Episode 104: 2 Kings 3-4 God Rescues Joram’s Army

In this episode, Finn and I talk about God’s miracles for King Joram, King Jehoshaphat, and a needy widow and how God used Elisha to help them know that He is the true Conquering Redeemer.  With your kids: Tell your kids the story of how you came to know Christ.

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Published: April 24, 2020, 5 a.m.

Peek at the Bonus Episodes

As we celebrate Resurrection Sunday in our homes, I wanted to make Finn’s bonus episode about Jesus’ death and resurrection available to everyone this Easter. He is Risen! You can find the rest of the bonus episodes on https://www.patreon.com/aliciayoder And. . . for the full story of Jesus’ death and resurrection, you can check out […]

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Published: April 10, 2020, 5 a.m.

Episode 103: 2 Kings 1-2 Elijah is Taken, Elisha Continues

In this episode, God shows His power to Ahaziah and takes Elijah up to heaven, while Elisha continues the ministry. In Christ, we get to be a faithful part of His Body with members from all across the world!  With your kids: Who are the 5 people you talk to most often each week? Ask […]

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Published: April 9, 2020, 5 a.m.

Episode 102: 2 Chronicles 20 Jehoshaphat Sings and Wins the Battle

In this episode, I share about Jehoshaphat’s worshipful response to an enemy army coming against him and that as believers we have the Holy Spirit to help us understand the gift of His Word, the Bible.  P.S. I’ve put some bonus episodes on my patreon page that are exclusively for patrons, and you’ll also have […]

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Published: March 27, 2020, 5 a.m.

Episode 101: 1 Kings 22, 2 Chronicles 17-19 The End of Ahab’s Life

In this episode, King Ahab refuses to listen to the Lord’s prophet and dies in battle, while King Jehoshaphat makes a poor decision but asks the Lord for help. We have an even better King, and can run to Him in repentance all because of Jesus’s sacrifice.  With your kids: What is your least favorite […]

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Published: March 6, 2020, 5 a.m.

Episode 100: 1 Kings 21 Ahab Steals Naboth’s Vineyard

In this episode, Finn and I talk about Ahab’s choice to listen to Jezebel and take what he wanted and how we can trust God to give us what we need and find joy in His presence with us.  With your kids: Who are two of your closest friends? How do they help you in […]

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Published: Feb. 21, 2020, 5 a.m.

Episode 99: 1 Kings 20 God Defeats Ben-Hadad’s Army

In this episode, God shows His power to King Ahab again, but Ahab responds with disobedience. Through Jesus, we can receive the grace to trust our parents, even when we don’t understand all their decisions.  With your kids: What is one of your favorite ways to have fun? How does it make you long for […]

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Published: Feb. 7, 2020, 5 a.m.

Episode 98: 1 Kings 18-19 Elijah’s Success and Discouragement

In this episode, we see the way God shows His power and also His personal care for the prophet Elijah. And that He is the only God worthy of worship.  With your kids: Share with each other one truth God has whispered to your heart recently.  P.S. Don’t forget, you can find the Jesus is […]

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Published: Jan. 24, 2020, 5 a.m.

Episode 97: 1 Kings 17-18 God Does Miracles Through Elijah

In this episode, I share with Finn about how God sent a drought and did miracles to show people His power, and how He also shows His power today through the Holy Spirit’s presence and work in our lives.  With your kids: What miracle from the Bible would you have liked to see in person? […]

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Published: Jan. 10, 2020, 5 a.m.

Episode 96: 1 Kings 15-16 The Kings War and Worship Idols

In this episode, Finn and I talk about some kings who led the people in worshiping idols and one king who destroyed the idols, but that none compared to the true King who was coming into the world.  With your kids: What do you think God would say to you if you told Him something […]

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Published: Dec. 27, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 95: Luke 1:26-56 An Angel Visits Mary

In this Christmas episode, Finn and I talk about Mary’s response to the angel’s news, and how we can ask for the grace to trust God in the big changes and in all the ordinary days of doing the good works He’s prepared for us to do. You can hear the story in Luke 1 […]

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Published: Dec. 20, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 94: 1 Kings 13-14 Jeroboam’s Downfall

In this episode, God sends a prophet, a miracle, and a healing to show King Jeroboam his sin, but he continues to turn away from God. Nothing we do can mess up God’s plans, but He calls us to trust Him with every fear and struggle. With your kids: Close your eyes and picture yourself […]

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Published: Dec. 6, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 93: 1 Kings 12-13 The Kingdom is Split

