Ten Minute Bible Talks Devotional Bible Study

Ten Minute Bible Talks Devotional Bible Study

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Short Devotional & Bible Study by Keith Simon & Patrick Miller, pastors at The Crossing


How to Give Your Life to God When It Feels Impossible | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 1:28-38
Jan 15 • 13 min
“Three times [Jesus] goes and prays and asks God to take this cup of judgment away from Him. And yet, every time he prays, ‘not my will but Your will be done in my life.’ You can hear Mary, can’t you?” When Mary submits to God and becomes the mother of…
What God DOESN’T Care About | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 1:26-45
Jan 13 • 9 min
“I think what Luke is trying to help us see is that God doesn’t care about your background; He doesn’t care about your religiousness.” In the last episode, Keith talked about Zachariah’s response when the angel Gabriel visited him. This time, Keith…
What to Do When Religion Fails You | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke 1:5-25
Jan 8 • 13 min
“The story of Zachariah is a warning to religious people.” Sometimes Christians are clueless about what it means to be a Christian. When you’ve grown up in a Christian household and have been one for as long as you can remember, when it’s all you’ve ever…
How to Become a Christian | Learning to Follow Jesus | Luke
Jan 6 • 16 min
“There’s kind of a disconnect between the way we talk about how somebody begins a relationship with Jesus and how Jesus actually talked to people. We make it about this moment of asking people to be our Savior, but that’s not the way Jesus talks.” If…
How to Give Anxiety to God with Guest Host Rachel Tiemeyer | 1 Peter 5:7
Jan 1 • 8 min
“Casting our anxiety on God is a way to humble ourselves before Him. Or, another way to put it, worry is actually a form of pride.” Join us in welcoming our first guest speaker! In addition to being an active church member and busy mom, Rachel Tiemeyer is…
Bureaucratic Terrorism | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 24
Dec 30, 2019 • 15 min
“One scholar calls this bureaucratic terrorism. […] They’re not just ideas. No, these future possibilities represent human lives. As the king goes, so the people go. ” Some people call this the Age of Terror. And some people distrust their leaders and the…
What’s the Story and Who’s the Hero? | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 22-23
Dec 25, 2019 • 12 min
“I identify with David: I, too, am a mixed bag. But it reminds me that I can’t read this story with the idea that I’m supposed to be like David.” Leaders set examples. They become examples: ideals to respect and emulate. The Bible is full of leaders—like…
How to Protest and Why You Should | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 18
Dec 23, 2019 • 10 min
“It’s an uncomfortable fact for a lot of Christians that the Bible is so comfortable taking God to court.” Protesting demonstrates what you stand for and what you stand against. We live in a fallen world, surrounded by wrongs and injustices, so it’s easy…
How to Live With the Consequences of Sin | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 15
Dec 18, 2019 • 10 min
“God’s forgiveness reconciles us with God, but it does not erase or eliminate the consequences for the sins that we committed” There’s always a consequence for your actions. Sometimes it’s a good consequence, like a little smile turning someone’s entire…
What Causes a Dysfunctional Family Legacy | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 13
Dec 16, 2019 • 9 min
“You know the sad thing? Dysfunction seems to be the norm in most families. I mean, most of us, when we were kids, we made vows: ‘Oh, I’m not going be like my parents. Oh, I’ll do things differently’” Dysfunctional families are everywhere. Everyone has…
How to Make It Right With God | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 12
Dec 11, 2019 • 11 min
“I think the trap we fall into is we try to pay God back, like ‘I screwed up God, but I can make it right.’” How do you make it right with God? What can do you do to set things straight? When we mess up, it’s instinctive to want to fix things. We made the…
The Consequence of Confronting God | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 11
Dec 9, 2019 • 10 min
“Do you see the terrible problem that God, Himself, has to face? For Him to be good, for Him to be just, He has to destroy David.” Now we get to the infamous story of David and Bathsheba. When David knowingly sins, he does the same thing Adam and Eve did…
A Story of God’s Grace | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 9
Dec 4, 2019 • 11 min
“It’s a story that makes grace come alive. In this story, kindness means more than just being nice to someone” Christianity made kindness notorious for its lethal power. (“Kill ‘em with kindness” came from Christ long before Selena made it a hit song.)…
How God’s Promises Are Revealed | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 7
Dec 2, 2019 • 10 min
“And now, in 2 Samuel 7, God is making a promise to David that sounds a lot like His promise to Abraham … But then He goes a step further” The Bible is a book of God’s promises. It’s a book containing every genre: supernatural conflict between God and the…
What Happens Without Reverence | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 6
Nov 27, 2019 • 9 min
“Can we be honest? Few things come more naturally to us than using God.” We don’t really use the word “reverence” anymore. It sounds so old and severe. But it’s really just another word for “respect.” Patrick continues our David in 22 series with a time…
In God We Trust? | David in 22 | 2 Samuel 5:11-13
Nov 25, 2019 • 9 min
“It’s ironic—to me, at least—that our currency in the United States says, ‘In God We Trust.’ We all know the truth” Why is faith important? It’s fundamental to being a Christian, but do you know why? It’s because Christianity is all about having a…
Not Allowed | David’s Life in 22 Stories | 2 Samuel 2
Nov 20, 2019 • 9 min
“It’s actually for that exact reason that God won’t allow David to build His temple.”
