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The Bible offers God’s wisdom and genuine hope for our daily lives. On LIVE THE BIBLE, join Dr. Wayne Stiles and discover how to apply the Word of God to your life through the practical teaching and application of the Scriptures. The Bible, its lands, and its culture don't have to be confusing or irrelevant. Whether it's personal discouragement, relief from guilt, finding purpose in life or hope for eternity, you’ll hear words to help you truly live the Bible. www.waynestiles.com/podcast
 
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Parenting is tough work. But so is having parents! Many of us grew up with a mixed bag of experiences that hurt a whole lot. And while our upbringing certainly shaped our lives, it doesn't define us. Only God defines us. This episode of Live the Bible shows us how Josiah walked with God in spite of his terrible home life. We see how we can break fr…
 
Your property probably has a fence—and for good reason. A fence acts mostly as a boundary, letting someone know to stay in or to stay out. God's Word is like a fence too—and for good reason. In this episode of Live the Bible, we see a man who didn't just ignore the fences of God's law, he tore them down! King Manasseh was the worst king that Judah …
 
The most common command in the Bible is no big surprise. "Fear not." Easy to say, but tough work to do. Truthfully, some of us don't know how we'll react to fear until we're actually afraid. King Hezekiah had plenty to fear. He faced a situation where fear was the most natural response, and yet—he found strength in God. How? Well that's the million…
 
I'll be honest: I'm a recovering people-pleaser. Even though we all have a need to be loved and accepted, many of us will search far and wide to find that acceptance. Sometimes too far. In this episode of Live the Bible, we meet a man named Joash who was, at his core, a people-pleaser. The life of Joash shows us how we can fear God more than fear p…
 
Take a guess how many advertisements you saw yesterday? Believe it or not, the average person sees up to 10,000 ads per day. That rapid-fire barrage of marketing hardly helps us stay content with what we have! In this episode of Live the Bible, we're opening to 1 Kings 21 to learn from Ahab and Jezebel, an infamous power couple whose greed offers u…
 
What's your biggest fear? If you're like most people, it's the fear beneath the fear that looms so large. Thankfully, God sees even deeper than that. In this episode of Live the Bible, we're talking about how to respond when you're facing an unexpected fear, looking to King Jehoshaphat in 2 Chronicles 20 for our example to follow. He wasn't perfect…
 
The humble birth of Jesus Christ reveals a surprising truth. What truth? In this episode of Live the Bible, we take a special look at Christmas and how the pursuits of our lives and passions can easily get misplaced. Jesus shows us that the way up is down. The way to true greatness in the eyes of God is to be a servant to Him—and to others—just lik…
 
What does it mean to be wholly committed to the Lord? It's easy to trust God for those things we already trust Him for. But what about those other areas of life? Things that aren't going so well? It can be a bit trickier, can't it? In this episode of Live the Bible, we're learning from Asa in 1 Kings 15. When he began his reign over ancient Judah, …
 
When looking for wisdom, many of us turn to a friend or loved one. But there's another person/voice we often listen to, sometimes without realizing it. Ourselves. But our inner voice is often fueled by fears and feelings rather than facts or faith. It's important we sift our voice through the filter of Scripture before listening too closely. This i…
 
How does shoe leather taste? When we put our foot in our mouth, it's more than embarrassing. And when we aren’t quick to make things right, it only gets tougher. In today's episode of Live the Bible, we're learning about "Avoiding a Royally Wrong Response" from King Rehoboam in 1 Kings 12. He had a great opportunity to listen and to respond well. I…
 
Feeling satisfied with your life? If you're like most people, you may not only feel discontent, but you work hard searching for something (or someone) to bring that lasting refreshment. But that is life in the hamster wheel. It's a never-ending run. In this episode of Live the Bible, we're turning to a special passage in the Psalms to learn from a …
 
Okay, so I'll admit it. When you reach a certain age, your eyes start changing so that either reading up close or seeing things from a distance become challenging. (I can read up close but far off is a total blur.) Progressive lenses can help. But honestly? They take some getting used to! Life is a lot like this either/or perspective. We need the l…
 
We can't change the past . . . Or can we? As strange as it may sound, we can change the past that will be by how we live today. In this episode of Live the Bible, we're continuing our series in the life of Joseph, where we'll hear the final words from Joseph's father on his deathbed. These final words will help us best plan for yesterday—today. Sup…
 
Let’s be honest. If the Bible doesn’t relate to our lives, what’s the point? We need truth to live by, not just truth that’s sounds nice. That brings us to today’s episode of Live the Bible. What can we do when God makes zero sense? When what we read in the Scripture doesn’t compute with our own ideas of life? As we continue in our series on the li…
 
We all know change is hard. Truthfully, though, we welcome change that WE initiate or can anticipate. But God uses surprising change that HE initiates to help us grow and bring about His sovereign plans. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re back in Genesis to see the next chapter in Joseph’s life of surprising twists—and to discover the comfort…
 
