By The Porch
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Welcome to the sermon podcast of The Porch, a young adult ministry of Watermark Community Church in Dallas, Texas. The Porch is a gathering of 3,000+ young adults who meet every Tuesday night at 7 PM CST. Each week we address challenges that face twenty and thirty-somethings and what The Bible has to say about them. For more information, visit www.theporch.live or download The Porch app: https://apple.co/2MlYc1P.
||CleanKing of Hearts||Throughout history, governments were put into place to attempt to bring law and order to society. What happens when there is no objective truth and everyone does what seems right to them? In this message, we open up the book of Judges and see what happens when people become the King of their own hearts.||3/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Drains of Our Lives||There are so many things fighting for our attention. As we're hustling through life, we can feel drained and in need of self-care, but how do we recharge in a way that actually works? In this message, we talk about the things that drain us and how to overcome them.||3/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHabits That Bring Freedom||Your habits are shaping who you are. What habits are you forming and how do you make sure you’re becoming who you want to be? In this message, we talk about the ways we can care for ourselves through small decisions every day.||3/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBody Worship||Our bodies were built for worship, not to be worshiped, so how do we navigate the complexities of stewarding our bodies well without getting caught up in the comparison game? Join us this week as we take a biblical look at Self Care for the body.||2/25/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe State of Your Faith||Do you see your faith as a finished product or a work in progress? In this message, we discuss what it looks like to have an active faith that will persevere through life’s ups and downs.||2/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGetting Off The Crazy Train||Our minds are powerful and we can hop on trains of thought that take us places - for good or for bad. You can’t live a positive life with negative thoughts, so what are you dwelling on? In the message, we talk about how to care for our minds.||2/11/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCleaning Out Your Closet||Sometimes self-care involves detoxing your life – mind, body, and soul. Do you have hurts, habits, or hang-ups that you’ve been carrying into your future that should stay in your past? In this message, we talk about what it looks like to reveal what could be holding you back, release the burdens of your past, and recognize how to move forward and help others do the same.||2/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Best Life in 30 Minutes||The decisions we make today affect our future and can change the trajectory of our lives… no pressure. We’re all becoming our future selves. Are you becoming all that God desires for you to be? In this message, we look at 7 principles informed by The Bible that will help you be the best you.||1/28/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Thirsty Woman, Celebs, & Soul Care||It seems as though there are infinite ways to practice self care, but what is the ultimate way to treat yourself? In this message, we look at John 4 and start with self care 101.||1/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSurviving The Holidays||Holidays are a wonderful time of the year, but also a time when many will end up taking a holiday from their faith. In this message, we talk through how to avoid the biggest pitfalls that young adults face over the holidays.||11/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRelentless Pursuit||We all have something in common; the desire to be pursued. We love hearing stories of reckless, illogical, relentless love. What if the very thing you’ve always wanted you already have? In this message, we look to the book of Hosea to see a glimpse of God’s love for us, but specifically for you.||11/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFinding Freedom From Anxiety||Anxiety is a common experience for all of us, but no one wants it. The good news is Jesus offers us a path towards experiencing freedom from anxiety. In this message, we look to Matthew 6:24-34 and the teachings of releasing our anxiety.||11/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFantasy Marriage||We all have an idea of what we think marriage will be like, but what if our expectations aren’t exactly realistic? In this message, we look at Ephesians 5 for an accurate depiction of what marriage is for and what it should be like.||11/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFantasy Guy||Ladies, do you have a checklist of qualities that you’d like your future husband to have? Often times, even if you have a set standard in mind it’s tempting to follow your heart rather than wait for the right guy. In this message, we look at 1 Timothy 3 as a way to identify the biblical qualities that make a man husband material.||10/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFantasy Girl||Guys, when you think of the perfect girl what is she like? Before you go out looking for her you may want make sure the traits and qualities you have in mind are biblical and not just personal preference. What if the girl you’re looking for is just a fantasy that will turn into a nightmare? In this message, we look to Proverbs 31 as a framework for what to look for in a wife.