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The Apple Seed
You Are My Sunshine

The Apple Seed

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2022 56:50


Welcome to The Apple Seed! Some time filled with stories for you and your family. Since 2013 we've been bringing you tall tales, personal tales, fairy tales, historical tales and more. All kinds of tales, from all kinds of tellers. Life is full of ups and downs, and each moment teaches us lessons that we remember forever. Some lessons we painfully have to learn on our own, but others can be learned through those that are closest to us. Their lives and their stories can teach us about the best parts of life. As you listen to these stories today, we hope that they spark memories and stories from your own life that you can share with those you love. On today's episode, enjoy the following: “My Father and Hershel of Ostropol” by Joel ben Izzy from Buried Treasures: A Storyteller's Journey (2:10) Radio Family Journal: "Donald Herbert" by Sam Payne (15:45) The Daily Mix: "Car Wheels on a Gravel Road" with Mark Wait (21:51) “The Lap/You Are My Sunshine” by Kim Weitkamp from The Lap (30:09) “The Old Rancher” by Joe Herrington from Men of Honor (48:30) “My Town” by Michael Reno Harrell from Then There's Me (51:38)

The Optimal Life with Nate Haber
Ep. 206 - LT Bourne :: Growing Up Fatherless

The Optimal Life with Nate Haber

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 41:56


LT Bourne authored the book, "It's Not a Man's World: How I Conquered the Sins of My Father," which provides insight into the fatherless epidemic and how he persevered through his own father's abandonment. Connect with LT at https://ltbourne.com and at social media handles @iamLTbourne

Faith Bible Chapel
How to Experience the Blessing of God Through the Bible // Jason King

Faith Bible Chapel

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 46:55


How to Experience the Blessing of God Through the Bible 2 Timothy 3:14-17 (ESV)(Timothy) “Continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV)“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints, and marrow; (cutting deep) it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”  How do you approach the scriptures to receive the blessing of God? 1.      Stand in awe of His word. John 5:39 (NIV)“You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me.”2.       Kneel in submission to His word.John 14:23 (NIV)“Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”3.     Walk in the illumination of His word. Psalm 119:105 (ESV)“Your word is a light to my feet and a light to my Path” Proverbs 4:20-27 (ESV)“My son, be attentive to my words;    incline your ear to my sayings.Let them not escape from your sight;    keep them within your heart. For they are life to those who find them,    and healing to all their flesh.Keep your heart with all vigilance,    for from it flow the springs of life.Put away from you crooked speech,    and put devious talk far from you.Let your eyes look directly forward,    and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet;    then all your ways will be sure.Do not swerve to the right or to the left;    turn your foot away from evil.”

New Song Church OKC
Blocks Conference - Night 3 - Renewed Reactions

New Song Church OKC

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 7, 2022 46:34


Actions lead to reactions. The power of a circumstance in my life's future is more dependent on my reaction to it than on the circumstance itself.escape less than angry jealous fearful chained reactions. 1. The FallGod Is The Source Of Life Genesis 2:7 Then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.Acts 17:28 In him  God we live and move and have our being Isaiah 59:2  It's your sins that have cut you off from God. John 1:4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.In every person there is this innate understanding that we are not apart from God together as we should be. 2. The CrossLuke 4:18  “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released,Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Psalm 107:14  He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.2 Corinthians 5:19 God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself,Matthew 14:30 But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!”boisterous  = gusty Matthew 16:13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”Matthew 16:17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.Matthew 16:22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, “Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!” 23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are [an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”Matthew 26:33 Peter answered and said to Him, “Even if all are made to stumble because of You, I will never be made to stumble.”  Matthew 26:34 Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35 Peter said to Him, “Even if I have to die with You, I will not deny You!”Matthew 26:69 Now Peter sat outside in the courtyard. And a servant girl came to him, saying, “You also were with Jesus of Galilee.” 70 But he denied it before them all, saying, “I do not know what you are saying.” 71 And when he had gone out to the gateway, another girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This fellow also was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 But again he denied with an oath, “I do not know the Man!” 73 And a little later those who stood by came up and said to Peter, “Surely you also are one of them, for your speech betrays you.” 74 Then he began to curse and swear, saying, “I do not know the Man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus who had said to him, “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” So he went out and wept bitterly.The Keys To Renewed Reactions:1. Training2. Salvation3. Freedom 4. Assignment 5. Holy Spirit 

KERA's Think
When a difficult parent dies, grieving is complicated

KERA's Think

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 31:53


Grappling with a father's alcoholism becomes more complicated when a family lives on two sides of a border. Obed Silva joins host Krys Boyd to discuss his father, who his family left behind in Mexico to escape his drunken violence, and what it means to grieve for a complicated man who caused so much pain. His book is called “The Death of My Father the Pope: A Memoir.”

Faith Bible Chapel
Approaching 2022 with confidence // Jason King

Faith Bible Chapel

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 52:25


John 15:5 (NIV) “apart from Me you can do nothing.”John 15:1:11 (ESV)"I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in Me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, so have I loved you. Abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.”1 Corinthians 3:12-15 (NIV)“If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”John 14:1-3 (NIV)“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in Me. My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.”John 14:16-17 (NKJV)“And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever— the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.”John 14:18-19 (NKJV)“I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. “A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also.”John 14:27 (NKJV)“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”John 16:8-11 (NIV)“When He comes, He will prove the world to be in the wrong about sin and righteousness and judgment: about sin, because people do not believe in Me; about righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see Me no longer; and about judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.”John 16:20 (NIV)“Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.” 

The John Batchelor Show
3/4 A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present,by William Damon Hardcover – June 7, 2021

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 12:50


Photo: President Harding in the Newspaper Men's Golf Tournament, May 22, 1923. 3/4   A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present,by  William Damon  Hardcover – June 7, 2021  Viewing our past through the eyes of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose. In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives. For Damon, that process began by uncovering the mysterious life of his father, whom he never met and never gave much thought to. What he discovered surprised him so greatly that he was moved to reassess the events of his own life, including the choices he made, the relationships he forged, and the career he pursued. Early in his life, Damon was led to believe that his father had been killed in World War II. But the man survived and went on to live a second life abroad. He married a French ballerina, started a new family, and forged a significant Foreign Service career. He also was an excellent golfer, a bittersweet revelation for Damon, who wishes that his father had been around to teach him the game.  We follow Damon as he struggles to make sense of his father's contradictions and how his father, even though living a world apart, influenced Damon's own development in crucial ways. In his life review, Damon uses what he learned about his father to enhance his own newly emerging self-knowledge.  Readers of this book may come away inspired to conduct informal life reviews for themselves. By uncovering and assembling the often overlooked puzzle pieces of their pasts, readers can seek present-day contentment and look with growing optimism to the years ahead.

The John Batchelor Show
2/4 A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present, by William Damon Hardcover – June 7, 2021

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 9:00


Photo:  The goddess Psyche 2/4  A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present, by  William Damon  Hardcover – June 7, 2021  Viewing our past through the eyes of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose. In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives. For Damon, that process began by uncovering the mysterious life of his father, whom he never met and never gave much thought to. What he discovered surprised him so greatly that he was moved to reassess the events of his own life, including the choices he made, the relationships he forged, and the career he pursued. Early in his life, Damon was led to believe that his father had been killed in World War II. But the man survived and went on to live a second life abroad. He married a French ballerina, started a new family, and forged a significant Foreign Service career. He also was an excellent golfer, a bittersweet revelation for Damon, who wishes that his father had been around to teach him the game.  We follow Damon as he struggles to make sense of his father's contradictions and how his father, even though living a world apart, influenced Damon's own development in crucial ways. In his life review, Damon uses what he learned about his father to enhance his own newly emerging self-knowledge.  Readers of this book may come away inspired to conduct informal life reviews for themselves. By uncovering and assembling the often overlooked puzzle pieces of their pasts, readers can seek present-day contentment and look with growing optimism to the years ahead.

The John Batchelor Show
1/4 A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present, by William Damon Hardcover – June 7, 2021

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 9:50


Photo:  Cognitive psychology:  an image of mental health 1/4  A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present, by  William Damon  Hardcover – June 7, 2021  Viewing our past through the eyes of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose. In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives. For Damon, that process began by uncovering the mysterious life of his father, whom he never met and never gave much thought to. What he discovered surprised him so greatly that he was moved to reassess the events of his own life, including the choices he made, the relationships he forged, and the career he pursued. Early in his life, Damon was led to believe that his father had been killed in World War II. But the man survived and went on to live a second life abroad. He married a French ballerina, started a new family, and forged a significant Foreign Service career. He also was an excellent golfer, a bittersweet revelation for Damon, who wishes that his father had been around to teach him the game.  We follow Damon as he struggles to make sense of his father's contradictions and how his father, even though living a world apart, influenced Damon's own development in crucial ways. In his life review, Damon uses what he learned about his father to enhance his own newly emerging self-knowledge.  Readers of this book may come away inspired to conduct informal life reviews for themselves. By uncovering and assembling the often overlooked puzzle pieces of their pasts, readers can seek present-day contentment and look with growing optimism to the years ahead.

The John Batchelor Show
4/4 A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present, by William Damon Hardcover – June 7, 2021

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 7:50


Photo:  A father and son 4/4  A Round of Golf with My Father: The New Psychology of Exploring Your Past to Make Peace with Your Present, by  William Damon  Hardcover – June 7, 2021 Viewing our past through the eyes of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose. In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives. For Damon, that process began by uncovering the mysterious life of his father, whom he never met and never gave much thought to. What he discovered surprised him so greatly that he was moved to reassess the events of his own life, including the choices he made, the relationships he forged, and the career he pursued. Early in his life, Damon was led to believe that his father had been killed in World War II. But the man survived and went on to live a second life abroad. He married a French ballerina, started a new family, and forged a significant Foreign Service career. He also was an excellent golfer, a bittersweet revelation for Damon, who wishes that his father had been around to teach him the game.  We follow Damon as he struggles to make sense of his father's contradictions and how his father, even though living a world apart, influenced Damon's own development in crucial ways. In his life review, Damon uses what he learned about his father to enhance his own newly emerging self-knowledge.  Readers of this book may come away inspired to conduct informal life reviews for themselves. By uncovering and assembling the often overlooked puzzle pieces of their pasts, readers can seek present-day contentment and look with growing optimism to the years ahead.

Thru the Bible on Oneplace.com

Keep God's promises in your heart, even if you don't understand them yet. It's easy to lose sight of Godin fact, it's our natural tendency as humans. So naturally, Mary and Joseph lost sight of who Jesus was. They didn't understand when He said, Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business? Follow along as Dr. McGee recounts this story and how Mary kept all these things in her heart.

Book Dreams
Ep. 86 (Re-Release) - The Truth About the Gospel of Jesus's Wife, with Ariel Sabar

Book Dreams

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 44:57


(RE-RELEASE) What happens when a Harvard professor puts the weight of her reputation behind an alleged ancient gospel with monumental implications for the Roman Catholic Church, and the gospel turns out to be a fake? In 2012, Karen King, the Hollis Professor of Divinity at Harvard's Divinity School, announced the discovery of a gospel in which Jesus refers to “my wife.” Investigative reporter Ariel Sabar, author of Veritas: A Harvard Professor, a Con Man, and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife, was present at the announcement and helped uncover the actuality of the gospel's forgery. Ariel talks with Eve and Julie about what it was like to be in the room, across the street from the Vatican itself, when Karen King unveiled the alleged gospel. He describes the steps taken to establish that the document was forged, and his own, successful efforts to identify the man who is almost certainly the mastermind behind the forgery. And he discusses what this saga illustrates about the nature of truth and the significance of authenticity, with a consideration of the influence of Karen King's postmodernist thinking. (This episode was originally released on 9/2/21.) Ariel Sabar is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Harper's Bazaar, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He's worked as a staff writer at the Providence Journal, The Baltimore Sun, and Christian Science Monitor. Ariel won the National Book Critics Circle Award for his first book, My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past. Veritas, his book about Karen King and the Gospel of Jesus's Wife, was a finalist for the Edgar Award for best true crime book of the year and for the investigative reporters and editors book award. Find us on Twitter (@bookdreamspod) and Instagram (@bookdreamspodcast), or email us at contact@bookdreamspodcast.com. We encourage you to visit our website and sign up for our newsletter for information about our episodes, guests, and more. Book Dreams is a part of Lit Hub Radio and the Podglomerate network, a company that produces, distributes, and monetizes podcasts. For more information on how The Podglomerate treats data, please see our Privacy Policy. Since you're listening to Book Dreams, we'd like to suggest you also try other Podglomerate shows about literature, writing, and storytelling like Storybound and The History of Literature. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Daily Rosary
Dec 29, 2021, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries) | In the Memory of Maria Blanca

Daily Rosary

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021 29:00


Friends of the Rosary: The family is — or should be — an experience of love. A domestic church, as we mentioned last Sunday on the feast day of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. In addition, we all belong to a supernatural family, with Our Father, Our Brother Jesus Christ, and Our Mother the Virgin Mary, along with the companion of Archangels, Angels, Apostles, Patriarch, and Saints. We joined this heavenly family with our Baptism. When we depart from our earthly life toward the House of the Lord, there will be room for each and every one of us in there. As Jesus said, “My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14:2. That's another reason to rejoice this Christmas. Ave Maria! Jesus, I Trust In You! Holy Innocents, Pray for Us! + Mikel A. | TheRosaryNetwork.org, New York • December 29, 2021, Today's Holy Rosary, YouTube.com/TheRosaryNetwork • In the Memory of Maria Blanca: Testimonials • Free Online Video Course: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Rosary of Mary