Unmet expectations, betrayal, and abuse can color our perceptions like little else. But what if I told you there’s one perspective that could change everything? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re continuing Joseph’s story in Genesis where we’ll discover what that perspective is. It really can—and does!—change everything when you apply it. It …
 
It’s easy to compare ourselves to others. We all do it. But comparison only produces two responses: envy or pride. Neither honors God—yet, comparison seems unavoidable. What can we do? We’ll find out in this episode of Live the Bible as we turn to Genesis to see Joseph’s brothers face the test they failed the first time: jealousy. Support the show…
 
Have you noticed how God’s tests are always pop quizzes? That’s because they’re designed to reveal who we are, not what we know. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis where we’ll see Jacob face one of God’s most challenging tests: surrender. It’s a powerful lesson in why God asks us to trust Him—and why we can. Support the sho…
 
Have you ever felt forgotten by God? You’re not alone. You’re so ready to use your talents for the Lord, to be a success and see your dreams come true—if only God would show up. If anyone in the Bible understood that feeling, it’s Joseph! In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re picking up his story in Genesis to learn what to do when it feels like…
 
What do you do when the life God has promised you looks nothing like the life He has given you? Sometimes it feels like God is leading us in circles. He points in one direction, and we walk—and walk—and walk!—and never turn a corner. What can we do with one foot nailed to the floor? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re opening God’s Word to Jos…
 
Temptation can be tough—and I mean TOUGH—to say no to at times. The only thing harder is to have resisted—but then be falsely accused of giving in! In this episode of Live the Bible, we’ll see Joseph’s infamous encounter with Potiphar’s wife in Genesis 39. It’s a story that offers powerful tools for resisting temptation—and the encouragement we nee…
 
God’s work in and through you isn’t hindered by your family struggles. No matter the mistakes we or our family members make, God is in control. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis 38 to see that truth in action through the life of Joseph’s brother Judah. It’s an encouragement for anyone who’s ever been let down by family. Su…
 
The Bible doesn’t tell us everything. Seriously! There are huge gaps in the Bible. God’s Word doesn’t tell us everything—but it does tell us everything we need to know. God works the same way in our lives, and thankfully, the Bible DOES tell us that we can trust Him, even when we don’t understand what He’s doing. What can we do when the life God ha…
 
What does it take for God to change your life? Not a life, but YOUR life. For most of us, real change takes two things—a lot of time and a lot of pain. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re opening our Bibles to Genesis for the story of Jacob, Isaac’s son who wrestled with God and emerged a changed man. It’s a fantastic story with powerful appli…
 
There’s one thing about you that should never grow old: your faith. Because our relationship with God requires daily faith, our faith should be new each day. No one exemplifies this better than Abraham. And in this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis to see how he lived with vibrant, daily faith until the day he died. Abraham’s stor…
 
You weren’t made for death. Death isn’t part of God’s design for us. That’s why we grieve when we come face-to-face with death. As believers, we also look forward to resurrection. But what do we do when we face death—and life hasn’t lived up to our expectations? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis to see the answer in Abraha…
 
If you made a map of your life, what points would you include? Looking back at the turning points, small events, and seasons in our lives, it’s astounding to see how God has prepared us for each moment. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re in Genesis continuing our study of a man whose life showcases God’s providential guidance: Abraham. This t…
 
Which feels closer: 1997 or 2047? 1997! Twenty-five years ago feels like yesterday—and yet, waiting 25 MORE years feels like forever. That’s true in our spiritual lives too. And sometimes God asks us to wait a VERY long time. How can we possibly do that? In today’s episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis where we’ll find in Abraham’s st…
 
We’ve all been there—in that place where we know the right thing to do, and yet—we hesitate. Does it really make a difference if we obey God immediately so long as we ultimately follow His commands? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis 19 for a hard but important lesson on what hesitation costs. Applying it today could change…
 
Our lives are filled with need. I’m talking about needs that make us feel helpless. We can’t think our way around them or make enough money to solve them. What does God expect us to do with those kinds of needs? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis to learn the answer from Abraham. It’s not easy—but it’s incredibly effective.…
 
It’s possible you are facing an impossibility today. We often believe God can do the impossible. But the problem is the day-to-day reality of walking in faith when fear creeps in. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis to learn how to thrive as we wait in the gap between God’s promises to us and their fulfillment in our lives. …
 
Do you like waiting? Me neither. No one does! We want what we want—or need—right now. But God often steers our lives at a slower pace. The question is: What do we do when God takes too long? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis 15 for practical lessons on waiting on God that we can use right now. Support the show…
 
If there’s one thing we all need, it’s assurance. We need it in all our relationships—at home, at work, and with God. That’s true for the brand-new Christian, and it’s true for our “heroes of the faith” like Abraham. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re continuing Abraham’s story in Genesis, where we’ll see that need in action—and God’s marvelo…
 
