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Palisade Radio
Egon von Greyerz: 2022, An Epic Risk Moment in History

Palisade Radio

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2022 65:02


Tom welcomes back Egon von Greyerz, Founder and Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management AG based in Switzerland. Systemic risks are increasing but the general investor does not appear concerned. No one knows the size of the derivatives markets but it's likely in the quadrillions. Sovereign bonds make no sense for investors since the only way they can be paid back is with more money printing. They are extremely poor investments especially when you consider the dismal returns. Pensions primarily hold bonds and stocks so eventually these funds will go bust. In real terms, Egon expects an eventual 90% decline in stocks. This sounds sensational but we experienced this from 1929 to 1932. The dollar will continue to collapse as it has already lost 98% of its value. In this environment, your primary goal should be to protect your wealth. Central banks can't save the system forever eventually debt will collapse. This is the first time we've had a global debt system and the risks are enormous. The investment game is easy today because of the money printing. In the end, most investors will probably give back much of their fortunes. The Fed will be in a serious dilemma this year as inflation will continue to be problematic. They will want to talk about tapering but the Fed can't afford it. Eventually, they will likely lose control of interest rates starting with the long end of the market. The problems are already starting as we're seeing massive problems with energy affordability in Europe. Gold is as unloved today as it was in 1971 and when it was around $300 in 2000. If a tiny fraction of funds decide to hold gold as a hedge there will be tremendous demand. Silver could be a spectacular investment if timed correctly but it's not wealth preservation in the same fashion as gold. He doesn't expect that cryptocurrencies will operate in the same way as a store of value but anything is possible. Perhaps real wealth shouldn't be stored in digital form as it seems unlikely that governments will leave them alone. Time Stamp References:0:00 - Introduction0:50 - 2022 & Epic Risk6:43 - Dow in Real Terms9:06 - Global Unfunded Liabilities16:52 - Japan's Debt Levels21:41 - Fed Policy Reversal27:14 - Hyperinflation?32:05 - Property Values36:26 - Gold Cycles41:28 - Gold Vs. Silver44:32 - Cryptocurrencies47:32 - Wrap Up Talking Points From This Episode Massive global debt risk and the derivatives markets.Pensions, equities, bonds, and the dollar.Importance of protecting your wealth in this environment. Guest Links:Website: https://www.goldswitzerland.comTwitter: https://twitter.com/GoldSwitzerland Egon von Greyerz is Founder & Managing Partner of Matterhorn Asset Management AG. He started Matterhorn Asset Management (MAM) in 1999 as a private investment company. From the very beginning, wealth preservation was an essential cornerstone of the company. In early 2002, they believed that financial and economic risk in the World was getting uncomfortably high. So that year, they made substantial investments in the physical gold market at $300 on average. As gold started to rise in the early 2000s, demand for physical gold increased, and in 2005 they set up a regulated company in Zurich - Matterhorn Asset Management AG. A couple of years later, they formed GoldSwitzerland, which is the precious metals division of MAM. Egon was Born with both Swiss and Swedish citizenship. His education was mainly in Sweden. He started his working life in Geneva as a banker and after he spent 17 years as Finance Director and Executive Vice-Chairman of Dixons Group Plc. Since the 1990s, Egon has been actively involved with financial investment activities, including mergers and acquisitions and Asset allocation consultancy for private family funds. This led to the creation of MAM, an asset management company based on wealth preservation principles. MAM is now the World's leading company for physical gold and silver outside ...

Words of Grace Radio - Flint River Primitive Baptist Church

Continuing our series from Revelation on Jesus’ “mini epistles” to the seven churches of Asia Minor, we consider the church that puritan John Trapp referred to as “the poorest but the purest” of them all, the church at Smyrna. Impoverished, persecuted, but faithful, this church was commended by Jesus when others were rebuked. May we … Continue reading "The Church at Smyrna"

Grace Christian Assembly
Sunday - The Book of Revelation - 12 - The Church at Philadelphia - Rev. 3:7-13

Grace Christian Assembly

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 16, 2022


Sunday - The Book of Revelation - 12 - The Church at Philadelphia - Rev. 3:7-13

Words of Grace Radio - Flint River Primitive Baptist Church

Beginning a new radio series on Jesus’ words to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor contained in John’s Revelation, we consider the dangerous threat facing the church at Ephesus. Shockingly, this reveals that a church can be doctrinally sound, have rigid personal discipline and high standards, yet still have problems as a church. In fact, … Continue reading "The Church at Ephesus"

Living Proof with Beth Moore
God's Sovereign Right to Mercy: Part Two

Living Proof with Beth Moore

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 27:11


Join Beth and jump back into the book of Romans! We uncovered even more teachings from this powerful series. Stay tuned for a new message coming next Monday. We would love to have you join us at an upcoming Living Proof Live event. Beth always brings a fresh word. Check the events page on our website for dates and locations(https://www.lproof.org/events). --------------- Living Proof Ministries is dedicated to encouraging people to come to know and love Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture. "For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword." –Hebrews 4:12 --------------- Connect with us: WEBSITE: https://www.lproof.org/ YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJmg8jt3mQ4DTELKDde4rQ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/livingproofministries/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LivingProofMinistriesWithBethMoore/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BethMooreLPM

Making It Work: God and Your Work
What is a Faith-Driven Entrepreneur? - Henry Kaestner

Making It Work: God and Your Work

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2022 40:54


Many things may drive you to start your own business. A great idea may prompt you to go into business for yourself, or a unique financial opportunity. Or maybe it's just the insatiable desire to create something new in the marketplace. But what if it was faith that drove you? What would it mean to be an entrepreneur who is driven by faith? Guest Henry Kaestner is the author of Faith Driven Entrepreneur. Henry is a serial entrepreneur with many successes under his belt, including Bandwidth, the telecommunications company he co founded, which counts Google, Microsoft, and Zoom among its clients. He is a managing principal in Sovereign's Capital, a venture capital management company that invests over $100 million in faith-driven entrepreneurs in Southeast Asia and the US from its offices in Silicon Valley; Washington, DC; and Jakarta, Indonesia. Henry Kaestner is here today to talk about the blessings and challenges of pursuing entrepreneurship with faith. Scripture References Genesis 2:2  John 5:17 Proverbs 16:2  Proverbs 21:2 2 Chronicles Revelation 2:4   Additional Resources Faith Driven Entrepreneur, by Henry Kaestner Faith Driven Entrepreneur movement: https://www.faithdrivenentrepreneur.org This podcast is made possible through the financial support of people like you. Your gift of any size will enable us to continue resourcing Christians with high-quality biblically-based content that applies to everyday work. Donate

GGWO Church Baltimore
Sovereign Faithfulness

GGWO Church Baltimore

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022


God never forsakes us. Joseph was betrayed and hated by his brothers, sold away and brought to Egypt. He was there, however, in the will and purpose of God. His trouble was managed and ordered by the Lord to save his brothers, the very ones who put him into slavery. Great was the faithfulness of […]

Grace Christian Assembly
Sunday - The Book of Revelation - 11 - The Church at Sardis - Revelation 3:1-6

Grace Christian Assembly

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022


Sunday - The Book of Revelation - 11 - The Church at Sardis - Revelation 3:1-6

Words of Grace Radio - Flint River Primitive Baptist Church

Continuing our message from last week from Colossians chapter 3, we consider what it means to seek Christ, who is seated at the right hand of God the Father. Radio broadcast for January 2, 2022. If Risen…then Seek – Part 2  

The Deimos Paradox
Wallflower Ep. 1: May You Live In Interesting Times

The Deimos Paradox

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2022 84:41


The discovery of the crews of the MSMC Pandora and the RM Van Winkle changed everything. Humanity is at war, and they are losing. Deimos and their NHPs are closing in on Union space, and, in an act of desperation, the pan-human governmental body has reached out to five of the greatest that humanity has to offer--who happen to not only be Lancers, but soldiers, mercenaries, linguists, scientists, and diplomats. They are spirited away to a long-forgotten world, home to the deepest, darkest pits of humanity's legacy amongst the stars. The clock is ticking, and our crew must not only reckon with the planet of Hercynia, and its people. This arc stars @ReedPlays as the GM, @CatlingGun as Windy, Kathleen of @PeachGardenGames as Valise, @akinomiiart as Sovereign, August as Cockroach, and Zwei as Taipan. Editing by the amazing @ianmauldin of @shrimpandcrits. "Deimos Theme" by @am_ridz_music, "Wallflower Theme" and other music by @ianmauldin. Wallflower is an adaptation of the lore and select events and characters from Massif Press's "No Room for a Wallflower" supplemental Lancer RPG campaign. We are not affiliated with Massif Press as this is a third-party work. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

State of the Arc Podcast
Mass Effect Analysis (FINAL EPISODE): Ilos and Ending | State of the Arc Podcast

State of the Arc Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2022 110:14


In the final episode of our deep-dive analysis of Mass Effect, we escape the Citadel with Captain Anderson's help, pursue Saren through the Mu relay, learn about the fate of the Protheans, and fight to the bitter end to stop Sovereign from reawakening the Reapers and destroying all organic life in the galaxy! 1. Final Fantasy Tactics Won The Vote! (0:00) 2. Grounded On The Citadel (3:24) 3. Ilos (10:09) 4. The Conduit and Saving The Citadel (37:10) 5. Discussion On The Ending (1:06:43) 6. Discussion On How Romance Was Handled (1:12:28) 7. Overall Feelings On ME1 (1:22:33) 8. Responding To Comments (1:28:21)