||10/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFantasy Love||We all desire real love, but in a world full of unrealistic expectations, social media highlight reels, online dating profiles, and “reality” TV shows, it can be hard to know what real love is. In this message, we look to God’s Word and biblical principles to discover what real love is and how you can find it.||10/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMore Money = More Happiness||This is one of those “lies” we all want to find out for ourselves is actually a lie. Music, movies, and the world tell us that with more money comes more opportunity, more freedom, and more fun, but is that true? In this message, we see what Jesus has to say about money and how to break free from those golden handcuffs.||10/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWomen Are Sex Objects||Have you ever paid attention to what that song with the sickest beat is actually saying about women and sex? It's probably worse than you thought. But it’s just a song, what harm could it really do? In this message, we look at the effects of those songs on the world around us and how we can fight the lies and replace them with truth.||10/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLife is Found In The Party||Sex, drugs, and rock n roll is supposed to be the epitome of fun, but is that really the case? Does living the rockstar lifestyle mean living your best life? Believe it or not, The Bible speaks specifically to this topic and we look to King Solomon, the wisest rockstar to ever live, for insight.||9/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou’re Perfect Just The Way You Are||Many songs that are well-known and loved all have a similar message: you’re perfect just the way you are. It’s an encouraging message, but is it true? Are we really perfect? Were we born perfect? Is there anything we should change? In this message, we decipher the truths from the lies and look to God’s Word to see if the lyrics line up with Scripture.||9/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhen God Is Late||Ever had a situation where you really needed God’s help, but it seemed like he no-showed you? In this message, learn what you need to know when you feel like you got ghosted...by God.||9/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Do You Prepare for What’s Next?||Young adulthood is hard. It’s a time where some of the most important decisions we will ever make take place. How we spend these years lays the foundation for the rest of our lives. How can we set ourselves up to experience God’s best for us? How are we supposed to prepare for what comes next when we don't know what's coming? In this message, we learn about 10 pieces of wisdom from Proverbs to train us up for what tomorrow may hold.||9/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Does It Mean to Be a Strong Woman in the Church?||What is a woman’s role in the church? What about out of the church? Women, has the fear of coming across too strong caused you to hold back your God-given gifts? In this message, Jonathan Pokluda and guest speaker Jennie Allen talk about what it looks like to be a strong woman in the church and how to live out your purpose. Guys, this message isn’t just for the ladies! Listen in to learn more about how you can support and encourage the women around you for the benefit of the Kingdom.||8/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow Can I Know God's Plan for My Life?||Do you ever wonder what God’s plan is for your life? What’s next? What career path should you take? Who should you date and marry? Should you move cities? In this message, we look at both the revealed and secret will of God and how to navigate the grey areas.||8/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Anyone Really Know They’re Going to Heaven?||On a scale of 1 to 10, how sure are you that you're going to heaven? Can anyone really ever be sure? Don’t all religions lead to God? In this message, we look at John 14 and what The Bible has to say about the path to heaven.||8/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan We Trust the Bible?||Has the Bible been changed over time? Is it historically accurate? Are we sure we can trust it? In this message we discuss the validity of The Bible and why it even matters.||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCan Someone Be Gay and Be a Christian?||With so many differing opinions out there, it's hard to know what the Bible actually says about homosexuality. Is it wrong? Isn’t love, love? Is the Church simply behind the times? Judge not, right? In this message, we unpack the truth of Scripture on the matter and how the Church should respond to it.||7/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Does the Bible Have to Say about Sex Before Marriage?||When it comes to sex, we have a lot of questions. Does the Bible say sex before marriage is wrong? How far is too far? What do I do if I’ve already gone too far? Let’s talk about sex, baby, and what the Bible has to say about it.||7/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Do You Do If You’re Pregnant?||When unexpected events occur the first question is usually, "what are my options?" When it comes to an unplanned pregnancy, the answer can seem a bit more complicated. This week we learn from King David the hard truths of how to keep one mistake from leading to another.||7/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat if Someone Has Doubts?