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She Finds Truth is a podcast about reality, Jesus, and everyday life. It's about discovering God is using us right where we are - in the midst of our craziness! - to glorify Him and sanctify us. Bottom line, it's the podcast for believers about how our faithful God is working in the chaos of our daily lives.
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Dec 6, 2016

When I opened Donna Pyle's book Without This Ring: Surviving Divorce to prepare for our interview, I was not prepared for how powerful her story and guidance would be. Silly of me since I'm a big fan of Donna's and I know she brings authenticity and practicality to the pages of her writing! But her raw story struck a chord with me thinking back to broken moments in my own marriage. I'm not divorced - by the grace of God - and God has brought much healing to my own relationship. Evenso, Donna's story and the things she learned resonated so much with me. All of this made interviewing her even more powerful for me.

Donna's book seeks to present various perspectives and issues for divorcees and help the reader see Christ centered steps towards hope and healing. She does a great job. I highly recommend the book and I have no doubt if you listen to this show - whether you are going through a divorce or not - you will glean much from our talk. I tried to touch on points that will be helpful for those facing divorce as well as the community of people who love them. Our conversation included the following topics:

  • God hates divorce; does he hate me?
  • Divorce is traumatic.
  • Give grace to hurting people. 
  • The case for counseling. 
  • Obedience is necessary and incredibly useful. 
  • FORGIVENESS! It's possible and not what you think. 

Find Donna here at Artesian Ministries and find the book here on Amazon and here at CPH. Pick it up today for yourself or a friend. 

Also in this show I reference 2 podcast episodes that were inspired by Donna:

Messy Circumstances, Messy Conversations Part I

Messy Circumstances, Messy Conversations Part II

As well as my first episode on sexual assault, with a series of episodes to follow in the coming months. 

Thanks for listening! I hope this interview was a blessing to you. Share with your friends!

 

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

Check out blog posts on www.shefindstruth.com!

Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

Dec 2, 2016

It is my position that the church needs to be having a louder and more productive and useful conversation about sexual assault and what we can do to serve our neighbors who have faced such experiences. This is part I in a series I'm doing where I interview experts and helpers who can assist us in maneuvering this topic for the good of our friends and communities. 

We will start with a basic conversation of what sexual assault is, how prevalent it is, and the perspective of someone who is on the front lines of this subject matter. Kami Garrison is a local expert I asked to chat with me. She is Prevention and Education Coordinator at KC-CASA and ISAS. These offices are part of a broader coalition in Illinois called ICASA, Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. These offices work to improve the quality of services for survivors of sexual assault, assist in their recovery, and work towards the elimination of sexual violence. 

Among other things we talked about teaching our kids about consent, what rape culture is and the damage it does, shame and why women don't report the majority of incidents, and how people can help. 

Future episodes on this topic will include how the church is successfully and unsuccessfully serving members who are survivors, why church leaders need to be held to a higher standard than other people in positions of authority, and more about rape culture and why we need to take it seriously. 

I'm pretty passionate about this topic, but I'm also very motivated to have civil and patient conversations about the various aspects which can sometimes be charged and complicated. Please don't hesitate to contact me or engage in a conversation about sexual assault because this abuse is rampant and needs to be brought out into the open so we can better serve one another. 

Here are the links to resources Kami talked about as well as some tips that may be of use to you. 

 

  

 

 

Nov 18, 2016

Am the only one who feels a lot of pressure that I'm supposed to "be the light"? Maybe I should just quit whining and do what needs done, but I'd also like to know what it means for sure to be the light. Today I hash through this after having had a conversation with a friend who felt like she had failed to be the light. Is it just about doing the right thing? What if I fail? 

Links from the show include:

This is the blog post I wrote about where God is while we are electing a president. 

Here's a simple and to the point article about Moral Therapeutic Deism written by Karen Jones titled What Is Moralistic Therapeutic Deism?

Here's the article by Mark Roberts called What Are the Good Works God has Prepared for Us?

Scripture references included 

Matthew 5:14-16 (Scroll down after the Beatitudes)

Ephesians 2:10

 

One more about listening to podcasts - How Does One Listen to A Podcast?

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

Check out blog posts on www.shefindstruth.com!

Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

 

 

Nov 2, 2016

As a young adult Christian I was constantly wondering what my life was supposed to look like as a follower of Christ. My everyday life. How does one "serve Christ," really, with all these distractions? What careers count? I definitely wanted to please God, but I wasn't sure how. Plus there was still sin in my life and I was super frustrated about that too. 