Your Brain on Facts
Very New Year

Your Brain on Facts

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2022 18:58


Happy new year!  Or is it?  It depends on which calendar you're using. Like what you hear?  Become a patron of the arts for as little as $2 a month!   Or buy the book or some merch.  Hang out with your fellow Brainiacs.  Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter,  or Instagram. Music: Kevin MacLeod, David Fesliyan.   Reach out and touch Moxie on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Links to all the research resources are on the website.   On Monday this December 30th past, I clocked in at my retail jobs, put on my headset, and played the morning messages.  There was one from my manager telling us what to expect in terms of sales volume that day and one from corporate welcoming us to the first day of 2020.  The didn't get their dates mixed up.  December 30th 2019 was the first day of 2020 in a way that once crashed Twitter for hours.  My name…   When we think of the calendar, we think of it as singular and exclusive.  “The” calendar.  Sure, there were other calendars, but those were for old-timey people in old-timey times.  If you've ever listened to the show before, you'll know I'm about to disabuse you of that notion; it's kinda my schtick.  The calendar we think of as the end all and be all of organizing time into little squares is the Gregorian calendar, but it's just one of many that have been used and still are used today.   For example, at the time of this recording, it's currently the 27th day of the month of Tevet in the year 5782 for those who follow the Hebrew calendar.  The Hebrew calendar, also known as the Jewish calendar, was originally created before the year 10 CE.  It first used lunar months, which will surprise no one who has had to google when Passover or Easter are each year.  A standard Jewish year has twelve months; six twenty-nine-day months, and six thirty-day months, for a total of 354 days.  This is because the months follow the lunar orbit, which is on average 29.5 days.  Due to variations in the Jewish calendar, the year could also be 353 or 355 days.  It also used standard calendar years, but these two methods don't line up perfectly, and this posed a problem.  As time went on, the shorter lunar calendar would result in holy days shifting forward in time from year to year.  That simply wouldn't do as certain holidays have to be celebrated in a certain season, like Passover in the spring, Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish 'New Year for Trees,' which  needs to fall around the time that trees in the Middle East come out of their winter dormancy, or Sukkot, the festival that calls adherents to build and live in huts in their yard to commemorate Isrealites taking shelter in the wilderness, which is meant to fall in autumn.  So a thirteenth month had to be added every 3 to 4 years in order to make up for the difference.  Such a year is called a shanah meuberet ("pregnant year") in Hebrew; in English we call it a leap year, and it makes up all the lunar calendar's lost days.  The month is added to Adar, the last of the twelve months. On leap years we observe two Adars — Adar I and Adar II.  Today, the Hebrew calendar is used primarily to determine the dates for Jewish religious holidays and to select appropriate religious readings for the day.   Similar in usage is the Hijri calendar, or Islamic calendar.  It's based on lunar phases, using a system of 12 months and either 354 or 355 days every year.  The first Islamic year was 622 CE when the prophet Muhammad emigrated from Mecca to Medina, meaning today is the Jumada I 28, 1443 .  The Hijri calendar is used to identify Islamic holidays and festivals.  The Islamic New Year marks the journey of the prophet Muhammad from Mecca to Medina.  However, the occasion and the sacred month of Muharram are observed differently by the two largest branches of Islam, Shiite and Sunni.  Shiite pilgrims journey to their holiest sites to commemorate a seventh-century battle, while Sunnis fast to celebrate the victory of Moses over an Egyptian pharaoh.  Also known as the Persian calendar, it's the official calendar used in Iran and Afghanistan, and it's the most accurate calendar system going, but more on that later.   Further east you'll encounter the Buddhist calendar, which is used throughout Southeast Asia.  This uses the sidereal year, the time it takes Earth to orbit the sun, as the solar year.  Like other systems, the calendar does not try to stay in sync with this time measurement, but unlike the others, no extra days or months have been added, so the Buddhist calendar is slowly moving out of alignment at a pace of around one day every century.  Today, the traditional Buddhist lunisolar calendar is used mainly for Theravada Buddhist festivals, and no longer has the official calendar status anywhere. The Thai Buddhist Era, a renumbered Gregorian calendar, is the official calendar in Thailand.  The Buddhist calendar is based on an older Hindu calendar, of which there are actually three -- Vikram Samvat, Shaka Samvat, and Kali Yuga.  The Vikram Samvat is used in Nepal and some Indian states, and uses lunar months and the sidereal year to track time.  Sidereal means based on fixed stars and constellations, rather than celestial things on the move, like planets.  The Shaka Samvat, used officially in India and by Hindus in Java and Bali, has months based around the tropical zodiac signs rather than the sidereal year.  The Kali Yuga is a different sort of calendar altogether.  It meters out the last of the four stages (or ages or yugas) the world goes through as part of a 'cycle of yugas' (i.e. mahayuga) described in the Sanskrit scriptures. The Kali Yuga, began at midnight (00:00) on 18 February 3102 BCE,  is the final cycle within the 4-cycle Yuga era. The first cycle is the age of truth and perfection, the second cycle is the age of emperors and war, the third stage is the age of disease and discontent, and the third stage (the Kali Yuga) is the age of ignorance and darkness.  If you're worried because you already missed 5,000 years of the Yuga, don't fret; you have upwards of 467,000 years left.     You've probably heard of Chinese New Year, so you won't be surprised that there is a Chinese calendar.  According to this system, each month begins on the day when the moon is in the "new moon" phase. The beginning of a new year is also marked by the position of the moon and occurs when the moon is midway between the winter solstice and spring equinox.  China uses the Gregorian calendar for official things, but still uses the Chinese calendar is used to celebrate holidays.   You might be surprised to learn about the Ethiopian calendar.  The Ethiopian calendar is quite similar to the Julian calendar, the predecessor to the Gregorian calendar most countries use today.  Like the other calendars we've discussed, it's intertwined with the faith of the people.  The first day of the week for instance, called Ehud, translates as ‘the first day‘ in the ancient Ge'ez language, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian church.  It is meant to show that Ehud is the first day on which God started creating the heavens and the earth.  The calendar system starts with the idea that Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden for seven years before they were banished for 5,500 for their sins.  Both the Gregorian and Ethiopian use the birthdate of Jesus Christ as a starting point, what Eddie Izzard called “the big BC/AD change-over,” though the Ethiopian Orthodox Church believes Jesus was born 7 years earlier than the Gregorian calendar says.  The Ethiopian calendar has 13 months in a year, 12 of which have 30 days. The last month, called Pagume, has five days, and six days in a leap year.   Not only do the months have names, so do the years.  The first year after an Ethiopian leap year is named the John year, and is followed by the Matthew year, then Mark, then Luke.  Sept. 11 marks the day of the new year in Ethiopia.  By this time, the lengthy rainy season has come to a close, leaving behind a countryside flourishing in yellow daisies. That's fitting because Enkutatash in Amharic, the native language of Ethiopia, translates to “gift of jewels.” To celebrate New Year's, Ethiopians sing songs unique to the day and exchange bouquets of flowers. Of course, there is plenty of eating and drinking, too.   So what about this Gregorian calendar I keep mentioning?  The Gregorian calendar was created in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII, who made some changes to the previously used Julian calendar.  Okay, so what was the Julian calendar?  It should shock no one that the Julian calendar was ordered by and named after Julius Caesar.  By the 40s BCE the Roman civic calendar was three months ahead of the solar calendar.  The Alexandrian astronomer Sosigenes, introduced the Egyptian solar calendar, taking the length of the solar year as 365 1/4 days.  The year was divided into 12 months, all of which had either 30 or 31 days except February, which contained 28 days in common (365 day) years and 29 in every fourth year (a leap year, of 366 days).  That 29th day wasn't February 29th, it was February 23rd a second time.  What a mess that would make, though that conflagration of confusion probably paled in comparison to to what Caesar did to align the civic and solar calendars--he added days to the year 46 BCE, so that it contained 445 days.  Unsurprisingly when you try to make such a large change to the daily lives of so many people in the days before electronic communication, it took over fifty years to get everybody on board.   Sosigenes had overestimated the length of the year by 11 minutes 14 seconds.  11 minutes doesn't mean much in a given year, but after, say, 1500 years, the seasons on your calendar no longer line up with the seasons of reality.  That matters when your most important holy day needs to happen at a certain time of year.  Enter Pope Gregory XIII, who wanted to stop Easter, which had been celebrated on March 21, from drifting any farther away from the spring Equinox.  Aloysus Lilius, the Italian scientist who developed the system Pope Gregory would unveil in 1582, realized that the addition of so many February 23rds made the calendar slightly too long. He devised a variation that adds leap days in years divisible by four, unless the year is also divisible by 100. If the year is also divisible by 400, a leap day is added regardless. [OS crash noise] Sorry about that.  While this formula may sound confusing, it did resolve the lag created by Caesar's earlier scheme—almost; Lilius' system was still off by 26 seconds.  As a result, in the years since Gregory introduced his calendar in 1582, a discrepancy of several hours has arisen.  We have some time before that really becomes an issue for the average person.  It will take until the year 4909 before the Gregorian calendar will be a full day ahead of the solar year.   Maths aside, not everyone was keen on Pope Gregory's plan.  His proclamation was what's known as a papal bull, an order that applies to the church by has no authority over non-Catholics.  That being said, the new calendar was quickly adopted by predominantly Catholic countries like Spain, Portugal and Italy, major world players at the time.  European Protestants, however, feared it was an attempt to silence their movement, a conspiracy to keep them down.  Maybe by making it hard to remember when meetings and protests were supposed to be, I'm not sure.  It wasn't until 1700 that Protestant Germany switched over, and England held out until 1752.  Those transitions didn't go smooth.  English citizens didn't take kindly to the act of Parliament that advanced their calendars from September 2 to September 14, overnight.  There are apocryphal tales of rioters in the streets, demanding that the government “give us our 11 days.” However, most historians now believe that these protests never occurred or were greatly exaggerated.  Some countries took even longer than Britain--the USSR didn't convert to the Gregorian calendar until 1918, even later than countries like Egypt and Japan.  On the other side of the Atlantic from the British non-protests, meanwhile, Benjamin Franklin welcomed the change, writing, “It is pleasant for an old man to be able to go to bed on September 2, and not have to get up until September 14.”   When Julius Caesar's reformed the calendar in 46 B.C., he established January 1 as the first of the year.  During the Middle Ages, however, European countries replaced it with days that carried greater religious significance, such as December 25 and March 25 (the Feast of the Annunciation).  I didn't google that one.  After my mom listens to this episode, she'll send me a gloriously incorrect speech-to-text message explaining it.  Different calendars mean different New Years days even now, and the ways in which people celebrate as as splendidly diverse as the people themselves.   The Coptic Egyptian Church celebrates the Coptic New Year (Anno Martyrus), or year of the martyrs on 11th of September. The Coptic calendar is the ancient Egyptian one of twelve 30-day months plus a "small" five-day month—six-day in a leap year.  The months retain their ancient Egyptian names which denote the gods and godesses of the Egyptians, and the year's three seasons, the inundation, cultivation, and harvest, are related to the Nile and the annual agricultural cycle.  But the Copts chose the year 284AD to mark the beginning of the calendar, since this year saw the seating of Diocletian as Rome's emperor and the consequent martyrdom of thousands upon thousands of Egypt's Christians.  Apart from the Church's celebration, Copts celebrate the New Year by eating red dates, which are in season, believing the red symbolises the martyrs' blood and the white date heart the martyrs' pure hearts.  Also, dates are delicious.    Bonus fact: You know that guy, Pope Francis?  He's not actually the pope.  The pope's proper title, according to the Vatican's website, is Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the State of Vatican City, Servant of the Servants of God.  'Pope' comes from the Italian 'papa.'  Francis is the Sancta Papa, the Holy Father.  The title of pope belongs to the head of the Coptic church.  So if anyone uses the rhetorical question “Is the pope Catholic?” to imply a ‘yes' answer, you have my authorization to bring the conversation to a screeching halt by saying “No.  No, he's not.”  Double points if you simply walk away without explaining yourself.

Liberty Church, PCA
The Supreme Sovereign!

Liberty Church, PCA

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 41:00


Living Proof with Beth Moore
God's Sovereign Right to Mercy: Part One

Living Proof with Beth Moore

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 21:15


Join Beth and jump back into the book of Romans! We uncovered even more teachings from this powerful series. Stay tuned for Part Two coming next Monday. We would love to have you join us at an upcoming Living Proof Live event. Beth always brings a fresh word. Check the events page on our website for dates and locations(https://www.lproof.org/events). --------------- Living Proof Ministries is dedicated to encouraging people to come to know and love Jesus Christ through the study of Scripture. "For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any two-edged sword." –Hebrews 4:12 --------------- Connect with us: WEBSITE: https://www.lproof.org/ YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRJmg8jt3mQ4DTELKDde4rQ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/livingproofministries/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/LivingProofMinistriesWithBethMoore/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/BethMooreLPM

