There is one thing you can do in your week that will make the rest of your life so much more productive and fulfilling. Scott and Dina talk about it in this episode.
Matt Chewning has a new TV show called #Preached where he dialogues with people about their beliefs and is the Pastor of one of the fastest growing churches in Boston. In this interview, he talks about his journey and how he stays grounded through it all.
After his interview with Matt Chewning, Scott was particularly impressed by two aspects of his communication skills. First was his use of scripture, including exact biblical addresses. It was not done in such a manner as to make himself sound “religious,” but as confirmation from God’s word regarding his personal thoughts on a given subject. Second was Matt’s willingness to speak with anyone about anything, anywhere. This included engaging people in settings and on subjects that we don’t usually associate with Christian dialogue.
Matt did not grow up in a Christian household. His father was Catholic and his mother was Jewish, and neither of them practiced their faith. They divorced when Matt was four and when he was recruited to play basketball at a small Christian college he had little sense of Christian doctrine. Though he was saved in college, after graduation he followed in his father’s footsteps and entered the corporate world, where he became very successful. Matt, his wife and children were living the “American Dream” when God called him to move to Boston and start a church. As you listen to Scott’s interview, you will find Matt and his down-to-earth style both likable and inspirational.
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Want God to answer your prayers? In this episode, Scott and Dina talk about the three things you can do in order to get your prayers answered!
Scott and Dina discuss three aspects of effective prayer which are important when we are seeking God’s favor in our lives or in the lives of others.
The first goal is to be specific in our requests. If we are asking for financial assistance, let Him know how much money we need, when we need it, and why. If it’s healing for ourselves or others, name the afflicted person(s), and identify whether we/they need physical, spiritual or emotional healing. If physical, name the affected body part or type of disease. If we are asking for His help with a broken relationship or wisdom in a difficult decision, share the details with Him. It’s not that He doesn’t already know, but it sets the stage for Him to act by affirming that we know, and are turning to Him in faith.
The next thing worthy of our attention is that we communicate the specifics clearly. While this may sound redundant, it’s not. Too often we clutter our prayers with “Christianese.” Sometimes this comes in the form of using our chosen name for God (ie. God, Lord, Lord God, Father, Heavenly Father, Father God, etc.) to begin and end each phrase or thought. This is not how we talk to one another, nor does it add anything to our communication with God. At other times, if at a loss for words, we mimic language we’ve heard used by preachers or teachers, or we borrow phrases we’ve heard others using in their prayers. In almost every case, if it’s not how we typically express ourselves, nothing is gained in our quest for clear communication. A good guideline is to imagine you are baring your soul to your best friend. Because you are.
Finally, one of the most powerful tools in effective prayer is to tie our requests to God’s promises. The Bible is full of His promises and wisdom, covering everything from prosperity to peace and joy, and from healing to fear and sadness. Reference to any concordance reveals there is little about the nature of man that God has not addressed in His Word. Not only is the Bible a wonderful resource for prayer language, it honors God when we come to Him using scripture that He inspired. This will also prompt us to examine the nature of our request. Is it a matter that would be appropriate to lift up to God in prayer?
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Finding a mentor is one of the best things you can do for your own personal development and it’s also one of the hardest things to do. In this episode, you’ll learn the secret to getting anyone to say ‘Yes’ to mentoring you.
Is it true that all sins are equal, and if they are, in what sense are they the same? Or are some sins worse than others? Listen to find out.
We have all heard, at one time or another, that all sins are equal. Often this comes from pastors when making the point that there are no trivial sins, or from people witnessing to one another, attempting to downplay a particular sin. But are all sins truly equal? Scott and Dina compare a number of different offenses and come to a couple of conclusions. A physical attack on another person is worse than damaging their property. Inappropriate speech, such as gossiping, that can hurt others and damage relationships is worse than coarse language, that is an affront only to the person who hears it. (And to God, of course.) The greater the difference between the sins they compared, lying and murder for example, the stronger seemed the case for sins not being the same.
How does the church view the relative weight of different sins? Committing certain sins will result in expulsion from the church, while others are commonly accepted and nobody even talks about them. Apparently the answer to our question, “Are all sins the same?” is yes and no. Yes, because all sin has the same effect. It separates us from God. It is an affront to Him, and is worthy of His judgement and wrath. At the same time, the answer is no, because not all sins are equal. Some sins are far more heinous than others. This is easy to see when we compare hurting a child to lying to another person. It’s not even close.
What does God’s Word have to say on the subject? When we examine the different aspects of sin, the Bible makes it clear that not all sin is equal. The first aspect is impact. In 1Corinthians 6:18, Paul tells us to “flee sexual immorality,” a sin against our own body which is different from sins committed outside our body. Another factor is culpability. In John 19:11 Jesus tells Pilate that the one who delivered Him into Pilate’s hands “has the greater sin.” Next, we learn that sins differ in terms of the judgement they deserve. In Mark 9:42 Jesus says that “whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble” will suffer a fate worse than death. This is a far greater consequence than those for other sins discussed in the same chapter. In James 3:1 we are told that teachers “shall receive a stricter judgement.” In this case the penalty for the same sin is different depending upon who you are. Likewise, in Luke 20:47 Jesus pronounces “greater condemnation” for the scribes who take advantage of widows and are hypocritical in how they portray themselves. In his final example, Scott refers us to Luke 12:47,48 where a more severe punishment is meted out for the incompetent servant who knew his master’s wishes than for the servant who did not.
In conclusion, both our instincts and the Bible make it clear that not all sins are the same. Scott and Dina warn that the tendency in our culture is to “flatten” sin, to make it all the same. Rationale such as, everybody sins, and no one’s sins are worse than anyone else’s, are a huge danger because they protect certain sins from moral judgement. This begs the question: Is it okay to judge? One need only envision releasing all the pedophiles and rapists from prison to conclude that not only is it okay to judge, it is required to maintain a safe, free and healthy society. At the risk of being called hypocritical by those who label all sin the same, it is incumbent upon believers to identify and stand up to the abundance of immorality and damaging sin that plagues the world we live in.
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There is a type of intelligence that will predict how successful you are in life and how satisfying your relationship will be. The good news is that you can increase this type of intelligence any time you want! Listen and discover how to get get the right kind of smarter.