Touring For Purpose with Mingo Palacios: Episode 16

Pastor Mingo Palacios from Saddleback Church unpacks the importance of leaning deep into the season you’re in. If you don’t recognize the season you’re in, you might miss what God has for you.

 

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Christmas Sucks: Episode 15

For many, the holiday season can be extremely depressing. But there is hope and in this episode, Scott gets super vulnerable about his depression around the holidays and gives some hope for those that can relate.

This episode is a ‘must listen’ for anyone who struggles through the holidays.

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George Clerie on God’s Timing In Life: Episode 14

How do you move from a works, performance-based relationship with God to to a grace-based relationship with him? George Clerie explains how it’s all about faith in God’s timing in your life.
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Q: What are you most passionate about

A: Helping people discover their purpose for life and impart the faith in them to pursue it. It’s not understanding that holds most people back… it’s the fear that holds them back

Q: WEhat would you say to those that are fearful

A: Start small. It’s not a leap of faith that God wants you to make but a step of faith that he wants you to take.

 

Q: What’s the one of the lowest, darkest moment of your life?

 

A: George is coming out of one of the most difficult times in his life. It was a season of pouring out and giving all he could, then people turned on him and things went sour relationally. He found out who his real friends were. After 28 years in ministry, he was hurt and left the ministry

 

Q: What did you learn?

 

A: It all comes back to trusting God and not holding on to stuff. But having the ability to be quick to forgive. To realize that God is sovereign and none of what happened came as a surprise to him. But realize that trials are heaven sent to prove the quality of your faith. When an organization lets you down and hurts you, it’s a time to ask yourself, “where’s my faith?”

 

Q: What was one of the biggest breakthrough as a believer to date?

 

A: Breakthroughs are more of building blocks that a watershed experience. They build on each other. One of the early things in his life happened while on a train in France. He was reading the Complete Green Letters. He had an epiphany on Grace. Growing up in the church it’s easy to focus on how unworthy we are, but on that train, God broke through and helped him realize that God wants him to live by faith. That God doesn’t want things from him but wants things for him. And learning to lean into the gift of God’s grace.

 

But here’s the thing, you can’t work yourself into grace. What we need to realize that God is always working. He is using everything: the challenges, the failures, the struggles to bring us to a place where we can understand and receive grace.  Only certain experiences can bring a deep understanding but we need to trust that God is orchestrating our lives in that direction.

 

Q: What’s the biggest lesson you learned in life?

 

A: It’s all about trust. Trust with God and with people. we don’t like to trust because we’re scared to get hurt. But we get hurt even more by not trusting because we ensure that we miss everything that we’re afraid of losing.

 

Q: What’s the one thing you do that contributes that most to your spiritual growth

 

A: Reflective Bible reading. It keeps him being convicted, corrected and redirected.

 

Q: Besides the Bible, what is one book that every Christian should read?

 

A:  Knowing God by J. I. Packer

 

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Dating & Feminism: Episode 13

Discover how words are extremely powerful in shaping the perceptions of those around you as Scott answers questions about dating and feminism. You’ll discover why it’s so hard to find a good Christian man and much more.

 

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Dating question: “Why are Christian men in a Christian community so slow to approach women?”

 

The reality is that guys are intimidated by women. We are fragile and deathly afraid of rejection. Most of us feel awkward around women and don’t know how to act, especially now that we’re Christians and aren’t sure how dating is supposed to look like as a believer. With a word, you can crush us. Your solution is to be open, warm, and friendly and if he likes you, eventually he will muster the courage to say something.

 

Feminism question: “Why is feminism such a bad word to so many Christians and how can we begin to change that?”

 

Well, Feminism has a long history and there are a lot of negative connotations attached to it. Women should not be held back from what God has called and equipped them to do just because men don’t like it.

 

Feminism has a reputation for being militant, angry, and agitative and that’s why it’s seen as a bad word, even among those that support women’s rights. Today’s Feminism might be kinder and gentler than yesteryear, but the fact remains that the perception probably won’t change. So, you should change the word to something more palatable.

 

Words are powerful and how you package ideas are important. Abortion is a great example of how word choices change perceptions. Originally it was referred to as pro-abortion. Then it was changed to something far less controversial, pro-choice. Now, it has changed once again. Now politicians are packaging it as women’s health.

