Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Episode Extra: Love Causes Joy

Sometimes for the sake of brevity we have to skim over details when we write the Word Go Project episodes. We think this blog is a great place to elaborate a bit when there wasn't time to do it there!

In the Bible study (and in the song) we mentioned this statement that Jesus made:
"These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:11 ESV)
When I listen to the episode, I immediately think, "WHAT things, Jesus? What were you talking about?" Let's backtrack a few verses and see what "These things" are.
"I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit." (John 15:1-2 ESV)
Well, THAT doesn't sound very joyful. Actually, that sounds a little bit ominous! I certainly don't want to be the branch that gets thrown away, and being "pruned" to bear more fruit seems like an unpleasant experience, too. What did He say next?
"Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing." (John 15:3-5 ESV)
Okay, so what Jesus was saying was that He is the source, and we need to live our lives connected to Him. It sounds like the pruning thing was not necessary because His disciples had heard Jesus' words and let themselves be cleansed by them. Cool!
"If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you." (John 15:6-7 ESV)
Wait, WHAAAT? "Whatever"? Like, anything at all? Well, actually, I think maybe you can ask whatever you wish because if you are "abiding in Jesus", so close that you think like Him, the things you ask Him for are going to be things He desires to provide anyway. This is great stuff!
"By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." (John 15:8-11 ESV)
And there we are, back to our joy being full. So, our joy is full because we have connected ourselves to Jesus, which allows us to bear lots of fruit for Him. It's also because when we are connected to Jesus, we are directly connected to, and living within, His love. What is the main thing that causes your joy to be full?

God's love!

Monday, September 17, 2018

Season 1, Episode 2: Joy

Season 1 of The Word Go Project is about the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The three things we've chosen to talk about in this episode are:
  1. God Wants You To Have Joy
  2. You Can Have Joy When Life Is Hard
  3. Joy Overflows In Praise To God
Our three songs are titled:
  1. There Is Joy
  2. I Count It Joy
  3. Joy That Overflows
You can listen to it all at WordGoProject.com! We hope it brings you joy!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Episode 2 is coming up this Monday!

We hope you've had plenty of time to enjoy the first episode of The Word Go Project! Episode 2 is almost ready to launch; it will be live next Monday, and the music is amazing! But until then, why not revisit Episode 1 a time or two? Once Episode 2 goes live, Episode 1 will no longer be available, so get all of the "Love" you can before we move on to "Joy"!

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Let us know what you think!

We hope you've enjoyed spending this week with The Word Go Project! We wanted to point you toward our Facebook page - it is currently the best way to leave comments and suggestions for us. Pay us a visit at http://fb.me/WordGoProject!

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Season 1, Episode 1: Love

Season 1 of The Word Go Project is about the Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22-23:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
The three things we've chosen to talk about in this episode are:
  1. God Loves You
  2. God Deserves Your Love
  3. God Gives Us His Love To Share With Others
Our three songs are titled:
  1. Because He Loves You
  2. So Many Reasons
  3. Hot Potato
You can listen to it all at WordGoProject.com! We hope you love it!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

How do I use The Word Go Project?

The Word Go Project is designed to give you a variety of ways to "experience" the Word of God. The content is divided into "Seasons" and "Episodes", with one Episode available at a time. That Episode is available on mobile and desktop Web browsers in several formats.

Have 20 minutes to spare? Try the Full Experience! This is the way we recommend that you experience each episode the first time you listen to it. This version will be less than twenty minutes long, and will contain both the spoken Words and the Songs. In this experience, the Songs are intercut with the Words, so you can hear all of the materials in one sitting.

Only have 10 minutes? Check out the Words Only or Songs Only experience! Words Only contains the spoken Words version of the content. Typically it is seven or eight minutes long. The songs are used as a music bed behind the Words, so if you listen to this experience a few times and then listen to the Songs experience, the music will tie the two together for you, enhancing your understanding of both! Songs Only contains all three Songs, about nine or ten minutes' worth, played one after the other, with no speech to distract from the music. But remember - the Songs cover the same ground as the Words, so you are still learning as you listen!

Prefer reading to listening? Want to review the experience at your own page? The Read Words experience is for you! It contains the full text of the Words and Songs, for people who enjoy reading more than just listening, or who would like to read along.

Each Episode of The Word Go Project is available for a limited time - typically several weeks. Our recommendation is that you listen to one or more of the experiences at least several times a week. This allows you to absorb as much of the information as possible (it's too much to take in at one sitting!) and to learn and retain it by repetition. All experiences are ad-free, and available 24 hours a day. Please enjoy, and please let us know how the Word of God impacts your life via The Word Go Project!

Did you see: What is The Word Go Project?

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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Why should I use The Word Go Project?

Learning is a tricky thing. The human mind has two different ways of storing information: short-term memory and long-term memory. Storing information in short-term memory is fairly easy—an example would be repeating a phone number over and over in your mind while you search for something to write it down on. It's helpful for things you only need to remember for a short time, because after a brief period, that memory is gone.

Storing information in long-term memory takes effort. Even for something as important as teachings from the Word of God, we often don't go the extra mile required to do so. We at The Word Go Project believe that it is worth the effort to put teachings from Scripture into long-term memory! But we also think there is an easier way for you to get truths from the Bible into your long-term memory.

Most every person who was a child in the United States in the 1970s can recite the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution from memory. The reason is a series of animated shorts called "Schoolhouse Rock" which we saw every Saturday morning, and specifically a segment called "The Preamble" which had a catchy jingle with the Preamble word-for-word as its chorus. The reason all of those kids-who-are-now-adults can still recite the Preamble is that repetition is the best way to store things in your long-term memory. Watching that cartoon every Saturday for months on end effortlessly implanted information in our minds that otherwise would have been a painful homework exercise.

Similarly, The Word Go Project is designed to facilitate repetition. Tomorrow in our "How" post we will explain more about how this works; for now just know that our goal is to make it easy for you to learn what the Bible is saying to you! We want to make learning about God's love letter to us, the Bible, as attractive an option as turning on the radio. We hope you enjoy it and make it part of your life!

That said, please attend the local church of your choice. Please make the effort to hear what God is saying to you through your pastor, and do whatever it takes to retain that information. Write it down, buy the CD, discuss the message with your family over lunch, whatever you can. But in between those times at church, use The Word Go Project to bring even more Word with you on the Go!

Tomorrow: How do I use The Word Go Project?

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