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Episode 41:  Your Own Personal Ministry

The Word
Ephesians‬ ‭2:10‬

Discussion

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” If we look at our individual walk with God as our own personal ministry, how would you define yours?

 

For many people in the Bible, and even today, their ministry is based on a spiritual gift of leader, servant, teacher, etc. But above all things, our primary mission is to save souls. So:

  1. What is your personal ministry? How are you doing in role?
  1. How did you discover your ministry?
  1. Have you ever rebelled against the ministry you feel God placed you in? Why? What happened?
  1. How do you keep momentum when your personal ministry is going well? How do you get the wheels turnings when it is stagnate?

 

Additional scriptures & references
Luke 9:58
I Corinthians 9:19-23
John 15:1-17
Corrie ten Boom, Tramp for the Lord

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Episode 40:  The Kids Are Alright

Scripture references

  • Romans 5:3
  • II Corinthians 12:9-11
  • Philippians 2:8, 14-16
  • II Timothy 3:16
  • Matthew 26:63
  • I Timothy 4:16
  • Hebrews 4:12

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Episode 39:  Strongholds Part 2

Review/Intro
A stronghold is a way of thinking that opposes the word of God, and if Satan can influence our thoughts he then impacts our emotions (how we feel) and emotions drive behaviors (how we act) and that is his goal, right? He wants us to behave – or rather, misbehave – in a sinful way because if we let him influence us to sin then our relationship with God is negatively impacted. And once he gets us to go down that rabbit hole we can find out real quick it is a deep hole that can be very hard to get out of.

Q1: What are some practicals for overcoming strongholds?
Draw the battle lines back to the thought stage we engage at the thought level and we course correct according to the word of God which is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.

II Corinthians 10:5
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Engage the battle at the thought level.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Q2: Million dollar question: HOW?
So how do we demolish arguments? How do we take captive every thought? How do we not conform to the pattern of this world? How do we renew our minds?

The answer to these questions are what separate the world of psychology and  the world of Christianity the answer to all those questions and every problem that we will ever have. Both inside  or outside of the realm of addiction comes down to one word one name J e s u s Jesus. Let's take a look at why Jesus is the answer.

Hebrews 2:17-18
Jesus was tempted in every way. Because he suffered he can relate and that makes so much difference. Jesus can relate and we can connect with people who relate; we tend to be more open, more vulnerable more trusting with those who can relate.

Openness is huge. It brings light from the darkness where it’s like fungus – it grows and festers into the light where it is exposed and dies! Be open with temptation, struggles and sin.

So relating to Jesus breeds openness and equally important is belief that Jesus is who He says He is. Believing we can be well is necessary but not sufficient.

Follow-up: Shame makes openness difficult. It's tough to even divine our own thoughts. How do we emotionally and cognitively empower the scriptures in this way?

John 8:31-32
These Jews believed Jesus and he said IF you hold (we have a choice), THEN  you will know the TRUTH and the TRUTH will set you FREE.
If we hold aka obey then we get a reward, so to speak, and that reward is being able to distinguish between lies, half truths and the non-relative TRUTH. What a great reward truth is, truth demolishes falsehood. Every lie the enemy throws at us which allows us to easily defeat  the father of lies and overcoming the lies is what every addict or individual stuck in sin needs and wants because overcoming lies gives us the truth and truth gives us (in my best William Wallace voice) FREEDOM!!!

Q3: Can you give us some examples – in scripture and out – of somebody who's overcome?
Freedom is such a beautiful feeling, ask someone who has been locked up in an 8x10 for 10 years then given a pardon what freedom feels like. What do you think the women who was bleeding for 12 years (Matthew 9:20–22, Mark 5:25–34, Luke 8:43–48) felt when she was healed and freed from the bleeding and the undiagnosed disease.

Q4: What encouragement can you give someone who's having difficulty squaring the scriptures with their own experience?
The word of God is so effective in demolishing strongholds for many reasons but one very important reason is the life lessons we can learn from:

I Corinthians 10:11-13
These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of the ages has come. So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

This is a promise that everyone who is struggling or stuck should memorize and add to their arsenal that it may be quickly accessed in the heat of the battle.

If the God says it in the Word then it is a promise and we can stand firm on God’s promise. This scripture says:
1) temptation is common we can relate
2) God is faithful always faithful to his promises take it to the bank
3) God know what we can handle and what we can't if we humble ourselves before Him he will lift us up (James 4:10). He will provide a way out. This is huge in overcoming addiction and any sin for that matter. When we are tempted to use or give in there is a  very small window of time that we have to either engage the battle or just give in.... if we are relying on self we are in trouble if we go to God he promises to provide a way out!

 

Additional reference scriptures

Romans 8:1
No longer any condemnation for those in Christ Jesus

Matthew 11:20-30
Repentance and Jesus’ yoke: Rest for our soul, our yoke is hard and our burden is heavy but Jesus’ yoke is easy and his burden is light

Jonah 2:8
Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit God’s love and grace for them

Proverbs 20:5
The purposes of the heart are deep waters. It takes insight to understand them.

