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TTWMN 217: Communicating In Newspeak Era

Remember the dystopian George Orwell novel, “1984”? The plot warned of the dangers of a totalitarian society that strips all freedoms from its citizens. The tools it used to control people were constant surveillance, the requirement of complete conformity of thought and even memory, and complete devotion to the unseen leader, “Big Brother”. A new language called “Newspeak” was created to facilitate such control, eliminating the very ability of its people to have independent thought, and continually re-writing history to match the current narrative—for example, in “DoubleThink” the term “blackwhite” was used to indicate the desired outcome of citizens to not only believe black was now white, but also to forget black was ever black. If you’ve tried to listen to national news, read the newspaper, or talk with anyone who disagrees with you politically or theologically recently, maybe your adult kids, your employees, neighbors, or students be they high school or college, you may feel like you’re talking a different language as their definitions and historical context are completely foreign to you…and are filled with so many contradictions they don’t even make sense. Welcome to communication in a newspeak era.

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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 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 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 205: Integrity

There is something we can have that is more priceless than any amount of money in our bank account or 401K. It’s more important than having a great job, social standing or powerful connections. You could say it’s even more important than what you’ll eat today, having shelter and clothes to wear…because if you DON’T have it, you will always be looking over your shoulder, always be wondering when you’ll be found out, laying awake at night thinking about all the opportunities you blew to do the right thing, and how many people that may have hurt. Nothing can destroy Christian witness faster than lacking this—because nobody will believe whatever you say if you lack it. Today’s topic is integrity.

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TTWMN 203: Cultivating Character

One thing seems obvious these days: there seems to be an amazing lack of character at work in folks today. Why is that? Is it not being taught (pretty likely)? Or is it that the splintering of our country, once called “the Melting Pot”, into multitudes of special interest groups has led to an “every man for himself” mentality…survival of the fittest, the craftiest, the most selfish. We used to have shared values… Godly values, that were taught not only in church, but also in the homes and schools as well. We know that God wants more for us than what we have now—but how do we get back to the godly character that leads to a civil society, and more than that, spreads the gospel to the lost in this world? With us to show us how step by step is teacher and author of the book, “Broken Yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty.

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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 199: What’s Tearing Us Apart

Here’s a vocabulary word for today: “strife”, defined as “angry or bitter disagreement over fundamental issues; conflict.” Merriam Webster includes the idea of a “struggle for superiority” in strife. While you don’t need to look too far today to see examples of strife in the news, between political parties, interest groups and even generations, Christians are now experiencing increasing strife in places that maybe we never thought we would. And if we don’t first check ourselves and our motives before engaging in it with those closest to us, this strife can have devastating consequences.

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TTWMN 198: Family Faith Foundations

Over the past month, I think Mike and I have done a pretty good job of laying out a snapshot of what is wrong with kids today and the world in general. With shows like “Losing our Kids”, “(So You) Think You’re So Smart” and “The Attack on Manhood”, I’d go so far as to say we’ve likely scared the heck out of you and maybe caused you to seek the fetal position.

Why?

We know from what Jesus said that the world would be just like this in the Last Days… but the one thing I think we’ve failed to do with these shows is the very thing we need to do, that we ALL need to do, which is to encourage each other with practical, doable, biblical steps on how to make sure we provide the absolute best foundation on which our families can not only survive, but actually thrive in these turbulent times. Make no mistake, your kids still have free will to choose which path they will travel, as do we all, but if we don’t lay a good foundation for them, the world will likely devour them.

So today, we’ll explore how to provide the best chance for them, and us, to choose Christ over the World, to choose that narrow path, by laying Family Faith Foundations.

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