UBM Unleavened Bread Ministries

Bless the Seed Planters (Audio) David Eells -12/29/21 Many people believe that they have arrived, and that's a sad thing. There's always a goal, and the goal is Christ and Christ-likeness, and they don't know it. For that reason, “the backsliding of the simple shall slay them.”  (Pro.1:32) For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them… When the Scripture talks about “falling away” as in (2 Thessalonians 2:3; Jude 1:24), it's talking about “backsliding” (Isaiah 57:17; Jeremiah 2:19; etc.) because both the Greek apostasia and the Hebrew meshubah have the same meaning. Apostasy, backsliding or falling away. When we are in this state our “hard drive” is infected with this world and its ways and its thinking, and it has to be renewed. We must be “transformed by the renewing of our minds”.  I know many people believe that the beginning and the end of Christianity is to “just accept Jesus as your personal Savior,” but that cannot be found written in the Word. What is written in the Word is “repent and believe,” which means to “change your mind and believe what I say”  as in (Matthew 21:32; Mark 1:15). Yet, too many people think they've stepped over some magic line and now they can just sit down and rest in the flesh, but then they can't and don't, bear fruit as in (Matthew 17:17-19; Luke 6:43).  Without bearing fruit, we are not being “born from above” (John 3:3,7). Let's go back to verse 20 and look at Who wrote “For the backsliding of the simple shall slay them.” (Pro.1:20) Wisdom crieth aloud in the street… So we see Wisdom is the One speaking here. Scripture also says, (1Co.1:24) … "Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God". This is Jesus speaking; He is the Wisdom of God. And from John, we know that He's also the Word of God. (Joh.1:1) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Therefore the Word of God is the Wisdom of God, and the Word gives you very clear directions to seek Him, not once, not by just shaking a preacher's hand or anything like that, but to seek Him and put that Wisdom into your heart.  Putting that Wisdom in your heart is what will protect and deliver you from this falling away because, as the Bible warns us, (Psa.58:3) The wicked are estranged from the womb: They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. Let's continue reading. (Pro.1:20) Wisdom crieth aloud in the street; She uttereth her voice in the broad places (That's the broad road where the “many” are {Matthew 7:13}.); (21) She crieth in the chief place of concourse; At the entrance of the gates, In the city, she uttereth her words: (22) How long, ye simple ones (The Hebrew word there is pthiy and it means “foolish; silly, as in ‘able to be seduced'; naive.” These people are “simple” for lack of the knowledge of God.).  How long, ye simple ones will ye love simplicity? And scoffers delight them in scoffing, And fools hate knowledge?   Do you know how we know that people hate knowledge? It's because they don't choose to seek it out; they choose the world and the worldly. They let someone just “tell them how it is,” or letting some false god tell them instead of seeking out their own salvation (Php.2:12) …with fear and trembling. They would rather pay some preacher to give them the “truth.” Well here's the truth, (Mat.22:14) For many are called, but few chosen. Paul said to Timothy, (2Ti.1:8) Be not ashamed therefore of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but suffer hardship with the gospel according to the power of God; (9) who saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before times eternal. Notice “Who saved us, and called us”:  You don't get called until you get saved. This “calling” is the Greek word klésis and it means “invitation.” We are being invited to partake of the things of the Kingdom of God, yet many people are not partaking of these, although it's written in there plainly. You can show it to them, but they've been inoculated by dead religion to not believe what is written and that's why many are the called and few are the chosen.  Now when you go out into a field that you have planted, which is what God has done in parables (Genesis 49:2; Isaiah 3:14,5:7,17:10,27:2; Amos 5:11; etc.), you're looking for the fruit. You're going to pick the fruit. You don't care about the plant. You plow the plant under and it goes back to the soil, just like the old body.  Jesus, in the Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:3-8,18-23; Mark 4:2-9,13-20; Luke 8:4-15) pointed out to us four different types of people, and three of the four, when they heard the Good News, fell away, even though they were the ones, at least the last three, were the ones who were called. (Mar.4:14) The sower soweth the word. (15) And these are they by the way side, where the word is sown; and when they have heard, straightway cometh Satan, and taketh away the word which hath been sown in them. (16) And these in like manner are they that are sown upon the rocky [places], who, when they have heard the word, straightway receive it with joy; (17) and they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, straightway they stumble. (18) And others are they that are sown among the thorns; these are they that have heard the word, (19) and the cares of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. (20) And those are they that were sown upon the good ground; such as hear the word, and accept it, and bear fruit, thirtyfold, and sixtyfold, and a hundredfold.  Again, three of the four types, when they heard the Good News, fell away. Only one bore fruit, thirty-, sixty-, and a hundred-fold. These are the true Kingdom people. So if you “love simplicity,” (In the way the Bible refers to it negatively) and you love the very simple lie that all you need to do is shake some preacher's hand and then go sit on a pew and wait for the rapture, well, you're one of these fools who hates knowledge. If that's all you do, you're hating knowledge.  You need to seek out your own salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12). (Pro.1:23-30) Turn you at my reproof: Behold, I will pour out my spirit upon you (Many reject the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Wisdom. If you don't seek out your own salvation, you are rejecting the Spirit of God and the Spirit of Wisdom as it was given in the book of Acts.); I will make known my words unto you. (24) Because I have called, and ye have refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man hath regarded; (25) But ye have set at nought all my counsel, And would none of my reproof: (26) I also will laugh in the day of your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; (27) When your fear cometh as a storm, And your calamity cometh on as a whirlwind; When distress and anguish come upon you. (28) Then will they call upon me, but I will not answer; They will seek me diligently, but they shall not find me: (29) For that they hated knowledge, And did not choose the fear of the Lord (The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, is it not? {Proverbs 9:10}), (30) They would none of my counsel, They despised all my reproof.  It's much simpler to let a preacher who is walking in the flesh tell you how easy it is to be in the Kingdom, and that you really don't have to lose your life as Jesus said, in order to gain your life (Matthew 16:24-25; Mark 8:34-38; Luke 9:23-24; John 12:25). “You don't really have to do that, that's the hard way, just accept Jesus as your ‘personal Savior,' sit on a pew, pay your tithes and everything will be okay.” (Pro.1:31) Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, And be filled with their own devices. Oh, the “devices” that are out there now! “Unconditional eternal security” is a particularly deadly one. It teaches that you don't have to do anything after receiving salvation, but look at what Scripture teaches. (Eph.2:8) For by grace have ye been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, [it is] the gift of God; (9) not of works, that no man should glory. (10) For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God afore prepared that we should walk in them.  Those who don't have “good works” are obviously not the people of God, and they will speak against “works,” although the Bible says just the opposite. The Bible says that you're going to be judged according to your works, and it says it very clearly, over and over and over (Hebrews 11:8-30; James 2:14-26; etc.) (I'm not referring to the self-works of justification here.) So how do we bear the fruit of good works? First of all, we have to put goodness in our heart, because it is that Wisdom of God, the Word of God, that re-programs our hard-drive to think, walk, talk, and bear the fruit of Jesus Christ.  (Pro.1:32) For the backsliding (Again, the “backsliding” is the “falling-away.”) of the simple shall slay them, And the careless ease of fools shall destroy them. (33) But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell securely, And shall be quiet without fear of evil. (Pro.2:1) My son (This is still Wisdom speaking.), if thou wilt receive my words, And lay up my commandments with thee; (2) So as to incline thine ear unto wisdom, And apply thy heart to understanding; (3) Yea, if thou cry after discernment, And lift up thy voice for understanding… The Bible promises that if you ask the Lord for wisdom, He will give it to you. If you ask Him for understanding, He will give it to you. Don't be double-minded, but ask Him and seek Him (James 1:5-8). Ask Him even to put it in your heart to desire it.  When I first came to the Lord, I didn't have any foundation in Scripture whatsoever, but when I started reading it, a supernatural desire fell over me to seek after wisdom, to seek after knowledge. A supernatural desire fell over me to find out about this God. I had been lied to about this God when I was in the Catholic church and I had to look in the Scriptures for myself to find out the truth. Everything else fell by the wayside as God kept on leading me through this desire for truth. Nothing else was important. All of my hobbies that I loved before fell by the wayside because, suddenly, this was the important thing. If you don't have that gift, you need to ask God for that gift. (Pro.2:4) If thou seek her (If you seek Wisdom.) as silver, And search for her as for hid treasures: (5) Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord (Yes, you must have the fear of the Lord. Many people hear the Scriptures, but totally ignore what they've heard because they don't have the fear of the Lord.), And find the knowledge of God. (6) For the Lord giveth wisdom; Out of his mouth [cometh] knowledge and understanding:  (7) He layeth up sound wisdom for the upright; [He is] a shield to them that walk in integrity; (8) That he may guard the paths of justice, And preserve the way of his saints. (9) Then shalt thou understand righteousness and justice, And equity, [yea,] every good path. (10) For wisdom shall enter into thy heart, And knowledge shall be pleasant unto thy soul; (11) Discretion shall watch over thee; Understanding shall keep thee: (12) To deliver thee from the way of evil, From the men that speak perverse things; (13) Whoso forsaketh the paths of uprightness, To walk in the ways of darkness (Which is what so many people do: they get saved, and then continue to walk in the same way they've always walked, not seeking out the knowledge and wisdom of God to know even what is the Will of God.); (14) Who rejoice to do evil, And delight in the perverseness of evil; (15) Who are crooked in their ways, And wayward in their paths: (16) To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words. The “strange woman” is the “harlot” of Revelation 17, but that harlot is the “mother of the harlots” of the earth (Revelation 17:5). All of those sects that came out of the mother are also called “harlots” because every one of those denominations received their own seed, the seed that wasn't the seed of the Husband. That makes them harlots. They received their own wisdom and their own knowledge. The knowledge of the Gospel is being ignored. They've reduced it to nothing more than moralizing and there is no hope for moralizing. Those apostate preachers may get up and give a Scripture verse or two on Sunday morning, but the rest of the time, it's all their knowledge and their wisdom.  Folks, there's nothing more important than the Word of God! The Word going into your heart re-creates Jesus Christ in you. He is the Word. It's the Word that does this; nothing else can do it. No moralizing can do it. You can go to some church and get moralized every Sunday and maybe even every Wednesday, if you're really diligent to go after moralizing, but moralizing won't give you the knowledge of the Gospel. Moralizing won't give you the knowledge of how you can receive, freely, the Nature of Jesus Christ. It won't give you that confidence that this is your gift from God, that this is the reconciliation that He gave you at the Cross (Romans 5:10-11; 2 Corinthians 5:18-20; Colossians 1:21-22).  He took your life, nailed it on the Cross, and gave you His Life. As Paul proclaimed, (Gal.2:20) I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that [life] which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, [the faith] which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself up for me. In other words, “Now it's no longer I that live, it's Christ that lives in me.” (Pro.2:16 ) To deliver thee from the strange woman, Even from the foreigner that flattereth with her words (Those apostate preachers will make it easy for you. They will invite you to believe in ‘once saved, always saved.' You won't have to do anything; just believe it.” They will lead you in their crooked ways and in their wayward paths.); (17) That forsaketh the friend of her youth (That's the One Who saved you in the beginning, Jesus, the One you loved in the beginning. Now they want to give you another “Jesus” and another “gospel” and another “spirit.”), And forgetteth the covenant of her God… Some people don't even get to know that Covenant before they're led astray from the Bible by the teachings of men.  As Jesus said to the Pharisees of His day, (Mar.7:6) … Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, But their heart is far from me. (7) But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men. (8) Ye leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men. (9) … Full well do ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your tradition… (13) making void the word of God by your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things ye do.  There's no difference in the nature of man from the time Jesus said that until now. We must repent and believe what He says; this is how we are re-programmed to walk the straight walk. (Pro.2:18) For her house inclineth unto death, And her paths unto the dead. It's true; every one of those harlots' houses “inclineth unto death.” A sister I once knew shared this dream with me. She said, “I went to three doors and knocked on them, and every time, a harlot answered the door. Then the fourth time, I went and knocked on your door, and I saw you. What do you think that means?” So I asked, “How many religions have you gone to?” She answered, “Three.” I told her, “Yeah, that's what I thought.” (Pro.2:19) None that go unto her return again, Neither do they attain unto the paths of life: (20) That thou mayest walk in the way of good men, And keep the paths of the righteous. (21) For the upright shall dwell in the land…  This is the land of God's people, the Promised Land, and each promise that we read in the Word will become ours if we are bold to stand on it. (Deu.11:24) Every place whereon the sole of your foot shall tread shall be yours… God is saying, “Every place you put your foot, I will give it to you.” God has given us this “land” that we walk in, which is this flesh that comes from the earth, in order for us to conquer it. And those tribes that originally inhabited the land, the Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, and so on (Deuteronomy 7:1-3), all represent the lusts of the “old man” that had to be conquered in order to take that land for the spiritual man, Jesus Christ, Who is (Col.1:27) … Christ in you, the hope of glory. He's growing in you like a little baby. You must feed Him; don't feed the flesh, feed Him.  (Mat.12:46) While he (Jesus) was yet speaking to the multitudes, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, seeking to speak to him. (47) And one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, seeking to speak to thee. (48) But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? (49) And he stretched forth his hand towards his disciples, and said, Behold, my mother and my brethren! (50) For whosoever shall do the will of my Father who is in heaven, he is my brother, and sister, and mother. Those who do the Will of the Father are those who are bringing forth the fruit of Jesus Christ in their life.  (Pro.2:21) For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the perfect shall remain in it. There is a great falling-away because there is a broad road to destruction, as Jesus said. (Mat.7:13) Enter ye in by the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many are they that enter in thereby. (14) For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeth unto life, and few are they that find it. We don't know the narrow road unless we study the wisdom of God, which is all through the Bible. (2Jn.1:9) Whosoever goeth onward and abideth not in the teaching of Christ, hath not God: he that abideth in the teaching, the same hath both the Father and the Son.  It's not who starts out with you; it's who continues. There are lots of people who think they know the teaching, but they're getting it second-, third-, fourth-, fifth-hand. The only way you're going to know the teaching and the wisdom of God is to study the Word and seek out the wisdom of God for yourself. Don't go into a dead church and be leavened the rest of your life. We just read that people go there and they don't ever come out! They're wasting their life, never coming to know the wisdom of God. (Pro.2:21) For the upright shall dwell in the land, And the perfect shall remain in it. (“Perfect” is a word that also means “mature.” Those who come into the Image of Christ are mature.) (22) But the wicked shall be cut off from the land, And the treacherous shall be rooted out of it. This is still talking about the same people; the wicked are the treacherous. (Mat.22:14) For many are called, but few chosen.  You see, the wicked may start out with you, but they don't finish with you. (1Jn.2:19) They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would have continued with us: but [they went out,] that they might be made manifest that they all are not of us. The wicked will be cut off from the land, which is the Land of Promise. They will not know the promises, they will not live by the promises. Paul exhorted God's people to not be sons of the “handmaid,” but to be sons of the “freewoman,” because it's going to be proven that not everyone who is a son of Abraham is chosen. Many are called, but few are chosen. (Gal.4:22) For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, one by the handmaid, and one by the freewoman. (23) Howbeit the son by the handmaid is born after the flesh; but the [son] by the freewoman [is born] through promise.  The promise is what begets you again unto Jesus Christ and everything that He is and all that He does and thinks. It's the promise that does this. It is not being moralized; it is not joining a religion. The son of the free-woman is born through promise. Abraham so badly wanted Ishmael to be chosen by God, and I, too, have wanted people to be chosen by God, and I, too, have “sown seed” in both the “freewoman” and the “handmaid.” And when the sons of the handmaid begin to fall away, I cry for them, but they are manifesting who they are. (Gal.4:24) Which things contain an allegory: for these [women] are two covenants; one from mount Sinai, bearing children unto bondage, which is Hagar. If you're born of “Hagar” then you're in bondage. Even while you're in religion, you can be in bondage just as the Israelites were. They were in so much bondage that when Jesus came to bring them to the higher order, they refused to come out of bondage.  (25) Now this Hagar is mount Sinai in Arabia (It was the Israelites who went to Mount Sinai and so Paul is applying this to them, because they were in bondage and they didn't know it.) and answereth to the Jerusalem that now is (That's the physical Jerusalem over there in the Middle East that's in bondage.): for she is in bondage with her children. (26) But the Jerusalem that is above is free, which is our mother. Praise the Lord! We are being born of the Word from above, first spirit, then soul, and then body.  The “soul” is the mind, the will, and the emotions. Your soul has to walk after the Spirit to receive the nature of that Spirit in order for you to bear His fruit in your soul. (Rom.8:13) For if ye live after the flesh, ye must die; but if by the Spirit ye put to death the deeds of the body, ye shall live. (14) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. When you were first saved, you received a born again spirit, but now you have to go on to bear fruit in your soul. Only if you bear the fruit, which is Christ-likeness, will you get that new body, the born-again body, like His Body.  Now those harlots' houses tell you to just “step over the line” and that all you need to be is born-again in your spirit. No, that's not enough because you haven't borne fruit in your soul yet. So how do you bear fruit? The way you bear fruit immediately is that you believe you have received. Jesus said, (Mar.11:24) … All things whatsoever ye pray and ask for, believe ye received (The Greek word there lambanó is past tense in the original.) them, and ye shall have them. You walk by faith for them until you see them. This way you are accounted as righteous until you are righteous, which is bearing fruit. Everything that the Lord offers will be nothing to the person who doesn't reach out and receive the promises by faith. They will not come to pass, and Paul tells us why. (Heb.4:2) … The word of hearing did not profit them, because it was not united by faith with them that heard. You see, they didn't mix faith with the words. (Escape the Falling Away PDF)   Jesus Chooses the Meal Planners for His Bride Anonymous - 12/24/21 (David's notes in red) I dreamed I was in an apartment with white walls. Many were in the apartment with me and I knew we all had to share the space. (Eph. 2:19-22 So then ye are no more strangers and sojourners, but ye are fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God, 20 being built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the chief corner stone; 21 in whom each several building, fitly framed together, groweth into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom ye also are builded together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.) There were men sitting around the dining table talking and discussing ministry plans and kingdom matters. (I believe these are the apostate ministers who talk the talk but don't walk the walk. They are not interested in serving the food to the people. They are living high off the hog but feeding left over scraps to the people.) There were women standing around and talking in small groups. They all seemed to have grouped together according to their traits or commonalities and the things they enjoyed or thought were important. There was one woman in the kitchen area who was on the phone all the time. She was sort of a busy body and liked to gossip about all the latest happenings and what was going on with different people. (These represent the denominations and sects of Christianity.) At first, I was in the living room organizing and getting rid of clutter. This was a challenge for me because sometimes I didn't know what was important to keep and what was needing to be thrown out. I was dealing with some issues myself, but I kept my focus and continued, as best I could, to clean and organize the place to make it nice for the others. (As we grow and mature in Christ, He helps us to discern what we need to get rid of in our lives so that we can be better ambassadors for Christ to others.) I was keeping my nose to the grindstone, so to speak, and not allowing myself to be distracted with the different groups of women even though I overheard occasionally what they were saying. (If we stay focused on living the Word in our lives every day, we will not get distracted and off course with the sects.) I ended up in the kitchen with a meal planner book on top of the stove and a notepad. I was working hard to plan meals every week and preparing to go to the store with my list to buy the items that I needed to make the meals when Jesus appeared in front of me. (Representing prioritizing my own spiritual food needs so that I would be healthy to be what the Kingdom and its people need.  I.e. to hear the Gospel and be an example of discipleship that others be edified.) He was very tall with broad shoulders and dressed like I imagine he would have been dressed when he walked with His disciples the first time He came to earth. David was filling the inside of Jesus. I.E Jesus was filled with David. (This is the make up of the David Man-child body of reformers.  2Co 3:18  But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord the Spirit.   1Jn 2:4-6  He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;  5  but whoso keepeth his word, in him verily hath the love of God been perfected. Hereby we know that we are in him:  6  he that saith he abideth in him ought himself also to walk even as he walked.) David in Jesus looked for me right away and came into the kitchen. He had passed by the other groups of women and found me diligently planning the meals and He held out His hand to me. (Song 6:8-9 There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, And virgins without number. 9 My dove, my undefiled, is but one; She is the only one of her mother; She is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and called her blessed; Yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her.) I looked up from my lists and the meal planner and noticed Jesus standing in front of me with His hand extended. I was surprised to see Him and I took His hand. (Pro. 31:13-31 She seeketh wool and flax, And worketh willingly with her hands. 14 She is like the merchant-ships; She bringeth her bread from afar. 15 She riseth also while it is yet night, And giveth food to her household, And their task to her maidens. 16 She considereth a field, and buyeth it; With the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard. 17 She girdeth her loins with strength, And maketh strong her arms. 18 She perceiveth that her merchandise is profitable: Her lamp goeth not out by night... 20 She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; Yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy... 25 Strength and dignity are her clothing; And she laugheth at the time to come. 26 She openeth her mouth with wisdom; And the law of kindness is on her tongue. 27 She looketh well to the ways of her household, And eateth not the bread of idleness. 28 Her children rise up, and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praiseth her, saying: 29 Many daughters have done worthily, But thou excellest them all. 30 Grace is deceitful, and beauty is vain; But a woman that feareth Jehovah, she shall be praised. 31 Give her of the fruit of her hands; And let her works praise her in the gates.) He announced to me in everyones hearing, “I choose you.” (When the Man-child comes abiding in Christ he will do what Jesus did, chose who John the Baptist said was the Bride.)  I was surprised because I knew all of my own struggles. I looked around to all the other groups of women and asked Him, “Why not them?” They also seemed to be busy and belong to the kingdom. They had gifts the Lord had given them. But they did not seem impressed or even aware of the Lord's presence. (Many won't recognize Christ in the Man-child ministers when He appears again because this is history repeating.) He said, "They put on outward shows of importance and busyness but they were not about My Father's business.” I began to look around at the different groups of women. One group was talking about shopping trips, hobbies and superficial things and the Lord said, “They have no depth” (Meaning of relationship with Him.  Mark 4:5-6 And other fell on the rocky ground, where it had not much earth; and straightway it sprang up, because it had no deepness of earth: 6 and when the sun was risen, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.  I looked at another group who seemed, at least outwardly, to put on a good show of piety and gifts and good works but they were doing these things to impress the others and to gain the approval of men but they were idle when no one was looking. The Lord said of this group, “They think they are deserving of the position because of what they have done and the praise they receive from one another and from men. But they are idle with most of their time and not good stewards with what they've been given. They justify themselves and prate their time away.” (Mat. 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.) Then I looked at the woman who had been standing in the kitchen behind me on the phone and said, “What of her?” The Lord said, “She is least of all; a gossip and a busy body. She and her works are not pleasing to My Father.” She had filled up all her time with unprofitable words; many times under the guise of concern and prayer requests for others and their situations, but in reality this fueled her fleshly desire to gossip and know everybody else's business. (1Ti. 5:13 And withal they learn also to be idle, going about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.) I asked Him, “Well, why me? I also have struggled and am not perfect. It's hard for me to organize and know what to throw out and get rid of so that your house is not cluttered, although I do the best I can.” He said, “When I came, you were the one I found diligently working. My Father is pleased with your planning of the meals.” Then I woke up. I thought of this text in Mat 24:42-46  Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. 44 Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh. 45 Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season? 46 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47 Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath.   Select LanguageAfrikaansAlbanianAmharicArabicArmenianAzerbaijaniBasqueBelarusianBengaliBosnianBulgarianCatalanCebuanoChichewaChinese (Simplified)Chinese (Traditional)CorsicanCroatianCzechDanishDutchEsperantoEstonianFilipinoFinnishFrenchFrisianGalicianGeorgianGermanGreekGujaratiHaitian CreoleHausaHawaiianHebrewHindiHmongHungarianIcelandicIgboIndonesianIrishItalianJapaneseJavaneseKannadaKazakhKhmerKinyarwandaKoreanKurdish (Kurmanji)KyrgyzLaoLatinLatvianLithuanianLuxembourgishMacedonianMalagasyMalayMalayalamMalteseMaoriMarathiMongolianMyanmar (Burmese)NepaliNorwegianOdia (Oriya)PashtoPersianPolishPortuguesePunjabiRomanianRussianSamoanScots GaelicSerbianSesothoShonaSindhiSinhalaSlovakSlovenianSomaliSpanishSundaneseSwahiliSwedishTajikTamilTatarTeluguThaiTurkishTurkmenUkrainianUrduUyghurUzbekVietnameseWelshXhosaYiddishYorubaZulu Powered by Translate Printer-friendly version

