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Greco-Christian term referring to a type of love

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Oxford Bible Church - Living in the Last Days
Galatians (34): Love, Joy, and Peace (Galatians 5:22-23).

Oxford Bible Church - Living in the Last Days

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2022 55:12


The Fruit of the Spirit is formed in us through the working of the life of Christ within us, through the Holy Spirit flowing out from our reborn spirit. This fruit of holiness is formed by the initiative and grace of God, but our co-operation is necessary. God works in us both (1) to will and (2) to work His good pleasure. He (1) forms the attitude of Christ in our soul, and then (2) empowers us to act accordingly, so that we bear fruit in our life. We must (1) receive His love into our heart, which changes our inner motivations, and then (2) release that love in our life, by yielding to it through loving words and acts (of obedience). In this way, by our obedience, we work out His salvation (saving life) into our soul and life, which God has already worked within our spirit (Philippians 2:12-13). God continually pours out His love into our hearts by His Holy Spirit, enabling us to love God and others (Romans 5:5), and when we yield to that love by obeying His command to walk in love, the fruit of love grows and is developed in our soul (John 15:9-10). In this way, although we are not constrained by an outward law, we are constrained by the love of Christ working within us, causing us to no longer live for ourselves, but for Christ, who loved us (2Corinthians 5:14). We make a special study of "love, joy and peace", describing the wonderful nature of these realities that only the Holy Spirit can produce in our us - see also Romans 14:17: "The Kingdom of God is righteousness (love) and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit." Love is rightly mentioned first, as love (agape) summarises the perfect moral nature of God, and is therefore the ultimate requirement and fulfilment of the Law. All the other 8 flavours can be seen as different aspects of love (see 1Corinthians 13:4-8,13).

WHIN Radio
220925 Sermon "Agape To The Nations"

WHIN Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2022 29:48


220925 Sermon "Agape To The Nations" by WHIN Radio

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

In this talk, Rev Lee discusses that The Soul is a point in Consciousness in which the Infinite, individualize Itself as unique, whole, perfect, for the purpose of experiencing Itself by Interacting with Itself. Ergo change is an eternal process of creation and without change creation cannot take place. Agape was voted one of the top 100 Spiritual Podcasts in the world for a link to that go to: https://blog.feedspot.com/spiritual_podcasts/ Join us for Daily Meditation at 7 am CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486646287 Connect with us in community at our Wednesday weekly gatherings on Zoom. 1:30 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165806000 7 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356329531 Private Values Determination Session with Rev Lee: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/values-determination-session For more life-changing content like this, you can: Attend classes at https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/church-events/ Follow us: Facebook- Agape Spiritual Center Instagram: AgapeCSL Twitter: Lee_Agape Email: Info@AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Website: AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Tiktok: RevLeeWolak Podcast: Agape Spiritual Center (Weekly) Podcast: Thoughts can change your life (Daily) Youtube: Rev Lee Wolak If you found this content valuable, please support our mission by making a donation: https://app.easytithe.com/app/giving/agapespiritualcenter You can order My New Book "The Power in You" on Kindle or a printed copy on Amazon today. https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Wolak/e/B09PF5BQNR... Would like a one-on -one personal coaching session with me? For more information go to: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/coaching/  

Best Of Neurosummit
Best of The Aware Show with Dr. Therman Evans: You are Magnificent Inspiring Thanksgiving Message – Part 2

Best Of Neurosummit

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2022 22:41


 Happy Thanksgiving! This is Part 2 of a very special rebroadcast, as we air Dr. Therman Evans's presentation at the Agape International Center of Truth's “Revelation of Spirit 2000 Conference.” Dr. Therman Evans is the founder and CEO of Whole Life Associates, a graduate of Howard University undergraduate (BS) and medical school (MD), the former Vice President and Corporate Medical Director of Cigna Insurance and Healthcare Corporation, as well as the National Health Director and Washington Bureau Chief for Rev. Jesse Jackson's Operation Push. Additionally, he studied and achieved his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in theology from the United Christian College of New York.  Dr. Evans was appointed in 1998 and formally installed as Pastor of Morning Star Community Christian Center (MSCCC ) in 1999. As the Senior Pastor, he has brought the message of “wholeness” in mind, body, and spirit to the dynamic and growing membership and ministries of the Morning Star congregation. He talks about Divine Timing and being at the right place at the right time. He weaves his practice as a medical doctor with his wisdom as a preacher and gives a speech that glorifies the magnificence we are as human beings. Info: thermanevans.com. 

Best Of Neurosummit
Best of The Aware Show with Dr. Therman Evans: You are Magnificent Inspiring Thanksgiving Message – Part 1

Best Of Neurosummit

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2022 37:14


Do you realize how truly magnificent you really are? In today's very special rebroadcast, we air Dr. Therman Evans's presentation at the Agape International Center of Truth's “Revelation of Spirit 2000 Conference.” Dr. Therman Evans is the founder and CEO of Whole Life Associates, a graduate of Howard University undergraduate (BS) and medical school (MD), the former Vice President and Corporate Medical Director of Cigna Insurance and Healthcare Corporation, as well as the National Health Director and Washington Bureau Chief for Rev. Jesse Jackson's Operation Push. Additionally, he studied and achieved his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in theology from the United Christian College of New York.  Dr. Evans was appointed in 1998 and formally installed as Pastor of Morning Star Community Christian Center (MSCCC ) in 1999. Today he talks about how to have Heaven on Earth. As the Senior Pastor, he has brought the message of “wholeness” in mind, body, and spirit to the dynamic and growing membership and ministries of the Morning Star congregation. He weaves his practice as a medical doctor with his wisdom as a preacher and gives a speech that glorifies the magnificence we are as human beings. This is Part 1 of his inspirational speech. Info: thermanevans.com. 

Heidi's LemonAid Stand
New Show #241- Agape From Trauma to Thriving

Heidi's LemonAid Stand

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2022 32:32


Interview was done July 28, 2022! I love meeting new people willing to let me in and share their “lemon to lemonade” experience! This story is about Agape who is a survivor of childhood violence and suffering. She made a promise to herself that she would escape that lifestyle and raise her children and not repeat the violent behaviors. Agape has dedicated her life to teaching how to banish self destructive behaviors, encourages Post Traumatic GROWTH, and emotional awareness, through her life coaching and nonprofit organization! What message do you get from this interview? Website: https://beyourincredibleself.com/ ABOUT the LemonAid Stand: Heidi started hosting the LemonAid Stand live radio talk show, over 20 years ago, in 1999! It all came about when Heidi was dealing with thoughts of suicide, inadequacy, and dealing with infertility. She realized as she reached out to others and heard their stories, she would be uplifted and inspired no matter what she was going through. So this podcast has old "Original" shows from that time period. It also has "New" shows that are currently being recorded with new guests. And it has "Update" shows where Heidi reached out to original radio show guests to find out how the past 20 years have been! Heidi is a motivational speaker and would love to speak at your event about how to elevate your happiness! Theme song written and recorded by Heidi's baby brother Shane! Do you know a story that needs to be shared? Contact Heidi! Email: HeidisLemonAidStand@gmail.com Website: https://www.heidislemonaidstand.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HeidisLemonAidStand Mail: PO BOX 926, Orem, Utah 84059

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast
Gratitude is Everything

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2022 12:57


In this talk, Rev Lee discusses that Gratitude is our ability to appreciate what we receive and experience either tangible or intangible.   Agape was voted one of the top 100 Spiritual Podcasts in the world for a link to that go to: https://blog.feedspot.com/spiritual_podcasts/ Join us for Daily Meditation at 7 am CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486646287 Connect with us in community at our Wednesday weekly gatherings on Zoom. 1:30 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165806000 7 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356329531 Private Values Determination Session with Rev Lee: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/values-determination-session For more life-changing content like this, you can: Attend classes at https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/church-events/ Follow us: Facebook- Agape Spiritual Center Instagram: AgapeCSL Twitter: Lee_Agape Email: Info@AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Website: AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Tiktok: RevLeeWolak Podcast: Agape Spiritual Center (Weekly) Podcast: Thoughts can change your life (Daily) Youtube: Rev Lee Wolak If you found this content valuable, please support our mission by making a donation: https://app.easytithe.com/app/giving/agapespiritualcenter You can order My New Book "The Power in You" on Kindle or a printed copy on Amazon today. https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Wolak/e/B09PF5BQNR... Would like a one-on -one personal coaching session with me? For more information go to: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/coaching/

Heartland POD
The Flyover View, November 18, 2022 | Heartland Politics, News, and Views

Heartland POD

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 18:27


Host: Kevin Smith Dives into the weekly news most impactful to the HeartlandAn Update on Agape- Springfield News-Leader & Kansas City Starhttps://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2022/11/16/new-evidence-outlines-abuse-suicide-attempts-at-agape-boarding-school/69653418007/https://www.kansascity.com/news/politics-government/article268224517.htmlWisconsin Climate Plans - Wisconsin Examinerhttps://wisconsinexaminer.com/brief/reports-set-2050-goal-to-eliminate-principal-culprit-for-climate-change-in-wisconsin/Missouri judge rules AG's office under Josh Hawley ‘knowingly' violated transparency laws - Missouri Independenthttps://missouriindependent.com/2022/11/15/missouri-judge-rules-ags-office-under-josh-hawley-knowingly-violated-transparency-laws/12 Republican senators vote to break a filibuster on same-sex marriage bill - CNNhttps://www.cnn.com/2022/11/16/politics/senate-republicans-vote-same-sex-marriage/index.htmlJay Ashcroft's Book Bans and Abortion Nanny State - St. Louis Post Dispatch & Springfield News Leaderhttps://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/comment-period-opens-on-missouri-secretary-of-state-s-book-ban-proposal/article_113d0df9-eb9b-590c-b973-892bdfe5b06a.html?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook_St._Louis_Post-Dispatchhttps://www.news-leader.com/story/news/local/ozarks/2022/11/16/missouri-abortion-law-ban-proposal-require-medical-emergency/69650564007/Kansans Say No! To GOP Legislative Power Grab - Associated Presshttps://apnews.com/article/legislature-executive-branch-constitutions-kansas-6d218f2135a8cd5ae3e749406e0a878aElection Impact: Farm Bill - Farm Journal & Brownfieldhttps://www.agfax.com/2022/11/16/impact-of-the-elections-on-farm-bill-2023/https://brownfieldagnews.com/news/divided-congress-leaves-2023-farm-bill-picture-unclear/10,000 Mink Are Running Loose in Northwest Ohio - NY Timeshttps://www.nytimes.com/2022/11/16/us/mink-farm-ohio-loose.html

Himeros LIVE
Episode 236: Agape

Himeros LIVE

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2022 58:36


Himeros.tv creator Davey Wavey is joined by writer and journalist Duane Wells and drag queen Mossy Stone in a conversation about stereotypes in mainstream porn, aspects of themselves they don't see represented in porn, and Mossy's journey to becoming The Literate Drag Queen.

