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Category: Spiritual Life

TTWMN 239: Leaving So Soon?

I’ve noticed that no matter what your age, we all like to think we have a lot of years ahead of us, years to plan for retirement, complete that bucket list, or spend with the kids & grandkids. 

Then something happens that reminds us of our mortality—an accident or health scare, or maybe someone we know who is waaaay younger than us is suddenly gone, or gets that diagnosis we would all dread. 

As Christians, we all know, at least intellectually, that “this world is not our home”, and that our real life for all eternity is in heaven… but sometimes we can’t help but ask, “Leaving so soon?!”

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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 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 234: The Kids Aren’t Alright

We’ve done lots of shows that talk about the younger generation—Mike and I are both Baby Boomers so just about everybody is in that category to us.  Whether it’s their vulnerability, their fragility, their socialist tendencies and feelings of entitlement, their confusion, etc. etc. etc… the one thing we haven’t talked about is their mental condition, which seems to be rapidly deteriorating. 

Anxiety and depression are skyrocketing, thoughts of suicide are at an all-time high, especially between the ages of 18 to 25.

Alarmed at the statistics, most authorities, researchers and parents are grasping at straws, jumping to conclusions like “they need more self-esteem” or “they need greater affirmations in their gender choices” to stem the tide, prompting “everybody wins-Participation Trophies” and laws silencing all efforts to question the “choices” of children as young as 4. 

How is that working out? The statistics just keep going up, yet everyone just keeps looking at the symptoms, and not the causes…

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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 232: Rebuilding Babel

Wouldn’t it be great if we could all get along? If there were no more fights between factions over who was more right, no more class struggles between the “haves” and the “have nots”, no more discrimination or judgmentalism on how & where we chose to live or what we chose to believe, no more poverty or hunger as everyone shared what they had with everyone else, and everyone had free education, a living wage and health care? Sounds heavenly, right? Our children are taught from pre-K thru college and graduate school that these things are all rights that every human is entitled to. While some or maybe all of them sound great, every society on this earth that has tried to implement all these things has failed, or is in the process of failing. And we’re not talking just “oh well, that didn’t work”, we’re talking total bankruptcy, massive inflation so people could no longer afford a loaf of bread, entire cultures and ways of life taken away, and millions imprisoned or killed for not keeping in lockstep with the mandated “group think” necessary to maintain such a society. We crave Unity with every fiber of our being, desiring it so much that we fail to ask, “unity with whom, over what?” The whole world is offering all such unity, all the goodies, where all can live in “utopia”—only problem is, they are explicit in this: The God of the Bible can have no place in it. So today’s show is about Globalism, and why Christians should fight it—we’re calling this episode “Rebuilding Babel”.

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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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