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Cultivate with Kelly Minter

Ep 8: The Blessings Of Friendship With Jesus

5/11/2021 00:31:26
Ep 8: The Blessings Of Friendship With Jesus
Has friendship with Jesus felt like a distant, almost-impossible relationship-especially when
you can't see, touch, or hear Him? Today Kelly is walking through John 15:9-17
where we'll study a fascinating conversation Jesus had with His disciples.
Jesus called His followers friends
and He did so right before He left them. This isn't the timing you would
expect. But we'll find that even in Jesus's physical absence, He intended His
disciples to continue experiencing the blessings of being in a real, vibrant relationship
with Himself. And He offers us the same.
 

  

Today we'll look
at the blessings that come from a rich friendship with Christ-love, joy, never
being alone, answered prayer, and a life that matters. Also, we'll discover
what it means to dwell in the blessings of His love.
 

"A life of being in Christ is a life where you are never alone" 

  

Scripture References 

John
15:9-17
 

John
15:8
 

Relevant Links 

? To go deeper into topics similar to today's you can check out Kelly's Bible study No Other Gods: The Unrivaled Pursuit Of Christ. 

? Andrew Murray quote from his book, The True Vine. 

? D.A. Carson quote: The Gospel According To John.  

? Tim Keller Twitter quote.  

? Sausage and Butternut Squash Risotto recipe can be found here. 

? Receive a free 21-day devotional called The Blessed Life when you sign up for Kelly's newsletter at Kellyminter.com. Limited time.   

 Socials 

? Subscribe to the Cultivate Podcast accessmore.com so you never miss an episode.  

? Connect with Kelly on Instagram and Facebook  

? Kelly works closely with Justice & Mercy International in the Amazon and in Moldova. You can check out their work here. 

? Opening Music to the Cultivate Podcast is Time For Singing from her project Hymns & Hallelujahs.  

Ep 7: Chosen To Bear Fruit

5/4/2021 00:31:35
Ep 7: Chosen To Bear Fruit
Is living from a place of rest truly possible? How do we faithfully walk through seasons of pruning and discipline? What does it take to bear healthy fruit? The vibrant imagery used throughout Jesus's teaching in John 15:1-5 powerfully depicts how, as Christ followers, our lives are meant to matter.

Join Kelly as she walks through the 7th I AM statement of Jesus, "I Am the True Vine." Your life was meant to matter. You're called to bear much fruit-fruit that will impact generations. 

"The Master Gardener is perfect in His work. He is perfect in His pruning. He never makes a mistake; There is nothing that He is going to go after in your life that will not result in even more fruit." 

Scripture References

John 15:1-5, 16

1 John 2:19

Hebrews 12:11

John 15:7

Helpful Notes

1. We Bear Fruit when we're attached to the True Vine

Vine + Branch = Fruit

2. We bear more fruit when we're surrendered to the Vinedresser 

Vine + Branch + Pruning = More Fruit

3. We bear much fruit when we abide in Christ 

Vine + Branch + Pruning + Abiding = Much Fruit

We remain in Christ when we remain in Christ's teaching (2 Jn 9); love one another (1 Jn 2:10); keep ourselves from willful sin (1 Jn 3:9); take care of the poor (1 Jn 3:17), confess that Jesus is the Son of God and Savior (1 Jn 4:14-15); believe God is love (1 Jn 4:16); obey God's commands (Jn 4:16).

Relevant Links

To go deeper into topics similar to today's you can check out Kelly's Bible study No Other Gods: The Unrivaled Pursuit Of Christ

Andrew Murray quote from his book, The True Vine

Receive a free 21-day devotional called The Blessed Life when you sign up for Kelly's newsletter at Kellyminter.com . Limited time. 

Socials

Subscribe to the Cultivate Podcast on accessmore.com so you never miss an episode.

Follow Kelly on Instagram and Facebook

Kelly works closely with Justice & Mercy International in the Amazon and in Moldova.You can check out their work here.

Opening Music to the Cultivate Podcast is Time For Singing from her project Hymns & Hallelujahs.

Ep 6: Putting On The Character Of Christ

4/27/2021 00:31:07
Ep 6: Putting On The Character Of Christ
We're breaking down the practical virtues of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience in today's episode. Kelly shares transparently about her own failings and how impossible these virtues are when we rely on our own strength. Kelly also points out Paul's secret to the virtues-you're dearly loved, chosen, and set apart because of Christ.

So often we have this turned around-thinking that if we can do a better job of displaying the character of Christ then God will accept us, choose us, and love us more. How freeing it is to see what Paul actually writes in Colossians 3:12: Because you are chosen, holy, and dearly loved, you get to wear the virtues of Christ.

