Costly Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time where we are conscious about gratefulness. Gratefulness however does not come naturally and sometimes we must contend for it in the face of difficulty.

 

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7 Things to Know About God Provision in Your Life

God Gives You Exactly What You Need When You Need it and often in a way unexpected. Who would’ve thought that God would rain provision from the sky in the form of odd substance called “manna.”

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Walking In the Dark

What do you do when you are living in the light, breathing the fresh air, surrounded by people, and still walking through a season of spiritual darkness?

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Flourishing God’s Way | The Persecuted

Flourishing God’s Way | The Persecuted

“Suffering persecution is one the qualifications for membership in the kingdom.”  David Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Flourishing God’s Way | The Peacemaker

This beatitude demonstrates further the culture of Jesus’ kingdom that has the power to transform rabid wolves into gentle lambs. These lambs are not passive or weak in any way but operate in a different strength and principle then that of the world.

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Flourishing God’s Way- The Pure in Heart

“Pure in Heart” tells us that our Christianity must come from the deepest most central part of us.

 

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Flourishing God’s Way | The Merciful

The more you grow the more you give. The “Blessed are the merciful” beatitude marks a milestone of growth and maturity in the follower of Christ. This beatitude is unique from all others in that the others make us receivers of mercy this one however makes us the givers of mercy.

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Flourishing God’s Way | Those Who Hunger

Human nature seeks to satisfy its unspoken hunger through money, power, sex, and untold ways that only magnify our emptiness. “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst,” is the answer to the deepest longing of the human heart . . . to be satisfied.

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Flourishing God’s Way | Those Who Mourn

We often mourn the things that were done to us but how much do we mourn over the things we did?

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Flourishing God’s Way | The Poor in Spirit

Low self-esteem deals with viewing yourself in a wrong- unhealthy way. Being poor in spirit deals with viewing yourself in a right and realistic way, the way God sees you.

 

 

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Flourishing God’s Way | The Beatitudes in a Nutshell

Jesus’ manifesto are His Beatitudes. They declare his intentions and culture for His kingdom and show what happens when his followers embody them.

 

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Flourishing God’s Way | What Jesus’ Beatitudes Are Not

The beatitudes are part of the Sermon on the Mount and emphasize eight marks of Christian character in their dealings with God and people, and the divine blessing which rests on those who live them out.

 


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Are You Thriving or Just Surviving?

God Doesn’t Just Want Us to Weather Life but To Have Purpose

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Five Things That Fuel Spiritual Indifference

Like most negative outcomes, spiritual indifference does not happen overnight any more than a fit person suddenly puts on 50 pounds. Whether consciously or unconsciously, mindsets and choices were adopted, small pivots in one direction or another occurred over time.

 

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Spiritual Indifference: The Silent Killer

Eric Hoffer, author of “The True Believer,” once said that “The opposite of the religious fanatic is not the fanatical atheist but the gentle cynic who cares not whether there is a god or not.”  

What is worse than not believing in God?

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Dealing With Betrayal   

Why experiencing a Judas can be the best thing that ever happened to you.

 

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Faith is not the Enemy of Reason

Faith does not have to cease to exist in the presence of reason. In fact, God welcomes reason and all the argument that accompanies it.

 

 

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Mastering Meekness | One of The Most Difficult Things You Will Ever Do

Because of the violent responses in our nature Jesus spoke of meekness. These attitudes would be incompatible with the kingdom he is building.

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The Scent of Water | What happens on the inside is more important than what happens in the outside.

If you wanted the perfect picture to describe a state of hopelessness a stump would be your ticket. Encyclopedias could clearly illustrate their definition of hopelessness with a snapshot of an old gnarly stub.

A stump signals that the days of fruitfulness and life are over, that children could no longer play on its long-lost branches, and that its usefulness is now reduced to just something that is in the way.

 

 

 

 

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Grasping Things with The Heart

We all struggle with issues of the head and heart. The problem is that faith is a thing of the heart.

Theologian J. Gerald Janzen talked about three ways that we can understand something. The hand, the head, and the heart.

This reminds me of the confrontation God had with Job the day Job got a wake-up call and what came of it.

 

Job 42:3 (NRSV)

“Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.”

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Everyone Has Faith . . . Even If They Don’t Know It

Before you consider giving up faith in God or in the possibility of there being any good at all, before you consider believing in anything other than God, before you believe that God is some higher being who started the world spinning and then forgot about it, listen to today’s broadcast on Soul02.

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I Am Not a Christian Because . . . 

