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?
How can we work daily to relate the Gospel to those around us? Good communication is key to ministry. Not just for the pastor from the pulpit, but day-to-day, as God takes you about your day, the life that God uses you to speak into others is key to relating the need for the Gospel to others. On today’s Podcast episode, we have a special interview with another fellow podcaster, Kenneth Ortiz, on relating the message of God’s love in a real way.
In today’s sexualized culture, especially with the ease of access to the internet, many struggle with sexual addictions & pornography even in the church. Today, we talk with Rob, a husband and father of 4, lifelong church goer, and he says he’s struggled with a porn addiction for more than 30 years.
This episode is a continuation of our last episode when we talked with Josh’s brother, Ryan. From middle school in to high school, college and married life, he’s had struggles with addiction, unfortunately mostly revolving around drug habits. It’s amazing how habits can play a role in our lives. Telling Ryan’s story, his battle continued through his married life… His habits began, seeking acceptance from others and not wanting to feel alone. But as it progressed, it became less of something he did occasionally, but something that had control of him.
This is the coming of age story of 2 boys, brothers, both close in age, growing up in the same house… Yet, their childhood wasn’t lived the same — very different in fact. We hope that you’ll listen to this episode. It’s the story of myself, and my brother Ryan, growing up in small town Mississippi. As we got older, one of us found his place in church, while the other didn’t; He found acceptance amongst his peers who weren’t always the best influence…
Abortion is, more than not, a self-centered mindset of “what’s good for me is best” — not a selfless will to give another separate life a chance to survive, even if that life is given up to be adopted by another family. Choosing selfishness over life is not love. If you think it is love, and that the choice to be able to take life should always be left up to the individual carrying the child, then your view of love is skewed.
How often do we go on a spiritual journey and blaze forward with our own agenda, hitting others and leave casualties on the side on the road, with little care to what happens to others along the way? — Be careful. You might be part of the reason that someone goes to Hell.
The moment that the “works” becomes about us, our faith is hindered — basically self has gotten in the way of what God was trying to accomplish in us. It’s seemingly true for too many things: when SELF steps into the situations God ordained, we’re stepping in front of God and limiting what He can do in our lives.