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So Much More: Creating Space for God (Lectio Divina and Scripture Meditation)

with Jodie Niznik

S6 Ep 9B | Sherry Stahl on Matthew 5 (Moses 9)

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Sherry is an author, speaker, blogger and radio host. She’s the founder of Soul H2O, which is a hub of resources where you will find her award-winning blog, devotionals, online Bible studies, courses and her radio program and podcast which are hosted on Joy Radio. She’s written two books, Water in the Desert and Soul H20, both are 40-day devotionals designed to lead you closer to God.   Take a few minutes to meditate on Matthew 5:43-48 and then listen in to hear where God led Sherry.   Some highlights from our conversation: Who is your neighbor and how are you to love them? Sherry walked us through her experience and also points us to Scripture (like the Good Samaritan) to help us answer this question. We also talk about boundaries, why they are important and how Sherry has grown in her ability to establish boundaries. This is a difficult passage. We talk about how to walk these truths out – and to what extent. We talk about what it means to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven in perfect. What does the word “perfect” mean – and where do we ultimately find the ability to be “perfect”?   Resources mentioned in the podcast God Meant it For Good, RT Kendall Boundaries, Henry Cloud and John Townsend No More Christian Nice Girl, Paul Coughlin and Jennifer D. Degler, PhD When to Walk Away, Gary Thomas   You can find Sherry at Where you will also find links to her books, blog and radio show Follow on Instagram: @sherry_stahl Follow on Facebook: AuthorSherryStahl   The exact verses read in this podcast are Matthew 5:43-48, NLT   43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
September 28, 2022
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Jodie Niznik is a seminary-trained lover of God’s Word who has served in vocational ministry for over twelve years. She helps people create space for God in their lives through her Scripture meditation podcast and equips them to take another step with Jesus through her Real People, Real Faith Bible studies and teaching. You can connect with her at
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