The Jeff Cavins Show (Your Catholic Bible Study Podcast)

The Jeff Cavins Show (Your Catholic Bible Study Podcast)

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Jeff shares personal tips and scriptural truths to help you live as a modern-day disciple of Jesus Christ.
94: Why the Word Doesn’t Work in Your Life
Dec 7 • 28 min
Just because God says something in his Word, doesn’t mean it is going to manifest itself in your life. The soil of our own hearts has a lot to do with whether the Word of God will take hold. During this Advent season, Jeff takes you through the parable of…
93: Advent - Will You Be Ready?
Nov 30 • 25 min
Jeff talks about how we can prepare for the season of Advent, and let it transform our lives. We’re not waiting for a day of gifts and good will, we’re waiting for the coming of Christ. Send Jeff your prayer intentions for Advent at…
The Ultimate Thanksgiving
Nov 21 • 28 min
Everyone who finds himself in a dilemma intuitively turns to God and makes promises whether they are empty or sincere. When we discover that we are fine, we often ignore our promises and may even come to blame God as the cause in the first place. Today,…
91: Falling in Love with Jesus!
Nov 16 • 30 min
When it comes to falling in love with Jesus, we must remember that God has chosen us first. To love Jesus is to respond to that a call. Today, Jeff talks about how we can embrace this invitation, fall in love with Jesus, and then share this good news with…
90: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
Nov 9 • 26 min
Following Jesus Christ is not a applicable to a comfort zone. Jesus tells us to “be not afraid” for a reason. We need to go through changes, even painful ones, to be the people God calls us to be. This means we have to get out of our comfort zones. For…
3 Keys to Rebuild a Shattered Life!
Nov 2 • 28 min
It feels like your life is shattered and you don’t know how to rebuild it from the rubble. Does this sound like you? This feeling can happen to anyone at anytime. Whether it’s triggered by a catastrophic event or creeps in like a slow leak, we can take…
88: Beware of Lukewarm Christianity!
Oct 26 • 27 min
In America, most of us do not have any big needs. As a result, it becomes easy to think God is not needed, because it seems like we can provide everything for ourselves. We become cafeteria believers, people who believe what they like, and reject what…
87: Becoming Dust Jackets for Truth: The Art of Storytelling!
Oct 19 • 22 min
Mastering the art of storytelling is an extremely effective way to spread truth. Spoiler alert! Jeff talks about the popular dystopian book, Fahrenheit 451. In it, scholars who memorize books in the hopes that they will be written down again call…
86: Discovering God in Ordinary Places
Oct 12 • 25 min
This week Jeff talks about how royalty is in your presence, but you have to discover God in ordinary places. To develop eyes that see God in our everyday activities, start by keeping a journal of the ways God intervenes in your everyday life. Check out…
85: If We Took Christianity Seriously! Prayer
Oct 5 • 30 min
What if we really took Christianity seriously and truly lived out the teachings of Christ? When it comes to prayer Jesus said, “When two or three gather in my name I am there among them” (Matthew 18:20). If we really believed this, how would we pray? How…
84: Why Remain Catholic? Divine Revelation
Sep 28 • 34 min
Last week, Jeff talked about “setting your face like flint” and not leaving the Church and the sacraments because of the sins of men. This week, Jeff continues his discussion on why we should remain Catholic and delves into divine revelation using…
Why Remain Catholic?
Sep 21 • 24 min
Why should we remain Catholic when the Church is infected with corrupt people? Jeff understands that the Church is in trouble and being Catholic is not easy at this time, but the Church still has something to offer. The answer is simple: this is the…
Fiddler on the Roof and Marriage
Sep 14 • 25 min
Is love an emotion? Jeff answers this question by looking at the marriage of Tevye and Golde, the couple from Fiddler on the Roof who had an arranged marriage that lasted over twenty-five years. At one point in the show, Tevye asks Golde if she loves him,…
Instrument Rated Christians
Sep 7 • 23 min
An instrument-rated pilot is a pilot who is able to fly using only the flight instruments within the plane. This allows a pilot to fly in low visibility without becoming disoriented. Today, Jeff shares how you can become an instrument-rated Christian,…
The Bible is Here!
