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Christian Suffering Doesn’t Create Victims - Jenny Abel (Ep 43.4)

Christian Suffering Doesn’t Create Victims - Jenny Abel (Ep 43.4)

April 9, 2020

When the Christians living in Thessalonica experienced the loss of their friends and family members, the apostle Paul reminded them that their grief was not like the grief of the rest of the world who have no hope. For the Christian, hope changes everything. It gives us an eternal perspective. It lets us find meaning and transformation in the midst of suffering and great pain. And it joins us with our savior who suffered a death far worse than many of us will ever taste. Hope is a powerful part of a lifestyle of discipleship in this way because it gives meaning to the everyday moments of life when everything appears to be falling apart. In this chapter, Jenny unpacks the way hope changes us and that, because of hope, we no longer need to live as victims of suffering. Instead, we can learn to live a life of transformation and discipleship no matter what comes up against us.

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Learning to Submit to God in the Midst of Suffering - Jenny Abel (Ep 43.3)

Learning to Submit to God in the Midst of Suffering - Jenny Abel (Ep 43.3)

April 8, 2020

We will all experience suffering. It seems to be one of the great constants in life. So as Christians the question we must ask is "how will we respond when suffering comes?" The problem is that suffering comes to each of us in unique ways. There isn’t a one size fits all approach to suffering. What may cause deep suffering for one may not wound another as much. What we can count on is that Jesus will faithfully walk with us through our trials to show us who is. And as we walk with Him through the storms of life, we will learn to submit ourselves evermore to His Lordship and be transformed into His likeness. In this chapter, Jenny tells the story of how God used her suffering to teach her contentment and submission as he transformed her more into the image of Christ. Her story represents just one form that suffering may take, but shows the faithfulness of Jesus to walk with us through every trial and circumstance.

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How to View Suffering Through an Eternal Perspective - Jenny Abel (Ep 43.2)

How to View Suffering Through an Eternal Perspective - Jenny Abel (Ep 43.2)

April 7, 2020

Our perspective is usually limited to our immediate environment. We know and feel only what we experience. And when it comes to suffering, our perspective is clouded and limited even more. It's incredibly difficult to feel and know anything beyond the pain we feel at the moment whether it's the loss of a friend, the pain of betrayal, or the ache of an unfulfilled desire to have children. But could it be that God is working on us in the middle of our suffering, even when we can't feel or sense it? In this first part of our conversation with Jenny, she unpacks the importance of finding eternal perspective in the middle of our suffering. Whether you're suffering or helping someone who is suffering, Jenny introduces a few things to keep in mind as you walk through painful and difficult seasons.

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Shaped By Suffering (Ep 43.1)

Shaped By Suffering (Ep 43.1)

April 6, 2020

Suffering is all around us. And most people will experience major suffering at some point in their lives themselves. This means the lifestyle of discipleship will at some point deal with suffering. Which means we need to talk about it. In this chapter, Chris and Josh tell their stories and talk about why it's so important for the Church to talk about suffering.

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Seeing Yourself for Who You Are (Ep 42.5)

Seeing Yourself for Who You Are (Ep 42.5)

April 3, 2020

Your identity is, in a way, in two parts. There's who you are and who you think you are. The most important thing you can do in creating a lifestyle of discipleship is to keep your eyes on Jesus. Because it's when we're looking at him that we begin to see ourselves for who we are. And the result of that is life-changing!

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What to Do When You Can’t See God at Work - Dave & Beth Booram (Ep 42.4)

What to Do When You Can’t See God at Work - Dave & Beth Booram (Ep 42.4)

April 2, 2020

When it comes to our spiritual lives, most of what we talk about is the work we can see God doing. It feels good to see God pouring out His blessings in our lives. It’s fun to celebrate the victories and feel that God is actively involved in our day to day activities. Dave and Beth call this work "Day Work.” It’s God’s work in us that is easy to see. But what happens when the Night comes and it feels as if God has withdrawn His presence from our lives. Do we have the faith to believe that God is still working in us even when we do not feel Him? All of us, if we are serious about following Christ, will experience a dark night of the soul. But as Dave and Beth explain, this isn’t an experience from which we should run. Because this is just one more season of life that God wants to use to make us more like Him.

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Is Your View of God Worthy of Who Jesus Is? - Dave & Beth Booram (Ep 42.3)

Is Your View of God Worthy of Who Jesus Is? - Dave & Beth Booram (Ep 42.3)

April 1, 2020

How you view God affects the way your relationship with God develops. This is one of the components of step 1 in creating a lifestyle of discipleship, which is knowing your identity as a beloved child of God. If you are a beloved child, it means God loves you and that you hold value to him. But we often struggle to grasp this reality. We look at ourselves and see the brokenness and ugliness inside our own natures and assume no one, including God, would ever love us. And when we do that, we deny the reality God demonstrated to us in Jesus' life. In this chapter, Dave and Beth give us a bit of a spiritual direction session as we process our own views of God and how that has affected our lives as disciples of Christ.

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Learning to See to God in the Everyday Moments - Dave & Beth Booram (Ep 42.2)

Learning to See to God in the Everyday Moments - Dave & Beth Booram (Ep 42.2)

March 31, 2020

It’s often hard for us to live as if God is actively involved in our lives. But have you ever paused to ask yourself “why”? Why don’t you live as if God is an active participant in your daily life? I think it’s because we don’t think He’s really there. We don’t see Him. So we don’t pay much attention to Him. Sure, we give mental assertion to theological statements like “God is omnipresent.” We know in our minds that He is everywhere. But because we don’t see Him everywhere, we don’t live as if it’s true. In fact, we may even begin to unconsciously believe that God isn’t involved in our daily lives. But in this chapter, Dave and Beth help us to see the ways in which is God actively working in our everyday moments of life.

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When Faith Becomes Sight - Dave & Beth Booram (Ep 42.1)

When Faith Becomes Sight - Dave & Beth Booram (Ep 42.1)

March 30, 2020

The prophet Elijah ran away from Ahab and Jezebel and hid in the mountains to the south of Israel. And it was in that place he complained about his situation, unable to see what God was doing. It was there Elijah looked for God's presence in an earthquake and a fire, only to find it afterward in a still, small voice. We do much the same in our own lives. As we try to live a lifestyle of discipleship, we look for these great moments where the heavens open up and God's audible voice tells us what to do. But the reality is often much more subtle; it's the still small voice in the everyday moments of life. So then, how can we learn to recognize those moments? How can we learn to listen to the present moment and respond to what God is doing? In this chapter, Dave and Beth unpack the heart behind their new book, When Faith Becomes Sight, and help us learn to recognize, reflect, and respond to God's work in the everyday moments of life.

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The Need for Analog Relationships (Ep 41.5)

The Need for Analog Relationships (Ep 41.5)

March 27, 2020

We need analog relationships. One of the first things God observed about Adam after creation was that it wasn't good for him to be alone. In this chapter, Josh and Chris reflect on what they've taken from the conversation with Jay Kim and the need for these embodied, tactile relationships that Jay describes. In the end though, it's one thing to know we need these relationships; it's another to put them into practice.

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