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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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TTWMN 185: I Am The Bread Of Life

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.

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TTWMN 184: True Freedom

A few weeks ago we celebrated our freedom in this country—but that got me thinking about exactly what IS “freedom”? Freedom from what? To do what? The answer could be different depending on who you ask, and for committed born-again followers of Christ, it will be something entirely different, even incomprehensible, for non-followers or even for nominal Christians. So today we’ll explore the whole idea of “freedom”, and what we need to be doing with that freedom.

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TTWMN 183: I Am The True Vine

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.

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TTWMN 182: I Am The Good Shepherd

You’re a sheep—at least you are if you’re a true follower of Christ. We all are, and many times we act just as stubborn and stupid as sheep can act. But the good news is we aren’t just left to our own supposed self-sufficiency, because Jesus called himself our Shepherd. And He’s not just any hired-hand of a shepherd, Jesus is the kind of shepherd who loves and cares for His sheep so well, He even lays down his own life to save them. Here to explain is our favorite teacher Kathi McCarty, with a lesson from John chapter 10.

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TTWMN 181: Christian-First Living (Part 2)

A couple of years ago, I was leaving a Thursday class at the Y when a fellow-exerciser wished me a Happy Easter—I did likewise and we started talking about what a wonderful day Easter is, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and the salvation he brings through His sacrifice. But then the conversation turned to politics, and this woman, who attended a VERY conservative Lutheran church in town, shared her love of the current president’s policies, as he tried to turn this country into more of a European socialist model. As kindly as I could, I simply said those freebies may be wonderful, but I could never vote for someone who was such an avid champion of abortion, even going so far as to sponsor bills to legalize POST-birth abortion when he was a State Senator. As she considered, maybe for the first time, the ramifications of her support for this president, and the real cost of those socialist goodies, she quietly but thoughtfully muttered, “Oh. So you’re a Christian first…”

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TTWMN 180: Christian-First Living (Part 1)

A couple of years ago, I was leaving a Thursday class at The Y when a fellow-exerciser wished me a Happy Easter—I did likewise and we started talking about what a wonderful day Easter is, as we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and the salvation he brings through His sacrifice. But then the conversation turned to politics, and this woman, who attended a VERY conservative Lutheran church in town, shared her love of the current president’s policies, as he tried to turn this country into more of a European socialist model. As kindly as I could, I simply said those freebies may be wonderful, but I could never vote for someone who was such an avid champion of abortion, even going so far as to sponsor bills to legalize POST-birth abortion when he was a State Senator. As she considered, maybe for the first time, the ramifications of her support for this president, and the real cost of those socialist goodies, she quietly but thoughtfully muttered, “Oh. So you’re a Christian first…”

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