Dayspring Fellowship Podcasts



Weekend messages from Dayspring Fellowship in Keizer, Oregon.


  • How Do You Recognize a Christian? | Part 5 | Truth is Stranger Than Fiction – 1 John 2:18-27 | Chris Voigt

    07/07/2021 Duración: 38min

    Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction How Do You Recognize a Christian? July 4, 2021 Most people are familiar with the classic ‘icebreaker’ party game, Two Truths and a Lie. To play, one person has to make three statements about themselves to the rest of the group. Two statements must be true; the other, however is a lie. Each person guesses which of the three statements they believe is untrue; and once all guesses have been made, the lie is revealed. It’s a fun, harmless way to get to know people a little bit better. And though the deception is intentional, it’s not really for the purpose of deceiving anyone. The point of the game is to learn new truths about others. But in real life, lying isn’t fun or harmless. Dishonesty breaks relationships and destroys trust. Being swindled or deceived can be costly. We’ve all heard stories of people who have lost everything because they trusted someone they shouldn’t have.   There are multiple studies that suggest that, on average, Americans tell one or two lies every day.

  • How Do You Recognize a Christian? Part 4

    30/06/2021 Duración: 46min

    A Cautionary Tale How Do You Recognize a Christian? June 27, 2021 If you live in Oregon, where our church is located, you’re probably aware that much of our state is under an “excessive heat” warning this weekend. Around here, that means the highways to the Oregon coast will be packed with cars as people seek to escape from the heat. The forecast at this point indicates it will be about 35 degrees cooler, just 64 miles west! The purpose of a warning is to provide people with information that allows them to prepare for unusual or potentially dangerous circumstances ahead. Fans and AC units are flying (or have already flown) off the shelves at home improvement and hardware stores around here. We’re stocking up on popsicles and ice cream, preparing to cook outdoors, and covering windows to block out the sun. People are doing whatever they can to prepare for the weekend heat wave. This week, in our summer series How Do You Recognize a Christian? we’re taking a look at a warning the Apostle John gives to those w

  • How Do You Recognize a Christian? Part 3

    23/06/2021 Duración: 42min

    Level Up Love How Do You Recognize a Christian? June 20, 2021  I’m not really much of a gamer. For you older viewers, that’s someone who plays video games. Although I did get sucked into playing Candy Crush a few years ago. It took me maybe six months to “crush” all 1,400 and some-odd levels of the game. That’s time I’m never gonna get back! Since then, I pretty much stick to word games and jigsaw puzzles.   Anyone who plays video games knows that many of them are structured so there is a hierarchy or levels of progress. You avoid the bomb, defeat the enemy, collect the gems, and overcome every obstacle in your way; and then you advance to the next level. And with every level passed, you, your character, or your team increases in ability, strength, resources, or power. You are better equipped for whatever obstacles are to come in the next round.   Some of these games can be pretty addicting! They’re designed to be that way, because, well…that’s how companies get people to spend money on their games. As huma

  • How Do You Recognize a Christian? Part 2

    16/06/2021 Duración: 44min

    The Real Deal How Do You Recognize a Christian? June 6, 2021 Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not…do you know a fake when you see one? From fake grass to fake footwear, fake Amazon packages to fake ID…there’s a “fooler” for just about everything you can imagine. Many of you know of my love for Diet Coke. In a blind test, I could tell you whether the Diet Coke you gave me came from a can, a bottle, or a fountain. I can also tell the difference between a Diet Coke that comes from McDonald’s and one that comes from 7-11. When I travel internationally, I often pack my own supply of Diet Coke in my luggage. In South America, they have a version of Diet Coke called Coca Light. It is NOT the same. But in some locations, I’ve asked for a Coca Light, only to be served Coke Zero. Just for the record, Coke Zero, Coca Light, and Diet Coke are all VERY different! “Same thing!” a restaurant server will say, with a shrug. I beg to differ! Coca Light and Coke Zero are poor “imitations” for REAL Diet Coke.

  • How Do You Recognize a Christian? Part 1

    09/06/2021 Duración: 36min

    The Real Deal How Do You Recognize a Christian? June 6, 2021 Sometimes it’s hard to know what’s real and what’s not…do you know a fake when you see one? From fake grass to fake footwear, fake Amazon packages to fake ID…there’s a “fooler” for just about everything you can imagine. Many of you know of my love for Diet Coke. In a blind test, I could tell you whether the Diet Coke you gave me came from a can, a bottle, or a fountain. I can also tell the difference between a Diet Coke that comes from McDonald’s and one that comes from 7-11. When I travel internationally, I often pack my own supply of Diet Coke in my luggage. In South America, they have a version of Diet Coke called Coca Light. It is NOT the same. But in some locations, I’ve asked for a Coca Light, only to be served Coke Zero. Just for the record, Coke Zero, Coca Light, and Diet Coke are all VERY different! “Same thing!” a restaurant server will say, with a shrug. I beg to differ! Coca Light and Coke Zero are poor “imitations” for REAL Diet Coke.

