Walking Points: Reflections, Next Steps, and Encouragement for Your Journey with Jesus
By Dale Tedder
Walking Points: Reflections, Next Steps, and Encouragement for Your Journey with JesusDec 05, 2023
Advent Day 3: What Do You Do with Jesus?
What do you want with Jesus? Why are you following him? What do you want from him? Those are some questions he asked his first disciples and continues asking us today. Join me as we think about some of these things together. You can read the whole devotion at Advent: Day 3, What Do You Want with Jesus? (substack.com) Have a great day.
Advent: Day 2, Preparing Our Hearts for the Season
Slowly but surely we're getting into a good rhythm to celebrate this Advent Season. I hope this episode on preparing our hearts will help you do just that... prepare for the celebration of our Lord's birth as well as his return. Today I didn't share much from the actual devotion, so please check it out at Walking Points | Dale Tedder | Substack Each devotion has prayers, Scripture reading, reflections, key principles, and next steps to help you walk with Christ during this important season for God's people. Thanks for stopping by.
Advent: Day 1 - Living in Between: A Journey of Faith During Advent
Today is the beginning of Advent Season. Join me as we travel through this season reflecting on our Lord's first advent and how we are called to live in light of it as well as how our we must live in continual preparation for his second advent.
Rooted and Built Up in Christ
To grow strong, high, and flourish your roots have to go deep. When we're rooted and built up in Christ, we're able to bear much good and lasting fruit for Christ and his Kingdom. How do we get to that point? That's what we'll be talking about today. Thanks for joining me for this episode.
Weekly Reset: Week 48
Get your day and week off on the right foot by spending some time with God. Each week on the "reset" I try to give you some principles to reflect upon, next steps to put into practice, and a little encouragement along the way to help you grow closer with God and faithfully follow Christ in every sphere of your life. You can find a written version by visiting daletedder.com.
Trials of Many Kinds
How does God help us grow, mature, and become the men and women he created, redeemed, and called us to be? One way is: "trials of many kinds." But what does that mean? What do those trials look like? How can we persevere? Those are some of the things we'll be reflecting on together in this episode. Thanks for stopping by.
Special Announcement and Happy Thanksgiving
Today is an abbreviated episode of the Sunday morning "weekly reset." I'm excited to tell you about a new Advent devotional coming out soon for the wonderful hope-filled season of Advent. Join me on this brief episode to get those details.
Today we continue our discussion of the catechism of the Global Methodist Church. Our focus today is on the Trinity, which, as you will discover, is not a topic one can comprehensively cover in such a short time. But we hope our conversation will get you thinking more about what it means to say Christians are "Trinitarian" and why that matters. Thanks for stopping by.
Every Sphere of Life
What does it mean, practically speaking, to say that Jesus Christ is Lord? Is he Lord of just the religious stuff? Is he Lord only on certain days of the week or times of day? Today, let's take a look and try to better understand what it means to declare, believe, and practice the claim that Jesus Christ is Lord.
Weekly Reset, Week 45
Get your day and week off to a good start by spending time with me in prayer and thinking about all the things we have to be grateful for... and the many ways God has blessed us and we, in turn, might be a blessing to others.
We Believe in God
Today we tackle the first two questions of the Global Methodist Church catechism, which focus on the God who has revealed himself to us... the God who wants us to know, love, worship, and follow him. Thanks for checking out the podcast today.
God's Soul-Reviving Word
Have you been running on spiritual and emotional fumes lately? God has given us his Word to revive our souls and give us renewed life and wisdom. Join me today as we reflect upon what this might look like in our lives. How good God is to reveal himself to us in and through his Word.
Your Weekly Reset: Week 45
I hope this time of prayer will bless you as you prepare for today and this week. I pray the Lord will fill you with his presence throughout this time and lavish you with grace. Thanks for stopping by.
GMC Catechism: an Introduction
What is a catechism? Why do churches use catechisms? How can it be a helpful discipleship tool for individuals and churches? Those are some of the questions we'll be talking about in today's episode.
The Way of the Lord: An Introduction, Part 2
Today we finish up our discussion of what loving God and others really looks like. And, just as important, why we ought to love God and others in the first place. Love is more than a slogan, bumper sticker, or social media post... it's an intentional, volitional, practical, sacrificial expression of having another person's best interest at heart, even at the cost of your own. Thanks for stopping by and checking out today's episode.
The Way of the Lord: An Introduction
What is love? What does it look like? How should it be expressed? Where does it come from? Those will be some of the questions we begin to talk about in today's episode.
Dying So Others May Live
What if dying to yourself could and would enable others for generations to come to live and flourish for Christ and his Kingdom. Would it be worth it to you? And, spoiler alert, what if such "dying" would be only way to truly live the abundant and eternal life Christ desires for us and calls us to? Would that be worth it? That's what we're going to be talking about in today's episode. Thanks for stopping checking out the podcast. daletedder.substack.com
Weekly Reset, Week 44
Let's walk together through a time of prayer, in which we praise God, confess our sin, thank God for his goodness, and bring our deepest needs and concerns to him. Thanks for joining me on the journey today.