How much faith does it take to live the Christian life? Daily faith! We have to have daily faith, because so much of what God promises us is in the future. Thankfully, He also gives us encouragement right now. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re looking at Abraham’s life in Genesis for the daily dose we all need. Support the show…
 
Looking at the world, it’s easy to get discouraged. Things seem to just get worse and worse, don’t they? But the truth is, Christians have always had to live out their faith in a context that’s opposed to our faith. How do we do it? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Genesis for the timeless answer. Support the show…
 
If you’ve ever wondered what heaven will be like, the #1 episode of Live the Bible is for you! Our most popular episode of all time leans on God’s Word to reveal what’s waiting for us on the other side of life. The book of Revelation has the FACTS about heaven and hell—and they just might surprise you. Listen now to find out what makes this episode…
 
Are we living in the end-times? The daily news seems worse than ever! But do today’s headlines signal the end-times? If so, what does that mean for you and me? Our 2nd-most-popular episode of Live the Bible takes us to 2 Thessalonians for the truth about the end-times. But don’t worry—above the clamor of our world’s bad news, God’s Word proclaims t…
 
How often do you feel the need to be in control? Let me ask it another way. How often are you truly at peace? In our Top Ten Countdown of Live the Bible, our #3 episode challenges us to be honest with ourselves about that tough question. We all need rest—but we can only find it when we let go of one thing and truly trust God. How do we do it? The k…
 
"Judge not, that ye not be judged” (Matthew 7:1). That might be the most popular verse in the Bible—and it’s definitely the topic of our 4th-most-popular episode of Live the Bible! Everybody knows these words from Jesus, and a lot of us like to quote them. But what does that verse really mean? Jesus gives us the answer and how we can apply it immed…
 
What fear are you carrying with you today? Maybe it’s fear of the unknown or the future, fear about your health or finances or country. Whatever it is, God offers help to face it head on. In our 5th-most-popular episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to 2 Chronicles for help overcoming our greatest fears. God’s Word is better than all the world’s…
 
Who—or what—is your idol? We’re counting down our Top Ten episodes of Live the Bible, and #6 on our list takes us to 1 Thessalonians to address a topic you may never have taken personally: Idolatry. Who struggles idolatry today? Well—I do. We all do. It’s a serious problem we don’t even realize we have. But the good news is God’s Word has the fix, …
 
Think of the turning points in your life. Some are obvious—weddings, children, new jobs. Others are subtle—small decisions, quick conversations, chance encounters. We might chalk these moments up to coincidence, but Scripture shows us otherwise. In our 7th-most-popular episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to the book of Ruth to glean the assuri…
 
What’s the hardest part of a marathon? You may be surprised. The beginning, when your adrenaline’s pumping and the crowd’s cheering, is easy. And the sight of the finish line gives you another boost at the end. But the middle’s hard—REALLY hard. (Ask me how I know.) The same is true in our Christian lives. In our 8th-most-popular episode of Live th…
 
The Judgment Seat of Christ. Can you think of a bigger sounding test? Me neither! But take a deep breath. First and Second Corinthians assure us this day will be a wonderful day for all believers in Christ. In our 9th-most-popular episode of Live the Bible, we’ll find out exactly what that means—and how we can be ready to stand before Jesus. Relax—…
 
What do you do when God doesn’t meet your expectations? In this episode of Live the Bible, we’ll turn to the book of Mark to answer that tough question. We all have an idea about what life will be like when we say yes to following Jesus. The first disciples certainly had their expectations too! And Jesus disappointed them. But why does God let us e…
 
Who could be a better life coach than Jesus? We see in our Lord not only the type of person we want to be—but we see the path toward that goal. Jesus is the perfect example of intentional growth and balance in all areas of life. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to one verse in Luke 2 to see how He grew spiritually and socially—and h…
 
What do you want out of life? We don’t simply drift into the lives we want; we have to steer ourselves there. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re opening God’s Word to the book of Luke to find the best model for growth: (big surprise, it’s) Jesus! Following His example in four key areas is the key to steering toward the life we want. Support t…
 
Let’s be honest. We all deal with doubt on some level. Feelings and circumstances tempt doubt to creep in on even the most seasoned Christians—even doubt about the basics of our faith. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to Matthew 11 to find out how we can deal with our doubts—and become stronger because of them. Doubt can turn into a…
 
Do you ever feel like God is kicking you when you’re down? Whatever our situation is, we want Him to intervene. It would be SO easy for Him to step in and change what we can’t—and yet, He doesn’t. In this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning to the book of John where two people pled with Jesus to come and heal their brother—but Jesus showed up …
 
“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood . . .” Does that take you back to sophomore English class? It does me too, but it also makes me think of another bit of poetry that presents two roads to the reader—and a choice that makes all the difference. Our choice. I’m talking about Psalm 1—and in this episode of Live the Bible, we’re turning there for som…
 
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