Philokalia Ministries
The Evergetinos - Hypothesis XXIX, Part II

Philokalia Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2022 57:19


We found ourselves this evening entering more deeply into the nature of the spiritual struggle and warfare and the effects that it has upon us and others. We do not exist in isolation and there is no passive position in the spiritual life or our relationship with God. We either struggle with the passions or they gradually direct our life. We either struggle with God and those he has given to support us and to be our allies in the battle or we begin to war with the tyrant. Our willingness to enter into the struggle with temptation, to fearlessly endure the trials that we undergo in life begins to reveal more and more to the soul. We begin to be able to distinguish between virtue and vice with a greater clarity. We also acquire virtue by this warfare and toil and so begin to see that we are more steadfast when embattled. Though stronger, however, we also learn that we must remain humble and hate vice so as to avoid it. Finally, we see our frailty in all of its fullness and the love and the power of God. The very battle itself reveals so much about ourselves and the hidden regions of the unconscious; that have been wounded by our sin or from having lived in a fallen world. Yet, it also reveals to us the very desire of God. God longs and yearns for our love. He thirsts for it. Such things are not learned from books but rather through the experience of the Paschal mystery. It is through dying to sin and self and rising to life in Christ that we come to know Him and to understand the nature of divine love.   ---   Text of chat during the group:    00:38:39 Eric Ewanco: this paragraph really resonates with my recent experience!!   00:52:17 Anthony: Pope Benedict wrote about a non-sinful understanding of Eros.   00:52:45 Anthony: Spe Salvi?   00:54:04 Rachel: Can one experience these temptations so keenly that they feel as if they are actually doing violence to themselves? Especially when it come to thoughts. Where one does not wish to sin in the thoughts let alone sins of action. Do the demons and our wounds from past sins attack us even greater and rebel when we have set our hearts on God and his will alone? I know someone who described the fight as almost maddening because they had been so steeped in sin that the battle would even feel physically and mentally wounding. it reminds me of when Saint may of Egypt told Abba Zosimas that there were some days she would spend face down on the ground until they passed. Calling on the name of Jese.   00:54:11 Rachel: Jesus.   00:54:15 Eric Ewanco: I don't see "eros" occur in Spe Salvi   00:55:50 Ashley Kaschl: I think it might be in Deus Caritas Est   00:56:32 Eric Ewanco: probably; I see 34 hits for eros there   01:00:14 Anthony: For what it's worth, sometimes, I almost feel that the devils even wish to snatch away prayer or take over consciousness to direct my attention away from God and to them.   01:01:10 Eric Ewanco: oh yeah; definitely, @anthony   01:01:40 Anthony: On the timelessness of the unconscious, "Iconostasis" by Fr. Pavel Florensky opens with this theme.   01:03:57 Rachel: Yes! This is precisely what I hoped you would touch upon.   01:06:48 Rachel: Where it would seem to bring a person the the edge of sanity but that is precisly where all of our ideas that we had of ourselves and of God are brought into the light. Where one become disillusioned with oneself and realizes that they have been brought to the threshold of the bridal chamber. Where there are no illusions and one stands as they are, in God. Where on e allows themselves to be loved as they have always been.   01:08:32 Ashley Kaschl: Took me a little longer to type this out but I wanted to bounce off of Anthony's comment on eros, I was recently talking to some friends about Pope Benedict's clarifying of what God's love looks like. Pope B says something like “on the Cross, God's eros is made present for us.” Because His love is both agape and eros. Agape because it is selfless, self-gift, unconditional, sacrificial, etc. AND eros because God yearns for His people in the same way that eros burns passionately for the beloved. Eros moves the lover to become one with the beloved, ie, Christ and His church and through the Eucharist. So on the Cross, God begs the love of His people. Prayer is our act of eros back to God, where our own yearning for Him is most present within us as we call out to Him from our innermost being. So prayer is also the biggest target of the enemy because he knows that if he can destroy our connection to God, he greatly frustrate our passionate desire for Him.   01:13:43 Babington (or Babi): Thank you!  

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast
Nothing changes, until you change

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2022 12:54


In this service, Rev Lee discusses that "Until you change, Nothing changes. Agape was voted one of the top 100 Spiritual Podcasts in the world for a link to that go to: https://blog.feedspot.com/spiritual_podcasts/ Join us for Daily Meditation at 7 am CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486646287 Connect with us in community at our Wednesday weekly gatherings on Zoom.  •  1:30 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165806000  •  7 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356329531 Private Values Determination Session with Rev Lee: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/values-determination-session For more life-changing content like this, you can:  • Attend classes at https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/church-events/ Follow us:  • Facebook- Agape Spiritual Center • Instagram: AgapeCSL  • Twitter: Lee_Agape  • Email: Info@AgapeSpiritualCenter.com • Website: AgapeSpiritualCenter.com  • Tiktok: RevLeeWolak • Podcast: Agape Spiritual Center (Weekly) • Podcast: Thoughts can change your life (Daily) • Youtube: Rev Lee Wolak If you found this content valuable, please support our mission by making a donation: https://app.easytithe.com/app/giving/agapespiritualcenter You can order My New Book "The Power in You" on Kindle or a printed copy on Amazon today. https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Wolak/e/B09PF5BQNR... Would like a one-on -one personal coaching session with me? For more information go to:  https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/coaching/

Kenneth Copeland Ministries 2022 Events
2022 Washington, D.C. Victory Campaign: Living the Love Life (7:00 p.m. ET)

Kenneth Copeland Ministries 2022 Events

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2022 72:44


At the 2022 Washington D.C. Victory Campaign, Kenneth Copeland teaches the biblical meanings of love and gives practical examples of how to live the Love life. Hear how to find the key issue when your prayers don't appear to work. Learn how to make a love decision to love people because God loves them!

Da Fixx Morning Radio Show
41. All Things Agape Music Group TGIF Fire 10 Review

Da Fixx Morning Radio Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 10, 2022 57:32


Husband and wife duo Agape Music Group joins Da Fixx for a candid conversation about marriage, parenthood, music and priorities. And an all-new Fire 10 Review wit DJ Focus and Dice Gamble! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Interior Integration for Catholics
IIC 99 Why We Catholics Reject God's Love for Us and How to Embrace that Love