Aug 31 • 24 min
The Great Adventure Catholic Bible implements the Catholic understanding of salvation history into its very pages with actual timelines, maps, charts, and articles. This Bible not only provides a faithful translation of Scripture (using the Revised…
Church Scandals and Mouse Traps
Aug 24 • 31 min
Amusing Ourselves to Death
Aug 17 • 33 min
Faded Levi’s and Bibles
Aug 10 • 31 min
Scoot Down the Pew, Please?
Aug 3 • 24 min
The Power of Kindness
Jul 27 • 26 min
Evangelizing Through Tattoos
Jul 20 • 28 min
Patience in the Midst of the Storm
Jul 13 • 26 min
72: Communicating by Listening
Jul 6 • 34 min
The goal of a debate or a discussion about the Faith should not be to win; the goal should be to share Christ. This involves more than just telling people what Scripture says, it involves listening to where they are coming from and then giving them an…
71: Give People What You Have!
Jun 29 • 35 min
How do you share your faith with someone who is opposing you or bombards you with question after question? Today Jeff shares three things to remember when sharing about the Catholic Faith. You have the opportunity to change someone’s life, so be prepared…
70: I Was Raised on Wonder Bread
Jun 22 • 29 min
Whether it’s a product, new food fad, or political view, you’re probably tired of being sold things. With all the noise in our culture, here is what we aren’t hearing. We aren’t hearing a lot of people bringing up Jesus Christ and the wisdom of God in…
69: Suicide: Preventing and Responding!
Jun 15 • 59 min
Did Vincent Van Gogh really commit suicide, or is there more to the story than we think? In light of recent suicides (Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain) Jeff comes to you with a special episode on preventing and responding to suicides. Speaking from…
68: Mirror Mirror on the Web
Jun 8 • 25 min
We all have fallen into the trap of comparing ourselves to others. In an age of social media, constant comparison is hard to avoid and it leads to us feeling bad or anxious about our own lives compared to those of our 500+ closest online friends. Jeff…
67: Avoiding Spiritual Boredom
Jun 1 • 28 min
There are so many things vying for our attention these days. After making ends meet we maybe have an hour or two per day where we have the opportunity to participate in activities that we personally enjoy. Before you know it you are on YouTube learning…
66: Memories of Jesus on the Sea of Galilee
May 28 • 10 min
Listen as Jeff reflects on his recent trip to Israel…
65: Getting Up After You Have Fallen Down!
May 18 • 29 min
Whether within our family, social, or professional lives, we all have made mistakes and failed the Lord. What should you do when you fall and become discouraged or disappointed? How do you get back up to where you were before? Today Jeff tells the story…
64: What’s in a Name
May 14 • 28 min
There is something powerful about a name. Parents take great care in choosing a name for their children and as children grow, they become their name. The same is true for every name of God. They are not mere human inventions. Each name is a revelatory…
63: Making Good Decisions
May 4 • 34 min
We make thousands of decisions a day, but it's the BIG decisions that we struggle with. Should I take that job? Where should I go to school? Is it best for my family to move out of state? Sometimes these questions can really weigh on us and when we don’t…
62: Forgiveness In Belfast Northern Ireland
Apr 26 • 29 min
They murdered his grandfather then labeled him a terrorist for being Catholic. His best friend’s dad was shot dead in front of his six children. This is Joe Mckeown’s story of growing up Catholic in the chaos of Belfast, Northern Ireland. Listen as he…
61: Hello From Ireland
Apr 23 • 1 min
Hello From Ireland by Ascension
60: Taking Your Questions (Part 1)
Apr 13 • 40 min
Today Jeff answers the important questions you have been asking. From Bibles to minimalism and the Jewish Kabbalah to Christian youth groups, Jeff dives deep into our faith. Every question is a good question, so if you have any that you would like Jeff to…
59: Feeling Alone at Church? God Works Through The Remnant
Apr 5 • 33 min
Do you feel alone at church? Perhaps your parish does not offer faith formation programs and while you want to start one, no one else seems to be interested. Perhaps your feel like the only parishioner who actively wants to deepen their faith. Today, Jeff…
