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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 we’ll 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 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 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 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 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 201: Narcissism in the Church

Maybe you’ve come across people in your life or in your friend’s life that sure look amazingly good, maybe are in positions of power, perhaps even in the church… and yet something in you feels that “something ain’t right”. There is a “red flag” in your spirit and a still, small voice whispering to you, “Look closer”, and if you still can’t figure out what’s wrong, that small voice may even say “you’re not asking the right questions.” But you’re afraid to ask those questions, to dig deeper, because you seem to be the only one who has a problem with this person. Then you start to question whether you are really feeling or seeing or hearing what you think you are, and maybe you’re just crazy. You’re not alone. This unfortunately is the exact same experience many have had. And the numbers are growing as our culture has fostered an extreme focus on “self”. Yes, we are becoming surrounded by Narcissism…and sadly, the Church is no exception. Here with us today to explain what is going on, how to discern the signs and how to deal with it is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed”, Kathi McCarty, with a lesson called, “Unveiling Narcissism in the Church.”

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TTWMN 194: Four Principles for a Peaceful & Godly Life

So this is the season of “Peace on earth, goodwill to men”…have you been to the mall lately, especially the parking lots and checkout lines? And don’t even get me started on Facebook—friendships and even families have been torn apart, with political offenses starting feuds that seem destined to last a lifetime. But that Peace I referenced earlier wasn’t just a “positive affirmation” that will come to pass if we all just put a “coexist” bumper sticker on our cars. And it, or I should say “He”, didn’t come on that night over 2000 years ago just to make us “happy” or fulfill our dreams, at least not by the world’s standards. That Peace Who came on that silent and holy night in Bethlehem didn’t come so we could have our “best life now”, He came so we could have His life…a life of joy and peace no matter your circumstances, a life that embraces suffering here for the glory to come. And it’s a life of humility, often requiring us to lay down our own desires, our own need to be “right” or to “win” the argument, and our right to be offended at the harmful words and actions of others. Here today to explain is teacher and author Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 193: Servanthood – It’s An Issue Of The Heart

Too often in altar calls, especially at youth events, Jesus is marketed as someone who loves you, who wants to make your life wonderful…give you your best life now. All you have to do is invite him into your heart and he’ll be your best buddy, your benefactor and protector from all things bad in this life, as long as you ask with the magic words “in Jesus’ name” and have faith he’ll do it. And, oh yeah, in the life to come you get to go to heaven instead of hell (if hell even exists). While we could debate that in some way, some of these things are true (undoubtedly not in the way we think), we can certainly say that this seeker-friendly “gospel” is incomplete—there’s no repentance, admitting you’re a sinner deserving of Hell, hopelessly lost without Him. All focus is on Jesus as Savior, and none is on Jesus as Lord…Master…as in, He bought us with a very steep price, His own blood, so He owns us now. There’s no counting of that cost, where our lives are no longer ours to do whatever we want, and where there is responsibility that comes with that free gift of grace that saved us. So the question today is, “Who owns you?” Whether you admit it or not, everyone on this earth is a slave—you’re either a slave to sin, or you’ve willingly given yourself to the Lord as His servant. So as His servants, what are our responsibilities, and what should true servanthood in the Body of Christ look like? Here to explain it all to us today is teacher and author of the book, Broken Yet Blessed, Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 191: Perspectives

Have you ever tried to go up or down a flight of stairs and misjudged how many steps there were? How about walking down the sidewalk when you step off a curb that you didn’t know was there? Hopefully those stumbles caused you no greater physical damage than embarrassment at the potential snickers from onlookers. But walking through this world without watching carefully where you’re going can be vastly more hazardous to your health, your spiritual health, than simply taking a careless misstep down the stairs. And one of the most needed tools in developing the wisdom and vision to take the right steps, seems to be sadly lacking in our reactionary society – perspective.

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TTWMN 190: Growing In Faith When It Storms

If the recent hurricanes in Houston and Florida have shown us anything, it’s that we are not promised “our best life now” here on this earth. We often fall into the trap of thinking life in Christ will be all sunshine and balloons, all the time. But that isn’t what the Apostles’ lives were like. Why do we feel we should have any special bubble-wrapped protection from the tragedies, the hardships, the fallenness of this world? This is the perfect time to be reminded that our lives are not our own—if you belong to Christ, you’ve been bought with a price. We are his instruments to bring light into dark places and hope to the hopeless, keeping our eyes on Jesus no matter what. Here today to show us exactly how to do that is teacher and author of the book “Broken yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty.

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TTWMN 189: I AM The Resurrection

I’ve noticed that we Christians spend a whole lot of time talking about Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice, dying on a cross to pay the penalty for our sins and satisfy God’s wrath. And while that is indeed a worthy topic, the only time it seems we focus on Christ’s resurrection is at Easter time. But the Resurrection was highly important to the apostles, a topic they focused on even more at times than the Cross—Paul even devoted all of 1 Corinthians chapter 15 to explain just why it was so important. With us today is teacher and author of the book “Broken Yet Blessed,” Kathi McCarty, who will help us understand this topic.

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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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