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Conversations Podcast

This is a podcast featuring conversations about life, theology, scripture, church and everything in between led by Jeff Stott along with various guest. Below are links to some of the series. For a full list of episodes go to your podcast provider and search for Conversations with Genesis Church

God’s DESIGN for You

In this series Jeff Stott and Billy Johnson discuss how God has uniquely created you for a purpose and ministry. By looking at how you are designed by God you discover insights for why you exist. Your DESIGN include your God given desires (D), your experiences (E), your spiritual gifting (S), your individual style (I), your maturity level and growth (G), and your natural ability (N). Once you understand how you are designed you will understand your purpose. The following link takes you to part 1 of this series. 

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The Practice of Gentleness (Philippians 4:5, Part 1)

When you are going through a stressful time and you are experiencing anxiety, anger, worry, fear, irritation or being annoyed by something you will be tempted to be unkind, harsh, rude, cruel, and insensitive to the people in your life. Instead of being unkind and rude God wants you to be gentle. He wants you to be aware, calm, and present for others even when you are hurting. No matter what kind of trouble, problem, pain, or difficulty you are going through it is no excuse for you to be harsh and cruel to someone else. One of the keys to experiencing peace in the middle of your anxiety is to let the gentle spirit inside you control you. Continue reading

What are spiritual gifts?

God’s Word says, Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant (1 Cor. 12:1, NIV). God makes it clear that He does not want you to be ignorant or uninformed about spiritual gifts? To become more informed and knowledgeable let us begin with a Biblical definition. Continue reading

The Practice of Joy (Philippians 4:4)

God wants you to be joyful! The devil wants you to be ungrateful, unkind, cold, distant, unfriendly, and unpleasant. God wants you to be full of joy, while the devil wants you to be full of discontentment, dissatisfaction, irritation, and anger. When you are in a state of joy, you are more aware, calm, and present for God and others. When you have joy, it is easier to care about others. When you have a lack of joy you are more concerned about you.

God has given you the seven practices of peace to combat your anxieties. We find these in Philippians 4:4-9. Let’s look at God’s Word and take a look at the practice of joy. Continue reading

The Practice of Peace: Introduction, Part 2 (Philippians 4:4-9)

God wants you to experience His peace in the middle of your chaos. He wants to train you how to defend that peace and manage your anxieties, worries, and fears. The devil is going to do everything he can to get you to focus on what stresses you out. Instead of being aware, calm, and present for God and others, the devil wants you to be self-absorbed about your problems, your troubles, your worries, and your fears. He wants you to be overly concerned about your health, stressed out about your finances, worried about your children, fearful about the future, or focused on what’s not right in your nation or overly concerned about what’s happening around the world. Continue reading

The Practice of Peace: Introduction, part 1 (Philippians 4:4-9)

God wants you to have peace in your heart and mind. You will need to defend that peace. It will be a fight. It will take work. The devil, the world, your life and your old sinful nature will try to steal and diminish your sense of awareness, calmness and the ability of being present for God and others. When the Bible talks about defending your peace and managing your anxiety it is spiritual warfare on a very personal level. This is no small thing. This is not something to take lightly. If you are not able to manage your anxieties, worries, or fears then it becomes extremely difficult to focus on what God is saying to you and how to love and bless others. When your anxieties are managing you, it becomes all about you, but when you are able to manage your anxieties, it becomes all about God and about others. Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 5)

If you follow Jesus, you will eventually discover yourself at a fork in the road. You will have a choice in front of you. Choose God’s will or your will. There are times where God’s will is easy to do and fun to do. However, there are those key moments in your life where God’s will is difficult, it will hurt, and to do God’s will cost you. At that moment, you may be in your Gethsemane. Continue reading

Lord’s Supper (Revelation 12:11)

The devil is pleased when people hold any unbiblical view of him, whether they deny his existence or worship him. The devil always seeks to create confusion about his true nature and purposes. God’s Word exposes Satan’s devious and deceitful nature as the “father of lies” (John 8:44, NASB) and warning us that he “disguises himself as an angel of light” (2 Cor. 11:14; cf. 2 Cor. 11:3, NASB) so that he can more easily deceive people. The apostle Paul expressed his concern about the devil saying, “Satan will not outsmart us. For we are familiar with his evil schemes” (2 Cor. 2:11, NLT). Later in Ephesians Paul would caution us saying, “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil” (v.11, NLT). Continue reading

Jesus: Your Gethsemane (Mark 14:39-42, Part 4)

As you follow Jesus, you will find yourself facing a major dilemma. There will be tension and conflict between your will and God’s will. What you want to do and what God wants to do will not line up. You may find yourself wanting what God wants, but you don’t want to do it the way God wants you to do it.  When your will and God’s don’t line up, for whatever reason, that is when you find yourself in a Gethsemane moment. Continue reading

What to Expect this Year

God is not going to waste this coming year with you. God is going to do something significant in your life. I’m not a prophet, but I can with great confidence say that this year God is going to try to teach you about love: loving Him, loving others and loving you. These lessons on love will come from God’s Word, be illuminated by the Holy Spirit, exemplified by Jesus, and experienced in real life.

These lessons on love will cover five aspects of love.

  • How to receive God’s love
  • How to express love to God
  • How to love others
  • How to receive love from others
  • How to love yourself

God is going to work on those five aspects of love in your life. God is love and He wants you to be like Him. Let’s begin by defining what love is and then unpack each one. What is love? The Bible describes four different types of love. Continue reading

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