Rev. Rodney Kleyn on SermonAudio
My Father's Hand of Providence

Rev. Rodney Kleyn on SermonAudio

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 51:00


A new MP3 sermon from First Protestant Reformed Church is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: My Father's Hand of Providence Speaker: Rev. Rodney Kleyn Broadcaster: First Protestant Reformed Church Event: Sunday Service Date: 12/26/2021 Bible: Romans 8 Length: 51 min.

Firm Foundation with Bryan Hudson
What We Know AFTER Christmas

Firm Foundation with Bryan Hudson

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 15:38


What We Know After Christmas DOWNLOAD KEYNOTE SLIDES 1. LIGHT ALWAYS SHINES IN YOUR DARKNESS Matthew 4:16 NIV, The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned. (From Isaiah 9:2) 2. GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES 3. THERE IS PURPOSE, PROMISE, AND POWER IN JESUS NAME Matthew 1:21, And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.         4. EVERY MENTION OF HIS NAME DECLARES THAT HE CAME TO DELIVER, SAVE, AND RESCUE YOU Luke 2:21, On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived  5. BECAUSE OF JESUS, WE RISE Luke 2:34, Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against."        6. WISDOM IS NOT ONLY FOR THE OLD, BUT FOR THE YOUNG Luke 2:40, And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him. 7. GOD PROTECTS YOU FROM DESTROYERS OF LIFE AND PURPOSE 8. INTER-GENERATIONAL LEARNING AND GROWING IS GOD'S PLAN Luke 2:46, Now so it was that after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 49, "Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I must be about My Father's business?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He spoke to them.      

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Sermons
Sunday December 26, 2021 (Pastor Hermanson)

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 13:23


I Had to Be in My Father's House Luke 2:41-52

Fusion Church
HOW DO I FIND TRUE REST?

Fusion Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 33:06


HOW DO I FIND TRUE REST? Hebrews 4:9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God's rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. 7 Areas of Rest Available to You: Spiritual Rest Physical Rest Mental Rest Emotional Rest Sensory Rest Creative Rest Social Rest R. RETURN E. ETERNAL S. SABBATH T. TRUST 1) RETURN Zechariah 1:3 (NIV): 3 Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,' declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,' says the Lord Almighty. RETURN = motion back in direction of point of departure QUESTION: TO FIND TRUE REST, IN WHAT AREAS DO YOU NEED TO RETURN TO GOD? 2) ETERNAL John 10:28–30 (NIV) 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV): 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. QUESTION: ARE YOUR EYES FIXED ON THE ETERNAL OR THE THINGS OF THIS WORLD? 3) SABBATH Exodus 31:15–17 (NIV) 15 For six days work is to be done, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, holy to the Lord. Whoever does any work on the Sabbath day is to be put to death. 16 The Israelites are to observe the Sabbath, celebrating it for the generations to come as a lasting covenant. 17 It will be a sign between me and the Israelites forever, for in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.' Mark 2:27 (NIV) 27 Then he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. QUESTION: DO YOU HAVE A 24HR PERIOD OF FOCUSING ON GOD IN YOUR WEEK? WHAT PRACTICAL STEPS DO YOU NEED TO TAKE TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN IN 2022? 4) TRUST Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the one who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. A PRAYER FOR THE OVERWHELMED Jesus, I'm tired. My body is fatigued, my soul is weary, and my mind is full of anxiety, I need Your peace. I need to feel the comfort of resting in Your love, the contentment of trusting in Your goodness, and the joy of experiencing Your presence. I choose today to lay my burdens down at Your feet. I choose to stop long enough to remember You are with me on this journey. I choose to return to Your ways and return to your rest. Open my eyes to see beauty in all You have created. Open my heart to see You in every gift I enjoy. Pour into the empty places in my life until in exchange the overwhelm for Your overflow. Amen. APPLICATION WHAT IS THE HOLY SPIRIT SAYING TO YOU. FREE SACRED REST STRATEGY https://bit.ly/3mtbugq FREE SACRED REST QUIZ FOUND HERE https://bit.ly/3pkdSbb

Ten Thousand Worlds
The Family Altar Audio Devotional – Day 359

Ten Thousand Worlds

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 6:15


Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee. (Song of Solomon 1:4) 290 Nothing will ever touch that sod but holiness, the Redeemed. Oh, my! Yeah. Oh, I just feel so good. God, and His creation; and His creatures of this creation is redeemed by His Own Blood. Cleansed by His Own cleansing process; His germ-killing, sin-killing process! 291 Like if anything is sterilized, the best sterilization we've ever had has been fire. You can take anything and wash it with soapsuds and all these chemicals that they talk about, it still ain't free. But you burn it once! 292 And when the holy Fire of God sterilizes the earth with the Chemicals; He has lifted His Bride, which can come into Heaven with Him, while this is going on. And comes back upon the earth again, a New Heavens and a New Earth. The cold winter can't hurt it. The hot summers can't hurt it. The deserts will blossom as a rose. Sin and sinners are gone. 293 God, and His creatures and creation, is dwelling together in perfect harmony. As the heavens and the earth is husband and wife, so is Christ and the Church, and they all meet in one big glorious plan of redemption and is brought right into the bosoms of God again. You see it? 294 And, in the New Earth, there is a New City. Oh, my! Now listen close. Don't forget this. That, Jesus said, in John 14, He would go to prepare. “Let not your hearts be troubled.” When He's going away, “I have a reason to go away. You've believed in God,” He said, “believe also in Me.” They couldn't see that He was God. Said, “You've believed in God, now you believe in Me. And I'm going to prepare a Place for you. In My Father's House is many mansions; in My Father's Kingdom is many palaces.” Christ is there, under the construction of this New Jerusalem now. Now listen close. Don't move. Don't, don't miss this. Christ is in Heaven, today, preparing the New Jerusalem. 295 Just as God created the earth in six days, made the earth in six days, or six thousand years. As he said, “Be not ignorant,” we read in the Scripture, “one thousand years is one day.” 296 And Christ has gone and is preparing a Place, that's been on its construction for many, many thousands of years, preparing a Place. “And if I go and prepare a Place, I will come again, and receive you; that wherever I am, there you may be also.” Notice the Redeemer and the Redeemed! 297 Wish we had time now. I got marked here, Solomon quoting, “this girl, the Bride.” Oh, we just have to omit it; it's getting too late, see. I'll get it, again. “When he tries to get her, but she's engaged to a shepherd boy.” Some probably thought that was a song he sang. Oh, no. Solomon was the throne inherit of David, on earth, but showed that kingdom had to pass away. It was a type of Christ in love with the Bride. See? 64-0802 - "The Future Home Of The Heavenly Bridegroom And The Earthly Bride" Rev. William Marrion Branham ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Order your own copy of the Family Altar at http://store.bibleway.org Appreciate what we do? Consider supporting us: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/support --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/support

Sermons by Bob Vincent and Others
Christ's Birth and the Heavenly Powers

Sermons by Bob Vincent and Others

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 16:00


This is a meditation for our Christmas Eve Service.--I am indebted to my friend, Will Varner, for some of the ideas expressed in this message, particularly his chapter, -A Not so Silent Night,- in his -Anticipating the Advent- Looking for Messiah in All the Right Places-. Dr. Varner and I studied Greek together beginning in 1965, and he was a groomsman in my wedding.--'Suddenly a vast, heavenly army appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, -Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people with whom he is pleased--' -Luke 2-13-14, NET Bible-.--Dr. Varner comments- 'In the Garden, He acknowledged that He had a spiritual army ready to be called to active duty- -Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels-- -Matt 26-53-. In other words, Satan had his legions and Jesus had His legions. Is it a stretch to think that the legions of angels ready to do the bidding of their Commander in Matthew 26 are identical to the legions of the heavenly host --stratia-- that evening outside Bethlehem- To borrow a modern expression, I think that the song sung to the shepherds the night of Jesus' birth was the celestial version of -Hail to the Chief.- In other words, that so-called -Silent Night- was the beginning of war-' -William Varner, -Anticipating the Advent- -Dallas, TX- Fontes Press-, pp. 63-64.-

BIBLE IN TEN
Acts 3:18

BIBLE IN TEN

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 12:49


Saturday, 25 December 2021   But those things which God foretold by the mouth of all His prophets, that the Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled. Acts 3:18   Peter, after having clearly identified the men of Israel as having been those who killed their Messiah, then noted that they did it in ignorance. A sin of ignorance, as was seen in the previous commentary, could be forgiven with the appropriate sacrifices. But now, Peter doesn't say to them, “You must observe the rituals laid down by Moses for the atonement of your sins.” Rather, he immediately turns to explain what those sacrifices only anticipated. He does this by beginning with, “But those things.”   This is referring to what he had just said in the previous verses –   But you denied the Holy One and the Just, and asked for a murderer to be granted to you, 15 and killed the Prince of life, whom God raised from the dead, of which we are witnesses.   What Peter is saying is that what occurred in the betrayal and crucifixion of Christ Jesus had a set purpose. Despite the fact that Israel did these things, thus bearing guilt for their actions, the very things they did actually served as the means of making their own forgiveness possible. This continues to be seen with the words, “which God foretold.”   In other words, the things that happened to Jesus were actually prophesied in advance, meaning that God knew what would occur. Despite this, two things are to be taken as axioms: 1) God did not cause the events. His foreknowledge does not mean active participation in the event. And 2) the people bore guilt for their actions. God's foreknowledge does not negate personal culpability in the things that they participated in.   God, knowing all things and understanding the hearts of the people of Israel, foresaw their rejection of Christ and allowed them to continue through with His crucifixion, knowing that it would be the means by which the world could be saved. What should have occurred, came about. God's plans and purposes were fulfilled exactly as spoken “by the mouth of all His prophets.”   This is clearly evidenced throughout Scripture, especially it is seen in typology, but it is also directly prophesied to have occurred at times. Jesus indicated this after the resurrection –   Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Luke 24:25-27   The word of God reveals Jesus. From beginning to end, He is the main subject of what God is doing in the span of redemptive history. The word of God is given to show this. And the word of God clearly revealed the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of man. Of all of the words of the prophets, this is most explicitly seen in Isaiah 52:13-53:12. Take the time to read that short passage today, thinking about how they point to the Person of Jesus. In those words, as elsewhere in Scripture, it clearly indicates “that the Christ would suffer.”   By saying this, Peter is plainly and unambiguously saying that the sufferings of Christ were prophesied in advance, and that what happened to Him was in fulfillment of Scripture. As this is so, and as all of the sacrificial system pointed to what He would do, Scripture – meaning the Law of Moses – is fulfilled in Him. As such, it is now set aside (made obsolete and annulled) in Him.   With this understanding, Peter is indicating that Jesus – not the sacrificial system of the law – is the only Sacrifice acceptable to atone for what they had done. Depending on our knowledge of the Old Testament, we may or may not get this. But the men standing before Peter would. They had heard that God foretold these things, that Christ was the fulfillment of what was spoken forth, and that there was intent and purpose behind those events. Everything added up, and they would have fully grasped this, whether they believed it or not.   This is perfectly evident from discussions with Jews today. Any Jew who is even remotely versed in Scripture, and who understands who Jesus is, knows fully well that Christians believe this to be true. They grasp the theology mentally, but they do not believe it to be so. They also know it because throughout the centuries, a remnant of believing Jews has always existed. There are Jews who have not only grasped what is said, but they have believed it. Of these things concerning the sufferings of Christ that were prophesied in advance, Peter – still speaking of God in Christ – says, “He has thus fulfilled.”   As before, this does not mean that God actively caused these things to happen. And further, God could have actively stopped them from happening. This is evidenced by Jesus' words prior to His crucifixion –   But Jesus said to him, “Put your sword in its place, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot now pray to My Father, and He will provide Me with more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then could the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must happen thus?” Matthew 26:52-54   God allowed the events to take their course because He knew that what Christ would do was necessary for restoration between Him and man to take place. But the guilt of what took place rests squarely upon Israel for their actions, the denial they professed, and the rejection that occurred among them. Peter has stated it is so, he has shown that Scripture confirms his words, and he will next explain what they need to do in order to be forgiven for their actions. He will also explain to them what a failure to do what is necessary will mean for them.   Life application: When thought through, this verse is a good one to understand other important issues that arise in theology, such as the process of salvation. For example, many people believe that because God knows in advance what will transpire, it necessarily follows that man does not actually have free will. This is nonsense, and that becomes perfectly evident from evaluating this verse.   If that were so, then there would be no culpability for Israel's actions in having crucified their Messiah. Peter clearly told them that Scripture foretold what would happen. And yet, he also unmistakably has told them that they are guilty before God because of it, and they must do something in order to be absolved of their guilt. God's foreknowledge in no way negates man's free will, nor the guilt that comes from exercising it.   Further, God's foreknowledge in no way negates man's responsibility toward the gospel. As an example, Calvinism teaches that man does not have free will in choosing Christ. It says that man is incapable of calling out to God because he is totally depraved. But total depravity can have various meanings. Just two of the many examples of total depravity are:   Man is completely fallen and cannot choose what is good. The image of God in him is erased. Man is fallen and can do nothing pleasing to God because he bears a sin nature. But man still bears the image of God, even if it is marred. He still has a knowledge of what is right and wrong. He can see the good and choose it.    The first is wrong on the surface. James 3:9 clearly indicates that the image of God in man remains. And more, Genesis 3:22 plainly indicates that in the fall of man, he obtained the knowledge of good and evil. He can know the difference and choose what is good and what is evil (see Genesis 4:7).   With the incorrect view of man in relation to God, Calvinism says that man cannot receive Christ without God intervening. As such, it teaches that God chooses who will be saved, He regenerates their spirit (they are born again), they then can choose what is good by calling on Christ, and they are then saved. In essence, a person is saved before he is saved. It is confused thinking and poor theology.   Calvinists cling to John 6:44 as evidence of their view –   No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.   Using this verse as a stand-alone rejects the entire context of what Jesus is saying. In John 5, Jesus distinctly indicates that God uses Scripture for this very purpose. God the Father IS DRAWING man through the word of God. The word of God speaks of Christ, and Christ came to fulfill Scripture. As such, Jesus later says in John 12:32 –   “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”    In every numbering system ever devised, except that used by Calvinists, 12:32 comes after 6:44. There is a reason why Jesus' words are placed there. It is because Scripture is used to draw man to God. Jesus fulfills and thus embodies Scripture. Therefore, when He is crucified, He will become the principal means for God to draw men to Himself. This is just one of the many points where Calvinism incorrectly uses Scripture to come to erroneous conclusions concerning key theological points of doctrine. Conclusion to life application: Calvinism is a failed theological system.   Lord God, thank You for the offer of Jesus Christ that has been presented to all people. It is by personal faith, through free will, that we are allowed to believe or reject Your offer. This demonstrates a great care for Your creatures. You allow us, without forcing us, to simply believe and be saved. Thank You for this offer of peace and reconciliation. Yes, thank You for the gospel of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

At Home In The Word - John 1:14
Right Place, Right Time

At Home In The Word - John 1:14

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2021 12:24


John 14:21 “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”

United Church of God Sermons
Are You Prepared?