58: Late Night Christianity
Mar 29 • 27 min
Do you remember the first word you said this morning? What do you do right before you go to bed? Many of us are guilty of spending those last few minutes or hours of the day on social media or watching late night television. This leads to us quickly…
57: My Dinged Up Subaru and Sin
Mar 23 • 37 min
Do you ever get caught up in a sin, only to have it come back like a tyrannical ruler dictating the rest of your day, bringing you down, and not letting you move forward? Sometimes sin, especially when we fall into the same sin repeatedly, causes us to…
56: Hope in Desperate Times
Mar 15 • 33 min
We all desperately need hope in our lives, especially when we feel alone. Today, Jeff defines true hope, explains how you can walk in this hope, and describes the surprising difference between using the words “hope” and “hopefully.” Learn to stand on the…
55: Everyone Needs a Papa- The Biblical Basis for the Papacy
Mar 9 • 43 min
Did Catholics make up the papacy? Some people sure think so. In today’s episode, Jeff shows how it’s not Catholics who created the papacy, but God himself. Learn how the Old Testament contains a hidden blueprint for the role of the pope—a blueprint that…
54: Creating a Movement Within Your Parish
Mar 1 • 27 min
Jeff shares his personal formula for creating a successful movement within your parish. You might be surprised when you hear his approach to ministry. He also shares the incredible story of Stephanie and how one sudden moment led her to forgiveness, love,…
53: Hogging the Cashews: Why Do People Bother You?
Feb 22 • 20 min
Does it ever bother you when someone chews ice right next to you, breathes a little too loudly, or hogs all the cashews? Today you will learn how to strengthen your relationship with God by improving your relationship with other people. Become a better…
52: 15 Things to Do in the Midst of Suffering
Feb 15 • 31 min
Every single one of us is going to suffer at one time or another, but the questions is: how are we going to go through that suffering. Are we going to suffer well or are we going to suffer poorly? Whether you are currently in the midst of suffering or…
51: What’s in Your Spiritual Wallet? (Long Term Investments)
Feb 9 • 33 min
“Where your treasure is there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:21)” In this episode, Jeff helps and challenges you to locate the treasure in your life. What is it that you pursue, protect, or are preoccupied with? If your heart is in your hobbies,…
50: Do Catholics Swear? The Language of the Sacraments
Feb 2 • 27 min
While we don’t swear in a vulgar way (that is not who we are), we do swear in a heavenly language. This is exactly what the sacraments are all about. During antiquity, the Latin word “sacramentum” meant “to designate an oath” which was sworn in the making…
49: 5 Smooth Stones, Choose Your Weapon
Jan 25 • 25 min
Have you ever felt like David up against your own Goliaths in life? In today’s episode, Jeff takes some basic principles from the epic battle of David and Goliath and shows you how to use them for your battles. Take off the armor the world provides you,…
48: A Cup of KeurigMa: How to Proclaim the Gospel
Jan 20 • 32 min
Just as you can share a cup of coffee, so can you share the gospel with others. This sharing of the gospel is called kerygma. In this episode, Jeff breaks down kerygma so you can discover how simple it can be to share Christ with your family, co-workers,…
47: What I Learned from Mother Angelica
Jan 11 • 29 min
Jeff Cavins worked with Mother Angelica for years, and he is often asked, “What was Mother Angelica like?” This week, Jeff shares some of his personal encounters with and stories about a nun who revolutionized media evangelization. More Great Resources…
46: New Years Resolution 2.0
Jan 4 • 28 min
Below are eight questions that can act as a guide in making a good New Year's resolution. Ask yourself the following questions: Will this resolution draw me toward Christ or away from Him? Sometimes our goals become self-centered and tend to draw us away…
45: OCD: Our Christmas Dilemmas
Dec 19, 2017 • 31 min
During the Christmas season, we pause to think about the impact of one very special life—the life of Jesus—on the life of every single human being throughout history. It might be easy to see Christ's impact on the world, but do we ever pause to reflect on…
44: What If You Had Never Been Born?