There was so much I didn't understand about how all this works. 

Of course the answers aren't as cut and dry as we'd like. 

So I've talked before about Gene Edward Veith's books and how they address this stuff. This weekend I got to meet him and hear him speak about my favorite topic Vocation! Today's show talks about how as Christians we ask the question "Now What?" and what the answers look like. 

Links and references include:

Lecture on Passive Righteousness by Jordan Cooper

Ephesians 2:1-10

Podcast Episode on Vocation - Episode #4

Gene Veith's -God at Work

              -Family Vocation

 

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

Sep 19, 2016

Most of us have had a series of friendships that can bring up a whole host of emotions when we think about them. It occurred to me recently that some of us (me included!) might not be approaching our friendships intentionally as grownups. I think I took it for granted that friendships when I'm in my 30's would be easy and fulfilling. 

LOL

What is up with me and my unrealistic expectations of the world?! 

So here are a few of my observations:

  • Friendships are potentially complicated at any age: 9,13, and 37.
  • At the same time, every friendship is different. 
  • Don't try to fix people. 
  • People are complicated. (I say this way too many times during the show.)
  • I over-analyze things. My friends know this which is helpful. 
  • Being intentional about our friendships will be best in the longrun. Do it! 
  • Find some wise women if you're struggling with this. 

I cited scripture during the show, but I'm only going to mention my favorites here. 

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17

Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:11

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Hebrews 10:24-25

Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8

Sara Groves song I love. In the show I think it's called "A Multitude of Sins" but actually it's "When It's Over" Go check it out here.

Meme Discussed:

Brene Brown on TED. 

Side tangents include the concept of "awake to your feelings."

Some books about friendship that could be useful:

Women are Scary

Friendship for Grownups

Better Together

 

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

Check out blog posts on www.shefindstruth.com!

Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

 

 

Aug 31, 2016

We are layered people. Not one-dimensional like the people on sitcoms. 

Me. My husband. The grocery store clerk. Everyone. 

Jesus too. 

 

There's way more to Him than I tend to think. 

He's layered like an onion - just like us. 

One way for us to unpeel the layers is to look at how Christ fulfills the 3 offices of prophet, priest, and king. This is called the threefold office of Jesus Christ and enlightens us on WHO God is, WHAT Jesus does, and HOW the Old Testament is totally tied into the New Testament. 

Defining prophet, priest, and king is important since the meanings now are different than the way the Bible uses them. I did this with the help of Google, a book by Henry Jacobs called Elements of Religion, and Scripture. Here are some of my links:

Elements of Religion

About prophets

About priests 

Deuteronomy 18:18

Isaiah 53:5

John 1:49

story of the woman at the well

I hope this episode was useful to you! Drop me a line and let me know what you think. I'm looking for feedback on whether this was too basic or actually useful or boring or condescending etc. Thanks so much for listening!

 

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

 

Aug 25, 2016

Theology is interesting to me because I like to get to the crux of things. Analyze the snot out of them. (It's a gift. Sortof.) Hence I like critical thinking. Asking questions, finding answers. Good stuff. Which is why I'm digging deeper in this episode and asking some questions that I think probably a lot of people have but we don't talk much about. Like "Why is a sacrifice necessary to redeem us from sin?", "Is sin really that big of a deal?", and "Won't we all just go to heaven in the end?"

All of this leads me to say controversial things in this episode like:

  • The Bible is not centrally about love. 
  • I need a religion that is not at its core about me. 
  • Why did Jesus have to die?
  • Is sin inconsequential?
  • Let's talk about the concept of the 2 kingdoms...
  • A perfect holy God means any blemish separates us from Him. 
  • Any sin we commit is a reflection of our rebellion against God. 
  • We cannot sin against God and expect to be at peace with Him for eternity.

I'd love to hear what you think.

The next episode will dive into the threefold office of Christ so check that one out next!

 

 

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

Aug 9, 2016

It's pretty self-explanatory. Lol Whether it's summer or not, if you feel like there's been a disconnect lately between you and your maker just because your head is filled up with other things.. then you'll probably feel right at home in this episode!

 

I discuss what's been going on a little and what it looks like when I do finally sit down with some quiet time. Plus I share what I've been learning about FASTING and how it might have more of a place in my life than I previously thought! 

 

It all comes together in this episode that will inspire you to carve out some time and rest in the faithful arms of your maker. No need to start over. You can just pick up where you left off. 

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

 

Jul 19, 2016

Don't you hate it when you record a podcast one week but don't get it posted till the next? Well hate might be a strong word. I'm just glad I have one to post! 

