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The Bible Never Said That

with Chara Donahue

The Bible Never Said That Episodes
Episode 8: "It's About the Journey, Not the Destination"
June 03, 2020 - 23 min
Those who believe in Christ have the joy of living with the hope of heaven, not just the joy of the journey. The journey helps us be transformed into Christ's likeness, but the destination holds the promise of an everlasting, perfect life with Jesus and the fellowship of believers. Every life journey ends in one of two destinations, and those destinations matter greatly. Do you believe that all of life is just about the journey, or does the destination matter to you? Verses Referenced: Matthew 25:46; Romans 5:8; Hebrews 4:13; Mark 9:24; Job 12:7-10; John 1:3; Hebrews 12:28; 1 Corinthians 15:53; Psalm 103:2-5; Ephesians 3:20-21; Revelation 21:3-4 Chara's Writing Referenced: Books Quoted: by Gerald G. May by Alia Joy by Michael Yaconelli
Episode 7: “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle"
May 27, 2020 - 24 min
Most people who believe this is a Biblical idea use 1 Corinthians 10:13 as a support. But Chara helps us understand that the context of this is when we are under temptation, not suffering and the weight of life’s circumstances. The idea that God won’t allow us to go through anything we can’t bear is just not supported in Scripture. This is not a cause to lose hope, because the hope we have is greater than an easy life. Our circumstances may be more than we can handle, but they are never more than what God can handle. Verses Referenced: 1 Corinthians 10:13; Psalm 121:2; Isaiah 41:10; 1 Peter 5:6-7; Exodus 34:6; Deuteronomy 31:8; Acts 7:59-60; Psalm 55:12-14; 1 John 5:3-4 Chara's Articles Referenced: Books Referenced: by J.D Greer by C.S. Lewis
Episode 6: "Look Out for Number One"
May 20, 2020 - 20 min
This mantra – looking out for one’s own interests above all others – comes from a culture that has seen humanity fail time and time again. A culture that is wounded, that cries out, “You can’t trust anyone!” But adopting this mantra moves us away from Christ and into a place of self-preservation. Looking out for #1 was never what guided Jesus. His life, death and resurrection serve as a better blueprint for life. A life attentive to the needs, hopes and hurts of others. Articles Referenced: by Chara Donahue by Chara Donahue, by Chara Donahue, Verses Referenced: Ephesians 2:12, John 3:16-17, 3 John 9-10, Isaiah 56:11, Romans 12:21, Romans 15:1-2, Job 38, Hebrews 6:10-12, Isaiah 66:2, Genesis 3:11-12, Romans 14:12, Galatians 6:2, Galatians 6:1, Isaiah 5:21 Books Referenced: by Jonathan Edwards
Episode 5: "Follow Your Heart"
May 12, 2020 - 26 min
We hear this idea everywhere, and we want to trust it. We want our hearts to speak and offer pure advice. But our voice is not God’s voice, and our hearts don’t always offer wise counsel. Jeremiah 17:9 plainly tells us, “the heart is deceitful above all things, and beyond cure. Who can understand it?” From Carpe Diem to YOLO, the world has always prioritized following the self’s desires over God’s. In this episode, Chara unpacks a better way to think about making decisions, centered on the Word of God. Verses Referenced: Jeremiah 17:9 Galatians 5, Proverbs 7:21-27, 2 Samuel 13, Matthew 26:38-39, 2 Timothy 1:7, Luke 9:23-24, Proverbs 3:5-6, Titus 2:2-7, James 1:19-20, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, 1 Corinthians 6:12, 2 Corinthians 10:5, Romans 6:20-22, Romans 8:15 Books Referenced - by Laura Chica Movies Referenced - Articles Referenced: by Dr. Oliver Tearle by Chara Donahue by Chara Donahue Episode Image Credit: ©Getty/Stockbyte
Episode 4: “God Helps Those Who Helps Themselves”
May 06, 2020 - 21 min