Interior Integration for Catholics

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 92:30


Summary -- It is so common for Catholics (and others) to reject the love of God, to not let that love in.  Join Dr. Peter for this episode where we explore in depth the eight natural, human formation reasons why we refuse God's love. We also look at what Hell really is and why it really exists.  Through examples, quotes, and an exploration of Dr. Peter's own parts, listen to how this critical, central topic comes alive.  And then Dr. Peter presents the an action plan for accepting and embracing God's love.   Lead-in “It's very hard for most of us to tolerate being loved.” ―Psychiatrist and Harvard Professor  George Vaillant (need description)  The Hardest Thing about love for many of us Catholics -- is to be loved.  To tolerate being loved first.  We can't love unless we take love in first.  We can't generate love out of nothing on our own, we don't have that power.     Many Catholics make sacrifices great and small in an attempt to love others.   Many Catholics go to great lengths to try to please God and to love their neighbor -- very busy people, most parishes have a few of these -- always volunteering, working, making things happen, St. Vincent de Paul, soup kitchens, corporal works of mercy -- working so hard to live out the Gospel as they understand it, but it's all external -- they are very out of touch with their internal lives.  Their prayer lives are shallow and sketchy and they are uncomfortable in their own skin and they will not tolerate silence.   The vast majority of us Catholics will not tolerate being loved deeply or fully.  We shy away from receiving love.  We get so uncomfortable, we skirt around the edges of being loved Or we allow love into us only so far.  Only so far.  We won't let real love permeate all of our being.  We let the quote acceptable unquote parts of us be loved, those parts we allow in our shop window.  Those parts we believe others will accept.   But to allow someone to love all of you -- your nasty parts, your shameful parts, your disgusting parts, your hidden leper parts, your sinful parts -- those tax collector parts, your inner prostitutes and blasphemers, your Pharisee parts, the parts of you that are so lost and so isolated and so angry and hateful?  Those parts?  Most of us will say -- No way -- no way does anyone get to see those parts if I can help it, let alone love those parts.  How about your terrified parts, your desperate parts, your wounded, traumatized parts, the ones no one wants, the parts of you that have been rejected by everybody, including yourself.  This podcast is for us Catholics who understand at least intellectually that we have those parts.  And that those parts need to be loved.  Those parts also need to be redeemed.   For anyone out there who is saying "Well, I don't think I have any parts like that, Dr. Peter. I don't have any problems being loved."  My response to that is one of two possibilities -- either you are: 1 -- A very special person, who has been freed from our fallen human condition and you've achieved an extraordinary degree of perfection in the natural and spiritual realms -- and if so, congratulations to you.  You don't need this podcast and you don't need this episode, you are so far above the rest of us.  I'm in awe of you.  You don't need what I have to offer.   Or 2 -- you don't know yourself very well.  You are out of touch with yourself and your parts, disconnected inside.   It's especially hard for us to tolerate being loved by God.  That's the primary reason we don't love God back and we don't love our neighbor and we don't love ourselves. We won't be loved first.  God loved us first.   It all starts with God's love -- not our love.  God loved us first.   Heisman Trophy Winner Tim Tebow in his Book Shaken  “We were created by Love, in love, and for love.”   Paul tells us in Romans 5:8  But God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.    God loved us first.   1 John 3:1 See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. The world does not know God.  Christianity is the way to discover who God actually is.  To discover what Love actually is.   John tells us in 1 John 4:9-10 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the expiation for our sins.  This is what I want you to remember.  From St. John, 1 John 4:19:  St. John tells us:  We love because he first loved us  And it's up to us to take that love in, to let it reach to every corner of our being.  That doesn't sound easy.  And it's not as easy as it sounds.    Intro I am Dr. Peter Malinoski, a.k.a. Dr. Peter, clinical psychologist, trauma therapist, podcaster, blogger, cofounder and president of Souls and Hearts -- but most of all I am a beloved little son of God, a passionate Catholic who wants to help you to experience the height and depth and breadth and warmth and the light of the love of God, especially God the Father and our primary Mother Mary. What I want for you more than anything else is that you enter into a deep, intimate, personal, loving relationship with the three Persons of the Trinity and with our Lady. That is what this Interior Integration for Catholics podcast is all about, that is what Souls and Hearts is all about – all about shoring up the natural foundation for the spiritual life of intimacy with God, all about overcoming the natural human formation deficits and obstacles to contemplative union with God our Father and our Lady, our Mother  We are on an adventure of love together. Episode 94 of this podcast focused on the primacy of love in the Catholic life. Episode 95 focused on trauma's devastating impact on our capacity to love. Episode 96 discussed how trauma hardens us against being loved. Episode 97 discussed how trauma predisposes us to self-hatred and indifference, a refusal to love ourselves.  And episode 98, the last episode was all about ordered self-love, how we need to love ourselves in an ordered way in order to love God and neighbor, to carry out the two great Commandments. Today were to take a step back were to look at the most critical prerequisite for loving God and others. We are going to discuss being loved the first, accepting the love of God first. This is absolutely essential. The most critical mistake that most Catholics make is to refuse the love of God. Let me say that again.  The most critical mistake, the most devastating, catastrophic mistake that most Catholics make is to refuse to allow God's love to transform us entirely, to make us into new men and women.  Let us start out with The order of Loves God leads with love -- he goes first.  God makes the first move.  He moves toward us, we who He created, and who have fallen from grace because of original sin.  We don't make the first move.  God does.  He loved us first, and he continues to love us first  Sean Mitchell -- We Love Because He First Loved Us -- Those Catholic Men.   “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).  These words from the first letter of John beautifully and succinctly sum up the origin and end of the Christian life—which, in a word, is love.  “Being Christian,” said Benedict XVI, “is…the encounter with an event, a person, which gives life a new horizon and a decisive direction” (Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est, 1).  That “encounter” is our experience of God “first loving us.”  The “new horizon” that it opens up, the “decisive direction” that it gives to our lives, is love—our love of God and our neighbor because of His prior love of us.  To participate in that endless exchange of love is what it means to be a Christian.  It is the center from which all other aspects of the Christian life emanate.  I fear that a significant number of Catholic men miss this point and regard something other than love as the central point of being a follower of Christ. What I did not include from Benedict's quote above is what he says being Christian is not.  It is not, he says, “the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea” (Benedict XVI, Deus Caritas Est).  To state that more generally, being Christian isn't primarily about my will or my intellect and what I do with them (i.e., make “ethical choices” and assent to “lofty ideas”).  Rather, it is first and foremost about my heart, my whole person in all its mystery, and what has been done to it by God.  Is it not the case, though, that so many of us fail to understand this?  If we're honest with ourselves, I think we would have to admit that it is, that we ourselves are among those men who place something other than love at (or at least close to) the center of our “Christian” life…even if we don't realize it. Comment on this Edward Vacek:  Love, Human and Divine: The Heart of Christian Ethics.  The sequence in loving and being loved.    (1) God affirms us; (2) God receives us; (3) we accept God's love; (4) we affirm God; (5) God forms community with us; (6) we cooperate with God in loving God in the world; and finally (7) we grow in a limited co-responsibility with God. p. 177 Genesis 3.   The trauma of original sin.   God comes looking for them -- God seeks them out -- hiding, fleeing from him in their shame and confusion and bitterness, in the trauma of original sin.   God calls out to them -- example of His gentleness.   No cursing of Adam and Eve.  The serpent is cursed, the ground is cursed.  Not Adam and Eve Provides clothing for them to help them with their shame.   Protects them from the Tree of Life.  Banishing them from the garden was an act of love -- if they had eaten from the tree of life, the Genesis 3:22- 24 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—  therefore the Lord God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.  God making sure that they won't be separated from Him forever. St. Ephrem the Syrian, Commentary on Genesis, 122 explains, “God did this lest this life-giving gift that they would receive through the tree of life become misery, and thus bring worse evil upon them than what they had already obtained from the tree of knowledge.  From the latter tree they obtained temporal pains, whereas the former tree would have made those pains eternal.  From the latter they obtained death which would have cast off from them the bonds of their pains.  The former tree, however, would have caused them to live as if buried alive, leaving them to be tortured eternally by their pains.”   The basic problem with the sequence -- not tolerating enough contact with God  to be affirmed, for Him to receive us. to understand Him in a radically different way.   And what kind of love is God's love for us?  God Himself tells us:  I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you. Jeremiah 31:3.  God is faithful to us.  He loves with an everlasting love.  Isaiah 54.10  For the mountains may depart     and the hills be removed,but my steadfast love shall not depart from you,    and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,    says the Lord, who has compassion on you. How steadfast is God's love:  Deuteronomy 7:9 tells us.  Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations Psalm 86:5 For thou, O Lord, art good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee. God requires a response from us.  -- abounding in steadfast love to all who call on thee.  We have to call on him, we have to respond to the love.   That is what this episode is all about.  This is episode 99 of the Interior Integration for Catholic podcast, released on November 7, 2022 titled IIC 99 Why We Catholics Reject God's Love for Us and How to Embrace that Love  CCC 221 But St. John goes even further when he affirms that "God is love": [1 John 4:8, 16] God's very being is love. By sending his only Son and the Spirit of Love in the fullness of time, God has revealed his innermost secret: God himself is an eternal exchange of love, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he has destined us to share in that exchange.  We have to take him up on that.   How do we know we are loved by God? -- 2 ways.   Faith and lived experience Faith  Infused virtue  CCC 150   Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed. As personal adherence to God and assent to his truth, Christian faith differs from our faith in any human person. It is right and just to entrust oneself wholly to God and to believe absolutely what he says. It would be futile and false to place such faith in a creature. CCC 153  When St. Peter confessed that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, Jesus declared to him that this revelation did not come "from flesh and blood", but from "my Father who is in heaven".24 Faith is a gift of God, a supernatural virtue infused by him. "Before this faith can be exercised, man must have the grace of God to move and assist him; he must have the interior helps of the Holy Spirit, who moves the heart and converts it to God, who opens the eyes of the mind and 'makes it easy for all to accept and believe the truth.'"25  Lived experience of the relationship with God.   2 Timothy 1:12 But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am sure that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me. Can feel it in consolations.   We don't want to engineer emotional experiences of closeness, manipulating emotions -- Concern about Catholic youth events, hyper emotional, noisy and using psychological techniques of influence to generated contrived emotional  experiences.  Hyping people up, getting them out of their window of tolerance.   We don't want to rely on our subjective experience of lived relationship Because the subjective experience of connection with God can vary way too much.   Von Hildebrand writes, “Our confidence in God must be independent of whether we experience His nearness, whether we sense the enlivening touch of grace, whether we feel ourselves being born on the wings of His love.” (p 210).  Mother Teresa 1957 confided to spiritual director:  In the darkness . . . Lord, my God, who am I that you should forsake me?  The child of your love — and now become as the most hated one. The one — you have thrown away as unwanted — unloved. I call, I cling, I want, and there is no one to answer . . . Where I try to raise my thoughts to heaven, there is such convicting emptiness that those very thoughts return like sharp knives and hurt my very soul.  Love — the word — it brings nothing.  I am told God lives in me — and yet the reality of darkness and coldness and emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul.  David Scott in chapter 17 of his book The Love That Made Mother Teresa wrote:  For more than fifty years following her initial visions and locutions, Mother Teresa was wrapped in a dark, pitiless silence. She only once more heard the voice of God, and she believed the doors of heaven had been closed and bolted against her. The more she longed for some sign of his presence, the more empty and desolate she became.   Needs Weekly Reflection:  from September 6, 2022:  The Top 10 Needs That Fuel Modern-Day Idol Worship  go to soulsandhearts.com/blog   Integrity Needs My need to exist and survive  My need to matter  My need to have agency  My need to be good  My need for mission and purpose in life   Attachment needs  --Brown and Elliott (2016) Felt sense of safety and protection -- have to go through the valley of shame, fear, anger, grief  Feeling seen, heard, known and understood -- have to tolerating being in relationship, being present.   Feeling comforted, soothed and reassured  Feeling cherished, treasured, delighted in  Feeling the other has your best interests at heart   Resistance to being loved Weaving in Integrity needs and attachment needs.   Main themes Limited vision and lack of imagination, leading to a refusal to be transformed by God  We don't understand God's love  The Costs of Being Loved by God  Poor God images  Poor Self images -- Shame  Refusal to be vulnerable, to be exposed, to be revealed to God.  Lack of courage.  Anger at God -- rebellion   Limited vision and lack of imagination, leading to a refusal to be transformed by God -- unhealthy satisfaction in far more limited spiritual goals -- a willingness to settle.  Von Hildebrand According to von Hildebrand, the vision of most Catholics is way too narrow – our sights are set way too low. We are satisfied with too little in the spiritual life – we are like chickens pecking at the ground when we are called to soar as eagles.  We may be content with merely avoiding sin, overcoming vices and developing virtues. Some of us may pursue the spiritual life as a self-improvement project, satisfied with incremental gains  Weekly reflection October 26, 2022 -- Why we resist change – and especially radical transformation.  Ransom Riggs Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children character Jacob Portman “One day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn't become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered." Love, in some sense, is nothing other than an invitation to great joy and suffering, so they shy away from it.  Paul Catalanotto Refusal to love is also refusal to live  The Catholic Weekly John 6: 41-42 The Jews then murmured at him, because he said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.” They said, “Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven'?”  John 6: vs. 60 and 66  Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. We don't understand God's love Isaiah 55:8-9  For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.  Sharon Jaynes When Love Hurts April 17, 2018.  