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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 209: Avoiding The “It’ll Do” Virus

It all started when we were kids: our mom or dad told us to “clean our room”, and we just picked everything up and shoved it under the bed or in the closet. Maybe it’s human nature to want to do just enough to get by, to look like you’re working when someone walks by your desk…while keeping Facebook running in the background. Going just enough over the speed limit to not get a speeding ticket, putting just enough effort into the housework to say you cleaned the house, but hope nobody looks closely at that toilet, or peaks behind the shower curtain, or looks under your bed. But remember when Jesus said you needed to “count the cost” before following Him? That’s because to be His disciple, you have to be “all in”, no adding Him to your life and thinking you’re good to go. But how many people fill churches every Sunday, doing the “hour for God,” then check out and back into the world? Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” And if you just thought to yourself, “I think I do enough to get in,” then you need to stick around and listen for the next hour. Joining us today is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 204: Mercy Me

Have you ever been tempted to lash out at a driver who is driving too slow, too fast, recklessly, irrationally or inconsistently (one of my favorites: going slow, then speeding up when you try to pass—or the opposite, whizzing past you only to pull in front of you and slow way down)? Maybe, if you’re like me, you find yourself in mid rant…only to be reminded by the Lord of when you displayed similar behavior, or as Mike and I like to say when we do something clueless while driving, “Sorry, Tourists!” All of a sudden, all of your righteous indignation at the mistakes of others turns to sheepishly muttering, well maybe they aren’t familiar with the area and don’t know where they’re going or maybe they have an emergency, or maybe they are driving only as fast as they feel safe driving…and you are thankful they aren’t driving up to your speedy standards. Oh yes, we are awfully fond of the mercy we are shown, but mighty stingy with giving it in return, especially when we don’t feel it’s been earned. But if it’s earned, it isn’t mercy, is it?

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TTWMN 200: Problem of Pain

We don’t like pain. Nobody does. We go to great lengths to avoid it for ourselves, and if we can’t avoid it, we try to ignore it. And if we can’t ignore it, we try to numb it with alcohol, drugs, food or some other indulgence of the flesh to take our minds off of it. If that weren’t bad enough, we also try everything to shield our kids from experiencing pain. We haven’t done them any favors—we’ve actually handicapped them from experiencing the fullness of life, robbed them of the best tool they could have to become responsible, productive, fully-functioning adults. Yes, we need our pain, and our kids do too.

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TTWMN 188: Protecting Innocence

There is no doubt anymore that the Enemy now has the full and even enthusiastic support of society to ensnare your kids in a lifetime of slavery to sin. And while the recent headlines of Teen Vogue or plots & characters of Disney Channel’s Doc McStuffins may have shocked us, we know the country has been going this direction for a long, long time. Public education, the media and the entertainment industry have been making a concerted effort to subvert the morality of our children for decades, an effort now aided by parents either too lazy or too afraid to step up and put boundaries on their kids…you know, actually “parent” them, teaching them right from wrong, giving them boundaries, and teaching them their choices have consequences for which they and they alone are responsible.

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TTWMN 181: Christian-First Living (Part 2)

A couple of years ago, I was leaving a Thursday class at the Y when a fellow-exerciser wished me a Happy Easter—I did likewise and we started talking about what a wonderful day Easter is, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and the salvation he brings through His sacrifice. But then the conversation turned to politics, and this woman, who attended a VERY conservative Lutheran church in town, shared her love of the current president’s policies, as he tried to turn this country into more of a European socialist model. As kindly as I could, I simply said those freebies may be wonderful, but I could never vote for someone who was such an avid champion of abortion, even going so far as to sponsor bills to legalize POST-birth abortion when he was a State Senator. As she considered, maybe for the first time, the ramifications of her support for this president, and the real cost of those socialist goodies, she quietly but thoughtfully muttered, “Oh. So you’re a Christian first…”

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TTWMN 180: Christian-First Living (Part 1)

A couple of years ago, I was leaving a Thursday class at The Y when a fellow-exerciser wished me a Happy Easter—I did likewise and we started talking about what a wonderful day Easter is, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and the salvation he brings through His sacrifice. But then the conversation turned to politics, and this woman, who attended a VERY conservative Lutheran church in town, shared her love of the current president’s policies, as he tried to turn this country into more of a European socialist model. As kindly as I could, I simply said those freebies may be wonderful, but I could never vote for someone who was such an avid champion of abortion, even going so far as to sponsor bills to legalize POST-birth abortion when he was a State Senator. As she considered, maybe for the first time, the ramifications of her support for this president, and the real cost of those socialist goodies, she quietly but thoughtfully muttered, “Oh. So you’re a Christian first…”

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TTWMN 172: Minds Without God

There’s no shortage of examples today of irrational, contradictory and nonsensical thinking—just turn on the news, read the feeds in facebook, or just go to your local college campus. And this sort of thinking frequently leads to violent, even “rabid” behavior, with a level of obsession and compulsion that in years not so distant in the past would have landed the perpetrator somewhere they could get “mental help”. Even Christian parents are stunned and at a loss to understand what happened to their child, who seemed so solid in the Lord, but who, after a semester or so at college, has become a sexually confused, socialistic anarchist. The reason is easy to discern, but difficult to accept: we are watching the world-takeover of minds without God.

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