The Bledsoe Show
2021 Book Review

The Bledsoe Show

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 70:38


00:00.00 Max Shank Hey, everybody welcome back to Monday mornings with max and mike hope you guys had a lovely weekend today we are going to talk about the greatest invention in the history of mankind which. Is the written word. It allows us for intergenerational communication that compounds over time that sentence is insane when you think about it that is the reason that we were able to jump out of the food chain. Entirely it is because of the compound effect of our acquired knowledge and the fact that we were clever enough to write it down. Ah orcas for example, have their own language but they have to teach it from scratch every generation and. Are limited by what they can store in their brain and of course they have the second largest brain in the animal kingdom as I understand it and their brains actually are more wrinkly they have more folds ah than ours which is an indicator of ah more. Neurological connection. So imagine if they had thumbs and pen and paper they would probably have overcome us at some point so today we're going to talk about books why you should read how to read a book what you should read and maybe maybe even when to read so. Mikey. Thanks for joining me again. I'm looking forward to this as always. 01:27.65 mikebledsoe Oh yeah, I'm excited about this topic I I was actually I suggested this topic and 1 of the things that inspired me was the my marketing team wanted the the top 10 books I read in the last year and ah that I that I'd be willing to talk about in an email or or something like that and so I go to make the list and I go I don't know if I read 10 books I ended up reading 14 books and I was actually surprised because I didn't feel like I was reading that much. And I think that happens when you and you're enjoying yourself. So ah yeah, I've not always been somebody who is an avid reader I used to go months without reading books I would read a chapter out of a book and then forget that I was reading it and it was. It was something that I stayed away from when I got out of school so coming from a place where you know in school we have to do a lot of reading if you're if you're actually doing the work which I'm 1 of those crazy people who who is a good student. And I was so sick and tired of reading and I my experience of reading was that I did not enjoy it and what I realized is a few months after I got out of college so I had I had done high school went in the Navy for 4 years 02:45.69 Max Shank A. 03:00.10 mikebledsoe Then started college so I got into reading a bunch of stuff I didn't want to read and I had this experience both times where I got to read some stuff I enjoyed and then when I started reading things that I had to read I stopped reading so much so I I did realize at 1 point I go oh. 03:10.80 Max Shank Ah. 03:18.57 mikebledsoe I I love reading when I'm reading what I want to read I don't like reading when I have to read it because it's signed so having been out of college for shit 13 years now I've i. Learn to really enjoy the process and sometimes I like to listen and sometimes I like to to read with my eyes depending on the topic usually. And yeah, it's it's been 1 of the biggest I mean you you hit the nail right in the head. It's a great way to gather information. And knowing which information to keep and which to throw out and being able to apply it to different contexts that is that is the skill in a time where information is at an all time high. So I imagine as we go through this. This conversation today. Some of what we'll be talking about is ah you know when we talk about how to read a book. It's how do you apply? it? How do you consume it? How do you digest it and how do you make sense of it because it's the it's the sense making. 04:31.61 Max Shank No doubt I liked what you said about how many books because when I first came onto the scene as a fitness entrepreneur. 04:31.87 mikebledsoe That is such a big challenge these days. 04:44.82 Max Shank I Wanted to hang out with that cool crowd of people who are also fitness entrepreneurs and they were like hey I own a gym and I was like hey me too hey I wrote a book hey me too and we would like you you know that whole thing where everyone's like comparing what's going on. Oh I've been doing this many seminars. Ah I've been. I Read this many books I Just remember a conversation I was a part of where it it was like um it was like a dick measuring contest for how many books we had read and I just remember that it it struck me that I was like right right in there with that game. Um. 05:09.82 mikebledsoe Yeah. 05:19.51 Max Shank And it's interesting because that idea of more books is better is totally ridiculous because in order to succeed You don't need to know that many things and in fact, you're probably going to make more forward progress if you. Use what you know rather than getting more information I think almost anybody listening to this would agree that they know enough to be probably twice as successful or maybe even 3 to 10 times as successful as they are now. It's just that they don't. Ply those things So I remember when I was I Just remember when I was speaking at a seminar ah over the course of a weekend and it was a bunch of really smart guys and at the end there was a panel and we're up on stage and they're like what. 05:56.86 mikebledsoe Got go ahead. 06:14.65 Max Shank What book would you recommend we read and everybody's got their book recommendation and I'm listening to these recommendations and I was like oh hey us? Yeah I like that book too. That's pretty nice and then it got to me and they're like well max what book would you recommend I was like I would recommend that anyone who attended this seminar not read anything. For between thirty to ninety days because the whole reason you came here was to listen to our summary or our synthesis of everything we know so the last thing you want to do is deviate from applying what you've most recently learned and I like. Reading for entertainment as well. But it's important to realize that when you're reading something you're not living your own life either. So the amount that you read is certainly a good shortcut and I have read ah a ton because I'm naturally a curious person and I like. When things are synthesized and summarized in a very cohesive way. It's 1 of the reasons I don't listen to a lot of podcasts actually because it's very meandering and I would rather have the nice concise block that is the let's say summary. Of you know a 50 year career in psychology or training or something like that and that's where you get the huge leverage from a book. 07:41.78 mikebledsoe Yeah I think it's a great point I remember hitting a point myself where I I had a I was in a meditation and there were no substances involved I know everyone's wondering. Ah, and I was in this. 07:47.58 Max Shank What. 07:58.98 mikebledsoe Meditation I was doing a bunch of ah Joe dispensive meditations actually and I was weeks into it and I had this meditation where I where I got a peek inside of my own mind and my own mind was a library with really high ceilings and just rows and rows of books. And it was dusty and there were cobwebs and it was hard to get around and it it was ah it was a movie that I was watching inside of my own mind it was I was in this observer state and I kick over 1 of the shelves and it hits another shelf and. It clears out the entire room the entire library just collapses and the dust settles and I have this incredible sense of relief that I I don't need to know anymore I don't need. 08:49.16 Max Shank And. 08:57.66 mikebledsoe There's nothing else I need to learn and I realized that the majority of the knowledge I had accumulated at that point I'm a very curious person as well. But there was also something else driving that. Um, which was I wanted to appear smart from when I was a little kid I. Wanted to avoid appearing to be dumb so because I because I felt like I was an idiot and I was homeschooled on top of that So I didn't have anyone actually compare myself to there was no reality check it was ah it gave me an opportunity to. 09:18.26 Max Shank Same oh. 09:34.32 mikebledsoe To really go deep into feeling like an idiot because I didn't know if I was smart or not and I I overcompensated and I read a lot and I think that that I already had some curiosity built in because that was my compensation. You know some people feel like an idiot and they. 09:37.29 Max Shank Hit the. 09:53.20 mikebledsoe Just go all in on being an idiot and decide not to learn anything. So what I what I realized in that moment was oh Wow A lot of what I've been studying is stuff that I don't actually enjoy learning about because I. 09:54.14 Max Shank The. 10:11.38 mikebledsoe I Think it's something that would be really good for me to know just in case. So I can appear to be smart. So I ended up studying a bunch of subjects that actually didn't matter to me at all and after that moment. Um, well I'd gone deeper into a lot of. 10:19.68 Max Shank What were they? what were they. 10:30.56 mikebledsoe Ah say exercise physiology I had gone deeper in a certain subjects where like I was I was pounding the same subject even though I already had what I needed to know to be able to operate the you know I needed I knew way more than I needed to know to do the thing like it'd be like ah. 10:31.76 Max Shank Ah, yeah, right. 10:45.74 Max Shank Totally yeah. 10:48.68 mikebledsoe Being an astronaut and learning not an astronaut being ah being ah, a fucking you know single prop pilot and you know going and learning about what it's like to fly in space cause yeah, it's like it's like you don't need that I'm just flying around you know from City to City not to the moon. 10:59.54 Max Shank Right. 11:06.27 Max Shank Yeah I totally relate with you because it's almost as if in my experience the male ego maybe female ego also being stupid or not knowing feels vulnerable. 11:07.52 mikebledsoe Or Mars or whatever. So. 11:20.10 mikebledsoe M. 11:22.61 Max Shank So it's like you're you're suddenly in the dark you're like in deep water and you're like oh my God I I don't know what I don't know what they're talking about I'm going to look so stupid and then I won't have any respect and then no woman will ever love me. Whatever it is right. 11:35.18 mikebledsoe Yeah, well in the and the result the result after that was I didn't read anything for about a week and then I started I go oh I want to read this book on. It's a spiritual book I want to read this. 11:43.97 Max Shank May. 11:50.76 Max Shank Ah. 11:53.60 mikebledsoe And before I wouldn't let myself do it because I didn't you know I was like ah had a lot of practical applications should I really spend the first hour of my day reading this thing that like's not going to make me more money when you know that's where I was focused at the time. 12:03.20 Max Shank How dare you how dare you read something. That's not going to make you more money. How dare you but. 12:09.34 mikebledsoe Ah, yeah, and at the time I was studying you know it was all about business and strategy and all the shit. So I um the result was I ended up reading after that and books I enjoyed I just went with whatever I enjoyed and what I what I. 12:16.40 Max Shank Her. 12:28.42 mikebledsoe What I noticed is I did end up coming back and reading some business books I did come back and end up reading some books that ah were scientific and and around exercise and round things I already knew a lot about but it it my approach to the reading shifted. Ah. Tremendously and so I enjoyed it more and then I look back and I go you know what? I probably read more since that moment than before that moment and and before it was work in order to read and afterwards it became pure enjoyment to read. 12:55.25 Max Shank And. 13:06.11 Max Shank Um, it sounds like it was curiosity driven instead of fear driven. Yeah I I relate. 13:07.68 mikebledsoe And ah, yeah, just yeah, yeah, exactly yeah in this past weekend I was um I was in some training I took a gun fighter training course and which is basically. Ah, training with nine millimeter pistols and carbines for you know worst case scenarios you know inside a house getting out of your house in your car and we actually did some some shooting as a team it was it was a lot of fun and 1 of the things that. Ah, 1 of the guys afterwards 1 of the older guys. He pulls me aside and he goes he goes you really? I'm really impressed by how you learn and I go oh well, how is that like how are you perceiving you know how I learn. And he was like yeah you just you ask lots of questions you don't care about looking dumb and and you're incredibly focused on what you're doing and and I I go yeah and it got me thinking about oh I when I look at the people I was training with. I I do think I was probably learning a little bit faster than than a lot of them. Although everyone advanced from wherever they were at they advanced tremendously the the coaches we had over the weekend were amazing. But I I definitely ah had more energy at the end of the day. Everything seemed a bit easier for me and and it's not because I already knew what I was doing it had everything to do with you know I was only concerned about learning what was right in front of me and I didn't care about how I looked if I made them. You know the only mistake you don't want to make in those situations is shooting somebody. Like as long as I'm not shooting somebody or making making you know making it. You know you don't want to flag somebody. You don't want to point your gun at anybody whether you you don't want to do that either. That's a safety violation. So inside these boundaries of. 15:17.19 Max Shank There's a more sinister mistake too though. There's a more sinister mistake of being afraid to ask questions. That's it I Think that's a mistake for sure. 15:21.62 mikebledsoe There There is that 1 that that is a mistake and so yeah I was I was in high communication with the instructors the whole time I didn't care how I was perceived by the group is whether I was smart or not and. I I could actually see that in some of the other people you know they would shoot their guns and then they would look over their shoulder for validation and I actually coached the guy the next morning afterwards because him looking over his shoulder for validation was causing him to flag people with his pistol and I and I go I go look. 15:45.44 Max Shank Ah. 15:54.23 Max Shank Oh my god. 15:59.00 mikebledsoe Like because I mean it's 1 of those things where like he might have been get asked to leave the range and I was like I was like hey man, let's talk through this and I give him some coaching tips and after that he he improved tremendously. Um, but yeah, that was 1 of the things too I noticed is like this. It was very loud in that experience of of this guy's seeking validation as he turns around to look for it His fucking weapon is being drawn across 5 people and everyone's going Whoa I Go Wow that that seeking validation thing. 16:33.33 Max Shank Yeah, that his insecurity. 16:33.44 mikebledsoe Could kill somebody in this scenario. So yeah, his insecurity. So um, that's another thing. Yeah I think we've been dancing around that topic basically is yeah, there's Insecurity Driven education is. Is going to be really slow and difficult. It's It's just yeah. 16:51.97 Max Shank It's fear based and it's fear based rather than curiosity based I think part of the reason you're so jazzed up and energized after the fact is you're legitimately interested. You're engaged. You're interested. You're not going to fatigue in that state. But if someone were trying to teach you something you don't want to learn in the first place it made you sit in a chair all day. Of course you're gonna feel fatigued I mean I'm I'm very similar in learning except I actually think I learned a little bit slower. Um, but I usually get. 17:13.74 mikebledsoe Move. 17:26.83 Max Shank Private lessons for stuff and I shy away from group classes because I don't want to hold up the flow of the class too long but I I hear this phrase a lot when I'm taking lessons. Wow I've never heard that question before because I'll just keep digging. 17:28.69 mikebledsoe Ah, so. 17:43.71 Max Shank To really figure out like why am I actually doing this and sometimes even a very experienced teacher it it kind of goes back to well that was what the other guy said so learning like if I don't know why I'm doing it just it's hard for me to buy in the same way. 17:55.46 mikebledsoe Yeah, yeah. 18:03.39 Max Shank So I think that's 1 of the huge advantages of learning in person is you can't ask those questions unlike a book. 18:11.27 mikebledsoe But yeah, well I think this next point will get to the book as well. Which is ah I had fantastic instructors. 1 of the things they were saying the whole time was ask me why I will never get mad at you for asking me why we're doing something and. 18:23.65 Max Shank Ah. 18:29.82 mikebledsoe They were more interested in teaching us how to think about situations and in a tactical sense than to just teach us how to do these maneuvers so 1 of the things that I think is really the thing we need to look at first when you're selecting. What you're going to read is who wrote the book. So for me over the past weekend my instructor I go who is going to train me oh a 20 year command master chief navy seal who's done you know a dozen deployments and had a pretty long kill list like oh. If I ask that guy why we're doing this maneuver or whatever it is. We're doing. He's going to give me a really good answer and he was also open to being challenged. so I think but when when I so when I choose to read a book I like to think about who that person is what their life is like. And what it is that they're actually an expert in and what they're not an expert in because I've watched authors ah be an expert in 1 field and then stray outside of that and I go more into maybe something I know a lot about I go ah, you know what you were right? when you were over here. But when you got over here, you kind of. And it's good to be aware of who this person is. 19:44.54 Max Shank It's tricky though too because then you also can fall into the appeal to authority or the ad homineym fallacies right? because a lot of the time. In fact, 1 of the books that I'm going to recommend today is an author. But he's also very intelligent in a lot of other areas and so it's kind of like in ancient egypt they would hold trials in the dark because they didn't want the um arbiters to be swayed by what the person looked like which I have this little phrase. Ah. How can you take something at face value if it's attached to a face. So I think really good ideas can stand alone regardless of who wrote the idea. 20:22.62 mikebledsoe Ah. 20:30.73 mikebledsoe Yeah, well when we're when I agree that and when we're swimming in in an infinite amount of books to read I'm gonna I'm gonna choose based on you know, well 1 1 of the things is who who are we learning from? yeah. 20:39.81 Max Shank Um, yeah, totally you want to learn from the best right. 20:49.50 mikebledsoe And 1 thing I Want to mention before we dig in because I want to dig in but I I wish I remember who there was a story being told recently and I heard this and there was somebody was sitting in this really intelligent guy's office and looking around his library Ph D type thing. And they go Wow. Your library is vast I've never seen a personal library So Big. You must have a lot of knowledge and then the guy responds This is not a sick. This does not signify my knowledge it signifies my desire and. 21:23.53 Max Shank Peace Boom again. 21:24.44 mikebledsoe A library is a signifier of desire not of knowledge and when I heard that story I said I said to myself. That's that's spot on. You know youre if you got a I've got quite a few books haven't read half of them. But. Maybe I will at some point. 21:44.23 Max Shank It kind of makes me want to point out the tool Belt knowledge analogy again versus the toolbox knowledge tool beltt knowledge is something you can whip out anytime anywhere you know it forwards and backwards left and right. 21:52.47 mikebledsoe And. 22:04.13 Max Shank If something comes up in conversation. You're like Boom I know this bit of information and then there's toolbox knowledge where if someone jogs your memory about it. You have a familiarity with it and when it comes to reading books you have to accept the fact that even if you're. You know some sort of insane memory What do you What are you gonna retain 1015 percent especially if you only read it once. So as for myself I'm reading a lot of books multiple times I will often read a book and then. Go right back to page 1 and read through it again without going to a different book I'll read book 1 and then I'll finish the book and I'll be like huh that was really good I'm going to read it again right now while it's still fresh and see if I can get this information to concreize. But the truth is. If. You don't apply the knowledge. It goes away and you can't you can't remember a whole bookshelf. It's impossible. 