It’s good to want to grow, to be a better person. But Jesus calls us to a specific kind of growth. Our spiritual growth is not about attaining perfection, but surrendering to and being led by our perfect Savior. In this episode, Chara unpacks the damage that the mentality “God helps those who help themselves” can have on a Christian’s life, and gives us a better framework for thinking about our sanctification without chasing perfection. Verses Referenced: Romans 5:6, Matthew 5:48, Matthew 5:3, 1 Corinthians 1:27, Philippians 3:5-8, Romans 5:8, Romans 8:37-39, 1 Peter 1:15-16, John 17:17, James 4:1, Hebrews 12:14, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Philippians 1:3-11 Books Referenced: by Ashley Hales by Jen Wilkin by Jess Connolly and Hayley Morgan Movies Referenced: Articles Referenced:
Episode 3: “I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead”
April 27, 2020 - 26 min
Rest is a spiritual discipline we are really good at neglecting. You may have once said, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead,” as a way to assuage your spiral into burnout. It might work for the moment, but a chronic lack of real rest drives us straight toward anxiety and feelings of overwhelm. In this episode, Chara dives into what God's Word really has to say about rest and why rest is foundational to who God is and his plan for us and the world. Articles Referenced: 10 Popular Statements that Are Theologically Unsound: https://rb.gy/klhwac How to Sleep Less: https://rb.gy/pwv8vg 4 Historical Geniuses Who Didn’t Sleep (And One Who Did!): https://rb.gy/ienv8l Scientists Discover How Gene Mutation Reduces the Need for Sleep: https://rb.gy/oymowu 6 Lies We Believe Every Day: https://rb.gy/stan1k What is the Sabbath and Is It Still Important Today?: https://rb.gy/nvunsm 5 Bible Passages to Quiet the Noisy Soul: https://rb.gy/3qdicy Verses quoted: 1 Corinthians 15:6, Psalm 13:3, 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Psalm 127:2, Psalm 121:2-4, Mark 4: 38-40, Matthew 11:28, Genesis 2:2-3, Exodus 20:8-11, Romans 1:25, Romans 14:3-5, Colossians 2:13-17, 1 Kings 19:11-23, Psalm 46:9-11, & Luke 10:38-42.
Episode 2: “Everyone Is Inherently Good”
April 21, 2020 - 24 min
This one can be controversial. It’s much easier to live in a world where we feel good about our own goodness. But none of us are good; none of us are righteous by our own merit. Of course, none of us are utterly evil, either. All of us are made in God’s image, bearing the Imagio Dei in our souls. That’s why our sin should grieve us. This is why all of us fall short of God’s glory, and this is why the grace of the gospel should fill us with hope. Our salvation does not depend on our goodness, but on God’s. Verses quoted: Psalm 143:2 , Romans 11:32 , Romans 3:23, Genesis 3:14-15, Hebrews 12:14-29, 2 Corinthians 7:1, Jeremiah 9:23-24 Books quoted: Tim Keller’s Articles Referenced: , by Holly Hawes, , Movie Referenced: Conference Referenced: Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study and is working on her next book. She is the founder and editor of . Get in touch with her on or .
Episode 1: “I Know God Forgives Me, I Just Can’t Forgive Myself”
April 07, 2020 - 23 min
When we say “I can’t forgive myself” we are putting ourselves in charge of our own forgiveness. This teeters dangerously close to a different gospel, one of self-salvation. This particular lie tries to wear shame as a covering, but we know it for what it truly is: pride. We are essentially saying we know better than God when it comes to who is worthy or unworthy of forgiveness. Verses quoted: Revelation 19:11, Isaiah 55:8-9, John 3:16-18, Psalm 139:1-8, Psalm 77: 5, 1 John 1:9, Psalm 51 Books quoted: Curt Thompson’s , Eugene Peterson’s , A.W. Tozer’s Articles referenced: , Chara Donahue is a co-author of the Bible study and is working on her next book. She is the founder and editor of . Get in touch with her on or . Episode Image Credit: Getty/Overearth
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