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Ep 50: Positioning Your Heart For The New Year

1/2/2023 00:32:44
Ep 50: Positioning Your Heart For The New Year
A new year comes with much to do, plan for, and be excited about. But, at the start of these 365 days, it's important that we take time to position our hearts before the Lord. It's easy to focus on all of the doing, but what if we focus on the being-being at the feet of Jesus and listening to what He has to say to us? When we spend time with Him, our serving and productivity will flow out of that time. 

In this episode, we're looking at Mary and Martha's encounter with Jesus in Luke 10:38-42. He called them to a place of discipleship and a posture of choosing quality time with Him as superior to being anxiously busy for Him. Jesus invited these two sisters, as he invites us, to a deeper communion with Him. He said that this is the better choice because time spent with Him can never be taken away. Don't we want to be about the things that can never be taken away from us? 

We don't know what the year ahead holds, the hard times and the good times, but the quality time we invest with Jesus today is treasure stored for tomorrow. At the end of these 365 days, I want to have stored up something special. I want Jesus to look at our lives-our love for Him and for others, the time that we spend with Him and the time that we give to others-and say, "That is a treasure." 

January is the perfect time to start a Bible study. Check out Kelly's newest study, Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy (video access included with study),and also her study, Encountering God, which is about the spiritual disciplines-a great focus for the new year. 

Cultivate is brought to you in part by the Dwell Bible App. Save 30% at dwellapp.io/Cultivate.

Check out Kelly's new book "The Blessed Life" at TheBlessedLifeBook.com or search for it on Amazon.

Ep 49: Surrendering Your Holiday Expectations

12/6/2022 00:28:45
Ep 49: Surrendering Your Holiday Expectations
It's Christmas time, and we all have expectations this season. Some are material-what gifts are we going to receive? What experiences are we going to have? Some are relational-will we finally get engaged? Will the grandbabies be visiting?  

Expectations are fine as long as we manage them instead of letting them manage us. If we're not careful, unmet expectations can turn us into people we don't want to be. Who do you want to be during the holidays?

In this episode, two women-Elizabeth and Mary-are going to give us an incredible, real-life, non-sugar-coated example of who we can be this holiday season. We find them in Luke chapter 1, right before the first Christmas. At their meeting, we see their mutual joy in being in each other's presence because of God's work in their lives. These women show us it's a gift to be in community without jealousy, to bless other people with our words and welcome them into our hearts. 

When we remember Christmas isn't about us, we find enduring joy. There's nothing better than going into this season with Jesus as Savior and Lord of our lives. It exceeds any and all of our expectations.

If you'd like to go deeper in the Word, Kelly has a brand new Bible study on the book of Ruth! You can even download the first week for free. Check out Ruth: Loss, Love & Legacy at www.lifeway.com/Ruth

Cultivate is brought to you in part by the Dwell Bible App. Save 30% at dwellapp.io/Cultivate.

Ep 48: Which Way Will You Weep

11/1/2022 00:33:15
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.

Cultivate is brought to you in part by the Dwell Bible App. Save 30% at dwellapp.io/Cultivate.

Ep 47: Created For A Life Of Goodness

10/4/2022 00:29:38
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

Cultivate is brought to you in part by the Dwell Bible App. Save 30% at dwellapp.io/Cultivate.

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

9/6/2022 00:33:28
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.

Cultivate is brought to you in part by the Dwell Bible App. Save 30% at dwellapp.io/Cultivate.

Cultivate with Kelly Minter

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Check out Kelly's new book "The Blessed Life" at TheBlessedLifeBook.com or search for it on Amazon.

Cultivate is brought to you in part by the Dwell Bible App. Save 30% at dwellapp.io/Cultivate.

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 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.

Reviews

Love!

Kelly's podcasts are so so good. Full of so much wisdom and Biblical truth.

Clarification

Charles Spurgeon died in 1892 not 1915 as was mentioned in Jan 3 episode. Also as much as I appreciate Kelly and her insights into God's word, one must be careful to not add our own thoughts or add toScripture what isn't there. Kelly says Mary stayed at the house while Martha ran to meet Jesus when he came back after Lazarus dies. Kelly says she thinks Mary stayed behind because she was hurt or disappointed that Jesus hadn't done something - we don't know - there are many reasons as to why she may have stayed back and the Bible doesn't tell us. she knew and learned at Jesus feet and seemed to know Jesus well. But Kelly really pushed her opinion on why Mary stayed behind and we need to be careful when teaching scripture to not let our "thoughts and opinions/beliefs" about what we think add more to what has been revealed. Again not trying to be critical but just wanted to voice my concern.