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Category: Eternal Life

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 194: Four Principles for a Peaceful & Godly Life

So this is the season of “Peace on earth, goodwill to men”…have you been to the mall lately, especially the parking lots and checkout lines? And don’t even get me started on Facebook—friendships and even families have been torn apart, with political offenses starting feuds that seem destined to last a lifetime. But that Peace I referenced earlier wasn’t just a “positive affirmation” that will come to pass if we all just put a “coexist” bumper sticker on our cars. And it, or I should say “He”, didn’t come on that night over 2000 years ago just to make us “happy” or fulfill our dreams, at least not by the world’s standards. That Peace Who came on that silent and holy night in Bethlehem didn’t come so we could have our “best life now”, He came so we could have His life…a life of joy and peace no matter your circumstances, a life that embraces suffering here for the glory to come. And it’s a life of humility, often requiring us to lay down our own desires, our own need to be “right” or to “win” the argument, and our right to be offended at the harmful words and actions of others. Here today to explain is teacher and author Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 192: In The Fire

Have you ever felt like you were in a pit you would never get out of? Whether it was your health, your finances, your marriage, legal problems…the list is endless of the things that can make us feel helpless and hopeless. Today we seem to be reminded daily of our lack of control over much of what affects us in this life—recent hurricanes, mass shootings and wildfires all threaten our “status quo”, eroding our comfort level and leaving an uneasy feeling in our guts. But for Christians, we should always remember that no matter what happens, no matter our circumstances, we have a constant companion who will never leave us during these trials, One who reminds us, to paraphrase Corrie Ten Boom, that there is no pit that HE is not deeper still. Today we’ll be studying a story out of Daniel, involving three Jewish boys who were snatched from their homes and taken to a foreign land filled with temptations and wickedness. But instead of conforming and taking the easy route there, they held tight to their faith and their God, even when facing death. Today we have teacher and author of the book, “Broken Yet Blessed” Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 191: Perspectives

Have you ever tried to go up or down a flight of stairs and misjudged how many steps there were? How about walking down the sidewalk when you step off a curb that you didn’t know was there? Hopefully those stumbles caused you no greater physical damage than embarrassment at the potential snickers from onlookers. But walking through this world without watching carefully where you’re going can be vastly more hazardous to your health, your spiritual health, than simply taking a careless misstep down the stairs. And one of the most needed tools in developing the wisdom and vision to take the right steps, seems to be sadly lacking in our reactionary society – perspective.

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TTWMN 190: Growing In Faith When It Storms

If the recent hurricanes in Houston and Florida have shown us anything, it’s that we are not promised “our best life now” here on this earth. We often fall into the trap of thinking life in Christ will be all sunshine and balloons, all the time. But that isn’t what the Apostles’ lives were like. Why do we feel we should have any special bubble-wrapped protection from the tragedies, the hardships, the fallenness of this world? This is the perfect time to be reminded that our lives are not our own—if you belong to Christ, you’ve been bought with a price. We are his instruments to bring light into dark places and hope to the hopeless, keeping our eyes on Jesus no matter what. Here today to show us exactly how to do that is teacher and author of the book “Broken yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 189: I AM The Resurrection

I’ve noticed that we Christians spend a whole lot of time talking about Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, dying on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins and satisfy God’s wrath. And while that is indeed a worthy topic, the only time it seems we focus on Christ’s resurrection is at Easter time. But the Resurrection was highly important to the apostles, a topic they focused on even more at times than the Cross—Paul even devoted all of 1 Corinthians chapter 15 to explain just why it was so important. With us today is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty, who will help us understand this topic.

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TTWMN 185: I Am The Bread Of Life

Many who consider themselves “Christians” these days seem to miss the point—they want their ticket to heaven punched so they’ve added Jesus to their already-full lives, like buying an insurance policy. Or they want the best this life here has to offer, expecting Jesus to “reward” them for signing on with the blessings of success and endless material comforts and riches. Even if you are following Jesus for the right reason, you can still fall prey to the trap of self-sufficiency, relying on yourself more than you rely on Him for what you think your needs are. Or maybe you relegate Him to just Sunday mornings, returning to your favorite TV shows when you’re done. Those who followed Jesus 2000 years ago were not that different from us, often focused on their material needs and wanting Him to “fix it”, instead of on the bigger picture. But in the passage we’re studying today, Jesus delivers a message that would be a huge “wake-up call” for them, and for those willing to hear it, a big paradigm shift from how they looked at life itself. Joining us today to explain is teacher and author of the book Broken, Yet Blessed, Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 184: True Freedom

A few weeks ago we celebrated our freedom in this country—but that got me thinking about exactly what IS “freedom”? Freedom from what? To do what? The answer could be different depending on who you ask, and for committed born-again followers of Christ, it will be something entirely different, even incomprehensible, for non-followers or even for nominal Christians. So today we’ll explore the whole idea of “freedom”, and what we need to be doing with that freedom.

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TTWMN 183: I Am The True Vine

Abide is not a word that comes up in our conversations much these days, if at all. But it’s a word that is critical to understand, because it’s a sign that we are genuine believers in and followers of Christ. You see, we were never meant to acquire salvation and then put it in the bank for that rainy day. And we were never expected to obey God by our own strength alone. Abiding in Christ is the only way we can be and do what Jesus saved us for. Using the nearby example of a grapevine, Jesus explained to the disciples what it meant to abide in Him, what was needed for them to bear fruit and what that fruit would look like. Here today to explain it to us is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty.

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