Colossians 2:20-23
Do not taste, do not touch…

Mark 9:14-25
“Help me in my unbelief”

I Corinthians 1:17-19
“The power of the cross is emptied”

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Episode 38:  Transformations

The Word
Ezekiel 11:18-20, 36:26     Romans 12:2-3 I Timothy 1:15     Mark 5, 9:2-3/Luke 8, 9:28-36 I Corinthians 3:1-3     Hebrews 5:12-14     Philippians 3:15     I John 4:1     Mark 6:4-6     II Corinthians 5:17

Discussion
How does God promise to transform us?
How have you been transformed?
How does that make you feel about God or His power?
Have you seen transformation in others?

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Episode 37: Signs from God

The Word
Matthew 16:1-4 (12:38-40, 15:29-16:1-12, ref. Jonah 1:17-2:10)    II Corinthians 6:1-10     Genesis 32:24-25     Jeremiah 17:9     Proverbs 20:5     I Samuel 8     I Corinthians 6:12     Judges 6-7     I Kings 18-19     I John 4:1-4     Isaiah 55:8     Ephesians 4:14

Discussion
“A sign is not the same thing as proof; a sign is merely a marker for someone who is looking in the right direction” - Philip Yancey, The Jesus I never knew

Tell us about a situation in which you’ve found yourself asking God for a sign? Is this a common thing for you? How attuned are we to everyday miracles and directives of the Spirit?

Friend of the show Tim Keller says that signs and miracles are meant not to suspend the natural order of things, but to restore it (Robbins, 2017). When we’re seeking an obvious word from God, are we actually looking to commend our own intentions? Are we ready for the hardships that come with the affection?

  

Extra-Bibliography

Robbins, G. (2017, Feb 11). Why did Jesus perform miracles on earth? Retrieved from https://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/life/2017/02/11/jesus-perform-miracles-earth/97665618/

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Episode 36:  Strongholds (Battlefield of the Mind)

The Word
II Corinthians 1:3, 10:4-5     Romans 12:2 Colossians 2:21-23     Ephesians 5:15-20     I Corinthians 10:13

Discussion
Many people decide to pursue Christian faith for personal fulfillment or peace of mind. Others – including a lot of Christians, for that matter – seek psychotherapy for afflictions of many kinds. Today we've got a friend of the show with us to talk about addictions, behavior modification, and the difference between approaching them from a spiritual mindset as opposed to a worldly one.

  1. Do traditional rules of psychology apply to a Christian? Why or why not?
  2. Tell us what you mean by “strongholds.”
    1. Addiction is forged in tolerance and withdrawal
    1. Is the knowledge of God the only effective weapon?
    2. Why do you think it's so difficult to take our thoughts captive, and why do we default to the flesh?
    3. What’s next after we identify our strongholds?
    4. We live in an addiction-oriented culture. Aren’t we all addicts?
  3. What are some best practices to avoid indulgence, discern and submit to the will of God and to stay thankful? How do you raise a person’s [rock] bottom?

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Episode 35:  Comforted v. Comfortable

The Word:  II Corinthians 1:3-11

Discussion
Receiving comfort from God and offering it to others almost always involves facing our fears and enduring pain. What makes it so difficult to appreciate the value of suffering?

  1. How do you seek comfort outside of God?
  2. How will you seek comfort from God?
  3. How can you comfort others?
  4. Are you too comfortable? How can you step out of your comfort zone?

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Episode 34:  Righteousness

The Word
Matthew 5:20     Romans 6:18, 10:9-10     I Corinthians 1:30     Galatians 2:21     Jeremiah 17:10     Revelation 2:23

Discussion

  1. What is easier for you to have: good deeds or faith?
  2. Have you ever used your deeds as a measuring stick for your faith? Did this produce anything good like more zeal for God or bad like self-righteousness?
  3. Can we become “more righteous” as Christians? i.e. day 1 disciple vs. year 30 disciple.

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Episode 33:  Real Repentance

The Word
II Corinthians 7:8-12     II Timothy 3:1-8     Revelation 21:8     I Corinthians 10:5     Proverbs 12:18     James 3:1-18     Ezekiel 18:21-32     Romans 3:21-24     Psalm 51     Matthew 18:21-22     Luke 16:19-31     Acts 3:19-21

Discussion

  1. What sin(s) of the past or present have you pursued repentance of?
  2. This letter from Paul is about the good thing that comes from repentance. Have you felt these words come to life as you’ve repented?
  3. In your repentance, have you experienced the difference between worldly and Godly sorrow?

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Episode 32:  No Hiatuses 2019 

The Word
Joel 2:28     Psalm 37:4     Luke 9:58     Colossians 3:17     Matthew 25:14-30

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