Proverbs31.org   “Mommy, Mommy,” Steven cried. “Don't let them hurt me!”My son, Steven, was about 3 years old when he contracted a severe case of the flu. His slumped body snuggled listlessly like an old, worn rag doll.When I carried him into the medical clinic, the doctor quickly diagnosed dehydration and immediately sent us to the hospital.My heart ripped apart as the nurses strapped my little boy onto a table and began placing IVs in his tiny arms.“Mommy, Mommy,” Steven cried. “Make them stop! They're hurting me.”“No, honey,” I tried to assure him. “They're going to make you all better.”“Mommy, help me!”Steven cried. I cried. The nurses cried.I could only imagine what was going through Steven's little mind. Why are these people hurting me? Why doesn't Mommy make them stop? She must not love me. She's not protecting me. If she loved me she wouldn't let them do this. She must not care about me.Standing in the corner watching my little boy cry, I wondered if that's how God feels when I'm going through a painful situation that's for my ultimate good. I cried out, “God, why are You letting this happen? Don't You love me? Don't You care about what's happening to me? Why don't You make it stop?” Can see the need to exist here being threatened.  I might be very injured, I might die.  Integrity need No felt sense of being protected -- attachment need.  In fact, just the opposite.  The little child was being protected, but didn't understand, didn't feel it.   No felt sense of being comforted or soothed, child not open to it.  Third primary condition of secure attachment No felt sense of support for his highest good.  Fifth condition of secure attachment.   Parts of us very young, like this 3-year-old.   Hebrews 12:11  For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant; later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.  Poor view of discipline Bad experiences of being disciplined -- not having been disciplined out of love  But rather out of anger or inconvenience or frustration.   Freud -- gratification and frustration to grow.   The Costs of Being Loved by God  Real love, agape or charity, is always given freely -- we understand that much But real love, agape, charity -- real love is never received freely in this fallen world.  There is a cost to allowing real love into our lives.   Very little discussion about the costs of being loved by God.  I find that so strange.  So many Catholics don't think this way. It is as though Catholics have parts that believe that being loved by God is one of two things Being loved by God should easy, delightful, peaceful --  like being the lead character a Hallmark movie  Romance novels.  Easy love that just come naturally.    Emotional Junk food that nourishes illusions.   and when it's not, they conclude that God isn't loving them, or that they are excluded from His love Being loved by God is terrible Echoes of Hebrews 10:31    It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.   Burning away Real love -- Agape -- burns away things that are sinful within us -- it doesn't coexist with the vice within us.  Real love also purifies us from anything that is not morally wrote, but that is disordered or dysfunctional or imperfect  Real love is the greatest good.  And because it's the greatest good, it requires us to give up lesser goods.  Perceived good and actual goods.   Coping strategies, crutches that helped us in the past Analogy of the safe -- limited room, silver and gold.  1 Peter 1:7 So that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Isaiah 48:10 Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction.   Zechariah 13:9 And I will put this third into the fire, and refine them as one refines silver, and test them as gold is tested. They will call upon my name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘They are my people'; and they will say, ‘The Lord is my God.'”  Proverbs 17:3  The crucible is for silver, and the furnace is for gold, and the Lord tests hearts.  Job 23:10 But he knows the way that I take; when he has tried me, I shall come out as gold.  Integrity needs I exist  I matter  I am good   Attachment needs Felt safety and protection  Felt comfort and reassurance  Felt sense of being cherished and delighted in.  No experience of that while being corrected, perfected.   xThe cost is up front -- the benefit in the future.   Poor God images We don't understand God.  We don't know who he is. -- reflected in the Sharon Jaynes' story of her son at the doctor's office.    Lack of confidence in God.  Lack of Faith   God Images =  My emotional and subjective experiences of God, who I feel God to be in the moment.  May or may not correspond to who God really is.  What I feel about God in my bones. This is my experiential sense how my feelings and how my heart interpret God. Each part, not in right relationship with the innermost self, has a distorted God image.   God images are often unconscious.     Initially God images are shaped by the relationship that I have with my parents.     My God images are heavily influenced by psychological factors  Different God images can be activated at different times, depending on my emotional states and what psychological mode I am in at a given time.   God images are always formed experientially; God images flow from our relational experiences and  Also how we construe and make sense of those images when we are very young.  My God images can be radically different than my God concept.  We all have heretical God images.   Differ from  God Concept  = What I profess about God.  It is my more intellectual understanding of God, based on what one has been taught, but also based on what I have explored through reading.  I decide to believe in my God concept.  Reflected in the Creed, expanded in the Catechism, formal teaching.   Can take a while to get to these God images -- not on the surface  We don't know God very well.   We refuse Mother Angelica's Little Book of Life Lessons And Everyday Spirituality :  Allow people to love you as they must love you, not as you want them to love you. Even God does not love us as we wish Him to. Learning to love is learning to accept love as it comes. I will lose the relationship with God that I have if I push the envelope And you will.  That is true.   Episodes 37-49 on God images.   Really hits on attachment needs.   Poor Self images -- Shame Self-images are much more emotionally driven, much more intuitive, subjective, and they vary a lot more from moment to moment.     Each part, not in right relationship with the innermost self, has a distorted self image.   Pastor Jonathan Edwards  Sinners in the Hand of an angry God, 1740s    “The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider or some loathsome insect over the fire, abhors you, and is dreadfully provoked; his wrath towards you burns like fire; he looks upon you as worthy of nothing else, but to be cast into the fire ... you are ten thousand times so abominable in his eyes, as the most hateful and venomous serpent is in ours.”  Hiding from God.  Genesis 3.   I don't want to find out I am unlovable.  I can't bear that.   Episode 24 of this podcast, God images and self images.  Really hits on integrity needs.  Especially the need to be good.   Refusal to be vulnerable, to be exposed, to be revealed to God.  Because for love to be real, for love to be agape means me allowing you to love all of me.  All my parts.  My entire being Not just the acceptable parts of me in the shop window, those that I allow others to see.   Fears of being hurt one more time -- Fears of betrayal  Fears of abandonment   We think we can hide.   Self protection -- need to survive.  Need to be good.  Lack of courage. Philophobia -- fear of love  All of us have parts that fear love.  Comfort in the familiarity of the dysfunction we know.   Predictability Change is scary  Maureen Brady, Beyond Survival: A Writing Journey for Healing Childhood Sexual Abuse “For change to occur in us, we must be willing to enter the wilderness of the unknown and to wander in unfamiliar territory, directionless and often in the darkness....We do not need to keep every little thing under control. In fact, we find ourselves only by allowing some falling apart to happen.” Erica Jong:  I have accepted fear as a part of life - specifically the fear of change... I have gone ahead despite the pounding in the heart that says: turn back. Nelson Mandela:  I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. Anger at God, Rebellion against Him. secondary to poor God images.  Anger is the ordered emotion in response to injustice.   What is a part?  Separate, independently operating personalities within us, each with own unique prominent needs, roles in our lives, emotions, body sensations, guiding beliefs and assumptions, typical thoughts, intentions, desires, attitudes, impulses, interpersonal style, and world view.  Each part also has an image of God.   When parts are not integrated, under the leadership and guidance of my innermost self Self:  The core of the person, the center of the person.  This is who we sense ourselves to be in our best moments, and when our self is free, and unblended with any of our parts, it governs our whole being as an active, compassionate leader.   Parts in greater detail -- discussed my parts in Episode 71 A New and Better Way of Understanding Myself and Others.   Good Boy Evaluator (formerly "the Critic") Melancholio Adventurer (formerly my "part who holds fear") Feisty One (formerly my "angry part") Challenger (formerly "the Rebel") Lover Part Collaborator Parts (formerly my Competent Part) Guardian (formerly "the Intimidator") Creative Part Consequences -- Hell Nothing can separate us from God's love.   Romans 8:38-39 For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Nothing can separate you from the love of God, not even demons -- angel and principalities.  Nothing can separate you from the love of God.  With one exception.  You.   Only you can separate you from the love of God.  Only you have the power to do that, by refusing to let that love come it. That's what sin is.  It's separating ourselves from God.  Sin is damaging our relationship with God.    Separation happens  Jesus weeping over Jerusalem Luke 19:41-44  And when he drew near and saw the city he wept over it, saying, “Would that even today you knew the things that make for peace! But now they are hid from your eyes. For the days shall come upon you, when your enemies will cast up a bank about you and surround you, and hem you in on every side,  and dash you to the ground, you and your children within you, and they will not leave one stone upon another in you; because you did not know the time of your visitation. It's not that God won't protect Jerusalem.  It's that he could not protect the Israelites, not without violating their freedom, not without forcing Himself on them.   Matthew 7:13-14   “Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Pope John Paul II  in a 1999 audience, God did not create Hell.  Hell  “… is not a punishment imposed externally by God but a development of premises already set by people in this life.” Catechism of the Catholic Church edited by Archbishop Rino Fisichella 2019 by Our Sunday Visitor Louis Ladaria:  To be precise, God did not make Hell.  His free creatures make it, inasmuch as they separate themselves from Him. Nor does God send anyone to Hell: it is the damned one who separates himself and does not want to enter into the Father's house. God, St. Irenaeus said, does not really look to punish the damned, but as they are deprived of all good things, it is the penalty that pursues them (Adversus Haereses, V. 27, 2; a similar idea in St. Augustine, Enarrationes in Psalmos, 5, 10: God abandons the sinner to his evil, he does not, properly speaking, give evil to anyone). Because of this, and despite what is said sometimes, we need to insist on the fact that Hell does not say anything against the infinite goodness of God. (p. 863).  Dean Koontz: The Book of Counted Sorrows:  “We make Hell real; we stoke its fires. // And in its flames our hope expires.   CCC 30 Although man can forget God or reject him, He never ceases to call every man to seek him, so as to find life and happiness. CCC 1037  God predestines no one to go to hell; for this, a willful turning away from God (a mortal sin) is necessary, and persistence in it until the end. In the Eucharistic liturgy and in the daily prayers of her faithful, the Church implores the mercy of God, who does not want "any to perish, but all to come to repentance. Not trying to catch us, not with a hand on the trap door to hell.   Fr. Edward McIlmail, LC  “Ask a Priest: If God loves us so much, why does hell exist?”  An analogy might help. Imagine you are on a ship that is searching for survivors from a sunken ocean liner. You see a passenger struggling in the waves behind you. You throw a lifeline to him, but he refuses to grab it. You beg him to take hold of the lifeline, but he ignores your plea. Eventually, he sinks below the waves and drowns. Does his drowning indicate that you were indifferent? When you begged him to grab the lifeline, were you displaying hate? Was his drowning your fault?  The answer to all these questions is: no. The person in the water, for whatever reason, refused your help. His drowning was the consequence. It doesn't matter why we flee from God and why we flee from His love.   Hell as isolation -- cut off from everyone.   Images of hell   Hell as isolation Tekla Babyak in 2018 article Dante, Liszt and the alienated agon of hell writes:  Dante Alighieri's Inferno portrays Hell as an alienated realm in which the doomed spirits must spend eternity in isolation and regret.  Deepest level of hell, the ninth circle:    "The treacheries of these souls were denials of love (which is God) and of all human warmth. Only the remorseless dead center of the ice will serve to express their natures. As they denied God's love, so are they furthest removed from the light and warmth of His Sun. As they denied all human ties, so are they bound only by the unyielding ice." John Ciardi, Inferno, notes on Canto XXXII, p. 248 Satan encased waist deep in ice.  Not fire.   Celeste Ng  Little Fires Everywhere character of Mia Warren “In all her years of itinerant living, Mia had developed one rule: Don't get attached to any place, to any apartment, to anything. To anyone.”   In Hell on earth Fragmentation of Dante's inferno -- lived now.   Dietrich Bonhoeffer  Life Together  “Sin demands to have a man by himself. It withdraws him from the community. The more isolated a person is, the more destructive will be the power of sin over him, and the more deeply he comes involved in it, the more disastrous his isolation.”  Sharon M. Draper  Out of My Mind  character Melody Brooks  “It's like I live in a cage with no door and no key. And I have no way to tell someone how to get me out.”  Sue Johnson Hold Me Tight   “Isolation and the potential loss of loving connection is coded by the human brain into a primal panic response.”  C.S. Lewis:  The Great Divorce:  “That is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say, “we have never lived anywhere except in heaven,' and the Lost, “We were always in Hell.” And both will speak truly.”   Action Plan  Pray Set aside the time.  First thing  Personal Prayer: A Guide for Receiving the Fathers' Love Fr. Thomas Acklin and Fr. Boniface Hicks.  Benedictines, very wise, good grasp of psychology.   Prayer Primer or Fire Within Fr. Thomas Dubay   Read the first letter of John. Lectio Divina Dan Burke Spiritual Direction.com Lectio Divina, A Guide: What it is & How It helps Prayer Life  Appendix on Lectio Divina in Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Called to Life  Section on Lectio Divina titled "mediating on Scripture in Fr. Jacques Philippe's book Thirsting for Prayer   Nike Model -- just do it.  Set aside perfectionism, desire to do it well. You're not going to do it well.  You're going to do it badly.   The most important things in life we either do badly or we don't do at all.   St. Therese of Avila. says: “He who neglects mental prayer needs not a devil to carry him to hell, but he brings himself there with his own hands.”   St. John of the Cross says: “Without the aid of mental prayer, the soul cannot triumph over the forces of the demon.”  St. Teresa of Avila “Prayer is an exercise of love.” (Life 7:12)   Do your human formation work Relational spirituality -- about relationship  Any difficulties you have in relationships in the natural realm, here on earth -- you are going to bring into your spiritual relationships.   Interior integration  Why is interior integration crucial for union with God?  Weekly reflection October 12, 2022  soulsandhearts.com/blog.   Get to know your parts Reason for not praying   Jay Earley -- Self Therapy Vol. 1.  Now in the Third Edition.    Bonnie Weiss Self-Therapy Workbook.   Means Therapy or counseling -- especially Internal Family Systems therapy with a therapist who is Catholic or who at least respects your Catholic Faith and will not undermine it.   Experiential Exercise -- November 21.  Splitting those out.   Resilient Catholic Community -- you do not have to be alone.   Reopening December 1 -- new cohort Get to know your parts I've brought together the best Wait list -- email on November 10.  Sign up soulsandhearts.com/rcc If interested, contact me.   Crisis@soulsandhearts.com 317.567.9594 conversation hours 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM Eastern Time Every Tuesday and Thursday.  (not November 17 -- online conference).   Pray for me  Sent the word out.  Let people know about our offerings at Souls and Hearts, this podcast, the weekly reflections.  Sign up for those - email.  Can see the archive at soulsandhearts.com/blog   Patroness and Patron  