||As followers of Christ, we are all prone to experience doubts. Does having doubts mean our faith is not real? What should we do with our doubts? Is it possible to conquer our doubts and grow our faith? In this message, we address those questions and look to the three stories of people doubting in the Bible for answers.||7/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat The Remnant Reads||No book in history has ever been attacked, debated, or banned as much as the Bible…yet it’s still the bestselling book of all time. In this message we look at why the people of God are so devoted to Scripture, no matter how strong the opposition gets.||7/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow The Remnant Resolves Conflict||Conflict is inevitable and it's part of every healthy relationship. Unfortunately, conflict resolution is not something that is commonly taught and many people do not know how to do it well. For those who make up the people of God, resolving conflict is not an option but it is an opportunity to honor God, strengthen relationships, and grow. In this message, we discuss how The Remnant resolves conflict.||6/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow The Remnant Lives Courageously||Certain qualities have always marked The Remnant. In this message, we explore the courageous willingness they have to speak when others won’t, fight for those who can’t fight for themselves, stand for truth no matter the cost, and to give their lives for the good of others, our world, and the cause of Christ.||6/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy The Remnant Prays||The Remnant has access to communicate with the One true God as their Heavenly Father. As remarkable as that is, we do not pray as if that is reality. Why? What keeps us from praying more? What are we believing or not believing about our Heavenly Father, about ourselves, or about prayer? In this message, we discuss prayer and why it’s so crucial to daily our lives.||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy The Remnant Gives||Would you consider yourself a generous person? The Remnant has always been generous with not just their resources but their lives. What is it about The Remnant that makes them so generous? In this message, we look at the meaning of true generosity and how we can respond to God’s generosity towards us.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow The Remnant Loves||Throughout history, The Remnant has always stood out by the way they love others. Not in a romantic "all the feels" kind of way but in an extraordinary “agapao” kind of way. What does that kind of love look like and how can we live it out? In this week's message, we uncover how The Remnant should love, and it may not be what you expect.||5/28/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat The Remnant Knows||We live in a world where we’re told truth is subjective. It’s widely accepted that each person can define what is true for them and what is right and wrong based on their own standards. God's people have always held to the fact that there is absolute truth defined by God which is laid out in His Word. In this message, we look at John 8:31-45 to see the role truth plays in our lives.||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhy The Remnant Matters||What would it look like if you removed the Christian presence from history? What does it mean to be Salt & Light? Join us as we dig into Matthew 5:13-16 to discover the answers to those questions and uncover the purpose of the Remnant.||5/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeasuring Your Value||Do you ever feel unwanted, unworthy, or wonder if you’re enough? The world tells us to look to job titles, possessions and relationships for our value, but God tells us to look to Him. Check out this week's message as we unpack Ephesians 2:10 to discover that our ultimate value is determined by the Artist… and you are His Masterpiece.||5/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWe are God’s Plan A||In a world with so many evils, how are people supposed to know that God is good? That's where we come in. In this message, we hear from Gary Haugen about modern-day slavery and how we can seek justice until all are free. It’s very clear throughout the Bible that God is passionate about justice. The question is, are we passionate about what God is passionate about?||4/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPreparing for Paradise||We all want to prepare for the future, but how far ahead are you thinking? In this message, we take a look at what Jesus has to say about Heaven and how we should prepare for eternity in paradise. Are you storing up your treasures here on earth, or are you investing in forever where the implications and rewards are eternal?||4/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving for Eternity||So, you believe the afterlife is real, but now what? This week, we take a look at what King Solomon had to say in Ecclesiastes about living a significant life here on earth. No Regrets. No turning back.||4/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHomesick for Heaven||In life we often look forward to the next thing and dream of the day we achieve true happiness. We all have things we want, but what if everything we’ve ever longed for was actually a longing for Heaven and to be with God. In this message, we look at Revelation 21 and 22 to see what the apostle John revealed to us about Heaven. What will heaven be like? Better than you can even imagine.