United Church of God Sermons

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2021 62:07


By Dan Taylor in Lubbock, TX - December 18, 2021 - There is a warning that Jesus Christ gives us that should shake all of us out of any lethargy we may have. But sometimes, if we are not careful such warnings can become like the knick knacks on our shelves, just part of the scenery. Christ used the example of a fig tree giving signs of the seasons coming on, then He stated the following: turn with me to Matthew 24:36, "But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. vs37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the son of Man be. vs38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, vs39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be." On down to verse 42 "Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord in coming. vs43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. vs44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect." Are we ready? Are we prepared?

What Just Happened?
My Favorite Movie ... of All Time? (Ep. 108)

What Just Happened?

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 82:05


It's hard to say what your single "favorite" movie is. While it has its flaws, David makes the case for why the 2014 Korean film "Ode to My Father" may be his all time favorite. It's fair to say Eugene ... has some thoughts! :) As always, thank you for listening! We are taking a "winter break" following this episode and will be back early next year. Merry Christmas everyone! Wherever you are, happy holidays and we'll see you in 2022! Ode to My Father can be streamed here: https://www.ondemandkorea.com/ode-to-my-father.html My reading journey: https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/34364-david?order=d&shelf=read&sort=date_read SUBSCRIBE, RATE, and REVIEW What Just Happened? on iTunes, Overcast, Stitcher, Google Play, and Spotify. Reach us at Facebook: www.facebook.com/whatjusthappenedpodcast Twitter @davidgchang whatjustpodcast @ gmail . com "I know all about how much you suffered. I will always be grateful. You did all the things I couldn't do." - Ode to My Father

Prayer 2021
Prayer 2021 - December 21 - Follow Your Spirit - Not Your Circumstances pt 1

Prayer 2021

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 7:12


Scripture For Today:Matthew 26:39“Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” Follow Your Spirit – Not Circumstances pt 1I know I've taught a lot this year from 1 John 5:14-15… but that is because it is a powerful scripture that should give us great confidence in that our prayers are heard. In fact, let's read it again right now:  “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask any thing according to His will, He hears us; and if we know that He hears us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we HAVE the petitions that we desired of Him.” We talked before about knowing God's will during our prayer time. I discussed, in great detail, that God's will is expressed through His Word. God's Word – the Bible – is His Will. Think about what we call the two major divisions of the Bible: The OLD Testament and the NEW Testament. Right? In legal proceedings, when someone dies and they want to leave what possessions and valuables, etc. to certain people, what is that called?  Their “WILL.”  Right? And what do the lawyers put at the top of the document in most cases? “This is the last “will and testament” of “so and so.”  Right? Now, stick with me here… WAY BACK, in Genesis, Satan stole Adam's inheritance by deceiving Adam into giving up his authority. God promised that there would be “one who heel you bruise but whose heel will crush your head.”   From that moment on – God's WILL – was to give back to mankind all of creation. Amen. In order to do that, there had to be a payment for the sin that Adam committed. Throughout the Old Testament, we can read that the family of the person needed to make restitution. Since ALL have descended from Adam, each of us was just a guilty as he…there had to be a perfect sacrifice. Now, I'm not going to get into the legalities of it all here. But, let's just agree that JESUS fulfilled ALL of the requirements. He lived a sinless life and therefore, HE could inherit everything. Right? But, He had the right to call 12 Legions of angels to save him from death on the cross and He could have still inherited it all. But He would have been the only one. Period. He chose to die in our place. That was a sacrifice for US.  God accepted His sacrifice, opening the door for US to be forgiven and made perfect in God's eyes.  But, we were still not able to fulfill ALL the law required… So Jesus gave us HIS “Last Will and Testament.” It was written in John 17:20-22 when He prayed: I am not asking on behalf of them only (His disciples standing there), but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message (that means YOU and ME)!  So that ALL of them may be ONE as You, Father, are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in US, so that the world may believe that you sent me…” Folks, THAT is the Last Will and Testament of Jesus!  That the inheritance that He gained would be passed on to “Those that believe God sent Him.”  PRAISE GOD!  That's where we will take it up again tomorrow. Amen! Let's Pray! Please subscribe to this podcast, leave us a quick 5 star review on Apple Podcasts to help us grow and be sure to visit our website for more information on our ministry: https://podcastersforchrist.com/ (https://podcastersforchrist.com). And while you are at the website, download the free resource I have for you… it is free and is called, “How to Start a Christian Podcast.” It will bless you – go and download it today. You can also WATCH these session on our Facebook Playlist at this link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2 (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLtKWeKtmv-BwgkquBTsSh-GznbmuUp_R2)

Book Club with Michael Smerconish
Janny Scott: "The Beneficiary"

Book Club with Michael Smerconish

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 23:22


Michael's conversation with Janny Scott on her book "The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father." Original air date 3 October 2019. The book was published on 16 April 2019.

Grace South Bay
Non-Stop - John 5:1-17

Grace South Bay

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 28:09


After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.'” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk'?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”1.     In what parts of your life have you stopped asking God for help, or never thought to ask for help?2.    When does shame, resignation or self-justification come out of you?3.    Who are the people, or what are the situations, where it's hard to imagine God is working?4.    Are you a curious person?  Would truly believing that God is always working make you more curious?5.    Do you ever reduce your relationship with God down to two or three variables?  What are they for you?6.    Full, total healing in your life means prioritizing the healer.  What changes might that mean for you? 

The Opperman Report'
Carl Colby Son of CIA Dir William Colby

The Opperman Report'

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 45:50


Carl ColbyCarl Colby is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and President of Carl Colby Films, LLC. His production credits include films about Franz Kline, Willem De Kooning, Bob Marley, Frank Gehry, George Hurrell and Franco Zeffirelli, (an Emmy Award winner), among many other productions.He produced a series of HDTV films for Sony to introduce all-digital HD video to audiences wordwide. The Astronomer's Dream, Venus Unveiled, Jupiter the Giant and Destination Mars were produced in collaboration with JPL/NASA/Caltech.He recently produced and directed THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby, a feature-length documentary film on his late father, William E. Colby, former Director of the CIA, and the evolution of the CIA from OSS in WWII to today.Carl was born in Washington, DC, graduated from Georgetown University and lived in New York and Los Angeles before returning to Washington in 2003 to make THE MAN NOBODY KNEW. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The OSS Society.

The Opperman Report
Carl Colby Son of CIA Dir William Colby

The Opperman Report

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 45:50


Carl Colby Carl Colby is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and President of Carl Colby Films, LLC. His production credits include films about Franz Kline, Willem De Kooning, Bob Marley, Frank Gehry, George Hurrell and Franco Zeffirelli, (an Emmy Award winner), among many other productions. He produced a series of HDTV films for Sony to introduce all-digital HD video to audiences wordwide. The Astronomer's Dream, Venus Unveiled, Jupiter the Giant and Destination Mars were produced in collaboration with JPL/NASA/Caltech. He recently produced and directed THE MAN NOBODY KNEW: In Search of My Father, CIA Spymaster William Colby, a feature-length documentary film on his late father, William E. Colby, former Director of the CIA, and the evolution of the CIA from OSS in WWII to today. Carl was born in Washington, DC, graduated from Georgetown University and lived in New York and Los Angeles before returning to Washington in 2003 to make THE MAN NOBODY KNEW. He is a member of the Board of Directors of The OSS Society.

Victory Life KY
Be It Unto Me III

Victory Life KY

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 60:19


As we continue our journey with Luke, obviously honoring the birth of our King. But our focus is actually on Jesus' mom, her faith inspiring each of us to live our own life of faith. Remember Luke's bold intro to his writing, “I'm writing this so that you may know beyond a shadow of a doubt the reliability of what you've been taught.” Luke highlights many wonderful truths from the Holy Spirit, starting with Jesus' introduction to humanity.Think about Joseph and Mary's journey to Bethlehem, to find themselves giving birth to the Savior of the world in a barn. And as we looked at last week, God told shepherds their sign would be they would find Him lying in a manger. And they showed up. And as Joseph and Mary go to fulfill the requirements of the law concerning a first born, Luke highlights another fulfillment of God's word. In this particular case Simeon prophesies and confirms the written word becoming the living word. John 1:1-2,NLT- In the beginning the Word already existed.The Word was with God, and the Word was God.He existed in the beginning with God. Something else I love about God's word is how He will highlight seemingly small incidents of everyday life for us; the Holy Spirit told Simeon he would get to see the Lord's Christ before his death. Luke 2:29-32,NKJV- Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word;For my eyes have seen Your salvationWhich You have prepared before the face of all peoples,A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel. Matthew lets us know that once again an angel helps them, telling them to move to Egypt for a season— then returning they stop in Nazareth, once again to fulfill what was spoken, “He shall be called a Nazarene.” Luke 2:40,52,NKJV- The Child grew and became strong in spirit, filled with wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men. This is His humanity yielding to His Spirit, His God nature. Here's the thing, the realities of our Savior becoming King of kings hinged on this young girls crazy, radical faith, “be it unto to me.” One of our big take always from this talk is the fact that there will be times that our next step of faith my seem a little crazy, but just maybe, like Mary, God's looking for a little crazy. Remember, all the days of your life were written in the book before your first day. The thing God has put on your heart, that dream, that crazy idea, the passionate desire, just remember who gave it to you. And just like our Master grew in every aspect of His reality, because everything about God's Kingdom functions as if a man sows a seed, so will our faith journey, regardless of how crazy it might seem. Isaiah 55:8-11,NKJV- For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD.9, For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.10, For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, And do not return there, But water the earth, And make it bring forth and bud, That it may give seed to the sower And bread to the eater,11, So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. God simply wants us to believe in Him as much as He believes in us. 2 Corinthians 5:7,AMP- We walk by faith, not by sight, living our lives in a manner consistent with our CONFIDENT BELIEF IN GOD'S PROMISES. You see, living by faith, not senses, not emotions, not intelligence or experiences, will require divinely inspired trust. Because God has designed us to live by faith, we've got to get to the place where we allow what He says to shape and strengthen what we actually believe. How we actually live. Mary's act of faith was going to change everything about her life. Like we said last week, it all started with her humble, submissive, yet courageous heart of faith. “Behold, the maidservant of the Lord! Be it unto me according to your word.” Can we be real for a second, everyone of us operate within the boundaries of our current beliefs. And I'm convinced God saw something in Mary's heart long before He sent Gabriel to her. As a matter of fact, as we begin following Jesus, how many times did He tell people, “according to you faith, let it be so?” I can't help but wonder how many of us would be as bold as Mary? Think about it, how often have you found yourself, not intending to, but none the less, find yourself in unbelief concerning something Jesus says simply because it makes no sense. Mark 6:3-6,NKJV- “Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him.But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house.”Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.” Heres the thing, Jesus faced unbelief every where He went, even with those that walked the closest to Him. Repeatedly He asked things like, "How is it that you have no faith?" At the end of the day, faith is simply a decision, not based on intelligence or emotion, but 100% on what God's says. Proverbs 3:5-6,MSG- Trust GOD from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own.Listen for GOD's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He's the one who will keep you on track.Don't assume that you know it all. Run to GOD! Faith sees from God's perspective. In Joshua 6, He tells Joshua, “SEE! I have given Jericho into your hands.” This is why Paul wrote his Holy Spirit inspired prayer in Ephesians, “Lord, open my eyes spiritually that I can comprehend what You've already done for me.” Think about it, if He is the Great I AM, the Word from all existence, the Beginning and End, could it be that real faith is simply enforcing a reality from His world into this one? This is why Jesus makes radical statements like, “If you can believe, all things are possible.” This is the eternal reality Mary is acknowledging when she makes her bold faith statement, be it unto me. I can't help but wonder if Jesus' mom would talk to us like a mom today and she would tell us the same thing. A reality that continually stands out from Mary's bold faith is that God didn't give any of us these new lives in Him just to do our own thing until we go to heaven. Seriously, we're made for the supernatural, the impossible. Think about it, like Mary, would God lead you into a situation you cannot accomplish without Him? 1 Corinthians 1:27-29,NKJV- But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty;and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence. Here's the deal, as long as we allow our senses, emotions, intelligence to determine reality, we leave no room for faith. This is why Paul instructs us that we are to live our lives in a manner consistent with our CONFIDENT BELIEF IN GOD'S PROMISES. Or in the words of Jesus, “According to your faith let it be to you.” A big part of the life of faith starts with us seeing ourselves the way God sees us, in His class, made in His image, heirs to His Kingdom. Not a religious image but an in Christ image. I know I quote this scripture all the time, but we need this revelation. Galatians 2:20,NKJV- I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. All He has, He has already given. All His promises in Christ are yes, and in Him amen. His life, His nature, His wisdom and provision. Remember, God, our Father wants to be the El Shaddai of our lives. When a Christian can get to the place where what God says is more real than circumstance and experience, that person's faith will become the dominant force in our lives. The challenge for most of us is that we identity more with our natural world than our spiritual world. When we follow the life of Jesus, we've got to understand, He was on a short assignment from the Father. Listen to what He said, “I came down from Heaven to do the will of My Father who sent Me.” 1 Hebrews 13:8,NKJV- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. We live by believing and not by seeing.We live our lives in a manner consistent with our CONFIDENT BELIEF IN GOD'S PROMISES. This Christmas, as we celebrate and honor our Savior and King, as we enjoy the gift of Salvation, let Mary's faith inspire us to take a closer look at our own life of faith, and follow her lead, “be it unto to me”

New Collective Church
The Road to Many Rooms

New Collective Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 49:12


John 14:1-4 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?  3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.  4 You know the way to the place where I am going.”   Luke 2:1-7 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.  6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.   Luke 2:22-40 22 When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord”), 24 and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.” 25 Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him. 26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah. 27 Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required, 28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying: 29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” 33 The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him. 34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against, 35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.” 36 There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.  38 Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem. 39 When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth. 40 And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.   John 14:5-7 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”

ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan
December 20: 2 Chronicles 24; Revelation 11; Zechariah 7; John 10

ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 14:37


With family: 2 Chronicles 24; Revelation 11 2 Chronicles 24 (Listen) Joash Repairs the Temple 24 Joash1 was seven years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years in Jerusalem. His mother's name was Zibiah of Beersheba. 2 And Joash did what was right in the eyes of the LORD all the days of Jehoiada the priest. 3 Jehoiada got for him two wives, and he had sons and daughters. 4 After this Joash decided to restore the house of the LORD. 5 And he gathered the priests and the Levites and said to them, “Go out to the cities of Judah and gather from all Israel money to repair the house of your God from year to year, and see that you act quickly.” But the Levites did not act quickly. 6 So the king summoned Jehoiada the chief and said to him, “Why have you not required the Levites to bring in from Judah and Jerusalem the tax levied by Moses, the servant of the LORD, and the congregation of Israel for the tent of testimony?” 7 For the sons of Athaliah, that wicked woman, had broken into the house of God, and had also used all the dedicated things of the house of the LORD for the Baals. 8 So the king commanded, and they made a chest and set it outside the gate of the house of the LORD. 9 And proclamation was made throughout Judah and Jerusalem to bring in for the LORD the tax that Moses the servant of God laid on Israel in the wilderness. 10 And all the princes and all the people rejoiced and brought their tax and dropped it into the chest until they had finished.2 11 And whenever the chest was brought to the king's officers by the Levites, when they saw that there was much money in it, the king's secretary and the officer of the chief priest would come and empty the chest and take it and return it to its place. Thus they did day after day, and collected money in abundance. 12 And the king and Jehoiada gave it to those who had charge of the work of the house of the LORD, and they hired masons and carpenters to restore the house of the LORD, and also workers in iron and bronze to repair the house of the LORD. 13 So those who were engaged in the work labored, and the repairing went forward in their hands, and they restored the house of God to its proper condition and strengthened it. 14 And when they had finished, they brought the rest of the money before the king and Jehoiada, and with it were made utensils for the house of the LORD, both for the service and for the burnt offerings, and dishes for incense and vessels of gold and silver. And they offered burnt offerings in the house of the LORD regularly all the days of Jehoiada. 15 But Jehoiada grew old and full of days, and died. He was 130 years old at his death. 16 And they buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done good in Israel, and toward God and his house. 17 Now after the death of Jehoiada the princes of Judah came and paid homage to the king. Then the king listened to them. 18 And they abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols. And wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs. 19 Yet he sent prophets among them to bring them back to the LORD. These testified against them, but they would not pay attention. Joash's Treachery 20 Then the Spirit of God clothed Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, and he stood above the people, and said to them, “Thus says God, ‘Why do you break the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, he has forsaken you.'” 21 But they conspired against him, and by command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD. 22 Thus Joash the king did not remember the kindness that Jehoiada, Zechariah's father, had shown him, but killed his son. And when he was dying, he said, “May the LORD see and avenge!”3 Joash Assassinated 23 At the end of the year the army of the Syrians came up against Joash. They came to Judah and Jerusalem and destroyed all the princes of the people from among the people and sent all their spoil to the king of Damascus. 24 Though the army of the Syrians had come with few men, the LORD delivered into their hand a very great army, because Judah4 had forsaken the LORD, the God of their fathers. Thus they executed judgment on Joash. 25 When they had departed from him, leaving him severely wounded, his servants conspired against him because of the blood of the son5 of Jehoiada the priest, and killed him on his bed. So he died, and they buried him in the city of David, but they did not bury him in the tombs of the kings. 26 Those who conspired against him were Zabad the son of Shimeath the Ammonite, and Jehozabad the son of Shimrith the Moabite. 27 Accounts of his sons and of the many oracles against him and of the rebuilding6 of the house of God are written in the Story7 of the Book of the Kings. And Amaziah his son reigned in his place. Footnotes [1] 24:1 Spelled Jehoash in 2 Kings 12:1 [2] 24:10 Or until it was full [3] 24:22 Or and require it [4] 24:24 Hebrew they [5] 24:25 Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew sons [6] 24:27 Hebrew founding [7] 24:27 Or Exposition (ESV) Revelation 11 (Listen) The Two Witnesses 11 Then I was given a measuring rod like a staff, and I was told, “Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar and those who worship there, 2 but do not measure the court outside the temple; leave that out, for it is given over to the nations, and they will trample the holy city for forty-two months. 3 And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1,260 days, clothed in sackcloth.” 4 These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. 5 And if anyone would harm them, fire pours from their mouth and consumes their foes. If anyone would harm them, this is how he is doomed to be killed. 6 They have the power to shut the sky, that no rain may fall during the days of their prophesying, and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood and to strike the earth with every kind of plague, as often as they desire. 7 And when they have finished their testimony, the beast that rises from the bottomless pit1 will make war on them and conquer them and kill them, 8 and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically2 is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified. 9 For three and a half days some from the peoples and tribes and languages and nations will gaze at their dead bodies and refuse to let them be placed in a tomb, 10 and those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and make merry and exchange presents, because these two prophets had been a torment to those who dwell on the earth. 11 But after the three and a half days a breath of life from God entered them, and they stood up on their feet, and great fear fell on those who saw them. 12 Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” And they went up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies watched them. 13 And at that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell. Seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. 14 The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe is soon to come. The Seventh Trumpet 15 Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever.” 16 And the twenty-four elders who sit on their thrones before God fell on their faces and worshiped God, 17 saying,   “We give thanks to you, Lord God Almighty,    who is and who was,  for you have taken your great power    and begun to reign.18   The nations raged,    but your wrath came,    and the time for the dead to be judged,  and for rewarding your servants, the prophets and saints,    and those who fear your name,    both small and great,  and for destroying the destroyers of the earth.” 19 Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant was seen within his temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings,3 peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail. Footnotes [1] 11:7 Or the abyss [2] 11:8 Greek spiritually [3] 11:19 Or voices, or sounds (ESV) In private: Zechariah 7; John 10 Zechariah 7 (Listen) A Call for Justice and Mercy 7 In the fourth year of King Darius, the word of the LORD came to Zechariah on the fourth day of the ninth month, which is Chislev. 2 Now the people of Bethel had sent Sharezer and Regem-melech and their men to entreat the favor of the LORD, 3 saying to the priests of the house of the LORD of hosts and the prophets, “Should I weep and abstain in the fifth month, as I have done for so many years?” 4 Then the word of the LORD of hosts came to me: 5 “Say to all the people of the land and the priests, ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth month and in the seventh, for these seventy years, was it for me that you fasted? 6 And when you eat and when you drink, do you not eat for yourselves and drink for yourselves? 7 Were not these the words that the LORD proclaimed by the former prophets, when Jerusalem was inhabited and prosperous, with her cities around her, and the South and the lowland were inhabited?'” 8 And the word of the LORD came to Zechariah, saying, 9 “Thus says the LORD of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another, 10 do not oppress the widow, the fatherless, the sojourner, or the poor, and let none of you devise evil against another in your heart.” 11 But they refused to pay attention and turned a stubborn shoulder and stopped their ears that they might not hear.1 12 They made their hearts diamond-hard lest they should hear the law and the words that the LORD of hosts had sent by his Spirit through the former prophets. Therefore great anger came from the LORD of hosts. 13 “As I2 called, and they would not hear, so they called, and I would not hear,” says the LORD of hosts, 14 “and I scattered them with a whirlwind among all the nations that they had not known. Thus the land they left was desolate, so that no one went to and fro, and the pleasant land was made desolate.” Footnotes [1] 7:11 Hebrew and made their ears too heavy to hear [2] 7:13 Hebrew he (ESV) John 10 (Listen) I Am the Good Shepherd 10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. 5 A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6 This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 7 So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. 8 All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 9 I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.” 19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” I and the Father Are One 22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,1 is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods'? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,' because I said, ‘I am the Son of God'? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there. Footnotes [1] 10:29 Some manuscripts What my Father has given to me (ESV)

Ten Thousand Worlds
The Family Altar Audio Devotional – Day 354

Ten Thousand Worlds

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 20, 2021 5:45


But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (Revelation 10:7) 74 The Book of the Revelation is the last Book of the Bible. It's sealed to unbelievers. In there, the Bible says, in 22nd chapter, “Whosoever shall take one Word from It, or add one word to It, I'll take his part from the Book of Life.” We realize that, then, it was altogether given for believers. And It opens the Book of Revelation and reveals Who the Author of this entire Book is. “He is to look upon as Alpha and Omega,” from Genesis to Revelation, Jesus Christ just the same, right straight through. And reveals His complete mystery of Himself, and His plans for His church ages that's to come, and was sealed in there by Seven Seals. 75 Now, the Book was written, but then, remember, It was sealed with Seven Seals. And these Seven Seals was not to be opened (Revelation 10) until the sounding of the last earthly angel on earth, Revelation 10:7. See? “And in the days of the sounding of the last angel's Message, seventh angel, the mystery of God should be finished in that age.” That, and that's the age that we're living in. 76 We all know we're living in the Laodicea Age. There will never be another age to it. It can't be. So, we're living in the Laodicea Age. And these Seven Seals that's held that Book, is a mystery to people, should be opened at that day. That's what He promised. Now, it won't be nothing outside the Word, because you can't add to the Word or take from the Word. It's got to remain always the Word. But the revelation is to reveal the Truth of It, what It is, to make It fit with the rest the Scripture. And then God vindicates that to be the Truth. See? 77 God don't need no interpreter. He is His Own interpreter. He does His Own interpretation by bringing to pass the things that He said would happen. Like, in the beginning, He said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. That don't need any interpretation. It was vindicated. 78 Now, He promised certain things in this last day, in the Scripture. Why, there it was. That's how Jesus was the Son of God. He promised to send Him. When He was in His days here on earth, and the people couldn't believe Him, He said, “Search the Scripture, for in Them you think you have Eternal Life, and They are They that testify of Me. If I do not the works of My Father, then believe Me not. But if you can't believe Me, believe the works that I do, 'cause they testify Who I am.” 79 Well, then, in Wesley's age, the works that he did testified who he was. In Luther's age, on reformation, why, sure, it testified who he was. 80 In the days of the Pentecostals, the restoring back of the gifts, the restoration of the gifts, speaking in tongues and casting out devils, and the gifts, why, it testified. There was no joke about it. People said, when it first raised up…I read the books on the history of Pentecost. They said, “It can't last long. It'll burn down.” It's still burning. Why? Is because you'll never put it out. God said it would be there. It's that portion of the Word, and no more could you put that out. And then when the Bride is being called out, how you going to put it out? It's the revelation of the manifestation of the Word made true. And we're living in that day; praise be to God; the revelation of the mystery of Hisself. 65-1204 - "The Rapture" Rev. William Marrion Branham ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Order your own copy of the Family Altar at http://store.bibleway.org Appreciate what we do? Consider supporting us: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/support --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/ten-thousand-worlds/support

New Books in Political Science
Postscript: Abortion Extremism and Criminalization: Whatever Happened to Exceptions for Rape and Incest?

New Books in Political Science

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 58:03


This Postscript engages two of the country's most celebrated legal scholars to discuss the criminalization of abortion and miscarriage, the elimination of exceptions for rape and incest, the political and legal repercussions of the Supreme Court's ruling on Texas SB-8, and yesterday's news from the FDA making medication abortions more accessible to some women in the United States. Michele Goodwin is a chancellors' Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine Law School. She recently authored Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood (Cambridge University Press 2020) and you can hear her interview with New Books in Law. Her widely New York Times essay, “I was Raped by My Father and an Abortion Saved My Life,” interrogates the impact of abortion on girls who are raped by family members. The episode of her podcast with Renee Bracey Sherman mentioned in the conversation is On the Issues with Michele Goodwin, “Supreme Court Rundown: Will Roe Survive?.  Mary Ziegler is the Stearns Weaver Miller Professor at Florida State University College of Law and visiting professor at Harvard Law School Spring 2022. Her most recent book is Abortion and the Law in America: A Legal History, Roe v. Wade to the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and Dollars for Life: The Antiabortion Movement and the Fall of the Republican Establishment is forthcoming from Yale University Press in 2022. Dr. Ziegler's public facing scholarship includes her recent piece in The Atlantic exploring the constitutional chaos that may be created as other states deploy Texas's anti-abortion bounty system. Their coauthored “Whatever Happened to the Exceptions for Rape and Incest” in The Atlantic is mentioned in the podcast – as well as forthcoming scholarship on medication abortion by Allison Whelan, Sharswood Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School is also mentioned. Susan Liebell is Dirk Warren '50 Professor of Political Science at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices Support our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/political-science

ESV: Every Day in the Word
December 16: Hosea 2–5; John 10:19–42; Psalm 136; Proverbs 30:5–6

ESV: Every Day in the Word

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2021 15:00


Old Testament: Hosea 2–5 Hosea 2–5 (Listen) Israel's Unfaithfulness Punished 2 1 Say to your brothers, “You are my people,”2 and to your sisters, “You have received mercy.”3 2   “Plead with your mother, plead—    for she is not my wife,    and I am not her husband—  that she put away her whoring from her face,    and her adultery from between her breasts;3   lest I strip her naked    and make her as in the day she was born,  and make her like a wilderness,    and make her like a parched land,    and kill her with thirst.4   Upon her children also I will have no mercy,    because they are children of whoredom.5   For their mother has played the whore;    she who conceived them has acted shamefully.  For she said, ‘I will go after my lovers,    who give me my bread and my water,    my wool and my flax, my oil and my drink.'6   Therefore I will hedge up her4 way with thorns,    and I will build a wall against her,    so that she cannot find her paths.7   She shall pursue her lovers    but not overtake them,  and she shall seek them    but shall not find them.  Then she shall say,    ‘I will go and return to my first husband,    for it was better for me then than now.'8   And she did not know    that it was I who gave her    the grain, the wine, and the oil,  and who lavished on her silver and gold,    which they used for Baal.9   Therefore I will take back    my grain in its time,    and my wine in its season,  and I will take away my wool and my flax,    which were to cover her nakedness.10   Now I will uncover her lewdness    in the sight of her lovers,    and no one shall rescue her out of my hand.11   And I will put an end to all her mirth,    her feasts, her new moons, her Sabbaths,    and all her appointed feasts.12   And I will lay waste her vines and her fig trees,    of which she said,  ‘These are my wages,    which my lovers have given me.'  I will make them a forest,    and the beasts of the field shall devour them.13   And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals    when she burned offerings to them  and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry,    and went after her lovers    and forgot me, declares the LORD. The Lord's Mercy on Israel 14   “Therefore, behold, I will allure her,    and bring her into the wilderness,    and speak tenderly to her.15   And there I will give her her vineyards    and make the Valley of Achor5 a door of hope.  And there she shall answer as in the days of her youth,    as at the time when she came out of the land of Egypt. 16 “And in that day, declares the LORD, you will call me ‘My Husband,' and no longer will you call me ‘My Baal.' 17 For I will remove the names of the Baals from her mouth, and they shall be remembered by name no more. 18 And I will make for them a covenant on that day with the beasts of the field, the birds of the heavens, and the creeping things of the ground. And I will abolish6 the bow, the sword, and war from the land, and I will make you lie down in safety. 19 And I will betroth you to me forever. I will betroth you to me in righteousness and in justice, in steadfast love and in mercy. 20 I will betroth you to me in faithfulness. And you shall know the LORD. 21   “And in that day I will answer, declares the LORD,    I will answer the heavens,    and they shall answer the earth,22   and the earth shall answer the grain, the wine, and the oil,    and they shall answer Jezreel,723     and I will sow her for myself in the land.  And I will have mercy on No Mercy,8    and I will say to Not My People,9 ‘You are my people';    and he shall say, ‘You are my God.'” Hosea Redeems His Wife 3 And the LORD said to me, “Go again, love a woman who is loved by another man and is an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the children of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love cakes of raisins.” 2 So I bought her for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a lethech10 of barley. 3 And I said to her, “You must dwell as mine for many days. You shall not play the whore, or belong to another man; so will I also be to you.” 4 For the children of Israel shall dwell many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or pillar, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God, and David their king, and they shall come in fear to the LORD and to his goodness in the latter days. The Lord Accuses Israel 4   Hear the word of the LORD, O children of Israel,    for the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.  There is no faithfulness or steadfast love,    and no knowledge of God in the land;2   there is swearing, lying, murder, stealing, and committing adultery;    they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.3   Therefore the land mourns,    and all who dwell in it languish,  and also the beasts of the field    and the birds of the heavens,    and even the fish of the sea are taken away. 4   Yet let no one contend,    and let none accuse,    for with you is my contention, O priest.115   You shall stumble by day;    the prophet also shall stumble with you by night;    and I will destroy your mother.6   My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;    because you have rejected knowledge,    I reject you from being a priest to me.  And since you have forgotten the law of your God,    I also will forget your children. 7   The more they increased,    the more they sinned against me;    I will change their glory into shame.8   They feed on the sin12 of my people;    they are greedy for their iniquity.9   And it shall be like people, like priest;    I will punish them for their ways    and repay them for their deeds.10   They shall eat, but not be satisfied;    they shall play the whore, but not multiply,  because they have forsaken the LORD    to cherish 11 whoredom, wine, and new wine,    which take away the understanding.12   My people inquire of a piece of wood,    and their walking staff gives them oracles.  For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray,    and they have left their God to play the whore.13   They sacrifice on the tops of the mountains    and burn offerings on the hills,  under oak, poplar, and terebinth,    because their shade is good.  Therefore your daughters play the whore,    and your brides commit adultery.14   I will not punish your daughters when they play the whore,    nor your brides when they commit adultery;  for the men themselves go aside with prostitutes    and sacrifice with cult prostitutes,  and a people without understanding shall come to ruin. 15   Though you play the whore, O Israel,    let not Judah become guilty.  Enter not into Gilgal,    nor go up to Beth-aven,    and swear not, “As the LORD lives.”16   Like a stubborn heifer,    Israel is stubborn;  can the LORD now feed them    like a lamb in a broad pasture? 17   Ephraim is joined to idols;    leave him alone.18   When their drink is gone, they give themselves to whoring;    their rulers13 dearly love shame.19   A wind has wrapped them14 in its wings,    and they shall be ashamed because of their sacrifices. Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah 5   Hear this, O priests!    Pay attention, O house of Israel!  Give ear, O house of the king!    For the judgment is for you;  for you have been a snare at Mizpah    and a net spread upon Tabor.2   And the revolters have gone deep into slaughter,    but I will discipline all of them. 3   I know Ephraim,    and Israel is not hidden from me;  for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;    Israel is defiled.4   Their deeds do not permit them    to return to their God.  For the spirit of whoredom is within them,    and they know not the LORD. 5   The pride of Israel testifies to his face;15    Israel and Ephraim shall stumble in his guilt;    Judah also shall stumble with them.6   With their flocks and herds they shall go    to seek the LORD,  but they will not find him;    he has withdrawn from them.7   They have dealt faithlessly with the LORD;    for they have borne alien children.    Now the new moon shall devour them with their fields. 8   Blow the horn in Gibeah,    the trumpet in Ramah.  Sound the alarm at Beth-aven;    we follow you,16 O Benjamin!9   Ephraim shall become a desolation    in the day of punishment;  among the tribes of Israel    I make known what is sure.10   The princes of Judah have become    like those who move the landmark;  upon them I will pour out    my wrath like water.11   Ephraim is oppressed, crushed in judgment,    because he was determined to go after filth.1712   But I am like a moth to Ephraim,    and like dry rot to the house of Judah. 13   When Ephraim saw his sickness,    and Judah his wound,  then Ephraim went to Assyria,    and sent to the great king.18  But he is not able to cure you    or heal your wound.14   For I will be like a lion to Ephraim,    and like a young lion to the house of Judah.  I, even I, will tear and go away;    I will carry off, and no one shall rescue. 15   I will return again to my place,    until they acknowledge their guilt and seek my face,    and in their distress earnestly seek me. Footnotes [1] 2:1 Ch 2:3 in Hebrew [2] 2:1 Hebrew ammi, which means my people [3] 2:1 Hebrew ruhama, which means she has received mercy [4] 2:6 Hebrew your [5] 2:15 Achor means trouble; compare Joshua 7:26 [6] 2:18 Hebrew break [7] 2:22 Jezreel means God will sow [8] 2:23 Hebrew Lo-ruhama [9] 2:23 Hebrew Lo-ammi [10] 3:2 A shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams; a homer was about 6 bushels or 220 liters; a lethech was about 3 bushels or 110 liters [11] 4:4 Or for your people are like those who contend with the priest [12] 4:8 Or sin offering [13] 4:18 Hebrew shields [14] 4:19 Hebrew her [15] 5:5 Or in his presence [16] 5:8 Or after you [17] 5:11 Or to follow human precepts [18] 5:13 Or to King Jareb (ESV) New Testament: John 10:19–42 John 10:19–42 (Listen) 19 There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?” I and the Father Are One 22 At that time the Feast of Dedication took place at Jerusalem. It was winter, 23 and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the colonnade of Solomon. 24 So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.” 25 Jesus answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name bear witness about me, 26 but you do not believe because you are not among my sheep. 27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me,1 is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one.” 31 The Jews picked up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from the Father; for which of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jews answered him, “It is not for a good work that we are going to stone you but for blasphemy, because you, being a man, make yourself God.” 34 Jesus answered them, “Is it not written in your Law, ‘I said, you are gods'? 35 If he called them gods to whom the word of God came—and Scripture cannot be broken—36 do you say of him whom the Father consecrated and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,' because I said, ‘I am the Son of God'? 37 If I am not doing the works of my Father, then do not believe me; 38 but if I do them, even though you do not believe me, believe the works, that you may know and understand that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.” 39 Again they sought to arrest him, but he escaped from their hands. 40 He went away again across the Jordan to the place where John had been baptizing at first, and there he remained. 41 And many came to him. And they said, “John did no sign, but everything that John said about this man was true.” 42 And many believed in him there. Footnotes &l

ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan
December 15: 2 Chronicles 17; Revelation 6; Zechariah 2; John 5

ESV: M'Cheyne Reading Plan

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 12:22


With family: 2 Chronicles 17; Revelation 6 2 Chronicles 17 (Listen) Jehoshaphat Reigns in Judah 17 Jehoshaphat his son reigned in his place and strengthened himself against Israel. 2 He placed forces in all the fortified cities of Judah and set garrisons in the land of Judah, and in the cities of Ephraim that Asa his father had captured. 3 The LORD was with Jehoshaphat, because he walked in the earlier ways of his father David. He did not seek the Baals, 4 but sought the God of his father and walked in his commandments, and not according to the practices of Israel. 5 Therefore the LORD established the kingdom in his hand. And all Judah brought tribute to Jehoshaphat, and he had great riches and honor. 6 His heart was courageous in the ways of the LORD. And furthermore, he took the high places and the Asherim out of Judah. 7 In the third year of his reign he sent his officials, Ben-hail, Obadiah, Zechariah, Nethanel, and Micaiah, to teach in the cities of Judah; 8 and with them the Levites, Shemaiah, Nethaniah, Zebadiah, Asahel, Shemiramoth, Jehonathan, Adonijah, Tobijah, and Tobadonijah; and with these Levites, the priests Elishama and Jehoram. 9 And they taught in Judah, having the Book of the Law of the LORD with them. They went about through all the cities of Judah and taught among the people. 10 And the fear of the LORD fell upon all the kingdoms of the lands that were around Judah, and they made no war against Jehoshaphat. 11 Some of the Philistines brought Jehoshaphat presents and silver for tribute, and the Arabians also brought him 7,700 rams and 7,700 goats. 12 And Jehoshaphat grew steadily greater. He built in Judah fortresses and store cities, 13 and he had large supplies in the cities of Judah. He had soldiers, mighty men of valor, in Jerusalem. 14 This was the muster of them by fathers' houses: Of Judah, the commanders of thousands: Adnah the commander, with 300,000 mighty men of valor; 15 and next to him Jehohanan the commander, with 280,000; 16 and next to him Amasiah the son of Zichri, a volunteer for the service of the LORD, with 200,000 mighty men of valor. 17 Of Benjamin: Eliada, a mighty man of valor, with 200,000 men armed with bow and shield; 18 and next to him Jehozabad with 180,000 armed for war. 19 These were in the service of the king, besides those whom the king had placed in the fortified cities throughout all Judah. (ESV) Revelation 6 (Listen) The Seven Seals 6 Now I watched when the Lamb opened one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures say with a voice like thunder, “Come!” 2 And I looked, and behold, a white horse! And its rider had a bow, and a crown was given to him, and he came out conquering, and to conquer. 3 When he opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, “Come!” 4 And out came another horse, bright red. Its rider was permitted to take peace from the earth, so that people should slay one another, and he was given a great sword. 5 When he opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, “Come!” And I looked, and behold, a black horse! And its rider had a pair of scales in his hand. 6 And I heard what seemed to be a voice in the midst of the four living creatures, saying, “A quart1 of wheat for a denarius,2 and three quarts of barley for a denarius, and do not harm the oil and wine!” 7 When he opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, “Come!” 8 And I looked, and behold, a pale horse! And its rider's name was Death, and Hades followed him. And they were given authority over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by wild beasts of the earth. 9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the witness they had borne. 10 They cried out with a loud voice, “O Sovereign Lord, holy and true, how long before you will judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?” 11 Then they were each given a white robe and told to rest a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and their brothers3 should be complete, who were to be killed as they themselves had been. 12 When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood, 13 and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale. 14 The sky vanished like a scroll that is being rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. 15 Then the kings of the earth and the great ones and the generals and the rich and the powerful, and everyone, slave4 and free, hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains, 16 calling to the mountains and rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who is seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, 17 for the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?” Footnotes [1] 6:6 Greek choinix, a dry measure equal to about a quart [2] 6:6 A denarius was a day's wage for a laborer [3] 6:11 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters [4] 6:15 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface (ESV) In private: Zechariah 2; John 5 Zechariah 2 (Listen) A Vision of a Man with a Measuring Line 2 1 And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! 2 Then I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.” 3 And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him 4 and said to him, “Run, say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. 5 And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the LORD, and I will be the glory in her midst.'” 6 Up! Up! Flee from the land of the north, declares the LORD. For I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heavens, declares the LORD. 7 Up! Escape to Zion, you who dwell with the daughter of Babylon. 8 For thus said the LORD of hosts, after his glory sent me2 to the nations who plundered you, for he who touches you touches the apple of his eye: 9 “Behold, I will shake my hand over them, and they shall become plunder for those who served them. Then you will know that the LORD of hosts has sent me. 10 Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion, for behold, I come and I will dwell in your midst, declares the LORD. 11 And many nations shall join themselves to the LORD in that day, and shall be my people. And I will dwell in your midst, and you shall know that the LORD of hosts has sent me to you. 12 And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem.” 13 Be silent, all flesh, before the LORD, for he has roused himself from his holy dwelling. Footnotes [1] 2:1 Ch 2:5 in Hebrew [2] 2:8 Or he sent me after glory (ESV) John 5 (Listen) The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath 5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic1 called Bethesda,2 which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.3 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews4 said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.'” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk'?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” Jesus Is Equal with God 18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. The Authority of the Son 19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father5 does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. Witnesses to Jesus 30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me. 31 If I alone bear witness about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who bears witness about me, and I know that the testimony that he bears about me is true. 33 You sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth. 34 Not that the testimony that I receive is from man, but I say these things so that you may be saved. 35 He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do not believe the one whom he has sent. 39 You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life. 41 I do not receive glory from people. 42 But I know that you do not have the love of God within you. 43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not receive me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?” Footnotes [1] 5:2 Or Hebrew [2] 5:2 Some manuscripts Bethsaida [3] 5:3 Some manuscripts insert, wholly or in part, waiting for the moving of the water; 4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and stirred the water: whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had [4] 5:10 The Greek word Ioudaioi refers specifically here to Jewish religious leaders, and others under their influence, who opposed Jesus in that time; also verses 15, 16, 18 [5] 5:19 Greek he (ESV)

Alternative Stories and Fake Realities
Storytelling : Part Two with Lily Dunn

Alternative Stories and Fake Realities

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 45:12


In this edition we resume the theme of storytelling, this time looking at the art and techniques of telling stories from real life. Our guest, Lily Dunn is a novelist, memoirist and teacher whose debut memoir, Sins of My Father will be out in March 2022.  Excerpts from Sins of My Father in this podcast are read by Lily DunnThe interviewer is Chris GregoryProduction, sound design, music and editing are by Chris Gregory Lily Dunn is a writer, teacher and lecturer in creative writing and narrative nonfiction at Bath Spa University. She is the author of one novel, SHADOWING THE SUN, and co-editor with Zoe Gilbert of A WILD AND PRECIOUS LIFE, an anthology of recovery stories.You can find out more about Lily by visiting her website here https://lilydunn.co.uk/And follow Lily on social media Via twitter https://twitter.com/LilydunnwriterAnd Instagram https://www.instagram.com/lilydunnwriting/Lily's memoir, Sins of My Father will be published by Weidenfeld and Nicolson in March.  We think W&N for permission to use excerpts from the book in this podcast. Lily and Zoe Gilbert co-founded and teach for London Lit Lab.  If you have enjoyed listening to Zoe and Lily chatting about storytelling and the art of writing please visit their website at the address below to find out about and book onto their courses and workshops.https://www.londonlitlab.co.uk/For updates about London Lit Lab courses and activities follow them on social media here Via twitter https://twitter.com/londonlitlabAnd Instagram https://www.instagram.com/londonlitlab/ You can listen to part one of our Storytelling series with Zoe Gilbert and Tiffany Clare here https://www.buzzsprout.com/411730/9672055-storytelling-part-one-with-zoe-gilbert-and-tiffany-clareListen out for future podcasts about storytelling featuring professional storyteller Ilaria Passeri and playwright and scriptwriter Lucy Kaufman If you have enjoyed this or any of our podcasts we would be grateful if you could provide us with a rating and review preferably on Apple Podcasts herehttps://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/alternative-stories-and-fake-realities/id1470495562or Podchaser here https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/alternative-stories-and-fake-r-882341 and if you would like to contact us, submit work or enquire about our actors, production services or course and workshops please drop us a note via office@alternativestories.com 

Today in the Word Devotional
Loving Through Death

Today in the Word Devotional

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021


Maximilian Kolbe was a Franciscan Friar who ended up in Auschwitz because of his opposition to the Nazi regime. While there, ten men escaped from the prison camp. In retaliation, the Nazi guards decided that they would kill ten prisoners through starvation. One of the men chosen cried out that he had a wife and children to live for. Kolbe volunteered to take the man’s place and died a couple of weeks later. Stories of self-sacrifice are moving partially because they involve an element of choice. One person decided to suffer for the sake of another. They did not have to do so. The same is true with the death of Christ. It is important to remember that God did not have to save humanity from sin. Scripture is clear that once God decided to provide the opportunity for people to be saved from sin, the only way to make this possible was through the death of His Son. In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will” (Matt. 26:39). This prayer indicates that it was not possible for Jesus to avoid the cup of suffering and death if salvation was to be achieved. That truth is why Paul can state so clearly: “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Rom. 5:8). Christ’s death on the cross for our sin was an act of love and sacrifice unlike anything experienced in the world before or after. Paul reminds us that Christ died for us when we were still sinners and ungodly (vv. 6–7). Because of what Christ has done, we can now have “peace with God” and “hope of the glory of God” (vv. 1–2). >> Paul writes, “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 6:23). Have you received the gift of salvation that Christ has made possible? If not, why not trust Him today. Call 1-800-NEEDHIM if you’d like to speak to someone about faith in Jesus.

Strict Scrutiny
The Marshmallow Experiment

Strict Scrutiny

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 87:45


We recap the second week of the December sitting, which is (more than) enough to justify a break for the New Year!Resources:Michele Goodwin's powerful op-ed in the New York Times: "I Was Raped by My Father. An Abortion Saved My Life."Liliana Segura's reporting on Barry Jones, whose case was consolidated with Shinn v. RamirezNelson Tebbe's 2008 article in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, "Excluding Religion"We rely on listeners to keep the show funded! You can become a Glow supporter for $7/month, or pick up some merch as you do the rest of your holiday shopping. 

The John Batchelor Show
William Damon #UNBOUND (one's own life-review; golf): The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021. ..

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 39:30


Photo: Socrates' examined life             “I say that it is the greatest good for a man to discuss virtue every day and those other things about which you hear me conversing and testing myself and others, for the unexamined life is not worth living” (Apology 38a). With this challenge, Socrates sets moral philosophy, as we understand it, in motion. For the first time, it is not good enough for a man merely to understand and examine the universe that surrounds him. Now, a man must also understand and examine the universe that dwells within his own soul.   @Batchelorshow William Damon #UNBOUND: The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021. A Round of Golf with My Father, by William Damon.    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Round-Golf-Father-Psychology-Exploring/dp/1599475634 Viewing our past through the eye of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose.  In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives.

Go(o)d Mornings with CurlyNikki
The Silence That the World Can't Touch

Go(o)d Mornings with CurlyNikki

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2021 7:10


Hear and feel the Silence that is God's voice.  Only this Love can quiet your mind.  "Peace to my mind.  Let all my thoughts be still. -  ACIM 221"Father, I come to You today to seek the peace that You alone can give. I come in silence. In the quiet of my heart, the deep recesses of my mind, I wait and listen for Your Voice.   My Father, speak to me today.  I come to hear Your Voice in silence and in certainty and love, sure You will hear my call and answer me.Now do we wait in quiet.  God is here, because we wait together. I am sure that He will speak to you, and you will hear.  Accept my confidence, for it is yours. Our minds are joined. We wait with one intent; to hear our Father's answer to our call, to let our thoughts be still and find His peace, to hear Him speak to us of what we are, and to reveal Himself unto His Son." - ACIM Lesson 221"There is a silence into which the world can not intrude.  There is an ancient Peace you carry in your heart and have not lost." - ACIM I Love you, Niknikki@curlynikki.com

Hacks & Wonks
Shasti Conrad's Vision of an Inclusive King County Democratic Party

