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TTWMN 219: 5 Potholes on the Road to Godly Character

Hopefully by now you’ve heard enough of these shows to know there is more to being a Christian than just saying or doing what you need to do to become “saved”. True, salvation is a benefit to being a Christian, as we are saved by grace thru faith in Christ, but that gift is just the beginning of our journey, and it comes with responsibility—if I gave you a car for Christmas, but you never put gas in it or changed the oil, that gift would soon become pretty worthless. Likewise, after we’ve repented of our sins, received His gracious forgiveness and are covered with His righteousness, we have a responsibility to GROW in our faith, in our knowledge of Him, in wisdom, and in holiness. But that doesn’t just instantly happen, and it isn’t always easy—there’s all sorts of opposition along the way. Here today to tell us what to watch for to make this journey successfully is teacher and author of the book, Broken Yet Blessed, Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 218: Are There Contradictions in the Bible?

Lately, it seems like Christianity and all its trappings is often unwelcome in open society… except at Christmas time, where most everybody wants to participate, even if they don’t really believe in the reason for the celebration, Jesus Christ. But that makes it a perfect time to talk about Him, as you’re standing in that long line to check out at the store, as you’re huddled under a blanket waiting for the Christmas parade to pass by, as you’re sitting in the auditorium waiting for that Christmas (Holiday) concert to start, or even as you gather with friends and family. So why don’t we? Sure, they may be complete strangers, but I’ve had some great conversations with people stuck waiting around me in these situations—most recently at the DMV while renewing my license. What else can pass the time more than conversation? And it’s a responsibility we’re given if you are truly a born-again Christian—sharing the gospel with others, not to mention the Proverbs admonition for parents to “train a child up in the way he should go”. But I have a sneaking suspicion we don’t do it because we feel afraid, insecure in our knowledge of the Bible or God’s nature and character, and fearful of getting one of THOSE questions, you know, one we aren’t sure of the answer, or worse, one that seems to point out contradictions in the Bible, opening up us and our beliefs to ridicule. You should know, there really isn’t any contradiction in the Bible, just maybe things we don’t fully understand…but guess what: If we could know & understand everything there is about God, He wouldn’t be God. So today let’s see if we can clear up some of these seeming contradictions that can trip us up.

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TTWMN 217: Communicating In Newspeak Era

Remember the dystopian George Orwell novel, “1984”? The plot warned of the dangers of a totalitarian society that strips all freedoms from its citizens. The tools it used to control people were constant surveillance, the requirement of complete conformity of thought and even memory, and complete devotion to the unseen leader, “Big Brother”. A new language called “Newspeak” was created to facilitate such control, eliminating the very ability of its people to have independent thought, and continually re-writing history to match the current narrative—for example, in “DoubleThink” the term “blackwhite” was used to indicate the desired outcome of citizens to not only believe black was now white, but also to forget black was ever black. If you’ve tried to listen to national news, read the newspaper, or talk with anyone who disagrees with you politically or theologically recently, maybe your adult kids, your employees, neighbors, or students be they high school or college, you may feel like you’re talking a different language as their definitions and historical context are completely foreign to you…and are filled with so many contradictions they don’t even make sense. Welcome to communication in a newspeak era.

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TTWMN 216: Cultivating Joy For Today

There are a lot of angry, frustrated, and downright depressed people out there these days—not much common courtesy, kindness or compassion on display. Maybe it’s just politics, or maybe people are weighed down with the increasing burden of surviving the world’s ever-growing preponderance of futility, lawlessness, and hopelessness (or maybe both). But wait a minute…for those who claim to be Christians, this world is NOT our real “home”. We’re supposed to remember that our real life is with Christ in heaven, where we are to keep our eyes focused, and we’re only passing thru here, hoping to bring people with us. Those saved by the blood of Christ should be different, look different, and live different in these times—but sadly I know too many who are in just as dark a place as the rest of the world. What is missing is the joy that should be so overwhelming it spills out of our every pore. Here today to teach us how to cultivate that joy in our lives is teacher and author of the book “Broken yet blessed”, Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 215: Changes

Life is change…

Heraclitus of Ephesus knew that in 500 BC. From the seasons to the oil in your car, everything needs change. But we humans usually don’t like change…and we don’t want to change. We often fight it to the bitter end, being dragged kicking and screaming into it. I watched my dad do this when health and age made it necessary for him and my mom to move to my sister’s town 2 hours away. Five years later, he finally admitted it was the right thing to do, and he actually even liked it there—then he died a few months later. The man who brought Zen Buddhism to the United States in the ‘60s, Shunryu Suzuki said,

“Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.”