The Re:Man Initiative
Can you Smell what the Rock's been Cooking-Series Close Out

The Re:Man Initiative

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2022 15:43


Well, we final made it.After some long weeks of deep diving into the Letter that Peter writes to us, we are closing out this study with some fireworks.Peter starts his list of virtues with Faith and he ends with Love.Not just any love though..Agape' LoveThis week we will learn what that really is.I hope you enjoy the final lessonJoe

PV Church of Christ
Agape Sunday! Part 1 of 2

PV Church of Christ

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 35:24


Join us in worship with special guests UVW, Jonathan Storment, Sean Palmer, Acappella & Dr. Orpheus Heyward.

PV Church of Christ
Agape Sunday! Part 2 of 2

PV Church of Christ

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 40:35


Join us in worship with special guests UVW, Jonathan Storment, Sean Palmer, Acappella & Dr. Orpheus Heyward.

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast
Is this all there is?

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2022 9:56


In this talk, Rev Lee discusses that most people like to feel comfortable and therefore their lives never change and asks if you knew you there were infinite rides in this amusement park called life, would you just ride the same ride over and over for eternity? Agape was voted one of the top 100 Spiritual Podcasts in the world for a link to that go to: https://blog.feedspot.com/spiritual_podcasts/ Join us for Daily Meditation at 7 am CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486646287 Connect with us in community at our Wednesday weekly gatherings on Zoom. 1:30 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165806000 7 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356329531 Private Values Determination Session with Rev Lee: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/values-determination-session For more life-changing content like this, you can: Attend classes at https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/church-events/ Follow us: Facebook- Agape Spiritual Center Instagram: AgapeCSL Twitter: Lee_Agape Email: Info@AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Website: AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Tiktok: RevLeeWolak Podcast: Agape Spiritual Center (Weekly) Podcast: Thoughts can change your life (Daily) Youtube: Rev Lee Wolak If you found this content valuable, please support our mission by making a donation: https://app.easytithe.com/app/giving/agapespiritualcenter You can order My New Book "The Power in You" on Kindle or a printed copy on Amazon today. https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Wolak/e/B09PF5BQNR... Would like a one-on -one personal coaching session with me? For more information go to: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/coaching/

Christian Family Life
What is God's instrument for change in your marriage?

Christian Family Life

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2022 33:31


Agape love is the active force that God uses as an instrument of change. This force leads couples into a faith-based relationship and is the only type of love referred to in Scripture with promises attached. Today we talk about how agape love can impact your marriage!

Inner Revolution Podcast

Agape love

The Craig T. Owens Audio Blog
God's pleasure in our relationships

The Craig T. Owens Audio Blog

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2022 4:46


God made us relational beings with a soul that craves to love and to be loved. We are created in God's image, so He not only helps us in our relationships, but He is pleased when our relationships point others to His love. Check out the video of this message here.  If you've missed any of the other messages in our series called Craving, you can find a list of all of the messages by clicking here. ►► Would you please prayerfully consider supporting this ministry? My Patreon supporters get behind-the-scenes access to exclusive materials. ◀︎◀︎

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast
Who do you think you are?

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 30, 2022 13:24


In this talk, Rev Lee explores there is a difference between your life roles and titles to the truth and essence of your true reality.  Join me on this never ending journey of self-discovery. Agape was voted one of the top 100 Spiritual Podcasts in the world for a link to that go to: https://blog.feedspot.com/spiritual_podcasts/ Join us for Daily Meditation at 7 am CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486646287 Connect with us in community at our Wednesday weekly gatherings on Zoom. 1:30 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165806000 7 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356329531   Private Values Determination Session with Rev Lee: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/values-determination-session   For more life-changing content like this, you can: Attend classes at https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/church-events/ Follow us: Facebook- Agape Spiritual Center Instagram: AgapeCSL Twitter: Lee_Agape Email: Info@AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Website: AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Tiktok: RevLeeWolak Podcast: Agape Spiritual Center (Weekly) Podcast: Thoughts can change your life (Daily) Youtube: Rev Lee Wolak If you found this content valuable, please support our mission by making a donation: https://app.easytithe.com/app/giving/agapespiritualcenter You can order My New Book "The Power in You" on Kindle or a printed copy on Amazon today. https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Wolak/e/B09PF5BQNR... Would like a one-on -one personal coaching session with me? For more information go to: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/coaching/

The Co-Dependent Me Podcast
Surviving Trauma w/ Agape Garcia

The Co-Dependent Me Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2022 73:13


GGWO Church Baltimore
Live in What Love Is

GGWO Church Baltimore

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022


God pours His love into us. Also people pour love into us. Love is patient and kind and full of awe for His holiness. Let us allow to fill our tanks. Let's not be leaking cisterns. (Jeremiah 2:13; 1 Corinthians 13; Proverbs 1) Speaker(s): Thomas Schaller Sermon 12395 6:30 PM on 10/23/2022

My Weirdest Experience
S2 Ep 85 Violence Was My Whole Life with Agape Garcia

My Weirdest Experience

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2022 56:49


Be Your Incredible Self (BYIS) best describes Agape Garcia's tenacious attitude towards empowering others. Garcia, over the past 35 years has navigated through domestic violence, privacy, safety, vulnerability, and the mindset to endure personal adverse events in life. In today's episode we discuss the trials and tribulations of her life: being abandoned by her mother as a baby, the death of her sister from cancer, domestic violence and more. Through it all Agape has learned to trust herself and now helps other domestic violence victims reclaim their lives. Watch Youtube video here: https://youtu.be/YX9XI_4I9Js 47-Min Emotional Clarity Session https://tinyurl.com/byis47 Website: www.beyourincredibleself.com/ FB: www.facebook.com/beincredible@BEINCREDIBLE LI: www.linkedin.com/in/agarciabyis/ IG: www.instagram.com/beyourincredibleself/ If you have a weird or unusual experience/story and would like to be on the show, email me at contactstargazingangel@gmail.com. Visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/myweirdestexperiencepodcast and show your support by liking our page and our check out our website www.tinakinneyclarke.com/my-weirdest-experience-podcast.html If you love this show, please leave us a review. Go to https://ratethispodcast.com/mwereviews and follow the simple instructions. Looking to be matched with a Podcast host or guest? Sign up for a free account at Podmatch Music: Creative Moments by Bensound --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/myweirdestexperience/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/myweirdestexperience/support

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast
Do you choose Freedom or Bondage?