Surprising News and a Surprising Response | David’s Life in 22 Stories | 2 Samuel 1
Nov 18, 2019 • 10 min
Some people love surprises, but some people hate them. The people who love surprises don’t understand how you could possibly hate them, but the people who hate surprises know how terribly wrong things can go. (They probably have a few surprising stories…
How to Deal With Being Let Down by God | David’s Life in 22 Stories | 1 Samuel 29
Nov 13, 2019 • 10 min
God can do amazing, shocking, crazy things. After all, He’s God. Isn’t that why we worship Him? It’s what we expect from Him. But what about when God lets us down? What about when God doesn’t do great things? Perhaps He doesn’t even seem to do anything at…
A Wise Woman | David’s Life in 22 Stories | 1 Samuel 24
Nov 11, 2019 • 9 min
We hail David as a great king, and rightly so, but he didn’t do it alone. Sometimes we forget about the people who helped him along the way: people like Abigail. She was a wise woman who quelled the antipathy of two men “caught in the snare of…
Waiting on God Takes Work | David’s Life in 22 Stories | (1 Sam. 24)
Nov 7, 2019 • 9 min
If you’re like me, you hate waste, and waiting usually seems like a huge waste of time. Time is one of our most important assets, and waiting can literally feel like we’re wasting our lives away. God promised David he would be king, but David had to wait…
Kanye West, Jesus is King, & the Christian Response | Keith and Patrick
Nov 6, 2019 • 33 min
Since its recent release, “Jesus is King,” the newest album from Kanye West, has gained both positive and negative reviews from a wide-ranging audience. In this episode, Keith and Patrick discuss the Christian response to the album and examine how,…
When Belief Isn’t Smart | David’s Life in 22 Stories | (1 Sam. 21-22)
Nov 4, 2019 • 8 min
When David runs from Saul, he does something really stupid: he runs to God. In today’s world of hyperrationality, belief seems weak and foolish. Belief means not knowing and being okay with that. David believed that God would deliver him, even though he…
Biblical Friendship | David’s Life in 22 Stories | (1 Sam. 20)
Oct 31, 2019 • 12 min
Keith talks about a form of love which modern people too easily minimize and forget: friendship. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll join us in person. Our Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheCrossingCoMo) . Want to learn about more 1-2 Samuel?…
How to Have Impossible Conversations | Keith & Patrick
Oct 30, 2019 • 30 min
What happens when it’s Thanksgiving dinner and conversations about disagreements in politics, culture, morals and religion start up? What about in the office? Among friends? Today it feels like its impossible to talk about these things without an argument…
Jealousy & Success | David in 22 Stories | 1 Sam. 19
Oct 29, 2019 • 10 min
Keith explores the power of jealousy to wreck lives, and what genuine success looks like. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll join us in person. Our Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheCrossingCoMo) . Want to learn about more 1-2 Samuel? Do you…
Goliath in Fresh Perspective (1 Sam. 17) | David in 22 Stories | 1 Samuel – 2 Samuel Devotions
Oct 23, 2019 • 11 min
We continue our new series, David in 22 Stories. In this episode we look at one of the most famous Bible stories: David and Goliath. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll join us in person. Our Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheCrossingCoMo) .…
What does God care the most about in people? (1 Sam. 16) | David in 22 Stories | 1 Samuel – 2 Samuel Devotions
Oct 21, 2019 • 10 min
We continue our new series, David in 22 Stories. In this episode we meet David for the first time and see what God really cares the most about in people. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll join us in person. Our Twitter…
The King of People Pleasing | David in 22 Stories | 1 Sam. 15
Oct 17, 2019 • 10 min
Keith introduces us to King Saul, who gave up his throne and his relationship with God to please people. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll join us in person. Our Twitter (https://twitter.com/TheCrossingCoMo) . Want to learn about more 1 Cor…
3 Ways to Fight Anxiety | Keith and Patrick
Oct 16, 2019 • 31 min
Anxiety is a complex experience, so Keith and Patrick look at it from three angles: Heart, Habits, and Habitat. Each of these perspectives give us practical tools to fight the daily anxiety many of us experience. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope…
David in 22 stories – introducing our next series of devotions | David in 22 Stories | 1 Samuel – 2 Samuel
Oct 14, 2019 • 12 min
We begin our new series, David in 22 Stories. Over the next few months, we will work our way through 1-2 Samuel, focusing on its central human character: David. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll join us in person. Our Twitter…
Heaven Or Dust | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Oct 10, 2019 • 8 min
Do you want to spend your life on things that turn into dust? Or on things that last forever? In this episode we continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. Patrick discusses 1 Corinthians 13:8-13, where Paul writes that love never ends. If…
