Hey, I’m Shannon,

and I’m so glad you’re here. From the platform, page, or podcasting microphone, it’s my joy to invite you to open your Bible with me, drink deeply of God’s story, then

live like it’s true.

Hey, I’m Shannon!

I’m so glad you’re here. From the platform, page, or podcasting microphone, it’s my joy to invite you to open your Bible with me, drink deeply of God’s story, then 

live like it’s true!

The Podcast

Welcome to my brand new podcast: Live Like It’s True!

Please join my guests and me as we talk about our favorite jaw-dropping stories of the Bible, and the God who invites us all to live like the story is true.  

In this first season, we’re discussing the stories of Jesus. What will we learn as we encounter the man who fed five thousand with one lunch, who forgave a paralyzed man’s sins, and who called Lazareth out of the tomb? What overarching story about God is being told? And what difference does it make if that story is true?

Come join us for conversations devoted to helping you know the story, share the story and live the story.  

The Podcast

Join my guests and me as we talk about our favorite jaw-dropping stories of the Bible, and the God who invites us all to live like the story is true.  

In this first season, we’re discussing the Stories of Jesus. What difference does it make that Jesus forgave the sins of the paralyzed man first? What does it mean that Jesus had the longest recorded theological conversation wtih—not only a woman, but an outcast? How does it change things to know that a man named Lazarus walked out of his tomb? 

Do you know these stories? Do you live like they’re true? 

Come join me for a series of conversations at Live Like It’s True, devoted to helping you know the story, share the story and live the story!  

“Jesus is resurrected. He will not, cannot die again. He's defeated death. It cannot touch him. His body is perfect, it is ageless. It can't get hurt. It can't be beaten. So as the first fruits that means as he is, we will one day be. When we get resurrected, that's what waits for us.” - Erika VanHaitsma @contextandcolorofthebible

See the link in my bio for our new podcast episode!

Death is horrible. Death is the enemy. But death doesn’t have the last word.

There’s life after death because of Jesus.

I can’t wait for you to hear this new episode with my guest, Erika VanHaitsma. Her passion is to add color to the black and white pages of Scripture by adding context and culture. Listen as we discuss the empty tomb and offer insight as to how we all can live like this amazing story is true!

Make sure to follow Erika @contextandcolorofthebible

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Have you thought about your funeral lately? What if your funeral wasn't the end of your story? What if you knew there was life to to be lived afterward? Would it make a difference in how you lived today?

See link in bio for today's new podcast episode!

In the True Story of the Empty Tomb, I had a great time talking with Erika VanHaitsma about the morning the women rose early to bring the spices they had prepared to Jesus's tomb—only to find it was empty. Listen as we talk about the most astonishing story in the Bible, and what difference it would make to live like the story is true.

Find Erika @contextandcolorofthebible

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“But let's not rush to the glory of the resurrection and empty tomb and not sit here in the darkness, in the distress, in the heartache, in the hurt. Jesus is inviting us to be honest about all those emotions in our hearts today, to be honest with him, and say, yes that's resonating. I’m feeling that myself and I want to bring that to you and invite you to do a work in my heart today.” - @asheritah

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I loved chatting with my guest, Asheritah Ciuciu about everything that went on during the dark time while Jesus was hanging on the cross. There’s so much more to this astonishing true story and we are inviting you in to explore with us and then live like it’s true!

@asheritah will be giving away a free copy of her new book, Prayers of Rest, which offers you a devotional guide to praying through fifty Psalms. For a chance to win, tag a friend on any of my social media posts about this episode, or tag me ( @shannonpopkin ) when you share this post or any of my social media posts.

Make sure to follow @asheritah

See the link tree in my bio for this new episode!

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Jesus came for all of us, right? That's what every Easter message tomorrow will proclaim—that Jesus died for you and for me, even if we're not Jewish.

So then, why not erase all of parts of the Bible between Genesis 3 (where our problem with sin began) until Matthew 1 (when Jesus came to die for our sin)?

What was the point of God choosing Abraham and then making of him a great nation that escapes slavery? What is the point of the law, the prophecies, and the land? Was the whole point that God wanted a group of people watching for Jesus to come? Anticipating his arrival?

If so, this plan miserably failed. Because when Jesus came, they didn't recognize him as the fulfillment of all of the prophecies and promises. Instead they had him killed on a Roman cross.

And yet erasing Abraham from God's story would be like erasing the engagement story from mine… Read more. Link in bio.
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What distress or heartache or hurt are you experiencing today? Does it seem more fitting to sit in the darkness for a while, than to dance in the sunlight? I hope that today's conversation about the True Story in the Dark will help you bring your dark emotions to Jesus—the one who knows exactly how you feel—and invite him to do a work in your heart.

See link in bio for today's new episode!

In this True Story of Easter Series, we're looking at several of the scenes of Easter, and today we're considering the three-hour period of time when God threw a blanket of darkness over the scene, as his Son hung on the cross.

I can't think of a better guest to have this conversation with than Asheritah Ciuciu. She has such wisdom, and tender compassion for you, as we contemplate this True Story in the Dark.

Asheritah is an author, speaker, and founder of One Thing Alone Ministries. As a wife and mama to three little kids, she can rarely fit in an hour of Quiet Time each day. But she knows there is hope. Because Jesus welcomes us into His presence even during the busy seasons of life.

Find Asheritah @asheritah

Check out the link tree in my bio to listen!

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Have you shared the true story of the Bible with anyone lately? Would you like to, but need a little help getting started? If so, you're in the right place.

Find our BONUS podcast episode in the link tree in my bio!

Karlena de la Cruz, from StoryRunners is my special guest, and we're talking about sharing the Easter story.

Will you be gathering with friends or family this week? What if you took a few minutes to share an Easter story?