There are many reasons people give for not serving God, here are the two biggest ones I hear.

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Five Kinds of Worship | What It Means to Worship God in Spirit and Truth

For worship to be authentic it must rise above our desires, needs, emotions and our consumer approaches to God.

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Deception | Part 2 Six Guards Against Spiritual Deception

Deception is an ugly reality in a broken world. It seems that the minute God reveals a truth, there is a lie to challenge it. That lie never confronts us with a bold face, obvious and simple but it comes as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, an angel of light ready to give us a subtle lie covered over in a thin truth.

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Deception | Part 1 How Satan Increases Your Tolerance for Deception

Chinese military genius Sun Tzu once said that, “All Warfare Is Based on Deception.”  

Satan’s means have never changed; deception has always been his preferred weapon against God’s creation. He never comes at you directly but sideways, with truths wrapped in lies, with part story-part fantasy.

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What Lens Do You See God Through? | Pt 2

What does Christianity looks like when you have the wrong idea of God?

Dr. Joseph Parker once said:  

“If we do not get back to visions, peeps into heaven, consciousness of the higher glory and the larger life, we shall lose our religion; our altar will become a bare stone, unblessed by visitant from Heaven.” Here is the world’s need today—men (and women) who have seen their Lord.

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What lens Do You See God Through? | Pt 1

W. Tozer once said, “Our worship rises or falls dependent upon the idea that the church has of God.” How we view a thing makes all the difference. If our view is right then we will tend to respond in wholesome ways. If our view is wrong than we will tend to respond in unwholesome ways.

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What Has Come Out of Your Wilderness| How The Wilderness Shapes Us

There is something about wilderness experiences that changes the value of things, weans us from carnal dalliances, and deepens our spiritual well.

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We become what we Worship

We were created in God’s image we reflect him in the world. When we begin worshiping something other than God, we reflect less of his image and become more like what we adore.

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How Do I Know If What I Believe Is True?

We live in uncertain times, times where up is down, down is up, right is wrong, wrong is right and you might be tempted to question what you believe.
In an ocean of diverse beliefs how do I know if the truth I hold and in Christ believe is absolutely true?

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How to Renew Your Mind

Changing our thinking is the key to changing our behavior but it doesn’t stop there. In fact, what good is changing our thinking if we don’t change the way we use our minds?

 

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The Red Button or the Blue Button – Are We Really Built to Play It Safe?

In this episode we ask the question, “which would you rather have, a life of predictable-certainty even though it isn’t real, or a life that is real but unpredictable and uncertain?”

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Is Your Mind A Sanctuary or An Amusement Park?

Is your mind a sanctuary where the peace of God reigns, or is it an amusement park where chaos and darkness rule?

Your brain is only 4 to 5 inches long and weighs about 3 pounds, yet it is its own world. The greatest battles are fought there. The greatest fears, the greatest doubts, the greatest discouragements and failures occur in that small universe that lies between your ears.

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STRONGER THAN BLOOD | Jesus Is More Powerful Than Your Family Tree

The obsession with family trees and generational roots in modern culture is a Testament to the reality that people care about where they came from.

Yet how many of us look back with despair at our roots only to see that the family blood even though thicker, was sometimes troubled and dysfunctional? What if my roots go back to “Vlad the Impaler?”

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Prison Letters | Part 2 What Are You Writing From Your Place of Confinement?

What Are You Writing From Your Place of Confinement?
Prison Letters Part 1 is about how Paul viewed his confinement experience.Part 2 is about the writings to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to Philemon that came from his prison experience.

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Prison Letters | Part 1 What Are You Writing From Your Place of Confinement?

What Are You Writing From Your Place of Confinement?
Prison Letters Part 1 is about how Paul viewed his confinement experience.Part 2 is about the writings to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and to Philemon that came from his prison experience.

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The Four Fear Nots of Christmas | How to Overcome Fear

We have all had our share of fears this year, but in the midst of it God commands us to, “Fear Not.”

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What is Postmodernism and Why Should Every Christian Care? | Part 2

We no longer live in the modern era but in the postmodern (post-truth) era. How do followers of Christ continue to flourish and live as salt in light in a world that no longer believes in absolute truth?

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What is Postmodernism and Why Should Every Christian Care? | Part 1

We no longer live in the modern era but the postmodern (post-truth) era. What does postmodernism mean to us today and why should we care?

Truth, Modern, Postmodernism, Intuition, logic, Postmodern, Reasoning, Witness, history, periods, epoch, culture, paradigm, skepticism, subjective, deconstruction, era, civilization

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Grumpy or Grateful?

