The cycle of “shame” can be deafening to someone struggling with a sin issue. When left “un-treated,” the enemy will do everything he can to help this disease of the mind to destroy you. Are you struggling with shame? What can you do to get out of the whirlwind of the mind?
Do you remember Paul Harvey? He was the the well known “Rest of the Story” cultural commentator whose voice of reason spanned several decades. I have fond memories of listening to Harvey on the bus rides to school each morning as the bus driver played them loudly so we could all get a dose of his clear logic before the school day began. This quick 7 minute podcast is a quick insight and an excerpt written from a 1966 newspaper article, from Harvey, followed by some thoughts from myself. We hope you enjoy it.
Have you been hurt by the church? — Are you part of the “de-churched” crowd? There are many kinds of people that are hurt by the church. As part of the greater Body of Christ, we should be doing better to reach those who have left the church — but that isn’t always easy for the local church for some reason.
So elusive and hard to grasp, many people in this world struggle to find hope in the midst of their struggles. In this episode, we talk about the strongholds of life that we find ourselves in, and how we can find freedom and hope, in spite of the enemy who wants you to keep your eyes on the struggles instead of the “prize” that God calls us to focus on.
Do you find yourself looking in the mirror to tell yourself, “this part could be better.” Or do you compare yourself to the person next to you only to tell yourself that you are not as good as they are in different ways? If people are focused more on “self” than others, on what they aren’t personally, then they are collectively working against themselves. “Self-loathing” in the members of the Body of Christ is a problem. What issues in life have you allowed to get in the way between you and God?
Theology means “the study of God.” But why do that? Is a degree in theology even important? What should be the focus and purpose of studying God? Check out this guest blog from our friend and fellow podcaster, Tony Vance, who helps us dive into the importance us studying God and why it is even important in our lives.
Today we have not only an important topic, but its not just me talking. Jen joined in on the conversation as we have on some very important diplomats from across the US and across the pond… Both my guests today are people who have their own podcasts, and enjoy talking, so this could be either dangerous or very good… In this episode, we open the discussion to talk about the recent attacks in Paris as it related to immigration, refugees and what the Church’s response should be. — Also, is everything in the Church good, or are there areas that could be improved upon? In relation to culture, has the church improved, stayed the same or gotten worse as culture has changed?
When did serving God come to being all one-sided and more about formalities, and become something contrary to what the Bible paints: A Creator of the universe made a segway to us, that “while we were still yet sinners…” those who lived out lives living contrarily to how God asked us to live, slapping Him in the face with our wayward living, God made a way through Christ’s death and resurrection to bridge a way to have a personal relationship with us. Along the way, barrier, after barrier, after barrier we place in between us and God, continual new things that we must do to be acceptable and ready to finally be able to approach the Throne of Grace, our loving God. We ourselves then become the boundary…
Just on the heels of the Roseburg, OR college shooting, we take time to ask the question “why does a good and all-powerful God allow bad things to happen?”
Is going to church necessary? Does being a “good person” mean we are “good enough” as believers? Does God care about the “small” things in life? Only pastors can be in charge and lead others, right? God wants me to be happy, doesn’t He? What are your thoughts?