  • Essentials: The End Times

    02/06/2021 Duración: 45min

    Essentials: The End Times May 30, 2021 If you google “end times news,” your search will come back with an astonishing and overwhelming 1 billion 850 million results. It seems that people everywhere, of every faith or no faith at all, are, at some level, intrigued with the unknown and interested in what “the end” will look like. Countless people have dedicated their careers, if not their lives, to predicting the return of Jesus and the ensuing chaos and calamity that will result in the end of life on earth as we know it. Author and journalist Dina Niyeri writes, “For believers, “the end” has always been imminent. In the Christian world, every century seems to bring a new wave of calculations. On January 1, in the year 1000, Pope Sylvester II predicted a millennial apocalypse. Two centuries later, Pope Innocent III predicted that the end would arrive 666 years after the birth of Islam. The Black Death brought rapture fever, as did every comet. Cotton Mather, the influential American preacher, had three guesses

  • Essentials: The Church

    25/05/2021 Duración: 47min

    Essentials: The Church May 23, 2021 Over the past 18 months or so, people in every sector of our society and around the world have had to figure out how to keep doing the things we’ve always done but in a whole new way. We’ve redesigned how we do work, school, healthcare, shopping, social life, and church. We’ve reorganized our daily routines, re-worked our schedules, re-defined priorities. As we adapt, new routines get incorporated into our lives and old ones go by the wayside. Those people who gather data and statistics on cultural trends would say that in America, one of the things that has disappeared from the rhythm of our lives as a nation is the connection to and involvement with Church. A recent Gallup study reports that for the first time in their eight decades of doing research, the percentage of Americans who say they belong to a church is less than 50%. Why have so many who grew up in church, decided to walk away? This week in our series Essentials: Live Like You Believe, we’re talking about the

  • Essentials: Salvation

    18/05/2021 Duración: 39min

    Essentials: Salvation May 16, 2021 Years ago, when our kids were little, we would pile into the car on Sunday morning and set off for church. Nine times out of ten, we took the exact same route. Though the kids were too little to drive, they knew where we were headed by the familiar route and rhythm of the car. This was the way to church. Once in a while, I would decide to change things up and go a different way. “Where are we going? This isn’t the way to church!” “There’s more than one way to get where we want to go,” I’d tell them. There’s more than one option in almost every area of life. There are hundreds of choices of breakfast cereal, or types and styles of shoes, or music to listen to, or books to read. There’s more than one way to do laundry, to shop, or to exercise. We live in a highly individualized society where we cherish the ability to choose what works for ME. Many people believe that there are multiple ways to have a relationship with God. But what does the Bible have to say about that? Thi

  • Essentials: Humanity

    11/05/2021 Duración: 40min

    Essentials: Humanity May 9, 2021 It’s the one question every human being wants an answer to. Maybe you’re asking it right now.   It doesn’t matter what gender you are, what color your skin is, what neighborhood you live in, or how much money you make. It makes no difference if you’re a sports fan or a music lover, a stay-at-home parent or a CEO, an early bird or a night owl, on team Diet Pepsi or the winning team, Diet Coke.   Sooner or later, we all want to know…Why am I here?   Where you find the answer to that question will determine the direction of your life. Are you looking to another person for your answer? Or maybe a career? Perhaps it’s a passion for a particular issue that motivates you. The trouble with those sources of meaning is that they are temporary and changeable. There’s a deeper answer to the question. One that’s rooted in the unchanging character of the God who created you with intention and purpose. That’s the answer we really want.   This week in our series Essentials: Live Like You Bel

  • Essentials: The Holy Spirit

    04/05/2021 Duración: 47min

    Essentials: The Holy Spirit May 2, 2021 For most people, the concept of a father or father figure is one that is understandable, if not relatable. Whether your dad was amazing or absent, fantastic or dysfunctional, regardless of personal experience, we each have a frame of reference by which we understand what a father is. By the same token, we all get what it means to be a son or daughter or to have a son or daughter. The words ‘father’ and ‘son’ describe common familial relationships that we can relate to. When the words are used to describe God, our understanding of human relationships, for better or worse, gives us a starting place for understanding God the Father and God the Son. But then there’s this third part or person we also know as God. We don’t seem to talk about Him as much. And maybe part of the reason is because we don’t know how to relate to Him? I mean…I have a dad -well, actually, I have three, but that’s a different story – and I am a dad. I can relate to the dad part of God. And I am a so