||4/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEternal FOMO||Is Hell even real? Who goes there? How bad could it be? In this message, we look at Luke 16:19-31 and talk through this place called Hell, what it would be like to spend eternity apart from God, and how you don’t have to.”||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Results from Running||When we run from God we become our own worst enemy. In the midst of our rebellion, we can lose sight of God’s goodness and start to think we know better. In chapter 4, the final chapter of Jonah, we see what happens when we follow our rebellious heart and how to course correct back to God’s best for our lives.||3/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Story Is Not Over||We’re not perfect. We’ve all messed up. We’ve all made bad choices. In Jonah chapter 3, we see that God is a God of second chances and your past is no problem for his grace, instead, it's a platform for His purpose.||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYour Way Out||Life is an adventure, but it definitely has its ups and downs. When you’re in those low moments it can feel like you are stuck in a pit or that life just hasn’t gone your way. In this message, we look at Jonah chapter 2 and learn from Jonah’s prayer to God when he was in a pit and a definite low point... like the bottom of the ocean low. The good news: there’s a way out, and the best is yet to come.||3/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou’re A Runaway||The way we run from God may not look as obvious as the way Jonah ran from God, but make no mistake, we are all Runaways. Whether you are chasing after things the world has to offer or it’s a slow drift one little decision at a time, you’re running. Are you exhausted yet? This week in Jonah 1, we see how far God is willing to go to bring us through our storms and back to Him, no matter what we’ve done.||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDrunkenness & Soberness||Are you living for the weekend? Is a glass of wine or a cold beer your go-to after a rough day? It's time to consider the why behind the drink. This week's message navigates the vice of drunkenness and the freedom found in the virtue of soberness.||2/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGossip & Restraint||This just in… gossip destroys relationships. Ok, maybe you already knew that. The problem is, gossip is so common that you may not even notice that you, or people around you, are doing it. Why is it so damaging to yourself and others and what is the solution? We discuss the vice of gossip and the benefits of the virtue of restraint in this week’s message.||2/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Doesn’t get any better than this
I have been listening to this podcast for over a year now, and I’m convinced that it’s the best podcast out there if you want to understand who God is and who you are. This was created with young adults in mind, but the principles apply to all ages, and I would personally recommend this podcast to anyone age 16 or older. All negative comments I have read in the reviews are similar to what I see all over the internet, where a sentence is taken in isolation and completely out of context of the ideas and principles that are being taught.
These guys do a fantastic job of recognizing relevant and important topics and teach with such clarity and common sense that the fog is removed and the truth is clear. They approach difficult and sometimes controversial topics that many teachers stay away from, and often speak from their own experience, having been in the trenches themselves.
If it were possible to give a 6-star rating, I would. Men of God! Fantastic!
So many wonderful and valid points for young adults in college. Start training now friends, life is a marathon! The part where he says that “all things come from God even heroine and other drugs” what he says after that is that we as a world use things that God made (as in God made the different elements that are combined to make drugs like that) and we as humans abuse those. He’s not saying “heroine is good! You can thank God for that”
The one star review was written by somebody who’s favorite verses from the Bible are generally spat at unbelievers by “Christians” who don’t understand that God’s love is all you need. But hey, I guess everyone is entitled to their own opinion and interpretation. All sinners, whether it be sexual, idolatry, substance abuse, or as they put it “fornicators” (gosh I hate that word) ALL SINNERS are set free from those chains and will be welcomed in Heaven simply because you repent and believe Jesus Christ is the son of God and died on the cross to save you from your sins. (John 3:16) Boom. Spread the love people.
God has demonstrated his love for you and this isn’t it
“Everything including cocaine, heroine, marijuana were created by God, if they’re sanctified by the word of God and prayer”
This man said that, this stuff is okay to use drugs yet. Doesn’t God tell you to live a sober life sober mind? He’s saying that following God’s word is “a doctrine of demons” IM DEAD! I was dead because you’re a doctrine of demon. Telling people how to live life how you want, your going to make it to heaven as long as you believe in Jesus and THATS NOT THE WAY!
9Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,
10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10
YOU SHOULD LET THE PEOPLE KNOW THE TRUTH AND NOT YOUR PROFESS OF WHAT YOU ASSUME WHAT IS TRUE.
I can’t stand a Lukewarm Christian
15 I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! 16 So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.