Handling Interruptions To Your Plans: Episode 24

Making interruptions to your plans a win-win. When people or circumstances interrupt your plans you can either emotionally resist your reality or you can accept it and turn it into something good.

Show Notes

Scott describes a three-part process for turning an interruption into a win-win outcome, a topic that is fresh on his mind. Recently, with short notice, he was obliged to attend a two-day meeting away from the office. His schedule was already full so he was forced to rearrange his commitments.

To be angry and frustrated at this, or any interruption, is a perfectly normal reaction, and there is nothing wrong with feeling this way.  Anger and frustration are simply emotions, and in spite of what our parents and society would have us believe, emotions are neither good or bad, right or wrong. From a biblical perspective, negative emotions are not sinful, but how we respond to them may be. So stop judging and labeling your emotions. They just are.

The second part of the process is to accept that it is what it is, and not to resist reality. This requires a shift in our perspective from that of our initial reaction. If we fail to make that shift, and complain and become bitter, it is then we begin to sin. Though it’s human nature to fight back, the less time we spend doing so, the sooner we get to the third and often fruitful part of the process.

A little known aspect of human nature is that we actually need things to disrupt our schedules and knock us off course in order to come up with more creative, better solutions. Interruptions force us to challenge the way we think and approach things, breaking established patterns and giving us a fresh perspective. Many times an unwelcome disruption that created anger and frustration in the beginning turns out to be a blessing in disguise.

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From Dope To Hope: Episode 23

In this episode: BIG announcements about the ministry. Songs of confusion. Dina shares how God radically changed her life.

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In this episode we learn how Dina Wessell, Scott’s wife, came to know Jesus. Her story is relevant for many of us; especially those who were involved with alcohol and drugs earlier in their lives, and those who still are.

Dina was born in Canada, and her family moved to the U.S. when she was a young child. At home she always felt loved and supported. There was nothing to forewarn of the rough road that lay ahead. Toward the end of high school she began making poor lifestyle decisions, and started using alcohol and drugs. Soon after graduation she found herself hooked on crystal meth, one of the most addictive drugs known to man. It is an all-consuming powerful stimulant that causes sleep deprivation, loss of appetite, paranoia, hallucinations, and ultimately, insanity. Statistically, one in four people will not be able to stop after using the drug only once. Dina says, “It just happened so quickly,,,it completely tore my life apart.” She lost all her friends, dropped out of college, and her total focus became getting high. “I was a mess, and I looked like I was a mess. I had no purpose, no direction, no hope, no joy. It was all gone.”

As Dina was struggling with addiction, her beloved older brother, Mark, gave his life to Christ. He had been involved in the party scene and the last time she saw him he was drinking and using drugs. When he called telling her how amazing Jesus is, and reading scripture over the phone, she was sure he had joined a cult. He had always been there for her so she set about trying to rescue him from this strange new influence. God had other plans. Mark persuaded Dina to go to church with him, catching her at a time of discord with her meth-addicted companions. His church, Horizon, was very different from the stuffy Catholic services she had occasionally attended. It was friendly and informal. Put off at first by the outgoing warmth of the people, she grew to like it and began to attend sporadically. One Sunday, she was sure that the pastor was speaking directly to her and accused Mark of telling him about her issues. Only later did she realize that God was beginning to move in her life.

One evening Dina arrived for service expecting to be joined by her brother, and though she left when he did not come, for some reason she turned around in the parking lot. Still antisocial from her drug use, she avoided contact with others, and the pastor began to preach. As Dina tells us, “That was the night that I ended up getting saved. God was like, it’s just Me and you girl, just Me and you. The Holy Spirit was pounding my heart. The pastor did an altar call and I just leaped out of my seat, and I went forward and I was in tears.” After receiving prayer in the altar call room, Dina felt changed and she perceived the world differently. “God had just done a supernatural work in my mind and in my heart.” When she returned home to the usual scene of people doing crystal, they invited her to join them and get high. She replied, “No, I’m done.” Every desire for the drug was gone from her body and her mind. Given the power of crystal meth, quitting the drug spontaneously, without severe craving and withdrawal, is almost unheard of. That began a year-long process during which God restored Dina’s mind and soul, erasing the painful memories and healing the wounds.

It’s been 15 years since Dina was set free and God has continued a mighty work in her life. He restored relationships that were broken. She returned to school and finished her education. She attended a school of discipleship, married a fellow student and they have three beautiful children. She is using her deliverance to minister to others, helping them grow closer to God, and giving them hope in their lives. Dina considers this nothing short of a miracle, but is confident that if she can do it, anyone can.

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Dating And The Bible

How do you have healthy dating relationships? What does the Bible say about dating? How do you ensure that you set your dating relationship up for success? Scott, Dina, and Ryan answer all these questions and much more in this episode.

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Overcome Guilt and Self-Condemnation

Guilt, shame, and self-condemnation can be heavy burdens that many believers carry. But the good news is that with the right perspective you can experience freedom from guilt and shame! In this episode, you’ll learn powerful truths that will help you experience grace and acceptance and overcome the burden of guilt.

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There are two basic mindsets when approaching God: works or grace. The works mindset, when you have made a mistake, thinks: I have failed, God is disappointed, which causes feelings of guilt and shame, then you promise God that next time you’ll try harder (which never works).
The grace mindset, when you have made a mistake, thinks: I have fallen, I still have God’s unmerited favor, which causes feelings of thankfulness, then you realize that you need help (from God and others).

