Episodes
Are you ready to learn the fine art of being specific? Being specific is more important than you might think. How can you accomplish something if you aren’t specific? Jeff Cavins discusses how it is essential to master the art of being specific in order to accomplish spiritual growth. Snippet from the Show “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth” (2 Colossians 3:2) Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text...
Published 12/29/23
Life has its challenges, but can we still have joy even when we are suffering? Yes! Using Scripture, Jeff Cavins explains the Christian response to challenges. He also shares how we can experience joy by bringing others to Jesus and witnessing others live a Christian life. Snippet from the Show The joy that the Bible talks about is a deep joy that brings great peace. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777 to subscribe...
Published 12/22/23
Do you have joy? Without joy, the challenges of life can seem even more difficult. Jeff Cavins gives a thorough definition of what true joy is. He shares passages from Scripture to help further our understanding of it. Jeff also encourages everyone to avoid robbers of our joy and how to pursue joy even in the midst of suffering. Snippet from the Show You cannot have abiding joy in your life if you are living outside of God’s commands. Email us with comments or questions at...
Published 12/15/23
Is God big or small in your life? What does it mean for God to be big in your life? Jeff Cavins addresses the fact that so many of us are facing significant challenges and sufferings in our lives. He asks us to ponder whether we make God big in our lives or if we set him aside and make him small. He encourages that if we make God big in our lives, he can help us face our problems and be a reflection of his goodness to others. Snippet from the Show If you don’t spend time with Jesus, God...
Published 12/08/23
Have you ever wondered what the seating arrangement at the Last Supper looked like? There is plenty of artwork depicting the Last Supper, but those depictions are not always historically accurate. Jeff Cavins dives into the seating arrangement of the Last Supper and explains the significance of where each apostle was sitting. Snippet from the Show At Mass, we offer thanksgiving for Christ’s sacrifice. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text...
Published 12/01/23
Forgiveness is difficult. For many people, it is tempting to hold onto grudges and anger they have towards others. However, Jesus tells us to do something different. In fact, he shows us. Jeff Cavins explains what Scripture tells us about forgiving others and why it is so important for us to be people who forgive. Snippet from the Show Jesus didn’t wait for us to change or become perfect before he died for us. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]....
Published 11/24/23
Is it easy to live the Christian life? Definitely not! Is it worth it? Absolutely! Jeff Cavins continues his discussion on what the marks of a true Christian are. Using Scripture, Jeff points to what St. Paul used to define a Christian and explains what that might look like in our lives today. Snippet from the Show Evil does not overcome evil. Good overcomes evil. Be the good. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777 to...
Published 11/17/23
What does it mean to be a true Christian? What do I need to do in order to live a Christian life? Jeff Cavins dives into Scripture to share twenty different commands that dictate how a Christian ought to live. Jeff emphasizes the importance of understanding the marks of a true Christian in today’s culture. Snippet from the Show Our words can have a lasting and significant impact on those around us. Recall this whenever you speak. Email us with comments or questions at...
Published 11/10/23
Is your faith a part of your everyday life? Does it inform every part of your life? As Jeff continues his discussion of family formation, he emphasizes the importance of bringing faith into every part of your life. Truth faith is not meant for just one hour on Sundays. Jeff uses Scripture, Church documents, and other resources to explain why it is so important to bring faith into everything you do. Snippet from the Show Once you split your faith and everyday life, it is very easy to isolate...
Published 11/03/23
Faith is something that is meant to be lived more than one hour a week. As parents it is essential that we show our children what it looks like to truly live the faith at every moment. How do you do that? Jeff Cavins offers his advice on how to keep the faith alive in your family and not let it get stagnant. Snippet from the Show Our children need to know that they can trust in God. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777...
Published 10/27/23
After witnessing the violence in Israel firsthand, Jeff Cavins offers his insights on the war between Israel and Hamas. Jeff acknowledges the fear and anger that people are feeling in response to these horrific events. He offers insight and advice on how we can respond like Christians. Please be advised that in this episode, Jeff describes some of the horrific events that have taken place in Israel and Gaza. Some descriptions are graphic and may not be appropriate for young ears. Snippet...
Published 10/20/23
Parents are the primary educators of their children. As Jeff Cavins discussed in last week’s episode, it is a parent’s responsibility to share the faith with their child and be a witness of God’s love. But what are some tangible resources that parents can use to do this? Jeff shares his ideas in today’s episode. Snippet from the Show If you want there to be spiritual fruit in your children’s lives, you must plant the seeds and support them as they grow. Email us with comments or...
Published 10/13/23
Parents have a responsibility to share the faith with their children. What does this look like? How do you do it well? Jeff Cavins continues his discussion of the formation of children and parents’ role in that process. He encourages parents to live the life they want their children to live. Snippet from the Show Religion is not simply a subject in school. Religion is a way of living. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to...