This episode starts out me talking about how we got 4 inches of rain in these parts the night before. Interesting since a week later we got 6 inches and that's the state of things while I edited. Anyway, I wasn't treading water too much to get this thing ready, thank gooodness. 

Basically this is me re-thinking Episode 24 about God's plan and talking through some of the not-so-black-and-white aspects. This podcast and our language and our conversations have to be on-going so we can further explore this stuff and that's what today is about. Because this really is a complicated topic and we aren't God. So I think poetry helps the conversation. 

I reference the following: 

The Unwanted Necessity - My Hope for the Journey.co

Andrew Peterson's music that I want you to listen to:

You Never Let Go

The Rain Kept Falling

Dancing in the Minefields

 

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Jul 6, 2016

The topic of God's Plan for our lives is a complicated one. It opens up all sorts of roads of discussion about fate, destiny, happiness, grief, and intention. The reason I'm doing a show (shows actually) about it is because I think there is soo much mis-information about it and the way we casually talk about it doesn't take into consideration what God's word actually says.

On the other hand, let me be clear that I am not God and I don’t know anything! If I’ve learned anything about the Bible it’s all the times God says, guess what, I don’t do things like you and you can’t understand my ways and you need to get over it.

Honestly I think topics like this can be covered better in poetry and music. All the nuances, the paradoxes, the truths and realities.. it feels less like theology and more like poetry. And in this case, I say in the show, that I know I won't be answering many questions. In fact, I probably raise more than I explain. This show is like a big dining room table with a bunch of papers and items and newspaper clippings and Bible passages and some mementos on it. And we are sorting through them to see what we like and we what we don’t like. What we want to keep and what we need to throw away because it’s just taking up space in our brains and on our facebook feeds and it needs to be weeded out.

And after it's over we will probably have to do it again in a few other shows bc this topic is that huge. 

Links include:

All I Ever Have To Be on youtube

All I Ever Have to Be lyrics

Meme in question:

What Does the Bible Say about Joy? - at openbible.info ( I said it wrong on the podcast!)

Vocation Episode - Knowing God's Will for Your Life: Vocation

Thanks for listening! Tell your friends!

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

 

Jun 29, 2016

Lately my brain has been swamped with emotional life stuff and I was feeling really annoyed until I remembered that everyone is dealing with something and it's just how it goes. The thing is, when we are in the thick of it it's hard to remember. 

Does God expect me to be handling this better than I am? Looks to me like the Bible tells us about all sorts of resources God has built into our lives for times such as this... 

Check out the episode and these links related to the content:

Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale

Issues Etc podcast episodes

I decided today I'm not going to link all the Bible verses. Look them up for a great way to spend some time in the Word!

Proverbs 12:15, 11:14, 15:22

2 Timothy 3:16

Hebrews 4:12

Galatians 6:12

James 1:5

Psalm 139

I Samuel 16:7

Psalm 8:4-5

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

Jun 10, 2016

Today's long awaited episode is an interview with L.L. Martin author of Positively Powerless: How a Forgotten Movement Undermined Christianity. I read this book and loved it and think it has a really important message we all need to pay attention to. Satan is very sneaky and this is definitely one of his angles. 

She isn't suggesting there is evil in a "positive attitude," but that the movement of New Thought has been watered down into Positive Thinking which looks and sounds good but is not consistent with God's Word. We touch on the role of this thinking in the prosperity gospel, success, self-concept, confession, sanctification, and community. The book is filled with great doctrine and practical application of Martin's ideas. Go buy it!

Link to book. 

During the show I reference this Issues Etc. episode. 

Martin's website

 

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

 

May 4, 2016

Last episode I interviewed counselor Amanda Hofbauer from Chicago, IL for advice about how to comfort our friends who are struggling with something. We talked about the not-helpful thing people say and what might be more useful to our neighbors. 

 

Today I look at the book of Job for direction on how to be a friend to someone who is going through something really terrible. There's a lot of what-not-to-do in this book, but help is revealed as well. 

 

Check out the first episode if you haven't already and let me know what you think about both of them!

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

 

Apr 13, 2016

"Some things in life cannot be fixed. They can only be carried." -Megan Divine

 

Today's show is about those uncomfortable conversations where we cannot fix the problems people are struggling with. I am honored to have Amanda Hofbauer, MA, AMFT as a guest on the show discussing the difficulties of these conversations. She is a licensed Couples and Family Therapist in Chicago who specializes in helping those who are dealing with grief, infertility, and trauma. You can find her online at Facebook.com/renewtogether and also on Psychology Today. Check out her links!

