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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 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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TTWMN 208: Grace Under Fire (Part 2)

Last week, Mike and Nancy began a conversation about how we, as Christians, should react to adversity, whether by our own doing or by what others do to us, as innocent bystanders. So today we’re continuing that discussion, with part two of “Grace Under Fire”. We discussed the first three of the 8 principles: Knowing the Difference between Who You are and What You Do; God Cannot Lie and He knows the Future; and the 3rd for Christians, God Loves you as an Adopted Child through Jesus Christ, and He Cares About Your Happiness and Future.

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TTWMN 207: Grace Under Fire (Part 1)

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if Jesus promised us that our life as His disciple would be easy, one that never presented problems? Unfortunately, He makes no such promises. In fact we are taught that we will face problems in this life. But God has given us certain eternal principles in His Word that will help us maintain our joy no matter what circumstances life presents to us. And while these principles do not guarantee us we will never have troubles in this life, they do help keep our eyes focused on eternity, and give us the strength to live this life pointing others to the glory and promises of our Lord and Savior. Today’s show is titled “Grace Under Fire”, where Mike and Nancy explore eternal principles from God’s Word that help us navigate life’s challenges, allowing us to live a life full of joy and peace, regardless of our temporary circumstances.

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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 202: Abuse in the Church

A couple weeks ago we did a topic that struck a nerve with many of you, when we talked about Narcissism in the Church. Apparently lots of us have had experience with narcissists, and sadly, too many of us have experienced some form of abuse in our past, with a parent, with a spouse, and even with those who have been ordained and charged with protecting our souls. While that last one is far more rare, it does seem to be common that someone victimized by an abuser can be hurt all over again when she tries to get help from her church, only to be told, “you just need to submit.” And So today we’re taking a candid look at abuse in the Church. Here to lead us in this topic is teacher and author of the book, “Broken Yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 187: I AM The Door

Everybody wants to be on what they think is the “right side” of issues. And there are no shortage of teachings and opinions declaring what that “right side” is, even in the Church. Our human nature is to want to choose the way that causes the least amount of disruption to what we “want”, to our comfort and convenience, while at the same time causing us to be “liked” by the most people. But as it says in Proverbs, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” Jesus was clear, there is no way to eternal life, to salvation, except thru him. Joining us today with a teaching called “I AM the Door” that explains this is teacher and author of the book “Broken yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty.

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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 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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TTWMN 167: Defining Greatness

Do you ever think about sharing the gospel and break out in a nervous sweat, knowing you’ll just mess it up? Do you read where Jesus said “you will do even greater works” than he did, and feel totally inadequate? Do you ever think about all things you should be doing for the Kingdom and feel like a total failure?

Well today, we’re going to encourage you with a study of someone who maybe felt the same, and he was often messing up. But because he loved the Lord, God was able to use him mightily. After all, it really is true that “God doesn’t call the qualified – He qualifies the called.” So here today with a lesson called “Defining Greatness: A Model Found in the Life of Peter” is teacher and author of the author of the book, Broken Yet Blessed, Kathi McCarty.

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