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How To Have A Great Marriage: Episode 20

After 10 years of marriage, Scott and Dina share the biggest lesson they have learned to have an amazing marriage about communication, understanding your role as a wife, and protecting the tenderness in the relationship.

 

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For Dina, the one thing that has made their marriage great is understanding the power of her words. Men are very sensitive and insecure and a wife’s words can do serious damage because their opinion means so much. And the reality is that your husband already has enough critical voices in their life. As a wife, you don’t want to add to the negative feedback he’s already getting.

Ultimately, as a wife, you need to understand your role as a wife. Your role isn’t to make him better at what he does, but to support, encourage, and uplift him.

For Scott, the one thing that has made their marriage great is defusing tense situations with humor. It’s a powerful release valve when negative emotions begin to build up. It allows you to talk and deal with the issue without letting your emotions cloud your judgment.

Ultimately, one of the goals in Scott and Dina’s marriage is to be tenderhearted towards each other and there is nothing worth losing tenderness int he marriage. To keep the tenderheartedness in the marriage, you need to be quick to forgive and even quicker to apologize. Because winning an argument is not worth losing the tenderheartedness in the relationship.

 

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The Problem With Money with Sean Edwards: Episode 19

Is money evil? Are Christians supposed to be poor? Should you be giving away all your money to help the poor? In this mind melting episode, Sean Edwards challenges some of the most common misunderstandings and hangups Believers have about money.

 

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Money is neither evil, and this isn’t a zero-sum game. In fact, money is good. Money represents your products and services translated into something that is exchanged with each other. It represents a part of your life – something you produced with your time, effort, and energy. If fact, if you hadn’t expended part of your life, the value you created (and exchanged for money) wouldn’t exist.

We don’t actually trade money for products and services, we trade the value our lives created for the value someone else’s life created. Paper money only has value because we as a society have agreed that it is what will represent the value we create with our labor.

Money can only exchange hands in one of two ways my choice or by force. You either choose to give your money to someone of they can take it by force.

Paper money is limited, but the value we attribute to that paper is intangible and limitless. Since it represents our labor, wealth – what money represents – is limitless.

Because money is a representation of the value we create with our life, money cannot be evil. To say that money is evil is to call people’s labor evil. That means that any creativity that people find valuable is evil. We are calling human creativity evil!

 

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Why God Is Silent Sometimes: Episode 18

Ever feel like God is a million miles away or that your prayers are bouncing off the ceiling? Discover why God is silent and what you need to do when you feel like he’s a million miles away.

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There are two possible reasons that God is silent in your life. The first is sin. The second is growth.

The first step is to check your heart and repent of any sin that is going on. If you’ve already done that and God is still silent, The reason he is silent is to help you grow.

Silence, also known as the dark night of the soul, is a normal part of the ebb and flow in a believer’s life. It’s how God does deep work in our heart. He uses it to deal with our deep motivations and desires. It’s a time of purification for our souls.

The silence is where you learn to do what is right even when we’re not feeling it. It’s all about learning to be lead by God’s truth and not your feelings. Ultimately, we need to believe that he is near by faith and keep pressing in; keep doing all the things you know are good for your relationship with him.

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New Year’s Resolutions with George Clerie: Episode 17

The majority of people that make New Year’s resolutions break them before January is over. Pastor George Clerie comes back on the podcast and shares 5 simple but powerful things you can do with your resolutions that will make 2017 your best year ever.

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Show Notes

If the goal is to make 2017 our “best year ever,” George tells us the secret is to make it our most God-glorifying year ever. We can (and should) glorify God in good times and bad, and this shifts the focus from our achievements to our connection with God. One of the primary benefits is that we are no longer dependent on our limited resources, but have tapped into the infinite power of God. George gives us five key areas to address.

First is to approach all planning in faith. In other words, step out of our will and bring our goals into alignment with God’s will. This opens the door for God to partner with us in all our endeavors.

Second is to begin the year with a clean slate. This means going to God and asking Him to cleanse our hearts of guilt, shame, regret, and unforgiveness. We need to divest ourselves of this baggage in order to better run our race. Scott and George break down the process of forgiveness, both of ourselves and of others.

The third key is to prioritize relationships over results. This is a major shift away from resolutions of the past, which are almost all results oriented. Let’s face it, without good relationships, even our best results are never as meaningful or satisfying. God created us for connection, not achievement.

Establishing rhythms in our lives is the next part of the process. This means daily, weekly and annual rhythms. Think quiet time, Sabbath and Christmas. In our culture, life has become an endless flow of activity that keeps us “busy.” If we are too busy to schedule regular time with God, and to nurture ourselves and our relationships, then we are too busy.

The final step is to create a simple and practical plan that works. Write it down and refer to it often. It doesn’t need to be lengthy or in great detail. Writing the major points on an index card that we can tape to our computer or mirror is highly effective.

In summary, having a plan that works and gives us early momentum, starting with a clean slate and a peaceful heart, creating rhythms in our daily, weekly and yearly schedules, prioritizing meaningful relationships, and focusing on our faith in God to accomplish it all are the keys to a God-glorifying 2017.

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