There's MoreMar 12, 2020
Help, I'm bored in the Bible! part 2
Can you relate to the idea of feeling a little bored as you read through your Bible study or crack open your Bible? Today's part two episode walks you through 5 things to do as you're reading your Bible.
1. Get to know God
2. Go slow
3. Grab a pen
4. Let the Bible teach you the Bible
5. Follow what the Spirit leads
Help, I'm bored in the Bible!
Have you ever felt bored in the Bible? Today I share 5 ways to shift from boredom to delight.
Have any questions about reading your Bible? Send a message at hannahnitz.com/say-hello for me to answer next episode!
Verses mentioned: Psalm 73:25, Psalm 16:11, Acts 2:25-28, I Corinthians 2, Matthew 16:15, Galatians 4:6, John 5:39, Matthew 5:6
The point of life.
I've spent a ridiculous amount of time thinking about this question. What is the point of the Christian life? Many in the church will quickly answer- "to give God glory". What does that mean? How do we bring God the most glory?
Today I dive into this question, tell you why the term Christian Hedonism has been blowing my mind, and give you a few points from the book Pleasures Evermore by Sam Storms.
True or False: “The purpose of life is to glorify God, not to be happy”
Engaging in the presence of God.
What if one of the secrets to experiencing more of God is all about His presence? Noelle Beck is with us today talking about her alone time with God, and how our focus should be more on God's PRESENCE and less on our DOING.
Psalm 16:11 ESV You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
We make room.
Could talking about the tabernacle possibly get you excited to spend more time with God? We are about to find out! I heard a quote from Marty Solomon when he was teaching on the tabernacle that says “I believe there is an indirect promise that if we create the space for God, He will fill it.” Let's talk about what that looks like!
Have thoughts or questions on making room for God? Hit me up!
God's ways vs. God's acts
A thought that I've been trying to figure out: “Its possible to know a lot about God, but not know God”. What's the difference? Why does this matter?
I talk about the difference laid out in Pslam 103:7 between God's ways and God's acts, and the invitation we have to KNOW our creator.
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Presence and power.
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My dad and your strength.
Summarizing the last year is hard- the birth of my daughter and the death of my dad seem too much for just 12 months to hold. But in the midst of mourning, God taught me a beauty of loving him "with all my strength", and how that was exemplified in my father.
My dad's website- thesteverybka.com
Java with Juli - Podcast Series on "God, Sex, and Your Marriage"
The Grandfather Effect by Brian Dahlen
Shalom for you.
Very very very dependent.
“Jesus is, without question, the most dependent human being that ever lived”
What do you think about that quote? Could it be true? Join me as we walk through the book of John and look at Jesus' dependence, and then talk about what in the world we are supposed to do with that. How can we be dependent? What does that look like? And how is it connected to "more" of God?
God pursues His people.
Could you summarize the Bible in 8 minutes? I couldn't, but thankfully my friend Laura Veale can! From Genesis to Revelation, each story points to God's desire to be with His people. Join us as we walk through each passage and praise the God who pursues + reveals!
Prayer closets + shutting your door.
Could where you physically sit when you spend time with God matter? Can the location of your God time impact your relationship with Him? Why are we such advocates for hiding in a prayer closet? On this episode you'll hear from Noelle Beck, Laura Veale, + Hannah Nitz as they share practical tips for their time with God and the secret of "shutting your door".
God's glory and the star quarterback.
What does it mean to give God glory? I've used the phrase "Soli Deo Gloria" (Latin for Glory to God alone) for most of my adult life and always had God's glory on my mind, but is it possible I was still focused on myself? On this episode I share how I used to view myself as the star quarterback on God's team vs. how I see myself now. I pray you can listen and ask God how you view His glory and your part in it!
I still like parties.
"As I’ve been wanting to enjoy more of God, I’ve struggled with the things I do enjoy. I love our house, decorations, art projects and nice vacations. Is a part of experiencing more of God working to remove those things?"
This week I dive into this question, hobbies, and things we enjoy outside of God!
What we learned.
Well, 2020 was a wild year, wasn't it? On this "end of year" episode we look back on the lessons we learned over the last 12 months. You'll hear from three voices you've come to love- Hannah Nitz, Noelle Beck, & Laura Veale, as they flip through their journals and share their biggest take aways.
Teaching #1: Everything God has, He shares with us.
Teaching #2: God is the most satisfying, even when you have it all.
Teaching #3: We get God.
What was your biggest lesson of 2020? We would love to hear from you- hannahnitz.com/say-hello
I'm not at the center.
The last election messed me up.
Last election messed me up spiritually. That first Tuesday in November was followed by months of no church, a complete removal from Christian activity, and a distrust of God.
This election won't phase me- so what's the difference?
Pursuing myself during quiet time.
When you're spending time with God, what's the MAIN question you are going in with? What are you pursuing and chasing after? What are you hoping to accomplish or feel? I talk through the difference between pursuing ourself vs. pursuing God!
More for you.
So we are always talking about "the more" with God, but what is it? Is it a certain level you reach? A closeness you feel? A level of maturity? My thoughts and definition of "the more" got challenged this week, and I'm here to talk about it!
Unhurried, undistracted, & unmovable.
Get your worship on.
Worship is more than singing songs at church- it's adoring God for who He is. Join Noelle Beck as she talks about how worship can unlock MORE in our relationship with God and also shares some practical tips for how you can get started. Head to JesusBootCamp.com for follow up resources!
I'm not very smart.