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2022 14:04


In this talk, Rev Lee discusses that Bondage is an experience. It is not a person, place or thing. It is a state of belief and it is a state of mind that we create and until we realize that we have created our own bondage, we cannot begin to understand how to become free. Agape was voted one of the top 100 Spiritual Podcasts in the world for a link to that go to: https://blog.feedspot.com/spiritual_podcasts/ Join us for Daily Meditation at 7 am CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86486646287 Connect with us in community at our Wednesday weekly gatherings on Zoom. 1:30 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89165806000 7 pm CST on zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81356329531 Private Values Determination Session with Rev Lee: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/values-determination-session For more life-changing content like this, you can: Attend classes at https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/church-events/ Follow us: Facebook- Agape Spiritual Center Instagram: AgapeCSL Twitter: Lee_Agape Email: Info@AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Website: AgapeSpiritualCenter.com Tiktok: RevLeeWolak Podcast: Agape Spiritual Center (Weekly) Podcast: Thoughts can change your life (Daily) Youtube: Rev Lee Wolak If you found this content valuable, please support our mission by making a donation: https://app.easytithe.com/app/giving/agapespiritualcenter You can order My New Book "The Power in You" on Kindle or a printed copy on Amazon today. https://www.amazon.com/Lee-Wolak/e/B09PF5BQNR... Would like a one-on -one personal coaching session with me? For more information go to: https://www.agapespiritualcenter.com/coaching/  

It Takes A Village
Fostering Hearts for Christ with Chandler Means and Laura Troup

It Takes A Village

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2022 57:42 Very Popular


A new episode of the It Takes A Village podcast is out now! We are extremely grateful to our friends at AGAPE Nashville for taking the time to sit down and have this conversation with us. AGAPE's Executive Director, Chandler Means, and Donor Relations and Annual Fund Director, Laura Troup, share great wisdom and encouraging words on the importance of community. They remind listeners that God calls each of us to wade out into difficult spaces—as we know His kingdom is spread through the refinement of our hearts. Our team is thankful for any opportunity to highlight the good works that local nonprofits are doing in our community! We hope this conversation inspires you today! Links: If you are interested in learning more about foster care, visit agapenashville.org. Register for the Women of Hope 2023 Conference. Follow HHI on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Follow AGAPE on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Vermont Hills United Methodist Church
Loves Rightly Ordered

Vermont Hills United Methodist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2022 10:22


Love and Lust in the ‘Virtue & Vice’ series. Loves rightly ordered:  Philia, Agape, Eros, Storge Come and join us. All are welcome. www.VermontHillsUMC.org

Leaving Eden Podcast
Ep. 104: Agape Boarding School (Troubled Teen Industry / TTI / Abuse / Fundamentalism / Christianity / Physical / Sexual / Emotional / True Crime / Kidnapping / Legal Case / Justice / IFB / Roloff)

Leaving Eden Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 111:02 Very Popular


In this episode, Sadie and Gavi discuss the abusive Agape boarding school in Missouri, and the looming threat that it posed to fundamentalist kids growing up.  TW: In general we talk about a lot of potentially triggering topics on this show, including but not limited to suicide and mental health, racism, misogyny, PTSD and PTSD symptoms, child abuse, mental, physical, and sexual abuse, and spiritual abuse including guilt, shame, and fear. In most episodes we'll mention at least a few of these topics, but we try very hard to avoid graphic detail unless it's relevant to the story we're telling, and we do our best to give the audience a heads-up before going into detail on any of these topics. This episode will talk about all types of child abuse extensively, although as always we will pick and choose which details we share and give you a heads up before we talk about anything exceptionally bad. But this is a blanket warning for the WHOLE episode, we will not be able to CW before every mention of child abuse because it is the whole episode. This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp. Visit BetterHelp.Com/Eden for 10% off your first month of online therapy! WE HAVE NEW MERCH AVAILABLE, AND A NEW MERCH SHOP, at https://leavingedenpodcast.threadless.com Stream the Leaving Eden Podcast theme song, Rolling River of Time on Spotify! https://open.spotify.com/artist/6lB7RwSQ9X5gnt1BDNugyS?si=jVhmqFfYRSiruRxekdLgKA. Join our Facebook Discussion group! https://www.facebook.com/groups/edenexodus Join our subreddit! Reddit.com/r/EdenExodus Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/leavingedenpodcast/ https://www.instagram.com/sadiecarpentermusic/ https://www.instagram.com/gavrielhacohen/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/LeavingEdenPod https://twitter.com/HellYeahSadie https://twitter.com/GavrielHacohen Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LeavingEdenPodcast https://www.facebook.com/GavrielHaCohen --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/leavingedenpodcast/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/leavingedenpodcast/support

Heartland POD
Climate Activists Embrace Soup Season; Eric May Need To Wipe Trump's Schmitt Off His Nose; Midterm Decision Desk Check In - Ticket Splitting Coming?; PLUS Adam does an Alex Jones Impression For Five Seconds

Heartland POD

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 79:34


Heartland POD on Twitter - @TheHeartlandPOD Co-HostsAdam Sommer @Adam_Sommer85Rachel Parker @RaichetPSean Diller @SeanDillerCO Opening Statement - 2min 45 secTrue False - 13 min 15 secYeah ... NO - 26 min 40 secMid Term Check In - 49 min TRUE OR FALSE - Climate activists with “Just Stop Oil” throwing soup on a priceless work of art was low key brillianthttps://twitter.com/damiengayle/status/1580864210741133312?s=20&t=DgeaKW1bq-hHwYYW4svXaQBest things to throw on something?  Yeah… NOEric Schmitt was born to followhttps://twitter.com/TheHeartlandPOD/status/1580921223927644162?s=20&t=SolFnJrWPSTuTJ8UUQYI3gBonus: ALEX JONES OWES A BILLION $Oof, the judge: “willful non-compliance” in the discovery process. (I would like the attorney to talk about what an appeals process for a default judgment looks like, please).https://www.npr.org/2021/11/15/1055864452/alex-jones-found-liable-for-defamation-in-sandy-hook-hoax-caseMIDTERM DECISION DESK CHECK INQuick rundown - according to Cook Political Report of the ratings of all of the close raceshttps://www.cookpolitical.com/ratings/senate-race-ratingsBTW Missouri in that list is in the SOLID R ratingEasy way to understand this race - if you are a Missouri voter, w/o using your computer or phone at all, just right now, can you tell me the name of the Republican running against Tammy Duckworth in Illinois https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/MO and IL are basically statistical flips of each otherGrassley in a tight race against former U.S. Navy Admiral https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/politics/iowa-poll/2022/10/15/iowa-us-senate-race-chuck-grassley-mike-franken-poll-election/69562063007/Picked three states that are good snapshots of national trendsIf the polling and predictions hold appears there will be a LOT of ticket splitting, or at least folks who vote in one race but perhaps not anotherWisconsin Senate and Governor's RaceRon Johnson (R) v. Mandela Barnes (D)https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/wisconsin/Tony Evers (D) v. Tim Michels (R)https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/wisconsin/https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/laura-kelly-ap-donald-trump-pennsylvania-democrats-b2173311.htmlGeorgia Senate and Governor's RaceRapheal Warnock (D) v. Herschel Walker (R)https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/senate/georgia/Brian Kemp (R) v. Stacey Abrams (D)https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/georgia/Kansas: Laura Kelly doing well: https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/2022-election-forecast/governor/kansas/FiveThirtyEight gives Senate Dem candidate Mark Holland a >1 in 100 chance of beating out Jerry Moran. Tim Ryan doing better than Nan Whaley (governor, D) in polls: https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/3685481-ryan-vance-locked-in-dead-heat-in-ohio-senate-race-poll/

River NYC Sermons
Why Faith?: How To Spread Agape

River NYC Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2022 34:47


Why Faith?: How To Spread Agape by River NYC Sermons

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast
How do deal with change

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 16, 2022 13:17


In this talk, Rev Lee discusses Life is an adventure and for it to be one there must be change. He then goes on the explore that there are two ways to deal with change. We can resist it or we can move with it.

My Steps to Sobriety
302 Agape Garcia: Thriving Beyond the Trauma of Domestic Violence

My Steps to Sobriety

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 92:40


Be Your Incredible Self (BYIS) best describes Ms. Garcia's tenacious attitude towards empowering others. Garcia, over the past 35 years has navigated through domestic violence, privacy, safety, vulnerability, and the mindset to endure personal adverse events in life.  Her survival of a double attempted homicide while 8 months pregnant (by the father) and the desperation to survive became the catalyst to the foundation of BYIS while achieving an undisputed outlook of independence.  During her journey to overcome, Garcia learned that extreme independence is a trauma driven response and a natural one which can be defeated through focused, self awareness and intentional control.  Through her own walk, harsh lessons brought on by extreme independence resulted in areas of her life being sabotaged repeatedly.  Her personal journey of post traumatic growth has led Garcia to dedicating her life in developing transformational programs, various forms of coaching, certification courses and establishing a nonprofit to help real time victims. Her commitment is to provide lifelong transformational habits that can restore your powerful internal sense of control. One of her personal statements, ‘You don't live anywhere but in your head'  is why some of her laser focus teachings are on aligning your mental and emotional belief system.  As her passion grew from her own personal struggles, Garcia became active within the community receiving a Mayoral appointment to work with the Citizen Review board in direct conjunction with Internal Affairs.  She received hands-on training from the Sheriff's department, Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA which also led to the Infrastructure Liaison Officer designation (ILO), through the local Law Enforcement Center.  Garcia has spent more than 20 years in the corporate world holding positions in Office Administration, Project Management, Compliance, Policy writing, Team building, Training, Leadership and Consulting. She continued to serve other organizations including the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Board of Directors, and holds a current membership in the FBI vetted private sector program of InfraGard. As VP of a Security Consultant Company, she has developed programs with leadership responsible for security and emergency management. These emphasize awareness toward identifying different stages of human behavior leading towards violence mitigation. While working, attending school, and raising her kids as a single parent, her personal priorities of housing, safety and privacy for her children were of utmost importance. This required Garcia to navigate through various self-help centers, state, city, local programs, systems and assistance to create a stable foundation for her family while providing the ability to assist others. She also volunteers and collaborates with local law writer(s), in support of bills under Public Safety. Garcia believes in the need to feel loved, wanted, and cared for as a part of life in all of us. Living through emotional tugs of war and learning to apply a controlled healthy mindset to overcome voids, shortcomings, and to break unhealthy cycles is who she is today versus the opposite of where she came from. Today, she prides herself on meeting the daily challenges of being vulnerable and safe at the same time while empowering others to Be Your Incredible Self. Garcia's personal mission is to help lead others in transforming their survival of Domestic Violence (DV) into Post Traumatic Growth and to mitigate the depletion of resources for real time victims. Sharing her personal testimony has empowered so many others. She loves teaching her BYIS formula of: How to combine Situational Awareness with Emotional Intelligence to control your triggers.  3 top tips for my audience: 1. Post Traumatic Growth 2. Controlling your triggers 3. Preventing Self Sabatage 47-Min Emotional Clarity Session  https://tinyurl.com/byis47 FB Group https://bit.ly/3bbK5xd Website:   www.beyourincredibleself.com/  FB:   www.facebook.com/beincredible @BEINCREDIBLE  LI:  www.linkedin.com/in/agarciabyis/ IG:  www.instagram.com/beyourincredibleself/ #BYIS #BeYourIncredibleSelf #DomesticViolenceAwareness

Heartland POD
Rep. Sarah Unsicker Talks Agape and the record of Missouri Attorney General, Eric Schmitt

Heartland POD

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2022 34:19


Host: Kevin Smith @KevINmidMOGust: Rep. Sarah Unsicker @SarahUnsicker https://heartlandpod.com/Twitter: @TheHeartlandPOD"Change The Conversation"

All Saints Sermons
Agape Lecture Series 2022 -- Fr. Glenn on Worship and Liturgy III

All Saints Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 42:15


Fr. Glenn Spencer's third lecture on Worship & Liturgy given on Sept. 27, 2022 for the Agape Lecture Series. This lecture covers the liturgy of Holy Baptism from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.