 

So my advice is to find a new word that will be more widely accepted by the Church.

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Processing Trauma with Mickey Stonier: Episode 12

Traumatic events happen in all our lives, but we don’t all know how to process the trauma effectively. Pastor Micky Stonier, a trained spiritual care first responder, shares the simple but powerful secrets to getting through trauma and walking in wholeness and healing.

 

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Brooks Gibbs On Suffering: Episode 11

Brooks Gibbs has spoken over 2,000 times, presented over 500 sermons, over 1,500 motivational speeches, and reached over 2 million people. He’s a Pastor, Bible teacher, motivational speaker, and Entrepreneur. But in spite of that amazing resume, Brooks is intimately acquainted with suffering. In this episode, he shares some great insight into how suffering causes us to be in a place of perpetual dependency on God and that is where all the power in life is found.

 

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Brooks Gibbs’ Answers:

Q: What was the lowest time in you walk with Christ

A: Right now is the lowest time. He just retired from motivational speaking. He’s been on a long challenging journey, filled with all sorts of suffering. He’s fighting the stereotype that he’s an idea guy but doesn’t follow through on projects. Financially, it’s been challenging and there’s so much on his plate that it’s causing him to be in a place of perpetual dependency. But he’s excited to see what God does through this time. Just like Paul, who was suffering on a regular basis. But, God didn’t deliver Paul but told him that His grace is sufficient. In the same way, Brooks Gibbs is finding God’s grace sufficient too.

 

Tweet: “God’s blessings are often found in the pain of life.” – Brook’s Gibbs

 

 

Q: What’s one of the biggest breakthroughs you’ve experienced as a believer.

A: Marriage. The greatest thing that ever happened to him was finding his wife. She’s emotionally stable, solid counselor, knows the bible.

 

Q: What’s one of the biggest lessons you’ve learned in life

A: The kingdom works. The Christian is expected to live according to a different set of rules – kingdom rules. Which is frustrating because the rules of the kingdom are in opposition to the rules of the world. The tension that we’re in is, which one are we going to listen to? Are we going to approach life the world’s way or God’s way? Instead of asking how much world can I have before I lose my salvation, we should fully deny ourselves and live for the kingdom because that works! The kingdom works! When you live according to the kingdom, the world begins to work for you. We can learn from the world but we have to keep our heart kingdom minded.

 

Q: What’s the biggest thing that contributes to your spiritual growth?

A: Porch time. 7 am, sitting on the porch, spending time with Jesus.

 

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

A: You’re wife’s voice often sounds like God’s voice.

 

Q: Besides the Bible, what’s one book that every Christian should read?

A: The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe. Which is roughly based on a true story of a guy that gets stranded on an island for 28 years. During that time he learned to be an organic scholar, meaning he let scripture teach him about scripture. It teaches us to tune out the world and tune into God.

 

Q: How can we connect with you?

A: Here are all his social media channels – Twitter, Facebook, & Instgram.

 

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Identity – You Are More Than What You Do: Episode 10

Most of us get our identity from what we do, but there’s a problem with that. If your value and worth are based on what you do, what happens when you can’t do that anymore? That’s called an existential crisis. In this episode, Scott and Ryan talk about how to avoid that kind of existential crises and where you should be getting your identity from.

 

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Dad Tired with Jerrad Lopes: Episode 009

What does it look like to be a man who loves Jesus and his family? Jerrad Lopes of Dad Tired shares his journey of spiritual development, the lessons God has taught him, and some serious insights for those that love Jesus but have been hurt by religion.

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CLICK TO TWEET: “Confession to God brings forgiveness but confession to others brings healing” – Jerrad Lopes; Dad Tired

Jerrad’s answers:

Q: What are you most passionate about?

A: People who want more of Jesus but have been turned off by the church, or are jaded by the Christian experience. They are people that grew up in the church and want to be free but are playing the “game” because they feel like they have to be perfect. That’s why Dad Tired is such an effective ministry because it is passionate and speaks to those guys.

Q: What was the lowest, darkest time in your walk?

A: Being a married man has been the most difficult thing for Jerrad. With other people,  he can hide his junk but with his wife… she sees it all. Specifically, when he was newly married he had to have the “lust” talk with his wife and it broke his heart to see how deeply hurt she was.

