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Foundry UMC
Pursued in Love…Always - November 21st, 2021

Foundry UMC

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 18:34


“Pursued in Love…Always” A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli with Foundry UMC, November 21, 2021. Reign of Christ and Consecration Sunday, “Prepare the Table with Justice and Joy” series.    Texts: Psalm 23, Revelation 1:4b-8 Over the past seven weeks, we have been guided by the Lord, our shepherd, in Psalm 23. And on this last Sunday of the Christian liturgical year, the last Sunday before Advent, and the day often celebrated as the Reign of Christ or Christ the King, we receive the final verse of the Psalm. The familiar-to-many King James Version reads: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Years ago I learned that the verb translated “follow” is more intense in the original Hebrew: “Surely goodness and mercy shall pursue me…” This is not only an image of these graces passively lurking about or showing up here and there. It's that God's goodness and mercy “will run after me and find me wherever I am!” It strikes me that this is where we began the journey, with the ancient image of God, not as a conquering king, but as a humble, strong, shepherd and the affirmation that God is with us, no matter what.  When I was a teenager, our youth camp worship would use “sing along slides” to guide our singing of a variety of songs, including pop songs. As I prepared for today, meditating on this profound promise of God's loving presence, I was transported back to evening worship in Miller Hall at Canyon Camp and again heard God in the distinctive form of Cyndi Lauper's voice: “If you're lost you can look and you will find me/ Time after time/ If you fall I will catch you, I'll be waiting/ Time after time.”  The Lord, our shepherd pursues us, time after time, wherever we are and no matter how we got there. And, if we are willing to follow, God's goodness guides us into places of beauty, green places of nourishment, still places of peace, places where our soul may be restored; God's goodness guides us on roundabout paths that get us where we need to go, guides us through the valleys of life, makes sure we eat something when we are overwhelmed with fear, danger, or grief, and tenderly loves us, anointing us as valued and called. An important word in verse six is the word translated “mercy,” in Hebrew it is hesed, and usually is translated “lovingkindness.” Rabbi Harold Kushner thinks of it as “unearned love.” Unearned love. God's goodness and unearned love pursue us… What an extraordinary challenge to the culture in which we live.  The common wisdom is that nothing in the world is free, that we have to look a certain way, act a certain way, have certain things to be loved. We have to have this to get that. How many children are taught—implicitly or explicitly—that they are bad, wrong, worthless, unlovable because they don't meet their parent's or teachers' expectations? How much energy flows into trying at every age and stage of life to earn or prove or buy our worth and lovability? How much money gets made by clever people who exploit our insecurities with the lure of “miracle” products and schemes? How often do lives full of potential get coopted and corrupted by gangs—on the streets or in the lunch room or in the marbled and paneled halls of power? The exploitation in all these things depends on human insecurity, on the lie that any one of us is unworthy of love, goodness, and mercy.  And when everything we've tried still leaves us feeling unloved or devalued, we can fall into all sorts of destructive things. Our own insecurity can trigger an impulse to knock others down so we can stand over them, our boots on their necks, to feel bigger or like we have some power. Our own insecurity makes us turn on ourselves in self-loathing and on others with envy and resentment, all out of self-defense for our wounded hearts. Whether or not you figure out how to navigate the worldly macro or micro accounting of earned interest in who you are, it is a struggle to believe that there is any such thing as unearned interest, unearned love. In this world, the relational economy is so often quid pro quo, based on exploitation, or simply governed by run-of-the-mill human brokenness.  But God's economy is altogether different. The Lord, our shepherd—as we've been singing these past weeks—is the king of love not the king of empires or courts or councils or turfs. And the Kin-dom of God doesn't require three forms of legal documentation where all the names exactly match for entry. Because God knows your name and loves you and wants to be close to you! Kin-dom economy with a shepherd in charge is truly different than what we're used to. Jesus didn't test people's theological knowledge or work history before giving them food. Jesus didn't pay the latecomer less than the first to clock in. Jesus didn't play with the devil's shiny advertisements for comfort, prestige, and power. Jesus didn't do violence or execute people, Jesus allowed himself to be publicly executed so that we might finally recognize that buying “peace” or “justice” with another human life yields neither peace nor justice. Jesus didn't raise an army, Jesus raised lives. Jesus embodied God's love and revealed again and again that only love has the power to bring about the healing that will truly set us free. The Lord, our shepherd, pursues us not to blame or test or bully us. God pursues us because God loves us and wants to be with us, to help us, to give us what we need to live lives filled with beauty, meaning, justice, and joy. God's love for you and for me is absolute and it is unearned. God, in love, is always present, always reaching out and waiting for your heart to open wide to receive the overflow.  As the sheep of God's pasture, as citizens of Christ's Kin-dom, we are taught that we love because God first loved us. All our acts of goodness and lovingkindness, all our acts of justice and unearned love, all our acts of generosity and care, all our acts of praise and thanksgiving are in response to God's abundant grace. As we, like a cup, receive and are filled with God's goodness and unearned love, we overflow in acts of gratitude, justice, and joy.  Because God prepares the table for us, we prepare the table for others. And, by God's grace, our offerings will create the best “pot luck” ever! By God's grace overflowing in generosity, we will set a table with love of God and neighbor as the centerpiece, a table that is anti-racist, fully inclusive and affirming, creative, committed, courageous, and full of friendship, support, and laughter; we will set a table big and wide enough so that everyone has a place. On this Consecration Sunday, we're reminded that God gives us everything, holds nothing back, pursues us in love, time after time, so that you will have life and so that we as the people of God called Foundry can prepare the table with justice and joy. What will you return in gratitude? https://foundryumc.org/archive

Cornfield Theology
Confessionalism (Part 1 of 4)

Cornfield Theology

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 10:42


It’s been a while since I have posted on the blog or dropped a podcast. Throughout October and early November, I took a step back to focus on denominational responsibilities and lead Redemption Hill Church into a new Sunday morning location. By God’s grace, both responsibilities went well, but now I am back in the saddle! Over the next several weeks, I’ll be posting on why Redemption Hill Church is confessional. The term confessional has lost its luster over the last 100 years, but prior, most churches held to a confession of faith. I want to show in these blog posts the value of confessions and why a local church should be confessional. The next four blogs on confessionalism will be about 1) The Nature of Confessionalism, 2) The Parameters of Confessionalism, 3) A Vision of Confessionalism 4) the Subscription to a Confession. If you are new to confessionalism, or the term is foreign, that’s ok. The purpose of cornfieldtheology.com is to introduce people to new concepts, terms, and theological ideas. These four blogs on confessionalism have been adapted from a paper I submitted to the elders of Trinity Fellowship Churches in preparation for Theology Day before our General Assembly. In this first blog post on the nature of confessionalism, I focus on why confessions are written down, the historical aspect of confessions, and the uniting effect of confessions. Confessions are Written Down It has become fashionable for many non-mainline Protestant churches to be vague about theology and doctrine. And the traditional mainline protestant churches have jettisoned their historic creeds and confessions. If not on paper, then with function. The reasons for the ambiguity are numerous. However, what is trendy is not historical. For most of church history, denominations and churches had robust creeds and confessions. These creeds and confessions provided clarity, which helped guard against heresy and doctrinal confusion. Throughout history, creeds and confessions were polemical and divided denominations from each other, but they also united local churches to one another. Creeds and confessions could guard against heresy and join like-minded churches because creeds and confessions are written down. It is popular to hear a local pastor or church member say they do not need a confession or creed because they have the Bible. “No creed but the Bible!” is declared. However, the declaration falls on deft ears. Carl Trueman affirms, I do want to make the point here that Christians are not divided between those who have creeds and confessions and those who do not; rather, they are divided between those who have public creeds and confessions that are written down and exist as public documents, subject to public scrutiny, evaluation, and critique, and those who have private creeds and confessions that are often improvised, unwritten, and thus not open to public scrutiny, not susceptible to evaluation and, crucially and ironically, not, therefore, subject to testing by Scripture to see whether they are true.– Carl Trueman All Christians live by a Creed. The fundamental difference between confessional and non-confessional churches and Christians can be summed up in one question: How can you know what a pastor and church believe? Answer. Doctrine is written down. The benefits of holding to a Confession of Faith that is written down are outlined in these blog posts. Nevertheless, suffice it to say, part of the nature of being confessional is that a document explicitly states doctrine. Confessions are Rooted in Tradition The second aspect of confessions is their rootedness in tradition. As J.V. Fesko points out, the wor

Indian Hills Christian Church
60th Anniversary

Indian Hills Christian Church

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 61:40


By God's grace, Indian Hills Christian Church has been a part of the Danville community for 60 years. Today we celebrate by remembering not just how we were started, but why.(This is audio of the entire service.)

Foundry UMC
Are We There Yet - Oct 31st, 2021

Foundry UMC

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 22:53


“Are We There Yet?” A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli with Foundry UMC, October 31, 2021, the twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost. “Prepare the Table with Justice and Joy” series.    Texts: Psalm 23:1-3, Mark 12:28-34 We are taking our time on our journey through the 23rd Psalm. Two and a half verses have taken us 4 weeks and we'll get through the final three verses by Thanksgiving. Today, we are in the middle of the journey, verse 3b: “God leads me in right paths for His name's sake.”   We live in a culture that isn't always so good at taking our time. Waiting is generally not high on our “favorite things to do” lists. The path we tend to want is one that gets us where we are going as soon as possible. I think about how excited I am when my navigation app interrupts regularly-scheduled programming to announce I could save 4 minutes by taking a different route! Yes! Of course I want to do that!  I often wish God was more like my navigation app. I wish I could plug in my preferred destination in life and get not only turn-by-turn guidance, but an ETA. Over the course of the pandemic, I reflected much about the extreme disorientation caused by not knowing how long a thing is going to last. Early on it was how long do we have to stay in quarantine and when will there be a vaccine? Then how long until we can safely gather in worship? When will it be safe to sing without masks? How long until our children will finally be vaccinated? Added to that, of course, are the questions about when our nation might finally grow the collective moral spine to put into policy and practice the high ideals we profess in our words. How long will it take to not just talk about but truly live “liberty and justice for ALL?”    If God the good shepherd is leading us on a path, I want both the illustrated picture with turn-by-turn guidance AND an estimated time for when we'll reach the longed-for destination. Whether the uncertainty and waiting is related to pandemics or relationships or vocation or clarity of direction or spiritual growth or health or whatever, the not knowing how long is beyond difficult. …I hear my brother, sister, and me as children in the back seat on one of our many trips to Arkansas or Texas to see our grandparents—you know the refrain: Are we there yet? How much longer?   Where is God with the directions for how to accomplish what we're trying so hard to do and to get us to the finish line? Where is God with the time-saving option to get us where we want to be? Because we want to get there NOW.   Rabbi Harold Kushner says, “There is a story in the Talmud about the traveler who asks a child, ‘Is there a shortcut to such-and-such a village?' The child answers, ‘There is a shortcut that is long and a long way that is short.'” Kushner then shares that the Hebrew phrase in verse 3b is more complex than can be easily captured in translation. He says “right paths” “literally means ‘roundabout ways that end up in the right direction.'” So, as the child says, there may be shortcuts or “easier” paths to our destination, but they could end up taking longer, being harder, and costing more in the end.    I was curious about Kushner's translation of “right paths” and discovered that the Hebrew word translated “path” (בְמַעְגְּלֵי־—ma'aglei –mah-gaw lah) literally means a circumvallation, an entrenchment—or figuratively, a wagon track. And the word shows up in biblical stories as the “circle of the camp.” Some resources translate the word simply “in circles.” Kushner's nuanced Hebrew helps us understand that the “path” is not a straight line from point A to point B. It has a circular tendency, is a “roundabout way that ends up in the right direction.” It is “dug in”—not in the sense of stubbornness, but of being an intentional path, a worn path, a path with a purpose. //   Today we celebrate Holy Baptism. This is not the beginning of God's love in Lillian-Pierce's life, but it the beginning of an intentional journey as part of the Body of Christ, the church. It is the beginning of a life-long path, a long and winding road of learning and growing in God's love and grace. Every person's journey is deeply unique and the promise is that God is with each of us to guide us. Everything we go through from the highest joys to the experiences that, in the moment, we find unbearably painful, disappointing, or even dull are all things that shape and form us and can provide us with resources for living more wisely, with greater self-awareness, humility, and strength. Our commitment to one another as Foundry family is that, at every age and stage of our lives, all along the “roundabout” path of our lives, relationships and resources will be available to nurture, explore, and sustain our spiritual journey. No matter what.    And just as with any one person, every community of faith has its own unique twisty, turny journey of growth and development. For more than 207 years, through challenging seasons, moments of conflict or tension, big decision points, times of great change and times when it seemed nothing much was happening or we were just getting through—in and through all of that, God has been at work, guiding and calling and offering opportunities for the people of Foundry to be curious, to wonder, to wrestle with things, to learn and to grow as a congregation. Foundry Church has been in the midst of culture change for many recent years, seeking to be adaptive and responsive to the shifting landscape of the world, to the experiences of persons around us, and the needs of this generation of the Foundry family. To be a midwife of new life through culture change in congregations is the work God has given me again and again. The work is messy, surprising, and not accomplished in a day, a year, or even several. While there are signposts along the way for those who know where to look, culture change is a largely unmapped sojourn of unknown duration—often through wilderness places—where I inevitably join the chorus of God's people who've long cried, “How long, O Lord? Are we there yet??” As with our lives, the promise—and my personal experience—is that, when we truly seek God's guidance, the Good Shepherd, who is always at work in our midst, will bring us around to an experience of greater health and flourishing. God will get us where we need to go. There will likely be construction delays, accidents, and a variety of other things that will slow our roll to orange or red…but God will get us through.   It often feels or appears that things aren't moving or changing at all. The “circular tendency” of the “right path” can simply leave us feeling like we're going in circles, stuck in cycles that will never really change. Recently, I've heard more than one reaction to reading Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital expressing some level of despair over the way that the more things change, the more they stay the same. And I remember a conversation with a close friend who expressed frustration that he seemed to be going in circles, thinking he had made some progress but then grappling with the very same issues over and over again.    The spiritual practice of traveling the labyrinth path is instructive here. The labyrinth is not a maze, a puzzle, or a trap, but are rather a continuous path that twists and turns, eventually leading to the center. There are no dead ends. It is a circular journey that continually invites you to meet yourself at the same place, yet not quite. It feels that you are going in circles as you find yourself meeting a familiar issue again, but with every revolution, the path is taking you deeper toward the center of the circle. Every revolution changes you because you have taken another turn. And even though you can't perceive it, you have come a long way. One of my mentors, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr., is good at reminding all of us that the challenges to achieving racial equity and justice are the same as always, but significant things have been achieved, things have changed, we are dealing with the same issues, but at a whole new level. With each revolution, we grow closer to the center we seek. //   It has been interesting to see how the Gospel passages from the lectionary have paired with our focus text from Psalm 23. Today, we receive from Jesus the words that give shape to Foundry's mission and vision, the words of the “great commandment”—to love God with all we are and to love our neighbor as ourselves. The center of the Gospel is simply this: love. The center into which God guides us “in roundabout ways” is love. The right path is love. Loving God and neighbor is not a short-term project or a simple, obstacle-free line from point A to point B. It is not without its wilderness places and unknowns, its conflicts and disappointments. Loving God and neighbor requires work and commitment, grace and forgiveness. It is the work of a lifetime, learning to love as God loves.   Are we there yet? By God's grace and with the guidance of the Good Shepherd, we are on the path of love, humility, compassion, mercy, and justice in our lives and as Foundry Church. And so, on that path, even when we don't know how long it will take or what to expect, we can receive with assurance the words spoken by Jesus to the scribe: You are not far from the Kin-dom of heaven.    Are we there yet? God, our shepherd, guides us on right paths…we are not far. So for God's sake, for our neighbors' lives, and our own, let's keep going.

Women Encouraged
Means of Grace - with Tim Challies

Women Encouraged

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 30:11


By God's grace, we're back with another season to share with you! Today's episode is a conversation with author and blogger Tim Challies on "Means of Grace". God initiates and establishes a relationship with His people but how does he maintain the relationship and nourish it? And what ought our responses and responsibilities be in view of God's initiation and care for this relationship? What are some different views of means of grace and some common misunderstandings about this topic? Bethany talks with Tim about these topics, and he tells us about his newest book, Knowing and Enjoying God.  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/womenencouraged)

Citylight South Church

This week we welcome Joel Lomman from Gospel Life Church to share with us from Genesis 22. We've been following Abraham and Sarah's journey of faith in God. This week is the climax of the story, and it's an epic picture of the grace of God that saves us. -------- https://www.citylightsouth.org.au ▶ To support the ministry of CityLight South Church and help us continue to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ, click here: https://citylightsouth.org.au/give ▶ If you need prayer or want to share praise for God's goodness, click here: https://citylightsouth.org.au/connect ▶ We'd love for you to join as we gather together in worship and community, each Sunday morning at 10:00am. Click here for more details: https://citylightsouth.org.au/

Commuter Bible OT
Jeremiah 50:1-51:23, Proverbs 16:17-33

Commuter Bible OT

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 21:52


Jeremiah 50 - 1:09 . Jeremiah 51 - 13:22 . The final prophecy against a particular nation is a doozy, proclaiming total annihilation and ruin and spanning two long chapters, (50, 51) one of which is the sixth longest chapter in Scripture. Who could this prophecy be against? What nation's actions would merit such a rebuke? If you guessed Babylon, you are right! Though the Lord allowed Babylon to attack His own people and send them into exile, Babylon is still responsible for their own sin and their own actions. By God's design, his people are punished because of their ongoing sin and rebellion, but Babylon is punished more so because of their idolatry and wickedness. We'll only read part of chapter 51, concluding Jeremiah's prophecy in our next episode.:::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by the Christian Standard Bible.facebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org

Faith Church Indy
Crucified With Christ (Gal. 2:15-21)

Faith Church Indy

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 37:28


In Christ, we give up every old way of being identified as God's people – moralistic law-keeping, national identity, ethnic boundaries. By God's free grace we experience new life, identity, and community. And all that is received and lived out through faith in the faithfulness of Jesus. Join us as we look at “Crucified with Christ” from Galatians 2:15-21.

Grace Community Church-Loveland CO

Main Point: To remain in Christ is to be deeply connected to the source of life. Questions: 1. What challenged you or encouraged you from the message this week? 2. Read John 15:1-17. What do you notice about these verses? What is the main metaphor that Jesus is using? What truths does this metaphor reveal about Jesus? About the those who follow him? 3. Read John 15:1-4. What is the difference between how the gardener treats dead branches and fruit bearing branches? What does it mean to be cut off or pruned by God? What is the goal of God's pruning in the life of a Christian? How have you been pruned by God so that you were bear more fruit? 4. What is the key factor in producing the fruit God desires? What is this fruit? What does it mean to remain in Christ? What are some tangible ways that Christians remain in Christ? 5. Read John 15:5-8. Jesus contrasts those who remain in him and those who do not. What is the result of the person who does not remain in Christ? What does it mean that certain branches will be “thrown into the fire and burned”? What is the result of a person that remains connected to Jesus? 6. What do these verses reveal about a Christian's relationship to God and prayer? What guarantee does Jesus give in verses 7-8? Does this mean that God will always do what we request? 7. Read John 15:9-17. What is the connection between remaining in Christ and living in loving obedience to Christ? How does obedience to God lead to joy? 8. What commands does Jesus give in this section? How does Jesus' example show us what it means to obey these commands? Why is loving other people connected to remaining in Christ? 9. How would you describe your connection to God? Beyond what you know about God, how well would you say you know him relationally? 10. What did you learn about God in these verses? What did you learn about yourself? What is God asking you to understand or to do as a result of what you have learned? 11. By God's grace what is one thing you can do to apply what you have learned this week?

Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook
Life, Death, and Eternity - Part 2

Thinking on Scripture with Dr. Steven R. Cook

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 72:28


Complete set of notes here. The History and Meaning of Death      Death was introduced into God's creation when the first human, Adam, sinned against God. Adam's sin immediately brought spiritual death (Gen 2:15-17; 3:1-7), and later, physical death (Gen 5:5). Though Adam was made spiritually alive again (Gen 3:21), his single sin introduced death, in every form, into the world (Rom 5:12-14; 1 Cor 15:21-22). Death means separation. Three major kinds of death are mentioned in Scripture, and these include: 1) spiritual death, which is separation from God in time (Gen 2:16-17; 3:1-7; Rom 5:12; 1 Cor 15:22; Eph 2:1-2; Col 2:13-14), 2) physical death, which is the separation of the soul from the body (Eccl 12:7; 2 Cor 5:8; Phil 1:23-24; 2 Tim 4:6), and 3) eternal death (aka the “second death”), which is the perpetuation of physical and spiritual separation from God for all eternity (Rev 20:11-15).      God has granted that some would not experience death, and these include Enoch (Gen 5:21-24), Elijah (2 Ki 2:11), and those Christians at the rapture (1 Cor 15:51-52; 1 Th 4:13-18). However, there have been others who died and were resuscitated, only to die a second time. These include the son of the widow in Zarephath (1 Ki 17:17-24), the Shunamite's son (2 Ki 4:32-34; 8:1), the son of the widow in Nain (Luke 7:11-15), Jairus' daughter (Luke 8:40-42, 49-55), Lazarus (John 11:43-44), various saints in Jerusalem (Matt 27:50-53), Tabitha (Acts 9:36-40), and Eutychus (Acts 20:7-10). But for most, there is an appointed time to die (Eccl 3:2; 8:8; cf. Deut 31:14; 1 Ki 2:1), and afterwards, to meet God for judgment (Heb 9:27). For believers, this is a time of reward (1 Cor 3:10-15; 2 Cor 5:10), but for unbelievers, it is a time of judgment as they face the Lake of Fire (Rev 20:11-15). Though death is inevitable; where we spend eternity is optional. God loves us and sent His Son into the world to provide eternal life for us (John 3:16-17; 10:28).      There are three major kinds of life mentioned in Scripture: 1) regenerate life, which is the new life God gives at the moment of salvation (John 3:3; 1 Pet 1:3, 23), 2) resurrection life, which is the new and perfect body we receive when the Lord calls us to heaven (John 11:25-26; 1 Cor 15:42-44), and 3) eternal life, which is perpetual life given at the moment of salvation and extends into heaven and eternity (John 3:16; 6:40; 10:28; Rom 6:23; 1 John 5:11-13). The Eternal State      What is our eternal future? Scripture reveals every person will spend eternity either in heaven with God (Dan 12:1-2; 1 Cor 15:51–53; 1 Th 4:14–17; Rev 20:4-6), or the Lake of Fire away from Him (Rev 20:11-15). Heaven is the place where God dwells, and Jesus promised we'll be there with Him (John 14:1-3). Heaven is a place of worship (Rev 19:1-3), service (Rev 22:3), and free from tears, pain, or death (Rev 21:3-4). God loves us and desires to have a relationship with us in time and eternity (John 3:16-17; 10:28; 14:1-3). However, our sin separates us from God (Isa 59:2; John 8:24; Rom 5:12). But God, who is merciful (Eph 2:3-5; Tit 3:5), dealt with our sin once and for all when He sent Jesus as a substitutionary atoning sacrifice to die in our place and pay the penalty for our sins (Isa 53:1-12; Mark 10:45; 2 Cor 5:21; Heb 10:10-14; 1 Pet 2:24; 3:18). At the cross, God satisfied all His righteous demands toward our sin (1 John 2:2; 4:10). Those who believe in Jesus as their Savior receive forgiveness (Eph 1:7; Col 2:13-14), the gifts of eternal life and righteousness (John 3:16; 10:28; Rom 5:17; 2 Cor 5:21; Phil 3:9), and will spend eternity in heaven (John 14:1-3; 2 Cor 5:1-5; Phil 3:20-21). Those who reject Jesus as their Savior have no future hope and will spend eternity away from God in eternal punishment (John 3:18, 36; Rev 20:14-15). When we turn to Christ as our Savior, we have a bright eternal destiny assured for us in heaven (1 Pet 1:3-4).       All believers anticipate a future time of resurrection in which God will reunite the soul with the body. Job said, “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last He will take His stand on the earth. Even after my skin is destroyed, yet from my flesh I shall see God; whom I myself shall behold, and whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me!” (Job 19:25-27). The body we have is perishable, but our resurrection body is imperishable. Paul compared our body to a seed that is sown into the ground that God will one day bring to life. Paul wrote, “It is sown a perishable body, it is raised an imperishable body; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body” (1 Cor 15:42-44). Of course, Jesus makes this possible, as He told Mary, “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies” (John 11:25). To trust in Christ as Savior guarantees us eternal life right now, and the promise of a new body that will live forever, free from sin and decay. By God's goodness and grace, heaven is open, and the free gift of eternal life is given to those who trust completely in Jesus Christ as their Savior. Our salvation is made possible by Jesus' substitutionary death on the cross. He paid our sin-debt and gives us eternal life at the moment we trust in Him.      All believers go straight to heaven when we die, and there we will live forever. God will let us in. He does not have a choice in the matter. The Lord has integrity, and He promised that whoever believes in Jesus as Savior will be forgiven all their sins (Eph 1:7) and have eternal life (John 3:16; 10:28). He made the provision for salvation, and He will honor His Word. In fact, God is bound to His Word, for “it is impossible for God to lie” (Heb 6:18; cf. Tit 1:2). By faith, we trust Him when He promises to do something, and we know that faith pleases Him (Heb 10:38; 11:6).       When the Christian leaves this world for heaven, her last breath here is her first breath there, and what a breath that must be! Scripture reveals, “to be absent from the body” is “to be at home with the Lord” (2 Cor 5:8). Though it is a sad time for us, it is an improvement for the believer, as Scripture states, “to live is Christ and to die is gain” (Phil 1:21). The advantage is that the believer gets to meet the Lord Jesus Christ, face to face, in heaven; and this joyous relationship is forever!      At physical death, all of life's decisions are fixed for eternity, and what we do with Christ determines our eternal destiny (John 3:16-18; 1 Cor 15:3-4; Eph 2:8-9). It has been said that procrastination is the thief of time and opportunity, and when one procrastinates about the gospel, it becomes the thief of souls. Please don't delay. Trust Christ as Savior today and receive eternal life, believing the gospel that He “died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Cor 15:3-4). And, like the thief on the cross who trusted in Jesus, you can be assured your soul will immediately go into the presence of God at death (Luke 23:43). Don't wait another day. The Lord will forgive you all your sins and grant you eternal life. He promised, and He'll keep His word. He has integrity and cannot do otherwise.

Citylight South Church

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Saint of the Day
Holy Apostle James, the Brother of the Lord and First Bishop of Jerusalem (63)

Saint of the Day

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 23, 2021 1:58


His Hebrew name is Jacob. He was a close kinsman of Christ, and was therefore called, according to the Jewish usage of the time, his "brother." Some accounts say that he was a child of Joseph by his first marriage; others accounts say that he was the son of Joseph's brother Cleopas and his wife Mary, who was first cousin of the Theotokos. He took the Nazirite vows of one completely consecrated to God according to the Law, and from a young age he was called "the Just" by his people. He is called James the Lesser in Scripture (Mark 15:40) to distinguish him from James the son of Zebedee, who is called the Greater. The Apostles appointed him first Bishop of Jerusalem. It was he who presided at the earliest Council of the Church in Jerusalem, where he resolved the problem of how gentile converts should be received into the Church (see Acts 15). He wrote the New Testament Epistle, addressed primarily to Jewish converts to the Faith, that bears his name. About the year 62, he ascended to the peak of the Temple in Jerusalem on Passover, and there bore witness to Christ so effectively that the people cried out "Hosanna to the Son of David." At this, the Scribes and Pharisees, fearing that all the people would be converted to Christ, cast him down to the ground. By God's grace, he survived long enough to rise, kneel and pray, like his Master, "Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do." He was then clubbed to death by one of the scribes.

Be With Me: 7 Minutes of Biblical Wonder
No Easy Divorce Because There's No Easy Marriage Mt5:32 s4e135

Be With Me: 7 Minutes of Biblical Wonder

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 7:41


Jesus says there is no "easy divorce."Consider this: the "easiest" way to get out of a marriage is DEATH.  That means that everything else is MORE DIFFICULT than death.Why is divorce so hard?  Well, here is the principle that it is founded upon. GOD DOES THE JOINING.  Yes, there are relational bonds, dna bonds (children), financial bonds, companionship bonds, and sexual bonds.  But the big bond is marriage is not given by the bride, the groom, the parents, or the pastor/priest/judge/ship captain.  It is given BY GOD.  God does the joining.  God does the joining.  God does the joining.If so, then breaking that God- given joining is not lightly done.  Thanks for listening.  Share this podcast with someone who knows divorce is hard.

Morning Watch Prayercast

Martha Peace has tightly said: By God's grace, the believer participates in the death of Jesus, which destroys the penalty and power of sin. We are then buried with Him, which leaves the old sinful person behind. And then in the grace of His resurrection, we are made a new person sharing in the newness of life in Christ. 

Commuter Bible
Jeremiah 51-52, Psalm 123-124

Commuter Bible

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 27:14


Jeremiah 51 - 1:13 . Jeremiah 52 - 17:51 . Psalm 123 - 24:47 . Psalm 124 - 25:29 . The final prophecy against a particular nation is a doozy, proclaiming total annihilation and ruin and spanning two long chapters, one of which is the fifth longest chapter in Scripture. Who could this prophecy be against? What nation's actions would merit such a rebuke? If you guessed Babylon, you are right! Though the Lord allowed Babylon to attack His own people and send them into exile, Babylon is still responsible for their own sin and their own actions. By God's design, his people are punished because of their ongoing sin and rebellion, but Babylon is punished more so because of their idolatry and wickedness. This is a long episode so plan accordingly.:::Christian Standard Bible translation.All music written and produced by John Burgess Ross.Co-produced by Bobby Brown, Eric Williamson & the Christian Standard Biblefacebook.com/commuterbibleinstagram.com/commuter_bibletwitter.com/CommuterPodpatreon.com/commuterbibleadmin@commuterbible.org

5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols
Church History Makers with Ken Mbugua

5 Minutes in Church History with Stephen Nichols

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 5:00


By God's grace, biblical preaching and theological book publishing are on the rise in the African continent. On this episode of 5 Minutes in Church History, Rev. Ken Mbugua joins Dr. Stephen Nichols to share why he is hopeful about the future of the church in Africa. Read the transcript: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/church-history-makers-with-ken-mbugua/ A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/donate/

Wawasee Bible Sermon Audio
PEARL - Part 4: Reveal

Wawasee Bible Sermon Audio

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 42:30


Part 4 - SERIES: PEARL Most Christians don't feel up to or able to share their faith and engage in evangelism, but a simple five-step strategy makes it possible for everyone! In part 4 of our series through this strategy, we look at the principle of revealing your story and God's story. By God's design, story is a powerful tool in communication and relationship. All of us are natural story tellers and story seekers, and the reason is that every good story is ultimately an echo of God's story. Are you able to share God's story of redemption in Jesus? And are you willing to share your story of relationship with Jesus? Stories are powerful, so be able to share God's story and ready to share your story! Pastor Josh offers some tools to help you do just that in this message.

Ascension Lutheran Church
What Are You Seeking?

Ascension Lutheran Church

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 14:38


Speaker: Pastor Raleigh Sims Scripture Focus: Mark 10:17–22 Service Summary: One of the best ways to commit passages of Scripture to memory is by learning to sing them. “Seek Ye First” (LSB 712) supplies a trio of passages taken from Matthew. The first of the three is a section of what is known as the Sermon on the Mount, where Jesus counsels His hearers, “Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). The kingdom of God truly is found by those whom the Lord has sought and claimed as His own. By God's grace in Jesus, those “found people” include us. With hymn writer Henry Baker, who beautifully paraphrased Psalm 23, we can sing, “Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, But yet in love He sought me” (LSB 709:3). Happiness is being found!

Grace Community Church-Loveland CO
He Is: The Resurrection and the Life

Grace Community Church-Loveland CO

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 43:08


Scripture: John 11:11-43 Main Point: Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. Through faith in him, we have new life and the hope of eternal life. Questions: What challenged you or encouraged you from the message this week? Read John 11:1-43. What do you notice about these verses? Who are the people who are involved in this passage? What emotions does John record? What questions do you have after reading this passage? Read John 11:11-16. In this section, we are introduced to Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Mary and Martha are talked about in Luke 10:38-42 and in John 12:1-8. What does Jesus say about Lazarus' sickness? If Jesus loved Lazarus, why did he stay two more days before going to see him? Jesus lets the disciples know that Lazarus is sleeping (dead), and he intended to wake him up. Why would this have been confusing for them? Read John 11:17-37. What is happening when Jesus and his disciples arrive. What does Martha say to Jesus? How is her response a mixture of grief and faith? Read John 11:25-26. What is Jesus telling Martha about who he is? What is he asking her to believe in? These verses are a powerful disclosure of Jesus' identity. What does his statement mean for all those who believe? Why is this so important to our understanding of life and death? Jesus expresses strong emotions. He is deeply moved, troubled, and he weeps. Jesus knows that he will raise Lazarus from the dead in just a few minutes. What do you think is causing these emotions? How is Jesus' emotions a comfort to us when we experience grief? In verse 11:33, “deeply moved” means that Jesus was angry. What would he have been angry about? Read John 11:38-43. What do we know about the condition of Lazarus' body? How does Jesus' resurrection of Lazarus display the glory of God? What did you learn about God in these verses? What did you learn about yourself? What is God asking you to understand or to do as a result of what you have learned? By God's grace what is one thing you can do to apply what you have learned this week?

GRINDIT podcast
Episode 103: Luke 3 Part 1 Can't Argue Facts!

GRINDIT podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 32:27


In Luke 3 we are hit hard with facts right off the bat! We are given people's names, where they ruled, when they ruled, and there has been artifacts found that back up the information Luke gives us so why do people continue to not believe the Bible? By God's grace and His mercy He provided us a sacrifice for our sins to be forgiven! And it was always His plan! God knew Adam would blow it and sin which is why He always had a plan to redeem man…He would send His own son to be the sacrifice that would cleans man from our sin. Jesus, the Messiah, knew what his mission was—the cross—and he never shy's away from that mission. He died on the cross, shed his blood for the payment of man's sin, was buried in a tomb for three days, and walked out of that tomb alive! Then he showed himself alive to many people over forty days, and then ascended back to heaven where he sits at the Father's right hand, a place of highest honor, a place of power and all authority. It compelled Luke to write this gospel and he says from the very beginning, “I'm writing this so you know it is true. You may choose not to believe it, but that doesn't change the facts! These people, including Jesus, were real people who walked on this earth and Jesus is the only one who died and came out of that grave alive! Why would we not want Jesus on our team?!?!?!

Grace Community Church-Loveland CO

Main Point: Jesus provides life through his sacrifice Questions: What challenged you or encouraged you from the message this week? Read John 10:11-21. What do you notice about these verses? What metaphor does Jesus use to describe himself in these verses? What questions do you have after reading this passage? How do the verses you just read connected to the previous section (John 10:1-10)? What common themes connect these sections? Read John 10:11-13. What is the difference between the good shepherd and the hired hand? What does Jesus mean when he says, “The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep”? How does this relate to the Jesus death and resurrection? Read John 10:14-16. What does Jesus mean when he says, “I know my sheep and my sheep know me”? What kind of knowledge is he talking about? Jesus compares his relationship with his sheep to his relationship with God the Father. How does this comparison help you understand the kind of relationship Jesus desires? What keeps people from having this relationship with Jesus? In verse 16, Jesus mentions have sheep in other sheep pens. Who is he talking about? How does this relate to our understanding of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19-20)? Read John 10:17-18. Jesus is talking about sacrificing himself to save his sheep. What does he say about laying his life down? Why is it significant that no one can take Jesus' life from him? (See John 18:4-7 and John 19:10-11) Read John 10:19-21. How did the Jews respond to what Jesus said? Why do you think there was so much confusion? How is this similar or different to the confusion about Jesus currently? What did you learn about God in these verses? What did you learn about yourself? What is God asking you to understand or to do as a result of what you have learned? By God's grace what is one thing you can do to apply what you have learned this week?