In this episode, we see how King Rehoboam and King Jeroboam both refuse to live in God’s good ways, and how when Christ lives in our hearts, we have the gift of the Spirit’s conviction to receive forgiveness, help, and the transforming grace to look more like Jesus. With your kids: What do you think […]

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Published: Nov. 22, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 92: 1 Kings 10-11 Solomon Turns From the Lord

In this episode, we see the sad end to Solomon’s reign as he turns to the gods his wives worshipped and leads the Israelites to do the same. Our actions flow out of what’s in our hearts, and God loves to give us humble hearts as we turn from our sins and remember who He […]

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Published: Nov. 8, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 91: 1 Kings 8-9 Solomon Dedicates the Temple

In this episode, we look at what kinds of things Solomon prayed for when he dedicated the temple and that God heard Solomon’s prayer and told him to obey and trust Him alone. It’s the same call for us, as we also celebrate Jesus as our Great High Priest. With your kids: Choose one attribute […]

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Published: Oct. 25, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 90: 1 Kings 4-7 Solomon Builds the Temple

In this episode, God gives Solomon peace and rest from enemies so that he can build God’s temple, but he spends even longer building his own palace. God loves to open our eyes to His kingdom priorities as we read His Word and talk with Him about it. With your kids: Name one thing you […]

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Published: Oct. 11, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 89: 1 Kings 2-3 Solomon Asks For Wisdom

In this episode, Solomon sees how much he needs God’s help and asks for wisdom to rule. We have it even better when we join our lives to Jesus, because He gives us His Holy Spirit to help us to do what’s right. With your kids: Pick one person you’d like to treat with more […]

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Published: Sept. 27, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 88: 1 Kings 1 Solomon is Anointed King

In this episode, God uses Bathsheba and the prophet Nathan to prompt David to anoint Solomon king after Solomon’s brother secretly tries to take the throne. Even when we fail, we can trust God’s plans and promises to always come true for our good and to make us more like Jesus. With your kids: Tell […]

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Published: Sept. 20, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 87: God’s Big Story Part 6

In this last episode of the series, Finn and I talk about Jesus’ death and resurrection and that God has sent His Spirit to live in and through us as we tell others the good news and look forward to a life of eternal joy with Him.  With your kids: Listen (or dance) to “All […]

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Published: Sept. 6, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 86: God’s Big Story Part 5

In this episode, I share with Finn about God bringing the Israelite exiles back to their land and that at the perfect time, He sent Jesus to preach about God’s kingdom, even though many rejected Jesus’ message.  With your kids: What’s been your favorite story so far? What did that story show you about who […]

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Published: Aug. 30, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 85: God’s Big Story Part 4

In this episode, Finn and I talk about the time of the kings, and how many of them abandoned God and wanted to be like all the other nations. God brought judgment from the Assyrians and Babylonians, but was still getting ready for the time when the Perfect King would come. With your kids: Search […]

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Published: Aug. 23, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 84: God’s Big Story Part 3

In part 3, Finn and I see how God faithfully led the Israelites through the wilderness and into the land He had promised, even though they soon began worshipping idols in the land. But even then, God wouldn’t give up on them and sent help each time they turned back to Him.  With your kids: […]

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Published: Aug. 16, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 83: A Quick Update

Hey friends! Just a quick update letting you know that episodes may be sporadic on the Jesus is Better podcast for a while. In June, I got salmonella food poisoning, which put me in bed for four days, and by the time I started feeling better and took my three kids out to North Dakota […]

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Published: Aug. 9, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 82: God’s Big Story Part 2

In Part 2, Finn and I talk about God’s promise to Abraham and how He made Abraham’s descendants into a great people and brought them out of slavery and cared for them all through the desert.  With your kids: When God told Moses He would be with him, Moses was still scared to lead the […]

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Published: Aug. 2, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 81: God’s Big Story Part 1

This is the first episode in a series through the whole Bible where we look at God’s plan of redemption, and all the times He keeps pursuing the people He created.  With your kids: Look at the pictures on my website to get some ideas for your own drawings through the Bible. Then get drawing!  […]

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Published: July 26, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 80: Kids Study the Bible Part 5

In this last episode of the series, Finn and I study the book of James by looking at the historical background, practice paraphrasing some verses, and ask God for his help in trials and temptations. With your kids: Go on youtube, and type in “The Bible Project James,” or click here. After watching the video, […]

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Published: July 12, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 79: Kids Study the Bible Part 4