Scripture Focus: Colossians 3:12

Scripture References
Colossians 3:12-14; 2 Corinthians 1:3-4; Titus 3:3-5; Philippians 2:3, 5-6, Isaiah 66:1-2;1 Peter 3:3-4; 1 Peter 5:5; Mark 14:47; Galatians 6:1; 2 Timothy 2:25; 1 Peter 3:15; Matthew 11:29; 1 Timothy 1:15; Ephesians 1:4; 1 John 4:10

Relevant Links

? For more on this topic, check out Kelly's book The Fitting Room: Putting On The Character Of Christ

? Receive a free 21-day devotional called The Blessed Life when you sign up for Kelly's newsletter at kellyminter.com. Limited time.  

? Read about Kelly's adventures in the Amazon jungle with JMI in her book Wherever The River Runs: How A Forgotten People Renewed My Hope In The Gospel.

Socials

? Subscribe to the Cultivate Podcast on accessmore.com so you never miss an episode. 

? Follow Kelly on Instagram and Facebook

? Kelly works closely with Justice & Mercy International in the Amazon and in Moldova.You can check out their work here

? Opening Music to the Cultivate Podcast is Time For Singing from her project Hymns & Hallelujahs

Ep 5: God's Healing God's Way

4/20/2021 00:34:17
Ep 5: God's Healing God's Way
Have you ever wanted God to bring you healing but on your own terms? Today, Kelly walks us through Naaman's story in 2 Kings 5. Naaman had wealth, power, and position. He also had an incurable skin disease that none of his resources could remedy. When God's servant Elisha offered Naaman a prescription for healing, Naaman refused. Why should he, a powerful man with status from a land of clear flowing rivers, dunk himself in the dirty water of the Jordan River? Naaman needed more than physical healing on his own terms; He needed an encounter with the living God. And so do we. We hope you'll join us for this meaningful episode about seeking God's healing His way.

"When God brings about our healing we will know that it is Him and only Him."

Scripture References

2 Kings 5:1-16

James 4:6

John 1:29

Colossians 1:21-22

Relevant Links

To find out more about Kelly's work in the Amazon jungle with Justice & Mercy International you can read one of her most personal books Wherever The River Runs: How A Forgotten People Renewed My Hope In The Gospel.

To go deeper into topics similar to today's you can check out Kelly's Bible study No Other Gods: The Unrivaled Pursuit Of Christ.

Walter Brueggemann quote from his Lenten devotional book A Way Other Than Our Own.

Receive a free 21-day d evotional called The Blessed Life when you sign up for Kelly's newsletter at Kellyminter.com. Limited time.

Socials
Subscribe to the Cultivate Podcast on accessmore.com so you never miss an episode. 

Follow Kelly on Instagram and Facebook

Kelly works closely with Justice & Mercy International in the Amazon and in Moldova. You can check out their work here

Opening Music to the Cultivate Podcast is Time For Singing from her project Hymns & Hallelujahs

Ep 4: When People Aren't Enough

4/13/2021 00:30:56
Ep 4: When People Aren't Enough
"Though Jacob never chose Leah, God had chosen her."

Today's Episode

Have you ever thought, if only this person would change I'd finally be happy? Or if this person would choose me I'd be fulfilled? Sharing one of the more personal chapters of her story, Kelly will help us recognize idolatry in our own lives. Especially when it comes to the false gods of people. We'll look at the lives of Rachel and Leah (Genesis 29-30) who had both made false gods out of people. Things like comparison, jealousy, anger, and manipulation had gotten the best of them. As a result, they often missed the pursuit and blessing of God in their lives. 

Leah and Rachel are relatable examples of what happens when we try to find our fulfillment in our relationships or our status we will always be let down. More than just trying to overcome jealousy and comparison, today we'll see that the Lord's timing is always better than our own. His pursuit of us is always richer than our dreams and desires. Idolatry is a chameleon sin. Because it blends in, it's easy to miss. Today we'll expose it and call it by its name. Freedom awaits!

Character Focus: Rachel and Leah

Scripture References
Genesis 29:28-35
Genesis 30:19
Genesis 30:1-2
Genesis 30:8
Genesis 30:14-16
Genesis 35:16-19
Genesis 30:22-24
Gen 49:31
Matthew 1:1-2, 16 (genealogy).

Today's Episode Links
*If you want to go deeper on this topic, check out Kelly's Bible study called No Other Gods: The Unrivaled Pursuit Of Christ
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*Kelly works c losely with Justice & Mercy International in the Amazon and in Moldova. You can check out their work here: justiceandmercy.org.
*If you like the opening music to The Cultivate Podcast you can find it on Kelly's record Hymns & Hallelujahs. The song is Time For Singing.  

Cultivate with Kelly Minter

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.

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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 brand new Cultivate Podcast.

For a free 21-day devotional called The Blessed Life visit me at Kellyminter.com. Also, I'd love to connect with you on Instagram and Facebook.