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach
Jesus Followers Know the Cornerstone of Christianity Is: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”

Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2021 1:00


Jesus Followers Know the Cornerstone of Christianity Is: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” MESSAGE SUMMARY: Jesus is The Door and The Gate by which you must enter the Kingdom of God. In John 14:6-7, Jesus answers a question by the Apostle Thomas with the fundamental tenant of Christianity when He tells us all: “Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.'". Also, in John 10:9-10, Jesus tells us: “I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief {Satan} comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly." Also, Jesus said, in Matthew 7:13-14, that He was "the Narrow Gate", and whomever enters the Kingdom through Him will be saved and have Eternal Life: {You} “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.". Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection are the events, of about two thousand years ago, that provided us all, by God's Grace, with access to The Narrow Gate, which is Jesus. Through Jesus' death on the cross for your sins and His Resurrection, He has given you eternal life, if you choose to enter The Narrow Gate. You may ask: “How do I enter this ‘Narrow Gate' of Jesus?”. By God's Grace you can enter Eternal Life, through Jesus, by your true belief and faith in Jesus as God along with your prayerful confession of your sins to God. With your belief, faith, and confession, you have entered through the narrow and only door to your Salvation. However and after your entry through the door, you must continue, in your faith and obedience, to follow Jesus – this is the only, and it is The Way provided by God's Grace through Jesus.   TODAY'S PRAYER: Lord, help me to grab hold of you today. I need you. Set me free to begin reorienting my life around you, and you alone. Help me to pay attention to and honor how you have uniquely made me. Thank you for the gift of rest. In Jesus' name, amen.       Scazzero, Peter. Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Day by Day (p. 122). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. TODAY'S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, I will entrust to Him my future. I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day. (From 2 Timothy 1:12). SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Matthew 7:21-23; Matthew 7:13-14; John 14:5-7; Psalms150:1-6; John 10:9-10. A WORD FROM THE LORD WEBSITE: www.AWFTL.org. THIS SUNDAY'S AUDIO SERMON: You can listen to Archbishop Beach's Current Sunday Sermon: “It Is Not that Jesus Does Not Want All To Be Saved but the “Gate”, To Our Salvation, is “Narrow” and Difficult to Enter”, at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/ DONATE TO AWFTL: https://mygiving.secure.force.com/GXDonateNow?id=a0Ui000000DglsqEAB

Lutheran Preaching and Teaching from St. John Random Lake, Wisconsin
"Surely I am with you always to the very end of the age" - Funeral of Kay R. Winter

Lutheran Preaching and Teaching from St. John Random Lake, Wisconsin

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 17:06


30. September 2021 Funeral of Kay R. Winter Psalm 23 This was Kay's faith. She knew that one day the Lord would come and take her by the hand and lead her to her heavenly home. This is what happened on the day of her death, which happened to be the day before her baptism birthday. By God's giving, she was baptized into Christ and learned the Lutheran confession. She walked with the Lord all her life. The Holy Spirit guided her steps to walk in Christ's righteousness, living under His name. By God's grace, she kept his vow to remain faithful to the Lord all her life. And just a few days ago, Jesus gave her a blessed end and brought her safely into His eternal dwellings. What a wonderful example for you! I know that you will miss her in your family. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/stjohnrandomlake/support

The Prodigal Son
Week 15 In Him Scripture Study / Trusted In Him For Salvation

The Prodigal Son

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 21:53


September 29 2021 Wednesday  Week 15 In Him Scripture Study  Trusted In Him For Salvation Ephesians 1:15-23 NLT  'Ever since I first heard of your strong faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for God's people everywhere, I have not stopped thanking God for you. I pray for you constantly, asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God's power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. And the church is his body; it is made full and complete by Christ, who fills all things everywhere with himself.'  Ephesians 3:14-21 NLT 'When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God's love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God's people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever! Amen.' This In Him Scripture Study Started On June 21 2021 Go Back And Listen From The Beginning…  Mark 10:29-30  100 Fold Return…  Millions of people live in chains not knowing that they have the key to break those chains… Ephesians 1:13  Trust in Jesus today… Hebrews 11:6  Believe God is who He says He is… Revelation 3:20  Jesus is knocking on the door… Ephesians 2:8  By God's Grace through Faith in Jesus Christ are we Saved… Romans 10:9-10 KJV/NLT/AMPC  Salvation… Romans 12:3  God has given us His Faith… Romans 5:5  God has given us His Love… 2 Corinthians 5:17  We are new creatures in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior… 2 Corinthians 5:21  We are the Righteousness of God in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior… God's Word Is True Above All Opinions…  Believe God's Word Above All Opinion… Philippians 4:19  God will provide all your needs… Romans 10:13  Call on Jesus' Name and be Saved… 1 John 1:9  Confess your sins God Will Cleanse You…  John 3:3  You Must Be Born Again… Acts 10:34  God Is No Respecter Of Person… Luke 15:10  Heaven Rejoices Over One Person That Repents And Is Born Again… John 3:16  Believe On The Lord Jesus Christ Your Lord And Savior… 1 Peter 2:24  Healing… Mark 10:29-30  100 Fold Return… Share This Podcast On Your Social Media Website https://the-prodigalson.com Email tstacyhayes@gmail.com YouVersion Bible App  https://my.bible.comi iOS App https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/prodigal-son/id1450529518?mt=8 …  Android App https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.wizzard.android.prodical  Social Media https://www.facebook.com/The-Prodigal-SON-209069136315959/ https://www.facebook.com/noreligion1511/ https://twitter.com/noreligion1511 https://www.instagram.com/noreligion1511/ https://m.youtube.com/channel/UCPx4s1CLkSYef6mp4dSuU4w/featured

Worth Your Time
Jackie Aviles: Momma Cancer Warrior and Hope Coach

Worth Your Time

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 32:15


Jackie Aviles is one of my favorite new online friends. I began following her last year, but it took months to realize she had overcome an insane battle against cancer as the mother of two young children. She recently hit 5 years in remission and the way she tells this story had me in tears. Jackie is a "Hope Coach" with Go and Tell Gals, a writer working on her first book, and a pastor's wife at Christ Fellowship Church in Miami. Listening to this conversation, you'll be struck by Jackie's unshakable faith during one of the scariest times of her life, when she had to tell her little boys that she might soon be going to heaven. She had to grapple with that reality and it was certainly something that could have happened. By God's grace, she is alive and healthy today -- using her personal story as a way to bring hope and God's Truth to women around the nation. I was so honored to speak with Jackie -- and so incredibly encouraged by what she shared. You will feel empowered and inspired after hearing this episode. Recent episodes: Amy Gannett: Theology is For Everyone Kristen Young: Biblical Living & Motherhood on Instagram Phylicia Masonheimer: Every Woman a Theologian Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

Core Christianity
What Does Evangelism Look Like After a Tragedy?

Core Christianity

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 25:16


Episode 802 | Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier answer caller questions. Show Notes CoreChristianity.com Questions in this Episode 1. In Ezekiel 47:12, it makes it seem that we will need healing in the New Creation. What does this mean? 2. We had a mass shooting a couple of days ago at a Kroger in Tennessee. My oldest son was walking in right in front of the shooter and had no idea he was coming in behind him. By God's grace he wasn't shot first, but the man next to him was. My son is not a born again Christian yet. He knows everything mentally but he just hasn't accepted Jesus yet. My question and request is for everyone listening to pray for him, that he is convicted on the HS doesn't quit pestering him until he is saved. And also if you have any suggestions how to help him, not only with his counseling, but so that he will beloved in the next few days? Thanks so much I really appreciate you and your show. 3. Why did God “send” an evil spirit in 1 Samuel 16:14? 4. Matthew 6:14-15 makes it seem like our forgiveness is dependent upon us forgiving others. Is that the case? 5. I'm working my way through Leviticus chapter 16 and I'm wondering how to reconcile the commandment to abstain from eating blood with the similar restraint shown in Acts chapter 15? Should Christians refrain from eating blood in their food? Today's Offer Core Coffee Mugs Request our latest special offers here or call 1-833-THE-CORE (833-843-2673) to request them by phone. Want to partner with us in our work here at Core Christianity? Consider becoming a member of the Inner Core. Resources HOW DO I LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE?

Grace Community Church-Loveland CO

Main Point: When we follow Jesus, he leads us into the fullness of life. Questions: 1. What challenged you or encouraged you from the message this week? 2. The events in John chapter 10 are connected to the previous chapter. Read John chapter 9. What is going in in this chapter? How does Jesus use the blind man's healing to teach about spiritual blindness? (Note especially John 9:35-41) 3. Read John 10:1-10. What do you notice about these verses? Who are the major characters in this analogy? Who do these characters represent? How does this relate to the Pharisee's spiritual blindness in John chapter 9? What questions do you have after reading these verses? 4. Read John 10:1-6. What characters are contrasted in these verses? What is the intent of those who enter the sheep pen without using the gate? What are the differences between the thieves and robbers and the shepherd? 5. Can you think of any other people in the Bible who were shepherds? Is there a connection between the analogy of shepherding and leading people? 6. How do the sheep respond to the Shepherd's voice? What does it mean that the Shepherd calls them by name? Why do the Pharisees not understand what Jesus means? 7. Read John 10:7-10. How does Jesus change the analogy in these verses? What does it mean that Jesus is the gate? What spiritual truths about Jesus' identity are revealed in his statement, “I am the gate”? 8. Read John 10:10. What does it mean to have life to the full? How is life to the full found in Jesus? 9. What did you learn about God in these verses? What did you learn about yourself? What is God asking you to understand or to do as a result of what you have learned? 10. By God's grace what is one thing you can do to apply what you have learned this week?

Coram Deo Church — Bremerton, WA

Big Ideas 1. Like Jesus, like disciple This story in Acts reads like a retelling of two of Jesus' miracles found in the Gospels (Matthew 9:18-26, Mark 5:21-43, Luke 8:40-56). Jesus healed a woman who had been sick for twelve years, then brought a young girl back to life. In Acts, Peter healed a man who had been sick for eight years and then brought a dead woman back to life. Luke's point seems to be that Jesus is continuing his work through his people. The similarities in the stories indicate that Jesus is at work through Peter. Remember that Jesus promised his disciples that they would do even greater works (John 14:12). 2. Wonders and faith The wonders, signs, and miracles in Acts are never an end in themselves. Rather, they serve to validate the claims and teaching of the Apostles as they establish the doctrine of the early Church. Additionally, they play a vital role in the initial conversions of various communities. As God's power is demonstrated through an Apostle in a particular region, the message is then believed and the mission moves forward (Acts 9:35 & 42). 3. Resuscitation vs. resurrection While there have been miraculous healings mentioned in Acts thus far, this is the first instance of a dead person being brought back to life. It is a common mistake to call a miracle like this a resurrection story. Resurrection is far more than a return to life from death. Resurrection entails the giving of a new body that is immortal in nature (1 Corinthians 15:42-43). Only Jesus has experienced resurrection and received a new immortal body. The story of Tabitha in Acts is an example of resuscitation. She was dead, and her close friends knew it. Her situation appeared totally hopeless. However, some disciples reached out to Peter, knowing that, as an Apostle, God had done great and amazing things through him. By God's power, Tabitha was brought back to life. Though not immune to the sorrows and ailments of life, she was granted more years of faithful service and acts of mercy. And consequently, many in Joppa believed in Jesus. Study Questions 1. Take a moment to read one of the miracle stories listed in the first point above. What similarities do you see between Jesus' miracle and Peter's? What differences do you find? 2. What is the functional purpose of miracles in the book of Acts? How can we pervert the purpose of miracles and miss the point? 3. Why do you think we do not see miracles as frequently today as the early Church did in Acts?

The Drunk Sports Podcast
Colby Sapp's News and Notes of the Weird and Strange - 9/22/21

The Drunk Sports Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 17:00


Colby Sapp searches the world wide web for the weird... *INTERNETS* - and BY GOD he's found them. Presented by BetUS.com - Bet with the 3-Decade leader, BetUS! Join now for a 125% bonus or a 200% bonus with crypto. Use promo code DSP125 for bonus or DSP200 for crypto, and bet sports, casinos, horses, pop culture, & more at BetUS.com. You bet, you win, you get paid. BetUS.com - https://bit.ly/DSPMediaBetUS

Bitch Slap  ...The Accelerated Path to Peace!
Interview #38 “Reprogram your unconscious mind for a better life with Sheryne Wilson.”

Bitch Slap ...The Accelerated Path to Peace!