Do you count your blessings or only your burdens?

A person who has become grumpy is incapable of joy on any sustained level. Somewhere on the journey a grumpy day became a grumpy lifestyle coloring the way they see the world. Instead of counting their blessings, they count their burdens.

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Six Things That Diffuse A Crisis

What does it feel like when a crisis strikes?

First, when a crisis comes it often comes quickly, like dark storm clouds descending on a plain. It darkens your mind and presses down on your emotions until your limbs feel like lead weights. Your heart tries to pound out of your chest, your throat dries, your stomach churns, and you are reminded (once again) that you can use more fiber in your diet.

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Pain Shaped Beliefs

Has your pain affected your outlook on life? Whether its by fears, rejection, loss, betrayal, abandonment, abuse, or failures, too many of us have been shaped by our pain in a way that is toxic and unhealthy.

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Overcoming a Rejection Mindset Part 4 | From Orphan to Overcomer

Overcoming rejection is more than surviving it, it is growing to the point where you can teach and mentor others to grow through it.

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Overcoming a Rejection Mindset Part 3 | How to Overcome a Rejection Mindset

Once you know what rejection is and whether you walk in it, how do you overcome it?

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Overcoming Rejection Part 2 | Signs of walking in rejection

Someone who has been devastated and defined by rejection views the world through a different lense than others . What are some of the clear signs you may be walking in rejection?

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Overcoming Rejection Part 1 | What Is a Rejection Mindset?

Rejection is an ugly reality. From our first crush, a disastrous job interview, social rejection, family or friends, rejection is a harsh but necessary part of life.

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Faith for Yesterday Today and Tomorrow

Faith doesn’t just go in the direction of today; faith is multi-directional; it covers every direction of our lives, past, present and future

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How to Change Your Paradigm

Its one thing to know its time to change your paradigm, its quite another to change it.

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What is A Paradigm and Why You Might Need to Change Yours?

The times we are living in are unprecedented in the way that things are changing so quickly. Things that worked yesterday are not working today and everyone is scurrying to adapt to new ways of doing things. So how do we change to meet the new times?

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Songs for The Journey- Part 3 Different Songs for the Journey Cont . . .

God gives us songs for the journey to get us through the dark places. Join me as we discover three more songs that encourage us to keep going.

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Songs for The Journey – Part 2 Different Songs for the Journey

In this episode of Soul02 we discuss different songs God gives us for the journey we call life and how each songs gets us through.

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Do You Have A Song That Gets You Through?

Life has a rhythm to it, a pulse of unheard music we all move to. The way we move depends on the unspoken song we are singing.

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The Bridge of Love

When Jesus spoke of loving our neighbors as we love ourselves, He was not commanding us to do something, he was showing us a metric for our love.

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God Makes the Chaos Mean Something

Human nature loves its world scripted and under control. Our internal wiring finds it absurd to search for meaning in chaos? With God however, nothing is impossible.

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Why A Final judgement Is Still Necessary

Knowing that there is a reckoning is the only comfort for many in an evil world.

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When Controversies Become Fatal

In an ocean of rage how do you keep from becoming an anger-monger?

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Is Your Controversy Worth Fighting For?

Stupid, Senseless, and quarrelsome, these three words capture Paul’s charge to Timothy regarding disputes. They can also serve as three indicators that a controversy is not worth a fight.

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Remaining Steady In a Season of Rage

We live in a season of rage and controversy. Every time you turn around, someone is outraged about something. From Twitter comments that spark a firestorm to Facebook rants written in all capital letters, rage seems to be in our nature. While some controversies are worth fighting for, others are not. This is where the Bible comes in . . .

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What Is Your Plus One?

Instead of looking at suffering as just an unfortunate tragedy, look at it as something that will build you up.

 

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You Cant Get There From Here

We tend to have a natural bias to things that work at the moment, but that can present a problem . . .

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Are You Letting Your Story Become Hijacked?

We are drowning in an ocean of narratives that confuse, anger and cause fear. The world is filled with so many conflicting stories that we can be left overwhelmed and depressed. Even if a story is true, (which many are) we can fixate on it to the point of distraction. Which world story should we believe- focus on?

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10 Lessons from Exile

If we learn only pain from painful times then we have missed the most valuable part.

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A New Dawn is Coming

If you feel weathered by this season there is hope for you.

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Running With Patience

In the midst of this ongoing Covid19 crisis we are challenged to learn more than ever what it means to live our journey’s patiently.

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