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Join host Emily Trotter as she explores the wonders of God's Word in Bible Talk. Emily strives to make God more approachable and to encourage us all to live in the comfort that God has us in the palm of his hand, so we are Nothin' But Fine. Discover wisdom, guidance, and inspiration for believers and newcomers alike.
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"Let's Talk" with Emily Trotter and friends! Join Emily and her guests as they talk about their everyday lives and unique experiences. Whether it’s funny banter between Emily and Helen, or a more vulnerable discussion with a special guest, you will feel like you’ve had a great conversation with old friends.
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Ya’ll this is end times stuff. When you read what Jesus said and the conditions surrounding his return, it’s like check, check, check. Then look out your window to see if you see him. H says no one knows the hour or even the day. But it feels soon, right? It’s going to get worse? Yikes. The Old Testament prophets are all up in this: Daniel, Ezekiel…
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“We are all experiencing life for the first time together.” If this isn’t the point of Let’s Talk and Nothin But Fine in general I don’t know what is. I knew I was going to like Alex before I ever talked to her, but this quote on her website really sealed the deal. You are going to love her. She lets us all into her life with such honesty. Alexandr…
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As Jesus’s public ministry/life on earth was drawing to a close there seems to be desperation…or a sense of urgency in Jesus. He had made a dent in meeting people and getting his message out there. But there were so many more souls to reach. Jesus never wavered. He remained steadfast. He never went off brand despite being constantly questioned by t…
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Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” Which ones?” the man inquired. Matthew 19:16-18Why didn’t Jesus say obey all the commandments when the guy asked whi…
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I am a product of divorce. I don’t think it created that many issues in my life. I had a fantastic, happy childhood. Sure, the older I get I become aware of emotional scars, but we all have them. I was the only one in my elementary classes whose parents were divorced and a mother that had a career that required travel and long hours. Brentwood, TN …
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Someone always has to be the favorite. Right? Why do we do this to ourselves? My children ask me all the time who my favorite is. Like I would tell them. I’m kidding. I really don’t have a favorite because they all take turns being the golden child. I know my brother is the favorite of my parents. It’s fine. It’s not like there is a prize. You woul…
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Oh to be on the mountain as Jesus becomes JESUS! Peter, James and John get this opportunity. He changed before their eyes. He became his full self. What a moment. I mean. We know Jesus as fully divine. This is the opposite of what we know about Jesus. We know he was God in a bod. We know that he came to earth to live a perfect life, to be the unble…
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Do you know what transfiguration is? Now, if you are a fan of Harry Potter (I am, don’t argue with me about it.) you will think of changing things into other things. Like beetles into buttons. This is not what Jesus does on the mountain with Peter, James, and John. I mean I knew that, but I decided to look at what the Greek word used in Matthew 17:…
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So glad that I can call Jane Bertch my friend! Not only does she have a great business that I really enjoy, she also has really enviable, glorious hair. My friend in Paris is so chic. About Jane: When Jane Bertch was seventeen, her mother took her on a graduation trip to Paris. Thrilled to use her high school French, Jane found her halting attempts…
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Jesus was pestered by the Pharisees over and over again to prove who he was. Were they completely missing what all he had done? Clearly, they had. Every miraculous thing he did they just weren’t satisfied by. They often said it was evil, blasphemous. They were a distraction and Jesus warned his disciples about their teaching. He likened it to yeast…
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There is a woman in the Bible that you probably don’t know. I know that I had never heard of, or at least never paid attention to her story until a few years ago. Do you know the Syrophoenician woman in Matthew 15? (If any of you say absolutely, I’m going to feel a little dumb.). Jesus and the disciples have travelled out of the Jewish area, probab…
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Imagine you are on a boat on the Sea of Galilee. You know that this body of water is prone to storms popping up without warning, you’ve lived and worked around it all your life. It’s the middle of the night and the wind has picked up. Soon it is howling and there are waves crashing into the sides of the boat. You are not afraid, but you are wary an…
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Marcia embarked on her professional journey in the editorial world at Parenting magazine. Her career evolved with roles as a producer at Women.com, a food editor for 7x7 magazine in San Francisco, and as a contributing editor and restaurant critic at Houston magazine. Her freelance articles and recipes have graced the pages of publications such as …
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It’s a Bible story we know so well. We’ve all heard it numerous times. Jesus feeds 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. This miracle is in all four gospels. Honestly, you can’t help but be amazed by it. It’s pretty dramatic. Jesus takes a loaf, holds it up, asks the Lord to bless it and begins to break it. Voila. Everyone is fed. Everyone is satisfied. T…
