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October 09, 2017

Ep.990: Are Natural Disasters Sending Us a Message?

How God uses and does not use natural disasters

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CHAPTERS

[00:17:52]
How did God use rain to make His point?


[00:37:06]
Does God use earth-related events to prove His sovereignty?


[00:54:16]
What about His use of the wind?


[01:11:46]
What about His use of fire from heaven?


Theme Scripture: Jeremiah 23:19

As time goes on, many of us will look back at 2017 and remember it as a year of storms. We have had storms of political division and unrest, storms of tragic events ranging from terrorism to the senseless taking of innocent lives. We have also had literal storms - specifically three major hurricanes that came back to back-to-back and left a wake of devastation, homelessness loss and death. It is the hurricanes, the natural disasters we will focus on today. Are these events a coded message from God? Is God punishing us for our blatant sin or is He telling us to mend our foolish ways? If you don’t believe in God, could these natural disasters be a coded message from “Mother Earth”? Have we have messed with her precious and vital ecosystem for too long? Are there lessons here for us to learn?

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Are these events messages from God?

After witnessing the destruction of our present hurricane season, one of the inevitable conclusions drawn by many well-meaning and sincere Christians is that these things are messages. They say God IS, by way of magnitude and location of storms, warning us to back off of and away from sinful ways. These sincere and well-meaning Christians will look at current events from specific locations and essentially say that it was no accident that they were hit by such destructive power. My question to these well meaning ones is simple – how do you KNOW that?  How do you know for sure?

Just how would you go about deciphering any messages from God sent by way of storms or earthquakes or volcanic eruptions? What would constitute a message and what would constitute a mere event? Is there a pattern that God would use to do such things? The answer is yes. In the Bible, we can see where God did use natural events for specific purposes. The logical thing to do would be to observe when He used these natural events, who He used them with and why He used them.  Finding the answers to these qualifying factors would give us a reasonable basis to look for a identifying a continued pattern from God with His messages.

What did Jesus say?

One Bible message regarding weather that is loud and clear was spoken by Jesus himself. While teaching us about loving our enemies in Matthew 5, Jesus said that God brings rain down upon the just and the unjust. So, our first message is one of equity – God does not arbitrarily “shut off the faucet” when it comes to those who are out of harmony with Him. Having said that, we also know that he DID one time withhold rain for 3 1/2 years. He did use an earthquake to destroy some evil people. He did destroy Sodom and Gomorrah with “fire from heaven.” How and why did these specific things happen?

They all happened in conjunction with God’s established patterns for using natural events. What was that pattern? Check out our October 9, 2017 podcast, “Are Natural Disasters Sending Us a Message?” and find out. Follow along with us as we identify the whys and the wherefores of God and His use of natural elements in the Bible.  Knowing why He did things then can really help to answer questions about what He is or is not doing now.

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Ep.1176: Does God REALLY Want Me to Suffer?

Putting our personal sufferings into context with God’s plan

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[00:13:48]
Does believing in Jesus change our suffering?


[00:31:50]
Are dedicated Christians promised a different kind of relief through their sufferings?


[00:44:50]
Why would Christians suffer if we are supposed to be so blessed?


Theme Scripture: Matthew 11:28

Let’s set the record straight right from the start. As Christians, God does NOT want us to suffer! Having said that, we know He does want us to learn and grow and mature. This means he will permit us to suffer and will use it as a tool to serve our eternal welfare. Now, what about the rest of the suffering experienced by everyone else? The answer is essentially the same – it is part of the permission of evil, which will be an eternal lesson for all. While these are good lessons, how do we cope with our individual suffering here and now? There are two groups of people who are suffering that we want to talk to today. There are those who may know of and appreciate Jesus and there are those who have dedicated themselves to follow him as his disciples.

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In Matthew 11:28 Jesus famously invites all who are "weary and heavy-laden" to come to him so he can give them rest. While this invitation is comforting and encouraging, understanding it requires a deeper look. The first thing we notice is that it is an open invitation. Jesus had just finished talking about how those with power and influence tended to reject his teaching and miracles. He thanked God that the beauty of the salvation he was bringing was so readily received by the everyday people.

I am exhausted!

To be weary and heavy-laden means you are exhausted and overburdened. This simple description fits so many of us here and now. Even though our world is amazingly advanced, stress and suffering are rampant.

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-challenged with physical things like illness and aging

-burdened with financial stresses like job loss and too much month at the end of our money

-pressured with social conformity and political unrest

We face emotional traumas like broken families, severed relationships, and loneliness.  Our struggles include psychological things like depression, anxiety, phobias and mental illness.