Hacks & Wonks

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 8, 2021 45:43


Today Crystal is joined by Shasti Conrad, Chair of the King County Democrats, to discuss Shasti's journey from working on progressive national campaigns to immersing herself in political organizing with the local Democratic Party. In 2018, Shasti became the first woman of color chair of the King County Democrats and set out to re-make the local party into a place where everyone can belong and make an impact in their community. Come listen in on the conversation and learn how to be part of a vision that both recruits and retains passionate volunteers. As always, a full text transcript of the show is available below and at officialhacksandwonks.com. Find the host, Crystal Fincher, on Twitter at @finchfrii and Shasti Conrad @ShastiConrad. More info is available at officialhacksandwonks.com. Resources King County Democrats: https://www.kcdems.org/     Transcript   [00:00:00] Crystal Fincher: Welcome to Hacks & Wonks. I'm Crystal Fincher, and I'm a political consultant and your host. On this show, we talk with policy wonks and political hacks to gather insight into local politics and policy in Washington State through the lens of those doing the work with behind-the-scenes perspectives on what's happening, why it's happening, and what you can do about it. Full transcripts and resources referenced in the show are always available at officialhacksandwonks.com and in our episode notes.  Today, I'm thrilled to be joined by Shasti Conrad, a friend of mine, the Chair of the King County Democrats, and someone who's done a lot of work in the electoral space, campaign space, both locally and nationally. Thank you for joining us. [00:00:57] Shasti Conrad: Hey, Crystal, it's so great to be here. [00:00:59] Crystal Fincher: Well, I wanted to start off and just talk about who you are and how you came to this work. How did you first get started in politics? [00:01:09] Shasti Conrad: Well, in some ways, I feel like I never had a choice not to, in some ways. I felt called into this work even as a little kid. My family were - they treated politics as though it was a part of your civic duty. My grandmother was from Britain and got her citizenship in her 50s and I'm adopted from India. And so it was one of the hot topics at the dinner table - was just being on the issues of the day - what was happening, what elected officials were doing. And then my grandmother would take me to go vote - every year she would go and would make a big deal out of it. And so I was just like the kid on the playground that was constantly talking about politics. I would school my preschool teachers on why they were supporting Ronald Reagan and telling them that they were making bad choices.  So, yeah - and then I worked on my first campaign when I was in high school. It was a school bond levy campaign. And then when I moved up to Seattle University to go to college, I reached out and started working for the Washington State Democrats as an intern and just kind of fell into all of this work and it became a huge part of my life. [00:02:26] Crystal Fincher: So what was your path between just that very beginning and winding up in the White House? [00:02:32] Shasti Conrad: Yeah. So I went to Seattle University for college and it was during the Bush administration. And so I was spending a lot of time protesting, and I was really active in the anti-war movement and was really trying to rail against the system. And then in my senior year, a guy named Barack Obama decided to announce that he was going to run for president. And I had been working on my senior thesis, which was on hiphop and politics and this cultural connection between political activism and community organizing. And then Barack Obama entered the scene and I read his book, Dreams from My Father. And he talked about being this cultural ambassador between white society and his white family, and then into communities of color. And as an adopted kid by a white mom in a small white town, that really spoke to me. And so I just believed in him. I just wanted to help him. And so I jumped on that campaign - I was an Obama organizing fellow and out of the Everett Labor Temple actually.  And I always like to remind people - we weren't supposed to win. We were not the chosen candidate back in 2008. And so when he became the nominee and then when we won, it was such a huge deal - just felt like such a chance for America to deliver on its promise. And a friend of mine had been working on the campaign and went to the White House to go set up their internship program. And she asked me to apply for the internship program. And that's how I was in the first class of Obama White House interns in the summer of 2009. There was 100 people chosen out of, I think, 6,000 applications. And that was what set me off on the trajectory that's led me to today. [00:04:27] Crystal Fincher: Thanks for the reminder about Barack Obama - not supposed to win. A lot of people are - I mean, you're certainly younger than I am - a lot of people are a lot younger than I am. And after Barack Obama had been president for eight years, it seems it's really easy to assume that he would've been pretty standard Democratic nominee, but everything was geared to go the Hillary Clinton route. And certainly the establishment was largely in favor of her, so that was an uphill battle that did not at all look like it was going to happen until much later in the game. So yeah, you found your dark horse candidate. [00:05:15] Shasti Conrad: Yeah - I remind people - he was the progressive in that race. He was the left candidate that people thought like, "Oh, cute, he'll try, but there's no way he'll actually win." I mean, there was also all of the first Black president. I mean, I think so many of us - particularly older people of color - had Jesse Jackson. They'd seen how this stuff had played out previously and they're like, "There's no way in hell. America is not going to allow this Black man to win." And so I always go back to that - it was a real moment of hope and it was a real - say what you want about how the administration ended up - that was a really special time in American history. And improbable. [00:06:06] Crystal Fincher: Yeah. I mean, I think we've seen in the time since then a significant backlash against that happening and a concerted effort to not allow something like that to happen again, because they just didn't think it was going to happen at that time. Kind of snuck in under the gun before they realized what was happening. But anyway, so you landed at the White House and you wound up working for Valerie Jarrett, which a lot of people certainly look at that and are just like, "My goodness, that's a big deal, really big deal." What was your time like there? And I guess how did it shape the work that you've done since then? [00:06:46] Shasti Conrad: Yeah. I mean, when I look back, that arc is so crazy even for me to be like, "How the hell did I end up there?" So when I was an intern, I was in the Office of Urban Affairs. And the plan was it was a summer internship - I was going to go to graduate school that fall. And I did really well in my internship - I worked so hard. My goal was basically to be the person that it was - people just knew they could rely on me. It was like anything that needed to get done, it was like, "We have Shasti. We know we can trust her. We know that she's a value here." And so at the end of my internship, I talked to Valerie's chief of staff, Michael Strautmanis, who had been an intern for Michelle Obama back when they were lawyers in Chicago. And I sort of said to him like, "Hey, I'm supposed to go to graduate school, but I feel called to do this work. I want to stay, I want to build." And he said, "Dream big." He's like, "Okay, put it on the line." And I decided to defer graduate school for a year - I gave myself a year to try to see if I could get a job in the administration.  And in a couple of months, Michael Strautmanis came back to me and he said, "We've got something for you." And so I ended up in the Office of Public Engagement, working for the special assistant to the president on disability policy. He was a blind civil rights lawyer. And I worked with him for about seven months and then was promoted to Valerie's office. And that was such an incredible honor. For people who don't know, Valerie Jarrett was basically the President's best friend - had been the kingmaker in Chicago, met Michelle Obama who - Michelle Robinson - who introduced Valerie to her fiancé, Barack Obama, and they became fast friends. And so I was able to work in her office, which meant that I had an office in the West Wing. And it was intense - there was a lot of crises at that time - it was in the first term. So we were trying to get the Affordable Care Act passed, we were dealing with "Don't ask, Don't tell," there was the BP oil spill - there was just so many things that were happening over and over. There were crises all over the time. But I learned a lot about the toughness and trying to hold onto your compassion and humanity while dealing with deep serious issues where people's lives are at stake. So that balance was a good thing for me to learn - it was in my early 20s. [00:09:33] Crystal Fincher: So what was the path from there to then becoming involved with the King County Democrats? [00:09:41] Shasti Conrad: Well, I'll try to give you the short version. The short version is - so I left the White House to go work on the re-election campaign. Because I loved DC, it was really intense experience, it was all kinds of special opportunities and getting to really - you feel like you're making a difference - but I missed the people part of the work. So I went back on the campaign and we won again, and that was great. And by that point, I felt like, "Okay, we did it." And I was kind of ready to take a little bit of a break. And for me, that break meant going to graduate school. And so I did that and then I went and worked for the Malala Fund and did a couple of other international development foundation projects. Then you speed all the way up to 2016, and I worked on the Bernie Sanders campaign. I did advance for Bernie. And then I came home. And Trump won and folks were in shock and traumatized and there was such a sort of like, "What are we going to do?" And I came back and decided that the best thing that I could do was to try to rebuild, here in the Seattle area in King County, because so many people look to us as this like Blue paradise. And if we couldn't get it together in Seattle, then I was like, "What hope do we have for the rest of this country? We've got to try to build a really strong Democratic Party. We need to..." And you remember, in 2016 - the infighting that was happening because in part, we lost. We turned on each other to say, "Well, it's because you guys messed this up because you messed it up. You pulled the party in these ways," and everybody was fighting. And it was like I just wanted the fighting to stop so that we could pull together to be able to fight back against what Trump was - I knew the Trump types and the GOP - what they were going to go after and we needed a strong front. So that's what brought me back into this work. [00:11:58] Crystal Fincher: Well, and at that time - you talk about fighting and discord nationally. And the local party here in the King County Democrats - there was a chair at the time who had been found to be involved in a variety of different types of misconduct and unethical practices - from harassment to financial mismanagement, in addition to a lot of issues before that and subsequently - come to turned out. But you were taking over - were elected to become the Chair of the King County Democrats - and were taking over an organization that was almost an organization in name only. There was so much that had been either dismantled or was not cared for under the previous chair - there was very little infrastructure. How did you, I guess, go into - thinking about, looking around - what were you seeing as the state of the party then? And what was the vision you had for what it could be? [00:13:12] Shasti Conrad: Yeah. The Democratic Party, both at the county level and some of - not all of the LDs - but in a number of the LDs, there was all of that in-fighting and there was a history of this type of fighting and jockeying for power. And really, I do want to say that there have been a lot of incredible volunteers who have held the line for the Democratic Party. I am appreciative of their work, but there were leaders who were using the party as basically their own power base. It was just about what they could do for themselves, who they could intimidate, who they could - all this kind of quid pro quo stuff behind the scenes. And it just wasn't serving the community. It wasn't doing the work - like sure, we were getting Democrats elected, but it was leaving so many people out. And so - I had no plans. I was not planning to be a leader in the Democratic Party. That wasn't what I was like, "Yes, that's my dream." But I just kept seeing all of this pain. I just kept meeting people who were like, "I got hurt this way when I got involved in the Democratic Party, and I dealt with this type of racism and sexism, and this leader harassed me." And I just was like, "I just want the pain to stop." And so the vision, and I think you helped us back when we were running as Vision 2020, was really that we wanted to create a healthy professional organization that was about the old ethos of Obama - it was like respect, empower, and include. And we really recognized that the party needed to be more diverse and needed to be more inclusive. And we needed to have a team that was going to - who believed in those values. One of the things that I had recognized when I looked back at the history of the different iterations of leadership at King County Democrats, is that in the elected officers, you would have people who had run on different teams who didn't like each other. There was no consensus in, "This is what we want to do. This is what we stand for. These are our values. And so we are going to do this together." And so we ran as a slate because I needed to know that I had a solid team who bought into this belief of, "We want to create an inclusive, welcoming organization that has a culture of accountability, transparency, and is about electing Democrats - people with our values - and not just gate-keeping, not just about power maintenance for a small group." That's what the other team does. That's not what we were going to do. And so we won back in December of 2018 and we set forth on doing the work to try to restructure this organization and bring in new people, bring in more young people, more people of color, more women - and create a space where people felt like they could do good work and they could make a difference in their communities through being involved with us. [00:16:33] Crystal Fincher: This local party apparatus is really what determines whether you have strong, competent elected officials at the local level - and that's the bench that then proceeds on to the national level. So it really does take competent, intentional organizing at the local level. And the local party is ideally supposed to be that. What it actually was was pretty far from that. And I think one of the things that you brought with your vision was to be influential and consequential in local government - and looking at what's happening with city councils, and playing a role in advocacy, and making sure the right people are in the right positions to make the right decisions. And to lead and push those decisions. I know, certainly from my perspective as a Black woman, and we've had conversations about this before, but similar to a lot of us - where we've experienced from party sources - racism and sexism, and viewed harassment and bullying, and things that we fight against. And I had grown quite frustrated with the party quite frankly because of watching those things persist in the local level and not feeling like it was very relevant. I definitely felt that when you came aboard, you were seeking to really completely change that direction and make it relevant again. What have you been working on to help the average person in Seattle, regardless of whether they have a partisan affiliation or not, know that there's a local party, see that it's influential, and trying to help them in the issues that they're dealing with on an everyday basis? [00:18:29] Shasti Conrad: I mean, so much of it is it's basic - it's education, it's connection, it's building authentic relationships, and it's showing up. I think that there had often been this idea that people had to come to the party and that it wasn't that the party was showing up. And there's so much expectation a lot of times that when it comes time to vote, everyone should just get on board with what the Democrats are doing. But if we're not there for the community, if we're not there for other community partners for the rest of the year, we lose our ability to have any leverage to say like, "Hey, remember August primary? Remember November general? Hey, in February, did you know there's special elections for King Conservation District, or there's this or that?" People - they didn't know - and we didn't do a great job of communicating what the value is.  We certainly have benefited for the last couple of years of a much more heightened spotlight on politics, I think, because of 2016. You have people who are paying attention who weren't paying attention previously. But yeah, we have tried to demonstrate how important it is to focus on the local. Now, my career, I have worked on four national presidential campaigns. I was like so many other Democrats where it was like my energy and excitement would be in a presidential year. I'd be all about the national. I love my national politics, but I know that the place where I can make the biggest difference is in helping to flip the city council in Sammamish, it is helping to make sure that on our school boards across King County that we are fighting back against these people who are pushing anti-Critical Race Theory nonsense. We've got real white supremacists that are getting onto Black Diamond City Council - that's happening right here. And so I can drive 10 minutes, 20 minutes, an hour across the county, and I can make a difference in people's lives in a way that - when I was on Obama's campaign, I'm one of several thousand staffers - when you are part of - and it's great, it's exciting, but we have to remember that you have to guard the cast every single election. And in some ways, I find that these odd-year elections - often have way lower turnout than the even years - are the most important. And Seattle - we'll have Democrats - there is a battle between the type of Democrat that we want leading the City. But in places across the County, you really are fighting against people who don't believe in democracy. My counterpart, King County GOP Chair, Joshua Freed, has totally thrown in with the insurrectionists. He says that wearing masks is child abuse. These are not people who fully believe in what we consider American values. That's what we're fighting against. So I think that's really important for us to continue to keep the spotlight on. And then we've been pushing for getting Precinct Committee Officers - which you helped us with that project - where we have found that, in 2019, in precincts where we had Precinct Committee Officers, there was a 5% higher voter turnout and that those numbers matter. We found that if we'd had full coverage of PCOs in every precinct in King County, we would've passed I-1000. It makes a difference here in King County, but it's also for statewide elections and statewide initiatives. Those progressive votes are going to come out of King County. So if we're not solid here, it impacts the entire state and that impacts the region. So all of this work really, really matters. [00:22:29] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, it does matter. And one of the reasons why I decided to say, "Okay, let me go ahead and try and help," was seeing that someone was willing to do the work even when it got uncomfortable and even when you were facing some pushback to say, "No, it is important to have a local party that looks like the communities that it serves. It's not okay to make people feel unwelcome, to pass off racism and misogyny as casual, let people get bullied out of the organization," and really moving to have the party truly represent and serve people in communities. Which a lot of people have come into meetings, seen that they - especially for someone taking some free time in their evening to come into a meeting - if they see people in-fighting, or if they hear things that are like, "This is not a welcoming or inclusive place for me, I don't feel like this is a space for me," they're just going to peace out, and they had been in droves. And in my view, there's such a potential - and clearly in yours, right? Such a potential for the party to be impactful in driving some of those key meaningful things where, to your point, there are certainly especially sometimes in Seattle, these extremely passionate but really ultimately nuanced conversations about like, "What is the correct climate policy that we should be pursuing? What is the correct zoning policy where some people are just like, 'No, we don't believe in the concept of climate change, we don't believe in the concept of a minimum wage?'" You would be surprised how many local city council candidates right now in King County are publicly saying they don't believe there should be a minimum wage. Period. Not, "We shouldn't raise it to a living wage," just there shouldn't be. We are going all the way back. And to your point, just some blatantly talking about violence and being okay with undemocratic processes and just really just being flat-out racist and violent, and it's not cool. So I guess in looking at how people can and should get involved and what the party has in the pipeline here in King County, what are you looking to do, I guess, as we come upon these November elections, how are you involved with that? And overall, just in communities, how are you engaging? [00:25:14] Shasti Conrad: Well, and let me underline one thing - which is the other thing that we saw over the last couple of years is that the Republicans were doing a much better job than we were at building a bench. They were so much better. So in King County, they'd kind of given up to some degree the State Legislature. But what they were doing was they were back-filling in Hospital District Commissions, on Water Districts, in City Councils, and School Boards. They were doing a much better job fixating and getting people running in those places, which then made these - yes, they're smaller offices - but they had a huge impact. They were more conservative. And it was flying under the radar because we were like, "Oh, good, we've got the governor." Finally in 2017 with Manka like, "We've got the State Legislature - good enough." And then people were getting deeply hurt in their communities by what was happening there. So that was one of the biggest things for us where we were like, "This is clear." Also, just to put it out there, the King County GOP has 10 times the amount of money that we do at King County Democrats. They are better funded than we are because, again, people know to give to somebody who's running for Congress, they know to give to their candidates, but the regular Democrat wasn't investing in the infrastructure. I often describe the party as candidates and campaigns are the jazz. As a party, we're supposed to be the steady drum beat. Whoever shows up and says, "I'm willing to put my name on the ballot, I'm willing to run, I align with your values," our job is to show up with volunteers, to show up with resources to say like, "We understand the lay of the land, we know the communities here, and we've got your back." That is our job. [00:27:08] Crystal Fincher: People want to get involved or learn more, where can they contact you or the King County Democrats? [00:27:14] Shasti Conrad: Our website is kcdems.org. And then my email is chair@kcdems.org. And I'm always happy to answer questions, or if you folks have ideas in their communities that they want to amplify, get up to me. And there are 17 legislative districts in King County - all of them have Democratic Party organizations. And we love to have people get linked into their Democratic LD organizations as well. [00:27:43] Crystal Fincher: One thing a lot of people talk about, especially here in King County, is there are Democrats, there are Democratic Socialists, there's the People's Party - there's a lot of people who are on the left politically but may not identify as Democrats either - because just in the City in particular, just kind of everybody's a Democrat, that's kind of taken for granted. But other people on purpose have felt like the Democratic Party is not the place for them and they want another home. How do you view them or candidates running under - who are not officially Democrats, but who may hold values that a lot of Democrats agree with and a lot of people on the left agree with - how do you work through that? [00:28:29] Shasti Conrad: Well, I think people might know that I worked on Bernie Sanders' campaign both in 2016 and 2020. I consider myself a strong progressive and align with a lot of the values of, like you said, folks who are the Working Families Party, or People's Party, or DSA. And I think for us leftists and progressives, we have to build the coalition. And so I think there's room for those organizations to exist, but what I always like to remind people is - for better, for worse, we are currently a two-party system. That's just the reality of what we have. And sure, I would love to do all kinds of other things, but I recognize that the Democratic Party - that's what we had. That is the most solid party organization that represents the most people. If you believe in democracy, that's what we have. And so I am an institutionalist in the sense that I believe it is our job to go into these institutions, into the infrastructure, and try to change them from within. I've done the work on the outside, and there's a place and a role for that, but you also - these institutions are what stay. And so I believe that it is valuable to try to work with the party to try to change it, to open it up, to build the coalition so that more people who identify and feel comfort with DSA and People's Party and Working Families Party - that they feel welcomed back into the Democratic Party - because I think that's how we're going to win, is if we build that broad coalition. And so I'm in full support. I understand why people may not have wanted to work with the Democratic Party before. But I am trying to lead a millennial, Gen Z, woman of color organization. I'm trying to do the work to change it so that it doesn't feel as - it's not as traumatic or painful as it has been previously. And that is what I have - put my stake in the ground, and what I really believe in, and I'm trying to fix. [00:30:46] Crystal Fincher: Do you see your role as the Chair of the Democrats, or just should the Democrats, in your opinion, be supporting candidates who may not share the label, but who are sharing the values? [00:31:05] Shasti Conrad: Absolutely. Look, I look at it as it's somewhat of a marketing issue. My job is to understand why someone would not want to choose our brand. It is to understand that and to be able to recognize, what are the ways in which we can change that to be more appealing to a broader base of people - who for the most part, you look at the Venn diagram of it all, for the most part, probably share 90% of our values. And so what is it that we need to fix internally and externally? Sort of an outward facing front, but also internally, what do we need to change that will welcome those people back in? I believe you can hold - two things can be true at once. You can be a proud DSA member, a proud member of the People's Party or Working Families Party, and also work with us in the Democratic Party. I mean, that's how we get things done. That's how we move the needle. At the end of the day, we are the caucus that you're going to have to work with to get things done once you get into office. So that's my hope, is that we can better build something that people want to be a part of, even as they hold these different identities. [00:32:26] Crystal Fincher: I managed campaigns for a long time, so I went to lots of different LD meetings with several different candidates - that's just a thing that you do. And man, these meetings are oftentimes horrible things to go to. Lots of great people doing great work, lots of great volunteers, but in the past has been the exception and not the rule for the meeting not - the meeting to be relevant. You go in there, you hear people arguing, using Robert's Rules of Order. You see these long marathon hours, multiple hours, long endorsement meetings. You hear people just like yipping and yapping at each other. Sometimes you hear people with microaggressions or macroaggressions. And so a lot of people will dip their toe into their local LD and just not feel like it has been the best use of their time. Like, "Hey, I'd rather watch a movie instead of listening to someone debate one tiny element of one thing for 20 minutes using Robert's Rules of Order." What do you say to people who have looked at the Democratic Party locally and been like, "I tried it before, it didn't quite work out, it may not be a place for me." [00:33:53] Shasti Conrad: I mean, look, I get it. And I hear them. And I've felt that way. Like we talked about earlier, I came back into the party and into Washington State politics in 2016. And I remember going to these LD meetings where there was like 100+ people. And then I watched over the next few months as those numbers dwindled because people wanted to do something, they wanted to be actively involved. And the Democratic Party offered them nothing. What it offered them was, like you said, Robert's Rules of Order, people getting completely wrapped around the axle on some minutia that didn't really matter. It wasn't open and accessible to the average person by any means. And particularly to people of color and younger people who it's like - I'm trying to survive here. I'm trying- [00:34:42] Crystal Fincher: Yeah, and people with disabilities, parents. Yeah. [00:34:47] Shasti Conrad: Yes. I mean, in some ways, the pandemic has given us the opportunity of being able to do things in a way that are slightly more accessible in that - before, I would hear parents - it's like you'd have a meeting at 7:00 PM in Renton, that's right in the middle of bedtime and dinner and all of that. And so at least now we are able to do it where it's like, "Hey, hop on online and we'll make it easier." But I would say like, "Look, I get it. And what I am trying to do as the first woman of color chair for this organization is I'm trying to rebuild an organization that is welcoming. That is a safe space for everybody. That it's not about power gate-keeping." I'm like, "Hey, you want to come in and do some work?" Come on in. There's power for you too." And we have to do this work because we're fighting against fascism, we're fighting against authoritarianism. And I think also come on back - we want to welcome you back in. I want to know how it didn't work and I want to make it better. I had a call with a woman of color who's running for school board up in the northern part of the County two weeks ago. And she was talking about the endorsement process and how awful she had been treated by a couple of these LDs. And I was like, "Tell me, because I want to go and fix it." And like, "Let me go help you hold these folks accountable. Help me demystify the process." For better or for worse, I feel like I've gotten a PhD in this weird party stuff. And the reason why that matters is because I am here to be a resource to help change the way that it works, but also to help explain it. To help be able to say, "Hey, here's the side door. Let me help show you the way and how you can make this work and get done what you want to get done." And I believe that we're doing that. I mean, you've gotten involved, Crystal, in some ways in helping us. And you said you would never - I remember when we first met - you were like, "I'm done with the party." And you've been helping out here and there because I think we're making those changes and we're doing that work.  And it's not perfect, by any means, but I can't do it alone. I think that's also what I really want to be clear. When it's just me, I can't make the changes and I can't do the work that needs to get done. And so I need more people who are also committed to these types of changes to come in and help me build an organization that is of value to everyone that is a part of our community and not just for the few. That same way of doing things doesn't work. One of the things I am most proud of is - in 2019, we endorsed and we supported people like Tammy Morales, Shaun Scott. We supported people who - other places weren't. And Shaun didn't win, but he has gone on to do all kinds of amazing work in the community. And last year, with the State Legislature, we replaced Democrats with more progressive Democrats, more Democrats of color, and that shifted and changed the type of legislation we were able to get passed. [00:38:03] Crystal Fincher: Oh, absolutely. I mean, we don't get capital gains without those changes, we don't get a number of the progressive policies - some of the environmental policy, certainly the police accountability legislation - that doesn't happen without the changes on the Democratic side to more progressive people that were there. And I think you bring up a great point. I mean, you talk about me - and I don't know that I've talked a lot about this on the podcast - but certainly have had major frustrations with the party, consider myself a progressive and continue to have frustrations with the party, particularly on the national level. But when there are people in places, and just FYI, these local Democratic organizations, they're actually all their own organizations. They're part of a master organization, but it actually is not like a company with branches - they have a lot more autonomy than that. So there's actually a lot that can be done in shaping these local party organizations - how they're composed, the leadership that is in there, and how they can interact with and serve their communities. And the Democratic Party has resources. It's a party of resources and those resources certainly can be helpful in getting people elected. So if we can use those resources in the right way to get the right people to make the right decisions and in the right position with the appropriate power to do so, that's a good thing. And I think what I saw in you was, "Okay, there is someone willing to work and willing to push in the right direction." So if there is a tool available, with resources behind it, that can actually be a force for good, Hey, I'm willing to help have it be a force for good. Would I do that if - I wasn't doing that - I'd said that I was not going to do that unless I saw that. Had not seen that up to that point and was skeptical that I would, but certainly here at the local level with you being involved and willing to push in the right direction. And a lot of times bend over backwards to make the process more accessible to more people - is helpful. And to help the local LD organizations move in that direction too and be spaces that are inclusive and open enough to even have leadership that understands the ability and the potential and how to be more inclusive and continue walking down that road. So that's how you hooked me in - was my ability to see you doing the work. And so if someone's willing to do that, I am willing to help. I do have some skills and talents that I can use to be helpful. And so I appreciate that. So if there are other people who are perhaps considering where they are going to be investing their time and talent, this is certainly an option and one that can be consequential in who gets elected, and what decisions are made, and what policies pass. With that said, the accountability piece is also important and holding people accountable - both within the party, within the party organization, and with electeds - and seeing you be serious about that was another reason why I got involved because, man, was I sick of just watching people do ridiculous, buck wild, out of pocket things - and in some instances, unethical things that - [00:41:57] Shasti Conrad: Yeah. It's not fair to ask someone to come in and be a part of something that you know is going to be traumatizing for them. So we have a recruitment problem and we have a retention problem. And so that is where it is both on the doing the outreach, getting out into the community, but it's also creating a culture of accountability and creating these spaces that are welcoming and conducive for all kinds of people to be able to do work that they find meaningful and can be proud of. And my subversive reasons for being in this role is because I know that the Democratic Party is an organization that has to change from within. It just does. And so we need more people to become members of these LDs who then can vote. And if they become Precinct Committee Officers, they can vote on leadership. They can choose people to lead in a way that backs up their values and is going to take these organizations in a direction that they want. If you're just railing from the outside, nothing changes. That's just where we're at. So that's why I think it's so important to come back in and I'm doing everything I can to try to create a place at King County Democrats where people who want to do good work can do that. [00:43:14] Crystal Fincher: Yeah. And it's worth pointing out that, to your point, PCOs or Precinct Committee Officers, kind of the most grassroots party position that there is - you're like a neighborhood captain - they vote on appointments of elected officials. When there's a vacancy in the Legislature and on some County Councils, they vote for those replacements. And those votes are pretty well-attended in Seattle, but I will tell you, in many of the LDs here in King County, those votes often don't include more than 30 people. [00:43:55] Shasti Conrad: Our good friend, Representative Jesse Johnson - that's how he was picked for - down in the 30th LD. And he's wonderful and that's great, but 30 people were able to make that decision. And so it's absolutely an incredibly important role to play. I first got involved when I was running for an appointment to fill Pramila Jayapal's State Senate seat. And so about 100 some odd people voted on who became the State Senator - and that was Rebecca Saldaña, another wonderful elected official. But look, this stuff actually matters. A third of the State Legislature was picked by PCOs. It's not a small number - so it's really important. So if you become a Precinct Committee Officer, you get to vote on leadership within the party, you potentially get to choose elected officials, and you get to volunteer and knock doors in your community and get to be a leader in your neighborhood. That's pretty cool, and I think a really fun way to get to participate in democracy. [00:44:55] Crystal Fincher: Sounds good. Thank you so much. [00:44:57] Shasti Conrad: Thank you. This has been fun. [00:44:58] Crystal Fincher: I thank you all for listening to Hacks & Wonks on KVRU 105.7 FM. The producer of Hacks & Wonks is Lisl Stadler with assistance from Shannon Cheng. You can find me on Twitter @finchfrii, spelled F-I-N-C-H-F-R-I-I. Now you can follow Hacks & Wonks on iTunes, Spotify, or wherever else you get your podcasts. Just type "Hacks & Wonks" into the search bar, be sure to subscribe to get our Friday almost-live shows and our midweek show delivered to your podcast feed. If you like us, leave a review wherever you listen to Hacks & Wonks. You can also get a full transcript of this episode and links to the resources referenced in the show at officialhacksandwonks.com and in the episode notes.  Thanks for tuning in and we'll talk to you next time.