Dec 15, 2017 • 29 min
During the Christmas season, we pause to think about the impact of one very special life—the life of Jesus—on the life of every single human being throughout history. It might be easy to see Christ's impact on the world, but do we ever pause to reflect on…
43: Write Your Own Holy Card
Dec 12, 2017 • 24 min
As Catholics, we're used to praying prayers that we find on holy cards. It's a beautiful tradition, but sometimes it can feel like the prayer we are praying is hard to fully make our own. In this episode, Jeff reminds us that we don't have to be saints to…
42: The Liturgical Year: Conforming Your Life to Christ
Dec 1, 2017 • 32 min
Each and every day of the believer’s life should be lived with an understanding that God keeps a calendar. By following his calendar, we won't waste time and energy during the course of our life, because the calendar will keep us focused on God's will…
41: Thankful People Are Attractive People
Nov 17, 2017 • 37 min
Jeff gives ten tips to help you live a spirit of gratitude in every season of your life.
40: Still on the Bunny Hill of Catholicism?
Nov 10, 2017 • 35 min
Are you on the spiritual “bunny hill?” Have you practiced your faith enough to be able to handle harder challenges, or are you still operating in the faith of your childhood? In this episode, Jeff encourages you to commit to your faith in a serious way…
39: Talking to God Out Loud
Nov 4, 2017 • 36 min
Catholics are comfortable reciting prayers out loud, but that's not the only way we're instructed to pray. We're called to speak to God in the most natural way. Wouldn't you like to be able to talk to God out loud just as you would talk to a loved one…
38: Redeeming the Time You Waste on TV News
Oct 27, 2017 • 24 min
Jeff Cavins has an announcement to make: He's done watching network news. In this episode, he reminds us that instead of passively consuming the "same old same old" from the news, we can use our time to grow in our relationship with God and with others.
37: 10 Ways To Baptize Your Smartphone
Oct 12, 2017 • 34 min
Have you ever put down your smartphone only to realize an hour has gone by? Do certain apps tempt you to sin? Are you sometimes overwhelmed with a desire to have the latest and greatest technologies? Here are ten simple ways you can “baptize” your…
36: Walking by Faith in Uncertain Times
Oct 5, 2017 • 39 min
What's the difference between "believe-ism" and true Christian faith? In this episode, Jeff explains how to distinguish between the two, and he points out how we can more fully entrust ourselves to Christ and walk in faith, uncertain as life may be.
35: How Do I Explain Catholicism to My Friend?
Sep 29, 2017 • 37 min
Catholicism is filled with beautiful complexities, but when it comes time to explain our Catholic faith to a friend, we often don't know where to begin. In this week's episode, Jeff gives tips to help us start the conversation, and he reminds us to…
34: Five Benefits of Humility
Sep 21, 2017 • 35 min
Do you need some humility in your life? This week's episode of the Jeff Cavins Show is for you. Learn new ways to grow in humility starting today, and discover the fruits that will come from that growth.
33: God’s Genius Bar for Marriage
Sep 15, 2017 • 33 min
If God were to design a test to help diagnose the root of any problems in a marriage, he might ask about three areas in a couple's life together. Have both spouses left their old ways behind them? Have both spouses cleaved to one another in difficult…
32: How to Forgive When You Don’t Feel Like It
Sep 8, 2017 • 39 min
Forgiving isn't easy, but it's what we're called to do. In this episode, Jeff encourages us to show mercy to others just as Christ has shown mercy to us, and he suggests several concrete actions we can take to forgive those in our lives who have hurt us.
31: Super. Natural. Evangelization.
Sep 1, 2017 • 35 min
You might think you need to be well-versed in theology to be an evangelizer, but Jeff wants you to know that evangelizing is easier than you think. To demonstrate how opportunities for evangelization naturally present themselves in the midst of normal…
30: God’s Secret Weapon When You’re Discouraged
Aug 24, 2017 • 32 min
What's your instinct when you're discouraged? Are you tempted to sulk and to draw away from God? Today's show will uplift you and give you a powerful tool to help you resist that discouragement and dwell in hope, instead.
