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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 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 208: Grace Under Fire (Part 2)

Last week, Mike and Nancy began a conversation about how we, as Christians, should react to adversity, whether by our own doing or by what others do to us, as innocent bystanders. So today we’re continuing that discussion, with part two of “Grace Under Fire”. We discussed the first three of the 8 principles: Knowing the Difference between Who You are and What You Do; God Cannot Lie and He knows the Future; and the 3rd for Christians, God Loves you as an Adopted Child through Jesus Christ, and He Cares About Your Happiness and Future.

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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 Mike and Nancy 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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