Author Archives: Lisa Whittle

Jesus Over Everything Week 5 — Changing Your Heart

Jesus Over Everything Week 5 — Changing Your Heart

For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. — 1 Thessalonians 4:7 ESV WELCOME We could probably spend a whole weekend retreat together talking about choices from our past we’re not proud of and still not have enough time to share all our stories. If your early college years or young adult

Jesus Over Everything Week 4 — Remembering What’s True

Listen to my instruction and be wise; do not disregard it. — Proverbs 8:33 NIV WELCOME Today we’re talking about the importance of not getting caught up in the hype or impulsivity of a culture that constantly wants to push us toward flashy, easy, bigger, and more. And here’s the hard truth: Christians are among

Jesus Over Everything Week 2 — Being Real

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. — John 8:32 NIV WELCOME Today we’re talking about something so simple, and yet, so very important: being real. And we’re tackling two choices most crucial to being real: choosing real over pretty and honesty over hiding. These two go hand in

Jesus Over Evyething

Jesus In First Place… Over Everything

Editor’s note: It’s the first day of Advent and the start of something new! The Jesus Over Everything by Lisa Whittle is our brand-new community Online Bible Study starting tomorrow, November 30th and you do not want to miss it! Oh, do we need this study now more than ever! I need Jesus to be

Jesus Over Everything: Putting God First

Sign up here!   He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. — Colossians 1:17 NIV WELCOME Leader, read aloud to the group. Today we’re talking about something beautiful and powerful: what it means to live a Jesus over everything kind of life. We’ll explore the mindsets that often keep us

Love Over Judgement

Love Over Judgement: Love Is Super-Sized

There are different ways to love people. Jesus was the expert at them all, and none was His equal. Loving people requires a keen understanding of what their needs are at what time — the psychology of humanity laced with spiritual understanding only the Holy Spirit can truly provide. I have played the piano most

Jesus drew people in because He was real, and that is the real attractiveness. Our true appeal will always be our truth lived out.

Real Over Pretty

Their joy will be in doing what’s right and being themselves, and not in being affirmed by. — Galatians 6:4 TPT JESUS WASN’T PRETTY I didn’t know until I was older that Jesus wasn’t a mirror image of that tall, dark, and handsome man with the well-groomed facial hair who hung on our family room

It is in our nature to desire to have our freedom and be holy simultaneously and in that order, but in that order it will never work. Holiness brings freedom; it does not act as its pal and tag or follow along. It dictates a spiritual freedom that feels far less like I have the right to do whatever I want and much more like I’m so free in the Spirit, I turn some of my earthly freedoms down

Holiness Over Freedom

When we decide to follow Jesus, life is no longer about our liberties. It is about our responsibilities to Him. It is not about our cans. It is about our want-tos. And in that healthy relationship with Jesus, liberties live at peace with convictions; there is no constant war — we are still doing what

Honesty Over Hiding

Honesty Over Hiding

Editor’s note: Have you heard the exciting news? Jesus Over Everything by Lisa Whittle is our brand-new Advent Online Bible Study starting November 30th and you do not want to miss it! Oh, do we need this study now more than ever! I need Jesus to be my #1 in this season, to put Him in His

Life Doesn’t Have to Be So Complicated

“If putting Jesus first uncomplicates our life, why do we struggle to do it?”, the podcast interviewer asked me the other day, what has become a familiar question. It does seem curious, that we wouldn’t run to a clear remedy for a pain point in our life. But that, itself, is the answer to the

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