Because Everyone Has A Story - BEHAS with Daniela
#73 Transforming Past Trauma Into Post Traumatic Growth - Agape Garcia

Because Everyone Has A Story - BEHAS with Daniela

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 47:21


Welcome to episode #73My guest Agape GarciaOctober was first declared National Domestic Violence Awareness Month in 1989 in the USA. Since then, October has been a time to acknowledge domestic violence survivors and be a voice for its victims. Domestic violence is prevalent in every community and affects everyone regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behaviour as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.Although there has been substantial progress in reducing domestic violence in the USA, an average of 20 people are physically abused by intimate partners every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually. 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by an intimate partner, and 1 in 5 women and 1 in 7 men have been severely physically abused by an intimate partner. Millions of Americans live in daily, silent fear within their own homes. In addition, every year, millions of children are exposed to domestic violence. Domestic violence incidents affect every person within a home and can have long-lasting negative effects on children's emotional well-being and social and academic functioning.Agape is the Executive Director of "Confronting Domestic Violence, Inc." Helping real-time victims with real-time resources! Be Your Incredible Self (BYIS) best describes Agape's tenacious attitude towards empowering herself and others. Over the past 35 years, Agape has navigated through domestic violence, privacy, safety, vulnerability, and the mindset to endure personal adverse events in life. Agape shares what Post-Traumatic Growth, or PTG, is, her own experience in the early days of her life and how it affected her as a human being. She also shares how she overcame a tumultuous childhood, a double attempted homicide while eight months pregnant, and the subsequent physical and emotional ordeal. Agape's journey demonstrates the possibility of the resilient human spirit and the importance of how our community can help us survive and thrive.Her personal journey of post-traumatic growth has led Agape to dedicate her life to developing transformational programs, various forms of coaching, and certification courses and establishing a nonprofit to help real-time victims. Her commitment is to provide lifelong transformational habits that can restore your powerful internal sense of control. One of her personal statements, 'You don't live anywhere but in your head,' is why some of her laser-focus teachings are on aligning your mental and emotional belief system.Agape's personal mission is to help lead others in transforming their survival of Domestic Violence (DV) into Post Traumatic Growth, and to mitigate the depletion of resources for real-time victims. Sharing her story is empowering so many others.Let's enjoy Agape's story.  To Connect with Agape:https://beyourincredibleself.com/www.confrontingdomesticviolence.org@beyourincredibleself@A.GarciaBEHAS TEAM: behas.podcats@gmail.com - to share your story.@behas.podcast

Narativ Live with Zev Shalev (Audio)
Under His Watch: Eric Schmitt and the Agape School Scandal

Narativ Live with Zev Shalev (Audio)

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2022 28:41


As the Attorney General of Missouri, now a candidate for Missouri's vacant seat, Eric Schmitt allowed the systemic abuse of teens at Missouri's AgapeChristian Reform School to continue.  Survivor Robert Bucklin shares his harrowing journey through the school, Rep Sarah Unsicker details the struggle to bring this topic to the broad community and Eric Garland exposes Schmitt's foreign ties. First broadcast on Oct. 06, 2022

Narativ Live with Zev Shalev
Under His Watch: Eric Schmitt and the Agape School Scandal

Narativ Live with Zev Shalev

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2022 28:41


As the Attorney General of Missouri, now a candidate for Missouri's vacant seat, Eric Schmitt allowed the systemic abuse of teens at Missouri's AgapeChristian Reform School to continue.  Survivor Robert Bucklin shares his harrowing journey through the school, Rep @SarahUnsicker details the struggle to bring this topic to the broad community and @EricGarland exposes Schmitt's foreign ties. First broadcast on Oct. 06, 2022

Do Joy! with Lisa McCourt
Celebrating ONENESS During LGBTQ+ History Month with Guest Skip Jennings

Do Joy! with Lisa McCourt

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2022 29:29


Your true nature is to experience the divine Oneness that connects each of us in a gorgeous tapestry of connection and cooperation. Tap into this peaceful, nurturing place within you as Lisa interviews her friend Rev. Skip Jennings -- motivational speaker, transformational coach, and spiritual practitioner at Centers for Spiritual Living and Agape. A beautiful conversation about rising above the divisiveness and apparent backward progress we see around us. Wishing a meaningful LBGTQ+ History Month to all! Discover Lisa McCourt Joy School and Happiness Life Coaching here Rev. Skip Jennings Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

In this service, Rev Lee discusses the spiritual practice of shutting the f up. He shows how our words to ourselves and others are all lies and are taking us away from that which gives us juice and zest for life.

Phoenix and Flame Podcast
Agape Garcia and Post Traumatic Growth: Triumph Over Domestic Violence

Phoenix and Flame Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2022 56:26


Have you or someone you know been victimized by domestic violence?  Are you scared and feel alone?  Check out this episode!   https://beyourincredibleself.com  

Parenting with Confidence
Agape Garcia Talks Domestic Violence and Resilience

Parenting with Confidence

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 9, 2022 34:33


Agape Garcia shares her story of transforming from trauma into growth. About Agape Be Your Incredible Self (BYIS) best describes Ms. Garcia's tenacious attitude towards empowering others. Garcia, over the past 35 years has navigated through domestic violence, privacy, safety, vulnerability, and the mindset to endure personal adverse events in life. Her survival of a double attempted homicide while 8 months pregnant (by the father) and the desperation to survive became the catalyst to the foundation of BYIS while achieving an undisputed outlook of independence. During her journey to overcome, Garcia learned that extreme independence is a trauma driven response and a natural one which can be defeated through focused, self awareness and intentional control. Through her own walk, harsh lessons brought on by extreme independence resulted in areas of her life being sabotaged repeatedly. Her personal journey of post traumatic growth has led Garcia to dedicating her life in developing transformational programs, various forms of coaching, certification courses and establishing a nonprofit to help real time victims. Her commitment is to provide lifelong transformational habits that can restore your powerful internal sense of control. One of her personal statements, ‘You don't live anywhere but in your head' is why some of her laser focus teachings are on aligning your mental and emotional belief system. As her passion grew from her own personal struggles, Garcia became active within the community receiving a Mayoral appointment to work with the Citizen Review board in direct conjunction with Internal Affairs. She received hands-on training from the Sheriff's department, Department of Homeland Security, and FEMA which also led to the Infrastructure Liaison Officer designation (ILO), through the local Law Enforcement Center. Garcia has spent more than 20 years in the corporate world holding positions in Office Administration, Project Management, Compliance, Policy writing, Team building, Training, Leadership and Consulting. She continued to serve other organizations including the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Board of Directors, and holds a current membership in the FBI vetted private sector program of InfraGard. As VP of a Security Consultant Company, she has developed programs with leadership responsible for security and emergency management. These emphasize awareness toward identifying different stages of human behavior leading towards violence mitigation. While working, attending school, and raising her kids as a single parent, her personal priorities of housing, safety and privacy for her children were of utmost importance. This required Garcia to navigate through various self-help centers, state, city, local programs, systems and assistance to create a stable foundation for her family while providing the ability to assist others. She also volunteers and collaborates with local law writer(s), in support of bills under Public Safety. Garcia believes in the need to feel loved, wanted, and cared for as a part of life in all of us. Living through emotional tugs of war and learning to apply a controlled healthy mindset to overcome voids, shortcomings, and to break unhealthy cycles is who she is today versus the opposite of where she came from. Today, she prides herself on meeting the daily challenges of being vulnerable and safe at the same time while empowering others to Be Your Incredible Self. Garcia's personal mission is to help lead others in transforming their survival of Domestic Violence (DV) into Post Traumatic Growth and to mitigate the depletion of resources for real time victims. Sharing her personal testimony has empowered so many others. She loves teaching her BYIS formula of: How to combine Situational Awareness with Emotional Intelligence to control your triggers. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/theresa-alexander-inman/support

The Empathic Mastery Show with Jennifer Elizabeth Moore
Thriving Beyond Domestic Violence with Agape Garcia

The Empathic Mastery Show with Jennifer Elizabeth Moore

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2022 60:05


TRIGGER WARNING: Since October is Domestic Violence Month, I've invited a few special guests to speak on this topic. Please be aware that details shared during these conversations may be triggering for some people. *********************************************************** In this episode, Agape Garcia shares what Post-Traumatic Growth or PTG is, her own experience in the early days of her life and how it affected her as a human being, but even more so as a mother. She explains how some people go through situations in their lives, which causes trauma and a crisis within them that they may not have the tools to cope with at the time, however this very situation can be used as an opportunity for growth in themselves through learning and becoming more aware of their self and others.   What is Post-Traumatic Growth or PTG? The start of her journey and how she found herself as a highly sensitive, empathic person.  How her experience as a little girl affected how she was when she became a mother. Agape shares more about the phrase she wrote, “as you can move a million times, you will always live in your head.” How she started to cultivate and develop her emotional intelligence. Her 2nd wakeup call and how this made a very big impact in her life and on her work right now. She shares the reasons behind why she was spared, what she's here to do. and what her mission is. Advice for people who are realizing that they're in situations that are not working for them. The first step to take towards changing your mindset and thoughts, and getting control over them. Agape gives an example of a strong, smart or successful mindset, what her own mind shift or her own awareness was like of where she might have been misaligned and how she realigned.   Be Your Incredible Self Website Be Your Incredible Self Instagram Be Your Incredible Self Facebook ______________________________________________ Host Jennifer Moore is an author, energy healer, intuitive mentor, master trainer for EFT International, podcast host and founder of The Empathic Mastery Academy. https://www.empathicmasteryacademy.com https://www.empathicmastery.com Get Jen's book Https://empathicmasterybook.com @EmpathicMastery (IG)  https://www.instagram.com/EmpathicMastery Join Jen's free FB group for monthly full moon masterclasses and her Empathic Safety Guide at https://www.empathicmastery.com/masterclass