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 68:40


I interview Hypnotherapist and NLP specialist Sheryne Wilson.  We start with how she got there.  And then dive into the strategy of NLP and hypnotherapy for a better life.  She gives actionable NLP tools that you can use starting right now!  And then she gives real life stories of who she has helped.  We totally pivot and finish up with gender and gender roles and how we can fix those to heal the planet!  And we have a ton of fun doing it!Administrative: (See episode transcript below)Check out Sheryne Wilson here: http://www.innermindperformance.com/Check out the Tools For A Good Life Summit here: Virtually and FOR FREE https://bit.ly/ToolsForAGoodLifeSummitStart podcasting!  These are the best mobile mic's for IOS and Android phones.  You can literally take them anywhere on the fly.Get the Shure MV88 mobile mic for IOS,  https://amzn.to/3z2NrIJGet the Shure MV88+ for  mobile mic for Android  https://amzn.to/3ly8SNjGet A Course In Miracles Here! https://amzn.to/3hoE7sAAccess my “Insiders Guide to Finding Peace” here: https://belove.media/peaceSee more resources at https://belove.media/resourcesEmail me: contact@belove.mediaFor social Media:      https://www.instagram.com/mrmischaz/https://www.facebook.com/MischaZvegintzovSubscribe and share to help spread the love for a better world!As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.Transcript: Mischa Z: 00:00:00 Sheryne Wilson, welcome to The Bitch Slap ...The Accelerated Path To Peace Podcast. And, um, we have, uh, you were on my, um, summit, the Tools For A Good Life Summit. So anybody listening, you can hit pause and go run to www.toolsforagoodlifesummit.com and check out Sheryne's amazing, amazing, um, interview. Right. And you, it was very specific. We were talking about, um, like what would, what steps would you offer somebody to help help them get back on track or whatever? And you just were dropping bomb after bomb, after bomb. So amazing. Um, you are amazing. Um, what, I was thinking beforehand, like I'm literally getting the shivers, thinking about like the, the, the moments of like, yeah, yeah, yeah. What was the best thing you said? And I think it was one of the best things you said was, um, and it might've been on the, uh, VIP bonus section, but before we get to that, do you hold, hold place? I was just gonna say, people might be wondering, well, what does she do? Who is she? And, um, you, uh, you are a, um, how am I going to say this? Well, one of the favorite things about you is that you had like, uh, how do you say it's like some, auto-immune some physical issues. Yeah. Right. And you, you were able to like go out and learn all this stuff and like literally heal your body and your mind. Yeah,Sheryne Wilson: 00:02:01 Yeah, yeah,Mischa Z: 00:02:04 Yeah. That's yeah. Right. Like that's amazing. That's yeah. And then you do NLP, which is Neuro Linguistic Programming. Um, so you, you, you help people with that tool with, uh, hypnotherapy neuro linguistic programming, NLP, maybe speak to that for a minute. Like, what's the, gimme the, like, this is why you want NLP real quick.Sheryne Wilson: 00:02:33 Um, okay. You want NLP because a lot of our blocks and most of us know this, our blocks are on an obnoxious or a subconscious level. And so, so many times I know something's blocked blocking me. I don't know what it is. I'm stuck. I don't know what it is. And NLP uses language to bypass the conscious mind, which is always trying to the logical mind, always trying to figure out what the problem is. And it goes directly to the unconscious, which is where everything runs. That is, that is the board of, of how we do life. Right? And so NLP is using language, in my opinion, to bypass the unconscious, the conscious mind to get to the unconscious so that we can actually start dealing with the problem, um, so that we can start taking yourself out of the problem. Um, I love it because one of my sayings is focusing on the problem as part of the problem.Sheryne Wilson: 00:03:25 And this basically takes you outside. The problem gives you a different perspective. It gives you a different viewpoint so that you can start actually creating solutions in your life. And so, I mean, that's the one, there's a, that's my definition. There's a million definitions. I mean, by standard, um, it is, NLP is a standard of excellence and it is really about how to use the mind to get to a place of excellence, um, and, and how you're able to associate and dissociate into situations so that you can figure out what you're doing. Uh, another way of saying NLP too, is NLP is about internal representation. What, you know, the word happy means to me could mean totally different. Something totally different to you. So it's about understanding how you view the world and why you view the world that way and how you can change you. Sorry, how you can view the world in a different way and how you Mischa you something different and how we can work together to understand behavior and understand how you work in. I work I'm, I can rabbit hole down this path for a long time, so I'll just stop there. But, um, yeah, it's dealing with the unconscious and the subconscious mind using language.Mischa Z: 00:04:37 Cool. I, um, I love it. Thank you for that. And we're going to come right back to that, but, um,Mischa Z: 00:04:47 I was thinking of words to say, when I was going to introduce you before, right. As we're coming onto this, and of course I didn't write them down. And so now I'm trying to remember what they were. Right. But they were like, uh, like, um, like open, uh, I don't know. I don't know if raw the right word, but vulnerable, perhaps like there's no. Um, one thing I love about you is that there's that, that wall that can be there between people, at least between you and I is like, just melts away really quick. Right. So we get to be vulnerable and authentic and all those cool are all those words that we hear thrown about. Right. Um, I'd also say I pay for this coaching group that I'm in and it's kind of pricey. And I have this coach who's amazing. And, um, his name's Vince, Hey, Vince, if you're listening, love you. I know you love Vince. I would. I know that you have an opportunity and Vince has been incredibly powerful in my life. And then Vince, oftentimes we'll get some coaching or maybe I shouldn't say this on the air, but, um, I know that he, you and him have a relationship and you've been powerful in his life. So I'm just trying to let the audience know that you have a powerful, useful message by a couple of however, I'm using a couple of degrees of separation to help help with that. Yeah.Sheryne Wilson: 00:06:15 Yes. I work with all walks of life and Vince has been one of those people that I've had the pleasure of working with and he's helped me and I've been able to help him. So, yeah.Mischa Z: 00:06:26 Yeah. So go ahead. No, no, that's it. Yeah. So that's our proof of, that's our, that's our social proof. Like you're legit. You, you bring real solutions to the world, I guess is what I'm trying to say. Um, I want to go back to, so you said NLP, and then you said language it's about language, but then you, I don't want to say hedged a little bit, but you're like, well, maybe most people talk about NLP. They don't talk about language or they don't talk about it in language the same way you do. Or maybe tell me what you, what, what what's, what's going on there?Sheryne Wilson: 00:07:03 Well, in NLP, everybody has an internal representation of the world and we filter information as it comes in and everybody deletes and distorts what comes into their mind, you know, because we can only take in so much information, we take in 123 bits, um, versus we're receiving 40 billion bits per, per minute at, uh, like just flat per second, I think at a time. And so our unconscious mind and our conscious brain, can't actually, I should say our conscious mind, can't take it all in. So we got to like sift through it. Right. And that's why when you know, I go to the park, I may see, I may notice all the trees and you go to the park and you notice the, the shiny slide. And, you know, I say, you know, it was the highlight of the park for you. And you're like the shiny slide.Sheryne Wilson: 00:07:51 And for me, it was the trees. And that goes, that goes into our unconscious mind of what we value is what we filter through. Right. And so, you know, I, I value, like I may walk into a show home and be like, oh, I love how bright it is. And you may be like, oh, I don't like how cold it is. And so that's an internal representation right there of what you value, you know, because you're perceiving it as different. I don't even notice that it's cold in there. I noticed that the coloring that makes it cold or whatever that is, but you notice it because you value a different thing. And so it's really interesting how language can do that. And I think it's so important for people to take the time to break down what words mean to them, what symbols mean to them?Sheryne Wilson: 00:08:37 I like the word happy. What does that mean to you versus what does it mean to me, connection? What does that mean to you? What does that mean to me? And when you start to understand that, then you have a bit of a better perspective of what's happening, right? If you can, he, who has the most knowledge or has the most terrain has the most power. Right. So if I can see more and understand more, I have more choice. I have more power versus if I'm, you know, only have one perspective and very narrow-minded, well, that could limit me in my power. So that's, that's what I mean by language is, is I like NLP because it breaks down barriers using language. And so often if I'm working with a client and you know, they're telling me something, I asked them what it means to them. What does that word actually mean to you? Does that word mean to you? Yeah. And it's, it's amazing what you will learn about somebody when they start to, um, describe what something means to them. You're like, oh, I see how that's valuable. Okay. See what I see. That's important to you. Oh, that's interesting. So that's cool. Sorry. I tangent. Did I lose you? Cause you glazed over.Mischa Z: 00:09:55 No, no. I'm taking it in and I'm, I'm, I'm liking it. I'm I'm In a good waySheryne Wilson: 00:10:03 I'm a Hypnotherapist. I do put people in tance.Mischa Z: 00:10:06 Um, so in her mind, performance, inner I N N E R mind performance.com. So anybody listening, those of you who are listening, um, go, while we're talking, you can go to www.innermindperformance.com and, and follow along there. Um, but, uh, Sheryne. So hypnotherapy, tell me about hypnotherapy as you described NLP. To me, describe hypnotherapy to me.Sheryne Wilson: 00:10:40 I think NLP is a type of hypnotherapy. It is, um, I mean, we are in some kind of hypnosis 98%. I would say I've had even some colleagues say a hundred percent of the time we are in some form of hypnosis. And hypnosis is just, you know, a focus state of trance, um, it's a focus state when you're directed at something. So within three minutes, sorry, within three seconds of picking up your phone, you're in trance. You're, it's just, you're glued in you're there. When you, when within seven seconds of the television turning on, you're in a trance. Within five seconds, five to 10 seconds getting in your car and you're in a trance. It's automatic. It's, it's a very focused state. And a lot of the times, um, our unconscious mind, once you get to an auto, uh, an automatic response, our unconscious mind takes over how many times have you driven home? And you're like, I don't consciously remember going home. Like, did I turn, you know, did I turn past the store or not?Mischa Z: 00:11:47 What was it? Was there? Yeah. What was the weather like?Sheryne Wilson: 00:11:53 Your unconscious mind, like I've, and you've heard me say this before. It's like a GPS. And so you punch it in what you want to do and your unconscious mind directs your mind and your body and the rest of you to go do it. So hypnosis is really, um, we're dialing in on an, a, on a, on a very focused state for a purposeful reason. And so hypnotherapy is, you know, um, if we want to do a psychological change work, because you're stuck in an area in your life. Or you've experienced trauma, you can't let that go. And often, you know, we have open loops. So to say, just like you have open tabs on your computer, we have open loops. And if you know this, if you have a ton of tabs open on your computer, how well does it run?Mischa Z: 00:12:36 It just gets bogged down. And yeah, it's just, a nightmare. Yeah.Sheryne Wilson: 00:12:40 Hypnotherapy and hypnosis is a way to go in and to close, gently close. Some of those open loops of, you know, oh, "I was never good enough when I was a child." "I'm never good enough when I was child" and that plays over and over and over again. And oh, like, you know, "I wonder why my ex left me." "Why did my ex leave me?" "I don't know, was it because I'm not good enough?" And that's a lot of energy even to, um, you know, how many times have you laid in bed at night? "Ah, did I, did I pack my kid's lunch?" "Do I need to get up early and pack my kid's lunch?" "Did I pack it, did I put ahh, where did I put the?" "where did I put my keys?" "Where's my passport?" "Oh Shit where's this?" Like, and those are open loops.Sheryne Wilson: 00:13:15 Right. And so hypnotherapy is a way to go in and close those loops. Okay. Um, yeah. And so it's, it's deep, psychological change work is what we call it. And often it has to do with regression in going back into the past and closing those loops because a lot of the instances that are open still happened between the ages of zero and 12. And so that is when we are most, um, what's the word, uh, malleable. Most, uh, susceptible to change. Where are the most susceptible to influence it's, it's the ages where, um, we're in theta states. So we're, we're a sponge. People say, kids are like sponges and they are, that is their unconscious mind is in a place of just download it, being downloaded information. And so sometimes that information is not very good. Right. And so we have to go back and reprogram the unconscious mind so that you can make a different behavior. So you can make think a different thought, choose a different behavior and get a different result.Mischa Z: 00:14:16 That's a great way to say it there.Sheryne Wilson: 00:14:18 I think I stole that from Vince, Like, honestly, like, I don't know how many times I've seen him write this on a whiteboard when he was, when he did some coaching for me. And I was like, yes, that's right, right. Vince is really good at listening. And we're just going to talk about Vince for a second listening and then like spitting out an answer, you know, like being like, oh, you mean like this? And I'm like, yes, like fill in gaps is great.Mischa Z: 00:14:46 And his knowledge is so deep. It's unbelievable. The more I get to have interactions with him more I'm like, God dang. Like, wow. Yeah. Yeah. Cool. Um, so how did you stumble across, was it NLP first or hypnotherapy first or both at the same time?Sheryne Wilson: 00:15:07 That's so interesting that you said that, sorry, I didn't mean to interrupt you. Got your question. Okay. Yeah. Um, how did I stumble across? Well, like I'd mentioned before, so, um, my father, here's the long story. Cause we like deep don't we, we like to go a little spiritual and woo woo. The long story is, is that I actually wanted to be a doctor. And then my father ended up getting sick. Um, he had cancer and he passed away. And after that I realized I didn't want to be a doctor. And so after being in health and wellness for over 10 years, at that time, I decided to go in a completely different direction. I went into business and marketing and uh, got it.Mischa Z: 00:15:50 I asked you a question. How deep are you into the doctor path? Are you like getting you're in university? You're getting your bachelor's you're gettingSheryne Wilson: 00:15:59 Yeah. Yeah. I was on the dot, like I was in, on advanced, um, uh, like nursing program so that I could go into like, so it basically pre-med, it's going to medicine and I was applying for the faculty of medicine, which is like a preliminary program for medicine. So I had a long ways to go don't get me wrong. But yeah, it was, I wasMischa Z: 00:16:21 On the path. Yeah. I was on the path.Sheryne Wilson: 00:16:25 I was like, I'm going to do it. Yeah.Mischa Z: 00:16:28 And so dad gets they'll go ahead. I didn't. So dad, are you and dad? ASheryne Wilson: 00:16:35 Yeah, my dad was my best friend. Yeah. Okay.Mischa Z: 00:16:38 So this is a heavy yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Bitch Slap moment kind of obviously.Sheryne Wilson: 00:16:43 Okay. Yeah. If we want to get real, for sure. My dad had health issues and his entirely, he was a type one diabetic. And so I learned at a very young age, like by the age of, I think, five I've learned, I learned when my dad was in, had low blood sugar and I learned how to give him an injection. I learned like my mom was really good at teaching me and my brother when something was wrong with dad, because I mean, and this is like 20 years ago, 20 plus years ago when they didn't have, um, the insulin packs that they have now. Right? Like they didn't have monitoring on your body where your little thing would be if you went low or whatever. Yeah. The technology, right. It was like, we had to smell his breath. We had to watch his behavior. We had to see, you know, if he is broached, blood, sugar was dropping.Sheryne Wilson: 00:17:29 And, and so anyway, he needs to say he had a lot of health issues. So I always knew in the back of my mind, my mom always prepared this at like dad isn't the strongest physically. And so we need to be appreciative of that. And so I knew, and you know, as an adult, you know, your parents aren't gonna live forever. Um, but I had no idea it would happen that soon. And I didn't think it'd be cancer that blindsided me. I thought it would be like, you know, I had done so much research in pre-med, uh, around diabetes and type one diabetes. And I thought it would be organ failure. I thought it would be, you know, kidney failure, heart disease. That's kind of the things that follow with diabetes. And then it was like, he got this rare cancer, like only seen in 17% of the population, blonde hair, blue eyed, Scandinavians, like in his eye, he got cancer in his eye.Sheryne Wilson: 00:18:20 And it's like, what? Like a rare melanoma in his eye. And it's like, that kinda like shocked all of us. And the doctors didn't really know much about it. And they kind of were like, well, we're just gonna treat it normally. And it's not a big deal. And then later we found out this is a very aggressive cancer and that it can spread almost instantly. And melanoma spreads very fast. Um, and it did it spread to his liver and his lungs and his spine right away. And so within a very short amount of time, he got very sick and um, I put everything on hold and I took care of him and he was my best friend. And it was a no brainer for me. It was like, like I remember my brother would be like, what are you going to do? And I'm like, give me more.Sheryne Wilson: 00:19:09 Am I going to do, I'm dropping out, like, I'm stopping everything. I'm taking that. And he's like, oh, okay. Like, I just was like, this is my best friend. What, what, you know? And, um, I had no idea what it would look like. And that is the scariest thing for anyone who's lost a parent or loved one with cancer. You don't know what it looks like. You don't know how long you have. You don't know how fast it goes. You don't know what it looks like. Some people rarely do they die peacefully in your sleep. That's what I've learned. Yeah. It can be quite ugly. Yeah. It's really gross. Um, so yeah, and I took care of him and it was such a beautiful experience because I learned the value of life and, and I've done a lot of grief talks. If anybody wants, I have spoken for a number of, uh, workshops and, uh, things around grief because it was such a beautiful experience for me. And I've been in contact there's death, doulas. Now death doulas is a thing I would have paid money back then to have a death doula. Like, cause you just don't know to have someone come in and be like, Hey, this is what you need to expect. This is the process. Like, it's like, it's just like having a baby. Right. You have noMischa Z: 00:20:21 End of life doula. Yeah. I interviewed, you can go back to the interviews. It's like interview 17 or something. Mel, Cavindish (Actually Mel McClave interview #12 https://bitch-slap-the-accelerated-path-to-peace.simplecast.com/episodes/interview-12-mel-mcclave-wants-to-talk-death. ) or name a great interview. She's a death doula, but it was awesome. I mean, it was so good. Yeah. SoSheryne Wilson: 00:20:37 Thankfully there was a grief counselor that was really involved and kind of, kind of knew like the death stuff. And, and so it was great, beautiful because it taught me the value of life. Like you don't really understand life until you've just experienced death. And he died in my dad. My dad died in my arms and it was so beautiful and horrible at the same time because this, this is like, he was my best friend. I'm the only man I think I ever truly trusted in life. And he, he was just such a beautiful soul. And um, thankfully I have a lot of his, his legacy and characteristics in me, but it, it, it taught me so much in that moment. Like you really only have one life. Like, and my dad said to me, cause I'm like, dad, do I like who I marry?Sheryne Wilson: 00:21:26 And you know, I'm having this. And we, he, we talked everyday about it. My dad was very open about the dying and we talked about everything and, and you name it, everything we talked about. And I just remember, sorry, I'm kind of rambling. But I remember him saying like sharing. It doesn't matter if you want to be a truck driver, be a truck driver or you want to be a garbage truck driver. Be it be the best garbage truck driver ever. Like nobody cares. Just own it. And just like, if that's your purpose and passion, then do that. Because I was like, dad, I don't know. Do I keep being a doctor? And he was like, I don't care. And as long as you are fulfilling your purpose, he didn't say it like happy. My dad was never like happy. Like my dad was never one of those people's like, do what makes you happy?Sheryne Wilson: 00:22:12 My dad was very like, he was an accountant. So it was very logical. You what's purposeful. Right. And he's going to balance the books. God it. Right. Very much. And so he was, had a practical side of him, but he's like, yeah, like live out your purpose and be, be passionate. And I'm like, okay, because he didn't have regrets, but he had a list of things he hadn't accomplished yet. And that was like a big moment. And he said to me on his death bed, he said to me, I don't have regrets, but I do wish I had gone to more of your games. I do wish we had taken more vacations. I wish I'd taken the darn sick days. You know, I, at the end of the day, cause guess what? His boss, uh, 40 years, wasn't there. The day that the day my dad died.Sheryne Wilson: 00:22:58 I mean, yeah, they sent him a card, but like, you know, all the things he had given himself to in the end, it was really only 20 family members around them. You know, my dad was in charge of many organizations. He was, did non-profit. He did all these things. He'd given 40 years to a company. And yet there's only 20 people around him at the, at the end. And that, that was a wake up call to me. And that's when it was like the slap, it started began. I began, the grief didn't happen that when he died, it was moving on with life afterwards and going, oh my God, like the person that was my best friend is no longer here. Let alone my father. And so I, I did have PTSD. I did have depression. I had horrible anxiety, all my abandonment issues. Every, every emotion I'd ever felt in my life came flooding in. I learned to mop my floors a lot. Um, like it was very like,Mischa Z: 00:23:59 What else am I going to do? Is that what you mean? When you say mop the floors? It's like, this is what I know to do. That's what I can do. Yeah. I'd love that. Yeah.Sheryne Wilson: 00:24:09 And I went back to landscaping. I had to get back to some roots. And so like in my younger years I had landscaped and I called up this guy that I used to landscape and I'm like, I just, I just need to plant some flowers every day for the next few months. And I did until I figured out what I wanted to do and super powerful. Anyways, long story short, this is a long story long.Mischa Z: 00:24:32 Good.Sheryne Wilson: 00:24:33 I ended up, you know, because I, all those emotions, I ended up getting sick myself because I still hadn't let go. I blamed myself on some level. I blamed myself that I didn't save him. That if only I had known more, if only I had been a doctor, if only all these things. And so I had to really let go and all that emotional turmoil plus the stress. Um, I had moved many times, like I put my body through hell and within the first three to five years of my dad passing. And if you do the research, a lot of auto-immune diseases come within the first three to five years of trauma. Yeah. Specifically the death of a loved one. Wow. Yeah. They say within two years of losing a loved one, you are so susceptible to cancer and auto-immune your chances are like crazy.Sheryne Wilson: 00:25:29 Wow. Because it's, your body is in such a state of stress. Yeah. And emotional and physical. So lo and behold, all these autoimmunes came up. And uh, yeah. I started to heal myself naturally. Uh, you know, I did juicing, I did Ravi and I mean, you can go to my website. I list all the things that I did. I did over 30 different modalities. And in the process, in the journey, I did something called bioenergetics, natural bioenergetics, which is dealing with the emotional side and the psychology of emotions as well as the physical side in traditional Chinese medicine. Okay. There's NLP in wa woven into it. And so I noticed incredible change when I started seeing this practitioner who became my mentor and I was like, whatever, this is, I'm going to do it. WhoMischa Z: 00:26:19 Was the, who's your, who was it? Who was your mentor? Who is your mentor?Sheryne Wilson: 00:26:22 Um, she was Linda Easthouse and she, um, she has her own practice out of, uh, Mexico now. Okay, cool. And, uh, so she's semi retired but not retired. She's one of those people I think will never retire. Yes, yes. Uh, so she, she was my teacher and my mentor and taught me some incredible things and work with me every week for probably I think about a year. Okay. I read and saw her every week to deal with the physical, emotional trauma while doing all the physical modalities that I listed on my website. And that's how I was able to heal myself. But in that process, I came across an LP and, and, you know, I, the funny thing is if you know anything about marketing and business, NLP is very heavily woven into marketing and, and business. Yes.Mischa Z: 00:27:08 Like the ad people are like opening loops on us. Right. They're like,Sheryne Wilson: 00:27:13 Yes, absolutely. Right. The, just the way they were things from come by us, us too, wouldn't your life be so much better if you bought this, you know? And it's like, I don't know what it is. Let me show you how, like, there's just, so NLP is just so it's like sleight of mouth, which is what Tony Robbins actually does is he uses a technique called sleight of mouth, which is just very much, um, yeah. Getting people to think and draw them in. And then you make that quick change. Um, can you raise a very powerful technique? And so I actually became certified in bioenergetics first and did that for two years, health coaching, and then really wanted to go deeper. I wanted to get more into trauma counseling and trauma coaching, and I really wanted to blow people's minds. So I got into NLP hypnotherapy, timeline therapy, also incorporated matrix energetics, um, theta healing, EFT. And you just go to like, once you're hooked, you're you just spiral down into all the modalities. And originally I said, I wanna, I want to pick the top 10 modalities that changed my life and I want to learn them, master them. And then I want to help other people change their life with them. So that's what I did. So, um, yeah, it's been fun.Mischa Z: 00:28:33 That is beautiful. Thank you for that. Um, so... Tell me if this is a naive or I don't know if nieve way to say it, but if I hear, I think all of the stuff you just said, it's like, it's all to change the pattern is that kind of change that Mo that, that pattern, right? Yeah, yeah. Yeah. Um, like as far as the NLP is concerned, what are the, like the three someone listening's like, well, NLP sounds cool or low, but actually before we go there, Tony Robbins, the slight of mouth technique is he he's using that technique. You don't need to tell me what it is necessarily yet, but he uses that technique. So that draws the person in and opens them up. And so then he can, he can affect change or,Sheryne Wilson: 00:29:28 And then he's quantum linguistics. So it's very, like, he's uses a lot of commands. Right. And so once you draw somebody in and you have influence, then you can command. And so that is like Tony Robbins is not the master of NLP, just so everybody knows, like you didn't even finish his NLP courses. Right. You just took two, two techniques out of NLP and just nice them down and mastered them. And he just uses them and it works on people. That's cool.Mischa Z: 00:29:59 Yeah.Sheryne Wilson: 00:30:00 And then quantum linguistics is it's very much once you have drawn them in, you know, and it's slight of mouth very much, like can be very sarcastic too. Um, well, "wouldn't you like to know?", You know, um, yeah, well that's because like, it's very sarcastic, it's very jokey and it's like, well, "if you wanted that you would go get it." And it's like, yeah, "I guess I would". And then he, he takes it a step further and he uses some, the linguistic, uh, quantum linguistics to kind of add in some embedded commands. Um, which is another technique that is really powerful. And then like, "so go do that". Right. You know, that's kind of, that's kind of what NLP and people don't even realize that it's happening unless you were just sit down and unless someone like myself, um, can pull it out and I'm like, oh, okay. I see what you're doing there.Mischa Z: 00:30:59 So who did he learn from, or who was his teacher? Who would, as far as you're aware? Huh?Sheryne Wilson: 00:31:05 I think learn from Tad James. Okay. Or could have been Richard Bandler. Those are kind of the top two, um, gurus out there. I'm sure there's more, please. Don't be offended if you're listening to this. And you're like, I know they're like, no, you got it wrong. Yeah. I may have.Mischa Z: 00:31:23 Yeah. Right. Yeah. No, we're just having fun. We're just bantering. We're just talking aboutSheryne Wilson: 00:31:29 Tad James.Mischa Z: 00:31:30 Well, I'll tell you what I think is so interesting about, and this is not no reflection of Tony Robbins. I think of the, but when I hear sleight of mouth, right. Um, unlike that almost bring, makes me as a slight negative connotation to me and not, not Tony, but that like the technique I'm like, oh, why does that, why does that, it's an interesting question. Why does that chat me just a little bit? Like using slight of mouth on me? You know what I mean? Like, you know what I'm saying? Does that make sense or not like, it's an interesting, go ahead.Sheryne Wilson: 00:32:08 NLP can have a bad rap because it can be very manipulative in marketing. There's a fine line. And I think it's important that you have ethics and morals around it. And when I did my NLP, we went over ethics and morals, um, and how to use it. And when you