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TTWMN 238: Aspirations

I think we can all agree that our culture and the world is changing at an ever increasing rate—just think of all the technology we have now that we didn’t have growing up: remember those hand-held calculators from Texas Instruments, VHS players which became DVD and then BluRay, cassette tapes and 8-tracks which became CDs and then you just needed to download music on your iPod, and now you don’t even need cable or satellite dishes to get your favorite programs, as internet streaming services abound.

Lastly, we now we have mini computers in the palms of our hands in our smartphones, which are more powerful than the mega computers of a decade ago. With all these changes in technology, is it any wonder the goals we have in life have sometimes changed?

If you’re looking for a marker on just how much they’ve changed, all we need to do is look at children, who are the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” for this. So what are your Aspirations?

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TTWMN 237: Delayed Gratification

We truly live in a marvelous age.  We have all the world’s information available to us on our phones, which are now more powerful than the computers of even a decade ago.  Targeted ads flash at us from every corner of facebook or the articles we read, intuitively giving us endless opportunities to buy and have delivered in a few days (or same day for Amazon Prime members), exactly what I was thinking about.  Don’t feel like cooking tonight? We don’t even need to run thru a drive-thru or settle for pizza, as GrubHub will deliver whatever we want from dozens of restaurants in the area. 

The transition from cash to credit & debit cards makes getting what we want in an instant easy, as we lose track of what things cost, versus their value. And we pass this “want – get” mentality down to our kids, who overwhelmingly support socialism, without ever having been taught in school about its dangers. 

Today, we’re talking about the monumental importance of learning delayed gratification.

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TTWMN 236: Peer Pressure

I was having lunch with someone the other day, and she noted how easy it is to slip little by little into the world—maybe from busyness, too tired at the end of the day or in too much of a rush to get to work in the morning—to take the time to read the bible, pray, spend even a little time with the Lord. 

Indeed.

As any happily married person will tell you, the best relationships don’t just happen—they take time, and work…a lot of work. And on top of that, there are a lot of things going on in the World today trying to convince us that time is wrongly spent. The enemy will try any way he can to get us to turn from Christ. 

Pressure will come from our family, our workplace, even from within our church. They will call us hateful because of our adherence to the Word of God, divisive or unsubmissive because we won’t blindly follow our leadership as they implement the latest awesome new way to be “Christian”.

They will lie about us, paint a horrible picture of us that we won’t be allowed to challenge.  As the heat is turned up, the love of many will grow cold as they make spouse, child, workplace or church, more important than Christ himself, feeling they’re tired of arguing, it’s too embarrassing, or it “just isn’t worth it.”

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TTWMN 235: Epidemic of Ingratitude

With the recent World Cup success of the US Women’s Soccer team, perhaps many of you, like me, were stunned and shocked at the behavior of more than one team member… the disrespect of our country, our President, and of their fellow Americans who elected him. 

The word “spoiled” kept coming to mind, but was it really that much worse than what we’ve seen from others these days, especially of that generation? Antifa, which belies its supposed namesake and acts with the most Fascist tactics that ever were…

NFL players who kneeled for the National Anthem, claiming this country which made them instant multi-millionaires to play a game, has continuously enslaved them…

Social and Mainstream Media mass bullying of kids who dare to go against their “norm” by showing Christian values and common courtesy. 

It all leads to topic: the epidemic of ingratitude.

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TTWMN 233: Experiencing Peniel

Today, we’re doing a little bit different kind of show—we’re going in depth into the life of Jacob.  We all know what he did—the lying, the deceiving, the cheating—and many of us may have wondered just why God would have “allowed” him to be “the one” through whom the Messiah would come.  But Jacob wasn’t just ‘allowed’, he was specifically chosen by God to become Israel, who would sire God’s special, chosen people.  I was asked years ago to do a presentation at a women’s retreat on Peniel, the place where Jacob wrestled with God.  What I found in the preparation was the why behind all of Jacob’s behavior, and I found a man who wanted the right things, but being sinful, just like us, he ended up going about it the wrong way. This was the first presentation at that retreat, designed to get the women there to face their own sins—and many, like me, started seeing myself in Jacob’s actions…so let’s dig in to that presentation, called “Peniel”.

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TTWMN 231: Blessed Are The Persecuted

For two and a half months we’ve been blessed in this show to explore the Beatitudes, finding out how we are “blessed” be being poor in spirit, by mourning, by being by being meek, by hungering and thirsting for righteousness, by being merciful, pure in spirit, and by being a peacemaker. Now we need to prepare ourselves to hear the last and hardest beatitude, the one that is most difficult to accept, but one that promises us the greatest blessing of all. So joining us today in the 9th and final episode in our series on the Beatitudes, is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty, with the 8th Beatitude in our series: “Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

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TTWMN 229: Blessed Are The Pure In Heart

It’s so easy to do what’s right when people are looking, isn’t it?  Less easy to do what’s right when NOBODY is looking…but even tougher still is doing what’s right from the right mindset.  Not to get attention, not to get points with God, but doing the right thing because you love Him, because you know He wants you to do it, and because He’s your loving Father, you want to please Him…NOT for the “points” it’ll get you, but just because you love Him.  Because remember, He alone knows the human heart, and He knows not only every thought you ever had, but every thought you are going to have, so no fooling Him!  Thankfully, we have someone here today who can help us test our motives, and get us in line with how and why the Lord wants us to be His representative in the world.  Today is the 7th episode in our series on the Beatitudes. Joining us today to explore the 6th Beatitude in our series is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty, with… “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

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TTWMN 226: Blessed are the Meek

Today is the fourth episode in our series on the Beatitudes, and while the world would tell us only the strong survive, Jesus says in today’s Beatitude that being meek is where it’s at. Joining us today to explore the third Beatitude in our series is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty, with “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

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TTWMN 224: Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit

Anybody out there who wants to live a blessed life? I see a LOT of hands going up! But seriously, who wouldn’t want to live “blessed”? But ask the question, are you willing to do what you need to do, and live how you need to live in order to get it, and there might be a lot less takers for the offer.

A few weeks ago we kicked off a study of the Beatitudes with teacher and author of the book, “Broken Yet Blessed” Kathi McCarty—and as she told us then, the purpose of Jesus’ entire Sermon on the Mount which began with the Beatitudes, is to teach us “how to live a life that is dedicated and pleasing to God, fully blessed because it is free from hypocrisy, full of love, grace, wisdom and discernment.” Today Kathi is back to help us explore the first Beatitude…

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

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TTWMN 222: The Beatitudes: A Central Document of the Christian Faith

Most of us listening are probably familiar with Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”, with the best-known part being The Beatitudes”—you know, all those “Blessed are” statements. But while we may have read them hundreds of times, have you ever taken the time to truly dig into them, exploring exactly what Jesus was telling us in each one of these 12 verses? Never fear! Over the coming months our favorite teacher and author of the book, “Broken Yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty, will be joining us with in depth study of each one, starting today with an overview of the entire passage.

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