In part 4, Finn and I practice what we’ve learned by looking at the historical background of 1 Samuel, ask questions about the first chapter, and ask God how it should change us. With your kids: Go on youtube, and type in “The Bible Project 1 Samuel” (or click here). After watching the video, tell […]

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Published: July 5, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 78: Kids Study the Bible Part 3

In part 3, Finn and I talk about how studying the Bible should change us, and that the Holy Spirit can remind us of what we’ve studied when we need it.  With your kids: If you could draw a picture and hand it to Jesus, what would be on it? Bonus: Here’s an article about […]

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Published: June 28, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 77: Kids Study the Bible Part 2

In this episode, Finn and I discuss the importance of asking questions when we study the Bible to help us understand what the text says, what it means, and how it should change us. With your kids: Tell each other a fairytale like the story of the three little pigs, and then try doing it […]

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Published: June 21, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 76: Kids Study the Bible Part 1

This is the first episode in a five part series, teaching kids how to study the Bible on their own (and with a little help from parents). Finn the fish joins this podcast series. Discussion with your kids: What makes you nervous about studying the Bible on your own? Pray together and ask for God […]

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Published: June 14, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 75: 2 Samuel 19-24 Final Reflections on David’s Reign

In this episode, we finish 2nd Samuel. We talk about one final rebellion that David has to deal with as well as some strange stories at the end of the book which at first don’t seem to fit in. Discussion with your kids: What is the strangest thing you’ve heard from the Bible? Is there […]

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Published: June 7, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 74: 2 Samuel 16-19 David’s Son Absalom Rebels

This episode deals with the death of David’s son Absalom. We see what happens when he starts a rebellion and tries to kill his own father to take the throne. Discussion questions for your kids: Do your friends ever try to get you to do bad things? Is it easier to get them to do […]

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Published: May 31, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 73: 2 Samuel 13-15 David Loses His Son Amnon

In this episode, we explore the sad story of David’s sons.  We will see how the bad things we do always hurt more people than we think they will. Questions to talk about with your kids: Have you ever thought that you could do a bad thing and it wasn’t that bad? Did the little […]

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Published: May 24, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 72: 2 Samuel 11-12 David Tries to Hide His Sin

In this episode, we explore the tragic story of David and Bathsheba.  We will talk about how sin encroaches on our lives and the sad consequences of sin.   Questions to talk about with your kids: What kinds of things are you tempted to do that you know are wrong? Where do you do those […]

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Published: May 17, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 71: 2 Samuel 8-10 David’s Faithfulness to His Covenant with Jonathan

We are going to examine the “high point” of David’s life. We’ll examine how David reacts to the news that God has given him an eternal kingdom. Discussion with your kids: How do you treat people who don’t like you? What if you knew that they had been mean and unkind to you in the […]

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Published: May 10, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 70: 2 Samuel 6-7 God Promises David an Everlasting Dynasty

Today we explore the stories of when David tried to move the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem and God’s blessing for David’s kingdom.  We learn about doing the right thing, even when it is difficult. Discussion with your kids: Why does God give his blessings to David and his family of kings even though […]

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Published: May 3, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 69: 2 Samuel 4-5 David Becomes King Over All Israel

Today, we learn about David capturing the capital of Jerusalem, and why big problems can sometimes become our greatest strengths. Discussion with your kids: What are some things that you are scared of today? Who should we turn to when we are scared? Here is the link to the Jerusalem pictures. Bonus: Here’s an article […]

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Published: April 26, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 68: 2 Samuel 2-3 David Becomes King over Judah

In this episode, we get to learn about the civil war in Israel that occurs when Saul’s son, Ish-Bosheth, tries to become king instead of God’s anointed king, David. Discussion with your kids: How do we treat others when they’ve done something mean or wrong to us? Why does revenge never work? Thomas also heads […]

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Published: April 19, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 67: 2 Samuel 1 David’s Lament over Saul and Jonathan

In this episode, guest Bible teacher Thomas Morse shares about David’s love for Saul, even though Saul didn’t treat David well.  We can learn how to love those who aren’t nice to us by learning from David and Jesus. Discussion with your kids: Think of someone who isn’t nice to you at school, daycare, or […]

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Published: April 12, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 66: John 20:19-21:19, Luke 24:50-53 Jesus Returns to Heaven

In this episode, I share from John when Jesus appears to the disciples and tells Peter to feed His sheep, and how Jesus is growing our faith so we can share His gospel with others. Discussion with your kids: Play “a little bit bigger.” Start by naming something that could fit inside your room and […]

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Published: April 5, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 65: Luke 24:1-49 Jesus is Alive!