CURC Sermons – Covenant United Reformed Church
The Great Creator is My Father thru Christ

CURC Sermons – Covenant United Reformed Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 32:04


The Great Creator is My Father thru Christ Confession: Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 9, QA 26 Scripture: Psalm 33:6-12, Matthew 6:28-33, Romans 5:1-5, Ephesians 1:10-12 Preacher: Rev. David Inks Sermon Outline: Introduction Creator Controller Cares Comforts Conflict Couragement Conclusion Sermon Video: https://youtu.be/2Wlokj2qhZY The Heidelberg Catechism: Lord’s Day 9 Q.26 What do you believe when you […] The post The Great Creator is My Father thru Christ appeared first on Covenant United Reformed Church.

Access Church
Home For Christmas

Access Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 33:43


What are we really searching for? Psalm 68:6 // God sets the lonely in families… John 14:2-3 // My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. Where do we really live? Broken home. Divided home. Empty home. Home alone. Why do I feel these things? John 4:9-15  //  The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” 11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?” 13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.” Jesus meets us at the place of our brokenness, but doesn't leave us there. John 4:42 // They said to the woman, “We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.” Four questions to ask before we come home: Does anyone want me to be there? What if I don't feel fulfilled? Have I done enough good things? What if nothing has changed? Free Trial Romans 10:13 // “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Abiding Together
S10 E12 Advent Part 1: Hope in His Love - St. Catherine of Siena

Abiding Together

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 32:12


In this episode, we begin our four part Advent series revisiting the women doctors of the church with a discussion on hope through the life of St. Catherine of Siena. We discuss the virtue of hope, receiving and sharing Christ's light in the darkness, and tips for making room for Christ this Advent season. We pray that you would receive the deep love of God as we begin this time of preparation for the birth of our Savior. For further listening, check out Restore the Beauty, a five part series on the women doctors of the church from Season 4 and be sure to subscribe to the Abiding Together Podcast on YouTube to watch our video podcasts!    Sister Miriam's one thing - Be Restored: Healing Our Sexual Wounds through Jesus' Merciful Love - Dr. Bob Schuchts Michelle's one thing - Seeing Christmas - Karen Stacy Heather's one thing - Advent Playlist on Spotify Other Books Mentioned - Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas - Ann Voskamp Discussion questions:     What stood out to you from today's episode?  Does your life, your marriage, your family, your church, or your small group proclaim good news to the world? And if not, why? What needs to be redeemed or restored? Are you living a life rooted in hope? Where can you be light in the darkness for others?  How can you make room for Christ this Advent season?  Journal Questions: How do you need “the Madman” to love you madly in the season of Advent this year? Are there any particular fasts the Lord may be calling you to this Advent to create room for him in your heart? What does the Holy Spirit want to birth or make new in you during this season of Advent? Quotes to Ponder:  “The love of Christ embraces all without exception. Fire of love, crazy over what You have made. Oh, divine Madman.” - Saint Catherine of Siena  Scripture for Lectio Divina: The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. To proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the day of vengeance of our God. To comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion. To bestow on them a crown of beauty, instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise, instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. - Isaiah 61:1-3 This episode is sponsored by Kingdom Builders. Our sponsor for today's episode is Kingdom Builders. If you have always felt welcome in church or never felt welcome in church. If you've never had a child, have many children or you long for a child. Single, married, divorced, or widowed. Young, old, rich or poor. A believing Christian or an atheist. If your life is a sinful mess or full of purity or anywhere in between, Kingdom Builders has something for you. Kingdom Builders creates opportunities for holy encounters for women. To learn more about Kingdom Builders and their latest project My Father's Garden, go to BuildingThroughHim.com

The John Batchelor Show
S4 Ep1826: 4/4 William Damon #UNBOUND (family; golf): The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021.

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 7:50


Photo: "Just a word for father"  .   @Batchelorshow 4/4    William Damon #UNBOUND: The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021. A Round of Golf with My Father, by William Damon.    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Round-Golf-Father-Psychology-Exploring/dp/1599475634 Viewing our past through the eye of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose. In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives.

The John Batchelor Show
S4 Ep1826: 3/4 William Damon #UNBOUND (family; golf): The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021.

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 12:50


Photo:   Father and Son. Engraving by Ephraim Moshe Lilien, 17x14 cm.  .   @Batchelorshow 3/4  William Damon #UNBOUND: The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021. A Round of Golf with My Father, by William Damon.    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Round-Golf-Father-Psychology-Exploring/dp/1599475634 Viewing our past through the eye of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose.  In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives. ..  ..  ..  

The John Batchelor Show
S4 Ep1826: 2/4 Damon #UNBOUND (family; golf): The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021.

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 8:50


Photo:  Robert Latham Owen, Senator from Oklahoma, 1907-1925; golfing  .   @Batchelorshow 2/4  William Damon #UNBOUND: The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021. A Round of Golf with My Father, by William Damon.    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Round-Golf-Father-Psychology-Exploring/dp/1599475634 Viewing our past through the eye of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose.  In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives.

The John Batchelor Show
S4 Ep1826: 1/4 William Damon #UNBOUND (family; golf): The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021.

The John Batchelor Show

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 10:00


 Photo:  Father and son.  National Gallery of Art.  .   @Batchelorshow 1/4   William Damon #UNBOUND: The complete, forty-minute interview. July 3, 2021. A Round of Golf with My Father, by William Damon.    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Round-Golf-Father-Psychology-Exploring/dp/1599475634 Viewing our past through the eye of maturity can reveal insights that our younger selves could not see. Lessons that eluded us become apparent. Encounters that once felt like misfortunes now become understood as valued parts of who we are. We realize what we've learned and what we have to teach. And we're encouraged to chart a future that is rich with purpose.  In A Round of Golf with My Father, William Damon introduces us to the “life review.” This is a process of looking with clarity and curiosity at the paths we've traveled, examining our pasts in a frank yet positive manner, and using what we've learned to write purposeful next chapters for our lives.

One Ministries Podcast
In Christ - One With The Father

One Ministries Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Nov 21, 2021 31:02


In Christ - One With The Father "In Christ", is not just a slogan it informs us that He and the Father are one this unique relationship has baffled the most brilliant minds and continues to bare controversy. Pastor Tillman examines what exactly is meant by this phrase - "Me and My Father are One"John 14, Jesus says to his disciples, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." Living in Christ is to live in the chain of unbroken union with the father, the Holy Spirit, and all of the riches of His grace.