29: Anger Is the New Love: Politics Today
Aug 18, 2017 • 36 min
Are you distressed by today's political landscape? Jeff gives a scriptural perspective on the anger that is brewing across political spectrums. He reminds us that as Christians, we are not ultimately political creatures but children of a God who promises…
28: Wrinkles Tell a Story
Aug 11, 2017 • 31 min
What do you think about getting old? Is it something you fear, or are you looking forward to the days where your face will be etched with wrinkles and the color of your hair will reveal your wisdom? In this episode, Jeff explains how Scripture celebrates…
27: Living on a Wing and a Prayer
Aug 4, 2017 • 27 min
In today's episode, Jeff connects an old World War II song to a popular Gospel story, giving the phrase "living on a wing and a prayer" new meaning. Tune in for a reminder that we can always reach out to Christ when we're at risk of losing hope.
26: What Did Jesus Write in the Dirt?
Jul 28, 2017 • 26 min
If you've ever read the story about the woman caught in adultery, you know that the Jews who wanted to stone her walked away after Jesus bent down and wrote something in the dirt. The Gospel never tells us what he wrote, but by putting together four…
25: Offer It Up: Finding Meaning in Suffering
Jul 21, 2017 • 39 min
Have you ever considered offering up your "less-than-ideal" days to your Heavenly Father? Jeff wants you to know that the suffering that you encounter in your life is not meaningless, and that our ability to unite our frustrations, pains, and hardships…
24: The Power Of Isolating Spiritual Disciplines
Jul 13, 2017 • 37 min
Every expert athlete knows the value of isolating one muscle, technique, or practice and focusing all one's energy on perfecting it. Jeff explains how the same thing is true when it comes to our spiritual life—sometimes we need to choose just one…
23: Don’t Put A Period Where God Put A Comma
Jul 7, 2017 • 29 min
Sometimes we feel like a period of our life is coming to a close, and we decide we're going to throw in the towel. Jeff encourages us not to close doors too quickly, because sometimes God wants to surprise us with something more.
22: How to Hear God Every Day
Jun 30, 2017 • 36 min
God wants to speak to you every day—don't you wish you could hear him? You can. In this episode, Jeff walks you step by step through the practice of Lectio Divina, teaching you how to listen for the personal messages God wants to give you each day in…
21: 3 Powerful Ways to Beat Sin
Jun 22, 2017 • 44 min
Did you know that Genesis reveals to us the three main categories of our sins, and that Jesus reveals to us three antidotes to help us overcome them? Jeff explains how we can discern the roots of sin in our lives, and how we frequently make idols out of…
20: Feel Like Quitting?
Jun 15, 2017 • 36 min
Do you ever feel like throwing in the towel? Whether its a job, a relationship, a life situation, or a health complication, there are times when we just feel like quitting. Jeff wants to share with us inspiration for those tough times, and so he tells the…
19: So You Want to Be a Writer or Speaker?
Jun 9, 2017 • 30 min
Do you ever feel like God might be calling you to become a Catholic speaker or writer? Learn from Jeff how to take the first steps towards answering that call: Discover your passion, study it in depth, identify your audience, and use wisdom to apply that…
18: Help! My Children Left the Church
Jun 1, 2017 • 46 min
One of the greatest pains many people suffer is the pain of watching one's children leave the Catholic Church. In this episode, Jeff explains four common reasons why people leave, how to address the factors that drew them away, and why you should never…
17: How to Start Reading Your Bible
May 30, 2017 • 30 min
Have you ever wondered why every time you decide to read the Bible from cover to cover, you end up putting it down after a month? In this episode, Jeff gives 5 tips to help you start (and keep) reading your Bible successfully.