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus is raised from the dead and invites the disciples and us to share His good news with all the world. Discussion with your kids: Think of something amazing God has shown you about Himself lately and tell it to someone! Bonus: Here’s an article I wrote […]

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Published: March 29, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 64: Luke 23 Jesus’ Death

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus obeyed the Father in going to the cross, and that when we believe in Him and want to be with Him, He is delighted to welcome us into His forever family. Discussion with your kids: Think of someone you would like to know Jesus more. Pray […]

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Published: March 22, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 63: Luke 22 Jesus is Arrested

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus is taken by the chief priests, and the disciples all run away, and that we can ask His Holy Spirit to help us be faithful whenever we are afraid or confused. Discussion with your kids: Tell each other something that makes you afraid. Then, ask Jesus […]

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Published: March 15, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 62: Luke 22 and John 13 Jesus Shares His Last Meal

In this episode, I share from Luke and John about Jesus’ last hours with His disciples before His death, and how Jesus wants to help us receive and share His love with those right in the room with us. Discussion with your kids: Name the people you share a room with the most. Ask Jesus […]

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Published: March 8, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 61: Luke 20-21 The Pharisees Reject Jesus

In this episode I share from Luke when Jesus told a story about the Pharisees’ rejection of Him and that He would take care of His disciples no matter what scary things happened, just as He does today. Discussion with your kids: Think of some things you want Jesus to be in charge of. Then […]

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Published: March 1, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 60: Luke 19 Jesus is Celebrated But Weeps For the People

In this episode, I share from Luke about Jesus seeking Zacchaeus and how He invites us to join in His good works all the way until He comes again. Discussion with your kids: Take turns telling each other why Jesus is the best, and see how long you can go back and forth.

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Published: Feb. 22, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 59: Luke 18 How to Come to the Father

In this episode, I share from Luke about a rich man and a blind man who came to Jesus and how God invites us to come to Him in prayer. Discussion with your kids: Ask your children to come up with some ways they could show love to kids who are younger than them at […]

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Published: Feb. 15, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 58: Luke 17 Jesus Teaches About Gratefulness and Faith

In this episode I share from Luke about how Jesus invites us to forgive others and live lives of thankfulness even as we look forward to His return. Discussion with your kids: Think of someone who makes you angry sometimes. Now imagine taking them by the hand and leading them to God’s throne so that […]

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Published: Feb. 8, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 57: Luke 16 Jesus Teaches About True Riches

In this episode, I share from Luke about how we can receive God’s blessings and trust Him to take care of us as we share with others what we’ve been given. Discussion with your kids: Think of something you would like God to help you share with a friend or sibling. Ask Him to give […]

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Published: Feb. 1, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 56: Luke 15 Jesus’ Parables About the Father’s Heart

In this episode, I share three stories Jesus told about how much He wants us to live under His care and protection, and that the Father’s arms are open wide each time we wander off and follow our own selfish desires. Discussion with your kids: Imagine you are the younger son in the story Jesus […]

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Published: Jan. 25, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 55: Luke 14 Jesus Teaches About Who to Welcome

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus showed the Pharisees how much God cares for the poor and sick and those who come to His banquet in faith, and that the Spirit can help us receive those people in God’s love, too. Discussion with your kids: Think of someone you don’t really like […]

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Published: Jan. 18, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 54: Luke 13 Jesus Invites People Through The Narrow Door

In this episode I share from Luke when Jesus taught about God’s kingdom coming patiently, slowly, and miraculously, and that He is showing people from every nation the way through His door of salvation. Discussion with your kids: Think of someone who might not have gone through Jesus’ door of salvation. Pray that God would […]

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Published: Jan. 11, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 53: Luke 12 Jesus Teaches How to Trust and Follow Him Without Fear

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus taught His disciples about trusting God to take care of them in this life and in the life to come, and that His Spirit is still with us, helping us each time we worry. Discussion with your kids: What is something you’ve been worried about lately? […]

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Published: Jan. 4, 2019, 5 a.m.