Because we know that our time in Christianity is not a time of healing, how can Jesus give us rest? What can he possibly do for us with physical healing off the table? Check out our May 3rd 2021 podcast, “Does God Really Want Me to Suffer?” for more. We look carefully into what Jesus can do for whom. The bottom line here is that there are two different answers as to what Jesus will do for us, depending on our relationship with him. In both cases, there is really good news.

So, does God REALLY want us to suffer? The answer is no! That being said, the next logical question is then why doesn't He take our suffering away?  The responses here are bigger than a one or two-line explanation. More than that, they are very encouraging and uplifting as well. If you are suffering in any way and are looking to God and Jesus for relief, please join us for this important conversation. Seeing our suffering with biblical understanding can absolutely help us to cope!

 

 

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Applying perseverance in persecutions and as a test of loyalty

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CHAPTERS

[00:22:04]
What makes us give up and how do we deal with them?


[00:38:38]
How do you persevere with a lifelong illness or problem?


[00:54:05]
How do you persevere through the death of a loved one?


Theme Scripture: Luke 21:19

Last week we talked about perseverance as an essential aspect of our Christian lives. We saw that persevering means much more than simply hanging on when things are tough. It means we set our hearts and minds on moving forward, no matter how small the steps might be. We examined some Isaiah scriptures that gave us a glimpse of what Jesus’ own focus - what his “game face" - looked like. And we established that we need perseverance in many areas of life and discussed it in the context of our trials and afflictions. We heard the story of Jonathan, a 14-year-old young man who is persevering through a serious case of Scoliosis. Today, we expand the scope of our perseverance conversation as we look at the persecutions and tests of loyalty every Christian must endure. We do this both scripturally and through the stories of Lorain and Fred, two mature Christians whose life experiences pressed them to persevere in ways they never saw coming.

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Lorain's story

Lorain was a dedicated Christian whose focus was always on serving God. Several years ago at age 36, she was struck with Multiple Sclerosis and her life’s trajectory dramatically changed. We recently caught up with her and observed her experiences and growth. What we found was an amazing story of perseverance. She helped us to understand that sometimes our life requires us to approach it like a soldier who is always preparing for or facing battle.

As Christians, we are sometimes called upon to persevere through persecution.  Often this persecution comes from those who are close to us, from friends, associates and even family. This is difficult, as there is usually no place to hide when this happens. How do we handle it? Like Lorain, we soldier up. We fight these battles by wearing the armor of God as instructed in Ephesians chapter 6. Here’s the thing - our mission may not be to vanquish someone persecuting us. It may be to instead witness our Christian character to them. Our mission as soldiers is to do what God would have us to do and not what we feel like doing. This can only happen when we apply Christian perseverance to this fight.

Fred's story

Fred was a happily married, dedicated Christian when nine years ago his wife died suddenly and without warning. This experience broke many parts of him, but it didn’t break his faith. Fred shared with us how over years he picked up the pieces and reset his life’s direction. His perseverance was and is like that of a farmer. Slowly, methodically and according to Scripture, he did the work to cultivate Christian growth and maturity. His story is one that helps us understand how our perseverance should be solely focused on our loyalty to God through Christ.

Check out our January 11, 2021 podcast, “How Can I Persevere When Life Gets Tough? (Part II)" for more. Not only is this journey thoroughly inspiring, it is deeply educational as well. Mastering Christian perseverance is one of the secrets to living a fulfilled life. Join us and get on the path to victory!

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Understanding how to apply perserverance through trials and afflictions

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[00:13:14]
What does perseverance look like?


[00:32:42]
What makes someone want to persevere instead of giving up?


[00:48:46]
What is one key needed for Christian perseverance to thrive?


Theme Scripture: Luke 21:19

Perseverance is not something we talk about much anymore. It sounds like an old word from some other time in history. Now we talk about making demands and our personal perspectives being instantly and unquestioningly accepted by those around us. We now live in a society where it is not about hard work or building something from the ground up; it is about claiming whatever anyone else has as mine simply because I have a voice. It's too bad. In history, the greatest positive changes in all the world happened largely because of perseverance. Gandhi persevered, Martin Luther King, Jr. persevered, allied soldiers in the World Wars persevered. Jesus not only personally persevered, he taught us how to do it ourselves.

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Perseverance vs. Endurance

It is easy to confuse perseverance and endurance because they are similarly defined. When we think of endurance, we might envision someone or something that weathers the test of time and pressure. The Parthenon is an ancient Greek temple that has endured history and stands to tell a story. When we think of perseverance, we might envision someone who has progressed through a difficult challenge against the odds. It has been said that Thomas Edison had 1,000 failed experiments before he invented the light bulb. The key here is the thought of progressing towards something versus the thought of weathering a storm.  Perseverance is an exercise in movement. This subtle difference carries with it a world of meaning.