Living Wisely: Part 2
Today we finish up our discussion on what it means to live wisely and how to go about pursuing it and putting it into practice. So, if you want to grow in the art of living well, check out yesterday's and today's episodes and reflect with me on what it means to live wisely. As always, thanks for checking out the podcast. Make sure to subscribe! Have a great day.
Living Wisely: Part 1
In today's episode we're going to take a close look at what it means to live carefully, intentionally, and on purpose. This is the wise life God calls us to live, a life that is growing in the likeness of Christ. It's not easy, but it's the life for which we were created and redeemed and to which we are called. Thanks for stopping by.
Weekly Reset, Week 43
Join me as we spend time with God and prepare for the week ahead with this "weekly reset."
Meet the Pastors
As we begin our new feature of "ask the pastors" we thought it would be a good idea to first "meet" the pastors as well as provide a little context for what kinds of questions we hope you will feel comfortable asking. Thanks for stopping by.
The Upright Man
What does it look like to become the man God has created, redeemed, and called you to be? How can you get there? That's what we'll be exploring in today's episode. And by the way, this is a word of encouragement for men and not another message beating up on men. I hope men will find it a helpful and positive word of how they can become the men our world desperately needs today. Thanks for checking out today's episode.
The Faith and Courage of Hobbits
Our faith in God does not prevent hard times from coming our way or cause them to not be genuinely hard times. But, our faith reminds us that the God we trust is the One who promised to never leave us nor forsake us. He is the One who loves us and has our best interest at heart. And because he has promised to always be with us, we can have courage. Our courage is not in ourselves but in the God we know, love, trust, and follow. Let's think about these things together. Thanks for stopping by.
Your Weekly Reset, Week 42
Come spend time with me in a time of prayer as we prepare for a new day and a new week. There's no better way to start both than spending time with the One who loves us and has our best interest at heart.
Kitchen Sinks and Rabbit Trails
In this episode we finish up our series on cultivating the mind of Christ by running down every rabbit trail and throwing in everything else, including the kitchen sink. From Stoicism to the spiritual disciplines, we discuss how all this relates to wisdom and the mind of Christ.
Spiritual Friendship: God's Gift to the Church
On this week's "Godly Manhood" episode of Walking Points, we're going to be considering something that applies to both men and women: spiritual friendship. Having those who invest themselves into our lives is a tremendous blessing. Pouring your life into another's life is more rewarding than you can imagine. And having a friendship of mutual encouragement, support, and accountability is one of the most precious gifts we can give and receive. Join me as we think about what it means to be a "Paul, Barnabas, and Timothy." Thanks for stopping by.
Why Return to Worldly Ways?
While you're here, don't forget to subscribe to the podcast and click "like." Why in the world would we ever return to dead-end ways of life once we've been liberated from them? That's what we're discussing on the podcast today as well as how we can stay on track in the new life that God desires us to enjoy! Thanks for stopping by.
Prayer Journal & Weekly Reset: Week 41
Come spend some time with me in prayer with God as we reflect on his goodness and grace in our lives.
It's All About Discipleship
In today's episode, David Preston and I discuss how cultivating the mind of Christ is ultimately all about discipleship. How can the mind of Christ help us follow Jesus more faithfully in every sphere of life and build up Christ's church by serving it? That's a little of what we'll be talking about in today's episode. Thanks for checking it out.
The Mission for Godly Men
Join me in the mission. What mission? The mission for one hundred godly men? God has called us to make kingdom-minded and kingdom-hearted disciples of all the world, and that includes men. But what article after article point out is that men, and young men in particular, are searching for identity, affirmation, values, purpose, meaning, and more in other places than church. The "online gurus" who may not have selected that moniker for themselves have nonetheless become the place young men are going to learn and grow. Nature abhors a vacuum, and if men in the church are abdicating their roles and responsibilities, then others will take their place. So, join me on this mission to find 100 godly men who will pour their lives into others for the sake of Christ and his Kingdom. Today's episode will hopefully share encouragement and hope that God will bless our efforts.
A Kingdom Disciple
What does it mean to follow Jesus? Why would Jesus tell us to "count the cost" before becoming his disciple? What is he including? Can't I keep some things just for me and give him the rest? What does it mean to submit to him as my Lord? These and other questions are what we'll be thinking abut together in this episode. Thanks for stopping by.
Prayer Journal: Your Weekly Reset
Let's spend some time today with God and one another as we reset and prepare together for worship and the week before us.
A Purposeful Mind
What does it mean to have a purposeful mind? The Bible suggests our minds are to be sanctified or set apart for the sake of Christ and his Kingdom. How can set apart our minds for Christ in order to think as he does about God, the world in which we live, our own lives, and more? That's what we're going to explore in our conversation today. Join us... and thanks for stopping by. Also, check out my new newsletter, Walking Points, at Walking Points | Dale Tedder | Substack
New Life in Christ
Reaching Men for Christ
Today picks up where last Tuesday's podcast left off. Why should Christians reach out to men? Why should churches have ministries to men? In today's world, younger generations of men are going outside the walls and influence of the church to seek wisdom. Many fine thinkers are rightly diagnosing the issues young men (and not-so-young men) are wrestling with, but their prescriptions, while not completely wrong, fall short of what biblical truth and gospel transformation can do in the life of a man... of any age. Join me today as I reflect on why and how we ought to reach out to men for the sake of Christ and his Kingdom.