Episode 52: Luke 11 Jesus Teaches About Life in His Kingdom

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus tells about the Father’s care through the Holy Spirit and that His followers can’t live in the light without His help. Discussion with your kids: Imagine that Jesus is sitting on a chair in your living room and asks, “What’s been making you feel happy lately? […]

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Published: Dec. 28, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 51: Luke 10 Jesus Teaches About How to Love God and Others

In this episode, I share from Luke about how Jesus invited His disciples to preach, care for others, and learn from Him, and how we can do the same in the power of His Holy Spirit so that those who want to know Him can hear. Discussion with your kids: Choose a harvest field to […]

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Published: Dec. 21, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 50: Luke 9 Jesus Reveals Himself as the Messiah

In this episode, I share from Luke about how the disciples began to go out in Jesus’ power, but still needed to understand the extent of it, and how God can give us faith to believe He has the power to shine His light of love and healing into any situation. Discussion with your kids: […]

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Published: Dec. 13, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 49: Luke 8 Jesus Shows His Power and Authority

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus rescued each person who came to Him in need, and how He invites us to trust His powerful work in our lives even if we don’t know what kind of help we need. Discussion with your kids: Think of someone who needs God’s help right now. […]

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Published: Dec. 7, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 48: Luke 7 Jesus Heals, Raises the Dead, and Forgives

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus heals the Roman commander’s servant, raises a widow’s son, and forgives a woman who poured perfume on his feet, and how God invites us to see how much we need Him and trust Him to take care of us. Discussion with your kids: Share with each […]

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Published: Nov. 30, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 47: Luke 6 Jesus Teaches About His Kingdom

In this episode, I share from Luke when Jesus faced the Pharisees and taught His disciples–and now us about how to trust Him with our hearts and love others with His transformative love. Discussion with your kids: Ask the Holy Spirit to bear His fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and […]

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Published: Nov. 23, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 46: Luke 5 Jesus Calls His First Disciples

In this episode, I share from Luke when people began responding to Jesus’ call to follow Him, and that we can enjoy and invite others into this friendship of trust and obedience, too. Discussion with your kids: Think of someone who seems like they need a hug from God and pray that they would know […]

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Published: Nov. 16, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 45: Luke 4 Jesus Begins to Heal and Preach

In this episode, I share from Luke about Jesus overcoming every temptation and obeying the Father perfectly, so that we could share in His righteousness and join in His mission. Discussion with your kids: Think of a nation around the world that needs the light of Jesus’ love. Pray that His light would conquer the […]

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Published: Nov. 9, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 44: Luke 2-3 Jesus Prepares for His Ministry

In this episode, I share from the gospels about how God led John to tell the people that Jesus had come, and how Jesus lived a life of perfect obedience as he grew up. Through Jesus’ sacrifice, we get to enjoy the benefits of that obedience given to us and join Him in being the […]

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Published: Nov. 2, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 43: Luke 2 Jesus is Born!

In this episode, I share from Luke 2 about how God worked all the pieces together for Jesus’ birth and how we can trust God to keep His promises to us and in all that we are still waiting for. Discussion with your kids: Share a promise from God’s Word that has encouraged you lately, […]

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Published: Oct. 26, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 42: Luke 1 Jesus is Coming!

In this episode, I share from Luke about God’s plan to prepare the way for Jesus to come, and how we get to be carriers of His good news, pointing back to the cross and ahead to the glorious eternal life that is coming. Discussion with your kids: What is something you want and God […]

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Published: Oct. 19, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 41: 1 Samuel 29-31 God Gives David Victory and Brings Saul To Defeat

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel about how God helped David rescue the women and children the Amalekites captured, but Saul was defeated, and how Jesus wants to lead us through each unexpected circumstance as we keep listening for and obeying Him. Discussion with your kids: What trouble right now do you want […]

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Published: July 27, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 40: 1 Samuel 26-28 David Hides Among the Philistines But Saul Fears Them

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel, when David spared Saul’s life again, but Saul found out that he was going to die, and how Jesus wants to walk with us into the future and teach us to be His helpers in His kingdom. Discussion with your kids: Tell your kids what you wanted […]

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Published: July 20, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 39: 1 Samuel 24-25 David Spares Saul’s Life and Nabal’s

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel, when David doesn’t take revenge on Saul or Nabal, and how Jesus wants to guide us in the way we relate to and love the people in our lives. Discussion with your kids: Ask Jesus who He would like to love even more through you. Ask Him […]

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Published: July 13, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 38: 1 Samuel 21-23 Saul Chases David and Kills the Priests

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel, when Saul kept pursuing David, but David kept seeking God’s guidance, and how Jesus wants to guide us and be the help we need everyday. Discussion with your kids: Ask Jesus to speak a word of encouragement to your heart today, and then share with each other […]