use it, because it is, it does put people in a trance, it is formulated, there is so much, it's intertwined with hypnotherapy and hypnosis and it does put people in a trance and you need to be careful how you, how you do things because you can manipulate people. Um, anybody you can use language to manipulate anyone. Yeah.Mischa Z: 00:32:41 Yeah. If people are trying to do it all the time, marketers, right. They're trying to influence our actions or get us to buy products or switch companies or go to Verizon versus AT&T, right. Like,Sheryne Wilson: 00:32:55 Yeah. Like "wouldn't you want to protect your family?" W w like, "don't, you want to protect your family,?" "Come to AT&T" we'll put like what, oh, okay. It can be very, you know, um, accusing accusatory. It can be very, uh, manipulating. Um, yeah. But, but it works too. So there's, there's a right way and a wrong way, I would say of using it. Um, but it's out there. If you actually study the news, it's, it's, it's interwoven in everything. Every president has their own neuro-linguistic program or trainer to teach them how to talk. That's amazing.Mischa Z: 00:33:34 Yeah.Sheryne Wilson: 00:33:34 Yeah. That's how powerful. This is the top CEOs in the world, all know NLP. Um, most companies have their own NLP trainers, Vince, new NLP, like, yeah. All of my guys have like studied NLP, like, because it's such a powerful use of language. You can manipulate people to get, do what you want them to do.Mischa Z: 00:33:56 Wow. Um,Sheryne Wilson: 00:33:58 So I just use it to get people to do what they want to do on themselves. Right. Right.Mischa Z: 00:34:02 Use it as a tool out of the yeah.Sheryne Wilson: 00:34:04 To get them out of your head.Mischa Z: 00:34:06 Yeah. So cool. So, and then if we were to just generalize, we'd say like the S the strategy of NLP is to help you used for good using the force for good is to help you or somebody, uh, change their thought pattern to a more productive or less negative, or however you want to say that. Right. So, yeah. Is that, yeah.Sheryne Wilson: 00:34:30 I would say it's tricking your mind into doing what you wanted to do. Oh, I love that.Mischa Z: 00:34:34 Um, so cool. So what are, like, tell me some, tell me some, uh, some tactics within that, like, cool. We've got this cool strategy. We're going to, we're going to trick our mind and to doing what we wanted to do. So like, gimme some, uh, anyone listening, like give him, throw, throw them a bone. Let's, let's get let's when we got,Sheryne Wilson: 00:34:55 Um, yeah. So there's some words that are really powerful that automatically trigger people to take action, and those words are, NEED, WANT, HAVE, MUST, AND WILL, is also in there. And so, um, if I was talking to you and it's like, um, or if I need to do something, I will be like, I need to go do this. And that can trigger something in your unconscious mind to take action. Um, and everybody's different, but those are kind of the top five, the NEED, WANT, HAVE, MUST, and WILL. And so if you, if you're like, I will go do this, I must go do this. I'm going to go do this. Like a lot of things, people think I am is really powerful. It's not as powerful as I must. And, uh, uh, I will, and I have to, and I want to, and I need to. And so that's a trick that you can do, um, is you can literally say that, like, I must go do the dishes. I need to go do the dishes. I want to go do the dishes. I will go do the dishes. Um, and you can say that, and that will supercharge your unconscious mind because it's an embedded command that we've learned from such a young age to go do something. Right.Mischa Z: 00:36:06 I love that. That's a good one. Yeah. Thank you for that. So that's a great tip. So again, people can follow along at www.innermindperformance.com or www.toolsforagoodlifesummit.com is where they can listen to you. I interview you. I do two interviews. We do the general session, and then we do the VIP session. I can't remember which one it was in, but you were like, and use the, what was that example you gave? It was so great. I hope, I hope it comes to me quick. I was like, um,Sheryne Wilson: 00:36:38 I hope it comes through, cause I can't rememberMischa Z: 00:36:40 It. Well, you were like, you were like, you were like, put the question on your, your, your like, form the question. You're like form the question, put it on your, on a note or a sticky on your mirror or something. And then the subconscious mind will work to answer the question. Right. And so you're like somebody hates doing this dishes and you're like, I it's something about all of a sudden now they're doing the dishes. Sorry audience.Sheryne Wilson: 00:37:12 No, it's very much like, um, you know, uh, "what would my life look like if I enjoy doing the dishes" or, um, "how easy would it be for me to do the dishes every day?" Um, and, and not answering that question, just leaving it up there and watching your unconscious mind figure out the answer. Um, cause a lot of people think that it's a lot of work. The unconscious mind is so much, it's 30,000 times more powerful than the conscious mind. And so if you can get it embedded in your unconscious mind, it will take over and you'll take action. And so the whole, like I love, I get a lot of my clients to get this. "If, if this was no longer a problem in my life, how much time and energy would I have". And then the unconscious mind goes, "well, we want time and energy, why don't we solve this problem?" Like, you know, and it starts to look for an answer. "What would my life look like if this was no longer a problem in my life?" You know, "if this was no longer a problem in my life, how much time and energy would I have?" "What will I do with all the time and energy that I have that now that this is no longer a problem in my life?"Mischa Z: 00:38:14 And so I love that. And I love that thought. And the subconscious mind starts working to answer that question.Sheryne Wilson: 00:38:21 I walk away and you go, you know, eat a piece of chocolate, go for a walk. And the next thing, you know, as you're figuring out your life's problems and you're like, oh, how did that,Mischa Z: 00:38:31 So would you have somebody write that down? Or like walk me through. So it's like, okay, go ahead.Sheryne Wilson: 00:38:37 Yeah. Yeah. So a lot of my clients, I get them to write it on a sticky and put it on their mirror in the morning. Um, I would say first thing in the morning, especially when you get out of the shower, um, because your neural networks are most, are really lit at that time. So to say, and so yeah, the shower look in the mirror and be like, just say it out loud, three times, you don't need to answer it. Like this is, this is not a cognitive thinking thing. This is just, okay, what would my life look, feel? And sound like, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, or whatever the question is that they need to ask. And they just say it out loud three times, and then they go away and then they say it again before bed. Um, and so that is a technique that you can use and I get them to do it for as long as it takes until I would say anywhere from two weeks to three weeks, seems to be about the time. And then by the end of 30 plus days, it's no longer a problem. It's not even, they're like, yeah, I have so much time energy to figure everything out. Like I got thisMischa Z: 00:39:36 Any, you don't need to say any names, but any real word. What's the top real world example of that, where you've helped one of your clients do that. Can you give like a real life? IfSheryne Wilson: 00:39:49 I would say every single one of my clients? Um, because once I think a lot of, I think as humans and, and the time and energy one is big because we've been taught that everything takes time and energy, right? And time and energy is important. It's a valuable thing. You're very valuable. And so I would say every single one of my clients, no matter what it is, if it's, you know, I want to lose weight. If I changed jobs, make more money, no longer be sick, whatever it is. I put the time in and how much time and energy will I have when I work out every day, how much time and energy will I have when I lose 10 pounds, you know, what will my life look out? Look like, you know, how much time and energy we'll have when this is no longer a problem, my life insert the problem.Sheryne Wilson: 00:40:36 Um, and I would see every single one of my clients after the three weeks are like, oh my gosh, I have so much time and energy because it also changes their focus of where it's going. Because focusing on the problem as part of the problem, focusing on the problems, part of the problem, right? And so they're now thinking about how can I create more time and energy, because this is no longer a problem in my life because my unconscious mind is taking care of it. I'm taking care of it. And so what else can I do? Because the unconscious mind likes direction. It likes to do shit. And so many times once I sit, I sit down with a client, they got chaos, chaos in their life. They got destruction. The world's burning down because they're bored. What happens to a toddler when you leave them alone for too longMischa Z: 00:41:24 By God,Sheryne Wilson: 00:41:26 What happens to toddler? When you leave himMischa Z: 00:41:28 Alone for too long, they're going to wreak havocSheryne Wilson: 00:41:31 Markers on the wall. Legos kicked over, brothers, sisters locked in the cupboard. Like we are wired when we're bored, we will create anything, including Cray chaos. So give yourself something to do, stop, stop creating the problem.Mischa Z: 00:41:53 Oh my God.Sheryne Wilson: 00:41:55 You know, it's so funny when people come to me and they're like, I'm not good at manifesting. You know, I've been divorced three times and you know, I've lost my job. And like, I have health issues. I'm like, you are very good at manifesting. You are very good at manifesting. Your bored and your bored. We need to get that energy because it's the same thing. That's like, you know, they're very good at creating destruction,Mischa Z: 00:42:22 Dig a ditch. Right.Sheryne Wilson: 00:42:26 You, and so it's like, give your unconscious mind something to do. Stop destroying relationships, stop with the destroying habits in your life. Stop eating at night. Like people that people know what we eat because we're bored. We'll do something. Right. It's a default mechanism when we're bored, we will resort to creating anything, including destruction. So true. Right.Mischa Z: 00:42:51 So true. Just like throwing little, little toddlers throwing temper tantrums. Oh my God.Sheryne Wilson: 00:43:03 Unconscious minds board. So it's like post up today. LikeMischa Z: 00:43:08 You had to manifest something. How about another destroyed relation, destroyed relationship.Sheryne Wilson: 00:43:16 That much dysfunction. I'm scared. I'm like, wow. You are powerful.Mischa Z: 00:43:20 I love that idea though. Wow. If you could just shift the, uh, you know, the, I didn't know, shift the intention or I dunno what the right word is there. The focus, the focus. Thank you. The focus. Oh my gosh. That's so, so good. Um, that's a new way to look at the destructive patterns in my life. Oh my God. I am so powerful. Manifesting. I just need a new focus. I love it. Um, I'm going to press, you knowSheryne Wilson: 00:43:52 This because I've done it myself,Mischa Z: 00:43:54 Right?Sheryne Wilson: 00:43:56 Wow. I'm really good at manifesting chaos like crazy. What if I write my best friend? He says to me, he, whenever I I'm like trying to enter mine, he goes, you know, it takes one to know one,Mischa Z: 00:44:17 So true. Um, all right. I'm going to press you a little bit on, I want to, I want a specific example of where you Jedi tricked the person with your little thing there with, with that tool of, um, sorry to do that too. I should've let you know beforehand. It had been a lot easier.Sheryne Wilson: 00:44:39 Go on a specific example of what,Mischa Z: 00:44:42 Of, where you your were doing, where you're like, Hey, ask this question and when you're out of the shower and when you go to bed, like, what is, uh, what is one of your clients? We don't need the name, but like, this was there. This was the real world problem. And we got the real word solution utilizing this technique, perhaps some others as well. But do you understand what I'm saying?Sheryne Wilson: 00:45:04 Okay. Two clients are coming to mind. One. She had been, um, I would say she was in a, in a very tumultuous relationship for many years and then ended it, but never got over it. Like your heart was broken. And she was, I would say chronically depressed. Um, for four years, been in counseling for four years, just like living lifeless for four years. Um, you know, the nine to five or whatever, and she couldn't get over. And I remember I got her to do this specifically. I mean, I had worked with her too, but I think it was, you know, something around. I can't remember what it was. This is a while ago. Um, like a few years ago. I think I got her to ask the question. Um, what would I do? Yeah. How happy that's, what was, "how happy would I be knowing that I've let go of insert person's name?"Sheryne Wilson: 00:46:04 Um, "How happy would I be knowing that I let go of this person and that I now have the power to choose what I get to do with my life." Something along those lines, a very empowered I remember had to do with how happy would I be? And within two weeks she, um, she comes through one of her appointments and she goes, we have a problem. And I said, what? She goes well for the first time in four years, I don't think I've ever been so productive. And I said, what do you mean? She's like, I planted my garden. Hadn't touched my garden for years, planted my garden. She said, I've changed jobs. Um, and she didn't like her job and she's like, I'm back. I got on a dating website and she's like, I actually think I'm happy. Like, I actually think I'm experiencing joy again.Sheryne Wilson: 00:46:52 She actually didn't know we had to go through a whole process. Feels like, cause sometimes people legitimately forget. And so I was like, okay, let's start identifying that. There's happiness in your life. And, and uh, yeah, it was really cool. And uh, she went on and like, honestly after that, she just like, she didn't know what to, she didn't even know what to do with herself. I mean, she was like for four years, I feel like I've just wasted my life. And, and now I'm like planting a garden and, and moving on. And so that, and it literally, it was, I got her to do it. She was probably doing it. I think I had her do it, put it on her steering wheel of her car. So every time she got in her car, she had to say it out loud. Um, she did a lot of driving, so she was, we had multiple times a day asking that question and yeah. Transformational. Yeah. Beautiful.Mischa Z: 00:47:44 And what was the other one that came to mind?Sheryne Wilson: 00:47:46 Um, again, it was around love again and I think it was like, what would I do? Um, I think it was how fulfilled. No, "if I knew how much I love myself, um, how much, how much could someone love me." "If I knew how much I love myself how much could someone love me?" And, uh, again, similar situation been through divorce. Hadn't dated in a year or years. Long time was looking to get back into that, but was struggling to feel worthy to date again and like, oh my God. But then a month she had men bowing to her and she's like going on. And like, she also started to really respect herself and she wasn't dating just these lack of a better term douche bags. She doesn't use bags anymore. And she started dating he's high standard, respectable men. And I was like, whoa, how this is powerful. And she's like, she still just says the man the mantra today. Um, and yeah, this is, she started saying a couple of years ago, but very powerful, very powerful technique.Mischa Z: 00:48:56 So good. Um, and again, everybody listening go to toolsforagoodlifesummit.com and you spoke on, I believe it was day one, mind day. And then there's also the VIP bonus interview where you drop, not only that Bob, but like, you're just, I mean, it was so powerful that the tools and the insights and, uh, um, like actionable content. Right. That's what I love is you were just like, here's a platter of actionable content to,Sheryne Wilson: 00:49:29 Because I don't usually do actionable content.Mischa Z: 00:49:32 Yeah. We, we sussed it out of you.Sheryne Wilson: 00:49:36 Right? You did. I'm so I'm so impressed. Usually I'm just like, I dunno, you just do it. You just do it on my table. It come, you know, book an appointment with me. We'll fix it. Yeah.Mischa Z: 00:49:46 Well you'll, you'll help if someone where someone goes, oh my gosh, urine's amazing. They call you up. You're going to obviously got to dig a little bit. Like, what's the issue? What are we going to work on? What technique do I want to apply? Where right. Like what what's best fit given, uh, given the, uh, the progress they want to make, I guess, but, and of course, innermindperformance.com. They can go there too. So I wrote down a few questions. I always like to, to take a moment and thank you for indulging me with all that. And, um, and I'm gonna, I'm gonna, I'm gonna try to think of something to put within framework, hold on, put within your framework. So the next time we talk, I can be like, Hey, I used that little trick and here's what it was. Right. So I'm going to, I'm going to think about that offline. I'll I'll come up with something and try it for the next time we talk. But I like to take like, Hey, source universe, infinite intelligence, God, call it whatever the heck you want. Like, you know, w w like, what are some questions? So here, are you ready?Sheryne Wilson: 00:50:56 I'm ready. Are you channeling? Is thatMischa Z: 00:50:58 What you're saying? I'm set. I did earlier, before I got on the call, I wrote down a few things. And so one of them was, I thought, what an opportunity to, cause I'm a guy or a girl or a man woman, however you want to say it. I was like, I wrote down, what's the biggest difference between men and women and how they deal, how they deal, or we could say how they deal with blank. That's what I got to. What's the, my question to you. What's the biggest difference between men and women and how we deal you fill in the blank.Sheryne Wilson: 00:51:34 Oh, wow. I think in how they deal with life and perception. Okay.Mischa Z: 00:51:43 Tell me thenSheryne Wilson: 00:51:47 This would require a full nother podcast. As I love talking about gender roles, and I love talking about programming and the pro or the programming that's come with gender, um, and gender roles. And, and I hope that doesn't offend anybody when I say gender, but I mean like the masculine and the feminine, um, yeah, I think, you know, the earliest programming is women are taught and, and I think that's changing. Um, but for definitely like our generation and up, I would say it's very much been, uh, women are less than and weaker. And, um, that's been a negative thing and, uh, men are, you know, stronger and women are sensitive, right? Women are sensitive and men are, you know, emotionally unavailable. Right. And, and men, I think like I literally have the picture of like a man in a suit with a briefcase walking down the street, logically, going to work and motionless, right.Sheryne Wilson: 00:53:01 Like emotionless, I should say. And a woman at home in the kitchen, um, you know, crying over a sad movie. And, and like, that is what I picture when you were talking that, because that is the program that I received at a young age. And what I have learned is that makes it difficult for men and women to relate because now we've created a barrier and we've created labels. And if you've ever heard me speak on clubhouse or anywhere, I hate labels, hate labels. I hate labels. I hate titles. I hate, I hate it when we do that. And I get why we do it so that we can compartmentalize and relate to what's going on. Cause we need to remember, I talked about distort, delete and filter what's happening. So it's a way that we filter things, but it does put things in a box. And what it, what it does is it says that women are overly sensitive and men are, you know, emotionally unavailable. Right. And I would say that makes it very difficult for men and women to be in connection and communication. If those are, if those are the, the labels and the programs that we've set before us,Sheryne Wilson: 00:54:27 I could go so deep into this,Mischa Z: 00:54:29 We have a few minutes. So don't, don't be scared if there's more you want to say, or you want me to ask a question if you're, if there's something on the tip of your tongue,Sheryne Wilson: 00:54:37 I think I, we can go a little bit. Woo Woo. I think, you know, I think the feminine, here's my honest opinion. I think the feminine energy, whether you identify as a female or not, or you just identify with that type of energy, I think the feminine is more powerful than the masculine. I truly believe that I believe the feminine energy, we can birth a human being, which we create life and we can squat that you ever seen Eliza Schlesinger. Yes. Right. And she's like, you know, and she's like, you know, we just wiggle out this human being and we're like, you know, and then we're like, oh, can you open this can for me? And it's like, she's like really like,Mischa Z: 00:55:20 Oh my God, that's amazing. Right.Sheryne Wilson: 00:55:22 It's just like what, um, I think the feminine energy that we possess, whether you're female or identify as female, whatever doesn't matter, um, is stronger and more powerful than any masculine energy out there. I also think that feminine energy will heal the masculine. I feel that women have, um, inverted and destroyed a lot of the sanctity of feminine energy and that it is actually quite sovereign and strong and powerful. It's not weak. It's not necessarily nurturing, nurturing as it is more sovereign. And I think that if women can tap into that, they would be able to heal men. Not that that's our responsibility, but I think it would heal the masculine. And I think that would allow the masculine to step into more of a feminine role or a feminine energy, which would soften men, which would allow more creativity, which again, I think it's about equality for me.Sheryne Wilson: 00:56:21 It's like the ying, the yang. It's like, we need the masculine, we need the feminine. And every human being needs to have a balance of the both. That is my perspective. And I have seen relationships in my personal life change when I step into more masculine energy. And when I step into feminine energy and when I learned to balance the time, the tact tone and timing of that, I can heal every man in my life. I have witnessed that before my eyes. And it is such a powerful role because I used to be one of those women that emasculated men, I chopped your balls off and I chewed them up and spit it out. And I thought I was being a bad-ass bitch. And then I realized that you crying in the corner did note like does nothing, that these men, men just want to be loved as much as women.Sheryne Wilson: 00:57:11 They want to be heard as much as women, it's just not acceptable. And that's part of the program. It's not socially acceptable for a man to come to work and be like, I'm having an off day I'm sad, you know, whereas women, it's totally acceptable to be like, I'm PMS'ing. I can be a because in PMS'ing scene, you know, like, all right, like a girlfriend messaged me and she's like, ah, I think I'm getting my period. I'm going to take today off. And I'm like, oh yeah. Okay, cool. But like, if a minute, you know, if one of my men, male friends messaged and he was like, my blood ball hurts, I think I'm going to skip work. Right. We'd be like, what? Like pull yourself up by your bootstraps. Like why you being a pussy? You know, like, you know, I'm just like, I used to be that girl that was like, why?Sheryne Wilson: 00:57:54 Like, if I saw a man cry, be like, why are you crying? Like why? And now when I'm in the presence of a man that cries, I'm like, I will hold space. Like I'm holding a child, excuse my language. But it's like, that is the most probably privileged state to, for a woman to ever be when a man shows real raw emotion. And I've learned to really appreciate, harness, captivate hold that, um, because it's just not allowed. And if men had more safe places to do that, the world would be a different place. And if women had more safe place to step into the masculine while being feminine, because we kind of went to the extreme, like w like before it was like women were like, you know, like these weak feeble, like stay at home, love me, you know, like just weak and feeble, whatever.Sheryne Wilson: 00:58:50 And then we swung and we're like, I want to be a bad ass bitch. And like, we want to like step into this masculine role. And it's like, I want the career and I want to pop out babies. And I want to look good and wear skinny jeans while doing it. And then we realized that we all started getting sick and dying and burning out. And we started castrating men because it's just not like, not meant to be like, we went so far to the extreme. Right. And like how many women were breaking down, like we're on my table. And they're like, I just understand what's happening. My hair's falling out, running a corporate nine to five job. I'm, you know, managing millions of dollars. Like they've stepped in this giant corporate masculine role. And they're like the queen at home too. Like, you know, taking charge of their family. And they're like, I don't know why I'm burnt out. And I'm like, well, because you have a uterus and your purpose is to nurture. So like, if you abandoned that you're going to burn out in the other ways. So I think it's about kind of finding that balance of like, yeah, I can be a bad-ass pitch and still cry, you know, and take a break and men can be, you know, corporate gurus or, you know, Kings of their household and have a bad day.Mischa Z: 01:00:05 Yeah. And not have it be a vicious bad day. Right. Like a lot of times that perhaps a bad day for man that justifies our, unloading our emotions in an unhealthy way. Right. Instead of crying or, or in a softer feminine sort of way where like agro or aggressive or vocal or intimidating, or, you know, um, maybe not encouraged how to like deal with that bad day. And, uh, in a, in a, in a, in a healthier manner, shall we say,Sheryne Wilson: 01:00:45 Well, it's because we've been repressed too for so long, you know, so many women are like, men are like Jeckel and Hyde. It's like, CA can you blame them? Like they have to play this role of like macho man or, you know, hero all day. And then it's like, they are just shoving their emotions down. And then you're asking them why they bought the wrong kind of cottage cheese. Right. And they're just like, like, I can't handle that anymore. And they just snap. And you're like, oh my God, what's your problem. And it's like, really? You know,Mischa Z: 01:01:21 Oh my god.Sheryne Wilson: 01:01:21 So hard. You know, women, I'm not saying women have it any easier. This is not about who has it easier or harder. It's something needs to change, you know, like, yeah. And I think, I think honestly, the feminine is leading the change. And if, because we, we are the ones that birth the child and therefore we create the life. And so you create the standards you create, you can create a lot more than you think.Mischa Z: 01:01:50 Yeah. Yeah. Thank you for that. When you say sovereign, what do you meanSheryne Wilson: 01:01:56 I'm addicted this word right now, sovereign sovereign is like, um, gracefully taking your authority is a, it's an, it's a deep knowing of, um, empowerment, um, sovereign, like, you know who you are, you know, where you're going. It's like, I picture this very like, um, noble queen, just taking her throne. The chaos is going on and she just leans forward and just says, you know, something really nurturing. And just knowing that you are handling the situation, you know who you are. You're not out of fear. And it's, there's a lot of grace and power that comes forth like sovereign.Mischa Z: 01:02:35 Does that make sense? It does. Thank you. I love that. Um, that's good. You, when you talk about women can heal men. What pops to my mind is not literally like needing to take action to heal them. It's it's like allowing, allowing for, for healing. You hold space. I guess we could, because I wrote down hold space. I think, I think that as a guy, like to me, I, I, when I quit my job so I can hold space for my boys. And what does that mean? That means I can be there for them. And oftentimes I didn't even need to do anything, but just be in the living room so that when they opened the door and looked out, they're like, yeah, dad's there. This is a safe space, right. Hold space. Without, without having to do anything else other than listen, or be there or hug or right. Does that, yeah. So go ahead. Go, go.Sheryne Wilson: 01:03:40 Yeah. No, I think like females are so used to them being in chaos and so used to them being rescued and being part of the, like being the problem, because we can, we just we're dramatic. We can be more dramatic, more emotional. And if women learn to rescue themselves and find that masculine energy that can rescue themselves and just chill the out, like that gives men the space to talk, because how many times has a man walked in the door or you've gone out to meet them. And you're like, oh my God, let me tell you about my day. And you just like, every woman does this. And it's just like "Blah", and they just vomit. And then they're like, what, why aren't you talking to me? Why aren't you sharing me? Why aren't you opening up? And the guy's like, because you're a disaster dude.Sheryne Wilson: 01:04:29 Like, and, you know, they're taught to like rescue the woman. So they're sitting there in silence, you know, cause that's how they don't know what to do. And it's like, if women just were like, learn to take care of deal with their own, you know, like you can save yourself and then once you deal with your own, that allows space for a man to be like, Hey, you're okay, because you're okay. Can I come cry on your lap? And you're like, yeah, yeah, here, here. And I'm not going to castrate you for it. Like, I'm not going to emasculate you while you do it. I'm going to still look at you tomorrow. Like you're a king, like, and certainly I get super passionate about it. I still,Sheryne Wilson: 01:05:12 And I I've had to learn this. I'm still learning this.Mischa Z: 01:05:18 I love it. Great, great lessons. Great. Great. Yes. Um, um, just quick time check. Um, I think I'm going to say, I think that, uh, the universe just had a great question for me to ask you, so thank you so much for that. Um, thank you so much for that. Um, I, I, was there anything that, um, you were hoping to speak on when you jumped on the podcast here that you didn't get a chance to talk about that?Sheryne Wilson: 01:05:53 No, I mean, I was, I'm such an open and easy going flow, whatever. Um, I didn't know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised and I, as you know, there's multiple topics that I can and share about and, and I just kinda went with your leadings. So I think it's great.Mischa Z: 01:06:13 Well, fantastic. Um, again, everybody for more www.innermindperformance.com, When I'm looking over here, I'm looking at your website, which is super cool and there's some great programs and offerings and things to help to help people. Um, yeah. So check that out. And then of course, why wouldn't I talk about the www.toolsforagoodlifesummit.com yet again, go there and you can check out, uh, your, uh, Sheryne's awesome, um, interviews. So I think that's it. Uh, thank you so much for jumping on. I'm going to hit stop and then we'll say goodbye offline.Sheryne Wilson: 01:06:56 No, thank you so much. It's been awesome.