Transience—how true. So if even unbelievers know life is transient, “like a vapor” that is here today and gone tomorrow, how much more do Christians need to remember that we are only here for a time, a journey of being gradually conformed into the likeness of Christ, from the moment we first believed. And if you are a born-again Christian, you probably remember how everything changed following your surrender to Christ. Today we’re talking about “Changes”. But first, let’s take a ride on Mr. Peabody’s “WABAC” machine to where our journey first began.

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TTWMN 214: Good & Evil (Part 2)

Last week we started a discussion about what IS “Good”, and what is “Evil”… depending on who you ask, the answer can be quite different from person to person. In the last episode we discussed how Evil came into the world (from a biblical perspective just go back to the Fall in the Garden of Eden), and then explored what the World says is “Evil” compared to what God says is Evil, noting that while we may agree on the words used, like Injustice or Judgmentalism, how each of us defines them and our acts in accordance to those definitions will expose where our true allegience lies—with the World, or with God. A lot of our discussion focused on the fight over the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, with arguments centered around his alleged past and his suitability to serve in that capacity. Now that he is officially Justice Kavanaugh, any thought that those arguments and efforts to destroy him would cease are just wishful thinking. So we’re continuing the topics of “Good and Evil” today, by looking at what the World says is “Good”, versus what God says is good.

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TTWMN 213: Good & Evil (Part 1)

We’ve talked many times on this show about the rapidly changing morals and values in our society. But what we have witnessed with the recent hearings regarding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s suitability to be a Supreme Court Justice, takes the phrase “the politics of personal destruction” to a new level, as every aspect of his entire life was analyzed. Unverified accusations, refuted by all named witnesses, of acts supposedly committed in high school and college, were accepted by the opposition as “gospel”…interestingly, all while ignoring obvious AND PROVABLE assaults of women by vaunted members of that party. I don’t know about you, but I frequently feel I’ve awakened into a “bizarro” world, where up is down, right is wrong, and the laws of nature and physics no longer apply. But is that really true, that this is a new development? If we truly believe we Christians are not of this world, but only passing through until our real life in Christ is fully actualized, we could maybe see that it’s been this way all along, and the recent developments are only the promised increasing of evil in the world until Jesus returns… as it was in the days of Noah. So today we’re looking at what qualifies as “Good and Evil”, according to the World, and according to God.

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TTWMN 212: Suitability, Satisfaction & Sexual Imprinting

There is a lot of talk these days about sexuality and something called “gender identity”. Christians who believe the Bible are not only automatically disqualified by the world from discussions on these topics due to their presumed prudishness and/or ignorance, but also we who believe what God said in His Word are often immediately cast as haters of those caught up in these issues, judgmental and self-righteous in our condemnation of someone just wanting to be and love who one wants. But is that fair? All of us have sinned, maybe most of us have fallen in this specific area, so having lived through doing things “our way” and now in hindsight seeing the damage we did to ourselves and our loved ones, we should have the wisdom to help others in love…so why aren’t we? Here with us today to teach us about God’s original plan and His will for us in these areas is teacher and author of the book, Broken Yet Blessed, Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 211: Righteous Choices in an Ungodly World

In times past, we could look euphemistically at the promises of persecution and trials for followers of Jesus that are in the Bible. Protected by the US Constitution, we may have felt “safe”, and certainly insulated, from any such threats. But in blatant defiance of the 1st Amendment protections for Freedom of Religion, Christian business after Christian business has been targeted with life-threatening lawsuits for not supporting gay marriage and transsexualism. Christian groups have been banished from college campuses for their “hate speech” and discrimination is choosing leadership. And an ex-Muslim pastor, a refugee from Iran, was just arrested and chained to a chair for 4 hours for having a private conversation about his conversion with a couple of curious Somali ladies…in the food court of Mall of America. Is there any doubt now that everyone who claims to be a bible-believing follower of Christ has a big target on our backs, that seemingly the entire world is shooting at? So how will you respond when your time comes…with attempts to compromise, just focusing on all the “love” verses or even denying the Bible is true, or stand boldly and, in love, keep speaking the truth? All of us have choices to make these days…here with us today to help us choose wisely is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 210: Momentary Afflictions

You’ve been pretty blessed if you’ve made it through this life without any tragedy or suffering—you know, those shocks to the system that in a moment change your life: your present, your future, all your hopes and dreams…gone in an instant. And there’s this strange phenomenon: when you’re in the midst of your grief, pain or tragedy, your world coming to a complete stop… you realize, all around you, life is going on as normal for everyone else. Maybe those moments are designed to shock us, to remind us…

this world is not our home

—the things we see are and have always been, temporary. What’s real, what’s lasting, what’s important, are those things that are unseen. And the tragedy, the suffering, are merely a “wake-up call” to bring us back to that realization, grounding us in a vision beyond what we see in front of us.

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