23:04.82 mikebledsoe Yeah, well quote I like to use frequently too is learning is behavior change. So if you don't put it to use. You didn't actually learn it. You just you may remember the words. 23:15.81 Max Shank Hello. 23:24.58 mikebledsoe Because that's all your that's all you unless you've applied it. That's all you have is you remember the words you remember the order of these words. Other than that, you really don't know shit so ah in order for to be in your tool belt like you're talking about it. It's something that has to be implemented. 23:30.33 Max Shank First. 23:41.14 Max Shank Well and you can never step in the same river twice because it's not the same river and you're not the same man. So I'm sure you felt the same way you read a book 5 years later you read the same book and it feels completely different. You're picking up totally different things. You're like whoa. Where was I when I read this last time I don't remember any of this this didn't resonate with me at all and now it's like like blowing my mind. 24:09.57 mikebledsoe Oh yeah, yeah, there's a several books I've I've read a couple times that that I will probably keep reading every 2 to 3 years for for couple more decades who know all right? So let's dig into what? ah. Let's just go book by Book. Let's have you share a book and then we'll ah love to basically like do a mini interview with you about. 24:34.33 Max Shank Should we do a why why? Why read? you should read to change your behavior or for entertainment and if and if you're reading a book that doesn't change your behavior then it was just entertainment and why are you bothering. 24:43.11 mikebledsoe Love it. 24:52.33 Max Shank That's that's why it's difficult for me to recommend books to people because I think the whole point is either to be entertained or to actually yield some behavior change. Ah otherwise like you know why are you reading 1 hundred business books shouldn't like. 2 be sufficient or or 1 good 1. 25:10.16 mikebledsoe Yeah I like reading for entertainment I'm gonna I'm gonna list some books off I read for entertainment but got massive practical ah practical advice from the book. Basically and I noticed that I thought about things differently when it's an autobiography. So was autobiography for enjoyment. This is Mark twain's yeah autobiography um, you know and he wrote it I guess I'll fucking jump I was gonna I was gonna ask you first year book but I'm gonna start. So um, the the book. 25:30.49 Max Shank So nonfiction. Oh Mark twain's okay, cool. 25:39.16 Max Shank Ah, you start you start. 25:48.22 mikebledsoe Ah, my favorite book that I read this year for pure entertainment was mark twain's autobiography. Ah, it's called roughing it and the story of his life is hilarious. There's just there's just tons up. You know we think back to Mark twain and 1 of the. Greatest literary artist american literary artists right? He was like the first american writer is is how he's commonly referred to and and I think a lot of times people think about huck finn and and all this in the Mississippi river and all this stuff when they think about Mark twain. But I'm reading his autobiography and he he's he goes to the west coast to mine for gold like he goes to Nevada he goes to california and he has the worst of luck just there's a story after story of him getting shit on and it's hilarious because the way that Mark twain writes is he can. Use very few words and you can picture the scene in your head and he says it in a way that you've never heard it before and it and it immediately causes visions to come so super super enjoyable and 1 of the benefits I got out of that book is just. 26:54.42 Max Shank The. 27:01.31 mikebledsoe Listening to his hardship and how much failure he had was a good reminder that. Ah, even if we experienced a lot of failure early on there's nothing to say you can't beat end up being like 1 of the greatest writers of all time or the greatest of anything of all time and you know the the thing that stuck out to me is. Even when he was mining and stuff like that he was picking up reporting jobs. He was always writing he was always. He would always go back to that and do some writing and he might he had this dream that he was always going to fucking strike it big and he was going to be. You know he talks about his ego in the book and how like when he had a lot of money. Cause there were times where he had a lot of money and he would blow it. He would just be like yeah I bought these fancy suits I would go to these these operas that I didn't really enjoy but I acted like I enjoyed them and and he's like I don't understand what the fuck is going on he eats all this fancy food and then like a month later he can't even afford a piece of bread. You know and that was it was that was Mark twain's life and this was during a time where like there wasn't homeless shelters. You know if if you fucked up in carson city Nevada ah you you know someone might take some pity on you but like you're out there in the. It was the wild wild west so I really enjoyed his book. In fact, there's about fifteen percent of the book I've I've yet to finish I've just been consuming it chapter here chapter there and whenever I need to relax the mind and get some chuckles in but it's it's. For me. The practical application has been just having a lot more ease in my life because sometimes something comes up and I go I just think about the story I read last night about Mark twain and how he almost died out in the cold because they got lost 10 feet from you know the hotel and it's just. Anyways, so that that 1 I highly recommend is just a lot of fun. 28:58.43 Max Shank Ah, to check that out. You do it on audio or reading it. Yeah. 29:01.72 mikebledsoe I got I my I'm I'm reading it? Yeah ah things I want to read slowly I Just ah I read that? Um, but yeah. 29:10.80 Max Shank I like being told a story on Audiobook but if it's something that I'm going to reference a lot I like to read it with my eyeballs. Um, cool. Yeah, it kind of goes to show how much stories shape our reality i. 29:16.19 mikebledsoe Yeah. 29:29.76 Max Shank Sure I sound like a broken record but stories and stimuli are what shape us simple is that forces on our body. The things that we remember how we frame those experiences. That's what shapes our reality and a lot of writing if it. I Hate say only if it only eases your suffering That's huge actually because when you are in a state of fight or flight. You're not healing yourself So you're You're not going to be able to get into that you know wizard level Cerebral. Or Neocortex ah thinking and planning and conscious action rather than ah instinctive reflex out of Fear. So That's huge so those stories can permeate our being Or. Just be an easing of our suffering for a short time. 30:30.30 mikebledsoe Yeah, yeah, how about you? What's what's ah but but you want to start with. 30:36.90 Max Shank Um, well actually the first 1 is ah by a comedian named norm mcdonald and it's his book. Ah based on a true story a memoir and what's really interesting is. He was a huge fan of Mark twain. He talked about Mark twain a lot and he will he in the book or I should say in an interview he said it's not facts, but it's truth which I thought was really funny so he didn't. Just write a story of his life. He wrote about the truths of life that he had experienced that weren't necessarily factual. Um, because as he said you know most of my life has just been finding and consuming food. And it doesn't make for a riveting read and um, he's my favorite comedian I think he's so Funny. He's so Smart. He always pretended to be really dumb and would you know get interviewed and say yeah I've read like about 6 books in my life. Meanwhile he's like. You know, dostoyevsky and reading like all of these like gargantuan tombs about life and death and religion and philosophy and just total genius but you never knew it because he didn't want it to take away from the comedy anyway, his book. Based on a true story is hilarious I've listened to it a few times. It's 1 of those that's actually read by the author and it's it's so funny. It just makes me laugh and it makes me think about. 1 of the things I like about comedy is it lets you think about the most horrible things in a lighthearted way and it sounds like that's what twain does also like he makes ah being like totally poverty stricken or on the ropes essentially. 32:36.71 mikebledsoe E. 32:47.16 Max Shank Ah seem kind of okay and I think that's 1 yeah, it's it's 1 of the things that um gives us the power to carry on. You know that that hope and. 32:50.80 mikebledsoe Comical. 33:01.67 Max Shank Taking things with a light heart when you said the first american writer I kind of thought maybe that's what the essence of that is um and I'm I'm not well read enough with other. Ah. International authors to really understand the difference but it seems like there's more of like a sardonic and ah comical and quiplike kind of american irreverence that goes along with that to me. So. 33:31.76 mikebledsoe Yeah, yeah, well I mean the the west Love it. Love it And yeah, he's ah well he spent a lot of time on the West Coast and the West coast is known for being irreverent. 33:36.45 Max Shank Anyway, nor Mcdonald based on a true story hilarious I've listened to it several times. 33:49.50 Max Shank All right? My key book to. 33:51.60 mikebledsoe That's ah, that's 1 of the benefits of it. Ah, all, let me all right book 2 I'm gonna go with the Sovereign individual. So the first 1 is entertainment I've got my my book list and in. 2021 in the 3 categories is philosophy business or enjoyment and the sovereign individual falls under philosophy which for me is entertainment but again a lot of practical application there because with philosophy what I like about these philosophical books is. They're taking a generally take a macro view of of how the world works and a lot gives us space to know how to position ourselves. Well I'll say this for myself reading the Sovereign individual. It really informed me how to position myself as time goes on in this book. What they do is they wrote it in the they was published in the year 2000 it with the intention of predicting what was going to happen between the year 2000 and 2025 and as I was reading this book I got chills I got hairs were standing up on my neck. It was incredible. How spot on they were and they opened up the book because what's funny is if they knew that people were going to be reading this in 2021 they wouldn't have to give as much explanation as they did at and the beginning of the book first half of the book is really dedicated to the previous 2000 years and it looks at 500 year cycles and looks at big shifts in. Ah, power being centralized and decentralized and they they really look at the when the berlin wall fell. Ah, it was really the falling of the nation state. So this idea that these governments are in charge and so on and so forth they made the comparison to. 35:40.49 Max Shank And. 35:57.87 mikebledsoe Well you when you ask somebody ah world history and you go you know when did the roman empire fall that was a lot of people say you know four 1080 but it really it really when we look back on it. We could say it really lost. Steam around 500 a but but people were acting like it was still. You know in full force an 800 a d even though it was just kind of very surface level. It was still going but it didn't hold the same power and so they really painted a picture of. Nation state losing power due to technology decentralizing ah safety the protection of assets especially when assets become digital There's just this whole There's this whole um era coming and is we're we're in the the. Infancy stage of this decentralization and ah they they talk about in the book they call it cyber currencies so you know year two thousand bitcoin didn't arrive in what oh 8 till eight zero nine I think maybe oh 7 is when it. You know the founder started figuring it out. But ah, you know they they call it cyber currencies in the book. But the way they describe how these currencies will behave and how they'll be autonomous in some way ah was very predictive and in fact. what they described and what is reality the reality of cryptocurrencies at this point is is way more sophisticated than they were predicting because of course it didn't exist so how could they be? How could they comment too far on it but they did. They did note the results of there being ah cryptocurrencies. Ah, they predicted um, ah that there would be a bacterial or viral pandemic and that the media would behave the way it did they predicted race riots and wars. Um. And the context in which they talk about these things is what gives you chills. It's like yeah anyone can predict these things like there's gonna be pandemics. There's gonna be riots. That's that's part of human history. You don't have to be a genius to say. Yeah that's probably gonna happen. But the way in which it happened and the way they described why these things will. 38:10.47 Max Shank And. 38:26.92 mikebledsoe Happen the way they happen is pretty incredible and 1 of the things that they talk about in the book is ah governments because they're losing power and they lose control over the currency will you know government rules by 1 mean 1 method and that is violence right. Do as I say or else I'll put you in a cage or kill you and so ah, yeah, that's how it enforces there's There's no other like that when when it gets down to it. They have a monopoly on you know that that entity has a monopoly on violence and so be. 38:49.60 Max Shank Um, well, that's how it enforces. 39:05.17 mikebledsoe When you have an organization that that's always the last resort well as as it as it gets closer to losing more and more power. It's just going to become more violent so 1 of the things they talked about was you know there'll be a lot of smaller communities and h oas will include security and they they basically. Also noted that since the 80 s the amount of private security being employed is way up. Private security is a huge industry and you know if someone goes oh when are we going to start having to have private security. It's you know the reality is you already have it and um and. Or you may not have it personally. But it's probably you you it you get the it's prevalent and you're you're probably enjoying it I mean when I went to a store last night. There wasn't 2 cops sitting in front of the grocery store with guns. It's 2 security guards you know, ah the the the local government is supposed to hire police in order to. 39:47.12 Max Shank It's prevalent. 40:03.40 mikebledsoe Keep crime down but you know they can't do that well enough so they got to hire private security. So no, so um, anyways, they basically outline that they talked about the steps ahead and and that book was actually very. 40:07.75 Max Shank A can't be everywhere all at once. 40:22.70 mikebledsoe Relaxing for me to read in a lot of ways because it was I'm watching the world go through this chaotic thing and then it really did a good job of saying look look back 2000 years we're looking forward 25 years and maybe a little beyond that you know this is really just ah ah a frame. In history. It's not It's not the rest of your life. It's not this and that and and also it really instilled. You know we're not going back. We're we're definitely just progressing forward towards something and these are all the things that are going to happen as we we go there and. It may not necessarily be an easy path forward. But the thing you really have to because of the way what technology is an impacting culture the necessity for personal responsibility is at an all time high I mean that's what the the book is called the Sovereign individual is because if you if you don't want to be a slave. And the future you have to be sovereign and in order to be sovereign means that you have to educate yourself on technology. You have to educate yourself on protection and security physical protection and security. You have to educate yourself on these things or else. You're subject to like the government's not going to protect you anymore is basically what they're saying like you're gonna you're gonna have to create your own little tribe and you're gonna have to use technology and all this stuff to take charge of your own protection. So um, 1 of the things that motivated me to do the training I did last weekend this past weekend is I go. 41:56.60 Max Shank Ah. 41:58.86 mikebledsoe I'm looking at the book and I go yeah it could ah you know ah America in this time is actually a very safe place. Still um, it's relatively if you look at human history lot less murder a lot less a lot of things. Um I think in the last couple years 42:07.71 Max Shank Relatively? yeah. 42:16.45 Max Shank Yeah, super rare still well and what's funny about that? Well what's interesting about that I guess it's not funny about that is the dramatic difference. 42:18.60 mikebledsoe Um, homicides are way up, especially where awesome tax is up 1 hundred and seventy five percent homicides this year 42:33.67 Max Shank Between how many people kill themselves versus each other I mean whenever whenever anyone wants to talk to me about how like a place is dangerous I'm like dude like what people kill themselves with fritos people kill themselves with a toaster in the tub like it. 42:35.51 mikebledsoe Right. 42:51.80 Max Shank And you know like I said sometimes fast sometimes slow but people kill themselves like way way more. So if anything we should be like more afraid of ourselves than we should be of other people If if we're going to like follow the statistics right. 43:02.41 mikebledsoe Yeah, well well well a good example of this. Yeah, you're right is yeah I like to go down to columbia and columbia is not necessarily the safest country in the world. Um I've encountered a couple things down there I mean I've been down there maybe a total of. 43:11.47 Max Shank Ah. 43:20.56 Max Shank A. 43:20.56 mikebledsoe 3 or four months at this point I've made 3 different trips and yeah I've run into a riot I've had some people follow me I have you know there's there's been a few times where I thought I was gonna end up in a fight um and it was really just cause I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and you know after you're there for a bit you learn how to you know. 43:33.12 Max Shank Ah. 43:40.15 Max Shank Right. 43:40.70 mikebledsoe Navigate yourself to avoid those things but um, you know there people at home are going. Oh you gotta be careful and's like it's like this is the same person who is overweight eating ice cream before bed watching Jeopardy or something like that. It's just they're not like yeah but you're not living like you're. 43:54.65 Max Shank Ah. 44:00.30 mikebledsoe Like to your point probably killing yourself slowly whereas I'm just taking a little bit of a risk over here. 44:02.89 Max Shank Yeah, right? And who's who's to say that it's It's better to live like a really really long time sadly than a short time Happily you know that's it's hard to quantify. 44:14.53 mikebledsoe Yeah, yeah I think Ellenlan Watts Alan Watts has a tough thing about that and if aen said it then it's it's true. 44:21.55 Max Shank I mean he was a hardcore alcoholic but I like a lot of his ideas I mean that's why you you got to take everything with a grain of salt and that's why um a certain book. Might be the opposite of what you need to hear like a certain book could be fantastic for you. It could bring you to better action and I could read the same book and it could be devastatingly bad if I believe it because you and I are different people So to your point earlier. So. 44:54.82 mikebledsoe Yeah, yeah, context matters. 44:59.47 Max Shank Sovereign individual read it so you can defend yourself and when I think about um situations like that I think there are really only a couple important things you need to be able to defend yourself physically. Um, you need a community. Of people you know, love and trust and you need to be able to create value and that and that's a big 1 because no matter what the economy does if you are valuable then you'll basically always be okay. 45:28.50 mikebledsoe Many. 45:34.47 mikebledsoe Absolutely absolutely. Ah, um, by the way just on the on the notion of value just so this book out there the last safe investment I didn't read this this past year but to max's point the last safe investments all about how to it. 45:38.70 Max Shank Ah. 45:53.83 mikebledsoe It talks about 21 I think 21 or 22 different types of labor that you could develop yourself in that would be valuable and they they basically steer you away from the ones that are not that valuable and steer you towards the ones that are super valuable for example, copywriting is in there as 1 of the most valuable. So. Max you write and to that book's point ah the most valuable thing that you can have and when it comes to financial. It doesn't matter what the currency is or what's going on in the world if you can produce value for other people. Yeah, you should never go hungry. 