This whole conversation started when I saw a tweet from Donna Pyle (and here's her website) .....

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Oh hello this is so true!! Such a problem. Maybe this week&#39;s podcast should just be about not having easy answers. <a href="https://t.co/mjtRWSrvkj">https://t.co/mjtRWSrvkj</a></p>&mdash; Angie Wagner (@shefindstruth) <a href="https://twitter.com/shefindstruth/status/717121354701471744">April 4, 2016</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

So this got us talking and that's what this podcast is about. How DO we respond without being insincere and generic?

This Buzzfeed link that Amanda found helps as well as our conversation which you should totally listen to right now. :)

 

To continue the conversation, find me on TWITTER, go to the facebook page, or email me! - angiejean.99@gmail.com.

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Production Notes · music - Spoke in the Wheel by Electric Tangerine Audio at http://audiojungle.net/user/ElectricTangerine · Vocal Introduction by Kena Clark ·  Intro/Outro Production by Bradley Hofbauer

 

Apr 9, 2016

First of all, there are some glitches in the technology here and there. I know about them and apologize. I think I was talking too fast for my computer. ;)

 

Been thinking about parenting and what it really is and how to prioritize parenting stuff with the rest of the world. I realized that sometimes I might be wishing away this time in which I'm parenting children and I really don't want to do that. But it's easy to slip into. 

So I looked up some verses on parenting and did some reflecting. Here's the links to the show. 

Psalm 127:3 - Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Proverbs 22:6 - Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.

Jonathan Fisk

Boars in the Vineyard Episode

Ephesians 6:4- Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

Deut 6:6-9 - And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Titus 2:7 - Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity..

Watch Me

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

But this at least all married people should know. They can do no better work and do nothing more valuable either for God, for Christendom, for all the world, for themselves, and for their children than to bring up their children well. In comparison with this one work, that married people should bring up their children properly, there is nothing at all in pilgrimages to Rome, Jerusalem, or Compostella [the home of a famous shrine in Spain], nothing at all in building churches, endowing masses, or whatever good works could be named. For bringing up their children properly is their shortest road to heaven. In fact, heaven itself could not be made nearer or achieved more easily than by doing this work. It is also their appointed work. Where parents are not conscientious about this, it is as if everything were the wrong way around, like fire that will not burn or water that is not wet. -From Martin Luther’s, “A Sermon on the Estate of Marriage”

Now observe that when that clever harlot, our natural reason… , takes a look at married life, she turns up her nose and says, “Alas, must I rock the baby, wash its diapers, make its bed, smell its stench, stay up nights with it, take care of it when it cries, heal its rashes and sores… ?

What then does Christian faith say to this? It opens its eyes, looks upon all these insignificant, distasteful, and despised duties in the Spirit, and is aware that they are all adorned with divine approval as with the costliest gold and jewels. It says, O God, because I am certain that thou hast created me as a man and hast from my body begotten this child, I also know for a certainty that it meets with thy perfect pleasure. I confess to thee that I am not worthy to rock the little babe or wash its diapers, or to be entrusted with the care of the child and its mother. How is it that I, without any merit, have come to this distinction of being certain that I am serving thy creature and thy most precious will? O how gladly will I do so, though the duties should be even more insignificant and despised. Neither frost nor heat, neither drudgery nor labor, will distress or dissuade me, for I am certain that it is thus pleasing in thy sight…

God, with all his angels and creatures is smiling-–not because the father is washing diapers, but because he is doing so in Christian faith. - Martin Luther

 

By Wisdom a House Is Built

 

 

Mar 30, 2016

Some thoughts on Lent, Easter, and suffering. Discovering holes in theology when you put limits on God's faithfulness. And my goals for the podcast and my women's ministry. 

What is prosperity theology? 

Why Lutheran? The Lutheran Knuckleheads article I wrote called Coming Up Short

Pastor Shields - follow him on Twitter!

Blog posts about suffering

 

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me - heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Phil 3:12-14

 

Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant - not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

2 Corinthians 3:4-6

 

We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.

Romans 6:4

 

Not to us, O Lord, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness.

Psalm 115:1

 

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Mar 26, 2016

In today's episode I answer questions I've been pondering since Episode 15 concerning fear and what the Bible says about it. 

Does it really say "Do not fear" in the Bible 365 times? What does the world think "perfect love" means? Why does Joseph Prince seem to have cornered the market on this? Do I really have to dissect I John to figure this out? 