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Published: July 6, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 37: 1 Samuel 18-20 God Rescues David From Saul’s Attacks

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel, when Saul became so jealous of David that he tried to kill him, and how Jesus wants to rescue us from living in fear, anger, and trying to control our lives without Him. Discussion with your kids: Choose someone you want to celebrate! Pray for them, blessing […]

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Published: June 29, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 36: 1 Samuel 16-17 God Defeats Goliath Through David

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel about how David’s friendship with God made him fight to defend God’s Great Name against Goliath, and how Jesus wants to grow in friendship with us in every stage of our lives and in whatever battles we face. Discussion with your kids: What area of your life […]

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Published: June 22, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 35: 1 Samuel 14-15 God Shows His Power Through Jonathan’s Faith

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel 14-15 when Jonathan leads the Israelites in victory, but Saul makes foolish decisions, and how Jesus invites us to live under and be blessed by His authority and power. Discussion with your kids: Where would you like Jesus to show His power? Pray together, inviting Him to […]

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Published: June 15, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 34: 1 Samuel 11-13 God Calls the People and King Saul to Trust Him

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel about how God uses Saul to rescue the Israelites, but then in another battle he becomes fearful and disobeys, and how God’s Spirit is ready to help whenever we face a scary situation. Discussion with your kids: What’s one of your favorite stories from the Bible about […]

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Published: June 8, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 33: 1 Samuel 8-10 God Chooses Saul to be King

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel, when the Israelites demand a king, and how Jesus wants to be our perfect, loving King, leading our hearts in His ways. Discussion with your kids: Is there something you’ve prayed for God to do and He hasn’t done it? Ask Jesus to speak into your thoughts […]

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Published: May 25, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 32: 1 Samuel 4-7 God Sends the Ark Back to the People of Israel

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel, when God brought the Israelites to repentance through the return of the ark of the covenant, and how Jesus shows His help through the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Discussion with your kids: What is one thing you want to start asking for God’s help with? […]

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Published: May 18, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 31: 1 Samuel 1-3 God Answers Hannah’s Prayer and Calls Samuel

In this episode, I share from 1 Samuel, how God speaks to Samuel and how He wants to lead us and speak to us through His Word and Spirit living in us. Discussion with your kids: If you could see Jesus right now, what would you want to do with Him? Play with toys? Read […]

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Published: May 11, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 30: Ruth 1-4 God Protects and Provides For Ruth

In this episode, I share from the book of Ruth, how God protected Ruth through Boaz, carrying out His great plan, and how Jesus came to be our Rescuer, leading us into a life under His care forever. Discussion with your kids: When, during the day, do you feel like Jesus isn’t leading you or […]

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Published: May 4, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 29: Judges 1-2, 6-8 God Rescues the Israelites Through Gideon

In this episode, I share from Judges, when the Israelites turned away from God and He used Gideon to rescue them from their enemies, and how Jesus wants to heal our hearts each time we want something else more than Him. Discussion with your kids: Are you feeling sad or discouraged or worried about something […]

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Published: April 27, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 28: Joshua 13-24 God Gives the Israelites Their Land and Renews His Covenant

In this episode I share about how God continues to divide the land for the Israelites, and they promise to serve Him only, and how we need Jesus everyday, to be our righteousness and help us believe His promises. Discussion with your kids: Which of God’s promises are you thankful for today? Share together, and […]

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Published: April 20, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 27: Joshua 9-12 God Shows His Power to Joshua and the Gibeonites

In this episode, I share how Joshua is deceived by the Gibeonites into making a covenant of peace, but God uses Joshua to protect the Gibeonites when they are in danger, and how Jesus invites us into a life of working together to proclaim His greatness and show His love. (Images: freebibleimages.org) Discussion with your […]

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Published: April 13, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 26: Joshua 6-8 God Shows His Power Through Defeating Jericho

In this episode, I share from Joshua about how God made the walls of Jericho fall down and dealt with Achan’s sin, and how Jesus let His body be destroyed so that we can find healing and forgiveness from all our sins.   Discussion with your kids: Ask, “What part of your life do you […]

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Published: April 6, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 25: Joshua 1-5 God Uses Rahab to Help Joshua’s Spies

In this episode, I share from Joshua how God shows the Israelites His power as they begin to enter the land He’d promised, and how Jesus leads us in fighting against the powers of darkness in our own lives. Discussion with your kids: Ask, “What is one thing you are scared of or worried about?” […]

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Published: March 30, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 24: Deuteronomy 27-34 God Invites the Israelites to Choose Life