The Pursuit of God
Time with God: This Week's Reset
What better way to reset and prepare for the day and week than by spending time with God. Join me in prayer as we spend precious time with the One who loves us. By offering God our adoration, confession, thanksgiving, and praying for others, we have the blessed opportunity to draw close to God. And don't forget to listen for God's voice in the midst of your time with him. Don't do all the talking. We need to be still and listen and "just be" in his presence. You can find the outline for this time of prayer at my website, daletedder.com.
A Mind to Serve
The mind of Christ is a mind that has an eternal perspective. It's a mind that seeks to put others first by serving their needs. It's a mind that finds ways to express the love and grace of God to others and seeks to extend God's Kingdom. It's the mind of those who deny themselves, pick up their crosses daily, and follow Christ. It's the mind we are called to cultivate so we may serve others. Thanks for stopping by. I pray our conversation will bless you.
My Ministry to Men
Today begins a new Tuesday theme called, "In Pursuit of Godly Manhood." Every Tuesday I'll be focusing on helping and encouraging men become all God created, redeemed, and called them to be. This is Christian flourishing. Today I lay out how I got to the place in my ministry as a pastor in which I was convinced that ministering to men was much needed... for the men themselves, as well as their families, the church, the community, and so on. Here's the link to the chapter in my book this episode was based on....
In Pursuit of Godly Manhood: An Introduction - DaleTedder.com Thanks for stopping by.
Time with God
What a privilege and blessing to spend personal, intimate time with the God of the whole universe. We are able to do just that because of God's love poured out upon us through the work of our Lord Jesus Christ. His mediating work on the Cross has made a way for us to be able to draw close to God in prayer. May the Lord bless you as you reflect on how he loves you, all he has done, is doing, and has promised to do... as well as your concerns and the needs of others.
The word "disciple" literally means "learner." As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are called to be learners of Jesus - his way, his word, his will, and his world. He has been given authority over heaven and earth... and everything that exists was created by him, for him, and through him. In fact, everything is continually sustained by him. That means everything we learn can be used for his glory if we are intentional. We can take things we're interested in... or things we always wanted to study but never made time for... and prayerfully consider how we might learn more about them and use them to glorify God and bless others. We need to keep on learning... learning Jesus.
So We May Know Him Better
Make sure to click "Like" and subscribe. Today's walk in the word looks at Ephesians 1:15-23, in which the Apostle Paul prays a glorious and encouraging prayer for the church at Ephesus... and for us. He gives us hope to know God desires us to know him and given us all the resources of heaven to make that a reality in our lives. There's nothing better than that!!!
Christ or Chaos (We Are Methodists)
This bonus episode is a sermon I preached yesterday at Southside Methodist Church (www.smcjax.org). Our church is beginning a sermon series on what it means to be Methodists. I was blessed to kick things off in the series and share a little about how much the early church and John Wesley had in common regarding the world in which they lived and ministered, and how they went about declaring the Gospel and advancing the Kingdom. It's the same call we have today. Enjoy this bonus episode and have a great day!
Take Jesus at His Word
Do you ever find yourself struggling to trust Jesus? To trust God in the midst of difficult times or tough decisions? Today's episode is about how we can "take Jesus at his word" and trust him through the good times and the bad. Join me and let's reflect on these things together.
Drawing Close to God in Prayer
This "Sunday" edition is our weekly prayer time drawing closer to God through prayer. Let these reflections and prayer prompts guide you as you seek to draw close to your heavenly Father. We come to know and love God more as we spend more time with him. I encourage you to listen to today's episode and do just that... draw closer to God and get to know him better and love him more. Have a great day!
Thinking Christianly: Just Think of the Possibilities
In today's episode we continue our series on what it means to have "the mind of Christ." Just imagine the possibilities of what your life can become when you begin to think like Jesus about every sphere of life. How might your life change? How might you live in a way that glorifies God and blesses others if you saw life the way Jesus does? Those are some of the issues we wrestle with in this week's episode.
The Riches of God's Grace
God is not stingy with his grace and love. He has it in abundance and has lavished it upon us in and through his Son, Jesus Christ. What is a proper and natural response to such an outpouring of God's favor and power? Gratitude. Holiness. A life given for the glory of God. Join me today as we reflect on these things together from Ephesians 1:3-14.
You're a Saint... Now Live Like One
Today's Walk in the Word begins a new series in the Book of Ephesians in the New Testament. It's a great book that will help us know Christ better and become more like him. As Christians we want to to walk closely with Christ and Ephesians is just the book to help us do that. Today's episode focuses on the Apostle Paul and what he means when he calls us "saints." What does it mean to be a saint? We'll briefly look at that in today's episode. Thanks for stopping by.