 

These questions and more sorted through in episode 17. 

And here are the links:

Episode 15

9 Sins the Church Is Okay With

Psalm 56

NPR's story on close friends being close to us in times of trial

Psalm 54

Definitions of sustain

I John 4

Joseph Prince butchers Scripture

 

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Mar 16, 2016

You want to EXPERIENCE God?

FEEL His presence?

FIND Him?

 

It's less about you or me finding Him. 

It's more about how He comes to us. 

 

The Means of Grace can be defined as "how the Holy Spirit works both faith and good works in our lives." (from Spirituality of the Cross by Gene Veith p44) The Means of Grace are the vehicle God uses to come to us in a very real, very physical way so we can experience Him - undoubtedly and without question. 

Baptism

Galatians 3:27

Galatians 2:20

Colossians 1:27

Lord's Supper

John 6:52-58

John 6:41-51

The Word

Romans 10:17

I Thesalonians 2:13

John 15:3

1 Peter 1:23

 

Article from Pastor Cooper on Christ IN us called Christ Dwells Within Us and We Should Be Talking About It

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Mar 8, 2016

I'm so glad to be back! Had to skip last week because my brain was overloaded, but now things have improved. Praise the Lord. 

In today's podcast I explain how I think there is an internet culture directed at women that promotes a lot of false sin and (therefore) false guilt. Telling us we have these problems and offering up a bunch of solutions, the entire time the "problem" isn't really a problem and in the process we are overlooking actual sin that needs to be addressed. 

Take a listen and see if you can relate. Also, if you are of the male gender and you listen, I would love to know if you see a similar thing that happens among men. Or not. Anyway, this is outside of the Christian culture but it's also totally thriving within it. There are all sorts of Christians telling me how I need to have more faith so I can _____ (fill in the blank). 

 

All of this leads to the thing that actually started me on this rant in the first place which is this blog post called 9 Sins the Church is Okay With. Besides ending the title with a preposition, 

Feb 24, 2016

Awhile back I listed out some things I can do when I am feeling like a loser and just can't get it together. (I've decided I need to post these in my office. Or on my forehead.) But meanwhile, I did a podcast on them. The first part was episode 13 and I basically got through 1-2.5. This episode completes the list and I think it's a decent list. Among other things I discuss the idea that some things the world thinks ARE sins, possibly aren't.. as well as what some Bible verses DON'T mean. 

Includes:

God has a reason for you. We don't need a 5 year plan, we need to look around and see what needs to be done.

Romans 8:28-30

Freedom from sin means we can freely serve. 

 

Habakkuk 1:1-4

Lord Help me make this happen. 

Philippians 4:10-13

Isaiah 41:10

Bonus Step - Tell Satan to shove it. 

Philippians 4:4-8 - Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplicationwith thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

 

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Feb 16, 2016

In an effort to be uplifting today instead of super heavy (it IS February after all; in the Midwest that means we are all struggling to go on with our lives because the sun hasn't shined in 3 months), I ran across this post I did awhile back called 10 Steps When You Feel Like a Loser. 

Turns out talking about these in detail only brought us through steps 1-3 and then I had to stop and start another episode. (I'm attempting to be consistent with the length of the episodes and keep them around 30 minutes or less.) Anyway, this episode covered thankfulness and confession. It also includes discussion about how "gratitude journals" are all the rage and they worry me. 

Solid Scripture in here. This episode includes the following:

I Thessalonians 5:18

Colossians 3:15-17

James 1:17

Philippians 4:6

In the segment on Confession I get far enough to reference Bo Giertz' book To Live with Christ which I can recommend enough. Also this bit from the LCMS and also Luther's Small Catechism. Check those out. 

Also I have a smidge of intermission music from Monty Python. :)

The next show will finish up our list. More Scripture, more of my rants and encouragement. See you then! 

 

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Feb 13, 2016

Recently I got an email asking what I thought about the IF:Gathering. This conference and the discussions I've had about it have prompted the resurfacing of all sorts of emotions and fears I have had in the past. I didn't actually go to the conference. I know that would have been great because then I would have a more educated opinion, but my husband and I had plans to go away that weekend and I was not going to get in the way of that annual event. 

Anyway, I'm worried about the IF:Gathering's emphasis on US and what WE can do FOR GOD. Here is a link to a blog post written by Aimee Byrd that I think identifies some of the bigger issues with the event. 