Foundry UMC
“A New Way…” - September 19th, 2021

Foundry UMC

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 25:16


“A New Way…” A sermon preached by Rev. Ginger E. Gaines-Cirelli with Foundry UMC, September 19, 2021, the seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost. “New Day, New Way!” series.   Texts: Psalm 150, James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a The Gaines-Cirelli household continues our long trek through the zombie apocalypse that is The Walking Dead. Now in season 7 of the T.V. show, we've come to understand that somewhere along the way, the primary adversaries and threat shifted from being the zombie hordes to other humans. As the crisis drags on and on, food, medicine, and other resources grow thin. Hope in any positive future and trust in any stranger are also in short supply. And people are all trying to survive. “Kill or be killed,” “survival of the fittest,” and “everyone's out for themselves” are ongoing themes. Increasingly, the narrative is exploring questions about what a person is willing to do to survive, whether simply staying alive is worth losing your sense of “self” or basic humanity.  This came to mind as I pondered our text from James for today: “where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind.” James goes on to point out how we pit ourselves against others and how, when we want something and can't obtain it, we get into disputes and conflicts and are even willing to kill to get our way or what we want. Perhaps I'm making James' teaching bigger than what it's meant to convey. After all, none of us are living in a zombie apocalypse. But we are living in a moment of profound upheaval and suffering. Right now grief is pervasive, trust is small, and fear is big. Violence and vulnerability are ever present. Supply lines are a mess and medicine, well… Everyone is trying to survive. These realities don't necessarily bring out the best in people. Conflicts and disputes abound.  A couple of days ago, I had an interesting conversation with a couple of folk I know who work at our local pub. They said that behavior in the restaurant has been really challenging as people have “come back.” The manager said she'd been cursed at and called names more in the last two months than she has in the past 5 years. People are upset that some things aren't available (hello supply line issues!) or that they simply can't get whatever it is they want. I can't imagine this is an isolated incident. Our collective patience and emotional resources are worn pretty thin. And we don't even need all the extra stuff that is stressing and straining us right now to get caught in what James is talking about. Our whole culture encourages self-help and self-serve and selfies and self-promotion and…self obsession. Of course, there's a healthy way to practice self care. But the food dished out daily for our consumption is selfishness with a side of envy.  Cultural religion, popular “wisdom” with its materialism, ruthlessness in pursuit of power, and the drive win at all costs is pervasive and we have to be very careful to not worship at its altar. The idols of cultural religion promise happiness and abundance, but in deep ways, rob us of both. We can so easily get turned in on ourselves, on our own needs, on the things others have that we want—whether those things are possessions, relationships, jobs, positions, or whatever. And then if we're not careful, if we're not wise, we can make choices, act, and speak in ways that are hurtful both toward others and ourselves. James contrasts this “earthly, unspiritual, devilish” wisdom with the “wisdom from above” that “is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without a trace of partiality or hypocrisy.” (James 3:17) The community for whom this was written appears to be a congregation of Jesus followers in the first century CE. And the point at its most basic is that selfishness and envy lead to conflict in community while “works done with gentleness born of wisdom” bear good fruits that “make for peace.” James is clear about what Jesus followers should strive for. In our present moment, it is difficult to live up to the call as followers of Jesus, to consistently act with gentleness born of wisdom. Though, as a collective, we are not only seeing selfishness. There are also extraordinary stories of human selflessness, generosity, and peacemaking in the current context of pandemics. We do have choices. All of this conjured for me a nature vs. nurture question: do humans come into the world prone to selfishness or does it depend upon our upbringing? I found an interesting short essay responding to this very question. Here's the set up: “There has long been a general assumption that human beings are essentially selfish. We're apparently ruthless, with strong impulses to compete against each other for resources and to accumulate power and possessions. If we are kind to one another, it's usually because we have ulterior motives. If we are good, it's only because we have managed to control and transcend our innate selfishness and brutality. This bleak view of human nature is closely associated with the science writer Richard Dawkins, whose book The Selfish Gene became popular because it fitted so well with (and helped to justify) the competitive and individualistic ethos of late 20th-century societies. Like many others, Dawkins justifies his views with reference to the field of evolutionary psychology. Evolutionary psychology theorises that present-day human traits developed in prehistoric times…a period of intense competition, when life was a kind of Roman gladiatorial battle in which only the traits that gave people a survival advantage were selected and all others fell by the wayside. And because people's survival depended on access to resources – think rivers, forests and animals – there was bound to be competition and conflict between rival groups, which led to the development of traits like racism and warfare. This seems logical. But in fact the assumption it's based on — that prehistoric life was a desperate struggle for survival — is false.” The author, a professor of psychology, goes on to highlight that the relatively small population of humans, the abundance of environmental resources, and hunter/gatherer cultures prevalent in the prehistoric period give no evidence or reason for competition or conflict. Both ancient and modern evidence of hunter/gatherer cultures reveals a tendency toward egalitarianism, cooperation, altruism, and peacefulness. The suggestion is that much of the selfishness we experience today—those cultural religion idols that tend toward unhealthy competition and violence—have grown out of shifts in our “natural habitat” as human beings. And the final assessment of this particular psychologist is that human “goodness” is more deeply rooted than human “evil.” You can agree or disagree with that. The essay is not an exhaustive study, for sure. But within it is a picture of humankind as created to live in a certain kind of way. That way tends toward mutuality and peace through selflessness, sharing, and working together. And that way of living can be—and has been—disrupted by radical shifts across centuries in how we live together with one another and the planet. The disruptions give rise to suffering, conflict, injustice, greed, and violence. That seems in line with the biblical story of God's relationship with us and all creation. You know how the story starts: God makes a good creation and there's a garden that provides for all human needs, for abundance and for peace. There's but one boundary. One thing that the human creature is denied. And the human creature wants that thing, wants what isn't theirs, wants more than they need, and chooses to disrupt things to get it. Hiding, shame, and lies follow and then disappointment, betrayal, and disconnection. Not long after, brother kills brother. The rest of the whole book is in one way or another the story of God's love calling us and waiting for us, like the prodigal child, to come to ourselves and return home.  When I first contemplated the message for today, I thought it would be about how the Jesus way of life together is a “new way.” But what I'd forgotten is that James simply calls us back to the original way—the really old way—that we are all created to be. It's our original “operating system,” the one made in the image of God and imprinted on every single one of us. We are created to share in God's way of life together that is marked not by selfishness and envy but by thoughtful self-giving love, compassion, gentleness, and mutual support. That original operating system has gotten all sorts of bugs and hacks and viruses over the years but it is still viable. As we turn this corner, we can choose how to be together. Will selfish concerns and bitter envy get carried into the new season ahead? Why not do a scrub of the system, push the reset button, start fresh? What is one thing you can admit, shift, release, confess, forgive, or take on that will allow you to buck the trend and be patient, kind, and merciful? By God's grace, we can choose to make the old way new again, and maybe we'll remember that God created us not just to “survive” at any cost, but to live with and for God and others. Praise and thanks be to God! https://foundryumc.org/archive/new-day-new-way

Abiding Savior Weekly Sermons

This week we will launch into a sermon series titled “What is Truth?” based upon John 18:37-38 and Pilate's age old question to Jesus. We are living in a world in which truth is under attack and it is paramount that we able to identify the truth and stand for it. By God's grace over...

This Week in America with Ric Bratton
Episode 2263: LIVING THE MIRACLES: A SAILOR'S LIFE IN THE NUCLEAR POWER AGE by Albert Lee Kelln

This Week in America with Ric Bratton

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 41:14


LIVING THE MIRACLES: A SAILOR'S LIFE IN THE NUCLEAR POWER AGE by Albert Lee KellnAl Kelln's twenty-seven miracles will inspire the reader. The son of German speaking immigrants left the aftermath of the Depression in Oklahoma to become a Naval officer and nuclear propulsion engineer.His years at U.S. Naval Academy (class of 1952) prepared him for destroyer and diesel submarine deployments to the Korean War. Surviving several close calls, the author trained in Admiral Rickover's Nuclear Power School.Early exploratory voyages under the ice to the Arctic Ocean on nuclear submarine USS Skate allowed him to be the first person to have flown over, stood at, and gone under the ice at the North Pole.Kelln served in the construction and subsequent operation of four nuclear submarines. Admiral Rickover made him the Chief Engineer of Aircraft Carrier Enterprise CVAN for its operations in the Mediterranean, its circumnavigation of the world, and shipyard overhaul.With humor, the author shares poignant meetings with John Eisenhower, the Queen of Greece, and ruffians at Holy Loch, Scotland.After retirement, Admiral Kelln founded the Naval Submarine League and several Christian endeavors, including a Pregnancy Center. He and his wife, Cecily, live in Llano, Texas and continue their teaching ministries.www.kellnbooks.comhttps://www.amazon.com/Living-MIRACLES-Sailors-Nuclear-Power-ebook/dp/B07X4JSPCR/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Living+the+Miracles+Albert+Lee+Kelln&qid=1630592819&s=books&sr=1-1http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/akelinfr.mp3   BECOMING THE ADMIRAL'S WIFE: A DUAL MEMOIR OF A CALLED PAIR by Cecily Watson KellnIn this confessional memoir, Cecily Watson Kelln leaves the comforts of her childhood "Cackleberry Farm" to face womanhood fraught with struggles to find love and security. Divorce, rejection, and despair try to knock her down. But her mother's exemplary Christian faith keeps her full of hope.This true story involves travel and adventures, such as the Peace Corps, cold winter in a tent, and a psychedelic baptism. Becoming the Admiral's Wife is a beautiful testimony of the author's search to know God, and how she eventually finds Him in several dramatic encounters with Jesus Christ. By God's mercy and grace, she ultimately meets the loving Christian man who becomes her husband. With inserted excerpts of his fast-track career in the early years of the nuclear Navy, the book illustrates the power of Christ-centered marriage and inspires readers to patiently trust in God's divine plan for their own lives.Cecily Watson Kelln was raised in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, to be a proper debutante. However after college and Peace Corps (Peru), Cecily flung herself into the culture of the 1970s and accrued momentum for enough failed marriages to create a juicy memoir. But while on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, the Hound of Heaven, Jesus Christ Himself, culminated His dogged pursuit of her until she fell prostrate before Him to accept Him as her Lord and Savior.Over the years, Cecily became a student of the Bible. Finally content to be single, Cecily moved to rural Virginia to care for her widowed mother. In an unexpected encounter, Cecily was introduced to her "new best friend," a retired Navy Admiral. They met at a square dance class. They courted and were united a year later in a Christian marriage. Her life story memoir had a new, happy set of chapters with plenty of innovative endeavors as the couple got involved in Christian ministries and moved steadily westward from Virginia.Cecily has three grown children and eight grandchildren. She and her husband, Albert Lee Kelln, also the author of his own memoir, "Living the MIRACLES: A Sailor's Life in the Nuclear Power Age," live on a little farm with animals, water tanks, and solar panels in the Texas Hill Country.www.kellnbooks.comhttps://www.amazon.com/Becoming-Admirals-Wife-Memoir-Called/dp/1737525542/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Becoming+the+Admiral%27s+Wife%3A+A+Dual+Memoir+of+a+Called+Pair+Proisle+Publishing&qid=1630282972&sr=8-1http://www.bluefunkbroadcasting.com/root/twia/ceckelinfr.mp3 

Simply By Grace Podcast
Free Grace Theology and How it Makes a Difference

Simply By Grace Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 46:28


Ever wondered why we call Grace...Free Grace? Isn't Grace Free by definition? Often times, particularly in theological discussions, it's important to define terms. The word Grace is often thrown around, but it can mean different things to different people. In addition, when we don't understand the freeness of God's grace you can end up stunting your Christian growth. Not only is grace the basis of our initial salvation (justification), it is also the basis of our growth (sanctification). By God's grace we are born into His family and by God's grace we are free to grow as His children. Unfortunately, this life of liberty can be lost unless we stand firm in grace.. (cf. Rom. 3:24) In this podcast Charlie walks through 10 things to help you understand what Grace is and why it matters. So what is Free Grace? How does it make a difference? For further reading checkout Charlie's  GraceNotes #67, What is Free Grace as well as GraceNotes #12 The Grace Life