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John the Baptist has been imprisoned by Herod Antipas. We don’t know when exactly this happened, but it is mentioned in Matthew 11. We do know why he was imprisoned. You see John the Baptist had a problem with the “Jewish” ruler being married to Herodias because she was first the wife of his brother, Philip. Now that sounds bad enough on its own, b…
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The last verse of Matthew 13 does not mean that Jesus’s power has anything to do with us. It wasn’t that Jesus couldn’t act in Nazareth. He does not need us at all to be who he is or do what he can do. It’s not like in the movie Elf when Santa’s sleigh can’t fly because there aren’t enough people that believe in him. The belief is what makes the sl…
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Is there anything worse than having to practice what you preach? Of course, there is, but when you have been encouraging folks to just trust God and his timing, to keep the faith, pray about it then you actually have to follow your own advice? Man that is tough. Periodically I have to remind myself of what God has promised. And that his definitions…
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This week on Let's Talk Emily speaks with Lauran Tuck! A philanthropist and education advocate, Lauran Tuck currently serves on the Board of Directors for Matriculate, a national nonprofit organization focused on college access. Over the years, Lauran has worked in the education sector from coast to coast in many ways; including as an elected offic…
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Confession: I used to hate the parables. Well, maybe not hate. I would skip over them with an eye roll. I mean they are kind of hard to understand. I could never figure out how they pertained to my life. Jesus was so much smarter than I am and wasn’t the point of reading his words to learn? Why did he have to make it so difficult? Even the disciple…
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Convicting things ahead. Goodness. I think the key verse of Matthew 12 is the second part of verse 34, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” Jesus spends this chapter talking to the Pharisees, but my oh my how this applies to us. What we are seeing over and over is the Pharisees inability to see who Jesus was and what his mission w…
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This chapter of Matthew is hard. I had to get out ALL the translations, commentaries, and text all my pastors and smart friends. Each avenue taught me something new. I love a productive rabbit hole. John the Baptist makes a reappearance. I missed the reassuring nugget here. Glad for commentaries that pointed it out. John is in prison and he has som…
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It has been a minute since Helen and Emily have been in the studio! 2023 was a year and 2024 looks to be the same. Do you make resolutions? You know Helen and I don’t love it. Nevertheless, we are setting some intentions/goals. We want all of us to start using the word cahoots more. Tell us how you incorporate this word in your daily vocabulary. I …
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This week, we study Matthew chapter 10. Let's dig in! Now there were lots of folks following Jesus. Some of them were following him because they believed who he was and others were probably just there for the spectacle. But Jesus summons the 12. These are the guys we know. The famous, or infamous disciples (later apostles) of Jesus. They had all le…
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Welcome back to this compelling second part of my conversation with Pastor Shane Green from Saint Paul United Methodist Church. We delve deeper into the nuances of faith, leadership, and personal growth. Pastor Shane shares the complexities of balancing his pastoral responsibilities with his personal life, offering a rare glimpse into the emotional…
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Matthew arranged stories of common themes together. And here I am thinking I am so smart for seeing the connection amongst them. Matthew Chapter 9 is full of miracles. The testimonies these folks walked away with… Paralytic man healed – This story is better told in Mark 2, in my opinion. A paralyzed man is brought to Jesus by his friends. Jesus ack…
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Today on Nothin' But Fine we're diving into a conversation that intertwines faith, community, and personal journeys. My special guest is the Reverend Doctor Shane Green from Saint Paul United Methodist Church in Columbus, Georgia. In this episode, we explore the dynamics of modern-day church life and the essence of community in a digital age. Pasto…
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This week on Nothin' But Fine, I share a wholesome conversation with Becca Snider! “Becca has a background in movement through Pilates and Yoga. As a Pilates studio owner and senior instructor, she has been teaching others how to discover what well-being means for them. There is nothing that lights her up more than to see people feel empowered thro…
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If you're a long-time Nothin' But Fine follower, you know that we put on a FABULOUS Christmas Carols montage last year. Well, it was so good we are airing a re-run for you! It's our Christmas gift to you. Share this with your friends to get them in the holiday spirit! --- Check out the Nothin' But Fine blog and website. Follow us on social media: I…
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This week, we delve into Matthew 8 with stories showcasing faith's transformative power. --- Check out the Nothin' But Fine blog and website. Follow us on social media: Instagram Facebook Twitter YouTube Want everything in your inbox? Subscribe to the Nothin' But Fine newsletter!
