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Simply Stories Podcast

Jan 14, 2021

H.R. Hutzel and I had this conversation months ago, but felt the Lord’s leading for it to air now.  Supernatural fantasy author Heather Hutzel, is a woman who loves the Lord, His word, and invites others into the greatest story ever told through her unique and powerful storytelling. Heather and I talk about how we process the world around us, the spiritual warfare happening, all the time and our role in our stories. 

In Heather’s novels, she asks the question: would it look like to package the Gospel inside of a story that sweeps the reader into an epic tale of identity, purpose, gifting and our role in the battle between good and evil? How do we as people of the here and now, but also of the Kingdom to come, define “good” and how does the Lord define “good?” When that comes to light, it asks more questions like: Who is our real enemy? What does it look like to fight a supernatural entity instead of one another? And honestly, that’s what we’re living right now. We kind of joke around here about what sort of plot twist might happen next, but the gift of the Gospel is that it is 100% true and no plot twist changes its life saving power. We serve an incredible and unconquerable King, and each of us have a role to play here. Can He win this war without us? He already has. But He invites us into His family, and gives us a unique opportunity to be part of His amazing work in this world, and hope for the future. 

This conversation brings up unique and timely questions like: How do we view the activity of God? Do we process life from an eternal perspective? Are we fighting with flesh and blood instead of the real enemy? Where is God calling me in this place where I am right now to pursue HIM, and what is my role in the Kingdom of God on earth as it is in Heaven? So much to think about. 

Wherever you are today friend, no matter how chaotic it all feels, don’t lose hope. This is not how it all ends, and He will NEVER leave us in it. You matter. Your story matters. 

You can connect with Heather, on her website, where you can download chapter samples and even an entire book for free!

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-The audio book of Anointed : BethEl Book 1

-Anointed : BethEl Book 1

-Chronicles of Narnia audiobook from the C.S. Lewis Foundation

-Dr. Mike Heiser (our episode and his books)

-Dr. Heiser’s book on the Gospel in “Stranger Things”

-Harry Potter

-Hunger Games

-Shawn Smucker - (our episode, and his books)

-“Yahweh”- the Lord

-Lord of the Rings

-Witness :: BethEl Book 2

-Dr. Bryan Litfin’s book The Conqueror - our conversation on the podcast

-Rachelle Dekker’s Nine - our conversation on the podcast

-“Moana” - the moment where Tafiti gives her her heart back

-the tribal greetings of placing foreheads together is called the 'Hongi.” It is a traditional Maori greeting in New Zealand used by the Maori people. 

-The Pilgrim’s Progress

-do not bear the Lord’s name in vain- Heiser’s thought

-Jehovah’s Witness beliefs 

-Phil Herndon and my’s conversation where we talk about how the Bible means what it means

-The Shack by Wiliam Paul Young

Scripture References:

Revelation 1:8 and 22:13 -The Alpha the Omega, the beginning and the end

1 Corinthians 12 -spiritual giftings

-Joshua 24:14-15-the point of knowing whom you serve

-Ephesians 6:12-we’re not at war with flesh and blood

-Psalm 130:6-the longing for the Lord

-2 Corinthians 5:2- the longing for Heaven

-Matthew 6:10-His kingdom come // on earth as it is in Heaven

-Romans 12:5-, Galatians 6:10, 1 John 3:1-2, Ephesians 2:19 - we are all part of the family of God

-1 Corinthians 12:27- we need every part of the body of Christ

-Revelation 7:9-17- every tribe and nation

-1 Corinthians 13:12- we now see in a mirror

-Mark 4:35-41-the storm has been calmed

-there are a lot of things about unity in scripture

-Mark 12:17- give to Caesars what is Caesar's 

-Luke 10:27-love the Lord with all your heart, mind, soul and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself

-John 16:12-15-letting the Holy Spirit do its work

-1 Corinthians 8- if something is going to trip up another believer don’t push it

-Hebrews 12:1-3-throw off everything that hinders

-Exodus 20:7- do not take the Lord’s name in vain 

-Ephesians 5:15- be careful then how you live, not as unwise, but as wise

-John 17, particularly 17:6- the name/glory of God is revealed in Jesus 

-Jesus’ “I Am” statements - the bread of life (John 6:25-29), the resurrection and the life (John 11:25), the way, truth and the life (John 14:6), the true vine (John 15:1), the good shepherd (John 10:11-18), the door/gate (John 10:9), the Light of the world (John 8:12)

-Matthew 13:55, Isaiah 53:2- Jesus was not who people expected Him to be 

-Genesis 1:27- We’re made in the image of God

-1 John 4:7-21- God is love

-Matthew 28:16-20-The Great Commission

-Ephesians 2:10-wholly loved masterpieces

-2 Corinthians 4:7-9-a jar of clay

-Philippians 1:6, Isaiah 30:18 (MSG)-  He is not finished with us

Connecting with Heather:

H.R. Hutzel Books





Connecting with Emily and Simply Stories Podcast:
Instagram (Em life // Podcast Life)

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