#160: Living Life From The Refuge

#160: Living Life From The Refuge

#160: Living Life From The Refuge

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen | Dave Wager @wagerdaw | Jason Kemper @kempster220

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Where is your place of refuge? Every one of us has to have a place of safety, calm, stability. But what is concerning is how few we make use of it. Or rather — Him.

God is our refuge.

The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety. Psalm 18

 

Psalm 91

Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.

For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease. He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the day. Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you.

Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished. If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.

For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone. You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!

The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

 

Links

Mike Calhoun’s Article on the Tall Poppy Syndrome

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#159: Double Mindedness, Apathy, & Repeat Offenses

#159: Double Mindedness, Apathy, & Repeat Offenses

#159: Double Mindedness, Apathy, & Repeat Offenses

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen
Dave Wager @wagerdaw
Jason Kemper @kempster220

#159: Double Mindedness, Apathy, & Repeat Offenses

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen
Dave Wager @wagerdaw
Jason Kemper @kempster220

Jeff and Dave talk about 3 things that frustrate our faith journey: double-mindedness, repeating the same sin, and apathy.

Make each conversation count this week. You could save a life.

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Show Notes

Recharge 2017 | Silver Birch Ranch’s 50th Summer!


 

Double-Mindedness

Definition: wavering in mind (Merriam-Webster’s definition).

The term double-minded comes from the Greek word dipsuchos, meaning “a person with two minds or souls.” It’s interesting that this word appears only in the book of James (James 1:8; 4:8). Bible scholars conclude that James might have coined this word. To grasp the full meaning of this word, it is best to understand how it is used within its context. (Read more at GotQuestions.org)

 

Repeating the Same Sins

Does God keep forgiving us for repeating the same sins over and over as long as we ask forgiveness for it?

To best answer this question, we’re going to look at two powerful passages of Scripture. The first is found in the book of Psalms: “As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). One of the most effective tricks Satan plays on Christians is… (Read more at GotQuestions.org)

 

Apathy

When you just feel nothing.

Spiritual apathy, coldness, or indifference can affect even the most sincere Christian at one time or another. Human emotions being as fickle as they are, feelings of apathy or disinterest can sometimes replace the fervor we once felt for the things of God. Overcoming such apathy is necessary for continuing our walk with God.

The one who realizes he is spiritually apathetic needs to, first of all, make sure he is a true believer in Jesus Christ (see 1 John 5:13; Romans 8:16). If he knows that he is a true believer in Christ, he needs to then ask himself this question: “What caused me to lose my love and passion for the Lord?”

One cause of spiritual apathy is… (Read more at GotQuestions.org)

 

Further Reading

7 Characteristics of a Double-Minded Believer (Christian Post)

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#158: What’s The Point?

#158: What’s The Point?

#158: What's The Point?

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen
Dave Wager @wagerdaw
Jason Kemper @kempster220

Jeff and Dave continue the Initiate series this week. Most people will struggle with doubt, whether it’s with your abilities, or with faith, or trusting people. Doubt is very real and doesn’t just go away when you put your faith in God. So, if you’ve ever questioned the point of life, listen to this episode and share your thoughts with us.

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Show Notes

Damascus Road | Recharge 2017 | Silver Birch Ranch’s 50th Summer!


 

This episode stems from a conversation I had with a guy who I consider a mentor of all things web & social media. We were talking about some online marketing stuff and he was telling me that he wasn’t sure how some of this past methods were working with today’s advances in mobile technology and if certain services were unnecessary anymore.

Basically, there was this theme that kept coming up of “am I or my services even relevant anymore?”

It was interesting because he never verbalized it this way, but there were a few other points in discussion that confirmed this query.

I wonder how many people are out there wondering the same thing about their life, “Am I really relevant anymore?”

“What’s the point of this, anyway?”

 

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.”

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#157: Initiate (Part 3)

#157: Initiate (Part 3)

#157: Initiate (Part 3)

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen
Dave Wager @wagerdaw
Olivia Wilson

Jeff and Dave continue the Initiate series this week. This is all about looking at the building blocks of the Christian faith. This week, we look at living with spiritual disciplines. How do you put them into action in your life?

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Show Notes

Damascus Road | Recharge 2017 | Silver Birch Ranch’s 50th Summer!


 

What does it mean to be a Christian?

  1. Recognize things that do not change in life.
  2. Identify things you can change.
  3. Change your attitude of God instead of waiting for Him to change His toward you. We do this by understanding His Word.

Olivia Wilson’s Story

Listen to her full interview

 

Further Reading

What are Spiritual Disciplines (Desiring God)

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#156: Initiate (Part 2)

#156: Initiate (Part 2)

#156: Initiate (Part 2)

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen
Dave Wager @wagerdaw
Jason Kemper @kempster220

Jeff and Dave continue the Initiate series this week. This is all about looking at the building blocks of the Christian faith. It might seem odd to think about how you and I learn things. But check this out. We all learn differently. Our minds are so wonderfully made to absorb a vast amount of information. How we learn and what we learn about God matters in this faith journey. You might have even learned some things that were untrue about God and are working through unlearning them. Listen and share your thoughts.

Make each conversation count this week. You could save a life.

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Show Notes

Damascus Road | Recharge 2017 | Silver Birch Ranch’s 50th Summer!


Initiate.

cause (a process or action) to begin. a person who has been initiated into an organization or activity, typically recently.

 

Empty the Cup

One of the best ways to uncover what we don’t know is by asking questions. Great teachers do this so that they can teach the student something new. Today’s generation of young people are surrounded by noise and it is becoming increasingly difficult to process the information we receive. And the more points of information we open ourselves up to (ie. Internet, TV, movies, peers, social media and apps, smartphones, etc), the harder it is to hear the truth.

How can we resolve this before we all go crazy?

 

Ways We Learn

Read Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences, which is a broader understanding of the primary learning types (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, and tactile – VAKT).

Which one do you primarily learn by?

 

When you study the Bible, use methods that work to your learning strength. If you’re stuck in a rut with your studies, change it up a bit. Try a different method.

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#155: Initiate (Part 1)

#155: Initiate (Part 1)

#155: Initiate (Part 1)

by HopeNet Radio | Podcast

Who’s on this episode?

Jeff Strommen @jstrommen
Terra Kay @terrakfree

Jeff and Terra Kay kick off a new series called Initiate this week. This is all about looking at the building blocks of the Christian faith. Terra shares her story about how she got into anti-human trafficking work. Happy 2017, too!

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Become a Live Coach | Damascus Road | Recharge 2017 | Silver Birch Ranch’s 50th Summer!


Human Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, transporting, obtaining or maintaining of a person by means of…

FORCE (rape, beatings, constraint, confinement, torture)
FRAUD (false, or deceptive offers)
COERCION (threats of serious harm; any threat intended to make victim believe that failure to comply would result in retaliation) for the purpose of a commercial sex act, or in which the person induced to perform such an act is under 18 years of age.

 

Human Trafficking is simply a politically correct phrase for what is Modern Day Slavery

Human Trafficking includes:

Sex Trafficking – victim forced into commercial sex trade against their will.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC) – forced sexual services of children
Labor Trafficking – forced labor or services in Domestic Servitude, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Construction, Factories, Service Industry, Hotels, Restaurants, Nail Salons and more.

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