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I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I GOT TO INTERVIEW SANTA. Ya’ll I may quit doing interviews. I mean how do you top sitting down with THE one and only jolly St. Nick? I mean we know that he is so loveable and kind from our childhoods, but goodness I think I love him even more as an adult. This is an episode you can listen to with your kids. No expose here. Yo…
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There is some really great stuff in Matthew 7. Lots of good advice and convicting notes. Here is a quick rundown… 1. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Verse 3 In other words, you better watch how you judge others. The point here is just don’t because you have your own stuff going …
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We would like a break. Emily is going to France sans the Trotter boys. Helen wants a Spa Experience. Amy wants a trip to Reynolds. We also talk gift-giving strategies because, whew, it can be exhausting. P.S. get your movie watching cozy clothes on - it’s Hallmark movie time! Be sure to check out: Kim Hassold Art - @kimhassold Rebecca & Maria’s - @…
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Jesus had just spent time telling what thou shalt not do. Now we see him advising on how to do things that they were already doing; giving, praying, fasting…even worrying. Remember that every time Jesus says hypocrites, he means Pharisees. Jesus is showing them how they can be better, more righteous that the Pharisees. I find this comforting. For m…
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I have my own Christmas Elf that helps get my house in the festive spirit. He comes in, gets all the decorations out, and then puts them up. In one day. In about 9 hours I have a perfectly jolly holiday home. Seriously, if you can have someone come do your Christmas décor…do it. Matt Chapman has been helping me since Christmas 2019 and I will never…
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This week, we wrap up the rest of Matthew chapter 5. Jesus has just said our righteousness must surpass that of the Pharisees and scribes. Naturally he goes directly into the Law that they knew. They knew it not because they read it somewhere or studied it for themselves. They heard it. From whom? The Pharisees, scribes, Rabbis/Priests. They were r…
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America’s Baking Sweetheart. I am making that his title. Brian is light and love. No kidding. I had no idea when I ended up with Brooke Bell (Chief Content Officer for Hoffman Media…and the work wife of Brian) as my mentor at a conference what delightful world was about to be opened to me. Brian spoke the next day on a panel, and I introduced mysel…
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“To purposefully reject any commandment was tantamount to rejecting God’s right to rule one’s life.” Chronological Bible Jesus had just given the beatitudes and said that they would be the things, the attitudes, that set them apart. In verses 17-20 he gives a broad view of righteousness that he will break down through chapter 7. (Chapters 5, 6, and…
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I asked Christy to join me on Let’s Talk because I had heard so many FANTASTIC things about her from her clients. I also knew that she was passionate about mental health, and I figured the stressful holiday season was the perfect time to have her on. She gives so many helpful ideas of how to keep your sanity and I think we discovered that I need to…
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Jesus has just given a good list of what kind of people his followers are supposed to be like. Or at least the standard they are to work toward. He was describing people and now he is beginning to share the impact those kind of people can have. People who are poor in spirit, humble, meek, mourn what God mourns, hunger and thirst for righteousness, …
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In the words of Fleetwood Mac, "Tell me lies, tell me sweet little lies." So we can all agree we've told a lie at SOME point in our lives...right? Did you know there was a whole science behind lying? Helen walks us through how humans develop the "skill of lying," aka Theory of Mind. We dive into a Times article that gives you the five times experts…
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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. Matt…
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You are about to learn more about monograms and fonts than you expected? Why you ask? Because there is a lot to learn. And it is interesting to learn how it all happens. I must say I was shocked to hear just how many custom fonts Shuler Studios has now. I am now a big fan of Pam Shuler and the business she has started and grown. Pam and her daughte…
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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. Matthew 5:9 "We become peacemakers in a troubled world and channels for God’s mercy, purity and peace." Warren Wiersbe What if believers were known for their peace? Yikes. I don’t think that is the first thing that comes to mind about the church these days. Generally speaking, we…
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We were joined by Julianne David and Reynolds Bickerstaff…or should I say Sue the power walker and Roy Munson? It can be nerve wrecking to be invited to an event that requires a costume. These two folks really give a good pep talk for just grabbing a wig and heading out the door. What are you going to be for Halloween? Listen in for some GREAT cost…
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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 I really love and appreciate that these beatitudes really line up with each other. It’s a continuation of a theme. Layer upon layer of actions to shape us into the kind of human beings we were meant to be. They type of people we have the potential to be. The Matthew Henry Commentary …
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The great poet The Twisted Sisters once said, "We're not gonna take it; no, we ain't gonna take it; we're not gonna take it anymore." If these are the vibes you're picking up, this is the episode for you. Emily, Helen, and Amy commiserate on the things that grind their gears and have them throwing their hands up in the air. Everything from the cost…
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Blessed are those who are merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Matthew 5:7 We want to make Jesus and what he came to do more exclusive than God intended, I think. We like to think that His mercy is just reserved for those who have similar mindsets that we do. We want it to be the ultimate flex of, see, we got it right and you have been wrong all…
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Today on the Pod, Emily, Helen, and Amy discuss how to make friends - and as a trio of introverts, we found this topic particularly interesting. Did you know there was such a thing as a Friendship Coach? Why is it so easy to make friends as a kid? At what point do we find it difficult to find and connect to new people? Everyone can agree that frien…
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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 There are so many references to bread and water in the Bible. I think that being hungry and thirsty is something that we can all identify with. Right? But what does Jesus mean here? How do you hunger and thirst for righteousness? What in the world could …
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When I met Courtney Folk at the Southern C Summit early this year, I immediately thought what a BOSS. Now I am even more convinced. This episode has so much good stuff in it! We really covered it all. I learned so much. Did you know that the resumes we all use were based upon an idea of the 30’s? Courtney gives us great tips about applying for jobs…
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