46:27.75 Max Shank Yeah I mean bitcoin and gold could both go to zero bullets probably won't though I don't think Bullets ever go to zero. Um all right shall I do 1 you did 2 books in a row by the way. 46:30.95 mikebledsoe Yeah. 46:36.73 mikebledsoe Um, Bulletin seeds. Yeah yeah, what's your next book. Yeah, let's go now I just do 1 in that wasn't when I read this year it doesn't count. 46:46.23 Max Shank It's not fair. Ah I just threw an extra 1 in guess your opinion is more important than mine trouble in Paradise over here folks. We made it nineteen episodes. 46:54.69 mikebledsoe I I look I'm older than you I'm allowed to do these things I. 47:02.37 Max Shank Oh nice appeal to age authority very good I think you might be losing it though time is ticking. My friend time is on my side. Um, okay well I'm gonna do 2 books then also and I'm gonna really. 47:10.56 mikebledsoe Of course I'm losing it. 47:20.66 Max Shank And I'm going to relate them together because they're similar but ah, monumentally different in the same way. So I read a book this year that is actually out this year called how to live and it is 27 conflicting answers. And 1 weird conclusion I really like the format of this book because each chapter says you know this is how to live and then the whole chapter is about that and it's by a guy named derek sivers who started a cdbaby. He also wrote a book called anything you want. I really like the way he writes and his his chapters for how how to live are do nothing think long term master something pursue pain do whatever you want now. So they're all conflicting ideas. But that's how life is. 48:15.50 mikebledsoe Yeah. 48:18.73 Max Shank It's a bunch of paradoxes but he spent 4 years working on the book and it's it's a short read, but it's beautifully done. It's very concise. It's exactly what I am looking for in a book I get to essentially consume his suffering to make it concise. So I can get these ideas in their most purest form fully refined. Um, no wasted words. So I loved it. I think it speaks to me personally because the question of how to live is very conflicting. And it depends on the individual. some people are so over the top arrogant that they're going to burn themselves and some people are so um insecure and lacking confidence that they're never going to take that step forward. There's going to prepare prepare forever. So. Everybody needs to hear something a little bit different I thought these chapters were fantastic I'm interested in juxtaposing that book with another book that I re reread which is tools of titans which is a gargantuan book. Full of some of the top performers in the world in different areas, physical feats business feeds technology. Um, and there's a lot of differences. In their advice and I think that's what makes it good and that's what made me think of that book in relation to this book how to live because it's stories that you can relate to and be like oh that's how that guy did it and it's just little bites and books. As I mentioned should inspire some sort of action. So whenever I'm writing something it should inspire action I don't really like writing if it's not going to inspire action. Frankly I find writing kind of painful sometimes anyway so if it's not going to. Inspire action in somebody I'm not going to bother I'm going to go take a walk essentially so I think the the stories um the chapters in how to live by Derek sivers are fantastic I think it will make you think differently and. 50:35.40 mikebledsoe Yeah. 50:49.98 Max Shank It's each chapter is its own little book and it's really beautifully done So how to live by Derek sivers and that's ah with an s s I V E R S That's a great book. Very easy read to. 51:04.74 mikebledsoe Beautiful. 51:09.92 Max Shank Now we're even 3 each now we're even I'm keeping score by the way I'm also keeping score of how many minutes each of each of us talks. So we get equal time because we believe in equality here folks. 51:11.47 mikebledsoe Now We're even all right I'll go Okay, good. Well I'm um, um, I'm curious. Are you taking notes about are you taking the time down when I say something brilliant so we can cut it out for a video. Ah yeah, that was a softball all right? ah. 51:28.15 Max Shank Um. 51:33.76 Max Shank I'm still waiting for you to say something brilliant I do have my pen here though. 51:42.33 mikebledsoe We've got my my um, my favorite business book of the year was incredibly practical and that is 1 hundred million dollars offers by alex hermosi now I want to I want to say this alex hormosey also wrote a book called jim launch secrets. He comes from the fitness industry and you know I learned about how he did his his tactics and I'm not really a big fan of the tactics he used and growing gym memberships and things like that I think that? yeah. That's all I'm gonna say about that I just want to I want to throw that out and to max's point early in the show if I were only going off of what I had already prejudged the author on I wouldn't have picked his book up because I already had a judgment about how he does things and then and and. Ah, 2 people 2 really intelligent friends of mine in one week they suggested to read his book so I pick it up and this is the beauty of having a kindle is I can usually get books at you know, half the price or maybe even a quarter of the price and I don't have to wait for it and I can. Lot of times I can read the preview ahead of time and that's what sold me on this I I got to read the first chapter and I go. Okay, this is going to go somewhere that book 1 hundred million dollar offers I have never seen anyone after reading it I realized that I never consumed a resource on offers by themselves. I'd study a lot of marketing I'd study a lot of business and offers usually fits inside of this marketing chat. So. It's like a chapter in a marketing book or it's a it's a module or a week during a marketing course and alex where Mosey is the guy's ah a fucking genius and he's built. I think over five companies at this point over 100 million dollars and and different industries at that and so um, it's 1 thing for someone. Um, you know, build a business that makes 1 hundred million dollars. But it's another thing to do it to do 5 and I think he's with 32 or 33 years old so really young guy. Um. Super sharp and 1 thing I really liked about his book as well is he had a an online course. Companion. So if you if you get the book. It's got little link at the he does a little lead magnet type thing. Um technically not lead magnet because he doesn't even collect your email address. So um, anyways I read that book and it really helped me and it was just perfectly packaged in the right order it. It's you just follow from chapter to chapter and by the end you're going to have a solid offer and you're going to understand what it is you offer your customers and your customers are going to understand. 54:28.64 mikebledsoe But you're offering them and they're going to feel as though you're solving their problem which is exactly why they're going to hire you or they buy a product anyway. So hundred million dollar offers by alex or Mosey favorite business book of the year 54:41.27 Max Shank That is 1 hell of testimonial and it's also a testament to how information is still valuable even though it's ubiquitous or even though it is everywhere information is free. It's everywhere. But you can still make information extremely valuable if you put it together in a format that is really easy to digest. Nice. 55:06.19 mikebledsoe Yeah, the beauties and the packaging. All right, You're up. What do we got? He's looking around. Yeah. 55:15.95 Max Shank I'm up. Ah another book I read this year was I have ah I have like a little list here but I also have a couple of books I'm trying to decide because I don't want to? um I want to do too many because I know we're getting close to the wire. But um. 55:30.54 mikebledsoe Why you probably just running out of books you read this year 55:35.80 Max Shank You know what. 55:38.99 Max Shank I can only I can't read actually I only listen to audiobooks ah now I'll recommend um I have 2 more that I really want to recommend so the travels by Michael crichton. 55:50.28 mikebledsoe Ah. 55:55.67 Max Shank And I reread it every year since I had a recommended to me by a good friend of mine and it's amazing travels by Michael creton. He's a um, super prolific author he covers it all. Travels he talks about um, you know going to medical school and seeing like the psychiatric wards and traveling to all these different places and nearly dying several times and um, he's. Just a fascinating individual. He goes into the ah physics and metaphysical plane and he just dives right in it kind of reminded me of richard feynman's book a little bit surely. You must be joking Mr. Feynman but travels by Michael crichton. Is absolutely fantastic. He talks about the travels externally and travels internally and relationships and science and I know I've recommended some of his stuff in the podcast before especially his. A little lecture called the state of fear which talk about prophetic for for what's happening right now. But michael crichton travels excellent book worth reading worth rereading. He's awesome. 57:20.91 mikebledsoe Yeah, you recommended a video for me to watch of his a lecture. He gave an hour long presentation that was just not only was it enjoyable but it was it was kind of kind of like the sovereign individual is relieving in some way in some ways and. 57:37.47 Max Shank Earth. 57:39.89 mikebledsoe Really pointing out really where a lot of bullshit exists in the world and the media and and how he really explains how things get out of control. Um, and so as far as how narratives get out of control and yeah. 57:43.87 Max Shank Oh yeah. 57:56.53 Max Shank Yeah, he goes over it in such a calm way too. There's like humor in it and he's like yeah of course then this happens and you know he's just talking about like horrible things. Ah that are happening but he's doing it in a very lighthearted manner which I like. 57:59.43 mikebledsoe Super cool. Yeah, he's chuckling the whole time. 58:12.91 mikebledsoe Yeah, yeah, yeah, it's It's really nice to have someone who's ah like an M D Ph D That's confirming some of ah your biases. But. 58:15.51 Max Shank It makes you feel a little bit less alone doesn't it. 58:27.45 Max Shank Ah. 58:31.62 mikebledsoe Um, let's see we'll do a couple more books and then I'll ah we'll put the rest on the blog that doesn't exist yet. So but I may if it if it does exist and you're listening to this I'll put it here at the end. 58:44.94 Max Shank It after. 58:50.58 mikebledsoe I haven't bought the domain yet I don't think. 58:51.48 Max Shank You don't want to read too many books either. You want to read a few good ones and then reread them and take good notes about them and write in the margins I mean here's a quick intermission you got to rewrite these ideas in your own words if you want to remember them. 58:58.79 mikebledsoe That's true. 59:07.93 mikebledsoe Yeah. 59:10.61 Max Shank Go ahead and and make notes inside of the book too. That's what those little margins are for it might not be what they're for, but that use the margins to highlight things and yeah exactly I used to try to keep them really pristine now I just write all over them because it makes you. 59:19.20 mikebledsoe It's your book. You can do whatever you want. 59:27.52 Max Shank Ah, helps you remember the information a lot better. 59:28.30 mikebledsoe Yeah, um, yeah let's do 1 more each and then we'll call it a day ah and outwitting the devil was would be ah another 1 at top of my list and outwitting the devil. Is by Napoleon hill he wrote how to think and grow rich. Ah rich. You know that's what he's most known for because that book was published maybe in what the thirty s or forty s and it's been commonly referenced if I go to a business networking. 59:57.97 Max Shank Something like that long time ago. 01:00:06.27 Max Shank It's still a good buck. It's still a good book. 01:00:06.83 mikebledsoe Event. It's people are referencing it all the time and it's practically a hundred years old. And yeah, so that's thing and grow rich is what he's known for. There's a book called outwitting the devil that he wrote back in the thirty s 01:00:11.94 Max Shank Hundred years later almost amazing. 01:00:26.60 mikebledsoe Early forty s and never was published until 2009 and when you read the book. You'll understand why it wasn't published and in fact, it required him passing and I think 1 of his children passing before it could. 01:00:26.70 Max Shank Um, ah, whoa. 01:00:45.85 mikebledsoe See the light of day and so the book is called outwitting the devil and it is quite the commentary on human nature and on culture as a whole and how ah groups of people. Um. Behave and how the majority of people are just drifting through life and if you're just drifting the devil has got yeah and talks about how to think for yourself and has warnings about different things to come and. Which there's some. There's a lot of really insightful and interesting things in that book I enjoyed reading it every book I've mentioned so far I smiled I giggled I I I got excited as I read these books so I hope you do too all right? come by. But your last 1 max. 01:01:45.14 Max Shank Outwitting the devil out outwitting the devil itself sounds kind of like outwitting yourself was the first thing I thought when you even said the title. Um, so I read ah I read a comic book. It was ah I think it was the the the prehistory of the far side by Gary larson. The guy who did the far side comics. Um, it was just funny is hilarious I thought those comics were really good. 01:02:12.15 mikebledsoe E. 01:02:21.31 Max Shank I Think that the fact that he frequently switches the roles between humans and animals is really funny like when you have animals doing human-like things. It seems very absurd and quite macabre. Also and I thought that was really funny. Um another but an actual book I liked was guns germs and steel which I doubled down I doubled down ah guns germs and steel because it gives you. 01:02:47.53 mikebledsoe Oh now you're now you're now you've got 1 up on me. 01:02:58.77 Max Shank A little I mean I don't know if it's more honest like where I'm at as far as history is concerned is it's just his story like whoever wins the War writes the history books So I don't really believe too much of. 01:03:08.78 mikebledsoe Are. 01:03:16.22 Max Shank What is told about what happened but I liked guns germs and steel because it gives a reasonable explanation for why things are the way they are now. And why some places advanced and why some places didn't I didn't agree with everything in the book. Um, but it was a really good. Ah it was a good follow up to another book I liked which was called Power Sex Suicide Mitochondria and the meaning of life so it kind of just goes. 01:03:48.26 mikebledsoe Me. 01:03:52.10 Max Shank Along that logical pathway and I think that sort of stuff is is just fun. It Also I don't know about you but it makes me a little more compassionate toward others especially with what we're talking about with. Outwitting the devil and there's so much pressure to fit into the group and I used to be I'm still pretty hard on myself which is fine I Guess Ah, but I used to also just think everybody was a malicious idiot and now I realize that it. It's just very uncomfortable to have this unique existence and try to fit into a group and that there's usually a reason why people are the way they are. You know if you get really good positive feedback for doing well at School. You're probably going to get good at school if you get really good positive feedback. Playing Basketball you're probably going to keep getting really good at basketball and so on and so forth so seeing things from more of a historical thing which is guns germs and steel and then seeing things from a cellular and biological standpoint power sex Suicide I think is ah. I Guess it's comforting for me to know this backstory but at the very least it's entertaining. 01:05:10.22 mikebledsoe Love it. Yeah, 1 things that you said ah brought up for me is everybody is suffering and it's it's just something to remember your your suffering is actually not unique and people tend to to think it is. 01:05:25.79 Max Shank Would you write a book if you weren't suffering. Why would you write a book if you weren't suffering. Yeah, that's what I'm saying like that that. 01:05:29.63 mikebledsoe Once you realize that it's. 01:05:34.35 mikebledsoe If you're not suffering. Why would you do anything. 01:05:44.95 Max Shank You hear me I'm like a broken record I'm talking about hunger pain and desire all being synonymous with each other. So um, every book I've written was to ease the suffering of others because the suffering of others. Ah, is quite irksome to me I don't I don't like it when other people suffer it it hurts I'm a very empathetic person I'm like oh man, there's no reason you should be suffering like this like you don't even know why you're doing this exercise you're doing this exercise because he saw it in a magazine you haven't even considered what a human body. 01:06:04.54 mikebledsoe Here. 01:06:12.75 mikebledsoe Right. 01:06:23.24 Max Shank Can and maybe even should be able to do as you as you age, you're just like copying the dance moves that you saw it's ridiculous. So That's ah, that's kind of where I come at I mean everything I've written was to. Ultimately ease suffering and I think that's why people write stuff at All. It's a very compassionate thing that we do and I think that compassion is what um ties us together intergenerationally and that's what allows us to write these things and have. Have a hope that they will ah be useful to our our family right. 01:07:05.69 mikebledsoe Yeah, yeah let's let's wrap it up. Um I'll go first and you know what make sure you're reading things that you enjoy because you probably already know enough of what you need, um, and. Ah, don't worry about how many books you're reading enjoy the process digest it learning as behavior change implement before going and consuming a bunch of new information. Um, understand why you're reading the book. Why are you picking it up understanding that intention is. Is ah very necessary to get the most out of it even if it's enjoyment. So yeah, that's all I go to say about that what reading contest which want. 01:07:51.15 Max Shank Well there goes our reading contest we were gonna do I joking we were gonna see who could read the most books next year it's not that funny. Okay, minus 1 that just. 01:07:59.89 mikebledsoe oh oh oh oh yeah I mean ah I would just pick up a bunch of Seth godin books whop your ass eighty pages tiny 10 words per page. 01:08:10.32 Max Shank Super short super short books I just read every Dr. Seuss books on you um fiction fiction books can help you make better decisions. That's that's a big 1 it doesn't have to be nonfiction. It doesn't have to be boring. It doesn't have to be a business book to understand. Value and scarcity and desire and human nature fiction. Books can tell a lot about that sort of thing as well. Um, read a book more than once if you like it read a chapter of a Book. Doesn't have you don't have to read the whole thing. You can just open up to a random page and you might get a spark of insight. You don't have to read the whole damn thing if you're reading a book and it sucks stop reading it? ah. 01:08:59.46 mikebledsoe That's a big 1 I probably started more books than I finished this year 01:09:03.41 Max Shank Yeah, it's good. Why not I mean why? why should you have to? um, rewrite the ideas in your own words. Don't don't just copy verbatim unless you're copywriting then it can be really useful and then you can ingest later from there. But. Rewrite the ideas in your own words and it's like the difference between um, just Mimicry and learning the principles. So yeah, don't get don't get caught up in how many books reread books over and over that really that you really like. Um, consider the source of course but really good ideas should be able to stand alone and. 01:09:57.85 Max Shank That's it. Yeah, you don't you don't need to read a lot of books probably most of us have enough information. It's better for us to spend time synthesizing um and organizing the information that we have already consumed as it pertains to your own life and. Um, maybe it's time to write your own book. Even if you don't think you should. 01:10:19.18 mikebledsoe Yeah, all right up if you can find me on Instagram mike underscore blood. So and you can go over to I have a summit coming up in March here in austin texas you can find out more information about that at where they go. Destrongcoach dot com slash summit max. 01:10:41.39 Max Shank I am max you can find me in maxshank dot com or at Maank sometimes I hope you guys have a lovely rest of your week see you later. Love you bro. 01:10:52.70 mikebledsoe Later.