  • Essentials: Jesus

    28/04/2021 Duración: 37min

    Essentials: Jesus April 25, 2021 In 1952, C.S. Lewis published his classic work, Mere Christianity. It was an adaptation of a series of talks that Lewis had given on BBC radio between 1941 and 1944. England was deeply embroiled in the Second World War. It was a dark time in history. Lewis, a member of the English faculty at Oxford was invited to present a series of talks on BBC radio on the topic of Christianity. In the midst of dark and desperate days, Lewis’ words challenged listeners to evaluate what they believed, and offered truth and hope. Speaking of Jesus, he said, “A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic — on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg — or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God, or else a madman or something worse. You can shut him up for a fool, you can spit at him and kill him as a demon or you can fall at his fee

  • Essentials: God

    18/04/2021 Duración: 40min

    Essentials: God April 18, 2021 If someone asked you to identify the five most important things in your life, what would you say? A quick search and scroll through several different websites this week, provided me with an insightful look at what our culture thinks the most important things are. The order varied from site to site, but for the most part, what Americans value most is: Family, friends, health, purpose, and love. Does it feel like something is missing to you? On site after site, scrolling through one list after another, there was no, absolutely zero, mention of God. That might explain a lot about the condition of our culture! Now granted, these were secular sites. But God or even faith can mean different things to different people. But He still didn’t make any of the lists, no matter how you define Him. Author Carolyn Custis James writes, “It takes only a phone call to remind us that we are all in the fray and that trusting God is the hardest thing we will ever do. In these moments of spiritual

  • Essentials: Scripture

    14/04/2021 Duración: 33min

    Essentials: Scripture April 11, 2021 A spokesman for Ripley’s Believe It or Not once said: “If you’re told something enough times, you’re sure to start believing it." So, how many of these things do you believe? Camels store water in their humps. Nope. There is zero gravity in space. Also, not true. Coffee stunts your growth and dehydrates your body. Incorrect. People have only five senses. Actually, scientists say there are at least seven. Maybe more! Tryptophan makes you tired. It’s the overeating that makes you sleepy, not the Thanksgiving turkey. Toilet seats are full of germs. Actually, cell phones are 10 times more germ-y than most toilets. Ewww. Or, consider these conspiracy theories that real people actually buy into… 77% of Americans believe there are signs that aliens have visited the earth at some time in the past. 10% of Americans don’t believe Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin really walked on the moon. And in a recent national survey of Millennials and Gen Z-ers about the Holocaust, 7 percent we

  • The Day No One Believed

    06/04/2021 Duración: 27min

    The Day No One Believed April 4, 2021 I must admit. I am a sci-fi guy. I love science fiction…from space to superheroes. Just the thought of either sparks my imagination about the possibilities.  OK, I’m not looking to start a fight here, but hands-down, the best superhero is Superman. If you’ve ever watched some of the more out-there episodes of any of the more modern Superman stories, DC Comics has done a good job of building a multiverse…or multiple parallel universes, where almost everything is the same, but not quite. So, in our universe, Superman is the ultimate hero. In another, the same Superman might be evil, or just Clark Kent, or a chef...imagine a world without our Superman. It’s a darker place, no matter how it plays out. Now imagine a world without the resurrection of Jesus. You don’t really have to think hard about how much darker our world would be. Sure, those who call themselves Christ-followers haven’t always represented Him well and have done some terrible things throughout history. But

  • Good Friday 2021

    03/04/2021 Duración: 21min

    T.G.I.F. Everyone knows what those four letters stand for. Whether you’re young or old, Friday seems to be everyone’s favorite day. And for good reason…there are a lot of good things to love about Fridays. Maybe it’s “casual Friday” at the office, or date night, or family game night, or the anticipation of sleeping in on Saturday, or that a whole weekend of fun – or at least the option to have some – stretches out in front of you. We get approximately 52 Fridays each year. That’s a lot of goodness to look forward to! In the midst of all those Fridays, and all those “good” reasons we love them, there’s only one Friday each year that is officially called “good.” It comes around every spring just before Easter. It’s the day that Christians remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. So…why would a day that is set aside to remember a death, especially one as horrific as His was…why would we call that day “good?” Perhaps you’ve never quite understood why this day of remembrance is called “good.” If that