Jared Diehl The Louder Now Podcast
Louder Now Episode #129: Domestic Violence Awareness Month & Post Traumatic Growth With Agape Garcia

Jared Diehl The Louder Now Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2022 64:16


Louder Now is back with a new episode for a new month. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. My guest today tells her story of surviving domestic abuse and how to move in post traumatic growth. I so enjoyed talking with her. She is also doing big things and helping so many people now. Proud of her and honored that she shared on this podcast. Agape's BIO: Be Your Incredible Self (BYIS) best describes Ms. Garcia's tenacious attitude towards empowering others. Garcia, over the past 35 years has navigated through domestic violence, privacy, safety, vulnerability, and the mindset to endure personal adverse events in life.  Her survival of a double attempted homicide while 8 months pregnant (by the father) and the desperation to survive became the catalyst to the foundation of BYIS while achieving an undisputed outlook of independence.  During her journey to overcome, Garcia learned that extreme independence is a trauma driven response and a natural one which can be defeated through focused, self awareness and intentional control.  Through her own walk, harsh lessons brought on by extreme independence resulted in areas of her life being sabotaged repeatedly.  Her personal journey of post traumatic growth has led Garcia to dedicating her life in developing transformational programs, various forms of coaching, certification courses and establishing a nonprofit to help real time victims. Her commitment is to provide lifelong transformational habits that can restore your powerful internal sense of control. One of her personal statements, ‘You don't live anywhere but in your head'  is why some of her laser focus teachings are on aligning your mental and emotional belief system.  As her passion grew from her own personal struggles, Garcia became active within the community receiving a Mayoral appointment to work with various Law Enforcement and Government agencies.  Garcia has spent more than 20 years in the corporate world holding positions in Office Administration, Project Management, Compliance, Policy writing, Team building, Training, Leadership and Consulting. She continued to serve other organizations including the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), Board of Directors, and holds a current membership in the FBI vetted private sector program of InfraGard. As VP of a Security Consultant Company, she has developed programs with leadership responsible for security and emergency management. These emphasize awareness toward identifying different stages of human behavior leading towards violence mitigation. While working, attending school, and raising her kids as a single parent, her personal priorities of housing, safety and privacy for her children were of utmost importance. This required Garcia to navigate through various self-help centers, state, city, local programs, systems and assistance to create a stable foundation for her family while providing the ability to assist others. She also volunteers and collaborates with local law writer(s), in support of bills under Public Safety. Garcia believes in the need to feel loved, wanted, and cared for as a part of life in all of us. Living through emotional tugs of war and learning to apply a controlled healthy mindset to overcome voids, shortcomings, and to break unhealthy cycles is who she is today versus the opposite of where she came from. Today, she prides herself on meeting the daily challenges of being vulnerable and safe at the same time while empowering others to Be Your Incredible Self. Garcia's personal mission is to help lead others in transforming their survival of Domestic Violence (DV) into Post Traumatic Growth and to mitigate the depletion of resources for real time victims. Sharing her personal testimony has empowered so many others. She loves teaching her BYIS formula of: How to combine Situational Awareness with Emotional Intelligence to control your triggers. TO FIND AGAPE ONLINE: Go to her website:   www.beyourincrediblself.com Facebook:  www.facebook.com/beincredible Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/agarciabyis/ Instagram: www.instagram.com/beyourincredibleself/ End of Show Notes: Please email jared.diehl@gmail.com if you would like to be a guest on the podcast. Please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jared-diehl-the-louder-now-podcast/id1454818946 Follow me on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jareddiehl8/ *** call 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.  TO CALL THE HOTLINE:  800-273-8255 *** Technical Glitch--there might be some echo towards the end of the interview..not sure how to fix this but just to let you know there might be an echo** Thank you!

The Victory Church Podcast
Agape | Festus Nsoha

The Victory Church Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2022 47:28


Is agape love the driving force in your life? Do you rejoice in your sufferings? Guest Speaker Festus Nsoha delivers a challenging message that will change how you view adversity and setbacks in your life. Resources: Pastor Mitch's new book!: Change Your Mind to Change Your Life! Sermon Notes: Victory Church Notes Website: victorychurchraleigh.com Subscribe to our Weekly Podcast! Read Pastor Mitch's Daily Blog

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast
Your Questions Answered

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 14:54


In today's Sunday Celebration, Rev Lee addresses key questions being asked by our Agape community at large. Enjoy and please share.

Podcast Talent Coach
Helping Agape Garcia Leverage Other Podcasts – PTC 408

Podcast Talent Coach

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 48:53


You can really grow your podcast audience when you leverage other podcasts. Even when you don't have a podcast of your own, appearing on other podcasts can really drive your business. Today, I want to give you three tips to leverage other podcasts to reach your goals. LET'S CHAT First, you and I need to chat. I want to help you create your podcast strategy. What are your podcast goals? Are you trying to build your business? Do you simply want to grow your audience to advance your cause? You can continue to throw things at the wall hoping something sticks. You can waste days and weeks and months going through trial and error trying to find the magic secret to become an overnight success. Or, you can build a strategy and methodically execute it to reach success. Which sounds better to you? Let's get on a podcast strategy call and build your plan. It's my gift to you for being a listener to this podcast. Apply for your call at www.PodcastTalentCoach.com/apply. On the call, we will build your strategy. Then, I'll point you toward the direction for your next step. I can't tell you what that is until we build your plan. We can't build your plan until we talk. Are you ready to take action, or do you want to continue with all the trial and error that got you to this point. You won't get different results until you take different action. It starts with our podcast strategy call. Apply for your call today at www.PodcastTalentCoach.com/apply. LEVERAGE Let's talk about three tips to leverage other podcasts to reach your goals. When you are working to land podcast interviews on other shows, you need to be strategic and intentional. You need to determine what you are trying to accomplish. Then, develop a plan to make that happen. Developing ways to leverage other podcasts is a great way to grow your audience and build your business. When you find other podcasters already speaking to your ideal listener, you can leverage that influence to reach your goals. The attention they built can fast track your success. There are three things to keep in mind when you leverage other podcasts. KNOW THE SHOW First, you need to know the show. Before you reach out to other podcasts to be interviewed, listen to the show. Know something about the podcast. A podcaster is going to take your more seriously when you've done your homework. They will trust you when you say you can help their audience. Interviews were not part of my show for about the first 300 episodes. However, I had many people reach out and tell me they would be a great guest for my show back then. They knew nothing about my show. Therefore, they were quickly ignored. BUILD YOUR LIST Next, build your list instead of your audience. I know this sounds odd. Why wouldn't you invite people to listen to your show? If they come to your show, listen and don't subscribe, you lose them forever. On the other hand, when they subscribe to your email list for your lead magnet, you can remind them to listen each time you publish an episode until they unsubscribe. You can build the audience through your email list. When you are interviewed on other shows, give listeners a free gift to get them on your email list. Use one single, focused call to action. Your only goal is to get them on the list. You can build from there. REFERRALS Finally, ask for referrals. At the end of the interview when you've delivered amazing content, ask for a referral from the podcast host. Can the host introduce you to other podcast hosts? Rather than cold calling hosts to get on their shows, get a warm introduction from hosts who have already had you on their shows. If each host can introduce you to two other hosts, you will have more interviews than you know what to do with. Your growth will be amazing. There are your tips. Know the show, build your list and get referrals. You are well on your way to building your strategy. AGAPE GARCIA Agape Garcia does not have a podcast of her own. Instead, she gets interviewed on other podcasts to grow her business. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Garcia has navigated through domestic violence, privacy, safety, vulnerability, and the mindset to endure personal adverse events in life. She has now dedicated her life in developing transformational programs, various forms of coaching, certification courses and establishing a nonprofit to help real time victims. On the episode today, we help Agape leverage other podcasts to grow her business. Enjoy our conversation. Thanks to Agape Garcia for joining us on the show today. You can discover more about Agape Garcia at www.beyourincredibleself.com. She works to align your mental and emotional belief system. You can get a 47-Min Emotional Clarity Session with Ms. Garcia at www.PodcastTalentCoach.com/clarity (https://tinyurl.com/byis47). Are you ready for your podcast strategy session? Let's chat. Take action today to get on my calendar. If you don't have a mentor who can take your hand and walk you every step of the way, go to www.PodcastTalentCoach.com/apply, click the button and apply to have a chat with me. We will develop your plan and see how I can help and support you to achieve your podcast goals.

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast
In God everything is included

Agape Spiritual Center Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 13:12


In this talk, Rev Lee discusses the concept. Humans are individualizations of Infinite Consciousness. It is because the Universal Creative Principle is always around us and within us that our thought is creative.

Inspire Nation Show with Michael Sandler
How to Hear & Do What Your SOUL Wants You TO DO | Michael Beckwith

Inspire Nation Show with Michael Sandler

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2022 81:06 Very Popular


Your Soul has a plan and a purpose for you. The question is, can you hear it? In this fascinating interview with Michael Bernard Beckwith of The Secret you'll learn how to hear the calling of your soul, get in alignment with your Soul, and how to do what your soul wants, which ultimately may be exactly what you want as well!   Michael B. Beckwith is a famed speaker from The Secret (2006 documentary), best-selling author, and founder of the AGAPE Center.   https://agapelive.com/ - Agape International Spiritual Center https://michaelbeckwith.com/ - Michael Bernard Beckwith's website   To find out more visit: https://amzn.to/3qULECz - Order Michael Sandler's book, "AWE, the Automatic Writing Experience" www.automaticwriting.com  - Automatic Writing Experience Course www.inspirenationuniversity.com - Michael Sandler's School of Mystics https://inspirenationshow.com/ ……. Follow Michael and Jessica's exciting journey and get even more great tools, tips, and behind-the-scenes access. Go to https://www.patreon.com/inspirenation   For free meditations, weekly tips, stories, and similar shows visit: https://inspirenationshow.com/   We've got NEW Merch! - https://teespring.com/stores/inspire-nation-store   Follow Inspire Nation, and the lives of Michael and Jessica, on Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/InspireNationLive/   Find us on TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@inspirenationshow  Roo Roo The Guru on TikTok - https://www.tiktok.com/@roorootheguru