Meet Jonathan

Depending on what we are facing, the act of persevering can look like many different things. For Jonathan, a 14-year-old young man, perseverance looks very specific. Jonathan has a serious case of Scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. Many cases of this disease are relatively minor, but the serious ones like Jonathan’s become debilitating and lead to necessary surgery. Jonathan needs to exercise up to two hours a day, seven days a week to try and keep it from getting worse. If any one of us were faced with a demanding regiment of two hours per day of doing anything, we would be challenged. For this young man, the challenge is not just physical but mental as well, as he must continue to stay motivated. How does he do that?

Check out our January 4, 2021 podcast, “How Can I Persevere When Life Gets Tough? (Part I)” for more. We hear Jonathan explain his journey of faith, discipline and perseverance and find several nuggets of inspiration along the way. We also examine how the Bible describes perseverance. This is also revealing.  Several scriptures in our common translations sound “nice” and “encouraging” are actually serious calls to action.

Christian faithfulness is squarely built upon persevering. To walk in Jesus' footsteps is by definition perseverance. Join us for Part I of this 2-part series as we uncover the many aspects of what a persevering life looks like. Come with us on this journey of discovery, growth and inspiration!

 

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Ep.1138: Do I Treat You as My Neighbor?

Learning the life-changing meaning of being a good neighbor

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How did Jesus use an unexpected turn of events to teach a life-changing lesson?


[00:24:56]
Why did Jesus choose the Samaritan to be the good guy in the story?


[00:45:39]
How can action-filled compassion change our lives?


Theme Scripture: Luke 10:33

We live in volatile times. Justifiable demonstrations about justifiable concerns are overshadowed and even hijacked by those who simply seek anarchy and overthrow. We are descending into a tribal approach to our issues. If you do not agree with my perspective and my group, then you are considered a bigoted outsider who deserves to be shunned and put down. As sad as this is, it is nothing new. Back in Jesus' day, similar issues existed and even served as standards for living! Fortunately for us, Jesus spoke a simple story about the Good Samaritan that shook this unholy standard to its very core. His story was a response to the simple question, who is my neighbor? It seems vitally appropriate that we relisten and relearn the lessons Jesus’ simple story of the Good Samaritan.

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Everyone knows the basic story of The Good Samaritan. He is a guy who, while traveling on the road, comes across a Jewish man who has been robbed and beaten. The Samaritan rescues him by taking him to a nearby inn, caring for him through the night and paying for his care for another two days. If that were the whole story, it would be a wonderful and inspiring reminder of what human compassion looks like. But there was more to this story – much more.

A deeper agenda

A lawyer stimulated Jesus to tell this story. He asks Jesus about the Jewish Law, and Jesus replies with scripturally supported clarity. But the lawyer is not satisfied, as he seems to have a deeper agenda than just conversing about the loftiness of the Law. He is the one who asks Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Because Jesus sees a deviousness in this lawyer’s questioning, he answers him by telling the parable of the Good Samaritan.

Samaritans and Jews

In Jesus’ day, the Samaritan people and the Jewish people were very much at odds with one another. Even though they shared the same heritage, each looked upon the other with disdain. The two peoples had major differences along political, religious and moral lines. One Bible commentator reported that if a Samaritan man even touched a Jewish man, he would seek the nearest body of water to jump into for cleansing! Jesus spoke this parable because of the lawyer’s question. He framed the characters in the story to draw his audience into the drama. The meaning of this story is profound, for it shows a Samaritan man treating his cultural enemy as he would treat his friend.

Check out our August 10, 2020 podcast, “Do I Treat You as My Neighbor?” for more! We delve into the details of all the little things the Samaritan did to become a humble hero. We examine the reactions of other Jewish men who passed by the beaten man before the Samaritan got there. Most importantly, we assemble and dwell on the lessons of what it means to be a neighbor to our fellow human beings. This simple story of compassion can serve as a gentle yet jarring wake-up call. Who is YOUR neighbor?

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VIDEO: Does My Anxiety or Depression Invalidate My Christianity (Part II)

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Ep.1125: Does My Anxiety or Depression Invalidate My Christianity? (Part II)

Revealing the protective building blocks needed to repel my anxiety

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[00:36:07]
Is having an anxiety attack a lack of faith or a physiological response?


[01:00:21]
How can we decide on developing new habits?


[01:15:02]
What happens if we have a relapse?