Seeing Without seeing
Sunday: Sovereign Power

Seeing Without seeing

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022 39:33


Embracing the sovereign power of God allows us to embrace our primary assignment. First, please, subscribe, in your preferred app, to partake in freshly released anointed prayers and receive Spiritual insight. All honor and glory belong to the most high God for he is worthy of the praise. Acknowledging on today that God is mighty and all situations, circumstances and sicknesses. Petitioning the throne of grace on today to move on our behalf, and to raise us up higher than the cares of this world. Presenting the ones who stand in need of a touch from God or a washing in the blood of Jesus. #John #Nariah #Sarai #Talia #Blen #Donovan #Siobhan #Sara-T #Raymond #SpriggsFamily #TheBarrFamily --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/ravenia/message

Morning Watch Prayercast

It is true that God is Sovereign, and it is just as true that He answers prayer. In fact , He could not answer prayer if He was not in control of all things. Jim Elliff. 

Grace Christian Assembly
Sunday - A Reminder For 2022

Grace Christian Assembly

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 2, 2022


Sunday - A Reminder For 2022

Open House Selections
Sovereign Bodies GUEST MIX | Open House Selections

Open House Selections

Play Episode Listen Later Jan 1, 2022 65:58


Every Week I'm giving you the best in Deep & Soulful House music...*UndaGrind Afta-Hourz Vibes*This week's mix: LIVE at 'Sovereign Bodies' (12-8-21)#PostQuarantineVibesMixed and Presented by: PACE@PACETHEDJpacethedj@outlook.com

iWork4Him
The Faith Driven Entrepreneur

iWork4Him

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 31, 2021 29:07


For years God has been using Henry Kaestner to help entrepreneurs understand God's unique plan and purpose for them. Now, all that knowledge is available in his new book, Faith Driven Entrepreneur. In today's show, we talk with Henry about his own journey in faith and business, balancing family and work, and his book!Often, new Christians look at being saved as limiting them in their work – feeling that they should go into full-time ministry if they want to make a Kingdom impact. But today, Henry talks with us about flipping the script. In fact, there are several great examples in the Bible of entrepreneurs, like Lydia and Paul the tentmaker. Join us as we talk about how to apply the same principles to our business and life today! Henry has a great heart and shares so much in our interview and his new book.Guests: Henry KaestnerMinistry/ Workplace: Faith Driven Entrepreneur; Sovereign's CapitalSponsored by GiANT https://GiANT.tv/iWork4Him

Audio Sermons – Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church
Types of Christ in the Tabernacle, Hebrews 9

Audio Sermons – Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2021


Heb 9:11 KJV – But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building… Types of Christ in the Tabernacle

Audio Sermons – Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church

Exo 33:21 KJV – And the LORD said, Behold, [there is] a place by me, and thou shalt stand upon a rock: Exo 33:22 KJV – And it shall come to pass, while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift of the rock, and will cover thee with my hand […]

Very Ape Podcast
The Come Up - Wednesday 12/29/21

Very Ape Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 20:19


Sovereign spirits runnin' wild, cannabis angels shrouding us in rainbows on this wonderfully wacky wednesday. Enjoy! Join our patreon to get exclusive access to bonus podcasts, our radio show Church of Chill and our incredibly dope discord community - www.patreon.com/churchofchill Church of Chill shirts available at www.etsy.com/shop/ChurchofChill @veryapetv on Insta and Twitter www.veryape.tv

Andy Woods Ministries
Sovereign Abounding Grace

Andy Woods Ministries

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2021 54:00


Audio Sermons – Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church
Psalm 132: The Eternal Throne Of Christ

Audio Sermons – Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021


The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. Psalm 132:11 Psalm 132: The Eternal Throne Of Christ

Janet Mefferd Today
12 - 28 - 21 - Janet - Mefferd - Today - Scott Christensen (God's Sovereign Glory)

Janet Mefferd Today

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2021 47:20


If God is good, why is there evil? And why didn't God stop man from sinning in the first place? We'll get a biblical perspective on these and other questions from Scott Christensen, associate pastor of Kerrville Bible Church in Kerrville, Texas. His book is called: “What About Evil? A Defense of God's Sovereign Glory.” Join us for Tuesday's JANET MEFFERD TODAY

Words of Grace Radio - Flint River Primitive Baptist Church

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Colossians 3:1 Risen with Christ. What a thought! Certainly our minds go to the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ and our victory over death through His triumph. Yet at the same time, as … Continue reading "If Risen…then Seek!"

Audio Sermons – Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church

Psa 118:22 KJV – The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. Psa 118:23 KJV – This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. Psa 118:24 KJV – This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Psa […]

Calvary Baptist Church - Dundalk, Maryland
Sovereign Preparations - Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Calvary Baptist Church - Dundalk, Maryland

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 30:52


Message by Pastor Stacey Shiflett Text: Jonah December 26, 2021 - 5PM

Sermons - Redeemer Bible Fellowship
Living Under the Sovereign Will of God

Sermons - Redeemer Bible Fellowship

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021


Passage: James 4:13-17 Speaker: Ryan Choy

Message From Emmanuel
Purification: A Sovereign Act Of God

Message From Emmanuel

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 42:59


Purification: A Sovereign Act Of GodTitus 2:14 “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”King James Version (KJV)Message From Emmanuel is a weekly audio ministry of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Irvine, KY. We sincerely hope God blesses you as you listen!

Landmark Church
God's Sovereign Plan--A sign is given

Landmark Church

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 26, 2021 23:58


Today we examine the back story of how one of the greatest Messianic prophecies came about. How a not so dedicated King had been given a great opportunity to help boost his faith and trust in God.