When I would interact with people who had deep relationships with God, they were always very smart. Doesn't it sometimes seem like the people closest to God are pastors, authors, or people with doctoral degrees? Or at least people who are smarter than you? I've learned that experiencing the "more" with God isn't correlated with your intelligence, but with something else. I also talk through the term "child like faith" and a shocking realization!
Desiring more of God isn't selfish.
I have these two sentences that keep rolling around in my head- things I've heard Christians say that I don't believe are true: Number one, "My relationship with God will have a temporary high". Number two, "Growing your desire for God is selfish". In this episode I throw out these phrases and drop some truth instead.
I guess idolatry is a big deal.
Spending a whole day with God.
You know how you look forward to dates with your spouse or hanging out with your best friend? What if you could also look forward to spending an entire day with God? In this episode I share why I intentionally have retreat days and give you three reasons why it's a good idea. Watch out, I also assign homework.
Follow up resources on retreat days > HannahNitz.com
Becoming hungry for God.
What does it mean to want the "more" with God?How do you get started? I share my own story of what it looked like, including the crashing identity of having my first child and getting fired from my favorite ministry. Join me to talk about growing a hunger for more of God.
Prayer changes things.
That's a phrase we say, but do we really believe it?
Does prayer really change things? Does prayer really matter? Why did God give us such direct access to Him in prayer?
Buckle up, y'all. This conversation with Noelle Beck is wildly encouraging and practical. She also gives some advice on how to become a prayer ninja.
Congrats, you’re the chief of staff.
When the Bible says we are "stewards of the mysteries of God" and "stewards of God's grace", that's a big deal. God invites us in not just as a servant, but as the manager and chief of staff, taking care of his property while He is gone. I'll break down more of what this means and why it's so sweet! This episode starts with a short clip, talking about the race conversations that have been taking place across the country this month.
Better than cash and sugar.
I didn’t really like the Bible the past 10 years. I can say that I appreciated it, but I didn’t enjoy it or crave it. Do you really like the Bible? When Psalm 19 says that the Bible is better than gold and honey, could it actually be true? Join me as I walk through these verses and how God's word could be even better than sugar coated treasure.
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More freedom and less guilt.
I know God is disappointed with parts of me- I don't spend enough time with Him or do what right. I still feel weird about how crazy I was in college- doesn't it make God sad that I used to do all of those things? I can't lead a Bible study at church yet, I still wrestle with temptation and sin.
Many of us aren't experiencing the MORE when it comes to the freedom of the gospel. As Christians who love God and have accepted the gospel, are we actively letting it impact the way we view ourselves and view God? Join Noelle Beck for some ground-shaking truth.
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God is bad at marketing.
While reading the Bible these last few months, I keep seeing the word “hidden”. I read about God’s hidden wisdom, his hidden mysteries, and his hidden kingdom. If all of these things are so great, why would God hide them? Why would God hide something that he wants everyone to know?
As I've been studying this concept, I've found three reasons why God operates this way! Could his hiding actually be for our benefit?
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Q&A: Your time with God.
We asked for your questions about time with God, and you delivered! Join Hannah Nitz, Noelle Beck, Laura Veale, and Juli Slattery as they answer your questions about spending time with God.
What is the goal of time with God? // How do I spend time with God and do my Bible study? // What does your time with God look like? // Can I fully be close with God and my spouse? // How can a parent with young kids prioritize time with God? // Does your time with God always feel great?
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I'm not thirsty.
Every day, I woke up with a list of things I wanted and was motivated for (fun, accomplishment, people thinking I'm cool, being skinny enough). In studying the book of John, I realized Jesus is inviting me into something to satisfying that I would never thirst for those things again. Is it actually possible? Join me as I talk through John 4!
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I'm canceling your quiet time.
Many of us grew up with this idea of "quiet time", where we quietly sit in a corner with a 15 minute devotional each morning. When it comes to experiencing the "more" of God this podcast often talks about, we have something different in mind for your daily routine. Join Noelle Beck, Laura Veale, and Hannah Nitz as they share why they want to cancel quiet time and what they are inviting you into instead.
Say hello to Noelle, Laura, or Hannah- HannahNitz.com
Recommended tool to help you read the Bible- Simply Bible
You can't trust me if you don't know me.
One word that changed my relationship.
It it that simple? Could understanding God does things WITH me and not just FOR me really make all the difference? Hannah shared a few verses she has been reading recently and how God has blown her mind with what this little word means.
Follow Up Book: Seated With Christ
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It's OK that church is closed.
The Coronavirus forced churches across the country to close their buildings and put a pause on all in-person get togethers, but it’s OK. Hannah shares her semi-controversial opinion that temporarily pausing all Christian churches and communities could be better for the long term health of believers. You'll also get to hear from Hannah's mentor of 20 years- Noelle Beck!
You don't have to do anything.
God doesn’t need our help, he wants our relationship. God doesn’t need our doing, he wants our desire. Do you believe that? What does it mean to quit "doing" and instead have a heart that just wants God? Hannah shares this paradigm shift and encourages you to stop doing so much.
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The Coronavirus pep talk we all need.
Follow up with Laura at hannahnitz.com/say-hello
The best thing in life isn’t going anywhere.
I changed how I read the Bible.
Do you interact with God as your Christian worldview? That's great, but do you stop there? For the past 10 years I've used the Bible more as a "truth manual" and less of a tool to build a relationship with God. My "quiet time" always seemed kinda boring- but a few small changes have lit up my life!
Giving up lots of stuff.
We discuss humility, giving up neutral things, the tension between the freedom of the gospel and surrender, and what it looks like to grow your desire for God. Oh, and the ending of the "Hannah Show".
Follow Up Blog: Neutral Things Aren't Neutral