Q: What are the lessons you learned from that?

A: Take what is in the darkness and put it into the light. When bad attitudes start to come up, instead of letting it fester in the loneliness of your mind, bring it to the light with others so you can quickly get it out of your heart and mind.

Q: What would you say to someone who needs to bring something into the light but is too scared to let the light in?

A: John says that if we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us. James says that when we confess to each other we are healed. Confession to God brings forgiveness, but confession to each other brings healing. For those that are scared, realize that confession brings healing. You don’t have to confess before your church, just find a few people.

Q: What’s the biggest breakthrough you’ve experienced?

A: Jerrad grew up with a theology that said salvation means you don’t go to hell. His breakthrough came when he realized the gospel has power for today, not just the future. That right now the gospel offers him something. Even though we are focused on behavior management, Jesus never was. But when our hearts are connected to the grace of Jesus our behavior changes.

CLICK TO TWEET: “When our hearts are connected to the grace of Jesus our behavior changes.” – Jerrad Lopes; Dad Tired

Q: What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in life?

A: Jerrad has struggled as a people pleaser. He used to act like people he respected in hopes that others would respect him. but in the last three years, he has realized that God has made him uniquely and called him to be him and no one else.

Q: How did you get to the place where you realized you need to stop trying to be someone else?

A: Jerrad helped plant a church and during that church plant, he was deeply hurt. That set him on a journey to find out, “Who does God say I am?”

Q: What’s the biggest thing that contributes to your spiritual growth?

A: Listening to gospel preaching messages.

Q: What was the most impactful advice you have ever received?

A: Throughout your life, I’ll have a million different job titles but at the end of the day I am a disciple, I am a husband and a father. Those are titles that I will die with. So if you’re going to focus on anything, focus on those things.

Q: Besides the Bible, what’s the one book you think every Christian needs to read?

A: Step up by Jerrad Lopes from Dad Tired and The Freedom of Self-forgetfulness by Tim Keller. It’s a short book and it’s about stop focusing on your sin and start focusing on the grace of Jesus.

Q: How can we connect with you?

A: If you’re a guy search Facebook for our closed Facebook group. Everyone else, visit www.dadtired.com

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Episode 008: Dating Advice For The Shady

The unspoken dating question gets addressed today, “Is it okay to pursue God in order to eventually marry one of his daughters?” Surprisingly, the answer is both Yes and No.

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The first listener question today is, “Is it wrong to pursue God because you want to marry one of His daughters?”

The short answer is, yes, it is wrong. There are lots of good reasons to pursue God, but dating and getting a wife is not one of them. God is not a vending machine nor is He your personal dating service. You can’t pay Him in devotion and expect a treat in return. And the truth is, if that is your mentality about God, you are not ready to date one of His daughters, and you’re definitely not ready to get married!

Before any believer is ready for marriage, they need a solid relationship with God. Just because they love Him. If you’re pursuing God in order to get a holy hottie, you don’t have a genuine relationship with God.

But on the other hand, God is kind and gracious, even when we come to Him incorrectly. Even when we have impure motives He still allows us to approach Him. God has a beautiful way of accepting us where we are, and working on us until we get to where we need to be. But if we come to God for something He is unwilling to give, we may get disgruntled, and this will stand in the way of our relationship with Him.

Everyone is looking for Mr. or Mrs. “Right.” But instead of looking for Mr. Right, you should become Mrs. Right. Because if you’re not the right person when Mr. Right finally comes along, they won’t want anything to do with you! You need to become a person worthy of your Mr. or Mrs. Right.

In summation, you need to pursue God and let Him have His way with you. Then you will become worthy of one of His sons or daughters.

The second listener question is, “Why is it hard to love people who I can see but it’s easy to love God who I can’t see?” Well, in 1 John, it tells us that is impossible. It says that if you can’t love people who you can see, you can’t say that you love God who you cannot see. Or to put it more bluntly, if you say that you love God but don’t love people, 1 John says you are a liar. Don’t get mad me… those are God’s words, not mine.

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NOTWP 007 Three Questions To Know God’s Will For Your Life

Learn to easily know God’s will for your life by asking three simple questions and never get caught in analysis paralysis again. When you understand how God made us and how His will actually works, you will be empowered to make decisions without fear of missing God’s perfect will ever again!

 

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