Mary Lindow ~ The Messenger Podcast
”HEAVEN ON EARTH” - Signs, Songs and Wonders Of His Love

Mary Lindow ~ The Messenger Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 25, 2021 13:07


By Mary Lindow Last year on December 21st 2020 (which was the 1st Day of Winter) Steve and I drove to pick up salads for our dinner. It had been a challenging month having just had his Mother pass into heaven while in WuhanCovid-19 lockdowns in a nursing facility.    To be honest, we were a little weary and tender in heart, and still had preparations to do for our Family Christmas Day dinner and celebration with our Son Joel and his wife Angela and our 4 Grandchildren. Our youngest son Tim and his wife Liz were in Texas with her family. This had also been during the most severe time of lockdowns and restrictions in our State. Everything felt hard, and dark, and mean.   As we were driving away after picking up salads, my sister texted and asked if we were going to look for the  “Christmas Star”, Or, the two planet convergence taking place that evening at dusk. I had wanted to see this and had forgotten! So we aimed the car West and watched the sky!   We live at an altitude of 5290 feet above sea level and have a glorious view of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. At this specific time of year the sun sits at a very low angle in the western sky and when it dips behind the mountains, there is an almost greenish-aqua reflective light, and at 5:15 MDST we saw the "Christmas Star" or two planets very closely spaced together (to human eyes) start to take shape in the Western sky.   We quickly drove to a favorite hilltop location, not too far from our home where we often go to walk and enjoy a complete 360-degree view of our surrounding area and state. We thought that at night and away from city lights we'd have a great place to see this phenomenon and view it away from too many people. This event marked the first time since 1623 that the two planets Saturn and Jupiter have passed this close to one another and also marked the nearly 800 years since the planets aligned at night. As a result, some have referred to the planetary alignment as forming a "Christmas star," in reference to the Star of Bethlehem, since the event falls only a few days before Christmas.   As we drove in thinking we'd take the dirt road up to the hill where there was a parking area, all around us there were HUNDREDS of people parked on the dirt driveway up the hill and on the side streets of the neighborhood surrounding it!   HUNDREDS of people were standing on the hill, looking Westward and upward, looking for the "Christmas Star". The most unusual thing was taking place though. There was a hushed "awe" in this big crowd.   People were either talking low or they were whispering, as if this was a sacred moment not to be disrespected by loud noises. No one was talking on his or her cell phones! WOW!   You could feel the questions and the cries and thoughts of those standing there watching and looking up into the sky.  You could sense the desperation of many wanting to know what to do in such and strange and dark time on planet earth and wondering why this event was taking place at this time!   We drove around the entirety of the hill's lower neighborhood road, looking in amazement at all of the people, and a sudden wave of what I would call "travail" moved me to tears and prayer.   Steve and I began to cry out the Father to touch the souls of those looking up into the sky, knowing that all of them are fully aware of the troubled days that they were living in. We prayed that they would risk and speak from their weary hearts to the God who hung those radiant planets that were glowing in the sky, just for them, just at this very moment in time.   God SO Loves the World! He sent his Son... …So the world might know His full expression of deep commitment to the people He created with the tips of His fingers and the breath of His being.   We saw more than just the "Star" that night!  We saw people, engaging in wonder!   Of course we know it wasn't "THE" Christmas Star shining so very brightly in the sky, on the longest and darkest day/night of the year! (The Winter Solstice), but doesn't the Lord create things that would show signs and wonders in the heavenlies?   WHY DID GOD ALLOW THIS TO HAPPEN THAT NIGHT, DURING THE CUSTOMARY SEASON ON EARTH WHERE PEOPLE CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, WHEN THE EARTH WAS IN SUCH TURMOIL? (And still is!)   Because He knows that if He can use something to draw people to himself, He will do it!    Psalm 57:10-11 says, “Your love is so extravagant it reaches to the heavens; your faithfulness so astonishing it stretches to the sky! Lord God, be exalted as you soar throughout the heavens. May your shining glory be shown in the skies! Let it be seen high above all the earth!”   Of course it's was not the actual date of the birth of Jesus Christ in December, nor was this the actual star that was seen by the shepherds and Wise men. But God knows mankind knows the stories and that there was a Star to guide them, so, He wastes nothing in order to draw all men to himself.  "This is what I will do in the last days— I will pour out  MY Spirit on everybody and cause your sons and daughters to prophesy, and your young men will see visions and your old men will experience dreams from God.  The Holy Spirit will come upon all my servants, men and women alike, and they will prophesy.  I will reveal startling signs and wonders in the sky above, and mighty miracles on the earth below.  - Acts 2:17 -19   These planets would be closest to each other in the sky on Dec. 21, appearing only a tenth of a degree apart but they would remain in close alignment for a few days and would be easily visible to the naked eye when looking toward the slight southwest west just after sunset on first day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere.   NOW! THIS IS THE PART WHERE THE KINDNESS AND SUPERNATURAL TOUCH OF GOD, TOOK PLACE FOR STEVE AND I!   We had had a very intense and sad family upset with some stressed out relatives the night before and had done a bit of damage control and counseling of everyone, but our hearts were hurting over words that had been spoken and the pain that they had caused for many. (Holidays can often bring out the dysfunctions and anger in some people who tend to not address personal issues.) We gently but firmly coached a few involved to see things more accurately and to go and correct there bad choice of words and apologize. They did, but the upset left everyone feeling grieved and raw.   On Christmas Eve we like to take a tray of home baked treats to a few of our neighbors and wish them a Joyful Christmas. I had asked Steve to run a final tray across the street to some neighbors who hadn't been home earlier.  As I was standing at the kitchen sink rinsing out a bowl that had held cookie dough, I was talking to the Lord and sharing my heart and sadness with Him about missing my precious Mother in Law, the strangeness of the dark world of a bio-terror weapon that was causing such fear and sickness, and the grief I felt after the tense family situation.  I asked Him to pour over Steve and I, his holiness and peace and I asked him to receive an offering of praise out of this sorrow, thanking him for coming to earth as a Savior in such a dark and wicked world.   I then had a thought that reminded me, that the “Christmas Star was still visible in the sky on that night and I realized the timing right then would be perfect to view from our front porch. We have this unusual glow in the West in the winter months when the sun is setting and I could see the hue as I walked toward our front door, which has glass in it.  As I stepped out onto the porch I could see the two stars, which were a bit more separated at this point, but absolutely clear.   What took place next was something I have no explanation as to where it came from, but the timing of it was so precise and overwhelming that I just stood there in awe, and wept.   A CHORUS OF VOICES BEGAN SINGING SILENT NIGHT, Holy Night, Son of God, Loves Pure Light, Radiant beams from thy holy face, with the dawn of Redeeming Grace, Jesus Lord at thy birth, Jesus Lord at Thy Birth. There were no instruments accompanying the voices and it wasn't coming from a house or car nearby. It was out in the open air and reverberating over our street, softly and simply.   Steve was coming back across the street about the time the voices began to sing and we stood there on our lawn looking at the stars growing brighter as the sky grew darker, and marveled at this singing. It was just one song. Then no more.  (We wondered if there was an outdoor service somewhere and maybe the sound was travelling, but the words were very clear and understandable.)   THE MOMENT WAS AS IF WE WERE SUSPENDED IN TIME, and the Presence of God softly fell on us and around us, and soothed our weary souls.  We felt His Rest come upon us, and understood the awe that the shepherds must have experienced on that first real nativity night when, “Suddenly there appeared with the angel a great multitude of the heavenly host, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom His favor rests!”   -Luke 2:13-14   ALL I CAN TAKE AWAY FROM THESE EVENTS IS THAT GOD ALMIGHTY SEES AND KNOWS EVERY MINUTE DETAIL OF OUR EVERY DAY. He sees our struggles and our sorrows and our love for Him as well!   WE ARE IN A TIME LIKE NO OTHER TIME BEFORE ON EARTH, and yet the history of evil men and women attempting to stop the power of the Savior and the King of Heaven moving on earth among His people, has been a non-stop war since time began.   We are to be expecting HIS evidence in the earth with great exploits and moves of His Dynamic Force.   He is not unaware of our great need for His Help and Protection from filthy and evil men and women who are given over to demonic possession.   We live in day and age where it will take Divine Intervention to shake the lukewarm believer out of passivity, and for the world to know that God is Sovereign.   BE READY AND EXPECT SIGNS AND WONDERS. Test them. Be alert. Be Ready to tell of the Wonders of His Love.   LET EVERY HEART PREPARE HIM ROOM! AND LET HEAVEN AND NATURE SING OF THE WONDERS OF HIS LOVE!   Duplication and sharing of this message is welcomed provided that complete message, Podcast and website information for Mary Lindow is included. Thank you. Copyright © 2021 THE MESSENGER " ˜ Mary Lindow www.marylindow.com www.marylindow.podbean.com  

Dr. Howard Smith Oncall
Royal Sovereign/Royal Centurian Portable Air Conditioners Are On Recall

Dr. Howard Smith Oncall

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 24, 2021 1:11


  Vidcast:  https://youtu.be/QbEwYt_4Lcc   The CPSC and Royal Sovereign have recalled Royal Sovereign/Royal Centurian portable air conditioners.  These portable air conditioners have defective drain motors that run hot and may ignite the product's plastic enclosure creating a risk of fires, burns, and possible toxicity from inhaled organic compounds.  About 33,570 of these air conditioners have been sold nationwide by Sears, Costco, Home Depot, BJ's Wholesale Club, and Best Buy stores and online at amazon.com.  Stop using these recalled air conditioners and contact Royal Sovereign at 1-833-947-3699 to arrange a prorated refund depending on the age of the unit.  They will ask you to severe the power cord of unit.   https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2022/Royal-Sovereign-Recalls-Portable-Air-Conditioners-Due-to-Fire-and-Burn-Hazards-One-Death-Reported   #royalsovereign #airconditioners #overheating #fires #burns #recall  

Words of Grace Radio - Flint River Primitive Baptist Church

There’s so much wrong in this world. Plagued by sin and its consequences, the brokenness of humankind and our home is on full display. But 2000 years ago, in the most unlikely of places, there was something right in the world as the Lord Jesus Christ was born and placed in a manger. Radio program … Continue reading "Something That Was Right In The World"