  • For the World

    01/04/2021 Duración: 40min

    For the World March 28, 2021 They say that ignorance is bliss. But is it, really? According to an article on Forbes website, artificial intelligence experts are now teaching computers to come up with better questions, because humans aren’t as good at identifying the gaps in our knowledge as we think we are. In other words, you don’t know what you don’t know. In fact, you will never know what you don’t know. There will always be gaps in your knowledge; places where you are absolutely clueless as to your ignorance. And in a culture such as ours where being “in the know” matters so much and admitting “I don’t know” can be seen as some sort of fault or failure, sometimes we forget we don’t know what we don’t know, and act like we know it all. Because who wants to actually admit that they don’t know anything about something? Over the last three weeks, we’ve been discovering some of the things we didn’t know that we didn’t know about where we got the Bible. We’ve realized that we know a good bit about what’s i

  • The Old Testament

    23/03/2021 Duración: 43min

    The Old Testament March 21, 2021 In the English language, certain words can have multiple meanings. It’s part of what makes English such a difficult language to learn! Take, for example, the word “old.” It can mean ancient, obsolete, old-fashioned, or stale. It can also mean durable, enduring, or timeless. When we think about the Old Testament, which meaning is appropriate? Of course it’s ancient, but not obsolete. It’s enduring, but not stale. This Sunday, we’ll be taking a look at the old part of The Bible. Join us as we discover why and how this part of the Bible is called “old” and why it’s valuable and important for those who follow Christ today. We’re in week three of a four-week series called The Bible for Grown-Ups. Many of us know the stories IN the Bible, but do you know the story OF the Bible? Where did the Bible come from? Understanding how we got the Bible strengthens our confidence in the Bible. If you’ve ever doubted whether or not you could trust what the Bible says, or struggled with some

  • In the Beginning

    16/03/2021 Duración: 40min

    In the Beginning March 14, 2021 All the best stories begin with great opening lines. Let’s see if you can identify where these famous lines came from… Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. -Winnie the Pooh Congratulations! Today is your day. You're off to Great Places! You're off and away. -Oh the Places You’ll Go Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmond, and Lucy. -The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe   Buttercup was raised on a small farm in the country of Florin. -The Princess Bride   A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.... -Star Wars   So, how did you do? Great opening lines capture our attention from the very start. This weekend, as we continue in our series, The Bible for Grown-ups, we’re going to look at another captivating opening line. But there’s one significant difference…this is no fairy tale. Every word of this story is true. It starts out, “In the beginning...”. We’re on the second wee

  • Last Things First

    09/03/2021 Duración: 39min

    Last Things First March 7, 2021 I was talking to the mom of a young adult a couple of weeks ago. She told me her son decided to take a Bible class in his secular college. Mom expressed her concern but was told, “Don’t worry, Mom, I know what I believe.” Sure enough, after the class there is nothing but doubt and skepticism. How do you know you can trust the Bible? Lots of people are asking this question right now as we see values shifting around us in our culture. Most of us know some Bible stories – even if we’ve never been to church or don’t own a Bible. But knowing stories from the Bible isn’t the same as knowing the story of the Bible. And most of us don’t know the story of the Bible. If someone asked you where the Bible came from, what would you say? Mom and Dad? Church? Amazon? Perhaps you received your first Bible when you were a kid. A thick leather-bound book with your name stamped in gold on the cover; full of long words and difficult names you couldn’t pronounce. Or maybe it was a gift from a gr

  • Principle 7: Go the Next Step to Develop a "Rule of Life"

    03/03/2021 Duración: 54min

    Go the Next Step to Develop a "Rule of Life" February 28, 2021 There are a lot of crazy rules out there. In the state of Connecticut: Pickles must bounce. You are not allowed to sell a pickle unless it bounces. I guess it’s good they also have a 5-second rule there. In Juneau, Alaska, flamingo owners are prohibited from bringing their pet into a barber shop. I didn’t know flamingos needed haircuts. And really, how many flamingos are there in Juneau, Alaska, anyway? In South Dakota, it is illegal to fall asleep in a cheese factory. Now, I can see a rule about not cutting the cheese in a cheese factory. But who falls asleep in a cheese factory? In New Hampshire it is forbidden to collect seaweed from the beach at night. If you want sushi for a midnight snack, well…you shoulda thought about that before the sun went down. I’m sure there are stories behind each of these odd ordinances, but still…it begs the question, why do we need rules? Think back to your days in grade school. When the teacher asked a ques

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