As for me, events like this remind me of a time when I was trying to prove myself to God. Which prompts me to encourage all of us to do the following whenever we are listening to a speaker, attending a conference, or a reading a book that reflects Christian ideas...

 

1) Consider the source. 

2) Consider the message. 

3) Consider the Scripture. 

Scripture that says USE YOUR BRAIN!

 

 

Feb 1, 2016

I've been thinking a lot lately about the right way to approach Scripture. I'm becoming more and more aware of how we make everything about US - including the Bible. Yes, the Bible delivers the message of our salvation. But the Bible is about God. He is the main character and the plot twists and main ideas are all centered around Him. Not us. In this podcast I make profound statements like: 

Let's make Bible studies that teach us about God. Not about us. 

The world does not revolve around us.  The world revolves around our Lord and Savior. 

The Lutheran church doesn't require you say a magic phrase to be saved.

Most of the people in the Old Testament are a mess. 

Christians are sinners. 

 

I know can you believe how cutting edge this stuff is? 

Other cutting edge things you might want the links to since I included them in my shockingly truthful podcast....

Just and Sinner podcast How to Change the Culture

When it gets posted I'll put Pastor Meyer's sermon on here where he talks about God's Facebook Timeline. 

1 Corinthians 12:3 -No one can say Jesus is Lord except in the Holy Spirit. 

A brief overview of Arminianism on Got Questions.org. 

Books I recommend for straightening out what is Biblical and what is Lutheran (those are the same thing btw ;) - 

The Way of Salvation in the Lutheran Church by G.H. Gerberding

Spirituality of the Cross by Gene Veith

I talk about moralism on today's show and I guess I'm really thinking more specifically of legalism. Either way, here's a link that talks more about how that looks. 

Story of Abigail - with actually accurate details. Sorry I butchered it in the show. 

Some of the people I can blame for finding out how me-centered women's studies are - Lisa Cooper, Lewis Polzin

Me-centered approach vs. God-centered approach might look like this:

Why is this happening to me?! (complete with whiny voice) vs. Is God using this to point to Him? (complete with mature thoughtful voice)

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Jan 26, 2016

How do you make decisions? Recent conversations have revealed the usefulness of having litmus tests and standards for filtering decisions and priority-making. 

It reminded me of an illustration Kendra Smiley shares in her books High-Wire Mom and Do Yourself a Favor, Love Your Spouse. I love sharing her idea and keeping it in mind when I'm trying to figure out what's best for my family. Marriage and parenting are hard and figuring out that magic "balance" seems nearly impossible. It's weird that this got especially challenging when I decided to leave full-time work and stay home with the kids more. 

I think understanding priorities and decision making and what works and what doesn't is a life long process. But I know all of it has made way more sense since I've figured out the Truth of the Gospel. When I understood that I wasn't earning my salvation - that God wasn't keeping a record of my wrongs - my perspective totally changed. It was like the veil was removed. The Gospel - Jesus has fulfilled the law and died for my sins - gives me liberty to love and forgive and serve in ways that didn't make sense before. Life isn't about needing to cross all my t's and dot my i's anymore. Now it's about seeing how God is working in my marriage and parenting and friendships. 

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Because of this Matthew 6:21 doesn't make me squirmy anymore. My treasure is in Jesus. 

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

 

 

Jan 20, 2016

I keep running into things online about self-esteem and of course while one is in a funk, one's self-worth isn't real healthy... So I've been thinking about all this. Today's podcast is me sorting through how we measure ourselves and figuring out better ways to do it. I utilize the following resources:

Juli Slattery's article in Today's Christian Woman titled I Don't Believe in Self-Esteem

An excellent book for parents (or adults who need to grow up) called Raising Great Kids by Doctors Henry Cloud and John Townsend

Issues, Etc. Episode Responding to Evangelical Cliches: "The Bible Doesn't Say You Shouldn't Love Yourself." 

Philippians 4:4-7:

"Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Special thanks to Rev. Rich Shields whose notes on Law and Gospel will continue to be a useful resource in daily life as well as this ministry. 

My bottom line on today's podcast is this: 

I am putting my hope in the perfect, compassionate loving God, my faithful even to death Savior, who took care of all the fixing and rescuing when He died on the cross for me. The truth is that I am helpless and He is the Helper. I needed saved and He did the saving. And just in case I get ansy and think there is more I need to do, He said (right there on the cross!) IT IS FINISHED. 

I live rescued, renewed, and remade because of Him and He will complete this good work in me. Because JESUS is the author and perfecter of my life. Not me. 

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