ESV: Chronological
December 21: 1 Timothy 1–6

ESV: Chronological

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 21, 2021 14:40


1 Timothy 1–6 1 Timothy 1–6 (Listen) Greeting 1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our Savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, 2 To Timothy, my true child in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. Warning Against False Teachers 3 As I urged you when I was going to Macedonia, remain at Ephesus so that you may charge certain persons not to teach any different doctrine, 4 nor to devote themselves to myths and endless genealogies, which promote speculations rather than the stewardship1 from God that is by faith. 5 The aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. 6 Certain persons, by swerving from these, have wandered away into vain discussion, 7 desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions. 8 Now we know that the law is good, if one uses it lawfully, 9 understanding this, that the law is not laid down for the just but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and sinners, for the unholy and profane, for those who strike their fathers and mothers, for murderers, 10 the sexually immoral, men who practice homosexuality, enslavers,2 liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound3 doctrine, 11 in accordance with the gospel of the glory of the blessed God with which I have been entrusted. Christ Jesus Came to Save Sinners 12 I thank him who has given me strength, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he judged me faithful, appointing me to his service, 13 though formerly I was a blasphemer, persecutor, and insolent opponent. But I received mercy because I had acted ignorantly in unbelief, 14 and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 15 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. 16 But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life. 17 To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever.4 Amen. 18 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith, 20 among whom are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have handed over to Satan that they may learn not to blaspheme. Pray for All People 2 First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, 2 for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. 3 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, 4 who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man5 Christ Jesus, 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. 7 For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth. 8 I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling; 9 likewise also that women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, 10 but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works. 11 Let a woman learn quietly with all submissiveness. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to exercise authority over a man; rather, she is to remain quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve; 14 and Adam was not deceived, but the woman was deceived and became a transgressor. 15 Yet she will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith and love and holiness, with self-control. Qualifications for Overseers 3 The saying is trustworthy: If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task. 2 Therefore an overseer6 must be above reproach, the husband of one wife,7 sober-minded, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, 3 not a drunkard, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. 4 He must manage his own household well, with all dignity keeping his children submissive, 5 for if someone does not know how to manage his own household, how will he care for God's church? 6 He must not be a recent convert, or he may become puffed up with conceit and fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover, he must be well thought of by outsiders, so that he may not fall into disgrace, into a snare of the devil. Qualifications for Deacons 8 Deacons likewise must be dignified, not double-tongued,8 not addicted to much wine, not greedy for dishonest gain. 9 They must hold the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. 10 And let them also be tested first; then let them serve as deacons if they prove themselves blameless. 11 Their wives likewise9 must be dignified, not slanderers, but sober-minded, faithful in all things. 12 Let deacons each be the husband of one wife, managing their children and their own households well. 13 For those who serve well as deacons gain a good standing for themselves and also great confidence in the faith that is in Christ Jesus. The Mystery of Godliness 14 I hope to come to you soon, but I am writing these things to you so that, 15 if I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth. 16 Great indeed, we confess, is the mystery of godliness:   He10 was manifested in the flesh,    vindicated11 by the Spirit,12      seen by angels,  proclaimed among the nations,    believed on in the world,      taken up in glory. Some Will Depart from the Faith 4 Now the Spirit expressly says that in later times some will depart from the faith by devoting themselves to deceitful spirits and teachings of demons, 2 through the insincerity of liars whose consciences are seared, 3 who forbid marriage and require abstinence from foods that God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. 4 For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, 5 for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer. A Good Servant of Christ Jesus 6 If you put these things before the brothers,13 you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8 for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10 For to this end we toil and strive,14 because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 11 Command and teach these things. 12 Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation, to teaching. 14 Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you. 15 Practice these things, immerse yourself in them,15 so that all may see your progress. 16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. Instructions for the Church 5 Do not rebuke an older man but encourage him as you would a father, younger men as brothers, 2 older women as mothers, younger women as sisters, in all purity. 3 Honor widows who are truly widows. 4 But if a widow has children or grandchildren, let them first learn to show godliness to their own household and to make some return to their parents, for this is pleasing in the sight of God. 5 She who is truly a widow, left all alone, has set her hope on God and continues in supplications and prayers night and day, 6 but she who is self-indulgent is dead even while she lives. 7 Command these things as well, so that they may be without reproach. 8 But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. 9 Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband,16 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith. 13 Besides that, they learn to be idlers, going about from house to house, and not only idlers, but also gossips and busybodies, saying what they should not. 14 So I would have younger widows marry, bear children, manage their households, and give the adversary no occasion for slander. 15 For some have already strayed after Satan. 16 If any believing woman has relatives who are widows, let her care for them. Let the church not be burdened, so that it may care for those who are truly widows. 17 Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching. 18 For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain,” and, “The laborer deserves his wages.” 19 Do not admit a charge against an elder except on the evidence of two or three witnesses. 20 As for those who persist in sin, rebuke them in the presence of all, so that the rest may stand in fear. 21 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus and of the elect angels I charge you to keep these rules without prejudging, doing nothing from partiality. 22 Do not be hasty in the laying on of hands, nor take part in the sins of others; keep yourself pure. 23 (No longer drink only water, but use a little wine for the sake of your stomach and your frequent ailments.) 24 The sins of some people are conspicuous, going before them to judgment, but the sins of others appear later. 25 So also good works are conspicuous, and even those that are not cannot remain hidden. 6 Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants17 regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. 2 Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved. False Teachers and True Contentment Teach and urge these things. 3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound18 words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and19 we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. Fight the Good Fight of Faith 11 But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before20 Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14 to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. 17 As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 20 O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” 21 for by professing it some have swerved from the faith. Grace be with you.21 Footnotes [1] 1:4 Or good order [2] 1:10 That is, those who take someone captive in order to sell him into slavery [3] 1:10 Or healthy [4] 1:17 Greek to the ages of ages [5] 2:5 men and man render the same Greek word that is translated people in verses 1 and 4 [6] 3:2 Or bishop; Greek episkopos; a similar term occurs in verse 1 [7] 3:2 Or a man of one woman; also verse 12 [8] 3:8 Or devious in speech [9] 3:11 Or Wives likewise, or Women likewise [10] 3:16 Greek Who; some manuscripts God; others Which [11] 3:16 Or justified [12] 3:16 Or vindicated in spirit [13] 4:6 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 [14] 4:10 Some manuscripts and suffer reproach [15] 4:15 Greek be in them [16] 5:9 Or a woman of one man [17] 6:1 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface [18] 6:3 Or healthy [19] 6:7 Greek for; some manuscripts insert [it is] certain [that] [20] 6:13 Or in the time of [21] 6:21 The Greek for you is plural (ESV)

Grace Christian Assembly
Sunday - Sovereignty In A Manger

Grace Christian Assembly

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021


Pastoral Thoughts
How To Set New Years Goals

Pastoral Thoughts

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 17, 2021 69:53


Dave Cialini and I have some practical ideas and also some big picture philosophies to guide you in your New Years resolution. Below are some of the show notes: SETTING NEW YEARS GOALS: · By setting goals you are setting the intention and direction of your life. “You aim at nothing you will hit it every time!” “If you fail to plan you plan to fail!” God is not the author of confusion we live in an orderly planned universe, but many people do not have an overarching purpose or plan for that purpose. ** God is Sovereign and is not bound to our plans, but we can with His guidance purposefully direct our lives. Caleb, “I want that mountain!” · Measurable, specific, and achievable. Measurable and absolutely clear. · What do you want to achieve and why do you want to achieve it? o THE BIG WHY? Define why it is important and valuable to you. Do this for yourself and be ready with a reason for those that are around you. Marathon – for myself confidence discipline…., my wife and kids (to show my kids that hard things can be done), connection with my sister · Micro goals are going to spin off your macro goals so if you're reading your, o How is this going to work in developing habits. Bible through in a year you're going to have a certain number of chapters to read every single day. Marathon a certain program. Maybe a 5k, a half, and then your full. Preaching – sermon preparation. Podcast – certain amount of content produced. Writing – half hour a day or certain words per day. ** Habits become part of our inner brain, second nature: I made the decision to start reading the Bible for spiritual reasons. I continue because I am habitual. Julie and I were watching a real crime story about a man who was axed in the head in the night, woke up, showered, ate breakfast, brushed his teeth got the morning paper then died. His habitual part of the brain was working. o Every goal should be: habitual, measurable, and obtainable. SPIRIT: Bible Reading At church we will have a month through the N.T. “Pursuit of God” Book is the reward. Prayer Spiritual fellowship and devotion. Church, Family devotions, spouse devotions. SOUL: “The seat of our emotions” Self / Wife / Children / Church family. With Intentionality and purpose. If you are on a date with your wife be full present. Same if you are with your with your kids or a friend. Hunting is a medium to spend time with my Sons, Dad, Brother… BODY: Eating, drinking, sleeping, and working out. “Rome wasn't built in a day.” The best way to eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Remember: Specific, Measurable, Achievable

INpowered Mind-INpowered Health - the keys to heart aligned living, with host Jayne Marquis
Sacha Stone - A Soul Dive into what Matters Most Now - Founder of "The New Earth Project"

INpowered Mind-INpowered Health - the keys to heart aligned living, with host Jayne Marquis

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 52:16


In this episode Jayne Interviews Sacha Stone. A deep conversation into our responsibility to planet earth, and ourselves at this time. Sacha talks about his own journey, you feel his deep heartfelt connection as he reveals his knowledge about the subjects of sound, light, the change that's needed now, and near the end a big reveal into technology that allows us to communicate with animals and nature! Sacha Stone is an Activist, Publisher, Public Speaker, Writer, and Film Maker. A deep conversation into truth, sovereignty, and moving into the golden spiral of Ascension. He is the founder of The New Earth Project - The world's most integrative movement for Sustainable, Sovereign, and Self Determining Communities. Sacha is the founder of Humanitad, an organization working to facilitate global initiatives impacting sustainability, Natural Justice, Social Ecology, and Human Rights. He is the Founder of the International Tribunal for social Justice and the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Human Trafficking and Child Sexual Abuse. He is also the founder of the National World Organization promoting accountability and transparency in worldwide governance which directly challenges globalism. Sacha is truly committed to change on the planet. Recently introducing the Lazarus Initiative. #jaynemarquis #sachastone #lazarusinitiative Sacha Stone @ https://lazarusinitiative.com/happenings for all the latest, and SOON TO LAUNCH redesigned https://sachastone.com and https://newearthhorizon.com. Jayne is part of the ThrivEvolution solution and is luminary leader of Health Tribe - Mind Body Soul Join The Thrive Tribe ThrivEvolution at https://thrivetribehub.com https://www.facebook.com/healthtribe.thrivevolution This podcast is for information purposes only and represents the views and opinions of the speakers. The information presented is not meant to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease. We recommend you seek the advice of a licensed healthcare practitioner before beginning any natural, complimentary, or conventional treatment.

Backseat Bible Nuggets
Unfortunate Details (Christmas)

Backseat Bible Nuggets

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 15, 2021 6:45


Do you ever think about all the things that seem unfortunate about the Christmas story? Like Mary having to travel on a donkey when pregnant. Or not being able to find a place to stay in Bethlehem. Or birthing baby Jesus in a barn?!The Christmas story looks VERY different from our modern day birth plans, doesn't it? But when I believe that God is sovereign (check out the Sovereign episode for more details on this topic), then I believe that every. single. detail. of the Christmas story are actually purposefully divine details.Check it out!Luke 2:12*Music: "Forest" by Vlad Gulschekno

Words of Grace Radio - Flint River Primitive Baptist Church

Whether in the Old Testament or the New, God’s house was a place where God’s presence was manifested, albeit in different ways. That brings up an interesting  and thought inspiring notion: do we experience God in His house today? If so – praise God. But if not, why? Ben Winslett addresses this subject in today’s … Continue reading "Experiencing God’s Presence"

Renewing Your Mind Minute with R.C. Sproul
Is God Sovereign over Our Suffering?

Renewing Your Mind Minute with R.C. Sproul

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 13, 2021 2:10


Since the Bible teaches that God is in control of all things, why do Christians still suffer? Today, R.C. Sproul reassures us that even tragedies have a place in God's good purposes for His people. A donor-supported outreach of Ligonier Ministries. Donate: https://gift.ligonier.org/1529/ultimately If this podcast has been a blessing to you, try these other podcasts from Ligonier: Renewing Your Mind: https://renewingyourmind.org/ 5 Minutes in Church History: https://www.5minutesinchurchhistory.com/ Ask Ligonier: https://ask.ligonier.org/podcast Open Book: https://openbookpodcast.com/ Simply Put: https://simplyputpodcast.com/ The Westminster Shorter Catechism with Sinclair Ferguson: https://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/westminster-shorter-catechism/ Luther: In Real Time https://lutherinrealtime.com/

The Homemaking Foundations Podcast
Learning how to be BRAVE women (Family & Culture Pt 2) – Episode 28

The Homemaking Foundations Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 6, 2021 39:45


Welcome to the second part in our new series: The Family & Culture: How to bring glory to God within our households in a hostile culture. Last week, we took a deep dive into the joys & duties of a Christian household and it was a good introduction to this topic. We've got some terrific topics coming up in this series. But today we are tackling a really important lesson for all of us today: We need to be brave in faith before the Lord. We need  to lead and love our families with Bravery. We need to teach and train our kids to be brave. And it starts with us. Listen in today: Listen to the Podcast: You can find all the links and notes for this episode below! Right click here and save-as to download this episode to your computer. We need to learn how to be brave. We need to be brave women. We need to be brave mothers. We need to help inspire our men to be brave. And we need to instill bravery in our children as they grow. We need to be brave, in order to follow God's leading. Especially in an increasingly hostile culture. If we don't cultivate bravery, we may very well bow the knee to false gods and idols. Learning how to be brave in a hostile culture Something that the past 2 years has brought to a lot of our attention is how hostile our culture is against Christians. We've become so use to comfort and ease, that with the world getting a little shaking, we don't know how to respond. We need to become braver. We need to become brave Christians. And THIS is going to heavily affect how we respond now and especially into the future. We've seen this shift in the western world over the past 20 years. Those perhaps in the UK or Australia have been feeling this shift for a decade. And those of us here in the US are finally feeling it now as well. "This world is not my home, I'm just a-passing through. My treasures are laid up Somewhere beyond the blue. "In reality, for us in the English-speaking West this world has tended to feel very much like home and our treasures have been right before our eyes. But now we are finally facing the fact that this broken, sinful world in which we live is not actually our home - that what the Bible says concerning believers in this world is really true: That we really are aliens and that we really are strangers. The fact of the matter is that it has been true that we are strangers in and to this world. It has just been clouded, obscured by the size and influence and legal protection of the church in most of the Western world. But this world is not actually our home. We're not supposed to be treating this life the way other people treat it, as if this is the be-all and end-all of everything, or as if as Christians we can have a comfortable, respectable, prosperous life here and look forward to even more of those things in eternity. "Secularism pushes back again and again against what the Bible says about sexual ethics, about salvation, about education, about the role and reach of the state, or about matters of public welfare. Public opinion has turned against Christians." - Brave by Faith We've become so comfortable in our world, that we are not ready or willing to make sacrifices. I can't even begin to count how many times those around me (and myself) have uttered the past 2 years "I just can't wait until things get back to normal." But what if God is teaching us some profound truths through all of this. What if he is exposing the true Church, cutting the wheat from the chaff and teaching all of us in the Western world how to stand firm in the Lord once again. But God is Sovereign.  He is in control. He is foreseeing all that is happening and He is working it all out to His Glory (and for our good to those of us in His Church). We freak out at the slightest inconvenience. We fear for the future and what kind of society our kids will inherit. I'm not saying it's wrong to speculate about what's coming and it's certainly not wrong to be proactive in protecti...

We Study Billionaires - The Investors Podcast
BTC054: A Sovereign Bitcoin Bond in El Salvador w/ Adam Back & Samson Mow (Bitcoin Podcast)

We Study Billionaires - The Investors Podcast

Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 77:34


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