The Garrett Ashley Mullet Show

In the third chapter of the Old Testament book of Isaiah, we read a number of things which will never be expressed in Veggie Tales, flannelgraphs, or Illustrated Children's Bibles. For one, the Lord God says he is taking away support and supply from Jerusalem and Judah because they have embraced their sin and flaunted their sin, "defying his glorious presence." Included in the list of things which will no longer be stocked are the following: bread water the mighty man the soldier the judge the prophet the diviner the elder the captain of fifty the man of rank the counselor the skillful magician the expert in charms What the people will get instead is a lot of chaos, confusion, and oppression. "My people—infants are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, your guides mislead you and they have swallowed up the course of your paths." It is telling here that infants oppressing the people is a sign of judgment. To be oppressed by infants is indicative of spiritual and moral decay, and a loss of the strength of character and qualities which are required to be a good parent and see children as a blessing instead of a curse. Furthermore, to say that women rule over a people reveals that men have grown weak and feckless, and no longer lead their families and homes, much less their communities and nation. By contrast, God tells us that marriage and children are to be a blessing. And we can take comfort in the tenth verse of the third chapter of Isaiah where we are promised, "Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds." In days like these, when America seems ripe for judgment - and moreover, when one could argue with merit that we are seeing evidence of already being under judgment - we do well to acquaint ourselves with passages like Isaiah 3, and to ponder the implications of righteousness for the individual, family, community, city, state, and nation. By God's grace, may we be found faithful in that day. And may it be well with us to the end of eating the fruit of our deeds. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/garrett-ashley-mullet/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/garrett-ashley-mullet/support

Drew and Mike Show
Drew And Mike – September 8, 2021

Drew and Mike Show

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2021 180:31


Tom Labuda recaps AB&E with us, Joe Rogan v. CNN, Britney Spears v. her dad, MSU football & basketball players to get paid, Elisa Jordana checks in, Jim Fouts appears, and Michigan apologizes to Chris Webber.Marc recommends Only Murders in the Building on Hulu. Howard Stern interviewed the stars, Steve Martin & Martin Short, in-studio... well, kinda.MSU Football and Men's Basketball players are getting paid by billionaire Mat Ishbia. Your move, Stephen Ross.The University of Michigan has apologized to Chris Webber when it should be the other way around. We'll learn about all of his hardships in his upcoming book "By God's Grace".Baseball Hall of Famers include Jeets, Larry Walker, Ted Simmons and Marvin Miller. Derek Jeter was also been inducted in the Team Photo Hall of Fame.Zooves likes mean women similar to Julie Gianni from Vanilla Sky.Big Rock Chophouse is going to close.A garbage truck accident in Sterling Heights exposed an illegal grow operation. Oops.Henry Ford employees are suing over vaccine mandates.Joe Rogan vs CNN. Japan has Rogan's back. Jimmy Kimmel wants no healthcare for all you unvaccinated.Greg Gutfeld has better ratings than Colbert, Kimmel, Myers, Corden, Noah and all the other ones.The Many Saints Of Newark is coming soon.Jim Fouts is looking HOT with Charlie Langton.Drew has jumped on the Teen Mom: Young + Pregnant bandwagon. His favorite characters are Hazelee Beaver and Braeson Messiah Jaramillo.Boring Austin Green headlines Dancing with the Stars. Megan Fox and her toe-thumbs celebrated by banging Machine Gun Kelly on some random dude's table.Britney Watch 2021: Jamie Spears is finished with the conservatorship and files to end it. Britney Spears celebrates... by spinning again. Jason Alexander is letting his voice be heard via bad cell service on Instagram Please donate to his GoFundMe.Marcus is donating to our merchandise to UPS drivers.Donald Trump will be giving his boxing commentary to the Evander Holyfield/Victor Belfort fight on 9/11.Tom Labuda, the creator of the Edmund Fitzgerald, joins us to recap Arts, Beats and Eats.Mojo in the Morning wants to beef. Bring it.We check in with Elisa Jordana (from an elevator) to recap the Stuttering John interview.Somebody tell Adam Carolla to call Trudi back, dammit!Social media is dumb but we're on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (Drew and Mike Show, Marc Fellhauer, Trudi Daniels and BranDon).

Wisdom-Trek ©
Day 1729 – Pay It Forward – Daily Wisdom

Wisdom-Trek ©

Play Episode Listen Later Sep 3, 2021 4:08


Welcome to Day 1729 of our Wisdom-Trek, and thank you for joining me.This is Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to WisdomPay It Forward – Daily WisdomWelcome to Wisdom-Trek with Gramps. We are on Day 1729 of our Trek, and it's time to explore another nugget of wisdom, which includes an inspirational quote along with some wise words from Gramps for today's trek. Wisdom is the final frontier in gaining true knowledge. We are on a daily trek to create a legacy of wisdom, seek out discernment and insights, and boldly grow where few have chosen to grow before. Hello, my friend; this is Gramps. Thanks for coming along on today's trek as we increase Wisdom and Create a Living Legacy. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs%2016%3A16&version=NLT (Proverbs 16:16) How much better to get wisdom than gold, and sound judgment than silver!    If you apply the words you hear today, over time, it will help you become more healthy, wealthy, and wise as you continue your daily trek of life. So let's jump right in with today's nugget: Today's quote is from Albert Einstein, and it is: A hundred times every day I remind myself that my inner and outer life are based on the labors of other men, living and dead, and that I must exert myself in order to give in the same measure as I have received and am still receiving. Pay It Forward The concept behind this quote from Albert Einstein is also the core of Wisdom-Trek: our lives should be a living legacy to others. No person is self-made because who we are today is primarily determined by other people who influence and impact our lives. By God's grace, He has allowed the lives and labors of others in history past, or our current season of life, to help us learn and grow. These individuals helped to shape and form our God-given abilities and talents so that we can be all that God intended for us. We need to make sure that we pass these same benefits to others by positively impacting anyone who crosses through our trek of life. This concept is what it means to create a living legacy so that you are influencing others every day, and that all you do will echo through eternity in the lives of others. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Thessalonians%205%3A11&version=NLT (1 Thessalonians 5:11) So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%2015%3A2&version=NLT (Romans 15:2) We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. As you ponder this nugget of wisdom for yourself, please encourage your friends and family to join us and then come along tomorrow for another day of ‘Wisdom-Trek, Creating a Legacy.' If you would like to listen to any of our past 1728 treks or read the Wisdom Journal, they are available at Wisdom-Trek.com. I encourage you to subscribe to Wisdom-Trek on your favorite podcast player so that each day's trek will be downloaded automatically. If you have not done so, please consider giving us a five-star rating so that others will also join us in mining our nuggets of wisdom. Thank you so much for allowing me to be your guide, mentor, and, most of all, your friend as I serve you through this Wisdom-Trek podcast and journal. As we take this Trek together, let us always: Live Abundantly (Fully) Love Unconditionally Listen Intentionally Learn Continuously Lend to others Generously Lead with Integrity Leave a Living Legacy Each Day I am Guthrie Chamberlain….reminding you to 'Keep Moving Forward,' ‘Enjoy your Journey,' and ‘Create a Great Day…Everyday'! See you Tomorrow for more daily wisdom!

El Capuchino Show Podcast
Podcast Del Show AUG 30 2021

El Capuchino Show Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 31, 2021 67:10


Today We have a Vatican Update con Bibi Lopez, What's Trending and Holy Girly Minutes con A Latina's Fiat, and a Padre Pio Letter: Por la voluntad de Dios, seguiré teniendo mala salud. Pero lo que causa el peor sufrimiento son esos fuertes dolores agudos en mi pecho. En ciertos momentos siento una agonía tan grande que parece que el dolor me rompe la espalda y el pecho. Sin embargo, Jesús nunca deja de calmar mis sufrimientos de vez en cuando de otra manera, hablándome en mi corazón. ¡Oh, sí, padre mío! ¡Qué bueno es Jesús conmigo! ¡Oh, qué preciosos momentos son esos! Esa felicidad no tiene comparación. Es una felicidad que el Señor me deja saborear casi solo en tiempos de aflicción. En esos momentos, más que nunca, me repugna todo lo que es del mundo, y no tengo otro deseo que amar y sufrir. Sí, padre mío, incluso en medio de tanto sufrimiento soy feliz, porque me parece sentir que mi corazón late junto con el corazón de Jesús. (1916 Edad de 28) By God's will I continue to be in poor health. But what causes the worst suffering are those strong sharp pains in my chest. At certain times I feel such great agony that it seems the pain is breaking my back and my chest. However, Jesus never stops soothing my sufferings from time to time in another way, by speaking to me in my heart. Oh yes, my father! How good Jesus is to me! Oh, what precious moments those are! That happiness has no comparison. It is a happiness that the Lord lets me taste almost only in times of affliction. At those times, more than ever, everything that is of the world is repugnant to me, and I have no other desire than to love and suffer. Yes, my father, even in the midst of so much suffering I am happy, because I seem to feel my heart beating along with Jesus' heart. (1916 Age of 28) Please follow us on instagram as @SomosIncorrupto

Dad Bod Golf Pod - A DAILY Golf Podcast

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Douglas Jacoby Podcast

For additional notes and resources check out Douglas' website.Sin came into the world through Adam (v.12), and salvation also comes to the world through one man, Christ. Sin spread through personal contact and personal choice. No one is born damned (Augustine's view); we separate ourselves from God by our own will. By God's grace--provided we are willing to receive it--all have the chance to be made right with God.Warning: The following material is quite dense. Try to hang with Paul, as he develops his contrast between the First Adam (Genesis 3) and the second Adam, Christ (Romans 5; 1 Corinthians 15).Note: The doctrine of original sin was formulated by Augustine (354-430 AD), bishop of Hippo (in North Africa). It is a central tenet of Reform Theology, though difficult to justify biblically. It rests on a mistranslation of one phrase in Romans 5:12, eph' hō, which means "because." And yet Jerome, in his Latin Vulgate (tr. by 384 AD), had mistakenly rendered it in quo, meaning "in whom." For more on this, please hear the podcast/read the article on Original Sin.Suggested for memory: "Therefore just as one man's trespass led to condemnation for all, so one man's act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all" (5:18).

The Hallows Church
1 Samuel 25 | Human Folly and Divine Wisdom

The Hallows Church

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 23, 2021 40:34


In today's study of 1 Samuel 25 with Pastor Andrew Arthur, we meet a character who would have been a passenger on a ship of fools. His name is Nabal (his name literally means “foolish”). He epitomizes human folly. Scripture sets him in contrast with his wife, Abigail. Whereas he represents human folly, she serves as a conduit of divine wisdom. By God's grace, she comes to prevent Israel's future king, David, from getting on board the ship of fools. Both Abigail and Nabal give you and I powerful reminders of the reality of living that we can choose to live by divine wisdom and human folly. Sermon Outline A Profile of Human Folly: Nabal -He elevates accomplishments above character. Mark 8:36 -He lives under the illusion of independence. Psalm 14:1 Isaiah 32:6 -He treats this life as all there is. -He self-destructs under divine judgment. Proverbs 1:7 A Conduit of Divine Wisdom: Abigail -She exercises discernment. -She restricts folly. Proverbs 4:5-6 -She encourages faith. -She makes peace. Matthew 5:9

The Missions Podcast
North Korea, Persecution, and Insider Movements: James Cha

The Missions Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2021


What is the Korean Pentecost? Is Korea under divine judgment? And what does any of this have to do with Insider movements in the Islamic world? We tackle some massive topics with missionary and author James T. Cha of the Crescent Project, author of Fear Not. Rev. James Cha was born in Pusan, Korea, and immigrated to the US in the early 1970s with his family. While studying electrical engineering at Cornell University, he surrendered his life to the call of God to be His ambassador to the world, especially to the Muslims. In 1991, he married his BFF, Faith, and after studies at Columbia Biblical Seminary (SC), they took their little children to Central Asia to serve the Lord as church planting missionaries. By God's grace, over 120 Muslims came to faith in Jesus during their ten years of ministry. Since 2000, they have been back in the US, reaching out to the nations living in their community. They are on staff with Crescent Project, a ministry that equips the local churches to reach out to the Muslims in the community. James and Faith are also founders of i43, a ministry committed to fulfilling the Great Commission to the ends of the earth. They have three grown children: Joniel, Josiah and Karis. Want to ask a question or suggest a topic? Email alex@missionspodcast.com. The Missions Podcast is sponsored by ABWE. Subscribe: linktr.ee/MissionsPodcast.

Saint of the Day
Martyr Andrew Strateletes and 2,593 soldiers with him in Cilicia (~289)

Saint of the Day

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 19, 2021 2:29


"He was an officer, a tribune, in the Roman army in the time of the Emperor Maximian. A Syrian by birth, he served in his native land. When the Persians attacked the imperial Roman army, this Andrew was entrusted with the command in the battle against the enemy — whence his title: commander, strateletes. A secret Christian, although as yet unbaptised, Andrew commended himself to the living God, and, taking only the cream of the army, went to war. Before the battle, he told his soldiers that, if they all called upon the aid of the one, true God, Christ the Lord, their enemies would become as dust scattered before them. All the soldiers, fired with enthusiasm by Andrew and his faith, invoked Christ's aid and attacked. The Persian army was utterly routed. When the victorious Andrew returned to Antioch, some jealous men denounced him as a Christian and the imperial governor summoned him for trial. Andrew openly proclaimed his steadfast faith in Christ. After harsh torture, the governor threw Andrew into prison and wrote to the Emperor in Rome. Knowing Andrew's popularity among the people and in the army, the Emperor ordered the governor to set Andrew free, but to seek another occasion and another excuse (not his faith) to kill him. By God's revelation, Andrew came to know of this imperial command, and, taking his faithful soldiers (2,593 in all) with him, went off to Tarsus in Cilicia, where they were all baptised by the bishop, Peter. Persecuted here also by imperial might, Andrew and his companions withdrew deep into the Armenian mountain of Tavros. There in a ravine, while they were at prayer, the Roman army came upon them and beheaded them all. Not one of them would recant, all being determined on death by martyrdom for Christ. On the spot where a stream of the martyrs' blood flowed down, a spring of healing water sprang forth, healing from every disease. The bishop, Peter, came secretly with his people and buried the martyrs' bodies in that same place. They all suffered with honour at the end of the third century and were crowned with wreaths of eternal glory, entering into the Kingdom of Christ our God." (Prologue)

Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami from Spirituality & Health Magazine
Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, Hollywood in the Himalayas

Essential Conversations with Rabbi Rami from Spirituality & Health Magazine

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 17, 2021 35:05


Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati is an acclaimed author, speaker, and spiritual leader initiated into the order of Sanyas in the year 2000 by His Holiness, Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji, one of India's most revered spiritual leaders. Sadhvi also holds a PhD in psychology. She's the author of several books including By God's Grace, and Come Home to Yourself. Her newest book is Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation.  In this episode, Rabbi Rami and Sadhvi discuss encounters with the Divine Mother, coming home to spirituality and to oneself, non-denominational experiences of god, and awakening to a new spiritual quest that feeds the soul.  “I had this extraordinary experience, just spontaneously immediately of oneness, and connection, and awakening, and union, and ecstasy, and perfection, perfection of myself, perfection of the universe, perfection of my place in the universe, oneness with this incredible mother goddess. I experienced her, I experienced her presence on every level of my being.” Subscribe to the Spirituality & Health Podcast for free so that you will never miss an episode. Here is how.

Keys For Kids Ministries
God's Gifts and Grace

Keys For Kids Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 16, 2021


Bible Reading: Proverbs 16:3, 9; 19:21; Romans 12:4-8Ben glided back and forth on the porch swing and stared at the trees."A penny for your thoughts, Ben," Dad said, carrying flowers to plant in the window boxes. "You look so serious." "I've been wondering what I'll be when I grow up," Ben said.Dad sat down next to Ben. "You have plenty of time to decide.""But Dad, Emily's in nursing school. She's so smart, and she always helps people. And Katy's younger than me, but she already knows she wants to be a musician. She'll play the piano and sing for anybody. Me--I have no clue."Dad smiled. "Don't compare yourself to your sisters, or anyone else. By God's grace, we all have different gifts and abilities, and He has a purpose for each of us. You'll know yours in time.""But it's like they've always known," said Ben. "It may seem that way," said Dad. "I remember Emily used to play hospital with her dolls when she was little. But she's had more time since then to discover her God-given gifts and pray about how she should use them. Katy's still young, and as she gets older she may find God has something else in mind for her. The important thing is, no matter what you become, you know Jesus as your Savior and have eternal life in Him. He'll help you use your gifts and abilities to show others His love, even though you're not sure how yet."Ben nodded. "I like building things. What if I grow up to be a carpenter and build houses?""Jesus' first job was as a carpenter," said Dad. "Building houses helps provide homes for families.""And if I become a firefighter, I'll save lives!" Dad grinned. "That sounds a lot like Jesus too." "Dad, would it be okay to pray and ask God about my future?" asked Ben."That would be perfect, Ben. Jesus knows exactly what you're good at and how you can use your abilities to help others. Trust Him, be patient, and know He'll make it clear in His time."Ben stood up. "Thanks, Dad. How about I help you plant those flowers? It'll be good practice if God wants me to be a farmer." -Lynda BoucherHow About You?Do you ever worry about what you'll do when you grow up? Do you compare yourself to others when they seem to have everything figured out and you don't? Remember that God, by His grace, has given you the talents and abilities that are just right for you. He will help you use them in a way that shows others the love of Jesus. Don't worry about what the future holds--be patient and trust God to show you His purpose for your life.Today's Key Verse:We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. (NIV) (Romans 12:6)Today's Key Thought:Trust God with your future

Our Daily Bread Podcast | Our Daily Bread

“I don’t understand His plan. I turned my whole life over to Him. And this happens!” Such was the message of a son to his mother when his dream to succeed as a professional athlete was temporarily derailed. Who among us hasn’t had some kind of unexpected, disappointing experience that sends our minds into overdrive with exclamations and questions? A family member cuts off communication without explanation; health gains are reversed; a company relocates unexpectedly; a life-altering accident happens. Job 1–2 records a series of tragedies and setbacks in Job’s life. Humanly speaking, if there was anyone who qualified for a life free from trouble, it was Job. “This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil” (Job 1:1). But life doesn’t always work out the way we’d like it to—it didn’t for Job and it doesn’t for us. When his wife counseled him to “curse God and die!” (2:9), Job’s words to her were wise, instructive, and fitting for us as well when things happen—big or small—that we’d rather not face. “ ‘Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?’ In all this, Job did not sin in what he said” (v. 10). By God’s strength, may our trust in and reverence for Him remain even when we can’t understand how He’s at work during life’s difficult days.

Gospel-Centered Pro-Life Podcast
What if they turn back to abortion?