In this episode, I share from the last chapters in Deuteronomy, when God invited the Israelites to choose life through following Him alone, and how Jesus is inviting us to trust Him with however He wants us to fit into His story. (http://www.freebibleimages.org/illustrations/moses-joshua/) Discussion with your kids: How has God shown you His glory, beauty, […]

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Published: March 15, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 23: Deuteronomy 7-26 God Invites the Israelites to Trust His Faithful Promises Through Obedience

In this episode, I share from Deuteronomy, when Moses reminded the Israelites how well God had cared for them, and how Jesus wants us to remove the idols from our hearts and walk with Him in joy and blessing others. Discussion with your kids: Pick a nation around the world where you can invite Jesus […]

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Published: March 9, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 22: Deuteronomy 1-6 God Helps Moses Teach the People How to Live in the Land

In this episode, I share from Deuteronomy, when Moses invited the new generation of Israelites to follow God as they prepared to enter their new land, and how Jesus loves to fight for us and lead us in loving those He brings into our lives. Discussion with your kids: Tell each other about a time […]

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Published: March 2, 2018, 5 a.m.

Episode 21: Numbers 32-36 God Gives Two Tribes the Land They Ask For

In this episode, I share from Numbers about the Israelite tribes beginning to receive the land God had for them, and how living under God’s authority and safety helps us to receive and enjoy all the blessings He has for us. Discussion with your kids: Can you picture Jesus with you right now? What are […]

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Published: Feb. 23, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 20: Numbers 25-31 God Chooses Joshua to Be the New Leader

In this episode, I share from Numbers about God giving the Israelites a new leader even when they turned away from Him, and how Jesus wants to lead us in His life of love and restoring others’ hearts to Him. Discussion with your kids: If you could hear Jesus speaking to you, what do you […]

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Published: Feb. 16, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 19: Numbers 22-24 God Speaks Through a Donkey and Saves Israel

In this episode, I share from Numbers, when King Balak wanted Balaam to curse the Israelites, but God caused Balaam to speak blessing instead, and how Jesus wants to protect us and lead us into a life of love, healing, and blessing. With your kids: Pray together that Jesus would give both of you a […]

Kids & Family
Published: Feb. 9, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 18: Numbers 18-21 God Uses a Bronze Serpent to Bring the Israelites to Himself

In this episode, I share from Numbers when God gave the Israelites water from a rock and used a bronze serpent to turn their eyes to Him, and how Jesus came to crush the biggest serpent’s head so that we can be healed, forgiven, and enjoy Jesus forever. Discussion with your kids: What is one […]

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Published: Feb. 2, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 17: Numbers 15-17 God Rescues the People From Living in Rebellion

In this episode, I share from Numbers, when Korah and some Israelite leaders rebelled against God, and that Jesus is the only One who can give us the humility and joy to do the jobs He has for us to join Him in. Discussion with your kids: What job are you glad Jesus has you […]

Kids & Family
Published: Jan. 26, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 16: Numbers 13-14 The Israelites Reject God’s Leading into the Promised Land

In this episode, I share from Numbers, when the Israelites were too scared to trust God to enter the promised land, and how Jesus has trusted the Father perfectly on our behalf and invites us to lean on His strength each time we fear. Discussion with your kids: What is something that makes you afraid? […]

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Published: Jan. 19, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 15: Numbers 10-12 God Rescues His People From Their Complaining and Pride

In this episode, I share from Numbers, when God continued to travel with the Israelites even when they complained again and Moses’ brother and sister wanted to be the best, and how Jesus wants to make room in our hearts for His thoughts and invite us into the jobs He has for us to do. […]

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Published: Jan. 12, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 14: Leviticus 24, 26, Numbers 1-6, 8-9 God Teaches the Israelites Their Roles in His Family

In this episode, I share from Leviticus and Numbers, how God wanted to bless the Israelites and teach them how to do their jobs as part of His family, and how Jesus wants to take us by the hand and lead us in the good works He has for us to do with Him. Question […]

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Published: Jan. 5, 2018, 6 a.m.