Published 10/06/23
Parents teach their children all sorts of things, but how primal is their role as educators? How do parents and educators work together? When it comes to faith and morality, the education of children is essential work. Jeff Cavins discusses the pivotal role parents hold. He encourages them to take their role seriously and do all they can at the service of their children’s education. Snippet from the Show The way we live and speak is the best testimony to our faith that we can offer our...
Published 09/29/23
How do you respond when a problem suddenly arises in your life? Many of us face problems in our lives that we did not plan for and did not expect. When problems do arise, it can be difficult to know what the right response is. Today, Jeff Cavins dives into this common life experience and shares wisdom from Scripture to help each of us be great first responders. Snippet from the Show If you find yourself responding to a problem or challenge in your life, take time to first praise...
Published 09/22/23
In this special episode, Jeff shares with us the first episode of The Bible Timeline Show available on the Bible In a Year YouTube channel. In this inaugural episode, Jeff is joined by Fr. Mike Schmitz, priest, speaker, and host of The Bible in a Year. Together, they discuss the reality and impact of God's Word—both in their own lives, and in the lives of those who have walked with them. Snippet from the Show "When you read the Bible, you're going to find out about the heart of the...
Published 09/15/23
Have you ever gotten angry in Mass? Jeff Cavins shares in this episode about a time that he got angry in Mass. Using this story from his own life, Jeff explains what Scripture says on judging others. He encourages everyone to treat each other as God tells us to in Scripture. Snippet from the Show When you act on God’s word, good things do happen. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777 to subscribe and get Jeff’s shownotes...
Published 09/08/23
Are you ever frustrated due to a lack of growth in your faith? There may be many reasons for why you are struggling to grow in your faith. In this episode, Jeff Cavins focuses on five obstacles to grace that could be inhibiting your growth in faith. He offers Scripture quotations to help explain these obstacles and why it is important to overcome them. Snippet from the Show We can overcome sin and obstacles to grace. However, we can’t do it alone. To break free from sin involves two things:...
Published 09/01/23
Have you ever heard of Our Lady of Waiting? Jeff Cavins shares about this Marian devotion and explains its origin in Scripture. He encourages us to seek Mary’s intercession whenever we are facing challenges or are worried about the future. Snippet from the Show Mary is our mother. Not only can she pray for us, but she wants to pray for us and bring our intercessions to her Son. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777 to...
Published 08/25/23
How are we supposed to prepare our children for what is out in the world? If you are on social media or pay attention to the news, you know that there are a lot of challenges you and your children will face in our world. Today, Jeff Cavins speaks honestly about the war we are in and how to prepare ourselves for it. Snippet from the Show The real battle is in the unseen territories. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777...
Published 08/18/23
Do you want to hear a priest speak from his heart? In this episode, Jeff shares the final homily of Fr. Mark Beard who recently passed after a tragic car accident. Although unaware that the end of his life was near, Fr. Beard’s homily was filled with truth and came straight from his heart. He encouraged his congregation to get off the fence and make a choice: God or not God. Snippet from the Show You must decide whether you are in or out. Email us with comments or questions at...
Published 08/11/23
Do you ever experience loneliness? Many of us have felt lonely at some point in our lives, and today, Jeff speaks on the feeling of loneliness. He offers guidance and encouragement on what to do when we feel alone. Snippet from the Show If you feel like you are in a lonely and deserted place, God will meet you in that place. He will love you in that place. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777 to subscribe and get Jeff’s...
Published 08/04/23
Can a demon read my mind? Should I be afraid of the devil? When it comes to the demonic, there can be a lot of confusion and misinformation. So, what is true about the demonic? Jeff is joined by Fr. Jon Vander Ploeg to discuss this. They offer encouragement and wisdom on how to battle the demonic and how to create strong barriers against it. Snippet from the Show I do not have to be afraid if I am united with Christ and I am in a state of grace. Email us with comments or questions at...
Published 07/28/23
What are angels? What is their purpose? What is our relationship with angels? There are so many questions around angels and today Jeff Cavins talks with Fr. Jon Vander Ploeg to get the answers to a lot of these questions. Through this episode, you will learn more about what angels are and what angels are not. Snippet from the Show Sometimes where we have a lack of hope or trust in Christ, we will grow sentimental in a way that lacks truth. Email us with comments or questions at...
Published 07/21/23
Are you looking for answers to the big questions in life? Are you looking for instructions on how to live your life? Jeff Cavins shares how so many of the answers we seek can be found in the Bible. He also gives advice on how to approach reading and learning from the Bible. Snippet from the Show In the Bible, God reveals his heart and his plan for all people. Email us with comments or questions at [email protected]. Text “jeffcavins” to 33-777 to subscribe and get...
Published 07/14/23