Gospel-Centered Pro-Life Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2021 56:30


By God's grace, we get to see moms choose life at the abortion centers and even hold their precious babies months later. However, there are times when we minister to a mom who chooses life one day but sadly goes back to the abortion center and has an abortion. As followers of Jesus, how do we deal with that situation in a way that shows the mercy of God but also upholds the standards of scripture. Join us as we talk this through. https://sidewalks4life.com/what-if-they-turn-back-to-abortion/

Joni and Friends Radio
The Standard of Virtue

Joni and Friends Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2021 4:00


Be careful not to judge yourself by your own standards. The Bible calls you to conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the Gospel. As you look into the mirror of God's Law, you will see that you always fall short. By God's grace, aim to live a life that reflects the Gospel in everything you do.

Interior Integration for Catholics
The Desperate Inner Experience of Suicidality

Interior Integration for Catholics

Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2021 54:29


Lead-in Almost no one understands suicide very well.  Almost no one.   Some of you might say -- but Dr. Peter, I've been really down and out.  I've been really suicidal.  I've been there.  I lived it.   Not gonna argue with you about having been suicidal. But having intense feelings, almost irresistible impulses toward suicide, constant suicidal thoughts  -- that doesn't mean you understand suicide.  Not at all. I don't think most people who have attempted suicide really understand their experience.   I don't think most therapists really understand suicide.     Why ?  Because we're afraid to really enter into what is behind suicide.  We don't want to go there.  We're terrified of what lurks underneath.  We have parts of us that don't want to understand.   Lauren Oliver, Delirium “Suicide. A sideways word, a word that people whisper and mutter and cough: a word that must be squeezed out behind cupped palms or murmured behind closed doors. It was only in dreams that I heard the word shouted, screamed." And I'll go further than that.  And it's not so much because we're afraid of what we'll find in another person, a friend or relative or colleague.  It's because we are terrified that finding the darkness inside of others will wake up our own sleeping giants of darkness.  The darkness inside us.  The terror inside us.  That's why we avoid, why we distract, why we skirt the edges of this topic.  Benjamin Franklin knew this:  Nine men in ten are would-be suicides   -Poor Richard's Almanack.   Freud popularized it in 1920 -- book the Pleasure Principle.   -- he discussed the death drive: the drive toward death and destruction, often expressed through behaviors such as aggression, repetition compulsion, and self-destructiveness.  Death drive or drives went by the name Thanatos -- the Greek god personified death. Caught a lot of flak for it, then and now.  Not really widely accepted.  I think he was on to something.  Something we don't want to think about others -- that they have drives toward self-destruction.  It's something that we don't want to admit about ourselves.   If we are really honest with ourselves in looking at suicide we would realize, with John Bradford There but for the grace of God go I. We would give up our false presumptions about our own strength and our own natural resiliency.   We would realize, with Shakespeare's Lord Chancellor in Henry VIII “We all are men, in our own natures frail, and capable of our flesh; few are angels.” ― Lord Chancellor William Shakespeare, Henry VIII  We would understand Mahatma Ghandi when he said: “If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed suicide.”  We would have a lot less judgement about the souls and experience of those who killed themselves.  Yes, the action of suicide is wrong, gravely wrong, and we'll discuss that in next week's episode.  We're not minimizing the gravity of the act -- I'm talking here about the phenomenological experience of those on the brink of self-destruction and why they are there.   And we would understand something about the spiritual dimensions, the dark spiritual powers at work in suicide as well.    I could be wrong about this, but I don't think you really have any accurate idea about suicide.  Suicide is one of the most misunderstood of human actions.   Because we want to avoid the churning darkness, the despair, the hopelessness, the alienation, the trauma within us, we don't want to see it in others.  And if someone near is suicidal, we know, we know instinctively that he is tapping into his despair, his hopelessness, his alienation.  We know that our suicidal is really in the grip of her trauma and her isolation, and her excruciating pain.   And our natural response -- is to flee.  To get out of dodge.  To protect ourselves.  We rationalize it -- I'm not a professional, I'm not a counselor, I don't know what to do with all of this intensity Or we stay in there, we force ourselves to stay in relationship, feeling really inadequate, not wanting to go too deep, not wanting to screw it up -- and in our timidity and fear, we actually aren't very helpful.  OK --  I will grant you that you don't really know what to do.   And I get it that you're afraid -- maybe terrified.  OK.   This is a tough issue.  Suicide is a tough issue.  And tough issues are what we specialize in here.  [Cue music] Intro Welcome to the podcast Interior Integration for Catholics, thank you for being here with me, thank you for making it through the lead in and not fleeing from this episode.  I'm glad you and I are in this together.  And it's going to be OK.  By God's grace, together we can handle, we can work with, we can work through this topic of suicide.  We'll do it together.   I am clinical psychological Peter Malinoski and you are listening to the Interior Integration for Catholics podcast, where we take on the toughest topics, the ones others don't want to touch, and we go really deep with them.  Why?  Not out of some kind of idle curiosity.  Not out of disorder curiosity, out of some kind of psychological voyeurism.  No.  We go there in this podcast because we are working on ourselves.  On our own human formation, shoring up the natural foundation for our spiritual lives, so that we can enter into loving union with God.  That's why.  It's about removing the psychological barriers you have to a much deeper intimacy with God the Father, Jesus the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother.  In the last episode we looked at specific cases of suicide in Sacred Scripture.  This is episode number 78, released on July 26, 2021, entitled The Desperate Inner Experience of Suicidality.  We are going to enter into the phenomenological world of the suicidal person.   Why?  Why do we do that?  Why do that? Two answers.  The second answer is for going into all of this depth on suicide is so that you and I can love.  So that we can love others who are struggling with this -- and there are so many.   Franklin estimated 90%.  Nine men in ten are would-be suicides.  I think he's right, even though the vast majority of those don't even know there's a struggle going on inside them.  I think Benjamin Franklin knew about the latent potential in most people. Freud:  Thanatos.  The Death Drives.  Freud knew.  For all his faults and follies, Freud knew something about the depth of pain in people's souls.  The pain that lives in the unconscious.  Locked away, at least for a time.  Unnoticed, at least for a time.   The first answer:  Is so that we can be known and loved.  That we can accept others knowing us, and us knowing ourselves.   1 John 4:19  We love, because he first loved us.   He first loved us.  We need to let God love us.  We need to let our Lady, our Mother love us In our woundedness.  In our suffering.  In our shame, in our pain, in our fear, in our sadness, however our darkness is for us.  Whatever our darkness is.   Isaiah 9:2  The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen. Not just about the external world, but also our internal world.   The Pain Caveats -- Difficult topic.  “The pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne. The prevention of many suicides will continue to be hindered until there is a general awareness of the nature of this pain.”― William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness  “Nobody has ever killed themselves over a broken arm. But every day, thousands of people kill themselves because of a broken heart. Why? Because emotional pain hurts much worse than physical pain.”        ― Oliver Markus Malloy, Bad Choices Make Good Stories   “When people are suicidal, their thinking is paralyzed, their options appear spare or nonexistent, their mood is despairing, and hopelessness permeates their entire mental domain. The future cannot be separated from the present, and the present is painful beyond solace. ‘This is my last experiment,' wrote a young chemist in his suicide note. ‘If there is any eternal torment worse than mine I'll have to be shown.” ― Kay Redfield Jamison, Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide  ““Suicidal pain includes the feeling that one has lost all capacity to effect emotional change. The agony is excruciating and looks as if it will never end. There is the feeling of having been beaten down for a very long time. There are feelings of agitation, emptiness, and incoherence. 'Snap out of it and get on with your life,' sounds like a demand to high jump ten feet.”        ― David L. Conroy, Out of the Nightmare: Recovery from Depression and Suicidal Pain  Suicide is best understood not so much as a movement toward death as it is a movement away from something and that something is always the same: intolerable emotion, unendurable pain, or unacceptable anguish.  Maurizio Pompili & Roberto Tatarelli Parts and Suicide So helpful to think of suicide in terms of parts.   A phenomenon that a number of people have noted while in deep depression is the sense of being accompanied by a second self — a wraithlike observer who, not sharing the dementia of his double, is able to watch with dispassionate curiosity as his companion struggles against the oncoming disaster, or decides to embrace it. There is a theatrical quality about all this, and during the next several days, as I went about stolidly preparing for extinction, I couldn't shake off a sense of melodrama — a melodrama in which I, the victim-to-be of self-murder, was both the solitary actor and lone member of the audience.”   ― William Styron, Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness  Definition of Parts:  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 and also its own approach to sexuality.  Robert Falconer calls them insiders.   Each part has Personality style   Needs -- Episode 62 Attachment needs  Integrity needs   Emotions  Body sensation.   Belief.   Thought  Intentions  Desires  Attitudes  Impulses.  Interpersonal style  World view  Often have burdens  Ways of coping Review of Parts Exiles --  most sensitive -- these exiles have been exploited, rejected, abandoned in external relationships They have suffered relational traumas or attachment injuries They hold the painful experiences that have been isolated from conscious awareness to protect the person from being overwhelmed with the intensity. They desperately want to be seen and known, to be safe and secure, to be comforted and soothed, to be cared for and loved They want rescue, redemption, healing And in the intensity of their needs and emotions, they threaten to take over and destabilize the person's whole being, the person's whole system -- they want to take over the raft to be seen and heard, to be known, to be understood.  But they can flood us with the intensity of their experience And that threatens to harm external relationships Burdens they carry:  Shame, dependency, worthlessness, Fear/Terror, Grief/Loss, Loneliness, Neediness, Pain, lack of meaning or purpose, a sense of being unloved and unlovable, inadequate, abandoned Exiles' Role in Suicide Furnishing the intolerable pain.   Exiles bring the intensity. The fuel   Description of the pain of suicide -- Quotes Perhaps everything terrifying is deep down a helpless thing that needs our help,” Rainer Maria Rilke wrote to a friend and protégé, encouraging him to make peace with his inner demons.  “Actually, it was only part of myself I wanted to kill: the part that wanted to kill herself, that dragged me into the suicide debate and made every window, kitchen implement, and subway station a rehearsal for tragedy.”― Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted 1993 memoir of being in a mental hospital for 18 months in the late 1960s.  Managers These are the proactive protector parts.  They work strategically, with forethought and planning to keep in control of situations and relationships to minimize the likelihood of you being hurt.  They work really hard to keep you safe.  "Never again" attitude toward the exiles.   Very much about reducing risk of overwhelm.   controlling, striving, planning, caretaking, judging,  Can be pessimistic, self-critical, very demanding.   Firefighters When exiles break through and threaten to take over the system, this is terrifying.  The consequences of exile taking over could be disastrous.  So when these exiles are about the break out, the firefighters leap into action.  It's an emergency situation, a crisis, like a fire raging in a house.  Firefighters are focused on rescuing us from a terrible situation.   No concern for niceties, for propriety, for etiquette, for little details like that.   Firefighter take bold, drastic actions to stifle, numb or distract from the intensity of the exile's experiences.  They break down the door and spray water over everything, trying to calm the raging flames.   No concern for consequences -- don't you get it, we are in a crisis,  All kinds of addictions -- alcohol use, binge eating, shopping, sleeping, dieting, excessive working or exercise, suicidal actions, self-harm, violence, dissociation, distractions, obsessions, compulsions, escapes into fantasy, and raging.   Parts can take over the person   Firefighters' role in Suicide  Serious suicidal impulses can be driven by firefighters: Just make the pain of the exiles stop.  Suicidal firefighters are filled with hopelessness -- they don't know of another way to protect you.   They have been beaten down, sometimes literally, always figuratively.   Desperation of firefighters If we could read the secret history of our enemies we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  “In my view, suicide is not really a wish for life to end.'   What is it then?'It is the only way a powerless person can find to make everybody else look away from his shame. The wish is not to die, but to hide.”― Orson Scott Card, Ender's Shadow  “I am constantly torn between killing myself and killing everyone around me.”― David Levithan, Will Grayson, Will Grayson  “The man who kills a man kills a man. The man who kills himself kills all men. As far as he is concerned, he wipes out the world.”― G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy  Rapid Shifts among parts The man, who in a fit of melancholy, kills himself today, would have wished to live had he waited a week.  Voltaire  When you're young and healthy you can plan on Monday to commit suicide, and by Wednesday you're laughing again.  Marilyn Monroe  who died of an overdose of barbiturates in 1962 at age 36 -- ruled a probable suicide by the county coroner.  “The Suicide, as she is falling, Illuminated by the moon, Regrets her act, and finds appalling The thought she will be dead so soon.”        ― Edward Gorey  Impulse driven suicide 2015 Study in South Korea -- Clinical Psychopharmacology and Neuroscience   87% of suicide attempts were impulsive  Most common trigger was interpersonal conflict Most common diagnosis was major depression.   Often poorly planned Replicated a previous 2011 in South Korea study where 85% were impulsive 2016 South Korean Study in Psychiatry Investigation  48% of 269 suicide attempters brought to ERs were clearly impulsive, very sudden No Plan  No previous suicidal ideation.  They weren't thinking about it.    Came out of the blue   1997 Study from Sweden 44% of suicide attempts were radically impulsive.   Approach:   Always reassure dangerous firefighters that you do not aim to get rid of them.  Treat them with respect and appreciation; they have only been trying to help.  They are trying to help,  trying to protect you from misery.  If dangerous firefighters think there is an effective alternative, they are often game to try that new way They need to experience hope.  Hope is a necessity for normal life and the major weapon against the suicide impulse. Karl A. Menninger It is critically important to present them other options for safety, that they can be safe without needing suicide.   We will get into how to work with them in the next episode.   Managers' role in suicide Remember, managers are more proactive.   Managers still can be very intense, and also in a lot of pain, but they are not so reactive.   Planned Suicide Suicide seriously considered.  Suicide as a "comforting" option.  Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, poet, writer, and philologist whose work has exerted a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He began his career as a classical philologist before turning to philosophy.  The thought of suicide is a great consolation: by means of it one gets through many a dark night.” prepared a will, decided upon a method in advance, and planned the date of the attempt.   Repeated suicidal impulses from firefighter can be taken up by managers Or firefighters can take on a more managerial role  And use contemplation of suicide as a role.   Quotes “The thought that I might kill myself formed in my mind coolly as a tree or a flower.” Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist, and short-story writer -- attempted suicide several times by several means.  Succeeded at age 31, after experiencing major depression for most of her adult life.  1963.   “There are people who fantasize about suicide, and paradoxically, these fantasies can be soothing because they usually involve either fantasizing about others' reactions to one's suicide or imagining how death would be a relief from life's travails. In both cases, an aspect of the fantasy is to exert control, either over others' views or toward life's difficulties. The writer A. Alvarez stated, " There people ... for whom the mere idea of suicide is enough; they can continue to function efficiently and even happily provided they know they have their own, specially chosen means of escape always ready..." In her riveting 2008 memoir of bipolar disorder, Manic, Terri Cheney opened the book by stating, "People... don't understand that when you're seriously depressed, suicidal ideation can be the only thing that keeps you alive. Just knowing there's an out--even if it's bloody, even if it's permanent--makes the pain bearable for one more day."  This strategy appears to be effective for some people, but only for a while. Over longer periods, fantasizing about death leaves people more depressed and thus at higher risk for suicide, as Eddie Selby, Mike Amestis, and I recently showed in a study on violent daydreaming. A strategy geared toward increased feelings of self-control (fantasizing about the effects of one's suicide) "works" momentarily, but ultimately backfires by undermining feelings of genuine self-control in the long run.― Thomas Joiner, Myths About Suicide  Like a drug. Battling among Parts “The debate was wearing me out. Once you've posed that question, it won't go away. I think many people kill themselves simply to stop the debate about whether they will or they won't. Anything I thought or did was immediately drawn into the debate. Made a stupid remark—why not kill myself? Missed the bus—better put an end to it all. Even the good got in there. I liked that movie—maybe I shouldn't kill myself.”        ― Susanna Kaysen   If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide, is that considered a hostage situation?  Comedian Steven Wright   Reasons for Suicide  Suicide is complex Suicide is complex, there's never a single reason why a person contemplates taking their own life, and there are no absolute indicators that a person could be in that state. Steve Crisp   Superficial ones -- see IIC 76 section VII.  Illusory Ones  You didn't love me enough “A lot of you cared, just not enough.” ― Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why -- young adult novel  “Some people are just not meant to be in this world. It's just too much for them.” ― Phoebe Stone, The Boy on Cinnamon Street  Vincent:  Don McLean 1971 Vincent Van Gogh   You took your life as lovers often doBut I could have told you, VincentThis world was never meant for oneAs beautiful as you Deeper, more primary causes  -- unmet needs with despair that those needs will ever be met.   Attachment Needs A felt sense of safety and protection, deep sense of security felt in the bones  No parts feel this.  Feeling seen and known heard and understood -- felt attunement  Parts Isolated  Felt comfort, reassurance  Feeling valued, delighted in, cherished by the attachment figure  Felt support for the best self  When attachment needs are not met, who comes in?  Satan.    Integrity Needs All of the above.  Each one of us needs help to develop our sense of self, our identity  I exist  my existence is separate from others --  I exist in my own right, a separate person. bounded, has boundaries  My identity is stable over time and across different situations -- there is a continuity -- hard when parts are all over the place.   I can regulate myself -- I have some self-control.   Is integrated -- coherent interconnections inside between aspects of experience -- self-cohesion  Is active, with agency, can effectively function in the world  Is morally good -- ontologically or essentially good and thus has intrinsic value and worth, apart from others' opinions.   I can make sense of my experience and the world around me  Mission and Purpose in life  We also need to make good choices -- seek what is good, true and beautiful in lif   Compassionate responses When a famous person dies by suicide, we "remind" people to pick up the phone and call a hotline. "If he'd only reached out for help because help was available," is a frequent refrain, as if people who suffer don't know that and the disease doesn't disable cognitive function. We need to do more than give out phone numbers.  Bob Collins  We will be doing so much more.  Through little things and big things.  Next episode.   Action Items If you are having suicidal thoughts or know of someone who is, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 for support and assistance from a trained counselor. If you or a loved one are in immediate danger, call 911.  Resilient Catholics Community.   Catholic's Guide to Choosing a Therapist  Catholic Journeymen -- Dr. Gerry Crete community of faithful Catholic men seeking to renew their lives through prayer, personal growth, healing, and brotherhood!  Conversation hours T, R 317.567.9594  Not July 27 and July 29.   Pray for me and for the other listeners   Patronness and patron

A New Beginning with Greg Laurie
Encore | Made Man Makes Right: An Interview with Michael Franzese

A New Beginning with Greg Laurie

Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2021 20:30


In this classic interview, Pastor Greg Laurie interviews former Colombo family underboss Michael Franzese about his testimony of coming to faith in Christ.  In his past life, Michael was one of the richest and most powerful mobsters of his day, earning tens of millions of dollars from various criminal enterprises, but this is not the most incredible thing about Michael Franzese. By God's grace, the impossible happened in Michael's life: he quit the mob and lived. Christ transformed him from hardened criminal to follower of Christ.  This is an amazing and encouraging story giving hope that no one is beyond Christ and His transformative power.  This interview previously aired exclusively on A New Beginning radio. --- In honor of Father's Day, receive a FREE ebook download from Pastor Greg about the role that fathers play, Unsung Heroes. Click here to download.  Learn more about Greg Laurie and Harvest Ministries at harvest.org This podcast is supported by the generosity of our Harvest Partners. Support the show: https://harvest.org/support See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.