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Cultivate with Kelly Minter

Ep 48: Which Way Will You Weep

11/1/2022 00:33:01
Ep 48: Which Way Will You Weep
During difficult seasons, we can be tempted to turn back to our old ways of numbing pain. We can begin to question if God is actually good and if he cares about us. But these are not the times to forfeit what we have with Him. These are the times to struggle and weep with our faces pointed toward the Lord, trusting who he is when we can't see what lies ahead.

I can hardly wait to start studying the book of Ruth with you in today's Cultivate podcast. As we look at the first chapter, we'll see three women showing us different ways of weeping. One goes back to her old life, the second turns toward God with bitterness, and the third turns toward Him with total commitment amidst the unknown. Her story-the story of Ruth-is a beautiful picture of how God is not limited by our impossible circumstances. 

Weeping will come for all of us, but the direction we weep in is what makes the difference. I hope this episode will encourage you to turn toward Jesus, continuing with the things he has called you to do. There will be a day that your tears will reap shouts of joy (Ps. 126:5-6). 

Scripture References

Ruth 1:1-18; Psalm 126:5-6

How do we cultivate this in our lives?

Determine the direction you want to go. Ask God to help you move toward him in these times of weeping.

Don't walk alone. We need a godly community walking with us. Join a local or virtual Bible study group.

Remember this is a season. You can sow seeds right now in your tears, trusting that there is a joyful harvest coming.

Stuff we think you'll like:

Cook the delicious grilled salmon with lemon sauce recipe Kelly mentioned in this episode! It's included in the first week of her Ruth Bible study. Or, check out her full cookbook, A Place at the Table

Cultivate is brought to you in part by Kelly's Ruth Bible Study. Find out more by visiting this link.

Ep 47: Created For A Life Of Goodness

10/4/2022 00:29:26
Ep 47: Created For A Life Of Goodness
We're looking at a life of goodness in today's Cultivate podcast. If you already feel disqualified or like you've totally missed that "good" mark you're exactly who I hope will join me. Scripture is really interesting on the topic of goodness because in Romans Paul quotes the Old Testament by saying that no one is good, not even one. And yet he's also the one who teaches us that we're to display the fruit of goodness and that we're created for good works. So which is it? 

In today's episode we're going to find out that it's both. While we're not saved by our good works, we're definitely saved for good works. And the very grace that saves us is the same grace that fuels a life of goodness that doesn't always come naturally to us. You were created for good works, and not only that, God prepared certain good works for you to do! I'm so excited about this episode as we dive into Ephesians 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:1-5, and Ephesians 2:8-10. My prayer is that you'll find freedom from guilt and discouragement, and lean into God's grace for the all the good He has in store for you. 

If you'd like to go deeper into Bible study, check out Kelly's brand new study releasing Nov 1, 2022 on the book of Ruth called Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy

Ep 46: The Hope and Renewal of God's Word

9/6/2022 00:33:15
Ep 46: The Hope and Renewal of God's Word
The Cultivate Podcast is back! I'm so excited to be in my living room walking through 2 Timothy 3:16-17 with you. In this fresh episode, we'll look at 4 ways God's Word uniquely impacts our lives. One of my deepest hopes is to help you see how Scripture connects to the everyday challenges we face and the internal struggles we deal with. God's Word has renewed my life, given me hope, and redirected me when I needed it-and He longs to do the same for you! 

In this episode, we'll get to make these practical and hope-filled connections as we reflect on the encouragement that the Apostle Paul gave his younger friend Timothy. No matter where you are in your faith journey, today's episode about the power of Scripture will be an inspiring listen.  

To go deeper, you can order Kelly's "Encountering God" bible study.

Ep 45: Sermon on the Mount: Overcoming Obstacles to Prayer

1/25/2022 00:29:20
Ep 45: Sermon on the Mount: Overcoming Obstacles to Prayer
Today we're looking at prayer in Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. So often we wonder if prayer works, if God really cares, or why even pray if God already knows what we need? Sometimes we even question whether the God we pray to is good.

I'm excited for this episode because Jesus' teaching addresses so many of our questions. And where our questions remain unanswered He goes out of His way to reveal the good heart of God toward us. I'm looking forward to wrapping up our short 4-part series out of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount with you. I hope it will encourage you in your prayer life.   

Looking for a new ONLINE Bible Study? Sign up at Lifeway.com for the Encountering God Online Bible study. Registration is open from Jan 13 through March 1!

To order the Encountering God Bible study, visit Lifeway.com

For the full show notes visit kellyminter.com/podcast.  

Ep 44: Sermon on the Mount: Worry, Anxiety, and Considering the Birds

1/18/2022 00:33:27
Ep 44: Sermon on the Mount: Worry, Anxiety, and Considering the Birds
Perhaps more than ever we're living in a day of worry and anxiety. But this isn't new. Over 2,000 years ago Jesus stood on the edge of the Sea of Galilee and addressed our tendency to let anxiety overtake us. We're continuing to move through Jesus' Sermon on the Mount where we'll find real help for our anxious souls. 

A sneak peek at what's in store? When we treasure the wrong things our hearts become anxious. But when our hearts value eternal things-our relationship with God and others-our treasures are secure. One of my favorite parts of Jesus' sermon is when He tells us to look at the birds and flowers to see how He cares for them. How much more He cares for us! We're unpacking all of this and more. I hope you'll join me for some soul rest in this episode.  

Looking for a new ONLINE Bible Study? Sign up here for the Encountering God Online Bible study, starting January 13, 2022. Registration is open through March 1!

Order the Encountering God Bible study.

Cultivate with Kelly Minter

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Cultivate is brought to you in part by Kelly's Ruth Bible Study. Find out more by visiting this link.   

The Cultivate Podcast is all about deepening our understanding of Scripture for a deeper love of Jesus. That's my simple hope. Yet we live in a crazy busy culture that makes it hard to prioritize Bible study. Not to mention, for many of us the Bible can be plain confusing or intimidating. That's why I'm so excited about this podcast! We'll get to study God's Word together.

Absolutely nothing has gone after every crevice of my heart like Scripture. It's the most relevant and alive book on earth and I can't wait for God to meet you exactly where you're at as we open the Bible together. I also happen to love cooking, gardening, having people over, and deep relationships. So I'll always do my best to keep it real, practical, and personal. Whether you're brand new to the Bible or a seasoned student of Scripture, I hope you'll join me on this hopeful journey.

New episodes air every Tuesday. Make sure to subscribe so you never miss an episode.

About Kelly Minter

Hi There. My name is Kelly Minter and I'm a Bible study author and teacher. I've written several Bible studies for Lifeway, including Finding God Faithful, All Things New, No Other Gods, Ruth, and a few others. I love to teach the Bible at my Cultivate Events across the country and also locally at my home church. I have a passion for missions, which is why I also work in the Amazon jungles of Brazil and the Eastern European country of Moldova with Justice & Mercy International. I wrote a book about my work in the Amazon called Wherever The River Runs. It's dear to my heart. I also love cooking, gardening, and having people to my house. It turns out, I pretty much wanted to write about that too, so a cookbook called A Place at the Table was born. Mostly, I love engaging with people as we study God's Word together, which is why I'm especially excited about the Cultivate Podcast.

For a free monthly devo written exclusively for Kelly's mailing list, visit me at Kellyminter.com and sign up for the newsletter. Also, I'd love to connect with you on Instagram and Facebook.

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