16: Smiling, the Exercise of Happiness
May 19, 2017 • 30 min
Jeff has a PSA for you: one of our most amazing God-given abilities is our ability to smile, and the more we smile, the happier we'll be. In this episode, Jeff shows how Scripture and science support each other when it comes to this amazing God-given…
15: You Don’t Know My Father
May 12, 2017 • 30 min
Have you ever thought about the fact that one of the best ways for someone to get to know your dad is to ask you about him? Tune in to hear Jeff share a story about how a trip to a hardware store helped him understand Jesus' relationship with his Father-…
14: Carrying Your Cross
May 5, 2017 • 37 min
What does it mean when you wear a cross around your neck? Is it just jewelry? Is it a sign of your identity to other people? Is it a reminder to you of Christ's command to pick up your cross and follow him? Jeff shares about what it means to him when he…
13: Simplify Your Life- Clean Up Your Past
Apr 27, 2017 • 35 min
One reason our lives are so complicated is because we haven't truly dealt with our past, and because of that, most of us are burdened by shame, regret, and unforgiveness. To help us identify those burdens and surrender them to the Lord, Jeff gives us a…
12: Simplify Your Life- What’s the First Step?
Apr 21, 2017 • 36 min
Is your life complicated, busy, and way too cluttered? You can use planners, organize closets, and give things to Goodwill, but those things aren’t the root of the problem. Jeff explains that Biblically, there’s a very important key to simplifying our…
11: Taking a Pilgrimage to Mass
Apr 12, 2017 • 34 min
You might not be able to make it to the Holy Land this week, but if you're going to Mass, consider yourself a pilgrim. Jeff uses the Jewish understanding of pilgrimage to help us prepare our hearts to meet God in the Mass and receive his blessing in our…
10: How to Mark Your Bible
Apr 7, 2017 • 36 min
Jeff explains that the best way to mark your Bible is the way that makes most sense to you. So, he gives some helpful guidelines to help you develop your own marking system that lets you "live" in your Bible and connect it to your everyday life. Jeff also…
9: Touching the Wound
Mar 31, 2017 • 37 min
When someone close to you suffers, do you fall into "Hallmark Theology," or do you have the courage to "touch the wound"? Jeff talks about the difference between these two responses to suffering, and shares candidly about his father-in-law's recent…
8: Are You a Polished Arrow in God’s Quiver?
Mar 27, 2017 • 44 min
God wants to use you, but before he does, he needs to prepare you so that you can "hit the mark." Jeff explains this time of preparation using the steps taken by an archer to create the perfect arrow.
7: 7 Tips for Raising Daughters
Mar 17, 2017 • 44 min
You might not know this, but Jeff is a father to all daughters. In this episode, Jeff is joined by Steve Motyl, who is also a father to all girls, to talk about what they’ve learned from their daughters. You won’t want to miss hearing them discuss a…
6: Supernatural Grandparenting
Mar 10, 2017 • 34 min
Did you know that the Bible spells out a game-plan for grandparents? Grandparents aren't just supposed to spoil their grandchildren with candy, love, and outings- they are called to help bring their grandchildren to heaven. Jeff gives you tips to help you…
5: Spiritual Optometry
Feb 27, 2017 • 31 min
What’s the link between your eyes and your heart? Jeff Cavins explores this connection and gives you food for thought to help you check your “spiritual vision.”
4: Who’s in Your Spiritual Posse?
Feb 24, 2017 • 31 min
Something has made a big difference in Jeff’s prayer life over the past month, and he wants to share it with you. Find out how the Communion of Saints can transform your spiritual life and learn tips for developing your own "spiritual posse."
3: Angry as Hell
Jan 9, 2017 • 50 min
Jeff shares a story of a frightening encounter with an enraged driver and discusses how anger can make us unrecognizable. He then gives practical tips for dealing with anger in our everyday life so that we can treat others with charity and act as true…
2: Envy: Satan’s Holy Hour
Jan 6, 2017 • 50 min
Have you ever rolled your eyes at someone else's perfect life and wished they had it a little harder? Jeff explains how envy roots itself in pride and blossoms into hatred. He shows how envy surfaces in many key biblical stories, and he encourages us to…
1: A Harley Pilgrimage
Jan 6, 2017 • 48 min
Jeff Cavins introduces his new podcast and recounts the story of his 2016 Harley Pilgrimage. As he shares the challenges, dangers, and joys of traveling thousands of miles on his motorcycle with a group of Catholic men, he connects his experience to our…