is a great way to ensure that a visitor never wants to come back to your church again. Another big pet peeve is when worship songs aren’t actually being sung to God. This makes it seem like you’re praying to God rather than worshipping him. Some churches' majority conjugation are there for the entertaining experience rather than to participate. While some people like greeting their neighbors during service, others don’t feel as comfortable shaking strangers hands. Then, they offer some tips for engaging a church congregation who aren’t participating. 

As the episode wraps up, they clarify that they aren;t intending to poke fun at anyone’s church or worshiping style. Rather, they are talking about human quirks which are brought into the tradition of the church which can become a distraction from God’s plan. Not only are we members of the church, but lovers of the church of God too. A biggest pet peeve is when people get too caught up in consumer Christianity and lose sight of God’s plan. We spend most of our lives being consumers of different things, but church is the one place where you are not a consumer. God is the leader of the church and he means for you to be there as a participant of His body. In closing, we hear a few verses of the scripture and are urged to find a God loving, people loving church to call home. 

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Nov 04, 2021
Ep. 12 - Open-Air Preaching: Is It Biblical?
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Welcome to Living Waters, a new podcast hosted by Ray Comfort, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, Mark Spence and Oscar Navarro. In each episode, they will guide discussions alongside various special guests to explore pressing questions of our day with sound theology and apologetics!

Today’s episode focuses on street preaching, a controversial topic among many pastors. Some pastors believe that street preaching is hostile and upsetting to local business owners. Additionally, the method gets a bad wrap as it often invites unqualified preachers to spread the gospel. The guys clarify that they are not meaning to throw anybody under the bus when speaking of street preaching, but are speaking specifically about a certain tone and demeanor which violates what scripture describes as a servant of the Lord. 

To really understand the role of street preaching today, we must first understand its origins, dating back to the Old Testament. Open air preaching allows a pastor to reach more people in less time than in a church setting. It is also an effective way to cast seeds of the gospel to non-believers who would not otherwise be exposed to the word of God. In fact, many people underestimate the sheer amount of Americans who are not familiar with the story of the Bible. 

For those listening who have never done open air preaching or shared the gospel on a consistent basis, the guys offer some advice. Every time we run away from our fears, they only get bigger. But, if we conquer them, they begin to get smaller and smaller. It’s just the same with open air preaching, and taking one small leap of faith will grant you more and more of God’s guidance. As the discussion wraps up, they share an inspiring quote to encourage listeners to spread God’s word in newer, bigger ways. “God blew the door off the hinges when he said Go into all the world.” Don’t think about it or wonder if it’s right, just do it. 

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Nov 02, 2021
Ep. 11 - What Is Faith?
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What is faith and what do we do with it? Ray Comfort and the guys talk about the difference between a living faith and a dead faith and how to grow our faith in Christ.

Oct 28, 2021
Ep. 10 - Christian Contentment
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Most people always want more in life, which unfortunately leads to living an unsatisfied life. Yet Jesus says that He is the bread of life, the source of satisfaction. Listen to Ray Comfort and the guys discuss living content and satisfied lives.

Oct 26, 2021
Ep. 9 - The difference between laziness and rest
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There are two extremes we can fall into, laziness—the need to always be comfortable and served, and busyness—pursuing value in worth in our accomplishments. But the scriptures offer a better way that invites us to work for the Glory of God and to rest and be renewed by His presence.

Oct 21, 2021
Ep. 8 - Obeying the law or obeying God—what should we do?
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Obeying the governing authorities. Obeying the laws of the land. As Christians we are to submit to those God has placed in authority, but what happens when we are being compelled to submit to ungodly laws? What is the Christian's responsibility?

Oct 19, 2021
Ep. 7 - How do we share the gospel in this modern world?
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Drones. Augmented reality. Driverless cars. It seems that the world is changing every day with amazing technologies and inventions. Does that mean that the gospel also has to change? How can believers be effective in their witness in a modern world? Ray, E.Z., Mark, and Oscar talk about delivering the gospel in this day and age.

Oct 14, 2021
Ep. 6 - The Danger of Christian Clichés
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“God won’t give you more than you can handle.” “God helps those who helps themselves.” “Washed by the blood.” Christianese or clichés can be harmful and untrue. And others can be true but weird-sounding to new Christians or nonbelievers. The guys discuss clichés to avoid and Christianese that often need clarification.

Oct 12, 2021
Ep. 5 - Raising Kids
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For parents, raising godly children is a lifelong calling that can be hard. How can we sheperd our children to know God in an age where everything around them seems to be pulling them away from the Creator? The guys discuss their home life, family values, devotions, and leading their own families in the ways of the Lord.

Oct 07, 2021
Ep. 4 - Persecution
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From the beginning of church history Christians have been persecuted for their faith. Today, Christians around the world are being kidnapped, attacked, and even beheaded for their faith. Here in the the United States, while we may not experience that same kind of persecution, there is an increased antagonism toward followers of Jesus. How can we honor our faithful brothers and sisters in the persecuted church around the world while faithfully proclaiming the gospel in our own country?

Oct 05, 2021
Ep. 3 - Racism
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Racial tension is on the front pages and on every part of our news feeds. How can Christians pursue racial reconciliation in a way that is biblical and helpful? The guys look at these issues through a biblical lens.

Sep 30, 2021
Ep. 2 - Why don’t some preachers preach the hard things?
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Many preachers today avoid preaching about things like hell, repentance, and a God of judgement. In this episode the guys discuss the hard to preach topics, why preachers avoid them, and why it’s important.

Sep 28, 2021
Ep. 1 - What do you do when you’re witnessing, and your mind goes blank?
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Can you imagine officiating a wedding and calling the bride by the wrong name? Or preaching from the pulpit and blanking on the sermon? Or sharing the gospel and suddenly not having the words? It’s happened to each of our hosts. The guys discuss how they overcame those moments, and Mark Spence shares a story about why you should never ask him to officiate your wedding. 

Sep 28, 2021
Episode 0: Introductions
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Welcome to The Living Waters Podcast. In this first episode, Ray Comfort, Emeal (“E.Z.”) Zwayne, Mark Spence, and Oscar Navarro introduce themselves, give a history of how they joined Living Waters, and argue over the point of starting a Podcast. Ever wonder how Ray made it out to Southern California? You’ll find out!

Sep 21, 2021