Theme Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:7

Everyone at times in their life feels anxiety.  Sometimes it is a simple reaction to having to do or say something that we would rather avoid.  Other times it is a more powerful reaction that lingers and may even cause us interrupted sleep or a lack of focus.  These are feelings of anxiety.  They are common and they are solvable.  The big issue comes when the anxiety we face becomes a crippling and exhausting current of fear.  It sweeps us off our feet and pulls us away from our normal routines with an overwhelming riptide-like intensity.

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For some of us this anxiety can last for months, years or a lifetime.  For a Christian, the piercing questions that may rise from this are, where is my reliance on God?  Does my crippled response to this fear prove my faith to be nothing more than words?  Am I a hypocrite?  Hard question like these deserve strong and decisive answers and today we will find them!

There is no better way to try and answer hard questions like these than to talk to someone who has personally walked the crooked and uneven road of anxiety. Kylie Odetta, a Christian and brilliant singer and songwriter has walked such a road.  We were able to catch up with her and listen to her story.  It was both captivating and revealing.

Kylie's story

Kylie’s story begins in the same place so many others with anxiety begin.  She had always been a sensitive person, feeling emotions very deeply.  She then went through a hard transitional experience along with some other family issues.  It was at this point the small and gnawing fears of life that had quietly collected over time all suddenly became real.  Each and every little fear now barreled to the front of her mind and planted itself in a life-altering position.  She went from being the creative, sure and outgoing Kylie to living in the trapped spaces of her fearful and overwhelming thoughts.

This same pattern of experience is tragically true for millions and millions of people.  For many, when anxiety presents itself it systematically takes their lives as its captive.  Fortunately, there is great news about all of this as there are many available approaches and many kinds of answers.  As we listened to Kylie’s story develop, we  uncovered tools in the form of "anxiety-breaking building blocks."

Check out our May 11, 2020 podcast, “Does My Anxiety or Depression Invalidate My Christianity? (Part II).”  We apply the learning and foundation received from Part 1.  We then combine it with the very practical and relatable building blocks from Kylie’s story plus Scripture here in Part II.  The result is HOPE.  Whether you yourself experience anxiety or someone you care about does, there is hope.  Whether you do or do not need medication in your struggles , there is hope.  Listen in, be fueled with this hope and then put it to work! Click here for Part III about depression and anxiety specifically in children.

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Ep.1124: Does My Anxiety or Depression Invalidate My Christianity? (Part I)

Understanding how anxiety and depression affect my Christianity

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Theme Scripture: Isaiah 42:3

For many of us, daily life is a secret struggle.  Some of us go through the motions of our daily routines while inwardly carrying overwhelming fear and anxiety.  We don’t want to share what we feel as it is not only embarrassing, it is impossible to describe.  For others of us, even our daily routines at times are themselves overwhelming.  We feel as though we are thoroughly alone and relegated to a place of gloom and darkness.  There seems to be no answer.  Often it feels like there is no hope.  I am describing anxiety and depression.

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While these challenges are incredibly common, they are also incredibly misunderstood.  As Christians, we face these kinds of issues just like everyone else. The question is, what do we expect?  Do we expect our faith to be like a magic pill that can make things better?  Do we expect ourselves to be diminished in God’s eyes because we can’t “feel” our faith?  What does God expect?  What is possible for us to expect?

The first step in trying to manage anxiety and depression is to try and understand what we are dealing with.  To best do this, we turned to professionals and interviewed two sisters (identical twins, no less) who are APRN’s in psychiatry.   Jane and Joan Landino were with us throughout this episode and plainly explained many aspects of anxiety and depression the average person just doesn’t know about.  Their input and insight are enlightening and refreshing.

What's the difference between anxiety and depression?

Both anxiety and depression can be debilitating.  In my own words, anxiety can be like a creeping fear that finds you and latches on to your everyday.  You don’t really know why its there.  You can’t really explain it logically.  You go through your days and this unwelcome intruder follows you around, even as you engage and accomplish things.  To me, anxiety is a little bit like termites - present but unseen.  It is basically non-descript as it eats away at your heart and mind.

Depression is very different.  Again, in my own words, depression deflates you.  It takes the air out of your tires.  It makes it feel as though moving forward requires far more effort than you can muster.  The fears of anxiety are now in overdrive, and it feels like there is an ever-growing weight to any and all aspects of life.  While anxiety plagues you as you push your way through life, depression derails you and makes you want to check out of normal activities.

What does all this mean for a Christian?  Plenty.  Check out our May 4, 2020 episode, “Does My Anxiety or Depression Invalidate My Christianity?” for more.  The good news is, these things are more common than you think and more treatable than you might imagine.  As a Christian, your faithfulness to God and following Jesus is not judged on whether you have anxiety or depression.  On the contrary, God’s mercy is available to help us walk through whatever our trials and circumstances may be.  Listen in, find hope and then head to Part II for more!

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