How To Be a Better Parent: Debunking 3 Parenting Myths
Oct 9, 2019 • 25 min
Are you tempted to be a helicopter parent? Or maybe a snow plow parent? Have you ever considered the damage that these parenting methods may cause for your children? In this bonus episode, Keith and Patrick discuss how to be a better parent by debunking…
Love Never Fails | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Oct 7, 2019 • 9 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode Keith discusses 1 Corinthians 13:6, where Paul writes that love never fails. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll join us in person. Our Twitter…
Love Like a Marathoner | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Oct 2, 2019 • 10 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode Keith discusses 1 Corinthians 13:7, where Paul writes that love endures all things. Can you endure all things? Me either. So what does Paul mean? We’ll try to figure that out. If…
Evil Love | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 30, 2019 • 9 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode Patrick discusses 1 Corinthians 13:6, where Paul writes that love doesn’t delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll join us in…
What Forgiveness Really Means | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 26, 2019 • 11 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode Keith discusses 1 Corinthians 13:5, where Paul writes that love keeps no records of wrongs and discusses what forgiveness really means from a biblical perspective. If you live in…
Online Dating Advice for Christians: 7 Things to Know Before You Swipe Right | Keith & Patrick
Sep 25, 2019 • 19 min
Every culture has a way of pairing people. In some cultures, it’s arranged marriage and in our culture, it’s dating. But over the last ten years, a new form of dating has appeared: Online dating via websites, social media, and dating apps. While some…
Why Am I So Mad? | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 23, 2019 • 10 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode, Keith discusses 1 Corinthians 13:5, where Paul writes that love is not easily angered. Have you ever wondered, “Why am I so mad?” Learn how our anger reveals our heart. If you…
Love Does Not Dishonor Others | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 19, 2019 • 10 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode Patrick discusses 1 Corinthians 13:5, where Paul writes that love does not dishonor others. We’ll see how this passage says something quite different from what we might expect,…
5 Ways Reading Helps Our Walk with Jesus + BOOK GIVEAWAY | Keith & Patrick
Sep 18, 2019 • 14 min
Most people want to be readers, but it’s hard to find the motivation. In this episode, Keith and Patrick discuss why Christians should read and how this discipline has helped them in their walk with God and in their friendships with others. Plus, we’re…
What Does Pride Look Like? | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 16, 2019 • 9 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode, Keith discusses 1 Corinthians 13:4, where Paul writes that love is not proud. So, what does pride look like? Hear Keith explain how pride manifests itself as the absence of…
How To Overcome Envy with Love | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 11, 2019 • 9 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode, Patrick discusses 1 Corinthians 13:4, where Paul writes that love does not envy… the one sin that isn’t even momentarily enjoyable. Learn how to overcome envy with love today. If…
The Power of Kindness | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 9, 2019 • 12 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode Keith discusses 1 Corinthians 13:4, where Paul writes that love is kind. Discover how the power of kindness can completely transform your life. If you live in the Columbia area,…
Why Love Wants to Erase Missouri’s Medical Debt | Keith & Patrick
Sep 8, 2019 • 12 min
Keith and Patrick continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode they discuss a practical way The Crossing is seeking to love its community by erasing a significant amount of Missouri medical debt. Learn why this act of seemingly…
How To Develop Patience | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 4, 2019 • 8 min
We continue our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode, Patrick discusses 1 Corinthians 13:4, where Paul writes that love is patient. Discover how to develop patience in your own life: By reflecting on how patient God has been with…
What Makes Christians Different | Redefining Love (1 Cor. 13)
Sep 2, 2019 • 9 min
We begin our series Redefining Love on 1 Corinthians 13. In this episode Keith discusses 1 Corinthians 13:1-3, where Paul explains what makes Christians different from the rest of the world: Active love. If you live in the Columbia area, we hope you’ll…
Ten Minute Bible Talks: What They Are & What To Expect | Keith & Patrick
Aug 30, 2019 • 7 min
In this episode, Patrick and Keith talk about why they started Ten Minute Bible Talks and what you can expect. They also introduce Season 1, “Redefining Love.” During our first season we will go through 1 Corinthians 13 phrase by phrase to see how Paul…