After twelve years as a Protestant pastor, Jeff Cavins returned to the Catholic Church and has since been a leading figure in Catholic media for over two decades. He has appeared on Catholic radio and television hundreds of times and has produced several bible studies with Ascension including Unlocking the Mystery of the Bible, The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation and Matthew: The King, and His Kingdom.
See more from Jeff:
Acts: The Spread of the Kingdom
Psalms: The School of Prayer
Galatians: Set Free to Live
James: Pearls for Wise Living
Revelation: The Kingdom Yet to Come
Walking Toward Eternity: Daring to Walk the Walk
Walking Toward Eternity: Engaging the Struggles of Your Heart
Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance
Wisdom: God’s Vision for Life
March 29th, 2019 | 35 mins 52 secs
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Do you want to learn how to read minds? All you have to do is think about what you wish people would do for you, and then do it for them. You’ll find it’s exactly how people want to be treated. It’s like reading their mind.
Do you want understanding, forgiveness, compassion, respect, and friendliness from others? They want that from you as well.
We can also look to Scripture to discover how people want to be treated, especially the fruits of the Holy Spirit.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law” (Galatians 5:22-23).
March 22nd, 2019 | 37 mins 44 secs
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I’m speaking with Fr. Josh Johnson, pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Fr. Josh has a new book out, Broken and Blessed, about how we are broken and our Church is broken, but that the mercy and blessings of God surpasses all our failings. We discuss this theme of brokenness: how to respond to it in others, what to do about it in the Church, and what God thinks of us when we fall.
March 15th, 2019 | 37 mins 51 secs
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Repentance is critical for a healthy spiritual life. If we want to get over our mistakes and really orient ourselves around God, we have to have a daily repentance. True repentance is not only a change in mind, “O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you” but also a change in action, “I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more … ” Learn about stories of repentance in the Bible and what these Scripture verses mean for you. Want the shownotes? Check out this episode at ascensionpress.com/thejeffcavisshow or email us at [email protected]
March 8th, 2019 | 34 mins 19 secs
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Stick to the three pillars of Lent for the full forty days with this strategy from Jeff Cavins. We hear about fasting, almsgiving, and prayer so often during Lent that the words can become bland and lose meaning. But these practices are not arbitrary measures designed to make us miserable for forty days. They are spiritual disciplines specifically aimed at three areas of weakness in our souls. They help us overcome sin and become more like Jesus. Jeff shows us the effectiveness of these practices by comparing biblical figures from Genesis and 1 John to Jesus’ example in the Gospel of Matthew. He also provides some alternate ways of thinking about fasting, almsgiving, and prayer to help rejuvenate our commitment this Lent.
March 1st, 2019 | 30 mins 19 secs
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Parish life sometimes feels like being stuck in traffic. Things aren’t moving forward, resources are limited, tempers flare, and it feels like there’s nothing we can do to move things along. But Jeff heard an interesting take on this from Fr. Josh Johnson. He said, “You’re not stuck in traffic. You are traffic.” Without knowing it, we can contribute to parish gridlock. Jeff points out several areas where we aimlessly honk our horns instead of doing something to ease the tension, and finds Scripture verses that can help us avoid these tendencies.
February 22nd, 2019 | 32 mins 30 secs
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In today’s episode, Jeff tries something new. He wants you to meet his friend Dr. Edward Sri.
Dr. Sri is a theologian, speaker, author of several bestselling books, and also hosts a podcast. He just authored a brand new book entitled “No Greater Love: A Biblical Walk Through Christ’s Passion.” In addition to the book, he went to Israel to film videos that allow you to meditate on Christ’s passion in a much deeper way.
Jeff and Dr. Sri also answer tough questions such as:
If God is going to wipe away our sin, couldn't there have been another way besides crucifixion?
Was Jesus abandoned by the Father when he called out “My God, my God. Why have you forsaken me?”
Did Jesus have second thoughts about dying for our sins when he asked God to “let this cup pass from me?”
Snippet from the Show:
“You will never see God’s love more beautifully shine than in these accounts of Christ’s passion.”
For the full shownotes, go to ascensionpress.com/thejeffcavinsshow or email us at [email protected] to get them delivered stright to your inbox.
February 15th, 2019 | 28 mins 27 secs
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It is the people who feel like outcasts that Jesus longs to touch. He longs to give their lives significance and meaning. Jeff explains the context behind the bible passage about the woman who touched Jesus’ garment (Mark 5:25-34) and shows you ways to reach out and touch him today.
February 8th, 2019 | 34 mins 42 secs
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Peace of mind is something we all struggle towards, but rarely achieve. Today, Jeff talk about why we are unable to obtain peace and gives you five practical ways to reach this elusive state of mind.
February 1st, 2019 | 31 mins 10 secs
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Jeff explains how a true disciple not only believes, but listens, reflects, and acts on the Word of God. If you want to change the shape of your day, change the shape of your morning...that’s where it all begins.
January 25th, 2019 | 6 mins 6 secs
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Next week is The Jeff Cavins Show’s 100th episode and we want to do something to celebrate! We will be giving away three signed copies of various books Jeff has written: The Activated Disciple, Walking with God, and My Life on the Rock.
January 18th, 2019 | 33 mins 58 secs
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Have you heard of the land of milk and honey? More than just a literal location, the land of milk and honey is a metaphor for two lifestyles of living. One is easy while the other is difficult. Learn how to use the geography of the Promised Land can help you in your walk with the Lord.
January 11th, 2019 | 31 mins 42 secs
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Back by popular demand, Jeff compiles thirteen more motivating Scriptures to help you discern the future and to help you in times of suffering and fatigue.
January 4th, 2019 | 30 mins 51 secs
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To start the new year off right, Jeff compiles twelve motivating Scripture verses to encourage and motivate you during times of fear, impossible situations, and unbelievable obstacles.
December 28th, 2018 | 8 mins 2 secs
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Jeff wishes you a Happy New Year and shares a bit about his upcoming travels.
December 21st, 2018 | 29 mins 25 secs
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Jeff unpacks the incredible mystery of the incarnation this Christmas. He draws parallels between Mary and the Ark of the Covenant and walk us through scripture to show how the incarnation brings us back to mercy.
December 14th, 2018 | 29 mins 7 secs
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Have you ever been sitting at home bored and restless, feeling like you are going nowhere? Do you pull out your phone, turn on the television, or reach for a drink to numb this restlessness? Your home is supposed to be a place of reflection, intimacy, and growth. But in these moments, it is all too easy to become paralyzed and cease to walk in your vocation. We all have been given 24 hours in a day and as a disciple, you are a steward of that time. Today, Jeff reflects on two Bible passages: Jesus healing a paralyzed man (Luke 5:24) and the faith of the Centurion (Matthew 8:5-13). Through these two passages, Jeff provides 3 things you can do to break free, rise up, and walk.
Snippet from the Show:
We all experience these kinds of paralysis in our life, but it points to something deeper and that is that we cannot get to heaven on our own. We need Jesus, we are paralyzed in terms of our eternal destiny and we desperately need him to help us.