Episode 13: Leviticus 1-7, 10-23, 25, 27 God Teaches the Israelites How to Live with Him

In this episode, I share from Leviticus about how God is teaching the Israelites to live with Him as part of His family, and how because of Jesus’ perfect sacrifice, we can run to Him for help no matter what we are going through. Why not tell your kids one way you need Jesus’ help […]

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Published: Dec. 29, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 12: Exodus 34-40, Numbers 7, Leviticus 8-9 God’s Glory Fills the Tabernacle

In this episode, I share from Exodus 34-40, Numbers 7, and Leviticus 8-9, when God’s glory fills the tabernacle so He can live with His people and how Jesus has come as the perfect priest, offering forgiveness and His Spirit to live in our hearts. Question for your kids: What do you imagine God’s home […]

Kids & Family
Published: Dec. 15, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 11: Exodus 32-33 God Renews His Promise After Israel Chooses an Idol

In this episode, I share from Exodus 32-33, when Moses is away talking with God, and the Israelites choose to make an idol to worship and how receiving Jesus’ love and forgiveness frees us to follow God in the way He created us to live. Question for your kids: If someone asked you why Jesus […]

Kids & Family
Published: Dec. 8, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 10: Exodus 21-31 God Makes a Way to Live With the People

In this episode, I share from Exodus 21-31, when God teaches Moses how He has chosen to live with His people and how Jesus has made a way for God to live with us and in us. Hallelujah! Question for your kids: Why do you think Jesus wants to be with us?

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Published: Dec. 1, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 9: New City Catechism

In this episode of the Jesus is Better Podcast, I have my two special guests, Dorie and Ja’nya, go through The Gospel Coalition’s New City Catechism with me. This is a great episode your children can practice with as they learn 52 important beliefs about God. The New City Catechism is copyrighted by Redeemer Presbyterian […]

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Published: Nov. 17, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 8: Exodus 18-20 God Gives Moses His Good Commands

In this episode, I share from Exodus 18-20, when God teaches the people the way life works best through His commandments, and how Jesus has kept the commandments perfectly on our behalf, inviting us to obey and run with Him in His good ways. Question for your kids: What has Jesus been teaching you today?

Kids & Family
Published: Nov. 10, 2017, 1 p.m.

Episode 7: Exodus 16-17 God Sends Bread from Heaven and Water from a Rock

In this episode, I storytell Exodus 16-17, when God provides food and water for the Israelites as He leads them through the wilderness and how Jesus invites us to trust in His provision as we rest in His good purposes for our lives. A question for your kids: How has Jesus been taking care of […]

Kids & Family
Published: Nov. 3, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 6: Exodus 14-15 God Parts the Red Sea

In this episode, I storytell Exodus 14-15, when God parts the Red Sea. Though we deserve to be swept away like the Egyptians, God sent Jesus to rescue us and lead us all the way until we join Him on the New Earth. Why not ask the kids in your life what they’ve learned about […]

Kids & Family
Published: Oct. 27, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 5: Exodus 11-13 God Passes Over the Israelites and Rescues Them

In this episode, I storytell Exodus 11-12, when God passed over the Israelites who put the blood of a perfect lamb on their doors. I also share how Jesus was the true perfect sacrifice so that we could be forgiven and experience new life with him. After you listen, you can ask your kids, “What […]

Kids & Family
Published: Oct. 20, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 4: Exodus 7-10 God Shows His Power to the Israelites and Egyptians

In this episode of the Jesus is Better Podcast, I share from Exodus 7-10, how God showed his power to the Israelites and Egyptians through the 10 plagues, and how Jesus still holds all the power over our lives, fulfilling every promise he has ever made. You might want to ask your kids if there […]

Kids & Family
Published: Oct. 13, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 3: Exodus 5-7 God Uses Moses to Give Pharaoh His Message

In this episode of the Jesus is Better podcast, I share from Exodus 5-7 how God used Moses to give Pharaoh God’s message, which made life more difficult for the slaves, and how we can trust Jesus when life seems to be getting worse. Why is following Jesus exciting and worth it? Why not ask […]

Kids & Family
Published: Oct. 6, 2017, 6 a.m.

Episode 2: Exodus 2-4 God Calls Moses

In this episode of the Jesus is Better Podcast, I tell how God chose Moses to be the one who would lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt and how Jesus is an even greater rescuer, saving us from slavery to sin into eternal life with him. You can take a look at my […]

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Published: Sept. 29, 2017, 6 a.m.

Jesus is Better Podcast Episode 1: Exodus 1-2 God Protects Moses

Hi friends! I’m delighted to share with you my brand-new podcast for kids called Jesus is Better: Bible Stories with Gospel Joy. Have you ever wondered why God included certain stories in the Bible? The Bible is meant to show us Jesus and his glorious gospel, yet often we get stuck focusing only on Bible […]

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Published: Sept. 22, 2017, 6 a.m.

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