Make sure to listen in for some great tips on sharing this incredible story!

Find Story Runners @storyrunners

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What if you were being lied to? Would you want to know? We're going to talk in this episode about listening to the true story, found in the Bible so that we're able to spot the false narratives of the world.

Find today's new episode in the link tree in my bio!

So how can we make sure we have the story straight? Many times, when we just take a moment to think about the narratives we're telling ourselves, it doesn't take much to be convinced that we're believing a lie.

I hope you've had a chance to download my Live Like It's True Workbook, which includes a "False Narrative Watchlist". It's a list of false narratives that are common in the world. It's important that we can recognize these, to truly enable ourselves to live like this story is true!

Make sure to listen in as we take a deeper dive. Check out the link in my bio to find today's episode!


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"I can trust you for the next five minutes, to remember that you're in control of this, and I don't have to be, and I'm not.” - @lschottartistry

Find our latest podcast episode in the link tree in my bio!

Bad things were happening to Jesus. He was a completely innocent man, being betrayed and arrested and he was about to die on a cross. And yet this story shows that he was completely in control!

Listen in as my lovely guest, Lindsay Schott and I discuss this incredible true story and what it looks like when we live as if this isn’t true - and then what it means to really live like it’s true.

Lindsay is a watercolorist, Bible teacher, and co-creator of the Women's Teaching Program at Stonegate Church. She has a passion for women to be equipped to know the scripture and teach it effectively to others. Lindsay's also the co-author of Trying: Reflections on Faith Through Infertility, Miscarriage, and Loss.

Make sure to follow Lindsay @lschottartistry

Visit the link in my bio to find this episode and live like it's true!

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When somebody is being arrested, who's the person with the power? Who seems to be in control? Ordinarily, you'd think it was the guy putting the handcuffs on, right? Not the one with his hands behind his back. But when Jesus of Nazareth comes out into the open and faces hundreds of soldiers who are waiting to arrest him, it might look at first glance like he's just stepped into a trap, but I think by the end of this conversation you're going to see that—even in his arrest, Jesus was completely in control.

Find today's episode with the link in bio!

And at the end of this episode, I'm going to invite you to live like that is true.

I’m thankful that I got to sit down with my new friend Lindsay Schott @lschottartistry to talk about The True Story of the Arrest, captured in John 18:1-11.

Lindsay is a watercolorist, Bible teacher, and co-creator of the Women's Teaching Program at Stonegate Church. She has a passion for women to be equipped to know the scripture and teach it effectively to others. Lindsay's also the co-author of Trying: Reflections on Faith Through Infertility, Miscarriage, and Loss.

She had her husband, Landon, live in the Dallas area with their four children, Hannah, Ruby, Piper and Ben. You can see Lindsay's watercolor work at lschottartistry.com and see her creative journey on Instagram @lschottartistry

Listen to this brand new episode today! Check out the link tree in my bio to find it!

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How do you behave during suspenseful movie scenes? I tend to make lots of noise, and call out to the characters on screen who can't hear me (which drives my kids nuts). Today we're going to revisit and retell the suspenseful scene where Jesus is seated next to the one who will betray him: Judas.

Find today's brand new Live Like It's True Podcast episode in the link tree in my bio!

From a storytelling perspective, this is an amazing scene of suspense. There's a dinner party. The Rabbi and his followers have gathered in an upper room, and we're looking in—knowing that something is about to happen. Our author, John, has already let us know that Judas is going to betray Jesus, and Satan has entered him.
But then, as we watch the scene unfold, we see Jesus seat Judas beside him in the seat of honor at the feast.

Here in this True Story of Easter Series, Jesus knows. As he dips the bread and hands it to Judas, Jesus shows us that he is completely aware of who his betrayer is. He's known all along. When Jesus says, in John 13:18, "I know who I have chosen," he's saying, that he knows the hearts of each of these disciples, including Judas.

Have you listened to this week’s episodes of Live Like It’s True? I hope you have been enjoying this new season as we draw near to Easter Sunday and explore what it means to celebrate what Jesus did on the cross for us. Most of all,I hope you’ll go live like the story of Judas is TRUE! ⁠⠀

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“Am I enjoying proximity with Jesus, or am I enjoying relationship with Jesus?” @leenienhuis

When we stop to really ask ourselves this question, it can change everything for us.

I invite you to listen to our newest episode of Season 2 of my Live Like It’s True podcast. You can find it in the link tree in my bio.

My wonderful friend, Lee and I are discussing the true story of Judas. Jesus didn’t let Judas be the main focus during this special time with his disciples. They've got work to do. They're about to be "sent". We, too, have been sent, and can't let disillusionment hold us back. Let’s live like this is true - because it is!

Lee is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, and podcast host. Lee loves Jesus, and has been transformed by the power of his word.

Make sure to follow Lee @leenienhuis

Check out my link in bio to listen!

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Have you ever watched someone betray Jesus? Have you felt the pain and shock of watching someone among you—someone who seemed to be a follower of God—turn against Him?

This can be confusing and disorienting, but what if it's true that Jesus knows exactly what is in each of our hearts? As we talk about the True Story of Judas, that's what we're going to find, and I think the truth in this story will be steadying to your heart.

I'm so delighted to have my friend Lee Nienhuis with me today. Lee is an author, speaker, Bible teacher, and podcast host. She's the author of Brave Moms, Brave Kids and Countercultural Parenting. She and her husband Mike live in Michigan with their four kids.

Lee loves Jesus, and has been transformed by the power of his word. That shines through so beautifully in this conversation about the difference between having proximity to Jesus - like Judas did - and having a sweet relationship with him, like the disciples did.

Find Lee @leenienhuis

Click the link in my bio to find today's new episode!

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