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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Independence Day is just around the corner, when we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence that was the foundation of our country. Since then, every July 4th in this country we celebrate our “independence”, even embracing the spirit of independence as our national identity. While our founding fathers wanted independence from the tyranny of British rule, they knew something that we have forgotten, something that sadly seems so foreign to people today, we see it as counterintuitive. That truth that John Adams, John Witherspoon and George Washington firmly grasped is that there is no true freedom without Jesus Christ. And they knew it wasn’t enough just to intellectually acknowledge Him, but true freedom comes from complete dependence on Him. Here to explore this topic with us today is teacher and author of the book “Broken yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty.Read More
It’s pretty clear there is a tremendous shortage of love in the world today—there’s plenty of what passes for love, from Facebook friends (as long as they don’t say something you disagree with) to mere physical attraction, but as you know if you’ve listened to this show much, REAL love is something different, something rare, self-sacrificing and unconditional—in the Greek the word used is “agape”. Jesus said the world would know his followers by their agape love—but what does that mean? What on earth does that look like? Joining us to explain is teacher and author of the book, Broken Yet Blessed, Kathi McCarty.Read More
We all know the verse, “Judge not lest ye be judged”—it’s brought up, many times by fellow Christians, to silence us from commenting on sin and evil in society today. But is that really what Jesus intended for us to take from that verse? As with everything in the bible, the key is context, context, context!
We’ll also look at the difference between examining and judging a person’s fruit, and what we are NEVER to do: pronouncing judgment on someone’s soul!Read More
I admit it—I like being in control.
And if you’re honest with yourself, I bet you like it too—that feeling of power, of security, of “no surprises” that makes us think we’re safe and we have it all together. But if we examine our lives from God’s standpoint, we’d have to acknowledge that the control we think we have over our lives, especially our circumstances, is really an illusion. So let’s take a closer look at the ways we try to control and stay in control, but also at those things that actually are in our control.Read More